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Matt Hill earns HCAC Athlete of the Year honor

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

TERRE HAUTE — Following the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference track and field meet on Thursday, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology was well rewarded, as the Fightin’ Engineers came away with five fo the league’s six most prestigious awards.

Both the men and women swept their respective championships at the meet.

Afterward, former Connersville High School athlete Matt Hill was named the HCAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Year. Hill swept the 5,000- and 10,000-meter championships at the conference meet, completing the 5,000 in a time of 15:12.11 and running the 10,000 in a time of 32:40.86. Hill wound up sharing the honor with Hanover’s Andrew Strong.

Also earning top awards for the Engineers was Eric Fiacable (Men’s Field Athlete of the Year), Gabi Razma (Women’s Field Event Athlete of the Year) and Larry Cole (both Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year).

Hill, a 2014 graduate from Connersville High School, is a senior at Rose Hulman.

Franklin County tennis claims four conference titles

GREENSBURG — Playing in the two-day Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference tournament, the Franklin County girls came away with four titles from the meet, winning at all three singles positions, and also claiming the No. 2 doubles crown.

Playing at No. 1 singles, Lilli Stewart defeated South Dearborn’s Madison Fentress (6-2, 6-2), Lawrenceburg’s Averi McMullen (6-0, 6-1) and Batesville’s Audrey Weigel (6-1, 6-4) to earn her title.

At No. 2, Megan Routh knocked back a challenge from Lady Pirate Bailey Menkedick (7-6 (4), 6-4), before beating Lawrencburg’s Olivia Lamb (6-0, 6-1) and Batesville’s Rachel Rose (6-0, 1-6, 10-4) to claim the championship.

Lauren Klei represented the Lady Wildcats at No. 3 very well, beating Lawrenceburg’s Gracie Saeaviyan (6-1, 6-4), South Dearborn’s Ashley Stephenson (6-2, 6-0) and Batesville’s Sophie Brown (6-3, 6-2), giving FC a sweep in singles competition.

At No. 2 doubles, the duo of Maggie Brack and Taylor McCreary beat Ellie Acra and Sarah Schneider from Greensburg (6-4, 6-3), then took down Batesville’s Jenne Ertel and Betsy Harmeyer (6-0, 7-6 (4)), before knocking off Hannele Burch and Kelsey Smith from Connersville (6-2, 6-1).

Both Stewart and Klei remain unbeaten in the 2018 season.

Connersville golf finished third at EIAC meet

BATESVILLE — The Connersville High School boys golf team showed its calibre on Saturday, finishing third at the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference meet at Hillcrest Country Club in Batesville.

Connersville was the only team at the meet, who had all five players finish with scores below 100 on the day.

Batesville won the meet on its home course, finishing the day with a team score of 354. South Dearborn was the runner-up, one stroke back at 355. Connersville finished in proximity of those two, earning a score of 362. Greensburg was next at 375, followed by East Central (389), Franklin County (403) and Lawrenceburg (479).

Individually, CHS was paced by Dalton Lee, who finished with an 87. Adam Kelly, Jr. was next at 89, and he was followed by Ryan Scott (92), Jonah Graham (94) and Breydan Shafer (96).

Lee, Kelly, Scott and Graham were named to the All-Conference team.

Lady Wildcats beat Lincoln on softball diamond

CAMBRIDGE CITY — Great pitching, defense and timely hitting has been Franklin County’s recipe for success, and the Lady Wildcats used all three to take down Cambridge City Lincoln on Monday night, by a score of 4-1.

Lincoln was first on the scoreboard, as Hannah Hall reached after getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first inning. She then rounded the bases on a passed ball and an FC error.

In the top of the third, Abby Orschell led off with a single, then stole second to get into scoring position. A Lincoln miscue moved her to third, and she wound up scoring, when ensuing batter Gabby Mitchum got herself in a run-down.

A triple by Kloe Bolos chased Sidney Wilber home in the fourth, and Bolos would trot home with the Wildcats’ third run on an RBI-single by Mitchum.

A Hannah Hornsby triple in the fifth led to FC’s fourth run, as courtesy runner Makaylee Woods scampered home on a wild pitch.

Kamryn McCool pitched all seven innings for Franklin County (21-4), striking out nine to earn the win.

Hall took the loss for LHS, pitching four innings and striking out five.

Kylee Smith finished with two hits for Cambridge City (15-2).

Cambridge City golfers fall in home meet

MILTON — Hosting Tri-Eastern Conference foe Centerville on Monday, the Cambridge City Lincoln boys golf team fell short by a 168-213 score.

Playing at Winding Branch Golf Club, the Golden Eagles were led by Jackson Reed, who carded a score of 51. Dillon Asher was next with a 53, and he was followed by teammates Dylan McCullum (54) and Eric Castor (55).

Centerville got scores from Sam Roberts (41), Hunter Morgan (42), Dylan Mollo (42) and Aaron Glover (43).

Lady Spartan softball bests Batesville on the road

BATESVILLE — Following its title at the Lady Argyll Invitational on Saturday, the Connersville High School softball team was back playing in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference, traveling to Batesville on Monday.

Just as it was over the weekend — CHS scored a combined 14 first-inning runs through two games — the Lady Spartans wasted little time getting on the board against the Lady Bulldogs. Connersville plated four runners in the first, on the way to a 9-2 victory.

Batesville (3-13, 2-11 EIAC) answered with a run in the bottom of the first, but by the sixth inning, CHS was ahead 9-1.

Connersville (12-13, 6-7 EIAC) collected 13 hits in the game, three of them from Ashley Ruble in the lead-off spot. Jeri Ellis, Allison Woytik and Katie Steele all added two hits for the Spartans. Both Ruble and Allison Kibbey drove in a pair of runs in the contest.

On the mound, Ellis earned the win, going the distance and striking out 10. She surrendered only four hits in the game.

FC baseball falls to Rushville in EIAC contest

RUSHVILLE — After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning against Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Rushville, the Franklin County baseball team rallied to take the lead in the fourth with three runs of its own.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats could not hold on to that advantage, as the homestanding Lions responded with three runs of their own to re-capture the lead, on the way to a 6-4 victory.

Nick Pennington led FC at the plate, finishing with a pair of hits in the game. Landon Bundy added two RBI.

The Wildcats will host Rushville on Thursday, and a win over the Lions will secure the EIAC conference title outright for Franklin County.

The game will also be Senior Night and Youth Night for FC. Youth players will be admitted free to the game if they wear their team jersey.