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Lincoln tennis wins close tilt with Franklin County

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

CAMBRIDGE CITY — The Cambridge City Lincoln boys tennis team entertained Franklin County for a dual on Wednesday, and the hosts wound up earning a 3-2 victory.

The Golden Eagle netters wound up winners at two of the three singles matches, as Mathew Berry (No. 1) defeated Jack Stirn 6-4, 6-2, and Michael Dalrymple (2) knocked off FC’s Kurt Oetzel 6-1, 6-1.

Evan McMillan put the Wildcats on the board with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Eric Castor at No. 3 singles, but by that point, Cambridge City Lincoln had already taken the match.

That was due to the fact that LHS’ No. 2 doubles team of Brandon Duran and Jacob Longo had beaten Brandon Snyder and Ethan Ball by a 6-3, 6-1 count, securing the third-and-deciding point for the Eagles.

At No. 1 doubles, the Wildcat duo of Will Wade and Lonnie Schwartz defeated Hayden Pierce and Erich Vernon in the day’s closest match, the final score reading 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, in favor of the Franklin County.

Lincoln also won both junior varsity matches on the day, as Zach Hall defeated Nick Wendel (6-1), and Jarrin Ervin won his match as well (6-0).

With the victory, Cambridge City improved to 5-3 on the season.

Lady Wildcat volleyball falls to Milan in four

MILAN — Missing a couple of players, the Franklin County volleyball team played well, but wound up on the wrong side of a 16-25, 25-22, 22-25, 17-25 score, in a road contest at Milan on Wednesday evening.

“We played good, but just couldn’t keep the serve long enough or get out of a serve receive rotation,” Franklin County coach Jill Mergenthal said. “We had one player out with strep and another that wasn’t feeling very well, but in spite of that, we stayed right with them and fought hard.”

Meredith Bohman finished the match with eight kills, four digs and three blocks to pace the Lady Wildcats. Anna Sacksteder helped her at the net with five blocks and a pair of kills.

Megan Getz added four digs on defense, and helped set the offense with seven assists. Also feeding the front row with seven assists was Kelly Layton. Makyah Richardson added four.

Helping the defense was Jalynn Rogers, who contributed four digs.

The loss came on the heels of a 25-14, 25-11, 25-14 defeat to Centerville on Tuesday evening.

Bohman had six kills and three blocks at the net in the contest. Defensively, Megan Getz collected a dozen digs.

In the junior varsity game against Centerville, FC was beaten in three sets, 25-16, 22-25, 14-16.

Charlotte Barrett and Makayah Richardson paced the reserves with five kills each.

Cambridge City spikers beaten by Union County

CAMBRIDGE CITY — Both Allie Owens and Emmie Pugh finished with a dozen kills against Union County on Thursday evening, helping to lead Cambridge City Lincoln to a 23-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-10 victory over the visiting Lady Patriots.

In addition to her performance at the net, Pugh added 18 digs on defense.

At the service line, Laynie Russell led the LHS charge, finishing with 24 service points and six aces. She also assisted the defensive effort with 10 digs, and added seven kills at the net.

Rachel Merida helped keep the hitters happy throughout the match, setting things up with 38 assists.

Leading the Lady Golden Eagles in the defensive backcourt, however, was Kami Laymon with 25 digs.

The win improved Lincoln to 11-4 on the season and 2-0 in the Tri-Eastern Conference.

In the junior varsity match, Cambridge City lost a close tilt, falling by scores of 25-22 and 25-24. Olivia Spurgin had a well-rounded effort for the reserves, finishing with 10 assists, five service points, three digs, and a pair of aces. 

Karleigh Hall was also big for the JV team, ending her night with eight kills, five service points, four digs, and an ace. Bethany Castle contributed eight digs, three service points, and an ace.

Middle School XC hosts Batesville

The Connersville Middle School cross country team welcomed Batesville to its home course, and on a hot an humid afternoon, suffered losses in both the boys and girls race.

The CMS girls were beaten by the visitors 19-40, and the Connersville boys wound up falling by a 19-49 score.

Katelyn Seeley (15:08), Sydney Hardy (15:14) and Abby Struewing (16:12) paced the Lady Spartans finishing fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively.

Others running for the Connersville girls included Lacy Downard (11th, 16:58), Harlee Dunaway (12th, 17:52), Lisa Downard (13th, 18:06) and Makayla Strong (15th, 19:54). Harlee Reed ran for CMS, but didn’t finish,

Mason Back (13:35) and Cody Naylor (13:45) were the top finishers for the local boys, the duo crossing the tape in fourth- and fifth-place, respectively.

The were followed across the finish line by Andrew Isaac (11th, 14:50), Nolan Shawl (14th, 15:56), Ryan Naylor (15th, 16:12), Cooper Kinney (16th, 16:23), Lennon Lakes (18th, 16:54), Holdyn Mays (19th, 17:05), Wesley Wise (17:49), Dawson Kidwell (18:14), Carson Geisting (19:03), Kaiden Lakes (19:31), Luke Morris (19:52), Cody Brown (20:08), Carson Doyle (21:51), Ronnie Nixon (24:00), Eli Jergensen (25:56), Kadin Brock (26:35), Eli Potters (34:17) and Jusuf Abraham (42:13).

CMS swimmers travel to South Dearborn

Both Connersville Middle School swim teams were in action on the road at South Dearborn Tuesday evening.

Both returned home with victories in tow.

The Lady Spartans waders won their half of the contest 94-56, and the boys followed suit, winning theirs by an 83-59 count.

For the girls, Kendall Martin, Kaelynn Martin, Anna Kirkwood and Jocelyn McClung all earned individual wins at the meet.

The boys were paced to victory by individual winners Josh Williams, Camden Schofield, Selby Tucker, Luke Cannarella and Cooper Harvey.

The Spartan swimmers are back in action on Tuesday, when the team travels to Centerville.

Middle School volleyball teams face FC twice

The Connersville Middle School volleyball teams faced Franklin County on both Tuesday and Thursday, with some mixed results.

The eighth-grade teams suffered back-to-back losses to the Lady Wildcats, falling on Tuesday by scores of 25-12 and 15-12, before stumbling again on Thursday (no scores available).

“The team is struggling greatly with believing in their skill set and playing to their ability level,” CMS eighth coach Kim Sherck said. “This is a very talented team that is capable of great things. They just need to believe in themselves as much as the coaching staff believes in them.

“Our goal right now is for this team to play the game aggressively.”

The seventh-grade unit won their tilt with FC on Tuesday, taking the match by scores of 25-7, 22-25, 15-8. On Thursday, however, Franklin County evened the score, winning by a 14-25, 25-13, 15-11 result.

“The coaching staff is constantly stressing that mistakes are part of the game, and they present an opportunity to learn,” CMS seventh coach Don Crum said, following Thursday’s loss. “The challenge is to control how you respond to those mistakes.

“We are confident that the team will learn from tonight’s loss and be stronger moving forward.”