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Union County football posts big conference victory

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

HAGERSTOWN — Opening conference play with a 1-2 mark, the Union County High School football team traveled to Hagerstown on Friday night, looking to even it’s mark in the Tri-Eastern Conference.

The Tigers came into the game undefeated at 3-0, and were looking to keep pace with fellow unbeaten Northeastern, who improved to 4-0 with a 28-14 win over Cambridge City Lincoln.

But a touchdown by the Patriots in both the first and fourth quarter, combined with a stellar defensive effort, pushed Hagerstown out of the top spot via a 14-0 Union County win.

Mason Wicker scored on a two-yard burst in the first quarter, followed by a two-point conversion from Ryan Hensley, and the UC quarterback found the end zone again in the fourth, this time from a yard out, to give the Patriots 14 points on the scoreboard.

The Union County defense took care of the rest.

Chase Thompson and Nate Webb paced a balanced attack on the defensive side of the football, the Patriot duo each finishing with six tackles in the game. Two of Webb’s stops were quarterbacks, as was one of the Thompson’s.

In total, eight different players for UC made tackles in he game.

On offense, Wicker rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries to lead Union County. In the pocket, the sophomore signal-caller was 7-of-11 for 83 yards. Hensley led three receivers with four catches and 44 yards.

The Patriots (2-2) travel to Winchester (0-4) on Friday.

Cambridge City football doubled up by Northeastern

FOUNTAIN CITY — Hoping to pick up its first win of the 2018 season, the Cambridge City Lincoln football team instead found itself on the wrong end of a 28-14 score against unbeaten Northeastern on Friday night.

Jeremiah Holder rushed for 179 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to lead the Golden Eagles, but the team was unable to overcome 338 rushing yards by the Knights, 173 of them coming from Shane Berry. Hayden Martin added 90 yards and Griffin Bry finished with 72 for the victors.

In spite of the loss, Lincoln played solid on defense, as five players had at least seven tackles in the game. 

Nick Anderson led Cambridge City with a dozen stops, while the duo of Josh Miles and Shawn Suttles added eight each. Blaine Cowan and Cooper Flockhart contributed seven tackles.

On offense, Alex Hokey carried the ball nine times for the Eagles, finishing with 19 yards.

Lincoln plays host to Hagerstown (3-1) on Friday.

Franklin County gridders encounter tough EC unit

ST. LEON — Surrendering 27 points in the first quarter, and 48 by halftime, the Franklin County football team suffered a 58-7 Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference (4A) loss at East Central on Friday night.

Five different players carried the football for the Trojans, who finished with 242 rushing yards in the game. That group was led by the tandem of Alex Maxwell and Eric Rosemeyer, each with 75 yards on the ground.

Maxwell took care of the scoring duties for EC, scoring five touchdowns in the game.

Franklin County earned its score with 7:53 left in the second quarter, quarterback Brady Bogan finding receiver Clayton Spurlock from 24 yards in the second quarter with 7:53. Cody Hurst added the extra point.

Leading rusher for the Wildcats was Bogan, who carried the football 15 times for 91 yards.

Franklin County (1-3) hosts Lawrenceburg (1-3) on Friday.

Golden Eagle volleyball finishes second at invitational

PARKER CITY — The Cambridge City Lincoln volleyball team traveled to the Monroe Central High School invitational on Saturday, and returned home with a second-place finish.

The Lady Golden Eagles defeated Blackford (25-14, 25-14), Daleville (25-13, 25-11) and the host Golden Bears (25-20, 23-25, 15-10), but were beaten by fellow Tri-Eastern Conference foe Hagerstown (25-14, 25-20).

Rachel Merida finished the busy day with 73 assists, 21 digs, 10 kills, and four aces.

Laynie Russell was the biggest beneficiary of those assists, closing the day with 33 kills. Also scoring plenty at the net was the duo of Allie Owens and Emmie Pugh, who finished with 27 and 21 kills, respectively.

Kami Laymon led the defensive effort with 27 digs, followed by Russell with 21 and Pugh with 19.

The junior varsity team finished third in its tournament, defeating Blackford and Daleville. The LHS reserves were beaten by Hagerstown and Monroe Central.

The varsity improved to 14-5 on the season, while the JV now stands at 5-5.

Lincoln travels to Richmond tonight.

FC volleyball improves but still falls to Greensburg

BROOKVILLE — After losing its first set by a 25-9 score against visiting Greensburg on Saturday, the Franklin County volleyball squad got very competitive ... in a hurry.

A total of only five points separated the two Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference schools through the next two sets, the Lady Pirates taking both of them by scores of 25-23 and 25-22.

“We weren’t able to pull off a win today, but we sure gave it our all,” head coach Jill Mergenthal said afterward. “I’m very proud of how well this team played.”

A move by Mergenthal, moving sophomore Makyah Richardson into the front row alongside Meredith Bohman made the difference between the first set and the final two.

“(On each point) those two were able to either completely stop Greensburg’s attack or slow it down,” Mergenthal said.

Bohman finished with eight kills and added 11 blocks. Richardson added two kills and three stuffs at the net. Rachel Bischoff was also a factor up front, putting five kills and three blocks in the books.

Megan Getz and Kelly Layton set the front line with 11 and eight assists, respectively.

Defensively, Jalynn Rogers finished with eight digs to pace the Lady Wildcats.

In junior varsity action, Franklin County earned a 25-22, 25-17 victory over the Greensburg reserves.

Audrey Reister sent eight assists to the net, and Charlotte Barrett turned seven of them into kills to pace FC.

The junior varsity team improved to 9-3 with the victory.