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Franklin County soccer splits games with Centerville

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

CENTERVILLE — Both the Franklin County boys and girls took their soccer teams on the road to Centerville on Monday night, splitting the two games.

The Franklin County boys were successful in their tilt, scoring seven times on the way to a 7-2 victory.

That same success in finding the net didn't accompany the Lady Wildcats, however, as Centerville came away with a 1-0 victory over their guest.

Cledith Martin scored three times, his hat trick setting the stage for the FC boys. Grant Suding found the net twice, and the duo of Tommy Ratz and Patrick Kolb added a goal apiece. For Kolb, the score was his first as a vasity player.

Franklin County scored four times in the first half, and added three insurance kicks in the second. Centerville earned both of its scores in the second half.

The FC girls played strong in the first half, using ball control and communication to finish with 10 shots on goal in the game's opening 40 minutes.

In the second half, Wildcat goalie Shelby Pearson made a save, following a Centerville cross, but the ball bounced around and eventually got tapped into the FC net by an unmarked Bulldog player.

In spite of the 1-0 deficit, Franklin County never quit, earning a final corner kick with 10 seconds left in the game. The Wildcats were unable to convert the kick, however, and the clock ran out.

Pearson finished with eight saves in the game for FC.

Jessica Parker, Hannah Surber, Jaime Stortz and Grace Noble all played strong offensive games for the Wildcats, according to head coach Cynthia Adams.

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Lincoln boys tennis beaten by host Bulldogs

CENTERVILLE — The Cambridge City Lincoln boys tennis team managed only one win in varsity play at Centerville on Monday, returning home with a 4-1 loss.

No. 3 singles player Michael Dalrymple defeated Carter Owens by a 6-0, 6-1 score, but that wound up being the exception for the Golden Eagles.

Fellow singles players Mathew Berry and Mark Cox were beaten by scores of 6-2, 6-2, and 6-2, 6-4, respectively.

At No. 1 doubles, Erich Vernon and Hayden Pierce were defeated in straight sets by a 6-0, 6-1 final. The No. 2 team of Brandon Duran and Jacob Longo were likewise knocked off 6-1, 6-1.

The outcome was different in the junior varsity tilt, as Lincoln won three of four matches.

All four were singles bouts, and winners for the Eagles included Eric Castor, Zach Hall and Dillon Asher.

Cambridge City (5-5) travels to Northeastern tonight.

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Union County netters taken down by Winchester

Union County No. 2 singles player Zander Kottka rallied in the second set, before falling 7-5 in a tilt against Winchester on Monday. That was the lone varsity bright spot for the Patriots, who suffered a 5-0 setback to their Tri-Eastern Conference rival.

Kottka wound up falling in his dual 6-1, 7-5. Joining him were singles players Jacob Stansberry (6-0, 6-3) and Nick Collins (6-1, 6-0).

In doubles play, Zeb Hall and Alex Moore were defeated at No. 1 by scores of 6-2, 6-0, and the No. 2 team of Grady Swafford and Wyatt Mathews were beaten 6-1, 6-0.

Mason Hensley played a pair of junior varsity singles matches, losing one by a 7-6 (7-1) verdict, but winning the other 6-4.

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Lady Wildcat freshmen spikers rally for victory

BROOKVILLE — Following a loss in its opening set against visiting Connersville Community Christian on Monday, the Franklin County freshman volleyball team rallied for back-to-back wins to come away with a 12-25, 25-19, 17-15 victory.

"The girls all played great tonight," Franklin County coach Jessica Baker said.

K.K. Ferman and Kacie Williams kept FC's front row happy throughout, collecting seven and five assists, respectively. Hadlee Hornsby (3 kills), Alex Gillman (2) and Kylie Lea (2) turned those assists into points for the Wildcats.

Meredith Hoff got the team headed in the right direction, serving up four aces to open the game.

Defensively, Kaitlynn Brunemann, Jenna Bruns and Braylin Minniti all played a role in keeping the ball in play, according to coach Baker.

Franklin County will play in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference freshman tournament on Saturday.

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Connersville Middle School splits with Greenfield

Connersville Middle School volleyball welcomed Greenfield to Spartan Arena on Monday, and the two grades wound up with a split.

The eight-graders battled for three sets, eventually pulling out a 25-22, 13-25, 15-5 win.

The seventh-graders, facing a 7-1 Greenfield team that looked to put things away quickly, instead took the visitors to three sets as well. This time, however, it was Greenfield who came away with a 24-25, 25-21, 15-6 victory.

A strong start by the eighth-grade unit allowed Connersville to take the opening set. In the second, however, 18 unforced errors by the Spartans led to their undoing, as GMS evened the match.

Following a chat, in which the coaches implored the Spartans to cut those errors, the team commited only three in the third set to earn the victory.

"The team finally played the way we knew they were capable of playing, and even though they beat themselves in the second set, they came out with laser focus in the third," coach Kim Sherck said.

Kerstin Ellis played an all-around strong game for CMS, finishing with six service points, six digs, five aces, three assists, and a kill.

The seventh-graders were led by Hailey Sembach, who finished with five aces, five service points, two serve receives and two assists.

Trailing 24-20 in the opening set, it was Semback who walked to the service line, and with the help of her teammates, reeled off five straight points to secure the game.

"What a great match the girls played tonight," CMS coach Don Crum said. "The majority of Greenfield's play club, and there's a lot of seasoning with their teams. We were so pleased with how our girls competed on every single ball. They never quit or dropped their heads."

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CMS cross country host Greenfield runners

The Connersville Middle School cross country team hosted Greenfield on Monday night, and in sloppy conditions, wound up falling in both the girls and boys race.

For the Lady Spartans, only five points separated winner and runner-up, as Greenfield came away with a 25-30 victory.

Sydney Hardy finished second for the Connersville girls, posting a time of 14:28. Right behind her was teammate Katelyn Seeley in third (15:14). Following them were runners Abby Struewing (7th, 15:52), Harlee Dunaway (8th, 15:56), Lacy Downard (10th, 16:27), Lisa Downard (11th, 16:45) and Makayla Strong (13th, 17:32).

The Connersville boys ran into a seasoned and talented Greenfield team, and as a result chased their guests much of the way. Greenfield wound up with a perfect score to win the dual 15-54.

Mason Beck was the top finisher for the local boys, crossing the tape in seventh place (12:45). Andrew Isaacs was next (8th, 13:11) and he was followed by teammates Cody Naylor (11th, 13:39), Ryan Naylor (13th, 13:44), Lennon Lakes (15th, 14:53), Cooper Kinney (17th, 15:23), Holdyn Mays (18th, 15:42), Wes Wise (20th, 16:13), Carson Geisting (16:19), Cody Brown (17:07), Carson Doyle (17:23), Kaiden Lakes (17:26), Eli Jergensen (21:53), Kadin Brock (25:54) and Jusuf Abrahim (36:46).

Connersville is home again on Thursday, serving as host to Centerville and New Castle.