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Connersville swim teams handed first loss of season

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

RICHMOND — On Tuesday night, for the first time in the 2018-19 season, both Connersville swim teams looked up at the scoreboard, and saw final team numbers that didn't reflect in their favor.

Facing traditionally tough Richmond in its home swimming pool, the Lady Spartans wound up on the wrong end of a 100-85 tally. For the boys, the margin was slightly larger, as the Red Devils lapped their way to a 115-70 victory.

"This was a tough loss at Richmond," Connersville co-head coach Jonathan Bitner said afterward. "We just ran into a deeper team tonight. I thought we had some solid performances, but we weren't able to secure enough second- and third-place finishes to balance out the events that we lost."

Ryleigh Loper was a multiple-event winner for the Spartan girls, touching the wall first in both the 200 and 500 freestyle races. Audra Volz was also a winner for CHS on the night, earning a top finish in the 100 breaststroke.

Those two, along with Maria Wells and Grace Newman, helped win the 200 free relay for the only other win posted by the Connersville girls. 

For the boys, Quinton Jones earned the only first-place finish, winning the diving competition.

"It's nice to see Quinton continuing to improve," coach Bitner said.

The girls score was anchored by eight second-place finishes, while the boys wound up with seven. 

Both teams are 3-1 on the season and will look to get back on the winning track tonight at Centerville.

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Lincoln basketball clipped by National Trail

NEW PARIS, Ohio — After one quarter of play, the Cambridge City Lincoln girls basketball team trailed 5-3 in a road contest at National Trail High School (Ohio) on Tuesday evening.

Things got progressively worse from there, as the Lady Golden Eagles returned back across the border, strapped with a 38-28 loss.

By halftime, the score was 15-11 in favor of the Lady Blazers. Heading into the fourth quarter, the lead had grown to 29-21.

Allie Owens was the lone Golden Eagle player to finish in double figures in the scorebook, as she collected 14 points. Rachel Merida added six, and Laynie Russell chipped in four.

The Lady Blazers were paced by Evan Byrd's 15 tallies.

Cambridge City Lincoln (5-4 over all, 1-1 Tri-Eastern Conference) travels to Winchester for TEC contest on Saturday.

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CHS freshmen knock off New Castle

NEW CASTLE — Hitting the road for the first of three games this week, the Connersville High School freshman boys basketball team found itself with a 38-31 win over New Castle on Tuesday evening.

Trailing throughout most of the game, the Spartans achieved their first lead of the game on a 3-pointer from Brayden Jones early in the fourth quarter.

From there, the team never looked back, earning the victory over their host.

Eight differen players reached the scoring column, led by Quinten Leisure's 13 points. Rudy Branstetter was close behind at 12. Braylind Colassaco and Brayden Jones each chipped in three.

Tuesday's win came on the heels of a 32-30 win over Shelbyville on Saturday. Branstetter hit the game-winning 3-pointer with four seconds remaining to lift CHS.

Connersville (4-1) travels to Cambridge City Lincoln today.

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Connersville Middle School red wins twice

Both the seventh- and eighth-grade red teams from Connersville Middle School welcomed Sunman-Dearborn for games on Monday, and each wound up successful in their respective tilts.

The eighth-grade team, led by Josh Williams and Lucas Barron (11 points each) cruised to a 29-10 victory. CMS jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one quarter and led 23-2 at halftime, on the way to the win.

In the seventh-grade contest, Connersville's lead after one quarter wasn't anywhere near as large, as the locals led by an 8-5 score.

In the second half, however, the Spartans got things going, outscoring their guests 19-9, on the way to a 28-19 win.

"We couldn't get into any rhythm in the first half, going just 4-of-14 from the field, as the Trojans did a good job of blocking out to keep us from getting any second chance opportunities," CMS seventh coach Brian Munchel said. "The second half was a different story, however. The boys came out with more intensity after the half, which was good to see."

Deante Smith and Mason Back both led the way with nine points each. Blaine Hornsby added eight, and finished with 10 rebounds.

CMS seventh is riding a three-game win streak as it heads into next week, where the team is scheduled to play five games.

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CMS white splits pair with Sunman Dearborn

BROOKVILLE — The Connersville Middle School eighth-grade boys white squad found success in its game against Sunman Dearborn on Monday night.

The seventh-grade unit was not as fortunate.

Behind 15 points from Carson Lingg, the eighth-graders earned an easy 41-14 victory in their contest.

"The Spartans controlled the game and moved the ball very well on offense," Connersville eighth coach Chris Bloom said.

Dakota Riebsomer addd seven points, and the duo of Carter DeBoard and Gavin Jones both contributed six in the win.

The eighth-graders improved to 6-1 with the win.

The seventh-graders now stand 3-3 on the season, following a 34-10 loss to SDMS.

"The Spartans have struggled with injuries, but continue to play hard and learn a lot," CMS coach John Reynolds said. 

Nate Garrison led the seventh-graders with six points, followed by Elijah Murray with four.