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CHS swim teams suit up at East Central relays

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

ST. LEON — Both Connersville High School swim teams joined four other schools at the East Central High School relays on Saturday.

The Connersville boys finished second among the five teams, earning 60 points. East Central won the boys portion of the meet, finishing with 94 points.

The Lady Spartans wound up fifth in their half of the event, finishing with 38 points. 

Greenwood was the winner for the girls, finishing with 80. Greensburg was second with 76, followed by East Central (58), New Palestine (48) and the Spartans.

Trailing the second-place CHS boys in the final team standings was New Palestine (48), Greensburg (42) and Greenwood (40).

Connersville missed winning any of the relay events, but did manage four runner-up finishes, three for the boys and one for the girls.

For the girls, Morgan Keaffaber, Maddie Powell and Audra Volz (only three swimmers in the event) finished as runners-up in the 150 breaststroke relay, in a time of 1:56.67.

The boys were second (1:26.30) in the 150 butterfly relay (Hutton Getz, Quinton Jones, Skyler Cavins), and added runner-up finishes in the 200 freestyle relay (Justin Kidd, Spencer Noah, Warren Toole, Jonah Hensley - 1:44.49) and 400 freestyle relay (Kidd, Noah, Toole, Hensley - 3:54.67.

The Spartan boys added third-place finishes in the 200 medley, 100 freestyle, 375 crescendo, 150 backstroke, and 150 breaststroke events.

Union County boys pick up pair of wins

The Union County boys basketball team earned a pair of victories over the weekend, knocking off Hagerstown in a Tri-Eastern Conference game on Friday, then following that up with a win over Southern Wells on Saturday.

In Friday’s conference game, Alex VanWinkle scored 14 points, and teammates Ryan Hensley and Mook Shepler followed with 12 and 11, respectively, leading the Patriots to a 52-41 victory.

UC trailed 24-23 at halftime, but outscored the host Tigers 16-11 in the third, then put the game away with a 13-6 scoring edge throughout the fourth quarter.

Playing at home on Saturday, Cameron Sanford scored 11 points, and the defense stepped up in a big way, helping the team achieve a 41-30 win. The Patriots limited Southern Wells to single digits in scoring in each of the four quarters played, on the way to the team’s third straight win.

VanWinkle, Hensley and Shepler each added eight points against the visiting Raiders.

Union County (3-2) will host TEC foe Winchester on Friday night.

FC boys basketball falls twice in weekend action

A loss to Rushville on Friday night was followed by another defeat, this time to South Dearborn on Saturday, as the Franklin County boys basketball team fell to 1-4 on the season over the weekend.

Against Rushville, the Wildcats kept the game within reach, but was unable to pull out a win, falling by a 33-25 score. Clayton Spurlock led the FC effort in the scoring column, finishing with 11 points. Jordan Floyd added nine.

In Saturday’s game with the Knights, leading scorer Spurlock was forced to leave the game early due to injury, and the hosts took advantage, outscoring Franklin County 20-14 in the second half, coming away with a 45-33 win.

Chad Cox and Floyd both finished with seven points to pace FC.

Wildcat reserves split with Lions, Knights

Following a 47-38 home loss to Rushville on Friday night, the Franklin County junior varsity boys basketball team rebounded for a 51-41 victory over South Dearborn on the road Satuday.

A defensive lapse by the Wildcats in the second quarter helped lead to the downfall against the Lions on Friday. Rushville outscored their Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference rival 13-5 in the frame, taking a 28-16 lead into the second half. FC won the fourth quarter 16-10, but it was too little, too late.

In Saturday’s win, FC trailed 11-10 after one quarter, and led by only three at halftime (21-18), but a 15-9 edge in the third put the Wildcat reserves in control, heading into the final frame.

Zach Jewell led Franklin County in the win, scoring 13 points. FC had seven players with at least five points in the game.

Lincoln girls fall to highly touted Winchester squad

WINCHESTER — Tabbed as one of the best teams in all of Class 2A, the Winchester Lady Golden Falcons played host to Cambridge City Lincoln on Friday evening.

The Lady Golden Eagles led the game 15-14 after one quarter, but were outscored 17-7 in the second quarter, falling into a 31-22 hole by halftime.

That difference held up, as Winchester went on to claim a 64-51 victory in the game between the two Tri-Eastern Conference teams.

Junior Madeline Lawrence scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Golden Falcons (10-1). She was aided in the scoring column by teammate Kira Robinson, who finished with 18.

Lincoln (5-5) got 16 points from Laynie Russell and 14 from Allie Owens. Rachel Merida added eight, and the duo of Emmie Pugh and Kylee Smith each chipped in six.

Franklin County girls nipped by South Ripley

VERSAILLES — The Franklin County girls basketball wound up making its game against host South Ripley close, but could not earn a victory over the Lady Raiders, falling by a 53-48 score on Saturday.

A slow start wound up being the difference in the game, as FC scored only nine points in the opening quarter, then added another eight in the second, to fall behind 30-17 at the halftime break.

In the third, the Lady Wildcats rallied to cut the lead to 39-32. In the fourth, they would draw even closer, cutting the deficit to one point, but that was as close as they would get, falling to 4-6 on the season.

Abby Orschell paced the effort for FC with 11 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Jenna Orschell added 10 points to the scoring total. On the boards, both Karlie Hahn and Kairee Hodapp pulled down 10 rebounds.

CHS freshman girls tipped by Franklin County

A pesky half-court pressure defense kept the Connersville High School freshman girls basketball team on their heels throughout a game against Franklin County on Monday, creating a 34-15 final score in favor of the visiting Lady Wildcats.

Attempting to initiate their offense, the Lady Spartans were instead guilty of numerous turnovers, created by the FC pressure.

Trailing 22-7 at halftime, CHS was held scoreless in the third, icing the win for Franklin County.

Ryonna Patton scored six points for Connersville, followed by Kara Schneider with four.

CMS boys red earns pair of lopsided wins

RUSHVILLE — Riding the Spartan Express bus on Monday, the Connersville Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade boys red teams were in good spirits, when they arrived in Rushville.

The proof of that came on the court, as both teams earned solid wins over their future Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foes.

In the eighth-grade contest, James Williams scored 23 points, and Braxton Myers added 10, leading the Spartans to a 63-6 victory.

For the seventh-graders, the story was similar, as the visitors roared to a 49-16 win.

“We came out and scored quick and pushed the ball down the floor,” CMS eighth coach Chris Silcott said afterward. “In the second half, we worked on our half court offense and getting more movement.

“James did a great job tonight on the inside. He is hard to stop when he gets the ball underneath.”

The seventh-grade team was led by Mason Back’s 16 points. He was followed closely by Deante Smith with 15.

“We continue to gain confidence on both sides of the ball and it is really apparent that certain aspects of the game are staring to click with the team,” CMS seventh coach Brian Munchel said.