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Spartan swimmers sweep pair at New Castle

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

NEW CASTLE — The Connersville High School swim teams traveled to New Castle, and added another win to the 2018-19 total on Tuesday evening.

The Connersville girls, paced by wins in eight events, came away with a 125-57 victory.

The Spartan boys were winners in nine events, returning home as 117-61 winners.

For the girls, Ryleigh Loper (200 free, 100 breast), Audra Volz (100 fly, 100 back), Avery Webb (50 free), Maria Wells (100 free) were successful in individual swims. 

All three relay teams for the Lady Spartans were also first to touch the wall, as CHS dominated in the 200 medley (Carrie Cooley, Morgan Keaffaber, Maddie Powell, Caroline Poe), 200 freestyle (Volz, Loper, Wells, Grace Newman) and 400 freestyle (Wells, Newman, Loper, Volz) races.

The boys were paced by Quinton Jones (diving, 50 free) and Jonah Hensley (100 fly, 100 back), both of whom won a pair of events. Other individual winners for the boys included Skyler Cavins (200 free) and Hutton Getz (100 free).

In the 200 medley (Getz, Cavins, Hensley, Justin Kidd), 200 freestyle (Jones, Kidd, Kyle Downard, Warren Toole), and 400 freestyle (Hensley, Getz, Cavins, Spencer Noah) relay events, the Spartans claimed top honors.

Both teams improved to 5-1 with the wins at New Castle.

CHS is next in action at its home invitational on Friday (diving) and Saturday (swimming events).

Franklin County girls hoops fall to Batesville

BATESVILLE — Plagued by a slow start, the Franklin County girls basketball team wound up on the wrong end of a 55-43 score on the road against Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Batesville on Tuesday evening.

By halftime, the Lady Wildcats found themselves trailing by 15.

A second-half rally allowed the team to climb withing six, but that was as close as they’d get to the Lady Bulldogs, who improved to 5-5 on the season with the win.

Franklin County fell to 4-7 on the season, and 0-2 in the EIAC with the loss.

CMS seventh white improves to 5-3

The Connersville Middle School seventh-grade boys white team earned its fifth win of the 2018-19 season in thrilling fashion, nipping St. Mary’s Middle School by a 27-26 margin on Tuesday evening.

“The Spartans were down early, but locked in defensively and turned that defense into offense to win the game,” CMS seventh white coach John Reynolds said.

Nate Garrison and Joe Millet pointed the Spartans in the right direction, both finishing with seven points to lead the team in the scoring column.

Also adding points for CMS were Arik Williams and Elijah Murray, both with four tallies.

Connersville 7th red earns home victory

Welcoming Richmond Dennis to the Spartan Arena on Tuesday, the Connersville Middle School seventh-grade boys red team improved to 6-2 on the season, following a 36-10 victory.

“The boys did a good job of talking on the defensive end of the floor tonight,” Connersville Middle Shool seventh red coach Brian Munchel said afterward. “That was a major key in allowing the Bulldogs to only two first half points.”

Meanwhile, the Spartans raced out to 14 points in the first quarter, sparked by Blaine Hornsby’s nine tallies in the frame. He finished with a game-high 13 points.

Mason Back added 11 points, folllowed by Deante Smith and Jasper Martin, who chipped in four each.