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Lincoln cross country teams run at Wapahani

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

SELMA — A successful season for the Cambridge City Lincoln boys cross country team continued to show promise on Tuesday night, as the team traveled to Wapahani High School for an 11-team meet.

Led by four runners in the top-ten, the Golden Eagles wound up bringing home a second-place team finish.

Dylan McCullum (3rd, 17:56), Blake Smith (5th, 18:16.3), Payton McGriff (6th, 18:16.7) and Trenton Bertsch (8th, 18:22) paced Lincoln to the runner-up spot.

Also running for the LHS boys were Andon Ross (23rd, 19:39), Bryce Pennington (29th, 20:36) and Keaton Southerland (31st, 20:49).

The Cambridge City Lincoln girls were also in competition at the invitational, the team finishing sixth in the field. 

Bailey Puckett had the best individual finish of anyone wearing a Lincoln uniform, the CCL runner crossing the finish line second with a time of 21:10.

Behind her were teammates Kali Hetisimer (11th, 23:41), Marie Gerkin (22nd, 25:14), Maddie Bogue (37th, 28:40), Emily Powers (51st, 32:18) and Addison Sweet (52nd, 32:33).

Franklin County tennis nipped by Rushville

RUSHVILLE — Playing a nip-and-tuck match with Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Rushville, the final outcome was not a desirable one for the Franklin County boys tennis team on Tuesday.

The Wildcats earned wins at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles, but the ever-important third point was nowhere to be found, as the team returned home, tagged with a 3-2 loss.

Jack Stirn defeated Jake Carroll 6-1, 6-0 in his No. 1 singles match, followed by the FC duo of Will Wade and Evan McMillen at No. 2 doubles (7-5, 6-3).

But a pair of hotly contested matches got away from the Wildcats, as Brant Ertel fell to Marlin Herschberger 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (6-8), and the No. 1 doubles duo of Kurt Oetzel and Lonnie Schwartz dropped a 6-7 (2-7), 6-7 (7-9) decision to Braiden Hunter and Cameron Jackman.

Those two losses, combined with a 6-1, 6-0 loss by Landon Wuestefeld at No. 3 singles, was enough to give the Lions the victory.

Union County golfers fall short of a team score

LIBERTY — The Union County girls golf team entertained Tri-Eastern Conference rival Hagerstown at the Liberty Country Club on Tuesday, and wound up one golfer short of a team score.

Only three Lady Patriots teed off in the dual, allowing the Lady Tigers to leave with the victory.

Hagerstown wound up shooting a team score of 189, led by Stef Burns, who carded a 46.

Olivia Curry led UC with a score of 52. She was followed by Emma Kassens (54) and Morgan Ball (62).

Cambridge City tennis beaten at Richmond

RICHMOND — The Cambridge City Lincoln boys tennis team wound up with only one win in a dual at Richmond on Tuesday, as the team fell by a score of 4-1.

No. 3 singles player Brandon Duran got the best of Richmond’s Lavon Jordan, winning the match 6-2, 6-2. That would be the only victory in the varsity match for the Golden Eagles.

Mark Cox (No. 1) and Michael Dalrymple (2) both suffered setbacks, the former falling by a 6-0, 6-3 score, and the latter coming up short by a 6-0, 6-0 count.

In doubles play, Richmond claimed both matches over Zach Hall and Jacob Longo (No. 1), and the tandem of Dillon Asher and Jarrin Ervin. Scores in those matches were 6-0, 6-1, and 6-2, 6-0, respectively.

Lincoln earned a measure of payback in the junior varsity match-up, the Eagles winning three of the five matches played.

Winners for the LHS reserves were Austin Brooks (6-1) and Devin Brooks (6-3) on the singles courts, and the duo of Tyler Wyles and Austin Brooks (7-6) in doubles play. The loss dropped the varsity unit to 3-3 on the season.

Wildcat cross country teams host three-way meet

BROOKVILLE — Home was a nice place to be for the Franklin County High School cross country teams on Tuesday afternoon.

Both the boys and girls were in action against Seton Catholic and Oldenburg Academy on the FC home course.

The Franklin County boys finished second among the three schools in their run, while the Lady Wildcats wound up taking a win over both visitors.

The FC girls were led by junior Lauren Kelley, who wound up as the top female finisher with a time of 22:29. Senior Katelyn Meyer was the second-fastest female runner for Franklin County, finishing third-place for the women.

The Wildcat boys grabbed fourth through eighth-place in their race, enabling them to nab the runner-up spot in the team standings.

Sophomore Ben Maze was the top runner for the boys, placing fourth with a time of 20:30. Junior Drew Grant was right behind him, earning fifth with a time of 20:35. Senior Harvey Marshall and freshman Hunter Marshall ran really close splits for the first two miles, before Hunter pulled away to claim the sixth spot in a time of 21:12. Harvey was 14 seconds hehind him, finishing seventh (21:26).

Though the two teams ran on their home course, the layout was different from year’s past.

LHS volleyball sweeps Randolph Southern

Both the varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams from Cambridge City Lincoln pulled out all the stops against Randolph Southern on Tuesday, the two squads earning straight-set victories.

In the varsity tilt, Lincoln pulled out a 25-14, 25-11 and 25-23 win. The reserves were also winners, taking out the Lady Rebels by a 25-7, 25-23 score.

Alyssa Vickers led the varsity unit, collecting 11 digs, 10 kills and seven aces. Aris VanWinkle set the offense with 15 assists and added five aces. On defense Alyssa Messer finished with 11 digs, and added five kills.

In the reserve contest, Bethany Castle served up 21 points, 14 of them aces. She also finished with 11 digs. She then stepped into the varsity match and added 10 more digs to her nightly total.

The Eagles entertain Franklin County in a match tonight.