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Connersville Middle School swimmers open at Centerville

The Connersville Middle School swim team gathers at the end of the pool to cheer on one of their own, Thursday night at Centerville High School.


CENTERVILLE — While there wasn’t a team victory to speak of, the Connersville Middle School swim teams had plenty of positives to talk about, following a season-opening dual at Centerville on Thursday night.

The Connersville girls wound up losing a tight battle with the Lady Bulldogs, falling by an 86-82 margin.

First-place finishers for the girls were Harley Morris (200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke), Kaelynn Martin (100 butterfly), Julia Poe (500 freestyle), Ambria Clark (100 backstroke) and a pair of relays, the 200 medley (Clark, Martin, Morris, Poe) and 4x100 (Clark, Poe, Martin, Gabby Buehner).

The boys team didn’t finish as close as the girls, Centerville winning by a score of 102-59.

Winners for the boys included Trot Davidson (100 backstroke), Cameron Schofield (200 freestyle), Cooper Harvey (100 butterfly) and two of the team’s relay units. Those were the 200 medley team of Davidson, Harvey, Schofield and Marshall Hensley, and the 4x100 foursome of Davidson, Hensley, Schofield and Harvey.

The Spartans are back in the pool on Tuesday, hosting South Dearborn at 6 p.m.

CHS tennis falls in conference contest

In spite of playing on their home courts the Connersville High School boys tennis team fell just short of victory on Thursday, as Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Greensburg escaped the CHS venue with a 3-2 victory.

The Spartans got wins from their top two singles players, as No. 1 Gavin Parsley defeated Brett Stringer (6-0, 6-1), and No. 2 Jonah Graham knocked off Isaac Tebbe (6-3, 6-0).

Those were the only wins Connersville could muster, however.

“The boys fought hard and we had chances again to get the win,” CHS coach Chris Bloom said. “We just came up short. I like how we give ourselves a chance to win each time we step on the court.”

At No. 3 singles, Seth Spurlock fell to Charlie Pumphrey 6-2, 6-3.

On the doubles courts, the No. 1 team of Sebastian Burch and Gage Brown wound up on the short end of a 6-4, 6-2 score to Ben Duerstock and Sam Bower. At No. 2 Dylan Bennington and Dustin McCarrell fell to Karson Schneider and Bryce Stringer in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6.

The two teams played a trio of junior varsity matches, Greensburg coming away with a victory in each.

James Williams played singes (6-0 loss), while Chanler Fox and Kyle Burgoon (7-5 loss), and Josh Williams and Ty McMullen (6-1 loss) competed in doubles play.

Connersville boys soccer breaks into win column

SELMA — A slow start plagued the Connersville High School boys soccer team against Wapahani, but the Spartans were able to overcome the early adversity to claim a 3-0 victory on Thursday.

“As tje game went on, we did a much better job in spreading the field and taking better shots,” Connersville boys coach Mike Bottomley said.

Cole Martin was the first to slip a shot into the Raider’s net, his kick finding the mark with 7:52 showing on the first-half clock.

Grant Rose made the score 2-0 with 15:08 left in the game, his goal coming on a corner kick from Austin Angeles.

Brock Duncan scored the final goal of the game, his kick coming at the nine-minute mark.

“Wapahani played with a lot of numbers in the box and dared us to shoot from 20-plus yards out,” Bottomley said. “We made some adjustments and did a much better job of spreading out, moving from sideline to sideline.”

In goal, keeper Eli Judd earned the shutout, collecting eight saves throughout the game.

Connersville (1-2) travels to South Dearborn today (9 a.m. start).

Franklin County volleyball nips Cambridge City 

CAMBRIDGE CITY — The Franklin County volleyball team was on the road Thursday evening, taking on Cambridge City Lincoln.

After falling in the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-11, things appeared bleak for the Lady Wildcats. 

But they were not finished yet.

“These girls came alive and fought like I have never seen before,” FC head coach Jill Mergenthal said, after watching her charges storm back with three straight wins to claim the match. “The next three sets were more exciting than anything I’ve ever witnessed.”

The scores in the final three sets were 25-16, 25-22 and 15-10.

“This varsity team played tonight with the heart and determination that pushed them to the limit,” Mergenthal said. “They held it together and left everything they had on that court. It’s was so awesome.”

Makyah Richardson collected four digs, three kills, two blocks and two aces to pace the Wildcats. Jalynn Rogers and Rachel Bischoff paced the defense on the night, going to floor for 42 digs between the two of them.