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Catching fancy

Connersville’s Warren Toole (3) awaits a pass against Franklin County in this photo from 2018. Toole is taking his pass-catching talents to Anderson, where he’ll be a receiver for the Ravens.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Catching on to things has never come difficult to Connersville’s Warren Toole. In fact, it’s that very skill that has earned him a chance to play football in the college ranks. The 2019 CHS graduate has signed and

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Lady Spartan soccer beaten in their season opener by Richmond, 4-2

Connersville sophomore Molly Crank (3) gets a kick off past the defense of Richmond’s Riley Wetzel (18) and Brianna Hillard (4) at Spartan Field on Thursday afternoon. Crank and the Lady Spartans wound up on the wrong end of a 4-2 score.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com While they had the edge in time of possession and shots on goal, the Connersville High School girls soccer team did not have Nakala Bennett. She was wearing a Richmond uniform on Thursday evening, and that was the difference i

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Connersville boys tennis nipped by Batesville

By The NEWS-EXAMINER BATESVILLE — The Connersville High School boys tennis team picked up wins at No. 2 and 3 singles, but just could not find that all-important third team point, as the team fell to Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Batesville on Thurs

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Sports Briefs

Connersville High School All-Sport tickets on sale Connersville High School is now selling All-Sport tickets for the 2019-20 school year. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults - $60; Student - $40; Senior Citizens - $55. A family pass (for immediate family members o

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Game Day arrives

Connersville’s Evan Shafer (9) makes a catch against Jennings County in a game between the two teams on Sept. 21, 2018. The CHS juniorwill be a big receiving threat for the Spartans in the 2019 season.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com For most players on the Connersville High School football roster, it's been a long wait for the 2019 season to kick off. That wait is over now. Tonight, the Spartan gridders will travel to Richmond to open up the 2019 schedule

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CHS boys tennis opens with shutout win over Blue River

Connersville’s No. 1 player, Gavin Parsley, watches a return shot against Blue River Valley’s Connor Brookbank, Wednesday afternoon at the Connersville High School tennis courts. The two teams played Wednesday to make up a match that was postponed due to weather 24 hours earlier. Parsley defeated Brookbank in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com While the team has played only one match, it appears that there might be something to be said for the experience that the Connersville High School boys tennis team is putting on the court. Following a rain-out against Blue Riv

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Local football teams seek fast starts in 2019

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Ready or not, the 2019 high school football season is mere hours away from kick-off. Every squad in Indiana is at this moment hopeful it can place that early notch in the win column, and teams from Cambridge City Lin

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Cambridge City Lincoln volleyball victorious over Seton

By THE NEWS-EXAMINER CAMBRIDGE CITY — The Cambridge City Lincoln volleyball team picked up a win over Seton Catholic on Wednesday evening, getting the job done in four sets. The Lady Golden Eagles were victorious in the first two sets, winning by scores of 25

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Charging Ahead

Flanked by parents Keith and Teresa, Union County’s Olivia Schwab (center) signs her letter-of-intent to continue her volleyball career at Ancilla College in a signing ceremony at UCHS. Standing behind the trio is Union County head volleyball coach Joe Pavey.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com LIBERTY — Sometimes, a little push is all that someone needs. Take Olivia Schwab for example. A volleyball player for much of her life, the daughter of Keith and Teresa Schwab simply took the game, one set at a time

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Spartan volleyball suffers setback to EIAC's Tigers

By THE NEWS-EXAMINER The Connersville High School volleball team dipped into Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference waters, hosting Lawrenceburg inside the CHS gymnasium, and found the water not much to its liking on Tuesday night. While showing improvement from a Mon

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Sports Briefs

Correction In the Aug. 17-18 edition of the Connersville News-Examiner, it was incorrectly reported that Justus Parvis was a member of the Connersville High School boys tennis team. The name should have read Gavin Parsley. The News-Examiner apologizes for 

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Repeat Seekers

Connersville’s Sebastian Burch lends his racquet to a return shot last season on the Connersville High School tennis courts. Burch returns in his doubles role this season, opening the year at No. 1 with teammate Dustin McCarrell.

By GRADY TATE gtate@newsexaminer.com The 2018 Connersville High School boys tennis team turned Sectional 13 into its own personal playground last season, using a pair of 5-0 wins to claim the championship hardware. Since then, the question has been, can the

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Extra Innings

Denton “Mook” Shepler moves in to catch a foul ball in a regional game against Indianapolis Scecina on June 2, 2018. Shepler and the Patriots won the 2018 sectional title to advance to the regional. Shepler says thathelping UC take that sectionalcrown was one of his best memories playing baseball.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com LIBERTY — His name is Denton Shepler, but through his years at Union County High School, he’s been known as Mook. Call him what you want, but don’t forget to also call him a University of Indianapolis Gr

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CHS volleyball taken down by Dragons in season opener

Connersville sophomore Erika Smith (14) collects a kill past the arms of New Palestine’s Jesi Hall. Smith and the Lady Spartans suffered a straight-set loss to the visiting Lady Dragons.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Call it opening-night jitters if you want, but Monday’s match against visiting New Palestine was not what the Connersville High School volleyball team envisioned when it suited up. Sustained runs by the Lady Dragons

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Cambridge City Lincoln tennis opens successfully

By THE NEWS-EXAMINER MT. SUMMIT — All five varsity matches were concluded in straight sets, when the Cambridge City Lincoln traveled to face Blue River Valley on Monday evening. Fortunately for the Golden Eagles, four of those matches went their way. LHS scor

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Sports Briefs

Connersville Parks Department announces sign-up dates The Connersville Parks and Recreation Department has released a schedule of sign-up deadlines and fees for its sports programs. • Girls basketball: grades 1-6, $25 per child, deadline Sept.

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Kick Starting 2019

Connersville junior Cole Martin leans into a punt in a scrimmage against Knightstown on Saturday at Spartan Field. Martin scored six goals in 16 games for the Spartans last season, and will return for his junior season at forward.

Contributed Every coach, whether he or she is willing to admit it or not, has some concerns prior to opening a new season. Connersville High School boys soccer coach Mike Bottomley has no problem airing out at least one of his. “Going into the seaso

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CHS girls soccer young but also ready for 2019 season

Connersville’s Elise Matney (8) challenges for possession of the ball in a sectional contest last season against New Palestine, while teammate Claire Kleve, right, looks on. Both Matney and Kleveare back for the Lady Spartans,as the team opens its 2019 schedule tonight at New Castle.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Youth will definitely be served when the Connersville High School girls soccer team opens its 2019 season tonight at New Castle. A quick glance at the roster reveals that the Lady Spartans will have 16 players that are so

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Connersville football unit tunes up for final time

Connersville’s Rudy Branstetter (13) looks for running room, behind a block from Chad Owens, Friday night in a scrimmage at Monrovia. Branstetter was one of seven Spartans who carried the ball against the Bulldogs on the evening.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com MONROVIA — Making the two-hour trek southwest of Indianapolis on Friday, the Connersville High School football team got one final practice exam, prior to its big test on opening night. The trip took them to scrimmag

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Lady Wildcat golfers finish sixth at Lapel Invitational

NEWS-EXAMINER LAPEL — A very long day for the Franklin County High School girls golf team provided a sixth-place finish at the Lapel Invitational golf meet on Saturday. A rain delay prevented the Lady Wildcats from getting onto the course until 2:30

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