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Conference chase

Connersville’s Ethan Smith (34) runs down the ball against Indianapolis North Central, in front of the Panthers’ Jordan Bingham (32) at Spartan Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 26. Smith at the Spartans will travel to Franklin County tonight, before hosting Lawrenceburg on Saturday for the team’s final Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game this season.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com If the Connersville boys basketball team is going to win a fifth straight Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference title, its going to need a little help. But first, the Spartans will need to help themselves. Tonight, CHS travels t

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Sports Briefs

Spartanette Boy/Girls dance The annual Connersville High School Spartanette Boy/Girl dance will be held at Spartan Bowl on Saturday. The CHS boys basketball team will host Lawrenceburg for its final Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game of the season on Saturday

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Franklin County falls short against North Decatur, 59-38

By The NEWS-EXAMINER GREENSBURG — By the time the first quarter came to a close, the Franklin County boys basketball team found itself staring up at a three-point deficit at North Decatur High School on Tuesday. Things didn’t get any better through the

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Postseason laps

Connersville sophomore Jonah Hensley swims the 100 freestyle at a three-way home meet against Batesville and Eastern Hancock on Nov. 27. Hensley and the Spartans travel to New Palestine tonight for the IHSAA sectional meet. Hensley is seeded fourth in the 50 freestyle and fifth in the 100 freestyle.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com For the Connersville High School boys swim team, tonight’s IHSAA sectional swim meet at New Palestine will offer the chance to serve notice that the Spartans are ready for the bright lights that always accompany

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CHS football player takes talent all the way to Texas

Connersville’s Breydan Shafer shows off his No. 45 jersey, presented to him at a special ceremony at the 2019 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Shafer played linebackerand registered an interception for the East squad in the Jan. 29 game at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Shafer’s team won the game 26-7.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Getting selected to participate in an All-Star game, regardless of the sport, is a great honor. Such a selection comes with excitement, enthusiasm, and a great feeling of accomplishment. For Connersville High School football p

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CHS win streak comes to a halt vs. Muncie Central

Connersville’s Jonah Graham, right, encounters defensive pressure from Muncie Central’s Dylan Stafford (21), Tuesday evening in Muncie. The Spartans lost to the Bearcats 54-49.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com MUNCIE — The same things that have benefited the Connersville boys basketball team in recent games, abandoned them on the road against Muncie Central on Tuesday. Strong free throw shooting, the ability to

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Double Dual Delight

Union County gymnast Hayley Kottka performs on the uneven bars, Monday night inside the Connersville High School gym. Kottka tied for first place with Connersville's Ali Sargent on the bars, earning a score of 8.2.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Winter weather has played havoc with local sports schedules, and the Connersville High School gymnastics team has not been immune to seeing meets get white-washed. On Monday, CHS got an opportunity at a re-do of

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Franklin County boys basketball posts 1-1 weekend

By The NEWS-EXAMINER BROOKVILLE — The Franklin County boys basketball team traveled to Switzerland County on Saturday night and returned home with a 51-45 victory over the Pacers. The win salvaged the weekend, following a 58-38 loss at home to Greenfield-Cent

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Sports Briefs

Gals vs. Guys charity basketball game Connersville Middle School will host the 8th Annual Gals vs. Guys charity basketball game on Tuesday at Spartan Bowl. The event, featuring players from the CMS eighth-grade teams, will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a 3-point shooting

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Semistate swoon

Connersville’s Zack McQueen leans into a pin against Zach Evans from Indianapolis Chatard, Saturday at the IHSAA semistate meet in New Castle. Following the win over Evans, McQueen was defeated by Roncalli’s John Harris, ending the CHS senior’s season at 36-5. McQueen was one of four Spartans represented at the meet, as he was joined by Blake Bushey (160), Colton Massey (170) and Evan Shafer (195).

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com NEW CASTLE — Needing two wins to escape the IHSAA semistate wrestling tournament, 13 wrestlers from Connersville and the surrounding area discovered just how difficult that is to do, Saturday at New Castle High School. S

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Connersville gymnasts take fifth at home invite

Connersville gymnast Katelyn Burris performs her floor routine at a home invitational meet inside the CHS gymnasium on Saturday. Burris earned a career-high score of 9.225 in the event,good enough for fifth-place. As a team, the Lady Spartans finished fifth among the eight teams at the meet.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Competition at the 2018-19 Connersville High School Invitational gymnastics meet on Saturday was everything that CHS head coach Joann Borders wanted. “It is wonderful for our girls to see other teams go for the

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Connersville High School survives another close call

Connersville’s Clay Garrison, left, tries to drive around New Palestine junior Maximus Gizzi (11), Saturday night at Spartan Bowl. Garrison and the Spartans hung on for a 50-49 victory over the Dragons.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com The Connersville High School boys basketball team finds a way. That was certainly the case Saturday night, as the team played host to New Palestine in what could be a Class 4A Sectional 9 preview. Leading by a two with

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IU East men rally from halftime deficit for win

Courtesy of IU EAST ATHLETICS CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Overcoming a halftime deficit, the Indiana University East men’s basketball team was able bounce back to win 81-68 over Ohio Christian University on Saturday.  The Red Wolves trailed 34-33

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Stingy Spartans

Connersville junior Ethan Smith (34) takes a shot over the defense provided by East Central’s Jack Driggers Thursday at Spartan Bowl. Smith and the Spartans remained in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference race with a 37-17 win.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Needing a victory over East Central to remain in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference race, the Connersville High School boys basketball team struggled on offense, scoring only 18 points through the final three quarter

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Franklin Co. boys beaten by North Harrison

By The NEWS-EXAMINER HARRISON, Ohio — The Franklin County boys basketball team suffered a pair of losses at Harrsion High School on Tuesday. In the varsity game, an 18-5 edge in the third quarter did most of the damage, as the Wildcats wound up falling by a 7

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Sports Briefs

Connersville Babe Ruth now taking registrations Connersville Babe Ruth is accepting registrations for the 2019 baseball season.  Please use this link to sign up: http://connersvillebaberuth.website.siplay.com.  Paper sign up forms will also be available s

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