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Finished too soon

Franklin County senior Audrey Reister sends up an assistin a Class 3A Sectional 29 quarterfinal match against Greensburg on Thursday. Reister was one of seven Lady Wildcat seniors who had their high school careers cut short with a loss tothe Lady Pirates.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com BATESVILLE — Looking across the net, the Franklin County High School volleyball team could see that its opponent in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A Sectional 29 tournament had the look of a solid test. Looks

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Sports Briefs

Connersville High School Athletic Booster Club The Connersville High School Athletic department is now accepting memberships into the Spartan Athletic Booster Club. Individual ($15) and Family ($25) memberships include listing in the Fall and Winter programs, provi

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Gridiron closeout

Connersville freshman Gavin Pearson turns the corner for a gain against Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Lawrenceburg last Friday night. CHS goes in search of a win tonight at Batesville, another EIAC opponent.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Head coach Adam Kelly and his football charges travel to Batesville tonight, staring down one final chance to pick up a win during the 2019 regular season. Connersville has been a play or two from earning wins in more than one

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Local football teams are using regular-season finales as tune-ups

Franklin County’s Hunter Tschaenn breaks free for a gain against Connersville in a game between the two Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference teams on Aug. 30. Tschaenn and the Wildcats close their regular season schedule tonight, hosting non-conference opponent Harrison (Ohio).

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com When high school football teams throughout Indiana take the field tonight, each of them will know that this is one final chance to get it right, one last opportunity to fine-tune things that might still be going

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Sport Briefs

Connersville Parks Dept. announces sign-up dates The Connersville Parks and Recreation Department has released a schedule of sign-up deadlines and fees for its sports programs. n Boys basketball; grades 1-6, $25 per child, deadline Dec. 6. n Mixed league

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Powerlifters set or match records at Hoosier Freakshow

James Lay of Rushville lifts 450 pounds during Saturday’s Hoosier Freakshow competition at BAM Fitness.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Powerlifters broke or matched eight state records during the Hoosier Freakshow event at BAM Fitness on Saturday. Thirty-two lifters from around Indiana participated in the meet, sanctioned by the United States Powe

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Semi-state dreams

Connersville’s Amelia Ross paces her way through the Connersville High School sectional course in this photo from 2018. This year, Ross was particularly strong on the CHS course, earning a 17th-place finish and qualifying for the regional as an individual. She will be joined by teammate Tylissa Beckner at Rushville this Saturday.

By STEVE DICE - Correspondent Area runners will convene this Saturday morning to compete for a chance to extend their season to semi-state. Extending their season to the next level won’t be easy. Indeed, runners from all four local schools R

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Sports Briefs

Connersville High School Athletic Booster Club The Connersville High School Athletic department is now accepting memberships into the Spartan Athletic Booster Club. Individual ($15) and Family ($25) memberships include listing in the Fall and Winter programs, provi

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Regional Cross Country Qualifiers

Union County junior Kalin Baumbauer completes her run at the Connersville sectional with a 29th-place finish last Saturday. Baumbauer’s effort helped the Lady Patriots finish fourth as a team at the meet. Baumbauer and teammatesPriscilla Kelley, Vanessa West, Genny Antrim and Emma Sharpe will step up to the starting line at the Rushville regional this Saturday.

Regional Cross Country Qualifiers

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Franklin Co. football doubles up EIAC opponent Batesville

By The NEWS-EXAMINER BATESVILLE — Heading into the fourth quarter staring at a tied score, the Franklin County football team shut out Batesville for the final 12 minutes, while scoring 14 points of its own, giving the Wildcats a 28-14 road win over their East

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Sectional week arrives for Spartans, area teams

Pictured is the 2019 Connersville High School volleyball team. The Lady Spartans will play in the Class 3A Sectional 29 tournament in Batesville to open postseason play. CHS drew a bye in the first round, and will play in the semifinals at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

By KENNETH DESCOMBES - Correspondent Final exams come due for volleyball teams throughout Indiana this week, as the postseason kicks off in many locations throughout the state. Connersville and Franklin County will travel to Batesville for the Class 3A Section

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Spartan football unable to make strong start hold up

Connersville freshman Carter DeBoard carries the footballduring a kick-off return in the fourth quarter, Friday night against Lawrenceburg. DeBoard and the Spartans were defeated by the Tigers 50-6.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com As far as opening quarters go, the Connersville High School football team had a good one on Friday night. Hosting the high-powered offense of Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe Lawrenceburg, heading into the sec

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Racing to regional

A pair of Connersville Lady Spartan cross country runners qualified for the IHSAA regional meet, Saturday at the sectional meet at CHS. Senior Tylissa Beckner, left, and junior Amelia Ross finished2nd and and 17th, respectively, at the sectional, moving them on to the regional at Rushville on Saturday.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com Local schools will be well represented at the 2019 IHSAA regional cross country meet, to be held at Rushville. That’s due to several stellar performances at the sectional cross country runs at the Connersville High Schoo

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Connersville tennis reaches end of the line at semistate

Connersville’s Dustin McCarrell lunges for a return in semistate play, Saturday at Center Grove High School. McCarrell and teammate Dylan Bennington suffered a 6-0, 6-2 setback to Terre Haute South’s Aiden Fellos and Stephen Kallybhavi.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com GREENWOOD — The Connersville High School boys tennis team knew that the farther they advanced in the postseason, the harder things were going to be. So when CHS finished up at the school’s first-ever

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