Edgewood's Austin Haskett and his girls' team counterpart Annalyssa Crain have been the driving forces behind the Mustangs' success in the early part of the cross country season.
Crain has been especially impressive, winning her last three races, setting new school records in the last two, with the Mustang Invitational and this past weekend's Columbus North Invite. At Columbus, Crain set her second school mark of the week, coming in first across the finish line at 18:19.7. Her time not only helped Edgewood capture a first-place finish in the Class A race, but it was also the best time for all runners on the girls' side.
Haskett did his part by finishing first in the boys' Class A race, giving Edgewood a fourth-place team spot. His time was also the best of all boy runners that day, and toppled a 27-year school record, as well, with a time of 15:19.5.
Currently, according to the inccstats.com Indiana high school cross country rankings, Crain is rated at #11 in the state on the girls' side and Haskett is rated at #8 in the boys' rankings.
On the team side, both Bloomington South and Bloomington North and Bloomington North's girls are ranked in the top 10.
To see the entire list of rankings for team and individuals, click here.
Football action moves into week two here in Monroe County. With one team trying to get back to the final four, and two others on a rebuilding path, there's lots of excitement each and every Friday night with our area teams this Fall. Let's take a brief look at each one.
Head Coach: Scott Bless
Top Returnees: Jordan McCoy– Senior (WR), Kieran Koontz – Senior (OL), Ben Freel – Junior (QB), Noorhadi Shahrani – Senior (RB/LB), Kobe Sterner – Senior (DL)
Other Names to Watch: Bowen Murphy – Senior (FS/WR), Zach Merritt – Junior (DL), Garrett Bruce – Sophomore (LB), Xavier Trueblood – Sophomore (RB)
Hard to bounce back from a year like 2016, but hoping to see even more improvement this season with a year of experience under their belts. Offensive line should be solid and give Freel a chance to scramble.
McCoy is a good receiver and Freel’s best target after Malik Stumpf transferred to South.
The defense should also be improved with a strong linebacking corps, including Shaharani, and Sophomore Bruce.
North should be able to improve on last year’s zero-win campaign and maybe get a sectional win if they have improved enough by season’s end.
Outlook: (3-7) Sectional Second-Round
Head Coach: Brian Rosenburgh
Top Returnees: Andrew Graef – Senior (QB), John McGlothin – Sophomore (RB/LB), Ryan Stuffle – Senior (OL/DL)
Other Names to Watch: Parker Hall – Junior (WR/RB), Schuyler Curtis – Sophomore (LB/QB), Tyler Calvin – Senior (WR)
First year Head Coach Rosenburgh lost a star runner in Eyan Coldren, so they will rely on new speedsters like McGlothlin, and the scrambling ability of Graef and Curtis.
With a small senior class, this team is inexperienced and will have a few more lumps to take before they can get back to regular winning ways. But, from what we’ve seen so far, they are not lacking in attitude and effort. This should at least set a solid tone for the future.
Outlook: (1-9) Sectional First-Round
Head Coach: Mo Moriarity
Top Returnees: Gavin Yeskie – Senior (QB), Kristian Pechac – Senior (RB), Chris Bomba – Senior (WR), Donnell White – Senior (LB)
Other Names to Watch: Derek Rodriguez-Gonzales – Senior (DL), Wyatt Dalton – Senior (SS), Phillip King – Senior (DB)
Coach Mo once again has a very talented and experienced team returning for a shot at the final four and beyond. With a powerful offense led by Quarterback Yeskie and the running game of Pechac, complimented by a solid O-line, there should ample opportunity for points to be scored.
Couple that with another tough defense, and South should be atop Conference Indiana once again by season’s end and ready to take on the field and move toward playing at Lucas Oil.
Outlook: (11-3) Regional Champions; Semi-State Participants
Girls' cross country action got underway this past weekend ago here in Monroe County. Today we will take a brief look at each girls' team's season outlook.
Head Coach: Justin Helmer
Top Returnees: Grace Williams - Senior, Alexa Gebhardt – Senior, Mya Hegarty - Sophomore, Bella Farmer – Senior
Other Names to Watch: Quinn Wilson – Sophomore, Abbey Armstrong - Freshman
This is a solid squad with Williams at the lead of the pack. Gebhardt is an excellent No. 2, with Hegarty, Farmer and Armstrong all expected to put up points each week.
Williams has a chance to finish in the Top 10 at the State meet at year’s end and expect the team to have a respectable placement at State, as well.
Outlook: Team top 15 State finish; Grace Williams top 10 state finisher; Alexa Gebhardt top 40 state finisher; Mya Hegarty top 75 state finisher.
Head Coach: Samantha Ginter
Top Returnees: Toudora Galuska - Senior, Madison McMullen - Senior, Zoe Rauh - Junior
Other Names to Watch: Anneke Furr - Sophomore, Tori Bomba – Senior
In Galuska, South has one of the top runners in the area. Add in McMullen and South has a nice tandem as they lead a talented, experienced team.
Bomba, and Junior Rauh should give South a solid top four and Furr rounding out the scoring for a team that will likely cruise through the Regional meet and should have a strong showing at semi-state and state, a well.
Outlook: Team top 20 State finish; Galuska top 30 state finisher; Furr and McMullen top 50 state finishers; Rauh top 75 state finisher
Head Coach: Micah Mobley
Top Returnees: Paige Abel - Junior, Kaylee Meyer - Junior, Annalyssa Crain – Freshman, Sarah Foster - Freshman
Other Names to Watch: Mikayala Deckard - Senior, Olivia Warner – Freshman
Abel and Meyer are back, and are both capable of scoring points, but as evidenced in this past weekend’s Early Bird meet, Crain and Foster will be doing the same. This team should be in position to go deep into the post season race schedule, as they will continue to improve.
Outlook: Crain, Abel, Meyer, and Foster State Qualifiers; Crain top 50 state finisher; Abel and Foster top 80 state finishers; Meyer top 100 state finisher
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Head Coach: Bob Lowers
Top Returnees: Sydney Snyder - Junior, Esther Whitney - Junior, Amelia Chapman – Sophomore
Other Names to Watch: Hannah Browning - Freshman, Shayla Stanton – Freshman
A young squad, but Lowers always mentors and coaches his kids so that they are competitive and improve constantly, so expect them to for each meet and surprise a few teams along the way.
Boys' cross country action got underway a week ago here in Monroe County. Today, we will take a brief look at each boys' team's season outlook.
Head Coach: Larry Williams
Top Returnees: Jake Wisniewski - Senior, Ian Shaw – Junior, Wil Zinkan – Junior, Jack Gillard - Sophomore
Other Names to Watch: Codie Pullon – Senior, Lucas Coniaris – Senior
Shaw, Zinkan, and Wisniewski make up a solid trio for the Panthers. Add in talented Sophomore Gillard and Pullon and South should be able to get back in the fold for Sectional and Regional trophies. Team should have no problem qualifying for the State meet and having a decent showing there.
Outlook: Team State Qualifier; Shaw top 50 state finisher; Wisniewski, Zinkan and Gillard top 75 and Pullon top 100 state finisher.
Head Coach: Charlie Warthan
Top Returnees: Drew Warren - Senior, Isaiah Hollars- Junior, Paul Rushton – Sophomore
Other Names to Watch: Ben Iovino - Senior, Jake Talbert – Sophomore, Miles Main - Senior
Warren is one of the area’s best runners, and should be atop most finishers in each race this year. Hollars, Rushton and Iovino have surely gotten stronger and faster and will score points more often than not for the Cougars.
This team should be able to get through Sectional and Regional meets and will definitely be able to qualify for State.
Outlook: Team State Qualifier; Warren top 50 state finisher; Rushton and Hollars top 75 state finishers.
Head Coach: Micah Mobley
Top Returnees: Austin Haskett - Junior, Cameron Banister- Junior, Zach Kovach- Senior
Other Names to Watch: Liam Nelson - Sophomore, Zay Doering – Sophomore
Haskett is one of the area’s best runners. He should again win or finish atop most races all year. Banister and Kovach will compliment him well, as they both have solid experience and have likely gotten stronger and faster.
Mobley’s team should be much improved, but look for Haskett to be the star and still running at State.
Outlook: Team Semi-State Qualifier; Haskett top 15 state finisher;
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Head Coach: Bob Lowers
Top Returnees: Erik Larson- Sophomore, Jonathan Pyclik – Sophomore, Josiah Walker - Junior
Other Names to Watch: James Mahoney - Freshman
After a successful Freshman year, Larson is a talented runner and will be the team’s leader of the pack all season. Team is inexperienced, otherwise, but with Lowers as coach the Lions should see improvement with each meet and have decent post-season success.
Outlook: Larson top 5 finisher state finisher.
Boys’ Tennis action got underway this week. Here’s a look at how the area teams shape up:
BLOOMINGTON NORTH COUGARS
Head Coach: Ken Hydinger
Top returnees: Mac Rogers – Senior; Paul Dzubay – Senior; Christian Gettelfinger – Junior
Other Names to Watch: Sam Orbaugh – Junior; Jason Lovell - Junior
The top returning player in the county, Rogers will be at No. 1 singles, with Dzubay and Gettlefinger heading up the singles competition, while doubles will be made up of Senior Jack Ruche, Lovell and a collection of sophomores, with Gettelfinger likely mixed in.
This team is loaded and ready for a very successful campaign.
Outlook: Team Regional Finalists; Rogers Singles State Semi-finalist
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH PANTHERS
Head Coach: Matt Corry
Top Returnees: Konner Shapiro – Senior; Chris Piekarsky – Junior; Holt Henke – Junior; Calvin Prenkert - Junior
Other Names to Watch: Thomas Joyce - Sophomore; Chandler Martin – Senior; Andy Chang - Sophomore
With another year of experience, the Panthers should be in a stronger position to compete a higher level and surprise quite a few teams. Shapiro is solid at No. 1 singles with Joyce and Chandler Martin looking to fill out the singles group.
Outlook: Team Sectional Finalists
Head Coach: Doug Uhls
Top Returnees: Tyler Lunn – Senior; Noah Brooks – Senior; Austin Hammond – Senior; Houston Holmes – Junior
Other Names to Watch: Ben Holmes – Senior; Evan Whitlow - Senior
This team is very senior-heavy with lots of varsity experience. The singles group of Hammond, Whitlow and Houston Holmes are solid and the No.1 doubles tandem of Lunn and Brooks should be a force.
Outlook: Team Sectional Semi-finalists
; Edgewood already got a head start this past weekend, but the other high school squads in Monroe County will get their seasons underway this week, so today we will take a brief look at this season's prospects for each school.
NOTE: Bloomington North information unavailable - This post will be updated.
Head Coach: Eugene Kim
Top Returnees: Ashley Elliott – Senior; Brittany Allen – Junior; Grace Bland – Senior; Sydney Conger - Senior
Other Names to Watch: Bria Ooley - Junior; Olivia Blackketter – Sophomore; Bailey DeMier - Freshman
This team lost a lot of experience to graduation the past few seasons, but should still be a strong squad with the likes of Conger, Elliott and Bland. Coach Kim didn’t feel like the leadership factor was lost, though. “The way the pre-season practices looked, it will certainly be collective effort amongst the whole team… We have a team that is invested in each other.
Even though South’s schedule is pretty tough this year, he is hoping at this point to compete in every game. Kim adds, “We'll probably see 7-8 of the top ten teams in the state. Probably the toughest schedule the program has ever faced.”
If this team is coming together like he says and South has their typical season, winning the conference and sectionals is not out of the question.
Outlook: (16-10) Regional Participants
Head Coach: Misty Edwards
Top Returnees: Jenna LaRoche – Senior; Lillian Grimes – Junior; Madilyn Murphy – Junior; Madison Klein - Junior
Other Names to Watch: Alyssa Zemlyak – Sophomore; Alecea Clendening – Junior; Makayla Baxter- Senior
Coach Edwards has a pretty young team to start the season, especially after losing talented Seniors Kendall Souder, Ella Morris and Abby Brinegar. But her squad has been working hard all pre-season, and according to her, pieces are falling into place. Junior Madilyn Murphy is going to be the one to take over the setting position.
Senior, Jenna LaRoche will step into the Libero spot. Edwards says, “She is a great passer and does a very good job at seeing the floor.”
Other options that Edgewood will have to help with defense in the back row are Junior Madison Klein and Lillian Grimes.
Edwards adds that “this year will be our height will be a huge advantage. We have a tall front row who are a lot better at blocking, which is where we struggled last year. And our communication level is lot higher than we have had in the past, too.” In addition, they have some good hard hitters who know how to move the ball around.
Edwards is excited for the season to start because she has a squad that is very passionate about volleyball and you can see it on the floor. It is essentially a whole new team from last year so it will be interesting to see what they do in the season.
Outlook: (13-17) Sectional Semi-finalists
Head Coach: Disney Bronnenberg
Top Returnees: Makendri Fisher– Senior; Lilly Costello – Senior; Shea Barrow – Senior; Casidee Abram - Senior
Other Names to Watch: Taylor Storm – Sophomore; Ellen Abdullah– Sophomore
Coach Bronneberg’s Cougars graduated some strong players from last year. However, she sees her returning varsity players stepping up to the challenge of assuming leadership responsibilities. Barrow, Fisher, Costello, and Abram are all leading the charge in their respective positions.
She says’ “Our strength is coming from our seniors. They have set an incredibly strong work ethic in place in the gym and the rest of the kids in the program are buying in, in a big way. They are a group balanced with mentors, position leaders, powerful motivators and nonstop workers. They have a great intensity and it makes the whole gym rise up to their level of play. That kind of enthusiasm for the game, that hunger to improve, makes it so fun to be their coach.
Shea Barrow would run through a wall to keep the ball alive. Lilly Costello demands the best from everyone around her. Casidee Abram will keep everyone positive when things get tough. Makendri Fisher has make a great impact on the growth of some of our players who are new to the middle hitter position. Our strength is first and foremost coming from how our seniors are inspiring everyone around them.”
Bronnenberg also see sophomores Taylor Storm and Ellen Abdullah come to play hard every day and thinks she'll see them assuming some important roles as the season develops
Outlook: (19-11) Sectional Finalists
Head Coach: Mark May
Top Returnees: Jessica Fix – Senior; Katie Engel – Senior; Tessa Tichenor - Junior
Other Names to Watch: Amelia Wiser- Sophomore; Anne Holdeman - Freshman
The Lions have a ‘new’ Coach with Mark May. He is the husband and longtime assistant to the previous Coach, Beth May. So, he has a lot of familiarity with the program.
May lost a few players to graduation, including top player Grace Holdeman. According to Coach May, “Losing Grace will be a huge loss this year, as she was a great player and a great leader”. He expects Senior Jessica Fix to take over as team leader. He says that the team’s chemistry is their biggest asset going into the season, but states, “I think our hitting really needs to improve. We will have a hard time scoring points on offense. Individually I believe that a handful of girls have gotten better and hopefully by the end of the season that will mean the team will have improved. I feel our schedule is pretty tough this year, so I'm hoping at this point to compete in every game.”
Outlook: (11-13) Indiana Christian Schools Tournament Regional Participants
Girls' soccer action got underway this weekend here in Monroe County. Yesterday, we looked at the boys' teams. Today we will take a brief look at each girls' team's season outlook.
Head Coach: Austin Tucker
Top Returnees: Carly Bennett - Senior, Elizabeth Babbert – Senior, Taylor Thomas – Junior
Other Names to Watch: Ally Spear - Sophomore , Ava Land - Freshman
Austin Tucker has a young team to work with this year. He lost Serenah Morris, Isla Weber and Amber Vecrumba to graduation, who all contributed heavily.
The seniors with the most experience, Bennett and Babbert will lead this young group. Thomas is very solid at goalkeeper
Expect a decent season, because this group will likely improve with each week and surprise some teams.
Outlook: (9-10-1) Sectional Participants
Head Coach: Ian Rickerby
Top Returnees: Emily Byrd - Senior, Audrey Cadag - Senior, Gaelle Wells – Sophomore, Brynne Newland - Senior
Other Names to Watch: Emi McClaine - Sophomore, Kristen Ridner – Sophomore, Emma Mullen – Senior
Coach Rickerby has a good balance of experience and an infusion of youth that should be able to score a lot as evidenced by their opening win at Jasper (10-0) on Saturday.
Captain Audrey Cadag and her senior mateEmily Byrd, will provide good leadership for this team. Cadag, Silvers and Byrd should be able to put up strong scoring numbers to lead the offensive attack.
Defensively, Mullen and Sophomore Nicole Hardy will try and support Newland, who is a very solid goalkeeper.
Outlook: (12-7-1) Sectional Champions; Regional Participants
Head Coach: David Prall
Top Returnees: Abby Cannon - Junior, Kayley Ryan - Senior, Katie Carver – Junior; Grace Saccone - Junior
Other Names to Watch: Aleida Veldman – Senior, Liz Sowders – Senior
New coach David Prall has the makings of a pretty good team as he takes the reigns.
Abby Cannon is strong at the forward position and another junior, Katie Carver is one of the better goalkeepers around. Ryan is solid as she comes back from an injury that kept her out all of last season. IU-bound Saccone coming back is huge and will give the team a big boost.
Outlook: (11-8-1) Sectional Finalists
Boys' soccer action will get underway this coming week here in Monroe County. Today we will take a brief look at each team's season outlook.
NOTE: Information on Lighthouse Christian Academy was not available.
Head Coach: Kevin Sparks
Top Returnees: Ben Yeagley - Senior, Alex Fox - Junior, Giovanni Alicea - Junior
Other Names to Watch: Matt Landgraf - Junior, Bailey Zurface – Junior, Colin Doyle – Sophomore
The experience that Coach Sparks had in his pipeline for a while is now diminished, but the talent level is still very much there.
Yeagley and Fox make a formidable duo with their offensive capabilities. The defensive side of the pitch is where the inexperience comes in, but as the season wears on, they’ll continue to improve and make the team better.
Expect a solid year for the Southsiders, but will have a lot of stiff competition in the post season with the crew from the North side.
Outlook: (12-8) Sectional Finalists
Head Coach: Gonzalo Sanchez
Top Returnees: Noah Bise - Senior, Ethan Vecrumba – Junior, Austin Heckman – Junior
Other Names to Watch: Grant Raake – Junior
Edgewood has a pretty young squad a new coach in former Bloomington North soccer star, Sanchez.
The Mustangs have a solid goalkeeper in Heckman and the athleticism of both Bise and Vecrumba will be a big plus for them as they provide the attack, along with Raake. Vecrumba will likely taking on strong scoring role for Edgewood, while Bise will lead the middle.
Outlook: (10-9) Sectional Semi-Finalists
Head Coach: Hsuing Marler
Top Returnees: Brandon Hunt - Senior, Deniz Tezer - Senior, Jack Murer - Senior
Other Names to Watch: Nate Spriggs – Senior, Sam Martin - Junior
A lot of experience for the Cougars with loads of seniors and juniors filling up the starting lineup. Hunt is one of the top scorers around and on the defensive side, Murer is top notch, and with Martin in the net, the Cougars will be strong, especially with their experienced crew around them.
Look for the Cougars to have a strong season, and make a strong push to get into the regional round in the post season.
Outlook: (16-6) Regional Participants
The school year is beginning and thus, the Fall sports scene has begun. In this post, we'll take a brief look at the Monroe County High School Girl's Golf scene.
Head Coach: Gary Lee
Top Returnee: Kailea Covey – Sophomore; Gracie Turner - Junior
Other Names to Watch: Claudia Koontz – Junior; Maddie Deckard - Freshman
In addition to Covey, Turner, Koontz and Samantha Fleener all return. Likely a year where Edgewood’s team will work on building their game with the experience of varsity matches each and every week. As usual, will have a good shot at a conference title.
Outlook: Sectional participant
BLOOMINGTON NORTH COUGARS
Head Coach: Brian Muehlhaus
Top returnee: Lauren Stallsmith - Senior
Other Names to Watch: Lexie Floyd - Sophomore; Erin Lillis - Sophomore; KD Drummond - Freshman.
Stallsmith is the only returnee with strong varsity experience. Unfortunately, Ahna Abraham transferred to the Indiana Math and Science Academy in Muncie. Coach Muehlhaus said, “Drummond is a freshman who will play well for us this year. Lexie Floyd will play varsity, as will Erin Lillis (both are sophomores). Stallsmith will be our leader. She is our only senior and we have no juniors.” Muehlhaus’ biggest expectation for the season is simply to get better each practice and each event, and find more depth with a full squad
Outlook: Team Sectional Participant
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH PANTHERS
Head Coach: Dustin Carver
Top Returnee: Bailey Duncan – Senior; Carlie Williams - Senior
Other Names to Watch: Madeleine Stanik – Junior; Caroline Conrad - Junior
The Panthers return four varsity golfers to their lineup, including Duncan and Williams who are two of the stronger players in the area. May surprise a few teams as their top four continue to improve and build their game(s) each week.
Outlook: Regional participant
Athletes and coaches from Western Indiana Conference schools were recently recognized with the 2016-17 spring all-conference honors. There were numerous Edgewood High School athletes named.
Tanner Kolbe, Edgewood
Connor Morton, Edgewood
Phillip Terrell, Edgewood
Payton Acuff, Edgewood
Taylor Acuff, Edgewood
3,200: Austin Haskett, Edgewood
Long jump: Noah Bise, Edgewood
High Jump: Amber Vecrumba, Edgewood
Shot Put: Taylor Acuff, Edgewood
Austin Langley, Edgewood
Jackson Wendel, Edgewood
Hallie Schmucker, Edgewood
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