Boys' basketball action got underway this past week here in Monroe County. Here is a quick look at each team in 2017-18.
Head Coach: JR Holmes
Top Returnees: Chance Coyle - Senior, Phillip King - Senior, Chris Bomba – Senior; Anthony Leal - Sophomore
Other Names to Watch: Noah Jager - Sophomore, Grayson Rolen – Junior, Ryan Parker – Junior, Connor Hickman – Freshman
Coach Holmes’ has a solid team with seasoned veterans in Coyle, King and Bomba, as well as younger talent with Leal, Hickman, and Jager.
South has decent size and, as evidenced by their opening performance against Edgewood, they can shoot, with Coyle, Leal, Jager, Bomba, Hickman and King all able to hit from outside the arc.
South’s schedule includes two tournaments, as well as tests against New Albany (tonight), at Silver Creek, and Floyd Central (and possibly Oak Hill at the Hall of Fame Tournament), which will make them stronger as the season goes along.
Outlook: (25-8) Regional Finalists
Head Coach: Jason Speer
Top Returnees: Jack Townsend – Sophomore, Sam Weger – Senior, Liam Wilkerson – Senior, Tim Brewster – Sophomore
Other Names to Watch: Ethan Vencel - Junior, Isaac Vencel – Freshman,
Even without All-State candidate Musa Jallow graduating early, a lot of varsity experience returns for “new” head coach Jason Speer.
Without Jallow, the Cougars lack a strong inside presence, but are very heavy with depth at the guard position, with Townsend, Brewster, Wilkerson, and Isaac Vencel all slated to play PG or SG.
Speer's senior leadership will be very important this season, and since Townsend and Brewster have been contributors on the varsity level, Speer’s squad should be able to work through any adversity they may face during the year. By season’s end, the Cougars should be in position to make a run toward the sectional finals.
Outlook: (16-11) Sectional Semi-Finalists
Head Coach: JB Neill
Top Returnees: Chayton Howard - Senior, Caleb Norris - Senior, Joe Kido - Junior
Other Names to Watch: Curtis Cowden - Senior, Cameron Banister – Junior
With star guard Cooper Bybee graduated, Coach Neill’s team will have to find some extra scoring help for Chayton Howard and Norris. Super-quick Kido should be able to take up some of the scoring load when he is not running the offense.
Edgewood’s opening game against South was rough, but should not be indicative of what their season should bring. Expect them to be a solid group and have a good shot at getting into the regional round in March.
Outlook: (17-12) Sectional Finalists
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Head Coach: TJ Napier
Top Returnees: Will Campbell – Senior, Carson Smith – Sophomore, Blake Von Bokern - Sophomore
Other Names to Watch: John Parker – Junior, Tommy Sutkowski – Sophomore
LCA will have a stronger season with another year of experience under their belts and the addition of Parker and Sutkowski.
Campbell is a solid scorer and with Parker and Sutkowski added in, it gives the Lions more of a chance to put points on the board.
Lighthouse looked very good in their opening win against Washington Catholic.
Girls' swimming & diving action gets underway this weekend here in Monroe County. Today we will take a brief look at each girls' team's season prospects.
Head Coach: Phil Cole/Kandis Looze
Top Returnees: Anne Levy - Junior, McKenzie Looze - Senior, Phoebe Rensink - Junior
Other Names to Watch: Caitlin Liechti-Hawkins - Sophomore, Lauren Anders – Sophomore, Emily Long – Senior
How will the Panthers follow up their 4th-place State Meet finish from 2016-17? After all, Coach’s Cole and Looze lost superstars Celina German and Grace Haskett, among others to graduation, and freshman sensation moved to Florida.
No matter. This team returns a load of experience that should again be able to score a lot and should dominate most meets.
Looze, Levy, and Rensink are all very talented. Then add in Massengale to a strong upperclassman roster and the Panthers are hard to beat.
Expect the Panthers to again be the team to beat in Conference Indiana, and Sectionals, and expect a solid showing from this team at State.
Head Coach: Erica Musselwhite
Top Returnees: Sydney Stockman - Senior, Courtney Waskow - Junior, Hallie Schmucker - Junior
Other Names to Watch: Sarah Foster - Freshman, Destanee Evans– Junior, Dylan Chambers - Freshman
After a year off, Coach Musselwhite is back and has a number of senior athletes who are ready to lead the team with their work ethic and through their constant desire to push each other and themselves to get better. Sydney Stockmann and Kara Hatton have always worked hard and are back with hopes of having a great senior year, while Junior Hallie Schmucker is stronger than she was even a year ago. Evans is a solid diver. Look for Foster and Chambers to contribute heavily.
Says Musselwhite, “You know we have set goals as a team and as individuals and I think for a lot of them, they are going to need to see where they are a month from now to figure out where we really want to be as we get closer to WIC and Sectionals.”
Head Coach: Dave Tanner
Top Returnees: Melinda Wang - Junior, Emmy Bright - Senior, Teya Tabbal - Sophomore
Other Names to Watch: Melina Raglin - Junior, Ryan Paquette – Senior, Gretchen Eberle – Sophomore, Ellie Baldomero - Freshman
Coach Tanner has a fairly young squad. Only three seniors, but solid experience is back.
Gone are versatile Alicia DeMars and talented German foreign-exchange student Emma Mohn. Hoever, Wang, Bright, and Tabbal are all very good with State Meet experience. Freshman Baldomero is expected to contribute points.
Once again, the Cougars are expected to be very competitive each week and be a contender in the Conference and Sectional meets.
Conference Indiana announced its Fall sports All-Conference teams this week, and numerous Bloomington South and Bloomington North athletes, as well as coaches, were recognized.
Madeleine Stanik, Bloomington South
Caroline Conrad, Bloomington South
Lauren Conner, Bloomington South
K.D. Drummond, Bloomington North
Paul Dzubay, Bloomington North
Christian Gettelfinger, Bloomington North
Mac Rogers, Bloomington North
Konner Shapiro, Bloomington South
Sam Orbaugh, Bloomington North
COACH OF THE YEAR: Ken Hydinger, Bloomington North
Grace Saccone Bloomington North
Katie Carver, Bloomington North
Aleida Veldman, Bloomington North
Emily Byrd, Bloomington South
Gaelle Wells, Bloomington South
Clara Voskuil, Bloomington South
Emma Mullen, Bloomington South
Emi McClaine, Bloomington South
Caitlin Nash, Bloomington South
Elizabeth Sowders, Bloomington North
COACH OF THE YEAR: Ian Rickerby, Bloomington South
Austin Himebaugh, Bloomington North
Brandon Hunt, Bloomington North
Alex Fox, Bloomington South
Gabriel Lika, Bloomington South
Grant Yeagley, Bloomington South
Ben Yeagley, Bloomington South
Max Menczer, Bloomington North
Jack Murer, Bloomington North
Matthias Ortiz, Bloomington North
Giovanni Alicea, Bloomington South
Elijah Truss, Bloomington South
COACH OF THE YEAR: Kevin Sparks, Bloomington South
Girls’ Cross Country
Mya Hagerty, Bloomington North
Grace Williams, Bloomington North
Aviv Hagar, Bloomington South
Toudora Galuska, Bloomington South
Madison McMullen, Bloomington South
COACH OF THE YEAR: Justin Helmer, Bloomington North
Boys’ Cross Country
Andrew Warren, Bloomington North
Isaiah Hollars, Bloomington North
Ian Shaw, Bloomington South
Wil Zinkan, Bloomington South
Jacob Wisniewski, Bloomington South
Codie Pullon, Bloomington South
Jack Gillard, Bloomington South
COACH OF THE YEAR: Larry Williams, Bloomington South
Grace Bland, Bloomington South
Sydney Conger, Bloomington South
Lucy Anderson, Bloomington South
Lilly Costello, Bloomington North
Makendri Fisher, Bloomington North
Casidee Abram, Bloomington North
Shea Barrow, Bloomington North
Bailey DeMier, Bloomington South
COACH OF THE YEAR: Eugene Kim, Bloomington South
Chris Bomba, WR, Bloomington South
Kieran Koontz, OL, Bloomington South
Nate Taylor, OL, Bloomington South
Sam Lewis, DL, Bloomington South
Noorhadi Shahrani, LB, Bloomington North
Quantrell Porter, DB, Bloomington South
Ben Freel, P, Bloomington South
Jordan McCoy, WR, Bloomington North
Nathan Jenkin, Ret, Bloomington North
Cole Prather, DB, Bloomington North
Kobe Sterner, DL, Bloomington North
Xavier Trueblood, RB, Bloomington North
Sean Azcui, WR, Bloomington South
Phillip King, DB, Bloomington South
Chase Shields, LB, Bloomington South
Maveric Thiery, RB, Bloomington South
Gavin Yeskie, QB, Bloomington South
The Western Indiana Conference announced its Fall sports All-Conference teams and numerous Edgewood athletes were recognized this week:
Girls’ Cross Country
Boys’ Cross Country
Girls' basketball action got underway this week with season openers here in Monroe County for all four county teams. Here is a quick look at each team in 2017-18.
Head Coach: Jeff Turmail
Top Returnees: Abby Cannon – Junior*, Nina Castro-Sauer – Senior*, Katie Carver – Junior, Hannah Allen - Senior
Other Names to Watch: Ainsley Urbanski - Sophomore, Grace Donahue – Senior, Emma Unversaw – Senior
* - out for the season
A lot of experience returns for new head coach Jeff Turmail. Unfortunately, a few key returnees will not be available because of knee injuries, Cannon and Castro-Sauer.
His senior leadership will be very important this season, and Turmail has depth and experience coming back at many positions, which he says will help all year long as they continue to build on improvements from last season.
The Cougars will rely on the depth at the guard position, as they look to play at a quick pace and take advantage of early opportunities in their positions to score.
By season’s end, Turmail wants his squad to be playing their best basketball of the year. They will take it one game at a time, and provide opportunities for players to develop and maximize their potential as they go.
Outlook: (10-15) Sectional Participants
Head Coach: Gary Sims
Top Returnees: Taylor Acuff - Senior, Melea Shockney - Senior, Claire Phillips - Senior
Other Names to Watch: Taylor Minnick - Freshman, Kaylee Meyer – Junior
Coach Sims’ team will be playing an up-tempo style, as his squad is quick and athletic. Not a lot of size, so they are going to have to work on our post defense.
He has a few players who will start the season out with injuries, sophomore Alle Spear and freshman Trinity Robertson. Newcomer to watch is freshman Taylor Minnick.
Expect a solid season, and if it all comes together, this squad should be fighting for a sectional crown again.
Outlook: (14-12) Sectional Finalists
Head Coach: Larry Winters
Top Returnees: Lauren Leal - Senior, Addisyn Blackwell - Junior, Olivia Blackketter - Sophomore
Other Names to Watch: Kristen Ridner - Sophomore, Clara Voskuil – Sophomore, Kellie Parks – Senior
Coach Larry Winters’ is not heavy on experience, with only two seniors (Leal, Parks), and two juniors (Blackwell, Leeper).
As usual, the Panthers will have an athletic squad that will be able to rely on speed and hustle to create turnovers and run the floor. This year, Winters also has the luxury of some size, too, with eight players at 5’9” or taller.
Blackwell is one of the best players in the area, so she will be taking on the largest scoring load. With the size that South has, there should also be opportunities for numerous bigs to get points in the paint.
South should have another solid season, and if the younger talent comes together, they should be able to content for the Sectional title in March.
Outlook: (16-9) Sectional Finalists
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Head Coach: Mark May
Top Returnees: Katie Engel – Senior, Jessica Fix – Senior, Hannah Rousey - Freshman
Other Names to Watch: Jesse Brown – Sophomore, Tessa Tichenor - Junior
Coach May’s team may have some challenges, because of the loss of the “All-Everything” Grace Holdeman and her 31.0 ppg average. Fix will be the main ball handler and expected to carry the load with scoring. Engel provides height inside.
The season schedule is speckled with IHSAA 1A match-ups, so there is room for this team to get better as they go, but it won’t be without taking some lumps.
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
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