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Brownstown Central’s volleyball team didn’t have any trouble in Thursday’s Mid-Southern Conference match at home against Austin, topping the Eagles, 25-13, 25-4, 25-6.
The Class 3A No. 4 Braves improved to 7-0 in the MSC and 20-2 overall.
The team was 71 of 73 in serving with 13 aces. Brooke Otte led the way by going 21 of 21 with nine aces, while Lindsey Laporga was 17 of 17 with three aces, and Hallie Wessel was 14 of 14.
Brownstown finished 59 of 68 in hitting with 26 kills, and Abbi Shade was 25 of 26 with 10 kills.
On Tuesday, the Braves will travel to play county rival Seymour, which is ranked 10th in 4A.
Trinity Lutheran 3, Southwestern (Shelby) 2
Trinity Lutheran wrapped up the regular season with its fourth-straight victory, slipping past Southwestern (Shelby), 3-2.
Henry Welker at No. 1 singles won, 6-1, 6-1; Aaron Bloch at No. 2 singles won, 6-3, 6-2; and Chaz Mathis won, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 3 singles to secure the win. The Cougars only won one game in each set at both doubles positions.
The Cougars will take an 8-8 record into next week’s Seymour Sectional. The draw is Monday, and play begins Wednesday.
Local runners fare well
in Paoli Invitational
Jackson County teams Trinity Lutheran, Crothersville and Medora ran in the Paoli Invitational.
In the boys meet, Trinity finished ninth, Crothersville was 11th and Medora was 13th. The top runners were Luke Onken of Trinity, 19th in 19:41; Grayson Barnes of Crothersville, 48th in 22:09; and Michael Powell of Medora, 49th in 22:10.
There also was an open race, and Crothersville freshman Damon McFarland had a better time than all of his varsity
teammates, finishing third in 21:33 in only his third meet of the season.
“(McFarland) was sick for about half the season, so to turn in that time after just three races, that was a good point,” Tigers coach Carl Bowman said. “Grayson stepped up (with top runner Caleb Minton not able to finish the race because of a lingering injury).”
The Crothersville girls finished fifth, and the team earned ribbons for the third time this season, which Bowman said was a first for the girls program. Lea Grissmer led Crothersville by placing 28th in 26:40.
For Medora, Jadelyn Dean finished in 26:50, and Justice Dean finished in 28:59.
“We’ve had a couple of really good practices between our last meet and now, so I was happy considering we’ve been off two and a half weeks and it’s a tough course,” Medora coach Andrew Evertts said.
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