Connersville girls and Batesville boys sweep three-way meet

The Connersville Spartans hosted a three-way meet with the Batesville Bulldogs and Eastern Hancock Royals. The Batesville boys team went undefeated going 2-0, that included a two-point victory over Connersville. The Lady Spartans went 2-0 and moved to 3-0 on the season after dominating with a total of 227 points scored. The Connersville boys went 1-1. The Batesville girls went 0-2 in the meet.


The Connersville Lady Spartans got a first and second place finish in the 200 Free with Aleigha Williams winning and Abby Keal finished second. Kendall Martin won two races on the evening (100 IM, 100 Breaststroke.) The diving team of Izzie Swiniger, Regina Gonzalez, Khristyna Herasymchelk, and Talon Sherwood won the diving competition

For the Lady Dog swimmers Isabel Raab had the highest individual finish getting second place in the 50 free and fellow sophomore Sarah Bedel had a second-place finish in the 100 Fly. The Batesville girls head coach Greg McMullen said, “We always try to mix up our season opening swims to knock the rust off and figure out where we are.”


Batesville’s Will Johnson led the Dogs with two-first place finishes (200 IM, 100 Fly). Senior Ciaran Tyrer had a first in the 100 Breaststroke and finished in 3rd place in the IM. Matthew Tekulve earned a second in the 50 Free and a third-place finish 100 Free.

Connersville was led by Cooper Harvey who was first in the 200 freestyle, AJ Brandt finished second in the 500, and Owen Nobbe placed second in the 100 Back.

Final scores for the meet:


Eastern Hancock 87, Batesville 69

Connersville 115, Batesville 55

Connersville 112, Eastern Hancock 54


Batesville 104, Eastern Hancock 42

Batesville 83, Connersville 81

Connersville 96, Eastern Hancock 44

Rushville gets back to business and takes out Lady Patriots

The Rushville Lady Lions had a week off since their last game to prepare for Union County on Wednesday night. The first quarter of play appeared as if neither team had played since last winter. A four-minute stretch where both teams went 0-10, only 11 total combined points in the frame, and more turnovers than a coach would want to see in the entire game. With 25 seconds to go in the quarter the Lady Lions led 3-2. Each team drained a three pointer to save face for the squads after the previous seven minutes and 30 seconds of basketball. Kylee Herbert drained Rushville’s long ball and UC’s Peityn Gillman hit another with five ticks to go in the period, Rushville came out on top 6-5.

The second frame saw both offenses clicking. Four different Lady Lions scored in the frame with Leonie Boyer hitting her first basket of the night and Ericka Kuhn going two-for-two from the foul line to give Rushville a 10-5 lead. Gillman brought the Lady Patriots back, scoring seven points over the next three minutes to put UC on top 12-10. Two more baskets had UC up 16-11 with 1:50 to play in the half. Rushville senior Belle Gossett went on her own 5-0 run to tie the game back up at 16-16 as the teams went into the locker room.

The Lady Lions got in their grove in the third frame dropping 16 points on the Union County defense. Gossett led the charge, scoring six of her game high 17 points in the period. Rushville learned not to send UC’s Katie McCashland to the line, she went a perfect six for six on the freebies in the frame to keep the Lady Pats close. Briley Munchel scored five in the quarter and Rushville led 32-29 through three quarters of play.   

The Lady Patriots hit two quick deep balls to start the final period and pulled within two-points, but Rushville’s defense took over. They held UC to just one more field goal in the game and finished off the contest hitting 5 of 6 free throws and putting up 14 more points. Gracie Buzzard scored five of her six points in the final quarter while Rushville cruised to a 47-40 win. The victory moves them back over .500 at 4-3 on the season. Rushville will have week off before the are back in action, they host the Whiteland Lady Warriors (3-6) next Wednesday, December 7. They host Greensburg in their second EIAC game on Saturday Dec. 10. Both contests have a 7:30 varsity tip time.

Unofficial stats- RCHS – Gossett 17 points, Munchel 9, Herbert 8, Buzzard 6, Boyer 5, Kuhn 2. UCHS – Gillman 10, C. McCashland 8, Fields 8, K. McCashland 6, Hill 4, Gray 2, Hughes 2.


Bulldogs takeout Cubs for first mat victory

The Batesville wrestling team hosted the Madison Cubs in their home opener on Tuesday. Despite only having nine wrestlers competing to Madison’s 11, the Dogs overcame the odds, winning five out of eight matches by pin. The Dogs collected a 36-33 win over Madison.

Sophomore Conner Shields got his first win of his career by pin at 132. Freshman Dylan Comer also got his first win of his high school career by pin at 170. David Maher (138), Damien Dance (160), and Max Amberger (285) all moved to 2-0 winning by pin while AJ Dance (106) picked up a forfeit to move to 2-0 as well. The team victory now has the Bulldogs sitting at 1-1 on the season. They will travel to Milan on Saturday to compete in a 6-way with an 8am start time. The five other teams they will square off with are Rushville, Lawrenceburg, Union County, Greensburg, and Milan.

Final Score
Batesville 36 Madison 33

EIAC Swimming and Diving results

East Central hosted the Bloomington North Cougars on Tuesday and came away with the first two losses of the season. Bloomington North girls won 95-91 and the boys won 117-69.
Individual winners include Kaden Cummins in the 200 Freestyle, Bree Cleary 1-meter diving, and Tara Hall in the 100 Backstroke.
EC won 4 of 6 relays.

Greensburg swimming and diving got underway last Tuesday with a double loss at home to East Central. The always tough Trojans took a 141-27 win on the girl’s side and a 131-48 win on the boy’s end.
EC won every relay race, adding individual wins in girls 200 freestyle (Ella Maxwell), 200 individual medley (Tara Hall), 50 free (Riley Hester), 1 meter diving (Ava Russell), 100 butterfly (Audrey Bumgardner), 100 free and 100 backstroke (Riley Reany), 100 breaststroke (Elle Jankovsky), 500 free (Sam Mittermeier) and boys 200 IM and 100 free (Ayden Ketcham), 50 free (Henry Strotman), 1 m diving (Nick Hutchinson), 100 fly and 100 back (Kyle Goodwin), 500 free (Collin Wilson) and 100 breast (Brogan Wilson).
The Trojans are back at it on tomorrow (Thursday) taking on Lawrenceburg and Oldenburg Academy. Batesville visits Greensburg on Dec. 13.

Photo by Michelle Murray

Greensburg finds out East Central is willing and Trabel

If it was ever in question which EIAC girls’ basketball team is the top on the totem pole, Josie Trabel answered that Tuesday night. Her East Central Lady Trojans hosted Greensburg. Trabel faced off with Leah West in a battle of the top scoring players in the conference with West putting up 17.5 ppg and Trabel averaging 17.8. For the first half West had her team battling even with the three-peat champ Lady Trojans but Trabel took matters into her own hands in the third quarter putting up 14 of EC’s 19 points in the frame. She added five more in the fourth quarter and finished the contest with 25 while holding West to just 12 points on the night. East Central pulled out a 53-42 win, giving them a 5-4 record on the season and a 2-0 start in EIAC matchups. Greensburg drops below .500 on the year with a 3-4 record. The loss puts them at 0-1 in EIAC games.

East Central came out firing on all cylinders with Caitlyn Dick and Trabel getting EC started with a 5-0 run to begin play. West scored the first basket for the Lady Pirates to stop the two-minute scoring run by the home team. Dick scored again then West countered with a long ball, and it was 7-5 in the Lady Trojans favor. That was the last shot Greensburg would hit over the next four minutes as EC 9-0 run. The first frame finished with EC up 18-6. The Lady Bucs battled back in the second period starting the frame with four players hitting from downtown. West, Emma Adams, and Aly Powers all hitting a three, and Mary Harmon tied the game up at 18-18 with just 2:20 played in the frame when she completed the quartette of trey’s for GCHS. Dick answered back for EC scoring six in the period, Emily Klem chipped in a basket with just over a minute left in the half and EC pushed the lead back to eight. Harmon saved face for Greensburg adding another triple with 30 seconds to go, making the score 27-21 at the half.

The third frame belonged to Trabel who collected six quick points from two, and-one opportunities and hit six field goals in the period. Dick added a three and Laney Baker hit two freebies as the Lady Pirates fell behind 46-31 to start the final frame. Trabel scored the first three points in the fourth quarter then Adams hit a three-point shot and that was the last score for the next five minutes as the teams stayed at a 49-34 stalemate. Trabel broke that with 1:40 left to play by hitting a basket to start a mini scoring spree from both teams. Powers, Emma McQueen, and Carmen Thackery all scored for the Lady Bucs and Baker for EC to finish the contest with the Lady Trojans winning 53-42.

Unofficial scoring- East Central Lady Trojans- Tarbel 25, Baker 15, Dick 9, and Klemm 4. Greensburg Lady Pirates – West 12, Adams 9, Harmon 8, Powers 8, Thackery 3, and McQueen 2.

The Lady Trojans next contest is Thursday when they host Madison. Greensburg hosts Connersville on Saturday. The EIAC game tips of at 1:30pm.

EIAC Wrestling results

Bulldog wrestlers open with loss

The BHS wrestling team started the season traveling to Jennings County Nov. 22. Despite giving up three forfeits, the young Bulldogs won six of 10 matches but fell short in their effort; the Panthers won 39-36.

The six Bulldogs winning by pin were junior David Maher at 138 pounds, sophomores Damien Dance (160), John Dirkhising (195), and Max Amberger (285) and freshmen AJ Dance (106) and Brady Wonnell (145). 

Lion wrestlers open with win

Rushville wrestling started the 2022-23 season by pounding Shenandoah at home 59-21 on Nov. 22. Earning pins were Hunt (113 lbs), Jacobs (126), Tackett (132), Pavey (170) and Collins (285).

Spartans Results

FW Bishop Dwenger 78, Connersville 3

Central Noble 67, Connersville 3

Spartan winners: Aric Fox (145 lbs) by decision 8-1 – O.P. Foster (195) by decision 6-2

photos courtesy RCHS Twitter @RushvilleHigh

Cats pick up from last year, start 2-0

After an 18-win campaign in 2021-22, Franklin County boys basketball is off to a nice start again following opening-week wins over Hagerstown and Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference foe South Dearborn.

Saturday night in Aurora, the Wildcats brought home a 51-39 victory over the Knights.

SD went on a 7-4 swing to end the first half up 22-19, despite senior Brant Ertel’s long 2-point basket to beat the halftime horn. The bucket started an 8-0 run by the visitors and the Knights never regained the lead again, though the score was knotted at 34 after three quarters.

In the fourth, Ertel (17-footer) and classmate Landen Wuestefeld (3 off a Quinn Gillman assist) put FC up by five. Later, with a 7-point advantage, the Cats patiently ran the offense. A three by Payton Hill cut the lead to 42-37 and first-year SD coach Patrick Cosgrove called timeout.

Senior Jace Lee then converted an and-one opportunity to start a string of eight unanswered for the guests. He added a wide-open layup from an Ertel pass.

Ertel (from Wuestefeld) began the night with a triple, part of a 12-point first half for No. 30. SD scored the next four to grab the lead; Ertel put in two before a three by Kenny Carpenter made it 7-5. Gillman hit two at the line for an early tie. The back and forth continued as Ertel banged in another drive, Carpenter scored down low and Ertel tripled off a Nick Vanoven assist. A deep 3 by Wuestefeld helped FC to a 16-12 lead after one.

Only three goals were scored in the next frame (all by SD) prior to Ertel’s last-second shot. Two came from Ryan Willoughby and Brodie Teke completed a 3-point play.

Senior Brady Morehead fed Lee for two to open the second half. A pair of Lee steals led to a Gillman free throw and Wuestefeld 3-ball, making it 25-22. Back-to-back field goals by Ertel produced a 29-23 score and Gillman’s trey made it 32-24. Around another Ertel make, Teke canned two 3-pointers. Willoughby rounded out the third with two FTs.

Ertel led all scorers for a second straight game, netting 23. Wuestefeld’s trio of threes gave him 9, with Lee getting 8, Gillman 7, Morehead 3 and Eli Butt 1. Teke (13) and Willoughby (11) paced the Knights.

Lady Dogs finally get Jac-Cen-Del, add another win over Connersville for a 2-0 weekend

It had been over seven years since the Batesville Lady Bulldogs had defeated the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles on the hardwood, a stretch that went 11-0 in favor of county rival JCD.

That changed Friday night at BHS. The Dogs pulled out a tight 49-47 win over the Eagles to even their season record at 3-3.

After one period, the score was tied at 12-12. The hosts gained some separation over the next eight minutes, taking the second quarter 13-8 to lead by five at halftime. The Eagles got three of those back out of the locker room, going into the final frame down 36-34. The squads were even in the fourth, each netting 13 points. Sophomore Aly Peters led all scorers with 23 points, hitting all seven free throw attempts. Classmate Lydia Haskamp netted 10 tallies. JCD put three players in double figures – Julia Meyer 16, Reagan Hughes 14, Olivia Neal 12.

Vs. Connersville Saturday afternoon in the Spartan Bowl, the Bulldogs made it three wins in a row while picking up their first Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference victory. Final was 54-41. The guests had a sluggish start, trailing 12-11 after eight minutes of play. The turnaround came in period two, as BHS outscored the Spartans 13-5 to lead by seven at half. Peters completed an excellent weekend with 22 more points and Haskamp again posted 10.

BHS (4-3, 1-0) travels to Shelbyville Saturday for a matinee with the Lady Golden Bears.

East Central Ladies drop fourth in a row

The Lady Trojans fell to the Mt. Vernon (Fortville) Lady Marauders by 23 points on Saturday. The road loss is the fourth in a row for EC, after starting 4-0 now sit at .500 on the season. The Lady Trojans will look to get back on the winning track with a home stand starting Thursday with a matchup against Madison (5-1). EC will host Jennings County (4-1) on Saturday. Laney Baker led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 7, Emily Klem and Josie Trabel each added 6 in the Mt. Vernon loss.

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