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EIAC Boys Basketball All-Conference Selections

Congratulations to the EIAC boys basketball All-Conference selections. Listed below are the MVp’s and players for the 2022-23 season as selected by the coaches.















EIAC indoor qualifier results

Six EIAC teams saw action this past weekend. The Whiteland Qualifier took place on Friday in Indianapolis and the Pike Championship’s took place on Saturday. EIAC teams that participated in the meets where, East Central, Batesville, and Franklin County at Whiteland and Greensburg, South Dearborn, and Lawrenceburg at Pike. listed below are the results of the EIAC teams.

Whiteland Girls Results

East Central Girls

1st – 4X200 ( Ferguson, Toney, Graf, Edwards) 1:50.79

1st – 4×400 (Ferguson, Wells, Bentley, Campbell) 4:10.88

2nd –  4×800 (Campbell, Brewer, Wells, Bentley) 9:54.67

2nd Ellie Hill Long Jump 16’6”

8th – Rylee Edwards Long Jump 15’4.5”

6th – Jorjia Ferguson 60M Hurdles 9.96

3rd Audrey Buesing Shot Put 32’2”

5th  400M DMR (Bender, Toney, Gindling, Brewer) 13:58.37

14th – Sarah Albrinck Pole Vault  7’0”

Batesville Girls

5th –  4×800 (Luers, Hanson, Myers, Dozier) 10:32.01

7th – 4×200 (Nobbe, Kuisel, Pohlman, Lipps) 1:54.94

7th–  400 DMR (Weiler, Luers, Raver, Allgeier) 14:07.71

8th – 4×400 ( Luers, Hanson, Myers, Dozier) 4:30.12

6th Ava Hanson High Jump  4’10”

12th Cora Deputy High Jump 4’7”

19th – Katherine Lipps Long Jump 14’1.5”  

10th – Nadine Davis Pole Vault 8’0”

14th – Elena Kuisel Pole Vault 7’0”

Franklin County Girls

4th –  4×200 (Harper, Merritt, Flannery, Brzezinski)  1:52.76

6th – Ella Flannery High Jump 4’10”

16th – Izzie Riffle Shot Put 27’4.75”

9th – Emma Rosenberger Long Jump  15’4”

12th – Daniella Balach Long Jump 14’11”

14th Emma Rosenberger and Keyona Madden Pole Vault 7’0”


Whiteland Boys Results

East Central Boys

6th – 4×200 (Bellman, Brotherton, Koelling, Ringer) 1:37.60

9th – 4×400 (Bellman, Ringer, Koelling, Schutte) 3:46.81

15th – 4X800 (Allison, Geisen, Hicks, Scudder) 9:32.93

10th – DMR (G. Hicks, L. Hicks, Curry, Hatton) 12:04.53

10th – Pole Vault Bowden Johnson 10’6”

9th – Long Jump Josh Ringer 19’5.5”

6th – Shot Put Will Kemper 48’2.25”

15th – Shot Put Remus Reatherford 42’9”

Batesville Boys

17th – 4×200 (Hornberger, Westerfeld, Davalos, Mahon) 1:42.19

8th – 4×800 (Clark, Basler, Trossman, Chapman) 9:12.37

8th– 400 DMR (Clark,Ranka, Trossman, Chapman) 11:46.91

9th – High Jump Cannon Clark and Hudson Kohlman 5’7”

27th – Long Jump Dylan Comer 17’3”

19th – Shot Put Brock Mahon 41’11”

30th Shot Put Carson Meyer 37’9”

Franklin County Boys

8th – 4×200 (Bowling, Stortz, Carr, Harvey) 1:38.99

12th – 4×400 (Harvey, Marshall, Carr, Stortz) 3:19.62

13th – 4X800 (Marshall, Carr, Perry, Martin) 9:27.89

16th – 400 DMR (Martin, McClure, Perry, Schwab) 13:03.93

14th – High Jump Dalton Ward and Wyatt Bowling 5’4”

23rd – Long Jump Phoenix Simmons 17’8”

31st – Shot Put Clayton Bolser 37’8”

35th – Shot Put Ian Flaspohler 34’3”


Pike Girls Results

South Dearborn Girls

6th – 60M Dash Natalie Cantrell 8.37

20th – 200M Kaileigh Harrison 29.39

9th – 400M Natalie Cantrell 1:08.34

15th – 400M Izabella Bear 1:11.04

9th – 1600M Ava Brandt 6:40.21

10th – 1600M Reva Geiser 6:40.32

11th – 1600M Sylvea Kraemer 6:44.58

13th – 1600M Shelby Rohe 6:55.38

14th – 1600M Emma Cesene 6:55.54

Lawrenceburg Girls

4th – 60M Lucy Thornton 8.27

8th – 400M Morgan Jackson 1:08.15

21st – 400M Reigha Ghiatis 1:15.10

6th – 800M Ellie Foz 2:49.02

19th – 800M Mia Davis 3:01.62

5th – 1600M Ellie Fox 6:13.66

2nd – Shot Put Molly Steuer 11.04m

3rd – Shot Put Alahna Beinkemper 10.56m

2nd – High Jump Ivy Hinkle 1.42m

1st – Pole Vault Mia Davis 2.43m

1st – Long Jump Lucy Thornton 5.16m

Greensburg Girls

1st – Shot Put Emarie Jackson 13.53m

5th – Shot Put Olivia Grimes 9.60m


Pike Boys Results

South Dearborn Boys

13th – 200M Blake Lagaly 25.12

24th – 200M Jacob Daugherty 25.71

7th – 400M Blake Lagaly 55.82

9th – 400M Corbin Cassidy

7th – 1600M Nakia Scruggs 5:07.25

12th – 1600M Jason Hail 5:18.08

14th – 1600M Adam Bruner 5:20.02

4th – Shot Put Brayden Johnson 13.89m

5th – Shot Put Blake Pruss 13.86

Lawrenceburg Boys

18th – 200M Dezmon Maloney 25.48

22nd – 200M AJ Nelson 25.60

20th – 400M Andrew Bosch 1:02.00

5th – 800M Andrew Bosch 2:15.98

18th – 800M Buddy Haase 2:33.54

22nd 1600M Buddy Haase 5:48.16

13th – Shot Put Bryson Henry 11.37m

14th – Shot Put Brayden Tudor 11.17m

1st – Long Jump Kasey Sharpshair 1.87m

8th – Long Jump Liam Mitchell 1.67m

19th – High Jump Keaton McGrath 5.37m

Greensburg Boys

4th – 3200M Jacob Hawkins 10:29.21

7th – 3200M Joseph Hawkins 10:37.76

8th – 3200M Zackery Blodgett 10:42.84

6th – Shot Put Eli Moore 13.84m

7th – Shot Put Elliott Weber 12.97m

EIAC gymnasts conclude season at regional

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rushville Lady Lions were one of six complete teams competing at Friday night’s Franklin Central gymnastics regional hoping to make it one step farther to the state finals. The Rush County girls gave it their best shot but came in sixth with a score of 93.675. Bloomington North won the meet with 108.625, followed by fellow state qualifiers Columbus North and New Palestine.

“RCHS is proud to have been represented by our Lady Lions,” said head coach Jenni Philpot. “Each of the girls had a great meet. Thank you to the huge group of fans at all our meets this year.”

Bell Westphal secured the highest score and finish for Rushville on the evening, her vault of 8.85 good for 11th on the apparatus. Westphal placed 12th in all-around with a total of 33.05; she was 18th on uneven bars (7.8), 22nd on balance beam (8.1) and the same on floor exercise (8.3).

Cora Emory and Cyndi Tush were among the top 20 girls competing in every rotation as Emory placed 17th (31.325 total) and Tush 19th (28.15).

Emory outscored her personal sectional scores on vault (23rd; 8.55), beam (20th; 8.3) and floor (21st; 8.375). Tush did so on bars (31st; 5.525). Emory’s bar routine netted 29th place (6.1). Tush added 27th on vault (8.3) and 30th on both beam (6.55) and floor (7.775).

Mallory McDaniel outperformed her sectional marks on bars (28th; 6.325), beam (29th; 6.65) and floor (28th; 8.025).

Karma Wilson competed on vault, scoring 31st with 7.75 or slightly better than her sectional tally. Gabby Pavey was also in attendance at Rushville’s first team trip to regionals since 1998.

Audrey Harper of Franklin County also competed at every regional rotation, claiming 18th in all around (30.675). The junior was 25th on bars (6.9), tied for 26th on floor (8.2), 27th on beam (7.675) and 30th on vault (7.9).

Seniors help Wildcats past Lions

GREENSBURG – A pair of Franklin County senior running mates were determined not to go home early from Sectional 29 hosted by Greensburg.

Jace Lee and Brant Ertel combined for 32 points Tuesday in the tournament opener against Rushville, an Ertel to Lee basket icing the game late for FC in a 50-45 win. Both Wildcat upperclassmen missed significant time during the 2022-23 season, making up for those lost minutes with Tuesday’s performance – Lee a game-high 18 points and Ertel 14.

The same combo made it 44-38 in FC’s favor around the game’s 3-minute mark but 3-pointers by Quentin Cain and Kameron Morton (Cain assist) tied the contest at 44 with 80 seconds left.

FC senior Brady Morehead was then sent to the free throw line; he missed the front end of a one-and-one but collected the carom and returned to the stripe. This time he was good on both charities. Quinn Gillman rebounded a missed three by Rushville, was fouled and sank 1 of 2 for a 3-point Wildcat lead. Cain made 1 of 2 after being fouled but out of an FC timeout, Lee scored and Morehead added a foul shot with only fractions of a second left.

The Cats enjoyed their largest margins as play went deep into the third period. A reverse layup by Lee made it a 31-23 with 4:32 to go. Rushville managed just six free throws before quarter’s end, while FC got a pair of key 3-point shots – Ertel at 2:33 off a Gillman assist and junior Eli Butt at 1:48 from the wing. It was a 37-29 game with eight minutes to play.

A three by Xxzavien Jenkins made it a 5-point game early in the fourth. Morehead answered with a tip-in and subsequent FT attempt; the missed freebie had FC up 39-32 before another Jenkins triple. A successful drive by Lee and later his drawing a blocking call on Lion big man Dylan Thompson led to a 42-36 count.


The game had a bizarre opening. Rushville was assessed a technical foul during the warmup session (violations include dunking) so Butt stepped to the 15-foot line to get the contest underway – making 1 of 2. The FC guard soon put the Cats up 4-2 with a 3-point bucket. The Lions scored the next five points, capped by a Morton to Chase Woolf finish.

At 7-7, Cain completed a 3-point play before Gillman found Ertel in the corner for the tie. Rushville, working for a final shot in the quarter, got exactly that as Jenkins connected from beyond the arc for a 13-11 Lion lead.

Cain popped a jumper just inside the foul line to start period two, though he picked up a charging call shortly after. Xander Rodriguez made it 15-13 with an athletic putback. Nick Jarman (from Morton) hit from the 3-point line at 4:53 of the half to put RCHS up five. With the score 19-13, Lee ended a dry spell for FC with back-to-back layups. An Ertel drive completed first-half scoring, leaving the Cats just shy at 21-19.

The Wildcat run reached 9-0 as play resumed. Ertel drove in for two more, Lee was true on two FTs and Gillman finished a successful 3-point play. FC never trailed again. Three more points by Ertel had Lion coach Ryan Ehm calling time at 5:05 of the third.

Jenkins paced RCHS with 13 and Cain scored 11. Morton had 9, Thompson was held to five free throws, Woolf added 4 and Jarman 3. Butt 7, Morehead 5, Gillman 4 and XRod 2 rounded out the winning side.

FC (10-13) faces Batesville in the semifinal round Friday, 6 p.m. Championship is set for Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Cats drilled by Carpenter and Co.

RICHMOND – The Richmond Red Devils – led by future Division I guard Mason Carpenter – lit the Tiernan Center nets on fire Thursday against visiting Franklin County, knocking down 11 3-pointers en route to a 67-34 runaway victory in the regular season finale for both sides.

A field goal to end the first half by Xander Rodriguez (Tanner Weartz assist) and a 3-point bucket by junior Eli Butt to start the second (Quinn Gillman ast.) had the guests thinking positively about a 25-16 deficit.

But the Devils began ripping threes left and right to build a 45-23 advantage at the end of the third and a running clock (61-26) by the 4:30 mark of the game. Carpenter, a sophomore, had 22 points (four 3s) before exiting early in the fourth.

Weartz and Jace Lee had interior answers for Carpenter’s two early bombs in the second half. With the score 31-20, Gunner Kovach hit his only basket of the game – a three – and sophomore Cedric Horton used a Euro step for two after an FC turnover. Out of a timeout, Carpenter drained another triple and junior Ryder Cate dropped in a left-hand layup to make it 41-20.

The 10-0 Red Devil run was stopped by a Butt trey (Gillman assist). With time running out in the third, Brady Morehead was called for a phantom foul on Kainin Turner’s 3-point attempt; Turner made 2 of 3 foul shots as the only player on the court.

Butt’s third 3-pointer (Rodriguez assist) stood as FC’s lone bucket as play moved deeper into the fourth and Richmond reeled off a 20-3 run. A pair of Devil reserves joined Turner in hitting a total of four 3-balls before Horton got loose for a thunderous slam to put the hosts up by 35. Butt added to his team-high 13 points and Landen Wuestefeld hit his second and third from long range (9 pts. on the night) before the final horn.

The Cats struggled against Richmond’s full-court pressure early on, committing two turnovers that helped RHS to a 6-0 lead. A Weartz free throw broke the ice for FC at 5:08. Carpenter then completed a traditional 3-point play to make it 9-1.

The Wildcat defense kept the Devils off the scoreboard for nearly six minutes as Morehead laid one in and Gillman hit from the arc (Lee assist); it was 9-6 after one period.

A couple minutes into the next frame, however, Richmond heated up with Carpenter’s banked three followed by Turner’s triple. Wuestefeld answered from the cheap seats and Butt scored off the backboard to cut the RHS lead to 17-11. The Red Devils scored the next eight points of the game as another Carpenter 3-point play preceded two goals by Cate; the second was a 2-hand slam with the lanky Cate finishing the bonus free throw.

Gillman (3), Weartz (3), Lee (2), Morehead (2) and XRod (2) rounded out FC scoring. Turner put in 13 for RHS, Cate 9 and Horton 6.

FC (9-13) faces Rushville at the Greensburg sectional Tuesday. A win would place the Wildcats in Friday’s semifinal with Batesville, 6 p.m.

Spartans one step closer to another title

BROOKVILLE – Franklin County fought tooth and nail with the favored Connersville Spartans Friday night at FC, but Kerry Brown’s squad posted a 29-16 advantage after halftime to pull themselves within shot of a third consecutive Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference championship.

A 30-26 game late in the third quarter after the hosts’ Quinn Gillman swished a three, CHS answered with a Gavin Pearson triple and outscored FC 13-6 in the final eight minutes to win 46-32. An 11-2 stretch to begin the fourth was particularly painful for Mark Foster’s Wildcats. Braxton Myers finished an impressive up-and-under basket off a lob from Josh Williams to open the frame. After a brief scoring lull, FC senior Brady Morehead got to the rack for two. But the next nine points belonged to the Spartans. Lucas Barron put in a second-chance effort and at 3:53, Myers found Williams spotting up from the corner for three more. A minute later, Myers completed a reverse layup and followed that with a pair of free throws. By the time the Cats’ Eli Butt
banged one in off the glass, FC trailed by 14 with just 1:07 left as a timeout was called.
The Wildcat gymnasium – filled to the rafters on both sides – was raucous as the game got underway and the hometown fans did most of the cheering through the first quarter and change. A 10-2 lead tends to have that effect. Senior Tanner Weartz had a 3-point bucket in the opening minute of action and a blocked shot at the other end. Classmate Jace Lee owned the next couple offensive sets, getting to the hoop twice for field goals and a 7-0 Wildcat lead. Connersville’s first taste of the net came at 2:30 when Williams used the backboard for a pair. FC came up with a couple more defensive stops aided by pilfers; one came with 12 seconds left, but the subsequent shot was off and CHS missed a three attempt and tip try as time expired. Another Morehead steal led to FC points early in the second period. Lee passed to a waiting Gillman in the corner, who finished the assist with a three-ball. As they’d do later in the evening, the Spartans closed the half out strong. A Williams jumper with 6:53 on the clock triggered a 15-6 CHS run. Butt had short answers for Williams’ makes – the 2 and a 3 from the top of the key – to keep FC up 14-7 as Brown stopped play with 4:19 remaining. The Spartans’ first non-Williams points came as Myers’ offensive game picked up; the senior scored quickly out of the timeout before picking FC’s pocket and driving in for two more. Foster called time at 3:48 as Connersville had crept to within three. Myers scored again and two foul shots for Barron gave CHS its first lead of the game at 15-14. Weartz hit a pair from the line to switch the lead, but Myers did the same to give the guests a 17-16 advantage that held until the intermission. CHS led from that point on.
Pearson’s three on the second half’s first possession was answered by Lee’s inside bucket. Williams’ dipsy-doo made it a 22-18 game and four points by Barron set the spread at eight points. Butt tripled at 5:08, only to have Barron and Myers push the lead to nine. A teardrop by Gillman preceded a Wildcat timeout with the score 30-23.

Myers led all scorers with 16 as Williams and Barron netted 12 apiece. Butt paced the home side with 9,
Gillman and Lee adding 8 each. Pearson had 6, Weartz 5 and Morehead 2.

FC (9-12, 2-5) will wrap up its regular season Thursday at Richmond’s Tiernan Center.

FC repeated as fundraising champion in the Beat Cancer in 4 Quarters competition between the schools,
raising a record amount of over $13,000.

Spartans aim for three-peat

The Connersville Spartans (15-4) are sitting atop the EIAC with two games remaining. Their conference record is currently 5-0, one game ahead of the Greensburg Pirates (15-4) who are 5-1 in the EIAC. The Bucs will be hoping for an upset and waiting for a share of the title if they can pull off one more conference win, and hope for a Spartan loss. They will have to wait until Feb. 24 to get their sixth win, when they face East Central (5-15, 3-3), the final EIAC game left on the schedule … unless EC wants to play spoiler. In the meantime, they will be rooting for a Franklin County (9-11) or Lawrenceburg (17-4) win this weekend. The Tigers winning is more likely than the former; they are sitting in fourth place in the EIAC (3-2) and are winners of five in a row after a 22-point win on Saturday over Rising Sun. Franklin County (2-4) is currently in fifth place in the conference and just snapped a seven-game skid on Saturday with a win over Victory Prep. The Spartans beat FC last season 49-39 in the late-season matchup and have won 29 of the last 38 meetings between the two schools.

Connersville is looking to finish their third season in a row at 7-0 in the EIAC. Their last conference loss in regular season play was to Franklin County Feb 21, 2020, a two-point loss at Spartan Bowl. The Spartans will be tough for any team to beat with one of the toughest defenses in the state; CHS is ranked ninth in points allowed out of 401 teams. Connersville gives up just 41.7 ppg. Coincidentally Lawrenceburg is ranked tenth, allowing just 42.3 ppg. The Saturday matchup at the Spartan Bowl when the Tigers come to town is one that favors CHS. They have yet to lose to Lawrenceburg since they began the yearly match starting in 2013-14. The Spartans are 10-0 in that stretch over the Tigers and have only lost once to LHS in the last 35 years. CHS won the matchup last season, 52-31.

One thing is for sure after this weekend – the EIAC picture might, or might not be, a little clearer.


Cougars scratch Wildcats on senior night

Franklin County’s boys had one of their toughest senior night opponents in recent memory Friday night as the once-beaten Greenfield-Central Cougars paid a visit to Brookville. A top-15 team in the state, GC built an insurmountable 30-3 lead in the first half and coasted to a 57-25 victory to hand the Wildcats their eighth consecutive loss.

Playing without top senior Brant Ertel, the Cats had a devilish time finding the hoop in the first 14-minutes of the contest. Senior Landen Wuestefeld finally gave the near-capacity crowd a thrill with a 3-pointer at the 6:23 mark of the second period – not before the Cougs had reeled off 16 points for openers. Late in the half, senior Brady Morehead scored twice with an assist from Wuestefeld. Junior Eli Butt’s drive with a fraction of a second left made it a 33-9 game at intermission. The third quarter saw FC add seven tallies, with nine coming in the last stanza.
On their special night, coach Mark Foster inserted Morehead, Tanner Weartz and Xander Rodriguez into his starting lineup. Neither side could deliver a point until there was 4:39 left in the first. Dylan Moles did the honors with a successful drive. The next two buckets (three and a two) were courtesy of sophomore Braylon Mullins, a Cougar on Indiana head coach Mike Woodson’s radar. A fluid game saw the first foul called with under two minutes left. Seconds later, Mullins unleashed a deep triple from the top of the key. Moles went in from the left side late in the quarter to put GC up 12-0 at the first stop. In the opening minute of period two, the Cougars went up two touchdowns (Moles in transition) and committed their first foul. A reverse layup for Owen Anderson made it 16-0, with Wuestefeld answering. The visitors then went on a commanding 14-0 run with five different Cougars scoring. After back-to-back treys by Tyler Kerkhof and Anderson and a fast-break bucket from Mullins, Foster called timeout at 3:57 of the half. Morehead later scored on a stickback, quickly answered by Will DeJarnett’s dribble drive. DeJarnett scored first when second-half play began. He couldn’t complete the 3-point play but teammate Braden Robertson did soon after, leading to a 38-9 game. Mullins came up lame on a rebound scramble and would not return to action. His mates picked him up as Moles and DeJarnett notched lay-ins to make it a 33-point spread. Senior Jace Lee scored for the Cats and sophomore Quinn Gillman took his cue to get two more. Anderson and Robertson makes led to a deep three for Wuestefeld after the Cougars had forced a running clock at 48-13. Anderson and Wuestefeld swapped three balls as the fourth quarter got underway, then Moles and Wuestefeld traded bunnies. Lee and Rodriguez finished the evening’s scoring. Wuestefeld led FC with 11 points, followed by four apiece for Morehead and Lee and two each by Gillman, Butt and XRod. Anderson and DeJarnett put in a dozen each for GC, with Mullins’ 10 all coming in the first half.
FC improved to 9-11 with Saturday’s 54-45 win at Victory College Prep of Indianapolis. It was the Cats’ first win since Jan. 6 against Union County.

Friday is the annual Beat Cancer in 4 Quarters game against conference rival Connersville, FC playing host this time. The Wildcats are the last EIAC team to beat the Spartans in regular season competition, that coming in February 2020.