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Lady Lions take down FC, will play for championship tonight

The Rushville Lady Lions and Franklin County Lady Wildcats faced off in game two Friday night in the 3/A sectional 29. The Lady Cats led the game until halftime where they went into the lock room up by six-points. A huge third quarter from Rushville where they outscored FC by 18-points put the Lady Lions up by 12 going into the final period.  A fast fourth quarter start for the Lady Cats got them back to within a basket of Rushville, midway through the frame. The aggressive Franklin County defense put Rushville in the double bonus and Melissa Marlow’s Lady Lions are one of the best teams from the free throw line in the EIAC. They netted 10 points from the line over the final three minutes of play and claimed a 51-44 victory. The Lady Lions will face the Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers as they look to win their third consecutive sectional championship.

The Lady Wildcats got a pair of three-pointers from seniors Josie Rofles and Kassidy Schell to take the lead in the start of the first period. Briley Munchel and Belle Gossett scored for RCHS and it was 6-5 in favor of FC midway through the first frame. Schell hit another basket and Nicole Mears scored putting the Lady Cats up by five. Gossett scored again to make it a three-point game after the first period, FC led 10-7. Schell and Mears scored for FC to start the second quarter, then Rofles hit from deep and the Lady Cats led 17-9 with Leonie Boyer getting a layup for Rushville being the Lady Lions only basket for the first six minutes of the period. Gracie Buzzard scored for Rushville and Munchel scored off a steal pulling Rushville back within three of FC. Mears scored for the Lady Cats, Olivia Smith knocked down a free throw for Rushville, and with less then a second remaining, Mears sank a shot to give Franklin County the lead at halftime. The Lady Cats led at the break 21-15.

In similar fashion to their round one game against Greensburg, the Lady Lions came out of the break and took control of the game. Boyer scored the first four-points of the quarter, and Munchel sank a three-pointer making it a one-point affair. Kiersten Schell hit from deep putting FC back up by two possessions, but Rushville started a run with Buzzard and Gossett scoring, Boyer and Kylee Herbert chipped in and two minutes later Rushville’s 10-0 run put them on top 32-26. Marcy Crain scored inside for FC to start the Lady Lions run, but Rushville kept the momentum going in their favor and finished the period on a 5-0 run to take a 40-28 lead into the final frame.

Franklin County wasn’t out of the game yet, they started the final quarter with Mears getting two-points, and a Ka. Schell long ball to pull FC out of the double-digit deficit. Ka. Schell then hit another three-point basket and the score was 40-38. The Lady Cats 12-0 run was stopped by a Buzzard free throw, then the next five-points came from Rushville free throw shooters. With a minute to go in the game the Lady lions had pulled back ahead 46-38. Four-points from Mears pulled FC within four, but the Lady Lions held off the FC comeback and secured themselves a spot in the Championship game this evening against Lawrenceburg. The win puts Rushville at .500 on the season with a 13-13 record. The Lady Cats finish the season with a 16-7 record.

              1            2            3            4            F

RCHS     7            8            25          11          51

FCHS     10          11          7            16          44

Unofficial Scoring

RCHS- Munchel 17, Gossett 11, Buzzard 10, Boyer 7, Herbert 3, and Smith 3

FC- Ka. Schell 16, Mears 15, Rofles 6, Ki. Schell 3, Crain 2, and Ruby Singer 2    

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Wildcats lose to Kentucky’s Camels

Thursday night was forgettable in almost every way for the Franklin County Wildcats, the boys suffering a 63-32 home loss to Campbell County, Kentucky and seeing a losing streak reach six games.
The Cats struggled mightily on offense, senior Tanner Weartz’s corner three being the first shot to roll in with 2.3 seconds left in the opening quarter. The score was 34-9 at halftime and 51-18 after three; sophomore Landon Johnson’s buzzer-beating triple closed out the frame as a running clock was already in effect for the remainder of the contest. FC did manage 14 points in mop-up time, senior Brant Ertel (19.7 ppg) finally getting in the scorebook with 5:18 to go.
Taking care of the ball was also an adventure; the Camels came away with numerous steals on the night and were gifted a few of those. One of the turnovers led to a 5-0 Campbell lead early. By the 3:25 mark, it was 11-0 following an out-of-bounds save and toss to Jake Gross for three. The lead grew to 15 after a Connor Weinel score and steal and score for Jaidan Combs.
The humpbacks opened the second stanza on another 10-0 run with four different players scoring. Mixed in were a couple more FC turnovers. A backdoor lob to Aydan Hamilton made it a 25-3 game with 4:45 left in the half. A feed to Combs had CC up 27-5 midway through the period.
Senior Brady Morehead then scored on a putback, followed quickly by two Camel answers; coach Mark Foster called time with the score 31-7. Keegan Hill hit from three, with Weartz’s response coming on a reverse layup.
The score ran to 38-9 early in the second half. It was 42-10 when Morehead laid one in from the baseline. The 35-point margin – triggering the running clock – came at 2:52 of the third. Sophomore Quinn Gillman added a baseline move late in the frame.
In the fourth, Weartz had the first basket ahead of a trey by Gross. A pair of Ertel makes set the score at 58-24. Johnson would hit back-to-back triples late to finish with a team-high 9 points. Weartz had 7, Gillman 5 and Ertel and Morehead 4 each.
FC (8-9) has a double weekend coming up, hosting Greenfield-Central Friday and traveling to Victory College Prep on the southeast side of Indianapolis Saturday night.

Lady Cats claw way into second round

The Franklin County Lady Wildcats earned their first sectional victory since 2016 on Wednesday evening by defeating Batesville 51-39. The Lady Cats took an early lead after shutting down the Lady Bulldogs offense, holding them to just four first quarter points. Batesville played even with FC in the second period, but in the third quarter the Lady Cats got their three-point game working, allowing them to put it in cruise control for the final frame and earn win number 16 on the season for coach Kyle VanMeter.

The Lady Cats started off the game getting the ball inside to Nicole Mears who put up six of FC’s 13-points in the quarter. Kassidy Schell chipped in with four and FC was up 13-4 after the first frame. The Lady Dogs got a three-point basket from Emma Weiler and a free throw from Sophie Gesell. The second period began with Lydia Haskamp getting two baskets for BHS, Schell hit two free throws for FC, then Gesell got an old fashioned three-point play bringing Batesville within four-points of the Lady Cats. Macy Crain scored for FC then Weiler hit her second deep ball in the game, and it was 17-14 in favor of FC. Cora Deputy added a point from the charity stripe and FC finished off the half with Schell and Mears scoring. With 30 seconds to go Bailey Kaiser hit a three-pointer and FC took a 24-15 lead into the locker room at the half.
Franklin County increased their lead in the third period with Schell knocking down a deep ball and Crain scoring inside. Alyson Peters and Weiler scored for the Lady Dogs to bring the game back to within 10-points midway through the frame. Then another FC 5-0 run gave them a 14-point cushion. Batesville scored five more points in the quarter, but the Lady Cats finished the final minute on another 5-0 run with Josie Rolfes hitting a three, and Schell going two-for-two from the line. Franklin County led going into the final quarter 41-25. Batesville finished the game with their highest scoring quarter (14) in the contest. Gesell started them off with the first four-points for BHS, and Claire Saner added three-points, but the Lady Cats sealed the victory from the free throw line. FC hit 8 of their 12 foul shot attempts taken over the final four minutes of the game. The 12-point victory for FC has them moving to the next round where they will play at 7:30pm on Friday. The Lady Wildcats will face last year’s sectional champs, the Rushville Lady Lions for a chance to play for the sectional championship. For the Lady Bulldogs, they finished the season with a winning record at 12-11, their first since 2017-18 when they finished 13-12.

            1          2          3          4          F

FCHS   13        11        17        10        51

BHS     4          11        10        14        39


Unofficial Scoring
Franklin County- Schell 20, Rofles 11, Mears 9, Crain 8, Kaiser 3
Batesville- Gesell 10, Weiler 9, Haskamp 6, Peters 6, Saner 5, Marlee Obermeyer 2, Deputy 1

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Sectional 29 girls basketball preview Batesville vs Franklin County

Franklin County (15-6) takes on Batesville (12-10) 6pm at Memorial Gym in Rushville in the first round of the 2023 sectionals. The teams played on Dec 13. with FC coming out on top by one point in that matchup, 35-34. The last sectional meeting between the two squads was in 2018, Batesville won 47-38. The Lady Cats last sectional win over Batesville was in 2016. Last year’s sectional saw a first round exit for both teams with FC falling to eventual champ Rushville and the Lady Dogs losing to Greensburg.

The Coaches

Batesville is led by Mitchell Taylor who is in his first season with the Lady Dogs. Kyle VanMeter is in his second season with Franklin County and has compiled a 26-19 record.

The Players

Franklin County is led by a talented pair of sisters, seniors Kassidy and Kiersten Schell. Kassidy is a top five scorer in the EIAC this season averaging 14.1 ppg, she also leads the team in assists. Kierstin averages 7.0 ppg and leads the Lady Cats on defense with 38 steals. FC also has a dominate post player with sophomore Nicole Mears who averages a double double with 11.9 ppg and 10.3 rebounds a game, Mears also has 23 of the Wildcats 54 blocks making her a tough opponent under the rim.

Batesville is a young squad with Alyson Peters leading the team in scoring with 12.8 ppg. Senior Emma Weiler has manned the point position for BHS for the past two seasons and frustrated opponents on the defensive side averaging 1.2 steals per game over her career as a Lady Dog. The return of Makayla Granger-Young is a factor in the game tonight. She is averaging 5.0 ppg in her limited action in five games this season and is shooting 38% from three-point land.

The last outing for Batesville resulted in a 48-34 win over South Decatur and FC lost a tough matchup to an undefeated 19-0 Talawanda (Oxford,OH)

The teams over the last 20 years are neck and neck when playing each other. With Franklin County winning 22 games and Batesville 21.

JH Prediction – Franklin County 49-42

Historic gym unkind to Franklin County in dual losses

Photo Courtesy Red Caboose Photography

KNIGHTSTOWN – The iconic Hoosier Gym at Knightstown in Henry County was transformed – at least on Saturday night – into the Buckeye Gym as the Talawanda Braves (of Oxford, Ohio) girls and boys dropped a pair of losses on the Franklin County Wildcats, the nightcap ending in an extremely improbable finish. FC girls coach Kyle VanMeter and boys coach Mark Foster were generous in allowing minutes to every uniformed player as the experience of playing on the set of the 1986 classic “Hoosiers” trumped the final outcomes. With the Wildcat bleachers filled behind them, Hoosiers/Milan aficionado Rob Allen and Brandon Cowen had the privilege of being the night’s public address announcers.


Lady Braves 78, Lady Wildcats 51
The lethal inside-outside combination of seniors Kylee Fears and Taylor Farris, as well as an 18-0 barrage to start the second quarter (28-5 advantage in same), were too much for FC’s ladies to handle in what would be a 27-point loss. Fears, the top scorer in Talawanda hoops history, showed why with a 26-point effort. The Merrimack College (Massachusetts) recruit saw sidekick and University of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville commit Farris add 20 more as the Brave essentially had things wrapped up at halftime, 44-19.
After a 10-2 start, FC finally adjusted to the old-style confines and outscored the Oxford club 12-6 to end the first frame. Despite losing Nicole Mears to early foul trouble, the Cats got six points from senior Kassidy Schell and classmate Josie Rolfes tripled from the corner before assisting freshman Ruby Singer in transition and hitting from deep again just before the buzzer. Good FC vibes came to a halt as play resumed, with Talawanda attacking relentlessly at both ends of the court to go up 34-14. It started with two by McKenna Weekley before Farris dropped in seven of the next nine points. With Weekley and Fears scoring off turnovers, VanMeter asked for time with his team down 20. The Brave pushed their advantage with a feed to Fears and traditional 3-point play by Grace Richardson. Richardson hit a long 2-point shot and Farris connected from three late in the half. The third quarter was the Fears and Mears show as FC’s post reentered the contest to score 10 of her team-high 16 points. Meanwhile, Talawanda’s pivot put in 12 points in the stanza, including an old- fashioned 3-point play to make it 56-31 and completion of another and-one off a putback as time ran out; she knocked in the free throw for a 61-35 lead after three. The closest FC came in the fourth was 18 following the second basket for freshman Mackenzie Broshear and two more of Mears’ 10 made foul shots. Schell (13) and Rolfes (11 – 3 three-pointers) were also in double figures, with Singer adding 5, Broshear 4 and Jacy Grimmeissen 2. Myah Keene scored 11 for the Brave.
FC finished the regular season at 15-6 as a 5-game win streak was snapped. The girls take on Batesville Wednesday night in Sectional 29.

Photo Courtesy Red Caboose Photography


Braves 48, Wildcats 46

Looking for a last-second miracle or at least extending the night into overtime, FC’s boys and fan block were instead stunned when Talawanda’s Cale Leitch tipped the inbound pass by Brady Morehead with .9 seconds on the clock and fired in a 15-footer at the buzzer to give the Brave a dramatic 48-46 victory. The loss was the fifth straight for the Cats, who fell to 8-8 on the year. The Wildcats led 42-34 midway through the fourth quarter. Trevor Norris started the Brave comeback with a little runner ahead of a timeout at 3:35. Senior Brant Ertel, returning to the FC lineup after an injury hiatus, continued a torrid night with a double-pump basket. Logan Kent then made a key play for Talawanda, rebounding a free throw miss and getting fouled on a successful putback; the ensuing foul shot made it 44-39. With 2:50 left, Isaiah Meade-Moss buried a 3-pointer from the corner to cut the deficit to two. In the double bonus at 2:03, Talawanda got tying FTs from Logan Smith. Ertel and Meade-Moss exchanged scoring drives to make it 46-46. After a backcourt violation was reversed by officials, FC nearly had the game-winner when Eli Butt’s three attempt rimmed out. The Brave rebounded and called time with 5.3 seconds remaining. FC called two full timeouts around a Talawanda turnover, only to see Leitch play hero in the final second.
The game was never more than an 8-point affair, with FC doubling up the Brave at 16-8 late in the first period before a three by Leitch. Another Leitch triple opened offense in the second frame and Norris found Smith for the tie at 16. Ertel put FC ahead with a floater, later making it 20-18 with a coast-to-coast effort. Three points by Meade- Moss sent the Brave ahead by one before Nick Vanoven assisted on an Ertel three. Meade-Moss earned an assist to Smith but freshman Blake Stephenson got a rebound bucket at the horn for a 25-23 FC lead at half.
Tied at 25 early in the second half, Ertel’s 3-point play pushed him over the 1,000-point threshold for his career; officials stopped play and AD Denny Dorrel addressed the FC crowd in acknowledging the milestone in such a memorable locale. Ertel reached 20 points on a fast-break goal and Butt’s 3-pointer had FC up 33-27. FC’s 3-2 zone on defense had the Brave calling timeout to adjust. The Cats held on to their half-dozen lead with a bucket by Xander Rodriguez. Kent’s foul shots set the score at 35-31 with a quarter left. Bryce James hit a 3 for Talawanda early in the fourth but Ertel responded by scoring five quick ones on his way to getting FC’s last 11 points. Quinn Gillman got the game’s scoring started with a 19-foot jumper. Malyki McRoberts put the Brave up with a 3-point shot; Butt answered from distance but James did the same to make it 6-5. A Landon Johnson bucket from the arc switched the lead again and Ertel hit a three for his first points at 2:15. A left-hand scoop and three from the top of the key were additional Ertel highlights early. Ertel pumped in 31 points, followed by Butt (6), Johnson (3) and Gillman, Stephenson and XRod 2 each. Meade-Moss paced the Brave with a dozen.
FC hosts Campbell (Kentucky) Thursday and Class A Edinburgh Saturday afternoon.

Trojans power through sectional; Wildcats runners-up

AURORA – East Central (253 points) captured another IHSAA wrestling sectional title Saturday at South Dearborn while the Franklin County Wildcats (207) battled to second place. The Trojans pushed five champions on to the Richmond Regional with FC, third-place Milan (180) and Connersville sending two each. Lawrenceburg, Greensburg and Union County had the other individual champs.
Remaining unbeaten through the first postseason weekend were Milan’s 106-pound freshman Matthew Baylor (41-0) and LHS’ Colton Roth at heavyweight (17-0).

EC’s top guys were Blake Wolf at 126, Dylan Lengerich at 145, Grayson Hylton at 152, Brayden Huber at 170 and Brendin Kolter at 182.

Representing FC atop the podium were Cole Freese at 113 and Colin Troyer one class up at 120. Levi DeGroat (220)
and Orlan Foster (195) were Connersville’s toughest, while Milan’s Indians saw Kaleb Wilburn (138) join
Baylor in the winner’s circle. Greensburg’s Preston Merritt was the best at 132 and Jordan Takara of UC ran through the 160 bracket.
Overall, EC got 11 wrestlers to the regional – top four in each weight class advanced – as FC totaled 10,
Milan 9, 4th -place Rushville 7, CHS 5, 6th -place UC 5, LHS 3, 9th -place Greensburg 3, SD 2 and last-place
Batesville 1.


Freese (35-3) had a bye and forfeit to the semifinals, then pinned Rushville’s Blake Hunt and earned a
10-1 major decision over EC’s Tyler Stenger in the final. Troyer (35-1) likewise moved into the semis with
no early foes, then won by fall over Connersville’s Aiden Maze and took less time to pin Milan’s Lucas
Richards in the championship bout. UC’s Landon Myers was 3 rd at 120.
Merritt (30-4) pinned CHS’ Gavin Lemen, then won by decision over UC’s Carson Whitley (7-1) and
edged EC’s Nyden Euson in the final match. Tuff Tackett of Rushville won by injury default over Whitley
in the second period of the 3 rd -place bout.
Takara (36-4) made quick work of LHS’ Trey Campbell in the quarterfinals, then majored Cameron Gilb of
Milan in the semis (13-5) and took down FC’s Hayden Newell early in the second period to claim the
title. Rushville’s Matthew Komlanc won a 3-1 decision over Gilb for third place.
FC had two more grapplers join Newell in the runner-up position. Lendon Sizemore pinned Kyle Mellon
of SD in the 220 division before duplicating a late pin over EC’s Brady Jones – similar match at the
conference meet – and falling to DeGroat in the second period. Breck Bohman at 170 pinned UC’s Matt
Wooley and earned a 13-5 major over LHS’ Drake Rorabacher. He was pinned late in the second period
by Huber. Rushville’s Sam Pavey was 4 th at 170.
Jesus “Chewy” Aquino-Morales took 2 nd at 126 as EC’s Blake Wolf pinned him in the finals. Chewy earlier
pinned Landin Shepherd of Greensburg, who ended up third when he pinned 4 th -place Kian Nash of
Rushville. In the heavyweight final, Batesville’s Max Amberger fought Roth to the end before losing by a
2-0 count; the 31-6 Amberger earlier pinned Parker Moles of UC and Gotts.
FC’s Nathan Noble was 3 rd at 195, narrowly losing to Milan’s Carson Betz but flourishing in the
consolation bracket. He pinned Rushville’s Kaleb Amos, won 3-0 over Greensburg’s Will Cunningham,
finally avenging his earlier loss by pinning Betz. Wildcat senior Clayton Bolser also took bronze in the 285
class. The big man was pinned by Rushville’s Trey Newman but pinned Milan’s Kyle Gotts and EC’s Matt
Mittermeier.

At 106, Zakk Reed of Rushville earned a pin over Greensburg’s Tristan Smith to decide third and fourth placement. UC’s Evan Wolf placed 3 rd at 145, pinning Rushville’s Denver Campbell, losing 7-0 to LHS’ Brayden Tudor, then majoring FC’s Dakota Schwab and Landon Walton of SD. Trevor Bruns of FC placed 4 th in the 138 bracket, falling twice to EC’s Tyson Miller but also getting wins over LHS’ Ben Heath and Rushville’s Pacey Dye. Teammate Cody Bolser was also 4 th at 152, falling to SD’s Nick Wismann before defeating LHS’ Braxton York and Batesville’s Hudson Kohlman. Also taking 4th was FC’s Phoenix Simons at 182; Simons pinned Rushville’s Elijah Biggs, was pinned by Milan’s Mason Green, then pinned LHS’ Patrick Nanz before losing by fall to Biggs in the rematch.
The Tiernan Center in Rishmond is host to regional action this Saturday. The other feeder sectional is Shenandoah. Wrestlers must
win at least one match to advance to semistate.

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Dogs extend Wildcats’ losing string

BATESVILLE – With their two top scorers still sidelined, the Franklin County Wildcats visited Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference rival Batesville Friday in hopes of snapping the team’s longest losing streak since the tail end of 2020-21. This wasn’t meant to be as Aaron Garrett’s Bulldogs shot out to a 21-5 lead in the first half, led by three touchdowns at halftime and pulled away late to post a 49-28 victory.

The third quarter provided a little scare for the host school when the Cats came aggressively out of the locker room to score 11 of the half’s first 15 points. Senior Tanner Weartz scored in the early moments and classmate Brady Morehead’s bucket was matched by Jack Grunkemeyer’s lay-in to make it 32-11, still the same deficit as the midpoint.

However, FC went on a 7-0 run in the next couple minutes to prompt a Bulldog timeout. Morehead scored once more, followed by a charging call on BHS’ Cade Kaiser. Xander Rodriguez made 1 of 2 at the charity stripe while Quinn Gillman and Eli Butt trimmed the Dogs’ lead to 32-18.

Rodriguez scored on the block (assist to Weartz) at 2:48 of the frame and a follow-up hoop by Weartz made it a 10-point game, extending FC’s spurt to 11 unanswered. This would prove to be the Wildcats’ last stand as Batesville responded with 11 consecutive of its own to make it 46-22 with Garrett inserting his deep reserves.

Carson Laker triggered the run with a straightaway three and it was 35-22 going into the fourth. Junior Sam Johnson hit a triple from the corner to make it a 17-point advantage, Grunkemeyer curled in the lane and Kaiser scored in transition to lead to Mark Foster calling time at 43-22. Chris Lewis made the second of two free throw attempts after an intentional foul call and Conner Drake had a reverse putback. FC closed with a 6-3 run.

In the game’s opening minutes, BHS built a 6-0 lead with Johnson’s lob to Kaiser and Cole Pride’s tip-in among the highlights. Butt’s trey with 4:28 on the clock halved the deficit to 6-3.

Over the next nine-plus minutes, though, the hosts outscored FC by 15-2. A Rodriguez goal (from Weartz) preceded an eight-minute drought by the guests. Meanwhile, Johnson tripled and Grunkemeyer and Pride scored down low to force an FC timeout at 2:57 of the first stanza. It was already 17-5 at the end of one.

A layup by Kaiser and steal and score for Lewis put the scoreboard at 21-5. Sophomore Landon Johnson stopped the run with a deep two-pointer. “Grunk” then followed in an offensive rebound but couldn’t complete the and-one. In the final minute, freshman Trenten Luers connected from long range. With 4.1 seconds until intermission, Pride went to the line for a one-and-one chance; he missed the first but FC was called for a lane violation and Pride proceeded to sink the next two to make it 28-7.

Kaiser led all scorers with 11 despite picking up his fourth foul with three minutes left in the third. Grunkemeyer dipped into double digits with 10 and Pride added 8. Gillman paced the visitors with 6. Additional scoring: S. Johnson (6), Drake (5), Rodriguez (5), Butt (5), Morehead (4), Weartz (4), L. Johnson (4), Laker (3), Luers (3), Lewis (3).

BHS (9-4, 2-1) faces Connersville at the Spartan Bowl Jan. 21 while FC (8-7, 1-4) has an 8-day break until a visit to Talawanda (Ohio) the evening of Jan. 28.

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Tigers Trump Cats by 25

The Franklin County Wildcats hosted the Lawrenceburg Tigers on Tuesday evening. The Tigers defense shut down the Cats, rarely giving them an open shot. FC only scored 19-points on the night, The lowest scoring game in Franklin County history, and the first time they failed to reach the 20-point mark since the school’s inception in 1989. The previous low was a Feb. 25, 2015, a 44-20 loss to East Central. 

The Tigers came out and took a 5-0 lead to start the game with Noah Knigga scoring and a Cooper Bobo three-point shot. The Cats then got a basket from Tanner Weartz and another from Eli Butt to bring the score to 5-4. Lawrenceburg then went on a run and closed out the quarter on a 6-1 run. The score was Tigers 11 Cats 5 to start the second quarter. The squads traded baskets to start the second frame with Landon Johnson and Butt scoring for FC, and Bobo and Ben Cornet kept the Tigers up 16-9 midway through the quarter. A Johnson Deep ball would be the last score for FC in the half while the Tigers tacked on seven more points to lead at the half, 23-12.

The Tigers held FC without a field goal in the third period, the Cats managed three points in the frame via the charity stripe. Lawrenceburg poured on the points in the frame with Bobo knocking down three shots from deep, LHS was up 35-15 through three periods. A Johnson field goal and a Butt field goal were the only points scored by FC in the final quarter while the Tigers tacked on nine more to give the Cats their sixth loss of the season, and third in a row. Lawrenceburg improved to 11-3 and earned their first EIAC win improving to 1-1

Lawrenceburg Tigers 

#, Athlete Name (Class) Pts FGM FGA FG% 

13, Cooper Bobo (So) 21 7 0 70 

0, Ben Cornett (Jr) 7 3 7 43 

30, Noah Knigga (So) 6 2 4 50 

11, Gerrold Taylor (Jr) 6 2 4 50 

24, Samuel Cornett (Sr) 4 2 4 50 

Team Totals 44 16 36 44 

Franklin County Wildcats 

#, Athlete Name Pts FGM FGA FG% 

20, Landon Johnson (So) 7 3 12 25  

14, Eli Butt (Jr) 7 3 12 25  

23, Brady Moorehead (Sr) 3 0 0  0 

44, Tanner Weartz (Sr) 2 1 3 33 

Team Totals 19 7 38 18 

Trojans claim another title Cats take second

LAWRENCEBURG – Although not sporting their most talented lineup in recent years, the East Central Trojans continued to show their superiority in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference wrestling realm with another title claimed Saturday at Lawrenceburg. EC scored 279 points with five champions as Franklin County settled for runner-up with 218 and a trio of champs. Rushville’s 195 was good for bronze. Connersville (3 champs), LHS (1 champ), South Dearborn (1 champ), Greensburg (1 champ) and Batesville rounded out the standings.

Colton Roth (285 pounds) of Lawrenceburg remains the league’s lone unbeaten wrestler as his record went to 13-0 with a 5-0 finals decision over Greensburg’s Robert Eisert (22-7). Eisert had narrowly escaped Batesville’s Max Amberger (28-5) in the semifinals, 3-2, after a pin of Rushville’s Justin Foreman. Roth pinned FC’s Clayton Bolser (9-7) in the second period in the other semi.

Colin Troyer of FC is now 30-1 after running through the 120 bracket unscathed. After a forfeit, Troyer earned a pin of Rushville’s Neeko Hodson, then needed 2:38 to pin EC’s Brayden Proctor. Proctor had earlier pinned BHS’ Cade Simonson in the third period.

FC’s Cole Freese won three matches to claim the 113 division and push his season mark to 29-2. Following a forfeit, Freese pinned Blake Hunt of Rushville early before outlasting EC’s Jaxon Carr 13-10 in the title bout.

The Wildcats’ third grappler to stand atop the podium was Hayden Newell at 160. Newell is now 24-6; a forfeit put him into the semis where he secured a third-period pin over EC’s Logan Schott. In the finals, Damien Dance of BHS was no match in a 15-2 major decision. Dance (28-3) had pinned the hosts’ Trey Campbell in the semifinal. Schott pinned Rushville’s Quinn Barada in the first round.

Preston Merritt of Greensburg stands at 27-4 as he was last man standing at 132. Merritt got a takedown in the first overtime period to defeat EC’s Nyden Euson. Merritt outpointed Rushville’s Tuff Tackett in the semifinal round (10-4) after Tackett had pinned Connersville’s Mauro Lopez. FC’s Avery Crouch lost a tough 9-8 battle to LHS’ Javier Payne in the opening round.

EC’s champs came at 126 (Blake Wolf), 145 (Dylan Lengerich), 152 (Grayson Hylton), 170 (Brayden Huber) and 182 (Brendin Kolter).

Kolter pinned FC’s Lane Westerman (21-6) in the finals after Westerman had dropped Elijah Biggs of Rushville, who himself earned a fall over CHS’ Kayden Woods. Huber was an 11-7 winner over the Cats’ Breck Bohman (8-3), the latter getting to the final by virtue of a pin against LHS’ Drake Rorabacher. Huber had pinned Rushville’s Sam Pavey in the semis after Pavey pinned Cash Boulware of CHS. It took Wolf 1:22 to get Greensburg’s Landin Shepherd on his back in the finals. Shepherd had earlier pinned Kian Nash of Rushville and Wolf the same over FC’s Roger Zurborg (9-7); Zurborg had pinned CHS’ Dylan Steele to start his day.

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For the Spartans, Orlan Foster and Levi DeGroat locked down the 195 and 220 brackets, respectively. Foster pinned FC’s Nathen Noble (14-12) in the semis after Noble had pinned BHS’ John Dirkhising. EC’s Brayden Rouse was his finals opponent after Rouse pinned Greensburg’s Will Cunningham; Cunningham had won by fall over Rushville’s Kaleb Amos. DeGroat pinned FC’s Lendon Sizemore (24-5) in the second period of the finals after Sizemore had earned an exciting pin late in his semifinal match with EC’s Brady Jones. DeGroat won 7-0 over BHS’ Andrew Jones in his semifinal. A. Jones had earlier pinned Keilan Abdon of LHS while B. Jones did the same versus Rushville’s Jordan Collins.

Aric Fox has 15 season losses for CHS, but none came Saturday. Fox got by Batesville’s David Maher in the semis, 8-5, before getting a pin in the finals. In other 138 action, Rushville’s Pacey Dye majored FC’s Trevor Bruns 17-6 but was edged by EC’s Tyson Miller 5-3 in the semis.

SD’s Liam Hubbartt won the 106 bracket. Part of his path was a pin over Greensburg’s Tristan Smith, who had pinned CHS’ Audri Turley. EC’s Tyler Stenger pinned FC’s Bryce Bruns and Rushville’s Zakk Reed on his way to the finals.

In other 145 results, BHS’ Brady Wonnell was pinned by Rushville’s Denver Campbell and Greensburg’s Connor Campbell suffered the same fate vs. LHS’ Brayden Tudor. FC’s Dakota Schwab (20-10) was pinned by Tudor after pinning CHS’ Matt Koons. In more 152 action, FC’s Cody Bolser (8-9) pinned BHS’ Hudson Kohlman before being pinned by Hylton. Rushville’s Trenton Dyer lost by fall to CHS’ Jahmel Carter.

Trojans take out Franklin County, now 2-0 in EIAC games

Franklin County fell behind early on Saturday against East Central. The Trojans Carson Pieczonka scored three times, Dylan Maxwell added two, and a Conner Kuhn three pointer put them up 11-0 to start them game. Eli Butt hit a pair of free throws to stop the dry spell and sophomore Landon Johnson closed the quarter with a triple. EC led 11-5.
The second quarter started with a Pieczonka Three, an FC free throw and Johnson’s second three-point basket, was matched by a Rhys Hofer long ball. Quinn Gillman got in on the deep ball action, and his three put the Cats back within six-points.
Gillman followed that with one from the line, Butt put in two more freebies and FC had closed the gap to three with 4:00 to go in the half. Both defenses stepped up and the final score in the second quarter was an EC three pointer from Hofer. The Trojans led midway 21-15.
The Cats got the first basket in the third frame from Butt, and EC hit two more deep balls (Pieczonka, Maxwell) to go up by 10. Over the next two minutes FC got two baskets from outside the arc (Butt, Johnson) and a Brady Morehead free throw. The Trojans Cole Wheat got in the scoring column, Pieczonka scored again, and the Cats were down by 10 after three quarters, 34-24.
Tanner Weartz attempted to keep FC in the game putting up six of the Cats 10 fourth quarter points, but the Trojans collected eight points from the charity stripe and took the win by a score of 46-34.
Pieczonka led the Trojans in scoring with 18, Hofer 13, Maxwell 8, Kuhn 3, Wheat and Peyton Hofer 2.
The Wildcats got 11-points from Butt, Johnson 9, Weartz 6, Gillman 4, Xander Rodriguez 2, Morehead and Blake Stephenson 1. The Win moves East Central to 3-8 on the season while the Wildcats fall to 8-5 and sit at 2-2 in EIAC games.
East Central host South Dearborn next Wednesday and the Cats host Lawrenceburg on Tuesday.

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