Prep sports roundup – September 26

Boys soccer

Grizzly Cubs cruise to wins

Joe Nerding and Owen Atkison scored three goals apiece on Saturday to lead Franklin Community to an 8-0 victory against Tri-Central.

Wyatt Taylor and Ethan Ercand added the other two goals for the Cubs.

Taylor came through with two assists apiece to lead in that department. Nerding, E.J. Young, Fernando Lopez-Perez, Francisco Francisco, Sam VanderVeen and Garrett Snyder also had assists.

Franklin also scored a 6-1 win against Hamilton Heights with Nerding, Atkison and Lopez-Perez all scoring two goals.

Nerding and Lopez-Perez chalked up two assists each. VanderVeen and Snyder had one apiece, while senior goalkeeper Austin Barnard did his part with five saves.

Cougars improve to 8-4

Greenwood Christian Academy used a pair of goals from sophomore Griffin Huizinga to defeat Providence Cristo Rey, 4-3.

Ethan Chupp and Brady Wright also scored goals for the Cougars (8-4). Huizinga, George Apgar and Camden Peters were credited with assists, while freshman Gabe Vessely got the win in goal.

Girls soccer

Trojans win, lose at own event

Ninth-ranked Center Grove is now 8-3-1 on the season after splitting a pair of matches at the Trojan Classic.

Center Grove shut out Class A No. 15 Oldenburg Academy, 4-0, but then lost a 2-0 decision to 2A No. 11 East Central.

In the win, Megan Perry, Lillie Owens, Holleigh Johnson and Kailee Joseph scored goals for the Trojans. Perry also set up two goals with assists, while Owens and Emmie Ward also had assists.

Boys tennis

Trojans third in MIC

Center Grove with 27 points finished third in the annual Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference Tournament.

First-place went to Carmel with 54 points, followed by North Central with 34.

Individually for the Trojans, Mitch Runkel took second in his singles division, while Nic Ballesteros was third in his and Trey Thixton fourth.

Akul Vijayvargiya and Eli Lawyer-Smith were second in doubles; the team of Mason Runkel and Grant Herron finished sixth.

Hauser defeats Lancers

Hauser scored a 4-1 victory against Edinburgh.

The Lancers’ Carlos Pazmino defeated the Jets’ Sam Meek, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 13-11, at No. 1 singles for the team’s lone point.

Edinburgh did bounce back to defeat Morristown, 3-2, in the third-place match. Singles winners for the Lancers were Pazmino, Coltan Henderson and Ryan Gaston.

Girls cross country

Franklin third at Mid-State Meet

The Grizzly Cubs picked up a third-place finish at the Mid-State Conference Meet at its own course.

Both Franklin and Whiteland scored 84 points, but the Cubs earned third-place by virtue of the sixth runner tiebreaker.

The Warriors took fourth and Greenwood sixth. The Woodmen finished with 152 points.

Individually, Franklin was led by Emma Treibic in fifth. Abby Burton came in 15th and Chloe Selking 17th. Also for the Grizzly Cubs were Maggie Auger (22nd), Alexandra Boardman (25th) and Carly Sandrock (27th).

Franklin College

Women’s soccer wins at Berea

The women’s soccer team relied on a balanced scoring attack during an 8-0 road victory against Berea College on Saturday in the non-conference finale. Seven different players found the back of the net.

Sophomore Maddie Fleet scored two goals and provided two assists to lead the offensive attack. The visitors led 3-0 at halftime behind goals from junior Clare Lenart, freshman Taylor McDaniel, and Fleet.

In the second half, sophomore Olivia Fisher and junior Haley Lowe scored a goal. Sophomore Rachel Hawkins and freshman Jalynn Gorman found the back of the net in the second 45-minute period. Fleet also scored during the second half.

Men’s soccer finishes in tie

The men’s soccer team earned a 3-3 draw at Berea College during its non-conference finale on Saturday.

The Grizzlies scored twice in the first 23 minutes of the match. The visitors need some drama late in the match, scoring the equalizing goal with 1:26 remaining in regulation. Both teams were unable to find the back of the net during the two 10-minute overtime periods.

Junior Cam Mattern scored his first goal of the season after receiving a pass from freshman Jordan Thomas in the first two minutes of the match. Freshman Tyler Majeski gave Franklin a 2-0 lead in the 23rd minute on his second goal of the season.

Grizzlies volleyball loses at Manchester

The volleyball team lost a hard-fought four-set match at Manchester University in its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener on Saturday.

Manchester took the opening set 25-14 before Franklin evened the contest with a 27-25 victory in the second set. The Spartans won the final two sets by 26-24 and 27-25 set scores.

Junior Amanda Lelivelt led the offensive attack with 14 kills compared to two hitting errors in the match. Junior Lauren Harmon registered nine kills, while junior Brooke Harvey added eight kills. Freshman Amber Williams rounded out the balanced offensive attack with seven kills.

Senior Ashley Bazier had a season-high 32 assists, while recording 15 digs defensively. Freshman Nico Morris tallied 14 assists in the match.

Sophomore Libby Stahl led the Grizzlies with 29 digs, while freshman Kennedy Surface and Harmon each chipped in with nine digs.

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