News and notes from around the county:
Bulldog volleyball in position: Clinton Central hasn’t won the Hoosier Heartland Conference championship in volleyball since 2005, but the Bulldogs have put themselves in position to do so this year after beating Rossville in five games on Thursday. The Bulldogs have won matches without one singular standout; instead it’s been a steady effort from everyone, including Tenley Orr, Stephanie Ellis, Sydney Unger, Bailey Barrentine and Keily Campbell.
The Bulldogs kept their momentum going with three more wins at the Harrison Classic on Saturday. CC beat North Montgomery 2-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-13), Twin Lakes 2-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-11) and Mt. Vernon 2-0 (25-1, 25-20) and lost to Class A No. 5 Pioneer 2-0 (25-20, 25-17).
Overall, the Bulldogs finished fifth out of 12 teams.
Unger had 27 kills, 12 aces and 13 digs to lead the balanced attack. Ellis had 23 kills, Orr 16 kills and 31 digs, Bailey Barrentine 48 digs, Demaris Crum 25 digs and Campbell 71 assists.
“We started out slowly against Pioneer and didn’t compete as well as we could have,” said Central head coach Jessica Barrentine. “While we had some inconsistencies throughout the rest of our matches, we competed better in our final three matches.”
The Bulldogs, now 11-4, could get some consideration in the Class 2A polls soon.
Hornets still closing in: Rossville’s volleyball team was just outside the Class A top-10 last week, ranked 11th in the Indiana Coaches of Girls’ Sports Association poll.
The Hornets (10-2) went 4-1 this week, going 4-0 on Saturday to win the Rossville Invitational.
Rivalry brewing: Saturday’s Clinton County cross country meet could be the beginning of a mini-rivalry between Rossville’s Austin Stewart and Frankfort’s Cody Bray.
The two runners ran up front, side-by-side for the entire race Saturday, with the two runners trading the top spot a number of times. But it was Stewart (17:06) who edged out Bray by six seconds to win the title.
Frankfort head coach Tim Galati said Bray’s loss could be a good thing.
“That’s something that’ll get him a little more motivated for the postseason, so next time he’s gunning for him,” Galati said. “It was a good battle, he was 15 seconds or so away from his best time. That’s definitely a good sign for the future.”
Rossville coach Rick Foster said the two are both excellent runners and fairly comparable in talent.
“I suspect that next time they see each other, which will be sectionals, they’ll be doing the same thing again,” Foster said. “Austin ran a smart race. He let Cody set the pace for a while and then he surged on the hill. But Cody, being a good runner, fought all the way. At the end, Cody came after him and Austin had a nice kick and pulled away at the end.”
Hot Dogs go 2-2 at Noblesville: The Frankfort volleyball team went 2-2 at the Noblesville Invitational on Saturday to bring their season record to 7-8. The Hot Dogs finished fifth in the tournament.
Frankfort defeated Plainfield 2-1 (20-25, 25-17, 15-13) and Southmont 2-0 (25-14, 27-25). In their first two matches of the day, the Hot Dogs took a set from Class A No. 2 Wes-Del, but ultimately lost 2-1 (25-23, 17-25, 15-13) and also fell to Huntington North 2-0 (26-24, 25-23).
“The first two games of the day were very close,” said Frankfort head coach Kia Rushton. “After those games, the team started to click. They came together and fought for the next win against Plainfield, who had earlier defeated Huntington North.”
In 10 games, Kaitlyn Emery led the offense with 80 assists, Ericka Ham added 41 kills and Mady Corrie 30 kills. Taylor Kirby led in digs with 33, Mandi Boggs added 23 digs and Kylee Cooper 18 digs.
The weekly Sagarin check: Clinton Central’s lost to Cascade on Saturday sent the Bulldogs tumbling a bit in this week’s Sagarin Ratings. The Bulldogs are now 28th in Class A (231st overall) after a 29-14 setback to Caston. Clinton Prairie is 52nd in Class A (298th overall) out of 63 teams in class.
In Class 4A, Frankfort is 33rd (129th overall) out of 63 teams in the class.
Knights go down: Lafayette Central Catholic’s 48-game football winning streak came to an end Friday night at the hands of Culver Academies, a 14-12 setback for the Knights.
The Knights had several close calls the two weeks prior, beating Guerin Catholic 21-14 and hanging on to defeat Twin Lakes 17-12. It was LCC’s first loss since a 34-28 setback against Sheridan in the 2008 sectional.
It was also the Knights’ first regular season loss since a 14-13 decision to Benton Central way back on Aug. 29, 2008.
Clinton Central is one of the last Class A teams to beat Central Catholic, upsetting them in the 2007 sectional 28-27.
This week’s schedule: The Frankfort football team, coming off a loss to Lebanon on Saturday, will have a tough chore Friday night when it travels to Class A No. 3/6 Western Boone (4-0). Clinton Central (1-3) travels to No. 9 Sheridan (2-2) and Clinton Prairie (1-3) is at Delphi (1-3) Friday night.
Both the Frankfort volleyball and tennis teams will host Hot Dog invitationals on Saturday.