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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, July 11, 2018 B-1 SPORTS Submit sports items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Following is a review of Pike Central High School sports highlights during the first six months of the 2017- 18 school year. Sports highlights during the second six months of the school year – from Jan. 1, 2018, through June 30, 2018 – will appear in next week's edition of the Press-Dispatch. JULY • The Pike Central High School cheerleaders' travel and home teams had a very successful week while at- tending a National Cheerlead- ers Association camp at Vin- cennes University July 10 -13. The cheerleaders competed in NCA Game Day on July 13, and won the Top Team 2017 trophy. They also received a spirit stick each day, five Su- perior blue ribbons, one Ex- cellent red ribbon on evalua- tions, and the Stunt S.A.F.E. Award, along with their NF- HS squad credentials and a bid to Nationals. Kayla Sand- ers won the Individual Lead- ership Award and a total of seven Pike Central cheer- leaders – Emily Brasher, Mi- ki Feldpausch, Alexis Huff, Jenna Meyer, Kayla Sanders, Hallee Stephens and Abigail Sutt – were nominated for All-American honors. • Pike Central High School rising senior Bryant Nalley was among 200 boys' and girls' basketball players to participate in the 15th Annu- al IBCA/IHSA A Underclass Showcase on July 11-12 at Ben Davis High School in In- dianapolis. A 6 -foot-5 forward, Nalley averaged 13.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals as the Chargers went 15 -12 while repeating as sectional champions. • The Pike Central High School volleyball team placed third in Summer Spike, which was hosted by Washington on July 22. The Lady Char- gers opened the four-team round-robin tournament with hard-fought straight-set loss- es to sectional foes Vincennes Lincoln (25 -21, 25 -22) and Washington (25 -24, 25 -23) before finishing the day with a 25 -15, 16 -25, 15 -6 victory over North Daviess. AUGUST • Senior Natalie Burkhart fired a 4-over-par 40 to lead the Pike Central High School girls' golf team to a sea- son-opening 184-210 wn over Washington on Aug. 2 at the Prides Creek Golf Course. • Jason Roach, who served as head coach for the Pike Central High School varsi- ty boys' basketball team for three seasons, was named the new varsity boys' bas- ketball coach at Evansville North High School. Accord- ing to a press release issued Aug. 7 by the Evansville-Van- derburgh School Corporation, Roach replaced Andre Thom- as – who was recently named as the new athletic director at Evansville Harrison – as the next head coach of the Hus- kies. Roach, 33, led the Char- gers to a 12-11 record during the 2014-15 campaign – end- ing a stretch of 15 consecutive losing seasons – and followed that up with back-to-back Class 3A sectional champion- ships in 2015 -16 and 2016 -17, compiling won-loss records of 20 -6 and 15 -12, respectively. • The Pike Central High School football team tuned up for the start of the 2017 season with a scrimmage at Wood Memorial on Aug. 11. The Chargers dominated the Trojans both offensively and defensively, scoring a total of nine touchdowns – includ- ing two each by junior Randy Powell and sophomore Ma- rio Fields – while allowing just one. • Senior Taylor Deffen- doll scored seven goals and junior Kelsey Barrett added three more as the Pike Cen- tral High School girls' soccer team opened its season with a 15 -6 victory at North Knox on Aug. 16. • The Pike Central High School volleyball team over- came a 2-0 deficit in a best- of-five match against visiting Washington to defeat the La- dy Hatchets 16 -25, 18 -25, 25 - 18, 26 -24, 15 -11 on Aug. 16. • Junior Natalie Bohnert shot a school-record tying three-over-par 39 as the Pike Central High School girls' golf team placed first in a three- PIKE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS YEAR IN REVIEW - PART ONE Above: From left to right, Pike Central High School senior Caden Arm- strong, junior Draven Huff and freshman Ijaa Chambers placed among the top 20 runners during the sectional meet at South Knox on Saturday, Oct. 7. Arm- strong placed 16th, Huff placed 13th and Chambers placed 10th out of 65 to- tal runners. Ed Cahill photo Above: Pike Central High School senior Natalie Burkhart follows through on her tee shot on Hole No. 1 while competing in the Pocket Athletic Confer- ence Girls' Golf Championship on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Oakland City Golf Course. Ed Cahill photo Right: Pike Central High School sophomore Ethan Scott (6) tries to out race Forest Park junior Garret Jochem (20) to the ball during varsity boys' soccer action on Saturday, Sept. 30. The Chargers defeated the host Rangers, 1-0, to finish the season unbeat- en in Pocket Athletic Conference play. Ed Cahill photo Above: Pike Central High School senior Jacob Bohnert competes in the boys' 100-yard butterfly during a home meet against Heritage Hills on Monday, Nov. 27. Bohnert placed first in the event with a person- al record time of 57.97 seconds. Ed Cahill photo Left: Pike Central boy's basketball head coach Jason Roach named as varsity boys' basketball coach at Evansville North Pike Central High School junior Christian Ben- son (15) and Washington sophomore Grant Nie- haus go up to head the ball during a sectional semifinal match on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Ed Cahill photo WE ARE PROFFESIONAL GRADE 1-800-937-8721 Jasper, IN See PART ONE on 2

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