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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, November 7, 2018 B-1 SPORTS Submit sports items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg By Ed Cahill Press-Dispatch Sports Editor Pike Central High School vol- leyball senior Becca Crow has been selected for Academic All- State honors for 2018 by the Indi- ana Coaches of Girls Sports As- sociation, while senior teammate Alyssa Jenkins received honor- able mention. A total of 71 Indiana high school volleyball seniors were chosen as Academic All-State, while 114 more were awarded honorable mention. ICGSA-member coaches from schools across the state may nominate seniors who are a par- ticipant in a minimum of 50 per- cent of the team's varsity con- tests in an IHSA A sponsored girls' sports program and have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, as well as a minimum SAT score of 1,110 on the critical reading (verbal) and math sections or a minimum ACT composite score of 24. During the 2018 season, Crow led the Lady Chargers in kill at- tempts (546), serve attempts (283), digs (239) and set-as- sists (281), ranked second in ace serves (35), and was third in kills (92). She also had six total blocks, including five block-as- sists. Jenkins led Pike Central in total blocks (35), ranked sec- ond in kills (96) and was third in kill attempts (416). She al- so had 44 digs, four set-assists, 30 serve-receives and six ace serves. "It is very prestigious to be named to these teams, as it shows the girls' dedication to their academic success," La- dy Chargers head coach Bran- di Chestnut said. "I am very proud of have had these girls be a part of the volleyball team this year, and I thank them for their commitment. Both girls were our varsity team captains, and it shows great leadership qual- ities that they can be great lead- ers for their sport and also lead- ers in the classroom." Area players who also re- Chloe Williams scored four of her game-high eight points in the fourth quarter as the Pike Central Middle School eighth grade girls' basketball team rallied for a 19 -16 season-opening victory over visiting Fort Branch on Thursday, Nov. 1. Jaylynn Capehart and Liberty Taylor added two points each while Kennedy Willis scored one point as the Lady Chargers – trailing 14-10 at the end of the third quarter – out- scored Fort Branch 9 -2 in the final period. "I was really proud of the girls for not giving up and playing hard until the end of the game," Pike Central head coach Eric Knight said. "With only a couple weeks of practice un- der our belts – and one of those weeks being Fall Break – we didn't have much practice time to work on the small things." The Lady Twigs took a 6 -2 lead in the first quarter and led 8 -4 at half- time. "Fort Branch played a two-three zone against us," Knight said. "We had a couple of offensive zone plays By Ed Cahill Press-Dispatch Sports Editor The Pike Central High School girls' basketball team seemingly proved that there is success – if not necessarily safety – in numbers during a 54-35 season-opening victory at Evansville Reitz on Thurs- day, Nov. 1. The Lady Chargers played 12 different players during the first half – five of whom came off the bench during the second quarter – while taking a 34-24 halftime lead. "We've got a quality depth team," Pike Central head coach Kyle McCutchan said afterward. "That's something that's going to be a strength. We get kids in foul trouble, I've usually got a couple of kids I can plug right in." With junior guard Jayln Nelson forced to the bench following her second personal foul less than one minute into the second period, Pike Central – after Evansville Reitz senior guard Carlie Hobbs scored to pull the Lady Panthers to within 16 -13 – went on a 15 -2 scoring run to extend its lead to 31-15 with 2:20 left in the first half. During that stretch, sophomore Kenzie Powell came off the bench to hit a pair of three-point shots, freshman Mallory Hunt came off the bench to score three points and junior Jenna Horrall, who had come off the bench during the first quarter, netted two more points. A fter Evansville Reitz scored seven straight points on a three-point- er by sophomore Xavieria Cole, a basket by junior Kenzie Groben and a pair of free throws by sophomore Amanda Meuth to close to with- in 31-22, Powell buried another three-pointer – her third in as many attempts during the second period – to stretch the Lady Chargers' lead to 34-22. "Kenzie has really shot the ball really well so far," McCutchan said of Powell, who added a second-half free throw to finish the game with 10 points after scoring eight in two quarters of action in a 44-25 victo- ry during the junior varsity contest. "She's kind of stuck in between right now, having to help us on jayvee and being on varsity, but she plays fantastic when she's in there. She's had a great past three weeks, and it carried over to the game tonight, so I'm really proud of her." See WIN on 2 See CROW on 4 See WILLIAMS on 3 See WOODS on 3 WE ARE PROFFESIONAL GRADE 1-800-937-8721 Jasper, IN PATOKA VALLEY OUTDOORS By Sam Whiteleather Take a walk in an Indiana woodlot this time of the year and you'll like- ly notice strange patches of bare dirt scattered about. They are about as big around as a trash can lid and look as if someone scraped all the leaves away from the forest floor with a stick. You might also notice small saplings with their bark rubbed off low to the ground. They look as if an over-zeal- ous Boy Scout started a whittling proj- ect but got distracted. These strange signs in the woods can only mean one thing: deer breed- ing season is underway. Deer breeding behavior is general- ly initiated by decreases in day-length as winter approaches. Breeding behav- ior consists of several phases, includ- ing sparring, courtship, tending and breeding. Sparring involves bucks fac- ing off in dominance battles to estab- lish the breeding hierarchy. The court- ship phase involves bucks chasing ma- ture does. Does want no part of bucks during this period, which means they are constantly on the move. Eventually, after the does have given the bucks a run for their money, they become more receptive to breeding. Pairs isolate themselves and the buck tends the doe until breeding occurs. Breeding behavior typically initiates in September and terminates in Janu- ary. During these months, the woods are littered with signs left behind by bucks. The most common signs are scrapes and rubs. The skin on a buck's forehead contains scent glands that become ac- Signs in the Woods LADY CHARGERS OPEN SEASON WITH 54-35 WIN AT EVANSVILLE REITZ Charger Madness to be held Nov. 10 The Pike Central High School boys' and girls' basketball programs will be hosting their Fourth Annual Charger Madness at the school's gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 10. Both teams will be having a tailgate party – featuring burgers, brats and hot dogs – starting at 5 p.m. Charger Madness will begin at 5:30 p.m., which will include a three-point shooting contest as well as performanc- es by the pep band and cheerleaders. The Pike Central Middle School boys' and girls' teams will be intro- duced, followed by a dunking contest and girls' and boys' intrasquad scrim- mages. Admission is $5 per adult, or get in free with a donation of a case of water or Gatorade®. Students will be admit- ted free of charge. Pike Central High School junior Jayln Nelson (20) looks to pass the ball while Evansville Reitz sophomore Catie Shane (35) defends during varsity girls' basketball action on Thursday, Nov. 1. Nelson scored 14 points in the visiting Lady Chargers' 54-35 season-opening victory. Ed Cahill photo Pike Central High School freshman Mallory Hunt (43) prepares to go up for a shot as Evansville Reitz freshman MacKenzie Shadrick (right) defends during junior varsity girls' basketball action on Thursday, Nov. 1. Hunt scored 16 points in the visiting Lady Chargers' 44-25 victory. Ed Cahill photo Pike Central Middle School's Kahle Young fires up a shot during eighth grade girls' basketball action against visiting Fort Branch on Thurs- day, Nov. 1. Ed Cahill photo Becca Crow Alyssa Jenkins Williams leads PCMS 8th grade girls' basketball team past Fort Branch, 19-16 Crow receives ICGSA Academic All-State recognition Jenkins garners honorable mention accolades

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