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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, December 5, 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 The Pike Central High School wrestling team split a pair of home dual meets on Wednesday, Nov. 28, de- feating Washington 47-18 and dropping a 48 -31 deci- sion to Princeton. Junior Tyler Kirby and freshman Wyatt Frasure won both of their matches to lead the Chargers, who have won four of their six dual meets thus far this season. Competing at 160 pounds after going 3-1 at 170 pounds during the Wood Memorial Duals on Saturday, Nov. 17, Kirby defeated the Hatch- ets' Braden Richter by tech- nical fall – by a score of 17-0 – and then won by pin over the Tigers' Jadon Houdy- shell. "Tyler likes high-risk moves, which makes him exciting to watch, but al- so leaves him vulnerable in bad positions," Pike Cen- tral head coach Ryan Mc- Cain said. "I can't seem to break him of this style, so Dove brothers power Princeton past Chargers, 74-32 By Ed Cahill Press-Dispatch Sports Editor Brothers Matt and Zack Dove scored 19 points each to power Princeton to a 74-32 vic- tory over host Pike Central in high school boys' basketball ac- tion on Saturday, Dec. 1. Matt Dove, a 6 -foot-10 senior who has committed to West Point, also grabbed eight re- bounds and blocked five shots. Zack Dove, a 6 -foot-6 senior, had a game-high 11 rebounds. In addition, senior guard Stephan Wilkerson added 13 points and senior guard Hunt- er Carey tossed in 10 points as the Tigers improved to 3-0. "They're very senior-dom- inated, and it's a team that's been around for a long time," said Chargers head coach Hunter Elliott, whose team slipped to 1-3. "Their speed and size is something that our kids haven't seen, so getting adjust- ed to it is just something that's going to take a little bit of time." "We have a lot of guys that it's their first time playing var- sity," Elliott added. "Even for a lot of the starters, it's their first time seeing that varsity speed, size. But it's something that they're going to have to get ac- climated to." Two free throws by Matt Dove, a basket by Zack Dove and a basket by sophomore guard Jurrien Ballard gave Princeton a 6 -0 lead with 6:06 left in the first quarter. By Ed Cahill Press-Dispatch Sports Editor Senior Hailey Marchino scored 12 of her game-high 14 points in the second half to lead the Pike Central High School girls' basketball team to a 39 -33 come- from-behind victory over host Eastern Greene on Tuesday, Nov. 27. A fter being held to just two points during the first half, Marchino made four of five shots from the floor – including two three-pointers in as many attempts – and was 2-for-4 from the free throw line in the final two quarters as the Lady Chargers rallied from a 17-12 halftime deficit. "Hailey outworked them in the second half," said Pike Central head coach Kyle McCutchan, whose team improved to 4- 3. "I've got to have five kids who want it for four quarters, and she did." "When you've got five kids outwork- ing the other team, it's fun that way," Mc- Cutchan added. "It's fun to coach. It's fun to watch. It should be fun for the players because they're competing." The Lady Chargers, coming off of a 39 - 36 loss at Tell City one week earlier, took an early 2-0 lead when sophomore Mal- lory Hickey hit two free throws with 7:28 left in the first period. Eastern Greene (3-4) then scored sev- en straight points – on baskets by senior Farrah Young, sophomore Shelley Tarr and freshman Indy Workman and a free throw by senior Michelle Hatfield – to take a 7-2 lead with 3:26 remaining in the first quarter. A fter a basket by Hickey –off of an as- sist by senior Emily Carnahan – pulled Pike Central to within 7-4 with 2:40 left in the opening period, Young hit a three-pointer to give the Lady Thunder- birds a 10 -4 lead with 2:25 remaining in the first quarter. The Lady Chargers would close to within two points three times – at 10 -8, 12-10 and 14-12 – before Hatfield hit a three-pointer with 21 seconds left in the second period to give Eastern Greene a 17-12 halftime advantage. During the first half, Pike Central hit just five of 18 field goal attempts – going 0 -for-6 from beyond the three-point line – while turning the ball over seven times, MARCHINO LEADS SECOND-HALF COMEBACK IN LADY CHARGERS' 39-33 WIN AT EASTERN GREENE Pike Central High School senior Hailey Marchino (with ball) drives toward the basket during varsity girls' high school basketball action at Eastern Greene on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Marchino scored 14 points in the Lady Char- gers' 39-33 victory. Ed Cahill photo Pike Central High School junior Noah Whann (right) tries to go up for a shot past Princeton senior Zack Dove (left) during varsity boys' high school bas- ketball action on Saturday, Dec. 1. Ed Cahill photo Pike Central High School senior Natalie Bohnert swims the butterfly leg of the girls' 200-yard individual medley during a three-team meet host- ed by the Lady Chargers on Thursday, Nov. 29. Bohnert placed first in the event with a time of 2:20.34. Ed Cahill photo Pike Central High School sophomore Lane Potts (right) tries to avoid being pinned by Washington's Iverson Jeanlouis (left) during a home wrestling meet on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Ed Cahill photo Looking hard through the under- brush, my eye catches movement. A creature so well camouflaged – its pelt is the color of a salt and pepper mixture of dirt, tree bark and dried leaves – takes two small hops before pausing. From the side of its face, one prominent black eye stares unblinking- ly in my direction. My pulse quickens as the moment of truth ap- proaches. The morning start- ed slowly with the dogs remaining most- ly quiet, leaving me to wonder if I would get a shot opportuni- ty at all. Scent condi- tions can make all the difference when hunt- ing with dogs. Wheth- er you have abundant game or not, scent conditions can mean the difference between coming home emp- ty handed and having so many good points, runs or chasses that you'd hunt until the sun went down if your bel- ly and your legs would let you. But, eventual- ly, the hunt heats up and our small wood lot is alive with the yipps and bays of beagles on scent. Bringing my gun to my shoulder, I wait for the rabbit to run. On the other side of the thicket, the dogs are getting closer. In a blur of motion, the rab- bit makes his move and I start my swing. He runs parallel with me before veering away. I take aim and fire. The woods are filled with a sharp burst of sound but the rab- bit keeps running. Amongst the under- brush, I see where small twigs have been shot in two, taking the brunt of my shot pat- tern. "Dang," I say to myself as the dogs work on through the thicket. Trying to hit a mov- ing target with a shot- gun can be very chal- lenging. The key is to put your shot where the target will be, not where the target is when you shoot. This is called "leading" a target. The tricky part about leading is deter- mining how far in front you need to be. If you have abun- dant shot opportuni- ties, like those found in a good dove field for ex- ample, you can usual- ly figure out your lead by trial and error. A f- ter enough shots, you'll get the feel for how far in front you need to be, and you'll start tasting success. If, however, your shot opportunities are few and far between, it can be difficult find- ing the right lead. One way to address this sit- uation is to shoot clay pigeons at varying speeds and angles, thus improving your ability to adapt quick- ly to changing shoot- ing conditions. Another key to suc- cessful shot-gunning is keeping your eye on the target. Find the tar- get with your eye, and keep your eye and the end of your gun bar- rel in line with each other. Never focus on the end of your barrel. When you shoot, the last thing you should remember seeing is the blur of moving fur or feather. And, lastly, as in life as well as hunting, the battle is in the mind. Try not to think about it too much. Take a deep breath and shoot with instinct. Block those thoughts of how good or bad the outcome will be if you connect or miss. Try to live in the moment and enjoy the experience regardless of the outcome, which is really what hunting is supposed to be all about anyway. A fter a few more runs, the dogs nev- er bring another rab- bit back around to my spot. Unfortunately, today I won't get a sec- ond chance to increase my lead and maybe take home a rabbit or two. But walking back to the truck with my hunting companions, I feel good about get- ting out into an Indiana woodlot for a morning of hunting. And in the back of my mind, I know there will be another hunt, where the rabbits will be more plentiful and I somehow or the other manage to get my shot out front. See MARCHINO on 2 See BROTHERS on 3 See SPLIT on 5 PATOKA VALLEY OUTDOORS By Sam Whiteleather Getting Out Front WE ARE PROFFESIONAL GRADE 1-800-937-8721 Jasper, IN Bohnert wins two events, Dudenhoeffer & Meyer win one each in three-team meet Senior Natalie Bohnert won two individual events and sophomores Charlotte Dudenhoeffer and Jenna Meyer won one each as the Pike Central High School girls' swimming and div- ing team finished third in a three-team meet hosted by the Lady Chargers on Thursday, Nov. 29. Bohnert placed first in the 200 -yard individual medley with a season-best time of 2:20.34, beating her previous season-best time of 2:21.13, and finishing See WIN on 4 PCHS wrestling team splits home dual

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