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January 9, 2019

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, Januar y 9, 2019 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 A fter being sidelined for five games with a concussion, Pike Central High School senior Austin Holder scored a team-high 22 points to lead the Chargers to a 60 -55 victory over host Wood Memo- rial in high school boys' basketball action on Friday, Jan. 4. Holder, who had scored a total of just 19 points in his 11-game varsity career enter- ing the non-conference contest, made six of nine field goal attempts – going 2-for-2 from beyond the three-point line – and hit eight of 12 tries from the free throw line while grabbing four rebounds and dish- ing out a pair of assists. "It's definitely good to have him back," said Pike Central head coach Hunter El- liott, whose team improved to 2-8 while ending a six-game losing streak. "He's definitely a difference maker for us on both ends of the floor. He was very ag- gressive tonight. He played really well." As did Holder's teammates, including senior Christian Benson – who scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists – and junior Ethan Scott – who scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds. Senior Judah Leathco netted six points while dishing out three assists, sopho- more Ethan Gorby had five points and five rebounds, and sophomore Sean Hansel- man added one point. And, while senior Draven Huff did not score, the 5 -foot-11 guard made some big plays on both ends of the court for Pike Central, including taking a charging foul early in the fourth quarter – with the Char- gers holding a 42-34 lead – that nullified a basket by Wood Memorial senior Pax- on Bartley. "Tonight is the definition of a team win in my book," Elliott said. "I mean, every- body was into the game, and every kid who went in was doing good things, even things you don't see in the scorebook. Ev- erybody made plays, you know, being ag- gressive and just coming out and attack- ing." Pike Central (2-8) fell behind by as ma- ny as five points – at 12-7 – before a bas- ket by Benson at the end of the first period and a three-pointer by Benson at the start of the second quarter pulled the Chargers into a 12-12 tie. A fter sophomore Paxton Schwomeyer hit a free throw to give Wood Memorial a 13-12 lead, a three-pointer by Holder – off of an assist by Leathco – gave Pike Cen- tral a 15 -13 lead with 7:10 left in the sec- ond period. The Trojans would rally to tie the score on a pair of free throws by sopho- more Griffin Parke and, after Pike Cen- tral took a 16 -15 lead on a free throw by Holder, vaulted ahead 17-16 on a pair of free throws by Bartley with 5:01 remain- ing in the first half. However, back-to-back three-pointers by Leathco – off of assists by Benson and Huff – gave the Chargers a 22-17 lead with 3:23 left in the second period, A fter two free throws by Wood Memo- By Ed Cahill Press-Dispatch Sports Editor Senior Hailey Marchi- no scored a game-high 20 points as the Pike Cen- tral High School girls' bas- ketball team ended a sev- en-game losing streak with a 56 -45 win over visiting For- est Park on Saturday, Jan. 5. Marchino made eight of 13 field goal attempts – in- cluding three of five tries from beyond the three-point line – and was 1-for-2 from the free throw line while grabbing four rebounds. "She's always confident," Lady Chargers head coach Kyle McCutchan said of Marchino. "She's always looking for her shot. But when she hits one early, her confidence really rises, and she played really well today. She rebounded for us. She hit some big shots." "I think coming out and hitting some shots in a row really helped me," said Marchino, who hit five of seven field goal attempts – including three of four three-point tries – while scoring 13 points during the second half. "It always just does." Following a 45 -22 loss at Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, McCutchan said that he decided it was time to shake things up, and insert- ed freshman Mallory Hunt and sophomore Kenzie Pow- ell into the Lady Chargers' starting line-up – along with Marchino and juniors Jenna Horrall and Lauren Vaughn – against Forest Park. "To be honest, after Thursday, I said, 'We've got to have a great practice on Friday, and Friday will may- be determine who is going to start or play more,' and everybody had a great prac- tice," McCutchan said. "So it boiled down to, what do I think? " "Forest Park's pretty long, pretty big, and Mallory Hunt has some size, so she could rebound and maybe score in the block," McCutchan con- tinued. "And then Kenzie Powell just gives us a spark, something different. We had to change something be- cause if you're struggling, you've got to do something." A fter Forest Park won the game-opening tip-off, freshman Ali Welp hit a three-pointer to give the La- dy Rangers a 3-0 lead with 7:28 left in the first quarter. Pike Central then scored 10 straight points – on a pair of baskets by Marchino, a basket and a pair of free throws by Vaughn and a bas- PCHS wrestling team places 4th in Forest Park Invitational The Pike Central High School wrestling team won three out of five matches to place fourth in the Forest Park Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 5. The Chargers defeated Princ- eton 57-39, South Spencer 47-36 and Forest Park 45 -33 while fall- ing to Evansville North 54-21 and North Knox 36 -34. "It was a pretty good week- end overall," said Pike Central head coach Ryan McCain. "We finished fourth overall, but we were right in the mix for a sec- ond-place trophy." Sophomore Isaiah Greer, wrestling at 113 pounds, and freshman Jon Cannon, wrestling at 126 pounds, won their respec- tive weight divisions with five wins in as many bouts. Greer had two wins by deci- sion and three wins by forfeit, while Cannon had two wins by major decision, one win by tech- nical fall, one win by decision and one win by forfeit. "These are young guys, so it's impressive to see them come out 5 -0 on the day," McCain said. Four Chargers went 4-1: • Junior Brandon Goeppner, wrestling at 132 pounds, had three wins by pin and one win by decision. • Junior Blake Henson, wres- tling at 138 pounds, had one win by pin, two wins by decision and one win by forfeit. • Freshman Wyatt Frasure, wrestling at 152 pounds, had one win by pin and three wins by forfeit. • Junior Tyler Kirby, wres- tling at 160 pounds, had three wins by pin and one win by for- feit. Senior Dalton Williams, wres- tling at 120 pounds, went 3-2 on the day with two wins by pin and one win by forfeit. Junior Ian Allen, wrestling at 170 pounds, went 3-2 on the day with one win by pin and two wins by forfeit. Bohnert resets 100-yard freestyle record as Lady Chargers place second in three-team home meet Cooper, Boyd win one event each in three- team swim meet hosted by Chargers HOLDER NETS 22 POINTS IN 60-55 WIN OVER WOOD MEMORIAL Pike Central High School senior Austin Hold- er (5) prepares to shoot a free throw during var- sity boys' basketball action at Wood Memorial on Friday, Jan. 4. Holder scored a career-high 22 points in a 60-55 victory over the Trojans. Ed Cahill photo Pike Central High School sophomore Sean Hanselman (left) tries to dribble past Wood Memorial senior Paxon Bartley (right) during varsity boys' basketball action on Fri- day, Jan. 4. Hanselman scored one point in a 60-55 victory over the host Trojans. Ed Cahill photo Pike Central High School senior Na- talie Bohnert swims the backstroke leg of the girls' 200-yard medley relay during a swimming tri-meet hosted by the Lady Chargers on Monday, Jan. 7. Bohnert teamed up with sophomores Charlotte Dudenhoeffer and Jenna Meyer and freshman Emma McKin- ney to place first with a season-best time of 2:13.84. Ed Cahill photo Sophomore Garrett Boyd competes in boys' diving during a home swim- ming and diving tri-meet hosted by the Chargers on Monday, Jan. 7. Boyd placed first with a six-dive score of 121.35 points. Ed Cahill photo Pike Central High School senior Hailey Marchino (with ball) tries to get past Forest Park sophomore Molly Lusk (left) during varsity girls' basketball action on Saturday, Jan. 5. Marchino scored 20 points in a 56-45 victory over the visiting Lady Rangers. Ed Cahill photo By Ed Cahill Press-Dispatch Sports Editor sports@ Senior Natalie Bohnert has already broken almost all of Pike Central High School's girls' swim- ming records, so when she sets a new record, not surpris- ingly, it's one that she set herself. In fact, Bohnert – who has signed a na- tional letter of intent to swim and play golf at Southwest Minne- sota State Universi- ty – probably holds the school record for most school records. During a home tri- meet with Gibson Southern and North- east Dubois on Mon- day, Jan. 7, Bohnert kicked off 2019 by placing first in the 100 -yard freestyle with a school record time of 55.81 seconds, beating the school re- cord time of 56.64 sec- onds she set as a soph- omore in 2017. Gibson Southern junior Maggie Rose placed second with a time of 1:06.00. The school re- cord in the 100 -yard freestyle is the third that Bohnert has surpassed this sea- son, having previous- ly broken her own school record in the 100 -yard butterfly as well as the school re- cord in the 100 -yard breaststroke set by Missy Barnes in 1984. Bohnert also placed first in the 200 -yard individual medley By Ed Cahill Press-Dispatch Sports Editor sports@ Junior Brayden Cooper and sopho- more Garrett Boyd won one individual event each as the Pike Central High School boys' swimming and diving team finished third in a home tri- meet on Monday, Jan. 7. Cooper placed first in the 100 -yard backstroke with a season-best time of 1:08.65 – beating his previous season-best Marchino scores 20 points to lead Lady Chargers past Forest Park, 56-45 See RECORD on 4 See HOLDER on 2 See WIN on 3 See FOURTH on 3 See MARCHINO on 3

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