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The Press-Dispatch Sports Wednesday, October 9, 2019 B- 3 BOYS' XC Pictured above is the 2019 Pike Central boys' cross country team. They are, front row (l to r): Sam Theising, Nate Woolery and A.J. Hill; second row: Lane Potts, Ijaa Chambers, Trent Zimmerman, Noah Russell and Dallas Reutepohler; back row: head coach Josh Roach, Ethan Gorby, assistant coach Wil Teague and assistant coach Joe Chamberlain. Not pictured: Peyton Chanley. GOOD LUCK AT SECTIONALS 812-354-9909 • • 245 S. Glezen Center St., Petersburg Good Luck! 104 E. Main St. Petersburg • 812-354-8531 HWY. 57 SOUTH, PETERSBURG, IN Phone: (812) 354-8542 WYATT SEED COMPANY, INC. The Press-Dispatch GO CHARGERS! 1-812-582-2440 Cody Caldemeyer FREE ESTIMATES c.croofing14@ SHINGLE • METAL • GUTTERING Enhancing Lives Through Innovative Healthcare From recovery care and wellness to management of long-term health conditions, Golden LivingCenter - Petersburg offers a full spectrum of innovative programs ™ 309 W. Pike Ave., Petersburg • 812-354-8833 Bird Hunters Youth Day is Oct. 12 Seven shotguns and five .22 caliber rifles are among the prizes in a ran- dom drawing at the con- clusion of this year's Pike County Bird Hunters Club Youth Day. Saturday, Oc- tober 12 will be the 14th Annual Brownells/NR A Youth Day, presented by the Pike County Bird Hunters Club. All activi- ties take place at the new club house located two miles west on Division Road, just five miles south of Petersburg on SR 57. All youth ages sev- en through 18 are wel- come to enjoy the activi- ties, which include darts, shooting BB guns, ar- chery, muzzle loading, .22 rifle, trap shooting and hunting Chukar over dogs. Breakfast and lunch is provided free for youth. Kick off is at 8 a.m. EDT. Do not bring any fire- arms. All firearms and ammunition will be pro- vided by the club. Prizes will be drawn at the end of the day. Three model 11-87 Remington 12 gauge shot- guns, two model 11-87 20 gauge shotguns, two mod- el 870 20 gauge shotguns, four Ruger .22 rifles, one Savage youth .22 rifle and two crossbows are the ma- jor prizes in the random drawing at the end of the day. es to go up a goal." Kennedy Willis scored the Chargers' goal off an assist from Chloe Roy with about 20 minutes left in the game. "We had a lot of corners and shots the last 20 min- utes," Western said. "Our offense played well and created a lot of shots, but couldn't find the net. "We would like to thank all of the parents for help- ing do concessions and helping out all year with food, and everything they do," he continued. "They have been great to step up and do extra, and that's what it takes to run a pro- gram at a high level. A huge thanks to all of you." Pike Central played Princeton (5 -8 -3, 1-4-0 Big Eight Conference) in the opening round of the Sectional 30 Tournament at Jasper on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The winner will face Jas- per on Thursday, Oct. 10 in the sectional semifinal. The sectional champion- ship is Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. SOCCER Continued from page 1 a nice ball in the middle and I think it took a deflection from one of the Vincennes guys. Ethan [Scott] got a good first touch and then a nice left-foot- ed shot." Scott scored his second goal on a penalty kick to ex- tend the Chargers' advantage to 2-0 with about 10 minutes remaining after Pike Central played a long ball in the cor- ner and the Vincennes Lin- coln goalkeeper took out se- nior Jersey Mills after he did a great job of hustling the ball down. "I feel pretty good," Scott said after the game. "They threw almost their whole team on defense and tried to hold us 0 -0 to get to penalty kicks, but we stayed patient, went through the game plan, got down to baseline and fin- ished some goals." Vincennes Lincoln scored its only goal on a penalty kick with less than five minutes re- maining. However, the Chargers' defense finished the game strong and didn't allow the Al- ices any more opportunities. Western said Mills also did a really good job out of the back just holding it down for the team. Pike Central goalkeeper Noah Whann played a solid game and finished with five saves. "I thought Noah did a good job of talking to our team all night," Western said. "He was involved a whole lot, but he knew he would have to come up with one or two big saves, and he was able to do that." Freshmen Joey Ridao, Xavi- er Shoultz and Nolan Nelson were all impressive in their first varsity postseason ac- tion. Western said the freshmen did a good job of coming in, playing their regular styles and not letting the moment get to them. Pike Central will now go from playing the last-place team in the Big Eight to the conference champions in Washington (14-3-1, 5 -0 -0 Big Eight). The Chargers will face the Hatchets at 6 p.m. on Wednes- day, Oct. 8 at Washington. "We are going to see a lot of possession, really good ball skills and they are going to throw a bunch of numbers forward and try to force us to find some possession," West- ern said. "They are really go- ing to press the ball, make it hard on us and make us play fast. They have the best pos- session out of anyone we have seen all year. Anyone on their team could score a goal. They are well-coached and have played with some of the best teams in the state. We are re- ally going to have to defend hard and score on a set piece." Washington has one of the area's top defenders in Grant Niehaus. He's also proven his skill on the offensive end by scoring 15 goals on set pieces. "So, he comes up and is a real threat out of the air," Western said. "His speed is second to none really that I have seen to go along with the foot skills that all the players on their team have." Gibson Southern (12-4-1, 5 -2-0 PAC) will meet Prince- ton (11-5 -0, 3-2-0 Big Eight) at 7:45 p.m. in the other semi- final. The sectional champion- ship will take place on Satur- day, Oct. 12 at Washington. PC DOWNED WOOD MEMORIAL IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE The Chargers finished the regular season with a 6 -2 vic- tory against Wood Memorial (3-10 -0, 1-4-0 Blue Chip Con- ference) on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The Trojans stormed out of the gates and took a 2-0 lead. "Wood Memorial came out and played really well," West- ern said. "They had a lot of speed up top and got in be- hind us for both goals." Ridao put the Chargers on the board with about 15 min- utes remaining in the first half. "He got us on the board when he beat the keeper com- ing out with a nice finish to the back post," Western said. "We created a bunch of good chances to the end the first half and shifted some of the momentum back our way." Pike Central came out in the second half with a more offensive formation, losing a center back and adding a sec- ond striker. "We put the pressure on them early when freshman Nolan Nelson took a free kick that found Carson Johnson's head for the equalizing goal," Western said. "A few minutes later Johnson took a shot from top of the 18 that hit the in- side of the post and in for the 3-2 lead." Mills got in on the scoring action next with a nice head- er off a long throw from Scott. Young came to the front post and headed on to Mills on the back post. "That is a play we work on almost daily at practice," Western said. "So it is nice to see it finally pay off with a goal. Paxton Thorne scored his first goal of the season, there was a bunch of players in the box and Thorne was first to it with his head and found the corner of goal." Scott finished off the scor- ing with a nice 20 -yard curler into the corner. "We put together one of our most dominating halves of the CHARGERS Continued from page 1 Pike Central's Carson Johnson battles a Vincennes Lincoln player for pos- session during the Chargers' 2-1 victory in the opening round of the section- al tournament on Monday, Oct. 7 at Washington. Pike Central's Gabe Caldwell battles a Vin- cennes Lincoln player for possession during the Chargers' 2-1 victory in the opening round of the sectional tournament on Monday, Oct. 7, at Washington. season tonight after playing an equally poor first half," West- ern said. "The response from the kids was great. I think we are in a good place going into sectional, and hopeful we can make some noise." PCHS BEATS SOUTHRIDGE ON PENALTY KICKS Pike Central won 4-2 on penalty kicks versus South- ridge (3-9 -1, 1-5 -0 PAC) after the teams played to a score- less tie in regulation on Tues- day, Oct. 1. "Throughout the entire game, we controlled posses- sion and created some sol- id chances, but have to give some credit to Southridge. They defended with a lot of numbers and their goalie did a great job coming off his line and taking things away," Western said. "I was hap- py with how we passed the ball, but we didn't do a good enough job of exploiting some mismatches out wide. Defen- sively, we were really good when needed, no big mis- takes, and they had very few legit chances." Scott, Connor Young, Gabe Caldwell and Devin Carlisle scored goals on their penal- ty kicks, and Whann finished with 11 saves. "Whann made a great save on the first Southridge penal- ty kick, which I always think is the most important one," Western said. "They had an- other PK go wide. Carlisle, who played a fantastic all- around game, was the final penalty kick taker for us, a goal would give us the win. The sophomore stepped up and calmly put it away to fin- ish. This was a good game for us to play before section- al starts, it was a defense we hadn't seen much of this sea- son."

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