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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, September 8, 2021 B-3 Lady Chargers finish second in PAC championships By Andy Heuring The Lady Chargers fin- ished second in the expand- ed Pocket Athletic Confer- ence golf championships on Saturday at Country Oaks. The girls have steadily im- proved over the last two sea- sons. Their performance on Saturday put their improve- ment on full display. The Lady Chargers shot a 388 and were one of only three teams in the 13-team confer- ence meet to break 400. "I'm really proud of them. I told them I would love for us to break 400. We played our best golf," said Pike Central Coach Jarrod Gideon. Gideon said at the begin- ning of the season he didn't really see the Lady Chargers being able to challenge for the conference and place sec- ond with the expanded field. "I would have been hoping for the top half in the PAC," said Gideon. But he said the girls have really worked hard this season and show lots of improvement. "Going into to it I knew we would be in the top half and I knew we could be second if we played our best. There were a lot of de- cent teams in the conference," said Gideon. The girls have really put the time in. I gave them the option to take Friday off, but they all showed up for practice," said Gideon. The tournament was won by Gibson Southern, which has won the last eight conference titles. Titan Hillary Humbaugh was the medalist with a 76. Charger senior Sophie Carnahan placed third in the event to earn All-PAC honors. She had an 89, a 17-stroke im- provement over her score last year at PAC. Overall, Pike Central im- proved their team score 52 strokes from last year when they finished sixth. It was the first year for PAC to be at 13 teams instead of nine. Char- ger senior Sydney Loveless posted a 95, which was 24 shots better than last year. Freshman Brailey Mills, in her first year of playing golf, shot a 97. Nevi Lemond shot a 104, which was seven strokes better than last year. Ellie McGuire had a 112. The team scores were: 1) Gibson Southern 338, 2) Pike Central 388, 3) South- ridge 399, 4) Boonville 400, 5) North Posey 401, 6) Mt. Vernon 402, 7) Washington 407, 8) Forest Park 410, 9) Heritage Hills 413, 10) Princ- eton 435, 11) South Spencer 450. Tecumseh and Tell City no team score. Sparks inks nine freshman In her first year with Oak- land City University, Head Coach Audrey Sparks has brought in nine freshmen Cross Country and Track athletes, four to the women's team and five to the men's team. Last season (2020 - 2021) the roster size, between the men and women, totaled 11 athletes. This year the ros- ter size has expanded to 21 athletes. "We have doubled the size of our roster from last year and every single one of these athletes is going to play a piv- otal role in helping us signifi- cantly improve our top 5 aver- age time and improve within our conference. We have am- bitious goals for our program and are very excited to have these guys and gals with us," said Coach Sparks. The following are the 2021- 2022 freshman class: Nancy Kurgat is a biolo- gy major from Eldoret, Ken- ya and will compete in cross country, middle-distance and distance running events. Evie Hasenour is a busi- ness major from Hunting- burg, attended Southridge High School and will compete in cross country, middle-dis- tance and distance running events. Ellie Hasenour is an Ap- plied Health and Fitness ma- jor from Huntingburg, attend- ed Southridge High School and will compete in cross country, middle-distance and distance running events. Raegan Heldt is a Busi- ness Management major from Hazleton, attended Gib- son Southern High School where she was a part of the state qualifying 4x800m re- lay team this past spring, and will compete in cross country, middle-distance and distance running events. Ronald Kiprono is a com- puter science major from El- doret, Kenya and will compete in cross country and distance running events. Amos Keoch is a computer science major from Eldoret, Kenya and will compete in cross country and distance running events. Roberto Gutierrez is a Biol- ogy Major from Washington, attended Washington High School and will compete in cross country and middle-dis- tance running events. Cooper Clark is Business Management Major from Princeton, and attended Princeton Community High School. He will compete in cross country and middle-dis- tance running events. Not pictured is Mason Britt. He is a Business Major from Trafalgar, where he attended Indian Creek High School. He will compete in high jump, long jump and sprint- ing events. The cross country team's first meet is Friday. They will be competing in the Univer- sity of Evansville opener at Angel Mounds in Newburgh. The men's race starts at 5 p.m. CT with the Women's race to follow. Four generations run in 5K Robert Claridge has been running and winning 5K and longer distance races for decades. Now 80-years- old, Bob's family including kids, grand-kids and great grandkids put on their running shoes and ran with him at the Labor Day run over the weekend. So there were four generations of Claridges in the 5K run. They are from left, Whitney Hartke, Jacob Claridge, Nick Claridge, Keith Claridge, Robert Claridge, Kevin Claridge, Kendall Krempp, Kenneth Krempp, Kaleb Claridge and Maya Fredrick. Boys' soccer wins three conference games in a row By Matthew Haycraft Pike Central boys' soccer has won three conference games in a row recently, beat- ing South Spencer, Boonville and Princeton. When playing against South Spencer the team came out a little bit flat in the first half but took a 1-0 lead when Kendric Sorgius scored off a Jonas Martinez assist. In the second half the Chargers played with better intensity. Nolan Nelson scored off an assist from Devin Carlisle, while Jonas Martinez scored two goals that half, a solo goal with Martinez dribbling by numerous defenders, and the other was a first-time vol- ley where the goalie had no chance, with a beautiful as- sist from Austin Henson. Chargers gave up a late goal to Southridge during the second half, but according to Head Coach Jacob Western, the team played a nice game. Pike Central bested South Spencer, 4-1. The Boonville game Thurs- day night was a very intense and competitive game. Boon- ville scored first and played strong defense, having an eight-man defensive block that was tough for the Char- gers to break. Pike Central made some halftime adjustments and played a great second half, according to Coach Western. Western said the team proba- bly had 15 real quality chanc- es, and were able to put one away when Martinez played a nice ball behind the defense to Sorgius who calmly put it away. The game went to overtime tied 1-1. Coach Western comment- ed, "We had a lot of chances in overtime, but still tied 1-1." With the game still be- ing tied it was off to penalty kicks. Jonas Martinez, Xavier Shoultz and Chase Ridao all put penalty kicks in the back of the net, and goalie Peyton Howald came up with a huge save that really set the tone. Boonville made only one penalty kick, sealing the win for the Chargers. Coach Western stated, "The Boonville game was huge for us. We have been talking about being tough and grinding games out and this was a perfect example of that. We were down four starters and were still able to get it done. I can't say enough about Cade Morgan and Isaac Fair. Both stepped up for their first varsity starts of their careers and were fan- tastic for us. We don't win that game if those two don't play the way they did. It was a to- tal team effort and hopefully it's the type of game we can build on." Saturday, September 4, Chargers played their final game of the week against Princeton. Still missing a few starters, the Chargers won 1-0. Joey Ridao scored the game's only goal and Marti- nez had the assist. Charger goalie Peyton Howald was excellent in the goal, accord- ing to Coach Western, with 10 saves and commanding his box the whole game. Coach Western wrapped up this game stating, "The guys did a great job battling all game. Even though we didn't have our best stuff, we were able to get the job done." MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER VS. NE DUBOIS Above: Kinley Blackwell dribbles the ball down- field during the girls' middle school game with North- east Dubois on Thursday, September 2. Right: Caleb Kessen throws the ball in during the boys' middle school game with Northeast Dubois on Thursday, September 2. Gannon Western dribbles the ball toward the goal during the boys' middle school game with Northeast Dubois on Thursday, September 2. Avelyn Knepp pauses while dribbling the ball in to avoid the defender during the girls' middle school game with Northeast Dubois on Thursday.

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