Southwestern's Jordan DeAtley charges the ball during the match against Madison on Wednesday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Southwestern's Jordan DeAtley charges the ball during the match against Madison on Wednesday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Not even a match with cross-county rival Madison could derail Southwestern’s tennis train, which rolled to a 5-0 win in Madison on Wednesday.

Other than a season-opening individual tournament, Southwestern hasn’t been beaten this season and the Rebels ran their mark to 6-0 on Wednesday.

Like in their previous five matches, the Rebels didn’t have much trouble dispatching the Cubs with each of the four contested matches ending in straight-set sweeps.

The best match of th day was at No. 1 singles where Southwestern’s Landon DeAtley and Madison’s Haniah Kring battled for every point before DeAtley scored the 6-3, 6-4 win.

No. 2 singles was nearly as close, with the Rebels’ Jordan DeAtley and the Cubs’ Quinten playing out every point. DeAtley eventually scored the 6-1, 6-2 win.

Both doubles matches ended in 6-0, 6-0 wins for Southwestern as Foster Mefford and Zach Cole defeated Dalton Owen and Reece Whicker at No. 1 and Carter Harmon and Derrick Osborn beat Emerson Cardinal and Matthew Burkhardt at No. 2.

The fifth match of the night, at No. 3 singles, was won by the Rebels’ Mason Lichlyter by default.

Southwestern will attempt to keep its unbeaten season alive when it hosts New Washington on Friday and then will host the Southern Indiana Tennis Conference Tournament on Saturday. The Rebels then host Henryville on Monday.

Madison, now 2-8 on the year, travels to Seymour on Thursday and competes in the Columbus North Invitational on Saturday. The Cubs then host Oldenburg on Monday.



Cubs golf wins tri-meet

Madison’s girls golf team picked up a tri-meet win over Scottsburg and Silver Creek at Elk Run Golf Course on Wednesday.

The Cubs had three players post season-best scores and shot a 187 to claim the top spot. Scottsburg was second with a 198 and Silver Creek was a third with a 227.

“It was a very good night for us as a team. We had three individual season-best scores this evening with two of them being personal bests,” Madison coach Jake Shockley said. “Keara (Eder) had a couple of rough holes but she ended up making birdie on the last one to take the top spot as well.”

Eder’s score of 42 was one-stroke better than Scottsburg’s Avery Bottoroff and two in front of Silver Creek’s Jacy Stricker. Jenna Imel and Grace Bronkella each had 45s for the Cubs, Alivia Brawner had a 55 and Ally Skirvin shot a 60.

“Jenna (Imel) hits her driver really well, and her score could have been right there with the leaders if a couple of putts had gone her way,” Shockley said. “Grace finally put it all together today. She annihilated her personal best which was 50. The sky is the limit for here if she puts in the work. She can hit it far and she has touch around the greens. When things are going her way, she’s pretty tough, especially for a freshman.

“Ally shot a personal best today, too. She has been starting to hit the ball off of the tee pretty well, and her ball-striking is really starting to improve,” Shockley added. “You can really start to see some natural talent coming out of her as she figures out her swing.”

Kensley Gambrell followed Bottoroff with a 49 for Scottsburg while Makayla Barber and Molly McGannon each had 53. Jordyn Johnson had a 54.

Lana Dobson had a 60, Olivia Burton had a 61, Morgan Gargano and Dev Wilkerson each had 62s and Olivia Beaver had a 63 for Silver Creek.

Madison returns to action on Thursday when it faces Shawe and Jennings County at St. Annes Golf Course in North Vernon. The Cubs then host the Hoosier Hills Conference Championships on Monday at Sunrise.



Pacers sweep Trimble in three

Switzerland County swept Trimble County in straight sets to pick up an interstate victory in volleyball Wednesday in Vevay.

The Pacers won by scores of 25-12, 25-18 and 25-22.

Trimble collected a total of 11 kills in the match. Emalin Cull had four, Emma Horn had three, Megan Gonterman two, with Kalyann Meece and Aubree Craig one each.

Trimble, now 1-8 on the season, travels to Walton-Verona on Monday.

Switzerland, now 3-7 on the season and winners of three-straight, travels to Madison on Thursday and to New Washington on Tuesday.



Foley, Marcum lead Rebels

Southwestern’s girls golf team picked up a tri-meet win at Sunrise Golf Course on Wednesday.

The Rebels shot a 194 and had no competition for the top spot. Switzerland County was forced to play with just three players after a withdrawal and Shawe has only one golfer.

Ellie Foley and Bella Marcum each shot 46 to lead Southwestern and share low-medalist honors while Belle Crawford was one stroke back at 47. Adalyn Leach had a 53, Shahala Brown had a 59 and Kristin Consley was forced to withdraw with an injury.

“Tonight was one of those nights where we had some bright spots but really kind of struggled overall. It was pretty hot. And I don’t think the girls were mentally ready to play. It’s tough to get out there in the heat and focus on the task at hand,” Southwestern coach David Bright said. “Kristin had to drop out with an injury, but we got some solid rounds from Ellie, Belle, and Bella even though I’m sure they can go lower. Addy posted a personal best on this course and just continues to improve. It’s obvious she’s been putting in some work. Short game is what’s killing us. We are going to go hard on putting these next few days.”

Switzerland’s top player, Hailey Hines, was forced to withdraw leaving the Pacers with just three players. Josie Meyer led the way with a 56, Lily Williams had a 63 and Rori Ware had a 67.

Shawe freshman Bailey Kilgore finished the round with a 63.

“Every time we play we are seeing improvement in Bailey’s game which is crucial as we wind the year down toward sectional,” Shawe coach David Hertz said. “She has four more matches in the next eight days, so there’s plenty of time to work on things.”

Kilgore returns to action on Thursday when she faces Madison and Jennings County at St. Annes Golf Course in North Vernon. She will then welcome Henryville to Sunrise on Monday.

Southwestern returns to the links on Monday when it hosts Silver Creek at Butler Falls.



Shawe loses 3-1 to Pirates

Shawe’s volleyball team suffered a 3-1 loss at home to Charlestown on Wednesday.

After losing the opening set 25-19, the Hilltoppers roared back to win the second 25-23. But Charlestown picked up 25-14 and 25-13 victories in the final two to pull away.

“We played pretty well tonight for two and a half games. Game two especially when we came from behind to get the win,” Shawe coach Tim Torrance said. “I sound like a broken record but we continued to improve in areas that we have struggled with the past three weeks. We wouldn’t have hung this close to them at the beginning of the season. They had some good hitters and at times we played defense pretty well and then at times, not so well.”

Phoebe Grote was 17-for-17 serving to lead the Hilltoppers while Abigail Hill was 15-for-18 serving, Taylor Barron had four kills, Lina Leatherman had three kills and three blocks, and Emmaline Leatherman had two kills and two blocks.

Shawe, now 1-8 on the season, hosts Clarksville on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The Lanesville match scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled and will not be made up.



Pacer harriers run at Scottsburg

Switzerland County’s cross country teams competed in the Scottsburg Invitational on Tuesday.

Freshman Gracie White won the girls race in a time of 22:18 to lead Switzerland. Alisha Detmer was third overall in 22:35, Allison Detmer was 46th in 28:52 and Ning Wang was 47th in 28:53.

Freshman Nathan Furnish led the Switzerland boys by coming in 38th in 21:14. Keith Gober was 67th in 27:36 and Zack Stout was 77th in 31:37.

Switzerland competes at Hanover College on Thursday in the Southwestern Invitational, then runs in the Jac-Cen-Del Invitational on Saturday.