Fehribach Dominates PLAC; Rams Race OC Tonight

On Friday May 6, the track team traveled to Perry Central for the PLAC meet. The girls team got third of the seven teams with 95 points for the team. The first place team got 147 points.

Junior Kyrsten Fehribach was named PLAC All-Conference in High Jump, 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, and the 200 meter dash and won all of those events. Fehribach was also named most valuable runner overall.

Sophomore Carley Higgins also won PLAC All-Conference in the 400 meter dash and she won that event. Higgins told us what went into winning her All-Conference.

“It took a lot of effort in practice, and a lot of pep talks from my coach. Her and my teammate’s confidence in me helped a lot,” said Higgins.

The boys had a score of 56 points and placed fourth. First place got 175 points. Junior Austin Benales won the 110 meter hurdles and won All-Conference.

“I feel good about winning All-Conference because while expecting to win, I set a personal record as well,” said Benales.

Tonight the Track Team will compete in the Orange County Meet. The Rams will face off against the Orleans Bulldogs and the Springs Valley Blackhawks.

Story by Jeremiah Hutcheson

Rams Face Senators Tonight After Big Weekend

On Saturday May 7, the Varsity Softball team hosted the Paoli Invite and swept the competition. The girls first beat the Crawford County Lady Wolfpack 16-6. 

Senior Laykin Busick was proud of her at bats during the Crawford game. Busick hit one homerun, two doubles, and a single. Busick had the final hit of the game, which to her was a huge success.

“I am very proud of my performance this weekend. I am glad that I was able to adjust on my timing in the different pitchers and was able to start hitting the ball more through the games,” said Busick.

The Lady Rams later faced off against the Evansville Harrison Lady Warriors and won 11-9. Head Coach Neil Dittmer had some things to say about the win streak.

“We are continuing to improve, and getting prepared for the sectional. We played solid softball on Saturday, our offense stayed hot all day and our defense improved throughout the day. These wins will help in the future if we continue to play solid,” said Dittmer.

The Lady Rams will face off against the West Washington Lady Senators in a make-up game at home tonight starting at 5 p.m. with JV to follow. 

Story by Jeremiah Hutcheson

Rams Look for Second Win Against Hornets

This week was a pivotal week in the Lady Rams softball season. The team snatched their first win of the season against the Clarksville Generals on Monday, May 2, with a score of 19 to 9. The girls had a great game with five players having three hits. Those players were freshman Jae Walker and seniors Kinsey McBride, Laykin Busick, Erica Coots and Kacey McBride.

Busick stole the show, having four runners go home because of her hits. 

“I feel that the team did very well and we played better together. It was a team effort,” said Busick. 

This past week the Lady Rams had two games canceled due to weather. The first one was Crawford County on Tuesday and the second was Loogootee on Thursday.

 Dittmer was very pleased with the victory Monday and had a few words to say.

“We have definitely been playing better softball as of late, and it was just a matter of time until we put it all together and got a win. We have talked with our team about only being focused on improving and preparing for a sectional run,” said Head Coach Neil Dittmer. 

Dittmer shared a few highlights from the game.

“It is always nice to get a win, our bats stayed hot all night, which is something we have really been working on. We will need to play better defense if we are going to continue to get better, but we will celebrate this win and get ready for another one,” said Dittmer.

The Lady Rams record is 1-13. Tonight the varsity softball team will face off against the Henryville Lady Hornets at Henryville starting at 5 p.m. 

The Lady Rams will compete in the Paoli Invite at home tomorrow. The first game is against the Crawford County Lady Wolfpack at 10 a.m. The second game is the Lady Wolfpack versus the Evansville Harrison Lady Warriors at 12 p.m. The final game will be against the Lady Rams and the Lady Warriors at 2 p.m.

Story by Jeremiah Hutcheson

Lady Rams Tennis Starts Week with Win and Loss

This week weather cancelled Monday’s match for the Lady Rams tennis team, but the team still played two matches, adding a win on Tuesday against the Crawford County Wolfpack, 5-0, but losing to the Bloomington South Panthers in a Wednesday make-up game, 1-4.

Head Coach Tyla Whitfield gave praise to two individuals who played really well. 

“Tinsley (Moffatt) and Gracie (Brown) played very well. They were able to push their opponents deep in the court causing Crawford to make unforced errors,” said Whitfield.

Each girl won their match giving up no points to the Wolfpack.

Sophomore Maddi Warren defeated Mary Wetzel 6-0, 6-0.

“I think I played really well, I worked on stepping in, and hitting the ball hard, as well as the placement of the ball,” said Warren.

Senior Riley Atkins defeated Mackenzie Menke, 6-1, 6-0.

“I need to improve on playing at my level. Sometimes I play down to teams dragging out a game that could be finished a lot quicker,” said Atkins.

Senior Amanda Bowles defeated Emma Cunningham, 7-5, 6-0.

“I think that I really could have done better than I did, but there is always room for improvement. That’s what practice is for,” said Bowles.

Senior Tinsley Moffatt and sophomore Gracie Brown defeated Jadyn Holzbog and Ginger Gaines, 6-0, 6-0.

“I think Tinsley and I worked very well together yesterday and we both played hard,” said Brown.

Senior Chelsea Deweese and sophomore Micaela MacDonald defeated Faith Taylor and Maddie Pirtle, 6-1, 6-0.

“At times when playing, I feel like I could improve on keeping the energy up and not getting down on myself if I mess up,” said Deweese.

In the Wednesday make-up match, the Rams were defeated by the Bloomington South Panthers, 1-4.

While there was only one winning match, all games were really close despite of the score. 

“We had opportunities to win additional games, but we couldn’t win the big points.  I told the girls after the match that this was a good match for us to play.  We will not get better by playing opponents that do not challenge us,” said Whitfield.

The winning match for the Rams was Atkins, who defeated Hailey Vandeventer, 6-4, 1-0 ret.

Losing matches were Warren, who lost to Briah O’Neal, 0-6, 0-6. Bowles, who lost to Aa Rupp, 1-6, 0-6. Moffatt and Brown, who lost to Riley Walker and Maddie Santne,r 0-6, 5-7 and Deweese and MacDonald lost to Chelsie Lindauer and Caitlin Heim, 3-6, 1-6.

On Saturday, the Lady Rams Tennis team will host Edgewood and New Washington in a Round Robin match starting at 9:30 a.m.

Story by Ashleigh Garcia