Rushville Republican

November 15, 2013

sports briefs

Rushville Republican

---- — Football All-EIAC honors

Three RCHS football players have been named all-conference for the 2013 season. Lion players selected were Garrett Hittle, Zack Turner and Clay Tressler. Hittle also shared Offensive MVP honors for the conference with Connor Schuck of Batesville, Trent Black of Greensburg and Sam Fette of Lawrenceburg

Alspaugh retiring as football coach

After a 2-year return to the gridiron sidelines, RCHS head football coach Rocky Alspaugh is retiring from that position at RCHS. The Lions were 6-4 this season with a first round sectional loss to eventual sectional champion Guerin Catholic. The Lions were 7-13 over the last two years and 64-74 in 14 seasons under Alspaugh.

Basketball tourney

Connersville will host a holiday basketball tournament at the Connersville Regenstrief Boys and Girls Club. The tournament will run Dec. 21 through Jan. 5 for both boys and girls. Grade groups will be first and second, third and fourth, and fifth and sixth. The drawing will be Dec. 14. For more information, contact Bob Cornner at 765-825-0889, Larry Jarboe at 765-265-1901 or the club at 765-825-3872.

Lady Lion ranked No. 1 in Class 3A

In the first ICGSA class basketball polls, the Lady Lions are ranked No. 1 in Class 3A. Evansville Mater Dei (2-time defending Class 2A state champs) is ranked No. 2 in the 3A poll.

In the single class IBCA rankings, Rushville is No. 17 with Mater Dei No. 4. Other possible opponents ranked in the Top 20 include Bedford North Lawrence No. 1, Pike No. 7, Homestead No. 9, Heritage Christian No. 11 and Mt. Vernon (Fortville) No. 16.

The Lady Lions open the season Saturday hosting Class 4A Columbus East in Memorial Gym.

BRMS basketball

The BRMS seventh-grade Cub Black basketball team opened the season with a hard fought win over Sunman-Dearborn 37-34. Tyler Wilson came off the bench to lead the Cubs with 17 points, including hitting four 3-pointers. Great defense by Gage Rosenfeld and Cameron Craig helped the Cubs maintain a lead throughout the game. Clutch free throw shooting coming down the stretch by Wilson, Mason Springman and Jordan Smith help to preserve the win. Duncan Draper had a big night on the boards bringing down 10 rebounds. Springman and Smith each had three steals apiece. The team will next be in action at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Greensburg.

Ball State defeats Taylor 73-53

MUNCIE (AP) — Zavier Turner led all scorers with 17 points as Ball State defeated NAIA in-state foe Taylor 73-53 Tuesday night.

Turner was the only Cardinal (1-1) to reach double-figure scoring. Majok Majok had six points to go along with 16 rebounds.

Kyle Stidom scored 14 points off of 7-of-15 shooting for Taylor (2-2), its only player with double-figures.

Taylor shot only 29 percent from the field in the first half, including 0-of-6 from beyond the arc, as the Cardinals ran out to a 37-20 lead at half.

Ball State doubled Taylor’s rebounding, 52-26 and held the Trojans under 40 percent shooting for the game.

It was head coach James Whitford’s first win at Ball State and was the first meeting between the teams since 1936.