TELL CITY—Tell City’s perimeter shooting and ball-handling have improved since the start of the season and its rebounding has always been good.
But defense has become the main calling card for the Marksmen’s boys basketball team and was especially on display in Saturday’s 61-45 PAC win over Gibson Southern.
The IHSAA won’t officially announce what class each school will be in for class sports the next two years until May 1.
But Monday it did release the enrollment figures those classes will be based on. And several area schools may be on edge until those decisions are announced because they are obviously close to the dividing line between classes.
Tell City’s enrollment is up from 389 two years ago to 421 now, so it’s almost a lock to go back to Class 2A in football after being in Class A for that sport the last two years.
TELL CITY—At the end of the year, the riders and owners of horses at NRG Farm celebrated a very successful show season.
They performed at shows in Indianapolis, Springfield, Ohio, Owensboro, Ky., Elizabethtown, Ky., and Priceville, Ala.
David Teague, a senior competing in the 132-pound weight class, was Tell City’s best wrestler this season.
He was the only one to qualify for the regional and semistate and had compiled a 23-8 record before Saturday’s semistate.
Meanwhile Tell City had to have freshmen fill the 220- and 285-pound weight classes, which are generally dominated by seniors, and had no one to put in the 195-pound class.
So maybe the Marksmen should have moved Teague up to one of those weight classes.
PETERSBURG—Tell City’s seven turnovers in the third quarter led to easy baskets in a 62-45 PAC boys PAC basketball loss to Pike Central in Friday.
The Marksmen made four three-pointers in the first quarter. Braeden Beard hit two and Tretter Lyons and Trent Arnold each added one to put Tell City ahead 18-15 at the end of the quarter.
Spencer Fest made a three-pointer putting the Marksmen ahead 21-19 with 6:17 left in the second quarter.
LEOPOLD—Perry Central built a 17-point lead with hot field-goal shooting and held on to beat Northeast Dubois 61-56 in boys basketball Friday.
The Commodores hit 54.5 percent from the field, including 59.0 percent from two-point range.
That helped them build a 17-point lead twice, the last time at 40-23 on a rebound basket by Adam Dauby with less than six minutes left in the third quarter.
They still led by 11 after Levi Hubert hit 1 of 2 free throws with 19 seconds left in that quarter.
CARMEL—Tell City boys cross country coach Brian Beckort was named the state’s Class A Coach of the Year at the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches’ annual meeting Friday.
Though the cross country state tourney is not divided into classes, the IATCC divides its awards into three classes based on school enrollments.
NEWBURGH—Tell City senior David Teague placed fourth in the Castle wrestling regional Saturday to qualify for the semistate.
Teague, competing in the 132-pound weight class, decisioned Breydan Bethe of Evansville Central 9-1 in the first round of the regional.
“David controlled the whole match and was never in trouble,” said Tell City Coach Neal Stahly. “Bethe got an unsportsmanlike penalty for pushing Teague when they were out of bounds, which sealed the match.
JASPER—Brenna Franzman had Tell City’s highest individual place as the Marksmen finished eighth in the 12-team girls swimming sectional Saturday.
Tell City scored 122 points. Jasper repeated as champion with 397.
Franzman was the only Tell City individual to make the championship finals in any event, as she placed eighth in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:31.73.
Teammate Taylor Kratzer made the consolation finals in that event and placed 12th overall in 6:44.40.
CANNELTON—Bloomington Lighthouse hit 61.5 percent from the field to beat Cannelton 71-50 in boys basketball Saturday.
The Lions hit 24 of 39 from the field, including 7 of 12 from three-point range.
“They shot the ball extremely well from three-point range - they hit six in the first half,” noted Cannelton Coach Michael Snyder. “When we played them up there, they went 0 for 20 on three-pointers (in a game Cannelton won 41-39 Jan. 7).
Will Campbell led the Lions with 24 points on 9 for 10 field-goal shooting.