By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Despite some runners struggling with Saturday’s heat, Silver Creek’s girls’ cross country team took five of the top 10 spots and won the Salem Invitational.
Mackenzie Crouch finished second to Salem’s Sanda Warren — 10 seconds behind in 21:45. Maggie Shields placed sixth, Jessica Backherms crossed the line in sixth, Emory Lewis was eighth and Miranda Coats 10th for the Dragons, who beat the host Lions by 23 points.
“I’m really proud of the girls' team today,” Creek coach Darrell Kingery said. “Two of our top runners had problems with sickness, the heat and the rough course, and everyone else stepped up to make sure we won.”
The Dragon boys finished runner-up to Mitchell and one spot ahead of rival Borden.
Borden’s Julien Magallanes won the meet, beating teammate George Tipker by over a minute for the individual title. Creek had two runners in the top 10 and five in the top 25 in a balanced field. Cameron Stephens led the way for Creek in third place; Tanner Coots finished eighth.
“Our boys continue to improve and all ran well on a rugged course and an extremely hot day,” Kingery said. “Each day we seem to be getting a little better and that is a good sign for things to come.”
NEXT: Borden at North Harrison Invitational, Thursday; Silver Creek at Martinsville Artesian Invitational, Saturday.
• Floyd third at Noblesville: Floyd Central’s girls’ cross country team finished third at Saturday’s Noblesville Hokum Karem Invitational. Lydia Kotowski and Kassidy Manning teamed up for a fifth-place finish, Madison Barney and Gabrielle Rodriguez came in 11th, Jamie Bierman and Zoe Doebbler were 15th and Morgan Paul and Melanie Combs combined for 17th.
“It was a great effort from everybody,” Highlander coach Carl Hook said. “The varsity finishing third in a field of state-ranked heavyweights was big step forward.
Fourth-ranked Franklin Central won the meet, followed by No. 14 Zionsville.
NEXT: Floyd Central at North Harrison Invitational, Thursday.
• Highlanders have no trouble with Jasper: In a warmup for Tuesday’s big Hoosier Hills Conference battle with Seymour, Remi Bowman had 28 assists, six kills, three aces, four digs as Floyd Central beat Jasper in straight sets on Saturday.
Hannah Joly led the Highlanders with 12 kills, followed by Sydney Engle with nine, Mikaila Humphrey with eight and Tierney Flaherty with five. Lauren Koopman’s three blocks was a Highlander-best and Brooke Hinton and Engle led Floyd with six digs apiece.
NEXT: Floyd Central (5-0) at Seymour, tonight.
• Creek finishes 2-2 at Brownstown: Silver Creek split four matches at Saturday’s Brownstown Invitational, beating Indianapolis Ritter and Warren Central and falling to Seymour and Bloomington South.
The Dragons opened the day with a 25-11, 25-16 loss to Seymour before bouncing back and beating Ritter 25-19, 21-25, 25-13. A disappointing 27-25, 25-21 loss to South was followed by a 25-13, 25-15 win over Warren.
“Overall, with the level of competition we played, we’re very pleased with where we ended up,” Dragon coach Jeff Zimmerman said.
Liz Mann had 14 kills and six aces and Kaitlyn Ramser had 21 digs and 46 assists for the Dragons.
NEXT: Silver Creek at Borden, Tuesday.
• Mustangs go 1-2 at Madison: New Washington won one of three contests in Saturday’s Madison Invitational.
Courtney Amick had 13 assists, seven digs and a pair of aces, but New Wash fell to Lawrenceburg 25-22, 25-16.
Caroline Ricks, who finished the day with a team-best six blocks, had 11 kills, three aces, six digs and two blocks in the Mustangs’ 25-17, 25-19 victory over South Ripley.
In a 25-19, 25-11 loss to the host Cubs, Ashley Johnson had six kills and six digs.
NEXT: New Washington (5-1) hosts Madison, Tuesday.
• Pirates finish 0-3 at Bedford: Charlestown dropped decisions to North Harrison, Eastern and South Central at Saturday’s Southern Indiana Invitational at Bedford North Lawrence, but the Pirates may have played their best volleyball of the season.
In the second match, Charlestown pushed Eastern to the limit in an ultra-competitive 25-23, 23-25, 15-17 loss.
“[We] didn't come away with a win for the books this weekend, but we definitely had a win for the program,” first-year Charlestown coach Tammy Nuxoll said. “The girls really played as a team this weekend, encouraging each other from the floor and the bench.”
Cassie Martin had a nice day for the Pirates. She led them four digs and three aces against the Musketeeres and five kills against South Central. Lauren Crowe finished with four kills and three blocks against Eastern and four kills against South Central.
“I am very proud of the way the girls played and I anticipate continued improvements,” Nuxoll said.
NEXT: Charlestown hosts Southwestern, Tuesday.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ SOCCER
• Bulldogs beat BNL: Rachel Geveden and Stephanie Iglesias each scored an unassisted goal as New Albany earned a Hoosier Hills Conference road victory at Bedford North Lawrence on Saturday.
Geveden scored halfway through the first half to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 halftime lead an Iglesias made it 2-0 with 23:49 remaining in the contest.
NEXT: New Albany (2-4) hosts Corydon, Wednesday.
• Jeff goes 2-1 over weekend: Jeffersonville’s 12th-ranked tennis team went 2-1 combined on Friday and Saturday.
After beating Terre Haute North 5-0 on Friday, the Red Devils defeated Castle 5-0 and fell to the host Wildcats 4-1 at Saturday’s Jasper Invitational.
Jeffersonville sophomore Brock Winchell went 3-0 at No. 3 singles, including a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Jasper’s Jo Kemper for the Devils’ lone point against the Wildcats.
NEXT: Jeffersonville hosts Center Grove, Monday.