News and Tribune

March 20, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Jeff baseball opens season No. 1

Providence softball No. 8; Floyd golf ninth

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Jeffersonville’s baseball has been named the preseason favorite in Class 4A by the Indiana High School baseball coaches.

After going 22-7 and making last year’s Final Four, the Red Devils received 92 points, 10 more than No. 2 Cathedral, in the 4A poll. The Irish knocked off Jeff in last year’s semistate before falling 1-0 to Elkhart Central in the state championship game.

“It’s nice to be recognized and respected by our peers,” Jeff second-year coach Derek Ellis said, “and we appreciate those who think we are worthy of it, but our goal isn’t to be No. 1 before we’ve even played a game. We want to be No. 1 on June 21 [the day of the state championship game].”

Westfield is No. 3, followed by Hobart and Brownsburg. Floyd Central, which spent almost all of last season in the top spot before being eliminated by Jeffersonville, opens at No. 6 in Class 4A. The Highlanders went 29-3 in 2013.

Silver Creek, which was 23-7 last year, will start the 2014 season at No. 3 in the Class 3A poll. The back-to-back sectional champions are ranked behind only defending state champion Norwell and runner-up Jasper, which ended the Dragons’ season in the opening round of last year’s regional. Charlestown, which went 24-7 a year ago, will open the 2014 campaign tied for sixth in Class 3A with Northfield.

No local teams were ranked in Class 2A or Class A, although South Central of the Southern Athletic Conference is No. 3 in Class A. Defending 2A champion South Spencer opens the season at No. 1 in 2A, while state runner-up Vincennes Rivet is No. 1 in Class A.



PROVIDENCE SOFTBALL RANKED EIGHTH

Several area softball teams are ranked in the preseason Indiana Softball Coaches’ poll, but only Providence made the top 10.

Coming off their first regional championship since 2005, the Pioneers will open the 2014 campaign ranked No. 8 in the Class 2A poll. Evansville Mater Dei, which eliminated Providence 14-4 in last year’s regional, tops the 2A poll. Providence’s sectional rival, Henryville, is No. 14 in 2A. Clarksville will open at No. 30.

New Washington earned a No. 20 ranking in the preseason after dropping a 1-0 decision in the sectional championship game to Lanesville, which opens at No. 4. The Eagles went on to a regional championship before falling to state runner-up Tecumseh in the semistate last season. Tecumseh opens the season on top of the Class A poll after Lakewood Park moved up to Class 2A following its state title.

Defending sectional champion Charlestown will begin 2014 as the top area team at No. 14. The Pirates except to battle No. 22 Salem again for sectional supremacy. Defending champion Tri-West is No. 1.

No local teams are ranked in Class 4A. Defending sectional champion Jennings County will start the season at No. 9. State champion Portage returns as the No. 1 team in 4A.



HIGHLANDERS NO. 9 IN GOLF

Floyd Central, which finished third in last season’s state finals — just five shots off state champion Westfield’s pace — will open 2014 ranked ninth in the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association preseason poll.

The Highlanders lost their top three golfers, including Golfer of the Year Devin Jenkins, but return Jack Sparrow and Connor Welch and had an outstanding junior varsity team in 2013.

Providence, which returns state finalist Mitch Allender, opens at No. 18. Westfield received 10 of the 18 first-place votes and will start at No. 1. Columbus North, which had seven top votes, is No. 2. Floyd’s Hoosier Hills Conference rival Madison opens the 2014 season at No. 11.



HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

IHSBCA POLLS

CLASS 4A


    1. Jeffersonville 92, 2. Cathedral 82, 3. Westfield 70, 4. Hobart 62, 5. Brownsburg 52, 6. Floyd Central 46, 7. Noblesville 42, 8. Munster 24, 9. McCutcheon 22, FW Carroll 20.

    Also receiving votes: Concord, FW Northrop, Fishers, Greenfield-Central, Hamilton SE, Homestead, Pendleton Hts.



CLASS 3A

    1. Norwell 58, 2. Jasper 56, 3. Silver Creek 42, 4. Crawfordsville 36, 5. Andrean 30, 6t. Northfield 22, 6t. Charlestown 22, 8t. Franklin County 14, 8t. West Vigo 14, 10. Brebeuf 10.

    Also receiving votes: Angola, Griffith, Hanover Central, Lebanon, Mt. Vernon (Posey), North Montgomery, Northwood.



CLASS 2A

    1. South Spencer 76, 2. Lafayette Catholic 60, 3t. Alexandria 46, 3t. Scecina 46, 3t. Park Tudor 46, 6. Wabash 36, 7. Wapahani 24, 8. Delphi 22, Ev. Mater Dei 12, 10. Hebron.

    Also receiving votes: FW Canterbury, Hammond Noll, Lapel, Switzerland County, Tell City, Union County, Westview.



CLASS A

    1. Vincennes Rivet 58, 2. Shakamak 46, 3. South Central 40, 4. Orleans 38, 5. Frontier 30, 6. North White 26, 7. FW Blackhawk 20, 8t. Barr-Reeve 16, 8t. Tri-County 16, 10. Elkhart Christian 12.

    Also receiving votes: Bethesda Christian, Daleville, Northeast Dubois, Rising Sun, Washington Township.



HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

ICGSA POLLS

CLASS A


    1. Tecumseh 90, 2. Indianapolis Lutheran 71, 3. Frontier 70, 4. Lanesville 61, 5. Rising Sun 60, 5. Pioneer 60, 6. Clay City 57, 7. Lafayette Central Catholic 34, 8. Cowan 31, 9. Carroll (Flora) 28, 10. North Daviess 27

    Also receiving votes: Randolph Southern 26, Barr-Reeve 20, Triton 12, North Vermillion 11, New Washington 11, Edinburgh 10, Covington 9, Springs Valley 9, North Miami 8, Bloomfield 6, Culver Community 5, Loogootee 3, Shakamak 1.



CLASS 2A

     1. Ev. Mater Dei, 2. Scecina 162, 3. Wapahani 125, 4. Eastern (Greentown) 119, 5. Bremen 111, 6. Eastern Hancock 109, 7. Cascade 85, 8. Providence 85, 9. Lakewood Park Christian 71, 10. Whiting 48.

     Also receiving votes: Hammond Bishop Noll 44, Hebron 44, Linton-Stockton 38, Henryville 35, Winamac 30, Eastside 29, Cass 25, Ritter 15, Clinton Central 14, Tipton 12, Eastern Greene 10, Madison-Grant 9,  Paoli 9, Cambridge City 9, Switzerland County 9, LaVille 5, South Knox 5, Elwood 4, South Putnam 4, Clarksville 2, Frankton 2, North Putnam 1.



CLASS 3A

     1. Tri-West Hendricks 147, 2. Lebanon 132, 3. Gibson Southern 114, 4. Boonville 112, 5. Fairfield 93, 6. SB St. Joseph’s 89, 7. Mishawaka Marian 83, 8. Eastbrook 60, 9. FW Bishop Dwenger 58, 10. Rochester 55.

     Also receiving votes: Western Boone 46, Twin Lakes 39, Adams Central 30, Charlestown 29, Lakeland 20, Pike Central 17, Heritage Hills 16, Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 13, Angola 12, Andrean 11, Kankakee Valley 8, Salem 6, Greensburg 4, South Vermillion 4, Princeton 2.



CLASS 4A

     1. Portage 130, 2. Huntington North 124, 3. Northridge 103, 4. Pendleton Heights 99, 5. Crown Point 98, 6. Franklin Central 85, 7. Center Grove 69, 8. Hamilton SE 66, 9. Jennings County 65, 10. Roncalli 63.

    Also receiving votes: Greenwood 42, SB Riley 33, Penn 30, Lake Central 26, Chesterton 21, Munster 20, Carmel 19, Avon 18, Lafayette Harrison 16, Plainfield 14, FW Carroll 13, New Palestine 9, Ev. Reitz 8, Noblesville 7, Terre Haute North 5, Terre Haute South 4, Decatur Central 4, McCutcheon 4, Ben Davis 3, Perry Meridian 1, Ev. Central 1.



HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ GOLF

    1. Westfield, 2. Columbus North, 3. Hamilton Southeastern, 4. Noblesville, 5. FW Dwenger, 6. Pendleton Hts., 7. Zionsville, 8. Warsaw, 9. Floyd Central, 10. Carmel, 11. Madison, 12. Cathedral, 13. Center Grove, 14. Bloomington South, 15. Jasper, 16. Penn, 17. Plainfield, 18, Providence, 19. Ev. North, 20. NorthWood.

    Honorable mention: Lake Central, Kokomo.