By HANSON CRAFTON
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
For the eighth straight year, the Floyd Central Highlanders have claimed the Hoosier Hill Conference championship. The Highlanders beat Columbus East 3-2 in the final match of the tournament giving the Floyd Central its 19th title in the program’s history.
“This is a wonderful achievement for the program,” said Highlander coach Rick Miller, who collected his 13th title in 19 years as Floyd’s girls coach.
“Its not just me,” said Miller. “You can’t win the Kentucky Derby with mules. I got good athletes and great parents who support me. You can have a program, but you have to have the support. That is what makes it special.”
Floyd’s Giorgia Rosetto took No. 1 singles and the Highlanders’ No. 1 doubles team of Erin Patterson and Alex Jamison won early, but after losses in No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles, the championship came down to No. 3 singles. Alexis Applegate defeated Alexa Husmann-Miller 6-2, 6-3 to give Floyd the title.
“We knew they were a good team,” Miller said of the Olympians. “They have had some good wins. We have been watching them and we knew their girls from last year.” We are still looking for answers ourselves. Alexis Applegate was last on court for the title. She won the first set and was up 4-3 in second set. She closed it out fast and got off the court. Everyone was ecstatic.”
The win puts last year’s state runner-up at 14-4 on the year and allows the Highlanders to check off one of their season goals.
“This was on of our goals. Next is the state championship,” Miller said. “We want to play in the Final 8 again. We want a shot at it all. Our girls are motivated. We have been there three times out of the last five years and we would like to do it one more time.”
The Highlanders’ next match will come next Wednesday in the Floyd Central Sectional Tournament. Their opponent will be named Monday.
FLOYD CENTRAL 3, COLUMBUS EAST 2
No. 1 — Giorgia Rosetto (F) d. Ashlee Hasson 6-3, 6-1.
No. 2 — Megan Galle (C) d. Dana Frank 6-3, 6-0.
No. 3 — Alexis Applegate (F) d. Alexa Husmann-Miller 6-2, 6-3.
No. 1 — Erin Patterson-Alex Jamison (F) d. Aneta Smidova-Pooja Pandita 6-2, 6-3.
No. 2 — Lauren Fox-Susana Blanco (C) d. Maddison Woosley-Emily Stock 6-4, 6-3.
Records — Floyd Central 14-4.
NEW ALBANY SWEEPS SEYMOUR
New Albany staked claim to third place in the HHC with win Friday over Seymour.
Seymour was trailing three matches to none when the contest was called due to weather.
Both doubles matches and No. 3 singles were completed and No.1 singles and No. 2 singles were in play when the match was called.
SEYMOUR 3, NEW ALBANY 0
No. 1 — Anne Mattox (N) vs. Megan Baurle. Mattox won first set 7-5, second stopped by rain at 5-5.
No. 2 — Lauren Hoffer (N) vs. Hallie Crenshaw. Crenshaw won first set 6-1, second stopped by rain at 6-6.
No. 3 — Kennedy Richart d. Megha Dhanapa 6-3, 6-2.
No. 1 — Karen Dringenburg-Emma Wood d. Racquel Burch-Ashley Fulmer 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 — Lindsey Hume-Payton Warren d. Rachel Johnson-Haley Young 6-3, 6-1.
NEW ALBANY FALLS TO BEDFORD
In the fifth-place game of the HHC tournament, the New Albany Bulldogs fell to Bedford North Lawrence, 5-4.
Bedford struck with two runs in the first and put New Albany on an upward climb for the rest of the game. The Bulldogs scored four times in the final four innings but came up a run short.
New Albany’s Brady Parr was 2-for-3 with a double and teammate Tanner Robinson was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 5, NEW ALBANY 4
New Albany 000 103 0—4 9 1
Bedford NL 201 020 x—5 8 0
W — Roosable. L — Joey Collins . 2B — Jack Shine (N), Brady Parr (N), Jarius McClure (N), Mathrews (B).
Records — New Albany 20-4, Bedford NL 11-11.
HIGHLANDERS BEAT SEYMOUR, 9-1
In the consolation bracket of the HHC, Floyd Central beat Seymour, 9-1.
Brandon Smith picked of the win for the Highlanders, who had nine hits in their 21st victory of their season.
“It was a good win,” Floyd Central coach Casey LaDuke said. “We hit the ball well. When you get five runs in the first, it makes things alot easier.”
Floyd travels to Heritage Hills on Tuesday.
FLOYD CENTRAL 9, SEYMOUR 1
Seymour 100 000 0—1 5 2
Floyd Central 500 013 x—9 9 2
W — Brandon Smith. L — Jansen Bloom. 2B — Kyle Beach (F), Evan Jewell (F), Smith (F), Bohall (S).
Records — Floyd Central 20-4.
Next: Floyd Central at Heritge Hills, Tuesday.