By KEVIN HARRIS
The Rock Creek Academy boys’ soccer team rolled to a 13-0 home victory over Henryville on Thursday in the season opener for both teams.
Gedeon Nzombi led the Lions with a hat trick, kicking in three goals along with dishing out an assist. Nzombi’s goals happened in the fourth, 10th and 16th minutes of the match. Teammate Blake Joseph kicked in two goals, while Rock Creek’s Ronald Karenzi, Will Brown and Trenton Dethy each had a goal and an assist.
Also scoring for the Lions were Dakota Evans, Jeremiah Wilkinson, Brandon Hanson, Reggie Bailey and Immanual Malumba.
“It was a good game for these guys to play different positions,” Rock Creek coach Chris Brown said.
NEXT: Rock Creek (1-0) at Lanesville, Saturday.
• Silver Creek defeats Warriors: Host Silver Creek edged Christian Academy in its season opener on Thursday, 3-2.
After the Warriors’ Nick Reed kicked in an unassisted goal in the 50th minute of the match to tie the score at two, the Dragons’ Alan Cruz responded about a minute later with the eventual game-winning goal.
Silver Creek took an early 1-0 lead in the 30th minute thanks to a goal by Noah Spencer. CAI’s Garrett Couch answered 10 minutes later with a score off a direct free kick to deadlock the match. Silver Creek took a 2-1 lead when Caleb Scarbrough converted a penalty kick in the 45th minute.
“It feels great to get off to a good start,” Dragons’ coach Colin Bell said. “We saw some things that the team needs to focus on in the upcoming practices, but I cannot be upset about getting the win.”
Creek goalkeeper John Osterhoudt made five saves, while Warrior goal Lucas Young had three.
“It seemed we didn’t get out of first gear tonight,” CAI coach Wil Lorigan said. “We’re disappointed, but we found some positives out of it.”
NEXT: Silver Creek (1-0) at South Ripley, Saturday; CAI (1-1) hosts Scottsburg, Saturday.
• Red Devils down Charlestown: Visiting Jeffersonville picked up its first victory of the season with a 25-11, 25-15, 25-6 win on Thursday at Charlestown.
Mary Pat Geary led the Red Devils in kills and blocks, while teammate Jena Reinhardt topped Jeff in assists and service aces.
“We had an excellent offensive and defensive game tonight,” Jeff coach Renee Stock said. “Our girls were upbeat and had positive attitudes. It was nice to see them have fun and play hard.”
Lauren Crowe led the PIrates with four kills and three blocks.
NEXT: Charlestown (0-2) hosts Brownstown Central and Clarksville, Saturday.
• Dragons down Hornets: Host Silver Creek ousted West Clark rival Henryville on Thursday, 25-18, 25-15, 25-20.
Senior Courtney Rappe led the Hornets with five kills and three blocks. Also for Henryville, Cassidy Mull had four kills and three blocks, Kerri Cochran made four kills and Kelsey Johnson had 13 digs.
“I thought my girls did a great job tonight,” Hornets’ coach Shallon Hill said. “Silver Creek is an exceptional team and I’m definitely not disappointed in my team’s efforts and overall performance. My girls are working hard, learning and getting better every day.”
NEXT: Silver Creek (1-1) hosts Trinity Lutheran, Monday; Henryville (0-2) in Bethany Burrier Invitational, Saturday at Borden.
• Mustangs win opener: Caroline Ricks delivered 13 kills and five blocks to lead visiting New Washington past Madison Shawe in its season opener on Thursday, 25-10, 25-12, 25-16.
Teammate Courtney Amick had 14 assists and four service aces. Also for the Mustangs, seniors Kaitlyn Schindler and Ashley Johnson each made seven digs.
NEXT: New Washington (1-0) hosts Charlestown, Tuesday.
• Borden falls to Austin: Haley Shouse had eight digs, six assists, five kills and two blocks in Borden’s 19-25, 25-9, 25-17, 25-13 loss to visiting Austin on Thursday.
Also for the Braves, Megan McNew had 12 assists and seven digs and McKenzie Owens made seven digs and four assists.
“We’re still learning, but we’ll be all right,” Borden coach Gary Timberlake said.
NEXT: Borden hosts Bethany Burrier Invitational, Saturday.
• Creek wins quad meet: Host Silver Creek shot a team score of 185 to win a quadrangular meet at Hidden Creek Golf Club’s Links Nine course on Thursday. Borden finished second (194), followed by Eastern (248). Charlestown fielded an incomplete team.
Sophomore Charlotte Seaton led the Dragons with a season-low 38. Rounding out the scoring for Creek were Liv Schmidt with a 45, Lilly Smith with a 46 and Emily Christman with a 56.
“I’m really happy with Charlotte Seaton,” Dragons’ coach Joe Ledbetter said. “Our top three players are keeping the ball in play and avoiding disastrous holes.”
Borden senior Tina Fink earned medalist honors with a 37, while teammate Sarah Potter scored a 50. Marissa Knoebel paced Charlestown with a 43, and Eastern’s Hannah Ingrahm had a 55.
NEXT: Silver Creek, Brownstown Central at Scottsburg, today at Westwood; Eastern at Corydon Central, Monday at Old Capital; Charlestown at North Harrison, Monday.
• Pioneers sweep Seymour: Providence won each match in straight sets to dispose of Seymour on Thursday at Community Park in New Albany, 5-0.
Singles winners for the Pioneers were Will Andres at the No. 1 position, Jacob Quinkert at No. 2 and Landon Carrico at No. 3.
Victorious doubles teams for Providence were Ryan Day and Ben Arnson at No. 1 and Nolan Carrico and Patrick McPhillips at No. 2.
“We had a nice all-around match against a good opponent today,” Pioneers’ coach Scott Gurgol said. “I liked that all the courts played better in the second set than in the first set. It showed me that the boys assessed their opponents and changed strategy to better attack the weaknesses they identified.”
NEXT: Providence (2-0) hosts Madison, Tuesday at Community Park.
• Bulldogs cruise past Jennings: New Albany only dropped 10 games in its 5-0 victory over visiting Jennings County on Thursday.
Winning in singles action for the Bulldogs were Logan Charbonneau at the No. 1 spot, Alec Bates at No. 2 and Kris O’Bryan at No. 3.
New Albany’s No. 1 doubles team of Tanner Goller and Jake Kennard won 6-1, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, the Bulldogs’ Nathan Johnson and Jack Shine prevailed 6-0, 6-0.
NEXT: New Albany (1-1) at Eastern, next Thursday.
• Borden falls to Austin: Host Borden suffered a 3-0 loss to Austin on Thursday, as two individual matches were called due to rain.
Suffering losses for the Braves were Joseph Vollstedt at two singles, Cody Craddock at three singles and Kamden Hurst and Dylan Scott at No. 1 doubles.
• Jeff’s Gavin 22nd at Seymour Invitational: Senior Maddie Gavin finished 22nd to lead the Jeffersonville girls’ team at Thursday’s Seymour Invitational. Teammates Cat Patton and Candea Smith placed 23rd and 30th, respectively.
“Overall, we had a good solid meet. We left some room for improvement,” Red Devils’ coach Tom Kendall said.
NEXT: Jeff in New Albany Invitational, Saturday at Prosser.