Floyd Central softball standout Taryn Weddle has been named first-team All-North Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
The rising senior catcher hit .495 this past season with seven doubles, three triples, 18 home runs and 50 RBIs for the Highlanders. The University of Louisville commit also finished with a .541 on-base percentage, a 1.171 slugging percentage and a 1.713 OPS. Weddle’s home run total was a new program record and ranked third in the state.
She was one of 160 student-athletes nationwide named to the NFCA All-Region teams, and one of only two players from Indiana on the North’s first team, joining New Palestine’s Jaylin Calvert.
Three other players from Indiana were named to the second team. They were Scottsburg’s Riley Pool, New Pal’s Emily O’Connor and Center Grove’s Abby Herbst.
The 2019 NFCA High School All-American teams will be announced next Tuesday.
PROVIDENCE HIRES GIRLS’ SOCCER COACH
Providence has hired Brett Bass as its new girls’ soccer coach.
Bass, a 2012 PHS graduate, has been an assistant coach for the school’s boys’ team for three years.
Bass replaces Dave Smith, who resigned his post in June. He will officially take over the program Monday, following the IHSAA’s moratorium week. Bass will be assisted by Stephanie LeBrun, an art teacher at PHS; as well as a pair of Providence graduates: Casey Marlin (2012) and Rachel Wells (2014).
Bass takes over a program that has won 11 sectional titles, four regional titles and the Class A state title in the fall of 2011.
“Coach Bass has all the tools to get the job done and continue to grow the PHS program,” Providence athletic director Mickey Golembeski said in a press release.
The Pioneers went 10-5-1 this past season and won their fourth sectional title in five years before losing 4-0 to eventual Class A state champion Evansville Mater Dei in the Forest Park Regional semifinals.
“Over the course of this season my goal is to help these ladies reach the goals they set for themselves and the team as a whole,” Bass said.
DRAGONS SWEEP MSC ALL-SPORTS TITLES
Silver Creek swept the Mid-Southern Conference all-sports titles, a points standings compiled by tallying the finishes of the 10 schools in 10 IHSAA-sanctioned sports.
On the boys’ side, the Dragons finished with 79 points — 12 more than runner-up North Harrison. Meanwhile Charlestown finished fourth (57) and Clarksville 10th (10.5) in the points standings.
Silver Creek won conference titles in four sports — soccer, tennis, baseball and golf. Additionally, the Dragons were second in cross country and basketball and third in football and track & field.
The Pirates, meanwhile, finished second in the MSC in football, wrestling and baseball and took third in swimming.
On the girls’ side, the Dragons finished with 75.5 points — six more than second-place Scottsburg. Meanwhile, Charlestown finished seventh (35.5) and Clarksville 10th (10.5) in the standings.
Silver Creek won cross country and track & field and tied for first in softball. The Dragons also finished second in soccer and tied for second in tennis.
2018-19 FINAL ALL-MSC POINTS STANDINGS
Boys: 1. Silver Creek 79; 2. North Harrison 67; 3. Corydon Central 65.5; 4. Charlestown 57; 5. Salem 53.5; 6. Austin 49; 7. Scottsburg 47; 8. Brownstown Central 45.5; 9. Eastern 35; 10. Clarksville 10.5.
Girls: 1. Silver Creek 75.5; 2. Scottsburg 69.5; 3. Salem 63; 4. North Harrison 58.5; 5. Corydon Central 56.5; 6. Brownstown Central 52.5; 7. Charlestown 35.5; 8. Eastern 27; 9. Austin 17.5; 10. Clarksville 10.5.
HIGHLANDERS WIN HHC ALL-SPORTS TITLES AGAIN
Floyd Central once again swept the Hoosier Hills Conference all-sports titles in boys’ and girls’ sports.
On the boys’ side, the Highlanders finished with 81.5 points — 23.5 ahead of runner-up Jeffersonville — for their 20th all-sports championship in 30 years. New Albany, meanwhile, finished fifth with 48 points.
Floyd won HHC titles in tennis, swimming, golf and track & field and shared the conference title in basketball. The Highlanders also finished second in cross country and soccer.
The Red Devils, meanwhile, finished first in baseball and tied for first in basketball. They also finished second in wrestling and swimming.
On the girls’ side, Floyd finished with 76.33 points — 25.83 ahead of second-place Seymour — for its 24th title in 30 years. Jeff was fifth (41) and New Albany seventh (35) in the 8-team league.
The Highlanders captured conference titles in volleyball, cross country, swimming, tennis and track and field. They also were second in golf and soccer and tied for second in softball.
2018-19 FINAL ALL-HHC POINTS STANDINGS
Boys: 1. Floyd Central 81.5; 2. Jeffersonville 58; 3. Bedford NL 53; 4. Columbus East 49.5; 5. New Albany 48; 6. Seymour 41.5; 7. Jennings County 36; 8. Madison 21.5.
Girls: 1. Floyd Central 76.33; 2. Seymour 50.5; 3. Columbus East 47.5; 4. Bedford NL 41.33; 5. Jeffersonville 41; 6. Jennings County 38.33; 7. New Albany 35; 8. Madison 19.5.
THIBIDEAU COMMITS TO KWC
Jeffersonville rising senior Hannah Thibideau has committed to play volleyball at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Last season the middle hitter topped the team in solo blocks (40), while ranking second in total blocks (131) and block assists (91) and ranked fifth in kills (89).
“Beyond blessed to be able to say that I have committed to further my academic & athletic career at Kentucky Wesleyan College!! Couldn’t have done it without my family, friends, and the coaches who have supported me through out everything!! #WesleyanWay @KWCVball."
- The Jeffersonville girls’ basketball team won the varsity bracket of the East Central Shootout in late June.
- Steve Belden has retired as New Albany softball coach.