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Fall sports wrap up unprecedented seasons

The girls’ volleyball team huddles together after scoring off a rally against Madison at the last home game of the season on Oct. 8. Photo by Brock Kennedy.

Story by Brock Kennedy.

Athletes all over FC hang up their jerseys for the last time this season. Seniors will never wear those jerseys again, while younger athletes look forward to playing in the next season, assuming the pandemic allows for it. Throughout the uncertainty of the entire fall sports season, teams have had to adapt to and overcome adversity, as well as challenges surrounding practices. 

“Getting used to games while going through this pandemic definitely took a while,” said senior volleyball player Courtney Combs. “We couldn’t do our usual things like team dinners, [shaking] hands with the other team, or really even celebrate with each other. We had to worry about wearing masks while playing which was not ideal, but I think the team eventually understood what was at stake if we did not follow the school guidelines.” 

Along with the setback of the COVID-19 pandemic, injuries limited many teams throughout their seasons. Senior Riley Casey felt that the boys’ soccer team experienced this.

“I feel like our biggest setback of the season was losing [senior] Jeevan [Sivamohan] due to his injury. As our best defender, we had to adapt to not playing with him anymore. I feel as though as a team we adapted very well however, putting younger players in for his position at center back,” said Casey. 

The soccer team were not the only ones who had to deal with injuries. Senior Gabe Cora, who is a four-year varsity tennis player, experienced this piece of bad luck on a personal level.

”My main setback was cramping. I cramped in two different matches that I was in a position to win,” said Cora.

When the teams came closer to tournament time, they all had a slightly different outlook on things. Combs came into the season optimistic, even with the challenges of a new and relatively inexperienced team consisting of eight underclassmen and eight upperclassmen. 

“I knew the beginning of the season was going to be a challenge because we were pretty much a brand new team playing with girls from all grades, but we had plenty of talent and girls who wanted to work hard,” said Combs. 

The girls’ cross country team was even more optimistic, already preparing for state after their domination at semi-state.

“I personally had a very slow start to the season, but my time has finally begun to drop,” said senior Sydney Baxter. “As we got closer to state, girls were continuously getting PRs [personal records] which means we are improving every week. It’s all that you can ask for.”

The girls’ cross country team dominated sectionals, regionals, semi-state, and when it came to state they recorded a top seven finish. Earlier on in their sectional they even received a perfect score with all top five places being FC runners. The boys’ cross country team did equally as well, winning sectionals, regionals, and placing second in semi-state.

There is a reason for the boys’ cross country team’s recent success. According to senior Hunter Griffin, “The team just piled on hard weeks of training while preparing for the semi-state meet. We would do 10-plus mile runs and super hard workouts. We trained like we always have: with passion.” This training saw them through to a top-20 finish at state.

The girls’ and boys’ soccer teams both had their ups and downs this year, but for the most part, both teams feel as though at least one portion of their season was highly successful. 

The boys’ soccer team went on to have an 11-4-1 record during the regular season, securing four major wins against a top Bloomington South team, an undefeated Jeffersonville team at the time, number one in Class 1A Providence, as well as handing New Albany their first loss ever at their new soccer stadium. To add to that, they also managed to keep nine of those 16 games scoreless for the other teams, despite multiple defensive injuries.

“I think that beating rivals Providence, New Albany, and then Jeffersonville during the regular season all while not conceding a single goal to them during the regular season was really awesome. That was a very big accomplishment for the team,” said Casey. 

The girls’ soccer team was expected by many skeptics to have a less than considerable season, having lost multiple players including two key players, Murray State commit Audrey Brumfield and Indiana State commit Katie Yankey, both 2020 FC graduates. Despite the skepticism, soccer coach Lewis Stevens came into this season slightly more positive than others. 

“I was cautiously optimistic, since we had lost a big group of starters from the previous senior class and then lost two more due to offseason injuries. We still had some key players but there was a lot of inexperience as well,” said Stevens.

Heading into the tournament, the girls’ team came in with a record of six wins and eight losses, which was nothing too impressive compared to last year’s 13-game-win season. However, against the odds and having the toughest route to become sectional champions, the girls team defeated Seymour, Jeffersonville, and then New Albany in the final to claim their fifth sectional title in a row.

The girls’ volleyball team finished their season with a record of 21-13. This included big wins against number four in the state class 3A Silver Creek, who at the time was undefeated, and number one in class 1A Trinity Lutheran. 

The girls’ team, who was mainly led in stats by sophomore Caroline Hilbrich, senior Anna Hilbrich, and senior Kayden Holcomb, grew in big ways as the season went on.

“We came a long way from the beginning of our season. We grew mentally tougher and started making improvements that lead to big changes in our play as we gained more experience,” said Anna.

Despite having a young team, girls’ volleyball managed to come out with a winning record as well as a 3-0 tournament win over rival Jeffersonville. The future looks bright for the girls’ volleyball team. 

The girls’ golf team took home many good finishes when it came to their tournaments, the most significant ones being their second place finish in the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational, as well as two first-place finishes in the Sunnyside Classic and the Hoosier Hills Conference Sectional Tournament. The team was led by freshman Trinity Bramer, senior Zoe Hoehn, and state finalist junior Sophie Cook. 

Throughout the season, Cook made many good memories but she could not pick out just one.

“My favorite memories were made at all of our weekend tournaments. We all had so much fun with the team and became so close,” she said, who added that the run to state was especially memorable. 

“Making it to state,” said Cook. “It had always been a goal of mine from the beginning and I am proud of myself for finally making it there. The support I received there was fantastic.” 

The boys’ tennis team, led by Cora, added to the success of the other FC teams, coming away with big season wins, upsetting Bloomington South, downing Avon 3-2, and sweeping rival New Albany 5-0. In addition, the Highlanders dominated the Hoosier Hills Conference, making it four straight HHC wins in four years. 

Cora spoke positively about the team, saying that “our team improved a lot leading up to sectionals. Everyone worked hard in practice to prepare.”

Football season finished up as one of the last fall sports to be playing at FC, but it came to an abrupt end in sectionals, being surprised by Jeffersonville, whom FC had twice beaten in the regular season with a combined point difference of 63. 

The football team, led mainly by seniors Tristan Polk, Wenkers Wright, and Zenuae Michalski, an Ohio State commit, finished their regular season with a 7-2 record, securing every single possible victory in the HHC before tournament time. In their regular season, they only took two losses which were to power schools Columbus East and Elder out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Every one of their victories came with a margin of 28 points or greater, including a 56-19 win against New Albany at New Albany, as well as a 42-0 home win over Providence. 

“We improved week by week, it was beautiful, watching our new plays work and our defense perfect a new scheme,” said senior Colin Cummins. 

Throughout all of the seasonal difficulties and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, injuries, and cancellations, FC fall sports made the 2020 season one to remember yet again. Winter teams, it is time to shine.

Girls’ golf wraps successful season

Junior Audrey Giovenco puts the ball into the hole during golf practice at Valley View Golf Course. Photo by Tori Ables.

Story by Dakota Bramer.

As junior Audrey Giovenco lines up her ball on the green to put into the hole during practice, her teammates around her do the same. Although their season was approaching its end, the girls remained focused on what was ahead.

“This year, our goals were to win Conference and then win sectionals and advance to the state tournament,” said girls’ golf coach Kara Collier.

The team had already won the conference with a collective 320. They then went on to win sectionals with a 315.

“At practice, we’ve been dedicating a lot of time to [our] short game, which has helped us drop a few strokes. Refining those skills, along with being positive on the course, is making us better players and better people,” said senior Zoe Hoehn.

The constant practice put in all season is what helped them with their success. Unfortunately, the team came up just three strokes short from advancing to the state tournament.

“In order to be successful, our girls need to continue to work on the little things. Short game and putting are vital, and we need to continue to focus and hone our skills. We need to maintain our work ethic as we head into the postseason and not ease up,” said Collier.

The actual physicality of the game is only half of it when it comes to golf. The mentality part plays a huge role and is another reason behind the girls great achievements .

“As a team, we’ve worked really hard on our mental game. Since it’s such a mental sport, we have to be aware of how our negative thoughts affect our game. Our scores are drastically better when we’re having more fun,” said Hoehn.

Since the beginning of the season, the team has been consistent in stressing the importance of having a positive mentality.

“Your mentality during golf is really important. You must keep a positive attitude and mindset from start to finish,” said freshman Trinity Bramer.

Although they came up short on advancing to state, all the work that the girls put in throughout the season paid off. 

“Everyone in the top 5 has shot in the 70s at least once, and we just keep going lower,” said Hoehn.

The support and help from their coaches seems to be one of many reasons for their success this season. 

“The coaches are really amazing. They make sure we have everything we need to be successful. They are always there for us whenever we are having a tough round of golf,” said Bramer.

Every team needs a backbone to help lead and guide these young athletes, and that is what the coaches are doing. 

“Both of my coaches played golf either for Floyd or in college. They both know so much about the game and help us become the best golfers and people we can be,” said junior Sophie Cook.

When you combine the right leaders and create an enjoyable atmosphere, it makes for an exciting season. 

“As a team we all encourage one another and we all strive for the same things. We all want to win as a team and we do that by staying focused and having fun. It’s important to have fun to succeed,” said Cook.

Despite not reaching all of their goals, this season has been a learning experience for the whole team.  As they continue their work in the off-season, they will come back more motivated and prepared than ever before.

A Baddude’s Journal senior athlete spotlight: Reece Compton

By J.D. McKay

This season, the boys’ golf team was preparing to win their fourth straight sectional title. Senior Reece Compton was preparing to try to finish in the top five for the third straight year,  but his goals for this season were bigger than a top 5 finish at sectionals. 

“My goals were to make it back to state, obviously. Then finish on the podium,” said Compton. “I wanted to team to get a top 4 finish. That had been our goal for the past three seasons and I knew we had it in us.”

The team finished 10th Compton’s sophomore year and 7th his junior year. As the team’s lone captain, he knew he would have to be a leader to get the team to improve three spots at state. 

“My role this season was to be a great teammate and lead by example. I wanted to show the underclassmen what it takes to get to the level you want to get to.” 

Being the team leader his senior year would be an easy role to fill because Compton has been a hardworking golfer for a long time. 

“I have had a club in my hand since I began to walk. My dad introduced the game to me at a very early age. I began competing competitively at age eight,” he said. “Now, I play between six and seven days a week and probably spend four hours a day practicing.”

Next year, he will play golf at Division-1 Purdue Fort Wayne; of course, Compton is excited about the future, but he is still disappointed to lose his senior year.

“The most disappointing part of losing the senior is being around the guys and not getting closure to how our season would have ended. Our whole team had dreamed about walking on the podium and having a medal around our neck,” said Compton. 

Just like in high school, he has big goals for the first season of his college career.  

“My goals are to make an impact my freshman year at Purdue Fort Wayne and keep improving,” he said. “I want to help the team win a Horizon Conference championship and make it to the NCAA regional.” 

His work ethic makes these goals reachable, but part of his work ethic came from the best golfing advice he has been given.

“The best advice would be from my dad,” said Compton. “He told me to never settle or get complacent and always look for ways to improve.”

Previewing fall sports

By J.D. McKay

Sports at FC are finally upon us. After months of lifting in the new weight room and hours of practices over the summer, it is time to play. Expectations for every sports are high, which seems to be common over the past three years.

Volleyball starts the season off by playing Christian Academy at home tomorrow. But it is almost a month until the first rivalry game. They play New Albany on the road on Sept. 12. The biggest home rivalry games are against Providence on Sept. 18, and Jeff on Oct. 3. Providence is always a tough match, and the Pioneers often beat us in volleyball. Hopefully, this team will be the one to finally beat Providence. They are also in our sectional, so beating them in September could give us the upper hand later in sectionals. 

One team that has a good chance of winning state is boys’ tennis. Last year, they graduated one significant senior, but returned several other players, including senior Alex Poe, who has been all-state, and senior Eric Whitehouse, who was all-conference last year. They finished in the Final Four last year, so it would not surprise me if they had another good year. They will hosting Providence tomorrow. 

Girls’ golf is another sport that always does well. I do not know why that would change this year. Our three best players, sophomore Sophie Cook and junior Zoe Hoehn both return. They went one, two in sectionals, so I expect another top finish in sectionals from the pair. They play against New Albany on Aug. 27 at Covered Bridge Golf Course. 

The other team that has a good shot at winning state is girls’ cross country. They have a great team led by senior Sydney Liddle, who was all-state last year. They came up just two points short last year in semi-state. They did graduate one runner, but the team is strong and deep enough that it should not be a hard replacement. The boys’ will also have a good team. Last year they won regionals and only graduated one runner. They should be able to repeat their regional victory behind senior twins David and Luke Heinemann. Neither team has a home meet this year. 

Boys’ and girls’ soccer are both coming off sectional championships, but, the boys’ lost a big senior class. However, senior Xander Ochsner is one of the best players in Southern Indiana, and senior Drew Cromwell might be the most athletic senior at FC right now. Both seniors should be big players and leaders for this team. They play New Albany at home on Sept. 19. 

The girls, on the other hand, lost some seniors, but this senior class is huge. Audrey Brumfield is a senior and headed to Murray State. Senior Katie Yankey, although hurt in the Turkey Bowl, will be back sooner than expected. Last season she was all-state and the Courier Journal best female soccer player in Kentuckiana. Along with six other seniors, many of whom have seen significant varsity action, they should lead the team to a successful year. The girls also play New Albany Sept. 19, before the boys’ game. 

The last team to mention is football. The schedule has changed significantly over the off-season. Now, New Albany is Week Four, on Sept. 13, and Jeff is a week later. Both games are at home. There were a few key losses last season, but many players are young and returning. However, the biggest excitement is the change in sectional. Columbus East is now 6A. So that leaves New Albany, Jeff, and Bedford North Lawrence. That sectional is more open than it has been in years, so it could lead to an exciting October in Southern Indiana high school football.

 

FC wraps up successful sports year

By J.D. McKay

It is my last column of this school year, so it is time for an end of the year wrap up. All in all, we have had a great year. Unfortunately, we have come up short in a few sectionals, but we have also had success against New Albany.

Girls’ cross country was very good. They won their regional and got second at semi-state by two points. Junior Sydney Liddle followed in her dad’s footsteps and became FC’s first second generation all-state athlete. Next year, the girls have a very real chance of winning team state and Liddle could win individual state. The boys’ cross country also won regionals. They were led by junior Luke Heinemann, who finished sixth there and could win regionals next year if he stays healthy. They only graduated two guys, so they could win semi-state next year.

Football had a pretty good year, too. They beat New Albany, Jeff, and Providence. It was their first year with new head coach James Bragg. The conference was very tough this year and their 5-5 record was pretty good for the level of competition. Next year, the sectional is winnable for all the teams in it, the first time FC has been in a winnable sectional in three years.

Girls’ volleyball had a good year. They beat New Albany and Jeff. They have a tough sectional and came up short against Providence in the sectional championship. The boys’ had a terrific fifth season. They were ranked in the top four for most of the season. They also beat Trinity. They lost in the state semifinals to eventual champion Roncalli.

Girls’ soccer had another good season. They won sectionals against Seymour 2-1. Junior Katie Yankey was all-state. They could be very good next year. They lost a few seniors, but they have a lot of talented returning juniors. Boys’ soccer also won sectionals 1-0 over Jeff. They had a big senior class, so they might have a tough year next year. However, junior Xander Ochsner is very good and could lead them to a successful year and sectional championship.

If you asked one of the players on our boys’ basketball team, they would probably call the season a disappointment. However, they had a very good year. They beat New Albany in the regular season and tied Jeff for first in the conference. Unfortunately, they lost to New Albany, who overcame some adversity and injuries to play a great game. Their head coach, Jim Shannon, also ran a tough triangle and two defense that made senior Cobie Barnes and sophomore Jake Heidbreder less of a threat. Barnes was all-state.

The girls’ season was pretty good. They went in with mixed expectations. They were hit with the injury bug again but still managed to beat New Albany and Providence. They have a lot of underclassmen so if they stay healthy they could be good next year.

Boys’ and girls’ swimming both had a pretty typical year by their standards. Both went undefeated during the regular season. Both won conference and sectionals. Both teams have pretty good senior classes, but they also have lots of underclassmen talent, so they should continue their success.

Wrestling had a decent season. They beat New Albany in sectionals. Unfortunately, they did not win sectionals. However, they had two all-state wrestlers, junior Jonathan Kervin and sophomore Gavinn Alstott. Freshman J Conway also went to state. Those three alone make the future of FC wrestling bright.

Boys’ golf dominated like it always does. They will easily win sectionals next week. They may even have two finishers in the top three. The girls’ also dominated like they usually do. Freshman Sophie Cook won, sophomore Zoe Hoehn got second, and junior Francesca Hartlage got third.

Baseball had a better year than many were expecting. They beat New Albany as well as Castle who was ranked very highly at the time. Ultimately, they lost in their sectional which is very tough, boasting New Albany and Jeff.

Softball had kind of a weird season. They started the year playing below their talent level. But as the season progressed, they improved. That led to beating Seymour in sectionals after losing to them in the regular season. Unfortunately, they lost to Jennings County 2-4 after being up 2-0 going into the last inning. Next year, they will be led by junior Taryn Weddle, who will be going to Louisville after she graduates.

Girls’ track had a successful season. They won sectionals and conference. They have two freshmen, Annalise Zeinemann and Reece Davis, who are going to state as pole vaulters. The 4 by 800 meter relay advanced to state as well as the 4 by 400 meter relay. Junior Sydney Liddle and Chloe Loftus is going to state for the 2 mile. The boys’ season was disappointing. They lost sectionals for the first time in 17 years after going into the season with a chance at winning regionals. However, senior Cam Sturgeon is going to state for discus, senior Devon Montgomery for pole vault, and senior Jon Gunn for the 100-yard dash. The 4 by 800 meter relay also is going to state.

Girls’ tennis has had a successful year. They won sectionals over Eastern Pekin in straight sets. Boys’ tennis had probably the best season of any team. They advanced all the way to state before losing to eventual state champion Carmel. They are only losing one senior, all-state Lucas Sakamaki. They should be very good next year.

The last sports are the unified sports, track and football. This was the first year for unified football. It was not a great season competitively, but that is not the main goal of unified sports like it is for some other sports. It is a fun chance for impaired students to compete with their classmates. Some schools should probably put more focus into this aspect than the competitive aspect. Unified track also did not have an outstanding competitive season, but once again, that is not the main goal. The main goal is to try new things and give all types of kids a chance to be on an FC team.

This has been a pretty good year for FC, but the future looks even brighter. This talented senior class will be hard to replace but there is a lot of talent below it. Be sure to stay connected with FC sports by reading my column next school year. My first column will be on July 31.