October 21, 2014

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Sunman-Dearborn Schools
JOYFUL TEARS MARK EC GIRLS' 10TH REGIONAL TITLE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Buchberger   
Monday, October 20, 2014 1:55 PM

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ST. LEON - There were as many tears as cheers immediately after East Central’s 10th girls soccer regional championship win Saturday.

Moments after coach Jim Lockwood’s 22nd-ranked Lady Trojans (16-2-2) scored a 1-0 (4-2 PK) overtime shootout thriller over previously unbeaten No. 20 New Castle (18-1), the longtime head coach addressed his team.

Lockwood, who has coached the EC girls to all but one of those 10 semi state berths - including this coming Saturday’s Class 2A Final Eight matchup with unranked Castle (13-5-1) at Evansville Harrison (11 a.m. local time) - spoke to his huddled team as cheers gave way to silence briefly.

“Almost a year ago to the day I was in the hospital (following triple-bypass heart surgery),” Lockwood said. “Several of you (indicating players) came to visit, and I didn’t know who you were or where I was.

Last Updated on Monday, October 20, 2014 2:20 PM
 
EC FOOTBALL PAYS BACK RONCALLI, 30-27 (2 OT) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Buchberger   
Monday, October 20, 2014 1:52 PM

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ST. LEON - East Central football paid back a decade-old debt owed to arch-nemesis Indianapolis Roncalli Friday with a sweet 30-27 double-overtime victory at Trojan Field.

Current Trojans - now 6-3 with a six-game winning streak heading to this Friday's Class 4A Sectional 23 playoff opener at Greenwood (4-5) - probably don't remember how Roncalli (4-5) stuck EC with back-to-back playoff heartbreakers in the 2002 4A regional and 2003 semistate, both in overtime.

But Friday's comeback win, after trailing by 10 with just over two minutes left in regulation time, had to be satisfying for senior coaching staff members, as well as Trojan fans everywhere.

"I sure this was pretty enjoyable for Tim (longtime line coach Behlmer)," said second-year EC head coch Justin Roden. "He's experienced some ups and downs against Roncalli. We lost to them in overtime here two years ago, mainly because we were so banged up. This was a fun night for our young kids."

Last Updated on Monday, October 20, 2014 2:28 PM
 
TROJAN SPIKERS CO-CHAMPS AT 13-1 IN LEAGUE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Report   
Monday, October 20, 2014 1:48 PM

ST. LEON - East Central volleyball locked up a conference co-championship with Thursday's 25-10, 25-11, 25-8 home court victory over Franklin County.

Coach Cassie Laker's Lady Trojan spikers, now 26-6 overall heading to Class 4A sectional play at Columbus East this Saturday, completed a 13-1 Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference run for the school's 13th league title, the program's first since the fall 2011 season.

All three levels of EC volleyball marked EIAC championships this season, including an undefeated freshman team and one-loss junior varsity crew.

 
BULL DOGS BITE EC BOYS AGAIN, 2-1 IN SOCCER REGIONAL PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Report   
Monday, October 20, 2014 1:46 PM

COLUMBUS, Ind. - East Central boys soccer got off to a slow start when it could least afford to in last Thursday's Class 2A regional at No. 12 Columbus North.

Coach B.J. Black's Trojans (9-7-2 final) gave up two first-half goals to the home pitch favorite Bull Dogs (14-3-2).

EC got one of those scores back in the second half, on junior Grant Williams's goal, off a bang-bang pass from Kurt Fox. But the Trojans' season ended on that 2-1 tally for yet another regional loss to North.

Columbus North outshot East Central 14-2, scoring initially at 17:52 in the first half. Bull Dogs' last-second goal, just :01 before halftime, proved the difference-maker.

 
EC GIRLS NEED SHOOTOUT TO GET BY PANTHERS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Report   
Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:49 AM

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ST. LEON - Frustrated for 94 minutes of scoreless soccer in Wednesday night's Class 2A regional matchup with Bloomington South, East Central girls finally broke through for the 4-2 penalty kick shootout win.

The 1-0 semifinal victory improved Coach Jim Lockwood's persistent Lady Trojans to 15-2-2 overall, earning them a championship match spot against unbeaten and 20th-ranked New Castle (18-0), a 3-2 winner over No. 17 Columbus North (13-5-1 final) in Wednesday night's opener.

It also marked EC's first-ever shootout victory in state tournament play. Although the Trojans have reached the semistate level nine times in school history, their shootout record stood at 0-7 in the postseason until Wednesday.

Unranked Bloomington South (9-7-1 final) gave host East Central all it wanted defensively Wednesday.

 
FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW - REBELS UNLIKELY 4-4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Buchberger   
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:48 PM

INDPLS. RONCALLI (4-4)

At EAST CENTRAL (5-3)

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Trojan Field, St. Leon.

LAST TIME: Roncalli rolled EC 36-7 on Indy's south side Oct. 18, 2013.

LAST WEEK: East Central 46, Greensburg 10; Decatur Central 22, Roncalli 12.

30-YEAR SERIES: Rebels 6-2.

FAVORITE: Roncalli by 14 (Sagarin Power Index).

TEAM HIGHLIGHTS:

 
EC-RONCALLI FOOTBALL PROBABLE STARTERS 10-16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Report   
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:38 PM

East Central

TROJANS (5-3)

OFFENSE

Pos.-No.-Player Ht. Wt. Yr.

C-70-Christian Deck 6-2 190 Jr.

G-51-Jarrod Schwenk 6-0 272 Jr.

G-56-Chase Sutherland 5-10 233 So.

T-53-Mike Martini 6-2 269 Sr.

T-65-Jacob Steinmetz 6-1 278 Jr.

TE/WR-3-Colton Hoog 6-2 185 Sr.

or-88-Connor Lynch 6-5 229 Jr.

X-5-Nolan Moser 6-2 175 Jr.

Z-14-Hunter Kammer 6-2 155 Sr.

QB-9-Luke Patton 6-0 184 Jr.

FB-29-Austin Bowling 5-10 195 So.

TB-22-Andrew Keilholz 5-8 167 Sr.

DEFENSE

Pos.-No.-Player Ht. Wt. Yr.

NG-57-Tim Dunn 5-9 210 Sr.

DE-37-Chase Fette 6-1 207 Sr.

or-54-Logan Davis 5-10 261 Jr.

DT-96-Devin Mitts 6-2 210 Sr.

WLB-2-Sid Fox 6-0 175 So.

SLB- 43-Hunter Armstrong 6-2 198 Jr.

WLB-38-Lucas Frick 5-9 185 Sr.

SLB-11-Logan Seiwert 6-2 175 Jr.

CB-1-Jackson Greiwe 5-9 145 Sr.

CB-33-Zach Ruhe 5-11 135 So.

SS-20-Doug Rosemeyer 6-1 172 Jr.

FS-33-Zach Theobald 6-1 160 So.

SPECIALISTS

Pos.-No.-Player Ht. Wt. Yr.

K-97-Nick Stidham 5-8 130 So.

or-10-Caleb King 5-5 125 Fr.

P-5-Nolan Moser 6-2 175 Jr.

LS-37-Chase Fette 6-1 207 Sr.

KH-4-Brad Bonomini 5-10 139 Sr.

KR/PR-22-Andrew Keilholz 5-8 167 Sr.

or-20-Doug Rosemeyer 6-1 172 Jr.

or-14-Hunter Kammer 6-2 155 Sr.

COACH: Justin Roden (2nd year)

 

Indpls.Roncalli

REBELS (4-4)

OFFENSE

Pos.-No.-Player Ht. Wt. Yr.

C-50-Eli Smith 6-0 223 Sr.

G-59-Cameron Steele 5-10 238 Sr.

G-65-Brian Watts 6-1 314 Sr.

T-57-Louis Hibner 6-5 258 Jr.

T-68-Cameron Van Horn 6-3 262 Sr.

TE-84-Danny Annee 6-7 216 Sr.

X-6-Gavin Taylor 6-1 183 Sr.

Z-17-Luke Alfery 6-1 175 Sr.

QB-18-Casey Gore 6-2 183 Sr.

FB-9-Robbie Strader 6-0 165 Jr.

TB-27-Nate Fries 5-10 175 Jr.

DEFENSE

Pos.-No.-Player Ht. Wt. Yr.

NT-70-Nathan Sonderman 6-3 193 Sr.

DT-5-Tyler Lucas 6-0 205 Jr.

DT-56-Bryce Rohrman 6-0 244 Sr.

OLB-2-Jake Franklin 6-0 186 Jr.

OLB-32-Nat Otley 5-11 182 Sr.

MLB-52-David Schott 6-1 222 Sr.

ILB-48-Nate Eble 6-1 171 Jr.

ILB-53-Joe Swan 6-3 225 Sr.

CB-3-Caleb Bowling 6-0 165 Jr.

CB-22-Justin Saylor 6-2 155 Jr.

FS-15-Gabe Otley 6-1 160 So.

SPECIALISTS

Pos.-No.-Player Ht. Wt. Yr.

K-99-Patrick Sandler 5-10 139 So.

P/KH-9-Robbie Strader 6-0 165 Jr.

LS-39-Joe Gervasio 5-10 170 Sr.

PS-20-Andrew Cox 5-11 160 Sr.

PR-17-Luke Alfery 6-1 175 Sr.

or-23-Jake Hobson 5-7 149 Sr.

KR-17-Luke Alfery 6-1 175 Sr.

and-32-Nat Otley 5-11 182 Sr.

COACH: Bruce Scifres (25th year)

 

 
EC GIRLS SOCCER DEFEATS HYPE, DOGS FOR 16TH TITLE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Buchberger   
Monday, October 13, 2014 1:28 PM

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ST. LEON - Deadlocked 0-0 at halftime in Saturday night's Class 2A sectional final, two-time defending champion East Central girls soccer made it three in a row, 2-0 over arch-rival Batesville on the home pitch.

Coach Jim Lockwood's Lady Trojans, 14-2-2 and ranked 22nd in the final ISCA state coaches' poll, parlayed second-half scores by senior Kierstin Nadler and sophomore Hannah Schloemer into the program's 16th sectional crown all-time.

"Batesville played a very good game," said Lockwood, whose EC crew hosts this week's four-team 2A regional, set to play unranked Bloomington South (9-6-2) in Wednesday's second semifinal match at 7 p.m.

No. 17 Columbus North (13-4-1), a team East Central beat 4-2 on Sept. 24, meets unbeaten No. 20 New Castle (17-0) in the regional opener Wednesday at 5 p.m. Championship is slated for 1 p.m. next Saturday.

"Our kids got caught up in the emotion of it all in the first half," Lockwood added. "It was a boisterous game. We weren't executing our game plan at all. So, at halftime, we completely changed formations and did some things to try and settle them down."

Last Updated on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 1:19 PM
 
EC BOYS EARN 2A REGIONAL REMATCH AT COLUMBUS NORTH PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Report   
Monday, October 13, 2014 1:26 PM

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AURORA - Playing on a short, soft field Saturday afternoon at South Dearborn's Knights Stadium, East Central boys soccer saw its speed advantage negated.

When Class 2A Sectional 26 title game opponent Jennings County, a four-win team, elected to pack in the defense and play kickball, coach B.J. Black's Trojans maintained composure for the fitful 2-0 victory.

That's the kind of tournament toughness fostered by a tradition of 15 boys soccer sectional championships in EC history - including the last 12 in a row under Black.

Trojans outlasted the Panthers' grabbing, bumping tactics with a goal by junior Kurt Fox, off the right cross assist by freshman Jon Bischoff, at 32:10 in the first half Saturday.

Last Updated on Monday, October 13, 2014 1:44 PM
 
TROJANS WIN 5TH-STRAIGHT, 46-10 AT G'BURG PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Report   
Monday, October 13, 2014 1:20 PM

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GREENSBURG - Andrew Keilholz rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns, while Luke Patton scored one ground TD and threw for two more in East Central’s 46-10 football victory at Greensburg Friday.

Unfazed by steady rain and mud at Shriver Field, EC’s Trojans racked up 359 yards total offense in posting their fifth consecutive win to follow an 0-3 start to the season.

Coach Justin Roden’s Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference 4A Division champions completed a 5-0 run against scheduled league opponents. They’ll host an uncharacteristically 4-4 Indianapolis Roncalli team in this coming Friday’s regular season finale.

EC drew a Sectional 23 first round road game at Greenwood (4-4) on Friday, Oct. 24, in Sunday’s IHSAA Class 4A state tournament draw.

Last Updated on Monday, October 13, 2014 2:07 PM
 
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