WHERE ARE THEY NOW
August 27, 2013Rossville Middle High School
Wins boost Hornet program: RHS soccer already has two wins after going winless last year
Hornet soccer moving forward: You can’t blame the Rossville boys’ soccer team for pushing aside the 8-0 loss to Twin Lakes and 10-0 setback to Frankfort, and instead focusing on the other two games they’ve played. The Hornets went winless last year, and in the first week of the of the 2013 season, they’ve already notched two wins – defeating Sheridan 3-0 on Aug. 20 and Delphi 2-1 on Saturday.
“Just being a new team with a lot of new guys that haven’t played a lot together, I was just not really expecting how it’d turn out,” said Rossville head coach Joel Wilson. “And to play as well as they have together as far as connecting passes and moving together up and down the field, and getting those goals, that’s what we need.
“It took the wind out of our sails when we played Twin Lakes and this game (Frankfort) but those are bigger schools and they’re here to challenge us and make us better.”
Rossville already has five goals on the season, after only scoring 13 in 18 contests last year. Junior Zane Gottschalk has four of the team’s goals, with the other belonging to freshman Bailey Spear.
The Hornets have two games this week, playing at Western Boone today and hosting Faith Christian on Thursday.
Hot Dogs go 1-3 at Kokomo: The Frankfort volleyball team followed up last week’s loss to Rossville with a 1-3 record at the Kokomo Invitational on Saturday. The Hot Dogs (1-4) beat Kokomo and lost to Carroll (Allen), Bloomington South and Christian Academy of Indiana.
For the Hot Dogs, Taylor Kirby had 39 digs, Ericka Ham 30 kills and 16 assists, Mady Corrie 128 digs and seven aces, Tania Olivas eight digs, seven kills and four aces, and Carson Hackerd 32 assists.
Ham’s role with the team has been adjusted with coach Kia Rushton’s decision to switch from a 6-1 to a 5-2, a two-setter system. Ham will also handle setting duties along with her role as an outside hitter. Rushton said she made that decision to take some pressure off the freshman setter Hackerd.
“Ericka’s got great hands and is very natural at the position,” Rushton said. “We’ve been working on it and she’s the best option for us at this point. She’s doing a lot more on the court.”
FHS soccer not missing a beat: If there was any concern there’d be a scoring void with the Frankfort boys’ soccer team after the graduation of four of the five top goal scorers, those worries have been washed away.
Through four games – all victories – the Hot Dogs have scored an astounding 28 goals. Evan Giebel leads the Hot Dogs with six goals, on pace to top last year’s total of 18. Jose Valdes has five goals and Cris Alconedo four goals.
Figueroa fills in: With senior defender Christian Perez missing the first four games of the season due to suspension, coach Olegario Martinez has turned to senior Erick Figueroa to fill in at right back. And Figueroa has done the job filling in, stepping up on the offensive end and racing back for his defensive responsibilities.
“He’s a senior but normally he doesn’t get much playing time because, in the past, his skills weren’t that good,” Martinez said. “He’s playing a lot more ball in the offseason and he started coming around. He’s helping out a lot. Given the opportunity to play with us, he’s doing a good job so far.”
Perez is expected to return for tonight’s game at Benton Central.
Bulldogs XC at North White invite: The Clinton Central girls’ cross country team finished fourth at the North White Invitational on Saturday. Sami Smith finished ninth (21 minutes, 9 seconds), Leilah Miller 25th (22:04) and Kelly Fox 26th (22:24). Demaris Crum ran a time of 22:52, Katelyn Ellis 23:12, Katie Crawford 26:58 and Emmy McCarty 27:42.
The boys’ team finished 10th. Jake Speitel was the team’s top runner, finishing with a time of 19:45. Devin George ran the course in 19:53, Key Taulbee 20:03, Adam Miller 20:15 and Chandler Watson 21:05.
This week: A couple big volleyball matches occurred Monday with Frankfort hosting Lafayette Central Catholic and Clinton Central traveling to Westfield. The Shamrocks finished last year ranked No. 5 in Class 4A.
Clinton Prairie cross country kicks off its season tonight with a three-team meet against Delphi and Tipton. Two county volleyball teams – Clinton Central and Clinton Prairie – both play Carroll this week, CC on Tuesday and CP on Thursday.
The battle for the unofficial county boys’ tennis title takes place on Thursday when Frankfort hosts Rossville at 5 p.m.
In Friday football action, Frankfort plays host to Twin Lakes, Clinton Central plays host to Class 3A No. 9/10 Western Boone and Clinton Prairie travels to Attica.
The girls’ soccer Hot Dog Invitational takes place, with Frankfort, Rossville, Tri-Central and Taylor – the same four teams from last year – set to participate. The draw has not been announced yet, but the first game begins at 9 a.m.
Rossville goalkeeper Austin Higbee makes a save during the Hornets’ game against Frankfort during Saturday’s Hot Dog Invitational. Higbee and the Hornets have already won two matches this season after going winless last year.