Local teams, athletes have memorable 2021


SOUTH MADISON COUNTY – Through the difficulties of competing during a pandemic, there were still high achievements and plenty to celebrate during the past year in south Madison County athletics.

Here’s a look back at 2021 and those individuals and teams that made for another memorable year.

McDermott’s NBA dream comes true

After making his NBA debut just two days earlier, former Pendleton Heights standout Sean McDermott was part of his first victory in the league.

McDermott scored four points, had three rebounds and two assists in a 126-107 Memphis Grizzlies loss to the Boston Celtics in his first game on Dec. 30, 2020.

On Jan. 1, he followed it up with three points and an assist, in 19 minutes for the Grizzlies in a 108-93 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Known during his time at PHHS and Butler University for his perimeter shooting, McDermott had his first NBA 3-pointer against the Hornets.

PH boys basketball wins first county title since 2018

After dropping their first four games of the season, the Pendleton Heights Arabians boys basketball team won the next three, all part of picking up the program’s sixth Madison County Tournament championship and first since 2018.

On Jan. 8, the Arabians defeated the Liberty Christian Lions, 75-65. It was their third win of the week. They defeated Frankton 52-50 on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in a semifinal game at Lapel. The tournament started Monday, Jan. 4, with a 65-50 victory against Alexandria, which beat Pendleton Heights in the title game last season.

The PH girls team finished county runner-up, losing 61-56 to Anderson in the title game at PHHS on Saturday, Jan. 9. Kylie Davis led the Arabians with 27 points.

Arabian wrestlers win HHC titles

Pendleton Heights finished third as a team, behind Greenfield-Central and New Palestine, and Jared Brown (138) and Colin Gillespie (195) won individual titles at the Hoosier Heritage Conference championships held on Saturday, Jan. 16 in New Castle.

It was Brown’s first tournament back from an injury. Gillespie won a conference title for the second straight year. He won the 182-class in 2020.

Record-setting swimmers

Pendleton Heights 200 freestyle relay team of senior Kaitlyn Wheetley, juniors Jaima Link and Grace McKinney and freshman Mallory Gentry finished 20th in the state prelims with a school record time of 1:39.64.

The group had qualified the week before setting a school record of 1:40.23 at the Fishers Sectional. They finished third in the sectional race, but were able to qualify for the IHSAA Girls Swimming and Diving State Finals at the IU Natatorium, held Feb. 12, on time.

“We worked on fine-tuning little things — our turns, our finishes, getting off the blocks fast, all those little things that make a big difference,” coach Mindy Hertzler said on her team’s state performance. “That was kind of the focus after the sectional and trying to keep them fresh.”

Brown on to state

Jared Brown, a senior, won his first regional championship Feb. 6, placed fourth at the Feb. 13 semistate and advanced to the IHSAA wrestling state finals, held Feb. 19-20, for the third straight year.

“It’s a special thing. We’ve only had one four-time qualifier (Mason Todd) in the history of the program, and I think he’s the first three-time qualifier. It’s a special thing to get there three times,” Pendleton Heights coach Dave Cloud said.

Brown’s regional title, at 138, was the first of his storied Arabian career. He did not place at the state meet.

Four Arabians advanced to the semi-state. Brown went to the New Castle event with teammates Colin Gillespie, Elijah Creel and Ethan Childers, but was the only one to advance on to the state meet.

Legendary season

The inaugural regular season of the Hoosier Hardwood Basketball Association, a new professional basketball league founded by former Indiana University great Kent Benson and former Pendleton resident Bob Petty, began on March 6.

The Pendleton Legends, one of four teams in the fledgling league played the Terre Haute Sharp Shooters to start the year. The Legends, led by former Pendleton Heights and Butler University standout Kellen Dunham won the league championship.

Carpenter places third at state

In the last event of her high school career, Lapel senior Madi Carpenter nailed the Tsukahara Full (Tsuk Full), scored a 9.75 on vault and placed third in the state at the IHSAA Gymnastics State Finals on Saturday, March 13, at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie.

Carpenter finished 15th in the all-around competition with a score of 36.3. She placed 13th on bars (9.25), 23rd on beam (8.825) and 44th (8.375) on floor.

The Tsuk Full had helped Carpenter get to the state meet. She did the tricky twisting maneuver for the first time at the regional, scoring a 9.6 and placing fourth. It and a 9.85 to get second on beam were keys in taking the sixth and final qualifying spot for the state all-around competition.

Her good spin on her final performance (at state), put a good spin on the end of an outstanding career.

“Honestly, I just think my body knew what it was supposed to,” Carpenter said on her approach going into her last event. “I told myself right before I started running, ‘Come on, get one. Don’t make a mistake.’

“I made it to state. I had to prove myself.”

It was not only a great season for Carpenter, but also a great season for the entire Lapel program.

As a sophomore and junior, Madi’s first two years as a high school gymnast, she competed as the lone member of the Bulldog team. This year, she had two teammates, freshman sister Myleigh Carpenter and freshman Elizabeth Stern.

For the first time in school history, the Bulldogs advanced out of the sectional as a team. Madi Carpenter won the sectional all-around competition, and after her performance at the regional she became the first gymnast in school history to go to the state finals.

Four in a row

Pendleton Heights softball team won its fourth straight Madison County title, defeating Frankton, 10-2, at Legends Field on Saturday, April 17.

It was Frankton’s first loss of the season. Pendleton Heights had defeated Alexandria-Monroe and Madison-Grant earlier in the week.

Head coach Rob Davis’s team was missing a few players for the tournament, but were able to pound out six home runs during their tourney run.

Arabians track and field supreme

Pendleton Heights has sustained its track and field supremacy in Madison County.

It was the 13th straight time for the girls and third in a row for the boys to win Madison County titles..

On April 16, the Arabian girls doubled the score of the second-place team. Pendleton Heights finished with 193 points. Second-place Madison-Grant scored 87, four more points than Frankton. Lapel was eighth with 22 points.

Pendleton Heights won seven events. Laney Ricker won both the 1,600-meter run and 3,200 run. Kaitlyn Prickett won the 400 dash.

The Arabians won three relays and Maddie Heineman was the county champ in the pole vault.

The third straight win for the boys program was highlighted by a record-setting evening from senior thrower Andrew Harvey.

Harvey set new county records in winning both the discus and shot put. Harvey’s throw in the discus went 179-feet, 3-inches. His winning distance in the shot was 54-feet, 5.75-inches.

He wasn’t the only multiple winner. Avry Carpenter won both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

Brenden Hubble was victorious in the pole vault.

Lapel wins county boys golf title

Lapel’s Corbyn Carroll may have had a little déjà vu on his way to earning medalist honors in the Madison County Golf Tournament.

Carroll, a senior, led his teammates to a repeat win in the tournament last played in 2019. He was medalist then, and on Saturday, May 8, Carroll had to win a sudden-death playoff just like he did as a sophomore in 2019.

After Lapel clinched the win with a 336, an 11-stroke lead over runner-up Pendleton Heights, four players who turned in an 80 on the Meadowbrook Golf Course in Anderson had to go head-to-head to determine medalist honors.

Goodbye to a legend

Pendleton Heights and the Indiana high school football community said goodbye to one if its icons.

The school’s former longtime football coach and athletic director, John Broughton, passed away Tuesday, May 11. He was 74.

Prior to his retirement in 2016, Broughton had been the school’s head football coach for 40 years. He was the athletic director for 30 years. In all, he spent 44 years coaching football, 42 at Pendleton Heights.

In 2019, he was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.

Pendleton Heights athletic director Chad Smith posted a statement on the school’s athletics website:

“The Arabians family is completely devastated to hear the news of Coach Broughton’s death. I will never be able to explain the impact that he had on my life and the countless other student-athletes that he coached and served as a mentor. His heart was huge and he always had a soft spot for a kid that was struggling and needed help.

“He was proud to be an Arabian every day and was proud to have served his country in the US Navy. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Connie, and the rest of his family that he loved so much.”

Windlan named new LHS basketball coach

In May, Lapel High School hired Tod Windlan to be its next varsity boys basketball coach.

Windlan had coached the boys team at Sheridan High School. In one season with the Blackhawks, Windlan’s club finished with a 12-11 record.

A veteran coach, Windlan has most of his head coaching experience as a girls basketball coach, including leading Hamilton Heights to a Class 3A state runner-up finish in 2013. His teams at Carmel High School won consecutive sectional titles from 2016-18.

PH has HHC track and field individual champions

Pendleton Heights girls and boys track and field teams picked up individual titles during the Hoosier Heritage Conference track and field championships at Mt. Vernon High School.

In the May 11 girls meet, Arabians sophomore Isabelle Simons won the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 4 inches.

At the boys meet on Thursday, May 13, Pendleton Heights senior Andrew Harvey set two HHC and school records in victories in the shot put and discus.

Harvey won the shot with a distance of 58 feet, 2 inches. In the discus, he had a throw of 182 feet, 9 inches, nearly 26 feet farther than the second-place finisher.

Junior Avry Carpenter took the top spot in both the 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run. He broke the tape in 4:30.33 in the 1,600, while crossing the finish line in 10:01.94 to take the 3,200.

Harvey’s records continue

Arabians thrower Andrew Harvey came into the Mt. Vernon Sectional as the No. 1 seed in the discus and shot put. He left with two titles and two sectional records.

Harvey’s toss of 172 feet in the discus was not his personal best, but it was nearly 10 feet more than the runner-up competitor. At 54 feet 4 inches, Harvey’s shot put effort put him five feet ahead of the competiton.

“Andrew has just been terrific. It’s been a great thing to see him be able to show what he can do this season after losing the season last year,” coach Bill Coggins said.

Pendleton rugby club setting high standards

A special season for the Pendleton Heights rugby team took another step in the right direction.

The club finished runner-up in the state during their first season as a varsity team.

In the Rugby Indiana Spring Championships, the top-seeded Arabians beat No. 4 Mishawaka Marian on Saturday, May 29, in Elkhart in one of two semifinal games.

In the title contest against second-seeded Carmel, the Arabians lost 24-23 in overtime on Monday, May 31.

In April, the program picked up a first-ever national ranking. The team had been ranked as high as No. 18, impressing pollsters with an out-of-state win against Sumner, a team from Sumner County in Tennessee that was nationally ranked at the time.

“It was shocking at first,” coach Curt Trout said. “It was super-exciting to get ranked.”

Record-setting season ends in sectional championship

The home run ball that had been so advantageous to the Pendleton Heights softball team was a large reason for its demise.

The Arabians set a school record in the 2021 season with 64 home runs, second in the state to Shelbyville (67).

In the championship game of the Class 4A Sectional 9 softball tournament, opponent Mt. Vernon was the team who benefited from balls leaving the yard Thursday, May 27, at Mt. Vernon High School.

The Marauders hit five home runs and put an end to the Arabians’ season in a 13-1 five-inning decision.

Pendleton Heights, which had beaten Mt. Vernon in the regular season, 13-3, finished the season with a 19-11 record. Mt. Vernon went on to defeat Lawrence North, 5-1, to win the regional Tuesday, June 1.

Jarrell breaks 39-year old running marks

The month of May was a record-setting month for Pendleton Heights Middle School’s Ava Jarrell.

A distance runner on the school’s track and field team, Jarrell broke two long-time school records in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs.

In just her second year of track and field competition, Jarrell set her first record on May 5. By .03 seconds, Jarrell beat the 800 time that had been in the school record books for 39 years. Jarrell’s time was 2:31.37, beating the former mark set by Joy Phillips in 1982 of 2:31.40.

On May 28, she broke another Phillips record, in the 1,600.

This time there was a little more distance between the old and new marks.

Jarrell clocked in at 5:24.65. Phillips, who had set her record in 1982, ran a 5:28.04.

Renihan qualifies for regional

Lapel’s Corbin Renihan advanced out of the Noblesville Boys Golf Sectional at Fox Prairie Golf Club on Monday, June 7.

Renihan’s score of 80 was one of the top three scores of non-advancing teams and was good enough to move on to regional competition at the Muncie Central Regional on The Players Club course.

As a team Lapel finished sixth with a score of 353, while Pendleton Heights was seventh with a 357. Arabian Cohen Gray paced the team with an 81.

Renihan was unable to advance out of the regional on Saturday, June 12.

Harvey wins medal at boys state track and field meet

Adversity can reveal the inner strength of an individual, and Pendleton Heights’ Andrew Harvey proved his mettle at the Indiana State Boys Track and Field Finals at Ben Davis High School on Friday, June 4.

Harvey finished sixth in the shot put finals with a distance of 56 feet, 6 inches, after a disastrous discus event and more problems in the shot put.

Harvey finished three places higher than he was seeded.

In the discus, Harvey fouled on all three of his attempts in his flight with two flags for stepping out of the circle and one for hitting the fence.

Harvey set school records in both events during the regular season. He is the school’s record-holder in the shot put with a heave of 58’2”. His top discus distance was 182’9”.

Heineman tied for 21st

Pendleton Heights sophomore Maddie Heineman finished tied for 21st in the pole vault competition at the IHSAA Girls State Track and Field Finals held Saturday, June 5 at Ben Davis High School.

Heineman cleared 10-feet, but was unable to make it over the bar set at 10-6.

Hall inducted into ICGSA Hall of Fame

Scott Hall, who spent 10 seasons leading the Pendleton Heights High School softball program, was inducted into the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony Friday, June 18, at Decatur Central High School.

Hall, currently the head coach at Butler University, was the Arabians’ coach from 2000-10. During his time at Pendleton Heights, he led the team to four state finals appearances, including state runner-up finishes in 2001 and 2005.

Stars and Stripes return

After missing 2020 because of COVID-19, Pendleton Swim Club’s annual Stars and Stripes Invitational returned to Alvin D. Brown Memorial Pool June 25-26.

More than 300 swimmers, representing 12 clubs from Indiana and Ohio, competed in individual and relay races in the 50-meter pool.

“We were very excited to be able to continue the tradition we have built hosting the 2021 Stars and Stripes meet with Power Aquatics,” PSC head coach Mindy Hertzler said. “The energy and excitement was much needed by all.”

Stilwell leaving LHS for Shenandoah

Jake Stilwell had head coaching experience, but his next head coaching job would be in a different sport.

Stilwell was named the next head football coach at Shenandoah High School in Middletown. He had spent the past four years coaching at Lapel High School, where he was the head wrestling coach and an assistant with the Bulldogs football program.

Prior to beginning his coaching career at Lapel, Stilwell was a star on the football field.

He played at Pendleton Heights High School, a 2012 graduate, before moving on to NCAA Division III Hanover College. He was an All-American defensive lineman during his sophomore season with the Panthers and a four-time All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference choice.

Another McDermott to the pros

A boyhood dream came true Monday for Chayce McDermott.

The former Pendleton Heights and Ball State University standout pitcher was selected by the Houston Astros with a fourth-round compensatory pick in the Major League Baseball draft Monday, the second day of the three-day 20-round draft.

“I was super excited (to get the call). All my hard work finally paid off,” McDermott said of being notified by the Astros organization. “It was definitely a great feeling.

“This has always been my dream. Obviously, I have a few more steps to get to where I want to be in my career, but this is a nice starting point. It has definitely been a dream of mine.”

Iron Horse rides high at national tournament

Iron Horse Martial Arts, located at 739 E. Water St. in Pendleton, had a plentiful trip to Las Vegas for the 2021 AAU National Taekwondo Championships recently.

A 10-member team — led by sixth-degree blackbelt Master Myron Gerber — competed in Olympic sparring, breaking boards, poomsae and weapons. It brought home four first-place, eight second-place and six third-place awards from the event, which took place at MGM Grand from July 4-10.

There were more than 3,000 athletes registered, the most ever for the AAU championships.

Lapel girls golf team wins fifth straight county title

The Lapel girls golf team has proven once again it is a force by taking its fifth consecutive Madison County title on Aug. 21.

Last year’s state champion, Macy Beeson, took the medalist honors with a four-under-par 68 on the Fall Creek Golf course hosted by Pendleton Heights.

The Bulldogs finished the course with a team score of 341, followed by Pendleton Heights for second with a 371. Alexandria-Monroe was third, Frankton was fourth and Elwood was fifth.

Bulldog boys tennis makes it eight in a row

The Madison County tennis championship was a landmark event for more than a few reasons.

Lapel won its eighth consecutive title, Coach Justin Coomer won his 200th match as coach, and the event was played under lights for the first time.

“It’s nice to win. A lot of good kids, good players. The names change, and it keeps going on. That’s pretty cool,” Coomer said.

Holden headed to Hall

Pendleton Heights cross country coach Alan Holden received another honor for his successful and ongoing career. Holden was inducted into the Eastern Hancock Hall of Fame Friday, Sept. 17, during halftime at the Eastern Hancock-South Putnam game.

Holden, in his 35th year of coaching cross country at Pendleton Heights, attended Charlottesville High School and graduated in 1963, a few years before the consolidation that became Eastern Hancock.

Charlottesville High School had only four sports: baseball, cross country, track and basketball. And none were for girls.

At Charlottesville, Holden was a multi-sport athlete and received 13 of a possible 16 varsity letters

Arabians share HHC boys soccer title

They were not in a sharing mood, but that’s the way the night ended for the Pendleton Heights High School boys soccer team.

The Arabians, who came into the Sept. 30 Hoosier Heritage Conference boys soccer match with a chance to be the outright league champions, suffered a 2-1 loss to New Palestine, and finished — with three other teams — co-champions in the HHC.

Pendleton Heights, New Palestine, Greenfield-Central and Yorktown finished the HHC season with 5-2 league records. Mt. Vernon was close behind the leaders at 4-3.

It’s the first time Pendleton Heights has won or had a share of the league championship since 2014.

Bulldog tennis adds to another winning streak

Its Madison County run is eight and its sectional supremacy has reached nine.

The storied success of the Lapel High School boys tennis team continued as the Bulldogs won their ninth consecutive sectional title Friday, Oct. 1.

The Bulldogs swept Alexandria 5-0 on the Anderson courts after taking out Frankton 4-1 in the semifinal.

The Bulldogs defeated Union City on Tuesday, Oct. 5 in the first round of the regional at Marion, but had their season come to an in at the region championship.

PH cross country gets seconds

Pendleton Heights got a runner-up finish from Avry Carpenter in the boys Hoosier Heritage Conference cross country race and got a team runner-up finish from the girls squad in the Saturday, Oct. 2 meet at the Muncie Sportsplex.

Carpenter placed second with a time of 16:43.30 in the 5K race. He was just 1.19 seconds behind Mt. Vernon’s Tristan Trevino (16:42.11).

Mt. Vernon’s girls edged Pendleton Heights and New Palestine in the girls team competition. The Marauders scored 61 points. PH had 70, and NP had 71.

PH senior Laney Ricker placed third with a time of 20:15.87.

Back-to-back Beeson

The conditions were not perfect.

The end result was ideal.

Macy Beeson played a waiting game through a nearly two-hour weather delay, then had her wait extended watching her closest competitor wrap up her final round.

A 12-hour-plus day at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel was well worth it for the Lapel junior seeking to become the state’s first back-to-back IHSAA girls golf state champion in nine years.

“I’m excited. I’d love to repeat what I did (as a sophomore),” Beeson said prior to the start of the 2021 season. “It’s my whole goal. I feel more relaxed this season. I know I can accomplish what I want to do. Just knowing I can do it relaxes me a little more.”

Evansville North’s Chloe Johnson missed a short putt, which would have forced a playoff, on her final hole of the two-day tournament to give Beeson a state title for the second straight year.

Goal accomplished.

“I just decided I couldn’t do it without practice,” Beeson said of coming back to win a state title for the second time. “I started working long hours leading up to the tournament. After practice I would come home and spend two to three hours every night on my short game and that’s definitely how I won.”

The Lapel lefty finished with a two-day total of 144, even par, one stroke better than Johnson, who had previously missed a longer putt attempt that would have made her the champion.

PH volleyball has 30-win season

They say all good things come to an end.

That’s what happened to the Pendleton Heights High School volleyball team Saturday Oct. 16 in Class 4A Sectional 9 at Yorktown High School.

The Arabians, ranked No. 18 (all classes) in the latest Indiana MaxPreps poll, lost to No. 12 Mt. Vernon, 3-1, in a semifinal match.

Set scores were 25-23, 25-16, 19-25, 25-11.

Pendleton Heights finished the year 30-4. Two of the four losses were against Mt. Vernon; another loss came to the eventual sectional champion, No. 1 ranked Yorktown, the defending 4A state champ. The other loss was to No. 2 Hamilton Southeastern.

“It doesn’t feel good right now, but you look at our season in its entirety, we’re 30-4 and it’s the most wins since 1985,” Pendleton Heights head coach Blair Barksdale said. “Third place in the (Hoosier Heritage Conference behind Yorktown and Mt. Vernon) is the best since I’ve been the head coach. We had two tournament wins, won the Madison County championship. This is the best, as a program, in a long time.”

It was the most wins since 1985, when the Arabians went 32-3..

Runners get to semi-state

MUNCIE — Arabians freshman Ava Jarrell led the Pendleton Heights girls cross country team to a third-place finish in the Delta regional advancing to semistate competition.

Jarrell ran the soft rain-soaked course in 21:26, placing ninth. Senior teammate Laney Ricker was 11th with a time of 21:33.

The Pendleton Heights boys cross country team did not advance to semistate as a team, but two Arabians runners — and one Lapel High School Bulldog competing individually — represented their schools on Oct. 23.

Advancing were junior Andrew Blake, the first Arabian to cross the line, placing 13th at 17:53; Lapel sophomore Cameron Smith, who finished 17th at 18:02; and Arabians senior Avry Carpenter, who clocked in one second after Smith for 18th place.

Football season ends against eventual state champions

Pendleton Heights’ football season came to an end, but not without a gallant fight from an undermanned squad against one of the state’s top teams.

The Arabians lost their Class 4A Sectional 21 quarterfinal matchup to No. 4 Mt. Vernon at Hancock Health Stadium, 63-28.

Mt. Vernon (9-1) won its ninth straight game and went on to win the Class 4A state title.

Missing a number of players for the second straight week because pandemic protocols, the Arabians quickly found themselves in a 19-0 hole. They battled back to cut the deficit to 26-21.

Head coach Jed Richman had missed some time, too, because of quarantine. His first day back was the Oct. 22 game against the Marauders. Meanwhile, the Arabians were missing multiple starters in their playoff opener.

Finishing 5-5 on the season, the Arabians had their fifth straight .500 or better campaign under Richman. They were 4-1 at Broughton Field.

Bulldogs fall to No. 1 Eastbrook in sectional semis

Though Lapel gave a valiant effort, the football team was unable to overcome a formidable Eastbrook team. The Panthers defeated the ’Dogs 46-13 and ended their sectional run amid constant rain pelting the Bulldogs’ field.

The Panthers showed during semifinal action Friday, Oct. 29, why they were the No. 1 team in Class 2A football, racking up a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Bulldogs were without the services of junior running back Tyler Dollar. Dollar dressed but was unable to play due to injury.

“He wanted to. It’s one of those injuries where you just can’t tell,” coach Tim Miller said. “The will was there, but the body wasn’t responding.”

Dollar was ranked in the top 15 in the state with more than 1,500 yards rushing this season.

Senior quarterback Brennan Stow ended his final season racking up more than 1,600 passing yards and 17 touchdowns.

Hupfer, Winkler recognized at HOF banquet

They’re teammates again.

Rivals during their high school basketball careers and teammates during their AAU hoops days, Madison County basketball legends, including Pendleton Heights’ Angie (Hupfer) Bossnack and Lapel’s Lindsay (Winkler) Justus, reunited on the same team Saturday night at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame 19th Annual Women’s Awards Dinner at Primo Banquet Hall.

The Hall recognized its 2021 Silver Anniversary team, which along with Bossnack and Justus included Alexandria’s Rachel (Garner) Young.

The 2021 dinner had been delayed because of the pandemic. The Silver Anniversary team celebrates stars from 25 years ago.

Allen is state champion lifter

Dawson Allen — a 2021 graduate of Lapel High School and currently a personal trainer at Pendleton’s Community Sports and Wellness Center — is the state’s best powerlifter in his age group.

Allen, 18, had a record-setting performance, breaking five state records, including a 611-pound deadlift at the recent U.S. Powerlifting Association of Indiana 2021 Hoosier State Power Lifting Championships, held at Peak Fitness in Indianapolis on Nov. 13.

Allen won the 180-pound (85 kg) division junior championship, the 180-pound division men’s open, top lifter of the competition, and broke the overall pound state record of 1,344 pounds in three lifts; squat, bench and deadlift.

Arabian grapplers win another county championship

For the eighth straight year, Pendleton Heights wrestlers are Madison County champions.

The win for the Arabians was not an easy task with some missing in the lineup and an Alexandria-Monroe team nipping at their heels.

The Arabians came away with four individual champions, Elijah Wolf (113), Elijah Creel (120), Blake Nicholson (126) and Jaylen Covington (138).

Arabians second, have individual champs

Pendleton Heights girls swim team placed second at the Hoosier Heritage Conference Championships at New Palestine on Dec. 16-17.

Individual winners were: Grace McKinney (200 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay), Maddie Heineman (1-meter divingJaima Link (200 freestyle relay), Mallory Gentry (200 freestyle relay), and Sophie Kaster (200 freestyle relay).

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