Senior staff writer
Numbers are up and times are down for Beech Grove High School’s girls and boys track teams.
Under fourth-year coach Anthony Osborne, 70 boys and girls are competing this season – nearly double the number he had in 2012.
“Our numbers have gone up every year,” Osborne said. “For the first time we have more than 40 on the boys team.”
A few of the athletes are benefitting from being in the program for the fourth year under the same coach. The consistency has resulted in an impressive season so far.
The Hornets have defeated Indiana Crossroads Conference foes Speedway and Triton Central and are coming off solid performances Saturday in the Park Tudor Small School Showcase, where the boys finished fifth and the girls sixth.
Freshman girls running sensation Cameron Cardenas set a meet record of 58.63 seconds in the 400-meter race, breaking last year’s record by 1.34 seconds. Cardenas, a varsity basketball standout, broke her school record of 59.8 seconds and owns the school 100-meter record of 12.5 seconds.
She also was on the runner-up 1,600-meter medley relay (4:43.91) with Danesha Troutman, Armani Dorsey and Malory Storms.
The girls relay teams posted a pair of third-place finishes, with Dorsey, Troutman, Kristain Folks and Katie Giller posting a 53.55 in the 400 relay and Storms, Giller, Cardenas and Lola Chadwell in the 1600 relay.
Baptiste Leclerc was second in the 400-meter run in 54.91 seconds, and the 3,200 relay of Vilis Vusklans, Randy Gindling, Brian Davids and Jason Smith was third in 8:37.71.
Franklin Central’s girls won the 1,600-meter relay Saturday in the prestigious Flashes Showcase. Their time of 4:01.98 was forty-nine hundreths of a second faster than runner-up Homestead.
Greenwood’s Allie Dalton was sixth in the mile in 5:02.57; the winning time was 4:56.52. FC’s Brooke Talhelm posted a 5:16.73 for the Flashes’ best time.
Five softball teams ranked
Center Grove, ranked eighth in the 4A preseason coaches poll, is off to the best start among Southside softball teams.
The Trojans are 6-1 and looked impressive when Abbey Pratt hurled a two-hitter in a 14-2 rout over No. 19 Greenwood. Center Grove defeated Carmel; 1-0 on Brandi Heath’s RBI in the first inning.
After dropping games to ranked Brownsburg and New Palestine, No. 5 Franklin Central recovered Saturday to capture its invitational over Lake Central 10-5, McCutcheon 10-1 and Cathedral 9-3. Reagan Sparks hit a two-run homer against the Irish. Earlier, FC’s Delaney Thompson hit a grand slam against Lake Central.
No. 14 Roncalli jumped to a 5-0 lead against Martinsville on April 16 and won 8-1. Megan Choinakcy led the Rebels with three RBIs.
Class A No. 12 Lutheran downed 4A North Central 15-7 but fell to rival Scecina 4-3 in the North Central Invitational title game.
Beech Grove gave Greenwood a scare last week as the Hornets jumped to a 4-0 first inning lead, but senior Megan Overton hit a game winning home run in the seventh for a 5-4 triumph.
All in a day’s work
Perry Meridian senior pitcher Abbey Ketchem was on the mound for 16 innings Saturday in back-to-back games against New Palestine and Whiteland in a four-team tourney at New Pal.
Ketchem then went to the Team Indiana volleyball complex, where she joined her South Indy under-18 teammates for the Indy Juniors JVA Championships. She helped her team post a 3-0 record.
In the same tourney Sunday, the South Indy team lost its morning match but bounced back to win two matches and the silver championship at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
On the baseball diamond
Rivalry games topped last week’s action.
Center Grove’s Devon Hensley and Joey Drury hit homers to lead the Trojans over Greenwood 11-2; the Woodmen stranded eight runners and made three errors. Roncalli swept a double-header from Franklin Central 13-1, 8-2. Southport stopped a Franklin Central rally at four runs to hang on for a 5-4 win. Southport’s Dennis Maxey was 2-for-2 and scored twice.
Greenwood is 3-1 in Mid-State play after sweeping Martinsville 1-0 on pitcher Reid Warner’s 10 strikeouts and 2-1 on his game winning hit April 16.