Senior staff writer
Center Grove meets Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rival Carmel in a girls soccer semistate match at Seymour at 3 p.m. Saturday. The No. 8 Trojans will be out to avenge a 1-0 loss to the No. 4 Greyhounds last month. Center Grove claimed the Bloomington South regional by dominating Floyd Central 7-0 Saturday night after edging the host and No. 20 Panthers 3-1 in overtime.
Four Trojans scored in the nightcap with Megan Perry kicking three goals and Jostin Reeves, Piper Belden and Paige Waskom each scoring once. The CG/Carmel (19-3) winner advances to the state finals Oct. 26 or Oct. 27 at the IUPUI Soccer Stadium against No. 7 Fort Wayne Homestead (17-3) or No. 12 Valparaiso (20-2).
No. 7 Greenwood Christian Academy (14-5-1) bowed from the 1A Knightstown regional at the hands of No. 1 Seton Catholic in the afternoon match. Seton scored the match’s lone goal with one minute left in the first period. George Apgar and Josue Mier led GCA’s charge in the second period. GCA has reached the regionals three times in the past four years.
Cross country Center Grove’s girls team dominated the Shelbyville regional with five runners finishing sixth through 12th on the Blue River course. Sophomore Sadie Schemmel, sixth, 19 minutes, 39.9, seconds led the Trojans with Gabrielle Harrell, seventh, and Hudson Gilstorf, Nina Fujii and Rebecca Stockman, 10th through 12th.
Greenwood junior Julia Arruda, 16th, also qualified for semistate. The Trojans’ boys team finished second at Shelbyville. CG lost to Franklin 39-57. The Trojans were led by junior Nick Wilson, third, 16:11.1 seconds. Five CG runners were among the top 24.
Greenwood’s Keith Alford, 25th, also qualified for semistate. They advance to the Shelbyville semistate at 10 a.m. Saturday. The top six teams and top 10 runners from non-advancing teams qualify for the state finals Oct. 27 in Terre Haute.
Roncalli’s Nick Perkins picked up his second consecutive champions medal by capturing the Rushville Regional in 15:53.4, winning by 34 seconds. Franklin Central’s boys team finished a close second to champion New Palestine, 58-61. Jackson Andry, third, led the Flashes. FC had five runners among the top 29. Roncalli was third with 95 points.
In the girls race at Rushville, regional champion New Palestine and Franklin Central runners were among the top 12. Led by runnerup Brianna Lawson, 18:57.2, the Flashes lost to New Palestine 31-34. The runners advance to Saturday’s semistate at Shelbyville: girls at 10 a.m., boys at 10:30 a.m. The top six teams and top 10 runners from non-advancing teams qualify for the state finals Oct. 27 in Terre Haute.