Roundup: Providence boys soccer wins regional title

Providence midfielder Eli Coker keeps the ball away from New Albany midfielder Asher Wheat earlier this season.

Providence midfielder Eli Coker keeps the ball away from New Albany midfielder Asher Wheat earlier this season.

Providence’s boys soccer team is on a roll.

The Pioneers (16-2-1) clinched their third semi-state berth in the past four years by way of a 7-0 win over Southwestern in Saturday’s Class 1A Switzerland County Regional championship.

Winners of 11 straight, the Pioneers have outscored their past eight opponents 44-0.

Providence advances to a semi-state semifinal matchup against host Evansville Mater Dei Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. The winner moves on to the semi-state championship at 8 p.m. that evening before the state championship match Oct. 29 at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis.

Eli Coker scored twice and Braden Rainier once in the Saturday’s opening half to lift the Pioneers to a 3-0 halftime advantage. Coker completed the hat trick in the second half and added an assist. Kevin Chrisco and Grant Stumler chipped in second-half goals, too, while the Pioneers got two assists from Isaac Coker.


Floyd Central duo, New Albany’s Charbonneau advance in state tourney

Floyd Central’s No. 1 doubles duo of Noah Neuhauser and Reed Plunkett won two matches Saturday at the Bedford North Lawrence Doubles Regional to clinch a spot in next weekend’s state tournament semi-state round.

The Highlanders topped Washington’s Ben Lambert and Jacob Overton in their opening match before turning in a 6-4, 6-0 win over North Posey’s Wes Vogel and Dylan Brown in the championship.

New Albany’s Logan Charbonneau, the Bulldogs’ standout No. 1 singles player, also won back-to-back matches Saturday to clinch a state finals berth for the second straight year. He defeated Martinsville’s Hunter Sylvester in the BNL regional final, 6-3, 6-0.


Floyd Central girls cross country nabs regional title

Floyd Central’s girls cross country squad, led by five individual top-10 finishes, secured a first-place finish at the Crawford County Regional Saturday. Kyley Sorg paced the Highlanders with a second-place finish, while Lillian Pearce, Erica Batliner, Chloe Loftus and Morgan Paul came in fifth, seventh, eighth and 10th, respectively.

All five, along with first-place finisher McKenna Cavanaugh and Sydney Liddle of Christian Academy, advance to next week’s semi-state round. Providence’s Bayley Wade finished 11th. Corydon’s girls also qualified as a team.

In the boys race, CAI’s Skylar Stidam and Caleb Futter finished third and fourth, respectively, to pace the Warriors to a second-place finish. Floyd Central placed fourth, and New Albany came in fifth to solidify semi-state berths.


Floyd Central girls fall in regional final

Floyd Central’s girls soccer team saw its season come to a close on Saturday evening.

The Highlanders fell to Columbus North 3-1 in the East Central Regional championship, ending Floyd Central’s season with an overall record of 17-3-1.

Addy Lang scored in the 28th minute to give the Bull Dogs the lead, but the Highlanders’ Gracie Fitzgerald scored to tie the game at 1-1 just six minutes later. Nine minutes into the second half, though, Kristen Orben scored the go-ahead goal for Columbus North, and Lang added her second and the team’s third one minute from the final whistle.

The defeat ends a season in which the Highlanders went unbeaten in conference play, losing only to Evansville Mater Dei and Evansville North during the regular season. Fitzgerald finished her senior season with 16 goals.