Trinity scores milestone win for Wilder-Newland

Staff Reports

Defeating Franklin was a big night for the Trinity Lutheran volleyball team.

The Cougars won a tough battle 25-27, 27-25, 25-14, 25-20 to give coach Faith Wilder-Newland her 700th career victory. Then the team celebrated the occasion by posing for a commemorative picture.

“We played hard but made some early serving and hitting errors,” Wilder-Newland said of the match. “Franklin played very well.”

This was a hard-fought match, and Sydney Jaynes put down 22 kills with teammate Kennedy Hoffman contributing 19 more.

Kamzi Gross added 30 digs, and Stella Kleffman (13) and Bailey Reynolds (10) also were in double figures in digs. Ruthie Bingham’s serving led to 12 points, Kleffman’s to nine points and Elly Carter nailed three aces and her serving contributed to eight points.

Seymour finally gets season underway

A two-week quarantine from the COVID-19 pandemic led to the Owls volleyball team beginning its season much later than many other Indiana high school teams, but Seymour made it onto the court Thursday night.

Despite the delayed start, the Owls are 0-1 after losing to Bloomington North in four games 9-25, 25-15, 27-25, 25-21.

Olivia Fish collected 20 kills and two aces. Cali Cummings added nine kills and Breanna Lawrence eight. Lauren Knieriem had 18 digs.

The Owls will get much busier in a hurry Saturday at the Bloomington South Invitational, where they will face Brownstown Central, Bloomington South and East Central.

Crothersville volley falls in three straight.

Despite solid serving Alexus James (8 of 9) and Elayna Ord (6 of 7), the Tigers volleyball team dropped a match to Southwestern, 25-12, 25-12, 25-20.

Crothersville threatened in the third game, but the Rebels turned back the challenge.


Owls tennis moves to 2-2

The Seymour tennis team topped Jennings County 4-1 on Thursday, gaining its first victory in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

The win moved Seymour to 2-2 on the season going into a road match Tuesday against Jeffersonville and then holding senior night Thursday versus Bedford North Lawrence.

Seymour took all three singles matches behind Andrew Levine 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, Hunter Heckman 6-3, 6-0 and Reuben Kruse 6-1, 6-4. The doubles team of Brandon Hubbard and Eli Meyer also won 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

IU athletic department faces furloughs

Due to the suspension of Big Ten fall sports this year, Indiana University athletic department staff members are facing work time off without pay.

All workers must take two weeks off without pay between Oct. 1 and June 30, 2021. Sports teams were sidelined because of the COVID-19 pandemic and a hold placed on competition for an indeterminate time.

“In addition to the effect on competitions and events,” said a department athletic statement released Friday, “the financial impact has been enormous and unprecedented.”

The department had previously announced a 10% budget cut aimed at saving $11.8 million during the fiscal year, plus freezes on several other types of spending.

Football coach Tom Allen, men’s basketball coach Archie Miller and vice-president/director of athletics Scott Dolson took voluntary 10% pay cuts.