Rebels beat PM To Capture Softball County Title PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 00:39

What a difference a year makes for the Roncalli softball team.

Last season, Roncalli head softball coach Dave Lauck watched his team fail to make plays in crucial situations, which resulted in several losses. This year, the Rebels have made big plays throughout the season and it was no different in the Marion County girls softball tournament as the Rebels defeated the Perry Meridian Falcons. The Rebels with a 23-1 record are ranked second in class 4A softball; Center Grove is ranked number 1.

Perry Meridian, the 2012 softball county defending champion, scored a run in the top of the first inning. They looked to do the same in the second after a double by lead off hitter junior Taylor Billerman, but three consecutive outs ended the scoring threat. In the third, its first two batters reached base before a walk loaded the bases. Billerman struck out swinging to end the scoring threat the inning for Perry Meridian.

Tides turns in third inning for the Rebels

The tide started to turn for Roncalli in the bottom of the third after a lead-off walk by junior shortstop Lauren Huebler followed by a bunt from junior Alyssa Schoettle. An errant relay throw to first base allowed Huebler to score, tying the game at one while Schoettle ended up on third base. Senior Kendra Lynch walked before senior Megan Prather had a sacrifice bunt to advance a runner from first to second base.

Junior Emily Prather beat out a throw at first base making the bases full of Rebels. Sophomore Megan Choinacky came up with perhaps her biggest hit of her young career when she clubbed a two-run single that gave the Rebels a 3-1 lead. Roncalli would add another run to take a 4-1 lead after three innings. At the end of the third, the Rebels scored four runs on two hits, and left three runners stranded on base.

Perry Meridian bounced right back in the top of the fourth with a single and an infield hit before junior Maggie MacBeth was hit by a pitch from Kendra Lynch to load the bases. A single by junior Sam Amos looked to put Perry Meridian in a position to threaten the Rebels, but a relay throw by sophomore Maddie Mulinaro forced an out at home plate, Perry Meridian lost any momentum and it chance to win a second straight title.

Hope Golden pitches home

The Falcons last scoring threat came in the top of sixth when their first three batters singled to load the bases, but Roncalli senior Hope Golden (who relieved Lynch on the mound) got Amos to pop up to end the inning as Perry Meridian left the bases loaded for the second time in the game. The Falcons left 11 runners stranded on base.

Golden finished off the game by recording two strikeouts to end the game and Roncalli captured only its second Marion County softball title in school history and its first since 2009. Lauck said he was nice to see his players make plays when it counted throughout the game.

"Perry Meridian is a very good team and it was just a matter of us being able to make plays," Lauck said. "Our pitching and defense was very good and we have been able to play like that all year."

"Last year, we lost close games to Lutheran, Perry Meridian and New Palestine," Lauck said. "This year, we have a lot of players who returned from last year's team and they have turned the outcome to wins against these teams for us this year." I am very proud of the girls and they were able to stay calm and make plays."

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Success Rule Forces Most TSC Schools Up a Class PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:25

By Rosemarie Kelly

Four of the six football squads TSC covers will compete in a higher football class next season, thanks to the new Indiana high School Athletic Association two-year success rule that kicks into effect for the 2013-2014 season. Cathedral, Bishop Chatard, Guerin Catholic and Scecina Memorial all will move up a class when the new football season begins in August.

Many observers believe the rule was instituted in large part to negate the success that parochial schools have seen in winning multiple state championships over the last two decades.

The rule

On a sport-by-sport basis, schools earn one point for a sectional championship, two points for a regional championship, three points for a semi-state championship and four points for a state championship. When a specific team earns six points in a two-year period, it will move to the next highest enrollment class for the ensuing two seasons.

Once realigned, that school team must continue to earn between four and six points every two years to stay in that enrollment class. If it continues to score seven or more points, it will move up to the next class. If it scores less than four points, it will move back to it previous enrollment class.

Additionally, a new Class 6A was created, comprised of the state's 32 largest schools by enrollment.

Bishop Chatard, Roncalli in same Class 4A sectional

It's deja vu all over again for the Rebels and the Trojans. Long-time crosstown rivals Roncalli and Bishop Chatard find themselves paired once again in the same football sectional as Bishop Chatard moved up a class next season thanks to the new success rule instituted by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

Roncalli and Bishop Chatard are now in Class 4A Sectional 22. For years, the two teams squared off in the Class 3A sectional football, basketball and baseball action. Roncalli moved up two years ago to Class 4A due to an enrollment count, becoming the smallest school in Class 4A. Bishop Chatard moves up to Class 4A for the 2013-2014 schedule due to the two-year tournament success factor rule the IHSAA passed to take effect starting in 2013-14. The rule calls for teams to shift up in class rankings based on a postseason performance. based success year thanks to the

Other teams joining Bishop Chatard and Roncalli in Sectional 22 in football are Danville, Lebanon, Mooresville, Northview, Northwest and Plainfield.

Cathedral moves to Class 5A

Cathedral moves up to Class 5A thanks to its recent gridiron success. Cathedral, which had been grouped with Roncalli in the same Class 4A sectional, will compete in Sectional 13 against Anderson, Decatur Central, Richmond and Zionsville.

Guerin moves to Class 3A

Guerin Catholic, which had been in the same Class 2A sectional with another football powerhouse Heritage Christian, has moved to Class 3A Sectional 30. It will face the likes of Batesville, Greensburg, Hamilton Heights, Indian Creek, Lawrenceburg, Marshall and Rushville.

Scecina joins Heritage Christian in 2A

Scecina Memorial moves up to Class 2A sectional action, thanks to its recent success in winning sectional and regional titles the last two years. The Crusaders are now grouped in Sectional 38 consisting of Heritage Christian, Broad Ripple, Centerville, Knightstown, Shenandoah, Union County and Winchester.




New Rebels coach has girls tennis off to strong start PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 00:48

Amy Polizzi is no stranger to the tennis court despite being in her first year as a head tennis coach at Roncalli High School.


McDivitt Schilling Resigns at Roncalli PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 April 2013 12:33

April McDivitt Schilling is headed to the west coast after turning in her resignation as girls head basketball coach at Roncalli High School.

O'Gara to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013 23:58

Kyle O'Gara's dream to race in the the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race received a big boost today when the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team announced he will be a development driver competing in the Freedom 100 race on Many 24.

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1955 - Forrest Albertson is named MVP for Sacred Heart for the the week by the Kiwanis Club.

1965 - Harold Quiesser scores TD as Chatarnd beats Pike 19-0 in football action.

1975 - Franklin Central gets past Rebels 15-12, 8-15, 15-10 in girls volleyball match.

1985 - Rebels finish second in a three-way boys cross country meet.

1995 - Roncalli downs Beech Grove 15-10, 15-10 in girls volleyball action.

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