Inconsistency hurts Lady Bruins in tough MC Invitational
Three of the four teams Blackford faced Saturday had a combined record of 31-13. So inconsistencies that BHS Coach Mark Rodgers noted played a big part in the Lady Bruins 0-4 record at the Monroe Central Invitational.
The Lady Bruins opened with a loss to Monroe Central (10-4) by scores of 25-13, 25-19. The 5-team tourney continued with a loss to Cambridge City Lincoln (11-5) by scores of 25-14, 25-16; Daleville (5-8) 25-16, 25-21; and Hagerstown (10-4) by scores of 25-11, 25-15.
The JV had similar results although battling Lincoln to three games. BHS won the 2nd game 25-22 before fall in the other two games 25-15,15-13. The JV also fell to Monroe Central 25-13, 25-8; Daleville 25-20, 25-23; and Hagerstown 25-8, 25-11.
“The varsity played well in spurts, but just couldn’t be consistent,” said Rodgers. “The JV played very well in the second and third games and struggled in the first and fourth.”
Last week, Blackford varsity lost to Tipton (13-25, 13-25), lost to Wes-Del (21-25, 23-25), lost to Mississinewa (13-25, 17-25), and beat Marion (25-23, 25-13).
The Bruins’ varsity struggled the first match, but came back and played hard against Wes-Del. They fell behind on Mississinewa but fought hard. They played well against Marion. The Varsity’s record is 3-9.
Blackford will host Southern Wells on Monday, September 6.
Bruin netters battle injury, heat at Randolph Southern
Blackford’s tennis team battled both injury and heat Wednesday night at Randolph Southern in a loss to the Rebels.
Coach: Alison Thompson
Blackford was without number one singles player Straton Stone after sustaining a mild ankle sprain during the previous match.
“Shifting the lineup, (we) started off well with 2S Austin Collett and 3S Kyle Price dominating their opponents and 1S Jerret Barker in a competitive match,” said Coach Alison Thompson. “Heat affected Jerret in the second set, falling 1-6 and Kyle actually forced to forfeit his match due to heat exhaustion.”
Blackford will look to rebound and improve their 1-7 record at Muncie Central tonight at 5 p.m.
1S Jerret Barker 3-6, 1-6
2S Austin Collett 6-0, 1-6
3S Kyle Price 6-0, finished in forfeit
1D Myles Cline/Josiah Shafer 4-6, 2-6
2D Gage Underwood/Jeremiah Clark 0-6, 0-6
Lady Bruin soccer falls to Burris, 3-0
The Lady Burris Owls came to Blackford County on Tuesday night. The Lady Bruins, coming off a big win last week against Tri-Central, controlled the ball during the opening minutes of the game taking advantage of the Burris defense getting the ball deep in the offensive zone. However, the Lady Bruins struggled to find the back of the net.
A defensive communication breakdown allowed Burris to take a 1-0 lead with 18:48 to go in the first half. The score remained that way to halftime. “We tried to make a few adjustments at halftime, recognizing that Burris had one strong player up front that we had to cover,” said Blackford Coach Abby Whetsel.
However, the adjustments were not enough. While the Lady Bruins would open the second half with a relentless onslaught of offensive pressure with Gabby Henderson leading the way with eight shots on goal, they just could not get a goal. The Lady Owls never gave in taking advantage of the Lady Bruins who struggled at times with composure and communication on the field. Still, the score remained 1-0 midway through the second half.
Shortly after a stoppage in play for a water break due to the heat, the Bruins allowed another defensive communication breakdown that would lead to another Lady Owl goal. Burris would add another goal with 16 seconds to play to make the final, 3-0.
Goalee Jaycie Sones had five saves and allowed three goals for the Lady Bruins. The Bruins did have a strong offensive presence with a total of 12 shots on goal to only five shots on goal by the visitors. As mentioned, Gabby Henderson had eight shots on goal. Josselyn Schick took one shot, Lauriah Lytle added one, and Layla Pennington adding two shots on goal.
The Lady Bruins play at home on Thursday against Wapahani at 7:00pm.