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HHC releases football, volleyball reports

STAFF REPORT

The Hoosier Heritage Conference released its weekly reports for football and volleyball Tuesday.

Players of the Week

Offense: Charlie Spegal, New Palestine

Spegal ran for 268 yards and four TDs in the Dragons’ 56-14 victory over New Castle. He moved into 22nd place all-time in IHSAA career rushing yards and 25th in scoring.

Defense: Tyler Gilland, Delta

The HHC’s interceptions leader, Gilland had two picks, as well as two more pass breakups, in the Eagles 45-14 win over Greenfield-Central.

Defense: Kyle King, New Palestine

King had 11 tackles, including four four loss, and three sacks in the Dragons’ 56-14 win over New Castle. He extended his HHC sacks lead with nine.

News and Notes

The HHC title will be decided completely Friday night, as New Palestine hosts Delta. The Dragons are 6-0 in HHC play and have clinched at least a tie for their 10th HHC title. The Eagles, seven-time HHC champs, are 5-1.

Pendleton Heights and Mt. Vernon can both clinch third-place finishes with wins. If they win Friday and Delta falls, it will create a three-way tie for the runner-up spot in the conference. PH is at Shelbyville, while MV is at Yorktown.

With a victory Friday at Greenfield-Central, New Castle can clinch a winning record in back-to-back regular seasons for the first time since 1978-79, when the Trojans went 6-4 and 8-2.

The IHSAA tournament draw was held Sunday. Two HHC teams meet in the first round – as Shelbyville visits Mt. Vernon in 4A Sectional 22. New Castle (vs. Greenwood) also comptes in Sectional 22. Three HHC teams (Delta, Pendleton Heights, Yorktown) also compete in 4A Sectional 21. New Palestine and Greenfield-Central drew in opposite brackets in 5A Sectional 12.

Week 9 Schedule

Pendleton Hts. at Shelbyville

PH is looking to clinch third place – and possibly as high as second – with a victory. The Arabians’ Christian Conkling threw for 187 yards last week, including 74 to Duke recruit Eli Pancol. Shelby has dropped three straight. Matthew Merritt has carried the bulk of the Golden Bears’ offense the last four weeks.

Delta at New Palestine

The HHC championship will be decided at Kelso Stadium. NP has clinched at least a tie for its 10th HHC title, its sixth straight and the eighth in the last nine years. Delta is seeking its eighth title, but first since 2009. Both teams sport balanced, high-scoring offenses with a number of weapons, but the DLs have the HHC’s top two sackmasters in Kyle King and Nate Southerland.

Mt. Vernon at Yorktown

The Marauders are seeking to finish in third – or as high as second – with a win. MV has won three straight, with Rylan Cole rushing for 150+ in two of the three wins. Yorktown had a two-game win streak snapped last week despite Reid Neal’s third straight 200-yard passing game.

New Castle at Greenfield-C.

The Trojans are seeking to clinch their second straight regular season with a winning record, while G-C is seeking its first win. NC’s Nicholas Grieser had 22 tackles and a pick-6 last week. G-C freshman Gehrig Slunaker has thrown for 200+ yards in three of his last four starts. J.P. Fuchs had a 100-yard receiving game last week.

HHC Volleyball Report

Players of the Week

Tegan Seyring, Yorktown

Seyring had a career-high 23 kills in the Tigers’ HHC championship-clinching victory over New Castle. She followed with 19 kills in a sweep of Center Grove.

Victoria Bulmahn, Mt. Vernon

Bulmahn had 21 kills, 11 blocks, 54 digs and 157 assists as MV went 4-1 on the week.

News and Notes

Shelbyville sophomore libero Audrey Reinhart finished third in the HHC in digs per set at 4.8. 

Yorktown clinched its ninth HHC title in 10 years Thursday with a 22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-17 victory over New Castle. Tegan Seyring had 23 kills and Kenzie Knuckles 14 for the Tigers. Kate Vinson had 46 assists and 12 digs, one of five Yorktown players with double-digit digs. Kylie Murr led the Tigers with 20. Mabrey Shaffmaster had 25 kills and 14 digs for the Trojans, who became the first team this season to take a set from Yorktown. Mabrey Shaffmaster had 37 assists and 17 digs.

Yorktown clinched an undefeated regular season Saturday with a three-set victory over Center Grove. The Tigers enter the postseason No. 1 in the 4A Z-Rating. New Castle also enters No. 1 in Class 3A.

All eight HHC teams finished with winning records. The league was 142-41 (.776) against non-conference competition this year.

Sectional play began Tuesday. Four teams are at Greenfield-Central – the hosts, Mt. Vernon, New Palestine and Pendleton Heights. NP is the defending champion. Yorktown is the defending sectional champ at Fort Wayne North. New Castle is the defending 3A champ. The Trojans and Delta play at Wapahani. Shelbyville travels to Bloomington South.

Class 4A at Greenfield-C.

Four HHC teams – Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, New Palestine and Pendleton Heights – join Richmond and Connersville. NP is the defending champ and has a bye. MV also drew a bye into Saturday’s semifinals.

Class 4A at FW North

Yorktown seeks to repeat as sectional champ. The No. 1 Tigers opened Tuesday against Huntington North.

Class 4A at Bloom. S.

Shelbyville drew Bloomington North in the opening round Thursday.

Class 3A at Wapahani

Defending state champ New Castle opens its title defense Thursday against Blackford. Delta opened the tourney Tuesday against Hamilton Heights.