Hey, it’s Crash and Brian. We’re The U Post’s sports editors, and we’ll be writing a somewhat regular column entitled the Sports Editors’ Journal. In our journal, we will discuss what happens at the University sporting events we attend! We will be presenting it in the format of a running list, as you would if you were taking down notes in your journal from a class or a meeting. We want to keep things light, and if you have any suggestions for what we should mention in our journal, feel free to contact either of us!
The girls soccer team finished their season Saturday, Oct. 6 as sectional runners-up. Here are some things we found interesting from their successful campaign!
- Senior midfielder Maggie Smith was one of eight 1A players to score 20 goals and get 10 assists.
- The Lady Blazers played two 14-win teams this season and were able to defeat both of them, taking down 12-ranked Cardinal Ritter 3-2 at home and defeating Triton Central 3-1 in the sectional semifinal.
- The victory over Triton Central in the sectional semifinal avenged a 4-1 loss from just nine days earlier.
- The 3-1 victory over Triton Central marked the third time in their 18 matches that the Tigers (and single-season scoring record holder Sam Dewey) were held to a single goal or fewer.
- The team posted a record of 6 wins, 3 draws, and 8 losses, which notably included scoring 10+ goals against both Greenwood Christian and Scecina in addition to scoreless draws with Pendleton Heights and Western Boone.
The boys soccer team also finished their season earlier this month, when they fell in the sectional to Guerin Catholic. Our notes included some interesting tidbits – give them a read!
- Nicholas Klemsz saved yet another penalty and ended his career with a 100% save percentage on penalties faced. A “good” goalkeeper typically saves 20% of penalty attempts.
- Patrick Sanders leaves the team having played substantial varsity minutes for all four years of his career, leading the team in goals this year.
- The boys posted six wins over the season. The most notable ones were against archrival Western Boone 5-2 and ranked Bishop Chatard 2-1.
- The Trailblazers became the second team to enter the final minute of a match with a chance to beat the top-ranked, undefeated Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles, conceding within the final minute to fall 2-1. Guerin’s wins this year include Hamilton Southeastern, Cathedral, and Brebeuf.
While the volleyball team prepares for their Oct. 18 sectional match-up with archrival International School of Indiana, we added some interesting facts about this season.
- The Blazers have already played the Gryphons, defeating them in straight sets on “Pack the House Night” earlier in the year.
- This year’s senior class is the largest ever, with their contributions being felt throughout their time at University.
- The future looks bright with juniors Taylor Rodgers and Ellie Klemsz leading the team respectively in assists (244) and blocks (29) and sophomore Jada Franklin leading the team in kills (65). Junior Curissa Jones-Dabney also starts, and freshman Madeline Smith is the libero. This means that the Blazers will return five of the crucial seven players for next season.
The tennis team wrapped up their play in the past couple of weeks. We picked a few intriguing notes.
- Marvin Scott became the first University player to advance out of the team sectionals to compete in the individual sectionals at Kokomo.
- The team only loses two seniors, no. 3 singles player John Sencaj and no. 2 doubles player Michael Sencaj.
The cross country team competed in sectionals on Tuesday and had a very notable season.
- Freshman Cyan Cosby set a girls school record early on in the season, contributing her efforts to the school’s first seven-girl team in history.
- Jonathan Grubaums will graduate as the first-ever four-year runner for the Trailblazers.
- Avery Walker got his first individual win of the season earlier this year when he led the boys team to a victory over Clinton Central and Tri-West.
- The team hosted its first-ever meet on campus this year, with both the boys and girls finishing second.
The girls golf team is the final fall sport to cover in our notes, with one major notable accomplishment to boot.
- Senior Kaitlin Padrick advanced as an individual to the regional competition, making it four years out of four with an individual advancing.
- It marked Kaitlin’s second consecutive trip to the regional competition; she went with MacKenzie Cunningham (’12) last year, as University was the only school sending two girls out of the sectionals.
We hope you’ve enjoyed a look into University Athletics through our eyes. We will continue bringing you stats throughout the year!