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December 31, 2013 | 09:46 AM
Today marks the beginning of a new year, and, hopefully, more exciting sports moments throughout Harrison County.
While we always look forward to the future, let's take a look back at some of the big moments of 2013 in the world of athletics.
Bailey LaHue, 4th at state
Proving to be one of the top wrestlers in the 30-plus years of Corydon Central wrestling, Bailey LaHue set the bar higher once again in February, placing fourth at the state meet.
Corydon Central wrestler Bailey LaHue (click for larger version)
LaHue is in the midst of his junior season, but the first two for the wrestler have been mighty impressive. He's accumulated an 85-7 overall record in those two years. Last season, LaHue placed fourth at the state meet as a sophomore, winning matches at the state finals over Westfield's Evan Eldred and South Adams' L.J. Moser.
During the season, LaHue was in top form toward the end, winning the sectional, regional and semi-state titles in his weight class. He was also named Most Outstanding Wrestler at his home meet, the Old Capital Invitational.
Entering the 2013-14 season, LaHue is ranked No. 2 in the state at 120 pounds.
Corydon girls basketball, final 8
The Corydon Central girls' basketball team completed a 20-win season, reaching the final eight in the Class 3A state tournament.
Corydon Central girls' basketball (click for larger version)
In sectional play, the Lady Panthers defeated rival North Harrison handily in the opening round before utilizing free throws late to down Brownstown Central by five in the semi-final. Playing a near flawless team game in the championship, the Lady Panthers defeated host Scottsburg, 58-43. Nine Lady Panthers scored in the championship, led by Marie Rothrock's 16 points.
Evansville Bosse awaited Corydon Central in the regional where a broken nose couldn't stop Rothrock. She tallied 26 points as Corydon Central won the regional semi-final, 55-52. The championship, however, went to Rushville with a 52-32 decision. The Lady Panthers closed with a 20-6 record.
Lanesville softball, final four
Drama always seems to follow Lanesville's journey in the Class A softball sectional each year. This past spring, the Lady Eagles were on the winning end of another one-run battle with rival New Washington.
Lanesville softball (click for larger version)
In the sectional championship game, Lanesville scored one run, on an Amanda Pavey swiping of home on a wild pitch, to up-end New Washington. In the circle, pitcher Emma Zeller was stellar, twirling seven strike-outs while giving up just two hits.
Lanesville didn't stop there. The Lady Eagles won the regional, a 7-0 win over Springs Valley behind another win by Zeller. In the game, Brooklynn Keinsley and Pavey had doubles as Lanesville tallied eight hits.
Moving on to the four-team semi-state, Keinsley crossed the plate with the go-ahead run for the Lady Eagles in the bottom of the eighth inning to give her team a 2-1 victory over Indianapolis Lutheran. The swift Keinsley scored from first base on an Erica Daly hit for the winner.
Ending the bid for the state final was Tecumseh, which scored an 11-2 win over Lanesville in the semi-state championship. Lanesville finished the season with a 17-11 record.
South Central baseball, final 8
When a large group of seniors graduated the year before, expecting the South Central baseball team to fall from its run of postseason success was proven to be a mistake. Ranked No. 5 heading into the postseason, the Rebels defeated Borden in the championship, 5-4, on a walk-off game-winning double by senior Jason Boston.
South Central baseball (click for larger version)
Boston also scored the win on the mound, pitching in relief. In the sectional opener, Boston also earned the win, along with hitting a double and a triple to defeat Lanesville 10-2.
Advancing to the Class A regional, South Central won the semi-final game behind the arm of Boston (pitched a shutout) and the bat of Boston (hit a solo home run) to win 1-0 over Northeast Dubois. The championship game, however, went to the strong hitting of Vincennes Rivet, 11-6.
The Rebels finished with a 23-6 record.
North Harrison XC runners
Fast distance runners represent North Harrison. It was evident once again during the fall cross country season.
North Harrison's Daniel Fleace (click for larger version)
Laying claim to the sectional (19:25) and regional (19:24) individual championships at the Crawford County cross country course was Lady Cats harrier Ashton Bosler. The speedy junior won both events by wide margins then later qualified for the state meet. At state, she put in her best career finish among the best, placing 42nd with a time of 19:06.5.
On the boys' side, North Harrison peaked at the right time as a team. Junior Daniel Fleace ran to second-place finishes in the sectional (16:35) and regional (16:38) meets, while teammate Michael White wasn't far behind (fifth at sectional, fourth at regional).
As a team, the Cougars were top of the podium in sectional, beating out Floyd Central (54-58), and regional, beating out Tell City (76-99) to win it.
Fleace went on to qualify for state, where he placed 50th with a time of 16:23.
Track and field state meet
Going head-to-head throughout the season, North Harrison's Jonathan Reynolds and Corydon Central's Levi Taylor had battles that saw the pair go faster and faster in distance events until the state track and field finals.
CC's Levi Taylor & NH's Jonathan Reynolds (click for larger version)
Both reached the podium at the state meet, with Reynolds taking fifth place in the 1,600-meter run with a lightning quick time of 4:16.
Taylor, although he also qualified in the 1,600 but scratched to focus on the 3,200, was stellar in the eight-lap event at state. He closed to finish eighth in the 3,200 with a blazing fast time of 9:17.28.
Through the postseason events, Reynolds placed first and Taylor second at the Floyd Central Sectional and the Bloomington North Regional in both the 1,600 and 3,200 events.
After reaching the podium in their senior seasons, both are currently competing for NCAA Division I teams with Reynolds at the University of Louisville and Taylor at Indiana State University. They also compete in cross country as well.
Reynolds' teammate, Lady Cats runner Ashton Bosler, qualified for state in track in both the 1600 and 3200.
Cory Thomas soccer records
Corydon Central wrapped up its third straight Mid-Southern Conference boys' soccer title, making it five in seven years. At the heart of the Panthers' success was senior midfielder Cory Thomas.
A prolific goal-scorer, Thomas led the team in goals with 22 and assists with 13 in the 2013 season.
In three seasons, Thomas set the all-time scoring record for Corydon Central, tallying 60 goals.
As a team, the Panthers finished 11-5-2, including a 1-0 sectional win over New Albany before losing to Jeffersonville in the semi-final.
Holding various other high marks for the Panthers program, Thomas averaged 3.15 points per game (two points for goals, one for assists), accumulating 148 in three seasons.
Thomas also set the mark for most goals in a single game last year, knocking in six versus Scottsburg. He also had a five-goal match against Lanesville.
Byrne and Guy
Miles put in with the high school jerseys may be over for North Harrison alums Tyler Byrne and Johnnie Guy, but their high-level racing career isn't.
Now competing at the college level, Byrne (University of Louisville) and Guy (University of Southern Indiana) put on nationally acclaimed performances this past year.
Both runners came away with All-American honors during the fall season racing the cross country circuit. Competing in NCAA Division II, Guy was ninth, and, competing in NCAA Division I, Byrne was 29th.
On the track, Guy earned All-American honors twice, in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races. His best finish at NCAA Division II outdoor championships was seventh in the 10K.
Byrne is a red-shirt junior for the Cardinals, while Guy is a sophomore for the Screaming Eagles.
North Harrison girls soccer
The up-and-coming North Harrison girls' soccer program experienced its most successful year in the fall.
One of the big accomplishments for the Lady Cats was earning its first Mid-Southern Conference title in girls' soccer. They did so in convincing fashion as well, outscoring conference opponents 35-7 along the way.
The second accomplishment was not only winning the first sectional game in the program's 10 year history, but they also made the Class A sectional final. They reached the championship, a 2-0 loss to Forest Park, by defeating South Spencer (8-0) and Northeast Dubois (3-0).
One of the team leaders, Shelby Austin, ended her four-year run with a school record 55 career goals.
As a team, the Lady Cats closed with a 13-3 record.