2010: Year of memorable performances
It was a banner year in at least one sport for the four Harrison County schools. The year began with basketball championships and ended with, hopefully, the beginnings of more.
Here is a rundown of several top sports stories from 2010:
Tyler Byrne ends career with 2nd at state
No doubt Tyler Byrne will go down as one of the best runners in Harrison County history. The recent North Harrison graduate concluded his prep career with his best two-mile race at the state track and field meet in June. Byrne took the final lap at the state meet with the lead but surrendered it to the speedy Futsum Zeinasellassie (North Central). Byrne placed second at state with a time of 9:07.99, 20 seconds faster than his regional title run. Currently running for the University of Louisville, Byrne closed his North Harrison career with multiple top finishes and state final appearances in track and field and cross country.
North Harrison XC win school’s first semi-state
Continuing to garner respect throughout the state, the North Harrison cross country team was dominate through much of the fall season. The team was able to accomplish a first for the school’s history: a team semi-state title. A year prior at semi-state, Terre Haute North defeated the Cougars by one point. This past October, North Harrison flipped the script and won by one point. Jonathan Reynolds, in fifth place, was North Harrison’s top finisher. As a team, the Cougars just missed the podium at the state meet, finishing seventh. Johnnie Guy turned in the best race among the team with a 35th-place showing.
Corydon baseball celebrates like ’69
Memories of 1969 have a partner in Corydon Central baseball lore: the 2010 team. Not only did the program win a share of the Mid-Southern Conference title, it also won the Class 3A Sectional, both of which hadn’t been accomplished since 1969. They won each sectional game by one run, including a 6-5 victory over Silver Creek in the title game. Drama also happened in the semi-final, when Lucas Windell hit a walk-off home run. Pitcher Zach Anderson scored the win in all three sectional games. The Panthers eventually lost to West Vigo in regional play.
35 years long enough wait for Lanesville nine
It had been 35 years since a baseball sectional title was hoisted in Lanesville. It was last spring when the Eagles scored a 5-3 victory over South Central in the championship game of the Class A Sectional. Caleb Caldwell and Jordan Sizemore combined for the win on the mound, while Josh Bowman provided a three-run single late. Lanesville advanced to the regional where the Eagles dropped a tight, 2-1 decision to Barr-Reeve.
Corydon hoops put together banner year
Consistency was the key to Corydon Central’s boys’ basketball run over the 2009-10 season. The season was capped by a run through the Class 3A Sectional, eventually defeating Crawford County, 60-52, for the championship. To make things sweeter, the Panthers were able to celebrate on their home court. Washington ended Corydon Central’s season in the regional, but the Panthers closed with an impressive 19-6 record.
Regional final appearance caps Eagle hoops run
Catching fire at the right time vaulted the Lanesville boys’ basketball team to its first sectional title since 2007. Nick Hammond poured in a career best 27 points to help the Eagles dismantle Henryville in the sectional final for a 65-43 win. The season didn’t end there for Eagle fans, who cheered Lanesville to a regional win over Northeast Dubois. The Eagles, however, fell in the regional final to eventual state runner-up Barr-Reeve.
SC girls’ basketball claims another title
Occurring nearly a week later than originally scheduled due to inclement weather, the South Central girls’ basketball team won its third Class A sectional in a row and seventh in the previous eight seasons. The Lady Rebels knocked off host Henryville in a tight, 41-38 victory. The basketball program also claimed another Southern Athletic Conference title. In the regional, the Lady Rebels eventually lost to state runner-up Vincennes Rivet.
Corydon softball 4-peats in sectional
Annalea Miller provided the heroics for the Corydon Central softball team as the team won its fourth consecutive Class 3A Sectional title. Miller smacked the game-winning walk-off homer against Silver Creek for a 3-1 win. Pitcher Jenna Keinsley struck out 16 batters to complete four years undefeated in the circle in sectional competition. The Lady Panthers lost in the regional to Edgewood, completing the season. Named All-State, Keinsley ended her career as the state’s all-time leader in career starts (117) and career innings pitched (751).
Springer wrestles way to sectional crown
Corydon Central wrestler Dustin Springer rolled through the Jeffersonville Sectional in the 125-pound weight class. The senior trailed in his championship match, but, in the final minutes, Springer turned aggressive and pinned New Albany’s Robert Marier for the victory. Springer eventually reached the semi-state before bowing out.