Most area high school teams have finished their fall sports seasons and this year the number of teams and athletes who have proven to perform at the upper levels is extensive.
The most recent of those are the members of the Pendleton Heights girls cross country team.
The Arabians accomplished a heady feat in qualifying through a difficult semistate to run at Indiana State for the IHSAA State Meet last Saturday. Just to get to that level is worthy of note to be sure. The PH squad, coached by Melissa Hagerman, did more than that. The Arabians finished at No. 14 out of 24 teams.
Their best runner, Alex Buck, placed 19th and was just over 41 seconds behind the champion’s pace. The fact that Buck is a sophomore means the team has a solid base upon which to build for the next two seasons.
The rest of team that included freshmen Alli McCarty, Emma Hall and Faith Baer, sophomore Monica Dudley, seniors Chelsea Blackwell and Maddi Hinton, indicates this team has the potential to contend at an even higher level for some time to come.
Training in cross country at this level is often a singularly satisfying and difficult task, sometimes accomplished alone and even taking place at unusual hours of the day with little fanfare. This entire team is to be congratulated for this achievement.
But the fall accolades don’t stop there.
The Madison-Grant volleyball team advanced to last Saturday’s semistate with a come-from-behind regional triumph over Muncie Burris that will long be remembered by all who witnessed it. The Argylls’ triumph came over the school whose name means Indiana high school volleyball.
This is another team, coached by Bob Holloway, with many young components and perhaps even more glory awaits in the future.
Of course, football has yet to conclude its course for our three remaining area teams, Anderson, Alexandria and Shenandoah, who will all play for sectional championships this Friday. For the Indians and Tigers, last Friday’s victories were historic. For the Raiders, it was a win in a long line for grid tournament successes. We wish the three teams the best of luck going forward this Friday.
Earlier in the season, Anderson’s Morgan Nadaline, a senior, completed her prep golf career with a third straight trip to the IHSAA state level. She was joined by Pendleton Heights junior Emily Tilton, who made her second straight appearance. Nadaline tied for fourth and Tilton was 28th.
Finally, the Lapel Bulldogs girls tennis team won the school’s first sectional title in that sport. Not often does a team accomplish something for the first time, especially at a school with such a rich athletic tradition as Lapel.
All athletes gave their communities more reasons to be proud. Fortunately winter sports are just around the corner.
In summary Led by the Pendleton Heights girls cross country team, many area fall sports teams and athletes have made significant accomplishments this year.