Big Weekend for the CCC Brand
In a nutshell, the Circle City Conference had a monster 24 hours. On Friday, we went three-for-three against out-of-conference competition on the gridiron. Heritage Christian earned a dominating win over Sectional foe Knightstown, 55-14. Bishop Chatard was victorious over 4A #6 East Central, 31-14. Brebeuf Jesuit pulled off the biggest upset with a win over 6A Westfield, 28-24.
The Cross Country Regionals were held around the state Saturday morning. The Brebeuf Braves Girls team continued their undefeated run, bringing home the Regional Championship at Noblesville. Katherine Modrall finished in 2nd place, one second off of the leader. Ellie Schroeder and Paige Schmanske advanced for Guerin Catholic. Roncalli’s Katie Minton also made the cut for this coming Saturday’s Semi-State race in Shelbyville.
On the boys side, the Roncalli Rebels finished in third and will advance as a team. A week after becoming Roncalli’s first-ever Sectional Champion, Nick Perkins followed it up with a Regional title at Rushville. Quinn Gallagher ran the conference’s fastest time (and a new Guerin Catholic record) at 15:20.5, which was good for 3rd at Noblesville. Christian Stevens, Jack Kovach, and Alex Pirkle all moved on for Brebeuf Jesuit. They will be joined by Nathan Kolbus of Bishop Chatard.
Expect records to be broken at the Shelbyville Semi-State on Saturday. The boys race starts at 10:30, with the girls beginning at 11:15. Shelbyville is a notoriously fast track. Come out and support our stars before heading out to the soccer Semi-States.
Speaking of soccer, both Bishop Chatard and Guerin Catholic were in Regional action on Saturday. The Trojans faced a 17-1-1 Danville squad in the morning. They made quick work of the Warriors, winning 6-1. They went on to face Batesville in the finals. Coach Burchett’s girls came through in a big way, pulling out the 3-0 victory. Goals were scored by Sophie Sergi, Rebekkaha Guess, and Maddie Walters. They will travel to Evansville North to face Evansville Memorial on Saturday at 3.
Guerin Catholic faced Plainfield in their first Regional match. Goals from All-American Cassidy Lindley, Quincy McMahon (2), Anna Schultheis, Kenna Corley, and Kelsie Smith moved the Golden Eagles past the Quakers by a score of 6-0. Claire Gavin and Olivia Labus combined for the shutout. The undefeated Trojans of East Central were awaiting them in the finals. Quincy McMahon opened the scoring off of an Elle Vuotto pass at the 20’ mark. Vuotto would net the next score off of a Megan Wampler pass. Wampler would add the final goal of the night, as the Golden Eagles earned the 3-0 victory and Regional title. Claire Gavin and her defense earned their second clean sheet of the day. Guerin Catholic next faces Columbus North at Lawrenceburg on Saturday at 3.
Volleyball Sectionals were an all-day affair on Saturday as all five Circle City Conference teams were in action. Things got started at Cardinal Ritter when Guerin Catholic faced Crispus Attucks. The Golden Eagles advanced (3-0) to face the winner of the next match between Bishop Chatard and Brebeuf Jesuit. The Trojans took the first set, but the Braves rallied back to take the next three. Brebeuf then defeated Guerin Catholic in the championship, 3-0. The Braves will travel to Danville on Saturday to face the Warriors in the first round of their Regional at 10am.
Roncalli opened Sectional play at Decatur Central against Pike. The Rebels won 25-20, 25-15, and 25-17 to setup a rematch with Perry Meridian. Similar to 8th Grade Night on September 18th, the Rebels were victorious in straight sets to claim another Sectional title. They will travel to Greenfield-Central on Saturday where they will face Avon at 10am.
After winning their first round match-up on Thursday, the Heritage Christian Eagles faced Speedway at home on Saturday morning. HCS was up to the task, winning in straight sets to advance to the finals against Scecina Memorial. The Eagles and Crusaders put on a show, battling through all five sets. In the end, the Eagles pulled out the victory, 15-13. They will travel to Triton Central to face Hagerstown at noon. A victory would place them against the winner of the 10 o’clock Covenant Christian/Shenandoah match at 7.
So all in all, the Conference went 3-for-3 in non-conference football games against either Sectional rivals or schools from larger classes. They went 3-for-3 in possible volleyball Sectional titles. They went 2-for-2 in possible Regional soccer championships. The Brebeuf Cross Country girls won a team Regional title, and Nick Perkins won an individual Regional title. Every school ended the weekend with some form of new hardware. Who else can brag a bigger weekend?