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Reigning and Defending Argylls Claim Third Straight Sectional Title

Reigning and Defending Argylls Claim Third Straight Sectional Title by Rob Hunt of The Herald Bulletin

Volleyball team crowded around volleyball and trophy

Alexis Baney (2) holds up the sectional championship trophy while Daya Greene (3) shows off the game ball to their celebrating teammates after Madison-Grant defeated Eastern for the Sectional 39 championship.

Rob Hunt | The Herald Bulletin

After graduating six key seniors from the 2021 sectional championship team, expectations were not as high for the 2022 Madison-Grant volleyball team, a team that would be playing with a bullseye on its back all season.

But driven by their two senior stars, the Argylls have won 12 straight matches after overcoming a sluggish start to knock off Eastern 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-15) and win their third straight sectional championship and the 18th in the program’s rich history.

“It’s a lot of pressure on these kids, even on the younger kids who aren’t seniors, to be successful,” M-G coach Kayla Jump said. “I don’t know if people know how much stress they’re put under for that. A lot of people wouldn’t play with our expectations, and for me, that’s the best part. If you don’t have expectations to hit a certain level, you’re just wasting your time. I’m really proud of them.”

At the outset, the Comets were the aggressors, taking advantage of Argyll errors and an offense that sputtered early. M-G (27-5) was not playing like the 10th-ranked team in Class 2A, and the players knew it.

After dropping the first set and playing even with Eastern (16-17) through much of the second set, seniors Alexis Baney and Daya Greene had a message for their teammates — many of whom are postseason full-time players for the first time.

“We realized that it was time that, if we wanted to win, that we had to pick it up because they were outworking us, and we were not working hard enough,” Baney said. “We were making mistakes on dumb little errors. We weren’t talking. We were getting really mad. Then, when we’re mad, we yell at each other. But we got it together and did it as a team.”

The message worked.

Including a five-point service run from Baney, the Argylls outscored the Comets 13-4 to close out set 2 and 63-34 the balance of the match. They very much looked the part of the sectional favorites.

“We started off pretty slow, and after that first set, we said ‘Oh, we cannot do this,’” Greene said. “We’re not going five. We’re endingthis. We got in the huddle, and Kayla really ripped us…after that, we’ve really got to get it together.”

Jump said it was less about mechanics and playing well but more about having fun and celebrating the positives early in the match. Once the excitement and the smiles were back, M-G looked more like itself.

“We got a little bit faster, and once we got our speed back up, we started having fun,” Jump said. “I’m yelling at them to celebrate, and

that’s a little disheartening because I’m a big smile person, and when I yell, I’m loud. Even when we scored a cheap point, they were just walking around and I said, ‘This is no fun.’ I think we started having more fun and got more excited after each point.”

A Maddy Moore ace gave the Argylls set point, and Maegan Wilson put away one of her seven kills to even the match at 1-1.

From there, Baney took over.

The 6-foot senior recorded two early blocks to give M-G a lead it never relinquished in the third set at 5-3 before a booming kill from Baney pushed the lead to 11-6. Junior Ella Brummet added three of her six kills during the all-important third set as the Argylls took a 2-1 lead.

A Demie Havens block on the opening point of the fourth set charged up the M-G bench, but it wasn’t until three straight Baney kills made it a 19-11 lead the Argylls could sense the end was in sight. On championship point, sophomore Johnna Hiatt’s sixth kill clinched Madison-Grant’s third straight title.

“It feels great. It really does,” Baney said. “You really never know at sectional time when the last time you play is, especially since this is the last time I’m playing (at home) ever. It is really sad, but I’m glad to have the team behind me. We had a great connection this year.”

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Alexis Baney sends over one of her 18 kills during Madison-Grant’s 3-1 win over Eastern on Saturday night.

Rob Hunt | The Herald Bulletin

Baney finished the match with 18 kills, eight blocks, and two aces, Moore had 34 assists and four kills, and Havens wound up with six kills and two blocks.

It was a record-setting day individually for Greene, who recorded 34 digs and two aces in the championship match. Earlier in the day, during M-G’s 3-0 sweep of Tipton in the semifinal, Greene had 31 digs and passed Maddi Evans for the program record for digs in a season. She now owns the school record for digs in a match, season, and for her career.

“I remember when I was little watching Maddi, and I always wanted to be like her, do as good as she did and pass her records,” Greene said. “It really shows me that I’ve worked hard to get this record, and I’m getting up there, comparable to her.”

Jenna Odle — daughter of former Indiana University basketball player Jarrad Odle — led the Comets with 12 kills, three blocks, and eight assists while Adalyn Downing added 13 assists.

The Argylls will return to familiar territory for next week’s regional when they face 2A second-ranked Wapahani (28-5) at noon in the second semifinal match.

Argylls Sweep Frankton, Advance to Regional Final

Argylls Sweep Frankton, Advance to Regional Final by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle Tribune

Ben Pax playing tennis

Madison-Grant's Ben Pax follows through on a backhand shot during the No. 1 doubles match against Frankton Tuesday in Marion Regional semifinals. Pax and partner Brogan Brunt won 6-0, 6-3 and helped the Argylls top the Eagles, 5-0.

Scott Hunt/shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

Madison-Grant continued its impressive roll into the 2022 boys' tennis postseason Tuesday evening with an impressive Marion Regional debut. 

The Argylls seized momentum early on in their third meeting of the fall against Central Indiana Conference-rival, Frankton, and M-G earned its most decisive triumph yet over the Eagles with a 5-0 sweep.

If Madison-Grant experienced any nervousness about making its first-ever regional appearance, it certainly didn’t show.

“Being in the situation last week, taking out defending champion Mississinewa then Marion at their place (to win the Marion Sectional), I think the pressure was a little off there being on these courts,” said Argylls coach Tony Pitt. “They handled that pretty well.”

Much better, in fact, than did Frankton, who made its first regional appearance since 1995 and only the second in its boys' tennis history.

“Madison-Grant came out loose and confident and did what they had to do,” said Frankton coach Mark Hartley, whose all underclass lineup finished the season 14-7. “If we’re fortunate enough to get back again next year, we can use (the experience), come in with some different energy, some confidence. That’s huge. The mental part is huge.”

In M-G’s 3-2 win over Frankton in the Madison County tourney consolation match on August 26 and the 4-1 victory in Fairmount on September 7, the Eagles won the No. 1 doubles position each time.

However, junior Brogan Brunt and sophomore Ben Pax helped set the tone for M-G Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-3 over sophomores Jackson Alexander and Jon Hobbs.

The wave of momentum continued to grow on the singles courts for the Argylls as sophomore Luke Gilman efficiently defeated junior Max Barr, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1.

Junior Clayton Hull jumped out to a 5-0 at No. 3 singles but had to hold on as sophomore Aaron Hartley won four-straight games and had a point to tie it up. Hull fought off the challenge to finish the first-set win 6-4 then cruised to a 6-0 decision in the second.

M-G’s No. 2 doubles team of seniors Soren Price and Davin Barton battled back and forth with juniors Logan Sutton and Jarett Needler to a 7-5 win in the first set, then earned a 6-3 second-set win to score the third and clinching point just a few minutes before Hull’s match concluded.

Junior Christopher Fox finished M-G’s sweep with a 6-4, 6-1 win over junior Sam Barr at No. 2 singles.

“We started out a little flat with the exception of one doubles and three singles. As the match went on we picked it up a little bit and we competed really well,” Pitt said.

Madison-Grant improved its record to 21-4 and earned a date opposite another team of Eagles Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. on Bill Beekman Courts trying to win its first-ever regional title in its first appearance.

Only the Argylls will see a team quite familiar with regional competition in Delta, who won its 30th straight sectional title last week. The Eagles rank ninth in Indiana history with 24 regional championships.

Delta lost just 10 total games in defeating Jay County, 5-0 on Tuesday.

Pitt is confident the Argylls will be ready to go to battle against Delta.

“I anticipate the kids coming out ready to play and not being intimidated by the situation just because we’ve been in some spots before,” he said. “We’ve already preached it before and we’ll preach it again, we’re not playing the name on the front of the jersey. We’re not playing the team that has won 30 straight sectionals and however many regionals.

“We’re just playing another team. Granted, a good team, but we are playing another team that if we play well and compete well, I think good things can happen out of that.”

Argylls Claim First Tennis Sectional Championship

Madison-Grant’s boys tennis team celebrates the first sectional title in program history after sweeping Marion 5 to 0.

Argylls Claim First Tennis Sectional Championship by Rob Hunt of The Herald Bulletin

For months, Christopher Fox and his Madison-Grant (M-G) teammates have put in extra hours on the tennis courts, often well past dark and often forcing coach Tony Pitt to send them home.

“This is a goal they've set from day one. This is our year for sectional,” Pitt said. “Yesterday, when we got back from the Mississinewa match, I had to turn the lights on for them, and they just love each other. This group has been together forever. … They just love the competition and to push each other.”

On Thursday, September 29 that extra effort bore fruit as Fox reversed a regular-season loss, and the Argylls swept past Marion 5-0 to claim the school’s first tennis sectional championship.

The Argylls won the title in near-perfect fashion, sweeping defending champion Mississinewa 5-0 a day before rolling past a Giants program that has amassed 32 sectional championships in its program’s storied history. Mississinewa and Marion have combined to win the last 14 titles in this sectional.

“I just love the fight these kids have,” Pitt said. “This is the first time going into a sectional final that I wasn’t nervous. It’s just a testament of the kids and how they handled things yesterday, and I knew they would do the same today.”

The tone was set early by Fox when he jumped ahead 3-0 in his number two singles match against Elijah Maki. The Giants’ player won the next two games, but otherwise, Fox was in control throughout in a 6-3, 6-2 win.

The M-G players fed off each other’s energy as they saw Fox’s fast start as well as a quick one-set lead in both doubles matches.

Soren Price and Davin Barton are M-G’s only seniors, and they comprise their number two doubles team. They put the first point on the board with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Dylan Schuh and Gabe Clark while Ben Pax and Brogan Brunt were nearly as efficient at number one doubles in taking a 6-2, 6-2 win over Todd Pederson and Daniel Terhune.

From there, the rout was on.

“It’s a true team atmosphere with these kids, and it’s great to see,” Pitt said.

Madison-Grant’s Luke Gilman hits a volley during his Number 1 singles match in Thursday’s sectional championship at Marion. Gilman won his match in 3 sets.

While Fox and number one singles player Luke Gilman were still playing, it was Clayton Hull at number three singles who scored the clinching point after posting a convincing 6-0, 6-1 win over Ryan Spitzer.

“We made sure to bring the energy and lift each other up the whole time,” Hull said. “Doubles yelling, singles yelling, back and forth, we made sure to keep each other up.”

After Fox closed out Maki for the 4-0 lead, the team gathered near court one where Gilman was in a battle with Ryan Sebastian. The Giants number one player had controlled the first set 6-2, but Gilman bounced back 6-4 in the second to even the match and force a third.

Knowing the team result was already decided took the pressure off Gilman to finish the sweep.

“Winning that second set just gave me a big boost of energy and seeing everyone win made me happy for them,” he said. “I knew that my match meant a lot even though we already won sectional. … There was a lot on the line, but the pressure was off because I knew I was moving on.”

Holding the trophy after the matches made the extra work, the late nights and inconveniencing their coach well worth it.

“It was the next step, like coach said” Fox said. “It means a lot for everyone to come out here and give it their all. We went 3-2 with Marion earlier this year and sweeping them tonight feels so good.”

The regional semifinal opponent for the Argylls will be the winner of Friday’s Anderson sectional championship between Lapel and Frankton.

The Argylls make no bones about who they would like to see in that first matchu- the team that knocked them off in the Madison County semifinals.

“We know Frankton is a nice team. We’ve played twice and had some good battles,” Pitt said. “If it is Frankton, hopefully, we’ll be ready for that challenge. We have four losses this year, and it would be nice to have another crack at Lapel.”

The regional will also be played on Marion’s courts with the winners from Delta and Jay County comprising the second semifinal. Both semifinal matches will be played on Tuesday, October 4 with the championship match slated for Wednesday, October 5.

Madison-Grant’s 2022 Marion sectional championship tennis team.

Argylls Sweep Elwood to Wrap Up First-Ever CIC Title
Madison Grant Boys Tennis Team Photo

Argylls Sweep Elwood to Wrap Up First-Ever CIC Title by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle-Tribune

The Madison-Grant (M-G) boys tennis team put an emphatic stamp on the first central Indiana conference (CIC) championship in program history on Tuesday, September 20 with a 5-0 win at Elwood.

The Argylls finished the CIC portion of their schedule with a 5-0 record, made even more impressive by the fact they swept every opponent but Frankton, who M-G defeated 4-1 on September 7.

“Not just to do it but, to do it decisively, this has been a goal for awhile,” said Argyll coach Tony Pitt, who has been the boys tennis coach at M-G since 2007. “A lot of the kids have older brothers that played and we had some seasons where we thought we had chance, we just couldn’t quite get by either Frankton or Mississinewa which have had a stranglehold on the conference.

“They’ve worked at it. The first day they set the goal, and it’s great to see them, as a team, be able to accomplish it.”

Madison-Grant’s efficient conference-clinching sweep of Elwood included Luke Gilman earning a 6-4, 6-2 decision at number one singles, Christopher Fox taking a 6-2, 6-1 triumph at number two, and Clayton Hull breezing to a 6-0, 6-0 win at number three.

Ben Pax and Brogan Brunt claimed a 6-1, 6-1 win at number one doubles while Soren Price and Davin Barton battled to a 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 win at two doubles.

The Argylls celebrated with a team pic after sewing up the win over Elwood and quick stop for supper on the way out of town.

Upon arriving back at the school in darkness a little after 8:00 p.m., most of the players quickly departed for home, but a few also stayed, flipped on the tennis court lights, grabbed a ball bin, and went back to work.

Sure, the first set of numbers will soon go up on the banner for boys tennis inside M-G’s gymnasium, but the Argylls want more before this historic season ends.

“We celebrated it, but while we were in the breakdown the kids were like this isn’t our end goal,” Pitt said. “We have bigger fish to fry and that’s next week.

“At the same time I want them to enjoy the moment, too. Not just concentrate solely on sectional, but enjoy the ride to get there.”

The IHSAA will announce the pairings for the 56th-annual boys tennis state tournament on Monday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. during a show streamed live on IHSAAtv.org.

First serves in the four-team Marion Sectional semifinals will go up on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m. The championship is scheduled for Thursday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m.

Greene Digs Her Way into Madison-Grant Record Books

Daya Greene playing volleyball

Greene Digs Her Way into Madison-Grant Record Books by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle-Tribune

Former Madison-Grant volleyball coach Bob Holloway didn’t mince words when talking about current Argyll senior Daya Greene.

“Daya’s the best passer we’ve ever had at Madison-Grant,” Holloway opined on more than one occasion since he retired as Argylls’ varsity coach a few years ago.

And it’s difficult to argue against Holloway’s notion.

Greene is a two-time Class 2A first-team All-State player, a first-team All-Central Indiana Conference performer for three seasons, and has been M-G’s starting libero since the first match of her freshman season.

Most importantly, Greene’s role on the court has been the backbone of M-G’s defense, as an energizer and as a coach on the floor.

Current M-G coach Kayla Jump, who is Holloway’s daughter, uses the phrase “put it on the wall” to her teams as they work towards winning matches, conferences, and tournaments.

Recently, Greene put her name on the wall twice and into the Madison-Grant record books by doing what she does best in volleyball passing.

At Tipton on August 25, Greene reached 1,251 career digs, which moved her to the top of that list. She broke the 12-year-old record previously held by Lauren Stanley Lutton, who had broken Jump’s record previously.

Greene then put her name on the wall again by digging up 40 balls against Eastbrook on August 30 to set the single-match record at M-G.

Greene’s relationship with Holloway, Jump, and Madison-Grant volleyball goes way back to shortly after she learned to walk.

“My mom used to coach in junior high, so me and my sister would go to practice every day,” Greene said, recalling memories from when she was three. “We’d be off in the corner touching a ball, and ever since then, I’ve had a volleyball in my hand. Volleyball has run in my family, and it’s been our go-to whenever we’re free, it’s like volleyball, volleyball.”

“Me and my sister used to play every single day in the yard. All I did was work on passing, so I was hoping I wasn’t a setter,” she added with a big smile. “I’ve played club, so I got a lot of touches during the week and on the weekends. I’ve just worked.”

The career digs record came onto Jump and Greene’s radar late last season. The single-match record was something Greene had been eyeing since her freshman year, though she was caught off guard when she learned that she’d broken it.

“Freshman year against Northfield I was nine away from one of the records, and that’s when I thought, I’m beating some of these records. My name is going to be on the wall,” Greene said. “I need up there. Having that career (record) and having Bob talk about me like he does, it boosts my confidence, and now I know.

“I came out here for the career award, then she said (the single-match record), and my heart just stopped. I’ve been wanting that one since my freshman year.”

Jump said she’s been friends with Greene’s parents since before her senior was born, so seeing her put her name on the wall and earn the individual accolades is something the coach is extremely proud about.

“We used to see her running around when she was eight-, nine-, ten-years-old and passing better than a lot of the kids ahead of her,” Jump said. “I said, hey, if you could be the best passer we’ve ever had. By junior high, we said you’ve got to get with it because you will be. It’s nice to see.

“It doesn’t come natural, but she makes it look natural. She’s put in a lot of work,” she added. “She focuses on everything around her and reading to make it happen. It’s great to see her break our records. ... I don’t know if she’ll get up to Maddi Evans’ season record. I hope she does. I hope she clears the board.”

The downside to Greene’s 40-dig night at Eastbrook is that the Argylls lost to the Panthers for the first time in over a decade.

The ties between Eastbrook and M-G run deep. Panther coach Bailie Havens is the older sister of Argyll sophomore Demie Havens. Their dad, Travis Havens, coaches Greene on M-G’s softball team. Eastbrook’s Kayleigh Gross is a cousin to Jump.

So the loss didn’t sit well in the M-G family.

“We were really down for a couple days,” Greene said. “Losing to Eastbrook, it’s close, it’s family. You never want to lose to Eastbrook, but we know we play them first in Grant Four, so we’re working hard and trying to get better.”

Greene and senior Alexis Baney, another 2A All-State player a year ago, were the only returning players for M-G to bring much varsity experience into 2022, so they’ve been thrust into an important leadership role.

Even with the loss to Eastbrook, Madison-Grant goes into Madison County Tourney play Saturday at Elwood with a 12-2 record.

Jump credits Greene and Baney for not only their performance but their roles as teachers and mentors for the younger Argylls.

“We’ve always relied on them, now as the only returning players, I think there was a little pressure on them,” Jump said. “They’ve looked around at everyone else, and kind of said, ‘hey, you need to start playing with us.’ It’s a learning opportunity for everyone. They do really well.

“Lexi wants everyone to be great at everything. Daya will help you, but she will also coach you and tell you every shot to make, where you’re supposed to be at. It’s not about them, it’s about we need you to do your part to make everything successful,” she added. “We talked tonight and (Greene) said, ‘if they do not hit the shot I tell them to, I’m going to get really mad.’ I said welcome to coaching.”

Argylls Control Own Destiny for First CIC Boys Tennis Title

Argylls Control Own Destiny for First CIC Boys Tennis Title by Rob Hunt of The Herald Bulletin

The walls of the Madison-Grant (M-G) gymnasium are adorned with banners celebrating the various championships - Grant 4, sectional, and regional among others - that have been won by each of the school's sports programs, and up until now there is one program whose banner is blank.

On Wednesday, September 7 the Argylls boys tennis team took a big step toward ending that particular tradition.

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Madison-Grant's Luke Gilman prepares to return a forehand shot Wednesday night when the Argylls hosted the frankton Eagles

Bob Hickey | For The Herald Bulletin

Luke Gilman led another M-G singles sweep with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Max Barr, and the Argylls rolled to a 4-1 victory over Frankton - clearing a major obstacle to capturing the program's first central Indiana conference championship.

The win also marked the 150th for coach Tony Pitt as leader of the boys team. He already has 161 wins and four CIC titles as girls coach and with still more work to do this season, is nearing that first conference title in the fall.

"It just means I've been around for a while," Pitt said. "We've had some great groups. I can't remember one of those 150 where I took one serve, one forehand, or one backhand."

The Argylls are now 12-1 overall and have already defeated longtime conference powerhouse Mississinewa earlier this season to start 3-0 in the CIC. Gilman - who improved to 12-1 individually - said being a part of the first team to capture a title in program history would be special.

"That's a big achievement, being the first team up there, even with good teams last year and the year before that," he said. "It's an accomplishment being that one team and would be a great feeling."

The strength of the Argylls team all season has been the play of its three junior singles players. In addition to Gilman, Christopher Fox and Clayton Hull are now 13-0 after their wins against Frankton. Fox defeated Sam Barr 7-5, 6-2 at number two singles while Hull defeated Aaron Hartley 6-0, 6-1 in the number three slot. Pitt said while the three players are almost interchangeable in terms of talent and compete hard against one another in practice, they are ultimately supportive of one another as close friends.

"They push each other for sure, and they're good friends, too," Pitt said. "When they're on the court, they go for blood. But they can turn around and go out to eat afterwards."

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Madison-Grant's Christopher Fox plays in the No. 2 singles match.

Bob Hickey | For The Herald Bulletin

Frankton, now 5-5, won both doubles matches when the teams faced off last month in the Madison County tournament, a meeting won 3-2 by the Argylls.

In the semifinals of the county tournament, Gilman and the Argylls suffered his only loss of the season against Jacob Erwin of eventual champion Lapel. He and his teammates are hoping that loss serves as motivation as M-G closes in on its bigger goals.

"I've kind of used that loss as fuel to put it to whoever I'm playing," Gilman said.

M-G still needs wins over Elwood and Alexandria in the final weeks to clinch the outright title.

Both teams will be at home for their next matches as the Eagles host Lapel on Thursday while the Argylls will entertain Blackhawk Christian, Bluffton and Northwestern for Saturday's Madison-Grant Invitational.

Argylls Run Past Indians to Stay Unbeaten

Argylls Run Past Indians to Stay Unbeaten by Owen Hnatyshyn of the Chronicle-Tribune

Linebacker, Tanner Brooks

The Madison-Grant (M-G) Argylls upset the Mississinewa Indians by a score of 27-6.

The Argylls’ win over the Indians is the first since 2012 and now puts the M-G at 3-0 for the first time since 2007.

A win like this does not happen by accident according to M-G head coach Brady Turner.

“We were focused, and I told the coaches before the game if we lose this game, it’s not cause we weren’t prepared,” Turner said. “They came in we were focused. They listened to the game plan and executed it almost to perfection, defensively.”

The Argylls were led by star senior running back and linebacker, Tanner Brooks. Brooks recorded 171 yards rushing on 27 attempts with a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter which put the Argylls up, 13-0.

Brooks has now rushed for 610 yards and five touchdowns in three games for M-G.

“I’m just going out there doing my thing for the team because I know they got my back and I got theirs,” Brooks said.

Junior Maverick Miller put the Argylls up early with a 37-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. He added another touchdown with a three-yard run to make it 27-0 in the fourth quarter. He finished with 66 yards.

Senior Kai Helvey scored on a eight-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter.

Madison-Grant ran for 334 yards overall.

The Indians didn’t crack the scoreboard until the end of the game with a 22-yard pass from Nolan Quaderer to Trevon Hess.

Quaderer completed 21 of 38 passes for 208 yards and also had an interception. Hess caught five passes for 57 yards. Deakon Dilts added six catches for 57 yards for Ole Miss.

The Indians were held to minus 11 yards rushing on 15 attempts.

“We just did not execute. Up front did not play physical, did not read our keys, did not run the ball well, and had too many dropped passes, too many bad throws,” said Mississinewa coach Kyle Buresh. “Really what could’ve gone wrong tonight went wrong for us.”

Mississinewa falls to 1-2 and will now prepare to face Oak Hill (3-0) in Gas City on Friday. Oak Hill will come in hot, fresh off a 35-0 victory over the Eastbrook Panthers.

“Discipline and physicality. Those are the biggest things that we have to be better at,” Buresh said. “It is just playing disciplined football and being able to be a lot more physical.”

Madison-Grant will travel to Blackford (0-3) on Friday and try to match the 4-0 start done by the 2007 team.

Greene Reaches Record in M-G Volleyball Win at Tipton
Daya Greene

Greene Reaches Record in MG Volleyball Win at Tipton by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle-Tribune

The Madison-Grant volleyball team improved to 6-1 Thursday night in Tipton and got a record-setting performance from senior libero Daya Greene. 

Greene picked up 22 digs to become M-G’s all-time career record holder, passing Lauren Stanely Lutton, who played for the Argylls from 2007–10. Greene, a two-time IHSVCA Class 2A all-state player, now has 1,256 career digs.

Greene also served up three aces in the Argylls 25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 25-20 win over the Blue Devils.

M-G’s other senior all-state player, Alexis Baney, had a huge night with 26 kills and 13 total blocks. Demi Havens added five kills while setter Maddy Moore dished out 36 assists and added eight digs, four kills, and two aces. Kami Dedecker also had three aces for M-G.

The Argylls open Central Indiana Conference play Tuesday at Eastbrook.

    Madison-Grant Tennis Battles Past Ole Miss for Critical CIC Win

    Madison-Grant Tennis Battles Past Ole Miss for Critical CIC Win by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle-Tribune

    The Madison-Grant boys tennis team cleared a big hurdle in the chase for a CIC championship and also made a statement that it’s a clear threat to win the school’s first-ever tennis sectional title with a 5-0 win over Mississinewa Wednesday evening in Fairmount. M-G’s win certainly wasn’t easy, though.

    Luke Gilman collected the No. 1 singles point by getting past Garrett Spencer, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. Christopher Fox of M-G defeated Micah Lord 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. Clayton Hull needed three sets to get past Kannen Smith at No. 3. Smith won the first set 6-2, but Hull rebound to win 6-3, 7-5 to secure the point.

    M-G’s two seniors, Soren Price and Davin Barton, also need three sets to win at No. 1 doubles over Michael Kissane and Nathan Hillsamer. The Argyll tandem won the first set 6-4, but Kissane and Hillsamer took set two by the same score. The third set required a tie-breaker before Price and Barton won 7-6 (7-5).

    Ben Pax and Brogan Brunt topped the Indians’ Aiden Tignor and Sam Gonzalez 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.

    Madison-Grant (10-1) hosts Frankton on Wednesday. Mississinewa (2-7) goes to the Fort Wayne Carroll Invite on Saturday.

    Preparing for the Future
    Jon Pyle working on his computer

    Madison-Grant senior Jon Pyle works on his computer project as he works toward earning certification in Photoshop through a grant the school has received to better prepare students for their post-secondary experiences.

    John P. Cleary | For The Herald Bulletin

    Madison-Grant received a $250,000 state grant to help students plan their post-graduation lives. We will use the money to realign the curriculum, expand existing programs, and help teachers pay for classes and testing required to receive the advanced certifications they need to teach specialized courses. Please read The Herald Bulletin article written by Rebecca R. Bibbs.

      Argylls Advance, Eagles Fall in Sectional Semifinals
      Carley Holliday running to home base

      Argylls Advance, Eagles Fall in Sectional Semifinals by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle-Tribune

      Madison-Grant (M-G) advanced while Oak Hill endured a heartbreaking defeat in the semifinal games of class 2A softball sectional 39 Wednesday night at Oak Hill.

      The 2A 15th-ranked Argylls continued their torrid assault at the plate picking up 18 total hits and scoring seven runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth of a 17-2 win over central Indiana conference rival Blackford in the opening game.

      The night cap was much more competitive and saw the Golden Eagles battle No. 13 Eastern until the final out of the Comets’ 6-5 win.

      Eastern scored single runs in the top of each of the first three frames to build a 3-0 lead. Oak Hill struggled early on with the precision pitching done by Comet junior Macy Coan who struck out seven batters and allowed only two hits in three innings.

      Both of Oak Hill’s hits came off the bat of junior catcher Alexa Myers. Her second single of the game made the Comets’ pay for a pair of errors in the third by driving in two runs and trimming the Eagles’ deficit to 3-2.

      Freshman Karsyn Wiley pitched a perfect fourth inning for Oak Hill and the Eagles tied the game with a little bit of small ball.

      Sophomore Alivia Shaw drew a lead-off walk, was sacrificed to second by junior Maxy Pittman, and scored on a throwing error after senior Mia Edwards’ infield single to make it 3-3. The inning ended with Eastern’s centerfielder taking a potential two-run homer away from senior Treniti Thurman.

      Wiley sat down the Comets in order again in the fifth inning and Coan worked out of a two-out, two-on situation to keep the score tied.

      Macy Coan led off the top of the sixth with a double, advanced to third on Oak Hill’s only error of the game, then both runners scored on a double by Marly Coan to put Eastern up 5-3.

      Kassidy Fritch had an inside-the-park home run with one-out in the seventh to give Eastern a bit more breathing room and it turned out to be the winning run.

      Senior Nikki Alston started Oak Hill’s rally with a one out single then with two outs Myers, freshman Madison Archer, and sophomore Taylor Holloway had successive singles. Archer and Holloway each drove in a run to pull the Golden Eagles within 6-5.

      Shaw worked a walk to load the bases, but Pittman’s pop up between the pitcher’s circle and second baseman was snared by Coan who made an over-the-shoulder catch to preserve the Comets’ win.

      “One of the big things we talked about is to win these ball games you’ve got to be locked in and focused on every pitch coming to you and every pitch when you’re behind our pitcher, and I thought we did,” said Oak Hill coach Ben Johnson. “I’ve got freshmen, I’ve got seniors, and I thought those girls and everyone in between locked in and were ready to ball tonight. It was beautiful.”

      “Coan is a stud,” he added.

      Even though she struck out seven batters in the first three innings, Coan finished the game with 10. Oak Hill collected nine hits, all singles, off the Comets’ ace.

      Myers had three hits and reached base on an error in her fourth at bat. Archer and Edwards added two hits apiece while Holloway and Alston had one apiece. Thurman and Shaw were both walked two times.

      Wiley gave up nine hits and four earned runs. She struck out five and walked only one.

      Though many tears were shed in the Oak Hill postgame huddle, Johnson beamed with pride by the effort. The most difficult part of the night was saying goodbye to the trio of seniors, Alston, Thurman, and Edwards.

      “It was 8-0 early in the year when we went to Eastern. We had one hit, we had one walk. To watch the improvement was special,” Johnson said. “We are a head up, positive team. We believe in accountability when we’re not meeting our standards we are positive team and that was a lot of positivity. Our girls battled, put the bat on the ball, we did so many right things. The defense played really well Karsyn is a bull dog in that circle and she’s going to come right at you.

      “Those seniors were a part of that (2019) semi-state team,” he added. “That group laid the foundation and these seniors have kept it going. I told the seniors thank you for keeping our tradition going and for handing it down to these girls. You’ve got three great examples of talent, of effort, of leadership, now you girls pick that up. ... Young girls keep our tradition going.”

      Despite the lopsided final score, Madison-Grant led Blackford just 4-2 through the first two innings. But the Bruins scored both their runs in the bottom of the first before junior Katie Duncan and the Argylls’ defense shut them down over the final four frames.

      The M-G got the bats going and removed any potential drama.

      “It seemed like maybe we were a little flat, but ultimately we got going,” said M-G coach Travis Havens. “We had solid pitching again and our defense was pretty good.

      “We just started hitting the ball. We do have kids throughout the lineup that can hit the ball. Even though we started a little bit late we did get it going. Anytime you can win in five innings, it’s a good thing.”

      Junior Daya Greene had three hits with a double and collected four RBI. Junior Elizabeth Lee also had three hits with two doubles and drove in five runs. Duncan had a pair of doubles, seniors Chelsea Bowland and Gracey Fox also had doubles.

      Bowland finished with two hits and two RBI and senior Anzlee Thomas had two hits and drove in one. Freshman Johnna Hiatt and Fox also had RBI.

      Madison-Grant and Eastern met at 7 p.m. Thursday for the sectional championship. M-G topped the Comets 11-1 in their first game of the season on April 6.

      Parker's Blast Sparks Duncan, Argylls to Sectional Title

      Parker's Blast Sparks Duncan, Argylls to Sectional Title by Rob Hunt of The Herald Bulletin

      Girls softball team in a huddle

      While Katie Duncan was dominating the opposition Thursday, Madison-Grant (M-G) needed a spark to get the offense going in a scoreless contest.

      Senior Chelsea Parker provided enough of a spark to engulf most of Grant County in flames when she stepped to the plate in the fifth inning.

      Parker’s long two-run homer opened the scoring and started a five-run inning that was all the run support Duncan needed as the Argylls blanked Eastern 8-0 at Oak Hill for their second straight sectional 39 championship.

      It was the 10th softball sectional championship for the Madison-Grant program and the second in as many seasons for coach Travis Havens who took over prior to the 2020 spring cancellation.

      “It’s a really good feeling,” Havens said. “We’ve got a lot of good kids who put a lot of time and effort into softball and to see them reap some of the benefits of all that effort is rewarding.”

      Duncan retired 10 of the first 11 batters she faced - only one reaching on a hit by pitch - before surrendering her first hit of the game, a lined single to center by Eastern starting pitcher Macy Coan. Coan moved to second when the ball was erred in center and to third on a grounder, but she was the last Comets runner to reach third until the seventh inning.

      “Winning last year and going to regional, I was really motivated to come out here and get it done and get back there again,” Duncan said. “I was throwing all of my pitches. They were all working really well. I had a great game tonight.”

      Coan - who leads all 2A pitchers in the state in strikeouts - only fanned one Argylls batter in her seven innings, and it was just a matter of time before the M-G contact at the plate started to pay dividends.

      That started with a fifth-inning leadoff single by freshman Carley Holliday, the fourth hit of the day for the Argylls (23-5). That brought Parker - who had laid down a sacrifice bunt in a similar situation in the second inning - to the plate.

      “She was swinging away the whole time, and she smoked it,” Havens said.

      “He just gave me the go,” Parker said. “That first at bat she was my speed, and I felt really confident going into that next at bat. The thing looked like a beach ball. It was a perfect pitch.”

      Parker launched the 2-1 offering from Coan well beyond the centerfield fence for a 2-0 lead and launched the Argylls bench into hysterics at the same time.

      “I feel like we were a little flat to that point,” Parker said. “We just needed something to spark the fire, and I feel like that was it.”

      The hot hitting became contagious as freshman Johnna Hiatt followed with a single and was bunted over to second. Chelsea Bowland singled her home, Daya Greene followed with a base hit before Anzlee Thomas capped the rally with a line drive two-run single to right and a 5-0 lead.

      While that was more than Duncan needed, M-G added on in the sixth thanks largely to the generosity of Eastern (20-6).

      Holliday reached for the third time - this time on a two-base throwing error - before Parker struck out but reached on a wild pitch. Hiatt and Demie Havens each reached on fielder’s choice grounders where no runners were retired with Holliday scoring on the Havens grounder. Bowland then delivered the only hit of the inning, a two-run single to center, and the Argylls had the 8-0 lead.

      After giving up a leadoff single in the seventh - the only Comets leadoff batter to reach - to Marly Coan, Duncan retired the next three batters on come backers to the circle, setting off an exuberant celebration in the center of the diamond.

      “I have all the confidence in the world in (my teammates). I love them. They are my rock,” Duncan said. “Daya talks to me every pitch. I hear everyone on the field. I depend on them the most. I’m not really a strikeout pitcher, so having a great defense behind me like I do is amazing as a pitcher.”

      The Argylls will await their regional opponent and destination which is scheduled to be determined Friday when Elwood and Frankton play their postponed sectional 40 championship at Lapel. No matter the outcome, Havens and company know they will face a familiar and formidable opponent.

      “We’ve played them both, and obviously we know them both fairly well,” he said. “We’ll have our hands full with either one of them.”

      Madison-Grant Offers New Program for Early Childhood Education

      Madison-Grant United School Corporation (MGUSC) is expanding their programming at Summitville Elementary School to include a three year old pre-kindergarten program.

      The three year old pre-k will begin in the fall for the 2022–2023 school year as a full day program. Families wishing to participate in this program do not have to live within the Madison-Grant United School District.

      Summitville Elementary Principal Jackie Samuels says the program is an extension of their Argyll Adventure Academy, a level three STEM pre-k for four year olds with appropriately aged curriculum for the younger children. While following the spirit of the Argyll Adventure Academy, according to Samuels, different curriculum will be at play to suit the developmental needs of the younger classrooms.

      “For three year olds the play, creativity, and imagination is so important. We have a lot of art and music incorporated in our plan, along with colors, textures, and tactile play. This is a really fun program for us to put into place, and we will have a great team to execute,” she said.

      After the initial success of the Argyll Adventure Academy, the school started receiving calls for families interested in a full day services for their three year old as well.

      According to Superintendent Scott Deetz, start-up funds were made possible through the ESSER III Grant with the goal of the program to have the ability to sustain itself.

      Deetz says expanding early childhood education has been part of the plan for quite some time.

      “We know how important it is for children to experience learning through play in these developmental years,” he said “This programming is what we were working towards as space opened up in Summitville Elementary. We believe this serves a need in our community and provides an early pathway to enjoy learning through discovery. Our team has worked really hard to make this happen. We have an excellent setup at Summitville with all of our pre-k in one location to help promote teacher collaboration.”

      While the programs are located in the Summitville Elementary School building, the physical set up reflects the needs of parents and children alike with a separate drop off entrance for pre-k programs with school day times altered slightly to avoid the rush of the elementary grades student pick up and drop off. Program fees will be in line with the current Argyll Adventure Academy at $95 per week. The school calendar will follow the MGUSC published calendar for the 2022–2023 school year. The day will have a full schedule of all of the three year olds favorite things: snacks, nap time, and imagination games to include discovery through play according to Samuels. Program sign up is available now through the Summitville Elementary website for all pre-k programs and kindergarten for the 2022–2023 school year. Families can also call Summitville Elementary with any questions at (765) 536-2875.

      Argylls Dominate to Win Second Straight Grant Four

      Argylls Dominate to Win Second Straight Grant Four by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle-Tribune

      Madison-Grant (M-G) is proving to be the top offensive team in the Central Indiana Conference, and the class 2A number five Argylls put their hitting prowess on display in winning their second straight Grant Four championship in convincing style at Oak Hill on Saturday.

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      The Madison-Grant softball team waits at home plate for junior Elizabeth Lee after she slugged a two-run homer in the Argylls’ 14-3 win over Eastbrook in a Grant Four semifinal. M-G defeated host Oak Hill 11-1 in finals to win its second- straight Grant Four championship.

      Scott Hunt | shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

      M-G put together back-to-back seven-run innings in earning a 14-3 over Eastbrook in the semifinals then pounded out 17 hits and scored multiple runs in three frames in earning an 11-1 win over host Oak Hill in the championship. Both games lasted just five innings.

      “We had good pitching, pretty good defense, and obviously we scored a bunch of runs,” said M-G coach Travis Havens. “We’ve had a couple games we didn’t hit the ball that well so we kind of focused on some things. We asked our kids to be aggressive, be energetic, and have excitement again and they did. They were pumped for this tournament and this weekend.”

      Junior Elizabeth Lee limited a very good hitting Eastbrook team to just five hits and kept the Panthers off the scoreboard until RBI doubles for juniors Chloe Poe and Addison Coates helped led to a three-run fifth inning for Eastbrook.

      Lee also slugged a two-run homer and drove in three runs total in helping herself get the win. She finished with seven strikeouts and only two walks in the circle.

      Senior Chelsea Parker and freshman Carley Holliday each had two of M-G’s nine hits. Daya Greene had three RBI and scored two runs. Holliday drove in two and scored twice while Parker had an RBI and scored once. Katie Duncan added a double.

      Poe and Coates had two hits a piece for the Panthers.

      Oak Hill quickly manufactured a run in the top of the first of the championship, but Duncan was lights out in the circle for the second consecutive game for M-G. She had five strikeouts, no walks, and allowed only two hits in five innings.

      Parker led the Argylls’ offense by going three-for-three with a homer, double, three RBI, and three runs scored. Greene added two hits and drove in two more runs while Holliday added two more hits, including her fifth home run of the season. Chelsea Bowland had a four-for-four game with a pair of stolen bases, an RBI, and a run scored.

      The Argylls entered and ended the Grant Four hitting better than .400 as a team which is best in the CIC and the .409 is in the top 25 in the state.

      Havens said his team’s hitting ability sometimes makes it difficult to fill out a line up card every day.

      “It’s interesting. We sit down and talk almost daily about who to bat or not to bat, or who to pitch or not to pitch,” he said. “It’s not an easy decision ever. It’s a good problem to have, but it’s tough when you’ve got to decide who to sit out. It’s not easy, but it is a good problem to have.”

      Lee leads the team in batting average at .514, Duncan is next at .500, and both with more than 32 at bats. Bowland (.478), Anzlee Thomas (.478), Greene (.455), Holliday (.455), and Parker (.422) make M-G’s lineup formidable from top to bottom.

      Eight different Argylls have driven in 11 runs or more with Thomas (22) and Parker (21) leading the way. Greene has 14 stolen bases, Bowland has 13, and both have scored 23 runs. M-G has 47 stolen bases so far this spring to go with 30 doubles and 14 dingers.

      “They feed on walks,” said Oak Hill coach Ben Johnson of M-G who has accumulated 63 walks but only had two against the Eagles. “If you walk them, they place their bunts beautifully or they’re just going to straight steal on you. ... That’s a confident coach and a veteran and good team.”

      Oak Hill’s hits were singles against M-G were singles by freshman Madison Archer and senior Treniti Thurman.

      Oak Hill had 11 hits in a 6-5 win over Mississinewa to reach the Grant Four championship game. Archer, Nikki Alston, and Maxy Pittman each had two hits a piece.

      With Eagles’ ace pitcher, freshman Karsyn Wiley, nursing an injury, Archer made her first varsity start in the circle and earned the win. She twirled five innings, allowed only three hits, three earned runs, and two walks with four strikeouts. Sophomore Macie Foustnight allowed one hit, a run, and had one K in her two innings.

      While seniors Thurman, Alston, and Mia Edwards are playing key roles for Oak Hill and will be hard to replace next season, Johnson is excited by his young team.

      “(Pittman) had our only returning innings as pitcher and only had five last year,” Johnson said. “We’re really excited when we start with Karsyn at the top, throw in Archer is pitching confident. Those were her first varsity innings pitching and you saw what she could do. We know what have in Karsyn. She’s a heck of a pitcher and a heck of a bat.

      “On defense we committed a lot of errors the first few games. We weren’t communicating all the outs,” he added. “Watching us communicate in this game, even when were down 5-1 or 6-1, continuing to slide into the right position, continuing to back up, watching our young girls do that had me pleased. We have more double plays already this year than any other season combined. That’s a lot of credit to (sophomore Alivia) Shaw and (sophomore) Tay Holloway up the middle and Pittman doing a good job stretching at first.”

      Madson-Grant 6, Oak Hill 3

      The Argylls and Eagles ran it back Tuesday in a CIC meeting at Oak Hill. Wiley returned to the circle for Oak Hill and surrendered 12 hits but only six runs.

      Still, a three-run fifth inning gave the Argylls a 5-3 lead before Parker’s solo home run in the seventh plated the final run as M-G improved to 4-0 in the conference.

      Freshman Demie Havens had three of M-G’s 12 hits, including a double. Greene added a pair of knocks. All nine players in the Argylls’ lineup had at least one hit and five players drove in a run.

      Edwards and Archer each had two hits for Oak Hill. Thurman, Archer, and Evie Holz each had an RBI.

      Oak Hill (8-7, 2-2 in CIC) visits Elwood on Thursday.

      Madison-Grant (13-2, 4-0) travels to Blackford Thursday.

      Beckley Dominant on Mound, Argyll Offense Lights Up Alex
      Student catches fly baseball

      FAIRMOUNT — Due to early scheduling anomalies, Madison-Grant’s junior southpaw Maddox Beckley had only been on the mound for seven innings over three appearances prior to Thursday’s Central Indiana Conference (CIC) clash with Alexandria.

      The 6-foot-4 lefty — who is known by some by the ironic nickname “Nugget” — doubled his innings pitched for the season in one night and did so in dominant fashion.

      Beckley took a perfect game into the fifth inning and a shutout into the sixth and struck out 13 batters while the Argyll offense contributed enough run support to render a late Tigers’ rally moot as Madison-Grant posted a 9-5 win over the Tigers.

      Madison-Grant (6-7) won its second game in as many nights and improved to 2-1 in the CIC while Alexandria (6-8-1) dropped its fourth straight game overall and fell to 0-3 in the conference.

      Student running to home plate

      Beckley retired the first 13 batters he faced before a bloop single by pinch-hitter Adrian Smith with one out in the fifth gave Alexandria its first baserunner. He threw 110 pitches total — 46 coming in the final two frames — and did not walk a batter, although he hit two and allowed eight hits total. He only faced a three-ball count five times and, in an odd quirk, his first 11 strikeouts were against 11 different batters. He fanned all nine starters plus two pinch-hitters before catching Kaed Abshire and Aaron Matthews looking in the seventh, their second punchout of the day.

      “I was just super impressed with him. He was able to stay ahead in the count which — obviously anytime you do that, it makes your job easier,” first-year M-G coach Curt Haisley said. “And he’s got three really good pitches, and he was able to keep them off-balance all night.”

      “The fastball away and the curveball was breaking good today. It was easy to keep in there,” Beckley said. “Getting behind (in the count) is never good in baseball.”

      Offensively, the Argylls jumped on Alex starter Jay Dillmon for a run in the first on an RBI single by Mason Richards and put a five-spot on the board in the second after a pair of extended at-bats early in the inning.

      With one out, Beckley started the second-inning rally with a single to right. The next two batters were freshman Levi Nelson and sophomore Gavin Kelich — the No. 8 and 9 hitters in the lineup — and the two forced Dillmon to throw a total of 18 pitches. Nelson drew a walk and Kelich popped out, but those plate appearances set the stage for the top of the lineup.

      Xavier Yeagy walked to load the bases, and Braden Ross followed with a two-run double to left field. Teagan Yeagy was then hit by a pitch to reload the bases, and all three runners scored on three separate wild pitches for a 6-0 lead after two innings.

      Ross and the Yeagy brothers were a combined 5-for-7 with five runs scored and three RBI.

      “Braden Ross hit the ball well for us tonight, and Teagan has been hot all year,” Haisley said. “I would like to have seen better swings out of Xavier tonight, but sometimes I have to remember he’s a freshman and back up.”

      “It gives me more confidence. It’s a big relaxer, and it was good to see,” Beckley said.

      Abshire entered the game and provided some relief for the Tigers. He allowed single runs in the fourth — RBI sacrifice fly by Teagan Yeagy — the fifth — Ty Evans scored on a wild pitch — and the sixth — Ross scored on an error.

      With two down in the sixth, the Alex bats finally made some solid contact against Beckley.

      They strung four hits together after two were out in the sixth with Collin Johns bringing one home run with a double and Cole Morris singling home a second tally.

      In the fifth, again with two outs, Johns singled with the bases loaded to score two runs and Morris knocked in his second RBI with a single to left, but third baseman Xavier Yeagy fielded the cutoff throw and caught Johns too far off the bag at third to end the rally and the game.

      The Tigers will look to turn things around Friday at Southwood while the Argylls will play for the Grant 4 title Saturday.

      Madison-Grant Baseball, Softball Earn Routs in Madison County Tourney

      Madison-Grant Baseball, Softball Earn Routs in Madison County Tourney by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle-Tribune

      Madison-Grant (M-G) pounded out 18 hits, drew nine walks, and had six batters reach via hit-by-pitch in a 28-0 win over Anderson Prep Thursday night in a consolation bracket game of the Madison County Tournament in Fairmount.

      Luke Gilman had three hits while Chad Harbert, Mason Richards, Braden Ross, Andrew Richards, and Maddox Beckley each collected two hits. Harbart, Mason Richards, and Gavin Kelich each had a double.

      Mason Richards also drove in six runs, Beckley and Harbert had three RBI apiece, and Ross, Gilman, Kelich, and Ty Evans added two RBI.

      A quartet of Argyll pitchers limited the Jets to just two hits and combined for 11 strikeouts and only one walk. Harbert had four Ks in two innings on the mound to earn the win.

      M-G scored 12 runs in each of the first two innings to quickly put the game away.

      Madison-Grant (1-3) hosted Frankton on Friday and will finish up Madison County Tourney play Saturday at either 10:00 a.m. or noon at Memorial Stadium in Anderson. The Argylls host Southwood Monday at 5:00 p.m.

      High School Softball

      Madison-Grant 24, Alexandria 0

      The Argylls score multiple runs in all five innings, including nine in the fifth, to rout their Central Indiana Conference rival in the Madison County Tournament Thursday in Alexandria.

      Daya Greene led the Argylls assault with a three-for-three day at the plate that included a double, two walks, two stolen bases, four runs scored, and five RBI. Elizabeth Lee was four-for-four with a double, two runs scored, and four RBI. Anzlee Thomas had three hits with a home run and four RBI. Chelsea Parker drove in four runs with two hits and also scored three runs. Chelsea Bowland had two hits with a double, three RBI, and four runs scored.

      M-G had 17 total hits and walked 11 times.

      Lee pitched pitched all five innings and allowed just one hit and one walk and picked up two strikeouts.

      Madison-Grant (5-1) will meet Anderson at noon on Saturday at Pendleton Heights in the fifth place game of the Madison County Tourney.

      Argyll Attack Wins Big in First Year
      Argyll Attack’s competition-winning robot

      Argyll Attack is headed to the World First Robotics competition.

      The Madison-Grant Junior and Senior High rookie robotics team has done well for themselves this year.

      Ranking 30th out of 52 teams after participating in two district competitions and earning the Highest Rookie Seed and Rookie All Star Award, the team has been invited to the First Robotics state championship at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology this week (April 14-16) and the world competition in Houston, Texas next week (April 20-23).

      The team is facing an unexpected challenge, however.

      Since the team wasn’t anticipating doing this well their first year, Argyll Attack’s head coach Eric Cale said they did not raise the funds needed to participate in the coming events.

      With just over $2,000 left in their robotics account, they will need approximately $11,000 more for registration, travel, and lodging.

      As a result, Argyll Attack is looking for local businesses to sponsor the team to help them achieve this goal.

      When asked what benefit businesses would gain by sponsoring, Cale said that, much like NASCAR, they would place a sticker with the business’ logo on the team’s robot and on their t-shirts.

      Additionally, they would be supporting a program that is teaching the students myriad life skills.

      “This isn’t just a club that does robots,” Cale said. “They’re learning business skills, how to be a part of a team, how to collaborate and communicate with each other, how to communicate with other teams and form a strategy… It’s a lot of skills that will translate into the workplace.”

      Cale went on to say that the students learn how to use tools like metal-cutting band saws, drills, and other power tools, and many of the students learn engineering design using Fusion 360 computer aided design software.

      Others have focused on learning programming, often from scratch, using command-based Java script, and a couple of students have even been learning graphic design to develop the team's logo as well as creating and implementing a marketing strategy.

      Argyll Attack is a small team by comparison, with only 12 students to the typical 20 to 30.

      “Not having a lot of people makes it harder for us, a small team, to get things done,” said team member Noah Kirby. “For example, if we need a part made, most of our team has to work on it. But the other teams can have a group of four or five people work on it and still have plenty of people left over to work on other things.”

      Nevertheless, according to Cale, their recent success has drawn a lot of interest from other students looking to join the team next year.

      A few of the team members contributed their thoughts on what going to the world competition would mean to them.

      “This would be a wonderful opportunity and would mean so much to me,” Vincent Dye said. “I am really proud of this team and believe that going to this year’s world competition could be a wonderful learning experience for us all.”

      “I am really excited! It would mean the world to me (pun intended),” said Blake Westerfield. “I would get so much experience that I could never get without going, and it could therefore improve our team and prepare me for when I go into the workforce.”

      Ethan Winchester said, “This would be the biggest achievement for me in my high school career, hands down.”

      “Going to world’s is one of the biggest opportunities that I’ve ever had,” said Ty Wigner. “Just being in First Robotics has helped open my eyes to how diverse this world of technology is. It is one of the best things I’ve done.”

      “We’d very much appreciate any support you can give and we’re happy to support you by advertising for you.” Cale said, “Even if you don’t give financially, support us in other ways, just cheer us on.”

      If you’d like to contribute toward Argyll Attack’s path to State and Worlds, visit their GoFundMe or mail a check payable to Madison-Grant Jr/Sr High School with “Robotics” in the memo line to: Madison-Grant Jr/Sr High School 11700 South E00 West Fairmount, IN 46952.

      If you’re interested in sponsorship, email Eric Cale and Scott Ritchie with any questions.

      Argylls Sweep Two From Cougars

      Argylls Sweep Two From Cougars by Mike Battreall of The Herald Bulletin

      April 8, 2022

      FAIRMOUNT — Madison-Grant added Greenfield-Central to its softball schedule to provide a good Class 4A test in advance of the Madison County tournament and Central Indiana Conference schedule.

      It didn’t turn out to be much of one for the reigning sectional champion Argylls in the opener of a doubleheader Friday night, as M-G blistered the previously unbeaten Cougars 16-6 in 4 1/2 innings.

      M-G followed up with a 9-7 win in the nightcap, shortened to 4 1/2 innings because of oncoming weather.

      Gracie Fox led the way for the Argylls (4-0) with a three-run double in Game 1 and two-run homer in the second contest.

      “I thought we played well,” M-G coach Travis Havens said. “Obviously, everybody’s fighting the elements — rain, snow, sleet, whatever. We made a couple of mistakes, but we hit the ball well in both games and kept pressure on the defense.”

      Eight of the Argylls’ starters had at least one hit and one RBI in the opener, as did pinch-hitter Fox, whose double in her team’s fourth at-bat capped off an eight-run fourth frame.

      M-G started out with four runs in the first inning and added four in the third — on five hits with two out — and that was plenty of support for winning pitcher Katie Duncan.

      In the first, Chelsea Bowland and Maddy Moore scored on wild pitches, Anzlee Thomas reached on an error that scored Daya Greene and a single by Carley Holliday brought Thomas home.

      The Argylls’ third-inning outburst began with a bloop single by Demie Havens, Holloway followed with a double and Duncan drove one down the third-base line for a double, with Havens scoring. A double by Makennah Clouse and triple by Bowland produced the other two runs.

      M-G in the fifth got fielder’s choice RBIs by Havens, Holliday and Duncan, Clouse drew a bases-loaded walk and Rowland was hit by a pitch, and that made it 13-5. Fox — batting for Greene — cleared the bases with a double to the left-field fence.

      Bowland, Hiatt and Holliday had two hits apiece in Game 1, and the Argylls had 12 in all.

      Duncan pitched 3 1/2 innings and gave up five runs on nine hits. Elizabeth Lee took over, allowing three hits and striking out two.

      As they did in the opener, the Argylls plated four in the first inning of the second game, and as she did in Game 1, leadoff hitter Bowland came home on a wild pitch. Parker, Thomas, and Moore also drove in runs.

      Starter Fox surrendered three home runs to G-C in the second, and the Cougars (4-2) drew even at 4, but M-G shook it off in its half of the inning.

      Like the Cougars did earlier in the inning, Fox took advantage of a wind blowing out and crushed a ball over the right-field fence, and that made it 8-4.

      The Argylls had nine hits in the nightcap, three of those singles by Thomas.

      “From top to bottom, we had kids getting on base,” Havens said. “Gracie Fox did a really nice job hitting the ball. I brought her in with the bases loaded, and she cleared the bases, and I let her hit the whole game the second game, and she put one halfway up that tree (past right field).”

      M-G hosts Wes-Del on Monday and visits defending champion Pendleton Heights on Tuesday in the opening round of the county tournament.

      Madison-Grant Picks Up Two Big Wins to Start Season

      Madison-Grant Picks Up Two Big Wins to Start Season by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle-Tribune

      April 8, 2022

      If early results are any indication, the Madison-Grant softball team has a potent offensive unit for the 2022 season.

      The Argylls pitching and defense look pretty good as well. 

      Through its first two games, M-G has scored 29 runs and allowed just two. A quartet of pitchers has surrendered only six hits, and the defense has made only one error in two wins.

      There’s still a lot of softball to be played, but the Argylls could develop into big game hunters by the time tournament season rolls around. 

      “We feel like we’ve got a lot of kids that can hit, and we want them up there swinging the bat at pitches that are strikes,” said M-G coach Travis Havens following an 11-1 win over Eastern Thursday night. “If they want to go up there and look for walks, we’ve got other kids that can go up there and hit the ball. I want them to be aggressive because I feel like when they’re aggressive they’re going to hit the ball well. 

      “It’s just one game, but we like our kids and we like our team. We think we’ve got a lot of kids that can play and that's going to create some versatility,” he added. “We’ve probably got more depth than in the seven years I’ve been out here and it absolutely creates competition in practice….I told our kids after the game, if you want to go up there and look at strike three, we’ll put somebody else up there to bat. We’ve got kids on our team that can and will hit.”

      The Argylls pounded out 17 hits in the win over Eastern with nine different players recording at least one. 

      Senior Chelsea Parker had three hits with a double, drove in and scored two runs, and also stole a base. Senior Chelsea Bowland also collected three hits, stole a base, and scored three times while senior Anzlee Thomas, junior Katie Duncan, and freshmen Demie Havens and Johnna Hiatt had two hits each.

      Ewer Already Winning for M-G, But Yet to Step on Track

      Ewer Already Winning for M-G, But Yet to Step on Track by Rob Hunt of the Herald Bulletin

      March 29, 2022

      Emma Ewer has won a lot of races in her three seasons on the Madison-Grant track team. If she can stay healthy, she’s sure to win several more by the time the spring outdoor season concludes.

      Emma Ewer running in a track event

      Madison-Grant senior Emma Ewer has yet to compete for the Argylls this spring, but she already earned a small, potentially important victory for her season. Ewer is the lone Grant County female track athlete to return after making it to state last sea and she helped get M-G’s graduation date changed by two days after she discovered it was scheduled for the same day as year’s girls’ state finals.

      Scott Hunt | shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

      A minor nagging muscle strain kept Ewer from competing during the indoor season, but she’ll be ready to go when M-G goes to Daleville on Monday for a three-way meet that also includes Bluffton.

      However, Ewer has already earned what she hopes will be an important win that will allow her to eventually finish her senior year the way she wants, back at the state track and field championships in Bloomington.

      Ewer won the 200 meter Goshen Regional championship last spring to earn her first-ever trip to the state but found out early on during the 2021–22 school year that if she was fortunate enough earn a repeat trip, she might have to make a difficult decision.

      “At the beginning of the year, we were talking about it, graduation is going to be this date, trying to figure things out for caps and gowns. I was like, ‘Uh oh, oh no, that’s the same day as outdoor state,” Ewer shared while watching part of the Hoosier State Relays Saturday in Bloomington.

      Indeed, Madison-Grant’s seniors were originally scheduled to walk for graduation on Friday, June 3, the same day of the girls state track and field championships are going to be held on the campus of Indiana University.

      “I went to the administration, (Superintendent) Dr. (Scott) Deetz just happened to be sitting there and I was like graduation is the same day as outdoor state, I don’t know if I’m going to make it, but I’ve worked my whole life for graduation. I’ve worked my whole life for track,” Ewer said. “I shouldn’t have to decide.”

      And now she doesn’t have to decide.

      Ewer’s plea was answered with a positive result, and along with some help, M-G’s Class of 2022 will now graduate on Sunday, June 5, all together.

      “I was supposed to write an email to our administration and they set up a meeting without our class president, Mason Richards,” she said. “He was really good about finding a day that we could do it.”

      Now the rest is up to Ewer, and going back to state is what she fully intends to do.

      Ewer has been one of the top sprinters in Grant County since her freshman year and after having the 2020 state tournament canceled by COVID, she thrust herself onto the state stage with her regional championship.

      Ewer actually qualified for regional with runner-up finishes in the 100 meters and pole vault as well last year, but opted not to run the 100 then had to scratch out of the regional pole vault.

      But pole vault is something near and dear to Ewer’s heart and she hopes to have an opportunity to potentially compete for a state-meet berth in it as well.

      “That’s what my dad (Jason Ewer) did. That’s where I grew up at the IWU track and that’s where he coached so I was there every single weekend,” Ewer said of where her interest in pole vault first started. “My mom worked weekends, so if my dad was there, we were there. So that’s where I grew up with pole vault.

      “Every weekend we were there, he drove the bus and he’d bring laundry baskets,” she continued. “I used to come in a laundry basket to keep me contained there. That was my thing. Gymnastics is similar to it and I have a gymnastics background so I have that air awareness, per se.”

      Ewer’s best vault to date was 9-foot, 6-inches, which matched the sectional winning height at Western last year. She wants to beat the mark this season, perhaps by as much as a foot, which would likely put her in the neighborhood of a state berth.

      Other than that, Ewer’s goals are pretty simple.

      “Twenty-five,” as in seconds, she shared. “I want to break the school record in the 200. Then, just have a fun season, a really enjoyable season.”

      Aside from her on-track performance, Ewer has added a bit of a new role, one as a leader for the MG girls team that has 18 girls out, including some freshmen that could make a big impact.

      “I’m a natural leader because of being an older sister and growing up as a team, I was the oldest one,” she said. “It’s natural, but it’s also hard because sometimes they don’t know what I’m doing and so I have to explain it. It takes a little bit more time out of the practice, but I think it’s a good thing. It helps me remember the little things. If I can explain it then I know how to do it.”

      This year’s Argylls girls team is the biggest, by numbers, in coach TJ Herniak’s six-year tenure. M-G also has around 30 boys on its roster as well, so Herniak is really excited to see what kind of potential both teams have this spring.

      “We haven’t approached 50 (athletes) in my six years of coaching,” Herniak said. “I’m excited that we’ve got the problem of now we have to decide who is going to run what event, instead of saying

      who can we put in this event so we have somebody running it.

      “We’ve had years past where we haven’t been able to field relay teams. We’re deep enough this year that we’ll have a relay team on the track for every meet and we won’t miss one. It will be nice to have that.”

      M-G girls will also feature senior Azmae Turner, who was a regional qualifier in the high jump last season. Freshmen Aida Sites and Abbey Brown and were also girls Herniak said could have an immediate impact.

      On the boys' side, junior sprinter Tanner Brook, who was a regional qualifier in the 100 and 200 meters last season, and competed in the HSR state indoor championships on Saturday, is set to have a big season for the Argylls.

      Senior thrower Gabe Wedmore also qualified for the HSR and Herniak thinks he could have a big season as well.

      “Gabe Wedmore is someone, when he was a freshman I don’t think people envisioned him developing into a dominant football player, a good wrestler, and a good shot putter as well,” Herniak said. “He’s well on his way and we’ve just gotten started.”

      Herniak said freshmen Andy Stanley, Zander Gillespie, and Boston Caudell bring talent and add depth to M-G’s roster, as do sophomores Clayton Hull and Caleb Ewer. Senior Cameron Harris, who is out for track for the first time, and senior Patrick Deckard, will help the Argylls compete in middistance and distance running events.

      One thing that excites Herniak the most is Wedmore, Harris, and Deckard are his only seniors.

      “Our boys' team is going to be competitive. We’ve got depth at sprints. We’ve got a couple distant runners, they’re not necessarily Oak Hill-level elite but they’re getting better. They will be competitive,” Herniak said. “Our relay teams are going to be outstanding. They’ll give our school records a run for their money.

      “We’ve got a legitimate shot in big meets to have two kids placing in every event and it’s exciting to see that we’ve now got that depth to do that,” he added. “Our girls should be competitive this year too. We should be more competitive than we’ve been since I took over coaching. If everything falls the way we think it can, we’re going to be in for a really good year.”

      Brooks and Sites Power the Argylls Track Sweep of the Eastern Comets

      Brooks and Sites Power the Argylls Track Sweep of the Eastern Comets by Rob Hunt of the Herald Bulletin

      March 16, 2022

      An oddly warm and sunny mid-March afternoon yielded a rare home track and field meet at this time of year for Madison-Grant as it welcomed the Eastern Comets to town for a season-opening dual meet. And while the Argylls were without their state finalist sprinter, there was plenty of speed to spare for the home team.

      Junior Tanner Brooks dominated the sprints on the boys side while freshman Aida Sites picked up the slack for senior Emma Ewer and did the same for the girls team as Madison-Grant swept Eastern, 100–31 in the boys meet and 70–54 in the girls meet.

      Ewer strained a quad muscle during a preseason meet and could not compete for Madison-Grant. The state qualifier in the 200-meter dash is expected to return in time for the Madison County meet on April 15.

      But in her debut for the Argylls, Sites filled in nicely. She took the 100-meter dash in 13.95 seconds and the 200 in 30.56 for Madison-Grant and also ran the anchor leg of the winning 4 x 100 relay team that included Emma Kelich, Ayla Caldwell, and Jersey Colburn. She was also runner-up to her senior teammate and regional qualifier, Azmae Turner, in the long jump. It was a strong start to her Argylls career and brought a smile to the face of her coach.

      “Aida is one of those kids who could be a lot like Emma,” Madison-Grant coach T.J. Herniak said. “She’s got the talent, and she’s running faster times than Emma was as a freshman. Sky’s the limit for her.”

      Other winners for the girls team included Turner in the high jump, Cassidy Stephens with a sweep of the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and Abigail Brown in the 400-meter dash, as she was able to hold off Turner at the finish line.

      Brooks, meanwhile, earned four blue ribbons for the boys team, taking first in the 100-yard dash (11.26) and the 200-yard dash (22.80) and running the anchor legs for both the 4 x 100—including Andrew Stanley, Clayton Hull and Zander Gillespie—and 4 x 400—including Gillespie, Hull and Chad Harbert—relay teams. His 100 and 200 times both have him knocking on the door of the Argylls’ school record.

      “He’s only a couple tenths off the 100 record and less than a half-second off the 200 record,” Herniak said. “We know what we’re going to get from Tanner. He’s a hard-working kid. He spends countless hours in the weight room getting more explosive and stronger.”

      Brooks, who also stars at running back for the Argylls football team, credits that time in the weight room and his teammates who share that facility for his success.

      “If you work hard in the weight room, it’s going to really show out here,” Brooks said. “I’ve got guys in there always cheering me on, helping motivate me and keeping me focused. It’s not just the weight room. It’s the guys in there that keep motivating me.”

      Senior Gabe Wedmore, who blocks for Brooks on the football field, also had a strong meet with wins in the shot put (45-foot-8.5) and discus (130-11) with distances that exceeded his sectional throws a year ago.

      “He’s really putting in a lot of work,” Herniak said. “I’m really happy with where he’s at and with the limited amount of reps we’ve had to be able to perform like this early in the season. That’s big.”

      Other winners for the boys team included Kamryn Harris (400 and 800), Dylan Hofherr (1,600 and 3,200), Mavrick Griffin (300-meter hurdles), and Harbert (high jump). Harbert’s leap of 5-9 represented a new personal best.

      According to personnel at Madison-Grant, Wednesday was the earliest home track meet at the school in history. Others had been scheduled, but weather canceled those.

      “As long as I’ve been coaching here and when I was an athlete here, this is the first home track meet in March,” Herniak—in his sixth season—said.

      The next meet for the Argylls will be April 3 at Daleville as part of a three-way competition that also includes Bluffton before they return home April 7 to compete against Eastern Hancock.