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8th grade ladies upend Royals, finish season at 19-2

After falling behind 12-4 early, Monroe Central’s 8th grade ladies rallied to end the season on a high note defeating Eastern Hancock, 40-34. “The strong defense and taking care of the ball led to the victory,” said coach Bracken Barga. The Lady Bears finished the season 19-2 only losing to one team. “It was an

7th grade ladies end show improvement in finale

Eastern Hancock snapped Monroe Central’s 7th grade girls 3-game winning streak during their season finale Tuesday. The Royals defeated the 7th grade Lady Bears, 37-11. “(We) played a good game, and played hard until the end,” said Coach Emmarae Roberts. “The Lady Bears have improved a lot since the beginning of the season. They got better

Nash named Indy Star Athlete of the Week

IndyStar is recognizing the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Indiana high school athletes of the week. Top Hoosier athletes are nominated by their athletic directors and coaches. For more information about our Indiana Sports Awards, contact Matthew VanTryon at or Matthew Glenesk at These athletes were chosen for the week ending Jan. 27. Boys Basketball Israel Nash,

MC Coaches up for Coach of the Year awards

Four Monroe Central coaches have made the ballots for IATCCC (Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches) Coach of the Year awards. The 2017 awards will be announced soon and among the finalists are 2017 boys track coach Preston Proctor, 2017 girls track coach Pam Howell, and up for both boys and girls cross

Snyder, Mitchell, McGrath earn Academic honors

Released just this week, the IFCA (Indiana Football Coaches Association) and ICGSA (Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association) both announced Academic All-State honors. Seniors Wyatt Snyder and Nick Mitchell were both named Academic All-State for Region 9 in football. Snyder and Mitchell were both members of the 12-2 football team that claimed their first sectional

Lady Bears suffer 1st loss in sectional final

It was not the way Monroe Central fans wanted the script to go Saturday night. Perfect thru 25 games and looking to repeat as sectional champions. But several factors including outstanding shooting by Frankton led the Eagles (21-5) to upset the Lady Bears, 66-61, in the Class 2A Sectional 40 title game. University of Evansville

Bears win 3rd straight with 56-38 victory over Northeastern

It wasn’t that long ago Monroe Central was 6-8 with 5 losses of 6 points or less. Coach Justin Ullom pointed out to his squad how important each possession was, noting 11 possessions was the difference between a record of 6-8 and one that could have been 11-3. The Bears must have taken the message

7th grade Bears end year with a 79-15 win, 21-1 record

Monroe Central’s 7th grade boys basketball team concluded their season last Monday with a 79-15 win over West Jay. Luke Jones had a game-high 23 points, while Blake Bogue and Joseph Foster each scored 17. “The 7th grade boys are a very special group of young men,” said Coach Kevin Patterson. “They went 21-1 on

8th grade Ladies take 3rd at County, now 18-2

Saturday Monroe Central’s 8th grade Lady Bears faced the team that had handed MC their only loss of the year in the Randolph County tourney semi-finals. Union City had defeated the Lady Bears 30-13 within the last 2 weeks, but Saturday MC was within one point late before falling 26-24. “(We) played great defense, but

MC wrestlers season ends at Regional

Three Monroe Central wrestlers competed at the Jay County Regional Saturday and had their seasons come to an end. Yorktown won the Regional with 165 points, while Jay County was 2nd at 116 and Adams Central 3rd with 91 points. “Our season came to a close, but I am very proud of the effort all three