Daily Reporter staff reports
The New Palestine boys golf team posted a 180-221 victory Thursday against Knightstown in its first home match of the season.
Brady Elliott shot a 40 to win medalist honors at Greenfield’s Hawk’s Tail golf course. Brody Harter and Matt Kreutzer each shot a 46, and Blake Barnette shot a 48.
“We played at home for the first time, and overall I was pleased with the effort,” New Palestine coach Gregg Greene said. “We have a lot to learn about Hawk’s Tail, but we are making progress.”
The Dragons play today at the Center Grove Invitational.
The Dragons JV beat Warren Central 194-260. Hunter Jones was medalist with a 46.
Eastern Hancock falls short in match vs. Tri
Eastern Hancock dropped Thursday’s match against Tri at the Royal Hylands in Knightstown 208-188.
Cole Allen led the way for the Royals, shooting a 47. Matt Wilson fired a 52, while Jait Shultz posted a 54 and Conner Cross a 55.
Eastern Hancock plays again Thursday at Wes-Del.
Royals still winless after Richmond sweep
The Royals fell 5-0 at Richmond on Thursday, dropping to 0-4 on the season. The Royals JV team lost 7-2. No. 1 doubles Erin McKeeman and Olivia Scott won 8-7 (7-3) for the Royals, as did No. 2 pair Annie Belongia and Sabrina Swift 8-4.
Eastern Hancock squared off at home against Triton Central on Friday and hosts Anderson on Monday.
TRACK AND FIELD
New Palestine boys lose against Lions
The Dragons boys track teams dropped a 86-46 decision Thursday at Rushville.
Chris Poturalski (200 meter), Chase Crowder (800), Riley Wilson (1600), Matt Young (discus) all won individual events for the Dragons, while Poturalski, Crowder, Wilson and Connor Dobbins won the 4×800 relay.
The Dragons compete again today at the Midwest Prep invitational at Lawrence Central.
Royals triumph againstTigers, Golden Bears
The Eastern Hancock boys scored 65.5 points to beat Triton Central (45.5) and Shelbyville (45).
Taking first-place ribbons for the Royals were Clayton Brumfield in the 800 (2:06.3) and 1,600 (4:47.74); Jayson Bowers in the 300 hurdles (44.86); Gabe Blake in the 3,200 (11:10.77); Caleb Beyers in the high jump (5-10); Reece Burkhart in the shot put (43-7); and the 3,200 relay team of Blake, Brumfield, Parker West and Corbin Jennings (9:24.09).
Big 2nd inning lifts New Palestine to win
The New Palestine baseball team used a three-run second inning to take a lead and never looked back in a 6-4 win Thursday at Perry Meridian.
The Dragons jumped ahead 3-1 in the top of the second, then added a run in the top of the fourth — each coming immediately after a Falcons score. In the seventh, New Palestine added two insurance runs and then held off a Falcons’ rally in the bottom of the inning.
Keegan Watson was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Cody Chandler was 2 for 4, helping pace a seven-hit attack. Braden Roberts was 1 for 2 with an RBI and two runs scored. Wes McBride was 1 for 2 with a run. Jason Hall-Manley also was 1 for 2 with an RBI. Evan Hickman drove in two runs.
Patrick Hopkins (1-0) picked up the win, allowing two runs and four hits over five innings and striking out two. Zach Lovell pitched 1.2 innings of relief before Trent Rush notched the final out to earn the save.
The Dragons (5-2, 3-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference) are next in action today at New Castle (4-5, 2-2 HHC) for a doubleheader.
The Dragon JV beat Perry Meridian 11-1 to climb to 5-0 on the season.