Daily Reporter staff reports

RICHMOND — The Greenfield-Central boys cross-country team once again made itself at home in Richmond.

Placing three runners in the top five Saturday at the Richmond Invitational, the Cougars finished first in the 13-team field to win the event for a fifth year in a row.

Zach Bishop finished third in 16 minutes, 29 seconds to lead the Cougars, with Jacob Hansen close behind in fourth (16:47).

Tyler Morris came in fifth at 16:54. Cooper Hanson was 12th (17:29) and Tommy Hembree finished 17th in 17:48 to round out the Cougars’ scoring (41).

Parker Niemeier (18:09) was 26th, Zac Archibald (18:31) placed 35th, Joel Carpenter ran in 19:37 for 57th, and Clayton Jenkins finished 58th at 19:46 to complete Greenfield-Central’s varsity lineup.

In the open race, Michael Trusty took second in 18:45.

cross-country

Dragons finish in top 10

New Palestine junior Samuel Voelz finished fourth (16:31) at the Brebeuf Jesuit Harvey Cross-Country Invitational on Saturday, leading the boys to a fifth-place finish (145 points) in the 11-team field. The girls were seventh with 188.

David Coffey of Brebeuf Jesuit won in 15:51.

New Palestine junior Chase Crowder finished 23rd (17:33.1), senior Riley Wilson placed 44th (18:20.3), junior Drew Legan was 47th (18:35.5), and sophomore Ethan Westrate came in 48th (18:35.8).

Fishers won the event with 23 points.

For the girls, senior Sarah Schwartz led New Palestine with a 20th-place finish in 21:32.4. Devon Leahy of Westfield (19:14.6) won the event.

Dragons senior Mattie Waggoner was 27th (22:10.0), sophomore Natalie Shanahan came in 41st (23:12.7), sophomore Emma Wiggington was 53rd (24:11.5), and senior Meghan Reel finished 64th (25:13.0).

Royals earn 5th at invite

Eastern Hancock junior Gabe Black led the Royals with 19th-place finish (18:07.50) to help the boys cross-country team take 16th at the Monroe Central Invitational.

Pendleton Heights won the 21-team event with 42 points. New Haven was second at 87, and South Adams were third at 145.

Adams Central was fourth with 164, and Anderson rounded out the top five with 166 points.

Eastern Hancock’s Will Huffman was 51st (19:25), freshman Kyle Moore ran the race in 23:59.5, freshman Zach Sickle finished in 25:09.4, and senior Kenny Bunnell crossed the finish line in 25:38.

For the girls, all six runners finished in the top 100 to give the Royals a fifth-place showing.

New Haven won the event with 49 points. New Palestine was named runner-up despite tying with 49 points. South Adams was third at 99, and Union City was fourth at 168.

Eastern Hancock’s top two runners, freshman Taylor Stine (22:18.6) and senior Cara Johnson (22:35.5), were 20th and 24th, respectively.

Senior Hope Spaulding (23:18.8) finished 39th, and senior Karlee Gray (23:24.7) was 43rd. Sophomore Liberty Durham (24:36.5) placed 68th, and her classmate Annie Floyd (25:47.6) ran to an 84th placement.

Volleyball

Marauders take Ritter tourney

Something had to give Saturday, but it sure wasn’t going to be the Mt. Vernon Marauders volleyball team.

Entering the championship match of the Cardinal Ritter Invitational without surrendering a single set this season, the Marauders kept their trend alive, defeating the 11th-ranked Class 3A host Raiders 2-0.

The formerly unbeaten Raiders were 3-0 prior to the match but couldn’t put away the unranked 4A Marauders, who took the first set 25-23 followed by a decisive 25-21 win for the sweep.

Julia Wayer was steller in the match with 19 digs through both sets. Meridan Eads had 20 assists, Jaclyn Bulmahn had 13 kills and Mary Grace Ertel had 10 as the team improved to a flawless 4-0.

Leading up to their title clash with Ritter, the Marauders beat Western Boone 2-0 and Guerin Catholic 2-0.

Against Guerin Catholic, Bulmahn had a team-best 10 kills, but the win was a group effort. Annie McCain had two blocks and six kills. Ertel recorded nine kills. Teresa Bond fired three aces, and Wayer logged 10 digs. Eads and Ashton Barr combined for 27 assists.

Ertel was a force against Western Boone, guiding the offense with 12 kills, while Kari Kramer had three blocks on defense. Barr and Wayer tag teamed for 22 digs. Barr added another 11 assists, with Eads also supplying 11.

Girls soccer

New Palestine girls win invite

The Dragons’ girls’ soccer team won the New Palestine Invitational Saturday, defeating Centerville 3-0 and Franklin Central 2-0.

The Dragons have won their first three games this season by shutout and have outscored their opponents 8-0.

Against Centerville, New Palestine grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first half before tacking on two more goals in the second.

The goals went to freshman Olivia Lambdin and seniors Katie Villiger and Kathryn Davis. The game’s lone assist was recorded by Davis.

Senior goalkeeper Alicia Petrow had six saves for the shutout win.

Lambdin supplied an assist in the Dragons’ game against Franklin Central while junior Katie Settergren and sophomore Lauren Heitman scored both goals.

Senior Gabbi Pierson racked up eight saves for the team’s second shutout.

Mt. Vernon ties Franklin

Mt. Vernon’s girls soccer team tied Franklin Community 1-1 on Saturday. Neither team was able to pull away as the Marauders fell behind early before notching a goal in the second half.

Cleo Mills scored the lone goal for the Marauders, who outshot the Grizzly Cubs 28-9.

Boys soccer

Dragons tie Warren Central

The New Palestine boys soccer team tied with Warren Central 1-1 on Saturday, completing an unbeaten first week.

Kyle Doss scored the lone Dragons goal off an assist by Alex Warfield.

New Palestine is now 2-0-1 and plays today at Whiteland.

Marauders blank New Castle

Mt. Vernon’s boys soccer team picked up a Hoosier Heritage Conference win Saturday, blanking New Castle 5-0.

Josh Powell recorded the shutout, while Luke Yeadon (2), Timmy Clone, Seth Luke and Carson Jones each scored for the Marauders.

“(It was a) hard-fought conference battle,” coach Matt Mayhew said.

Girls golf

Marauders place 5th

Mt. Vernon’s girls golf team finished fifth out of 14 teams at the Connersville Invitational Saturday. The Marauders posted a 388 in their first 18-hole round of the season.

Freshman Charley True finished third overall with an 82. Seniors Molly Yee (89) and Briley Wills (94) and freshman Savannah Mckemie rounded out the team’s scoring.

Royals finish 9th at invite

The Eastern Hancock girls golf team trekked to the Blackford Invitational on Saturday and finished ninth overall.

The 18-hole event conducted at Walnut Creek Golf Course hosted 12 teams, with Yorktown winning behind a team score of 351. Perry Meridian was second at 361 and Tipton was third at 402. Pike was fourth at 412.

Eastern Hancock compiled a score of 514, finishing ahead of Northeastern, Wabash and host Blackford.

boys tennis

Royals 2-1 at Hagerstown

The Eastern Hancock boys tennis team swept Randolph Southern and Union County 5-0 to take third at the Hagerstown Invitational.

The Royals’ lone loss came against Greensburg, 4-1, in the eight-team event.

Senior Garek Ferguson netted the win, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 3 singles to complete his perfect day. Against Randolph Southern, he defeated Jim Ashbaugh 6-0, 6-0 and scored a 6-3, 6-0 victory versus Austin Bowling of Union County.

Sophomore Duncan Cherry won 6-4, 6-3 against Randolph Southern and trumped Owen Miller of Union County 6-0, 6-2 to go 2-1 at No. 1 singles.

Junior Corbin Jennings was 2-1 at No. 2 singles with two 6-2, 6-2 wins.

The junior tandem of Bryce Jackson and Tony Cape defeated Randolph Southern 6-1, 6-3 and prevailed against Union County 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles.

The No. 2 doubles team of Cameron Alberts and Caleb Kramer topped Union County 6-1, 6-0 and secured their second win with a 6-1, 6-3 performance against Randolph Southern.