Daily Reporter staff reports
The Greenfield-Central volleyball team came on strong Thursday night and pushed the New Castle Trojans to the brink.
Led by Molly Broome’s 23 assists and Emily Diehr’s 15 kills, the Cougars won the first set 26-24 and the third set 26-24 to force the Trojans into a fifth before falling 3-2.
New Castle rallied back to win the second set 25-18 and the fourth 25-19 before taking the finale 15-9.
Broome added five kills and five assisted blocks along with six digs. Courtney Marchello had 17 assists. Rachel Irbe had 12 kills and a team-high 14 digs.
Diehr also contributed two solo blocks while Laura Banton provided 14 kills.
Madison Wise had nine kills, and Morgan Colclazier supplied eight digs.
Marauders fall to Tigers
The Mt. Vernon volleyball team struggled to find its offense Thursday night, and it couldn’t have happened at a worst time.
Facing Class 3A No. 1 Yorktown in a Hoosier Heritage Conference showdown on the road, the Marauders hit a season low .114 and dropped three sets to the Tigers.
Despite the loss in efficiency, the Marauders battled to keep it close and challenged the Tigers in the second and third sets.
Yorktown won 25-15, 25-21, 25-22.
Mt. Vernon drops to 7-2 on the season and 1-2 in the HHC.
Jets soar past Royals
The Eastern Hancock Royals put up a fight but couldn’t overcome the Hauser Jets, losing 3-0 on Thursday night.
The Royals nearly took the first set with a narrow 26-24 win for Hauser. After that, however, the Jets took flight, winning 25-16 and 25-13.
Eastern Hancock was led by Leah Ferguson with seven kills. Reagan Hunt with five.
Kaysi Gilbert suppled four aces, Haley Best had 11 digs and Laurie Eells dished out 16 assists.
Cougars top Knightstown
The Greenfield-Central boys tennis team gained some momentum before this weekend’s Hancock County Tournament with a 4-1 victory against Knightstown on Thursday.
No. 1 singles player Zak Lawhorn (6-3, 4-6, 6-4) and No. 2 singles competitor Nate Real (6-0, 6-3) both won their matches.
The doubles teams of Saben Fletcher and Dylan Wilburn at No. 1 (6-3, 6-3) and Brady Wright and Jerry Fogle at No. 2 (6-3, 5-7, 6-2) also were victorious.
The team improved to 7-4 on the season.
The junior varsity also defeated Knightstown 4-1.
Dragons build on streak
The New Palestine boys soccer team kept their unbeaten conference steak alive with a 1-0 victory against Shelbyville on Thursday night.
The Dragons improved to 7-1-1 on the season and are a flawless 4-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
Ryan Miller scored the game-winning goal on Thursday with the assist going to Caleb Eagleson. Erik Silvey recorded his fifth shutout of the year.
Braves blank Dragons
The New Palestine girls soccer team lost 9-0 to Class 2A No. 2 Brebeuf Jesuit on Thursday night.
The host Braves built a 6-0 lead before halftime and never relinquished, handing the Dragons their second loss this year.
New Palestine is 6-2 on the season.
Dragons win easily
The Hancock County champion New Palestine girls golf team cruised to victory against conference foe Shelbyville on Thursday.
The Dragons defeated the Golden Bears by 17 strokes, 180-197.
Up next is the Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet today at Arrowhead Golf Course.
Marauders take third
The Mt. Vernon girls golf team finished third in its three-way match against Lapel and Yorktown on Thursday.
Lapel won the event with a score of 165. Yorktown posted a team score of 175. Mt. Vernon tallied a 185.
Charley True led the Marauders with a 40. Molly Yee followed with a 41. Briley Wills chipped in a 44, and Savannah Mckemie finished with a 60.
The Marauders are now 11-5 on the season.