Daily Reporter staff reports
Eastern Hancock’s girls cross-country team finished first at the Mid-Hoosier Conference meet Saturday to take the title. It is the Royals’ fourth straight MHC championship.
Eastern Hancock finished with three runners in the top six to earn 31 points. North Decatur was second with 70.
Freshman Taylor Stine led the team with a third-place finish in 21 minutes, 23 seconds while Cara Johnson was fifth in 21:42.
Karlee Gray was sixth in 22:10, and Hope Spaulding was ninth in 22:33. Annie Floyd rounded out the team’s scoring with a 14th-place finish in 22:59.
The boys finished eighth and were led by Gabe Blake’s 17:34 (5th). Will Huffman finished 19th in 18:32.
Southwestern took the team title with Indian Creek finishing second.
Dragons compete at FlashRock
New Palestine’s cross-country teams competed at a highly competitive FlashRock Invitational on Saturday, with the boys finishing 22nd out of 25 teams.
Samuel Voelz completed the 5K course against some of the state’s best in 16:42, good for 22nd out of 237 runners.
The girls finished sixth overall in the “invite” division of the invitational with Grace Voelz running at 11th in 20:44.
For the boys, Chase Crowder placed 110th in 17:40, Drew Legan was 182nd in 18:21 and Kyler Harrison came in 183rd 18:23.
Sarah Schwartz came in 37th in 21:38 while Mattie Waggoner was 55th (22:19.4). Natalie Shanahan finished 78th (22:52.7) and Emma Wigginton was 79th in 22:53.
New Palestine will run today at the Hancock County meet.
Cougars finish strong
Greenfield-Central’s volleyball team finished fourth at the Franklin Invitational on Saturday with a 3-1 record.
The Cougars beat Franklin Central, Greenwood and Southport but fell to Franklin Community.
Molly Broome led the team with 64 assists on the day while Rachel Ibre registered 38 kills.
Dragons win pool play
New Palestine’s volleyball team won three of its four matches Saturday in the Silver Pool to take first at the Warren Central Invitational.
The Dragons lost their opening match to Class 4A No. 2 Hamilton Southeastern 25-13, 25-18. New Palestine then beat Lebanon 25-17, 25-16 and Warren Central 25-23, 25-16.
The Dragons concluded the day with a 25-13, 25-23 victory against Greenwood Christian. Kara Morris had 56 assists in the four matches. Allison Dennemann led the team with 36 kills and Mia Long registered 27 kills.
“We had a solid day,” coach Kelli Whitaker said. “We took a loss in our first game against Hamilton Southeastern. After the first match, we won every other set.”
The Dragons improved to 18-3 on the year.
Center Grove gets sweep
Mt. Vernon’s volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to Center Grove Saturday.
The Marauders lost 25-7, 25-22, 25-21 after a slow start against the nationally-ranked Trojans.
Jaclyn Bulmahn led the team with 12 kills and eight digs. Meridan Eads also recorded eight digs. She collected 13 assists, as well.
New Palestine routs Delta
The Dragons scored an 8-0 victory Saturday at home against Delta to improve to 8-3 overall.
Katie Settergren scored two goals as six New Palestine players found the net in the win. The victory gives the Dragons a 4-1 record in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
“Although the pitch was soggy and puddled in areas, that didn’t stop the Dragons from finding the back of the net,” head coach Gina Fannin said. “All of the Dragons enjoyed some time on the pitch today. The rain did not dampen their spirits one bit.”
Marauders split contests
Mt. Vernon’s boys soccer team split contests Saturday at the Marauders Classic.
Mt. Vernon tied Franklin Community 2-2 and beat Columbus East 5-1.
Devin Nelson led the team with three goals on the day as the Marauders improve to 11-2-1 on the season.
The Marauders are 5-1 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
Cougars tie Batesville
Greenfield-Central’s boys soccer team tied Batesville Saturday 2-2 to move to 6-4-2.