Dragons to face HSE at boys tennis regional
The New Palestine boys tennis team successfully accomplished its goal Friday night, claiming a program-best fourth straight sectional championship.
The Dragons defeated rival Mt. Vernon 3-2 to defend their title and secure the school’s 14th sectional overall and seventh in eight years.
For their efforts, the Dragons advance to the North Central Regional today, where No. 22 Hamilton Southeastern (10-7) awaits them in the semifinals at 4 p.m.
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“We plan to treat regional as a bonus,” first-year head coach Des Evans said. “It should be very competitive tennis. We will go there and play our best.”
Last year, New Palestine defeated Lawrence North 3-2 to win its first-ever regional match.
If the unranked Dragons (20-1-1) win today, they will meet either Lawrence North (5-9) or No. 2 North Central (15-0) in the regional finals at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
North Central swept New Palestine 5-0 in 2014 en route to winning its second straight state title under coach Dan Brunette.
Cougars’ Dodson wins 100th career game
The wait is finally over for Greenfield-Central head football coach Roger Dodson.
With the Cougars’ thrilling 14-13 victory against Hoosier Heritage Conference rival Yorktown this past Friday, the 23-year coaching veteran won his 100th game.
Dodson stood at 99 wins the past four weeks after the Cougars opened the year 2-0. In his career, he owns a 100-126 record and is 36-67 in 10 years at Greenfield-Central.
His overall coaching career spans nearly 40 years.
Dodson served as an assistant football coach at Plymouth, Roncalli and Muncie Central before taking his first head coaching job at Indian Creek. He also had a 10-year run as head coach at Franklin Community.
Before coming to Greenfield- Central, he was an assistant at Lawrence North.
Dodson graduated from Bremen High School and attended Butler University, where he played football and baseball.
“I’ve appreciated all the people and experiences in my career,” Dodson remarked earlier this season. “I’ve been here at Greenfield for 10 years, and it was a great decision.”
New Palestine at Shelbyville, 5:30 p.m.
Hamilton Southeastern at Greenfield-Central, 6 p.m.
Noblesville at Mt. Vernon 5:30 p.m.
Eastern Hancock at Knightstown, 6 p.m.
North Central Regional (semifinals): Hamilton Southeastern vs. New Palestine, 4 p.m.
New Palestine Sectional (semifinals): Greenfield-Central at New Palestine, 5 p.m.; Mt. Vernon vs. Shelbyville, 7 p.m.
Greenfield-Central Sectional (semifinals): New Palestine at Greenfield-Central, 5 p.m.; Shelbyville vs. Mt. Vernon, 7 p.m.
North Central Regional (finals), 4 p.m.
Mt. Vernon at Warren Central, 5:30 p.m.
Waldron at Eastern Hancock, 6 p.m.
Delta at Greenfield-Central, 7:30 p.m.
New Castle at New Palestine, 7:30 p.m.
Mt. Vernon at Shelbyville, 7 p.m.
Eastern Hancock at Shenandoah, 7 p.m.
New Palestine, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, Eastern Hancock in Hancock County Tournament at Mt. Vernon, 9 a.m.
Eastern Hancock, New Palestine, Greenfield-Central at New Palestine Sectional, 10 a.m.
Mt. Vernon at Pendleton Heights Sectional, 10:30 a.m.
New Palestine Sectional (finals), 7 p.m.
Greenfield-Central Sectional (finals), 2 p.m.