Dragons wrestlers dominate meet

Staff report

The New Palestine Dragons won their third Saturday wrestling meet of the season at Northview this weekend, dominating the field with 270.5 points.

Plainfield finished at a distance in second with 205 points.

New Palestine had 11 wrestlers finish in the top three and four individual champions.

Chad Red was named tournament MVP and champion at 132 pounds. Alec White (113), Cameron Diep (120) and Jared Timberman (145) also won for the Dragons.

“The team is wrestling great,” coach Chad Red said.

“This is one of the best teams ever at New Palestine.”

SWIMMING

Royals host Invitational

Eastern Hancock hosted its own invitational Saturday with several swimmers achieving lifetime best swims.

The boys finished in fourth with 147 points while the girls placed fifth with 157 points. Chris Walton set a school-record in the 500 yard freestyle in a time of 5:47.42. The boys team also finished with season bests in the 200 and 400 freestyle relay.

The girls actually broke all three relay season best times and had eight swimmers produce lifetime best swims.

The team returns to action Thursday at Anderson University against Liberty Christian.

Dragon girls victorious

New Palestine’s girls swim team came out on top of the East Central Relays on Saturday with 78 points, 20 more than the second-place team.

The girls took first in two events, as well.

The boys finished third, winning one event.

Leah Bare, Courtnee Coffman, Shannon Jones and Alex Jacobs took first in the 100 freestyle relay. Later, New Palestine won the 200 freestyle relay, with Jones, Bare, Jacobs and Anna Doolin coming together.

“I’m really excited for both teams,” Dragon coach Steve Maxwell said.

“Their performances at this meet will help to motivate them through the hard workouts of winter break and the sprints in January before sectional. “This meet went a long way to showing them the work they’ve put in to this point is paying off.”

The boys were victorious in the 150-yard butterfly relay.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marauders net 11th win

Class 4A No. 18 Mt. Vernon improved to 11-1 and 2-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference on Saturday with a 31-27 win against Yorktown.

Sydney Shelton hit a 3-pointer with 1:23 left in the game to give the Marauders their first lead, 27-25.

From there, the Marauders hit just enough of their free throws to seal the win.

Shelton and Sadie Baugh led the team with nine points each. Sophie Williams added four.

Mt. Vernon returns to the court today at New Palestine for another HHC showdown.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Dragons drop OT game

New Palestine fell to 2-3 on the season with an overtime loss to Westfield on Saturday.

Tied at 47-all at the end of regulation, the Dragons were outscored 10-6 in OT en route to a 57-53 loss.

Senior Duke Blackwell led the team with 12 points while freshman Dylan Romine added nine. Caleb Vanderwal and Jalen Qualkinbush each finished with six points.

New Palestine’s JV team won 45-42.

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Kris Mills is a sports reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 317-477-3230 or kmills@greenfieldreporter.com.