Streaking Cougars finish 1st with win

Greenfield-Central won its third game in a row Wednesday in the South Ripley Holiday Tournament final with a 56-43 victory against Bishop Chatard.

Senior forward Tate Hall was named tournament MVP and finished with 21 points in the championship.

Teammate Chandler Bean finished with eight assists and was named to the all-tournament team, as well.

However, head coach Michael Lewis said the entire team contributed in all three wins.

Greenfield-Central handled South Dearborn to open the tournament but needed overtime to top South Ripley (60-53) in semifinal play. The Cougars move to 8-2 this season and will play county and conference rival Mt. Vernon on Jan. 8.


Three Dragons claim titles at Mater Dei Holiday Classic

After sending seven wrestlers to the Evansville Mater Dei Holiday Classic final on Wednesday, three New Palestine Dragons claimed individual titles in their respective weight classes.

Alec White (113), Chad Red (132) and Jared Timberman (145) took home hardware for the Dragons at the 16-team tournament.

Red is now 18-0, while Timberman, who beat the No. 1 wrestler in the state on Wednesday, is 25-0.

Jaclyn Wallace (138) and Landan Burton (195) made the finals and finished fourth, while Jared Diep (106) and Eugene Starks (152) both came in sixth.

New Palestine finished fifth overall. Evansville Mater Dei won the event with 202.5 points, followed by No. 12 Avon (175.5), Union County, Ky. (166.5), No. 20 Franklin (148.5) and the 16th-ranked Dragons (143).

Cougars finish fourth at Connersville’s Spartan Classic

Greenfield-Central competed in the annual Spartan Classic wrestling invitational at Connersville on Tuesday and Wednesday and finished fourth out of the 32-team field.

Several teams were in contention throughout the two-day tournament as the Cougars went from as low as seventh to as high as first.

Gavin Rose led the team with a second-place finish at 106 pounds, finishing 4-1.

Cameron Wetli finished in fifth at 220, while Elliott Parsons finished fifth at 138. Larry Evans (120), Carter Noehre (126) and Tommy Brock (132) all finished in seventh in their respective classes.

Of Greenfield-Central’s 46 victories, 37 of them came with bonus points (pins, tech falls, major decisions), totaling 72.5 of their 166.5 total points.

“The kids wrestled great from start to finish,” Cougars coach Ed Hamant said.

“Every kid in the lineup scored points for us, and every kid scored bonus points. That’s what kept us in contention for the lead.”

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