The Sideline – May 6

Marauders crack state’s top 30

The Mt. Vernon girls tennis team achieved something its hasn’t done since 2004. The Marauders climbed into the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association’s Top 30 Poll this week at No. 30.

Ranked as high as third in District 4 this season, the Marauders, which improved to 9-1 with a 3-2 win against Pendleton Heights this week, replaced Warsaw for the last spot in the rankings.

On Wednesday, Mt. Vernon won its third straight Hancock County Tennis Tournament title, its sixth in eight years.


Top 30 Girls Poll

1. Carmel

2. North Central

3. Cathedral

4. S.B. St. Joseph

5. Jasper

6. Guerin Catholic

7. Park Tudor

8. Avon

9. Penn

10. Terre Haute South

11. Fairfield

12. Delta

13. Munster

14. Marion

15. Center Grove

16. FW Canterbury

17. FW Carroll

18. Bloomington North

19. Brownsburg

20. Columbus North

21. Evansville Memorial

22. Hamilton Southeastern

23. Providence

24. (tie) Zionsville

24. (tie) Brebeuf

26. Evansville Mater Dei

27. Plymouth

28. Terre Haute North

29. Gibson Southern

30. Mt. Vernon

Marauders dominate at county tourney

The Mt. Vernon girls tennis team successfully defended their Hancock County title on their home court Wednesday night.

The Marauders won four of the five varsity championship matches with one still yet to be determined.

Mt. Vernon and New Palestine will resume their No. 1 doubles match on Monday when the Marauders travel to face the Dragons in a regularly-scheduled Hoosier Heritage Conference meeting.

The match was tied 1-1 with New Palestine winning the first set 6-4. Mt. Vernon took the second 7-6 (7-5).

Mt. Vernon was victorious in 19 of the 20 matches contested during Wednesday’s county tournament, including 10 to sweep the junior varsity portion of the event.

2016 Hancock County Girls Tennis Tournament Results


No. 1 Singles

First Round

Anelia Fleetwood, New Palestine def. Kayla Huff, Eastern Hancock, 6-1, 6-0

Cassie York, Mt. Vernon def. Lindsey McCord, Greenfield-Central, 6-1, 6-0

Third-Place Match

McCord (GC) def. Huff (EH), 6-1, 6-0

Title Match

York (MV) def. Fleetwood (NP), 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 Singles

First Round

Alaina Nelson, Mt. Vernon def. Emiley Carlton, Eastern Hancock, 6-0, 6-0

Kate Henderson, Greenfield-Central def. Ivey Simmons, New Palestine, 6-2, 6-3

Third-Place Match

Simmons (NP) def. Carlton (EH), 6-1, 6-2

Title Match

Nelson (MV) def. Henderson (GC), 6-2, 6-2

No. 3 Singles

First Round

Olivia Spicer, Mt. Vernon def. Lexi Miller, New Palestine, 7-5, 6-2

Aly Proper, Greenfield-Central def. Taylor Kline, Eastern Hancock, 6-2, 6-2

Third-Place Match

Miller (NP) def. Kline (EH), 6-0, 6-0

Title Match

Spicer (MV) def. Proper (GC), 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 Doubles

First Round

Kaleigh Stephenson/Erin Wright, Greenfield-Central def. Olivia Scott/Erin McKeemon, Eastern Hancock, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

Maeve McCafferty/Sophie Williams, Mt. Vernon def. Cassie Wilhelm/Josee King, New Palestine, 6-1, 6-0

Third-Place Match

Wilhelm/King (NP) def. Scott/McKeemon (EH), 6-1, 6-1

Title Match

McCafferty/Williams (MV) def. Stephenson/Wright (GC), 6-0, 6-0


Dragons, Cougars, Royals in rankings

The Class 3A New Palestine Dragons softball team retained their spot at second in the latest Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association’s weekly rankings.

The Greenfield-Central Cougars dropped to 13th in the 4A rankings after jumping to fifth the week prior. They were 10th two weeks ago after holding the 18th and 20th spot previously.

Eastern Hancock held at 16th in the 2A rankings.