Daily Reporter staff reports

The New Palestine girls track and field team automatically qualified a pair of student-athletes for regional on Tuesday. On Wednesday, however, they picked up a few more.

Lillie Cain, who won the discus and Kyle Dhonau, who was third in the 100-meter hurdles at sectional advanced to next week’s Warren Central Regional with the top-three finishers in each event qualifying.

The next four fastest times among the four sectional feeder sites for regional also move on, which is where New Palestine picked up ground.

Victoria Crowder will push on in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. She was fourth in the 200 at 28.02 seconds and fifth in the 400 at 1:02.95.

Mattie Waggoner, who was fourth in the 1,600-meter run (5:38.74) and Grace Voelz, who was fifth in the event at 5:39.42 each advance.

The team’s 4×100, 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams also qualified. Cain picked up another event with her 35-9 toss for fourth in the shot put.

SOftball

Marauders lose close one

The Mt. Vernon softball team dropped a close one to Lapel on the road Wednesday night, falling 8-6.

The Marauders jumped out and grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the second and responded after a two-run third by the Bulldogs. Up 5-2 through five innings, Mt. Vernon’s lead dissipated in the bottom of the sixth as Lapel rallied with a six-run inning.

Mt. Vernon collected nine hits and were charged with two errors.

Jennah Ruddick finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs for the Marauders. Sadie Baugh was 3-for-4 and Lauren Montgomery had two RBIs.

The Marauders are 12-10 on the year.

Cougars fall to Bears

The Greenfield-Central softball team put together an eight-hit attack on Wednesday night, but the host Shelbyville Golden Bears prevailed 8-4.

The loss extended the Greenfield-Central Cougars’ current skid to three straight and dropped them to 2-5 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

Codey Miller went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and Darcie Huber was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Morganne Denny powered the offense with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate and drove in a pair of runs.

Michaela Ballman suffered the loss, throwing 5 1/3 innings with a pair of strikeouts. Huber came in as a reliever for 2/3 of an inning.

Shelbyville (21-4, 6-1 HHC) took a one-game lead over New Palestine and Yorktown in the HHC race to conclude their league schedule.

Golf

Bears slip past Cougars

The Greenfield-Central boys golf team narrowly lost to Lawrence Central 192-194 on their home course Wednesday afternoon.

The host Cougars were led by Clayton Long, who posted the team’s lowest score with a 40.

Greenfield-Central travels to the Franklin Central Invitational on Saturday. They will play at Smock Golf Course with the event scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Cougars were defeated by Pendleton Heights 157-180. Long posted a team-low score of 40 for Greenfield-Central.

Lions swing past Dragons

The New Palestine golf team lost a road dual meet on Wednesday at Rushville 177-194.

Evan Rejer shot a 46 to lead the Dragons. Blake Barnette and Nick Lyon each finished with a 49. Matthew Kelley had a 50.

The Dragons host Greenwood at Hawk’s Tail on Tuesday in their final dual of the season.

Marauders JV wins finale

The Mt. Vernon junior varsity golf team defeated Lawrence North 191-212 to wrap up its season Wednesday.

Medalist honors went to Dixon Tierney with a 43. Also scoring for the team were Austin Kern (45), Andrew Roembke (52) and Drew Richter (51).

The team finished 7-2 on the year.

On Monday, the JV team finished first in a three-way meet with Greenfield-Central and New Palestine.

The Marauders scored a 197 while New Palestine was second at 205 and Greenfield-Central carded a 230.

Tierney and Blake Johnson shared medalist honors at 48.