Daily Reporter staff reports

New Palestine’s volleyball team performed well Monday to begin its season, defeating Connersville 3-0 with a 25-12, 25-13, 25-16 win at home.

Junior Allison Dennemann led the team with 17 kills and two blocks. Classmate Mia Long also was effective with 12 kills and 10 digs. Senior setter Kara Morris added 34 assists and five aces while sophomore libero Lydia Jones, in her first start at the position, finished with 12 digs.

“It was nice to finally have our first game,” New Palestine head coach Kelli Whitaker said. “We’ve been working hard all summer long. I think our growth and experience showed tonight.”

Cathedral too much for Marauders

Mt. Vernon’s volleyball team fell 3-0 at the hands of Class 4A No. 1 Cathedral on Monday on the road. The Marauders nearly pulled out a win in the second set but eventually lost 25-14, 27-25, 25-11.

Girls cross-country

Mt. Vernon finishes 3rd in season debut

Mt. Vernon’s cross-country team finished in third at the Early Bird Invitational (White Division) on Monday at Blue River Park after scoring 98 points. Greenfield-Central (113) and Eastern Hancock (139) also competed and finished in fourth and sixth, respectively.

Freshman Rilee Hartman led the Marauders with a 19th place finish in 23:35. The Cougars were paced by junior Sydney Cook’s fourth place finish in 21:49 and Royals’ sophomore Taylor Stine finished first on her team in 22:54 (10th).

Franklin won the meet with 32 points.

Boys cross-country

Junior runner paces Mt. Vernon to 4th

Mt. Vernon junior Drew Bluethmann led the Marauders with a fifth-place finish (White Division) on Monday at the Early Bird Invitational at Blue River Park. The Marauders finished fourth overall with 81 points as Franklin Community won the boys’ side of the meet, as well, with 43 points.

Eastern Hancock also competed and finished in fifth with 132 points.

Mt. Vernon junior Cody Pasma finished eighth.