Daily Reporter staff reports

The Mt. Vernon boys soccer team continued its winning ways Saturday afternoon in New Castle.

Opening their first week with a 5-0 shutout of Richmond last Tuesday, the Marauders poured on the offense against Hoosier Heritage Conference foe New Castle to win 8-2.

Timmy Clone was electric for the Marauders, scoring four goals. Jarret Whitehouse scored three goals and finished with two assists. Carson Jones chipped in a goal and a pair of assists.

Assists also went to Seth Luke, Nicholas Hanson and Matt Schafer.

The Marauders (2-0, 1-0 HHC) grabbed a 5-0 lead by the end of the first half and allowed just two goals overall. Josh Powell recorded the win in net with 10 saves.

Girls soccer

Dragons sweep doubleheader

The New Palestine girls soccer team blanked both Centerville and Decatur Central to win two on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Haley Weinrich recorded both shutouts for the Dragaons, which improved to 3-0 on the season.

In those three matches, New Palestine has outscored its opponents 15-1.

Against Centerville, the Dragons had six different goal scorers. Meaghan Matus, Maya Stirm, Jordan Reid, Cassie Willhelm, Katie Settergren and Emily Heighway all scored goals. Olivia Lambdin and Lauren Heitman had one assist each.

Matus had an assist and Grace Voelz contributed two assists.

In the second game, all six goals came in the first half with Corrin Neese recording two. Settergren had a goal and an assist. Willheim, Lambdin and Taylor Dickerson each had goals.

Matus and Emily Jonas each had assists. Reid had two assists.

Marauders roll past Grizzlies

The Mt. Vernon girls soccer team rolled out to a 5-1 lead in the first half before defeating Franklin Community 8-1 on Saturday.

Cleo Mills had three goals, Morgan Scruggs added a pair with an assist, and Nicole Ratts scored a goal with an assist.

Brianna Angelopulos registered a goal along with Riley Hurst. Alexi Hardie finished with two assists, and Alaina Nelson had one assist as the Mt. Vernon defense clamped down.

The Marauders are 2-0 on the season.

Volleyball

Royals take one at Shenandoah

The Eastern Hancock volleyball team lost two but left with one victory Saturday during the Shenandoah Invitational.

The Royals defeated Southwestern 2-0 behind a decisive 25-5 first set and 25-21 second. Leah Ferguson led the team with five kills.

Jenna Smith and Laurie Eells each had three. Eells recorded three aces and eight assists. Haley Best had five assists and 11 digs.

Eastern Hancock lost to host Shenandoah 2-0 and to Seton Catholic 2-0.

Marauders perfect at invite

The Mt. Vernon Marauders needed a big win, and without their star hitter, during the Ritter Invitational on Saturday. The team responded.

Entering the final match with host Cardinal Ritter, the Marauders won 2-0 with a 25-18 score in the first set and a 25-18 in the second to defend their tournament championship from 2015.

Mt. Vernon standout Jaclyn Bulmahn was unable to compete in the final due to an injury.

Kari Kramer, Sarah Herman and Aston Barr led the Marauders’ balanced attack in the final match with five kills apiece. Mt. Vernon defeated Western Boone and Hamilton Heights in straights sets to reach the final.

Bulmahn had 18 kills on the day. Barr had 18 while Herman added 14. Julia Wayer led with 26 digs and Meridan Eads and Barr had 37 and 33 assists, respectively.

Cross-country

Royals come out strong at invite

The Eastern Hancock boys cross-country team placed fourth out of 20 teams at the Monroe Central Invitational on Saturday.

Gabe Blake led the way with a 29th-place finish and a time of 18:28. Skyler Schrope and Will Huffman were close behind in 31st and 33rd, respectively, and freshmen Nick Edwards and Alvaro Valero both finished strong to place 83rd and 86th.

The girls also fared well, placing sixth out of 17 teams. Taylor Stine was 30th, Annie Floyd 64th, Lainey Effing 65th, Liberty Durham 78th, Grace McCartney 131st, and Carissa Wicker 137th.

Dragons run hard at Zionsville

The New Palestine boys finished in the top 10 during Saturday’s Zionsville Invitational.

The races were split by class (freshman/sophomore and junior/senior) for each team. The upperclassmen boys were sixth out of 16 teams with 181. Caleb Eagleson (13:45.5) and Sam Voelz (13:45.7) were 16th and 17th, respectively.

The underclassmen were ninth at 218. Kyler Harrison (14:13.5) was 10th overall.

The girls placed seventh in the upperclassmen event and were eighth in the freshman/sophomore division.

Cougars take third, fourth at Richmond

The Greenfield-Central cross-country teams had an exceptional day during the Richmond Invitational on Saturday.

The boys team placed third out of 11 teams at the event with Jacob Hansen finishing second in 16:52. Cooper Hanson was third at 17:02. Zac Archibald was 12th while Parker Niemeier was 22nd. Joel Carpenter was 24th.

Southport swept both the boys and girls team titles.

The Cougars girls team was fourth behind a seventh-place run by Sydney Cook. Darian Gossett was 25th. Sarah Muckerheide was 27th.