Sports Roundup – August 30

Daily Reporter staff reports

New Palestine’s golf team won its fourth straight New Palestine Invitational on Saturday at Hawk’s Tail Golf Course in Greenfield. The Dragons edged Brownsburg by two strokes.

The Dragons shot 172 over a nine-hole round, which was shortened due to poor weather.

New Palestine freshman Annaliese Fox was the medalist with a 38. Cassidy Harp shot a 42 while Mackenzi Black had a 43. Payton Hill finished with a 49.

Connersville (204) placed third, followed by Greenfield-Central (216), Rushville (227), Shelbyville (238), Mt. Vernon (240) and Eastern Hancock (260).

No other individual scores from county teams were available.

“All eight teams were relieved to finally get a Saturday Invitational completed, even if it was only nine holes,” coach New Palestine head coach Gregg Greene said.

The Hancock County Meet is today at Hawk’s Tail.


Greenfield-Central takes 2 of 3 at New Albany event

Greenfield-Central’s volleyball team competed at the New Albany River City Invitational on Saturday, finishing 2-1 overall.

The Cougars beat both Corydon Central and Jeffersonville 2-0 before falling to New Albany 2-1.

Greenfield-Central won its first match over Corydon 25-15, 25-13 and won its second match 25-16, 25-17 over Jeffersonville. In the final match of the day, for the title against Class 4A No. 10 New Albany, the Cougars fell just short, losing 22-25, 25-20, 25-27.

“The Cougars fought hard in the championship,” head coach Travis Fuller said.

Greenfield-Central is now 3-2 and hosts 3A No. 3 Delta today.

New Palestine sweeps field at Lawrence Central

New Palestine’s volleyball team won the Lawrence Central Invitational title on Saturday morning.

The Dragons, who finished 3-0 in the day, topped Culver Academy 25-12, 25-14 in the opening match. Mia Long had 11 kills and six digs while Allison Dennemann had six kills, two aces and seven digs. Audrey Edwards had four kills, three aces and eight digs. Lydia Jones added five digs, while Kara Morris had 22 assists.

New Palestine then beat Heritage Christian 25-12, 25-21. Dennemann had 10 kills and seven digs, while Long had five kills and 13 digs.

The Dragons then battled Lawrence Central for the title and won 25-15, 25-15. Against LC, Dennemann had a double-double with 11 digs and 13 kills. Long had seven kills and nine digs.

The Dragons are now 5-1 on the season.

“We had a great showing today, sweeping all three teams,” head coach Kelli Whitaker said. “It was a total team effort. I feel like we are getting into rhythm. Things are starting to come together for us.”


No. 1 doubles bring home title for Greenfield-Central

Greenfield-Central’s tennis team competed at the Triton Central Invitational on Saturday, which featured a total of four teams.

The No. 1 doubles team of Saben Fletcher and Dylan Wilburn won their portion of the tournament in a three-set match, 3-6, 6-2, 10-3.

Also for the Cougars, at No. 1 singles, Zak Lawhorn advanced to the finals after winning over his Franklin Central opponent 6-4, 6-1.

At No. 2 singles, Nate Real beat his Triton Central opponent 6-1, 6-1 to also advance to the finals. Kyle Willis, at No. 3 singles, completed the singles sweep to also made the finals. He beat his Northeastern opponent 6-1, 6-4.


Area teams compete at Noblesville Hokum Karem

Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon and New Palestine cross-country teams competed in the Noblesville Hokum Karem on Saturday.

The Dragon boys team finished second in the eight-team “A” division.

The two-man, 6-mile relay race saw the pair of Sam Voelz and Caleb Eagleson finish 11th overall and third in the “A” division, posting a combined time of 30:43.0. Kyler Harrison and Chase Crowder were seventh in the “A” division and 31st overall, running a time of 32:02.

Brebeuf won the “A” division with a total of eight places. The Dragons were second with 26 while Pendleton Heights was third with 33 and Chatard fourth with 43. Rochester (48), Mt. Vernon (56), Marion (64) and Tech (68) also competed.

In the “B” division, the scoring pairs for Greenfield-Central were Cooper Hanson and Jacob Hansen (9th in 30:44), Zac Archibald and Parker Niemeier (21st in 31:58) and Conner Kinnaman and Joel Carpenter (40th in 34:14). The Cougars finished seventh overall.

The Dragon girls placed sixth in the “A” division, tallying 57 points. Brebeuf (11) was the winner, followed by Pendleton Heights (15), Chatard (24), Rochester (45) and Mt. Vernon (46).

The Dragons’ top duo was Sophia Taylor and Julie Strange, which had a combined time of 41:57.0 and finished 14th in the division and 42nd overall.

For the Greenfield-Central girls, which also finished seventh overall, Sarah Muckerheide and Sydney Cook led the team in 23rd place (40:18.5). Following them was Samantha Schoonover and Hannah Leach-Lewellen (58th in 46:13.1), Darian Gossett and Dusti Chestnut (33rd in 46:21.6), Brenna Ditto and Nicole Watson (64th in 48:08) and Kaylee Rumfelt and Kammie McGreal (66th in 52:32.6).

Eastern Hancock races at Rushville Invitational

Eastern Hancock’s boys’ cross-country team finished in sixth with 169 points out of 17 schools in the Division II race at the Rushville Invitational on Saturday. The Royals had two top-20 finishers in the field of 120 competitors.

Gabe Blake was 11th in 18:15 and Skyler Schrope finished 15th in 18:25. Will Huffman placed 22nd in 18:39 and Alvaro Valero was 53rd (career best 20:01).

The Royals girls team finished in 10th with 244 points. There were 13 teams in a field of 102 runners. Taylor Stine was 31st, Annie Floyd was 42nd, Lainey Effing finished in 46th with a personal best 24:28. Also for Eastern Hancock, Liberty Durham finished in 67th while Grace McCartney rounded out the scoring with a personal best 27:31 in 84th place.

Girls Soccer

Mt. Vernon’s goal flurry sets tone vs. Hamilton Heights

Mt. Vernon’s girls soccer team used three goals in three minutes to top Hamilton Heights 10-2 on Saturday.

Morgan Scruggs led the team with three goals and an assist while Nicole Ratts scored two goals and dished out two assists. Cleo Mills found net twice, as well, as did Alexie Hardie. Both Hardie and Mills also finished with an assist in the win.

The Marauders are now 5-0 this season.