Daily Reporter staff reports

The Mt. Vernon Marauders wasted no time Tuesday night, and it paid off as turbulent rain and lightning storm systems blazed across the region.

The unbeaten Marauders’ girls soccer team put up seven goals in a flash and added another in a shortened second period to beat host Shelbyville 8-1. The win improved Mt. Vernon’s season record to 6-0 and pushed them to 3-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

Nicole Ratts finished with a hat trick in the win, while Cleo Mills backed up her teammate with two goals and an assist.

Morgan Scruggs added a goal and an assist. Emily Keeler followed suit as did Alaina Nelson with one goal and an assist each. Bri Angelopulos provided an assist, and Alexi Hardie had two.

Jaici Wright earned the win in the net with four saves. The game was called with 11 minutes remaining in the second half when heavy rains and lightning engulfed the skies.

The Marauders travel to Warren Central today for a match at 5:30 p.m.

Tennis

Cougars fall in HHC match

The Greenfield-Central boys tennis team lost to Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Delta 5-0 on Tuesday.

The Cougars rallied early to make the matches competitive against No. 12 Delta, but the unbeaten Eagles proved too difficult to beat.

Saben Fletcher and Dylan Wilburn, who entered the dual 5-0 on the year, recorded the closest match at No. 1 doubles. The tandem pushed their counterparts before eventually losing 6-2, 6-4.

The Cougars dropped to 2-2 on the season and will play Morristown today to complete their run of four matches in four days.

Royals lose tough match

The Eastern Hancock Royals battled but couldn’t find a way to overcome Hagerstown on Tuesday, losing 5-0.

The closest match of the dual was supplied by Eastern Hancock’s Duncan Cherry at No. 1 singles. Cherry challenged Isaiah Neal before falling 6-4, 6-4.

Corbin Jennings lost to Trey Kelley at No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-2. Tony Cape also scored at No. 3 singles against Derek Davis before losing 6-2, 6-0. Both Royals doubles teams were held scoreless 6-0, 6-0.

Dragons swat Jackets

The New Palestine Dragons improved to 5-1 on the year with a 5-0 shutout of Morristown on Tuesday evening.

Matthew True won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Carson Gavin was victorious at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-0, and Ben Blachly won his varsity debut 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.

David Hockett and Patrick Heffernan, who usually plays No. 3 singles, teamed to win 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles. Nick Rusche and Colby Wagoner won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Volleyball

Marauders lose to Bulldogs

The Mt. Vernon volleyball team put up a fight but couldn’t overcome their early deficit, losing to Class 4A No. 8 Brownsburg 3-1 on Tuesday.

The Marauders dropped the first two sets 25-21 and 25-18 before rallying back to take the third set 25-23. The visiting Bulldogs flipped the score in the decisive fourth set, however, winning the match with a 25-23 finale. Mt. Vernon held a slim 21-16 lead before Brownsburg charged back.

Jaclyn Bulmahn led Mt. Vernon with 21 kills and two blocks. Kari Kramer had seven blocks, while Meridan Eads supplied 39 assists. Grace Hurst registered 23 digs.

Mt. Vernon dropped to 6-2 on the season. The Marauders, who are tied for first with New Castle in the HHC standings at 1-0, host rival Delta today.

Eagles shut out Cougars

The Greenfield-Central Cougars struggled to find a rhythm on the road against Delta on Tuesday night.

The Cougars were swept 3-0 as the Eagles held them under 20 points in each set to win the match.

Delta won 25-17, 25-16, and 25-19. The loss evens the Cougars’ season record to 3-3 and drops them to 0-1 in the HHC.

Dragons take Eagles to limit

The New Palestine Dragons lost a hard-fought five-set decision against Class 4A No. 10 Zionsville 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The Dragons rallied back from a one-set deficit, dropping the first 25-23, with wins in the second (25-21) and third (25-19).

The Eagles, however, responded in the final two sets taking the match 25-22 in the fourth and 15-6 in the decisive fifth.

Mia Long finished with 19 kills and 10 digs. Allison Dennemann had 17 kills and 21 digs for the Dragons. Libero Lydia Jones had 22 digs, while Kara Morris posted 38 assists and three block assists.

“I am really proud of the way we played tonight,” New Palestine head coach Kelli Whitaker said. “Zionsville is a top 10 team in the state, and we went toe-to-toe with them.”

The Dragons travel to HHC rival Greenfield-Central tonight.