Daily Reporter staff reports
After winning the first set, New Palestine’s volleyball team fell to Class 3A No. 3 Delta on Tuesday at home.
The Dragons, just outside the top-10 rankings, lost 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-15.
Junior Allison Dennemann reached 1,000 kills for her career against the Eagles. She had 23 kills and 14 blocks in the loss Tuesday.
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Senior setter Kara Morris added four kills and 45 assists while Mia Long contributed 12 digs and 18 kills. Sophomore libero Lydia Jones was also effective and finished with 15 digs.
“Delta is a great team,” New Palestine head coach Kelli Whitaker said. “We had to fight through a lot of adversity this match. We are refocusing our energy on Pike.”
The Dragons are now 12-3 on the season and 1-1 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, with all three losses having come in four or five sets to state-ranked teams.
Greenfield-Central boys win Muncie Central invite
Greenfield-Central boys cross-country team won the Muncie Central Invitational on Tuesday. Senior Jacob Hansen was the meet in a time of 16:28. Hansen has finished first, second and now first again in his last three meets.
On the girls’ side, Greenfield-Central finished fourth overall and was led by Syndey Cook’s third-place finish in 21:27.
Eastern Hancock girls claim Centerville title
Eastern Hancock’s girls cross-country team added another trophy to the case as it used solid team balance to win the Centerville Invitational Tuesday evening.
The Royals scored 26 points. Monroe Central had 35, Centerville 62, Cambridge City 89, while Tri, Knightstown, Winchester and Seton Catholic were incomplete.
Taylor Stine was fourth to lead the team. Annie Floyd finished in 10th, Lainey Effing was 12th, Liberty Durham was 13th and Grace McCartney, who took two minutes off her previous best time, secured the win with a 15th place finish.
The boys team was led by a second-place finish by Gabe Blake, who broke 18 minutes. Skyler Schrope was fourth, but the 14th,15th and 16th by Will Huffman, Alvaro Cosmen and Nick Edwards wasn’t enough to offset Monroe Central’s balance. The Bears won with 43 points, compared to Eastern Hancock’s 51.
New Palestine handles Greenwood
New Palestine’s soccer team posted a 3-0 victory against Greenwood on Tuesday night.
Kyle Doss scored the game-winner in the opening half, while Levi Miller tallied the first of his two goals off a feed from Spencer Corey. Miller added another second-half goal to seal the victory, his team-leading 11th of the season.
“It was a great win by both Dragon teams tonight,” New Palestine head coach Justin Sass said. “It was good to see our boys getting back to playing our style of soccer and putting in the effort it takes to get a victory. After a couple challenging losses to some good opponents, it was good to see our seniors come together and lead the team to a good win.”
The Dragons are 6-2 on the season. The team plays again today at home against Greenfield-Central.
Mt. Vernon traveled back to Shelbyville to make up it’s rained out match from last week. The Marauders played without senior Ryan Beck (No. 1 singles), who was out with sickness.
Mt. Vernon’s Wilken Baldwin stepped up with a 6-4, 6-2 win. The Marauders moved everyone up last night and lost at No. 2 doubles and No. 2 singles. At No. 3 singles, Brendon Pratt won the first set 7-5, lost the second 4-6, and lost 4-10 in super tiebreaker.
“Those last two matches, our guys fought super hard,” Marauders head coach Gabe Muterspaugh said. “I could be upset about losing, but we almost beat Shelbyville with our best player out and guys shuffled around. You never like to lose, but I am proud of my guys fighting to the end.”
Mt. Vernon moves to 9-2.
Dragons win on senior night
New Palestine’s golf team won on senior night Tuesday, topping Mt. Vernon 178-215 at Hawk’s Tail.
Mackenzi Black was medalist with a round of 39. Annaliese Fox added a 41, with each her and Black shooting a birdie during the nine-hole round.
Payton Hill shot 48 and Cassidy Harp 50 to round out the Dragons’ scoring. It was the final home match for seniors Harp, Hill and Savana Rowe.
“We finished up the home season with a fun senior night celebrating Payton, Cassidy and Savana,” coach Gregg Greene said. “Mackenzi snagged another medalist with a 39.”
The Dragons and Marauders open sectional play Saturday.