The Mt. Vernon boys tennis team split their back-to-back homestand this week, defeating Warren Central 4-1 and losing to New Castle 5-0.

The Marauders’ victory against Warren Central on Wednesday capped the team’s senior night celebration.

Mt. Vernon’s No. 1 doubles squad of Gavin Stamper and Peyton Meadors rolled to a perfect 6-0, 6-0 performance to put the Marauders in control.

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J.D. Cohee and Sam Frye won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles. Brendan Pratt, a senior, secured victory at No. 3 singles with a 6-2, 6-1 score. Wilken Baldwin was decisive and overpowering at No. 2 singles, winning 6-1, 6-2.

“Great night for our team, not just our seniors but for all of our guys to get going again. Good win against a solid squad,” Mt. Vernon head coach Gabe Muterspaugh remarked after his team improved to 10-2.

On Thursday, New Castle’s senior-laden lineup swept the Marauders despite Meadors and Stamper pushing their No. 2 doubles match to a third set before falling 6-4.

The Marauders are 10-3 on the season heading into this weekend’s Hancock County Tournament at New Palestine. The tournament was postponed last Saturday due to heavy rainfall.

Dragons rest, pick up pair of wins

The New Palestine tennis team sat their varsity starters against Arsenal Tech, lost a close match to New Castle 3-2, and ended their three-day grueling stretch by toppling Triton Central 3-2.

On Tuesday, the Dragons played their junior varsity team in a varsity match with Arsenal Tech and swept the meeting 5-0.

The closest match went to sophomore Trevor Darley at No. 1 singles, who battled back to win 5-7, 6-1, 10-4 in a super tiebreaker.

On Wednesday, New Palestine fell to Hoosier Heritage Conference foe New Castle 3-2 as the visiting Trojans swept all three singles matches.

Both doubles matches were tightly contested, but Colby Wagoner and David Hockett prevailed at No. 1 doubles, 7-5, 7-5. Nick Rusche and Tyler Swain won their No. 2 doubles match in three sets, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.

Thursday’s win against Triton Central improved New Palestine’s record to 12-3. Matthew True earned a point at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-2 win. Rusche and Swain were flawless at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-0.

Hockett and Wagoner pushed through 6-2, 7-5 to claim the team’s third point at No. 2 doubles.

Royals win two in a row

The Eastern Hancock tennis team took down Morristown 3-2 on Thursday. The Royals received wins from all three of their singles players, marking the second straight time this week.

Duncan Cherry bested Ben Reuter 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Corbin Jennings won 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker), 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Cameron Alberts completed the sweep with a 6-0, 6-0 finish at No. 3 singles.

On Wednesday, the Royals beat Blue River Valley 3-2 with another clean sweep by Cherry, Jennings and Alberts.

Cherry fought to secure a 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker) win at No. 1 singles. Jennings cruised 6-0, 6-0, and Alberts rallied at No. 3 singles, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.

Girls soccer

Marauders drop 2nd straight

The Mt. Vernon girls soccer team suffered their second defeat in four days, losing to Class 2A No. 6 Hamilton Southeastern 6-0 on Thursday night.

The Marauders were coming off a 3-0 loss to Class A No. 3 Heritage Christian 3-0 on Monday.

Mt. Vernon held HSE scoreless for 55 minutes, but the Royals applied the pressure, scoring all six goals in the final 25 minutes. The Marauders are now 9-2 on the season.

Boys soccer

Royals shutout Marauders

The 20th-ranked Class 2A Mt. Vernon boys soccer team put up a good fight Thursday, but No. 7 Hamilton Southeastern traveled back to Hamilton County victorious.

The visiting Royals posted two second-half goals to win 2-0. Mt. Vernon’s only other loss this season was against 19th-ranked Noblesville 2-1 on Sept. 1.

The Marauders dropped to 8-2 on the year and return to the field for the Mt. Vernon Classic on Saturday.

Volleyball

Dragons split as senior hits mark

New Palestine senior Kara Morris was honored Thursday night during the Dragons volleyball match with HHC foe Pendleton Heights.

Morris surpassed 2,000 career assists this season and now carries 2,078 overall with 28 posted in Thursday’s 3-0 loss to the Arabians.

The Dragons defeated Pike on the road 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Allison Dennemann had 15 kills and 15 digs against the Arabians, and Mia Long kept the floor clean with 12 digs. Pendleton Heights won 25-19, 25-22, 25-20.

Against Pike, Dennemann recorded 17 kills and 10 digs. Long added 12 kills and 12 digs, while Lydia Jones chipped in 13 digs and Morris had 31 assists.

The Dragons won the match 25-6, 25-19, 25-11 and are 13-4 on the season.

Marauders fall to Trojans

The Mt. Vernon Marauders evened up the match on Thursday night with New Castle, but the visiting Trojans claimed the final two sets to win 3-1.

The Marauders (9-6, 2-3 HHC) fell behind 1-0 after dropping the first set 26-24. They rallied back to win the second set 25-21 before New Castle won the final two 25-20, 25-20.

Royals dominate road match

The Eastern Hancock Royals crushed Southwestern 3-0 on Thursday night. The visiting Royals limited the host Spartans to 15 points per set.

Eastern Hancock won the first set 25-15 and duplicated the feat in the second. The Royals dominated 25-9 in the finale.

Leah Ferguson led the team with seven kills. Payton Hicks, Haley Dickinson, Jenna Smith, and Caitlin Richmond each contributed four kills apiece. Smith posted six total blocks, and Haley Best recorded a team-high 19 digs.

The Royals improved to 7-10.

Golf

Royals lose to Centerville

The Eastern Hancock girls golf team lost to Centerville 191-255 on Thursday at Highland Lake.

Emiley Carlton led the Royals with a 59 nine-hole score on the Par 36 course. Alexis Young followed with a 63, and Lucia Alberione shot a 64. Lucy Cochard finished with a 69.

The Royals are 7-3 in dual matches this season.