The Mt. Vernon volleyball team traveled to Center Grove on Saturday as the underdog. By match’s end, they left as spoilers.

The Class 4A Marauders rallied back from a 2-0 deficit in their nonconference matchup and shocked the ninth-ranked Trojans to win 3-2.

The Marauders got off to a slow start in the match, dropping the first two sets to Center Grove 25-17, 25-19.

In the final three sets, however, the Marauders found their offense led by Jaclyn Bulmahn’s 17 kills. Kari Kramer added nine kills, four blocks and two aces.

Victoria Bulmahn recorded her first triple-double with 11 kills, 13 digs and 21 assists as Mt. Vernon won the final three sets 25-21, 25-20 and 15-12.

Julia Wayer paced the defense with a team-high 39 digs. Wayer and Grace Hurst handled 99 service receptions, passing 2.2 on a 3.0 scale.

The win improved Mt. Vernon’s season record to 10-6.

Dragons finish 3-1 at invite

The New Palestine volleyball team finished with a 3-1 record at Saturday’s Warren Central Invitational.

The Dragons dropped their first match to Class 4A No. 1 Hamilton Southeastern 25-17, 25-20. New Palestine regrouped and came back to defeat Fort Wayne Snider 25-22, 25-16 as Allison Dennemann led the team with 11 kills, nine digs, two solo blocks and two aces. 

In their third match, the Dragons beat Heritage Christian 25-18, 25-18. Dennemann once again posted a team-high in kills with 18 and chipped in nine digs. Kara Morris had 10 digs and 27 assists.

In the finale, New Palestine beat Terre Haute South 25-22, 25-16. Morris contributed 15 assists in the win to go with Dennemann’s 11 kills.

“I am very happy walking away 3-1 at the Warren Central Invite,” New Palestine head coach Kelli Whitaker said. “I am proud of the way our girls fought through a tough week. Next week proves to be just as tough with three away matches.”

New Palestine is now 16-5 on the season.


Royals take ninth at Yorktown

The Eastern Hancock boys cross country team placed ninth out of 14 teams at Saturday’s Yorktown Invitational.

Gabe Blake was the top runner for the Royals at 30th. Skyler Schrope followed closely in 32nd. Will Huffman came in 40th while Alvaro Cosmen pushed to 63rd.

The girls team placed seventh in their nine-team event with sophomore Taylor Stine at 13th overall. Her time was 21:56. Freshman Lainey Effing was 43rd. Annie Floyd ran to 49th place, and Liberty Durham was 50th.

Dragons claim third at Flashrock

The New Palestine boys cross-country team had three top-15 finishers Saturday to claim third overall during Saturday’s Flashrock Invitational in Carmel.

The Dragons competed against 25 other teams in the race and had 99 places, which was nine back of champion Southport and two back of runner-up Bloomington North.

The Dragons were 23 points ahead of fourth-place Roncalli. 

Sam Voelz took sixth for New Palestine, running the 5K in 18:01.57. Fellow senior Caleb Eagleson was ninth at 18:10.30. Senior Chase Crowder was 12th in 18:19.49. Sophomore Kyler Harrison was 23rd in 18:45.77, and sophomore Drew Austin was 49th in 19:18.41.

The girls team were 11th of 20 teams. Southport also won the girls race. 

Freshman Haley Rickey led the Dragons with a 40th-place finish in 23:42.37. Sophomore Julie Strange was 59th in 24:47.92. Junior Emma Wigginton placed 80th in 24:57.9.

Girls Soccer

Dragons blank Eagles

The New Palestine girls soccer team shut out Hoosier Heritage Conference rival Delta 4-0 on Saturday.

Despite soggy field conditions, the Dragons scored four first-half goals to improve to 7-2-1 on the season and 4-1 in HHC play.

Jordan Reid scored the first goal, and Katie Settergren made it 2-0 with a shot that dipped under the crossbar and in. 

Sophomore Megan Jolly scored the final two, marking her first two career goals.

“It was hard to get much of a passing game going when you hit standing water every 10 feet, but we managed to still score four goals in the first half,” New Palestine head coach Gina Fannin said. “Every player that traveled to Delta today, both JV and varsity, clocked some muddy varsity minutes today.”