Daily Reporter staff reports

The New Palestine track and field team had a record-setting night during Monday’s three-way meet at Franklin Central.

Caleb Eagleson broke the school record in the 3,200-meter run, and Sam Voelz shattered the program’s mark in the 800.

Eagleson ran the two-mile in 9 minutes, 33.13 seconds to win while breaking Lincoln McKinley’s standard set in 1996. Voelz won his event in a time of 1:53.40.

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In addition, Chase Crowder won the 1,600. He was joined by Drew Austin, finishing 1-2 at the finish line. Spencer Corey was first in the 400 at 50.64. Brady Walden won the long jump at 19 feet, 9 inches and was part of the team’s winning 4×400 relay (3:26.77).

Walden was second in the 100, Jared Reed was runner-up in the 300 hurdles, the 4×800 relay team was second, and Laine Schonauer was second in the high jump.

Roncalli won the meet with 62 points. New Palestine was second at 55 with Franklin Central third at 50.

The girls team placed second with 52 points. Franklin Central won with 77 and Roncalli was third at 37.

Victoria Crowder won the 400 in 1:01.48. Kaylin Casner was first in the 800 at 2:25. Lillie Cain won the shot put with a throw of 39-2, and the 4×800 relay team finished first.


Dragons stun Tigers

The New Palestine girls tennis team shocked Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Yorktown with a 3-2 victory Monday.

Lexi Miller played with resolve at No. 2 singles, battling back to win 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 and seal the team’s victory.

Ivey Simmons, who recently won her first county championship, rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles.

With losses at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, the Dragons’ No. 2 doubles team regrouped and its perseverance proved vital.

Cassie Willhelm and Lauren Didelot won their first set 6-0 before losing the second 7-5. In the third, the tandem came out firing to win 6-3 and leveled the match at 2-2 before Miller closed it out.

The Dragons are 5-2 on the year and played Greenfield-Central on Tuesday.

They host Beech Grove today and play at Delta on Thursday.

Tri gets past Royals

The Eastern Hancock tennis team lost 4-1 to Tri on Monday. The team’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Madison Hagen and Valentina Brooks won the Royals lone match 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

Marauders get to 8-1

The county champion Mt. Vernon Marauders defeated Alexandria 4-1 on Monday.

Alaina Nelson cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles, while Olivia Spicer won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.

Kaleigh Helm scored a solid victory at No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-3. Maeve McCafferty and Sophie Williams lost a spirited three-set match at No. 1 doubles 2-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5).

Emily Annakin and Alexis Lane powered to a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 win at No. 2 doubles.

The Marauders are now 8-1 on the season.


Dragons rout Raiders

The top-ranked Class 3A New Palestine Dragons dominated Wapahani 26-0 in five innings on Monday.

Ashley Prange hit her 10th home run and drove in five runs as the Dragons improved to 13-2 on the year.

The Dragons scored in every inning, highlighted by a pair of eight-run frames in the second and fourth.

Prange finished 5-for-6 with two doubles and four runs scored. Mackenzie Jones was 3-for-5 with five RBIs, two runs and a double. Mary Crumlin went 4-for-5 with four runs, a double and three RBIs.

Jones pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out four and allowing two hits.

The Dragons host Center Grove today at 5:30 p.m.

Marauders drop game

The Mt. Vernon softball team lost a tough one against HHC foe Delta 7-5 Monday.

The Marauders had eight hits and rallied back from an early 5-0 deficit to cut the Eagles’ lead to 5-4 in the third inning.

Back-to-back one-run innings in the bottom of the third and fourth by the Eagles, however, kept the Marauders at bay.

MaKenzie Gee was 2 for 4 with a solo home run for the Marauders. Jadan Fithian was 1 for 2 with three RBIs.

Kaitlyn Nugent had two hits.

Royals run-rule Tigers

The 13th-ranked Class 2A Eastern Hancock Royals tamed Alexandria 10-0 in five innings Monday.

Paige Wickard swung the hot bat for the Royals, finishing 3 for 3 with five RBIs and a double. Peyton West was 1 for 2 with two RBIs and three runs scored. She also had a triple.

Elise Bittinger pitched a complete-game two-hitter for the win. She had three strikeouts and allowed just two hits.

The Royals are now 11-3 on the year.


Dragons hold on to win

The fourth-ranked Class 3A New Palestine Dragons scored some revenge on Monday, defeating Brebeuf Jesuit 8-6 despite a late rally by the Braves.

Falling to Brebeuf in last year’s sectional tournament, the Dragons jumped ahead 6-1 as Colby Jenkins drove in three runs on Monday.

Cameron Pitzer induced a key double play in the fifth as Brebeuf rallied with four runs on five hits, but the New Palestine offense responded with two more runs in bottom of the inning.

Jarrett Jaques pitched the last two innings for the save. Brebeuf outhit the Dragons 15-7, but starter Jacob Garrison, Pitzer and Jaques combined to strand nine runners.

Jenkins was 2 for 3 with a run. Nick Rusche went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI. Jacob Smith drove in a run and Garrison was 1 for 1 with an RBI.

Royals blank Waldron

The Eastern Hancock Royals plated 10 runs in the top of the first and never let up, defeating Waldon 18-0 in five innings on Monday.

A.J. Muegge led the 17-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Jarett Lewis was 2 for 5 with three RBIs. Easton Fields went 3 for 5, and Addison True was a perfect 5 for 5.

Fields, True, Devin Denny, and Patrick Wilkinson all drove in two runs. Lewis, Clayton White, Fields, and Muegge each had doubles, while Lewis and True added triples.

True struck out eight batters and allowed one hit through five complete innings for the win.

The Royals are 8-5 on season.