Daily Reporter staff reports
The New Palestine girls tennis team continued its winning ways on Tuesday by sweeping rival Greenfield-Central 5-0 on the road.
The Dragons’ victory marked their third straight dual and second in a row after finishing runner-up at the Hancock County Tournament on Friday.
New Palestine improved to 6-2 on the season and dropped only one set to the host Cougars at No. 2 singles.
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Amelia Fleetwood won at No. 1 singles against Lindsey McCord 6-0, 6-2. County champion Ivey Simmons defeated Haydin Goodwin 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Lexi Miller completed the singles sweep at No. 2 but not without some resolve.
Losing the first set 3-6, Miller regrouped and turned the match in her favor, winning the next two sets 6-2, 6-1.
At No. 1 doubles, Josee King and Sheridan Schrowe, who played in place of Katie Settergren (out with illness), showcased instantaneous chemistry to take the match 6-3, 6-0.
Cassie Wilhelm and Lauren Didelot controlled their No. 2 doubles match throughout to win 6-2, 6-0.
The Dragons junior varsity team, which won the county title, improved to 7-1 with a 5-0 win against the Cougars.
Track & Field
Cougars win 4-in-a-row The Greenfield-Central girls track team put up their fours Tuesday night, capturing the Pendleton Heights Invitational championship title for a fourth straight year.
The Cougars scored 120 team points to win the invite and placed first in four individual events.
Sydney Cook won the 1,600-meter run, while Crystal Peterson was first in the long jump. Jenny Flora finished first in shot put, and Emily Jones soared to a first-place ribbon in the pole vault.
The Cougars depth in addition to their event winners sealed the team victory.
Ava Hibbard was second in the 200-meter dash and fifth int he 400. Kenzie Polster set a personal-best in the high jump at 5 feet, 4 inches to take second.
Cook also came in second in the 800, and Peterson added a runner-up finish in the 300 hurdles. She was third in the 100 hurdles.
Kammie McGreal was third in pole vault, Hannah Burkhart was third in discus and the 4×400 relay team was second.
The Cougars return to the track Wednesday for the Hancock County Meet.
Marauders fourth at Pendleton
The Mt. Vernon girls track team placed fourth at the Pendleton Heights Invitational with 79 team points.
Cathedral was runner-up at 104.5 and Yorktown was third at 90.
The Marauders won the 4×100 relay in a time of 53.76 and were third in the 4×800 relay.
Alexis Franklin set a personal best in the long jump to take second at 15-2.5 and was first in the 100 at 13.35.
Alexa Christenson was third in the 400 at 1:01.7 and first in the 200 (28.10).
Marauders, Cougars compete at Noblesville
The Mt. Vernon boys track team tied with Lawrence Central for third at the Noblesville Invitational on Tuesday. Greenfield-Central was sixth.
The Marauders tallied 79 team points, finishing behind winner Hamilton Southeastern (178) and host Noblesville (150). The Cougars had 44 points.
Mt. Vernon scored points in every event but three and set several personal bests.
Jailin Porter placed third in the 100-meter dash in 11.76, and he added a third-place run in the 200 at 23.11.
Alex Carver was sixth in the 400 at 51.97, and Drew Bluethmann was fifth in the 3,200-meter run at 10:11.56.
Brent Donaldson was second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.71. Damari Gatewood took fifth at 17.15. Alex Barnett was seventh in the 300 hurdles at 44.93.
In the relays, the 4×100 team placed third at 44.70, the 4×400 group was third at 3:32.09 and the 4×800 runners were third at 8:48.12.
Spencer Kern placed third in the high jump with a leap of 6-1. Nathan Casler was fifth (5-10). Blake Miller was fifth in the pole vault (11-6).
Gatewood finished sixth in the long jump at 19-8.5. Donovan Bigelow was seventh in both the 100 (12.02) and the 200 (23.78).
The Cougars scored their points in the 800 with a first-place shot put throw at 46-8 by Tate Helm, a fifth-place run by Cooper Hanson in 2:06.17 and a fifth-place finish in the 1,600 by Zac Archibald in 4:46.05.
Greenfield-Central’s 4×100 (52.23) and 4×400 (3:55.42) placed seventh and sixth, respectively. The 4×800 group was fourth in 9:16.01.
Braden Brown placed fourth in the high jump at 5-10, while Adam Lee was second in the pole vault at 12-6. Avery Hennessey-Trotter placed seventh in pole vault at 10-6.
Brown added an eighth-place finish in the long jump at 19-1.
Royals win tri-meet
The Eastern Hancock boys track team bested Wapahani and rival Knightstown in a triangular meet on Tuesday.
The Royals scored 64 points with Wapahani in second at 53 and Knightstown third at 39.
Jayson Bowers was first in both the 110 (17.08) and 300 (42.81) hurdles. Devyn Brinson crossed the finish line first in the 100 in 11.79.
Reece Burkhart won both the shot put (47-6) and discus (131-7).
Blayze Sarber, Bowers, Chase Settergren, and Brinson teamed to win the 4×100 in 46.22. Alvaro Cosmen, Saber, Bowers and Brinson won the 4×400 relay in 3:42.6.
Lions edge past Cougars
The Rushville Lions narrowly defeated the Greenfield-Central boys golf team 194-199 on Tuesday.
Kyle Arrowood posted the Cougars’ top score at 42 through nine holes.
Marauders double up Bulldogs
The Mt. Vernon Marauders put together a complete team victory on Tuesday to defeat Lapel 10-5.
Mt. Vernon posted 16 hits and scored in each of the first five innings to run away from the visiting Bulldogs.
Sydnee Perry was 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth. MaKenzie Gee, Mackenzie McCann, Jadan Fithian, and Kaitlyn Nugent all had two hits apiece.
Nugent blasted a two-run home run in the second and finished with three RBIs. She pitched a complete game for the win.