Daily Reporter staff reports

The New Palestine girls golf team shot a season-best 164 to defeat both Roncalli and Whiteland on Monday.

The Dragons improved to 5-0 in dual and triangular meets this season as Roncalli finished with a 178 and Whiteland turned in a collective score of 192.

Annaliese Fox paced the Dragons’ lineup with a solid 36. Mackenzi Black shot a 38, while Izzy Gray and Regina Olsen each fired 45s.

The Dragons host Beech Grove today at Hawk’s Tail of Greenfield.

Royals lose heartbreaker

The Eastern Hancock girls golf team had a season-best performance Monday, but South Decatur slipped away 220-221, winning by one-stroke at Royal Hylands.

Eastern Hancock’s 221 was the team’s best nine-hole score this season by 16 strokes. The Royals had four golfers in the 50s, led by Lucy Cochard at 53.

Chloe O’Neal shot a 56 and Isabella Parker finished with a 58, which were both season lows.

Daly Pelger turned in a 54, while Jocelyn Duncan recorded a 60.

“The girls were disappointed with the loss, but I told them they continue to improve and tonight they all played a lot of good golf,” Eastern Hancock head coach Joe Patton said.

Cougars sting Hornets

The Greenfield-Central girls golf team toppled Beech Grove on Monday, winning 178-196.

Caroline Gibson shot a personal-best 41 to earn medalist honors. Lindsey McCord and Haley Hoagland followed with a 42. Rose Gerard completed the scoring and the win with a 53. Phoenix Breese add a personal-best 55.

Cross-country

Royals run hard

The Eastern Hancock Royals cross-country teams participated in the Triton Central Early Bird Invitational at Shelbyville’s Blue River Park on Monday evening.

The boys were seventh of 10 teams in the large school division with 180 points, while the girls due to unexpected circumstances were forced to run with an incomplete team.

Skyler Schrope placed 18th out of 150 runners with a time of 18 minutes, 23.31 seconds. Senior Will Huffman was close behind in 25th with a 18:36.14.

Sophomore Nick Edwards ran a 19:45.83 for 49th and freshman Daniel Campbell placed 52nd at 19:50.63. Freshman Aaron Surburg completed the team scoring, placing 138th.

For the girls, senior Liberty Durham ran a 24:28 for 37th. Annie Floyd was 58th at 26:14, Makla Law placed 83rd with a 28:41 and Bella Witte ran 29:35 for 90th out of 142 runners.

Cougars placed 4th at Blue River

The Greenfield-Central Cougars boys cross-country team placed fourth during the Early Bird Invitational at Blue River Park on Monday.

The Cougars tallied 119 points, with sophomore Conner Kinnaman leading the team with a fourth-place run in the big school division. He ran the race with a personal-best 17:24.

Junior Parker Niermeier was 13th with a 17:49. Senior Cooper Hanson was 17th with an 18:18. Sophomore Ethan Enochs was 42nd with a 20:18. Freshman Austin Nigh was 43rd with a 20:29.

Marauders take 3rd in opener

The Mt. Vernon Marauders boys cross-country team finished third as a team in the Triton Central Early Bird Invitational at Blue River Park in Shelbyville.

Mt. Vernon did better than seven other teams in their division and were led by a seventh-place run from Drew Bluethmann in 17:28.67. Marco Ramirez was 20th overall at 18:23.66 and Alex Carver was 21st at 18:27.47.

Rilee Hartman led the Marauders’ girls with a 29th-place run in 24:00.64. Kamryn Eason was 38th in 24:46.36. The team placed 8th overall.

Cougars girls placed 5th

The Greenfield-Central girls cross-country team finished fifth at the Early Bird with 131 team points.

Senior Sydney Cook led the team in the White Division, with a 10th overall run and 9th in her division at 21:44.7.

Audrey Brinkruff, a freshman, was 10th in her division at 21:53.8. Junior Sarah Muckerheide placed 29th in her division at 23:52.7. Senior Darian Gossett was 38th, while junior Brenna Ditto was 79th and junior Lindsey Pope was 82nd. Sophomore Lucy Conner was 100th and sophomore Emma Heck was 119th.

Boys tennis

Marauders fall to Raiders

The Mt. Vernon Marauders lost their season opener on the road at Shenandoah 3-2.

Mt. Vernon’s points came from both doubles teams. Brayden Browning and Matthew McCullough teamed at No. 1 doubles to win 6-2, 6-1.

At No. 2 doubles, Peyton Meadors and Sam McCarty won 6-0, 6-1.

“First give credit to John Rhodes and the Shenandoah team. He does a great job,” Mt. Vernon head coach Gabe Muterspaugh said. “Secondly, our dubs took control early and took care of business. Our singles struggled and beat themselves a lot tonight. That is correctable and it will be or we will continue to search for fighters.”

Volleyball

Dragons sweep Spartans

The New Palestine Dragons won their second straight match, beating Connersville 25-15, 25-7, 25-18 on Monday at the Spartan Bowl.

Allison Dennemann had a double-double with 18 kills and 12 digs. Mia Long had 11 kills and eight digs. Lydia Jones had 19 digs, and Sydney Robertson finished with 34 assists.

“Connersville had a tough gym environment,” New Palestine head coach Kelli Whitaker said. “Their crowd was rowdy and the gym was hot. We had to overcome some adversity and some frustration to win this match. It was a good challenge that will help prepare us for the future matches.”

Cougars sweep Warriors in opener

The Greenfield-Central volleyball team won 3-0 against visiting Warren Central on Monday.

The Cougars beat the Warriors 25-8, 25-16, 25-15. Morgan Grigsby led the team with nine kills, while Haleigh Pribble added eight. Grigsby had two blocks and six digs. Pribble added five digs, while Molly Broome dished out 28 assists.

Marauders fall to champs

The Mt. Vernon Marauders lost 3-0 to the defending Class 4A state champion Cathedral Irish on Monday.

The loss pushes Mt. Vernon’s record to 1-1 on the season.

Cathedral prevailed 25-23, 25-9, 25-21. Victoria Bulmahn led the team with seven kills, followed by Sarah Herman with five. Herman added two aces.

Grace Hurst had 39 digs. Bulmahn had 20 digs with seven assists. Meridan Eads had 10 assists.

Girls soccer

Cougars open season with win

The Greenfield-Central Cougars blanked Warren Central 2-0 on Monday.

Anne Marie DeKeyser netted the first goal in her debut as she beat four defenders and put the ball in the back of the net in the second half.

A minute later, she played a great ball through to Trystan Ailes for the team’s second goal. Kayla Enochs notched the shutout in goal.

Dragons shut out Falcons

The New Palestine Dragons opened the year with a 3-0 shutout against Perry Meridian on Monday.

Olivia Lambdin put the Dragons up 1-0 by halftime and Olivia McKilligan add a second-half goal. Victoria Crowder scored the final goal late.