Daily Reporter staff reports

The Mt. Vernon girls soccer team posted its second shutout this season by blanking Franklin Community 5-0 on Saturday.

The host Marauders had goals from Morgan Scruggs, Emma Langdon, Alaina Nelson and two from Alexi Hardie.

Nelson and Shey Stindle each had an assist. Jaici Wright and Angelina Metcalf shared the shutout. The Marauders are now 3-0.

Cross-country

Cougars take fourth at HSE

The Greenfield-Central boys cross-county team placed fifth at the Hokum Karem at Hamilton Southeastern on Saturday.

Parker Niemeier and Conner Kinnaman finished seventh in 32:03. Ethan Enochs and Austin Nigh were 24th in 36:58. The last scoring pair for Greenfield-Central was Luke Muckerheide and Caleb Short at 25th in 39:45.

Pendleton Heights won the event with 15 points. HSE was second at 18. Lawrence North was third at 25, while Franklin Central was fourth at 27. Greenfield-Central finished with 44 points.

Cougars run to 4th at Hokum Karem

The Greenfield-Central girls cross country team placed fourth with 35 points at Saturday’s Hokum Karem at Hamilton Southeastern.

The team of Sydney Cook and Audrey Brinkuff placed sixth in 37:51. Lindsey Pope and Sarah Muckerheide finished in 44:36. Darian Gossett and Brenna Ditto ran in 47:32. Lucy Conner and Emma Heck ran their 1-mile loops in 55:18.

Royals placed 5th at Meister

On Saturday, the Eastern Hancock Royals boys cross-country team placed fifth out of 18 teams in the Meister Family Run at Monroe Central with 184 points.

Skyler Schrope and Will Huffman were top-15 medalists. Schrope ran an 18:08.9 to place 10th and Huffman finished 15th at 18:27.5. Freshman Daniel Campbell ran a personal best 19:10 to place 30th.

Nick Edwards finished 59th with a time of 20:05.3. Westin Bishop ran a 22:02.4 in 111th place and Aaron Surburg finished at 115th in the field of 159 runners with a 22:15.5.

The Lady Royals were 10th with 222 points but had season best times by all five runners. Senior Liberty Durham placed 23rd in the field of 106 runners with a 23:30.6.

Annie Floyd ran a 25:16.3 for 45th place. Grace McCartney finished 66th with a 26:43.7, freshman Bella Witte ran a 27:18.8 for 73rd and Makla Law was in 76th with a career-best 27:30.9.

Marauders win invitational

The Mt. Vernon boys cross-country team won the Meister Family Run at Monroe Central on Saturday.

The Marauders were led by Drew Bluethmann, who placed third overall. Marco Ramirez was 14th, Alex Carver was 16th, Jacob Benz was 21st, Tyler Strantz was 22nd, Trey Kelvickas was 25th and Ben LaBelle was 29th.

New Haven was second as Mt. Vernon bested them by nearly a minute.

Volleyball

Royals improve to 5-2

The Eastern Hancock volleyball team continued it’s hot start by winning one of three matches this Saturday.

Defeating Southwestern (Shelbyville) 2-0 during the Shenandoah Invitational, the Royals improved to 5-2 on the year and placed fourth in the eight-team event.

Eastern Hancock opened the season 4-0 with wins against North Decatur, Morristown, Cambridge City Lincoln and Union City.

Their first loss was against Shenandoah 2-1 on Saturday. They also fell to Seton Catholic 2-1. The Royals beat Southwestern 25-15, 25-12.

Marauders win Ritter Invite

The Mt. Vernon volleyball team defeated Western Boone 2-1 and swept past Hamilton Heights 2-0 to win the Cardinal Ritter Invitational on Saturday.

The Marauders (4-2) lost to host Cardinal Ritter 2-1, but they still prevailed by virtue of their record in the round-robin format. This marks the fourth straight year Mt. Vernon has won the invitational.

Cardinal Ritter beat Mt. Vernon 24-26, 25-21, 15-13. Victoria Bulmahn and Grace Hurst led the Marauders in digs with 23 and 22, respectively.

Bulmahn had nine kills, followed by Claire Ertel’s seven, Sarah Herman’s six and Lille Perdue’s five. Meridan Eads had 15 assists, while Bulmahn added 13.

Mt. Vernon beat Hamilton Heights 25-15, 25-18 with Eads posting 13 assists and two aces. Hurst had three aces. Bulmahn had six assists and eight kills.

The Marauders knocked off Western Boone 25-16, 18-25, 15-9. Herman had nine digs. Eads finished with 16 assists. Bulmahn had 11 kills and 10 assists.

Cougars win third straight

The Greenfield-Central volleyball team kept its perfect record intact, defeating Greenwood Christian Academy 3-1 on Saturday.

The Cougars won 25-22, 25-18, 19-25, 25-15. Freshman Ali Knecht recorded a double-double in her first career start with 31 assists and 12 digs. Morgan Grisby had 11 kills and 11 digs. The team totaled a season-high 15 aces and 13 blocks.

Greenfield-Central is now 3-0 on the season.

Boys soccer

Marauders win HHC opener

The Mt. Vernon boys soccer team improved to 2-0 and 1-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference with a shutout of New Castle 7-0 on Saturday.

The Marauders had goals from Timmy Clone, Tylin Broaders, Michael McKeeman, Coleton Brandon and three from Drew Heitman.

Jenner York and Noah Whitehouse shared the shutout while Ben Wallace, Braxton Beaty, Jon Hanson and Caleb Vaughn assisted on defense.

Cougars win own invitational

The Greenfield-Central boys soccer team won the Cougar Cup on Saturday, defeating Richmond 8-1 in the finale.

They opened the event with a 9-0 win against Sheridan. The Cougars are now 2-0 on the season.

Against Sheridan, the Cougars received goals from Zack Bell, Caleb Mundell (2), Brandon Murphy (2), Cole Pierce (2), Noah Strange, and Zach Tutrow.

Murphy had three assists, while Braiden Sticka had three. Mundell added another along with Trevor Sawyer and Pablo Aguinaga.

Against Richmond, Sawyer scored the first two goals with assists from Bell, who had four in the match. Pierce had a goal and Sticka finished with two. Sticka added two assists. Strange had the final goal with the assist going to Matt Baggott.