Sports Roundup – September 1

ANDERSON — Mt. Vernon boys tennis coach Gabe Muterspaugh promised his team a frozen treat at Sno Castle as an incentive to win Wednesday night in Anderson.

By night’s end, the Marauders went home with the W and full tummies.

The Mt. Vernon Marauders defeated the host Anderson Indians 3-2, with the No. 1 doubles tandem of Brayden Browning and Sam Frye leading the charge with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

At No. 2 doubles, Peyton Meadors and Sam McCarty won 6-0, 6-4. The team’s other point came from No. 3 singles player Thomas Obergfell, who won 6-1, 6-4.

“Have fun, play hard, just win and eat Sno Castle. Pretty simple plan,” Muterspaugh said. “The guys played tough tonight. Obergfell in his first varsity match learned a lot about finishing and staying focused. Good win.”

Royals swept by Bulldogs

State-ranked Lapel was too much to overcome for the Eastern Hancock Royals on Wednesday. The Royals boys tennis team won two games as the Bulldogs swept to a 5-0 victory.

At No. 1 doubles, Eastern Hancock’s Jack Smith and Ian White battled in a 1-6, 0-6 loss. Keegan Bowman and Brady Ellis also scored a game before falling at No. 2 doubles 1-6, 0-6.

Dragons win in sweep

The New Palestine boys tennis team powered past Franklin Central 5-0 on Wednesday. The win moves their record to 7-3.

Matthew True won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Ben Blachly prevailed 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. At No. 3 singles, Carson Gavin was a perfect 6-0, 6-0.

The No. 1 doubles tandem of Nick Rusche and Colby Wagoner won 6-1, 6-1. David Hockett and Dane Reid completed the sweep at No. 2 doubles with a final of 6-1, 6-0.


Dragons conquer Warriors

The New Palestine Dragons took care of business against Warren Central at home, winning 3-0.

The Dragons won the match 25-6, 25-7, 25-12. Allison Dennemann had eight kills and seven aces. Mia Long added five kills. Jesi Hall had four, while Kaelyn Armstrong and Kaylin Casner each had three.

“We had great contributions from several non-starters tonight,” New Palestine head coach Kelli Whitaker said. “We had a balanced attack.”

The Dragons improved to 7-2 after the victory and faced rival Greenfield-Central on Thursday night.


Dragons win eighth match 

There was no post-county tournament letdown for the New Palestine girls golf team Wednesday.

Facing Greenfield-Central and Franklin Central in a makeup three-way match, the Dragons fired a 172 to win by 28 strokes ahead of runner-up Greenfield-Central (200).

Mackenzi Black, who won medalist honors on Tuesday at the county tournament, shot a season-best 34. Annaliese Fox finished with a 36. Black’s total came in at 2-under par, while Fox was an even par.

Lindsey McCord led the Greenfield-Central Cougars with a career-best 37. Haley Hoagland had a 47, and Caroline Gibson posted a 49.

New Palestine’s Regina Olsen carded a 50, and Izzy Gray had a 52. The Dragons are now 8-1 on the year and faced Lawrence Central on Thursday at Hawk’s Tail of Greenfield.