Daily Reporter staff reports
NEW PALESTINE — The New Palestine Dragons struck first Saturday afternoon, but the Class 2A No. 3 Batesville Bulldogs answered right back.
Down 1-0 early against the No. 12 Dragons, the Bulldogs (17-3) scored four unanswered first-half goals en route to a 6-2 girls soccer regional semifinal victory.
Batesville later lost to No. 6 Bishop Chatard 3-0 in the New Palestine Regional championship match Saturday night.
The Dragons (13-3-1) built an early 1-0 lead against the Bulldogs behind a first-half goal by Maddy Miller. She added another goal late in the second half off an assist by Maya Stirm.
The goals were Miller’s 10th and 11th on the season.
Batesville recorded 16 shots against New Palestine, with Dragons goalkeepers Riley Moss and Haley Weinrich combining for 11 saves overall. Moss finished with seven.
The Dragons captured their 12th sectional championship in program history this season. The title was a first for the team since 2014 and its third in five years.
Willis’ tennis season comes to a close
INDIANAPOLIS — Greenfield-Central senior Kole Willis’ tennis season came to a close Saturday afternoon during the Fishers boys tennis regional.
Willis lost to Brownsburg freshman Petar Petrovic 6-1, 6-0 in the regional semifinal round of the IHSAA individual state tournament.
Prior to Saturday’s loss, Willis was 3-0 in postseason play as a singles competitor and won an individual sectional championship at North Central to advance to the regional.
Willis finishes the season 18-9 overall. He was 15-8 during the regular season.