Senior Basaran led county in scoring



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LAST SEASON: 12-6

Co-HHC champs, sectional runner-up to Greenfield-Central

KEY PLAYERS:

Bryson Basaran/12/MF

Solomon Haynes/12/F

Josh Jennings/12/D

Ryan Perkins/12/F

Jaron Pridgen/12/GK

Alex Thomas/12/F

Ben Richter/11/MF

Brandt Basaran/10/MF

Matt Ernster/10/D

Caleb Kramer/10/MF

Scott Niehoff/10/D

Charles Ritzi/10/D

Head coach: Bobby Holden (2nd season)

Is two seasons without a sectional title enough time to be considered a drought? New Palestine’s last championship on the end of a four-year sectional sweep came in 2009. The Dragons have bowed out to Greenfield-Central in the past two sectional tournaments, losing in the semifinals in 2010 and the finals a year ago.

It’s not as if NP endured a poor showing in 2011; the team finished 12-6 and went 6-1 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play to earn a share of the conference title with G-C.

That quest to reclaim lost glory will commence without several key contributors from last fall. Two All-Hancock County selections in forward Wes Fox (11 goals, 11 assists) and midfielder John Ernster (seven goals, county-best 12 assists) graduated along with midfielder Ty Fidler, defender Austin Timmerman and defender Daniel Wright, all of whom were named All-County Honorable Mention.

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