Grievance filed against Marauders

The tennis season ended for New Palestine Wednesday with a regional semifinal loss to Lawrence North at North Central.

The Dragons, who defeated Greenfield-Central Friday to win the sectional title, finished the year at 13-4. They were also county champs this season.

Lawrence North (11-9) advanced to face the winner of the other regional semifinal match between Hamilton Southeastern (14-3) and host North Central (15-1).

Another postseason tennis match between two Hancock County teams — the No. 1 doubles teams from Greenfield-Central and Mt. Vernon — will not be played.

Following a grievance by the Cougars, the IHSAA ruled Wednesday that the Marauders’ Ben Bobb and Corey Beck, who advanced out of the team sectional undefeated, were not eligible for postseason play because Bobb did not play at least half of the Marauders’ matches this season at doubles. Bobb started the year as a singles player, and then was moved to doubles with Beck shortly after Beck returned from an injury in the second half of the season.

G-C coach Jeff Sincroft felt like it was only fair to his players — Max Holtzclaw and Jake Kauth — to alert the IHSAA.

“The situation was brought to our attention by another coach last week, and I just wanted to do what was best for my guys,” he said. “Whether they lose their next match out or whatever the case might be, I just thought they should have a shot against people eligible to play in the tournament.

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