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Ertel, Thompson spur MV in first win post-Coleman

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The Mt. Vernon boys basketball team won its first full game in the post-CJ Coleman era Thursday night, downing Muncie Burris 54-37.

Coleman, the team’s senior point guard and leading scorer, is out for the season with a broken ankle suffered Saturday against Noblesville.

Thursday, the Marauders (8-9) led Burris (2-12) 23-14 at half and 39-21 through three quarters.

Freshman Michael Ertel paced the black-and-gold with 12 points. Michael Thompson had 10 points and eight rebounds. James McCloud and James Stricker each had eight points. Alec Lohman notched seven rebounds.

The 37 points allowed was a season-low for MV, which is at Lawrence Central (7-7) Saturday.

Boys basketball

Greenfield-Central 52, Knightstown 40

The Cougars defeated the Panthers for the fifth straight time Thursday night.

Tate Hall scored 19 points for G-C (3-15, 0-5 Hoosier Heritage Conference), which is at Shelbyville (6-9, 3-1 HHC) Tuesday. Cole Oleksy added a season-best 16 points.

Knightstown fell to 8-7.

Hauser 67, Eastern Hancock 56

Thursday, the Royals lost their first Mid-Hoosier Conference game since Dec. 20.

EH (10-4, 4-2 MHC) fell from a tie atop the conference standings with the loss. Knightstown (4-1 MHC), which handed the Royals their other MHC setback, is in first.

Hauser improved to 8-8 (4-4 MHC).

EH is at Union County (13-2) Saturday. The Patriots had their 13-game winning streak snapped Thursday night.


Host New Palestine prevailed in a close gymnastics match with Hagerstown, and also beat Muncie South in a three-way meet to improve to 6-1 on the year Wednesday. 

The Dragons tallied 97.25 points, edging Hagerstown (96.7). Muncie South was third (42.4).

Kate Fee won three events, claiming the vault (9.0), uneven bars (8.45) and balance beam (9.275). She was also third on floor exercise, and earned first place in the all-around (35.5).

Kylie Zehner took fourth in the all-around. She was second on vault, second on floor and sixth on bars. Annabelle Dockins was fifth in the all-around, finishing third on vault, fourth on beam and fifth on floor.

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