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Prep Wrap: Cougars net shutout

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The Greenfield-Central boys tennis team was dominant Thursday night at Morristown. The Cougars secured the 5-0 shutout by beating Morristown players in all but three games.

No. 1 singles player Zak Lawhorn defeated his opponent 6-0, 6-1. The No. 2 and No. 3 for the Cougars, Thomas Spears and Dylan Wilburn each won flawless 6-0, 6-0 matches.  The same went for the No. 2 doubles team of Sam Gwinn and Brady Wright.

The No. 1 doubles pair of Tommy Graham and Nate Real won their match 6-0, 6-2.

New Palestine 5,

Shelbyville 0

New Palestine swept the Hoosier Heritage Conference match.

The Dragons have now won five straight matches — all by 5-0 scores. They are now 7-1 on the season and 3-1 in the HHC.

At singles, Brent Barrett won 6-0, 6-0; Jake Purcell won 6-0, 6-1; and Coltin Espich won 6-1, 6-1. The doubles team of Josh McKinney and Evan Rejer also had a 6-1, 6-1 win. The No. 1 doubles team of David Thompson and Ben Farley had a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory to finish the sweep.

“We played fairly well tonight, considering the high level we played at last night against Franklin Central,” coach Chris Hardin said.

The Dragons next play Saturday against Silver Creek and University in a triple-dual.

The Dragon JV also won 5-2.

Boys soccer

Guerin Catholic 1,

New Palestine 0

In a game New Palestine coach Bobby Holden called “hard fought,” the Dragons boys soccer team was  defeated 1-0 by host Guerin Catholic on a second-half goal­­.

“We missed our chances, and they finished one of theirs,” Holden said. “We’ll regroup this Saturday at Warren Central.

New Palestine falls to 2-2-1 on the season.

Cross country

Greenfield-Central competes in Chatard invite

The Greenfield-Central girls cross country team finished fourth among seven teams competing in Wednesday evening’s Bishop Chatard Invitational at Graham Martin Park. Winning the meet was Bishop Chatard, followed by Perry Meridian, Scecina, GC and Decatur Central.

The Cougars boys finished sixth out of eight. Coming in first was Scecina, followed by Bishop Chatard, Southwestern (Shelbyville), Decatur Central, and Perry Meridian.

The Greenfield-Central girls were led by the ninth-place run of freshman Sydney Cook, who finished in the three-mile race in twenty-three minutes and forty-nine seconds. Cook was followed by junior Nikki Stephenson (14th), senior Claire Talbott (21st), senior Katie Wickham (22nd), sophomore Nicole Watson (32nd), freshman Dusti Chestnut (33rd), and sophomore Abby Shambaugh (43rd).

The Cougars boys were led by senior Luke Shambaugh, who finished 21st with a time 19:45. Other finishers for GC were freshman Kyle Kirkpatrick (29th), sophomore Joel Carpenter (31st), freshman Chandler Dishman (32nd), senior William Wagner (40th), junior Zac Archibald (41) and freshman Dustin Kleiman (46th).

The teams are next in action Saturday at the Martinsville Invitational.

Girls soccer

New Palestine 4, Yorktown 0

Junior Katie Villiger scored a hat trick to lead the New Palestine soccer team to a 4-0 shutout of Yorktown Wednesday at NPHS.

Villiger scored two first-half goals and added a third to make it a 4-0 game. Senior Madison Carpenter also had a goal and an assist, while junior Molly Carpenter had two assists.

Gabbi Pierson, a junior, had the shutout for the Dragons.

“The Dragons were more than ready to gain this conference victory,” NP coach Gina Fannin said. “The ladies worked the ball rather well tonight in their new formation. They were able to get on the board early, within the first six minutes and only looked to increase the lead as the game went on.”

Katie Villiger had a hat trick for NP with an assist from Madison Carpenter on Villiger’s first score. 

Madison Carpenter scored a goal off an assist from Molly Carpenter to complete the New Palestine scoring.

The Dragons are now 4-2-0 on the season and meet Columbus East on Saturday.

The Dragons JV team also won 4-0 on goals by Summer Petrow, Corrin Neese, Hannah Taggart and Olivia McKilligin.


Delta 3, Mt. Vernon 2

The Marauders volleyball team rallied against Class 3A No. 1 Delta Thursday night, but ultimately fell short in five sets, losing 25-18, 25-9, 17-25, 22-25, 15-13 at home.

The Marauders were led by sophomore Jaclyn Bulmahn, who notched 21 kills and picked up 21 digs. 

Mt. Vernon is now 6-2 on the season.

Eastern Hancock 3

Blue River Valley 0

The Royals dispatched of Blue River Valley in three straight competitive sets, 25-20, 27-25, 25-23.

Eastern Hancock was led by senior Melissa Bedell, who had nine kills and as many digs. Sophomore Leah Ferguson also contributed 10 digs, and sophomore Eva Stephenson led the team with 22 assists.

The Royals are now 3-6. 

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