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Prep Wrap: Cougars win Richmond XC Invite

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For the fourth year in a row, the Greenfield-Central boys cross-country team triumphed at the Richmond Invitational on Saturday.

Led by junior Zach Bishop, who finished second with a time of 16 minutes, 23 seconds, Greenfield-Central defeated 13 other schools on the IU East course and pushed its season record to 13-0.

Other top-ten finishers for the Cougars were seniors Jason LaFord (fifth, 17:46) Taylor Wright (eighth, 18:04) and Syrus Fletcher (10th, 18:09).

Rounding out the top five behind the Cougars were Centerville, Connersville, Cowan and East Central.

Mt. Vernon boys finish 4th, girls 6th at Bloomington

The MV boys took fourth place at the Bloomington Invitational on a hot Saturday morning at Terre Haute, while the Mt. Vernon girls finished sixth.

Leading the way for the Marauders girls was senior Morgan Hayse, who came in 18th. In the boys’ race, junior Aaron Rush medaled, finishing fifth with a time of 16:42.

“It was really great to get on the state course,” Mt. Vernon cross-country coach Bruce Kendall said. “Now the hard work is earning the right to get back on it.”

For the MV boys, senior Jake Russell came in 15th, and junior Christian Noble finished 19th.

For the girls, sophomore Macie Dungan came in 20th, while Erin Lyda finished 38th.

Dragon boys finish 4th, girls 6th at Brebeuf Invite

The New Palestine cross country teams competed Saturday at the Harvey Invitational at Brebeuf, and had two medalists — fifth-place Samuel Voelz in the boys race and ninth-place Marissa Crosby in the girls race.

Voelz ran 16:57 to lead the Dragon boys. He was 41 seconds back of winner Zack Snider of Brebeuf. Crosby finished the 5K run in 21:56 to finish ninth.

The Dragon boys placed fourth of nine teams, tallying 130 places. Brebeuf (25) was the winner, with Fishers and Guerin Catholic also placing ahead of the Dragons. NP outpaced Heritage Christian, Chatard, Covenant Christian, University and Herron.

In addition to Voelz, Riley Wilson was 27th (18:13), Chase Crowder 30th (18:20), Drew Legan 40th and Tyler Carrie 48th.

The Dragon girls were sixth in a 10-team field with a team score of 165. Guerin Catholic and Brebeuf took the top two places. In addition to Crosby’s top-10 finish, Bailey Wallace was 28th (23:37), Mattie Waggoner 34th, Natalie Lindsay 49th and Kenzie Privette 60th.

Ethan Westrate’s 35th-place finish led the Dragon boys in the JV race. Izzy Fleetwood’s 13th-place run led the Dragon girls in the JV 5K.

The Dragons next compete Wednesday at the Pendleton Heights Arabian Roundup.

Eastern Hancock runners compete in weekend invite

On Saturday, the Eastern Hancock girls and boys teams competed in the Brian Meister Memorial Invitational at Monroe Central High School.

Although the boys team was incomplete with only four runners, all four finished in the muggy conditions on a soggy course.

Senior Parker West improved on last year’s 27th place to finish 10th this year with a season’s best 18:46. Gabe Blake was 30th in 20:08, and Mitchell Scott placed 35th with a time of 20:31. Kenny Bunnell ran a career best 25:01 and placed 114th in the field of 140 runners.

The girls team, running without two key juniors, managed to place seventh in the 13 team field of 121 female runners. Hope Spaulding was the top Royal finisher at 36th, followed by freshman Annie Floyd at 39th, Cara Johnson 40th, freshman Liberty Durham at 44th, and Paige Schuyler was 87th in her first competition of the year.

The Royals will next compete in the Rushville Invitational on Saturday.

Boys tennis

Eastern Hancock wins 2 of 3 at Hagerstown Invitational

The Royals were runners up in Saturday’s Hagerstown Invitational. After defeating Union City and Greensburg 4-1 in their first two matches, the Royals were shutout 5-0 against Silver Creek.

Using the tournament to add a pair of wins to their overall records were sophomore and No. 2 singles player Corbin Jennings, as well as the doubles team of junior Garek Ferguson and senior Kirby Petry.

Both Jennings and the doubles team own 3-1 overall records for the season. The team’s record moves to 2-2.

Pendleton Heights 4, Mt. Vernon 1

Mark Alvarado at No. 1 singles scored the Marauders’ lone victory. Alvarado improved to 3-0 while MV dropped to 2-1 overall.

Girls golf

Noblesville 176, Fishers 177, Greenfield-Central 215

The Cougars girls lost a three-way tournament against Noblesville and Fishers Thursday at Harbor Tree in Noblesville.

Junior Makenzie Fisk led Greenfield-Central with a 48. Freshman Lindsey McCord was next, shooting a 51, followed by sophomore Amanda Edward (54) and junior Clara Bogan (62).

The Cougars record is now 23-12.

Mt. Vernon shoots 383, finishes 6th at Connersville

The Marauders fought through a muggy Saturday on the golf course to finish sixth out of 15 at the Connersville Invitational.

Mt. Vernon was led by junior Molly Yee, who shot an 88. She was followed by junior Briley Wills’ 91, senior Bailey Fleming’s 98 and sophomore Maeve McCafferty’s 106.

Columbus East won the tournament, shooting a 349. They were followed by Madison (354), Connersville (361), Guerin Catholic (370) and Greenwood (376).

Connersville’s Lindsey Hackleman’s took home the individual crown, shooting an invitational-best 71.

On Monday, the Marauders took care of Alexandria 190-228 in a nine-hole match.

Yee and Fleming tied for top honors with 44s.

“We’ve hit that mid-season wall.  It happens every season about this time,” MV coach Caleb Zelencik said.  “We don’t have any other matches this week, so we can slow down and regroup.  This gives us a chance to refresh our mental approach to the game and get focused for the final three weeks of the season.”

Girls soccer

New Palestine 5, University 1

NP 3, Franklin Central 0

The Dragon girls soccer team won the New Palestine Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

New Palestine claimed the championship with a 3-0 victory against Franklin Central. Meaghan Matus had two goals for the Dragons, including a second-half penalty kick. She also scored on a feed from Amy Hilton earlier in the game to put the Dragons up 1-0.

Hilton factored in on all three Dragons goals. She scored the team’s second goal, assisted on Matus’ first, and drew the foul that led to the penalty kick that made it 3-0. Goalkeeper Gabbi Pierson recorded the shutout.

“This was a well deserved win by the Dragons,” coach Gina Fannin said. “We played hard and didn’t let down despite the wretched heat. The girls wanted to win this game bad, having lost the invitational last year to Franklin Central. The Dragons played very well together in this game.

“The girls were very excited to win the invitational trophy and immediately had their picture taken with it. A long, hot, muggy day had a satisfying end.”

The Dragons also won the morning game, beating University 5-1. Katie Villiger and Amy Hilton gave the Dragons an early 2-0 lead. After University answered, Madison Parish scored a goal and Meaghan Matus buried a penalty kick to give NP a 4-1 halftime lead. The Dragons switched positions and played a number of players in the second half. Danielle Matus — normally a defender — came up to striker and scored a second-half goal.

NP (2-1) traveled to Batesville for a Monday game.

Boys soccer

Mt. Vernon 4, New Castle 1

Senior Matt Powell led the Class 2A No. 20-ranked Marauders, notching a goal and an assist in the team’s win against New Castle.

Seniors Bobby Clone, Dylan Griffey and Jacob Thomas also each tallied goals for unbeaten Mt. Vernon (2-0).

G-C invite postponed

Due to inclement weather and poor field conditions, the Cougar Varsity Cup was cancelled Saturday. Officials will attempt  to make up the event  at a later date.

Dragons’ game postponed

The Dragons boys soccer game at Warren Central scheduled for Saturday night was postponed due to inclement weather.

A makeup date has not been announced.

The Dragons’ first three scheduled games have all been called due to weather-related reasons. They’ll next play today, opening the season at home against Whiteland with a 5:30 p.m. JV kickoff.


Royals 1-3 at Union Modoc

Eastern Hancock went 1-3 in Saturday’s Union Modoc Invitational.

In their first two match, they fell 2-0 against Cambridge City Lincoln and Tri. The Royal rebounded in their third match, defeating Randolph Southern 2-0. Finally, in their fourth match, the Royals lost 2-1 against Union Modoc.

Senior Melissa Bedell led the Royals offensive attack with 24 kills in the tournament. Sophomore Kaysi Gilbert tallied 26 digs, and sophomore Eva Stephenson piled up 45 assists.

The Royals are now 2-4 this season.

Mt. Vernon 2-1 at Ritter

The Marauders won their final two matches of Saturday’s Ritter Invitational. After falling against undefeated Western Boone to begin the tournament, Mt. Vernon bounced back to claim their next two matches against Guerin Catholic and Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, winning 2-0 and 2-1 respectively.

Junior Mary Grace Ertel provided 24 kills in the three-game span to lead the Marauders. Other leaders included sophomore Julia Wayer, who had 30 digs, and sophomore Ashton Barr, who tallied 30 assists.

The weekend’s outcomes lift the Marauders to 4-1 on the season.

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