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Prep Wrap: County golfers brave elements at regional

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The Hancock County girls’ golf teams concluded their seasons Saturday at Westwood Country Club in New Castle.

In the 18-team field, New Palestine was the top area finisher in 10th with a score of 402. Mt. Vernon was 13th (409) and Greenfield-Central 15th (422).

No.1 Yorktown (321) placed first followed by Hamilton Southeastern and Noblesville, who also advanced to this weekend’s State Finals.

NP’s Abby Poole (85), who captured medalist honors at both the county and sectional meets, was the top area finisher. G-C’s Makenzie Fisk (92) and MV’s Ellen Wuerch (94) finished behind Poole, who was three strokes shy of the cutoff to advance as an individual.


Royals win EH invite

Eastern Hancock swept four games to win its own invitational Saturday, dropping only one game the entire day. The Royals opened with wins over Greenwood (25-15, 25-13) and Hagerstown (21-25, 25-8, 15-12) before topping Frankton (25-16, 25-16) and finally North Decatur (25-15, 25-15).

EH has now won 11 contests in a row and 12 of its last 13.

Jordian Eastes registered 90 assists on the day, giving her the program’s single-season assist mark. Other contributors were Frannie Stephenson (32 kills), Hannah Best (43 digs), Melissa Bedell (18 kills), Lauren Harmon (16 kills) and Beka Dickmander (18 kills).

The Royals (16-5) host Wes-Del today.

G-C third, MV eighth at Cougar Challenge

Greenfield-Central split four games to place third at the Cougar Challenge Saturday. Bloomington South was first, Franklin second.

The Cougars won their two opening games against Whiteland (25-12, 25-13) and Lebanon (25-20, 25-18) to move into the top bracket of the championship round.

G-C was then felled by Bloomington South (25-18, 19-25, 15-10) and Franklin (25-16, 25-17).

Megan Bradley (65 assists), Rachel Irbe (29 kills, 10 digs), Maddi Graham (20 kills), Alex Colclazier (41 digs) and Jordan Bunch (17 kills) paced G-C. Irbe and Colclazier were named to the all-tournament team.

“The girls played (Franklin) so tough until about point 12, and then we just seem to lose focus and really struggle to play our game,” G-C coach Rita Rouse said. “As long as we play fearless regardless who is on the other side of the net, that’s when we play our best volleyball. That’s what we have to do every single match.” 

The blue-and-gold (14-8) are at Shenandoah today.

Mt. Vernon, who placed eighth, dropped its opening two matches, losing 25-16, 25-17 to Franklin and 25-16, 25-13 to Batesville.

Cross country

MV boys first, girls second at Delta; EH girls win

The Mt. Vernon boys’ cross country team took first in an 11-team field at the Eagle Invitational Saturday.

Taylor VanWinkle (fifth, 17:33) medaled for the Marauders. He was backed up by Andrew Thaxton (seventh, 17:44), Andrew Boyle (10th, 17:53) and Brandt True (14th, 17:59).

On the girls’ side, Elizabeth Cook medaled (third, 20:32), followed by Morgan Hayse (10th, 21:37), Jessica Grubb (11th, 21:38), Samantha Sanders in (17th, 21:58) and Ariana Sandefur  (19th, 22:13).

“Great confidence-builder for both teams in that we run against most of regional competition on the regional course,” MV coach Bruce Kendall said.

Mt. Vernon is at the Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet Saturday.

The Eastern Hancock girls’ cross country team won its second invitational of the season Saturday by winning the 17-team gold division at the Eagle Invitational.

Kiersten Schrope captured her third individual win of the season with a time of 20:33.

Shelby Wyatt (fifth), Karlee Gray (15th), Cara Johnson (17th) and Hope Spaulding (23rd) backed up Schrope.

“Any time this year we have run against schools our size we have been very successful,” EH coach Rex Putt said. “We still have to continue to improve to compete with the big schools in our sectional, so we can advance to regional.

“Our young freshmen are beginning to develop a little more consistency so I’m confident we’ll be very competitive in two weeks at New Palestine, our sectional site.”

The boys’ team was led by Nathan Kell, who ran a career-best time of 20:00.

NP girls take Madison Courier title

The New Palestine girls’ cross country team prevailed in the 14-team Madison Courier Invitational Saturday with Sarah Schwartz claiming the individual title.

Bailey Wallace (third), Natalie Shields (fourth), Marissa Crosby (eighth) and Kayla Medaris (13th) backed up Schwartz.

Seth Eagleson triumphed in the boys’ race as the Dragons placed third. Austin Dodd was sixth.

New Palestine is at the HHC meet Saturday.

Boys’ tennis

Royals second at EH Invite

The Eastern Hancock boys’ tennis team placed second at its own invitational Saturday.

Garrett Hammond/Danny Rash (No. 1 doubles) and Kirby Petry/Ignacio Midon (No. 2 doubles) swept both of their matches in straight sets to win their positions.

Ryan Speas (No. 1 singles) and Caleb Wallen (No. 2) split their contests.

EH hosts Pendleton Heights today.

Greenfield-Central 5, Warren Central 0

With a quintet of straight-set victories, the Greenfield-Central boys’ tennis team swept Warren Central Saturday.

Dakota Smith (No. 1 singles), Chris Kersey (No. 2 singles), Brandon Hull (No. 3 singles), Max Holtzclaw/Jake Kauth (No. 1 doubles) and Luke Vowell/Bailey Hull (No. 2 doubles) were all victorious for the Cougars (16-5).

Girls’ soccer

Mt. Vernon 6, Delta 0

Claudia Brown’s hat trick paced the Marauders to a road victory Saturday.

Chelsea Thomas, Tayler Gutierrez and Danielle Nuckols also registered goals for Mt. Vernon.

Olivia Coleman and Lindsey Werking combined for the shutout in goal.

MV (7-4-1, 3-2 HHC) hosts Greenwood today.

New Palestine 8, Lawrence Central 0

Amy Hilton and Madison Parish both recorded two goals and an assist to lead the Dragons to a non-conference win Saturday.

Emily Sitzman added two goals. Kristin Wagner had a goal and an assist. Alyssa Mouzin posted three assists.

NP (10-5) hosts Guerin Catholic Wednesday.

Boys’ soccer

New Palestine 7, Delta 0

Bryson Basaran and Matt Ernster each scored two goals to pace the Dragons Saturday.

Basaran added two assists. Alex Melangton, Jackson Schwier and Jake Edwards also had goals.

NP (8-5-1, 4-1 HHC) hosts Rushville today.

Fishers 3, Mt. Vernon 1

The Marauders dropped a road match Saturday. Aaron Gilpin scored on a feed from Kyle Cansler for Mt. Vernon’s goal.

MV (7-6-2) is at Hamilton Heights today.

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