New Palestine and Greenfield-Central will meet in the tennis sectional championship Friday after advancing through the semifinals Thursday afternoon.
At Mt. Vernon, the Dragons beat the host Marauders 3-2, while the Cougars defeated Eastern Hancock 4-1.
New Palestine got wins from Stratton Smith (No. 2 singles), Connor Swain (No. 3 singles) and Pete Rusche and David Thompson (No. 2 doubles).
Rusche and Thompson pulled out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory to clinch the semifinal for the Dragons.
Mt. Vernon’s Bryce Bobb (No. 1 singles) and Ben Bobb and Corey Beck (No. 1 doubles) registered wins for the Marauders and stayed alive in the state tourney. All No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles players who finish the team sectional unbeaten, even if their team loses, are eligible to advance.
In Greenfield-Central’s win, Dakota Smith (No. 1 singles), Chris Kersey (No. 2 singles), Brandon Hull (No. 3 singles) and Max Holtzclaw and Jake Kauth (No. 1 doubles) were straight-set winners.
Eastern Hancock’s No. 2 doubles team of Ignacio Midon and Kirby Petry notched a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 win.
Friday’s championship will begin at 4:30 p.m.
“The guys are excited about playing in the finals tomorrow, but we'll have our hands full with New Pal,” G-C coach Jeff Sincroft said. “Both teams are playing really good tennis right now, so I'm looking forward to a great match.”
New Palestine won three straight sectional titles between 2008-10 before Mt. Vernon captured the title last season. G-C’s last sectional championship came in 2007.
Look for a complete recap of the semifinal and championship action in Saturday’s Daily Reporter.
Greenfield-Central 7, Rushville 0
The Greenfield-Central girls’ soccer team concluded its regular season schedule Wednesday by blanking the Lions.
Emily Koers recorded a hat trick for G-C. Also scoring were Alli Frazier (two goals), Sammie McCoy and Tori Singco.
Katie Peters and Courtney Dunn combined for the shutout.
The Cougars (10-5, 5-2 Hoosier Heritage Conference) take on Shelbyville Thursday at Mt. Vernon in the sectional semifinals.
Mt. Vernon 2, Yorktown 1
Claudia Brown’s overtime score gave the Marauders their fourth straight victory Wednesday.
Chelsea Thomas notched a first-half goal that was assisted on by Brown and Hannah Whitaker.
MV (9-4-1, 4-2 HHC) is at Franklin Saturday.
Guerin Catholic 5, New Palestine 1
New Palestine was felled by 2A No. 16 Guerin Catholic on Senior Night Wednesday.
Lauren Joray scored for the Dragons, who finished their regular season 11-6.
“Senior night was something these girls can be proud of,” NP coach Bobby Holden said. “I know I was extremely proud of their performance and playing so well tonight.”