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Prep Wrap: Dragons, Cougars to meet for tennis title

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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.

Girls’ soccer

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.”

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