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Prep Wrap: Dragons softball, Royals track claim titles

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The Mt. Vernon boys golf team fired a 324 to finish third behind No. 9-ranked Center Grove (295) and No. 18 Plainfield (313) at the Center Grove Invite on Saturday.

Austin Alexander (76), Oliver Mast (80), Will Dant (83) and Jacob Ault (85) paced the Marauders on Center Grove’s home course.

“This is the best score we’ve had at Hickory Stick since I’ve been coaching the team,” MV coach Caleb Zelencik said. “Our attitude coming into today was great. The boys wanted to play well and compete, and they did just that.

“Their poise throughout the day was incredible. Saturday was a good starting point in terms of our expectations for 18-holes tournaments.”

Columbus North took fourth in the team standings with 327, followed by Martinsville (328), Roncalli (328), Franklin and New Palestine (366).

Brady Elliott led the way for the Dragons with an 80, with help from Aric Kotarski (91), Grayden Martin (96) and Matt Kreutzer (99). The Dragons were eighth.

“We improved from last year’s score by 18 (strokes) and, more importantly, it was by everyone scoring better individually between three to nine strokes,” NP coach Gregg Greene said.

Center Grove’s Chris Heck took medalist honors with a 72.

On Monday, Mt. Vernon faced Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Yorktown in a three-way. The Tigers (148) beat the Marauders (155) and Lapel (198), but MV’s Alexander and Mast shared medalist honors with 35s.

“The boys played well tonight, we just ran into a very deep Yorktown squad,” said Zelencik, who noted that Yorktown’s five golfers each took a 37.

Greenfield-Central 161, Anderson 189

Clayton Long’s 38 was good for medalist honors and Jake Kauth (40), Trevor Humphreys (41) and Adam Casto (42) added to the G-C victory at Edgewood Country Club.


Perry Meridian 6, Greenfield-Central 5

The host Falcons drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the Cougars.

G-C trailed 5-0 after the third inning before rallying to tie things up at 5-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

New Palestine 8, Whiteland 5

The Dragons improved to 7-3 with their fifth straight victory Monday. The Dragons host Roncalli Wednesday.

Girls tennis

Dragons, Marauders claim titles

New Palestine’s Kara Miller and Kylar Litteral won the No. 1 doubles title at the seven-team Mt. Vernon Invitational on Saturday, while Mt. Vernon’s Sarah Jones won the No. 3 singles tourney title.

As a team, the Dragons placed fourth with 25 points. Richmond won the team title with 37 points, ahead of No. 11 Marion (36), Mt. Vernon (30), New Palestine (25), Lebanon (19), Muncie Central (18) and Norwell (12).

Miller and Litteral beat Marion’s team in a super-tiebreaker in the opening round, then posted straight-set wins over Mt. Vernon and Muncie Central to win the title.

At No. 2 doubles, New Palestine’s Lauren Hardebeck and Alana Henry took second.

“We did not have a great day at singles, but we were physically not 100 percent, so we limped through the day with each player taking one of the three matches,” NP coach Chris Hardin said. “At doubles, we played really well.

“We need to physically get healthy at singles, but I am very proud of the way the doubles played this weekend. They earned every point and continue to perform. I anticipate a week of rest culminating in the county tournament on Friday night under the lights. It should be a great week.”

Friday, New Palestine dropped a 3-2 decision to Franklin Central.

The Dragons swept the doubles, with Miller/Litteral winning at No. 1, and Hardebeck/Henry winning at No. 2, both in straight sets.

On Monday, New Palestine blanked Triton Central 5-0.

Greenfield-Central 3, Warren Central 2

Alli Frazier at No. 2 singles and the Cougars’ doubles teams of Madeline Lee/Kylie Smith and Rachel Berish/Emma Vowell led host G-C to victory on Monday.

Lee and Smith went three sets, pulling out a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win.

Eastern Hancock 3, Triton Central 2

Hailey Carlton at No. 2 singles and the Royals’ doubles teams of Grace Perkins/Hannah Miller and Alex Perkins/Madison Mayfield scored straight-set wins Friday to pace the Royals.


New Pal wins Jennings County crown

The Dragons beat the host Panthers 3-2 in the championship game of the Jennings County Tournament Saturday after defeating Perry Meridian 11-4 earlier in the day. Both games went eight innings.

New Palestine’s win over 4A No. 4-ranked Jennings County was its fourth win over a ranked foe in a week’s span. The Dragons (7-1) had previously beaten Roncalli, Franklin Central and Hamilton Southeastern.

On Saturday, Casey Lehman and Abby O’Connor tallied home runs for New Palestine to go along with two RBI apiece. Issy Hoyt and Brittany Duncan also finished the day with two RBI each, while Duncan had a pair of doubles. O’Connor and Duncan shared team-high honors with four hits apiece on the day.

Against Jennings County, NP’s Elisha Barker drove in O’Connor with the game-winning hit.

Barker got the pitching win in relief, throwing 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out three. Kaylin McMurray, the starter, allowed one earned run and stuck out four in 3 1/3 innings.

Earlier in the day, the Dragons scored seven runs in the top of the eighth to put away the Falcons. Barker again got the pitching win in relief, throwing four scoreless, hitless innings.

Eastern Hancock 15, Tri 6

The Royals smashed 18 hits, with a pair of home runs from Brooke Walden, to throttle Tri.

Walden and Kaysi Gilbert had three RBI each; Emily Reger added a home run and two RBI; Jordan Pierson and Peyton West had three hits each; and Caitlin Richmond allowed four earned runs in six innings to get the win on the mound.

The Royals (5-1) host Morristown – EH coach Sue Anderson’s former team – today in EH’s Breast Cancer Awareness event.

Track and field

G-C girls third at Decatur Central

Savanna Brock (pole vault), Maddie Wise (100 hurdles) and Regan Lewis (high jump) earned wins for the Cougars Friday at the Decatur Central Invite.

Brownsburg won the team title with 125 points, ahead of Ben Davis (120), G-C (104), Greensburg (60), Franklin (N/A) and Decatur Central (31).

Wise (300 hurdles), Savannah Girolami (800) and the Cougars’ 400 relay and 1600 relay teams took second.

“We performed very well against very tough competition,” G-C coach Jan Hacker said. “Several athletes had personal bests. We hung with two of the top teams in the state without two of our top throwers (Jackie Landuyt and Savannah Hart). I am very proud of everyone.

At a separate showcase for throwers Friday at Warren Central, Landuyt and Hart made the finals, and Landuyt finished sixth in the discus.

Mt. Vernon fares well in Terre Haute

At the Terre Haute 5-way, the Terre Haute North girls won the team title with 84 points, ahead of Terre Haute South (57), Mt. Vernon (56), Lafayette Jeff (40) and Mooresville (31).

Mt. Vernon winners included Olivia Coleman (400, 200) and Aubri Benbow (300 hurdles). Coleman (long jump), Phylisia Donaldson (300 hurdles), Taylor Riggs (100) and the 400 relay of Benbow, Donaldson, Riggs and Javin Whiteside were second.

The Mt. Vernon boys finished second behind Terre Haute North.

Wyatt Gutierrez won the discus, Link Hine took first place in the pole vault and the 400 relay team of Caleb White, Brendan Bradfield, Donovan Bigelow and Andrew Payne notched wins for the Marauders.

“Our field events are improving with the weather and it makes for a much better meet for us when we they do well,” MV coach Bruce Kendall said. “We had great weather and great sunburns. Especially great day for Brisco Wood (second) in the 800 and Ross Houk (second) in the 400, where we have struggled.”

Royals sweep at Randolph Southern

Eastern Hancock won the boys and girls team titles at the Randolph Southern Small School Invitational.

For the boys, EH (131) was well in front of Cambridge City Lincoln (61), Wapahani (52), Union Modoc (49), Seton Catholic (37), Cowan (18) and Randolph Southern (nine).

Cooper Henderson (long jump); Justin Cool-Luke (high jump, 400); Devyn Brinson (300 hurdles); the 3200 relay team of Cool-Luke, Clayton Brumfield, Jacob Mueller and Parker West; the 400 relay team of Austin Smith, Derrik Noel, Sam Carlton and Isaiah McCormick; and the 1600 relay team of Brinson, Cool-Luke, Noel and Ethan Hayse were Eastern Hancock winners.

The Eastern Hancock ladies were also big winners with 126 points. Randolph Southern (65) was a distant second.

Kiersten Schrope was named Athlete of the Meet after winning the 800, 1600 and 3200. Hope Spaulding (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Kaycee Ruble (shot put), Shelby Mourey (high jump), Kristen Eischen (long jump) and the 1600 relay of Spaulding, Mourey, Maddie Lee and Cassey Hancock were also victorious for the Royals.

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