The IHSAA released sectional assignments for boys and girls soccer, football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years Tuesday.
Mt. Vernon, bumped up from Class 3A to 4A in four-class sports, moved into a sectional grouping with Anderson, Connersville, Greenfield-Central, New Castle, Pendleton Heights and Richmond in the following sports: volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball. Yorktown will also compete in that grouping in volleyball.
New Palestine stayed in its 4A alignment with Center Grove, Franklin, Franklin Central, Greenwood and Whiteland for all four-class sports except volleyball. The Dragon spikers moved down to 3A for this two-year cycle, and will compete against Brebeuf, Guerin Catholic, Herron and Marshall in Sectional 26.
Delta and Frankfort were replaced by Beech Grove and New Castle in G-C, MV and NP’s football grouping in 4A Sectional 21, which retains Muncie Central, Muncie Southside and Pendleton Heights.
Eastern Hancock’s lone sectional change was in football, where Indiana School for the Deaf, Knightstown and defending champion Scecina were replaced by Monroe Central, Union City and Wes-Del in Sectional 45. Cambridge City Lincoln, Hagerstown, Northeastern and Tri remain in Sectional 45.
Look for a complete wrapup, along with local reaction, in Wednesday’s Daily Reporter.
G-C 3-0 over weekend
The Greenfield-Central softball team rebounded from its loss to Mt. Vernon on Friday to sweep three games on Saturday.
G-C, which fell to Hoosier Heritage Conference rival Mt. Vernon 9-5 Friday, beat Rushville 6-2 in another game conference to open play Saturday, then defeated Batesville 9-2 and 5-4 back-to-back battles.
Against Rushville (a make-up of a previously postponed game) Ashley Whitaker recorded the complete game win with 14 strikeouts. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run. Erika Knapp recorded her first career home run for the Cougars.
In Game 1 over Batesville, Alyssa Walls had a home run and Deena Miller went 3-for-4. Darcie Huber got the complete game win with eight strikeouts.
In the day-ender, Whitaker returned to the mound for another victory, while smashing a game-winning three-run homer.
Lindsey Hardwick totaled seven hits in three games for the Cougars (12-4, 2-1 HHC).
Eastern Hancock 8, Indian Creek 3
Emily Reger went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored and Tori Bednarksi added a pair of RBIs to send the Royals to a Mid-Hoosier Conference victory.
Darby Shaw held the Braves to two earned runs on seven hits with one strikeout over seven innings.
Savannah Blevins went 3-for-4 at the plate for Eastern Hancock, while Allison Dickey and Jordan Pierson added two hits apiece.
Cougars third at Argyll Invite
Host Madison Grant won the Argyll Invitational with 41 points, ahead of Mississinewa (26), Greenfield-Central (28) and Blackford (five).
The Cougars lost in the championship round at three positions, with Amelia Shepherd (No. 1 singles), Alli Frazier (No. 3 singles) and Sara Jones/Rachel Berish (No. 1 doubles) winning first-round matches, then falling in the title bouts.
Track and field
Mt. Vernon relay sets record; NP eighth
The MV girls placed seventh (43 points) at the Zionsville Invite on Friday night. The lone Marauders’ first-place ribbon came from the 400 meter relay team of Stevanni McCray, Olivia Coleman, Phylisia Donaldson, and Aliyah Myers, which set a new meet record.
McCray also placed third in the long jump.
“This meet has very tough competition,” MV coach Tim Leonard said. “Our girls that did not place set season bests or career bests.”
New Palestine took eighth, boosted by second-place finishes from Kenzi Hoffman (pole vault) and Annabelle Dockins (long jump).
Brownsburg (109) won the event, with Zionsville (104) and Harrison (73) round out the top three.
Cougars girls dominate; boys 3rd
The G-C girls won the Greensburg Invite with 159 points to out-distance Oldenburg (92), Shelbyville (85), Rushville (79), Lawrence Central (40), Greensburg (35) and Greenwood Christian (seven).
The Cougars’ Taylor Johnson set a new program record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.30 seconds. She previously shared the record with Kaylee Sirosky.
Savannah Girolami set a meet record in the 400 with a time of 1:00.4. In addition to those wins, Girolami and Johnson teamed with Sammie McCoy and Shelby Bowmer to win the 400 relay.
Girolami, Johnson, and McCoy were joined by Becca Flora in a victorious 1600 relay run. Girolami also won the 200; McCoy took first place in the 100; Jessi Morris won pole vault; Jackie Landuyt won shot put and discus; and Regan Lewis was first in high jump.
In the boys’ meet, Shelbyville notched 169 points to edge Rushville (146), G-C (82), Lawrence Central (69), Greensburg (24), Greenwood Christian (two) and Oldenburg (zero).
Brandon Bowmer scored the Cougars’ only wins in the 100 and 200.
Logan Addington (shot put), Zach Bishop (3200) and Conner Shaw (pole vault) were runner-up.
McKean sets NP shot put mark
Josh McKean broke New Palestine’s 16-year shot put mark en route to a runner-up finish at the Zionsville Invitational.
McKean’s toss of 50-8 eclipsed the old mark of 50-5.5, set by Eric Fulmer.
Chris Poturslaki took second in the 400 as the boys team placed eighth out of 10 teams.