The Mt. Vernon boys swimming team won the 6-team Beech Grove Invitational Saturday, with Cole Case taking home Most Valuable Swimmer honors.
Case won the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke while also factoring in the victorious 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
Other individual winners were Zach Ball (diving), Dixon Tierney (100 butterfly), Ethan Park (100 freestyle) and Zane Smith (100 breaststroke).
Case teamed with Smith, Tierney and Park in the medley relay, and Drew Scott, Daniel Majors and Matthew Bauchert to claim the 400 freestyle relay.
Colin Harrison, Scott, Park, and Tierney prevailed in the 200 freestyle relay.
The Marauder girls also won the Beech Grove Invite.
Relay victors were Maddie Powell, Gloria Gonzales, Haley Moore and Allie Schafer in the 200 medley, Powell, Gonzales, Moore and Schafer in the 200 freestyle, and Powell, Moore, Gonzales and Eve Gonzales in the 400 freestyle.
Individual winners were Powell (200 individual medley), Laura Cochran (diving) and Moore (100 butterfly).
Royals compete at Beech Grove
Eastern Hancock was also active at the Beech Grove Invite, with the boys taking fourth and the girls finishing sixth.
Sam Carlton took third in the 50 freestyle for the boys. The medley relay team of Carlton, Bryce Burkhart, Deven Grose and Cole Cochard once again broke the school record.
For the girls, Shelby Kell was fourth in the 100 freestyle.
MV clinches share of HHC
Mt Vernon handled Delta 64-19 Saturday, clinching a share of its fifth consecutive Hoosier Heritage Conference crown with a 5-1 conference record.
Greenfield-Central and Pendleton Heights also finished with 5-1 HHC marks.
Ariana Sandefur paced the Marauders (14-4) with 18 points. Sydney Shelton added 15 points, Olivia Coleman scored 11 and Erica Moore had seven.
MV, which led 42-6 at half, finishes its regular season with tilts at Western Boone (14-5) today and home against Fort Wayne Canterbury (14-3) Friday.
Eastern Hancock 73, Hauser 66
The Royals rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit by outscoring Hauser 43-24 in the second half Saturday.
EH entered with its first losing streak of the season, having dropped games to Southwestern and Tri earlier in the week.
Kiersten Schrope filled up the stat sheet, finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Kristin Eischen added 16 points and four rebounds. Lauren Harmon had 14 points and five steals. Emiley Carlton had nine points and three steals.
“If you want the definition of a team win today is the day. Their backs were against the wall all day long. They never quit and battled through all kinds of adversity to pull out this win. Words can’t express how I feel about this team. I am very proud of these girls and to be their coach,” Royals’ coach Jeremy Powers said. “We have had a rough week and to get this win after our first half really makes our week so much better. I told them at halftime this second half was going to make or break the rest of our season, and I really believe this will ignite our team for the rest of the regular season and the postseason.”
Eastern Hancock 79, Waldron 28
The Royals wrapped up Mid-Hoosier Conference play Monday with resounding win on Senior Night.
Hannah Best paced EH (14-4, 8-1 MHC) with 14 points.
Schrope added 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Alora Marshall had 11 points. Eischen tallied eight points. All seven seniors scored for the Royals.
Eastern Hancock’s final regular-season game is Thursday vs. Centerville (5-13). Southwestern (15-1, 8-0 MHC) can clinch the outright MHC crown with a win over Hauser (9-11, 4-3 MHC) Thursday.
The EH JV team won 43-19 to clinch the MHC championship.
New Palestine 55, Greenwood 47
Shooting a season-best 57 percent from the floor, the Dragons scored a road win over a common Sectional 13 foe Saturday.
Raegan McMurray and Emma Laughlin scored 12 points apiece for NP (9-9), which won for the fourth time in its past five games.
The Dragons converted 15-of-28 field-goal attempts and went 21-of-32 from the foul line.
NP fell behind 7-2 early, but rallied to tie the game by the end of the first quarter, and built a 23-19 lead late in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, the visitors opened with consecutive 3-pointers by Haley Stratman and Natalie Kehrt — sandwiched around a free throw — to go ahead 29-22. Carly Hackler later drilled a 3-pointer to key a 7-0 run that pushed the lead to double-digits, at 39-28, early in the fourth. NP hit 14-of-20 free throws in the fourth quarter. Fourteen of the Dragons’ final 16 points came from the line.
NP closes the regular season at home Wednesday against Connersville (10-10).
Warren Central 71, Greenfield-Central 68, OT
The Cougars’ five-game win streak was snapped Saturday evening by the Warriors.
G-C (12-6) surrendered a season high in points.
Individual statistics were not available.
The Cougars are at Whiteland (1-18) today and host Greenwood (7-10) Thursday to finish out their regular season.
Perry Meridian 49, New Palestine 42
The Dragons dropped their fourth straight game Saturday, falling at home to the Falcons.
NP (6-6) was ahead 32-31 after three quarters, but was outscored 18-10 in the final frame.
Ryan Curry scored 25 points for the Dragons, his seventh 20-point game of the season. He also grabbed six rebounds.
Samson Haynes notched a career-high 14 points. Connor Roach had seven rebounds.