The Mt. Vernon boys cross country team triumphed at the Pendleton Heights Invitational Wednesday night in an 18-team field. New Palestine finished fifth.
Marauders junior Aaron Rush won the race in 16:40. Coming in just behind him was Dragons sophomore Samuel Voelz with a time of 17:07.
Also finishing in the top 20 for the Marauders were junior Christian Noble (4th), senior Jake Russell (12th) and juniors Brian Bozymski (18th), Brendan O’Bryhim (16th) and Brandt True (19th).
The other top-20 finisher for the Dragons was junior Riley Wilson (13th).
“It is very hard to beat PH on their home course,” Marauders coach Bruce Kendall said. “We face them at least six more times this season, and they will be at full strength next time, so I expect a very long season with the horses.”
Coming in the second in the team standings was Pendleton Heights followed by Roncalli, Whiteland and NP.
In the girls race, senior Marissa Crosby led New Palestine to sixth place out of 17 teams. Crosby finished 19th. Other finishers were Mattie Waggoner, who placed 42nd, Bailey Wallace 59th, Natalie Lindsey 61st and Izzy Fleetwood 63rd.
For Mt. Vernon, senior Morgan Hayse led her team to a ninth place finish.
In the team standings, Pendleton Heights finished first, followed by Warren Central, Fishers, Roncalli and Yorktown.
Other MV finishers were Erin Lyday in 33rd, Samantha Gawrys 50th, Chanise Donaldson 72nd and Elizabeth Foreman 79th.
In the JV boys race, Mt. Vernon took first, second and third with senior Jimmy McDonald, junior Austin Rappe and freshman Tim Broaders claiming the honors.
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The Wildcats narrowly slipped past the Cougars Wednesday evening at Winding Ridge Golf Club.
The loss drops Greenfield-Central’s season record to 23-14.
Leading the way for the Cougars was junior Makenzie Fisk, who medaled, shooting a team-leading 38. Fisk was followed by sophomore Megan Garner (45), freshman Lindsey McCord (50) and juniors Kim Miles (53) and Clara Bogan (55).
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New Palestine played well in a road loss to Fishers.
Abby Poole shot 40, Mackenzi Black 41, Cassie Rooks 43, and both Sarah Rose and Bailey Kamp shot 48s.
“We played well on the road again,” NP coach Gregg Greene said. “We knew Fishers was good and responded with three solid rounds.”
The Dragons next play Tuesday in the Hancock County meet.
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The Dragons boys tennis team swept Greenfield-Central Wednesday afternoon, improving to 2-1 in HHC play and 3-1 overall.
At singles, senior Brent Barrett and sophomore Jake Purcell both won 6-1, 6-0, and junior Coltin Espich won 6-2, 6-1. The No. 1 doubles team of seniors Ben Farley and David Thompson won 6-4, 6-0. Juniors Evan Rejer and Josh McKinney won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
“We played some solid tennis,” NP coach Chris Hardin said, noting that G-C was in the midst of working in several new varsity players. “We still have room for improvement, but it was good to get a conference win against a future county and sectional opponent.”
Greenfield-Central fell to 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in HHC play.
The JV teams played to a 3-3 tie.
New Palestine 4, Whiteland 0
After four washouts, the Dragons finally took to the field Wednesday night and poured things on in a victory against the Whiteland Warriors.
The Dragons got two goals in each half, with junior Ryan Miller scoring twice.
Senior Jackson Cochran led off the scoring with an unassisted first-half goal, and then Miller made it 2-0 on a feed from senior C.J. Ritzi. Senior Bo Owens, gave NP a 3-0 lead in the second half on a feed from senior Caleb Kramer, and Miller finished the scoring with an unassisted tally.
“We had a slow start, but finished with a 4-0 win,” NP coach Bobby Holden said. “Glad to finally get a game in and looking forward to tomorrow at Franklin Central. Thanks to all the fans who came out today. We really need and appreciate your support.”
The Dragons also won the JV match 9-0.
Fishers 4, Mt. Vernon 0
The Class 2A No. 8 Tigers put in two goals in the first half and two in the second en route to shutting out the No. 20 Marauders Wednesday night at Mt. Vernon.
The loss was the Marauders first of the season, dropping their record to 4-1.
The host Cougars upended Richmond Wednesday night to give head coach Kim Wildman her 200th career victory.
Greenfield-Central was led by senior Jordan Bunch, who notched 17 kills as well as picking up 10 digs. Leading the team in digs was senior Caitey Sosnowski, who racked up 24.
Sophomore Courtney Machello added 35 assists in the winning effort.
The Cougars evened their record at 1-1 on the season.