With the Hoosier Heritage Conference meet looming, the New Palestine wrestling team won its own invitational Saturday, finishing with 207.5 points to top Martinsville by 15.
East Central (155) was third, Columbia City (146.5) fourth, Roncalli (145) fifth, Rushville (131) sixth and Beech Grove (84) seventh.
The Dragons had six champions, starting with Alec White at 106 pounds. At 113, Eugene Starks had three falls in the preliminary rounds and followed with a 22-second quick pin and a technical fall in the final. At 120, Chad Red had falls in all four matches, including two in 24 seconds. Brian Wagner also had four falls in four matches to win at 195.
Other NP winners were Rylan McCarty at 126 and Jared Timberman at 132. Nick Brickens was runner-up at 160. Noah Grable was also runner-up at 220.
Placing fourth were Jaylyn Wallace (138) and Andrew Yazel (285). David Johnson was fifth at 145. Sam Weber placed sixth at 170, as did Cameron Shanahan at 182.
The HHC Meet is Saturday at Pendleton Heights.
Royals 1-4 at Avon
Eastern Hancock beat Mt. Vernon 48-31 Saturday at the Avon Super 6, but lost 66-9 to Harrison, 72-6 to Avon, 53-27 to Danville and 57-24 to Fishers.
Matt Bowman went 4-1 at 170 for the Royals. Jarod Waterman (152) and Hunter Knopp (182) went 3-2.
Royals host first-ever invite
Eastern Hancock hosted its initial swimming invitational Saturday, welcoming Centerville, Herron and Indian Creek.
IC took team titles in both the girls and boys meets. The Royals were third in boys meet and fourth in the girls meet.
Runner-up finishes for the EH boys were Bryce Burkhart (100 breaststroke), the 200 freestyle relay (Sam Carlton, Matt Thompson, Burkhart, Cole Cochard) and the 200 medley relay (Carlton, Burkhart, Deven Grose, Cochard).
Shelby Kell was third in the 100 and 200 freestyle for the girls squad.
MV sweeps Golden Bears
The Mt. Vernon girls swimming and diving team handled Shelbyville Saturday, knocking off the hosts 136-41.
Individual winners for MV were Maddie Powell (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke), Haley Moore (200 individual medley, 100 freestyle), Gloria Gonzales (50 freestyle, 100 butterfly), Maddy King (diving), Eve Gonzales (500 freestyle) and Nicole Dowd (100 breaststroke).
On the boys side, the Marauders won 125-58.
Cole Case (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke) and Ethan Park (200 individual medley, 100 freestyle) were double winners. Zach Ball (diving), Dixon Tierney (100 butterfly), Bryan Ahonen (500 freestyle) and Zane Smith (100 breaststroke) also prevailed.
Thursday, Mt. Vernon, Greenfield-Central and host New Palestine are at the Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet prelims. Finals are Saturday.
Cougar divers shine at Bloomington
Greenfield-Central diver Jacob Keener took second at the Bloomington North Diving Invitational Saturday, notching a personal-best score against competitors from Columbus North, Columbus East, Bloomington North and Bloomington South.
“He gained some experience and confidence going into conference this week. This is a great invitational to allow divers some practice at an 11-dive meet before conference and sectionals,” G-C coach Mark Logan said. “We are very excited to cheer on our divers this week at the HHC diving prelims Thursday.”
On the girls side, Ava Dickmann was third, Shyanne Milne was fourth and Kaylee Rumfelt was sixth.
“These girls did a great job, all had personal-best scores,” girls coach Emily Logan said. “This was a great experience with an 11-dive invitational to prepare for conference and sectionals.”
Eastern Hancock 82, Edinburgh 32
The Royals improved to 11-2 overall and 5-0 in Mid-Hoosier Conference play with a comfortable home win Monday evening.
The 82 points were a season-best for EH, which hadn’t scored that many points since beating Muncie South 83-32 on Nov. 10, 2012.
Kiersten Schrope paced the Royals — who had 13 players score — with 15 points. Alora Marshall added 14 points.
Emiley Carlton had 10 points and seven rebounds, while Peyton Neisler had eight points and six rebounds.
New Palestine 35, Guerin Catholic 31
The Dragons’ defense rose to the challenge in a 35-31 triumph over Guerin Catholic Saturday.
New Palestine (5-7) held Guerin to 24 percent shooting, including 15 percent (3-19) in the second half.
The Dragons outscored the Golden Eagles 11-4 in the final quarter, holding Guerin off the scoreboard from the field until the game’s final minute.
Natalie Kehrt led the Dragons with 10 points. She also had five rebounds and two steals.
Katlyn Keele added nine points and nine rebounds. Raegan McMurray and Haley Stratman had six points each. McMurray also had four rebounds and three steals.
Greenfield-Central 69, Delta 33
The Cougars used a 24-7 advantage in the third quarter to improve to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play.
Madison Wise paced Greenfield-Central with 18 points. Katie Helgason added 10. Shelby Oldham, Regan Lewis and Brooke Bell had eight points apiece.
Noblesville 56, Mt. Vernon 46
The Millers rallied for the win, which snapped the Marauders’ six-game winning streak.
Sydney Shelton had 23 points for MV (10-3). Olivia Coleman added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Shaely Duff had seven points.
Eastern Hancock 70, Oldenburg Academy 63
Isaiah McCormick’s career-high 26 points led the way for the Royals (6-2), who are off to their best start since beginning the 2010-11 season 7-1.
McCormick made 8-of-12 shots, including five triples, as EH broke open a 28-21 lead at half with a 24-15 third quarter.
Derrik Noel tied a season high with 16 points and added five rebounds. Garrett Hancock made four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. Logan Splater had eight rebounds.