New Palestine’s Abby Poole and Cassie Rooks and Mt. Vernon’s Ellen Wuerch and Molly Yee garnered all-conference honors Saturday at the Hoosier Heritage Conference girls golf meet.
Yorktown (324 strokes) won the event, followed by Mt. Vernon (362), New Palestine (364), Pendleton Heights (378) and Delta (394). New Castle (429), Greenfield-Central (432) and Shelbyville (436) completed the field.
Rachel Johnson of Yorktown fired a 76 to earn medalist honors. Johnson was joined on the all-conference team by Yorktown’s Morgan Clark (79), Poole (80), Yorktown’s Reece Malapit (80), Pendleton’s Emily Tilton (82), Rooks (84), Wuerch (86) and Yee (87).
“Saturday was a tough day. There were a lot of tough competitors out there pushing to finish in the top three,” MV coach Caleb Zelencik said. “We were fortunate to have finished second for the second straight year, but we feel as if we didn’t play anywhere near our potential. Our goal was to push and possibly beat Yorktown. Yorktown was very good, and they deserved to win with the way they played.
“New Palestine had a very nice day, I was happy for coach (Gregg) Greene and his girls for their performance on Saturday.”
Hannah Yee (92) and Bailey Fleming (97) also scored for the Marauders.
“Ellen and Molly were the closest of anyone on our team to their averages, but they both left a lot of shots out there on the course. I don’t know if it was nerves or if we were pushing too hard, but we struggled out of the gate and had trouble coming back,” Zelencik said. “I am proud that the girls hung in there and fought their way around and finished strong.
“We are going to use the remaining time we have before sectionals to regain the form we had at mid-season. Last week really wore the girls out, so this week will be about fine tuning and refocusing.”
For the Dragons, Sarah Rose’s 93 was tied for 11th. Peyton Hill shot 107 to round out the NP scoring.
“We had a great day overall, and it was nice to have Cassie back playing well,” Greene said.
Makenzie Fisk’s 93 paced G-C. Sarah Maloney had a 105. Nicole Morley notched a 114.
The sectional meet is Saturday at Old Oakland Golf Club. Mt. Vernon is the defending team champion, while Poole will try for back-to-back individual titles.
Mt. Vernon 5, Lawrence Central 0
Mouhamed Konate’s 67th career goal helped MV move to 10-0 Saturday.
The Marauders, who moved from No. 18 to No. 15 in the latest 2A poll, also netted scores from Bobby Clone, Matt Powell, Jacob Thomas and Aaron Wheeler.
Konate added two assists. Logan Justus had four saves in goal for the clean sheet.
Greenfield-Central 1, Heritage Christian 0
The Cougars (4-4) snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday.
Enrique Ferrara fed Jacob Addington for the game’s lone goal. Brandyn Burkhart had the shutout in net.
New Palestine 4, Franklin 0
Matt Ernster had two goals and James Pridgen tallied two assists as the Dragons improved to 6-3 Saturday.
Caleb Kramer and Sam Weber also scored. Kyle Rodebeck and Jackson Schwier combined for 11 saves.
NP coach Bobby Holden also cited the strong defensive play of Nathan Villiger and Kelson Pike in helping register the shutout.
“The boys played well against a good Franklin Community team,” Holden said. “Very proud of their performance today.”
Noble, MV boys win Blackford Invite; EH girls 6th
Mt. Vernon’s Christian Noble won the open race at the Blackford Invitational Saturday as the Marauders cruised to a team victory.
Noble clocked in at 16:27.10, 11 seconds ahead of Pendleton Heights’ Tyler Flood.
MV (41 points) finished ahead of PH (61) and New Castle (94) in the open race field, which contained nine teams.
Aaron Rush (eighth), Brandt True (ninth), Andrew Boyle (11th) and Jake Russell (12th) rounded out the Marauders’ top five.
On the girls side, Mt. Vernon was third as a team in the open race standings.
Kaylee Walkey took third, finishing in 19:35.82, a new 5,000 meter school record. Elizabeth Cook held the old school mark of 19:38.
Morgan Hayse (ninth), Macie Dungan (10th), Samantha Sanders (21st) and Leah Chaves (29th) comprised the rest of MV’s top five.
“Obviously we got the trifecta in conditions: cool temperatures, low humidity and flat course. The result was fast conditions and fast times. The good thing was it was a legit course and we should have been fast,” Mt. Vernon coach Bruce Kendall said. “Never saw the girls record coming with Walkey, obviously an unexpected milestone there. Cook’s old record was set in the same conditions.
“The boys really competed well and fed off the conditions after seeing the girls having good times. What we really need now is wind and rain to find out who runs well in those conditions, but I am being careful of what I ask for.”
The Eastern Hancock girls took sixth out of 14 teams in the closed division. Eastbrook (63) won the event.
The Royals were led by Kiersten Schrope, who placed 17th (21:01.63).
Schrope was backed up by Hope Spaulding (23rd), Cara Johnson (25th), Karlee Gray (31st), and Paige Schuyler (40th).
“The girls are beginning their ascent like last year. Our times aren’t exactly where we want them yet, but we’re showing consistency ahead of last year,” EH coach Rex Putt said. “All of our sophomores have already set personal best times this year and two of our freshmen are ahead of where the sophomores were at this time last year, so I feel optimistic about our final month of competition.”
The Eastern Hancock boys took 14th out of 21 teams in the closed division.
Gabe Blake was the top finisher at 27th, running an 18:19 in only his second varsity meet.
Parker West was 34th, Nathan Kell 66th, Mitchell Scott was 87th and Matt Thompson completed the squad at 101st and took nearly two minutes off his personal-best time.
“At Yorktown this Saturday we hope to have our full squad competing for the first time. We now have three runners who are consistently under 19 and I expect us to be competitive as a team the rest of the way now that everyone is healthy,” Putt said.
NP girls second at Whiteland
The Dragons finished with 72 points to place second at the Whiteland Invitational Saturday.
Sarah Schwartz led new Palestine with a third-place finish. Bailey Wallace was 10th, Marissa Crosby 11th, Kayla Medaris 22nd and Caroline Voelz 25th. The girls also saw Brianna Komornik win the JV race, with a personal-best 22:32.
“The girls battled today and were led by the aggressive front running of Sarah Schwartz, Bailey Wallace and Marissa Crosby, all of whom ran personal records,” NP coach Daniel Weimer said. “I was particularly impressed with Marissa Crosby, who went out from the gun, ran in the front pack and finished strong with a new PR.”
The Dragon boys finished third out of 13 teams with 100 points. Seth Eagleson placed third, Samuel Voelz sixth, Dominic Basciano 23rd, Riley Wilson 27th and Chase Tuggle 41st. In the JV race, Drew Gohmann was runner-up with an 18:40.
“The boys competed very well today, running as a team, led by the front running of Seth Eagleson and Samuel Voelz,” Weimer said. “I was very impressed with Dominic Basciano, who continues to run with great confidence. Drew Gohmann ran as good as I have ever seen him run. He fought hard, lived in the moment and finished runner-up in the JV race with a new personal record.”
Dragons second Greenwood
New Palestine placed second in the Greenwood Invitational Saturday. The Dragons (9-6) opened with Scecina, winning 24-26, 25-23, 15-6. Megan Hawley had a career-high 18 kills and 15 digs to lead the Dragons.
In the next match, Hawley had five kills and 20 digs in a 25-12, 25-12 win over Monrovia. NP won 27-29, 25-19, 15-8 in a victory over Greenwood, with Hawley tallying nine kills and 14 digs. Jamie Morris had 22 digs and Taylor Lawson registered 10 kills.
In the championship match, New Palestine fell to Speedway 26-24, 25-23. Katlyn Keele had six kills and seven digs.
“I am really proud of these ladies for fighting every play and coming out with three wins,” NP coach Kelli Whitaker said. “Several girls showed great leadership.”
Mt. Vernon 3, Yorktown 1
Claudia Brown scored twice and the Marauders improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in HHC play.
Chelsea Thomas had a goal. Lauren Bradburn, Carrie Hannemann and Hannah Whitaker logged assists.
Olivia Coleman saved three shots in goal.
Heritage Christian 1, G-C 0
The Cougars fell to 2-8 on the season.