Cougars edged by Batesville




The New Palestine boys’ tennis team swept rival Mt. Vernon and got coach Chris Hardin his 100th career victory with the boys’ team Tuesday.

NP won four matches in straight sets: Brent Barrett over Bryce Bobb (No. 1 singles), Stratton Smith over Grant Williams (No. 2 singles), Connor Swain over Nick Pham (No. 3 singles) and Pete Rusche/David Thompson over Andrew Noble/Corey Beck (No. 2 doubles).

Shayan Khokhar and Evan Poole rallied for three-set win over Chandler Hines and Ben Bobb at No. 1 doubles.

“The guys played really well tonight despite the wind,” Hardin said. “I think we’re headed in the right direction. Hopefully, over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be able to make improvements.”

Both teams return to action Monday as NP (10-3) hosts Rushville and MV (7-6) welcomes Delta.

Boys’ tennis

Batesville 3, Greenfield-Central 2

Brandon Hull (No. 3 singles) and Luke Vowell/Bailey Hull (No. 2 doubles) earned two-set triumphs for the Cougars (13-5) Tuesday.

“We played a really tough match against a strong team tonight and came up just short,” G-C coach Jeff Sincroft said. “After playing four matches last week, we took some time off and I think that may have hurt us a little bit.

“Hopefully we can bounce back against Yorktown (today).”

G-C’s match against Yorktown is its final Hoosier Heritage Conference tilt of the season. The blue-and-gold are currently 3-3 in conference play.

Volleyball

Eastern Hancock 3, Indian Creek 0

The Royals moved to 5-0 in Mid-Hoosier Conference play by dispatching the host Braves Tuesday, 25-17, 25-12, 25-22.

Hannah Best (25 digs, six aces), Jordian Eastes (38 assists), Frannie Stephenson (14 kills) and Melissa Bedell (11 kills) paced Eastern Hancock.

EH (11-5) hosts the Eastern Hancock Invitational Saturday.

New Palestine 3, Morristown 0

The Dragons recorded a 25-11, 25-9, 25-21 road victory Tuesday.

NP (10-12) is at Pike today.

Boys’ soccer

Brebeuf 4, Mt. Vernon 0

MV dropped to 6-5-2 on the season by yielding a pair of goals in each half.

The Marauders host Pendleton Heights today.

Center Grove 6, New Palestine 1

2A No. 5 Center Grove jumped out to a 4-1 halftime lead and never looked back Tuesday at NP.

The Dragons leveled score at one midway through the first half on Bryson Basaran’s team-leading seventh goal of the season.

Jaron Pridgen made three saves in net, while Kyle Rodebeck stopped five shots in relief.

“Center Grove is a very good team,” NP coach Bobby Holden said. “It was good competition and will make us better as we continue to improve our game.”

NP (7-4-1) welcomes Fishers today.

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