The Greenfield-Central boys cross country team prevailed in the Cougarpalooza Invitational Wednesday, narrowly outdistancing Warren Central and Roncalli.
G-C finished with 40 points, ahead of Warren Central (44) and Roncalli (46). Eastern Hancock was seventh in the field of 10 teams.
Zach Bishop was the race runner-up, clocking in at 17:27.3 for the Cougars.
Bishop was backed up by Syrus Fletcher (seventh), Taylor Wright (eighth), Tyler Morris (10th) and Jason LaFord (13th).
Damon Horn of Warren Central (17:21.3) won the event.
Jacob Mueller (18:20) was EH’s top placer, taking 11th. Gabe Blake became the fifth Royal to break 20 minutes this season, and was 29th in his first varsity meet.
Mitchell Scott (43rd), Nathan Kell (46th) and Matt Thompson (73rd) rounded out the scoring for EH.
On the girls side, Warren Central (19) placed first, followed by Roncalli (70), Eastern Hancock (99) and Greenfield-Central (107).
Kiersten Schrope (17th) was the Royals’ top placer. Hope Spaulding (20th), Emiley Carlton (21st), Cara Johnson (22nd) and Paige Schuyler (23rd) rounded out EH’s top five.
“Our strategy was to run in a pack at the same pace and the girls did an awesome job as our second through fifth girls placed consecutively,” EH coach Rex Putt said. “We’ll see Warren Central and Roncalli again at sectional.”
The Cougars were led by Rebecca Flora’s sixth-place finish. Kenzi McTernon (14th), Nikki Stephenson (26th), Claire Talbott (30th) and Rachel Gottwald (38th) comprised the rest of G-C’s top five.
New Palestine 5, Lawrence Central 0
The Dragons registered their eighth straight match victory Wednesday.
Brent Barrett, Connor Swain and Jake Purcell won at singles in straight sets, as did Pete Rusche/David Thompson and Ben Farley/Shayan Khokhar at doubles.
NP (10-2) hosts the county tournament Saturday.
Greenfield-Central 5, Knightstown 0
Dakota Smith, Brandon Hull, Tommy Graham, Max Holtzclaw/Jake Kauth and Bailey Hull/Zach Wright led G-C (6-1) to the sweep with straight-set wins.
Shelbyville 5, Mt. Vernon 0
The Marauders were blanked Thursday in their final pre-county tourney match.
New Palestine 3, Shelbyville 1
Tyler Singleton gave the Dragons an edge at halftime, with Matt Ernster making it 2-0 early in the second half. Caleb Kramer assisted on both.
Bo Owens later added a penalty kick goal — his second in as many games.
“It was an exciting game of soccer,” NP coach Bobby Holden said. “Everyone on the team played well. I’m proud of our players for the effort they put into this game. A big thank you for our fan section that showed up tonight. We are requesting their support for the next conference game on the road at Greenfield-Central on Sept. 19.”
The Dragons are now 5-3 on the season, and 2-1 in HHC play. They next play Saturday at Franklin.
Greenfield-Central 4, Delta 0
Courtney Dunn recorded the clean sheet in goal for the Cougars, who improved to 2-7 overall and 1-2 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play Wednesday.
Reagan Collins had two goals. Emily Koers and Sydney Burkhart tallied goals. Kylie Smith notched two assists.
Union County 175, Eastern Hancock 223
Hailey Carlton (52), Macy Fout (56), Breanna Jones (57) and Ryley Burkhart (58) scored for the Royals.
Pendleton Heights 175, Greenfield-Central 195
The Cougars dropped to 5-9 overall and 0-3 in HHC play Wednesday.
Makenzie Fisk scored a team-best 42 for G-C, followed by Nicole Morley (48), Megan Garner (51) and Kim Miles (54).
New Palestine 180, Shelbyville 208
Abby Poole (39) took medalist honors and Sarah Rose (45), Bailey Kamp (47) and Cassie Rooks (49) completed the scoring for the victorious Dragons.
Mt. Vernon beats Delta, loses to Yorktown
Thursday at MV’s home course of Old Oakland, Yorktown (170) handled MV (184) and Lapel (188). Yorktown’s Rachel Johnson (35) took medalist honors.
Ellen Wuerch and Molly Yee led the Marauders with 45s.
Wednesday at the Players Club in Yorktown, site of this weekend’s conference tourney, Mt. Vernon (175) beat Delta (191) and Muncie Central (239).
MV’s Molly Yee was medalist with a 42.
New Castle 3, Greenfield-Central 0
Class 4A No. 3 New Castle beat the Cougars 25-10, 25-11, 25-16 Thursday.
G-C, which lost to the Trojans in last year’s sectional championship, dropped to 7-3 on the year.
Yorktown 3, Mt. Vernon 0
4A No. 5 Yorktown handled the Marauders 25-14, 25-9, 25-14.
Jaclyn Bulman (five kills, three digs), Emily White (nine assists), Maddie Keerns (six digs) led MV.