The Mt. Vernon girls soccer team clinched at least a share of its first Hoosier Heritage Conference championship by beating Delta 3-0 Saturday.
Lauren Bradburn, Briahna Angelopulos and Blaire Viehweg had goals for the Marauders (9-4, 5-0 HHC), who can clinch a share of the outright HHC crown with a victory over Pendleton Heights (7-7, 2-3 HHC) Thursday in their final HHC match.
“It’s a testament to the work the girls and the coaching staff have put in throughout the year,” MV coach Casey Dodd said. “It’s great to have clinched a share, but now we have to focus on Thursday to see if we can claim it as our own.”
Yorktown is second in the HHC girls conference standings at 3-1.
Claudia Brown added two assists. Viehweg and Chelsea Thomas had an assist apiece Saturday. Olivia Coleman had the clean sheet in goal.
New Palestine on a roll
The Dragons scored five goals in the opening half Saturday on the way to a 6-0 win over Lawrence Central.
Madison Parish had the game’s first goal and added two assists. Emma Carmichael, Molly Carpenter, Amy Hilton, Katie Villiger and Meaghan Matus also scored for New Palestine.
Monday, the Dragons beat Shelbyville 8-0. Villiger scored twice to lead the rout. Gabbi Pierson had a goal and assist.
“Shelbyville didn’t have much of a chance to get anything started since we were able to maintain possession throughout the game with our passing,” NP coach Gina Fannin said.
“Once again, everyone on the bench got a chance to play tonight. Katie Settergren volunteered to play keeper and had her first shutout of her career with one save for the game.”
The Dragons are 6-7-2 on the season and 5-0-1 in their last six games. They finished 4-2 in the HHC.
G-C third, MV seventh at Cougar Challenge
Batesville won the eight-team Cougar Challenge Tournament at Greenfield-Central Saturday, with the host Cougars finishing third and Mt. Vernon seventh. Bloomington South was second.
G-C’s Jordan Bunch and Rachel Irbe and Mt. Vernon’s Jaclyn Bulmahn were named to the all-tournament team. Batesville’s Bailey Baumer was MVP.
In the opening round, Greenfield-Central beat Whiteland 25-20, 25-21 and Lebanon 25-14, 25-14. Mt. Vernon lost to Plainfield 25-19, 25-14 and Batesville 25-14, 25-19.
In the championship round, G-C lost to Bloomington South 25-21, 25-22 and defeated Batesville 23-25, 25-15, 15-12.
In the seventh-ninth place round, MV topped Paoli 25-23, 25-17 and Whiteland 21-25, 25-17, 15-11.
On Monday, Mt. Vernon fell in three games to Hamilton Southeastern, 25-9, 25-17, 25-8. Bulmahn (six kills), Julia Wayer (10 digs), Maddie Keerns (10 digs) and Emily White (11 assists) led MV.
Royals third at EH invite
Eastern Hancock placed third in its eight-team invitational Saturday, finishing 3-1. EH’s Melissa Bedell was named to the all-tournament team.
The Royals (7-14) lost to Hagerstown 30-28, 11-25, 15-8 before beating Horizon Christian (25-9, 25-11), Arlington (25-7, 25-4) and Frankton (20-25, 25-16, 25-8).
Bedell had 14 kills and 10 digs on the day. Lauren Harmon added 20 kills and 18 digs. EH has won seven out of nine matches.
Franklin Central blanks New Pal
The Dragons dropped a three-set match at Franklin Central, falling 25-22, 25-17, 25-16.
Jamie Morris had 25 digs to lead the Dragons defensively. Katlyn Keele had eight kills and 19 digs.
"We just did not show up tonight," NP coach Kelli Whitaker said. "We have the skills and talent to beat FC. It’s disappointing that we did not play to our potential."
The Dragons are 14-11. They travel to Yorktown Tuesday for an HHC match.
FC won the JV match 25-14, 25-18.
New Palestine boys win Madison Courier Invite
Led by Seth Eagleson’s first-place finish, the Dragons claimed their first invitational win since 2006 Saturday at Hanover College.
Samuel Voelz was sixth, Dominic Basciano 16th, Riley Wilson 21st and Chase Tuggle 38th.
The girls team place fourth, guided by Sarah Schwartz (fourth), Bailey Wallace (seventh), Marissa Crosby (10th), Kayla Medaris (27th) and Caroline Voelz (31st).
The Dragons had JV champions: Drew Legan and Aaron Kirklin finished 1-2 in the boys JV race, and Mattie Waggoner won the girls JV race.
MV boys take Delta Invite
Aaron Rush won the Delta Invitational Saturday, and the Marauders wrapped up a team title, finishing with 32 points.
Rush clocked in at 16 minutes, 24 seconds. Teammate Christian Noble was second, followed by Brandt True (sixth), Jake Russell (ninth) and Andrew Boyle (14th).
Brendan O’Bryhim won the JV race.
“Sometimes you win when you do well. Sometimes you win when your opponent doesn’t (do well), and sometimes both,” Mt. Vernon coach Bruce Kendall said. “Today was our day in the boys race.”
The MV girls team was fourth. Scoring were Kaylee Walkey (fourth), Morgan Hayse (13th), Macie Dungan (16th), Samantha Sanders (21st) and Leah Chaves (33rd).
EH girls second at Delta
The Eastern Hancock girls cross country team turned in what its coach termed their “best day of the year” Saturday at the Delta Invitational.
The Royals finished runner-up to Lapel in the gold division of the event.
Kierston Schrope (sixth) and Hope Spaulding (ninth) turned in top-ten finishes. Karlee Gray was 18th, Cara Johnson 24th and Paige Schuyler 33rd.
“Although we didn’t get the team win, I was happy how we bounced back from a lackluster performance at county,” EH coach Rex Putt said. “Our first three girls ran very well. We still need to close the gap with our four, five and six runners, but we are definitely making progress as we head towards the most important part of the season with conference and sectional coming soon.”
The boys team was ninth as Jacob Mueller finished ninth in a career-best time of 17:22.
Parker West was 22nd and Nathan Kell was 42nd in a personal-best time of 19:13. Mitchell Scott and Gabe Blake completed the scoring.
“Again, Jacob went out strong and showed his consistency with another good time. We had all seven boys running for the first time this year, but we had one of our best runners slowed by leg cramps so we could have potentially been third or fourth Saturday,” Putt said. “Hopefully, everything will come together for the boys this Saturday when we host our own invitational.”
New Palestine 8, Delta 1
The Dragons scored four times in each half, with Bo Owens notching three goals and an assist Saturday.
Caleb Kramer had a goal and assisted on three others. Kelson Pike, Jackson Cochran, Matt Ernster and Ryan Miller also scored for New Palestine (9-6, 3-2 HHC).
Brandt Basaran and Ben Richter had assists.
“The boys played very well,” NP coach Bobby Holden said. “We scored some great goals.”
In New Palestine’s regular-season finale Thursday against Pendleton Heights (9-2-1, 4-0 HHC), 100 free pizzas will be given away to NPHS students who attend the game and make a pledge not to use drugs or alcohol. Varsity kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Mt. Vernon 2, Fishers 2
The 2A No. 16 Marauders played to a draw Saturday opposite 2A No. 8 Fishers.
Mouhamed Konate scored his 23rd goal of the season for MV (10-3-3), which wraps up its regular season today against Class A No. 15 Hamilton Heights (8-7).
Matt Powell also scored for the Marauders. Aaron Gilpin and Braxton Ratekin added assists.
Local squads prep for tourney
Monday, the day of the sectional draw, Greenfield-Central beat New Castle 4-1 in its final regular season match. The Cougars improved to 16-6, and No. 1 doubles team Max Holtzclaw and Jake Kauth are 20-1.
Saturday, Eastern Hancock finished second to Lapel in the four-team EH Invitational.
Defending sectional champ New Palestine (17-3) won its finale Monday 5-0 over Rushville, allowing several new players an opportunity to play a varsity match.
Colton Espich won at No. 1 singles. Kip Peters won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2, Clay Brown 7-6, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. At doubles, Sam O’Dell/Corey Cavin won 7-6, 6-1 and Justin Stirm/Logan Oxley won 6-1, 6-2.
Upcoming key events for Hancock County sports teams
Sectional 39 at Mt. Vernon
Semifinals, Thursday, 5 p.m.
Greenfield-Central vs. Eastern Hancock
New Palestine vs. Mt. Vernon
Championship, Friday, 5 p.m.
Hoosier Heritage Conference Championships
Saturday at New Palestine, 10 a.m.
Mid-Hoosier Conference Championships
Saturday, Oct. 12, at Edinburgh, 10 a.m.
Boys at New Palestine
Semifinals, Wednesday, Oct. 9
Mt. Vernon vs. Shelbyville, 5 p.m.
Greenfield-Central vs. New Palestine, 7 p.m.
Championship, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.
Girls at Greenfield-Central
Semifinals, Thursday, Oct. 10
Greenfield-Central vs. Shelbyville, 5 p.m.
Mt. Vernon vs. New Palestine, 7 p.m.
Championship, Saturday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
Hancock County Tournament
Saturday, Oct. 12 at New Palestine
Semifinals, 11:30 a.m. (approx.)
New Palestine vs. Eastern Hancock
Greenfield-Central vs. Mt. Vernon
Consolation and championship to follow
Sectional draw. Sunday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
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