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FORTVILLE — After years of trading Hancock County and sectional tournament titles back and forth with the Dragons’ girls tennis team, Mt. Vernon entered Friday’s county championship battle in a slump.

New Palestine was aiming for its third straight county crown. And the Dragons defeated Mt. Vernon last spring for the sectional title, as well.

“It’s not a rivalry unless you’re going back and forth,” a relieved and triumphant Mt. Vernon coach Gabe Muterspaugh said Friday evening. “Even though we were extremely close last year in both (county and sectional), you’ve got to win.

“So this one is huge. I’m smiling ear to ear.”

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