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NEW CASTLE — The New Palestine boys basketball team won its second straight game Wednesday with its best defensive effort of the year.

The visiting Dragons beat New Castle 51-37, the fewest points New Palestine has allowed this season.

“We had a nice size advantage — New Castle doesn’t have a lot of interior size — so we were able to space out our zone and use Seth (Cox) to clog the middle,” NP coach Adam Barton said of the team’s 7-foot center.

New Castle (6-9) attempted 49 total field goals, of which 31 were 3-pointers. The Trojans made seven of the long-distance attempts.

New Palestine (8-7) led 20-17 at halftime. The Dragons also won the JV game, 43-40.

Cox had eight points and 10 rebounds for NP, while Brandon Jonas had a team-high 14 points and Connor Roach added 11 points. Jonas and Roach each had six rebounds.

Today, the Dragons will go for a third straight win when they visit common Sectional 13 foe Franklin (12-3).

Franklin beat New Palestine 47-45 in their regular season matchup last season and did not meet in the sectional.


The Greenfield-Central High School softball program will hold its annual camp on March 1 at the fieldhouse. Cost is $35 per player; families with two girls, $50 total. Cost includes a camp shirt and pizza. The camp will be run by varsity coach Jason Stewart, his assistants and players. Hitting and infield and outfield defense will be covered.

The camp will be broken into two groups: Ages 8-and-under from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 9-and-up from 2-5 p.m. Registration due Feb. 22 to guarantee a shirt. Contact Stewart at jasonstewart2139@yahoo.com for a registration form.


The Eastern Hancock softball camp will be held March 1 at the EH multipurpose room.

For grades 6-8, check-in is at 8:30 a.m., camp from 9 a.m. to noon. For grades K-5, check-in at 12:30 p.m., camp from 1-4 p.m.

Cost is $40, includes T-shirt, bow and certificate. Registration due Feb. 21.

Contact EH varsity coach Sue Anderson at dotjr01@yahoo.com for more info.

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