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Boys basketball sectionals tip off Tuesday. For live updates of all the games involving Hancock County teams this week, follow us on Twitter @GDRsports. We’ll also have an update posted online at www.greenfieldreporter.com after Tuesday’s games.

Here’s the schedule (all times p.m.):

4A Sectional 9 at New Castle

Tuesday, Pendleton Heights vs. Connersville, 6; New Castle vs. Anderson, 7:30

Friday, PH-CO winner vs. Richmond, 6; NC-AN winner vs. Greenfield-Central, 7:30

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4A Sectional 13 at Center Grove

Tuesday, Greenwood vs. Franklin, 6; New Palestine vs. Center Grove, 7:30

Friday, GW-FR winner vs. Franklin Central, 6; NP-CG winner vs. Whiteland, 7:30

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3A Sectional 26 at Mt. Vernon

Tuesday, Arlington vs. Howe, 6; Mt. Vernon vs. Brebeuf, 7:30

Friday, AR-HW winner vs. Chatard, 6; MV-BR winner vs. Guerin, 7:30

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2A Sectional 41 at Hagerstown

Tuesday, Knightstown vs. Union County, 7

Wednesday, Cambridge City vs. Centerville, 6; Eastern Hancock vs. Hagerstown, 7:30

Friday, KN-UC winner vs. Northeastern, 6; CC-CE winner vs. EH-HA winner, 7:30

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All sectional championship games are Saturday at 7:30, with the possible exception of the Mt. Vernon Sectional. If the Mt. Vernon boys advance out of Friday’s semifinals, the championship game will be pushed back to Monday to accommodate MV fans and the Mt. Vernon girls basketball team’s appearance in the State Finals Saturday evening, MV athletic director Greg Roach said Monday.

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No. 5 Columbus East handed No. 12 New Palestine its first gymnastics loss, but the Dragons posted a season-best score of 106.95 at the Olympians’ Invite Saturday.

Columbus East posted a 108.3 to win the meet and drop New Palestine to 37-1 on the year.

Kate Fee (9.4) picked up the Dragons’ lone individual victory, on the floor exercise. She placed fourth in the all-around with a 35.95, while Kenzi Hoffman (36.0) was third in the all-around with finishes of second on the beam and fourth on the floor and vault. Ciarra Hough added a fifth-place finish on the floor.

The Dragons will host the sectional Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

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After getting roughed up in the season-opener against No. 3-ranked Arkansas Feb. 15, pitcher Nick Smith of Western Illinois rebounded with a strong outing against Arkansas State Saturday.

Smith, a New Palestine graduate, allowed only one earned run on three hits in the Leathernecks’ 2-1 victory Saturday. It was the first loss of the season for Arkansas State (6-1). Western Illinois is 2-4.

Smith, a sophomore right-hander, improved to 1-1 on the year. In Western Illinois’ opener, Arkansas cruised to a 9-1 win, with Smith allowing seven runs on seven hits in three innings of work. Arkansas is 7-1 on the year.

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Eastern Hancock’s Kiersten Schrope and Hannah Best of the girls basketball team and Cody Wallace of the boys team were named to their respective All-Mid-Hoosier Conference Teams, the school announced Monday. The complete team was not immediately available.

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Eastern Hancock High School is seeking a varsity wrestling head coach following the resignation of head coach Marty Rohrman, EH athletic director Aaron Spaulding said Monday.

Candidates should contact Spaulding at (317) 467-0095 ext. 250 or at aspaulding@easternhancock.org.

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