New Palestine gymnasts win big




Host Yorktown overcame a spirited first-half effort from Mt. Vernon to win 56-43 and earn a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conference title Friday.

The Tigers (15-4, 5-1) finished conference play tied for first with Pendleton Heights (14-7, 5-1 HHC).

Friday, the Tigers trailed 14-9 after the first quarter and 20-19 at half, but surged ahead with a 23-point third quarter.

Caleb Morey finished with a game-high 22 points for Yorktown, which plays Delta (10-11) Tuesday in Sectional 24.

Freshman James McCloud paced the Marauders (9-13, 2-4 HHC) with 10 points.

MV opens Sectional 9 play Tuesday vs. 4A No. 7 Richmond (19-2) at New Castle.

VARSITY

Yorktown 56, Mt. Vernon 43

MV — Wayer 2-9 3-5 9, Ertel 1-7 0-0 3, Lohman 4-7 0-0 9, Thompson 1-5 0-0 2, Stricker 3-6 0-0 6, McCloud 4-7 2-2 10, Deckard 1-2 0-0 2, Campbell 1-1 0-0 2. Totals — 17-44 5-7 43.

YT — Morey 8-9 0-0 22, R. Miller 3-6 0-0 7, Moore 1-6 2-2 4, Preston 3-6 3-3 9, Neal 6-7 0-0 12, B. Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Kennedy 0-0 0-0 0, Kates 0-1 2-2 2, Bahrami 0-0 0-0 0, Conte 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 21-36 7-7 56.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

MV (9-13, 2-4) 14 6 14  9 — 43

YT (15-4, 5-1) 9 10 23 14 — 56

Three-point field goals: MV 4-18 (Wayer 2-9, Ertel 1-4, Lohman 1-4, Deckard 0-1); YT 7-14 (Morey 6-7, R. Miller 1-3, Moore 0-3, B. Miller 0-1). Rebounds: MV 18 (McCloud 5); YT 22 (R. Miller 8). Turnovers: MV 9, YT 12. Fouls: MV 13, YT 8. Fouled out: None.

JV: Mt. Vernon 37, Yorktown 31

Gymnastics

The Dragon gymnastics team cruised to a season-high point total in a 105.775-54.05 win over Morristown on Tuesday.

New Palestine’s Regan Elsea scored 36.425 score to win the all-around. Kaytlin Fee was second in the all-around with 36.175, while winning the bars (8.85). Elsea won the vault (9.425), and the two shared first place in balance beam (9.3) and floor exercise (9.05).

Also in the all-around, Annabelle Dockins was third (33.175), Kylie Zehner fourth (31.95) and Rylee Elsea fifth (30.775).

Dockins placed third on bars and vault, second on floor and tied with Zehner for second on beam. Zehner was also third on floor, fourth on vault and fifth on bars. Rylee Elsea was third on beam, fourth on floor and bars and fifth on vault. Savannah Eldridge was fifth on beam and sixth on bars and vault. Katie McDonald was fifth on floor.

The Dragons (9-1) are in action today at New Castle.

GC tennis

Parents and players are encouraged to meet new Greenfield-Central girls tennis coach Angela Kennedy on Tuesday, 4 p.m. in the G-C library.

Players will get information for conditioning and try-outs.

Kennedy, a 2003 Eastern Hancock graduate (formerly Angela Rowe), takes over for David Spencer, a lay coach who resigned due to work commitments.

EH girls

Three Eastern Hancock basketball players earned recognition by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Assocation:

* Alora Marshall: Academic All-State

* Kiersten Schrope: Academic All-State Honorable Mention

* Lauren Harmon: Academic All-State Honorable Mention

GYBA

The GYBA is accepting sign-ups for the upcoming baseball season.

Registrations accepted at www.greenfieldyouthbaseball.com or at 826 E. Lincoln Street, where a GYBA board member will be on hand from 9 a.m. to noon today, March 8 and March 15 accepting registrations.

March 15 is registration deadline.

Outdoors

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s wildlife agency says disease and new hunting rules may account for a big drop in the number of deer that hunters took during last year’s harvest.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says hunters killed about 125,600 deer in 2013, or more than 10,600 fewer than state’s record harvest of more than 136,000 deer in 2012. That’s an 8 percent drop.

DNR biologist Chad Stewart says at least two and possibly three factors contributed to the lower harvest. He says that includes the lingering effects of a widespread outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in 2012 and a record antlerless harvest that year.

Stewart says the second season of new hunting regulations aimed at lowering deer densities in some areas of the state may have also played a role.

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