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Weekend recap: Soccer, XC, volleyball

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Saturday's prep action:

Boys soccer sectional final at Shelbyville

Off a lofted ball from teammate Matt Powell late in overtime, Mt. Vernon's Mouhamed Konate headed the ball past the outstretched arms of New Palestine goal keeper Jaron Pridgen for the game’s only score, handing the Marauders a 1-0 victory in the sectional final against their Hancock County rivals. It was Mt. Vernon's first sectional title since 2010 and first win over New Palestine since Sept. 2, 2008.

Regional semifinal schedule, Thursday at Mt. Vernon:

Center Grove (15-2-1) vs. (6-6-4), 5:30 p.m.

MV (11-6-2) vs. Southport (12-7), 7:15 p.m.

Championship is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Girls soccer sectional final at Mt. Vernon
With an aggressive style that led to a 13-7 advantage in shots on goal, the Greenfield-Central girls' soccer team defeated New Palestine 2-0 to win its first sectional championship since 2005. The Dragons had won every title since — a streak of six straight that ended Saturday. Sammie McCoy, Hancock County's leading scorer, notched both of the Cougars' goals. Katie Peters earned the shutout in goal with fives saves, including an acrobatic diving stop of a near-perfect attempt from New Palestine's Lauren Joray late in the contest. Joray and her fellow New Palestine seniors set several individual and program records in their decorated careers. G-C will now face a Warren Central team that defeated the Cougars 3-1 in the first match of the season.
Regional semifinal schedule, Wednesday at Shelbyville:
Perry Meridian (14-3) vs. Center Grove (12-4-2), 5 p.m.
Greenfield-Central (11-6) vs. Warren Central (12-6-1), 7 p.m.
Championship is Saturday at 7 p.m.
Hancock County Volleyball Tourney at Eastern Hancock
Greenfield-Central defeated Eastern Hancock 26-24, 25-21 in the semifinals and beat Mt. Vernon 25-14, 25-22 to win its first county title since 2009. The Cougars were forced to rally in each of their sets against the Royals, trailing by as many as nine points in the opener and as many as eight points in Set 2. Mt. Vernon advanced to the championship with a 23-25, 25-18, 15-11 win over New Palestine. The Dragons went on to defeat Eastern Hancock in the consolation match.
The All-Hancock County Tourney Volleyball Team (as selected by coaches):
Rachel Irbe, G-C
Alex Colclazier, G-C
Megan Bradley, G-C
Mary Grace Ertel, MV
Ellie Balbach, MV
Katie Morris, NP
Megan Hawley, NP
Emily Jeffries, EH
The sectional draw is Monday morning.
Mid-Hoosier Conference Cross Country Meet at Hoosier State Horse Park, Edinburgh
   In their first year as a member of the Mid-Hoosier Conference, the Eastern Hancock girls' cross country team won the conference title. Led by individual conference champion, EH junior Kiersten Schrope, the Royals' harriers outdistanced runner-up Indian Creek 35 to 61 in the nine-team conference.  Senior Shelby Wyatt was sixth, while freshmen Cara Johnson, Karlee Gray, and Hope Spaulding all made the all-conference team (1-15) with ninth, 10th, and 13th place finishes.  Junior Hannah Miller barely missed all-conference at 16th and Alex Perkins placed 33rd among the 50 girl runners.

   "Our young ladies are peaking at the right time," claimed coach Rex Putt. "The course was very soggy and muddy due to the heavy rain on Friday, but two of our freshmen still had their fastest times of the year. 

    "As a team we have won two invitationals and a conference in the last three weeks, but our biggest meets are yet to come. We have a very tough sectional, but our goal is to make it to semi-state and we must be one of the top five teams (Tuesday) in order to take the next step at regional on Saturday.  We're still definitely underdogs to the bigger schools, but with a leader like Kiersten Schrope, a solid senior in Shelby Wyatt, and three determined freshmen I'm confident we have a good chance to advance."
   The Eastern Hancock, New Palestine and Greenfield-Central boys' and girls' teams will compete at the sectional at New Palestine on Tuesday, while Mt. Vernon will take part in the sectional at Pendleton Heights.

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