PREP ROUNDUP: State-ranked Marauders power past Braves

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Mt. Vernon’s Cecilia Bulmahn (2) hits a spike down the line during the New Castle Sectional championship game against New Castle on Oct. 19, 2019. Rob Baker

Staff Reports

In what turned out to be a grueling battle, Class 4A No. 9 Mt. Vernon went on the road Tuesday and claimed a hard-fought victory over 3A No. 9 Brebeuf Jesuit.

The Marauders won 3-2 in a back-and-forth match that required key rallies to secure each set.

Mt. Vernon lost the first set 25-23 before tying up the match 1-1 with a 25-20 second-set win. The Marauders staked a 2-1 lead after a 25-18 third set, but Brebeuf stormed back to win the fourth 27-25.

In the decisive fifth set, Mt. Vernon power through to win 17-15.

The Marauders were paced on offense by Cecilia Bulmahn’s 24 kills and Claire Ertel’s 23. Defensively, Abby Herman led the way with 38 digs. Bulmahn added 23, Ertel put up 19. Also in double digits were Rylee Ugen with 12 and Delaney Bowser with 13.

Bowser set the standard with five service aces and Ertel added four. Ugen dished out 52 assists on the night.

Mt. Vernon (8-1, 1-0 HHC) returns home for a match tonight against Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Yorktown, who is ranked fourth in Indiana by Maxpreps. Mt. Vernon is ranked ninth in the state, regardless of classification.

Royals sweep past Union

The Eastern Hancock volleyball team improved to 3-10 on the season with a three-set sweep of Union on Tuesday.

The Royals’ first Mid-Eastern Conference win snapped a three-match losing streak and helped Eastern Hancock gain ground in the league standings at 1-3.

Eastern Hancock rolled to win over Union 25-11, 25-16, 25-10.

Boys Soccer

Dragons shut out Trojans

The New Palestine boys soccer team shut out New Castle 2-0 Tuesday night on the Dragons’ Senior Night. It marked the Dragons’ first victory of the season.

Elliott Canova drilled a shot into the upper right corner to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead in the first half. Senior Colby Sharp added a second-half insurance goal in the 58th minute.

Blake Bobrow had the shutout in goal for the Dragons.

Cougars fall to Eagles

The Greenfield-Central boys soccer team celebrated Senior Night on Tuesday, but the Cougars weren’t able to come away with the win, falling 3-1 to the Delta Eagles.

The Cougars stuck first in the match, jumping ahead 1-0 behind a John Halvorsen penalty kick that was earned by Bryce Kinnaman in the 24th minute.

Delta tied the match 1-1 with nine minutes remaining in the first half. After the intermission, the Eagles scored two more goals in the 63rd and 65th minutes to break the tie and claim the Hoosier Heritage Conference victory.

Boys Tennis

New Pal tennis splits at Invite

The New Palestine boys tennis team split the three-team New Palestine Invitational Saturday.

In the opening round, the Dragons dropped a 4-1 match to Greenwood. In their second match, New Palestine beat Hagerstown 4-1.

Jackson Havel/Zayden Stiller went undefeated on the day at No. 2 doubles. They won 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 in a super-tiebreaker against Greenwood, then beat Hagerstown 6-0, 6-1.

Cross Country

Dragons take 2nd, 13th at Marion

The New Palestine girls cross-country team posted a strong second-place finish in the Marion Invitational Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University.

The Dragons tallied 74 places, finishing second to Huntington North (56) in the “Purple” (large school) division. The Dragons beat Leo and Norwell, who tied for third with 86 places, in the 14-team event.

Brenna Shaw placed fourth in 19:18.4. Emma Mann was ninth (20:13.6). Courtney Study was 17th (20:49.4). Emily Adam was 26th and Jocelynn Flagle 27th to round out the Dragons’ scoring.

The Dragon boys finished 13th out of 14 teams with 357 places.

Hayden Isaacs finished 48th (19:02.5). Harrison Holloway was 67th, Cameron Mann 100th, Jacob Collins 105th and Ethan Galster 108th.

Girls Golf

Marauders finish third

The Mt. Vernon girls golf team competed against Guerin Catholic and Hamilton Heights on Tuesday, finishing third with a team score of 198.

Guerin Catholic won the three-way with a 184, followed by Hamilton Heights with a 196.

Meredith Johnson led the Marauders with a 42. Emily Rollo carded a 50.

Cougars place first in 3-way

The Greenfield-Central girls golf team ran away from Connersville and Hagerstown on Tuesday, winning the three-way match with a team score of 181.

The Cougars pushed their season record to 12-1 with the victory. Haley Hoagland earned medalist honors with a 41. Caroline Gibson shot a 44, followed by a 47 from Tandess O’Neal. Sydnie Wherry closed out the scoring with a 49.