Prep Roundup: Dragons tennis wins New Palestine Invitational

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New Palestine’s Ezra Schwier prepares to hit a backhand return against Greenfield Central’s Matt Hyre in their No. 1 singles match at New Palestine High School on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (Richard Sitler/Daily Reporter)

NEW PALESTINE — The New Palestine Dragons boys tennis team dominated Saturday’s New Palestine Invitational, winning both of its matches 5-0.

The Dragons swept Triton Central in the opening round before beating Greenwood for the title.

In the title match against the Woodmen, the Dragons had five straight-set wins.

At singles, Ezra Schwier won 7-5, 6-1. Colin Darley posted a 6-3, 6-0 victory and Zach Au won 6-1, 6-0. At doubles, Jackson Havel/Clayton Wesley won 6-0, 6-0 and Devon Bird/Moses Haynes won 6-3, 6-1.

In the opening round, Schwier won 6-1, 6-1, Darley won 6-0, 6-0 and Au rolled 6-0, 6-0 against Triton Central. Havel/Wesley posted a 6-4, 6-3 victory, while Bird/Haynes won 6-2, 6-1.

The Dragons are now 9-3 on the season. They travel to Lawrence Central today.

Marauders pick up two wins

The Mt. Vernon boys tennis team posted a 3-2 win over Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Yorktown on Thursday, before beating Marion, 3-2, and losing, 3-2, to Connersville on Saturday.

The Marauders’ home win over Yorktown improved their record to 2-0 in the HHC.

Adam Koon won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Robbie Moore won at singles, 6-0, 6-2. Manny Downs sealed the victory at singles, 6-2, 7-5.

The Marauders headed to Connersville on short notice after the Richmond Invite was cancelled due to court issues on Saturday morning.

Koon, once again, won at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-2, while Moore prevailed, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 3 singles. Mt. Vernon’s winning point came from its No. 1 doubles team of Brock Barr and Matthew Jones, 6-3, 7-5.

The Marauders (6-3) ended their weekend with a tough loss to unbeaten Connersville on the road.

Koon continued his stellar run, winning, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 1 singles. Downs won at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0.

Cougars sweep road match

The Greenfield-Central boys tennis team beat host Scecina Memorial, 5-0, on Thursday.

The sweep was highlighted by Matt Hyre’s straight-set win at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-3, followed by Chris Long’s win at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0, and CJ Michalek’s triumph at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

Jack Weidner/Corbin Tilley won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles. Casey Hunt/Tyler White completed the sweep at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-1.

Royals win MEC title

The Eastern Hancock boys tennis team finished a perfect 10-0 on Friday night at Riley Park to win its second MEC team title in three years. (submitted photo)
The Eastern Hancock boys tennis team finished a perfect 10-0 on Friday night at Riley Park to win its second MEC team title in three years. (submitted photo)

The Eastern Hancock boys tennis team made short work of its Mid-Eastern Conference foes on Friday night.

The host Royals swept the evening under the lights at Riley Park and finished a perfect 10-0 to earn their first conference team championship since 2019. The Royals also won the White River Athletic Conference title in 2008.

In 2020, the Royals finished second in the conference and were runner-up in 2018. They’ve now won two MEC titles in three years.

Volleyball

G-C sweeps past Cowan

The Greenfield-Central volleyball team swept past visiting Cowan, 3-0, on Tuesday night.

Mya Grigsby led the Cougars with 16 kills and eight digs. Lauren Silcox added 10 digs and five assists. Morgan Hornaday had 25 assists and 10 digs. Emma Berty and Harper Holden combined for 10 kills at middle blockers.

The Cougars return to the court on Thursday at HHC foe New Castle at 7 p.m.

Cross Country

Royals finish 8th at IWU

The Eastern Hancock Royals boys cross-country team placed eighth out of 17 teams in the gold division at the Marion Invitational Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan.

Freshman Preston Markley ran a career-best time of 18 minutes, 8.6 seconds to place 17th overall.

Sophomore Brandon Metz ran a personal-best time of 19:00.4 to place 31st. Luken Edwards was 52nd at 19:40.5, and sophomore John Henry Gray ran a career best 20:11.8 to finish 71st in the field of 142 runners.

Senior Brandon Cross completed the team total with a time of 23:37.1 for 121st place.

For the Royals’ girls team, freshman Olivia Evans had a career-best time of 23:10.6 for 17th place. Mia Griesmeyer ran a personal best of 25:09.5 and placed 42nd.

Marauders boys finish fourth

The Mt. Vernon boys cross-country team finished fourth in the elite division during the Marion Invitational at Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday.

The Marauders were led by Austin Rush, who placed in the top 15 overall. Also garnering medals were Reyce Morgan and Joseph Blagrave, who placed in the top 25. Rounding out the scoring was Sam Wilson in 40th and Colin Strachman in 41st.

Marauders girls take second

Mt. Vernon’s Morgan Tharp (946) finishes first at the Arabian Roundup cross-country meet at Pendleton Heights High School on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (Rob Baker/Daily Reporter)
Mt. Vernon’s Morgan Tharp (946) finishes first at the Arabian Roundup cross-country meet at Pendleton Heights High School on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (Rob Baker/Daily Reporter)

Competing in the large-school, purple division on Saturday during the Marion Invitational, the Mt. Vernon girls cross-country team came up just short of the title, losing by 12 points to Elkhart.

Scoring for the runner-up Marauders were senior Morgan Tharp (5th), senior Lydia Carrell (11th), sophomore Allie Jenson (19th), freshman Emma Gale (29th) and junior Mindy Cornelius (40th).

Displacers were senior Alex Overshiner and freshman Julia Iserloth. Tharp, Gale, Overshiner, Julia Iserloth, Tenley Benz and Samantha Mrnak all set personal bests.

Dragons split at halftime

The New Palestine cross-country teams ran a dual meet against Yorktown Friday at halftime of the football game.

Colin Darley won the boys race, while Emma Mann won the girls event.

The Dragon girls won 24-33. In addition to Mann’s win, Courtney Studey finished third, Lexi Baynes was sixth, Jocelyn Flagle took seventh and Caitlin Urrutia was eighth.

The Dragons boys fell 24-31. After Darley took first place, the Tigers took the next four places. Connor Lapenta finished sixth, Cody Crawmer seventh, Harrison Holloway eighth and Hayden Isaacs ninth.

Dragons compete at Marion

The New Palestine cross-country teams competed Saturday during the Marion Invitational at Indiana Wesleyan University.

The Dragons girls finished 14th of 15 teams in the elite division, tallying 373 places. Chesterton (90), North Central (101) and Penn (117) took the top-three spots.

New Palestine's Emma Mann (490) crosses the finish line in 26th place with a time of 19:16.3 at the Shelbyville Semistate Cross-Country Meet at Blue River Memorial Park. (Rob Baker/Daily Reporter file)
New Palestine’s Emma Mann (490) crosses the finish line in 26th place with a time of 19:16.3 at the Shelbyville Semistate Cross-Country Meet at Blue River Memorial Park. (Rob Baker/Daily Reporter file)

Emma Mann finished 47th (20:20.40). Courtney Study was 69th (20:57.10), Caitlin Urrutia 93rd (21:43.30), Lexi Baynes 109th (22:19.20) and Emily Adam 110th (22:20.40). Jocelynn Flagle (118th) and Anne Bauer (132nd) were the Dragons’ sixth and seventh runners.

The Dragons boys finished 12th of 15 teams in the large school division. The Dragons tallied 315 places. Columbia City (49), Lawrence North (84) and Pendleton Heights (129) took the top-three spots.

Harrison Holloway finished 53rd (18:30.50), Cody Crawmer 58th (18:36.60), Hayden Isaacs 74th (19:14.70), Will Hahn 76th (19:20.80) and Gavin Smith 85th (19:32.30). Jesse Isaacs (91st) and Jacob Collins (92nd) were the Dragons’ sixth and seventh runners.

Cougars take sixth at classic

The Greenfield-Central boys cross-country team finished in a three-way tie for fifth place on Saturday at Columbus North’s Rick Weinheimer Classic.

The Cougars were awarded sixth via tiebreaker, which was determined by the sixth-runner’s time.

The Cougars were led by Matt Wickham (16:19) who finished 25th. Not far behind in 27th was Griffen Wheeler who ran 16:23. Right behind was Chris Ross in 28th, finishing with a time of 16:24.

The fourth Cougar was Liam Brinkruff who finished 46th in 16:53. The final scorer was Lucas Tutrow in 71st running in 17:31. Carter Crouch was the sixth man finishing 81st in a time of 17:48.

Columbus North (27) won the event, followed by Noblesville (81), Bloomington North (84) and Conner (88). Jennings County (174) was awarded fifth ahead of G-C (174) and Northview (174) in seventh.

Cougars place 15th in Columbus

The Greenfield-Central girls cross-country team finished 15th during the Rick Weinheimer Classic hosted by Columbus North on Saturday.

All seven Cougars’ competitors posted season-best times with four recording lifetime bests.

G-C was led by Reagan Crouch (22:12.8, season best) at 81st overall. Emma Bogle (22:26.8, lifetime best) was 86th.

Olivia Wahl (23:12.8/98th), Alyssa Siegel (23:50.7/105th) and Josie Joyner (24:34.5/116th) each recorded lifetime-best times. Emily Wright (25:19.8/122nd) and Madelyn King (26:48.3/134th) both posted season-best times.

Girls Soccer

Dragons tame Wildcats

The New Palestine girls soccer team battled the rain on Saturday and beat both Mother Nature and host Lawrence North, 3-1.

McKenzie Davis continued her scoring streak, getting the Dragons on the board early as she followed Sydney Miller’s shot attempt off Anna Luker’s corner. Davis now has 10 goals on the season.

In the second half, the Dragons extended their lead as Tylar Whitker buried a shot on Davis’ assist. Whitaker scored again, when she finished off a ball headed to her by Bethany Aldridge, which was played in by Vivian Miller.

Sydney Miller earned the team hard hat award for her defensive play.

The Dragons are now 6-1 on the year.