Prep Roundup: Cougars tennis overwhelms Marauders

Greenfield-Central’s Jack Weidner prepares to hit a return at the net during the No. 1 doubles match at New Palestine High School on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (Richard Sitler/Daily Reporter)

FORTVILLE — The Greenfield-Central boys tennis team scored a big Hoosier Heritage Conference victory on Tuesday afternoon.

Pitted against rival Mt. Vernon, the visiting G-C Cougars swept both doubles matches and two more singles contests to best the defending Hancock County champion Marauders, 4-1.

G-C’s Tyler White and Casey Hunt kicked off the victory with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles over Brady Pearson and Hayden Ford.

Jack Weidner and Corbin Tilley secured the team’s second point at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-0, over Brock Barr and Matthew Jones before CJ Michalek clinched the match at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-3, against Robbie Moore.

Chris Long capped the victory with a hard-fought 7-6, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles over Manny Downs.

Mt. Vernon’s point came at No. 1 singles behind Adam Koon’s 6-4, 6-0 win. Koon improved to 9-1 on the season.

“By far our worst performance top to bottom,” Mt. Vernon head coach Gabe Muterspaugh remarked. “G-C came out fired up, played to win and took it to us. Give coach (Michael) Turpin credit. G-C was ready. We were flat, uninspired, had every excuse known to man and just really didn’t show up besides Koon and a decent fight from Manny.”

The Marauders dropped to 6-4 on the season and 2-1 in the HHC. The Cougars are now 7-2 overall and 2-1 in the HHC.

Both programs could meet again this weekend during the Hancock County Tournament at New Palestine on Saturday.

Girls Golf

Marauders drop first match

The Mt. Vernon girls golf team lost its first match of the season by four strokes Tuesday in a tri-match with Guerin Catholic and Hamilton Heights.

The Marauders tallied a 174, finishing behind Guerin Catholic (170) and ahead of Hamilton Heights (186).

Mt. Vernon was led by Meredith Johnson, who shot a 41. Alaina Nugent carded a 42. Izzy VanHeel posted a 44. Mackenzie Miner fired a 47. Sophie Amegnigan scored a 49.

Cougars win three-way

The Greenfield-Central girls golf team bested both Hagerstown and Connersville on Tuesday to improve its season record to 7-2.

The Cougars shot a 189 to outpace Hagerstown (225) and Connersville (228).

Sydnie Wherry fired a season-best score of 37 in the victory. Katie Curry added a 47, while Ella Neill carded a season-best total of 52.

Dragons scorch Yellow Jackets

The New Palestine girls golf team beat Morristown, 220-247, on Monday.

Hanna Beller was match medalist with a 51. Janie Hamilton shot 53, Lily Kirchner added a 57 and both Ava Hasecuster and Rachel Hamilton each shot 59s.