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Tuesday county wrapup

August 15, 2012
Hancock County Sports



Boys soccer

New Castle 1, Greenfield-Central 0: The Cougars dropped a close opener on the road against the New Castle Trojans, falling by a 1-0 score.

The JVs tied at 1-1, with Chase Kleckner scoring the Cougars' goal.

The Cougars will play their home opener Thursday against Warren Central, JV kickoff 5:30, varsity 7 p.m.

Guerin Catholic 4, New Palestine 1: Jaron Pridgen made 21 saves, but the Dragons fell on the road in their season opener to one of Class A's top programs.

The game was tied at 1-1 at halftime -- with the Dragons taking advantage of an own goal to tie it -- but Guerin scored three times in the second half to pull away.

"Guerin Catholic is a very good team and they played very well," NP coach Bobby Holden said. "Jaron Pridgen kept the team in it with several big saves throughout the game (21 recorded saves). Several uncontrollable factors made this first game very difficult on the team. We discussed that unfortunately uncontrollable situations will happen occasionally and you just have to deal with it the best you can. The team is focused on Thursday's game when they will play at Yorktown for the conference traveling trophy bell."

Guerin won the JV game 2-0.

Girls soccer

Mt. Vernon 5, Southport 0: The Marauders won their season opener with a rout at home. MV will next play Saturday afternoon at home against Muncie Central. 

Chelsea Thomas had two goals and an assist to lead the Marauders. Taylor Gutierrez got things going by cashing in a pass from Carrie Hannemann. Thomas fed Lauren Bradburn for a breakaway to make it 2-0. Krista Shockley also scored a goal, with Hannah Whitaker assisting.

Olivia Coleman and Lindsey Werking combined for the shutout, not facing a single shot on goal in the game.

MV won the JV game 14-0.

Volleyball

New Palestine 3, Rushville 0: The Dragons won their season opener by beating Rushville 25-13, 25-15, 25-23 in a Hoosier Heritage Conference match at home.

It was the teams' final matchup as HHC rivals, as Rushville is leaving the conference at the end of this season. It was also gave Dragons coach Jerry Saffold a victory in his coaching debut.

Senior McKenze Qualkinbush had 12 digs and 17 assists for the Dragons. Senior Katie Morris added 12 kills. Junior Mikayla Little hd six aces. Megan Hawley added five kills and 11 digs.

NP next plays Thursday at home against North Decatur.

Hamilton Heights 3, Mt. Vernon 2: The Marauders dropped a see-saw match with Hamilton Heights, falling 25-17, 17-25, 25-16, 17-25, 15-9. HH used a big run in each of its winning sets to pull away, while MV did the same in its winning sets.

The Marauders host Lawrence North Thursday. 

MV defeated Greenfield-Central in the JV match. 

Eastern Hancock 3, Morristown 1: The Royals dominated three of the four games in a 25-13, 27-29, 25-13, 25-14 victory over the Yellow Jackets.

Lauren Harmon had 18 kills and three aces for the Royals. Bekah Dickmander added 14 kills. Melissa Bedell had 14 kills and 23 digs. Tori Bednarski had 28 digs. Hannah Best had eight aces and 45 digs, while Jordian Eastes added 53 assists and 12 digs. Emily Jeffries added six blocks to lead the Royals at the net.

The Royals host Cambridge City Lincoln Thursday.

Cross country

Arabians, Bears win New Palestine Invitational: Pendleton Heights (girls) and Shelbyville (boys) won the season-opening New Palestine Invitational run at the Dragons course Tuesday afternoon.

PH took the top six spots in the girls race, with Emma Manchess (21:01) winning. NP finished second, with the Dragons running as a pack. Sarah Schwartz (22:58) led the Dragons with an eighth-place finish, followed directly by teammates Natalie Shields, Bailey Wallace, Emily Trimpe and Izzy Fleetwood. PH had 15 points, NP 45 and Morristown 85. Knightstown, Rushville and Shelbyville fielded incomplete teams.

In the boys race, Shelbyville tallied 19 points and PH 48. Rushville (65) was third, NP was fourth with 110. Morristown (142) and Knightstown (186) rounded out the invitational's teams.

Alton Anspaugh (17:47) won for Shelbyville, which took six of the top seven spots. PH's Brandon Smith was second. NP was led by Dominic Basciano (21:07) in 21st, followed by teammates Chase Tuggle, Austin Dodd, Riley Wilson, Seth Eagleson and Kevin Laetsch in the next five spots.

NP next runs Saturday in the Brebeuf Invitational.

Boys tennis

New Palestine 3, Whiteland 2: The Dragons opened their season with a win on the road.

Sophomore Brent Barrett won at No. 1 singles. Junior Connor Swain also posted a victory at No. 3 singles. Rounding out the win were David Thompson/Pete Rusche at No. 2 doubles.

The Dragon JV won 9-1.

The Dragons are 1-0 and travel to Yorktown Thursday.

Greenfield-Central 5, Scecina 0: The Cougars won their season-opening match, sweeping Scecina with five straight-set victories.

G-C winners were Dakota Smith (6-0, 6-1), Chris Kersey (6-1, 6-1) and Brandon Hull (6-2, 6-1) at singles, and Max Holtzclaw/Jake Kauth (6-0, 6-0) and Luke Vowell/Bailey Hull (6-0, 6-0) at doubles.

"It was a good first match for us, but the competition gets tougher starting on Thursday," coach Jeff Sincroft said. "Hopefully we learned some things tonight that we can use in future matches."

G-C won the JV match 4-0.

G-C is next in action at home Thursday vs. Ritter.

Eastern Hancock over Southwestern: The Royals entered the Mid-Hoosier Conference in fine style, earning the school its first-ever conference victory as a member of the MHC over the Southwestern Spartans.

Girls golf

Greenfield-Central over New Castle: The Cougars defeated the Trojans with a 196-210 victory at Hawks Tail. G-C travels to Harbour Trees on Thursday to face Fishers and Noblesville.

Mt. Vernon wins 3-way: Mt. Vernon won a 3-way match, shooting 193 to outpace Rushville by four strokes. Shelbyville was third in the match at Bear Chase, the Golden Bears' home course.

MV travels to Willowbrook for the Connersville Invitational Saturday.

Wednesday's schedule

Boys soccer: Rushville at Mt. Vernon, 5:30/7 p.m.

Girls soccer: Greenfield-Central at Franklin Central, 5:30 p.m.

Girls golf: Mt. Vernon/Shenandoah at Delta, 4:30 p.m.


 


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