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Wednesday county wrap: NP wins tight tennis match against G-C

August 23, 2012
Hancock County Sports

Boys tennis

New Palestine 3, Greenfield-Central 2: The Dragons won a close match over their county rivals, with all five individual contests being decided in straight sets. 

NP got singles wins from Brent Barrett at No. 1 and Shayan Khokhar at No. 3. The Dragons' No. 2 doubles team of Pete Rusche/Evan Poole also were winners.

Barrett defeated G-C's Dakota Smith 6-2, 6-3. Khokhar posted a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Brandon Hull. Rusche/Poole won 6-1, 6-1 over Luke Vowell/Bailey Hull.

G-C's victories came from Chris Kersey at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-3 over NP's Connor Swain, and Max Holtzclaw/Jake Kauth at No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 6-3 over David Thompson/Stratton Smith.

"We're still trying to find a lineup to maximize our strengths," NP coach Chris Hardin said. "We've had a different lineup every night, and we'll probably have another one tomorrow night, to see if we can find the right combination. We're headed in the right direction, we've got to just put it all together and start playing well as a team."

"Max and Jake played one of the better matches of their careers tonight, and that's really encouraging to see this early in the season," G-C coach Jeff Sincroft said. "Overall I thought we played alright, but we need more consistency at all positions." 

Both the Cougars and Dragons are 2-1 on the season. G-C next plays Saturday in the Triton Central Invitational. NP hosts Shenandoah Thursday.

NP won the JV match 8-1.

Cross country

Dragon girls 2nd at Pendleton Heights: The New Palestine girls placed second out of 20 teams at the Pendleton Heights Arabian Rondup. In the boys race, the Dragons' Seth Eagleson was the individual champion.

NP was led by Natalie Shields' 10th-place finish. Emily Tripme finished 16th, Marissa Crosby 18th, Kayla Medaris 19th and Chloe Kirchner 31st.

NP's boys finished seventh out of 19 teams. Eagleson won the event, leading two Dragons in the top 10. Austin Dodd finished eighth. Kevin Laetsch was 52nd, Dominic Basciano 63rd and Sam Jones 64th.

NP's girls won the JV race, with Bailey Wallace and Sarah Schwartz finishing 1-2 and Caroline Voelz fourth. Riley Wilson led NP's JV boys with an eighth-place finish. The Dragons finished third as a team.


Greenfield-Central 3, Anderson 0: The Cougars won their second straight three-game sweep, beating Anderson 25-23, 25-17, 25-9.

Jordan Bunch and Rachel Irbe led the team with 11 kills each. Alex Colclazier played solid defense with 21 digs followed by Irbe with 15, Megan Bradley with nine, and Caitey Sosnowski with eight. Addie Hicks played solid net defense collecting two solo blocks.

"The student fan section was awesome tonight! I think the girls finally realized they needed to be as pumped up as their fans were," G-C coach Rita Rouse said.

The Cougars are now 4-2 on the young season. They host Eastern Hancock Thursday in a match we'll broadcast at iHigh.com/hancockcountysports

Girls soccer

Warren Central 4, New Palestine 2: The Dragons dropped a 4-2 match to the Warriors, with Warren scoring three second-half goals to break a 1-1 tie. 

Lauren Joray scored twice for New Palestine, tying the game off a free kick in the first half, and then adding an unassisted goal in the second to cut Warren's lead to 3-2.

NP coach Bobby Holden also cited Julie Hilton and Jen Roberts' strong defensive play in the game.

"Great performance by the girls in the first half," Holden said. "Controlled the momentum of the game going into half time with a score of 1-1. During the second half the Warren Central team found their rhythm as we struggled to find ours. The game ended with a 4-2 score, but was much closer than that score may seem when looking at the overall play. I am proud of the girls and we are looking forward to the game on Tuesday against Rushville to start our conference series of games."

The Dragons are now 3-2 on the season.

Girls golf

Fishers 177, New Palestine 194: The Dragons lost a tough match against Fishers at Grey Eagle. 

NP's Abby Poole was medalist with a 39. Cassie Rooks added a 48, Sarah Rose a 53 and Ashley Alyea a 55 for NP.

"We spent a lot of time on specific shots this week and need to do more," NP coach Gregg Greene said.

NP travels to Greenwood Thursday for a match at The Legends.

JV soccer: Greenfield-Central beat Guerin Catholic 5-4 Wednesday night. Westyn Wood scored twice and Jon Warburton tallied the game-winner late. Brandon Kelley and Nathan Capen also scored for G-C.

Thursday, Aug. 23

Boys soccer: New Palestine at Franklin Central, 5:30/7 p.m.

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

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

Volleyball: New Palestine at Whiteland, 5:30 p.m.

Volleyball: Eastern Hancock at Greenfield-Central, 6 p.m. (LIVE BROADCAST LINK: Hancock County Sports)

Volleyball: Mt. Vernon at Pendleton Heights, 6 p.m.

Boys tennis: Shenandoah at New Palestine, 4:30 p.m.

Boys tennis: Eastern Hancock at Hauser, 5 p.m.

Girls golf: New Palestine at Greenwood, 4 p.m. (The Legends)

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