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Saturday county roundup: County schools send CC teams to semistate

October 15, 2012
Hancock County Sports

Cross country

G-C boys, NP & EH girls going to semistate: Three county teams earned spots in next week's cross country semistate at Northview Christian Life Church in Carmel.

New Palestine's girls were the runners-up to Franklin Central in their race, while Eastern Hancock clinched the first girls semistate appearance in any sport in school history. In the boys race, Greenfield-Central finished fourth to advance to the semistate, with New Palestine missing advancing by one position, although the Dragons' Seth Eagleson was regional runner-up and will advance as an individual. NP's Austin Dodd finished ninth and will also advance.

In the girls race, Franklin Central tallied 21 places to win the regional title, taking six of the top nine spots. NP was second with 95, Warren Central (122), Connersville (136) and EH (137) took the rest of the spots to advance. EH beat sixth-place Roncalli by six spots.

EH's Kiersten Schrope was the top runner from the county schools, placing eighth in 20:03.

NP was led by 14th-place Sarah Schwartz (20:28). Bailey Wallace was 17th, Marissa Crosby 19th, Kayla Medaris 21st and Natalie Shields 29th.

Following Schrope for EH were Shelby Wyatt (24th), Karlee Gray (32nd), Cara Johnson (34th) and Hannah Miller (50th).

Carolyn Talhelm of Franklin Central was the regional champion in 19:12.

In the boys race, Eagleson was second in the individual race, finishing the 5K in 16:45. Franklin Central's Shane Wright was the regional champion with a time of 16:30. Dodd ran a 17:13 to finish ninth.

G-C finished fourth with its depth. Syrus Fletcher finished 21st, Zach Bishop 30th, Taylor Wright 31st, Scott Prewitt 38th and Jason LaFord 39th. Franklin Central won the regional title with 53 places. Warren Central (65) and Roncalli (81) were second and third. G-C tallied 141 to finish fourth, eight spots ahead of Rushville.

NP was sixth with a score of 162, placing them 13 places from moving on. The Dragons' other scorers were Dominic Basciano (48th), Riley Wilson (56th) and Kevin Laetsch (59th).

Marauders advance from Delta regional: Mt. Vernon's boys were the regional runners-up at the Delta regional, while the Marauder girls also advanced from the regional. Both MV teams will compete at next week's New Haven semistate.

In the boys race, MV tallied 98 places to finish second to Frankton (37). Pendleton Heights (112), Yorktown (117) and Monroe Central (125) also tallied enough points to move on to the semistate. MV advanced with depth -- Aaron Rush's 16th-place finish led the Marauders. He ran the 5K in 17:21. Frankton's Parker Williams was the regional champion in 16:30.

Andrew Boyle finished 18th, Taylor VanWinkle 19th, Andrew Thaxton 23rd and Brandt True 36th to score for MV.

In the girls race, MV was third. Pendleton Heights (29) won the title, beating Jay County (85). MV was two points back of Jay County with 87, but well ahead of Yorktown (126) and Delta (138).

Elizabeth Cook ran the 5K in 20:10 for a sixth-place finish. She was one minute back of regional champion Alex Buck of PH. Five of the top six finishers were from HHC schools -- PH's Emma Manchess was second, Delta's Jenna Parsons third and PH's Chelsea Blackwell fifth.

Jessica Grubb was 19th for MV, Samantha Sanders 21st, Arianna Sandefur 27th and Morgan Hayse 28th.

Cougars win, Royals 2nd at Union County
: Greenfield-Central won the Union County invitational, beating Eastern Hancock in a tight battle in the championship match.

G-C beat EH 21-25, 25-14, 15-12 in the final match to clinch the tournament championship. It was the Cougars' third victory over EH on the year, and all three have come in tight matches.

"It was another intense match with the Royals," G-C coach Rita Rouse said. "It was a match of making adjustments to counter the opponent's attack, and I think in the end we won that battle. This was a title and match that this group of girls were determined to capture. I like the way they kept their composure after letting the first set slip away after leading most of the way. They didn't get rattled and came back with a vengeance in Set 2. In Set 3, it was just a battle of wills back and forth, and the girls finished strong to win the match."

Jordan Bunch led the Cougars with 11 kills and Rachel Irbe added nine. Maddi Graham and Savannah Hart each added four kills for G-C. Megan Bradley had a good all-around performance with 27 assists, four kills, and three digs. The Cougars continued their strong serving with Rachel Irbe and Savannah Hart each picking up three aces. In G-C's back row, Alex Colclazier led the way with 10 digs followed by Irbe with nine, Amelia Shepherd with eight, and Caitey Sosnowski with seven. The Cougars defense at the net was strong as well with Irbe getting one solo block and three block assists. Shelby Davis added two block assists, Hart tallied one, and Graham had four.

Frannie Stephenson had a big match for the Royals, with 18 kills, eight digs and four blocks. Emily Jeffries and Lauren Harmon had five kills each, with Harmon adding three blocks. Jordian Eastes had 35 assists, seven digs and three aces. Hannah Best and Tori Bednarski had 10 digs each. G-C stats have not yet been provided to us.

G-C won its three pool matches to get into the championship match. The Cougars beat Connersville 25-10, 25-22 behind 19 kills from Rachel Irbe and 29 assists from Megan Bradley. G-C then beat Triton Central 25-14, 25-18 led by Irbe's seven kills, Bradley's 19 assists, 11 digs from Alex Colclazier and some key play by Addie Hicks, who had four kills, a dig and an ace. G-C finished pool play by beating Morristown 25-7, 25-21 in what G-C coach Rita Rouse called a strong team victory. Bradley had 20 assists and four aces, and Colclazier tallied seven digs.

The Royals won their three pool matches to get into the title match. EH beat Lawrenceburg 25-27, 25-18, 15-11 in its first match. Stephenson had 14 kills and seven digs. Best had 21 digs, Eastes had 31 assists. Jeffries and Melissa Bedell had six kills each. The Royals then swept potential sectional foe Union County 25-13, 25-20. Stephenson had 14 kills and four aces. Eastes had 19 assists, and Lytia Vanderpool had nine digs. EH then beat Milan 25-16, 25-11. Stephenson had nine kills and two blocks. Eastes had 27 assists and four aces. Best had 11 digs and four aces.

EH finishes the regular season 24-9 and will open sectional play at home Thursday against Centerville. G-C finishes 22-11 and will open sectional play at home Thursday against Richmond.

Boys tennis

MV's Bobb, G-C's Holtzclaw/Kauth compete in individual tourney: Greenfield-Central's No. 1 doubles team of Max Holtzclaw/Jake Kauth advanced in the individual regional, beating Batesville's duo of Nick Kirschner/Henry Luchow 6-4, 6-4 in the first round Saturday morning before falling to Brebeuf's Carlos Alvier/Seth Gochnauer 6-0, 6-0. 

Mt. Vernon's Bryce Bobb won his first-round match against Rushville's Kyle Hoening 7-5, 6-2, before falling to Covenant Christian's Nathan Zumbrun 6-1, 6-3. Bobb finishes his career with 42 wins -- 14 in each of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

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