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Thursday NPHS wrap: Softball beats Mt. Vernon, tennis wins thriller, track wins 3-way

April 20, 2012
By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School


New Palestine 8, Mt. Vernon 3: The Dragons scored in each of their final six at-bats and got a strong pitching performance from Lizzie Garrison in the victory.

Garrison scattered eight hits, but retired 14 straight Marauders from the end of the first until the top of the sixth. In the meantime, NP built a 6-1 lead.

Garrison is 6-1 on the year. She had two strikeouts and a walk.

After MV took a 1-0 lead in the first on Ambry Turpen's RBI hit, the Dragons got an RBI single from Megan Prosser in the second to tie the game, then scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth to take a 4-1 lead -- taking advantage of errors in the third and fourth. In the third, Clare Myers reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch to give NP a lead. Garrison's double in the fourth plated Adie Lorsung. Fiers' RBI single plated Myers in the fifth, which chased MV starter Ellie Balbach.

NP scored two in the sixth on four hits, including a two-run single by Alexa Cavin. The Dragons added two more on the seventh.

MV had four hits in the sixth, scoring two runs. Brooke Saldana and Maggie McLean had RBI hits for the Marauders.

Clare Myers had three hits for the Dragons and scored twice. Cavin had two hits and two RBI. Garrison, Prosser and Markie Wood all had two hits each.

Balbach had two hits for MV.

NP is now 9-2 (2-0 HHC). MV is now 5-2 (2-1 HHC). The Dragons travel to Eastern Hancock Friday. The Marauders travel to Center Grove Saturday to take on Greenwood and Center Grove.

Dragon girls win 3-way: At New Castle, the New Palestine girls track team began preparation for its tournament season by defeating the Trojans of New Castle and the Indians of Anderson. NP had 93 points to Anderson's 42 and New Castle's 30. Leading the way for the Dragons was Corinne Zehner with individual wins in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles along with relay wins in the 4x100 relay and 4x400 relays.

Senior Sonya Napariu won the shot put and discus, and senior Carly Ingle celebrated her birthday with a win in the long jump where New Palestine enjoyed a 1-2-3 finish with Rachel Wineman and Nikki Villiger in second and third respectively.

Nicole Fluegel won the 100m dash with her best run of the year, and freshman Faith Schonauer won the 200m with Sydney Pennybaker second.

Lauren Joray won the 800m in her best time of the year, and Wineman won high jump with another jump of five feet.  The 4x800 relay of Caroline Voelz, Alyssa Mouzin, Natalie Shields, and Lauren Joray, the 4x100 relay of Katie Matus, Nicole Fluegel, Lauren Kehrt and Zehner, and the 1600m relay of Jillian Brittain, Fluegel, Kehrt and Zehner were all winners. 


New Palestine 3, Yorktown 2: New Palestine won a long thriller that finished under the lights, with three three-set matches deciding the outcome. Kyler Litteral won 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles to clinch the victory for the Dragons.

Other winners for NP were Jennifer Roberts at No. 2 singles 3-6, 6-0, 6-0. Michaela Hurd/Emily Moeller won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles.

The No. 2 doubles team of Abby Poole and Bailey Ransburg lost 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 in a close match.

The Dragons are now 3-1 on the year and 2-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

The Dragon JV also won 9-8.

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