Tuesday NPHS roundup: CC wins county titles
September 19, 2012By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
Dragons win county titles: The New Palestine girls team won its seventh straight county championship, while NP's Seth Eagleson and Sarah Schwartz won individual titles at Brandywine Park in Greenfield.
Eagleson set a county record, running the 5K in 16:23 to win the boys individual title and lead the Dragons to a 1-2 finish in the race. Eagleson's time bested one set by former Mt. Vernon and Miami University runner Brad Untrauer.
Schwartz's time of 19:33 was 41 seconds ahead of Eastern Hancock's Kiersten Schrope to win the girls race going away. It was also a course-record.
In the girls race, New Palestine tallied 27 points, Mt. Vernon 59, Greenfield-Central 66 and Eastern Hancock 72.
NP had all five runners in the top 10, with Marissa Crosby finishing fourth (20:49), Natalie Shields sixth (21:00), Bailey Wallace seventh (21:02) and Kayla Medaris ninth (21:11). Emily Trimpe was 14th and Izzy Fleetwood 20th to help contribute to the victory.
In the boys race, NP's Seth Eagleson set a new county record in 16:23 to lead the Dragons to a 1-2 finish in the individual race. G-C had five runners in the top 11 to win with 34 points, MV had 41 and NP 53. EH fielded an incomplete team.
Riley Wilson was 14th, Dominic Basciano 17th and Sam Jones 19th for the Dragons.
The Dragons won the girls JV race, with Mattie Waggoner (21:37), Chloe Kirchner, Brianna Komornick and Megan Reel taking the top four spots. Kenzie Privette was seventh.
The Dragon boys placed second in the county, led by Chris Poturalski (seventh), Aaron Zych (ninth) and Mitchell Lawson (10th).
New Palestine 5, Mt. Vernon 0: The Dragons swept their rivals in tennis action Tuesday, giving coach Chris Hardin his 100th career victory as a boys tennis coach.
Winners for NP were Brent Barrett over MV's Bryce Bobb at No. 1 6-4, 7-6(6) -- rallying from 6-1 down in the tiebreaker to clinch the match -- Stratton Smith at No. 2 over Grant Williams 6-1, 6-2; and Connor Swain at No. 3 6-2, 6-0 over MV's Nick Pham.
At No. 1 doubles, NP's Shayan Khokhar/Evan Poole pulled out the day's closest match, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 over Chandler Hines/Ben Bobb. At No. 2 doubles, NP's Pete Rusche/David Thompson won 7-6(6), 6-4 over Andrew Noble/Corey Beck.
"The guys played really well tonight despite the wind," Hardin said. "Overall, we played pretty well. I think we're headed in the right direction. Hopefuly, over the next couple of weeks, we'll be able to make improvements."
NP is now 10-3 on the year. MV is 7-6.
MV won the JV match 6-4.
MV travels to Rushville Tuesday. NP next plays Monday at home against Rushville.
Center Grove 6, New Palestine 1: Bryson Basaran scored on a free kick midway through the first half to tie the game at 1-1, but No. 5 Center Grove was very strong and pulled away to a 4-1 lead at halftime before adding two quick goals in the opening minutes of the second half.
Basaran's goal for NP was his seventh of the year -- all coming in the last four games. He nearly scored again on a first-half free kick that was denied on a diving save by CG goalkeeper Dalton Mudd.
Jaron Pridgen made three saves in net for NP, while Kyle Rodebeck made five in relief in the second half.
"Center Grove is a very good team," NP coach Bobby Holden said. "It was good competition and will make us better as we continue to improve our game. We are looking forward to facing another good competitor on Thursday when we play Fishers."
NP is now 7-4-1 on the year. The Dragons host Fishers Thursday and Delta Saturday.
CG won the JV game 4-1.
New Palestine 3, Morristown 0: The Dragons posted a 25-11, 25-9, 25-21 victory for their 10th victory of the season.
NP is now 10-12 on the year heading into Thursday's match at Pike.
Girls soccer: vs. Pendleton Heights, 5/7 p.m.