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Weekend NPHS wrapup: Swimming & wrestling teams win invitationals

December 10, 2012
By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School

Dragons stay perfect:
New Palestine’s wrestling team stayed perfect on the year, winning its third straight invitational Saturday at Columbus North to improve the team record to 16-0.

The No. 9 Dragons beat Madison 54-13, Brown County 80-0, Columbus North 59-15, Edgewood 60-9 and Yorktown 66-15.

Going 5-0 on the day for NP were C.J. Red, Rylan McCarty, Taylor Fee, Gordon Wagner, Robbie Elsea, Tommy Cash and Willie Bryan. Brian Wagner and Andrew Yazel each won four matches.

The Dragons host Cathedral on Wednesday, then host the New Palestine 6-way next Saturday.


New Palestine wins East Central Relays: The New Palestine swim teams combined to win the East Central Relays on Saturday.

NP's combined teams tallied 143 points, beating Greenwood by 31 points and Connersville by 32.

The Dragon girls won their half of the six-team event with 84 points, besting Greenwood (64), Connersville (51), East Central and Greensburg (37 each) and Centerville (22). The NP boys finished third with 59 points, a shade behind East Central (70) and Connersville (60).

NP's girls had six first-place finishes: the 200 medley relay of Lily Horn, Addison Virt, Claire Hornsby and Rachel Wineman; the 100 free relay of Erin Trimpe, Wineman, Katie Mustard and Kenzie Wells; the 400 medley relay of Mustard, Megan Prosser and Claire Hornsby; the 1000 free relay of Erin Trimpe and Emily Trimpe, the 150 butterfly relay of Virt, Emily Trimpe and Hornsby, and the 150 breaststroke relay of Erin Trimpe, Emily Trimpe and Virt.

The Dragon boys had two first-place finishes: from Luke Steigerwalt, Grant Gish and Jake Mitchell in the 150 backstroke relay, and Gish, Chris Dodd, Steigerwalt and Todd Horn in the 200 medley relay. The Dragons had three runners-up: the 375 crescendo relay of Will Coleman, Wes Virt, Wil Mitchell and Parker Horn; the 150 butterfly relay of Gish, Steigerwalt and Kelley Murphy; and the 200 free relay of Todd Horn, WIl Mitchell, Jake Mitchell and Conner Page.

NP coach Steve Maxwell cited the strong splits of Mustard's 200 IM in the 400 medley relay, the 500 freestyles swam by both Erin and Emily Trimpe in their winning 1000 medley relay, Faith Stirm's 200 freestyle in the 375 crescendo relay -- in which NP placed third -- Hornsby's 50 butterfly in the 150 fly relay, Mallory Horn's 50 free in the 200 free relay, Lily Horn, Grace Hornsby and Megan Prosser each in the 150 backstroke relay, which finished third, and the three winners of Erin Trimpe, Emily Trimpe and Virt in the winning 150 breaststroke relay. On the boys side, he cited the 200 IM split of Wes Virt in the 400 medley relay, the entire second-place 150 butterfly relay of Gish, Murphy and Steigerwalt; Gish's 50 backstroke in the winning 150 back relay; Wes Virt and Dodd's splits in the 150 breaststroke relay; and Parker Horn's split in the 400 freestyle relay.

NP travels to Eastern Hancock on Tuesday, then hosts Mt. Vernon on Thursday.


New Palestine 68, Greenfield-Central 40: The Dragons got a big start from Ryan Curry and a big finish from Michael Morris as they pulled away from G-C on the road.

Curry hit four first-quarter 3-pointers to boost the Dragons to a 15-4 lead after one. He finished the night with 17 points. Morris had five points at halftime as the Dragons built a 26-14 edge at the break, but then scored nine third-quarter points and finished the night with 19 points.Morris hit 7-of-11 from the floor, while Curry shot 6-of-11.

Justin Ikerd added 11 points for the Dragons for his third straight double-figure game. Connor Roach and Seth Cox each scored six points.

Solomon Haynes led a balanced NP rebounding attack with five boards. He and his brother Samson Haynes led the Dragons with five assists each. NP had 19 assists on 22 baskets. Roach, Cox and Morris each had four rebounds. Curry had four steals.

NP was 22-of-42 from the floor and 14-of-20 from the free throw line. The Dragons were 10-of-24 from 3-point range, and shot 67 percent inside the arc. The Dragons held G-C to 31 percent shooting on 14-of-45 from the floor.

NP is now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in HHC play heading into next week's double-weekend at Westfield (Friday) and home against Franklin Central (Saturday, Dec. 15). The FC game will be broadcast by www.ihigh.com/newpaldragons.

Girls basketball

Greenfield-Central 45, New Palstine 27: After falling behind early, the Dragons fought to a virtual draw with G-C over the final three and a half quarters in the Hoosier Heritage Conference loss.

NP was led by sophomore Emma Laughlin, who scored nine points, including a perfect 5-of-5 from the line. Taylor Shull added six points. Adie Lorsung led a balanced rebounding effort with nine boards. Haley Stratman had seven boards. Natalie Kehrt had three assists.

G-C led 18-3 after a quarter and 24-8 at halftime. NP cut its deficit as close as 12 at 32-20 early in the fourth after Laughlin scored a three-point play. But G-C answered with a 13-2 run that set the final margin.

The Cougars are now 2-5 (1-2 HHC), while the Dragons are 1-6 (0-3 HHC). NP travels to Mt. Vernon Thursday for a game broadcast, available at ihigh.com/newpaleragons.

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