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NPHS weekend wrapup: Wrestling 2nd, swimmers compete at HHC.

January 14, 2013
By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School


Dragons runners-up at HHC meet: New Palestine was runner-up to Yorktown at the Hoosier Heritage Conference wrestling meet.

Yorktown won with 270 points. NP had 242 and Greenfield-Central 180.5 to make up the top three. Pendleton Heights (166), Rushville (136), Delta (98), Shelbyville (68.5) and Mt. Vernon (60) rounded out the field.

Five Dragons won HHC titles. For New Palestine, C.J. Red was an individual champion at 106, winning his final-round match by injury default. Taylor Fee won at 126 by fall and Brian Wagner won at 182 by fall. Noah Grable had a major decision at 195 and Gabe Estes a fall at 220.

Gordon Wagner (138) and Robbie Elsea (145) placed second, Rylan McCarty (113) and Nick Brickens (160) placed third, Jared Timberman (132), Logan Hunt (152) and Ian Pomfret (170) placed fourth. Willie Bryan (285) placed fifth and Eugene Starks (120) was sixth.

The Dragons next compete Wednesday in their final dual meet of the year, at Franklin.


Dragons compete at HHC meet: Emily Trimpe won an individual Hoosier Heritage Conference title as the New Palestine girls swim team placed fourth at the HHC meet Saturday at the NPHS natatorium.

Trimpe won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:09.10, winning by more than four seconds. In that event, Erin Trimpe was fourth and Addison Virt sixth in that event, giving the Dragons their strongest single event of the day.

The Dragons also had several strong finishes.

Emily Trimpe was also second in the 50 freestyle, and was part of two runner-up relay teams. Finishing second was the 200 medley relay of Megan Prosser, Erin Trimpe, Virt and Emily Trimpe and the 200 free relay of Virt, Erin Trimpe, Emily Trimpe and Katie Mustard.

Other top-six finishers for New Palestine -- Hannah Ayer and Shannon Jones were third and fourth in diving, Erin Trimpe was sixth in the 200 individual medley, Claire Hornsby was sixth in the 100 butterfly and the 400 free relay team of Kenzie Wells, Katie Mustard, Prosser and WIneman was sixth.

Other strong performances by the Dragon girls as cited by coach Steve Maxwell were Wineman in the 50 freestyle (10th), Kara Mustard in the 100 butterfly (11th), Wells (9th) and Wineman (12th) in the 100 freestyle and Faith Stirm (13th) and Kayla Jameson (15th) in the 500 freestyle. All had significant improvements over their in-season times to this point in the season.

Yorktown won the event with 393 points. Mt. Vernon was second with 353, Pendleton Heights third with 330 and NPHS fourth with 319. Delta (244), Greenfield-Central (232), Shelbyville (126) and Rushville (74) rounded out the team scoring.

In the boys meet, the Dragons finished seventh. They were led by Grant Gish, who was second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle,

Luke Steigerwalt was fifth in the 100 butterfly.

The 200 freestyle relay of Gish, Todd Horn, Steigerwalt and Will Coleman placed sixth.

Other strong performances by the Dragon boys as cited by coach Steve Maxwell were Luke Reed and Wes Virt in the 200 IM (13th/14th), Virt in the 100 breaststroke (14th), Todd Horn in the 50 freestyle (14th) and 100 freestyle (13th), Will Mitchell in the 100 freestyle (19th) and Jake Mitchell (13th) and Conner Page (15th) in the 100 backstroke.

Greenfield-Central won with 450.5 points. Mt. Vernon was second with 306.5, followed by Pendleton Heights (305), Yorktown (295), Delta (287), Shelbyville (221), NPHS (162) and Rushville (22).

“The women scored 20 points more than they had on paper going into the meet,” Maxwell said. “Overall, the meet played out pretty close to what I expected and I am encouraged about our chance for success at sectional.”

The Dragons next compete Thursday against Rushville and Scecina.

Boys basketball

New Palestine 51, Pendleton Heights 48: Michael Morris hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to give the Dragons a big Hoosier Heritage Conference victory on the road Friday night.

Morris finished the night with 20 points to lead the Dragons, who led for much of the night but saw PH rally to tie the game in the final minute. Morris hit 8-of-14 from the floor and had four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Brogan Gary led all scorers with 24 points for PH. His banked-in 3-pointer with 14 seconds left tied the game and set the stage for Morris' heroics. Kurt Talbert had 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting for PH.

NP led 11-6 after a quarter and 25-19 at the half, with Brandon Jonas scoring nine first-half points. The Dragons held a 35-29 lead after three and maintained a five-point lead for much of the early part of the fourth quarter.

Jonas had 13 points for the Dragons. Ryan Curry added seven points, three boards and two steals. Solomon Haynes had five assists and six rebounds, leading the team in both categories. Seth Cox had tied a team high with six rebounds.

NP shot 51 percent (20-of-39) from the floor.

The Dragons are now 9-3 on the season and 4-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, sharing the lead with Mt. Vernon and Yorktown. NP next plays Jan. 18 at Roncalli, then returns home Jan. 19 to face Whiteland. PH is now 6-5 (2-2 HHC). The Whiteland game on Saturday will be webcast at www.ihigh.com/newpaldragons.

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