Tuesday NPHS wrapup: Tennis wins, CC hosts invite
August 22, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
The Dragons defeated an experienced Whiteland squad 4-1 to win their opener on Tuesday.
The Dragons won three ultra-tight matches to seal the victory. At No. 1 singles, Brent Barrett took a 6-3, 6-4 victory. At No. 1 doubles, David Thompson/Pete Rusche won a second-set tiebreak to give the Dragons the clinching point, winning 6-3, 7-6(6). Jake Purcell went the distance, winning 4-6, 7-5, 10-8, with a super-tiebreaker replacing the third set. Shayan Khokhar/Ben Farley also won, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.
"We had a very good showing for our first outing against a very solid Whiteland team," NP coach Chris Hardin said, noting six of the Warriors' seven varsity players returned from last year. "I'm hoping we continue the good play."
The New Palestine girls team finished second Tuesday in the New Palestine Invitational, totaling 50 points. The Dragons were led by a pack of 16th-place Sarah Schwartz, 17th Mattie Waggoner, 18th Kayla Medaris, 19th Bailey Wallace, and 22nd Izzy Fleetwood. Westfield won the event.
"Our goal was to work together as a team today," NP coach Daniel Weimer said. "I was proud of how close our girls finished together."
In the boys meet, the Dragons placed fifth of seven teams. They were led by a pack of 31st-place Sam Voelz, 32nd Riley Wilson, 36th Dominic Basciano, 37th Seth Eagleson and 38th Drew Legan.
Westfield and Shelbyville finished 1-2.
"It was neat to see the guys work together as a pack throughout the race," Weimer said. "They did a fine job of running as a team."
New Palestine dropped a 4-0 decision in the season opener to Guerin Catholic.
The Golden Eagles scored twice in each half to post the shutout. NP coach Bobby Holden cited the play of Matt Ernster and Ben Richter in the defeat.
"Guerin Catholic is a very talented team," Holden said. "We will continue to work as a team and get better. We have Yorktown for our first conference game at home on Thursday and are looking forward to that game now. Thanks to all the fans support and we hope to see the stands full on Thursday against Yorktown and Saturday against Warren Central."
NPHS opens HHC play Thursday at home against Yorktown.