Thursday NPHS wrapup: VB, BSOC, TE all victorious
August 30, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
The Dragons rallied to beat Whiteland in four games Thursday night 24-26, 25-13, 25-17, 25-18. After dropping the first game 24-26 -- in which NP rallied from an 11-point deficit to tie -- NP pulled ahead quickliy in each of the next three games and won.
It was the Dragons' home opener.
Senior Jamie Morris had 30 digs, while Megan Hawley had 26 digs. Sophomore Katlyn Keele was solid at the net, with 15 kills, 17 digs, two blocks and two service aces. Kara Morris had 15 assists and 10 digs. Ellen Poetz had 26 assists. As a team, the Dragons had 104 digs.
"I am really proud of the way the girls played tonight," NP coach Kelli Whitaker said. "Not only did we have some spectacular plays, but we played as a team the entire time."
NP is 3-1 on the year. The Dragons compete in the Lawrence Central Invitational Saturday.
The Dragon JV also won in three games, 24-25, 25-18, 15-10.
New Palestine rallied from a tough loss the day before to beat Shenanodah 5-0 Thursday.
All five Dragons won in straight sets. At singles, Brent Barrett and Connor Swain each won, dropping only one game. Jacob Purcell won 7-5, 6-2. Pete Rusche/David Thompson won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles, while Ben Farley/Sam O'Dell blanked their foes 6-0, 6-0.
The Dragons beat Franklin Central 4-2 Thursday night.
Matt Ernster scored two first-half goals as the Dragons built a 3-1 lead at the break, and added an assist on Caleb Kramer's second-half goal. Kramer also had two first-half assists.
Ben Richter scored the tiebreaking goal to put the Dragons up 2-1 in the first half, and then Ernster scored a big goal assisted by C.J. Ritzi and Jackson Cochran just ahead of halftime.
FC's two goals came on a penalty kick and a corner.
"The boys really came out and played good soccer tonight," NP coach Bobby Holden said. "We moved the ball well and were successful in our attack. It was a good team effort and I am proud of the boys for responding so well."
NP is now 3-2 on the season and hosts Lawrence Central Saturday. The varsity game kicks off at 6 p.m.
FC won the JV match 4-1, with Ryan Miller scoring NP's goal.
New Palestine shot a nine-hole school record but fell to Greenwood 173-176 at The Legends.
Abby Poole was co-medalist with a 39. Cassie Rooks shot 43, Carly Jones 45 and Bailey Kamp 49.
"The 176 is a new 9 hole school record and continues our improvement that we need to succeed," NP coach Gregg Greene said.
The Dragons (6-3) next play Tuesday in the Hancock County meet at Arrowhead.