Tuesday NPHS wrapup: Poole sets record, wins county title
September 4, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
NP junior Abby Poole set a school record and won the individual Hancock County championship Tuesday at Arrowhead.
Poole shot an one-under-par 35 to win the county title and lead the Dragons to a nine-hole school record 168.
As a team, the Dragons finished second to Mt. Vernon, which shot 160. Greenfield-Central shot 189, Eastern Hancock 208.
Sarah Rose shot 43, Carly Jones 44 and Bailey Kamp 46 for the Dragons.
"It was a tight county tournament on the neutral Arrowhead course," NP coach Gregg Greene said. "We played very well overall setting a new team record and three new personal bests, including Abby's school record low nine. Bailey and Carly both shot new personal bests and Sarah was close to setting a new one, too. We continue to make progress and will have tough duels in the next three weeks."
The Dragons host Lawrence Central Thursday at The Links.
The Dragons swept Morristown 5-0 Tuesday.
Brent Barrett and Connor Swain won at singles, and the Dragons swept the doubles. Jake Purcell also took a forfeit at No. 3 singles.
The Dragons are now 4-2 on the season.
"It was a good match for us," NP coach Chris Hardin said. "After a three-day weekend, it was an opportunity to get back on the courts."
New Palestine played a tremendous tilt with Mt. Vernon, with both teams' defenses perfect through 80 minutes and two overtimes, but the Marauders won a shootout to beat the Dragons 1-0.
Bo Owens and Jackson Cochran scored in the shootout for the Dragons and Jackson Schwier made a save, but MV nailed four of its five shots to win the shootout 4-2.
Schwier made three saves in 22 minutes, and Kyle Rodebeck made eight saves in the other 72 to combine for the regulation shutout. Rodebeck made three point-blank saves in a first-half barrage after an MV free kick just outside the box. The Dragons had a late chance off Matt Ernster's foot in regulation that forced MV goalkeeper Logan Justus to make a sprawling save. The Dragon defense limited Mt. Vernon's opportunities in the run of play to forge a scoreless tie.
"Such a great game of soccer," NP coach Bobby Holden said. "I am so proud of the boys and their efforts. It's not fun to come out with the loss after such a long, hard-fought game. The boys did well and that was a good showing by both teams. Good game to Mt. Vernon. Looking forward to the next game against New Castle a week from tonight. Thanks to the fans that traveled to the away game."
The Dragons are now 3-3. Their next game is Sept. 10 at home against New Castle.
MV won the JV match 4-0.
New Palestine dropped a close three-set match on the road to Zionsville, falling 30-28, 25-21, 25-22.
Jamie Morris had 27 digs for the Dragons. Taylor Lawson had seven kills.
The Dragons are now 4-4 on the season. They next play Thursday at home against Greenfield-Central.
Zionsville also won the JV match 25-12, 25-20.