Saturday NPHS roundup: Eagleson breaks 16 at Marion, Poole wins at Shelby
September 8, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
Seth Eagleson became the third runner in New Palestine history to break the 16-minute barrier when he ran 15:58 to finish seventh in the Marion Invitational on Saturday.
Eagleson was 37 seconds behind winner Ellis Coon of Warsaw in the race.
All five scoring Dragons in the boys race came out with personal bests. Samuel Voelz was 23rd (16:37), Dominic Basciano 67th, Riley Wilson 69th and Chase Tuggle 83rd.
"It was a great day for the Dragons, to see them all go out and compete, take the race for what it is, get in the flow, and for our top five to be rewarded with new personal records is really special. I was really proud of them all doing it together as a team," NP coach Daniel Weimer said.
The Dragon girls placed seventh of 16 teams. Sarah Schwartz led the Dragons with a ninth-place finish (19:42). Bailey Wallace was 30th (20:49), Marissa Crosby 36th (21:05), Kayla Medaris 70th and Caroline Voelz 76th.
"It was great to see Sarah Schwartz go out to the front and run aggressively throughout the race, and she was rewarded with a season best and top 10 finish," Weimer said. "She had an outstanding day. Overall, the girls did a great job of putting it on the line in a very competitive race."
In the JV races, Chris Poturalski led the Dragon boys, who finished 13th. Kenzi Privette led the Dragon girls, placing 46th.
The Dragons continue to set records, as they broke the school 18-hole mark with a 361 today at the Shelbyvlle Invitational.
Abby Poole won the invitational title with a 79. Cassie Rooks shot a 92. Bailey Kamp and Sarah Rose each shot 95s.
Mooresville won the event with a 354.
The Dragons next compete Wednesday against Hamilton Southeastern and Westfield at The Links.
The Dragon tennis teams had a successful day, winning two matches at home against Silver Creek and University.
The Dragons beat University 5-0 in the opening round. Winners for the Dragons were Brent Barrett 6-2, 6-1. Connor Swain 6-0, 4-6, 10-7, Jake Purcell 6-1, 6-3, David Thompson/Pete Rusche 6-1, 6-1 and Ben Farley/Shayan Khokhar 6-4, 6-2. The teams played 10-point super-tiebreakers in the place of third sets.
In the day's second match, the New Palestine Dragons beat the Silver Creek Dragons 4-1. Barrett won 6-1, 6-3 and Purcell won 7-5, 6-3 to give NPHS two quick points, but the next three matches went to the super-tiebreaker. New Palestine got victories from the doubles teams: Thompson/Rusche 6-4, 1-6, 10-7 and Khokhar/Farley 6-3, 6-7, 11-9. Swain also fell in a super-tiebraeker.
The victories capped off a 5-0 week for NPHS that put the Dragons to 7-2 on the year.
"We're playing some really solid tennis, winning the first set or playing a close first set and then we're struggling to maintain focus in the second set and we make it harder on ourselves. Tht's the only area we need to work on," NP coach Chris Hardin said. "But overall, we played pretty solid."
The Dragons host Lawrence Central Wednesday.
The New Palestine JV beat University 9-1 and fell to Silver Creek 4-2.
The Dragons dropped an 8-1 decision to Columbus East on Saturday.
Katie Villiger scored a first-half goal that cut the Olympians' lead to one, but East was able to pull away in the second half.
"Columbus East is a really good team but that's why I'm so proud of the girls for playing so hard the first half, going into halftime 2-1," NP coach Gina Fannin said. "We couldn't quite keep up through the second half. Playing against good teams like this will only makes us stronger. I have confidence that the girls have been pushed hard through the first half of our season and are going to be prepared to continue our climb through the remainder of the season."
The Dragons are now 1-6-1 and visit Mt. Vernon Wednesday.
The Dragon JV won 1-0 behind a goal by Madison Parish.