Saturday NPHS roundup: TE wins county title; GO 3rd in HHC; CC/BSOC/VB
September 15, 2013New Palestine High School
The Dragons won their fourth consecutive Hancock County championship, winning three individual championships along the way. NP totaled 27 points, while Greenfield-Central had 17, Mt. Vernon nine and Eastern Hancock seven.
At No. 1 singles, Brent Barrett defeated Greenfield-Central's Dakota Smith 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 in the championship match. He also won 6-0, 6-1 over Eastern Hancock in the first round.
At No. 2 singles, Connor Swain dropped two games, beating Ben Bobb of Mt. Vernon 6-1, 6-1 in the opening round, and then winning 6-0, 6-0 over G-C's Brandon Hull.
At No. 2 doubles, Ben Farley/Shayan Khokhar defeated Eastern Hancock's duo 6-2, 6-1 in the finals, after winning 6-4, 6-2 over Greenfield-Central in the semis.
At No. 1 doubles, David Thompson/Pete Rusche were runners-up to Max Holtzclaw/Jake Kauth of Greenfield-Central, falling 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 in the final. Thompson/Rusche defeated EH 6-1, 6-3 in the first round. Jake Purcell was also runner-up at No. 3 singles, falling to Mt. Vernon's Brentdon Ware 6-4, 6-3 in the final. Purcell won 6-0, 6-0 over G-C in the semis.
The Dragons also won the JV championship, tallying 31 points to G-C's 17 and MV's 12.
"Good showing for the Dragons. We played well advancing all 5 positions varsity and JV from the first round and lost only one match in the finals for the JV," NP coach Chris Hardin said. "The varsity had a couple tough matches in the finals, but we battled very well and came out on top in 3 matches with one loss being a 3rd set tie-breaker to a talented Greenfield-Central team (G-C beat us 6-0, 6-0 in our season match). I felt as if our team has improved a lot and is moving in the right direction."
NP junior Abby Poole finished third overall with an 80. Cassie Rooks was also All-HHC with an 84, placing sixth. Sarah Rose's 93 was tied for 11th. Peyton Hill shot 107 to round out the Dragons' scoring.
"We had a great day overall, and it was nice to have Cassie back playing well," NP coach Gregg Greene said.
New Palestine posted a solid 4-0 victory over Franklin on the road Saturday afternoon.
Matt Ernster scored a first-half goal on the assist from James Pridgen to put NP up a goal at the break. The two hooked up again for a key insurance goal in the second half -- Ernster from Pridgen. Caleb Kramer and Sam Weber also scored for NP in the second half, with Tyler Singleton adding an assist.
NP coach Bobby Holden also cited the strong defensive play of Nathan Villiger and Kelson Pike in helping register the shutout.
"The boys played well against a good Franklin Community team," Holden said. "Very proud of their performance today."
NP won the JV match 8-1. Sam Weber and Sergio Sanchez scored two goals each.
New Palestine placed second in the Greenwood Invitational. The Dragons opened with a thriller against Scecina, winning 24-26, 25-23, 15-6. Megan Hawley had a career-high 18 kills and 15 digs to lead the Dragons. In the next match, Hawley had five kills and 20 digs in a 25-12, 25-12 win over Monrovia. The Dragons then gutted out a 27-29, 25-19, 15-8 victory over Greenwood, with Hawley tallying nine kills and 14 digs. Jamie Morris had 22 digs and Taylor Lawson registered 10 kills.
In the championship match, NP fell to Speedway 26-24, 25-23. Katlyn Keele had six kills and seven digs.
"I am really proud of these ladies for fighting every play and coming out with three wins," NP coach Kelli Whitaker said. "Several girls showed great leadership."
New Palestine is now 9-6 on the season.
The New Palestine girls cross country team tallied 72 points to finish second at the Whiteland Invitational. Sarah Schwartz led the Dragons with a third-place finish. Bailey Wallace was 10th, Marissa Crosby 11th, Kayla Medaris 22nd and Caroline Voelz 25th. The girls also saw Brianna Komornik win the JV race, with a personal-best 22:32.
"The girls battled today, and were led by the aggressive front running of Sarah Schwartz, Bailey Wallace and Marissa Crosby, all of who ran persona records," NP coach Daniel Weimer said. "I was particularly empressed with Marissa Crosby, who went out from the gun, ran in the front pack and finished strong with a new PR."
The Dragon boys finished third of 13 teams with 100 points. Seth Eagleson placed third, Samuel Voelz sixth, Dominic Basciano 23rd, Riley Wilson 27th and Chase Tuggle 41st. In the JV race, Drew Gohmann was runner-up with an 18:40.
"The boys competed very well today, running as a team, led by the front running of Seth Eagleson and Samuel Voelz," Weimer said. "I was very impressed with Dominic Basciano, who continues to run with great confidence. Drew Gohmann ran as good as I have ever seen him run. He fought hard, lived in the moment and finished runner-up in the JV race with a new personal record."