Thursday NPHS wrapup: TE beats TC
September 20, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
New Palestine improved to 14-2 by beating Triton Central 5-0, only surrendering four games.
Brent Barrett, Connor Swain and Pete Rusche/David Thompson all won 6-0, 6-0
At No. 3 singles, Jake Purcell won 6-0, 6-1. The No. 2 doubles team of Ben Farley/Shayan Khokhar won 6-0, 6-3.
"A solid match," NP coach Chris Hardin said. "We've got to get ready for another big week tomorrow, with three matches in four days next week."
The Dragons have now won 12 straight matches.
The Dragon JV won 4-0.
The Dragons dropped a tough 5-1 decision at Greenfield-Central Thursday.
Bo Owens scored 81 seconds into the game to give NP a lead, heading in a perfect far-post corner kick from Caleb Kramer.
G-C tied the game up four minutes later, took the lead in the 48th minute, and then scored three goals in the last 10 minutes to build its advantage.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Dragons, who are now 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the HHC. They next play Wednesday at Center Grove.
"Greenfield-Central is a good team and played very well," NP coach Bobby Holden said. "It was a tough game for us tonight. Great game by Greenfield and great shots from their attacking players. I believe very strongly in our team and believe we will play a better game next time we face Greenfield-Central. Thank you to all the loyal fans that attended the game and listened in on the broadcast."
The Dragon JV won 4-0. Nick Martin scored two goals to lead the Dragons.
The Dragons fell at Pendleton Heights in three close games, 25-20, 25-21, 27-25.
Jamie Morris had 22 digs to lead the New Palestine defense. Megan Hawley led the offense with 14 kills.
NP is now 9-7 on the year and 1-1 in HHC play. The Dragons next compete Saturday in the Warren Central Invitational.
The Dragon JV won 25-21, 24-25, 15-5.
New Palestine fell to Mt. Vernon 189-196 in the final regular-season match for both teams.
NP's Abby Poole was medalist with a 42. Cassie Rooks shot a 46. Sarah Rose and Carly Jones each shot 54.
"Rough day for both teams as we get to sectional," NP coach Gregg Greene said. "The course played much different today than yesterday with all the rain this morning. We had a lot of difficulty hitting greens and getting the speed right on our putts. The good news is that today was just a duel match and the real tournament begins Saturday."