NPHS weekend wrapup: Poole wins sectional title
September 23, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
New Palestine junior Abby Poole won the Mt. Vernon sectional championship, shooting an 80 over 18 holes to win the title by one stroke.
Poole bested Pendleton Heights' Emily Tilton. She advances to next Saturday's New Castle regional.
Poole shot 40 with five pars on each nine.
As a team, the Dragons placed fifth with a 379. Mt. Vernon (366) won in a tight top-5 scramble for the three spots to transfer to regional. Whiteland (370) was second and Greenwood (372) was third.
For the Dragons, Cassie Rooks shot 98, including a 44 on the back nine at Old Oakland. Sarah Rose also shot 98. Carly Jones shot 103.
The Dragons won their second straight game -- both over HHC foes -- in a 6-1 victory over Delta Saturday afternoon.
NP built a 5-0 lead at halftime, with Katie Villiger scoring two goals and adding an assist. She'd add a second-half tally for a hat trick.
Emma Carmichael scored a goal and an assist in the first half. Natalie Kehrt and Madison Carpenter also had tallies for NP. Courtney Snith, Gabbi Pierson and Danielle Matus each had assists.
"The Dragons came out to play this morning. Katie Villiger had a hat trick and an assist today. Emma Carmichael, Natalie Kehrt, and Madison Carpenter each put one away as well," NP coach Gina Fannin said. "The team came out quickly and dominated the game. Good win for the Dragons!"
NP is now 3-7-1 on the season. The Dragons host Franklin Monday, with the varsity game beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Dragon JV won 7-0, with Kathryn Davis scoring twice.
The New Palestine boys CC team competed in the invitational division at the FlashRock Invitional at Northview Christian Church, placing 20th out of 28 teams. The boys were led by 78th place Riley Wilson, 79th place Dominic Basciano, 123rd place Drew Gohmann, 130th place Drew Legan and 147th place Chase Tuggle.
Seth Eagleson and Samuel Voelz competed in the championship race, placing 23rd and 82nd, respectively.
The New Palestine girls competed in the championship division placing 22nd out of 25 teams. The girls were led by 91st place Bailey Wallace, 127th place Marisa Crosby, 171st place Kayla Medaris, 176th place Caroline Voelz, and 186th place Maddie Waggoner.
The Boys JV was led by 254th place Chris Poturslaki.
The Girls JV was let by 108th place Izzy Fleetwood.
"'The dragons battled today and fought hard," NP coach Daniel Weimer said. "it was great to get on the semi-state course with semi-state like competition"
New Palestine went 2-2 at the Warren Central Invitational on Saturday.
The Dragons dropped a 19-25, 25-18, 15-11 decision to Lawrence North in the opening http://www.ihigh.com/newpaldragons/write.html?sectionid=0match, and then fell in a 25-18, 24-26, 15-9 match against Lebanon. The Dragons then routed Tech 25-11, 25-5 and beat Pike in a tight 25-23, 26-24 match. Freshman setter Kara Morris had a career-high 25 assists in the Pike match and Megan Hawley had 17 kills.
Kara Morris had 43 assists and three aces over the day. Hawley had 40 kills, 21 digs and three aces. Jamie Morris had 57 digs and five aces.
"I am proud of the girls for the way they competed today," NP coach Kelli Whitaker said. "We have played extremely tough competition all week. Lawrence North is one of the most athletically gifted teams we have played all year and we hung right with them and took a game off of them. The girls showed heart today and that's exactly what we need to be successful."
The Dragons are now 11-10 on the season. The Dragons host Knightstown Monday.
New Palestine hosted a JV/C-team tournament Saturday afternoon. The Dragons beat Connersville 4-2 and fell to Center Grove 1-0 to place second in the tournament.
"It was a great day of soccer and the New Palestine boys placed soccer in both games," NP coach Bobby Holden said. "We will face Center Grove this Tuesday for a rematch of what was the championship game of the tournament today."