Tuesday NPHS wrapup: Eagleson, Schwartz win county titles
September 25, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
Seth Eagleson and Sarah Schwartz defended their county championships Tuesday, as each won the individual Hancock County titles at Tuesday's meet.
Eagleson won the boys race in 15:51, 42 seconds better than runner-up Zach Bishop of Greenfield-Central. Samuel Voelz finished fourth in 16:49.
Eagleson's time shattered his county record of 16:21 set last year.
As a team, the Dragon boys finished third with 55 points, behing G-C (35) and Mt. Vernon (39). Eastern Hancock was fourth with 113. Dominic Basciano was 14th, Riley Wilson 15th and Chase Tuggle 21st.
Schwartz ran a 20:08 to win the girls race, 29 seconds better than runner-up Macie Dungan of Mt. Vernon. MV took places 2-4 to win the team title 31-38 over the runner-up Dragons. Greenfield-Central was third with 66, Eastern Hancock fourth with 87.
Bailey Wallace was sixth in 21:06, and Marissa Crosby seventh in 21:18. Kayla Medaris was 10th and Caroline Voelz 14th.
The Dragons had to play Tuesday without two key varsity players, but were able to hold off Mt. Vernon 3-2 in a Hoosier Heritage Conference match.
It's the Dragons' 14th straight victory. They finish HHC play with a 4-2 record, in a second-place tie. The Dragons are now 16-2 on the season with two matches remaining.
Brent Barrett won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Jake Purcell moved up to No. 2 singles and won 6-4, 6-1. At No. 1 doubles, Shayan Khokhar/Pete Rusche won 6-1, 7-6(5) to clinch the match, rallying in the second set to win.
The No. 1 doubles team of Sam O'Dell/Ben Farley fell in three sets 6-2, 1-6, 6-0. Colton Espich also dropped a straight-set match at No. 3 singles.
"Not a bad performance considering we were missing two of our seven guys, but at the same time, we were a little streaky," NP coach Chris Hardin said. "Good to get a conference win, but hopefully when our full lineup returns, we'll pick up where we left off."
The Dragon JV won 9-2.
The Dragons host Chatard for Senior Night Thursday.
New Palestine pulled away to beat Morristown in three sets, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18.
Jamie Morris had 30 digs to pace the Dragon defense. Megan Hawley had 15 kills, Katlyn Keele had 12 kills and Maddie Harper had five kills and five blocks.
The night was Doe Creek Night, with the middle school teams in attendance.
"Our setters did a great job spreading out our offense," NP coach Kelli Whitaker said. "We had four players who had five or more kills. It was great to have the seventh and eighth grade teams there supporting us tonight."
The Dragons are now 13-10. They host Pike Thursday.
The Dragon JV won 25-5, 25-10.
The Dragon boys soccer team fell to Center Grove 9-0 Tuesday evening on the road.
NP coach Bobby Holden cited the strong play of Bo Owens, Matt Ernster and C.J. Ritzi in the defeat.
"We need to find our rhythm and play better soccer," Holden said. "Center Grove is a very good team, but we can play much better than what we did tonight."
The Dragons are now 7-5. They travel to Fishers for a Thursday match.
CG won the JV match 3-1, with Sam Weber scoring the Dragons' goal.