Boys’ basketball sectionals

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photos by: Elizabeth Miller, staff photographer

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The Mt. Vernon boys’ basketball team recently finished up their season at sectionals at New Castle on March 4.

The team had a bye in the first round of the tournament which allowed them to go straight to the semifinals of sectionals. They played in a tough game against the eventual champions, the New Castle Trojans.

“The boys played their hearts out and fought until the very end but just couldn’t pull it out. I was sad to see them fall after such a great season,” said Dylan Freeman, 12.

While the boys got disappointing results in the tournament, they still had a pretty successful season overall. They finished with 18 wins and only 5 losses.

baksetball sectionals 2“While I was somewhat disappointed with the result of the sectionals, I am looking forward to my senior year and am optimistic that we will have a good year,” said Michael Ertel, 11.

The Marauders should be in good shape next year as they will have a plethora of returning players that will look to make a run at a state title.

“We only have five players that are leaving due to graduation and we have a good group of hardworking seniors coming in. I think this next year will be fun for us,” said Coach Daugherty.

This past year definitely indicated that the Marauders are on the upswing and will continue on to next year.

Winter sports update

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer

The basketball, swimming, and wrestling seasons are officially underway at Mt. Vernon High School.

The girls basketball team got off to a solid start, and are 8-1 so far. The Lady Marauders are led by senior point guard Sydney Shelton and there’s a lot of hope for the team’s tournament chances this year.

“I think the girls have a really good team this year. They’ve been incredibly hot to start off,” said Oliver Mast, 11.

The boys basketball team is 2-0 so far, beating Whiteland and Hamilton Heights. Junior guard Michael Ertel has been solid so far, tallying 26 points and 6 assists in the game against Hamilton Heights.

Across the street in the pool, the girls swim team is 3-0, and started the season coming in 2nd place with 123 points, in a 5 team event at Franklin Community High School.

Unfortunately for the boys swim team, it’s a different story. They started with a win, but have since dropped their last 2 meets.

The wrestling team began the season with a win on December 2 against Daleville, crushing the opponent 75-6. They’ll be looking for a solid season this year, with lots of potential.

The future is certainly bright for many of MV’s teams, but it all requires teamwork and lots of effort.