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Spegal named Gatorade Player of the Year

The first of many honors has come in for New Palestine’s Charlie Spegal, as he was named the Gatorade Indiana high school football Player of the Year. Spegal ran for 3,168 yards and 55 touchdowns this season, leading the state in both categories. He graduates as Indiana’s career recordholder in rushing yards (10,867), rushing TDs (173),

Strong start paces girls basketball victory

A strong start paced the New Palestine girls basketball team to a 63-47 victory Tuesday at New Castle in the Dragons’ conference opener. The reigning HHC champion Dragons are now 6-2 on the season and 1-0 in HHC play. The Dragons raced to a 17-7 start after a quarter, then extended the lead to 34-17 at

Fourth quarter D propels girls basketball to road win

The New Palestine girls basketball team held Indian Creek without a field goal for the entire fourth quarter, allowing the Dragons to pull away to a 60-54 victory Saturday afternoon at Indian Creek. The Dragons are now 5-2, having won the first two games of a three-game road swing. They’ll open conference play Tuesday at

Won the day: Dragons repeat as state champions

The New Palestine Dragons are atop the IHSAA football world again. The Dragons won their second straight Class 5A football championship Friday, beating No. 2 Valparaiso 27-20 in the title game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Dragons used a 17-point third quarter to break a 10-10 halftime tie and take control of the contest, then

State Finals football preview: Dragons vs. Valparaiso

The New Palestine Dragons are seeking their third state championship in six years – and second straight – as they travel to Lucas Oil Stadium Friday for the IHSAA State Finals. The Dragons face Valparaiso in the only matchup of unbeaten teams for the weekend. Both NP and Valparaiso are among the state’s top offenses

Girls basketball rallies to win at Rushville

The New Palestine girls basketball team rallied from an early deficit to beat host Rushville 49-46 Tuesday at Rushville Memorial Gymnasium. The Dragons held the host Lions to just 16 second-half points – and just two fourth-quarter field goals – in the rally. Rushville led 19-11 after a quarter, but the Dragons used a 16-point

Girls basketball falls to No. 3 LN

The New Palestine girls basketball team pushed the state’s third-ranked team, but a late barrage allowed visiting Lawrence North to pull away to a 53-35 victory over the Dragons. The game was closer than the score indicated. After struggling early, the Dragons reeled off six straight points to cut LN’s lead to 18-10 before a late basket

Dragons running another path downtown

The New Palestine football team has paved a path to downtown Indianapolis over the past six seasons. This year, that path was paved with the run and the Red Rage in a 45-0 semistate victory over Bloomington South Friday at Kelso Stadium. The Dragons ran for 389 yards – including 277 from Charlie Spegal – and

Swimmers compete in home opener

The New Palestine girls swim competed Thursday against Roncalli and Greenwood at the NPHS natatorium. The Dragons fell to Roncalli 98-94 and Greenwood 109-66. Karen Shriver was the Dragons’ winner, claiming the diving competition with a score of 193.10. In addition. Lillie Poag was second and Clair Whisler third in the 100 breaststroke. Bailey Young was

Semistate football preview: Dragons vs. Bloomington South

For the fourth time in six years, the New Palestine football team will play at Kelso Stadium for a chance to punch a ticket to Lucas Oil Stadium. The top-ranked Dragons will host Bloomington South for the semistate championship. The Dragons are the defending Class 5A state champions and are seeking their fourth State Finals