http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sports/rss.xml en Ten-year-old becomes Mount Vernon’s first female State champ http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/ten-year-old-becomes-mount-vernon%E2%80%99s-first-female-state-champ <img src="http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hannah_west.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="83" height="85" /><p> <br /> When Hannah West was four years old, she told her father she wanted to join the wrestling team like her older brother.</p> <p> <br /> Her father teasingly remarked that she couldn&rsquo;t join the team because her hair was too long and might get pulled during matches.</p> <p> <br /> He woke up the next day to his daughter holding a pair of scissors, her pretty golden locks scattered across the bathroom floor.</p> Wildcats recognize seniors’ impact http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/wildcats-recognize-seniors%E2%80%99-impact <p> <br /> Seniors impact teams. The contributions may be in points, rebounds, assists, steals and other stat sheet categories.</p> <p> There are some seniors who may not see as much playing time as they&rsquo;ve deserved over the years for any number of reasons, but they stuck it out. They show their young teammates it&rsquo;s more about the team and being with the guys you&rsquo;ve grown up with than it is about them. And, unfortunately, there isn&rsquo;t a line on the stat sheet for the lesson that teaches.</p> Dance Cats place at State http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/dance-cats-place-state <img src="http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dance_cats_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /><p> <br /> The Mount Vernon Dance Cats recently competed at the IHSDTA state finals in New Castle, Indiana. This is the tenth year that the Dance Cats have competed at the State level.</p> <p> <br /> For the first time, the team also walked away with two sportsmanship awards, a special honor voted on by other teams at the competition.</p> Cats break even in CIT http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/cats-break-even-cit <img src="http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tanner_curtis_0.jpg" alt="Mount Vernon senior Tanner Curtis goes up for a layup in Friday night’s game Carmi Invitational Tournament game against Mount Carmel." title="Mount Vernon senior Tanner Curtis goes up for a layup in Friday night’s game Carmi Invitational Tournament game against Mount Carmel." align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> The Mount Vernon Boys Basketball team traveled to Carmi last week to play in the annual Carmi Invitational</p> <p> Tournament. The Cats were 2-2 on the week, defeating Fairfield and Harrisburg.</p> <p> <strong>Harrisburg<br /> </strong></p> <p> <br /> The Cats opened the tournament against Harrisburg. Mount Vernon was able to fend off a late game surge by the Bulldogs to pull out the 63-59 victory.</p> Lady Cats fall to North in soccer Sectional http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/lady-cats-fall-north-soccer-sectional <img src="http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/girls_soccer_photo.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The Lady Wildcats concluded their 2016-17 soccer season with a loss to North Oct. 5. The girls played with intensity, but at the end of the day, fell short 0-9 to the more experienced North High School team.</p> <p> <br /> With this year&rsquo;s soccer season over, Coach Kelly Cox said he was pleased with the girls&rsquo; effort, and sees this year as a building block for future success. With only two seniors on the squad, the Lady Wildcats can continue to work, practice and grow as a team in upcoming months.</p> Mount Vernon boys first, girls second at Gibson Southern http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/mount-vernon-boys-first-girls-second-gibson-southern <p> The Mount Vernon boys track team picked up a win and the girls were second in a three-team meet on Thursday that included Wood Memorial.</p> <p> Winning events for the boys were Austin Peerman, who won the 100 and 200-meter dashes.</p> <p> Kaleb Grabert won the 110 and 300-meter hurdles. Cam Maier won the pole vault. Micah Keller won the 3200-meter run. Noah Rapp, Anthony Robles, Cade Latshaw and Johnathon West won the 3200-meter relay. Grabert, Latshaw, Peerman and West won the 1600-meter relay and Maier, Gage Pence, Grabert and Peerman won the 400-meter relay.</p> Storms stifle Cats weekend plans for win http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/storms-stifle-cats-weekend-plans-win <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> <font face="Cambria" size="3"><span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><br /> </font></p> Lady Track Cats second at home invite http://www.mvdemocrat.com/content/lady-track-cats-second-home-invite <img src="http://www.mvdemocrat.com/sites/www.mvdemocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/simpson.jpg" alt="Madison Simpson clears the bar to finish first in the pole vault at the Mount Vernon Track Invite on Friday." title="Madison Simpson clears the bar to finish first in the pole vault at the Mount Vernon Track Invite on Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="97" height="85" /><p> The Mount Vernon Girls Track team finished second in the Mount Vernon Invite last Friday. North Posey came in seventh.</p>