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  • Former Warren coach hired at Fishers
    The school board has approved former Warren Central High School coach Garrett Winegar as the new varsity coach for the Tigers boys basketball program.
    Winegar compiled an 18-6 won-lost record while finishing as a sectional runner-up in his lone season as Warren Central’s head coach after spending three seasons as an assistant in the Warriors’ program.
    He replaces Matt Moore, who spent three seasons at FHS and left after this past season to take the Warsaw job.
  • OK, some positive news.
    And this should put a little extra spring in the steps of Indiana high school athletes this summer.
    The IHSAA issued a statement this week that it plans to waive the rule for the annual moratorium week.
    It was scheduled for June 29-July 5, 2020.
    But, at this point, all high school-sponsored activities can now resume on July 1.
  • After an extensive search, Matt Moore, boys varsity basketball coach at Fishers High School the past three seasons, will be recommended to the Warsaw Community Schools board of education as the next head Tigers boys basketball, according to a story on the Warsaw school website.
    Moore led the Fishers Tigers to a 47-27 record, including school records of 17 and 18 victories the past two seasons. Overall, Moore owns a six-year record of 89-58, which includes three years at Kokomo High School.
  • Sydney Parrish named 2020 Indiana Miss Basketball
    The wait is over Hamilton Southeastern!
    Sydney Parrish is Hamilton County’s 2020 Indiana Miss Basketball.
    The announcement was made early Friday afternoon, where Anthony Leal of Bloomington South was named Mr. Basketball.
    Parrish, the 6-2 shooting guard, becomes Hamilton Southeastern’s first Miss Basketball. The senior is a McDonald’s All-American and the Indiana MaxPreps Player of the Year. She was named the Indiana Female Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019.
  • Mabor Majak, Hamilton Southeastern’s 7-foot-2 center, will represent Hamilton County on the 2020 Indiana Boys All-Stars.
    He joins 12 others on the team coached by Carmel third-year head coach Ryan Osborn.
  • Four Hamilton County student-athletes were recently honored on the 2019-20 Associated Press boys basketball team.
    Hamilton Southeastern senior Mabor Majak received High Honorable Mention.
    Hamilton Heights junior Gus Etchison, Westfield sophomore Braden Smith and sophomore Peter Suder were listed as Honorable Mention.
    First-team selections were Indiana Mr. Basketball Anthony Leal, Bloomington South; junior Caleb Furst, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian; senior Dre Davis, Lawrence Central; senior Tony Perkins, Lawrence North; junior Trey Kaufman, Silver Creek.
  • Fishers Katie Burton and Carmel’s Bridget Dunn will represent Hamilton County on the 2020 Indiana Girls Junior All-Stars.
    The 5-9 Burton led the Lady Tigers in scoring this season at 15.4 points per game. The 6-3 Dunn averaged 12.4 points.
  • Fifteen seniors, including Southeastern’s Sydney Parrish, and 15 underclass girls basketball players have earned IBCA/Subway "Supreme 15" All-State honors for 2019-2020.
    The IBCA also named Large School All-State teams (15 seniors, 15 underclass) and Small School All-State players (15 seniors, 15 underclass).
    The "Supreme 15" is the top honor awarded, and players were voted to that group without regard to school size. The Large School and Small School all-state teams are secondary accolades -- the Large School group including players from Class 3A and Class 4A schools and the Small School group including players from Class A and Class 2A schools. Players who make the Supreme 15 are not considered for Large School or Small School honors.
  • GBB Roundup: Sectional 8 Championship now set

    Miller’s season comes to an end against No. 4 Lady Royals

    WESTFIELD – The Noblesville Lady Millers earned a bye in the class 4A Sectional 8 Tournament. With that bye they only needed one win to advance to the sectional championship game on Saturday night at Westfield High School. In order to do that however, they’d need to get past the defending state champion Lady Royals of Hamilton Southeastern. That task proved to be too much for the Lady Millers to handle on the night as they were defeated 59-42 and saw their season come to an end.

    The Millers got off to a good start in the first quarter as they got off to a 12-7 lead over the Royals after the first quarter. However the next two quarter would see their five point lead turn into a double-digit deficit as the Millers scored just ten total points in the second and third quarters while the Lady Royals scored 33. In the fourth the Lady Millers found their offensive rhythm once again as they poured in 20 points in the final quarter, but HSE added in 19 of their own to allow them to cruise to a birth in the sectional championship game.

     
  • BBB Roundup: Huskies fall in overtime, go cold in 2nd half

    ARCADIA – The Hamilton Heights Huskies hosted the Frankton Eagles on Tuesday night. In what would be a wild game all-around the Huskies ended falling in overtime to the Eagles by a final score of 64-56. 

    Both teams battled back and forth in the first quarter, but the Huskies were able to hold a 14-11 lead after one. Then in the second quarter, the Husky offense led by Junior Gus Etchison started to catch fire. A 22-12 quarter saw Hamilton Heights take a 36-23 lead at the half. In the second half, the Huskies offense just went cold as they combined to score just 20 points the next two quarters and in overtime (nine in the third, six in the fourth, and five in OT). 

  • Rocks fall to Cougars in OT

    GREEENFIELD – The Westfield boys’ basketball team was back in action on Saturday night as they traveled to take on the Greenfield Central Cougars. Overtime was needed to decide a winner in this one unfortunately for the Rocks, the overtime period did not go their way as they fell 55-51. 

    In the first quarter the Rocks came out and took a 16-7 lead. They were able to add one more point on to their lead at halftime as they led the Cougars 26-16. Then the Cougars made some adjustments at halftime and were able to rally back in the third, outscoring the Rocks 19-7 to turn a ten point deficit into a two point lead heading into the final quarter. 

    In the final quarter the Rocks found the groove once again and were able to tie up the game at 46-46 with a 13-11 fourth quarter. However the Cougars did just enough in the overtime period with a 9-5 advantage to take home the victory. 

    Along with the extra overtime period, there were 49 total fouls called between both teams with five players also fouling out. 

    Nic Depasquale led the Rocks with 16 points in the overtime loss. The Rocks record now stands at 10-5 (3-2 HCC) and the team will have the week off before traveling to Kokomo on Saturday to compete against Fishers (13-5) at the legendary Kokomo Memorial Gym as part of Fox Sports annual Basketball Day in Indiana. 

  • Lady Tigers capture first HCC title since 2008 

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Fishers Lady Tigers played their final game of the regular season on Friday night as they traveled to take on Franklin Central. The Tigers defense held Franklin Central to just 34 points as the Lady Tigers picked up a 52-34 win. 

    The win for the Lady Tigers secured the Hoosier Crossroads Conference championship. The conference title is the team’s first since 2008. +
    Holding a 24-14 lead at halftime, the Lady Tigers saw the lead grow to 41-23 at the end of the third. 

    Senior Kaitlyn Feagan led the Tigers with 15 points and fellow Senior Lydia Stullken grabbed 12 rebounds.

    The win caps off what was a terrific regular season for the Lady Tigers as the end with a record of 21-1 (7-0 HCC). The team now will prepare for sectional play next week. They will play the winner of the Zionsville/Westfield game on next Friday night at 6 p.m. 

     
  • Could Cool Hand Luke be Indiana's best shooter ever?
    I’ve yet to have an opportunity to see Blackford High School junior Luke Brown do what he does best on a basketball court.
    I’ve heard many good things about him. Basically he’s a human scoring machine.
    Hopefully I can work in a trip to see him play in 2020, probably at The Indiana Basketball Hall of Classic at the New Castle Fieldhouse.
    I remember when someone on social media said that Lapel’s Mark Barnhizer was the best shooter not named (Rick) Mount.
    I recently saw a quote on social media when someone said that Luke Brown might be the best shooter ever.
    Wow . . . ! But you know, could it be that he might be?
    He’s what you call a gunslinger, quick draw, and obviously quite a deadly shooter from what I hear. I’ve seen a few players who’ve fit that image down through the years.
  • Adult baseball and getting back to our old Sagamore Conference roots
    The Sagamore Athletic Conference is one of Indiana’s oldest and proudest conferences. OK, maybe it hasn’t been around as long as the venerable North Central Conference, which used to be as powerful as the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference is today. But it has a proud past.
    The original members – Noblesville, Carmel, Brownsburg, Crawfordsville, Frankfort and Lebanon – formed the SAC in December of 1966. (By the way, for those curious the name came from the Abnaki Indian word for the chief or ruler who exemplified leadership and dignity.)
    OK, back to our regularly scheduled content.
  • Mark strolls down Hamilton County’s All-Star Memory Lane
    With the cancellation of the 2020 Indiana-Kentucky Girls and Boys Senior All-Stars series, it seems like a fitting time to reminisce about the history of the annual mid-summer classic as it pertains to Hamilton County student-athletes and coaches.
    Hamilton County’s best have left their marks on the Indiana Boys and Girls Basketball All-Star teams down through the years.
    Let’s start with a memory jogger . . . Do you remember? Some of the older sports buffs likely will.
  • Lady Tigers enjoy ride under Votaw
    What a season it was for Fishers High School basketball coach Lauren Votaw and her Lady Tigers.
    “Ha, yes,’’ she said, quite excitedly. “It's been a crazy ride. I still don't believe it at times!’’
    And what a ride it was, winning 21 straight games and finishing the season 23-2.
    Votaw was selected District 2 Coach of the Year and Hoosier Crossroads Conference Coach of the Year. In posting that 23-2 record, her 2019-20 team was the best in Hamilton County. Not just for girls basketball . . . but for ALL varsity basketball!
    The Lady Tigers also finished No. 3 in the Class 4A coaches association poll.
  • Three sports journalists with significant ties to Indiana high school basketball will be recognized with Virgil Sweet Awards for 2020.
    Jim Peters of the Michigan City News-Dispatch and LaPorte County Herald-Argus, Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Journal & Courier and Gordon Engelhardt of the Evansville Courier & Press are the recipients of this year's awards.
  • Sharing random thoughts on hoops, Carmel AD
    Some random thoughts as the Indiana high school basketball season will start to wind down over the next few weeks:
    When I think of basketball and winter time, I often look back on my youthful days when I would shovel snow off our driveway court so my buddies and I could shoot some hoops. 
    We just wanted to play, short sleeves and all … cold temperatures were not a concern. Yes, we just wanted to play!
    It's just what you did. That's what you did in Indiana.
  • Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville’s super freshman who leads the Lady Millers with a 20.3 scoring average and placed third in Hoosier Crossroads Conference scoring, will get her first taste of intense tournament pressure in tonight’s semifinal round of Sectional 8 at Westfield High School.

    And there’s a pretty good chance that she’ll likely handle her part of the challenge quite well.

    This is a new season. Noblesville’s 10-12 record, worst in the field, means very little.

    Time to hit on all cylinders and produce a cohesive team effort. 

    That’s what really matters at tourney time.

    Each surviving team has at least one go-to player when times are tough.

    Shade will likely need to be that player once again for the Lady Millers.

  • Regional huge test for Sectional 8 survivor
Sports Talk with Mark Morrow

    No matter the outcome of Sectional 8 this week, here’s a couple of strong possibilities for the near future in Indiana high school girls basketball:

    Whichever team advances from Westfield will likely need to get past both Class 4A No. 1 Northwestern (23-0) and then No. 4 Homestead (22-1) to reach the semi-state round.

    No easy task . . . indeed!

    Northwestern, the two-time defending 3A state champion, was forced to move up a level under the IHSAA Tournament Success Factor.

    And the Lady Tigers have yet to face a stern test in 4A. Their closest game so far was a 61-58 encounter against Maine West (Ill.).

    Their closest game against an Indiana Team was a 65-51 conquest of North Central.

    Yeah, they are that good! Ask anyone!

  • There’s nothing like the drama of a last-second shot in high school basketball.

    There’s nothing like the feeling you get when the ball zips through the net.

    There’s nothing like that ecstatic feeling and expressing overwhelming joy and excitement . . . or the feeling you have when a loss can feel like a dagger to the heart.

    There’s nothing like your reaction whether you are a player on the court or a fan in the stands, on the winning or losing side of the floor. 

    You’re either going to walk away happy or sad. Wiping tears from your eyes or pumping your fist in the air while celebrating.

    That’s what this time of year is all about: It’s a one-and-done tournament. You’re either all in or all out . . . No second chances.

  • The 2020 IHSAA girls basketball tournament is upon us . . .  just days away!

    The 45th Annual event starts with sectionals next week (Feb. 4-8).

    A few questions come to mind right off the bat:

    Are the Hamilton Southeastern Lady Royals, the 2019 Class 4A state champions, destined to repeat?

    First things first, what are the odds they can get out of a tough sectional that’s always extremely competitive?

    The Lady Royals have the most decorated and explosive player in the Sectional 8 field in 2019 Indiana Gatorade Female Player of the Year Sydney Parrish, whose 26.1 scoring average ranks second in the state. I would say that’s a pretty good sign for starters. 

     
  • Just give this kid the ball
Sports Talk with Mark Morrow

    Some thoughts, opinions and other notables:

    I watched Friday night’s tape-delayed Hamilton Heights-Lapel game on the TV 40 sports channel.

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Husky junior Gus Etchison, and it marked the first time I’ve seen him in action.

    I liked what I saw. He was terrific.

    The kid has GAME. He can really play. He had 34 points in a 21-point victory. Etchison did pretty much everything but sell popcorn. Very impressive player, indeed.

    And watching him reminded me a great deal of 1970 Carmel Indiana Mr. Basketball David Shepherd, who scored 66 points in a game his senior year.

    Gus has already delivered a 56-point performance this season. 

    Etchison is a 6-foot guard like Shepherd. He’s built like the Greyhound great and he also has black hair, and he plays with much the same flare. He’s quick, pushes the ball relentlessly, can shoot from far-away places, looks for the open man, and made a couple of “oh-wow-did-he-really-do that passes!’’ and he has tremendous upper body strength.

    Etchison also had two break-away dunks. Not sure I ever saw Shepherd dunk.

    The Husky spit-fire is averaging 25.9 points per game, seventh best in the state. He averages 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.2 blocks. He shoots 59 percent on 2s and 37 percent on 3s, as well as 75 percent from the foul line.

     
  • As we head into a new New Year, I wish we could go back when people looked forward to reading newspapers.

    Millennials don’t read newspapers. Plain and simple. They are either hanging out in front of laptops or tablets or clicking on their IPhone, and likely using all of those devices.

    Most readership, especially in a small community, comes from our older folks who basically grew up with newsprint. And you can still get daily news in such communities, like you do in Hamilton County. Still, online publications are beginning to take over.

    I’ve been reading newspapers, especially the sports page, since junior high school. I used to deliver The Sunday Indianapolis Star. We always had The Kokomo Tribune in the Morrow home.

    In fact, if the morning Indy Star wasn’t in our driveway by 6 a.m., my dad turned into an Archie Bunker, and started muttering things young kids shouldn’t have to hear.

    And, too, I cannot remember a time I have not walked out to get my daily morning or evening paper.

    It’s a part of my life, a very big part of my life. I started writing sports for The Tribune the summer before my junior year at KHS.

    I have newspapers in my blood. Always have, always will.

     
  • The Record Watch is building a full head of steam in Hamilton County girls high school basketball this season.

    The county’s scoring title, set by Courtney Cox (Cole), is not only in danger of being eclipsed, it could and most likely will happen relatively soon.
    The late Noblesville High School student-athlete graduated with 1,869 points.

    That was 31 years ago.Think about that. A pretty monumental feat indeed!

    Hamilton Southeastern’s Sydney Parrish and University’s Lindsey Syrek are in hot pursuit of both surpassing such a milestone.

    If they’re not aware of it, the seniors should be by now.

    Going into games this weekend, Parrish has scored 1,786 points; Syrek has tallied 1,730 points for her career.

    Talk about close!

     
  • Morrow’s Hamilton County All-Decade boys team

    Sports Talk With Mark Morrow

    Since I started covering Hamilton County sports when I created the Hamilton County Sports Daily website in 2010, and then moved on to write for the

    Noblesville Daily Times a few years later, I would like to think I was pretty familiar with our boys basketball talent.

    So I thought it would be only fitting to put together an All-Decade team.

    Here’s my 25-player All-Decade high school boys basketball team:

    The honor team is led by Hamilton Southeastern’s 2012 Mr. Basketball Gary Harris.

  • National Football Federation salutes Justin Hebert for Rose Bowl Game performance
    The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Football Hall of Fame salutes Justin Herbert, the 2019 Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda
    recipient, on quarterbacking the Oregon Ducks (12-2) to a thrilling 28-27 victory over Wisconsin (10-4) yesterday in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Named the game's Offensive MVP, Herbert finished with 138 passing yards and three rushing touchdowns.
    "Justin Herbert concluded his college experience by exuding the same confidence, poise and determination that made him the best football scholar-athlete in nation in December as the 30th recipient of the Campbell Trophy®," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of college football, Justin stands as the definition of a hardworking and humble champion for future generations to emulate. We want to congratulate him and the entire Oregon team on their victory."


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