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  • State tournament pairings announced for boys basketball
    Four hundred teams were drawn on Sunday and placed into brackets for the 109th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament presented by the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever. 
    Sectional games are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 26, and run through Saturday, March 2, with the regional rounds slated for March 9 and semi states on March 16.
    The four state championship games that makeup the state finals will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 23.
  • Huskies outmatched against Central Catholic
    The Hamilton Heights Huskies (13-7) took on the Lafayette Central Catholic Knights (17-3) on Friday night in Arcadia and, despite competitive play in the opening minutes, the Huskies were defeated by 16 points: 81-65.
    Coming into the matchup the Knights had 1,254 points through 19 games compared to Heights’ 1,284 in the same number of contests. The Knights had given up roughly 200 points less throughout those games though, and their defensive prowess showed.
    Heights was led by sophomore Gus Etchison who matched his season average of 23 points. Etchison also had eight assists—he averages seven—as well as three blocks and two steals. Sharpshooters Hickok and A.J. Field managed 15 and 14 points respectively after combining for nine of the 11 Huskies’ three-pointers.
  • The Carmel Greyhounds (18-1, No. 3) took on the Warren Central Warriors (14-2, No. 2) at home on Friday in one of most anticipated matchups of the season, and the Greyhounds came out on top 69-52 after outscoring the Warriors 31-18 in the first two quarters.
    Carmel’s Karsten Windlan led all scorers with 19 points. Luke Heady added 18 points, John Michael Mulloy had 11 and Peter Suder managed 10 points of his own.
    The Greyhounds also outworked the Warriors on the boards—out-rebounding Warren Central 25-16.
  • Millers beat FTWW, move to three games above .500
    Coming off of their big win against sixth-ranked Brownsburg on Friday night, the Millers (11-8) looked to keep their streak alive on Saturday against Fort Wayne - Wayne (10-9) at The Mill in Noblesville and came up with a 43-36 victory.
    Once again, it was senior Zack Johnson who led all-scorers with 20 points. Johnson also added 2 rebounds, a steal and an assist. Senior Xavier Hines added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Alex Hunt had 5 points of his own and Jordan Schmidt and Eagan Keever-Hill each added 4.
  • Heights tops Westfield after second-half comeback
    The Westfield Shamrocks (10-8) traveled to Arcadia on Friday night to take on the Hamilton Heights Huskies (12-6). Heights trailed at halftime 25-17 and had trouble with Westfield’s interior play during the first half, but the Huskies came alive from behind the three point line in the third quarter and eventually came out on top 64-57.
    Heights’ senior forward A.J. Field led all-scorers with 25 points on 15 attempts from the floor and standout sophomore guard Gus Etchison added 18 points and 5 assists.
    The Shamrocks were led by senior point guard Zach Banks who managed to score 17 points.
  • The Millers (10-8) took on the sixth-ranked Brownsburg Bulldogs (15-6) on Friday night at The Mill in Noblesville and came out on top 39-36.
    Noblesville senior Zack Johnson led all scorers with 21 points. Seniors Eagan Keever-Hill and Jordan Schmidt added 7 points each. Seniors Alex Hancock and Xavier Hines were the only other two Millers to manage a bucket on Friday—they each scored 2 points.
    The first half was low-scoring for both teams and the Millers, who managed 9 points in the first quarter, held the Bulldogs to just 2 points in first 6 minutes of play.
  • On Wednesday the Lady Miller gymnastics team competed against Lafayette Harrison and Lafayette Jefferson High Schools. The Lady Millers flipped right over Lafayette Jefferson with Noblesville's team scoring 88.550 to Lafayette Jefferson's 76.2, but fell short of a victory with Harrison High School's team score of 101.725.
    The Lady Miller gymnasts competed their last home competition with their highest team score of the season thus far—all the while celebrating their two seniors, Devyn Palmer and Racheal Glasener, for senior night 2019.
    "It was a great evening as we competed well, you could feel the positive energy throughout the whole gym, and it is always fun to end your home competitions on a positive note," said head coach Jody Ramey.
  • Carmel girls swimming, diving to defend state title this weekend
    The 45th annual IHSAA Girls Swimming and Diving State Finals are set to take place on Friday and Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium, located on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis.
    The Carmel Greyhounds are 32-time defending state champions and will look to add to the longest streak of state championship titles in the country by any team, in any sport—both boys and girls. Coach Chris Plumb, who is also the Carmel boys swimming coach, has led his Greyhounds to their last 12 girls titles.
  • Hamilton County Sports ROUNDUP
    HSE captures sectional championship over Carmel
    FISHERS – The Hamilton Southeastern girls’ basketball team won the Sectional 8 championship on Saturday, defeating Carmel 47-34.
    After facing a 10-8 deficit at the end of the first quarter, Hamilton Southeastern used a 15-6 run in the second quarter to gain and hold the lead for the rest of the game. Sydney Parrish and Malea Jackson both finished with double-digit scoring for the Lady Royals, with Parrish posting 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal while Jackson finished with 13 points, two assists, one rebound and one steal.
    Hamilton Southeastern will face Carroll in regional play on Saturday in Kokomo at 10 a.m.
  • PHOTO: Noblesville’s Cade Nelis set to play baseball for Eckerd College
    Photo courtesy of Bret Richardson Photography
    Front Row (Left to Right): Matt Nelis (Father), Cade Nelis, Angie Nelis (Mother), Sydney Nelis (Sister).
    Back Row (Left to Right): Jim Hussey (Grandfather), Vickey Hussey (Grandmother), Justin Keever (Noblesville Baseball Head Coach).
  • Madison Jones twice broke her school’s single-game scoring record and eclipsed 2,000 career points while averaging 54.5 points over two games, and the Western Boone senior headlines the recipients in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
    Jones is joined by Lake Station Edison sophomore Taylor Austin, North Knox senior Makinzi Meurer, Triton Central senior Wyatt Felling, Marion sophomore Jalen Blackmon and Fort Wayne Northrop senior Sydney Curry as honorees for the week of Jan. 21-26 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
    Curry is the boys’ winner and Austin is the girls’ winner for District 1. Blackmon and Jones collected respective boys’ and girls’ accolades for District 2. Felling and Meurer are the recipients for District 3.
  • ELWOOD – The Noblesville wrestling team finished in second place at the IHSAA Sectional on Saturday afternoon.
    In addition to the team finishing second, the Millers also advanced nine wrestlers to next weekend's IHSAA Regional at Pendleton Heights High School. Included in the nine wrestlers advancing for Noblesville is Justin Johnson-Sparks, who was the sectional champion in the 138-pound weight class.
    Miller wrestlers advancing to the regional are: Justin Johnson-Sparks, Dalton Huffman, Sebastian Dillon, Sam Wertz, Tim Alexander, Keaton Sepiol, Cesar Sierra, Dewayne Simpson and Zack Knoll.
    The regional competition will be on Saturday, February 2nd at 9:30 a.m.
  • Brandon Newman poured in 49 points to break a 37-year-old school record, and the Valparaiso High School senior is one of multiple standouts recognized in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
    Two Hamilton County boys basketball players — Noblesville’s Zack Johnson and Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy — also received votes as players of the week, but fell short of Blackford sophomore Luke Brown in District 2. 
    Two Hamilton County girls basketball players —Hamilton Southeastern’s Amaya Hamilton and University’s Maddi Sears — received votes for District 2 girls players of the week, but fell short of Winchester’s Maddie Lawrence and Benton Central’s Audrey Strawsma.
  • Today the Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers, Indy Eleven, Indy Fuel, Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis Indians, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will volunteer their time in local classrooms to impact students through junior achievement programs. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their future success.
  • Noblesville’s Johnson, Heights’ Field, Carmel’s Mulloy receive nominations for IBCA/Subway Players of the Week
    Tayson Parker poured in 41 points in a showdown of standout scorers, and the Northwestern High School junior leads the recipients in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program. Noblesville's Zack Johnson, Heights' A.J. Field, and Carmel's John Michael Mulloy all received nominations for the District 2 honnors, but fell just short of Parker.
  • Heights hosts its first all-county junior varsity wrestling tournament
    Parking was at a premium at Hamilton Heights Middle School on Saturday when the Huskies hosted their first-ever county junior varsity wrestling tournament. Both gyms saw exciting competition on the mat with all 11 middle schools from Hamilton County represented.
    “Both gymnasiums were filled with competitors, coaches, parents, families, school personnel, and coaches for what is set to be an annual tournament at the Middle School,” said Corey Kiger, Hamilton Heights Middle School Assistant Principal and Tournament Director. “We had approximately 220 wrestlers and over 400 in attendance. We received many positive comments about organizing and hosting the county’s first junior varsity wrestling tournament and our newly renovated areas.”
  • This year’s Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top Senior Girls' high school player list includes two Lady Millers, as well as nine other players from around Hamilton County.
    Noblesville’s Mallory Johnson and Maddie Knight both made the list. Three players were selected from Carmel High School, including: Mackenzie Wood, Macy Berglund, and Reagan Hune. University High School also had three players make the list: Jenna Blakely, Brooke Andrus and Jhordan McGuire. The fourth Hamilton County school with players on the list was Hamilton Southeastern. HSE’s honorees included: Amaya Hamilton, Tayah Irvin, and Malea Jackson.
  • ROUNDUP: HSE girls win regional, Heights boys top Frankton by 30 points
    KOKOMO – After two wins in regional play, the Hamilton Southeastern girls’ basketball team captured the regional championship on Saturday and will be headed to semi-state.
    In the first matchup, the Lady Royals defeated Fort Wayne Carroll 59-34. Sydney Parrish led Hamilton Heights in scoring, finishing with 16 points, four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block. In the championship game, the Lady Royals defeated Homestead 57-47. Parrish again led the Lady Royals in scoring, posting 27 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
    Hamilton Southeastern will travel to LaPorte for the semi-state championship and will take on undefeated Crown Point at 3 p.m.
  • Eastside senior headlines players of the week; HSE, Heights players receive nominations
    Alex Yoder poured in 41 points in his only game of the week, and the Eastside High School senior leads the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
    Frankton senior Kayden Key, Princeton senior Stephan Wilkerson, Crown Point freshman Jessica Carrothers, Roncalli sophomore Maddie Bischoff and Mooresville senior Elise Scaggs join Yoder as recipients for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 2 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
    Yoder is the boys’ winner and Carrothers is the girls’ winner for District 1. Key and Bischoff collected respective boys’ and girls’ honors for District 2. Wilkerson and Scaggs received accolades for District 3.
  • Hamilton Heights Middle School West completes gym renovations, upgrades
    The greater Northern Hamilton County community is invited to attend a special ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 11 a.m. at Hamilton Heights Middle School West Gym. The dedication ceremony will give Hamilton Heights Middle School students, faculty, staff, board members, and project professionals the chance to share the completion of the first of several recent construction projects and enhancements at the middle school to the public. 
    The short dedication will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Hamilton Heights Middle School Principal Bret Bailey in celebration of the newly renovated areas.
  • Reserved turkey hunt permits available online
    Turkey hunters can apply for a reserved turkey hunt online by visiting hunting.IN.gov from Feb. 4 to March 22. Click on the "Reserved Hunt Info" link. The online method is the only way to apply.
    No late entries will be accepted. Applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the species they wish to hunt.
    The application process for reserved turkey hunts are now consolidated into the online services website along with Licenses, Check-In Game, and HIP registration. A DNR online account is not required to apply.
  • Youth hunters, i.e., those who will be younger than age 18 on the day of the hunt, may apply for reserved turkey hunts March 18-29. The youth wild turkey hunting season is April 20 and 21 on selected DNR properties.  
    Youth hunters or an adult representing them must register in person or by phone during the normal office hours for the property they wish to hunt. Hunters are allowed to register for only one property. 
    A limit will be placed on the number of youth hunters allowed to hunt a respective property each hunting day in an attempt to provide quality hunts for participants. 
  • The Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light will feature a lineup of global electronic music superstars performing at Race Weekend’s biggest and best party, with Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium and Chris Lake headlining the Race Day concert Sunday, May 26, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    The star-studded lineup will perform in the infield adjacent to Turn 3 of the IMS oval during the 103rd Indianapolis 500. Snake Pit performances will start at 7 a.m., with specific set times will be announced soon.
    “This year’s Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light features another fantastic lineup of world-class artists that will keep the off-track entertainment going all day inside Turn 3 for nearly 30,000 enthusiastic fans,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The Snake Pit has become a sensational success story for IMS and the Indy 500, and it has become a large part of what introduces the next generation of Indy 500 fan to the track through the fun atmosphere and unforgettable memories.”
  • PHOTO: Noblesville Elks ‘Hoop Shoot’ Champion Advances to State Finals
    Elks Hoop Shoot West Central District Champion Drew Yarber, a seventh grader at Noblesville East Middle School, poses for a photo with Noblesville Elks Exalter Ruler Nicole Sigler. Yarber won Saturday's Elks Hoop Shoot West Central District competition in the McAnally Center at Greencastle High School. The seventh grader sank 23 out of 25 free throws to beat the competition in the 12-13-year-old division. He will now compete in the Hoop Shoot State Championship on February 23 at New Castle Chrysler Fieldhouse. The local Elks have had one national champion before. Back in 2010, current Purdue senior basketball player Ryan Cline won the competition.
  • Conor Daly signs with Andretti Autosport for Indy 500
    Noblesville native Conor Daly has had a lot on his plate the last nine months but it all has come good for the former Amazing Race contestant as he has signed with Andretti Autosport to complete a five-car all American lineup for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.
    Backed by the United States Air Force, the No. 25 Honda will attempt to qualify for the team that has won three of the last five Indianapolis 500s. This is Daly’s best shot at winning the 500, especially being teamed up with Zach Veach, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and 2006 Indianapolis 500 runner-up Marco Andretti.
  • Columnist Brent Wheat is preparing to take on a new journey in the magazine world. 

    Starting Friday, Wheat will be the new editor-in-chief of Guns Magazine.

    Wheat said the whole experience of getting the job was “quite shocking.”

    He said he was working at home when the phone rang, and it was Roy Huntington, who is the publisher of Guns Magazine. Huntington presented him with this job and wondered if he would be interested.

    “It’s like winning the lottery except with the lottery you have to go out and buy a ticket,” Wheat said. “Here, I just got a phone call, and it pretty much changed my life.”
  • The 2018 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Annual Picnic will be held Sept. 5, at Pebble Brook Golf Club in Noblesville.

    This picnic introduces the coaches and staff of the schools participating in the Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic. Teams participating in this year's girls tournament are Bedford North Lawrence, Northwestern, Jeffersonville and Homestead. The boys teams are Westview, Center Grove, Valparaiso and Warren Central.

    Refreshments and social hour begins at 4 p.m. with dinner being served at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is $20 per person with reservations available online or by calling 765-529-1891. 

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