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  • Guerin invites youth to summer basketball camp

    In less than two weeks, the annual Guerin Catholic's Boys Basketball Camp will be held from June 4-8 in the high school's Eagles Nest gymnasium.

    Times of the camp run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for boys going into first, second and third grades next fall. For boys going into the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, camp will run from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. each day. The afternoon session runs from 1 p.m. to 2:30 pm. for boys going into the seventh and eighth grades.

    Coaches, current Guerin Catholic players, and 2014 All-State Golden Eagle and All-Academic Horizon League selection and IUPUI standout Aaron Brennan will teach and work with the boys on fundamental basketball skills during the week. Former IU player and Guerin Catholic assistant Tom Pritchard will direct Guerin Catholic boys varsity head coach Pete Smith's camp.

  • Sweet ride starts senior's streak

    Noblesville senior Bryce Randolph began his season in a 2-for-22 slump at the plate. The outfielder wasn’t too thrilled with his contributions on the diamond.

    His first thought was to set up a meeting with his personal hitting coach, Ryan Basham, in the second week of April to work out some of the kinks in his swing.

    But then, the Noblesville High School Prom came around, and he wanted a special ride for the big dance. So he turned to one man he knew wouldn’t let him down – his maternal grandfather, “Papaw” Bill Peevler. Randolph asked his papaw if he could borrow his Mercedes, a hardtop convertible. The answer was, “Yes.”

    The prom was on April 20 — a Friday. The next day, Randolph went 1-for-1. The game after that, he batted 2-for-3. He then proceeded to get four more hits in his next seven at bats. It occurred to Randolph, he said, that he was simply going to have find a way to keep the Mercedes, and let his papaw drive his Mustang.

    “I’m like, I can’t give him is car back yet,” Randolph said. “I got that car, and I started hitting. And, I’m superstitions, so I don’t want anything to change. I kept telling him, ‘Papaw, I can’t give you your car back yet.’"

  • The IHSBCA No. 6 Fishers Tigers baseball team (23-7, 15-3) won the 2018 Hoosier Crossroads Conference (HCC) by completing the sweep of No. 7 Zionsville with a 7-5 victory Saturday afternoon. 

    The Tigers won the HCC for the seconf time in as many seasons becoming the first team to win back-to-back HCC Championships since Zionsville did so in 2011-12.

    The Tigers jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the first inning. JJ Woolwine was hit by a pitch to leadoff and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Craig Yoho reached on an error, which allowed Woolwine to advance to third. Yoho proceeded to steal second base, and the Eagles’ catcher’s throw ended up in centerfield allowing Woolwine to score the first run for the Tigers. 

  • Millers take Hamilton County Tournament championship
    More than a decade had passed since the last time Noblesville’s boys golf team tasted victory at the Hamilton County Meet — until Thursday. 

    Behind several clutch performances on the back nine, the IHSGCA No. 5 Millers pulled out a tightly-contested tournament at Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, finishing 3 strokes ahead of No. 6 Westfield, five ahead of No. 2 Carmel and seven ahead of No. 17 Guerin Catholic. 

    No. 18 Fishers, No. 20 Hamilton Southeastern, Hamilton Heights and University rounded out the field, respectively. 

    The finish on the par-70 course was so close that the teams had to wait until the final scores were posted to find out who had come away with a county championship. 

    “It’s really good to break through against such a quality field,” said Noblesville coach Gary Sewell. “We’ve come close, finishing second on a few occasions. It just seemed like it was always out of our reach — until this time.” 
  • The Hamilton Heights varsity baseball team rolled to a 14-1 win at home against Sheridan Friday. 

    Cole Meyer pitched 2.1 strong innings and Luke Thesier and Drew Fryman did the job from there. 

    The louder story, however, was the Huskies’ bats. 

    Hamilton Heights exploded for 10 hits and 14 runs in just four innings. Gabe Reel led the onslaught with a two-run double off of the wall in the first and a grand slam in the second. He added an RBI single in the fourth.

    “What a great night for our guys,” said Hamilton Heights head coach JR Moffatt. “We have been knocking at the door trying to finally break out and it’s beginning to happen. We have several guys with a lot of pop and it’s fun to watch them swing when the get going … I like where we are right now. We can and will get better in the next few days but we are doing most things as well as we’ve done them all year.” 
  • Noblesville beats Avon, wins 8th straight

    The Noblesville Millers continued their winning ways Thursday with a 7-3 victory over Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Avon at Dunker Field.
    Noblesville won its eighth straight game on the strength of its defense over the Orioles, as the Millers turned four double plays, never allowing Avon to get into a rhythm.

    “Our defense was really sharp tonight with some big double plays tonight,” Noblesville coach Justin Keever said. “None was bigger than a 1-6-3 to help stymie a potential big-scoring inning in the fifth. We got some big ground balls, played them nicely and were able to get double plays to squash any momentum.”

    Relief pitcher Kade Gorman came on to register the final five outs for the Millers. Two came in the sixth inning, with runners on first and second and one out. Gorman got Braedon Payne to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.

  • The Noblesville Millers Grabs Lead in Seventh Inning to Defeat North Central??The Noblesville softball team stole the lead late and defeated North Central 4-2 on Thursday. The game was tied at two with the Millers batting in the top of the seventh when Ella White singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

    ??North Central got things moving in the second inning, with Ali Curlin’s single on a 1-0 count that scored a run.??Noblesville evened the score at two in the top of the sixth inning on a Julia Furiak solo homer before pushing two across in the seventh.

    ??Baily Ryan got the win for Noblesville, allowing three hits and one run over three innings, striking out two.??Molly Powers took the loss for North Central. She lasted seven innings, allowing eight hits and four runs. 
  • The outcome of the Noblesville-Hamilton Southeastern match in the opening round of the Noblesville Girls’ Tennis sectional had long been decided Wednesday at the Noblesville High School tennis courts.

    The Royals had taken the first four matches – all straight sets – and had punched a ticket to today’s championship round.

    But the Noblesville No. 2 doubles team of Alex Greer and Kaylee David was determined to not allow the Royals a 5-0 shutout, as they rallied past Nicole Hate and Jillian Pence 4-6, 6-4, 13-11.

    After dropping the first set, Greer and David won the second, forcing a superset in the third and deciding set. The first team to 10 wins the set, but it must win by at least two points.

    Greer and David trailed 7-2 and 9-3 before rallying for the 13-11 deciding set and making the official score 4-1 in favor of the Royals.

    “All the credit goes to those two,” Noblesville coach Tim Samons said. “They are tough kids that really came on strong at the end of the season, going 4-1 in their last five matches.

  • Home court of Hickory Hoosiers hosts All-Star doubleheader
    Knightstown’s Historic Hoosier Gym, movie home of the "Hoosiers" Hickory Huskers, is again the site of the Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic. 

    The 13th annual girls and boys doubleheader will take place June 1. 

    The girls game starts at 6 p.m., with the boys game following at 8 p.m. The boys' coaches are Daniel Cox, of New Castle, and Jerry Hoover of Blackford. Coaching the girls' teams are Julie Shelton, Mt. Vernon (Fortville) and Tod Windlan, who was dismissed as Carmel’s girls varsity coach in April.

    The evening is highlighted by 2018 Indiana Miss Basketball Amy Dilk (17.8 ppg), of Carmel, who will attend the University of Michigan. There are nine other girls who will participate on who were also selected as 2018 Indiana All-Stars: Emily Kiser (21.1), Noblesville (Michigan); Tomi Taiwo (16.4), Carmel (Iowa); Angel Baker (21.7), Pike (Wright State); Mackenzie Blazek (18.4), Whiteland (Illinois); Nia Clark (16.2), Ben Davis (Miami, OH); Katlyn Gilbert (18.5), Heritage Christian (Notre Dame); Cassidy Hardin (17.3), Center Grove (Purdue); Kayana Traylor (21.4), Martinsville (Purdue); Michaela White (15), Pike (Indiana State).

    Four other players who are committed to NCAA Division I Universities will also participate: Blake Smith, Carmel (Ball State); Asia Strong, South Bend Riley (Bradley); Breanna Boles, Lapel (Indiana State); and Courtney Krol, Chesterton (DePaul). 
  • The IHSBCA No. 6 Fishers Tigers (19-7 / 12-3) clinched the series over Westfield Saturday with a 6-0 win in Game 3. 

    Starting pitcher Grant Richardson (4-0) was dominant on the mound. Richardson only faced four batters above the minimum in the complete game shutout, allowing two hits while striking out 12 and walking none. After a leadoff infield single, Richardson retired 13 batters in a row. 

    The Tigers also delivered one of their most selfless days at the plate. JJ Woolwine ledoff the game stretching a routine single into a double. After an out, Richardson reached on his own double when a tough popup fell between three Shamrock defenders. Woolwine could only advance to third on the play as he waited to see if the ball would be caught. Kiel Brenczewski plated Woolwine on a RBI groundout. 

  • The Noblesville Millers varsity baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Hoosier Crossroads rival Brownsburg on Saturday with 13-3, 10-run rule victory, on Senior Day.

    In the final two games of the series, the Millers amassed 34 runs and 24 hits. Noblesville defeated the Bulldogs 21-8 on Friday and won 4-2 last Thursday in the series opener.

    “This has been a crazy series,” Noblesville head coach Justin Keever said. “Brownsburg is a scrappy team. We were lucky to escape the opening game with a victory, and Friday was just a strange game. The ball was just flying out of the park, and (Saturday) Jackson Ramey and our guys did a great job of limiting them any freebies until that last inning.”

    Noblesville got on the scoreboard early Saturday, with one run in the first inning on the help of a double by Cooper Miles. He later scored on a fielder’s choice by senior Jacob Thieman.
  • Huskies use late runs to down Shamrocks
    Hamilton Heights softball team pulled out a 6-5 win over Westfield Tuesday night. 

    Taylor Ewing hit a lead-off home run for the Lady Huskies, who scored four runs in the first inning. 

    “We played a pretty good game tonight coming off of (Monday’s) loss,” said Hamilton Heights head coach Landi Lockwood. “We did a much better job at the plate and, minus a couple of errors, played pretty solid on defense. “

    Westfield scored four runs in the sixth inning off of Huskies’ starter Adyson Baber, who pitched a complete game and allowed five runs, four earned. 

    The Huskies started the seventh inning with another lead-off hit by Ewing and then took the lead for good on a Baber sacrifice fly. 

  • Student Athlete Tip of the Week
    According to an article in the Indianapolis Star, one of the top returning baseball teams in the state has had a disappointing regular season, but like all teams, hope to peak during the state tournament.

    A quote by one of their three Division I pitching recruits explains why he thinks his team will be ready for the challenges ahead.

    "It is good for us because it makes us accountable. When we lose, we see how it affects everybody in the community. It is good for us to have that leadership position in the community because you should be accountable for what you are doing."
  • Carpenter wins Indianapolis pole, Daly qualifies 33rd for 500
    INDIANAPOLIS —Driving for his own team, Ed Carpenter qualified on the pole for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

    Carpenter got in with an average of 229.618 mph with Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Will Power filling out the front row. 

    On the other end of the field, 2016 Indianapolis 500 polesitter James Hinchcliffe was bumped from the field during Saturday’s qualifying, reporting a vibration with his car while on a warmup lap. Hinchcliffe would not make it back to the track because Dale Coyne Racing’s Pippa Mann was making her own attempt to bump her way back into the field. Mann would not succeed and her Donate Life Indiana Honda would miss the race.

    Noblesville native Conor Daly was at the same end of the field as Hinchcliffe, qualifying 33rd of 33 cars. The stressful part of the weekend, however, was Saturday.

    Daly had to make three qualifying attempts on Saturday and managed to become part of the field of 33. Daly qualified earlier that day with a four-lap average of 222.684 mph but that was not fast enough to make the field.
  • Andretti quickest on Fast Friday, Daly 25th
    INDIANAPOLIS — The final practice day before qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is traditionally known as “Fast Friday,” and Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti was fastest of all 35 drivers with his quickest lap of 231.802 mph.

    Behind Andretti was Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’s Robert Wickens at 231.732 mph. Speeds were higher on Friday thanks to an increase in turbocharger boost pressure that will carry over to qualifying on today and Sunday.

    Andretti was happy with his car’s performance, especially considering he was fastest on Wednesday and third during Thursday’s session.

    “We've been feeling good actually, pretty good in traffic,” said Andretti. “Obviously the tow time shows that and the car is close in race trim. I don't know how much better we can get it.”
  • Rahal fastest in Thursday practice

    INDIANAPOLIS — Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal was fastest on Thursday practice ahead of the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, but it was JR Hildebrand who grabbed most of the attention late with the first wall contact of the month.

    Rahal turned his fastest lap of the day on his second timed lap with an average speed of 226.047 mph but that lap was assisted with a draft from a car in front. Rahal was 34th fastest on the unassisted speed chart but attributes that to bad timing.

    “Every (qualifying) sim I did today, everybody came out in front of me,” said Rahal. “I didn't get a (qualifying) sim today. Not a single one. Hopefully Mother Nature will be nice to us tomorrow.”

    Noblesville native Conor Daly was 34th on the overall speed chart with a fastest lap of 221.583 mph but the unassisted time chart tells a slightly different story. Daly’s fastest unassisted lap was 220.852 mph, placing him 28th on the unassisted chart in the No. 17 Thom Burns Racing USAF Thunderbirds Honda.

  • OUT IN THE OPEN - First aid important when you are clumsy
    Because of yet another self-inflicted minor pocketknife injury, I was just forced to break into my voluminous first aid kit. While standing there trying to keep leaking body fluids off the bedroom carpeting while rooting through the kit, I realized that this might be a good time to discuss the art of first aid in the outdoors.

    When I was a young Grub Scout, we learned all kinds of neat tricks and tips for stopping bleeding and bandaging broken limbs. After thinking back for a few moments, I cannot imagine anything more horrifying than being seriously injured and seeing a young Brent Wheat standing impatiently with improvised tourniquet in hand.

    Since that time, I have both formal training and field experience in emergency medical care and no longer pose a serious threat to those in need (mostly). Unfortunately, the one in need is usually I. 

    Training in basic first aid is important for all outdoor enthusiasts. If you wish to take a first aid course, look up the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Having taken this class, it offers a good, practical look at the basic principals of helping others who are sick or injured.

    However, if you really want to learn skills beyond bandaging, I would suggest taking a class and certification known as “Emergency Medical Responder” (EMR or ‘First Responder’).
  • INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced Victor Oladipo will drive the pace car at the 102nd Indianapolis 500.

    The Pacers breakout star will drive the 2019 Corvette ZR1 Pace Car, leading the field for the May 27 race, The Times news gathering partner WTHR reported. 

    "This is a tremendous honor for me,” Oladipo said. “I’m so thankful Indiana continues to embrace me, from Indiana University to the Pacers and now the Indianapolis 500, the greatest race in the world."

    Oladipo made his first NBA All-Star team during the 2017-18 season. He also led the league in steals.
  • Daly’s struggles continue at Indy 500 practice
    INDIANAPOLIS — The second day of practice for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 came and went on Wednesday with Marco Andretti on top of the time sheet.

    Andretti’s No. 98 Andretti Autosport Honda went around the 2.5 mile oval with a fastest lap of 227.053 mph. The son of Michael and grandson of Mario, the 2006 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year turned 117 laps out of a total of 3,349 turned by all 35 drivers entered to qualify for this year’s field of 33.

    Despite his team having won three of the past four 500s, Andretti does not feel like anything can be predicted quite yet.

    “We don't know how the race is going to play out yet,” said Andretti. “The car feels good, it’s just circumstances have to work out really. I mean, this place picks the winners. I've had the best cars ever here and not been victorious for some reason.”

    Noblesville native Conor Daly, however, is in a bit of a catch-up mode. After turning only nine laps Tuesday, the No. 17 Thom Burns Racing USAF Thunderbirds Honda turned 87 laps on Wednesday and was 31st fastest on the time sheet with a fastest lap of 222.662. The cause for concern is on the time sheet of solo laps without any drafting assistance, Daly’s best lap was 217.113 mph, almost 6 mph slower than Tony Kanaan’s best “no-tow” speed of 223.048 mph. Since qualifications are done one at a time, Daly’s speed would not allow him to qualify for the race.
  • Study committee will take up sports gambling in Indiana
    An interim committee on public policy will study sports gambling in the state.

    The committee will determine what types of financial impacts sports gambling will have on governmental entities as well as the gaming industry, The Times news gathering partner WTHR reported.

    The study will also make a determination as to what kinds of consequences sports gambling will have on professional and collegiate sports.

    On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a law that effectively banned commercial sports betting in most states, according to the New York Times.

    The law the decision overturned — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act — banned states from allowing sports gambling and has opened the door to legalizing the $150 billion industry.
  • Pagenaud fastest, Daly turns few laps at Indy practice
    INDIANAPOLIS — Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud was the quickest driver during Tuesday’s opening practice for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 in a day that saw 34 different drivers take to the track.

    Pagenaud’s fastest lap of 225.787 mph came in the opening session for veterans. The track was closed to rookies and veteran refreshers in the middle of the day before opening again for all drivers.

    “It was a very productive day,” said Pagenaud. “So, yeah, felt pretty happy. We’re obviously still learning a lot about the aerodynamics of the car. It's quite different to what we had the past few years. There's still a lot to learn for everybody, I believe. But we're on the right track … I feel pretty confident already, which is a big step forward. It's definitely important to be already ahead of the game if we have some weather this week. I think that could be very important.”

    All drivers entered to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500 made laps in practice except for A.J. Foyt Racing’s Matheus Leist. Noblesville native Conor Daly was able to get to the track, barely.
  • Student Athlete Tip of the Week
    Author and Pastor Charles Swindoll was quoted as saying "Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.”

    Stop and think about this for a moment. Life is a series of adjustments and reactions. How do you react to a failure or coming up short of your goals, or not getting what you want? Just as important, how do you react to success and achieving your goals? Can you move forward with humility and get ready for your next challenge?

    So the next time you are dealt a difficult hand or face an uphill challenge, how will you react? Will you whine and cry about it, or will you make the best of a difficult situation? Experience tells me that you are going to be challenged many more times than you will ever be rewarded.
  • INDIANAPOLIS — By stretching his final tank of fuel long enough on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Will Power managed to win his third INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday and with it, Team Penske’s 200th IndyCar victory in race five of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

    Power started on pole position and led at the start which went to a full course yellow almost immediately after Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud spun and Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King went off into the gravel.

    When racing resumed, Power led rookie sensation Robert Wickens until his first pit stop on Lap 20. Wickens would take the lead after the first cycle of pit stops thanks to using the alternate Firestone red sidewall tires that give more grip, enabling faster lap times. With Power on black sidewall tires, Wickens was able to build up a lead but the Canadian’s time up front would not last.

    Power put on a set of red tires at his next stop while the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda had black sidewalls on and Power retook the lead on Lap 50. However, all was not finished as defending series champion Josef Newgarden spun and stalled after attempting to pass Sebastien Bourdais.
  • Former Pacer, IUPUI star graduates from college

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Nearly 15 years after he began his educational journey, Indianapolis native and NBA player George Hill is an IUPUI college graduate. The starting point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers took time out of his playoff schedule to travel to his hometown and participate in commencement ceremonies.

    In his commencement address, Hill honored all of his fellow graduates, recognizing that everyone had their own unique journey to get to this moment.

    "I have been under the arena lights in some big moments in my life, but none has been bigger than this," Hill said. "For a lot of us, it wasn't easy to get here. It required much sacrifice and an incredible level of commitment, and there is no doubt we are so deserving of this recognition in this building."

    Hill also offered reflections of lessons learned over the last 10 years in the NBA:

  • Pacers Foundation awards 16 grants at spring meeting
    INDIANAPOLIS – The Pacers Foundation concluded its fiscal year at its spring board meeting by awarding $62,500 in grants to 16 youth-serving organizations.

    For the year, the Foundation provided $372,500 in grants to 58 organizations throughout Indiana, including agencies in Carmel, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Muncie.

    Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in grants. 

    “As we recognize our 25th year of charitable giving, we are gratified to know that the Foundation has assisted in creating positive experiences for a generation of Indiana youth and the agencies that serve them,” said Foundation Chairperson Rick Fuson, President and COO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “We are grateful to those who support the Foundation through our two major fundraisers, the Masquerade and our annual golf outing; the purchase of Foundation license plates through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles; and CNO Financial Group, which continues to donate $50 for every three-pointer made by our Pacers during home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.”

    At its spring meeting, the Board approved the following grants:

    • Ascent 121, Carmel, for teen survivors of human sex trafficking.
    • Chaucie’s Place, Carmel, for a Body Safety Program for Children.
  • Fox Prairie Golf Course is partnering with First Tee of Indiana to provide golf lessons and leagues for Junior Golfers. Noblesville will offer weekly golf sessions in June and July and a PGA Jr. League throughout summer break.

    “First Tee of Indiana is a great program that helps introduce youth to the game of golf and we’re excited to offer the sessions at Fox Prairie for the third consecutive year,” said Noblesville Golf Director Gary Deakyne.

    The weekly sessions for children ages 7 to 18 include a 3-hole scramble at the end of each session. Cost is $115. Golfers under the age of 7 are accepted after meeting with our pro, Mary Rabb LPGA. Golf clubs will be provided for those who need them at no additional fee.

    Golf sessions include:

    • Fox Prairie Session 1 runs Tuesdays in June from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. June 5; and 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. June 12, 19 and 26. The 3-hole scramble will be held Friday, June 29.

  • OUT IN THE OPEN - Lake Ouachita doesn’t give up it’s stripers easily
    We will now rejoin our last column, floating amid in the scenic and angling glory of Lake Ouachita, Arkansas.

    We had traveled 10 hours for a media event at the reservoir west of Little Rock. There, what started out as a half-hearted interest quickly turned into full-blown wild enthusiasm for this new favorite lake. 

    Lake Ouachita is a huge Army Corps of Engineers impoundment swaddled by the southern end of the Ozark Mountains near the resort town of Hot Springs, Arkansas. As such, it is scenic beyond imagination for a lake that, being on the same latitude of Huntsville, Alabama, really should be a big muddy puddle full of largemouth bass, catfish and snakes. Instead I found a beautiful, almost Canadian, lake of clean water, islands, inlets and towering stone cliffs topped by pine trees.

    Better is the fact that the lake is relatively pristine. There are just three private businesses along the reservoir, including the only known floating Subway Sandwich Shop, while the rest of the lake is ringed by unbroken national forest. 

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