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  • Guerin Catholic has a new leader for its boys basketball team. 

    The school's athletic department announced Wednesday the hiring of Bobby Allen as varsity boys basketball head coach. Allen also joins the staff at Guerin as an english teacher.

    “I am truly blessed and excited for the opportunity to be the head boys basketball coach at Guerin Catholic High School,” said Allen. “Coaching and teaching have been my true passions for fifteen years. Becoming a head basketball coach at a school where I can create lifelong relationships and develop student athletes based on Catholic values is my professional goal, and I look forward to having a positive impact on the players, school, and entire community.”

  • Fishers coach reflects on program's 1st title
    At last, the Fishers’ baseball program brought a championship home.

    It wasn’t easy, but the Tigers defeated Cathedral 4–3 to earn their first IHSAA Class 4A State Title June 16.

    “It was an overwhelming feeling, especially the crowd we had that night, the fans that came down from Fishers were amazing,” said Fishers head coach Matthew Cherry. “The electricity in the crowd and the excitement of finally winning a state title – (I was) so excited for our guys to experience that.”

    Cherry said this season was a total team effort, and the Tigers were only able to accomplish amazing things because everyone was on the same page.

    This Fishers’ squad was the ideal definition of a team: coming together to achieve a common goal, and they did it while having a good time. No one cared how they did it or what they did to earn this goal, all they wanted was to reach it.
  • The IHSBCA No. 2 Fishers Tigers defeated the Cathedral Irish 4-3 at Victory Field on Friday night to claim the school’s first state championship in baseball.

    The Tigers and the Irish were tied at No. 1 in the IHSBCA Preseason Poll, so it was fitting for the two schools to face each other in the championship game.

    The Irish struck first scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the first. After a one-out walk, the Irish runner stole second base, advanced to third on a throwing error from catcher Kiel Brenczewski, and continued home on the same play when centerfielder JJ Woolwine overthrew third base. 
    Like they have done all year, however, the Tigers answered.

  • Kiser nabs All-Star citizenship award

    A Noblesville High School graduate put a stamp on an outstanding high school career over the weekend at the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series.

    Emily Kiser scored six points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in Indiana’s 83-70 victory over Kentucky Saturday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. The victory helped Indiana salvage a split, as Kentucky won 92-87 Friday in Frankfort, much to Emily Kiser’s delight.

    “We did not play well as a team Friday, so it was good to come back and get the win Saturday in Indiana,” she said. “I felt I played well but being on an all-star team where 13 other players were the star of their team, it is important to learn how to play with them and just focus on doing other things, like rebounding, that will help your team win, and that was nice to contribute in that way.”

    Emily Kiser, who will continue her playing career at the University of Michigan, was honored at halftime by being named the John Wooden MCL Restaurant All-Star Citizenship Award. The award goes to the All-Star who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship in athletics and academics. 

  • Millers golf swings for state
    It’s a three-peat. The Noblesville boys’ golf team won their sectional this year, making it the third straight year the Millers have accomplished the feat.

    After receiving great numbers on their home golf course – Purgatory Golf Club – from their top golfers the Millers will move onto Regionals in hopes of furthering their postseason run to the State finals.

    “It says a lot about our program and what we’ve tried to do for the past 12 or 13 years, that continues the tradition that we have at Noblesville,” said Noblesville head coach Gary Sewell. “We have a pretty rich tradition in Noblesville for golf, tracing our roots back to Bob Spacey.”
  • An era ended Tuesday night. 

    Now, it’s time to for former Guerin Catholic boys’ basketball head coach Pete Smith to enter life without the coaching title and reflect on the great years he had with the Golden Eagles. Years that might not have been possible if Coach hadn’t returned to the hardwood and helped jumpstart Guerin’s program. 

    “(My wife,) Vicky goes, ‘If you want to coach again, go down and tell Guerin Catholic that you’ll start their basketball program,’” Smith said. “It was on my wife’s urging that I (started the program), because I was starting to miss not coaching.”

    Smith got back into coaching in 2004 at Guerin when he started their boys’ basketball program. From the beginning, Guerin wanted their students to play sports and play them the right way – winning was irrelevant, Smith said. 
  • Longtime coach ends illustrious career
    Guerin Catholic high school’s boys’ basketball program will be without its supreme leader next season.

    Head coach Pete Smith announced Tuesday he is retiring. Smith started the boys’ basketball team at Guerin in 2004 and developed the Golden Eagles into a competitive program.

    “I’ve learned that coaching, for me, was part of those 33 years and a reason also that I taught,” Smith said. “Coaching was the last part of my day as a teacher all those years, and I just haven’t had the same passion for coaching since I left the classroom. After the ’16-’17 season, I struggled with whether I wanted to coach anymore or not, but I decided to coach this past season and I was glad I did with the great bunch of seniors we had. Injuries threw a wrench into what we thought could be a nice run tournament-time, but that’s basketball.”
  • Indiana Miss Basketball Amy Dilk of Carmel headlines the 2018 Indiana girls' All-Stars. Dilk, a Michigan recruit, averaged 17.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists while leading Carmel to a 24-3 record as a senior. She will be joined on the All-Stars by Iowa-bound teammate Tomi Taiwo of Carmel and fellow Michigan-signee Emily Kiser of Noblesville.

    Joining them on the girls' squad are Notre Dame-bound and McDonald's All-American Katlyn Gilbert of Heritage Christian, Purdue recruits Cassidy Hardin of Center Grove and Kayana Traylor of Martinsville, Nebraska signee Leigha Brown of DeKalb and Illinois recruit Mackenzie Blazek of Whiteland.

    Others on the team are Boston College recruit Jenasae Bishop of East Chicago Central, Indiana State signee Michaela White of Pike, Wright State recruit Angel Baker of Pike, Miami (Ohio) signee Nia Clark of Ben Davis and Evansville recruit Anna Newman of Evansville North.
  • Huskies walk-off against Delta
    Hamilton Heights opened sectional play Wednesday with a 6-5 walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh against Delta. 

    Cole Meyer hit a line drive to right to score Sam Wahl from third and send the Huskies to a Friday matchup against host Yorktown. 

    Heights battled uphill all night and that final run was their first lead of the game. Sam Fulton went the distance for the win. 

    “We got off to a rough start tonight in the top of the first,” said Hamilton Heights head coach J.R. Moffatt. “There were a couple of plays we didn’t make defensively that put Sam’s back to the wall and give Delta credit … they made us pay.” 
  • Noblesville sneaks past Westfield in sectional play

    Noblesville senior Kade Gorman came on in relief in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s opening round sectional at Noblesville against Westfield, and it was lights out for the Shamrocks.

    Gorman allowed just one hit, striking out three and relied on stellar defense and faced just 13 batters in the final four innings in the Millers’ 5-3 victory over Westfield. The Millers will now face Hamilton Southeastern at 10 a.m. Monday in the semifinal round. The Royals advanced with a 15-10 extra inning victory over Carmel in the opener.

    “Kade came in and slammed the door,” Noblesville coach Justin Keever said. “He had all three pitches working tonight. He was able to throw strikes, and we made some great defensive plays behind him.”

  • In a rematch of the 2017 Regional Finals, the fifth-seeded Noblesville Millers defeated the 12th seed Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles 15-8 on Tuesday for the right to advance to the regional finals for the third year in a row.

    The Millers took a 3-0 lead with 19:42 remaining in the first half and maintained the advantage when junior Kylie Morris hit the back of the net off of a pass from junior Kaylin Mertens at the 4:11 mark. The Eagles mounted a comeback, scoring three goals to tie the game with 49 seconds left in the first half. Morris took the draw and drove to the goal to score with only 1.9 seconds left in the half, putting the Millers back up by a score of 6-5.

    The Millers started the second half with the hot sticks, scoring four goals, including a pair by freshmen Emma Potter, by the 17:11 mark, making the lead to 10-5. The game was back and forth the remainder of the game, ending with two goals by junior Kayla Kubel in the last two minutes of the game.

  • WESTFIELD — Emily Minett’s home run in the second inning and two-run home run in the fourth helped Noblesville take a 3-0 lead over the Fishers Tigers, and despite a furious comeback, the Millers were victorious 4-3.

    After a scoreless first inning, Minett hit her first home run off of the inning’s first pitch. After some excellent fielding kept both teams off the scoreboard any further, the fourth inning featured Taylor Madison’s double. Minett’s home run made the score 3-0 but Fishers would fight back in the bottom of the sixth inning.

    The Tigers would get things going with Courtney James getting a base hit and then stealing second. Brooke Benson would bring her home with another base hit before Hannah Mays’s home run that made the score 3-3 heading to the final inning of regulation.
  • 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. 
  • Pacers youth camp stops in Westfield
    Absolute chaos.

    Those are two words to describe the atmosphere from an outsider's perspective of the Junior Pacers Hoop Tour Wednesday at the Pacers Athletic Center in Westfield. 

    Step a little closer, however, and you can see this is organized chaos. You can also see familiar faces, such as former Indiana Pacer Fred Jones, still doing what drives them – sharing their love for the game with younger generations. 

    “The motivation for me (teaching kids basketball) is this is what I am supposed to do,” Jones said. “I’ve been blessed to play the game of basketball at a high level and get to a point where people tend to want to listen to what I got to say. With that, my obligation is to pass it forward.”
  • The Indiana Pacers announced they have signed Alize Johnson to a contract. Per team policy, the terms of the contract were not released.

    The Pacers selected Johnson with the 50th overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft.

    Johnson averaged 15.0 points and 11.6 rebounds per game last season as a senior at Missouri State. He appeared in five games for the Pacers in the 2018 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 12.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - Tickets for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink, the inaugural event at The Dirt Track at IMS, will go on sale to the general public Wednesday at IMS.com.

    The United States Auto Club P1 Insurance Midget National Championship event will take place Sept. 5-6 on the new quarter-mile clay oval located inside Turn 3 of the famous IMS asphalt oval. The event honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of the Indiana Donor Network and its Driven2SaveLives campaign.

    The 39-lap feature event will be the richest in Midget racing, with more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse.

    "Anticipation for the first race at The Dirt Track at IMS has continued to grow since we announced the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink in late June," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. 
  • Daly plans to race in Toronto

    Conor Daly will join the Harding Racing team for the Honda Indy Toronto Grand Prix this weekend.

    The Noblesville native will pilot the No. 88 car along the streets of the Exhibition Place circuit in downtown Toronto. 

    Daly is a veteran Verizon IndyCar Series driver with 40 starts in five seasons. The 26 year old has one podium finish.

    “At this point in the season, we are focusing all our attention on the 2019 season,” said Brian Barnhart, Harding Racing team president. “If we can expand to a two-car team, all remaining races and testing will offer driver evaluation opportunities to determine who will become Gabby’s teammate in 2019. Gabby is still fully employed and still under contract with Harding for the remainder of this year and in 2019.”

  • Orange Youth Baseball hosts groundbreaking for new Noblesville fields

    Few things connect a community more than cheering kids on at the baseball field.

    For the Orange Youth Baseball Organization, giving families a place to call their home field is a dream soon to come true. In a new partnership, Orange Baseball will construct its home fields and facility on the property of Noblesville Naz Church, located at 1399 Greenfield Ave. 

    Orange Youth Baseball hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at Noble Naz Church in Noblesville Friday. The organization’s two youth baseball fields, team dugouts and fan bleachers will be constructed on the church’s existing grounds. 

    The property was once vetted and zoned as a potential youth recreation space by Noblesville Parks and Recreation. The due diligence conducted by Noblesville Parks has helped empower Orange Baseball and Noble Naz to build upon the knowledge gathered to now activate this space to serve the youth baseball community. 

  • High school soccer teams will be reversing their home and visiting uniforms next season. Effective with the 2018-19 season, the home team will wear dark jerseys and socks, and the visiting team will wear solid white jerseys and solid white socks.

    This uniform change was one of nine rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its January 22-24 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    Previously, the home team was required to wear solid white jerseys and the visiting team wore dark-colored jerseys. The language defines dark as “any color which contrasts with white.”

    “This change allows home teams to wear their school-color jerseys at home,” said Theresia Wynns, director of sports and officials and liaison to the Soccer Rules Committee. “It also could provide the opportunity to use an alternative color uniform for special events.”

  • Noblesville native earns promotion at Notre Dame

    Matt Sparks, tutor of a series of top-flight distance standouts over his four years as University of Notre Dame associate head coach, has been named the Hatherly-Piane head coach for the Irish men’s and women’s track and field and cross country program.

    Originally from Noblesville, Sparks is a 1997 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in science education. He also earned a master's degree from Indiana in 1999 in applied sports sciences. 

    Sparks has guided the Notre Dame cross country program, as well as coaching Irish women’s distance runners throughout the indoor and outdoor track seasons during those four years after holding a similar role at Southern Illinois University for 12 years.

    “Growing up in Indiana, I have long felt that Notre Dame has always been a place of storied tradition,” said Sparks. “Having now spent four years at Notre Dame, this place is even more special to me. I now fully understand the tremendous pride felt for Notre Dame by students and the alumni of this University. It is with the utmost respect for this University that I look forward to leading the track and cross country program. I would like to thank the search committee led by Claire Leatherwood Slebonick and Reggie Brooks, as well as athletic director Jack Swarbrick and University president Father John Jenkins for believing in my vision for the program.”

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to its luster as the Racing Capital of the World with the construction of a quarter-mile dirt track inside its famous oval, hosting a United States Auto Club Midget National Championship event during Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line race week in early September.

    Race week for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line will feature an even wider variety of thrilling action with the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship competing in a two-night spectacular event, the Driven2SaveLives BC39, on Sept. 5-6. The event honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

    The Driven2SaveLives BC39 will include a unique format ending with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.
  • Boys & Girls Club thank Buffalo Wild Wings

    Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville presented Colin Kalbfleisch, the general manager of the Fishers Buffalo Wild Wings on Highway 37, with an autographed basketball from Club Kids.

    Earlier this spring, Buffalo Wild Wings stores across the country participated in a "Community Day" to support their Team Up For Kids initiative, with a portion of one day's sales going directly to the local Boys & Girls Club. The Fishers store raised $493 for the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.

  • INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will host their sixth annual kickoff concert Sept. 7, on the east block of Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis. 

    Presented by Verizon and sponsored in part by Bud Light and supported in part by Hank FM and Downtown Indy, Inc., the Kick Off Concert will feature recording artist Chase Rice, with special guests Clayton Anderson and Ben Gallaher. Former Colts punter Pat McAfee will serve as host and emcee of the event for the first time.

    In addition to live music, the concert will feature appearances by the Colts cheerleaders and Colts mascot, Blue, Bud Light drink specials and other attractions.

    The event is free and open to the public but requires a ticket for entry. Tickets are available at www.colts.com/kickoff. All ages are welcome.
  • Covenant Christian has found a new conference to call home.

    The Circle City Conference officially welcomed Covenant Christian to the conference Wednesday. 

    The Warriors will participate in all sports for the 2018–19 season except football. Although Covenant Christian has been a member of the IHSAA since 1999, this will be their first time being a member of a conference.

  • Hamilton Heights High School, Colts will host blood drive Wednesday

    Hamilton Heights High School, in cooperation with the Indianapolis Colts, will host a county-wide blood drive Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the high school gymnasium. Donors must be at least 16 years old and provide a valid ID. All donors will not only help save a life, but also receive a Colts Limited Edition Football.

    Schedule your appointment at:https://www.donorpoint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/119950.

    The communities that make up the Hamilton Heights School District are dedicated to the students and the school and have been great donors in past drives. The blood drive coordinators and Indiana Blood Center hope to replicate past success, because each appointment commits blood or blood product to a patient in Hoosier hospitals.

  • Running for a special cause
    Police officers and the Special Olympics go hand-in-hand – or should we say foot-by-foot. 

    For the 10th year, Hamilton County police officers participated in the annual “Torch Run” to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Indiana. This year’s run took place last Friday and helped raised money and awareness for the Special Olympics.

    “The thought was here to do something within Hamilton County where all of our police agencies could come together one particular day and show our support for (the Special Olympics),” said Lt. Bruce Barnes, Hamilton County Special Olympics Outreach coordinator and Noblesville Police Department’s public information officer. 

    The Torch Run consists of officers from various police agencies, such as Carmel, Fishers, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, Indiana State Police, Noblesville and Westfield, to start at different points in the county based on their respective jurisdiction.

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