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  • Seventy-seven Indiana high school seniors — 39 boys and 37 girls — have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association it was announced Tuesday, March 19.
    In addition, 203 more boys and 179 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2019, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said.
    No Hamilton County players made the list this year, but several made honorable mention. 
    Noblesville’s Zack Johnson, Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy, Westfield’s Caleb Welch and Jaret Bailey, Guerin Catholic’s Josh Osborn, and Sheridan’s Jesse Kolb and Caleb Duke all made the boys honorable mention list.
    Hamilton County players to make the girls honorable mention list included: Noblesville’s Maddie Knight, Westfield’s Zoe Pentecost, Sheridan’s Jillian O’Flaherty, and Guerin Catholic’s Paige Bennett and Hanna Bills, Fishers’ Skylar Fulton.
  • Carmel will play Ben Davis in 4A state championship
    The Carmel Greyhounds (25-1) took on Penn High School (26-5) on Saturday in the semi-state championship game in Logansport. Carmel got themselves off to a strong start — outscoring Penn 15-3 in the opening quarter — and played well defensively on their way to a 71-42 victory.
    With the win Carmel moves on to play the Ben Davis Giants (20-7) in the 109th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Finals on Saturday, March 23, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.
    Carmel was led by senior John Michael-Mulloy, who managed 16 points. Peter Suder and Andrew Owens each had 15 points, Karsten Windland finished with 14, Luke Heady had 5, Robert Fry had 4, and Cole Brady rounded-out the Greyhounds scoring with 2 points of his own.
  • PHOTO: Noblesville’s Aubrey Swart to run cross country at USI
    Noblesville’s Aubrey Swart poses for a photo with her family and Noblesville Cross County coaches after announcing that she will attend the University of Southern Indiana in the fall and will run cross country for the Eagles.
    Pictured front row (left to right): Erica Swart (mother), Aubrey Swart, Brice Swart (father), Kourtney Swart (sister). Back Row (Left to Right): Bill Craig (Noblesville Girls Track & Field Assistant Coach), Dennis Scheele (Noblesville Girls Track & Field and Girls Cross Country Head Coach), Aaron Becker (Noblesville Girls Cross Country Assistant Coach).
  • The Carmel Greyhounds (24-1) took on Fort Wayne Northrup (17-9) on Saturday morning in Logansport in the first round of regional play and their 58-42 victory sent them to the regional championship game Saturday evening against the Zionsville Eagles (21-6).
    The Greyhounds came out on top 53-39 in the championship game against the Eagles and will now move on to play Penn High School in the semi-state game on Saturday, March 16.
  • The Carmel Greyhounds (22-1) took on the Hamilton Southeastern Royals (16-9) on Saturday night in the championship game of Sectional 8 play, and the Greyhounds came out on top 45-39.
    It was a fairly even game, as the six point deficit at the end was also likely the average deficient throughout. Both teams also managed to pull down 27 rebounds.
    The Greyhounds were led by John Michael-Mulloy, who managed 19 points and 7 rebounds. Michael-Mulloy also went 12 of 12 from the free-throw line just one night after he had his fair share of struggles from the stripe against Fishers. Karsten Windlan had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Andrew Owens managed 10 points as well and Pete Suder had 6 of his own.
  • Noblesville falls to HSE in round two of sectionals
    The Noblesville Millers (13-11) took on the Hamilton Southeastern Royals (16-8) in the second round of sectional play on Friday night in Carmel. The Millers just wouldn’t go away on Friday despite the fact that Hamilton Southeastern seemed to have an edge from the outset, but they were eventually defeated 47-41.
  • On Wednesday, 15 seniors and 15 underclass girls basketball players were announced to have earned IBCA/Subway ‘Supreme 15’ all-state honors for the 2018-2019 season.
    Among them was Hamilton Southeastern star Amaya Hamilton. Several other Hamilton County girls senior basketabll players also made the honorable mention list, including: Noblesville’s Mallory Johnson, Noblesville’s Maddie Knight, Carmel’s Reagan Hune, and HSE’s Malea Jackson.
    Two Hamilton County girls players also made the underclassmen’s ‘Supreme 15’ list, those girls are Hamilton Southeastern’s Sydney Parrish, and University’s Lindsey Syrek.
  • The Fishers Tigers (17-7) took on Anderson Indians (7-17) in the first round of sectional play on Tuesday, and the Tigers defeated Anderson by a score of 65-51, which means they will advance to Friday night’s quarterfinal game where they will face the reigning sectional champions — the Carmel Greyhounds — in Carmel.
    Fishers was led by junior guard Alex Szilagy, who managed 20 points and 3 steals. Junior Justin Long and freshman Jeffrey Simmons each added 12 points.
  • HSE defeats Westfield in double-overtime sectional game
    The Westfield Shamrocks (12-11) took on the Hamilton Southeastern Royals (15-8) in the first round of sectional play on Tuesday night in Carmel. The Shamrocks looked outmatched by the post-play of Southeastern early on, but the Shamrocks kept themselves in the game and — after holding HSE to just six points in the fourth quarter — forced overtime and then eventually double-overtime.
    But in the end, the Royals’ post-play and free-throw shooting eventually led to a 62-57 Hamilton Southeastern victory.
    With the win, the Royals will move on to play the Noblesville Millers (13-10) on Friday night in Carmel. That game will tipoff at 6 p.m.
    The Royals were led by seven-foot junior Mabor Majak, who scored 17 points. Junior Chris Grubbs managed 15 points and sophomore Landon Morris had 12. 
  • Noblesville falls to Perry on senior night
    The Noblesville Millers (13-10) took on the Perry Meridian Falcons (9-12) in a home game where the Millers had hoped to celebrate a win senior night but fell short of the Falcon’s 28-24 in a low-scoring affair after managing just two points in the entire fourth quarter.
    The Millers loss came as five seniors — Zack Johnson, Xavier Hines, Eagan Keever-Hill, Jordan Schmidt, and Alex Hancock — played the final home game of their high school careers at The Mill in Noblesville.
    Senior Zack Johnson led the Millers in scoring with 17 points. Senior Xavier Hines added seven points, three rebounds and a steal, and seniors Eagan Keever-Hill and Alex Hancock each had two points of their own.
  • 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.
  • From time to time I have trouble coming up with the ideal weekly tip, but this week it's shouting out at me in a very positive way. My father passed away this past week, and I can't think of anything more appropriate than honoring him.
    My dad was a 21 year high school basketball coach and an athletic director for 27. He touched many athletes, students, teachers, administrators and coaches throughout his career. The influence he had on his family will live on forever. Forget his 327 victories as a basketball coach and his 41 IHSAA State Championships as an athletic director at Carmel High. His life was defined by his character.
    Words will never do him justice, but many come to mind. Kind, sincere, caring, loving, humble, composed, leader, Dad, and Pappa, just to name a few. Ask his friends, former players and athletes of all sports to chime in, and I'm sure they could come up with many more.
  • Trayce Jackson-Davis produced a double-double in keeping his team in a Class 4A semi-state contest until the end, and the Center Grove senior paces the recipients in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
    Crispus Attucks senior Harold Bennett and Culver Academy junior Deontae Craig join Jackson-Davis as honorees for the week of March 11-16 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
    Craig is the winner for District 1. Bennett collected honors for District 2. Jackson-Davis claimed accolades for District 3.
    Carmel's John Michael Mulloy made honorable mention.
  • Governor Eric Holcomb just unveiled his bracket, and for the second year in a row, he picked the Purdue Boilermakers to bring the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament championship home to Indiana.
    How will your bracket stack up? Do you think you can beat Governor Holcomb with your bracket?
    Here's your chance to find out — and compete for must-win prizes — as part of the 2019 Beat the Governor Bracket Challenge!
    Governor Holcomb may have shot baskets in every Indiana county, but fill out a bracket and see how your picks in this year's tournament match up against his picks and the picks of your fellow Republicans from across the state.
  • The 2019 season at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course will start when the course opens Wednesday, March 20, with a fun greens fees special that continues through March.
    The popular "Pay the Temp" promotion returns Wednesday at the championship-caliber course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which includes four holes inside the famous oval. The greens fee for 18 holes and a cart will be equal to the air temperature within one hour of a golfer's tee time, providing significant savings in the cooler weather of spring over regular greens fees. This promotion continues daily through Sunday, March 31.
    Call 317-492-6417 or visit brickyardcrossing.com to book tee times.
  • The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the initial four recipients of their newly formed “Gifts of the Game Scholarship” program.
    Bailey Dyer of Madison High School, Nicholas Grieser of New Castle High School, Kayden Key of Frankton High School and Stevie McNew of Springs Valley High School have been selected as the recipients of a four-year renewable college scholarship worth up to $4,000 each.
  • Legends Day at IMS to salute ‘Sensational '60s’ on May 25
    The 1960s — a thrilling decade of heroes and some of the most beloved cars in Indianapolis 500 history — will be saluted through a variety of exciting activities for fans during Legends Day presented by Firestone on Saturday, May 25, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Fan activities included with general admission to Legends Day presented by Firestone include...
  • WISH-TV, MyINDY-TV 23 to serve as official local broadcast home to Indy Eleven professional soccer
    WISH-TV, the CW affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group, Inc. serving the Indianapolis market, announced that Indy Eleven fans can once again watch the “Boys in Blue” on WISH-TV and MyINDY-TV 23 (WNDY) in 2019. “Indiana’s Team” and Central Indiana’s CW and My Network affiliates have finalized a two-year agreement, which will see the partnership last through the club’s 2020 campaign.
    Indy Eleven’s local broadcast schedule will include 20 live United Soccer League Championship regular season matches, including all 17 home games at Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • Leaders from Cummins Inc., the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and elected officials gathered on Wednesday to announce a new multi-year partnership between the two 100-year old, Indiana-based companies. 
    Cummins is celebrating its centennial this year and as part of this, Cummins will have an enhanced presence at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout the year. Cummins will have a number of activities for the community to enjoy throughout the year, and its iconic Cummins "C" logo and videos will be visible in locations throughout the Speedway. During this year's Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26, Cummins will have all five of its historic Indy 500 race cars together for the first time ever to participate in a pre-race parade lap.
  • Frankton’s Kayden Key and Center Grove’s Trayce Jackson-Davis each produced a 40-point game in a regional final, and the two seniors headline the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
    Penn senior Noah Applegate, Westview junior Charlie Yoder, Ben Davis senior Dawand Jones and Evansville Day junior Noah Hupmann join Key and Jackson-Davis as recipients for the week of March 4-9 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
    Applegate and Yoder are co-winners for District 1. Key and Jones collected honors for District 2. Jackson-Davis and Hupmann shared accolades for District 3.
  • 2019 IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars named
    Thirteen players have been selected for the 2019 IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars, it was announced Thursday, March 7.
    Those chosen to the team will play three games in June — one exhibition game against the Indiana Junior All-Stars as well as home-and-home contests against the Kentucky All-Stars.
    The 2019 Indiana Girls All-Stars, listed alphabetically, are: Jorie Allen of Bedford North Lawrence, Shaila Beeler of Warren Central, Sydney Freeman of Central Noble, Carissa Garcia of Fort Wayne Concordia, Amaya Hamilton of Hamilton Southeastern, Rikki Harris of North Central, Lilly Hatton of North Harrison, Emma Nolan of Marquette Catholic, Maddie Nolan of Zionsville, Sophia Nolan of Marquette Catholic, Hannah Noveroske of Michigan City, Riley Ott of LaPorte and Cameron Tabor of New Castle.
  • Book detailing 1955 Crispus Attucks basketball team chosen to represent Indiana at National Book Festival
    The Indiana State Library recently announced that the book “Attucks! Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City”, by award-winning author Phillip Hoose, has been selected to represent Indiana at this year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Aug. 31.
    “Attucks! Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City” details the incredible story of the 1955 Crispus Attucks Tigers of Indianapolis, who were the first all-black high school basketball team in the nation to win a state championship. Led by future NBA superstar Oscar Robertson, the Tigers, also the first state champions from Indianapolis, faced adversity in the form of segregation, racism and isolation. The book, A Kirkus Reviews Best YA Nonfiction of 2018 selection, was released in October of 2018.
  • Milan High School 1954 State Championship commemorative bobbleheads unveiled
    Today, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and the Milan 54 Hoosiers Museum unveiled a limited edition series of bobbleheads commemorating Milan High School’s 1954 Boys Basketball State Championship. Milan High School’s unbelievable story was featured in the 1986 movie Hoosiers, which is widely considered to be one of the best sports movies ever made. The release comes just weeks before the 65th Anniversary of Milan’s historic victory, which was on March 20, 1954, and as Hoosier Hysteria kicks into high gear.
    All 12 players from the 1954 Milan High School basketball team are included in the bobblehead series, which is available for purchase online in the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store or at the Milan 54 Museum. The bobbleheads are $25 each or $250 for the set of 12, and shipping is a flat rate of $8. Each bobblehead is individually numbered to only 500.
  • Two Hoosier natives selected for National High School Hall of Fame
    Damon Bailey, Indiana’s career scoring leader in boys basketball, and Bob Gardner, retired executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and former IHSAA commissioner, Bob Gardner, are among 12 individuals who will be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 30, in Indianapolis.
    Bailey and Gardner are part of the 2019 hall of fame class which also included former NFL player Derrick Brooks of Florida, baseball legend Dusty Baker of California and women’s basketball great Seimone Augustus of Louisiana.
    The hall of fame induction ceremony is a highlight of the annual NFHS summer meeting which also is celebrating the Indianapolis-based organization’s centennial year.
  • The top 60 girls basketball players in Indiana were selected from approximately 1,300 senior players statewide and announced by Hoosier Basketball Magazine.
    Two of those girls were from Hamilton County schools. Hamilton Southeastern’s Amaya Hamilton and Carmel’s Reagan Hune both made the top 60 list and will take part in the upcoming ‘Top 60 Workout’.
    The magazine says that statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted during the season and throughout the state tournament to determine their top 60 list.
  • The Camel Greyhounds (21-1) played the Fishers Tigers (17-8) on Friday in the second round of sectionals on Friday night in Carmel. They Greyhounds started off hot, outscoring the Tigers 17-5 in the first quarter and 12-5 in the second, and the pace didn’t slow much throughout the Greyhounds’ 62-52 win.
    Carmel’s John Michael-Mulloy led all-scorers with 19 points and Karsten Windland had 18 of his own.
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