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  • The Fishers Tigers wrestling team fell to Muncie Central High School 26-40 on Thursday. 
  • The Royals continued their undefeated start to the 2017-18 season Tuesday night, beating conference rival Westfield 122-64. They mixed up their lineup once again to create opportunities for athletes in new events.

    Individual event winners for HSE included junior Blake Ratliff in the 200 free, sophomore Connor Harrison in the 200 IM and 100 fly, junior Nathan Barr in diving, sophomore Marcus Eden in the 500 free, and senior Andrew Ratliff in the 100 back. Relay winners were the 200 medley of sophomore Ethan Forbes, sophomore Andrew Truxall, Harrison, and freshman Thomas Reising; and the 400 free relay of Blake Ratliff, Eden, sophomore Evan Sellers, and sophomore DJ Rogers.

  • The Lady Royals matched up against Greenfield Central at home and won 73-46.

    The home team started off hot, with a three point basket by Molly Walton, assisted by Amaya Hamilton. Tayah Irvin crashed the boards hard early in the first, and found Sydney Parrish beyond the arc for three.

  • CARMEL— Despite leading after the first quarter, the Westfield Lady Shamrocks were the next victims of the still undefeated Carmel Lady Greyhounds by a score of 58-40.

    A few minutes of light offense defined the early minutes of the game before a three pointer from Jade Shipley and baskets from Ashtin DeCraene, Zoe Pentecost and Annabelle O’Hair backed up five points from Ryann Bunting. On the Carmel side, Tomi Taiwo led the scoring with six points while Mackenzie Wood had four of her own as the first quarter ended with Westfield up 14-13.

  • The Noblesville Millers boys’ basketball team displayed true poise in a come-from-behind 27-22 victory over Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Fishers on Friday at Fishers High School.

    The center of that poise was the play of Noblesville junior guard Zack Johnson, who led all scorers with 17 points. His poise was seen at the free throw line, where he hit all eight of his attempts, but none of it stood out more when he nailed a three-pointer with 2:05 to play in the game to give the Millers a 21-20 lead.

  • The Trailblazers basketball team defeated the Indiana Math & Science Academy on Friday night by a decisive score of 85-48. The Trailblazers moved to 3-0 on the season.

    Each team came out strong and the lead changed a few times, but University jumped out to a nine point lead after the first quarter, and used a 26-10 second quarter. Indiana Math and Science never got it any closer as University ran away, ending the half up 49-24.

  • The HSE Royals boys basketball team went on the road for their first away game and conference game of the season. The Royals struggled to find a rhythm in the first half and found themselves tied at half time 29-29. However, they outscored Avon 41-17 in the second half for the 70-46 victory. HSE is now 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. The Royals play again tomorrow night at home as they host #2 FW North Side.

  • The Carmel Greyhounds sailed past the Lawrence Central Bears on Friday night by a score of 63-49.

    Carmel’s offense struck early and often, leaving the Bears in a 14-3 hole after the first quarter. The Greyhounds outscored the Bears in both the second and third quarters as well, adding to their lead.

  • The Royals swim team roared past a young Franklin Central team Thursday night, winning every event en route to a 148-35 victory.

    Southeastern took the top two spots in all three relays and placed 1-2-3 in the 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, diving, 100 free, 500 free, and 100 breast.

    On a night where the team was challenged to race with fire and self-discipline, the Royals raced tough with many athletes in off-events, and continue to improve their engagement and level of support for one another.

  • Varsity score:

    Carmel 47

    Lawrence North 15

    JV score:

    Carmel 54

    Lawrence North 19

  • Noblesville senior Emily Kiser became the second Kiser to score 1,000 career points in a Noblesville uniform. Her brother John graduated in 2015 with the same accomplishment under his belt. Emily is the eighth player in the history of the Noblesville girl’s basketball program and the 19th Miller to accomplish the feat.

    Although Noblesville lost its match to Hamilton Southeastern on Wednesday 70-46, HSE stopped play before halftime to recognize Kiser as she scored her 1,000th point.

  • The Fishers girls varsity swim team opened their season Tuesday night with a win at Westfield. Individual event winners for the night were Hannah Pratt (10) in the 100 Free and 200 Free, Ellen Fero (10) in the 50 Free, Nicole Rueff (11) in the 100 Fly, Samantha Hietpas (11) in the 500 Free, and Corinne Yorkman (10) in the 100 Back. The 200 Free Relay of Pratt, Miya Wai (11), Rueff, and Fero also took 1st place. On the diving side, Morgan Casey (9) took first place honors.
  • Wheaton College junior Madison Peebles of Fishers, Ind. was named a Third Team Division III All-American by United Soccer Coaches. She is the 20th individual from the Wheaton women's soccer program to earn All-America recognition.
  • Have you stopped to consider the single most important person in the sport of fishing? To whom we can belay credit for the millions of hours spent pursuing everything from trout the size of guppies to large malevolent fish bigger than most economy cars?

    A good case could be made to nominate various important figures in the fishing tackle or boating industries, or alternately, one of the blow-dried hosts of the television fishing shows. However, there is truly an unsung hero who really deserves our gratitude.

  • Wisconsin linebacker Garrett Dooley was quoted in the Indy Star as saying, "If you have a bad play, you have to forget about it. I think this year we've done a really good job of forgetting about last season and moving forward, preparing every single week."

    In all sports and in most games or matches, there comes a time when you must move on from a bad play, a bad call, or an unlucky break. Are you capable of doing so?

  • As I opened the door to my vehicle, I could feel the tiny pinpricks of light drizzle strike my cheek as a cold east wind attempted to snatch the camouflage baseball cap on my head.  The low scudding clouds raced over the landscape seemingly low enough to hit with a kite as horizon grew darker and more menacing.  Overall it was a lousy day to be outside, but I was happy.

    I was duck hunting.

  • WESTFIELD, IN— Grand Park’s baseball diamonds and softball fields are being fitted with AstroTurf’s Diamond Series artificial turf. The turf is being installed on the infield of 18 diamonds.

    “In the world of travel sports, weather is the unpredictable factor that could make or break a tournament,” says Mayor Andy Cook. “The installation of turf on the infields means less interruptions during tournaments and overall more playtime. Our dedicated partner, Bullpen Tournaments, is investing in the future of Grand Park.”

  • Former MLB pitcher looks to expand Grand Park

    Joe Thatcher, a former major league baseball pitcher, is looking to open a new training facility at Grand Park in Westfield.

    Thatcher is a nine year veteran who had stints playing for the Astros, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, and Padres. He is also the founder of Pro X Development, a program that works to train and rehabilitate athletes in baseball, football, and other field sports.

    The ex-pitcher has proposed plans to build a 62,000 square-foot training facility at Grand Park. The Westfield City Council was given the plans earlier this week.

  • As I was sitting on the front porch of the deer lodge, a plastic to-go cup of Kentucky’s finest rust remover clenched in my cold hand, a bald eagle flew over the icy mountain stream that hemmed in the bottom of the ridge. It was that moment when I had to ask myself, “Why haven’t you visited here sooner?!?”
  • Olympic hopefuls train in barn in Arcadia

    WTHR, The Times newsgathering partner recently reported on a group of Olympic Diving hopefuls training in a center in Arcadia.

    The group of 200 divers, with eyes set on representing Team USA in the 2020 games, train in a barn turned training facility for three hours a day of dry land training.

    Ripfest Diving, Central Indiana’s top diving program, trains young athletes in the barn facility, then sends them to Hamilton Heights High School for three more hours of training in the pool.

  • By the time you read this, I will be safely nestled somewhere under an oak tree, waiting, watching and hoping. Perhaps, if the red gods have smiled, I might have already delivered a trophy to the taxidermist as the newsprint smears under your fingertips.

    Either way, I will certainly be far more relaxed than during the moments around the time this column was actually written. While trying to whip out my usual 800 words of deceit and sheer nonsense, I was unbearably distracted by a far more significant deadline looming: the opening day of the deer firearms season, less than 48 hours away.

  • Pacers Sports and Entertainment kick off season of giving

    INDIANAPOLIS – Again this year, Pacers Sports & Entertainment will brighten the holiday season with Season of Giving outreach ranging from providing Thanksgiving dinner for area homeless to distributing thousands of toys throughout Indiana via its ongoing partnership with JAKKS Pacific Toys, Inc.

    The PS&E programs are in conjunction with the NBA Cares Season of Giving, where the NBA, its teams and players will be out in their communities hosting hundreds of charitable events across the country.

  • We find ourselves hip-deep in November and things are heating for hunters as the weather gets cooler.

    This month is traditionally considered the hunting month and there is an open season for some type of game animal within the state every single day of the month. In most cases, there are multiple types of hunts available, so it would be possible to pursue deer, ducks and small game all in the same day.

  • Billy Shepherd pro tip of the week

    The Houston Astros won their first World Series this past week, and as usual, there are many human interest stories about the players and the organization. As I watched the series, one player, Jose Altuve, continued to stand out.

    Here's the reason. Altuve stands all of 5'6" and will be in serious contention for the MVP award this year. He doesn't have to be the biggest and strongest in order to have a positive impact on his team.

    Stories like Altuve's should encourage every student-athlete in every sport that is undersized and sometimes overpowered. You don't have to be the biggest, fastest, or strongest to reach a level of success.

    So if you happen to be one of those athletes lacking the "perfect body" for the sport you love, remember the story about this little man. Dynamite comes in small packages! -- Billy Shepherd Sports


    HSE lost Bre Lloyd and her 14.4 points per game to graduation, but Sydney Parrish (16.2 ppg) should provide a scoring spark. Malea Jackson (8.9 ppg) and Amaya Hamilton (6.6 ppg) also should provide depth.

    Parrish had an impressive freshman season, averaging 16.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Royals. She shot 48 percent from the field and 39 percent behind the 3-point line. She had three double-doubles and finished with 20 or more points eight times in her first season with the Royals. 


    Fishers looks to improve under new head coach

    The Fishers Lady Tigers are coming off a 10-14 record, and are looking to improve. A more experienced roster is met this season with a new head coach, Lauren Vail

    Vail has been a member of the Fishers Girls Basketball staff for the past eight years. She has served as the Varsity Assistant for the past three seasons. Prior to coming to Fishers, Coach Vail was a member of the Noblesville High School coaching staff.


    The Greyhounds graduated just one senior from last year’s team that made it to the regional finals finishing with an overall record of 23-4 and a conference record of 4-3.

    Senior Amy Dilk is set to lead the Greyhounds this season. Dilk averaged 15 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 6.4 assits per game last season as the team’s top producer. Dilk has committed to play at the University of Michigan and was named both an Indiana Junior All-Star and made third team all-state.

    This season she will be joined by five other seniors on this upperclassman-heavy team. Blake Smith and Jasmine McWilliams look to be the other top producers for the Greyhounds this season both offensively and the boards.

    Carmel will have a challenging schedule this year, and will face some conference foes early.

    Good luck this season Greyhounds!


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