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  • Noblesville’s Coach McCauley won’t return next season
    Noblesville Schools announced on Monday that Coach Brian McCauley has informed them he will not be returning as boys varsity basketball coach. McCauley shared the decision while meeting with school officials to review the basketball program. He has been head boys basketball coach for the Noblesville Millers since 2014 and is also a social studies teacher at the high school.
    "I want to thank Coach McCauley for serving our student athletes these past five years," said Leah Wooldridge, Noblesville High School athletic director. "He is a great basketball mind and we have appreciated his hard work and dedication to our basketball program.”  
    Noblesville will begin the process of identifying a replacement for McCauley immediately and will announce their selection at a later date. 
  • Heights senior Kray Leininger to play football at Franklin College
    Kray Leininger, Hamilton Heights’ senior, has signed a letter of intent to play football for the Franklin College Grizzlies in Franklin, Indiana this fall.  Franklin College is a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. He is the son of Brent and Leslie Leininger.
    “I chose Franklin College because of the support, academics, positive atmosphere, and great coaching staff,” said Kray Leininger, who plans to earn a double major in Entrepreneurship/Marketing and minor in Finance with the goal of owning his own business. 
    A two-sport athlete, Leininger found success on the field and on the court as a varsity member of Hamilton Heights football (3 years) and basketball (2 years) teams. He led the football team in tackles in 2017 and 2018; served as the 2018 Team Captain, named Defensive Player of the Year, and received the Big Hit Award. In addition, he was named to the 2018 All-Conference Team and All County First Team Defense.
  • Heights senior Carter Campassi to play football for Manchester next fall
    Hamilton Heights’ senior, has signed a letter of intent to play football for the Manchester University Spartans in Manchester, Indiana this fall. Manchester University is a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC).  He is the son of Brian and Carrie Campassi.
    “I felt at home at Manchester,” said Carter Campassi, a three-time football letter winner, two-time Leadership team member and member of the 700-pound Big 3 Club. The coaches made me feel like an important piece of their program and would provide me the opportunity to finish what I started.”
    Campassi, who works at the Noblesville Boys and Girls Club, said he plans to study Sports Management.  “My dream job after college would be a front office position for a professional football team,” he noted.
  • Eighteen high school students from across the Hoosier State — including one from Hamilton County — will begin next school year as members of the 2019-20 IHSAA Student Advisory Committee, also known as SAC.
    Nine juniors, including Fishers junior Brynn Urban, will join nine seniors to receive hands-on leadership experience in various areas via several IHSAA-sponsored events as well as serve as a voice to the IHSAA staff.
    Each year, the IHSAA receives nominations from school principals on behalf of student-athletes from IHSAA member schools. From that group of nominations, 20 are selected from interviews by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee and returning members of the SAC. From those interviews, nine incoming juniors are invited to join the group of nine returning seniors.
  • Heights’ A.J. Field to play basketball for Lincoln Christian University
    A.J. Field, Hamilton Heights’ senior, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Lincoln Christian University Red Lions in Lincoln, IL this fall.  Lincoln University is a member National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), and Association of Independent Institutions (AII).  He is the son of Rob and Tricia Field.
    “I really loved the LCU atmosphere,” said AJ Field of his visit to the university.  “I felt an instant connection to the coach and players,” he said. “Academically, earning my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from LCU will help me to make a difference every day as an educator.”  After graduating, Field would like to work as a sixth-grade teacher and coach high school basketball.
  • Heights’ Luke Herr to play football for Taylor University
    Luke Herr, Hamilton Heights’ senior, has signed a letter of intent to play football for the Taylor University Trojans in Upland, Indiana this fall. Taylor University is a member of the Crossroads League.  He is the son of Jim and Kate Herr.
    Taylor offered Herr everything he was looking for in a post-secondary educational institution including a Christian University, smaller class size, close-knit family environment, unrestricted academics, and opportunity to play football close to home.  Herr, who earned three varsity letters, was a recipient of the Corey Kiger Award as a freshman and named to the All Hoosier Conference 1st and All Hamilton County teams his junior and senior years.  In addition, he received numerous Player of the Game awards as an offensive and defensive lineman; named Defensive Lineman of the Year his junior and senior years, Offensive Lineman of the Year his senior year, and recently named to the Region 5 All Stars as an Offensive Lineman.
  • PHOTO: Noblesville’s Jack Wolfred to swim for Ball State this fall
    Noblesville High School senior Jack Wolfred, center, poses for a photo with family and coaches after his announcement that he will attend Ball State University to swim for the Cardinals men’s swimming team. Pictured in the front row (left to right) are: Bob Thiel (Grandfather), Richard Wolfred (Father) [Noblesville Boys Swimming & Diving Head Coach], Jack Wolfred, Kristen Wolfred (Mother), Carol Thiel (Grandmother).
  • PHOTO: Noblesville’s Brady Walden to play baseball at Wabash College
    Noblesville senior Brady Walden, pictured center, poses for a photo with his family and Noblesville Baseball coaches during his announcement to play baseball for Wabash College next fall. Pictured in the front row (left to right): Cindy Groover (Grandmother), Sean Walden (Father), Brady Walden, Amy Walden (Mother), Delaney Walden (Sister). Pictured in the back row (left to right): Rick Groover (Grandfather), Leslie Groover (Aunt), Justin Keever (Noblesville Baseball Head Coach).
  • PHOTO: Noblesville’s Shelby Tyler to join Women's Track & Field team at University of Georgia this fall
    Noblesville’s Shelby Tyler poses for a photo with her family and coaches from the Noblesville Girls Track & Field team during her announcement to attend the University of Georgia this fall. Pictured in the front row (left to right) are: Maria Tyler (Mother), Shelby Tyler, Corey Tyler (Father). Pictured in the back row (left to right) are: Todd Herman (Noblesville Girls Track & Field Assistant Coach), Mike Hanna (Noblesville Girls Track & Field Assistant Coach), Dennis Scheele (Noblesville Girls Track & Field and Girls Cross Country Head Coach), Bill Craig (Noblesville Girls Track & Field Assistant Coach).
  • Greyhounds win state championship
    The Carmel Greyhounds (26-1) took on the Ben Davis Giants (20-8) in the IHSAA 4A State Finals on Saturday night. The Greyhounds — who were determined to avenge their loss in last year’s state title game against Warren Central — took home their fourth state title in boys basketball after outscoring the Giants 60-55 in a game that was watched by 12,908 fans in attendance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. A total of 22,476 fans were in attendance between the four class championship games on Saturday.
    The win marks the 149th state title in the history of Carmel High School athletics.
    Carmel started four seniors and one freshman in the 4A championship game, including: seniors John Michael Mulloy, Karsten Windlan, Luke Heady, Andrew Owens, and freshman Peter Suder.
    Carmel’s scoring was led by freshman Peter Suder who finished with 14 points. He also managed seven rebounds, three steals and three assists. Senior John Michael Mulloy added 13 points and six boards. Seniors Karsten Windlan and Andrew Owens added 11 and 10 points respectively.
  • Hoosier Basketball Magazine tabs ‘Top 60 Senior Boys’
    Hoosier Basketball Magazine has released its list of Top 60 senior boys’ basketball players for 2018-2019. These boys were selected from approximately 1,500 senior players statewide. Honorees will have the opportunity to attend a special ‘Top 60 Senior Workout’ at Marian University in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 31.
    Among the 60 honorees were eight Hamilton County players, although, only two will participate in the Top 60 Workout: Noblesville’s Zack Johnson and Westfield’s Zack Banks. HSE’s Noah Smith is out with an injury and unable to participate and HSE’s Aaron Etherington is listed as unable to attend. All four players who made this list from Carmel are also on the ‘unable to attend list’—presumably due to the fact that they are set to play in the IHSAA State Championship game today.
  • Noblesville girls lacrosse gets 11-10 win over Chatard
    After two weather related game cancelations, the Millers began their season with an overtime win against the Bishop Chatard Trojans, 11-10. Kylie Morris led the Millers with five goals, including the game winning goal in overtime. Erin Wilson led the defensive effort with six ground balls. Kam Mertens caused four turnovers.

    Fishers girls lacrosse beats Brownsburg
    The Fishers Tigers responded after a tough loss to Evansville North by defeating Hoosier Crossroads Conference opponent Brownsburg by a score of 17-2 on Tuesday night. The defense led by Emily Guaspohl, Gracie Bicknell, Abigail Garrison, and Anna Schnefke limited Brownsburg's opportunities with turnovers that led to 17 goals...
  • Seems like about this time of year after the March boys state basketball finals someone brings up the former single-class state basketball tournament.
    And if you are keeping track, and hoping for some update on the single-class format that was scrapped after the 1996-97 season, well, I’ve been told there’s nothing new.
    Nope, Class Basketball remains our way of life. Like it or not . . . it is what it is.
    So I think by now we need to get used to this fact: Indiana will NEVER go back to the one-class high school tournament format. It will remain four classes for both the boys and girls.
    Actually, there’s nothing new to speak at all about multiclass sports, in general, coming from the IHSAA.
    But there is some news about multipliers.
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - Sports Announcer Has ‘The Voice’ You’ll Remember
    Bob Tremain is ‘The Voice’ of Hamilton County sports!
    I’ve been a Hamilton County resident since 1989, and I’ve come across some pretty fair event announcers here covering sports.
    I got to know Bob Tremain — a former Noblesville High School teacher and Girls Athletic Director who retired in 2010 — in 2005.
    And, he’s the best behind a microphone, hands down . . . No doubt, in my opinion!
    Most people know him from his days of announcing sports events for the Millers.
    You’d always see him in his black baseball cap with the BIG Gold “N’’ and wearing his Millers pullover.
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - Lady Miller High Jumper High on Life
    The sky’s not exactly the limit for Noblesville High School senior high jump sensation Shelby Tyler, but to hear her coach, Bill Craig, talk…well, I’m not too sure about that. 
    New heights are surely in her future!
    Craig thinks she can pretty much do whatever she puts her mind to doing.
    “I’ve never seen a more determined, focused and competitive girl, and not just in the high jump, but in track, period,’’ said Craig, who started working with her in the eighth grade. He has been coaching track for 50 years at various schools.
  • Chart-topping country artist Carly Pearce and Clayton Anderson have been added to a star-studded lineup at the Firestone Legends Day Concert on Saturday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Fan favorites at IMS, Pearce and Anderson each will perform sets one day before the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
    Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band will headline the concert, which starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Firestone Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.
    "It's always great to welcome back Carly Pearce and Clayton Anderson to IMS," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "They have thrilled our fans with their talent and magnetic performances, whether it's singing the national anthem or performing on our infield concert stages. They will put on a great show, along with Zac Brown Band, during the Firestone Legends Day Concert."
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - Tiger ROARED at Masters on Sunday!
    Professional golf is in a better place now that Tiger Woods is back.
    We got a glimpse of his return in 2018, when he won the season-ending Tour Championship.
    Remember that unbelievable crowd that followed him to the finish! 
    Yes, a breathtaking atmosphere. Just numbing, if you will.
    We got the full story, even a much clearer picture, on Sunday, when he came from three shots back to win his fifth Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
  • Good Samaritan Network recently announced their 15th Annual Charity Golf event, ‘TOPGOLF CHARITY OUTING’, held at TopGolf in Fishers. This community fundraising event is presented and coordinated by Good Samaritan Network, along with its current sponsors. Event Sponsor: Dorsey Excavating Inc., and Bay Sponsors:  Gaylor Electric, Nancy Chance, and Biddle Memorial Foundation. Raffle items will also be available during the Golf Outing and raffle tickets can be purchased at the time of online registration.
    Join them on Sunday, April 28, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m — check-in is at 2:30 pm and a buffet will be served at 3:30 pm — for this year’s TOPGOLF CHARITY OUTING which benefits Hamilton County residents served by the Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, Inc.
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - The Hoosier ‘Game’ Still Good, Colorful
    Time to take trip down memory lane and reminisce:
    When you talk Indiana high school basketball and the top players, the conversation often turns to the best teams and top coaches down through the years. 
    And there’s plenty to debate over, for sure. Usually is. Probably always will be.
    Some fans, of course, still yearn for the old days of the single-class winner-take-all format, while current high school players are too young to remember the depths of fever-pitch excitement and nostalgia and sweaty palms that Hoosier Hysteria produced. 
  • Check out the stats from this past weekend's North-South All-Star Classic. South took the win over North in the boys game, but the North girls were able to get an 11 point victory over the South girls team.
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - ‘Syd’-erella Story Brings Hoopla Magic
    A Cinderella story, and both of her gym shoes fit quite well. 
    Sydney Parrish is living her own magical moment. 
    There’s a pretty good chance that her carriage isn’t likely to turn into a pumpkin.
    This extreme basketball talent with a strong work ethic has been known to be the first one in the gymnasium during basketball season most mornings before school even starts. 
    But her crowning individual moment will have to wait until somewhere around this time of year next season. The Indiana Miss Basketball award is certainly within reach. 
    Parrish has already savored her greatest team accomplishment, helping lead the Hamilton Southeastern to the 2019 IHSAA State Basketball Championship, the first for the Lady Royals program.
  • The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced on Monday the new classifications for IHSAA member schools in girls and boys basketball for the next two school years.
    The enrollment figures—the total of boys and girls in grades 9-12—were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used to determine the classifications in the sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball.
    Four schools that have joined the IHSAA membership in the last two years are not yet eligible to compete in IHSAA tournaments and are not included in the listing of schools. Trinity School at Greenlawn will be eligible in 2021-22, while Dugger Union, Evansville Christian and Illiana Christian will be eligible beginning in 2022-23.
    One additional school — Lighthouse Christian Academy of Bloomington — will become eligible two years from now in 2020-21.
  • University of Illinois men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood is the headline speaker for the 2019 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association annual clinic that is set for April 26-27 at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.
    Other featured speakers on the itinerary are Wake Forest women’s coach Jen Hoover, IU East men's coach Mark Hester, Jason Otter of Otter Basketball and Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL player, co-author of “InSideOut Coaching” and co-founder of the InSideOut Initiative. Other agenda highlights are a roundtable of retired coaches as well as an issues-and-answers session with IBCA president Craig Teagle of Huntington North, IBCA executive director Steve Witty and IBCA assistant directors Marty Johnson and Tom Beach.
    Sessions begin at noon on Friday, April 26, and run through 9:45 p.m. that evening at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. Sessions resume at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, and conclude at 12:30 p.m.
    Cost to attend the clinic is $50 for current-year IBCA members and $100 for non-members.
  • Mark Morrow: Basketball Games Director Has Stars In His Eyes
    Now that the 1993 boys state-champion coach from Jeffersonville is beginning his first year as Games Director of the IndyStar Indiana All-Stars, he said he hopes this, too, turns into being a dream come true.
    Michael Broughton, a 2012 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee who compiled a 21-year high school varsity coaching record of 350-145, certainly has the necessary passion to handle his new role. 
    (He also coached 8 years collegiately, as an assistant at Nebraska and then was head coach at Southern Nazarene compiling a 105-55 record and twice leading the Bethany, Okla., school into the NAIA National Tournament.)
    “I’m passionate about ‘Our Game’… really passionate,’’ said Broughton. “We’ve been playing this (All-Star) game for 81 years and I’d like to see it last another 81 years,’’ said Broughton, 63. “I hope to remain in this role as long as my health remains good.”
  • School administrators Nathan Dean of Jimtown, John Clark of Ben Davis and Jeff Doyle of Barr-Reeve will be will be recognized with special awards at the 2019 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association annual clinic.
    The three administrators — Dean is athletic director at Jimtown, Clark is athletic director at Ben Davis and Doyle is principal at Barr-Reeve — will be honored as Administrators of the Year from the IBCA. The three winners will be presented plaques during a ceremony on April 26 during the IBCA Clinic at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.
    The three administrators are being recognized for their support of programs in their schools. There is one winner from each IHSAA district. Dean is the honoree from District 1. Clark is cited from District 2. Doyle is the recipient from District 3. 
  • NASCAR announced on Wednesday the 2020 schedules for both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, and both include a return to race tracks that were part of the original schedule for each series – venues that have been absent from the respective slates for more than a decade.
    For the first time since 2006 – and only the second time in the last 25 years – the Xfinity Series will race at Martinsville Speedway, and the stakes have never been higher. Expect tempers to flare, and emotions to boil over. With a final chance to lock up a spot in the Championship 4, Martinsville will serve as the final Playoff cutoff race in all three national series. The Gander Trucks will race at The Paperclip on Oct. 30 under the lights, with the Xfinity Series making its return on Oct. 31.
  • Hoosier Hysteria Real ‘March Madness?’
    So how’s the NCAA Tournament been going for you?
    How’s your 2019 tournament sheet looking? Have any teams going to the Final Four?
    Anyone get caught skipping work since the 2019 “March Madness’’ tipped off?
    Hmmm? Be honest…
    There are millions, many millions of brackets filled out each year. Exciting times… Basketball Extraordinaire! A wild and crazy, fever-pitch event! Making it to the Big Dance is simply downright special!

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