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  • CHICAGO — In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Amy Dilk of Carmel High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Dilk is the first Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Carmel High School.

    The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Dilk as Indiana’s best high school girls basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March, Dilk joins an elite alumni association of past state girls basketball award-winners, including Maya Moore (2005-06 Collins Hill HS, Ga.), Rashanda McCants (2004-05, Asheville HS, N.C.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Diana Taurasi (1998-99 and 1999-00, Don Antonio Lugo HS, Calif.), Shyra Ely (1999-00, Ben Davis HS, Ind.) and Lisa Leslie (1988-89, Morningside HS, Calif.).

    A member of Carmel High’s Big Game Club responsible for school spirit and has donated her time with multiple community-service initiatives through her church.

    “Amy has the ability to create for others and dominate a game in more ways than scoring,” said Lauren Vail, head coach of Fishers High. “She is a very unique player in her ability to probe the paint and create for others but is still more than capable of scoring herself.”

  • No. 10 Carmel beats No. 2 South Bend Riley in Class 4A semi-state
    The Greyhounds played a nearly perfect game when it mattered most. 

    No. 10 Carmel trailed just once in its 63-43 win in the Class 4A Lafayette Jeff semi-state against No. 2 South Bend Riley Saturday to end the Wildcats’ bid at a perfect season. 

    After falling behind 3-0, Carmel (21-7) went on an 11-0 run fueled by its defense and a deft touch from deep. The Greyhounds hit four first-quarter 3’s, and didn’t allow the Wildcats (26-0) to score a second basket until 4:21 left in the quarter. 

    Carmel held South Bend Riley to 34 percent shooting (16-of-46) for the game, including just 3-of-17 from behind the arc. 
  • The Hamilton Southeastern girls varsity lacrosse team came out on top of a back-and-forth affair with Fishers Saturday, as the Royals came from behind to keep the Tigers winless on the young season.

    Fishers led 5-4 at the half, but Southeastern made a couple defensive changes during the break that helped spur the Royals to a 10-6 victory.

    “We made some adjustments,” Hamilton Southeastern coach Adrianne Wagner said. “Our players improved their passing and approved their attack, and that made a big difference. They did a much better job of going after – and getting – the ground balls, and our passing helped us keep possession. Just being more aggressive … allowed us to take control.”

  • Noblesville lacrosse picks up first home win of season

    The temperature was cold Saturday morning, hovering around the freezing, but that didn’t stop the Noblesville girls lacrosse team from getting hot in the second half at Hare Chevrolet Field.

    The Millers rallied from an 8-6 halftime deficit to defeat Westminster Christian Academy 11-10 and make school history by winning their first home game in their inaugural season as a school sponsored varsity club sport.

    The key was not panicking when they were down by four goals early, Millers coach Jenna Turner said.

    “The girls have a mentality to never give up,” Turner said. “We displayed patience. When we got behind, that is when we started to play better.”

  • After tying in a pre-season scrimmage, the Noblesville and Zionsville girls varsity lacrosse teams played for real Thursday night. 

    Zionsville earned a hard-fought 14-11 win at home, sending the Lady Millers to 1-2-1 on the season. 

    The game remained close throughout the first half, before Zionsville scored three goals in the last 3:05 minutes, including two with less than 30 seconds to play, making the halftime score 9-5 in the Eagles’ favor. 

    The Millers made a run of their own in the last four minutes of the second half, but ultimately fell short. Offensively, the Millers were led by junior Kat Green and freshmen Emma Potter, who both scored three goals.
  • 'Perfect opportunity' comes along for new Westfield volleyball coach

    Sandra Burks has been waiting for this perfect opportunity for a long time.

    On Wednesday, Westfield Athletic Director Bill Davis named Burks the new head coach of the varsity Shamrock volleyball team. 
    The nomination for Burks, previously the Westfield freshman coach, represents the realization of a long-held goal.

    For the veteran coach with 19 years of experience, this coming season will be the first where she’ll serve as the head coach at the same place she teaches. Burks currently works as a special education teacher at Westfield High School.

    “It is a long time coming,” Burks said. “Since I’m a teacher, I’ve always wanted the opportunity to be able to teach and coach at the same school if I was going to be a head coach … So this is a perfect opportunity for me.”

  • Westfield hires Mangus to lead girls soccer team
    The Westfield girls varsity soccer team has a new head coach.

    The school announced in a press release Wednesday that Hannah Mangus will take over the Lady Shamrocks this season. 

    "We are excited to work with Hannah Mangus and our girls soccer program,” said Westfield athletic director Bill Davis. “Hannah brings a relational-based approach to our program that will help our girls soccer program continue to perform at a high level."
  • The Milers are in the win column. 

    The Noblesville girls lacrosse team picked up its first victory of the season Monday night with a 10-5 win over Hamilton Southeastern. Sophomore Mia Blackburn led the Millers with four goals and one assist, and senior goalie Meredith Hayes stopped 13 Royals’ shots. 

    Noblesville improves its record to 1-1-1 on the season. 
  • Trailblazers late-game heroics not enough in regional loss to Morristown
    A tremendous season came to an end for the Trailblazers on Saturday. 

    No. 4 Morristown survived a 55-53 battle with No. 2 University in the Class 1A Martinsville regional semi-finals to claim the title. 

    University senior Zach Hodgin knotted the score at 53 on a driving layup with 12 seconds left in the game, but Morristown had an answer. Senior Hayden Langkabel connected on a shot of his own in the paint to reclaim the lead for the Yellow Jackets with 2.7 to play. 

    The Trailblazers called a timeout and drew up one final play, which resulted in senior Foster Flamion finding fellow senior David Howard open in left corner. Howard got up a shot, but his 3-pointer missed off the front of rim. 

    “(It) was a real battle for four quarters,” said University head coach Brandon Lafferman. "... We came up one basket short. I thought the whole Morristown team played well and congrats to them for winning the regional.” 
  • Carmel wins regional title over Fort Wayne North Side
    Once the Greyhounds settled in, the outcome was never truly in doubt. 

    Carmel erased an early deficit and claimed the Class 4A Logansport regional championship Saturday night with a 54-42 win over Fort Wayne North Side. 

    “I’m so happy for these guys, because they’ve worked for it,” said Carmel head coach Ryan Osborn.”Early in the year, I would say, we didn’t do a very good job of keeping our composure. Now — we’re a veteran group that gets it.” 

    Keion Brooks put the Greyhounds’ composure to the test from the jump. Brooks, who is the top rated player in the 2019 class in Indiana and 22nd nationally, knocked down a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers that helped the Legends take a 9-4 lead. 
  • Lady Millers open lacrosse season with doubleheader

    The Noblesville Lady Millers lacrosse team opened their first weekend as an official varsity club school-sanctioned squad with two games against elite Louisville schools at Brebeuf on Saturday.

    The opening match for the Millers was against the Amazons from Louisville Collegiate. Noblesville found itself trailing 3-7 after one half of play, but a spirited second-half comeback got the Millers back in the game. Junior Kaylin Mertens scored two goals in the first 90 seconds of the second half, which ended with a last-second goal from freshman Emma Potter to tie the score at 8-all.

    The game finished tied at eight, after a last second save by Noblesville’s senior goalie Meredith Hayes. The two sides didn’t play an overtime period since it was a non-conference game. Defensively, the Millers held the Amazons to one goal in the second half, as Hayes stopped five of the six shots she faced.



  • Millers begin lacrosse season with historic win

    The Noblesville boys lacrosse team made history Wednesday night at Hare Chevrolet Field.

    After competing as a club sport for more than a decade, the Millers played their first ever game as an official varsity club school-sanctioned squad. The Millers are off to a great start, beginning their new chapter with an emphatic 20-3 win over the Avon Orioles on a cold, snowy night.

    “This was our first chance to really show the school and the administration our ability to play hard, be organized and be solid to come away with a strong win,” Noblesville head coach Kyle Kreutzinger said. “It was good. We certainly didn’t want to start the season by playing a conference opponent and losing.”

  • Pippa Mann joins Dale Coyne Racing for Indianapolis 500
    INDIANAPOLIS — In conjunction with Donate Life Indiana, Pippa Mann announced at the Indiana State Museum that she will join Dale Coyne Racing in an attempt to qualify the No. 63 Honda for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 on May 28.

    The first woman to win a pole position for a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mann will be representing Donate Life Indiana in various visits to Indiana high schools to stress to students and teachers the importance of organ and tissue donation.

    “I am honored to have been asked to drive the Donate Life car this May, and to partner with Donate Life Indiana as an ambassador to raise awareness on our mission to help reach even more Hoosiers through our education efforts,” said Mann in a team statement.

    “We’re very happy to welcome Donate Life Indiana to the team through their partnership with Pippa. It will certainly be different to see her in new colors this May, but it’s also very exciting,” expressed Team Owner Dale Coyne in a team statement. “We’re looking forward to working with Pippa and Donate Life Indiana with their mission of educating new drivers about the importance of donor registration. We also look forward to having Pippa back in the #63 car this May.”
  • Student-Athlete Tip of the Week

    Have you ever been in a game where your team was the prohibitive underdog and you came out victorious? If you play sports long enough, I'm sure that you will experience both the pleasure of winning in that situation, and the agony of losing when it should never happen.

    This past week the number one seed in the men's NCAA Tournament, the Virginia Cavaliers, lost unexpectedly to 20 point underdog UMBC. Virginia coach Tony Bennett offered a humble response when he said "If you play this game and you step into the arena, this stuff can happen. And maybe those who haven't been in the arena or in competition, maybe they don't understand that."

    Being able to handle winning and losing with the same humility is a great trait to strive for. Coach Bennett made no excuses and congratulated his opponent without hesitation.

  • Feld Entertainment® announced the 2018 season will be the most exciting and entertaining of all-time as a new era of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will change the battleground forever with a revised points system, the addition of three Triple Crown Monster Energy Cup-style events, two East/West 250SX Shootouts, four Supercross Amateur racing events and the elimination of semi races in qualifying for the Main Event.

    As the most competitive and highest-profile motorcycle racing championship in the world, Monster Energy Supercross has entertained millions of fans for 43 years inside the most recognizable and prestigious stadiums in North America. Without a past champion potentially on the gate in 2018, the international field is wide open for the world’s most elite athletes to become a first-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion.

    The event is planned for Saturday, March 24, 2018. Gates for Practice/Qualifying OPEN at 12 noon (event ticket required). Pit Party OPEN at 12 noon ($10 Pit Pass and event ticket required). Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m.

    All action is at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

  • INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers’ fans and basketball history buffs are invited to join legendary American Basketball Association Pacers player Robert “Neto” Netolicky and sports writer Robin Miler – co-authors of “We Changed the Game” – on Sunday at the historic Irving Theater for the first book signing.

    The book launched for pre-order in December and became available this week for immediate purchase through Amazon and Hilton Publishing. Ten percent of the book proceeds go to fund Dropping Dimes, an Indiana not-for-profit that assists ABA players and their families facing financial or medical difficulties.

    “These proceeds are crucial to so many of my former teammates and other players because after the NBA-ABA merger, the ABA itself ceased to exist as a going concern, and former ABA players who were not part of the merger were generally left without a pension,” said Netolicky, who serves on the advisory board of Dropping Dimes. 
  • Former Indiana University coach Tom Crean is heading south. 

    Georgia hired Crean as its coach Thursday, only five days after firing Mark Fox.

    "Make no mistake, this is a basketball program inside of a great university that can compete for championships doing it the right way," Crean said in a statement released by Georgia. "We will work diligently and with great energy to make everyone associated with the University of Georgia very proud of our efforts."

    Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity pegged Crean as his man one day after former Ohio State coach Thad Matta withdrew from consideration, the times new gathering partner WTHR reports. 
  • IWU men’s basketball takes home 2018 national title
    The Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team captured the 2018 NAIA Division II National Championship on Tuesday with an 84-71 victory over University of Saint Francis (Ind.). 

    The red banner championship is the third in the past five years for the Wildcats, which is tied for the most in NAIA Division II history. IWU also took home the title in 2014 and 2016.

    “It is not something I really thought would happen,” said head coach Greg Tonagel. “It is hard to put it into words right now.” 
  • OUT IN THE OPEN: Florida Hog Hunt: Three, two, one, MAYHEM!
    From the backseat, it felt like one of those nightmares you have after eating pickled jalapeños right before bedtime.

    It was darker than the inside of my credit rating as strange trees whizzed by the windows like a bad dream. We bounced along on one faceless road after another, and I had no idea where I was, where I was going or what would happen when I finally got there. Two near-strangers were chatting in the front seat and several military-grade weapons were strapped right behind my head as I futilely looked around, trying to make sense of the surroundings.

    I wasn’t being taken to a lonely spot by rebel soldiers to be tortured and shot as a Yankee spy. In spite of obvious similarities to an over-wrought secret-agent drama, my current situation didn’t involve any national secrets. I was going hunting.

    This latest adventure was our trip last week to Florida, where I got to experience the excitement of nighttime feral hog hunting. In that regard, it was somewhere just behind defusing nuclear weapons and right ahead of alligator wrestling in terms of sporty adventure: a fine mix of exhilaration, fear and hearing loss.
  • Yesterday, we took a look at the boys side of the All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference Basketball Team — today, it’s the girls’ turn. 

    Noblesville: The Millers two all-conference players are a pair of upperclassmen. Senior Emily Kiser averaged team highs in points, 21, rebounds, 13.4, assists, 3.9, steals, 1.4, and blocks, 1.9, for Noblesville to wrap up one of the most successful careers in the Millers’ history. Knight, a junior, finished third on Noblesville in points per game, 11.4, and second in rebounds, 3.8. 

    Hamilton Southeastern: HSE is the only team in the HCC to have three all-conference players. Super sophomore Sydney Parrish led the Royals with 15.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in 20 games. Juniors Amaya Hamilton and Milly Walton earned their place on the team with scoring averages of 8.5 and 6.2, respectively.
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse set for name change
    INDIANAPOLIS - Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be getting a new name.

    The naming rights end in 2019 and won't be renewed. Tuesday's announcement means the Fieldhouse where the Pacers and Fever play will have to find a new sponsor.

    The Fieldhouse opened in 1999 as Conseco before the name was changed to Bankers Life in 2011.

    "CNO Financial and Bankers Life have been the naming rights sponsor of the Fieldhouse for nearly two decades, and we achieved and exceeded many of our sponsorship goals throughout the length of this partnership," said Gary Bhojwani, chief executive officer of CNO Financial.
  • All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference boys basketball team named

    The Hoosier Crossroads Conference revealed its 2017-18 All-Conference teams for both boys and girls basketball this week, and there’s a local flavor on the rosters.

    On the boys side, Noblesville’s Ryan Barnes and Xavier Hines represent the Millers. Barnes, a senior, averaged 7.9 points and a team-high 4.7 rebounds in 22 games. Hines, a junior, led the Millers in scoring with 13.5 points per game.

    Westfield junior Zach Banks and senior Josh VanDyke also earned spots on the roster with excellent seasons on the court. In 23 games, Banks averaged 16 points, 2.4 rebounds and an assist. VanDyke finished the year with averages of nine points, 3.9 rebounds and an assist per contest.

  • Morristown’s Hayden Langkabel averaged 35 points and 10 rebounds over two wins last week, including a 55-53 victory over University in the Class 1A Martinsville regional semi-finals on Saturday. The senior headlines the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

    Langkabel is joined by Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian freshman Caleb Furst and New Castle junior Mason Gillis as recipients for the week of March 5-10 in the awards program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

    Langkabel led Morristown (26-2) to the Class A regional title, just the school’s second regional crown and first since 1998. The 6-0 guard scored 24 points with eight rebounds, three assists and the game-winning basket against University.
  • Student-Athlete Tip of Week
    Troy Lewis, a former Indiana Mr. Basketball, was quoted in the Indianapolis Star this past week talking about the importance of never taking any game for granted or blaming a coach for a loss during the NCAA basketball tournament.

    "No lead is ever safe. At the end of the day, it's all about execution. That's why I never, ever, blame the coaches for anything because I know as a player, I had the control." (Lewis has been an assistant high school coach the last six years).

    I encourage all high school student-athletes to take the same approach. Too many times, regardless of the sport, players, parents, and the general fan base would rather blame the coach for a tough loss during the tournament run instead of holding the athletes accountable, as well.
  • Morristown’s Hayden Langkabel averaged 35 points and 10 rebounds over two wins last week, including a 55-53 victory over University in the Class 1A Martinsville regional semi-finals on Saturday. The senior headlines the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

    Langkabel is joined by Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian freshman Caleb Furst and New Castle junior Mason Gillis as recipients for the week of March 5-10 in the awards program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

    Furst is the winner for District 1, Gillis is the honoree for District 2 and Langkabel received accolades for District 3.

    Langkabel led Morristown (26-2) to the Class A regional title, just the school’s second regional crown and first since 1998. The 6-0 guard scored 24 points with eight rebounds, three assists and the game-winning basket against University. Langkabel then erupted for 46 points with 12 rebounds and five assists as the Yellow Jackets topped Tindley 82-64.
  • Kirschner looks to make imprint on program
    After seven years under the guidance of Mitch Street, the Hamilton Heights football program will follow a different voice — although not an unfamiliar one — into the 2018 season. 

    The high school announced Wednesday that special teams coordinator Jon Kirschner will slide into the head coaching spot left vacant when Street resigned in January. 

    Kirschner, who’s been with the Husky program for four of his 10 years as a coach, felt he was at the perfect point in his career to embark on a new role. 

    “I’ve gained enough knowledge and experience being under the tutelage of a couple different head coaches that I was ready to take that next step,” Kirschner said. “When I got wind that (Coach Street might resign), I figured what better opportunity than to do it in a place that I love and want to raise my family in.”
  • The Kids Combine coming to Indy
    The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis ended Monday, but an experience designed for a younger athlete is just around the corner. 

    The Kids Combine — a "pro-day" for athletes between six and 13-years-old — is scheduled for March 18 at the Zionsville Youth Soccer Association indoor facility. Participants can test their athletic abilities in the same exercises the pros do including the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and shuttle run. 

    “We really want this to be a special day,” said Chris Hatke, the circuit’s director. “Not everybody gets to walk off the field a Super Bowl champion in their life, but if we can make a kid have that same experience, that’s what we’re going for.”

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