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  • Three Hamilton County boys basketball players and a coach were among a list of Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 senior boys’ basketball players for 2020-21 as compiled by Hoosier Basketball Magazine. These boys were selected from approximately 1,500 senior players statewide. This event will be at Marian University in Indianapolis on Sunday.
    Representing Hamilton County will be Gus Etchison from Hamilton Heights, Brian Waddell from state champion Charmel and Hamilton Southeastern’s Vinny Buccilla. One of the coaches involved is Chad Ballenger from Hamilton Heights.
  • Former Warren coach hired at Fishers
    The school board has approved former Warren Central High School coach Garrett Winegar as the new varsity coach for the Tigers boys basketball program.
    Winegar compiled an 18-6 won-lost record while finishing as a sectional runner-up in his lone season as Warren Central’s head coach after spending three seasons as an assistant in the Warriors’ program.
    He replaces Matt Moore, who spent three seasons at FHS and left after this past season to take the Warsaw job.
  • OK, some positive news.
    And this should put a little extra spring in the steps of Indiana high school athletes this summer.
    The IHSAA issued a statement this week that it plans to waive the rule for the annual moratorium week.
    It was scheduled for June 29-July 5, 2020.
    But, at this point, all high school-sponsored activities can now resume on July 1.
  • After an extensive search, Matt Moore, boys varsity basketball coach at Fishers High School the past three seasons, will be recommended to the Warsaw Community Schools board of education as the next head Tigers boys basketball, according to a story on the Warsaw school website.
    Moore led the Fishers Tigers to a 47-27 record, including school records of 17 and 18 victories the past two seasons. Overall, Moore owns a six-year record of 89-58, which includes three years at Kokomo High School.
  • Sydney Parrish named 2020 Indiana Miss Basketball
    The wait is over Hamilton Southeastern!
    Sydney Parrish is Hamilton County’s 2020 Indiana Miss Basketball.
    The announcement was made early Friday afternoon, where Anthony Leal of Bloomington South was named Mr. Basketball.
    Parrish, the 6-2 shooting guard, becomes Hamilton Southeastern’s first Miss Basketball. The senior is a McDonald’s All-American and the Indiana MaxPreps Player of the Year. She was named the Indiana Female Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019.
  • Mabor Majak, Hamilton Southeastern’s 7-foot-2 center, will represent Hamilton County on the 2020 Indiana Boys All-Stars.
    He joins 12 others on the team coached by Carmel third-year head coach Ryan Osborn.
  • Four Hamilton County student-athletes were recently honored on the 2019-20 Associated Press boys basketball team.
    Hamilton Southeastern senior Mabor Majak received High Honorable Mention.
    Hamilton Heights junior Gus Etchison, Westfield sophomore Braden Smith and sophomore Peter Suder were listed as Honorable Mention.
    First-team selections were Indiana Mr. Basketball Anthony Leal, Bloomington South; junior Caleb Furst, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian; senior Dre Davis, Lawrence Central; senior Tony Perkins, Lawrence North; junior Trey Kaufman, Silver Creek.
  • Fishers Katie Burton and Carmel’s Bridget Dunn will represent Hamilton County on the 2020 Indiana Girls Junior All-Stars.
    The 5-9 Burton led the Lady Tigers in scoring this season at 15.4 points per game. The 6-3 Dunn averaged 12.4 points.
  • Fifteen seniors, including Southeastern’s Sydney Parrish, and 15 underclass girls basketball players have earned IBCA/Subway "Supreme 15" All-State honors for 2019-2020.
    The IBCA also named Large School All-State teams (15 seniors, 15 underclass) and Small School All-State players (15 seniors, 15 underclass).
    The "Supreme 15" is the top honor awarded, and players were voted to that group without regard to school size. The Large School and Small School all-state teams are secondary accolades -- the Large School group including players from Class 3A and Class 4A schools and the Small School group including players from Class A and Class 2A schools. Players who make the Supreme 15 are not considered for Large School or Small School honors.
  • GBB Roundup: Sectional 8 Championship now set

    Miller’s season comes to an end against No. 4 Lady Royals

    WESTFIELD – The Noblesville Lady Millers earned a bye in the class 4A Sectional 8 Tournament. With that bye they only needed one win to advance to the sectional championship game on Saturday night at Westfield High School. In order to do that however, they’d need to get past the defending state champion Lady Royals of Hamilton Southeastern. That task proved to be too much for the Lady Millers to handle on the night as they were defeated 59-42 and saw their season come to an end.

    The Millers got off to a good start in the first quarter as they got off to a 12-7 lead over the Royals after the first quarter. However the next two quarter would see their five point lead turn into a double-digit deficit as the Millers scored just ten total points in the second and third quarters while the Lady Royals scored 33. In the fourth the Lady Millers found their offensive rhythm once again as they poured in 20 points in the final quarter, but HSE added in 19 of their own to allow them to cruise to a birth in the sectional championship game.

  • BBB Roundup: Huskies fall in overtime, go cold in 2nd half

    ARCADIA – The Hamilton Heights Huskies hosted the Frankton Eagles on Tuesday night. In what would be a wild game all-around the Huskies ended falling in overtime to the Eagles by a final score of 64-56. 

    Both teams battled back and forth in the first quarter, but the Huskies were able to hold a 14-11 lead after one. Then in the second quarter, the Husky offense led by Junior Gus Etchison started to catch fire. A 22-12 quarter saw Hamilton Heights take a 36-23 lead at the half. In the second half, the Huskies offense just went cold as they combined to score just 20 points the next two quarters and in overtime (nine in the third, six in the fourth, and five in OT). 

  • Rocks fall to Cougars in OT

    GREEENFIELD – The Westfield boys’ basketball team was back in action on Saturday night as they traveled to take on the Greenfield Central Cougars. Overtime was needed to decide a winner in this one unfortunately for the Rocks, the overtime period did not go their way as they fell 55-51. 

    In the first quarter the Rocks came out and took a 16-7 lead. They were able to add one more point on to their lead at halftime as they led the Cougars 26-16. Then the Cougars made some adjustments at halftime and were able to rally back in the third, outscoring the Rocks 19-7 to turn a ten point deficit into a two point lead heading into the final quarter. 

    In the final quarter the Rocks found the groove once again and were able to tie up the game at 46-46 with a 13-11 fourth quarter. However the Cougars did just enough in the overtime period with a 9-5 advantage to take home the victory. 

    Along with the extra overtime period, there were 49 total fouls called between both teams with five players also fouling out. 

    Nic Depasquale led the Rocks with 16 points in the overtime loss. The Rocks record now stands at 10-5 (3-2 HCC) and the team will have the week off before traveling to Kokomo on Saturday to compete against Fishers (13-5) at the legendary Kokomo Memorial Gym as part of Fox Sports annual Basketball Day in Indiana. 

  • Second-ranked Westfield’s big second quarter Friday night spelled the end of the high school football season for Noblesville.
    The Shamrocks broke open a 7-0 game with three touchdowns in the second quarter on their way to a 35-0 victory in a Class 6A, Sectional 4 semifinal.
    Westfield quarterback Maximus Webster threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third to lift the Class 6A No. 2 Shamrocks (9-1) to a Sectional 4 road win over the Hamilton County rival.
    The loss ends a disappointing 2-8 season for the Millers.
  • A blocked field goal by Daniel Rhoad capped a tense final 36 seconds for Guerin Catholic, which upset third-ranked West Lafayette 20-18 Friday night in the opening round of Class 3A, Sectional 28.
    Brayden Hall’s 9-yard touchdown run and Addison Lushin’s extra point kick gave the Eagles an eight-point lead with 1:20 remaining.
    West Lafayette, which finishes 8-2, needed 44 seconds to pull within two points on Colin Martin’s second TD pass of the night to Corey Adams. When the Red Devils’ two-point conversion pass attempt failed, it seemed Guerin would avenge last season’s sectional semifinal loss.
    However, West Lafayette recovered the on-side kick and a quick pass play set up a potential game-winning 45-yard field goal. Rhoad, whose 57-yard touchdown run earlier in the fourth quarter gave Guerin the lead for good, deflected the kick.
  • For one half Friday night, Noblesville managed to keep Avon’s passing game in check.
    Over the final 30 minutes of this Hoosier Crossroads Conference football game, however, Henry Hesson put on a passing clinic while sparking the Orioles to a 35-14 victory.
    Hesson was 17 of 18 passing for 371 yards and four touchdowns, three coming during a 28-point second half that allowed Avon to pull away.
    Noblesville (2-7, 1-6 HCC) pulled within 21-7 in the third quarter thanks to Connor Meinerding’s 15-yard touchdown run and Grayden Addison’s kick. The Millers’ other touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Holden Montarsi.
  • Noblesville nearly matched Hoosier Crossroads Conference football rival Brownsburg yard for rushing yard Friday night but had little to show for it in a 29-8 loss.
    Noblesville ran 22 more plays than the Bulldogs and rushed for 224 yards but all that only netted Connor Meinerding’s 9-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Holden Montarsi added a two-point run, but that came after Brownsburg scored the first 29 points of the game.
    Owen Jones led the Millers with 68 yards on 11 carries. Montarsi picked up 61 yards on 16 carries, and Trey Speek gained 50 yards on 15 rushes.
    Brandon Burks rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns for Brownsburg.
  • Adult baseball and getting back to our old Sagamore Conference roots
    The Sagamore Athletic Conference is one of Indiana’s oldest and proudest conferences. OK, maybe it hasn’t been around as long as the venerable North Central Conference, which used to be as powerful as the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference is today. But it has a proud past.
    The original members – Noblesville, Carmel, Brownsburg, Crawfordsville, Frankfort and Lebanon – formed the SAC in December of 1966. (By the way, for those curious the name came from the Abnaki Indian word for the chief or ruler who exemplified leadership and dignity.)
    OK, back to our regularly scheduled content.
  • Three sports journalists with significant ties to Indiana high school basketball will be recognized with Virgil Sweet Awards for 2020.
    Jim Peters of the Michigan City News-Dispatch and LaPorte County Herald-Argus, Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Journal & Courier and Gordon Engelhardt of the Evansville Courier & Press are the recipients of this year's awards.
  • Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville’s super freshman who leads the Lady Millers with a 20.3 scoring average and placed third in Hoosier Crossroads Conference scoring, will get her first taste of intense tournament pressure in tonight’s semifinal round of Sectional 8 at Westfield High School.

    And there’s a pretty good chance that she’ll likely handle her part of the challenge quite well.

    This is a new season. Noblesville’s 10-12 record, worst in the field, means very little.

    Time to hit on all cylinders and produce a cohesive team effort. 

    That’s what really matters at tourney time.

    Each surviving team has at least one go-to player when times are tough.

    Shade will likely need to be that player once again for the Lady Millers.

  • Regional huge test for Sectional 8 survivor
Sports Talk with Mark Morrow

    No matter the outcome of Sectional 8 this week, here’s a couple of strong possibilities for the near future in Indiana high school girls basketball:

    Whichever team advances from Westfield will likely need to get past both Class 4A No. 1 Northwestern (23-0) and then No. 4 Homestead (22-1) to reach the semi-state round.

    No easy task . . . indeed!

    Northwestern, the two-time defending 3A state champion, was forced to move up a level under the IHSAA Tournament Success Factor.

    And the Lady Tigers have yet to face a stern test in 4A. Their closest game so far was a 61-58 encounter against Maine West (Ill.).

    Their closest game against an Indiana Team was a 65-51 conquest of North Central.

    Yeah, they are that good! Ask anyone!

  • There’s nothing like the drama of a last-second shot in high school basketball.

    There’s nothing like the feeling you get when the ball zips through the net.

    There’s nothing like that ecstatic feeling and expressing overwhelming joy and excitement . . . or the feeling you have when a loss can feel like a dagger to the heart.

    There’s nothing like your reaction whether you are a player on the court or a fan in the stands, on the winning or losing side of the floor. 

    You’re either going to walk away happy or sad. Wiping tears from your eyes or pumping your fist in the air while celebrating.

    That’s what this time of year is all about: It’s a one-and-done tournament. You’re either all in or all out . . . No second chances.

  • The 2020 IHSAA girls basketball tournament is upon us . . .  just days away!

    The 45th Annual event starts with sectionals next week (Feb. 4-8).

    A few questions come to mind right off the bat:

    Are the Hamilton Southeastern Lady Royals, the 2019 Class 4A state champions, destined to repeat?

    First things first, what are the odds they can get out of a tough sectional that’s always extremely competitive?

    The Lady Royals have the most decorated and explosive player in the Sectional 8 field in 2019 Indiana Gatorade Female Player of the Year Sydney Parrish, whose 26.1 scoring average ranks second in the state. I would say that’s a pretty good sign for starters. 

  • Just give this kid the ball
Sports Talk with Mark Morrow

    Some thoughts, opinions and other notables:

    I watched Friday night’s tape-delayed Hamilton Heights-Lapel game on the TV 40 sports channel.

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Husky junior Gus Etchison, and it marked the first time I’ve seen him in action.

    I liked what I saw. He was terrific.

    The kid has GAME. He can really play. He had 34 points in a 21-point victory. Etchison did pretty much everything but sell popcorn. Very impressive player, indeed.

    And watching him reminded me a great deal of 1970 Carmel Indiana Mr. Basketball David Shepherd, who scored 66 points in a game his senior year.

    Gus has already delivered a 56-point performance this season. 

    Etchison is a 6-foot guard like Shepherd. He’s built like the Greyhound great and he also has black hair, and he plays with much the same flare. He’s quick, pushes the ball relentlessly, can shoot from far-away places, looks for the open man, and made a couple of “oh-wow-did-he-really-do that passes!’’ and he has tremendous upper body strength.

    Etchison also had two break-away dunks. Not sure I ever saw Shepherd dunk.

    The Husky spit-fire is averaging 25.9 points per game, seventh best in the state. He averages 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.2 blocks. He shoots 59 percent on 2s and 37 percent on 3s, as well as 75 percent from the foul line.

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