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  • The University Trailblazers boys basketball team kicked off the season with a complete team win against Shortridge on Monday.

    The offense was clicking, with the team scoring at least 20 points in each quarter, but the defense was strong as well. Shortridge didn't score more than 11 points in any quarter and was held under 10 points in both the first and second quarters.

  • The Lady Royals defeated Ft. Wayne Carroll Saturday afternoon in their home opener by a score of 62-41.

    The Royals were led by Molly Walton who scored 15 points, nine of which came from beyond the 3-point arc. Sydney Parrish added 12, and Malea Jackson finished with 10.

  • The Fishers Tigers roster has a lot of new faces this year. New faces with little varsity experience.

    “We have many players that will be stepping into significant roles for the first time and with that comes many unknowns but also allows us to generate competition and energy in practices,” said Head Coach Matthew Moore. “We will need to become battle-tested throughout our schedule as there will be no easy games in the HCC and nonconference schedule

  • The Carmel Greyhounds finished last season as sectional champions, with a record of 22-5 (5-2). The Greyhounds are returning seven players from that conference winning team, giving the team a chance at another title run, despite losing MIC all-conference choice Sterling Brown to graduation.  

    Carmel has put together a very experienced team, the youngest players on varsity being sophomores Jackson Jannsen and Robery Fry. The rest of the roster is made of upperclassmen.

  • The Royals graduated over half of their roster after last season, giving the team an almost whole new look this year. The seven seniors last year averaged 50.2 of the team’s 71.9 points per game, meaning the Royals will be looking for scorers to step up this season.

    Chaz Birchfield is entering his senior season with a 4.1 points per game average, the highest of any of this year’s seniors.

  • The University Trailblazers will look to a team of seniors to lead them through this season. The Trailblazers will return most of last season’s squad, a squad made up of almost entirely seniors. University fans can look to last year’s scoring leader David Howard (11.6 ppg) to make an impact again this season, followed by Emerson Halbleib (10.9 ppg).

    Last year’s team went 13-11 on the season as a whole, but was undefeated in conference play (5-0). Fans can expect this year’s team to make another solid playoff run led by its veterans.

    University’s first game is Nov. 20 against Indianapolis Shortridge at home at 7:30 p.m.


  • It was a tale of two halves and despite a late deficit, the Westfield Lady Shamrocks were able to come out on top over the Fishers Lady Tigers in overtime by a score of 66-60.

    For Fishers, the first quarter was the Toni Grace show as the senior scored all seven points for the Lady Tigers. However, the Lady Shamrocks more than doubled Grace’s output as they led the game 15-7 after the first eight minutes of play. Westfield made one three pointer thanks to junior Jade Shipley who also made one free throw on her way to scoring six points in the first quarter.

  • The Carmel Greyhounds’ season came to an end on Friday as they were outscored by Penn High School in the 6A semi-state game 34-7.

    The first quarter was a story of defense, as neither team was able to score. Penn’s defense was equally as debilitating for the Greyhounds in the second, as Carmel’s score stayed at zero through the half. Penn picked up their offensive efforts scoring two touchdowns in the second 12 minutes to go up 14-0 at the half.

  • Carmel’s Tomi Taiwo named IBCA Player of the week

    Carmel senior Tomi Taiwo has been named one of three IBCA players of the week. Taiwo scored 21 of her game-high 34 points in the second half to lift Carmel to an 88-77 come-from-behind victory over Heritage Christian on Thursday.

  • This week’s top game award goes to Hamilton Heights in their victory over the Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles on Tuesday night.

    Hamilton Heights dominated the paint Tuesday night in their 68-27 victory over Guerin Catholic. The Huskies took the lead early and never gave it up.

    A combination of Kayla Kirtley, Ana Collar, and Lexi Branham fueled the Husky offense, while offensive rebounds game them multiple extra possessions.


    This week’s top athlete is Hamilton Heights’ Kayla Kirtley. Kirtley led the Huskies to a 68-27 victory over Guerin Catholic on Tuesday. Kirtley had 21 points on eight of 15 shooting (53%) along with two three-point shots. The senior also pulled down three rebounds, two offensive, in the win. Kirtley rounded out the stat sheet with one steal, and one block, while going three of four from the foul line.

    Heights will play again on Saturday against Fort Wayne Northrop.

    Congratulations on a great week Kayla!

  • Noblesville (4-1) v Brownsburg (5-1)

    Friday 7:30 p.m. @ Noblesville

    The Noblesville Lady Millers open up their conference season on Friday night at home.

  • 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!

  • Former Colts great arrested in Carmel

    Former Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis was arrested early Tuesday morning in Carmel for operating while intoxicated and endangering a person.

    Mathis played 13 seasons for the Colts and was added as a pass rush consultant for the team back in September.

  • Billy Shepherd Student Athlete Pro Tip of the week

    A famous fisherman once said that "If I wasn't fishing, I was thinking about fishing." In other words, fishing was always on his mind.

    As a student-athlete, what is on your mind, spending your days at school and your afternoons practicing or preparing for your sport? What about your time away from school? Are you focused on the important things in your life?  Are you thinking about how you can improve your grades? Are you thinking about what you need to do in order to be better at your sport? Are you trying to be a stand-up citizen? Are you doing the right things to refresh your body and mind?

    Thinking about the right things and then doing the right things can go a long way towards your success in the classroom, sports, and life in general.  Otherwise, it's easy to get sidetracked and lose your focus on what is really important!—Billy Shepherd Sports

  • Former Tiger is first Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominee
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana's J-Shun Harris II is the first weekly nominee for the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.
  • Fishers high school announced that Lauren Vail will be the new interim head coach for the varsity girls basketball team.
  • WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Conor Daly made progress during the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen weekend at Watkins Glen, New York, but the Noblesville native was more frustrated than pleased with finishing 11th after Sunday's penultimate race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
  • MADISON, IL —Noblesville native Conor Daly had a great start to his weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park and a fifth place finish in Saturday’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 was the icing on the cake.

    Daly started 11th and hovered around eighth to tenth place for much of the race. The biggest change came under caution during the last pit stop sequence. The A.J. Foyt Racing driver managed to gain three spots on pit road after another driver was penalized, allowing him to take the final green flag in seventh place. Daly then capitalized on the ensuing restart and moved from seventh to fifth.


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