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  • The Noblesville varsity baseball team defeated Frankfort 10-1 on Wednesday thanks to a six-run fourth inning. 

    The Millers’ offensive onslaught was led by Mark Goudy, Reese Sharp, Bryce Randolph, and Jackson Ramey, who all drove in runs in the inning.
    Frankfort got on the board in the first inning on a Jose Valdes-Sandoval's sac fly.

    ?CJ Stuckey was the winning pitcher for Noblesville, going four innings, allowing one run on zero hits and striking out three. Ramey threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen.

    ?Jack Espinoza took the loss for Frankfort. He surrendered four runs on four hits over two innings, walking one.

  • The Noblesville Millers could not stop a disastrous sixth inning against the Zionsville Eagles, and the Millers dropped their second game of the three game series 8-2.

    The first run of the game came in Zionsville’s half of the first inning, when Sam Edgell hit an RBI single, and Nick Nelson plated another run with an RBI groundout. 

    Not an ideal start for Noblesville head coach Justin Keever.

    “We had a unique situation where our first two guys get hits then we have two outs,” said Keever. “Had a bad jump on the steal, then we got a double, tried into a triple which was the right play there and we didn’t get anything out of the first, and that kind of put us behind the eight ball there.”

  • Noblesville names Roden new football coach

    Noblesville Schools has hired 2017 state championship coach Justin Roden as the high school’s new varsity football head coach.

    The hiring was approved Tuesday night at the school board meeting.

    Roden will replace Jason Simmons who recently announced he is leaving Noblesville High School. 

    “We are extremely excited Coach Roden and his family chose to join us and I am confident he will be a great asset in leading the Miller football program,” said NHS Athletic Director Leah Wooldridge. “He has a vision and plan for making our football team successful on the field and for supporting our student-athletes off the field, both of which we value highly at (Noblesville High School).” 

  • In the first game of a Friday night doubleheader between Hoosier Crossroads Conference rivals Noblesville and Westfield, the Millers Reese Sharp drove in five runs in a 14-7 win. In game two, the Shamrocks Matthew Meyer threw a no hitter in a 3-0 Westfield victory. 

    The Millers opened the first game with four runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Shamrocks starter Matthew Robinson. Noblesville knocked Robinson from the game in the second inning, scoring seven more runs before an out was recorded. 

    The offensive barrage was thanks to singles by DJ Owens, Jacob Thieman and Cooper Miles, and triples by Tyler Owens, Sharp and Bryce Randolph.

    Robinson allowed 11 runs on 10 hits in one inning pitched. 
  • Noblesville High School baseball coach Justin Keever wasn’t complaining after his team scored three runs in the first two innings and then relied on solid pitching the rest of the way Thursday in a 3-1 victory over Westfield at Westfield High School.

    Millers starting pitcher Klay Holzworth struck out 11 batters, scattering four hits in six solid innings.

    “(Klay) was a bulldog out there,” Keever said. “He struggled with his footing early, you get on an opponents’ mound, try to get use to it bet he found it, and then Kade Gorman came in and shut them down.”

    Gorman shut the door on the Shamrocks with a strike out and two groundouts, walking a batter.

  • Lady Millers rout Park Tudor on road

    The Noblesville girls varsity lacrosse team traveled to Park Tudor on Wednesday and came home with an 18-6 win. 

    Noblesville (5-3-1) was led by sophomore Mia Blackburn who scored a total of six goals, had four ground balls, three forced turnovers and six draw controls. 

    Defensively, the Millers were led by junior Meredith Miller with four ground balls, one forced turnover and an interception. Senior goalie Meredith Hayes stopped 50 percent of the shots the Panthers threw at the net.

  • Toughness defined the final game of the series between the Noblesville Millers and the Fishers Tigers baseball teams Friday. With snow flurries in the air and gusting winds abound, the Millers were able to pull out a 6-3 win.

    “I think our kids were much tougher than last night,” said Noblesville coach Justin Keever. “It’s gritty, not pretty, right? So I think that’s what it comes down to -- we can’t worry about what we looked like, we’ve just got to go out there and just compete.”

    The Millers got off to a fast start with D.J. Owens hitting an early single that brought Tyler Owens in from second base, but Fishers fought back as JJ Woolwine scored thanks to a Grant Richardson base hit that followed a dropped fly ball and a wild pitch.

    Noblesville added to its total in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings but the biggest difference according to Keever came on the mound.

    “I thought Reese Sharp was really strong,” Keever said. “Kade Gorman (then) comes in and slams the door.”
  • Fishers sweeps doubleheader against Noblesville

    Noblesville High School baseball coach Justin Keever summed up his team’s performance pretty matter-of-factly following a 7-2 loss to Fishers in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday at Donald J. Dunker Field.

    “We just have to be better at the plate,” Keever said, as Tigers pitchers struck out 18 Miller batters of the 21 outs. “Things like that, we simply need to clean up, and the only way to do that is to just go back out there.”

    Fishers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader. Two of those runs came on Tigers’ pitcher Grant Richardson crushing a pitch over the right field wall for a two-run homer.

    “(Richardson) is a great hitter as it is,” Fishers coach Matthew Cherry said. “But, his teammates give him a hard time because he hits better when he is pitching. But it was good for him to get that lead before he went on the mound.”

  • Indiana All-Star Classic rosters revealed
    An elite group of Indiana’s senior basketball players that includes Noblesville’s Emily Kiser, Tomi Taiwo of Carmel and Guerin Catholic’s Jack Hansen will convene at John R. Wooden Gymnasium at Martinsville High School in Martinsville on Saturday to prepare for the 30th annual North/South Indiana All-Star Classic. 

    This girls’ and boys’ doubleheader will be played at 5 p.m. (girls) and 7 p.m. (boys). The North/South Indiana All-Star Classic is sponsored by Martinsville High School, Hoosier Basketball Magazine and Pacesetter Sports in Terre Haute.

    Twenty-four girls will compete in the first half of this doubleheader, including 10 players who have been named to the 2018 Indiana All-Star team. The second game, the boys, features three future Big Ten basketball players as well as the state’s leading scorer.

    Five Indiana All-Stars highlight the North Girls’ squad, topped by one of the state’s leading scorers —DeKalb’s Leigha Brown (28 points per game) — along with Kiser (21.1). Brown plans to attend Nebraska, and Kiser is headed to Michigan. 
  • Sharp's six RBIs power Millers over Bulldogs

    The Noblesville varsity baseball team bounced back from a 5-3 day-game loss to Farragut on Friday with a 16-1 pounding of Bearden in the Millers’ second game of the day.

    Noblesville scored in all five innings the teams played, opening the game with three runs in the first inning and following with six in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth. The Bulldogs scored their lone run in the second inning.

    Junior Reese Sharp had six RBIs and three runs on a pair of homers for the Millers, who moved to 2-1 on the season. Senior Jacob Thieman knocked in three runs and scored a pair of runs on a home run, and sophomore Cooper Miles and junior Zac Tuinei both had two RBIs, with Tuinei’s RBI coming on a homer. Noblesville managed 10 hits as a team.

  • Noblesville football head coach Jason Simmons is going back to Ben Davis.

    The school approved the hire at Monday’s school board meeting. Simmons, 42, served as Noblesville’s head coach for the last two seasons, where he guided the Millers to a 5-15 record.

    Simmons has also coached at Hamilton Heights, as well as an assistant at Ben Davis from 2006-08. The Giants won their ninth state title last season.
  • Millers ready for Hoosier State Relays
    The following Noblesville High School girls have qualified for the Indoor Hoosier State Relays Track & Field State Finals at Indiana University this Saturday at 2 p.m. 

    NHS entries:
    Maria Anderson (11) - Ranked second in the long jump. 
    Erika Knieper (11) - Ranked eighth in the pole vault
    Sophie Reichard (10) - Ranked 13th in the 3200m run
    Grace Brisco (11), Sophie Reichard (10), Parker Davis (9) and Marissa Schneider (11) - Ranked 17th in the 4x400m relay
    Aubrie Deal (11), Maria Anderson (11), Bella Sharples-Gordon (9) and Abi Little (12) - ranked third in the 4x800m relay
    Aubrie Deal (11), Maria Anderson (11), Bella Sharples-Gordon (9) and Abi Little (12) - ranked second in the Distance Medley relay. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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. 
  • 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.



  • Five area ballers have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State. 

    The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) announced the 75 high school seniors — 39 girls and 36 boys — who received the honor Wednesday, which incudes Noblesville’s Emily Kiser, Hamilton Heights’ Kayla Kirtey, Tomi Taiwo of Carmel, Jeremy Szilagy of Fishers and Guerin Catholic’s Jack Hansen and Zach Munson. 

    "The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities," said IBCA executive director Steve Witty. "Rather, in many cases, a player's success in the classroom directly contributes to his or her success on the floor.” 
  • 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.”

  • Former Miller celebrates Senior Day at Ball State
    Ball State gymnast and Noblesville High School alum Baylee Bell celebrated Senior Day with her family Sunday in Muncie. The Cardinals fell to the Eastern Michigan Eagles 194.225-191.950, but Bell earned a pair of top four finishes on the day. 

    Bell placed second in the floor competition with a score of 9.775. She also scored a 9.775 in the beam event, which earned her a fourth-place finish. Ball State fell to 3-2 on the season. 
  • Indiana Girls All-Stars announced
    Thirteen players have been selected for the 2018 Indiana Girls All-Stars, it was announced Tuesday.

    Those chosen to the team will play three games in June -- one exhibition game against the Indiana Junior All-Stars as well as home-and-home contests against the Kentucky All-Stars.

    The 2018 Indiana Girls All-Stars, listed alphabetically, are: Angel Baker of Pike, Jenasae Bishop of East Chicago Central, Mackenzie Blazek of Whiteland, Leigha Brown of DeKalb, Nia Clark of Ben Davis, Amy Dilk of Carmel, Katlyn Gilbert of Heritage Christian, Cassidy Hardin of Center Grove, Emily Kiser of Noblesville, Anna Newman of Evansville North, Tomi Taiwo of Carmel, Kayana Traylor of Martinsville and Michaela White of Pike.
  • Hamilton County well represented at Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 scrimmages
    Heritage Christian was the place to be Sunday afternoon for fans of Indiana high school girls basketball. 

    The school hosted the 37th annual Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 girls scrimmages — two sessions consisting of the elite seniors in the state.

    Hamilton County was responsible for some of the best talent on display with Carmel’s Amy Dilk, Blake Smith and Tomi Taiwo, Toni Grace of Fishers and Noblesville’s Emily Kiser participating in the second session. 

    The moment was not lost on Dilk.

    “It is definitely an honor,” she said. “Competing and playing with the top talent of the 2018 class — just a really great opportunity.” 
  • Kauzlick represents Noblesville at gymnastics regional

    Freshman Makayla Kauzlick was the lone representative of Noblesville High School at Saturday’s IHSAA Gymnastics Regional No. 1 at Valparaiso High School. 

    Kauzlick, who advanced to regionals after Top 6 finishes in the vault and beam competitions at sectionals, got off to an auspicious start in her first event — the vault. 

    Kauzlick attempted to execute a Pike Tsuk, which is a move with a start value of 9.80. Unfortunately, for the freshman, she over rated her vault and landed hard on her back. 

    “Though Makayla was okay, she had a very tough fall, which certainly affected her both physically and mentally,” Noblesville head coach Jody Ramey said. 
  • Athlete of the Week: Makayla Kauzlick
    Noblesville freshman Makayla Kauzlick is in the midst of an outstanding first season as a varsity gymnast, and last Saturday she became the first Miller in four years to advance to regionals. 

    Kauzlick earned a spot at this weekend’s IHSAA Regional at Valparaiso High School with Top six finishes in the vault and beam competitions at the Lafayette Jefferson sectional. 
  • Fifteen seniors and 15 underclass girls basketball players have earned IBCA/Subway "Supreme 15" All-State honors for 2017-18.

    For the fourth year, the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association 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.

  • Top 60 seniors under one roof

    Sixty of the top high school senior girls basketball players in the state will be under the same roof this Sunday — and the workout is open to the public for an admission fee of $8 ($5 for students).

    The girls — compiled by Hoosier Basketball Magazine — were selected from approximately 1,400 senior players in Indiana. Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted during the season and throughout the state tournament to determine Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60, according to a press release.

    The Top 60 Senior Workout includes the state’s top two leading scorers— Daijah Smith, of Gary Lighthouse CPA (28.7 points per game) and Leigha Brown of DeKalb (28). Four other attendees are among the state’s top scoring leaders.

  • Noblesville, Anderson play double overtime thriller
    Both sides left everything on the floor. 

    In a win-or-go-home matchup between Noblesville and Anderson Tuesday in the Class 4A Sectional 8 bracket at The Mill, it was the Indians who earned a 74-69 win in double overtime. 

    With about four seconds on the clock, and the score locked at 69, Anderson senior Gavin Vaughn buried a 3-pointer that turned out to be the game-winner. 

    Despite the Millers blowing a double-digit lead in the second half, Noblesville head coach Brian McCauley said he was proud of his team’s effort. 

    “We made big plays,” he said. “Unfortunately, Anderson made one more big play than we did.” 
  • IHSAA basketball sectional preview

    The 108th annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament tips off Tuesday at 64 sectional locations around Indiana. 

    Four hundred three teams will participate in this year’s tournament, with sectional championships scheduled for Saturday. The regional round is slated for March 10
    and semi-states for March 17. The four state championship games will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 24 — but a lot needs to be settled on the court before then. 

    About the Draw

    To conduct the random drawing for the tournament, the IHSAA places ping-pong balls that represent each school in a sectional into a lottery-style air mix machine, an IHSAA press release explains. A motorized fan in the bottom of the machine blows the balls around the inside of the transparent container and air then forces each ball up through a tube in random order. The first ball retrieved from the machine is the visiting team — the second ball is the home team.

  • Carmel wins fourth straight swim state final
    Earlier this month, the Carmel girls swim program won their 32nd consecutive state title. On Saturday, it was the boys’ turn to dominate at the Natatorium at IUPUI. 

    The Greyhounds earned their fourth consecutive — and seventh in the last nine years — IHSAA Swimming and Diving State Finals with a state-record team score of 417. The runner-up, Franklin, finished with a score of 203. Carmel’s wins in nine of 11 events is also a record. 

    Senior Drew Kibler was a part of four first-place finishes for the Greyhounds, including the 200 medley relay team with sophomore Wyatt Davis, senior Stefano Batista and senior Andrew Couchon who narrowly missed the national-record time (1:28.00) the quartet set in Friday’s prelims. 
  •  Kauzlick earns spot at regionals with impressive sectional performance