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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.”

  • Heights hires Kirschner as new football coach

    The Huskies have a new signal caller on their sidelines.

    Hamilton Heights announced Wednesday that Jon Kirschner will be the high school’s next football head coach after the vote of approval at a morning meeting of the Hamilton Heights Board of Education.

    “I am excited and blessed to have the opportunity to lead the Husky football program,” said Jon Kirschner in a press release. “My goal is to keep that tradition alive and well through hard work, perseverance and tough-nosed football.

  • Trio of Golden Eagles earn Circle City All-Conference honors

    Indianapolis -- The Circle City Conference announced All-Conference Teams this morning for Boys and Girls Basketball. The teams were selected from nominations made by the coaches of the Circle City Conference teams.

    Guerin Catholic had two players, seniors Jack Hansen and Zach Munson, who earned places on the boys team. In 25 games this season, Hansen averaged a team-high 17.6 points and nine rebounds. Munson averaged 15.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in 25 games. 

    “The Boys All-Conference squad boasts an impressive lineup,” said Circle City Conference sports information director Trevor Wilson in a press release. “Hansen and White will be playing Division I basketball next year, with Hegwood and Munson competing at the Division III level."  

  • Meyer to play baseball for Taylor University
    Hamilton Heights senior Cole Meyer has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Taylor University Trojans in Upland, Indiana, this fall. 

    Taylor offered Meyer everything he was looking for in a post-secondary education institution: a Christian University, a strong baseball program and location close to home. Meyer, who was selected as the 2015 JV Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on the A/B honor roll three of the past four years, is excited he can take his game to the collegiate level. 

    “We are really excited for Cole and for Taylor University,” J.R. Moffatt, Hamilton Heights baseball head coach, said in a press release. “This will be a great fit for both parties. " 
  • University sneaks past Metro for sectional title
    The Trailblazers are still alive. 

    University (21-2) erased a slight halftime deficit against Indy Metro (11-13) to earn a 44-41 win and a Class A Sectional 58 championship on Saturday at Bethesda Christian. 

    Senior David Howard finished with a game-high 19 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to help lead the Trailblazers to the comeback victory. 

    University jumped out to a 13-8 advantage after a quarter, but Indy Metro fought back in the second and took a 22-20 edge into the half. Howard scored 15 points in the first half, keeping the Trailblazers in the game until his teammates found their groove. 
  • The Carmel Lady Greyhounds sprinted out to a fast start to their season with a first-place finish at the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference Indoor Championship on Saturday. 

    Carmel finished with an overall team score of 97, which was five points higher than runner-up Center Grove. 

    “This time of year is really tough for the team as we all are still trying to see what pieces we have and where we currently stand,” said Carmel head coach Aaron McRill.
  • Royals open track season at Anderson University
    The Hamilton Southeastern Track & Field teams opened their seasons at the Blue and White Relays Indoor at Anderson University on Saturday. 

    The Lady Royals won eight of the 11 events on the night in the meet where no score was kept. Individual winners were seniors Camille Christopher in the 60 and Mia Mackenzie in the 60 hurdles, juniors Tayah Irvin in the high jump, Tierra Sydnor in the long jump and Kennedy Drish in the pole vault. 

    Three relay teams were also victorious.
  • 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. 
  • Carmel claims 4th straight sectional title
    One of the toughest tasks in a basketball game, much less a sectional championship, is playing from behind. 

    Fishers barely trailed in its Class 4A Sectional 8 semifinal against Anderson on Friday, but Saturday’s final verses Carmel was another story. 

    The Greyhounds led from start to finish, holding off a late Tigers’ push, to earn their fourth consecutive sectional championship with a 56 to 49 win. 

    “I thought our guys did a great job of keeping their composure, because earlier in the season we didn’t do a very good job of that,” said Carmel head coach Ryan Osborn. “This team’s learned — they’re together — they’re figuring out how to finish games … They really stuck together.” 
  • Guerin's season ends with loss to Cardinal Ritter
    Their shots just weren't falling. 

    In a game that featured more up’s and down’s than a roller coaster, Cardinal Ritter pulled away from Guerin Catholic down the stretch and picked up a 62-54 win in a Class 3A Sectional 27 semifinal matchup Friday at Guerin. 

    “We gave ourselves opportunities in the second half, because we battled our rear ends off,” said Guerin head coach Pete Smith. “With the pace of the game, and having to comeback, our decision making at crucial times wasn’t very good.” v
  • Tigers pounce on Indians in semifinal rematch
    There was no comeback for the Indians this time. 

    Three days after clawing out a double-overtime win against Noblesville in the first round of the Class 4A Sectional 8 tournament, Anderson wasn’t able to break through against Fishers. 

    The Tigers pounced on the Indians from the jump and held on late to earn a spot in tonight’s championship game with a 72-58 win Friday at The Mill at Noblesville. 

    “I thought it was the best that we’ve done at paying attention to the game plan,” said Fishers head coach Matt Moore. “We got the ball (inside), and it kind of set the tone of how we tried to play … I thought our guys did a good job of playing through the traps … and I thought that was key.”
  • Carmel outlasts Southeastern, earns spot in Sectional 8 championship
    Carmel is one step closer to a sectional championship after Friday night’s 62-56 win over Hamilton Southeastern in a Class 4A Sectional 8 semifinal contest at The Mill at Noblesville. 

    Senior point guard Cole Jenkins scored a team-high 19 for the Greyhounds, with seven of those points coming in a first quarter that saw both teams start slowly out of the gate. 

    Southeastern held Carmel to just three points in the game’s first six minutes, as the Royals grabbed an early 7-3 lead. Behind Jenkins, the Greyhounds fought back to lock the score at 10-all by the end of the quarter. 
  • Sheridan falls to No. 4 Frankton in semis
    For the second time in the last week, Sheridan gave No. 4 Frankton all they could handle. And, for the second time in the last week, the Blackhawks came up on the short end. 

    Frankton (22-3) erased an early deficit Friday night to defeat Sheridan (11-12) 72-63 in a semifinal game in the Class 2A Sectional 40 bracket at Lapel. 

    Senior Ange Gnamkey scored a game-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting for Sheridan, who was unable to hold on to a first-quarter lead. The Blackhawks jumped out to a 15-14 advantage after one, but the Eagles used a 19-16 second quarter to take a two-point edge into the half.