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  • Columnist Brent Wheat is preparing to take on a new journey in the magazine world. 

    Starting Friday, Wheat will be the new editor-in-chief of Guns Magazine.

    Wheat said the whole experience of getting the job was “quite shocking.”

    He said he was working at home when the phone rang, and it was Roy Huntington, who is the publisher of Guns Magazine. Huntington presented him with this job and wondered if he would be interested.

    “It’s like winning the lottery except with the lottery you have to go out and buy a ticket,” Wheat said. “Here, I just got a phone call, and it pretty much changed my life.”
  • The 2018 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Annual Picnic will be held Sept. 5, at Pebble Brook Golf Club in Noblesville.

    This picnic introduces the coaches and staff of the schools participating in the Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic. Teams participating in this year's girls tournament are Bedford North Lawrence, Northwestern, Jeffersonville and Homestead. The boys teams are Westview, Center Grove, Valparaiso and Warren Central.

    Refreshments and social hour begins at 4 p.m. with dinner being served at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is $20 per person with reservations available online or by calling 765-529-1891. 
  • Pacers youth camp stops in Westfield
    Absolute chaos.

    Those are two words to describe the atmosphere from an outsider's perspective of the Junior Pacers Hoop Tour Wednesday at the Pacers Athletic Center in Westfield. 

    Step a little closer, however, and you can see this is organized chaos. You can also see familiar faces, such as former Indiana Pacer Fred Jones, still doing what drives them – sharing their love for the game with younger generations. 

    “The motivation for me (teaching kids basketball) is this is what I am supposed to do,” Jones said. “I’ve been blessed to play the game of basketball at a high level and get to a point where people tend to want to listen to what I got to say. With that, my obligation is to pass it forward.”
  • The Indiana Pacers announced they have signed Alize Johnson to a contract. Per team policy, the terms of the contract were not released.

    The Pacers selected Johnson with the 50th overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft.

    Johnson averaged 15.0 points and 11.6 rebounds per game last season as a senior at Missouri State. He appeared in five games for the Pacers in the 2018 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 12.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - Tickets for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink, the inaugural event at The Dirt Track at IMS, will go on sale to the general public Wednesday at IMS.com.

    The United States Auto Club P1 Insurance Midget National Championship event will take place Sept. 5-6 on the new quarter-mile clay oval located inside Turn 3 of the famous IMS asphalt oval. The event honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of the Indiana Donor Network and its Driven2SaveLives campaign.

    The 39-lap feature event will be the richest in Midget racing, with more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse.

    "Anticipation for the first race at The Dirt Track at IMS has continued to grow since we announced the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by NOS Energy Drink in late June," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. 
  • Daly plans to race in Toronto

    Conor Daly will join the Harding Racing team for the Honda Indy Toronto Grand Prix this weekend.

    The Noblesville native will pilot the No. 88 car along the streets of the Exhibition Place circuit in downtown Toronto. 

    Daly is a veteran Verizon IndyCar Series driver with 40 starts in five seasons. The 26 year old has one podium finish.

    “At this point in the season, we are focusing all our attention on the 2019 season,” said Brian Barnhart, Harding Racing team president. “If we can expand to a two-car team, all remaining races and testing will offer driver evaluation opportunities to determine who will become Gabby’s teammate in 2019. Gabby is still fully employed and still under contract with Harding for the remainder of this year and in 2019.”

  • Orange Youth Baseball hosts groundbreaking for new Noblesville fields

    Few things connect a community more than cheering kids on at the baseball field.

    For the Orange Youth Baseball Organization, giving families a place to call their home field is a dream soon to come true. In a new partnership, Orange Baseball will construct its home fields and facility on the property of Noblesville Naz Church, located at 1399 Greenfield Ave. 

    Orange Youth Baseball hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at Noble Naz Church in Noblesville Friday. The organization’s two youth baseball fields, team dugouts and fan bleachers will be constructed on the church’s existing grounds. 

    The property was once vetted and zoned as a potential youth recreation space by Noblesville Parks and Recreation. The due diligence conducted by Noblesville Parks has helped empower Orange Baseball and Noble Naz to build upon the knowledge gathered to now activate this space to serve the youth baseball community. 

  • High school soccer teams will be reversing their home and visiting uniforms next season. Effective with the 2018-19 season, the home team will wear dark jerseys and socks, and the visiting team will wear solid white jerseys and solid white socks.

    This uniform change was one of nine rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Association’s (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its January 22-24 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    Previously, the home team was required to wear solid white jerseys and the visiting team wore dark-colored jerseys. The language defines dark as “any color which contrasts with white.”

    “This change allows home teams to wear their school-color jerseys at home,” said Theresia Wynns, director of sports and officials and liaison to the Soccer Rules Committee. “It also could provide the opportunity to use an alternative color uniform for special events.”

  • Noblesville native earns promotion at Notre Dame

    Matt Sparks, tutor of a series of top-flight distance standouts over his four years as University of Notre Dame associate head coach, has been named the Hatherly-Piane head coach for the Irish men’s and women’s track and field and cross country program.

    Originally from Noblesville, Sparks is a 1997 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in science education. He also earned a master's degree from Indiana in 1999 in applied sports sciences. 

    Sparks has guided the Notre Dame cross country program, as well as coaching Irish women’s distance runners throughout the indoor and outdoor track seasons during those four years after holding a similar role at Southern Illinois University for 12 years.

    “Growing up in Indiana, I have long felt that Notre Dame has always been a place of storied tradition,” said Sparks. “Having now spent four years at Notre Dame, this place is even more special to me. I now fully understand the tremendous pride felt for Notre Dame by students and the alumni of this University. It is with the utmost respect for this University that I look forward to leading the track and cross country program. I would like to thank the search committee led by Claire Leatherwood Slebonick and Reggie Brooks, as well as athletic director Jack Swarbrick and University president Father John Jenkins for believing in my vision for the program.”