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  • Student-Athlete Tip of the Week

    With the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea coming to a close this week, it was easy to notice the good sportsmanship shown throughout all the events.

    While every individual competitor was trying to win, they were also willing to show respect and gratitude to those who beat them. Are you a person that can be happy for someone else's success, even if you lose to that person or team?

  • The Colts formally announced four assistant coaching positions Friday afternoon, The Times news gathering partner reported. 

    Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator and linebackers coach Matt Eberflus will be defensive coordinator. Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach Nick Sirianni will be offensive coordinator. New England Patriots assistant special teams coach Bubba Ventrone will be special teams coordinator. Rusty Jones, a 28-year NFL veteran, will be director of sports performance.
  • Athlete of the Week: Kelly Pash
    Carmel High School won its 32nd consecutive girls’ swimming State Championship last Saturday, and finished with a team score of 363 points, which was 148 ahead of runners-up Northridge. The Greyhounds won seven of 12 events, and junior Kelly Pash went a perfect 4-0 on the day. Pash won both of her individual races -- the 200 freestyle (1:45.50) and 100 freestyle (48.59) – and she was also on the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays that claimed first place. 
  • OUT IN THE OPEN: Wolf Park -- A Fascinating Show and No Coy-Wolves!

    The first time you see the piercing amber-brown eyes of a wolf only a few feet away, it’s a little intimidating. Despite an intervening layer of chain link fencing.

    As someone who has spent a lifetime mucking around wild lands where large carnivores conduct their daily business, it was still a little daunting when a couple of wolves trotted up to the fence just a few feet away as I walked with Dana Drenzek, manager of Wolf Park near Battleground, Indiana, just north of Lafayette. She greeted the pair with cheerful conversation while the writer in tow took momentary pause to consider if today’s board of fare would include an oversized helping of journalist tartare.

    It was an unreasonable but natural fear inspired by a lifetime of fairy tales, blood-curdling outdoor magazine stories and werewolf movies. However, the wolf is no longer officially considered Big and Bad so when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance to get the up-close-and-personal scoop on this often-maligned wild canine.

  • WASHINGTON, DC – A bill aimed to protect children who participate in athletics is now law. 

    President Donald J. Trump signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 Wednesday.

    Indiana Rep. Susan W. Brooks introduced companion legislation last year with her co-chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus, Florida Rep. Lois Frankel.

    Brooks said this bill is a game-changer that prioritizes the well-being of USA’s athletes. 

    “We must ensure our youth are safe when they go to the gym, take the ice or run onto the fields to practice their sport,” said Brooks
  • INDIANAPOLIS – Registration for PGA Jr. League is now open at facilities throughout the Indianapolis market. Parents can visit PGAJrLeague.com to search with their kids for a team by ZIP code or facility, and register online. 

    “PGA Jr. League is a fun, welcoming and engaging way for boys and girls to learn and play golf,” said Mike David, Indiana PGA Section Executive Director in a press release. “The program continues to grow nationwide and here in the greater Indianapolis area." 

    Last year, PGA Jr. League reported record-setting numbers with 42,000 boys and girls playing on 3,400 teams nationwide. Of those players, 80 percent were beginner or recreational golfers, demonstrating the developmental nature of the program and its inclusivity to youth of all skill levels. 

  • Area high schooler selected to represent USA vs. Team Ireland
    Brandon Garst thought he was the target of a scam when he received an email from a college recruiting service in December that read he’d been selected to represent the United States in a high school football game against Ireland. 

    After doing some research, the Hamilton Heights senior discovered the American Football Worldwide (AFW) program was legit — and he’d indeed been one of 26 high schoolers chosen to participate in the cross-country contest. 

    “I was psyched,” Garst said. “Not many people get to do this — this is once in a lifetime.” 
  • Haley Cook is leaving her mark on college basketball
    The best player on a basketball court isn’t always the one with the most talent — and Haley Cook is determined to be the best basketball player she can be. 

    A senior at the Indiana Institute of Technology, Cook is in the midst of an outstanding final campaign. The lefty shooter is currently the 17th leading scorer in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II women’s basketball at 18.57 points per game, 10th in total points (520) and first in free-throw percentage (0.918), 3-pointers made per game (four) and 3’s made this season (112). 

    For some, seeing a 5-foot-6 guard dominate night-in and night-out might come as a surprise. For Cook, her success is a validation of the foundation she started to build at Hamilton Heights. 

    “I knew that I would outwork people — and that’s how I would beat them,” Cook said. “I’m not always going to be the best, but I am going to out-hustle people, and (I) don’t give up.”
  • COACH'S CORNER: Justin Blanding

    Coach's Corner is a weekly 'Q' and 'A' featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week's volunteer is University varsity girls basketball head coach Justin Blanding.

    Q: What is some advice that you'd would give to aspiring coaches? 

    A: I would advise them to not give up. There are going to be bumps in the road, but if you truly want it, you have to just keep proving yourself. I have been told "no" by so many schools I can't even count. You also have to stay humble and listen to people who are trying to help you, and always give maximum effort in everything you do from practice, games, film, anything just give it everything you have.

    Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?

    A: I would say speed like The Flash. I am an urgent guy so the faster I can get things done the better. I would also use the superpower to shoot down to the beaches in Florida faster. This weather is killing me.
  • INDIANAPOLIS — A familiar face will pace the race.

    Two-time Super Bowl Champion Peyton Manning will drive the Honorary Pace Car for the 60th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, according to Daytona International Speedway. 

    “Serving as the Honorary Pace Car Driver will be a truly unique and exciting experience,” Manning said. 

  • Student-Athlete Tip of the Week
    Successful people almost always have a strategy. Good business people have a strategy. Good teachers have effective lesson plans. Good coaches have winning game plans. 

    As a student-athlete, don’t you think it makes sense to have a strategy or plan when it comes to the classroom and your sport and your future?
  • Noblesville releases 2018 baseball schedule

    Editor’s note: All games are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. (*) Hoosier Crossroads Conference. (**) Miller Classic. (***) Farragut Invitational. 

    March 26: Cathedral 
    March 29: Christian Academy of Knoxville***
    March 30: Bearden*** 10 a.m. 
    March 30: Farragut*** 2 p.m. 
    March 31: Maryville*** 11 a.m. 
    April 3: Frankfort
    April 5: Fishers*

  • IHSAA Boys Wrestling State Finals info
    Webstream: For Saturday night's championship round, viewers outside of the Fox Sports Indiana coverage area, a live stream will be available at IHSAAtv.org. For those within the FSI coverage area, the stream will be available only on delayed basis following the conclusion of the telecast.

    Notable first-round bouts (weight class): (113) Carson Eldred, Westfield, vs. Kade Zadylak, Norwell. (120) Brendan Mattingly, Carmel, vs. Brock Peele, Portage. (138) Alex Strueder, Fishers, vs. Blake Mulkey, Brownsburg. (160) Jack Eiteljorge, Carmel, vs. Malik Hoover, Merrillville. 
  • An Indiana high schooler has been selected to represent our country as a member of Team USA’s Football Team. 

    Brandon Garst, a senior at Hamilton Heights, will travel out of the country from March 24 to April 1 to compete in USA’s game against Team Ireland. 

    A free-will offering dinner has been scheduled for Friday to support Garst and assist in fundraising efforts to send him on his journey. The dinner is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. at the Arcadia Christian Church. 

  • Colts announce Frank Reich as new head coach
    INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Indianapolis Colts and Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich have agreed for Reich to become the Colts next head coach.

    The Colts made the announcement shortly after 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Reich, who signed his contract earlier Sunday, rejoins the Colts after spending six years on the team’s coaching staff from 2006-11.

    After announcing the hiring of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after the Super Bowl, only to have McDaniels back out, the Colts took the opportunity to convince skeptics that Reich had actually signed by posting pictures on the team's twitter account.
    “We are extremely excited to announce Frank Reich as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts,” said Colts owner & CEO Jim Irsay in a statement published on the team's website. 
  • Athlete of the Week: Jared Holder
    Hamilton Heights junior swimmer Jared Holder wrapped up an undefeated season in the pool Wednesday and set a new school record in the process. 
    Holder won the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Freestyle, breaking the school record (49.10) with a time of 48.90. 

    “(Wednesday) night’s record breaking swim means a lot,” Hamilton Heights head coach Sue Beale said. “It’s a reassurance to Jared that he is swimming at his highest level and can go into sectionals with confidence.” 
  • The family of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson asks that, to help keep their son’s legacy alive, those wishing to send flowers and cards instead make a donation to his foundation. 

    Jackson, 26, started the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation, www.EdwinJackson53.com, to empower athletes and youth. 

    “We were blessed to have had an amazing son who lived a life that extended respect, love, and genuine concern to everyone,” a statement from Jackson’s family reads. “He showed compassion for his community and strived to be an example to kids who looked up to him." 
  • OUT IN THE OPEN: Sport shows put a gleam in the eye
    As we approach St. Valentines Day, the next big thing on the Hoosier outdoor calendar is the arrival of the sports shows. For instance, the 64th annual Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show will kick off Feb. 16 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for its 10-day run while various other outdoor spectacles, large and small, dot the upcoming months.

    Sports shows hold a special place in the heart of all youngsters and most outdoor writers. When I was an actual, practicing 12-year-old boy, the “Boat Show” was certainly one of the highest points on my yearly calendar. 
  • Fishers diving coach resigns following OWI arrest
    FISHERS - An assistant diving coach at Fishers High School has resigned after his arrest for drunk driving over the weekend, The Times news partner WTHR reports. 

    Police say they found 37-year-old James Davidson asleep behind the wheel while stopped at a green traffic light at 126th Street and Cumberland Road. As officers spoke with Davidson, they noticed a strong odor of alcohol and "various physical signs of intoxication."
  • The Indianapolis Colts are back to square one in their search to find a head coach. 

    Hours after the franchise announced that Josh McDaniels had been hired as the team’s new head coach, the New England Patriots offensive coordinator decided to back out of the agreement and remain in Foxborough. 

    Even though McDaniels hadn’t yet signed a contract, the Colts announced he’d be formally introduced as the Colts’ coach during a news conference today. 
  • Hamilton Heights reschedules games due to postseason success
    Due to the postseason success of its girls basketball team, Hamilton Heights has rescheduled a pair of boys basketball games this Saturday. 

    Both the boys junior varsity and varsity teams moved their games at Frankfort moved from Saturday, Feb. 10, to Tuesday, Feb. 13. 

    The JV matchup with the Hot Dogs was originally scheduled for 6 p.m., with varsity to follow. The Lady Huskies play Marion at Columbia City at 10 a.m. Saturday. If they win, the championship game is scheduled for 8 p.m. that Saturday.
  • Coach's Corner: Jody Ramey

    Coach's Corner is a weekly 'Q' and 'A' featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week's volunteer is Noblesville gymnastics head coach Jody Ramey. 

    Q: What’s one aspect of gymnastics that people outside the sport might not think is difficult, but is actually something gymnasts work on a lot?

    A: Mental toughness is the most underestimated component of gymnastics. Spectators or people outside the sport might think it looks easy, but in all reality it is truly crazy difficult. The gymnasts have their days where they mess up and with that may come terrible falls or even injuries. Not only are they expected to try it again, but they are asked to overcome their fears daily. 

    Q: I’ve asked this question a couple times to other coaches, but I’m interested to hear what a gymnasts will say — If you could attend any past sporting event, which one would it be?

    A: It would have to be the 1984 Olympics.


  • The Indianapolis Colts corralled their man. 

    The NFL franchise officially announced Tuesday that New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will become the Colts’ new head coach. McDaniels, 41, replaces Chuck Pagano, who was fired Dec. 31, after six seasons and a 56-46 overall record. 

    Since his return to the Patriots, McDaniels has been apart of two championship teams. He’s been with New England for all five of their Super Bowl championships: Super Bowl XXXVI, Super Bowl XXXVIII, Super Bowl XXXIX, Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LI.

  • Student-Athlete Tip of the Week
    Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Nick Foles went from backup quarterback to Super Bowl MVP by beating the favored New England Patriots this past weekend. However, what you might not know is that Foles, a six year jorneyman player, almost gave up the game a few years back, contemplating quitting altogether.

    Foles was forced into action late in the year when starter Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury. Foles took advantage of the opportunity and never looked back.

    In high school, college, or professional sports, as a substitute player you are only one play away from becoming a starter. 
  • Wrestling State brackets to be announced on IHSAA TV

    For the first time, the Indiana High School Athletic Association will announce the pairings for the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals on live webstream.

    This Sunday, Feb. 11, each bracket in the 14 weight classes will be revealed on IHSAAtv.org beginning at 4 p.m.

    Greg Rakestraw and Hall of Fame coach Mike Goebel are scheduled to host the show. 

  • Athlete of the Week: Shelby Tyler, Abi Little
    This week’s athlete - or should I say athletes — of the week are two members of the Noblesville Indoor Track & Field team. Both set school records over the weekend at the Western Classic II (DePauw University) and share the spotlight on Athlete of the Week. 
  • Game of the Week: Heights vs. Tipton
    This round’s Game of the Week is a rivalry game that didn’t disappoint. 

    Behind 25 point from senior Drayden Thomas, the Hamilton Heights Huskies held on for a 51-50 win over the Tipton Blue Devils in The Hammer Game. 

    The Huskies outscored the Blue Devils 15-8 in the first quarter, and a 13-9 advantage on the scoreboard in the second extended Hamilton Heights lead to 11 at the half. But the Blue Devils weren’t going to just fold against their Hoosier Conference foes.
  • Longtime coach reflects on program's 200th win

    The first year of Guerin Catholic High School hoops, parents brought foldable chairs to watch their kids play because the school couldn’t afford enough bleachers to fill the arena, head coach Pete Smith said. 

    Last Friday, the Golden Eagles won the 200th game in program history with a 75-60 victory over rival Lafayette Central Catholic. 

    “People weren't beating down the door to play us, because we had no tradition, and they didn’t know what to expect,” Smith said. “To get where we’re at — to be able to build a great schedule — and to be able to win against the opponents that we’ve won against … is really cool."
  • OUT IN THE OPEN: The 2018 SHOT Show

    This week we’ll share a short travelogue of our adventures at the 2018 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in that humble and wholesome family town, Las Vegas.

    For those unaware, the SHOT Show is one of the largest trade shows in the world and caters to those of us who write or sell things related to the gun and hunting business. We’ve been to more than 20 of these things and even today, the whole circus is utterly mind-blowing but overall, there is no better place to see the people, products and trends within the shooting industry.

  • COACH'S CORNER: Gary Myers
    Coach's Corner is a weekly 'Q' and 'A' featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week's volunteer is Hamilton Heights wrestling head coach Gary Myers. 

    Q: So you’ve been around wrestling for a few decades at this point. What keeps you wanting to stay around the sport? 

    A: Wrestling is one of those sports that teaches you so much about yourself. It will truly teach you about sacrifices and commitments. Wrestling gave me a life I truly believe that not many have experienced...
  • IHSAA announces 3-year partnership with ISC Sports Network

    The Indiana High School Athletic Association recently announced a three-year partnership with ISC Sports Network, LLC. In the partnership, ISC Sports Network will be the IHSAA’s production team for multiple state finals and will produce and distribute sub-state level tournament events.

    The ISC Sports Network will have access to produce any state finals event that Fox Sports Indiana, the television broadcast home of the IHSAA Champions Network, does not produce.


  • Former Indiana Pacers forward killed in car accident
    Former Indiana Pacers forward and 13-year NBA veteran Rasual Butler and his wife died after crashing their car Wednesday in Studio City, California. 

    Butler, 38, and his wife, Leah LaBelle, 31, lost control of their Range Rover and hit a parking meter, which caused the vehicle to crash into a wall and flip. 

    Butler played in 50 games for the Pacers during the 2013-14 season, averaging 2.7 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.2 assists in 7.6 minutes per game. 
  • IHSAA yearbooks, handbooks now available on IHSAA.org

    The IHSAA Yearbooks and Handbooks, annual publications containing the state tournament results in each sport dating back to the earliest years of the Association, are now available to the public on IHSAA.org.

    Each edition, beginning with the Association’s first year in 1903-04, has now been scanned as a searchable PDF file and arranged by decade allowing individuals to research Indiana high school sports history.

  • A popular winter fun run returns to Westfield on Saturday, when participants race their way through the fourth annual Melt the Trail 5K/10K at Grand Park.

    “We had a great turnout last year and expect the 2018 Melt the Trail to be an even bigger event than ever before,” Community Events Manager Alexa Lingg said.

    This year’s event will feature the return of two popular Melt the Trail elements. 
  • Student-Athlete Tip of the Week

    When I watch or attend a big sporting event, I often wonder to myself what separates the winners from the losers? Is it preparation? Is it coaching? Is it ability? 

    Whether it is a team sport, or competitors going at it in tennis or golf, when two teams or two individuals are of equal abilities on a given day, I believe the difference maker comes down to COMPOSURE.
  • As we settle into the winter doldrums, there is more free time to settle back and recover from a season spent outdoors. Though there are some opportunities for outdoor recreation in mid-winter, the majority of outdoor enthusiasts are considerably less busy during January, February and March.

    With the spare moments comes time to think and plan. As we read outdoor magazines, view television programs and attend sport shows, most of us begin to formulate ideas for the upcoming year. Sadly, this blueprint is often identical to the plan from previous years, aside from a new layer of dust and the splatter marks from a thousand shattered dreams.
  • Game of the Week: Noblesville 57, Heritage Christian 49
    Emily Kiser led the charge for Noblesville in a 57-49 overtime win against then No.18 Heritage Christian. 

    Kiser finished with a game-high 25 points and 17 rebounds. But, she also had a lot of help along the way. 

    After jumping out to a 16-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Millers watched as the Eagles outscored them by 12 in the quarter to reclaim the lead at 26-22 heading into the locker room. Trailing by four late in the third, the Millers used an 11-5 run to take their first lead of the second half at 40-38.
  • Athlete of the Week: John Michael Mulloy
    This round’s Athlete of the Week is a stat-sheet stuffer — Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy. 

    The Butler-bound forward logged a pair of double-doubles, as the Greyhounds split two games. Mulloy’s week began with 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 49-48 loss at home against Pike Jan. 19. 
  • Fishers holds ceremony for 'Voice' of school
    Wes Shealey sat at the scorer’s table and flipped through his notes in preparation for the Fishers boys varsity basketball game against Arsenal Tech. 

    It’s a routine he’s done since he became a public address announcer at the high school in 2012 — but, over the past few years, life has been anything but routine. 

    Wes Shealey was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare neurological disease that affects the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement, in May of 2015. Early signs of the disease include stumbling, trouble swallowing and muscle stiffness — symptoms that Wes Shealey experienced years ago. And while ALS has forced him to require a wheelchair, it hasn’t taken his voice. 
  • Heights Winter Homecoming Set for Friday

    Students and staff at Hamilton Heights are enjoying a week of spirit-filled activities leading up to this Friday’s Homecoming game. TV Channels is this year’s overall Homecoming theme. Seniors are representing ESPN; Juniors, Game Show Network; Sophomores, Food Network; and Freshman have selected National Geographic.

  • Cherry voted District Coach of the Year
    The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association will present a District Coach of the Year Award to Fishers High School baseball head coach Matthew Cherry. The coaches of his District voted Cherry as their District Coach of the Year following the 2017 season when his team posted a 27-6 record and won the school’s first IHSAA Sectional Championship and Hoosier Crossroads Conference title.
  • Kiser earns IBCA honor

    Noblesville’s Emily Kiser is one of three girls and four boys who received this week’s Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Players of the Week award. 

    Kiser averaged 28 points and 17 rebounds to lift the Noblesville girls (13-7) to a pair of impressive victories. First, the 6-2 forward scored 25 points with 17 rebounds, two assists and three blocks in a 57-49 overtime decision in an upset against Heritage Christian. The University of Michigan recruit followed with 31 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and two blocks as Noblesville beat Martinsville 78-71.
  • COACH'S CORNER: Donna Buckley

    Coach's Corner is a weekly 'Q' and 'A' featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week's volunteer is Noblesville girls varsity basketball head coach Donna Buckley.

    Q: If you could choose to be a fictional person in any book, TV show or movie, what would it be? 

    A: Don’t make fun of me . . . I would (say) Baby from Dirty Dancing. I love Patrick Swayze.

  • With more than 60 sites hosting the first step toward a state title, there’s sure to be plenty of intriguing match-ups and exciting basketball over the next couple weeks. 

    Lets take a look at a few of the brackets that include some area teams who have hopes of making it to Indianapolis. We’ll also make a few predictions that are sure to be wrong — but that’s what this time of the year is all about. 
  • Student-Athlete Tip of the Week
    Winning in team sports requires constant practice to make sure that every player is in tune with what is best for the entire team. This is vey important, but believing this will transpire into victories is just as important.

    Big Ten basketball leader Ohio Stare started the conference with eight straight wins, none more important than beating No. 1 Michigan State on the road. OSU player Jae'Sean Tate spoke for his team after that big win.
  • OUT IN THE OPEN: Thermal Imaging Makes You The Predator
    I got to be a “Predator” for one night last week, and it was really cool! For those who don’t remember, Predator was a 1987 movie (and series of forgettable remakes) in which an alien creature hunted down various supporting actors for sport and killed them in gruesome fashion until Arnold Schwarzenegger saves the day. Among other assets, the Predator had thermal vision that allowed him to stalk the various players until the final battle. 
  • Game of the Week: Hamilton Heights vs. Lapel
    This round’s Game of the Week was a rescheduled matchup that just took place Wednesday between Hamilton Heights and Lapel — And it was a dogfight. The Huskies escaped with a one-point win, but the Bulldogs didn’t go down quietly. 
  • Heights swimmer eyes undefeated conference season
    It’s been almost two seasons since Rachel Sanqunetti tasted defeat in an individual swimming event. In 36 races this year, the Hamilton Heights junior has finished first 35 times. The other race — a 200 medley relay — her team came in second. As a sophomore, Sanqunetti went a perfect 37-0 in the regular season. 
  • Athlete of the Week: Makayla Kauzlick
    Kauzlick began her night with a score of 9.0 in the vault competition — good enough for first place. She followed that performance by earning first on the bars with a score of 8.775. Kauzlick topped off her coming-out-party with a second-place finish in the floor competition with a score of 8.65.
  • COACH'S CORNER: Pete Smith
    Coach’s Corner is a weekly ‘Q’ and ‘A’ featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week’s volunteer is veteran Hamilton County and Guerin Catholic varsity boys basketball head coach Pete Smith.
  • THE GRIND: This is how diamonds are made
    As a coach, my goal is to teach my fighters to be humble and composed in both victory and defeat. Sure, winning is always more fun, but you learn more from your losses than your wins. And that’s not just in wrestling, but in many aspects of life.
  • Bruno's Shoebox
    About six months ago, after working as a sports reporter for four decades, Conrad Brunner made a career change. He turned to something he’d been doing for even longer than he’d been writing about sports.
  • Street steps down as Huskies football coach
    Mitch Street, Hamilton Heights football varsity head coach, has resigned. Street, a 10-year educator at Heights, will continue his focus on his role as Dean of Students at Hamilton Heights High School.
  • McDonald's All-American Game rosters announced
    Several area lady hoopers, including Noblesville’s Emily Kiser and Carmel’s Amy Dilk, had a shot at competing in the game, but were ultimately not chosen. Katlyn Gilbert (Heritage Christian) was selected for the West team.
  • Student-Athlete Tip of the Week
    Alabama won the national championship in college football this past week, but the real story is about the two quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, and how they worked together to make it happen.
  • Golden Eagle tweets Chicago commitment
    "The process was tiring and distracting, but it’s nice to be wanted by schools that I found interesting,” Munson said. “I heard from several schools … and I was impressed with the (Chicago) coaching staff, and I got along well with the athletes and other students I met on campus.”
  • Area football coach nominated for NFL award

    The NFL announced earlier this month the list of 32 high school football coaches - one for each team in the league - who were nominated for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. The award is named after the winningest football coach in NFL history, but the criteria doesn’t focus on what a coach does on the field, said Colts’ nominee and former Ben Davis head coach Mike Kirschner.

    Another week - another tough decision. In girls basketball alone, Hamilton Heights’Kayla Kirtley eclipsed 1,000 career points in a win over Western on Tuesday, and Sheridan’s Audrey Reed dropped 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in an overtime loss at Kokomo. But no one had a more consistent week than Carmel’s Amy Dilk. 
  • The 2018 Cincinnati Reds Caravan kicks off Thursday, Jan. 25 from the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and will travel more than 3,800 miles with stops in five states over four days. 
  • GAME OF THE WEEK: University vs. Lebanon

    For the second week in a row, a University basketball team competed in our “Game of the Week.” This time, however, it’s the Lady Trailblazers.

  • OUT IN THE OPEN: Ice Safety Should Be Priority For Anglers
    With winter in full-swing, we cabin-crazed Hoosier anglers are making a beeline to the nearest frozen pond in hopes of landing something- carp, turtle, old tire, anything - to stave off the winter blues. However, there is a major danger lurking we always disregard: thin ice.
  • Changes coming to high school golf, says IHSAA

    Golf leaders in Indiana are convinced that pace of playat the junior golf level needs to improve for the future of the game.  

  • Former Noblesville football assistant lands at HSE

    HSE announced this week that Adam Morris has been officially named the Royals coach. “We are extremely excited to have Adam as our next head football coach,” said HSE athletic director Jim Self. 

  • Heights holding appreciation night
    Hamilton Heights is having a military, veteran, police, fire, or rescue personnel appreciation night this Friday.
  • THE GRIND: Conference Time
    The Millers wrestling team is back at it Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brownsburg High School for the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Tournament. This is one of the toughest conferences in the state - if not the toughest.
  • Golden Eagles set for Fairgrounds Showcase

    The Guerin Catholic boys basketball team is scheduled to compete in the first State Fairgrounds Showcase on Saturday.

  • Shamrock makes college commitment

    Westfield senior Parker Kalis has committed to playing tennis at Indiana Wesleyan. 

  • McDonald’s unveiled Wednesday the list of high school seniors nominated for the chance to play in the 41st annual McDonald’s All American Games - and a Miller has a shot. 

  • Methodist Sports Medicine announced Monday that orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Ritter has officially accepted the role as Medical Director of the Grand Park Events Center. 
  • COACH'S CORNER: Brandon Lafferman
    Coach’s Corner is a weekly ‘Q’ and ‘A’ featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week’s volunteer is University’s varsity boys basketball head coach Brandon Lafferman.
  • Grand Park participates in Basketball Day Indiana festivities

    In 49 other states, it’s just basketball. But this in Indiana. The second annual Basketball Day Indiana was a hoop lover’s dream Saturday - Nine games, six locations and a showcase of talent from high school to the pros.

  • Basketball tourneys' pairing show announced

    The details for the upcoming IHSAA girls and boys basketball state tournament pairings shows have been announced today by the Association office. The pairings for the 43rd girls state tournament will be revealed Jan. 21.The opening round games for the 108th boys state tournament will be announced Feb. 18. 

  • Student-Athlete Tip of the Week
    Regardless of the sport, successful athletes and successful teams can't rest on their last game or latest statistics. How is the best way to remain on top?
  • Former Fishers athlete earns recognition

    GREENVILLE-- Kylee Leffew was named the PlanFIRST Player of the Game for the Bob Jones University Bruins women's basketball team Saturday.

  • Heights first alumni game a success

    Hamilton Heights’ first alumni basketball game had a little bit of everything: laughs, trash-talk and some late-game heroics. Thirty-nine former players, coaches and cheerleaders attended on Saturday, which exceeded the expectations of the man who coordinated the event.

  • OUT IN THE OPEN: Project Healing Waters

    Plenty of great charitable and public service outdoor-related organizations exist these days. The biggest problem isn’t finding a way to help people but choosing from among all the worthwhile causes that compete for your limited time and resources. Fortunately, I found mine over scrambled eggs.

  • Athlete of the Week: Emily Kiser
    Not a whole lot is left to be said about Noblesville’s Emily Kiser's dominance on the basketball court - but after a particular torrid stretch over the last three games, the senior is this round’s “Athlete of the Week.”
  • The second annual Basketball Day Indiana tips-off Saturday with a full slate of hoops from youth to the NBA. Six sites, including Westfield’s Grand Park, will host games or “Basketball Day Live,” and all the action can be seen on TV. 
  • THE GRIND: Baby, It's Cold Outside
    As the temperatures dipped into single digits this past weekend, your Noblesville Millers high school varsity wrestling squad took a cold bus ride out to Crawfordsville and competed in the two-day North Montgomery Holiday Duals Tournament.
  • COACH'S CORNER: Brian McCauley

    Coach’s Corner is a weekly ‘Q’ and ‘A’ featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week’s volunteer is Noblesville’s varsity boys basketball head coach Brian McCauley.

  • I hope everyone had a great New Year’s with your family and friends. Hopefully you celebrated a merry Christmas, too. I got almost everything I asked for over the holidays - a couple books, a carpet cleaner and a portable phone charger. So this is what adulting feels like - maybe - I’m still not 100 percent sure I’m doing it right.

  • With so many outstanding performances, and a number of riveting tournament games being played, “Athlete of the Week” was a tough decision.
  • Have you ever stopped to think about all the places you have slept? Some readers undoubtedly have sly grins on their faces, but I am specifically referring to outdoor-related napping sites. This thought came to me yesterday as I was wedged for hours in the tiny backseat of a friend’s pickup truck after we spent the day hunting in southern Indiana.


  • Coach's Corner: Sue Beale

    Coach’s Corner is a weekly ‘Q’ and ‘A’ featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week’s coach is Hamilton Heights boys and girls swim coach Sue Beale.


  • Young swimmers - Noblesville has an exciting opportunity for you. The Noblesville Swim Club will open registration and hold tryouts for its “Ignition Group” on Wednesday, Jan. 3., at 6:30 p.m.,

  • Greetings, Hamilton County, my name is Gary Kitko. I am a huge fan and supporter of the hand-to-hand combat sport of wrestling, and I would like to share a little of that with you today. We are very blessed in Hamilton County right now. Everywhere you turn the entire community is working hard and pulling together for various causes. In large part, because of what we refer to in wrestling as THE GRIND.