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  • CARMEL – We only a few short weeks away from high school football being back under the bright Friday night lights. One lucky player at the end of the season will have earned the title of Mr. Football in the state of Indiana. Is it way too early to start talking about that? Probably. But let’s do it anyway.

    Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star listed his “Way too early” Mr. Football candidates. In the article he mentions two players from Carmel that could potentially bring home the award.

    First is senior running back Dylan Downing. Downing last season ran for 1,107 yards and also ran for five touchdowns. Injuries have hampered Downing the past few seasons according to head coach John Hebert. Hebert does talk about what makes Downing so special however.

    “He’s very experienced and a very versatile player,” Hebert said. “He has had a really great summer. It looks like he has a spring in his step and is looking to help us win another state championship.”

    The greyhounds have depth at the running back position with other guys like Zach White, and Gabriel Davin. One of things Hebert has seen from Downing is his ability to improve his route running abilities and his catching abilities. The Greyhounds want to be more versatile and Hebert is loving what he’s seeing so far.

  • As we approach the beginning of another athletic season. St. Vincent sports performance would like to remind coaches and parents about the following:

    Conditioning is a component of sports and physical fitness for athletes of all ages. Training may positively influence athletic performance and also help prevent injuries. As competitive levels increase in younger age groups, it is important that parents and coaches are knowledgeable about proper conditioning programs and know when to rest athletes to prevent unnecessary, avoidable injuries. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when getting young athletes ready for an upcoming season

  • CARMEL – With the girls’ soccer season less than a month away, many programs are beginning to gear up for the upcoming season. Four programs here in Hamilton County just wrapped up playing in the DeWayne Akin Summer Showcase which took place on the practice fields at Carmel High School.

    Carmel, Noblesville, Geurin Catholic, and Fishers all competed in the tournament. The tournament allows the coaches to see how their player respond when they are put in actual game situations and forced to make tough decisions. With the first official practice scheduled on for August 5th, coaches can see what they have in their teams and what they can look to work on when practices start.

  • FISHERS – The Fishers Tigers girl’s golf team will be holding its tryouts for the upcoming 2019 season. Tryouts will be held at Gray Eagle Golf Course and take place over a three day period on August, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th.

    Those interested in trying out for the team must attend all three days of the tryouts and have the following in order to participate:

    • Completed IHSAA Physical Form turned into the athletic office
    • Complete all required online forms by selecting “Register an Athlete” at fishershs-ar.rschooltoday.com/node/30
    • New athletes and parents to Fishers High School must visit the Fishers Athletic Department to complete an IHSAA Athletic Transfer prior to participation (does not include incoming freshman)

    Any further questions can be directed to Coach Smith at dsmith@hse.k12.in.us

    The Lady Tigers were unable to get past the sectional round of post-season play last season. They placed fourth at the Noblesville Sectional and shot a season-best 390. Caitlyn Kim and Kaitlyn Brunnemer were able to advance to the Lapel Regional as individuals last season.

  • NEWTON, Iowa — In his first start at Iowa Speedway since 2017, Noblesville native Conor Daly finished a respectable 13th for Carlin Racing in the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet at Sunday Morning’s Iowa 300.

    His two appearances at the .875 mile oval in NTT IndyCar Series competition ended prematurely for Daly who was upbeat after finishing just one lap down.

    “I’ve never even really made it to halfway in this race before so I’ve always struggled here,” said Daly. “I think we probably should’ve finished 12th or 11th, I think we were running around there most of the day which is a huge accomplishment. I mean, this track is so hard, this track is so dependent on mechanical grip and usually the big teams succeed here. As we saw, Penske dominates. For us as a very young team to come here and do that, I think we can be really proud of it. It was really hard but I’m glad we made it through and had a good day.”

  • Carmel youth baseball camp teaching next generation

    By Codey Emerson


    CARMEL – Potentially the next generation of the Carmel Greyhound baseball team was on display these past few days at the Greyhounds hosted their annual Youth Baseball Camp at Gray Road Park in Carmel. The camp concluded yesterday with three days of instruction from the Greyhound coaches and players.

    The camp consisted of kids grades 1-6 and was split up into two two-hour sessions. From 10 a.m. until noon the 1st-3rd grade students were being taught, then from 12:30-2:30 is when the 4th-6th graders got their turn.

    According to head baseball Coach Matt Buczkowski in total there were roughly 120 kids that attended the camp, making it the biggest attended youth baseball camp in Buczkowski’s three years at the school. Buczkowski talked about what he hoped the kids would take away from the camp.

  • Burnell continues model of excellence for Blackhawk football

    INDIANAPOLIS – The third and final player to represent Hamilton County in the 2019 Indiana Football Coaches Association All-Star game is Nicholas Burnell. Burnell spent his four years playing for one of the most storied football programs in the state, The Sheridan Blackhawks. The Blackhawks are led by hall of fame Coach Larry “Bud” Wright who is the winningest coach in Indiana High School Football History with over 400 career wins.

    Burnell was a four year starter for the Blackhawks where he played outside-linebacker. He said that he really didn’t see himself playing in this game, yet there he was.

    “I really had no idea that I would even be able to play in this game,” he said. “It’s just a great honor, and a huge accomplishment in my career. I’m just proud to be able to represent Sheridan.”

  • Bohannon’s rise to All-Star status

    INDIANAPOLIS – The second Hamilton County player to play in Indiana Football Coaches Association All-Star game was Westfield’s Franklin Bohannon. Bohannon is a ball-hawking cornerback and led the Rocks this past season with five interceptions.

    Along with those five interceptions, Bohannon helped anchor the Rocks secondary and even help them capture a state championship back in 2016 when the team went 12-2. This past two seasons have seen Westfield post a 4-6 record but that hasn’t stopped Bohannon from showcasing his talents which earned him a spot on the South All-Star team.

    Bohannon became the 25th player from Westfield to play in the All-Star game. He saw the opportunity to play in the game as a chance that most high school players don’t get during their career.

  • Noblesville swim club hosts Enchanted Forest meet

    The Noblesville swim club hosted the 2019 Enchanted Forest swim meet at Forest Park Aquatic Center this past weekend. The meet hosted 962 swimmers from 33 different teams. The meet even included a swim team from Toronto, Canada participate.

    Meet director Chris Berger talked about the things that are required to put on a meet this size.

    “We started setting up for the event around 6:30 Thursday evening,” Berger said. “We didn’t get done setting up until roughly 10:30. We had 27 tents that needed to be put up to make sure the event ran as smooth as possible.”

  • Davis honored to represent Miller football

    INDIANAPOLIS – The annual Indiana Football Coaches Association North South All-Star game is a tradition that has been dating back to 1967. The game offers a chance for High School seniors to play in one final game in the high school career.

    For Noblesville Senior Defensive End Dalton Davis, he was selected to represent the Millers in the game. For Davis, not only was he representing his the Millers and his program, but he was representing the entire Noblesville community.

    “It’s always great to represent your community,” Davis said. “This is the longest running high school all-star game in the country, so for me this was a tremendous honor and privilege to be out here on this field tonight against the best competition the state of Indiana has to offer.”

  • Merchant to miss USGA Jr. Championships

    Noblesville golfer Clay Merchant recently was invited to participate in the United States Golf Association (USGA) Jr. Amateur Championships at the Inverness Club in Toledo Ohio. Unfortunately for Merchant he will be forced to miss the tournament which will take place July 15-20 as he is currently nursing a broken foot.

    Merchant was one of only four kids in the entire state to qualify for the tournament. The field of 156 golfers was determined through sectional qualifying which took place from June 10-25 at 56 locations across the country and in 39 states. Merchant already had received a spot in the tournament as he was in the World Amateur Golf Rankings top 50 age-eligible points leader.

  • Week six of the Sheridan Horseshoe league is in the books. Noblesville’s very own Jeff Ogle and Mitch Dwigans of Price Heating helped push their team into second place claiming some much needed wins. The rest of the league stayed roughly the same with equal wins. Team Ashpaugh is pulling ahead and sitting nicely on top of the leaderboard at first place. Don Dwigans and Rick Downs helped their teams with solid pitching nights as well.

    This weekend the league will be hosting another tournament that O’Reilly AutoParts of Westfield is sponsoring. Anyone and everyone is welcome to pitch, the entry fee is $10. It starts at 9 am at Biddle’s Memorial Park. As mentioned before, O’Reilly has donated money to the prize fund for our winners. Come on out to the pitch on Saturday and have a good time.

  • For Millers Coach, Football ‘Challenge’ A Doozie

    In his first year coaching East Central High School football, Justin Roden probably felt like he had been blindsided and plowed over during a blocking drill.

    He went from an assistant to head coach quicker than was expected, and then lost his job rather quickly after that season.

    “My first year running the program, the head coach just upped and quit, even though the plan was that he would coach 2 more years. The majority of staff quit, just walked away….just ran for the hills. The middle school was in a bad place and they knew what was coming,’’ said the second-year Noblesville football coach.

    And we had graduated 21 of 22 starters in 2012. Then the one returnee tore his ACL during our first practice,’’ said the second-year Noblesville High School football coach.

    “I was called in by the principal and athletic director. Under the circumstances, I told them I thought a 4-7 record was pretty good. They looked me in the eye and told me it was not good enough.

    It was the school’s first losing season in 23 years.

  • Take a drive throughout Hamilton County in the spring, summer and fall and you’ll come across many youth baseball and softball and soccer fields.

    Grand Park, which features astro turf fields, is quite popular. There’s also a huge infield center for various sports, including soccer.

    In Noblesville, the Field of Dreams ballpark is always busy, same for the massive Billericay Park baseball complex in Fishers, and Grand Park, which has been a major addition to the county sports landscape in Westfield.

    In the cold weather season when the snow is flying, most high school teams work out in their school gyms.

  • I’ve lived in Fishers and Hamilton County since 1989, and only recently has high school baseball stood out in a big, big way.

    Right now, our county baseball is as good as it gets. Maybe even the best in Central Indiana!

    It all started with Noblesville’s state title in 2014, followed by Fishers HS winning in 2018 and Hamilton Southeastern and University stating their cases in 2019….and, guess what, two of the state’s biggest high schools don’t even offer 7th/8th baseball in the City of Fishers.

    By the way, Noblesville does have a middle school baseball program, which Noblesville High School head varsity coach Justin Keever is thrilled about.

    And first-year HSE coach Jeremy Sassanella would be all in for middle school baseball if it was offered . . . and if he could be involved in the selection of coaches.

    Sure, we have middle school football and basketball in Fishers  . . .

    But again, no baseball at the middle school level at the Fishers and HSE junior highs.

    It’s not for a lack of fields!

    So why, then?

  • Seems like about this time of year after the March boys state basketball finals someone brings up the former single-class state basketball tournament.
    And if you are keeping track, and hoping for some update on the single-class format that was scrapped after the 1996-97 season, well, I’ve been told there’s nothing new.
    Nope, Class Basketball remains our way of life. Like it or not . . . it is what it is.
    So I think by now we need to get used to this fact: Indiana will NEVER go back to the one-class high school tournament format. It will remain four classes for both the boys and girls.
    Actually, there’s nothing new to speak at all about multiclass sports, in general, coming from the IHSAA.
    But there is some news about multipliers.
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - Sports Announcer Has ‘The Voice’ You’ll Remember
    Bob Tremain is ‘The Voice’ of Hamilton County sports!
    I’ve been a Hamilton County resident since 1989, and I’ve come across some pretty fair event announcers here covering sports.
    I got to know Bob Tremain — a former Noblesville High School teacher and Girls Athletic Director who retired in 2010 — in 2005.
    And, he’s the best behind a microphone, hands down . . . No doubt, in my opinion!
    Most people know him from his days of announcing sports events for the Millers.
    You’d always see him in his black baseball cap with the BIG Gold “N’’ and wearing his Millers pullover.
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - Lady Miller High Jumper High on Life
    The sky’s not exactly the limit for Noblesville High School senior high jump sensation Shelby Tyler, but to hear her coach, Bill Craig, talk…well, I’m not too sure about that. 
    New heights are surely in her future!
    Craig thinks she can pretty much do whatever she puts her mind to doing.
    “I’ve never seen a more determined, focused and competitive girl, and not just in the high jump, but in track, period,’’ said Craig, who started working with her in the eighth grade. He has been coaching track for 50 years at various schools.
  • Chart-topping country artist Carly Pearce and Clayton Anderson have been added to a star-studded lineup at the Firestone Legends Day Concert on Saturday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Fan favorites at IMS, Pearce and Anderson each will perform sets one day before the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
    Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band will headline the concert, which starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Firestone Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.
    "It's always great to welcome back Carly Pearce and Clayton Anderson to IMS," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "They have thrilled our fans with their talent and magnetic performances, whether it's singing the national anthem or performing on our infield concert stages. They will put on a great show, along with Zac Brown Band, during the Firestone Legends Day Concert."
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - Tiger ROARED at Masters on Sunday!
    Professional golf is in a better place now that Tiger Woods is back.
    We got a glimpse of his return in 2018, when he won the season-ending Tour Championship.
    Remember that unbelievable crowd that followed him to the finish! 
    Yes, a breathtaking atmosphere. Just numbing, if you will.
    We got the full story, even a much clearer picture, on Sunday, when he came from three shots back to win his fifth Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
  • Good Samaritan Network recently announced their 15th Annual Charity Golf event, ‘TOPGOLF CHARITY OUTING’, held at TopGolf in Fishers. This community fundraising event is presented and coordinated by Good Samaritan Network, along with its current sponsors. Event Sponsor: Dorsey Excavating Inc., and Bay Sponsors:  Gaylor Electric, Nancy Chance, and Biddle Memorial Foundation. Raffle items will also be available during the Golf Outing and raffle tickets can be purchased at the time of online registration.
    Join them on Sunday, April 28, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m — check-in is at 2:30 pm and a buffet will be served at 3:30 pm — for this year’s TOPGOLF CHARITY OUTING which benefits Hamilton County residents served by the Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, Inc.
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - The Hoosier ‘Game’ Still Good, Colorful
    Time to take trip down memory lane and reminisce:
    When you talk Indiana high school basketball and the top players, the conversation often turns to the best teams and top coaches down through the years. 
    And there’s plenty to debate over, for sure. Usually is. Probably always will be.
    Some fans, of course, still yearn for the old days of the single-class winner-take-all format, while current high school players are too young to remember the depths of fever-pitch excitement and nostalgia and sweaty palms that Hoosier Hysteria produced. 
  • Check out the stats from this past weekend's North-South All-Star Classic. South took the win over North in the boys game, but the North girls were able to get an 11 point victory over the South girls team.
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - ‘Syd’-erella Story Brings Hoopla Magic
    A Cinderella story, and both of her gym shoes fit quite well. 
    Sydney Parrish is living her own magical moment. 
    There’s a pretty good chance that her carriage isn’t likely to turn into a pumpkin.
    This extreme basketball talent with a strong work ethic has been known to be the first one in the gymnasium during basketball season most mornings before school even starts. 
    But her crowning individual moment will have to wait until somewhere around this time of year next season. The Indiana Miss Basketball award is certainly within reach. 
    Parrish has already savored her greatest team accomplishment, helping lead the Hamilton Southeastern to the 2019 IHSAA State Basketball Championship, the first for the Lady Royals program.
  • The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced on Monday the new classifications for IHSAA member schools in girls and boys basketball for the next two school years.
    The enrollment figures—the total of boys and girls in grades 9-12—were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used to determine the classifications in the sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball.
    Four schools that have joined the IHSAA membership in the last two years are not yet eligible to compete in IHSAA tournaments and are not included in the listing of schools. Trinity School at Greenlawn will be eligible in 2021-22, while Dugger Union, Evansville Christian and Illiana Christian will be eligible beginning in 2022-23.
    One additional school — Lighthouse Christian Academy of Bloomington — will become eligible two years from now in 2020-21.
  • University of Illinois men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood is the headline speaker for the 2019 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association annual clinic that is set for April 26-27 at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.
    Other featured speakers on the itinerary are Wake Forest women’s coach Jen Hoover, IU East men's coach Mark Hester, Jason Otter of Otter Basketball and Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL player, co-author of “InSideOut Coaching” and co-founder of the InSideOut Initiative. Other agenda highlights are a roundtable of retired coaches as well as an issues-and-answers session with IBCA president Craig Teagle of Huntington North, IBCA executive director Steve Witty and IBCA assistant directors Marty Johnson and Tom Beach.
    Sessions begin at noon on Friday, April 26, and run through 9:45 p.m. that evening at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. Sessions resume at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, and conclude at 12:30 p.m.
    Cost to attend the clinic is $50 for current-year IBCA members and $100 for non-members.
  • Mark Morrow: Basketball Games Director Has Stars In His Eyes
    Now that the 1993 boys state-champion coach from Jeffersonville is beginning his first year as Games Director of the IndyStar Indiana All-Stars, he said he hopes this, too, turns into being a dream come true.
    Michael Broughton, a 2012 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee who compiled a 21-year high school varsity coaching record of 350-145, certainly has the necessary passion to handle his new role. 
    (He also coached 8 years collegiately, as an assistant at Nebraska and then was head coach at Southern Nazarene compiling a 105-55 record and twice leading the Bethany, Okla., school into the NAIA National Tournament.)
    “I’m passionate about ‘Our Game’… really passionate,’’ said Broughton. “We’ve been playing this (All-Star) game for 81 years and I’d like to see it last another 81 years,’’ said Broughton, 63. “I hope to remain in this role as long as my health remains good.”

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