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  • HSE Royals Softball moved to 2-0 on the season, Monday night as the Royal's defeated the Lady Greyhounds 3-1 at Cherry Tree Sports Complex.

     

     

  • Carmel has the best defensive credentials of the three Hamilton County schools playing in today’s boys basketball regionals.

    The third-ranked Greyhounds also were among the dest defensive teams when they won back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013.

    They are No. 1 again in defense in the Marion Regional.

    Ironically, Carmel is last in offense at 53.4 at Marion.

    Will it be the best defense vs. the best offense in the final?

    No. 4 Homestead, the defending Marion Regional champion, averages 70.9 points. Homestead also allows 51.3 points, the most in that regional.

    Yep, defense wins championships. Usually, that is.

    Will it this time?

    It’s a tough field.

    The teams have combined for 92 wins and only 11 losses, led by Homestead’s 25 victories.

  • Carmel basketball coach Scott Heady doesn’t have trouble talking about his past four basketball teams when asked if he can compare his current basketball team with any of his past three, including back-to-back championship teams in  2012 and 2013.
    Even if they were  different in terms of styles and characteristics.
    Heady’s championship teams were pretty much guard-oriented teams. One of those two had at least one strong rebounder.
    His 2014 team, he says, was his best team. That team – led by guard Ryan Cline and versatile 6-6 Zach McRoberts upfront -- lost to Hamilton Southeastern in the Noblesville Sectional. It was only the team’s second loss.
    “I think the way we were playing at the end of last year, well, I thought that was our best team.’’
    “And your current team?’’ he was asked.
    “We came into the season with a lot of question marks. We had two returning starters in Ryan Cline and Keegan Culp,’’ he said. “We won some close games early and went 6-1 on a seven-game road trip. I think getting through that and losing a close game against North Central really gave the guys confidence.
  • CARMEL - The Class 4A fourth-ranked Carmel Greyhounds ended the regular season on a high note by squeezing out a win over the Brebeuf Jesuit Braves 39-37.

    The win gives the Greyhounds their seventh in row and 20th of the season. It also makes it four-straight seasons that they have won at least 20 games.

    However, this was not an easy win for the Greyhounds. This was the closet margin of victory for the Hounds over the Braves since the 2008-09 season. The Hounds beat the Braves by a score of 38-37 that year.
  • INDIANAPOLIS - Unlike the girls' swimming state meet two weekends ago there is no clear-cut favorite to win it all this morning.

    Many of the contenders, Avon, Carmel, Zionsville, Bloomington South, Brownsburg and Hamilton Southeastern all had at least one swimmer or relay team grab first in an event on Friday night. This should pave the way for an interesting day of competition at IUPUI's Natatorium today.
  • Hard to believe the boys' basketballs season is almost over. Actually, let me rephrase that, the regular season is almost over.

    Yes, sectional tournaments are set to begin next week on Tuesday, and the draws for the second season are already complete, which on the surface makes tonight's finales seem, well uneventful. But not so fast.

    These games still hold weight and here's why:
  • County swimmers set to shine
    Two weekends ago the county's girls' swimmers had their shot at a state title, and in case you missed it, the Carmel Greyhounds won their 29th-consectutive state title.

    Now, it's the boys turn to hop into the pool and show the state what they've got as they compete for the 78th Indiana High School Athletic Association swimming state title, beginning on Friday.

    This year's state meet will be well represented by Hamilton County high schools. Five area schools will be competing: Noblesville, Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers, and Westfield.
  • Sectional pairings announced
    On Sunday, sectional pairings were released for the 105th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament.

    Among Hamilton County's nine schools, both Class 4A No. 4 Carmel (19-2) and 3A No. 17 Hamilton Heights Huskies (16-7) received first-round byes.

    The Greyhounds host Sectional 8 and face a semifinal path that leads through either No. 3 North Central (15-5) or Fishers (12-9), which recently wrapped up its first Hoosier Crossroads Conference title.

    Noblesville (12-10) will look to avenge an earlier loss to No. 13 Zionsville (17-6) in the Sectional 8 quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 4. Westfield (4-17) and Hamilton Southeastern (7-15) match up with the winner feeding into the Millers' semifinal.
  • HSE's Chastain wins final match, finishes fifth at state finals
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Hamilton Southeastern coach Kyle Poyer paced around in the back hallways, working hard to keep his emotions in check.

    An emotional hug with senior wrestler Jack Chastain at the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals had just marked the end of the road.

    But not before Chastain built an impressive resume, winning three sectionals, three regionals, and one semi-state title in his career. He finished fifth in the state two times - last year in the 126-pound division and this season in the 132-pound weight class.
  • Greyhounds grind out another sectional win
    CARMEL - The Carmel Greyhounds boys' swimming team won its eighth-straight sectional title over the weekend with score of 524 points.

    Finishing second was the Noblesville Millers with 400 points and the Westfield Shamrocks came in third with 330 points. The Hamilton Heights Huskies scored 92 points and finished in eighth place.

    The Greyhounds got the day started off right with a sectional record in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Gabriel Whitaker, Charles Vaughan, Nathaniel Bledsoe and Harrison Stuckey finished with a time of 1:34.49. That time was good enough to beat the previous record set in 2011 by a full second.
  • CARMEL - The Class 4A No. 4 Carmel Greyhounds (19-2, 6-1) were coming of a 73-61 win against the Warren Central Warriors, which also resulted in them being crowned Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference champions.

    The Greyhounds attempted to keep their momentum on Saturday night with sectional right around the corner as they hosted the Warsaw Tigers (17-4). With help from guard Ryan Cline, Carmel was able to come out on top 45-40.
  • Five wrestlers advance into medal rounds
    INDIANAPOLIS - On Friday night, five of Hamilton County's best wrestlers went from state qualifiers to future state-place winners.

    Able to survive the meat grinder that is opening night at the IHSAA individual wrestling state finals, Hamilton Southeastern's Austin Holmes at 113 pounds, 132-pound Jack Chastain and 152-pound Corbin Gregg each won their first-round matches.

    Carmel's 11th-ranked Sam Hipple (28-4) pinned Mishawaka's 16th-ranked Tanner Bradley (26-5) in 34 seconds at 195, and Westfield's sixth-ranked Evan Eldred (34-9) won by decision 8-4 against South Bend Riley's Austin Laughlin (46-7) to advance into today's medal rounds.
  • CARMEL - It was a long night for the fourth-ranked Class 4A Carmel boys' basketball team, but it ended with the Greyhounds as the outright Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference champions.

    The Greyhounds needed an hour and 44 minutes to take down rival Warren Central 73-61 in a foul-ridden game with 83 total free-throw attempts.

    Entering the night the Greyhounds (18-2, 6-1) were guaranteed at least a share of the conference title with a win. To grab the title outright they needed a little help with a North Central loss. Fortunately for the Hounds the Panthers lost 73-70 to Center Grove in overtime.
  • State Preview: Hamilton County sending 10 wrestlers to state
    On Friday night, high school wrestlers from across the state will converge at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis for the 77th annual Indiana High School Athletic Association wrestling state finals.

    The two-day event begins with first-round action on Friday at 6 p.m. and continues the next day with the top-eight wrestlers in each of the 14 contested weigh classes battling for state medals.

    Hamilton County will be represented by 10 wrestlers at this year's state finals with Hamilton Southeastern sending six, Fishers with two, and Westfield and Carmel with one each.
  • Greyhounds tie national record
    INDIANAPOLIS - It was a historic day in the pool for the Carmel Greyhounds girls' swimming team on Saturday afternoon at the IUPUI Natatorium.

    The Greyhounds captured their 29th-straight Indiana High School Athletic Association girls' swimming state title, tied the national high school record for most consecutive state titles and they did it in record-breaking fashion.

    Carmel won nine events in the state meet, which is a new state record in itself. The previous record was also held by Carmel, which won eight events in 2011. Six of those wins were individual victories which put the Greyhounds tied with the 1979 Ben Davis girls' swim team for most individual wins at a state meet.
  • INDIANAPOLIS - It was a record setting night for the Carmel Greyhounds girls' swimming team on Friday night at the IUPUI Natatorium.

    A total of seven state records were set on in the pool, and the Greyhounds were responsible for six of them, including one national record in the 200-yard medley relay.

    The team of Sammie Burchill, Alex Clarke, Veronica Burchill and Amy Bilquist set that national record with a time of 1:40.33. They beat their own time of 1:40.83 from last year's state final's meet.

  • Greyhounds shut down Royals
    CARMEL - The last time fourth-ranked Class 4A Carmel faced rival Hamilton Southeastern, it ended with a sectional championship loss.

    On Thursday night, the Greyhounds (17-2) scored some revenge.

    Hyped as a potential Sectional 8 preview, the Carmel defense locked down the visiting Royals, holding them to eight point or less through three quarters, and senior Ryan Cline hit six 3-pointers as the Greyhounds cruised to a 48-31 victory.

  • The girls' swimming season comes to conclusion this weekend at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. Finalists from all over the state will have the opportunity to grab a state title but few areas will be as well represented as Hamilton County.

    Among Hamilton County's finalists, Carmel returns two swimmers who are not only state champions in individual events but also state-record holders.
  • Millers move past Greyhounds
    FISHERS - When the final buzzer sounded on Tuesday night, the smiles finally reemerged along with the Class 4A No. 5 Noblesville Millers' swagger.

    Down for nearly 24 minutes against No. 13 4A Carmel in the Sectional 8 opener at Hamilton Southeastern, the Millers took the Greyhounds' best shots and then responded late to win 60-55 with senior Becca Bergman delivering several knockout blows.

    "Bergman just took over. She played like a big time point guard," Noblesville head coach Donna Keck said. "She basically put the game away."
  • SECTIONAL PREVIEW: Millers set to collide with Greyhounds - again
    It's literally been a lifetime for the current Noblesville Millers since the girls' basketball program last won a sectional title. In the grand scheme, it doesn't quite compare to other sports droughts of triple-digit stature, but for several of the players that doesn't make it any less significant.

    1996.

    It might as well be 100.

    "That's huge," Noblesville senior point guard Becca Bergman remarked on the 19-year sectional dry spell. "We could be the team that could get that far. We're all hoping that happens."
  • LINDEN -Hamilton Southeastern claimed the team championship and advanced seven wrestlers at the North Montgomery regional Saturday. Those seven will head to the New Castle semistate on Saturday where they will be two wins away from a state finals berth.

    HSE edged Lebanon 117-115 for the team title. Carmel tied with Southmont for third with 93 points. Westfield took seventh at 42.5 points.

    The Royals put themselves in a great position heading to the championship round. They wasted no time, winning the 106 pound and 113 pound classes with Klayton Anderson and Austin Holmes.

  • The defending state champion Carmel Greyhounds turned up the heat on Saturday at the Noblesville Sectional meet.

    Not only did the Greyhounds win every swimming event, they swept the podium in every event as well. That kind of dominance will be needed as the Greyhounds go after a historic 29th consecutive Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship.

    The Greyhounds set the tone in the relay events, winning the 200-yard medley in 1:43.22, the 200 freestyle in 1:36.12 and the 400 freestyle in 3:26.79.

  • Greyhounds hold on, beat Lawrence North in MIC showdown
    INDIANAPOLIS - It was a slugfest on Friday night as the fourth-ranked Class 4A Carmel Greyhounds took on the seventh-ranked 4A Lawrence North Wildcats.

    Not only was this a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference matchup between two teams ranked in the top 10 in Class 4A, it was also a crucial conference game where the winner would be one step closer to at least a share of the title.

    The Greyhounds (16-2, 5-1) had another big night from superstar Ryan Cline as they edged out a victory 52-49 over the Wildcats (14-3, 3-2) on Friday.

  • Greyhounds dominate girls' sectional swimming prelims
    The defending state champion Carmel Greyhounds set the tone early and often during the Noblesville Sectional on Thursday night.

    Winning every event, the Carmel girls' swim team took its first step toward a historic 29th consecutive Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship.

    The Greyhounds set the standard in every relay event, winning the 400-yard freestyle in 3:33.36, the 200 medley in 1:51.28, and 200 freestyle in 1:38.11.

  • Local athletes solidify futures on National Signing Day
    National Signing Day always generates a buzz across the country every year. With the popularity of social media, sometimes the excitement goes viral faster than the ink can dry.

    On Wednesday, Hamilton County wasn't immune to the festivities as several local student-athletes signed their first official autographs, beginning in the morning and continuing throughout the afternoon.

    While there were few surprises, the biggest collegiate recruiting net to sweep the area proved to be colored cream and crimson.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Carmel Greyhounds' boys swimming team defeated Ben Davis High School on Tuesday evening en route to a perfect 5-0 record on the season by a score of 146 to 39.

    Troy Li was a double winner on the evening. He competed in the 100-yard butterfly and breaststroke. He won each event with times of 54.06 and 1:01.15.

    The boys came in first in all three relay events on the evening. The first event was the 200 medley relay where the team of Gabriel Whitaker, Charles Vaughan, Nathaniel Bledsoe and Harrison Stuckey won with a time of 1:44.34.

  • On Sunday, the sectional pairings were drawn for the 40th IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament.

    A total of 398 schools across the state will compete in the state tournament series, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

    Sectional championship games will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14 with the regional on Feb. 21 and the semistate on Feb. 28.

    The four state championship games will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 7.

  • ZIONSVILLE - On Saturday morning many of the area's best wrestlers traveled to the Zionsville Sectional to begin their journey to the IHSAA State Championship meet.

    As a team Hamilton Southeastern proved the best. The Royals took the team competition with five wrestlers taking first place individually in the meet. Those five wrestlers were Klayton Anderson, Austin Holmes, Jack Chastain, Keegan Stansberry and Spencer Irick.

    Anderson, the winner at 106 pounds, was happy with his performance but knows he has quite a way to go in some areas of his abilities.

  • NEW CASTLE - The Class 4A No. 4 Carmel Greyhounds boys' basketball team ended the weekend with another win.

    The Greyhounds shook off an early deficit and had a great third quarter to get past the New Castle Trojans 46-40.

    Three Greyhound players scored in double digits on Saturday. Ryan Cline and Keegan Culp each scored 13 points for the Hounds and Preston Flamion chipped in 10.

  • CARMEL - The Class 4A No. 4 Carmel Greyhounds boys' basketball team bounced back quickly with a big win over tenth-ranked Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rival Ben Davis 50-41 on Friday night.

    A week after losing a hard-fought game to Brownsburg 36-33 the Greyhounds (14-2, 4-1) leaned on their star Ryan Cline to guide them to victory over the Giants (12-5, 5-1).

    Cline drained 3-pointer after 3-pointer on Friday night and led all scorers with 32 points. Cline sealed the deal for the Greyhounds in the fourth quarter knocking down all three of his 3-point attempts in the period.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Carmel Greyhounds girls' basketball team needed extra time on Friday night to get past Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rival Ben Davis 62-58.

    After being down 11 points at halftime, the Hounds (16-7, 5-2) rallied back to just their second overtime game this season. The Hounds went into double overtime on Dec. 12 against the Brownsburg Bulldogs.

    Down 49-46 with less than three minutes to play, Emily Kmec drained a 3-pointer to tie the game.

  • Bulldogs clamp down on Hounds
    CARMEL - It was a dogfight Saturday night between the Class 4A Brownsburg Bulldogs and the 4A No. 4 Carmel Greyhounds.

    Free throws, tempo and ball control are the best ways to describe the Bulldogs' (13-4) 36-33 win over the Greyhounds.

    For Carmel, its second loss of the season can be credited to foul trouble and lack of touches to its two best shooters -Ryan Cline and Keegan Culp.

    Combined the two only made six shots which accounted for half of the team's total field goals for the game.

    "Our execution offensively, I didn't think was very good," Carmel head coach Scott Heady said. "They played Ryan and Keegan really tight and we didn't get them the ball enough.

  • CARMEL - The Carmel Greyhounds girls' basketball know how to play in close ballgames.

    The Class 4A Greyhounds' 55-51 win over Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rival Pike on Friday was the eighth game of the season that has been decided by 10 points or less.

    The Greyhounds (15-7, 4-2) had the lead for most of the game but had to consistently fight off the pesky Red Devils (13-6, 5-2) to get the win.

  • Greyhounds fend off Millers
    With the Carmel Greyhounds reeling late on Friday night after leading the Class 4A Noblesville Millers by as many as 15 points, the least likely of heroes emerged.

    Scoring 10 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, 4A Carmel sophomore guard Ethan Merriweather buried 8 of 10 free throws in the final eight minutes to fend off the resilient Millers 55-45 in front of a frenzied crowd at The Mill.

    Merriweather was 6 of 8 from the field and 8 of 12 from 15-feet out, helping the fourth-ranked Greyhounds (13-1) extend their latest winning streak to 10 consecutive games.

  • Carmel topples Pike
    INDIANAPOLIS - Carmel didn't reinvent itself for a mid-week top-5 matchup. The Greyhounds simply played to their strengths.

    There was plenty of defense. Keegan Culp displayed his usual outside shooting touch, and Ryan Cline once again filled up his stat line.

    It all adds up to a statement win: No. 4 Carmel 66, No. 5 Pike 49. Cline had 25 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. Culp added 21 points and made five 3-pointers.

  • Notebook: Royals finish season on high note
    CARMEL - The tenth-ranked Hamilton Southeastern wrestling team knew it had something to prove on Wednesday night before closing the book on the 2014-15 regular season.

    Not necessarily to their opponents, the defending sectional champion Carmel Greyhounds, but more for themselves.

    As a team, they delivered that message - internally.
  • The Carmel Greyhounds won their fourth straight game on Tuesday night as they upset the Class 4A No. 9 Fishers Tigers 55-43.

    The unranked 4A Carmel girls' basketball team last loss on Jan. 9 to Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rival 4A No. 17 Center Grove 46-41.

    Against Fishers, the Greyhounds controlled the game throughout, building a 16-11 lead by the second quarter and surviving a Fishers' pushback in the second quarter.

  • CARMEL - Head coach Scott Heady's Carmel Greyhounds had the hot hand on Saturday night.

    Shooting a blistering 76 percent from the field to open the first half and 67 percent to finish the game, the Class 4A No. 4 Greyhounds cruised to a 64-42 win against 4A Kokomo at the Eric Clark Activity Center.

    Purdue recruit Ryan Cline led Carmel with a game-high 22 points, shooting 10 of 15 from the field with seven rebounds, four assists and a steal.
  • LOGANSPORT - The Carmel Greyhounds girls' basketball team won its third game in a row on Saturday defeating the Logansport Berries 95-48.

    The Greyhounds (13-7) put on an offensive clinic as they scored 20-plus points in every quarter against the Berries (4-13).

    The Greyhounds jumped out to an early 28-12 lead and continued to build on it through the rest of the first half. They held the Berries to just nine points in the second quarter and went into the locker room at halftime up 53-21.

  • Greyhounds shutdown Irish
    CARMEL - Shots fell early and often for senior Keegan Culp and the Class 4A fourth-ranked Carmel Greyhounds on Wednesday night, but success was measured differently against rival 4A Cathedral.

    "We got out to a great start and hit some shots early and got a lead, but the thing we talked about with our guys after the game was that we probably defended as well as we have all year," Carmel head coach Scott Heady said. "We took away their transition, and we kept them out of the lane in the half court."

    Led by Culp's game-high 19 points and a persistently stingy defense, the Greyhounds wore down the Irish and won their seventh straight game 51-33.

  • ANDERSON - The Carmel Greyhounds girls' basketball team won its second game in two days on Wednesday night with a 70-59 win over the Anderson Indians.

    The Greyhounds (12-7) jumped out to a lead early and then staved off a late charge by the Indians (4-13) to get the win.

    The Hounds led by seven heading into halftime and were able to tack on six more points in the third quarter for a comfortable 13-point lead. The Indians tried to mount a comeback but the damage had already been done and the Hounds reached the 12-win mark for the first time in three seasons.

  • CARMEL - The Carmel wrestling team jumped out fast on Wednesday night, overpowering the Westfield Shamrocks 42-16.

    The host Greyhounds recorded four pins, a tech fall and a major decision to take nine matches overall.

    The Shamrocks won five matches led by junior Evan Eldred at 132 pounds. Ranked sixth in the state, Eldred won his match by major decision 18-5. Westfield scored four decisions on the night.

  • Greyhounds shutdown Shamrocks
    CARMEL -Taking down two top-10 teams in two days might have been too tall of a task for the Westfield Shamrocks boys' basketball team as they fell to the Carmel Greyhounds 57-39 on Saturday night.

    The Shamrocks (2-9) hung around in the first quarter but got away from their game plan as they were unable to stick with the quick Greyhounds (9-1).

    Patience was key for the Shamrocks on offense as they looked for opportune shots in the stingy Greyhound defense. The Shamrocks did find some open looks and were able to convert them early but they didn't attack the basket as often as they should have when the chances were there.

    Attacking the basket though was tricky for the Shamrocks. The Greyhounds had a distinct height advantage on them at every position and that made it tough for the Shamrocks to get the ball up past the long arms of the Carmel defenders.

  • Carmel - The Carmel Greyhounds swimming teams took home both top spots in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference Championship on Saturday.

    It wasn't even close as the girls' team finished with a score of 566 points, which was 139 points higher than second-place finisher North Central, who came in with 427 points.

    The boys' team finished with a score of 532 points and were 112 points better than the Panthers, who had 420 points.

    The Greyhounds were so dominant in the pool that they took first place in every event except the boys' 200-yard freestyle, the boys' 100 butterfly, boys' 100 freestyle and both diving events.

  • GREENWOOD - The Class 4A No. 4 Carmel Greyhounds boys' basketball team displayed some great defense on Friday night as they defeated Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rival Center Grove 56-39.

    The Greyhounds (8-1, 2-1 MIC) scored 34 points in the first half while holding the Trojans (7-4, 0-2) to just 15 points.

    The offense wasn't as proficient in the second half but it was good enough for the Hounds to come away with a hard-fought road victory.

  • CARMEL - The Carmel Greyhounds girls' basketball team fell just five points short of a comeback win against Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rival Center Grove on Friday night, 46-41.

    The Greyhounds (10-7, 2-2 MIC) were down by as many as 12 points last night to the No. 11 Trojans (12-4, 3-1 MIC) and rallied late but couldn't pull off the win.

    Points were a struggle to find for much of the game for the Hounds as they were held to single digits for three quarters. Despite that the Greyhounds were still within striking distance, only down 12 points after three quarters.

  • Greyhounds come out firing
    FISHERS - The Class 4A No. 4 Carmel Greyhounds measure success in minutes. On Saturday night, victory was achieved in clusters against 4A Fishers as they ran away with a 59-46 road win.

    "We always say the first three minutes of the game, in the second quarter and the third quarter are the biggest times to come out and play at our best," Carmel senior Ryan Cline said. "I felt like we did, especially in the first quarter."

    The Greyhounds hit nearly every mark, and Cline was just as flawless in the first half.

    Scoring his game-high 16 points by halftime, the Purdue recruit shot 6-of-12 from the field and had 11 points in the second quarter alone.

    Fishers stayed close and led 6-4 to start the game, but Carmel opened up the offense and clamped down defensively to take the lead for good behind a 17-7 run.
  • On Monday, the Hamilton Southeastern boys' and girls' swimming teams hosted the annual HSE Holiday Duals against Carmel and West Lafayette.

    The Carmel boys and girls won head-to-head against both teams, avenging their loss in the meet a year ago.

    "We executed some quality races today and lost a couple of close ones," Carmel head coach Chris Plumb said. "We are looking forward to getting some quality training over break as we prepare for championship season."

  • Royals reclaim county wrestling crown in dominant fashion
    WESTFIELD - Their focus was singular. Their approach was deliberate. On Saturday, the fifth-ranked Hamilton Southeastern wrestling team had one motto and one goal.

    By the end of the 2014 Hamilton County Wrestling Tournament in Westfield, they achieved it and stood alone as team champions.

    "We knew we needed to come in and get the job done," HSE's 120-pound county champion Austin Holmes said. "We wrestled smart in all positions, and we were really on our game. We broke it down on "OTG," which means out the gate. We wanted to go after it."

  • PENDLETON - The Carmel boys' basketball needed an extra period to get by the Pendleton Heights Arabians 54-53.

    Ryan Cline again led the Greyhounds (4-1) in scoring with 18 points in the contest. Sean McDermott led the Arabians (6-2) with 18 points.

    The Greyhounds started out slow only managing eight points in the first quarter. They had strong effort in the other three quarter to force overtime and managed that crucial extra point to get the victory.

  • Royals look to reclaim Hamilton County wrestling tournament title
    On paper, the numbers are striking.

    Hamilton Southeastern carries four state-ranked wrestlers. Three of them are undefeated while the other has endured only one loss this season. Two of the four wrestlers are defending Hamilton County champions and former state-place winners.

    The team is ranked fifth in the state and holds five top seeds for Saturday's Hamilton County Wrestling Tournament in Westfield.

    While these are all fun facts for onlookers and prognosticators, for HSE head coach Kyle Poyer, only one detail holds the most weight this weekend once the first match starts at 9 a.m.

  • CARMEL - The Carmel Greyhounds wrestling team's Wednesday night loss to the Brownsburg Bulldogs 59-4 is not the way most teams would want to enter county tournament weekend.

    But for the Greyhounds, winning in December isn't really all that big of a deal. Head coach Ed Pendoski reiterated again after the loss that right now is the time for his team to build up to the state tournament.

    "What Carmel does is get ourselves ready for the state tournament," Pendoski said. "If we can keep that in perspective, then we really like where we're at."

  • The Carmel Greyhounds girls' basketball team shook off a tough double-overtime loss to Brownsburg last Friday and cruised to a 68-37 win over the Kokomo Wildcats.

    A 31-point victory suggests a shooting clinic was on display by the Class 4A Greyhounds (6-4) but defense and rebounding is what sealed the win over the 4A Wildcats (8-3).

    The Greyhounds were everywhere defensively. They were fighting for loose balls, blocking off passing lanes and aggressive with their on-the-ball defense. All this help held Kokomo to its second-worst scoring output all season.

  • The Class 4A top-ranked Carmel Greyhounds fell to Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference foe the fourth-ranked North Central Panthers on Friday 66-59.

    Ryan Cline led the way again for the Hounds (3-1, 0-1) with 17 points but didn't have enough help to take down a very good Panthers (4-0, 1-0) team.

    Keegan Culp added 14 points for the Greyhounds most of which came from another great performance from behind the arc. Culp led all shooters with four made 3-pointers.

  • Carmel's Skjodt named Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year
    Carly Skjodt is a volleyball state champion. The Carmel senor is an All-American and a soon-to-be Big Ten freshman at the University of Michigan.

    Now, she is the best in the state.

    Announced as the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year for volleyball, Skjodt will graduate from Carmel High School as the most prolific Greyhounds player in program history.

    Last month, Skjodt helped lead Carmel to its first volleyball state championship with a 3-1 upset of top-ranked Class 4A Cathedral at Ball State University's Worthen Arena.

    In the two years prior, she was part of consecutive IHSAA 4A state runner-up teams in 2012 and 2013.

  • CARMEL - The Carmel Greyhounds' wrestling team lost to the 18th-ranked Lawrence North Wildcats on Wednesday night 39-27.

    The Greyhounds (2-4) performed well but just didn't have enough to get by a very good Wildcat team that pinned the Hounds three times. The Greyhounds had to forfeit two matches which cost them 12 big points, but even without those two matches the Greyhounds were still in the contest.

    However, head coach Ed Pendoski isn't too worried about the result. After all, it is only December and teams really want to start peaking the closer they get to tournament time.

  • This week, the Associated Press announced its 2014 Indiana all-state football teams. Each player was selected based on input from sports media from across the state and with the assistance of the coaches.

    In Class A, Sheridan senior running back Austin Hoover was named first-time all-state. In Class 3A, Guerin Catholic senior Hudson Plumer was selected as a defensive back.

    In Class 5A, Westfield received a pair of nominations with Nick Dowd at kicker and Jacob Robinson on the defensive line.

  • The Carmel Greyhounds girls' basketball team hung on to beat the Westfield Shamrocks 42-40 on Tuesday night.

    The Hounds (5-3) and the Shamrocks (5-3) kept it close throughout the ballgame, but in the end the Hounds had just a little more in the tank than the Shamrocks.

    Westfield's Maddy Grennes led all scorers with 17 points off of 6 of 8 shooting. She also went perfect from the free-throw line, the fourth time she's accomplished the feat all season. Grennes has now scored in double figures for the Shamrocks on five occasions this season and Tuesday's effort was her fourth in a row.
  • AVON - The Class 4A top-ranked Carmel Greyhounds boys' basketball team dropped the hammer on the host Avon Orioles 57-34 on Saturday night to remain undefeated.

    Defense again was big for the Greyhounds (3-0) as they only allowed 14 points in the second half and held Avon (2-1) to just 10 field goals all game.

    The defense also wasn't just good when the starters were in either. Even when some of the reserve players were on the court, they too shut down the Avon attack. In the fourth quarter, when most of the reserves were on the court, the Greyhounds only gave up four points.

    "We were pretty good in the first half, but we really got it together in the second half," Carmel head coach Scott Heady said of the Hounds' defensive effort. "They shot 18 percent (in the second half), and I thought that was key for us."

  • RUSSIAVILLE - The Hamilton Heights wrestling team finished a perfect 5-0 to win the Western Super Six on Saturday.

    The Huskies opened the day with a 57-21 win against Taylor in the first round. The team overwhelmed Clinton Central in the second round with a 72-7 victory.

    In the third round, the Huskies nearly doubled up Logansport 48-25, and in the fourth round they defeated Kokomo 54-20. Hamilton Heights completed the sweep with a 49-24 win against host Western in the final round.

  • While the boys got to stay home the Carmel girls' basketball team to their talent on the road to Warren Central where they put the smack down on the Warriors as they coasted to a 76-26 win.

    The Hounds made it bad for the Warriors early after they jumped out to a 21-5 first quarter lead. Things didn't get much better for Warren as they only scored seven more points before heading into halftime. The Greyhounds though added another 23 points to give them the 44-12 halftime lead.

  • The Class 4A top-ranked Carmel Greyhounds boys' basketball team move to 2-0 as they defeated Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rival the Lawrence Central Bears at home 68-55.

    The Hounds (2-0) benefitted from a stellar night from senior guard Ryan Cline who posted 34 points on the Bears. Cline again displayed his 3-point shooting skills as he led all shooters with five 3-pointers, which puts his season total up to eight made 3-point shots.

    Junior forward Trenton Richardson also had a good game posting 13 points for the Hounds. Keegan Culp and Preston Flamion added seven and six points to the Carmel attack, respectively.

  • Carmel's Cline is ready to shine
    The Carmel Greyhounds boys' basketball team will be attempting to win its third state title in four years this season.

    Not an easy feat for any team. The last team to win three state titles in a similar time span is when the Lawrence North Wildcats won three consecutive from 2004-06 led by Indiana All-Stars Mike Conley, Jr. and Greg Oden.

    The Greyhounds finished last season with a record of 21-2 and just short of getting back to the state finals when they lost to Hamilton Southeastern 50-42 in the sectional final. But the Greyhounds are back and the man expected to lead these Greyhounds back to the promise land will be senior guard Ryan Cline.

    The Purdue recruit averaged nearly 17 points a game for the Greyhounds last season and shot just over 43 percent from behind the arc.

    Cline put his 3-point shooting skills on display during last Wednesday's win over Zionsville, going 3 of 6 from 3-point range. He also displayed some of the driving ability that Carmel head coach Scott Heady says has been improving over the past few years.
  • INDIANAPOLIS - Forget the 212 rushing yards by the Ben Davis Giants, forget about the Giants' running game scoring three touchdowns and forget quarterback Kyle Castner's two touchdown throws.

    Those things never would have happened without junior Jordan Wilkerson's 75-yard kickoff return to give the Giants excellent field position at the Carmel 24-yardline and turn the tide of the game.

    Had Wilkerson stayed on his feet he would have given the Giants their first score of the night. However he was tripped up by a Carmel defender and was denied the opportunity and instead had to pass that off to Castner and Stori Emerson.

    Castner only needed four plays to get the ball into the endzone for the Giants. Perhaps a few too many considering where he started from and that's a credit to the Carmel defense which tried to hang on for as long they could.

    Wilkerson knew he was getting close to breaking a return wide open after his first two in the game weren't very good.

    "It's state, it's a big game and we were down and out so I knew I had to do something," he said.
  • Several local wrestlers have staked claim for a second consecutive week at their respective weights in the latest state rankings.

    Opening the year ranked, all eight Hamilton County grapplers have remained in the Indianamat.com/ MyHouse Individual Rankings for Week 2, including Hamilton Heights' David Bryant and Noblesville's Derek Noon.

    Bryant, a junior, holds the 15th spot at 106 pounds. He was ranked at 11th the week before but a 4-1 finish at last weekend's Hamilton Heights Super Six might have played a role.

    Noon, a senior at 152 pounds, carries a perfect 5-0 record so far this season. Despite his perfect season to date, he dropped from 15th to 16th in the recent rankings.

    No. 18 Westfield's Evan Eldred, a state qualifier at 120 pounds in 2013, is steadily climbing the ranks at 138 pounds. The junior opened the year at sixth and is currently perched at fourth.
  • Millers, Golden Eagles claim spots on All-State teams
    The Noblesville Millers girls' and Guerin Catholic boys' soccer teams had tremendous 2014-15 campaigns this fall, and each was rewarded by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association.

    The Class 2A Millers, which held the state's No. 1 ranking after upsetting rival Carmel during the regular season, were awarded two spots on the 2014 ISCA First-Team All-State girls' team.

    Noblesville goalkeeper Claire Graves, a junior, and senior midfielder Grace Myers were named first-team all-state.

    Senior defender Karsen Rauch and sophomore midfielder Taylor Crowe were also honored as a second-team selections.

    Guerin Catholic's Sara Osinski, a senior forward, was placed on the girls' third team, but the Golden Eagles weren't done there.
  • CARMEL -- The Class 4A No. 1 Carmel Greyhounds got the season started off right with their 51-37 victory over the Zionsville Eagles.

    A balanced offense was key for the Hounds in their victory but you might have missed that because of the dazzling 3-point shots that seniors Ryan Cline and Keegan Culp knocked down all night.

    `The Greyhounds attempted an astonishing 18 shots from behind the arc, making eight of them. Cline and Culp accounted for seven of those made 3-pointers.

    It almost got to the point in the first half that Cline and Culp were having a contest to see who could hit the most 3-pointers. Cline jokingly claims that such a thing never happened.
  • Millers break century mark, again
    CARMEL - The Class 4A No. 7 Noblesville Millers are making it look easy this season.

    For the second time this month, the undefeated Millers eclipsed the century mark, defeating rival 4A Carmel (2-2) at the Hound Pound 102-85 on Tuesday night.

    "Those kids really came out and set the tone," Noblesville head coach Donna Keck said. "Our forwards came out and did a great job of running the floor and our guards did great attacking the ball.

    "We can definitely put points up real quick."
  • CARMEL - The culture at Carmel demands only one result year in and year out - win state. Last season, the Greyhounds were derailed at a potential three-peat when rival Hamilton Southeastern handed the defending state champions their second loss of the season.

    Finishing 21-2 in 2013-14, Carmel fell 50-42 in the Class 4A Sectional 8 championship game, and with it lost the team's second-leading scorer and Indiana All-Star Zach McRoberts (14.2 ppg) to graduation.

    The good news for the Greyhounds and the bad news for everyone else, head coach Scott Heady returns four starters, including Indiana Junior All-Star Ryan Cline.

    A 6-5 senior guard, Cline averaged 16.3 points per game to go with 2.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. This month, he signed his national letter of intent to Purdue and is coming off a strong offseason, helping his AAU team (Indiana Elite) win the Adidas Basketball Championship in Las Vegas.

    Last season, Cline was deadly from deep range, and with three other mainstays around him, the Greyhounds won't fall too far from their 15.2 point average margin of victory from 2013-14.

    At guard, 6-6 senior Keegan Culp (8.1 ppgs, 4.1 rpg) joins the four-star recruit in the backcourt. In the paint, 6-8 senior center Liam Duncan will demand attention while 6-5 junior wing Preston Flamion also returns.
  • In recent weeks, Sheridan head football coach Larry "Bud" Wright and his family were central figures in a special NFL Films video production.

    On Friday, the completed film was selected as one of three finalists for the NFL's "Together We Make Football" contest in the group/team category.

    Wright, the winningest high school football coach in Indiana, appeared on NBC's "Today Show" with his son, Kent, and daughter Cheri, for last week's announcement.

    Among the other finalists are the Boron Bobcats of Boron, Calif., and Team Felicia of Charlottesville, Va.

    The winner of the contest will be decided by online voting at www.togetherwemakefootball.com. Individuals can vote once per day until Jan. 4. The video will be aired prior to NBC's Super Bowl coverage on Feb. 1.
  • The Hamilton Southeastern wrestling team opens the season 15th in the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association (IHSWCA) preseason poll. The Royals finished 25th at state.

    The Westfield wrestling team also made it in at 18th in the IHSWCA poll. The Shamrocks went 11-2-1 in dual matches last season and finished tied for 56th place at state.

    They are the only two teams in the county to crack the top 20 rankings.

  • The Carmel Greyhounds once again enjoyed a dominating fall sports season. Claiming several conference titles and two state championships, it was a banner first four months to the school year.

    Recently, the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference announced its all-conference athletes for the 2014-15 fall sports season. Below are Carmel's representatives by sport.

    The Carmel girls' volleyball finished the year 32-7 after winning its first state championship. Making three consecutive Class 4A state finals appearances, the Greyhounds knocked off top-ranked Cathedral to win the title.

    Standout players Carly Skjodt, Morgan Seaman and Mckenzie Kiesle were each named all-conference.

    The Carmel boys' soccer team finished runner-up in the final MIC standings this year, posting an 11-5-1 record.

    Matt Saltsgaver, Justin Faas and Juan Galindez were named all-conference.

    The Carmel girls' soccer team advanced to the Class 2A state finals after winning the MIC in perfect 7-0 fashion. The Greyhounds were 18-2-3 this season and were state runner-up to Fishers.