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  • Can you feel it in the air? 

    You can almost taste it. No, it’s not pumpkin spice, everything nice . . .  it’s tournament football!

    The IHSAA playoffs get under way at several sites with sectionals on Friday night.

    So are you ready for high school football when it really counts?

    The one-and-done format will be a heart-breaker for many schools. But it is what it is: Lose and you can start thinking about 2020; win and those advancing still have another shot at a title.

  • Greyhounds Boys Tennis wins fourth straight state title
    The boys tennis team defeated North Central 3-2 to capture the program’s 12th state championship and fourth in a row! The team completed a perfect 24-0 season and continued their unbeaten dual match streak to 83 during the season. 
  • KOKOMO - The top ranked and undefeated Carmel Greyhounds took on No. 16 West Lafayette on Wednesday night as the two teams competed for the Regional title. 

    At the end of the match, the Greyhounds came away with a 5-0 win as the team advances to sem-state as they look to defend their three consecutive state titles. 

  • By Codey Emerson 
    codey@thetimes24-7.com

    Greyhound’s season comes to end with 2-1 loss against Eagles

    INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 14 ranked Greyhounds came into Wednesday night’s matchup knowing they’d face a tough opponent in the No. 1 ranked Zionsville Eagles. 

    Throughout most of the first half the two teams were even as they entered halftime tied a 1-1. The second half proved to be the difference maker as the Eagles were able to add another goal while holding the Greyhound offense scoreless to as Carmel fell by a final score of 2-1. 

  • Carmel – Three teams from Hamilton County were represented at the Girls State Golf meet this past Friday and Saturday as Noblesville, Westfield, and Carmel all were vying for the chance at becoming state champions. 

    When it was all said and done Homestead took home the state title shooting a two-day score of 605 to be crowned the state champions. 
    The Lady Millers placed seventh at the state meet shooting a 682, just missing placing sixth by two strokes. 

  • CARMEL – The Westfield Lady Rocks traveled to take on the Carmel Greyhounds on Monday night. Coming in the matchup between the two schools, both teams had a combined total of 26 wins on the season so fans expected to see a competitive match. 

    That game lived up to the hype as The Greyhounds ultimately came out victorious, but the Lady Rocks made the Greyhounds work for every single point as Carmel walked away with a 29-27, 29-27, and 25-17 sweep over Westfield. 

    Junior Kenzie Daffinee led the team with 16 kills and four service aces, Peighton Isley anchored the defense with 14 digs and Katie Sweet ended the night with three blocks. The Rocks are back in action Wednesday night at home vs Hamilton Southeastern as their record fell to 12-3 on the season. 

    For the Greyhounds, they were led by Macarty McQueen with 11 kills, four aces, and six digs on the night. Anne Lesure contributed nine kills, 19 assists, ten digs. Gabby Smith ended her night tallying seven kills and four blocks while Ella Bostic finished with 18 Assists, an ace, and five digs. The win improves the Greyhounds record to 15-7 on the season. The team will return to action on Tuesday night as they will travel to Lawrence North. 

    Millers fall to tough Yorktown squad

    The Noblesville Millers lost to the Yorktown Tigers 3-0 on Monday night at Noblesville High School 

    In the loss Lexie Almodovar had nine digs, six kills, and three assists. Riley Branch contributed nine assists while Rose Crist had six kills. Abby Johnson had four digs, Allison Parks had three digs, and Sydney Sparks had two digs. Ella Peter added two kills, with Anna Kiser adding a kill and a block. Bella Hines had one ace, and Diana Cox rounded out the box score with one dig.

    The loss drops the Millers record to 5-9 on the season. TheMillers travel to Hamilton County opponent Hamilton Heights on Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Carmel youth baseball camp teaching next generation

    By Codey Emerson

    codey@thetimes24-7.com

    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.

  • WEST LAFAYETTE – After two days and 36 holes of golf at Purdue University, the battle for the Boys State Junior Championship is heating up at Ackerman-Allen and Kampen Course. The event which started on July 8 saw a total of 114 golfers compete for the title including 20 boys from Hamilton County.

    The 64 boys that made the cut will now face off in a bracket style tournament which will then eventually be down to the final two golfers to determine the champion.

    Nicholas Hoffman earned the number one overall seed after shooting a five under par through the first two rounds. 17 of the 20 boys from Hamilton County advanced to the field of 64 including three from Noblesville and Westfield respectively, four from Fishers and seven from Carmel.

  • Chundi to compete in International biology competitionC

    CARMEL – It’s no secret that high school athletes have to maintain a certain grade point average to stay eligible to compete in their respective sport. For Junior Suhas Chundi who wrestles with the Carmel Greyhounds, and just placed fourth this past season at the state championships at 106 lbs., he is getting the opportunity of a lifetime to compete at the 2019 International Biology Olympiad which will take place in Szeged, Hungary July 14-21.

    Chundi competed this past spring in a national competition with over 2,000 entrants from across the country. Because of the top 20 finish, he earned the chance to go compete with the other top 20 finalists for a spot on the United States Biology Olympiad team. Chundi placed in the top four and earned a spot on Team USA.

  • Greyhounds win state championship
    The Carmel Greyhounds (26-1) took on the Ben Davis Giants (20-8) in the IHSAA 4A State Finals on Saturday night. The Greyhounds — who were determined to avenge their loss in last year’s state title game against Warren Central — took home their fourth state title in boys basketball after outscoring the Giants 60-55 in a game that was watched by 12,908 fans in attendance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. A total of 22,476 fans were in attendance between the four class championship games on Saturday.
    The win marks the 149th state title in the history of Carmel High School athletics.
    Carmel started four seniors and one freshman in the 4A championship game, including: seniors John Michael Mulloy, Karsten Windlan, Luke Heady, Andrew Owens, and freshman Peter Suder.
    Carmel’s scoring was led by freshman Peter Suder who finished with 14 points. He also managed seven rebounds, three steals and three assists. Senior John Michael Mulloy added 13 points and six boards. Seniors Karsten Windlan and Andrew Owens added 11 and 10 points respectively.
  • Hoosier Basketball Magazine tabs ‘Top 60 Senior Boys’
    Hoosier Basketball Magazine has released its list of Top 60 senior boys’ basketball players for 2018-2019. These boys were selected from approximately 1,500 senior players statewide. Honorees will have the opportunity to attend a special ‘Top 60 Senior Workout’ at Marian University in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 31.
    Among the 60 honorees were eight Hamilton County players, although, only two will participate in the Top 60 Workout: Noblesville’s Zack Johnson and Westfield’s Zack Banks. HSE’s Noah Smith is out with an injury and unable to participate and HSE’s Aaron Etherington is listed as unable to attend. All four players who made this list from Carmel are also on the ‘unable to attend list’—presumably due to the fact that they are set to play in the IHSAA State Championship game today.
  • Noblesville girls lacrosse gets 11-10 win over Chatard
    After two weather related game cancelations, the Millers began their season with an overtime win against the Bishop Chatard Trojans, 11-10. Kylie Morris led the Millers with five goals, including the game winning goal in overtime. Erin Wilson led the defensive effort with six ground balls. Kam Mertens caused four turnovers.

    Fishers girls lacrosse beats Brownsburg
    The Fishers Tigers responded after a tough loss to Evansville North by defeating Hoosier Crossroads Conference opponent Brownsburg by a score of 17-2 on Tuesday night. The defense led by Emily Guaspohl, Gracie Bicknell, Abigail Garrison, and Anna Schnefke limited Brownsburg's opportunities with turnovers that led to 17 goals...
  • Seventy-seven Indiana high school seniors — 39 boys and 37 girls — have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association it was announced Tuesday, March 19.
    In addition, 203 more boys and 179 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2019, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said.
    No Hamilton County players made the list this year, but several made honorable mention. 
    Noblesville’s Zack Johnson, Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy, Westfield’s Caleb Welch and Jaret Bailey, Guerin Catholic’s Josh Osborn, and Sheridan’s Jesse Kolb and Caleb Duke all made the boys honorable mention list.
    Hamilton County players to make the girls honorable mention list included: Noblesville’s Maddie Knight, Westfield’s Zoe Pentecost, Sheridan’s Jillian O’Flaherty, and Guerin Catholic’s Paige Bennett and Hanna Bills, Fishers’ Skylar Fulton.
  • Carmel will play Ben Davis in 4A state championship
    The Carmel Greyhounds (25-1) took on Penn High School (26-5) on Saturday in the semi-state championship game in Logansport. Carmel got themselves off to a strong start — outscoring Penn 15-3 in the opening quarter — and played well defensively on their way to a 71-42 victory.
    With the win Carmel moves on to play the Ben Davis Giants (20-7) in the 109th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Finals on Saturday, March 23, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.
    Carmel was led by senior John Michael-Mulloy, who managed 16 points. Peter Suder and Andrew Owens each had 15 points, Karsten Windland finished with 14, Luke Heady had 5, Robert Fry had 4, and Cole Brady rounded-out the Greyhounds scoring with 2 points of his own.
  • The Carmel Greyhounds (24-1) took on Fort Wayne Northrup (17-9) on Saturday morning in Logansport in the first round of regional play and their 58-42 victory sent them to the regional championship game Saturday evening against the Zionsville Eagles (21-6).
    The Greyhounds came out on top 53-39 in the championship game against the Eagles and will now move on to play Penn High School in the semi-state game on Saturday, March 16.
  • The Carmel Greyhounds (22-1) took on the Hamilton Southeastern Royals (16-9) on Saturday night in the championship game of Sectional 8 play, and the Greyhounds came out on top 45-39.
    It was a fairly even game, as the six point deficit at the end was also likely the average deficient throughout. Both teams also managed to pull down 27 rebounds.
    The Greyhounds were led by John Michael-Mulloy, who managed 19 points and 7 rebounds. Michael-Mulloy also went 12 of 12 from the free-throw line just one night after he had his fair share of struggles from the stripe against Fishers. Karsten Windlan had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Andrew Owens managed 10 points as well and Pete Suder had 6 of his own.
  • On Wednesday, 15 seniors and 15 underclass girls basketball players were announced to have earned IBCA/Subway ‘Supreme 15’ all-state honors for the 2018-2019 season.
    Among them was Hamilton Southeastern star Amaya Hamilton. Several other Hamilton County girls senior basketabll players also made the honorable mention list, including: Noblesville’s Mallory Johnson, Noblesville’s Maddie Knight, Carmel’s Reagan Hune, and HSE’s Malea Jackson.
    Two Hamilton County girls players also made the underclassmen’s ‘Supreme 15’ list, those girls are Hamilton Southeastern’s Sydney Parrish, and University’s Lindsey Syrek.
  • State tournament pairings announced for boys basketball
    Four hundred teams were drawn on Sunday and placed into brackets for the 109th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament presented by the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever. 
    Sectional games are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 26, and run through Saturday, March 2, with the regional rounds slated for March 9 and semi states on March 16.
    The four state championship games that makeup the state finals will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 23.
  • The Carmel Greyhounds (18-1, No. 3) took on the Warren Central Warriors (14-2, No. 2) at home on Friday in one of most anticipated matchups of the season, and the Greyhounds came out on top 69-52 after outscoring the Warriors 31-18 in the first two quarters.
    Carmel’s Karsten Windlan led all scorers with 19 points. Luke Heady added 18 points, John Michael Mulloy had 11 and Peter Suder managed 10 points of his own.
    The Greyhounds also outworked the Warriors on the boards—out-rebounding Warren Central 25-16.
  • Carmel girls swimming, diving to defend state title this weekend
    The 45th annual IHSAA Girls Swimming and Diving State Finals are set to take place on Friday and Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium, located on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis.
    The Carmel Greyhounds are 32-time defending state champions and will look to add to the longest streak of state championship titles in the country by any team, in any sport—both boys and girls. Coach Chris Plumb, who is also the Carmel boys swimming coach, has led his Greyhounds to their last 12 girls titles.
  • Hamilton County Sports ROUNDUP
    HSE captures sectional championship over Carmel
    FISHERS – The Hamilton Southeastern girls’ basketball team won the Sectional 8 championship on Saturday, defeating Carmel 47-34.
    After facing a 10-8 deficit at the end of the first quarter, Hamilton Southeastern used a 15-6 run in the second quarter to gain and hold the lead for the rest of the game. Sydney Parrish and Malea Jackson both finished with double-digit scoring for the Lady Royals, with Parrish posting 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal while Jackson finished with 13 points, two assists, one rebound and one steal.
    Hamilton Southeastern will face Carroll in regional play on Saturday in Kokomo at 10 a.m.
  • Lady Millers beat Western
    The Lady Millers (8-12) defeated Western High School (11-10) by a score of 69-37 in their regular season finale on Saturday afternoon at Western High School.
    Maddie Knight set a career-high 27 points on a career-high 10 field goals, dished out 4 assists, and picked up 4 steals to lead the Millers to victory. Emily Wood added 12 points, Sarah Etchison had 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists, and Mallory Johnson contributed 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Millers.
  • Hamilton County Friday Night Prep Hoops Preview
    The Noblesville Millers (8-7) will take on Hamilton Southeastern (11-5) in a conference matchup tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Fishers. The Millers will look to keep their record above the .500-mark with a win over HSE.
    Westfield (8-6) is set to play Avon (6-7) in a conference game at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Avon. Avon is currently 0-3 in conference play. Westfield has a 1-3 in-conference record after their 51-38 win over Noblesville in mid-December...
  • Carmel loses its first game of the season to sixth-ranked Brownsburg
    The Carmel Greyhounds (11-1) dropped their first game of the season to the Brownsburg Bulldogs (12-4) on Saturday night in Carmel. It was a tight game throughout, but in the fourth quarter the Bulldogs held Carmel to just 7 points to come away with a 52-50 victory over the Greyhounds.
    Brownsburg’s Cameron Alford led all-scorers on Saturday with 20 points on 12 shots from the floor. Brownsburg’s Reis Thomas added 12 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds. Malek Edmonds had 11 points, 3 rebounds and a steal for the Bulldogs.
    Carmel’s Luke Heady led the Greyhounds in scoring with 16 points. Andrew Owens added 10 points for Carmel and John Michael Mulloy had 9 of his own.
  • Millers top Franklin Central
    The Noblesville Millers (7-6) traveled to Franklin Central to take on the Flashes on Friday night and moved over the .500-mark with a win. Noblesville came out on top 53-38. More detailed stats from Friday night’s game were not available at the time of this newspapers publication. The Millers are set to take on Logansport tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Mill in Noblesville.
  • Indianapolis - United States Attorney Josh Minkler announced today that a swim coach with Carmel High School faces federal charges for his alleged sexual involvement with one of his athletes.

    John C. Goelz, 29, Carmel, faces charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography.

    Goelz was arrested Tuesday and remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. He will have a detention hearing July 10, in Federal Court in Indianapolis.

    “Protecting our youth from sexual predators will always remain a top priority of this office,” said Minkler. “Those we put trust in to supervise and coach our children cannot be allowed to take advantage of them and will face tough federal prosecution.”

     
  • Kiser nabs All-Star citizenship award

    A Noblesville High School graduate put a stamp on an outstanding high school career over the weekend at the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series.

    Emily Kiser scored six points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in Indiana’s 83-70 victory over Kentucky Saturday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. The victory helped Indiana salvage a split, as Kentucky won 92-87 Friday in Frankfort, much to Emily Kiser’s delight.

    “We did not play well as a team Friday, so it was good to come back and get the win Saturday in Indiana,” she said. “I felt I played well but being on an all-star team where 13 other players were the star of their team, it is important to learn how to play with them and just focus on doing other things, like rebounding, that will help your team win, and that was nice to contribute in that way.”

    Emily Kiser, who will continue her playing career at the University of Michigan, was honored at halftime by being named the John Wooden MCL Restaurant All-Star Citizenship Award. The award goes to the All-Star who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship in athletics and academics. 

     
  • Hickory All-Stars come together in resounding win over Terhune
    The best athletes are competitive, yet the girls’ Indiana Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic Friday night at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown was anything but.

    The Hickory Huskers, a team that featured Noblesville’s Emily Kiser, and Carmel’s Amy Dilk, Tomi Taiwo and Blake Smith, earned a 123-73 win over the Terhune Tigers in the annual showdown.

    “Our primary focus was playing as a team,” said Dilk, this year’s Indiana Miss Basketball. “In games like these, there’s so much talent on each team, why not share the talent and work as a team? And that’s exactly what we did.”

    Hickory ended the first half on a 32–5 run, taking a 64–28 lead. The second half was not much different as the Huskers outscored the Tigers 59–45.
  • Indiana Miss Basketball Amy Dilk of Carmel headlines the 2018 Indiana girls' All-Stars. Dilk, a Michigan recruit, averaged 17.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists while leading Carmel to a 24-3 record as a senior. She will be joined on the All-Stars by Iowa-bound teammate Tomi Taiwo of Carmel and fellow Michigan-signee Emily Kiser of Noblesville.

    Joining them on the girls' squad are Notre Dame-bound and McDonald's All-American Katlyn Gilbert of Heritage Christian, Purdue recruits Cassidy Hardin of Center Grove and Kayana Traylor of Martinsville, Nebraska signee Leigha Brown of DeKalb and Illinois recruit Mackenzie Blazek of Whiteland.

    Others on the team are Boston College recruit Jenasae Bishop of East Chicago Central, Indiana State signee Michaela White of Pike, Wright State recruit Angel Baker of Pike, Miami (Ohio) signee Nia Clark of Ben Davis and Evansville recruit Anna Newman of Evansville North.
  • Home court of Hickory Hoosiers hosts All-Star doubleheader
    Knightstown’s Historic Hoosier Gym, movie home of the "Hoosiers" Hickory Huskers, is again the site of the Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic. 

    The 13th annual girls and boys doubleheader will take place June 1. 

    The girls game starts at 6 p.m., with the boys game following at 8 p.m. The boys' coaches are Daniel Cox, of New Castle, and Jerry Hoover of Blackford. Coaching the girls' teams are Julie Shelton, Mt. Vernon (Fortville) and Tod Windlan, who was dismissed as Carmel’s girls varsity coach in April.

    The evening is highlighted by 2018 Indiana Miss Basketball Amy Dilk (17.8 ppg), of Carmel, who will attend the University of Michigan. There are nine other girls who will participate on who were also selected as 2018 Indiana All-Stars: Emily Kiser (21.1), Noblesville (Michigan); Tomi Taiwo (16.4), Carmel (Iowa); Angel Baker (21.7), Pike (Wright State); Mackenzie Blazek (18.4), Whiteland (Illinois); Nia Clark (16.2), Ben Davis (Miami, OH); Katlyn Gilbert (18.5), Heritage Christian (Notre Dame); Cassidy Hardin (17.3), Center Grove (Purdue); Kayana Traylor (21.4), Martinsville (Purdue); Michaela White (15), Pike (Indiana State).

    Four other players who are committed to NCAA Division I Universities will also participate: Blake Smith, Carmel (Ball State); Asia Strong, South Bend Riley (Bradley); Breanna Boles, Lapel (Indiana State); and Courtney Krol, Chesterton (DePaul). 
  • CARMEL - Close to 75 Carmel High School students rallied Saturday in support of the girls basketball coach who will not be courtside next season.

    Coach Tod Windlan was relieved of his duties April 20, though he is still employed as a teacher. The decision has drawn anger from a number of his players and other student-athletes, the Times news gathering partner WTHR reported. 

    “He is a perfectly fit coach and we would like to know answers as to why he lost his position, because we have not been given a reason and we believe that he should not have lost his job,” said Kiara Gill, a sophomore on the team.

    Saturday, the students marched down Main Street to protest Windlan’s dismissal. Students carried banners, shouting “We want Windlan.”
  • The Greyhounds are in the win column.

    The Carmel varsity baseball team won their home opener 6-5 against the Kingsmen of Penn High School Saturday afternoon.

    Junior Zach Vogt, senior Jack Van Remortal and senior Will Richter split the pitching duties for the Greyhounds, who picked up their first win of the season and moved to 1-2.

    Vogt surrendered four runs on four hits over five innings. Van Remortal and Richter entered the game from the pen, throwing one inning each, with Richter earning his first save of the year.
  • Carmel wins Hall of Fame Tournament
    The Carmel boys golf team took first and second place out of 12 teams competing at Saturday’s Hall of Fame Tournament at Rock Hollow. 

    Carmel Gold shot 310, Carmel Blue shot 315, and Franklin shot 323 in cold conditions. Nick Dentino led the Greyhounds with a 74 (+2) after starting four over par through his first two holes. Dentino finished second individually. Akio Fujita took third overall with a 76, and Clay Stirsman and Curtis Robertson tied for fourth with a 78.

    Three Greyhounds — Cole Harris, Luke Prall and JD Dulin — finished with a 79. Jack Crawford scored an 82, Nick Katsis had an 86 and Shoji Fujita finished with an 88. 



  • Indiana All-Star Classic rosters revealed
    An elite group of Indiana’s senior basketball players that includes Noblesville’s Emily Kiser, Tomi Taiwo of Carmel and Guerin Catholic’s Jack Hansen will convene at John R. Wooden Gymnasium at Martinsville High School in Martinsville on Saturday to prepare for the 30th annual North/South Indiana All-Star Classic. 

    This girls’ and boys’ doubleheader will be played at 5 p.m. (girls) and 7 p.m. (boys). The North/South Indiana All-Star Classic is sponsored by Martinsville High School, Hoosier Basketball Magazine and Pacesetter Sports in Terre Haute.

    Twenty-four girls will compete in the first half of this doubleheader, including 10 players who have been named to the 2018 Indiana All-Star team. The second game, the boys, features three future Big Ten basketball players as well as the state’s leading scorer.

    Five Indiana All-Stars highlight the North Girls’ squad, topped by one of the state’s leading scorers —DeKalb’s Leigha Brown (28 points per game) — along with Kiser (21.1). Brown plans to attend Nebraska, and Kiser is headed to Michigan. 
  • Warren Central roars back, defeats Carmel in state title game

    INDIANAPOLIS – Through 14 minutes of play in the Class 4A state championship game, the Carmel Greyhounds were sitting pretty. 
    After falling behind early 7-0, No. 10 Carmel rallied and responded with a stunning 20-0 scoring run, holding No. 1 Warren Central scoreless for more than 11 minutes – nearly a quarter and a half.

    Carmel’s defense was stifling during this stretch – the Warriors missed 11 straight shots. The black-and-gold Warren Central cheer section, once frenzied, fell silent. Carmel’s 6-10 big man, John Michael Mulloy, looked unstoppable in the paint.

    It felt like Carmel was well on its way to knocking off another undefeated opponent – similar to the way it bested then-unbeaten South Bend Riley (26-1) by 20, 63-43, in semi-state. Carmel put together an 11-0 run early in that contest, too, and held the Wildcats to under 20-percent shooting for the game.

    But unfortunately for the Greyhounds on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 18 minutes still remained against their Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rival, a resilient team who was determined to finish off a perfect season.

  • Mulloy earns Underclass All-State 'Supreme 15' honors, other local ballers receive recognition
    Fifteen seniors and 15 underclass boys basketball players have earned IBCA/Subway "Supreme 15" All-State honors for 2017-18, it was announced Thursday.

    For the fourth year, the IBCA also named Large School All-State teams (15 seniors, 15 underclass) and Small School All-State players (15 seniors, 15 underclass).

    Notable local ballers who earned this year’s honors include junior John Michael Mulloy of Carmel (Underclass All-State Supreme 15), senior Chaz Birchfield of Hamilton Southeastern (Large School All-State), seniors Jack Hansen and Zach Munson of Guerin (Senior Honorable Mention) and Carmel junior Andrew Owens and Southeastern sophomore Mabor Majak and junior Noah Smith (Underclass Honorable Mention). 
  • CHICAGO — In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Amy Dilk of Carmel High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Dilk is the first Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Carmel High School.

    The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Dilk as Indiana’s best high school girls basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March, Dilk joins an elite alumni association of past state girls basketball award-winners, including Maya Moore (2005-06 Collins Hill HS, Ga.), Rashanda McCants (2004-05, Asheville HS, N.C.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Diana Taurasi (1998-99 and 1999-00, Don Antonio Lugo HS, Calif.), Shyra Ely (1999-00, Ben Davis HS, Ind.) and Lisa Leslie (1988-89, Morningside HS, Calif.).

    A member of Carmel High’s Big Game Club responsible for school spirit and has donated her time with multiple community-service initiatives through her church.

    “Amy has the ability to create for others and dominate a game in more ways than scoring,” said Lauren Vail, head coach of Fishers High. “She is a very unique player in her ability to probe the paint and create for others but is still more than capable of scoring herself.”

  • No. 10 Carmel beats No. 2 South Bend Riley in Class 4A semi-state
    The Greyhounds played a nearly perfect game when it mattered most. 

    No. 10 Carmel trailed just once in its 63-43 win in the Class 4A Lafayette Jeff semi-state against No. 2 South Bend Riley Saturday to end the Wildcats’ bid at a perfect season. 

    After falling behind 3-0, Carmel (21-7) went on an 11-0 run fueled by its defense and a deft touch from deep. The Greyhounds hit four first-quarter 3’s, and didn’t allow the Wildcats (26-0) to score a second basket until 4:21 left in the quarter. 

    Carmel held South Bend Riley to 34 percent shooting (16-of-46) for the game, including just 3-of-17 from behind the arc. 
  • Carmel wins regional title over Fort Wayne North Side
    Once the Greyhounds settled in, the outcome was never truly in doubt. 

    Carmel erased an early deficit and claimed the Class 4A Logansport regional championship Saturday night with a 54-42 win over Fort Wayne North Side. 

    “I’m so happy for these guys, because they’ve worked for it,” said Carmel head coach Ryan Osborn.”Early in the year, I would say, we didn’t do a very good job of keeping our composure. Now — we’re a veteran group that gets it.” 

    Keion Brooks put the Greyhounds’ composure to the test from the jump. Brooks, who is the top rated player in the 2019 class in Indiana and 22nd nationally, knocked down a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers that helped the Legends take a 9-4 lead. 
  • Athlete of the Week: John Michael Mulloy

    Carmel junior John Michael Mulloy was a key piece in the Greyhounds sectional championship run last week. The Butler-bound prospect reeled off three straight double-figure scoring games to help lead Carmel to the Class 4A Sectional 8 Championship at Noblesville.

    Mulloy started the tournament with a game-high 16 points in a 33-24 Carmel win over Westfield on Feb. 27. Three days later, the 6-9 forward dropped 14 points and corralled seven rebounds in the Greyhounds semifinal victory against the Hamilton Southeastern Royals.

  • Five area ballers have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State. 

    The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) announced the 75 high school seniors — 39 girls and 36 boys — who received the honor Wednesday, which incudes Noblesville’s Emily Kiser, Hamilton Heights’ Kayla Kirtey, Tomi Taiwo of Carmel, Jeremy Szilagy of Fishers and Guerin Catholic’s Jack Hansen and Zach Munson. 

    "The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities," said IBCA executive director Steve Witty. "Rather, in many cases, a player's success in the classroom directly contributes to his or her success on the floor.” 
  • Indiana Girls All-Stars announced
    Thirteen players have been selected for the 2018 Indiana Girls All-Stars, it was announced Tuesday.

    Those chosen to the team will play three games in June -- one exhibition game against the Indiana Junior All-Stars as well as home-and-home contests against the Kentucky All-Stars.

    The 2018 Indiana Girls All-Stars, listed alphabetically, are: Angel Baker of Pike, Jenasae Bishop of East Chicago Central, Mackenzie Blazek of Whiteland, Leigha Brown of DeKalb, Nia Clark of Ben Davis, Amy Dilk of Carmel, Katlyn Gilbert of Heritage Christian, Cassidy Hardin of Center Grove, Emily Kiser of Noblesville, Anna Newman of Evansville North, Tomi Taiwo of Carmel, Kayana Traylor of Martinsville and Michaela White of Pike.
  • Coach's Corner: Aaron McRill
    Q: If you could be the character of a movie, TV show or book, which one would you be and why?

    A: Easy ... Batman. Who doesn't love gadgets and vigilante justice? What makes Batman the best superhero is that he has zero superpowers — He’s just a man. Still, he manages to hand it to Superman. Batman all the way.

    Q: If a crystal ball could tell you anything about your future, what would you want to know?

    A: To be honest, I don't want to know. I like surprises. Life is an adventure. If I know before it happens, I'm might be cheating myself out of the greatest adventure yet.
  • Hamilton County well represented at Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 scrimmages
    Heritage Christian was the place to be Sunday afternoon for fans of Indiana high school girls basketball. 

    The school hosted the 37th annual Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 girls scrimmages — two sessions consisting of the elite seniors in the state.

    Hamilton County was responsible for some of the best talent on display with Carmel’s Amy Dilk, Blake Smith and Tomi Taiwo, Toni Grace of Fishers and Noblesville’s Emily Kiser participating in the second session. 

    The moment was not lost on Dilk.

    “It is definitely an honor,” she said. “Competing and playing with the top talent of the 2018 class — just a really great opportunity.” 
  • The Carmel Lady Greyhounds sprinted out to a fast start to their season with a first-place finish at the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference Indoor Championship on Saturday. 

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

    “This time of year is really tough for the team as we all are still trying to see what pieces we have and where we currently stand,” said Carmel head coach Aaron McRill.
  • Carmel claims 4th straight sectional title
    One of the toughest tasks in a basketball game, much less a sectional championship, is playing from behind. 

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

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

    “I thought our guys did a great job of keeping their composure, because earlier in the season we didn’t do a very good job of that,” said Carmel head coach Ryan Osborn. “This team’s learned — they’re together — they’re figuring out how to finish games … They really stuck together.” 
  • Carmel outlasts Southeastern, earns spot in Sectional 8 championship
    Carmel is one step closer to a sectional championship after Friday night’s 62-56 win over Hamilton Southeastern in a Class 4A Sectional 8 semifinal contest at The Mill at Noblesville. 

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

    Southeastern held Carmel to just three points in the game’s first six minutes, as the Royals grabbed an early 7-3 lead. Behind Jenkins, the Greyhounds fought back to lock the score at 10-all by the end of the quarter. 
  • Fifteen seniors and 15 underclass girls basketball players have earned IBCA/Subway "Supreme 15" All-State honors for 2017-18.

    For the fourth year, the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association also named Large School All-State teams (15 seniors, 15 underclass) and Small School All-State players (15 seniors, 15 underclass).

    The "Supreme 15" is the top honor awarded, and players were voted to that group without regard to school size. The Large School and Small School all-state teams are secondary accolades -- the Large School group including players from Class 3A and Class 4A schools and the Small School group including players from Class A and Class 2A schools. Players who make the Supreme 15 are not considered for Large School or Small School honors.

  • Top 60 seniors under one roof

    Sixty of the top high school senior girls basketball players in the state will be under the same roof this Sunday — and the workout is open to the public for an admission fee of $8 ($5 for students).

    The girls — compiled by Hoosier Basketball Magazine — were selected from approximately 1,400 senior players in Indiana. Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted during the season and throughout the state tournament to determine Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60, according to a press release.

    The Top 60 Senior Workout includes the state’s top two leading scorers— Daijah Smith, of Gary Lighthouse CPA (28.7 points per game) and Leigha Brown of DeKalb (28). Four other attendees are among the state’s top scoring leaders.

  • Carmel outlasts Westfield in defensive affair

    Westfield entered Tuesday’s Class 4A Sectional 8 battle against Carmel with a plan – slow down the game and see what happens.

    Carmel, however, countered with just enough patience and the scoring of 6-10 junior John Michael Mulloy in a 33-24 victory at The Mill at Noblesville. Mulloy scored 16 points and used his height to help alter just enough Westfield shots in a second half that saw the Shamrocks rally from a double-digit halftime deficit.?

    “Westfield did a nice job of coming back,” Carmel head coach Ryan Osborn said. “They had a couple nice cuts and drives to the basket, and we lost our composure a bit during that stretch.”

     
  • Twenty-four players have been selected for the IndyStar Indiana girls Junior All-Stars for 2018.

    Players in the core group include Jorie Allen of Bedford North Lawrence, Shaila Beeler of Warren Central, Rikki Harris of North Central, Lilly Hatton of North Harrison, Maddie Nolan of Zionsville and Hannah Noveroske of Michigan City.

    The Junior All-Star team is determined by the 20-member Indiana Basketball Coaches Association all-state panel in conjunction with its selection of the IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State Team. The Junior All-Stars will play two games against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars on June 1 and June 2 at sites to be announced.

  • IHSAA basketball sectional preview

    The 108th annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament tips off Tuesday at 64 sectional locations around Indiana. 

    Four hundred three teams will participate in this year’s tournament, with sectional championships scheduled for Saturday. The regional round is slated for March 10
    and semi-states for March 17. The four state championship games will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 24 — but a lot needs to be settled on the court before then. 

    About the Draw


    To conduct the random drawing for the tournament, the IHSAA places ping-pong balls that represent each school in a sectional into a lottery-style air mix machine, an IHSAA press release explains. A motorized fan in the bottom of the machine blows the balls around the inside of the transparent container and air then forces each ball up through a tube in random order. The first ball retrieved from the machine is the visiting team — the second ball is the home team.

  • Swim State Finals prelims
    The Greyhounds started their quest for a fourth straight IHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving State Championship in style Friday night at the Natatorium at IUPUI. 

    Carmel's Wyatt Davis, Stefano Batista, Drew Kibler and Andrew Couchon began the preliminaries with a new state-record (1:28.00) in the 200 medley relay. The time, which is the No. 2 all-time mark in the nation (1:27.74), was just under the state record that Zionsville set last year. 

    Kibler did set a new national record in the 50 freestyle (19.38) and is seeded first in today’s finals. Couchon (20.55) and Westfield’s Chris Kenney (20.86) both advanced to the final heat, too, with fifth and sixth-place finishes, respectively. Jared Holder, the lone swimmer from Hamilton Heights, finished in a three-way tie for 13th (21.19) and will advance to the consolation heat for the first time. 
  • State Finals' rivalries set to be renewed
    Jared Holder was surprised he qualified for the IHSAA Boys Swimming State Finals last season. This year, the Hamilton Heights junior expected he’d make it. 

    Holder earned his place at the 2018 State Finals with state times in the 50 freestyle (21.27) and the 100 backstroke (49.98) — both school records. He’ll race in Friday’s preliminaries at the Natatorium at IUPUI looking to advance to Saturday’s finals for the first time. The last remaining Husky swimmer, Holder’s also racing for more than just himself. 

    “It’s such an honor to represent the school and the community,” Holder said. “I’m not just representing myself — I’m representing something much bigger.”

    Holder will face stiff — although familiar — competition in both of his events. 
  • Advancement: First through eighth place participants qualify for this weekend's state finals.

    Place Name (Grade) School Score

    1 Cole VanDevender (12) Fishers 577.00
    2 Caiden Lake (11) Oak Hill 451.55
    3 Clayton Vandervate (11) Lafayette Jeff 429.10
    4 Cameron Poe (12) Western 397.25
    5 Nathan Barr (11) Hamilton Southeastern 380.00
    6 Garrett Garwood (12) Hamilton Southeastern 378.15
    7 Samuel Bennett (9) Delta 366.65
    8 Jared Newman (10) Noblesville 361.15
  • Coach's Corner: Chris Plumb
    Coach's Corner is a weekly 'Q' and 'A' featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week's volunteer is Carmel’s boys and girls swim coach Chris Plumb.

    Q: You just celebrated a girls state championship — how does this one compare to previous championships? How is each title unique in its own way? 

    A: I have won 12 girls state championships and six boys state championships. They are all different and my philosophy is this; have strong principles but flexible in methods. This team was tight and created as strong of a bond than I have seen before. They swam for each other, and they rose up to for those around them. We did everything they could so they became this unit, and when it clicked, it was something special. 
  • Event 2 Boys 200 Yard Freestyle

    Name Year // School Prelims Finals Points 
    A - Final
    1 Mitchell, Jacob SO CAR 1:41.45 1:38.09 20 
    2 Rothrock, Augustus FR CAR 1:42.42 1:40.57 17 
    3 DeLong, Alec JR CAR 1:45.04 1:41.65 16 
    4 Calvin, Brett JR WEFL 1:47.66 1:44.17 15 
    5 Helms, Aaron SR NOBL 1:48.01 1:45.45 14 
    6 Wolfred, Jack JR NOBL 1:48.30 1:45.99 13 
    7 White, Max JR KOKO 1:47.56 1:46.32 12 
    8 Fenimore, Cody SR WEFL 1:46.79 1:47.31 11 
  • Class 4A No. 1 Warren Central remained unbeaten with a comeback 66-65 victory over No. 13 Carmel Friday night. The win sealed the Warriors’ second straight Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference title.

    Carmel (13-7, 5-2) led by five with less than a minute in the fourth quarter, but Warren Central (23-0, 6-0) continued to fight. 

    With 36 seconds left, Dean Tate drove to the basket and hit a layup for the Warriors, cutting the score to 62-61. After Jalen Whack converted a pair of free throws for Carmel, Joe Rush tied the score at 64 on a 3-pointer off of a find by senior point guard Antwaan Cushinberry. 
  • 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. 
  • IHSAA Boys Swimming, Diving Sectionals Prelims

    200 Yard Medley Relay

    1 Carmel: (1:35.44) Wyatt Davis (So), Stefano Batista (Sr), Jota Iwase (Jr), Andrew Couchon (Sr) 
    2 Noblesville: (1:44.15) Nick Beeson (So), Sam Bleisch (Sr), Andy Buna (So), Lawson Crum (Jr) 
    3 Northwestern: (1:45.60) Nick Jozwiak (Jr), Mitchell Harrell (Jr), Michael Bolyard (Sr), Ethan Breisch (Sr) 
    4 Maconaquah: (1:45.97) Alex Davis (Sr), Hunter Hays (Jr), Brendan Manus (Sr), Nolyn Tubb (So) 
    5 Tipton: (1:46.85) Gavin Campbell (Fr), Zach Juday (Sr), Ayden Stanley (Fr), James Moll (Sr) 
    6 Western: (1:47.93) Cullen Dalpoas (So), Palmer Harrell (So), Gary Purcell (Sr), Trey Shock (So) 
    7 Westfield: (1:48.67) Nathanael Brown (Jr), Ryan Baird (Fr), Kevin Estrada (Jr), Matthew Sawyer (Sr) 
    8 Hamilton Heights: (1:52.04) Jared Holder (Jr), Logan Fakes (Sr), Joe Ringer (So), Josh Glover (Jr)

    200 Yard Freestyle

    1 Jacob Mitchell (So), Carmel (1:41.45) 
    2 Augustus Rothrock (Fr), Carmel (1:42.42) 
    3 Alec DeLong (Jr), Carmel (1:45.04) 
    4 Cody Fenimore (Sr), Westfield (1:46.79) 

  • 80th Annual IHSAA Wrestling State Finals preview

    Two hundred and twenty-four wrestlers in all, 16 in each of the 14 weight classes, will begin first round competition of the 80th annual IHSAA Wrestling State Finals Friday at 6 p.m. First-round winners will return to wrestle Saturday with quarterfinal action beginning at 9:30 a.m. and semifinal matches to follow after all weight classes have concluded. Consolation bouts begin at 5 p.m. and championship matches under the spotlight are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. 

    Returning champs include Brayden Curtis of Yorktown (113), Cayden Rooks of Columbus East (126) and Alec Viduya of Roncalli (126). A third former champion is also involved in the 126-pound class with Asa Garcia of Avon. Garcia won the 106 class as a freshman and placed third a year ago at 113 pounds.