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  • Records were made to be broken — and another just happened over the weekend.

    Take a bow Sydney Parrish!

    I remember when Zach Gunn broke the Hamilton Southeastern boys career career scoring record, set by  2012 Indiana Mr. Basketball Gary Harris. Gunn surpassed the current NBA star’s all-time scoring record in 2017. Gunn 1,660 points . . . Harris 1,552 points.

    That was big. 

    So is Parrish’s accomplishment, adding a page in the school’s girls record book.

    The Oregon-bound Hamilton SE senior has totaled 1,404 points so far for her career. That broke the school mark last weekend for HSE girls basketball, held by 2013 graduate and Indiana All-Star and Naismith Award winner Taya Reimer, who had 1,374 points.

  • WESTFIELD - The Fishers Tigers traveled to Westfield for the opening round of the IHSAA Sectional 4. 

    The last time these two teams met back on Oct. 11 which saw the Tigers come away with a 19-14 win. 

    This time around the Rocks got their revenge as they dominated the Tigers and ran away with a 42--14 victory. 

  • FRANKLIN - The Lady Royals finished HCC play with a perfect 7-0 record defeating Franklin Central 25-16, 25-13, 25-13 on Thursday night. 

    The Royals were led by Abby Weber with five aces 15 digs and five kills. Delaney Garner added 12 kills and Grace Hunter had eight kills. Carly Mills led the team defensively with 17 digs and Kyla Berg added 11 digs. 

  • 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. 

  • It was a back and forth affair with the Arabians of Pendleton Heights on Monday night as the Millers opened up sectional play. Luckily for the Millers, the scoring chances tilted in their favor. The Arabians played a very condensed, defensive formation with one lone striker high up the pitch. This made it difficult to break their defense, but in the end the Millers were able to find the back of the net five times to secure the victory in the first round of IHSAA Sectional Playoffs.
  • Here are some things we know and don’t know about the 2019 Indiana high school football season after the first four weeks:

    Will the current Noblesville football team post a win this season?

    The crystal ball is still a bit foggy, says my friend the Football Wizard who has watched a lot of Noblesville football over the years.

    Right now, all that seems certain is that you don’t win if you can’t score points.

    And the Millers haven’t scored many points. Not so far, anyway. They’ve scored 14 points twice; 7 in another; and have been shut out in yet another.

    They are averaging 8.8 points per game . . . and their defensive average is 35.3 points. In addition, Noblesville has rushed for only 292 yards, passed for 124 and produced 130 reception yards. 

    In all fairness to coach Justin Roden and his staff, Noblesville lost a nucleus of good players from the 4-6 team in 2018, and the 2019 team is young and inexperienced in several spots.

    And keep in mind that the Millers started the season 0-4 against a murderous schedule, featuring Cathedral, Carmel, Fishers and Westfield, all ranked teams.

    Regardless, due to Hamilton Heights’ rousing, 36-0 victory over Northwestern last week, Noblesville now finds itself as the lone winless football team in Hamilton County. 

    Can Noblesville turn the tables on Zionsville (2-2) this week? That’s Homecoming for the Millers. Certainly all of the hoopla surrounding that could, and likely should, help the cause.

    Can the Millers defeat Franklin Central or Hamilton SE in road games? Possibly, but keep in mind that those teams have shown much improvement so far this season, and they’re certainly much better, more competitive than they were in 2018. Senior QB Andrew Hobson passed for 259 yards against Fishers.

    What about Brownsburg on the Millers turf on Oct. 11 and then the regular-season finale on Oct. 18 against Avon?

    Those last two are likely much taller orders.

    Noblesville must win its final five games to go 5-4 and secure a rare regular-season winning record. A lot of good things must happen for that to happen. And posting the school’s first winning season since 2001 obviously remains a long shot.

    So back to the crystal ball: All the Football Wizard can see is a shadow of someone scratching his head in all of that fog.

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

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

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

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

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

     
  • 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.

  • Eighteen high school students from across the Hoosier State — including one from Hamilton County — will begin next school year as members of the 2019-20 IHSAA Student Advisory Committee, also known as SAC.
    Nine juniors, including Fishers junior Brynn Urban, will join nine seniors to receive hands-on leadership experience in various areas via several IHSAA-sponsored events as well as serve as a voice to the IHSAA staff.
    Each year, the IHSAA receives nominations from school principals on behalf of student-athletes from IHSAA member schools. From that group of nominations, 20 are selected from interviews by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee and returning members of the SAC. From those interviews, nine incoming juniors are invited to join the group of nine returning seniors.
  • 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.
  • The Fishers Tigers (17-7) took on Anderson Indians (7-17) in the first round of sectional play on Tuesday, and the Tigers defeated Anderson by a score of 65-51, which means they will advance to Friday night’s quarterfinal game where they will face the reigning sectional champions — the Carmel Greyhounds — in Carmel.
    Fishers was led by junior guard Alex Szilagy, who managed 20 points and 3 steals. Junior Justin Long and freshman Jeffrey Simmons each added 12 points.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ELWOOD – The Noblesville wrestling team finished in second place at the IHSAA Sectional on Saturday afternoon.
    In addition to the team finishing second, the Millers also advanced nine wrestlers to next weekend's IHSAA Regional at Pendleton Heights High School. Included in the nine wrestlers advancing for Noblesville is Justin Johnson-Sparks, who was the sectional champion in the 138-pound weight class.
    Miller wrestlers advancing to the regional are: Justin Johnson-Sparks, Dalton Huffman, Sebastian Dillon, Sam Wertz, Tim Alexander, Keaton Sepiol, Cesar Sierra, Dewayne Simpson and Zack Knoll.
    The regional competition will be on Saturday, February 2nd at 9:30 a.m.
  • 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...
  • HSE girls basketball beats Zionsville 53-33
    Last Friday the Lady Royals improved their record to 20-1 with a win over Zionsville. The Lady Royals had a complete team win to secure the conference title finishing 7-0. 
    Leading the way scoring for the Lady Royals were Parrish with 17 points, Hamilton with 12, Jackson added 9 and Maulucci had 8 of her own. 
    Leading rebounders were Hamilton with 7, Jackson with 4, Maulucci with 4 and Irvin with 4.
  • Fishers coach reflects on program's 1st title
    At last, the Fishers’ baseball program brought a championship home.

    It wasn’t easy, but the Tigers defeated Cathedral 4–3 to earn their first IHSAA Class 4A State Title June 16.

    “It was an overwhelming feeling, especially the crowd we had that night, the fans that came down from Fishers were amazing,” said Fishers head coach Matthew Cherry. “The electricity in the crowd and the excitement of finally winning a state title – (I was) so excited for our guys to experience that.”

    Cherry said this season was a total team effort, and the Tigers were only able to accomplish amazing things because everyone was on the same page.

    This Fishers’ squad was the ideal definition of a team: coming together to achieve a common goal, and they did it while having a good time. No one cared how they did it or what they did to earn this goal, all they wanted was to reach it.
  • The IHSBCA No. 2 Fishers Tigers defeated the Cathedral Irish 4-3 at Victory Field on Friday night to claim the school’s first state championship in baseball.

    The Tigers and the Irish were tied at No. 1 in the IHSBCA Preseason Poll, so it was fitting for the two schools to face each other in the championship game.

    The Irish struck first scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the first. After a one-out walk, the Irish runner stole second base, advanced to third on a throwing error from catcher Kiel Brenczewski, and continued home on the same play when centerfielder JJ Woolwine overthrew third base. 
    Like they have done all year, however, the Tigers answered.

     
  • The IHSBCA No. 6 Fishers Tigers baseball team (23-7, 15-3) won the 2018 Hoosier Crossroads Conference (HCC) by completing the sweep of No. 7 Zionsville with a 7-5 victory Saturday afternoon. 

    The Tigers won the HCC for the seconf time in as many seasons becoming the first team to win back-to-back HCC Championships since Zionsville did so in 2011-12.

    The Tigers jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the first inning. JJ Woolwine was hit by a pitch to leadoff and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Craig Yoho reached on an error, which allowed Woolwine to advance to third. Yoho proceeded to steal second base, and the Eagles’ catcher’s throw ended up in centerfield allowing Woolwine to score the first run for the Tigers. 

     
  • The IHSBCA No. 6 Fishers Tigers (19-7 / 12-3) clinched the series over Westfield Saturday with a 6-0 win in Game 3. 

    Starting pitcher Grant Richardson (4-0) was dominant on the mound. Richardson only faced four batters above the minimum in the complete game shutout, allowing two hits while striking out 12 and walking none. After a leadoff infield single, Richardson retired 13 batters in a row. 

    The Tigers also delivered one of their most selfless days at the plate. JJ Woolwine ledoff the game stretching a routine single into a double. After an out, Richardson reached on his own double when a tough popup fell between three Shamrock defenders. Woolwine could only advance to third on the play as he waited to see if the ball would be caught. Kiel Brenczewski plated Woolwine on a RBI groundout. 

  • The IHSBCA No. 3 Fishers Tigers baseball team (13-3/8-1) won their eighth straight game and completed a three-game sweep of the Brownsburg Bulldogs with a 19-6 victory Saturday afternoon.

    The Tigers jumped out to a quick lead, scoring 10 runs with 2-outs in the first inning.  The Tigers added three runs in the second, two runs in the third and four in the seventh.

     As a team, the Tigers pounded out 17 hits with 10 different players collecting at least one hit.  Craig Yoho led Fishers with four hits and four RBIs. JJ Woolwine added three hits, two of which were doubles, and two RBIs. Jack Roudebush contributed three RBIs on two hits, including a double. Kiel Brenczewski also had a pair of hits and two RBIs. Collin Shelton contributed an RBI double, and Alex Jamieson picked up an RBI when he was walked with the bases loaded. 

    Ben Burton reached base all six times he came to the plate. Burton collected three RBIs overall coming from a single, four walks, and a hit by pitch. He also scored three runs. Tristan Baker was on base four times, scoring three runs.

     
     
  • The IHSABCA No. 3 Fishers Tigers baseball team (12-3/7-1) defeated the Brownsburg Bulldogs 8-7 in 10 innings on Friday night to win Game 2 of the Hoosier Crossroad Conference series.

    The Tigers scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take what appeared to be a commanding 7-3 lead heading into the final inning. However, two different two-out errors allowed the Bulldogs to score four unearned runs to tie the score and send the game to extra innings.

    With two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, Matthew Wolff scored the winning run for the Tigers on a wild pitch. Wolff led off the inning with a single and proceeded to steal second and advance to third with a great read on a ball in the dirt. Wolff’s aggressive base running put him in position to score the winning run on the wild pitch. 

    Wolff (1-0) not only scored the winning run, but also earned the victory on the mound pitching 3.1 innings of relief. Wolff entered the game with two outs in the seventh and the go ahead run on third. He induced a groundball to end the inning and continued to pitch brilliantly during the next three innings. Wolff struck out three and did not allow a hit.
  • The Fishers varsity baseball team won the annual Mudsock Trophy Friday night by winning the second game of the three-game series with crosstown rival Hamilton Southeastern Royals 10-8. The Tigers completed the sweep of the Royals with a 12-2 run-rule victory in the series finale, which was rescheduled from Saturday to Friday due to the forecast. 

    In the first game on Friday, the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. JJ Woolwine led off the game with a single up the middle. Craig Yoho followed with a double off the left field fence and Woolwine scored the first run moments later on a wild pitch. After a walk put runners at first and third, Grant Richardson appeared to be picked off and broke toward second and was hit in the back with the ball. As the ball trickled away, Richardson reached second and Yoho raced home from third to score. Kiel Brenczewski followed with an RBI single to plate Richardson, and the score was 3-0 before an out was recorded. 

    The Royals quickly answered back, however, with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first from Jacob Daftari. 
  • Fishers hires boys soccer coach
    The Fishers High School Athletic Department announced Friday the hiring of Phil Schmidt as the new head coach of the boys soccer team.  

    Schmidt comes to Fishers after 12 years as the boys soccer head coach at Avon High School. Schmidt compiled a record of 181-40-31 at Avon, along with four HCC championships, nine sectional championships, five regional championships, two final fours and a state runner-up finish in 2013. 

    Prior to Avon, Schmidt coached at Lutheran High School, where he led the program for five seasons and compiled a record of 40-38-8 along with sectional and regional titles in 1999. 
  • The IHSBCA No. 3 Fishers Tigers baseball team (7-3, 3-1) won the first game of the Mudsock Series against the Hamilton Southeastern Royals by a score of 16-3 in five innings. The Tigers bats came alive pounding out 11 hits, including a grand slam, two additional homeruns, a triple and four doubles.

    The Royals scored an unearned run in the first inning to take the lead 1-0, but the Tigers answered back with a run in the bottom of the second. Kiel Brenczewski poked a two-strike pitch into the right field corner to lead off the inning with a triple. Matthew Wolff followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 1-1. 

    The Royals punched back in the top of the third, scoring an earned run on a double. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the frame, the Tigers bats came alive scoring 10 runs, including nine in a row.

     
  • The IHSBCA No. 3 ranked Fishers Tigers baseball team won at Greenfield Tuesday night by a score of 13-8.

    The Tigers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead when JJ Woolwine led off the game with a bunt single, and Craig Yoho followed with a two-run home run to left centerfield. Yoho’s home run was his third of the year and the ninth of his career, setting the school’s career home run record. 

    Fishers added another run in the first inning, when Alex Jamieson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Greenfield scored two runs in the bottom of the first thank in part to four walks, two wild pitches and a pair of passed balls. 
  • Toughness defined the final game of the series between the Noblesville Millers and the Fishers Tigers baseball teams Friday. With snow flurries in the air and gusting winds abound, the Millers were able to pull out a 6-3 win.

    “I think our kids were much tougher than last night,” said Noblesville coach Justin Keever. “It’s gritty, not pretty, right? So I think that’s what it comes down to -- we can’t worry about what we looked like, we’ve just got to go out there and just compete.”

    The Millers got off to a fast start with D.J. Owens hitting an early single that brought Tyler Owens in from second base, but Fishers fought back as JJ Woolwine scored thanks to a Grant Richardson base hit that followed a dropped fly ball and a wild pitch.

    Noblesville added to its total in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings but the biggest difference according to Keever came on the mound.

    “I thought Reese Sharp was really strong,” Keever said. “Kade Gorman (then) comes in and slams the door.”
  • Fishers sweeps doubleheader against Noblesville

    Noblesville High School baseball coach Justin Keever summed up his team’s performance pretty matter-of-factly following a 7-2 loss to Fishers in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday at Donald J. Dunker Field.

    “We just have to be better at the plate,” Keever said, as Tigers pitchers struck out 18 Miller batters of the 21 outs. “Things like that, we simply need to clean up, and the only way to do that is to just go back out there.”

    Fishers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader. Two of those runs came on Tigers’ pitcher Grant Richardson crushing a pitch over the right field wall for a two-run homer.

    “(Richardson) is a great hitter as it is,” Fishers coach Matthew Cherry said. “But, his teammates give him a hard time because he hits better when he is pitching. But it was good for him to get that lead before he went on the mound.”

     
  • COACH'S CORNER: Matt Cherry

    Coach's Corner is a 'Q' and 'A' featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week's volunteer is Fishers varsity baseball head coach Matt Cherry. 

    Q: What path did you take to get to get to where you are today as the varsity baseball head coach at Fishers?

    A: This is my 12th year at Fishers. I was hired to begin the program in the fall of 2006, coaching in the school’s inaugural season in the spring of 2007. I am the only coach in Tiger Baseball history. We had four losing seasons our first four years, but have built a solid tradition with five winning seasons in the last seven years, including finishing 27-6 in 2017 and winning the school’s first HCC and Sectional Championships. We began last season ranked No. 2 in the IHSBCA Poll and finished the regular season ranked No. 3 before beating No. 1 Carmel in the Sectional Championship.

    Q: Who is your favorite MLB team? How old were you when you started to like them, and what drew you to the franchise?

    A: My favorite MLB team is the Chicago Cubs. I started watching the Cubs when I was old enough to watch TV. They were on WGN every day after the Bozo Show, and I would literally watch almost every game every day during the summer. My favorite player growing up was Mark Grace (that is why I wear No. 17). However, I’ve learned over the years that he was/is not the best role model. 

  • The IHSBCA Preseason No. 1 Fishers Tigers varsity baseball team (3-2) split the second day on their annual Tennessee trip, defeating Shelbyville Central (TN) 8-1 before losing 8-7 to the 2017 State Runner-up Stewarts Creek (TN) on a two-run walkoff home run on their home field.

    In Game 1, Mason Thomas (1-0) made his varsity debut on the mound and pitched five brilliant innings. Thomas retired the first 11 batters he faced and finished with six strikeouts, while allowing two base runners on a single and a hit batter. Griffin Rhoads pitched a perfect sixth inning, and Matthew Wolff pitched the seventh, striking out a pair and allowing one unearned run.

    As the weather warmed up, the Tigers bats came alive, pounding out 10 hits. Wolff led Fishers at the plate finishing 3-4 with three RBIs. Alex Jamieson hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to dead centerfield. Kiel Brenczewski contributed two hits, and Grant Richardson reached base three times on a single and two walks.
  • The Hamilton Southeastern girls varsity lacrosse team came out on top of a back-and-forth affair with Fishers Saturday, as the Royals came from behind to keep the Tigers winless on the young season.

    Fishers led 5-4 at the half, but Southeastern made a couple defensive changes during the break that helped spur the Royals to a 10-6 victory.

    “We made some adjustments,” Hamilton Southeastern coach Adrianne Wagner said. “Our players improved their passing and approved their attack, and that made a big difference. They did a much better job of going after – and getting – the ground balls, and our passing helped us keep possession. Just being more aggressive … allowed us to take control.”

  • All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference boys basketball team named

    The Hoosier Crossroads Conference revealed its 2017-18 All-Conference teams for both boys and girls basketball this week, and there’s a local flavor on the rosters.

    On the boys side, Noblesville’s Ryan Barnes and Xavier Hines represent the Millers. Barnes, a senior, averaged 7.9 points and a team-high 4.7 rebounds in 22 games. Hines, a junior, led the Millers in scoring with 13.5 points per game.

    Westfield junior Zach Banks and senior Josh VanDyke also earned spots on the roster with excellent seasons on the court. In 23 games, Banks averaged 16 points, 2.4 rebounds and an assist. VanDyke finished the year with averages of nine points, 3.9 rebounds and an assist per contest.

  • 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.” 
  • 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.” 
  • 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.” 
  • Tigers pounce on Indians in semifinal rematch
    There was no comeback for the Indians this time. 

    Three days after clawing out a double-overtime win against Noblesville in the first round of the Class 4A Sectional 8 tournament, Anderson wasn’t able to break through against Fishers. 

    The Tigers pounced on the Indians from the jump and held on late to earn a spot in tonight’s championship game with a 72-58 win Friday at The Mill at Noblesville. 

    “I thought it was the best that we’ve done at paying attention to the game plan,” said Fishers head coach Matt Moore. “We got the ball (inside), and it kind of set the tone of how we tried to play … I thought our guys did a good job of playing through the traps … and I thought that was key.”
  • 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.

  • Kylee Leffew earns All-Region honors
    GREENVILLE, SC -- The National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) named Kylee Leffew, a member of the Bob Jones University Bruins women's basketball team, to the NCCAA DII South All-Region teams.

    Leffew, a junior middle school education major from Fishers, earned 2nd-Team All-Region honors.

    "We're so proud of Kylee and thankful she is a part of our program," Bruins head coach Mike LeViere said. "She has worked so hard and is an essential part of our team's success. She is a wonderful lady on and off the court and I'm happy to see the other coaches in the region recognize her play."
  • Leffew earns Player of the Game
    GREENVILLE, South Carolina -- Kylee Leffew was named the PlanFIRST Player of the Game for the Bob Jones University Bruins women's basketball team Feb. 23.

    Leffew had a double-double performance with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Trinity College.

    Leffew is a junior middle school education major from Fishers.
  • 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.

  • Carmel wins fourth straight swim state final
    Earlier this month, the Carmel girls swim program won their 32nd consecutive state title. On Saturday, it was the boys’ turn to dominate at the Natatorium at IUPUI. 

    The Greyhounds earned their fourth consecutive — and seventh in the last nine years — IHSAA Swimming and Diving State Finals with a state-record team score of 417. The runner-up, Franklin, finished with a score of 203. Carmel’s wins in nine of 11 events is also a record. 

    Senior Drew Kibler was a part of four first-place finishes for the Greyhounds, including the 200 medley relay team with sophomore Wyatt Davis, senior Stefano Batista and senior Andrew Couchon who narrowly missed the national-record time (1:28.00) the quartet set in Friday’s prelims. 
  • 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. 
  • Fishers can't end Warren Central's undefeated season
    Warren Central opened Thursday’s contest at Fishers in style and finished in domination on its way to a 67-39 win and an undefeated regular season. 

    On the first play of the game, Warriors’ guard Dean Tate lobbed an alley-oop that teammate David Bell through down for a slam. Warren Central (25-0) scored the first 10 points of the night, before Fishers (11-11) was able to get a pair of free throws from junior Terry Hicks with just over six minutes in the first. 

    The Tigers didn’t fold, however, and cut the score to 21-14 after one quarter of play. Hicks, who finished with a team-high 16 points, and senior Jeremy Szilagyi led a Fishers’ charge that brought the margin to just two at 23-21. That would be the closest the Tigers would get the rest of the way. 

    Warren Central answered Fishers’ rally with a 13-1 run sparked by the tenacious defense the Warriors have displayed all season.
  • 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
  • Fishers got off to a great start at the boys swimming sectional finals Saturday with the 200 Medley Relay of seniors Kyle Haflich and Joel Crull and juniors Trevor Adcock and Cory Jacocks winning the first event in a new school record time.

    The Tigers used the momentum en route to a final team score of 533 and a first place finish. Hamilton Southeastern finished second with 506 points, and Yorktown came in third with 246. 

    In the 200 free, Fishers junior Drake Stallworth, senior Sam Kuhn senior and Nick Harris finished first, second ad third, respectively. In the 200 IM, the Tigers earned another sweep with Haflich, sophomore Aaron Frollo and Jacocks. Haflich also set a new school record in the event.
  • 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.

     

     

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

    Notable first-round bouts (weight class): (113) Carson Eldred, Westfield, vs. Kade Zadylak, Norwell. (120) Brendan Mattingly, Carmel, vs. Brock Peele, Portage. (138) Alex Strueder, Fishers, vs. Blake Mulkey, Brownsburg. (160) Jack Eiteljorge, Carmel, vs. Malik Hoover, Merrillville. 
  • Carmel girls extend state swimming title streak to 32
    Carmel's girls swimming program extended their state high school championship streak with their 32nd consecutive team title in the IU Natatorium Saturday. Kelly Pash won the 100 and 200 freestyles, and Trude Rothrock won the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Butterfly to lead the Greyhounds, who also won the 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle relays.
  • IHSAA Girls Swimming State Finals Prelims

    The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday’s prelims will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats.

    200 Medley relay 

    1 Franklin Community: Jessie Fraley (11, Kabria Chapman (9), Ali Terrell (11), Gracey Payne (9) 

    2 Hamilton Southeastern: Abby Harter (10), Madison Kertin (12), Hannah Pugh (11), Emily Barnes (12) 

    3 Bloomington South: Gillian Boggs (9), Mackenzie Looze (12), Phoebe Rensink (11), Julia Wolf (12) 

    4 Carmel: Colleen Duffy (9), Grace Estabrook (12), Trude Rothrock (12), Grace Pangburn (11) 

    5 Chesterton: Jaclyn Klimczak (11), Jenn Gillen (11), Olivia Kroeger (9), Jadah Eshenaur (11) 

    6 Fishers: Corinne Yorkman (10), Miya Wai (11), Nicole Rueff (11), Ellen Fero (10)

  • The first through eighth place participants qualify for the state finals

    1 Jackie Brenn (11) Homestead 485.15
    2 Halli Siwik (11) Hamilton Southeastern 445.40
    3 Mallory Walker (11) Homestead 429.75
    4 Kayla Luarde (12) Homestead 421.95
    5 Morgan Casey (9) Fishers 414.20
    6 Sarah Ballard (10) Hamilton Southeastern 406.85

  • Wrestling State brackets to be announced on IHSAA TV

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

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

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

  • The Hamilton Southeastern Royals won their 18th IHSAA Sectional title in school history Saturday, scoring 518 points and qualifying a number of swimmers and divers for next week's State Finals. Fishers finished second. 

    Event Winners and Automatic State Qualifiers
    200 Medley Relay: Abby Harter, Madison Kertin, Hannah Pugh, Emily Barnes (1:43.48, sectional champions, new sectional record, new pool record, state cut)
  • Special players step up when it matters the most — and Sydney Parrish is a special player. 

    The Hamilton Southeastern sophomore scored a game-high 31 points Friday night in a 60-35 win over Fishers in the Class 4A Sectional 8 semifinals at Fishers. 

    “I thought we played pretty good baseball for three quarters,” said Fishers head coach Lauren Vail. “Then in the fourth quarter, I don’t know if we ran out of steam … I was proud of our kids. They fought, and that’s all I can ask of them.”
  • Coming into Thursday night’s contest, both Westfield and Fishers had played in three overtime games already this season. 

    So, naturally, 32 minutes wasn’t enough time to settle this matchup between the Hoosier Crossroads Conference foes. 

    The Tigers ultimately won by a final score of 63-56, but the Shamrocks had a chance to win at the end of regulation. 

    “I was proud of our guys tonight,” Fishers head coach Matt Moore said. “But credit to Westfield, man. Those guys played — they played well, and they hit shots.”
  • Fishers takes out Westfield in 1st round
    It wasn’t pretty, but the Lady Tigers advanced. 

    In a back-and-forth first-round matchup in Class 4A Sectional 8, Fishers generated just enough offense for a 41-36 win over the Westfield Lady Shamrocks Tuesday night. 

    “Early in the year, I think we would have folded,” said Fishers head coach Lauren Vail. “We play a tough schedule, and I think that pays off in situations like (Tuesday), where you’ve been in that grind.” 
  • IHSAA yearbooks, handbooks now available on IHSAA.org

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

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

  • Tigers claw back but fall in overtime
    The Fishers Tigers lost Saturday night’s boys basketball matchup at Lawrence North 77 - 68 in overtime, but there were still several positives to build on in defeat. 

    Junior Terry Hicks scored 20 points to lead the Tigers, who had four players finish in double figures. 

    The Tigers found themselves playing from behind quickly, as the Wildcats grabbed a 13-9 edge after the first quarter. Lawrence North extended its lead by five in the second and took a 31-22 advantage into the locker room. 

    Fishers wasn’t going to go down without a fight, though. 
  • Fishers holds ceremony for 'Voice' of school
    Wes Shealey sat at the scorer’s table and flipped through his notes in preparation for the Fishers boys varsity basketball game against Arsenal Tech. 

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

    Wes Shealey was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare neurological disease that affects the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement, in May of 2015. Early signs of the disease include stumbling, trouble swallowing and muscle stiffness — symptoms that Wes Shealey experienced years ago. And while ALS has forced him to require a wheelchair, it hasn’t taken his voice. 
  • Cherry voted District Coach of the Year
    The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association will present a District Coach of the Year Award to Fishers High School baseball head coach Matthew Cherry. The coaches of his District voted Cherry as their District Coach of the Year following the 2017 season when his team posted a 27-6 record and won the school’s first IHSAA Sectional Championship and Hoosier Crossroads Conference title.
  • Grace can't save Fishers
    A slow first half doomed the Fishers Lady Tigers Tuesday at Lawrence North. The Wildcats held the Tigers to just 10 points in the first two quarters and held on for a 52-41 win. 

    Toni Grace led the Tigers in points with 13, while Tamia Perryman chipped in with six points, seven rebounds and three steals. 
  • Lady Tigers use late surge to pull out Senior Night win
    The Fishers Lady Tigers celebrated Senior Night game with a 59-52 victory over the Avon Orioles. The Orioles extended their lead to four by the end of the third, but the Tigers used a 24-13 fourth-quarter run to pull out the win. 
  • Tigers take No. 9 Bulldogs to OT

    No. 9 Brownsburg got all it could handle in a 60-54 overtime win at Fishers Wednesday.


  • Tigers take final conference dual meet of season over Millers
    The Fishers Tigers swim and dive teams defeated the Noblesville Millers in the final conference dual meet of the season. The Lady Tigers outpaced the Lady Millers by a final score of 129-58, and the Tigers beat the Millers 122-64.
  • Brownsburg holds off Fishers

    The Fishers Lady Tigers lost a back-and-forth affair against the Brownsburg Bulldogs by a score of 45-39 Saturday. 


  • Most area high schools have canceled tonight’s athletic events due to weather. And finding a makeup date can be difficult, says athletic directors.


  • Fishers cruises over Arsenal Tech

    The Fishers Tigers used a high-powered first quarter to help cruise to a 69-54 home win over Indianapolis Arsenal Tech on Tuesday. Ten different Tigers scored in the game. 


  • Basketball tourneys' pairing show announced

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

  • Former Fishers athlete earns recognition

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


  • A strong first quarter wasn’t enough to help the Fishers boys basketball team upset Ben Davis on the road Tuesday night.


  • The Fishers boys basketball team evened its record at 4-4 on Thursday night with a 62-56 on the road against Muncie Central.

    The Tigers Willie Jackson led the team in scoring with 19 points, and helped fend off a Bearcat run in the second half.