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  • 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.

  • Elvin Caldwell has committed to play college football at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.  

    The standout running back for Westfield High School’s football team lettered three years and led the Rocks in rushing yards and touchdowns his junior and senior year.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - Unlike the girls' swimming state meet two weekends ago there is no clear-cut favorite to win it all this morning.

    Many of the contenders, Avon, Carmel, Zionsville, Bloomington South, Brownsburg and Hamilton Southeastern all had at least one swimmer or relay team grab first in an event on Friday night. This should pave the way for an interesting day of competition at IUPUI's Natatorium today.
  • Fishers' late rally falls short
    FISHERS - Down by as many 20 points, the Fishers Tigers weren't ready to surrender without a fight on Wednesday night.

    Charging back in the second half, the Class 4A Tigers (12-11) cut their deficit to one point late in the fourth quarter in their regular-season finale against Decatur Central (11-10). But despite a 16-point surge by Keegan Kollmeyer, they couldn't quite get over the hump, losing 71-66 on Senior Night.
  • County swimmers set to shine
    Two weekends ago the county's girls' swimmers had their shot at a state title, and in case you missed it, the Carmel Greyhounds won their 29th-consectutive state title.

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

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

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

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

    Noblesville (12-10) will look to avenge an earlier loss to No. 13 Zionsville (17-6) in the Sectional 8 quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 4. Westfield (4-17) and Hamilton Southeastern (7-15) match up with the winner feeding into the Millers' semifinal.
  • FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals boys' swimming team won its 23 consecutive sectional title over the weekend with a total score of 519 points.

    Hamilton County rival Fishers finished just behind the Royals with their total score of 509.

    It was a record-setting day for both the Royals and the Tigers as total of seven swimmers set new records in the pool on Saturday.

  • Tigers clinch first HCC title
    FISHERS - Going into the season the Fishers Tigers boys' basketball team had one goal and that was to win a Hoosier Crossroads Conference title.

    The Class 4A Tigers accomplished their goal on Friday night with a 68-55 win over the Zionsville Eagles to claim the program's first HCC title.

    Both teams came into the contest undefeated in conference play. The Class 4A No. 13 Eagles (17-5, 5-1) had some dominating performances over Westfield, Noblesville and Avon. They also managed to slip past Hamilton Southeastern by a point and defeated Brownsburg on the road.
  • State Preview: Hamilton County sending 10 wrestlers to state
    On Friday night, high school wrestlers from across the state will converge at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis for the 77th annual Indiana High School Athletic Association wrestling state finals.

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

    Hamilton County will be represented by 10 wrestlers at this year's state finals with Hamilton Southeastern sending six, Fishers with two, and Westfield and Carmel with one each.
  • The wait is over: Noblesville wins first sectional title in 19 years
    FISHERS - Their sectional title drought was motivation enough, but on Saturday night it was the Noblesville Millers' heart that elevated them to the height of a champion.

    Rallying around junior Katelyn O'Reilly after she went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter, the sixth-ranked Class 4A Millers banded together and with a decisive second-half surge they put their nearly two decades of sectional futility to rest.

    Working collectively to slow down the up-tempo ninth-ranked Fishers Tigers, Noblesville marched to a double-digit lead and an eventual 55-41 Sectional 8 finals victory to claim its first championship since 1996.
  • Greyhounds tie national record
    INDIANAPOLIS - It was a historic day in the pool for the Carmel Greyhounds girls' swimming team on Saturday afternoon at the IUPUI Natatorium.

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

    Carmel won nine events in the state meet, which is a new state record in itself. The previous record was also held by Carmel, which won eight events in 2011. Six of those wins were individual victories which put the Greyhounds tied with the 1979 Ben Davis girls' swim team for most individual wins at a state meet.
  • Tigers survive semifinal thriller
    FISHERS - Every possession mattered on Friday night, but none more so than in the final minute.

    With a flurry of six combined turnovers in the game's last 50 seconds, Fishers senior Adrianna Murphy made her crucial stand with only seconds left and Tigers trailing 35-34 in the Class 4A Sectional 8 semifinals.

    Finding an opening near the top of the key, Murphy hit a go-ahead jumper with 5.8 seconds remaining to help the ninth-ranked Tigers sink rival Hamilton Southeastern 36-35 and advance into tonight's sectional championship game.

    "The kid's a playmaker," Fishers head coach Michael Gaines said. "She had the hot hand tonight and was doing a great job of shooting her pull up. We felt confident that she could get if off, so we put on an (isolation) scenario and let her go to work, and she stepped up in a big way."

    Just one of many clutch moments in a thrilling tug-of-war rematch with HSE, the Tigers needed every shot to get an opportunity to defend their sectional crown against No. 6 Noblesville tonight at 7:30 p.m.
  • INDIANAPOLIS - It was a record setting night for the Carmel Greyhounds girls' swimming team on Friday night at the IUPUI Natatorium.

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

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

  • Arabians slip past Tigers
    FISHERS - The Fishers Tigers refused to go down without a fight on Thursday night.

    Falling behind early to Class 4A No. 17 Pendleton Heights, the 4A Tigers chipped away to cut the lead to one point by halftime and made a late push in the fourth quarter, but they didn't quite have enough, narrowly losing 50-48 at home.

    The loss halted Fishers' two-game winning streak and extended the visiting Arabians' recent run to four straight, but it didn't come easy.
  • Millers are one step away from title game
    FISHERS - The expressions said it all. As each Noblesville girls' basketball player jogged off the court on Tuesday night, slapping high-fives with fans and each other following their 60-55 win against rival Carmel in the Sectional 8 opener, the spring was back in their steps.

    Finally turning their backs on the team's longest losing streak of the season, the once bewildered looks turned back into confident smirks and laughter.

    Weight, pressure, pregame nerves? Not anymore.
  • Tigers take the first step
    FISHERS - The Fishers Tigers didn't come into Wednesday night with a chip on their shoulder, but the defending sectional champions definitely took the floor at Hamilton Southeastern High School with a purpose.

    Sprinting out to a 15 point lead by halftime, the Class 4A ninth-ranked Tigers never allowed the Zionsville Eagles to find an offensive rhythm, shutting down their Sectional 8 first-round opponent with ease to win 46-21.

    "This sectional is about us coming out here and setting the tone," Fishers' senior Adrianna Murphy said. "We know if we defend well, our offense will come easier with our intensity on defense."
  • The girls' swimming season comes to conclusion this weekend at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. Finalists from all over the state will have the opportunity to grab a state title but few areas will be as well represented as Hamilton County.

    Among Hamilton County's finalists, Carmel returns two swimmers who are not only state champions in individual events but also state-record holders.
  • LINDEN -Hamilton Southeastern claimed the team championship and advanced seven wrestlers at the North Montgomery regional Saturday. Those seven will head to the New Castle semistate on Saturday where they will be two wins away from a state finals berth.

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

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

  • FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern girls' swim team recovered from a slow start on Saturday afternoon to clinch their second sectional title in three years.

    The Royals won the sectional crown during the 2012-13 season but lost it last season to rival Fishers.

    After winning the first three events of the day, the Fishers Tigers looked well on their way to winning their second-consecutive sectional title.

  • ANDERSON - The Fishers Tigers boys' basketball team had a pretty easy time on Saturday night as they raced past the Anderson Indians 83-63.

    Nearly every player for the Tigers (11-8) was able to score at least a point as they routed the Indians (4-15) for their second straight win.

    Senior Keegan Kollmeyer had the hot hand shooting 12 of 18 from the floor. He scored 30 points to lead all scorers.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - In their final regular-season game of the year the Class 4A No. 9 Fishers Tigers girls' basketball team took care of business.

    The Tigers (18-5) waltzed into Decatur Central on Friday night, put on a show and left with a 54-38 win over the Hawks (3-18).

    Great defense has been something that the Tigers have excelled at all season long. With the victory, the Tigers have held opponents to less than 40 points eight times this season.

  • WESTFIELD - Last weekend Fishers head coach Joe Leonard remarked that the Tigers' game against Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Westfield would be the toughest game they played all season.

    He was on to something because the Class 4A Tigers had their hands full on Friday night against a 4A Shamrocks team whose record is somewhat misleading.

    The Tigers (10-8, 5-0) were challenged by their hosts, but they used an impressive 26-point effort in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback and get a 60-56 win over the Shamrocks (3-14, 0-6).

  • FISHERS - On Thursday evening the Hamilton Southeastern Royals and the Fishers Tigers girls' swimming teams competed in the Fishers Sectional preliminaries where the top 16 in each event advance to the sectional final on Saturday.

    In the 200 yard free, Fishers advanced Lauryn Parrish (1:51.53), Carissa Schneider (1:58.53), Elisabeth Peskin (1:59.37). HSE advanced Hannah Ballard (2:02.05) and Emily Barnes (2:04.03).

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

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

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

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Fishers girls' basketball team defeated Lawrence Central 48-27 on Tuesday night to improve its record to 17-5.

    The Class 4A No. 9 Tigers jumped out to an 18-2 lead at the end of the first quarter to eventually win their second straight game.

    Brooke Sugg scored nine of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter.

    The Tigers were up by 16 at the half and took care of business in the second half behind Adrianna Murphy, who finished with eight points behind 3 of 6 shooting and two free throws.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • FISHERS - It was a tale of two halves on Saturday night as the Fishers Tigers boys' basketball team took on the Class 4A No. 8 Lawrence North Wildcats (14-3).

    The Tigers (9-8) gave a valiant effort in the second half but the late surge was stopped short and they fell to the Wildcats 61-56.

    Lawrence North senior Pat Bacon and the Wildcats pushed the pace early and often in the first quarter and had the Tigers gasping for air. Every missed shot by the Tigers was quickly grabbed off the glass and tossed down court for an easy fast break layup.
  • Tigers beat Pike on Senior Night
    INDIANAPOLIS - The Class 4A No. 10 Fishers Tigers girls' basketball team played their final regular-season home game on Friday night against the Pike Red Devils.

    The Tigers (16-5) went out in style grabbing a hard-fought 63-55 win over the Red Devils (14-7).

    It was also senior night for Fishers on Friday, and the Tigers' seniors put on a show.

  • FISHERS - The Fishers' girls basketball team put up a fight on Tuesday night, but the tenth-ranked Class 4A Tigers eventually fell to No. 2 4A Lawrence North 47-43.

    After being knotted up at 26 at the half, the Tigers trailed by three points after the third quarter and even carried a six-point lead midway through the fourth quarter before the Wildcats went on a decisive 10-0 run to end the game.

    Fishers was outscored 21-17 in the second half, only mustering eight points in the third quarter and nine in the final eight minutes.

  • FISHERS - The Fishers Tigers continued to dominate the pool on Saturday, nearly sweeping the competition.

    The girls' team defeated Greenfield Central by a score of 145-41 and beat Carroll by a score of 116-70 to complete the sweep.

    It didn't go as well for the boys' team, however, who beat Greenfield Central 125-61 but just fell short against Carroll, who beat Fishers 98-88.
  • FISHERS - The Fishers Tigers swimming team blew the competition out of the water on Friday night in the Fishers Tigers College Event Classic.

    The girls' team won with a score of 592 which was nearly 200 points better than second-place Carroll High School. The boys' team captured first prize with its score of 548 also topping Carroll, which finished with 439 points.

    The College Event Classic features many of the same events that all state high school swim teams compete in. However, it also includes some other events that many of these swimmers will see when competing at the next level.

  • AVON - Junior Kara Gerka has been the go-to scoring option for the Class 4A No. 9 Fishers Tigers girls' basketball team for much of the season.

    On Saturday afternoon she was the only scoring option as the Tigers slinked past Hoosier Crossroads Conference Avon 45-36.

    The Tigers (15-4, 4-2) needed every bit of Gerka's season-high 32 points to get past the pesky Orioles (5-13, 1-4).

  • FISHERS - The Fishers Tigers boys' basketball team remains undefeated in Hoosier Crossroads Conference play after taking care of the Avon Orioles 54-50 on Friday night.

    The Tigers (9-6, 4-0) were locked in a battle all night long but in the end proved to be too much for the Orioles.

    It was a back and forth game with neither team willing to concede an inch. The Tigers led throughout the contest, but the Orioles were always keeping in step.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tigers sweep Millers
    FISHERS - The Fishers Tigers swim teams ruled the pool, sweeping the Noblesville Millers in their dual meet on Tuesday night.

    The Fishers girls' swimming team kicked off a 130-53 win versus Noblesville by winning the 200-yard medley behind swimmers Lauren Parrish, Lauren Edelman, Maggie Jahns and Emily Foster with a time of 1:52.12.

    Parrish also captured the 200 IM with a time 2:08.19. Jahns won the event that followed by swimming for a time of 25.74 in the 50 freestyle.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Fishers Tigers boys' basketball won its second straight game on the road Saturday against the Bishop Chatard Trojans.

    The Tigers (8-6) had big nights from their star players on the way to a 79-70 win over the Trojans (4-8).

    The Tigers got out to early 23-17 lead in the first quarter and continued to pile it on in the second period to give them a 43-31 advantage heading into halftime.

    However, Chatard would not go down without a fight.

  • BROWNSBURG - The Class 4A No. 10 Fishers Tigers girls' basketball team continued its winning ways on Friday night with a 47-44 win over Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Brownsburg.

    Defense and late-game clutch free-throw shooting was key for the Tigers (14-3, 3-2) in their win over the Bulldogs (10-6, 1-3).

    The Tigers jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter but struggled to find any offense in the second. Fortunately for the Tigers the Bulldogs had a hard time finding shots as well and were only down 18-16 heading into halftime.

  • BROWNSBURG - The Fishers Tigers boys' basketball team took a trip to the west side on Friday and came away with a 55-51 win over Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Brownsburg.

    With the win, the Tigers (7-6, 3-0 HCC) snapped the Bulldogs' (11-4, 1-1 HCC) three-game winning streak.

    The Tigers and the Bulldogs were deadlocked at 10 points after one quarter of play. However, both teams turned up the offensive intensity in the second quarter with the Tigers putting up 21 points in the second.

  • FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals girls' swimming team took home top honors at Saturdays' Hoosier Crossroads Conference meet.

    The Royals finished with a score of 421.50 and were 14.5 points ahead of second-place finisher Zionsville and were 15.5 points better than rival Fishers, who beat them just three days prior.

    They claimed victory in five events including the 200-yard medley relay, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 100 backstroke. The Royals were also just two tenths of a second away from taking down Zionsville to grab another win in the 400 freestyle relay.

  • FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals boys' swimming team might have finished third in conference, but they took home bragging rights among Hamilton County Schools.

    The Royals finished with 332 points, four points better than rival Fishers, who beat them on Thursday to win the Mudsock.

    The Royals got the meet started off right by winning the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Joe Young, Wilson Clark, Nick Pfanstiel and Quinn Teague squeezed out a win with a time of 1:36.22.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Fishers' Tigers girls' basketball team won its sixth game in a row on Saturday by defeating the North Central Panthers 74-60.

    The Tigers (13-3) had big days from their three starts en route to a win over the Panthers (6-8).

    Junior Kara Gerka shot 81 percent from the field for 29 big points to lead all scorers. It's her 14th game in double figures and her seventh game scoring more than 20 points. She is the team's current leading scorer averaging 17.3 points per game.

  • FISHERS - The temperature outside was frigid but inside the Fishers High School Natatorium things were just heating up and it only got hotter as the night wore on.

    The Fishers Tigers boys' and girls' swimming teams swept rival Hamilton Southeastern on Thursday night for the first time in school history and captured the Mudsock trophy.

    The boys' team won by a total score of 102.5 to 83.5 and the girls' team edged out a win by a total score of 96-90.

    One of the highlights of the night didn't occur in the packed, 10-lane competition pool but at the other end of natatorium with the diving competition.

  • Royals capture Mudsock
    FISHERS - Winning has become the norm for the Hamilton Southeastern wrestling team this season.

    Ranked 10th in the state by the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association and undefeated in dual meet competition so far this year, anything less would seem out of character.

    On Wednesday night, however, victory took on a whole new meaning.

    It always does anytime the coveted Mudsock in on the line.
  • Tigers thrash Arsenal Tech
    FISHERS - The Fishers Tigers girls' basketball team put on an offensive show on Tuesday night as they defeated the Arsenal Tech Titans 67-28.

    Five players scored in double digits for the Tigers (12-3) as they dominated the Titans (6-7). Brooke Sugg led the team with 18 points, 12 of which came from behind the 3-point line.

    As a team, the Tigers shot 53 percent from the field. It's the fifth time since their loss against rival Hamilton Southeastern that the Tigers have shot 50 percent or better in a game.

    "I think we've gotten kind of relaxed a little bit," head coach Michael Gaines said. "I don't think it had anything to do with that game but we have grown in our understanding that we can't rely on just three scorers."
  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Fishers boys' basketball team gave it all they had in the fourth quarter but didn't have enough as they fell to the Ben Davis Giants 65-62.

    The Tigers (6-6) went with a new starting lineup against the Giants (6-3). The Tigers started Tyler Wolfe, Brady Fleming and Shawn Taylor in place of the usual Luke Wehner, Cameron Wolter and Lance Dollison.

    After a less than stellar performance in the first half the Tigers outscored the Giants 47-35 in the second half but just couldn't find those last four points to overcome the Giants.

  • GREENWOOD - The Class 4A No. 14 Fishers Tigers started strong, and junior forward Kara Gerka finished ever stronger.

    Grabbing an offensive rebound in the game's waning seconds, Gerka hit a last-second put back to propel the Tigers to a 61-60 road victory against 4A No. 10 Center Grove on Saturday.

    The win marks Fishers' fourth consecutive and third straight against a 4A foe.

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

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

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

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

    Fishers stayed close and led 6-4 to start the game, but Carmel opened up the offense and clamped down defensively to take the lead for good behind a 17-7 run.
  • INDIANAPOLIS - The game plan was the same for the Fishers Tigers boys' basketball team on Tuesday. Move the ball around and take good, open looks at the basket.

    This time though the Tigers (6-4) stuck to the game plan for all four quarters as they routed the Springboro (Ohio) Panthers (4-5) 76-58 on Tuesday afternoon.

    The Tigers were so good passing the ball that they finished the ballgame with 17 assists. Their overall season-best mark for assists is 22, which came in late November against Shortridge.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Fishers boys basketball team didn't stick to the script long enough as they fell to the North Central Panthers 69-47 in the first semifinal game of the Men's North Central Tournament.

    The Tigers (6-4) played three excellent quarters of basketball to keep pace with the Panthers (8-0) but couldn't keep up in the fourth quarter on Monday.

    Head coach Joe Leonard was pleased with how his team performed for most of the game but admitted that things went really flat late.

  • Record-setting performance propels Tigers to tournament title
    HANOVER - The Fishers girls' basketball team put together a record-setting second day at the Rumble on the River with senior Brooke Sugg leading the charge.

    Breaking three school records on Saturday, Sugg propelled the Class 4A No. 14 Tigers to a 74-35 victory against Connersville in the semifinals and a 62-40 win over Columbus East in the title game to give Fishers its fourth consecutive Rumble by the Rivers championship.

    In the semifinals, the Tigers took a commanding 18-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back to win by nearly 40 points.

  • Tigers win, advance into Rumble on the River's final four
    HANOVER - The Fishers girls' basketball team took care of business on Friday afternoon, defeating Class 2A Austin 52-41 in the quarterfinal round of the Rumble on the River.

    The 4A No. 14 Tigers (8-3) advance to the tournament's semifinals today at 9 a.m.

    Fishers will face 4A Connersville (7-5) with the winner moving onto the championship game where either McCutcheon (10-1) or Columbus East (6-4) will await. The title game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. If the Tigers lose, they will compete in the third-place game at 6 p.m.

  • FISHERS - The Fishers Tigers boys' basketball team couldn't find an answer for Jamel Barnes and the Muncie Central Bearcats' fast-paced attack as they fell 70-66 in their final home game of 2014.

    The Tigers (5-3) played from behind during most of the game and didn't have enough to get past the Bearcats (4-4).

    It's just the third time this season that the Tigers have allowed an opponent to score more than 70 points this season. The Tigers are 0-3 when they allow an opponent to score more than 70 points. The Tigers are 5-0 when they keep teams under 70.

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

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

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

  • Royals fight back to win Mudsock
    FISHERS - It was a tale of two halves for the Class 4A No. 10 Hamilton Southeastern Royals on Saturday night. After a tough first-half the Royals bounced back and beat archrival Fishers 45-40.

    The Royals (10-1, 3-0) were down by 17 points heading into halftime but shutdown the Fishers Tigers (7-3, 2-2) in the second half to come away with the victory.

    Fishers started the game with a 7-0 run and hit their first four shots from the floor with ease and were suffocating on defense, holding the Royals to 26 percent shooting in the first half.
  • FISHERS - The Fishers Tigers boys' basketball team used a strong second half on Friday night to get by rival Hamilton Southeastern 50-45 to win the Mudsock.

    The Tigers (5-2, 2-0) had big nights from Luke Wehner and Cameron Wolter to beat the Royals (1-5, 0-2).

    Wehner scored 17 points off of 67 percent shooting and Wolter added 15 points to help the lead the Tigers to victory. Wolter also added seven rebounds.

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

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

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

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

  • Like most of us, long checkout lines, gridlocked traffic jams and ugly sweaters are probably perched high atop your Christmas list of to-dos this time of the year.

    Honestly, it wouldn't be the holiday season without these tried-and-true traditions. What's a warm and fuzzy Christmas morning without them?

    The same can be said for the days after Christmas aka the holiday hangover. It's a time to decompress - and for those lucky enough to have some time off - go have some fun, return some white elephant gifts and relax until the wackiness of New Year's Eve.

  • NEW CASTLE - The Fishers Tigers wrestling team is rolling. After finishing 4-1 at the Westfield Invitational a week ago and dismantling Muncie Central on the road last Thursday, the Tigers remain one of the strongest programs in the county with a 5-0 showing on Saturday.

    Fishers claimed five one-sided dual victories to win the New Castle Invitational and improve their season record to 15-2.

    "Our goal for this meet was to go 5-0, which we did," Fishers head coach Jake Harreld commented. "The team competition wasn't too difficult but each school had a few really good wrestlers that challenged us. A couple of our guys got their first loss of the season today, and they will learn from those setbacks as we head into the Hamilton County meet next weekend."

  • Fourth quarter propels Millers to victory
    FISHERS - Another game, another 25-point fourth quarter to secure the win for the Noblesville girls' basketball team.

    The Millers (9-0, 3-0) wore down the Fishers Tigers (7-2, 2-1) 45-33 on Friday night to come away with a hard fought victory. It was the second game in a row where the Millers were forced to come from behind to get the win.

    The comeback should be of no surprise to Miller fans, the team came from behind last weekend to beat North Central in a similar fashion. Head coach Donna Keck credited her players' toughness in Friday night's win.
  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Fishers Tigers boys' basketball team completed the comeback in the fourth quarter to get past the Warren Central Warriors on Thursday night 55-53.

    The Tigers (4-1) fought back from 10-point deficit going into the fourth quarter but showed tremendous grit and determination to get the win over the Warriors (3-2).

    Fishers kept it close most of the way never letting the Warriors gain a lead larger than five points. At halftime the Tigers were only down 25-20.

  • Millers, Tigers set to collide
    Two of the top Hamilton County girls' basketball teams are set to do battle tonight when the fifth-ranked Class 4A Noblesville Millers travel to 4A Fishers to take on the Tigers.

    Both teams are in the upper echelon of high school girls' basketball this season and have demonstrated that by handling their opponents with ease.

    The Millers (8-0, 2-0) shook off a foul-ridden season opener against Arsenal Tech to win their next seven games by an average of 31.6 points. The Millers are shooting an excellent 45 percent from the field and are averaging just over 41 rebounds a game.

  • MUNCIE - The Fishers wrestling team faced minimal resistance from the Muncie Central Bearcats on Thursday night.

    Claiming nine weight classes, Fishers overpowered Muncie Central 51-27 to improve their record to 10-2.

    Eight Tigers recorded pins during the one-sided dual. Alexander Strueder (106 pounds), Andrew Nicholson (126), Noah Scott (132), Alex Willams (138), Daniel Montes (152), Dan Stevens (182), Chase Bowser (220), and Steven Chakiry (285) all won by fall.

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

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

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

  • On Tuesday evening the Fishers Tigers' swimming and diving teams lost in a dual meet to Zionsville. The girls lost 103-81 while the boys lost 108-77.

    What carried the way for Zionsville early on was their performance in relay events. For the Tigers, Brad Jacobs was able to win an event for the boys in the 200 yard freestyle by having a winning time of 1:46.81.

    As for the girls, Abby Schneider did her best to contribute by winning the 500 freestyle with a winning time of 5:06.71.

    Fishers hosts the Tiger Claw Diving Invite on Saturday.

  • MOORESVILLE - The Class 4A Fishers Tigers kept their winning streak alive on Saturday afternoon with an upset victory on the road against No. 8 Mooresville 56-49.

    The win extended the Tigers' recent run to four game while halting the Pioneers' five-game streak.

    Trailing 16-12 after the first quarter, Fishers charged back to take the lead with a 16-point second quarter, leading the game 28-23 at halftime.

    Matching Mooresville blow for blow in the third, the Tigers put the game away with consistent shooting from all angles.

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

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

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

  • Millers lose their touch
    If you live by the three you often die by the three. At least that's how the old basketball saying goes and on Friday night the Noblesville Millers didn't live up to their stellar 3-point shooting.

    Noblesville lost their 3-point shooting touch against the Fishers Tigers and the game 55-42 whose zone defense really stifled the Miller offense. The Millers entered the game shooting 69 percent from behind the arc and 61 percent from field goal range. On Friday the Millers shot 35 percent in both categories.

    The Millers made seven 3-pointers on the night and most of the time that will be good enough to get a win, but the Millers lacked a consistent inside game, which helped them in their previous two games.

  • Several local wrestlers have staked claim for a second consecutive week at their respective weights in the latest state rankings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Guerin Catholic's Sara Osinski, a senior forward, was placed on the girls' third team, but the Golden Eagles weren't done there.
  • FISHERS - After five years of winning 11 games or more, the Fishers Tigers found themselves in uncharted territory in 2013-14, finishing below .500 for the first time since 2008.

    Against a difficult schedule, the Class 4A Tigers opened the year 1-7, falling to ranked powerhouses such as Hamilton Southeastern, Pike, Warren Central, and Carmel. After a win against East Chicago Central in late December, things turned around with a four-game winning streak and two victories in the team's final four games.

    Though they move on without last year's leading scorer in Devin Chaudion, who paced the offense with 19.1 points per game, the Tigers return otherwise intact. With experience on its side, Fishers will look to flip their negative 4.0 point average margin from last season into net gains in 2014-15.

    Coach Joe Leonard welcomes back three key seniors in his eighth season and a junior standout in 6-foot-7 forward Cameron Wolter.

    As a sophomore frontliner, Wolter scored 10.4 points per game and hauled in 5.7 rebounds. Around him a trio of seniors in 6-1 guard Josh Lloyd, 6-2 Keegan Kollmeyer (4.6 ppg) and 6-5 forward Luke Wehner return.

    Lance Dollison, another rising 6-4 junior, brings a 5.7 points per game average back. Classmates Zach Eaton, a 6-0 guard and the starting quarterback for the Tigers this past season, and 6-0 guard Andre Small are also back in the mix after logging varsity minutes last season.

    Eaton averaged 3.3 assists per game.
  • Fishers, Westfield take top two spots at invitational
    WESTFIELD - Fishers and Westfield finished first and second in the 2014 Kristen Rice Westfield Invitational on Saturday. The Tigers had 604 points, Westfield compiled 491 points and Jay County came in third with 417 points.

    The first meet went well for the Shamrocks considering the level of competition they were facing. Besides Westfield there were two other teams that had swimmers qualify for last year's state meet. Fishers placed third overall last year and Jay County placed 35th. The Shamrocks tied for 29th in last years' state meet.

    Roncalli, Brebeuf Jesuit and Yorktown were the other three teams in the meet and with a packed house it made for a very loud atmosphere.

    "It just adds to the fun," said Westfield head coach Kyle Messmore. "It just gets louder and louder in here, and it makes the kids on all the teams swim really well. It breeds a fast environment because the kids get so excited about it."

    Varsity got things kicked off with the 200-yard medley relay. The Shamrock's team of Zoe Williams, Emily Verbrugge, Carly Ruggles, and Madeline Steele placed third in the event with a time of 1 minute and 56.76 seconds. The second Westfield relay team of Jessica Steele, Sydney Ruggles, Molly Ruggles, and Julia Hawkins finished sixth with a time of 2:02.61.
  • Tigers edge Shamrocks for victory
    FISHERS - It was a battle of Class 4A schools on Friday night. The Westfield Shamrocks girls' basketball team played the Fishers Tigers on the road in a game that came down to the wire. However, the Tigers were able to escape by the skin of their teeth 45-42.

    Early in the game, the Shamrocks found themselves struggling with the speed of Fishers' guards - mainly Adrianna Murphy. Fishers put Westfield in a difficult position by going on a 12-3 run halfway through the first quarter.

    The Fishers' guards pressed on nearly every inbound in the first half, which also prevented the Shamrocks from getting anything going offensively. Once again, the speed was just too much at the end of the night.

    Westfield head coach Shane Sumpter thought the final score came down to one thing.

    "We let them dictate what we did offensively," he said. "That's what this game boiled down to."
  • The Hamilton Southeastern wrestling team opens the season 15th in the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association (IHSWCA) preseason poll. The Royals finished 25th at state.

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

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

  • Fishers dominates Valparaiso, falls to No. 9 Lake Central
    FISHERS - A hot start against Class 4A Valparaiso fueled Fishers to victory, but a slow first half proved too much to overcome versus 4A No. 9 Lake Central as the Tigers split in doubleheader action on Saturday.

    Winning the morning session 50-29 against the Vikings (1-2) and losing 50-44 to the Indians (2-1) in the evening, the host 4A Tigers improved to 3-1 on the season following a competitive Fishers Classic, which also included rival 4A Hamilton Southeastern (3-0).

    The Tigers didn't play HSE during the tournament. However, each did participate in two games.

    Fishers open the day with Valparaiso and wasted little time building a substantial 28-10 lead by halftime.

    With three players reaching double figures in scoring, Fishers' senior Brooke Sugg shot an impressive 75 percent from 3-point range to finish with 10 points. The guard hit 3 of 4 from long range and added a pair of assists and steals.
  • Fishers Tigers claw back late to win over Ben Davis
    FISHERS - The Fishers girls' basketball team came back from a double-digit deficit late in the fourth quarter to rally past the Ben Davis Giants 58-54.

    Great defense and clutch free-throw shooting were key for the Tigers as they surged past the Giants.

    Down nine as they entered the fourth quarter, the Tigers committed some costly turnovers that put them down by as many as 11 points.

    But the Tigers cleaned up their act, stayed tough and managed to get the win. The Tigers showed a lot of grit to be able to come back and win, and none were more impressed than head coach Michael Gaines.

    "I'm extremely impressed," he said. "We had every opportunity to roll over and die, but our kids are extremely resilient and they deserve all the credit."

    The Tigers were led by their senior guards Brooke Sugg and Adrianna Murphy, who not only hit some clutch free throws but also made some big time shots and forced some key turnovers late.

    "Adrianna and Brooke bring a level of intensity," said Gaines. "Their quickness, their tenacity really amps things up another level."

    Their speed and lock-down defensive play made the Ben Davis guards struggle to find the open player. Murphy defended her player so well that at one point in the fourth quarter she just grabbed the ball from the Giants' player and took off for an easy basket.
  • Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern open season with wins
    The No. 20 Fishers Tigers kicked off the girls' basketball season on Tuesday night with a strong showing against host Anderson.

    After taking an 11-6 lead entering the second quarter, the Tigers faced a 24-23 deficit at halftime as Anderson poured in 18 points before the break.

    Fishers tied the game at the end of the third quarter and pulled away for good in the fourth to win 46-42.

    Senior Brooke Sugg scored a team-high 20 points, shooting 7 of 15 from the field and draining 4 of 10 from beyond the arc. She added three rebounds and three steals.
  • Boys' swimming season looks 
bright for Hamilton County teams
    The high school boys' swimming season is set to start soon across Hamilton County as many state contenders from last year hope to vie once again this year.

    Last season, the Carmel Greyhounds were Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference and sectional champions. The Greyhounds, coached by Chris Plumb, went on to finish fifth at state.

    This season, the Greyhounds could be led to state by Reilly Garman and Troy Li. They were both key contributors on relays.

    Plumb said that his swimmers put in plenty of work this summer to improve, and it has paid off.

    "Aidrian Jarvis looks to be a state finalist after a terrific summer of training," Plumb said.

    The Greyhounds also have a strong freshman class to look out for led by Brett Sherman, Stefano Batista and Andrew Morozov.

    Elsewhere, the Noblesville Millers will face the adversity of losing several senior leaders from last season.

    This year, the Millers are led by seniors Luke Conner and Nathan Olberding, who were both state qualifiers last season. Underclassmen Justin Ogle and Isaac Johnston also hope to return to state this season.

    The Millers have been sectional runners-up since 2008, but head coach Rich Wolfred believes this season could be different.
  • Tigers hope to continue tradition
    The Fishers Tigers girls' basketball team took advantage of an opportunity to get better last night in a scrimmage against Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Noblesville.

    At first, the Tigers looked like they were still kicking off a little bit of the rust from the offseason as they struggled in the first two quarters of play. Fast-break defense hurt the Tigers as they were unable to get back and stop the Millers from scoring easy layups.

    Offensively, movement without the ball haunted the Tigers. Too many times players were standing around and watching as one player dribbled into traffic and lost the ball. They weren't finding the open shots and instead settling for low-percentage jumpers.

    "We were trying to make too many special plays," said Fishers head coach Michael Gaines. "The little things that need to be done well is where we need to put our focus."

    They bounced back in the final two quarters led by their two senior guards Adrianna Murphy and Brooke Sugg, who controlled the pace for the Tigers.

    "Those two are very strong for us," said Gaines. "They've got the most varsity experience of anybody. They've been playing since they were freshman at this level."

    The Tigers struggled when either Murphy or Sugg were off the court. Even though the team was playing well, often times players were trying to do everything themselves and poor decisions were made with the ball without the quick ball-handlers on the court.
  • The fall sports season has been an exciting and competitive time for the Hoosier Crossroads Conference. With teams and athletes making considerable strides on the courts, courses and fields, the HCC showed exactly why it is often mentioned as one of the state's premier conferences.

    Last weekend, the Fishers Tigers girls' soccer team gave the HCC its second consecutive Class 2A state championship. Avon won the title last year.

    On the golf course, the Hamilton Southeastern Royals placed third as a team while Westfield was sixth during the Indiana High School Athletic Association's state meet last month.

    Individually, Westfield's Cailyn Henderson, The Times Girls' Golfer of the Year, tied for state runner-up honors.

    At the IHSAA state cross country meet, three girls and one boys earned all-state honors while three HCC girls' teams and one boys' team finished in the top 10.

    In football, the Class 5A Westfield Shamrocks continue to push forward, vying for a sectional title this Friday after reaching the state finals last year.

    Recently, the HCC released its official fall sports all-conference teams and named its coaches of the year for 2014.
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