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  • INDIANAPOLIS — The banner read: GCHS — one team, one family.’’

    That pretty much says it all.

    The Guerin Catholic basketball team added an exclamation point to the championship celebration, though, as an enthusiastic student section was as loud and proud and as golden as their shirts, cheering the Golden Eagles on to victory.

    The Golden Eagles, as much of a together group as one could ever possibly imagine,  scratched and clawed and roared back to upend Griffith 62-56 in the Class 3A state championship game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday night.

    Great comeback. Great effort. Great season. Great STATEment!

  • Guerin headed to state

    Guerin headed to state

    Guerin Catholic is headed back to the State Basketball Finals for the first time since 2012, when the Golden Eagles celebrated the school’s first state basketball championship.

    No. 11 Guerin (21-8), which shot 70 percent from the floor on its way to pounding Vincennes Lincoln 64-42 in the Southport Semistate on Saturday, will meet No. 18 Griffith (19-3) in the Class 3A State Finals on March 28 at 6 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

  • The business of coaching

    When it comes to business, Ed Collins is all business.

    When it comes to softball, he’s also all business.

    So it should come as no surprise that the second-year Guerin Catholic coach expects nothing less from his 16-player roster.

     

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Yep, defense wins championships. Usually, that is.

    Will it this time?

    It’s a tough field.

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

  • The Guerin Catholic High School girls lacrosse team pulled out a 10-9 decision over host Zionsville on Tuesday night.

    Sarah Baxter led Guerin Catholic with 3 goals and 2 assists.

    Zionsville led 5-4 at intermission, but the Lady Golden Eagles exploded for six goals in the final period.

    The junior varsity Golden Eagles also defeated Zionsville 9-4.

    "We knew this (Zionsville game) was going to be an extremely tough game coming in. They have a very potent,’’ said Golden Eagles varsity coach Brian Billand. “I challenged my seniors to take control (in the second half).

  • The semistate countdown has begun for coach Pete Smith and his Guerin Catholic basketball team.

    I mean, Saturday will be here before you know it.

     

    The Guerin-Vincennes battle, set for 6 p.m. at the Southport Fieldhouse, should be a dandy.

    Both teams mirror one another in some ways, and statistically they are oh so close.

     

    Guerin averages 62.2 points; Vincennes averages 58.0.

    The Golden Eagles allow 53.3 points; the Alices are a little better at 51.4.

     

    Guerin Catholic is 20-8 and Vincennes 21-6. At neutral sites, the Alices are 6-0, and the Golden Eagles are 7-2. Both of those losses came to ranked teams in the Noblesville Holiday Tournament.

  • Guerin set for success

    Guerin Catholic High school has had a lot of practice cutting down nets in the Greencastle Regional.

    It’s the site of all three of the Golden Eagles’ regional championships, including the past two.

    Sharpen those scissors. There are no guarantees, but you gotta believe that coach Pete Smith’s talented crew has visions of another clipping ceremony on Saturday.

    The Golden Eagles surely feel good about it. Their fans have to feel good about it. The student body, one of the best when it comes to hollering and supporting their boys’ school program is a all about energy!

    First up for No. 11 Guerin is 9-game winner Lebanon, then likely No. 8 Tri-West. Neither can match Guerin in the difficulty of schedule, though Tri-West is close. The Golden Eagles rank No. 42 overall in Sagarin Ratings and No. 4 in Class 3A, and Tri-West is No. 47 and No. 6.

  • Guerin’s Munson is certainly a ‘Take Charge’ player

    Guerin’s Munson is certainly a ‘Take Charge’ player

    Looking back on Guerin Catholic’s second straight regional championship and third in four years at Greencastle, coach Pete Smith could not say enough about the play of junior Christian Munson.

     

    And it wasn’t just the fact that Munson led the Golden Eagles in scoring in both games.

     

    Nope, it was THE CHARGE he took. It had a major bearing in the 62-56 outcome against Tri-West in Saturday night’s Greencastle Regional championship game.

     

    Yeah, THE CHARGE was that big.

  • Mark Morrow: One local team left

    Mark Morrow: One local team left

    And then there was one.

     

    Pete Smith and his Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles are excited to be that ONE and to be honored to carry the Hamilton County banner in the Indiana high school basketball tourney while heading into Saturday’s Southport Semistate.

     

    But the veteran coach said he was pulling for the other two county schools — Carmel and Hamilton Heights — to also get through last week’s regionals.

  • Golden Eagles win finale
    It was a night for celebration, and the Class 3A No. 11 Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles did plenty.

    Jumping all over the visiting 4A Anderson Indians with a special Senior Night starting lineup on the floor, Matt Holba erupted for 18 first-half points and the Golden Eagles rolled to a 69-56 victory to wrap up the regular season.
  • 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.
  • PENDLETON - The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles boys' basketball team let one slip away on Friday night as they lost to Class 4A No. 18 Pendleton Heights in overtime 60-55.

    The Arabians (17-5) rallied from 14 points down to defeat the 3A No. 12 Golden Eagles (14-8).

    Sean McDermott of Pendleton Heights was able to drive the lane for a bucket with just 1:08 left in the game to force the extra period.
  • INDIANAPOLIS - Guerin Catholic was missing three players from its lineup during an early-December loss to Indianapolis Herron.

    Those players returned for the postseason rematch and their impact was noticeable. Guerin held a double-digit lead over the final three quarters of a dominating 55-23 win over Herron in a semifinal of Class 3A Sectional 26 at Brebeuf Jesuit.

    The Golden Eagles (10-16) will meet No. 13 Chatard (16-7) in the sectional championship tonight. The Trojans handled Indianapolis Marshall, 65-11, in the opening semifinal on Friday.
  • Holba's big night leads Guerin past Heritage Christian
    INDIANAPOLIS - Guerin Catholic senior Matt Holba had a chance to tie or break the school's single-game scoring record on Thursday.

    He had the ball in his hands during the final minutes of his team's lopsided 63-46 win over Class 2A Heritage Christian. Just one more basket and Holba would tie the school scoring record.

    Guerin coach Pete Smith called for Holba to take a shot. Then, the Lehigh University recruit passed the ball to an open teammate underneath the basket.
  • 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.
  • Guerin's defense dominates in tourney opener
    INDIANAPOLIS - Guerin Catholic forced eight turnovers in the second quarter against Brebeuf in the Class 3A Sectional 26 opener on Tuesday.

    But that was just the opening act.

    Guerin held the host Braves to one point in the third quarter and controlled the game from that point en route to a 50-42 win. The Golden Eagles (9-16) will meet Herron in the second semifinal on Friday. Chatard and John Marshall meet in that night's opening game.
  • SECTIONAL PREVIEW: No lack of motivation for Golden Eagles
    Guerin Catholic head coach Scott Miller is a firm believer of the tried-and-true adage: it's not how you start, but how you finish.

    Watching his girls' basketball team wrap up the regular season this past Wednesday on the road in Richmond with an 87-24 loss, the Golden Eagles have spent the last five days putting those words into action with the real end game fast approaching - the postseason.

    "I think our girls are focused in. We had a tough night at Richmond. They beat us bad and we didn't come out and play very well at all," Miller remarked on his team's mindset. "We have plenty of motivation to come back and play well this next week."

  • Noblesville's Noon, Heights' Bryant win regional titles
    PENDLETON - Days before the wrestling postseason began, Noblesville senior Derek Noon had a plan. On Saturday afternoon, he followed it to a T.

    "I've kicked it up a notch every step of the way since I've gotten here," Noon remarked on his career prior to the sectional tournament on Jan. 31. "I hope to keep going harder and harder throughout the rest of the season. ... My goal is state."

    Taking the first step last weekend by claiming his third consecutive sectional title at Hamilton Heights, Noon made it 3-for-3 again, winning the 152-pound regional title at Pendleton Heights.

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

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

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

  • Guerin holds off rally, beats Lapel
    Guerin Catholic built a double-digit lead early in the second half against Class 2A No. 7 Lapel, and would need every bit of that cushion.

    Lapel scored on six consecutive possessions late in the fourth quarter. But Guerin got the stop it needed the most in the final minute to pull out a 48-46 win.

    The Bulldogs had the ball with 90 seconds remaining and a chance to tie or take the lead. They let one minute run off the clock before starting their offense and guard Noah Hendershot drove the lane and had a good look, but Guerin's Matt Holba rebounded the miss with 4.9 seconds left.

  • 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 - There was little need to tell Guerin Catholic boys' basketball coach Pete Smith of the full moon overhead. He could tell just by looking at his team on the court.

    The Class 3A No. 11 Golden Eagles scored a season-worst 10 points in the first half against 2A No. 5 Indianapolis Scecina on Tuesday night and never recovered, eventually losing 49-38 on the road.

    Guerin Catholic (12-7) only shot 4 of 17 in the first quarter, including 2 of 9 attempts from 3-point range. To complicate matters more, the Golden Eagles committed eight turnovers in the first half to fall behind fast 19-10.

  • 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.

  • Huskies take second at sectional
    ARCADIA - The Hamilton Heights Huskies came into Saturday's sectional tournament on a hot streak, but the Pendleton Heights Arabians had the numbers.

    Winning three weight class titles, the Arabians advanced 12 wrestlers into next week's Pendleton Heights Regional to take first at sectional with 241 team points.

    The Huskies were second with 184 points despite winning four weight classes. Hamilton Heights pushed eight wrestlers on to regional.

    Before the tournament, Hamilton Heights had won 17 consecutive dual meets, but Saturday was about points and individual advancement.

  • The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles girls' basketball team bounced back after a tough loss on Friday night to beat the Indianapolis Marshall Patriots 62-31.

    Just about everyone got to put their name into the scorebook on Saturday afternoon but none had a better game than junior Sarah Yount.

    Yount shot 75 percent from behind the arc for the bulk of her 20-point effort. Overall, she shot 60 percent from the floor and was perfect from the free-throw line. She has now scored in double figures 13 times this year.

  • LAFAYETTE - Two weeks. Two big road wins for the Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles boys' basketball team.

    The Golden Eagles grabbed a 62-58 win over the Class A No. 7 Lafayette Central Catholic Knights on Friday night.

    The Golden Eagles (12-6) jumped out to an early 20-14 lead after one quarter and then kept pace with the Knights (8-4) for the rest of the ball game.

  • LAFAYETTE - The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles girls' basketball team had a tough outing on Friday night against the Class A third-ranked Lafayette Central Catholic Knights.

    The Golden Eagles (7-15) had trouble finding the basket as they were held to single digits in three quarters of play.

    The Knight's (15-6) attack was relentless as they dropped 26 points on the Golden Eagles in the first quarter alone while also holding the Golden Eagles to just four points.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - In the final primer before the Hamilton Heights Sectional this weekend, the Guerin Catholic wrestling team claimed two dual wins at Cardinal Ritter High School.

    Competing in the invitational this past Saturday, the Golden Eagles lost three but scored key victories against Triton Central 41-34 and the host Raiders 51-24.

    They lost to Whiteland 63-15, Eastern Hancock 60-19 and Crawfordsville 52-24.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Class 3A No. 6 Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles dropped the hammer against rival Brebeuf Jesuit, 65-48, on Friday night.

    The win over the 3A Braves (7-8) snaps a two-game losing skid for the Golden Eagles (11-6), who have played against some very tough opponents these past few weeks.

    The game was close after just one quarter of play but that wouldn't last very long. The Golden Eagles offense got it going in the second and increased their existing three-point lead to 10 at halftime.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - Make it two in row for the Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles girls' basketball team as they defeated rival Brebeuf Jesuit 38-28 in front of a packed house on Friday night.

    The Golden Eagles (7-14) were in command for the entire game but sealed the deal in the fourth quarter with a strong 12-point effort to get past the Braves (2-15).

    Junior Abigail Wampler and the Golden Eagles came out firing in the first quarter scoring 12 points in the period to take an early 12-10 lead. They further extended their lead to five points behind a Kristy Theim buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the second period, but the lead wasn't big enough to get comfortable just yet.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Guerin Catholic wrestling team built off their impressive fifth-place finish at the Muncie Central Invitational this past weekend with a strong showing on Tuesday night.

    The Golden Eagles defeated both Brebeuf Jesuit, 54-14, and Bishop Chatard, 51-24, to sweep their weeknight three-way meet in Indianapolis.

    The wins improved the team's dual meet record to 8-10 on the season.

    Against Brebeuf, the Golden Eagles scored five falls and only surrendered a technical fall and a decision to win.

  • The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles girls' basketball team coasted past the Bowman Academy Eagles on Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak.

    The Golden Eagles (6-14) jumped out early and never looked back en route to their 59-11 victory over the Eagles (2-11).

    The Golden Eagles scored 16 points in the first quarter and their stifling defense held the Eagles to single-digit scoring in every quarter.

  • On Saturday night the Guerin Catholic boys' basketball team hosted the Terre Haute South Braves and walked away with their fifth loss in their last seven games. Behind strong rebounding and shooting, the Braves downed the Golden Eagles 74-59.

    No matter what defense the Golden Eagles deployed on the court, the Braves were finding ways to get the ball in the hoop. One player specifically, sophomore Jaylen Minnett, couldn't miss even if he tried.

    Minnett, who is averaging a little more than 17 points per game this season for the Braves, scored 23 points in the first half. This came with a perfect 7-for-7 performance from behind the 3-point arc in the half. He would finish the game with 31 points on 9 of 12 shooting from long range.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Class 3A No. 7 Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles dropped a close game on the road to the Arsenal Tech Titans 63-60.

    The Golden Eagles (10-5) had the advantage in the early goings against the Titans (9-5) but relinquished their lead and were unable to get it back.

    Nursing a 3-point lead, the Golden Eagles went into the second quarter bent on sticking to their zone defense. The Titans were able to find some gaps in the armor and score buckets all while holding the Golden Eagles to just three points in the quarter.

  • Westfield sweeps three-way meet
    WESTFIELD - On Thursday night, the Westfield swim teams finally shook off some rust.

    Sweeping both the boys' and girls' varsity meets in decisive fashion at home, head coach Kyle Messmore believes his teams are striding in the right direction with the postseason weeks away.

    "Both are starting to show signs of post-Christmas training life," the coach remarked. "At the end of Christmas break they are just dragging. It's hard to get them up for their meet, especially when you go to our conference meet and you're swimming against some of the absolute best teams you can find anywhere."

    At the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Tournament last Saturday, the Westfield girls were sixth while the boys were seventh.

    Against McCutcheon and the Guerin Catholic girls on Thursday, Westfield won a combined 18 events.
  • Golden Eagles' swimmers put in their work
    WESTFIELD - On the back of each Guerin Catholic swimmer's warm-up T-shirts reads four defining words.

    "No pool. No problem."

    As a young girls' swimming team without a home facility, proper training and pool time remain a daily, let alone weekly, obstacle for the building program.

    "That's the mindset, but I don't know if it's the reality, though," head coach Doug Cline honestly remarked. "We're only in the water two hours a week. Most high schools are in six days a week at around two hours a time and maybe around 12 hours of practice total."

    The hill is indeed steep, but the challenge has noticeably been embraced by the team's sheer growth in numbers.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles girls' swimming team took fifth place during this past weekend's Falcon Invitational at Perry Meridian High School.

    The Golden Eagles finished with 32 points overall which left them tied with Roncalli. Franklin Central finished first in the event with 117 points followed by Perry Meridian and Southport, who each finished with 70 and 66 points, respectively.

  • The host Guerin Catholic wrestling team soared to a runner-up finish at its own invitational on Saturday.

    Finishing 4-1 in the six-team Guerin Catholic Invite, the Golden Eagles scored a 57-15 win against Scecina Memorial and a 47-24 victory over Shelbyville.

    The team's only lost was versus Fort Wayne Carroll (Varsity B) 68-6, but Guerin Catholic quickly rebounded with wins against Culver Community 51-11 and Brebeuf Jesuit 45-12.

  • The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles girls' basketball team had an up-and-down game against the New Palestine Dragons on Saturday falling 51-44.

    The Golden Eagles (5-14) started out sluggish on offense and were down eight points to the Dragons (7-7) after the first quarter.

    However, the Golden Eagles would rally back to within three before heading into the locker room at halftime. Yet the offense took another nose dive in the third quarter and the Dragons were able to extend their lead by nine.

  • Golden Eagles tame Trojans
    Known more for his 3-point prowess, Guerin Catholic's Christian Munson showed just how versatile he can be.

    Held in check from deep early on Friday night against rival Class 3A Bishop Chatard, the 3A No. 7 Golden Eagles' 3-point king shortened up his game and rallied Guerin Catholic back to a 73-50 victory.

    "We were settling more in the first quarter and not brining the intensity," said Munson, who finished with a season-high 25 points and four assists. "In the second quarter, we started driving. We just got more aggressive."

    Down 18-10 after the first quarter as Bishop Chatard (3-7) attacked inside-out with 6-foot-6 Samuel Guymon and 6-1 Jake Kelly, the Golden Eagles (10-4) opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run.
  • Trojans soar past Golden Eagles
    For the first few minutes on Friday night, Guerin Cathoilc head coach Scott Miller saw his Golden Eagles soar against Class 3A No. 11 Bishop Chatard.

    Trailing 6-0 early in the first quarter, the girls' basketball team battled back and cut the deficit 8-7, but the quickness of the Trojans was just too overwhelming.

    Scoring 23 unanswered points to close out the quarter, Bishop Chatard ran away from Guerin Catholic and with a 92-41 victory at the Eagles Nest.

  • Guerin Catholic's Holba joins 1,000-point club
    Guerin Catholic senior Matt Holba reached a career milestone last week, and was honored for the achievement in front of the Golden Eagles faithful last Friday night.

    Eclipsing the 1,000-point career mark with his first bucket against Class 4A No. 8 Lawrence North (8-1) on Dec. 30 during the Noblesville Holiday Tournament, Holba joined an elite fraternity as the third player in program history to reach the mark.

    Finishing the Lawrence North game with 13 points, Holba left the tournament with 1,012 points in his career.

  • There just wasn't enough fuel in the tank on Saturday night as the Class 3A second-ranked Guerin Catholic boys' basketball team fell to the Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Knights 52-44.

    The Golden Eagles (9-4) weathered a barrage of 3-pointers from the Knights (4-4) in the first half but couldn't get enough shots to fall and get the win.

    It was the team's fifth game in just six days, but Guerin Catholic head coach Pete Smith says that fatigue wasn't the issue and that it is never an excuse for poor performance.

  • Second-ranked Golden Eagles cruise past New Castle
    The Class 3A second-ranked Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles boys' basketball team put on a shooting clinic Friday night as they soared past the New Castle Trojans 70-49.

    The Golden Eagles (9-3) kept it close with the Trojans (4-3) before pulling away in the third quarter to get their second win in just five days.

    A big issue that the Golden Eagles seemed to overcome on Friday night was learning how to close out games. All three of the Golden Eagles' losses this season have been giveaways that they should have put away.

  • The Guerin Catholic girls' basketball team started out slow on Tuesday night, falling behind fast to the red-hot Class 4A Whiteland Warriors.

    Shooting a blistering 64 percent from the field, the Warriors pulled ahead 18-5 after the first quarter and kept their distance despite a strong push by the host Guerin Eagles to win 61-44.

    Scoring 20 points in the second quarter, Guerin Catholic cut the deficit 35-25 by halftime, but a 26-point second half by Whiteland proved too much to overcome.

  • Golden Eagles lose another thriller to Lawrence North
    The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles came out relaxed on Tuesday afternoon, and it showed as they battled to the end in a thrilling 62-60 loss to Lawrence North.

    Breaking their pregame huddle with few smiles and laughs, pride motivated the second-ranked Class 3A Golden Eagles in their rematch with the Class 4A No. 9 Wildcats to conclude a trying, three-game journey through the Third Annual Noblesville Holiday Tournament.

  • Golden Eagles lose their touch, fall in tournament semifinals
    On Monday night, when the Class 3A No. 2 Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles needed their offense the most, it was nowhere to be found.

    Falling to 4A Crown Point (6-1) in the Noblesville Holiday Tournament semifinals 66-59, Guerin Catholic (8-2) jumped out with an 11-0 run and built a 13-point lead late in the first quarter.

    However, their hot shooting quickly stalled and their cushion all but dissipated in the second quarter as Crown Point mounted its consecutive comeback of the day at The Mill.

    Up 22-11, the Golden Eagles' offense stumbled through an 0 for 8 stretch to start the second quarter, and they shot a frustrating 1-of-10 from the floor with their lead cut to 26-24 by halftime.
  • No. 2 Golden Eagles ready for Noblesville Tournament
    School may be out for winter break, but the Class 3A second-ranked Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles have been busy preparing for the Noblesville Holiday Tournament.

    All of the teams in the tournament are guaranteed three games in two days, but unlike the other seven competitors the Golden Eagles (7-1) will only have two days off before they host 4A New Castle on Friday. They'll also follow that game up with a Saturday matchup at home against 3A Fort Wayne Luers.

  • Golden Eagles defend the Nest
    First, the weight was lifted. Then, it was wiped clean as the Guerin Catholic girls' basketball team won two on Saturday to get back in the win column and capture its own holiday tournament championship.

    The Class 3A Golden Eagles (5-10) opened the day with a decisive 63-22 win against 2A Indianapolis Broad Ripple (3-5) to erase a seven-game drought.

    In the evening, they capped the Guerin Catholic Tournament with a hard-fought 40-35 victory against 4A Elkhart Central (5-10) to post their first two-game winning streak since Nov. 29.

  • The Westfield boys' basketball team and the Guerin Catholic girls' squad both jump into the holiday tournament season today.

    The Class 4A Westfield Shamrocks (1-6) travel to the Shelbyville Tournament and open the four-team event against the host Golden Bears (2-5) at 10:30 a.m.

    If they win, the Shamrocks will play either 4A Indianapolis Roncalli (4-1) or 4A East Central (1-4) in the title game at 7:30 p.m. Roncalli and East Central compete at noon.

  • 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."

  • LAFAYETTE - The top-ranked Class 3A Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles wasted no time getting back into the win column on Saturday night.

    But it wasn't easy.

    A night after Class 4A No. 16 Lawrence North rallied late to defeat them in overtime, coach Pete Smith's squad orchestrated a comeback of their own to beat Lafayette Jefferson on the road in overtime 53-50.

    Lafayette Jefferson led 31-30 at halftime, but no lead was safe for either team as the advantage exchanged hands 12 times and the score was deadlocked on seven occasions throughout the night.

  • The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles girls' basketball team fell behind early and couldn't fight their way back into the ballgame as they fell to the Shenandoah Raiders 57-35.

    The Golden Eagles (3-9) got off to a rough start letting the Raiders (9-1) jump out to a 13-2 run to start the contest. They battled as much as they could but were down 12 points at the end of the first quarter.

    They faired a little bit better in the third quarter doubling their first quarter total but still trailed 14 points heading into the locker room.

  • Top-ranked Golden Eagles fall short in OT vs. Lawrence North
    No matter how hard they tried, the top-ranked Class 3A Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles never felt comfortable on Friday night against Class 4A Lawrence North.

    The No. 16 Wildcats (5-0) just wouldn't allow it.

    "We know at any point they can turn it up on you and go on runs," Guerin Catholic senior Matt Holba remarked on playing the Wildcats. "They are a great team of runs."

    Despite a 10-point lead with less than five minutes remaining in the game, the Golden Eagles witnessed one of the Wildcats' decisive swings before they ran away for good.

    First the visitors tied the game with a 12-2 run to end regulation, and then they put up another dozen in overtime to survive the battle of unbeatens 62-55 at the Eagles Nest.

    The Golden Eagles (6-1) opened the season a perfect 6-0 and were averaging nearly 74 points per game, but against Lawrence North's backcourt pressure defense, the shots were limited.

    The turnovers, however, were abundant.
  • 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.

  • LAPEL - The Guerin Catholic wrestling team trekked to Madison County for the Neil Muse Memorial Invitational at Lapel and with two solid victories placed fourth.

    The Golden Eagles defeated host Lapel 46-36 and overpowered Anderson Prep Academy 60-18. Finishing 2-3 as a team, Guerin lost to Southern Wells 56-24, Mount Vernon (Fortville) 42-39 and Anderson 71-12.

    Individually, the Golden Eagles had one weight class champion in Dawson McMahon, who finished 5-0 at 138 pounds.
  • MUNCIE - The unbeaten Class 3A Golden Eagles were flying high entering Saturday night's meeting with 4A Muncie Central, but they were nearly grounded as the Bearcats defense came out ready.

    Muncie Central (2-3) controlled the tempo and held Guerin Catholic's boys' basketball team to its lowest offensive output of the season, but the top-ranked Golden Eagles (6-0) survived to win 64-54.

    It was the first time in six games Guerin Catholic head coach Pete Smith's squad was held under 70 points. However, Guerin Catholic's match-up zone defense forced the hosts to 38 percent from the field goal to give the Golden Eagles the edge.
  • INDIANPOLIS - The top-ranked Guerin Catholic's boys basketball team traveled to Northwest Friday night and returned with a solid 77-45 victory.

    Eight first-quarter points by junior Christian Munson got the Class 3A No. 1 Golden Eagles (5-0) out to a 20-12 lead. He then scored nine more in the third quarter before exiting with a minute to go and did not return. He finished with a game-high 21 points.

    All 10 Golden Eagles scored. Matt Holba had his fifth straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Grant Fremion played two quarters after the junior varsity game and led the team with four assists.
  • The Guerin Catholic girls' basketball team had another tough outing on Friday night as they fell to the Lafayette Jefferson Bronchos 66-30. The Golden Eagles (3-7) gave the Bronchos (1-9) their first win of the season.

    The Golden Eagles are still without four of their regular five starters and while the other players are doing their best to weather the storm there just isn't enough offense on a consistent basis to get wins.

    The Golden Eagles were led by Tori Sullivan who had 10 points for the Golden Eagles. She did most of her work shooting 60 percent from the free-throw line.

  • BEECH GROVE - The Guerin Catholic girls' swimming team defeated Beech Grove and Scecina in a three-way meet at Beech Grove High School on Thursday night.

    The Golden Eagles destroyed the competition winning with a score of 151 points. Beech Grove finished in second with 85 points and Scecina came in third with 50 points.

    Golden Eagle swimmers took first place in 10 of 11 events and many swimmers achieved personal-best times at the meet.

  • ARCADIA - The Hamilton Heights wrestling team came out in full force against visiting Bishop Chatard on Wednesday night.

    Behind five pins, the Huskies cruised to a 58-15 victory, surrendering only three weight classes as several wrestlers moved up to help compensate for an injury at 195 pounds.

    Tyler Kiggins, a freshman, won by fall at 106 pounds in two minutes and 53 seconds. Junior Trezdon O'Neal scored a fall at 138 in 1:42 where he wrestled up from his normal spot at 126. O'Neal is ranked 14th in the state in his true weight class.

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

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

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

  • The Class 3A top-ranked Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles stay undefeated as they walloped the visiting Broad Ripple Rockets 71-40 at the Eagles' Nest.

    The Golden Eagles (4-0) got some strong play from their bench players to help them get past the tough and scrappy Rockets (0-3).

    It wasn't a great effort by the Golden Eagles, but it was a good-enough effort and for head coach Pete Smith that's one thing that has got to stop.

  • The top-ranked Class 3A Guerin Catholic boys' basketball team erupted for 29 points in the third quarter to run away with an 82-70 victory against 4A Fort Wayne South Side on Saturday night.

    Matt Holba recorded his third consecutive double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds to keep the Golden Eagles a spotless 3-0 on the season.

    Guerin Catholic, once again, had an outstanding shooting night, hitting 55 percent of its attempts from the field and 54 percent from 3-point range.

  • Golden Eagles tame Huskies
    ARCADIA - With less than two minutes left in the game and top-ranked Class 3A Guerin Catholic's lead cut to six, senior Matt Holba sent a message. Actually, he delivered two.

    Maneuvering through Hamilton Heights' full-court pressure, the 6-foot-6 senior forward secured a perfectly-placed pass near the baseline and threw down a thunderous two-handed dunk.

    For an encore, Holba added the exclamation point.

    As the host Huskies once again chipped away at the Golden Eagles' lead 70-64 with less than a minute remaining, he quickly raced down the floor, penetrated the lane and hammered home the decisive blow - a tomahawk jam.

    "It was there, so I took it," Holba said. "Obviously, it was a rivalry game."

    For a fourth consecutive season, the rivalry belonged to the Golden Eagles as they defeated No. 5 Hamilton Heights 76-64 on Friday night in front of an energetic crowd.
  • The Guerin Catholic wrestling team opened the season at home on Wednesday night against Clinton Prairie with four pins before falling 54-30.

    Clinton Prairie rolled out to a 30-0 lead before Guerin countered at 126 pounds with a 3:24 pin by K. Lane to cut the lead. J.T. Lazzara backed up his teammate at 132 pounds with a fall in 1:58 to narrow the deficit to 36-18.

    Dawson McMahon supplied the Golden Eagles' third pin at 145 pounds in 39 seconds. Michael Leonard logged the fourth pin as he stuck his opponent in 1:18 at 152 pounds before Clinton Prairie won the final match with its fifth pin.