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  • The Hamilton Heights varsity baseball team rolled to a 14-1 win at home against Sheridan Friday. 

    Cole Meyer pitched 2.1 strong innings and Luke Thesier and Drew Fryman did the job from there. 

    The louder story, however, was the Huskies’ bats. 

    Hamilton Heights exploded for 10 hits and 14 runs in just four innings. Gabe Reel led the onslaught with a two-run double off of the wall in the first and a grand slam in the second. He added an RBI single in the fourth.

    “What a great night for our guys,” said Hamilton Heights head coach JR Moffatt. “We have been knocking at the door trying to finally break out and it’s beginning to happen. We have several guys with a lot of pop and it’s fun to watch them swing when the get going … I like where we are right now. We can and will get better in the next few days but we are doing most things as well as we’ve done them all year.” 
  • Huskies use late runs to down Shamrocks
    Hamilton Heights softball team pulled out a 6-5 win over Westfield Tuesday night. 

    Taylor Ewing hit a lead-off home run for the Lady Huskies, who scored four runs in the first inning. 

    “We played a pretty good game tonight coming off of (Monday’s) loss,” said Hamilton Heights head coach Landi Lockwood. “We did a much better job at the plate and, minus a couple of errors, played pretty solid on defense. “

    Westfield scored four runs in the sixth inning off of Huskies’ starter Adyson Baber, who pitched a complete game and allowed five runs, four earned. 

    The Huskies started the seventh inning with another lead-off hit by Ewing and then took the lead for good on a Baber sacrifice fly. 


  • Collar signs with Indiana Wesleyan
    Hamilton Heights’ senior Ana Collar has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for the Indiana University Wildcats.

    “It was Coach Candace Moats, who was recently named to the NCCAA Hall of Fame Class of 2018, and the rest of the team who made me feel at home right away,” said Collar of her decision to continue her education and play volleyball at IWU. “They have a great athletic department and a strong athletic training and physical therapy program.”

    Collar, a year-round player, credits her club teams at Municiana for being a strong influence in her development over the years along with her mother, Marianne, and brother, Quinn. 

    “I have been passionate about volleyball ever since I was little, spending time in the gym with my mom, who shared a love of the sport, and was also a coach for many years,” said Collar, who is also a member of the Lady Huskies basketball team.
  • Huskies can't muster enough offense at Pendleton Heights
    Hamilton Heights dropped a 5-2 game at Pendleton Heights Thursday night. 

    Michael Cross made his first appearance of the year for the Huskies on the mound and struggled in the first, giving up three unearned runs. The senior settled down to throw 6.1 innings, giving up five and keeping the Huskies within a shot of the Arabians. 

    Offensively, the Huskies outhit Pendleton 7-4, but the key hits just weren’t there. Pendleton scored three in the bottom of the first and put Hamilton Heights on its heels early. 


    “That kind of set the stage for what kind of night it was going to be,” said Hamilton Heights head coach J.R. Moffatt. “It kind of drained the life out of us. We played the rest of the way with very little energy. I’m not sure why exactly, but in spite of that, we still played pretty well.”
  • Kirtley commits to Taylor
    Hamilton Heights senior Kayla Kirtley has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Taylor University Trojans. 

    “The quality and prestige of a Taylor University degree, the high level of athletic competition, the Christian community, and the small rural setting made Taylor a great fit for me,” said Kirtley. “Also, I’m excited to play for coach Jody Martinez and be part of his first recruiting class at Taylor.”

    A strong student athlete, Kirtley has been recognized for her athletic and academic achievements. She is among the Top 10 percent of her class, named to the Academic All-State, IBCA, 1,000-point scorer (1,119 total career points), Top 60 Seniors, Hoosier Basketball Magazine, IBCA Top 100 Underclass Showcase 2016, 2017, All-Conference 2014-2018, All Hamilton County and All-Academic Hoosier Conference Athlete.

    “I’ve loved basketball ever since I can remember,” said Kirtley. “In addition, spending time in the weight room and participating in speed and agility training has elevated my endurance and strength.”
  • COACH'S CORNER: J.R. MOFFATT

    Coach's Corner is a 'Q' and 'A' featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week's volunteer is Hamilton Heights varsity baseball head coach J.R. Moffatt. 

    Q: This is your first year as the varsity baseball head coach at Hamilton Heights — why did you feel now was the right time to step into the role?

    A: Yes, this is my first year as the head coach at Heights. I’ve been the varsity assistant at Hamilton Heights the last two years with Matt Wallace. Coach Wallace left for a job in Michigan after the start of school in the fall. The timing of his departure made it hard to get a replacement since we had no teaching job to offer. When he left, I thought baseball for me here was over as I had committed to helping him however I could. The position went unfilled through the fall and toward the end of November I stuck my head in (Athletic Director) Kurt Ogden’s office and told him to give me a call if he needed any help. I told him we could talk and see if I could help somehow. A couple of days later, I spoke with him and Principal Mason Jarrod and a few minutes into that conversation it kind of became evident as to where it was headed.

    Q: What’s your goal as a first-year varsity head coach, and what do you think is this team’s potential? 

    A: I have deep gratitude for those who have let me be a part of their programs as a player and as a coach. I really want to bring a lot of that into our baseball program. Our program has been really solid the last few years, but we’ve never gotten over the hump to win at a consistently high level come tournament time. This year’s group has potential, but they have to believe and they have to act like and prepare to be champions everyday. It’s hard to not be complacent.


  • Huskies split doubleheader with Elwood
    The Hamilton Heights baseball team split a doubleheader against Elwood on Saturday. 

    After dropping the opener 9-2, the Huskies bounced back to pick up a 9-4 victory in the second game behind Cole Meyer, who pitched the first five innings to earn the win.

    “We just we’re not very good offensively in that first game,” said Hamilton Heights head coach J.R. Moffatt. “We, for whatever reason sometimes, become very passive at the plate. I’m not sure why since we have the ability to hit the ball … We responded really well in the second game. I wasn’t really sure what we would get from our guys after a between game pep talk, where I expressed to them my less than thrilled feelings about what I perceive as a lack of toughness and passion.” 

    Gabe Reel pitched two shutout innings in relief of Meyer in game two to seal the win, as Meyer helped his own cause at the plate. The senior collected three hits, including a double, three runs scored and an RBI. 
  • Lady Huskies defeat conference rival

    Hamilton Heights girls tennis picked up a 5-0 win at home Friday night as they defeated conference foe Lewis Cass.

    The Huskies got straight set wins from Anna Carl at No. 1 singles, Abby Weber at No. 3 singles, Kylie Rose and Emma Knowles at No. 1 doubles and Kinsey Dimmock and Emily Peterson at No. 2 doubles. No. 2 singles player Kennedy Hunter picked up a hard fought three-set win to round out the match for the Huskies.

    “We were thrilled to be able to play match with the sun shining and the temperatures decent. On top of that, our girls played some of their best tennis of the year across the board,” said Hamilton Heights head coach Cameron Scott. “In particular, Kennedy Hunter at No. 2 really played strong. She continues to hit the ball better and better every time she steps on the court.”

  • The Hamilton Heights varsity baseball team completed a two-game series sweep of Tipton with a 7-2 win on the road Wednesday night. 

    Ike Peterson pitched seven strong innings to record the win. Peterson also got the Huskies going offensively with a solo home run in the second inning. Later in that inning, Cole Meyer hit a deep three-run homer to left center. Sam Fulton put the seventh run on the board with a homer to deep center. 

    “Ike was terrific tonight,” said Hamilton Heights head coach J.R. Moffatt. “I couldn’t be happier for him. He has struggled at the plate a little to start the season but the last couple of games he’s started to break out of it. For him, to start the scoring tonight with a home run … was terrific. He pitched an unbelievable game.”
  • The Hamilton Heights Lady Huskies softball team dropped a 6-5 game in eight innings to Tipton Wednesday. 

    Taylor Ewing had a double and a homerun with three RBI’s and scored a run, Jessica Kaurich had a hit and scored a run and Aliyah Dorsey had a single, a double and two RBIs.

    Hayley Greene, Sydney Massicotte and Adyson Baber each scored a run. 

    “We played a pretty good game for six innings tonight, but it is a seven-inning game,” said Hamilton Heights head coach Landi Lockwood. “We had solid pitching, made good plays on defense and scored runs when we had runners in scoring position. In the seventh inning, Tipton started getting some solid back to back hits, and we had a couple timely misplays that ended up costing us.”
  • Hamilton Heights picked up a 13-7 win at Maconaquah Friday night behind the pitching and hitting of Cole Meyer. 

    Meyer threw six innings, overcoming a rocky start in which he gave up six runs through two. After being shutdown their last several games, the Huskies offense came alive to support their pitcher. 

    “We finally started swinging the bats a little bit tonight,” said Hamilton Heights head coach J.R. Moffatt. “The last three games have been a struggle at the plate to say the least. We still have to cut down on the strikeouts, but tonight was a good step in the right direction.” 
  • Husky signs letter of intent with Huntington
    Hamilton Heights senior Logan Fakes has committed to play soccer for the Huntington University Foresters this fall. 

    “Huntington University was different from the other campuses I visited,” said Fakes of this private Christian post-secondary institution. “Everyone was welcoming, they have a strong program in the area I want to major, and a very competitive men’s soccer team. Huntington offered me everything I could want academically, the opportunity to play soccer, and a scholarship.” 

    Fakes, a multi-sport athlete who has earned four varsity letters in both soccer and swimming, helped take his soccer team to a sectional championship, named all four years as a North/South All Star in soccer, served as a captain for the boys swim team, received the Dedication Award for Swimming, received the Matt Cahill Leadership Award in Soccer, and received an All-Conference Honorable Mention for swimming. 
  • Panthers shutout Huskies in 2nd game of series

    Hamilton Heights dropped its second straight game to Western with a 10-0 loss on the road Wednesday.

    A night after being held hitless, the Huskies managed just two hits in the series finale.

    “We have really struggled the last two nights,” said Heights head coach J.R. Moffatt. “We haven’t hit, and we haven’t made plays defensively that we need to make.”

    Cole Meyer doubled to left and Sam Rupe had a single to account for the two Husky hits. 

    Moffatt thinks now is the time to find out how much resolve there is in this group. 

  • Huskies lose lead late, fall to Panthers
    The Hamilton Heights baseball team lost a pitchers duel to Western on Tuesday night, as the Panthers scored three late runs to finish off a 3-1 comeback win. 

    Sam Fulton pitched a complete game for the Huskies, allowing two earned runs on six hits in seven innings. Fulton had six strikeouts and walked two batters. 

    “Sam was terrific for the most part. He is a really talented guy,” said Hamilton Heights head coach J.R. Moffatt. “He fought like crazy and gave us an opportunity to be in it at the end with a chance.
  • Peterson signs with Grace College
    Hamilton Heights senior Isaac Peterson has committed to play baseball for the Grace College Lancers this fall. Grace College is a member of the Crossroads League. He is the son of Al and Sheri Peterson.

    Peterson chose Grace College, he said, because it can provide him with a good Christian atmosphere in a small, close-knit community filled with some of the nicest people you can ever meet – perfect with my personality. 

    “It also gives me the opportunity to continue to play baseball while pursuing a good education,” said Peterson, who plans to study environmental sciences for a career in conservation or a related field. “It’s also home to some great fishing.”
  • The Hamilton Heights varsity baseball team dropped a hard fought 4-3 decision at Anderson on Friday. 

    The Huskies spotted the Indians three early runs before battling back to tie the score at 3-all on a two-run double in the top of the seventh by senior Michael Cross. 

    Anderson was able to push the winning run across in the bottom of the frame, however, and the Huskies dropped to 1-1 on the season. 

    “We just weren’t very sharp tonight,” said Hamilton Heights coach J.R. Moffatt. “Some of that has to do with with a lack of reps due to weather and not being on the field much. We are an older team but only three of our guys logged large varsity minutes last year. We have a lot of talent and being on the field regularly will really change who we are quickly.” 
  • Kirschner looks to make imprint on program
    After seven years under the guidance of Mitch Street, the Hamilton Heights football program will follow a different voice — although not an unfamiliar one — into the 2018 season. 

    The high school announced Wednesday that special teams coordinator Jon Kirschner will slide into the head coaching spot left vacant when Street resigned in January. 

    Kirschner, who’s been with the Husky program for four of his 10 years as a coach, felt he was at the perfect point in his career to embark on a new role. 

    “I’ve gained enough knowledge and experience being under the tutelage of a couple different head coaches that I was ready to take that next step,” Kirschner said. “When I got wind that (Coach Street might resign), I figured what better opportunity than to do it in a place that I love and want to raise my family in.”
  • 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.” 
  • Heights hires Kirschner as new football coach

    The Huskies have a new signal caller on their sidelines.

    Hamilton Heights announced Wednesday that Jon Kirschner will be the high school’s next football head coach after the vote of approval at a morning meeting of the Hamilton Heights Board of Education.

    “I am excited and blessed to have the opportunity to lead the Husky football program,” said Jon Kirschner in a press release. “My goal is to keep that tradition alive and well through hard work, perseverance and tough-nosed football.

  • Meyer to play baseball for Taylor University
    Hamilton Heights senior Cole Meyer has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Taylor University Trojans in Upland, Indiana, this fall. 

    Taylor offered Meyer everything he was looking for in a post-secondary education institution: a Christian University, a strong baseball program and location close to home. Meyer, who was selected as the 2015 JV Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on the A/B honor roll three of the past four years, is excited he can take his game to the collegiate level. 

    “We are really excited for Cole and for Taylor University,” J.R. Moffatt, Hamilton Heights baseball head coach, said in a press release. “This will be a great fit for both parties. " 
  • 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.” 
  • 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.

  • Hamilton Heights falls to No. 1 New Castle in first round

    Hamilton Heights’ season came to an end at the hands of No. 1 New Castle Tuesday night in the opening-round of the Class 3A Sectional 24 at Lapel.

    The Trojans defeated the Huskies 70-51, as Heights’ offense stalled at critical moments down the stretch.

    “We fought hard,” Hamilton Heights coach Chad Ballenger said. “(I’m) really proud of the fight our guys had. We got beat by the No. 1 team in 3A — they beat us — we didn’t hand it to them ... New Castle had to work for everything.”

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

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

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

  • IHSAA basketball sectional preview

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

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

    About the Draw


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

  • 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. 
  • State Finals' rivalries set to be renewed
    Jared Holder was surprised he qualified for the IHSAA Boys Swimming State Finals last season. This year, the Hamilton Heights junior expected he’d make it. 

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

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

    Holder will face stiff — although familiar — competition in both of his events. 
  • Athlete of the Week: Haley Cook

    The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) announced its conference honors for women's basketball Thursday, and a familiar face brought home some hardware. Haley Cook of Indiana Tech, and former Hamilton Heights 1,000-point scorer, was named WHAC Player of the Year averaging 18.3 points per game and leading the NAIA in 3-point field goals made (115).

    The lefty-shooting guard helped lead No. 9 Indiana Tech (27-3, 18-2) to a WHAC regular season championship, which included an 18-game winning streak along the way. Cook also earned a spot on the conference’s all-academic team, as well as on First-Team All-Conference. 

  • Cross verbally commits to Manchester
    Hamilton Heights senior Michael Cross announced his verbal commitment to play football at Manchester University and is scheduled to officially sign with the school March 7. 

    “I chose Manchester because they seem like they have a great football program along with a great coaching staff,” Cross said. “I truly believe they are heading in the right direction and seem to be getting better. I wanted to be a part of the success they have been gaining and hopefully help them win a few championships.” 

    Cross received invitations to go on visits to Earlham, Anderson University, Millikin University, Hanover, Lakeland University in Wisconsin and Manchester. He visited Manchester, Hanover and Lakeland, he said,