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  • Huskies roll on Senior Night
    Hamilton Heights cruised to a 85-64 win over Peru on Senior Night Saturday. 

    Sophomore Camron Knott led three Huskies in double-figures with a team-high 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting. 

    Peru led 18-14 after the first, but Hamilton Heights used a 28-15 second-quarter run to reclaim the advantage heading into the locker room. 
  • Event 2 Boys 200 Yard Freestyle

    Name Year // School Prelims Finals Points 
    A - Final
    1 Mitchell, Jacob SO CAR 1:41.45 1:38.09 20 
    2 Rothrock, Augustus FR CAR 1:42.42 1:40.57 17 
    3 DeLong, Alec JR CAR 1:45.04 1:41.65 16 
    4 Calvin, Brett JR WEFL 1:47.66 1:44.17 15 
    5 Helms, Aaron SR NOBL 1:48.01 1:45.45 14 
    6 Wolfred, Jack JR NOBL 1:48.30 1:45.99 13 
    7 White, Max JR KOKO 1:47.56 1:46.32 12 
    8 Fenimore, Cody SR WEFL 1:46.79 1:47.31 11 
  • AJ Field saved his best for last. 

    The Hamilton Heights junior scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter of the Huskies 69-68 win over the Twin Lakes Indians Friday night in Monticello, Indiana. The victory gave the Huskies a fifth-place finish in the Hoosier Conference. 

    With 3:10 left in the fourth quarter — the score knotted at 58-all — Field buried a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Huskies a 61-58 lead. Twin Lakes reclaimed a two-point edge with less than a minute to play, but then the Huskies found their man. 
  • IHSAA Boys Swimming, Diving Sectionals Prelims

    200 Yard Medley Relay

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

    200 Yard Freestyle

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

  • Area high schooler selected to represent USA vs. Team Ireland
    Brandon Garst thought he was the target of a scam when he received an email from a college recruiting service in December that read he’d been selected to represent the United States in a high school football game against Ireland. 

    After doing some research, the Hamilton Heights senior discovered the American Football Worldwide (AFW) program was legit — and he’d indeed been one of 26 high schoolers chosen to participate in the cross-country contest. 

    “I was psyched,” Garst said. “Not many people get to do this — this is once in a lifetime.” 
  • Haley Cook is leaving her mark on college basketball
    The best player on a basketball court isn’t always the one with the most talent — and Haley Cook is determined to be the best basketball player she can be. 

    A senior at the Indiana Institute of Technology, Cook is in the midst of an outstanding final campaign. The lefty shooter is currently the 17th leading scorer in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II women’s basketball at 18.57 points per game, 10th in total points (520) and first in free-throw percentage (0.918), 3-pointers made per game (four) and 3’s made this season (112). 

    For some, seeing a 5-foot-6 guard dominate night-in and night-out might come as a surprise. For Cook, her success is a validation of the foundation she started to build at Hamilton Heights. 

    “I knew that I would outwork people — and that’s how I would beat them,” Cook said. “I’m not always going to be the best, but I am going to out-hustle people, and (I) don’t give up.”
  • 80th Annual IHSAA Wrestling State Finals preview

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

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



  • Hot Dogs burn Huskies at buzzer
    The Hamilton Heights boys basketball team lost a nail-biter at Frankfort Tuesday night. 

    After leading for most of the contest, the Huskies gave up a basket with 0.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter, as the Hot Dogs snuck out with a 58-57 win. 

    Senior guard Malik King led Frankfort (8-12) in scoring with 16, including eight crucial points in the fourth. Hamilton Heights senior forward Tyler Wiltermood finished with a game-high 17 points to go along with eight rebounds. 
  • An Indiana high schooler has been selected to represent our country as a member of Team USA’s Football Team. 

    Brandon Garst, a senior at Hamilton Heights, will travel out of the country from March 24 to April 1 to compete in USA’s game against Team Ireland. 

    A free-will offering dinner has been scheduled for Friday to support Garst and assist in fundraising efforts to send him on his journey. The dinner is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. at the Arcadia Christian Church. 

  • IBCA/Subway Players of the Week
    Guerin Catholic senior Zach Munson had a big game in the Golden Eagles’ win over Indianapolis Washington Friday and was rewarded with a spot in this week’s Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway Player of the Week program.

    The 6-7 Munson totaled 30 points with 11 rebounds and four assists in keying Guerin Catholic (13-7) to a 96-53 victory in the Golden Eagles’ only game of the week. A University of Chicago recruit, Munson hit 14-of-17 shots, including one 3-pointer, plus one free throw. 

    In 20 games this season, Munson is averaging 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists. 

    Munson is joined in this weeks IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program by Lakeland senior Camron Bontrager, Tri-County senior Bennie Patterson and New Albany senior Romeo Langford. 
  • Falcons end Huskies' season in regional championship
    The Hamilton Heights Lady Huskies’ season ended Saturday in the regional championship of the Class 3A State Championship tournament. 

    Heights shot 19 percent in the second half, as Fairfield pulled away for a 40-21 win in Columbia City. Despite the low shooting percentage, Hamilton Heights head coach Keegan Cherry knows this is the type of year that following Huskies squads can strive to achieve. 

    “This game did not define our season,” Cherry said. “I am really proud of these girls and all they accomplished. We won our first sectional championship since 2013, and we’ve set the bar for future teams.” 
  • Carmel girls extend state swimming title streak to 32
    Carmel's girls swimming program extended their state high school championship streak with their 32nd consecutive team title in the IU Natatorium Saturday. Kelly Pash won the 100 and 200 freestyles, and Trude Rothrock won the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Butterfly to lead the Greyhounds, who also won the 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle relays.
  • IHSAA Girls Swimming State Finals Prelims

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

    200 Medley relay 

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Athlete of the Week: Jared Holder
    Hamilton Heights junior swimmer Jared Holder wrapped up an undefeated season in the pool Wednesday and set a new school record in the process. 
    Holder won the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Freestyle, breaking the school record (49.10) with a time of 48.90. 

    “(Wednesday) night’s record breaking swim means a lot,” Hamilton Heights head coach Sue Beale said. “It’s a reassurance to Jared that he is swimming at his highest level and can go into sectionals with confidence.” 
  • Frankton ends Heights' win streak
    A shorthanded Hamilton Heights squad saw their five-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Class 2A No. 4 Frankton 73-68 Tuesday night at home. 

    Senior Michael Cross missed the game due to medical reasons, while fellow senior Max Beale and junior Sam Wahl were also unavailable. 

    Despite being without key pieces to his rotation, Hamilton Heights head coach Chad Ballenger thought his team let an opportunity slip away. 

    “You got to get those at home,” Ballenger said. “We’ve been playing really well, but those are just (games) you got to get. In the big picture, you’ve got to win at home. Especially in a game that you controlled quite a bit.”
  • The first through eighth place participants qualify for the state finals

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

  • Hamilton Heights reschedules games due to postseason success
    Due to the postseason success of its girls basketball team, Hamilton Heights has rescheduled a pair of boys basketball games this Saturday. 

    Both the boys junior varsity and varsity teams moved their games at Frankfort moved from Saturday, Feb. 10, to Tuesday, Feb. 13. 

    The JV matchup with the Hot Dogs was originally scheduled for 6 p.m., with varsity to follow. The Lady Huskies play Marion at Columbia City at 10 a.m. Saturday. If they win, the championship game is scheduled for 8 p.m. that Saturday.
  • Wrestling State brackets to be announced on IHSAA TV

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

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

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

  • Hamilton Heights claims sectional title
    Hamilton Heights head coach Keegan Cherry doesn’t want this season to end for his seniors — and after Saturday’s 41-36 overtime win against Yorktown in the Class 3A Sectional 24 Championship, the Huskies are guaranteed at least one more game. 

    “I’m so happy for these girls,” Cherry said. “They’re just fantastic kids. We had so many chances in regulation to win.” 

    With the score locked at 33 in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, Heights senior Kayla Kirtley missed a shot that teammate Ana Collar rebounded and kicked back out to point guard Lexi Branham. A Yorktown player tipped the ball and a scramble ensued that ended with Branham banking in a 3-pointer as the clock seemed to expire. 
  • Huskies overcome slow start, route Twin Lakes
    At one point during Saturday’s makeup game against Twin Lakes, Hamilton Heights trailed by five. The Huskies ended up winning by 26. 

    Freshman Gus Etchison and sophomore Camron Knott got the Huskies offense jumpstarted in the second quarter, as Heights (9-7) ended up cruising to a 73-47 victory. 

    “We can create a lot of problems for people with Gus of the bounce and Camron spotting up,” Heights head coach Chad Ballenger said. “(Opponents) have got to decide how they want to defend those two.” 
  • Advancement:
    1. First place sectional winners in each event qualify for the state meet. 
    2. Any contestant who equals or betters the state time standard in their respective event.

    200 Freestyle

    A - Final
    1 Kelly Pash, Carmel 
    2 Ashlyn Underhill, Carmel 
    3 Kendra Bowen, Carmel 
    4 Rachel Sanqunetti, Heights
    5 Kerry Effinger, Westfield 
    6 Gillian Cripe, Noblesville
    7 Brooke Haflich, Noblesville
    8 Tina Berger, Noblesville

  • Heights beats Jay County for spot in championship
    Six Lady Huskies scored at least six points Friday night as Hamilton Heights advanced to the championship game of the Class 3A Sectional 24 bracket with a 57-45 win over the Jay County Patriots. 

    Senior forward Kayla Kirtley led the Huskies’ attack with 17 points, but she received plenty of help from her teammates. Sophomore guard Bayleigh Runner scored all 10 of her points in the second half, after Hamilton Heights took a 26-15 lead into the locker room. 

    The Patriots were able to chip one point off the Huskies lead going in the third quarter, but free throws down the stretch from Runner and sophomore Payton Dissett sealed the victory. 
  • Game of the Week: Heights vs. Tipton
    This round’s Game of the Week is a rivalry game that didn’t disappoint. 

    Behind 25 point from senior Drayden Thomas, the Hamilton Heights Huskies held on for a 51-50 win over the Tipton Blue Devils in The Hammer Game. 

    The Huskies outscored the Blue Devils 15-8 in the first quarter, and a 13-9 advantage on the scoreboard in the second extended Hamilton Heights lead to 11 at the half. But the Blue Devils weren’t going to just fold against their Hoosier Conference foes.
  • Huskies nip Bruins, advance to 2nd round
    The Hamilton Heights Lady Huskies took care of business against an overmatched Blackford Bruins squad with a 65-29 win Wednesday night in the opening round of the Class 3A Sectional 24. 

    The Huskies entered postseason play winners of nine of their last 10 games — the Bruins won once all season. 

    Heights wasted no time grabbing the lead, sprinting out to a 19-8 advantage after one quarter of play. The Huskies had doubled up the Bruins, 32-16, at halftime behind a balanced offensive attack. 
  • IHSAA yearbooks, handbooks now available on IHSAA.org

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

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

  • Drayden Thomas gave Husky fans a reason to cheer on Hamilton Heights' homecoming. 

    The senior forward finished with 25 points and helped the Huskies stave off a second-half rally by rival Tipton to secure a 51-50 win Friday night. 

    The Huskies got out of the gate early in The Hammer Game, outscoring the Blue Devils 15-8 in the first quarter. A 13-9 advantage on the scoreboard in the second extended Hamilton Heights lead to 11 at halftime. 

    But the Blue Devils weren’t going to just fold against their Hoosier Conference foes.
  • Bronchos snap Huskies streak at 9
    Bayleigh Runner did all she could to extend Hamilton Heights win streak to 10 in a row. The sophomore scored a game-high 22 points, but the Lady Huskies lost 42-39 at home to the Lafayette Jefferson Lady Bronchos Thursday. 

    “I think we did a lot of things well, (but) our margin for error isn’t great,” Hamilton Heights head coach Keegan Cherry said. 
  • Heights Winter Homecoming Set for Friday

    Students and staff at Hamilton Heights are enjoying a week of spirit-filled activities leading up to this Friday’s Homecoming game. TV Channels is this year’s overall Homecoming theme. Seniors are representing ESPN; Juniors, Game Show Network; Sophomores, Food Network; and Freshman have selected National Geographic.

  • Senior Night at Heights
    It’s fitting that Kayla Kirtley, Lexi Branham and Ana Collar led the way in Hamilton Heights 67-20 win over Frankton at home on Senior Night. 

    After all, the trio have been leaders their whole careers.

    “I’m extremely honored and humbled to be the coach for the Huskies girls basketball,” said Hamilton Heights head coach Keegan Cherry said. “They are a very special group. They’re each great in their roles, they’re great in the classroom, they’re great in the community. To have three individuals be role models and examples for our younger ones, Huskies basketball is in good hands.” 
  • Lady Huskies win conference again
    The Hamilton Heights Lady Huskies won their second straight Hoosier Conference championship Saturday and broke some records along the way. The medley relay team of Rachel Sanqunetti, Emily Lester, Claire Sloderbeck and Tara Holder came right out of the gate with not only a first place finish, but also a conference and school record in the event. 
  • Huskies outlast Blackhawks in battle
    During halftime of Hamilton Heights 76-61 win at Sheridan Saturday, Huskies head coach Chad Ballenger implored his leaders to step up. The Blackhawks had just scored six points in 1.7 seconds to end the first half and take a 30-28 lead into the locker room, and Ballenger could see rejection in his players’ eyes. 
  • Huskies finish off perfect week with win
    Make it eight straight for the Lady Huskies. Bayleigh Runner led the Huskies in scoring with 12 points, as Heights completed a perfect 3-0 sweep in its games this week. 

  • Lady Huskies take 2OT win

    The Hamilton Heights Lady Huskies won their seventh straight game with a 48-46 double overtime victory at Yorktown Thursday.

  • Game of the Week: Hamilton Heights vs. Lapel
    This round’s Game of the Week was a rescheduled matchup that just took place Wednesday between Hamilton Heights and Lapel — And it was a dogfight. The Huskies escaped with a one-point win, but the Bulldogs didn’t go down quietly. 
  • Heights swimmer eyes undefeated conference season
    It’s been almost two seasons since Rachel Sanqunetti tasted defeat in an individual swimming event. In 36 races this year, the Hamilton Heights junior has finished first 35 times. The other race — a 200 medley relay — her team came in second. As a sophomore, Sanqunetti went a perfect 37-0 in the regular season. 
  • Street steps down as Huskies football coach
    Mitch Street, Hamilton Heights football varsity head coach, has resigned. Street, a 10-year educator at Heights, will continue his focus on his role as Dean of Students at Hamilton Heights High School.
  • Huskies survive thriller
    In a back-and-forth game that came down to the final shot, Lapel’s Carson Huber missed a 3-pointer off the back of the rim before the shot clock expired, and Hamilton Heights escaped with a 70-69 win Wednesday.
  • Huskies shoot down Stars

    The Lady Huskies are on a roll. Hamilton Heights won its sixth straight game with a 59- 52 victory over the Western Boone Stars. 

  • Heights wrestling match canceled
    Huskies AD makes announcement on today's meet. 
  • Heights girls wrap up undefeated regular season

    Junior Rachel Sanqunettti finished her second regular season undefeated in her individual events.

  • Huskies shoot down Stars

    A freshman’s career night paved the road for Hamilton Heights 62-48 win over Western Boone.