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  • 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.

  • Huskies make it three
    PERU - It didn't come easy, but by the end, the Class 3A No. 12 Hamilton Heights Huskies turned an early deficit into an immortal championship finish.

    Defeating 3A Peru (13-8, 4-3) on Friday night 52-43, the Huskies clinched their third consecutive outright Mid-Indiana Conference title - one last time.

    With the MIC set to disband after the school year, Hamilton Heights will carry the label of champion off into the history books.

    In 2011, the Huskies (17-7, 6-1) shared the title with Western, but one year later they went on to seize back-to-back outright crowns, beginning in 2013.

    Now, they stand as the last program to three-peat and first since Northwestern (2006-08) and Lewis Cass (2001-03).
  • 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.
  • Hard to believe the boys' basketballs season is almost over. Actually, let me rephrase that, the regular season is almost over.

    Yes, sectional tournaments are set to begin next week on Tuesday, and the draws for the second season are already complete, which on the surface makes tonight's finales seem, well uneventful. But not so fast.

    These games still hold weight and here's why:
  • 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.
  • Greyhounds grind out another sectional win
    CARMEL - The Carmel Greyhounds boys' swimming team won its eighth-straight sectional title over the weekend with score of 524 points.

    Finishing second was the Noblesville Millers with 400 points and the Westfield Shamrocks came in third with 330 points. The Hamilton Heights Huskies scored 92 points and finished in eighth place.

    The Greyhounds got the day started off right with a sectional record in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Gabriel Whitaker, Charles Vaughan, Nathaniel Bledsoe and Harrison Stuckey finished with a time of 1:34.49. That time was good enough to beat the previous record set in 2011 by a full second.
  • MONTICELLO - The Hamilton Heights Huskies are getting healthy at just the right time.

    With 6-foot-6 senior Garrett Paull and 6-5 sophomore Sterling Weatherford back in the lineup for a second consecutive game, the Class 3A No. 17 Huskies walloped 3A Twin Lakes 66-53 on Saturday night.

    Previously, Paull and Weatherford both missed several weeks due to injuries.

    Back at full strength, the Huskies (16-7, 5-1) have now won seven straight games with one more crucial Mid-Indiana Conference matchup remaining against host 3A Peru (12-7, 4-2) on Friday night.
  • Huskies roll Northwestern
    KOKOMO - The Hamilton Heights boys' basketball team won its sixth straight game on Tuesday night over Mid-Indiana Conference foe the Northwestern Tigers 55-40.

    It was a total team effort by the Huskies (15-7, 5-1) who had nine different players score at least four points in the game.

    Jadon White led the way with 17 points off of 58 percent shooting. He was the only Huskie player to attempt more than seven shots in the ball game.
  • 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.
  • HARTFORD - The Class 3A Hamilton Heights Huskies girls' basketball season came to a close on Friday night as they fell to the Blackford Bruins 61-39 in the Sectional 24 semifinals.

    A slow start plagued the Huskies (8-16) and they were never able to recover against the Bruins (14-9) who host the sectional.

    The Huskies only managed to score 10 points in the first half and were outscored 27-10 after the first 16 minutes.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hamilton Heights' Schultz wins diving regional
    On Tuesday evening, the girls' diving regional took place at Fishers High School.

    Of the 20 competitors, the top eight divers with the highest scores each qualified for this weekend's Indiana High School Athletic Association state meet at IUPUI.

    Coming in first place was Brooke Schultz of Hamilton Heights with a score of 566.20.

    For Noblesville, sophomore Dayana Popa came in third with a score of 438.60.

  • SECTIONAL PREVIEW: Huskies eager to regroup for tournament run
    ARCADIA - With each passing game this season Hamilton Heights head coach Scott Fernung saw an improvement.

    After a rough 1-5 start and a jarring 0-4 stretch against four consecutive Class 4A opponents spanning from last December into January, Fernung's girls' basketball team finally netted the results they were hoping for last month.

    Winning four straight to improve their record to 7-11, freshman Kayla Kirtley soared and so did the Class 3A Huskies.

    Then, they hit a speed bump.

  • Huskies win home finale
    ARCADIA - With minutes remaining on the clock and the Class 3A Hamilton Heights Huskies up by double digits on Saturday against visiting 4A Westfield, the student section echoed the evening's objective.

    "This is our house!," the energetic students chanted. "This is our house!"

    Playing in the last home game of the year, the Huskies refused to let their faithful fans down, fending off an aggressive fourth-quarter rally by Westfield to win 75-58.

    "The message tonight was, leave it all on the court," Hamilton Heights senior Grant Weatherford said. "Despite Westfield's record, they're a really good team. They work hard. They move the ball and are well coached. It's a real good win for us."

    The victory extended the Huskies' latest win streak to five consecutive games and marked the second in as many years versus Westfield (3-15), which dropped its second straight.

  • 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.

  • BUNKER HILL - Make it four in a row for the Hamilton Heights boys' basketball team. On Friday night, the Huskies cruised past Mid-Indiana Conference foe Maconaquah 70-57.

    The win helps keep the Huskies (13-7, 4-1) in contention for at least a share of the conference championship. They'll need a little help from some other teams if they hope to clinch the title outright.

    The Huskies jumped out to an early eight-point lead after a quarter of play and seemed poised for another easy victory.

  • Greyhounds dominate girls' sectional swimming prelims
    The defending state champion Carmel Greyhounds set the tone early and often during the Noblesville Sectional on Thursday night.

    Winning every event, the Carmel girls' swim team took its first step toward a historic 29th consecutive Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship.

    The Greyhounds set the standard in every relay event, winning the 400-yard freestyle in 3:33.36, the 200 medley in 1:51.28, and 200 freestyle in 1:38.11.

  • ARCADIA - The Hamilton Heights girls' basketball team was looking for a positive on Thursday night but came up a little short against Class 3A Yorktown.

    Unable to keep up with the Tigers in the second half, the 3A Huskies dropped their second straight game 56-44 to end the regular season with an 8-15 record.

    Hamilton Heights trailed 24-23 at halftime but the visiting Tigers poured in 12 points in the third quarter and another 20 in the final eight minutes to keep maintain their lead.

  • CRAWFORDSVILLE - The Hamilton Heights Huskies girls' basketball team dropped a hard-fought battle against the Crawfordsville Athenians on Tuesday night.

    An unproductive first quarter was the deciding factor for the Huskies (8-14) in their 78-61 loss to the Athenians (12-9).

    The Huskies were held to just eight points in the opening period but were able to keep up throughout the rest of ballgame. They scored 21 points in the second quarter and kept the Athenians' lead to just nine points before the break.

  • 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.

  • Huskies fend off Tipton
    ARCADIA - The Hamilton Heights Huskies boys' basketball team grabbed its second win in a row on Friday night with a 59-56 victory over the Tipton Blue Devils.

    The Huskies (11-7) got off to a good start but had to hold their breath as the Blue Devils (9-4) nearly rallied back to get the win.

    Purdue recruit Grant Weatherford had himself a night to help the Huskies get the win. He finished the game shooting 70 percent from the field and 7 of 8 from the line for 21 points. He also tallied eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals for the Huskies.

  • Shamrocks crush Huskies
    ARCADIA - The basket wasn't just kind to Westfield's Jalyn Foland. It was twice as nice - and apparently doubled in size.

    Burying a record-setting nine 3-pointers for a season-high 27 points on Thursday night, the 5-foot-7 junior guard powered the red-hot Class 4A Shamrocks to an easy 71-34 victory against the host 3A Hamilton Heights Huskies.

    The win extended Westfield's current streak to seven consecutive and marked the second in as many days for the Shamrocks (14-6, 3-2).
  • ARCADIA - The Hamilton Heights wrestling team isn't one to shy away from preparation.

    Already hosting a makeup dual with Northwestern on Tuesday, the Huskies went back-to-back with another dual on Wednesday night and walked away with similar results.

    Defeating the visiting Brebeuf Jesuit Braves with relative ease 72-9 on Senior Night, Hamilton Heights finishes the regular season with a 20-2 dual meet record.

    The victory marks the program's 17th consecutive dual meet win and second in two nights with only two days until the sectional tournament at Hamilton Heights on Saturday morning.

  • Huskies win 16th straight dual
    ARCADIA - The Hamilton Heights' wrestling team is as versatile as it is efficient.

    Hosting Northwestern on Tuesday night in a makeup dual meet that was postponed earlier this month, the Huskies shifted their lineup slightly, but the impromptu moves had no effect on their ability to win.

    Hamilton Heights piled up seven pins in the event's nine contested matches and won easily 70-3 to become winners of 16 consecutive duals. The Huskies increased their record to 19-2.

    Mid-Indiana Conference champions Isaac Ray (31-3) and Clayton Cowan (27-5) both won by fall at 152 pounds and 170, respectively, despite wrestling up a weight class.

  • Slow start hurts Huskies
    TIPTON - The red-hot Hamilton Heights Huskies met their match on Tuesday night, losing for the first time in more than two weeks, 53-40, against Tipton.

    Unbeaten since losing to Class 4A East Central 61-33 on Jan. 3, the 3A Hamilton Heights had won four consecutive games entering their fourth straight road game.

    However, unlike during their recent streak, the Huskies fell behind quickly, trailing 21-7 by the end of the first quarter.

    Down 29-13 by halftime, Hamilton Heights rallied late with a 17-point fourth quarter, but the damage had already been done leading to Tipton's second win in three games. The Blue Devils improved to 9-11 on the year.

  • Hamilton Heights swims strong at Maconaquah
    The Hamilton Heights' boys swimming and diving team finished up its regular-season dual schedule on Monday with another strong showing.

    Despite being outscored 135-38 to host Maconaquah, the Huskies enjoyed several individual successes, which will help the team rev up for the Mid-Indiana Conference Meet this weekend and next month's postseason.

    On Monday, Senior Marc Mitchell won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 freestyle. He remains unbeaten in both events this year. He is also undefeated in the 100 butterfly.

  • RUSSIAVILLE - The Hamilton Heights girls' swimming and diving team put together an outstanding effort across the board during Saturday's Mid-Indiana Conference Meet at Western High School.

    Finishing in the top four in eight events, the team seized 208 points to place third in the last-ever MIC Meet.

    Northwestern won the team trophy with 306 points. Western was second at 260. Maconaquah placed fourth with 197 points. Lewis Cass was fifth at 153. Eastern scored 139 points for sixth.

  • Huskies win MIC wrestling championship
    PERU - The Hamilton Heights' wrestling team is peaking at the right time.

    Entering Saturday's Mid-Indiana Conference Tournament red-hot after winning 15 consecutive dual meets, the Huskies devoured the competition with 26 pins and five individual weight class champions to win the team title in Peru.

    "What an exciting time to be a Husky wrestler," Hamilton Heights head coach Gary Myers commented. "Nobody out works our wrestlers, and we proved that today."

  • Huskies regroup, charge past Blackhawks
    ARCADIA - Grant Weatherford doesn't have anything left to prove.

    With his future at Purdue University already set and a recent nominee for the 2015 McDonald's All-American Game, the Hamilton Heights senior standout could simply walk away.

    But that's not in the 6-foot-2 point guard's makeup - despite the torn ligaments in his right ankle.

    Pushing through the injury he suffered during the Bob Wettig Tournament in Richmond earlier this month, Weatherford put on a defensive display Saturday night, locking down the Sheridan Blackhawks to lead the Huskies in a lopsided 78-37 victory.

  • KOKOMO - The Hamilton Heights Huskies girls' basketball team continued its hot streak winning its fourth game in a row 79-66 over Mid-Indiana Conference rival Taylor.

    The Huskies (7-11, 5-1) had a tremendous scoring effort on Saturday to get past the Titans (9-10, 4-2).

    Getting off to a good start has been key for the Huskies as of late and they did just that with a 27-point barrage in the first quarter. They also managed to hold the Titans to just eight points in the first.

  • Huskies fall to Eastern for first time in two decades
    ARCADIA - Hamilton Heights has been playing without its second-leading scorer, while dealing with sickness throughout the team.

    The Huskies had dropped two of their previous three games, and nothing that happened on Friday is going to make them feel any better.

    Mid-Indiana Conference rival Eastern made a dozen free throws in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 53-52 win, their first victory at Hamilton Heights in more than 20 years.
  • ARCADIA - On Thursday night, the Hamilton Heights Huskies boys' and girls' swimming teams took on Guerin Catholic and Liberty Christian and successfully defended their home pool.

    The Hamilton Heights' boys defeated Liberty Christian 70-65. The girls defeated Guerin Catholic 90-59.

    Senior Marc Michell had a strong showing in the pool as he won the 100 yard freestyle, 500 freestyle and both winning relays.

  • 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.
  • Huskies' wrestlers continue their late-season surge
    MUNCIE - The Hamilton Heights' wrestling team continued to build some key late-season momentum, knocking off Delta 37-33 on Tuesday night.

    The hard-fought dual-meet victory comes on the heels of a first-place finish at the Elwood Super Six on Saturday where the Huskies went a perfect 5-0, including a big win against Class A No.3 Oak Hill 33-31.

    "Our boys have really come along nicely for this time of year," Hamilton Heights head coach Gary Myers commented. "They are all working hard for a successful season. We are thrilled to have won the last 15 dual meets in a row going into the Mid-Indiana Conference this weekend."

  • Huskies fly by WeBo Stars
    ARCADIA - The Hamilton Heights Huskies boys' basketball team avoided a potential three-game losing skid on Saturday by taking care of the Western Boone Stars 70-50.

    Down 13-11 after the first quarter the Huskies (9-6) outscored the Stars (4-8) 20-9 in the second period to take a 31-22 lead into halftime.

    The Huskies continued to pour it on in the second half dropping 21 points in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth.

    The Huskies outscored the Stars 59-37 in the last three quarters of play. It's the Huskies first 20-point victory since defeating Zionsville on Jan. 3.

    Senior Jadon White led the charge for the Huskies with 23 points. White went 5-for-11 from behind the arc and has broken the 20-plus point barrier four times this season.
  • GREENTOWN - The Hamilton Heights Huskies girls' basketball team pushed their winning streak to three games with an 81-60 win over Mid-Indiana Conference rival Eastern on Saturday.

    The Huskies (6-11, 4-1) poured the points on early and never looked back as they dominated the Comets (6-10, 2-3) for 32 minutes.

    It was a scoring frenzy for the Huskies led by sophomore Ashton Runner who scored 21 points. It's the first game of the year that Runner has broken the 20-point plateau.