• The outcome of the Noblesville-Hamilton Southeastern match in the opening round of the Noblesville Girls’ Tennis sectional had long been decided Wednesday at the Noblesville High School tennis courts.

    The Royals had taken the first four matches – all straight sets – and had punched a ticket to today’s championship round.

    But the Noblesville No. 2 doubles team of Alex Greer and Kaylee David was determined to not allow the Royals a 5-0 shutout, as they rallied past Nicole Hate and Jillian Pence 4-6, 6-4, 13-11.

    After dropping the first set, Greer and David won the second, forcing a superset in the third and deciding set. The first team to 10 wins the set, but it must win by at least two points.

    Greer and David trailed 7-2 and 9-3 before rallying for the 13-11 deciding set and making the official score 4-1 in favor of the Royals.

    “All the credit goes to those two,” Noblesville coach Tim Samons said. “They are tough kids that really came on strong at the end of the season, going 4-1 in their last five matches.

  • The Fishers varsity baseball team won the annual Mudsock Trophy Friday night by winning the second game of the three-game series with crosstown rival Hamilton Southeastern Royals 10-8. The Tigers completed the sweep of the Royals with a 12-2 run-rule victory in the series finale, which was rescheduled from Saturday to Friday due to the forecast. 

    In the first game on Friday, the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. JJ Woolwine led off the game with a single up the middle. Craig Yoho followed with a double off the left field fence and Woolwine scored the first run moments later on a wild pitch. After a walk put runners at first and third, Grant Richardson appeared to be picked off and broke toward second and was hit in the back with the ball. As the ball trickled away, Richardson reached second and Yoho raced home from third to score. Kiel Brenczewski followed with an RBI single to plate Richardson, and the score was 3-0 before an out was recorded. 

    The Royals quickly answered back, however, with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first from Jacob Daftari. 
  • Pair of young, local javelin throwers on quest
    Two of the country’s top youth javelin throwers from Fishers begin a new track and field season and embark on their quest for national titles.

    Last summer, Olivia Norris won the national championship and was named All-American at the 2017 Amateur Athletic Union National Junior Track and Field Championships in Detroit.

    Sam Brodt, a freshman at Hamilton Southeastern High School finished third in the country in capturing the bronze medal and was named All-American at the 2017 Amateur Athletic Union National Junior Track and Field Championships in Detroit with a throw of 139’2”.

  • Hamilton Southeastern almost came all the way back. 

    The Royals varsity baseball team fell behind Trinity by six runs on Thursday and a furious rally came up just short in a 6-4 defeat. 

    Southeastern scored four runs in its comeback effort on a wild pitch during an at-bat by Cam Bolling and a home run by Greyson Droste. 

    Andrew Morlen, who pitched two innings and allowed two hits and a pair of run, took the loss for Royals. Cole Gaverson came in to pitch in relief, allowing five hits, and only one of the four runs scored were earned. Grant Johnston finished the game allowing no hits and no runs while striking out two of the three batters he faced.
  • Former Southeastern hurler picks up college honor

    Wabash College senior Bryan Roberts earned North Coast Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors for his efforts in the Little Giants' 5-0 win over Allegheny College Saturday in the opening game of the conference schedule.

    The right-hander pitched a three-hit, nine-inning complete game shutout against the Gators to improve to 5-0 on the season. He surrendered one walk with five strikeouts and lowered his season Earned Run Average to 1.05. He currently leads NCAC pitchers in ERA and ranks 34th overall among Division III hurlers. His 39 strikeouts are also the most by an NCAC pitcher to this point in the season. Roberts is the only pitcher in the conference with five victories and is tied for fifth in the nation in wins.

    Roberts' selection as NCAC Pitcher of the Week marks the third time this season he has earned the award. 

  • The Hamilton Southeastern girls varsity lacrosse team came out on top of a back-and-forth affair with Fishers Saturday, as the Royals came from behind to keep the Tigers winless on the young season.

    Fishers led 5-4 at the half, but Southeastern made a couple defensive changes during the break that helped spur the Royals to a 10-6 victory.

    “We made some adjustments,” Hamilton Southeastern coach Adrianne Wagner said. “Our players improved their passing and approved their attack, and that made a big difference. They did a much better job of going after – and getting – the ground balls, and our passing helped us keep possession. Just being more aggressive … allowed us to take control.”

  • All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference boys basketball team named

    The Hoosier Crossroads Conference revealed its 2017-18 All-Conference teams for both boys and girls basketball this week, and there’s a local flavor on the rosters.

    On the boys side, Noblesville’s Ryan Barnes and Xavier Hines represent the Millers. Barnes, a senior, averaged 7.9 points and a team-high 4.7 rebounds in 22 games. Hines, a junior, led the Millers in scoring with 13.5 points per game.

    Westfield junior Zach Banks and senior Josh VanDyke also earned spots on the roster with excellent seasons on the court. In 23 games, Banks averaged 16 points, 2.4 rebounds and an assist. VanDyke finished the year with averages of nine points, 3.9 rebounds and an assist per contest.

  • 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.” 
  • 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.” 
  • Royals open track season at Anderson University
    The Hamilton Southeastern Track & Field teams opened their seasons at the Blue and White Relays Indoor at Anderson University on Saturday. 

    The Lady Royals won eight of the 11 events on the night in the meet where no score was kept. Individual winners were seniors Camille Christopher in the 60 and Mia Mackenzie in the 60 hurdles, juniors Tayah Irvin in the high jump, Tierra Sydnor in the long jump and Kennedy Drish in the pole vault. 

    Three relay teams were also victorious.
  • Carmel outlasts Southeastern, earns spot in Sectional 8 championship
    Carmel is one step closer to a sectional championship after Friday night’s 62-56 win over Hamilton Southeastern in a Class 4A Sectional 8 semifinal contest at The Mill at Noblesville. 

    Senior point guard Cole Jenkins scored a team-high 19 for the Greyhounds, with seven of those points coming in a first quarter that saw both teams start slowly out of the gate. 

    Southeastern held Carmel to just three points in the game’s first six minutes, as the Royals grabbed an early 7-3 lead. Behind Jenkins, the Greyhounds fought back to lock the score at 10-all by the end of the quarter. 
  • 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.

  • 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. 
  • Advancement: First through eighth place participants qualify for this weekend's state finals.

    Place Name (Grade) School Score

    1 Cole VanDevender (12) Fishers 577.00
    2 Caiden Lake (11) Oak Hill 451.55
    3 Clayton Vandervate (11) Lafayette Jeff 429.10
    4 Cameron Poe (12) Western 397.25
    5 Nathan Barr (11) Hamilton Southeastern 380.00
    6 Garrett Garwood (12) Hamilton Southeastern 378.15
    7 Samuel Bennett (9) Delta 366.65
    8 Jared Newman (10) Noblesville 361.15
  • Fishers got off to a great start at the boys swimming sectional finals Saturday with the 200 Medley Relay of seniors Kyle Haflich and Joel Crull and juniors Trevor Adcock and Cory Jacocks winning the first event in a new school record time.

    The Tigers used the momentum en route to a final team score of 533 and a first place finish. Hamilton Southeastern finished second with 506 points, and Yorktown came in third with 246. 

    In the 200 free, Fishers junior Drake Stallworth, senior Sam Kuhn senior and Nick Harris finished first, second ad third, respectively. In the 200 IM, the Tigers earned another sweep with Haflich, sophomore Aaron Frollo and Jacocks. Haflich also set a new school record in the event.
  • Southeastern loses third straight
    Hamilton Southeastern dropped its third straight game Saturday night in a hard-fought road contest with Pike. 

    The Royals led for most of the game, but the Red Devils forced overtime and used a game-winning shot with six seconds left to pull out a 64-62 win.

    Senior Nick Bowman led Southeastern with 24 points on 8-of-12 from the floor. As a team, the Royals shot 22-of37 (59 percent). Juniors Noah Smith and Aaron Etherington joined Bowman in double-figures with 12 and 10, respectively. 
  • The Shamrocks might be finding their groove. 

    After an early-week loss at home to Harrison, Westfield picked up a home win over Hamilton Heights Friday. Then — Saturday — the Shamrocks got their biggest win of the season in a 57-50 home victory over Class 4A No. 6 Hamilton Southeastern. 

    Westfield's Caleb Welch led all scorers with 13 points and was one of four Shamrocks who finished in double-figures. 

    Westfield held a one-point lead heading into the fourth, but Southeastern used an early bucket in the quarter from Chris Grubbs to take the edge at 40-39. Senior Josh Van Dyke gave Westfield the lead right back, and the Shamrocks didn’t surrender it the rest of the way. 
  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • The Hamilton Southeastern Royals won their 18th IHSAA Sectional title in school history Saturday, scoring 518 points and qualifying a number of swimmers and divers for next week's State Finals. Fishers finished second. 

    Event Winners and Automatic State Qualifiers
    200 Medley Relay: Abby Harter, Madison Kertin, Hannah Pugh, Emily Barnes (1:43.48, sectional champions, new sectional record, new pool record, state cut)
  • Special players step up when it matters the most — and Sydney Parrish is a special player. 

    The Hamilton Southeastern sophomore scored a game-high 31 points Friday night in a 60-35 win over Fishers in the Class 4A Sectional 8 semifinals at Fishers. 

    “I thought we played pretty good baseball for three quarters,” said Fishers head coach Lauren Vail. “Then in the fourth quarter, I don’t know if we ran out of steam … I was proud of our kids. They fought, and that’s all I can ask of them.”
  • Fishers takes out Westfield in 1st round
    It wasn’t pretty, but the Lady Tigers advanced. 

    In a back-and-forth first-round matchup in Class 4A Sectional 8, Fishers generated just enough offense for a 41-36 win over the Westfield Lady Shamrocks Tuesday night. 

    “Early in the year, I think we would have folded,” said Fishers head coach Lauren Vail. “We play a tough schedule, and I think that pays off in situations like (Tuesday), where you’ve been in that grind.” 
  • 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.

  • Royals execute down the stretch, fend off Millers
    With 5:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, Noblesville had possession of the basketball, the Friday night crowd at The Mill at its back and Hamilton Southeastern on its heels. The Millers had cut what was a 15-point halftime deficit to just five — but, then, Royals guard Noah Smith stole the ball and turned the tide. 

    “That seemed to get our energy going back up again — that was a huge play,” said Southeastern head coach Brian Satterfield. “He’s done it his whole career. What he does to make us a better team on both ends of the floor has always been special. He’s been a winner for us, and he made a winning play.”
  • Royals, Eagles clash at Senior Night meet
    The Hamilton Southeastern Royals swim team celebrated Senior Night against Zionsville Thursday.
  • Royals roll Indians
    Five Hamilton Southeastern players finished in double-figures in route to the Royals 76-60 win over the Anderson Indians.
  • Southeastern wins at Westfield

    Hamilton Southeastern didn’t let an early Westfield run faze them on its way to a 43-34 road win Saturday. The Lady Royals fell behind by five to start the game, but answered the Shamrocks’ run with 12 unanswered points.

  • Most area high schools have canceled tonight’s athletic events due to weather. And finding a makeup date can be difficult, says athletic directors.

  • Former Noblesville football assistant lands at HSE

    HSE announced this week that Adam Morris has been officially named the Royals coach. “We are extremely excited to have Adam as our next head football coach,” said HSE athletic director Jim Self. 

  • Basketball tourneys' pairing show announced

    The details for the upcoming IHSAA girls and boys basketball state tournament pairings shows have been announced today by the Association office. The pairings for the 43rd girls state tournament will be revealed Jan. 21.The opening round games for the 108th boys state tournament will be announced Feb. 18. 

  • Hamilton Southeastern won the first two games of its holiday tournament on Thursday, defeating Norwell and Scecina Memorial.

  • HSE swimming and diving team won every event and finished first and second in all three relays in Thursday’s dual meet to defeat host-school Jasper (144-40) and Bedford North Lawrence (140-46).

  • HSE beats Norwell, stays perfect on season

    Hamilton Southeastern outscored Norwell 21-3 in the first quarter and never looked back. The Royals defeated the Knights 68-41 to remain perfect (8-0) on the season.

  • The Hamilton Southeastern girls basketball team took care of business on the road at Plainfield on Thursday night. The Royals outscored the Quakers by 16 in the second half in route to a 39-23 win.

  • HSE Royals Softball moved to 2-0 on the season, Monday night as the Royal's defeated the Lady Greyhounds 3-1 at Cherry Tree Sports Complex.



  • The Southeastern Swim School is offering swim lessons at the new Hamilton Southeastern High School Natatorium this spring.


    “After a year, the brand-new Natatorium at HSE HS is about to open! We are so excited for the renovation project to be wrapping up,’’ said swim school director Heather Streett.


    Daytime and evening lessons are offered in April and May. Group lessons will be offered for children ages 3 and older. Children must be toilet-trained or wear swim diapers to participate in swim lessons. Openings are available for both daytime and evening classes. Registration is now open.


    Also, there will be daytime lessons from September 2015-May 2016 are open. Spaces are limited and will fill up quickly. For additional information regarding our lesson program.


    The website dedicated to the Southeastern Swim School is http://www.hseswimlessons.com. 

  • FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals weren't able to close out their regular season with a win on Friday night when they hosted the equally as youthful Lawrence North Wildcats.

    The Wildcats outpaced the Royals to win 64-50 and spoil Senior Night.

    The loss was the fifth consecutive for the Royals and dropped their season record to 7-16.
  • 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.
  • HSE's Chastain wins final match, finishes fifth at state finals
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Hamilton Southeastern coach Kyle Poyer paced around in the back hallways, working hard to keep his emotions in check.

    An emotional hug with senior wrestler Jack Chastain at the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals had just marked the end of the road.

    But not before Chastain built an impressive resume, winning three sectionals, three regionals, and one semi-state title in his career. He finished fifth in the state two times - last year in the 126-pound division and this season in the 132-pound weight class.
  • FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals boys' swimming team won its 23 consecutive sectional title over the weekend with a total score of 519 points.

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

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

  • Five wrestlers advance into medal rounds
    INDIANAPOLIS - On Friday night, five of Hamilton County's best wrestlers went from state qualifiers to future state-place winners.

    Able to survive the meat grinder that is opening night at the IHSAA individual wrestling state finals, Hamilton Southeastern's Austin Holmes at 113 pounds, 132-pound Jack Chastain and 152-pound Corbin Gregg each won their first-round matches.

    Carmel's 11th-ranked Sam Hipple (28-4) pinned Mishawaka's 16th-ranked Tanner Bradley (26-5) in 34 seconds at 195, and Westfield's sixth-ranked Evan Eldred (34-9) won by decision 8-4 against South Bend Riley's Austin Laughlin (46-7) to advance into today's medal rounds.
  • BROWNSBURG - It was a Hoosier Crossroads Conference showdown on Friday night between the Hamilton Southeastern Royals and the Brownsburg Bulldogs.

    In a low-scoring contest, the Bulldogs (18-5, 4-2) defeated the Royals 37-34.

    Both teams' offense were off in the first quarter as they combined for a total of eight points.

    The Bulldogs' offense found life in the second quarter with 15 points scored against the Royals (7-15 2-4) to take an 18-9 lead heading into the lock room.
  • State-bound six ready for spotlight
    FISHERS - The serenity coursing through the Hamilton Southeastern wrestling room was unmistakable.

    In the background, music played at comfortable, yet not quite imperceptible levels. Nothing too heavy or fast. No booming voices or coaches' whistles.

    Just focus in every action as head coach Kyle Poyer and his staff watched over their unprecedented six state qualifiers running sprints and revisiting techniques already singed into their muscle memory.

    "It's about being comfortable in the moment. Being comfortable with their own expectations of how they should compete," Poyer remarked on his wrestler's mindset entering this weekend's IHSAA state finals. "To them, it's just another tough tournament they need to perform well at."
  • State Preview: Hamilton County sending 10 wrestlers to state
    On Friday night, high school wrestlers from across the state will converge at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis for the 77th annual Indiana High School Athletic Association wrestling state finals.

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

    Hamilton County will be represented by 10 wrestlers at this year's state finals with Hamilton Southeastern sending six, Fishers with two, and Westfield and Carmel with one each.
  • The Hamilton Southeastern Royals fell to Pike 63-57 on Tuesday night. After going up 28-27 at half, the game was tied going into the fourth at 48 before Pike was able to put away the Royals.

    Sophomore Zach Gunn stepped up huge for HSE, once again, and scored 22 points off of 10 of 19 shooting, two of which came from beyond the 3-point line.
  • Greyhounds tie national record
    INDIANAPOLIS - It was a historic day in the pool for the Carmel Greyhounds girls' swimming team on Saturday afternoon at the IUPUI Natatorium.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Greyhounds shut down Royals
    CARMEL - The last time fourth-ranked Class 4A Carmel faced rival Hamilton Southeastern, it ended with a sectional championship loss.

    On Thursday night, the Greyhounds (17-2) scored some revenge.

    Hyped as a potential Sectional 8 preview, the Carmel defense locked down the visiting Royals, holding them to eight point or less through three quarters, and senior Ryan Cline hit six 3-pointers as the Greyhounds cruised to a 48-31 victory.

  • 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.
  • Royals fend off Shamrocks
    FISHERS - There were no surprises between Hamilton Southeastern and Westfield on Wednesday night.

    Just execution.

    And the Class 4A Royals did exactly that with the game in the balance late in the first-round of the Sectional 8 Tournament on their home floor.

    Despite building a double-digit lead early, the Royals had to fend off the Shamrocks with their margin cut to one in the fourth quarter and prevailed to seize a 53-46 victory.
  • 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.
  • SECTIONAL PREVIEW: 'Rocks, Royals ready for each other's best
    WESTFIELD - If there's one thing Westfield head coach Shane Sumpter and Hamilton Southeastern head coach Chris Huppenthal can expect anytime their programs meet, it's a close game.

    "It's always a good basketball game," Huppenthal remarked on the friendly inter-county rivalry. "It seems the last four games, it's come down to one possession at the end. They're always going to compete."

    The same goes for the Class 4A Royals.

    Before losing the past four consecutive to Sumpter's 4A Shamrocks (16-6, 4-2), Huppenthal's program racked up three in a row versus their geographic and Hoosier Crossroads Conference foe.

  • LINDEN -Hamilton Southeastern claimed the team championship and advanced seven wrestlers at the North Montgomery regional Saturday. Those seven will head to the New Castle semistate on Saturday where they will be two wins away from a state finals berth.

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

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

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

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

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

  • As obvious as it is - most of the time - the team that shoots better from the floor is the one that wins the game.

    That proved to be true once again on Saturday night as the Hamilton Southeastern Royals (7-12) hosted the Warsaw Tigers (14-4) and fell 54-48.

    It seemed like shot after shot fell for the Tigers early as they drove to the hoop and provided themselves with an early lead. The Royals tried to adjust accordingly, but the Tigers would counter it.

  • FISHERS - On Thursday evening, the Hamilton Southeastern Royals girls' basketball team took on the Ben Davis Giants. The Royals outplayed the Giants and won 57-39.

    Standing out offensively for the Royals was the trio of Megan Walton, Madi Taylor and Bre Lloyd. Each went for 15, 14 and 15 points, respectively.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Royals upset Bulldogs on the road
    COLUMBUS - The unranked Class 4A Hamilton Southeastern boys' basketball team continued its recent resurgence on Tuesday night, defeating 4A No. 12 Columbus North 64-49 to improve to 7-11 on the year.

    HSE built a 17-14 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, winning its third straight.

    They were led by an all-around game from sophomore Zach Gunn.

    Gunn finished with a game-high 29 points off of 10 of 15 shooting and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. He also added 15 rebounds, 13 of which came on the defensive end, to give him a double-double.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Millers win HCC title outright
    For weeks, let alone days, the Class 4A No. 5 Noblesville Millers heard all about what hadn't been achieved in the past.

    Reminded of the facts constantly leading up to Saturday night's Hoosier Crossroads Conference showdown with 4A No. 14 Hamilton Southeastern (14-6, 4-2), head coach Donna Keck and her Millers knew the score.

    The Noblesville girls' basketball team hadn't won a HCC title since 2002.

    The program hadn't beaten the rival HSE Royals in 17 consecutive games.

    "It was definitely our first goal that we wanted to achieve," Keck emphasized in reference to their HCC drought. "We never set out to be undefeated. We just wanted to win the conference first and foremost."

    With an outright title at stake and the Royals, once again, standing in their way, the Millers (19-1, 6-0) responded the only way they knew how - by sticking to their game.

  • Royals stun Millers at buzzer
    FISHERS - For nearly 32 minutes, Tyler Janney had a night to forget from the field.

    Shooting a miserable 0-for-4 from the floor - despite going 3-for-4 from the foul line - the basket and the Hamilton Southeastern senior weren't exactly on speaking terms.

    That was until the final 1.6 seconds of regulation and the game hanging in the balance against rival Class 4A Noblesville on Friday night.

    With the score deadlocked at 49 and the visiting Millers attempting one last full-court inbound play to prevent overtime, Janney made a high-alert play on a surprising underneath pass, swooping in for a steal and a layup to beat the buzzer and the Millers 51-49.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals girls' basketball team fell just short against Class 4A No. 10 Pike 60-58 on Tuesday night.

    After going up 32-26 at halftime, a slow third quarter by the 14th-ranked 4A Royals opened the door for Pike, which went on to take the lead and eventually win the game.

    Bre Lloyd led the Royals with 23 points off of 7 of 13 shooting, which included two made 3-pointers. Lloyd also led the team with five assists.

  • FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern boys' and girls' swimming teams made short work of the Lawrence North Wildcats on Tuesday night.

    The girls defeated Lawrence North 134-52 while the boys cruised to a 141-44 win for the sweep.

    The girls' 200-yard medley relay team led the team to an early victory as swimmers Audrey Rose Lo, Emily Ratliff, Phoebe Garrett and Robyn Clevenger swam for a time of 1:55.94.

    Clevenger also competed in the 200 IM and won with a time of 2:17.36.

  • Royals close out Marauders
    FISHERS--- To say it has been a tough season for the Hamilton Southeastern Royals basketball team would be an understatement. After a string of great players and team's over the past handful of years, the team has seemingly endured tough times due to injuries and youthfulness.

    On Saturday night, however, the team showed signs that all might not be done this season.

    The Class 4A Royals hosted and defeated the 4A Mount Vernon (Fortville) Marauders 62-55. The win moved the Royals to 5-11 on the season and could help boost the confidence of a team that has lost so many games by small margins.

  • FISHERS - Dropping consecutive games in a row is somewhat of a foreign concept for the Hamilton Southeastern girls' basketball team.

    The Class 4A No. 13 Royals lost two back-to-back games to Hoosier Crossroads Conference rivals Westfield and second-ranked 4A Lawrence North Wildcats on Jan. 16 and Jan. 20, respectively.

    On Saturday afternoon though, the Royals (14-4, 4-1) took it to HCC foe Zionsville (3-13, 0-4) winning 56-31 to avoid a third-straight loss.

  • ZIONSVILLE - The Hamilton Southeastern boys' basketball team know a thing or two about close, tough basketball games.

    Friday's 38-37 loss to Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival the Zionsville Eagles marks the 10th game this season that has been decided by 10 or less points.

    The Royals (4-11, 1-3) and the Eagles (11-4, 3-0) had an up-and-down battle throughout the entire game. Yet, in the end the Eagles were able to hang on and get the win.

  • 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.
  • FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern girls' basketball team kept the score close early against the Class 4A No. 2 Lawrence North Wildcats on Tuesday night.

    But it didn't last long.

    As the No. 13 4A Royals' shooting percentage dropped, their deficit swelled, leading to an easy 59-32 victory for the unbeaten Wildcats (17-0).

    HSE finished the game shooting 21 percent from the field (12 of 57), but the squad's woes didn't set in until the second quarter.

  • ANDERSON - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals boys' basketball team came up short on the road against the Anderson Indians losing 59-55.

    The Royals (4-10) kept it close for much of the game but were unable to close the deal in the final minutes against the Tribe (4-10).

    The Royals were up 19-15 after one quarter of play but relinquished their lead in the second period and headed into halftime down 32-31.