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  • BBB Roundup: Huskies fall in overtime, go cold in 2nd half

    ARCADIA – The Hamilton Heights Huskies hosted the Frankton Eagles on Tuesday night. In what would be a wild game all-around the Huskies ended falling in overtime to the Eagles by a final score of 64-56. 

    Both teams battled back and forth in the first quarter, but the Huskies were able to hold a 14-11 lead after one. Then in the second quarter, the Husky offense led by Junior Gus Etchison started to catch fire. A 22-12 quarter saw Hamilton Heights take a 36-23 lead at the half. In the second half, the Huskies offense just went cold as they combined to score just 20 points the next two quarters and in overtime (nine in the third, six in the fourth, and five in OT). 

  • Lady Miller’s offense erupts for 72 vs Franklin Central

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Noblesville girls’ basketball team traveled to Hoosier Crossroads Conference opponent Franklin Central Saturday afternoon. For the third time this season, the Lady Millers offense dropped 70+ points as they were able to cruise to a 75-52 win.

    The first quarter set the tone for the entire game as after one quarter of play the Lady Millers held a dominating 19-5 lead. In the second quarter the lead got even bigger as Noblesville poured on 23 more points (15 for Franklin Central) as they took a 42-20 lead into halftime.

    In the second half Franklin Central was able to pick up the offense as they scored 32 total points in the second half. However the deficit was just too big to overcome.

    Freshman Ashlynn Shade continued to be a force on both sides of the ball for the Lady Millers in the win. Shade led all scorers with 34 points in the win while grabbing ten rebounds. The freshman phenom continued to show her skills on the defensive side of the ball too as she recorded eight steals. Mallory Miller added in 15 points for the Millers.

     
  • 2020 is really heating up, and last week provided several statistical outbursts throughout the state, as three of our winners surpassed 40 points in a game, one winner grabbed more than 20 rebounds in a game, and another winner shot 82% (14-17) from 3-point range. Even some of our other top nominees put up huge numbers, including one player pouring in 51 points in a game.

    Kouts Junior Cole Wireman, Blackford Junior Luke Brown, Northwestern Senior Tayson Parker, Silver Creek Junior Kooper Jacobi, Penn Junior Trinity Clinton, Marion Senior RaShaya Kyle, and Bedford North Lawrence Junior Chloe McKnight were selected as recipients for the week of Jan. 13-Jan. 18 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

    Wireman is the boys’ recipient in District-1, while Clinton is the girls’ recipient in District-1. Brown and Parker share boys’ honors in District-2, while Kyle is the girls’ honoree in District-2. Jacobi represents the boys in District-3, while McKnight is the girls’ winner in District-3.

     
  • Tuesday night saw two Hamilton County teams battle on the hardwood as the No. 6 ranked Fishers Tigers hosted the No. 12 ranked Carmel Greyhounds. The tigers opened the game and closed the game well as they defeated the Lady Greyhounds 65-44. 

    A 22-7 first quarter allowed the Lady Tigers to seize control of the game early on. The Greyhounds would try to battle back as they cut their deficit to 33-24 as both teams entered the locker rooms. Both teams scored 11 points in the third quarter as Carmel was unable to trim the Lady Tigers lead. Fishers put the game away for good in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Greyhounds 21-9. 

    Senior Tamia Perryman led the Tigers in scoring with a career high 21 points. She also had four rebounds. Junior Katie Burton finished with 18 points and six rebounds. Junior Audra Emmerson had nine points and freshman Hailey Smith had eight points.

     
  • Just give this kid the ball
Sports Talk with Mark Morrow

    Some thoughts, opinions and other notables:

    I watched Friday night’s tape-delayed Hamilton Heights-Lapel game on the TV 40 sports channel.

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Husky junior Gus Etchison, and it marked the first time I’ve seen him in action.

    I liked what I saw. He was terrific.

    The kid has GAME. He can really play. He had 34 points in a 21-point victory. Etchison did pretty much everything but sell popcorn. Very impressive player, indeed.

    And watching him reminded me a great deal of 1970 Carmel Indiana Mr. Basketball David Shepherd, who scored 66 points in a game his senior year.

    Gus has already delivered a 56-point performance this season. 

    Etchison is a 6-foot guard like Shepherd. He’s built like the Greyhound great and he also has black hair, and he plays with much the same flare. He’s quick, pushes the ball relentlessly, can shoot from far-away places, looks for the open man, and made a couple of “oh-wow-did-he-really-do that passes!’’ and he has tremendous upper body strength.

    Etchison also had two break-away dunks. Not sure I ever saw Shepherd dunk.

    The Husky spit-fire is averaging 25.9 points per game, seventh best in the state. He averages 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.2 blocks. He shoots 59 percent on 2s and 37 percent on 3s, as well as 75 percent from the foul line.

     
  • Rocks and Royals Clash in HCC Matchup

    WESTFIELD – The Hamilton Southeastern Royals traveled to Westfield on Friday night for a matchup with Hoosier Crossroads Conference opponent Westfield. The fourth quarter saw both offenses explode as the teams combined for 51 total points in the final quarter. In the end the Royals were the ones to come out on top by final score of 65-47. 

    30 of the 51 points scored in the final quarter were courtesy of the Royals who had slowly built up a nine point lead as both teams got ready for the final quarter of play. Westfield up until the final quarter, where they scored 21 points, were held to quarters of six, nine, and 11 as they Royals defense stifled the Rocks for most of the night.

    The Royals offense much like the Rocks really didn’t get clicking until the fourth. Fortunately for the Royals their offense through the first three quarters scored 11, ten, and 14 points respectively as they slowly were able to build a nine point advantage heading into what was the wild fourth quarter. 

    Nic Despaquale led the Rocks in scoring with 13 points. Benji Welch added in nine. The loss for the Rocks was their first HCC loss of the season as their overall record now stands at 8-2 (2-1 HCC). The team will now look to rebound tomorrow night as they travel to take on Lafayette Jeff (14-1). 

    The Royals were led in scoring by DeAndre Rhodes who finished with 13 points. Mabor Majak added in 11 in the win for the Royals. With the win the Royals see their record improve to 6-5 on the season (1-2 HCC). The team will be back in action tonight as they host Anderson (1-12). 

     
  • Etchison earns IBCA Player of the week for second time this season

    Week-10 Provides Many Qualified Candidates for IBCA/Subway Player of the Week Honors

    With school back in session, and several county tournaments taking place, there were many opportunities for players from all over the state to stand out. Week-10 provided as many quality performances as any week so far this season, and 2020 seems to have gotten off to a great start.
    Westview Senior Charlie Yoder, Hamilton Heights Junior Gus Etchison, Winchester Junior Payton Sparks, Linton-Stockton Junior Lincoln Hale, Angola Junior Hanna Knoll, Danville Senior Ella Collier, and Tecumseh Sophomore Kaybree Oxley were selected as recipients for the week of Jan. 6-Jan. 11 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

    Yoder is the boys’ winner in District-1, while Knoll is the girls’ winner in District-1. Etchison and Sparks share District-2 honors for the boys, while Collier is the District-2 girls’ representative. Hale is the boys’ recipient in District-3, while Oxley is the girls’ recipient in District-3.

     
  • Huskies Swim and Dive team traveled to take on Western Tuesday night. The Lady Huskies ended with a tie against the Panthers as both teams scored a 93 at the meet. The boy’s team was defeated 125-52.

    There were several Highlights to last night’s girls meet against Western according to Head Coach Sue Beale: 

  •  Lady Rocks dominate Greenwood

    WESTFIELD – The Lady Rocks hosted Greenwood on Tuesday night and came away with a dominating 54-23 win. The most points the Lady Rocks surrendered in a quarter was eight in the second.

    Westfield came out of the gate and took control of the game from the opening tip. They managed to hold a 15-4 lead after the first quarter and at halftime continued to lead by double-digits by a score of 22-12.

    The second half was more of the same story for the Lady Rocks as they continued to dominate the game. A 19-7 third quarter followed by a 13-4 fourth allowed the Rocks to be able to cruise to another win.

    Ava Henson ended the game as the leading scorer for the Rocks, finishing with 17 points and six rebounds. Alyssa Crockett recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

    Brooklyn Stubblefield ended with ten points to lead Greenwood.

    The win for the Lady Rocks improves their record to 13-7 on the season (3-2 HCC). They will return to the court on Friday night as they host No. 5 Hamilton Southeastern (16-2).

     
  • Miller’s strong 2nd half leads to win over Bearcats

    MUNCIE – The Noblesville Miller boys’ basketball team traveled to Muncie on Saturday to take on the Muncie Central Bearcats. After playing a close first half, the Millers strung an excellent second half together to defeat the Bearcats 55-43. 

    The first half saw both teams battle back and forth for the lead. After the first quarter, the Millers held a 12-11 advantage, but the Bearcats responded in the second, outscoring the Millers 14-11 to take a 25-23 lead into halftime. 

    To begin the second half the Millers came out of the locker room scoring at will and playing great defense as they used an 18-6 quarter to take a 41-31 lead into the final quarter of play. The Millers were able to add two more points to their lead as the Bearcats weren’t able to make a run late. 

    Seniors Jordan Gadis and Trenton Reed lead the way for the Millers in the game as the senior duo each scored 13 points in the win. Alex Hunt also scored in double figures for the Millers as he ended the game with 12 points. 

    The win for the Millers improves their record to 6-7 on the season (0-2 HCC). The team will be back in action on Friday night as they travel to take on HCC opponent Zionsville (8-5)

  • Lady Millers fall to No. 17 Martinsville

    The Lady Millers had a challenging task ahead of them on Saturday as they hosted No. 17 Martinsville at the Mill. 

    The Artesian offense proved to be too much for the Lady Millers as they fell by a final score of 68-56. From the get go the Artesian’s had their foot on the gas and started the game by scoring 21 points in the first quarter, compared to only 11 for the Lady Millers. 

    11 points seemed to be a theme for the Millers as they scored 11 points in the first, second, and third quarters respectively. 

    The defense for the Lady Millers buckled down in the third as they held the No. 17 Artesians to just nine points. It wasn’t until the final quarter after the Artesians had built a 47-33 lead that the Miller offense was able to find a spark. They scored 23 points in the final quarter, however the Artesians also found their offense again and scored 21 points of their own. 

    Freshman Ashlynn Shade led all scorers in the game with 28 points and snagged seven rebounds. Abby Haley added in 11 points for the Lady Millers and Mallory Miller scored ten in the loss. 

  • The Millers hosted Hoosier Crossroads Conference opponent Westfield on Friday night as the two-schools separated by just eight miles met up on the hardwood. Using a 14-1 second quarter the Rocks would defeat the Millers by a final score of 52-45. 

    The Millers came out in the first quarter and played great defense as they held the Rocks offense to just six points. After the defensive effort in the second by the Rocks, they were able to take a 20-12 lead into halftime. The third quarter saw the teams trade baskets and the Millers were only able to shave one point off the Rocks lead heading into the final quarter as they trailed 31-24. The fourth quarter saw both offenses kick it into high gear as they combined for 42 points in the final quarter. Despite their 21 points scored the Millers weren’t able to hold down the Rocks offense as they also scored 21 points to secure the win. 

    Sophomore Nic Depaquale ended the game with a team-high 16 points for the Rocks in the win. Fellow Sophomore Cam Haffner also reached double figures with ten points and led the team with seven rebounds. 

    The win for the Rocks continues their perfect start to the season as they improve to 5-0 (2-0 HCC). The Rocks will be back at home tonight as they host Class 2A Tipton with tip set for 7:30. 

    The loss for the Millers drops their record to 3-4 (0-2 HCC) on the season. The Millers travel to take on Hamilton Heights tonight starting at 7:30. 

  • Millers handle Anderson on road

    ANDERSON – The Noblesville Millers took to the road on Saturday to take on Anderson. The Millers were able to pick up a 64-46 win as they never allowed Anderson to make a run in the game. 

    The Millers came out in the first quarter and set a great tone for the game. They out-scored Anderson 21-10, and were able to extend their lead by two more points at halftime as they lead 33-20. The third quarter saw much of the same as the first half as the Millers continued to increase their double-digit lead to 52-34 by the end of the third quarter. 

    Alex Hunt ended the game with 18 points to lead the Millers. Evan Wilson added in 13 more points. Jordan Gadis filled the stat-sheet as he finished with nine points, six rebounds, and five assists in the Miller win. 

    The win for the Millers improves their record to 3-3 on the season (0-1 HCC). They will return home on Friday night to take on HCC rival Westfield (4-0). 

  • Can you feel it in the air? 

    You can almost taste it. No, it’s not pumpkin spice, everything nice . . .  it’s tournament football!

    The IHSAA playoffs get under way at several sites with sectionals on Friday night.

    So are you ready for high school football when it really counts?

    The one-and-done format will be a heart-breaker for many schools. But it is what it is: Lose and you can start thinking about 2020; win and those advancing still have another shot at a title.

  • Royals defeat rival Tigers to claim Sectional title

    The Lady Royals were able to win a pair of matches on Saturday to capture the Class 4A Sectional 8 championship. 

    In the first match The Lady Royals defeated Zionsville 25-12, 25-23, 25-15 to advance to the sectional final. The Royals were led by Delaney Garner with 16 kills and Abby Weber with 12 kills., ten digs and two aces. Defensively, Carly Mills had 20 digs and two aces. Kyla Berg added ten digs and two aces. Lillian Leiner collected 11 digs of her own.

  • The #9 ranked Millers boys’ soccer team hit the road on Tuesday as the team traveled to take on #1 Zionsville in a top ten matchup. The Millers came out with energy. At the five minute mark Drew Barnes had a shot saved by the Zionsville keeper but he produced a rebound which was then shot off target. 

    The chances kept coming for the Millers during the first 10-15 minutes of the game. Unfortunately the Eagles socred a corner kick and out jumped the defense to open the scoring. The Eagles piled it on for two more first half goals. But there was no quit in the Millers. At the end of the first half the Millers pulled one back on a goal by Palmer Ault to go into halftime down 3-1.

    The second half brought more good play from the Millers. They dominated possession and only allowed counter attacks from the Eagles. After conceding another Eagles goal the Millers continued to press. Colin Todd scored in the 77’ to bring the score to 4-2. The next minute saw a header by Drew Barnes saved off the line by the Eagles goalkeeper. The Millers continued to press but the clock struck zeroes with them in the losing end 4-2.

    The loss drops the team’s record to 6-2-1 on the season. The Millers return to action at Lawrence Park as they play Cathedral in Thursday.

  • Heights senior Kray Leininger to play football at Franklin College
    Kray Leininger, Hamilton Heights’ senior, has signed a letter of intent to play football for the Franklin College Grizzlies in Franklin, Indiana this fall.  Franklin College is a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. He is the son of Brent and Leslie Leininger.
    “I chose Franklin College because of the support, academics, positive atmosphere, and great coaching staff,” said Kray Leininger, who plans to earn a double major in Entrepreneurship/Marketing and minor in Finance with the goal of owning his own business. 
    A two-sport athlete, Leininger found success on the field and on the court as a varsity member of Hamilton Heights football (3 years) and basketball (2 years) teams. He led the football team in tackles in 2017 and 2018; served as the 2018 Team Captain, named Defensive Player of the Year, and received the Big Hit Award. In addition, he was named to the 2018 All-Conference Team and All County First Team Defense.
  • Heights senior Carter Campassi to play football for Manchester next fall
    Hamilton Heights’ senior, has signed a letter of intent to play football for the Manchester University Spartans in Manchester, Indiana this fall. Manchester University is a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC).  He is the son of Brian and Carrie Campassi.
    “I felt at home at Manchester,” said Carter Campassi, a three-time football letter winner, two-time Leadership team member and member of the 700-pound Big 3 Club. The coaches made me feel like an important piece of their program and would provide me the opportunity to finish what I started.”
    Campassi, who works at the Noblesville Boys and Girls Club, said he plans to study Sports Management.  “My dream job after college would be a front office position for a professional football team,” he noted.
  • Heights’ A.J. Field to play basketball for Lincoln Christian University
    A.J. Field, Hamilton Heights’ senior, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Lincoln Christian University Red Lions in Lincoln, IL this fall.  Lincoln University is a member National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), and Association of Independent Institutions (AII).  He is the son of Rob and Tricia Field.
    “I really loved the LCU atmosphere,” said AJ Field of his visit to the university.  “I felt an instant connection to the coach and players,” he said. “Academically, earning my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from LCU will help me to make a difference every day as an educator.”  After graduating, Field would like to work as a sixth-grade teacher and coach high school basketball.
  • Heights’ Luke Herr to play football for Taylor University
    Luke Herr, Hamilton Heights’ senior, has signed a letter of intent to play football for the Taylor University Trojans in Upland, Indiana this fall. Taylor University is a member of the Crossroads League.  He is the son of Jim and Kate Herr.
    Taylor offered Herr everything he was looking for in a post-secondary educational institution including a Christian University, smaller class size, close-knit family environment, unrestricted academics, and opportunity to play football close to home.  Herr, who earned three varsity letters, was a recipient of the Corey Kiger Award as a freshman and named to the All Hoosier Conference 1st and All Hamilton County teams his junior and senior years.  In addition, he received numerous Player of the Game awards as an offensive and defensive lineman; named Defensive Lineman of the Year his junior and senior years, Offensive Lineman of the Year his senior year, and recently named to the Region 5 All Stars as an Offensive Lineman.
  • State tournament pairings announced for boys basketball
    Four hundred teams were drawn on Sunday and placed into brackets for the 109th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament presented by the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever. 
    Sectional games are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 26, and run through Saturday, March 2, with the regional rounds slated for March 9 and semi states on March 16.
    The four state championship games that makeup the state finals will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 23.
  • Huskies outmatched against Central Catholic
    The Hamilton Heights Huskies (13-7) took on the Lafayette Central Catholic Knights (17-3) on Friday night in Arcadia and, despite competitive play in the opening minutes, the Huskies were defeated by 16 points: 81-65.
    Coming into the matchup the Knights had 1,254 points through 19 games compared to Heights’ 1,284 in the same number of contests. The Knights had given up roughly 200 points less throughout those games though, and their defensive prowess showed.
    Heights was led by sophomore Gus Etchison who matched his season average of 23 points. Etchison also had eight assists—he averages seven—as well as three blocks and two steals. Sharpshooters Hickok and A.J. Field managed 15 and 14 points respectively after combining for nine of the 11 Huskies’ three-pointers.
  • Heights tops Westfield after second-half comeback
    The Westfield Shamrocks (10-8) traveled to Arcadia on Friday night to take on the Hamilton Heights Huskies (12-6). Heights trailed at halftime 25-17 and had trouble with Westfield’s interior play during the first half, but the Huskies came alive from behind the three point line in the third quarter and eventually came out on top 64-57.
    Heights’ senior forward A.J. Field led all-scorers with 25 points on 15 attempts from the floor and standout sophomore guard Gus Etchison added 18 points and 5 assists.
    The Shamrocks were led by senior point guard Zach Banks who managed to score 17 points.
  • Eastside senior headlines players of the week; HSE, Heights players receive nominations
    Alex Yoder poured in 41 points in his only game of the week, and the Eastside High School senior leads the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
    Frankton senior Kayden Key, Princeton senior Stephan Wilkerson, Crown Point freshman Jessica Carrothers, Roncalli sophomore Maddie Bischoff and Mooresville senior Elise Scaggs join Yoder as recipients for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 2 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
    Yoder is the boys’ winner and Carrothers is the girls’ winner for District 1. Key and Bischoff collected respective boys’ and girls’ honors for District 2. Wilkerson and Scaggs received accolades for District 3.
  • Hamilton County Sports ROUNDUP
    HSE captures sectional championship over Carmel
    FISHERS – The Hamilton Southeastern girls’ basketball team won the Sectional 8 championship on Saturday, defeating Carmel 47-34.
    After facing a 10-8 deficit at the end of the first quarter, Hamilton Southeastern used a 15-6 run in the second quarter to gain and hold the lead for the rest of the game. Sydney Parrish and Malea Jackson both finished with double-digit scoring for the Lady Royals, with Parrish posting 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal while Jackson finished with 13 points, two assists, one rebound and one steal.
    Hamilton Southeastern will face Carroll in regional play on Saturday in Kokomo at 10 a.m.
  • Hamilton Heights Middle School West completes gym renovations, upgrades
    The greater Northern Hamilton County community is invited to attend a special ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 11 a.m. at Hamilton Heights Middle School West Gym. The dedication ceremony will give Hamilton Heights Middle School students, faculty, staff, board members, and project professionals the chance to share the completion of the first of several recent construction projects and enhancements at the middle school to the public. 
    The short dedication will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Hamilton Heights Middle School Principal Bret Bailey in celebration of the newly renovated areas.
  • Hamilton County Friday Night Prep Hoops Preview
    The Noblesville Millers (8-7) will take on Hamilton Southeastern (11-5) in a conference matchup tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Fishers. The Millers will look to keep their record above the .500-mark with a win over HSE.
    Westfield (8-6) is set to play Avon (6-7) in a conference game at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Avon. Avon is currently 0-3 in conference play. Westfield has a 1-3 in-conference record after their 51-38 win over Noblesville in mid-December...
  • Hamilton Heights High School, Colts will host blood drive Wednesday

    Hamilton Heights High School, in cooperation with the Indianapolis Colts, will host a county-wide blood drive Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the high school gymnasium. Donors must be at least 16 years old and provide a valid ID. All donors will not only help save a life, but also receive a Colts Limited Edition Football.

    Schedule your appointment at:https://www.donorpoint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/119950.

    The communities that make up the Hamilton Heights School District are dedicated to the students and the school and have been great donors in past drives. The blood drive coordinators and Indiana Blood Center hope to replicate past success, because each appointment commits blood or blood product to a patient in Hoosier hospitals.

     
  • Huskies walk-off against Delta
    Hamilton Heights opened sectional play Wednesday with a 6-5 walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh against Delta. 

    Cole Meyer hit a line drive to right to score Sam Wahl from third and send the Huskies to a Friday matchup against host Yorktown. 

    Heights battled uphill all night and that final run was their first lead of the game. Sam Fulton went the distance for the win. 

    “We got off to a rough start tonight in the top of the first,” said Hamilton Heights head coach J.R. Moffatt. “There were a couple of plays we didn’t make defensively that put Sam’s back to the wall and give Delta credit … they made us pay.” 
  • 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