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  • 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
    Hamilton Heights softball team pulled out a 6-5 win over Westfield Tuesday night. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “I’ve loved basketball ever since I can remember,” said Kirtley. “In addition, spending time in the weight room and participating in speed and agility training has elevated my endurance and strength.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “It also gives me the opportunity to continue to play baseball while pursuing a good education,” said Peterson, who plans to study environmental