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  • Kirschner looks to make imprint on program
    After seven years under the guidance of Mitch Street, the Hamilton Heights football program will follow a different voice — although not an unfamiliar one — into the 2018 season. 

    The high school announced Wednesday that special teams coordinator Jon Kirschner will slide into the head coaching spot left vacant when Street resigned in January. 

    Kirschner, who’s been with the Husky program for four of his 10 years as a coach, felt he was at the perfect point in his career to embark on a new role. 

    “I’ve gained enough knowledge and experience being under the tutelage of a couple different head coaches that I was ready to take that next step,” Kirschner said. “When I got wind that (Coach Street might resign), I figured what better opportunity than to do it in a place that I love and want to raise my family in.”
  • 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.” 
  • Heights hires Kirschner as new football coach

    The Huskies have a new signal caller on their sidelines.

    Hamilton Heights announced Wednesday that Jon Kirschner will be the high school’s next football head coach after the vote of approval at a morning meeting of the Hamilton Heights Board of Education.

    “I am excited and blessed to have the opportunity to lead the Husky football program,” said Jon Kirschner in a press release. “My goal is to keep that tradition alive and well through hard work, perseverance and tough-nosed football.

  • Meyer to play baseball for Taylor University
    Hamilton Heights senior Cole Meyer has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Taylor University Trojans in Upland, Indiana, this fall. 

    Taylor offered Meyer everything he was looking for in a post-secondary education institution: a Christian University, a strong baseball program and location close to home. Meyer, who was selected as the 2015 JV Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on the A/B honor roll three of the past four years, is excited he can take his game to the collegiate level. 

    “We are really excited for Cole and for Taylor University,” J.R. Moffatt, Hamilton Heights baseball head coach, said in a press release. “This will be a great fit for both parties. " 
  • 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.” 
  • 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.

  • Top 60 seniors under one roof

    Sixty of the top high school senior girls basketball players in the state will be under the same roof this Sunday — and the workout is open to the public for an admission fee of $8 ($5 for students).

    The girls — compiled by Hoosier Basketball Magazine — were selected from approximately 1,400 senior players in Indiana. Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted during the season and throughout the state tournament to determine Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60, according to a press release.

    The Top 60 Senior Workout includes the state’s top two leading scorers— Daijah Smith, of Gary Lighthouse CPA (28.7 points per game) and Leigha Brown of DeKalb (28). Four other attendees are among the state’s top scoring leaders.

  • Hamilton Heights falls to No. 1 New Castle in first round

    Hamilton Heights’ season came to an end at the hands of No. 1 New Castle Tuesday night in the opening-round of the Class 3A Sectional 24 at Lapel.

    The Trojans defeated the Huskies 70-51, as Heights’ offense stalled at critical moments down the stretch.

    “We fought hard,” Hamilton Heights coach Chad Ballenger said. “(I’m) really proud of the fight our guys had. We got beat by the No. 1 team in 3A — they beat us — we didn’t hand it to them ... New Castle had to work for everything.”

  • 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. 
  • State Finals' rivalries set to be renewed
    Jared Holder was surprised he qualified for the IHSAA Boys Swimming State Finals last season. This year, the Hamilton Heights junior expected he’d make it. 

    Holder earned his place at the 2018 State Finals with state times in the 50 freestyle (21.27) and the 100 backstroke (49.98) — both school records. He’ll race in Friday’s preliminaries at the Natatorium at IUPUI looking to advance to Saturday’s finals for the first time. The last remaining Husky swimmer, Holder’s also racing for more than just himself. 

    “It’s such an honor to represent the school and the community,” Holder said. “I’m not just representing myself — I’m representing something much bigger.”

    Holder will face stiff — although familiar — competition in both of his events. 
  • Athlete of the Week: Haley Cook

    The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) announced its conference honors for women's basketball Thursday, and a familiar face brought home some hardware. Haley Cook of Indiana Tech, and former Hamilton Heights 1,000-point scorer, was named WHAC Player of the Year averaging 18.3 points per game and leading the NAIA in 3-point field goals made (115).

    The lefty-shooting guard helped lead No. 9 Indiana Tech (27-3, 18-2) to a WHAC regular season championship, which included an 18-game winning streak along the way. Cook also earned a spot on the conference’s all-academic team, as well as on First-Team All-Conference. 

  • Cross verbally commits to Manchester
    Hamilton Heights senior Michael Cross announced his verbal commitment to play football at Manchester University and is scheduled to officially sign with the school March 7. 

    “I chose Manchester because they seem like they have a great football program along with a great coaching staff,” Cross said. “I truly believe they are heading in the right direction and seem to be getting better. I wanted to be a part of the success they have been gaining and hopefully help them win a few championships.” 

    Cross received invitations to go on visits to Earlham, Anderson University, Millikin University, Hanover, Lakeland University in Wisconsin and Manchester. He visited Manchester, Hanover and Lakeland, he said, before narrowing it down to Lakeland and Manchester. 

    “It was awesome to have a lot of schools and coaches interested in me, but at the same time it was hard,” Cross said.
  • The Indiana High School Athletic Association has suspended eight Hamilton County basketball players for a violation of rules. 

    Six players from Noblesville and two from Hamilton Heights recently played in basketball games at the Noblesville Boys & Girls Club. According to IHSAA by-law 15-1.2a, athletes aren’t allowed to participate in “any organized non-school sports competition during the season, or at any time prior to the conclusion of the student’s participation in the IHSAA Tournament Series.” 

    IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille said a seventh Noblesville player has been removed from the program by the school. “It’s my understanding,” Wille said, “that the seventh player had been doing this in previous years as well.” 
  • 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
  • Huskies roll on Senior Night
    Hamilton Heights cruised to a 85-64 win over Peru on Senior Night Saturday. 

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

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

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

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

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

    200 Yard Medley Relay

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

    200 Yard Freestyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    200 Medley relay 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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