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  • Sweet ride starts senior's streak

    Noblesville senior Bryce Randolph began his season in a 2-for-22 slump at the plate. The outfielder wasn’t too thrilled with his contributions on the diamond.

    His first thought was to set up a meeting with his personal hitting coach, Ryan Basham, in the second week of April to work out some of the kinks in his swing.

    But then, the Noblesville High School Prom came around, and he wanted a special ride for the big dance. So he turned to one man he knew wouldn’t let him down – his maternal grandfather, “Papaw” Bill Peevler. Randolph asked his papaw if he could borrow his Mercedes, a hardtop convertible. The answer was, “Yes.”

    The prom was on April 20 — a Friday. The next day, Randolph went 1-for-1. The game after that, he batted 2-for-3. He then proceeded to get four more hits in his next seven at bats. It occurred to Randolph, he said, that he was simply going to have find a way to keep the Mercedes, and let his papaw drive his Mustang.

    “I’m like, I can’t give him is car back yet,” Randolph said. “I got that car, and I started hitting. And, I’m superstitions, so I don’t want anything to change. I kept telling him, ‘Papaw, I can’t give you your car back yet.’"

     
  • Millers take Hamilton County Tournament championship
    More than a decade had passed since the last time Noblesville’s boys golf team tasted victory at the Hamilton County Meet — until Thursday. 

    Behind several clutch performances on the back nine, the IHSGCA No. 5 Millers pulled out a tightly-contested tournament at Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, finishing 3 strokes ahead of No. 6 Westfield, five ahead of No. 2 Carmel and seven ahead of No. 17 Guerin Catholic. 

    No. 18 Fishers, No. 20 Hamilton Southeastern, Hamilton Heights and University rounded out the field, respectively. 

    The finish on the par-70 course was so close that the teams had to wait until the final scores were posted to find out who had come away with a county championship. 

    “It’s really good to break through against such a quality field,” said Noblesville coach Gary Sewell. “We’ve come close, finishing second on a few occasions. It just seemed like it was always out of our reach — until this time.” 
  • Noblesville beats Avon, wins 8th straight

    The Noblesville Millers continued their winning ways Thursday with a 7-3 victory over Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Avon at Dunker Field.
    Noblesville won its eighth straight game on the strength of its defense over the Orioles, as the Millers turned four double plays, never allowing Avon to get into a rhythm.

    “Our defense was really sharp tonight with some big double plays tonight,” Noblesville coach Justin Keever said. “None was bigger than a 1-6-3 to help stymie a potential big-scoring inning in the fifth. We got some big ground balls, played them nicely and were able to get double plays to squash any momentum.”

    Relief pitcher Kade Gorman came on to register the final five outs for the Millers. Two came in the sixth inning, with runners on first and second and one out. Gorman got Braedon Payne to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.

  • The Noblesville Millers Grabs Lead in Seventh Inning to Defeat North Central??The Noblesville softball team stole the lead late and defeated North Central 4-2 on Thursday. The game was tied at two with the Millers batting in the top of the seventh when Ella White singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

    ??North Central got things moving in the second inning, with Ali Curlin’s single on a 1-0 count that scored a run.??Noblesville evened the score at two in the top of the sixth inning on a Julia Furiak solo homer before pushing two across in the seventh.

    ??Baily Ryan got the win for Noblesville, allowing three hits and one run over three innings, striking out two.??Molly Powers took the loss for North Central. She lasted seven innings, allowing eight hits and four runs. 
  • 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.

     
  • Home court of Hickory Hoosiers hosts All-Star doubleheader
    Knightstown’s Historic Hoosier Gym, movie home of the "Hoosiers" Hickory Huskers, is again the site of the Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic. 

    The 13th annual girls and boys doubleheader will take place June 1. 

    The girls game starts at 6 p.m., with the boys game following at 8 p.m. The boys' coaches are Daniel Cox, of New Castle, and Jerry Hoover of Blackford. Coaching the girls' teams are Julie Shelton, Mt. Vernon (Fortville) and Tod Windlan, who was dismissed as Carmel’s girls varsity coach in April.

    The evening is highlighted by 2018 Indiana Miss Basketball Amy Dilk (17.8 ppg), of Carmel, who will attend the University of Michigan. There are nine other girls who will participate on who were also selected as 2018 Indiana All-Stars: Emily Kiser (21.1), Noblesville (Michigan); Tomi Taiwo (16.4), Carmel (Iowa); Angel Baker (21.7), Pike (Wright State); Mackenzie Blazek (18.4), Whiteland (Illinois); Nia Clark (16.2), Ben Davis (Miami, OH); Katlyn Gilbert (18.5), Heritage Christian (Notre Dame); Cassidy Hardin (17.3), Center Grove (Purdue); Kayana Traylor (21.4), Martinsville (Purdue); Michaela White (15), Pike (Indiana State).

    Four other players who are committed to NCAA Division I Universities will also participate: Blake Smith, Carmel (Ball State); Asia Strong, South Bend Riley (Bradley); Breanna Boles, Lapel (Indiana State); and Courtney Krol, Chesterton (DePaul). 
  • The Noblesville Millers varsity baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Hoosier Crossroads rival Brownsburg on Saturday with 13-3, 10-run rule victory, on Senior Day.

    In the final two games of the series, the Millers amassed 34 runs and 24 hits. Noblesville defeated the Bulldogs 21-8 on Friday and won 4-2 last Thursday in the series opener.

    “This has been a crazy series,” Noblesville head coach Justin Keever said. “Brownsburg is a scrappy team. We were lucky to escape the opening game with a victory, and Friday was just a strange game. The ball was just flying out of the park, and (Saturday) Jackson Ramey and our guys did a great job of limiting them any freebies until that last inning.”

    Noblesville got on the scoreboard early Saturday, with one run in the first inning on the help of a double by Cooper Miles. He later scored on a fielder’s choice by senior Jacob Thieman.
  • Noblesville senior Jacob Thieman was on deck in the top half of the seventh inning with the Millers leading Hoosier Crossroads Conference and county rival Hamilton Southeastern 7-0 Saturday when DJ Owens fouled a pitch back.

    Thieman and a member of the Royals playfully raced to the ball. Thieman won that battle and calmly tossed it to the homeplate umpire. It was that kind of night. Everything went right for the Millers.

    Noblesville senior Jackson Ramey threw 86 pitches and faced the minimum three batters in four of the seven innings, and the Millers held on for the 7-0 victory over Hamilton Southeastern.

    Ramey allowed three hits, striking out six batters in what Noblesville head coach Justin Keever simply defined as an inspiring effort.

    "He was able to get the leadoff batter out every inning," Keever said. "When you do that, it makes it hard for your opponent to score runs. To get the leadoff batter out all seven innings is very impressive."


  • The Noblesville varsity baseball team defeated Frankfort 10-1 on Wednesday thanks to a six-run fourth inning. 

    The Millers’ offensive onslaught was led by Mark Goudy, Reese Sharp, Bryce Randolph, and Jackson Ramey, who all drove in runs in the inning.
    Frankfort got on the board in the first inning on a Jose Valdes-Sandoval's sac fly.

    CJ Stuckey was the winning pitcher for Noblesville, going four innings, allowing one run on zero hits and striking out three. Ramey threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen.

    Jack Espinoza took the loss for Frankfort. He surrendered four runs on four hits over two innings, walking one.

  • The Noblesville Millers could not stop a disastrous sixth inning against the Zionsville Eagles, and the Millers dropped their second game of the three game series 8-2.

    The first run of the game came in Zionsville’s half of the first inning, when Sam Edgell hit an RBI single, and Nick Nelson plated another run with an RBI groundout. 

    Not an ideal start for Noblesville head coach Justin Keever.

    “We had a unique situation where our first two guys get hits then we have two outs,” said Keever. “Had a bad jump on the steal, then we got a double, tried into a triple which was the right play there and we didn’t get anything out of the first, and that kind of put us behind the eight ball there.”

  • Noblesville names Roden new football coach

    Noblesville Schools has hired 2017 state championship coach Justin Roden as the high school’s new varsity football head coach.

    The hiring was approved Tuesday night at the school board meeting.

    Roden will replace Jason Simmons who recently announced he is leaving Noblesville High School. 

    “We are extremely excited Coach Roden and his family chose to join us and I am confident he will be a great asset in leading the Miller football program,” said NHS Athletic Director Leah Wooldridge. “He has a vision and plan for making our football team successful on the field and for supporting our student-athletes off the field, both of which we value highly at (Noblesville High School).” 

     
  • In the first game of a Friday night doubleheader between Hoosier Crossroads Conference rivals Noblesville and Westfield, the Millers Reese Sharp drove in five runs in a 14-7 win. In game two, the Shamrocks Matthew Meyer threw a no hitter in a 3-0 Westfield victory. 

    The Millers opened the first game with four runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Shamrocks starter Matthew Robinson. Noblesville knocked Robinson from the game in the second inning, scoring seven more runs before an out was recorded. 

    The offensive barrage was thanks to singles by DJ Owens, Jacob Thieman and Cooper Miles, and triples by Tyler Owens, Sharp and Bryce Randolph.

    Robinson allowed 11 runs on 10 hits in one inning pitched. 
  • Noblesville High School baseball coach Justin Keever wasn’t complaining after his team scored three runs in the first two innings and then relied on solid pitching the rest of the way Thursday in a 3-1 victory over Westfield at Westfield High School.

    Millers starting pitcher Klay Holzworth struck out 11 batters, scattering four hits in six solid innings.

    “(Klay) was a bulldog out there,” Keever said. “He struggled with his footing early, you get on an opponents’ mound, try to get use to it bet he found it, and then Kade Gorman came in and shut them down.”

    Gorman shut the door on the Shamrocks with a strike out and two groundouts, walking a batter.

     
  • Lady Millers rout Park Tudor on road

    The Noblesville girls varsity lacrosse team traveled to Park Tudor on Wednesday and came home with an 18-6 win. 

    Noblesville (5-3-1) was led by sophomore Mia Blackburn who scored a total of six goals, had four ground balls, three forced turnovers and six draw controls. 

    Defensively, the Millers were led by junior Meredith Miller with four ground balls, one forced turnover and an interception. Senior goalie Meredith Hayes stopped 50 percent of the shots the Panthers threw at the net.

  • Toughness defined the final game of the series between the Noblesville Millers and the Fishers Tigers baseball teams Friday. With snow flurries in the air and gusting winds abound, the Millers were able to pull out a 6-3 win.

    “I think our kids were much tougher than last night,” said Noblesville coach Justin Keever. “It’s gritty, not pretty, right? So I think that’s what it comes down to -- we can’t worry about what we looked like, we’ve just got to go out there and just compete.”

    The Millers got off to a fast start with D.J. Owens hitting an early single that brought Tyler Owens in from second base, but Fishers fought back as JJ Woolwine scored thanks to a Grant Richardson base hit that followed a dropped fly ball and a wild pitch.

    Noblesville added to its total in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings but the biggest difference according to Keever came on the mound.

    “I thought Reese Sharp was really strong,” Keever said. “Kade Gorman (then) comes in and slams the door.”
  • Fishers sweeps doubleheader against Noblesville

    Noblesville High School baseball coach Justin Keever summed up his team’s performance pretty matter-of-factly following a 7-2 loss to Fishers in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday at Donald J. Dunker Field.

    “We just have to be better at the plate,” Keever said, as Tigers pitchers struck out 18 Miller batters of the 21 outs. “Things like that, we simply need to clean up, and the only way to do that is to just go back out there.”

    Fishers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader. Two of those runs came on Tigers’ pitcher Grant Richardson crushing a pitch over the right field wall for a two-run homer.

    “(Richardson) is a great hitter as it is,” Fishers coach Matthew Cherry said. “But, his teammates give him a hard time because he hits better when he is pitching. But it was good for him to get that lead before he went on the mound.”

     
  • Indiana All-Star Classic rosters revealed
    An elite group of Indiana’s senior basketball players that includes Noblesville’s Emily Kiser, Tomi Taiwo of Carmel and Guerin Catholic’s Jack Hansen will convene at John R. Wooden Gymnasium at Martinsville High School in Martinsville on Saturday to prepare for the 30th annual North/South Indiana All-Star Classic. 

    This girls’ and boys’ doubleheader will be played at 5 p.m. (girls) and 7 p.m. (boys). The North/South Indiana All-Star Classic is sponsored by Martinsville High School, Hoosier Basketball Magazine and Pacesetter Sports in Terre Haute.

    Twenty-four girls will compete in the first half of this doubleheader, including 10 players who have been named to the 2018 Indiana All-Star team. The second game, the boys, features three future Big Ten basketball players as well as the state’s leading scorer.

    Five Indiana All-Stars highlight the North Girls’ squad, topped by one of the state’s leading scorers —DeKalb’s Leigha Brown (28 points per game) — along with Kiser (21.1). Brown plans to attend Nebraska, and Kiser is headed to Michigan. 
  • Sharp's six RBIs power Millers over Bulldogs

    The Noblesville varsity baseball team bounced back from a 5-3 day-game loss to Farragut on Friday with a 16-1 pounding of Bearden in the Millers’ second game of the day.

    Noblesville scored in all five innings the teams played, opening the game with three runs in the first inning and following with six in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth. The Bulldogs scored their lone run in the second inning.

    Junior Reese Sharp had six RBIs and three runs on a pair of homers for the Millers, who moved to 2-1 on the season. Senior Jacob Thieman knocked in three runs and scored a pair of runs on a home run, and sophomore Cooper Miles and junior Zac Tuinei both had two RBIs, with Tuinei’s RBI coming on a homer. Noblesville managed 10 hits as a team.

     
  • Noblesville football head coach Jason Simmons is going back to Ben Davis.

    The school approved the hire at Monday’s school board meeting. Simmons, 42, served as Noblesville’s head coach for the last two seasons, where he guided the Millers to a 5-15 record.

    Simmons has also coached at Hamilton Heights, as well as an assistant at Ben Davis from 2006-08. The Giants won their ninth state title last season.
  • Millers ready for Hoosier State Relays
    The following Noblesville High School girls have qualified for the Indoor Hoosier State Relays Track & Field State Finals at Indiana University this Saturday at 2 p.m. 

    NHS entries:
    Maria Anderson (11) - Ranked second in the long jump. 
    Erika Knieper (11) - Ranked eighth in the pole vault
    Sophie Reichard (10) - Ranked 13th in the 3200m run
    Grace Brisco (11), Sophie Reichard (10), Parker Davis (9) and Marissa Schneider (11) - Ranked 17th in the 4x400m relay
    Aubrie Deal (11), Maria Anderson (11), Bella Sharples-Gordon (9) and Abi Little (12) - ranked third in the 4x800m relay
    Aubrie Deal (11), Maria Anderson (11), Bella Sharples-Gordon (9) and Abi Little (12) - ranked second in the Distance Medley relay. 
  • Noblesville lacrosse picks up first home win of season

    The temperature was cold Saturday morning, hovering around the freezing, but that didn’t stop the Noblesville girls lacrosse team from getting hot in the second half at Hare Chevrolet Field.

    The Millers rallied from an 8-6 halftime deficit to defeat Westminster Christian Academy 11-10 and make school history by winning their first home game in their inaugural season as a school sponsored varsity club sport.

    The key was not panicking when they were down by four goals early, Millers coach Jenna Turner said.

    “The girls have a mentality to never give up,” Turner said. “We displayed patience. When we got behind, that is when we started to play better.”

  • After tying in a pre-season scrimmage, the Noblesville and Zionsville girls varsity lacrosse teams played for real Thursday night. 

    Zionsville earned a hard-fought 14-11 win at home, sending the Lady Millers to 1-2-1 on the season. 

    The game remained close throughout the first half, before Zionsville scored three goals in the last 3:05 minutes, including two with less than 30 seconds to play, making the halftime score 9-5 in the Eagles’ favor. 

    The Millers made a run of their own in the last four minutes of the second half, but ultimately fell short. Offensively, the Millers were led by junior Kat Green and freshmen Emma Potter, who both scored three goals.
  • 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.

  • The Milers are in the win column. 

    The Noblesville girls lacrosse team picked up its first victory of the season Monday night with a 10-5 win over Hamilton Southeastern. Sophomore Mia Blackburn led the Millers with four goals and one assist, and senior goalie Meredith Hayes stopped 13 Royals’ shots. 

    Noblesville improves its record to 1-1-1 on the season. 
  • Lady Millers open lacrosse season with doubleheader

    The Noblesville Lady Millers lacrosse team opened their first weekend as an official varsity club school-sanctioned squad with two games against elite Louisville schools at Brebeuf on Saturday.

    The opening match for the Millers was against the Amazons from Louisville Collegiate. Noblesville found itself trailing 3-7 after one half of play, but a spirited second-half comeback got the Millers back in the game. Junior Kaylin Mertens scored two goals in the first 90 seconds of the second half, which ended with a last-second goal from freshman Emma Potter to tie the score at 8-all.

    The game finished tied at eight, after a last second save by Noblesville’s senior goalie Meredith Hayes. The two sides didn’t play an overtime period since it was a non-conference game. Defensively, the Millers held the Amazons to one goal in the second half, as Hayes stopped five of the six shots she faced.


     

     

  • 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.” 
  • Millers begin lacrosse season with historic win

    The Noblesville boys lacrosse team made history Wednesday night at Hare Chevrolet Field.

    After competing as a club sport for more than a decade, the Millers played their first ever game as an official varsity club school-sanctioned squad. The Millers are off to a great start, beginning their new chapter with an emphatic 20-3 win over the Avon Orioles on a cold, snowy night.

    “This was our first chance to really show the school and the administration our ability to play hard, be organized and be solid to come away with a strong win,” Noblesville head coach Kyle Kreutzinger said. “It was good. We certainly didn’t want to start the season by playing a conference opponent and losing.”

  • Former Miller celebrates Senior Day at Ball State
    Ball State gymnast and Noblesville High School alum Baylee Bell celebrated Senior Day with her family Sunday in Muncie. The Cardinals fell to the Eastern Michigan Eagles 194.225-191.950, but Bell earned a pair of top four finishes on the day. 

    Bell placed second in the floor competition with a score of 9.775. She also scored a 9.775 in the beam event, which earned her a fourth-place finish. Ball State fell to 3-2 on the season.