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  • SECTIONAL PREVIEW: Numbers don't define Millers
    Noblesville head coach Brian McCauley isn't one to shy away from outside perspectives. On the contrary, he welcomes opinions, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll agree with them.

    So when casual observers suggest the Millers' 5-9 finish after opening the year a scorching 8-1 was an inevitable correction, his initial response is normally honest and direct.

    Numbers don't define a team. Nor does its record before March.

  • Kiser leads Millers to victory
    LEBANON - It was Senior Night at Lebanon on Friday night, but it was a Noblesville junior that stole the show.

    John Kiser scored a game-high 23 points, including eight in a decisive 15-0 run, to help propel the visiting Millers to a 47-41 victory.

    "John is an Indiana Junior All-Star, and he played like it tonight," Noblesville head coach Brian McCauley said. "In a game where every possession was important, he just took the game over in the third quarter."
  • INDIANAPOLIS - Unlike the girls' swimming state meet two weekends ago there is no clear-cut favorite to win it all this morning.

    Many of the contenders, Avon, Carmel, Zionsville, Bloomington South, Brownsburg and Hamilton Southeastern all had at least one swimmer or relay team grab first in an event on Friday night. This should pave the way for an interesting day of competition at IUPUI's Natatorium today.
  • Hard to believe the boys' basketballs season is almost over. Actually, let me rephrase that, the regular season is almost over.

    Yes, sectional tournaments are set to begin next week on Tuesday, and the draws for the second season are already complete, which on the surface makes tonight's finales seem, well uneventful. But not so fast.

    These games still hold weight and here's why:
  • The Noblesville gymnastics team had sectional in mind as the Millers powered through two meets in three days this week.

    Taking on Bloomington South on Thursday night, the Millers narrowly lost 102.25-93.6, but despite the defeat they continued to add difficult skills into their routines in preparation for the future.

    They achieved exactly that and grabbed a few individual accomplishments along the way, splitting the week. On Tuesday night, the Millers won over host Marion 97.35-93.75.
  • County swimmers set to shine
    Two weekends ago the county's girls' swimmers had their shot at a state title, and in case you missed it, the Carmel Greyhounds won their 29th-consectutive state title.

    Now, it's the boys turn to hop into the pool and show the state what they've got as they compete for the 78th Indiana High School Athletic Association swimming state title, beginning on Friday.

    This year's state meet will be well represented by Hamilton County high schools. Five area schools will be competing: Noblesville, Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers, and Westfield.
  • Sectional pairings announced
    On Sunday, sectional pairings were released for the 105th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament.

    Among Hamilton County's nine schools, both Class 4A No. 4 Carmel (19-2) and 3A No. 17 Hamilton Heights Huskies (16-7) received first-round byes.

    The Greyhounds host Sectional 8 and face a semifinal path that leads through either No. 3 North Central (15-5) or Fishers (12-9), which recently wrapped up its first Hoosier Crossroads Conference title.

    Noblesville (12-10) will look to avenge an earlier loss to No. 13 Zionsville (17-6) in the Sectional 8 quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 4. Westfield (4-17) and Hamilton Southeastern (7-15) match up with the winner feeding into the Millers' semifinal.
  • Millers battle to the end
    KOKOMO - The Noblesville Millers left it all on the court at historic Memorial Gymnasium.

    Unified in their focus and intensity, the Class 4A No. 6 Millers gave No. 4 Homestead all it could handle on Saturday night in the Kokomo Regional championship game.

    Unfortunately, the Spartans had just a little bit more.

    With neither program clinching a regional title in 18-plus years, Homestead (25-2) went to work from the perimeter early and often, ending their drought behind an incredible shooting performance to win 83-66.
  • Greyhounds grind out another sectional win
    CARMEL - The Carmel Greyhounds boys' swimming team won its eighth-straight sectional title over the weekend with score of 524 points.

    Finishing second was the Noblesville Millers with 400 points and the Westfield Shamrocks came in third with 330 points. The Hamilton Heights Huskies scored 92 points and finished in eighth place.

    The Greyhounds got the day started off right with a sectional record in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Gabriel Whitaker, Charles Vaughan, Nathaniel Bledsoe and Harrison Stuckey finished with a time of 1:34.49. That time was good enough to beat the previous record set in 2011 by a full second.
  • Millers scorch Orioles
    AVON - The basket was as big as the ocean for Noblesville on Friday night, as they shot 73 percent and secured a 63-46 win over Avon.

    The Millers were 22 of 30 overall from the floor, 7 of 14 from beyond the arc and 12 of 18 from the charity stripe. And it wasn't just one person - Sean Wilson, Jake Mills and John Kiser each scored 16 points, while Joey Brewer added six points of his own.
  • Regional Preview: Millers grounded in the present
    Despite the magnitude of last weekend's sectional title run, the Class 4A sixth-ranked Noblesville Millers are done basking in the glory.

    Actually, the celebration ended a few minutes after the girls' basketball team cut down the nets following its 55-41 Sectional 8 championship victory against No. 9 Fishers last Saturday.

    "I'm already thinking about regional," Noblesville junior Alexis Shannon said at Hamilton Southeastern. "We're ready for the next game."

    After nearly two decades without reaching a regional tournament, the Millers were never in search of a sectional crown - alone.
  • Millers run out of gas in overtime
    INDIANAPOLIS - A resilient Noblesville Millers boys' basketball team just couldn't pull off enough shots in the final minutes of overtime to complete the comeback against the Lawrence Central Bears on Tuesday night 73-64.

    Each quarter played out the same for the Millers. They would make some shots, they'd be up for a while but would shortly succumb to the quick pace that the Bears were pushing.

    Yet, the Millers (11-10) would claw back every single time. There were times where it seemed like the Bears (9-12) were on the cusp of blowing the game wide open, but the Millers toughened up and never quit.
  • The Noblesville Millers bided their time on Saturday afternoon against the visiting Pike Red Devils.

    Ahead by just one point at halftime, 29-28, the Millers offense came out firing in the second half, burying a plethora of threes to extinguish the Red Devils 67-56.
  • The wait is over: Noblesville wins first sectional title in 19 years
    FISHERS - Their sectional title drought was motivation enough, but on Saturday night it was the Noblesville Millers' heart that elevated them to the height of a champion.

    Rallying around junior Katelyn O'Reilly after she went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter, the sixth-ranked Class 4A Millers banded together and with a decisive second-half surge they put their nearly two decades of sectional futility to rest.

    Working collectively to slow down the up-tempo ninth-ranked Fishers Tigers, Noblesville marched to a double-digit lead and an eventual 55-41 Sectional 8 finals victory to claim its first championship since 1996.
  • Greyhounds tie national record
    INDIANAPOLIS - It was a historic day in the pool for the Carmel Greyhounds girls' swimming team on Saturday afternoon at the IUPUI Natatorium.

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

    Carmel won nine events in the state meet, which is a new state record in itself. The previous record was also held by Carmel, which won eight events in 2011. Six of those wins were individual victories which put the Greyhounds tied with the 1979 Ben Davis girls' swim team for most individual wins at a state meet.
  • Millers cruise into title game
    FISHERS - One more game.

    All season long, the sixth-ranked Class 4A Noblesville Millers have adhered to a one game at a time philosophy. After eliminating the North Central Panthers 68-39 in the Sectional 8 semifinals on Friday night at Hamilton Southeastern that steadfast approach has the Millers exactly where they wanted to be from the first day.

    One game away.

    "It's our goal, and it's something we've talked about all year. We wanted to win conference. We wanted to win sectional and go from there," Noblesville head coach Donna Keck said. "Our kids are definitely very excited to have a chance to achieve that dream."
  • INDIANAPOLIS - It was a record setting night for the Carmel Greyhounds girls' swimming team on Friday night at the IUPUI Natatorium.

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

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

  • Millers are one step away from title game
    FISHERS - The expressions said it all. As each Noblesville girls' basketball player jogged off the court on Tuesday night, slapping high-fives with fans and each other following their 60-55 win against rival Carmel in the Sectional 8 opener, the spring was back in their steps.

    Finally turning their backs on the team's longest losing streak of the season, the once bewildered looks turned back into confident smirks and laughter.

    Weight, pressure, pregame nerves? Not anymore.
  • The girls' swimming season comes to conclusion this weekend at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. Finalists from all over the state will have the opportunity to grab a state title but few areas will be as well represented as Hamilton County.

    Among Hamilton County's finalists, Carmel returns two swimmers who are not only state champions in individual events but also state-record holders.
  • Millers move past Greyhounds
    FISHERS - When the final buzzer sounded on Tuesday night, the smiles finally reemerged along with the Class 4A No. 5 Noblesville Millers' swagger.

    Down for nearly 24 minutes against No. 13 4A Carmel in the Sectional 8 opener at Hamilton Southeastern, the Millers took the Greyhounds' best shots and then responded late to win 60-55 with senior Becca Bergman delivering several knockout blows.

    "Bergman just took over. She played like a big time point guard," Noblesville head coach Donna Keck said. "She basically put the game away."
  • SECTIONAL PREVIEW: Millers set to collide with Greyhounds - again
    It's literally been a lifetime for the current Noblesville Millers since the girls' basketball program last won a sectional title. In the grand scheme, it doesn't quite compare to other sports droughts of triple-digit stature, but for several of the players that doesn't make it any less significant.

    1996.

    It might as well be 100.

    "That's huge," Noblesville senior point guard Becca Bergman remarked on the 19-year sectional dry spell. "We could be the team that could get that far. We're all hoping that happens."
  • Noblesville's Noon, Heights' Bryant win regional titles
    PENDLETON - Days before the wrestling postseason began, Noblesville senior Derek Noon had a plan. On Saturday afternoon, he followed it to a T.

    "I've kicked it up a notch every step of the way since I've gotten here," Noon remarked on his career prior to the sectional tournament on Jan. 31. "I hope to keep going harder and harder throughout the rest of the season. ... My goal is state."

    Taking the first step last weekend by claiming his third consecutive sectional title at Hamilton Heights, Noon made it 3-for-3 again, winning the 152-pound regional title at Pendleton Heights.

  • The defending state champion Carmel Greyhounds turned up the heat on Saturday at the Noblesville Sectional meet.

    Not only did the Greyhounds win every swimming event, they swept the podium in every event as well. That kind of dominance will be needed as the Greyhounds go after a historic 29th consecutive Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship.

    The Greyhounds set the tone in the relay events, winning the 200-yard medley in 1:43.22, the 200 freestyle in 1:36.12 and the 400 freestyle in 3:26.79.

  • Millers fall short in overtime
    It was the John Kiser show at The Mill on Saturday night as the Noblesville Millers and Mount Vernon (Fortville) Marauders put on a thrilling display.

    Kiser scored 22 points and pulled down eight boards for the Millers. However, the excellent effort from the junior forward just wasn't enough as the Millers fell to Mount Vernon 48-47 in overtime.

    The Millers (10-9) had to wait a half for Kiser to start hitting buckets though. He went just 1-for-5 in the first half but made up for it by crashing the boards.

  • Brownsburg spoils Millers' Senior Night
    The Noblesville Millers rolled out a special starting lineup for Senior Night, but it was the visiting Brownsburg Bulldogs who were exceptional on Friday night.

    Winning the rebound battle and taking away Class 4A Noblesville's perimeter shooting, the 4A Bulldogs clamped down to win 56-46 at The Mill.

    The Bulldogs (14-5, 3-2) were coming off a 68-59 loss to Hoosier Crossroads Conference foe No. 13 4A Zionsville last week. Their HCC win over Noblesville (10-8, 1-4) dropped the Millers to their fifth loss in six games and second consecutive.

  • No. 3 Lawrence North baffles No. 5 Noblesville
    The third-ranked Class 4A Lawrence North Wildcats had all the answers on Thursday night.

    Taking away the fifth-ranked 4A Noblesville Millers' outside shooting, their inside drives and ultimately their confidence, the Wildcats (22-1) ran away from the outset, beating the hosts at their own game 61-40 at The Mill.

    "I don't even know what happened out there," Noblesville senior point guard Becca Bergman remarked. "We just were not ourselves. I don't know if we were tired or if we were just going in scared, nervous? I really couldn't tell you."

  • Greyhounds dominate girls' sectional swimming prelims
    The defending state champion Carmel Greyhounds set the tone early and often during the Noblesville Sectional on Thursday night.

    Winning every event, the Carmel girls' swim team took its first step toward a historic 29th consecutive Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship.

    The Greyhounds set the standard in every relay event, winning the 400-yard freestyle in 3:33.36, the 200 medley in 1:51.28, and 200 freestyle in 1:38.11.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - Minutes after her Noblesville Millers suffered their first loss in over a month, head coach Donna Keck was quick to put the evening's 66-52 shortcoming against top-ranked Class 2A Heritage Christian into perspective.

    "It's a great learning tool for us," Keck said on Tuesday night. "It's something for us to take into next week."

    From the first day of practice, let alone the regular season, the goal has always been about that one week, beginning on Feb. 10 - sectional tournament week.

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

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

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

  • Millers can't keep stride with top-ranked 2A Heritage Christian
    INDIANAPOLIS - The last three games of the regular season were scheduled by design.

    No shortcuts. No easy wins. No lesson unwelcomed.

    On Tuesday night, the Class 4A No. 5 Noblesville Millers learned all they wanted to about fortitude.

    Down by one after a nip-and-tuck first half, the Millers (19-2) struggled to find their shot in the second half and lost faith in their offense momentarily, falling behind by 17 before eventually losing to 2A No. 1 Heritage Christian 66-52.

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

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

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

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

  • Millers' swimmers sharpen their approach
    The Noblesville boys' swimming team hosted Zionsville on Monday and unfortunately lost 120-66.

    Despite the defeat, several individual Miller did, however, perform well in preparation for the upcoming postseason.

    In the 200-yard medley relay, the Millers finished second behind the team of Jake Seyfried, Luke Conner, Jack Thompson and Drew Sarabyn with a time of 1:44.78.

    Sarabyn also competed in the 500 freestyle and won with a time of 5:14.07. Fellow Miller Aaron Helms finished third in the event with a time of 5:17.64.

  • Huskies take second at sectional
    ARCADIA - The Hamilton Heights Huskies came into Saturday's sectional tournament on a hot streak, but the Pendleton Heights Arabians had the numbers.

    Winning three weight class titles, the Arabians advanced 12 wrestlers into next week's Pendleton Heights Regional to take first at sectional with 241 team points.

    The Huskies were second with 184 points despite winning four weight classes. Hamilton Heights pushed eight wrestlers on to regional.

    Before the tournament, Hamilton Heights had won 17 consecutive dual meets, but Saturday was about points and individual advancement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Millers pummel Pendleton Heights
    With another double-digit victory on Wednesday night, the Class 4A fifth-ranked Noblesville Millers continue to prove there aren't many teams capable of keeping stride with them on the basketball court.

    The Lady Millers (18-1) won their seventh game in a row with a decisive 88-50 victory against the 4A Pendleton Heights Arabians (13-9) at The Mill.

    The 38-point win over the Arabians (13-9) gives the Millers its sixth win in row with a margin of victory of 29 points or more.

  • Millers take care of business on Senior Night
    Senior Night wasn't a whole lot different than most nights for the Class 4A No. 6 Noblesville girls' basketball team at The Mill on Monday night.

    Nope, just all about taking care of the business at hand, execution, winning and celebrating. Yeah, they did a lot of that ... but the Lady Millers have done a lot of that this season in posting a 17-1 won-loss record.

    Yet, there was plenty of added excitement for seniors Becca Bergman, Cori Cain, Audrey Defoe, Kayleigh Herron, and Erin Wood, who received a rousing ovation.

    It was an emotional setting. Plenty of flowers and tears and hugs ... and then some pretty good basketball.

  • Millers bounce back with win over Merrillville
    Noblesville lost five of its first six games this month and while nobody within the program was ready to panic, those losses still take their toll on the psyche.

    Now, the Millers can feel good again. Noblesville shot better than 70 percent from the field and earned a 57-50 win over visiting Merrillville on Saturday.

    "We've been on a downhill slope and coming out on the short end of some close games," said Noblesville senior Jake Mills, who scored a game-high 22 points. "This is the win we needed to boost us up for (Hoosier Crossroads Conference) games."

  • Greyhounds fend off Millers
    With the Carmel Greyhounds reeling late on Friday night after leading the Class 4A Noblesville Millers by as many as 15 points, the least likely of heroes emerged.

    Scoring 10 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, 4A Carmel sophomore guard Ethan Merriweather buried 8 of 10 free throws in the final eight minutes to fend off the resilient Millers 55-45 in front of a frenzied crowd at The Mill.

    Merriweather was 6 of 8 from the field and 8 of 12 from 15-feet out, helping the fourth-ranked Greyhounds (13-1) extend their latest winning streak to 10 consecutive games.

  • Millers' wrestlers dominate on Senior Night
    It was an evening reserved for celebration, and that's exactly what the Noblesville wrestling team did, routing Tipton 71-12 on Senior Night at The Mill.

    "We have a really great bunch of seniors, and they've contributed greatly," Noblesville head coach Tom Knotts remarked after his team's regular-season finale on Thursday. "I'm really happy for them. I'm glad they had a win to end their senior year."

    Of Noblesville's six hands-on weight-class victories, two were wrapped up by seniors in dominating fashion.

    The Millers won 12 matches overall, including six by forfeit, five by pin and a tech fall as the program also hosted its Wrestle For a Cure: Pin Cancer Night.