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  • Millers Mike Brady earns regional coach of the year

    Noblesville Girls Soccer head coach Mike Brady was named the United Soccer Coaches’ Central Region Girls Coach of the Year for the Fall 2019 season. Coach Brady’s Millers posted an undefeated 17-0-3 record and won the Hoosier Crossroads Conference and the Indiana 3A State Championship.

    As a result of the Millers' success, Brady was previously awarded Coach of the Year by both the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association and the Hoosier Crossroads Conference.

    He is now one of eleven finalists for the National Coach of the Year to be announced later this month.

    Brady has been at the helm of the Miller girls soccer program since 2003 and has compiled a 222-44-41 record during his tenure. 

    The Lady Millers have never endured a losing season under Brady and have won four sectional and regional championsips, two semi-state titles, and of course the IHSAA Class 3A State Championship this past season. 

  • Roden leaves Millers to take HC job closer to home

    By Codey Emerson 

    codey@thetimes24-7.com

    Noblesville Schools announced today that head varsity football coach Justin Roden has accepted another position and will be relocating back to his home in the Cincinnati area. Roden shared that the decision was based on personal family needs. 

    "I want to thank Coach Roden for his service to our Noblesville High School students and to the Millers football program overall, and wish him happiness and success in his new role,” said Leah Wooldridge, Noblesville High School athletic director. 

    Roden has been head varsity football coach for the Noblesville Millers since 2018 and is also a wellness teacher at the high school. 
    Noblesville will begin the process of identifying a replacement for him immediately and will announce their selection at a later date. 

    Roden during his two seasons as the Millers head coach compiled a 5-15 record. 

    He will now take over the head coaching position at Oak Hills High School in Cincinatti, OH. 

  • Records were made to be broken — and another just happened over the weekend.

    Take a bow Sydney Parrish!

    I remember when Zach Gunn broke the Hamilton Southeastern boys career career scoring record, set by  2012 Indiana Mr. Basketball Gary Harris. Gunn surpassed the current NBA star’s all-time scoring record in 2017. Gunn 1,660 points . . . Harris 1,552 points.

    That was big. 

    So is Parrish’s accomplishment, adding a page in the school’s girls record book.

    The Oregon-bound Hamilton SE senior has totaled 1,404 points so far for her career. That broke the school mark last weekend for HSE girls basketball, held by 2013 graduate and Indiana All-Star and Naismith Award winner Taya Reimer, who had 1,374 points.

  • With Week-1 of the girls basketball season in the books, four ladies have been cited as the first IBCA/Subway Player of the Week recipients for the 2019-2020 campaign.

    North Judson-San Pierre Junior Lilliann Frasure, Northwestern Senior Madison Layden, Noblesville Freshman Ashlynn Shade, and Heritage Hills Junior Rebekah Gordon have been selected as honorees for Nov. 4-Nov. 9 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Frasure is the recipient for District-1. Layden and Shade are co-winners for District-2. Gordon is the honoree for District-3.

  • FISHERS - The Lady Royals started off the season with a great win against a tough Ben Davis team.

    The Lady Royals continue to find ways to win games. In a game that points were slim, the Lady Royals fought hard on the defensive end to pull out their first victory of the season. The Lady Royals led most of the game; however, Ben Davis took the lead late. A couple tough defensive stands turned into offensive points and the Royals were back on top. In a game that came down to a few possessions in the final minutes, the Lady Royals were able to withstand the defensive pressure Ben Davis brought.

    Leading Scorers for the Lady Royals were Senior Sydney Parrish with 33 and Jackie Maulucci with 13. Leading rebounders were Parrish with nine and Bailee Poore with seven. 

    The win for the defending class 4A champs gets their season started off with a record of 1-0. The Lady Royals will be back in action on Saturday as they host the Southeastern Shootout. The team will first play Center Grove at 10 a.m.

  • The Noblesville Millers opened up sectional play on Friday night with a tough opponent in the Homestead Trojans who came into the game ranked No. 11 in the state. 

    The Millers however did not back down from the challenge and played their best game of the season as they hung in wiht the Trojans all game long. 
    If not for a touchdown on the last play of regulation, the Millers would have advanced and pulled off the stunning upset. 

    However both teams headed into overtime tied at 21 and Homestead was able to kick a game-winning field goal to survive and end the Millers season in heartbreaking fashion as they won by a final score of 24-21. 

  • The Indiana Members Credit Union is now taking votes for their “athlete of the month”. 

    Every single athlete listed is from attends a Hamilton County school. 

    To cast your vote you can visit  https://vnnsports.net/indiana-members-credit-union-athlete-of-the-month/. 

    Listed below are information about each athlete and a quote from their head coach. 

  • Noblesville Boys head soccer coach Ken Dollaske was honored by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association as he was nmaed Big School (> 1,000 students) coach of the year by the ISCA. Dollaske also was recognized as the overall Coach of the Year for District two. 

    This season Dollaske guided the Millers to an overall record of 16-2-2. The Millers also claimed the sectional and regional titles. 

    The Miller boys team now will compete in the semi-state championship game on Saturday at Kokomo High School as the Millers take on Lake Central for a chance to advance to the state championship. 

     
  • 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.

  • Millers Boys and Girls soccer captures Regional titles

    What a Saturday it was for the Miller soccer program. Both teams were able to take home the Regional title as the boys team defeated Carroll 2-1 while the girls shutout McCutcheon 5-0. 

    The day started for both teams by playing in their respective regional semi-final matches as the girls defeated Carroll 1-0. 
    The Boys were victorious in their matchup against Harrison also by a 1-0 final score. 

  • FRANKLIN - The Lady Royals finished HCC play with a perfect 7-0 record defeating Franklin Central 25-16, 25-13, 25-13 on Thursday night. 

    The Royals were led by Abby Weber with five aces 15 digs and five kills. Delaney Garner added 12 kills and Grace Hunter had eight kills. Carly Mills led the team defensively with 17 digs and Kyla Berg added 11 digs. 

  • By Codey Emerson 
    codey@thetimes24-7.com

    Greyhound’s season comes to end with 2-1 loss against Eagles

    INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 14 ranked Greyhounds came into Wednesday night’s matchup knowing they’d face a tough opponent in the No. 1 ranked Zionsville Eagles. 

    Throughout most of the first half the two teams were even as they entered halftime tied a 1-1. The second half proved to be the difference maker as the Eagles were able to add another goal while holding the Greyhound offense scoreless to as Carmel fell by a final score of 2-1. 

  • Carmel – Three teams from Hamilton County were represented at the Girls State Golf meet this past Friday and Saturday as Noblesville, Westfield, and Carmel all were vying for the chance at becoming state champions. 

    When it was all said and done Homestead took home the state title shooting a two-day score of 605 to be crowned the state champions. 
    The Lady Millers placed seventh at the state meet shooting a 682, just missing placing sixth by two strokes. 

  • It was a back and forth affair with the Arabians of Pendleton Heights on Monday night as the Millers opened up sectional play. Luckily for the Millers, the scoring chances tilted in their favor. The Arabians played a very condensed, defensive formation with one lone striker high up the pitch. This made it difficult to break their defense, but in the end the Millers were able to find the back of the net five times to secure the victory in the first round of IHSAA Sectional Playoffs.
  • 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.

  • Here are some things we know and don’t know about the 2019 Indiana high school football season after the first four weeks:

    Will the current Noblesville football team post a win this season?

    The crystal ball is still a bit foggy, says my friend the Football Wizard who has watched a lot of Noblesville football over the years.

    Right now, all that seems certain is that you don’t win if you can’t score points.

    And the Millers haven’t scored many points. Not so far, anyway. They’ve scored 14 points twice; 7 in another; and have been shut out in yet another.

    They are averaging 8.8 points per game . . . and their defensive average is 35.3 points. In addition, Noblesville has rushed for only 292 yards, passed for 124 and produced 130 reception yards. 

    In all fairness to coach Justin Roden and his staff, Noblesville lost a nucleus of good players from the 4-6 team in 2018, and the 2019 team is young and inexperienced in several spots.

    And keep in mind that the Millers started the season 0-4 against a murderous schedule, featuring Cathedral, Carmel, Fishers and Westfield, all ranked teams.

    Regardless, due to Hamilton Heights’ rousing, 36-0 victory over Northwestern last week, Noblesville now finds itself as the lone winless football team in Hamilton County. 

    Can Noblesville turn the tables on Zionsville (2-2) this week? That’s Homecoming for the Millers. Certainly all of the hoopla surrounding that could, and likely should, help the cause.

    Can the Millers defeat Franklin Central or Hamilton SE in road games? Possibly, but keep in mind that those teams have shown much improvement so far this season, and they’re certainly much better, more competitive than they were in 2018. Senior QB Andrew Hobson passed for 259 yards against Fishers.

    What about Brownsburg on the Millers turf on Oct. 11 and then the regular-season finale on Oct. 18 against Avon?

    Those last two are likely much taller orders.

    Noblesville must win its final five games to go 5-4 and secure a rare regular-season winning record. A lot of good things must happen for that to happen. And posting the school’s first winning season since 2001 obviously remains a long shot.

    So back to the crystal ball: All the Football Wizard can see is a shadow of someone scratching his head in all of that fog.

  • CARMEL – The Westfield Lady Rocks traveled to take on the Carmel Greyhounds on Monday night. Coming in the matchup between the two schools, both teams had a combined total of 26 wins on the season so fans expected to see a competitive match. 

    That game lived up to the hype as The Greyhounds ultimately came out victorious, but the Lady Rocks made the Greyhounds work for every single point as Carmel walked away with a 29-27, 29-27, and 25-17 sweep over Westfield. 

    Junior Kenzie Daffinee led the team with 16 kills and four service aces, Peighton Isley anchored the defense with 14 digs and Katie Sweet ended the night with three blocks. The Rocks are back in action Wednesday night at home vs Hamilton Southeastern as their record fell to 12-3 on the season. 

    For the Greyhounds, they were led by Macarty McQueen with 11 kills, four aces, and six digs on the night. Anne Lesure contributed nine kills, 19 assists, ten digs. Gabby Smith ended her night tallying seven kills and four blocks while Ella Bostic finished with 18 Assists, an ace, and five digs. The win improves the Greyhounds record to 15-7 on the season. The team will return to action on Tuesday night as they will travel to Lawrence North. 

    Millers fall to tough Yorktown squad

    The Noblesville Millers lost to the Yorktown Tigers 3-0 on Monday night at Noblesville High School 

    In the loss Lexie Almodovar had nine digs, six kills, and three assists. Riley Branch contributed nine assists while Rose Crist had six kills. Abby Johnson had four digs, Allison Parks had three digs, and Sydney Sparks had two digs. Ella Peter added two kills, with Anna Kiser adding a kill and a block. Bella Hines had one ace, and Diana Cox rounded out the box score with one dig.

    The loss drops the Millers record to 5-9 on the season. TheMillers travel to Hamilton County opponent Hamilton Heights on Tuesday.

  • CARMEL – With the girls’ soccer season less than a month away, many programs are beginning to gear up for the upcoming season. Four programs here in Hamilton County just wrapped up playing in the DeWayne Akin Summer Showcase which took place on the practice fields at Carmel High School.

    Carmel, Noblesville, Geurin Catholic, and Fishers all competed in the tournament. The tournament allows the coaches to see how their player respond when they are put in actual game situations and forced to make tough decisions. With the first official practice scheduled on for August 5th, coaches can see what they have in their teams and what they can look to work on when practices start.

  • NEWTON, Iowa — In his first start at Iowa Speedway since 2017, Noblesville native Conor Daly finished a respectable 13th for Carlin Racing in the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet at Sunday Morning’s Iowa 300.

    His two appearances at the .875 mile oval in NTT IndyCar Series competition ended prematurely for Daly who was upbeat after finishing just one lap down.

    “I’ve never even really made it to halfway in this race before so I’ve always struggled here,” said Daly. “I think we probably should’ve finished 12th or 11th, I think we were running around there most of the day which is a huge accomplishment. I mean, this track is so hard, this track is so dependent on mechanical grip and usually the big teams succeed here. As we saw, Penske dominates. For us as a very young team to come here and do that, I think we can be really proud of it. It was really hard but I’m glad we made it through and had a good day.”

  • For Millers Coach, Football ‘Challenge’ A Doozie

    In his first year coaching East Central High School football, Justin Roden probably felt like he had been blindsided and plowed over during a blocking drill.

    He went from an assistant to head coach quicker than was expected, and then lost his job rather quickly after that season.

    “My first year running the program, the head coach just upped and quit, even though the plan was that he would coach 2 more years. The majority of staff quit, just walked away….just ran for the hills. The middle school was in a bad place and they knew what was coming,’’ said the second-year Noblesville football coach.

    And we had graduated 21 of 22 starters in 2012. Then the one returnee tore his ACL during our first practice,’’ said the second-year Noblesville High School football coach.

    “I was called in by the principal and athletic director. Under the circumstances, I told them I thought a 4-7 record was pretty good. They looked me in the eye and told me it was not good enough.

    It was the school’s first losing season in 23 years.

  • Noblesville swim club hosts Enchanted Forest meet

    The Noblesville swim club hosted the 2019 Enchanted Forest swim meet at Forest Park Aquatic Center this past weekend. The meet hosted 962 swimmers from 33 different teams. The meet even included a swim team from Toronto, Canada participate.

    Meet director Chris Berger talked about the things that are required to put on a meet this size.

    “We started setting up for the event around 6:30 Thursday evening,” Berger said. “We didn’t get done setting up until roughly 10:30. We had 27 tents that needed to be put up to make sure the event ran as smooth as possible.”

  • Davis honored to represent Miller football

    INDIANAPOLIS – The annual Indiana Football Coaches Association North South All-Star game is a tradition that has been dating back to 1967. The game offers a chance for High School seniors to play in one final game in the high school career.

    For Noblesville Senior Defensive End Dalton Davis, he was selected to represent the Millers in the game. For Davis, not only was he representing his the Millers and his program, but he was representing the entire Noblesville community.

    “It’s always great to represent your community,” Davis said. “This is the longest running high school all-star game in the country, so for me this was a tremendous honor and privilege to be out here on this field tonight against the best competition the state of Indiana has to offer.”

  • Merchant to miss USGA Jr. Championships

    Noblesville golfer Clay Merchant recently was invited to participate in the United States Golf Association (USGA) Jr. Amateur Championships at the Inverness Club in Toledo Ohio. Unfortunately for Merchant he will be forced to miss the tournament which will take place July 15-20 as he is currently nursing a broken foot.

    Merchant was one of only four kids in the entire state to qualify for the tournament. The field of 156 golfers was determined through sectional qualifying which took place from June 10-25 at 56 locations across the country and in 39 states. Merchant already had received a spot in the tournament as he was in the World Amateur Golf Rankings top 50 age-eligible points leader.

  • INDIANAPOLIS – Players from all across the state will converge on to North Central High School in Indianapolis on Friday night to play in the annual Indiana Football Coaches Association All-Star Football Classic as the North All-Stars will face off against the South All-Stars.

    Dating back as far as 1967 the annual All-Star game showcases some of the state’s best talent. Nominations for the All-Star game are made by members of the Indiana Football Coaches Association.

    This year three players from Hamilton County will get the chance to play in the game as they will be members of the South All-Star team

  • WEST LAFAYETTE – After two days and 36 holes of golf at Purdue University, the battle for the Boys State Junior Championship is heating up at Ackerman-Allen and Kampen Course. The event which started on July 8 saw a total of 114 golfers compete for the title including 20 boys from Hamilton County.

    The 64 boys that made the cut will now face off in a bracket style tournament which will then eventually be down to the final two golfers to determine the champion.

    Nicholas Hoffman earned the number one overall seed after shooting a five under par through the first two rounds. 17 of the 20 boys from Hamilton County advanced to the field of 64 including three from Noblesville and Westfield respectively, four from Fishers and seven from Carmel.

  • Noblesville’s Coach McCauley won’t return next season