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  • 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. 
  • Indiana Girls All-Stars announced
    Thirteen players have been selected for the 2018 Indiana Girls All-Stars, it was announced Tuesday.

    Those chosen to the team will play three games in June -- one exhibition game against the Indiana Junior All-Stars as well as home-and-home contests against the Kentucky All-Stars.

    The 2018 Indiana Girls All-Stars, listed alphabetically, are: Angel Baker of Pike, Jenasae Bishop of East Chicago Central, Mackenzie Blazek of Whiteland, Leigha Brown of DeKalb, Nia Clark of Ben Davis, Amy Dilk of Carmel, Katlyn Gilbert of Heritage Christian, Cassidy Hardin of Center Grove, Emily Kiser of Noblesville, Anna Newman of Evansville North, Tomi Taiwo of Carmel, Kayana Traylor of Martinsville and Michaela White of Pike.
  • 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.” 
  • Kauzlick represents Noblesville at gymnastics regional

    Freshman Makayla Kauzlick was the lone representative of Noblesville High School at Saturday’s IHSAA Gymnastics Regional No. 1 at Valparaiso High School. 

    Kauzlick, who advanced to regionals after Top 6 finishes in the vault and beam competitions at sectionals, got off to an auspicious start in her first event — the vault. 

    Kauzlick attempted to execute a Pike Tsuk, which is a move with a start value of 9.80. Unfortunately, for the freshman, she over rated her vault and landed hard on her back. 

    “Though Makayla was okay, she had a very tough fall, which certainly affected her both physically and mentally,” Noblesville head coach Jody Ramey said. 
  • Athlete of the Week: Makayla Kauzlick
    Noblesville freshman Makayla Kauzlick is in the midst of an outstanding first season as a varsity gymnast, and last Saturday she became the first Miller in four years to advance to regionals. 

    Kauzlick earned a spot at this weekend’s IHSAA Regional at Valparaiso High School with Top six finishes in the vault and beam competitions at the Lafayette Jefferson sectional. 
  • 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.

  • Noblesville, Anderson play double overtime thriller
    Both sides left everything on the floor. 

    In a win-or-go-home matchup between Noblesville and Anderson Tuesday in the Class 4A Sectional 8 bracket at The Mill, it was the Indians who earned a 74-69 win in double overtime. 

    With about four seconds on the clock, and the score locked at 69, Anderson senior Gavin Vaughn buried a 3-pointer that turned out to be the game-winner. 

    Despite the Millers blowing a double-digit lead in the second half, Noblesville head coach Brian McCauley said he was proud of his team’s effort. 

    “We made big plays,” he said. “Unfortunately, Anderson made one more big play than we did.” 
  • 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. 
  •  Kauzlick earns spot at regionals with impressive sectional performance

    Noblesville gymnastics has its first gymnast going to regionals in four years. 

    Freshman Makayla Kauzlick advanced to next week’s IHSAA Regional at Valparaiso High School with Top six finishes in the vault and beam competitions at Saturday’s Lafayette Jefferson Sectional. 

    The Millers earned fifth place in the 15-team sectional with an overall score of 100.375 — the team’s highest mark of the season. McCutcheon, Northwestern, Harrison and Logansport finished first through fourth, respectively. 

    “(We) were so close to advancing out as a team, but just missed it by a few small points,” said Noblesville head coach Jody Ramey in an email. “I was so proud of this team today as they fought all the way to the finish and certainly gave some teams a run for their money.” 
  • Noblesville lacrosse ready for first varsity club season

    For the first time since its inception almost two decades of existence, lacrosse will be recognized as a varsity club sport by Noblesville High School when the Millers lace up in early March. 

    The move has been on the club board’s agenda for several years, and its impact could help boost a sport that has done well in the city. 

    “We’re still trying to work on building a program and not just a team,” said boys varsity coach Kyle Kreutzinger. “I think that with the help of the athletic department it’ll be that much easier to be able to build.” 

    The most important — at least for the coaches — new advantage is the club’s access to the high school’s trainers.

  • 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. 
  • Noblesville benefited from some much needed reinforcements Thursday night, as the Millers snapped a three-game skid with a 52-42 win at Perry Meridian. 

    After missing the last two games, senior Ryan Barnes and juniors Xavier Hines and Eagan Keever-Hill returned to the court and helped spur Noblesville (10-13) to a victory in its last regular season game. The trio finished with six, 15 and two points, respectively. 

    Junior Zack Johnson led the Millers in scoring with a game-high 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Johnson also made both of his 3-point attempts, while Hines knocked down three deep balls. 
  • Noblesville grad earns Champions of Character honor
    Noblesville graduate Haley Conway represented Indiana University East on the River States Conference women’s basketball Champions of Character team, the league announced Wednesday.

    Student-athletes selected for the team embody the NAIA’s Champions of Character core values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Servant Leadership and Sportsmanship. 

    Conway has helped IU East to a 22-9 record and the No. 26 ranking in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll. IU East plays at Alice Lloyd College on Feb. 24 in a River States Conference tournament semifinal.
  • Noblesville's Brown verbally commits to Loyola
    Noblesville junior Abby Brown recently announced her verbal commitment to play softball at Loyola University Chicago and will sign her letter of intent when she becomes a senior. 

    Brown said Loyola was the first offer she received, and she would’ve chosen the university over anywhere else because of its environment. 

    “Any committed athlete I’ve ever talked to says that once you find your right school you will automatically know,” she said. “I got that feeling as soon as I stepped on campus for the first time."
  • 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
  • Millers fall again, this time at Zionsville
    Noblesville dropped its third straight game and seven of eight overall with a 73-37 loss at Zionsville Tuesday night. 

    Junior Isaiah Thompson scored a game-high 40 points for Zionsville (18-3), including a school record 12 made 3-pointers. As a team, the Eagles connected on 14 shots from behind the arc. 

    Noblesville (9-13), who played its second straight game without the majority of its regular starting lineup, was led by sophomore guard Jordan Gadis’ 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Gadis also hit four of the Millers’ eight made 3’s. 
  • Lady Millers pick up a pair of W's

    The Noblesville gymnastics team competed against Marion and Scecina Monday and flipped pass both teams with an overall team score of 98.650 to Scecina's 87.55 and Marion's 81.95.

    Freshman Makayla Kauzlick earned first place in the vault event with a score of 9.0.  Sophomore Olivia Mangin placed third, junior Devyn Palmer placed fifth and sophomore Grace Kwiatkowski finished in sixth.

    ?Kauzlick also placed first on bars with her score of 8.825. Sophomore Grace Kwiatkowski placed fourth with her score of 7.45, Mangin placed fifth with a score of 7.375 and Palmer placed sixth with a 7.2.

  • 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