• Friday night’s varsity baseball game between Sheridan and Indianapolis Washington was called after four innings due to darkness with the Blackhawks leading 22-2. 

    Sheridan opened the onslaught with four runs in the top of the first inning and followed with 10 runs in the second. 

    Indianapolis pushed two runs across in the bottom of the frame, but Sheridan answered with another eight runs in the third. 

    Cameron Hovey led the Blackhawks with five RBIs on a hit and a walk. Corbin Went knocked in two runs on a pair of hits, and Jacob Vita, Luke Chesney, Kyle Archer, Cole Bales, Reese Fisher, Walker Casler and Cole Cummings each logged an RBI. 
  • 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.” 
  • 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.” 
  • Sheridan falls to No. 4 Frankton in semis
    For the second time in the last week, Sheridan gave No. 4 Frankton all they could handle. And, for the second time in the last week, the Blackhawks came up on the short end. 

    Frankton (22-3) erased an early deficit Friday night to defeat Sheridan (11-12) 72-63 in a semifinal game in the Class 2A Sectional 40 bracket at Lapel. 

    Senior Ange Gnamkey scored a game-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting for Sheridan, who was unable to hold on to a first-quarter lead. The Blackhawks jumped out to a 15-14 advantage after one, but the Eagles used a 19-16 second quarter to take a two-point edge into the half. 
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sheridan ended its regular season with a nail-biting loss at Frankfort Friday night. 

    Senior Ange Gnamkey led the Blackhawks in scoring with 20 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles held on late for a 56-54 win. 

    Frankton led 21-19 after one and extended its advantage to 34-30 at the half. Sheridan locked down in the third quarter, outscoring Frankton 12-8, to lock the score at 42 heading into the final stanza. 
  • Blackhawks grab double overtime win

    The Sheridan Blackhawks picked up a 69-66 win in double-overtime against the Western Boone Stars Saturday night. Senior Ange Gnamkey paced the Blackhawks with a game-high 23 points on an efficient 8-of-13 shooting. 

    Spencer Wright led a third-quarter Stars’ charge that saw Western Boone put 21 points on the scoreboard. The sophomore finished with a team-high 20 points on 8-of-12 from the floor. 

    Western Boone held a three-point edge, 48-45, heading to the fourth, where Sheridan was able to lock down defensively. The Blackhawks held the Stars to just nine points in the final quarter and tied the score at 57 at the end of regulation. 

  • 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.



  • Sheridan had its two-game win streak snapped Saturday in a 56-47 loss at the hands of the Lebanon Tigers. 

    Junior guard Drake Delph led three Blackhawks in double-figures with 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Senior Ange Gnamkey finished second on Sheridan with 12 points and Austin Hunter had 10. 

    The contest was a back-and-forth affair, with neither side able to separate until late. The score was locked at 14 after the first, and Sheridan used a 10-7 second-quarter advantage to take a 24-21 lead at the half. 
  • Wrestling State brackets to be announced on IHSAA TV

    For the first time, the Indiana High School Athletic Association will announce the pairings for the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals on live webstream.

    This Sunday, Feb. 11, each bracket in the 14 weight classes will be revealed on IHSAAtv.org beginning at 4 p.m.

    Greg Rakestraw and Hall of Fame coach Mike Goebel are scheduled to host the show. 

  • Gnamkey, Blackhawks win at North Miami
    Senior Ange Gnamkey scored 15 points to help Sheridan get back in the win column. 

    After a hiccup against Rossville earlier in the week, Sheridan traveled to North Miami Saturday and left with a 53-46 win. 

    Sheridan (9-7) opened the game on a 14-5 run through the first quarter, but was unable to maintain its advantage in the second. 
  • Lady Blackhawks lose to Golden Bears
    The Sheridan Lady Blackhawks’ season came to an end Friday night against the Monroe Central Golden Bears in the Class 2A Sectonal 40 semifinals. 

    The Golden Bears used a strong first half to put some early separation on the scoreboard in route to a 69-37 win. 

    Audrey Reed scored a team-high 15 points for Sheridan on 6-of-11 shooting. 
  • Sheridan comes up short against Rossville
    After a back-and-forth three quarters, the Rossville Hornets were able to sneak by the Sheridan Blackhawks. 

    Rossville outscored Sheridan by six in the fourth quarter to pull out a 43-38 win Thursday night at Sheridan. 

    Ange Gnamkey scored a team-high nine points for the Blackhawks on 4-of-11 shooting. 
  • IHSAA yearbooks, handbooks now available on IHSAA.org

    The IHSAA Yearbooks and Handbooks, annual publications containing the state tournament results in each sport dating back to the earliest years of the Association, are now available to the public on IHSAA.org.

    Each edition, beginning with the Association’s first year in 1903-04, has now been scanned as a searchable PDF file and arranged by decade allowing individuals to research Indiana high school sports history.

  • The Sheridan Blackhawks used a dominating performance from Ange Gnamkey to pick up a home win over the Taylor Titans Friday night. 

    Gnamkey finished with 25 points on an efficient 12-of-15 from the field. 

    After a back-and-forth first quarter that ended with the score deadlocked at 12, the Blackhawks used a 17-4 spurt in the second to take a 13-point lead heading into the locker room. 
  • Hornets sting Blackhawks in Reed's return
    The return of leading scorer Audrey Reed wasn’t enough to help the Sheridan Lady Blackhawks get back in the win column against the Rossville Lady Hornets Tuesday. 

    The Hornets erased an early deficit and pulled away in the second half to pick up a 51-42 win and send the Blackhawks to their fourth consecutive loss. 

    Reed scored a team-high 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting, including hitting a trio of 3-pointers, for the Blackhawks. Sheridan doubled up Rossville on the scoreboard, 10-5, after the first quarter, but the Hornets were able to lock the score at 19 heading into halftime.
  • Huskies outlast Blackhawks in battle
    During halftime of Hamilton Heights 76-61 win at Sheridan Saturday, Huskies head coach Chad Ballenger implored his leaders to step up. The Blackhawks had just scored six points in 1.7 seconds to end the first half and take a 30-28 lead into the locker room, and Ballenger could see rejection in his players’ eyes. 
  • Knights corral Blackhawks
    The Blackhawks made their move in the third quarter, outscoring the Knights by 10 to enter the fourth down 41-47. Both sides played to a 16-all standstill in the final eight minutes and the Knights left town with a six-point win. 
  • Lady Blackhawks drop 3rd straight

    Junior Heather Barker scored a team-high 12 points for Sheridan, and senior Nixon Williams also finished in double-figures with 10. Sheridan (13-7) has now lost its last three games, after reeling off six straight wins. 

  • Gnamkey's 31 not enough in Sheridan loss

    Despite a 31-point effort from Ange Gnamkey, Sheridan lost Saturday's away non-conference game against Elwood 71-61.

  • Most area high schools have canceled tonight’s athletic events due to weather. And finding a makeup date can be difficult, says athletic directors.

  • Reed's 37 not enough in Sheridan's loss

    The Sheridan Lady Blackhawks lost a 72-66 heartbreaker in overtime on the road against the Kokomo Wildkats on Tuesday night. Audrey Reed finished with 37 points, but it wasn’t enough to give Sheridan its seventh straight win.

  • Basketball tourneys' pairing show announced

    The details for the upcoming IHSAA girls and boys basketball state tournament pairings shows have been announced today by the Association office. The pairings for the 43rd girls state tournament will be revealed Jan. 21.The opening round games for the 108th boys state tournament will be announced Feb. 18. 

  • Sheridan, Heights annouce makeup dates

    Sheridan postponed two athletic events Friday night due to inclement weather. Hamilton Heights also announced the cancellation of the boys’ junior varsity and varsity basketball games on Saturday.

  • Sheridan postponed two athletic events Friday night due to inclement weather. Hamilton Heights also announced the cancellation of the boys junior varsity and varsity basketball games on Saturday. 

  • “I thought this game was a huge character builder for us,”said Sheridan head coach Jeff Guenther. “That’s a game that we lose at the beginning of the year - and probably lose it badly 
  • Temperatures well below freezing forced a couple area schools to cancel athletic events Tuesday.

  • The Sheridan boys basketball team lost by double-digits at home against Lapel on Friday night. Nicholas Burnell dropped 19 points on 7-of-14 from the floor the Blackhawks, but it wasn’t enough as the the Bulldogs won 62-49.

  • The Sheridan girls basketball team won the the Tri Invitational Tournament in a nail-biter. The Blackhawks got an early led and had to hold on for a 40-38 victory over the Tri Titans

  • Reed drops 33 in Blackhawks win

    The Sheridan Blackhawks girls basketball team jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and then had to hang on for a 60-53 win over the Lapel Bulldogs on Wednesday night. Senior guard Audrey Reed led the way for the Blackhawks with 33 points on 12-of-20 from the field. 

  • Sheridan forced eight first quarter turnovers, and held off a strong second half comeback at-tempt, to take a 52-45 road victory, Tuesday night, in the last regular season game before the holiday break.

    Senior guard Austin Hunter led the Blackhawks with 16 points, and along with sidekicks Drake Delph, and fellow newcomer to the starting lineup, Caleb Duke, generally made things miserable for the Chargers, who ultimately committed 20 turnovers for the game.

  • Sheridan comes from behind to beat Eastern

    The Sheridan Blackhawks earned their second conference win on Friday night as they defeated Eastern High School 49-43.

    After going down 12-5 after a quarter, the Blackhawks offense picked up and scored 14 in the second. Sheridan was trailing 27-19 at the half.

    The Blackhawks cut into Eastern’s lead in the third, outscoring the home team 16-12. A strong defensive showing in the fourth allowed Sheridan to outscore Eastern by 10, 14-4, and the road team got the comeback win.

  • GREENTOWN - When you're hot, you're hot.

    The Sheridan boys basketball team started the season back on Nov. 23 and promptly dropped its first two games. However, since then the Blackhawks have warmed up considerably, winning four of the last five. Friday night, they turned the heat up even more en route to a lopsided 50-36 easy victory over Hoosier Heartland Conference foe Eastern.

    It almost didn't end that way though.

  • SECTIONAL PREVIEW: Blackhawks going step by step
    SHERIDAN - When Chris Schrank took over the reins at Sheridan, the first-year head coach outlined several goals to his players - both for the present and the future.

    One was numeric: win more games than the previous season's three.


    Another more crucial aim was psychological: believe in your team, teammates and in your own abilities.

    Check, check and check.

    When the Class 2A Sheridan Blackhawks (6-16) open Sectional 39 at Tipton on Wednesday night against Elwood (4-19), the objective will be two-fold once the ball goes up at 7:30 p.m.
  • 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:
  • Blackhawks snap losing streak
    SHERIDAN - The Sheridan boys' basketball team came out firing on Tuesday night.

    Riding a four-game losing streak, the Class 2A Blackhawks shot a blistering 61 percent from the field and wasted little time running past visiting Class A Bethesda Christian 67-56.

    Four players finished in double figures for the Blackhawks with Brock Kitchel leading the way with 16 points on 5 of 9 efficiency from the field. He drilled a pair of 3-pointers and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
  • 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.
  • LAPEL - Coming into Saturday's regional semifinal the Blackhawks had one mission on defense. That was to limit the touches by Fountain Central's primary scorer Macee Williams.

    With less than eight seconds left to go in the game, the Mustangs went the full length of the court and everyone knew who the ball was going to.

    They dribbled the ball into the corner, pitched the ball to Williams who fought through a double team and banked it in at the buzzer to give the Mustangs a 57-55 win.

    That was pretty much the offense for the Mustangs the entire game.
  • DOVER - On Thursday evening, the Sheridan Blackhawks boys' basketball team took on the host Western Boone Stars.

    Despite grabbing an early lead after the first quarter, the Class 2A Blackhawks were unable to keep pace with the 3AStars and lost 49-39.

    The leading scorer for the Blackhawks was Elliott Barker, who finished with 14 points off of 6 of 10 shooting.
  • Last Saturday, the Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball team captured its first ever sectional title in school history by defeating a rejuvenated Elwood team 67-52.

    The win also gave Blackhawks' head coach Jeff Guenther his 100th win as the Sheridan girls' basketball head coach.

    To win the school's first-ever girls' basketball sectional title the Blackhawks first dismantled a battle-tested Taylor team whose record was somewhat misleading. The Blackhawks were very balanced offensively in their attack against the Titans and dispatched them with ease to move on to the next round.
  • SHERIDAN - Taken at face value, Sheridan's 74-67 home loss to Covenant Christian on Tuesday night is exactly what it is.

    Head coach Chris Schrank and those familiar with the team, however, would beg to differ.

    "We're playing better than we have all year, and they're working hard. I think they're bought in," Schrank remarked on his team's effort. "If we're not close, then I don't know what we are."

    Despite dropping their third consecutive game, the Class 2A Blackhawks were a little bit of this, that and everything in between, facing a 17-point deficit at one point and drawing within three points with the game in the balance.
  • KOKOMO - The wait is finally over for the Sheridan girls' basketball team.

    Led by a season-high 32 points from sophomore sensation Brittany Welch on Saturday night, the Class 2A Blackhawks won their first-ever sectional championship by defeating Elwood 67-52.

    Freshman Audrey Reed followed up her 23-point semifinals performance against Tipton with a 24-point effort in the Sectional 39 finale as Sheridan fended off a late rally by the Panthers to secure the crown.
  • SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Blackhawks boys' basketball team dropped another close game over the weekend as they fell to Hoosier Heartland Conference rival the Tri-Central Trojans 57-56.

    It was tight ball game the whole way as the Blackhawks (5-13, 1-3) were able to keep pace with a tough Trojan (11-7, 4-0) team.

    Sheridan took a 17-14 lead after just one quarter of play and things appeared to be looking up for a young Blackhawks team.
  • KOKOMO - The Class 2A Sheridan girls' basketball team clinched a berth into tonight's Sectional 39 championship game when they defeated the Tipton Blue Devils 60-44 on Friday night.

    The win avenged the Blackhawks recent heartbreak against the Blue Devils. Last season Tipton ended Sheridan's season 59-37 in the opening game of the sectional. This season the Blackhawks lost another to the Blue Devils but in more heartbreaking fashion. The final score of their regular-season meeting was 54-53.
  • The Sheridan Blackhawks were coming off of a 64-37 win against North Miami last weekend and in search of some momentum.

    Unfortunately, the host Class A Carroll (Flora) Cougars had other ideas on Thursday night, winning 53-48.

    Trailing 15-13 after the first quarter, the 2A Blackhawks gave up 11 points in the second quarter and could only manage to find five points of offense through that stretch, distancing them too far away from the Cougars and a win.
  • KOKOMO - The Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball completed step one of their mission to win a sectional title by defeating the Taylor Titans 47-28 on Wednesday night.

    Stifling defense and rebounding played a large factor in the Blackhawks (17-6) win over the Tians (11-11).

    It's just the eighth time this season that the Blackhawks have given up 30 or fewer points to opponents. It'll be tough for the Blackhawks to match the amazing defensive performance they gave against Fall Creek Academy on Dec. 8 of last year. The Blackhawks only gave up nine points in that contest.
  • SHERIDAN - Four-game losing streaks are always a reason for concern, but the Sheridan girls' basketball team isn't a group easily defined by a single lull.

    Opening the year 4-2 and the owners of a 10-game winning streak this season, the Class 2A Blackhawks look primed to challenge for the Sectional 39 championship this week.

    Sheridan finished the regular season 17-6 overall and enter the postseason on a momentum-building three-game winning streak, which includes victories against 2A Muncie Burris, 79-25, and 3A Frankfort, 71-61.

  • LINDEN -Hamilton Southeastern claimed the team championship and advanced seven wrestlers at the North Montgomery regional Saturday. Those seven will head to the New Castle semistate on Saturday where they will be two wins away from a state finals berth.

    HSE edged Lebanon 117-115 for the team title. Carmel tied with Southmont for third with 93 points. Westfield took seventh at 42.5 points.

    The Royals put themselves in a great position heading to the championship round. They wasted no time, winning the 106 pound and 113 pound classes with Klayton Anderson and Austin Holmes.

  • SHERIDAN - The Sheridan boys' basketball team opened its back-to-back weekend with a tough Hoosier Heartland Conference loss, but the Class 2A Blackhawks immediately bounced back on Saturday night and defended their home court with a 64-37 victory against North Miami.

    In their first of two consecutive home games, the Blackhawks (5-11, 1-2) lost on Friday night 63-48 to HHC frontrunner Clinton Prairie (12-5, 3-0), which pushed their winless streak to four games.

  • SHERDIAN - On Tuesday evening, the Sheridan girls' basketball team defeated Frankfort by a score of 71-61.

    After going up 20-8 in the first quarter, the Sheridan Blackhawks were able to maintain their lead for the remainder of the game.

    They were led by a strong performance offensively from Audry Reed.

  • 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.

  • ZIONSVILLE - On Saturday morning many of the area's best wrestlers traveled to the Zionsville Sectional to begin their journey to the IHSAA State Championship meet.

    As a team Hamilton Southeastern proved the best. The Royals took the team competition with five wrestlers taking first place individually in the meet. Those five wrestlers were Klayton Anderson, Austin Holmes, Jack Chastain, Keegan Stansberry and Spencer Irick.

    Anderson, the winner at 106 pounds, was happy with his performance but knows he has quite a way to go in some areas of his abilities.

  • SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball team grabbed another win over the weekend as they dismantled the Muncie Burris Owls 79-25.

    The Blackhawks (16-6) could have shut down the offense after the first quarter and still would have earned a victory over the Owls (4-16).

    Three Blackhawk players scored in double digits on Saturday afternoon and two of them tallied more than 20 points.

  • LAPEL -The Lapel Bulldogs were struggling early in their game Friday night against the Sheridan Blackhawks and needed someone to turn things around.

    That someone was senior guard Noah Hendershot.

    Hendershot scored 13 of his game high 23 points during the second quarter as Lapel overcame a sluggish start and pulled away to a 72-57 victory over a game Sheridan squad.

    The Blackhawks fought back from an early five point deficit by ending the first quarter on an 8-2 run, capped by a running jumper from junior Jake Chesney to beat the buzzer and give Sheridan its first lead of the game at 14-13.

  • When you're the winningest coach in Indiana high school football history, perks are to be expected. It's not every day a coach like Larry "Bud" Wright comes along and does what he has for the past 49 years.

    Even to type that number is astonishing. And really, it should be.

    49 years.

    There aren't many men that would choose to commit that much time or nearly their entire professional lives to a singular pursuit for almost five decades.

    But with commitment comes the rewards, and the legendary Sheridan head football coach definitely has achieved those.

    392 victories. Nine state championships. Enshrinement into the Indiana High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. The honor of coaching on a field every year that bears your name.

  • SHERIDAN - Winless in four consecutive games, the Sheridan girls' basketball team was due for a breakout.

    On Tuesday night, the Class 2A Blackhawks did just that.

    Led by Brittany Welch's team-high 25 points, Sheridan charged back into the win column with a lopsided 63-30 victory against Hoosier Heartland Conference rival Rossville.

    The Class A Hornets (7-12, 1-3) entered the night riding a three-game winning streak, but the Blackhawks (15-7, 3-2) were primed to end their drought, having not tasted victory since their 57-56 overtime victory against 4A Zionsville on Jan. 9.

  • Huskies regroup, charge past Blackhawks
    ARCADIA - Grant Weatherford doesn't have anything left to prove.

    With his future at Purdue University already set and a recent nominee for the 2015 McDonald's All-American Game, the Hamilton Heights senior standout could simply walk away.

    But that's not in the 6-foot-2 point guard's makeup - despite the torn ligaments in his right ankle.

    Pushing through the injury he suffered during the Bob Wettig Tournament in Richmond earlier this month, Weatherford put on a defensive display Saturday night, locking down the Sheridan Blackhawks to lead the Huskies in a lopsided 78-37 victory.

  • DELPHI - The Class 2A Sheridan girls' basketball team held the lead at halftime but couldn't keep pace in the second half as the host Delphi Oracles won 51-41 on Thursday night.

    The Blackhawks lost for the fourth consecutive game after winning 10 straight before their recent losing trend. Sheridan opened the season 4-2 and are now 14-6 on the season.

    Against 2A Delphi (13-4) on the road, the Blackhawks built a slim 21-19 lead, outscoring the Oracles by one point each of the first two quarters.

  • SHERIDAN - In a game of highs and lows the Sheridan Blackhawks boys' basketball team was able to outduel the Elwood Panthers to a 65-62 win.

    The Blackhawks (4-7) weathered some storms but fought tooth and nail with the Panthers (3-10) to get their first win since Dec. 12.

    Juniors Chris Roberts and Jake Chesney took over the game for the Blackhawks in the fourth quarter. Combined, both hit seven of the Blackhawks nine field goals in the final period.
  • LAFAYETTE - The Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball team fell to the Class 4A McCutcheon Mavericks Friday night 52-39.

    The Blackhawks (14-5) couldn't find their usual offensive firepower on Friday and were unable to keep up with the Mavericks (12-4).

    Brittany Welch led the Blackhawks with 15 points. She was the only Sheridan player to score in double digits on the night. She went 6-of-13 from the field and also pulled down seven rebounds for the Blackhawks.

  • TIPTON -Nothing last forever, and the Class 2A Tipton Blue Devils made certain of that as they handed the 2A Sheridan girls' basketball team its first loss in more than a month.

    Falling by the slimmest of margins on Saturday, 54-53, the Blackhawks (14-3, 2-1) endured defeat for the first time since losing to Class A Carroll (Flora) 36-35 on Dec. 5.

    All three of Sheridan's losses this year have been on the road.

  • SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Blackhawks boys' basketball team fell short of a home victory on Saturday losing to the Fountain Central Mustangs 58-47.

    The Blackhawks (3-6) got off to a good start but couldn't find much offense in the second and third quarters to keep up with the Mustangs (9-5).

    After the first quarter the Blackhawks were clinging to a two-point lead but the offense fell flat in the second quarter managing only four points.

  • ZIONSVILLE - The Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball team won a hard-fought game over the Class 4A Zionsville Eagles on Friday night by a score of 57-56.

    An extra period was needed for the Blackhawks (14-2) to get past the Eagles (2-10) and come away with the road win.

    The Eagles outscored the Blackhawks 35-28 in the second half to force overtime, but the Blackhawks were able to hang on and score that one extra point.

  • ROYAL CENTER - The Sheridan boys' basketball team held an early lead but couldn't keep up with the host Pioneer Panthers down the stretch, falling 58-49 on Saturday night.

    The Class 2A Blackhawks dropped to 3-5 on the season, losing their fourth consecutive after opening the year 3-1.

    Despite the disappointing loss, senior Brock Kitchel and junior Chris Roberts posted impressive performances to help offset the team's poor shooting.

  • The Sheridan girls' basketball team wasn't so gracious this week, cruising to three consecutive one-sided victories to win their own Holiday Tournament on Tuesday night.

    The Class 2A Blackhawks walloped Indiana Math & Science 90-21 in the first round of the Sheridan Holiday Tournament on Monday.

    The next day, they thumped 3A Hammond Gavit 56-21 in the semifinals and ran away with an easy 58-39 win against 3A Franklin County in the championship game.
  • Chargers too much for Blackhawks
    SHERIDAN - Some nights, there aren't any explanations.

    Tuesday night proved to be exactly that as the Class 2A Sheridan boys basketball team ran into the sharp-shooting 3A North Montgomery Chargers.

    Falling behind fast, the host Blackhawks could do little but admire the Chargers' shocking efficiency on offense as they shot a blistering 76 percent from the field to win 89-40.

    "It was incredible," Sheridan head coach Chris Schrank remarked after the game. "I wish it would have happened on a different night."

  • The Sheridan girls' basketball team took on the Class 2A fourth-ranked Lapel Bulldogs on Monday and came out on top 59-56.

    The Blackhawks (10-2) had another big night from their stars but free throw shooting was key in their win over the Bulldogs (10-1).

    As a team they shot 74 percent from the line but freshman Audrey Reed and junior Faith DeVaney each went perfect from the charity stripe to give the Blackhawks the edge. Both combined to shoot 20 of 20 from the free-throw line.

    It's the team's sixth win in a row since their one-point loss to Carrol Flora earlier this month.

  • Royals reclaim county wrestling crown in dominant fashion
    WESTFIELD - Their focus was singular. Their approach was deliberate. On Saturday, the fifth-ranked Hamilton Southeastern wrestling team had one motto and one goal.

    By the end of the 2014 Hamilton County Wrestling Tournament in Westfield, they achieved it and stood alone as team champions.

    "We knew we needed to come in and get the job done," HSE's 120-pound county champion Austin Holmes said. "We wrestled smart in all positions, and we were really on our game. We broke it down on "OTG," which means out the gate. We wanted to go after it."

  • SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball team got off to fast start as they dominated Hoosier Heartland Conference rival Tri-Central 72-51 on Saturday afternoon.

    The Blackhawks (9-2, 2-1) handed the Trojans (6-2, 1-1) just their second loss of the season.

    Setting the tone early was key for the Blackhawks as they jumped out to a 24-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. They hit their first-seven shots from the field and held kept the Trojans from getting anything easy.

  • SHERIDAN - The Sheridan boys' basketball team's three-game winning streak came to an abrupt end on Friday night, and unfortunately the trend continued the next day.

    Falling 94-51 at home to Class 3A Tri-West on Friday, the Class 2A Blackhawks lost again on Saturday night against 2A Taylor 42-39 on the road.

    In the first of a back-to-back, Sheridan fell behind quickly 27-7 in the first quarter, struggling to find any consistency early. Tri-West built a 47-20 lead by halftime and was never truly threatened.

  • Royals look to reclaim Hamilton County wrestling tournament title
    On paper, the numbers are striking.

    Hamilton Southeastern carries four state-ranked wrestlers. Three of them are undefeated while the other has endured only one loss this season. Two of the four wrestlers are defending Hamilton County champions and former state-place winners.

    The team is ranked fifth in the state and holds five top seeds for Saturday's Hamilton County Wrestling Tournament in Westfield.

    While these are all fun facts for onlookers and prognosticators, for HSE head coach Kyle Poyer, only one detail holds the most weight this weekend once the first match starts at 9 a.m.

  • Like most of us, long checkout lines, gridlocked traffic jams and ugly sweaters are probably perched high atop your Christmas list of to-dos this time of the year.

    Honestly, it wouldn't be the holiday season without these tried-and-true traditions. What's a warm and fuzzy Christmas morning without them?

    The same can be said for the days after Christmas aka the holiday hangover. It's a time to decompress - and for those lucky enough to have some time off - go have some fun, return some white elephant gifts and relax until the wackiness of New Year's Eve.

  • SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball team cruised to an easy 85-19 victory over the visiting Anderson Prep Academy Jets.

    The Blackhawks (7-2) scored 36 points in the first quarter and then coasted the rest of the way as they dominated the Jets (0-6).

    Sophomore Brittany Welch had 22 points on the night off of 78 percent shooting. She also pulled down six rebounds and dished out three assists in the victory.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - Brittany Welch had a huge game inside one of the state's grandest venues.

    The sophomore shooting guard scored a team-high 21 points to lead the Class 2A Sheridan Blackhawks to a 49-38 victory against Clinton (Ill.) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday.

    Welch shot 10 of 23 from the field and recorded a team-best eight steals to secure Sheridan's third consecutive victory and seventh this season.

  • Blackhawks win third straight
    SHERIDAN - On Friday night, first-year head coach Chris Schrank asked his Sheridan Blackhawks a few very simple and direct questions during his postgame speech. When referring to the rest of the season and future wins, two words stood out.

    "Why not?"

    On the surface, it might seem like an odd question minutes after the Class A Blackhawks (3-1, 1-1) successfully defended their home floor 67-52 against Hoosier Heartland Conference foe Clinton Central (0-5, 0-1). But for a program working toward turning the page from a 3-18 campaign last year, Schrank's words define the boys' basketball team's primary goal.

  • ARCADIA - The Hamilton Heights wrestling team came out in full force against visiting Bishop Chatard on Wednesday night.

    Behind five pins, the Huskies cruised to a 58-15 victory, surrendering only three weight classes as several wrestlers moved up to help compensate for an injury at 195 pounds.

    Tyler Kiggins, a freshman, won by fall at 106 pounds in two minutes and 53 seconds. Junior Trezdon O'Neal scored a fall at 138 in 1:42 where he wrestled up from his normal spot at 126. O'Neal is ranked 14th in the state in his true weight class.

  • This week, the Associated Press announced its 2014 Indiana all-state football teams. Each player was selected based on input from sports media from across the state and with the assistance of the coaches.

    In Class A, Sheridan senior running back Austin Hoover was named first-time all-state. In Class 3A, Guerin Catholic senior Hudson Plumer was selected as a defensive back.

    In Class 5A, Westfield received a pair of nominations with Nick Dowd at kicker and Jacob Robinson on the defensive line.

  • The Sheridan Blackhawks' girls basketball team bounced back following a loss at Carroll to get a big win versus Clinton Central, 77-39, on Tuesday night.

    The Blackhawks were in complete control after going up 50-16 at halftime.

    They were led with a balanced attack on offense, but who really stepped it up for them was Brittany Welch. She not only scored big with 26 points but was also efficient shooting by going 12 of 13 from the field.

  • The Sheridan Blackhawks boys' basketball team survived a late onslaught from Faith Christian to nab their second win of the season 51-50.

    Defense was key for the Blackhawks (2-1) in their win over the Eagles (3-2). Head coach Chris Schrank, in his first year at Sheridan was pleased with the defensive effort.

    The Blackhawks jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and ended the half with a score of 30-24. Both teams struggled to score in the third quarter, failing to break the 10-point mark.

  • The Sheridan girls' basketball team lost a heartbreaker to the Carroll (Flora) Cougers 36-35.

    The Blackhawks (4-2) kept it close the whole way and never had to battle back from a large deficit but were just one shot away from leaving with a win.

    Brittany Welch put the team on her back, scoring 28 points on 12 of 18 shooting and nabbing five steals. Bu there wasn't enough help from the other Blackhawk players to get the win.

  • Several local wrestlers have staked claim for a second consecutive week at their respective weights in the latest state rankings.

    Opening the year ranked, all eight Hamilton County grapplers have remained in the Indianamat.com/ MyHouse Individual Rankings for Week 2, including Hamilton Heights' David Bryant and Noblesville's Derek Noon.

    Bryant, a junior, holds the 15th spot at 106 pounds. He was ranked at 11th the week before but a 4-1 finish at last weekend's Hamilton Heights Super Six might have played a role.

    Noon, a senior at 152 pounds, carries a perfect 5-0 record so far this season. Despite his perfect season to date, he dropped from 15th to 16th in the recent rankings.

    No. 18 Westfield's Evan Eldred, a state qualifier at 120 pounds in 2013, is steadily climbing the ranks at 138 pounds. The junior opened the year at sixth and is currently perched at fourth.
  • Blackhawks look to bounce back
    SHERIDAN - Few things went right for the Class 2A Sheridan Blackhawks in 2013-14. And when they did, it was so early in the regular season that it was difficult to remember by March.

    Opening the year a promising 3-1 with victories against Anderson Prep Academy and Hoosier Heartland, coach Cory Dunn's final season at the helm unraveled as Sheridan dropped 15 consecutive games.

    The season ended with a 52-33 opening-round loss to Eastern (Greentown) in sectional.

    Dunn, now with HHC rival and defending champion Rossville, is replaced by first-year head coach Chris Schrank, who spent last season coaching junior varsity at Bishop Chatard. The previous six seasons he coached freshman and junior varsity basketball at Union County.

    Tasked with righting the ship after a 3-18 season, Schrank will look to bring back a hoops tradition that once netted 13 sectional championships to Larry Hobbs Memorial Gymnasium - with the last in 1983.

    Gone is last year's leading scorer Cort Christy, who averaged 18.7 points per game. However, the Blackhawks do return a large group of upperclassmen with four seniors and four juniors.

    The primary offensive threat is 6-foot-3 forward Chris Roberts, who scored 10.3 per contest with 7.5 rebounds a night.
  • In recent weeks, Sheridan head football coach Larry "Bud" Wright and his family were central figures in a special NFL Films video production.

    On Friday, the completed film was selected as one of three finalists for the NFL's "Together We Make Football" contest in the group/team category.

    Wright, the winningest high school football coach in Indiana, appeared on NBC's "Today Show" with his son, Kent, and daughter Cheri, for last week's announcement.

    Among the other finalists are the Boron Bobcats of Boron, Calif., and Team Felicia of Charlottesville, Va.

    The winner of the contest will be decided by online voting at www.togetherwemakefootball.com. Individuals can vote once per day until Jan. 4. The video will be aired prior to NBC's Super Bowl coverage on Feb. 1.
  • The Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball team was dealt its first loss of the season by Tri-West Hendricks on Tuesday evening by a score of 56-44.

    After jumping out to a 30-22 lead at halftime, the Blackhawks slowed down in the second half, which gave the Bruins enough time to rally back.

    The Blackhawks fell behind after a slow third quarter where they scored just five points while Tri-West was able to put up 19 before holding the Blackhawks to nine points in the fourth quarter.
  • SHERDIAN - Here's a simple fact about the game of basketball: You get more opportunities to take shots if you outrebound your opponent. When you take more shots, you have a higher probability of scoring.

    The Class 2A Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball team just might have disproved that fact in their victory against the Eastern Comets 58-51 on Saturday night.

    The Blackhawks (3-0) were outrebounded 35-16 to the much taller and more physical Comets (0-2) who had five players with at least five rebounds.

    "We really struggled with their size," said Sheridan head coach Jeff Guenther. "Their kids are big, they're strong, they're physical, and they pushed us around."

  • I knew it was going to be a weird night once I walked up to the press box at Tri-Central High School last Friday. For those of you unfamiliar with the mighty Trojans media pen, imagine the complete opposite of Carmel Stadium's press box. It's drafty. It's slightly cramped. It has character, yes, but unfortunately, it has limited seating and field sightlines.

    I had neither while covering Larry "Bud" Wright's Sheridan Blackhawks second meeting with Tri-Central as the two programs dueled to decide the Sectional 44 title.

    Caught in front of window covered in an unidentifiable, smeared and hazy white paint and surrounded by more than a dozen workers, radio broadcasters and writers, I had to think quickly on my feet - quite literally.
  • SHARPSVILLE - As the Tri-Central Trojans celebrated their second consecutive sectional championship on Friday night, Sheridan head coach Larry "Bud" Wright stood with his team.

    First, he delivered a few words, and then he dismissed the underclassmen before pulling some of his seniors aside.

    The cheering Trojans fans and flicking scoreboard behind him told the final chapter of his 2014 Blackhawks.

    Tri-Central 34, Sheridan 14.

    Coach Wright, however, added the afterword.

    "They played hard," Wright remarked on his team's effort, especially his senior group. "I'm proud of all the guys.

    "In the last three years, they've been beat by the state champ and maybe four years in a row. Tri-Central is a pretty disciplined football team, and they have a lot going for them."

    Falling to No. 6 Tri-Central (10-1) for the second time this season and for a fourth consecutive meeting, Sheridan (7-5) lost their first game against the Trojans 40-21 on Oct. 17.

    Last November in sectional, Tri-Central won 35-7 en route to the program's first Class A state title. In the two years prior, Sheridan lost to eventual four-time state champion Lafayette Central Catholic in sectional.

    On Friday with the Sectional 44 title on the line, the unranked Blackhawks looked determined to reverse the trend.
  • Hoover scores eight TDs in rout
    SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Blackhawks (7-4) played the Clinton Central Bulldogs (5-5) for the second time this season on Friday night. Their previous matchup resulted in a 42-12 win. It wasn't much different this time around as Sheridan was able to pull out a 60-24 victory.

    However, the rain, snow and wind were the x-factors on the gridiron at Bud Wright Stadium.

    Neither team could get anything going through the air. Led by senior running back Austin Hoover, the Blackhawks were able to win the first half battle on the ground with a whopping 233 yards and four touchdowns.

    Sheridan's head coach, Larry "Bud" Wright, seemed confident enough in his team's running game to carry them throughout the first two quarters, and what would eventually carry on for the remainder of the game.

    "We just kept running it and kept running it," Wright said. "We eventually thought we'd come around."

    A gutsy performance by Central's sophomore running back Jalen Moore, who finished with 12 carries for 135 yards, kept the Bulldogs in the game late in the second quarter after he broke free for a 49-yard touchdown run.
  • The Class 3A Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles hung around and gave the Brebeuf Jesuit Braves all they could handle in the Sectional 26 title match, but couldn't get past the fourth-ranked powerhouse.

    The Braves beat the Golden Eagles in straight sets 25-23, 25-21 and 25-18 to win the sectional and advance to regionals to face Western Boone.

    The Guerin volleyball team finished the season 15-20 and will be return all but five of their players next year.

  • SHERIDAN - Football fans thought they were watching a video game Friday night in Sheridan.

    The Blackhawks were doing their best impression in the Sectional 44 opener as Sheridan (6-4) rolled to a 75-20 win over Tindley (4-6).

    "We were getting our blocks every play," senior running back Austin Hoover said. "Every play we ran our linemen, and they got their blocks every play."

    Sheridan scored early and often taking a 28-8 led after the first quarter. Blackhawks head coach Larry "Bud" Wright pulled the first string offense with just under four minutes in the first half.

    "We got the reserves in and saw what they could do," Wright said. "The reserve offense, I thought they did a really great job."

    The second string offense picked up where the starters left off, marching down the field for a score. Sheridan held a commanding 49-8 lead at half time. The starters returned to the field for one drive to open the second half. Hoover said that Wright had a job for the offense.
  • SHERIDAN - If the Sheridan Blackhawks are going to make a deep postseason run this year, they will go through familiar territory to get there.

    The first two weeks of the journey will happen on Blackhawk turf at Bud Wright Stadium. A Sectional 44 championship will likely have to include a trip to Tri-Central, a place where the Blackhawks lost 40-21 a week ago. The No. 6 Trojans are the defending Class A state champions.

    "We have to not make mistakes. We are a very undisciplined team, and we've got to be disciplined," Larry "Bud" Wright said. "We have to play error-free football. Last week, we only ran 37 plays and Tri-Central ran 80. They had 35 minutes of possession and we had 12 minutes. That shows that we weren't getting off the field on defense, and that's something you have to do."

    A rematch with Tri-Central is a long way away, however. First and foremost on Sheridan's radar is Indianapolis Tindley, their first-round opponent.

    "They like to open it up wide for the run and the pass. They use five wide receivers," Wright explained. "They'll run outside sweeps and jet sweeps. They've got a couple of fast backs. The quarterback they had early in the season was a pretty good player. They've had a wide receiver in there at quarterback the last couple weeks, so I don't know if he's hurt or what."

    Tindley (4-5) is polar opposite to Sheridan (5-4). What Wright's Blackhawks have in storied postseason history, the Tigers have none. This is just the third year of football at the school, and this will be their second postseason game, ever. The teams have never met.

    Wright said that the Blackhawks aren't overlooking the Tigers by any means, and that they are using this week to try and instill some of the discipline that the team needs for a run.
  • SHARPSVILLE - As the Tri-Central Trojans celebrated their second consecutive Hoosier Heartland Conference championship a few yards away, Sheridan head coach Bud "Larry" Wright had a singular reflection.

    "The third quarter killed us," Wright said after his team fell to seventh-ranked Trojans in the regular-season finale 40-21. "We didn't have the ball very much at all."

    Deadlocked in a 14-14 tie at halftime, the Sheridan Blackhawks (5-4, 3-1) had kept pace via the home run play, scoring on a 55-yard touchdown run by Austin Hoover in the first quarter to cut the deficit 8-7.
  • Who says there's nothing to play for in the last week of the football regular season? Honestly, nothing can be further from the truth. With the Indiana High School Athletic Association football state tournament a week away from opening night, things aren't winding down. They're heating up, and no other race is as hot as the Hoosier Heartland Conference.

    As most in Northwest Hamilton County will recall, the title came down to Tri-Central and Sheridan last year. Tri-Central won the HHC championship outright with a 4-0 standing and a 14-1 record overall. Not to mention, they went on to win its first Class A state title. Sheridan was second at 3-1 and 5-6 overall. It marked the first losing season for Sheridan, a nine-time state champion, since 2009.

    At 5-3 on the year, the threat of repeat sub .500 record isn't a danger for Sheridan, but the idea of losing to the Trojans in consecutive seasons is very real.

  • Noblesville's head coach Lance Scheib knew the odds. With a one in three chance of drawing unbeaten Carmel, the state's top team in Class 6A, in the first-round of a four-team sectional. He was hoping for one outcome - the road not traveled at all.

    "Any time you play at home, you're happy," Scheib remarked on his team's first-round sectional matchup. "Everybody in the north realizes the state championship runs through Carmel, and we get the first shot at them."

    The Millers (5-3) were picked as the home team during the Indiana High School Athletic Association's blind draw on Sunday night to determine sectional pairings for the football state tournament.

  • The fifth-ranked Carmel Greyhounds have once again eclipsed 20 wins in a single season. More the norm then the expectation, it's nothing new for the back-to-back Class 4A volleyball state runner-ups.

    Posting consecutive 30-plus win seasons the past two years and surpassing 26 victories in 2010-11 before reaching the program's new plateau, one set of numbers do, however, stand out from this fall.


    This is the exact margin of victory Westfield used to defeat the Greyhounds on Sept. 15, setting up an intriguing rematch when the Indiana High School Athletic Association state tournament opens later this month.

    On Monday morning, the IHSAA announced its pairings for sectional play, which begins on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

  • As expected, the defending state champion Carmel Greyhounds swept the competition to win both the boys' and the girls' cross country team titles at the Noblesville Sectional this past weekend. However, it was a pair of Westfield Shamrocks that led the pack to finish one-two in the boys' event.

    Westfield's Samuel Henthorn turned in a time of 15 minutes, 46.28 seconds to place first in the boys' race. The junior was closely followed by Shamrock teammate Aaron Bennett, a sophomore, who crossed the finish line runner-up at 15:54.44.

    Bennett passed four runners in the final 400 meters of the five-kilometer run to surge into second. The No. 13-ranked Shamrocks scored 75 team points and finished third behind top-ranked Carmel (38) and No. 11 Fishers (67), respectively.

  • In search of their first winning streak since the third week of the season, the Sheridan Blackhawks charged out early to take the lead but lost hold late to lose 29-14 to Linton-Stockton.

    In the first quarter, Sheridan drove 62 yards on nine plays in three minutes and 58 seconds to take the lead.

    Garrett Chesney tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Chesney and Katie Hybarger booted the extra point as the Blackhawks led 7-0 at the 4:11 mark of the first quarter.

  • Two weeks with two losses is what the Class 6A Noblesville Millers will try to overcome this week at Brownsburg. The Millers (4-3) dropped a hard fought game to a very good Bishop Chatard team back in Week 6 and then followed suit by dropping a close game to rival Hamilton Southeastern.

    So what will the Millers need to do to get the win against the Bulldogs tonight? It's pretty simple, stop the run. In these past two losses the Millers have given up more than 600 yards total on the ground. They gave up 344 yards to Chatard and just last week surrendered 301 yards to the Royals.

  • The Hamilton Heights Huskies continued their winning ways, defeating the visiting Sheridan Blackhawks 3-1 in Sectional 40 on Thursday night.

    The girls' soccer game could not be settled in the two overtime periods and penalty kicks were needed to decide the winner.

    Heights got three big saves from goal keeper Xanna Shepard to secure the Huskies' 3-1 victory and move onto the sectional championship.

  • The Sheridan Blackhawks defeated the Tri-Central Trojans on Wednesday night 4-0 to get into the semifinals of girls' soccer sectional play.

    The Blackhawks, led by their seniors, were unrelenting in their attack against Tri-Central. In the first half of play alone the Blackhawks attempted 18 shots on goal and did not allow Tri-Central a chance to attack.

    Sheridan, much like Hamilton Heights spread the ball around a lot and gave scoring chances to several different players. In the first half, seven different Blackhawks players had a shot on goal.

    "Working the ball around lets us conserve our energy," coach Kurt Olsan said. "We were kind of looking to do that tonight, so we would have more energy for tomorrow night's game."

    Sheridan's defense also played a key role in their victory. They didn't allow the Trojans a single attacking chance in the first half and didn't give Tri-Central a single shot on goal for the entire game.

    Their defense was led by senior defenders Katrin Hybarger and Abby Gwin who outhustled every potential Trojan attacker to keep the ball away from goal.
  • Hamilton Heights Sectional postponed due to weather
    CICERO - The Hamilton Heights girls soccer team had more than one opponent on Tuesday night when they opened sectional play on their home field. The Class A ninth-ranked Huskies took on the Wapahani Raiders and Mother Nature. By night's end, the latter prevailed.

    With severe weather mounting and after several delays, the game was postponed just three minutes into action, which was more than enough for the host Huskies.

    With a partly cloudy sky above to open the match, the Huskies took no time to find a rhythm. In the opening minute of the game, the Huskies took possession immediately and scored before the minute was up. The goal was scored by senior Amanda Freeman, who has made scoring goals a frequent occurrence of this season.

    The goal slowed play until the ball was placed again at midfield. However, before the ball was placed back at midfield the skies opened up. Buckets of rain poured down on all of the players and fans alike. A very small spurt of pea-sized hail and a couple rumbles of thunder halted play.
  • Hoover nears 300 yards, powers Blackhawks to victory
    SHERIDAN - Tipton made the drive to Sheridan Friday night and were welcomed by rain, wind, cold, and a heavy dose of Austin Hoover.

    Hoover was given the ball early and often totaling 40 carries, 294 yards and six scores for the Blackhawks, leading them to a dominating 53-16 win over the visiting Blue Devils. He was a one man wrecking crew, continually dragging defenders and breaking tackles.

    "I felt good and our line was blocking really good tonight" stated Hoover, "It was senior night, so I tried to come out extra prepared and gain a few extra yards."

    And that he did.

    After trading scores late in the first quarter, Sheridan (4-3) broke the game open with five second quarter touchdowns. Most of the yardage gained and points scored came on punishing runs by Hoover, who just wouldn't be denied.
  • The positives of being an independent football program without a conference affiliation is the scheduling. Tonight is a prime example of this flexibility for the Class 3A No. 13 Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles.

    A week after taking down Class 4A Greenwood at home, Guerin Catholic welcomes 3A No. 4 Brebeuf Jesuit (4-2) to the Golden Eagle's nest tonight at 7 p.m. to open a battle-testing two week stretch. Next week, the Golden Eagles travel to Lawrence Central to face 4A No. 3 Bishop Chatard.

  • Sheridan falls just short
    SHERIDAN - The stage was set for a triumphant senior night victory in Sheridan on Saturday night, but the visiting North Knox Warriors held their ground late to spoil the fun with a narrow 14-13 victory.

    Stymied from a game-changing touchdown by less than a yard to end the first half, Sheridan again fell just short late in the fourth quarter, failing to convert a two-point attempt as the Class A No. 13 North Knox defense came up big.

    "That hurt," Sheridan senior Austin Hoover remarked after the Blackhawks fell to 3-3 on the season. "We were half of a yard short (in the first half). Football is a game of inches and we just didn't have it."

    Sheridan's attempt to take a one-point lead with 2:37 left in the game appeared like the perfect end to a comeback script. Trailing 7-0 until late in the third quarter, neither team budged. Instead they traded blows as Hoover and his counterpart Jordan Meurer put on a display of in power rushing.
  • For the second consecutive year, the Class 6A Noblesville Millers are an impressive 4-1 to start the season. One game back of front-runner No. 6 Fishers in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference standings, coach Lance Scheib's program carries a 2-1 record in one of the state's most competitive leagues.

    This week, the Millers take their two-game winning streak to Lawrence North where host Class 4A No. 3 Bishop Chatard awaits as the crown jewel of Noblesville's non-conference schedule.

  • SHERIDAN - Every time you looked up Friday night in Sheridan the Blackhawks found themselves in the end zone.

    Sheridan (3-2, 2-1 HHC) scored early and often, defeating Clinton Central 42-12.

    Senior Austin Hoover acted as bookends for the Blackhawk scoring Friday, finding the end zone first and last. He finished with four touchdowns on the game.

    Quarterback Garrett Chesney had a hand in two scoring plays for Sheridan. He connected with his brother Jacob on a 35-yard pass and ran for a second score.

    Sheridan coach Larry "Bud" Wright said that he was pleased with his team's effort Friday night.

    "I have high hopes for Hoover after high school," Wright said. "I know that he is going to go far."
  • It amazes me how as things change, things really stay the same.

    It's an amazing day that we live in. With today's technology you have the ability to follow the action of all county football games on a Friday night, from your living room sofa if you so desired.
  • Almost game day
    No game is an easy one when you are playing in the Metropolitan Conference. Five MIC teams are in the Class 6A top 10 in the Indiana Football Coaches Association Coaches poll, with a sixth team knock on the door at No. 13.