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  • 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.

    Check.

    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.

    3-2.

    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.
  • Soccer teams continue to dominate polls
    Hamilton County soccer teams continue to be recognized as some of the state's most elite soccer programs.

    Hamilton County girl teams make up three of the top four, and five of the top six, ranked teams on the 2A polls.
  • Millers ranked No. 9
    The Millers are finally getting noticed.

    Noblesville (3-1, 1-1 HCC) has broken through and into the top 10 on the Indiana Football Coaches Association Coaches poll. Unranked last week, the Millers are tied for ninth with Center Grove in the Class 6A poll.
  • County runners dominate races
    Hamilton County cross country teams showed by they are among the state's elite Saturday.

    County team participated in six different races Saturday.
  • Blackhawks falter in second half, lose 20-14
    FLORA -- The offense sputtered in the second half Friday night, but Sheridan still had a chance to win the game in the closing minutes against Carroll (Flora).

    Facing third down with 3 yards to go, the offense had time to run one more play. But the called play broke down and a quarterback scramble fell short as Sheridan fell to Carroll (Flora) 20-14.

    "It was supposed to be a dump pass over the middle," senior Austin Hoover said. "But our man was not open."

    The Blackhawk offense managed just 90 yards in the second half as the Cougars outscored Sheridan 13-0 in the second half. The momentum shifted when the Cougars scored with 12.9 seconds remaining in the first half to pull within 14-7 of the Blackhawks.
  • The Blackhawks were overpowered in the game with Tri-Central, falling 8-3 to the Trojans in Hoosier Heartland Conference play.
  • Most teams have three goals at the start of the season. Win the rivalry game. Win the conference. Win in the state tournament.
  • Then there were three.

    Only three teams find themselves in the top 10 of the latest Indiana Football Association coaches Poll for their class.
  • 'Hawks fight back for HHC win
    SHERIDAN -- Not even a 19 hour long halftime can slow down Sheridan's Austin Hoover.

    In a game that was postponed at halftime on Friday as a result of heavy lightning, Sheridan (2-1, 1-0 Hoosier Heartland Conference) was able to overcome a 20-14 halftime deficit to defeat Clinton Prairie (1-2, 0-1 HHC) 33-27 on Saturday afternoon.
  • Sheridan trails at half in lightning-delayed affair
    SHERIDAN -- Similar to what many area teams have experienced in the past two weeks, Clinton Prairie and Sheridan had to deal with a lot more than football on Friday night.

    After nearly an hour-long delay that began during halftime, officials decided to postpone the Sheridan-Clinton Prairie contest due to heavy lightning.

    The conference game will restart at 4 p.m. today at Sheridan High School.

    The score at the time of the postponement was 20-14 in favor of Clinton Prairie.

    Unsurprisingly, the conference opponents both instilled a run-heavy offensive game plan in the first half.

    Sheridan's go-to offensive weapon, senior Austin Hoover, rushed the ball 15 times for 93 yards and one touchdown. Adding to Sheridan's strong rushing attack was quarterback Garrett Chesney, who utilized the read-option for 52 yards on six rushes.
  • A field of 132 lady golfers will converge in Noblesville this weekend for the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship.

    Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville will be on display for the next six days as the field gets trimmed until a champion is crowned Thursday in the 18 hole Championship round. This marks the first USGA championship conducted at Harbour Trees.
  • It's Friday, baby
    You've waited all week and the wait is nearly over.

    Or is it?

    The National Weather Service in Indianapolis is calling for a 30 percent of thunderstorms throughout the day today with showers and thunderstorms continuing tonight. Showers and thunderstorms are likely for tonight.
  • Hamilton Heights finished second both the boys and girls cross country races Thursday at the Landes XC Invitational.
  • Carmel, Noblesville look to stay unbeaten
    Football is only another day away.

    You learn a lot about a team in week three.

    The biggest improvements a team will make are from week one to week two. Week three, barring injuries, the team and its players have a few games under their belts and they begin to roll.
  • What a difference a week makes.

    Last week Hamilton County was starting to place a stranglehold on the top of the Indiana Football Coaches Association Coaches Poll. This week four Hamilton County teams dropped in the polls.
  • MIDDLETOWN -- When you have a thoroughbred you don't tie it up to a fence. You let it run.

    Sheridan let its workhorse running back Austin Hoover run Friday night. And he was not going stop.
  • The old question goes: Are you ready for some football?

    Week two is upon us. They say a football team makes the biggest adjustment from week one to week two. And Hamilton County teams are no exception.
  • Blackhawks pick up 1st win
    SHERIDAN -- The Lady Blackhawks scored early and often on their way to a 4-1 win over Tri-Central.
  • Hamilton County football teams just keep proving that they are among the state's elite.

    The Indiana Football Coaches Association Coaches Poll was released Monday and county teams are well-represented on the polls.
  • Steve Ward's transition from Noblesville HS to Hamilton Heights to coach high school volleyball wasn't a big deal.

    In fact, he says it feels like a homecoming.
  • ARCADIA -- It was a battle of northern Hamilton County Tuesday night as Sheridan boys soccer team traveled to Hamilton Heights.
  • Blackhawks defense seeing Stars
    In a game devoid of any real drama, visiting Western Boone was able to deliver an early season blow to Sheridan High School on Friday night.

    After a quick fumble by Western Boone's Nate Bye, which led to a Sheridan field goal, Western Boone was able to shut out Sheridan 26-3.
  • Fishers Tigers
    Head Coach: Ben Beasley
    2013 Record: 16-3-3 (6-0-2 Hoosier Crossroads Conference, HCC Champions, Sectional 16 Champions, Class 2A State runner-up)
    Returning Varsity Players:
    • Kylie Hohlt (Xavier commit)
    • Maryna Clark
    • Maddie Peebles
    • Hanna Hinshaw
    • Courtney Hodge
    The 2013 Fishers girls soccer team had a remarkable run to the class 2A state championship, falling just short to the Avon Orioles. The Tigers look to have another superb season in the making with lots of key talent returning. Leading the Tigers this season will be Xavier commit Kylie Hohlt and Maryna Clark at attack and a defense lead by Maddie Peebles, Hanna Hinshaw and Courtney Hodge.
    Head coach Ben Beasley his team's depth: "(We) should be able to contend with top conference teams and build off last seasons success. Some incoming freshmen Gretchen Mills and Maddie Essick will immediately compete for starting positions. Sophomores Julia Calvert and Kam Benscoter have returned fit and ready to compete with extremely talented upper classmen. Kylie Hohlt and Maryna Clark will lead an attack that is anchored by a solid defense: Maddie Peebles, Hanna Hinshaw, Stacey George, Courtney Hodge and Alyssa Baker."
  • Noblesville's Lady Millers defeated North Central 25-17, 25-23, 15-18 in the road volleyball match on Tuesday night.
    Spencer Grant had 11 kills and Ashley Birkhimer 6.
    Sam Newcomb and Allie Phillips had 16 and 13 assists, respectively.
    Spencer Grant delivered 4 aces, and Amy Hayes and Josie Sanders each added a pair of blocks for the Lady Millers, who compete in the Clinton Central 4-way tourney on Saturday.
    Elsewhere in Volleyball
    No. 2 Carmel Tops Hamilton SE
    >>Hamilton Southeastern lost to second-ranked Carmel in three sets.
    Carmel won 25-15, 25-18, 25-23.
    Caitlin Kane had a strong night with 8 kills and Ellie Leonhard also had 8 kills for HSE. "Freshman Libero Grace Kane was solid on defense with 12 digs on the night,' HSE coach Jason Young said.
    Carly Skjodt led Carmel with 17 kills, while Morgan Seaman had 30 assists.
  • What's next for Carmel's volleyball team?

    Could this be the year the Lady Greyhounds finally break through the vault and bag the championship loot?

    Under the guidance of coach Rich Coleman, Carmel HS has been the IHSAA state volleyball runner-up the past two seasons.
    Carmel returns three starters and eight lettermen in 2014.
  • And . . . they're off!
    High school football scrimmages were held at six sites on Friday night.
    The players had a chance to hit someone other than their own teammates for the first time this season in the controlled scrimmages, where no scores were recorded.
    North Central was at Noblesville at Hare Chevrolet Field and Anderson paid a visit to Hamilton Heights. Those were the only scrimmages in Hamilton County.
    Sheridan trekked to Crawfordsville Fishers was at Lawrence North, Hamilton Southeastern visited Franklin Central, and Westfield went to Ben Davis.
    Indianapolis Washington canceled its scrimmage against Guerin Catholic.
    Here's a brief look at three of the scrimmage sites caught by The Times cameras:
    >>AT HAMILTON HEIGHTS - Grant Weatherford, an all-state wide receiver, took his first snaps at quarterback in a varsity outing. His first pass attempt was an overthrow...his second was tipped and intercepted...and his third covered 60 yards to sophomore Riley White for a score. Weatherford also returned a pass interception 42 yards for a touchdown. Sophomore Josh Feltz also threw the ball well for the Huskies. . . . Sophomore Jesse Brown put his track speed to good use. He broke around left end and out-legged two Anderson defenders, galloping down the sideline on a 60-yard TD run.
  • Five Hamilton County football teams will participate in controlled football scrimmages at 7 p.m. today.

    Here's the scrimmage lineup:
  • Running toward the record books
    It's hard to believe that Austin Hoover enters his final season for the Sheridan High School football team.

    It really is hard to believe this is finally his senior year.

    "Yeah, I mean . . . I've been thinking about it. The fact this is my senior year is just now hitting me in two-days. It's gone so fast," he said.
  • 2014 county football loaded with array of talent
    Hamilton County will be loaded with a stock pile of football players once again in 2014.

    So, tell us something we don't know, you say?

    OK, perhaps . . .

    Do you recall the names of the two junior county players who were each listed among the state's top 50 players on separate units?

    There's a pretty good chance both could leave, perhaps, quite a lasting impression this season.

    One of the state's premier offensive linemen is Noblesville's Brandon Knight, a 6-5, 270-pound earth mover of a player. And on defensive unit is another mountain of a man in Westfield's 6-4, 218-pound Jacob Robinson. He's a punishing end who's versatile enough to move around in some other spots where needed.

    He's big, strong and quick.....and downright hard to handle.

    Both players made early commitments to Indiana.

    The county also landed several players on Class 6A, 5A, 3A and A all-junior all-state teams.
  • Accomplishments run deep in Hamilton County
    Hamilton County Sports History is rich - from numerous student-athletes being selected as the best in Indiana, to many other significant accomplishments and special moments.

    Hamilton County Sports History is rich - from numerous student-athletes being selected as the best in Indiana, as well as many other significant accomplishments and special moments.
  • Two Hamilton County high school seniors this fall have already committed to play football at Indiana University.
  • The Indiana High School Athletic Association has released a chart with fall sports dates at a glance for the 2014 season.
  • It's being called a one-of-a-kind opportunity for aspiring golfers.
    It's the Wood Wind Academy and Prairie View Ackerman Academy seminar.
  • Small School Baseball Team: Sheridan's Hoover, Britt Lead Way
    It's hard to find a player among Hamilton County's smaller schools that was more valuable to his team than Sheridan's Austin Hoover. Hoover did it all for the Blackhawks, including leading them to their first win in a sectional game in nearly a decade. He was voted Times/Hamilton County Sports Daily Small School Baseball Player of the Year.
  • Things are heating up at Westfield's Grand Park Sports Complex.

    More Than 280 Teams will participate in Upcoming Baseball Tournaments through July 27.

    And there are some additional activities, such as a soccer tournament, soccer coach licensure course and training for baseball and soccer.
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