• BBB Roundup: Millers honor Etchison, pick up narrow win

    On a night where the Noblesville boys’ basketball hosted Franklin Central. Something bigger than the game happened during halftime as Noblesville honored the memory of the late Tony Etchison by giving his family his framed No. 20 jersey. Members of the both the Miller and Hamilton Heights communities were in attendance to remember the legacy of Tony.  

    On the court the Millers and the Flashes played a tremendous Hoosier Crossroads Conference matchup which saw the Miller prevail in a narrow 53-52 win. 

  • Miller’s strong 2nd half leads to win over Bearcats

    MUNCIE – The Noblesville Miller boys’ basketball team traveled to Muncie on Saturday to take on the Muncie Central Bearcats. After playing a close first half, the Millers strung an excellent second half together to defeat the Bearcats 55-43. 

    The first half saw both teams battle back and forth for the lead. After the first quarter, the Millers held a 12-11 advantage, but the Bearcats responded in the second, outscoring the Millers 14-11 to take a 25-23 lead into halftime. 

    To begin the second half the Millers came out of the locker room scoring at will and playing great defense as they used an 18-6 quarter to take a 41-31 lead into the final quarter of play. The Millers were able to add two more points to their lead as the Bearcats weren’t able to make a run late. 

    Seniors Jordan Gadis and Trenton Reed lead the way for the Millers in the game as the senior duo each scored 13 points in the win. Alex Hunt also scored in double figures for the Millers as he ended the game with 12 points. 

    The win for the Millers improves their record to 6-7 on the season (0-2 HCC). The team will be back in action on Friday night as they travel to take on HCC opponent Zionsville (8-5)

  • Tough night for Blackhawks as both teams suffer losses

    SHERIDAN – The Blackhawks were back on the court looking to avenge a tough loss against Rossville on Saturday at home. They were once again back on their home court, this time hosting the North Montgomery Chargers. 

    However the struggles for the Blackhawks continued as they fell to the Chargers by final score of 55-30. The team used a 17-5 fourth quarter to make the deficit not as large, but still pretty decisive. 

    The Chargers started to break things open in the second half as they used a 21-2 second quarter to take a 36-9 lead into halftime. The Blackhawks only continued to see their deficit increase in the third as their offense wasn’t able to get anything going against the senior-led Chargers squad. They were once again outscored 14-4 in the third as the Chargers were able to cruise to a win. 

  • The Millers hosted Hoosier Crossroads Conference opponent Westfield on Friday night as the two-schools separated by just eight miles met up on the hardwood. Using a 14-1 second quarter the Rocks would defeat the Millers by a final score of 52-45. 

    The Millers came out in the first quarter and played great defense as they held the Rocks offense to just six points. After the defensive effort in the second by the Rocks, they were able to take a 20-12 lead into halftime. The third quarter saw the teams trade baskets and the Millers were only able to shave one point off the Rocks lead heading into the final quarter as they trailed 31-24. The fourth quarter saw both offenses kick it into high gear as they combined for 42 points in the final quarter. Despite their 21 points scored the Millers weren’t able to hold down the Rocks offense as they also scored 21 points to secure the win. 

    Sophomore Nic Depaquale ended the game with a team-high 16 points for the Rocks in the win. Fellow Sophomore Cam Haffner also reached double figures with ten points and led the team with seven rebounds. 

    The win for the Rocks continues their perfect start to the season as they improve to 5-0 (2-0 HCC). The Rocks will be back at home tonight as they host Class 2A Tipton with tip set for 7:30. 

    The loss for the Millers drops their record to 3-4 (0-2 HCC) on the season. The Millers travel to take on Hamilton Heights tonight starting at 7:30. 

  • Millers handle Anderson on road

    ANDERSON – The Noblesville Millers took to the road on Saturday to take on Anderson. The Millers were able to pick up a 64-46 win as they never allowed Anderson to make a run in the game. 

    The Millers came out in the first quarter and set a great tone for the game. They out-scored Anderson 21-10, and were able to extend their lead by two more points at halftime as they lead 33-20. The third quarter saw much of the same as the first half as the Millers continued to increase their double-digit lead to 52-34 by the end of the third quarter. 

    Alex Hunt ended the game with 18 points to lead the Millers. Evan Wilson added in 13 more points. Jordan Gadis filled the stat-sheet as he finished with nine points, six rebounds, and five assists in the Miller win. 

    The win for the Millers improves their record to 3-3 on the season (0-1 HCC). They will return home on Friday night to take on HCC rival Westfield (4-0). 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Can you feel it in the air? 

    You can almost taste it. No, it’s not pumpkin spice, everything nice . . .  it’s tournament football!

    The IHSAA playoffs get under way at several sites with sectionals on Friday night.

    So are you ready for high school football when it really counts?

    The one-and-done format will be a heart-breaker for many schools. But it is what it is: Lose and you can start thinking about 2020; win and those advancing still have another shot at a title.

  • By Codey Emerson 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Those last two are likely much taller orders.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Millers fall to tough Yorktown squad

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Seventy-seven Indiana high school seniors — 39 boys and 37 girls — have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association it was announced Tuesday, March 19.
    In addition, 203 more boys and 179 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2019, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said.
    No Hamilton County players made the list this year, but several made honorable mention. 
    Noblesville’s Zack Johnson, Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy, Westfield’s Caleb Welch and Jaret Bailey, Guerin Catholic’s Josh Osborn, and Sheridan’s Jesse Kolb and Caleb Duke all made the boys honorable mention list.
    Hamilton County players to make the girls honorable mention list included: Noblesville’s Maddie Knight, Westfield’s Zoe Pentecost, Sheridan’s Jillian O’Flaherty, and Guerin Catholic’s Paige Bennett and Hanna Bills, Fishers’ Skylar Fulton.
  • State tournament pairings announced for boys basketball
    Four hundred teams were drawn on Sunday and placed into brackets for the 109th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament presented by the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever. 
    Sectional games are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 26, and run through Saturday, March 2, with the regional rounds slated for March 9 and semi states on March 16.
    The four state championship games that makeup the state finals will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 23.
  • ELWOOD – The Noblesville wrestling team finished in second place at the IHSAA Sectional on Saturday afternoon.
    In addition to the team finishing second, the Millers also advanced nine wrestlers to next weekend's IHSAA Regional at Pendleton Heights High School. Included in the nine wrestlers advancing for Noblesville is Justin Johnson-Sparks, who was the sectional champion in the 138-pound weight class.
    Miller wrestlers advancing to the regional are: Justin Johnson-Sparks, Dalton Huffman, Sebastian Dillon, Sam Wertz, Tim Alexander, Keaton Sepiol, Cesar Sierra, Dewayne Simpson and Zack Knoll.
    The regional competition will be on Saturday, February 2nd at 9:30 a.m.
  • Lady Millers beat Western
    The Lady Millers (8-12) defeated Western High School (11-10) by a score of 69-37 in their regular season finale on Saturday afternoon at Western High School.
    Maddie Knight set a career-high 27 points on a career-high 10 field goals, dished out 4 assists, and picked up 4 steals to lead the Millers to victory. Emily Wood added 12 points, Sarah Etchison had 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists, and Mallory Johnson contributed 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Millers.
  • Hamilton County Friday Night Prep Hoops Preview
    The Noblesville Millers (8-7) will take on Hamilton Southeastern (11-5) in a conference matchup tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Fishers. The Millers will look to keep their record above the .500-mark with a win over HSE.
    Westfield (8-6) is set to play Avon (6-7) in a conference game at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Avon. Avon is currently 0-3 in conference play. Westfield has a 1-3 in-conference record after their 51-38 win over Noblesville in mid-December...
  • 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.