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  • INDIANAPOLIS - The University Trailblazers won their third straight to finish the regular season on a positive note, defeating Irvington Prep Academy 74-49.

    Reaching 70-plus points for an eighth time this year, the Class A Trailblazers haven't lost since Feb. 17 against 2A Heritage Christian.

    Before winning out, University dropped three in row after winning six consecutive. Their season-high for points scored in a single game this year is 99, which they tallied on Jan. 31 against Anderson Prep Academy.
  • 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.
  • CARMEL - The University boys' basketball team defeated Indiana School for the Deaf on Thursday night 64-54.

    Following a 10-point lead after the first quarter, the Trailblazers never looked back behind a strong shooting performance from Tyler Diehl.

    Diehl scored 26 points off of 9 of 12 shooting. Six of his nine field goals made were from behind the 3-point line. He also added five rebounds to complement his big offensive performance
  • INDIANAPOLIS - University took a lead in the fourth quarter after slowly crawling back from a double-digit deficit.

    But then turnovers became a problem for the Trailblazers, and Heritage Christian took advantage of the miscues to propel itself to a 63-59 win.

    Tyler Diehl scored in transition to put University ahead, 41-39, with 6:20 remaining in the game. But then the Trailblazers had to wait almost three minutes to even attempt another shot. They committed a turnover on their next five possessions.
  • INDIANAPOLIS - The University Trailblazers boys' basketball team dropped its second game in a row on Friday night to the Shortridge Blue Devils 53-38.

    The Trailblazers (12-8) jumped out to an early 19-8 lead over the Blue Devils (12-7) after just one quarter of play and looked poised to grab an easy road win.

    Yet, the Blue Devil offense would come to life in the second quarter and managed to cut the Trailblazers lead down to just one before the halftime break.

  • On Tuesday evening, the University girls' basketball team opened Sectional 58 at home against Indiana School for the Deaf.

    Falling behind 12-4 after the first quarter, Class A University was unable to make enough shots or get enough stops to make a comeback and lost a hard-fought first-round contest 44-31.

    The Trailblazers finished the year with a record of 5-16.
  • 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.

  • MARTINSVILLE - The University Trailblazers boys' basketball went on the road for just the second time this month and came away with a 68-54 win over the Eminence Eels.

    The Trailblazers (9-6) took an early lead and ran with it as they raced past the Eels (5-8) for their third-straight win.

    The Blazers scored 19 points in the first quarter while also holding the Eels to a goose egg to take a commanding lead. They continued to pour it on in the second but finally gave up some points and went into halftime with a comfortable 33-14 advantage.

  • Millers finish runner-up in four-way meet
    The Noblesville boys' and girls' swim teams sprinted to runner-up finishes on Tuesday night in their four-way meet with North Central, Cathedral and University.

    The girls' team won four events and scored 176.5 points to place second behind North Central, which netted 211.5 team points.

    The North Central Lady Panthers won eight events overall.

    Cathedral was third in the girls' standings with 102 points, and University was fourth.

    North Central swept the night as the boys' team collected seven first-place medals and 211 team points.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The University Trailblazers boys' basketball team had an up-and-down time against the Tindley Tigers on Friday night but ultimately fell 68-59.

    The Blazers (6-6) were down by as much as 11 points and were as close as two to the Tigers (6-6) on the road.

    With the exception of a second-quarter slumber the Blazers' offense was keeping pace with the Tigers. The Blazers scored in double digits in three periods of play including two 20-point efforts in the third and fourth quarters.

  • MUNCIE - The Class A University Trailblazers' offense ignited in the third quarter for 25 points, and the boys' team cruised to its third consecutive victory after defeating Muncie Burris 76-56 on Friday night.

    Led by Conner Holly and Tyler Diehl, who each finished with a team-high 21 points, the Trailblazers led 34-30 at halftime and then outscored the Owls 25-12 in the third frame to run away for good.
  • CARMEL - The University Trailblazers girls' basketball team suffered a tough loss to the Indiana School for the Deaf on Thursday night 76-42.

    The sheer speed of the Orioles (8-1) made it difficult for the Trailblazers (2-6) to keep up and every time University tried to get a run going they were immediately shut down.

    The Blazers did start out strong though in the first quarter, keeping pace with the Orioles and hitting nearly every shot they took.

  • 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.

  • CARMEL - The University High School Trailblazers hosted the Bethesda Christian High School Patriots Friday night after coming off a 78-70 win against Indianapolis Lutheran. They were able to come out on top again 54-52 despite a push near the end by the Patriots

    Both teams came out strong defensively in the first quarter of play. University forward Tyler Diehl recorded three blocks in the first three minutes to help the Blazers take control early. He would finish the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots. However, the Patriots were able to play just as well after clicking. Bethesda guard Andrew Warrick was able to record a few steals that countered Diehl's strong effort.
  • CARMEL - Minutes after the final horn sounded on Thursday night and the University boys' basketball team assembled inside its locker room, applause and cheers broke out from behind the closed door.

    For the Class A Trailblazers, a regular-season win is always just a win, but this time, it meant something more.

    "We needed it for our team," senior forward Tyler Diehl said after University defeated Indianapolis Lutheran 78-70. "We've been working hard for this one. We had never beaten them at home, so it was a huge win for us."

  • The University boys' basketball team got their first win of the season last night as they steamrolled over the Baptist Academy Chargers 84-32.

    The Trailblazers jumped out to an early lead and had a comfortable 28-7 lead over the Chargers at the end of the first quarter.

    They continued to play great offensively but really ratcheted up the intensity on defense in the second quarter. The Trailblazers didn't surrender a score in the second quarter as they extended their lead to 45-7 at halftime.

  • Thursday evening, the University High School Trailblazers girls' basketball team completely shut down their opponent, Anderson Prep Academy, to improve to 2-5.

    Following a 40-3 lead at halftime, the Trailblazers shutout their opponent in the third quarter, 22-0. They went on to allow four point in the fourth to win 74-7.

    In a game where they scored above their season average in every category, they were led offensively and defensively by the sister-duo of junior Cyan and sophomore Honor Cosyby. Honor led the team with 24 points while Cyan scored 10. Both earned double-doubles on the evening by contributing defensively with 11 steals coming from Honor and 10 from Cyan.
  • CARMEL - The University boys' basketball team has enjoyed a string of success over the past three seasons. This includes two sectional championships, a regional title and three winning seasons. However, the team has struggled immensely against the powerhouse known as Park Tudor in those years.

    On Wednesday night, in front of a capacity crowd inside the University High School Gymnasium, the struggles continued.

    With two years of experience in facing the Panthers, the Blazers hoped to keep the game closer than in the past, but the Panthers' size was too much for the Trailblazers. The loss was the third consecutive to the Panthers by 30-plus points.

    Led by seniors Bryce Moore and Dwayne Gibson the Panthers prevailed 77-40.
  • CARMEL - University High School doesn't have a storied basketball history which spans generations. Established 14 years ago, the school and its even younger boys' basketball program are in fact Trailblazers.

    However, the team's accomplishments to date would beg to differ.

    Winning the 2005 Indiana Christian State Tournament before making the leap to the Indiana High School Athletic Association in 2005-06, the Trailblazers have already won three sectional titles, including one in their first sanctioned season.

    In 2013, the program won its first regional title, and in 2013-14 the Trailblazers finished a respectable 14-10, but expectations dictate a better result.

    Determined to win its third sectional in four years, University has its goals set extremely high for 2014-15 and with five returning seniors, aspirations appear realistically obtainable.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 University Trailblazers fell just short of the championship game losing to International 1-0. The Gryphons avenged last week's regular-season loss to send the girls' soccer team to its first-ever sectional title game.

    University gave up the game's only goal in the first half and were unable to match it in the second half of play.
  • The final outcome wasn't exactly what the University Trailblazers had hoped, but even in defeat during the Sectional 47 semifinals to Park Tudor, coach Wes Priest was filled with pride on Wednesday night.

    "We are the smallest school in Hamilton County, and I think we always punch above our weight," Priest said after his boys' soccer team's 1-0 loss. "We only have 270 students, 135 boys and 40 of them play soccer. I'm proud of them because they never give up."

    Coming out strong to start the Class A Sectional 47 semifinal matchup between ranked foes, No. 20 University looked determined to upset the No. 13 Panthers. In the first half, the Trailblazers recorded four shots on goal and six shots total.

  • Carmel, Westfield advance to championship round
    The Carmel Greyhounds and the Westfield Shamrocks were on the top of their games Wednesday evening.

    Opening the state tournament, sectional host Carmel, which finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the state, defeated fifth-ranked Guerin Catholic 5-0. In the other sectional tournament semifinal, Westfield swept past University 5-0.

    The two winners will meet on Friday at 4:15 p.m. to decide the sectional championship.

    Carmel, which has won three team state titles the past four seasons, is searching for its sixth state championship in head coach Mike Bostic's tenure. The first title under Bostic's watch occurred in 2003-04 and led to a back-to-back run. From 2010-13, the Greyhounds captured three consecutive state titles.

    Overall, Carmel has won eight team state titles and advanced to the finals in five consecutive seasons, including last year. In 2013-14, they fell short of a potential four-peat, losing to eventual state champion North Central in the semifinals 3-2.

    Coincidently, North Central is the only program in state history to four-peat, achieving the feat three times since the state tournament began in 1967-68.

    If the Greyhounds are victorious on Friday, the sectional championship will mark Carmel's 28th in program history.

    Guerin Catholic entered the sectional red-hot at 10-3-1 on the year and winners in five straight duals and champions of the Homestead Invitational.
  • The University High School girls soccer team was victorious on Monday against International but fell to Triton Central 10-2 on Tuesday night.

    The team was outscored 7-2 in the first half against Triton Central. Despite the deficit, the Trailblazers battled with goals scored by junior Lilly Snodgrass and senior Lauren Ciulla, who know has four goals this year.

  • The Greyhounds defeated the Golden Eagles 5-0 earlier this month. The Greyhounds swept the Eagles in straight sets in almost all of their matches and were able to cruise to an easy win. Carmel won the sectional last year defeating Guerin Catholic 5-0.

  • 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.
  • The University girls soccer team had to settle for a 3-3 tie Wednesday when they took on Park Tudor.

    University led 2-1 at the half, but the lead was not safe in the second half.
  • 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.
  • University had the top two finishers, but the team had to settle for second place when they took on Clinton Central and Tri-West Tuesday.
  • University volleyball fell to Alexandria-Monroe in three sets, 25-17, 25-7, 25-13, on Thursday.
  • Hamilton Heights finished second both the boys and girls cross country races Thursday at the Landes XC Invitational.
  • CARMEL -- University High School boys varsity tennis defeated Speedway High School 3-2 Wednesday.
  • Carmel sweeps county
    The cross country season is just getting underway, but Carmel isn't wasting any time establishing themselves as favorites.

    The Greyhounds walked away with both team and individual titles and in the process put the rest of the area and state on notice.
  • University volleyball fell in four sets to Cardinal Ritter Tuesday night.
  • The University girls soccer team defeated Scecina 4-1 Thursday night.
  • 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.
  • University High School will no longer be an independent beginning in 2015.

    University has accepted an invitation to join the Pioneer Academic Athletic Conference (PAAC), according to a story first posted on the Seton Catholic High School website and later in the Muncie Star Press on Wednesday.
  • 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.
  • Div. I schools starting to see Diehl as the real deal
    University's Tyler Diehl is no longer under the radar. He's on it.

    The shooting guard who averaged over 15 points per game as a junior for the University High School boys basketball team last season, has received interest from two (2) D1 schools - Eastern Kentucky and Georgia State.
  • 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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