• The University varsity softball team jumped out in front of Traders Point Christian Academy en route to a 13-3 win Wednesday night. 

    The Trailblazers started the game giving up one run in the first inning, but fought back in the bottom of the first with five runs. 

    During the third inning, Traders Point earned another run, and once again the University answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. The Trailblazers added another run in the fourth, before scoring five more runs in the fifth to end the game.

    Sophomore Abby Martin pitched all five innings for the Trailblazers, striking out eight.
  • Registration is now open for a one-day basketball camp at University High School.

    Girls, grades three to eight, can sign up to participate in the June 9 camp that runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by contacting Justin Blanding, the head coach of the University varsity girls basketball team at jblanding@universityhighschool.org.

    The camp, which costs $35 to attend, will give participants a chance to “understand and experience what it is like to be a University High School girls basketball player,” according to a post on the team’s Twitter account.

    Blanding and his assistants will teach, push and encourage campers of any skill level in all aspects of the game.

     
  • Trailblazers late-game heroics not enough in regional loss to Morristown
    A tremendous season came to an end for the Trailblazers on Saturday. 

    No. 4 Morristown survived a 55-53 battle with No. 2 University in the Class 1A Martinsville regional semi-finals to claim the title. 

    University senior Zach Hodgin knotted the score at 53 on a driving layup with 12 seconds left in the game, but Morristown had an answer. Senior Hayden Langkabel connected on a shot of his own in the paint to reclaim the lead for the Yellow Jackets with 2.7 to play. 

    The Trailblazers called a timeout and drew up one final play, which resulted in senior Foster Flamion finding fellow senior David Howard open in left corner. Howard got up a shot, but his 3-pointer missed off the front of rim. 

    “(It) was a real battle for four quarters,” said University head coach Brandon Lafferman. "... We came up one basket short. I thought the whole Morristown team played well and congrats to them for winning the regional.” 
  • 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.” 
  • University sneaks past Metro for sectional title
    The Trailblazers are still alive. 

    University (21-2) erased a slight halftime deficit against Indy Metro (11-13) to earn a 44-41 win and a Class A Sectional 58 championship on Saturday at Bethesda Christian. 

    Senior David Howard finished with a game-high 19 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to help lead the Trailblazers to the comeback victory. 

    University jumped out to a 13-8 advantage after a quarter, but Indy Metro fought back in the second and took a 22-20 edge into the half. Howard scored 15 points in the first half, keeping the Trailblazers in the game until his teammates found their groove. 
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • University sharpshooter hopes to represent Indiana at Final Four
    Your vote can help University High School senior Natalie Nickless represent Indiana through the High School 3-point Championship, held during this year’s NCAA Final Four in San Antonio. 

    After the first round of voting, the field has been narrowed to eight players from across the nation, with two Hoosiers remaining in the competition. The winner is determined through the #DreamFearlessly Fan Vote Competition — and a trip to Texas would make Nickless’ dreams come true. 

    “Being able to participate in the national 3-point contest has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” Nickless said. “I'm not sure I ever really felt it was attainable, considering I go to a 1A high school with only about 300 students. So, when Intersport, the company running the competition, contacted me about an opportunity to compete for a spot, I was ecstatic.” 
  • COACH'S CORNER: Justin Blanding

    Coach's Corner is a weekly 'Q' and 'A' featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week's volunteer is University varsity girls basketball head coach Justin Blanding.

    Q: What is some advice that you'd would give to aspiring coaches? 

    A: I would advise them to not give up. There are going to be bumps in the road, but if you truly want it, you have to just keep proving yourself. I have been told "no" by so many schools I can't even count. You also have to stay humble and listen to people who are trying to help you, and always give maximum effort in everything you do from practice, games, film, anything just give it everything you have.

    Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?

    A: I would say speed like The Flash. I am an urgent guy so the faster I can get things done the better. I would also use the superpower to shoot down to the beaches in Florida faster. This weather is killing me.
  • IBCA/Subway Players of the Week
    Guerin Catholic senior Zach Munson had a big game in the Golden Eagles’ win over Indianapolis Washington Friday and was rewarded with a spot in this week’s Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway Player of the Week program.

    The 6-7 Munson totaled 30 points with 11 rebounds and four assists in keying Guerin Catholic (13-7) to a 96-53 victory in the Golden Eagles’ only game of the week. A University of Chicago recruit, Munson hit 14-of-17 shots, including one 3-pointer, plus one free throw. 

    In 20 games this season, Munson is averaging 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists. 

    Munson is joined in this weeks IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program by Lakeland senior Camron Bontrager, Tri-County senior Bennie Patterson and New Albany senior Romeo Langford. 
  • SHELBYVILLE - The University Trailblazers, playing in their first regional game in six years, came up short against the experienced Jac-Cen-Del Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

    After trailing by 14 after three quarters, the Trailblazers rallied in the fourth, cutting the deficit to five before eventually falling, 66-57, to No. 4 Jac-Cen-Del (21-3) in the semi-final round of Class A Regional 15 at Southwestern High School.

    This step in the tournament was a new one for every player on a University roster that includes only one senior, guard Natalie Nickless. The Trailblazers last progressed to this stage in 2012.

    For Jac-Cen-Del players, a trip to the regional round is basically a birthright at this point. The Eagles have advanced to regionals in each of the past 10 years, won three straight regional titles from 2014-16 and captured the 2016 state championship.
  • University preps for regionals matchup with Jac-Cen-Del
    The University Lady Trailblazers looked like they were heading in the wrong direction entering their Class 1A sectional tournament last week. 

    Losses in four of their final five regular-season games — the lone win coming Jan. 25 on Senior Night against the Living Water Marlins homeschool team — might have given some cause for concern. 

    But, none of those worries kindled in the Trailblazers locker room. 

    “We were competitive in all those games … even in the games we lost, we were playing well,” University head coach Justin Blanding said. “We didn’t look at it like we were struggling — we were looking at it like we growing.”
  • Trailblazers use 3-ball to down Gryphons
    The Class 1A No. 1 University Trailblazers were on fire Tuesday night. 

    The Trailblazers (15-1) hit 15 3-pointers in route to an 88-62 win at home over the International Gryphons (8-10). 

    Senior David Howard led five Trailblazers in double-figures with 24 points. Howard connected on six 3’s and shot 9-of-15 overall from the floor. 
  • 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. 

  • Lady Trailblazers secure school's first sectionals win in 5 years
    The University Lady Trailblazers won the school’s first sectional title since 2012 in a 74-55 win over the Bethesda Christian Patriots Saturday at University. 

    Sophomore Lindsey Syrek scored a team-high 22 points for University, who trailed 15-12 at the end of the first quarter. The Trailblazers fought back in the second behind senior Natalie Nickless, who scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half. 
  • University set to play in finals

    A balanced offensive attack has the University Lady Trailblazers in the Class 1A Sectional 58 championship. 

    Lindsey Syrek led three Trailblazers in double figures with 18 points, as University earned a 63-50 win over the Indianapolis School for the Deaf Hoosiers Friday night. 

    University (16-7) plays Bethesda Christian (18-5) tonight at 7:30 p.m. 

  • University scorches Indy Metro in opening-round action
    University almost set a school record for points scored in a game in the opening round of the Class 1A Sectional 58 bracket. 

    The Lady Trailblazers poured it on against the Indianapolis Metropolitan Lady Pumas and ran away with a 90-23 win Tuesday night. The ‘Blazers came within a point of tying the school’s record of 91 — a mark they set earlier this season. 

    Sophomore Lindsey Syrek led the way for the Trailblazers with a game-high 26 points, but she received plenty of support along the way. 
  • 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.

  • Lady 'Blazer makes college commitment
    University’s all-time leader in made 3-pointers will keep putting up shots after she graduates high school. 

    Natalie Nickless announced Friday night that she has committed to playing college basketball at Indiana University Kokomo. 

    About a dozen schools recruited the 5-foot-10 marksman, Nickless said, and she’d narrowed her final choice down to IUK, Oakland City University and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. 
  • University routes Anderson Prep
    The Class 1A No. 2 University Trailblazers handled business against Anderson Prep Academy Saturday night with a 77-36 road win — even without two of their top scorers. 

    Senior Josh Watson led the ‘Blazers charge with a game-high 24 points, as University jumped out to a double-digit lead at 18-7 after the first quarter. 
  • Trailblazers honor lone senior
    Thursday’s win over Living Water will be a night Natalie Nickless remembers. 

    The lone senior on the University Lady Trailblazers, Nickless finished with a game-high 19 points to help University cruise to a 66-38 victory. Nickless shot 7-of-14 from the floor and had 11 points in the first two quarters.
  • University blazes Pendleton
    The University Trailblazers used a strong second half to earn a 57-38 win at home over the Pendleton Heights Arabians Friday. David Howard scored a game-high 17 for the ‘Blazers, who only led by one at the half.
  • The Tri-West Hendricks Lady Bruins handed the University Lady Trailblazers their fourth straight loss with a 61-53 win Thursday. 
  • Guerin upsets University

    The Guerin Catholic girls basketball team hadn’t won a game for almost three weeks - until Tuesday night.


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


  • GAME OF THE WEEK: University vs. Lebanon

    For the second week in a row, a University basketball team competed in our “Game of the Week.” This time, however, it’s the Lady Trailblazers.


  • University falls at Beech Grove

    The Trailblazers battled, but just couldn’t get over the hump. The University girls basketball team lost 52-40 on the road to Class 3A No. 3 Beech Grove on Thursday in a game that got away from the Trailblazers in the third quarter.

  • 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. 

  • University wins 2OT thriller

    University led Lebanon early and then late - really late. The Trailblazers outscored the Tigers by nine in double overtime to secure a 58-49 road win on Saturday.

  • University, Tindley comes down to final seconds

    With 14 second remaining in the fourth quarter, David Howard buried a 3-pointer to give the Trailblazers a 48-46 victory. University led for just 59 seconds all game at 2-0, at 28-26 early in third quarter and for the final 14 seconds.

     

  • History was made twice in University’s 91-38 win over Indianapolis Scecina Memorial on Thursday night. Senior guard Natalie Nickless led the Trailblazers in scoring with 23 points. She also broke the school’s record...

  • The University boys basketball team accomplished a feat today they’d only managed to do once in eight previous attempts - beat Guerin Catholic.


  • With so many outstanding performances, and a number of riveting tournament games being played, “Athlete of the Week” was a tough decision.
  • The University Trailblazers girls basketball team got revenge for November’s loss to the Bethesda Christian Patriots at the Monrovia Tournament on Wednesday night with a 59-52 win.


  • It was a night to remember for University basketball in downtown Indianapolis.

    Both the school’s boys and girls teams played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the home of the Indiana Pacers, and both squads left with double-digit victories on Friday.

  • 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.