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  • INDIANAPOLIS - Unlike the girls' swimming state meet two weekends ago there is no clear-cut favorite to win it all this morning.

    Many of the contenders, Avon, Carmel, Zionsville, Bloomington South, Brownsburg and Hamilton Southeastern all had at least one swimmer or relay team grab first in an event on Friday night. This should pave the way for an interesting day of competition at IUPUI's Natatorium today.
  • County swimmers set to shine
    Two weekends ago the county's girls' swimmers had their shot at a state title, and in case you missed it, the Carmel Greyhounds won their 29th-consectutive state title.

    Now, it's the boys turn to hop into the pool and show the state what they've got as they compete for the 78th Indiana High School Athletic Association swimming state title, beginning on Friday.

    This year's state meet will be well represented by Hamilton County high schools. Five area schools will be competing: Noblesville, Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers, and Westfield.
  • FORTVILLE - On Tuesday night, the Westfield Shamrocks boys' basketball team battled against Mount Vernon but couldn't keep up with the Marauders' torrid pace, suffering a 69-33 loss.

    After only managing to score two points in the first quarter, the Shamrocks were unable to claw their way back into the game as Mount Vernon went on to score 26 points in the second frame and 28 more in the second half.
  • 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.
  • HSE's Chastain wins final match, finishes fifth at state finals
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Hamilton Southeastern coach Kyle Poyer paced around in the back hallways, working hard to keep his emotions in check.

    An emotional hug with senior wrestler Jack Chastain at the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals had just marked the end of the road.

    But not before Chastain built an impressive resume, winning three sectionals, three regionals, and one semi-state title in his career. He finished fifth in the state two times - last year in the 126-pound division and this season in the 132-pound weight class.
  • Greyhounds grind out another sectional win
    CARMEL - The Carmel Greyhounds boys' swimming team won its eighth-straight sectional title over the weekend with score of 524 points.

    Finishing second was the Noblesville Millers with 400 points and the Westfield Shamrocks came in third with 330 points. The Hamilton Heights Huskies scored 92 points and finished in eighth place.

    The Greyhounds got the day started off right with a sectional record in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Gabriel Whitaker, Charles Vaughan, Nathaniel Bledsoe and Harrison Stuckey finished with a time of 1:34.49. That time was good enough to beat the previous record set in 2011 by a full second.
  • Five wrestlers advance into medal rounds
    INDIANAPOLIS - On Friday night, five of Hamilton County's best wrestlers went from state qualifiers to future state-place winners.

    Able to survive the meat grinder that is opening night at the IHSAA individual wrestling state finals, Hamilton Southeastern's Austin Holmes at 113 pounds, 132-pound Jack Chastain and 152-pound Corbin Gregg each won their first-round matches.

    Carmel's 11th-ranked Sam Hipple (28-4) pinned Mishawaka's 16th-ranked Tanner Bradley (26-5) in 34 seconds at 195, and Westfield's sixth-ranked Evan Eldred (34-9) won by decision 8-4 against South Bend Riley's Austin Laughlin (46-7) to advance into today's medal rounds.
  • Shamrocks roll past New Castle
    WESTFIELD - The Westfield Shamrocks boys' basketball team grabbed a much needed win on Friday night over the New Castle Trojans.

    However, this win wasn't a squeaker for the 'Rocks. They dominated the Trojans 70-53 for just their fourth win of the season.

    The Shamrocks (4-17) raced out to a quick eight-point lead after the first quarter and would not relinquish the lead the rest of the game.
  • State Preview: Hamilton County sending 10 wrestlers to state
    On Friday night, high school wrestlers from across the state will converge at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis for the 77th annual Indiana High School Athletic Association wrestling state finals.

    The two-day event begins with first-round action on Friday at 6 p.m. and continues the next day with the top-eight wrestlers in each of the 14 contested weigh classes battling for state medals.

    Hamilton County will be represented by 10 wrestlers at this year's state finals with Hamilton Southeastern sending six, Fishers with two, and Westfield and Carmel with one each.
  • The Westfield Shamrocks boys' basketball team lost to Frankfort 69-61 on Tuesday night. After falling behind early, the Shamrocks were not able to eliminate their early deficit.

    Coming up big for the Shamrocks despite the loss was junior Charlie Warner, who was the only Shamrock to score in double figures. He finished with 34 points off of 12 of 17 shooting and 5 of 5 from the free-throw line. Warner also had seven of the team's 21 rebounds and added a pair of steals.
  • Greyhounds tie national record
    INDIANAPOLIS - It was a historic day in the pool for the Carmel Greyhounds girls' swimming team on Saturday afternoon at the IUPUI Natatorium.

    The Greyhounds captured their 29th-straight Indiana High School Athletic Association girls' swimming state title, tied the national high school record for most consecutive state titles and they did it in record-breaking fashion.

    Carmel won nine events in the state meet, which is a new state record in itself. The previous record was also held by Carmel, which won eight events in 2011. Six of those wins were individual victories which put the Greyhounds tied with the 1979 Ben Davis girls' swim team for most individual wins at a state meet.
  • WEST LAFAYETTE - The Westfield Shamrocks boys' basketball team thought it had a win in the bag on Saturday afternoon against the Harrison Raiders.

    The Shamrocks (3-16) got off to a very nice start offensively but collapsed in the second half and fell to the Raiders 69-54.

    Quick starts have been the Shamrocks' calling card this season but finishing games has been the missing link for this young team. The Shamrocks bolted out to a 20-12 lead over the Raiders (12-7) in the first quarter and continued to keep up the pace in the second before heading into halftime with a 39-31 lead.
  • INDIANAPOLIS - It was a record setting night for the Carmel Greyhounds girls' swimming team on Friday night at the IUPUI Natatorium.

    A total of seven state records were set on in the pool, and the Greyhounds were responsible for six of them, including one national record in the 200-yard medley relay.

    The team of Sammie Burchill, Alex Clarke, Veronica Burchill and Amy Bilquist set that national record with a time of 1:40.33. They beat their own time of 1:40.83 from last year's state final's meet.

  • Royals fend off Shamrocks
    FISHERS - There were no surprises between Hamilton Southeastern and Westfield on Wednesday night.

    Just execution.

    And the Class 4A Royals did exactly that with the game in the balance late in the first-round of the Sectional 8 Tournament on their home floor.

    Despite building a double-digit lead early, the Royals had to fend off the Shamrocks with their margin cut to one in the fourth quarter and prevailed to seize a 53-46 victory.
  • The girls' swimming season comes to conclusion this weekend at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. Finalists from all over the state will have the opportunity to grab a state title but few areas will be as well represented as Hamilton County.

    Among Hamilton County's finalists, Carmel returns two swimmers who are not only state champions in individual events but also state-record holders.
  • SECTIONAL PREVIEW: 'Rocks, Royals ready for each other's best
    WESTFIELD - If there's one thing Westfield head coach Shane Sumpter and Hamilton Southeastern head coach Chris Huppenthal can expect anytime their programs meet, it's a close game.

    "It's always a good basketball game," Huppenthal remarked on the friendly inter-county rivalry. "It seems the last four games, it's come down to one possession at the end. They're always going to compete."

    The same goes for the Class 4A Royals.

    Before losing the past four consecutive to Sumpter's 4A Shamrocks (16-6, 4-2), Huppenthal's program racked up three in a row versus their geographic and Hoosier Crossroads Conference foe.

  • 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.

  • Huskies win home finale
    ARCADIA - With minutes remaining on the clock and the Class 3A Hamilton Heights Huskies up by double digits on Saturday against visiting 4A Westfield, the student section echoed the evening's objective.

    "This is our house!," the energetic students chanted. "This is our house!"

    Playing in the last home game of the year, the Huskies refused to let their faithful fans down, fending off an aggressive fourth-quarter rally by Westfield to win 75-58.

    "The message tonight was, leave it all on the court," Hamilton Heights senior Grant Weatherford said. "Despite Westfield's record, they're a really good team. They work hard. They move the ball and are well coached. It's a real good win for us."

    The victory extended the Huskies' latest win streak to five consecutive games and marked the second in as many years versus Westfield (3-15), which dropped its second straight.

  • The defending state champion Carmel Greyhounds turned up the heat on Saturday at the Noblesville Sectional meet.

    Not only did the Greyhounds win every swimming event, they swept the podium in every event as well. That kind of dominance will be needed as the Greyhounds go after a historic 29th consecutive Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship.

    The Greyhounds set the tone in the relay events, winning the 200-yard medley in 1:43.22, the 200 freestyle in 1:36.12 and the 400 freestyle in 3:26.79.

  • WESTFIELD - Last weekend Fishers head coach Joe Leonard remarked that the Tigers' game against Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Westfield would be the toughest game they played all season.

    He was on to something because the Class 4A Tigers had their hands full on Friday night against a 4A Shamrocks team whose record is somewhat misleading.

    The Tigers (10-8, 5-0) were challenged by their hosts, but they used an impressive 26-point effort in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback and get a 60-56 win over the Shamrocks (3-14, 0-6).

  • Shamrocks win ninth straight
    KOKOMO - The unranked Westfield girls' basketball team will enter next week's Sectional 8 tournament with plenty of momentum.

    Led by a team-high 15 points from Maddy Grennes, the Class 4A Shamrocks defeated 4A Kokomo 55-28 on Thursday night to win their ninth consecutive game to finish the regular season.

    Westfield (16-6) hasn't lost since falling to Class 3A No. 12 Bishop Chatard on Jan. 6. Since the loss, the Shamrocks have knocked off seven 4A teams, including rival Hamilton Southeastern - their first-round sectional opponent this upcoming Wednesday night.

  • Greyhounds dominate girls' sectional swimming prelims
    The defending state champion Carmel Greyhounds set the tone early and often during the Noblesville Sectional on Thursday night.

    Winning every event, the Carmel girls' swim team took its first step toward a historic 29th consecutive Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship.

    The Greyhounds set the standard in every relay event, winning the 400-yard freestyle in 3:33.36, the 200 medley in 1:51.28, and 200 freestyle in 1:38.11.

  • Local athletes solidify futures on National Signing Day
    National Signing Day always generates a buzz across the country every year. With the popularity of social media, sometimes the excitement goes viral faster than the ink can dry.

    On Wednesday, Hamilton County wasn't immune to the festivities as several local student-athletes signed their first official autographs, beginning in the morning and continuing throughout the afternoon.

    While there were few surprises, the biggest collegiate recruiting net to sweep the area proved to be colored cream and crimson.

  • 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.

  • WESTFIELD - The Westfield Shamrocks have had their fair-share of disappointments this season, and after coming off a disappointing 70-55 loss to Avon, the Shamrocks continued doing what they've been taught to do - keep fighting.

    After a strong offensive performance, they were able to defeat the Lebanon Tigers 82-68 on Saturday night.

    Sophomore guard Aaron Bennett, who finished the game with 14 points, shot the lights out early on hitting three 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the game. Along with a strong defensive effort, the Shamrocks were able to hold the Tigers to a mere six points in the first.

  • Shamrocks shrug off Avon
    WESTFIELD - The Westfield Shamrocks girls' basketball team won its last regular-season home game on Saturday afternoon breezing past Hoosier Crossroads Conference foe Avon 61-25.

    Points were easy to come by for the Shamrocks (15-6, 4-2) as three players scored in double figures in the win over the Orioles (5-16, 1-5).

    Haliegh Reinoehl led the charge scoring 17 points for the Shamrocks. She added an astounding 17 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the year. She also had five blocks in the game.

  • Westfield's offense starts well, struggles late
    AVON - Westfield displayed both sides of its offensive personality, but the good side only showed up for one quarter.

    The Shamrocks played a sharp opening quarter, but struggled mightily in the second and fourth quarters. That added up to Avon earning a 70-55 win in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference matchup.

    Westfield (2-13, 5-10) looked sharp in the first quarter, making more than half of its shots from the field, including four 3-pointers. Charlie Warner came off the bench and made all four of his shot attempts, scoring 10 points in the opening quarter.

  • Shamrocks crush Huskies
    ARCADIA - The basket wasn't just kind to Westfield's Jalyn Foland. It was twice as nice - and apparently doubled in size.

    Burying a record-setting nine 3-pointers for a season-high 27 points on Thursday night, the 5-foot-7 junior guard powered the red-hot Class 4A Shamrocks to an easy 71-34 victory against the host 3A Hamilton Heights Huskies.

    The win extended Westfield's current streak to seven consecutive and marked the second in as many days for the Shamrocks (14-6, 3-2).
  • Shamrocks wallop Western Boone
    WESTFIELD - The Westfield Shamrocks girls' basketball team continues to peak as they we get closer to postseason play with a 49-24 win over the Western Boone Stars on Wednesday night.

    The Shamrocks (13-6) used another solid shooting performance in their rout of the visiting Stars (11-9) to rule the court on Senior Night.

    With the victory the Shamrocks have now won six-games in a row since losing a close contest to Bishop Chatard at home 55-51 on Jan. 6.

  • CRAWFORDSVILLE - The Westfield Shamrocks boys' and girls' swimming teams captured top honors on Saturday in the 20th Annual Athenian Invitational at Crawfordsville High School.

    Both teams had to beat out 11 other schools to take home first place. The girls' team did so with a total score of 674 points, which was 156 points better than the second-place finisher.

    The boys' team won with a score of 790 points and the second-place finisher didn't even come close with 534 points.

  • BROWNSBURG - The Westfield Shamrocks girls' basketball won its fifth game in a row with a 52-44 victory over Hoosier Crossroads Conference foe Brownsburg.

    Point production was huge for the Shamrocks (12-6, 3-2) in their win over the Bulldogs (12-7, 1-4).

    Three different players scored in double figures for the Shamrocks.

  • BROWNSBURG - Starting and finishing games haven't been an issue for the Westfield Shamrocks boys' basketball team this season. For the most part it's been the in between quarters that have been an issue.

    That problem continued on Friday night as Westfield fell to Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival the Brownsburg Bulldogs 58-43.

    The Shamrocks (2-12, 0-4) had the lead over the Bulldogs (12-4, 2-1) after the first quarter but struggled in the second and third periods.

  • Shamrocks split against Avon
    WESTFIELD - The Westfield swimming and diving teams battled Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Avon to a split on Thursday night.

    The Westfield Shamrocks girls swimming team defeated Avon High School 110-70. The Shamrock boys, on the other hand, fell to Avon by a score of 114-71.

    The girls won the first event of the evening as Molly Ruggles, Emily Verbrugge, Carly Ruggles and Ariel Brooks showed teamwork and captured the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:55.82.

  • The Westfield wrestling team had little trouble on Thursday night against the Crawfordsville Athenians.

    Winning 10 matches overall and four by pin, the Shamrocks celebrated Senior Night in style with a lopsided 54-18 victory.

    Gaining a quick advantage with three Crawfordsville forfeits, Westfield packed on the bonus points with a 12-1 major decision by Justin Miller at 145 pounds and a 17-2 tech fall by sixth-ranked Evan Eldred at 132.

  • Notebook: Royals finish season on high note
    CARMEL - The tenth-ranked Hamilton Southeastern wrestling team knew it had something to prove on Wednesday night before closing the book on the 2014-15 regular season.

    Not necessarily to their opponents, the defending sectional champion Carmel Greyhounds, but more for themselves.

    As a team, they delivered that message - internally.
  • Shamrocks topple New Castle
    NEW CASTLE - The Westfield Shamrocks girls' basketball team won its fourth game in a row on Wednesday night against the New Castle Trojans 47-36.

    A third quarter surge propelled the Shamrocks (11-6) over a very good Trojan team that had won five straight prior to Wednesday's game.

    Both teams ended a hard-fought first half with the score knotted up at 19 apiece. However, the halftime break was just what the Shamrocks needed as they came out on fire in the third quarter.

  • WESTFIELD - The Westfield Shamrocks boys' basketball came up short to former conference rival Lafayette Jefferson in double overtime 63-57 on Saturday night.

    The Shamrocks (2-11) scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to force the first extra period but were outscored 12-6 in both overtimes by the Bronchos (5-7).

    It was a close game after the first quarter with the Shamrocks down just one point. The Bronchos were able to extend their lead to six in the second quarter and were up 35-29 going into halftime.

  • Shamrocks rock Royals
    FISHERS - The Westfield Shamrocks girls' basketball team grabbed a close win on Friday night against Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival the Class 4A No. 6 Hamilton Southeastern Royals 38-37.

    The Shamrocks (10-6, 2-2) dodged three close misses by the Royals (13-3, 3-1) late to come away with the 1-point victory.

    With the win the Shamrocks are now on a three-game winning streak having defeated both Greenfield-Central and Pendleton Heights prior to Friday's matchup.

    It was a low-scoring quarter for both teams, but the Shamrocks picked it up in the second and went into halftime with a 19-14 lead.

    The Royals responded in the second half and outscored the Shamrocks 23-19 but were unable to overcome the early deficit.

    Haliegh Reinoehl led the Shamrocks with 18 points and also pulled down six rebounds. Allison VanDyke also scored in double digits for the Shamrocks with 10 points.
  • FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals boys' basketball team ended a three-game losing skid on Friday night with a 72-43 win over Hoosier Crossroads Conference foe Westfield.

    The Royals (4-9, 1-2) jumped out to a big lead early over the Shamrocks (2-10, 0-3) and never looked back en route to their win.

    Junior Greg Miller was blemish free from the field and from the free-throw line for all 20 of his points on the night. It's the first time all season that Miller has gone perfect from the floor but the eighth time this year he's shot perfect from the charity stripe.
  • Westfield sweeps three-way meet
    WESTFIELD - On Thursday night, the Westfield swim teams finally shook off some rust.

    Sweeping both the boys' and girls' varsity meets in decisive fashion at home, head coach Kyle Messmore believes his teams are striding in the right direction with the postseason weeks away.

    "Both are starting to show signs of post-Christmas training life," the coach remarked. "At the end of Christmas break they are just dragging. It's hard to get them up for their meet, especially when you go to our conference meet and you're swimming against some of the absolute best teams you can find anywhere."

    At the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Tournament last Saturday, the Westfield girls were sixth while the boys were seventh.

    Against McCutcheon and the Guerin Catholic girls on Thursday, Westfield won a combined 18 events.
  • CARMEL - The Carmel wrestling team jumped out fast on Wednesday night, overpowering the Westfield Shamrocks 42-16.

    The host Greyhounds recorded four pins, a tech fall and a major decision to take nine matches overall.

    The Shamrocks won five matches led by junior Evan Eldred at 132 pounds. Ranked sixth in the state, Eldred won his match by major decision 18-5. Westfield scored four decisions on the night.

  • Shamrocks roll past Arabians
    WESTFIELD - The Westfield girls' basketball team is building momentum for the stretch run.

    Jumping out quick against Class 4A Pendleton Heights on Tuesday night, the 4A Shamrocks won their second straight game and third in 10 days, defeating the Arabians 62-42.

    Westfield was coming off of a 54-44 victory at home against 4A Greenfield-Central last Saturday. In their second consecutive home game, the Shamrocks used a 21-point first quarter and an 18-point third to win handedly.

    The victory improves their season record to 9-6.

  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Hamilton Southeastern wrestling team's perfect season came to an end on Saturday during the North Central Invitational.

    Falling to No. 13 Indianapolis Cathedral 37-23, No. 10 HSE placed runner-up with a 4-1 record.

    Westfield went 2-3 on the day, and the defending state champion Cathedral Fighting Irish were first overall at 5-0.

  • Greyhounds shutdown Shamrocks
    CARMEL -Taking down two top-10 teams in two days might have been too tall of a task for the Westfield Shamrocks boys' basketball team as they fell to the Carmel Greyhounds 57-39 on Saturday night.

    The Shamrocks (2-9) hung around in the first quarter but got away from their game plan as they were unable to stick with the quick Greyhounds (9-1).

    Patience was key for the Shamrocks on offense as they looked for opportune shots in the stingy Greyhound defense. The Shamrocks did find some open looks and were able to convert them early but they didn't attack the basket as often as they should have when the chances were there.

    Attacking the basket though was tricky for the Shamrocks. The Greyhounds had a distinct height advantage on them at every position and that made it tough for the Shamrocks to get the ball up past the long arms of the Carmel defenders.

  • FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals girls' swimming team took home top honors at Saturdays' Hoosier Crossroads Conference meet.

    The Royals finished with a score of 421.50 and were 14.5 points ahead of second-place finisher Zionsville and were 15.5 points better than rival Fishers, who beat them just three days prior.

    They claimed victory in five events including the 200-yard medley relay, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 100 backstroke. The Royals were also just two tenths of a second away from taking down Zionsville to grab another win in the 400 freestyle relay.

  • FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals boys' swimming team might have finished third in conference, but they took home bragging rights among Hamilton County Schools.

    The Royals finished with 332 points, four points better than rival Fishers, who beat them on Thursday to win the Mudsock.

    The Royals got the meet started off right by winning the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Joe Young, Wilson Clark, Nick Pfanstiel and Quinn Teague squeezed out a win with a time of 1:36.22.

  • WESTFIELD - The Westfield girls' basketball team bounced back quickly with a solid 54-44 win at home against Greenfield-Central on Saturday.

    Four days after falling short 55-51 to Class 3A No. 11 Bishop Chatard, the 4A Shamrocks charged back to win their second game in eight days.

    Led by Allison VanDyke's 20-point performance, Westfield improved to 8-6 on the year and are now 6-4 against 4A opponents.

  • WESTFIELD - The Westfield Shamrocks boys' basketball team ended the Class 4A No. 6 ranked McCutcheon Mavericks' perfect season on Friday night 60-55.

    The Shamrocks (2-8) did all the right things against the Mavericks (10-1) and were able to get the win at home.

    Junior Charlie Warner was the most dominant player on the floor scoring nearly half of the Shamrock's points. He dropped 27 points on the Mavericks and went a perfect 14-of-14 from the free-throw line.

  • Trojans slip past Shamrocks
    WESTFIELD - A slow start by Class 3A No. 11 Bishop Chatard opened the door for the 4A Westfield Shamrocks on Tuesday night, but the officials' whistles eventually took their toll.

    Leading the Trojans 15-9 after the first quarter, the Westfield girls' basketball team struggled to keep pace in the next two frames - despite a late charge in the fourth - narrowly falling 55-51 at home.

    Bishop Chatard scored 12 points in the second quarter to cut Westfield's lead 24-21 at halftime. They ramped up their production in the final 16 minutes, and by the end of the game the Trojans shot 24 free throws compared to Westfield's 11 to squeak out a victory.