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  • 'Perfect opportunity' comes along for new Westfield volleyball coach

    Sandra Burks has been waiting for this perfect opportunity for a long time.

    On Wednesday, Westfield Athletic Director Bill Davis named Burks the new head coach of the varsity Shamrock volleyball team. 
    The nomination for Burks, previously the Westfield freshman coach, represents the realization of a long-held goal.

    For the veteran coach with 19 years of experience, this coming season will be the first where she’ll serve as the head coach at the same place she teaches. Burks currently works as a special education teacher at Westfield High School.

    “It is a long time coming,” Burks said. “Since I’m a teacher, I’ve always wanted the opportunity to be able to teach and coach at the same school if I was going to be a head coach … So this is a perfect opportunity for me.”

  • Westfield hires Mangus to lead girls soccer team
    The Westfield girls varsity soccer team has a new head coach.

    The school announced in a press release Wednesday that Hannah Mangus will take over the Lady Shamrocks this season. 

    "We are excited to work with Hannah Mangus and our girls soccer program,” said Westfield athletic director Bill Davis. “Hannah brings a relational-based approach to our program that will help our girls soccer program continue to perform at a high level."
  • All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference boys basketball team named

    The Hoosier Crossroads Conference revealed its 2017-18 All-Conference teams for both boys and girls basketball this week, and there’s a local flavor on the rosters.

    On the boys side, Noblesville’s Ryan Barnes and Xavier Hines represent the Millers. Barnes, a senior, averaged 7.9 points and a team-high 4.7 rebounds in 22 games. Hines, a junior, led the Millers in scoring with 13.5 points per game.

    Westfield junior Zach Banks and senior Josh VanDyke also earned spots on the roster with excellent seasons on the court. In 23 games, Banks averaged 16 points, 2.4 rebounds and an assist. VanDyke finished the year with averages of nine points, 3.9 rebounds and an assist per contest.

  • 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.” 
  • 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.

  • Carmel outlasts Westfield in defensive affair

    Westfield entered Tuesday’s Class 4A Sectional 8 battle against Carmel with a plan – slow down the game and see what happens.

    Carmel, however, countered with just enough patience and the scoring of 6-10 junior John Michael Mulloy in a 33-24 victory at The Mill at Noblesville. Mulloy scored 16 points and used his height to help alter just enough Westfield shots in a second half that saw the Shamrocks rally from a double-digit halftime deficit.?

    “Westfield did a nice job of coming back,” Carmel head coach Ryan Osborn said. “They had a couple nice cuts and drives to the basket, and we lost our composure a bit during that stretch.”

  • 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.

  • Carmel wins fourth straight swim state final
    Earlier this month, the Carmel girls swim program won their 32nd consecutive state title. On Saturday, it was the boys’ turn to dominate at the Natatorium at IUPUI. 

    The Greyhounds earned their fourth consecutive — and seventh in the last nine years — IHSAA Swimming and Diving State Finals with a state-record team score of 417. The runner-up, Franklin, finished with a score of 203. Carmel’s wins in nine of 11 events is also a record. 

    Senior Drew Kibler was a part of four first-place finishes for the Greyhounds, including the 200 medley relay team with sophomore Wyatt Davis, senior Stefano Batista and senior Andrew Couchon who narrowly missed the national-record time (1:28.00) the quartet set in Friday’s prelims. 
  • Swim State Finals prelims
    The Greyhounds started their quest for a fourth straight IHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving State Championship in style Friday night at the Natatorium at IUPUI. 

    Carmel's Wyatt Davis, Stefano Batista, Drew Kibler and Andrew Couchon began the preliminaries with a new state-record (1:28.00) in the 200 medley relay. The time, which is the No. 2 all-time mark in the nation (1:27.74), was just under the state record that Zionsville set last year. 

    Kibler did set a new national record in the 50 freestyle (19.38) and is seeded first in today’s finals. Couchon (20.55) and Westfield’s Chris Kenney (20.86) both advanced to the final heat, too, with fifth and sixth-place finishes, respectively. Jared Holder, the lone swimmer from Hamilton Heights, finished in a three-way tie for 13th (21.19) and will advance to the consolation heat for the first time. 
  • Westfield falls on Senior Night
    Westfield led once, briefly, in the Shamrocks’ Senior Night loss to Mt. Vernon Tuesday. 

    After Westfield (10-12) took a 4-3 lead a couple minutes into the first quarter, Mt. Vernon (12-9) went on an 8-0 run and never looked back on its way to a 65-59 win. 

    The Shamrocks didn’t go down without a fight, though. Senior Josh Van Dyke led Westfield in points with 18 and was one of three Shamrocks’ in double-figures. Junior Zach Banks finished with 13, and junior Caleb Welch chipped in 11. The trio combined to knock down nine of Westfield’s 11 makes from behind the 3-point arc.
  • Advancement: First through eighth place participants qualify for this weekend's state finals.

    Place Name (Grade) School Score

    1 Cole VanDevender (12) Fishers 577.00
    2 Caiden Lake (11) Oak Hill 451.55
    3 Clayton Vandervate (11) Lafayette Jeff 429.10
    4 Cameron Poe (12) Western 397.25
    5 Nathan Barr (11) Hamilton Southeastern 380.00
    6 Garrett Garwood (12) Hamilton Southeastern 378.15
    7 Samuel Bennett (9) Delta 366.65
    8 Jared Newman (10) Noblesville 361.15
  • Event 2 Boys 200 Yard Freestyle

    Name Year // School Prelims Finals Points 
    A - Final
    1 Mitchell, Jacob SO CAR 1:41.45 1:38.09 20 
    2 Rothrock, Augustus FR CAR 1:42.42 1:40.57 17 
    3 DeLong, Alec JR CAR 1:45.04 1:41.65 16 
    4 Calvin, Brett JR WEFL 1:47.66 1:44.17 15 
    5 Helms, Aaron SR NOBL 1:48.01 1:45.45 14 
    6 Wolfred, Jack JR NOBL 1:48.30 1:45.99 13 
    7 White, Max JR KOKO 1:47.56 1:46.32 12 
    8 Fenimore, Cody SR WEFL 1:46.79 1:47.31 11 
  • Shamrocks cruise in Kokomo

    Westfield got back in the win column with a 71-64 win at Kokomo Saturday night. 

    The Shamrocks had four players finish in double figures led by junior guard Zach Banks with 23 points. Sophomore Cam Simons had 14, senior Josh Van Dyke chipped in 12 and sophomore Chris Chin had 11. 

    Westfield (10-11) hosts Mount Vernon Tuesday for Senior Night.

  • 3 Shamrocks sign letters of intent
    Elle Hankinson signed her letter of intent to play soccer at The Masters University in Santa Clarita, California. Hankinson is a three-year varsity letter winner on Westfield’s soccer team and also plays club soccer for the Indiana Fires Juniors Club. She’ll graduate from Westfield with an Academic Honors Diploma and plans to study biological sciences in college.
  • IHSAA Boys Swimming, Diving Sectionals Prelims

    200 Yard Medley Relay

    1 Carmel: (1:35.44) Wyatt Davis (So), Stefano Batista (Sr), Jota Iwase (Jr), Andrew Couchon (Sr) 
    2 Noblesville: (1:44.15) Nick Beeson (So), Sam Bleisch (Sr), Andy Buna (So), Lawson Crum (Jr) 
    3 Northwestern: (1:45.60) Nick Jozwiak (Jr), Mitchell Harrell (Jr), Michael Bolyard (Sr), Ethan Breisch (Sr) 
    4 Maconaquah: (1:45.97) Alex Davis (Sr), Hunter Hays (Jr), Brendan Manus (Sr), Nolyn Tubb (So) 
    5 Tipton: (1:46.85) Gavin Campbell (Fr), Zach Juday (Sr), Ayden Stanley (Fr), James Moll (Sr) 
    6 Western: (1:47.93) Cullen Dalpoas (So), Palmer Harrell (So), Gary Purcell (Sr), Trey Shock (So) 
    7 Westfield: (1:48.67) Nathanael Brown (Jr), Ryan Baird (Fr), Kevin Estrada (Jr), Matthew Sawyer (Sr) 
    8 Hamilton Heights: (1:52.04) Jared Holder (Jr), Logan Fakes (Sr), Joe Ringer (So), Josh Glover (Jr)

    200 Yard Freestyle

    1 Jacob Mitchell (So), Carmel (1:41.45) 
    2 Augustus Rothrock (Fr), Carmel (1:42.42) 
    3 Alec DeLong (Jr), Carmel (1:45.04) 
    4 Cody Fenimore (Sr), Westfield (1:46.79) 

  • 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.



  • The Westfield Shamrocks picked up their third straight win Tuesday night with a 50-33 victory on the road against Western Boone. 

    Juniors Caleb Welch and Zach Banks both scored 12 points to lead the Shamrocks, who were never seriously threatened. 

    Westfield opened the game on a 10-0 run and held Western Boone to just two points in the first quarter. At the end of one, the Shamrocks already had an 11-point lead. Westfield stretched its advantage to 21-4 a couple minutes into the second quarter and took a 27-9 edge into the locker room. 
  • IHSAA Boys Wrestling State Finals info
    Webstream: For Saturday night's championship round, viewers outside of the Fox Sports Indiana coverage area, a live stream will be available at IHSAAtv.org. For those within the FSI coverage area, the stream will be available only on delayed basis following the conclusion of the telecast.

    Notable first-round bouts (weight class): (113) Carson Eldred, Westfield, vs. Kade Zadylak, Norwell. (120) Brendan Mattingly, Carmel, vs. Brock Peele, Portage. (138) Alex Strueder, Fishers, vs. Blake Mulkey, Brownsburg. (160) Jack Eiteljorge, Carmel, vs. Malik Hoover, Merrillville. 
  • 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. 
  • The Shamrocks might be finding their groove. 

    After an early-week loss at home to Harrison, Westfield picked up a home win over Hamilton Heights Friday. Then — Saturday — the Shamrocks got their biggest win of the season in a 57-50 home victory over Class 4A No. 6 Hamilton Southeastern. 

    Westfield's Caleb Welch led all scorers with 13 points and was one of four Shamrocks who finished in double-figures. 

    Westfield held a one-point lead heading into the fourth, but Southeastern used an early bucket in the quarter from Chris Grubbs to take the edge at 40-39. Senior Josh Van Dyke gave Westfield the lead right back, and the Shamrocks didn’t surrender it the rest of the way. 
  • Carmel girls extend state swimming title streak to 32
    Carmel's girls swimming program extended their state high school championship streak with their 32nd consecutive team title in the IU Natatorium Saturday. Kelly Pash won the 100 and 200 freestyles, and Trude Rothrock won the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Butterfly to lead the Greyhounds, who also won the 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle relays.
  • IHSAA Girls Swimming State Finals Prelims

    The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday’s prelims will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats.

    200 Medley relay 

    1 Franklin Community: Jessie Fraley (11, Kabria Chapman (9), Ali Terrell (11), Gracey Payne (9) 

    2 Hamilton Southeastern: Abby Harter (10), Madison Kertin (12), Hannah Pugh (11), Emily Barnes (12) 

    3 Bloomington South: Gillian Boggs (9), Mackenzie Looze (12), Phoebe Rensink (11), Julia Wolf (12) 

    4 Carmel: Colleen Duffy (9), Grace Estabrook (12), Trude Rothrock (12), Grace Pangburn (11) 

    5 Chesterton: Jaclyn Klimczak (11), Jenn Gillen (11), Olivia Kroeger (9), Jadah Eshenaur (11) 

    6 Fishers: Corinne Yorkman (10), Miya Wai (11), Nicole Rueff (11), Ellen Fero (10)

  • Raiders pull away late vs. Shamrocks
    The Harrison Raiders used a key fourth-quarter run to defeat the Westfield Shamrocks 65-60 at Westfield High School Tuesday night. 

    Both sides played to an almost identical score throughout the first three quarters, with Harrison holding a 37-35 edge heading to the final stanza. 

    But a 9-2 spurt in the early minutes of the fourth quarter gave Harrison (12-7) some breathing room on the scoreboard and sent Westfield (6-10) to its fifth loss in the last six games. 
  • The first through eighth place participants qualify for the state finals

    1 Jackie Brenn (11) Homestead 485.15
    2 Halli Siwik (11) Hamilton Southeastern 445.40
    3 Mallory Walker (11) Homestead 429.75
    4 Kayla Luarde (12) Homestead 421.95
    5 Morgan Casey (9) Fishers 414.20
    6 Sarah Ballard (10) Hamilton Southeastern 406.85

  • 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. 

  • Advancement:
    1. First place sectional winners in each event qualify for the state meet. 
    2. Any contestant who equals or betters the state time standard in their respective event.

    200 Freestyle

    A - Final
    1 Kelly Pash, Carmel 
    2 Ashlyn Underhill, Carmel 
    3 Kendra Bowen, Carmel 
    4 Rachel Sanqunetti, Heights
    5 Kerry Effinger, Westfield 
    6 Gillian Cripe, Noblesville
    7 Brooke Haflich, Noblesville
    8 Tina Berger, Noblesville

  • Coming into Thursday night’s contest, both Westfield and Fishers had played in three overtime games already this season. 

    So, naturally, 32 minutes wasn’t enough time to settle this matchup between the Hoosier Crossroads Conference foes. 

    The Tigers ultimately won by a final score of 63-56, but the Shamrocks had a chance to win at the end of regulation. 

    “I was proud of our guys tonight,” Fishers head coach Matt Moore said. “But credit to Westfield, man. Those guys played — they played well, and they hit shots.”
  • Fishers takes out Westfield in 1st round
    It wasn’t pretty, but the Lady Tigers advanced. 

    In a back-and-forth first-round matchup in Class 4A Sectional 8, Fishers generated just enough offense for a 41-36 win over the Westfield Lady Shamrocks Tuesday night. 

    “Early in the year, I think we would have folded,” said Fishers head coach Lauren Vail. “We play a tough schedule, and I think that pays off in situations like (Tuesday), where you’ve been in that grind.” 
  • 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.

  • A popular winter fun run returns to Westfield on Saturday, when participants race their way through the fourth annual Melt the Trail 5K/10K at Grand Park.

    “We had a great turnout last year and expect the 2018 Melt the Trail to be an even bigger event than ever before,” Community Events Manager Alexa Lingg said.

    This year’s event will feature the return of two popular Melt the Trail elements. 
  • Shamrocks start strong, hold on for conference win
    Westfield held on to secure its first Hoosier Crossroads Conference victory of the season with its win over Avon Friday night.

    An eventual 56-52 victory looked like it was going to be a lot more after the Shamrocks started the game on a 10-0 run, which extended into a 20-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. Avon didn't go down quietly, however.

    Following their slow start, the Orioles outscored the Shamrocks in each of the final three quarters, chipping what was once a 14-point lead down to three in the final seconds. 

    "We certainly had to hang on for dear life, I thought we played really well for a little more than three quarters, and then I thought we got a little careless with the basketball," Westfield head coach Shane Sumpter said.
  • Westfield rocks Tech, ends skid
    Westfield snapped a two-game skid with an impressive defensive effort on the road at Indianapolis Arsenal Tech Thursday to end the regular season. 

    The Lady Shamrocks held the Lady Titans to just two points in the first quarter in route to a 56-24 win. 

    Senior Ryann Bunting led the Shamrocks in scoring with a game-high 14 points. Bunting shot 4-of-8 from the field, with all of her makes coming from behind the 3-point line. She also hit both of her free-throw attempts. The Shamrock senior received plenty of support from her teammates, as guard Jade Shipley and forward Ashtin DeCraene both finished in double-digits with 10 and 13, respectively. 
  • Shamrocks drop 3rd straight
    A balanced offensive attack wasn’t enough to get Westfield back in the win column. Three Shamrocks scored in double-digits, but it was the Tri-West Hendricks Bruins who came away as 69-59 winners. 
  • “We’ve got one game left ...we’ll see what we’re made of.”
  • Bulldogs nip 'Rocks
    Zach Banks dropped 25 points for Westfield, but it wasn’t enough to get the Shamrocks back in the win column. 
  • Shamrocks lose another tight game

    The Westfield Shamrocks found themselves in another nail-biter - this time against Plainfield.

  • Shamrocks escape with win over Bronchos
    The Westfield Shamrocks traveled to Lafayette Jefferson and came away with a victory 42-40.
  • Southeastern wins at Westfield

    Hamilton Southeastern didn’t let an early Westfield run faze them on its way to a 43-34 road win Saturday. The Lady Royals fell behind by five to start the game, but answered the Shamrocks’ run with 12 unanswered points.

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

  • Shamrock makes college commitment

    Westfield senior Parker Kalis has committed to playing tennis at Indiana Wesleyan. 

  • Westfield rebounds in win over Greenwood

    For the second straight game, the Westfield Lady Shamrocks found themselves facing a halftime deficit on their home court. But, unlike Saturday’s loss, Westfield found a way to fight back for a 59-50 win over Greenwood on Senior Night. “After we played Hamilton Heights, we had a lot of hard conversations with our kids, and I’d say they responded well,”said Westfield head coach Ginny Smith.