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  • After tying in a pre-season scrimmage, the Noblesville and Zionsville girls varsity lacrosse teams played for real Thursday night. 

    Zionsville earned a hard-fought 14-11 win at home, sending the Lady Millers to 1-2-1 on the season. 

    The game remained close throughout the first half, before Zionsville scored three goals in the last 3:05 minutes, including two with less than 30 seconds to play, making the halftime score 9-5 in the Eagles’ favor. 

    The Millers made a run of their own in the last four minutes of the second half, but ultimately fell short. Offensively, the Millers were led by junior Kat Green and freshmen Emma Potter, who both scored three goals.
  • '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."
  • The Milers are in the win column. 

    The Noblesville girls lacrosse team picked up its first victory of the season Monday night with a 10-5 win over Hamilton Southeastern. Sophomore Mia Blackburn led the Millers with four goals and one assist, and senior goalie Meredith Hayes stopped 13 Royals’ shots. 

    Noblesville improves its record to 1-1-1 on the season. 
  • 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.” 
  • Carmel wins regional title over Fort Wayne North Side
    Once the Greyhounds settled in, the outcome was never truly in doubt. 

    Carmel erased an early deficit and claimed the Class 4A Logansport regional championship Saturday night with a 54-42 win over Fort Wayne North Side. 

    “I’m so happy for these guys, because they’ve worked for it,” said Carmel head coach Ryan Osborn.”Early in the year, I would say, we didn’t do a very good job of keeping our composure. Now — we’re a veteran group that gets it.” 

    Keion Brooks put the Greyhounds’ composure to the test from the jump. Brooks, who is the top rated player in the 2019 class in Indiana and 22nd nationally, knocked down a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers that helped the Legends take a 9-4 lead. 
  • Lady Millers open lacrosse season with doubleheader

    The Noblesville Lady Millers lacrosse team opened their first weekend as an official varsity club school-sanctioned squad with two games against elite Louisville schools at Brebeuf on Saturday.

    The opening match for the Millers was against the Amazons from Louisville Collegiate. Noblesville found itself trailing 3-7 after one half of play, but a spirited second-half comeback got the Millers back in the game. Junior Kaylin Mertens scored two goals in the first 90 seconds of the second half, which ended with a last-second goal from freshman Emma Potter to tie the score at 8-all.

    The game finished tied at eight, after a last second save by Noblesville’s senior goalie Meredith Hayes. The two sides didn’t play an overtime period since it was a non-conference game. Defensively, the Millers held the Amazons to one goal in the second half, as Hayes stopped five of the six shots she faced.



  • Millers begin lacrosse season with historic win

    The Noblesville boys lacrosse team made history Wednesday night at Hare Chevrolet Field.

    After competing as a club sport for more than a decade, the Millers played their first ever game as an official varsity club school-sanctioned squad. The Millers are off to a great start, beginning their new chapter with an emphatic 20-3 win over the Avon Orioles on a cold, snowy night.

    “This was our first chance to really show the school and the administration our ability to play hard, be organized and be solid to come away with a strong win,” Noblesville head coach Kyle Kreutzinger said. “It was good. We certainly didn’t want to start the season by playing a conference opponent and losing.”

  • Heights hires Kirschner as new football coach

    The Huskies have a new signal caller on their sidelines.

    Hamilton Heights announced Wednesday that Jon Kirschner will be the high school’s next football head coach after the vote of approval at a morning meeting of the Hamilton Heights Board of Education.

    “I am excited and blessed to have the opportunity to lead the Husky football program,” said Jon Kirschner in a press release. “My goal is to keep that tradition alive and well through hard work, perseverance and tough-nosed football.

  • Trio of Golden Eagles earn Circle City All-Conference honors

    Indianapolis -- The Circle City Conference announced All-Conference Teams this morning for Boys and Girls Basketball. The teams were selected from nominations made by the coaches of the Circle City Conference teams.

    Guerin Catholic had two players, seniors Jack Hansen and Zach Munson, who earned places on the boys team. In 25 games this season, Hansen averaged a team-high 17.6 points and nine rebounds. Munson averaged 15.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in 25 games. 

    “The Boys All-Conference squad boasts an impressive lineup,” said Circle City Conference sports information director Trevor Wilson in a press release. “Hansen and White will be playing Division I basketball next year, with Hegwood and Munson competing at the Division III level."  

  • Meyer to play baseball for Taylor University
    Hamilton Heights senior Cole Meyer has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Taylor University Trojans in Upland, Indiana, this fall. 

    Taylor offered Meyer everything he was looking for in a post-secondary education institution: a Christian University, a strong baseball program and location close to home. Meyer, who was selected as the 2015 JV Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on the A/B honor roll three of the past four years, is excited he can take his game to the collegiate level. 

    “We are really excited for Cole and for Taylor University,” J.R. Moffatt, Hamilton Heights baseball head coach, said in a press release. “This will be a great fit for both parties. " 
  • 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. 
  • INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers’ fans and basketball history buffs are invited to join legendary American Basketball Association Pacers player Robert “Neto” Netolicky and sports writer Robin Miler – co-authors of “We Changed the Game” – on Sunday at the historic Irving Theater for the first book signing.

    The book launched for pre-order in December and became available this week for immediate purchase through Amazon and Hilton Publishing. Ten percent of the book proceeds go to fund Dropping Dimes, an Indiana not-for-profit that assists ABA players and their families facing financial or medical difficulties.

    “These proceeds are crucial to so many of my former teammates and other players because after the NBA-ABA merger, the ABA itself ceased to exist as a going concern, and former ABA players who were not part of the merger were generally left without a pension,” said Netolicky, who serves on the advisory board of Dropping Dimes. 
  • Former Indiana University coach Tom Crean is heading south. 

    Georgia hired Crean as its coach Thursday, only five days after firing Mark Fox.

    "Make no mistake, this is a basketball program inside of a great university that can compete for championships doing it the right way," Crean said in a statement released by Georgia. "We will work diligently and with great energy to make everyone associated with the University of Georgia very proud of our efforts."

    Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity pegged Crean as his man one day after former Ohio State coach Thad Matta withdrew from consideration, the times new gathering partner WTHR reports. 
  • IWU men’s basketball takes home 2018 national title
    The Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team captured the 2018 NAIA Division II National Championship on Tuesday with an 84-71 victory over University of Saint Francis (Ind.). 

    The red banner championship is the third in the past five years for the Wildcats, which is tied for the most in NAIA Division II history. IWU also took home the title in 2014 and 2016.

    “It is not something I really thought would happen,” said head coach Greg Tonagel. “It is hard to put it into words right now.” 
  • OUT IN THE OPEN: Florida Hog Hunt: Three, two, one, MAYHEM!
    From the backseat, it felt like one of those nightmares you have after eating pickled jalapeños right before bedtime.

    It was darker than the inside of my credit rating as strange trees whizzed by the windows like a bad dream. We bounced along on one faceless road after another, and I had no idea where I was, where I was going or what would happen when I finally got there. Two near-strangers were chatting in the front seat and several military-grade weapons were strapped right behind my head as I futilely looked around, trying to make sense of the surroundings.

    I wasn’t being taken to a lonely spot by rebel soldiers to be tortured and shot as a Yankee spy. In spite of obvious similarities to an over-wrought secret-agent drama, my current situation didn’t involve any national secrets. I was going hunting.

    This latest adventure was our trip last week to Florida, where I got to experience the excitement of nighttime feral hog hunting. In that regard, it was somewhere just behind defusing nuclear weapons and right ahead of alligator wrestling in terms of sporty adventure: a fine mix of exhilaration, fear and hearing loss.
  • Yesterday, we took a look at the boys side of the All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference Basketball Team — today, it’s the girls’ turn. 

    Noblesville: The Millers two all-conference players are a pair of upperclassmen. Senior Emily Kiser averaged team highs in points, 21, rebounds, 13.4, assists, 3.9, steals, 1.4, and blocks, 1.9, for Noblesville to wrap up one of the most successful careers in the Millers’ history. Knight, a junior, finished third on Noblesville in points per game, 11.4, and second in rebounds, 3.8. 

    Hamilton Southeastern: HSE is the only team in the HCC to have three all-conference players. Super sophomore Sydney Parrish led the Royals with 15.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in 20 games. Juniors Amaya Hamilton and Milly Walton earned their place on the team with scoring averages of 8.5 and 6.2, respectively.
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse set for name change
    INDIANAPOLIS - Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be getting a new name.

    The naming rights end in 2019 and won't be renewed. Tuesday's announcement means the Fieldhouse where the Pacers and Fever play will have to find a new sponsor.

    The Fieldhouse opened in 1999 as Conseco before the name was changed to Bankers Life in 2011.

    "CNO Financial and Bankers Life have been the naming rights sponsor of the Fieldhouse for nearly two decades, and we achieved and exceeded many of our sponsorship goals throughout the length of this partnership," said Gary Bhojwani, chief executive officer of CNO Financial.
  • 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.

  • Morristown’s Hayden Langkabel averaged 35 points and 10 rebounds over two wins last week, including a 55-53 victory over University in the Class 1A Martinsville regional semi-finals on Saturday. The senior headlines the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

    Langkabel is joined by Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian freshman Caleb Furst and New Castle junior Mason Gillis as recipients for the week of March 5-10 in the awards program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

    Langkabel led Morristown (26-2) to the Class A regional title, just the school’s second regional crown and first since 1998. The 6-0 guard scored 24 points with eight rebounds, three assists and the game-winning basket against University.
  • Student-Athlete Tip of Week
    Troy Lewis, a former Indiana Mr. Basketball, was quoted in the Indianapolis Star this past week talking about the importance of never taking any game for granted or blaming a coach for a loss during the NCAA basketball tournament.

    "No lead is ever safe. At the end of the day, it's all about execution. That's why I never, ever, blame the coaches for anything because I know as a player, I had the control." (Lewis has been an assistant high school coach the last six years).

    I encourage all high school student-athletes to take the same approach. Too many times, regardless of the sport, players, parents, and the general fan base would rather blame the coach for a tough loss during the tournament run instead of holding the athletes accountable, as well.
  • Morristown’s Hayden Langkabel averaged 35 points and 10 rebounds over two wins last week, including a 55-53 victory over University in the Class 1A Martinsville regional semi-finals on Saturday. The senior headlines the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

    Langkabel is joined by Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian freshman Caleb Furst and New Castle junior Mason Gillis as recipients for the week of March 5-10 in the awards program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

    Furst is the winner for District 1, Gillis is the honoree for District 2 and Langkabel received accolades for District 3.

    Langkabel led Morristown (26-2) to the Class A regional title, just the school’s second regional crown and first since 1998. The 6-0 guard scored 24 points with eight rebounds, three assists and the game-winning basket against University. Langkabel then erupted for 46 points with 12 rebounds and five assists as the Yellow Jackets topped Tindley 82-64.
  • Kirschner looks to make imprint on program
    After seven years under the guidance of Mitch Street, the Hamilton Heights football program will follow a different voice — although not an unfamiliar one — into the 2018 season. 

    The high school announced Wednesday that special teams coordinator Jon Kirschner will slide into the head coaching spot left vacant when Street resigned in January. 

    Kirschner, who’s been with the Husky program for four of his 10 years as a coach, felt he was at the perfect point in his career to embark on a new role. 

    “I’ve gained enough knowledge and experience being under the tutelage of a couple different head coaches that I was ready to take that next step,” Kirschner said. “When I got wind that (Coach Street might resign), I figured what better opportunity than to do it in a place that I love and want to raise my family in.”
  • The Kids Combine coming to Indy
    The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis ended Monday, but an experience designed for a younger athlete is just around the corner. 

    The Kids Combine — a "pro-day" for athletes between six and 13-years-old — is scheduled for March 18 at the Zionsville Youth Soccer Association indoor facility. Participants can test their athletic abilities in the same exercises the pros do including the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and shuttle run. 

    “We really want this to be a special day,” said Chris Hatke, the circuit’s director. “Not everybody gets to walk off the field a Super Bowl champion in their life, but if we can make a kid have that same experience, that’s what we’re going for.”
  • CHICAGO — In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, announced this week Romeo Langford of New Albany High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade Indiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Langford is the first Gatorade Indiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from New Albany High School.

    The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Langford as Indiana’s best high school boys basketball player.

    Langford has maintained a 3.29 GPA in the classroom. He remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

  • Athlete of the Week: John Michael Mulloy

    Carmel junior John Michael Mulloy was a key piece in the Greyhounds sectional championship run last week. The Butler-bound prospect reeled off three straight double-figure scoring games to help lead Carmel to the Class 4A Sectional 8 Championship at Noblesville.

    Mulloy started the tournament with a game-high 16 points in a 33-24 Carmel win over Westfield on Feb. 27. Three days later, the 6-9 forward dropped 14 points and corralled seven rebounds in the Greyhounds semifinal victory against the Hamilton Southeastern Royals.

  • 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.” 

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