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Link To Ink: HCSD, Noblesville Times ‘Partners’

When I left the newspaper business in August, 2008 and took early retirement 5 months later, never did I dream that one day I’d be writing again in a real newspaper, the kind you hold in your hands every day.

There’s just something about holding a newspaper in your hands, flipping through the pages and enjoying the smell of ink.

Morrow mug 1 jpegAfter doing some editing and writing for VYPE Magazine for about a year, and writing a weekly column for its website, I decided the magazine life wasn’t for me. So I created Hamilton County County Sports Daily, the only all-sports website in Hamilton County. I’m a daily kind of guy and I’m programmed to produce daily. And that will never change as long as I’m able.

Still, I never really gave it much thought that I might again write a column on a regular basis in a daily newspaper.

HCSD publishes 7 days week, something no other all-sports website does in Central Indiana. I’ll continue on the same path, but you’ll see a familiar face — me — in The Times each week.

I must admit, though, that I have thought about possibly partnering with a newspaper. I’ve thought for some time how that it makes a lot of sense. Helping each other out can be a win-win situation. And The Times agrees, obviously, since they approached me.

I’ll write about our student-athletes, and provide some things that may have been missing in The Times, and certainly elsewhere. I’ll write about nostalgia, provide a lighter side of sports on occasion, always striving to be informative, and hopefully provide some stories you won’t necessarily read elsewhere. We also produce a lot of videos at HC Sports Daily. That’s certainly something you won’t find elsewhere in the county . . . so, please check us out.

And from time to time, you’ll see some articles by The Times sports reporters contributing to HC Sports Daily, especially on Sundays and Tuesdays, the 2 days The Times does not publish a newspaper.

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Lapel Does Number On SHS SoftballTeam

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The Sheridan girls softball team ran into a real buzz saw on Tuesday evening.

The Lady Blackhawks were overwhelmed 18-1 by Lapel. They are winless at 0-2 on the season.

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP 

■ Lady Millers fall in lacrosse

■ Fishers’ track triangular canceled.

■ List of today’s events attached.

The Lady Blackhawks went up 1-0 in the top of the first inning, and then found themselves trailing 6-1 in the bottom of the inning in a game that ended after 5 innings due to the 5-run rule.

Payton Buckner singled home Sheridan’s run.

Paige Forrester had the only other hit for Sheridan.

Forrester gave up 14 runs on 8 hits in 1 1/3 innings and issued 6 walks; Padgett allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, struck out 3 and walked 3.

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5 County Schools In Baseball Polls

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While Westfield remained No. 1 in Class 4A baseball for the second week in a row, Fishers HS joined the coaches’ association’s top 10 this week.

The Tigers are No. 10, 1 spot behind No. 9 Noblesville.IMG_8421-200x112

   HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP    

 ■ Class 4A Softball Poll attached.

 ■ Postponement/updates.

 ■ Lady Huskies lose tennis opener.

Those 2 teams meet in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference opener on Wednesday (6 p.m.) at Tiger Field. Fishers is 8-0-1 and Noblesville is 6-2.

Hamilton Southeastern moved up from No. 15 to No. 12 in  the 4A poll.

In Class 3A, Hamilton Heights cracked the top 15. The Huskies are No. 14.

Coaches’ Association Baseball Polls

4A

1. Westfield; 2. Floyd Central; 3. Cathedral; 4. Hobart; 5. Munster; 6. New Albany; 7. Jeffersonville; 8. Brownsburg; 9. Noblesville; 10. Fishers; 12. Hamilton Southeastern.

 3A

1. Jasper; 2. Norwell; 3. Andrean; 4. Silver Creek; 5. Franklin County; 6. Crawfordsville; 7. Hanover; 8. Lebanon; 9. Charlestown;

10. Brebeuf Jesuit; 14. Hamilton Heights. 

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GARY HARRIS DECLARES FOR NBA DRAFT

Sophomore Guard Who Closed his Collegiate Career After Scoring 1,000

Career Points In 2 Seasons, Led Hamilton Southeastern With 1,552 Points.

 

 Hamilton County Sports Daily

This just in from EAST LANSING, Mich., (7:07 p.m.):

Gary Harris had quite a  career in only 2 seasons with the Spartans/HC Sports Daily file photo.

Gary Harris had quite a career in only 2 seasons with the Spartans/HC Sports Daily file photo.

Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris, the 2012 Indiana Mr. Basketball from Hamilton Southeastern High School,  will forego his final two seasons of college eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

A 2014 First-Team All-Big Ten honoree, Harris averaged 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a sophomore. He earned USBWA and NABC All-District accolades and earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team and the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team. He was one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award after ranking sixth in the Big Ten in scoring and fifth in steals overall (1.8 spg).

Harris, also a member of the All-Big 10 Defensive Team, was Voted the MSU Team MVP by both the media and his Spartan teammates.

Over the course of his 2 seasons, Harris appeared in 69 games, starting 67, and averaged 14.9 points per contest. He totaled 1,025 career points, becoming the 45th player in MSU history with 1,000 career points and just the third Spartan to do it in just 2 seasons, joining Mike Robinson (1,202 points through 2 seasons) and Magic Johnson (1,059 points).

Harris is the fifth Spartan to declare for the draft early under coach Tom Izzo, joining Shannon Brown (2006, Jr.), Zach Randolph (2001, Fr.), Jason Richardson (2001, So.) and Marcus Taylor (2002, So.).  Brown, Randolph and Richardson were each selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, while Taylor was a second-round selection. Erazem Lorbek left MSU after one season in 2003, but returned to Europe at that time and did not enter the NBA Draft until 2005.

Gary Harris Quote:

“The last two years have been the best of my life, but it’s time to follow my dream and declare for the NBA Draft. My two seasons at Michigan State have been an amazing experience. I have a lifetime of memories, including some incredible games in some incredible places, NCAA Tournaments, and cutting down the nets after a Big Ten Tournament Championship. But most important are the friendships I’ve developed with my teammates. These are bonds that will last forever, especially the guys in my class. I can’t imagine a better group of guys to be around.

“I’d like to thank everyone at MSU for their incredible support. Coach Izzo, Coach Stephens, Coach Fife and Coach Garland have all taught me so much about basketball, but also helped me develop as a man. But it’s not just the coaches. Everyone around the program, and throughout the university, has made this an amazing two years. It’s the reason that I plan to complete my Michigan State degree down the road.

“This was not an easy decision; just like last season, I had to make a tough decision. There hasn’t been a single day where I regretted my decision to return for my sophomore season. It was the right decision for me and I’m better prepared for a successful NBA career because of it. On top of that, I have another season of memories from being around this year’s team. But now it’s time to chase my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.”

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Tigers Baseball: Nominated For Weekly Award

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“I was at Fishers HS baseball on Saturday. I’ll be at Tiger Field on Wednesday for the HCC opener between Noblesville and Fishers. Hope to see you there — Mark Morrow, HC Sports Daily/Photo: courtesy of Brian Reddick, RDK PhotoGraphic.
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The Fishers Tigers Varsity Baseball team (8-0-1) has been nominated for the Prep Sports Indiana Team of the Week Award.

The award is now open to a fan vote on the Prep Sports Indiana website, a state sports site (below at): (www.prepsportsindiana.com).

There is no registration or information needed from voters.

Simply click on the website, click on the Team of the Week story, and cast your vote for Fishers Tigers Baseball.

You may vote once a day until noon on Wednesday.

“The winning team will be given a featured story on Wednesday evening,’’ said Mike McGrath, of Prep Sports Indiana.

Millers Go 3-1 On Annual Tennessee Trip

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Noblesville got back on track on its Tennessee swing.

After losing 13-1 on Friday, the Millers (6-2) defeated Christian 7-3 in the first game on Saturday, followed by a 3-1 victory over West, TN.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

The No. 7 Millers finished their trip at 3-1.

Andrew Wilson, who homered and smacked a pair of doubles, drove in 3 runs to lead the Millers’ 9-hit attack in the opener.

Trevor Salmon had a pair of hits, while Vincent Essig had a 2-run homer and Dax McLochlin doubled home 1 run.

Game 1

 1   2   3   4   5   6   7  R   H    E
Millers   2   3   0   0   0   0   2  7   9  0
CHRS  0   1   2   0   0   0   0  3    8  1

Game 2

 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   R    H    E 
Millers   0   0   0   0   2   1   0  3   7  1
WESTN  0   0   1   0   0   0   0  1    5  1

Garrett Christman and Bret Rundle also singled.

Christman went the distance on the mount. He allowed 3 earned runs on 7 hits and struck out 7.

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Royals Fall To Brebeuf In Extra-Inning Game

Hamilton SE (3-2), Carmel (2-0) Collide

at 5 p.m. on Monday At Hartman Field.

 

Hamilton County Sports Daily

Hamilton Southeastern, which pulled out a dramatic victory on Tre’ Gantt’s walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday night, came up short in delivering another sterling victory in an extra-inning game on Saturday.

Class 3A No. 10 Brebeuf Jesuit scored the winning run, drawing a walk with the bases loaded,  in the bottom of the eighth to hand HSE  a 3-2 setback.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

The Royals tied the score at 2 in the seventh, forcing the extra inning.

The Royals, now 3-2, visit unbeaten Carmel (2-0) at 5 p.m. on Monday at Hartman Field. They then begin Hoosier Crossroads Conference play on Wednesday at Avon, while the Greyhounds, who have outscored their first 2 opponents 17-0, open Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference action at Center Grove on Tuesday.

 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8   R  H  E
Royals  0  0  0  1  0  0  1  0  2   8   1
Brebeuf  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  1  3  7  2

HSE banged out 4 extra-base hits against Brebeuf, led by Alex Akers’ triple and double who also had 1 RBI.

Aaron McGee and Evan Goetz each doubled and singled for the Royals.

Catcher Matt Nash, who has been one of the HSE’s most consistent hitters, singled home the other run. Matt Gorski also collected 1 hit.

Seven walks didn’t help HSE’s situation.

Senior Bryan Roberts worked 4 innings, allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, struck out 2 and walked 4. The loss went to junior David Blanco worked 3 innings and gave up the winning. He gave up only 1 hit, fanned 4 and issued 3 walks.

 

Togetherness Key In Tigers’ Best Start Ever

 

Fishers' Jacob Totman stirs some dust while beating the throw to first base/RDK Photo/Graphic photos by Brian Reddick photos for HC Sports Daily.

Fishers’ Jacob Totman kicks up some dust while beating the throw to first base/RDK PhotoGraphic photos by Brian Reddick for HC Sports Daily.

Hamilton County Sports Daily

Life is good  for the Fishers Tigers Baseball Nation.

Coach Matthew Cherry’s Tigers are 8-0-1.

It was good 2 years ago, too, when the Tigers also got off to a stellar start. But not quite like this season, where they are off to their best start in school history. Two more wins on Saturday at Tiger Field saw to that, bettering the 6-0 start in 2012.

Brandon Yoho hurled a 3-hit shutout in the second game.

Brandon Yoho hurled a 3-hit shutout in the second game.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
First-game winning pitcher Mike Chakiry steps back from a tight inside pitch.

First-game winning pitcher Mike Chakiry steps back from a tight inside pitch.

Hopefully, the finish will be a little better than in 2012, when the Tigers cracked the top 10 in Class 4A for the first time, but, despite winning a school-record 22 games, the wheels sorta started coming off late in the season. They had to settle for second-place finish in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference, their highest finish ever, and a blowout loss in the sectional opener to North Central left a bad taste in the mouths of coach Cherry and his returning players.

“We’ve talked about that,’’ Cherry said after the No. 13 Tigers swept a doubleheader — 3-2 in the opener and then 10-0 in 5 innings — over No. 11 Fort Wayne Carroll. “This is a different team . . . this is a much more together team.’’

And Cherry hopes that togetherness will make a big difference as they chart a course to make a run in they HCC, which gets under way on Wednesday at Fishers HS, against a deep Noblesville unit. Game 2 in the series moves to Noblesville’s Dunker Field on Thursday.

Game 1

 1   2    3    4    5    6    7   R  H   E
FWC  0   0   0   0   0   0   2  2  6  1
Tigers  1   0   0   2   0   0   0  3   4  1

Game 2

 1    2    3    4   5     R   H   E
FWC   0   0   0   0   0    0   3  1
Fishers  3   0   6   1   0  10    8  1

“The conference is tough, really tough, and Noblesville is very good,’’ Cherry said following his traditional postgame meeting with his players in right field. “It’s going be a very challenging league once again.’’

And it appears that the Tigers will be up to meet that challenge swing for swing and pitch for pitch.

And Cherry’s pitching staff is good. Exceptionally good.

“I like the way we’re playing, and our pitching has been steady and giving us good outings,’’ said Cherry, whose team enters the HCC portion of the schedule unbeaten for the first time in school history.

That’s seniors Nathaniel Rhodes and Mike Chakiry and junior Brandon Yoho. All are battle tested.

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Lebanon Slugs Huskies In Doubleheader

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The Hamilton Heights was swept 15-5 and 14-3 in a pair of five-inning games by host Lebanon at Memorial Park on Saturday.

The losses dropped the Huskies to 1-3.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Lebanon outhit Hamilton Heights 17-8 in the opener and 9-8 in the second half. The Huskies were also hurt by 8 turnovers in the doubleheader.

“Lebanon this year has one of the best hitting teams we have seen for a while,’’ Heights coach Rick Hawley said. “When we added in some defensive lapses, it was far too much for us to overcome offensively.’’

Sam Reel had 2 hits, including 1 double, and drove in 2 runs in the opener for the Huskies; Aaron House had 2 hits and 1 RBI; Ian Nicholson singled in 1 run; and Lukas Sipe, Mitch Howie and Christian McGill all singled.

Game 1

  1  2  3   4   5    R   H  E    
Huskies  0  0  4  0  1   5   0  5    
Lebanon  1  7  4  1  2  15   17  1    

Game 2

   1  2   4   5    R   H  E    
Huskies  0  0  0   2  1   3  8  3    
Lebanon  2  1  3   2  6  14  9  1    

The Huskies used 3 pitchers in the opener, with Braden Warner taking the loss. He pitched 1 2/3 innings in a game that ended after 5 innings. He allowed 8 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits.

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No. 9 Greyhounds Win Hall Of Fame Tourney

2014 Carmel High School Hall of Fame Golf Champions/submitted photo.

2014 Carmel High School Hall of Fame Golf Champions/submitted photo.

Hamilton County Sports Daily

Carmel coach Chard Reid enjoyed his first official match as the Greyhounds varsity golf coach on Saturday.

Carmel coach Chard Reid.

Carmel coach Chard Reid.

The No. 9-ranked Greyhounds won the Hall of Fame tournament at Rock Hollow Golf Club in Peru.

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

 

Coaches’ association rankings attached 

The Hounds defeated #2 Columbus North, as well as #7 Zionsville, #9 Floyd Central, Avon, and 13 other schools from around the state.

For Carmel, senior Jake Brown earned top medalist honors with an even-par 72 in a field of ninety players.

Freshman Kevin Stone played extremely well in the first match of his high school career and placed fifth overall with a 77. Senior Jon Hicks demonstrated a great deal of mental toughness by fighting through a rough start to post  a 78, and junior Dillon Barendt finished his round on a strong note with an 80.

“I was proud of the way our guys fought through adversity today and focused on one shot at a time. This is a really talented and driven team, and I am excited to watch them continue to improve over the coming weeks,’’ Reid said..

The Greyhounds will face #1 Westfield and #3 Hamilton Southeastern this Tuesday at 4 4 p.m. at Wood Wind Golf Club.

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Guerin Catholic Splits DH, Gets 1st Victory

Guerin's Megan Collins gets to the bag for the out out. She also had a big day at bat, collecting 4 hits in each of the two games/Photos: courtesy of PhotoIndiana.com(.)

Guerin’s Megan Collins gets to the bag for the force out. She also had a big day at bat, collecting 4 hits in each of the two games/Photos: courtesy of PhotoIndiana.com(.)

Hamilton County Sports Daily

Guerin Catholic played 17 innings in back-to-back extra-inning games on Saturday.

Shelby Martino hauls in a foul pop-up near the fence.

Shelby Martino hauls in a foul pop-up near the fence.

Coach Ed Collins’ Lady Golden Eagles made the most of the opportunity in the opener, defeating Bishop Chatard 8-7 in 9 innings.

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Guerin Catholic pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to register its first season victory.

Sarah Miller slides safely under the tag at third base.

Sarah Miller slides safely under the tag at third base.

The second game went 8 innings, with Guerin Catholic surrendering 11-10 in 8 innings.

Chatard went up by 2 runs in the top of the inning, but the Lady Golden Eagles could only manage to score 1 in the bottom of the inning.

Game 1 

 1   2   3  4  5   6   7   8   9   R   H  E
BC  2  0  3  0  2  0  0   0  0   7    6  7
GCHS  3  0  0  0  3  1  0   0  1   8  17   1

 Game 2

 1   2   3   4  5   6   7   8   R   H   E
BC  0  0  1  3  0  1  4  2  11    6   3
GCHS  3  2  0  1  3  0  0  1  10  15   11

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Boys/Girls Basketball

Hamilton County
Career Scoring Leaders
BOYS

Billy Shepherd, Carmel, 2,465
Dave Shepherd, Carmel, 2,226
Tom Coverdale, Noblesville, 1,911
Kent Carson, Hamilton Hts, 1,894
Scott Shepherd, Carmel, 1,777
Rick McCoskey, Hamilton Hts, 1,747
Tyler Jones, Sheridan, 1,590
Gary Harris, HSE, 1,552

GIRLS

Courtney Cox, Noblesville, 1,869
Jenn Anderson, Westfield, 1,572
Cindi Merrill, Noblesville, 1,525
Chrissy Steffen, Carmel, 1,427
Taya Reimer, HSE, 1,374
Trish Fleming, Westfield, 1,357
Jessica Carr, Hamilton Hts,, 1,340
Dakota Weatherford, Ham.Hts., 1,311
Courtney Osborn, HSE, 1,307
Ericka Roudebush, HSE, 1,276
Krissi Davis, Noblesville, 1,269