Mark

It’s Time To Think HS Football

The calendar says it’s July 25. That means the 2014 Indiana high school football season kicks off in less than a month. So while football enthusiasts start looking ahead to the Aug. 22 openers — likely with some degree of uncertainly as to what to expect in terms of wins and losses, here’s a look at some things we know for certain as we start thinking about upcoming season. ■ The Hoosier Crossroads Conference will move forward with seven schools, thus eliminating that dreaded all-Hoosier Crossroads Conference schedule (week-in and week out), when it was a 10-team conference. (Harrison, Lafayette Jeff and McCutcheon were not invited to return to the HCC. Those Lafayette schools will begin the 2014 season in the North Central Conference.) Hamilton Southeastern will play a pair of Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference schools in the first two weeks, starting with rival Carmel in the season opener at...
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Events of the Week

Day 1: State Age Group Swimming

Hamilton County Sports Daily—Six Hamilton County champions were crowned on Day 1 of the 2014 State Age group championships  at the IU Natatorium on Thursday. Trude Rothrock, competing in the Girls 13-14 age group for the Carmel Swim Club, won two events and established a meet record (57.25) in the 100 freestyle. She also won the 400 individual medley in 5:04.10. Emma Nordin, also of Carmel, won the Girls 13-14 800 free in 9:13.88. Carmel Wyatt Davis captured the 11-12 200 backstroke in 2:20.69. The Fishers Area Swimming Tigers also landed a pair of individual winners. In the Boys 10 and under,  Kyle Ponsler took the 200 individual medley in 2:48.85 and Reed Beaumont won the 50 breaststroke in 41.76. Ponsler was also third in the 100 free event. Kennedy Fisher of the Southeastern Swim club placed second in the Girls 50 breaststroke in 41.25, followed by teammate Molly...
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Post #341 Drops Legion Baseball Tourney Opener

Hamilton County Sports Daily—The Cicero American Legion Post 341 baseball team will play in the elimination game of the Regional 3 tournament game at 3 p.m. today at Centerville High School. Post #341 gave up 4 runs in the first inning to Kokomo Post 6 in Thursday’s opener and never relinquished the lead en route to a 11-2 victory. Cicero, which was outhit  12-8, scored  in the first and sixth innings. Post #341 had two players each collect a pair of hits. Lapel’s Devon Dowden doubled and singled, and Fishers’ Matthew Olry had 2 singles. The loss dropped the Cicero squad to 5-10 on the season. Line score Kokomo Post 6   412 200 020 –   11   12   3 Cicero #341     100 001 000   –  2     8   2  ...
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Upcoming Events

Carmel To Host USA Masters XC Championships

The Times—The USA Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships will be held November 8 at Northview Church in Carmel. Being organized by USATF Indiana and Exclamation Services, over 500 of the top masters athletes (ages 40 and over) from across the country are expected to participate. USATF Indiana is the local association of USA Track & Field (the national governing body for the sport of long distance running). Exclamation Services is a Carmel-based sports event and marketing company.  “We are excited to be hosting this championship and anticipate an incredible experience for the athletes as we roll out the Hoosier hospitality,” states event director Andy Martin.  “We expect the out-of-town participants to be pleasantly surprised by both the outstanding course at Northview Church and the charm and hospitality of Carmel.” With the central location the event is being marketed heavily to the surrounding cities and states that are within...
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Auto Racing

Kroger Super Weekend Gets Under Way At IMS

The Times–Ready for some racing? Well, the third annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard is upon us at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s four races over three days at the famed IMS course — and you will get to see the track switch from road to oval. It features NASCAR and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series racing today through Sunday. (The Sixth Annual Hauler Parade (Free, Main Street, Speedway) is also today from 5 to 6 p.m. There’s an autograph session set for 6 o’clock). Here’s the schedule: >>Championship practice and qualifying is set for today, as it opens as a road course (cars roar past from right to left). >>The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series practice and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship racing will take place on Friday, where it switches to oval. >>The Lilly Diabetes 250 Nationwide Series race and NASCAR Sprint Cup practice and qualifying are...
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Auto Racing

Noblesville Teen Racer Helping Raise Money For Kids Camp

The Times–Noblesville’s Chris Hacker, 14, a race car champion in the CRA JEGS All-Star Series and driver of the No. 24 Chris Hacker Motorsports Chevrolet, will appear Friday at the Lucas Oil Circle City 100 at Lucas Oil Raceway, 10267 E. U.S. 136, Indianapolis. Hacker — who races with only one hand, is helping to raise money for the 24 Kids to Camp campaign, a promotion that will include photograph opportunities, autographed Hero Cards, and limited-edition T-shirts that will be available for every level of donation. He will be available 12:45 to 5:45 p.m. behind the raceway’s main grand stands. Hacker is raising money to help send the kids to the United Brachial Plexus Network camp in September. The United Brachial Plexus Network is an organization that supports people with brachial plexus injury. Hacker suffered a brachial plexus injury to his left arm at birth that caused nerve impairment....
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Hamilton Southeastern Royals

A Basketball Career Ends While Another One Continues

By MARK MORROW mark@thetimes24-7.com Lindsay Walton, a prominent guard for the Hamilton Southeastern girls basketball team for most of three seasons, had 2 ACL knee surgeries —- one on each knee. The latest came  last season prior to the start of her senior year. The guard missed most of her senior season, but did play late in the season and in the sectional. When it was all said and done, she had a tough decision to make about her future. Turns out that, as difficult as it was, it was actually easier to make after consulting with her doctor. “I decided to stop playing….the doctors told me I might need knee replacements around age 40 if I were to keep playing,’’ she said. “It was hard thing to have to face, since basketball has been my life.’’ Another tough blow for a tough, hard-working young lady. Now, she says,...
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American Legion Baseball

Baseball Tourney Time: New Season For Post #341

By MARK MORROW Mark@thetimes24-7.com The Cicero American Legion baseball team has made some positive strides this season. Now, the Post No. 341 contingent hopes to add to them as it strives to advance through the tournament. Coach Jim Thornton and company make their first Senior Legion Regional 3 appearance at Centerville High School at 4 p.m. on Thursday. They open against Kokomo, a team they lost to 10 innings 3 weeks ago. Richmond and Brookville are the other two teams in the double-elimination field. If successful in Regional 3, Post #341 would advance to the eight-team state championship in Plymouth. The Cicero post brought Legion Baseball back to Hamilton County this season, and it remains the only Legion baseball program in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area. “We’ve started picking up some community support,’’ Thornton said. “We’ve played a very strong schedule, and people are seeing that the level of competition...
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Mark

“Doc” Knows His Golf — Boy, Does He Ever!

  When it comes to Hamilton County golf, John “Doc’’ O’Neal may not necessarily be in a league of his own….but he’s right there with the best when it comes to golf history and overall knowledge, and course management and etiquette, and what it takes to keep the customers happy in the great sport, the great game in general. His first-class approach to things goes hand-in-hand with spectacular facilities and outstanding hospitality. And his overall golf expertise won’t take a backseat to anyone. O’Neal oversaw the building and the finishing of the fabulous Bridgewater Golf Club. That course includes the masterful touch of renown designer Pete Dye. O’Neal has been in the golf management business since 2011. He and Matt Cohoat formed the Cohoat and O’Neal Management Corp.  The group took over Wood Wind Golf Club in Westfield a few years ago, and made the old Hanging Tree facility...
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Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Golf Outing About Camaraderie….Good Times!

  By MARK MORROW mark@thetimes24-7.com Many former Indiana high school and college basketball greats were there for the annual reunion of golf, camaraderie, reminiscing….and undoubtedly plenty of storytelling. It was a “Who’s Who’’ of celebrities driving, chipping and putting at the annual Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame golf scramble, sponsored by Ameriana on Monday at Pebble Brook GC. It was simply a stroll down memory lane for many, something it’s been down through the years, with the last five of 24 such get-togethers held at the Noblesville course. Billy Shepherd, the 1968 Mr. Basketball from Carmel was there, trying to finesse putts much like he used to do jump shots and layups and soft, pinpoint passes. A few other former Mr. Basketball recipients on the course included 87-year-old Jumpin’ Johnny Wilson (Anderson) Rick Jones (Muncie Central, 1963), Kevin Ault (Warsaw, 1996), Lyndon Jones (Marion, co recipient with teammate Jay Edwards...
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Guerin Golden Eagles

Guerin Boys Basketball To Have Different Look In 2014-15

  Pete Smith has won a Class 3A state basketball championship. He nearly got back to the State Finals again last season, before losing to eventual state champion Greensburg in the Richmond Semistate. The veteran coach also knows that this is a new year, with many new faces, and many challenges. And, yes, likely some uncertainty. Still, he says summer basketball has gone well and that his Guerin Catholic team members are excited about the 2014-15 season, though for many of his Golden Eagles it will be a trial-by-fire-experience. Smith lost a few seniors and a lot of size from last year’s squad, two players of whom were starters on the 2012 state championship team. Guard Whit Rapp (Emory University) and 6-6 Aaron Brennan (IUPUI) were the heart and soul of the Golden Eagles. Also gone is 6-6 starter Cris Burrough (DePauw) and 6-7 Stuart Schultz (St. Aquinas). Indiana...
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Upcoming Events

Golf Seminar Slated For Aug. 6 At Wood Wind GC Pavilion

Hamilton County Sports Daily–It’s being called a one-of-a-kind opportunity for aspiring golfers. It’s the Wood Wind Academy and Prairie View Ackerman Academy seminar. It will be held Aug. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wood Wind Golf Club Pavilion, 2302 West 161st Street, Westfield, IN. The cost is $35 per family. You can register online at:http://www.woodwindgolf.com/golf/online-store/golfseminar/aspiring-golfer-seminar-detail Featured Guests: Dr. Todd Arnold and Tim Drudge,of St. Vincent Sports Performance, will discuss the importance of understanding your bodies’ strengths and weaknesses and maximizing your golf results. Dr. Rob Bell, renowned Sport Psychology Coach, will discuss the Mental Aspect of Golf. Ball State University Head Men’s Golf Coach, Mike Fleck, and Brian Brodell, Director of Junior Player Development at Wood Wind Academy and recent Assistant Golf Coach and Recruiter at Purdue University will discuss the process of finding the opportunity at the “next level.”  ...
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Carmel Greyhounds

Carmel Swim Club Adds 15-18 Age Group Record

  Hamilton County Sports Daily–When it comes to swimming, the Carmel girls certainly know how to make a big splash, set records, and get everyone’s attention. In addition to capturing the school’s 28th consecutive Indiana high school swimming championship last February, the Lady Greyhounds also broke the National Public High School Record in the 200-yard freestyle relay that same month. Well, they did it again. While swimming for the club team — Carmel Swim Club — they delivered big time late last week….establishing yet another major record. On Thursday at the 2014 Indiana Senior State LC Championships, the Carmel Swim Club shattered the 15-18 National Age Group Record in that same 200-yard free relay. Veronica Burchill, Rachel Hayden, Claire Adams and Amy Bilquist combined for a 1:42.29 clocking, bettering the 1:44.37 mark by SwimMAC Carolina in 2013. So good was the Carmel relay that it broke the record by roughly half-a-second per swimmer....
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