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Noblesville Will Not Rehire Coach McCollough

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Noblesville High School boys basketball coach Dave McCollough will not return to the helm next season, The Noblesville Times confirmed on Wednesday. 

Coach Mac, Dean of county coaches.

Dave McCollough, Dean of Hamilton County coaches.

The Millers were 14-7 last season, McCollough’s 21st with the school. During that time,  he compiled a 308-138 record. He has a 465-233 record in 32 years of coaching overall. 

McCollough, the Dean of Basketball Coaches in Hamilton County, was suspended for part of last season after reportedly throwing a ball that hit a player during practice.

Hamilton County Sports Daily was unsuccessful in reaching the man affectionately called Coach Mac for a comment this morning.

However, in an email sent to the Noblesville athletic department  this morning by HC Sports Daily, AD Michael Hasch replied:

“Coach McCollough will not be rehired as basketball coach for the 2014-15 school year. The Administration will be searching for a candidate to fill the position shortly.’’

Fishers’ Hulecki A Real Tiger Behind, At Plate

Young Max Osborn is dressed in his best Tiger outfit while enjoying Wednesday's fishers HS bassebsll victory with his mom, Molly. Max is the son Fishers assistant baseball coach Eric Osborn/Michael Gross photo/144photos@gmail.com(.)

Young Max Osborn is dressed in his best Tiger outfit while enjoying Wednesday’s Fishers HS baseball victory with his mom, Molly. Max is the son Fishers assistant baseball coach Eric Osborn/Michael Gross photo/[email protected](.)

Senior uses Arm, Bat To Help Tigers Upend Millers

in HCC Opener, and remain unbeaten On Season.

 

For someone who’s a natural catcher, Fishers High School’s Griffin Hulecki was a pretty fair pitcher for 2 1/2 seasons, until he wound up missing 6 months after injuring his right arm.

Now, as a full-time catcher, the muscular, 6-foot-3 senior has been able to blossom into a top-catch catcher, arguably as good as there is in Hamilton County this season.

 HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL  

■ Box score attached.

Fishers' Nathaniel Rhodes took a no-hitter into the fourth inning. He struck out 8 and had the defense was perfect behind him/RDK/PhotoGraphic.

Fishers’ Nathaniel Rhodes took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He struck out 8 and had the defense was perfect behind him/RDK/PhotoGraphic.

“He was dominant on the mound as a freshman and sophomore and started out  as our No. 1 pitcher last year. He had such a strong arm and we needed him to pitch,’’ Fishers coach Matthew Cherry said on Wednesday night after his No. 10-ranked Tigers defeated No. 9 Noblesville 5-1 at Tiger Field in the first of back-to-back games.

The Hoosier Crossroads Conference rivals move to Dunker Field on Thursday, where the Tigers will be looking for their 10th victory. They are 9-0-1and the Millers are 6-3.

“All the pitchers returning last year weren’t really experienced and we weren’t very deep,’’ said Hulecki, who punched out a pair of hits and moved runners into scoring position against the Millers. “I kinda got in trouble with the college scouts after the injury. I’m going to get a chance to catch in college. I’m happy to be

healthy and back at catcher where I belong. And I’m so happy to be able to help our team win.

“I’ve been working on strengthening my arm.’’

It certainly looked strong against a solid Noblesville team.

In the sixth, with Fishers on top 2-0, Hulecki rifled a dart to sophomore first baseman Christian Chapman, who swiped across pinch runner Matt Swearingen trying to dive back into the bag.

“That was a great throw, and it was huge for us,’’ Cherry said. “Griffin really is a tough kid. His arm speaks for itself. It’s really strong, really good. Runners have to respect him. He’s quick and accurate on his throws. I really can’t imagine anyone any better than he is. He’s a great young man, too. I’d be happy if my son grew up to be like him.’’

Joe Rura beats the tag by Noblesville's Bret Rundle at home plate/144photos@gmail.com(.)

Joe Rura beats the tag by Noblesville’s Bret Rundle at home plate/[email protected](.)

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Lady Tigers Net HCC Win Over Brownsburg

 

Fishers No. 2 singles player Caitlin Gardner enjoys a light moment  prior to Wednesday's home-opening tennis match/HC Sports Daily photo Mark Morrow.

Fishers No. 2 singles player Caitlin Gardner enjoys a light moment prior to Wednesday’s home-opening tennis match/HC Sports Daily photo Mark Morrow.

 

Hamilton County Sports Daily

The Fishers High School girls tennis team began Hoosier Crossroads Conference play with a 4-1 victory against visiting Brownsburg  on Wednesday.

The Lady Tigers swept all 3 singles matches while evening their season record at 1-1.

Jessica Lorenz, Caitlin Gardner and Megan Moriarity.

Gardnber had a 3-set match, finally winning 6-0, 2-6, 6-1

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP■ HSE, University drop tennis openers

■ Huskies open with 3-way golf victory.

■ Fishers/Westfield/Carmel girls & Noblesville boys post track & field wins.

The RESULTS

#1S Jessica Lorenz (F) d. Nicole Weisman (B) 6-0, 6-1

#2S Cailtin Gardner (F) d. Morgan Betner (B) 6-0, 2-6, 6-1

#3S Megan Moriarty(F) d. Pooja Patel  (B) 6-0, 6-1

#1D Kay Jacoob/Krissy Kokjohn (F) d. Yolandi Geldenhuis/Shelby Hornback (B) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)

#2D Katie Pierce/Korinne Woflmeyer F lost to Taylor Doehrman/Kristina Petrovic (B) 6-3, 1-6, 5-7

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Pash-Led Carmel Upends Lady Millers

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Sam Pash drills two home runs and drives in four runs in Carmel's 8-2 victory over the Lady Millers/HC Sports Daily file photo.

Sam Pash drills two home runs and drives in four runs in Carmel’s 8-2 victory over the Lady Millers. See box score/HC Sports Daily file photo.

Carmel had a good night in softball, while Sam Pash had an absolutely greatly outiong for the visiting Lady Greyhounds in an 8-2 victory over rival Noblesville on Wednesday.

Pash slammed a pair of home runs, driving in 4 runs.

HS SOFTBALL ROUNDUP 

■ Lady Tigers suffer 1st loss.

■ University, Westfield big losers.

All told, the Lady Greyhounds had had 6 extra-base hits.

Lauren Godden had 3 hits, including a double. Jaclyn Kweder and Katie Wede doubled and singled, while celene Funk also doubled, and Haley Van Ness punched out a pair of hits.

Zoe Schafer homered for Noblesville, while Ellie Baker and Alexis Shannon also had hits for the Lady Millers.

The Lady Greyhounds outhit the Lady Millers 13-4.

Adrienne Jones went the 7-inning distance for the win, while Brooke Herron, who needed relief help, absorbed the loss.

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Surprise? Class 4A No. 1 Westfield Loses!

Hamilton County Sports Daily

The Hoosier Crossroads Conferece got off to a rocky start for Class 4A No. 1 Westfield.

The Shamrocks were upended 9-7 by host Harrison on Wednesday night.

The teams meet against at 5:30 p.m, today at Westfield.

Cody Brazill allowed only 4 hits in Guerin Catholic's loss/PhotoIndiana.com(.)

Cody Brazill allowed only 4 hits in Guerin Catholic’s loss/PhotoIndiana.com(.)

 HS BASEBALL ROUNDUP

■ Carmel off to a 3-0 start.

■ HSE drops tough HCC opener.

■ New Palestine blanks Guerin Catholic. 

The teams meet against at 5:30 p.m, today at Westfield.

Westfield couldn’t hold a 5-1 lead. The Rocks went up 7-5 in the the fifth, but Harrison scored 6 straight runs to it at 7.

The Raiders went ahead to sty 9-7 in the bottom of the fifth.

Westfield loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but couldn’t score.

Jacob Robinson had two hits for the Shamrocks and Luke Dietz stuck out five batters in 3 2/3 innings.

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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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2014 IBCA Spring Coaches’ Clinic On Tap

Hamilton County Sports Daily       

A Coaches’ Roundtable with three outstanding retired coaches and a group of outstanding speakers headlined by Marian University men’s coach Todd Lickliter, Indiana State men’s coach Greg Lansing and Indiana Fever assistant Stephanie White highlight the agenda for the 2014 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association annual clinic.

Lickliter, Lansing and White will be joined by Rose-Hulman men’s coach Jim Shaw, Indiana Wesleyan men’s coach Greg Tonagel and Indianapolis Tech boys’ coach Jason Delaney as featured speakers at the two-day gathering that is set for April 25-26 at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP

■ Lady Millers fall in lacrosse

■ Fishers’ track triangular canceled.

■ List of today’s events attached.

The three coaches will discuss steps that they took to make their programs successful for the long run. Alford compiled a 452-245 record in 29 seasons as a high school head coach at Monroe City, South Knox, Martinsville and New Castle. Irwin was a head coach for 18 seasons — five years at Bluffton, five years at Southern Wells, two years at Salem and six years at Eastbrook. Sullivan amassed a 344-241 record in 31 seasons as the girls’ coach at Seymour. Alford and Sullivan are Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductees.

Sessions begin at 11:45 a.m. Friday, April 25 and run through 10:20 p.m. that evening. Sessions resume at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26 and conclude at 12:30 p.m.
Cost to attend the clinic is $50 for current IBCA members and $100 for non-members.
The Coaches’ Roundtable tips off the Clinic agenda and will feature retired coaches Sam Alford (former New Castle coach), Jim Irwin (former coach at Eastbrook) and Donna Sullivan (former coach at Seymour) on a panel moderated by Indiana SportsTalk host Bob Lovell.
Questions from coaches in attendance will be encouraged.

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5 County Schools In Baseball Polls

Hamilton County Sports Daily

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 there on Wednesday for the HCC opener between Noblesville and Fishers at Tiger Field. Hope to see you there  — Mark Morrow, HC Sports Daily. Your online Source For Sports updates 7 days a week! /Photo: courtesy of Brian Reddick, RDK PhotoGraphic

“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

Hamilton County Sports Daily

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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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