Mark

Div. I Schools Starting To See Diehl As The Real Deal

University’s Tyler Diehl is no longer under the radar. He’s on it. The shooting guard who averaged over 15 points per game as a junior for the University High School boys basketball team last season, has received interest from two (2) D1 schools — Eastern Kentucky and Georgia State. Diehl also has grown  2 inches (6-4) since last season and has beefed up some to 175 pounds. Diehl was slowed a tad by an  injury rely in the spring. He was averaging 17 points per game with his AAU team (Truth Elite of Louisville, KY.) before he got hurt, going down with a back injury. He averaged right at 20 points per game in the last high school tournament (June) at Wabash University. Diehl really drew attention early in April before his injury when he played in a AAU King James tournament in Akron, Ohio, against two (2) nationally...
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Auto Racing

Quite A Homecoming Milestone Moment For Gordon

  By MARK MORROW mark@thetimes24-7.com Once you enter Exit 61 off I-74 west onto Jeff Gordon Boulevard, you don’t have to go too far before being greeted by a sign that reads: Welcome to Pittsboro — “Home of Jeff Gordon.’’ Though Gordon was born in California and raised in rural Pittsboro and graduated from Tri-West High School, you could also say that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is his second home. Jeff Gordon enjoyed another visit back to Indiana….Back at the famous IMS track….Back in the winner’s circle….and back in the record book at the famed 2.5-mile oval, where he won the Brickyard 400 on Sunday. And he continued the tradition of “Kissing the Bricks,’’ something he now has done five times at IMS. It marked the racing super star’s fifth time to win at Indy in his illustrious career…and Gordon and Formula One great Michael Schumaker, who won won...
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Upcoming Events

County Baseball Kids In Underclass Event At Grand Park

Hamilton County Sports Daily—Underclass Games, one of the summer’s premiere scouting events, has been announced by Prep Baseball Report. The site is Westfield’s Grand Park Sports Complex, and the dates are July 29 & 30. It’s a select class of 2016, ’17 and ’18 prospects — an invitation-only event. Several Hamilton County baseball players will participate in the competition and be part of the evaluation process. Rosters are Team Red, Team Gold, Team Blue and Team Gray. County players (featured/with probable positions and class listed)  are: Team RED  Matt Olovich, Guerin Catholic, Class: 2017, SS Austin Crouse, Hamilton SE, Class: 2017, 3B Team GOLD Christian Chapman, Fishers HS, Class: 2016, 1B Nathan Williams, Hamilton SE, Class: 2016, OF Cameron Pferrer, Carmel, Class: 2017, C Tommy Sommer, Carmel, Class: 2017, LHP Carter Lohman, Hamilton SE, Class: 2018, LHP Team GRAY Quin Robb, Hamilton SE, Class: 2018, C Sam Cox, Hamilton...
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Fishers Tigers

Fall Baseball Scheduled For Hamilton County

Hamilton County Sports Daily—The High School Fall Baseball League (HSFBL) will run 16 league locations across the Midwest in 2014. This includes three (3) sites in Indianapolis, a site (East) in Muncie, and a site (down South) in Bloomington. Of the three (3) Leagues running in Indianapolis, Plainfield High School is hosting the Indianapolis West League, Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern high schools will host the Indianapolis North league, and Greenfield Central will host the Indianapolis East League for its 4th consecutive season. Coaches Matt Cherry (Fishers) and Scott Henson (Hamilton SE) will oversee the team in Hamilton County. The HSFBL is a network of 16 wood bat leagues, spanning from Chicago to Cleveland.  All leagues play on Sundays, beginning Aug. 25, and finish with the HSFBL Championship Tourney and All-Star Exposure Games in Indianapolis on Oct. 13. Each league plays a six-week regular season which includes a ‘League Championship...
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Events of the Week

Final Day: State Age Group Swimming

Hamilton County Sports Daily—Wyatt Davis, of the Carmel Swim club, had a big day in the State Age group Swimming Championships at the IU Natatorium on Saturday. He won the Boys 11-12 200 butterfly in 2:27.01 and the 50 backstroke in 30.72 and was runner-up in the 200 freestyle (2:11.8). Davis teammate Jake Mitchell also earned points with a third-place finish in the fly. Carmel’s Emma Nordin won the Girls 13-14 200 free in a record time of 2:03.85, with teammate Trude Rothrock second in 2:05.89. Nordin, Kelly Pash, Grace Pangburn and Rothrock also challenged the 400 free relay of 3:56.96, winning ion 3:56.99. Nordin and Pash tied for third and teammate Katie Dougherty was fifth in the Girls 13-14 200 backstroke. Carmel’s Brett Sherman was third in the Boys 13-14 200 back, while another Carmel athlete, Shayna Fetes, was third in the Girls 13-14 200 breaststroke. The Carmel...
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Auto Racing

Harvick, Gordon Side-By-Side in Front Row for Brickyard 400

Hamilton County Sports Daily–Kevin Harvick, who won at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the pole in 2003, will try to do it again today in the Brickyard 400 on the world’s most famous oval, when the green flag drops at 1 p.m. Harvick posted a speed of 188.470 mph in the final round of NASCAR Sprint Cup knockout qualifying on Saturday to take the top pole for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com. It marked his 10th career Sprint Cup pole and fourth this season. Alongside Harvick on the front row is Jeff Gordon, who’s chasing even more history at the famed 2.5-mile track. The Indiana native from Pittsboro won the first Brickyard 400 in 1994 and has four titles in all, needing one more to tie Michael Schumacher for most wins at the Speedway. Harvick’s pole is the second...
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Events of the Week

Day 2: State Age Group Swimming

Hamilton County Sports Daily–Trude Rothrock, of the Carmel Swim Club, established a record for the second straight  day and also ran her number of individual victories to four in the 2014 State Age Group Swimming Championships at the IU Natatorium on Friday. Rothroock, who set a record in the Girls 13-14 100 freestyle on Thursday, broke the 100 butterfly record on Day 2. She won in 1:02.28, eclipsing the 1:02.94 mark. She also won the 200 IM in 2:23.58. Rothrock also joined teammate Emma Nordin — Friday’s 400 free winner (4:26.27) — in swimming legs on the victorious 200 medley and 200 free relays. Carmel’s Wyatt also established a record. He turned in a blistering 104.72 time in the 11-12 100 backstroke, handily breaking the old mark of 1:06.02. In the boys 10-under breaststroke event, Reed Beaumont of the Fishers Fast Tigers took first place in 1:31.16, and he also...
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Upcoming Events

Guerin Wrestler Part Of Cultural Exchange Group To Japan

Guerin Catholic High School’s J.T. Lazzara has been selected to participate in the ISWA Cultural Exchange Program in Japan. A sophomore this fall at the private Noblesville school, Lazzara will travel with the Carmel USA Wrestling Club, led by Carmel varsity wrestling coach Ed Pendoski and assistant Andy Simon. Dates for the trip are July 28 through Aug. 4. The goal is to be in Japan 6-7 days. All the kids except Lazzarra, Ashton Smith and Carson Somerville (Jeffersonville HS) are from Carmel. Gretchen Fox will serve as the group’s team leader. Carmel kids making the trip are  Nick Fox, Sam Hipple, Tanner Simmons, Shane McGinnis,  Cameron Bacon, Bryce Sharp, Dominic Pecoraro, Nolan McCullough, Joe Theriot, and Ike Blankenship. Lazzara, a letter-winner at Guerin Catholic last season, and the others were urged to learn as much as possible about Japan prior to his departure. “The more you learn about your hosts, their way of life...
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Post #341 Eliminated From Legion Baseball Tournament

Hamilton County Sports Daily—The Cicero American Legion Post 341 baseball team suffered back-to-back losses and was eliminated from the Regional 3 tournament  at Centerville High School on Friday. After losing 11-2 in the opener of the double-elimination state tournament on Thursday, Post #341 fell to Brookville 10-3. Friday’s full results were not made available. Recap of Thursday’s game: 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 412 200 020 –   11   12   3 Post #341   100...
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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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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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