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2014 County Football Loaded With Array Of Talent

Hamilton County Sports Daily–Hamilton County will be loaded with a stock pile of football players once again in 2014. So, tell us something we don’t know, you say? OK, perhaps . . . Do you recall the names of the two junior county players who were each listed among the state’s top 50 players on separate units? There’s a pretty good chance both could leave, perhaps, quite a lasting impression this season. One of the state’s premier offensive linemen is Noblesville’s Brandon Knight, a 6-5, 270-pound earth mover of a player. And on defensive unit is another mountain of a man in Westfield’s 6-4, 218-pound Jacob Robinson. He’s a punishing end who’s versatile enough to move around in some other spots where needed. He’s big, strong and quick…..and downright hard to handle. Both players made early commitments to Indiana. The county also landed several players on Class 6A, 5A,...
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Accomplishments Run Deep In Hamilton County

    Hamilton County Sports Daily–Hamilton County Sports History is rich – from numerous student-athletes being selected as the best in Indiana, to many other significant accomplishments and special moments. Hamilton County Sports History is rich – from numerous student-athletes being selected as the best in Indiana, as well as many other significant accomplishments and special moments. Billy Shepherd, Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 1968, was the county’s first Mr. Basketball. Billy’s brother David, was honored as Mr. Basketball in 1970. In addition to the Hamilton County Hall of Fame, listed below, the Shepherds are in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, as is their father and former Carmel basketball coach Bill Shepherd, who coached the state runner-up Greyhounds in 1970. Also, Billy’s oldest son Scott was an Indiana All-Star. So, when you look back, you could make a strong argument that The Shepherds are the “First Family’’ of Indiana...
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Playing From Senior Tees The Best Advice I’ve Received

Golf is both a great game and a strange, frustrating game. At times, really frustrating. Still, I love it. I just wish it would love me back. I used to have a 9-handicap way, way, way back when….when I was younger and much more limber and didn’t have a bad knee. And…OK, so I’ve mastered the excuses. Still, I’ve taken that handicap to a 19, actually higher of late. At times much higher over the years. So high, I don’t even bother with carrying a USGA Handicap Index card. What’s so strange and frustrating about the game is that one day you might feel fit and loose and are feeling good because things are going your way; the next day you’re really stiff, the swing is not in sync, and you might find yourself yelling FORE a few too many times. And, geez, you might ask yourself why you...
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Carmel Still Looks Like Major Player In Girls Golf

  Hamilton County Sports Daily–There’s good news and bad news in the Carmel High School girls golf team camp. The bad news: Makenzie Curtis and Sophie Kelner have graduated. The good news: Coach Ken Kelly returns accomplished players in Maggie Rees, Alyssa Cook and promising sophomore Angie Kavanaugh, while Katie Boyer, Hannah Sharkey and Makenzie George also have varsity experience. So you see, though the cupboard is hardly bare, there are still some big shoes to fill for the reigning state champion Lady Greyhounds. Most of the Hamilton County teams will be busy today undergoing qualifying for the respective teams. The first organized practice is today, and the first contest date is Monday, Aug. 4. That’s when Westfield tees i9t up in the Plainfield Invitational. The first major 2014 event in the county is Tuesday, Aug. 5. That’s the Hamilton Southeastern Invitational at Stoney Creek Golf Course. Carmel is...
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HSE Royals Varsity Club Honors RVC Scholarship Recipients

Hamilton County sports Daily–The Royals Varsity Club has announced the winners of the 2014 RVC Scholarship as Rachel Brown and Georges Brantley to receive the second annual $1500 RVC Scholarship. Rachel played soccer for the Royals and is headed to Indiana University. Georges, a football player and wrestler, will begin this fall at Purdue University. Below are excerpts from the essays by Rachel and Georges. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants had to be in the class of 2014, must have participated in athletics as a senior, had to write an essay about “What it means to be a Royal,” and highlight their academic achievement, school activities, community service and leadership roles. A letter of recommendation was also required.  Rachel Brown: “…I think it was our embrace of the struggle that bound us (girls’ soccer team) together and reminded us that regardless of who we were, each of...
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Westfield Sports Complex Remains Busy

The Times WESTFIELD—Things remain busy at Westfield’s Grand Park Sports Complex, continuing Baseball Tournaments that include the Midwest Future Games, Youth Future Games and BenchMark Showcase. Additional sporting activities include Indiana Fire Juniors Soccer Training, LIDS Indiana Bulls Tryouts and Westfield Youth Sports (WYSI) Football. One of the events is tryouts for the LIDS Indiana Bulls.  Its an all-day event.The LIDS Indiana Bulls will be hosting their 2015 tryouts on both Saturday Aug. 2 and Sunday Aug. 3. The Bulls anticipate seeing 1,000 participants at the tryouts over a two-day period. Players will come from all over the state of Indiana. For more information go to www.indianabullsbaseball.org. More information and upcoming event schedule are listed below:  July 31:  Midwest Future Games Brought to You By Prep Baseball Report All Day Event  The Midwest Futures Games is the marquee event for 2016 graduates. Each player is hand selected by their...
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County Players Should Bring A Lot To IU Football

Hamilton County Sports Daily–Two Hamilton County high school seniors this fall have already committed to play football at Indiana University. _____________ HS NOTEBOOK _____________ >>Noblesville’s Brandon Knight (6-5, 270) is a skillful senior-to-be offensive lineman. >>Westfield’s Jacob Robinson is a rugged 6-4 defensive end who should be one of Hoosierland’s most outstanding performers in this his senior season. Two other recent county graduates who earlier announced they were headed for IU are Fishers HS speedster receiver/return man J-Shun Harris and Noblesville punter/kicker Ben Rice, a preferred walk-on from Noblesville. Liam Dudley, a freshman linebacker walk-on from Fishers HS for the Hoosiers last season, has decided to hang up his cleats and focus on academics and take advantage of some other opportunities. His father, Sean Dudley, said football simply didn’t provide time for studies and after listing the pros and cons, Liam made the decision to walk away. He lost...
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Golf Champ Home Grown…And Proud Of It

  Hamilton County Sports Daily–Julia Potter is wholesome and about as down to earth as anyone could expect. Ask the reigning U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titlist a question, and you get an honest answer. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, she’s a native Hoosier from Granger, who has tremendous Indiana values and respect for her community and the state as a whole. “I qualified out of Dallas, Texas, where I was living last year; but I registered as being from Granger,’’ Potter, 26, said during Tuesday’s Media Day at Noblesville’s Harbour Trees Golf Club. Harbor Trees is the site of that 2014 championship Sept. 6-11. “Indiana is where I grew up, where I learned to play golf, and where I wanted to represent. I was proud to see my name on the leaderboard after my victory…and even prouder to let people know where I’m from.’’ Potter, the first...
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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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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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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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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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