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  • Huskies roll on Senior Night
    Hamilton Heights cruised to a 85-64 win over Peru on Senior Night Saturday. 

    Sophomore Camron Knott led three Huskies in double-figures with a team-high 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting. 

    Peru led 18-14 after the first, but Hamilton Heights used a 28-15 second-quarter run to reclaim the advantage heading into the locker room. 
  • Event 2 Boys 200 Yard Freestyle

    Name Year // School Prelims Finals Points 
    A - Final
    1 Mitchell, Jacob SO CAR 1:41.45 1:38.09 20 
    2 Rothrock, Augustus FR CAR 1:42.42 1:40.57 17 
    3 DeLong, Alec JR CAR 1:45.04 1:41.65 16 
    4 Calvin, Brett JR WEFL 1:47.66 1:44.17 15 
    5 Helms, Aaron SR NOBL 1:48.01 1:45.45 14 
    6 Wolfred, Jack JR NOBL 1:48.30 1:45.99 13 
    7 White, Max JR KOKO 1:47.56 1:46.32 12 
    8 Fenimore, Cody SR WEFL 1:46.79 1:47.31 11 
  • Fishers got off to a great start at the boys swimming sectional finals Saturday with the 200 Medley Relay of seniors Kyle Haflich and Joel Crull and juniors Trevor Adcock and Cory Jacocks winning the first event in a new school record time.

    The Tigers used the momentum en route to a final team score of 533 and a first place finish. Hamilton Southeastern finished second with 506 points, and Yorktown came in third with 246. 

    In the 200 free, Fishers junior Drake Stallworth, senior Sam Kuhn senior and Nick Harris finished first, second ad third, respectively. In the 200 IM, the Tigers earned another sweep with Haflich, sophomore Aaron Frollo and Jacocks. Haflich also set a new school record in the event.
  • Shamrocks cruise in Kokomo

    Westfield got back in the win column with a 71-64 win at Kokomo Saturday night. 

    The Shamrocks had four players finish in double figures led by junior guard Zach Banks with 23 points. Sophomore Cam Simons had 14, senior Josh Van Dyke chipped in 12 and sophomore Chris Chin had 11. 

    Westfield (10-11) hosts Mount Vernon Tuesday for Senior Night.

  • Southeastern loses third straight
    Hamilton Southeastern dropped its third straight game Saturday night in a hard-fought road contest with Pike. 

    The Royals led for most of the game, but the Red Devils forced overtime and used a game-winning shot with six seconds left to pull out a 64-62 win.

    Senior Nick Bowman led Southeastern with 24 points on 8-of-12 from the floor. As a team, the Royals shot 22-of37 (59 percent). Juniors Noah Smith and Aaron Etherington joined Bowman in double-figures with 12 and 10, respectively. 
  • Blackhawks grab double overtime win

    The Sheridan Blackhawks picked up a 69-66 win in double-overtime against the Western Boone Stars Saturday night. Senior Ange Gnamkey paced the Blackhawks with a game-high 23 points on an efficient 8-of-13 shooting. 

    Spencer Wright led a third-quarter Stars’ charge that saw Western Boone put 21 points on the scoreboard. The sophomore finished with a team-high 20 points on 8-of-12 from the floor. 

    Western Boone held a three-point edge, 48-45, heading to the fourth, where Sheridan was able to lock down defensively. The Blackhawks held the Stars to just nine points in the final quarter and tied the score at 57 at the end of regulation. 

  • Millers come up just short in Johnson’s return
    NOBLESVILLE – Noblesville got a huge effort from junior Zack Johnson and freshman Evan Wilson in the fourth quarter on Friday night but came up just short against Avon. 

    The short-handed Millers fell, 53-52, to the Orioles (3-18), breaking Avon’s 10-game losing streak. 

    “Tremendous effort tonight,” Noblesville head coach Brian McCauley said. “We’re really proud of the guys who played tonight.”

    Noblesville was missing six players, including all five starters, but fought valiantly in a tough situation. The group of players were suspended from the game for breaking a team rule. 

    The Millers did have one player that’s been missing for weeks in Zack Johnson. The junior wingman had been sidelined with an ankle injury but returned in a big way Friday scoring a game-high 21 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter. 
  • Munson, Hansen lead Guerin over Pendleton Heights
    Guerin Catholic received stellar performances from a pair of seniors to get back in the win column Friday night at Pendleton Heights. 

    Zach Munson scored a game-high 24 points and Jack Hansen poured in 20 to lead the Golden Eagles to a 71-64 comeback victory over the Arabians. 

    After a back-and-forth first half, which ended with the score locked at 35, Munson and Hansen took over in the third. The duo combined to score 12 of the Golden Eagles’ 16 points in the quarter, as Guerin’s defense held Pendleton Heights to just nine to take a 51-44 edge heading into the final stanza. 

    Justin Shupe opened the fourth with a field goal to cut the Arabians’ deficit to five, but a basket by Hansen pushed the lead back to seven. Shupe finished with a team-high 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. 
  • AJ Field saved his best for last. 

    The Hamilton Heights junior scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter of the Huskies 69-68 win over the Twin Lakes Indians Friday night in Monticello, Indiana. The victory gave the Huskies a fifth-place finish in the Hoosier Conference. 

    With 3:10 left in the fourth quarter — the score knotted at 58-all — Field buried a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Huskies a 61-58 lead. Twin Lakes reclaimed a two-point edge with less than a minute to play, but then the Huskies found their man. 
  • Class 4A No. 1 Warren Central remained unbeaten with a comeback 66-65 victory over No. 13 Carmel Friday night. The win sealed the Warriors’ second straight Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference title.

    Carmel (13-7, 5-2) led by five with less than a minute in the fourth quarter, but Warren Central (23-0, 6-0) continued to fight. 

    With 36 seconds left, Dean Tate drove to the basket and hit a layup for the Warriors, cutting the score to 62-61. After Jalen Whack converted a pair of free throws for Carmel, Joe Rush tied the score at 64 on a 3-pointer off of a find by senior point guard Antwaan Cushinberry. 
  • Millers pick up win over Franklin Central
    The Noblesville gymnastics team picked up a 98.575-93.975 win over Franklin Central Thursday night. 

    Freshman Makayla Kauzlick led the Millers on vault, placing second with a score of 8.6. Sophomore Olivia Mangin placed fourth with her score of 8.45. 

    “As a team, we are doing very well on vault, which is our best event,” Noblesville head coach Jody Ramey said in an email. “We are averaging a team score in the 25 range, which is very good. I am very proud of the girls.”
  • 3 Shamrocks sign letters of intent
    Elle Hankinson signed her letter of intent to play soccer at The Masters University in Santa Clarita, California. Hankinson is a three-year varsity letter winner on Westfield’s soccer team and also plays club soccer for the Indiana Fires Juniors Club. She’ll graduate from Westfield with an Academic Honors Diploma and plans to study biological sciences in college.
  • The Colts formally announced four assistant coaching positions Friday afternoon, The Times news gathering partner reported. 

    Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator and linebackers coach Matt Eberflus will be defensive coordinator. Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach Nick Sirianni will be offensive coordinator. New England Patriots assistant special teams coach Bubba Ventrone will be special teams coordinator. Rusty Jones, a 28-year NFL veteran, will be director of sports performance.
  • Athlete of the Week: Kelly Pash
    Carmel High School won its 32nd consecutive girls’ swimming State Championship last Saturday, and finished with a team score of 363 points, which was 148 ahead of runners-up Northridge. The Greyhounds won seven of 12 events, and junior Kelly Pash went a perfect 4-0 on the day. Pash won both of her individual races -- the 200 freestyle (1:45.50) and 100 freestyle (48.59) – and she was also on the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays that claimed first place. 
  • OUT IN THE OPEN: Wolf Park -- A Fascinating Show and No Coy-Wolves!

    The first time you see the piercing amber-brown eyes of a wolf only a few feet away, it’s a little intimidating. Despite an intervening layer of chain link fencing.

    As someone who has spent a lifetime mucking around wild lands where large carnivores conduct their daily business, it was still a little daunting when a couple of wolves trotted up to the fence just a few feet away as I walked with Dana Drenzek, manager of Wolf Park near Battleground, Indiana, just north of Lafayette. She greeted the pair with cheerful conversation while the writer in tow took momentary pause to consider if today’s board of fare would include an oversized helping of journalist tartare.

    It was an unreasonable but natural fear inspired by a lifetime of fairy tales, blood-curdling outdoor magazine stories and werewolf movies. However, the wolf is no longer officially considered Big and Bad so when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance to get the up-close-and-personal scoop on this often-maligned wild canine.

  • WASHINGTON, DC – A bill aimed to protect children who participate in athletics is now law. 

    President Donald J. Trump signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 Wednesday.

    Indiana Rep. Susan W. Brooks introduced companion legislation last year with her co-chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus, Florida Rep. Lois Frankel.

    Brooks said this bill is a game-changer that prioritizes the well-being of USA’s athletes. 

    “We must ensure our youth are safe when they go to the gym, take the ice or run onto the fields to practice their sport,” said Brooks
  • INDIANAPOLIS – Registration for PGA Jr. League is now open at facilities throughout the Indianapolis market. Parents can visit PGAJrLeague.com to search with their kids for a team by ZIP code or facility, and register online. 

    “PGA Jr. League is a fun, welcoming and engaging way for boys and girls to learn and play golf,” said Mike David, Indiana PGA Section Executive Director in a press release. “The program continues to grow nationwide and here in the greater Indianapolis area." 

    Last year, PGA Jr. League reported record-setting numbers with 42,000 boys and girls playing on 3,400 teams nationwide. Of those players, 80 percent were beginner or recreational golfers, demonstrating the developmental nature of the program and its inclusivity to youth of all skill levels. 

  • Area high schooler selected to represent USA vs. Team Ireland
    Brandon Garst thought he was the target of a scam when he received an email from a college recruiting service in December that read he’d been selected to represent the United States in a high school football game against Ireland. 

    After doing some research, the Hamilton Heights senior discovered the American Football Worldwide (AFW) program was legit — and he’d indeed been one of 26 high schoolers chosen to participate in the cross-country contest. 

    “I was psyched,” Garst said. “Not many people get to do this — this is once in a lifetime.” 
  • Haley Cook is leaving her mark on college basketball
    The best player on a basketball court isn’t always the one with the most talent — and Haley Cook is determined to be the best basketball player she can be. 

    A senior at the Indiana Institute of Technology, Cook is in the midst of an outstanding final campaign. The lefty shooter is currently the 17th leading scorer in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II women’s basketball at 18.57 points per game, 10th in total points (520) and first in free-throw percentage (0.918), 3-pointers made per game (four) and 3’s made this season (112). 

    For some, seeing a 5-foot-6 guard dominate night-in and night-out might come as a surprise. For Cook, her success is a validation of the foundation she started to build at Hamilton Heights. 

    “I knew that I would outwork people — and that’s how I would beat them,” Cook said. “I’m not always going to be the best, but I am going to out-hustle people, and (I) don’t give up.”
  • COACH'S CORNER: Justin Blanding

    Coach's Corner is a weekly 'Q' and 'A' featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week's volunteer is University varsity girls basketball head coach Justin Blanding.

    Q: What is some advice that you'd would give to aspiring coaches? 

    A: I would advise them to not give up. There are going to be bumps in the road, but if you truly want it, you have to just keep proving yourself. I have been told "no" by so many schools I can't even count. You also have to stay humble and listen to people who are trying to help you, and always give maximum effort in everything you do from practice, games, film, anything just give it everything you have.

    Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?

    A: I would say speed like The Flash. I am an urgent guy so the faster I can get things done the better. I would also use the superpower to shoot down to the beaches in Florida faster. This weather is killing me.
  • INDIANAPOLIS — A familiar face will pace the race.

    Two-time Super Bowl Champion Peyton Manning will drive the Honorary Pace Car for the 60th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, according to Daytona International Speedway. 

    “Serving as the Honorary Pace Car Driver will be a truly unique and exciting experience,” Manning said. 

  • Student-Athlete Tip of the Week
    Successful people almost always have a strategy. Good business people have a strategy. Good teachers have effective lesson plans. Good coaches have winning game plans. 

    As a student-athlete, don’t you think it makes sense to have a strategy or plan when it comes to the classroom and your sport and your future?
  • Noblesville releases 2018 baseball schedule

    Editor’s note: All games are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. (*) Hoosier Crossroads Conference. (**) Miller Classic. (***) Farragut Invitational. 

    March 26: Cathedral 
    March 29: Christian Academy of Knoxville***
    March 30: Bearden*** 10 a.m. 
    March 30: Farragut*** 2 p.m. 
    March 31: Maryville*** 11 a.m. 
    April 3: Frankfort
    April 5: Fishers*

  • IHSAA Boys Wrestling State Finals info
    Webstream: For Saturday night's championship round, viewers outside of the Fox Sports Indiana coverage area, a live stream will be available at IHSAAtv.org. For those within the FSI coverage area, the stream will be available only on delayed basis following the conclusion of the telecast.

    Notable first-round bouts (weight class): (113) Carson Eldred, Westfield, vs. Kade Zadylak, Norwell. (120) Brendan Mattingly, Carmel, vs. Brock Peele, Portage. (138) Alex Strueder, Fishers, vs. Blake Mulkey, Brownsburg. (160) Jack Eiteljorge, Carmel, vs. Malik Hoover, Merrillville. 
  • An Indiana high schooler has been selected to represent our country as a member of Team USA’s Football Team. 

    Brandon Garst, a senior at Hamilton Heights, will travel out of the country from March 24 to April 1 to compete in USA’s game against Team Ireland. 

    A free-will offering dinner has been scheduled for Friday to support Garst and assist in fundraising efforts to send him on his journey. The dinner is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. at the Arcadia Christian Church. 

  • Colts announce Frank Reich as new head coach
    INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Indianapolis Colts and Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich have agreed for Reich to become the Colts next head coach.

    The Colts made the announcement shortly after 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Reich, who signed his contract earlier Sunday, rejoins the Colts after spending six years on the team’s coaching staff from 2006-11.

    After announcing the hiring of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after the Super Bowl, only to have McDaniels back out, the Colts took the opportunity to convince skeptics that Reich had actually signed by posting pictures on the team's twitter account.
    “We are extremely excited to announce Frank Reich as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts,” said Colts owner & CEO Jim Irsay in a statement published on the team's website. 
  • Athlete of the Week: Jared Holder
    Hamilton Heights junior swimmer Jared Holder wrapped up an undefeated season in the pool Wednesday and set a new school record in the process. 
    Holder won the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Freestyle, breaking the school record (49.10) with a time of 48.90. 

    “(Wednesday) night’s record breaking swim means a lot,” Hamilton Heights head coach Sue Beale said. “It’s a reassurance to Jared that he is swimming at his highest level and can go into sectionals with confidence.” 

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