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  • COACH'S CORNER: J.R. MOFFATT

    Coach's Corner is a 'Q' and 'A' featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week's volunteer is Hamilton Heights varsity baseball head coach J.R. Moffatt. 

    Q: This is your first year as the varsity baseball head coach at Hamilton Heights — why did you feel now was the right time to step into the role?

    A: Yes, this is my first year as the head coach at Heights. I’ve been the varsity assistant at Hamilton Heights the last two years with Matt Wallace. Coach Wallace left for a job in Michigan after the start of school in the fall. The timing of his departure made it hard to get a replacement since we had no teaching job to offer. When he left, I thought baseball for me here was over as I had committed to helping him however I could. The position went unfilled through the fall and toward the end of November I stuck my head in (Athletic Director) Kurt Ogden’s office and told him to give me a call if he needed any help. I told him we could talk and see if I could help somehow. A couple of days later, I spoke with him and Principal Mason Jarrod and a few minutes into that conversation it kind of became evident as to where it was headed.

    Q: What’s your goal as a first-year varsity head coach, and what do you think is this team’s potential? 

    A: I have deep gratitude for those who have let me be a part of their programs as a player and as a coach. I really want to bring a lot of that into our baseball program. Our program has been really solid the last few years, but we’ve never gotten over the hump to win at a consistently high level come tournament time. This year’s group has potential, but they have to believe and they have to act like and prepare to be champions everyday. It’s hard to not be complacent.


  • Huskies split doubleheader with Elwood
    The Hamilton Heights baseball team split a doubleheader against Elwood on Saturday. 

    After dropping the opener 9-2, the Huskies bounced back to pick up a 9-4 victory in the second game behind Cole Meyer, who pitched the first five innings to earn the win.

    “We just we’re not very good offensively in that first game,” said Hamilton Heights head coach J.R. Moffatt. “We, for whatever reason sometimes, become very passive at the plate. I’m not sure why since we have the ability to hit the ball … We responded really well in the second game. I wasn’t really sure what we would get from our guys after a between game pep talk, where I expressed to them my less than thrilled feelings about what I perceive as a lack of toughness and passion.” 

    Gabe Reel pitched two shutout innings in relief of Meyer in game two to seal the win, as Meyer helped his own cause at the plate. The senior collected three hits, including a double, three runs scored and an RBI. 
  • The IHSBCA No. 3 Fishers Tigers baseball team (13-3/8-1) won their eighth straight game and completed a three-game sweep of the Brownsburg Bulldogs with a 19-6 victory Saturday afternoon.

    The Tigers jumped out to a quick lead, scoring 10 runs with 2-outs in the first inning.  The Tigers added three runs in the second, two runs in the third and four in the seventh.

     As a team, the Tigers pounded out 17 hits with 10 different players collecting at least one hit.  Craig Yoho led Fishers with four hits and four RBIs. JJ Woolwine added three hits, two of which were doubles, and two RBIs. Jack Roudebush contributed three RBIs on two hits, including a double. Kiel Brenczewski also had a pair of hits and two RBIs. Collin Shelton contributed an RBI double, and Alex Jamieson picked up an RBI when he was walked with the bases loaded. 

    Ben Burton reached base all six times he came to the plate. Burton collected three RBIs overall coming from a single, four walks, and a hit by pitch. He also scored three runs. Tristan Baker was on base four times, scoring three runs.

     
     
  • The IHSABCA No. 3 Fishers Tigers baseball team (12-3/7-1) defeated the Brownsburg Bulldogs 8-7 in 10 innings on Friday night to win Game 2 of the Hoosier Crossroad Conference series.

    The Tigers scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take what appeared to be a commanding 7-3 lead heading into the final inning. However, two different two-out errors allowed the Bulldogs to score four unearned runs to tie the score and send the game to extra innings.

    With two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, Matthew Wolff scored the winning run for the Tigers on a wild pitch. Wolff led off the inning with a single and proceeded to steal second and advance to third with a great read on a ball in the dirt. Wolff’s aggressive base running put him in position to score the winning run on the wild pitch. 

    Wolff (1-0) not only scored the winning run, but also earned the victory on the mound pitching 3.1 innings of relief. Wolff entered the game with two outs in the seventh and the go ahead run on third. He induced a groundball to end the inning and continued to pitch brilliantly during the next three innings. Wolff struck out three and did not allow a hit.
  • Lady Huskies defeat conference rival

    Hamilton Heights girls tennis picked up a 5-0 win at home Friday night as they defeated conference foe Lewis Cass.

    The Huskies got straight set wins from Anna Carl at No. 1 singles, Abby Weber at No. 3 singles, Kylie Rose and Emma Knowles at No. 1 doubles and Kinsey Dimmock and Emily Peterson at No. 2 doubles. No. 2 singles player Kennedy Hunter picked up a hard fought three-set win to round out the match for the Huskies.

    “We were thrilled to be able to play match with the sun shining and the temperatures decent. On top of that, our girls played some of their best tennis of the year across the board,” said Hamilton Heights head coach Cameron Scott. “In particular, Kennedy Hunter at No. 2 really played strong. She continues to hit the ball better and better every time she steps on the court.”

  • Shamrocks edge Royals in pitchers' duel

    The Westfield varsity baseball team picked up a 3-1 home win over Hamilton Southeastern Friday night.

    Zach Zaborowski pitched six strong innings, allowing an unearned run to go with eight strikeouts and no walks.

    “Zab was really good tonight,” said Westfield head coach Ryan Bunnell. “He pounded the zone, had command of his pitches and made some big pitches when he needed to.  He has progressively gotten better with each start, which has been great to see.”

    Westfield only managed three hits – one more than Southeastern – but were able to make a pair of first-inning runs stand. Zach Collins picked up the only RBI for the Shamrocks, as the Royals committed two errors to help Westfield extend its lead.

     
  • Westfield senior reflects on no-hitter against Noblesville
    After striking out the final batter in a 3-0 victory over Noblesville on Friday, Westfield’s Matthew Meyer was finally able to crack a smile.

    Throughout the contest, the senior pitcher sat in the back of the dugout, away from his teammates who cheered along the rest of the Shamrocks team. He knew he was on the verge of throwing a no-hitter, but didn't want to think about it too much.

    That seventh-inning strikeout gave him his first victory of the season and completed a 103-pitch no-hitter for Meyer. He finished the day with 10 strikeouts and four walks in his seven innings of work.

    “The whole last inning, I was still pretty calm and relaxed,” Meyer said. “Once I struck out that last batter, I realized what happened, and I saw my teammates running at me. It was pretty sweet … Honestly, it’s something I’ve never really experienced before.”
  • The Noblesville Millers could not stop a disastrous sixth inning against the Zionsville Eagles, and the Millers dropped their second game of the three game series 8-2.

    The first run of the game came in Zionsville’s half of the first inning, when Sam Edgell hit an RBI single, and Nick Nelson plated another run with an RBI groundout. 

    Not an ideal start for Noblesville head coach Justin Keever.

    “We had a unique situation where our first two guys get hits then we have two outs,” said Keever. “Had a bad jump on the steal, then we got a double, tried into a triple which was the right play there and we didn’t get anything out of the first, and that kind of put us behind the eight ball there.”

  • The Hamilton Heights varsity baseball team completed a two-game series sweep of Tipton with a 7-2 win on the road Wednesday night. 

    Ike Peterson pitched seven strong innings to record the win. Peterson also got the Huskies going offensively with a solo home run in the second inning. Later in that inning, Cole Meyer hit a deep three-run homer to left center. Sam Fulton put the seventh run on the board with a homer to deep center. 

    “Ike was terrific tonight,” said Hamilton Heights head coach J.R. Moffatt. “I couldn’t be happier for him. He has struggled at the plate a little to start the season but the last couple of games he’s started to break out of it. For him, to start the scoring tonight with a home run … was terrific. He pitched an unbelievable game.”
  • The Hamilton Heights Lady Huskies softball team dropped a 6-5 game in eight innings to Tipton Wednesday. 

    Taylor Ewing had a double and a homerun with three RBI’s and scored a run, Jessica Kaurich had a hit and scored a run and Aliyah Dorsey had a single, a double and two RBIs.

    Hayley Greene, Sydney Massicotte and Adyson Baber each scored a run. 

    “We played a pretty good game for six innings tonight, but it is a seven-inning game,” said Hamilton Heights head coach Landi Lockwood. “We had solid pitching, made good plays on defense and scored runs when we had runners in scoring position. In the seventh inning, Tipton started getting some solid back to back hits, and we had a couple timely misplays that ended up costing us.”
  • Noblesville names Roden new football coach

    Noblesville Schools has hired 2017 state championship coach Justin Roden as the high school’s new varsity football head coach.

    The hiring was approved Tuesday night at the school board meeting.

    Roden will replace Jason Simmons who recently announced he is leaving Noblesville High School. 

    “We are extremely excited Coach Roden and his family chose to join us and I am confident he will be a great asset in leading the Miller football program,” said NHS Athletic Director Leah Wooldridge. “He has a vision and plan for making our football team successful on the field and for supporting our student-athletes off the field, both of which we value highly at (Noblesville High School).” 

     
  • Friday night’s varsity baseball game between Sheridan and Indianapolis Washington was called after four innings due to darkness with the Blackhawks leading 22-2. 

    Sheridan opened the onslaught with four runs in the top of the first inning and followed with 10 runs in the second. 

    Indianapolis pushed two runs across in the bottom of the frame, but Sheridan answered with another eight runs in the third. 

    Cameron Hovey led the Blackhawks with five RBIs on a hit and a walk. Corbin Went knocked in two runs on a pair of hits, and Jacob Vita, Luke Chesney, Kyle Archer, Cole Bales, Reese Fisher, Walker Casler and Cole Cummings each logged an RBI. 
  • Adaptive lacrosse draws interest
    INDIANAPOLIS - Even though many people in Indy are thinking about the Pacers this weekend, another sport is picking up speed in the area. A local nonprofit hosted a clinic this weekend for wheelchair lacrosse players.

    Indy Adaptive Sports put on the event at the Park Tudor gym, the Times newsgathering partner WTHR reported. Saturday was a training day and on Sunday, people got to experience a real game. The clinic was opened up to anyone age 14 and up, regardless of whether they need to use a wheelchair in their daily life.

    "We are very excited and fortunate to be able to host this event, here in Indy, and have so many top athletes share their time and skills," said Brian Galloway, founder of Indy Adaptive Sports. "Wheelchair Lacrosse is a tremendous team sport and the clinic will be teaching the many skills needed to play it successfully. The goal is three-fold: To bring awareness to Wheelchair Lacrosse. Help new players develop skills. Recruit players for the Indy Rip team."
  • Standouts in preserving cultural resources were presented with 2018 Indiana Historic Preservation Awards at the statewide historic preservation conference this week in Columbus.

    The DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA) presented the awards during the “Preserving Historic Places” conference in Columbus on Wednesday. The DHPA will then presented the Hoosier Preservationist Award, the highest award it bestows, on Thursday.

    The DHPA presents awards annually to recognize outstanding efforts in historic preservation and archaeology. As the State Historic Preservation Office, the DHPA oversees the federally funded Historic Preservation Fund grant program, the federal Reinvestment Historic Tax Credit program, and the state’s Historic Homeowner Tax Credit program. The agency also functions as the central repository for historic structure and archaeological site records.

    The awards are:
  • Noblesville golf courses now open for the season
    It’s about that time of the year to start getting into the swing of things.

    As the weather and outdoors begin to feel more like spring — almost — Noblesville Parks’ golf courses have opened for the season. 

    The City of Noblesville operates two public golf courses – Fox Prairie, 8465 E. 196th St., and Forest Park, 701 Cicero Road. Each is now open for daily tee times and golf outings.

    “It's been a long winter that Mother Nature doesn't seem to want to let go of,” said Noblesville Golf Director Gary Deakyne in a press release. “But, we are very excited to be able to have both golf courses open and we look forward to a great 2018.” 
  • Student-Athlete Tip of the Week
    With the end of the school year only five or six weeks away, all student-athletes should be thinking about finishing strong in the classroom.

    This time of year it is so easy to look ahead to summer. However, don't forget about the importance of your grades. The last weeks of school are just as important as the first few, so don't let your grade-point average slip. Think of the end of the school year like it's the end of a ballgame. Don't let all the hard work disappear in a one or two week period.

    Whether you play a spring sport or not, the next few weeks could determine a college choice down the road. Don't look back next year (whether you are a senior or underclassman) and say, “If my grades were better last year, I could be attending the college of my choice.” 
  • Countdown to Indy 500 continues with Toyota Grand Prix at Long Beach
    LONG BEACH, California — Alexander Rossi dominated the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. 

    Leading 71 of the race’s 85 laps, the California native pulled his No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda into victory lane for his third Verizon IndyCar Series victory, throwing the Andretti Autosport pilot into the championship lead.

    Rossi started from pole and took an early lead that was wiped away with a first-lap caution after Graham Rahal hit Simon Pagenaud, sending the Frenchman into the first turn wall and out of the race. Rahal was assessed a drive-thru penalty for the avoidable contact.

    After the restart, Rossi pulled away from Team Penske’s Will Power before pitting on Lap 25. Rossi resumed the lead after Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay made their respective stops on Laps 30 and 31.
  • INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Thursday the Fan Midway is getting some exciting additions for the Month of May.
    One of the most anticipated attractions in go karting in the infield.

    IMS is teaming up with Speedway Indoor Karting to offer fans an opportunity to race go karts around a track in the infield.

    Karting will cost $5 per ride, and you must be at least 14 years old to participate. Up to six drivers will be allowed to simultaneously race on the track.

    Other attractions include flight simulators for fans to get a glimpse of what it's like flying F-16C Fighting Falcon jets. The U.S. Air Force will be on hand with virtual reality headsets to show fans the capabilities of the jets flown by the Thunderbirds.

  • The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering a fundraising opportunity at the Indianapolis 500 on May 27. 

    ?Volunteers will each earn $100, and $50 will be given to the volunteer's Post, Unit, Squadron or Chapter, and $50 will be given to the Department Commander's Project, iVETS. One hundred volunteers would earn a check for $10,000 for a single day.??

    Each volunteer will be given $10 in Track Bucks for lunch. Water and ice will be supplied by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.??Each volunteer will be issued a yellow IMS volunteer t-shirt and receive a unique American Legion, Department of Indiana, track volunteer pin. 

    Registration is due by Sunday.
  • OUT IN THE OPEN: Speed Goats, Dust and Wide-Open Spaces
    When I saw the giant snake lying across the road, I realized we were probably in over our heads.

    This moment was one of several memorable instances during our just-concluded work/play trip to central Arizona. Our base of operations was Prescott, the first territorial capital of the 48th state, located in the high desert halfway between Flagstaff and Phoenix.

    The circumstance of our great hullabaloo was something that simply cannot be experienced in Indiana. My wife and I were miles from a paved road in Prescott National Forest, without a winch, high-clearance vehicle jack, auxiliary lighting, extra water or cell phone service. The ‘road’ we were traversing was actually a rock-strewn, washed-out snake path that had undoubtedly killed far sturdier vehicles than the citified SUV were were driving.

    At a top speed that sometimes reached ‘saunter’ we were trying to find the Puntenney ghost town, built around a limestone kiln at the turn of the last century. 
  • Three people with significant ties to Indiana high school basketball will be recognized with Virgil Sweet Awards at the 2018 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association annual clinic later this month.

    Virgil Sweet Awards are presented to those who have provided meritorious service in the promotion of basketball across Indiana. The award is named in honor of Sweet, the former Valparaiso High School basketball coach and former executive director of the IBCA.

    This year's recipients are former Columbia City and Fort Wayne Canterbury girls' coach Wayne Kreiger, Terry Downham of Kokomo and former Franklin Community girls' coach Walt Raines.

    Each will be honored during a program on April 20 at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. Kreiger is the honoree from District 1. Downham is the recipient from District 2. Raines is the honoree from District 3.

    The full clinic runs April 20-21 with Indiana University men's coach Archie Miller as the headline speaker. Other featured speakers are Marian University women's coach Katie Gearlds, Southern Illinois men's coach Barry Hinson and Emmanuel (Ga.) College men's coach T.J. Rosene. Admission to the clinic is $50 for IBCA members and $100 for non-IBCA members.

  • Student-Athlete Tip of the Week
    There were many interesting stories coming out of Augusta National last week during the playing of golf's most prestigious tournament, the 2018 Masters. 

    Patrick Reed was the winner, with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth finishing 2nd and 3rd. However, it's what Spieth said after his round that really surprised me. He said he played the entire day without ever looking at the scoreboard. He played for more than five hours without knowing how anyone else was scoring, but himself.

    This process is somewhat common in individual sports. Players this past week said over and over that they only focused on their on game and what they could control. No need worrying about the opponent.
  • Tickets on sale for special ‘Listen Up’ event with quarterback, author
    INDIANAPOLIS – WFYI Public Media is celebrating PBS’ May launch of The Great American Read with a special “Listen Up” conversation featuring two of Indianapolis’ best-known residents: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and internationally best-selling author John Green.

    Luck hosts the Andrew Luck Book Club podcast that airs on WFYI 90.1 FM on the last Monday of each month. Green is a New York Times best-selling author known for “Looking for Alaska,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Paper Towns” and other works.

    “Andrew is a voracious reader and I’m looking forward to talking books with him,” Green said. “It will also be an opportunity to highlight a wide-range of books as PBS searches for America’s favorite book with its Great American Read project.”
  • Game officials Tom Walters and Michael Zehr will be will be recognized with special awards at the 2018 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association's annual clinic.

    Walters and Zehr will be honored as respective winners of the Roy Gardner and Mildred Ball awards during a ceremony April 20 during the 2018 IBCA Clinic at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. 

    The full clinic runs April 20-21 with Indiana University men's coach Archie Miller as the headline speaker. Other featured speakers are Marian University women's coach Katie Gearlds, Southern Illinois men's coach Barry Hinson and Emmanuel (Ga.) College men's coach T.J. Rosene. Admission to the clinic is $50 for IBCA members and $100 for non-IBCA members.
  • Newgarden wins at Phoenix
    Many second-guessed Tim Cindric’s decision to bring 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden down pit lane from the lead with 18 laps to go in Saturday night’s Desert Diamond Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway.

    While under caution, Robert Wickens, James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi stayed out, but Hinchcliffe and Rossi fell victim to Newgarden immediately on the restart with seven laps to go of the race’s 250 scheduled.

    After defending for a final few laps, Newgarden scored his first victory of the 2018 IndyCar season ahead of Wickens, Rossi, 2016 Phoenix winner Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

    “The team, they did such a good job,” Newgarden said. “The car was good, the strategy was better, the pit stops were the best. So I'm really proud of them and what they did. I think they deserved the win tonight. I was proud to drive the car with Verizon and Team Chevy.”

    Sebastien Bourdais and Simon Pagenaud started on the front row and led away from the start until Pietro Fittipaldi hit the wall, bringing out a caution on Lap 41 and the field came down for pit stops two laps later.
  • Horseshoe pitching league ready for new season
    Horseshoe pitching is a sport that became popular during the glory days of Rome. 

    The horseshoe toss grew into one of the most played games around. Whether at picnics, or company and family gatherings, people would gather for some fun and relaxation. 

    Since its heyday, the sport’s popularity has decreased in time. But, a sport many believe to be dead, still exists in Sheridan. 

    The Sheridan Horseshoe League is ready to start another summer of fun and relaxation at the Biddle Memorial Park courts, located at 608 E. 10th St. 

    The league uses a handicap system similar to bowling, which helps level the playing field for players of all skill levels. This year, the league will hold three open tournaments for people of all pitching abilities.
  • One of the Indiana State Museum's most popular events is back.

    The Pinewood Derby returns today. Homemade tiny cars will race down the two-story, 125-foot track as they compete to be the fastest cars. The Best in Show competition is also today, awarding the car with the best design.

    But if competition isn't for you, the museum also hosts fun runs to see how your car performs. Fun runs are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the Times news gathering partner WTHR reports.
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