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‘Doc’ Loves Being Part of Game

Probably not too many people know as much about Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern sports  as Jeff “Doc’’ Franciosi. He works 10 hours a week for both Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern. He’s Mr. Hamilton County when it comes to athletic training. He’s been overseeing the well-being of athletes while being an advocate of promoting athlete training for 25 years. He works for the Methodist/Clarian network. There’s an interesting  twist to this story, too: Franciosi teaches at Noblesville High School. “I guess you could say that I’m sort of spread out through Hamilton County,’’ he said, laughing, while working the Fishers-Noblesville football game, where he wore a Fishers red logo shirt. On Aug. 27, Franciosi worked the Fishers-Hamilton SE football game. Since that was an HSE home game, he was wearing the Royals’ blue logo shirt....
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No. 1 Hounds Punch Ticket To Tennis State Finals

Top-ranked Carmel is headed for the Indiana high school boys tennis finals. The Greyhounds earned their ticket with a 5-0 victory over No. 7 Center Grove at North Central Semistate. The Hounds, now 18-0, meet Canterbury in the first quarterfinals match on Oct. 15 at Lawrence Central. The other two quarterfinals are at Park Tudor. The semifinals (10 a.m.) and state championship match (2 p.m.) will be played Oct. 16 at  North Central. Carmel seeks the school’s sixth boys state tennis championship. The Greyhounds won two under current head coach Mike Bostic in 2003 and 2004. “I am just so thrilled for the guys. We are in the state finals and it feels really good after what we have been through the past couple of years,” coach Mike Bostic said. “Everybody looked sharp today and ready to play.  I can see our confidence growing with every step of the tournament.  We will...
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CHS Girls/Boys Dominate MIC Cross Country Meets

The Carmel girls and boys dominated the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference cross country championships at Ben Davis. The Greyhounds scored 52 points, 18 better than runner-up Terre Haute North.   It was the Carmel’s 11thMIC title since the conference formed in 1995, and the first time any team in the conference has placed six individuals in the top 11. Rene Wellman, the individual winner in a meet-record 18:05.4, finished first for the second year in a row. Wellman broke from the back just after the 3k marker and never looked back. Teammate and runner-up  Sarah Bennett started to chase after the 4k mark, but Wellman would not relinquish her lead and, in fact, increased it over the final kilometer. Bennett was clocked in 18:11.03. Alex Chitwood, another strong Carmel runner, started the race, but after completing 1300 meters dropped from the competition with an irritated foot issue. The Carmel team had...
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Soccer: Golden Eagles On Mission

There’s something special going on in the Guerin Catholic High School girls soccer program. It runs deeper than winning. Though the Golden Eagles are enjoying their share of success, and they expect more to come. More success this season? Possibly. Next season? Probably very likely when the Indiana High School Athletic Association switches the state tournament format from one to two classes. “We have a lot of heart and the family aspects are real,’’ said junior Kristen Broadbent, the team’s top scorer. “We’re the best of friends and we do a lot of things together off the field. Our togetherness is real, and it’s important.’’ The Guerin Catholic girls are only in their fifth season of fielding a varsity soccer program. Already, they’ve won back-to-back sectionals and regionals in 2008 and 2009. The Golden Eagles’ current No. 10 ranking in the Coaches’ Association poll also is the highest ranking...
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No. 2 Lady Greyhounds Win Another MIC title

Senior Night went well for Carmel coach Frank Dixon’s Lady Greyhounds, who topped Ben Davis 5-0, getting two goals from junior Brooke Backes. It marked the first unbeaten regular season for Carmel since 2002. It also was the fourth straight Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference championship for the lone four seniors – Erin Sullivan and team captains Allie Auscherman, Jade Schwarting and Kelsie Strout. They have helped Carmel post a 56-5-10 record (28-0-0 in the MIC) during their high school career, and still have the postseason tournament ahead of them. Carmel is 14-0-3 overall and 7-0-0 (MIC), and Dixon has won eight state championships – five in this decade. “With all of the success our program has had through the years, this is still a very special accomplishment,” said Dixon. “We will miss the leadership of the seniors, but they will have a chance to add a few more titles to their resume in the coming weeks.”...
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No. 1 Hounds Dominate Sectional Tennis Showdown

Carmel High Schools’ top-ranked boys tennis team has a full head of team heading into the North Central Regional this week. And based on their performance in the Carmel Sectional, the unbeaten Greyhounds look like they could be mighty ornery customers the rest of the way. They got things done in a methodical manner against the second-ranked Royals in the highly anticipated battle of unbeatens. “This is a really good team. We have a lot of momentum,’’ said junior Nol. 1 singles standout Mihir Kumar after the Hounds stunned  previous unbeaten Hamilton Southeastern 5-0. “They (Southeastern) brought out the best in us and we had to go to take it up a notch to the next level,’’ said Carmel coach Mike Bostic. “Our kids had been waiting for this match all year. They wanted it badly.’’ It was a game of motivation and momentum. Boy, did the Greyhounds have...
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Tailgating Is About Fun, Food . . . And Football

This is for all the diehard fans who love to have fun, love to eat, love to mingle prior to a football game . . . love to tailgate. Tailgating at high school football games in Hamilton County is in vogue. Most of you know it, though. Tailgating is a happening on Friday nights. It’s a form of social networking and a way to simply hang out with friends and family and possibly make new acquaintances. Tailgating first became a way of life many autumns ago on big-time college campuses and then at NFL sites, but the high school football nation in Hamilton County certainly does not need many pointers on how to create a party atmosphere of its own. The best place to tailgate? Carmel. There’s a college campus atmosphere at Carmel. Granted, it’s on a smaller scale  . . .  but still pretty impressive....
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Lady Royals Deliver HSE’s 3rd State Golf Title

The 2010 Hamilton Southeastern high school girls golf  team went from early-season hopefuls . . . to Hoosier Crossroads Conference titlists . . . to state championship contenders . . . and finally to state champions! The Lady Royals, whose play was up and down early on, according to coach Steve Guenin, got the job done when it counted the most. They made an especially strong statement in Day 1 and pretty much stayed the course en route to the crown after two days of steady play at Legends of Indiana in Franklin. It was the school’s third girls golf championship and the first since 2008. The first title was won in 2003. HSE went from No. 5 in the state rankings to No. 1 in the state meet, the only ranking that counts. The Lady Royals posted a 661 total, five shots better than Hamilton County neighbor Carmel, and seven better than Roncalli, which...
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