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home : sports : local sports February 26, 2015 

State Preview: County swimmers set to shine
Noblesville's Luke Conner will be competing in two relays and will take part in the 100 breaststroke for the Millers at state. file photo.
Noblesville's Luke Conner will be competing in two relays and will take part in the 100 breaststroke for the Millers at state. file photo.
Two weekends ago the county's girls' swimmers had their shot at a state title, and in case you missed it, the Carmel Greyhounds won their 29th-consectutive state title.

Now, it's the boys turn to hop into the pool and show the state what they've got as they compete for the 78th Indiana High School Athletic Association swimming state title, beginning on Friday.

This year's state meet will be well represented by Hamilton County high schools. Five area schools will be competing: Noblesville, Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers, and Westfield.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fishers' late rally falls short
FISHERS - Down by as many 20 points, the Fishers Tigers weren't ready to surrender without a fight on Wednesday night.

Charging back in the second half, the Class 4A Tigers (12-11) cut their deficit to one point late in the fourth quarter in their regular-season finale against Decatur Central (11-10). But despite a 16-point surge by Keegan Kollmeyer, they couldn't quite get over the hump, losing 71-66 on Senior Night.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Carmel's Cline named IBCA Player of the Week
A total of six boys and three girls were recognized as Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Players of the Week.

Among the nine winners for the week of Feb. 16-21 was Carmel senior Ryan Cline, who has signed to continue his basketball career at Purdue University.

Cline's Class 4A Greyhounds are ranked second in the latest Associated Press polls and are riding a six-game winning streak with their regular-season finale set for Friday night at home against 3A Brebeuf Jesuit at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Sectional tournament tickets on sale
Tickets for the boys' basketball Sectional 8 tournament hosted by Carmel High School go on sale today in the Noblesville Athletic Office.

Tickets are $6 for Wednesday night's Sectional 8 first-round game only or $10 for all four game nights throughout the Class 4A tournament.

Games begin on Tuesday, March 3 with the sectional championship on Saturday, March 7.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Golden Eagles victorious on Senior Night
It was a night for celebration, and the Class 3A No. 11 Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles did plenty.

Jumping all over the visiting 4A Anderson Indians with a special Senior Night starting lineup on the floor, Matt Holba erupted for 18 first-half points and the Golden Eagles rolled to a 69-56 victory to wrap up the regular season.

"I thought we got off to a real good start. The seniors performed really, really well at the start of the game," Guerin Catholic head coach Pete Smith said. "That's a very good zone group, so we played it with the seniors because Brian Matthews II is very good on defense."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Blackhawks snap losing streak
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan boys' basketball team came out firing on Tuesday night.

Riding a four-game losing streak, the Class 2A Blackhawks shot a blistering 61 percent from the field and wasted little time running past visiting Class A Bethesda Christian 67-56.

Four players finished in double figures for the Blackhawks with Brock Kitchel leading the way with 16 points on 5 of 9 efficiency from the field. He drilled a pair of 3-pointers and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Shamrocks lose regular-season finale
FORTVILLE - On Tuesday night, the Westfield Shamrocks boys' basketball team battled against Mount Vernon but couldn't keep up with the Marauders' torrid pace, suffering a 69-33 loss.

After only managing to score two points in the first quarter, the Shamrocks were unable to claw their way back into the game as Mount Vernon went on to score 26 points in the second frame and 28 more in the second half.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Mark Morrow: We need to let the kids play, again
In some ways, kids today really have it pretty easy when it comes to sports and the many opportunities that are made available to them.

Basketball is an excellent example.

For one thing, kids have more opportunities to hone their skills in the summertime. And college coaches turn out in numbers to get a close look at potential future stars.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Basketball sectional pairings announced
On Sunday, sectional pairings were released for the 105th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament.

Among Hamilton County's nine schools, both Class 4A No. 4 Carmel (19-2) and 3A No. 17 Hamilton Heights Huskies (16-7) received first-round byes.

The Greyhounds host Sectional 8 and face a semifinal path that leads through either No. 3 North Central (15-5) or Fishers (12-9), which recently wrapped up its first Hoosier Crossroads Conference title.

Noblesville (12-10) will look to avenge an earlier loss to No. 13 Zionsville (17-6) in the Sectional 8 quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 4. Westfield (4-17) and Hamilton Southeastern (7-15) match up with the winner feeding into the Millers' semifinal.

Monday, February 23, 2015
Greyhounds keep rolling
CARMEL - The Class 4A No. 4 Carmel Greyhounds (19-2, 6-1) were coming of a 73-61 win against the Warren Central Warriors, which also resulted in them being crowned Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference champions.

The Greyhounds attempted to keep their momentum on Saturday night with sectional right around the corner as they hosted the Warsaw Tigers (17-4). With help from guard Ryan Cline, Carmel was able to come out on top 45-40.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Millers battle to the end
KOKOMO - The Noblesville Millers left it all on the court at historic Memorial Gymnasium.

Unified in their focus and intensity, the Class 4A No. 6 Millers gave No. 4 Homestead all it could handle on Saturday night in the Kokomo Regional championship game.

Unfortunately, the Spartans had just a little bit more.

With neither program clinching a regional title in 18-plus years, Homestead (25-2) went to work from the perimeter early and often, ending their drought behind an incredible shooting performance to win 83-66.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Blackhawks lose heartbreaker at regional
LAPEL - Coming into Saturday's regional semifinal the Blackhawks had one mission on defense. That was to limit the touches by Fountain Central's primary scorer Macee Williams.

With less than eight seconds left to go in the game, the Mustangs went the full length of the court and everyone knew who the ball was going to.

They dribbled the ball into the corner, pitched the ball to Williams who fought through a double team and banked it in at the buzzer to give the Mustangs a 57-55 win.

That was pretty much the offense for the Mustangs the entire game.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
HSE's Chastain wins final match, finishes fifth at state finals
INDIANAPOLIS -- Hamilton Southeastern coach Kyle Poyer paced around in the back hallways, working hard to keep his emotions in check.

An emotional hug with senior wrestler Jack Chastain at the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals had just marked the end of the road.

But not before Chastain built an impressive resume, winning three sectionals, three regionals, and one semi-state title in his career. He finished fifth in the state two times - last year in the 126-pound division and this season in the 132-pound weight class.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Greyhounds grind out another sectional win
CARMEL - The Carmel Greyhounds boys' swimming team won its eighth-straight sectional title over the weekend with score of 524 points.

Finishing second was the Noblesville Millers with 400 points and the Westfield Shamrocks came in third with 330 points. The Hamilton Heights Huskies scored 92 points and finished in eighth place.

The Greyhounds got the day started off right with a sectional record in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Gabriel Whitaker, Charles Vaughan, Nathaniel Bledsoe and Harrison Stuckey finished with a time of 1:34.49. That time was good enough to beat the previous record set in 2011 by a full second.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Royals run through sectionals
FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals boys' swimming team won its 23 consecutive sectional title over the weekend with a total score of 519 points.

Hamilton County rival Fishers finished just behind the Royals with their total score of 509.

It was a record-setting day for both the Royals and the Tigers as total of seven swimmers set new records in the pool on Saturday.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Huskies' late-season surge continues
MONTICELLO - The Hamilton Heights Huskies are getting healthy at just the right time.

With 6-foot-6 senior Garrett Paull and 6-5 sophomore Sterling Weatherford back in the lineup for a second consecutive game, the Class 3A No. 17 Huskies walloped 3A Twin Lakes 66-53 on Saturday night.

Previously, Paull and Weatherford both missed several weeks due to injuries.

Back at full strength, the Huskies (16-7, 5-1) have now won seven straight games with one more crucial Mid-Indiana Conference matchup remaining against host 3A Peru (12-7, 4-2) on Friday night.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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