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home : sports : local sports November 20, 2014 

Rocks hope to push more through
WESTFIELD - Another girls' swimming season is upon us and the Westfield Shamrocks are hoping for an even better performance than the one they had a season ago.

The Shamrocks managed to get seven swimmers out of a tough sectional that features many Hamilton County schools including Carmel and Noblesville. The Shamrocks placed third in the sectional with 337 points but scored 145 points more than the next closest team, Northwestern.

The top-returning swimmer for the Shamrocks is recent Bowling Green State University commit Emily Verbrugge. She has made it to the state meet every year that she has competed for Westfield and is looking to make it four in a row this year.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Shamrocks crush Frankton
The Westfield Shamrocks used an avalanche of points to bury the host Frankton Eagles early on Tuesday night.

Scoring 25 points in the first quarter and 31 in the second, the Westfield girls' basketball team won in crushing fashion 82-29.

The Shamrocks has three players in double figures, led by Maddy Grennes with 22 points. She shot 7 of 10 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range. At the foul line, she was a flawless 4-for-4 and added six rebounds to the stat sheet.

Haliegh Reinoehl followed with 20 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. She was 9 of 10 from the field and recorded two steals.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Westfield's Verbrugge signs to swim at Bowling Green
Emily Verbrugge has been an anchor for coach Kyle Messmore on the Westfield girls' swimming and diving team the past four years. Beginning next fall, she will take those leadership skills, along with her vast swimming talents, to the collegiate level.

Partaking in November's early-signing period, Verbrugge solidified her future by signing her letter of intent to Bowling Green State University.

Verbrugge is a three-year varsity letterwinner in swimming at Westfield and has also swam for her club team, Viper Aquatics, to become an accomplished competitor.

In her career, she has qualified for the Indiana High School Athletic Association's state meet in three consecutive seasons.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Blackhawks handed first loss
The Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball team was dealt its first loss of the season by Tri-West Hendricks on Tuesday evening by a score of 56-44.

After jumping out to a 30-22 lead at halftime, the Blackhawks slowed down in the second half, which gave the Bruins enough time to rally back.

The Blackhawks fell behind after a slow third quarter where they scored just five points while Tri-West was able to put up 19 before holding the Blackhawks to nine points in the fourth quarter.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Millers run away from Tigers
The Noblesville Millers live by three basic rules on the basketball court.

Run. Press. And run some more.

On Tuesday night against Class 3A No. 11 Lebanon (2-1), the 4A No. 9 Millers never applied the brakes, running away with a decisive 77-60 victory to remain perfect on the season.

"Our goal is to run," junior forward Alexis Shannon emphasized after the Millers won their third consecutive game. "We wanted to get after the rebound and take off. We did a really good job of rebounding, passing in transition and going."

Slowed slightly by some costly turnovers in the first quarter, the Millers built a modest 17-16 lead after the first eight minutes.

Charged with nine first-quarter turnovers, Noblesville quickly shored up their miscues and it led to 13-unanswered points in the second quarter.

"We want to run, but we have to be under control," Noblesville head coach Donna Keck said. "We were making some really poor decisions with the basketball. We were trying to force some things that just weren't there. We did a much better job cleaning that up after the first quarter."

The Millers went on a 17-2 run in the second quarter with point guard Becca Bergman pushing the tempo and Shannon attacking in transition.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Noblesville's Erin Wood signs to play at St. Bonaventure
Noblesville senior center Erin Wood's future is set. Participating in November's early-signing period, Wood applied pen to paper last week, inking her official national letter of intent to St. Bonaventure in New York.

Wood is a four-year varsity letterwinner for the Millers. Last year, she was named IBCA All-State honorable mention and selected to the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Games.

A 2014-15 preseason All-USA Central Indiana honorable mention, Wood earned All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference honors as a junior. She was all-conference honorable mention in 2013.

She was an All-Hamilton County selection as both a sophomore and a junior. Last season, Wood averaged 10.1 points per game and six rebounds. In her career, she has posted 7.7 points per game in addition to 6.9 rebounds.

Wood is a member of the National Honor Society and a D.A.R.E. student representative.

During her signing ceremony at Noblesville High School, she was accompanied by her father, Steve Wood, and her mother, Peggy Wood.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Huskies fall to Greyhounds
The Hamilton Heights Huskies were looking to rebound after falling to rival Noblesville on Friday, but the Carmel Greyhounds had other ideas.

The Class 4A Greyhounds pulled ahead quickly behind a 31-point first quarter to defeat the 3A Huskies 91-30 on Tuesday night.

Carmel led the game 48-17 by halftime and scored 27 points in the third quarter to improve to 2-1 on the season.

The Huskies fell to 1-2 overall and 1-1 at home with the recent loss.

Freshman Kayla Kirtley led the Huskies with 10 points, shooting 3 of 7 from the field. Sophomore Ashton Runner added nine points while Caitlyn Hays finished with four.

Hamilton Heights grabbed 30 rebounds as a team with sophomore Taylor Boyd leading the team with six. Junior Amy Griffey had four. Hays, Kirtley, Lexi Branham, Bri Hensen and Logan Wiley each had three.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Greyhounds earn all-conference honors
The Carmel Greyhounds once again enjoyed a dominating fall sports season. Claiming several conference titles and two state championships, it was a banner first four months to the school year.

Recently, the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference announced its all-conference athletes for the 2014-15 fall sports season. Below are Carmel's representatives by sport.

The Carmel girls' volleyball finished the year 32-7 after winning its first state championship. Making three consecutive Class 4A state finals appearances, the Greyhounds knocked off top-ranked Cathedral to win the title.

Standout players Carly Skjodt, Morgan Seaman and Mckenzie Kiesle were each named all-conference.

The Carmel boys' soccer team finished runner-up in the final MIC standings this year, posting an 11-5-1 record.

Matt Saltsgaver, Justin Faas and Juan Galindez were named all-conference.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Guerin Catholic's Matt Holba signs with Lehigh for hoops
Guerin Catholic senior guard Matt Holba had more than 20 offers on the table during his recruitment. Narrowing the list down before finally committing to one in early September, the three-star prospect stood by his word late last week.

Holba participated in November's early-signing period and inked his official national letter of intent to the Lehigh Mountain Hawks.

The 6-foot-6 Holba accepted a basketball scholarship from Lehigh when he verbally committed two months ago, and with friends, family and his coaches in attendance at Guerin Catholic, he solidified his future.

Holba, the second-leading scorer for the Golden Eagles last season, averaged 15.8 points per game while grabbing 6.9 rebounds per contest as a junior. Guerin Catholic lost to eventual state champion Greensburg 74-67 at semistate, finishing with a 22-4 record.

Monday, November 17, 2014
Fishers dominates Valparaiso, falls to No. 9 Lake Central
FISHERS - A hot start against Class 4A Valparaiso fueled Fishers to victory, but a slow first half proved too much to overcome versus 4A No. 9 Lake Central as the Tigers split in doubleheader action on Saturday.

Winning the morning session 50-29 against the Vikings (1-2) and losing 50-44 to the Indians (2-1) in the evening, the host 4A Tigers improved to 3-1 on the season following a competitive Fishers Classic, which also included rival 4A Hamilton Southeastern (3-0).

The Tigers didn't play HSE during the tournament. However, each did participate in two games.

Fishers open the day with Valparaiso and wasted little time building a substantial 28-10 lead by halftime.

Monday, November 17, 2014
Royals show grit, remain unbeaten
FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals might not be ranked in Class 4A yet, but that could change sooner rather than later after their solid performance at the Fishers Classic on Saturday.

Defeating 4A No. 9 Lake Central 70-67 in overtime and 4A Valparaiso 48-45 to conclude the day, the Royals improved to 3-0 on the season and appear destined to climb upward from their No. 18 ranking in the latest IBCA Top 20 poll.

Down 15-10 to the Lake Central Indians after the first quarter, the Royals' deficit sat at 31-26 heading into halftime. From there, HSE powered back with a 20-point third quarter to lead 46-41 at the end of three frames.

An 18-point fourth quarter from Lake Central tied the game at 59-59 before the Royals put it away in overtime behind an all-around team effort.

Monday, November 17, 2014
Blackhawks' offense soars in second half
SHERDIAN - Here's a simple fact about the game of basketball: You get more opportunities to take shots if you outrebound your opponent. When you take more shots, you have a higher probability of scoring.

The Class 2A Sheridan Blackhawks girls' basketball team just might have disproved that fact in their victory against the Eastern Comets 58-51 on Saturday night.

The Blackhawks (3-0) were outrebounded 35-16 to the much taller and more physical Comets (0-2) who had five players with at least five rebounds.

"We really struggled with their size," said Sheridan head coach Jeff Guenther. "Their kids are big, they're strong, they're physical, and they pushed us around."

Monday, November 17, 2014
Millers run away with home opener
On any given day at practice, the Noblesville girls' basketball team is known to apply the pressure. Sometimes too much.

"We work really hard on defense. Actually, we annoy each other so much because we play so hard against one another," Noblesville senior center Erin Wood admitted. "We work on defense non-stop."

On Friday night, the Millers' defense was put into practice as Class 4A Noblesville routed rival 3A Hamilton Heights 103-48 to win its home opener at The Mill.

The victory marked Noblesville's 13th consecutive against the Huskies (1-1) in series history, which stems back to 1975. Overall the Millers are 17-4 in games versus Hamilton Heights.

A Noblesville win was all but assured shortly after the opening tip during the teams' 21st meeting.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Top-ranked Greyhounds heading back to state finals
Often it's the little things that loom largest. On Friday night nothing else held as much weight as a one-point try that sailed wide right, ultimately securing top-ranked Class 6A Carmel's 14-13 victory against No. 2 Penn.

Winning its second consecutive semistate championship and third in four years, Carmel (13-0) will play in the 6A state finals championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, Nov. 28 against No. 4 Ben Davis (11-2). The Giants defeated No. 6 Center Grove 49-45 to setup the Thanksgiving weekend match-up.

Against Penn (12-1) in Mishawaka, Carmel won the battle of top-ranked unbeatens behind 297 yards of rushing offense and another solid defensive effort - not to mention a little bit of good fortune.

Trailing 14-7 early in the fourth quarter, the host Kingsmen battled back to score on a 10-play drive, spanning 75 yards. The possession was capped by a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Camden Bohn, who rushed for a team-high 131 yards and two touchdowns.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Golden Eagles' season ended
LIZTON -- The Class 3A No. 10 Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles traveled to Lizton to take on the No. 5 Tri-West Bruins on Friday night. Their season would come to an end as they fell 23-15.

Guerin looked to continue rolling after an impressive performance last week against Hamilton Heights. The Golden Eagles were able to roll offensively and also hold the Huskies to less than 200 yards of total offense.

Tri-West had 240 yards in the first half this week.

The Bruins forced the Golden Eagles into a tough spot after putting pressure on Guerin Catholic's quarterback Matt Labus, who finished 18 of 38 for 238 yards and two touchdowns. He was constantly forced to make bad throws after an uncharacteristic performance from his offensive line.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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