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Out In The Open
According to singer Van Morrison, there is nothing sweeter than tupelo honey. His song, "Tupelo Honey," reached #27 on the U.S. Pop Chart in 1972 and introduced the legendary, almost mystical sweet to a worldwide audience. But what the heck exactly is tupelo honey?
Friday, March 24, 2017
Noblesville wins big in season opener
The Noblesville Miller softball team started its season with an emphatic win on Tuesday night. The Millers beat Western Boone at home by a score of 14-0.

Noblesville was dominant all night on the mound and at the plate.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Guerin dominates Heritage Christian
The Guerin Catholic softball team got its first win of the season on Thursday night beating Heritage Christian 11-1.

Hanna Bills pitched a complete game for the Golden Eagles hurling five innings, striking out four and only giving up two hits. Bills also had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-3 and knocking in two runs.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Height gets off t bad start, loses to Frankton
ARCADIA - The Hamilton Heights softball team put itself into a hole early and was never able to climb out.

The Huskies lost their home opener to Frankton 13-2 on Thursday night at home.

Heights gave up seven runs in the first inning and never recovered.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Ferrer leads Westfield to big win at Taylor
KOKOMO - The Westfield softball team was relentless at the plate on Thursday night as it defeated Taylor 19-6 in Kokomo.

Senior Cassidy Ferrer did it all for the Rocks leading the way from the mound and at the dish.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Girls Track Previews
Westfield head girls track and field coach Josh Miracle will have a number of experienced athletes to turn to in the upcoming 2017 season.

"We are very excited about our upcoming team," Miracle said. "The team is comprised of some familiar veterans who have previous state meet experience."

Miracle noted eight different girls that he expects to have excellent outdoor seasons.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Heights loses opener to Zionsville
ZIONSVILLE - The Hamilton Heights softball team started its season with a tough matchup on Tuesday night against defending regional champion Zionsville. The Huskies lost to the Eagles 15-5 at Zionsville High School.

Heights kept the game close only trailing 7-5 after four innings, but Zionsville pulled away with a monster eight-run fifth inning.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Guerin Softball loses season opener
The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagle softball squad started its season off with a 7-2 loss at home to Lawrence Central on Tuesday night.

Guerin stayed close with the Bears for most of the game, but Lawrence Central eventually pulled away scoring four runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
HSE outscores Carmel in season opener
CARMEL - The Hamilton Southeastern and Carmel softball teams got their seasons started with a high-scoring affair on Tuesday night at Carmel. The Royals defeated the Greyhounds 12-9 in the intra-county opening game.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Fishers wins opener in bottom of the seventh
FISHERS - The Fishers Tigers softball team got its 2017 campaign underway with a dramatic 2-1 victory over nonconference opponent Kokomo at home on Tuesday night.

The key moment came in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Carmel girls track seeks podium finish
CARMEL - The Carmel Girls Track team will be a mix of experienced distance runners and young sprinters.

Coach Aaron McRill said the Lady Greyhounds' distance group tends to be experienced and race ready early, while our sprint squad is a little less experienced and needs to get a few competitions under their belt.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Six RBI Day for Powers Leads Westfield
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Rocks Softball Team defeated Monrovia 11-5 Monday, thanks in part to Kelsey Powers, who drove in six runners on three home runs.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Fishers lacrosse edges Ohio squad
FISHERS - The Fishers' lacrosse team edged a visiting squad from Hilliard, Ohio, 8-7 Saturday.

Overcast and cold were the weather conditions for the Tigers fourth game of the 2017 season at Reynolds Tiger Stadium. The Tigers played host to Hilliard Davidson, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.

Monday, March 20, 2017
Westfield freshman third at HSR
GREENCASTLE - Westfield freshman Ava Henson finished third in the 60 meter hurdles and two relay teams also finished second at the Hoosier State Relays Qualifier this past weekend at DePauw University.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Golf teams look to build on success
Noblesville Boys Golf Season Preview:

Noblesville's head golf coach Gary Deakyne is excited about his team's prospects for the upcoming season. The Millers return four varsity golfers from the 2016 sectional champion team.

Monday, March 20, 2017
Out In The Open
I'm paid to be an outdoor communication, somebody who is supposed to understand the who, what, when, where and why of all things outdoors. That's why I was pretty surprised when I first heard the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP). Later, I didn't feel too bad because I discovered it might just be the biggest, best and most unknown outdoor program for kids you've never heard about.
Friday, March 17, 2017
2017 High School Baseball previews
Guerin Catholic Baseball Preview:

The Guerin Catholic baseball team returns 11 seniors and eight starters from last year's team that finished 19-10.

Head coach Brad Lantz pointed out a number of players to watch this season including: Matt Olovich, Grant Fremion, Kyle Hennie, Kash Hale, Cam Kirsch, Trevor George, Jared Cowan and Luke Keller. Out of this group, outfielder Fremion led the way last season with a .383 batting average.

Friday, March 17, 2017
2017 High School Softball Previews
2017 Noblesville Softball Preview:

Noblesville softball head coach Deke Bullard is excited about his team's prospects for the coming season. Bullard said he should have at least six starts returning from a team that went 14-7 last season and advanced to the championship of the Carmel sectional.

Bullard pointed to a trio of players poised to have big seasons.

Friday, March 17, 2017
Fishers Lacrosse tops Center Grove
FISHERS - The Fishers High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse beat Center Grove High School 13-1.

Center Grove played a zone defense throughout the game marking the first time the Tigers had seen a zone defense in 2017. The Tigers handled the zone well by scoring 3 unanswered goals in the first quarter

Friday, March 17, 2017
Guerin falls to Carmel
The Guerin Boys Volleyball fell to Carmel 3-0 Wednesday.

The Golden Eagles came out of the game fired up and determined to make some noise against one of the top programs in the state. With an early deficit of 3-10, the Golden Eagles continued to rally making that seven point difference in the early parts of the match the only score difference at the end of the set. However, a much more focused Greyhound roster came out on the court.

Friday, March 17, 2017
Strong showing by Noblesville indoor meet
Noblesville Miller relay runners ran well on Wednesday night at the University of Indianapolis indoor meet.

The track team's 4x200 meter relay squad of James Hardin, Bryce Gatewood, Trent Reeves and Josh Garcia placed first overall at the meet with a time of one minute and 34 seconds.

Friday, March 17, 2017
Author to sign book Saturday
Noblesville High School graduate, and Atlanta resident Dr. Jim Dashiell, M.D., will be signing copies of his book "One Trail, Many Paths" at the Wild, 884 Logan St., Noblesville, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Shamrock Run Friday
The Shamrock 5K run is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Deer Creek Brewery, 17661 Cumberland Road, Noblesville.

Post-event award will be handed out at the at the brewery, and all runners receive their first pint free.

The run is on a measured course, and will be chip timed, with results posted "live."

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Brown signs with Marian University
ARCADIA - Jesse Brown, Hamilton Heights' senior, has signed a letter of intent to play football for the Marian University Knights in Indianapolis, Indiana this fall. He is the son of Jeff and Angie Brown.

Marian University is a member of the Crossroads League and Mid-States Football Association (MSFA).

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Franklin Central joining HCC
The high schools of Avon, Brownsburg, Fishers, Hamilton SE, Noblesville, Westfield and Zionsville have agreed to add Franklin Central High School to the prestigious Hoosier Crossroads Conference.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Noblesville pair top All-HCC team
Noblesville's Brooke Herron, a senior, and Emily Kiser, a junior, have been named to the Hoosier Crossroads Conference All-Conference Girls' Basketball Team.

They are joined by Westfield junior Sophia Kreag, and senior Morgan Clary on the first team.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Millers sixth at HCC indoor
Noblesville Boys Track & Field placed sixth out of seven teams at the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Indoor track meet at Wabash College.

The Millers were led by Drew Hartmann's second place finish in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet 1 inch, and the Distance Medley Relay team of Levi Neuzerling, Bryce Gatewood, Zach Freeman, and Eric Hoffman, who finished fourth in 10:48.07.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Westfield girls 7th at meet
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Girls Track and Field Team finished fifth out of seven squads in this year's annual Oriole Invite HCC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Standout performers included Jada Caldwell in the shot put, throwing for an indoor personal best of 39 feet 9 inches and winning the conference title.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Top conference sports
Noblesville High School won the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Winter Sportsmanship Award for 2017. Accepting the award are (front row, left to right) Jeff Bryant, principal, Donna Buckley, girls' basketball coach, and Rich Wolfred, swimming coach. (Back row, left to right) Brian McCauley, boys' basketball coach, and Tony Oilar, athletic director.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Lilly scholars to assist at meet
CARMEL - As part of the Lilly Scholars Network Give Back INitiative, local Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will be helping with various aspects of the Unified Track and Field meet at Carmel High School.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Lady Royals set indoor records at HCC
CRAWFORDSVILLE - Hamilton Southeastern's Jessica Bray set an indoor record, clearing 10 feet 6 inches, in winning the pole vault, at the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Indoor Girls Track and Field Invitational Saturday.

The Lady Royals scored 97 points to finished third behind Fishers, 113 points, and Noblesville, 112 points.

Other HSE standouts included Natalie McDaniel, third in the pole vault at 9 feet 6 inches, and Sydney Sloan, fourth, clearing 9 feet.

Monday, March 13, 2017
Guerin boys volleyball team falls to Cathedral
The Guerin Catholic Boys Volleyball team dropped all three games to Cathedral, the defending state champion.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Royals open Lacross season with blowout
FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern Boys Lacrosse team opened its season with a blowout 16-4 win over Henry Clay.

The Royals opened the season strong despite being down a few players due to injury.

Monday, March 13, 2017
Tigers knock off Penn in Lacrosse opener
FISHERS - The Fishers Boys Lacrosse team knocked off Penn 14-6 Saturday.

Senior attackman Joe O'Connell would score early and often against the Kingsmen scoring 2 unassisted goals to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

Monday, March 13, 2017
Carmel girls excel at indoor state qualifier
Carmel's Christina Geisler won the 3,200 meter run at the Hoosier State Relays Indoor Qualifier meet Saturday at Indiana Weslyan University. No team scores were kept.

Geisler, a senior, ran an 11:08.39.

Monday, March 13, 2017
Millers sixth at HCC indoor
Noblesville Boys Track & Field placed sixth out of seven teams at the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Indoor track meet at Wabash College.

The Millers were led by Drew Hartmann's second place finish in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet 1 inch, and the Distance Medley Relay team of Levi Neuzerling, Bryce Gatewood, Zach Freeman, and Eric Hoffman, who finished fourth in 10:48.07.

Monday, March 13, 2017
Noblesville West has two champs
Noblesville West Middle School had two first place champions Saturday, at the 2017 Hamilton County Wrestling Championships.

Seventh grader Cesar Sierra, 23-2 on the season, won the 110 pound weight class, and eighth grader Joey Kitko, 23-2 and three time county champ) finished first at 100 pounds.

Monday, March 13, 2017
2017 Noblesville Boys Track and Field Season Preview
Head boys track and field coach Kent Graham is excited by what he's seen in the run-up to this spring's outdoor season.

"The boys track and field season is off to a rousing start," Graham said. "The team has competed in seven indoor meets on several college campuses including: Wabash, DePauw, IPFW, Trine and Indiana Wesleyan."

Saturday, March 11, 2017
2017 Noblesville Girls Track and Field Preview
As the 2017 season approaches, girls track and field head coach Dennis Scheele pointed to a number of returning 2016 state finalists.

Sophomore Shelby Tyler placed seventh in the high jump with a jump of 5 feet, 5 inches. Junior Abi Little medaled with an eighth-place finish in the 1600-meter dash. Sophomore Maria Anderson finished seventh in the 400 meters. Senior Susanna Sharples-Gordon placed 13th in the 800-meter dash.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
2017 Westfield Boys Track and Field Preview
This season Westfield will field its largest track and field team ever with over 100 athletes. The team will also be an experienced one.

"We have 22 seniors, so we have a lot of leadership and experience," head coach Roger Wachtel said. "We have several returning regional and state meet qualifiers, so we look to have a strong season."

Saturday, March 11, 2017
2017 Hamilton Heights Boys Track and Field Preview
Heights head boys track and field coach Mike Hippensteel has his sights set on a top-four finish in the Hoosier Conference this spring.

"We lost a lot in the sprints, throws and hurdles from last year," Hippensteel said as the 2017 season approaches.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
2017 Hamilton Heights Girls Track and Field Preview
Hamilton Heights girls track and field head coach Todd Jones will be counting on three returning regional qualifiers from last year as this season approaches.

The Huskies had two relay teams qualify for regionals last spring: the 4x100-meter relay team and the 4x400 team. The 4x100 team set a school record.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Whence the Wild Weather
What is one of the fastest ways for an outdoor column to get ensnared in political debate? The answer is: whenever you talk about the weather, more specifically climate change. In fact I've found this to be even more controversial than discussing cats.

I wanted to make that point out of the gate because in this day and age, people across the political spectrum get their panties in a major wad over something that just a few years ago was primarily a matter of scientific measurement and computer modeling, liberally seasoned with arcane folk predictions.

Friday, March 10, 2017
Indiana Fire Juniors Turf Classic Tournament set for Grand Park
WESTFIELD - More than 200 teams are expected to participate in the Turf Classic Soccer Tournament events taking place, Friday through Sunday, and March 17-19 At Grand Park.

This is the event's second year at Grand Park.

"This event is one of the first of the spring sports season," said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. "It's a great kickoff to what will be another action-packed high season at Grand Park."

Friday, March 10, 2017
Four county players named Academic All-State
INDIANAPOLIS - Four basketball players from Hamilton County schools earned Academic All-State honors from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Max Flinchum, Noblesville, Aaron Bennett, Westfield, Sterling Weatherford, Hamilton Heights, and Matthew Godfrey, Guerin Catholic, all made first-team.

Friday, March 10, 2017
Weatherford signs with Miami of Ohio
ARCADIA - Sterling Weatherford, Hamilton Heights' senior, has signed a letter of intent to play football at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio this fall. Weatherford is among the 20 athletes from around the country to comprise the Redhawks 2017 Recruiting Class. Miami of Ohio is a Division 1 Institution and a member of the Mid-America Conference. He is the son of Tim and Cindie Weatherford.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Millers compete at IWU
INDIANAPOLIS - The Noblesville High School Boys Track and Field team opened indoor competition with a pair of second place finishes Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Junior James Hardin finished second in the 60 meters in a time of :7.24, and the 4x800 meter relay team of Will Anderson, Levi Neuzerling, Zach Freeman, and Eric Hoffman finished second in 8:10.78.

Sunday, March 5, 2017
Burman signs with Indiana University Southeast
ARCADIA - Kenna Burman, Hamilton Heights' senior, has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for the Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers in New Albany this fall. She is the daughter of Rob and Holly Burman.

IUS is a member of the River States Conference.

Sunday, March 5, 2017
Five local women selected as festival princesses
INDIANAPOLIS - The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announce the five college-aged women from Hamilton County were chosen as the 2017 500 Festival Princesses.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
CARMEL - a huge, 33-point fourth quarter, could not lift Hamilton Southeastern past defending IHSAA Boys Basketball Class 4A Sectional champ Carmel Saturday night.

The Greyhounds knocked off the Royals 69-57, to win their third-straight sectional title.

Jack Davidson scored 21 points to lead the Royals. PJ Barron led Carmel with 17.

Sunday, March 5, 2017
IHSAA BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 3A SECTIONAL: Huskies fall to Tipton in Overtime
MARION - Hamilton Heights roll through the Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 3A Sectional at Marion came to end Saturday night. Tipton knocked off the Huskies 46-37 in overtime.

Heights opened the tournament with back-to-back double digit wins over Anderson and Delta, and had won five straight games.

Sunday, March 5, 2017
IHSAA BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 4A SECTIONAL: Westfield struggles on offense, falls to Carmel
CARMEL - Facing the No. 5 team in the state, the Westfield Shamrocks just couldn't keep pace offensively.

Westfield (6-17) fell to Carmel (20-4) 53-36 in the opening round of the Carmel sectional at the Erick Clark Activity Center on Wednesday night.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Duncan hits buzzer-beater to advance past Guerin
CARMEL - Rico Duncan practiced this shot thousands of times. Head coach Brian McCauley had his team practice this particular play at every practice - 77 of them to be exact. But it all came down to this one time.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
IHSAA BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS A SECTIONAL: University falls to Tindley in first round
University (13-12) lost to Tindley (17-6) 52-33 in the opening round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 1A sectional on its home court Tuesday night.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
IHSAA BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 3A SECTIONAL: Heights destroys Blackford in round one
MARION - The Hamilton Heights boys basketball team got off to a strong start in this year's state tournament.

The Huskies (10-12) cruised past Blackford (1-21) 83-34 in the opening round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 3A Marion sectional.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Former Brooklyn Dodger legend speaks at HHPS in honor of Black History Month
ARCADIA - Carl Erskine, former Brooklyn Dodger baseball legend, author, and advocate for individuals with special needs, shared an inspirational message about doing the right thing and lessons he learned through his friendship with baseball great Jackie Robinson with second grade students at Hamilton Heights Primary School last week.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Hoosier Hysteria starts Tuesday
The regular season is over and all of Hamilton County's boys basketball teams are now preparing for the the Indiana High School Athletic Association Sectional tournaments, scheduled to get under way Tuesday.

Local schools will be playing in all four classes at four different sectional sites. Noblesville, Westfield and Guerin Catholic will all play in the 4A tournament at Carmel.

Hamilton Heights will play in the Class 3A tournament in Marion, Sheridan is at the 2A sectional at Lapel, and University plays host to a Class A sectional.

Sunday, February 26, 2017
Injury hurts Millers' sectional chances
It was a difficult 24 hours for the Noblesville Lady Miller Gymnastics Team.

While preparing for sectionals at the last practice prior to the competition, Senior and team anchor, Esma Taylor injured her hand, taking her out of competition.

Sunday, February 26, 2017
Millers get needed win on Senior Night
Staring at the possibility of losing a fourth straight game heading into sectionals, the Noblesville Millers needed a win badly.

On Friday on Senior Night at The Mill, Noblesville (11-12) got that needed win beating the Lebanon Tigers (12-12) soundly, 57-46.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Sheridan falls to Frankton
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Boys Basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start and fell to Frankton 73-40 Friday night.

The loss dropped the Blackhawks to 9-14 on the season.

Frankton jumped out to a 15-4 first quarter lead, and pounced for 24 second quarter points to take a 39-19 halftime lead.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
BOYS STATE SWIMMING: Swimmers set for state finals after strong Friday
INDIANAPOLIS - Hamilton County swimmers hit the pool at IUPUI Friday night for the state preliminary heats. Noblesville had a pair of relay teams at the event, but couldn't find a spot in today's finals. The 400 free relay team of Isaac Johnston, Cameron Kramer, Jakob Janson and Jack Wolfred finished 18th with a time of 3:14.41. The Miller team of Wolfred, Evan Diamente, Janson and Johnston took 12th in the 200 free relay in 1:27.66. They'll swim in today's consolation heat.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Heidelberg honors Miller with scholar-athlete award
TIFFIN, Ohio - A total of 160 Heidelberg University student-athletes were honored earlier this month not for their play on the field but for their achievements in the classroom. Julia Miller of Noblesville, has received the Landess Scholar-Athlete Award for the fall semester.
Friday, February 24, 2017
County pair named Top 60
INDIANAPOLIS - Sheridan Senior Brittany Welch has been selected to Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60.

Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted all season and throughout the state tournament to determine Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60.

Friday, February 24, 2017
School enrollments announced
The enrollment totals of IHSAA member schools which will be used in the reclassification and realignment process this spring have been announced.

Classifications will be set and published within the next two weeks

Friday, February 24, 2017
GIRLS TRACK: Lady Miller's set records at invite
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Noblesville Girls Track team, set several state-best records during an invitational over the weekend at the University of Kentucky.

Millers captured 2nd and 3rd place in the distance medley relay.

Monday, February 20, 2017
BOYS SWIMMING: University 10th at swimming sectional
INDIANAPOLIS - Over a two day sectional meet, the University High School TrailBlazers set many records, both personal and team to ultimately come in 10th place at Lawrence North.

On Thursday, the team of Charles Earle, Cole Reinholt, Brody Davison, and Cordell Wilson broke the school record in the 200 Medley Relay to snatch a spot in the A Final on Saturday. When they reunited on Saturday, they dropped the record down to 1:52.94 for a 7th place finish.

Monday, February 20, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Sectional draw announced
Westfield, 6-13 on the season, will kick off Indiana High Athletic Association Boys Basketball Class 4A Sectional action, in the second game March 1, against host, and defending sectional champion Carmel.

Noblesville, 10-12, plays Guerin Catholic, 13-9, in the first game 7:30 p.m. March 2.

The IHSAA drew the tournament Sunday.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Hamilton Heights stuns Millers with buzzer beater
Hamilton Heights trailed host Noblesville 38-30 heading into the fourth quarter Saturday night at The Mill.

The pressure, you would think, would be on the Huskies. That was not the case, however, as Hamilton Heights enforced its full-court press, chipping at the lead the entire quarter, and it culminating with Caymn Lutz's 8-foot runner at the buzzer to shock Noblesville 47-45.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Westfield 2nd, Noblesville 3rd in swim sectional
Westfield finished second - behind perennial powerhouse Carmel - and Noblesville finished third at the Indiana High School Athletic Association Boys Swimming Sectional Saturday.

Noblesville's 200 free relay team of Jack Wolfred, Evan Diamente, Jakob Janson, and Isaac Johnston, finished third in 1:28.03.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Free throws lead Orioles to victory over Millers
AVON - It looked like the Noblesville Millers were a shoo-in for a victory after a dominant first period, but by the end of the third, the Orioles made a comeback to win 53-46.

The first period was disappointing for the Orioles as they failed to connect on several shots resulting in a 14-point lead, in favor of Noblesville.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
WRESTLING STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Jagow advances at wrestling state
INDIANAPOLIS - Westfield's Liam Jagow won his opening round match at the 79th Indiana High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championship Friday night.

Jagow, a senior, defeated Jack Michel, of Southridge, by major decision 9-1.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Guerin falls to Pendleton Heights
Jack Hansen's 25 points was not enough to guide Guerin Catholic past Pendleton Heights Friday. The Arabians knocked off the Golden Eagles 59-55.

Zach Munson tossed in 10 points and grabbed a team-leading 15 rebounds. Hansen pulled down 13 boards.

Luke Godfrey scored 8 points and Matthew Godfrey added seven points and 6 assists.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Heights destroys West Lafayette
ARCADIA - Sterling Weatherford scored 22 points and Caymn Lutz added 19 as the Hamilton Heights Boys Basketball team destroyed West Lafayette 72-48 Friday night.

Weatherford hit 8 of 18 field goals, included 2 of 3 three-pointers. Lutz was 7 of 13 from the field on the night. He also had five steals and three rebounds.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: University clamps down on Tigers
The University Boys Basketball Team limited Lebanon to just 3 third quarter points, to score a Senior Night victory, 59-40

Ethan Sickels scored 12 points to lead all scorers, and Zach Hodgin added 10 for the Trailblazers.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: New Castle outlasts Westfield in OT
WESTFIELD - The Westfield boys basketball team lost a close one in overtime to New Castle 85-77.

The Rocks were unable to hang on to the lead while New Castle caught fire in the fourth quarter.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
GYMNASTICS: Noblesville gymnasts second
The Noblesville Girls' Gymnastics Team inched closer to a .500 record with a 96.05-83.625 victory over Scecina Thursday.

The Lady Millers fell to Franklin Central 101.8-96.05.

On Vault leading the way for the Lady Miller's was Senior Esma Taylor with a score of 8.625 placing third for the team. Senior Maddie VanBuskirk places seventh with 8.35 and freshman Olivia Mangin eighth with 8.325.

Friday, February 17, 2017
GYMNASTICS: Noblesville gymnasts second
The Noblesville Girls' Gymnastics Team inched closer to a .500 record with a 96.05-83.625 victory over Scecina Thursday.

The Lady Millers fell to Franklin Central 101.8-96.05.

On Vault leading the way for the Lady Miller's was Senior Esma Taylor with a score of 8.625 placing third for the team. Senior Maddie VanBuskirk places seventh with 8.35 and freshman Olivia Mangin eighth with 8.325.

Friday, February 17, 2017
BOYS SWIMMING SECTIONAL: Westfield biggest challenger to Carmel
The Westfield Boy's Swimming Team presented the biggest challenge to Carmel, during the preliminaries of the Indiana High School Athletic Association Sectional Thursday night.

Westfield senior Nicholas Brauer took the top seed in the 200 yard individual medley, heading into Saturday's finals, and senior Matt Carr took the top seed in the 100 yard butterfly.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Doug Mark and Michael Young definitely blur the lines
We're talking about the lines that exist between hobby and business, employment and passion or perhaps maybe even insanity and enterprise. They also make some darn fine maple syrup.

Right now is prime time in the short window for Indiana maple syrup producers to manufacture that most sublime forest treat. From the waning days of January through February and sometimes lingering into the first days of March, Hoosier syrup producers have only a few weeks to gather, boil and package their distinct liquid gold.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Kincaid to tend goal at Dayton
DAYTON, Ohio - Mackenzie Kincaid, a current senior at Noblesville High School, signed her National Letter of Intent to further her soccer career as a Flyer at the University of Dayton.

The goalkeeper was a First Team all-state selection in 2016, captaining Noblesville to a sectional and regional championship.

Friday, February 17, 2017
WildIndiana going live from at travel show
INDIANAPOLIS - Starting Friday, with the opening of the 63rd Annual Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, WildIndiana.com will be broadcasting video segments live from the show floor.

From its booth studio in Tackletown in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion, WildIndiana will be airing live segments several times daily with guests ranging from seminar speakers, outdoor personalities, show exhibitors, DNR experts to even folks from the crowd.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Fox Prairie Golf Course to open season early on Friday
Noblesville Parks and Recreation will open Fox Prairie Golf Course, 8465 E. 196th Street, on Friday, February 17.

"With the beautiful, warm weather forecasted to come, we are excited to open Fox Prairie on Friday," said Gary Deakyne, director of golf.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
University falls to Heritage Christian
The University boys basketball team had two attempts to tie or win its Tuesday night game at Heritage Christian, but fell short, 45-43.

University fell behind by 6 points with 50 seconds left but two big 3-pointers by Ethan Sickels tied the game.

University had the ball down 2 on the last possession. Sickles' 3-point shot missed the mark, and Zach Hodgin grabbed the offensive rebound, but couldn't score as time expired.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Indy Eleven takes the indoor fields at Grand Park for preseason training
WESTFIELD - Indy Eleven professional soccer team is taking to the indoor fields at the Grand Park Events Center this week to begin its 2017 preseason training.

The team will take advantage of the full scope of Grand Park sports campus, alternating practices between the indoor facility, which opened last summer, and the wide expanse of outdoor fields available across preseason.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Work begins on Riparian Corridor in Grand Junction
Westfield - Work will begin tomorrow on the early stages of Riparian Corridor construction in Westfield's Grand Junction Park and Plaza project.

The first phase of the work will include removing trees along the Grassy Branch Creek. This anticipates forthcoming work which will allow the banks of the creek to return to a natural state for improved water flow.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Westfield names new coaches
WESTFIELD - Kevin Scanlon, a former soccer coach at Westfield High School, will return to that role next season.

Scanlon has worked at Westfield High School for the last 20 years. He is currently an Assistant Principal at Westfield High School.

Prior to that, he was a Dean of Students, Health/Physical Education Teacher as well as being the varsity soccer coach for 11 years. He currently has a USSF National 'C' License coaching at Indiana Fire Juniors Soccer Club.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Bears claw victory over Millers
INDIANAPOLIS - The Noblesville boys basketball team three-game win streak was cut short but a close Lawrence Central win Tuesday. The Bears rallied from a 40-31 deficit after the third-quarter to a 56-52 score at the buzzer.

The Millers held the lead for most of the second and third quarters. The Bears collected themselves for a six-point streak with five minutes left. They followed this with a five-point streak after two Noblesville free throws.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Rocks crush Stars after big second quarter
WESTFIELD - Westfield's opponent Tuesday simply couldn't wake up their offense against the Rocks' defense. Westfield held the Stars to just six points in the first half on their way to a 56-34 victory.

A flame was lit under the Rocks in the second eight minutes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Royals stay on roll
FISHERS - This is No. 10-state ranked Hamilton Southeastern's fourth win in a row. And they look to continue this streak headed into the two final games against Brownsburg and Lawrence North.

Who is leading the streak? Zach Gunn.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Eagles douse Trailblazers in two-point victory
INDIANAPOLIS - The University boys basketball team came off a tough Pioneer loss Saturday straight to another hard loss, 43-45, to Heritage Christian Tuesday.

The Trailblazers singed a Heritage Christian six-point lead in the final two minutes of the game. It was tied up and the Eagles had possession.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Hamilton Heights senior headed to Taylor
Ashley Roberts has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana this fall. She is the daughter of Ed and Teresa Roberts.

"I always knew I wanted to go to a small Christian college," Ashley Roberts said when she began thinking about her post-secondary goals. "When I first visited the Taylor University campus I loved it, but it wasn't until my overnight stay that I knew I wanted to call Taylor home for the next four years. Roberts plans to study exercise science at Taylor University, which is ranked No. 1 as the Best Regional College-Midwest by the US News & World Report.

Roberts has been playing softball since she was five. She said there wasn't a time where she and her dad weren't out in the yard throwing or hitting the ball.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Novak signs with Augustana
Former Noblesville resident, Dominic Novak, signed with Augustana University to play football. The senior running back will head to Sioux Falls, South Dakota this fall after graduating from Boerne High School in Boerne, Texas.

Novak's grandparents still reside in Noblesville, Henry and Arla Anderson.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS - The race was on.

Ivy Houser and 2016 state champion Jackie Brenn launched off the board for 11 dives in a neck-and-neck battle during Saturday's IHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving State Tournament. The race came down to an eight-point differential in the final three dives.

Hamilton Heights diving coach Steve Hoeferle calls Houser's last three dives her "money dives." The list includes a Forward ½ Somersault 1 Twist Free, Forward 2.5 Somersault Tuck and Inward 1.5 Somersault Pike.

Sunday, February 12, 2017
SWIM: Carmel swim wins 31 in a row
INDIANAPOLIS - Not only is it a state record, it's a national record - and Carmel doesn't look like they're stopping anytime soon.

The Carmel girls swim team won their 31st straight state championship Saturday at the IHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving State Finals.

Sunday, February 12, 2017
WRESTLE: 7 county wrestlers headed to state
NEW CASTLE - New Castle Fieldhouse, the largest high school gym in the country with a seating capacity of 9,325, was buzzing with spectators from 9 a.m. until nearly 7 p.m. on Saturday as 224 wrestlers competed in the IHSAA Semi-State Wrestling Tournament. Out of this group, 37 Hamilton County wrestlers entered the historic gym with hopes of advancing to the state finals. In the end, seven county wrestlers punched their tickets to the finals by winning at least their first two matches of the day.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Hamilton County Roundup (Feb. 11)
Millers pull out yet another 2-point win

The Noblesville boys basketball team likes to make it close. Their past three games have been two-point victories.

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Senior guard leads Westfield to win, in his first start
ARCADIA - Westfield head coach Shane Sumpter made a change to his starting lineup on Friday night. Based on the results of the game, the change is likely to become a permanent one.

In his first start of the season, Westfield guard Aaron Bennett tallied a double-double finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bennett helped lead the Shamrocks to an exciting 66-61 victory at Hamilton Heights High School, spoiling the Huskies senior night in the process.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Guerin drives past Franklin Central
Guerin Catholic's leading scorer Jack Hansen returned in style Friday.

Hansen had suffered a knee injury earlier in the week but after treatment and an all-clear to play, Hansen dropped in 31 points and brought down nine rebounds to lead Guerin past class 4A Franklin Central, 71-65.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
SWIM: Verbrugge advances to finals
INDIANAPOLIS - Westfield sophomore Erin Verbrugge is headed to the Saturday swim finals for the second year in a row. Verbrugge qualified for the IHSAA State Girls Swim Finals in the 100 backstroke. The top 16 places advance from the Friday preliminaries to the Saturday Finals.

Verbrugge just made the cut with a 16th place in the 100 back. She glided through the IU Natatorium pool in 57.69 seconds just a second slower than her seed time.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
State Boys Basketball Scores (Feb. 10)
Saturday, February 11, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Blackhawks rally to victory
FLORA - The Sheridan Blackhawks (9-11) defeated Carroll high school in a non-conference game on Friday night. The Blackhawks trailed after three quarters, but made a run in the fourth to get the 40-37 victory.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Royals upset Greyhounds
CARMEL - The Hamilton Southeastern Royals (17-4) soared past Carmel (14-4) Friday night, taking home an impressive 21-point victory over the Greyhounds for their third straight win.

The Royals, ranked No. 12 in Indiana, were led by senior Zach Gunn's 27 points, with fellow senior Conner Rotterham joining him as HSE's only other double figure scorer with 12.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Warriors overcome Trailblazers
INDIANAPOLIS - The University Trailblazers (11-5) fell to Indianapolis Covenant Christian (8-10) 49-55 Friday night.

The Trailblazers were outscored every quarter except the third, where they managed a one-point advantage over Covenant Christian.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Conference Update
The Noblesville, Avon, Brownsburg, and Fishers boys basketball teams are in a race to see who can finish third in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference. Zionsville has claimed the championship. There is a possibility of Hamilton Southeastern finishing tied for second with Brownsburg if the Bulldogs come through with a big upset against the No. 14-state ranked Royals next Friday.
Friday, February 10, 2017
GYMNASTICS: Millers flip over senior night foes
The Noblesville gymnastics team celebrated their seniors Wednesday with a win over Lafayette Jefferson and Harrison.

The Millers combined for a 95.05, just ahead of Lafayette Jeff's 89.65. Harrison posted only individuals scores at 63.05.

Senior Esma Taylor finished the night with a first place and a season-high score of 8.725 on the beam, helping her to a second place in all-around with a 32.775. Seniors Ronnie and Ellie VanBuskirk also completed all-around with Ronnie placing fourth and Ellie, seventh. Freshman Olivia Mangin rounded out the scores with a sixth.

Friday, February 10, 2017
Pro Wrestling comes to Freedom Church
Seven professional wrestling matches will be held at Freedom Church this Saturday starting at 6 p.m. Ringside seats, which include the first three rows, are $20 while general admission is $15.

The event is put on by Destiny's Keys International in association with PWR & New Wrestling Promotions.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
OUT IN THE OPEN: Deer rifle redux, winter morels and more
Our friends at the state legislature may finally be getting it right.

As most hunters know, the legislature passed a law over the objections of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources that certain 'mainstream' deer rifles could be used on private property during last fall's deer season.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
SWIM: Noblesville duo heads to state
There are a few similarities between the Noblesville athletes competing in this weekend's IHSAA Girl's Swimming & Diving State Tournament this weekend.

Alexa Akers and Dayana Popa are both seniors at Noblesville High School. Both have been to state two times before. And both hit their season best at the sectional meet.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
SWIM: Five Westfield sophomores, one junior eye Saturday finals
Four went to state as freshman, two were alternatives. Westfield's strong sophomore girls swim class will be represented by Erin Verbrugge, Molly Effinger, Mia Herzog, Katherine Hand, Lily Hunter along with junior Molly Ruggles in this weekend's IHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving State Tournament.

Verbrugge not only qualified for state last year but was a part of two individual (200 free, 500 free) and two relay events. This year, she made all four of her events again with a state cut in the 100 back, while helping three relays to qualify.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Heirbrandts sign with Ancilla
Westfield High School's Ethan and Evan Heirbrandt signed letters of intent to continue their education and soccer careers at Ancilla College on Monday, Feb. 6.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Local athlete selected to participate in 2017 United World Games
A Guerin Catholic High school senior will be traveling to Europe this summer to participate in the United World Games.

Austin Boyer is the first male selected from Indiana to play on the American International Sports Teams (AIST) in the United World Games.

Players from all over the USA join to compete internationally.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
DIVE: Houser wins regional
FISHERS - Hamilton Heights senior Ivy Houser tacked another victory onto her 2016-17 season Tuesday. She stayed undefeated after winning the regional championship at Hamilton Southeastern high school with a score of 505.15.

"It was fantastic, it really was," Husky diving coach Steve Hoeferle said. "She dove steady all the way through it."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Eagles rally past Guerin
INDIANAPOLIS - The Guerin boys basketball team started strong in their Monday game against 2A Heritage Christian. However, an Eagle rally thwarted Guerin's victory as Heritage Christian dropped in a last-second 3-pointer for the 44-42 win.

"We failed to protect the lead," Golden Eagle head coach Pete Smith said. "We made turnovers down the stretch, and when we had the chance to make plays to put the game away, we didn't."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Westfield falls behind in fourth quarter
WEST LAFAYETTE - The Westfield boys basketball team hung on until the fourth quarter in Tuesday's match up against Harrison. Harrison pushed ahead with 26 points in the final quarter on their way to a 72-56 victory over the Westfield Rocks.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: First half dooms Heights
FRANKTON - The second half was neck-and-neck in the Hamilton Heights versus Frankton boys basketball game Tuesday. The first half was not.

The 2A Eagles led 14-7 after eight minutes and 37-25 at the half. Heights started pushing through points in the second quarter and stayed with the Eagles for the rest of the game but could not quite overcome 2A Frankton's lead, losing 65-77.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: University slides past International
INDIANAPOLIS - The International boys basketball team stayed with the University Trailblazers for most of the first half. University started to extend the lead in the third and finished with a 56-44 advantage.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Tyner signs with Trine University
Michael Tyner, Hamilton Heights' senior, has signed a letter of intent to play football and run track at Trine University in Angola, Indiana this fall. Trine University is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). He is the son of Tony and Liz Tyner.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Westfield swim club to co-host international swim series
WESTFIELD - Westfield's Viper Aquatics swim club has announced it will partner with Indiana Swimming and USA Swimming to co-host the Arena Pro Swim Series meet at the IUPUI natatorium in Indianapolis from March 2-4, 2017.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
State Boys Basketball Scores (Feb. 7)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
IHSAA student-athlete tip of the week
"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

College basketball is getting close to tournament time, and one of the best mid-majors in the country, Illinois State, has relied on good defense while standing atop the Missouri Valley Conference, according to their coach Dan Muller.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
SWIM: Houser wins, Akers, Verbrugge advance
Hamilton Heights diver Ivy Houser won the sectional championship with a score of 527.40. Noblesville's Dayana Pope was second and will advance with Houser to Tuesday's regional.
Monday, February 6, 2017
WRESTLE: 37 county wrestlers advance
The Hamilton County wrestlers competed at the Pendleton Heights and North Montgomery regionals Saturday. A total of 37 county wrestlers advanced onto the New Castle semi-state, which will merge all the county teams together.

From the Pendleton Heights regional, Noblesville sends five, Hamilton Heights sends three and Guerin sends two. No. 8 state-ranked Indianapolis Cathedral won the regional, winning six regional titles. The Millers finished fourth, eight points behind second place Frankton. Heights was seventh and Guerin, 10th.

Monday, February 6, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Weitzel, Burnell guide Blackhawks past North Miami
SHERIDAN - Cam Weitzel used a big perimeter game and a few key inside shots to give Sheridan a 52-48 victory Saturday.

Weiztel went 4-for-8 from the arc, finishing with 18 points and five rebounds, while Nick Burnell had a steady post game to contribute 14 to their win.

Monday, February 6, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Carmel repeats sectional championship
FISHERS - Amy Dilk and Olivia Christy guided No. 4 Carmel past No. 6 Hamilton Southeastern 62-57 in the final minutes of the Sectional 8 championship Saturday.

Dilk hit her free throws and Christy hit a crucial 3-pointer the five Carmel the edge.

"It feels absolutely great," Greyhound head coach Tod Windlan said. "It was great for our senior Olivia Christy, who hit a big three in the corner. She played her heart out for us tonight."

Monday, February 6, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Huskies fall short in title bid
TIPTON - A jubilant Heritage Christian girls' basketball team had just started cutting down the nets when Hamilton Heights girls' basketball coach Keegan Cherry described what it was like in his team's locker room Saturday after the Eagles had defeated the Huskies in Class 3A Sectional 24 at Tipton.

"We have a sick locker room back there," Cherry said, describing his team's mood. "That is because they care."

Keegan's squad had just dropped a 35-28 thriller to Heritage Christian, who entered the tournament ranked No. 4 in Class 3A and No. 11 overall.

Sunday, February 5, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Déjà vu at The Mill, Millers win by 2 again
Only two days following a dramatic two-point win over Brownsburg, the Noblesville Millers found themselves in a nearly identical late-game situation.

With 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Noblesville (9-9) and non-conference opponent Mount Vernon (9-7) were tied at 32 on Saturday afternoon in The Mill. In crunch time, needing a go-ahead basket, the Millers turned to their ever-reliable senior forward Nolan Ginther.

Sunday, February 5, 2017
State Boys Basketball Scores (Feb. 4)
Sunday, February 5, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Westfield drops to Royals
FISHERS - No. 10 Hamilton Southeastern used a big second quarter to jump ahead of Hoosier Crossroads Conference foe Westfield on their way to a 74-65 victory.

The Rocks held the lead 20-18 after the first quarter but let the Royals charge ahead in the remaining three.

Rock Ian Kristensen was one away from his season high, finishing with 29 points. Jonah Welch had 12 points and Josh VanDyke had 11.

Sunday, February 5, 2017
Hamilton Heights diver eyes state championship
Hamilton Heights senior Ivy Houser is in it to win it.

Houser is a first-year Heights student and has been training with RipFest and 2008 Olympic head coach John Wingfield for four years. She has been diving for 12.

With sectional diving starting today, Houser has her dive list ready to go.

"I'm excited to qualify on and see what that meet is like," Houser said. "And I'm excited to see what my competition will be like."

Saturday, February 4, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Heights heads to sectional championship
TIPTON - The Hamilton Heights girls basketball team clinched a spot in the Sectional 24 final tonight with a 40-32 win over Tipton.

They had defeated Tipton 51-31 earlier in the season but were playing without their lead scorer, Kayla Kirtley.

"We are very limited as far as scoring goes," Husky head coach Keegan Cherry said. "The one thing we have been able to consistently rely on is defense. We held them to 10 points in the first half but on the flipside, we only scored 15."

Saturday, February 4, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Kiser's double-double not enough against HSE
FISHERS - Turnovers plagued the Noblesville Millers girls basketball team in their Sectional 8 semi-final game against No. 7 state-ranked Hamilton Southeastern Friday. HSE came away with the win 60-34.

"We didn't play well tonight but a lot that was a result of how talented, long and athletic HSE is as a team," Miller head coach Donna Buckley said.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Trailblazers go out in style
BROWNSBURG - The University girls basketball team was up against one of the best in Friday's Sectional 58 semi-final. They faced No. 7 Indianapolis Tindley who average a whopping 85 points per game. According to MaxPreps, they have the second-highest points in the nation so far.

And the Trailblazers held them to 51. That's going out in style . . . with an extra salute at the end.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Carmel scores 95 on way to sectional championship
FISHERS - The No. 4 Carmel girls basketball team flipped the switch after the first quarter against Sectional 8 foe Anderson Friday.

Anderson's strong start waned as Carmel bounded to 57 at halftime and a 95-46 final. This was their highest scoring game this season.

"Anderson came out playing with a lot of emotion," Greyhound head coach Tod Windlan said.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Southeastern swim registration open
The Southeastern swim school has open registration for their spring 2017 classes. Daytime and evening lessons are offered for children ages three and older. Children must be toilet-trained or wear swim diapers in order to participate.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Noblesville native sparks Emory
Junior Whit Rapp has helped the Emory University men's basketball team to a 14-4 overall record, with its 5-2 ledger in the University Athletic Association good for third place.

Rapp leads the league with a per-game average of 8.8 assists per game with that mark good for the No. 2 spot among all D-III players. In addition, he tops the conference with a 4.1 assist/turnover ratio. He ranks fourth on the team in scoring (7.0 ppg) and claims four contests of double-digit point totals.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
SWIM: Sanquetti breaks backstroke record
Rachel Sanquetti continued her record-breaking swim season for Heights at the sectional prelims Thursday. She broke the school backstroke record with a 58.97, just two seconds from Carmel's first place swimmer. She finished fourth in both the backstroke and 500 free.
Friday, February 3, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Millers beat Brownsburg in nail biter
With 1.5 seconds remaining in a two-point game, Noblesville's Rico Duncan flashed to the top of the key to deflect a Brownsburg inbound pass and preserve the win. As the buzzer sounded, the Miller players flew towards their bench where head coach Brian McCauley was ready to hand out celebratory hugs. The joy was palpable after a big conference win.

In a tight defensive struggle, Noblesville (8-9) prevailed over Hoosier Crossroads Conference foe Browsburg (11-5) 43-41 on Thursday night at The Mill.

Friday, February 3, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Tigers sprint past Westfield in HCC matchup
WESTFIELD - The Fishers boys basketball team notched another Hoosier Crossroads Conference victory to their record after a 66-49 victory Thursday.

They came out with a big 19-7 lead in the first and didn't look back. Westfield's Ian Kristensen helped keep the Rocks in the game, finishing with 25 points and helping the Rocks to an even 15-15 second quarter. He went 6-for-9 from the three-point line.

Friday, February 3, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Guerin loses heartbreaker
It came down to the last point for two boys basketball teams Thursday.

The class 2A No. 15 Lapel Bulldogs stifled the Guerin Catholic boys' offense, holding them to 50 points, while Lapel ran away with 51.

Friday, February 3, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Carmel overpowers MIC foe LN
INDIANAPOLIS - The Carmel, Lawrence North boys basketball game at Indiana Farmers Coliseum was a game to remember. The three-overtime affair ended with a Britt Beery basket in the third OT to beat Lawrence North 50-48.

"This was a big MIC win that keeps us in the mix for a fifth MIC Championship in six years," Greyhound head coach Scott Heady said.

Friday, February 3, 2017
SWIM: Carmel sweeps Sectional 9 prelims
CARMEL - The No. 1 team in the state is loaded. Carmel is aiming to win their 31st straight team title this year.

The team took the top three spots in each individual event and won the rest of the relays during the preliminary round at Carmel Thursday. The first-place swimmers in the Saturday finals advance to state.

Friday, February 3, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: University rallies but drops Shenandoah game
MIDDLETOWN - A low-scoring game between the University and Shenandoah boys basketball teams ended with a 42-39, Shenandoah advantage.

The Trailblazers rallied from a 13-4 first quarter to an 8-0 second quarter.

Friday, February 3, 2017
SWIM: Fishers, HSE race to swim finals
FISHERS - The No. 4 and No. 9 girls swim teams battled with eight other teams in the Sectional 8 preliminaries at Fishers Thursday. The only other ranked team was No. 15 Yorktown.
Friday, February 3, 2017
OUT IN THE OPEN: Lessons from a Live Remote
There is an old adage in stage and television that says you should never work with kids or animals. Both are unpredictable and they will also eventually do something so cute that it will upstage your performance, even if you are currently juggling sixteen flaming bowling pins while singing light opera as you perform elective surgery.
Friday, February 3, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Trailblazers pave way
The Lady Trailblazers blazed past Indiana Math & Science in a 69-22 affair Wednesday in the first round of Sectional 58 play.

University only allowed 10 points in three quarters, and just two points in the second and third quarters. What stuck out to head coach Justin Blanding was their intensity level.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Westfield football coach experiences Pro Bowl and more
Westfield football head coach, Jake Gilbert, ran into T.Y. Hilton this past weekend at the Pro Bowl . . . literally.

Gilbert was among the 32 high school coaches nominated for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year and the nomination precipitated an invite to the NFL's week-long celebration of football at the 2017 Pro Bowl in Orlando. This was the first year the nominees were invited.

Hilton ran into Gilbert warming up for the game.

"Hilton ran an out-route right into where I was standing," he said. "Didn't quite get to meet him but bumped into him, literally."

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Noblesville's Kiser chosen for IBCA Player of the Week
Noblesville's Emily Kiser was honored with the District 2 girls IBCA Player of the Week after her performance against Pendleton Heights last week.

The 6-2 Kiser posted a double-double with 29 points and 11 rebounds as Noblesville (12-9) beat Pendleton Heights 72-55 in their only game of the week. She added six assists and three steals while converting 12-of-12 shots, including 1-of-3 3-pointers, and 4-of-4 free throws.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Samaritan's feet Thursday at Guerin
For the ninth season, Guerin Catholic boys basketball coach Pete Smith will coach team barefoot Thursday night against Lapel.

Smith's barefoot coaching raises awareness for over 300 million children worldwide who wake up every day with no shoes. Samaritan's Feet is a non-profit organization serving children in over 72 countries, including children right here in our home city and state with new athletic shoes and socks, while washing their feet and sharing a message of hope with them.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Branham leads Heights past Guerin
TIPTON - The Hamilton Heights girls basketball team had a 5'3" junior step up in the absence of the Huskies leading scorer Kayla Kirtley.

Lexi Branham beat out her average by 10 points, finishing with 15 points in Tuesday's Sectional 24 match up against county foe Guerin Catholic. Heights came out on top, 37-18.

Branham went 6-for-10 from the field in her highest scoring game of the season.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Sheridan finishes season with loss to No. 3 Monroe Central
PARKER CITY- The Lady Blackhawks had a tough opponent in class 2A No. 3 Monroe Central in the first round of the Sectional 40 girls basketball tournament Tuesday.

Despite two even middle quarters, the Golden Bears outmatched Sheridan at the beginning and the end, winning 53-37. Monroe Central (21-2) had been averaging about 55 points a game and missed the mark just by a few.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: No. 7 HSE uses big second quarter to defeat Westfield
FISHERS - The first quarter was only a four-point difference. The second quarter was 13.

The Hamilton Southeastern girls basketball team doubled Westfield's score in the first round of Sectional 8, 68-36.

The Royals had three girls finish in doubles figures, with Sydney Parrish leading the team with 17 points. Tayah Irvin followed with 13 and Bre Lloyd tacked on 11.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Carmel glides past Fishers
FISHERS - Fishers had lost to Carmel by about 30 points in the regular season. The Lady Tigers cut this deficit but could not outpace the Greyhounds in the second half. Carmel went on to win 60-46.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Points-a-plenty in Guerin's win over Scecina
INDIANAPOLIS - The Guerin boys basketball team played a high-scoring and foul-filled away game, finishing with an 82-72 victory Tuesday.

Guerin wowed Scecina with a 29-11 advantage after just eight minutes. However, the Crusaders crusaded slowly back in the second and third.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
SWIM: Carmel boys finish undefeated
The No. 1 Greyound boys swim team had a fitting finish for their season. They defeated Ben Davis with a score of 138-32, winning every event on their way to an undefeated 7-0 dual meet record.

They start their tournament run on Feb. 16 with the sectional preliminaries at Noblesville.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Grand Park announces partnership with Methodist Sports Medicine
WESTFIELD, IN - Grand Park has announced that Methodist Sports Medicine will become the official sports medicine provider for the campus, a sports destination developed by the City of Westfield that hosts major sporting events and attracted nearly two million visits last year.

As part of the new partnership, all sporting events at Grand Park will be staffed by medical personnel from Methodist Sports Medicine, including athletic trainers and orthopedic physicians. Methodist Sports Medicine is best known as the official team physicians for the Indianapolis Colts, plus many other college, high school and professional teams throughout Central Indiana.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Melt the Trail returns to Grand Park Saturday
WESTFIELD - Westfield's annual winter fun run returns to Grand Park Saturday, when participants race their way through the third annual Melt the Trail 5K walk/run.

This year's event also features a 10K run option for the first time.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
IHSAA student-athlete tip of the week
"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

Super Bowl 51 will feature the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday. Will you watch the game? The human interest stories on the coaches, players and their families is a good reason to tune in.

Of all the big televised sporting events, the Super Bowl commentary provides more insight into the personal life, successes and failures of these talented athletes (both starters and reserves) than any other.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
WRESTLE: Millers place second at sectional, 10 wrestlers advance
The Noblesville wrestling team switched leads throughout Saturday with Pendleton Heights in the Elwood wrestling sectional. Pendleton won just enough championship and third-place matches to clinch the title while the Millers finished 9.5 points behind them in second place.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
WRESTLE- Jagow claims sectional championship, Westfield finishes fourth
ZIONSVILLE - The Zionsville wrestling sectional was filled with Indiana talent as Carmel fought Hamilton Southeastern for the sectional title. Carmel finished on top while HSE, along with Westfield, sent multiple wrestlers to the finals but were only able to procure one championship title.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Rossville scorches sluggish Sheridan with hot shooting
FRANKFORT - The Sheridan boys basketball team was a defenseless victim in a three-point onslaught on Saturday evening.

The Rossville Hornets put on a shooting clinic as they demolished the Sheridan Blackhawks 92-52 in the Hoosier Heartland Conference Tournament third-place game held at Clinton Prairie High School.

Sunday, January 29, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Westfield rebounds with Lebanon win
The Westfield boys basketball team came back from their fourth loss in a row Friday, with a 48-31 win over class 3A Lebanon Saturday.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
State Boys Basketball Scores (Jan. 28)
Sunday, January 29, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: HSE routs Noblesville
FISHERS - The Hamilton Southeastern boys basketball team proved their IBCA No. 8 state ranking in Friday's 61-41 victory over Hoosier Crossroads Conference foe Noblesville.

The first quarter exposed Noblesville's weaknesses as HSE sped to a 14-4 lead. The Royals put pressure on the ball, while relying on 6'7" Zach Gunn and 6'6" Aaron Etherington for the rebounds - and a few dunks mixed in.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Avon overpowers Westfield
The Hoosier Crossroads Conference had a few teams jump spots Friday. With Avon's 62-57 victory, the Orioles move to the fourth spot at an even 2-2 record. Westfield suffered their fourth conference loss and remain in eighth place.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Huskies fall to fourth in conference
The Hamilton Heights team had been set to play in the fifth-place Hoosier Conference game on Feb. 17. However, their second half play against Tipton concluded otherwise.

The Blue Devils sprinted ahead to a 56-41 victory, breaking their six-game losing streak. Heights blew their 28-25 halftime lead as Tipton outscored the Huskies 31-13 in the second half.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Guerin sneaks past 1A No. 3 Central Catholic
The Golden Eagles came out three-points the wiser, 52-49, in their Friday match up against Lafayette Central Catholic.

The game was tied 25-25 going into the fourth quarter with both defenses holding strong. Guerin had used two big middle quarters to overcome their 15-5 first quarter deficit.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Greyhounds clinch third-place in MIC
The Carmel girls basketball team swept past MIC foe Ben Davis Friday with a 59-47 victory. Three Greyhounds led the team with double figures - Blake Smith (16), Tomi Taiwo (15) and Amy Dilk (12).
Saturday, January 28, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Gophers burrow past Blackhawks
SHERIDAN - Sheridan had a chance to fight their way back into the Hoosier Heartland Conference semi-final game against Clinton Prairie Thursday.

A missed shot here and a missed rebound there allowed Clinton Prairie to maintain their lead, finishing with a 52-42 advantage.

Friday, January 27, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Rocks fall to Flashes
The Westfield Shamrocks finalized their regular season record at 8-14 after a 63-54 loss to Franklin Central Thursday.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Basketball conferences winding down for the girls
Hoosier Crossroads

Noblesville and Westfield tied for third place in the HCC after Westfield defeated Brownsburg Saturday. Noblesville lost their last game against Zionsville to finish 3-3 and Westfield was in a position to either fall to fifth place or finish in third. Hamilton Southeastern sealed a second place after they lost to Zionsville Saturday, while Zionsville has one game left.

Friday, January 27, 2017
OUT IN THE OPEN: Tree cutting not immoral
Several months ago I had a conversation with one of the most vilified men in state government - a talk that changed my overall outlook about our wildest places.

The discussion was with Indiana Division of Forestry Director John Siefert and while sitting deep in Morgan-Monroe State Forest, we talked about the dire need to cut Indiana's trees. Cut trees, as in "clear-cut," that dirtiest of words to conservationists.

Friday, January 27, 2017
WRESTLE: From sideline to center stage
You may have seen her around at the boys wrestling meets - keeping score, cleaning mats or filling water bottles. What you probably haven't see is her analyzing the matches to get pointers.

One Hamilton Heights girls wrestler went from boys wrestling manager to 106 state champion in a matter of weeks.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Millers outlast Arabians in last home game
The first half left a lot up for question in the Noblesville versus Pendleton Heights game Wednesday. The second half did not.

The Arabians crumbled to Noblesville's powerful offense and quick defense as the Millers soared to a 72-55 victory.

Pendleton Heights did not look the same after halftime. The decisive shooting, the four '3's and the steady defense in the first half was replaced by a tired team trying to keep up with the Millers' deep bench.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Rocks dominate on senior night
Westfield swept past Arsenal Tech 63-37 Wednesday to celebrate their seniors. The Rocks used a 15-6 first-quarter lead to slowly extend their advantage. They got it to a 17-point lead after three on their way to victory.

The Rock seniors are Morgan Clary, Emily Katter and Allison Dotson.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
WRESTLE: Heights defeats Brebeuf to honor seniors
The Hamilton Heights wrestling team has some serious senior talent and the team celebrated that talent Wednesday with a win over Brebeuf.

The six seniors are James Loy (126), Riley White (138), Clayton Coawn (160), Noah DeFoe (170), (James Wackenhuth (12) and Brandon Burk (138).

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Sheridan claws conference win
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan boys basketball team rallied in the four minutes of overtime to overcome their first-round Hoosier Heartland Conference tournament opponent Carroll (Flora), 54-45.

Jack Waitt and Cam Weitzel boosted the Hawks with some key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and in overtime.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Western Boone stuns Hamilton Heights
ARCADIA - Hamilton Heights boys' basketball coach Chad Ballenger warned his team after Saturday's victory against Sheridan that you can't allow teams to hang around for a half and expect to turn on a switch in the second half every single game.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Sheridan overruns Rossville
There was no better way for the Lady Hawks to finish their regular season Monday. Sheridan tackled Hoosier Heartland (West) foe Rossville 65-25.

They had faced them in the HHC tournament and won a decisive 50-31 victory then as well.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Carmel uses balanced attack to defeat Cathedral
The Lady Greyhounds bounced back from their loss against Pike this past weekend and got their 18th win Tuesday over Indianapolis Cathedral.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
IHSAA student-athlete tip of the week
"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

There are many factors that determine how you can become a successful student-athlete. Have you given any thought on how and why certain student-athletes make a positive impact on their school?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Tale of two halves
ARCADIA - The boys' basketball game between Hamilton Heights and Sheridan Saturday at Heights was a classic tale of two halves.

Hamilton Heights took advantage of four early turnovers by Sheridan to begin the third quarter, igniting a 9-0 run that eventually turned into a 68-39 victory for the Huskies.

The first half was an entirely different situation, as the two teams traded leads, on three different occasions, before Hamilton Heights took a 29-25 lead at the intermission.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Millers fail to execute late
One night after a one-point victory over Frankfort, the Noblesville Millers found themselves locked up in another tight game in the fourth quarter. This time around the Millers failed to make the key plays late.

Noblesville fell to No. 17 Logansport 51-58 Saturday night at The Mill.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Tri-West perseveres in even battle over Westfield
The Rock, Bruin match up Saturday was an even-keeled fight from the start. The class 3A No. 12 Tri-West team only has three losses on the season and did not give up that number in a 74-69 victory over Westfield.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Welch's return seals Sheridan's third place
The Sheridan girls basketball team had been without scoring leader Brittany Welch for three weeks due to an injury. Welch came back with a bang Saturday, scoring 28 points in a 45-33 victory over Eastern for the third spot in the Hoosier Heartland Conference tournament.

Sheridan started off the HHC tourney with a 50-31 win over Rossville, then fell to Carroll by over 30 points to send them to the third-place game. Carroll ended up winning the championship 43-39 over Tri-Central.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bunting flurries '3's to lead Rocks past Bulldogs
The Rocks were looking for someone to step up for them offensively. Ryann Bunting answered the call in Saturday's Hoosier Crossroads game at Brownsburg.

Her six 3-pointers led Westfield to a 60-47 victory, moving them to a fourth spot in the HCC.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Four Lady Millers in double figures not enough
The Noblesville versus Martinsville girls basketball game was a high-scoring thriller that matched the Artesians, who average 65 per game, against the Millers, averaging about 56 per game.

The average difference predicted the game difference, as Martinsville won 72-65.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Guerin falls on senior night
Circle City Conference foe Roncalli put a damper on Guerin's senior night with a 66-23 victory. This sealed Roncalli's conference championship with an undefeated 6-0 record.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
GYMNASTICS: Millers vault to second
The Noblesville gymnastics team finished runner up at the seven-team Northwestern Invitational Saturday. The team totaled 96.475 with their highest team score so far this season. North western won with a 101.525 and Logansport was just .100 behind Noblesville in third.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
SWIM: Westfield emerge champions
The Westfield boys and girls swim team swept a nine-team field Saturday at the Crawfordsville Invite. The boys won by over 250 points with a score of 612. The girls beat Franklin Central by just over 100 points.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
SWIM: Millers overpower Brownsburg
After placing lower than the Bulldogs in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference meet, both Noblesville boys and girls teams defeated Brownsburg Saturday.

The girls came away with a 106-79 victory and the boys won 111-74.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
SWIM: Houser notches another victory
Hamilton Heights diver Ivy Houser won the Mooresville Diving Invite by over 100 points Saturday.

The team tied for third and was one-point away from second.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Noblesville inducts 7 into HOF
Noblesville High School inducted the 2017 Class into the NHS Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime of the Logansport game.

The inductees are from the 2000 to 2010 decade and features seven honorees.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
State Boys Basketball Scores (Jan. 21)
Sunday, January 22, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Braves edge Golden Eagles
The Brebeuf Jesuit and Guerin Catholic boys basketball teams couldn't be much different.

The Braves rely on a spread-out offense with four guards averaging near double digits. The Golden Eagles depend on powerhouse Jack Hansen along with a big inside presence.

Brebeuf took away Guerin's height advantage, rebounding just one less than the Golden Eagles, while their guards produced nine three-pointers. Brebeuf pushed past Guerin (for the second time this year) in the final quarter, winning 58-51.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Brownsburg buries Westfield
WESTFIELD - Westfield senior Ian Kristensen scored a game-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, not missing a basket inside the three-point range Friday at home against Hoosier Crossroads Conference foe Brownsburg.

The only problem was the Bulldogs had two players combine for 14-for-17 shooting and 40 points, as Brownsburg picked up a 60-46 victory over the host Shamrocks.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
GIRLS WRESTLE: Heights' Pugh wins 106 state
The first ever girls wrestling state championship in Indiana took place Friday at Hamilton Heights. A total of 49 schools qualified with 86 wrestlers competing for 16 state titles.

Heights' boys and girls coach Gary Myers was the main organizer of the event after he got the blessing of the IHSAA. The idea first came to him when a few girls showed up at his wrestling camp.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Blackhawks drop to Math & Science
The Sheridan boys basketball team lost a 57-43 matchup with Indiana Math & Science Friday.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Duncan boosts Millers past Hot Dogs
Down by one with five seconds left. Miller Rico Duncan drew the foul and headed to the free throw line.

Duncan had nine points and was 3-for-4 from the line that night. He's been in situations like this before . . . multiple times throughout the season.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
BOYS BASKETBALL: Carmel overthrows Pike, sits at second in MIC
The Carmel boys basketball team slid into second place in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference after their 69-59 victory Friday. Pike dropped to seventh.

The Greyhounds bounded to a 27-7 lead after the first quarter. Sterling Brown was the key to Carmel's advances after draining four '3's on his way to 16 points. Jalen Whack tacked on 13 points as well.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Guerin girls fall to Brebeuf
The Lady Golden Eagles dropped their Circle City Conference game against Brebeuf, 57-30, Friday. The Braves got their revenge for their 29-48 loss to Guerin earlier in the season.

Guerin drops to 6-15, 1-4 CCC. They finish off their conference schedule tonight against Roncalli. Roncalli is undefeated in the CCC at 5-0.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

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