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  • Baseball rules changes focus on pitching mechanics
    7/20/2018 The elimination of the requirement for the entire pivot foot to be in contact with the pitcher’s plate is among the changes approved for the 2018-19 high school baseball season.

    This revision in Rule 6-1-3 was one of three changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 3-5 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “We are very fortunate that the state of high school baseball is in an excellent position, which is indicative of the few rules changes that were passed,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and staff liaison for baseball. “We appreciate the hard work of dedicated coaches who, in addition to minimizing risk associated with the sport, teach the game in a way that makes our young people enjoy playing for their high school. We must also acknowledge the highly professional and responsible game umpires. Without their thorough knowledge and implementation of NFHS rules, we would not be able to enjoy the small injury rate and increase in player participation.”
  • OUT IN THE OPEN- Metal military monsters are great for storage
    7/19/2018 I’d be willing to bet that at least half of our readership has one sitting in the garage, shed, barn or storage unit right now. It’s probably sitting there forlornly gathering cobwebs, waiting patiently for the day it is hauled out to take center stage in a grand and glorious adventure. 

    Or, it might be sitting there like a ticking time bomb, full of stink bait or a forgotten, badly-tanned squirrel tail, waiting for the unfortunate soul who happens to open its airtight lid, accidentally releasing the horrors within. In either case, the nondescript rectangle box might be one of the most overlooked outdoor accessories in spite of being one of the most useful.

    I’m talking about the humble ammo can.

    I never really stopped to think about the somewhat ungainly but supremely useful containers until I recently ran across a webpage that explained the history behind these olive-drab metal military monsters.
  • Daly tests at Mid-Ohio
    7/18/2018 LEXINGTON, Ohio — Noblesville native Conor Daly drove for Harding Racing in the recent Verizon IndyCar Series race on the streets of Toronto, the Honda Indy Toronto and finished 13th. 

    On Tuesday, just days after scoring the teams’ best result of the year, Daly tested in the morning session at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, less than two weeks before the Honda Indy 200 on July 29, in a continuing evaluation of the car and the team’s performance and development.

    “It was OK so far,” said Daly. “I think the track was pretty icy this morning so we couldn’t really get to running again until 9:30 but we’ve only run two sets of tires. We didn’t get a lot in yet but we want to make some big, swinging changes. So we had to stop early before lunch just to try to get back to the (setup) pad and take a big swing at it because that’s what we’re here to do is take big swings at it technically.”

    Harding Racing President Brian Barnhart looked at the test session as a continuation of the Toronto weekend and saw the test as an evaluation of what the team will do for Mid-Ohio in due course. 
  • Noblesville's Tyler places 11th at U20 championships in Finland
    7/15/2018 

    An incredible experience came to an end for one Noblesville High School student Sunday.

    Shelby Tyler, who will be a senior this school year, finished in 11th place Sunday in the Women’s High Jump competition at the IAAF World U20 Championships Finals in Tampere, Finland.

    Tyler cleared 1.75m, and 1.80m, but couldn’t hurdle 1.84m.

    The Top 3 all cleared 1.90m and the winner cleared 1.92. All of them were 19 years old.

    Karyna Taranda of Belarus ultimately came away with the title, setting a PB of 1.92m. Maria Fernanda Murillo of Colombia, meanwhile, took the bronze medal behind Ireland’s Sommer Lecky, both ending with bests of 1.90m.

  • Daly finishes 13th in Toronto
    7/15/2018 

    TORONTO — After being announced on Tuesday as Harding Racing’s driver for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto, Noblesville native Conor Daly recorded Harding Racing’s best finish of the season with a 13th place result on the streets of Toronto.

    Daly started in the 11th position but lost a few spots on the start and fell to 14th at the end of the first lap. After he fell four more positions on Lap, Daly started his climb back through the field during the pit stop cycle and also thanks to a little bit of chaos.

    A full course yellow was called on Lap 28 for Ryan Hunter-Reay’s stalled car and several cars hadn’t pitted yet. Because the pits are closed when a caution comes out, those cars can’t take advantage of pitting immediately and fall to the rear of the field. That shuffle elevated Daly from 16th to 10th.

    But the chaos didn’t end there.

  • Tyler advances to U20 World finals
    7/13/2018 On to the next round she goes.

    Noblesville’s Shelby Tyler finished second in her group and fifth overall Friday in the IAAF World U20 Championships qualifying round. She will now head to the finals on Sunday.

    To make it to the finals, athletes in the women’s high jump needed to jump higher than 1.84 meters to automatically qualify. If high jumpers did not attain the height of 1.84 meters, they will advance to the finals if they finished in the top 12.

    The top 12 rounded headed to the finals include: Karyna Taranda (Belarus), Urte Baikštyte (Lithuania), Martyna Lewandowska (Poland), Sommer Lecky (Ireland), Lavinja Jürgens (Germany), Shelby Tyler (United States), María Fernanda Murillo (Colombia), Maja Helena Nilsson (Sweden), Mariya Kochanova (Authorised Neutral Athlete), Isis K. Guerra (Cuba), Abby Ward (Great Britain), Lamara Distin (Jamaica).
  • Hall of Fame museum names event after Noblesville coach
    7/13/2018 

    Mike Hanna was the first high school vaulter in the state to clear 16 feet. 

    The current Noblesville High School girls pole vaulting coach was also the first Indiana collegiate vaulter to clear 17 feet and the first Indiana State University athlete to win a national championship. He’s being honored with an event in his name, too. 

    The Mike Hanna Street Vault at the Indiana T&F and Cross Country Hall of Fame Museum in Terre Haute is the first of its kind event that’s scheduled to take place July 21. Pole vaulters from across the Midwest will showcase their skills and pay tribute to a man who’s decided to sit this one out. 

    “I’m not going to pole vault,” Hanna said. “They just use my name.” 

    No, Hanna won’t vault. He’s happy with his current path. One he chose to follow to give back to the future of the sport he loves, he said. 

  • Clarity provided to out-of-bounds calls in high school wrestling
    7/13/2018 

    New definitions for inbounds and out of bounds highlight high school wrestling rules changes for the 2018-19 season.

    Beginning next year, a wrestler will be inbounds if two supporting points of either wrestler are inside or on the boundary line. This could be two supporting points of one wrestler or one supporting point of each wrestler that is inside or on the boundary line.

    Changes related to out-of-bounds and inbounds calls, along with rules dealing with uniforms and sportsmanship, were among the rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    The revised definitions for out of bounds and inbounds eliminate subjectivity with the out-of-bounds call without increasing the out-of-bounds area. The removal of “majority of weight” from the definition will allow officials to focus on inbounds and out of bounds rather than having to make a judgment on where the majority of the wrestler’s weight is being supported.

  • OUT IN THE OPEN - Versailles State Park: 2nd place is nice, too
    7/12/2018 It’s often said that nobody knows the name of whoever captures second place. Whether you’re talking the Indy 500 or the runner-up in the Miss America pageant, not too many people could tell you who almost won the contest only a year later. This effect even carries over to the outdoors.

    Most outdoors enthusiasts and regular visitors can recite the fact that Brown County State Park near Nashville is the state’s largest state park. However, a room full of blank stares would be the result if you asked “What is Indiana’s second-largest park?”

    The correct answer is “Versailles State Park.”

    Located adjacent to the town of Versailles, the park encompasses nearly 6000 acres of valley and ridges in historic southeastern Indiana. The land was actually intended to be a National Park in the 1930s when the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began working at Versailles but the CCC was eventually pulled away and the National Park Service deeded the land to Indiana in 1943. 

    Though certainly well-visited, Versailles definitely sits in the shadow of her bigger western sister. 
  • 7/11/2018 One check box has been filled entering the Colts 2018 training camp: Andrew Luck will be back in a practice setting taking reps.

    An exciting relief.

    It’s also great to have training camp at a different location, especially one so close to home in Westfield’s Grand Park. This massive park will be just fine to host the Colts’ in two weeks.

    Training camp begins July 25, with the first practice taking place July 26. Some important dates to remember include Aug. 3, Friday Night Lights; Aug. 5, community day; Aug. 17–18 joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens. 

    Training camp is the first time full pads come on for the players, and the team starts to prepare themselves for the pre-season. With Luck back, that giant question mark will slowly fade the more he proves he’s back to the Luck we all know and love. 

    Other than the return of their quarterback, like many Colts’ training camps, a lot of questions remain unanswered.
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