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  • Student-Athlete Tip of the Week

    Have you ever been in a game where your team was the prohibitive underdog and you came out victorious? If you play sports long enough, I'm sure that you will experience both the pleasure of winning in that situation, and the agony of losing when it should never happen.

    This past week the number one seed in the men's NCAA Tournament, the Virginia Cavaliers, lost unexpectedly to 20 point underdog UMBC. Virginia coach Tony Bennett offered a humble response when he said "If you play this game and you step into the arena, this stuff can happen. And maybe those who haven't been in the arena or in competition, maybe they don't understand that."

    Being able to handle winning and losing with the same humility is a great trait to strive for. Coach Bennett made no excuses and congratulated his opponent without hesitation.

  • 3/19/2018 

    Feld Entertainment® announced the 2018 season will be the most exciting and entertaining of all-time as a new era of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will change the battleground forever with a revised points system, the addition of three Triple Crown Monster Energy Cup-style events, two East/West 250SX Shootouts, four Supercross Amateur racing events and the elimination of semi races in qualifying for the Main Event.

    As the most competitive and highest-profile motorcycle racing championship in the world, Monster Energy Supercross has entertained millions of fans for 43 years inside the most recognizable and prestigious stadiums in North America. Without a past champion potentially on the gate in 2018, the international field is wide open for the world’s most elite athletes to become a first-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion.

    The event is planned for Saturday, March 24, 2018. Gates for Practice/Qualifying OPEN at 12 noon (event ticket required). Pit Party OPEN at 12 noon ($10 Pit Pass and event ticket required). Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m.

    All action is at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

  • No. 10 Carmel beats No. 2 South Bend Riley in Class 4A semi-state
    3/19/2018 The Greyhounds played a nearly perfect game when it mattered most. 

    No. 10 Carmel trailed just once in its 63-43 win in the Class 4A Lafayette Jeff semi-state against No. 2 South Bend Riley Saturday to end the Wildcats’ bid at a perfect season. 

    After falling behind 3-0, Carmel (21-7) went on an 11-0 run fueled by its defense and a deft touch from deep. The Greyhounds hit four first-quarter 3’s, and didn’t allow the Wildcats (26-0) to score a second basket until 4:21 left in the quarter. 

    Carmel held South Bend Riley to 34 percent shooting (16-of-46) for the game, including just 3-of-17 from behind the arc. 
  • 3/18/2018 

    The Hamilton Southeastern girls varsity lacrosse team came out on top of a back-and-forth affair with Fishers Saturday, as the Royals came from behind to keep the Tigers winless on the young season.

    Fishers led 5-4 at the half, but Southeastern made a couple defensive changes during the break that helped spur the Royals to a 10-6 victory.

    “We made some adjustments,” Hamilton Southeastern coach Adrianne Wagner said. “Our players improved their passing and approved their attack, and that made a big difference. They did a much better job of going after – and getting – the ground balls, and our passing helped us keep possession. Just being more aggressive … allowed us to take control.”

  • Noblesville lacrosse picks up first home win of season

    The temperature was cold Saturday morning, hovering around the freezing, but that didn’t stop the Noblesville girls lacrosse team from getting hot in the second half at Hare Chevrolet Field.

    The Millers rallied from an 8-6 halftime deficit to defeat Westminster Christian Academy 11-10 and make school history by winning their first home game in their inaugural season as a school sponsored varsity club sport.

    The key was not panicking when they were down by four goals early, Millers coach Jenna Turner said.

    “The girls have a mentality to never give up,” Turner said. “We displayed patience. When we got behind, that is when we started to play better.”

  • 3/16/2018 INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers’ fans and basketball history buffs are invited to join legendary American Basketball Association Pacers player Robert “Neto” Netolicky and sports writer Robin Miler – co-authors of “We Changed the Game” – on Sunday at the historic Irving Theater for the first book signing.

    The book launched for pre-order in December and became available this week for immediate purchase through Amazon and Hilton Publishing. Ten percent of the book proceeds go to fund Dropping Dimes, an Indiana not-for-profit that assists ABA players and their families facing financial or medical difficulties.

    “These proceeds are crucial to so many of my former teammates and other players because after the NBA-ABA merger, the ABA itself ceased to exist as a going concern, and former ABA players who were not part of the merger were generally left without a pension,” said Netolicky, who serves on the advisory board of Dropping Dimes. 
  • 3/16/2018 Former Indiana University coach Tom Crean is heading south. 

    Georgia hired Crean as its coach Thursday, only five days after firing Mark Fox.

    "Make no mistake, this is a basketball program inside of a great university that can compete for championships doing it the right way," Crean said in a statement released by Georgia. "We will work diligently and with great energy to make everyone associated with the University of Georgia very proud of our efforts."

    Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity pegged Crean as his man one day after former Ohio State coach Thad Matta withdrew from consideration, the times new gathering partner WTHR reports. 
  • 3/15/2018 City of Fishers officials announced Wednesday that the Geist Half Marathon, Inc. and the Fishers YMCA will be organizing and benefiting from a 5K race to be held on June 30 at 8 a.m. in conjunction with the inaugural Spark!Fishers Fourth of July celebration. Both nonprofit organizations currently host annual 5K races in Fishers.

    “We have been working with the Fishers YMCA for years to further our mission of promoting health and wellness in Geist area schools,” said Geist Half Marathon president Mike Napariu. “This collaborative event gives us an opportunity to further our partnership with the Fishers YMCA and work more closely year-round.”

    This 5K race will kick-off a full-day of Spark!Fishers events and festivities. Course logistics are still being finalized, but organizers say the start/finish line will be in the Nickel Plate District.

    “Collaboration between the Geist Half Marathon and Fishers YMCA truly exemplifies the essence of Spark!Fishers,” said event co-chair and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. 
  • IWU men’s basketball takes home 2018 national title
    3/15/2018 The Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team captured the 2018 NAIA Division II National Championship on Tuesday with an 84-71 victory over University of Saint Francis (Ind.). 

    The red banner championship is the third in the past five years for the Wildcats, which is tied for the most in NAIA Division II history. IWU also took home the title in 2014 and 2016.

    “It is not something I really thought would happen,” said head coach Greg Tonagel. “It is hard to put it into words right now.” 
  • OUT IN THE OPEN: Florida Hog Hunt: Three, two, one, MAYHEM!
    3/15/2018 From the backseat, it felt like one of those nightmares you have after eating pickled jalapeños right before bedtime.

    It was darker than the inside of my credit rating as strange trees whizzed by the windows like a bad dream. We bounced along on one faceless road after another, and I had no idea where I was, where I was going or what would happen when I finally got there. Two near-strangers were chatting in the front seat and several military-grade weapons were strapped right behind my head as I futilely looked around, trying to make sense of the surroundings.

    I wasn’t being taken to a lonely spot by rebel soldiers to be tortured and shot as a Yankee spy. In spite of obvious similarities to an over-wrought secret-agent drama, my current situation didn’t involve any national secrets. I was going hunting.

    This latest adventure was our trip last week to Florida, where I got to experience the excitement of nighttime feral hog hunting. In that regard, it was somewhere just behind defusing nuclear weapons and right ahead of alligator wrestling in terms of sporty adventure: a fine mix of exhilaration, fear and hearing loss.
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