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  • 5/20/2019 They rolled out the red carpet at the IndyStar Sports Awards gala last week, and Hamilton County student-athletes certainly left some deep impressions.
    Seven county athletes earned top honors at the 2019 awards banquet held at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University in early May. 
    The winning recipients and The Star should take a bow! The IndyStar Sports Awards production is both a worthy and memorable annual event to showcase such great student-athletes. Just to be nominated should make student-athletes and their parents mighty proud, folks!
    Only one sport honored was not sanctioned by the Indiana High School Athletic Association. That was bowling, where Hamilton Heights senior Keagan Trexler, the runner-up in the state finals, was named Girls Bowler of the Year.
  • 5/17/2019 Aww, yes, the Month of May, crazy times folks, especially if you are into auto racing.
    We’re already hearing the roaring engines at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the Indy 500, the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’’ You know, that BIG RACE that’s held in late May.
    Many Speedway residents probably look at Race Day as a Cash cow, since they charge fans (wanting primo spots) to park in their yards — those fans who want the convenience of enjoying a close walk and not having to fight traffic or having to take a chance of someone possibly adding scratch marks to their cars.
    Things like that can happen, you know, when the beer is pouring and intoxication might just be a green flag away from setting in.
    And, unless you are young, impressionable and maybe a tad silly in the head, you might not want to wander down to the Snake Pit. Talk about crazy. Yep, it’s there . . . it’s got it all!!
  • 5/13/2019 The best way to open a can of worms is to select your all-time Indiana high school boys basketball team and share it with readers.
    Good thing we like a debate, because you likely have your own opinion as to Who’s The Best!
    That’s just the way it is with diehard fans who like to relive Hoosier Hysteria.
    I’m one of those diehard fans who thoroughly love what we’ve called “Our Game’’ for many years.
    I’ve been a big fan since I was 12, when my dad took me to see the famous Jimmy Rayl-Ray Pavy shootout at the old Church Street gymnasium in New Castle.
    I started keeping stats and writing locally about Howard County sports for The Kokomo Tribune when I was 16.
    So, as you can imagine, in my nearly 55 years of covering high school and college sports, well, yeah, I’ve seen more than just a few outstanding athletes roam the hardwoods of Indiana.
  • 5/9/2019 In case you haven’t noticed, all of the other conferences are looking up to the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference in boys basketball and football.
    Make that in swimming, too. Not exactly a surprise! 
    Carmel continued to build on its girls and boys swimming dominance in 2019. The Lady Greyhounds have won 33 consecutive state swimming and diving championships, and the Carmel boys have won 4 in succession and 7 of the past 8.
    Not exactly news, you say? Yeah, I hear ya!
    But then the Carmel boys basketball team added to its success with a state championship in basketball while posting a school-best 26-1 single-season record under second-year coach Ryan Osborn.
    Osborn posted a 47-9 won-loss record in two seasons as the varsity coach of the Greyhounds. He was also the state runner-up coach in 2018, and Carmel won back-to-back state championships under Scott Heady in 2012-2013. Osborn, you probably know, moved up in the ranks from his assistant’s role after Heady went to Marian College.
  • 5/8/2019 Golf is both a great game and a strange, frustrating game. Physically at times, and mentally much more often.
    It can be a difficult game. Plus, I’m not sure I like all of the games’ rules, especially when they are changed.
    I’m having trouble getting used to being able to putt with the flag stick in the cup. I mean, it used to be that you were penalized if you did such a thing. Now the USGA rule means leaving the flagstick in is no longer considered cheating or breaking tradition. Hmmm . . . Seems strange seeing this on the PGA Tour while watching the televised Tour events.
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - Noblesville athletic director ‘inspired’ to make a comeback
    5/1/2019 Hanging from a pole outside the main entrance at Noblesville High School, there’s a banner that reads “Inspire’’ — something Leah Wooldridge takes to heart.
    “I hope to inspire people to go into a high school leadership positions like this. I’m certainly in the right place to do it. Being able to inspire student-athletes is something I think is important and what I really want to do,’’ said the Noblesville High School athletic director. “This is a great position to be in.’’
    But due to an injury and potential life-threatening complications, the process may have taken a slight detour, since the start of her second year at the Hamilton County school.
  • 4/26/2019 Seems like about this time of year after the March boys state basketball finals someone brings up the former single-class state basketball tournament.
    And if you are keeping track, and hoping for some update on the single-class format that was scrapped after the 1996-97 season, well, I’ve been told there’s nothing new.
    Nope, Class Basketball remains our way of life. Like it or not . . . it is what it is.
    So I think by now we need to get used to this fact: Indiana will NEVER go back to the one-class high school tournament format. It will remain four classes for both the boys and girls.
    Actually, there’s nothing new to speak at all about multiclass sports, in general, coming from the IHSAA.
    But there is some news about multipliers. 
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - Sports Announcer Has ‘The Voice’ You’ll Remember
    4/24/2019 Bob Tremain is ‘The Voice’ of Hamilton County sports!
    I’ve been a Hamilton County resident since 1989, and I’ve come across some pretty fair event announcers here covering sports.
    I got to know Bob Tremain — a former Noblesville High School teacher and Girls Athletic Director who retired in 2010 — in 2005.
    And, he’s the best behind a microphone, hands down . . . No doubt, in my opinion!
    Most people know him from his days of announcing sports events for the Millers.
    You’d always see him in his black baseball cap with the BIG Gold “N’’ and wearing his Millers pullover.
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - Lady Miller High Jumper High on Life
    4/19/2019 The sky’s not exactly the limit for Noblesville High School senior high jump sensation Shelby Tyler, but to hear her coach, Bill Craig, talk…well, I’m not too sure about that. 
    New heights are surely in her future!
    Craig thinks she can pretty much do whatever she puts her mind to doing.
    “I’ve never seen a more determined, focused and competitive girl, and not just in the high jump, but in track, period,’’ said Craig, who started working with her in the eighth grade. He has been coaching track for 50 years at various schools.
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - Tiger ROARED at Masters on Sunday!
    4/17/2019 Professional golf is in a better place now that Tiger Woods is back.
    We got a glimpse of his return in 2018, when he won the season-ending Tour Championship.
    Remember that unbelievable crowd that followed him to the finish! 
    Yes, a breathtaking atmosphere. Just numbing, if you will.
    We got the full story, even a much clearer picture, on Sunday, when he came from three shots back to win his fifth Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
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