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  • Basketball Season: Pete Smith loved that rush

    Former Guerin Catholic boys basketball coach Pete Smith, who retired from teaching, and then left coaching two years ago to work full time on his business career, likes to reminisce.

    The two-time Golden Eagles Class 3A state-championship coach (2012 & 2015) says he does miss this time of year when the balls are bouncing in the gymnasiums and basketball is about ready to start.

    “I do get a little sad this time of the year,’’ he said while taking time to talk basketball the other day . . . “When so many of my old coaching buddies are starting up their season and are so excited.

    “I loved that rush.’’

  • 11/7/2019 

    Time for some notes along the football trail:

     And then there were two!

    Already on the sidelines and probably already thinking about 2020 are Hamilton County schools Fishers (7-3), Guerin Catholic (6-5), Hamilton Heights (2-8), Hamilton Southeastern (5-5), Noblesville (1-9) and Sheridan (6-4).

    Westfield visits Carmel this evening to determine the Class 6A Sectional 4 championship.

  • 10/31/2019 

    Capsule preview of top players and teams for 2019-20 Indiana high school girls basketball:

    OK, where’s a good place to start when talking about Hamilton County girls Players to Watch in the 2019-20 season?

    Clues anyone?

    Well, I don’t think we need a crystal ball. 

    It’s an easy call when you are talking about one school with the player the caliber of Hamilton Southeastern’s Sydney Parrish.

    The 6-foot-2 Oregon commit is ranked No. 10 nationally in the senior class.

    She led the Lady Royals to the 2019 Class 4A state championship, averaging 21.0 points and 6.9 rebounds in Hamilton SE’s marvelous 27-1 season, where their lone loss was 57-49 to Ryle (KY.).

    Parrish also was the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year last year. And, of course, she must be considered the front-runner for Indiana Miss Basketball honors.

  • 10/29/2019 

    I follow an Indiana high school basketball chat group on Facebook on occasion, a group that comes up with some dandy topics, followed by interesting conversation.

    Here’s one of the latest posts I came across:

    “Can you compare another team to the three-year run of this team?’’

    The team in question was the Marion Giants, coached by Bill Green. They produced state championships in three straight years — 1985-87.
    That team was led by eventual co-Indiana Mr. Basketball recipients Jay Edwards and Lyndon Jones. Quite a 1-2 punch indeed.

  • 10/24/2019 

    Notes on the high school basketball trail:

    Can you hear those bouncing balls around Hamilton County gymnasiums?

    The girls teams began official practices earlier this week.

    The boys begin practices on Nov. 11, with first contests set for Nov. 25.

    The girls can tip it off for real beginning on Nov. 4. Not too far away, you know.

  • 10/22/2019 

    Can you feel it in the air? 

    You can almost taste it. No, it’s not pumpkin spice, everything nice . . .  it’s tournament football!

    The IHSAA playoffs get under way at several sites with sectionals on Friday night.

    So are you ready for high school football when it really counts?

    The one-and-done format will be a heart-breaker for many schools. But it is what it is: Lose and you can start thinking about 2020; win and those advancing still have another shot at a title.

  • 10/17/2019 

    I grew up idolizing high school basketball.

    And in the early years I also looked up to many great basketball coaches, and marveled over their success and the way they maintained poise and commanded respect, how they handled the striped shirts, and how they seemed to set high standards on and off the court.

    I’m just sorry that I never had an opportunity to spend time around some of the old-timers such as Frankfort’s Everett Case, Columbus’ Bill Stearman, Martinsville’s Glenn Curtis, Madison’s Ray Eddy, St. Bend Central’s Elmer McCall, Crispus Attucks’ Ray Crowe, East Chicago Washington’s Johnnie Barotto, Muncie Central’s Dwight Tallman, Lebanon’s Jim Rosenstihl and Lafayette Jeff’s Marion Crawley.

  • Miller Milestones

    Accomplishments run deep in Hamilton County, and Noblesville High School, an original member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, is also particularly rich in athletic accomplishments.

    How it all began: 

    Noblesville High School adopted the Miller as its mascot in 1925, according to the school website.

    That year, C. B. Jenkins, a manager of the Noblesville Milling Company, offered to buy the school all new uniforms if the school agreed to using the nickname “Millers.” 

  • 10/10/2019 

    One thing I think about on occasion is what took place nine years ago.

    That’s when we celebrated 100 years of Indiana high school basketball. 

    The State Finals were still played at Conseco Fieldhouse back then. Now, of course, it’s now Bankers Life Fieldhouse. And word has it that the field house could soon have even another new name! The NBA Pacers, of course, have played in their current facility since 1999 after the losing of Market Square Arena.

  • 10/8/2019 

    Time to note some high school football as we head down the stretch for the the postseason:

    Football is alive and well!

    That’s what a participation survey released this fall revealed, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
    I would have never had any doubt. How ‘bout you?

    Football is big, and it continues to grow and grow.

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