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  • 7/19/2019 

    It’s time to update the bucket list.

    I’ve been doing it for the past few years. I’m not getting any younger, so I need to speed things up, and fulfill a few while I can, or at least try to do so.

    So, how many of you have a bucket list?

    C’mon now, we all do, right?

    Yep, from maybe even high school teenagers, college students, and newlyweds to even old graybeards like me. We all think about things we hope to do and places we hope to visit, or goals we hope to achieve.

    Let’s just hope that our buckets don’t have holes in them.

    Here’s my list (sorry, I tried to stop at 10…but couldn’t….though I had enough to match my 18-hole finish in a round of golf.)

  • For Millers Coach, Football ‘Challenge’ A Doozie

    In his first year coaching East Central High School football, Justin Roden probably felt like he had been blindsided and plowed over during a blocking drill.

    He went from an assistant to head coach quicker than was expected, and then lost his job rather quickly after that season.

    “My first year running the program, the head coach just upped and quit, even though the plan was that he would coach 2 more years. The majority of staff quit, just walked away….just ran for the hills. The middle school was in a bad place and they knew what was coming,’’ said the second-year Noblesville football coach.

    And we had graduated 21 of 22 starters in 2012. Then the one returnee tore his ACL during our first practice,’’ said the second-year Noblesville High School football coach.

    “I was called in by the principal and athletic director. Under the circumstances, I told them I thought a 4-7 record was pretty good. They looked me in the eye and told me it was not good enough.

    It was the school’s first losing season in 23 years.

  • 7/11/2019 

    Take a drive throughout Hamilton County in the spring, summer and fall and you’ll come across many youth baseball and softball and soccer fields.

    Grand Park, which features astro turf fields, is quite popular. There’s also a huge infield center for various sports, including soccer.

    In Noblesville, the Field of Dreams ballpark is always busy, same for the massive Billericay Park baseball complex in Fishers, and Grand Park, which has been a major addition to the county sports landscape in Westfield.

    In the cold weather season when the snow is flying, most high school teams work out in their school gyms.

    And there are plenty of indoor batting cages and facilities for baseball and softball, as well as supervised instruction in many facilities.

  • 7/9/2019 

    I’ve lived in Fishers and Hamilton County since 1989, and only recently has high school baseball stood out in a big, big way.

    Right now, our county baseball is as good as it gets. Maybe even the best in Central Indiana!

    It all started with Noblesville’s state title in 2014, followed by Fishers HS winning in 2018 and Hamilton Southeastern and University stating their cases in 2019….and, guess what, two of the state’s biggest high schools don’t even offer 7th/8th baseball in the City of Fishers.

    By the way, Noblesville does have a middle school baseball program, which Noblesville High School head varsity coach Justin Keever is thrilled about.

    And first-year HSE coach Jeremy Sassanella would be all in for middle school baseball if it was offered . . . and if he could be involved in the selection of coaches.

    Sure, we have middle school football and basketball in Fishers  . . .

    But again, no baseball at the middle school level at the Fishers and HSE junior highs.

    It’s not for a lack of fields!

    So why, then?

  • 7/5/2019 You’d like to think that rivalries in the same city or same state or same conference can bring out the best in fans.
    Most times they do. . . . But unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
    Some of the best local examples can be found in Hamilton County:
    The best fan cheer block — Noblesville in boys basketball at The Mill. Guerin Catholic in boys basketball at The Nest. Certainly the Hamilton Southeastern fans during the recent and awesome state championship run by the Lady Royals.
    The Noblesville-HSE get-togethers is quite spirited in both basketball and football. Same can be said for HSE and Carmel. Yeah, natural rivals for sure.
    I’d also say that the Fishers-Hamilton SE match-ups in basketball and football are undoubtedly among the best in the state. Certainly in terms of interest and attendance. And they’re always a spirited and an emotional-draining experience no matter where the games are played.
    All student body sections and most fans are loud and proud, and pretty positive for the most part, as are the majority of games involving Hamilton County schools. Certainly something to be proud of.
  • 7/2/2019 

    I first met John DeLucia in 2010, the year I created the Hamilton County Sports Daily website.

    That was the first year that DeLucia was elected to the school board in Fishers. He served in a liaison role for the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation for the first two years and eventually became president of the Hamilton Southeastern Schools’ Board.

    “The foundation is so good because everything that you give is staying local; staying in Fishers and having a positive impact on, really, the future on our community,” DeLucia said.

    I’ve always found him to be positive and energetic about everything where he’s been involved.

    I got to know John in a hurry. He was one of the first to be supportive of my online website, a first of its kind for Hamilton County sports readership.

    He’s very active, a strong and positive community leader. He’s served on the Fishers YMCA Board, and was active in the youth mentoring among his many community activities.

  • 6/25/2019 Ready for more football realignment?
    Well, that’s what we’re getting in Class 6A and 5A. 
    New IHSAA high school sectional assignments involving some of those programs have been made for 2020 in football.
    Class 6A schools Noblesville and Carmel will be moving, again!
    The Millers, who are in Sectional 3 with Carroll (FW), Homestead and Fort Wayne Snider in 2019, will be in Sectional 4 with Hamilton County rivals Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern and Westfield in 2020. 
    That means Sectional 4 will now be a battle of Hoosier Crossroads Conference teams.
    Carmel moves from Sectional 4 to Sectional 5 in 2020. The Hounds will join Metro Interscholastic Conference foe Pike, along with Avon and Brownsburg of the HCC.
    Interesting . . . 
  • Millers’ Peckinpaugh Wants To Create Basketball Culture

    Back Home Again In Indiana!

    And John Peckinpaugh, the recently named coach for the Noblesville Millers boys basketball team, says he loves being back home.

    “I’ve always wanted to get back to Indiana and coach high school basketball,’’ he said. “I knew it would happen, I just wasn’t sure when it would happen. I’m excited to get a chance to coach high school basketball in my state,’’ he said. “Noblesville can be one of the elite programs in the state, and we’ll work hard to get there every day.’’

    The Muncie native, who helped the Bearcats reach the state basketball finals in 2005 and 2006, also hopes to have found his new favorite home court at The Mill.

  • Baseball on the Big Stage at Victory Field

    Indiana high school baseball has always been known as one of our top three high school sports, along with basketball and football.

    Yet, high school baseball doesn’t always get the coverage it deserves. Plus, the month of May with the build-up to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 500-Mile Race draws the bulk of attention of the Central Indiana sports scene.

    Thanks to the Indianapolis Indians, Indiana high school baseball recently received a big shot in the arm.

    Four teams — Guerin Catholic and Greenwood, Avon and Southport were invited to play in the Victory Field Classic in 2019. Guerin and Avon came away victorious.

    And it happened at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis.

  • Greyhound Bark Becomes Bulldog Bite

    Going from high school to college basketball isn’t likely to be a walk in the park for most players.

    But Carmel’s John-Michael Mulloy just might be an exception as he prepares to suit up for the next level at Butler University.

    “I think it’ll be an easy transition for him. I think he’ll continue to get better at Butler. He knows his strengths and he will play to them,’’ said Ryan Osborn, his high school coach the past two seasons.

    The three-year starter for the Greyhounds already has a lot of tools and they were on display in last Saturday’s Indiana-Kentucky All-Star Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He put on quite a show in Indiana’s 120-74 rout.

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