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Northview tennis sectional brackets set

Boys tennis teams around the state learned their postseason route Monday night during the IHSAA Boys Tennis State Tournament Pairings Show.

 

Sectional 11 is hosted by Northview this week and features five programs vying for the title. The opening quarterfinal will be Owen Valley vs South Vermilion.  The winner will play Greencastle in one semifinal. 

 

The other semifinal will pit Northview against South Putnam.

S. Putnam golfers Alexa and Madison Newby complete season in regional round

A pair of South Putnam golfers wrapped up their season Saturday at the Washington regional at Country Oaks.

 

Alexa Newby and Madison Newby shot a 99 and 100, respectively.

 

The top three teams advanced from the regional to the state finals.  Castle, Bedford North Lawrence and Gibson Southern were the top three teams in the 15-team field. 

 

Gibson Southern advanced with a tie-breaker decision over Jasper.  Both teams shot a 355.

 


Soccer pairings set for upcoming IHSAA state tournament

A record number of boys and girls soccer teams will compete in the 29th annual IHSAA soccer state tournaments.

 

A total of 305 boys teams and 273 girls teams learned their opening-round sectional opponents Sunday night during the IHSAA’s state tournament draw. The previous record for participants was 301 for the boys in 2017 and 2019, and 272 girls teams in 2019.

 

Both tournaments mirror each other beginning with 16 sectionals in each of three classes running Oct. 3-8.

 

Regional semifinals will be played Oct. 12-13 with regional championships on Oct. 15.

 

Semistate champions will be determined on Oct. 22 at four sites with the winners advancing to the state championship matches Oct. 28-29 at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

 

This is the second year that a mid-week regional semifinal match will be played on the home field of one of the sectional winners. This year, the winners of the even-numbered sectionals will host a regional semifinal match on Wednesday (boys) and Thursday (girls) with all championship matches played at a pre-determined site on Saturday.

 

Boys Tournament

Greencastle Sectional

Greencastle, ranked No. 15 in the state coaches poll, will face Owen Valley in the second scheduled match at Class 2A, Sectional 29.

In the opener, Brown County will take on West Vigo with the winner getting the Greencastle-Owen Valley winner in the semifinal round.

The other quarterfinal matchups are Indian Creek vs. Northview and South Vermillion vs. Edgewood.

The Greencastle Sectional champion will travel to the Providence Sectional champion for the regional semifinal match.

Washington is the host site for the regional championship match.

 

Bethesda Christian Sectional

North Putnam, ranked 19th in the state coaches poll, will make its postseason debut against the host Patriots in Class A, Sectional 41. The winner advances to the championship match of the five-team sectional.

In the quarterfinal opener, No. 13-ranked Covenant Christian faces Riverside with the winner taking on No. 10 Providence Cristo Rey in the semifinals.

The Bethesda Christian Sectional champion will face the Southwestern Sectional champion in the regional semifinal round.

Knightstown is the host site for the regional championship match.

 

Girls Tournament

Cascade Sectional

North Putnam drew the host Cadets in the Class A, Sectional 41 opener.

The winner will take on the winner of the South Vermillion-Southmont quarterfinal match in the semifinals.

The other semifinal matchup features Greencastle against Bethesda Christian.

The Cascade Sectional champion plays at the Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter Sectional champion in the regional semifinal round.

Knightstown is the host site for the regional championship match.

South Putnam football up one spot in 1A poll, Brownsburg still top-ranked in 6A

With a 35-14 win at Greencastle Friday, South Putnam moved up one spot in this week’s Indiana Football Coaches Association Class A state poll.

 

The top five ranked teams in Class A are still unbeaten.

 

Lutheran (4-0), Adams Central (4-0), Park Tudor (4-0), North Judson (4-0) and North Decatur (4-0) round out the top five. South Adams (3-1) is No. 6 followed by Carroll (Flora) (4-0), Tri (4-0), South Putnam (3-1) and Monroe Central (2-1).

 

No. 9 South Putnam hosts Edgewood (1-3) in week five of the regular season.

 

There is a new No. 1 team in Class 3A. Chatard’s 38-0 loss to Class 6A, No. 3 Cathedral cost the Trojans the top ranking.

 

West Lafayette (4-0) takes over atop the 3A poll with Chatard (2-2), with two losses to top-10 ranked opponents, falling to No. 2 this week.

 

Unbeaten Gibson Southern (4-0) is No. 3 ahead of Tri-West (3-1), Guerin Catholic (3-1), Norwell (4-0), Western Boone (3-1), Hanover Central (4-0), Lawrenceburg (3-1) and Owen Valley (4-0).

 

The top three teams in last week’s Class 2A poll sit atop the latest poll.

 

Linton-Stockton (4-0), Andrean (2-2) and Scecina (4-0) are ahead of LaVille (4-0), Eastbrook (3-1), Fort Wayne Luers (2-2), Evansville Mater Dei (2-2), Heritage Christian (3-1), Triton Central (3-1) and Lafayette Central Catholic (2-2).

 

The best team in Class 4A is not unanimous. New Palestine (4-0) continues its grip on the No. 1 ranking but Roncalli (4-0) is receiving several first-place votes while ending up ranked No. 2.

 

Mooresville (4-0) is No. 3 followed by Kokomo (4-0), East Central (3-1), Northwood (4-0), Brebeuf Jesuit (2-1), New Prairie (4-0), Evansville Reitz (4-0) and Greenfield-Central (3-1).

 

Whiteland (4-0) is the unanimous No. 1 team in Class 5A ahead of Mishawaka (4-0), Merrillville (3-1), Fort Wayne Snider (3-1), Valparaiso (3-1), Fort Wayne Dwenger (3-1), Franklin (3-1), Castle (3-1), Decatur Central (2-2) and Harrison (West Lafayette) (3-1).

 

Brownsburg (4-0) held on to the top ranking in Class 6A with a 60-21 win over Avon. Center Grove (3-1) is No. 2 followed by Cathedral (3-1), Hamilton Southeastern (4-0), Ben Davis (2-2), Carmel (2-2), Carroll (Allen) (4-0), Westfield (3-1), Fishers (3-1) and Warren Central (2-2).


Week 4 football preview includes South Putnam at Greencastle tonight on GIANT fm Sports

South Putnam (2-1, 2-0) visits Greencastle (2-1, 1-0) tonight on GIANT fm Sports.  The winner will be the last team still unbeaten in the WIC Green Division.

 

Also tonight, Cloverdale (1-2) tries to keep momentum from snapping a 22-game losing streak last week and North Putnam (0-3) looks for its first win.

 

Johnny McCrory has a preview of Week 4.

 

 


Andretti Global plans $200M racing & technology HQ in Fishers

Andretti Global, the parent company of Andretti Autosport, announced plans  to establish its universal motorsports headquarters in central Indiana, enabling increased innovation and creating up to 500 new jobs by the end of 2026.

"Indiana has long been the racing capital of the world, and Andretti Autosport's commitment to growth here will only further cement our state's leadership position in Motorsports and STEM-related pursuits," said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. "This new campus will not only bring new, exciting employment opportunities and serve as an asset for one of our fastest-growing communities, but it will also show just how much this living legacy, one of the most globally iconic brands known, continues to invest in the future of our great state."
 
“I am excited to celebrate this legendary racing family of entrepreneurs in their competitive quest to innovate in the global racing industry,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers. “Indiana continues to demonstrate leadership in this sector as well as its position as a premier destination for automotive, speed and mobility-focused industries.”

Andretti Global will invest $200 million to build a modern, 575,000-square-foot facility on 90 acres in Fishers near the Nickle Plate Trail, Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve and Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport. The new development will serve as the headquarters of Andretti’s global commercial functions and the base of operations for the team’s current NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights and IMSA programs, as well as other future racing initiatives. In addition to housing day-to-day operations for the racing team, the building will be home to the advanced research and development efforts of Andretti Technologies.
 
“Indiana holds an important place in the history of racing, and in my career as a driver and an owner; I’m happy to confirm that the Racing Capital of the World will continue to be the home of our global racing efforts for a long time to come,” said Michael Andretti, chairman and CEO of Andretti Autosport. “Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked to expand our operations, and I’m proud of our steps to create a diverse racing portfolio. For us, it’s about more than just having somewhere to work on the cars; it’s about having a global motorsport home and sharing that with our people, our fans, and our sponsors to advance the sport and leave a lasting legacy.”
 
Planning of the new headquarters is underway, with construction expected to begin in the fall and the facility expected to be operational by 2025. The collaborative campus will feature modern technologies and create a work-life environment to support Andretti’s team, fans, and partners. Additionally, the headquarters’ location will allow Andretti Global the opportunity to welcome community and race fans from the around the world through involvement with the Fishers Parks Nature First program, planned indoor amphitheater and museum and innovation center that will preserve and showcase the Andretti legacy and inspire the future of motorsports.
 
“Partnering with Andretti to bring an incredible mix of innovation, visitor experiences and a commitment to the local community is a dream come true for this special property at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. “Fishers will be a welcomed home for the future of Andretti, and I look forward to celebrating their successes together.”
                                          
Andretti operates worldwide in seven racing championships and across eight types of motorsports with 17 full-time drivers. Since establishing the team in 2003, Michael Andretti has built a diverse, global enterprise competing at the highest levels of motorsport and reaching all five habitable continents. In his time as a team owner, Andretti has collected 17 championship titles and 252 race wins – including five Indianapolis 500 victories, victory at the Bathurst 1000, a Sebring 12 Hour title and wins in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and Extreme E series.
 
“In 2015, the Indianapolis Airport Authority and the City of Fishers partnered to maximize the use of this land and thus increase to an even greater level the quality of life for residents of Fishers, said Mario Rodriguez, executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. “We are so pleased Andretti chose this location and supports the vision for this vital part of Fishers and the iconic team that leads this great effort.”
 
Pending approval of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) board of directors, the IEDC will commit an investment in Andretti Autosport of up to $19 million in the form of conditional tax credits and up to $125,000 in training grants based on the company’s plans to invest in its Indiana operations. The city of Fishers has approved additional incentives.


South Putnam football preview: Eagles look to fly in '22

Bigger.

 

Stronger.

 

Faster.

 

Those are the three things that South Putnam head football coach Chuck Sorrell wanted out of his team in the offseason after the Eagles played many young skill players last season. 

 

"All of them have really bought into the weight program and our quarterback, Wyatt Mullin, being the leader as a sophomore, put on 20 pounds of muscle, and then our two sophomore receivers and two sophomore offensive linemen worked out with him every day. We have a really good mixture of seniors and sophomores that should compliment each other on both sides of the ball," Sorrell told The Putnam County Post. 

 

The Eagles will open the 2022 season at Class A Cloverdale. The game can be heard on 94.3 WREB and giant.fm. The pregame show begins at 6:40 with kickoff at 7 p.m.

 

To prepare for Cloverdale and the rigors of the season, Sorrell put the Eagles up against bigger programs this summer, including Terre Haute North, Danville, Northview, Cascade, North Juduson and Lafayette Central Catholic before ending the summer against West Lafayette. 

 

"Do we dominate all those teams in the summer? No, but do we get opportunities to play against bigger schools that will help us win our conference and prepare us for the toughest 1A sectional in the state? Yes," Sorrell said.  

 

When it comes to leaders, Sorrell said South Putnam will lean heavily on its seniors -- Ethan Harcourt, Brock Heavin and Luke Switzer, but expects big things out of several other players. 

 

Those players include juniors Aiden Beadles, Kyle Glasson, Drew Hill, Caden Switzer and Wyatt Kendall, along with sophomores Wyatt Mullin and Wyatt Switzer. 

 

"Our super sophomores should be our playmakers. Quarterback Wyatt Mullin and Wyatt Switzer will connect often as we try to get the ball in their hands. Our tight end/defensive end, Zach Dorsett, is also ready for a big season," Sorrell said. 

 

As Sorrell mentioned, South Putnam competes in one of the toughest sectionals in Class A, as the Eagles are in Sectional 47 with Covenant Christian, Lutheran, North Central, Parke Heritage and Riverton Parke. 

 

That isn't stopping the Eagles from having goals of winning a conference title and a state championship. 

 

For that to happen, Sorrell notes several things must happen. 

 

"We must grow each week in film, weight class, practice and on game nights. I like this team and I would love for a few of them to take the reigns and lead us to a lot wins," he said. 

Rule changes on DNR properties take effect

Several rule changes that affect DNR properties took effect Wednesday, with the Natural Resources Commission, Attorney General’s Office, and Governor’s Office having recently approved them.

Changes include the following:

  • Stands or blinds (including portable ground blinds) are allowed to be left overnight on DNR properties if the blind or stand is legibly marked with the name, address and phone number of the owner or the owner's customer identification number issued by the DNR.
     
  • Trail/game cameras can be placed on properties managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife, as well as on state forests, and state recreation areas as long as the camera is legibly marked with the owner's name, address, phone number or customer identification number issued by DNR. Placement of the camera must not damage a tree.
     
  • The placing of bait for wildlife is prohibited on any DNR property. Exceptions are granted for bait or food placed for wildlife management as authorized by DNR, the result of authorized agricultural operations on the property (like tenant farming) or a bird feeder placed by a DNR employee. The definition of bait includes (1) a food that is transported to and placed for consumption, including but not limited to piles of corn and apples placed on the property; (2) prepared solids or liquids manufactured and intended for consumption by livestock, wild deer or birds, including, but not limited to, commercial baits and food supplements; (3) salt; and (4) mineral supplements. 
     
  • The collection of shed antlers without a permit is allowed, except on dedicated Nature Preserves.
     
  • Via a permit, magnet fishing is allowed on public waters on DNR properties as long as the magnet is able to be carried and retrieved by hand. Individuals will need to contact the respective property office to get a permit for magnet fishing on a DNR property.

 

 


North Montgomery runner signs to attend Vincennes Univ.

The Vincennes University Cross Country and Track and Field coaches have had a very busy summer hitting the road, looking to sign VU runners for next season.

 

Assistant Cross Country/Distance Running Coach Tyler Steigenga has helped sign nine middle and distance runners for the 2022-23 season.

 

“We are bringing in a lot of talent with this year’s recruiting class, especially on the middle distance side,” VU Assistant Track and Field/Distance Coach Tyler Steigenga said. “It will give us a lot more flexibility with different events on the track. This fall in Cross Country we are looking forward to finishing a lot higher at the National meet than we did last year. Our depth is tremendously better and our frontrunners will allow us to be a lot more competitive this fall. I am very excited to see what we can do.”

 

The incoming VU running recruits include a North Montgomery graduate.  Elijah McCartney, of Crawfordsville, was an individual qualifier at semi-state in his junior and senior seasons.  He was first team all-conference all four years.

 

McCartney has also completed ultra-marathons and many half marathons.

U.S. Attorney's Office files suit against alleging Wrigley Field renovations and expansion violated ADA

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois filed a federal civil lawsuit against the Chicago Cubs, alleging the team failed to ensure that recent additions and alterations at Wrigley Field were appropriately accessible to individuals with disabilities, including people who use wheelchairs, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

The lawsuit alleges that the team’s renovation, rehabilitation, expansion, and reconstruction of Wrigley Field – a multi-year undertaking known as “the 1060 Project” – discriminated against individuals with disabilities.  To facilitate the changes made by the 1060 Project, the Cubs rebuilt a sizable portion of the preexisting Wrigley Field facility, including demolishing and reconstructing the bleachers and tearing down most of the lower grandstand and rebuilding it.  These extensive changes were subject to the ADA’s requirements for design, construction, and alterations, the lawsuit states.

 

The lawsuit alleges that throughout the 1060 Project, the Cubs failed to provide wheelchair users with adequate sightlines as compared to standing patrons or incorporate wheelchair seating into new premium clubs and group seating areas.  In the general admission areas, the Cubs designed and constructed the wheelchair seating so that it is largely clustered in the last row of seating sections – in violation of the requirements of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design – and failed to remove architectural barriers to access in unaltered portions of Wrigley Field where it was readily achievable to do so, the lawsuit states.

 

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, names as defendants the Cubs and other corporate owners and operators of the Wrigley Field facility – CHICAGO BASEBALL HOLDINGS LLC, WRIGLEY FIELD HOLDINGS LLC, and WF MASTER TENANT LLC.  The suit seeks declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief to remedy the alleged ADA violations.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Abraham J. Souza and Patrick W. Johnson represent the government.

 

“The Cubs rebuilt much of Wrigley Field and had ample opportunity – and a significant ADA obligation – to incorporate wheelchair seating and other accessible elements into the updated facility,” said John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.  “The U.S. Attorney’s Office remains committed to ensuring equal accessibility for individuals with disabilities.”

 

 

Gov. Holcomb announces Indiana hosting Ukrainian Olympians

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that the State of Indiana, Indiana Sports Corp, and the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority (SSCVA) collaborated to relocate the men’s Ukrainian Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Team to Indiana to serve as its training location this summer.

“We are so happy to play our small part in providing these world-class athletes with refuge to continue their training in such a fantastic facility,” said Gov. Holcomb. “This confirms what we have known all along – that our strongest state export has, and always will be, our Hoosier Hospitality.”

The team will travel to Hammond, Ind. on Thursday, July 7, where they will train at Hammond Central High School until Aug. 3. The wrestlers will use the state-of-the-art high school facility which opened in 2021, which includes a weight room, track, football field, gymnasium, and pool.

The collaborative support stemmed from Gov. Holcomb’s and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers’ meeting in March with the Ambassador of Ukraine at the Ukrainian embassy in Washington just two weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. At that time, Gov. Holcomb committed to do anything Hoosiers can to assist during their time of need. 

“Indiana Sports Corp is proud to partner with the State of Indiana and the SSCVA to provide a training location for the Ukrainian Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Team,” said Ryan Vaughn, Indiana Sports Corp President. “Indiana offers premier sports facilities across the state, and we are grateful our Team Indiana partner SSCVA raised their hand to take on this opportunity.”

As part of their three-week stay, the Ukrainian Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Team will have joint training sessions and meetings with local wrestlers. These gatherings will allow local wrestlers to learn from the Ukrainian team and allow both parties to share experiences on and off the mat. The SSCVA is handling local logistics for the team and plans to provide several offsite experiences, including a welcome reception, throughout the duration of their time in Indiana.

“Northwest Indiana and the SSCVA are honored to be hosting the Ukrainian Olympic athletes," said David Uran, President and CEO of the SSCVA. "This is a fantastic opportunity for the region to extend our Hoosier hospitality while we assist these athletes to reach their Olympic dreams."

"The School City of Hammond is excited to welcome the Ukrainian Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Team to train and utilize the state-of-the-art athletic facilities at Hammond Central High School," stated Scott Miller, Hammond Schools Superintendent. "The opportunity to host world-class athletes and have them work alongside our student athletes is incredible and we look forward to their arrival."

The Ukrainian Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Team has a strong history of success at the Olympic Summer Games. At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Ukrainian Greco-Roman Wrestling Team ranked third, wrestlers garnered one gold medal in the 87 kg weight category, a silver medal in the 67 kg weight category and took 5th place in the 60 kg weight category.

All travel and arrangements for the athletes and their coaches was made possible by a grant provided to the Indiana Sports Corp from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

IHSAA Executive Committee approves change to basketball tournament format

The Executive Committee of the Indiana High School Athletic Association voted to make a significant change to the format of the annual boys and girls basketball state tournaments.

 

In its final meeting of the 2021-22 school year, the group of school principals and athletic directors voted 15-2 to make the regional round a single game and the semi-state round a two-game format beginning with next winter’s tournaments. The previous format of a two-round regional and a single semi-state game had been in place since 2002.

 

This spring, Commissioner Paul Neidig conducted a survey of principals, athletic directors, boys and girls coaches and 73.4% of those 781 respondents voted in favor of the change with at least 70% in all four groups approving.

 

Regional pairings will be drawn and announced at the same time as the traditional sectional pairings with two regional championship games being played at the same site and potentially from different classes.

 

Another new wrinkle includes conducting an additional blind draw and announcing the semi-state pairings the day after the regional championship games on IHSAAtv.org.

 

“We really like the potential of a high-energy atmosphere at the semi-state level with a chance to advance to the state championship games the following week at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the home of the Pacers and Fever,” Neidig said. “This new format will double the number of teams who play a week longer in the tournament and should create a lot of excitement in those communities and will be financially beneficial for those communities that serve as host sites.”

 

Tournament host sites will be approved by the Executive Committee later this fall.

Also from today’s meeting:

 

• The Executive Committee formally approved full membership for Dugger Union, Evansville Christian and Purdue Polytechnic. Those schools become officially eligible to compete in IHSAA state tournaments beginning this fall.

• The Committee approved modified restrictions on Indiana schools competing against schools from beyond the 300-mile travel limit. IHSAA schools will now be able to participate against out-of-state schools from beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are in good standing with their state association, the venue is within the 300 mile limit, is and is sanctioned by the NFHS and IHSAA. Also, Indiana schools may now host out-of-state schools in Indiana from beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are a member in good standing with their own state association and the event is sanctioned by the NFHS and IHSAA.

• A proposal to raise ticket prices in several sports including football and basketball sectional games from $6 to $7 was also approved as well as raising an officials stipend by $10 at all levels as well as bumping their mileage from 25 cents to 50 cents per mile.

Patrick Rady steps down as Cloverdale boys basketball coach

Cloverdale will be in search of a new boys basketball coach.

 

According to a Facebook post Patrick Rady says he will continue as a teacher at Cloverdale.

 

After months of prayer, discussions with my family, and coaching colleagues, I have decided to step down as the varsity boys basketball coach at Cloverdale High School. I will continue to teach at Cloverdale HS. This was not an easy decision, as coaching has been a part of my life since I was a senior in 1988. However, right now I need a respite from the day-to-day grind of coaching.

 

As a young boy I dreamed of coaching HS basketball in the state of Indiana. My boyhood idol was my father, and with his guidance I was able to have doors open up for me to reach my dream.

 

I want to thank all of the administrators, secretaries, bus drivers, and custodians who helped make my time as a coach a lot easier! A thank you to the officials and opposing coaches whom I have learned from as well.

 

Most importantly I want to thank those who I went to work with on a daily basis, my assistant coaches and players. It truly has been a family. Through the good times and bad times, I wouldn’t want to go through it with anyone else!

 

So, to all my former players from the Terre Haute Boys Club, Honey Creek Middle School, Sarah Scott Middle School, Terre Haute South HS, Southwestern HS(Hanover), and Cloverdale HS, thank you for your time and your effort!

 

God-willing I look forward to coming and watching your sons/daughters and grandsons/granddaughters play!

 

To my assistants, thank you for your hard work and loyalty!

 

Rady was 100-77 at Cloverdale including sectional titles in his first three seasons, 2016-2018.  He’s 141-147 overall including five seasons at Southwestern (Hanover).

Brian Avery to direct IHSAA's Champions Together Program

With a long career of distinguished service to education-based athletics in Indiana, Brian Avery has been named the next Director of the Champions Together program for the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA).

 

Avery’s appointment date is effective July 1, 2022, and he fills the vacancy left by Lee Lonzo who retired after nearly 10 years in the position.

 

Avery will be at Saturday’s Unified Track & Field State Finals in Bloomington – one of two Champions Together co-ed sports the IHSAA currently sponsors.

 

The Champions Together program began in 2012 as a collaborative effort between the IHSAA and Special Olympics Indiana (SOIN) as a means of providing a quality experience of sports training and competition. It brings together high school students with and without disabilities to compete together representing their high school. As a result of those efforts, the IHSAA began sponsoring a Unified Track & Field State Tournament in 2014 and a Unified Flag Football State Tournament in 2018.

 

Avery, who will assist in the administration and promotion of both Unified sports, joins the IHSAA after serving the last 11 years as athletic director at Speedway High School. Prior to that he was athletic director at Franklin Central High School (2000-11), and a teacher/coach at Lawrence Central High School (1988-2000) and Scecina Memorial High School (1983-88).

 

“We’re thrilled to have Brian join the Association with his extensive administrative experience to lead our Champions Together efforts,” said IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig. “He’ll be a great addition as we begin to expand our unified sports opportunities, particularly into the winter season.”

 

Avery has been a member of the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA) Executive Board since 2005 and served as president of that organization in 2016-17. He has been honored by both the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and the IIAAA numerous times in his career including the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2009 and IIAAA State Athletic Director of the Year in 2014.

 

He is the current secretary/treasurer of the Indiana Crossroads Conference and is former president of Conference Indiana and former Marion County Athletic Association Coordinator.

 

Avery is a 1983 graduate of Marian College where he earned a bachelor's degree in Social Studies Teacher Education. He went on to earn a master's degree in Secondary School Administration from Butler University in 1990.

 

A LaPorte native, he is a 1979 graduate of LaPorte High School where he played basketball and ran track for the Slicers.

 

Avery and his wife of 30 years, Jennifer, have three adult children – Tanner, Cassie, and Hallie.

 

He is also a licensed IHSAA official in football and basketball following in the footsteps of his father, George R. Avery, who also was licensed in those sports for 25 years.

Greencastle, S. Putnam, N. Putnam in softball sectional action Tuesday

South Putnam will take another shot at Greencastle while North Putnam gets the 6th-ranked team in 2A softball as Sectional 44 continues at South Vermilion Tuesday.

 

At 5:30 pm, Greencastle (11-14) will play South Putnam (9-14) for a third time.  Greencastle won both previous meetings, 15-9 and 6-2.

 

South Putnam received the bye.  Greencastle reached Tuesday's semifinal with a Monday win over Cloverdale, 10-2.  Cloverdale's season ended with a 1-13 record.

 

In the other half of the bracket, North Putnam defeated Parke Heritage in Monday's other quarterfinal, 11-1.  The Cougars (18-7) will play #6 (2A) South Vermilion (21-3) in the late semifinal Tuesday at 7pm.

 

The winners play for the 2A Sectional 44 championship Thursday at 6:30 pm.

New IHSAA sectional assigments announced

Greencastle and North Putnam will be football postseason rivals in the new sectional assignments announced by the IHSAA.

 

The Tiger Cubs and Cougars have been placed into 2A Sectional 37 with Cascade, Linton-Stockton, North Knox, Southmont and Sullivan.

 

Cloverdale and South Putnam will compete in an eight-team football field of 1A Sectional 47 with Covenant Christian, Dugger Union (eligible 2023), Indianapolis Lutheran, North Central (Farmersburg), Parke Heritage and Riverton Parke.

 

In boys basketball, Greencastle joins the 2A Sectional 44 with county rivals South Putnam, North Putnam and Cloverdale.  Parke Heritage, Riverton Parke and Southmont round out the seven-team field.

 

The girls basketball sectional field will feature the same schools.

 

Further sectional assigments for IHSAA sports can be found by pasting the following link from the IHSAA into your browser.

 

https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/ihsaa/documents/news%20media/2021-22/050322.SectionalAssignments.pdf

 

 

Boys volleyball, girls wrestling approved as IHSAA Emerging Sports

During its annual review of the by-laws on Monday afternoon, the Board of Directors of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. voted unanimously to add girls wrestling and boys volleyball to its new Emerging Sport Process.

 

The Board of Directors, led by this year’s President Jeff Doyle of Barr-Reeve High School and Vice President Jim Brown of Fishers High School, approved 38 items during the meeting in Indianapolis.

 

All proposals are considered in the order that the rule appears within the current by-laws. The Board of Directors has four options on each proposal: affirm, deny, table or amend a rule. A simple majority is necessary to act on any measure and all approved measures become effective immediately unless otherwise noted.

 

The Emerging Sport Process, known as Rule 1-4 and approved a year ago by the IHSAA Board of Directors, helps pave a way for those sports and participation to continue to grow with an eye toward eventually becoming a recognized sport and sponsorship of an official state tournament. The two sports become the first to earn the designation.

 

By earning the designation as an emerging sport, the IHSAA will now provide rule books, conduct coaches rules meetings, and provide coverage in the IHSAA’s Catastrophic Medical program. Both sports will now be subject to all IHSAA rules and policies, including the General Eligibility Rules.

 

For a sport to become officially recognized and an IHSAA state tournament be sponsored, 50 percent of the membership must be participating in the sport. The IHSAA currently has 407 member schools around the state.

 

The Indiana Boys Volleyball Coaches Association has been administering its state tournament since 1994 while the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association has been conducting a girls wrestling state tournament since 2017.

 

Representatives of both coaches associations submitted requested information in recent weeks including data on participants in Indiana as well as other states, suggested playing rules and potential practice seasons as well as letters of commitment from member schools that either currently sponsor or intend to sponsor a program.

 

According to the data submitted from those coaches associations, there are 42 schools fielding boys volleyball teams around the state while 350 girls representing 113 schools in this year’s girls wrestling state tournament.

 

Other items:

• The Board approved 17-2 of reducing the waiting period to become a full member school and participate in IHSAA state tournaments from four years to three years.

• Clarified that any student-athlete ejected from a contest due to NFHS playing rules but not deemed unsporting

such as a handball in the box during a soccer match or use of an illegal bat in softball, will not be suspended for the next contest. Also, any student-athlete ejected for a second time during a season will be suspended for the next two contests.

• A coach, contest administrator, school administrator or fan ejected from a contest will be suspended for the next two contests. A second ejection will be a four-game suspension (approved 19-0).

• An amendment to Rule 9-13 proposed by Carmel High School Principal Tom Harmas that would allow the commissioner to reschedule a state tournament contest to Sunday if weather or other emergency situations arise failed 0-19.

• An amendment to Rule 10-1 by Evansville North Principal John Skinner and the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference failed (2-17) to gain enough support in his current form. The proposal would have eliminated the restrictions on Indiana schools from hosting schools from farther than 300 miles away or being able to compete against a school from beyond the travel limit at an out-of-state event. The Board, however, requested that the Executive Staff review and draft another proposal for team and individual sports for its consideration at the next meeting.

• An amendment to Rule 19-5.1 failed 8-11. Peru Principal Paul Frye proposed that when a student’s parents/guardians make a change of residence to a new school district, the student may transfer and attempt to obtain full eligibility in any school located within a 20 mile radius of the new residence when a move of more than 75 miles is made. This same proposal ended in a tie among Board members a year ago and was brought back to the agenda this year.

• With regard to Rule 19-6.2, when a student transfers to a new school without a change of residence, they would have limited eligibility in all sports. An exception to that rule was approved unanimously allowing full eligibility in sports the student hasn’t previously participated in in the last 365 days.

• Munster Principal Mike Wells proposed an addition to Rule 20-2 (Past Link) that says, “if no direct contact can be proven between the two parties, the discipline/ineligibility of the student-athlete is not applicable (there is no cause/effect). The onus of the contact needs to be proven by the sending School that is blocking the transfer with regards to full eligibility.” The proposed addition failed to receive any support.

• The elections for next year’s leadership of the Board and Executive Committee also were held. Chris Conley of Delta High School was voted president of the 2022-23 Board of Directors and Kye Denney of Wes-Del High School was elected vice president. Jeff Doyle of Barr-Reeve High School was named chairman of the 2022-23 Executive Committee and Jim Brown of Fishers High School was confirmed as vice chairman.

 

Cloverdale boys' asst coach Karl Turk, Eminence boys' varsity coach Kevin Bradshaw to be recognized with Transformational Coach Award

Two area Indiana high school assistant coaches will receive special awards from the Indiana Basketball Association in 2022.

               

Eminence boys' varsity coach Kevin Bradshaw and Cloverdale boys' assistant Karl Turk each will be recognized with a Point Guard College/Indiana Transformational Coach Award as presented by the IBCA.

 

This is the sixth year for the PGC/Indiana Transformational Coach Awards, which are presented to coaches who have impacted the lives of their players and fellow coaches at their school and within their community. The recipients are coaches who are respected by their players and fellow coaches for their dedication, positive approach and integrity on and o? the court. Point Guard College is a corporate partner of the IBCA.

               

This is the fifth year that the IBCA is recognizing assistant coaches with an award. The awards are going to two coaches who have contributed in a significant way to their respective schools' athletic programs for more than 40 years apiece.

               

These awards will be presented on April 22 during the 2022 IBCA Clinic at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. 

               

Previous PGC/Indiana Transformational Coach Awards have gone to Gary Cook of North Decatur in 2017; Gary West's Chris Buggs and Switzerland County's Adam Dennis in 2018; John Glenn's Travis Hannah in 2019; Columbus North's RaNae Isaak and Speedway's Jim Merlie in 2020; and Lawrenceburg's Steve Bradley and Brownsburg's Debbie Smiley in 2021. 

 

Transformational Coach: Karl Turk, Cloverdale boys' assistant

 There was a time in 1994 when there was concern that Karl Turk might not survive. Or might not ever walk again. Or might not ever be able to do many things that most people consider normal.

            

Fortunately, Karl Turk was not one of those people.

            

Rather, Turk, a life-long basketball fanatic, overcame a tremendous medical challenge, readjusted some of his goals and has become an outstanding coach, teacher and citizen. Thus, the Cloverdale High School boys’ basketball varsity assistant and JV coach is a 2022 winner of a Point Guard College/Indiana Transformational Coach Award as determined by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

            

“Karl is the epitome of a servant leader,” said Patrick Rady, the Cloverdale boys’ basketball varsity coach who has worked with Turk at three schools and nominated him for this award. “Karl is a lifelong learner in all of life’s matters and persistently leads by example. He never is satisfied with the status quo. He doesn’t push anyone any harder to be their best than he does himself.

            

“In my experience with Karl, I have witnessed his unique ability help players to reach their full potential by getting to know each and every player’s personality, then motivating each one according to his individual makeup. One of his beliefs is you can’t have discipline without a relationship. Karl is able to provide positive and negative feedback to players, and it is received with an open mind from the players because he has already built relationships.”

            

Before someone can understand Turk now, one must understand the path he has traveled.

            

Flashback to Jan. 21, 1994. Turk, then an eighth grader at Forest Manor Junior High in Indianapolis, is a basketball fan and young basketball player. That night, the 14-year-old watched on television the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers in an intense game. He walked to bed. He woke up paralyzed. He was rushed to the hospital. For two weeks, he was paralyzed from the waist down and temporarily lost some of his eye sight.

            

After numerous tests, Turk was diagnosed with “transverse myelitis,” a rare disease that causes inflammation of the spinal cord and prevents his spinal cord from sending signals to his brain and lower extremities. Most patients do not recover well, and young Karl spent the next 66 days in the hospital.

            

A turning point came when Reggie Miller, the then-Pacers’ star and Turk’s favorite player, visited Turk in the hospital. Miller and Turk spent the next couple of hours discussing each of their stories. Miller told Turk about how Miller had grown up with pronated hips and had to wear leg braces similar to the braces Turk was wearing at the time. He talked about what it took to be in the NBA: that many good ball players failed to embrace and work on what they were not good at, and personality and character weeded many good players out.

            

“Reggie inspired me and helped me to embrace who I was,” Turk said in a past interview. “For that moment, I felt he believed in me and saw my potential for greatness.”

            

It is a message that stuck with Turk as he entered Arlington High School in a wheelchair and began to adjust his dreams. There was hope he could walk again, but he would have to have assistance. Turk participated in a rigorous physical therapy regimen throughout high school. By his senior year, he shed his last leg brace and began to walk with a cane, which he continues to walk with today.

            

He no longer played basketball, but he still loved the game and became a Golden Knights’ student manager for coach Larry Nicks from 1995-98 with duties including compiling statistics and calling in results to the newspaper. Turk matriculated to Indiana State University, where he continued to be a student of the game as a manager for coach Royce Waltman’s Sycamores for one year, an assistant coach for Pat Rady Sr. at Terre Haute South High School for two years and the video coordinator for Waltman and ISU for one year before earning a bachelor’s degree in Spanish in 2005.

            

In 2005-06, Turk assisted Pat Rady Jr. with the boys’ basketball program at Southwestern High School in Hanover. From 2006-08, Turk worked as the director of basketball operations for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s basketball, being a part of an NCAA Tournament program in 2007. From 2010-14, he was an assistant coach at West Oso High School, which won the Texas Class 3A state title in 2011. From 2014-16, Turk was the West Oso varsity coach, guiding the Bears to a 50-20 record in two seasons. He was named the South Texas Coach of the Year in 2015 and directed his team to a Texas Region IV-4A berth in 2016.

            

After 10 years in Texas, Turk returned to Indiana where he again joined Pat Rady Jr., this time the varsity assistant and JV coach at Cloverdale. Turk has thrived in six years at Cloverdale, where he teaches Spanish, teaches and oversees the school’s JAG curriculum (Jobs for America’s Graduates) and serves as an after-school tutor, an assistant athletic director and public address announcer for many school events.

            

Turk has made such an impact at Cloverdale that he was named 2021 Putnam County Citizen of the Year by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce on March 12, 2022. Cloverdale superintendent Greg Linton described Turk as a “phenomenal teacher” and noted how he spends countless hours helping students prepare for college.

            

“He’s the first guy (the students will) show their acceptance letter because he did so much to help them prepare,” Linton told the Greencastle Banner-Graphic.

            

Cloverdale principal Sonny Stoltz also was effusive in praising Turk.

            

“Karl is a unique, special and dedicated educator,” Stoltz told the Banner-Graphic. “He works hard to give each student who comes in contact with him his undivided attention. He at times serves as the face of Cloverdale High School with his presence at sporting events and his guidance in post-secondary education. The students love him. The staff respects him.”

           

 Rady provided additional perspective in his nomination of Turk for the PGC Transformational Coach Award.

            

“Since the fall of 2002, I have considered Karl a colleague and a friend,” Rady said. “Since that time, I have had the pleasure of watching Karl blossom into an outstanding coach, leader and teacher.

            

“He is an advocate for the entire school and community. He makes it a point to encourage all athletes and students to truly take interest in their school through extra-curricular participation. Karl understands the importance of education in a person’s life, and he is driven to see his players and students be lifelong learners.”

 

Transformational Coach: Kevin Bradshaw, Eminence boys' head coach

 

 

You might say that Kevin Bradshaw does not follow the philosophy of Vince Lombardi, the former Hall of Fame pro football coach who professed, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

 

Instead, Bradshaw, who just completed his first season as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Eminence High School, focuses on the benefits of athletics beyond the won-loss results to help his student-athletes grow into becoming the best people they can be.

           

Because of his approach, Bradshaw has been selected as a 2022 winner of a Point Guard College/Indiana Transformational Coach Award as determined by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

           

“Kevin almost always is upbeat and does his absolute best to see the bright side in every situation,” said Jim Whitaker, the Mooresville varsity boys’ basketball coach from 1995-2003 who nominated Bradshaw for this award. “An example of this is this year. He has had what most coaches would proclaim to be an awful season (with a 0-20 record).

           

“Nevertheless, Kevin continues to encourage the kids and lets them know that success is really not measured by wins and losses. He continues to look at their improvements and where they are as young men. Even other coaches commend Kevin’s efforts and can't believe his ability to find compassion and still get his kids to compete to the best of their abilities.”

           

Bradshaw, a 1984 graduate of Mooresville High School, played basketball, football and baseball for the Pioneers. He followed with two years of basketball at Cedarville University in Ohio before leaving college and taking a job in construction. In 1989, he started his own firm – Dirt Works Plus, Inc. – and has been highly successful with that enterprise for more than 30 years.

           

His business success allowed Bradshaw to get into coaching to share the lessons he learned from his coaches, including Whitaker, 79, who coached the Pioneers’ JV boys’ basketball team from 1977-95 and previously coached at Fulton Junior High, South Wayne Junior High and Mooresville’s Paul Hadley Junior High.

           

Bradshaw and Whitaker maintained a relationship over the years, and things came full circle in the past few years with Whitaker assisting Bradshaw for three seasons as the Monrovia boys’ basketball JV coach, one season as the Covenant Christian boys’ basketball freshman coach and this past season at Eminence.

           

“Kevin is the most fair and honest person that I know,” Whitaker said. “He treats each student-athlete with a level of fairness and honesty that is truly honorable in today’s society. The kids really respect him and look up to him as a role model and a coach.”

           

Bradshaw began coaching basketball from 2008-12 at the junior high level for Mooresville Christian Academy. He then was the Monrovia boys’ freshman coach in 2012-13 and followed with six seasons as the Monrovia boys’ JV coach. He coached at Covenant Christian for one year before becoming the head coach at Eminence. Bradshaw also coached eighth-grade football in Mooresville from 2019-12 and was a football assistant at Monrovia High School from 2013-18.

           

In 2017, Bradshaw earned a teaching license for building trades and technical education through coursework at Ball State University. For the past five years, in addition to his coaching and his business, Bradshaw also has been the lead instructor for building trades courses at Mooresville High School.

           

“Kevin is one of the most kind-hearted people that I have ever had the pleasure of being associated with,” Whitaker said. “He gives his heart to the kids in all the coaching opportunities that he has been given. He leads by example, and he gives each athlete he coaches his full heart. He not only cares about them on the basketball court or football field, but he cares about their well being.

           

“I have been able to witness this for myself when he has former players return to talk to his current players. The former players always refer to Kevin’s genuine love and compassion for each of them. In their words, ‘You not only will be a better basketball player because of coach Bradshaw, but you will become a better man. He not only will teach basketball, but life as well. He truly cares, plus he is a good coach, too.’ This is what the players who have had him will all say. I, too, can agree that their statements are absolutely true.”

           

Bradshaw and his wife, Dawn, are parents to Casey, Ben, Alex and Courtney. They also have four grandchildren.

 

 

 

North Putnam's Willis, Miller of South Putnam recognized in IBCA All-State and Honorable mentions

Fifteen seniors and 15 underclass girls basketball players have earned IBCA/Franciscan Health "Supreme 15" All-State honors for 2021-22, it was announced Tuesday (March 1).

The IBCA also named Large School All-State teams (15 seniors, 15 underclass) and Small School All-State teams (15 seniors, 15 underclass).

The "Supreme 15" is the top honor awarded, and players were voted to that group without regard to school size. The Large School and Small School all-state teams are secondary accolades -- the Large School group including players from Class 3A and Class 4A schools and the Small School group including players from Class A and Class 2A schools. Players who make the Supreme 15 are not considered for Large School or Small School honors.

In addition, 90 more seniors and 90 more underclass players were selected honorable mention all-state. The honorable mention laurels are awarded without regard to school size.

Those voted to the 2022 IBCA/Franciscan Health Supreme 15 Senior girls' team are, listed alphabetically: Kuryn Brunson, Franklin; Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point; Kate Clarke, Carmel; Alyssa Crockett, Westfield; Koryn Greiwe, Columbus East; Ally Madden, Blue River Valley; Teresa Maggio, McCutcheon; Kynidi Mason-Striverson, Silver Creek; Ayanna Patterson, Homestead; Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington; Zoe Stewart, Terre Haute North; Lilly Stoddard, Crown Point; Alaina Thorne, Washington; Ashlyn Traylor, Franklin; and Tanyuel Welch, North Central.

Those voted to the 2022 IBCA/Franciscan Health Supreme 15 Underclass girls' team are, listed alphabetically: Ashlynn Brooke, Pioneer; Cristen Carter, Ben Davis; Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian; Laila Hull, Zionsville; RaShunda Jones, South Bend Washington; McKenna Layden, Northwestern; Karsyn Norman, Bedford North Lawrence; Jordyn Poole, Fort Wayne Snider; MaKaya Porter, Mishawaka Marian; Amiyah Reynolds, South Bend Washington; Kira Reynolds, South Bend Washington; Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville; Chloe Spreen, Bedford North Lawrence; Josie Trabel, East Central; and Juliann Woodard, Jennings County. 

       The IBCA/Franciscan Health All-State teams are selected through a process organized by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and presented by Franciscan Health Sports Medicine.

All IBCA-member head coaches have the opportunity to nominate players. A panel of 20 IBCA coaches -- 16 from the current regional areas, three district representatives (one each from IHSAA Districts 1, 2 and 3) and the committee chairman -- then meets to review the nominations, vote and finalize the selections.

Those on the IBCA all-state committee for 2022 included chairman Doug Springer of Northridge plus Brandon Bradley of Kankakee Valley from District 1, DeeAnn Ramey of North Central from District 2 and Missy Voyles of Jeffersonville from District 3. 

Completing the voting panel were Kristi Ulrich of Penn, Andy Maguire of Zionsville, Curt Benge of Plainfield and Tyler Choate of Evansville North in Class 4A; Steve Scott of Mishawaka Marian, Eric Thornton of Norwell, Kaley May of Danville and Jason Simpson of Greensburg in Class 3A; Justin Jordan of Whitko, Matt Crawford of Delphi, Cassie Wiseman of Heritage Christian; and Hollie Anson-Eaves of South Knox in Class 2A; and Rick Budka of Morgan Township, Don Helmick of Clinton Central, Scott Smith of Jac-Cen-Del and Amy Schilling of Edinburgh in Class A.

    

Franciscan Health Sports Medicine is making a financial contribution to the IBCA Scholarship Fund as the presenting partner of the IBCA all-state teams. As part of the partnership, Franciscan Health Sports Medicine will provide plaques to Supreme 15 honorees and certificates to players receiving Large School All-State, Small School All-State or Honorable Mention All-State recognition. Those items will be made available to each recipient's coach during April, allowing her coach to present the award to each player prior to the end of the 2021-22 academic year. 

       

The IBCA thanks Franciscan Health Sports Medicine for being a partner in this annual project.

       

The complete 2022 IBCA/Franciscan Health Senior All-State and 2022 IBCA/Franciscan Health Underclass All-State teams for girls basketball are listed below.

 

2022 IBCA/Franciscan Health Senior All-State

Supreme 15

               Kuryn Brunson, Franklin

               Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point

               Kate Clarke, Carmel

               Alyssa Crockett, Westfield

               Koryn Greiwe, Columbus East

               Ally Madden, Blue River Valley

               Teresa Maggio, McCutcheon

               Kynidi Mason-Striverson, Silver Creek

               Ayanna Patterson, Homestead

               Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington

               Zoe Stewart, Terre Haute North

               Lilly Stoddard, Crown Point

               Alaina Thorne, Washington

               Ashlyn Traylor, Franklin

               Tanyuel Welch, North Central

 

Large School All-State

               Taylor Bowen, Culver Academy

               Hope Fox, East Central

               Destinee Hooks, North Central

               Kenna Kirby, Tri-West

               Kencia Levasseur, Washington

               Jyah LoVett, Fort Wayne Snider

               Julia Mantyla, Northridge

               Lilly Maple, Maconaquah

               Morgan Ostrowski, Garrett

               Jada Patton, Penn

               Kelly Ratigan, South Bend St. Joseph

               Abby Sanner, Warsaw

               Olivia Smith, Fort Wayne South

               Kennedy Tolen, Benton Central

               Ellie Wilkerson, Plainfield

 

Small School All-State

               Lauryn Bates, Frankton

               Karsyn Cherry, Lafayette Central Catholic

               Mariah Claywell, Union City

               Macie Couchenour, South Knox

               Hailey Cripe, Pioneer

               Olivia Faust, Triton Central

               Ellia Foster, Bremen

               Madilynn Hudspeth, Oregon-Davis

               Hailee Kline, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian

               Kaybree Oxley, Tecumseh

               Graycie Poe, North Knox

               Jessie Ringen, Rensselaer Central

               Abigail Tomblin, South Central (Union Mills)

               Kyla Willis, North Putnam

               Ella Wolfe, Tipton

 

Honorable Mention (90)

               Ashlynn Allman, Lapel

               Nataley Armstrong, Garrett

               Trinity Barnes, Gary West

               Ella Bickel, Heritage

               Megan Bolen, Knox

               Genesis Borom, Portage

               Katie Bremer, Cathedral

               Diana Burgher, North Harrison

               Chloe Cardinal, Vincennes Lincoln

               Mia Catey, Mississinewa

               Jordan Coon, Castle

               Kirsten Cross, Lawrenceburg

               Patty Chikamba, University

               Chloe Churilla, Highland

               Caitlin Conn, North White

               Kendall Davison, Clinton Central

               Miranda Deane, Southport

               Madelynn Denny, Mooresville

               Cortney Dove, Princeton

               Jessie Duvall, Switzerland County

               Elizabeth Edmonds, Argos

               Marisa Esquivel, Griffith

               Delanie Gale, South Central (Union Mills)

               Nichole Garner, Waldron

               Jaidn Green, Evansville North

               Ariel Helm, Lawrence North

               Darryn Hood, Tindley

               DeMaria King, Charlestown

               Lyndsey Kobza, Kouts

               Dakotah Krohn, Woodlan

               Dani Kroeger, Vincennes Lincoln

               Kennedy Kugler, Prairie Heights

               Christina Lamb, Cascade

               Kelsi Langley, Taylor

               Haley Lanter, Winchester

               Bella Larrison, Waldron

               Kylah Lawson, Columbus North

               Lauren Leach, Angola

               Jesse Ledgerwood, Washington

               Lexi Linder, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger

               Kathryn Loso, Guerin Catholic

               Hadley Lytton, Heritage Hills

               Annika Marlow, Rushville

               Grace Marshall, Heritage Christian

               Rebekah Marshall, Columbia City

               Chloe McClain, Kokomo

               Maddie McSurley, New Prairie

               Maddy Meek, New Castle

               Brie Miller, South Putnam

               Gena Moore, Winchester

               Jaelynne Murray, Pike

               Tynlie Neal, Clinton Prairie

               Kaliah Neighbors, Evansville North

               Natalie Niehaus, Castle

               Natalie Noel, Salem

               Anna Parent, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers

               Camiell Perry, Speedway

               Abigail Ratts, Salem

               Jozee Rhodes, Plainfield

               Jada Rhonehouse, Fremont

               Katie Rice, North Montgomery

               Jordan Richmond, Avon

               Michelle Rodkey, Rossville

               Emme Rooney, Silver Creek

               Emily Roper, Carmel

               Jordyn Sarver, Mitchell

               Isabelle Saylor, Tri-West

               Jasi Scaife, Muncie Central

               Taylor Schoonveld, Kankakee Valley

               Tressa Senesac, Benton Central

               Halle Shelt, Park Tudor

               Marissa Shelton, South Bend Adams

               Carly Sherfield, Edgewood

               Gracie Shorter, Sullivan

               Sydney Sierota, Silver Creek

               Davina Smith, Merrillville

               Jazmyn Smith, West Noble

               Jada Stansberry, Alexandria

               Maddie Swingle, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

               Audrey Tallent, Plainfield

               Macey Timberman, Northview

               Haley Thomas, Harrison (West Lafayette)

               Lexi Thomas, Rochester

               Adrie Thompson, Tri-West

               Kelsey Waggoner, Cardinal Ritter

               Annabelle Williams, Jac-Cen-Del

               Alexis Wines, Lebanon

               Delaney Wolfe, Martinsville

               Taren Yates, Triton

               Jessie Yelaska, John Glenn

 

 

2022 IBCA/Franciscan Health Underclass All-State

Supreme 15

               Ashlynn Brooke, Pioneer

               Cristen Carter, Ben Davis

               Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian

               Laila Hull, Zionsville

               RaShunda Jones, South Bend Washington

               McKenna Layden, Northwestern

               Karsyn Norman, Bedford North Lawrence

               Jordyn Poole, Fort Wayne Snider

               MaKaya Porter, Mishawaka Marian

               Amiyah Reynolds, South Bend Washington

               Kira Reynolds, South Bend Washington

               Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville

               Chloe Spreen, Bedford North Lawrence

               Josie Trabel, East Central

               Juliann Woodard, Jennings County

 

Large School All-State

               Aniyah Bishop, Lake Central

               Olivia Brown, Hamilton Southeastern

               Destini Craig, Fort Wayne Snider

               Asia Donald, Hobart

               Isabella Gizzi, New Palestine

               Bailey Kelham, Garrett

               Jaylah Lampley, Lawrence Central

               Riley Makalusky, Hamilton Southeastern

               Ellery Minch, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

               Hailey Smith, Fishers

               Renna Schwieterman, Jay County

               Saige Stahl, Columbus East

               Alison Stephens, Homestead

               Meredith Tippner, Noblesville

               Reagan Wilson, Noblesville

 

Small School All-State

               Caitlyn Campbell, Winchester

               Ally Capouch, Kouts

               Maci Chamberlin, Blue River Valley

               Kelsey DuBois, University

               Kenzie Fulks, Bethesda Christian

               Brea Garber, Fairfield

               Alli Harness, Carroll (Flora)

               Bailey Parham, Tri

               Ashlee Schram, Tipton

               Payton Seay, University

               Emma Sperry, Frankton

               Bailey Tabeling, Trinity Lutheran

               Amber Tretter, Forest Park

               Madison Wagner, Carroll (Flora)

               Linzie Wernert, Lanesville

 

Honorable Mention (90)

               Tori Allen, Andrean

               Leah Bachmann, Columbus East

               Molly Baker, Columbia City

               Carley Barrett, Lafayette Central Catholic

               Addison Baxter, Columbia City

               Asiah Baxter, Warren Central

               Carley Begle, Forest Park

               Giovonnie Belton, Pike

               Skylar Bos, Covenant Christian (DeMotte)

               Addison Bowsman, Twin Lakes

               Chaney Brown, Greenfield-Central

               Amiyah Buchanan, Evansville North

               Cameran Cahall, Madison

               Bradie Chambers, Linton-Stockton

               Aubrey Cole, Seeger

               Kennedy Coleman, Charlestown

               Ava Couch, North Central

               Taylor Delp, Plymouth

               Jenna Donohoo, Tecumseh

               Taylor Double, Huntington North

               Kylee Edwards, Shelbyville

               Aijia Elliott, Kokomo

               Alivia Elmore, Jennings County

               Eva Fisher, Northridge

               Riley Flinn, Harrison (West Lafayette)

               Taylor Fordyce, Carroll (Fort Wayne)

               Lauren Foster, Indian Creek

               Kennedy Fuelling, Norwell

               Kenzie Garner, Sheridan

               Nasiya Gause, Lake Station Edison

               Arianna Gerkin, Vincennes Lincoln

               Layla Gold, Cathedral

               Chloey Graham, Gibson Southern

               Taylor Guess, Ben Davis

               Kendall Hale, Cannelton

               Rachel Harshman, Mooresville

               Ella Haupert, Southwood

               Kyra Hill, Goshen

               Jacklynn Hosier, Alexandria

               Journey Howard, New Albany

               Keylee Hudson, Eastern Greene

         Nevaeh Jackson, Fort Wayne Northrop

               Saniya Jackson, Fort Wayne Northrop

        Sophie Johnson, Evansville Memorial

               Rhylan Kalb, Northeast Dubois

               Clair Klinger, Washington Township

               Morgan Lawrence, Winchester

               Olivia Leas, Blackford

               Gracie Little, Washington Township

               Caroline Long, Western

               Olivia Marks, South Central (Union Mills)

               Reagan Martin, Owen Valley

               Emily Mattingly, Evansville Memorial

               Kyia McKinley, Eastern (Pekin)

               Kadence Mellott, Tippecanoe Valley

               Sophia Morrison, Eastbrook

               Katie Moyer, Bremen

               Olivia Nickerson, Twin Lakes

               Bailey Orme, Corydon Central

               Abby Parsons, Cascade

               Faith Riehl, Lakeland

               Tessa Robertson, North White

               Camryn Runner, Hamilton Heights

               Isabel Scales, Caston

               Kyndra Sheets, Columbia City

               Avah Smith, Woodlan

               Olivia Smith, Fishers

               Gabby Spink, Gibson Southern

               Grace Stapleton, Eastern Hancock

               Kendall Sterling, Seymour

               Molly Stock, Homestead

               Samiyah Stout, Elkhart

               Mackenzie Thomas, Carmel

               Tori Thompson, Lafayette Central Catholic

               Adrianne Tolen, West Lafayette

               Josie Vaughn, Corydon Central

               Madison Vice, Central Noble

               Addyson Viers, Triton

               Kaycie Warfel, Pendleton Heights

               Whitney Warfel, Pendleton Heights

               Sydney Warran, Cascade

               Liv Waters, Blackford

               Ava Weber, Corydon Central

               Riley Whitlock, Harrison (West Lafayette)

               Mylie Wilkison, Greensburg

               Zoe Willems, Bethany Christian

               Vanessa Wimberly, Lake Central

               Camryn Wise, Wapahani

               Faith Wiseman, Indian Creek

               Isabelle Wooten, Danville

Crawfordsville swimmer awarded Mental Attitude Award

Marshall Horton of Crawfordsville High School was named the recipient of the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award following the meet by the IHSAA Executive Committee.

Horton competed in two events on Saturday, finishing 16th in both the 100 Freestyle and 200 Medley Relay. He is the member of three straight sectional swim championship teams and two straight Sagamore Conference championship teams at Crawfordsville. Marshall holds Crawfordsville's school record in the 100 Breaststroke. He also plays soccer and golf for Crawfordsville.

In the classroom, Marshall ranks first in his class and has been named Academic All-State for swimming in his junior and senior years. He is president of the Spanish Club, a three-year member of Key Club, and helped revive Crawfordsville's Recycling Club with the help of a few friends. Marshall was awarded the 2022 Lilly Endowment Scholarship for Montgomery County.

Marshall is the son of Bobby and Naomi Horton of Crawfordsville. He will be attending Notre Dame in the fall. He is undecdied on his major at the time but plans to study an area of Science.

Each year the IHSAA Executive Committee selects a senior who was nominated by his principal and coach and was determined to have best demonstrated mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s proud corporate partner, presented $1,000 to Crawfordsville High School's general scholarship fund in the name of Marshall Horton.

The award, renamed in 1974, honors Herman F. Keller, former IHSAA assistant commissioner who served the Association from 1961-73.

Cloverdale's Kyle Thomas among District 3 top performers in Week 11

District-3 had several big-time performances last week in both boys’ and girls’ hoops.

 

Cloverdale Senior Kyle Thomas put together a strong weekend, helping the Clovers to a pair of victories. It began Friday night, when the 6-4 guard erupted for 42 points in a 65-55 win against Cascade. Thomas was 15-28 from the floor, 3-7 from 3-point range, and 9-10 from the free throw line. He posted a double-double with his 11 rebounds, plus he managed to add five assists and four steals in victory.

 

The next day, in a low-scoring, 34-31 win against Parke Heritage, Thomas still managed to score 19 points. He was 7-13 from the field, 4-9 from deep, and he made a free throw in the triumph. With four assists, the senior guard had his hand in roughly 80% of their points over the weekend. Thomas also collected six rebounds against the Wolves.

 

South Decatur Senior Hunter Johnson and Terre Haute North Vigo Senior Zoe Stewart stood out among the group, pouring in the points in multiple games last week. In a Senior-laden group, six total young men and women were chosen as Week-11 IBCA/Franciscan Health Players of the Week.

 

In addition to Johnson and Stewart, Central Noble Senior Connor Essegian, Cloverdale Senior Kyle Thomas, South Bend St. Joseph Senior Kelly Ratigan, and McCutcheon Senior Teresa Maggio were selected as recipients for Jan. 10-Jan. 15 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Essegian is the boys’ selection, and Ratigan is the girls’ selection in District-1. Thomas is the boys’ recipient, while Maggio is the girls’ recipient in District-2. Johnson and Stewart take home boys’ and girls’ honors, respectively, in District-3.

 

With four consecutive wins last week, the Central Noble Cougars won the Northeast Corner Conference Tournament for the third straight year. Senior Connor Essegian is a big reason for that success, and last week he added to his long list of career accomplishments. Tuesday night, in an opening round, 67-41 win against Angola, Essegian eclipsed the 2000-point mark and became Noble County’s all-time leading scorer as well. The 6-4 guard was 13-20 from the field, scoring 28 points in the outing. He added eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals in the effort.

 

The next night, Essegian and the Cougars took on rival West Noble in what would prove to be their toughest matchup of the week, advancing with a 59-52 victory. Once again, the Senior guard was stellar, scoring 34 points on 10-19 shooting, including a 12-14 effort from the free throw line. He also managed to post a double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds, and he added a pair of assists.

Friday, in the NECC Semi-Finals, Central Noble took care of Fremont, 61-42. Essegian was more impactful from behind the arc, burying six of his 11 3-point attempts on his way to 24 points. Toss in six rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals, and the University of Wisconsin commit again contributed to his team’s success in multiple ways.

 

Finally, the Cougars won the title Friday, knocking off Eastside, 62-44. In the championship game, Essegian provided a championship effort. The Senior was a dependable 14-22 from the field, 5-11 from deep, and a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe, scoring 39 points in total on the evening. The 6-4 guard added nine more boards, and he is now at 2104 career points.

 

In South Bend, St. Joseph Senior Kelly Ratigan helped the Lady Indians to a 2-1 record last week. Tuesday, in a home contest against Goshen, Ratigan was 11-16 from the field and 4-6 from long range for 26 points, as the Lady Indians beat Goshen, 52-37. Additionally, the 5-8 guard pulled down six rebounds, handed out four assists, and collected three steals in the win.

 

Thursday, in a Northern Indiana Conference matchup with John Glenn, St. Joseph unfortunately fell, 64-60. Ratigan was still effective, scoring 25 points and knocking down five triples in defeat. The Loyola University (Maryland) commit contributed six more rebounds and three more assists, but it just wasn’t enough to pull out the victory.

 

St. Joseph and Ratigan returned to the floor Saturday, as the Lady Indians bounced back with a decisive, 68-47 win against Marquette Catholic. The 5-8 Senior got hot again, making 11-19 shots, including a scorching 7-12 from deep, scoring 29 points in the outing. She grabbed six more caroms, dished out another seven assists, and snagged four steals in the triumph.

 

After missing November with an injury, McCutcheon Senior Teresa Maggio’s return was gladly welcomed by the Mavericks, and she has continued to find her stride over the last couple of weeks. Tuesday, in a close, 72-66 loss to a very good Zionsville team, the 5-5 point guard did all that she could, scoring 37 points in defeat. The IUPUI commit was 10-19 from the floor, 5-12 from 3-point range, plus she was a perfect 12-12 from the charity stripe. Maggio added six rebounds, six assists, and a pair of steals, in what proved to be their only game of the week.

 

South Decatur Senior Hunter Johnson has scored the ball at a high level all season, but what he did over the weekend was record-setting. First, Friday night, in a big rivalry game against North Decatur, Johnson had a tough outing shooting the ball in a hard-fought, 72-58 loss at the hands of the Chargers. Still, though, Johnson scored above his average with 34 points, he made 11-13 shots from the free throw line, and he picked up eight rebounds.

 

The next day, Johnson and the Cougars were looking for redemption, and they got it by way of a 79-67 win against Southwestern (Shelbyville). The 6-2 Senior set school records for points in a game and 3-pointers made, as he blistered the nets for 53 points on 17-30 from the field, 7-13 from outside, and 12-13 from the line. The Senior guard also posted a double-double with his 12 rebounds, plus he found teammates on four other occasions for scores and picked up two steals in the bounce-back win.

 

Speaking of high-level scoring, Terre Haute North Vigo Senior Zoe Stewart has managed 118 points in just her last three games, or a 39.3 scoring average over that stretch. As for last week, specifically, Stewart helped her team to a pair of wins. Tuesday, the Lady Patriots hosted Marshall (IL), pulling out a tightly-contested, 72-64 victory. The 5-8 guard exploded for 45 points, as she buried four shots from deep and was an efficient 11-13 from the free throw line. Stewart added four rebounds, five assists, and six steals in the all-around effort.

 

Friday night, Stewart and North Vigo went on the road for their crosstown rivalry game with Terre Haute South Vigo. The Lady Patriots won easily, and Stewart was again electric in limited minutes. The Murray State University commit still managed 31 points on 13-20 shooting, she buried a pair of long bombs, and she knocked down three of her four free tosses in the win. The Senior guard also handed out four more assists, and she collected a pair of steals, helping the Lady Patriots to a 15-6 record overall.

 

This is the 14th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program, but just the second season it is being presented by Franciscan Health, a corporate sponsor of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

 

Player of the Week winners are chosen each week from each of the IHSAA’s three districts. Girls’ winners will be chosen through the Monday following the IHSAA Girls State Finals. Boys’ winners will be chosen through the Monday following the IHSAA Boys State Finals.

 

 

Other Top Nominees for Week-11 (2021-22)

 

District-1 Boys: Markus Burton, Penn; Tyson Good, Lewis Cass; Tyvon Henry, South Bend Career Academy; Karson Jenkins, Fort Wayne Snider; Mason Jones, Valparaiso; Fletcher Loyer, Homestead; Hayden Maiben, Maconaquah; Reece Marrs, Hebron; Grant Ott-Large, LaPorte; Thomas Snyder, South Bend Adams.

 

District-1 Girls: Ashlynn Brooke, Pioneer; Jessi Calizo, Lakeland Christian; Asia Donald, Hobart; Ellia Foster, Bremen; Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian; Ella Haupert, Southwood; Bailey Kelham, Garrett; Lilly Maple, Maconaquah; Addyson Viers, Triton; Zoe Willems, Bethany Christian.

 

District-2 Boys: Flory Bidunga, Kokomo; Steele Brasfield, New Palestine; Luke Carroll, Hamilton Heights; Ryan Conwell, Pike; A.J. Dancler, Southport; C.J. Geheb, Rossville; Jonah Lucas, West Lafayette Harrison; Neil Marshall, Delta; Christian Nunn, Crispus Attucks; Ty Wills, Anderson.

 

District-2 Girls: Kenzie Fulks, Bethesda Christian; Laila Hull, Zionsville; Kenna Kirby, Tri-West; Sophia Morrison, Eastbrook; Olivia Nickerson, Twin Lakes; Camiell Perry, Speedway; Camryn Runner, Hamilton Heights; Renna Schwieterman, Jay County; Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville; Halle Shelt, Park Tudor.

 

District-3 Boys: Jack Benter, Brownstown Central; Matthew Bunnell, Evansville North; Josten Carter, New Albany; Blake Herdes, Evansville Central; Drew Howard, Forest Park; Randy Kelley, Sullivan; Branden Northern, Silver Creek; Ollie Sandman, Shelbyville; Trent Sisley, Heritage Hills; Jahni Summers, Evansville Harrison.

 

District-3 Girls: Jaidn Green, Evansville North; Koryn Greiwe, Columbus East; Kendall Hale, Cannelton; Kencia Levasseur, Washington; Reagan Martin, Owen Valley; Kaybree Oxley, Tecumseh; Bailey Tabeling, Trinity Lutheran; Macey Timberman, Northview; Ava Weber, Corydon Central; Linzie Wernert, Lanesville.

Lance Stephenson another contract from Pacers

The Indiana Pacers today announced the team has signed guard Lance Stephenson to a second 10-day contract under the NBA’s COVID-related hardship exception. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Pacers signed Stephenson to an initial 10-day contract under the NBA’s COVID-related hardship exception on January 1, 2022.

Hunting, fishing, trapping license fees increase starting in 2022

For the first time since 2006, Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) has increased fees for hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. Commercial license fees also increase, some for the first time since the 1980s.

The increases will be applied to personal licenses starting with the 2022-2023 license year (April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023) that will go on sale in January. The fee increase does not affect licenses for the remainder of the 2021-2022 license year (April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022), even if those licenses are purchased after Jan. 1.

The new fees allow DFW to maintain core programs including habitat restoration, maintenance of public lands, scientific research and education, and expansion of other services to manage Indiana’s fish and wildlife for everyone to enjoy.

Funds will also go to the DNR Division of Law Enforcement to ensure it is equipped to provide public safety and enforce the laws governing natural resources.

The new license prices were determined by comparing license fees among other Midwestern states and balancing the rising costs of resource management.

More information on these changes, including a full list of the new fees, can be found here: dnr.IN.gov/fish-and-wildlife/licenses-and-permits/fee-changes

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