Shelbyville High School girls basketball to host Cancer Night

The 2019-2020 Shelbyville High School (SHS) Girls Basketball team will host a special night tagged as “United We Fight” to raise funding and awareness for cancer. The inaugural event is set for Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 during the home game against the Southwestern Lady Spartans. Tip-off is 6 p.m. with various fundraising activities taking place throughout both the junior varsity and varsity games that evening.


Included in the lineup of activities will be a raffle featuring several unique giveaway items, including three Mammograms donated by Major Health Partners (MHP). Tickets for the raffle include 10 different prizes and may be purchased near the main entrance for $1. All proceeds will go directly to MHP’s Relay for Life.


“Relay for Life of Shelby County is honored to be a part of the inaugural “United We Fight” event at Shelbyville High School this year,” said KaLeigh Lee, Relay for Life committee chair. “Cancer is something that affects all communities, and those affected deserve a spotlight to be heard. “United We Fight” is an important step in the fight against cancer by educating the community and making everyone aware of the severity of the disease. Our committee works hard to host Relay for Life each June to celebrate survivors and honor those who have passed. All of the funds our participants raise go to the American Cancer Society to help all types of individuals affected by cancer. It’s been amazing to work with the “United We Fight” group to get this event started, and we’re so excited to participate.”


MHP will provide several facts about cancer that will be announced throughout the games. Lee, who is in her first year as chair of Relay for Life, will address the crowd with a special message about the 2020 event in Shelby County.


Both Shelbyville and Southwestern girls’ teams will rally together to show support of “United We Fight.” Special pink flowers will be hand delivered by the players to those in the stands who have both conquered cancer as well as those who are currently undergoing treatment. The event was created by first year SHS Girls Basketball Head Coach Becca Hoefler as a way to get the team involved in the community.


“It’s very important to me that all the girls on the team work together and know the importance of giving back to the community,” said Hoefler. “Almost every family has been affected by cancer in some form or fashion, and ‘United We Fight’ is a great first step for us to take to honor and support these families and individuals. We are excited to partner with MHP and Relay for Life and hope this is just the start of a great initiative moving forward.”


Other fundraising events during “United We Fight” include pink t-shirt sales and pink Breast Cancer bracelets. Donations will also be accepted for Relay for Life during the event.


For more information regarding “United We Fight,” contact Shelbyville High School Girls Basketball Coach Becca Hoefler at the school.

New Palestine overwhelms Franklin for sectional title; Cathedral awaits

A new sectional, the same result for the New Palestine High School football team. 


A year after running wild in the north to a Class 5A state championship, the Dragons (11-0) ran past Franklin 49-14 Friday to claim the Sectional 14 championship. The win marked the fifth sectional crown under Head Coach Kyle Ralph, who improved to 85-4 at the helm.


New Palestine wasted little time setting the tone, putting together an 11-play opening drive that was capped by Charlie Spegal from four yards out. It would be the first of four touchdowns for Spegal in the game.



New Palestine would continue to roll, extending the lead to 35-7 midway through the second quarter, thanks in part to a pair of 40-plus yard touchdown runs by Spegal. The lead would swell to 42-7 at the half.


With the win, New Palestine advances to the regional title tilt against Cathedral (9-2), who defeated Decatur Central. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at New Palestine. The last time the Irish and Dragons met was 2009, with Cathedral winning 45-6 in the regional. 


Ralph said it is an honor to be a part of a game many are looking forward to.



Tony Cunningham repeats as Leading Quarter Horse Owner at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

It was another solid year for the Cunningham Stable and as a result, Tony Cunningham won his fourth straight Leading Quarter Horse Owner title. With nine wins for the year, Cunningham now moves into the top spot as the track’s all-time leading Quarter Horse Owner with 54 career wins at the Shelbyville, Ind. racetrack.


Cunningham has participated in all years of pari-mutuel Quarter Horse racing, traveling down from his farm in Michigan to race when the inaugural season was launched at Hoosier Park in 1997. Since that time, his stable has grown to prominence and he has numerous stakes winners in his barn, including the older hard hitting Beach Bum Eddie. Now six, the Escondido Beach gelding won the Born Runner Classic Stakes in May and continued throughout the season to be stakes placed in several other events.


“That was probably the highlight of the season for me,” said Cunningham. “Watching Beach Bum Eddie come back off an injury and win the way he did. That just made the whole meet special.”


Cunningham divides his time between his farm in Michigan and Indiana Grand, where he keeps a string of racehorses. With 14 at the track and 43 at home, Cunningham had a strong showing for 2019.


With the conclusion of the 2019 racing season at Indiana Grand, Cunningham will be traveling up and down the road a little less, but the work doesn’t stop. He and his team are already hard at work.


“We have 21 babies and we already have 15 of them galloping at our farm,” added Cunningham. “All but six of them are Indiana bred or sired. It feels great to have another good season. We have a great team to credit for that success.”


Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing, and Kevin Greely, director of racing, made the winner’s circle presentation to Cunningham for his Leading Quarter Horse Owner title. Schuster pointed out the impact Cunningham continues to have on the Indiana Quarter Horse racing program.


“It is great to be down here again with Tony for this award,” said Schuster. “We thank him for being a big part of our Quarter Horse program and for showcasing a lot of talent on the track. He is a great asset to our Quarter Horse meet.”


Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and diversity. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features 2,200 of the latest slots and electronic table games in addition to a one-mile dirt racecourse and a seven-eighths mile turf course offering live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB located on the casino floor as well as a Winner’s Circle OTB located in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing at racetracks and 21 or older to gamble at sports books and casinos. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) ©2019 Caesars License Company, LLC.

State park properties to temporarily close for deer hunts

Select Indiana State Park properties will close temporarily for controlled deer management hunts in the coming weeks.

Each hunt runs two days. The first hunt is on Monday, Nov. 18, and Tuesday, Nov. 19. The second is on Monday, Dec. 2, and Tuesday, Dec. 3. The participating state park properties will close to the general public on the evening before each of the two hunts.

Participating state park properties are: Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, and Whitewater Memorial state parks, as well as Cave River Valley Natural Area and Trine State Recreation Area.

These state park properties will re-open the morning after each two-day hunt. All Indiana state park properties not mentioned will be operating under normal hours.

Indiana DNR biologists evaluate which state park properties require a deer management hunt each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The state parks are home to numerous natural communities that serve as significant habitat. The deer management hunts help control browsing by deer to a level that helps ensure healthy habitat for native plants and animals.

Only individuals selected from the draw may participate at any site.

A full report on the 2018 deer management hunts is at The 2019 report will be available in March 2020.

Information regarding 2020 state park deer management hunts, including online applications, will be available next summer at The application deadline is usually in mid-August of the year in which the hunts are to take place.

Pacers sign Sabonis to multi-year extension

The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have signed veteran forward Domantas Sabonis to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, no terms of the contract are revealed.


The 6-11, 240-pound Sabonis is in his fourth NBA season and enters his third season with the Pacers. He has career averages of 10.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game; and averages of 12.9 points and 8.5 rebounds in his two seasons with the Pacers.


“I’m very excited to remain with the Pacers, this is where I wanted to be,” said Sabonis. “I appreciate the organization showing their confidence in me; and I’m ready to be part of what’s going to be a great year for our team.”


“We love the toughness that Domantas brings to our team, and we can’t wait to see him play in his expanded role this year,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard. “He’s had so much growth in his career; and we’re excited for what that means for his future, as well as the future of our team.”

Ball State Homecoming events include a special acknowledgement of former football player Wendell Brown's 'homecoming'

Ball State University will welcome former football player Wendell Brown back to campus for Homecoming 2019.  His acknowledgement during a ceremony in CharlieTown is one of many events taking place at Ball State this weekend to celebrate Homecoming.


Brown recently returned from China after spending three years in a prison there. Brown has maintained his innocence. Originally from Detroit, Brown played linebacker for Ball State between 2004 and 2008 and went on to play in the Canadian Football League before moving to China to coach.


His event will take place at 1 p.m. at CharlieTown, located on the west side of the Ball State University Alumni Center, 2800 W. Bethel Ave. Brown will be joined by Rick Hall, chair of the Ball State University Board of Trustees, and alumnus Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports.


“This is a special Homecoming for Ball State,” Hall said. “We are pleased Wendell has come home and proud of the role Ball State alumni played in securing his freedom. Cardinals have lifelong relationships and are like family. We take care of our family.”


Ball State has a host of fun activities planned for Friday and Saturday to celebrate Homecoming, including:


Friday, October 18

  • The 40th annual Bed Race will begin on Riverside Avenue at noon Friday.
  • Ball State University will dedicate the newly constructed, 165,000-square-foot Health Professions Building at 3 p.m. The $62.5 million structure features classrooms, laboratories, offices, a resource hub, simulation labs/suites, and clinical spaces.

Saturday, October 19

  • In the Chase Charlie 5K, students and alumni will join the exciting atmosphere as they run through campus along the parade route. The race will begin at 8:45 a.m. at Muncie City Hall.
  • The traditional Homecoming Parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Muncie Central High School and will follow the regular route through campus. University organizations and businesses throughout the Muncie community will show off their floats, cars, bands, and even horses.
  • At 11 a.m., after the Homecoming Parade, the University will break ground on the new Multicultural Center, east of Bracken Library. The $4 million, approximately 10,500-square-foot facility will open in 2020.
  • The tailgate prior to the football game against Toledo at 2 p.m. will feature Reunion Row and CharlieTown for Ball State alumni, beginning at noon. 

DNR announces Lake Michigan stocking increase

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced a plan to increase stocking in Indiana’s Lake Michigan waters. 


The new, interim plan comes in response to a recent Lake Michigan Committee (LMC) recommendation to increase lakewide stocking levels.


“Lakewide data indicates the predator-prey balance in the lake has improved,” says Jeremy Price, DNR fisheries supervisor and Indiana’s LMC representative, “and the size of the salmon out there certainly supports it.”


Beginning in 2020, Indiana’s stocking quota will increase by nearly 87,000 Chinook Salmon equivalents. Chinook Salmon equivalents are conversions fishery managers use to evaluate impacts of different salmonid species on prey fish populations. 


The new stocking quota adds back about half of the cuts made in 2017, when DNR managers reduced Chinook Salmon and eliminated lake trout stockings from Indiana waters.


DNR plans to increase chinook stocking by 150,000 fish in 2020, a move made possible through the increase in stocking quota and additional reductions to stockings of steelhead and Coho Salmon.

Fall fingerling Skamania Steelhead will be discontinued on the Little Calumet River and substantial cuts to fall fingerling Coho stockings will be replaced with fewer, but larger, spring Coho yearlings. Similar changes on the St. Joseph River enacted in 2015 have proven extremely successful at increasing salmon returns.


“The new plan gets us back to stocking chinooks annually at all three of our ports,” says Ben Dickinson, DNR biologist for Lake Michigan. “When we cut Chinook stocking in 2017, we promised our anglers that we’d try our best to get back to three ports annually. Today we are pleased to deliver on that promise.”


While some hatchery logistics still need to be resolved, the plan is mostly set for 2020. Price and Dickinson intend to take input from anglers on the plan through one or more public meetings this winter.


“We think most anglers will really like this strategy,” Price says, “but we want to give folks an opportunity to tell us what they think before making this the stocking plan for 2021 and beyond.”


Learn about Lake Michigan fishing at

Expect Indy repeats in $100,000 Richmond Stakes at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Expect Indy and Emmanuel Esquivel defended their title with authority in the 19th running of the $100,000-added Richmond Stakes at Indiana Grand Wednesday, Oct. 2. The duo changed up their strategy and sat closer to the lead before finding another gear in the stretch to rally home as the winners in a time of 1:47.37 for the one and one-sixteenth mile event.


Unbridled Class and Rodney Prescott had the inside post in the seven-horse lineup and had a perfect shot for the lead out of the gate. They were joined early by Expect Indy but it was clear they would need to back off the lead heading around the first turn. Expect Indy was content to sit right to the outside of Unbridled Class, the favorite of the field, through the middle portions of the race. As the field moved into the final turn, Charm of the City and Eddie Perez began to press the pace three wide, forcing Esquivel to begin asking Expect Indy for more speed.


In the stretch, Expect Indy and Unbridled Class matched each other stride for stride until Expect Indy got the advantage, striding out to a five-length win in the end. Unbridled Class finished second over a fast closing Fireball Baby and Marcelino Pedroza, who finished third.


“It was part of our strategy today to get close to the favorite (Unbridled Class) early on,” said Esquivel. “Going long, she is a little sharper and she broke well today which helped. It worked out perfect. We were able to sit right off the favorite. You have to get her (Expect Indy) going or she gets a little lazy. She dug in today.”


It was the 11th career win for Expect Indy and her seventh over the Indiana Grand dirt course. The six-year-old Mr Mabee mare now has in excess of $450,000 for Andrew Berg’s Gumpster Stable. Cipriano Contreras handles the training duties for the multiple stakes winning Indiana sired standout, who originated from Lake Shore Farm.


“I didn’t get involved in the strategy,” said Contreras, who is among the top 10 trainers at Indiana Grand this season. “It was the first time the owner called me and said this is what I’d like, so I had Manny (Esquivel) call him and they worked it out. She’s just a nice little mare.”

Catalogs now available for 2019 ITOBA Fall Mixed Sale at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Sale catalogs for the 2019 Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (ITOBA) Fall Mixed Sale are now available. The sale, set for Monday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m., will be held in the Receiving Barn at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.


A total of 69 hip numbers have been assigned for entrants into the sale. A total of 52 yearlings are being auctioned off with 48 of those Indiana bred and/or sired. Justice Farm will offer 20 yearlings. Several of their yearlings are by Harry’s Holiday, who is selling his first crop as yearlings in 2019.


Harry’s Holiday competed in the 2014 Kentucky Derby and completed his career with earnings of nearly $200,000. The Harlan’s Holiday stallion is part of the Southern Indiana Equine lineup. Other Indiana stallions with yearlings in the sale include Sangaree, Pass Rush, and Lantana Mob. In addition to yearlings, three Indiana bred weanlings will be offered in the sale.


Duane Swingley, sale manager, will serve as the auctioneer for the sale while Tom Mosley will serve as the Pedigree Announcer. Horses included in the sale will be available for viewing on Sunday, Oct. 27. Catalogs are now available online at For more information on the ITOBA Fall Mixed Sale, contact Swingley at (765) 212-8424.

Shelbyville - New Pal October 4 football game in limbo Wednesday morning

A discussion regarding next week’s originally scheduled Hoosier Heritage Conference football game between Shelbyville and New Palestine remains a fluid situation as of Wednesday morning.


More details will be made available as the situation plays out Wednesday.  For now, New Palestine and Shelbyville athletic departments spoke Tuesday and, after discussions within the respective school's administrations, agreed to seek other opponents for Week 7, October 4.


New Palestine is the seventh ranked team overall in Indiana's Sagarin ratings and #2 in 5A behind Cathedral.  Meanwhile, Shelbyville has struggled in its rebuilding process and has just one touchdown scored while going 0-5 to begin the season.


As of Tuesday, New Palestine had another opponent that expressed interest in coming to New Pal for a game on October 4.  Shelbyville contacted North Decatur which, thanks to the ending of the Anderson Prep Academy football program this week, had an open date on the schedule.


The agreement to play between Shelbyville and North Decatur prompted the Chargers to issue a press release Tuesday night detailing the fact that they would play at McKeand Stadium against the Golden Bears next week.


However, entering Wednesday morning, New Pal’s possible other opponent now isn’t coming next week.  As of this report, the Dragons are without an opponent for the school's October 4th Homecoming. 


New Pal is attempting to contact school's with available dates.  If New Palestine does not find another opponent, Shelbyville will play at New Palestine in the regularly scheduled HHC game on October 4.


More on this story as it develops on GIANT fm Sports.





The future extremely bright after football for Shelbyville's Landon Watson

Landon Watson was Shelbyville's 2018 starting quarterback.  He would have been in 2019, as well.  But an injury in last season's Week 5 in the Golden Bears' win over Greenfield-Central changed that.


Watson looked back at the last year and ahead to his exciting future in a conversation with GIANT fm Sports.



Carryover of $17,997 for Pick 5 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

After longshot Got Spirit ridden by Ezequiel Lara came across the finish line first in the final leg of the Pick 5 Tuesday, Sept. 17, a carryover ensued. A total of $17,997.34 will kick off the wager in the first race Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Indiana Grand.


Got Spirit, a first time starter for owner-trainer Ron Herrell paid $80.40, $30.40 and $9.60 across the board to spur the carryover for the Pick 5. First race post for Wednesday, Sept. 18 is 2:15 p.m.

County bonus antlerless quotas lowered due to EHD

Indiana DNR has reduced the County Bonus Antlerless Quotas (CBAQ) for deer hunting in the affected areas in southern Indiana to a maximum of two because of the effect of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) on the deer herd this year.

The CBAQ of counties that already have quotas of two or fewer will remain the same. The Special Antlerless Firearms Season is only allowed in counties marked in green on the CBAQ map. These counties previously had a county bonus antlerless quota of four, but were reduced to a maximum of two.


Humans are not at risk for contracting EHD.

EHD is a viral disease that may affect white-tailed deer to some degree every year. It typically occurs during late summer and early fall, and there is evidence that outbreaks can be more severe in years in which there is a wet spring followed by a hot, dry fall. EHD is transmitted by flies commonly known as biting midges, sand gnats, and “no-see-ums.”

EHD is often fatal to deer but some survive it. Not every deer in an affected area contracts EHD. One sign that a deer has contracted and survived EHD is that its hooves will show evidence of sloughing or breaking. As a result, the DNR asks that successful hunters use the After Hunt Survey ( to report the condition of their harvested deer’s hooves, including both normal hooves and hooves that show evidence of sloughing or breaking.

The DNR monitors for EHD annually. The most recent significant EHD outbreaks were in 2007 and 2012. Severe outbreaks rarely occur in consecutive years due to immunity from previous infections. EHD is not believed to have long-term impacts on the deer population.

The effects of the harvest and EHD will be evaluated after the hunting season. If necessary, additional changes will be made next year.

Anyone who finds a deer they suspect died of EHD is asked to file a report using the “Report a Dead or Sick Deer” form at

More information on EHD and a map of the new CBAQ can be found at:

Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championships to be held at the Blue River Cross Country Course

Blue River Sports Authority/Shelby County and Shelbyville have been selected by the Cross Country Coaches as hosts for the 2019 National Youth Championships.  The competition will take place Nov. 23, 2019 at the Blue River Cross Country Course in Shelbyville.


The event is expected to be a boon for the Shelbyville/Shelby County Community.


“We are very excited to partner with the Blue River Sports Authority in hosting the 2019 National Youth Championships,” Frank Miklavcic, Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championships Meet Director said. “Blue River is an outstanding venue for cross-country, and I know competitors and their fans will be impressed with the facility. Blue River Sports Authority and Shelby County Tourism & Visitors Bureau stepped up to assist us with securing the venue, and we
appreciate all the effort invested by everyone involved”.


The proposal was coordinated by Gary Nolley, Vice President of the Blue River Sports Authority, which promotes recreational and competitive sports in Shelby County.


“We are excited and pleased the committee for the Cross Country Coaches Youth Championships selected our county, and our facilities to host this event. Over 2,200 athletes will come to Shelby County to participate in this national event”, states Nolley.


In addition to being a first-class facility, the course has 450 available rooms within two miles, and an additional 1200 within a 30-minute drive of Shelbyville, which was also a determining factor for the CCC committee.


“Blue River Sports Authority and Shelby County Tourism and Visitors’ Bureau are excited that the Cross Country Coaches Youth Championships selected the Blue River Cross Country Course at Blue River Memorial Park as the site for their National Championships. We’ve proven it before and we will prove again, our facilities are world-class, and not too many can treat officials and athletes as well as we do in Shelby County”, said Rachael Ackley, Executive Director of the Shelby County Tourism and Visitor’s Bureau and Blue River Sports Authority.


“Through the hard work of the board, especially Gary Nolley, a competitive bid was submitted in a very tight time-frame. We are confident that the Cross Country Coaches will find Shelbyville a perfect location, with all the amenities and hospitality the runners and officials deserve”.


“After our NCAA Regional Meet last year, word is getting out that this is a top-notch facility,” Nolley said. “This will be a great event for our Shelby County communities, and we will have a very busy city from November 22nd to the 24th."

Sports wagering now available at Winner's Circle Race, Sports, Pub Clarksville

Sports wagering has arrived in Southern Indiana. Caesars Entertainment opened its latest facility Thursday, Sept. 12 at Winner’s Circle Race, Sports, Pub Clarksville to serve the greater Louisville area, which will now offer wagering on all types of professional and college sports from football and basketball to golf in addition to the existing off-track horse betting facility.


More than 70 people were in attendance for the ribbon cutting of the new facility, which spans 23,000 square feet. Several special guests were in attendance including Senator Ron Grooms of District 46, which covers Floyd County and portions of Clark County. Other dignitaries in attendance included Sara Tait, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, Brad Baldini, general manager of Winner’s Circle Race, Sports Pub Clarksville, Kevin Baity, Clarksville Town Manager and Kyle Waggoner, vice president of hospitality for Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.


“Our friends in the Indiana General Assembly are the real reason today is a possibility,” said Waggoner. “Without their willingness to put together good public policy for the state of Indiana and passing a gaming bill that is forward thinking and progressive, sports betting would not be a possibility today.”


Waggoner went on to convey his appreciation for the team at Clarksville in preparing for the launch of the new sports book and noted Caesars Entertainment also opened “The Book” at Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabethtown on Thursday.


“Next week’s opening of “The Book” at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. and a sports book at Winner’s Circle New Haven will bring Caesars Entertainment’s total to seven sports books taking bets across the state. Kentuckiana, you can now get off the sidelines and into the action.”

Andrew Luck has announced his retirement from the Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is retiring from the National Football League.


ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news first in a Tweet on Saturday night.


Following the Colts' preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium, Luck confirmed the news in a press conference.  He says ongoing injuries have done him in mentally and physically.  The 29-year-old noted a career full of injuries, including the ankle issue he's been dealing with this summer, played a large part in his decision.



Luck was emotional offering thank you’s to those around him.



"It's been a tough week," Colts General Manager Chris Ballard said in a separate press conference Saturday night. "With that being said, we're moving forward. That's what we do."


Jacoby Brissett is now expected to be the starting quarterback for the Colts, who start the regular season in just two weeks against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Pick 5 and Pick 6 Carryovers set for Friday program at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Three of the four longest shots on the board finished among the top three in the fifth race at Indiana Grand Wednesday, Aug. 21. As a result, carryovers were established for both the Pick 5 and the Pick 6 heading into the next racing program, which is Friday, Aug. 23.


The Pick 5 will kick off in the first race of the Friday program with a carryover of $11,889.60 and is on the first five races on the card. First post Friday is set for 2:15 p.m.


The Pick 6 carryover for the Friday racing program will begin with $16,563.58. The Pick 6 begins with the third race, which has an estimated post time of 3:11 p.m. and runs through the eighth race.


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. 

High school volleyball preseason rankings


Class 4A (First place votes in parentheses)

1. New Castle - 213 (14)
2. Providence - 157
3. Center Grove - 153
4. Yorktown - 143 (5)
5. Fishers - 99 (3)
6. Hamilton Southeastern - 82
7. Avon - 77 (1)
8. Crown Point - 73
9. McCutcheon - 60
10. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) - 53 (1)


Others Receiving Votes: Penn 39, Castle 31, Roncalli 31, Carmel 30, Cathedral 22, LaPorte 14, Lawrence North 13, New Palestine 12, Bloomington North 8, Munster 8, Bloomington South 7, Floyd Central 7, Westfield 7, FW Carroll 4, Noblesville 4, Brownsburg 3, Columbus East 3, Seymour 3, New Albany 1, Plainfield 1, Richmond 1.





Class 3A (First place votes in parentheses)

1. Muncie Burris - 81 (5)
T-2. Brebeuf - 78 (2)
T-2. Brownstown Central - 78 (2)
4. Northview - 60
5. Silver Creek - 53
6. Delta - 44
7. FW Dwenger - 21
8. Bellmont - 16
T-9. Mishawaka Marian - 14
T-9. SB St. Joseph's - 14


Others Receiving Votes: New Prairie 12, Ev. Memorial 9, FW Concordia 7, Guerin Catholic 6, Lawrenceburg 5, Cardinal Ritter 2, Angola 1, Greensburg 1.





Class 2A (First place votes in parentheses)

1. Heritage Christian - 110 (7)
2. North Judson - 74 (5)
3. Hagerstown - 63
4. Wabash - 62
5. Ev. Mater Dei - 60
6. Tipton - 48
7. Wapahani - 30
8. Barr-Reeve - 29
9. Andrean - 28
10. Western Boone - 23


Others Receiving Votes: Covenant Christian (Ind.) 18, South Adams 16, Hammond Bishop Noll 14, Park Tudor 12, Alexandria 9, Clinton Prairie 8, Southwestern (Hanover) 6, Henryville 5, Lapel 4, Adams Central 2, Carroll (Flora) 2, Triton Central 1.




Class 1A (First place votes in parentheses)

1. Laf. Central Catholic - 133 (12)
2. Morgan Township - 92 (2)
3. Trinity Lutheran - 83
4. Pioneer - 71 (2)
5. Ind. Lutheran - 51
6. Hauser - 48
7. Cowan - 46
8. Springs Valley - 44
9. FW Blackhawk Christian - 41
10. Covington - 40


Others Receiving Votes: Loogootee 25, Southwood 21, Blue River Valley 19, South Newton 18, Northfield 16, Wes-Del 15, Northeast Dubois 14, Seton Catholic 12, Bethany Christian 11, Bloomfield 9, Oldenburg 9, Elkhart Christian 7, Greenwood Christian 3, Frontier 2, Greenwood Christian 2, New Washington 2, Rock Creek 2, South Central (Elizabeth) 1.

Triton Central Tigers open football, ICC season on the road at Cascade

TC football has played in six consecutive sectional championship games.  The Tigers have dropped five of those to the likes of ranked clubs from Indy Howe, Milan, and Scecina twice including last season’s 34-30 nail biter at Bud Mendenhall Field.


The Tigers have the talent to get there again with 15 returning starters and a shift to the south for postseason play.


Head coach Tim Able has a returning starter at QB.  Erick Hebauf replaced the injured Aaron Steele for the final four games last season.



The receiving corps may be the most inexperienced position for the Tigers.  But that doesn’t include Hebauf’s biggest target.  Luke Hornung will play both sides of the ball and will catch it all over the field.



The Tigers travel to Cascade to open the season and the ICC schedule.  Cascade joins the conference replacing Park Tudor.


Lady Ally wins first career start for ownership group at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Lady Ally had the biggest cheering section during the Friday, Aug. 16 racing program at Indiana Grand and she gave her fans something to cheer about. Owned by the latest partnership under the Ironhorse Racing Stable moniker, Lady Ally rallied home a winner by three and three-quarter lengths in the $33,000 Two-Year-Old Maiden Special Weight.


More than 30 people were in the winner’s circle to greet Lady Ally following the race. Many individuals in her ownership group, which is in excess of 30, came to watch with family and friends to watch their new acquisition compete for the first time. It was a welcomed surprise to add a win onto the afternoon journey.


Starting from post seven, Lady Ally got away in the first flight during the five and one-half furlong race, but jockey Fernando De La Cruz was able to ease her back and sit patiently through the first half of the race. Once the field hit the homestretch, he had Lady Ally in full gear. She caught up with race leader Lucky Fever and Rodney Prescott and the horses matched each other stride for stride halfway down the stretch before Lady Ally pulled away for the win. Lucky Fever was second while Arch Socialite finished third with Ezequiel Lara aboard.


“This is the first time I’ve owned a horse,” said Alexa Zepp, who drove in from Lawrence, Kansas to watch Lady Ally. “I’m a handicapper and always wanted to own a horse. I was really impressed with the way Ironhorse Racing handles their business and they really care about the well being of the horses. And, while I was here, I noticed Indiana Grand had an NHC Qualifier on Saturday, so I’m staying over to play in that too.”


Lady Ally, a freshman daughter of Alternation, was bred by Pat and Dennis Doran. She became available in the Fasig Tipton “Two-Year-Olds in Training” sale at Santa Anita and caught the eye of Harlan Malter, the owner and manager of Ironhorse Racing. He purchased her for $26,000 and sent her to Trainer Tim Glyshaw at Churchill Downs.


“We had her for three weeks at Churchill and then sent her up to Indiana Grand,” said Glyshaw, who trained Bucchero, Indiana’s all-time richest Thoroughbred for Ironhorse Racing. “She is a great horse to be around and really good for the owners. Harlan (Malter) had been looking to put more partnerships together and get more people involved at a smaller percentage just so they could be part of an ownership group at a minimal amount of money.”


Glyshaw noted the new ownership group behind Lady Ally have been really engaged and involved in her progress, especially on Twitter. He said her ownership group stretches across the nation and even includes a few existing owners that he has with other horses in his stable that are located locally in Indiana.


“I’m originally from Bloomington but now I live in Detroit,” said Clayton Davis, who works IT Security for General Motors. “This is the first horse I have ever owned. As an IU grad, I reached out to Tim (Glyshaw) as a fellow IU grad. He pointed me to Lady Ally as a good entry point.”


Davis noted that he came to Indiana Grand on Indiana Derby Day to meet Lady Ally for the first time and is totally hooked into racing.


“She loves peppermints and loves to be petted,” said Davis. “We were excited to see her run. I’ve never screamed and hopped up and down so much during a race. I’m hooked into the sport for life.”


Glyshaw made arrangements for all owners attending the race to meet him at the stable gate so he could take them back to see Lady Ally following her win, adding to the excitement of the day for the new ownership group.


“She (Lady Ally) has shown promise from the start,” added Glyshaw. “She is very smart and always tries very hard. You never know with a first-time starter what will happen, but for a first-time starter, everything went right. She settled in behind horses well before Fernando swung her to the outside. That was really nice to see from a first-time starter.”


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. More information about the season is available at

SHS football prepping for scrimmage at Rushville; opener at Greensburg

Nothing came easy for Shelbyville Golden Bear football in 2018.  A new coach, new system, new players all over after a strong graduating class and it was known that the program was entering a rebuilding mode.  A 1-9 season was the result.


Its now second time around for Mike Clevenger as head coach as the Bears prepare for Rushville in the scrimmage this Friday and then travel to Greensburg next week for the season opener.  He admits last year was difficult enough.  Then, the injuries began.



Even the Bears lone win proved costly.  A game-winning TD run by quarterback Landon Watson ended his season with a serious concussion.  


The Bears head coach says competition continues for a number of positions.



Shelbyville will scrimmage Rushville Friday at 7:00 pm.


APPLE reserved hunts now accepting applications

Access Program Providing Land Enhancements (APPLE) offers quail, pheasant, and woodcock hunting opportunities on private property.

These hunts are allocated through the online reserved hunt system. The online application is the only way to apply. Hunters may apply for one hunting period. Although the hunting period is two days, selected hunters may only hunt one day of the two-day period.

Applications are accepted from Aug. 13 to Sept. 23. Draw result notifications will be emailed within two weeks of the application deadline. Successfully drawn applicants will be allowed two hunting partners. All regulations and bag limits apply.

You can register for this hunt and check the status of the draw, once it is available, at

APPLE offers financial incentives to landowners who allow controlled public access hunting on their private lands. Wildlife biologists also work with landowners to establish and improve habitat.

For more information about APPLE, please visit  

Former NCAA National Champion Kent Benson to speak at Indiana HBPA Fellowship Event

Kent Benson, member of the 1976 undefeated NCAA National Championship team, will provide a program during the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) Fellowship Night set for Thursday, Aug. 29. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner followed by the program from Benson beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Backstretch Café at the entrance to the barn area at Indiana Grand.


A native of New Castle, Ind., Benson was named 1973 Indiana Mr. Basketball. He went on to an outstanding career at Indiana University (IU). In addition to serving as a member of the 32-0 undefeated team of 1976, Benson is the eighth all-time leading scorer in IU history and one of only three players to grab more than 1,000 rebounds during his tenure in Bloomington, Ind.


A No. 1 draft pick in 1977, Benson went on to play in the NBA for 11 seasons with Milwaukee, Detroit, Utah and Cleveland. He retired from basketball in 1989.


Benson now serves as a motivational speaker. His program will focus on striving for Excellence with a focus on “six D’s” he has identified as key to achieving one’s goals: desire, determination, dedication, discipline, direction and decision. Although his program is geared for all ages, his insight into growing up in Indiana, sports, and life is especially effective for junior high and high school students. The 1973 Fellowship of Christian Athletes High School Athlete of the Year will also talk about his testimony and walk with God to cap off the program.


The 30-minute program will conclude with a question and answer session with Benson. In addition to dinner, the Indiana HBPA will provide random drawings to four lucky attendees for (4) “IU-Hoosiers” red and white basketballs autographed by Benson. The public is encouraged to bring in items for autographs. Courtesy photo slicks of Benson in action at IU will be provided for the meet and greet with guests.


Guests interested in attending should call ahead and reserve a spot to assist Indiana HBPA in maintaining food and beverage levels. The event will be held in the climate-controlled Backstretch Café. Seating may be limited. To RSVP, contact the Indiana HBPA at (765) 602-0915.

Pacers open 2019-20 NBA schedule at home vs Pistons

The Indiana Pacers will open the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Wednesday, Oct. 23, against their Central Division rival, the Detroit Pistons, the NBA announced Monday.


The Pacers, coming off two straight 48-win seasons, will take a new-look lineup into the season with summer acquisitions Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren, T.J. McConnell, Justin Holiday and draft pick Goga Bitadze. They join returnees two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo (expected back at some point this season from a knee injury) Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, Doug McDermott, T.J. Leaf, Edmond Sumner, Aaron Holiday and Alize Johnson.


After the home opener, the Pacers take a three-game road trip to Cleveland, Detroit and Brooklyn before returning to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host Cleveland, Nov. 1.


Key home dates in the schedule include: two visits from NBA Champion Toronto (Dec. 23, Feb. 7); Eastern Conference rivals Boston (Dec. 11, Mar. 10); Milwaukee (Nov. 16, Feb. 12); and Philadelphia (New Year’s Eve, Jan. 13). Western Conference visits include the Los Angeles Clippers (Dec. 9) and Los Angeles Lakers (Dec. 17) in town just eight days apart; Denver (Jan. 2); New Orleans (Feb. 8); Golden State (Mar. 18) and Houston (Mar. 27).


The Pacers are scheduled for six national television appearances, five on ESPN (Feb. 7 vs. Toronto, Feb. 12 vs. Milwaukee, at Milwaukee Mar. 4, vs. Golden State, Mar. 18, at Boston, Apr. 8) and one game on TNT, Feb. 27 vs. Portland. They will also be on NBATV for six games: Nov. 30 at Philadelphia; Dec. 17 vs. L.A. Lakers; Dec. 23 vs. Toronto; Jan. 24 at Golden State; Jan. 26 at Portland; and Mar. 30 at L.A. Clippers.


The Pacers’ longest road trip will be nine days with five games (Cleveland, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Chicago, Dallas), Feb. 29-Mar. 8. The Pacers will have three four-game homestands in November, February and March. They will have 11 back-to-backs.


For information on ticket availability, including season tickets, group outings or suite rentals, please visit or call (317) 917-2827. Single game tickets will go on-sale on Thursday, Sept. 26. To be a part of an exclusive presale, sign up to receive Pacers Insider, the official e-newsletter of the Pacers, by going to

Team Harrah's Hoosier Park wins Saturday Shootout at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Team Harrah’s Hoosier Park came to Indiana Grand Racing & Casino ready for action Saturday, Aug. 3 in the fifth annual Saturday Shootout contest between the tracks. The visiting team took home the title for the third straight year in the contest that includes four races from Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Team Indiana Grand.


Saturday Shootout began with four preliminary rounds starting June 8 to determine the top five players from each location. Following the final preliminary round Saturday, July 6, teams were set for both properties.


Team Indiana Grand consisted of Eva Sheedy, James Smothers, Edwin Black, Vickie Duke and James Evans. Team Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s top five finalists were David Groce, William Ditto, Hank Rossman, Jay Mosier and James Wilkinson Jr. The final rotates between both tracks each year and the 2019 contest was set for Indiana Grand.


Team Harrah’s Hoosier Park got out to a strong lead after the first two races in the contest. Scoring was based on individual picks for races three through six at each property. Hoosier Park led the way by nearly $20 after the first two races in the lineup and continued to strengthen their lead. Going into the final race, Team Harrah’s Hoosier Park already had the title wrapped up.


“We have to give a lot of credit to Randy Harlow,” said Ditto. “He really gave us some great handicapping tips and got us rolling early.”


Rossman added, “But we have to give Bill (Ditto) most of the credit. He was the one that led our scoring and if it wasn’t for Bill where would we be.”


Rossman, Ditto, Groce, Mosier, and Wilkinson each took home $1,000 for their victory. They also received individual trophies to represent their win in the Saturday Shootout final. Members of Team Indiana Grand split $1,000 and each took home $200.


The contest has grown in popularity over the past five years with local players. It also creates a challenging scenario as players must handicap Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Standardbred races to reach the final. The final is based on four Thoroughbred and four Standardbred races. The final for the 2020 edition of Saturday Shootout will be held at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. More information about the season is available at

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