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Golden Bears focus attention on sectional foe Columbus East

One last ride.

The four-year resurgence of the Shelbyville girls basketball program, sparked by seniors Kylee Edwards, Abby Brenner and Hailey Pogue, continues Friday at William L. Garrett Gymnasium when the Golden Bears (14-8) make their 2023 postseason debut against Columbus East (10-13).

“I have the most competitive senior class,” said Shelbyville head coach Becca Hoefler, 37-55 in her fourth season. “They really want to get past that first round. They want to be in that sectional championship game since we are hosting.”

Shelbyville has not won a sectional game since 2011 and the program’s last sectional championship came in 2004. The Golden Bears have already secured their first winning season since 2016 and four of its losses came by a combined 16 points.

“A couple of shots here or there,” agreed Hoefler. “In the last four years, nothing has been handed to us. It’s always a grind. Hopefully, we’re due. I think these girls can get it done.”



Edwards (photo), the program’s career scoring leader with 1,530 points, has luckily avoided two serious injuries this season. She injured a knee in a win over South Central (Union Mills) in the Valparaiso Tournament on Dec. 22 and severely sprained an ankle in a loss at Whiteland on Jan. 18.

The high-scoring guard (20 ppg, 8 rpg) missed the win over Delta but returned to the floor for a Senior Night victory over Hauser on Jan. 26. With another week to rest, Hoefler proclaims Edwards is at 100%.

Shelbyville will need Edwards at her best to overcome a Columbus East squad that features Indiana State commit and potential Indiana All-Star Saige Stahl (26 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.2 spg).

“She is one of the best we’ve seen,” admitted Hoefler.

The Golden Bears watched the Olympians, the only team in Sectional 14 with a losing record, eliminate East Central, a program Shelbyville is more familiar with, on Tuesday at Garrett Gymnasium.

“What was nice was watching them play live,” said Hoefler. “I definitely think the matchup is pretty good for us. We’re a little quicker but they’ve got size on us.”

Stahl, a six foot, one-inch senior, and Leah Bachman, a 6-0 senior that averages 9 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 1.8 bpg, gives Columbus East a formidable front line.

“If they miss (a shot), we have to guarantee it’s our ball,” said Hoefler emphasizing rebounding as a key to victory. “We won’t be able to use our normal defense. We will keep it packed in.”

That puts added pressure on Pogue and junior Ella Johnson to limit second-chance opportunities for Columbus East, who has not faced Shelbyville since the 2018 postseason. The last regular-season meeting came in 2013.



“Hailey and Ella have got to be on the boards,” said Hoefler (photo). “I don’t expect anything else from them but to get on the boards. We have to make them feel uncomfortable and be as physical as we can.”

Bachman finished with 11 points and six rebounds Tuesday. Maeleigh Roberts (four made 3s) added 14 points and three assists while Jenna Guse had 13 points and three steals.

Junior guard Ava Wilson (18.4 ppg) (main photo) gives Shelbyville an explosive 1-2 punch but the duo accounts for 70% of the Golden Bears’ scoring.

Brenner is the team’s third-leading scorer at 6 ppg.

“This is a big one,” said Hoefler of Friday’s game. “We dropped a couple of (Hoosier Heritage Conference) games that we’re so close. Our conference was so tough this year. This is the last goal (to win a sectional game) to hit. We wanted more than 11 wins – we got that. This just seems like the year (for more).”

The first semifinal game Friday at Garrett Gymnasium features Franklin (16-5) and Whiteland (12-10).

The sectional champion advances to a one-game regional at Bedford North Lawrence to face the Bloomington South Sectional champion. Still alive in Sectional 13 are No. 9 Center Grove (19-4), Bloomington North (17-6), Mooresville (18-6) and Martinsville (0-24).

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Prep Report: Jac-Cen-Del ends Waldron's season in Sectional 60 opener

Class A, No. 13 Jac-Cen-Del stormed out to a 21-2 lead after one quarter and cruised to a Sectional 60 opening win over Waldron Tuesday at Southwestern High School.

The Eagles outscored the Mohawks 20-9 in the second quarter and led at halftime 41-11.

With the win, Jac-Cen-Del (13-11) returns to Southwestern Friday for a 6 p.m. semifinal game against the host Spartans (6-16).

Olivia Neal scored a game-high 22 points for Jac-Cen-Del. Reagan Hughes finished with 19.

Waldron closed out its season with a 5-18 record.

Sectional 60 continues tonight with Oldenburg Academy (11-9) taking on South Decatur (7-14) and Morristown (12-10) facing Edinburgh (6-17). The two winners return Friday for a 7:30 p.m. semifinal game.

The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.

In another sectional tournament Tuesday:



Class 4A, Sectional 14

At Shelbyville, Franklin opened the postseason with a 48-45 victory over Columbus North.

The Grizzly Cubs (16-5) led 15-11 after one quarter but trailed at halftime, 25-24.

Franklin outscored the Bull Dogs, 16-13 in the third quarter and held on for the victory.

Hadassah Hurt led Columbus North (14-9) with 14 points. Kathryn Wilson finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Franklin advanced to Friday’s first semifinal game at Garrett Gymnasium to take on Whiteland (12-10).

In the second quarterfinal game Tuesday, Columbus East eliminated East Central, 60-50.

The Olympians (10-13) advanced to Friday’s second semifinal game to battle the host Golden Bears (14-8). The two teams have not faced each other since the 2018 postseason.

East Central ended its season at 15-11.

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Eastern Hancock's strong finish eliminates Triton Central from Sectional 42

FAIRLAND – Class 2A, No. 11 Triton Central opened the fourth quarter in grave danger Tuesday against No. 8 Eastern Hancock in the Sectional 42 opener.

Senior Lizzie Graham was out of the game with a foot injury and two more starters had three fouls against a confident Royals squad that led 33-29 with eight minutes to go.

Triton Central dug deep and opened the final frame with a 9-2 run to take a 38-35 lead midway through the quarter but the lead never grew to two possessions and Eastern Hancock capitalized.

The Royals outscored the Tigers 14-6 over the final four minutes to secure the program’s second-straight sectional win over Triton Central and advance to Friday’s semifinal round with a 49-44 victory.

Eastern Hancock (20-3), now with a program-record 20 wins, will face Irvington Prep (1-10) while Indianapolis Scecina (11-11) takes on Indianapolis Riverside (2-15). The championship game is Saturday at 7 p.m.

Ruby White scored 10 of her team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter and had six rebounds, including two offensive that she scored on, to lead the Royals.

“I thought we did a really good job of containing (Sammie) Bolding and (Grace) Stapleton but that is what makes them a good team,” said Triton Central head coach Bryan Graham. “They have those three weapons. We took away two of three and did a pretty good job, but the one (White) stepped up there in the fourth.”

Trailing by three points, White, a six foot, one-inch junior, took over. She scored on an offensive rebound to cut the TC lead to 38-37.

Emma Bolding sank a baseline jumper to get the Royals the lead for the final time. White followed with a 17-foot jumper from just beyond the free-throw line then pump-faked the same shot on the next possession and drove to the rim and scored.

A three-point deficit quickly turned into a five-point lead – the biggest of the game for either team.



Graham (photo), who returned in the fourth quarter, drove into the lane and scored to stop the Royals’ 8-0 run.

“I thought she was done,” admitted Bryan Graham after seeing his daughter carried off the floor to the trainer’s room late in the third quarter. “I knew it was her ankle (injured) and not her knee -- that made me feel a little bit better.”

Emma Bolding matched the move at the other end of the floor and Eastern Hancock led 45-40 with 1:55 to go.

Maryrose Felling (main photo) hit a pair of free throws to get the lead back down to three but White scored on another offensive rebound.



Hallie Schweitzer (photo) drove into the lane and scored for the final time in her TC career to make it 47-44 with 55 seconds on the clock.

Grace Stapleton, who finished with nine points, eight rebounds and five assists, missed back-to-back free throws to give the Tigers hope but the offense could not deliver.

Graham had a chance to tie the game with a late 3 from the top of the key that rattled out and closed TC’s shooting performance from beyond the arc at 1-for-13.

Stapleton hit two free throws at the other end to then seal the victory.

Felling, a freshman, led Triton Central with 15 points.

“Her talent level and IQ will just continue to get better and grow,” said Graham of Felling, who scored just short of 300 points in her first season as a Tiger.

Brooklyn Bailey finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Schweitzer added 12 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Triton Central, led by seniors Graham, Schweitzer and Riley Ross, finished the season 18-5 – the program’s seventh consecutive season with at least 18 wins.

TC will return Bailey and Felling as well as juniors Kennedy Brown and Hailey Harris and turn to a successful junior varsity program to reload for another season.

“Brooklyn will be that key piece in the middle and Maryrose will be up top,” said Graham. “So right away you have a good 1-2 punch. And then you throw in a Hailey Harris and Kennedy Brown, who do all the little things right all the time.”

Bryan Graham closes out his 15th season as the head coach at Triton Central with 299 wins against just 65 losses.

Steve Bush photos


Eastern Hancock 49, Triton Central 44

EH: Stapleton 2-10 3-6 9, S. Bolding 2-12 2-2 8, E. Bolding 4-10 3-4 11, White 7-11 1-2 15, O’Neal 0-2 0-0 0, Springman 0-0 0-0 0, Willis 1-3 0-0 2, Meyer 2-2 0-0 4. Totals: 18-50 9-14 49.

TC: Schweitzer 5-11 2-2 12, Graham 1-11 2-2 4, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Felling 6-13 3-3 15, Bailey 4-5 4-5 13, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Ross 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-42 11-12 44.


EH (20-3)  13    7  13  16  --  49

TC (18-5)  11    8  10  15  --  44

Three-point field goals: EH 4-20 (Stapleton 2-10, S. Bolding 2-9, O’Neal 0-1), TC 1-13 (Schweitzer 0-2, Graham 0-4, Brown 0-1, Felling 0-4, Bailey 1-2). Rebounds: EH 32 (Stapleton 8, S. Bolding 2, E. Bolding 4, White 9, O’Neal 2, Willis 5, Meyer 2), TC 26 (Schweitzer 5, Graham 3, Brown 4, Felling 3, Bailey 9, Ross 2). Assists: EH 14 (Stapleton 5, S. Bolding 3, E. Bolding 2, White 1, O’Neal 1, Willis 2), TC 5 (Schweitzer 2, Brown 2, Felling 1). Steals: EH 3 (S. Bolding 1, White 2), TC 2 (Schweitzer 1, Bailey 1). Blocks: EH 3 (S. Bolding 1, White 1, Willis 1). Total fouls: EH 10, TC 11. Turnovers: EH 8, TC 10.


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Prep Report: Rushville tops Shelbyville in gymnastics meet

With the top three finishers in the all-around competition, Rushville defeated Shelbyville, 92.55-66.9, in a dual gymnastics meet Monday in Rushville.

Bell Westphal (33.225), Cora Emory (29.975) and Cyndi Tush (27.75) produced the top three total scores after all four events.

Shelbyville’s Renee Aldridge finished fourth at 27.7 while Ella Griggs was fifth (24.15).

Aldridge was the top Golden Bear finisher in three of the four events. She finished fourth in the vault (8.15), second in the uneven bars (6.625) and fifth on the balance beam (6.175).

Shelbyville’s Bailee Frazier finished sixth in the floor exercise (7.1).

Westphal totaled the top score in all four events – 8.85 in vault, 8.7 on balance beam, 7.475 on uneven bars and 8.2 in floor exercise.

On Saturday, Shelbyville hosted Roncalli, Westfield and Indianapolis Lutheran at Girls Inc.

Roncalli won the four-team meet with 99.875. Westfield was runner-up at 96.225 followed by Shelbyville (71.575) and Lutheran (58.05).

Roncalli’s Maddie Baker won the vault (8.85) while her teammate, Liz Schafer, took first in the floor exercise (9.075).

Lutheran’s Penelope Morrow won the uneven bars (8.525) and balance beam (9.0) events.

Schafer won the all-around competition with a total score of 34.9. Morrow was runner-up at 34.4.

Aldridge finished seventh (29.3) while Griggs was eighth (27.725).

Aldridge had Shelbyville’s best score in the vault (8.25), uneven bars (7.0) and floor exercise (7.15). Griggs had the best Golden Bear score on the balance beam (6.975).

In another gymnastics meet Monday:

Connersville 87.85, Morristown 87.05

At Connersville, the visiting Yellow Jackets produced their highest team score of the season but came up just short of defeating the Spartans.

Oakleigh Goedde led Morristown with a win in the floor exercise and runner-up finishes in the vault and uneven bars. And with a fifth-place finish on the balance beam, Goedde won the all-around competition.

Remi Spicklemire won the balance beam competition and placed fourth in the vault, fifth on the uneven bars and sixth in the floor exercise. Spicklemire finished fourth in the all-around.

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Morristown rides 6-game win streak into Class A, Sectional 60

It took Morristown just over two months to get its record back to .500 after an 0-6 start.

The Yellow Jackets went 7-2 in January and enter Class A, Sectional 60 riding the momentum of a six-game winning streak.

“We’ve got good momentum happening,” agreed Morristown head coach Rachel Kleine. “It’s come as our strength of schedule has (lessened) but the kids are working together as a team.”

Sectional 60 opens tonight at Southwestern High School with Class A, No. 13 Jac-Cen-Del (12-11) taking on the defending sectional champion Waldron (5-17) at 7 p.m. The winner advances to face Southwestern (6-16) Friday in the semifinals.

On Wednesday, Oldenburg Academy (11-9) battles South Decatur (7-14) and Morristown (12-10) meets Edinburgh (6-17) for the second time in the last three weeks. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Lancers, 37-16 on Jan. 14.

“Edinburgh is a scrappy, physical team that we definitely do not want to overlook,” said Kleine.

If the Yellow Jackets advance, they look forward to a rematch with South Decatur, who they lost to on Nov. 10 as part of that six-game losing streak.

“We played South Decatur very early in the season and we were missing a handful of kids so we were really young on the floor,” said Kleine.

Or, Oldenburg Academy will seek revenge on Morristown for a 36-32 loss on Dec. 12.

“It was a fight when we went there so I wouldn’t expect anything else,” said Kleine of a potential rematch with the Twisters.

Wednesday’s winners advance to the second semifinal game Friday at Southwestern.

Kleine will rely heavily on senior guard Raegan Kleine’s experience in the postseason.

“Every game it’s important for Raegan to have the ball in her hands,” said coach Kleine. “She has not been finishing well the last few games but her team around her has been picking up the slack.”

Kleine is averaging 12.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.6 steals per game in her final season.

Sophomore Danika Rutledge was sidelined to start the season with an injury but now leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg).

“She makes a world of difference with those long arms,” said Kleine of the five foot, 11-inch forward. “She has a nice shot and runs the floor well.”

With Rutledge at the top of the Morristown defense in the half court, she is long enough and quick enough to disrupt shooting guards from getting comfortable from beyond the 3-point line.

When Morristown is playing well, there is contribution beyond Kleine and Rutledge from senior Maggie Lutes (2.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg), junior Alexia Rogers (3.8 ppg, team-high 18 made 3s) and sophomore Olivia Rude (2.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg).

Kleine has led the Yellow Jackets to their third consecutive winning season while the program is seeking its first sectional title since winning back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015.

“That’s still pretty out there,” said Kleine of talking about winning a sectional title. “The kids feel confident in their ability to compete but we’ve had games with some really big letdowns.

“We talk about controlling the things we can control. We will respect our opponents and focus on one game at a time, but I remember those back-to-back sectional titles.”

Morristown has already accomplished plenty going from 0-6 to 12-10 and Kleine would love to celebrate a sectional title with this team.

“The goal was to get back to .500 and that’s a pretty big accomplishment,” said Kleine. “But the kids are not done yet.”




Following the graduation of seven seniors that took the program to new heights – ranked No. 1 in Class A and winning sectional and regional titles – a rebuilding season with new coach Ilea Shipp was not unexpected.

Senior Josee Larrison (7.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.6 apg) was the only returning player with varsity experience.

Cendall Sheaffer (4.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg) and Madison Ping are the other seniors dressing for their final sectional tournament.

The Mohawks are led in scoring by junior Alyssa Benson (9.9 ppg, 3.1 spg) and count on junior Audrey Hogg (5.7 ppg, 5 rpg) and sophomore Alivia Fischer (4.4 ppg, 4 rpg).

Waldron opens the sectional against Jac-Cen-Del, winners of six of their last seven games, a team it lost to 47-33 on Dec. 6.

Jac-Cen-Del is led by Reagan Hughes (13 ppg, 2.6 spg), Julia Meyer (12.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Olivia Neal (10.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg).

Head coach Scott Smith enters the sectional with 397 career wins, all at Jac-Cen-Del.




The Spartans started the season 0-10 but went 6-6 over the final 12 games and won three of their last four under head coach Jason West. Now, they wait until Friday to debut in the postseason against either Waldron or Jac-Cen-Del.

Southwestern lost at Jac-Cen-Del, 58-18 on Jan. 13 and went 0-2 against Waldron (44-32 on Nov. 11 and 41-35 on Jan. 5 in the Shelby County Tournament).

The Spartans are led offensively by a trio of players – seniors McKinley Correll (10 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3 apg and 3 spg) and Cy Stockdale (5.8 ppg, team-high 28 made 3s) and sophomore Tanna Tatlock (7.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg).

The sectional champion advances to a one-game regional, also at Southwestern High School, to face the Bethesda Christian Sectional champion. The four-team sectional features Indiana Math & Science Academy (14-10) against Traders Point (4-10) and Bethesda Christian (10-13) against Indiana Deaf (11-8).

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Class 2A, No. 11 Triton Central heads into Sectional 42 in underdog role

The Triton Central squad that lost 56-34 at Eastern Hancock on Nov. 12 is not the Triton Central squad ready for a rematch.

Class 2A, No. 11 Triton Central (18-4), winners of 16 of its final 17 games, will host 2A, No. 8 Eastern Hancock (19-3), winners of 10 straight, Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the opening game of Sectional 42.

The two best teams in the five-team field square off with the winner advancing to Friday’s semifinal to take on Irvington Prep (1-10). The other semifinal pits Indianapolis Scecina (11-11) against Indianapolis Riverside (2-15).

The sectional championship game is Saturday at 7 p.m. in Fairland.

Triton Central arrived in Charlottesville in November reeling from the flu, which caused senior Hallie Schweitzer (10.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.1 apg) to miss the game and leading scorers Lizzie Graham (13.2 ppg) and Maryrose Felling (12.5 ppg) to play at less than 100%.

“I think Eastern Hancock will see a totally different team this time around,” said Triton Central head coach Bryan Graham, who is sitting on 299 career wins over 15 seasons.

In that first meeting, Ruby White, Eastern Hancock’s six foot, one-inch junior center, had eight points, five rebounds and four blocked shots in the first quarter to help the Royals get off to a fast start.

Senior guard Grace Stapleton hit four three-pointers in the third quarter to give the Royals a 50-24 lead and Triton Central had little fight left.

White finished with 22 points and eight rebounds while Stapleton had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Eastern Hancock ended Triton Central’s four-year run as sectional champions in 2022 with a 66-65 three-overtime victory. With November’s win, the Royals have now won two straight over Triton Central for the first time under Graham’s direction.

Now, the Tigers are in the rare situation of being the underdog.

“I think (Eastern Hancock) is really good,” said Graham. “Anytime at the (Class) 2A level when you have a couple of good guards and a 6-1 middle, you will be good.”

The Tigers watched the game film from the November loss and it will be used as fuel for the postseason fire.



The veteran coach has been in this situation before. There is always the sobering thoughts of seeing a senior class nearing its final playing days. But the Class of 2023 includes his own daughter, Lizzie (photo), who will continue her playing career at Indiana University South Bend.

“My first couple of years, that was a struggle,” admitted Graham. “The more you do it, when the last game is over you realize you’ve taught them more than just basketball.

“I don’t want it to end. I’ve learned over the years that four years of basketball for the kids is a short blurb in their lives. I hope it’s not the highlight of their life.”

Graham admitted he has held his emotions in check through Lizzie’s final Shelby County Tournament and final regular-season home game.

“It hasn’t hit me yet,” he said. “I don’t think it will hit me, win or lose Tuesday. I don’t think it will hit me until the (postseason) banquet.”

For the Tigers to have success Tuesday, White (7.5 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.5 bpg) cannot dominate the low post again and Stapleton cannot catch fire from beyond the 3-point arc, where she has hit a program-record 74 this season.



Stapleton (photo), averaging 16.3 ppg, surpassed 1,000 career points this season to become the fourth Royal to join the club.

Eastern Hancock captured its first Mid-Eastern Conference title since 1999 with a balanced roster that includes just two seniors – Stapleton and Emma Bolding (7.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg), a softball commit to Saginaw Valley State.

Juniors Sammie Bolding (12 ppg, 2.3 apg) and Makenzie O’Neal (6.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg) give the Royals five players averaging between 6-16 ppg.

Despite defeating Triton Central in triple overtime in the 2022 sectional, the Royals did not capture their first sectional title since 2017. Heritage Christian defeated Eastern Hancock, 45-42, to advance to the regional.

The sectional champion advances to a one-game regional at Southmont High School to face the University Sectional champion. No. 9 University (18-4) is the favorite in the four-team team that includes Sheridan (13-8), Park Tudor (14-6) and Covenant Christian (7-15).

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Prep Report: Kahler leads Southwestern to win over Herron

Southwestern used a 25-point third quarter to secure its second victory of the season.

Leading 23-13 at halftime Saturday over Herron, six different Spartans combined to outscore the Achaeans, 25-10, in the third quarter and roll to a 66-34 victory.

Ben Kahler scored a career-high 17 points for Southwestern (2-14).

Carter Snepp hit three three-pointers and finished with 13 points and Matt Clements added 10.

Benen Newcomb led Herron (2-11) with 11 points.

The Spartans travel Thursday to Hauser (7-9).

In other boys basketball games Saturday:

Boys basketball

Triton Central 83, South Decatur 51

At Triton Central, five different Tigers scored in double figures to defeat the Cougars.

Luke Faust sank five 3s to finish with a game-high 21 points for Triton Central (12-5).

Isaac Morgan finished with 18 points. Eli Sego and Silas Blair each had 14 points and Max Crouse had 10.

A 27-point third quarter helped the Tigers turn a 39-25 halftime advantage to a 66-38 lead.

Jacob Scruggs and Dale Peters each scored 13 points to lead South Decatur (8-9).

Triton Central hosts Oldenburg Academy (6-10) Saturday afternoon.

New Castle 61, Morristown 22

At New Castle, the host Trojans outscored the Yellow Jackets 19-2 in the second quarter to build a 42-13 halftime lead it never relinquished.

Gavin Welch led New Castle (9-9) with 21 points. Ethan Hinton finished with 12 points.

Jameson Palmer led Morristown (1-16) with 13 points.

Morristown travels to Centerville (4-10) Saturday.

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Four Shelbyville football players named Academic All-State

Four Shelbyville High School football players were named Academic All-State in Region 8 by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.

Riley Fortune, Carson Linville, Cael Lux and Jackson Parker were honored for their performance in the classroom.

The quartet were amongst 161 players from Region 8 to earn the Academic All-State designation.


Riley Fortune

Carson Linville

Cael Lux

Jackson Parker


Other notable Hoosier Heritage Conference student-athletes honored in Region 8 were Greenfield-Central’s Owen Anderson, Gael Bravo, Will DeJarnett, Brayden Harrell, Brodie Mayberry, Anthony Miller-Carnahan, Garrett Taylor and Andrew Zellers; Mt. Vernon’s Tatchi Anouan, Owen Bitz, George Burhenn, Anderson Dawson, Kyler Grill, Ashton Julian, Dylan Kistler, Kellan LaBelle and Jake Lange; New Castle’s Adien Bradley, Haidyn Bulmer and Trey Snyder; New Palestine’s Eli Hook, Baylor Hurst, Trey Keele, Bryant Nunnally, Blaine Nunnally, Ben Purciful, AJ Reierson, Eian Roudebush, Brendan Tanksley, Daniel Tippit IV and Thomas Wood; and Pendleton Heights’ Quinton DeVault, Jared Hess, Jalen Jordan, Sam Mossoney and Ian Stephens.

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Triton Central's Ball captures wrestling sectional championship

Triton Central senior Hadyn Ball celebrated a sectional championship at 220 pounds Saturday at Warren Central High School.

Ball (photo, third from left) will be joined at the Perry Meridian Regional by Shelbyville’s Jacob Harker, a sectional runner-up at 285 pounds, and six more Tigers and Golden Bears that finished in the top four to advance.

Ball pinned Greenfield-Central’s Owen Howell, defeated Warren Central’s Greg Johnson in the semifinals and Franklin Central’s Talan Humphrey in the championship to secure his first sectional title.

Harker, a junior, scored a pair of victories to reach the championship match where he was defeated by Franklin Central’s Andrew Just, 6-1.

Harker pinned New Palestine’s Gabe Lytell in the first period to reach the semifinals, then defeated Warren Central’s Perris Green, 3-2.

Also qualifying for the regional with fourth-place finishes were Triton Central’s Ayden Nufio (106), Dayne Bailey (132), Ethan Booth (138) and Andrew Bailey (195), and Shelbyville’s Isaiah Havens (120) and Julian Eads (145).

Warren Central edged Greenfield-Central for the sectional championship, 251-234.

Triton Central finished fifth (99) while Shelbyville placed sixth (90).

All eight Shelby County wrestlers need to win their first match at the Perry Meridian Regional to qualify for the New Castle Semistate. The regional features the top four qualifiers at each weight class from the Warren Central Sectional and the Southport Sectional.

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Claxton carries Golden Bears to tough road win at Indian Creek

TRAFALGAR -- Shelbyville freshman Caden Claxton scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead the Golden Bears to a 64-56 overtime victory Friday in an emotionally-charged environment at Indian Creek.

Three players were ejected, including Shelbyville’s top two scorers, but the Golden Bears still prevailed.

Ollie Sandman was called for an offensive foul with 3:57 left in the fourth quarter. In his frustration, the senior tossed the ball to the official who was not looking for it and the ball struck him. He immediately called a technical foul on Sandman and ejected him.

Carter Modlin hit one of the two technical free throws to give Indian Creek a 47-43 lead.



What started as a monumental week for Sandman (photo), who committed to play collegiately at DePauw University Monday, ended with him scoring 13 points and not on the floor in a hostile atmosphere.

Modlin added another free throw with 3:00 to go to give the Braves a 48-43 advantage.

“The team saw their leading scorer and overall best offensive player leave the game and it fueled them,” said Shelbyville head coach John Hartnett. “They were fired up and ready to go. They held their heads up high and knew they could get it done even with Ollie out of the game.”

That’s when the youngest kid on the floor took control. Claxton hit a pair of 3s in the game’s final 2:07 and had the assist on an Aidan Asher layin that put Shelbyville up 54-52 with 35 seconds on the clock.

“(Caden) is a competitor. He has been brought up to this level for a reason and it’s to step up in situations like this,” said Hartnett. “He is a great kid that works his butt off and he’s earned every single minute and second he has played this year – and he showed that tonight. He took over when our best player got thrown out of the game. He made some big plays, along with all the other guys.

“This is not one person that go this job done. This is a collective team effort.”

Adam Crouch scored in the lane with 24 seconds left to tie the game and Claxton missed a 3 in the game’s final seconds and a Luke Brinkman rebound and shot rolled off the rim to send the game to overtime.

Crouch hit a pair of free throws to give Indian Creek a 56-54 lead but the Braves never scored again. Three straight turnovers followed a Damon Badgley 3-pointer and Claxton hit six straight free throws in the final 23 seconds to seal the win.

But not after Modlin and Badgley (main photo) tied up on a rebound attempt. Modlin tried to rip a rebound from Badgley and the two went to the floor, neither releasing the ball. As they rolled over and players tried to pull them apart, the officials issued technical fouls to the pair and ejected both.

Claxton finished the game hitting 6 of 11 shots and went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. He also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Brinkman finished with nine points and six rebounds. Asher had eight points off the bench.

Highly-touted sophomore Landon Sichting (20.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg) led Indian Creek with 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists. After scoring 11 points in the first half, he had just one field goal in the second half and was held in check by Jackson Parker and Ethan Lambert.

“Early we let Sichting catch the ball a little bit too easily. And he is a very good player,” said Hartnett. “He is very crafty at his height (6-5), and he took advantage of us early.”

Modlin finished with 10 points and nine rebounds before fouling out and being ejected.



Shelbyville won the junior varsity game, 45-35. Brody Runnebohm led the Golden Bears with 16 points and Kohen Myers had 13.

The Golden Bears are off until Feb. 7 when they travel to Class A, No. 15 Edinburgh (10-5). Hartnett (photo) did not have a firm answer as to whether Sandman or Badgley will be available for the game due to the ejections.

“We will go back to Shelbyville and we will talk about it with the administration and figure it out,” said Hartnett after the game.

Steve Bush photos


Shelbyville 64, Indian Creek 56, OT

SH – Sandman 4-13 2-2 13, Badgley 2-7 0-0 5, Brinkman 3-6 3-4 9, Parker 0-0 1-2 1, Claxton 6-11 8-8 22, Asher 3-5 0-1 8, Lambert 3-6 0-1 6, Myers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-48 14-18 64.

IC – Pemberton 1-3 0-0 2, Volz 2-5 0-0 6, Emberton 2-4 2-2 6, Crouch 3-12 2-3 9, Sichting 6-17 4-4 18, Modlin 4-6 2-4 10, Connell 2-3 0-0 5, Pappas 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 20-51 10-13 56.


SH (8-9)  16    7  17  14  10  --  64

IC (9-5)    14  13    9  18    2  --  56

Three-point field goals: SH 8-23 (Sandman 3-10, Badgley 1-2, Brinkman 0-1, Claxton 2-6, Asher 2-4), IC 6-19 (Pemberton 0-1, Volz 2-5, Crouch 1-4, Sichting 2-6, Connell 1-2, Pappas 0-1). Rebounds: SH 22 (Sandman 3, Badgley 1, Brinkman 6, Parker 3, Claxton 5, Asher 1, Lambert 3), IC 26 (Pemberton 2, Volz 2, Emberton 2, Crouch 4, Sichting 7, Modlin 9). Assists: SH 9 (Badgley 3, Parker 2, Claxton 2, Asher 1, Lambert 1), IC 11 (Pemberton 2, Volz 1, Emberton 1, Crouch 3, Sichting 3, Modlin 1). Steals: SH 3 (Brinkman 1, Claxton 2), IC 3 (Sichting 1, Modlin 2). Blocks: IC 2 (Volz 1, Sichting 1). Total fouls: SH 14, IC 18. Fouled out: Modlin (IC). Turnovers: SH 7, IC 8.


Shelbyville 45, Indian Creek 35

SH – Runnebohm 16, Myers 13, Reinhart 6, Schene 6, Reed 4.

IC – Lowhorn 11, Statts 8, DeHart 7, Fleetwood 5, Nuetzman 2, Voris 2.


SH  11  11  11  12  -- 45

IC    12    4    5  14  -- 35

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Shelbyville overcomes slow start to get Senior Night win over Hauser

Shelbyville struggled to find a higher gear on Senior Night.

Trailing 15-10 midway through the second quarter Thursday at William L. Garrett Gymnasium, the Golden Bears scored the final six points of the half then blitzed Hauser, 35-9 in the second half, to close out the regular season with a 51-24 victory.

Shelbyville finished 14-8 – the first winning season for the program since 2016 and the most wins in a season since 2007 (18).

“Obviously we have the sectional here at Garrett (Gymnasium) and (the seniors) will have another moment to shine but on Senior Night, you always want to give the seniors a lot of respect,” said fourth-year Shelbyville head coach Becca Hoefler, who started her run with the Golden Bears with Kylee Edwards, Abby Brenner and Hailey Pogue (photo) as freshmen. “Our program, where it’s at now is because of these seniors. They have put the work in the last four years. They started off their career 4-20 and for them to stick it out and continually get better and put in the work to get us to 14-8, is because of these seniors.”

Ava Wilson scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half that helped Shelbyville outscore the Jets, 41-9 over the final two-and-a-half quarters.

Brenner finished with 12 points and Edwards, still recovering from an ankle injury suffered Jan. 18 at Whiteland, scored 10 points and had eight rebounds.

“This is what I’ve always said about Kylee, ‘Kylee’s 50% is a lot of people’s 100%.’” said Hoefler. “Injuries happen all the time and high ankle sprains happen all the time. It’s all about getting it taped and getting back moving. I think she will be ready to roll for Friday (in the sectional).”

Shelbyville scored the first six points of the game before Hauser (9-11) settled down and went on a 15-4 run.

“That was definitely one of our worst starts of the season which is not what we wanted coming out,” said Hoefler. “We went into halftime and there was a little yelling and we came out in the second half and played our game.”

Edwards, Shelbyville’s career scoring leader at 1,530 points, scored with 2:10 to go in the first half and was fouled. She missed the free throw but Pogue got the offensive rebound and scored to cut the lead to 15-14.

Edwards hit a 17-foot jumper with 38 seconds left to give Shelbyville a 16-15 lead at the break.

Wilson scored five points in just under five seconds to start the second-half scoring. She scored then stole the ball and scored again to push the Golden Bears’ lead to 20-15.

Wilson hit a three-pointer later in the quarter that sparked an 8-0 run and open up a double-digit lead.

Up 32-21 after three quarters, Wilson opened the fourth-quarter scoring with a 3 and followed it with a pair of free throws to make it 37-21.

The Jets scored just three points over the final eight minutes and suffered their sixth-straight loss to end the regular season.

Kyleigh Parrott led Hauser with eight points. Madelyn Poe finished with six points, six rebounds and two assists.

In the junior varsity game, Maddy Jones and Sophia Asher each scored 13 points to lead the Golden Bears to a 57-28 victory. The win closed Shelbyville’s season with a 16-4 mark.

Shelbyville is the host school for Class 4A, Sectional 14. The Golden Bears received the bye and will debut Friday in the semifinal round against either Columbus East (9-13) or East Central (15-10), who play Tuesday at Garrett Gymnasium.

The other quarterfinal game Tuesday features Franklin (15-5) against Columbus North (14-8), with the winner advancing to take on Whiteland (12-10) in Friday’s semifinal round.


Shelbyville 51, Hauser 24

HA – Parrott 3-14 1-2 8, Berkenstock 1-3 0-0 2, Musillami 0-2 2-2 2, Poe 3-12 0-0 6, Sims 0-2 0-0 0, Kilps 2-6 0-2 4, Overroad 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 10-41, 3-6 24.

SH – Edwards 5-8 0-5 10, Brenner 5-9 1-4 12, Simpson 0-1 2-2 2, Wilson 7-20 2-2 18, Pogue 2-5 0-0 4, E. Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, Marshall 0-0 0-0 0, Keller 0-4 2-2 2, S. Baker 1-1 0-0 3, H. Baker 0-0 0-0 0, L. Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Fortune 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-52 7-17 51.


HA (9-11)  8    7    6     3  --  24

SH (14-8)   8    8  16  19  --  51

Three-point field goals: HA 1-13 (Parrott 1-8, Berkenstock 0-2, Poe 0-3), SH 4-14 (Edwards 0-2, Brenner 1-2, Simpson 0-1, Wilson 2-5, Pogue 0-2, Keller 0-1, S. Baker 1-1). Rebounds: HA 26 (Parrott 1, Berkenstock 4, Musillami 3, Poe 6, Sims 1, Kilps 3, Everroad 8), SH 38 (Edwards 8, Brenner 8, Simpson 2, Wilson 4, Pogue 5, E. Johnson 3, Marshall 1, Keller 5, H. Baker 1, Fortune 1). Assists: HA 5 (Parrott 1, Musillami 1, Poe 2, Sims 1), SH 8 (Edwards 2, Brenner 3, Wilson 1, Keller 1, H. Baker 1). Steals: HA 4 (Berkenstock 3, Musillami 1), SH 13 (Edwards 2, Brenner 1, Simpson 2, Wilson 4, Pogue 2, E. Johnson 1, Keller 1). Blocks: HA 2 (Parrott 1, Berkenstock 1), SH 2 (Edwards 1, Simpson 1). Total fouls: HA 9, SH 9. Turnovers: HA 19, SH 14.


Shelbyville 57, Hauser 28

HA: Williams 8, Kilps 4, Wetzel 4, C. Miller 4, Mires 3, Phelps 3, K. Miller 2.

SH: Jones 13, Asher 13, H. Baker 9, Collins 7, Keller 6, Stieneker 4, Morrell 3, Fortune 2.


HA    2  13    8    5  --  28

SH  18  14  12  13  --  57

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Prep Report: Mitchell, Yarling lead Waldron to MHC win over Southwestern

With senior Lucas Mitchell and Bryce Yarling combining for 28 points Friday, Waldron defeated Southwestern, 53-36.

Mitchell scored a game-high 17 points to push Waldron’s record to 8-8 overall and 3-1 against Mid-Hoosier Conference opponents.

Yarling had 11 points and helped the Mohawks race out to a 19-4 lead after one quarter.

Conner Jewell hit four three-pointers to lead Southwestern (1-14, 0-4 MHC) with 12 points. Ben Kahler finished with 10 points.

Southwestern hosts Herron (2-10) tonight.

Waldron hosts North Decatur (12-4, 4-0 MHC) Thursday.

In other boys basketball games Friday:

Edinburgh 71, Morristown 41

At Edinburgh, Caleb Dewey scored a game-high 24 points to improve Class A, No. 15 Edinburgh to 10-5 (3-3 MHC).

Jarrett Turner and Connor Ramey backed Dewey with 16 points apiece.

Cade Mahin and Jameson Palmer each scored 10 points to lead Morristown (1-15, 1-5 MHC).

The Yellow Jackets travel to New Castle (8-9) tonight.

Indianapolis Scecina 50, Triton Central 42

At Scecina, the host Crusaders hit 11 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the Indiana Crossroads Conference victory.

Keaton Thibo scored a game-high 18 points for Scecina (10-5, 1-2 ICC). Jordan Porter and Kaleb Milan each scored eight.

Triton Central led 20-18 at halftime but got outscored 18-8 in the third quarter and never recovered.

Isaac Morgan led the Tigers (11-5, 0-3 ICC) with 15 points. Eli Sego finished with nine points.

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Prep Report: Tigers secure ICC championship with win over Beech Grove

Class 2A, No. 13 Triton Central secured the Indiana Crossroads Conference championship Thursday with a 56-20 victory over Beech Grove.

The win improved the Tigers to 18-4 overall and 7-0 against ICC opponents.

Senior Lizzie Graham finished with 18 points in her final regular-season game on her home court. With two made three-pointers in the game, Graham became the program’s career leader for 3s made.

Fellow senior Hallie Schweitzer had 13 points.

Freshman Maryrose Felling also scored 13 and junior Brooklyn Bailey finished with 12.

Triton Central led 26-16 at halftime then held the Hornets scoreless in the third quarter to expand the lead to 38-16.

Mylee Boiling led Beech Grove (9-12, 2-5 ICC) with 11 points.

Triton Central opens the postseason Tuesday against 2A No. 7 Eastern Hancock (19-3) in Fairland. The Royals defeated Triton Central, 56-34, on Nov. 12.

In other girls basketball games Thursday:

Morristown 33, Indianapolis Lutheran 24

At Lutheran, the visiting Yellow Jackets closed out the regular season on a six-game win streak.

Danika Rutledge led Morristown (12-10) with 18 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Raegan Kleine had 11 points and seven steals.

Lutheran (5-17) closed the season on a seven-game losing streak.

Morristown’s postseason debut is Wednesday at Southwestern High School against Edinburgh (6-17). The Yellow Jackets defeated the Lancers, 37-16 on Jan. 14.

Milan 57, Waldron 46

At Milan, Emma Voss and Kaiya Rinear combined for 44 points to lead the Indians to the win.

Voss scored a game-high 24 points, including 9 of 11 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, to improve Milan to 4-18 this season.

Emerson Lindsey hit three 3s to lead Waldron (5-17) with 14 points. Josee Larrison finished with 11 and Alyssa Benson had 10.

Waldron begins the postseason Tuesday at Southwestern High School against Jac-Cen-Del (12-11). The Mohawks lost at Jac-Cen-Del on Dec. 6, 47-33.

Southwestern 54, Greenwood Christian 30

At Southwestern, Cy Stockdale, Tanna Tatlock and Emma Isgrigg combined to hit nine 3s to lead the Spartans (6-16) to the win.

Tatlock finished with a game-high 17 points, including hitting a pair of 3s in the fourth quarter.

Stockdale had four 3s and finished with 14 points.

Sydney Waldron topped Greenwood Christian (3-18) with 15 points.

The Spartans received the bye and are the hosts for Class A, Sectional 60. They will face the winner of the Waldron and Jac-Cen-Del quarterfinal game Tuesday.

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Collegiate Update: Southwestern graduate breaks Franklin College indoor track and field record

In just her second indoor college track and field meet, Southwestern graduate Alison Muck set a new 60-meter hurdles record for Franklin College.

Competing in the Mount St. Joseph Invitational Saturday in Cincinnati, Ohio, Muck (photo) won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.47 seconds to break the old Franklin College record of 9.58 set in 2013.

Muck also finished seventh in the 200 meters (29.38).

Four other Shelby County graduates also competed in the Mount St. Joseph Invitational.



Muck’s teammate and fellow Southwestern graduate Taylor Tatlock placed fifth in the women’s weight throw at 41 feet, one inch.



Hanover’s Zaleeya Martin, a Shelbyville graduate, finished runner-up in the 60 meters (7.89).



Franklin College’s Jill Anspaugh, a Shelbyville graduate, reached the podium with a seventh-place finish in the one-mile run (6:03.21).



And Madalyn Hudnall, a Waldron graduate competing for Mount St. Joseph, finished second in the shot put (35-0) and 11th in the weight throw (32-9).

Here is a look at other Shelby County graduates competing at the collegiate level.



Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate had two points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal Sunday for Loyola in a 67-51 loss to LaSalle.

The Ramblers dropped to 6-13 overall and 1-5 against Atlantic 10 opponents.



Hayden Langkabel

The Morristown graduate finished with 19 points, one rebound, two steals and four assists Saturday in Marian’s 95-74 win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

The Knights are 17-4 (7-4 Crossroads League).



Kyle Crim

The Morristown graduate was credited with one assist in eight minutes of playing time Saturday for Hanover in a 73-35 win over Bluffton.

The Panthers are 10-7 (6-4 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference).



Taylor Heath

The Triton Central graduate produced a double-double Saturday for Hanover in a 60-55 win over Bluffton.

Heath had 10 points and 10 assists and added two rebounds and a steal to improve the Panthers to 11-5 (8-1 HCAC).



Drake Moore

The Morristown graduate had five points and one rebound Saturday for Oakland City in a 76-61 loss to the University of Rio Grande.

On Thursday, Moore totaled seven points, one assist and one blocked shot in a 76-68 loss to Ohio Christian.

Oakland City is 8-13 this season.



Bella Larrison

The Waldron graduate had six points, six rebounds and one block Saturday in Anderson’s 54-52 loss at Mount St. Joseph.

Anderson is 10-7.



Cameron Baker

The Shelbyville graduate scored a pair of runner-up finishes in two diving events Friday for Franklin College in wins over Rose-Hulman (157-143) and Hanover (252-21).

Baker finished second in the one-meter diving competition with 237.25 points. He also finished second in the three-meter event with 212.9 points.



Chandler Martin

The Shelbyville graduate won the high jump competition Saturday for the University of Indianapolis in the UIndy Classic.

Martin cleared 1.83 meters to win the event.



Michael Fox

The Shelbyville graduate placed 15th in the 3,000 meters Friday for Manchester in the Larry Cole Invitational, hosted by Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.

Fox crossed the finish line in 9:49.8.



Kina Schultz

The Shelbyville graduate finished ninth in the 400 meters (1:08.98), fifth in the 60 hurdles (10.33) and third in the 800 relay (2:00.52) for Muskingum in the Muskingum Meet in New Concord, Ohio.

Mastodon Invitational

Three former Golden Bears competed in the Mastodon Invitational, hosted by Purdue Fort Wayne.



Madisen Hinderliter, competing for St. Francis (Ind.), finished 11th in the weight throw (42-6.75).



Sequoia Gilbert, also part of the St. Francis roster, placed 18th in the 60 meters (8.57) and 16th in the 200 (29.18).



Konrad Dorsey, running for Trine, finished 25th in the 60 meters (7.80) and 23rd in the 200 (25.97).

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Prep Report: Schweitzer leads Class 2A, No. 13 Triton Central to 17th victory of season

Hallie Schweitzer scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the third quarter when Class 2A, No. 13 Triton Central pulled away for a 52-29 win Tuesday at Perry Meridian.

The Tigers, now 17-4, led 22-13 at halftime but outscored the Falcons 19-7 in the third quarter.

Maryrose Felling finished with 15 points for Triton Central, who will attempt to clinch the Indiana Crossroads Conference title Thursday against Beech Grove (9-11, 2-4 ICC). The Tigers, 6-0 in the ICC standings, have already secured no worse than a share of the championship, but can win it outright with a victory over the Hornets to close out the regular-season schedule.

Maya Mundy led Perry Meridian (3-16) with 13 points.

In other girls basketball games Tuesday:

Brown County 73, Southwestern 47

At Brown County, freshman Ava Stogsdill scored a game-high 34 points to lead the Eagles past the Spartans

Stogsdill hit 16 field goals, all from inside the 3-point arc, and went 2-for-4 from the free-throw line.

Brown County (12-9) raced out to a 20-5 lead after one quarter and grew the lead to 36-15 by halftime.

McKinley Correll led Southwestern (5-16) with 16 points. Cy Stockdale finished with nine and Haley Casey and Tanna Tatlock each had eight.

Brown County won the junior varsity game, 44-13. Katelynn Coffman led the Spartans with eight points.

Southwestern closes out the regular-season schedule Thursday at home against Greenwood Christian (3-17).

Waldron 47, Edinburgh 23

At Waldron, the host Mohawks improved to 5-16 this season with a win on Senior Night.

Waldron built a 21-11 halftime lead and extended it to 35-13 after three quarters to get the Mid-Hoosier Conference victory.

Edinburgh dropped to 6-16 this season.

Waldron closes out its regular-season schedule Thursday at Milan (3-17).

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Morristown collects fifth-straight win with 49-20 victory over Knightstown

Raegan Kleine and Danika Rutledge combined to score 31 points and lead Morristown to its fifth-straight victory Monday.

The Yellow Jackets held Knightstown to single-digit scoring in all four quarters to secure a 49-20 win at the Bee Hive.

Morristown, now above .500 for the first time this season at 11-10, led 16-7 at halftime then outscored the Panthers 33-13 in the second half.

Kleine finished with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals.

Rutledge had 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Knightstown lost it 13th-straight game to fall to 3-19 this season.

Morristown closes out its regular-season schedule Thursday at Indianapolis Lutheran (5-15).

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IHSAA announces sectional brackets for girls basketball state tournament

The girls basketball state tournament sectional pairings are set.

On Sunday, the Indiana High School Athletic Association delivered the brackets in preparation for the 2023 state tournament that will culminate at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Feb. 25 in Indianapolis.

Here is a look at the three sectionals that feature the five Shelby County girls basketball programs.

Shelbyville Sectional

William L. Garrett Gymnasium is the host site for Class 4A, Sectional 14.

The host Golden Bears will get to watch the quarterfinal round to learn its first postseason opponent.

Franklin (14-5) will open the sectional against Columbus North (13-7) on Jan. 31. The winner will meet Whiteland (12-9) in the first semifinal on Feb. 3.

In the second quarterfinal, Columbus East (8-12) gets East Central (14-10) with the winner advancing to take on Shelbyville (13-8).

The sectional championship game is Feb. 4.

The sectional champion advances to the Bedford North Lawrence Regional to face the Sectional 13 champion on Feb. 11.

Triton Central Sectional

Class 2A, Sectional 42 features a pair of top-15 ranked squads and they will meet in the sectional opener.

No. 7 Eastern Hancock (17-3) takes on No. 15 Triton Central (16-4) on Jan. 31 with the winner advancing to the semifinal round to meet Irvington Prep (1-9).

The other semifinal features Indianapolis Scecina (11-9) and Indianapolis Riverside (2-13).

The sectional champion advances to the Southmont Regional to face the Sectional 43 champion on Feb. 11.

Southwestern Sectional

The host Spartans got the bye in the Class A, Sectional 60 tournament.

The seven-team tournament will begin Jan. 31 with Waldron (4-16) taking on Jac-Cen-Del (11-10). The winner faces Southwestern (5-15) on Feb.3  in the first semifinal game.

In quarterfinal games on Feb. 1, Oldenburg Academy (9-9) opens against South Decatur (7-12) and Morristown (10-10) battles Edinburgh (6-15).

The winners return Feb. 3 for a semifinal game.

The sectional champion travels back to Southwestern for the regional tournament to face the Sectional 58 champion on Feb. 11.

Steve Bush photo

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Prep Report: Graham leads TC to Pink Out game win over Tri-West

In her final “Pink Out” game at Triton Central, senior Lizzie Graham scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Class 2A, No. 15 Tigers to a 53-32 victory over Tri-West.

Triton Central raced out to a 20-2 lead after one quarter and rolled to their 16th win of the season, and career win No. 297 for head coach Bryan Graham.

Now in its 15th year of existence, Triton Central’s “Pink Out” game has raised more than $200,000 to help local families fight breast cancer.

Maryrose Felling finished with 14 points and Brooklyn Bailey had 10 points.

Lauren Bear led Tri-West (6-15) with 16 points.

Triton Central (16-4) travels Tuesday to Perry Meridian (3-15).

In other prep events:

Boys basketball

Greenfield-Central 65, Shelbyville 39

At Greenfield-Central Saturday, Ollie Sandman and Damon Badgley combined to hit a trio of first-quarter three-pointers but Shelbyville could not sustain enough offense to keep up with the Cougars.

Greenfield-Central (12-1, 4-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference) outscored the Golden Bears, 34-20 in the second half.

Braylon Mullins led G-C with 25 points. Dylan Moles followed with 22.

Sandman (14 points) and Badgley (13) combined for 27 points for Shelbyville (7-9, 1-4 HHC).

The Golden Bears travel to Indian Creek (9-4) Friday.

Bethesda Christian 67, Waldron 44

At Waldron Saturday, Class A, No. 3 Bethesda Christian outscored the Mohawks 19-9 in the third quarter to improve to 12-2 this season.

Bryce Yarling scored a team-high 16 points for Waldron (7-8). Lucas Mitchell finished with 11.

Waldron is at Southwestern Friday.

Indianapolis Lutheran 74, Triton Central 61

At Lutheran Saturday, visiting Triton Central got out to a 22-12 lead after one quarter but the Saints recovered for a 36-35 halftime lead and outscored the Tigers 38-26 over the final 16 minutes.

Triton Central dropped to 11-4 overall and 0-2 in the Indiana Crossroads Conference.

Class A, No. 6 Lutheran improved to 9-3 (3-1 ICC).

The Tigers travel to Indianapolis Scecina (9-5, 0-2 ICC) Friday.

North Decatur 73, Morristown 41

At Morristown Friday, the visiting Chargers started fast and stayed steady to secure the Mid-Hoosier Conference win.

North Decatur (11-4, 4-0 MHC) led 21-7 after one quarter and 40-17 by halftime.

Jameson Palmer led the Yellow Jackets (1-14, 1-4 MHC) with 13 points and three rebounds. Dakoda Lee added nine points. Chase Theobald finished with four points and six rebounds.

Morristown travels Friday to Edinburgh (9-5, 2-3 MHC).

Edinburgh 64, Southwestern 39

At Southwestern Friday, Caleb Dewey, Edinburgh’s career scoring leader, finished with a game-high 21 points to lead the Lancers (9-5, 2-3 MHC) to a road win.

Connor Ramey had 14 points and Jarrett Turner added 12 points.

Ben Kahler was the only Spartan to reach double digits with 18 points.

Southwestern (1-13, 0-3 MHC) hosts Waldron (7-8, 2-1 MHC) Friday.

Waldron 47, Hauser 38

At Waldron Friday, Lucas Mitchell scored a game-high 25 points to lead the host Mohawks to a conference win over the Jets (7-8, 2-2 MHC).

Mitchell hit 9 of 10 free throws in the final quarter to seal the win.

Ledger Gelfius led the Jets with 14 points.

Girls basketball

Shelbyville 66, Delta 31

At Delta, the visiting Golden Bears rocketed out to a 24-8 lead after one quarter and cruised to their second HHC victory of the season.

Ava Wilson scored a career-high 31 points, including 12 in the first quarter when Shelbyville (13-8, 2-5 HHC) took control.

Ellie Keller finished with 11 points. Shelbyville scoring leader Kylee Edwards did not play after suffering an ankle injury in a loss to Whiteland Wednesday.

Jillian Barr topped Delta (6-13, 1-5 HHC) with 20 points.

The Golden Bears close out their regular-season schedule at home Thursday against Hauser (9-9). The Jets are coached by former Shelbyville assistant athletic director Kyle Shipp.

Southwestern 44, Edinburgh 40

At Southwestern Friday, McKinley Correll hit 9 of 10 free throws and scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Spartans (5-15, 1-5 MHC) over a potential sectional opponent.

Gracie Crawhorn scored a team-high 18 points for the Lancers (6-15, 0-4 MHC).

Edinburgh hosts Brown County (11-9) Tuesday.

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Haas commits to upstart IUPUC soccer program

Christian Haas loves a challenge.

The Shelbyville senior made his next challenge “official” Thursday in the Golden Bear Room at Shelbyville High School when he signed his letter of intent to play college soccer at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus.

Haas is the second Golden Bear to commit to the upstart program at IUPUC. He will join Al Hernandez as freshmen this fall in the inaugural season in Columbus, Indiana.

Shelbyville soccer coach Ben Purvis opened the signing ceremony with a story of his first encounter with Haas as a freshman.

“Right before his freshman year, Christian shows up and immediately wants to take on some of our seniors one on one,” said Purvis. “It did not go well for Christian but, to me, it showed he was never willing to back down. Immediately after they went one on one, he came out and said, ‘How do I get better next time? How do I go against them next time?’

“He wasn’t afraid of the challenge. He wasn’t going to back down to somebody who was a senior going into a big campaign. To me, that showed the mentality Christian had and he continued to do that for all four years.”

Haas, who will major in Physical Education, will need that confidence to help IUPUC grow its program.

“I am thankful IUPUC made me an offer and stuck around while I was making my decision. I feel like with the emerging program that is happening out there, with our new coach, I feel like he will put this program in some of the best shape it will ever be in,” said Haas. “And to be a part of a first-year program, the talent is already coming in from other areas of the Midwest. I think it will be special this year.”

Haas was a varsity contributor at Shelbyville from his sophomore year on. He totaled 23 goals and five assists and hopes to continue to be a consistent offensive threat at the next level.



“Always growing up, I was wanting to fight for a spot,” said Haas. “For IUPUC, it felt like a club team or a high school team, with guys my age that I can compete with … we’ve all been picked for certain talents. These are guys I will be able to build relationships with and grow my skills and their skills on and off the field. This just feels right.”

Haas is the son of Christina Raynor and Jody Haas. His parents, several more family members and Golden Bear teammates were present Thursday to honor the accomplishment.

Haas can now finish his last few months of high school and prepare for graduation before the reality sets in of being a freshman all over again – this time at the collegiate level.

“I think we will all be freshmen, none of us will have the senior class authority,” said Haas of being at IUPUC, where the soccer roster will be a combination of high school graduates from the Class of 2023 and college transfers. “I think that is something that will probably set us apart. We all are able to relate to the same thing. I think that’s a good thing.”

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Prep Report: Rutledge leads Morristown to MHC win over Hauser

It took most of the season for Morristown to get to win No. 10.

A preseason top-15 ranked squad, the Yellow Jackets opened the season 0-6 as they dealt with a variety of issues affecting the roster.

On Thursday, Morristown put together a complete performance to defeat Hauser, 48-35, and improve to 10-10 this season.

Danika Rutledge hit 10 of 18 shots from the field to lead the Yellow Jackets with 21 points. The sophomore also grabbed 11 rebounds and had two assists and four steals.

Raegan Kleine finished with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals and Alexia Rogers hit a trio of three-pointers to finish with nine points.

The loss for the Jets (9-9) was their first against a Mid-Hoosier Conference opponent this season.

North Decatur (15-5) currently leads the MHC standings with a 4-0 mark. Hauser dropped to 4-1 and Morristown and South Decatur are each 4-2.

The Yellow Jackets will attempt to get above .500 Monday when they host Knightstown (3-17).

In other prep events Thursday:

Girls basketball

New Palestine 70, Waldron 39

At Waldron, the visiting Dragons (9-10) scored 28 points in the second quarter to pull away from the Mohawks (4-16).

Isabella Gizzi, New Palestine’s career scoring leader, led the Dragons with 26 points. Allie Blum, a University of Kentucky softball commit, finished with 15.

Alivia Fischer topped Waldron with 15 points. Alyssa Benson had nine points and Emerson Lindsey finished with seven.

Waldron hosts Edinburgh (6-14) Tuesday.

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Red Cross teams with NFL to increase blood donations

As National Blood Donor Month continues this January, the American Red Cross celebrates those who give blood and platelets to help save lives − especially now, as we work to ensure a stable blood supply amid the threat of icy winter weather and severe seasonal illness. Donors of all blood types – particularly type O blood donors, the most needed blood group by hospitals – and platelet donors are needed daily to meet demand.

The start of the new year is one of the most challenging times to collect enough blood products, despite the constant demand. One in seven patients entering a hospital will need a blood transfusion – yet only 3% of the public gives blood.

Don’t wait until there’s a crisis to donate. To book a time to give blood, visit, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

In partnership with the National Football League (NFL), those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma through Jan. 31, will be automatically entered to win a trip for two to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona*, including access to day-of, in-stadium pre-game activities, tickets to the official Super Bowl Experience, round-trip airfare to Phoenix, three-night hotel accommodations (Feb. 10-13), plus a $500 gift card for expenses.  

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.


Amplify your impact − volunteer! 

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience. 

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, visit



Collegiate Update: Langkabel helps Marian avenge earlier loss to St. Francis

Hayden Langkabel scored 15 points, pulled down seven rebounds and handed out two assists Wednesday for Marian in an 80-69 win at St. Francis (Ind.).

The win avenged a recent loss to St. Francis and improved the Knights to 16-4 this season and 6-4 against Crossroads League opponents.

On Saturday, Langkabel, a Morristown graduate, had 15 points, two rebounds and two steals in Marian’s 87-77 victory at Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

Here is a look at other Shelby County graduates competing at the collegiate level.



Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate had four points and one rebound Sunday for Loyola in a 63-34 loss at Rhode Island.

The Ramblers dropped to 6-12 this season and 1-4 in the Atlantic 10 standings.



Kyle Crim

The Morristown graduate was in the Hanover starting lineup Saturday against Manchester and scored three points, grabbed three rebounds and had three assists in a 76-75 loss.

On Wednesday, Crim had two points, three rebounds and one steal in Hanover’s 76-70 win over Transylvania.

The Panthers are 9-7 this season and 5-4 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference games.



Taylor Heath

The Triton Central graduate finished with two points, one rebound, five assists and two steals for Hanover Wednesday in a 69-44 loss to No. 2 Transylvania (17-0, 9-0 HCAC).

On Saturday, Heath collected seven points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in Hanover’s 73-53 victory over Manchester.

The Panthers are 10-5 overall and 7-1 in the HCAC standings.



Drake Moore

The Morristown graduate scored 17 points Saturday and added three rebounds, five assists and three steals to his stat line in Oakland City’s 61-51 win at Carlow University.

Two days earlier, Moore had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in an 84-65 loss at Point Park University.

Oakland City is 8-11 this season.



Bella Larrison

The Waldron graduate had two points and two rebounds Wednesday in Anderson’s 90-76 win at Miami-Hamilton.

Larrison finished with eight points and two rebounds Saturday in an 89-63 loss at Transylvania.

The Ravens are 10-6 this season.



Cameron Baker

The Shelbyville graduate finished runner-up in the one-meter diving competition and the three-meter event for Franklin College Saturday in a dual swim meet against DePauw.

Baker scored 265.95 points in the one-meter competition and 235.12 points in the three-meter event.

Franklin defeated DePauw, 165-129, to secure it first head-to-head win over DePauw.



Taylor Tatlock

The Southwestern graduate finished third in the women’s weight throw competition Saturday at the Robert H. Johnson Invite at Wabash College.

Tatlock’s best throw for Franklin College was 39 feet, 10.5 inches.



Alison Muck

The Southwestern graduate placed fourth in the 200 meters (29.25 seconds) and won both the 60-meter hurdles (9.84) and the high jump (4-10.5) for Franklin College in the Robert H. Johnson Invitational.



Michael Fox

The Shelbyville graduate finished 12th in the one-mile run for Manchester Friday in the Friday Night Spikes Opener at Rose-Hulman.

Fox crossed the finish line in 5:01.31.



Konrad Dorsey

The Shelbyville graduate finished 51st in the 60 meters (7.73) and 47th in the 200 (25.17) for Trine Saturday in Angola, Indiana, at the Sean Brady Alumni Invitational.



Jacob Batten

The Morristown graduate placed 21st in the 800 (2:15.76) for Trine Saturday in the Sean Brady Alumni Invitational.



Madisen Hinderliter

The Shelbyville graduate placed 17th in the women's weight throw (41-3) for Trine Saturday in the Sean Brady Alumni Invitational hosted by Trine University.



Kilikina Schultz

The Shelbyville graduate finished seventh in the 60-meter hurdles (10.59) and 14th in the 200 (29.95) for Muskingum University Saturday in the school’s first ever indoor track and field meet at the Bullock Health and Wellness Complex in New Concord, Ohio.

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Girls basketball state tournament pairings show to air Sunday

The Indiana High School Athletic Association will broadcast the 48th Annual IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament Pairings Show Sunday at 5 p.m.

The two-hour show will be hosted by Bob Lovell and Greg Rakestraw and streamed exclusively on

Complete pairings will be available at following the broadcast.

 Class 4A, Sectional 14

William L. Garrett Gymnasium at Shelbyville High School will be the host site for the 2023 girls basketball sectional.

The host Golden Bears (12-8) will compete against Franklin (12-5), Whiteland (12-8), East Central (14-9), Columbus East (12-7) and Columbus North (12-8).

Class 2A, Sectional 42

Class 2A, No. 15 Triton Central is the host school for this five-team sectional.

The host Tigers (15-4) will battle for a sectional championship with 2A No. 7 Eastern Hancock (16-3), Irvington Prep (1-8), Indianapolis Riverside (2-12) and Indianapolis Scecina (10-9).

Class A, Sectional 60

Seven teams will vie for a sectional title at Southwestern High School.

Joining the host Spartans (4-15) are Jac-Cen-Del (10-10), Morristown (9-10), South Decatur (7-11), Oldenburg Academy (9-8), Waldron (4-15) and Edinburgh (6-14).

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Late run propels Whiteland over Shelbyville

Whiteland used a 25-8 run over the final two quarters to top Shelbyville, 58-55, Wednesday.

The Golden Bears (12-8) led 28-25 at halftime but struggled offensively after the program’s career scoring leader, Kylee Edwards, injured her ankle late in the third quarter and left the game.

Sukhman Bains made a near half-court three-pointer just before the buzzer to end the third quarter and the Warriors (12-8) outscored Shelbyville 18-8 over the final eight minutes.

For Bains, it was her only points of the game. Gwen Higdon finished with 19 points. Carly VonDielingen had 18.

The Warriors made six 3s in the game – three in the final quarter to secure the program’s first winning season since 2019.

Ava Wilson led Shelbyville with 21 points. Abby Brenner had 14 – 11 in the second half.

Edwards finished with 13 points, all scored in the first half.

Shelbyville closes out its Hoosier Heritage Conference schedule Saturday at Delta (6-11).

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Shelbyville tops Franklin Central for third-straight win

With its leading scorer in foul trouble early, Shelbyville teetered on the brink of being left behind by a one-win Franklin Central squad.

On Tuesday at William L. Garrett Gymnasium, Shelbyville rallied from an early 10-point deficit, built a 7-point lead of its own then had to hold off a furious rally from the Flashes to secure a 60-57 victory.

The Golden Bears have won three games in a row for the first time in nearly a year to improve to 7-8 this season. Franklin Central fell to 1-11.

“This is fun. This is fun,” said Shelbyville head coach John Hartnett. “It’s fun seeing our guys happy. It’s fun seeing them come together. The past three games, even four with the Greensburg game, they have been playing together and that’s the most important part that this group needs to get. They need to play and stick together regardless of what happens. They are a very tough team when they are together.”

Franklin Central was a dangerous team despite its ugly win-loss record accumulated by playing the toughest schedule in the state. And when Ollie Sandman (17.2 ppg) went to the Shelbyville bench with three fouls with 2:56 left in the first quarter, the Flashes found themselves opening up a lead.

With four made three-pointers in the opening quarter, Franklin Central led 18-15 at the first break. That advantage grew to 25-15 early in the second quarter and Sandman had to return to the floor.

“We were thinking on the scoring side,” said Harnett of returning Sandman to the floor with three fouls. “We switched to a zone to try and limit him picking up any sort of foul but we were thinking on the scoring end, trying to put some points on the board and hang around with this team.”

Damon Badgley, who hit the game-winning shot Saturday afternoon at Pendleton Heights, scored nine points in the first quarter to keep Shelbyville close. The sophomore hit a pair of free throws to end Franklin Central’s 7-0 run in the second quarter.

Aidan Asher followed with a corner 3 and Jackson Parker was fouled and hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 28-22.

Badgley added a corner 3 of his own with 44 seconds left in the first half and Parker heaved a quick 3 after a mad scramble that went in as the horn sounded to give the Golden Bears’ momentum and just a two-point deficit at halftime.

The two teams traded the lead throughout the third quarter before Sandman connected on back-to-back 3s late to give the Golden Bears a 44-37 lead at the break.

The Flashes got hot again from behind the 3-point arc and scored eight straight points to take a 48-47 lead just past the mid-point of the fourth quarter.

The two teams traded baskets again before Badgley drove to the rim, scored and was fouled. He hit the free throw to give his team a 52-50 lead it would not relinquish.

Joshua Moriarty made his fifth 3 of the game to cut into Shelbyville’s lead then scored on a reverse layin with 13 seconds left to make it 58-57.

Asher was immediately fouled and calmly sank two free throws to set the final score.

“When Aidan Asher is confident, he is a big, big contributor to our team,” said Hartnett. “He knows as a senior this is his last go around. We are trying to see what all we can get out of him. We got a lot out of him in the summer and we were testing him earlier in the season. He is earning these minutes every single chance he can get. Tonight, he really showed he is a part of this ball team and he will be needed to get this done.”

Franklin Central missed two contested 3s in the final seconds.

The Flashes shot 47% from the field and hit 10 of 23 3s (43%). Moriarty finished with a team-high 19 points. Dhani Flannigan had 10 points, six rebounds and two assists.

Badgley led Shelbyville with 21 points. Sandman finished with 14. Luke Brinkman and Asher each had nine points.

Franklin Central won the junior varsity game 40-35. Brody Runnebohm led Shelbyville with 12 points.

The Golden Bears are at Greenfield-Central (11-1) Saturday night.


Shelbyville 60, Franklin Central 57

FC – Moriarty 7-12 0-0 19, Hoover 1-5 0-0 3, Flannigan 4-12 0-0 10, Crockett 1-5 0-2 2, Tiwana 2-4 1-1 5, Helm 4-6 0-0 8, Hazelett III 2-3 0-0 6, Nicholson 2-2 0-2 4. Totals: 23-49 1-5 57.

SH – Sandman 4-11 3-3 14, Badgley 5-12 8-8 21, Brinkman 3-3 1-2 9, Parker 1-2 2-2 5, Claxton 0-2 2-3 2, Lambert 0-2 0-2 0, Asher 3-4 2-2 9. Totals: 16-36 18-22 60.


FC (1-11)  18  12    7  20  -- 57

SH (7-8)    15  13  16  16  --  60

Three-point field goals: FC 10-23 (Moriarty 5-9, Hoover 1-3, Flannigan 2-7, Crockett 0-2, Hazelett III 2-2), SH 10-20 (Sandman 3-6, Badgley 3-7, Brinkman 2-2, Parker 1-2, Claxton 0-1, Asher 1-2). Rebounds: FC 21 (Moriarty 2, Hoover 1, Flannigan 6, Crockett 1, Tiwana 4, Helm 4, Hazelett III 2, Nicholson 1), SH 19 (Sandman 2, Badgley 3, Brinkman 5, Parker 4, Claxton 2, Lambert 1, Asher 2). Assists: FC 16 (Moriarty 3, Hoover 7, Flannigan 2, Crockett 2, Helm 1, Nicholson 1), SH 9 (Badgley 1, Brinkman 2, Parker 4, Claxton 1, Lambert 1). Steals: FC 1 (Nicholson 1), SH 1 (Claxton 1). Blocks: GC 3 (Helm 1, Hazelett III 1, Nicholson 1), SH 2 (Sandman 1, Parker 1). Total fouls: FC 23, SH 13. Turnovers: FC 9, SH 13.


Franklin Central 40, Shelbyville 35

FC – Naessens 11, DePalma 10, Moore 6, Back 6, Thompson 5, Smith 2.

SH – Runnebohm 12, Reed 8, West 8, Myers 6.


FC  7  13  10  10  --  40

SH  3  10    9  13  --  35


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