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Hamilton, Gonzalez-Gallego score event wins for SHS swimming at Greenwood

Shelbyville High School senior Karissa Hamilton is chasing one more IHSAA swimming state finals berth.

On Tuesday at Greenwood, Hamilton collected her 13th win this season in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall first in 25.28 seconds.

Hamilton also had a runner-up finish in the 100 freestyle (56.78) and she teamed with Miriam Garringer, Madison Monroe and Marlee Rice for a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:52.03).

Garringer also had a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle in 2:11.83.

Greenwood won the girls meet, 130-42.

In the boys meet, Juan Gonzalez-Gallego delivered Shelbyville’s only event win. He finished first in the 500 freestyle in 5:21.22. He also produced a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.14), missing out on the win by .88 seconds.

Tyler Harker had runner-up performances in the 200 individual medley (2:15.21) and 100 freestyle (53.97).

The Golden Bears opened the meet with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Will Rife, Tristin Maloney, Harker and Gonzalez-Gallego finished in 1:54.12.

An in the meet’s final race, the 400 freestyle relay, Harker, Rife and Gonzalez-Gallego teamed with Michael Fox for a runner-up finish in 3:43.61.

Greenwood won the boys meet, 115-54.

Shelbyville hosts Greenfield-Central Thursday.

Collegiate Update: Heath, Hanover collect pair of HCAC victories

Taylor Heath scored eight points and had four rebounds, four assists and two steals Saturday for Hanover College in a 72-47 win over Manchester.

The win improved the Panthers to 7-5 this season and 4-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) contests.



On Jan. 12, Heath, a Triton Central graduate, scored 10 points and added one rebound, one assist and two steals to help Hanover win at Franklin, 65-59.

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



Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate finished with 10 points, one rebound and three assists Saturday in Loyola’s 68-50 loss at Illinois State.

The loss dropped the Ramblers to 10-7 this season and 2-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC).

On Thursday, Chandler hit a career high five three-pointers and scored 19 points to lead Loyola to a 48-41 win at Bradley. She also had five rebounds, three assists and one steal.



Rylie Stephens

The Triton Central graduate had two points Tuesday in Evansville’s 69-51 loss at Indiana State.

The Purple Aces dropped to 7-8 this season and 1-3 in the MVC.



Hayden Langkabel

The Morristown graduate scored 17 points and added four rebounds, one steal and one block Tuesday in Marian’s 82-76 win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

The Knights improved to 14-3 (6-3 Crossroads League).

On Saturday, Langkabel had five points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and one block in Marian’s 77-58 win at Spring Arbor.



Dalen Williams

The Waldron graduate finished fourth in the shot put competition for Franklin College Friday in the Robert H. Johnson Invitational at Wabash College.

Williams’ best throw in the finals was 12.18 meters.

Madisen Hinderliter

The Shelbyville graduate finished eighth in the weight throw competition for St. Francis (Ind.) in the Sean Brady Alumni Invitational Saturday at Trine University.

Hinderliter’s best throw was 12.15 meters.



Kenneth Gipson

The Triton Central graduate placed ninth in the shot put and 12th in the weight throw for Rose-Hulman Friday in the Friday Night Spikes Opener hosted by Rose-Hulman.

Gipson’s best throws were 35 feet, five inches in the shot put and 33-3 in the weight throw.

Prep Report: Southwestern secures road win against Indianapolis Herron

Southwestern raced out to a 38-9 halftime advantage and rolled to a 53-16 victory Tuesday night against Indianapolis Herron.

Seven different players scored leading to Southwestern’s largest margin of victory this season.

Lilly Rooks scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in the first half to lead Southwestern (9-10).

Lily Kerber finished with 11 points and Alison Muck had nine.

Southwestern led 18-7 at the end of the first quarter and built that into a 29-point halftime lead. The Spartans outscored the Achaeans 11-7 in the third quarter and held them scoreless over the final eight minutes.

London Love led Herron (4-12) with 14 points.

Southwestern returns to the court Monday at Indiana Deaf (6-9).

In another girls basketball game Tuesday:

Greenwood Christian 49, Morristown 40

At Greenwood Christian, Morristown freshman Nevaeh Sanders scored a career-high 23 points but it was not enough to get the Yellow Jackets past the Cougars.

Sanders also had three rebounds and four steals in the loss.



Raegan Kleine had 12 points, two rebounds and three steals for Morristown (9-9).

Greenwood Christian (10-9) trailed 22-20 at halftime but outscored the Yellow Jackets 29-18 in the second half to secure the win.

Morristown travels to Hauser (9-9) on Thursday for a Mid-Hoosier Conference game.

Two new top-ranked teams in Associated Press boys basketball poll

North Daviess, Central Noble, NorthWood and Chesterton are the No. 1 ranked teams in this week’s Associated Press boys basketball poll.

North Daviess (13-1) remained No. 1 in Class A while Gary 21st Century (10-2) jumped two spots to No. 2. Edinburgh (11-1) dropped one spot to No. 3 with Bloomfield (12-2), Barr-Reeve (9-6), Loogootee (11-4), Triton (8-2), Lutheran (9-2), Tindley (8-4) and Argos (10-2) rounding out the top 10.

Still unbeaten Central Noble (15-0) stayed on top of the Class 2A poll with Linton-Stockton (14-1), Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (12-1), Monroe Central (11-0), Carroll (Flora) (11-0), Eastside (14-1), Lake Station (11-0), Southmont (10-1), Clinton Prairie (12-2) and South Spencer (10-2) in pursuit.

NorthWood (14-1) rose two spots to the No. 1 position in Class 3A. John Glenn (13-0) also climbed two spots to No. 2 with Mishawaka Marian (11-2), Brebeuf (10-3), Chatard (13-0), Leo (8-2), Sullivan (12-1), Brownstown Central (10-2), New Castle (10-2) and Peru (11-1) completing the top 10.

Chesterton (13-0) remained unbeaten for another week and ascended to the No. 1 ranking in Class 4A.

Carmel (10-3) is No. 2 ahead of Fishers (13-2), Zionsville (9-2), Valparaiso (13-2), Westfield (10-3), Tech (13-2), Penn (11-1), North Central (10-3) and Ben Davis (11-4).

Shircliff signs with Goshen College to play baseball

One of Triton Central baseball’s best offensive weapons is headed to Goshen College.

On Friday, infielder Aaron Shircliff signed his paperwork to seal his commitment to play baseball at Goshen College in northern Indiana.

“I feel great. I am very happy it’s over,” said Shircliff of the recruiting process and signing day. “I’m happy it happened but it was a stressful process.”

Shircliff (photo with parents, Jeromy and Michelle Shircliff, and brother, Mathew) is a versatile player that has focused on playing third base and second base for Goshen.

“I want to play third base at college but at the (Goshen) camp I played second base mostly,” he said. “I am assuming that might be where I am at, we will just have to wait and see.”

Shircliff has been playing baseball for two-thirds of his life and dove in deeply to the recruiting process once he reached high school.

“I got into (recruiting) my freshman year but it really took off the end of last year at the end of my travel ball season after high school,” said Shircliff. “That’s when I started getting tons of looks and going to camps.”



Statistically, Goshen did not stand out to Shircliff. The Maple Leafs finished the 2021 season with a 3-34 record. He was encouraged to attend a camp on campus and do his own due diligence on the program.

“We know you see our record from last year but don’t worry about that,” said Shircliff of his communication with the Goshen coaching staff. “They showed me their training facility and what they do and how they practice. It’s going to be a nice college for me. I am excited.”

Shircliff intends to major in Kinesiology.

Now that his next step is finalized, Shircliff can focus on one last season with Triton Central.

“I hope we have over a .500 season,” he said. “Last year, we were a little rough. We started out slow. It was not as good as we wanted. This year, I hope we start off hot and keep playing well and win a sectional championship.”

Shircliff also wants to leave his name on the baseball program’s record board. With another stellar season, he can break the career batting average mark and he was close to the single season runs batted in record in 2021 when the Tigers finished 15-14.

Then, when the baseball season ends and graduation is complete, Shircliff officially becomes a freshman once again.

“I don’t know … being a freshman here was awful,” said Shircliff when asked if he was ready to start over. “It will be different there. It’s a different place. It’s a different lifestyle. It will be an experience. I am excited for it.”

Shelbyville tops Morristown in gymnastics

Shelby County’s two gymnastics programs went head-to-head Monday at Girls Inc. in Shelbyville.

The host Golden Bears prevailed over Morristown, 89.625-84.65.

Shelbyville's Kaliyah Brown (photo, top of podium for all-around place finishers) won three events and the all-around competition. She placed first in the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise.

Oakleigh Goedde, a Morristown junior, won the balance beam event and finished runner-up in the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise to secure a second-place finish in the all-around competition.

Shelbyville's Renee Aldridge finished third in the all-around bolstered by third-place finishes in the uneven bars and floor exercise and a fourth-place finish on the balance beam.

Morristown’s Allison Batten, a senior, finished fourth in the vault and uneven bars and fifth in the floor exercise to place fourth in the all-around.

Shelbyville's Faye-Lynn Voss was fifth in the all-around after placing third in vault, fourth in floor exercise and fifth on the uneven bars.

Also for Morristown, Cheyenne Shrum was fifth in the vault and Kaelee Trittipo was fifth on the balance beam.

Shelbyville will host Seymour Thursday while Morristown returns to competition on Jan. 25 against New Palestine and Scecina.

Southwestern announces fifth annual Hall of Fame class

The Southwestern High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four new members on Jan. 29.

The fifth induction class includes David Hamilton, Kenneth “Butch” Gorrell Jr., Bryce Rowe and Derrick Smith.

Hamilton is a 1991 graduate that excelled on the basketball court and baseball field at Southwestern. Hamilton played for what is still Southwestern’s highest scoring basketball team at 83.9 ppg.

During his senior year, Hamilton scored 489 points (23.3 ppg) – third most in a single season in school history. He ended his career with 1,198 points and is one of just six players to surpass 1,000 career points.



He graduated with the most made three-pointers in program history. That record was broken in 2002.

In his final two seasons, Hamilton helped the Spartans win back-to-back conference championships.

Hamilton was an All-Conference baseball player during his three-year career. An injury forced him to switch to golf his senior season and he helped Southwestern capture its first Shelby County Tournament title.

Gorrell Jr. was Southwestern’s first state finalist in school history in 1963 when he competed in the 200-yard dash at the track and field state championship meet. He was a four-sport athlete playing basketball, baseball, and running track and cross country.

Gorrell Jr. set six track and field records (long jump, 100-yard dash, 200, 440, 1600 and the 880 relay with Morris Emerick, Larry Williams and Jerry Petro) and his 200 time of 22.20 still stands today as the program’s best.



Gorrell Jr. is one of 11 state finalists in school history, and was the lone state finalist up until 1983.

He was part of the school’s first Shelby County Cross Country Meet champions in 1962.

Gorrell Jr. scored 251 career points as a member of the basketball team. He won the all sports award three times.

Gorrell Jr. went on to attend Ball State University where he set track and field records, including the Little State 100 yard dash record.

He went on to become a school teacher and officiate high school and college basketball games. He worked 13 sectionals, 11 regionals, eight semistates and three state finals in his career and received the 2016 Center Circle Officials Award from the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Rowe won two sectional titles and three county tourney titles in basketball and tennis.

As a freshman, he scored 240 points, which was second most in school history. He set the program record for a junior with 486 points.

And when his career ended, Rowe landed second on the basketball program’s career scoring list with 1,452 points. He also was fifth all-time in 3s with 129.



In addition, Rowe set records for career made free throws with 424 and points scored in a game when he tallied 46 against Eastern Hancock on Dec. 4, 2015.

On the tennis court, Rowe helped the Spartans win three county tourney titles and the program’s first conference championship.

Smith was part of Southwestern’s most successful basketball program in school history.

In 2003, Smith helped the Spartans win sectional, regional and semistate championships to put the program into the Class A state championship game. Although the Spartans did not win the state title, Smith was bestowed the Trester Award, given to a state finals participant who excelled in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and basketball ability.



A four-year starter at point guard, Smith holds the record for most assists in a season (120) and a career (379). He was selected All-Conference three times.

With 670 career points, Smith sits at 25th all-time for the program and he is 17th in 3s made with 68.

Smith also played tennis for three years at Southwestern and graduated as the school’s salutatorian in 2003.

The Southwestern Hall of Fame currently has 15 members: Ray Hamilton, Jeremy Wright, Russell Swift, Ryan Rooks, Delena White, JeannAnna (Gore) Yarling, Marty Echelbarger, William Golden, Travis Kuhn, Rick Parmer Jr., Josh Mohr, Don and Naomi Fuchs, Annie Thomas and Oda Shackelford.

The Hall of Fame will add four new members on Jan. 29 when Southwestern hosts Herron for boys junior varsity and varsity basketball games.

Waldron rises again to No. 1 in Class A girls basketball poll

A win over a top 10 team in Class 2A has vaulted Waldron back to the top of the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association’s Class A basketball poll.

Waldron defeated 2A No. 9 Eastern Hancock 55-44 Saturday to improve to 18-1 this season. That victory propelled the Mohawks over Lanesville, who was ranked No. 1 for the last two weeks.

Waldron and Lanesville (20-1) are No. 1 and No. 2 in Class A ahead of Lafayette Central Catholic (15-4), Blue River (16-2), Jac-Cen-Del (14-5), Tecumseh (11-7), Vincennes Rivet (15-4), Trinity Lutheran (12-6), Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (14-6) and Northeast Dubois (12-4).

Despite losing three of its last four games, Triton Central (15-4) remains in the top 10 in the Class 2A poll.

Unbeaten South Central (Union Mills) (19-0) is No. 1 in 2A ahead of Winchester (17-1), Eastbrook (14-2), Tipton (16-3), University (15-2), Forest Park (15-3), Fairfield (15-2), Triton Central, Frankton (14-4) and Cascade (15-3).

Eastern Hancock (13-4) is No. 11 in this week’s poll.

South Bend Washington (19-2) continues its reign atop the Class 3A poll.

Garrett (20-1) is No. 2 followed by Benton Central (21-0), Silver Creek (18-1), Jay County (16-2), Hamilton Heights (15-4), Norwell (15-4), Washington (17-3), Mishawaka Marian (15-5) and Twin Lakes (16-4).

Homestead (17-1) continues as No. 1 in Class 4A ahead of Franklin (19-1), Crown Point (16-2), Bedford North Lawrence (17-2), Westfield (16-3), Noblesville (15-4), North Central (16-5), Fishers (14-4), Zionsville (15-5) and Columbus East (15-3).

Shelbyville lets Pendleton Heights run away with 81-69 victory

An undersized Shelbyville squad has scrapped for nearly everything it has gotten this season. The underlying belief being a lack of effort would lead to lopsided losses.

On Saturday night at William L. Garrett Gymnasium, the Golden Bears’ lackluster performance led to one of those losses.

Pendleton Heights raced out to a 12-0 lead, pushed the lead to nearly 20 points by halftime and cruised to an 81-69 Hoosier Heritage Conference win.

The young Arabians squad shot 68% from the field to improve to 3-10 this season and 1-2 against HHC foes.

“Our defensive end really hurt us tonight,” said Shelbyville head coach John Hartnett Jr. “We were playing ‘Ole’ defense when guys would drive down the lane. We would get out of the way because we were scared of contact. We need to start being a tougher team and stepping over into those driving lanes and take some charges.

“Our defense was very poor tonight and that is something we stressed on after the game and what we will be stressing on going into next week.”

Pendleton Heights senior Jamison Dunham connected on four three-pointers in the first half and sophomore Josiah Gustin had 12 points to push the Arabians to a 39-20 lead. Gustin entered the game averaging 9 ppg.

After hitting just eight field goals in the first half, Shelbyville made eight in the third quarter but was still outscored 25-19 to fall behind 64-39 to a team averaging 51 ppg.

After scoring just five points in the first half, Shelbyville’s leading scorer Ollie Sandman heated up, scoring seven in the third quarter and 15 over the final eight minutes for a game-high 27 points.



Jakob Heaton finished with 13 points and Jackson Parker added 10 as the Golden Bears scored 30 points in the final quarter to cut the final deficit to 12.

Dunham had 25 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the arc. The younger brother of former Butler University standout Kellen Dunham came into the game averaging 19 ppg.

“He is a very good player,” said Hartnett Jr. “That is no surprise. The kid lives and breathes basketball. I’ve watched him over the last four years and it’s no magic. He has worked at it. He’s been in the gym in the offseason.

“What I was disappointed in is how many open looks he got in the first half. He easily got four or five open looks and had 18 points and we were down by 19.”

Gustin finished with 18 points while Brayden Kanitz had 14 and Ethan Ross added 11.

Prior to the start of the game, Shelbyville honored the Oldham family (photo) following the recent death of Shelbyville graduate Gary Oldham Jr.

T-shirts with Oldham’s soccer number 19 were sold to help raise funds for the family.

Oldham Jr. was 30 years old.

“If there is one thing I want to take away from this night is the honor and respect we gave Gary before the game,” said Hartnett Jr. “That was the most important thing. It’s never easy losing a classmate and a friend.”

Pendleton Heights won the junior varsity game, 62-59.

Kohen Myers led the Golden Bears with 18 points. Gaige Runnebohm had 14.

Shelbyville travels to Franklin Central (3-7) Wednesday for a potential Sectional 13 preview.

“Franklin Central is very tough,” said Hartnett Jr. “I keep telling the guys this doesn’t get any easier. It’s a (Class) 4A basketball schedule. Obviously we are young and we lack strength and size but we can’t back down from anyone.”

The Golden Bears will close the week back at Garrett Gymnasium Saturday to face Greenfield-Central (4-6).


Pendleton Heights 81, Shelbyville 69

PH: Dunham 10-16 0-0 25, Candiano 1-3 1-2 3, Kanitz 3-3 7-10 14, Ross 3-6 6-7 11, Gustin 7-9 4-5 18, Cookston 0-0 0-0 0, Sims 0-0 0-0 0, Souders 2-2 2-3 6, Caplinger 1-1 0-0 2, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0. Cook 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 28-41 20-27 81.

SH: Sandman 8-14 5-5 27, Brinkman 2-7 1-3 5, Parker 4-7 0-0 10, Heaton 5-12 2-2 13, Smothers 3-7 0-0 8, Macaluso 2-4 0-0 4, Asher 0-1 0-0 0, Lambert 1-2 0-0 2, Badgley 0-0 0-0 0, Runnebohm 0-0 0-0 0, Chappelow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-54 9-11 69.


PH (3-10)  17  22  25  17  --  81

SH (2-9)       9  11  19  30  --  69

Three-point field goals: PH 6-9 (Dunham 5-7, Kanitz 1-1, Ross 0-1), SH 10-23 (Sandman 5-9, Brinkman 0-1, Parker 2-4, Heaton 1-4, Smothers 2-4, Macaluso 0-1). Rebounds: PH 23 (Dunham 5, Candiano 3, Kanitz 5, Ross 4, Gustin 4, Caplinger 2), SH 17 (Sandman 3, Parker 3, Heaton 1, Smothers 6, Macaluso 2, Lambert 2). Assists: PH 11 (Dunham 3, Kanitz 2, Ross 3, Gustin 1, Souders 2), SH 6 (Sandman 2, Heaton 3, Macaluso 1). Steals: PH 2 (Gustin 2), SH 3 (Sandman 1, Parker 1, Heaton 1). Blocks: PH 4 (Ross 1, Gustin 3), SH 1 (Sandman 1). Total fouls: PH 15, SH 19. Fouled out: Asher (SH). Turnovers: PH 13, SH 12.

Morristown gymnastics finishes seventh at Franklin Central Invitational

Morristown’s gymnastics team continued to show improvement with a strong finish Saturday at the Franklin Central Invitational.

The nine-team meet was won by Bloomington North with 106.75 points. Angola was a close second at 106.2. Roncalli finished third at 102.5

Completing the field were Martinsville (98.95), Bloomington South (97.15), Lapel (93.8), Morristown (82.35), Fishers (76.85) and Frankton (35.6).

No Morristown gymnast placed in the four individual events or the all-around competition.

Morristown will travel to Shelbyville tonight for a head-to-head meet at Girls Inc. at 6 p.m.

Prep Report: Johnson breaks Decatur County scoring record in win over Southwestern

South Decatur senior Hunter Johnson had a night to remember Saturday against the Southwestern Spartans.

Johnson (photo) scored a career-high 53 points to set both the boys basketball program record for a single game and break the Decatur County record in his team’s 79-67 win over visiting Southwestern (4-8, 1-1 Mid-Hoosier Conference).

Johnson made seven three-pointers and was 12-of-13 from the free-throw line to lead his team. He also had 12 rebounds and four assists.

He scored 16 points in the first quarter as the Cougars (7-7, 2-1 MHC) built a 21-12 lead. Johnson added three 3s in the second quarter and the lead grew to 42-28 behind Johnson’s 25 points.

Johnson scored 11 in the third quarter but the Spartans wouldn’t go away, outscoring the Cougars 22-16 to cut the lead to 58-50.

Seventeen more points came in the fourth quarter before the Spartans and their dynamic duo of scorers were finally vanquished.

With the 53 points, Johnson improved his scoring average to 33.5 points per game. The previous Decatur County single-game record was 52 points set by Dale Muckerheide while playing for Clarksburg against Cross Plains on Feb. 8, 1966.

Jordan Jones hit eight 3s on the way to 30 points for Southwestern. Aiden Hartsell finished with 27 points.

The Spartans continue their MHC schedule Friday at Class A, No. 2 Edinburgh (11-1, 3-0 MHC).

In other boys basketball games:

Jac-Cen-Del 90, Waldron 64

At Waldron Saturday, the Class A, No. 7 Eagles had too much scoring balance for the Mohawks.

Five different Jac-Cen-Del players reached double digits, led by Caleb Simon’s 25 points. Wyatt Day finished with 16. Devin Grieshop had 15 while Justin Swinney and Matt Dickman each finished with 10.

The Eagles (8-3) led 21-15 after one quarter and 46-28 at halftime.



Waldron scored 23 third-quarter points but were still outscored 26-23 by the Eagles, a potential Sectional 60 opponent in the postseason.

Bryce Yarling led Waldron (7-5) with 25 points. Lucas Mitchell had 23.

Waldron travels to Hauser (6-7, 1-2 MHC) Friday for a conference contest.

Triton Central 49, Milan 33

At Milan Saturday, the visiting Tigers opened up a 19-13 halftime advantage then outscored the Indians, 30-20, in the second half to keep Milan (0-12) winless this season.



Josh Kemper and Josiah Blair each scored 13 points to lead Triton Central (7-7). Caleb Miller added nine in the potential Sectional 44 preview.

M.J. Hartman led Milan with 10 points.

Triton Central travels to Class A, No. 5 Lutheran (9-2) on Saturday.

Rising Sun 46, Morristown 44

At Rising Sun Saturday, visiting Morristown led 33-31 after three quarters but could not finish off the road victory against a potential Sectional 60 opponent.



Nick Stidham scored a game-high 22 points for the Yellow Jackets (1-11). Nolan Laster added 15.

Damon Carrigan led the Shiners (5-6) with 16 points. Brady Works finished with 15.

Morristown led 12-8 after one quarter but trailed 23-19 at halftime. A solid third quarter gave the Yellow Jackets the lead once again but Carrigan and Works combined for 11 points in the fourth to steal the victory.

Morristown is at North Decatur (6-6, 2-1 MHC) Friday for a Mid-Hoosier Conference contest.

Rushville 51, Morristown 43

At Rushville Friday, Laster (21 points) and Stidham (13 points) combined for 34 points but it was not enough to get the Yellow Jackets past the host Lions (3-9).

Morristown jumped out to a 9-2 lead at the end of the first quarter but was outscored 13-2 in the second to trail 15-11 at halftime.

Southwestern 60, Brown County 49

At Brown County Friday, Jordan Jones scored 13 of his team-high 27 points in the fourth quarter to lead Southwestern to the win.

The Spartans built a 31-15 halftime lead that it never relinquished.



Aiden Hartsell finished with 21 points and five more Spartans combined for 12 points in the win.

Carter Kelly scored a game-high 28 points for the Eagles (2-8), who have lost seven straight games.

No other Brown County player reached double digits.

Prep Report: Class A, No. 2 Waldron victorious at 2A No. 9 Eastern Hancock

Class A, No. 2 Waldron used a strong second-quarter performance to pull away from Class 2A, No. 9 Eastern Hancock Saturday afternoon for a 55-44 victory.

The Mohawks improved to 18-1 this season and matched last season’s win total.

Mackenzie Shaw, Megan Bogemann and Nichole Garner each scored 11 points in Waldron’s win.

The Royals (13-4) led 10-8 after one quarter but were outscored 15-4 over the second eight minutes.



The Mohawks’ halftime lead of 23-14 grew to 38-27 after three quarters.

Waldron shot 74% from the free-throw line, hitting 25 of 34 to seal the win.

Sammie Bolding led Eastern Hancock with 15 points and five rebounds. Grace Stapleton finished with nine points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Eastern Hancock won the junior varsity game, 42-30. Alyssa Benson led the Mohawks with 13 points and Lilli Lozier had 11.

Waldron travels to Lutheran (4-11) on Thursday.

In other girls basketball games:

Mt. Vernon 54, Shelbyville 26

At Mt. Vernon Saturday, Ellery Minch scored a game-high 20 points and Maddie Swingle finished with 17 to lead the host Marauders (11-7, 3-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference).

Mt. Vernon led 14-1 after one quarter and 31-9 by halftime to secure the victory.



Ava Wilson led Shelbyville (8-11, 3-3 HHC) with 11 points. Kylee Edwards had 10.

Shelbyville’s junior varsity improved to 14-2 this season and 6-0 against HHC opponents with a 29-23 victory.

Shelbyville will host Whiteland (6-12) Thursday at Garrett Gymnasium for Senior Night.

Jac-Cen-Del 57, Southwestern 42

At Southwestern Friday, the Class A, No. 4 Eagles used a 23-point third quarter to pull away from the host Spartans, who were playing their fourth game in five days.



Reagan Hughes led Jac-Cen-Del (14-5) with 14 points, six assists and four steals. Jalee Rider finished with 11 points and three rebounds.

Lilly Rooks topped Southwestern with 19 points. Lily Kerber finished with 14 points.

Southwestern (8-10) travels to Herron (4-10) on Tuesday.

Wrestling: Golden Bears, Tigers compete at conference tournaments

Triton Central’s Ayden Nufio and Hadyn Ball each secured runner-up finishes in their respective weight classes Saturday in the Indiana Crossroads Conference Tournament at Monrovia.

Nufio started the tournament 2-0 to reach the championship match at 106 pounds where he was defeated by Monrovia’s Gavin Ash, who is ranked 14th in the state poll.

Ball similarly went 2-0 to reach the title match at 182 pounds where he was defeated by Cascade’s Liam Farmer, who is ranked 23rd at 170 pounds.



Triton Central had a trio of third-place finishers in Dayne Bailey (113), Marcos Davis (132) and Isaak Booth (170). All three completed the event with a 3-1 record.

Jaden Ferris (138) and Tristan Gibbons (160) each placed fourth and Austin Myers was sixth.

Cascade won the ICC title with 271 points. Monrovia was second at 237.5 to finish ahead of Beech Grove (236), Lutheran (140), Triton Central (114), Scecina (78), Speedway (45) and Ritter (38).

Triton Central will return to action Saturday at the Ritter Invitational.

In another conference meet Saturday:

Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet

At Yorktown, three Golden Bears placed fourth and three more were sixth.

Isaiah Havens (113), Carson Linville (170) and Elias Jones (285) advanced to the third-place matches at the conference meet but did not collect a win to finish fourth.



Ethan Watkins (126), Tarik Runnebohm (138) and Jacob Harker (220) were defeated in the fifth-place matches.

Greenfield-Central won the HHC title with 207 points. Mt. Vernon was runner-up at 193 with New Palestine (181.5), Yorktown (174.5), Pendleton Heights (152), Delta (148), New Castle (111.5) and Shelbyville (63) completing the field.

The Golden Bears will host Rushville Thursday for a dual match.

Prep Report: Waldron clinches second-straight MHC title

Class A, No. 2 Waldron hit 11 three-pointers Thursday night to roll to its second-consecutive Mid-Hoosier Conference girls basketball title.

The Mohawks used a balanced offensive effort to defeat South Decatur, 69-37, and finish 5-0 in the MHC standings. It is the first time in program history winning back-to-back conference titles. The title is the third in program history.

Hallie Ross led Waldron (17-1) with 13 points. Megan Bogemann finished with 12 and Bella Larrison added eight.

Waldron led 18-10 after one quarter and 31-17 at halftime.

South Decatur dropped to 3-13 (0-5 MHC).

The Mohawks won the junior varsity game, 56-36, to finish undefeated against MHC competition.

Audrey Hogg led Waldron (11-4) with 14 points. Alyssa Benson had 12 and Alivia Fischer finished with 10.

Waldron travels to Charlottesville Saturday to face Class 2A, No. 9 Eastern Hancock (13-3).

In other prep events Thursday:

Girls basketball

North Decatur 46, Southwestern 40

At North Decatur, freshmen Kelsey Haley drained five 3s and scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Chargers over the visiting Spartans.

Southwestern (8-9, 3-3 MHC) took a 9-6 lead after one quarter but North Decatur (13-6, 3-1 MHC) responded with a 19-point second quarter to take a 25-17 halftime lead. Three different Chargers combined for five made 3s in the quarter.

After an even third quarter, Madi Allen scored all seven of her points for North Decatur over the final eight minutes to keep Southwestern at bay.



Lily Kerber led Southwestern with 13 points. Alison Muck had 10 points and Lilly Rooks finished with eight.

North Decatur went 8 of 19 from the free-throw line but made eight 3s. Southwestern was 12 of 16 from the free-throw line and did not make a 3-pointer.

North Decatur won the junior varsity game, 46-11. Amber Benson led the Spartans with six points.

Southwestern will play its fourth game of the week tonight when Class A, No. 4 Jac-Cen-Del (13-5) pays a visit. There will not be a JV game. Varsity tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m.


Shelbyville splits with New Pal, Lutheran

At Girls Inc., Kaliyah Brown won the vault competition and led Shelbyville to a win over Lutheran.

Brown scored 9.05 to win the vault. She also had a third-place finish on the uneven bars, a fourth-place finish in the floor exercise and a fifth-place finish on the balance beam to score runner-up in the all-around competition to Lutheran’s Penelope Morrow.



Also for Shelbyville, Faye-Lynn Voss and Renee Aldridge finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the vault and in the all-around.

Shelbyville will host Morristown Monday at 6 p.m.


Beech Grove 42, Triton Central 21

At Triton Central, the host Tigers won five head-to-head matches with the Hornets.

Ayden Nufio scored an 8-3 win at 106 pounds. Dayne Bailey followed at 113 with a third-period pinfall victory.



At 160, Tristan Gibbons also scored a pinfall win.

Isaak Booth followed at 170 with a 5-0 victory.

Hadyn Ball needed overtime for a 3-1 victory at 182.

Triton Central travels to Monrovia Saturday for the Indiana Crossroads Conference Meet.

Basketball, Wrestling tournament pairings shows announced

The Indiana High School Athletic Association has released tournament pairings show information for three winter sports.

Pairings for the 47th IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament will be revealed Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.

The opening round games for the 112th IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament will be announced Feb. 20 at 5 p.m.

Both two-hour programs, hosted by Bob Lovell and Greg Rakestraw, will stream exclusively on the IHSAA’s video portal at and via affiliates of the IHSAA Champions Radio Network.

Immediately following both shows, all sectional pairings will be available online at

Pairings for the 84th IHSAA Wrestling State Finals will be announced on Feb. 13 (the day after the semistate round) at 4 p.m. via

Each bracket in the 14 weight classes will be revealed by Rakestraw and Hall of Fame coach Mike Goebel beginning with the 106-pound weight class and continuing through the 285 pounders.

Prep Report: Edinburgh sits at No. 2 in AP Class A basketball poll

Edinburgh entered Tuesday night’s Johnson County Tournament game with Greenwood unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the state.

The Lancers suffered their first loss, in overtime to the Woodmen, but will stay at No. 2 for another week in the Associated Press boys basketball state poll.

North Daviess (12-1) remains No. 1 in Class A ahead of Edinburgh (11-1), Bloomfield (11-1), Gary 21st Century (7-2), Loogootee (11-3), Lutheran (8-2), Jac-Cen-Del (7-2), Barr-Reeve (8-6), Tindley (6-3) and Triton (6-2).

In Class 2A, Central Noble (12-0) is unbeaten and top-ranked.

Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (11-1) is No. 2 ahead of Linton-Stockton (13-1), Monroe Central (10-0), Carroll (Flora) (9-0), Eastside (12-0), Clinton Prairie (12-1), Lake Station (9-0), Southmont (8-1) and Eastern Hancock (8-2).

Leo (8-1) is the No. 1 team in Class 3A ahead of Brebeuf (9-2), NorthWood (12-1), John Glenn (11-0), Mishawaka Marian (9-2), Chatard (11-0), Peru (11-0), Sullivan (10-1), Brownstown Central (8-2) and New Castle (9-2).

The No. 1 team in Class 4A is Zionsville (9-1).

Chesterton (11-0) is No. 2 followed by Westfield (9-2), Carmel (9-3), Fishers (12-2), Valparaiso (11-2), Cathedral (10-3), Penn (9-1), Tech (11-2) and Pike (8-1).

Collegiate Update: Langkabel helps Marian to eighth-straight victory

The Marian University men’s basketball team’s eight-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday at No. 25-ranked St. Francis (Ind.), 70-63.

Hayden Langkabel, a Morristown graduate, scored eight points and had two rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot for Marian, now 12-3 and 4-3 in Crossroads League contests.

The Knights won their eighth-straight game Saturday, 87-69 over Huntington. Langkabel had 16 points, two rebounds and two assists.

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



Drake Moore

The Morristown graduate had two points and one steal Saturday for York College in a 73-56 conference win over Tabor.

On Monday, Moore was scoreless in four minutes of action for York in a 77-64 win at Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

York, with its third-straight win, improved to 7-11 this season.



Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate had two points, two rebounds and one steal Sunday in Loyola’s 58-54 loss to the University of Northern Iowa.

The loss dropped the Ramblers to 9-6 this season and 1-3 against Missouri Valley Conference foes.

On Friday, Chandler finished with 16 points, three rebounds and one assist in a 63-46 conference win over Drake.



Riley Stephens

The Triton Central graduate had five points and one rebound Sunday for the University of Evansville in an 87-68 loss to Illinois State.

The loss evened the Purple Aces’ record at 7-7 this season and 1-2 in the MVC.

On Friday, Stephens was held scoreless in four minutes of playing time for the Purple Aces in a 74-73 win over Bradley.

Prep Report: Strong second half leads Rushville to win at Shelbyville

Annika Marlow scored nine of her game-high 22 points in the third quarter Tuesday night at Garrett Gymnasium to propel Rushville to a 51-44 victory at Shelbyville.

The host Golden Bears built a 25-17 lead by halftime but made just one field goal in the third quarter which allowed the Lions (11-8) the lead which it held with a 12-of-18 performance from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Marlow became the 13th Rushville player to surpass 1,000 career points in the win. She also had four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Sophia Dora added 13 points and Briley Munchel had nine points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds.



Kylee Edwards led Shelbyville with 15 points. Ellie Simpson had nine.

Shelbyville won the junior varsity game, 27-21, to improve to 13-2 this season.

The Golden Bears (8-10, 3-2 Hoosier Heritage Conference) travel to Mt. Vernon (10-7, 2-1 HHC) Saturday for a 1 p.m. tipoff.

In other prep events Tuesday:

Girls basketball

New Palestine 54, Triton Central 44

At New Palestine, the host Dragons sank 18 of 22 free throws over the final five minutes, 30 seconds of the contest to deal the Class 2A, No. 7 Tigers their second consecutive loss.

The last time Triton Central lost back-to-back games came in late January of 2016.

Three Dragons (10-7) scored in double figures led by Isabella Gizzi’s 16 points. Rachel Kelley tied her career high with 15 points and Alaina Miller had 13.



Gizzi now has 990 career points and is poised to become the third Dragon to eclipse 1,000 career points in her career. Gizzi is coached by her mother, Sarah Gizzi – New Palestine’s career scoring leader at 1,172 points. Gizzi’s brother, Maximus, is the New Palestine boys basketball program career scoring leader at 1,612 points.

Brooklyn Bailey led Triton Central (15-4) with 14 points. Maddy Brown finished with 12.

Triton Central won the junior varsity game, 36-24.

The Tigers return to the court Tuesday at Covenant Christian (5-12).

Southwestern 53, Lutheran 28

At Southwestern, Lily Kerber scored a game-high 18 points to get the Spartans back to .500 at 8-8 this season.

Alison Muck had 12 points and McKinley Correll finished with seven.

Five different Spartans scored in the second quarter to create a 27-15 halftime advantage.



Kerber tallied eight of her 18 points in the third quarter when Southwestern opened up a 43-21 lead.

Bekah Caston led Lutheran (4-10) with 11 points.

Southwestern is at North Decatur (12-6) Thursday for a Mid-Hoosier Conference game.

North Decatur 41, Morristown 35

At Morristown, Danika Rutledge produced a double-double in the Yellow Jackets’ loss.

The freshman finished with a team-high 10 points and 11 rebounds and also had four steals and three blocked shots.



Raegan Kleine had nine points, six rebounds and four assists. Maggie Lutes also had nine points and five rebounds.

Morristown dropped to 9-8 this season with the loss.

Morristown’s scheduled game Saturday at Edinburgh has been postponed until Jan. 28. The Yellow Jackets will return to action Tuesday at Greenwood Christian (8-8).


Roncalli 102.2, Martinsville 92.175, Morristown 80.525

At Roncalli, Morristown had just three competitors in the season opening meet due to illness and injury.

Oakleigh Goedde finished fifth in the floor exercise and sixth in the all-around competition.



Also competing Tuesday for Morristown were Allison Batten and Cheyenne Shrum.

Morristown is in action again Saturday at the Franklin Central Invitational.

Boys swimming

Pendleton Heights 95, Shelbyville 45

At Pendleton Heights, Michael Fox and Juan Gonzalez-Gallego each won two individual races for the Golden Bears.

Fox won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:12.94 and followed that up with a win in the 500 freestyle (6:07.51).



Gonzalez-Gallego took first place in the 200 individual medley (2:14.97) and the 100 butterfly (59.09).

Also for Shelbyville, Lance File was runner-up in the 50 freestyle (27.38) and 100 backstroke (1:17.72).

Shelbyville hosts Mt. Vernon Thursday.

Girls swimming

Pendleton Heights 136, Shelbyville 41

At Pendleton Heights, Karissa Hamilton led the Golden Bears with wins in the 50 freestyle (25.71) and 100 freestyle (58.24).

Also for Shelbyville, Miriam Garringer had a runner-up finish in the 500 freestyle (6:07.91).



The Golden Bears closed out the meet with a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (4:11.11) with Hamilton, Garringer, Marlee Rice and Jordan Tobler.

Shelbyville hosts Mt. Vernon Thursday.

Lance Stephenson another contract from Pacers

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

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

Prep Report: Morristown holds off Southwestern comeback attempt for MHC win

Southwestern missed 8 of 9 free throws over the final eight minutes Monday to hinder the comeback attempt against Morristown in a Mid-Hoosier Conference girls basketball game.

After a third quarter where the host Spartans cut the lead to five at 29-24, Southwestern struggled to complete the rally and lost 38-32.

Gracie Laster hit a trio of three-pointers on the way to 13 points and Nevaeh Sanders was 9 of 10 from the free-throw line to match the senior with 13 points.

Raegan Kleine finished with eight points and Morristown improved to 9-7 overall and 2-1 in the MHC.

The Yellow Jackets built a 12-5 lead after one quarter as the Spartans’ free-throw difficulties started early. They missed 4 of 5 in the first quarter.

The lead was extended to 25-15 by halftime as Laster hit a pair of 3s in the second quarter.



Four different Spartans scored in the third quarter when they outscored the Yellow Jackets, 9-4. However, four different Spartans missed from the charity stripe in the fourth.

Alison Muck led Southwestern (7-8, 2-2 MHC) with 13 points. Lily Kerber finished with seven.

Southwestern was 7 of 23 from the free-throw line (30%).

Morristown won the junior varsity game, 52-20.

Nevaeh Cox made 14 field goals on the way to a game-high 29 points. Sarah Essex and Olivia Rude each had six.

Ellie Gosser topped Southwestern with seven points. Katelynn Coffman finished with five.

Both squads are in action tonight.

Southwestern hosts Lutheran (4-9) in a varsity-only contest at 6 p.m.

Morristown continues its MHC schedule hosting North Decatur (11-6, 1-1 MHC).

In another prep event Monday:


Richmond 103.375, Shelbyville 84.575

At Shelbyville, Kaliyah Brown, Renee Aldridge and Faye-Lynn Voss finished in the top five in the all-around competition in the Golden Bears’ first meet of the season at Girls Inc. in Shelbyville.



Brown placed second in the vault (9.0) and third in the floor exercise (8.5) to secure a third-place finish in the all-around (30.825).

Voss was fifth on the balance beam and floor exercise to place fifth in the all-around.

Aldridge was fourth in the all-around.

Shelbyville will host Waldron Thursday.

Yarling buzzer beater carries Waldron to Shelby County Boys Basketball Tournament title

Bryce Yarling raced to the rim for the game-winning shot in the Shelby County Tournament championship game – and missed.

Redemption for the Waldron junior came seconds later when he got a second opportunity and converted to give his Mohawks a 51-50 victory over Triton Central Saturday night -- and its first county tournament title since 2016.

“This is fun. This is unforgettable,” said head coach Beau Scott, in his third season at Waldron. “I am really happy for the community, who are still here celebrating. This is a lot of fun.”

Triton Central junior Isaac Morgan was in the same position to win it when he scored in the lane with 20 seconds left on the clock to give the Tigers a 50-49 lead.

Yarling raced up court with the ball past the Waldron bench and found a path to the basket. The ball rolled off his right hand and then off the rim and into Josiah Blair’s hands.

The senior was fouled and walked to the free throw line at the other end of the court with 8.5 seconds left in regulation. And as the Tigers did much of the game, Blair missed both free throws.

Lucas Mitchell grabbed the rebound and found Yarling near half court. He raced off for the rim once again and converted as the clock ticked under two seconds.

The officials put 1.9 seconds on the clock but the best TC could do was get Blair a half-court shot that missed and the celebration of two county tourney titles in one night was on.



“Bryce had the hot hand and he wanted that last shot,” said Mitchell. “He wanted to be that guy. I believe in my teammates 100% -- every single one of them. So I got the ball to Bryce. Any shot he takes I believe it’s going in.”

Waldron won the girls county tourney title over Triton Central earlier in the evening and the teams became the first in school history to capture county titles on the same night – and it was even sweeter on their home floor.

Yarling finished with a game-high 22 points and added three rebounds and two assists to be named Shelby County Tournament Most Valuable Player.

“I knew there were eight seconds left and I had to get the ball somehow,” said Yarling. “I put on a move, somehow got the ball and the rest just happened.”

Mitchell had 14 points and 10 rebounds and the rest of the starting lineup contributed 15 points to get the win and avenge a 67-47 loss at Triton Central on Dec. 2.

The win meant Waldron took possession of the coveted Victory Bell – the county’s traveling trophy. The Mohawks will have to defend the bell on Jan. 28 against Southwestern – a team it has beaten twice this season, including in Friday’s county tourney semifinal round.

Morgan was outstanding for Triton Central, scoring 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting. He also had five rebounds and two assists.

Blair finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Caleb Miller had eight points and four rebounds.

The Tigers led 8-7 early in the first quarter before the Mohawks closed out the quarter with an 11-2 run.

Waldron pushed the lead to double digits late in the second quarter and led 30-22 at halftime.

Triton Central shot 55% from the field in the third quarter but missed all five free-throw attempts and trailed 38-35 at the break.

The Tigers were 2 of 11 from the charity stripe entering the fourth quarter but still kept pushing the Mohawks, who kept responding.

With the Tigers within two, Waldron senior Caden Sheaffer hit a corner 3-pointer with 5:55 to go to push the lead back to five.

Morgan scored five straight points for TC to cut the lead to 45-44 and Blair hit a free throw with 3:39 left on the clock to tie the game at 45s.

Yarling made two free throws, Waldron was 11 of 12 in the game, for a 47-45 advantage.

Morgan answered on the other end with two free throws and Miller added another with 1:09 left to give Triton Central its first lead since 8-7.

Yarling converted two free throws with 55 seconds left to set up a frenzied finish that saw Yarling potentially hit the game winner, Morgan follow with a potential game winner, then Yarling sealing the deal.



Waldron shot 49% from the field and 92% from the free-throw line.

Triton Central finished at 50% from the field but was 1 of 9 from the 3-point arc (11%) and 7 of 22 from the free throw line (32%) after entering the tournament converting 70% as a team.

“It was bad timing for sure,” said Triton Central coach Kyle Ballard when asked about his team’s struggle from the line. “I thought we did a lot of things well. We took care of the ball. And we had some pretty good looks. We were pretty patient on the offensive end but if you can’t put the ball in the basket from the free throw line … and we couldn’t string stops together when we needed them.”

Triton Central travels to Milan (0-10) Saturday.

Waldron is back in action Saturday when its hosts Class A, No. 9 Jac-Cen-Del (7-2).


Waldron 51, Triton Central 50

TC: Blair 5-12 3-7 13, Crouse 1-3 0-0 2, Miller 3-8 1-4 8, Morgan 9-12 3-5 21, Kemper 1-3 0-1 2, Faust 2-3 0-0 4, Krebs 0-0 0-0 0, Stuckey 0-1 0-4 0. Totals: 21-42 7-22 50.

WA: Mitchell 6-13 2-2 14, Yarling 7-14 7-8 22, Shaw 2-4 0-0 4, Sheaffer 2-3 1-1 6, Becker 2-4 1-1 5, Lindsey 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-39 11-12 51.


TC (6-7)   10  12  13  15  -- 50

WA (7-4) 15  12     8  13  --  51

Three-point field goals: TC 1-9 (Blair 0-4, Crouse 0-2, Miller 1-1, Kemper 0-1, Faust 0-1), WA 2-10 (Yarling 1-5, Shaw 0-1, Sheaffer 1-2, Becker 0-1, Lindsey 0-1). Rebounds: TC 24 (Blair 9, Crouse 2, Miller 4, Morgan 5, Kemper 1, Faust 3), WA 17 (Mitchell 10, Yarling 3, Becker 3, Lindsey 1), Assists: TC 6 (Blair 1, Crouse 2, Morgan 2, Faust 1), WA 5 (Mitchell 1, Yarling 2, Becker 2). Steals: TC 5 (Crouse 3, Morgan 1, Kemper 1). Blocks: TC 2 (Blair 1, Morgan 1), WA 2 (Mitchell 1, Becker 1). Total fouls: TC 13, WA 17. Turnovers: TC 5, WA 9.

Shelbyville boys basketball at Columbus East Tuesday ppd; Freshman game still on

The Shelbyville Golden Bears Varsity / JV boys basketball games scheduled for Tuesday at Columbus East have been postponed due to Covid-induced low numbers in the Olympians program.


Olympians head coach Brent Chitty told GIANT fm Sports that 11 of 18 Columbus East players were either out with Covid or due to contact tracing.


The JV and varsity games have been postponed.  A rescheduled date is still to be determined.


The Shelbyville freshman team will still play at Columbus East on Tuesday.  That is scheduled for 6:00 pm.

Waldron's record-breaking season continues with first county tourney title since 2010

An 8-0 run over a two-minute span provided all the momentum Waldron needed to claim its first Shelby County Girls Basketball Tournament title in 12 years.

Megan Bogemann hit a rushed three-pointer just ahead of the halftime buzzer Saturday night and opened the third quarter with another 3 which was followed by a Bella Larrison layin to give Class A, No. 2 Waldron its first double-digit lead of the game over 2A No. 7 Triton Central.

The Tigers never recovered as its offense sputtered to its worst performance of the season in a 42-27 loss, bringing an end to their seven-year reign as county tourney champions.



Nichole Garner scored a game-high 16 points and had five rebounds and two assists to be named the Shelby County Tournament Most Valuable Player. The senior was solid from start to finish and led Waldron to a pair of victories over Triton Central this season.

“It feels amazing. Triton Central is a big competitor for us and we beat them this season so there was a lot of pressure on us going into this game,” said Garner, who 7-of-8 fourth-quarter free throws in Waldron’s 46-39 Dec. 3 win in Fairland.

While Garner was the MVP, Bogemann produced the game’s biggest play just before halftime.

Waldron was leading 16-14 and running the clock down for the final shot of the first half. Bella Larrison pulled up for a 3 from the wing and missed. Waldron got the rebound and hoisted another shot which missed. In the scramble for the loose ball, Hadlie Ross corralled it and found Bogemann in front of the TC bench.

 The senior knocked down her 48th 3-pointer of the season just as time expired.

“Honestly, I didn’t think it was going in. I was praying the whole time I shot it,” said Bogemann. “It went in and the crowd went crazy and I got chills all over my body.”

Waldron had possession to start the second half and Bogemann opened it with her third trifecta of the game and the Mohawks never looked back.

Triton Central shot just 34% from the field in its semifinal win over Morristown Thursday. Head coach Bryan Graham lamented Thursday after the win that the performance needed to be better Saturday night. He was right.

The Tigers made just two field goals in the first half while shooting  13%. Only a 9-of-11 performance from the free throw line kept them in the game.

Hallie Schweitzer and Maddy Brown each hit a 3 in the third quarter to keep Triton Central within seven points going into the fourth quarter.

Brown had the only field goal over the final eight minutes as Triton Central shot just 20% in the loss and had just one field goal in three of the four quarters.

Olivia Faust led Triton Central with seven points and three rebounds. Schweitzer and Brown each had five points.

Bogemann finished with 11 points and Hadlie Ross and Bella Larrison each had six. Josee Larrison pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Waldron extended the lead to 28-17 midway through the third quarter before Triton Central’s last rally – a Riley Ross score from the low post and Brown’s long 3 from the top of the key cut the lead to six.

Ross hit a pair of free throws just before the third quarter buzzer to set the lead at 32-25.



The Mohawks scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter and a victorious buzz started building within Waldron’s gymnasium.

Triton Central failed to score in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter.

Waldron collected its third Shelby County Tournament title to go with wins in 1992 and 2010.

Waldron head coach Anthony Thomas improved to 74-36 in his fifth and final season with the Mohawks. He has already announced his retirement following the conclusion of the season.

“I got overcome with emotion when there was about a minute to go and I thought we were in good shape,” said Thomas. “It’s a testament to the kids. It was a gritty performance. We weren’t in sync offensively, which a lot of that was (Triton Central). They put some pressure on you, but our defense played well enough and stayed the course.”

The Mohawks trailed 13-9 midway through the second quarter but never wavered – the veteran presence of seven seniors and one junior in the rotation has been evident all season.



“They don’t really have any fear,” said Thomas. “One of the things we talked about going into this game is they had us down six or eight (points) up there a couple times (earlier this season) and just kept doing what we do. We have faith in what we do. If we stay consistent like that, there is no reason to panic. If you are in a 2- or 3-possession game, I will take us against the world every time.

“No disrespect to Triton Central, but that was a huge moment for our kids, for our fans and for our community. You could push me over with a feather, I could not be more happy for these kids.”

Triton Central is back in action Tuesday at New Palestine (9-7).

Waldron (16-1) is off until Thursday when its hosts South Decatur (3-12) in a Mid-Hoosier Conference game.


Waldron 42, Triton Central 27

TC: Schweitzer 1-11 2-4 5, Brown 2-7 0-1 5, Graham 0-4 1-2 1, Harris 1-2 1-1 3, Faust 2-8 2-2 7, Bailey 0-2 4-6 4, Ross 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 7-35 10-16 27.

WA: Had. Ross 2-3 2-3 6, Shaw 1-7 1-2 3, Bogemann 3-9 2-2 11, Garner 5-12 4-5 16, B. Larrison 2-6 2-2 6, J. Larrison 0-5 0-0 0, Fewell 0-0 0-0 0, Sheaffer 0-0 0-0 0, Benson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-42 11-14 42.


TC (15-3)    5    9  11    2  --  27

WA (16-1)  5  14  13  10  --  42

Three-point field goals: TC 3-11 (Schweitzer 1-3, Brown 1-3, Graham 0-1, Harris 0-1, Faust 1-3), WA 5-12 (Shaw 0-1, Bogemann 3-6, Garner 2-3, B. Larrison 0-2). Rebounds: TC 24 (Schweitzer 6, Brown 3, Graham 3, Harris 4, Faust 3, Bailey 5), WA 32 (Had. Ross 8, Shaw 1, Bogemann 2, Garner 5, B. Larrison 5, J. Larrison 11). Assists: TC 4 (Schweitzer 1, Brown 3), WA 6 (Had. Ross 1, Shaw 2, Bogemann 1, Garner 2). Steals: TC 3 (Schweitzer 1, Graham 1, Faust 1), WA 4 (Bogemann 2, Garner 1, B. Larrison 1). Blocks: TC 2 (Faust 2). Total fouls: TC 18, WA 15. Fouled out: Brown, Bailey (TC). Turnovers: TC 10, WA 7.

County tourney title keeps Waldron ranked No. 2 in latest girls basketball poll

With its Shelby County Tournament title Saturday night, Waldron solidified itself in the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association basketball poll.

The Mohawks, now 16-1, remain at No. 2 behind Lanesville (17-1) for a second straight week in the Class A poll.

Completing the top 10 are Lafayette Central Catholic (14-3), Jac-Cen-Del (13-4), Tecumseh (10-6), Blue River (14-2), Vincennes Rivet (13-4), Trinity Lutheran (10-5), North White (12-4) and Northeast Dubois (12-3).

Top-ranked Lanesville is at No. 8 Trinity Lutheran Tuesday.

No. 4 Jac-Cen-Del returns to Shelby County Friday to face Southwestern.

Waldron travels to Class 2A, No. 9 Eastern Hancock Saturday.

Unbeaten South Central (Union Mills) (17-0) is No. 1 in Class 2A ahead of Winchester (16-1), Tipton (15-1), Eastbrook (12-2), Forest Park (14-2), Fairfield (14-2), Triton Central (15-3), University (12-2), Eastern Hancock (13-2) and Frankton (12-4).

Triton Central was defeated by Waldron Saturday night in the championship game of the Shelby County Tournament. The loss dropped the Tigers one spot in this week’s poll.

The top-ranked team in Class 3A continues to be South Bend Washington (16-2).

Garrett (16-1) is No. 2 ahead of Benton Central (19-0), Silver Creek (16-1), Mishawaka Marian (14-3), Jay County (13-2), Hamilton Heights (13-4), Norwell (13-4), Washington (15-3) and Twin Lakes (14-4).

Homestead (15-1) jumps from No. 4 to No. 1 in this week’s Class 4A poll.

Bedford North Lawrence (16-1) is No. 2 with Franklin (18-1), Crown Point (13-2), Noblesville (14-3), Westfield (14-3), North Central (15-5), Fishers (13-4), Columbia City (16-0) and Fort Wayne Snider (12-2) completing the top 10.

Shelbyville wrestling wins Guerin Catholic Invitational

Shelbyville finished 5-0 and had four wrestlers go undefeated to win the Guerin Catholic Invitational Saturday.

The Golden Bears defeated Scecina (60-9), Lafayette Central Catholic (51-18), Lapel (56-6), Lawrenceburg (36-30) and Guerin Catholic (42-28) to capture the team title.

Shelbyville improved to 14-7 in dual matches this season.



Finishing the day 5-0 for Shelbyville were Ethan Watkins at 126 pounds, Cael Lux at 132, Tarik Runnebohm at 138 and Carson Linville at 170.

Shelbyville returns to the mats Saturday for the Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet at Yorktown.

In another wrestling invitational Saturday:

Maconaquah Invitational

A trio of Triton Central Tigers captured third-place finishes at the Maconaquah Invitational.

Dayne Bailey, Isaak Booth and Hadyn Ball each finished 4-1 to finish on the podium.



Jaden Ferris, Tristan Gibbons and Andrew Bailey went 3-2 in the invitational. Ferris and Bailey finished fourth in their respective weight classes. Gibbons placed fifth.

Marcos Davis was 2-2 and finished seventh.

The Tigers host Beech Grove Thursday at 6 p.m. in a dual meet then travel to Monrovia Saturday for the Indiana Crossroads Conference Meet.