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Triton Central handles big-game environment better to defeat Shelbyville

Shelbyville did not have the experience nor the composure needed to defeat Triton Central.

In a raucous environment Saturday night in Fairland, all five Triton Central starters – all seniors – scored in double digits to push the Tigers’ record to 2-0 this season.

Josh Kemper scored a game-high 18 points followed by Josiah Blair’s 17. Blair also had eight rebounds, four blocks and four assists.

Caleb Miller finished with 12 while Alex Crouse and Aiden Lindsey each had 11. Lindsey had eight first-quarter points but was in foul trouble the rest of the way.

“We preach to our kids all the time about controlling what they can,” said Triton Central coach Kyle Ballard, who is the first TC coach to defeat the Golden Bears in consecutive years. “I thought our experienced guys answered the bell. We turned it over a lot more than we wanted too. As physical as it was and defensively (Shelbyville) is very sound, I think our kids kept our composure pretty well.”

Shelbyville got an early lead with back-to-back baskets from Ollie Sandman and Jakob Heaton but the Tigers put together scoring runs of 9-0 and 14-0 to build a 25-11 lead that the Golden Bears (1-1) never overcame.

The second quarter turned sloppy as both teams combined for 17 turnovers and just 12 shot attempts.

Shelbyville went frenetic with its guard-heavy defense in the third quarter and had some success, outscoring the Tigers 17-11 to cut the lead to 48-38 with eight minutes left.

Foul troubles, turnovers and overall poor execution from the free-throw line stifled any comeback attempt in the fourth quarter.

“We have a young group of guys where most haven’t been in this position before. A lot of new faces on the varsity floor and that was the start of the game right there,” said Shelbyville coach John Hartnett Jr. “We’re in a big environment here with a lot of fans yelling and screaming. A lot were nervous just like on Wednesday (a season-opening win at home over Rushville). We are going to have to work on that and make sure our guys are under control and doing things the right way.”

 

 

Shelbyville was 5 of 17 from the floor in the fourth quarter while Triton Central shot 80% and connected on 14-of-18 free throws to pull away.

“They hit a lot of shots. They will do some damage in 2A this year,” said Hartnett Jr. “The biggest thing I’m taking away from here is what we didn’t do on our end – making free throws, not turning the ball over, missing some easy shots and on the defensive end, Triton Central put up 79 points. That’s a lot of points and we have to get back to work to head to Connersville next week and compete with them.”

A trio of Golden Bears scored 48 of the 57 points. Sandman finished with a team-high 17. Heaton added 16 and Luke Brinkman had 15.

Shelbyville is at the Spartan Bowl Saturday night against Connersville (2-0).

With Lindsey sidelined most of the final three quarters, Triton Central had to turn to other veterans to pick up the offensive slack.

“It’s one of those scenarios you kind of talk about in the coach’s office – what do you do if Lindsey gets in foul trouble?” said Ballard. “I think, like the physicality of that game, it was good for us to experience and see what it’s like not to play with him. We had to make some changes on the fly that we weren’t prepared for. I can’t talk enough about how proud I am of our kids and their ability to adjust and fight through and control what they can.”

Triton Central finished 28 of 39 from the field (72%) and 17 of 22 from the free-throw line (77%).

Triton Central will host Waldron (2-0) Thursday in Fairland.

Shelbyville’s junior varsity improved to 2-0 with a 52-29 victory over Triton Central. The Golden Bears trailed 13-10 after the first quarter, outscored the Tigers 20-9 over the middle two quarters and put up 22 points in the final seven minutes for the win.

Kohen Myers led Shelbyville with 16 points. Eli Chappelow had 10.

Silas Blair led Triton Central (1-1) with eight points. Sam Kemper finished with six.

 

Triton Central 79, Shelbyville 57

SH: Sandman 6-17 2-4 17, Brinkman 3-8 6-12 15, Heaton 7-12 0-0 16, Macaluso 0-1 0-0 0, Smothers 2-4 0-0 6, Parker 1-2 1-2 3, Conover 0-0 0-0 0, Chappelow 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 19-45 9-18 57.

TC: Blair 6-10 3-3 17, Crouse 3-6 4-4 11, Miller 4-5 2-2 12, Lindsey 4-5 3-4 11, Kemper 7-9 4-6 18, Morgan 2-3 1-3 5, Faust 1-1 0-0 3, Dewey 0-0 0-0 0, Krebs 1-1 0-0 2, Palmer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 28-39 17-22 79.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

SH (1-1)  11  10  17  19  –  57

TC (2-0)  25  12  11  31  –  79

3-point field goals: SH 10-21 (Sandman 3-10, Brinkman 3-4, Heaton 2-3, Smothers 2-3, Chappelow 0-1), TC 6-11 (Blair 2-5, Crouse 1-2, Miller 2-3, Kemper 0-1, Faust 1-1).

Rebounds: SH 17 (Sandman 3, Brinkman 3, Heaton 1, Macaluso 1, Smothers 5, Parker 2, Conover 2), TC 20 (Blair 8, Crouse 1, Miller 4, Lindsey 3, Kemper 2, Morgan 3, Krebs 1). Assists: SH 3 (Sandman 2, Heaton 1), TC 15 (Blair 4, Crouse 4, Miller 3, Lindsey 2, Kemper 1, Morgan 1). Steals: SH 8 (Sandman 1, Brinkman 3, Heaton 1, Macaluso 1, Parker 2), TC 4 (Blair 1, Crouse 1, Miller 1, Morgan 1). Blocks: TC 7 (Blair 3, Crouse 1, Lindsey 1, Kemper 1, Morgan 1). Total fouls: SH 23, TC 17. Fouled out: Sandman, Parker (SH), Lindsey (TC). Turnovers: SH 17, TC 19.

JV

Shelbyville 52, Triton Central 29

SH: Myers 16, Chappelow 10, Badgley 8, Runnebohm 6, Conover 4, Lambert 4, Sherwood 2, Fortune 1, K. Parker 1).

TC: S. Blair 8, S. Kemper 6, Collier 5, Chandler 3, Baugh 3, Goul 2, Stuckey 2.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

SH  10  11  9  22  –  52

TC  13    4   5    7  –  29

Waldron starts tough phase of schedule with impressive win over Greenwood Christian

A daunting five-game stretch of the regular season will show head coach Anthony Thomas the might of his Waldron girls basketball program.

Over a three-week span, Waldron takes on a two-time defending regional champion, the No. 1 team in Class 2A, the No. 4 team in Class A, its sister-school program that has a winning record and then the No. 13 team in 2A. Combined, those five programs are currently 28-11.

The kicker is Waldron is 7-0 and now ranked No. 2 in Class A.

The challenging run started Saturday afternoon with a 70-40 win over Greenwood Christian, the Southwestern Regional champion the last two seasons.

Greenwood Christian head coach Alan Weems’ program was hit hard by graduation, though, and has just nine players on this season’s roster.

“We’re still learning and we’re just not shooting the ball well,” said Weems after the loss. “We have better shooters than we’re showing right now. We were 10-for-48 today and we’re hitting 32% for the year. So as soon as we start shooting the ball we will be better.”

There was no junior varsity game Saturday afternoon.

Waldron sent a statement early in the first quarter with four made 3s in the game’s first four minutes. The Mohawks raced out to a 14-1 lead and the game was never close.

Nichole Garner finished with a team-high 18 points which moved her into the 500-point club at Waldron. The senior also had six assists.

Megan Bogemann hit four 3s, including three in the opening quarter, and finished with 15 points.

Bella Larrison scored 10 points and collected five assists. Hadlie Ross has a game-high 12 rebounds.

Waldron led 45-20 at halftime and was one solid run away from initiating a running clock in the second half. And a 6-0 run to start the third quarter pushed the lead to 51-20 but turnovers and fouls start accumulating and the Mohawks went scoreless for nearly an 8-minute stretch.

“The kids were frustrated and we got out of our flow but the good thing is they did what they needed to do well in the first half so if you have to have a quarter like that, we can,” said Thomas. “It’s not ideal. We have to be better. We have to make better decisions.”

Dani Simon led Greenwood Christian with 20 points and seven rebounds. Dory O’Dell had four points and nine rebounds. Ellie Bigelow finished with 10 points – all from the free-throw line.

Simon, O’Dell and Bigelow are all seniors.

“We have had a lot of change (to our roster) and you see it,” said Weems. “It does take awhile to mesh everything. We’re still meshing.”

Waldron shot 49% from the field, 42% from the 3-point line, while trying to improve an up-tempo mentality.

“We are happy with these kids but we are always polishing and that’s what we’re trying to do with these kids now,” said Thomas, who rotated eight players Saturday with seven being seniors. “Not that they know everything or are the best team in the state but they have worked hard and absorbed the game to where now we can polish and fix these things that are glaring problems. Some of the things happening now will get better as the season goes along. That’s how you get to where you want to go.”

Waldron was 18-4 last season and suffered a 52-50 loss to eventual sectional champion Southwestern in its opening postseason game.

“Everything with this group right now is from what I call the 35,000-foot level, whether it be film or a specific possession in a game where you are teaching and learning from it and not making that mistake again, making teams earn their points, quit sending them to the free-throw line,” said Thomas, who has already announced his coaching retirement after this season. “With this group, there is a happy medium there. You want them to be extremely aggressive but you have to be aggressive when it warrants. Somewhere in the middle there is this team’s sweet spot and we haven’t found it yet, but we are working toward it.”

Waldron is at Class 2A, No. 1 Triton Central (6-0) Friday then hosts Class A, No. 4 Jac-Cen-Del (6-0) on Dec. 7. The Mohawks and Eagles are in the same sectional with Southwestern, Morristown, Hauser, Rising Sun and Oldenburg Academy.

Waldron then hosts Morristown (5-4) on Dec. 10 and travels to Class 2A, No. 13 North Decatur (8-2) on Dec. 17.

 

Waldron 70, Greenwood Christian 40

GC: Bigelow 0-8 10-15 10, O’Dell 1-7 2-6 4, Jolley 0-1 0-0 0, Simon 8-18 1-2 20, Waldron 1-12 1-2 4, Carlson 0-0 2-2 2, Swan 0-1 0-0 0, Petersen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 10-48 16-27 40.

WA: Had. Ross 2-3 0-0 4, Bogemann 5-8 1-2 15, Garner 7-15 2-3 18, B. Larrison 3-7 3-4 10, Shaw 1-1 0-0 2, J. Larrison 3-6 1-2 7, Fewell 2-5 0-0 5, Hal. Ross 3-7 1-2 7, Benson 0-0 2-2 2, Fischer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 26-53 10-15 70.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

GC (3-5)    5  15  7  13  --  40

WA (7-0) 23  22  6  19  --  70

Three-pt. field goals: GC 4-19 (Bigelow 0-4, Simon 3-9, Waldron 1-6), WA 8-19 (Bogemann 4-7, Garner 2-4, B. Larrison 1-3, Fewell 1-2, Hal. Ross 0-3).

Rebounds: GC 26 (Bigelow 6, O’Dell 9, Jolley 1, Simon 7, Waldron 2, Sloan 1), WA 35 (Had. Ross 12, Bogemann 2, Garner 3, B. Larrison 2, Shaw 2, J. Larrison 8, Fewell 2, Hal. Ross 2, Fischer 2). Assists: GC 5 (Bigelow 2, O’Dell 1, Waldron 1, Sloan 1), WA 17 (Had. Ross 1, Bogemann 1, Garner 6, B. Larrison 5, Shaw 2, Fewell 1, Fischer 1). Steals: GC 8 (Bigelow 4, Simon 1, Waldron 3), WA 8 (Had. Ross 1, Bogemann 2, Garner 3, Shaw 1, J. Larrison 1). Blocks: GC 3 (Waldron 1, Carlson 1, Sloan 1), WA 3 (Bogemann 1, Shaw 1, B. Larrison 1). Total fouls: GC 12, WA 21. Fouled out: Shaw (WA). Turnovers: GC 20, WA 16.

Prep Report: Mitchell leads Waldron to home-opening win over Knightstown

Lucas Mitchell scored 11 of his team-high 26 points in the fourth quarter to help Waldron net its second win of the season.

Mitchell hit a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter and connected on 7-of-8 free-throw attempts over the final eight minutes Saturday night to lead the Mohawks to a 49-44 win over visiting Knightstown.

Bryce Yarling and Bryant Becker each had seven points for Waldron, now 2-0 for the second straight season. Caden Sheaffer added six points.

Waldron led 10-4 after one quarter and 23-17 at halftime.

Michael Roberson scored 11 of his team-high 19 points in the third quarter as the Panthers cut the Mohawks’ lead to 36-32.

Roberson hit a pair of 3s in the fourth quarter but Knightstown (1-0) could not complete the comeback.

Mason Fields scored nine points and Connor Pyle finished with eight.

Knightstown won the junior varsity game, 40-24.

Waldron will put its perfect record on the line Thursday at Triton Central (2-0).

In other prep basketball games:

Boys basketball

Southwestern 42, Morristown 30

At Southwestern, Jordan Jones scored 24 points to lead the Spartans (1-1, 1-0 Mid-Hoosier Conference) to their first win of the season.

Jones hit a pair of 3s in the first and third quarters and scored seven points in the fourth.

 

 

Jonah DeArmitt had nine points and Aiden Hartsell scored seven.

Southwestern took a 12-4 lead after one quarter Saturday night and extended the lead to 22-9 at halftime.

Nolan Laster scored a team-high 16 points for Morristown (0-2, 0-1 MHC).

 

 

Nick Stidham and Carson Conrad each had six points.

Morristown won the junior varsity game, 30-22.

Morristown hosts Hauser (1-2) Friday at the Bee Hive. Southwestern is at Triton Central (2-0) Saturday.

Girls basketball

Pendleton Heights 77, Shelbyville 55

At Shelbyville, three Arabians combined for 44 points and the Golden Bears’ allowed a season-high points in its Hoosier Heritage Conference opener.

Whitney Warfel topped Pendleton Heights (6-1, 3-0 HHC) with 20 points Saturday afternoon at Garrett Gymnasium. Kaycie Warfel had 14 and Abi Rosenkrans finished with 10.

 

 

Ava Wilson had a team-high 18 points for Shelbyville (4-3, 0-1 HHC). Madison Phares added 17. Kylee Edwards and Abby Brenner each had eight.

The Arabians led 19-9 after one quarter then outscored the Golden Bears 23-4 in the second quarter for a 42-13 lead at halftime.

Shelbyville won the junior varsity game, 32-30, to improve to 6-0 this season.

The Golden Bears are on the road Friday night at Franklin County (4-5).

Trinity Lutheran 57, Southwestern 48

At Southwestern, Bailey Tabeling scored a game-high 34 points to lead Class A, No. 2 Trinity Lutheran (4-0) to its fourth win of the season.

Trinity Lutheran led 32-24 at halftime and 45-32 after three quarters but the Spartans (3-4) battled back.

Lily Kerber scored eight of her team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter.

 

 

Cy Stockdale hit four 3s on the way to 14 points and Lilly Rooks finished with eight points.

Trinity Lutheran won the junior varsity game, 40-13.

Jordan Brewer had a game-high 15 points to lead the visitors.

Amber Benson led Southwestern with six points.

Southwestern is at Class 2A, No. 9 Eastern Hancock (7-1) Tuesday.

Shelby County Tournament draw produced identical brackets

The pairings for the 2022 Shelby County Tournament are set in stone.

Waldron High School (photo) is the host site for January’s tournament. Athletic director Alex Engelbert hosted the annual pre-tournament meeting Monday morning at Grandma’s Pancake House in Shelbyville.

The four-team brackets for the girls and boys tournaments were randomly drawn.

The opening game of the girls tournament Jan. 6 at Waldron features the host Mohawks (7-0), ranked No. 2 in Class A, taking on Southwestern (3-4) and first-year coach Jason West.

“There are two very good teams in this tournament to go up against. I am really excited to be a part of this for the first time,” said West, son of Hank West, who won multiple Shelby County tournament titles during his coaching career. “As a young boy, I saw a lot of good games (in the county tourney). I have a lot of good memories with my family.”

Waldron defeated Southwestern, 59-39, on Nov. 12.

“Waldron is a great team that we saw earlier this year. They do a lot of great things,” said West. “It’s another opportunity to get better as a team and go against a quality opponent.”

The second semifinal Jan. 6 pits Morristown (5-4) against Class 2A, No. 1 Triton Central (6-0). The Tigers defeated Morristown, 42-21, on Nov. 24.

The girls tournament championship game is slated for 6 p.m. on Jan. 8 at Waldron.

The boys tournament draw produced identical pairings.

In the first semifinal game on Jan. 7, Southwestern (1-1) takes on Waldron (2-0). The Spartans and Mohawks will meet on Dec. 18 at Southwestern.

“We drew Waldron and Waldron is starting off pretty good,” said Southwestern head coach Brady Days, who will be participating in his 16th county tournament this season. His three coaching counterparts in the tournament have a combined four county tourney appearances as head coaches. “They are much improved. Coach (Beau) Scott has to be happy he has an experienced bunch for once.”

The second semifinal has Morristown (0-2) taking on Triton Central (2-0). The Tigers defeated the Yellow Jackets, 52-24, on Nov. 24 in the season opener for both teams.

The boys tournament championship game will follow the conclusion of the girls tournament celebration on Jan. 8.

“If you look at it on paper, Southwestern and Morristown graduated a lot of kids but I wouldn’t look past anybody,” said Days.

Triton Central is the defending county tourney champions in both tournaments.

Waldron climbs to No. 2 in girls basketball Class A poll

Friday night’s marquee matchup became a little more stellar with the release of this week’s Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association girls basketball polls.

With its win Saturday afternoon over Greenwood Christian, Waldron improved to 7-0 this season and rose to No. 2 in the Class A rankings ahead of facing Class 2A, No. 1 Triton Central (6-0) Friday in Fairland.

Lanesville (8-1) is the No. 1 team in Class A this week with the Mohawks, Trinity Lutheran (4-0), Jac-Cen-Del (6-0), Vincennes Rivet (5-0), Lafayette Central Catholic (5-1), Fort Wayne Blackhawk (6-1), Tecumseh (2-3), Morgan Township (6-2) and Kouts (5-2) rounding out the top 10.

Triton Central will host Greensburg (1-7) Tuesday before prepping for Waldron.

Winchester (5-0) is No. 2 this week ahead of Tipton (3-1), Fairfield (7-0), Frankton (6-1), Forest Park (5-1), South Central (Union Mills) (6-0), Eastern (Pekin) (4-2), Eastern Hancock (7-1) and a three-way tie for No. 10 in Evansville Mater Dei (3-1), Rensselaer Central (7-2) and South Knox (5-2).

North Decatur (8-2) is tied for No. 13 with Andrean (3-2).

South Bend Washington (7-1) sits atop the Class 3A poll. Mishawaka Marian (5-1) is No. 2 with Silver Creek (7-0), Benton Central (7-0), Garrett (6-1), Norwell (7-1), Evansville Memorial (3-0), Twin Lakes (7-1), Salem (4-2) and Washington (6-1) completing the top 10.

Noblesville (7-0) is unbeaten and No. 1 in Class 4A. Chasing the Millers are Crown Point (6-1), Franklin (8-0), Bedford North Lawrence (6-1), North Central (6-2), Homestead (5-1), Fishers (6-1), Columbus East (7-1), Zionsville (6-2) and Jennings County (7-0).

Triton Central's depth too much for Morristown in season opener at Bee Hive

Triton Central’s depth proved too much for Morristown to overcome in the season opener for both teams Wednesday night at the Bee Hive.

Aiden Lindsey has 17 points, four rebounds and two steals and Josiah Blair scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and had three steals and two blocked shots to lead Triton Central to a 52-24 victory.

The visiting Tigers took a 13-7 lead after one quarter then held the Yellow Jackets scoreless in the second quarter to build a 32-7 advantage.

The lead grew in the third quarter as Morristown failed to get its offense in gear. The Tigers led 45-15 after three quarters.

Triton Central shot 45% from the field but struggled from beyond the 3-point arc, hitting just 2 of 21 attempts.

Alex Crouse led the Tigers with seven assists.

Franklin Central transfers Isaac Morgan and Luke Faust combined for 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals in their TC debuts.

Triton Central hosts Shelbyville (1-0) Saturday in Fairland.

Morristown will try to get new head coach Collin McCartt his first win as a Yellow Jacket Saturday at Southwestern (0-1).

Shelbyville smothers Rushville for season-opening win at Garrett Gymnasium

Shelbyville was the steadier team Wednesday night in the season opener against Rushville and rolled to a 61-35 victory at William L. Garrett Gymnasium.

Ollie Sandman scored 12 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter against a worn-down Rushville squad.

Luke Brinkman opened the game with eight straight points to put a spark into the Shelbyville crowd but he quickly picked up three fouls and was sidelined until the second half.

Rushville settled in after falling behind 17-5 with an 8-0 run to end the first quarter. Jerron Taylor drove in the lane and scored to start the second quarter and the Lions cut the lead to 17-15.

Sandman hit a three-pointer from the wing to get the lead back to five and the two teams traded baskets over the next five minutes until Jakob Heaton scored eight straight points for Shelbyville to end the quarter.

“I told our guys at halftime we were really going to have to push the basketball and get in our transition offense and if we don’t have anything pull it out and get set up in our normal offense and keep the ball moving,” said Shelbyville coach John Hartnett Jr.

A 32-19 halftime lead grew to 39-21 but Rushville outscored the Golden Bears from there 11-6 to end the third quarter.

After missing 7 of 8 shots, Sandman settled in and hit back-to-back wing 3s to start a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter.

“I was forcing it a little bit,” admitted Sandman.

The junior guard added 25 pounds to his frame in the offseason which gives him more confidence attacking through the lane.

“I was in the weight room all summer and working with my friends to get stronger,” he said. “I am way more confident now getting to the rack and getting to the (free-throw) line and getting some points on the board.”

Shelbyville’s active defense limited the Lions to three fourth-quarter points and 29% shooting from the field in the game.

“I thought in the second half we really picked it up defensively,” said Hartnett Jr. “We have to have an identity this year as a tough-nosed defensive team and I thought in the second half our guys did a tremendous job.”

Taylor led Rushville with 21 points. Dylan Thompson had seven points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Shelbyville was better at 39% shooting but hit just 6-of-26 shots from beyond the 3-point line.

“We started hot from the (3-point line) and we kind of fell into their defense which forced us to shoot 3s,” said Hartnett Jr. “We talked at half about not settling for 3s and breaking the defense down and getting the ball moving.”

Brinkman finished with 13 points and two steals. Heaton had 11 points and eight rebounds.

Thomas Macaluso came off the bench and had a team-high 10 rebounds.

“He has been our biggest surprise so far. He has really bought into our program and what we are trying to accomplish,” said Hartnett Jr. “If (Macaluso) plays like that, he has a bright future in the program.”

Shelbyville won the junior varsity game, 54-16. Kohen Myers led the Golden Bears with 14 points. Gaige Runnebohm had 11.

After a Thanksgiving break, Shelbyville will travel to Fairland Saturday night to face Triton Central (1-0).

“It will be will county game and we’re ready for the fight,” said Sandman.

Notes: Rushville played without senior guard Cameron Jackman and sophomore guard Quentin Cain. … Shelbyville was without starting sophomore forward Ethan Lambert, who will be available Saturday at Triton Central, and junior Aidan Asher (illness). … Shelbyville has won seven straight over Rushville. ... The Shelbyville High School pep band was bolstered by former band members now in college who are home for the holiday break.

 

Shelbyville 61, Rushville 35

RV: Taylor 7-15 5-5 21, Woolf 0-0 0-0 0, Morton 0-8 1-3 1, Thompson 3-6 0-4 7, Laker 1-7 1-2 3, Bowles 0-3 0-0 0, McKee 1-2 1-2 3, Jarman 0-1 0-0 0, Alexander 0-0 0-0 0, Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-42 8-16 35.

SH: Sandman 10-24 5-6 28, Brinkman 5-10 1-2 13, Parker 0-1 0-0 0, Heaton 5-13 1-2 11, Smothers 2-5 2-4 7, Macaluso 1-3 0-0 2, Conover 0-0 0-0 0, Runnebohm 0-2 0-0 0, Badgley 0-1 0-0 0, Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Fortune 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-59 9-14 61.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

RV (0-1)  13    6  13    3  -- 35

SH (1-0)  17  15  13  16  -- 61

Three-point field goals: RV 3-12 (Taylor 2-4, Morton 0-1, Thompson 1-3, Bowles 0-3, Jarman 0-1), SH 6-26 (Sandman 3-11, Brinkman 2-5, Parker 0-1, Heaton 0-3, Smothers 1-3, Macaluso 0-1, Runnebohm 0-1, Badgley 0-1).

Rebounds: RV 39 (Taylor 3, Woolf 1, Morton 3, Thompson 13, Laker 11, Bowles 2, McKee 5, Jarman 1), SH 29 (Sandman 3, Parker 2, Heaton 8, Smothers 4, Macaluso 10, Conover 1, Runnebohm 1). Assists: RV 2 (Taylor 1, Morton 1), SH 7 (Brinkman 1, Heaton 2, Smothers 4). Steals: RV 0, SH 6 (Brinkman 2, Heaton 1, Macaluso 2, Smothers 1). Blocks: RV 5 (Morton 1, Thompson 4). Total fouls: RV 18, SH 18. Fouled out: Laker, McKee (RV); Parker (SH). Turnovers: RV 24, SH 7.

JV

Shelbyville 54, Rushville 16

RV: Corn 7, Schelle 4, Jarman 3, Tressler 2.

SH: Myers 14, Runnebohm 11, Conover 6, Chappelow 5, Badgley 5, Jones 5, Parker 4, Owens 4.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

RV    3    5    2  6  -- 16

SH  15  10  21  8  -- 54

Triton Central sweeps basketball doubleheader at Morristown

Class 2A, No. 1 Triton Central did not put up stellar offensive numbers Wednesday night at Morristown but still doubled up the Yellow Jackets, 42-21.

The Tigers improved to 6-0 with the win, its first since moving to the top of the 2A poll this week.

Maddy Brown and Lizzie Graham led Triton Central with 10 points apiece. Olivia Faust had eight and Brooklyn Bailey scored seven off the bench.

Triton Central took a 12-5 lead after one quarter but only outscored the Yellow Jackets 6-5 over the second eight minutes.

The third quarter was all Triton Central as Brown and Graham combined for 11 points and the Tigers pulled away for a 35-12 lead.

 

 

Gracie Laster led Morristown (5-4), who had won four straight, with 10 points.

Raegan Kleine, Morristown’s leading scorer at 13.1 points per game, was held scoreless.

Both teams return to action Tuesday. Morristown is at Hagerstown (2-2) while Triton Central hosts Greensburg (1-5).

In the boys basketball season opener for both teams, Triton Central defeated Morristown, 52-24.

Triton Central took a 13-7 lead after one quarter then held the host Yellow Jackets scoreless for nearly two quarters.

The Tigers’ lead grew to 32-7 at halftime and was 44-7 before Nick Stidham finally ended Morristown’s scoreless streak late in the third quarter with a three-point play.

Triton Central will host Shelbyville (1-0) Saturday night while Morristown will travel to Southwestern (0-1).

Shelbyville wants to push pace with guard-oriented offense

With nine seniors lost to graduation, opportunities are plentiful to get playing time at Shelbyville this season.

John Hartnett Jr. begins his third season at the helm of the Golden Bears with two veteran guards and a multitude of youthful inexperience.

“This year is a different team,” said Hartnett, who begins his second full season as head coach after replacing Ryan Mack midseason in January of 2020. “We have guys that can really get down the court and play up tempo. And we can get after you defensively.”

Senior Jakob Heaton and junior Ollie Sandman are push-the-pace guards that will look to capitalize on easy-scoring opportunities.

“Ollie and Jakob put in a lot of work in the offseason,” said Hartnett. “They knew this time would come where they are not surrounded by older guys to feed off of.”

Sandman averaged 8.0 ppg last season and hit 35 three-pointers. Now 25-30 pounds heavier, Hartnett will count on Sandman to be a more consistent offensive threat.

Heaton averaged 5.6 ppg in his first season at Shelbyville after moving from California. An improved jump shot combined with the ability to slash into the lane will make Heaton more difficult to control.

Sophomore guard Luke Brinkman is another Golden Bear that has utilized the weight room to improve his game.

“He is a key piece this year,” said Hartnett. “He will play more minutes.”

Hartnett envisions a three-guard backcourt with Sandman, Heaton and Brinkman causing problems for opposing defenses.

Sophomore Ethan Lambert and junior Jackson Parker move into varsity roles.

“Lambert is big and strong and has the ability to post up,” said Hartnett. “He did a lot of work this summer.”

Parker can work in the low post but also can slash to the basket as well, according to Hartnett.

Three juniors – Aidan Asher, Nolyn Smothers and Thomas Macaluso – round out the varsity squad to start the season.

For the ninth straight year, Shelbyville opens the boys basketball season against Rushville. The Lions, with new head coach Ryan Ehm, travel to William L. Garrett Gymnasium tonight for a 6 p.m. junior varsity tipoff.

The Golden Bears are 6-2 in the last eight meetings with Rushville and have won six straight.

The Lions will have a size advantage in the low post but the Golden Bears should have the edge in quickness.

“I want to see us move the ball and not stand around holding the ball after catches,” said Hartnett of what he wants to see in the home opener. “In practice, we are getting the ball rotated around the horn. And I don’t want to see one-pass contested shots.”

With no player listed taller than six-foot, two inches on the roster, rebounding will be key this season.

“That’s our biggest flaw,” admitted Hartnett. “Lambert should do a good job filling that role but we have to have five guys crashing the glass.”

Hartnett expects to have five guards on the court simultaneously at multiple points this season.

“We have guys that can really score, which is different with this team than last year,” said Hartnett. “If we move the ball, we can see who gets open, who creates space and who can drive and kick the ball out (to shooters).”

Shelbyville travels to Triton Central Saturday for its first road game of the season. The Golden Bears will play at Connersville, Whiteland, Mt. Vernon and Yorktown in December.

Shelbyville will host potential sectional foe Franklin on Dec. 29 and play at another sectional opponent in Franklin Central on Jan. 19.

Following road games at New Palestine, Delta and East Central in mid-February, the Golden Bears close out the regular season with home games against Seymour (Feb. 22) and Batesville (Feb. 24).

Prep Report: Waldron opens boys basketball season with win at Crothersville

Waldron raced out to a 20-4 advantage after one quarter and cruised to a season-opening 65-45 victory Tuesday night at Crothersville.

Bryce Yarling and Lucas Mitchell combined for 18 of Waldron’s 20 first-quarter points and the Mohawks were never challenged again.

Yarling added 13 more points in the third quarter on his way to a game-high 25 points.

Mitchell finished with 16 and Lucas Shaw had 11.

Waldron led 35-16 at halftime and 54-24 after three quarters.

Crothersville won the junior varsity game, 51-46.

Waldron hosts Knightstown Saturday in its home opener.

In other prep events Tuesday:

Boys Basketball

Edinburgh 74, Southwestern 59

At Southwestern, Aiden Hartsell and Jordan Jones combined for 49 points but the visiting Lancers had four players in double figures to secure the season-opening win.

Hartsell scored 19 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Spartans close.

Jones finished with 17 points.

Edinburgh jumped out to an 18-12 lead after one quarter and extended the advantage to 36-25 at halftime.

Travis Jones scored 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter. Riley Palmeter had seven of his 12 points in the second quarter.

The Lancers stretched the lead to 53-35 after three quarters and Caleb Dewey scored 13 of his team-high 27 points in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Landen Burton had 14 points to help Edinburgh’s balanced scoring effort.

Edinburgh won the junior varsity game 52-29.

Southwestern hosts Morristown Saturday night.

Boys Swimming

Shelbyville 91, Whiteland 56

At Whiteland, the visiting Golden Bears opened the season with a win.

No individual results were available.

Girls Swimming

Whiteland 125, Shelbyville 52

At Whiteland, the visiting Golden Bears suffered their second dual meet loss of the season.

No individual results were available.

Collegiate Update: Heath leads Hanover to rout of Westminster College

Taylor Heath scored 11 points and collected eight assists Sunday to lead Hanover College’s women’s basketball team to a 70-40 win over Westminster College.

Heath, a Triton Central graduate, also had three rebounds and two steals to push Hanover to 2-1 this season.

On Saturday, Otterbein University defeated Hanover, 84-61. Heath had eight points, one rebound, two assists and two steals.

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

 

 

Hayden Langkabel

The Morristown graduate scored six points and had one rebound and one assist Tuesday night in Marian’s 85-59 loss at Grace College.

The loss dropped the 11th-ranked Knights to 4-2 this season and 0-2 in Crossroads League conference games.

On Friday, Marian lost to No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan, 74-55. Langkabel had five points and one rebound.

 

 

Drake Moore

The Morristown graduate scored 10 points and collected four rebounds in 21 minutes in York College’s 66-61 loss at Avila.

The loss dropped York to 3-5 this season and 0-2 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference games.

 

 

Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate had 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal Saturday for Loyola in a 71-59 win over Chicago State.

The win evened the Ramblers’ record at 2-2.

On Nov. 17, Northwestern defeated Loyola, 63-47. Chandler had seven points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot in the loss.

 

 

Kenneth Gipson

The Triton Central graduate started for Rose-Hulman on the offensive line Saturday in a 26-21 loss to DePauw in the NCAA Division III Football Playoff Round of 32 game in Greencastle.

Rose-Hulman scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and amassed 511 yards of offense but could not complete the comeback at DePauw.

 

 

Brooklyn Schiffli

The Triton Central graduate had 12 digs for Jacksonville State in a 25-17, 17-25, 25-20, 25-21 loss Saturday to Florida Gulf Coast University in the championship game of the Atlantic Sun Tournament in Fort Myers, Florida.

The loss ended Jacksonville State’s season at 25-7 – the most wins for the program since 2009.

Jacksonville State, making its first Atlantic Sun Tournament appearance, defeated Stetson, 25-18, 25-12, 25-19 Thursday. Schiffli had one assist, one ace and four digs.

In the semifinal round Friday, Jacksonville State defeated Kennesaw State, 23-25, 25-14, 28-26, 20-25, 15-13. Schiffli had 10 digs.

 

 

Bailey Chandler

The Triton Central graduate had eight assists and four digs in her final collegiate match for Eastern Illinois – a 25-13, 25-15, 25-18 loss to Southeast Missouri Thursday in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The loss to the tournament’s top seed ended Eastern Illinois’ season at 11-18.

 

 

Cameron Baker

The Shelbyville graduate finished sixth in the one-meter dive competition for Franklin College at Wabash’s Gail Moll Pebworth Invitational this past weekend in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Baker also placed third in the three-meter diving competition.

 

 

Nolan Davis

The Shelbyville graduate helped Franklin College’s swim team to a pair of top-four relay race finishes and finished seventh in two individual events at the Pebworth Invitational.

Davis was part of Franklin’s 200-yard freestyle relay team that placed third and the 800 freestyle relay team that finished fourth.

Davis placed seventh in the 200 freestyle and seventh in the 1650 freestyle.

Franklin College finished second in the team standings to Birmingham Southern.

Very young Morristown squad battling through tough life lessons as season approaches

The Morristown High School boys basketball program sent two players on to college basketball rosters and officially closed the door on all connections to the 2018 state championship team.

Head coach Scott McClelland left to take over the Noblesville program. Kevin Crim graduated and is part of Hanover College’s men’s basketball team. Drake Moore graduated and headed west to Nebraska to play for York College.

If that was not enough to overcome in a rebuilding season, the program then received news that rising senior Quinton Batton would miss his final season while battling leukemia.

The athletic department needed a steady hand to take the reins at Morristown and turned to veteran coach Collin McCartt, who was an assistant coach at Morristown the last two seasons.

“Obviously I know the kids and (coach) McClelland and I have pretty similar philosophies,” said McCartt.

McCartt is 123-169 over 13 seasons as a head coach at North Putnam, Morgan Township and Prairie Heights and has two sectional titles to his credit.

Graduation took Moore (18.5 ppg), Crim (17.8 ppg) and Sawyer Jones (11.1 ppg) while Batton averaged 6 ppg meaning 91% of Morristown’s offense from a team that finished 20-5 is gone.

“I don’t have a lot of minutes coming back but there are a couple of experienced guys,” said McCartt. “Not having ‘Q’ this year made us change some things.”

Supporting a teammate through a health emergency is providing bigger life lessons for the program than wins and losses.

“More than anything, it’s given guys different perspectives on a lot of things,” said McCartt. “Now they want to play for him and want to play for themselves.”

The players and coaches are in constant contact with Batton, according to McCartt, who will follow them remotely this season through radio and online broadcasts.

Morristown opens the regular season at home Wednesday against Triton Central in a girls-boys varsity-only doubleheader.

With Batton sidelined, that leaves Morristown with senior Nick Stidham to lead the way. The six-foot, three-inch forward averaged 3.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg last season.

Juniors Chase Theobald and Nolan Laster will have expanded roles this season.

“I believe Nick and Nolan will step in there and help us scoring,” said McCartt.

With Theobald, the trio will be in charge of developing the on-court product one game at a time.

“Those are the three that have experience in the big games,” said McCartt. “They are mentoring the young guys.”

Early in the season, McCartt will look at sophomores Cade Mahin, Carson Conrad and Matthew Carlton to provide productive minutes.

The Morristown varsity roster also includes junior Shane Riley, sophomore Noah Garthwaite and freshman Colin Kieninger.

The Yellow Jackets’ first road trip of the season is Saturday at Southwestern followed by three straight home games against Hauser, Oldenburg Academy and Union County.

“I want to see how we compete,” said McCartt when asked what he wanted to see from his program at the start of the season. “We need to control the things we can control and how we do the things that don’t take talent, like rebound and talk.”

Morristown is hosting a holiday tournament Dec. 29-30 with New Washington, Clinton Prairie, Lawrenceburg, South Ripley, South Dearborn, Covenant Christian and Randolph Southern coming to the Bee Hive.

The semifinal round of the Shelby County Tournament at Waldron High School is Jan. 7.

The Yellow Jackets’ final home game of the regular season is Feb. 11 against Eastern Hancock.

The regular season schedule concludes with road games at Batesville on Feb. 18 and Tri on Feb. 25.

McCartt ended his last head coaching job at North Putnam in 2019 to move closer to home. Now a special education teacher at Morristown, the veteran coach is ready to get back to calling the shots.

“It was a good time in my life to step back,” said McCartt, who has obtained his administrator’s license while teaching at Morristown. “I got a different experience. Coaching with ‘Mac’ was a great experience. I learned a lot. This was a good opportunity at a great place.

“I was not searching for somewhere (to coach) outside of Morristown. The tradition ‘Mac’ built here … this is a great place to coach basketball.”

Shelbyville boys swim program set for record-breaking season

The Shelbyville High School boys swimming record board will be under assault all season long.

Senior Tyler Harker is after all four individual freestyle records while Spanish exchange student Juan Gonzalez Gallego has his eyes on the butterfly record held by Harker’s older brother, Dylan.

The Golden Bears debut tonight at Whiteland.

Harker is on track to make his first state finals berth after finishing sectional runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle at the 2021 New Palestine Sectional. He finished behind a senior in the 200 freestyle and behind two seniors and a sophomore in the 100 freestyle.

“Tyler has big aspirations and big goals that he wants to achieve this season,” said Shelbyville swim coach Coen Weiler. “He has really stepped into his role as a leader this year.”

Harker’s freestyle speed will make him valuable in all three relay races and he has the endurance to chase freestyle records in the 200 and 500 freestyle.

“He wants to clean house on all the freestyle records,” said Weiler.

Gallego made it clear he wanted his exchange student placement to include a place where he could continue his swim training.

“He is a very gifted butterfly swimmer with a legitimate shot at the conference and sectional titles,” said Weiler.

The top four 100 butterfly swimmers at the New Palestine Sectional were seniors. Shelbyville freshman Will Rife was sixth.

Dylan Harker, who completed his Franklin College swimming career in the spring and is now in graduate school in Ohio will be in attendance Tuesday to see if Gallego can begin his Shelbyville career by breaking Harker’s 100 butterfly record.

Gallego’s arrival also significantly improves the 200 medley relay team, which could feature a pair of state meet qualifying swimmers and Rife, who produced an outstanding freshman season.

Rife posted sub 60-second times in the 100 butterfly before the sectional then produced a 56.72 in the qualifying round to reach the finals.

With junior Tristin Maloney in the butterfly-training mix, Weiler expects exciting races this season for the trio of Gallego, Rife and Maloney.

“Tristin has a passion to be on top and want to impact the team,” said Weiler. “He shows up every day to work.”

Seniors Lance File and Michael Fox return to provide a veteran presence in the pool.

“Lance really hit his stride last year,” said Weiler. “He did a lot of work in the offseason getting significantly stronger and it’s paying off in the pool.”

File was a sectional consolation heat qualifier in the 100 backstroke last season.

Fox is already setting personal-record times in the pool and will add speed to the freestyle relay events.

Junior Trey Carrell returns after a strong finish to his sophomore season. Carrell is a versatile swimmer that can compete in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle.

New to the program this season are freshmen Gaige Harker, Blake Hughes and David Quillen and a second Spanish foreign exchange student in Xavier Minoves.

While Harker is new to the sport, Hughes has previous Shelby County Aquatics Club (SCAC) experience.

“Both have shown tremendous growth the first two weeks,” said Weiler.

Along with Quillen, who swam at the middle school, and Minoves, the foursome will continue to learn all four strokes and gain experience.

“We need to get them comfortable in every event,” said Weiler.

Shelbyville does not have a diver in the program this season.

The Golden Bears will host the Shelby Relays on Dec. 11 and compete in the Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet at New Palestine on Dec. 18.

The program has seven dual meets scheduled for January and closes out the regular season at home on Feb. 1 against Lawrence Central and New Palestine.

The New Palestine Sectional championships are Feb. 19.

Triton Central reloads with another postseason run in the game plan

Kyle Ballard has a plug-in-and-play mentality for a Triton Central program fresh off its seventh boys basketball sectional title – and first in nearly a decade.

“We go into every year with the goal of being a championship basketball team … winning county, conference and sectional titles,” said Ballard, 18-27 going into his third year in Fairland. “Last year, we felt we had a team that could accomplish those things. We know the end goal now. We are approaching everyday as a stepping stone to putting ourselves in that position again.”

Triton Central finished 13-9 a season ago and grinded out a 62-60 win over Milan and 66-65 win over South Decatur to earn its first regional appearance since 2012.

At the Greenfield-Central Regional, the Tigers struggled to get in gear and lost to Parke Heritage, 47-30.

Graduation took David Steele (13.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg), Erick Hebauf (4.8 ppg, 3.1 apg), Caleb Anderson (6.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and Jaxson Miller (5.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg) from a balanced unit. Steele is currently playing college basketball at Manchester University in northern Indiana and Hebauf left Triton Central with the career assists record.

However, Triton Central had seven players average at least four points per game last season.

Senior Aiden Lindsey (11.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg) is the leading returning scorer. Also returning to the rotation will be seniors Josiah Blair (3.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg), Josh Kemper (5.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg), Caleb Miller (2.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg) and Mason Krebs (1.8 ppg).

Senior Alex Crouse (2.4 ppg, 1.4 apg) takes over the point guard duties from Hebauf. Sophomore Levi Dewey also will see varsity minutes this season.

Ballard also has a pair of Franklin Central transfers to work into the playing equation in juniors Isaac Morgan and Luke Faust.

“We lost some valuable parts but I feel good because we played 10 guys a bunch last year,” said Ballard. “We’ve got some experience, just maybe players in a different role.”

Triton Central opens the regular season Wednesday at Morristown in a girls-boys varsity-only doubleheader. The Tigers’ home opener follows Saturday when Shelbyville visits Fairland.

The December schedule begins with home games against Waldron and Southwestern.

“It’s a good measuring stick to get going,” said Ballard of playing all four county rivals to open the season. “We are a team with a target on our back with the success we had last year. So we will see how we stack up early.”

Triton Central opens its Indiana Crossroads Conference schedule against Cascade on Dec. 17. The Tigers close out the 2021 portion of the schedule with a trip to Franklin County for a holiday tournament on Dec. 22 and a home game Dec. 30 against Heritage Christian.

The Tigers will defend their Shelby County Tournament title beginning Jan. 7 at Waldron High School.

The final nine games of the regular season feature two potential sectional opponents and six ICC games.

“Our three conference losses last year were to the three teams that finished in front of us,” said Ballard. “Our conference is as hard as they come for a (Class) 2A basketball team. The kids are hungry for (a conference title) … it’s the one thing they didn’t get last year.”

Triton Central’s only back-to-back sectional titles came in 1997 and 1998. Ballard hopes March’s regional experience will drive this year’s group to a repeat performance.

“There will be some pretty competitive sectional games this year,” he said. “Now we’re experienced after winning county and sectional titles and playing in a regional. It never hurts to have kids back that have been in the fire.

“Maybe we will be more prepared this time for the regional. I know we’re all better for getting there and having experienced that together.”

Southwestern upsets Class A, No. 14 Hauser

With three players scoring in double digits, Southwestern upset Class A, No. 14 Hauser Monday night.

Alison Muck scored a game-high 15 points to lead the host Spartans to a 51-42 victory over the Jets (3-2, 0-2 Mid-Hoosier Conference).

McKinley Correll scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half for Southwestern (3-3, 2-1 MHC) and Lily Rooks collected eight of her 11 points in the third quarter.

Hauser led 10-9 after one quarter and 22-21 at halftime. The Spartans responded with a 20-point third quarter to take a 41-36 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Southwestern hit 5-of-8 free throws over the final eight minutes and held the Jets to six points to get the conference victory.

Madelyn Poe led Hauser with 12 points. Kyliegh Parrott finished with 10. Gabby Johns and Adriana Musallami each had six.

Hauser won the junior varsity game 51-16.

Mattie Foster led the Jets with 14 points.

Katelyn Coffman hit three three-pointers on the way to 11 points for Southwestern.

Southwestern returns to action at noon Saturday against Class A, No. 2 Trinity Lutheran (2-0).

Waldron needs to build depth at varsity level to have successful season

With nine freshmen joining the Waldron High School basketball program this season, head coach Beau Scott has three teams to manage – the typical varsity and junior varsity squads along with a rare freshman team.

“We are going to have a freshman team for sure … it’s more opportunities for guys to play,” said Scott, 12-33 in his first two seasons at Waldron. “We have so many guys that just need to play more so I am excited we are going to have a freshman team.”

That program depth keeps Scott from rushing freshmen to the varsity level which is not unusual at a small school.

Instead, Scott will build around three key returning players in senior Caden Sheaffer and juniors Lucas Mitchell and Bryce Yarling.

“Those three will play a lot and start a lot,” said Scott.

Yarling, a five-foot, eight-inch guard, led the Mohawks in scoring last season at 16.3 points per game. He made a team-high 51 three-pointers and shot 47% from the field.

“He has improved,” said Scott. “He is a lot more bouncy and strong. There are not a lot of scorers like him at his height. We are going to count on him a lot.”

Mitchell, at 6-4, will be the Mohawks’ front-line presence around the rim. He averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg last season.

“He could have a big season,” said Scott. “He played a ton last year and will have more offensive opportunities. He’s got the potential to have a breakout season.”

Sheaffer, a 5-8 guard, does not fill the stat sheet but provides valuable contributions in other ways.

“He is always under control. He understands his role really well,” said Scott.

North Decatur transfer Bryant Becker is the program’s only other senior. He did not join the basketball program last season after his mid-year transfer and could be a reliable third scoring threat to go along with Yarling and Mitchell.

“He could be an ‘X’ factor because he can shoot it and is a good distributor,” said Scott.

Freshman Lucas Shaw, a 6-0 guard, filled the fifth starting spot for the preseason scrimmage but Scott sees Shaw, junior Sam Adkins (5-11 forward) and sophomore Jacob Lindsey (5-11 guard) sharing that role this season.

Shelbyville transfer Sam Jones, a 6-2 forward, also could see significant varsity time this season.

Waldron opens the season Tuesday at Crothersville, a program that went 4-19 last season and has a new coach in Bryant Layman.

“They lost a couple of key guys but they have some scrappy kids coming back,” said Scott.

That makes a scouting report tough to create for the Tigers.

“I don’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse not having a scouting report on a team with a new coach,” said Scott. “I kind of like it, though. We can just focus on us.”

Waldron hosts Knightstown on Nov. 27 before getting to its December schedule that includes games against three Shelby County schools and Edinburgh.

The Mohawks will travel to Batesville on Dec. 30 for a holiday tournament that also features North Harrison and Jennings County.

The Mohawks are the host for this year’s Shelby County Tournament which runs from Jan. 6-8.

Waldron faces potential sectional opponents Jac-Cen-Del, Hauser, Southwestern and Rising Sun in January.

The final two games of the regular season are at home against Liberty Christian (Feb. 18) and Anderson Prep Academy (Feb. 25).

“If we develop a little bit of depth, I see us being able to play with everyone,” said Scott. “I’ve seen our guys at their best so I am encouraged.”

Southwestern still piecing together player rotations as new basketball season arrives

Brady Days’ three sectional championship seasons have come exactly five years apart.

With the graduation of four players that combined for 39 points per game and hit 123 three-pointers, the Spartans may not be ready for the program’s first ever back-to-back sectional titles.

“Success is contagious and we can grow from it,” said Days, about to embark on his 16th season with the Spartans. “We have guys that played (in the 2021 regional) or were on the bench and got a taste of how special that was.”

Southwestern was 10-10 entering the 2021 sectional then knocked off Hauser (57-44), Rising Sun (51-48) and Morristown (68-67 in double overtime) to celebrate the program’s fifth sectional title – and first since 2016, which was the first since 2011.

The Spartans defeated Bethesda Christian, 57-50, in the regional semifinal before falling 50-48 to Tindley in the championship.

Days has plenty of questions left to answer as the Spartans prepare for Tuesday’s season opener against Edinburgh, a team that was 18-6 last season.

Five seniors lead the roster but none are listed any taller than five-foot, 10 inches.

“We definitely have a different look this season,” said Days. “We have five seniors now and they all wear medium T-shirts.”

Senior Aiden Hartsell was Southwestern’s leading scorer last season at 14.3 ppg. The Spartans will have to develop scorers around him to keep defenses from targeting him in their scouting reports.

Jordan Jones, another senior who filled the role as sixth man last season, averaged 4.6 ppg.

Jones did get several starts throughout the season due to injuries and illness and will be counted on to play a bigger role this year.

Seniors Jonny Joy, Grant Emerick and Caleb Pappano provide veteran leadership for a program trying to find its way as the season nears.

“There is going to be a lot of getting used to the fill-in pieces,” said Days. “We need to see what rotations we have.”

Juniors Matthew Clements (6-3), Jonah DeArmitt (6-4) and Conner Jewell (6-2) are the front-line size but Days is unsure how the rotations will work just yet.

“Do we go short or do we have the big guys in there?” said Days. “It’s all a learning process. We will have to keep looking at the finish line and see what we need to be successful. That may take time to get.”

Days knows this year’s version of the Spartans will not have the long-range shooting prowess of last year’s team that hit 187 3s. The veteran coach also has concerns about defending the opposition.

“We have a lot of newbies that are juniors and seniors playing varsity basketball,” said Days. “They are going to have to learn and grow together.”

Southwestern and Morristown will renew its rivalry Saturday before the Spartans hit the road for games at Triton Central on Dec. 4, Tri on Dec. 9 and Trinity Lutheran on Dec. 10.

Following its home contest with Waldron on Dec. 18, the Mohawks will not play another game at home until Jan. 29 when Indianapolis Herron visits.

The Spartans return to the Monrovia Tournament on Dec. 28-29 before traveling to Waldron for the semifinal round of the Shelby County Tournament on Jan. 7.

Road contests follow at Brown County (Jan. 14), South Decatur (Jan. 15), Edinburgh (Jan. 21) and Waldron (Jan. 28).

The regular season closes on Feb. 22 with a home contest against Christel House.

Triton Central rises to No. 1 in Class 2A poll, Waldron climbs to No. 4 in Class A

There is a new No. 1 team in the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association’s Class 2A poll.

Triton Central (5-0) moves up to the top spot with Tipton (3-1), the prior No. 1 this season, falling to No. 2 after a 44-42 loss to Class 4A Northwestern on Nov. 16.

Unbeaten Winchester (3-0) sits at No. 3 with Forest Park (4-1), Frankton (4-1), South Knox (5-1), Andrean (2-2), Fairfield (6-0), Evansville Mater Dei (3-0) and University (2-2) rounding out the top 10.

Eastern Hancock (5-1) and Cascade (5-1) – two teams Triton Central has defeated this season -- are tied with Alexandria (6-0) at No. 16.

North Decatur (7-0) is ranked 20th.

In Class A, Waldron’s 6-0 start to the season has pushed the program up to No. 4 in the poll behind Lanesville (6-1), Jac-Cen-Del (5-0) and Trinity Lutheran (2-0).

Waldron and Jac-Cen-Del are in the same sectional.

Vincennes Rivet (3-0) is ranked No. 5 this week.

The rest of the top 10 are Tecumseh (2-3), Morgan Township (5-1), Kouts (4-2), Fort Wayne Blackhawk (5-1) and Lafayette Central Catholic (4-1).

Hauser (3-1) is ranked 14th.

South Bend Washington (6-0) leads the 3A poll with Mishawaka Marian (4-1), Silver Creek (5-0), Garrett (4-1), Benton Central (5-0), Norwell (5-1), Salem (4-1), Evansville Memorial (2-0), Twin Lakes (6-1) and Washington (4-1) rounding out the top 10.

Carmel tops IBCA preseason top 20 poll

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association boys basketball preseason poll has been released with Carmel edging out Cathedral for the top spot.

The IBCA poll does not consider class standing for its top 20 poll. Every boys basketball program is available to be ranked.

Carmel received six first-place votes and enough total points to surpass Cathedral, 10 first-place votes, for the No. 1 ranking just ahead of the boys basketball season debut tonight.

Following Cathedral in the top 10 are Homestead, Westfield, Lawrence North, Warren Central, Indianapolis Attucks, Fishers, Indianapolis Tech, Zionsville and Jeffersonville – the latter two being tied for No. 10.

The second 10 includes Brebeuf, Ben Davis, Gary West Side, Bloomington North, North Central, Mishawaka Marian, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Bloomington South and Lawrence Central.

Other notable programs receiving votes were Center Grove, Connersville, Park Tudor, Plainfield and Tindley.

Young Shelbyville wrestling squad off to promising start

Shelbyville High School’s wrestling program sent six to the 2021 regional round of competition. Only two return for the start of the 2022 season.

Cael Lux, a junior, and Elias Jones, a sophomore, lead a young squad of hard workers for ninth-year head coach Adam Miller.

The Golden Bears opened the season Saturday at the Cloverdale Invitational with a promising start.

Shelbyville finished 4-1 in dual matches, only losing to Sheridan (48-30). Team victories came over Kipp Legacy (66-0), Covington (42-27), Cloverdale (54-30) and South Putnam (52-12).

Isaiah Havens and Ryan Bradley each went 5-0 in the invitational.

Lux, Jones, Carson Linville, Andrew Burton, Benny Cazares and Angel Kreider each finished 4-1.

“We are young,” said Miller Friday night on the eve of the season. “We have no seniors in the lineup, which is good for us. We are in the middle of a rebuilding phase with a lot of good freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Over the next three years, we should be pretty decent.”

Havens is still cutting weight with Miller expecting him to compete at 106 pounds this season as a junior.

“I am expecting a lot of good things from him,” said Miller.

Ethan Watkins, a junior, and Kreider, a sophomore, will slot in at 120 or 126 pounds.

Lux has more focus this season, according to Miller. He competed at 138 pounds last season where he finished fourth in the sectional and lost his opening-round match at the regional.

Cazares is new to the wrestling program but has picked up the sport quickly. He will follow Lux in the lineup at 138 or 145 pounds.

Burton got off to a quick start at Cloverdale in his high school debut at 152 pounds.

“He works hard and has been around the sport for awhile,” said Miller.

Another freshman, Brayden Schultz, steps into the varsity lineup at 170 pounds. He finished 2-3 Saturday at Cloverdale.

“He looks really good,” said Miller. “That transition from middle school is tough. He will be different by midseason when he understands how all this works.”

Linville is another wrestler Miller has followed coming up through the system.

“I expect big things from him. He has a wild style but he has grown over the summer and is stronger,” said Miller, who has Linville, a junior, slotted at 182 pounds.

Bradley, a sophomore, returns at 195 pounds on the varsity roster.

Sophomore Jacob Harker suffered an injury prior to the 2021 postseason but now holds down the 220 weight class.

Sophomore Elias Jones, Shelbyville’s only other returning regional qualifier, fills the 285 weight class.

Miller was more concerned with seeing how the Golden Bears would compete in the season-opener than actual victories.

“I need to see how they respond, especially the freshmen,” he said. “When we get into the second and third periods, how will we respond? Will they listen?

“I know they will wrestle hard but they can’t be scared. But with this group, they don’t seem intimidated much.”

Shelbyville competes in its first dual match of the season Nov. 30 at Lawrence Central.

In December, the Golden Bears will wrestle invitationals at New Castle (Dec. 4), Franklin County (Dec. 18) and Connersville (Dec. 28-29) and travel to Whiteland for a dual match on Dec. 7.

Shelbyville travels to Triton Central on Jan. 6 and hosts Rushville on Jan. 20 with a trip to the Guerin Catholic Invitational in between on Jan. 8.

The Golden Bears will compete in the Warren Central Sectional on Jan. 29.

Prep Report: Class A, No. 5 Waldron nets two wins over potential sectional foes

With wins over a pair of potential sectional opponents, Class A, No. 5 Waldron improved to 6-0 this season and 2-0 against Mid-Hoosier Conference opposition.

Nine different Mohawks scored Saturday night in a decisive 57-15 road win at Rising Sun (3-3).

Bella Larrison led the way with a game-high 13 points. Megan Bogemann connected on a trio of 3-pointers on the way to 11 points.

Hadlie Ross, Shelby Fewell and Nichole Garner each had six.

Baylee Morris topped the Shiners with five points.

Waldron led 19-7 after one quarter and 35-13 at halftime then held Rising Sun scoreless in the third quarter.

On Friday, Waldron collected a conference win over visiting Hauser, 53-36.

Larrison and Bogemann each had 10 points in the win. Ross and Mackenzie Shaw followed with eight apiece. Garner and Josie Larrison each had five.

Kenzie Bostic led the Jets (3-1, 0-1 MHC) with eight points. Kyliegh Parrott had seven.

Waldron doubled up Hauser in the first quarter for a 20-10 lead.

The lead grew by one by halftime with the Mohawks up 35-24.

Waldron returns to action Saturday following a Thanksgiving break when it hosts Greenwood Christian (3-4) at noon.

In other prep events:

Girls basketball

Triton Central 63, Lutheran 11

At Triton Central Saturday, the host Tigers improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Indiana Crossroads Conference with a dominant performance against the Saints (1-2, 0-2 ICC).

Lutheran was held scoreless in the first half which allowed the Tigers to race out to a 46-0 lead.

 

 

Lizzie Graham (14 points), Olivia Faust (13 points) and Riley Ross (12 points) each scored in double figures to lead Class 2A, No. 2 Triton Central.

Maddy Brown added eight points.

Grace King led Lutheran with four points.

Triton Central travels to Morristown (5-3) Wednesday for a girls-boys varsity-only doubleheader.

 

 

Morristown 38, Oldenburg Academy 31

At Morristown Saturday, Raegan Kleine scored a season-high 25 points to lead the Yellow Jackets over the Twisters (1-5).

Morristown trailed 12-6 after one quarter and 21-19 at halftime before taking a 30-29 lead into the final eight minutes.

Kleine also had three rebounds and three steals.

Gracie Laster finished with nine points and two rebounds.

 

 

Shelbyville 49, Southwestern 29

At Shelbyville Friday, three Golden Bears combined for 42 points to push the team’s record to 4-2 this season.

Kylee Edwards finished with a game-high 17 points for Shelbyville. Madison Bassett tallied 13 points – 12 in the first half -- and Ava Wilson had 12 points.

The Golden Bears maintained leads at the end of the first quarter (14-12) and second quarter (25-20) before outscoring the Spartans in the third quarter, 12-4, to get a double-digit lead.

 

 

Lily Rooks led Southwestern (2-3) with eight points. Lily Kerber and Kennedy Pile each had six.

The Spartans host Hauser tonight at 6 p.m.

Shelbyville hosts Pendleton Heights (5-1, 2-0 Hoosier Heritage Conference) Saturday at noon.

Rife signs National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Bellarmine University

Pen to paper changes nothing for Charlie Rife.

The Shelbyville High School senior signed his National Letter of Intent Thursday afternoon to play college baseball at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

“It’s crazy that something you’ve worked for all your life and all of a sudden you’ve reached it and it’s what do I do now?” said Rife after accepting congratulations from principal Brent Baker, baseball coach Royce Carlton and several SHS baseball teammates.

What Rife can do now is enjoy the rest of his senior year as a Golden Bear.

“I think (signing) means the same as when I once said, ‘I want to play college baseball,’” said Rife, who led the Golden Bears in batting average (.443), doubles (8), home runs (3) and runs batted in (28) as a junior. “Nothing will change. I will continue to work my butt off. I will continue working in the classroom and in the weight room and, hopefully, when I get to Bellarmine I will be able to step on the field as soon as I get there.”

In the baseball program’s first season as a Division I program, the Knights finished 13-36 overall and 8-16 as a new member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

“I know he will be able to play right off the bat after talking to their coach,” said Carlton. “They are amazed by his physical stature and his weight room numbers are way above average. I think he will fit in right off the bat.”

That was one of Bellarmine’s selling points to Rife.

“One of the reasons I chose Bellarmine is because I think I can play pretty early,” said Rife, the son of April and Brady Rife. “I’m the guy they want and that’s what they told me.”

 

Charlie Rife, right, will join 2021 Shelbyville High School graduate Benny Thompson, left, as a college baseball player in the spring of 2023. Thompson is a freshman at Anderson University and will play for the Ravens in 2022.

 

While there were other options for Rife, a catcher, to pursue, one campus visit proved enough for him to make a selection.

“Once I visited Bellarmine and stepped on campus and talked to all the guys, I knew this was the place for me,” he said.

With his future secure, Rife can concentrate solely on leading the Golden Bears baseball program to a successful spring season.

“Now I am focused on winning,” he said. “It’s not about me anymore. It’s about getting the team going. I hope we have a pretty strong season. I hope we can compete for a conference championship and do more than that.”

While Rife is a leader on the field, his off-the-field work ethic is hard to match.

“I think the younger guys can learn from his leadership,” said Carlton. “He sets the expectations so high, the younger guys have to follow him.”

Rife will major in English or History with the goal of going to law school in his future.

Prep Report: Morristown stings Beech Grove for third straight victory

With a 40-20 win at Beech Grove Thursday, Class A Morristown has won three straight games against a 2A, 3A and 4A program.

Delaney Cornn and Raegan Kleine each scored 10 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (4-3).

Maggie Lutes had a team-high nine rebounds. Four Morristown players had two steals.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 12-5 lead after one quarter, led 15-7 at halftime and 24-14 after three quarters.

Malone Moore led Beech Grove (1-5) with seven points.

Morristown hosts Oldenburg Academy (1-3) Saturday night at the Bee Hive.

In another prep event Thursday:

Girls swimming

Shelbyville 81, Indian Creek 36

At Shelbyville, the host Golden Bears won all three relay races and all but three individual events in their home opener.

Karissa Hamilton won the 200-yard freestyle (2:15.20) and 100 butterfly (1:13.47).

Madison Monroe touched the wall first in the 200 individual medley (3:05.58).

 

 

Marlee Rice won two events – the 50 freestyle (26.28) and the 100 freestyle (58.96).

Miriam Garringer took first in the 100 backstroke (1:12.91).

Garringer, Monroe, Hamilton and Kylie Stader combined to win the 200 medley relay in 2:15.78.

Lexi Dwiggins teamed with Garringer, Rice and Hamilton to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:54.40.

Stader, Dwiggins, Monroe and Rice won the 400 freestyle relay in 5:06.71.

Shelbyville travels to Whiteland Tuesday as a full program with the meet serving as the season opener for the boys program.

Schedule change

Class 2A, No. 2 Triton Central has announced that tonight’s girls basketball game with Lutheran has been postponed until noon Saturday. There will be no junior varsity game.

 

 

Lutheran’s football team will compete tonight in the semistate round of the Class A state football tournament.

Class 2A, No. 2 Triton Central defeats Monrovia to stay unbeaten

Class 2A, No. 2 Triton Central raced out to an 18-2 lead after one quarter Wednesday and cruised to a 59-12 win over Monrovia.

The Tigers (4-0, 2-0 Indiana Crossroads Conference) extended the lead to 33-8 by halftime and held the winless Bulldogs (0-3, 0-1 ICC) scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Lizzie Graham topped Triton Central with 14 points.

Maddy Brown connected on three 3-pointers on the way to 13 points.

Hallie Schweitzer finished with nine and Olivia Faust and Maia Harris each had six.

Triton Central hit seven 3s in the win and was 8 of 13 from the free-throw line.

Emily Crouch led Monrovia with five points.

Triton Central will go for its third ICC win of the season Friday when Indianapolis Lutheran (1-1, 0-1 ICC) visits Fairland.

Collegiate Update: Chandler honored at Eastern Illinois volleyball's Senior Day

Bailey Chandler collected 20 assists and six digs in her final regular-season match for the Eastern Illinois volleyball program.

Austin Peay defeated Eastern Illinois Saturday, 25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23 to close out the Panthers’ regular-season record at 11-17 overall and 4-14 in Ohio Valley Conference matches.

Chandler, a Triton Central graduate (photo, left with parents Michelle and Cary Chandler), was one of four seniors honored on Senior Day.

On Friday, Chandler had 16 assists, two aces and four digs in Eastern Illinois’ 25-13, 25-13, 21-25, 25-20 win over Austin Peay that qualified the Panthers for the conference’s postseason tournament.

Eastern Illinois will travel to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for a Thursday match against Southeast Missouri in the OVC tournament.

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

 

 

Brooklyn Schiffli

The Triton Central graduate had five digs Sunday for Jacksonville State in a 19-25, 19-25, 25-22, 26-24, 15-8 loss in Nashville to Lipscomb.

Jacksonville State closed out the regular season with a 23-5 record (13-3 Atlantic Sun Conference) to earn the No. 1 seed in the conference’s West Division.

On Friday, Jacksonville State defeated Central Arkansas, 25-19, 25-10, 27-25. Schiffli had two aces and eight digs.

Jacksonville State opens the ASUN Tournament at 1 p.m. Thursday in Ft. Myers, Florida, against Stetson.

 

 

Hayden Kermode

The Triton Central graduate blocked a punt Saturday that was recovered for a touchdown in No. 9-ranked Concordia’s 37-7 victory at St. Francis (Ind.).

Kermode (photo, center with fellow TC graduates Phil Williams, left, and Matt Guhl) and Concordia moved to 8-1 this season and locked up a NAIA playoff spot with its largest margin of victory over St. Francis in program history.

Concordia hosts St. Xavier Saturday at Ferry Field at Cardinal Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in its NAIA tournament opener.

 

 

Nick Brokering, Kenneth Gipson

Brokering, a Shelbyville graduate, and Gipson, a Triton Central graduate, each started on the offensive line for their respective teams Saturday in the regular season finale for Mount St. Joseph and Rose-Hulman.

Gipson and his Rose-Hulman teammates defeated Mount St. Joseph, 58-21, to earn the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title and a postseason berth.

Rose-Hulman will travel to DePauw Saturday for a noon kickoff in the Division III postseason tournament.

 

 

Cameron Baker, Nolan Davis

Franklin College’s swim and dive team secured dual meet wins Friday at Transylvania, 165-55, and Saturday at Centre, 153.5-87.5.

On Friday, Baker, a Shelbyville graduate, finished second in the three-meter diving event with 190.2 points and third in the one-meter event with 194.2 points.

Davis, also a Shelbyville graduate, won the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.88) and helped Franklin win the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

On Saturday, Baker finished runner-up in both one-meter diving sessions.

Davis was second in the 200 freestyle (1:49.26) and 500 freestyle (5:01.27) and was part of Franklin’s runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay.

 

 

Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate finished with five points, one rebound, two assists and one steal for Loyola in an 87-53 loss Friday at DePaul.

The Ramblers are 1-1 this season.

 

 

Riley Stephens

The Triton Central graduate had four points, one rebound and one blocked shot Sunday for Evansville in a 100-59 win over Oakland City.

The Purple Aces are 2-0 this season.

 

 

Hayden Langkabel

The Morristown graduate had eight points, one rebound and one assist for Marian in an 88-68 win Saturday at Clarke (Iowa) in the championship game of the Clarke Holiday Inn Tipoff Classic in Dubuque, Iowa.

Langkabel scored 13 points and added one rebound and one assist Friday in Marian’s 81-48 semifinal victory over St. Ambrose University.

The Knights are off to a 4-0 start this season.

 

 

Taylor Heath

The Triton Central graduate had 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in her college basketball debut Friday for Hanover College in a 72-54 win at Elmhurst University.

 

 

Kenzie Ryle

The Triton Central graduate finished with six points and one steal Saturday for Earlham College in a 100-67 loss to Muskingum.

Earlham is 0-2 this season.

 

 

Jaxon Miller

The Triton Central graduate was part of Army Prep’s first undefeated football team.

On Friday, Army Prep scored the game-winning touchdown with 40 seconds left to defeat Navy Prep, 10-7.

With the win, Army captured the Commander in Chief’s trophy after already defeating Air Force, 16-7, on Oct. 30.

The United States Military Academy Prepatory School (USMAPS), or Army Prep, finished the season with an 8-0 record.

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