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Shelbyville's Ken Gunning to be inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

Former Indiana University and Shelbyville High School basketball standout Ken Gunning will be posthumously inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 22, 2023, as a member of the hall’s 61st class.

Gunning graduated from SHS in 1933 and Indiana University in 1937. He created a tremendous resume of athletic achievement at the high school, college and professional levels.

Gunning was born in Shelbyville in 1914. He excelled in track, basketball and baseball as a high school athlete. He was a two-year captain of the Golden Bear basketball team and received the Paul Cross Basketball Award in 1932.

The Columbus Republic wrote that Gunning was the heart of the Shelbyville team and that the “team attack centers around the veteran forward.” The article went on to state that the 5-foot, 11-inch forward had a “deadly eye” and that his exceptional athletic ability enabled him to have an impact on any game.

Columbus defeated Shelbyville in a hotly-contested 1933 sectional semifinal, 38-36. Gunning led a fierce Golden Bear comeback that fell just short. He finished as the tournament’s third leading scorer despite playing in only two tournament games.

Gunning matriculated to IU in 1933 where he became a three-year letter winner in basketball, baseball and track. He was the Hoosiers’ leading scorer for three seasons and a major catalyst for Indiana’s 18-2 Big Ten championship season in 1936.

IU finished 13-7 during Gunning’s senior year with the Shelbyville native ranking as the conference’s third leading scorer.

 

 

Gunning was selected to the All-Big Ten Team in both his junior and senior years. He was named a Second-Team All American following the 1937 campaign, becoming only the fifth IU player to be so honored at that time.

Gunning played professionally for two seasons for the Whiting Caesar All-Americans of the National Basketball League in 1937 and 1938 and briefly for the Indianapolis Kautskys in 1946. He also played a season of semi-pro baseball for the Moline team in the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League.

Following his playing days, Gunning made the transition to basketball coaching in 1938, accepting the position as head coach at Western New Mexico University (the Western New Mexico Mustangs currently compete at the NCAA Division II level). He would serve in that capacity for 10 years and achieve considerable success. His record of accomplishment earned him induction the school’s athletic Hall of Fame.

He became head coach at Wichita State University in 1948 where he also coached the baseball team. He returned to Indiana in 1951 and joined the high school coaching fraternity when he assumed the head coaching position at Connersville High School.

Gunning developed a reputation as a colorful figure during his Connersville coaching tenure. Author Randy Roberts cites the former Shelbyville standout in his book “But They Can’t Beat Us,” a retrospective of the 1950s Indianapolis Crispus Attucks championship teams.”

The press liked Gunning because he provided good copy. Like many coaches he was compulsively superstitious; on his way into Rushville for the regional, he had convinced the bus driver to take a long way into town rather than cross a particularly unlucky iron bridge.

He declared that if Connersville the 1956 regional, he would run home from the Rushville host site. The Spartans captured the regional title and Gunning was partially true to his word. He disembarked from the bus and ran the last stretch into town. The coach’s antics provided a prime photo opportunity for local media at the height of Hoosier Hysteria.

Connersville won eight sectionals and three regionals under Gunning. He retired from coaching at the conclusion of the 1960 season.

Gunning received significant recognition for his athletic prowess. A 2013 Indianapolis Star series ranking the all-time Top 50 Indiana University men’s basketball players listed Gunning as the 41st greatest player. He was also selected as a member of the pre-1950 all-time IU Basketball Team.

 

 

In 2020, Indianapolis Star sportswriter Kyle Neddenriep named Gunning one of the top ten players in Shelbyville High School men’s basketball history. He stands in good company with fellow selections that included Bill Garrett, Gary Long, Harry Larrabee, Julius Denton and Chad Adkins.

Gunning and his wife Ruth had three sons and a daughter. He died in Seguin, Texas, on April 2, 1991 at the age of 76.

Nineteen men’s basketball members will be inducted during the March 22 festivities that will include an afternoon reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Museum in New Castle and an evening awards ceremony at Primo’s Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.

The stellar class includes former Butler University and Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, former IU star Brian Evans, former Lawrence North and NBA player Eric Montross, former Shortridge and Butler star Oscar Evans and 1979 Indiana All-Star and Rushville Lion Dennis Goins.    

Gunning achieved remarkable sports success throughout his life and in March will receive the ultimate endorsement to which all Hoosier basketball participants aspire: Inclusion into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. 

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Prep Report: Sanders leads Morristown to win over Hagerstown

The Morristown team that was preseason ranked in the top 15 of the state coaches Class A poll is starting to come together.

After an 0-6 start without much of its starting roster healthy and eligible to play, the Yellow Jackets have won two straight after securing a 51-23 win over Hagerstown Tuesday.

Nevaeh Sanders scored a game-high 21 points and had three rebounds and three steals for Morristown (2-6).

Reagan Kleine had 12 points, three rebounds, six assists and six steals. Danika Rutledge added eight points and eight rebounds.

Morristown outscored Hagerstown (1-6) 13-4 and 13-5 in the opening two quarters then limited the Tigers to three points in the third quarter to coast to the win.

The Yellow Jackets travel to Franklin County (6-2) for a Saturday afternoon contest.

In other prep events Tuesday:

Boys basketball

Oldenburg Academy 40, Morristown 27

At Oldenburg Academy, Henry Wanstrath (15 points) and Jacob Hoff (13 points) led the Twisters to the win in the program’s season opener.

Wyatt Marcum topped Morristown (1-2) with 11 points. Jameson Palmer finished with seven.

Morristown was scheduled to play at Hauser Friday but that game has been postponed until Dec. 21.

The Yellow Jackets host Knightstown (1-1) Saturday.

Girls basketball

Eastern Hancock 68, Southwestern 13

At Southwestern, the Class 2A, No. 11 Royals scored 30 points in the opening quarter to take control.

Grace Stapleton led Eastern Hancock (8-1) with 18 points. Sammie Bolding and Ruby White each had 10.

Tanna Tatlock led Southwestern (0-8) with five points.

The Royals won the junior varsity game 32-14. Katelynn Coffman led the Spartans with six points.

Southwestern is at Knightstown (2-5) Tuesday.

Triton Central 59, Monrovia 47

At Monrovia, Brooklyn Bailey led the visiting Tigers with 20 points to keep Triton Central on top of the Indiana Crossroads Conference standings.

Maryrose Felling finished with 17 points and Elizabeth Graham had 13 to improve Triton Central to 3-3 this season and 3-0 against ICC foes.

Ashley Lewis scored a game-high 30 points for Monrovia (3-3, 0-1 ICC).

Triton Central is at Waldron (2-4) Friday.

Boys swimming

Franklin 121, Shelbyville 41

At Shelbyville, the visiting Grizzly Cubs collected all first-place finishes to secure the victory over the Golden Bears.

Shelbyville got runner-up performances from Trey Carrell in the 50-yard freestyle (23.21 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.87) and Beau Kenkel in the 100 backstroke (1:35.29).

Shelbyville is at Columbus East Thursday.

Girls swimming

Franklin 116, Shelbyville 60

At Shelbyville, the host Golden Bears got event wins from Miriam Garringer and Naomi Garringer.

Miriam Garringer won the 200 individual medley in 2:43.38 while Naomi Garringer took first place in the 100 breaststroke (1:25.22).

Shelbyville also got runner-up finishes from Riley Everette (27.93 in 50 freestyle; 6:31.89 in 500 free) and Maiah Helfer-Vazquez (167.3 points in diving).

The quartet of Meeghen Bushfield, Paige Bohman, Riley Everette and Miriam Garringer finished second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:57.78) while Miriam Garringer, Naomi Garringer, Paige Bohman and Kylie Studer placed second in the 400 freestyle relay (4:26.06).

Shelbyville travels to Columbus East Thursday.

Wrestling

Shelbyville 66, Lawrence Central 12

At Shelbyville, the host Golden Bears won eight matches by pinfall to secure the team victory.

Those pinfall winners were Jaylen Eads (126 pounds), Ethan Watkins (132), Cael Lux (138), Julian Eads (145), Jorge Ramos (152), Andrew Burton (160), Dylan Garvin (170) and Jacob Harker (285).

Shelbyville also got match wins from Isaiah Havens (120) and Luke Dwyer (189).

Shelbyville competes in the New Castle Invitational Saturday.

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20th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing complete at Horseshoe Indianapolis

The 20th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing came to a close Nov. 23 with a healthy outlook on the 123-day racing season.

While Horseshoe Indianapolis is waiting on final information from some non-commingled locations it is estimated that the total handle will be nearly $235 million in all sources signal sales, showing an increase of 5.2 percent over figures in 2021. This is despite running 27 fewer races than in 2021 which results in a per race increase of over 9%.

“Despite difficult weather conditions with rain in most of May and a string of 100-plus heat index days that forced us to either cancel or move post times away from the heat in June, we ended up showing a solid season of business in 2022,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager. “We have to thank the horsemen’s organizations and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for their partnership in achieving these numbers over last season, which was strong to begin with. It’s definitely a group effort in moving the business levels forward in racing at Horseshoe Indianapolis.”

Included in the $235 million in all sources handle was a 6.2% increase in on-track wagering. Halstrom noted Horseshoe Indianapolis is still waiting on several handle sources from international locations that took our signal this year and those numbers should be in within the next month.

“If you look at our estimated handle of $235 million that number is one of the strongest in the nation right now,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of Racing for Caesars Entertainment. “And it also shows a fourth straight year of achieving a record handle. I applaud our horsemen and our racing team led by Eric (Halstrom) for a job well done and for their hard work throughout the season.”

A total of 1,192 races were held with an average field size of 8.06 horses per race, which was a marked improvement over 2021 when the average starters per race was 7.35. The 2022 Quarter Horse starters per race was a robust 9.0 while the Thoroughbred figure was 7.83.

“This is a great way to conclude our racing season,” added Halstrom. “It sure gives us incentive and momentum to head into 2023 with a strong racing product that has shown it is growing each year. We are already working on next season. We are excited to return to racing in April, pending IHRC approvals.”

The 21st season of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing is expected to resume April 18 for a 123-day meet. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission is set to review the proposal for 2023 at its meeting Thursday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.

Collegiate Update: Phelps sparks Youngstown State to win over St. Francis Brooklyn

Tenleigh Phelps provided a spark off the bench Saturday to help Youngstown State defeat St. Francis Brooklyn, 70-41, at the Beeghley Center in Youngstown, Ohio.

Phelps, a Triton Central graduate, played 14 minutes and scored four points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out two assists to help Youngstown State improve to 2-3 this season.

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

 

 

Drake Moore

The Morristown graduate had 12 points and four rebounds Sunday in Oakland City’s 78-76 loss to Warner University (Fla.) in Kingsport, Tennessee.

On Saturday, Oakland City defeated Crawleys Ridge College, 88-78. Moore had 15 points, one rebound and four assists in the win.

Oakland City is 4-3 this season.

 

 

Taylor Heath

The Triton Central graduate had nine points, four rebounds, five assists and five steals Sunday for Hanover in a 65-47 win at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Hanover is 3-2.

 

 

Hayden Langkabel

The Morristown graduate had two points and two rebounds Sunday in Marian’s 68-50 win over Bluefield College in the NAIA the Show Tournament in Kingsport, Tenn.

On Saturday, Marian topped Ave Maria (Fla.), 70-66. Langkabel finished with four points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Marian is 9-0 – its best start to a season since 2015-16 when the Knights won 15 consecutive games.

 

 

Rylie Stephens

The Triton Central graduate had five points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal Sunday for Samford in a 75-63 loss to Rhode Island in the UCF Thanksgiving Classic.

On Saturday, UCF defeated Samford, 79-74 in double overtime. Stephens had 10 points, two rebounds and one steal.

Samford is 3-5 this season.

 

 

Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate had 11 points, one rebound and one steal Monday in Loyola’s 79-53 loss at Miami (Ohio).

All 11 of Chandler’s points came in the second half. She has scored in double figures in six of Loyola’s seven games this season.

On Friday, Loyola defeated St. Francis (Pennsylvania), 69-56. Chandler had 12 points, four rebounds and one steal.

Loyola is 2-5.

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Sego sinks game winner for Triton Central in win at Shelbyville

With his team trailing late in the game, the Triton Central freshman had no fear.

Eli Sego sank a three-pointer to give Triton Central a 62-60 lead with 31 seconds left and Shelbyville committed back-to-back turnovers late that allowed the visiting Tigers to escape Garrett Gymnasium with a 63-60 victory Saturday night.

Triton Central (2-0) trailed by as many as eight points in the second half and never led until Sego hit the biggest shot of his young career.

“That was probably a situation where there was less than a minute left, we were down, we’d been down, a lot of adversity and somebody could have tried to do something on their own,” said Triton Central head coach Kyle Ballard. “We find (Sego) for a wide open shot that all of us have confidence he is going to hit.

“For a freshman, that’s a tough situation to be in. As long as I’ve known him, his composure is one thing that has always stood out. He is a big-time competitor. I’m really happy for him to hit that shot.”

Sego finished with 13 points after sinking all three of his 3-point attempts in the second half.

Luke Faust led Triton Central with 19 points and six rebounds and he spent much of the game shadowing Shelbyville senior Ollie Sandman, who finished with 13 points – only two in the second half. Sandman averaged 20 points per game as a junior and scored 27 in the Golden Bears’ win Wednesday at Rushville.

 

 

Isaac Morgan (photo) kept Triton Central fighting the entire second half until it could finally get the lead. The senior earned trip-after-trip to the free-throw line over the final 16 minutes, finishing with 13 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the charity stripe.

“There were some things Isaac and I talked about down the stretch there,” said Ballard. “There were some chances he took we maybe didn’t want him to take. He’s had the ball in his hands a lot and played in a lot of big games for us the last two years. It’s part of our philosophy to put the ball in his hands and I won’t tell him where to go all the time.”

Shelbyville (1-1) scored the final six points of the first quarter but still trailed 15-11 at the break. Luke Brinkman and Sandman each hit a pair of free throws late in the second quarter to give the Golden Bears a 32-29 edge at halftime.

Sego splashed back-to-back 3s early in the third quarter but Shelbyville responded with an 8-0 run started by a Sandman drive to the basket and back-to-back 3s from Shelbyville freshman Caden Claxton, who scored 19 points in his second varsity game after being held scoreless Wednesday at Rushville.

“We know what Caden can do and he shoots like that all the time in practice,” said Shelbyville head coach John Hartnett. “Those first game nerves were kind of settled at Rushville and tonight he comes out and has 19 points. He did a great job contributing especially with them holding Sandman to 13.”

Morgan scored TC’s final five points of the third quarter to cut Shelbyville’s lead to 45-40 at the break.

It was a slow-and-steady climb for the Tigers in the fourth quarter. Triton Central hit a trio of 3s in the quarter and scored 10 points at the free-throw line to keep pressure on the Golden Bears.

Shelbyville’s offense in the fourth quarter was a steady dose of Brinkman attacking the lane and getting to the free-throw line or feeding Ethan Lambert for close-range scores.

 

 

Lambert (photo) finished with 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.

“Ethan played tremendous,” said Hartnett. “He will be so hard to take out of games this year because he is our biggest, strongest body. He made some free throws and hit some big shots to get our advantage down the stretch.”

Brinkman hit four free throws in a 40-second span to keep Shelbyville ahead 60-56 with 1:21 left.

Faust hit a wing 3 to cut the lead to 60-59. Forty seconds later, Sego hit what would be the game winner.

Silas Blair added a free throw with six seconds left to make it 63-60 and Sandman’s potential game-tying 3-pointer from the volleyball line caromed off the backboard to give the Tigers their third-straight win over the Golden Bears.

Brody Runnebohm hit four 3s to lead Shelbyville to a 47-29 win in the junior varsity contest. Runnebohm finished with a game-high 14 points. Cole Schene finished with 11 and Jack West had 10.

Gavin Morgan led Triton Central with 11 points.

Triton Central travels to Waldron (2-1) Thursday. Shelbyville hosts Connersville (1-1) Saturday.

Steve Bush photos.

 

Triton Central 63, Shelbyville 60

TC – Faust 7-10 2-2 19, Sego 4-6 2-2 13, Morgan 2-5 9-14 13, Baugh 1-2 0-0 3, Blair 2-6 3-4 7, Crouse 1-6 4-6 6, Stuckey 0-2 0-0 0, Goul 0-0 2-2 2. Totals: 17-37 22-30 63.

SH – Sandman 4-14 2-2 13, Badgley 1-2 0-0 3, Brinkman 0-5 9-12 9, Parker 1-2 1-1 3, Claxton 6-12 2-2 19, Asher 0-2 0-0 0, Lambert 5-6 3-5 13. Totals: 17-41 17-23 60.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

TC (2-0)  15  14  11  23  --  63

SH (1-1)  11  21  13  15  --  60

Three-point field goals: TC 7-20 (Faust 3-5, Sego 3-5, Morgan 0-2, Baugh 1-2, Blair 0-1, Crouse 0-4, Stuckey 0-1), SH 9-21 (Sandman 3-8, Badgley 1-1, Brinkman 0-3, Claxton 5-9). Rebounds: TC 25 (Faust 6, Sego 1, Morgan 4, Baugh 2, Blair 3, Crouse 4, Stuckey 3, Goul 2), SH 19 (Sandman 4, Badgley 1, Brinkman 4, Parker 3, Asher 2, Lambert 6). Assists: TC 9 (Faust 1, Morgan 5, Baugh 1, Crouse 2), SH 10 (Sandman 1, Brinkman 4, Parker 3, Claxton 1, Lambert 1). Steals: TC 3 (Morgan 1, Stuckey 1, Goul 1), SH 4 (Brinkman 2, Claxton 1, Lambert 1). Blocks: TC 3 (Blair 1, Goul 2). Total fouls: TC 27, SH 23. Fouled out: Stuckey (TC), Parker (SH), Brinkman (SH). Turnovers: TC 17, SH 14.

JV

Shelbyville 47, Triton Central 29

TC – G. Morgan 11, McClure 5, Clements 4, Canter 2, Capps 2, Collier 2, McElfresh 2, Brown 1.

SH – Runnebohm 14, Schene 11, West 10, Myers 8, Reed 4.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

TC  11    6    8    4  --  29

SH    7  16  19    5  --  47

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Warfel, Arabians pin first loss of season on Shelbyville

PENDLETON -- Kaycie Warfel needed to make one more play to finally vanquish Shelbyville Saturday afternoon at Pendleton Heights.

The sophomore raced the length of the court in 5.1 seconds, split the last two Shelbyville defenders on the way to the rim and got a shot off that rolled in as the buzzer sounded to give the Arabians their third Hoosier Heritage Conference victory of the season, 55-53.

The loss ended Shelbyville’s unbeaten run to start the season.

“We said in our timeout let’s make sure we stop No. 12 (Warfel) in her dribble drive down the court and let’s make her get it out to somebody else to make the shot,” said Shelbyville head coach Becca Hoefler. “Unfortunately, we did not do that and we paid for that.”

Warfel, an All-HHC selection as a freshman and averaging 20 points per game as sophomore, scored a game-high 34 points and added nine rebounds and five steals to her performance.

Shelbyville, seeking its first 8-0 start to a season since 2004, got off to a fast start in its first HHC game of the season. Kylee Edwards and Ava Wilson scored 11 straight points to stake the Golden Bears to an early 11-2 lead.

Shelbyville maintained its lead into the second quarter as the Arabians (5-2, 3-0 HHC) settled for 3-point shots – and missed.

The momentum quickly flipped in the second quarter when Pendleton Heights coach Nick Rogers was assessed two technical fouls and ejected from the game. Edwards sank all four free throws as a result of the technicals and the Golden Bears led 20-13 with 4:19 left in the first half.

Shelbyville never scored again, though, and Warfel jumpstarted a 14-0 run to end the half with the Arabians leading 27-20.

“I wasn’t really happy with our offensive movement. I thought we were stagnant a lot,” said Hoefler.

Edwards sparked an 8-0 run in the third quarter that gave Shelbyville the lead once again, 32-31.

The lead changed nine times from there as the teams went back and forth. Neither team led by more than three points over the game’s final 13 minutes.

Lilly Marshall sank a 3-pointer from the wing to get Shelbyville back even at 42-all early in the fourth quarter. Hailey Pogue hit a top-of-the key 3-pointer to open up a 47-44 lead.

The Golden Bears fell behind but recovered on an Edwards score in the low post to make it 49-48.

A Wilson drive and score put Shelbyville on top 51-50.

Whitney Warfel hit a 15-foot jumper to get the Arabians back on top, 52-51, and Makayla Morrison added a free throw to make it 53-51 with 12 seconds left.

In a scramble at the other end of the floor, Ellie Simpson was fouled and sent to the free-throw line where she calmly sank both shots to tie the game and set up the final scenario.

“I am really proud where the girls are at in our season and how much work we’ve put in and where we’ve come from,” said Hoefler. “I know we’re 7-1 but this was a big game for us to tell us where we’re at.”

Wilson led Shelbyville with 20 points and three assists. Edwards finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and two assists.

The Golden Bears shot 33% from the field and hit on 6-of-15 3-pointers and were a perfect 15-for-15 from the free-throw line.

Pendleton Heights shot 41% from the field despite going 0-for-17 from the arc.

Shelbyville’s junior varsity improved to 6-0 with a 46-43 victory. Hannah Baker had 13 points and Savannah Collins and Sophia Asher each finished with 12 to lead the Golden Bears.

Shelbyville hosts Batesville (4-3) Saturday.

 

Pendleton Heights 55, Shelbyville 53

SH – Edwards 5-16 6-6 19, Simpson 0-1 2-2 2, Keller 1-6 2-2 4, Wilson 6-21 5-5 20, Pogue 1-1 0-0 3, E. Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Marshall 1-1 0-0 3. Totals: 16-48 15-15 53.

PH – Baldwin 1-3 0-0 2, K. Warfel 12-23 10-12 34, Jones 0-3 0-2 0, Shelton 2-4 0-0 4, W. Warfel 6-17 0-0 12, Ross 0-2 0-0 0, Phillips 0-3 0-0 0, Herndon 0-0 0-0 0, Morrison 1-1 1-2 3. Totals: 22-54 11-16 55.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

SH (7-1, 0-1)  16    4  19  14  --  53

PH (5-2, 3-0)    9  18  13  15  --  55

Three-point field goals: SH 6-15 (Edwards 1-6, Wilson 3-7, Pogue 1-1, Marshall 1-1), PH 0-17 (Baldwin 0-1, K. Warfel 0-6, Jones 0-3, Shelton 0-2, W. Warfel 0-2, Ross 0-1, Phillips 0-2). Rebounds: SH 32 (Edwards 14, Simpson 5, Keller 4, Wilson 2, Pogue 3, E. Johnson 4), PH 35 (Baldwin 4, K. Warfel 9, Jones 5, Shelton 4, W. Warfel 6, Ross 4, Phillips 3). Assists: SH 7 (Edwards 2, Wilson 3, Pogue 1, Marshall 1), PH 6 (Baldwin 1, K. Warfel 2, Shelton 1, W. Warfel 2). Steals: SH 3 (Simpson 2, Keller 1), PH 10 (Baldwin 3, K. Warfel 5, Shelton 1, W. Warfel 1). Blocks: PH 3 (K. Warfel 1, Jones 1, W. Warfel 1). Total fouls: SH 20, PH 13. Turnovers: SH 23, PH 16.

JV

Shelbyville 46, Pendleton Heights 43

SH – Baker 13, Collins 12, Asher 12, Fortune 7, Stieneker 2.

PH – Trout 15, Morrison 11, Roberts 9, Jones 3, Perry 2, Lowe 2, Fisher 1.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

SH  17    6  11  12  --  46

PH    9  18  10    6  --  43

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Prep Report: Palmer's buzzer beater nets Morristown overtime win over Southwestern

Cory Kreiger will always remember his first head coaching victory.

Morristown trailed Southwestern 59-58 with 3.9 seconds left in overtime Saturday. Jameson Palmer stepped to the free-throw line and missed. A Yellow Jacket player fought for the rebound and threw a wild shot up and over the rim that went right to Palmer who beat the buzzer with the game winner.

Morristown improved to 1-1 this season and earned Kreiger his first varsity coaching win. Southwestern dropped to 0-2.

Wyatt Marcum led Morristown with 21 points. Palmer finished with 15 and Cade Mahin added 14.

Southwestern also had three players score in double figures – Matt Clements with 21, Carter Snepp had 12 and Jonah DeArmitt finished with 11.

Morristown travels to Oldenburg Academy (1-0) Tuesday. Southwestern hosts Triton Central (2-0) Saturday.

In other prep basketball games Saturday:

Boys basketball

Knightstown 64, Waldron 49

At Knightstown, the host Panthers (1-1) outscored the Mohawks 17-4 in the third quarter to take a 46-36 lead it never relinquished.

Bryce Yarling scored a season-high 20 points which moved him past Tyler Bowlby for fifth all-time in career points.

Lucas Mitchell finished with 18 and Lucas Shaw had seven for the Mohawks (2-1), who suffered their first loss of the season.

In the junior varsity contest, Knightstown hit a three-pointer with six seconds left to seal a 38-37 victory over Waldron.

Cole Jones and Blake Baldwin each scored seven points to lead Waldron.

Waldron hosts Triton Central (2-0) Thursday.

Girls basketball

Waldron 46, Greenwood Christian 32

At Greenwood Christian, Waldron held the host Cougars scoreless in the second quarter to take a 21-6 lead into halftime. The two teams played even in the second half and the Mohawks (2-4) collected their first road victory of the season.

Alyssa Benson topped Waldron with 13 points, three assists and six steals.

Alivia Fischer and Audrey Hogg each had nine points and Josee Larrison finished with eight points.

Sydney Waldron led Greenwood Christian (1-6) with 16 points.

The Mohawks host Triton Central (2-3) Friday.

Trinity Lutheran 73, Southwestern 41

At Trinity Lutheran, Bailey Tabeling and Liza Froedge combined to score 49 points to lead Class A, No. 7 Trinity Lutheran (3-1) to the win.

Tabeling tallied a game-high 28 points in just three quarters of playing time. Froedge finished with 21 and Madison Keith added 17.

McKinley Correll led Southwestern (0-7) with 18 points. Tanna Tatlock and Cy Stockdale each scored nine.

The Spartans host Class 2A, No. 10 Eastern Hancock (7-1) Tuesday.

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Triton Central senior fulfills goal to become collegiate golfer

FAIRLAND -- The only thing keeping Oliver Gearlds from closing out his high school golf career with an appearance at the IHSAA State Finals Tournament is Oliver Gearlds.

“It’s my mental game,” said Gearlds when asked what part of his game needs the most work. “Sometimes I can get in my own head and that usually is what brings my scores up or (makes them) go low, it’s where my head is at that day.”

Gearlds, a Triton Central senior who has yet to advance out of the regional round of the postseason, estimates he needs a round of 73 or 74 at the regional to qualify for the 2023 state tournament. He shot 71 this summer on The Players Club course typically used for the regional.

“If I play my game, I can make it to the (state finals),” said Gearlds Wednesday afternoon. “It would mean a lot to me. When I was in middle school and even through high school, that is where I wanted to be. That would be the icing on the cake.”

Then he can focus on his college career.

Gearlds made his commitment to play golf at Indiana University Kokomo official Wednesday with a signing ceremony at Triton Central.

“I picked IU Kokomo because I have friends that go there. It’s big in Business (his intended major). And when I went on the visit, the golf program was amazing and everyone treated me great,” explained Gearlds.

Gearlds was joined by friends and family Wednesday to mark the occasion.

“This has been my dream. I am glad it finally happened,” he said.

 

 

Gearlds closed out a strong tennis career this fall with 17 wins at No. 2 doubles for Triton Central. Now he is preparing for one final golf season as a Tiger.

“I am focusing full time on golf right now,” said Gearlds. “There is a (golf) simulator here on campus. I will be in there most every day. And I am working out a lot more to gain yardage and accuracy.”

Gearlds has been playing golf much of his young life. He can recall swinging clubs as a three-year old and playing competitively for the first time while in fifth grade.

“It’s kind of a family sport for me,” he said. “My dad played (golf). My great-grandpa played it and I was just raised on the sport.”

The desire to get better led to early victories.

“When I first started out, I wasn’t very good,” he said. “I started putting in more practice and winning tournaments. That’s when I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.”

Gearlds has three goals set for 2023 – win every nine-hole match he competes in, lower his scoring average to 1-over par, and qualify for the state tournament.

His offseason work in the coming weeks will get him closer to those goals. Then, come August, he starts all over as a member of the IU Kokomo men’s golf program.

“I’m not sure about that freshman part,” laughed Gearlds when asked whether he was ready to be a freshman again. “I am ready to be in college. I don’t know if I am ready to lead the freshman life again.”

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Golden Bears open season with 55-45 win at Rushville

RUSHVILLE – After a near-perfect second quarter, Shelbyville appeared ready to run away from Rushville in the season opener for both programs.

The Lions opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run and hung around to the very end before falling to the Golden Bears, 55-45.

The win was the eighth-straight for Shelbyville over its State Road 44 rivals Rushville.

“That is a much improved program from last year,” said Hartnett. “They had some guys really step up. … I thought we did a great job of when they struck back, we settled it down a little bit and iced the game at the end.”

Ollie Sandman (main photo) scored 20 first-half points to get Shelbyville an 11-point halftime lead. The senior finished with a game-high 27 points.

“Ollie Sandman did his job tonight. He went out and got 27 and got a victory,” said Hartnett. “(Rushville) did a better job in the second half of crowding him more and putting some pressure on him but he’s a tremendous scorer and is hard to stop.”

Jackson Parker filled a variety of roles, scoring 10 points, grabbing six rebounds, handing out two assists and blocking three shots.

 

 

Damon Badgley (photo) had seven points and five rebounds and Luke Brinkman sank all six of his free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter to finish with six points.

Rushville jumped out to an early 6-0 lead which forced Hartnett to call timeout. Parker followed with a three-pointer and the Golden Bears went on a 13-1 run and never trailed again.

Shelbyville connected on 8-of-12 field goal attempts in the second quarter, outrebounded Rushville 8-6, and committed just two turnovers to open a double-digit lead.

The Lions cut the lead to 31-30 with 3:19 left in the third quarter when Quentin Cain spun into the lane and scored.

Sandman counted with a three from the wing and Shelbyville pushed the lead back to 42-33 going into the fourth quarter.

The Lions got no closer than six points over the final eight minutes thanks to missing all five free-throw attempts and going 0-for-7 from the line in the second half and 2-for-11 for the game.

XxZavien Jenkins led Rushville with 14 points. Kameron Morton finished with 12 points. Dylan Thompson had seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Shelbyville won the junior varsity game, 49-30.

Shelbyville hosts Triton Central (1-0) Saturday at William. L. Garrett Gymnasium.

“We have to build off this. It was not the prettiest of victories,” said Hartnett. “We got the job done and we really need to get Saturday.”

Steve Bush photos.

 

Shelbyville 55, Rushville 45

SH – Sandman 11-21 1-3 27, Badgley 3-7 0-1 7, Brinkman 0-1 6-6 6, Parker 4-7 0-0 10, Claxton 0-6 0-0 0, Asher 2-5 0-1 5, Lambert 0-2 0-0 0, Schene 0-0 0-0 0, Myers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-49 7-11 55.
RV – Cain 3-14 1-3 8, Jarman 2-4 0-2 4, Morton 6-12 0-2 12, Jennings 5-9 0-0 14, D. Thompson 3-8 1-5 7, Woolf 0-2 0-0 0, Corn 0-0 0-0 0, K. Thompson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 10-51 2-11 45.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

SH (1-0)  13  18  11  13  --  55

RV (0-1)    7  13  13  12  --  45

Three-point field goals: SH 8-23 (Sandman 4-11, Badgley 1-1, Parker 2-4, Asher 1-3, Claxton 0-4), RV 5-16 (Cain 1-2, Morton 0-4, Jenkins 4-7, Woolf 0-1, K. Thompson 0-2). Rebounds: SH 29 (Sandman 5, Badgley 5, Brinkman 3, Parker 6, Claxton 2, Asher 2, Lambert 5, Myers 1), RV 31 (Cain 6, Jarman 8, Morton 5, D. Thompson 11, Woolf 1). Assists: SH 11 (Sandman 2, Brinkman 2, Parker 2, Asher 4, Myers 1), RV 8 (Cain 4, Jarman 1, Morton 2, D. Thompson 1). Steals: SH 2 (Asher 1, Lambert 1), RV 3 (Morton 2, D. Thompson 1). Blocks: SH 6 (Sandman 2, Badgley 1, Parker 3), RV 4 (Jarman 1, Morton 1, D. Thompson 2). Total fouls: SH 17, RV 15. Fouled out: Cain (RV). Turnovers: SH 8, RV 11.

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Shelbyville 49, Rushville 30 

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Prep Report: Morristown ends 30-game losing streak to Triton Central

Morristown never trailed at the end of each quarter which helped it secure its first win over Triton Central since Jan. 10, 2004.

Nevaeh Sanders scored a team-high 14 points and had three rebounds to help the visiting Yellow Jackets, winless in its first six games this season, upset Triton Central, 38-35, Wednesday in Fairland.

Raegan Kleine finished with 13 points, four rebounds and two steals and Danika Rutledge added four points and six rebounds to help Morristown break a 30-game losing streak to the Tigers (2-3).

Brooklyn Bailey finished with a game-high 16 points for Triton Central. Lizzie Graham had eight points.

The loss was the first for TC head coach Bryan Graham to Morristown in his 15 seasons.

Morristown twice defeated Triton Central in the 2004 season. The Yellow Jackets won the first meeting on Nov. 26, 2003, 70-46, then repeated the feat in the Shelby County Tournament championship game in 2004, 38-31.

In other prep events:

Boys basketball

Triton Central 61, Morristown 26

At Triton Central Wednesday, with four players scoring in double figures, the host Tigers rolled to a season-opening victory.

Freshman Max Crouse came off the bench to lead Triton Central with 13 points. Silas Blair finished with 12 points and Eli Sego, another freshman, and Isaac Morgan each scored 11.

TC led 17-3 after one quarter and 31-9 at halftime over Morristown and first-year head coach Cory Kreiger.

Jameson Palmer led the Yellow Jackets with eight points.

Morristown hosts Southwestern (0-1) in its home opener Saturday. Triton Central travels to Shelbyville (1-0) Saturday.

Boys swimming

Shelbyville 84, Whiteland 71

At Shelbyville Tuesday, the host Golden Bears won two relays and got a pair of wins apiece from Trey Carrell and Will Rife to win the season-opening meet.

Carrell won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.98 and the 100 freestyle in 52.62.

Rife collected first-place points in the 100 butterfly (57.52) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.36).

Rife and Carrell teamed with Tristin Maloney and Blake Hughes to win the 200 medley relay in 1:54.36.

Rife, Carrell and Maloney teamed with Elijah von Werder to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:49.64.

Shelbyville hosts Franklin Tuesday.

Girls swimming

Whiteland 136, Shelbyville 41

At Shelbyville, the visiting Warriors won every event contested.

Scoring runner-up points for the Golden Bears were Riley Everette (2:24.31 in 200 freestyle; 1:14.47 in 100 butterfly), Paige Bohman (28.07 in 50 freestyle) and Maiah Helfer-Vazquez (159.95 points in diving).

Shelbyville hosts Franklin Tuesday.

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Jockeys collect toys for local drive at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Each year, the jockeys at Horseshoe Indianapolis, located in Shelbyville, Indiana, collect toys for area children in need.

This year, more than 70 toys will be donated to the Shelby County CASA (Court Appointed State Advocates) for kids displaced in current home situations. This is the eighth year for the Jockey Toy Drive at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

“This toy drive is a great thing we do because we are helping a lot of kids who don’t have the opportunity to enjoy Christmas every year,” said DeShawn Parker, winner of more than 6,000 career races. “It makes all of us feel good to do something as a group to help out each year.”

The jockeys come together for various causes throughout the year. In addition to the annual toy drive, they also raised funds for PDJF (Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund) and for HVAF Inc. of Indiana (Hoosier Veterans and Families). It was the second time they have donated peanut butter to the pantry in Central Indiana for homeless veterans.

“It’s nice to help and I want to help out whenever I can,” added Marcelino Pedroza Jr., who is a three-time leading jockey at Horseshoe Indianapolis. “Giving back is important to me. It’s the way I was raised, and I want to help any way I can. I hope we can brighten the day of a few kids this Christmas.”

Several jockeys brought in toys for the drive.

Pictured with the toys during the Tuesday racing program included Jon Court, Sammy Bermudez, Rafael Mojica Jr. Joshua Morales, Fernando De La Cruz, Victor Bailon, Rodney Prescott, Joe Ramos, DeShawn Parker, Marcelino Pedroza Jr. Gage Holmes, Rolando Pina, Juan Marquez, and Santo Sanjur.

Rachel McLaughlin, on-air racing broadcaster for Horseshoe Indianapolis, conducted the presentation in the paddock.

Collegiate Update: Chandler off to strong start at Loyola

Maya Chandler scored a game-high 20 points on Nov. 16 in a 68-62 loss to Virginia.

Chandler also grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists for Loyola. It was the third straight game Chandler scored in double figures. The Triton Central graduate finished one point shy of tying her career high.

 

 

On Sunday, Loyola lost at Eastern Illinois, 83-73. Chandler finished with 14 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals. She improved to a perfect 17-of-17 at the free throw line this season.

Loyola dropped its third-straight game Tuesday against Miami, 63-45. Chandler had eight points and three rebounds.

The Ramblers are 1-4.

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

 

 

Rylie Stephens

The Triton Central graduate had one rebound and one steal Tuesday in Samford’s 84-47 win over Talladega to improve to 3-3 this season.

On Sunday, Stephens finished with four points, seven rebounds and one assist in Samford’s 77-52 victory over Miles.

Stephens had nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Samford’s 75-68 win at Alabama A&M Thursday.

 

 

Hayden Langkabel

The Morristown graduate scored 15 points and added three rebounds, one steal and nine assists Tuesday in Marian’s 82-59 victory at Spring Arbor to improve to 7-0 (2-0 Crossroads League).

On Saturday, Marian defeated Taylor, 87-67. Langkabel finished with a game-high 24 points, three rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.

 

 

Kyle Crim

The Morristown graduate had one rebound and one steal Friday in Hanover’s 65-48 win at Wheaton.

 

 

Taylor Heath

The Triton Central graduate had 10 points, three assists and two steals Sunday in Hanover’s 74-55 loss to Wittenberg University in the Wittenberg Tournament in Springfield, Ohio.

On Saturday, Hanover opened the tournament with a 71-48 loss to Baldwin Wallace University. Heath had 11 points, one rebound and two assists.

The Panthers are 2-2 this season.

 

 

Drake Moore

The Morristown graduate finished with six points, four rebounds and one assist Saturday in Oakland City’s 86-62 loss to Indiana University Southeast.

On Nov. 15, Midway University defeated Oakland City, 64-55. Moore scored 12 points and had eight rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Oakland City is 3-2.

 

 

Tenleigh Phelps

The Triton Central graduate had three rebounds Friday in Youngstown State’s 61-44 loss at Akron.

 

 

Bella Larrison

The Waldron graduate had six points, eight rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot Tuesday in Anderson’s 83-77 win at St. Mary’s (Ind.) to improve to 3-2.

On Saturday, Anderson scored a single-game record 109 points in its 109-66 win at Kalamazoo. Larrison had two points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

On Nov. 16, the Ravens lost to Ohio Northern, 84-67. Larrison finished with six points, two rebounds, one assist and three steals.

 

 

Brooklyn Schiffli

The Triton Central graduate had 12 digs Thursday in Jacksonville State’s five-set loss to Kennesaw State in the Atlantic Sun Tournament quarterfinal round.

Jacksonville State finished the season 24-6 and set a program record for wins (49) in consecutive seasons.

 

 

Julia Sanders

The Triton Central graduate had one service ace and five digs Saturday in IU Kokomo’s 25-23, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21 loss at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska, in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.

IU Kokomo finished the season 30-7.

 

 

Kenneth Gipson

The Triton Central graduate was one of 13  Rose-Hulman football players selected to the All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Team.

Gipson, a junior, was a key part of Rose-Hulman’s offensive line that helped average 39.8 ppg this season and 49.1 ppg in conference games.

 

 

Rachel Dewey

The Triton Central graduate played 59 minutes Friday in Xavier’s 3-1 loss to Virginia in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Second Round game played in State College, Pennsylvania.

Xavier finished the season 14-4-5.

 

 

Cameron Baker

The Shelbyville graduate finished seventh in the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions for Franklin College at the Gail Pebworth Invitational held at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind.

Baker scored 314.55 points in the one-meter event and 301.5 points in the three-meter competition.

Dynamic scorer, intriguing youth ready to lead Golden Bears

John Hartnett Jr. has to find a way to protect electric scorer Ollie Sandman.

Now a senior, Sandman averaged 20.5 ppg last season for a Golden Bears squad that finished 5-18. He is on a quest in his final season to become just the 10th Golden Bear to break 1,000 career points.

“We’ve had multiple conversations about what this year will look like,” said Hartnett Jr., now in his fourth season as head coach. “He wants to play at the next level and go out with a bang this year. We want to make it the best year possible.”

The six-foot, two-inch shooting guard already has several small school offers but wants to let his senior season play out to maximize his collegiate opportunities.

“He is going to leave (his decision) open right now,” said Hartnett Jr. “He wants some coaches to come watch him play his senior year so there is no decision soon.”

For Sandman to repeat his junior season success, he will need some familiar faces to continue to improve. Seniors Jackson Parker and Aidan Asher and juniors Luke Brinkman (main photo) and Ethan Lambert bring experience to the varsity level.

As many as three freshmen could be in the varsity mix, including point guard Caden Claxton (5-9), who will likely be in the starting lineup tonight when the Golden Bears open the season at Rushville.

“(Caden) is clearly the second best scorer in the program,” said Hartnett Jr. “The kid can really shoot it. He has put on 30 pounds since the start of summer and he has worked really hard.”

Freshmen Jack West (6-1) and Cole Schene (6-2) will keep the Shelbyville roster youthful.

With Jakob Heaton (12.4 ppg) and Nolyn Smothers (7.6 ppg) lost to graduation, Brinkman, a 5-10 guard who averaged 4.5 ppg, and Parker, a 6-2 forward who averaged 3.9 ppg, are the two leading returning scorers after Sandman.

“Parker has that long, athletic body that can guard bigger, stronger guys,” said Hartnett Jr.

Brinkman scored 28 points in Shelbyville’s first two games last season then struggled to knock down shots consistently.

“He’s been in the gym a lot working on being a shooter,” said Hartnett Jr.

 

 

Lambert (photo), a 6-2 forward, saw limited varsity action last season and will join Asher, a 5-11 guard, as the energetic sparkplugs of the program.

“Asher is a motor guy. He doesn’t stop,” said Hartnett Jr. “He plays well defensively and is one of our best rebounders.”

Sophomore Damon Badgley (6-2 guard) earned a pair of late starts last season after Sandman suffered a season-ending ankle injury at East Central. He will expand his role with the varsity this year along with junior Kohen Myers (6-3 forward) and senior Riley Fortune (6-1 forward).

 

 

“We have more scorers, more guys that can be contributors to take the pressure off Sandman’s shoulders so he doesn’t have to get 25 points every night,” said Hartnett Jr. (photo) “We have more of a team this year than last year. It’s a very solid group.”

Sandman starts the season with 643 career points after scoring 410 last season.

Shelbyville has produced three consecutive sub-.500 seasons. A 2-0 start in the opening week would help take the pressure off a squad relying on younger players.

After traveling to Rushville Wednesday, Shelbyville hosts Triton Central Saturday at William L. Garrett Gymnasium. Three games follow against programs that won a combined 49 games last season.

The Golden Bears host Connersville on Dec. 3, travel to New Castle Dec. 9 and host Whiteland Dec. 10.

The program has won 39 sectional titles, tied for 25th most all-time in the state of Indiana, but has not celebrated with a postseason trophy since 2001.

The Golden Bears are part of Class 4A, Sectional 14 this season which includes Columbus East, Columbus North, East Central, Franklin and Whiteland.

Steve Bush photos

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Edinburgh rattles inexperienced Southwestern squad in season opener

EDINBURGH – Committing more turnovers than shots attempted is not a recipe for success.

Southwestern shot 56% from the field in its season opener but took just 25 shots which allowed Edinburgh to run away with a 73-37 victory Tuesday.

Caleb Dewey led the Lancers with 28 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Connor Ramey finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals. Jarrett Turner added 10 points and three assists.

Wearing dark red uniforms emblazoned with “Maroons” across the chest as a throwback to when Edinburgh went by that moniker before switching to the Lancers in 1955, the hosts scored 27 first-quarter points and forced the inexperienced Spartans into 10 turnovers.

“One of the things we’ve talked about is trying to handle pressure and being able to slow it back down and run some offense,” said first-year Southwestern head coach Chris Ingels. “We never got into running any kind of offense. Edinburgh was so fast and athletic, a lot of credit to them.”

A 21-point second quarter gave the Lancers a 48-21 lead at halftime.

Southwestern had 16 first-half turnovers and just 12 shot attempts.

Matthew Clements led Southwestern with 13 points, 10 coming in the second half as he became more aggressive getting to the basket.

“Matt wants that (role) but he has never really done that before, he’s never been in that role,” said Ingels of Clements adjusting to be one of his team’s top scoring options. “It’s a little bit of a change.

“We talked in the lockerroom, there is no reason to be mad or upset. It’s going to be a long season. We will be better Saturday. We will be better each and every game.”

Connor Jewell finished with 10 points and six rebounds in the loss.

Edinburgh won the junior varsity contest, 57-23.

Freshman Avery Dennison hit three three-pointers to finish with a team-high 15 points for Southwestern.

The Spartans are back in action Saturday at Morristown.

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Edinburgh 73, Southwestern 37

SW -- Ma. Clements 6-7 1-3 13, Stone 0-0 0-0 0, Snepp 2-5 1-2 5, Jewell 3-6 4-4 10, DeArmitt 1-2 2-4 4, Kahler 2-4 0-0 5, Mi. Clements 0-1 0-0 0, Cooley 0-0 0-0 0, Barlow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-25 8-13 37.

ED – Dewey 12-18 1-6 28, Turner 4-6 0-0 10, Bryant 1-3 0-0 2, Smith 1-8 0-0 2, Ramey 5-15 0-0 13, Hartwell 3-3 0-0 6, Brockman 2-3 1-1 6, Milburn 0-3 0-0 0, Jensen 1-1 1-1 3, Kohr 0-2 0-0 0, Londeree 1-1 0-0 3, Totten 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 30-64 3-8 73.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

SW (0-1)     8  13    8    8  --  37

ED (1-0)    27  21  19    3  --  73

Three-point field goals: SW 1-5 (Snepp 0-2, Kahler 1-3), ED 10-24 (Dewey 3-5, Turner 2-3, Bryant 0-1, Smith 0-1, Ramey 3-9, Brockman 1-2, Kohr 0-1, Londeree 1-1, Totten 0-1). Rebounds: SW 15 (Ma. Clements 3, Snepp 1, Jewell 6, DeArmitt 3, Kahler 2), ED 27 (Dewey 3, Turner 1, Bryant 3, Smith 6, Ramey 6, Hartwell 3, Brockman 2, Milburn 3). Assists: SW 8 (Stone 2, Snepp 2, DeArmitt 1, Kahler 2, Cooley 1), ED 12 (Ramey 4, Turner 3, Bryant 1, Smith 2, Milburn 1, Totten 1). Steals: SW 1 (DeArmitt 1), ED 12 (Dewey 3, Turner 1, Smith 1, Ramey 3, Hartwell 2, Brockman 1, Milburn 1). Blocks: SW 1 (DeArmitt 1). Total fouls: SW 7, ED 15. Turnovers: SW 27, ED 10.

JV

Edinburgh 57, Southwestern 23

SW: Dennison 15, Cooley 4, Shaw 2, Oliver 2.

ED: Londeree 22, Totten 19, Burkman 8, Branigin 6, Parkhurst 2.

Prep Report: Mitchell scores career-high 47 points to lead Waldron over Crothersville

Lucas Mitchell is proving to be a force to contend with at Waldron.

The senior wing poured in a career-high 47 points Tuesday to lead the Mohawks to an 86-62 victory over visiting Crothersville.

Mitchell followed up a 28-point performance Monday in Waldron’s win over Elwood with the third-best single-game scoring performance in program history.

Waldron raced out to a 24-9 lead after the first quarter but Crothersville settled in with a 22-point second quarter to stay within reach, down 50-31 at halftime.

Mitchell, who did not hit a 3-pointer in the win, had 20 points in the first half. He finished with 21 made field goals and went 5-for-11 at the free throw line.

Crothersville (0-1) outscored the Mohawks (2-0) in the third quarter, 20-19, but never got the comeback on track.

Preston West topped the Tigers with 28 points. Curtis Thompson finished with 15.

Bryce Yarling scored 14 points to move closer to becoming a top-five scorer in Waldron history. Yarling now has 1,016 career points, leaving him 16 points away from surpassing Tyler Bowlby for the No. 5 spot.

Jacob Lindsey hit a trio of 3s for Waldron to finish with 11 points.

Waldron’s junior varsity improved to 2-0 with a 59-16 victory over Crothersville.

Will Larrison led the Mohawks with 14 points.

Waldron will play its third game of the opening week of the season Saturday at Knightstown.

In other prep events Tuesday:

Girls basketball

Monrovia 76, Waldron 42

At Monrovia, four Bulldogs scored in double digits to lead the win over the visiting Mohawks (1-4).

Avery Newlin led Monrovia (3-2) with 18 points. Joslyn Young (17 points), Ashley Lewis (15) and Ruby Murrell (10) also scored in double digits.

Monrovia won the JV contest, 36-14.

Waldron returns to the court Saturday at Greenwood Christian (1-5).

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Much younger Triton Central squad chasing third-straight sectional title

The two-time defending sectional champion Triton Central Tigers have lost 11 players to graduation from the pair of 13-win teams.

“We are definitely in a little bit different position,” admitted Triton Central head coach Kyle Ballard, 31-39 in his fourth season in Fairland. “We only have back three lettermen from last year and none of the five that started the regional game.”

Josiah Blair, Alex Crouse, Caleb Miller and Josh Kemper graduated while Jameson Palmer transferred to Morristown.

“We are definitely younger than we’ve been,” said Ballard.

The 2022-2023 roster features three seniors – Luke Faust, Isaac Morgan and Cooper Baugh. Combined, the trio averaged 12.5 points per game last season.

“We are going to rely on Isaac’s and Luke’s leadership a lot,” said Ballard. “Everyone else, we have to get caught up.”

Ballard admits the players, including two freshmen, are further along than he expected as the season opener Wednesday against Morristown looms.

Eli Sego, a five-foot, 11-inch guard, and Max Crouse, a 6-0 guard, will both see varsity minutes early in the season.

“It’s the first time I’ve started freshmen at the varsity level,” said Ballard.

The varsity rotation also will include juniors Jace Stuckey (6-4 forward) and Sam Kemper (5-11 forward) and sophomore Silas Blair (6-5 forward) and Taggy Goul (6-4 center).

“We have to get old fast,” said Ballard. “We had good opportunities in the offseason and the first couple of weeks of practice to simplify things and bring the young guys along.”

Morgan, a 6-0- guard, is TC’s leading returning scorer at 8.3 ppg.

“Isaac and Luke are both playing with a lot of confidence,” said Ballard. “Luke is shooting with a lot of confidence right now. I see real maturity in his game.”

Faust, a 6-3 guard, averaged 4.2 ppg last season in 22 games played.

As needed, Ballard believes he can add sophomores Sam Collier and Gavin Morgan and junior Garrett McElfresh to the varsity rotation.

The Tigers open with their traditional run through its county opposition with Morristown at home first followed by road trips to Shelbyville (Saturday), Waldron (Dec. 1) and Southwestern (Dec. 3).

“With the young kids, I don’t know how they will respond to situations when the lights come on,” said Ballard. “It feels like we are starting further ahead from the previous year because there is not as much new stuff each year. I feel good about the chemistry with this team. They feel pretty connected right now.”

For Triton Central to secure its first ever back-to-back-to-back sectional titles, it will have to go through last year’s regional champion – Eastern Hancock.

The Tigers are slotted into Class 2A, Sectional 42 this postseason with the Royals, 22-6 last season, Indiana Crossroads Conference rival Indianapolis Scecina (12-11 last season), Irvington Prep and Indianapolis Riverside.

“Eastern Hancock will still be really good,” said Ballard. “They are really experienced. They only graduated one or two primary guys from last year. It will be a challenge if we see those guys.”

Triton Central and Eastern Hancock will not meet during the regular season.

“It’s definitely a different looking sectional than we’ve had (at South Ripley),” said Ballard.

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Prep Report: Yarling surpasses 1,000 career points in season-opening win over Elwood

Bryce Yarling entered his senior season needing just nine points to reach the 1,000-point club at Waldron.

Yarling took less than eight minutes Monday in the Mohawks’ season opener against Elwood to reach the milestone.

With two quick baskets and four made free throws, Yarling moved to 999 career points. Sophomore Lucas Shaw then found Yarling for a corner three-pointer to eclipse 1,000 points.

Yarling became the sixth Mohawk in boys basketball program history to reach 1,000 points. He now sets his sights on Jared Lux’s career scoring mark of 1,313 points.

Lucas Mitchell led Waldron to a season-opening 59-35 victory over visiting Elwood with 28 points.

Yarling finished with 11 points. Jacob Lindsey added nine in the win.

Jackson Blackford and Hunter Sallee each had seven points to lead Elwood (0-1).

Waldron won the junior varsity game, 59-26.

Jack Fischer led the Mohawks with 13 points. Noah Mitchell and Will Larrison each had 11.

Waldron returns to action tonight hosting Crothersville.

In other prep events Monday:

Girls basketball

Hauser 61, Southwestern 30

At Hauser, Madelyn Poe scored a game-high 21 points to help the host Jets even their season record at 2-2 (1-0 Mid-Hoosier Conference).

Norah Berkenstock and Kyliegh Parrott finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Hauser led 27-16 at halftime then outscored the Spartans 16-8 in the third quarter to build a 19-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

McKinley Correll led Southwestern (0-6, 0-3 MHC) with 10 points. Tanna Tatlock finished with seven points and Riley Engel had five.

Hauser won the junior varsity game, 30-14.

Ellie Gosser and Katelynn Coffman each scored five points for Southwestern.

Southwestern travels to Class A, No. 7 Trinity Lutheran (1-1) Thursday.

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Morristown readies for season debut with inexperienced roster, first-time coach

The 2021-2022 boys basketball season at Morristown was its first without any remnant of the 2018 state basketball championship squad.

Quinton Batton’s battle with leukemia did not make the season any easier.

The Yellow Jackets struggled to a 3-18 record in Collin McCartt’s only season as head coach. McCartt is now the athletic director at Morristown and rookie head coach Cory Kreiger stands firmly in control.

 

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“We want to be competitive starting out (the season),” said Kreiger, who was an assistant coach with the Brownsburg boys basketball program last season. “Our main goal is running our race and playing our best basketball come tournament time at the end of the year.”

Kreiger will start with a fresh slate with the graduation of Nick Stidham (12 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists as a senior) and the departure of Nolan Laster (16.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg).

What Kreiger has back is Batton, who will serve as an assistant coach with the program this season after missing his entire senior year.

“It’s good to have him around for us,” said Kreiger. “I’ve gotten to know ‘Q’ the last five to six months and he brings something to the staff that is good for our guys.”

The coaching staff’s top task is to find offensive production. Cade Mahin (4.4 ppg) and Chase Theobald (2.5 ppg) are the program’s two leading returning scorers.

“Chase battled through injuries last year so we’re excited to have him back out,” said Kreiger. “He is great in that leadership role.”

Mahin is a six-foot, four-inch junior forward.

“He is a high energy guy that has stepped into leadership very naturally,” said Kreiger. “I can’t say enough good things about his intangibles.”

The loss of Laster could be tempered by the transfer of 6-3 forward Jameson Palmer from Triton Central.

“We are excited to have him. He played in some big games last year for Triton Central,” said Kreiger. “His ability to be in a leadership role for us (is key). He brings that presence.”

Joining Theobald, Palmer and Mahin in the early-season starting lineup will be juniors Wyatt Marcum and Mathew Carlton.

Junior Noah Garthwaite adds experience to the bench. He will be joined by seniors Kamdyn Gaines and Trey Gooding and sophomores Jacob Hawk and Colin Kieninger in the sub rotation.

Morristown will need to be solid defensively and avoid shootouts.

“We’ve got height this year and I like our athleticism,” said Kreiger of Mahin, Kieninger (6-4 forward), Palmer (6-3) and Gaines (6-3) on the front line.

Offensively, the team will not rely on one or two guys to score most of the points.

“I like the motion guys making plays for others,” said Kreiger.

Morristown opens the season Wednesday at Triton Central, where Palmer was part of the Tigers’ sectional championship team in 2022.

“He is excited for the opportunity,” said Kreiger. “It will be a special night for him.”

For Kreiger, too.

“I’m not too nervous. I’m excited to get going. It’s been a long offseason through the summer and fall,” he said.

Morristown is the host site for the 2023 Shelby County Basketball Tournament in early January.

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Southwestern settles into transition year with new coach, new players in key roles

Chris Ingels knows there will plenty of eyes on him as he makes his head coaching debut for Southwestern Tuesday in Edinburgh.

Ingels, who has coached baseball and cross country at Southwestern as well as serving as junior varsity basketball coach for nine seasons, can vividly recall his playing days as an Edinburgh Lancer and head coach Steve Todd telling him he would be a good coach someday.

Todd’s inclination was correct as Ingels has found success coaching through various sports. But Tuesday night at his alma mater, Ingels will finally be a head coach of a boys basketball program.

“I have interviewed for a couple of (boys basketball) positions when I probably wouldn’t have been ready for it,” said Ingels. “This is something I always wanted and worked toward but once I became a baseball coach (at Southwestern), I told (head basketball coach and athletic director) Brady Days I was not in any hurry to be a basketball coach.”

That all changed when Days surprisingly announced his impending departure from Southwestern after 16 seasons as a head coach with a program-record 153 wins and three sectional championships.

“His voice was always there and he knew how everything went,” said Ingels of Days’ tenure.

Not only is Days gone from the program, but graduation took Aiden Hartsell (22.1 points per game) and Jordan Jones (19.6 ppg). No other Spartan averaged more than 4.4 ppg last season.

“We are definitely a work in progress but we have a lot of good pieces,” said Ingels. “We have three seniors who all have played quite a bit of varsity minutes last year. We are expecting a lot from them.”

Senior Matthew Clements steps into the leadership role this season. He averaged 4.4 ppg and a team-leading 5.3 rebounds as a junior.

“He is one of the better athletes on the floor most nights,” said Ingels. “He has improved his offensive game. And he may have to guard the other team’s best player most nights.”

Senior Jonah DeArmitt will find himself in the unique position as the focal point of running the offense. With his six-foot, four-inch frame, DeArmitt can get established in the low post and work or kick the ball out to the shooters.

“We have got to get the ball to him,” said Ingels. “We have to play through him. That will be a little change for us to play through the post.”

Carter Snepp, a 6-3 junior, is ready for a bigger role with the varsity program.

“Nobody has worked harder or put more time in than him,” said Ingels. “He is shooting the ball well. We expect a lot from him.”

The program gets considerably younger after that trio and senior Connor Jewell. Ingels will look at sophomores Ben Kahler, Eli Stone, Michael Clements and Kaden Barlow and freshman Carter Cooley to fill out the rotations.

“Kahler will do a little bit of everything. … Stone is great defensively and takes care of the ball. … Clements is an athlete that can finish around the basket,” said Ingels.

For Southwestern to have success, it must find a way to score points consistently.

“We have guys that can shoot the ball,” said Ingels. “We have to space around Jonah. We want to play through the paint. We just don’t have the speed to drive so we have to throw it in and move and play off that.”

A collective defensive effort could help the offense score points.

“We’ve had some great athletes the last several years,” said Ingels. “We have a little more length this year which can help us defensively. We may play a little more zone with our length.”

Ingels admits there will be some anxious moments leading up to his head coaching debut Tuesday at Edinburgh. He also knows there will be plenty of familiar faces in the stands to show support – including Brady Days.

“I think I will be nervous for every game but it will be a little different playing where I went to school and grew up,” he said. “This was always on my mind. I know a couple of my coaches will be there. And coach Days will be there.

“It will be a fun but stressful time.”

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Pieces in place for Waldron to have breakout season

Beau Scott is not afraid to let his team dream of that big season.

Following Waldron’s first winning season since 2015, the Mohawks are primed for a breakout year in Scott’s fourth season in charge.

Waldron finished 12-11 last season and produced a stunning victory in the championship game of the Shelby County Tournament on its home floor. In addition, the Mohawks had front-row seats to a girls basketball program that went 24-2, earned a No. 1 ranking in the state coaches poll and won sectional and regional titles.

“Looking back at the county tournament last year, it was definitely motivation for us,” said Scott, 24-44 in his first three seasons at Waldron. “It was in our building. The girls won right before us. The girls’ success last year was a cool experience for the community to live through that. The guys want to be next.”

With seniors Bryce Yarling (20.4 points per game last season) and Lucas Mitchell (17.3 ppg) returning, Waldron knows it can keep up offensively with most teams.

Two seniors were lost to graduation -- Bryant Becker and Caden Sheaffer -- but a deep underclassmen class makes the program stronger as does the addition of Shelbyville transfer Keith Settles.

“We’re excited,” said Scott. “Things have been going pretty well. We have good numbers (in the program). We’ve brought a lot back from last year. Winning the county tournament (again) is very important but we have a higher list of goals for sure. Our guys really want to win a sectional. That’s tough because there are a lot of good teams in (the sectional), but we believe we can.”

Scott won’t temper that belief.

“I’m encouraging it. We’re not shying away from setting that goal,” he said.

As Yarling, a five-foot, eight-inch guard, and Mitchell, a 6-5 forward, have grown as players, so has the success level of the program. Yarling averaged 16.3 ppg as a sophomore for the 5-win Mohawks. Mitchell collected 6.4 points and five rebounds per game.

As juniors, Yarling brought up his scoring, rebounding, assists and steals production. Mitchell blossomed into a legitimate scoring threat and averaged nine rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.

Now, can they be better as seniors?

“I think so,” said Scott. “Their decision making has improved. Both have added a lot to their games since last year. Bryce is staying under control all the time while Lucas can score at all three levels.

“They definitely both have improved.”

With Becker (8.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Sheaffer (4 ppg, 2.4 rpg) lost to graduation, Scott will look for more production from Lucas Shaw, a 6-2 guard who started every game last season as a freshman.

“He has grown a lot physically and as a player,” said Scott. “He was sharp in our scrimmage. He won’t be physically outmatched on the floor.”

Sophomore guard Parker Douglas will move into the starting lineup to start the season.

“He had a really good offseason,” said Scott. “He plays like a mix of (Bryant and Sheaffer). He is a good ball handler and always seems to be in the right place at the right time.”

Settles, a 6-6 junior forward, will take some interior defensive pressure off Mitchell.

“He will free Lucas up to take away a good guard or good wing,” said Scott.

Seniors Sam Adkins and David Miller, juniors Sam Jones, Jacob Lindsey and Jacob Bennett and sophomore Will Larrison will offer options for Scott off the bench.

Waldron opens the season with back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday at home against Elwood (1-21 last season) and Crothersville (3-20), respectively.  The Mohawks close out the holiday week with a road trip Saturday to Knightstown (7-16).

The toughest part of Waldron’s schedule kicks in after the Shelby County Tournament in early January. In fact, of the first eight games this season, only two opponents had winning records last season.

“The potential for a strong start is there,” admitted Scott.

The big early season matchup comes Dec. 3 at Edinburgh, who finished 22-4 last season and is back in the same sectional as Waldron.

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Defensive pressure helps Shelbyville overwhelm Franklin County

Shelbyville’s game Saturday night at William L. Garrett Gymnasium looked eerily familiar.

The only difference was the aggressor was the Golden Bears, who forced Franklin County into 32 turnovers and 27% shooting from the field to produce their seventh-straight win to start the season, 50-31.

The staggering struggles of Franklin County was a consistent theme to Shelbyville losses over the past three seasons. Now starting a four-guard lineup made up of two seniors and two juniors, head coach Becca Hoefler is turning up the pressure on the opposition, which is creating more fast-break scoring opportunities.

“I think every single game for the past three years, our offensive ball handling has always been an issue for us,” said Hoefler, now 30-47 in her fourth year with the program. “This year, we’ve gotten to the point where multiple people can bring the ball up. In years previous, we had one, maybe two. Now, we have at least four people on the court, sometimes five that can bring it up anytime.”

After six first-quarter turnovers Saturday against Franklin County (5-2), Shelbyville committed just one turnover in the second quarter when it created separation from the Wildcats.

Over the same eight-minute span, Franklin County had 14 turnovers and shot just 1-of-6 from the field to fall behind 24-10 at halftime.

“We weren’t hitting shots the first half (9 of 33, 27%) but we wanted to keep creating our own energy on the defensive end,” said Hoefler. “We can always get a steal. We can always make that extra effort. The more turnovers for us means we are on offense more.”

The starting quartet of Kylee Edwards, Abby Brenner, Ava Wilson (photo) and Ellie Simpson combined for 12 of Shelbyville’s 13 steals in the game.

“I think we are surprising teams,” admitted Hoefler. “Teams are so used to it being Shelbyville, it’s an easy win, so I think they are overlooking us. I think it’s neat we are kind of making a name for ourselves that we’re not going to be an easy, walk-in win for anybody.”

 

 

Edwards and Wilson combined for 30 of Shelbyville’s 35 points over the second and third quarters to extend the lead to 41-24. Edwards and Wilson scored the final four points of the third quarter off mid-court steals and layins.

“They are killing it. They talk the same way. They communicate very well on the court together. They both are die-hard competitors that want to win,” said Hoefler of the duo averaging 44 points per game this season. “This is their third year playing together and you can see how they have formed a good relationship on the court.”

Edwards finished with a game-high 21 points Saturday and pulled down 15 rebounds.

Wilson scored 18 points and added seven rebounds to go with five steals.

Kassidy Schell led Franklin County with 12 points and seven rebounds.

The last time Shelbyville was 7-0 to start the season was in 2004, when the Michael Gaines-led Golden Bears opened 8-0.

“I wasn’t quite sure we would be 7-0 but I knew we were capable of it,” said Hoefler. “I wasn’t quite sure what teams would show at us. It’s been nice that what teams have done to us has not affected our game. That’s been big for us. We are always going to do what we need to do and teams have to adjust to us. That’s been a big change for us.”

Shelbyville’s junior varsity improved to 5-0 with a 35-31 victory Saturday. Savannah Collins led the Golden Bears with 12 points. Sophia Asher finished with 10 points – all in the second half.

Shelbyville 60, Southwestern 21

The Golden Bears got to 6-0 Friday at Southwestern.

After a sluggish first half, Shelbyville scored 23 third-quarter points to pull away from the Spartans (0-4).

Edwards scored 22 points while Wilson followed at 14. Brenner added nine in the win.

McKinley Correll led the Spartans with eight points. Haley Casey and Cy Stockdale each scored four points.

Up Next

Southwestern travels to Hauser (1-2) Monday.

Shelbyville has the week to prepare for its Hoosier Heritage Conference opener Saturday afternoon at Pendleton Heights (4-2, 2-0 HHC).

The Golden Bears have lost 15 straight to the Arabians.

Record Watch

With 43 points in two wins this week, Edwards now has 1,322 points.

She trails Brenda Kelsey by 52 points for No. 2 on the Golden Bears’ career scoring list.

Edwards, averaging 26.9 ppg through the first seven games of her senior season, needs 97 points to surpass Gretchen Haehl’s career mark of 1,418 points.

 

Shelbyville 50, Franklin County 31

FC – Ki. Schell 0-4 1-3 1, Ka. Schell 5-11 0-1 12, Mears 2-3 0-1 4, Rolfes 2-12 3-3 8, Billman 2-9 0-0 5, Kaiser 0-1 1-4 1, Stacy 0-1 0-0 0, Crain 0-0 0-0 0, Singer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-41 5-12 31.

SH – Edwards 8-21 3-4 21, Brenner 0-4 2-4 2, Simpson 2-2 0-0 6, Wilson 7-22 4-4 18, Pogue 0-2 0-0 0, Keller 0-5 1-2 1, L. Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, E. Johnson 1-6 0-3 2, Marshall 0-0 0-0 0, S. Baker 0-0 0-0 0, H. Baker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-62 10-17 51.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

FC (5-2)    6    4  14    7  --  31

SH (7-0)    6  18  17   9  --  50

Three-point field goals: FC 4-18 (Ki. Schell 0-2, Ka. Schell 2-6, Rolfes 1-4, Billman 1-6, Stacy 0-1), SH 4-16 (Edwards 2-9, Brenner 0-1, Simpson 2-2, Wilson 0-2, Keller 0-2). Rebounds: FC 32 (Ki. Schell 3, Ka. Schell 7, Mears 4, Rolfes 6, Billman 3, Kaiser 8, Stacy 1), SH 36 (Edwards 15, Brenner 3, Simpson 2, Wilson 7, Pogue 1, Keller 2, E. Johnson 6). Assists: FC 5 (Ki. Schell 1, Mears 1, Billman 2, Kaiser 1), SH 4 (Edwards 1, Wilson 1, Pogue 1, Keller 1). Steals: FC 4 (Ki. Schell 2, Billman 2), SH 13 (Edwards 2, Brenner 2, Simpson 3, Wilson 5, Pogue 1). Blocks: FC 2 (Rolfes 1, Billman 1). Total fouls: FC 17, SH 17. Fouled out: Mears (FC), Brenner (SH). Turnovers: FC 32, SH 13.

JV

Shelbyville 35, Franklin County 31

FC: Cox 10, Singer 6, Broshear 6, Brewer 4, Maddock 3, Grimmeissen 2.

SH: Collins 12, Asher 10, H. Baker 5, Lee 4, Stewart 3, Jones 1.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

FC    4  10    8    9  --  31

SH    2  11  16    6  --  35

 

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Prep Report: Felling leads Triton Central to conference win at Lutheran

Maryrose Felling scored a career-high 23 points to lead Triton Central to a 66-28 victory Saturday afternoon.

The freshman hit three of her four three-pointers in the second quarter when the Tigers extended a 16-9 lead after one quarter to 34-16 at halftime.

Triton Central improved to 2-2 this season and 2-0 against Indiana Crossroads Conference opponents.

Caitlyn Brooks led the Saints (0-3, 0-2 ICC) with 17 points.

Triton Central hosts Morristown (0-6) Wednesday in a varsity-only contest at 6 p.m.

In another girls basketball game Saturday:

Tri 78, Southwestern 25

At Southwestern, Class A, No. 4 Tri improved to 5-0 this season after four of the five starters scored in double digits.

Bailey Parham led the Titans with 29 points. Abi Clarke (13 points), Kenley Cornelius (12) and Amber Rich (11) also reached double-digit scoring in the win.

Tanna Tatlock had nine points to lead Southwestern (0-5).

Tri won the junior varsity contest, 48-10. Emma Isgrigg led the Spartans with six points.

Southwestern is at Hauser (1-2) Monday.

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Shelbyville swimmers dominate at Indian Creek

Shelbyville’s girls swim program won all but three events Thursday to defeat Indian Creek, 105-51.

Winning individual events for Shelbyville were Miriam Garringer (200 freestyle in 2:19.49, 100 butterfly in 1:18.56), Meeghen Bushfield (200 individual medley in 3:04.03, 100 breaststroke in 1:39.64), Naomi Garringer (100 freestyle in 1:02.82), Lexi Dwiggins (500 freestyle in 7:27.96) and Riley Everette (100 backstroke in 1:20.51).

Miriam Garringer, Bushfield, Everette and Paige Bohman won the 200 medley relay in 2:13.36.

Naomi Garringer, Bohman, Everette and Miriam Garringer took first place in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:57.32.

Shelbyville’s home opener is Tuesday against Whiteland.

Shelbyville girls swimming produces strong debut at New Palestine

With the return of a veteran diver and an influx of freshman talent, Shelbyville High School’s girls swim program produced a successful debut Tuesday in its season debut.

Shelbyville defeated Lawrence Central, 73-24, and lost to conference rival New Palestine, 59-42.

After missing most of the 2021-2022 season, Helfer-Vazquez produced a winning performance Tuesday for the Golden Bears. She compiled 148.3 points in the diving competition to hold off three New Palestine divers.

Freshman Naomi Garringer won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:02.86 and the 100 backstroke in 1:13.7. She also teamed with Lilly Conners, Lexi Dwiggins and Riley Everette to win the 400 freestyle relay in 4:58.13.

Everette also had a strong freshman debut, winning the 100 butterfly in 1:11.5.

Shelbyville’s only other event win came in the 200 individual medley, where Miriam Garringer touched the wall in 2:33.53.

The Golden Bears also scored runner-up points in the 200 medley relay with the Garringer sisters, Everette and Paige Bohman, another freshman; the 200 freestyle (Everette); the 50 freestyle (Bohman); and the 500 freestyle (M. Garringer).

Shelbyville travels to Indian Creek tonight for a girls-only meet.

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Shelbyville senior signs to play softball at University of Indianapolis

Hailey Pogue remembers running wild against the Waldron Wild.

Recalling one of her earliest recreational league softball games, the Shelbyville senior delivered a hard hit ball and rounded the bases with reckless abandon.

“I hit the ball and ran around all four bases. I never stopped. They chased me the whole way there,” said Pogue of the fond memory. “I don’t remember if I was safe or out but I ran all the way around.”

The memory is fitting considering Wednesday’s circumstances that brought family and friends together to the Golden Bear Room at Shelbyville High School.

 

 

Pogue celebrated signing her letter of intent to play college softball at the University of Indianapolis, a perennial top-20 nationally ranked Division II program.

“The location, the excellent programs academically and athletically and the coaches are phenomenal,” said Pogue of why she opted to be a Greyhound. “The team loves to win and that’s why I picked UIndy.”

Pogue will major in Exercise Science while immediately bolstering the softball program’s pitching staff.

“They want me to be a pitcher that can hit,” she said. “They do see me working my way into the field. Right now, they are looking at my pitching and getting me into the lineup and hitting.”

Pogue is a versatile athlete that plays three varsity sports at Shelbyville.

She was a goalkeeper and forward for a 13-win soccer team this fall and is in the starting lineup for a Golden Bears basketball team that is 5-0 for the first time in 19 seasons.

 

 

And Pogue was a key contributor for Shelbyville’s softball program that came one win short of reaching the Class 4A state championship game in June. She hit .333 with 10 doubles and 28 runs batted in for the 24-6 Golden Bears. She also went 6-1 in the pitching circle in 14 appearances.

“I think we can get back to regional and semistate. I think we have a shot,” said Pogue of the softball program’s outlook for 2023. “We have a full pitching staff. It will depend on who steps up.”

Pogue admits the recruiting process was long and strenuous. Division I schools can start contacting athletes on Sept. 1 of their junior year.

“That’s when most people’s recruiting starts,” she said. “Mine lasted past Sept. 1 of my senior year so it was really long and really strung out. It’s a process and you have to keep going with it.”

From recreational softball to travel softball, Pogue’s first goal was to be a Golden Bear softball player. But the more she played, the more she grew to love the sport.

“I love it and I want to keep doing it,” she said with a big smile.

Now UIndy is taking a chance on a player that one day, a long time ago, ran wild against the Waldron Wild.

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