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Shelbyville loses to Batesville in closing seconds in season finale

Shelbyville and Batesville came right down to the wire Thursday at Garrett Gym.  In the end, an airball three-pointer led to the game winner for the Bulldogs in a 49-48 decision.



After a timeout, Shelbyville reached halfcourt and stopped the clock again with two seconds.  But after an inbounds to Luke Asher the senior's foot slipped and the Golden Bears (8-14) didn't get a good look at a final shot.


Asher scored a game-high 27 points to go with seven rebounds.


Shelbyville head coach John Hartnett on the Cagney's Pizza King Postgame:



Greenfield-Central drops HHC game at Delta; Sectional vs Richmond next

A low scoring first half was tied at 16 as Greenfield-Central and Delta met in the regular season finale.  On the line, a 4-3 finish in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.


Delta won the 4th quarter 13-5, and the game, 43-33.


Greenfield-Central (12-11, 3-4 HHC) was led in scoring by Caleb Mundell with 10 points.  Dylan Moles scored 9.  It's the first time Greenfield-Central has finished the regular season above .500 since 2015-16.


Delta (17-4, 4-3 HHC) has won six in a row and eight of nine.  The Eagles will finish the regular season Friday at Muncie Burris


Cougars head coach Luke Mereidth on the GIANT fm Sports Postgame Thursday:



Greenfield-Central has win streak snapped by Plainfield, 58-42

Greenfield-Central fell into a hole too deep to dig out of against an 18-win Plainfield team and fell 58-42 Wednesday.


The loss snapped a four-game win streak.


Head coach Luke Meredith on the GIANT fm Sports Postgame.



Brady Mundell led the Cougars (12-10) with 15 and Dylan Moles added 9.


Greenfield-Central will finish the regular season with a Hoosier Heritage Conference game tonight at Delta.  The game can be heard on GIANT fm Sports on 106.3 and giant.fm.

Steele, Triton Central dominate the 4th in win at Hauser

David Steele scored 13 of his game-high 22 points in the final period as the Triton Central Tigers rallied from a 36-29 deficit to start the 4th quarter for a win at Hauser.


Triton Central (4-17) outscored Hauser 19-7 in the final period to snap a six game losing streak.


Hauser (7-16) finished the regular season on an eight-game losing streak.  Jackson Paradise scored 19, Trey Johnson 12 in the loss.


TC head coach Kyle Ballard on the Cagney's Pizza King Postgame on GIANT fm Sports.



Hauser basketball coach Sibbitt arrested on OWI charges

The head coach of the Hauser boys basketball program has been charged with multiple offenses from an incident earlier in February after being found slumped over the wheel at a gas station.


Joseph Sibbitt, 44, was found by a Sellersburg police officer called to the scene about 3:00 am on February 9.  The police report indicates Sibbitt was found passed out in the driver's seat and that there was damage to the front end of the vehicle.


The officer woke Sibbitt and reported smelling alcohol coming from the vehicle.  When asked if he had been drinkiing police report Sibbitt said he had a few beers.


Court documents state Sibbitt failed a series of field sobrierty tests, refused a chemical test and was arrested.


Sibbitt faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, criminal mischief and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person.

Sibbitt teaches at Hauser.  He is in his first year with the Jets. He has continued teaching and coaching since the incident on February 9.



Indiana sportsbooks launch new year with record January

 Indiana retail and online sportsbooks capitalized on basketball to post a record January and continue to firm up the state’s position as the nation’s fourth-largest legal sports betting market. And with the state enjoying its role as the sports betting capital of the Midwest and new online sportsbooks opening in time for the close to the college basketball season, Indiana could begin to put heat on Pennsylvania to become the nation’s third largest, according to analysts from PlayIndiana.com. 


“Indiana has built an impressive infrastructure that continues to maximize the market’s potential,” said Dustin Gouker, lead analyst for PlayIndiana.com. “That should help keep the state a step ahead of its competition as neighboring states, such Michigan, prepare for their own launches.”


Indiana’s $170.8 million handle in January was up 9.5% from the then-record $161.8 million in December, according to official reporting released Monday. Adjusted gross revenue from those bets was $12.9 million, up 9.3% from $12 million. That yielded $1.2 million in tax revenue for the state.

Interest in basketball was a catalyst in January, which also featured the NFL Playoffs and college football’s national championship game. Basketball boomed with $59.8 million in bets, or 35% of the state’s handle. Football drew $36.7 million.


Online sportsbooks generated $123.4 million in bets in January. Online betting represented 72.2% of January’s handle, up from 69.5% in December. And more growth should come. PointsBet, BetIndiana, and BetMGM are all set for a February launch, bringing Indiana’s number of approved online sportsbook licensees to seven.


Indiana’s embrace of online betting, its near-monopoly of the Midwest, and close proximity to major out-of-state markets such as Chicago, have helped Indiana quickly position itself as the fourth-largest legal sports betting market in the U.S. While still well behind No. 3 Pennsylvania — a much larger state by population that launched sports betting nearly one year ahead of Indiana — the Hoosier State is well positioned for more short-term growth.


“Indiana has been remarkably progressive in the way it has managed its sports betting industry, rivaling New Jersey as the most forward-thinking legal jurisdiction,” Gouker said. “Early adoption of online betting, which has been atypical among states with legal sports betting, has been an enormous boost. And innovations such as allowing prop bets for the Super Bowl and opening the door to Oscars betting show Indiana is willing to take risks in opening new markets, which will serve the state well.”


The newcomers have a long way to catch market leader DraftKings, which operates under Ameristar Casino’s license. DraftKings posted a $66 million handle in January, down slightly from $66.7 million in December. That generated $4.6 million in gross receipts, down from $5 million. But FanDuel/Blue Chip Casino inched closer with a $49.5 million handle in January, up from $36 million. That resulted in a $1.9 million win, down from $2.2 million.


The market leaders were followed by:

  • BetRivers/French Lick Resort ($7.8 million handle, down from $7.9 million; $590,178 win, down from $528,200)
  • BetAmerica/Rising Star Casino ($89,622 handle, up from $2,129; $1,854 win, up from -$1,173)

Horseshoe Hammond’s proximity to Chicago continued to be a winner, leading the retail market with a $13.7 million January handle, up from $13.4 million in December. Those bets generated $1.8 million in gross receipts, up from $1.1 million. Horseshoe Hammond was followed by:


  • Hollywood Lawrenceburg ($7.8 million handle in January, down from $8.9 million; $578,993 win, down from $824,235)
  • Ameristar Casino ($7 million handle, down from $8.3 million; $1.4 million win, up from $928,211)
  • Harrah's Hoosier Park ($5.4 million handle, down from $5.7 million; $321,785 win, down from $441,112)
  • Indiana Grand ($5 million handle, up from $4.6 million; $365,318 win, up from $208,275)
  • Blue Chip Casino ($2.7 million handle, down from $4.2 million; $$279,868 win, up from $186,802)
  • Tropicana Evansville ($2 million handle, even with December; $210,974 win, up from $185,176)
  • Caesars Southern Indiana ($2.4 million handle, up from $1.6 million; $143,966 win, down from $170,884)
  • French Lick Resort ($533,634 handle, down from $1.5 million; $14,132 win, up from $13,587)
  • Belterra Casino ($934,724 handle, down from $948,810; $8,077 win, down from $151,640)

“Proximity to Chicago is still a critical advantage in the retail market, but that could change when Illinois launches retail betting, which could happen as early as March,” Gouker said. “FanDuel has made progress in the online market, but it can’t quite overcome DraftKings’ head start. But with new operators coming, the online market could be shaken up, too.”


For more revenue information on Indiana sportsbooks, visit PlayIndiana.com/revenue.


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Indiana Derby heads 2020 Stakes Schedule at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

 A total of 37 Thoroughbred Stakes with purses in excess of a record $4.65 million will be offered during the upcoming 2020 racing season at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The schedule is headed by the Grade III $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby set for Saturday, July 11.


Indiana Derby Night will once again feature six total stakes leading up to the evening’s premier event, the 26th running of the Grade III Indiana Derby. Purses for the evening will topple over the $1.1 million mark. In addition to the Derby, the Grade III $200,000-guaranteed Indiana Oaks will be featured, and the Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial will be held, named in honor of the former vice president and general manager at Indiana Grand who passed away in late 2019. The $100,000 Listed stakes race was formerly known as the Warrior Veterans and will be contested over the turf course at one and one-sixteenth miles.


Indiana’s richest turf races, the $200,000 Caesars Stakes (Listed) will be featured Wednesday, Sept. 9 and will be joined by the $200,000 Indiana Grand (Listed), a one-mile race over the turf for fillies and mares.


New to 2020 are two Indiana sired stakes races set for Saturday, Oct. 17. The $150,000 Indiana Stallions Championship and the $150,000 Indiana Ladies Championship will be joined by two other stakes during the program, the $100,000 Crown Ambassador and the $100,000 Indiana Stallion Fillies to create a four-stakes evening, boosting purses over the $500,000 mark.


“We are anticipating another great season of racing at Indiana Grand,” said Kevin Greely, director of racing. “Our Indiana Derby has become one of the area’s top races during the summer months and will be supported by some really nice stakes on the undercard, including the newly named Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial. Being able to add two stakes for our Indiana sired program has also placed us in a position to offer the most purse money ever for our stakes races in the 18-year history of Indiana Grand.”


Indiana Grand will close out the 18th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse action Wednesday, Nov. 18 with the $150,000 To Much Coffee Stakes and the $150,000 Frances Slocum Stakes.


A complete list of stakes for the 2020 racing season at Indiana Grand will be available soon at www.indianagrand.com.


Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing will resume Tuesday, April 14 for the 120-day racing season. Action will begin at 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Saturdays’ first post set for 6:15 p.m. No live racing will be held on six weekend dates, including Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 as well as Saturday, May 23, Saturday, September 5, Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14. Closing day is set for Wednesday, Nov. 18.


See DNR at Indy Boat, Sport and Travel show, Feb. 14-23

The Department of Natural Resources will have a strong presence at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 14-23, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The DNR's main location is in Tackle Town, in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion. The booth is a convenient one-stop shopping opportunity for licenses, state park passes, lake-use permits, Outdoor Indiana magazine, and a State Parks GO! (Get Outside) promotion.

For $79, the State Parks GO! Pack includes an Annual Entrance Pass to Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs, state forest recreation areas, and Interlake and Redbird state riding areas; the choice of a $40 DNR camping gift card or $40 State Park Inns gift card; and a backpack. Sold separately, the items have a $98 value. Hoosiers age 65 and older can purchase the same package for $59.

Free copies of the DNR’s 2020 Fishing Regulation Guide (also available at fishing.IN.gov), 2020 Recreation Guide (also available at stateparks.IN.gov), and other publications will be available. The fishing guide includes the dates of 2020 free fishing days, 2019 Fish of the Year winners, State Record Fish, crappie fishing locations and tips, and information about Indiana’s striped bass management program.

Division of Fish & Wildlife biologists will be on hand throughout the show to share program information and resources, as well as answer your fish and wildlife questions. State Parks and Inns will have a separate informational booth in the Travel and Tourism area of the show.

The Live Birds of Prey from Hardy Lake’s Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center will be presented Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A “Snakes Alive, Snake Buffet” from O’Bannon Woods State Park will be offered Feb. 22.

Members of the Indiana Conservation Officers K-9 team will be available Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public will have an opportunity to interact with the officers and their K-9 partners. All times of the events listed are subject to change. 

Dragons football coach Kyle Ralph receives national honnor

Two months after guiding the New Palestine High School football team to its second Class 5A state football title in as many years, the accolades continue to pour in for football coach Kyle Ralph.

Ralph was recently named one of the top ten coaches in the nation after being nominated by the Indianapolis Colts for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.

Ralph, along with the 31 other coaches, were recognized by their local NFL club for the prestigious award named after the winningest coach in NFL history for their character, integrity, leadership, dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.

“I was really proud, obviously, just to be named in the top 10 is just a really cool honor to nominate me first, and then for such an esteemed panel like they had for the Don Shula Coach of the Year award to select me as top was amazing,” said Ralph, who is 88-4 with three state championships in seven years at the helm.

The distinction further put New Palestine on a national map, something Ralph said he has quickly learned has already happened.

“I do think even more amazing is that a lot of people knew New Pal when I got there because of the things we’ve been able to accomplish. Obviously, social media helps out with those things, but a lot of people knowing who I was or what our program was about on a national scale was really cool,” Ralph told Giant FM.

As a nominee, Ralph was invited to attend the 2020 Pro Bowl in Orlando and received VIP access at various events like practice.

“The week down there was amazing,” said Ralph, who added while he enjoyed meeting coaches from around the country, there was something that more special to him.

“Being able to share that experience with my son was really a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and I think it is something that he will never forget, all the players that he met and the football he got to experience, but as a dad, it was something that I’ll never forget, being able to share a lot of that with him and give him a really unique experience into the NFL and the Pro Bowl week,” Ralph said.

Ralph, who spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers following a successful career at the University of North Carolina, admitted he didn’t reflect much on what could have been.

“It was a little bit of a talking point between my son and I that we’ve probably never addressed before that I had the opportunity to play in the NFL and I chose to obviously not continue to pursue, but as far as any emotions of my short time playing, not really. I enjoy the sport of football as a fan and as a coach, and I enjoyed all the sport gave me so having any feelings of emotion or regret for what didn’t materialize really never crossed my mind,” Ralph told Giant FM.

At the end of the day, while he didn’t earn the distinction as national coach of the year, Ralph said the experience was more than enough for him.

“It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have full access to some of the greatest football players in the entire world. It was a wonderful memory that I am going to be able to share with my family and my son, and, hopefully, that memory will stay with me for a long time,” Ralph told Giant FM.