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Collegiate update: Eastern Illinois volleyball ends season with loss

Bailey Chandler collected 27 assists, three digs and three kills for Eastern Illinois University’s volleyball team Monday in a 25-16, 25-16, 25-21 loss at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to close out her junior season.

 

Chandler, a Triton Central graduate, and the Panthers finished the season 2-14.

 

On Sunday, Chandler had 34 assists and four digs in a 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 loss to SIUE.

 

Here is a look at other collegiate athletes competing at the collegiate level.

 

 

Erin Diemer

 

The Shelbyville graduate finished third in the pole vault competition for Southern Illinois University at the Ole Miss Classic in Oxford, Mississippi.

 

Diemer cleared an outdoor meet career best 12 feet, eight inches to move up to seventh all-time at SIU.

 

Zaleeya Martin

 

The Shelbyville graduate finished second in the 100 meter dash (13.14 seconds), third in the 200 (27.93), sixth in the long jump (15-9.75) and third in the 400 meter relay Saturday for Hanover College in the DePauw Quad Meet in Greencastle, Indiana.

 

 

TeAnn Bringle

 

The Shelbyville graduate went 3-for-5 at the plate for Indiana State University’s softball team in a Missouri Valley Conference three-game series against Northern Iowa.

 

The Sycamores lost game one Saturday, 6-4. Bringle had a pinch-hit single in the fifth inning that drove in a run. She was 0-for-1 in Indiana State’s 3-2 loss in game two.

 

On Sunday, Bringle was 2-for-3 with a double in the Sycamores’ 2-0 victory at Price Field in Terre Haute.

 

Indiana State traveled to Butler University Tuesday and suffered a 3-0 loss. Bringle was 1-for-3 with a double.

 

Indiana State is 7-16 this season.

 

Logan Young

 

The Shelbyville graduate went 7-for-11 at the plate in Indiana University South Bend’s three-game sweep of Calumet College of St. Joseph.

 

The Titans won game one Sunday, 10-3. Young was 1-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored.

 

In game two’s 11-0 victory, Young was 3-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base and two runs scored.

 

Young again went 3-for-4 Monday in an 11-1 win. He finished the series for four runs batted in.

 

The Titans improved to 10-13 this season with the sweep and are 6-3 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference contests.

 

Carson Macklin

 

The Shelbyville graduate logged 46 minutes on March 24 for Defiance College’s men’s soccer team and had one shot in a 2-0 win over Mount St. Joseph.

 

The Yellow Jackets suffered a 3-2 loss at Transylvania University Saturday to fall to 3-4-1 this season.

 

 

Damon Lux

 

The Shelbyville graduate went 0-for-3 at the plate as the designated hitter for Duke University’s baseball team Tuesday in a 5-4 win over Liberty at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in downtown Durham, North Carolina.

 

The Blue Devils are 11-10 this season.

 

 

Natalie Weber

 

The Shelbyville graduate went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and five runs scored on March 24 in Franklin College’s 26-8 victory over visiting Hanover College.

 

The Grizzlies cranked out 25 hits and a program-record 26 runs to improve to 6-4 this season.

 

Hanover won game one of the doubleheader, 2-0. Weber was 0-for-2 with a walk.

Collegiate update: Defiance soccer honors senior class

After honoring its senior soccer players Sunday, Defiance College suffered a 1-0 loss to Rose-Hulman to fall to 2-3-1 this season.

 

Shelbyville graduate Carson Macklin (photo, third from left) was one of the Defiance seniors presented with a framed jersey to honor his playing career with the Yellow Jackets.

 

A defenseman, Macklin played 42 minutes Sunday in the loss to the unbeaten Fightin’ Engineers (6-0).

 

On March 17, Macklin recorded two shots in a double-overtime scoreless tie at Anderson. Macklin played 74 minutes in that contest.

 

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

 

Maya Chandler

 

The Triton Central graduate closed out her freshman season at Loyola with 10 points, four assists and two steals in a 74-55 win Sunday over Abilene Christian in a consolation game of the Women’s Basketball Invitational tournament held in Frankfort, Kentucky.

 

In the program’s first postseason tournament appearance, the Ramblers lost Thursday, 69-62, to Stetson. Chandler finished with 17 points, four rebounds and four steals.

 

On Saturday, Loyola lost to Manhattan, 56-51. Chandler had 16 points and a career-high eight rebounds.

 

Chandler, the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, started all 27 games this season for Loyola (12-15) and averaged 8.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

 

Hayden Langkabel

 

The Morristown graduate played 15 minutes Thursday and had one rebound and two assists for Marian in a 69-62 NAIA National Tournament Round of 16 loss to Loyola University (Louisiana).

The Knights finished the season 23-5.

 

Erin Diemer

 

Erin Diemer

 

The Shelbyville graduate finished runner-up in the pole vault after clearing 12 feet, 5.5 inches for Southern Illinois Saturday in the Bill Cornell Spring Classic in Carbondale, Illinois.

 

Zaleeya Martin

 

The Shelbyville graduate finished fourth in the 100-meter dash (12.78 seconds), 12th in the 200 (27.98), eighth in the long jump (4.85 meters) and third in the 400 relay (52.6) for Hanover Saturday in the Bearcat Classic hosted by Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky.

 

TeAnn Bringle

 

The Shelbyville graduate was 1-for-4 at the plate combined in Indiana State softball’s three game sweep by Illinois State.

 

The Sycamores dropped to 6-13 this season with 4-3 and 10-0 losses Saturday and a 4-2 loss Sunday.

 

Logan Young

 

Logan Young

 

The Shelbyville graduate was 3-for-10 at the plate for Indiana University South Bend’s baseball team in a 3-game series against St. Xavier (Illinois).

 

The Titans lost 10-0 and 8-5 Saturday. Young was 1-for-4 with a double in the game two loss.

On Sunday, Young was 1-for-4 with three runs batted in during a 4-2 loss.

 

On Tuesday, IU South Bend split a doubleheader with Trinity International. The Titans lost 9-8 in game one but rallied for a 7-1 victory in game two. Young pitched the ninth inning in game two and had two strikeouts to seal the win.

 

The Titans are 7-13 this season and 3-3 in Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference contests.

 

Bailey Chandler

 

Bailey Chandler

 

The Triton Central graduate notched 26 assists and 10 digs Monday in Eastern Illinois’ 25-22, 25-13, 25-22 loss to Southeast Missouri in the Panthers’ home finale.

 

On Sunday, Southeast Missouri swept Eastern Illinois, 25-18, 25-15, 25-22. Chandler had 27 assists and three digs.

 

The losses dropped the Panthers to 2-12 this season.

 

Early Bird Invitational

 

Several Shelby County graduates competed Saturday in the outdoor track and field meet hosted by Rose-Hulman.

 

Kyler Schalk

 

Triton Central graduate Kyler Schalk, competing for Wabash, placed 14th in the 100 (12.06) and 18th in the long jump (17-4.25).

 

Shelbyville graduate Jill Anspaugh, running for Franklin College, finished 10th in the 5,000 meters (21:07).

 

Southwestern graduate Taylor Tatlock, who also plays volleyball at Franklin College, finished second in the javelin (106-03), third in the discus (106-03) and 10th in the hammer throw (80-02).

 

Waldron graduate Andrew Montgomery was 34th in the 1,500 (4:58) for Franklin College.

 

Dalen Williams

 

Fellow Waldron graduate Dalen Williams placed fourth in the discus (133-8), sixth in the javelin (111-11) and seventh in the shot put (37-7.25) for Franklin College.

TC's Steele selected to All-ICC boys basketball team

The Indiana Crossroads Conference recently announced the 2020-2021 All-Conference Boys Basketball Team.

 

The 12-player squad included Triton Central senior David Steele. The guard averaged 13 points and three rebounds per game for a Tigers’ squad that finished 3-3 in conference games and 13-9 overall.

 

Steele helped Triton Central win the Shelby County Tournament in January and the program’s first sectional title since 2012 in March.

 

Also named to the All-ICC squad were Beech Grove’s Jadyn Curry and Gavin Mitchell, Speedway’s Drew Valentine, Lutheran’s Joe Faubion, Kameron Patterson and Montasi Clay, Ritter’s Aidan Cannon and Jordan Turner, Monrovia’s Joe Williams, Cascade’s Aidan Roach, and Scecina’s Keaton Thibo.

 

Lutheran (21-4) and Ritter (9-14) sat atop the ICC standings with 6-1 marks.

 

Beech Grove finished 5-2 (18-6 overall).

 

Triton Central finished ahead of Speedway (7-13, 3-4 ICC), Scecina (8-15, 3-4), Cascade (5-16, 1-6) and Monrovia (7-13, 0-6).

Mtwn's Crim, TC's Heath among 72 players selected IBCA first-team Academic All-State

Seventy-two Indiana high school seniors — 37 boys and 35 girls — have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State for 2021 by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced Wednesday (March 17).

        

In addition, 263 more boys and 267 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2021, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said. All together, 602 players received some level of recognition on this year’s IBCA Academic All-State program.

        

The IBCA Academic All-State program is one where academic prowess and athletic prowess both are considered in the selections. Items such as grade-point average and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game. In most years, college board scores also are considered. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some students not taking the SAT or ACT and some colleges not requiring those results, the IBCA waived its previous college board requirements.

        

“The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities,” Witty said. “Rather, in many cases, a player’s success in the classroom directly contributes to his or her success on the floor.”

       

IBCA-member head coaches from schools across the state may nominate their senior student-athletes who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale and a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one’s class. Traditionally, the IBCA has required an SAT score of 1,100 (on the reading and math sections) or an ACT composite score of 24 on the college boards, but, as mentioned earlier, those requirements were waived this year.

        

Once nominations were received, an IBCA committee reviewed the information and determined awards for first team and honorable mention.

        

Those selected will receive certificates from the IBCA for their honor. Certificates will be distributed to coaches or athletic directors sometime during April. The coach or athletic director then may present the certificates to the honored player or players from their school sometime before the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year. 

        

The IBCA has selected an Academic All-State team for boys since 1973. The program was expanded to include a girls’ Academic All-State team in 1980.

        

Players honored for 2021 are listed in the attached files.

 

Collegiate update: Chandler, Ramblers accept bid to Women's Basketball Invitational

In a span of less than seven days, Loyola University basketball player Maya Chandler was named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s All-Freshman Team, was bestowed Freshman of the Year honors by the MVC, helped her team reach the semifinals of the MVC Tournament, and celebrated with her team after accepting an invitation to the Women’s Basketball Invitational postseason tournament.

 

Chandler, a Triton Central graduate, had six points, three rebounds and five assists in the Ramblers’ 61-60 victory Friday over Illinois State in Moline, Illinois. Chandler was fouled in the game’s final seconds and hit one of two free throws to seal the win and put Loyola in the MVC tournament semifinals for the first time in program history.

 

Bradley defeated Loyola, 70-56, Saturday to end the Ramblers’ run. Chandler finished with eight points, three rebounds and two assists.

 

At 11-13, Loyola was invited to the WBI along with seven other schools. The tournament will be played at the William Exum Center in Frankfort, Kentucky.

 

Loyola will face Stetson (9-13) Friday at 1:30 p.m. (CST).

 

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

 

Riley Stephens

 

The Triton Central freshman ended her first basketball season at the University of Evansville with four points and six rebounds Thursday in a 65-52 loss to Valparaiso in the MVC Tournament.

 

The Purple Aces closed out the season with a 6-18 record. On Monday, the school announced that head coach Matthew Ruffing would not return next season.

 

Hayden Langkabel

 

The Morristown graduate finished with two points in 18 minutes of playing time for Marian University’s men’s basketball team Saturday in a 65-58 victory over Indiana Tech in the NAIA Opening Round.

 

With the win, the Knights (23-4) advanced to the NAIA Round of 16 in Kansas City, Missouri, and will face Loyola University (Louisiana) (14-5) at 3 p.m. Friday.

 

Brooklyn Langkabel

 

The Morristown graduate played two minutes Saturday in the Marian University women’s basketball team’s 92-69 win over Grand View (Iowa).

 

The Knights (27-5) advanced in the NAIA Tournament Final Site to face Concordia (21-8) Friday at 7 p.m. at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

 

TeAnn Bringle

 

The Shelbyville graduate smashed her first home run of the 2021 season for Indiana State softball in an 8-2 loss Saturday at Memphis. Bringle was 1-for-3 with two runs batted in.

 

The Sycamores won two of the three games in the weekend series.

 

 

Natalie Weber

 

The Shelbyville graduate was 3-for-6 at the plate with two doubles and five RBIs in Franklin College softball’s doubleheader sweep of Bluffton Saturday.

 

The Grizzlies (5-3) won game one, 9-0, and took the nightcap, 8-5.

 

Logan Young

 

The Shelbyville graduate was 2-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and a run batted in for Indiana University South Bend’s baseball team Saturday in a 15-6 win over Lourdes.

 

In game one of the doubleheader, Young was 0-for-1 with two walks and a RBI in a 7-0 victory.

 

Those same two teams split a doubleheader Friday.

 

Lourdes won game one, 15-4. Young was 1-for-3 with a double.

 

The Titans won game two, 8-6. Young was 1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI.

 

 

Jill Anspaugh

 

The Shelbyville graduate finished 31st overall for Franklin College Sunday in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Cross Country Championships held at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.

 

Anspaugh completed the 6-kilometer course in 27 minutes, 10 seconds.

 

Bailey Chandler

 

The Triton Central graduate collected 47 assists and six digs Monday to lead Eastern Illinois to a 16-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 win over Murray State.

 

The Panthers (2-10) lost to Murray State in four sets Sunday. Chandler had 40 assists and nine digs.

New Sister Jean of Loyola University Chicago Bobblehead Unveiled

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed, limited-edition bobblehead featuring Loyola University Chicago’s Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM.

 

The bobbleheads, which are being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, are officially licensed by Loyola University Chicago and are being produced in conjunction with the Loyola University Chicago’s Athletic Department.

 

This marks the third bobblehead of Sister Jean, the 101-year-old chaplain for Loyola’s Men’s Basketball team. In 2018, Sister Jean was thrust into the national spotlight when the Ramblers advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. The 2018 bobblehead, which sold out this week, was the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s best seller of all time until it was surpassed in April 2020 by a bobblehead of Dr. Anthony Fauci.

 

The bobblehead features Sister Jean in her wheelchair wearing a maroon and gold Loyola letter jacket. Each bobblehead will be individually numbered and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads are $25 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order and are expected to ship in July. A portion of the sales of Sister Jean’s bobblehead benefit Sister Jean’s religious order, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as Loyola University’s Athletic Department.

 

“I am truly honored that the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is creating another Sister Jean bobblehead,” said Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM. “This has been a unique and unforgettable season for Loyola’s Men’s Basketball, both on and off the court, and we are excited to go and dance at March Madness in Indianapolis. I am excited to watch my beloved Ramblers in-person in Indy on Friday, March 19. May this March Madness provide our country with great joy and may our Ramblers and other basketball athletes experience the thrill of the game during this tournament.”

 

On March 7, Loyola became the fourth team to punch its ticket to the 2021 NCAA Tournament with a 75-65 victory over Drake in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tourney in St. Louis. This marks Loyola’s first NCAA Tournament since its run to the Final Four in 2018 as a No. 11 seed. In a Cinderella performance in 2018, the Ramblers knocked off Miami (Fla.), 64-62, and Tennessee, 63-62, to advance to the Sweet 16. They then toppled Nevada, 69-68, and Kansas State, 78-62, to move on to the Final Four. In the national semifinals, Loyola’s magical run finally ended with a 69-57 loss to Michigan.

 

Sister Jean became an instant celebrity after Loyola’s first-round victory over Miami. Her fame continued to grow with each upset victory and the then-98-year-old nun became the star of the tournament as the Ramblers reached the Final Four for the first time since 1963. Due to her popularity, her original bobblehead sold for more than $300 on eBay leading to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum producing her second bobblehead which became available following Loyola’s two upset wins during the first weekend in the NCAA Tournament. Within 48 hours, that bobblehead became the Hall of Fame and Museum’s best-selling bobblehead ever.

After his team’s victory over Drake in the MVC tourney title game this year, Loyola coach Porter Moser said that Sister Jean had been calling the team with pre-game prayers. Unable to travel to the 2020-2021 games because of COVID-19 restrictions, she admitted it was difficult to be apart from the Ramblers during the regular season, but she remained in contact with phone calls, emails and Zoom meetings.

 

“Once again, Sister Jean and Loyola University Chicago have returned to the public eye with another run to the NCAA Tournament,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “We are thrilled to be working with the University so that more fans across the country can have a Sister Jean bobblehead. Everyone needs some of Sister Jean’s positive attitude and great spirit in their lives, and this bobblehead will be a great way to have that!”

Spartans erase 11 point 4th quarter deficit before falling in closing seconds of regional final

What if?  What if Southwestern had one more shot? 

 

A rally from a double digit deficit fell two points short at the buzzer as Southwestern’s season ended in the 1A Martinsville Regional championship Saturday night.

 

Indianapolis Tindley’s Antonio Robinson banked in what proved to be the game-winning shot from the paint with four seconds to go.  Following a timeout, Southwestern inbounded the ball to Riley Snepp at three-quarter court.  With no one open downcourt, head coach Brady Days called another timeout.  From there, Southwestern (14-11) tried to pass the ball down the sideline to Anick Hartsell but the ball was knocked loose and in the ensuing scramble the time ran out on the Spartans’ season. 

 

Tindley (18-9) advanced to the semistate with a 50-48 victory.

 

Head coach Brady Days on the Cagney's Pizza King Postgame:

 

 

Southwestern erased a 43-32 deficit to tie the game at 48 before Robinson’s drive and go-ahead basket.

 

Aiden Hartsell scored nine of his game-high 22 in the fourth quarter rally.  Anick Hartsell scored 14 points to go with four assists.

 

Tindley 6’4” forward Joseph Glenn led the Tigers with 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench.  Robinson and Jayden Pinkston scored 11.

 

In the semifinal, Southwestern also came from behind.  Down by nine in the fourth quarter, 48-39, the Spartans outscored Bethesda Christian 18-2 the rest of the way to post a 57-50 victory.  It was the first time the program had advanced past the regional semifinal since 2003.

 

Aiden Hartsell scored all 16 of his points in the second half.  Hartsell also pulled down five rebounds and added two assists.  Christian DeArmitt chipped in 15.  Riley Snepp added 10 points and nine rebounds.  Anick Hartsell was in double figures with 11 points and four assists.

 

Barrett Burgin topped the Patriots’ scoring effort with 15.

2021 IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars named

Fourteen players have been selected for the 2021 IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars, All-Stars game director Mike Broughton announced Monday.
           

Those chosen to the team will play three games in June -- one exhibition game against the Indiana Junior All-Stars as well as home-and-home contests against the Kentucky All-Stars.

           

The 2021 Indiana Girls All-Stars, listed alphabetically, are: Ally Becki of Brownsburg, Madelyn Bischoff of Roncalli, Courtney Blakely of Hammond Noll, Katie Burton of Fishers, Kaitlyn Costner of Penn, Bridget Dunn of Carmel, Sydney Jaynes of Trinity Lutheran, Chloe McKnight of Bedford North Lawrence, Meg Newman of North Central, Vanessa Shafford of Linton-Stockton, Brynn Shoup-Hill of Goshen, Jayla Smith of Lawrence North, Trinity Thompson of Michigan City and Ariana Wiggins of Heritage Christian. Dunn is injured and is not expected to play in the games. 

           

The coaches for the 2021 All-Stars will be the same staff that was to guide the All-Stars a year ago, as the 2020 All-Star events were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The head coach will be Jeff Allen of Bedford North Lawrence. He will be assisted by Donna Buckley of Noblesville and Doug Springer of Northridge. 

           

The 2021 IndyStar Indiana Miss Basketball will be announced from within the group of All-Stars listed later this month. A group of Miss Basketball finalists is expected to be released later this week in The Indianapolis Star. Later in the month, the 2021 Miss Basketball winner also will be announced in The Star.

           

The Junior-Senior exhibition game is set for June 9 at a site to be announced. The first game against Kentucky will be June 11 at the Owensboro SportsCenter in Owensboro, Ky. The final game against Kentucky will be June 12 at Southport Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The games in Indianapolis are at Southport because Bankers Life Fieldhouse is unavailable this summer because of another phase of renovations that will be occurring there.

           

All three dates will be doubleheaders with the IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars.

           

The Indiana Junior All-Stars will play just one game this year -- June 9 against the seniors. There are no Junior All-Star games against Kentucky this year. .

           

The Indiana All-Stars program was founded in 1939 when the Indiana Boys All-Stars played the state champion Frankfort Hot Dogs. The series with Kentucky began in 1940, and the girls portion of the All-Stars was added in 1976. The Junior All-Stars, boys and girls, were added in 1996. The All-Star senior girls have played Kentucky every year since 1976, except 2020 (COVID-19 pandemic). The All-Star senior boys have played Kentucky in all but three years since 1940 -- 1943 (World War II), 1944 (World War II) and 2020 (COVID-19 pandemic). 

            

The Indiana portion of the All-Star Games is organized and produced by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. The Indianapolis Star, with its IndyStar brand, is a title sponsor.

            

Miss Basketball is selected through a balloting process of coaches and media overseen by game organizers from the IBCA. The remainder of the team is finalized by Broughton after observing numerous games and events throughout the season, conferring with coaches, school officials and media across the state. Broughton also reviews votes submitted by coaches and media who each could recommend up to 10 players.

            

A complete list of those chosen as 2021 IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars follows.

 

2021 IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars

Name, School, Height, Pos., PPG, College Choice

Ally Becki, Brownsburg, 5-8, G, 18.0, Ball State

Madelyn Bischoff, Roncalli, 5-9, G, 21.4, undecided

Courtney Blakely, Hammond Noll, 5-7, G, 31.7, undecided

Katie Burton, Fishers, 5-9, G, 21.9, St. John’s

Kaitlyn Costner, Penn, 5-6, G, 11.4, Ohio State

^ Bridget Dunn, Carmel, 6-3, F, 12.7, Kent State

Sydney Jaynes, Trinity Lutheran, 6-3, F, 19.0, Butler

Chloe McKnight, Bedford North Lawrence, 5-9, G, 13.7, Saint Francis (Ind.)

Meg Newman, North Central, 6-3, F, 10.4, Arizona State

Vanessa Shafford, Linton-Stockton, 5-9, G, 18.1, Southern Indiana

Brynn Shoup-Hill, Goshen, 6-3, F, 17.9, Dayton

Jayla Smith, Lawrence North, 6-0, G, 19.4, Purdue

Trinity Thompson, Michigan City, 6-0, F, 22.6, Northern Kentucky

Ariana Wiggins, Heritage Christian, 5-7, G, 27.6, Michigan

       

Head coach: Jeff Allen, Bedford North Lawrence

       

Assistant coaches: Donna Buckley, Noblesville; Doug Springer, Northridge

       

^ injured; unable to play in games

Parke Heritage dominates second half to defeat Triton Central at G-C Regional

Triton Central controlled the action for the first 16 minutes of its first regional appearance since 2012. 

 

Parke Heritage dominated the final 16 minutes and cruised to a 47-30 victory Saturday in the first semifinal game of the Class 2A Greenfield-Central Regional. 

 

The Tigers opened up a 21-15 lead at halftime but failed to match the Wolves offensively in the second half, shooting just 18% from the field. 

 

“On the defensive end for us, their shooters got loose two or three possessions in a row and that didn’t happen in the first half,” said Triton Central coach Kyle Ballard. “Throw in some offensive rebounds … and they are the best rebounding team we’ve seen all year … they create so many extra possessions for themselves. 

 

“On the offensive end for us, we had a couple of good looks that didn’t go. We thought we were doing a good job attacking the basket and the ball didn’t go in.” 

 

After missing all six shot attempts in the first half, Parke Heritage senior Riley Ferguson drained a corner 3-pointer just 30 seconds into the second half and the pressure seemed to lift off the Wolves. 

 

Aiden Lindsey answered for Triton Central with a score in the lane but it would be almost five minutes later on the clock before the Tigers would score again. 

 

Anthony Wood, also held scoreless in the first half, drove and scored to cut TC’s lead to 23-20 and Christian Johnson drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game with 4:44 left in the quarter.  

 

Forty seconds later, Wood scored again and the TIgers would never regain the lead. 

 

Lindsey had all seven of Triton Central’s third quarter points as the Wolves took a 31-28 lead into the fourth quarter. 

 

“It kind of got away from us but down three points going into the fourth quarter we still thought we were in pretty good shape,” said Ballard. 

 

Triton Central’s offensive woes continued into the fourth with a 1-for-11 performance from the field and 0-for-8 from the 3-point line. 

 

Parke Heritage opened the lead to 37-28 near the midpoint of the quarter then spread the floor and forced the Tigers to chase the ball or commit a foul. Neither option worked out well for TC. 

 

The Wolves put together an 11-0 run to seal the program’s first regional game victory since the consolidation of Rockville and Turkey Run to become Parke Heritage 

 

Johnson led the Wolves with 16 points. Ferguson scored 12 – all in the second half. 

 

Connor Davis finished with 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. 

 

“He is the best individual rebounder we’ve played,” said Ballard. “We knew that would be a big key. He is one of those guys where you can’t block him out. He does such a good job playing with his hands up and finding the basketball.” 

 

Lindsey led Triton Central with 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Steele had 10 points – all in the first half. 

 

Triton Central finished 13-9 and will graduate four seniors – Steele, Erick Hebauf, Caleb Anderson and Jaxson Miller. 

 

“We hoped at the end of the year this is where we would be,” said Ballard. “I am so proud of our senior class and what they have been through the last couple of years. We will miss those guys for sure.”                         

Triton Central embracing underdog role in first regional appearance since 2012

The Class 2A Greenfield-Central Regional was set up to host four state-ranked teams Saturday. Then Triton Central crashed the party.

 

The Tigers avenged a 17-point loss from earlier in the season to sectional host Milan then stunned South Decatur with a buzzer beater to net the program its first regional championship in nine seasons.

 

The Tigers (13-8) will continue to embrace the underdog role at the regional where they will face 2A No. 5 Parke Heritage (24-3) at 10 a.m. Saturday in the first semifinal game.

 

No. 2 Shenandoah (24-3) takes on No. 7 Covenant Christian (22-4) in the second semifinal.

The regional championship game is slated for 8 p.m. Saturday.

 

“As a coach, and even when I was a player, I like being the underdog,” said second-year Triton Central coach Kyle Ballard. “I know not very many people picked us to win the sectional but games are not won and lost on paper. We played a challenging schedule. The kids understood our schedule was preparing us for the postseason.”

 

South Decatur knocked off sectional-favorite and fourth-ranked South Ripley in the semifinals setting up a sectional championship battle with Triton Central.

 

The Cougars took a 65-62 lead with 90 seconds left but the Tigers’ defense clamped down and allowed for one last opportunity to win.

 

Trailing 65-64 with 3.3 seconds left, TC’s inbounds pass went to Josh Kemper in the corner. The junior forward got into the lane and threw up an off-balance shot just before time expired that went in.

 

“I had five kids on the floor that I was comfortable with taking the last shot,” said Ballard. “We were not set up for one guy to take the shot. I told Erick (Hebauf) to hit the first open jersey and that guy had two dribbles to score at the rim.”

 

David Steele and Aiden Lindsey combined for 43 points in the win but it was Kemper who became the instant hero.

 

Saturday’s regional matchup is the first for TC and Parke Heritage, a new school formed in 2018 from the consolidation of Rockville High School and Turkey Run High School.

 

The Wolves won a sectional title in 2020 but never played a regional game due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the state tournament.

 

Sophomore point guard Christian Johnson leads the program in scoring at 16.7 ppg and has seven double-doubles this season. He had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the sectional championship win over North Putnam.

 

The program has two more double-digit scorers in seniors Connor Davis (14.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg) and Riley Ferguson (12.3 ppg, 2.7 apg).

 

“They are very physical,” said Ballard. “They do a great job playing inside out. They defend very well. They have great senior experience. They present challenges for us.”

 

Triton Central will look to disrupt with its length on the court and a deep bench.

 

Steele leads the offense at 12.8 ppg. Lindsey is the only other double-digit scorer at 11 ppg but five more players average between 4.4 and 7.6 ppg.

 

“I know nobody expected them to win (that sectional) but once you start watching film on those guys, they are a really good team,” said Parke Heritage coach Rich Schelsky. “They are very similar to us. They are physical. They play good defense. They are hard-nosed kids who compete for 32 minutes.”

 

Schelsky believes records and state rankings won’t mean anything when the ball goes up in the air Saturday morning.

 

“Their record is very misleading for how good a team they are,” he said. “I think we are catching a very hot team which is unfortunate for us and fortunate for TC.

 

“This may not be a game for the casual fan because it’s going to be a brutal, knock-down, drag-out mucky game. As a basketball purist who appreciates good defense and good team play, I think our game is one of the best matchups if you are a basketball fan.”

 

Triton Central has checked off three goals this season – be competitive in the Indiana Crossroads Conference standings, win the Shelby County Tournament and win a sectional title. The program is playing with “house money” now and won’t get overhyped for a rare regional appearance.

 

“Our message, as anticlimactic as it sounds, is approach everyday like it’s just another day. We will get ready for just another game. I’m not a rah rah, cliché guy. Every game presents a different challenge,” said Ballard.

 

Deep down, Ballard knows it is not just another game for a program that has not won a regional game since 2004.

 

“We are very fortunate to be practicing this week,” he said. “Now we want to add another win to our list.”

Late-season charge propels Southwestern into Martinsville Regional

A double-overtime loss Jan. 30 to Herron left Southwestern at 3-9.

 

While the record was troubling, head coach Brady Days kept an optimistic view and it paid off. The Spartans won seven straight in a frenetic two-week span to build momentum for the postseason.

 

Finally at full strength and the player rotations sharpened, Southwestern ran through Hauser, Rising Sun and Morristown to capture the program’s first sectional championship since 2016.

 

Days and the Spartans now prep for a return to the Martinsville Regional where the program has had no success – 0-2 with losses in 2011 and 2016.

 

 “Our goal right now is to win a game at the regional,” said the veteran coach in his 15th season at Southwestern.

 

Southwestern (13-10) faces Bethesda Christian (18-7) in the regional opener at 10 a.m. Saturday. The second semifinal pits Class A, No. 5 Tindley (16-9) against Shakamak (10-12).

The regional title game follows at 8 p.m.

 

Southwestern started the season 1-6 with 1,000-point career scorer Anick Hartsell and leading 3-point shooter Ethan Wendling out with injuries.

 

“We got Anick and Ethan back but it still took some time to gel,” said Days.

 

The schedule through the end of January was loaded with teams that finished with double-digit wins like Edinburgh (18-6), Lutheran (21-4), Triton Central (13-8) and South Decatur (15-8). There also was a 64-39 loss to Franklin in a rare meeting for the program with a Class 4A opponent.

 

“I look back on it and we had it tough,” said Days. “We were playing some really good teams. They were probably 50-50 games whether we were a well-oiled machine or not.”

 

With COVID-19 messing with scheduling, the Spartans faced an 8-games-in-16-day scenario to close out the season. That’s when Southwestern started rolling and it carried over into the sectional on its home floor.

 

The Spartans eliminated Hauser, 57-44, and Rising Sun, 51-48, to set up what played out as an epic affair against Morristown.

 

Back and forth the two teams went as nothing was decided in regulation. In the first overtime,

 

Wendling drained a 3-pointer in the final seconds to send the game to a second overtime.

 

Riley Snepp stepped up and hit the game winner to eliminate Kyle Crim, who scored a career-high 35 points in his final game as a Yellow Jacket, and Morristown, 68-67.

 

In the hours after the victory, Days asked his seniors what their record was against the Yellow Jacket senior class. In games since fifth grade, Saturday night’s win made the Spartan seniors 5-10 all-time against their Morristown counterparts.

 

Days allowed the team to enjoy the victory but set Tuesday as time to move on to a regional that has a clear-cut favorite and three equally-balanced teams.

 

“On paper, Tindley is the best team,” said Days. “They have the toughest schedule in Class A basketball.”

 

Tindley is a 20-point favorite (Sagarin ratings) over a sub-.500 Shakamak squad.

 

In the same ratings system, Southwestern and Bethesda Christian is a toss-up.

 

“Bethesda Christian has five kids over six-foot-tall as starters,” said Days. “They have a special player in Demonte Ferguson (6-4 junior forward). He can do a little bit of everything.”

 

The two programs had three common opponents this season – Waldron, Lutheran and Christel House Academy. The Patriots defeated Waldron, 66-62, in overtime on Jan. 23.

 

“We watched the Waldron film and Waldron was in control most of that game,” said Days.

 

Rebounding and defense will be keys for the Spartans.

 

“Defense is where it will end,” he said. “We have to get stops. That’s our focus.”

 

Southwestern will need its balance – Anick Hartsell (13.1 ppg), Wendling (11.4 ppg) and Aiden Hartsell (13.9 ppg) led the way offensively with Christian DeArmitt (7.5 ppg) and Snepp (7.9 ppg) capable of contributing.

 

Wendling led the team shooting 45% from the 3-point line. Anick Hartsell followed at 39%.

 

Snepp (5.2 rpg) and DeArmitt (5.1 rpg) are the rebounding leaders.

 

With no players with regional experience, Days will have to use his own to help prepare his team for the experience playing on John Wooden Court. He is using the Spartans’ 2020 county tourney title and subsequent 1-3 record after the celebration as a starting point.

 

“We won (the county tourney) last year then we had some hiccups after that,” said Days. “Hopefully we will learn from that.”

Loyola's Chandler selected to All-MVC Freshman Team

Five members of the Loyola University women’s basketball team were selected to All-Missouri Valley Conference teams.

 

The MVC announced Wednesday the All-MVC First Team, All-MVC Honorable Mention, MVC All-Defensive Team, MVC All-Freshman Team, and MVC All-Newcomer Team.

 

Triton Central graduate Maya Chandler was joined by teammate Sitori Tanin on the MVC All-Freshman Team.

 

Chandler started all 22 games for Loyola this season and averaged 8.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest. She scored a career-best 18 points Saturday in the Ramblers’ regular-season finale – a 60-45 loss to Illinois State.

 

Maya Chandler

 

Those two teams meet again Friday in the MVC Tournament. Illinois State (15-6) is the third seed while Loyola (10-12) is the sixth seed. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. (CST) at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois.

 

Other Loyola athletes honored were Allison Day (All-MVC First Team), Ellie Rice (All-MVC Honorable Mention) and Bre Hampton-Bey (All-MVC Newcomer Team).

Collegiate update: SHS grad Dylan Harker wins two HCAC swim titles

Dylan Harker made his final conference championship swim meet a memorable one.

 

The Shelbyville High School graduate (photo, center) won the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.35 seconds and teamed with Jack Burke, Charlie Hall and Shane O’Sullivan to net Franklin College a victory in the 400 medley relay in a championship meet and school record time of 3:23.07.

 

Two more former Golden Bears also had strong performances over the three-day Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship held at the Vigo County Aquatics Center in Terre Haute, Indiana.

 

Also competing for Franklin College, Nolan Davis (photo, left) placed sixth in the 500 freestyle (4:47.95), fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:45.66), and fourth in the 1,650 freestyle (17:02.81). He also helped the Grizzlies to a pair of runner-up finishes in the 200 freestyle relay and the 800 freestyle relay.

 

Cameron Baker (photo, right) finished third in both diving events with 338.45 points in the 3-meter event and 371.45 in the 1-meter competition.

 

Harker also placed fifth in the 200 individual medley (1:58.35), third in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.59) and helped secure a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay.

 

Franklin College, the defending champion, finished second in the team standings to Rose-Hulman, 732-728.

 

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

 

Maya Chandler

 

The Triton Central graduate had a career-high 18 points and two rebounds Saturday in Loyola’s 60-45 loss to Illinois State.

 

One day earlier, Chandler had five points, one rebound and one assist in a 64-61 loss to that same Illinois State squad.

 

The Ramblers finished the regular season 10-12 (8-10 Missouri Valley Conference). That slotted Loyola as the sixth seed in the MVC Tournament and set up a third-straight meeting with Illinois State, the No. 3 seed, Friday at 8 p.m. in Moline, Illinois.

 

Riley Stephens

 

Stephens closed out her first basketball season at the University of Evansville Saturday with two points and three rebounds in an 85-44 loss to Missouri State.

 

On Friday, the Triton Central graduate had seven points and four rebounds in the Purple Aces’ 87-54 loss to Missouri State.

 

Evansville (6-16, 2-15 MVC) is the 10th seed for this week’s MVC Tournament and will face No. 7 seed Valparaiso at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Moline, Illinois.

 

TeAnn Bringle

 

The Shelbyville graduate was 1-for-3 with a double Sunday for Indiana State’s softball team in a 3-0 loss at Mississippi in the Ole Miss Classic in Oxford, Mississippi.

 

The Sycamores (4-9) finished 3-3 in the invitational with a pair of wins over North Dakota State, a split doubleheader with Samford, and two losses to the Rebels.

 

Logan Young

 

The Shelbyville graduate was 1-for-3 with a run batted in for IU South Bend’s baseball team Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky.

 

The Titans (2-6) lost three of four games in the series. Young was 1-for-4 with a double and a RBI Friday in a 6-4 victory.

 

Carson Macklin

 

Carson Macklin

 

The Shelbyville graduate logged 151 minutes in a pair of season-opening wins for the Defiance men’s soccer program.

 

Macklin, a defenseman, played 98 minutes in Defiance’s season-opening 1-0 double-overtime win over Bluffton on March 2.

 

Macklin and the defense collected a second shutout Saturday with a 2-0 win over Franklin College.

 

Natalie Weber

 

The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-4 with a run scored Saturday in Franklin College softball’s 7-3 win over Alma.

 

The Grizzlies defeated Alma 10-3 in game one of the doubleheader.

 

Damon Lux

 

The Shelbyville graduate went 0-for-3 at the plate Saturday in Duke University’s 8-1 win over Pittsburgh.

 

Bailey Chandler

 

The Triton Central graduate collected 38 assists, 12 digs and four kills for Eastern Illinois in a 25-20, 25-23, 25-23 win over Tennessee State Monday. The victory was the first for the Panthers (1-9) this season.

 

On Sunday, Tennessee State notched its first victory of the season, 18-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 15-9 over the Panthers. Chandler finished with 41 assists and seven digs.

 

Erica Henry and Morgan Stieneker

 

The Shelbyville graduates made their collegiate softball debuts for Olney Central College during an east coast trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

 

On Feb. 27, Stieneker went 0-for-2 at the plate and Henry allowed two hits and two runs in an inning of pitching work in a 10-1 loss to Louisburg College.

 

Henry went 0-for-4 on Feb. 28 in a 4-3 loss to USC Sumter.

 

Stieneker went 0-for-3 on March 2 in a 2-1 loss to Louisburg.

 

Henry went 0-for-1 in a 17-1 loss to Louisburg, also on March 2, that dropped Olney to 1-5 this season.

Tickets for Triton Central's regional appearance will be sold online

Tickets for the Triton Central - Parke Heritage Saturday boys basketball regional semifinal at Greenfield-Central will be sold online only.

 

The Tigers will tip-off the first semifinal at the regional at 10:00 am.

 

No tickets will be available at the door.  This is the link to purchase tickets:

 

https://gofan.co/app/events/207175

More than $2 million set for 2021 Quarter Horse Stakes at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

The Quarter Horse racing industry in the State of Indiana is on the move. Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will offer a record $2 million in stakes purses during the 120-day racing season, including two Regional Challenge races for the 2021 Bank of America Challenge Championships set for Oct. 23 at The Downs at Albuquerque.

 

“Being able to host two regional challenge championships for the first time in the history of Indiana Grand is a big boost to our Quarter Horse racing program,” said Eric Halstrom, vice president and general manager of racing. “It’s a great way to lead into the Bank of America Challenge coming to Indiana Grand in 2022. We are very excited and proud to host this event and showcase some of the best Quarter Horses in the nation at our track.”

 

The 2021 Regional Challenge races, the John Deere Juvenile Challenge and the Q Racing Video Distaff Challenge Finals, are both set for Monday, Sept. 20. Trials will be part of the all-Quarter Horse racing day set for Saturday, Sept. 4.

 

The 2021 Quarter Horse Stakes Schedule includes 21 stakes highlighted by the $150,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity and the $150,000 Miss Roxie Little Futurity. The 12th running of the Mobley Futurity Final for Indiana sired two-year-olds is set for Saturday, July 24. The day is one of six all-Quarter Horse racing Saturdays throughout the 120-day racing season. The 13th running of the Little Futurity for Indiana bred two-year-olds is set for Saturday, Oct. 30, earmarked as Indiana Champions Day featuring four stakes for Quarter Horses with purses in excess of $500,000 for the day.

 

“We have a full schedule of Quarter Horse stakes throughout the year,” added Chris Polzin, director of racing/racing secretary. “The first Quarter Horse stakes will be held during our first all-Quarter Horse Saturday on June 5. We are coming off a record year in handle for Quarter Horse racing and we hope to keep that momentum going in 2021.”

 

Pari-mutuel Quarter Horse racing is celebrating its 25th season of action in 2021. The first pari-mutuel races were held at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in 1997. Indiana Grand joined Hoosier Park in 2003 with Quarter Horse action before all Quarter Horse racing in the state was moved to Indiana Grand in 2013.

Yeend selected to All-HHC boys basketball team

Shelbyville senior Mitch Yeend was named All-Conference by the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

 

The 2021 HHC Boys Basketball squad was released Monday and Yeend was one of 12 All-HHC selections.

 

Yeend averaged 13.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Golden Bears, who finished 8-14 this season (3-4 HHC).

 

Also selected All-Conference were Delta’s Brady Hunt (21 ppg, 9 rpg) and Neil Marshall (12 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Greenfield-Central’s Dylan Moles (14 ppg, 3.2 apg), Mount Vernon’s Amhad Jarrard (13 ppg, 4 rpg), Armon Jarrard (13 ppg, 3 apg) and Razhaun Wells (10 ppg, 5 rpg), New Castle’s Cole McDaniels (17.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg), New Palestine’s Steele Brasfield (17 ppg, 6 rpg) and Blaine Nunnally (17 ppg, 4.2 apg), Pendleton Heights’ Jamison Dunham (18.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg), and Yorktown’s A.J. Dunn (15 ppg, 5 rpg).

 

Mount Vernon’s Ben Rhoades was named HHC Coach of the Year after leading the Marauders to the conference title with a 6-1 mark.

 

Delta was runner-up at 6-1 followed by New Palestine (5-2), Yorktown (3-4), Greenfield-Central (3-4), Shelbyville (3-4), New Castle (1-6) and Pendleton Heights (1-6).

 

The conference produced two sectional champions – Mount Vernon and New Castle.

 

SW regional basketball tickets go on sale Wednesday

Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 9:00 am in the Southwestern High School office for the Spartans appearance at the Martinsville Regional. 

 

You must get tickets at SWHS.  They will not have any on Saturday at Martinsville.

 

Southwestern (13-8) will play Bethesda Christian (18-7) at 10:00 am Saturday.  The doors open at 9:00 am.

 

GIANT fm Sports coverage begins at 9:00 am on 96.5 FM and giant.fm .

 

Southwestern wins double OT thriller to advance to Martinsville Regional

The first half of the Southwestern boys basketball season was hampered by injuries and Covid.  But patience and perseverance paid off Saturday when the Spartans defeated rival Morristown in the Sectional 60 championship in two overtimes, 68-67.

 

Ethan Wendling provided the heroics with Southwestern down three in the closing seconds of the first OT.

 

 

In the second overtime it was Riley Snepp’s turn with what proved to be the game winner.

 

 

A the end of each of those periods, Morristown’s Kyle Crim got a final shot but a runner from inside the 3-pt arc was short at the end of the first overtime and a chance at the end of the game was hampered when Crim’s foot slipped on a shot that drew iron but fell short.

 

Crim scored a career-high 35 points after setting that mark at 32 in the semifinal win Friday against Jac-Cen-Del.

 

Head coach Brady Days on the Cagney’s Pizza King postgame:

 

 

Wendling scored 22 points for Southwestern.  Snepp finished with 17.  Six came in the second overtime.

 

Southwestern (13-8) will play Bethesda Christian (18-7) in the first semifinal of the Martinsville Regional on.Saturday.  Game two will feature Indianapolis Tindley (17-9) vs Shakamak (10-12).

Shelbyville freshman narrowly misses gymnastics state finals cut

Shelbyville High School freshman Kaliyah Brown missed the gymnastics state finals cut by .15 Saturday at the Columbus East Regional.

 

Competing in the vault competition, Brown scored 9.2 to place eighth. The top six advanced to the state finals.

 

Richmond's Elizabeth Ruger won the event with a score of 9.75. 

 

Also advancing to the state competition were Franklin Central's Austyn Dykes (9.6), Columbus North's Emily Moore (9.525), Martinsville's Lillianne Boyd (9.4), New Castle's Samantha Ward (9.4) and Bloomington North's Hope Taylor (9.35).

 

Martinsville's Gabrielle Grubb finished seventh (9.25).

 

The State Finals are Saturday at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie.

Kemper's buzzer beater sends Triton Central to the regional

Josh Kemper caught the sideline inbounds pass in the corner with 3.3 seconds to go in Triton Central’s sectional championship game at Milan Saturday night.  Two dribbles later, Kemper banked in the game winner from just below the free throw line at the buzzer as the Tigers defeated South Decatur, 66-65.

 

Triton Central could have been down by three needing to tie the game on a final possession.  But South Decatur’s Lane Lauderbaugh missed the front end of a 1-and-1 setting up Kemper’s heroics.

Lauderbaugh, the Cougars’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder, scored 24 points in the loss.

 

Triton Central was led in scoring by David Steele with 22.  Aiden Lindsey added 21.  The Tigers overcame 10 three-pointers by the Cougars to win a boys basketball sectional for the first time since 2012.

 

South Decatur finishes the season with a 15-8 record.  The Cougars fell short of winning back-to-back sectional titles for the first time in school history.

 

Triton Central (13-8) advances to the Greenfield-Central Regional Saturday and will play #5 Parke Heritage (24-3).  The other half of the bracket features #2 Shenandoah (24-3) and #7 Covenant Christian (22-4).

 

Marian men's basketball top seed at NAIA Opening Round tournament

Marian University’s men’s basketball team earned a No. 1 seed for the NAIA Opening Round and will travel to Indiana Wesleyan to start the postseason national tournament.

 

At the Marion Opening Round, the Knights (22-4) will be the top seed and play the winner of No. 2 seed Olivet Nazarene (15-4) vs. No. 3 seed Indiana Tech (21-8) at 4 p.m. on March 13.

 

The winner of the Marion Opening Round will join the national field of 16 teams in Kansas City, Missouri, for the NAIA National Championship which begins on March 18.

 

Marian won the Crossroads League Tournament to secure an automatic berth. It was the first championship for the Knights since 2001. Marian has won 13 straight games entering the NAIA tournament.

 

Morristown High School graduate Hayden Langkabel, a junior at Marian, has played in 22 games this season, started seven, and is averaging 6.4 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

Triton Central football in rebuild mode after three-straight 10-win seasons

A trio of 10-win seasons has not drastically improved the Triton Central football program’s roster size.

 

Success, though, has solidified a hard-working culture within the program, according to TC head coach Tim Abel.

 

“There is a high standard,” he said. “Some kids don’t want to go to four practices a week in the summer and be lifting (weights) year round. It takes a lot of sacrifice to be successful year in and year out.”

 

The 2021 football season will be Abel’s ninth at Triton Central. He is 72-27 over his tenure with three sectional titles and one regional title. More importantly, his Tigers have competed in a sectional championship game every year he has been in Fairland.

 

The next season will be Abel’s 29th as a head coach. He is three wins away from career win No. 200 (197-125).

 

“I hope 198 comes quicker than I think it will,” joked Abel. “When you’ve been doing it 28 years you eventually get to those numbers. It’s been a nice run.”

 

Abel reached a coaching pinnacle in 2000 when he led East Noble to the Class 4A state championship. The Knights defeated Plainfield, 28-7, to complete a 14-1 season.

 

“We had some really good kids and some really good coaches on that team,” recalled Abel. “Three other guys on that staff became head coaches.”

 

Abel has settled in at Fairland and developed a winning culture that is drawing more interest from college programs. Three seniors have signed their letters of intent to play football on Saturdays in the fall.

 

That kind of success creates the need to consistently replace Friday night performers. Abel is faced with that challenge again this year.

 

Triton Central loses a veteran quarterback in Erick Hebauf, a terrific group of linebackers and strength and skill from the offensive and defensive lines.

 

“We lost a lot from the line of scrimmage and the interior linebackers which is the heart of our offense and the heart of our defense,” said Abel, who surpassed both Bud Mendenhall (68-69-1) and Joe Fussell (70-82) last season to become TC’s career leader in victories.

 

Hebauf completed 49% of his pass attempts in 2020 for 920 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran for 11 touchdowns.

 

Abel’s offense was run-heavy and leaned on a freshman, Ray Crawford, to lead the way. Crawford carried the ball 204 times for a team-leading 1,303 yards and 13 touchdowns.

 

“He is a natural tailback that is patient watching his blocking,” said Abel. “He is real shifty and has good bursts.”

 

The power running came from senior Hayden Kermode, who had 530 yards on the ground and nine touchdowns.

 

Developing a new quarterback is a priority this offseason. One of the repercussions from losing much of the 2020 summer season to COVID-19 restrictions was the lack of time to develop younger QBs.

 

“We’ve got some athletes. Right now, we have two quarterbacks with some experience and two other athletes that could become quarterbacks,” said Abel. “We didn’t get enough experience this year for our backups. With COVID in June and July, our junior varsity kids got cheated. We will need June and July this year.”

 

Tristen Huffman and Jace Stuckey combined for one incomplete pass attempt and three carries for 13 yards at the varsity level in 2020. Stuckey took the most snaps as the JV quarterback, according to Abel.

 

“I feel good about our kids,” said Abel. “The challenge is to get the kids in the right positions because we will be so inexperienced.”

 

Seven seniors started on defense in the regional championship game. Six of the top seven leading tacklers were seniors.

 

Abel already has the program in full strength and conditioning mode and a new weight room at the school is nearly ready for athletes. The veteran coach also is excited to see football players competing in spring sports.

 

“We have a bunch of kids in track (and field) working speed and conditioning,” he said. “And we have a lot of kids not in a spring sport busting it in the weight room.”

 

With COVID-19 vaccines now being administered, Abel is hopeful 2021 will return to normal – especially for offseason workouts and preparation.

 

“We’ve got scrimmages set up,” he said. “Everyone in the state is planning on it (being back to normal).”

 

Triton Central will kick off the 2021 season on Aug. 20 with an Indiana Crossroads Conference game at Cascade.

 

The home opener follows on Aug. 27 when Greensburg comes to Fairland.

Collegiate update: Marian secures NAIA tourney berth with Crossroads League title

Marian University’s men’s basketball team captured its first Crossroads League Tournament championship in 20 years with an 86-71 win over St. Francis (Ind.) Monday night.

 

The Knights put together a 15-4 run to start the second half to secure the victory and improved to 22-4 this season.

 

Marian clinched one of the two bids from the Crossroads League for the NAIA National Tournament. The NAIA Selection Show is Thursday at 8 p.m.

 

Morristown graduate Hayden Langkabel did not play in Monday’s championship game but scored eight points, grabbed three rebounds and had two assists in an 86-71 quarterfinal win over Huntington. Langkabel had four points and four rebounds in a 79-70 semifinal victory over Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

 

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

 

Maya Chandler

 

The Triton Central graduate finished with three points and two rebounds Sunday in Loyola’s 59-45 loss at Missouri State. The Ramblers dropped to 10-10 this season (8-8 Missouri Valley Conference).

 

Rylie Stephens

 

The Triton Central graduate combined for 15 points and 10 rebounds for Evansville in a pair of losses at Northern Iowa.

 

On Saturday, she had seven points and six rebounds in a 67-31 loss. She had eight points and four rebounds Sunday in a 96-48 loss that dropped the Purple Aces to 6-14 (2-13 MVC).

 

Kyler Schalk

 

The Triton Central graduate placed 11th in the 60-meter dash (7.61 seconds) and third in the long jump (18-3.25) for Wabash in the DePauw Triangular Track and Field Meet.

 

Logan Young

 

The Shelbyville graduate was 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs batted in for Indiana University South Bend Friday in a 10-4 loss to Indiana Wesleyan.

 

Young’s Titans were swept in a four-game series with Indiana Wesleyan.

 

Taylor Tatlock

 

The Southwestern graduate had seven kills for Franklin College in its 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 loss to Mount St. Joseph in the semifinal round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.

 

The Grizzlies finished the season 10-6. The postseason appearance was a first for the program in six seasons.

 

Natalie Weber

 

The Shelbyville graduate was 2-for-3 with a three-run home run to help Franklin College’s softball team rout Centre, 14-0.

 

The Grizzlies started Saturday with a 5-1 win over Centre before dominating game two.

 

Bailey Chandler

 

The Triton Central graduate had 33 assists, one kill and eight digs for Eastern Illinois Sunday in a 25-22, 24-26, 25-10, 25-15 loss to Austin Peay.

 

The Panthers won set one in the rematch Monday but ultimately fell to 0-8 this season with a 19-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-12 loss. Chandler had 37 assists and seven digs.

 

TC's Heath, Waldron's Thomas selected IBCA All State

Triton Central’s Taylor Heath and Waldron’s Lauryn Thomas were named Small School All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

 

Fifteen seniors and 15 underclass girls basketball players were selected “Supreme 15” All-State for the 2020-2021 season. Fifteen more seniors and 15 more underclass players were designated All-State.

 

Photo provided

Waldron senior Lauryn Thomas (pictured) and Triton Central senior Taylor Heath were named IBCA Small School All-State for the 2020-2021 season.

 

Heath and Thomas were joined on the Small School All-State squad by Lanesville’s Gracie Adams, Pioneer’s Olivia Brooke, Linton-Stockton’s Aubrey Burgess and Haley Rose, Loogootee’s Kalea Fleming and Brooklyn Jones, Shenandoah’s Erikka Hill and Kathryn Perry, Trinity Lutheran’s Sydney Jaynes, Oregon-Davis’ Mercedes Rhodes, Andrean’s Julia Schultz, Jac-Cen-Del’s Paige Ledford, and Greenwood Christian’s Isabella Reed.

 

Honorable mention honors were bestowed upon Southwestern’s Abby Muck and Triton Central’s Bailey Stamper.

 

Others seniors honored as honorable mention included Franklin’s Kyra Baker, Speedway’s Maddie Barnes, South Decatur’s Lana Bell, Greensburg’s Taylor Cooney, Yorktown’s Carley Culberson, Pendleton Heights’ Kylie Davis, Greenwood Christian’s Savvanah Frye, Yorktown’s Elizabeth Reece, Mt. Vernon’s Lexi Shelton, Greenwood Christian’s Brooklyn Stubblefield, and Greensburg’s Anna West and Melina Wilkison.

 

Three Shelby County underclassmen earned honorable mention honors.

 

Shelbyville’s Kylee Edwards, Triton Central’s Lizzie Graham and Waldron’s Bella Larrison were named as well as Edinburgh’s Gracie Crawhorn, New Palestine’s Isabella Gizzi, Park Tudor’s Layla Gold, Franklin’s Scarlett Kimbrell, Rushville’s Annika Marlow, Jac-Cen-Del’s Annabelle Williams, and Rushville’s Olivia Yager.

 

All IBCA-member head coaches had the opportunity to nominate players. A panel of 20 coaches reviewed the nominations and finalized the selections.

 

The IBCA Senior All-State Supreme 15 team included Brownsburg’s Ally Becki, Roncalli’s Madelyn Bischoff, Hammond Noll’s Courtney Blakely, Fishers’ Katie Burton, Penn’s Trinity Clinton, Anderson’s Tyra Ford, North Judson’s Lilliann Frasure, Silver Creek’s Marissa Gasaway, Angola’s Hanna Knoll, North Central’s Meg Newman, Linton-Stockton’s Vanessa Shafford, Goshen’s Brynn Shoup-Hill, Lawrence North’s Jayla Smith, Michigan City’s Trinity Thompson, and Heritage Christian’s Ariana Wiggins.

 

Selected Large School All-State were Evansville Memorial’s Ryleigh Anslinger, Penn’s Kaitlyn Costner, Carmel’s Bridget Dunn, North Central’s Nakaih Hunter, Bedford North Lawrence’s Chloe McKnight, Madison’s Jade Nutley, LaPorte’s Ryin Ott, Chatard’s Zakia Rasheed, Avon’s Alex Richard, Zionsville’s Katey Richardson, Norwell’s Maiah Shelton, Silver Creek’s Alana Striverson, Martinsville’s Pa’Shence Walker, Center Grove’s Mary Wilson, and Fort Wayne South’s Lamyia Woodson

 

The IBCA Underclass Supreme 15 squad included Franklin’s Kuryn Brunson, Crown Point’s Jessica Crothers, Carmel’s Kate Clarke, Westfield’s Alyssa Crockett, Zionsville’s Laila Hull, South Bend Washington’s Rashunda Jones, Northwestern’s McKenna Layden, Homestead’s Ayanna Patterson, South Bend Washington’s Amiyah Reynolds, South Bend Washington’s Mila Reynolds, North Harrison’s Ali Saunders, Noblesville’s Ashlynn Shade, Crown Point’s Lilly Stoddard, East Central’s Josie Trabel, and North Central’s Tanyuel Welch.

 

The Large School Underclass All-State squad included North Central’s Ramiah Elliott, Mishawaka Marian’s Nevaeh Foster, Columbus East’s Koryn Griewe, Franklin Central’s Rayah Kincer, Washington’s Kencia Levasseur, McCutcheon’s Teresa Maggio, Mishawaka Marian’s MaKaya Porter, Hamilton Heights’ Camryn Runner, Jay County’s Renna Schwieterman, Fort Wayne South’s Olivia Smith, Bedford North Lawrence’s Chloe Spreen, Terre Haute North’s Zoe Stewart, Silver Creek’s Kynidi Striverson, Washington’s Alaina Thorne, and Jennings County’s Juliann Woodard.

 

The Small School Underclass All-State squad included Andrean’s Tori Allen, Pioneer’s Ashlynn Brooke, Kouts’ Ally Capouch, Lafayette Central Catholic’s Karsyn Cherry, Pioneer’s Hailey Cripe, University’s Kelsey DuBois, Bethesda Christian’s Kenzie Fulks, Carroll’s Alli Harness, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian’s Hailee Cline, Blue River Valley’s Ally Madden, Tecumseh’s Kaybree Oxley, Tipton’s Ashlee Schram, Trinity Lutheran’s Bailey Tabeling, Forest Park’s Amber Tretter, and Loogootee’s Kylie VanHoy.

Pari-mutuel rules and racing dates adjusted at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) met Tuesday, March 2 and approved several changes for the upcoming 2021 racing season at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

 

Indiana Grand was initially set to hold live racing Saturday, May 1 during Kentucky Derby Day. However, due to uncertainty directly related to COVID-19, a request was submitted to the IHRC to reallocate that date to Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, which will become closing day for the 19th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. The IHRC approved the change on the calendar for the 120-day racing season in 2021.

 

“Along with our horsemen, we thought it was in the best interest of all parties to move our scheduled racing day on May 1 (Kentucky Derby Day),” said Eric Halstrom, vice president and general manager of racing. “There is a strong likelihood that crowd capacity will still be limited at that time and live racing would only increase issues with safety protocols and potential wait times to enter the facility. We want to provide the best possible on-track experience for guests coming in for the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby and a reduction of activities on that day will alleviate some potential obstacles.”

 

In addition to the date change, the IHRC also approved amendments to current rules for pari-mutuel racing. Races taken off the turf once the wagering pools have closed for the Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6 will now become “all” wagers. The Pick 6 will now become a scenario where “all” horses in that race will be considered a winner. Formerly when a horse scratched from a race taken off the turf after the close of the wagering pools, the customer was given a substitute of the post time favorite.

 

Indiana Grand introduced a lower takeout for the Pick 5 in 2020 at 11.99 percent, which remains in effect. In addition, the IHRC approved a reduced takeout for the Pick 4 along with the Pick 6 Jackpot wagers to 15 percent beginning in 2021.

 

“We are always looking for ways to enhance our betting platforms and with the growing popularity of our multiple-race wagers, we felt a reduced takeout on these two wagers would be very attractive to our racing customers,” added Halstrom. “We’ve seen a tremendous increase in interest in these types of wagers at Indiana Grand and are excited to make them a better value for our fan base.”

 

Live racing returns to Indiana Grand Tuesday, April 13 and extends through Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. Racing will be conducted at 2:25 p.m. Monday through Wednesday with first post on Thursday set at 3:25 p.m. In addition, six all-Quarter Horse racing dates are set on select Saturdays starting June 5 at 10 a.m. A special Indiana Champions Day highlighting the state’s top Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses will be held Saturday, Oct. 30 beginning at 12 p.m. More information about the 2021 racing season is available at www.indianagrand.com.

 

TC's Heath selected to Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 Senior Workout

Triton Central point guard Taylor Heath will be one of 60 seniors from around the state of Indiana participating in Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 Senior Workout Sunday at Beech Grove High School.

 

There will be two sessions. Thirty girls from northern and southern Indiana will participate in the first session at 1 p.m. The remaining players, primarily from central Indiana, will follow in the second session at 3:30 p.m.

 

The Top 60 Senior Workout includes the state’s top two scorers – Courtney Blakely of Hammond Noll (31.7 ppg) and Ariana Wiggins of Heritage Christian (27.6 ppg) – along with 11 other senior standouts who average more than 20 ppg.

 

There are eight players representing 2021 IHSAA state finalist teams.

 

More than 20 of the Top 60 selectees have signed with Division I universities.

 

Beech Grove coach Kristin Raker will direct both sessions. Also invited to join the Top 60 staff are Hammond Noll’s Vanita Golston, Silver Creek’s Scott Schoen, Jac-Cen-Del’s Scott Smith and Penn’s Kristi Ulrich.

 

Heath averaged 14.7 points. 9.5 assists and 3.3 steals for Triton Central this past season. She will play basketball next season at Hanover College.

 

Tenleigh Phelps, also a Triton Central senior, was selected for the Top 60 Senior Workout but will be unable to participate due to a knee injury that forced her to miss her entire senior season. Phelps is committed to play basketball next season at Youngstown State.

 

Other notable players attending the workout are Yorktown’s Carley Culberson, Jac-Cen-Del’s Paige Ledford, Columbus North Alexa McKinley, Greenwood Christian’s Isabella Reed and Mt. Vernon’s Lexi Shelton.

 

Both sessions are open to the public with an admission fee of $8 ($5 for students).

MHC honors area basketball players; Waldron's Anthony Thomas named Coach of the Year

Fourteen area basketball players earned All-Conference honors based on their performances this season.

 

Waldron won the Mid-Hoosier Conference girls basketball title with a perfect 6-0 mark. That helped Nichole Garner, Bella Larrison and Lauryn Thomas earn All-MHC recognition.

 

Conference runner-up Southwestern (5-1) was represented by Abby Muck, Trinity Tatlock and Lexi Wilkins.

 

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Southwestern senior Trinity Tatlock was named to the Mid-Hoosier Conference's All-Conference girls basketball team.

 

Morristown (4-2) finished third in the conference standings. Rylee Kleine and Emma Theobald were named All-MHC.

 

Completing the All-MHC girls squad were South Decatur’s Lana Bell, North Decatur’s Haley Gorrell, Edinburgh’s Annelise Lollar and Hauser’s Kyleigh Parrott.

 

Receiving honorable mention status were Waldron's Megan Bogemann, Southwestern's Maggie Correll and Lily Kerber, Morristown's Raegan Kleine, South Decatur's Loryn Pate and Hauser's Hannah Taylor.

 

Waldron head coach Anthony Thomas, who guided the Mohawks to an 18-4 season, was named Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.

 

Morristown had three boys basketball players selected all-conference.

 

Kyle Crim, Sawyer Jones and Drake Moore led the Yellow Jackets to an 18-4 season so far (4-2 in MHC). Postseason play begins Tuesday.

 

Aiden Hartsell and Anick Hartsell represented Southwestern on the squad. The Spartans are 10-10 this season (3-3 MHC).

 

Tyler Bowlby was the lone Waldron selection. The Mohawks are 5-17 (0-6 MHC).

 

Also named All-MHC were Hauser’s Bryce Bates, Edinburgh’s Caleb Dewey and Travis Jones, South Decatur’s Hunter Johnson and Lane Lauderbaugh, and North Decatur’s Lance Nobbe.

 

Five more players earned honorable mention recognition. They were Edinburgh's Isaac Roberts, South Decatur's Jacob Scruggs and Tyler Sporleder, Southwestern's Ethan Wendling and Waldron's Bryce Yarling.

 

South Decatur captured the MHC title with a 6-0 record. Edinburgh was runner-up at 5-1.

 

Edinburgh’s Keith Witty was named Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.

Shelbyville freshman qualifies for gymnastics regional

Shelbyville High School freshman Kaliyah Brown placed third in the vaulting competition Saturday at the Connersville Sectional to earn a gymnastics regional berth.

 

Brown, a freshman, scored 9.15 on her vault to finish behind Richmond’s Elizabeth Ruger (9.55) and New Castle’s Samantha Ward (9.5).

 

The top six finishers in each of the four events and the all-around competition advanced to Saturday’s Columbus East Regional.

 

Morristown sophomore Oakleigh Goedde finished seventh in the vault with a score of 8.6.

 

Brown placed 11th on the uneven bars (7.675), 19th on the balance beam (6.75) and 12th in the floor exercise (8.225) for an all-around score of 31.8, which left her in eighth place overall.

 

Goedde was 20th on the uneven bars (6.925), 17th on the balance beam (6.95) and 18th in floor exercise (7.875) for an all-around score of 30.35, which placed her 11th overall.

 

Richmond won the sectional team title with 106.625 points. New Castle (104.6) and New Palestine (98.75) also advanced to the regional.

 

Shelbyville finished sixth (86.7) and Morristown was seventh (83.275).

 

Connersville Sectional

 

(Top three teams and top six individuals in each event advance to Columbus East Regional)

 

Richmond 106.625, New Castle 104.6, New Palestine 98.75, Connersville 92.95, Rushville 92.55,

Shelbyville 86.7, Morristown 83.275, Muncie Central 59.4, Union County 32.85, Franklin County 29.15

 

Vault: 1. Ruger (RI) 9.55; 2. Ward (NC) 9.5; 3. Brown (SH) 9.15; 4. Uhte (RI) 8.9; 5. Bosell (RI) 8.75; 6. Poag (NP) 8.75; Goedde (MT) 8.6; Batten (MT) 8.2; Watson (SH) 8.1; Voss (SH) 8.0; Shrum (MT) 7.95; Trittipo (MT) 7.9; Aldridge (SH) 7.75.

 

Bars: 1. Ward (NC) 9.275; 2. Ruger (RI) 9.025; 3. Bosell (RI) 8.75; 4. Kottka (UC) 8.5; 5. Jones (RI) 8.4; 6. Massengale (NC) 8.15; Brown (SH) 7.675; Goedde (MT) 6.925; Batten (MT) 6.5; Aldridge (SH) 6.225; Jackson (SH) 5.725; Griggs (SH) 5.275; Trittipo (MT) 4.8; Shrum (MT) 4.625.

 

Beam: 1. Bosell (RI) 8.975; 2. Garvin (NC) 8.9; 3. Hoffman (CV) 8.6; 4. Ruger (RI) 8.55; 5. Ward (NC) 8.475; 6. Garrett (NP) 8.4; Goedde (MT) 6.95; Brown (SH) 6.75; Aldridge (SH) 6.05; Batten (MT) 5.95; Trittipo (MT) 5.6; Voss (SH) 5.375; Griggs (SH) 4.625; Shrum (MT) 4.3

 

Floor: 1. Ruger (RI) 9.575; 2. Ward (NC) 9.45; 3. Garvin (NC) 9.25; 4. Bosell (RI) 9.15; 5. Massengale (NC) 9.05; 6. Garrett (NP) 8.95; Brown (SH) 8.225; Goedde (MT) 7.875; Aldridge (SH) 7.875; Voss (SH) 7.55; Jackson (SH) 7.425; Batten (MT) 7.025; Trittipo (MT) 6.9; Shrum (MT) 5.675.

 

All-Around: 1. (tie) Ruger (RI), Ward (NC) 36.7; 3. Bosell (RI) 35.625; 4. Garrett (NP) 33.6; 5. Hoffman (CV) 33.4; 6. Garvin (NC) 32.975; Brown 31.8; Goedde (MT) 30.35; Aldridge (SH) 27.9; Batten (MT) 27.675; Trittipo (MT) 25.2; Shrum (MT) 22.55.

Bowlby, Crim reach basketball career milestones

Two area basketball players accomplished program milestones in their regular-season finales Friday.

 

In Waldron’s 75-49 victory over Anderson Prep, senior Tyler Bowlby entered the program’s 1,000 career points club.

 

Bowlby joined Jared Lux (1,313 career points), Justin Barnard (1,181), Jordan Barnard (1,138) and

Darwin Shurig (1,110) as 1,000-point scorers at Waldron High School.

 

Bowlby will add to his career total Wednesday when the Mohawks (5-17) begin postseason play at

Southwestern High School against Rising Sun (6-10).

 

Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

 

Kyle Crim

 

Morristown High School senior Kyle Crim collected career win No. 86 Friday in the Yellow Jackets’ 56-43 win over Tri.

 

As a freshman, Crim helped Morristown capture the Class A state championship. He reached 50 career wins after his sophomore season which ended in the regional semifinal round.

 

Crim added 18 more wins as a junior and the Yellow Jackets are currently 18-4 as the postseason is about to tipoff.

 

Morristown faces Oldenburg Academy (18-4) Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Southwestern High School.

 

That game will be broadcast live on GIANT fm with pre-game airing at 6:30 p.m.

 

Diemer soars to MVC pole vault championship

Shelbyville High School’s most decorated female pole vaulter is now a Missouri Valley Conference champion.

 

Erin Diemer, a senior at Southern Illinois University, won the pole vault competition Saturday at the 2021 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship track and field meet in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

 

Diemer cleared a personal best 12 feet, 10 inches to capture her first MVC individual title and moved her to fifth all-time in program history.

 

Northern Iowa’s Cierra Laux finished runner-up at 12-8.

 

Illinois State captured its fourth consecutive team title with 138 points. Southern Illinois finished 20 points back in second place.

 

Diemer was a four-time state track and field qualifier for Shelbyville.

UIndy makes conference tourney with Southern Indiana out due to Covid

They're out. The University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball team has made the decision to opt out of the upcoming Great Lakes Valley Conference Basketball Tournament, due to an increase in cases of COVID-19.

 

The Screaming Eagles were set to host a first round game this week. The team would have been the second seed in the tournament, but now their spot goes to the Univeristy of Indianapolis Greyhounds.

 

UIndy takes on Truman State this Wednesday.

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Aidan

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East Central

David

Disbro

Hunter

Kneifel

Kouts

Kevin

Duzan

Tyson

Knepp

Barr-Reeve

Josh

Thompson

Joel

Knox

Angola

Brandon

Appleton

Evan

Kretz

Western

Michael

Lewis

Luke

Lacey

Brownsburg

Steve

Lynch

Max

Lancer

Franklin Community

Brad

Dickey

Drake

Lewis

Whitko

Chris

Benedict

Noah

Linville

Hamilton Heights

Chad

Ballenger

Carter

Lumpkin

Northeastern

Brent

Ross

Ty

Lynas

Crawfordsville

David

Pierce

Keegan

Lytle

Lewis Cass

Kyle

Johnson

Jack

Marksberry

Trinity Lutheran

Ryan

Crase

Cole

Martin

Connersville

Kerry

Brown

Devyn

Martin

Orleans

Tom

Bradley

Willie

Mas

Indianapolis Crispus Attucks

Chris

Hawkins

Caden

Mason

Terre Haute North

Todd

Woelfle

Alex

Masters

North Miami

Ryan

Demien

Matt

Mazur

Lafayette Central Catholic

Dave

Barrett

Rylan

McBride

New Prairie

Mike

Bauer

John

McCall

Hamilton Southeastern

Brian

Satterfield

Kaden

McCollough

Shenandoah

Dave

McCollough

Logan

McFatridge

Seeger

John

Collins

Sam

Mettert

Franklin Central

Criss

Beyers

Jamison

Miller

Barr-Reeve

Josh

Thompson

Mason

Miller

Lanesville

Mikel

Miller

Alex

Money

Evansville Mater Dei

Kurt

Wildeman

Drew

Monize

Eastern (Greentown)

Mike

Springer

Aiden

Moyers

Plainfield

Andy

Weaver

Jacob

Myer

DeKalb

Rod

Cone

Luke

Naas

Westfield

Shane

Sumpter

Adam

Norman

Milan

Randy

Combs

Bob

Nunge

Castle

Brian

Gibson

Mitchell

O’Mara

Avon

Jeff

Holloway

Jacob

Oostman

Crown Point

Clint

Swan

Evan

Owens

Speedway

Chuck

Bennett

Treyton

Owens

Scottsburg

Eric

Richardson

Luke

Paddock

Union County

Alex

McCool

Connor

Page

Clarksville

Mark

Wilson

Malachi

Pearson

Logansport

Drew

Schauss

Noah

Pendleton

Perry Meridian

Mark

James

Bryce

Pennington

Cambridge City Lincoln

Rodney

Klein

Drew

Pennington

Hamilton Heights

Chad

Ballenger

Isiah

Peters

Randolph Southern

Travis

Stangland

Mason

Pickens

Tri-Central

Bill

Bowen

Gabe

Pirtle

Sullivan

Jeff

Moore

Pete

Polk

Peru

Eric

Thompson

Eric

Potter

Indianapolis Tindley

Omar

Dillard

R.J.

Powell

Batesville

Aaron

Garrett

Ryan

Preston

Carroll (Fort Wayne)

Marty

Beasley

Owen

Prickett

Zionsville

J.R.

Howell

Jack

Quinn

South Bend St. Joseph

Mark

Johnson

Lleyton

Ratcliffe

Batesville

Aaron

Garrett

Caden

Rautenkranz

Martinsville

Kip

Staggs

Holden

Rayl

Tri-Central

Bill

Bowen

Kyle

Reasoner

Zionsville

J.R.

Howell

Makhai

Reed

Eastern (Greentown)

Mike

Springer

Trey

Reed

Washington

Gene

Miiller

Parker

Retter

Randolph Southern

Travis

Stangland

Dalton

Retzner

Hamilton Southeastern

Brian

Satterfield

James

Rhodes

New Haven

Bruce

Stephens

Adam

Richardson

Lowell

Joe

Delgado

Cole

Richmond

DeKalb

Rod

Cone

Eli

Riley

Norwell

Mike

McBride

Nolan

Ringler

Eminence

Todd

Hanni

Dylan

Ritter

Zionsville

J.R.

Howell

Isaac

Roberts

Edinburgh

Keith

Witty

Phillip

Robles III

South Bend Riley