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IHSAA announces state finals sites for track, softball

Indiana High School Athletic Association commissioner Paul Neidig announced Wednesday the host sites for two spring state tournaments.


Following conversations with the IHSAA Executive Committee, the 2021 Boys, Girls and Unified Track and Field State Finals will be held at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.


The boys meet will be contested on Friday, June 4, while the unified meet and the girls meet are set for Saturday, June 5.


The Softball State Finals will be played at Center Grove High School in Greenwood on Friday, June 11, and Saturday June 12.


The track meets had been planned for Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington while the softball championship games had been scheduled for Purdue University’s Bittinger Stadium in West Lafayette.


Both universities confirmed last month they would be unable to host the IHSAA events with spectators on the scheduled dates.

Gearlds leads Triton Central to first win of season

Oliver Gearlds was the only golfer to break 40 Wednesday at Deer Creek Golf Course to earn medalist honors for Triton Central.


Gearlds’ 39 led the Tigers to a 203-241 victory over Cascade.


Also for Triton Central, Evan Uhls shot 44, Griffin Sego posted 56 and Maxwell Ray completed the scorecard with 64. TC’s fifth golfer, Hendrix Davidson, shot 66.


Evan Franklin led Cascade with 51. Henry Tucker (55), Mason Rausch (68) and Tyler Bush (67) rounded out Cascade’s scorecard.


Triton Central returns to action Monday against New Palestine at Hawk’s Tail Golf Course in Greenfield.

Orlando Mojica collects milestone win at Indiana Grand

In only the second day of action for the 2021 season at Indiana Grand, jockey Orlando Mojica hit win 2,500 aboard Sky Judge in Wednesday afternoon’s seventh race. It was Mojica’s only mount of the day and only his third start of the season thus far in Indiana.


“I thought I was going to get it at Oaklawn (Arkansas) and I came really close, winning my 2,499th race there,” said Mojica, who has several leading jockey titles to his name at Indiana Grand. “This is a very exciting day for me. I’m a very blessed guy.”


Coady Photography photos

Eric Halstrom (above left), vice president and general manager of racing, makes a special presentation to jockey Orlando Mojica after he won his 2,500th career race Wednesday at Indiana Grand. Mojica accomplished the feat aboard Sky Judge (top photo) in the seventh race Wednesday in Shelbyville.



Mojica won the jockey title at Indiana Grand (Shelbyville, Ind.) during the inaugural season in 2003 and then returned for back-to-back wins in 2008 and 2009. The multiple Graded Stakes winning jockey has garnered success at nearly every racetrack he has ridden at, including Canterbury Park in Minnesota, where he won his 2,000th race in 2016.


The Puerto Rican native also won leading rider titles at Ellis Park (Henderson, Ky.) and at Hoosier Park (Anderson, Ind.) before all Thoroughbred racing was moved to Indiana Grand in 2013.


Mojica also won his 1,000th career race at Indiana Grand. He is still ranked third on the list of all-time winning jockeys at Indiana Grand. Since his riding career began in 2000, he has ridden in more than 17,700 races and accumulated in excess of $45 million in purse earnings.


The 19th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing extends through Nov. 8. Live racing is conducted at 2:25 p.m. Monday through Wednesday with first post on Thursdays set at 3:25 p.m.

Marauders top Tigers at Arrowhead Golf Course

Mount Vernon defeated Triton Central 5-0 Tuesday in match play format at Arrowhead Golf Course in Greenfield.


Mount Vernon’s Sam McWilliams was medalist with the low round of 34.


Oliver Gearlds led Triton Central with a 38.


Also for Triton Central, Evan Uhls carded 46, Griffin Sego had 55, Maxwell Ray posted 58 and Caleb Anderson shot 69.


Aden Cappalletti had 39 for Mount Vernon. Kyran Maxfield (41), Sam Bridenthal (43) and Asher Cotton (48) completed the Marauders’ scorecard.


Triton Central is in back on the links today at Deer Creek Golf Course against Cascade.

Collegiate update: Young delivers grand slam in IU South Bend loss

Logan Young’s grand slam Monday was not enough to keep Indiana University South Bend’s baseball team from being swept in a three-game series against Olivet Nazarene.


Young, a Shelbyville graduate, went 3-for-5 at the plate in the series finale with two runs scored and four runs batted in and he pitched a scoreless inning of relief in an 11-9 loss.


Olivet Nazarene defeated the Titans (13-18) 3-2 and 8-4 Friday in the opening two games of the series. Young went 2-for-7 combined in the losses.


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



TeAnn Bringle


The Shelbyville graduate had a pair of hits in Indiana State softball’s three-game sweep of Drake in Des Moines, Iowa.


The Sycamores won game one Saturday, 12-8. Bringle went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. She was 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in game two, an 11-3 victory.


On Sunday, ISU (14-17) won 6-4. Bringle was 0-for-3 but was hit by a pitch and scored.



Natalie Weber


Franklin College’s softball team produced two wins at Rose-Hulman Thursday. The Grizzlies won game one, 6-1, and completed the sweep in game two, 6-4.


Weber, a Shelbyville graduate, went 5-for-8 at the plate with two doubles, a triple, and two RBIs for the Grizzlies (10-6).


Morgan Stieneker


The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Friday in Olney Central College’s 12-8 loss to Lake Land College.


Olney Central is 10-16 this season.



Daniela Joseph


The Shelbyville graduate carded 18-hole rounds of 111 and 103 for a two-day total of 214 (+70) for Earlham College in the Rose-Hulman Invitational Saturday and Sunday at The Trophy Club in Lebanon, Indiana.


Joe Lux


The Shelbyville graduate finished 55th for Indiana Tech in the 800 meters (2:13.05) Saturday in the Warrior Opener in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Madisen Hinderliter


The Shelbyville graduate, competing for St. Francis (Ind.), finished 14th in the hammer throw (121 feet) and seventh in the discus (105-1) Saturday at the Warrior Opener in Fort Wayne.



Chandler Martin


The Shelbyville graduate won the high jump competition with a best clearance of 1.90 meters Saturday for the University of Indianapolis at the Jim Vargo Invitational hosted by Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.


Martin also finished third in the javelin (36.77 meters).



Steffen Shackelford


The Southwestern graduate placed fourth in the high jump event (1.80 meters) for the University of Indianapolis at the Jim Vargo Invitational.


Kyler Schalk


The Triton Central graduate finished fifth in the 100 (11.47) and fourth in the long jump (19-11.75) for Wabash College Saturday in the Wabash Invitational in Crawfordsville, Indiana.



Dalen Williams


The Waldron graduate won the discus event for Franklin College with a personal best throw of 41.69 meters Saturday in the Manchester Invitational.


Williams also placed ninth in the javelin (39.96 meters).


Andrew Montgomery


The Waldron graduate finished 22nd in the 1,500 (5:04.05) for Franklin College at the Manchester Invitational.


Taylor Tatlock


The Southwestern graduate finished runner-up in the javelin (34.64 meters) for Franklin College at the Manchester Invitational.


Tatlock also placed seventh in the discus (30.89 meters) and 13th in the hammer throw (27.22 meters).


Zaleeya Martin


The Shelbyville graduate finished fourth in the 100 (12.93) and fourth in the long jump (4.60 meters) for Hanover College Saturday in the Manchester Invitational.

Tuesday HS scoreboard


Triton Central 11, South Decatur 2

Taylor Heath two HR's




Shelbyville 13, Mt. Vernon 11


Southwestern 11, Austin 0

Spartans stay undefeated (4-0)


Ritter over TC

Jayden Mays a GS



Shelbyville 4, Columbus East 1

Golden Bears wins at #2 singles Jaidyn Tackett, #3 singles Grace Coomes, #1 doubles Emma Sandman & Renee Aldridge and #2 doubles Karlie Lawson & Riley Lee


Waldron 5, Southwestern 0


Triton Central 5, New Palestine 0

#1S B. Schiffli (TC) d Blachly(NP) 6-1 6-3

#2S Sanders (TC) d Hasenkamp(NP) 6-1 6-1

#3S Chougule (TC) d Johnson(NP) 4-6 6-3 6-3

#1D Denton/McGuire (TC) d Miller/Giddens(NP) 7-5 6-0

#2D Hutchinson/Wheatley (TC) d Russell/Haeberle(NP) 7-5 7-5





Mt. Vernon 157, Triton Central 197

Oliver Gearlds a 38 for TC



Girls:  North Decatur 60, Morristown 55, Oldenburg 40


1st place finishes for Morristown:

Raegan Kleine in 1600, 800
Rylie Kleine in 3200
Maggie Lutes in 400D
Allison Batton in 300H
Kleines, Lutes, Alexia Rogers win in the 3200 R

Gracie Laster, Raegan Kleine, Batton, Lutes in the 1600R


Boys:  Oldenburg 67, North Decatur 51, Morristown 31

Morristown 1st place finishes went to Kamdyn Gaines (long jump and 400M) and Mathew Carlton (110HH and 300H)

Monster Jam® Returns for action-packed weekend with fans in Indianapolis from June 12 – 13

This. Is. Monster Jam®!  The most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today returns after a pandemic pause, roaring into Indianapolis for a high-octane weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 13. Monster Jam®, one of the first family events to open its doors to fans since the global pandemic began in 2020, features the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement. Tickets start at $20 on ticketmaster.com with Monster Jam Preferred Customers able to purchase advance tickets starting today, April 13, before tickets go on-sale to the general public on April 20. Fans can still sign up for free to become a Monster Jam Preferred Customer and get exclusive access to the pre-sale offer code.


Monster Jam is enthusiastic that fans are eager to attend a live event with family and friends and feel confident about their safety and well-being, as shown in multiple surveys. In order to meet and exceed those expectations, Monster Jam has implemented enhanced health measures to help ensure the highest standards of wellness when it comes to today’s live experience. Seating capacity will be reduced at Lucas Oil Stadium to a Pod Seating structure, which will allow family and friends to safely enjoy all the action while social distancing from other groups in attendance. More information about Lucas Oil Stadium’s safety policy can be found hereAs an additional precaution for fans, face coverings are required for those age 2 and older, unless otherwise exempted by law. More information about Monster Jam’s Ultimate Lineup for Fan Wellness can be found here.


The Monster Jam Pit Party will return to Indianapolis on Sunday with limited capacity and enhanced safety measures implemented. At the Monster Jam Pit Party, you can see the massive trucks up close, watch live pre-race interviews and participate in Q&A’s with the drivers, get pre-signed autograph cards, take pictures and enjoy other family-friendly fun. Face covering, social distancing, entry screening and other rules apply. Capacity and activities are limited based on event, venue and local authorities’ guidelines, which are subject to change at any time.


Monster Jam has reimagined the live event guest experience and created contactless shopping for fans to order merchandise in advance or onsite from the comfort of their seat. Once ordered, guests can pick up their items at a convenient, contactless pickup station during the live event.  Additional information can be found here.


Indianapolis fans will witness a fierce battle for the event championship with each skilled Monster Jam athlete tearing up the dirt with gravity-defying feats in 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks going head-to-head for points in Freestyle, the Skills Challenge and Racing competitions.  Plus, fans can become part of the action by voting for the winner in the Skills Challenge and Freestyle competitions via real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones. 


This all-star truck lineup will feature a battle of the Anderson brothers as Adam hops aboard the legendary Grave Digger® and in a limited-time, special appearance, Ryan gets behind the wheel of Bakugan Dragonoid™.

Apron Strings wins season opener at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

The 19th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing got underway Tuesday, April 13 with Apron Strings and Tommy Pompell winning the season opener. The Indiana bred mare was one of three winners on the card for Trainer Randy Klopp, longtime Indiana horseman and Rushville, Ind. Resident.


Apron Strings got out of the gate well and tracked Long Legged Linda and Sant Sanjur through the early stages of the five furlong sprint before pressing forward and getting the lead midway through the stretch, holding on gamely through the wire. Archie’s Girl and Manny Esquivel closed well for second followed by Bold Concept and Joe Ramos, who moved up the inside through traffic to finish third.


Owned by Spiess Stable and Klopp, Apron Strings was making her first start of 2021 since taking the winter off from racing in Indiana. The Kodiak Kowboy six-year-old mare now has five wins in 12 starts.


Klopp also greeted Tale of Fame and Jockey Joe Ramos in the winner’s circle for the third race and Tapit’s Spirit, also ridden by Ramos, for the eighth race, giving Ramos a riding double on the card.


Newcomer Jose Batista also scored two wins on the season opener. The Panamanian native recently finished 10th in the jockey standings at Tampa Bay Downs and moved his tack to Indiana for the 2021 racing season. Batista connected with Gran Rojo in the second race followed by Day in the Country in the fifth race.


One Quarter Horse race was carded on the first program of 2021 with L.D. Martinez and Anthony Cunningham winning with Beach Shakin. The Indiana bred son of Escondido Beach scored his first career win in the race, his first of 2021.


A sizeable crowd was trackside for the season opener. Wagering for the nine-race card topped $1.7 million, outperforming opening day in April 2019 by nearly $400,000.


Live racing 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.


Statement from Pacers Sports & Entertainment owners Herb Simon, Steve Simon, and the Simon Family on the passing of Bobby "Slick" Leonard

“Pacers fans will remember Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard as the spirit of our franchise. With a charisma, intensity, and wit to match his nickname, Slick made us champions. He was our biggest fan and our most loving critic, and he personified Pacers basketball for generations of Hoosier families. Most importantly, though, Slick and Nancy are our family, and his passing leaves an unfillable void in the hearts of everyone associated with this organization. We keep the entire Leonard family in our prayers, and we recognize and honor Slick for what he meant to our state both on and off the court.”



Bobby “Slick” Leonard:

A Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee in 2014, Bobby “Slick” Leonard spent more than 50 years as a part of the Pacers organization, both as a championship-winning coach and a broadcaster. As Pacers’ head coach from 1968-1980, he won 529 games and three ABA championships and was later voted by a national sportswriters and broadcasters association as the ABA’s All-Time Coach.


Named one of Indiana’s “50 Greatest Players” and a two-time All-American at Indiana University, Slick was captain of the Hoosiers’ 1953 NCAA championship team and Big Ten Championship teams in 1953 and ‘54. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56 before playing seven years in the NBA with the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers and was named an All Star in 1963.


In addition to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, Slick is enshrined in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Indiana Sports Writers and Broadcasters Hall of Fame and was the first person inducted into the Indiana University Sports Hall of Fame. He was also honored as a member of Indiana University’s All-Century Basketball Team


Finally, Slick is one of just six individuals in Pacers history to have a banner raised in his honor. Hanging from the rafters of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the banner honors his 529 victories as coach of the Pacers and his contributions to the game.


Slick and his wife, Nancy, have five children, 12 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.


Weaver smashes pair of home runs in Shelbyville softball victory

Shelbyville softball’s power surge continued Monday in Pendleton when a four home run performance spurred the Golden Bears to a 9-6 victory over the Arabians.


Addisenn Weaver had two runs as part of a three-hit game and Katie Mathies belted her fifth homer of the season. Kiley McIver collected her third bomb as the Golden Bears improved to 7-1 this year and 2-0 versus Hoosier Heritage Conference opponents.


Cheyenne Eads improved to 4-1 in the pitcher’s circle with a complete-game performance that included seven strikeouts.


Pendleton Heights (4-3, 1-1 HHC) got home runs from Kieli Ryan, Caroline DeRolf, Grace Scott and Bo Shelton but it was not enough to keep up with a Shelbyville squad that has 25 home runs now.


The strong start to the season has not helped the Golden Bears’ ranking in the most recent state coaches poll.


Shelbyville is ranked 19th in Class 4A this week, six spots lower than Pendleton Heights.


Roncalli is the new No. 1 in 4A. New Palestine is fifth and Center Grove is sixth.


Greenfield-Central and Mt. Vernon, both HHC foes for Shelbyville, also received votes.


Tri is ranked No. 1 in Class A. Lutheran is third and Hauser is tied for fourth.


Tecumseh is the top-ranked team in 2A. Speedway is eighth and Eastern Hancock is 10th.


Edgewood and Yorktown are tied for the top spot in 3A. Cathedral is 16th followed by Greensburg.


The Golden Bears are back in action Thursday when Rushville (2-2) comes to town.

Shelbyville golfers drop home match to Columbus East

Columbus East got by Shelbyville by eight strokes in varsity golf play Monday, 176-184.


Shelbyville was led by Nolen Chaney's 42, which earned him co-Medalist with Columbus East golfers Cole Schaefer and Kody Reynolds.  


SHS's Matthew Bunton shot a 46; Eli Baker 47; Ethan Apsley 49.


The Golden Bears are back in action on Thursday, April 15, when they travel to The Legends Golf Club to take on #13 Franklin.

Racing returns featuring lower takeout rates at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

The 19th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing gets underway Tuesday, April 13. Tagged with the theme, “Run for the Money,” an added bonus will be offered on three exotic wagers with reduced takeout rates in 2021.


Returning this season is the Pick 5 featuring one of the lowest takeout rates in the industry at 11.99 percent. The wager is offered on the final five Thoroughbred races daily with a 50-cent minimum wager. For days when the Pick 5 goes without being hit, a carryover will ensue moving to the next Thoroughbred racing program. The Pick 5, which has had carryovers top the $100,000 mark in the past, is not offered on all-Quarter Horse racing days.


“Our Pick 5 really gained momentum last year,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing. “We captured a lot of attention from racing fans across the nation with the 11.99 percent takeout, one of the lowest rates out there. It is very appealing to those seeking value on wagering options.”


Joining the Pick 5 with reduced takeouts is the Pick 4 and the Straight Fire 6 (Jackpot Pick 6), which will offer a rate of 15 percent each beginning in 2021. The Pick 4 is provided twice per racing program on the first race and then on the last four Thoroughbred races daily. The minimum wager for the Pick 4 is 50 cents.


The Straight Fire 6 (Jackpot Pick 6) moves into its second year of operation in 2021. With a 20-cent minimum, the wager begins on the third race daily. If one unique ticket is not submitted on the Straight Fire 6, then a carryover moves to the next Thoroughbred racing program and continues until one unique ticket is recorded as a winner. The carryover got up to more than $140,000 last year during its first season.


The 2021 Thoroughbred racing season will be highlighted by the 27th running of the Grade 3 $300,000 Indiana Derby set for Wednesday, July 8. The afternoon card will feature six stakes with purses for the day nearing the $1 million mark.


The 2021 Quarter Horse season will feature six all-Quarter Horse racing programs set for special Saturday cards. Action will be held June 5, July 3, July 24, Aug. 14, Sept. 4, and Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. Both the top Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses in the State of Indiana will be featured during a special Indiana Champions Day Saturday, Oct. 30 with a first post of 12 p.m. Between the two breeds, eight stakes will be on the card with purses nearing the $1 million mark.


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.

Unbeaten Southwestern remains top 10 team in Class A state rankings

With a pair of Mid-Hoosier Conference victories over South Decatur, Southwestern’s baseball team remained in the state rankings for Class A programs.


The Spartans improved to 3-0 this season with a 9-2 victory over South Decatur Friday and a 1-0 win in eight innings Saturday.


In the most recent state coaches poll, Southwestern is ranked sixth behind Daleville, Oldenburg Academy, Kouts, Riverton Parke, and Washington Township.


Rounding out the top 10 are Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Shakamak, Fremont and Wes-Del.


Monroe Central, Wapahani and Lafayette Central Catholic are the top three teams respectively in 2A.


Silver Creek is No. 1 in 3A followed by West Vigo and Lebanon.


Columbus North takes over the top spot in 4A with an 8-0 start to the season. Westfield, Evansville North, Cathedral and Center Grove complete the top five.


Shelbyville is scheduled to play at Columbus North Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Golden Bears overpower New Castle in HHC opener

Shelbyville softball bashed 10 home runs to collect three victories Friday and Saturday.


Following the Golden Bears’ first loss of the season Thursday, Shelbyville rebounded to defeat potential sectional opponent East Central Friday night, 7-4.


Brooke Lipperd (1-0) went five innings, allowing five hits, four runs and collecting three strikeouts to earn the win. Hailey Pogue pitched two scoreless innings in relief to push Shelbyville’s record to 4-1.


Kylee Edwards, Karissa Hamilton and Katie Mathies each had two hits in the victory. Mathies, Edwards and Maddie Campton each had home runs.


Five more softballs left the Shelbyville softball facility Saturday morning as the Golden Bears routed Hoosier Heritage Conference softball rival New Castle, 18-3, in game one of a doubleheader.


Hamilton smashed three of the home runs, and Mathies and Campton homered.


Cheyenne Eads (3-1) earned the win in the circle going five innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven.


Shelbyville collected 17 hits, with Hamilton and Mathies each having four. Edwards went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases.


The Golden Bears continued the offensive onslaught in game two, winning 12-5.


Hamilton crushed her team-leading ninth home run of the season and pushed her season runs batted in total to 22.


SHS athletics photos

(Above) Cheyenne Eads (left) and Karissa Hamilton show off their home run balls from the Golden Bears' 12-5 game two victory over New Castle Saturday afternoon. (Top) Katie Mathies, Hamilton and Maddie Campton combined to hit five home runs in an 18-3 victory over the Trojans Saturday morning.


Eads, a freshman, collected her first career home run.


Pogue (2-0) got the start in the circle and earned the win, allowing three hits while striking out six. Lipped worked the final two innings to seal the victory.


The Golden Bears, now 6-1, are hitting .429 as a team with 21 home runs and 16 doubles.


Mathies leads the way with a .750 average, with three doubles, three triples, four home runs and 14 RBIs.


Hamilton follows with a .727 average.


Edwards is hitting .583 with three doubles, three home runs and a team-leading 16 runs scored.


Six more Golden Bears are hitting at least .300.


Shelbyville continues its HHC schedule today with a road trip to Pendleton Heights (4-2, 1-0 HHC). The Arabians are averaging 14 runs per game this season.

Triton Central basketball programs running summer camps

Triton Central High School’s basketball programs will host summer camps in 2021.


The Lady Tiger Basketball Camp, under the direction of head coach Bryan Graham, is offering camps for kindergarten through fourth grade from May 3 to May 6; and grades 5-8 from June 7 through June 10.


Camp registration fee is $35 for each camp. Deadline for the K-4th grade camp is April 28. Deadline for the grades 5-8 camp is May 26.


The camp environment will offer participants the opportunity to learn and improve on fundamentals.


Each player will receive a T-shirt and a basketball.


For more information, contact Graham at bgraham@nwshelbyschools.org or call 317-410-1206.


Triton Central High School boys basketball coach Kyle Ballard is offering camps for boys in K-4th grade from May 17 through May 20, and boys in grades 5-8 from June 1 through June 4.


Registration fee is $40 for each camp and due by May 10 for K-4th graders and May 24 for those in grades 5-8.


Campers will receive instruction from TC boys basketball coaches and players in dribbling, passing, shooting, scoring, and defense.


All participants will receive a T-shirt and a basketball.


For more information, contact Ballard at kballard@nwshelbyschools.org or call 563-468-1656.

Shelbyville softball suffers first loss of season

Columbus North used a five-run fifth inning to erase a 5-1 Shelbyville lead and held on for a 9-5 victory Wednesday.


Kiley McIver’s second home run of the season helped the Golden Bears build a 4-run lead but the Bull Dogs erupted in the fifth inning.


Columbus North (3-1), a potential sectional opponent for Shelbyville, added three more runs in the sixth to get Maddi Rutan the win in the circle. She pitched four innings in relief of Meghan Waggoner and allowed one earned run while striking out five.


Cheyenne Eads (2-1) took the loss for Shelbyville (3-1). She pitched into the sixth inning, allowing all nine runs on 10 hits while striking out seven.


Hailey Pogue closed out the game, allowing two hits and no runs.


McIver and Katie Mathies were the only Golden Bears with two hits in the loss. Mathies and Kylee Edwards each had doubles.


Shelbyville is back in action today at home against another potential sectional opponent in East Central (3-0).

Nine-race card kicks off season opener at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Nine races will kick off the 19th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing Tuesday, April 13. The program features eight Thoroughbred and one Quarter Horse race with a first post time of 2:25 p.m.


Featured on the card is a $37,000 Indiana sired allowance in the sixth race. The eight-horse field brings the return of several Indiana winners from last season, including Sudden Shift from the Bob Gorham Stable. The three-year-old Unbridled Express gelding finished second in his final start of 2020 in the $75,000 Indiana Futurity. DeShawn Parker, 2020 leading rider at Indiana Grand, will guide Sudden Shift from post seven.


Parker earned his first leading jockey title at Indiana Grand in 2020 with 106 trips to the winner’s circle. The jockey with more than 5,800 career wins adds the title from Indiana Grand to his impressive resume with numerous leading jockey titles from Mountaineer Park. Joining Parker in the race for leading jockey in 2021 is Marcelino Pedroza, Jr., who won his second leading jockey title at Indiana Grand in 2019. Pedroza was sidelined for most of the 2020 season due to injury.


In the trainer category, Genaro Garcia returns seeking his fifth straight title. He topped the standings last year with 43 wins over the shortened 96-day racing season. His stable, Southwest Racing, teamed up with Steve Lewis last year to also win leading owner honors.


The 120-day racing season extends through Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. The stakes schedule has been expanded to include several new stakes, bringing the total count to 40 with purses exceeding $3.6 million. Highlighting the stakes season is the Grade 3 $300,000 Indiana Derby and the Grade 3 $200,000 Indiana Oaks set for Wednesday, July 7. Also featured is the state’s richest turf race, the $150,000 Caesars Stakes (Listed) set for Wednesday, Sept. 8.


Live racing is conducted Monday through Wednesday at 2:25 p.m. with first post on Thursday set at 3:25 p.m. Six all-Quarter Horse days have been set beginning with the first one Saturday, June 5 at 10 a.m. More information about the 2021 racing season is available at www.indianagrand.com.

SHS baseball beats New Pal in HHC opener behind 12 Thompson K's


Benny Thompson struck out 12 as Shelbyville won its Hoosier Heritage Conference opener over New Palestine, 10-3.  Charlie Rife 3-3, HR


Speedway 7, Triton Central 5


#2 (1A) Oldenburg 13, Waldron 1  (5 inn)




Morristown 14, Liberty Christian 1

Kristen Whitney got the win



#14 (2A) Eastern Hancock 17, TC 0  (5 inn)

EH 10-run 4th


Anigail Eberhart and Taylor Heath with hits for TC




Track & Field

Triton Central with boys and girls wins over Scecina

Collegiate update: Bringle delivers home run in ISU victory at Valparaiso

TeAnn Bringle had four hits in a pair of Indiana State softball wins at Valparaiso.


Bringle, a Shelbyville graduate, went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run batted in Friday in a 10-0 victory over the Crusaders.


On Saturday, Bringle was again 2-for-3 and belted her second home run of the season to lead the Sycamores to an 8-2 victory that completed a three-game sweep of their Missouri Valley Conference rival.


Indiana State split a doubleheader Tuesday at Behrens Field in Terre Haute with Eastern Illinois.

The Sycamores won game won, 5-0, but lost game two, 4-0, to fall to 11-17 this season.


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


Natalie Weber


The Shelbyville graduate was 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs for Franklin College Sunday in a 4-3 win over 13th-ranked Transylvania.


The Grizzlies lost game two, 13-4. Weber had a double and scored a run in the loss.


Franklin is 8-6 this season.


Logan Young


The Shelbyville graduate was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs for Indiana University South Bend’s baseball team Saturday in game one of a doubleheader against St. Francis (Ill.).


The Titans won 12-6 but lost the series finale later Saturday, 6-5. Young was 1-for-4 in that contest.


On Friday, IU South Bend opened the three-game series with a 9-4 victory. Young was 0-for-4 at the plate with a walk and pitched the final inning to close out the win.


The Titans are 13-15 this season.


Collin Miltz


The Shelbyville graduate helped Marian University’s 400-meter relay team to a third-place finish Saturday at the George Glass Invitational hosted by Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.


Miltz teamed with Charles Crayton III, Matthew Hamer and Chase Maxey to complete the event in 42.73 seconds.


Madisen Hinderliter


The Shelbyville graduate placed 18th in the discus (98 feet, eight inches) and 18th in the hammer throw (113-8) Saturday for St. Francis (Ind.) at the George Glass Invitational.


Hanover Invitational


Shelbyville graduate Zaleeya Martin won the 100 (12.77), 200 (27.35) and was part of the 400 relay team that took first place for Hanover College Saturday in Hanover, Indiana.


Martin also finished third in the long jump (15.5.5).


Waldron graduate Dalen Williams earned his first outdoor meet victory for Franklin College after taking first place in the javelin (145-6).


Williams also placed runner-up in the discus (131-0) and 12th in the shot put (35-10.75).


Southwestern graduate Taylor Tatlock also won the javelin event for Franklin College. She threw a career best 113-8 to earn first-place points.


Tatlock also finished third in the discus (108-7) and 12th in the hammer throw (76-9).


Shelbyville graduate Jill Anspaugh finished seventh for Franklin College in the 1,500 (5:53.11) and eighth in the 800 (2:44.64).

Hoosier Basketball Magazine Tabs Top 60 senior boys

Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 Senior Workout is highlighted by 13 players who participated in the 2021 IHSAA State Finals on Saturday, April 3rd including seven state champions— Brycen Graber and Curt Hopf (Class A - Barr-Reeve),  Zane Burke and Caleb Furst (AA - Fort Wayne Blackhawk), Kooper Jacobi and Trey Kaufman-Renn (AAA - Silver Creek) and Brian Waddell (AAAA - Carmel). Selected from runner-up teams are Cale and Cole Wireman (Class A - Kouts), Connor Davis (AA - Parke Heritage), Blake Davison (AAA - Leo) along with Shamar Avance and DJ Hughes (AAAA - Lawrence North).


Unfortunately, due to spring break conflicts a few of these players are selected, but unable to attend. They include Davison and future Purdue Boilermakers Furst and Kaufman-Renn.


The top two scorers in the state are also featured in the Top 60 Workout. They are Jalen Blackmon, Marion (33.5 ppg) who will attend Divison I Grand Canyon and Brooks Barnhizer, Lafayette Jeff (32.7), who will play in the Big Ten at Northwestern. Two more high scorers are also signees with the University of Notre Dame. They are JR Konieczny, South Bend St. Joe (28.6 ppg) and Blake Wesley, South Bend Riley (27.1)


More Division I talent that will be headed to in-state colleges include Payton Sparks, Winchester (Ball State) and Blake Sisley, Heritage Hills (Evansville) along with three Bulter recruits— Hughes, Lawrence North and Jayden Taylor, Perry Meridian and Pierce Thomas, Brownsburg. Other Division I players on display at the Top 60 Workout will be Jacobi, Silver Creek (Toledo), Darrell Reed, Hammond (Alabama State), Christopher Mantis, Lowell (Appalachian State), Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights (Western Michigan), Langdon "LT" Hatton, North Harrison (William & Mary) along with three US Military Academy commits— Blake Barker, Columbus North (Army - West Point) plus Vincent Brady, Indianapolis Cathedral (Air Force Academy) and Jake Heidbreder, Floyd Central (Air Force Academy).


Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted throughout the season to determine Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60. Two sessions of the Top 60 Senior Workout will be hosted on Sunday, April 11, 2021 by Hoosier Basketball Magazine, in conjunction with the IHSAA and the IBCA, at Marian University in Indianapolis (3200 N. Cold Spring Road).


Boys primarily from Northern and Southern Indiana will participate in the first session (1:00-3:00 pm EST). The remaining players, mostly from Central Indiana, will compete during the second session (3:30-5:30 pm EST).


Coach Steve Lynch (Brownsburg) will direct both sessions. Four other outstanding IBCA coaches— Chad Ballenger (Hamilton Heights), Chad Johnston (South Bend Adams), Rich Schelsky (Parke Heritage) and Kendall Wildey (South Decatur)— have been invited to assist with on-court coaching.


Both sessions are open to the public for admission fee of $8.00 ($5 for students). Media can call  (317) 925-8200 if interested in credentials for one or both sessions.


Top 60 boys 

Shamar Avance, Lawrence North

Blake Barker, Columbus North

Brooks Barnhizer, Lafayette Jeff

Jalen Blackmon, Marion

Joey Bomba, Bloomington South

Brett Bosley, Paoli

Vincent Brady, Indianapolis Cathedral

Jayden Brewer, Ben Davis

Vinny Buccilla, Hamilton Southeastern

Zane Burke, Fort Wayne Blackhawk

Chrishawn Christmas, Gary West

Quentez Columbus, South Bend Adams

Connor Davis, Parke Heritage

Koron Davis, Bowman Academy

Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights

Braydon Flagg, New Prairie

Trey Flatt, Covenant Christian (Marion)

Chase Garrett, South Spencer

Brycen Graber, Barr-Reeve

Lincoln Hale, Linton-Stockton

Langdon “LT” Hatton, North Harrison

Jake Heidbreder, Floyd Central

Curt Hopf, Barr-Reeve

DJ Hughes, Lawrence North

Brady Hunt, Delta

Kooper Jacobi, Silver Creek

Greg Jenkins, Lawrence Central

Trent Johnson, Mishawaka

Edward Jones Jr, Pike

JR Konieczny, South Bend St. Joe

Lane Lauderbaugh, South Decatur

Christopher Mantis, Lowell

Kaden McCollough, Shenandoah

Styles McCorkle, Greenwood Christian

Miles McGowen, Mooresville

Foster Mefford, Southwestern (Hanover)

Colson Montgomery, Southridge

Jake Moynihan, Seton Catholic

Benny Ogayonne, Franklin Central

Jackson Paul, Churubusco

Quimari Peterson, Gary West

Darrell Reed, Hammond

Logan Rohrbacher, East Central

Kyle Ross, Lake Central

Coleman Sater, Edgewood

Ian Scott, Plainfield

Blake Sisley, Heritage Hills

Lane Sparks, Greensburg

Payton Sparks, Winchester

Isaiah Stafford, Indianapolis Attucks

Malik Stanley, Warren Central

Caleb Swearingen, Northview

Jayden Taylor, Perry Meridian

Pierce Thomas, Brownsburg

Naylon Thompson, Fort Wayne Luers

Kolden Vanlandingham, Northeastern

Isaac Vencel, Bloomington North

Brian Waddell, Carmel

Kobe Ward, Danville

Blake Wesley, South Bend Riley

Brody Whitaker, Greencastle

Cale Wireman, Kouts

Cole Wireman, Kouts

Harold Woods, Hammond



Connor Hickman, Bloomington South (Bradley)



Luka Balac, Munster

Andrew Bennett, Shenandoah

Luke Brown, Blackford

Blake Davison, Leo

Owen Dease, Evansville Reitz

Caleb Furst. Fort Wayne Blackhawk

Luke Goode, Homestead

Trey Kaufman-Renn, Silver Creek

Joseph Phinisee, McCutcheon

Isaiah Swope, Castle

Shelbyville softball climbing in state polls

After a 3-0 start in which the team has blasted 10 home runs, Shelbyville High School’s softball program has climbed to No. 18 in the most recent state coaches poll.


Crown Point remains No. 1 in Class 4A with Roncalli, Center Grove, Decatur Central and Lake Central rounding out the top five, respectively.


Roncalli features the No. 1 recruit in the country for the Class of 2023. Pitcher Keagan Rothrock is verbally committed to play softball at the University of Florida.


Hoosier Heritage Conference rival New Palestine is ranked sixth ahead of Leo, Bedford North Lawrence, Hamilton Southeastern and Franklin Central.


Ahead of the Golden Bears in the 4A poll are Penn, Castle, Brownsburg, Avon, Franklin, Chesterton, another HHC rival in Pendleton Heights, and Mooresville.


Shelbyville has four games this week. The Golden Bears travel to Columbus North Thursday then host East Central Friday and New Castle for a doubleheader Saturday.


There are nine schools ranked or receiving votes on Shelbyville’s schedule.


Shelbyville will face Class 3A, No. 1 Yorktown on April 17 and Roncalli on May 11.


Franklin features University of Kentucky pitching recruit Izzy Harrison. The Grizzly Cubs face the Golden Bears on April 22.


Five of the eight HHC schools are receiving votes.


The state championship games will not return to Purdue University in West Lafayette in 2021.


The Indiana High School Athletic Association recently announced that this year’s state title games will be played at Center Grove High School on June 11 and June 12.

#3 (1A) Southwestern opens with win; Morristown baseball puts 25 runs on the board


Greenwood Christian 8, Morristown 6

Greenwood Christian jumped out with a 5-run first inning and held on for the win over the Yellow Jackets


Indiana Homeschool 9, Waldron 0




Morristown 25, Tri 14

#3 (1A) Southwestern 9, Eminence 2

Rising Sun 14, Waldron 4




Lutheran 4, Southwestern 1.

Kyle Robertson accounted for the SW win



Class A, No. 3 Southwestern baseball debuts against Eminence

The Class A, No. 3-ranked Southwestern Spartans open the 2021 season today against Eminence at 5:30 p.m. at Southwestern.


The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association poll has the Spartans ranked third behind No. 1 Daleville and No. 2 Oldenburg Academy.


The rest of the Class A poll is No. 4 Washington Township, No. 5 Kouts, No. 6 Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, No. 7 Shakamak, No. 8 Tecumseh, No. 9 South Central (Union Mills), and No. 10 Hauser.


In Class 2A, Lafayette Central Catholic tops the poll ahead of Monroe Central, South Adams, Wapahani, South Ripley, Clinton Prairie, Boone Grove, Linton-Stockton, North Posey and University.


Western leads the 3A poll ahead of South Bend St. Joseph, Silver Creek, Brebeuf, West Vigo, Edgewood, Lebanon, Southridge, New Castle and Evansville Memorial.


In the 4A poll, Westfield is ranked No. 1 ahead of Columbus North, Zionsville, Lake Central, Center Grove, Evansville North, Cathedral, Carmel, Penn and Andrean.

Hamilton belts four home runs in Shelbyville sweep of Jennings County

Shelbyville smashed seven home runs Saturday to sweep a doubleheader at Jennings County.


The Golden Bears opened the day with a 16-0 shutout victory over the Panthers.


Karissa Hamilton, a University of Kentucky commit, belted three home runs and drove in six runs to lead the offensive onslaught.


Katie Mathies, DePauw commit, and Kylee Edwards each delivered their second home runs of the year and Kiley McIver had a grand slam.


SHS athletics photos

Cheyenne Eads earned a win and a save Saturday pitching for Shelbyville. The freshman ran her scoreless innings streak to 10 innings to start the season. (Above, from left): Karissa Hamilton, Kylee Edwards, Katie Mathies and Kiley McIver totaled six home runs in the Golden Bears' 16-0 victory at Jennings County. Hamilton added another home run in the 9-7 win.


Cheyenne Eads improved to 2-0 with a four-inning shutout performance. Aliyah Lewis pitched a scoreless inning in relief.


The Golden Bears collected 14 hits in the win and Edwards had four stolen bases.


In game two, Hamilton was 4-for-4 at the plate with another home run – her fifth of the season – and she had four more RBIs.


Three Shelbyville pitchers combined to get the Golden Bears off to a 3-0 start this season.


Hailey Pogue got the start and pitched 3 2-3 innings, allowing nine hits and six earned runs while striking out five. Brooke Lipperd pitched 2 1-3 innings in relief, allowing one hit and one unearned run.


Eads returned to the pitcher’s circle and tossed another scoreless inning to earn the save.


Edwards and Kaylie Phelps each had two hits in the victory.


The Golden Bears return to action Thursday at potential sectional opponent Columbus North.

Executive Committee to freeze enrollment numbers for one year

The IHSAA Executive Committee today approved retaining the member school enrollment figures from the current classification cycle thus delaying realignment and reclassification for one year.


This year’s enrollment numbers showed significant fluctuation in the case of many schools likely affected by the pandemic and raising questions about their true representation. Following prolonged discussion during today’s monthly meeting of the Executive Committee, members voted 18-1 to extend the classification cycle by a year. However, points earned through the Tournament Success Factor last year (2019-20) and this year (2020-21) will still be applied toward sectional groupings for the 2021-22 school year.


To reiterate, all schools will remain in their respective current classifications in each sport for one more year except for those who meet the Tournament Success Factor criteria.


Next year, the IHSAA will resume reclassification of team sports using certified enrollment figures from the 2021-22 school year for the next two-year cycle (2022-23, 2023-24). Tournament Success Factor points from the 2020-21 and 2021-22 tournament results will be applied toward that next two-year cycle.


Given that last year’s state tournaments in boys basketball, softball and baseball were cancelled, no schools in those sports will move up in 2021-22 since those schools will not be able to achieve the point totals necessary (6 points). Schools already playing up a class in those sports could remain in their same classification (2 points) or revert to their enrollment class once point totals are applied.

Shelbyville baseball, softball post convincing wins


Shelbyville 10, Hauser 0


Golden Bears Benny Thompson struck out 12 of 21 batters faced in an opening day no-hitter over the #6 (1A) Jets.



Shelbyville 10, Cathedral 0 (5 inn)


Karissa Hamilton, Katie Mathies and Kylee Edwards (walk-off) with home runs.