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Tennis draw announced for Shelbyville Sectional

Unbeaten Triton Central will have the long road to get to a tennis sectional championship this week.

 

The Tigers will open the Shelbyville Tennis Sectional Wednesday against Southwestern. The winner will face Morristown Thursday.

 

In the other sectional semifinal match Thursday, the host Golden Bears will face Waldron.

 

The sectional championship match is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday at Shelbyville High School.

 

The winner of the Shelbyville Sectional will face the winner of the Franklin Central Sectional on May 25 at Center Grove High School. The Franklin Central Sectional includes the host Flashes, Indianapolis Lutheran, Roncalli and Beech Grove.

 

The other regional semifinal pits the Center Grove Sectional champion against the Southport Sectional champion.

 

 

 

Shelbyville softball closing regular season with state-ranked opponents

Shelbyville softball enters the final week of the regular season ranked No. 6 in the state coaches poll.

 

The Golden Bears (22-3) travel to Southport (10-14) today then finish with a pair of games against state-ranked opponents.

 

On Thursday, Shelbyville travels to No. 9-ranked Center Grove (18-7) then hosts No. 3 Mooresville (24-0) Friday.

 

Shelbyville is the sectional host site. The Golden Bears will face No. 16 Columbus North (19-4) in their sectional opener. The Bull Dogs are one of three teams to pin a loss on Shelbyville this season, along with New Palestine and Roncalli.

 

In the most recent state coaches poll, New Palestine (24-0) continues to sit atop the Class 4A poll. Roncalli (22-2) is second, followed by Mooresville, Lake Central (23-1) and Crown Point (24-3).

 

Shelbyville starts the second five followed by Bedford North Lawrence (23-4), Franklin Central (20-5), Center Grove and Noblesville (19-5).

 

Guerin Catholic leads the 3A poll ahead of Yorktown, Edgewood, Northwestern, Danville, Tri-West Hendricks, Benton Central, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Norwell, South Bend St. Joseph's and Kankakee Valley.

 

In 2A, Pioneer is No. 1 followed by Tecumseh, Union County, Eastern (Greentown), Eastern Hancock, North Posey, Winamac, Fairfield, Boone Grove and South Vermillion.

 

South Central (Union Mills) is the top team in Class A. Caston is No. 2 followed by North Miami, Loogootee, West Central, Tri, Clay City, Lanesville, Hauser, Barr-Reeve and North Daviess.

WH Imastreakinbeach tops Harley Greene Derby Trials at Indiana Grand

Two longshots scored wins in the Harley Greene Derby Trials Monday, May 17 at Indiana Grand, including WH Imastreakinbeach and Jose Ruiz, who turned in the fastest of three trials to set up the $75,000 final of the Harley Greene Derby set for Saturday, June 5. The duo covered the 350-yard dash in a time of :17.736 to lead 16 among the trials.

 

Starting from post three, Ruiz had WH Imastreakinbeach out of the gate quickly and got the early edge over race favorite Beach Blast. The sophomore filly by Indiana’s top sire, Escondido Beach, continued her momentum all the way to the wire for the one-length win over Beach Blast and Sammy Mendez. Beach Diva and L. Danny Martinez tightened up the photo on Beach Blast but had to settle for third in the close finish.

 

Owned by Thomas Wylie, WH Imastreakinbeach was making her first start of 2021. She is now four for eight lifetime under the direction of trainer Erin Thompson, Indiana Grand’s all-time leading female Quarter Horse trainer.  WH Imastreakinbeach, who was a surprise to bettors paying $13.80 for the win, was bred by White Horse Ranch of Indiana.

 

The second fastest trial winner of the night was Stone Lake, 2-Year-Old champion in Indiana last year. The Escondido Beach gelding, trained by Tony Cunningham, looked impressive the entire race moving to a two-and one-half length advantage at the finish line for jockey L. Danny Martinez. Beach Stone and Cesar Esqueda finished second over Ashwins Valentine and Oscar Macias for third.

 

Stone Lake is owned by Pattie Marshall and bred by Sheri Miller, who stands Escondido Beach at her farm in Shipshewana, Ind. Tony Cunningham trains the talented chestnut gelding, who is now five for seven lifetime. The start in the Greene Derby Trials was his first of 2021.

 

Also heading to the Greene Derby final is Jess Bringin It On, winner of the first trial. The Jess Zoomin filly, owned by Julia Rae and Tyler Martin, also got the early advantage out of the gate and never looked back, striding out to a one-length win at the finish in a time of :18.024 for jockey Cesar Esqueda. Younger brother Erik Esqueda made it an Esqueda exacta with a second-place finish aboard Beach Front while Secret Eyes and Jose Ruiz finished third.

 

Another longshot on the board, Jess Bringin It On paid $12.20 for the win. Paul Martin trains the bay filly bred by Mark and Teresa Myers and was an $11,000 yearling purchase from the QHRAI Speed Sale in Indiana. It was her first career win in nine career tries and her second start of 2021.

 

The top 10 qualifiers heading to the Greene Derby Final, with jockey and time, include:  WH Imastreakinbeach (Jose Ruiz, :17.736); Stone Lake (L. Daniel Martinez, :17.795); Beach Blast (Sammy Mendez, :17.837); Beach Diva (L. Daniel Martinez, :17.907); Jess Bringin It On (Cesar Esqueda, :18.024); Mitey Persuasive (Gustavo Laurianis, :18.042); Beach Runaway (German Rodriquez, :18.096); Beach Stone (Cesar Esqueda, :18.197); Beach Front (Erik Esqueda, :18.200) and Ashwins Valentine (Oscar Macias, :18.248). Trainer Tony Cunningham will saddle three in the final (Stone Lake, Beach Diva, Beach Front) while Paul Martin (Beach Bast, Beach Stone) and Randy Smith (Beach Blast, Beach Runaway) will saddle two. Of the 10 in the final, seven are by longtime leading sire in Indiana Escondido Beach.

 

Six Saturdays have been earmarked for all-Quarter Horse racing in 2021. Each of the programs will begin at 10AM and extend into the afternoon at Indiana Grand. The dates for all-Quarter Horse racing are June 5, July 3, July 24, Aug. 14, Sept. 4, and Oct. 9. Also, Indiana Grand will host two regional qualifiers for the Bank of America Challenge Monday, Sept. 20. The John Deere Juvenile Challenge and the Q-Racing Video Distaff Challenge will hold trials on Sat. Sept. 4. The events are a precursor to the 2022 Bank of America Challenge, which will be held in Indiana for the first-time next season.

 

The 27th Annual Decatur Golf Tournament will take place June 18

The 27th Annual Decatur Golf Tournament benefitting Our Hospice of South Central Indiana will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 at the Greensburg Country Club. “The tournament will be slighty modified again this year as we continue to keep all participants safe, but we expect it will be another fantastic event as we raise funds to support Hospice patients and families served by our staff at our Greensburg office,” said Laura Leonard, Our Hospice President

 

Registration for this year’s tournament must be done in advance as there will be no walk up registration on the 18th. New this year, you can register your team on line, sign up to be a sponsor or make a donaiton at crh.org/hospicegolf.The entry fee has been reduced to $90 per player/$360 per team which includes green fees, cart, boxlunch and prizes. Teams will be assigned a starting hole prior to the event and will be asked to pick up their boxed lunch prior to going direclty to their assigned starting hole for a shotgun start at 11:00 AM. Awards will be announced on social media.

 

“This is an important fundraising event for us. As a not-for-profit hospice, we rely on generous community support to help us raise funds to bridge the gap in fundingand bring the very best care to all patients and families who need it. Last year we provided over $311,000 in professional medical care in the Greensburg area.Fundraising events, such as the golf tournament, provide critical support for those at the end of their life. We gratefuly ask the Greensburg and surrounding communities, especially at this time of unprecedented challenges, to once again step up and help us meet this need,” continued Leonard.

 

To become a sponsor or register, please call Mark Wickens 812-614-1985, Jim Wenning 812-593-0940 or Julie Davis 812-371-7973.

 

Southwestern ranked No. 6 in state baseball coaches association poll

The Shelby County Tournament and Mid-Hoosier Conference champion Southwestern Spartans are ranked No. 6 in the most recent Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association's State Poll.

 

The Spartans are 16-4 this season and recently clinched the MHC championship.

 

Southwood is ranked No. 1 in the Class A poll, followed by North Daviess, Oldenburg Academy, Fremont and Shakamak. After Southwestern, the rest of the top 10 is Washington Township, Rossville, Loogootee and Borden. 

 

Hauser is ranked 13th.

 

Cascade sits atop the Class 2A poll ahead of Wapahani, Lafayette Central Catholic, Monroe Central, Carroll (Flora), Centerville, University, Delphi, Southwestern (Hanover) and Seeger.

 

The 3A poll is topped by Hanover Central. The remainder of the top 10 is Leo, Lebanon, Silver Creek, West Vigo, Batesville, Fort Wayne Dwenger, Western, Peru and Brebeuf.

 

Carmel is No. 1 in 4A ahead of Columbus North, Center Grove, Evansville North, Westfield, Andrean, New Albany, McCutcheon, Zionsville and Homestead.

SHS grad Erin Diemer wins pole vault title at MVC Outdoor Championships

Erin Diemer became the first Southern Illinois woman to win the pole vault competition in the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoors Championships Friday in Carbondale, Illinois.

 

Diemer, a senior from Shelbyville, Indiana, cleared 12 feet, 11.5 inches to secure the victory over Illinois State’s Nicole Bagwell (12-7.5).

 

Diemer (photo, center) cleared 12-11.5 on her first attempt and watched Bagwell fail to clear the height on three different attempts.

 

Northern Iowa’s Cierra Laux finished third at 12-1.5. Rounding out the top five were Indiana State’s Selene Weaver (11.7.75) and Illinois State’s Alexandra Cranston (11-1.75).

 

The three-day MVC Outdoor Championships wrap up today in Carbondale.

Triton Central tops Lutheran to remain unbeaten this season

Triton Central girls tennis improved to 12-0 this season with a 5-0 victory Friday against conference-rival Indianapolis Lutheran.

 

Brooklyn Schiffli, Julia Sanders and Lelia Chougule swept the singles matches for the Tigers.

 

Kelsey McGuire and Ainsley Denton teamed up for a No. 1 doubles victory over Cece Awrey and Jocey Sneed, 6-2, 6-1.

 

And at No. 2 doubles, Emma Hutchinson and Alyssa Wheatley combined to defeat Rachel Bolton and Malin Bullock, 6-2, 6-3.

 

Olivia Martin won a pair of junior varsity matches for Triton Central.

 

Also winning JV doubles matches for TC were Tori Ramsey and her partner, Sarah Williams, and the combination of Maddy Franklin and Dani Taylor.

Three Harley Greene Trials kick off Quarter Horse Stakes season at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

The 2021 stakes season for Quarter Horse racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino gets underway Monday, May 17 with three trials of the Harley Greene Derby. The trials, slated as races 9-11 running at 350 yards, will set up the $75,000 Greene Final which will be held on the first all-Quarter Horse racing day of 2021 on Saturday, June 5.

 

Kicking off the first trial of the Greene Derby is ZZ Stones Ablazing from the Tony Cunningham Stable. The sophomore son of Brimmstone will be making his first start of the season in the trials with L.D. Martinez aboard. He is owned and bred by Craig Zeneberg and starts from post five at odds of 3-5.

 

The second trial of the night brings back one of the stars from 2020 as Beach Blast will make his 2021 debut. Trained by Randy Smith, the Escondido Beach gelding won his last two starts last fall, including the $192,000 Miss Roxie Little Futurity. Beach Blast is three for six in his career and will debut from post four at odds of 4-5 with regular rider Sammy Mendez aboard.

 

Stone Lake will be featured in the third and final trial. Also, by Escondido Beach, the gelding, owned by Pattie Marshall, won four of six last year at two, including the $186,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity. Stone Lake is trained by Tony Cunningham and will start from post eight as the even money favorite with L.D. Martinez aboard.

 

Six Saturdays have been earmarked for all-Quarter Horse racing in 2021. Each of the programs will begin at 10AM and extend into the afternoon at Indiana Grand. The dates for all-Quarter Horse racing are June 5, July 3, July 24, Aug. 14, Sept. 4, and Oct. 9. Also, Indiana Grand will host two regional qualifiers for the Bank of America Challenge Monday, Sept. 20. The John Deere Juvenile Challenge and the Q-Racing Video Distaff Challenge will hold trials on Sat. Sept. 4. The events are a precursor to the 2022 Bank of America Challenge, which will be held in Indiana for the first-time next season.

 

The 19th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing is now in progress and continues through Monday, Nov. 8. Live racing will be conducted at 2:25 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, with first post on Thursday set at 3:25 p.m. A special Indiana Champions Day highlighting the state’s top Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, beginning at noon. More information about the 2021 racing season is available at www.caesars.com/indiana-grand

TC golf tops Crusaders in final prep for ICC Tournament

Triton Central golf wrapped up preparation for Monday's Indiana Crossroads Conference Tournament with an 196-223 victory Thursday over Scecina at Pleasant Run Golf Course.

 

TC's Oliver Gearlds was the medalist with the low round of 43 for nine holes. Also for TC, Evan Uhls carded 44, Griffin Sego shot 48, Caleb Anderson finished at 61 and Max Ray shot 66.

 

Scecina was led by Patrick Berg's 44. Aidan Battles shot 53. Owen Schreiber (60) and Connor Moriartty (66) completed the Crusaders' scorecard.

 

On Wednesday at Hawk's Tail, Triton Central defeated a Beech Grove team that only had two golfers.

 

Jasper Schulz was the medalist for Beech Grove with a 41. Nicholas Jeffries followed at 44.

 

Gearlds led TC with a 43. Uhls shot 45.

Waldron wins MHC middle school conference track title

Waldron Junior High School's boys track and field program won the Mid-Hoosier Conference Meet Thursday in Waldron. And the school's girls program finished runner-up to South Decatur.

 

The Mohawks captured the boys' title with 97 points. North Decatur was second at 82. Southwestern finished third, one point back, and Morristown was seventh (46).

 

With just one event winner, Will Larrison in the 1,600 (5:18.47), Waldron used its team depth to rack up points. 

 

Southwestern got event wins from Michael Clements in the 400 (59.38) and the long jump (17-4.75) and Ben Schlabach in the 110 hurdles (20.59).

 

Morristown's Wyatt Hodgen was runner-up in the 400 (59.41) and the high jump (4-8).

 

South Decatur held off Waldron to claim the girls' title, 124-118. Morristown finished fourth (45) and Southwestern was sixth (33).

 

Waldron's Lillian Lozier won the 200 (29.92), Claire Larrison took first in the 800 (2:56.09) and the 1,600 (6:14.82), and Alivia Fischer won the discus (71-8).

Trio of home runs nets Golden Bears win No. 20

Kylee Edwards had two doubles and pitched two innings, Addisenn Weaver belted a pair of home runs and Karissa Hamilton added another home run to propel Class 4A, No. 7-ranked Shelbyville to a 12-2 victory Thursday at Indian Creek.

 

The Golden Bears improved to 20-3 this season. 

 

Hailey Pogue started in the pitcher's circle and allowed one hit while striking out five in three innings of work. Edwards, normally the team's starting shortstop, allowed one hit and struck out two in her 2021 pitching debut.

 

Four different Golden Bears had two hits -- Edwards, Weaver, Katie Mathies and Pogue.

 

Weaver's two home runs pushed her season total to eight. Hamilton's bomb was her 20th of the year.

 

Shelbyville now has 60 home runs in 23 games.

 

Delaney Heminger had the only two hits for the Braves (4-13).

 

Shelbyville will host Cambridge City and Fishers Saturday in the Golden Bear Invitational.

NFHS to permit states to adopt 35-second shot clock

Beginning with the 2022-23 season, a 35-second shot clock will be permitted in high school basketball games by state association adoption. A proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved.

 

A shot clock was among the topics discussed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its annual meeting April 20-22 held virtually this year. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

 

Rule 2-14 states that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season -- according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book -- to encourage standardization among states. Guidelines include displaying two timepieces that are connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

 

“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

 

Rule 3-5-4e was added to allow players to wear head coverings for religious reasons without obtaining state association approval. The head covering shall not be made of abrasive or hard materials and must be attached so that it is highly unlikely to come off during play. Basketball is the sixth sport in which a rule related to the wearing of head coverings or other equipment for religious reasons has been adopted, following volleyball, field hockey, soccer, spirit and swimming.

 

The official signals were also modified to use the same hand signal for a player control foul and a team control foul. Officials should use Signal 36, which is a hand placed at the back of the head, for both types of fouls. Previously, a team control foul was communicated with a punch of the hand.

 

“It is redundant to have different signals to communicate that a foul will be charged to a member of the team in control of the ball,” Wynns said. “Officials don’t understand the need to differentiate between a player control foul and a team control foul, and many game participants, table personnel and fans don’t know the difference.”

 

A complete listing of the basketball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Basketball.”

Waldron's Bowlby wins trio of Mid-Hoosier Conference track titles

All three Shelby County schools produced Mid-Hoosier Conference track and field championship wins Tuesday at Waldron High School. 

 

Waldron senior Tyler Bowlby made his final competition on his home track and memorable one by winning the 100-meter dash (11.5 seconds), the 200 (23.58) and the long jump (20 feet, four inches).

 

Fellow Mohawk Ethan Trueblood won the 3,200 (11:04.73).

 

Morristown's Jacob Batten won the 800 in 2:19.41.

 

Southwestern's Riley Snepp crossed the finish line first in the 1,600 (5:01.82).

 

Morristown won the 1,600 relay in 3:49.72 with the combination of Chase Theobald, Kamdyn Gaines, Tyler Schonfeld and Jacob Batten.

 

Southwestern won the 3,200 relay (9:36.32) with Ryan Griffin, Dane Kissell, Collin Cummings and Riley Snepp.

 

Other event winners were Hauser's Aleck Lopez (54.2 in 400) and Forest Steele (17.56 in 110 hurdles, 46.66 in 300 hurdles); North Decatur's Ellis Loehmer (5-10 in high jump); and South Decatur's Ian Frensemeier (46-0 in shot put, 113-5 in discus).

 

North Decatur's Logan Koehne, Kaden Muckerheide, Conner Linkmeyer and Joshua Evans won the 400 relay in 47.53.

 

South Decatur won the team title with 126 points. Hauser was runner-up at 101 followed by North Decatur (94), Morristown (83), Southwestern (73), Waldron (72) and Edinburgh (23).

Southwestern girls track and field captures first MHC title

 With 10 event wins, Southwestern's girls track and field team captured its first ever Mid-Hoosier Conference track and field meet championship Tuesday at Waldron High School.

 

Abby Muck, Lilly Rooks, Alison Muck and Riley Engel were multiple event winners for the Spartans.

 

Abby Muck won the 100-meter dash (12.82 seconds) and the 200 (26.72) and ran the anchor leg for the winning 400 relay team (52.78).

 

Rooks took first place in the 400 (1:04.79), the long jump (16 feet, five inches) and was part of the winning 400 relay and 1,600 relay teams.

 

Alison Muck won the 100 hurdles (16.46) and the high jump (5-1) and ran the leadoff leg for the 400 relay team.

 

Also winning events for Southwestern were Kennedy Pile (30-1.5 in shot put) and Trinity Tatlock (92-11 in discus).

 

The 400 relay team consisted of Alison Muck, Engel, Rooks and Abby Muck.

 

Maggie Correll, Engel, Rooks and Gracie Schlabach made up the winning 1,600 relay team.

 

The Spartans' 155 team points left South Decatur (125), Morristown (99), North Decatur (80), Waldron (52), Hauser (49) and Edinburgh (10) in pursuit.

 

Morristown's Raegan Kleine won the 1,600 in 6:09.34.

 

Waldron's Hallie Ross won the 3,200 (14:15.85).

 

Morristown's Alison Batton crossed the finish line first in the 300 hurdles (52.36).

 

The Morristown quartet of Rylee Kleine, Gracie Laster, Raegan Kleine and Maggie Lutes won the 3,200 relay in 10:55.52.

 

The only non-Shelby County athlete to win an event was Hauser's Marnie Schwartzkopf. She took first in the 800 in 2:39.59.           

Rothrock, Royals shut down Golden Bears

Shelbyville softball managed just three hits off one of the country's top high school pitchers Tuesday in a 4-0 loss at Class 4A, No. 4 Roncalli (19-2).

 

Keagan Rothrock, ranked No. 1 in the country in the class of 2023 and verbally committed to the University of Florida, scattered three singles and struck out 14 Golden Bears.

 

Roncalli scored a single run in the bottom of the first and added three more in the third to spot Rothrock to a comfortable lead.

 

Cheyenne Eads took the loss, working three innings, allowing five hits and four runs (three earned). Hailey Pogue pitched three scoreless innings of relief.

 

Lyla Blackwell had two hits and a run batted in for Roncalli. Rothrock was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

 

Karissa Hamilton, Addisenn Weaver and Eads had hits for 4A No. 7 Shelbyville, now 19-3 with all three losses coming to teams in the top 15.

 

The Golden Bears are at Indian Creek Thursday.

Triton Central tennis sweeps Scecina to improve to 11-0

Triton Central tennis continued its dominant season with a 5-0 victory Tuesday against Indianapolis Scecina.

 

The Tigers improved to 11-0 this season after dropping just three games over five matches.

 

At No. 1 singles, Brooklyn Schiffli defeated Cierra Berry, 6-0, 6-0.

 

Julia Sanders won at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0, over Stacey Montgomery.

 

And Lelia Chougule bested Heather Willis at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-0.

 

Ainsley Denton and Kelsey McGuire combined for a 6-0, 6-2, win over Jo Marshall and Emily Gonzalez at No. 1 doubles.

 

Emma Hutchinson and Alyssa Wheatley defeated Grace Swineforth and Lizi Wilson, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 2 doubles.

 

In junior varsity matches, Triton Central's Olivia Martin topped Susan Williamson, 8-0. Tori Ramsey and Sarah Williams produced an 8-0 TC victory in a doubles match against Susan Williamson and Haley Hernandez. And Jazmine Castillo and Courtney Washburn finished off a perfect sweep for TC with an 8-0 doubles win over Johanna Bravo and Brooklyn Drewes.

Golden Bears take down another state-ranked opponent

Class 4A, No. 7-ranked Shelbyville continues to toughen up in preparation for the upcoming postseason.

 

On Monday the Golden Bears hosted 4A No. 17 Franklin, which features one of the state's top pitchers.

 

Izzy Harrison, a University of Kentucky recruit, kept Shelbyville in check for five innings and carried a 1-0 lead into the sixth.

 

The Golden Bears scratched together two runs to take the lead for the first time then closed the door on the Grizzly Cubs in the top of the seventh for a 2-1 victory that pushed their record to 19-2 this season.

 

Cheyenne Eads earned the win with an 11-strikeout performance. Franklin managed just four hits off the Shelbyville freshman.

 

Harrison, who plays travel ball with Shelbyville catcher Addisenn Weaver and is a future college teammate with Karissa Hamilton, also allowed just four hits while striking out 14. 

 

Trailing 1-0, Shelbyville rallied behind run-scoring hits from Eads and Kylee McIver.

 

The Golden Bears will continue to prep for the postseason today with a road trip to 4A No. 4 Roncalli.

 

New Palestine continues to be ranked No. 1 in the most recent state coaches poll. Mooresville, Lake Central, Roncalli and Crown Point round out the top five.

 

Bedford North Lawrence jumped ahead of Shelbyville this week at No. 6. The Golden Bears are followed by Center Grove, Franklin Central and Jasper.

SHS softball scores 18 runs to get 18th win of season

Class 4A, No. 7-ranked Shelbyville improved to 18-2 Friday with an 18-0 victory over visiting Triton Central.

 

Hailey Pogue pitched three scoreless innings and struck out seven to get the win. Brooke Lipperd pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

 

Savanna Trueblood took the loss for Triton Central.

 

Karissa Hamilton and Kiley McIver had home runs for the Golden Bears.

 

Pogue went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double. Hamilton went 3-for-4 with five RBIs.

 

Katie Mathies and Kylee Edwards each had two hits.

 

Trueblood had the only two hits for the Tigers.

 

Shelbyville is scheduled to host Franklin tonight.

Triton Central's Gearlds wins Hauser Invitational title

Triton Central’s Oliver Gearlds carded an 18-hole score of 73 Saturday at Otter Creek East to be crowned medalist of the Hauser Invitational.

 

Gearlds’ Tigers finished fourth in the 11-team field.

 

Greenwood Christian captured the team title with a score of 325. North Decatur finished runner-up at 344. Scottsburg (356), Triton Central (368) and Henryville (370) completed the top five.

 

Heritage Christian (384) was sixth followed by Hauser (386), Morristown (407), Trinity Lutheran (410), Southwestern (433), and Edinburgh (436).

 

Gearlds defeated Scottsburg’s Ryan Rockey by two strokes to earn the top individual honor. A trio of Greenwood Christian golfers – Sutton Piercefield (77), Coen Bauschek (78) and Ian Reed (79) – followed on the scoreboard.

 

Morristown’s Asher Caldwell placed ninth with an 84.

 

Nick Stidham (106), Jordan Battles (108), Collin Essex (109) and Kyle Crim (116) completed the Yellow Jackets’ scorecard.

 

Evan Uhls shot 88 for Triton Central. Caleb Anderson shot 98 followed by Griffin Sego (109) and Max Ray (121).

 

Caleb Pappano topped Southwestern’s scorecard at 101. Justin Swift shot 105. Ty Burcham followed at 113 and Tristan Pappano had 114.

Triton Central captures Shelby County Boys Track and Field Meet title

With a pair of relay victories and wins in three of the four field events, Triton Central easily captured the Shelby County Boys Track and Field Meet title Wednesday at Waldron High School.

 

Triton Central won seven of the 15 events contested to amass 96 points while Southwestern (49), Morristown (44) and Waldron (36) completed the team standings.

 

Kegan Schalk won the shot put with a best throw of 45 feet, eight inches. Fellow Tiger Mason Krebs won the discus (106-10) and David Steele cleared 5-6 to win the high jump competition.

 

Triton Central also swept the hurdles races with Ethan Cales crossing the finish line first in the 110-meter hurdles (17.22) and Jack Baker taking first place in the 300 hurdles (46.59).

 

The quartet of Brayden Wilkens, Anthony Dunville, Ray Crawford and Brad Schultz won the 400 relay in 46.8.

 

Wilkins and Dunville teamed with Devin Hayden and Devon Emberton to win the 1,600 relay

(3:53.48).

 

Southwestern won the 3,200 relay. Ryan Griffin, Collin Cummings, Dane Kissell and Riley Snepp crossed the finish line first in 9:26.87.

 

Snepp also took first in the 1,600 (5:08.65).

 

Morristown got event wins from Kamdyn Gaines in the 400 (57.81) and Jacob Batten in the 800 (2:19.28).

 

Tyler Bowlby captured first place in three events – the 100 (11.20), the 200 (23.50) and the long jump (21-00.75).

 

Waldron’s Ethan Trueblood won the 3,200 (11:02.3).

Southwestern wins Shelby County Girls Track and Field Meet title

With nine event wins, Southwestern left little doubt who the best girls track and field team was Wednesday at the Shelby County Track and Field Meet held at Waldron High School.

 

Abby Muck and Alison Muck each won two events and they joined two teammates to win the 400-meter relay.

 

Abby Muck took first place in the 100 meters in 13.01 then tied the Southwestern school record in winning the 200 in 26.91. Brooke Kistler was the sole record holder since 2014.

 

Alison Muck broke her own school record in the 100 hurdles, crossing the finish line in 16.43. She also won the high jump with a best clearance of five feet, one inch.

 

The Mucks teamed with Riley Engel and Lilly Rooks to win the 400 relay in another school record time of 51.56.

 

Rooks was the long jump winner with a best leap of 17-0.5.

 

Also winning events for Southwestern were Gracie Schlabach (1:06.55 in the 400), Kennedy Pile (28-2.5 in the shot put) and Trinity Tatlock (90-7 in the discus).

 

The Spartans’ 92 team points left Triton Central (56 points) and Morristown (56 points) battling for second. Waldron finished fourth at 22 points. The title is the second in program history following a championship in 2014.

 

The lone Mohawk to collect a Shelby County title was Hadlie Ross in the 800 (2:40.63).

 

Morristown’s lone individual winner was Rylee Kleine in the 3,200 (14:11.4).

 

Kleine ran with Gracie Laster, Raegan Kleine and Maggie Lutes to win the 3,200 relay (12:01.82).

 

Triton Central had two event winners. Hallie Schweiter was first across the finish line in the 1,600 (6:13.03). And Alyssa Lewis won the 300 hurdles in 50.53.

 

Schweitzer and Lewis combined with Vivian Blye and Madi Brown to win the 1,600 relay in 4:32.67.

TC tennis sweeps Edinburgh to improve to 8-0 this season

Triton Central girls tennis dominated Edinburgh Wednesday to improve to 8-0 this season.

 

Brooklyn Schiffli bested Annelise Lollar at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

 

Julia Sanders defeated Bethany Burton at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-2.

 

And Lelia Chougule pinned a loss on Jessica Walsh at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-3.

 

Triton Central’s two doubles teams dropped just one game in completing the sweep.

 

At No. 1 doubles, Kelsey McGuire and Emma Hutchinson topped Peyton Bryant and Alyssa Funkhouser, 6-0, 6-0.

 

Alyssa Wheatley and Sarah Williams won at No. 2 doubles over Gracie Myers and Zoey Sida, 6-1, 6-0.

 

In junior varsity matches, the doubles pairing of Olivia Martin and Tori Ramsey defeated Edinburgh’s Liza Henderson and Jillian Turner, 8-0.

 

And Courtney Washburn and Jazmine Castillo blanked Edinburgh’s Lily Turner and Izzy Richardson, 8-0.

Collegiate update: Diemer soars to personal best at Rock Chalk Classic

Erin Diemer soared to a new personal record height and moved into the No. 2 spot on the Southern Illinois record board for pole vaulters.

 

Competing Saturday at the Rock Chalk Classic in Lawrence, Kansas, Diemer, a Shelbyville graduate, cleared 13 feet, 5.75 inches to take runner-up in the event.

 

That height also moved her to No. 2 all-time on the outdoor track and field record board at Southern Illinois.

 

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

 

TeAnn Bringle

 

The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-2 at the plate with a run batted in to help Indiana State softball defeat Missouri State, 7-3, Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana.

 

The Sycamores lost the opener of the 3-game series, 11-1, and the finale, 8-7.

 

Indiana State is 18-25 this season.

 

Logan Young

 

The Shelbyville graduate went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and a RBI Sunday in Indiana University South Bend’s 14-6 win over St. Ambrose to close out the regular season.

 

The Titans finished 23-22, the first winning season in the program’s six-year history.

 

On Saturday, IU South Bend defeated St. Ambrose, 7-4 and 8-1. Young went 4-for-8 with a pair of doubles. He also pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the 8-1 victory.

 

The Titans finished fourth in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings and will face No. 5 seed St. Francis Friday at 11 a.m. in the CCAC Tournament played in Joliet, Illinois.

 

Natalie Weber

 

The Shelbyville graduate went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI Saturday in Franklin College’s 3-2 win at Defiance.

 

She then went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in a 4-3 loss in game two at Defiance.

 

Kaden Branam

 

The Waldron graduate finished runner-up in the high jump competition for Indiana Tech at the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship held in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

 

Branam cleared 1.99 meters to secure runner-up points for his Indiana Tech squad that won the team title.

 

Joe Lux

 

The Shelbyville graduate placed 21st in the 800 (2:13.07) for Indiana Tech at the conference championship meet in Fort Wayne.

 

Madisen Hinderliter

 

The Shelbyville graduate finished seventh in the discus (33.98 meters) and eighth in the hammer throw (34.12 meters) for St. Francis at the Lancer Invitational hosted by Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.

 

Morgan Stieneker

 

The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-3 with two RBIs Sunday in a 5-4 win for Olney Central College over John A. Logan College.

 

With the win, OCC evened its season record at 23-23.

Eads dominates Mt. Vernon in 1-0 win for Shelbyville

One defensive mistake was all Shelbyville softball needed Tuesday to close out its Hoosier Heritage Conference schedule with a 1-0 victory over Class 4A, No. 16 Mt. Vernon (12-3, 4-2 HHC).

 

Karissa Hamilton laced a hit to right field in the fourth inning that got past the Mt. Vernon outfielder. The junior never hesitated in racing for third base and when the relay throw was errant, Hamilton chugged on home for the game’s only run.

 

Cheyenne Eads and Mt. Vernon’s Maddison Taylor hooked up in a pitching duel Tuesday as the two combined for 26 strikeouts while allowing just five hits.

 

Eads had a career-high 16 strikeouts while surrendering two hits and three walks to push the Class 4A, No. 7-ranked Golden Bears to 17-2 this season (6-1 HHC).

 

Taylor was equally impressive in keeping the high-scoring Golden Bears in check over six innings.

 

Shelbyville is scheduled to play at Hamilton Heights (1-9) Thursday before hosting Triton Central (6-7) Friday.

Shelbyville softball continues to climb in the state coaches poll

Following a dominant week in which it defeated three top-10 opponents, New Palestine ascended to the top of the Class 4A State Coaches Poll.

 

The Dragons defeated Center Grove, Shelbyville and top-ranked Roncalli last week to jump from No. 4 to No. 1 in the standings.

 

Lake Central is No. 2 followed by Roncalli, Mooresville and Crown Point.

 

Center Grove leads the second five with Shelbyville up to No. 7 – its highest ranking this season.

Completing the top 10 are Bedford North Lawrence, Decatur Central and Jasper.

 

Other notables in the top 25 are Pendleton Heights (No. 15), Mt. Vernon (No. 16), Franklin (No. 18) and Columbus North (No. 22).

 

Mt. Vernon is scheduled to be Shelbyville’s opponent today. The Golden Bears will face Columbus North in the opening game of the sectional tournament later this month.

 

Danville is No. 1 in Class 3A. Edgewood, Geurin Catholic, Yorktown and Benton Central complete the top five.

 

Tecumseh is the top-ranked team in Class 2A followed by Union County, Pioneer, North Posey and Eastern (Greentown). Eastern Hancock is seventh in the poll.

 

Loogootee holds a slim margin in Class A over Caston, South Central (Union Mills) and Lanesville. Clay City is ranked fifth. Hauser is seventh.

TC tennis stays unbeaten with win over Beech Grove

Two days removed from winning the Indiana Crossroads Conference Tournament, Triton Central’s tennis team pinned a loss on an ICC foe.

 

The Tigers swept Beech Grove Monday, 5-0.

 

Brooklyn Schiffli defeated Paige Lamar at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0.

 

At No. 2 singles, Julia Sanders cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Jeda Howard.

 

And Lelia Chougule completed the singles matches sweep with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Randi Underwood at No. 3 singles.

 

Emma Hutchinson and Alyssa Wheatley combined to defeat Kristen Lamb and Madison Stratton at No. 1 doubles, 6-1, 6-2.

 

Tori Ramsey and Sarah Williams finished strong defeating Kaleah Estep and Shelby Howard at No. 2 doubles, 6-4, 6-0.

 

The Tigers improved to 7-0 this season.

 

In junior varsity matches, Courtney Washburn and Jazmine Castillo were victorious for Triton Central. Washburn and Castillo also teamed up to claim a doubles victory.

Triton Central tennis blitzes field to win Indiana Crossroads Conference Tournament

Triton Central tennis won all five brackets to amass a perfect score of 30 points to win the Indiana Crossroads Conference Tournament held Saturday at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

 

Brooklyn Schiffli dropped six games total in three matches to win the No. 1 singles bracket for Triton Central. She posted a 6-0, 6-1 win over Lutheran’s Ella Wiegand, a 6-0, 6-0 win over Scecina’s Cierra Berry, and a 6-2, 6-3 win in the championship against Speedway’s Tiana Sparks.

 

Julia Sanders also went 3-0 at No. 2 singles. She defeated Scecina’s Stacey Montgomery (6-0, 6-0), Beech Grove’s Jeda Howard (6-0, 6-0) and Speedway’s Taylor Sparks (4-6, 7-5, 1-0) to amass six points in the bracket.

 

Lelia Chougule cruised at No. 3 singles defeating Lutheran’s Malia Bullock (6-1, 6-2), Ritter’s Lauren Yelich (6-1, 6-0) and Speedway’s Lexi Frey (6-2, 6-2).

 

At No. 1 doubles, Ainsley Denton and Chelsea McGuire dropped just four games in dominating the bracket. They defeated Scecina’s Josephine Marshall and Emily Gonzales (6-0, 6-1), Lutheran’s Jocey Sneed and CeCe Awrey (6-1, 6-1) and Speedway’s Madalyn Cox and Daniella Galvez (6-0, 6-1).

 

The sweep was complete with the pairing of Emma Hutchinson and Alyssa Wheatley going 2-0 at No. 2 doubles. They defeated Beech Grove’s Kaleah Estep and Shelby Howard (6-0, 6-1) and Lutheran’s Rachel Bolton and Maddy Franklin (6-4, 6-2).

 

Triton Central is coached by Austin Hall.

 

Six schools were entered into the tournament. A blind draw was held on April 29 to set the brackets.

 

First-place finishers in each bracket earned six points for their team; five points went to second; four points to third and so on.

Shelbyville baseball draws Columbus East for sectional opener

To advance to the Class 4A, Sectional 14 championship game, the Shelbyville Golden Bears will have to knock off a pair of Columbus schools.

 

The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced the pairings Sunday for the 54th Annual IHSAA Baseball State Tournament.

 

Sectional games will be played May 26-31. Regional championships are June 5. North and south semistates are scheduled for June 12. And Victory Field will host the four state championship games on June 21 and June 22.

 

Bloomington North is the host school for Sectional 14.

 

The Golden Bears (11-7) open sectional play against Columbus East (6-6-1), the state runner-up in 2019.

 

The winner will then face either East Central (11-6) or Columbus North (17-1-1), currently ranked No. 1 in the state coaches poll.

 

The other semifinal features Bloomington South (6-4) versus Bloomington North (3-6).

 

The sectional champion advances to the Jasper Regional to face the winner of the Mooresville Sectional, which includes No. 3 Center Grove (14-1).

 

In Class 2A Sectional 42, Triton Central (8-7) debuts in the sectional opener against Indianapolis Scecina (7-9). The winner meets Knightstown (8-6) in the semifinal round.

 

The other semifinal pits Eastern Hancock (4-9) against Heritage Christian (7-9).

 

The sectional champion moves on to the Cascade Regional to face the Southmont Sectional champion.

 

Morristown is again the host site for Class A, Sectional 59.

 

No. 5 ranked Southwestern (9-4) starts the tournament with a quarterfinal game against Lutheran (4-7).

 

In game two, Greenwood Christian (4-9) takes on Edinburgh (0-7).

 

The two winners meet in the semifinal round.

 

The other semifinal pits Waldron (2-10) against Morristown (7-7).

 

The Morristown Sectional champ returns to Morristown for regional competition against the White River Valley Sectional champ.

 

No. 2 Shakamak is in the White River Valley Sectional.

Golden Bears get rematch with Bull Dogs in Sectional 14 opener

Class 4A, No. 10-ranked Shelbyville will enter Sectional 14 in three weeks as the host and the favorite.

 

However, its first sectional opponent will be one of two teams to pin a loss on it this season.

 

On Sunday, the Indiana High School Athletic Association announced the sectional pairings (May 24-29) for the 36th annual Softball State Tournament.

 

In Sectional 14 at Shelbyville, the opening game will feature Bloomington North (5-7) versus Columbus East (2-15).

 

Shelbyville (16-2) debuts in game two against No. 22 Columbus North (12-4). The Bull Dogs defeated the Golden Bears on April 8, 9-5.

 

The winner of those two games will meet in the semifinals.

 

The other semifinal game pits East Central (12-3) against Bloomington South (7-8).

 

The winner of the Shelbyville Sectional will travel to the winner of Sectional 13 for a June 1 regional contest.

 

Sectional 13 features three state-ranked teams including the defending 4A state champion, Center Grove (13-4).

 

No. 3 ranked Mooresville (16-0) opens the Center Grove Sectional against 19th-ranked Franklin (9-5). Center Grove, ranked seventh, takes on Martinsville in its sectional opener.

 

Whiteland battles Greenwood in the other sectional quarterfinal game.

 

In Class 2A, Triton Central travels to Knightstown for sectional competition.

 

In Sectional 42, Knightstown (6-5) opens the tournament against No. 8 Eastern Hancock (11-1) in the only quarterfinal contest.

 

In the first semifinal, Heritage Christian (3-7) meets Indianapolis Scecina (3-8).

 

Triton Central (6-7) faces the winner of the Knightstown/Eastern Hancock game.

 

The Knightstown Sectional winner will play at the winner of Sectional 41, hosted by Union County – ranked No. 2 at 16-1.

 

In Class A, Edinburgh hosts a five-team sectional featuring both Morristown and Waldron.

 

In Sectional 59, the host Lancers (8-7) open against Waldron (5-5). The winner will face Morristown (2-11) in the semifinals.

 

Greenwood Christian (2-4) drew Indianapolis Lutheran (8-7), the Class A state champion in 2019, with the winner advancing to the championship game.

 

The Edinburgh Sectional winner will host the Rising Sun Sectional winner in regional competition.

 

No. 7 Hauser (15-2) is the sectional favorite at Rising Sun.

 

Center Grove (4A), Forest Park (2A) and North Daviess (A) are the semistate sites for Shelby County schools.

 

The State Finals will be June 11-12 at Center Grove High School.

Hanover's Martin, Franklin College's Tatlock capture HCAC track titles

A pair of Shelby County high school graduates won individual events at the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship held Friday and Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana.

 

Shelbyville graduate Zaleeya Martin won the 100-meter dash in 12.65 seconds, the 200 in 25.63 and was part of Hanover’s winning 400 meter relay squad (50.9).

 

Martin also scored points for Hanover in the long jump, finishing seventh (16 feet, 0.5 inches).

 

Hanover placed third in the team standings with 128 points, trailing Rose-Hulman (215) and Manchester (147).

 

Taylor Tatlock (above photo, right), a Southwestern graduate, won the women’s javelin competition for Franklin College with a personal best throw of 121-07, which moved her up to second on the program’s career-best list.

 

Tatlock also finished third in the discus (new personal best 114-09) and 15th in the hammer throw (97-04).

 

Waldron graduate Dalen Williams, also competing for Franklin College, finished runner-up to teammate Zak Wiley (above photo, left) in the discus throw. Williams’ best distance was 130-03.

 

Williams also finished eighth in the javelin at 129-02.

 

Triton Central graduate Kenneth Gipson placed 11th in the discus for Rose-Hulman at 109-07.

 

Waldron graduate Andrew Montgomery, running for Franklin, finished 17th in the 1,500 meters (4:50.39).

 

Shelbyville graduate Jill Anspaugh, also a distance runner for Franklin, finished ninth in the 5,000 meters (21:18.92).

 

Franklin finished seventh in both the men’s and women’s team standings.

 

Rose-Hulman also won the men’s team title with 210.5 points. Manchester (161) and Transylvania (79.5) followed in the standings.

Pacers Sports & Entertainment honors Bobby "Slick" Leonard with May 12 Celebration Of Life

Pacers Sports & Entertainment will host Boom Baby! The Life and Times of Bobby “Slick” Leonard, a public celebration of life for Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster Bobby “Slick” Leonard on May 12 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Tickets go on sale for $5.29 each at www.pacers.com/slick on Friday, May 7, at 10 a.m., with all proceeds going to the Dropping Dimes Foundation benefitting former ABA players and personnel. Attendance will be limited to 1,500 guests due to COVID protocols, but the celebration will also be livestreamed at www.pacers.com/slick for those unable to attend. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

“While we continue to mourn his passing and miss his always colorful presence, we look forward to offering a public farewell to one of the most impactful figures in our state’s basketball history,” said PS&E President Rick Fuson. “We also want to offer up one last ‘Boom Baby’ in Slick’s honor.”

Leonard, the Terre Haute native who led Indiana University to the 1953 national championship, coached the Pacers to three American Basketball Association titles and later served as the team’s radio analyst, passed on April 13 at the age of 88.

Video tributes from former Pacers players and basketball dignitaries and clips from the 2014 WFYI Ted Green Films documentary “Heart of a Hoosier” will be featured. Mark Boyle, the Pacers’ radio voice and Leonard’s long-time broadcast partner, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Per the family’s wishes, Leonard’s calling and services were private and he was interred at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend on April 22.

“Boom Baby” was Leonard’s trademark radio call punctuating a made three-point field goal by a Pacers player. In addition to coaching the Pacers to the three ABA championships, Leonard and his wife, Nancy, also played major roles in keeping the Pacers in Indianapolis after the team encountered financial difficulties following the merger into the National Basketball Association.

For more information, please visit www.pacers.com/slick

Gearlds, TC Tigers capture Shelby County Golf Tournament titles

With Oliver Gearlds and Evan Uhls finishing first and third, respectively, in the individual standings, the Triton Central Tigers captured the Shelby County Golf Tournament Saturday at Timbergate Golf Course in Edinburgh, Indiana.

 

Gearlds was crowned meet medalist with an 8-over par score of 80.

 

Morristown’s Asher Caldwell carded an 81 to finish runner-up. Uhls was the only other golfer in the field to break triple digits on the scorecard with an 88.

 

With Griffin Sego shooting 103 and Caleb Anderson posting 122, the Tigers took the team title at 393. Maxwell Ray shot 128.

 

Triton Central's Oliver Gearlds was crowned Shelby County Golf Tournament champion Saturday at Timbergate Golf Course and his Tigers captured the team title. 

 

Morristown was second at 403. Southwestern completed the field at 450. Waldron did not field an entrant.

 

Following Caldwell on the Yellow Jackets’ scorecard were Jordan Battles with 104, Sawyer Jones and Collin Essex, each at 109, and Kyle Crim at 114.

 

For Southwestern, Caleb Pappano led the way at 105. Justin Swift carded 110. Tristian Pappano followed at 117, one shot ahead of Ty Burcham.