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Prep Report: Rushville tops Shelbyville in gymnastics meet

With the top three finishers in the all-around competition, Rushville defeated Shelbyville, 92.55-66.9, in a dual gymnastics meet Monday in Rushville.

Bell Westphal (33.225), Cora Emory (29.975) and Cyndi Tush (27.75) produced the top three total scores after all four events.

Shelbyville’s Renee Aldridge finished fourth at 27.7 while Ella Griggs was fifth (24.15).

Aldridge was the top Golden Bear finisher in three of the four events. She finished fourth in the vault (8.15), second in the uneven bars (6.625) and fifth on the balance beam (6.175).

Shelbyville’s Bailee Frazier finished sixth in the floor exercise (7.1).

Westphal totaled the top score in all four events – 8.85 in vault, 8.7 on balance beam, 7.475 on uneven bars and 8.2 in floor exercise.

On Saturday, Shelbyville hosted Roncalli, Westfield and Indianapolis Lutheran at Girls Inc.

Roncalli won the four-team meet with 99.875. Westfield was runner-up at 96.225 followed by Shelbyville (71.575) and Lutheran (58.05).

Roncalli’s Maddie Baker won the vault (8.85) while her teammate, Liz Schafer, took first in the floor exercise (9.075).

Lutheran’s Penelope Morrow won the uneven bars (8.525) and balance beam (9.0) events.

Schafer won the all-around competition with a total score of 34.9. Morrow was runner-up at 34.4.

Aldridge finished seventh (29.3) while Griggs was eighth (27.725).

Aldridge had Shelbyville’s best score in the vault (8.25), uneven bars (7.0) and floor exercise (7.15). Griggs had the best Golden Bear score on the balance beam (6.975).

In another gymnastics meet Monday:

Connersville 87.85, Morristown 87.05

At Connersville, the visiting Yellow Jackets produced their highest team score of the season but came up just short of defeating the Spartans.

Oakleigh Goedde led Morristown with a win in the floor exercise and runner-up finishes in the vault and uneven bars. And with a fifth-place finish on the balance beam, Goedde won the all-around competition.

Remi Spicklemire won the balance beam competition and placed fourth in the vault, fifth on the uneven bars and sixth in the floor exercise. Spicklemire finished fourth in the all-around.

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Morristown rides 6-game win streak into Class A, Sectional 60

It took Morristown just over two months to get its record back to .500 after an 0-6 start.

The Yellow Jackets went 7-2 in January and enter Class A, Sectional 60 riding the momentum of a six-game winning streak.

“We’ve got good momentum happening,” agreed Morristown head coach Rachel Kleine. “It’s come as our strength of schedule has (lessened) but the kids are working together as a team.”

Sectional 60 opens tonight at Southwestern High School with Class A, No. 13 Jac-Cen-Del (12-11) taking on the defending sectional champion Waldron (5-17) at 7 p.m. The winner advances to face Southwestern (6-16) Friday in the semifinals.

On Wednesday, Oldenburg Academy (11-9) battles South Decatur (7-14) and Morristown (12-10) meets Edinburgh (6-17) for the second time in the last three weeks. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Lancers, 37-16 on Jan. 14.

“Edinburgh is a scrappy, physical team that we definitely do not want to overlook,” said Kleine.

If the Yellow Jackets advance, they look forward to a rematch with South Decatur, who they lost to on Nov. 10 as part of that six-game losing streak.

“We played South Decatur very early in the season and we were missing a handful of kids so we were really young on the floor,” said Kleine.

Or, Oldenburg Academy will seek revenge on Morristown for a 36-32 loss on Dec. 12.

“It was a fight when we went there so I wouldn’t expect anything else,” said Kleine of a potential rematch with the Twisters.

Wednesday’s winners advance to the second semifinal game Friday at Southwestern.

Kleine will rely heavily on senior guard Raegan Kleine’s experience in the postseason.

“Every game it’s important for Raegan to have the ball in her hands,” said coach Kleine. “She has not been finishing well the last few games but her team around her has been picking up the slack.”

Kleine is averaging 12.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.6 steals per game in her final season.

Sophomore Danika Rutledge was sidelined to start the season with an injury but now leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg).

“She makes a world of difference with those long arms,” said Kleine of the five foot, 11-inch forward. “She has a nice shot and runs the floor well.”

With Rutledge at the top of the Morristown defense in the half court, she is long enough and quick enough to disrupt shooting guards from getting comfortable from beyond the 3-point line.

When Morristown is playing well, there is contribution beyond Kleine and Rutledge from senior Maggie Lutes (2.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg), junior Alexia Rogers (3.8 ppg, team-high 18 made 3s) and sophomore Olivia Rude (2.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg).

Kleine has led the Yellow Jackets to their third consecutive winning season while the program is seeking its first sectional title since winning back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015.

“That’s still pretty out there,” said Kleine of talking about winning a sectional title. “The kids feel confident in their ability to compete but we’ve had games with some really big letdowns.

“We talk about controlling the things we can control. We will respect our opponents and focus on one game at a time, but I remember those back-to-back sectional titles.”

Morristown has already accomplished plenty going from 0-6 to 12-10 and Kleine would love to celebrate a sectional title with this team.

“The goal was to get back to .500 and that’s a pretty big accomplishment,” said Kleine. “But the kids are not done yet.”

 

 

Waldron

Following the graduation of seven seniors that took the program to new heights – ranked No. 1 in Class A and winning sectional and regional titles – a rebuilding season with new coach Ilea Shipp was not unexpected.

Senior Josee Larrison (7.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.6 apg) was the only returning player with varsity experience.

Cendall Sheaffer (4.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg) and Madison Ping are the other seniors dressing for their final sectional tournament.

The Mohawks are led in scoring by junior Alyssa Benson (9.9 ppg, 3.1 spg) and count on junior Audrey Hogg (5.7 ppg, 5 rpg) and sophomore Alivia Fischer (4.4 ppg, 4 rpg).

Waldron opens the sectional against Jac-Cen-Del, winners of six of their last seven games, a team it lost to 47-33 on Dec. 6.

Jac-Cen-Del is led by Reagan Hughes (13 ppg, 2.6 spg), Julia Meyer (12.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Olivia Neal (10.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg).

Head coach Scott Smith enters the sectional with 397 career wins, all at Jac-Cen-Del.

 

 

Southwestern

The Spartans started the season 0-10 but went 6-6 over the final 12 games and won three of their last four under head coach Jason West. Now, they wait until Friday to debut in the postseason against either Waldron or Jac-Cen-Del.

Southwestern lost at Jac-Cen-Del, 58-18 on Jan. 13 and went 0-2 against Waldron (44-32 on Nov. 11 and 41-35 on Jan. 5 in the Shelby County Tournament).

The Spartans are led offensively by a trio of players – seniors McKinley Correll (10 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3 apg and 3 spg) and Cy Stockdale (5.8 ppg, team-high 28 made 3s) and sophomore Tanna Tatlock (7.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg).

The sectional champion advances to a one-game regional, also at Southwestern High School, to face the Bethesda Christian Sectional champion. The four-team sectional features Indiana Math & Science Academy (14-10) against Traders Point (4-10) and Bethesda Christian (10-13) against Indiana Deaf (11-8).

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Class 2A, No. 11 Triton Central heads into Sectional 42 in underdog role

The Triton Central squad that lost 56-34 at Eastern Hancock on Nov. 12 is not the Triton Central squad ready for a rematch.

Class 2A, No. 11 Triton Central (18-4), winners of 16 of its final 17 games, will host 2A, No. 8 Eastern Hancock (19-3), winners of 10 straight, Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the opening game of Sectional 42.

The two best teams in the five-team field square off with the winner advancing to Friday’s semifinal to take on Irvington Prep (1-10). The other semifinal pits Indianapolis Scecina (11-11) against Indianapolis Riverside (2-15).

The sectional championship game is Saturday at 7 p.m. in Fairland.

Triton Central arrived in Charlottesville in November reeling from the flu, which caused senior Hallie Schweitzer (10.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.1 apg) to miss the game and leading scorers Lizzie Graham (13.2 ppg) and Maryrose Felling (12.5 ppg) to play at less than 100%.

“I think Eastern Hancock will see a totally different team this time around,” said Triton Central head coach Bryan Graham, who is sitting on 299 career wins over 15 seasons.

In that first meeting, Ruby White, Eastern Hancock’s six foot, one-inch junior center, had eight points, five rebounds and four blocked shots in the first quarter to help the Royals get off to a fast start.

Senior guard Grace Stapleton hit four three-pointers in the third quarter to give the Royals a 50-24 lead and Triton Central had little fight left.

White finished with 22 points and eight rebounds while Stapleton had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Eastern Hancock ended Triton Central’s four-year run as sectional champions in 2022 with a 66-65 three-overtime victory. With November’s win, the Royals have now won two straight over Triton Central for the first time under Graham’s direction.

Now, the Tigers are in the rare situation of being the underdog.

“I think (Eastern Hancock) is really good,” said Graham. “Anytime at the (Class) 2A level when you have a couple of good guards and a 6-1 middle, you will be good.”

The Tigers watched the game film from the November loss and it will be used as fuel for the postseason fire.

 

 

The veteran coach has been in this situation before. There is always the sobering thoughts of seeing a senior class nearing its final playing days. But the Class of 2023 includes his own daughter, Lizzie (photo), who will continue her playing career at Indiana University South Bend.

“My first couple of years, that was a struggle,” admitted Graham. “The more you do it, when the last game is over you realize you’ve taught them more than just basketball.

“I don’t want it to end. I’ve learned over the years that four years of basketball for the kids is a short blurb in their lives. I hope it’s not the highlight of their life.”

Graham admitted he has held his emotions in check through Lizzie’s final Shelby County Tournament and final regular-season home game.

“It hasn’t hit me yet,” he said. “I don’t think it will hit me, win or lose Tuesday. I don’t think it will hit me until the (postseason) banquet.”

For the Tigers to have success Tuesday, White (7.5 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.5 bpg) cannot dominate the low post again and Stapleton cannot catch fire from beyond the 3-point arc, where she has hit a program-record 74 this season.

 

 

Stapleton (photo), averaging 16.3 ppg, surpassed 1,000 career points this season to become the fourth Royal to join the club.

Eastern Hancock captured its first Mid-Eastern Conference title since 1999 with a balanced roster that includes just two seniors – Stapleton and Emma Bolding (7.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg), a softball commit to Saginaw Valley State.

Juniors Sammie Bolding (12 ppg, 2.3 apg) and Makenzie O’Neal (6.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg) give the Royals five players averaging between 6-16 ppg.

Despite defeating Triton Central in triple overtime in the 2022 sectional, the Royals did not capture their first sectional title since 2017. Heritage Christian defeated Eastern Hancock, 45-42, to advance to the regional.

The sectional champion advances to a one-game regional at Southmont High School to face the University Sectional champion. No. 9 University (18-4) is the favorite in the four-team team that includes Sheridan (13-8), Park Tudor (14-6) and Covenant Christian (7-15).

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Prep Report: Kahler leads Southwestern to win over Herron

Southwestern used a 25-point third quarter to secure its second victory of the season.

Leading 23-13 at halftime Saturday over Herron, six different Spartans combined to outscore the Achaeans, 25-10, in the third quarter and roll to a 66-34 victory.

Ben Kahler scored a career-high 17 points for Southwestern (2-14).

Carter Snepp hit three three-pointers and finished with 13 points and Matt Clements added 10.

Benen Newcomb led Herron (2-11) with 11 points.

The Spartans travel Thursday to Hauser (7-9).

In other boys basketball games Saturday:

Boys basketball

Triton Central 83, South Decatur 51

At Triton Central, five different Tigers scored in double figures to defeat the Cougars.

Luke Faust sank five 3s to finish with a game-high 21 points for Triton Central (12-5).

Isaac Morgan finished with 18 points. Eli Sego and Silas Blair each had 14 points and Max Crouse had 10.

A 27-point third quarter helped the Tigers turn a 39-25 halftime advantage to a 66-38 lead.

Jacob Scruggs and Dale Peters each scored 13 points to lead South Decatur (8-9).

Triton Central hosts Oldenburg Academy (6-10) Saturday afternoon.

New Castle 61, Morristown 22

At New Castle, the host Trojans outscored the Yellow Jackets 19-2 in the second quarter to build a 42-13 halftime lead it never relinquished.

Gavin Welch led New Castle (9-9) with 21 points. Ethan Hinton finished with 12 points.

Jameson Palmer led Morristown (1-16) with 13 points.

Morristown travels to Centerville (4-10) Saturday.

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Four Shelbyville football players named Academic All-State

Four Shelbyville High School football players were named Academic All-State in Region 8 by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.

Riley Fortune, Carson Linville, Cael Lux and Jackson Parker were honored for their performance in the classroom.

The quartet were amongst 161 players from Region 8 to earn the Academic All-State designation.

 

Riley Fortune

Carson Linville

Cael Lux

Jackson Parker

 

Other notable Hoosier Heritage Conference student-athletes honored in Region 8 were Greenfield-Central’s Owen Anderson, Gael Bravo, Will DeJarnett, Brayden Harrell, Brodie Mayberry, Anthony Miller-Carnahan, Garrett Taylor and Andrew Zellers; Mt. Vernon’s Tatchi Anouan, Owen Bitz, George Burhenn, Anderson Dawson, Kyler Grill, Ashton Julian, Dylan Kistler, Kellan LaBelle and Jake Lange; New Castle’s Adien Bradley, Haidyn Bulmer and Trey Snyder; New Palestine’s Eli Hook, Baylor Hurst, Trey Keele, Bryant Nunnally, Blaine Nunnally, Ben Purciful, AJ Reierson, Eian Roudebush, Brendan Tanksley, Daniel Tippit IV and Thomas Wood; and Pendleton Heights’ Quinton DeVault, Jared Hess, Jalen Jordan, Sam Mossoney and Ian Stephens.

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Triton Central's Ball captures wrestling sectional championship

Triton Central senior Hadyn Ball celebrated a sectional championship at 220 pounds Saturday at Warren Central High School.

Ball (photo, third from left) will be joined at the Perry Meridian Regional by Shelbyville’s Jacob Harker, a sectional runner-up at 285 pounds, and six more Tigers and Golden Bears that finished in the top four to advance.

Ball pinned Greenfield-Central’s Owen Howell, defeated Warren Central’s Greg Johnson in the semifinals and Franklin Central’s Talan Humphrey in the championship to secure his first sectional title.

Harker, a junior, scored a pair of victories to reach the championship match where he was defeated by Franklin Central’s Andrew Just, 6-1.

Harker pinned New Palestine’s Gabe Lytell in the first period to reach the semifinals, then defeated Warren Central’s Perris Green, 3-2.

Also qualifying for the regional with fourth-place finishes were Triton Central’s Ayden Nufio (106), Dayne Bailey (132), Ethan Booth (138) and Andrew Bailey (195), and Shelbyville’s Isaiah Havens (120) and Julian Eads (145).

Warren Central edged Greenfield-Central for the sectional championship, 251-234.

Triton Central finished fifth (99) while Shelbyville placed sixth (90).

All eight Shelby County wrestlers need to win their first match at the Perry Meridian Regional to qualify for the New Castle Semistate. The regional features the top four qualifiers at each weight class from the Warren Central Sectional and the Southport Sectional.

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Claxton carries Golden Bears to tough road win at Indian Creek

TRAFALGAR -- Shelbyville freshman Caden Claxton scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead the Golden Bears to a 64-56 overtime victory Friday in an emotionally-charged environment at Indian Creek.

Three players were ejected, including Shelbyville’s top two scorers, but the Golden Bears still prevailed.

Ollie Sandman was called for an offensive foul with 3:57 left in the fourth quarter. In his frustration, the senior tossed the ball to the official who was not looking for it and the ball struck him. He immediately called a technical foul on Sandman and ejected him.

Carter Modlin hit one of the two technical free throws to give Indian Creek a 47-43 lead.

 

 

What started as a monumental week for Sandman (photo), who committed to play collegiately at DePauw University Monday, ended with him scoring 13 points and not on the floor in a hostile atmosphere.

Modlin added another free throw with 3:00 to go to give the Braves a 48-43 advantage.

“The team saw their leading scorer and overall best offensive player leave the game and it fueled them,” said Shelbyville head coach John Hartnett. “They were fired up and ready to go. They held their heads up high and knew they could get it done even with Ollie out of the game.”

That’s when the youngest kid on the floor took control. Claxton hit a pair of 3s in the game’s final 2:07 and had the assist on an Aidan Asher layin that put Shelbyville up 54-52 with 35 seconds on the clock.

“(Caden) is a competitor. He has been brought up to this level for a reason and it’s to step up in situations like this,” said Hartnett. “He is a great kid that works his butt off and he’s earned every single minute and second he has played this year – and he showed that tonight. He took over when our best player got thrown out of the game. He made some big plays, along with all the other guys.

“This is not one person that go this job done. This is a collective team effort.”

Adam Crouch scored in the lane with 24 seconds left to tie the game and Claxton missed a 3 in the game’s final seconds and a Luke Brinkman rebound and shot rolled off the rim to send the game to overtime.

Crouch hit a pair of free throws to give Indian Creek a 56-54 lead but the Braves never scored again. Three straight turnovers followed a Damon Badgley 3-pointer and Claxton hit six straight free throws in the final 23 seconds to seal the win.

But not after Modlin and Badgley (main photo) tied up on a rebound attempt. Modlin tried to rip a rebound from Badgley and the two went to the floor, neither releasing the ball. As they rolled over and players tried to pull them apart, the officials issued technical fouls to the pair and ejected both.

Claxton finished the game hitting 6 of 11 shots and went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. He also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Brinkman finished with nine points and six rebounds. Asher had eight points off the bench.

Highly-touted sophomore Landon Sichting (20.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg) led Indian Creek with 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists. After scoring 11 points in the first half, he had just one field goal in the second half and was held in check by Jackson Parker and Ethan Lambert.

“Early we let Sichting catch the ball a little bit too easily. And he is a very good player,” said Hartnett. “He is very crafty at his height (6-5), and he took advantage of us early.”

Modlin finished with 10 points and nine rebounds before fouling out and being ejected.

 

 

Shelbyville won the junior varsity game, 45-35. Brody Runnebohm led the Golden Bears with 16 points and Kohen Myers had 13.

The Golden Bears are off until Feb. 7 when they travel to Class A, No. 15 Edinburgh (10-5). Hartnett (photo) did not have a firm answer as to whether Sandman or Badgley will be available for the game due to the ejections.

“We will go back to Shelbyville and we will talk about it with the administration and figure it out,” said Hartnett after the game.

Steve Bush photos

 

Shelbyville 64, Indian Creek 56, OT

SH – Sandman 4-13 2-2 13, Badgley 2-7 0-0 5, Brinkman 3-6 3-4 9, Parker 0-0 1-2 1, Claxton 6-11 8-8 22, Asher 3-5 0-1 8, Lambert 3-6 0-1 6, Myers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-48 14-18 64.

IC – Pemberton 1-3 0-0 2, Volz 2-5 0-0 6, Emberton 2-4 2-2 6, Crouch 3-12 2-3 9, Sichting 6-17 4-4 18, Modlin 4-6 2-4 10, Connell 2-3 0-0 5, Pappas 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 20-51 10-13 56.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

SH (8-9)  16    7  17  14  10  --  64

IC (9-5)    14  13    9  18    2  --  56

Three-point field goals: SH 8-23 (Sandman 3-10, Badgley 1-2, Brinkman 0-1, Claxton 2-6, Asher 2-4), IC 6-19 (Pemberton 0-1, Volz 2-5, Crouch 1-4, Sichting 2-6, Connell 1-2, Pappas 0-1). Rebounds: SH 22 (Sandman 3, Badgley 1, Brinkman 6, Parker 3, Claxton 5, Asher 1, Lambert 3), IC 26 (Pemberton 2, Volz 2, Emberton 2, Crouch 4, Sichting 7, Modlin 9). Assists: SH 9 (Badgley 3, Parker 2, Claxton 2, Asher 1, Lambert 1), IC 11 (Pemberton 2, Volz 1, Emberton 1, Crouch 3, Sichting 3, Modlin 1). Steals: SH 3 (Brinkman 1, Claxton 2), IC 3 (Sichting 1, Modlin 2). Blocks: IC 2 (Volz 1, Sichting 1). Total fouls: SH 14, IC 18. Fouled out: Modlin (IC). Turnovers: SH 7, IC 8.

JV

Shelbyville 45, Indian Creek 35

SH – Runnebohm 16, Myers 13, Reinhart 6, Schene 6, Reed 4.

IC – Lowhorn 11, Statts 8, DeHart 7, Fleetwood 5, Nuetzman 2, Voris 2.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

SH  11  11  11  12  -- 45

IC    12    4    5  14  -- 35

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Shelbyville overcomes slow start to get Senior Night win over Hauser

Shelbyville struggled to find a higher gear on Senior Night.

Trailing 15-10 midway through the second quarter Thursday at William L. Garrett Gymnasium, the Golden Bears scored the final six points of the half then blitzed Hauser, 35-9 in the second half, to close out the regular season with a 51-24 victory.

Shelbyville finished 14-8 – the first winning season for the program since 2016 and the most wins in a season since 2007 (18).

“Obviously we have the sectional here at Garrett (Gymnasium) and (the seniors) will have another moment to shine but on Senior Night, you always want to give the seniors a lot of respect,” said fourth-year Shelbyville head coach Becca Hoefler, who started her run with the Golden Bears with Kylee Edwards, Abby Brenner and Hailey Pogue (photo) as freshmen. “Our program, where it’s at now is because of these seniors. They have put the work in the last four years. They started off their career 4-20 and for them to stick it out and continually get better and put in the work to get us to 14-8, is because of these seniors.”

Ava Wilson scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half that helped Shelbyville outscore the Jets, 41-9 over the final two-and-a-half quarters.

Brenner finished with 12 points and Edwards, still recovering from an ankle injury suffered Jan. 18 at Whiteland, scored 10 points and had eight rebounds.

“This is what I’ve always said about Kylee, ‘Kylee’s 50% is a lot of people’s 100%.’” said Hoefler. “Injuries happen all the time and high ankle sprains happen all the time. It’s all about getting it taped and getting back moving. I think she will be ready to roll for Friday (in the sectional).”

Shelbyville scored the first six points of the game before Hauser (9-11) settled down and went on a 15-4 run.

“That was definitely one of our worst starts of the season which is not what we wanted coming out,” said Hoefler. “We went into halftime and there was a little yelling and we came out in the second half and played our game.”

Edwards, Shelbyville’s career scoring leader at 1,530 points, scored with 2:10 to go in the first half and was fouled. She missed the free throw but Pogue got the offensive rebound and scored to cut the lead to 15-14.

Edwards hit a 17-foot jumper with 38 seconds left to give Shelbyville a 16-15 lead at the break.

Wilson scored five points in just under five seconds to start the second-half scoring. She scored then stole the ball and scored again to push the Golden Bears’ lead to 20-15.

Wilson hit a three-pointer later in the quarter that sparked an 8-0 run and open up a double-digit lead.

Up 32-21 after three quarters, Wilson opened the fourth-quarter scoring with a 3 and followed it with a pair of free throws to make it 37-21.

The Jets scored just three points over the final eight minutes and suffered their sixth-straight loss to end the regular season.

Kyleigh Parrott led Hauser with eight points. Madelyn Poe finished with six points, six rebounds and two assists.

In the junior varsity game, Maddy Jones and Sophia Asher each scored 13 points to lead the Golden Bears to a 57-28 victory. The win closed Shelbyville’s season with a 16-4 mark.

Shelbyville is the host school for Class 4A, Sectional 14. The Golden Bears received the bye and will debut Friday in the semifinal round against either Columbus East (9-13) or East Central (15-10), who play Tuesday at Garrett Gymnasium.

The other quarterfinal game Tuesday features Franklin (15-5) against Columbus North (14-8), with the winner advancing to take on Whiteland (12-10) in Friday’s semifinal round.

 

Shelbyville 51, Hauser 24

HA – Parrott 3-14 1-2 8, Berkenstock 1-3 0-0 2, Musillami 0-2 2-2 2, Poe 3-12 0-0 6, Sims 0-2 0-0 0, Kilps 2-6 0-2 4, Overroad 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 10-41, 3-6 24.

SH – Edwards 5-8 0-5 10, Brenner 5-9 1-4 12, Simpson 0-1 2-2 2, Wilson 7-20 2-2 18, Pogue 2-5 0-0 4, E. Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, Marshall 0-0 0-0 0, Keller 0-4 2-2 2, S. Baker 1-1 0-0 3, H. Baker 0-0 0-0 0, L. Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Fortune 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-52 7-17 51.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

HA (9-11)  8    7    6     3  --  24

SH (14-8)   8    8  16  19  --  51

Three-point field goals: HA 1-13 (Parrott 1-8, Berkenstock 0-2, Poe 0-3), SH 4-14 (Edwards 0-2, Brenner 1-2, Simpson 0-1, Wilson 2-5, Pogue 0-2, Keller 0-1, S. Baker 1-1). Rebounds: HA 26 (Parrott 1, Berkenstock 4, Musillami 3, Poe 6, Sims 1, Kilps 3, Everroad 8), SH 38 (Edwards 8, Brenner 8, Simpson 2, Wilson 4, Pogue 5, E. Johnson 3, Marshall 1, Keller 5, H. Baker 1, Fortune 1). Assists: HA 5 (Parrott 1, Musillami 1, Poe 2, Sims 1), SH 8 (Edwards 2, Brenner 3, Wilson 1, Keller 1, H. Baker 1). Steals: HA 4 (Berkenstock 3, Musillami 1), SH 13 (Edwards 2, Brenner 1, Simpson 2, Wilson 4, Pogue 2, E. Johnson 1, Keller 1). Blocks: HA 2 (Parrott 1, Berkenstock 1), SH 2 (Edwards 1, Simpson 1). Total fouls: HA 9, SH 9. Turnovers: HA 19, SH 14.

JV

Shelbyville 57, Hauser 28

HA: Williams 8, Kilps 4, Wetzel 4, C. Miller 4, Mires 3, Phelps 3, K. Miller 2.

SH: Jones 13, Asher 13, H. Baker 9, Collins 7, Keller 6, Stieneker 4, Morrell 3, Fortune 2.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

HA    2  13    8    5  --  28

SH  18  14  12  13  --  57

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Prep Report: Mitchell, Yarling lead Waldron to MHC win over Southwestern

With senior Lucas Mitchell and Bryce Yarling combining for 28 points Friday, Waldron defeated Southwestern, 53-36.

Mitchell scored a game-high 17 points to push Waldron’s record to 8-8 overall and 3-1 against Mid-Hoosier Conference opponents.

Yarling had 11 points and helped the Mohawks race out to a 19-4 lead after one quarter.

Conner Jewell hit four three-pointers to lead Southwestern (1-14, 0-4 MHC) with 12 points. Ben Kahler finished with 10 points.

Southwestern hosts Herron (2-10) tonight.

Waldron hosts North Decatur (12-4, 4-0 MHC) Thursday.

In other boys basketball games Friday:

Edinburgh 71, Morristown 41

At Edinburgh, Caleb Dewey scored a game-high 24 points to improve Class A, No. 15 Edinburgh to 10-5 (3-3 MHC).

Jarrett Turner and Connor Ramey backed Dewey with 16 points apiece.

Cade Mahin and Jameson Palmer each scored 10 points to lead Morristown (1-15, 1-5 MHC).

The Yellow Jackets travel to New Castle (8-9) tonight.

Indianapolis Scecina 50, Triton Central 42

At Scecina, the host Crusaders hit 11 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the Indiana Crossroads Conference victory.

Keaton Thibo scored a game-high 18 points for Scecina (10-5, 1-2 ICC). Jordan Porter and Kaleb Milan each scored eight.

Triton Central led 20-18 at halftime but got outscored 18-8 in the third quarter and never recovered.

Isaac Morgan led the Tigers (11-5, 0-3 ICC) with 15 points. Eli Sego finished with nine points.

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Prep Report: Tigers secure ICC championship with win over Beech Grove

Class 2A, No. 13 Triton Central secured the Indiana Crossroads Conference championship Thursday with a 56-20 victory over Beech Grove.

The win improved the Tigers to 18-4 overall and 7-0 against ICC opponents.

Senior Lizzie Graham finished with 18 points in her final regular-season game on her home court. With two made three-pointers in the game, Graham became the program’s career leader for 3s made.

Fellow senior Hallie Schweitzer had 13 points.

Freshman Maryrose Felling also scored 13 and junior Brooklyn Bailey finished with 12.

Triton Central led 26-16 at halftime then held the Hornets scoreless in the third quarter to expand the lead to 38-16.

Mylee Boiling led Beech Grove (9-12, 2-5 ICC) with 11 points.

Triton Central opens the postseason Tuesday against 2A No. 7 Eastern Hancock (19-3) in Fairland. The Royals defeated Triton Central, 56-34, on Nov. 12.

In other girls basketball games Thursday:

Morristown 33, Indianapolis Lutheran 24

At Lutheran, the visiting Yellow Jackets closed out the regular season on a six-game win streak.

Danika Rutledge led Morristown (12-10) with 18 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Raegan Kleine had 11 points and seven steals.

Lutheran (5-17) closed the season on a seven-game losing streak.

Morristown’s postseason debut is Wednesday at Southwestern High School against Edinburgh (6-17). The Yellow Jackets defeated the Lancers, 37-16 on Jan. 14.

Milan 57, Waldron 46

At Milan, Emma Voss and Kaiya Rinear combined for 44 points to lead the Indians to the win.

Voss scored a game-high 24 points, including 9 of 11 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, to improve Milan to 4-18 this season.

Emerson Lindsey hit three 3s to lead Waldron (5-17) with 14 points. Josee Larrison finished with 11 and Alyssa Benson had 10.

Waldron begins the postseason Tuesday at Southwestern High School against Jac-Cen-Del (12-11). The Mohawks lost at Jac-Cen-Del on Dec. 6, 47-33.

Southwestern 54, Greenwood Christian 30

At Southwestern, Cy Stockdale, Tanna Tatlock and Emma Isgrigg combined to hit nine 3s to lead the Spartans (6-16) to the win.

Tatlock finished with a game-high 17 points, including hitting a pair of 3s in the fourth quarter.

Stockdale had four 3s and finished with 14 points.

Sydney Waldron topped Greenwood Christian (3-18) with 15 points.

The Spartans received the bye and are the hosts for Class A, Sectional 60. They will face the winner of the Waldron and Jac-Cen-Del quarterfinal game Tuesday.

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Collegiate Update: Southwestern graduate breaks Franklin College indoor track and field record

In just her second indoor college track and field meet, Southwestern graduate Alison Muck set a new 60-meter hurdles record for Franklin College.

Competing in the Mount St. Joseph Invitational Saturday in Cincinnati, Ohio, Muck (photo) won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.47 seconds to break the old Franklin College record of 9.58 set in 2013.

Muck also finished seventh in the 200 meters (29.38).

Four other Shelby County graduates also competed in the Mount St. Joseph Invitational.

 

 

Muck’s teammate and fellow Southwestern graduate Taylor Tatlock placed fifth in the women’s weight throw at 41 feet, one inch.

 

 

Hanover’s Zaleeya Martin, a Shelbyville graduate, finished runner-up in the 60 meters (7.89).

 

 

Franklin College’s Jill Anspaugh, a Shelbyville graduate, reached the podium with a seventh-place finish in the one-mile run (6:03.21).

 

 

And Madalyn Hudnall, a Waldron graduate competing for Mount St. Joseph, finished second in the shot put (35-0) and 11th in the weight throw (32-9).

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

 

 

Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate had two points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal Sunday for Loyola in a 67-51 loss to LaSalle.

The Ramblers dropped to 6-13 overall and 1-5 against Atlantic 10 opponents.

 

 

Hayden Langkabel

The Morristown graduate finished with 19 points, one rebound, two steals and four assists Saturday in Marian’s 95-74 win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

The Knights are 17-4 (7-4 Crossroads League).

 

 

Kyle Crim

The Morristown graduate was credited with one assist in eight minutes of playing time Saturday for Hanover in a 73-35 win over Bluffton.

The Panthers are 10-7 (6-4 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference).

 

 

Taylor Heath

The Triton Central graduate produced a double-double Saturday for Hanover in a 60-55 win over Bluffton.

Heath had 10 points and 10 assists and added two rebounds and a steal to improve the Panthers to 11-5 (8-1 HCAC).

 

 

Drake Moore

The Morristown graduate had five points and one rebound Saturday for Oakland City in a 76-61 loss to the University of Rio Grande.

On Thursday, Moore totaled seven points, one assist and one blocked shot in a 76-68 loss to Ohio Christian.

Oakland City is 8-13 this season.

 

 

Bella Larrison

The Waldron graduate had six points, six rebounds and one block Saturday in Anderson’s 54-52 loss at Mount St. Joseph.

Anderson is 10-7.

 

 

Cameron Baker

The Shelbyville graduate scored a pair of runner-up finishes in two diving events Friday for Franklin College in wins over Rose-Hulman (157-143) and Hanover (252-21).

Baker finished second in the one-meter diving competition with 237.25 points. He also finished second in the three-meter event with 212.9 points.

 

 

Chandler Martin

The Shelbyville graduate won the high jump competition Saturday for the University of Indianapolis in the UIndy Classic.

Martin cleared 1.83 meters to win the event.

 

 

Michael Fox

The Shelbyville graduate placed 15th in the 3,000 meters Friday for Manchester in the Larry Cole Invitational, hosted by Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.

Fox crossed the finish line in 9:49.8.

 

 

Kina Schultz

The Shelbyville graduate finished ninth in the 400 meters (1:08.98), fifth in the 60 hurdles (10.33) and third in the 800 relay (2:00.52) for Muskingum in the Muskingum Meet in New Concord, Ohio.

Mastodon Invitational

Three former Golden Bears competed in the Mastodon Invitational, hosted by Purdue Fort Wayne.

 

 

Madisen Hinderliter, competing for St. Francis (Ind.), finished 11th in the weight throw (42-6.75).

 

 

Sequoia Gilbert, also part of the St. Francis roster, placed 18th in the 60 meters (8.57) and 16th in the 200 (29.18).

 

 

Konrad Dorsey, running for Trine, finished 25th in the 60 meters (7.80) and 23rd in the 200 (25.97).

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Prep Report: Schweitzer leads Class 2A, No. 13 Triton Central to 17th victory of season

Hallie Schweitzer scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the third quarter when Class 2A, No. 13 Triton Central pulled away for a 52-29 win Tuesday at Perry Meridian.

The Tigers, now 17-4, led 22-13 at halftime but outscored the Falcons 19-7 in the third quarter.

Maryrose Felling finished with 15 points for Triton Central, who will attempt to clinch the Indiana Crossroads Conference title Thursday against Beech Grove (9-11, 2-4 ICC). The Tigers, 6-0 in the ICC standings, have already secured no worse than a share of the championship, but can win it outright with a victory over the Hornets to close out the regular-season schedule.

Maya Mundy led Perry Meridian (3-16) with 13 points.

In other girls basketball games Tuesday:

Brown County 73, Southwestern 47

At Brown County, freshman Ava Stogsdill scored a game-high 34 points to lead the Eagles past the Spartans

Stogsdill hit 16 field goals, all from inside the 3-point arc, and went 2-for-4 from the free-throw line.

Brown County (12-9) raced out to a 20-5 lead after one quarter and grew the lead to 36-15 by halftime.

McKinley Correll led Southwestern (5-16) with 16 points. Cy Stockdale finished with nine and Haley Casey and Tanna Tatlock each had eight.

Brown County won the junior varsity game, 44-13. Katelynn Coffman led the Spartans with eight points.

Southwestern closes out the regular-season schedule Thursday at home against Greenwood Christian (3-17).

Waldron 47, Edinburgh 23

At Waldron, the host Mohawks improved to 5-16 this season with a win on Senior Night.

Waldron built a 21-11 halftime lead and extended it to 35-13 after three quarters to get the Mid-Hoosier Conference victory.

Edinburgh dropped to 6-16 this season.

Waldron closes out its regular-season schedule Thursday at Milan (3-17).

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Morristown collects fifth-straight win with 49-20 victory over Knightstown

Raegan Kleine and Danika Rutledge combined to score 31 points and lead Morristown to its fifth-straight victory Monday.

The Yellow Jackets held Knightstown to single-digit scoring in all four quarters to secure a 49-20 win at the Bee Hive.

Morristown, now above .500 for the first time this season at 11-10, led 16-7 at halftime then outscored the Panthers 33-13 in the second half.

Kleine finished with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals.

Rutledge had 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Knightstown lost it 13th-straight game to fall to 3-19 this season.

Morristown closes out its regular-season schedule Thursday at Indianapolis Lutheran (5-15).

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IHSAA announces sectional brackets for girls basketball state tournament

The girls basketball state tournament sectional pairings are set.

On Sunday, the Indiana High School Athletic Association delivered the brackets in preparation for the 2023 state tournament that will culminate at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Feb. 25 in Indianapolis.

Here is a look at the three sectionals that feature the five Shelby County girls basketball programs.

Shelbyville Sectional

William L. Garrett Gymnasium is the host site for Class 4A, Sectional 14.

The host Golden Bears will get to watch the quarterfinal round to learn its first postseason opponent.

Franklin (14-5) will open the sectional against Columbus North (13-7) on Jan. 31. The winner will meet Whiteland (12-9) in the first semifinal on Feb. 3.

In the second quarterfinal, Columbus East (8-12) gets East Central (14-10) with the winner advancing to take on Shelbyville (13-8).

The sectional championship game is Feb. 4.

The sectional champion advances to the Bedford North Lawrence Regional to face the Sectional 13 champion on Feb. 11.

Triton Central Sectional

Class 2A, Sectional 42 features a pair of top-15 ranked squads and they will meet in the sectional opener.

No. 7 Eastern Hancock (17-3) takes on No. 15 Triton Central (16-4) on Jan. 31 with the winner advancing to the semifinal round to meet Irvington Prep (1-9).

The other semifinal features Indianapolis Scecina (11-9) and Indianapolis Riverside (2-13).

The sectional champion advances to the Southmont Regional to face the Sectional 43 champion on Feb. 11.

Southwestern Sectional

The host Spartans got the bye in the Class A, Sectional 60 tournament.

The seven-team tournament will begin Jan. 31 with Waldron (4-16) taking on Jac-Cen-Del (11-10). The winner faces Southwestern (5-15) on Feb.3  in the first semifinal game.

In quarterfinal games on Feb. 1, Oldenburg Academy (9-9) opens against South Decatur (7-12) and Morristown (10-10) battles Edinburgh (6-15).

The winners return Feb. 3 for a semifinal game.

The sectional champion travels back to Southwestern for the regional tournament to face the Sectional 58 champion on Feb. 11.

Steve Bush photo

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Prep Report: Graham leads TC to Pink Out game win over Tri-West

In her final “Pink Out” game at Triton Central, senior Lizzie Graham scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Class 2A, No. 15 Tigers to a 53-32 victory over Tri-West.

Triton Central raced out to a 20-2 lead after one quarter and rolled to their 16th win of the season, and career win No. 297 for head coach Bryan Graham.

Now in its 15th year of existence, Triton Central’s “Pink Out” game has raised more than $200,000 to help local families fight breast cancer.

Maryrose Felling finished with 14 points and Brooklyn Bailey had 10 points.

Lauren Bear led Tri-West (6-15) with 16 points.

Triton Central (16-4) travels Tuesday to Perry Meridian (3-15).

In other prep events:

Boys basketball

Greenfield-Central 65, Shelbyville 39

At Greenfield-Central Saturday, Ollie Sandman and Damon Badgley combined to hit a trio of first-quarter three-pointers but Shelbyville could not sustain enough offense to keep up with the Cougars.

Greenfield-Central (12-1, 4-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference) outscored the Golden Bears, 34-20 in the second half.

Braylon Mullins led G-C with 25 points. Dylan Moles followed with 22.

Sandman (14 points) and Badgley (13) combined for 27 points for Shelbyville (7-9, 1-4 HHC).

The Golden Bears travel to Indian Creek (9-4) Friday.

Bethesda Christian 67, Waldron 44

At Waldron Saturday, Class A, No. 3 Bethesda Christian outscored the Mohawks 19-9 in the third quarter to improve to 12-2 this season.

Bryce Yarling scored a team-high 16 points for Waldron (7-8). Lucas Mitchell finished with 11.

Waldron is at Southwestern Friday.

Indianapolis Lutheran 74, Triton Central 61

At Lutheran Saturday, visiting Triton Central got out to a 22-12 lead after one quarter but the Saints recovered for a 36-35 halftime lead and outscored the Tigers 38-26 over the final 16 minutes.

Triton Central dropped to 11-4 overall and 0-2 in the Indiana Crossroads Conference.

Class A, No. 6 Lutheran improved to 9-3 (3-1 ICC).

The Tigers travel to Indianapolis Scecina (9-5, 0-2 ICC) Friday.

North Decatur 73, Morristown 41

At Morristown Friday, the visiting Chargers started fast and stayed steady to secure the Mid-Hoosier Conference win.

North Decatur (11-4, 4-0 MHC) led 21-7 after one quarter and 40-17 by halftime.

Jameson Palmer led the Yellow Jackets (1-14, 1-4 MHC) with 13 points and three rebounds. Dakoda Lee added nine points. Chase Theobald finished with four points and six rebounds.

Morristown travels Friday to Edinburgh (9-5, 2-3 MHC).

Edinburgh 64, Southwestern 39

At Southwestern Friday, Caleb Dewey, Edinburgh’s career scoring leader, finished with a game-high 21 points to lead the Lancers (9-5, 2-3 MHC) to a road win.

Connor Ramey had 14 points and Jarrett Turner added 12 points.

Ben Kahler was the only Spartan to reach double digits with 18 points.

Southwestern (1-13, 0-3 MHC) hosts Waldron (7-8, 2-1 MHC) Friday.

Waldron 47, Hauser 38

At Waldron Friday, Lucas Mitchell scored a game-high 25 points to lead the host Mohawks to a conference win over the Jets (7-8, 2-2 MHC).

Mitchell hit 9 of 10 free throws in the final quarter to seal the win.

Ledger Gelfius led the Jets with 14 points.

Girls basketball

Shelbyville 66, Delta 31

At Delta, the visiting Golden Bears rocketed out to a 24-8 lead after one quarter and cruised to their second HHC victory of the season.

Ava Wilson scored a career-high 31 points, including 12 in the first quarter when Shelbyville (13-8, 2-5 HHC) took control.

Ellie Keller finished with 11 points. Shelbyville scoring leader Kylee Edwards did not play after suffering an ankle injury in a loss to Whiteland Wednesday.

Jillian Barr topped Delta (6-13, 1-5 HHC) with 20 points.

The Golden Bears close out their regular-season schedule at home Thursday against Hauser (9-9). The Jets are coached by former Shelbyville assistant athletic director Kyle Shipp.

Southwestern 44, Edinburgh 40

At Southwestern Friday, McKinley Correll hit 9 of 10 free throws and scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Spartans (5-15, 1-5 MHC) over a potential sectional opponent.

Gracie Crawhorn scored a team-high 18 points for the Lancers (6-15, 0-4 MHC).

Edinburgh hosts Brown County (11-9) Tuesday.

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Haas commits to upstart IUPUC soccer program

Christian Haas loves a challenge.

The Shelbyville senior made his next challenge “official” Thursday in the Golden Bear Room at Shelbyville High School when he signed his letter of intent to play college soccer at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus.

Haas is the second Golden Bear to commit to the upstart program at IUPUC. He will join Al Hernandez as freshmen this fall in the inaugural season in Columbus, Indiana.

Shelbyville soccer coach Ben Purvis opened the signing ceremony with a story of his first encounter with Haas as a freshman.

“Right before his freshman year, Christian shows up and immediately wants to take on some of our seniors one on one,” said Purvis. “It did not go well for Christian but, to me, it showed he was never willing to back down. Immediately after they went one on one, he came out and said, ‘How do I get better next time? How do I go against them next time?’

“He wasn’t afraid of the challenge. He wasn’t going to back down to somebody who was a senior going into a big campaign. To me, that showed the mentality Christian had and he continued to do that for all four years.”

Haas, who will major in Physical Education, will need that confidence to help IUPUC grow its program.

“I am thankful IUPUC made me an offer and stuck around while I was making my decision. I feel like with the emerging program that is happening out there, with our new coach, I feel like he will put this program in some of the best shape it will ever be in,” said Haas. “And to be a part of a first-year program, the talent is already coming in from other areas of the Midwest. I think it will be special this year.”

Haas was a varsity contributor at Shelbyville from his sophomore year on. He totaled 23 goals and five assists and hopes to continue to be a consistent offensive threat at the next level.

 

 

“Always growing up, I was wanting to fight for a spot,” said Haas. “For IUPUC, it felt like a club team or a high school team, with guys my age that I can compete with … we’ve all been picked for certain talents. These are guys I will be able to build relationships with and grow my skills and their skills on and off the field. This just feels right.”

Haas is the son of Christina Raynor and Jody Haas. His parents, several more family members and Golden Bear teammates were present Thursday to honor the accomplishment.

Haas can now finish his last few months of high school and prepare for graduation before the reality sets in of being a freshman all over again – this time at the collegiate level.

“I think we will all be freshmen, none of us will have the senior class authority,” said Haas of being at IUPUC, where the soccer roster will be a combination of high school graduates from the Class of 2023 and college transfers. “I think that is something that will probably set us apart. We all are able to relate to the same thing. I think that’s a good thing.”

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Prep Report: Rutledge leads Morristown to MHC win over Hauser

It took most of the season for Morristown to get to win No. 10.

A preseason top-15 ranked squad, the Yellow Jackets opened the season 0-6 as they dealt with a variety of issues affecting the roster.

On Thursday, Morristown put together a complete performance to defeat Hauser, 48-35, and improve to 10-10 this season.

Danika Rutledge hit 10 of 18 shots from the field to lead the Yellow Jackets with 21 points. The sophomore also grabbed 11 rebounds and had two assists and four steals.

Raegan Kleine finished with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals and Alexia Rogers hit a trio of three-pointers to finish with nine points.

The loss for the Jets (9-9) was their first against a Mid-Hoosier Conference opponent this season.

North Decatur (15-5) currently leads the MHC standings with a 4-0 mark. Hauser dropped to 4-1 and Morristown and South Decatur are each 4-2.

The Yellow Jackets will attempt to get above .500 Monday when they host Knightstown (3-17).

In other prep events Thursday:

Girls basketball

New Palestine 70, Waldron 39

At Waldron, the visiting Dragons (9-10) scored 28 points in the second quarter to pull away from the Mohawks (4-16).

Isabella Gizzi, New Palestine’s career scoring leader, led the Dragons with 26 points. Allie Blum, a University of Kentucky softball commit, finished with 15.

Alivia Fischer topped Waldron with 15 points. Alyssa Benson had nine points and Emerson Lindsey finished with seven.

Waldron hosts Edinburgh (6-14) Tuesday.

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Red Cross teams with NFL to increase blood donations

As National Blood Donor Month continues this January, the American Red Cross celebrates those who give blood and platelets to help save lives − especially now, as we work to ensure a stable blood supply amid the threat of icy winter weather and severe seasonal illness. Donors of all blood types – particularly type O blood donors, the most needed blood group by hospitals – and platelet donors are needed daily to meet demand.

The start of the new year is one of the most challenging times to collect enough blood products, despite the constant demand. One in seven patients entering a hospital will need a blood transfusion – yet only 3% of the public gives blood.

Don’t wait until there’s a crisis to donate. To book a time to give blood, visit RedCrossBlood.org, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

In partnership with the National Football League (NFL), those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma through Jan. 31, will be automatically entered to win a trip for two to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona*, including access to day-of, in-stadium pre-game activities, tickets to the official Super Bowl Experience, round-trip airfare to Phoenix, three-night hotel accommodations (Feb. 10-13), plus a $500 gift card for expenses.  

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

Amplify your impact − volunteer! 

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience. 

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday

 

 

Collegiate Update: Langkabel helps Marian avenge earlier loss to St. Francis

Hayden Langkabel scored 15 points, pulled down seven rebounds and handed out two assists Wednesday for Marian in an 80-69 win at St. Francis (Ind.).

The win avenged a recent loss to St. Francis and improved the Knights to 16-4 this season and 6-4 against Crossroads League opponents.

On Saturday, Langkabel, a Morristown graduate, had 15 points, two rebounds and two steals in Marian’s 87-77 victory at Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

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

 

 

Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate had four points and one rebound Sunday for Loyola in a 63-34 loss at Rhode Island.

The Ramblers dropped to 6-12 this season and 1-4 in the Atlantic 10 standings.

 

 

Kyle Crim

The Morristown graduate was in the Hanover starting lineup Saturday against Manchester and scored three points, grabbed three rebounds and had three assists in a 76-75 loss.

On Wednesday, Crim had two points, three rebounds and one steal in Hanover’s 76-70 win over Transylvania.

The Panthers are 9-7 this season and 5-4 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference games.

 

 

Taylor Heath

The Triton Central graduate finished with two points, one rebound, five assists and two steals for Hanover Wednesday in a 69-44 loss to No. 2 Transylvania (17-0, 9-0 HCAC).

On Saturday, Heath collected seven points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in Hanover’s 73-53 victory over Manchester.

The Panthers are 10-5 overall and 7-1 in the HCAC standings.

 

 

Drake Moore

The Morristown graduate scored 17 points Saturday and added three rebounds, five assists and three steals to his stat line in Oakland City’s 61-51 win at Carlow University.

Two days earlier, Moore had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in an 84-65 loss at Point Park University.

Oakland City is 8-11 this season.

 

 

Bella Larrison

The Waldron graduate had two points and two rebounds Wednesday in Anderson’s 90-76 win at Miami-Hamilton.

Larrison finished with eight points and two rebounds Saturday in an 89-63 loss at Transylvania.

The Ravens are 10-6 this season.

 

 

Cameron Baker

The Shelbyville graduate finished runner-up in the one-meter diving competition and the three-meter event for Franklin College Saturday in a dual swim meet against DePauw.

Baker scored 265.95 points in the one-meter competition and 235.12 points in the three-meter event.

Franklin defeated DePauw, 165-129, to secure it first head-to-head win over DePauw.

 

 

Taylor Tatlock

The Southwestern graduate finished third in the women’s weight throw competition Saturday at the Robert H. Johnson Invite at Wabash College.

Tatlock’s best throw for Franklin College was 39 feet, 10.5 inches.

 

 

Alison Muck

The Southwestern graduate placed fourth in the 200 meters (29.25 seconds) and won both the 60-meter hurdles (9.84) and the high jump (4-10.5) for Franklin College in the Robert H. Johnson Invitational.

 

 

Michael Fox

The Shelbyville graduate finished 12th in the one-mile run for Manchester Friday in the Friday Night Spikes Opener at Rose-Hulman.

Fox crossed the finish line in 5:01.31.

 

 

Konrad Dorsey

The Shelbyville graduate finished 51st in the 60 meters (7.73) and 47th in the 200 (25.17) for Trine Saturday in Angola, Indiana, at the Sean Brady Alumni Invitational.

 

 

Jacob Batten

The Morristown graduate placed 21st in the 800 (2:15.76) for Trine Saturday in the Sean Brady Alumni Invitational.

 

 

Madisen Hinderliter

The Shelbyville graduate placed 17th in the women's weight throw (41-3) for Trine Saturday in the Sean Brady Alumni Invitational hosted by Trine University.

 

 

Kilikina Schultz

The Shelbyville graduate finished seventh in the 60-meter hurdles (10.59) and 14th in the 200 (29.95) for Muskingum University Saturday in the school’s first ever indoor track and field meet at the Bullock Health and Wellness Complex in New Concord, Ohio.

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Girls basketball state tournament pairings show to air Sunday

The Indiana High School Athletic Association will broadcast the 48th Annual IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament Pairings Show Sunday at 5 p.m.

The two-hour show will be hosted by Bob Lovell and Greg Rakestraw and streamed exclusively on IHSAAtv.org.

Complete pairings will be available at IHSAA.org following the broadcast.

 Class 4A, Sectional 14

William L. Garrett Gymnasium at Shelbyville High School will be the host site for the 2023 girls basketball sectional.

The host Golden Bears (12-8) will compete against Franklin (12-5), Whiteland (12-8), East Central (14-9), Columbus East (12-7) and Columbus North (12-8).

Class 2A, Sectional 42

Class 2A, No. 15 Triton Central is the host school for this five-team sectional.

The host Tigers (15-4) will battle for a sectional championship with 2A No. 7 Eastern Hancock (16-3), Irvington Prep (1-8), Indianapolis Riverside (2-12) and Indianapolis Scecina (10-9).

Class A, Sectional 60

Seven teams will vie for a sectional title at Southwestern High School.

Joining the host Spartans (4-15) are Jac-Cen-Del (10-10), Morristown (9-10), South Decatur (7-11), Oldenburg Academy (9-8), Waldron (4-15) and Edinburgh (6-14).

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Late run propels Whiteland over Shelbyville

Whiteland used a 25-8 run over the final two quarters to top Shelbyville, 58-55, Wednesday.

The Golden Bears (12-8) led 28-25 at halftime but struggled offensively after the program’s career scoring leader, Kylee Edwards, injured her ankle late in the third quarter and left the game.

Sukhman Bains made a near half-court three-pointer just before the buzzer to end the third quarter and the Warriors (12-8) outscored Shelbyville 18-8 over the final eight minutes.

For Bains, it was her only points of the game. Gwen Higdon finished with 19 points. Carly VonDielingen had 18.

The Warriors made six 3s in the game – three in the final quarter to secure the program’s first winning season since 2019.

Ava Wilson led Shelbyville with 21 points. Abby Brenner had 14 – 11 in the second half.

Edwards finished with 13 points, all scored in the first half.

Shelbyville closes out its Hoosier Heritage Conference schedule Saturday at Delta (6-11).

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Shelbyville tops Franklin Central for third-straight win

With its leading scorer in foul trouble early, Shelbyville teetered on the brink of being left behind by a one-win Franklin Central squad.

On Tuesday at William L. Garrett Gymnasium, Shelbyville rallied from an early 10-point deficit, built a 7-point lead of its own then had to hold off a furious rally from the Flashes to secure a 60-57 victory.

The Golden Bears have won three games in a row for the first time in nearly a year to improve to 7-8 this season. Franklin Central fell to 1-11.

“This is fun. This is fun,” said Shelbyville head coach John Hartnett. “It’s fun seeing our guys happy. It’s fun seeing them come together. The past three games, even four with the Greensburg game, they have been playing together and that’s the most important part that this group needs to get. They need to play and stick together regardless of what happens. They are a very tough team when they are together.”

Franklin Central was a dangerous team despite its ugly win-loss record accumulated by playing the toughest schedule in the state. And when Ollie Sandman (17.2 ppg) went to the Shelbyville bench with three fouls with 2:56 left in the first quarter, the Flashes found themselves opening up a lead.

With four made three-pointers in the opening quarter, Franklin Central led 18-15 at the first break. That advantage grew to 25-15 early in the second quarter and Sandman had to return to the floor.

“We were thinking on the scoring side,” said Harnett of returning Sandman to the floor with three fouls. “We switched to a zone to try and limit him picking up any sort of foul but we were thinking on the scoring end, trying to put some points on the board and hang around with this team.”

Damon Badgley, who hit the game-winning shot Saturday afternoon at Pendleton Heights, scored nine points in the first quarter to keep Shelbyville close. The sophomore hit a pair of free throws to end Franklin Central’s 7-0 run in the second quarter.

Aidan Asher followed with a corner 3 and Jackson Parker was fouled and hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 28-22.

Badgley added a corner 3 of his own with 44 seconds left in the first half and Parker heaved a quick 3 after a mad scramble that went in as the horn sounded to give the Golden Bears’ momentum and just a two-point deficit at halftime.

The two teams traded the lead throughout the third quarter before Sandman connected on back-to-back 3s late to give the Golden Bears a 44-37 lead at the break.

The Flashes got hot again from behind the 3-point arc and scored eight straight points to take a 48-47 lead just past the mid-point of the fourth quarter.

The two teams traded baskets again before Badgley drove to the rim, scored and was fouled. He hit the free throw to give his team a 52-50 lead it would not relinquish.

Joshua Moriarty made his fifth 3 of the game to cut into Shelbyville’s lead then scored on a reverse layin with 13 seconds left to make it 58-57.

Asher was immediately fouled and calmly sank two free throws to set the final score.

“When Aidan Asher is confident, he is a big, big contributor to our team,” said Hartnett. “He knows as a senior this is his last go around. We are trying to see what all we can get out of him. We got a lot out of him in the summer and we were testing him earlier in the season. He is earning these minutes every single chance he can get. Tonight, he really showed he is a part of this ball team and he will be needed to get this done.”

Franklin Central missed two contested 3s in the final seconds.

The Flashes shot 47% from the field and hit 10 of 23 3s (43%). Moriarty finished with a team-high 19 points. Dhani Flannigan had 10 points, six rebounds and two assists.

Badgley led Shelbyville with 21 points. Sandman finished with 14. Luke Brinkman and Asher each had nine points.

Franklin Central won the junior varsity game 40-35. Brody Runnebohm led Shelbyville with 12 points.

The Golden Bears are at Greenfield-Central (11-1) Saturday night.

 

Shelbyville 60, Franklin Central 57

FC – Moriarty 7-12 0-0 19, Hoover 1-5 0-0 3, Flannigan 4-12 0-0 10, Crockett 1-5 0-2 2, Tiwana 2-4 1-1 5, Helm 4-6 0-0 8, Hazelett III 2-3 0-0 6, Nicholson 2-2 0-2 4. Totals: 23-49 1-5 57.

SH – Sandman 4-11 3-3 14, Badgley 5-12 8-8 21, Brinkman 3-3 1-2 9, Parker 1-2 2-2 5, Claxton 0-2 2-3 2, Lambert 0-2 0-2 0, Asher 3-4 2-2 9. Totals: 16-36 18-22 60.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

FC (1-11)  18  12    7  20  -- 57

SH (7-8)    15  13  16  16  --  60

Three-point field goals: FC 10-23 (Moriarty 5-9, Hoover 1-3, Flannigan 2-7, Crockett 0-2, Hazelett III 2-2), SH 10-20 (Sandman 3-6, Badgley 3-7, Brinkman 2-2, Parker 1-2, Claxton 0-1, Asher 1-2). Rebounds: FC 21 (Moriarty 2, Hoover 1, Flannigan 6, Crockett 1, Tiwana 4, Helm 4, Hazelett III 2, Nicholson 1), SH 19 (Sandman 2, Badgley 3, Brinkman 5, Parker 4, Claxton 2, Lambert 1, Asher 2). Assists: FC 16 (Moriarty 3, Hoover 7, Flannigan 2, Crockett 2, Helm 1, Nicholson 1), SH 9 (Badgley 1, Brinkman 2, Parker 4, Claxton 1, Lambert 1). Steals: FC 1 (Nicholson 1), SH 1 (Claxton 1). Blocks: GC 3 (Helm 1, Hazelett III 1, Nicholson 1), SH 2 (Sandman 1, Parker 1). Total fouls: FC 23, SH 13. Turnovers: FC 9, SH 13.

JV

Franklin Central 40, Shelbyville 35

FC – Naessens 11, DePalma 10, Moore 6, Back 6, Thompson 5, Smith 2.

SH – Runnebohm 12, Reed 8, West 8, Myers 6.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

FC  7  13  10  10  --  40

SH  3  10    9  13  --  35

 

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Prep Report: Shelbyville boys swimming falls just short of Senior Night win over Greenwood

Shelbyville boys swimming came up five points short of securing a Senior Night win Tuesday against Greenwood.

At Shelbyville, the Woodmen prevailed 79-74 over the Golden Bears.

Greenwood put together a 119-54 win in the girls meet.

In the boys meet, Shelbyville earned first-place points in the 200 medley relay (Will Rife, Trey Carrell, Tristin Maloney and Andrew Duffy), the 50 freestyle (Carrell), 100 freestyle (Carrell), and 500 freestyle (Rife).

Collecting runner-up finishes were Elijah von Werder in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Rife in the 50 freestyle, Maloney in the 100 butterfly and Duffy in the 100 breaststroke.

Shelbyville won two events in the girls meet.

Riley Everette touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle.

Maiah Helfer-Vazquez (photo) set a new personal best (202.1 points) in winning the diving competition.

Scoring runner-up points for the Golden Bears were Everette in the 100 butterfly, Naomi Garringer in the 100 freestyle and Miriam Garringer in the 100 breaststroke.

Shelbyville returns to the pool Thursday at Greenfield-Central.

In other prep events Tuesday:

Girls basketball

Morristown 47, Greenwood Christian 16

At Morristown, the visiting Cougars (2-15) scored no more than five points in any of the four quarters against the Yellow Jackets.

Morristown improved to 9-10 this season after starting the season 0-6.

The Yellow Jackets host Hauser (9-8) Thursday at the Bee Hive. Hauser head coach Kyle Shipp, the former Whiteland girls basketball coach and Shelbyville assistant athletic director, is seeking career win No. 100 Thursday.

Southwestern 57, Herron 30

At Southwestern, the host Spartans got out to an 18-8 lead after one quarter and never trailed the rest of the game.

Four different Spartans scored in double figures, led by 12 points from Cy Stockdale. Tanna Tatlock and McKinley Correll each had 11 and Riley Engel finished with 10 to improve Southwestern to 4-15 this season.

Jada Wright led Herron (7-9) with eight points.

Southwestern won the junior varsity game, 46-5.

Katelynn Coffman scored a game-high 18 points for Southwestern. Eight different Spartans scored in the victory.

Southwestern hosts Edinburgh (6-14) Friday in a girls/boys varsity-only doubleheader.

Triton Central 50, Covenant Christian 22

At Triton Central, the Class 2A, No. 15 Tigers outscored Covenant Christian 21-2 in the second quarter to build a 31-8 halftime advantage.

Maryrose Felling hit a trio of three-pointers in the third quarter to help Triton Central (15-4) cruise to the victory. Felling led TC with 23 points.

Lizzie Graham had 11 points and Hallie Schweitzer finished with nine.

Ella Crane topped Covenant Christian (5-14) with 10 points.

Triton Central returns to action Friday for the 15th Annual Pink Out Game against Tri-West (5-14).

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Hoosier Horsepower is Booming

It’s not just auto racing and paved tracks that are making investments in the state of Indiana. Another type of Hoosier Horsepower is making a big impact as well. The horse racing industry is a big business for the state of Indiana, touching all 92 counties.

The newly-released results of a recent economic impact analysis, conducted by Purdue University, show the Indiana agri-business industry of horse racing has more than doubled in the past decade. The racing and breeding business linked to horse racing has now reached just under the $2 billion mark of economic impact.

The Indiana General Assembly laid the footprint for success nearly 30 years ago to grow the agri-business industry in Indiana by creating jobs, increasing goods and services sold in Indiana, and subsequently increasing tax revenues.

 

 

Purdue University’s study was a joint effort between all entities associated with Indiana horse racing, including the Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Associations, Indiana Horse Racing Breed Development, and racetrack ownership. Like prior studies, detailed surveys were circulated by Purdue University to those involved in racing, covering all aspects of the industry including breeding farms, training facilities, racetrack operations, and other impacted businesses in between.

“As a group, we identified there has been a significant increase in participation in our industry, but we didn’t know the exact impact on the state,” said John DeLong, President of the Indiana Standardbred Association. “Seeing the results from this survey is very enlightening and encouraging to our organization which has worked hard to boost Standardbred racing in the state. We are set to host the prestigious Breeders Crown for a third time in 2023, which only strengthens us as one of the most viable options in Standardbred racing.”

One of the most staggering statistics was the amount of investment in the state. The report noted between 2007 and 2020, a 59.2% increase in horses owned, trained or bred. Another statistic showed 25.1% of the information reported resulted in an increase in Indiana-owned property with an additional 47.9% representing an increase in invested equipment directly related to horse racing.

“We have seen a lot of new farm development in recent years, especially around Horseshoe Indianapolis,” said Joe Davis, President of the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. “This survey solidifies what we expected to see based on our growing numbers in racing and breeding operations. Plus, these facilities are directly impacting their local communities by hiring additional workforce, purchasing supplies, and bringing tax dollars to the state. We knew there had been a significant increase in our industry but had no idea it had amounted to $2 billion.”

“Our annual fall sale has shown significant increases over the past few years and the number of new owners is growing immensely,” said Tom Mosley, President of the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. “We are adding new stallions and brood mares to our program each year, which has elevated the quality of our breeding program. It’s exciting to see this surge of interest in our business.”

“We have seen a lot of investment in the Indiana Quarter Horse racing industry just in the past five years,” added Paul Martin, President of the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana. “The Quarter Horse breed is one of the most popular in the state through several disciplines, from pleasure riding to rodeo activities, including the popular barrel racing circuit. It’s encouraging to see some of those people starting to branch out into the racing end of our breed. Our hosting of the Bank of America Challenge Championships this past fall, the industry’s premier event, boosted our awareness on a national level and increased interest in our program in Indiana.”

The most recent study on the economic impact of Horse Racing in Indiana encompasses mature business levels since the implementation of casino gaming at the tracks, which includes the addition of table games at the two racetracks in 2020. The continued growth of the Indiana equine agri-business that has been shown at each benchmark, in direct proportion, proves positive when looking towards the future and the implementation of further gaming opportunities.”

 

 

“We are committed to bringing the Indiana horse racing industry to a higher level,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of Racing for Caesars Entertainment, which includes both Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Horseshoe Indianapolis. “Our goal is to continue to elevate all three breeds into the national conversation of horse racing. We work closely with the horsemen organizations to ensure we are traveling in the right direction at all times. Our relationship with these groups is imperative to continue the growth of our industry. Our collaboration with the horsemen and horsewomen in this state, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and the Breed Development programs is second to none in the United States, and we are not done yet. Our racing team is devoted to the success of horse racing in Indiana and seeing the results of this survey proves we are headed in the right direction.”

Indiana horse racing has been included at the county fair level since the late 1800s. Racing for equine athletes has been a staple at the Indiana State Fair annually since the 1930s. The implementation of pari-mutuel racing to the state in 1994 has increased the participation and development of breeding and racing programs in the state.

Standardbred racing is now held annually for a 160-day racing meet at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Anderson with all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing held at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville for a 123-day season.

Additionally, county fair racing is conducted at locations throughout the state from June until October, showcasing the Standardbred breed in additional venues. Horses associated with racing are located in all 92 counties of Indiana.

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Prep Report: Morristown gymnastics tops Shelbyville, Indianapolis Lutheran

With Oakleigh Goedde and Remi Spicklemire finishing second and third, respectively, in the all-around competition, Morristown gymnastics defeated Shelbyville and Indianapolis Lutheran Monday night at the Bee Hive.

Lutheran’s Penelope Morrow won the all-around with a score of 31.85.

Goedde was runner-up at 31.0, followed by Spicklemire (28.2), Shelbyville’s Renee Aldridge (27.05) and Ella Griggs (26.175) and Morristown’s Kaelee Trittipo (24.425).

Morrow and Goedde each won two individual events Monday.

Goedde earned first-place ribbons in the vault (8.45) and floor exercise (8.2).

Morrow won the uneven bars (8.175) and balance beam (7.375) events.

Goedde finished second (7.2) on the uneven bars ahead of Aldridge, Spicklemire, Griggs and Trittipo.

 

 

Goedde also finished second (7.15) on the balance beam ahead of Griggs, Spicklemire, Shelbyville’s Faye-Lynn Voss, and Aldridge.

In the vault, Goedde and Morrow (8.375) were followed by Spicklemire, Voss, Aldridge and Trittipo.

Goedde was followed in the floor exercise standings by Morrow (7.925), Spicklemire, Voss, Aldridge and Shelbyville’s Bailee Frazier.

Morristown’s 83.625 points topped Shelbyville (78.025) and Lutheran (54.45).

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Badgley delivers game winner in Shelbyville's HHC victory over Pendleton Heights

PENDLETON – Damon Badgley hit the game-winning three-pointer from the top of the key Saturday afternoon with 10 seconds left to give Shelbyville a 58-55 conference win over Pendleton Heights.

Ollie Sandman drew two defenders and the senior found Badgley wide open (photo) to his left. Badgley missed an opportunity to hit a 3 from nearly the same spot only seconds earlier but did not miss on a second look.

“That last play we drew up was a ball screen for Ollie,” said Shelbyville head coach John Hartnett. “We knew they were going to double (team) him. We told (Damon) he was the big man in this situation but you are not going to roll. You are going to pop out and if they double (Ollie), you will get a wide open shot … and they did and he hit it.”

The Golden Bears, winners of four of their last six games, improved to 6-8 overall and 1-3 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference standings.

Shelbyville earned the win at Pendleton Heights Middle School with its most complete performance of the season. The Golden Bears shot 51% from the field, 50% from the 3-point line, hit 7 of 8 free throws in the final quarter and outrebounded the Arabians (5-9, 0-4 HHC).

“That was a collective team effort to get that done,” admitted Hartnett.

The Golden Bears needed a fast start and Sandman made that happen. He hit a trio of 3s in the first quarter to get his team a 16-15 lead at the first break.

Pendleton Heights’ leading scorer Josiah Gustin made his presence known in the second quarter, scoring six points and handing out two assists while shadowing Sandman with his six-foot, seven-inch frame.

Four different Golden Bears scored in the quarter to keep the lead at halftime, 28-27.

“We hit some big 3s to start the game,” said Hartnett. “We’re a team that has to hit outside shots. When we hit shots, we are hard to compete against.”

 

 

Luke Brinkman (photo) hit a pair of 3s in the third quarter to help Shelbyville open up a 41-33 lead going into the fourth.

The lead grew to 48-38 after a Sandman drive to the rim and score with just over six minutes on the clock.

Pendleton Heights finally found the range from outside the 3-point line. Hunter Suchyna’s 3 sparked a 12-2 run that cut Shelbyville’s lead to 52-50 with two minutes to go.

Caden Claxton hit a pair of free throws to push the lead to four but Evan Mozingo’s 3 from the wing got the Arabians as close as they were at halftime.

Claxton hit one of two free throws at the other end of the floor then Isaac Wilson drove to the rim and scored to tie the game at 55-all with 48 seconds left.

Shelbyville was able to get into position for one final shot and Sandman, who was 5 of 7 from the arc in the game, was the obvious defensive target. He used that to his advantage to get Badgley a great look. The sophomore finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists.

 

 

Sandman (photo) had 20 points, three assists and two rebounds and pushed his career scoring total to 891 points. He is on pace to become the 10th Golden Bear to eclipse 1,000 career points.

Claxton had 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Mozingo led Pendleton Heights with 13 points and four rebounds. Gustin finished with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Pendleton Heights won the junior varsity game, 66-53.

Joseph Estes scored 22 of his team-high 24 points in the first half for Pendleton Heights.

Brody Runnebohm scored 25 points for Shelbyville. Jack West had 13 and Kohen Myers finished with 11.

Shelbyville hosts Franklin Central (1-10) Tuesday at Garrett Gymnasium.

Steve Bush photos

 

Shelbyville 58, Pendleton Heights 55

SH – Sandman 6-9 3-3 10, Badgley 4-8 0-0 10, Brinkman 2-4 2-2 8, Parker 0-2 0-2 0, Claxton 2-8 7-8 12, Lambert 3-3 0-0 6, Asher 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 18-35 12-15 58.

PH – Wilson 3-6 4-5 10, Cookston 3-5 1-1 7, Kanitz 0-0 1-2 1, Mozingo 5-12 2-2 13, Caplinger 2-2 0-0 4, Gustin 5-7 2-5 12, Ca. Sims 2-3 0-0 5, Estes 0-0 0-0 0, Suchyna 1-1 0-0 3. Totals: 21-36 10-15 55.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

SH (6-8)  16  12  13  17  --  58

PH (5-9)  15  12    6  22  --  55

Three-point field goals: SH 10-20 (Sandman 5-7, Badgley 2-4, Brinkman 2-4, Parker 0-1, Claxton 1-4), PH 3-13 (Wilson 0-3, Cookston 0-1, Mozingo 1-6, Ca. Sims 1-2, Suchyna 1-1). Rebounds: SH 19 (Sandman 2, Badgley 5, Brinkman 1, Parker 3, Claxton 5, Lambert 2, Asher 1), PH 16 (Wilson 3, Mozingo 4, Caplinger 1, Gustin 5, Ca. Sims 3). Assists: SH 12 (Sandman 3, Badgley 2, Brinkman 1, Parker 2, Claxton 3, Lambert 1), PH 11 (Wilson 2, Cookston 1, Kanitz 1, Caplinger 1, Gustin 5, Suchyna 1). Steals: SH 3 (Sandman 1, Brinkman 1, Parker 1), PH 3 (Mozingo 1, Caplinger 1, Suchyna 1). Blocks: SH 1 (Parker 1), PH 1 (Gustin 1). Total fouls: SH 17, PH 14. Turnovers: SH 9, PH 10.

JV

Pendleton Heights 66, Shelbyville 53

SH – Runnebohm 25, West 13, Myers 11, Isaacs 2, Owens 2.

PH – Estes 24, Eikenberry 8, Jones 7, Baker 6, Ca. Sims 4, Fox 4, Suchyna 3, Bronnenberg 3, Co. Sims 3, Hannaford 2.

SCORE BY QUARTERS
SH  12    7  17  17  --  53

PH  17  20  11  18  -- 66

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Wrestling: Shelbyville's Harker, Triton Central's Ball crowned conference champions

Shelbyville’s Jacob Harker and Triton Central’s Hadyn Ball were crowned conference wrestling champions Saturday.

Harker (photo) won the Hoosier Heritage Conference’s 285-pound weight class with a 3-0 record.

Harker opened the day at New Castle High School with a 68-second pinfall victory over Yorktown’s Isaiah Hopkins.

In the semifinal round, Harker pinned New Castle’s Braydwn Bennett in 2:12.

With a 5-3 victory over Greenfield-Central’s Brayden Fleener, Harker earned his first HHC championship.

Greenfield-Central, ranked No. 13 in the Class 3A state poll, held off 2A No. 2 Delta, 226.5-208.5, to claim the HHC title.

Shelbyville finished seventh in the team standings.

Ethan Watkins also advanced for Shelbyville into the championship round. Watkins, competing at 132 pounds, pinned Greenfield-Central’s J.J. Harlow in 3:15 and Pendleton Heights’ Alex Heineman in 49 seconds.

Watkins was defeated by Delta’s Dalton Tuttle in the championship match.

Also for Shelbyville, Carson Linville placed third at 182 pounds and Jaylen Eads (126 pounds), Andrew Burton (152) and Luke Dwyer (220) finished fifth in their respective brackets.

Shelbyville is at Rushville Thursday for a dual match.

 

 

Ball (photo) only needed two wins to capture the Indiana Crossroads Conference championship at 220 pounds Saturday at Beech Grove High School.

Ball opened the event with a 45-second pinfall of Scecina’s Leonardo Romo. The Triton Central senior received a forfeit win in the semifinals.

In the championship, Ball defeated Lutheran’s Jack Beard, 3-0.

Four more Tigers reached the championship round.

At 106 pounds, Ayden Nufio lost to Monrovia’s Gavin Ash, ranked 11th in the latest state poll. Nufio accepted a forfeit in his opening round match then defeated Cascade’s Logan Schnarr, 10-2, in the semifinal round.

Braxton Zimmerman defeated Monrovia’s Jake Hampton, 3-0, and Speedway’s Austin Turnquist, first period pinfall, to advance to the championship at 126 pounds.

Cascade’s Dominic McFeeley defeated Zimmerman to claim the ICC title.

At 182 pounds, Lucas Kleeman pinned Beech Grove’s Jacob Conaway in 2:25 and advanced past Cascade’s Liam Farmer via disqualification to reach the final round.

Lutheran’s Joe Davis topped Kleeman, 8-2, for the title.

And at 195 pounds, Andrew Bailey scored two victories before losing to Beech Grove’s Julius Florence, 11-3, in the championship.

Bailey pinned Lutheran’s Gage Meaney in 1:41 then topped Speedway’s Miles Miller, 5-4.

Triton Central also got fourth-place finishes from Dayne Bailey (132), Bohdan Rollo (160), Trevor Ashman (170) and Austin Myers (285).

Cascade, ranked No. 2 in the Class A poll, won the ICC title with 251 points. Monrovia was runner-up at 246. Beech Grove finished third (230) and Triton Central was fourth (158.5).

The Tigers travel to Indianapolis Ritter Saturday for the Ritter Invitational.

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Prep Report: Southwestern defeats Brown County to earn first win of season

Chris Ingles walked into a dark lockerroom Friday to find his team waiting to ambush him and celebrate his first coaching victory.

Southwestern hit 27 of 41 free-throw attempts to defeat Brown County, 56-49.

The Spartans improved to 1-11 this season and got Ingels his first victory as a head coach.

The game was close throughout but the Spartans hit 13 of 21 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Ben Kahler led Southwestern with 19 points. Conner Jewell had 10 and Eli Stone finished with nine.

Cash Harden topped Brown County (0-12) with 17 points. Matt Horn had 16.

The Eagles finished 8 of 11 from the free throw line.

Southwestern nearly put together a two-game win streak Saturday but came up short to South Decatur, 64-60 in overtime.

The Spartans hit 10 three-pointers in the loss, including four in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime tied at 57-all.

Jacob Scruggs scored five of his game-high 26 points in overtime to lead the Cougars (8-5, 3-1 MHC) to the win. Dale Peters finished with 16 points.

Carter Snepp his four 3s on the way to a team-high 18 points for Southwestern (1-12, 0-2 MHC). Kahler finished with 12 points and Matt Clements had 10.

The Spartans travel Friday to Class 3A, No. 9 Scottsburg (12-2).

In other prep basketball games:

Boys basketball

Triton Central 84, Milan 55

At Triton Central, five Tigers scored in double figures to lead Triton Central to its 11th win of the season.

Silas Blair finished with a game-high 19 points. Eli Sego followed with 15. Max Crouse had 14 while Luke Faust and Isaac Morgan scored 13 and 12, respectively.

Triton Central (11-3) scored at least 20 points in three of the four quarters.

Micah Norman and Ben Riehle each scored 15 points to lead Milan (3-9).

Triton Central returns to Indiana Crossroads Conference competition Saturday at Class A, No. 5 Indianapolis Lutheran (8-3).

Jac-Cen-Del 52, Waldron 46

At Jac-Cen-Del, Lucas Mitchell scored 24 points but the Mohawks (6-7) could not overcome a potential sectional opponent in Class A, No. 13 Jac-Cen-Del (8-6).

Lucas Shaw added 11 points for Waldron.

The Mohawks host Hauser (6-7) Friday.

Rushville 59, Morristown 34

At Morristown, the host Yellow Jackets struggled in the second quarter Friday which allowed Rushville to open up a 24-10 halftime advantage. After an even third quarter, the Lions outscored Morristown, 19-6 over the final eight minutes to seal the win.

Kameron Morton led Rushville (3-9) with 16 points. Nick Jarman had 12 points.

Jameson Palmer led Morristown (1-12) with 15 points. Mathew Carlton added 12.

On Saturday, Hauser held the Yellow Jackets to less than 10 points over the final three quarters to pull away for a 72-36 victory.

Palmer led the Yellow Jackets with 21 points.

The Jets improved to 6-7 while Morristown fell to 1-13.

Morristown hosts North Decatur (9-4) Friday.

Girls basketball

Mt. Vernon 56, Shelbyville 33

At Shelbyville, Ellery Minch scored a game-high 22 points to keep the visiting Marauders (13-6, 4-0 Hoosier Heritage Conference) unbeaten against HHC foes.

Ava Wilson topped Shelbyville (12-7, 1-5 HHC) with 19 points.

Kylee Edwards finished with 12 points to push her program career scoring record to 1,507 points. She is the first girl in Golden Bears history to surpass 1,500 career points.

Shelbyville travels Wednesday to Whiteland (11-8).

Morristown 37, Edinburgh 15

At Morristown, the host Yellow Jackets collected their third win in six days with a Mid-Hoosier Conference victory over the Lancers (6-13, 0-2 MHC).

Raegan Kleine led Morristown (8-10, 3-2 MHC) with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three steals.

Danika Rutledge had nine points, 12 rebounds and five steals. Maggie Lutes had five points and nine rebounds.

Morristown hosts Greenwood Christian (2-14) Tuesday.

Eastern Hancock 84, Waldron 28

At Waldron, the Class 2A, No. 9 Royals hit nine 3s to improve to 16-3 this season.

Sammie Bolding led Eastern Hancock with 21 points. Grace Stapleton finished with 18 and Mackenzie O’Neal added 16.

Alivia Fischer led Waldron (4-15) with 10 points. Cendall Sheaffer finished with eight points.

Waldron hosts New Palestine (8-10) Thursday.

Jac-Cen-Del 58, Southwestern 18

At Jac-Cen-Del, the host Eagles got off to a fast start and had three players score in double figures to defeat the Spartans.

Julia Meyer scored a game-high 19 points and Reagan Hughes and Olivia Neal scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, to lead Jac-Cen-Del (9-10).

McKinley Correll led Southwestern (3-15) with eight points.

Southwestern hosts Herron (7-7) Tuesday.

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Cross country state tournaments reduced by one week

The Indiana High School Athletic Association Executive Committee voted to change the Boys and Girls Cross Country State Tournaments from a four-week format to a three-week format.

The decision Thursday was one of three rules proposals acted upon after being formally presented last month by the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (IATCCC).

By an 11-6 vote, next fall’s state tournament will be contested on three consecutive Saturdays and begin one week later than previously scheduled. Sectional races will be on Oct. 14, regionals on Oct. 21 and the state finals on Oct. 28.

 

 

Since 2014, the cross country tournaments had been run on four consecutive Saturdays with sectionals, regionals, semistates and state finals.

The new format calls for 25 sectionals and five regionals feeding into the state finals while eliminating the semistate round. The top five teams and top 15 individuals not on a qualifying team will advance from each round to the next.

Host sites and sectional assignments will be announced this summer.

“Today was the culmination of several years of discussion around issues within the cross country tournaments,” said IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig in a media release. “The three-week tournament will provide more balance at the sectional level, resulting in a more competitive state tournament. The new format will advance 42 additional runners in each race at the state finals. We greatly appreciate the partnership with the state coaches association in developing this new format.”

Two other proposals from the coaches association were unanimously approved including awarding medals to the top 25 finishers in both state meets and creating a common track entry platform that all meets must use throughout the season.

Triton Central's 12-game win streak ends at historic Memorial Gymnasium

KOKOMO – The inability to deliver a knockout blow cost Class 2A, No. 13 Triton Central its 12-game win streak.

Aviannah Pollard splashed her fourth three-pointer of the game with 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lead Kokomo to a 49-48 win in the first-ever meeting between the two girls basketball programs.

Hallie Schweitzer missed a one-and-bonus free throw with six seconds left and the Tigers were hampered by a 10-for-17 performance (59%) from the free-throw line in the loss.

“It was a game of runs,” said Triton Central head coach Bryan Graham. “They weathered our storm and fought back. We weathered their storm and it went down to the final seconds. This will help us get better for the long stretch here at the end going into the sectional.”

Schweitzer finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Triton Central (14-4) was led by Brooklyn Bailey, who had a stellar first quarter, with 19 points and seven rebounds. The junior center had 12 points in the opening eight minutes, going 5-for-5 from the field, to push the Tigers to an 18-9 lead.

“She was on fire early,” admitted Graham.

The Wildkats (8-11), who entered the game on a six-game losing streak, settled down in the second quarter and turned a 21-9 deficit into a 26-25 lead just before halftime.

“They got a lot more aggressive on defense. They were face-guarding Lizzie (Graham) and Maryrose (Felling) and we got kind of complacent,” said Bryan Graham. “We talked about that at halftime and started doing better with that. We have to learn to do that, quite frankly, quicker.”

 

 

Schweitzer hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to stake the Tigers to a 28-26 lead at the break.

A 6-0 run by Triton Central in the third quarter was countered by a barrage of 3s from a Kokomo team shooting just 22% from the 3-point arc.

Pollard hit back-to-back 3s to tie the game at 34-all and Regan McClain followed with another 3 for the lead. Delaney Truax added a fourth 3 to give Kokomo a 40-36 lead after three quarters.

Bailey and Graham combined to score seven straight points to start the fourth quarter.

Kokomo battled back to take a 46-45 lead with 2:27 to go.

Bailey put the Tigers on top 47-46 and Schweitzer hit a free throw with 26 seconds left to make it 48-46.

Pollard was 6-for-26 from the 3-point line entering the game but hit 4 of 6 against the Tigers, including the game winner.

Kokomo won the junior varsity game, 42-29.

Bella Ball led Triton Central with eight points and eight rebounds. Jocelyn Firebaugh finished with seven points, six rebounds, four assists and eight steals.

The Tigers return to the court Tuesday against Covenant Christian (5-13).

Notes: Kokomo calls Memorial Gymnasium (photo) home. The arena was opened on Oct. 20, 1949, and has served as the home court for four state championship basketball teams. Upon its opening, it became the largest gymnasium of its kind in the world with capacity for more than 7,000 spectators. Today, the seating capacity is 5,224 but still maintains the look and feel of a 70-year-old gymnasium. Kokomo will travel to Fairland next season to complete the home-and-home series. … Due to injuries, Triton Central dressed just seven players for the JV game including manager Allie Peterson, who played basketball in middle school. Peterson hit a pair of free throws in the loss.

 

Kokomo 49, Triton Central 48

TC – Schweitzer 4-13 2-6 11, Graham 3-7 0-0 7, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Felling 0-2 2-2 2, Bailey 8-11 3-5 19, Harris 0-2 2-3 2, Ross 2-3 1-1 5. Totals: 18-40 10-17 48.

KO – White 2-7 0-2 4, Elliott 3-7 0-0 6, McClain 5-11 1-2 14, Pollard 4-6 0-0 12, Drake 2-15 0-0 4, Truax 3-5 0-0 7, Stewart 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 20-53 1-4 49.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

TC (14-4)  18  10    8  12  --  48

KO (8-11)    9  17  14    9  --  49

Three-point field goals: TC 2-6 (Schweitzer 1-1, Graham 1-3, Brown 0-1, Harris 0-1), KO 8-26 (White 0-1, Elliott 0-1, McClain 3-7, Pollard 4-6, Drake 0-8, Truax 1-3). Rebounds: TC 26 (Schweitzer 9, Graham 1, Brown 1, Felling 5, Bailey 7, Harris 2, Ross 1), KO 30 (White 5, Elliott 7, McClain 10, Pollard 2, Geyton 2, Drake 1, Truax 1, Stewart 2). Assists: TC 9 (Schweitzer 4, Brown 3, Harris 2), KO 11 (White 4, Elliott 1, McClain 2, Pollard 2, Drake 2). Steals: TC 1 (Bailey 1), KO 2 (White 1, Pollard 1). Blocks: TC 2 (Felling 1, Ross 1), KO 3 (White 1, Elliott 1, Drake 1). Total fouls: TC 9, KO 16. Fouled out: Drake (KO). Turnovers: TC 8, KO 9.

JV

Kokomo 42, Triton Central 29

TC: Ball 8, Firebaugh 7, Spall 5, Davis 3, Coen 2, Collins 2, Peterson 2.

KO: Kirby 14, Carpenter 9, Stroman 7, Stewart 4, Faison 2, Moore 2, Williams 2.

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Prep Report: Kleine breaks Morristown record in win over Beech Grove

In one of its more consistent performances of the season, Morristown steadily pulled away from Beech Grove Thursday for a 53-22 victory.

Raegan Kleine scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and added three assists and five steals. Now with 226 career steals, Kleine became the program’s career steals leader.

Danika Rutledge finished with a game-high 19 points and six rebounds to help Morristown improve to 7-10 after starting the season 0-6.

The Yellow Jackets led 10-4 after one quarter and 25-9 at halftime.

Mylee Boling led Beech Grove (8-8) with 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

Morristown will play its fourth game of the week Saturday against Edinburgh (6-12).

In other girls basketball games Thursday:

North Decatur 57, Southwestern 25

At Southwestern, Ella Kunz had 18 points and Madi Allen added 15 to lead the visiting Chargers (14-5).

North Decatur led 14-5 after one quarter and 21-8 at halftime.

McKinley Correll topped Southwestern (3-14) with 10 points.

North Decatur won the junior varsity game, 37-23. Katelynn Coffman led Southwestern with nine points.

The Spartans travel to Jac-Cen-Del (8-10), a potential sectional opponent, tonight.

South Decatur 60, Waldron 35

At South Decatur, the host Cougars had three players score in double figures to defeat the Mohawks.

Kiley Best led all scorers with 18 points. Makayla Somers and Molly Eden each finished with 10.

Emerson Lindsey hit a pair of three-pointers and led Waldron (4-14) with 10 points. Alivia Fischer finished with nine.

Waldron hosts Class 2A, No. 9 Eastern Hancock (15-3) Saturday.

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Golden Bear wrestler headed to state finals

Shelbyville High School’s Pacey Virden will wrestle for a state title Friday at Mooresville High School.

Virden, who finished runner-up at 195 pounds at the Warren Central Regional, is one of 16 girls chasing a state title in the 195-pound bracket at the Indiana High School Girls Wrestling 2023 State Finals.

In her first year wrestling, Virden stunned the No. 1 seed in her opening match at the regional to advance. She pinned Hamilton Southeastern’s Fanta Sall in 91 seconds.

In her second match, Virden pinned North Central’s Ja’Leese Taylor in 49 seconds (main photo) to get her into the championship match.

Southport’s Leah Soots pinned Virden in the championship match and will be in the opposite side of the bracket at the state finals.

Virden will face Penn’s Giuliana Reed in the round of 16 Friday. With a win, she would face either Kyndal Mellady of Western or Harlie Winningham of Jennings County in the round of 8.

Girls wrestling is categorized as an “emerging sport” by the Indiana High School Athletic Association. If the sport continues to grow, it will become a recognized sport under the IHSAA banner.

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Collegiate Update: Heath helps Hanover stay unbeaten in HCAC standings

Taylor Heath filled up the stat sheet coming off the bench Wednesday night for Hanover’s women’s basketball team in a 71-54 victory over Franklin College.

The Triton Central graduate finished with four points, two rebounds, five assists and three steals to keep the Panthers unbeaten against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents.

Hanover improved to 11-4 this season and 8-0 in HCAC games.

On Saturday, Hanover defeated Earlham College, 67-48. Heath had 10 points, three rebounds and three assists.

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

 

 

Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate had six points and one rebound Wednesday for Loyola in a 58-36 loss at Saint Joseph’s.

The loss dropped the Ramblers to 6-11 overall and 1-3 in the Atlantic 10.

On Saturday, Chandler had 10 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in Loyola’s 76-59 loss to Massachusetts.

 

 

Dylan Langkabel

The Morristown graduate collected eight points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots Wednesday in Marian’s 73-71 loss to St. Francis (Ind.).

The Knights fell to 14-4 overall and 4-4 in the Crossroads League standings.

On Saturday, Langkabel finished with 15 points, three rebounds, one steal and four assists in Marian’s 100-51 win over Goshen College.

 

 

Drake Moore

The Morristown graduate had 11 points, eight rebounds and one assist Saturday in Oakland City’s 72-66 overtime loss at West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

Oakland City is 7-10 this season.

 

 

Bella Larrison

The Waldron graduate had two points, two rebounds, one assist and one block Wednesday in Anderson’s 87-73 win over Defiance.

The Ravens (9-5, 5-2 HCAC) have won six straight games for the first time since the 2008-2009 season.

On Saturday, Larrison finished with two points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in Anderson’s 79-71 win at Franklin College.

 

 

Cameron Baker

The Shelbyville graduate finished third for Franklin College in the one-meter diving competition at the Colonel Classic, hosted by Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Baker totaled 231.95 points to help Franklin College to a runner-up finish in the swimming and diving event.

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Golden Bears need overtime to knock off Olympians

Shelbyville needed overtime to collect a second win this season over a potential sectional opponent.

Ollie Sandman (main photo) hit a tough 17-foot jumper from the wing with 48 seconds left in overtime to seal a 50-49 overtime win over Columbus East Tuesday at William L. Garrett Gymnasium.

Sandman finished with a game-high 22 points to get the Golden Bears to 5-8 this season.

Ben Sylva scored eight first-quarter points to lead the Olympians (1-8) to a 16-7 lead at the first break.

Sandman hit four straight three-pointers in the second quarter to get Shelbyville within 26-22 at halftime. All 11 of Shelbyville’s second-quarter shot attempts came from outside the 3-point arc – and that was an issue for Shelbyville head coach John Hartnett.

“We knew that if we just got some movement with our guards we could get into the paint almost anytime we wanted,” said Hartnett. “We were just worried (Pete) Coriden was a big presence down low. We told (Ethan Lambert) to be ready for the dump down for the layup. A couple times that worked.

“Tonight, we were actually bigger than some of the guards out there and I told our guys to use their strength and use their size and they did. We came out in the second half and started taking it to the basket a little more and we capitalized.”

Coriden scored in the low post to start the second-half scoring and push the Olympians’ lead to 28-22 before Shelbyville scored six straight points to tie the game.

 

 

Damon Badgley (photo) banked in an off-balance runner just outside the lane and got the Golden Bears their first field goal from inside the arc since midway through the first quarter.

Jackson Parker followed with a floater in the lane and Sandman scored on a fast-break layin after a Columbus East turnover.

Just over three minutes later, Badgley scored on a drive in the lane and hit the free throw for a 3-point play and Shelbyville’s first lead of the game.

Columbus East did not lead the rest of regulation.

With the game tied at 44, Shelbyville’s Luke Brinkman hit one of two free throws with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter to give the Golden Bears a 45-44 lead.

Coriden did the same with 36 seconds left to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Sylva, who led Columbus East with 18 points, hit a pair of free throws to start the overtime scoring.

 

 

Lambert (photo) made 1 of 2 free throws at the other end then scored on a slick slip pass from Brinkman to put Shelbyville up 48-47. Brinkman had four points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench against the Olympians.

Sylva added two more free throws with 2:40 left to put the Olympians up one last time.

Julius Dailey had a chance to add to the lead but missed two free throws with 78 seconds on the clock and Sandman hit the game winner 30 seconds later.

Shelbyville travels to Pendleton Heights (4-8, 0-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference) Saturday for an afternoon game starting at 1 p.m. Due to water damage at Pendleton Heights High School’s gymnasium, the game will be played at Pendleton Heights Middle School.

“We know Pendleton Heights is very capable of being a very good team,” said Hartnett. “They play a tough schedule. I told our guys don’t look at their record. … Kind of like tonight, I told our guys don’t overlook (Columbus East) and they proved it. You can’t overlook anybody when you come out here. You have to execute and get the job done.”

Steve Bush photos

 

Shelbyville 50, Columbus East 49

CE – Sylva 6-12 6-7 18, Reeves 1-3 0-0 3, Moravec 2-7 0-0 4, Dailey 2-7 1-3 6, P. Coriden 4-7 2-3 10, Fischvogt 2-3 2-2 8, Bumbalough 0-0 0-0 0, Wenzler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-39 11-15 49.

SH – Sandman 8-18 2-3 22, Badgley 3-10 3-3 9, Parker 2-5 0-0 4, Claxton 2-5 0-1 5, Lambert 1-1 1-2 3, Brinkman 1-5 1-2 4, Asher 1-1 0-0 3. Totals: 18-45 7-11 50.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

CE (1-8)  16  10    7  12    4  --  49

SH (5-8)    7  15  12  11    5  --  50

Three-point field goals: CE 4-11 (Reeves 1-3, Moravec 0-2, Dailey 1-3, Fischvogt 2-3), SH 7-27 (Sandman 4-14, Badgley 0-5, Parker 0-1, Claxton 1-3, Brinkman 1-3, Asher 1-1). Rebounds: CE 22 (Sylva 6, Moravec 1, Dailey 5, P. Coriden 6, Fischvogt 2, Bumbalough 2), SH 27 (Sandman 4, Badgley 3, Parker 7, Claxton 3, Lambert 4, Brinkman 6). Assists: CE 7 (Sylva 1, Reeves 1, Moravec 1, Dailey 3, P. Coriden 1), SH 9 (Sandman 1, Parker 3, Claxton 1, Brinkman 4). Steals: CE 3 (Sylva 1, Moravec 2), SH 1 (Brinkman 1). Blocks: CE 3 (Dailey 2, P. Coriden 1), SH 2 (Claxton 2). Total fouls: CE 15, SH 13. Turnovers: CE 6, SH 9.

JV

Columbus East 44, Shelbyville 42

CE: Fischvogt 9, D. Coriden 9, Lawson 6, Bumbalough 5, Reeves 4, Lobdell 4, Wenzler 4, VanEst 3.

SH: Myers 14, Reed 11, Runnebohm 8, Schene 5, West 4.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

CE  12    7  12  13  --  44

SH  14    9    8  11  --  42

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Prep Report: Golden Bears score road victory at Rushville

Behind 23 points from Kylee Edwards and 15 points from Abby Brenner, Shelbyville earned its first win over Rushville since Dec. 30, 2006.

With a 55-42 victory at Memorial Gymnasium Tuesday in Rushville, the Golden Bears improved to 12-6 and secured their first winning season since 2016.

Shelbyville led after each quarter to drop the Lions to 9-11 this season.

Shelbyville won the junior varsity game, 37-25, to improve to 12-3. Hannah Baker led the Golden Bears with 14 points. Ellie Keller had 10.

The Golden Bears host Mt. Vernon (12-5) Saturday afternoon.

In other prep events Tuesday:

Girls basketball

Triton Central 56, New Palestine 48

At Fairland, four different Tigers scored in double digits to secure the win over the Dragons (8-9).

Maryrose Felling scored a team-high 15 points to lead Class 2A, No. 13 Triton Central (14-3) to its 12th-straight victory.

Hallie Schweitzer finished with 14, Brooklyn Bailey had 11 and Lizzie Graham added 10 in the win.

The Tigers led 25-23 at halftime and answered any challenge from the Dragons in the second half.

Isabelle Gizzi led New Palestine with 23 points. Vivian Miller had 12.

Triton Central will put its win streak on the line Thursday at Kokomo (7-10).

North Decatur 53, Morristown 25

At North Decatur, the host Chargers (13-5, 3-0 Mid-Hoosier Conference) led 27-19 at halftime then outscored the Yellow Jackets 21-5 in the third quarter to pull away.

Danika Rutledge led Morristown (6-10, 2-2 MHC) with 12 points, four rebounds and three steals. Raegan Kleine had 11 points, six rebounds and four steals.

On Monday, Morristown defeated Southwestern, 60-27.

Kleine had a team-high 19 points and added six rebounds and six assists. Sara Essex finished with 12 points and two rebounds.

Southwestern dropped to 3-13.

Morristown continues a busy week Thursday against Beech Grove (8-7).

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Seniors lead Triton Central to Shelby County Boys Basketball Tournament title

Isaac Morgan scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the second quarter to propel Triton Central to a 68-54 victory Saturday night in the championship game of the Shelby County Tournament in Morristown.

Morgan helped the Tigers (10-3) outscore Waldron 17-7 in the quarter to build a 32-18 advantage.

Lucas Mitchell scored 16 of his 25 points in the third quarter but it was not enough to help the Mohawks (6-6) get any closer than 52-34 going into the final eight minutes.

Luke Faust had 10 points in the third quarter to keep the Tigers comfortably in the lead. Faust finished with 18 points seven rebounds and three assists.

Morgan was named the tournament’s MVP after his 25-point, four-rebound, three-assist performance. The senior had 19 points and three assists in Friday’s semifinal win over Morristown.

 

The Triton Central seniors, (from left) Hallie Schweitzer, Isaac Morgan, Lizzie Graham, Cooper Baugh, Riley Ross and Luke Faust, pose with the Shelby County Victory Bells Saturday in Morristown.

 

“I am really proud of the seniors here and the way the young guys played around them,” said Triton Central head coach Kyle Ballard. “It was a roller coaster there for a little bit. We had a hard time extending the lead. Waldron kind of hung around, a lot of credit to those guys, and Mitchell really kept them in it for quite awhile.”

Faust and Morgan combined for 43 points and seven more Tigers got into the scoring column to keep possession of the Victory Bell, the county’s traveling trophy, and capture the Shelby County Tournament title trophy.

“I’ve never been the fastest kid or the most athletic kid so I’ve always studies angles and how to use my body to create those opportunities for my teammates and myself,” said Morgan of how he models his game.

Bryce Yarling had 13 points and four rebounds in his final county tournament for Waldron. Mitchell, also a senior, finished with a game-high nine rebounds and three assists.

Triton Central hosts Milan (3-7) Saturday in Fairland.

Waldron is at potential sectional opponent Jac-Cen-Del (7-5) Saturday in Osgood.

 

Triton Central 68, Waldron 54

TC – Faust 6 5-6 18, Collier 0 0-0 0, G. Morgan 0 0-0 0, Crouse 2 2-2 6, Sego 2 1-4 6, Stuckey 1 2-2 5, I. Morgan 9 7-12 25, McElfresh 0 0-1 1, Baugh 1 0-2 2, Blair 0 0-0 0, Kemper 0 1-2 1, Goul 2 0-0 4. Totals: 23 18-31 68.

WA – Mitchell 8 5-10 23, Adkins 0 0-0 0, Yarling 4 3-3 13, M. Jones 0 0-2 0, Douglas 1 0-0 2, Shaw 2 0-0 4, Lindsey 0 0-0 0, S. Jones 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Bennett 1 0-0 2, Settles 2 1-1 5. Totals: 18 9-16 54

SCORE BY QUARTERS

TC (10-3)  15  17  20  16 – 68

WA (6-6)   11    7  16  20  -- 54

Three-point field goals: TC 3 (Faust 1, Sego 1, Stuckey 1), WA 7 (Mitchell 4, Yarling 2, Larrison 1). Rebounds: TC 25 (Faust 7, Sego 2, Stuckey 3, I. Morgan 4, Blair 3, Crouse 2, Goul 1, Kemper 2, Baugh 1), WA 28 (Mitchell 9, Yarling 4, Shaw 5, M. Jones 4, S. Jones 1, Settles 5). Assists: TC 8 (Faust 3, Sego 1, Stuckey 1, I. Morgan 3), WA 11 (Mitchell 3, Yarling 1, Shaw 4, Lindsey 3). Total fouls: TC: 15, WA 15. Fouled out: Mitchell (WA). Turnovers: TC 11, WA 20.

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Class 2A, No. 13 Triton Central keeps rolling with Shelby County Tournament title

Without its leading scorer in the lineup, Waldron knew it would have a tough time keeping up with Class 2A, No. 13 Triton Central in the championship game of the Shelby County Tournament.

Four Triton Central seniors brought the county tourney trophy back to Fairland while a dynamic freshman captured the Most Valuable Player trophy after the Tigers’ 60-29 victory over the Mohawks Saturday night at Morristown High School.

Seniors Hallie Schweitzer and Lizzie Graham and freshman Maryrose Felling scored all 15 of TC’s first-quarter points to quickly build a 15-6 lead that grew to 29-11 by halftime.

Waldron’s best quarter was the third quarter when it scored 12 points but it still trailed 43-23 going into the final quarter.

Alyssa Benson (10.2 ppg) was injured in Waldron’s county tourney semifinal win Thursday over Southwestern and did not play Saturday in the championship.

Josee Larrison led the Mohawks (4-13) in scoring with eight points. Cendall Sheaffer and Jackie Corlett each scored five.

For Triton Central (13-3), seniors Schweitzer and Graham and junior Brooklyn Bailey combined for 36 points in the county tourney championship game. Schweitzer finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists. Graham had 16 points and four rebounds. Bailey also scored 10 points and had a game-high seven rebounds.

“LTB (Lady Tigers Basketball) has a good reputation and we’ve grown up playing at this school so we know it’s expected of us,” said Schweitzer. “We are with our girls every day in practice and we are working hard every day and pushing ourselves. It’s amazing to come back and to do the best we can and win for our team.”

Felling was named MVP after scoring 17 points and handing out four assists. In the semifinal win over Morristown, she had 15 points, four rebounds and two assists.

After starting the season 2-3, Triton Central has won 11 straight.

“I think after our holiday tournament where we were playing well, I feel like we unlocked that potential for our team. We know what we have to do now,” said Schweitzer. “I feel like we are hitting our peak at a good time. Next week, we’re playing New Pal and Kokomo and those will be really good games that will push us.”

Triton Central hosts New Palestine (8-8) Tuesday before traveling to Kokomo (7-10) Thursday.

Waldron is at South Decatur (5-11) Thursday.

 

Triton Central 60, Waldron 29

TC – Schweitzer 5 0-3 10, Brown 0 0-0 0, Felling 8 0-0 17, Graham 6 2-3 16, Bailey 5 0-1 10, Harris 2 0-2 4, Ross 0 0-0 0, Spall 0 0-0 0, Collins 0 0-0 0, Firebaugh 0 2-2 2, Trimmer 0 0-0 0, Ball 0 1-2 1. Totals: 26 5-24 60.

WA – Sheaffer 2 0-0 5, Hensley 0 1-2 1, Larrison 4 0-0 8, Fischer 2 0-0 4, Corlett 2 0-0 5, Lindsey 2 0-0 4, Campbell 0 0-0 0, Price 0 0-0 0, Ping 0 0-0 0, Hogg 1 0-0 2, Crouch 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 1-2 29.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

TC (13-3)  15  14  14  17  --  60

WA (4-13)   6    5  12    6  --  29

Three-point field goals: TC 3 (Felling 1, Graham 2), WA 2 (Sheaffer 1, Corlett 1). Rebounds: TC 23 (Schweitzer 5, Felling 2, Graham 4, Bailey 7, Harris 3, Ross 2), WA 13 (Sheaffer 3, Hensley 3, Larrison 2, Fischer 1, Hogg 2, Lindsey 2). Assists: TC 13 (Schweitzer 2, Felling 4, Graham 1, Bailey 3, Brown 2, Harris 1), WA 10 (Sheaffer 2, Hensley 1, Larrison 1, Fischer 1, Hogg 5). Total fouls: TC 6, WA 10. Turnovers: TC 8, WA 19.

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Prep Report: Shelbyville wrestling dominates field at Guerin Catholic Invitational

Shelbyville wrestling finished 5-0 Saturday to capture the Guerin Catholic Invitational championship.

The Golden Bears defeated Scecina (78-0), Lapel (72-3), Brebeuf (69-12), Lafayette Central Catholic (69-6) and Guerin Catholic (54-21).

Eight wrestlers went 5-0 in the invitational. They were Cruz Nedderman (120 pounds), Jaylen Eads (126), Ethan Watkins (132), Brady Bryant (138), Andrew Burton (152), Dylan Garvin (170), Brayden Schultz (195) and Jacob Harker (285) (main photo).

Shelbyville will compete in the Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet Saturday.

 

 

In Friday’s girls wrestling regional at Warren Central, Shelbyville’s Pacey Virden (photo) pinned her first two opponents in the first period to reach the championship match and qualify for the state finals.

In the championship, Virden lost to Southport’s Lean Soots, who scored three first-period pinfalls in the regional.

At 120 pounds, Angel Kreider finished 3-1 in the regional and will be a state finals alternate.

Kreider pinned Greencastle’s Aurora Roberts before falling to Hamilton Heights’ Zoe Pugh to drop into the loser’s bracket.

She pinned Roberts for a second time then defeated Chatard’s Maggie Rushenberg in the third-place match.

At 113 pounds, Cora Flynn won her first match for Shelbyville then lost three consecutive matches to finish in sixth place.

Flynn pinned Hamilton Heights’ Kenzie Hess to reach the final four of the winner’s bracket.

Girls wrestling is categorized as an “Emerging Sport” by the Indiana High School Athletic Association which means it is on track to becoming a recognized sport by the IHSAA.

In other prep events Saturday:

Boys basketball

Greensburg 51, Shelbyville 42

At Greensburg, Ollie Sandman and Caden Claxton combined to hit seven three-pointers but it was not enough to keep the Pirates from prevailing at the final buzzer.

Ki Dyer scored a game-high 21 points and the Pirates (7-4) hit 12 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold off the Golden Bears (4-8).

 

Shelbyville's Jackson Parker attempts to drive to the basket Saturday against Greensburg. Steve Bush photo

 

Sandman finished with a team-high 16 points while Claxton and Damon Badgley each scored 11.

Shelbyville won the junior varsity game, 41-40.

The Golden Bears are home Tuesday to face potential sectional opponent Columbus East (1-7).

Girls basketball

Yorktown 46, Shelbyville 35

At Yorktown, the host Tigers (7-8, 2-2 Hoosier Heritage Conference) got off to a fast start in the first quarter to build a 17-9 advantage they never relinquished.

Amari Wright scored a game-high 16 points for Yorktown and seven other Tigers scored in the HHC contest.

Yorktown led 33-20 at halftime and made 7 of 16 free throws in final quarter to seal the victory.

Kylee Edwards led Shelbyville (11-6, 1-4 HHC) with 12 points. Abby Brenner finished with 11.

The Golden Bears are at Rushville (9-10) Tuesday.

Boys swimming

Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet

At New Palestine, Shelbyville’s Trey Carrell finished second in the 100-yard freestyle (51.99 seconds) and third in the 50 freestyle (23.40).

Will Rife also earned a pair of podium finishes with a fifth-place finish in the 100 butterfly (58.4) and a seventh-place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:00.63).

 

 

Carrell (photo) and Rife teamed with Andrew Duffy and Elijah von Werder to finish fifth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.32).

Yorktown captured the HHC title with 391 points. New Palestine was runner-up at 368 ahead of Mt. Vernon (359), Greenfield-Central (254), Pendleton Heights (218), Delta (210), New Castle (158) and Shelbyville (135).

Girls swimming

Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet

At New Palestine, Shelbyville’s Maiah Helfer-Vazquez finished seventh in the diving competition.

Naomi Garringer, Meeghen Bushfield, Riley Everette and Miriam Garringer placed seventh in the 200 medley relay (2:07.97).

Paige Bohman teamed with the Garringers and Everette to finish sixth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:52.75).

Greenfield-Central won the HHC title with 474 points. Delta was runner-up at 282 with Pendleton Heights (277), Mt. Vernon (247), Yorktown (245), New Castle (242), New Palestine (234) and Shelbyville (102) completing the field.

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Shelby County Boys Basketball Tournament: Triton Central, Waldron set to meet again in championship game

Triton Central slowly kept building momentum to pull away from Morristown and set up a rematch of the 2022 Shelby County Tournament championship game.

The Tigers led the Yellow Jackets, 35-32 at halftime Friday at the Bee Hive in Morristown then scored 44 second-half points to complete a 79-54 victory.

Eli Sego, Luke Faust and Isaac Morgan combined for 37 second-half points with four made 3s and a 9-of-12 performance from the free-throw line.

Sego, a freshman, finished with a game-high 28 points. He also had five rebounds and five assists. Morgan followed with 19 points and Faust had 18 to improve the Tigers to 9-3.

Jameson Palmer scored 19 of his team-high 21 points in the first half to keep the Yellow Jackets (1-11) in the game. The senior also had eight rebounds and two assists.

Colin Kieninger finished with 16 points but Morristown managed just 22 second-half points while the Tigers started rolling.

 

 

In the opening semifinal game Friday, seven different Mohawks scored to lead Waldron to a 46-35 win over Southwestern.

Lucas Shaw scored a season-high 16 points for Waldron (6-5) and had three rebounds and four assists. Lucas Mitchell finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

The Mohawks used a 10-2 second quarter scoring advantage to build a 19-10 lead by halftime they never relinquished.

Carter Snepp led Southwestern (0-11) with 16 points and three rebounds. Jonah DeArmitt added 10 points and three rebounds.

Waldron gets a rematch with Triton Central, who defeated the Mohawks on Dec. 1, 63-48. The Tigers took possession of the Victory Bell after that win and will defend it tonight in the championship game.

Waldron will attempt to repeat as county tourney champions after defeating the Tigers, 51-50, in the 2022 tournament finale at Waldron.

The boys championship game will follow the Shelby County Girls Basketball Tournament championship game between Triton Central (12-3), winners of 10 straight, and Waldron (4-12), the defending county tournament champion.

Triton Central defeated Waldron, 61-25 on Dec. 2.

 

Waldron 46, Southwestern 35

WA – Mitchell 5 3-4 13, Adkins 0 0-0 0, Yarling 0 1-2 1, M. Jones 0 0-0 0, Douglas 0 0-0 0, Shaw 7 0-0 16, Larrison 0 0-0 0, Lindsey 3 0-0 7, S. Jones 0 1-2 1, Bennett 1 1-4 3, Settles 2 0-1 5. Totals: 18 6-13 46.

SW – Kahler 1 0-0 3, Ma. Clements 0 0-1 0, Stone 0 0-0 0, Mi. Clements 0 0-0 0, Snepp 6 1-1 16, Jewell 2 0-0 6, DeArmitt 4 2-3 10. Totals: 13 3-5 35.
SCORE BY QUARTERS

WA (6-5)  9  10  13  14 – 46

SW(0-11) 8    2  14  11  --  35

Three-point field goals: WA 4 (Shaw 2, Lindsey 1, Settles 1), SW 6 (Kahler 1, Snepp 3, Jewell 2). Rebounds: WA 22 (Yarling 3, Mitchell 9, S. Jones 1, Shaw 3, Douglas 1, Larrison 1, Bennett 2, Settles 2), SW 16 (Ma. Clements 5, Snepp 3, Kahler 3, DeArmitt 3, Jewell 2). Assists: WA 14 (Yarling 4, Mitchell 4, Shaw 4, Lindsey 1, Settles 1), SW 9 (Ma. Clements 4, Kahler 2, DeArmitt 1, Jewell 2). Total fouls: WA 10, SW 13. Turnovers: WA 8, SW 16.

 

Triton Central 79, Morristown 54

TC – Faust 6 2-3 18, Sego 9 6-6 28, Stuckey 2 0-1 5, Morgan 6 6-7 19, Blair 1 0-0 2, Crouse 1 0-0 3, Baugh 0 0-0 0, Kemper 0 2-6 2, Goul 0 0-0 0, Collier 0 0-0 0, McElfresh 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 18-26 79.

MT – Rinzel 0 0-0 0, Gaines 0 0-0 0, Carlton 2 2-5 6, McMichael 0 0-0 0, Theobald 3 0-0 6, Hawk 0 0-1 0, Lee 1 0-0 3, Merritt 0 2-2 2, Palmer 6 6-6 21, Kieninger 5 4-6 16. Totals: 18 14-19 54.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

TC (9-3)    17  18  20  24  --  79

MT (1-11) 12  20  11  11  --  54

Three-point field goals: TC 11 (Faust 4, Sego 4, Stuckey 1, Morgan 1, Crouse 1), MT 4 (Lee 1, Palmer 3). Rebounds: TC 27 (Faust 3, Morgan 2, Sego 5, Blair 4, Stuckey 4, Crouse 3, McElfresh 1, Kemper 3, Goul 2), MT 23 (Hawk 1, Palmer 8, Carlton 3, Theobald 5, Kieninger 5, Lee 1). Assists: TC 16 (Faust 2, Morgan 3, Sego 5, Blair 2, Stuckey 2, Collier 1, Crouse 1), MT 11 (Hawk 3, Palmer 2, Carlton 2, Theobald 1, Kieninger 1, Lee 2). Total fouls: TC 21, MT 18. Fouled out: Sego (TC), Hawk (MT). Turnovers: TC 11, MT 22.

 

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Shelbyville wrestling delivers Senior Night win over Triton Central

Shelbyville wrestling celebrated Senior Night with a strong performance against a sectional opponent.

The Golden Bears won eight of 10 head-to-head matches Thursday with Triton Central to secure a 58-15 victory at Garrett Gymnasium.

Triton Central’s only victories came at the lowest and highest weight classes where Ayden Nufio scored a pinfall win at 106 pounds over Cruz Nedderman and Hadyn Ball moved up to 285 pounds to defeat Jacob Harker, 11-4.

The Tigers also accepted a forfeit victory at 220 pounds.

Triton Central had opportunities early to gain momentum Thursday but Lucas Kleeman and Andrew Bailey suffered third-period pinfalls at 182 pounds and 195 pounds, respectively that staked the Golden Bears to an 18-0 lead.

 

 

The dual match started at 170 pounds where Shelbyville’s Dylan Garvin (photo) scored a first-period pin over Trevor Ashman.

Kleeman trailed Shelbyville’s Carson Linville 4-2 going into the third period and quickly scored an escape to cut the score to 4-3 before getting caught by Linville (in a pinning predicament that scored the win.

At 195 pounds, Brayden Schultz trailed Bailey 6-0 going into the third period but scored a pinfall 62 seconds later in a key match that will affect sectional seeding later this month.

“These kids fight till the end,” said Shelbyville head coach Adam Miller. “We are never really out of any matches, even our underclassmen have been stepping up and wrestling hard. I see nothing but great things coming in the next year or so.”

 

 

Ball (photo), a regional qualifier in 2022 and recent winner of the Spartan Classic in Connersville at 220 pounds, moved up to heavyweight Thursday to face Shelbyville’s Jacob Harker, who finished runner-up at the same Spartan Classic at 285 pounds.

Ball, the first Tiger to collect a bracket win at the Spartan Classic since Bailey Kesterman in 2009, got out to 5-1 and 8-2 leads after the first two breaks and rode out Harker for an 11-4 victory.

“He has high expectations this year,” said Triton Central head coach Trey Miller. “Friday night (at the state finals) is Hadyn’s goal and I think he can do it. I think he can win the sectional. There are several tough kids in the regional. If he wins the regional, I think he has a great shot at making it to the state finals.”

Nufio, another regional qualifier from 2022 who finished fifth at the Spartan Classic, pinned Shelbyville’s Cruz Nedderman at 106 pounds in three minutes, 56 seconds.

It was all Golden Bears after that, which included forfeit wins at 113, 145 and 152 pounds.

At 120, Shelbyville’s Isaiah Havens pinned Tucker Jones in 3:35.

Jaylen Eads (main photo) followed with a hard-fought 8-6 win at 126 pounds over Braxton Zimmerman.

Ethan Watkins trailed TC’s Dayne Bailey, another 2022 regional qualifier, 6-4 after two periods at 132 pounds but prevailed with a 13-9 victory.

“I thought we wrestled really well tonight but the last couple of seconds we lost points here and there and lost a couple of matches we were winning. We just couldn’t get anything going,” said Trey Miller.

At 138, Brady Bryant pinned Ethan Booth in 3:38.

And in the final match, Andrew Burton defeated Bohdan Rollo, 11-2.

“The program is coming along. It’s been a long time coming,” said Adam Miller. “It’s starting to show from the club program to the middle school on up to the high school.”

Triton Central travels to Maconaquah Saturday for an invitational tournament. Shelbyville competes Saturday in the Guerin Catholic Invitational.

Indiana High School Girls Wrestling

Warren Central Regional

Shelbyville’s trio of female wrestlers did not compete Thursday. All three will wrestle today in the Warren Central Regional, beginning at 5 p.m.

At 113 pounds, Shelbyville’s Cora Flynn will face Southport’s Kyla Johnson in her opening-round match. There are 11 competitors in the weight class.

Angel Kreider will start with Greencastle’s Aurora Roberts at 120 pounds. The winner will face Parke Heritage’s Jaci Ryan. There are 14 competitors in the weight class.

Shelbyville’s Pacey Virden has a first-round bye at 195 pounds and will face either Hamilton Southeastern’s Fanta Sall or Frankfort’s Cesilia Sanchez in the second round. There are 12 competitors in the 195-pound bracket.

 

Shelbyville 58, Triton Central 15

106: Nufio (TC) def. Nedderman, pinfall 3:56.

113: Flynn (SH) won via forfeit.

120: Havens (SH) def. Jones (TC), pinfall 3:35.

126: Ja. Eads (SH) def. Zimmerman (TC), 8-6.

132: Watkins (SH) def. D. Bailey (TC), 13-9.

138: Bryant (SH) def. Booth (TC), pinfall 3:38.

145: Ju. Eads (SH) won via forfeit.

152: Gross (SH) won via forfeit.

160: Burton (SH) def. Rollo (TC), 11-2.

170: Garvin (SH) def. Ashman (TC), pinfall 1:02.

182: Linville (SH) def. Kleeman (TC), pinfall 4:28.

195: Schultz (SH) def. A. Bailey (TC), pinfall 5:02.

220: Myers (TC) won via forfeit.

285: Ball (TC) def. Harker (SH), 11-4.

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Shelby County Girls Basketball Tournament: Triton Central, Waldron advance to championship game

It took a pair of strong fourth-quarter performances to get Triton Central and Waldron into the Shelby County Tournament championship game Saturday night.

In the semifinal round Thursday at Morristown High School, Triton Central outscored the host Yellow Jackets 14-2 over the final eight minutes to secure a 45-32 victory.

Waldron held a 30-23 advantage over Southwestern after three quarters and senior Josee Larrison scored six of her seven total points in the fourth quarter to lead the Mohawks to a 41-35 victory and set up a rematch of the 2022 tournament championship game.

Alyssa Benson and Audrey Hogg each finished with 12 points to lead Waldron (4-12), who defeated Southwestern (3-12) for a second time this season. Benson connected on a pair of three-pointers in the first half and Hogg had seven points in the third quarter and 10 of her 12 in the second half.

 

 

Larrison finished with a team-high eight rebounds and three assists. Hogg (5 rebounds) and Benson (4) combined for nine rebounds.

McKinley Correll, Southwestern’s leading scorer, was held scoreless in the first half but scored 12 points in the second half to lead the Spartans. She also had four rebounds and four assists.

Tanna Tatlock finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

In the tournament opener, Triton Central and Morristown played to a 22-all tie at halftime and the Tigers led 31-30 after three quarters.

Maryrose Felling scored six of her team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter to help TC (12-3) pull away. Felling also had four rebounds and two assists.

Hallie Schweitzer had 13 points and seven rebounds. Lizzie Graham finished with 10 points.

Raegan Kleine topped Morristown (5-9) with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Danika Rutledge had 10 points, five rebounds and two assists.

The Shelby County Tournament championship game is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Morristown. Triton Central defeated Waldron on Dec. 2, 61-25, and took possession of the Victory Bell.

 

Triton Central 45, Morristown 32

TC – Schweitzer 5 3-4 13, Brown 0 0-0 0, Felling 7 0-0 15, Graham 4 1-1 10, Bailey 1 1-2 3, Harris 1 2-2 4, Ross 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 7-9 45.

MT – Rogers 1 0-0 3, Kleine 6 0-0 25, Rutledge 4 2-2 10, Lutes 1 0-0 2, Rude 0 0-0 0, Essex 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Theobald 0 0-0 0, Cox 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 2-2 32.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

TC (12-3)  12  10    9  14  --  45

MT (5-9)     9  13    8    2  --  32

Three-point field goals: TC 2 (Felling 1, Graham 1), MT 4 (Rogers 1, Kleine 3). Rebounds: TC 19 (Schweitzer 7, Graham 1, Bailey 4, Felling 4, Brown 2, Harris 1), MT 23 (Kleine 7, Rutledge 5, Rude 3, Lutes 6, Cox 2). Assists: TC 4 (Schweitzer 2, Felling 2), MT 10 (Kleine 4, Rutledge 2, Rogers 2, Rude 2). Total fouls: TC 5, MT 12. Turnovers: TC 13, MT 14.

 

Waldron 41, Southwestern 35

WA – Sheaffer 1 0-0 3, Hensley 0 0-2 0, Larrison 2 3-6 7, Fischer 1 0-2 2, Benson 5 0-0 12, Price 0 0-0 0, Ping 0 0-0 0, Hogg 5 1-2 12, Lindsey 1 2-4 5. Totals: 15 6-16 41.

SW – Stockdale 2 1-1 6, Correll 2 8-9 12, Gosser 0 0-0 0, Casey 0 1-4 1, Engle 1 0-0 3, Taylor 1 0-0 3, Tatlock 5 0-0 10, Utley 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 10-14 35.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

WA (4-12)  8  10  12  11  --  41

SW (3-12)   8    4  11  12  --  35

Three-point field goals: WA 5 (Sheaffer 1, Benson 2, Hogg 1, Lindsey 1), SW 3 (Stockdale 1, Engle 1, Taylor 1). Rebounds: WA 26 (Benson 4, Larrison 8, Hogg 5, Hensley 2, Sheaffer 3, Fischer 2, Lindsey 1, Ping 1), SW 25 (Casey 5, Tatlock 6, Correll 4, Stockdale 2, Engel 5, Taylor 1, Utley 2). Assists: WA 9 (Benson 2, Larrison 3, Price 1, Sheaffer 2, Fischer 1), SW 5 (Correll 4, Tatlock 1). Total fouls: WA 12, SW 12. Turnovers: WA 18, SW 21.

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Collegiate Update: Larrison helps Anderson get HCAC win over Manchester

Anderson women’s basketball program collected a 74-68 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win Wednesday over visiting Manchester.

Waldron graduate Bella Larrison finished with four points, four rebounds and three steals for Anderson (7-5, 3-2 HCAC).

On Saturday, Larrison had five points, five rebounds, one assist and two steals in Anderson’s 69-56 win at Spalding University in Louisville.

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

 

 

Drake Moore

The Morristown graduate finished with eight points, four rebounds, five assists and one block Tuesday in Oakland City’s 73-49 loss to Alice Lloyd College.

The Mighty Oaks dropped to 7-9 this season.

In the Dunn Hospitality Classic on Dec. 29, Moore had five points, four rebounds and one block in Oakland City’s 78-56 loss to Lawrence Tech.

On Friday in game two of the tournament, Oakland City suffered a 68-60 loss to Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Moore had 15 points and seven rebounds.

 

 

Taylor Heath

The Triton Central graduate came off the bench Wednesday to collect 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, one block and two steals in Hanover’s 80-67 win against Mount St. Joseph.

With the win, the Panthers improved to 7-4 overall and 4-0 against HCAC opponents.

 

 

Hayden Langkabel

The Morristown graduate finished with three rebounds, one steal and two assists Wednesday in Marian’s 70-59 loss at No. 4 Grace College.

The loss dropped the Knights to 13-3 (3-3 Crossroads League).

On Friday, Langkabel had two rebounds and one steal in a 67-63 win at the University of Rio Grande.

On Dec. 28, Marian defeated East-West University, 118-64. Langkabel had 13 points, two rebounds, one steal and two assists.

 

 

Tenleigh Phelps

The Triton Central graduate had one rebound Saturday in Youngstown State’s 60-44 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne.

Youngstown State improved to 9-4 this season.

 

 

Rylie Stephens

The Triton Central graduate had one rebound and two assists Friday in Samford’s 112-75 win over Birmingham-Southern.

Samford improved to 6-9.

 

 

Maya Chandler

The Triton Central graduate finished with eight points, one rebound, one assist and one steal Wednesday in Loyola’s 68-49 loss to Richmond.

The Ramblers dropped to 6-9 this season and 1-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

On Dec. 28, Chandler had 15 points, five rebounds and three steals in Loyola’s 60-47 win at St. Louis.

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Shelby County Boys Basketball Tournament: Triton Central program thriving with team-first mentality

With the shear amount of seniors lost to graduation the last two seasons, it would seem natural that Triton Central would be in a rebuilding mode following back-to-back sectional championships.

Halfway through this season, Triton Central sits at 8-3 with a cast of players more concerned about team success than individual glory.

“I’m not much on predictions, but I don’t know if I would have had us with eight wins right now,” admitted Triton Central head coach Kyle Ballard. “So far, the kids have done a really good job. We are ahead of where I thought we would be. We knew we were good enough to win games but we’ve embraced the challenges along the way.”

Triton Central is pushed by seniors Luke Faust and Isaac Morgan, who combine to average 27 points and 5.6 assists per game. Ballard likes how the seniors know when to sit back and get the rest of the team involved and when it’s time for them to take over.

“When things get a little bit hairy, when games are close we can lean into those guys to make a play – whether it’s for them or for somebody else,” said Ballard. “The seniors let the young guys be young guys at times. They can shoulder the pressure and let the young guys play off of them.”

Triton Central opens the 2023 Shelby County Tournament Friday in the second game at Morristown against the host Yellow Jackets – a team it defeated 61-26 in the season opener for both teams on Nov. 23.

“Anytime you play twice (in a season), the second time is always different,” said Ballard. “We are two different teams from back in November.”

Morristown (1-10) has lost nine straight games since its win over Southwestern on Nov. 26, 60-59 in overtime.

While Triton Central lost five players to graduation after last season, it also lost Jameson Palmer, who transferred to Morristown. The senior is leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring, rebounding and steals.

The first county tournament semifinal Friday pits Southwestern against Waldron, the defending county tourney champions.

Despite having much of its roster intact from the 2022 season, the Mohawks (5-5) have struggled to find offensive consistency despite having one of the program’s career scoring leaders and another chasing 1,000 career points.

 

 

Bryce Yarling (photo, right), who hit the game-winning shot in the 2022 Shelby County Tournament championship game, is currently fourth on the boys basketball program’s career scoring list with 1,119 points. He needs 20 more points to surpass Jordan Barnard for third all-time.

Lucas Mitchell (photo, left) sits at 799 career points while averaging 20.8 ppg this season. At that pace, he could join Yarling in the 1,000-point club in mid-February.

Southwestern (0-10) continues to search for the first win for new head coach Chris Ingels. The Spartans struggle offensively with just one player – Matthew Clements (10.8 ppg) – averaging more than 6 ppg on the roster.

Waldron defeated Southwestern, 56-31, on Dec. 17.

 

 

Triton Central enters the tournament with possession of the Victory Bell (photo), the county’s traveling trophy. The Tigers reclaimed it from Waldron on Dec. 1, 63-48.

The Shelby County Tournament championship game is Saturday at 8 p.m.

 

QUICK FACTS

Shelby County Tournament

Site: Morristown High School.

Friday’s Semifinals: Southwestern (0-10) vs. Waldron (5-5), 6 p.m.; Triton Central (8-3) at Morristown (1-10), 8 p.m.

Media coverage: 5:30 p.m. pregame show live from the Bee Hive at Morristown with Johnny McCrory and Jason Parker on GIANT fm (96.5 fm, 106.3 fm, 1520 am) or on the GIANT fm app.

Head coaches: Chris Ingels, 0-10 in 1st year at Southwestern; Beau Scott, 29-29 in 4th year at Waldron; Kyle Ballard, 39-42 in 4th year at Triton Central; Cory Kreiger, 1-10 in 1st year at Morristown

2022 champion: Waldron defeated Southwestern, 60-47, and Triton Central, 51-50, to win the Shelby County Tournament and gain possession of the Victory Bell.

Sagarin ratings: Southwestern, 30.00; Waldron, 49.26; Triton Central, 69.60; Morristown, 34.70.

MVP candidates: Southwestern’s Matthew Clements (10.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg); Waldron’s Lucas Mitchell (20.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.3 spg) and Bryce Yarling (11.8 ppg, 3.1 apg, 2.4 spg); Triton Central’s Isaac Morgan (15.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg), Luke Faust (12.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg), Eli Sego (9.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg) and Silas Blair (7.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg); Morristown’s Jameson Palmer (14.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg) and Wyatt Marcum (10.8 ppg, 3.2 apg).

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Shelby County Girls Basketball Tournament: Morristown opens against determined Triton Central squad

Triton Central has reached the championship game of the Shelby County Tournament for 14 straight seasons under head coach Bryan Graham.

That streak is in jeopardy Thursday when the Tigers travel to Morristown (photo) for a semifinal round meeting of the Shelby County Tournament with the host Yellow Jackets, who ended a 30-game losing streak to Triton Central on Nov. 23, 38-35.

Nevaeh Sanders and Raegan Kleine combined for 27 points to stun the Tigers on their home court. Now, the Tigers, winners of nine straight, will defend the Victory Bell, the county traveling trophy, they gained possession of Dec. 2 with a win over Waldron.

“That first game was possession basketball and we haven’t had a lot of that since then,” said Morristown head coach Rachel Kleine of the win at Triton Central. “We’ve got to get our girls back into that possession basketball.”

Kleine does not expect to have Sanders in the lineup Thursday which puts more pressure on Raegan Kleine, a senior, and sophomore Danika Rutledge. And if they allow the Tigers to push tempo, Rachel Kleine knows the Yellow Jackets will not get the opportunity to win their first county title since 2004.

“They have a lot of firepower in (Lizzie Graham),” said coach Kleine. “She is shooting well and doing so much good for them.

“(Brooklyn) Bailey is strong inside and runs the floor so well. (Maryrose) Felling is a nice little shooter that is looking to drive more and get to the rim. (Hallie) Schweitzer is so athletic and finishes so well with the pull-up jumper. She is dangerous. (Triton Central) continues to fill roles and get stronger.”

That Morristown victory on Nov. 23 ended a 30-game losing streak to Triton Central and set the Tigers at 2-3 for the first time in Bryan Graham’s storied career. The Yellow Jackets’ last victory over TC came on Jan. 10, 2004, in the championship game of the county tourney. Morristown also defeated TC in the 2003-2004 regular-season matchup, 70-46.

Morristown, a preseason top-15 ranked program in Class A, had won four of five games before a 17-day break slowed its momentum. The Yellow Jackets lost to a 1-win Milan team in the semifinal round of the Cambridge City Classic on Dec. 29. The Yellow Jackets rebounded to squash Phalen Academy in the consolation round, 67-16.

“I thought we were ready, for sure,” said Kleine. “Milan hit some big shots and they gave us trouble inside.

“It was kind of humbling. Milan played well start to finish and we had some opportunities we missed. Hopefully we learned. We were a step slow so I’m not sure if the layoff hurt us. We’re still learning and I am always proud of the way they respond. We had some good positives and now we’re focused on Triton Central.”

 

 

The second semifinal game Thursday pits the defending county tourney champion Waldron (3-12) against Southwestern (3-11), who started the season 0-10.

One of Waldron’s three wins this season came against the Spartans on Nov. 11, 44-32.

With several new players occupying key roles on the rosters, Waldron (34.3 ppg) and Southwestern (32.5 ppg) have struggled offensively most games. The two teams have combined to score more than 40 points in a game just nine times this season.

Southwestern is still without senior guard Lilly Rooks, who is recovering from a knee injury. For the Spartans to reach the championship game and go for its first county tourney title since 2014, McKinley Correll and Tanna Tatlock must have strong performances.

Waldron’s lone returning varsity player from its regional championship team in 2022 is senior Josie Larrison. Her experience in big-game situations will be invaluable. Larrison is the Mohawks’ second-leading scorer behind Alyssa Benson and leads the team in rebounds, assists and steals.

Morristown has defeated Waldron this season but not yet played Southwestern if those programs reach the championship game.

Triton Central has dominant wins over Waldron and Southwestern earlier this season.

The Shelby County Tournament championship game is 6 p.m. Saturday at Morristown.

 

QUICK FACTS

Shelby County Tournament

Site: Morristown High School.

Thursday’s Semifinals: Triton Central (11-3) at Morristown (5-8), 6 p.m.; Waldron (3-12) vs. Southwestern (3-11).

Media coverage: 5:30 p.m. pregame show live from the Bee Hive at Morristown with Johnny McCrory and Jason Parker on GIANT fm (96.5 fm, 106.3 fm, 1520 am) or on the GIANT fm app.

Head coaches: Bryan Graham, 292-63 in 15th year at Triton Central; Rachel Kleine, 70-53 in 6th year at Morristown; Ilea Shipp, 3-12 in 1st year at Waldron; Jason West, 37-93 in 6-year career at Shelbyville (22-71) and Southwestern (15-22).

2022 champion: Waldron defeated Southwestern, 49-33, and Triton Central, 42-27, to win the Shelby County Tournament and maintain possession of Victory Bell.

Sagarin ratings: Triton Central 71.96; Morristown, 49.01; Waldron 37.11; Southwestern 39.29.

MVP candidates: Triton Central’s Hallie Schweitzer (9.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.6 apg), Lizzie Graham (13.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg), Maryrose Felling (11.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Brooklyn Bailey (10.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg); Morristown’s Raegan Kleine (11.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 3.3 spg) and Danika Rutledge (10.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg); Waldron’s Alyssa Benson (10.3 ppg, 2.5 spg), Josie Larrison (7.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Audrey Hogg (7 ppg, 5.7 rpg); Southwestern’s McKinley Correll (8.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 3.1 spg) and Tanna Tatlock (7.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg).

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Morristown High School adding four outstanding basketball players to Athletic Hall of Fame

Morristown High School is adding four basketball players to its Athletic Hall of Fame who scored more than 7,500 career points.

The 2023 Hall of Fame inductees are Brady Adkins, Dylan Langkabel, Hayden Langkabel and Michaela Kikendall.

The induction ceremony will take place Jan. 20 prior to the boys varsity basketball game against North Decatur. There will be a banquet before the game to honor the inductees.

Brady Adkins

The 1992 graduate of Morristown High School was the career scoring leader with 2,112 points upon graduation. He led the state in scoring in 1991 with an average of 36.8 ppg and again in 1992 at 33.5 ppg.

Adkins still holds the single-game scoring record with 56 points against Waldron in 1991, and he scored 40 or more points in 15 more games.

Dylan Langkabel

Langkabel (main photo) graduated in 2012 as Morristown’s second-leading scorer with 2,072 points. He was the MVP of the Shelby County Tournament in 2011 and 2012, and was named the Shelby County Player of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Langkabel went on to play college basketball at Northwood University in Michigan.

Hayden Langkabel

The younger brother of Dylan Langkabel graduated in 2018 as Morristown’s career scoring leader with 2,186 points. He also is the program leader in career free-throw percentage, assists and steals.

 

 

Langkabel averaged 27 ppg as a junior and 26.3 ppg as a senior when he led the Yellow Jackets to the 2018 state championship.

Langkabel currently plays basketball at Marian University in Indianapolis.

Michaela Kikendall

The 2015 Morristown graduate is the girls basketball career scoring leader with 1,397 points. She also is second in rebounds, steals and assists.

 

 

Kikendall averaged 15.5 ppg for her career, which included sectional championships in 2014 and 2015.

She played college basketball at Purdue Northwest.

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The 2022-23 issue of Hoosier Basketball Magazine now available

Hoosier Basketball Magazine, in its 53rd year, presents an annual comprehensive survey of all high school (boys and girls), college (men and women) and professional (Pacers and Fever) basketball in Indiana.

 

The 2022-23 issue of Hoosier Basketball Magazine can be ordered now by mail. The website is at www.hoosierbasketball- magazine.com or call/text 317-925-8200.

Twelve high school seniors are featured on Hoosier Basketball's front cover, six boys and six girls. The boys pictured in the middle are Xavier Booker (Indianapolis Cathedral), Markus Burton (Penn), Myles Colvin (Heritage Christian), Joey Hart (Linton-Stockton), Logan Imes (Zionsville), JQ Roberts (Bloomington North). The featured girls front and center are Ashlynn Brooke (Pioneer), Laila Hull (Zionsville), McKenna Layden (Northwestern), Riley Makalusky (Hamilton Southeastern), Karsyn Norman (Bedford North Lawrence), Amiyah Reynolds (South Bend Washington).

Eighteen more boys and girls are pictured on the magazine’s front cover. Photos of boys include Joey Brown (North Central-Marion), Ahmere Carson (Anderson), Jermaine Coleman (Park Tudor), AJ Dancler (Southport), Zane Doughty (Ben Davis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso), Sam Orme (Carmel), Ashton Williamson (Gary 21st Century). Senior girls gracing the cover are Asia Donald (Hobart), Nevaeh Foster (Mishawaka Marian), Rashunda Jones (South Bend Washington), Renna Schwieterman (Jay County), Hailey and Olivia Smith (Fishers), Saige Stahl (Columbus East), Bailey Tabeling (Trinity Lutheran), Josie Trabel (East Central), Amber Tretter (Forest Park).

Five college players are pictured on the front cover including Zach Edey (Purdue), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana), Cooper Neese (Indiana State), Payton Sparks (Ball State) and Grace Berger (Indiana women).

 

The Indiana Pacer pictured this season is Tyrese Haliburton.

There are three high school players that appear with action pictures on the table of contents page. The featured players are Jaxson Gould from Warsaw, Flory Bidunga from Kokomo and Jaylen Mullen from North Daviess.

The 2022-23 edition can be ordered by mail now by e-mailing hoosierbbllmag@att.net or you can call/text (317) 925-8200. Newsstand locations such as Barnes & Noble, CVS, Kroger, Martin’s Supermarket, Meijer, Wal-mart and Walgreens will have copies later in the month of January.

 

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