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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


There are eight players representing 2021 IHSAA state finalist teams.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Three Shelby County underclassmen earned honorable mention honors.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


Maya Chandler


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


Rylie Stephens


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


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


Kyler Schalk


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


Logan Young


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


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


Taylor Tatlock


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


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


Natalie Weber


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


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


Bailey Chandler


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Morristown had three boys basketball players selected all-conference.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Shelbyville freshman qualifies for gymnastics regional

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Connersville Sectional


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

Bowlby, Crim reach basketball career milestones

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


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


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

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


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

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


Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.


Kyle Crim


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


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


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


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


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


Diemer soars to MVC pole vault championship

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


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


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


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


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


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

UIndy makes conference tourney with Southern Indiana out due to Covid

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


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


UIndy takes on Truman State this Wednesday.

Wasson finds 'right fit' at Olivet Nazarene

Two-and-a-half years ago, Dylan Wasson suffered a traumatic leg injury on the football field. The dream of playing college football was fading fast.


“I didn’t expect that. I looked down (at my leg) and I was in shock,” recalled the Triton Central senior.

Wasson suffered three broken bones which required two surgeries to repair the damage. Then he trained with a vengeance to get back on the field.


On Thursday, with many of his Triton Central teammates surrounding him, Wasson signed his letter of intent to play college football at Olivet Nazarene University.


Triton Central football coach Tim Able believes because of the injury, Wasson has not yet reached his peak as a football player.


“He may still be growing,” said Able of the six-foot-four, 225-pound linebacker. “His strength in the weight room is just exploding. And he is a very smart kid.”


Wasson intends to major in Pre-Pharmacy at Olivet Nazarene, located in Bourbonnais, Illinois, just south of Chicago.


Jeff Brown photos

Triton Central senior Dylan Wasson (seated, center) was joined by his parents, Tiffiny and Shawn Wasson, and his two brothers, Aidan (standing left) and Eli, to celebrate signing his college letter of intent Thursday to play football at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbannais, Illinois.


Wasson initiated contact with the football program by sending out recruiting film. The coaching staff responded and a visitation was scheduled.


“They invited me on a visit and I really connected with their coaches and I knew it was the fit for me,” he said.


Wasson returned to the playing field late in the 2019 season and helped the Tigers capture sectional and regional championships.


In 2020, Wasson was fourth on the team in tackles (67) and led the team in tackles for loss (17) and quarterback sacks (7).


At Olivet Nazarene, Wasson believes he will move to defensive end.


“He is definitely on the rise,” said Able. “When you have the height and you have the shoulders, coaches know they can develop the other things.”


Triton Central’s success on the football field, three straight 10-win seasons and back-to-back sectional titles, is definitely helping with the recruiting process, according to Able.


 “I hope to bring that success to the next level,” said Wasson. “It would be nice to win at that next level too.”


Olivet Nazarene will look to start its season 3-0 Saturday when Missouri Baptist visits Bourbonnais.

World class gymnasts in Indianapolis; New Pal's Bailey Stroud to compete

This weekend, Indianapolis plays host to many of the top male and female gymnasts in the country. The Winter Cup and the Nastia Liukin Cup bring the best of the best to compete, and many of the faces that we will see at the Olympics this summer will begin their fight for one of these coveted roster spots, right here in our city.


The Nastia Liukin Cup is one of the premier events for Level 10 females around the country. They attempt to earn the right to compete through twelve different qualifying meets throughout their season, called The Nastia Liukin Series. Only thirty-six athletes total will have the privilege, eighteen senior and eighteen junior. Past competitors include Gabby Douglas, the all-around Olympic gold medalist from 2012, Morgan Hurd, who is a World Champion and current Olympic hopeful, MyKayla Skinner from the 2016 Olympic Team, World and NCAA Champion, Maggie Nichols, and many more. This year, Central Indiana has the privilege of watching two of our own compete at this prestigious event. Lauren Harkins, age 14 of Fishers, and Bailey Stroud, age 13 of New Palestine, are both gymnasts at Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center and will be a part of the junior division, a separation only by age, not skill level. These two incredible athletes qualified for this honor at the Buckeye Classic in Columbus, Ohio, Lauren finishing in first place with an impressive 38.225 and Bailey close behind with a 38.050. These talented gymnasts train around the clock and deserve this honor. Great things can be expected from both of them. Both Lauren and Bailey have the goal of becoming Elite International Gymnasts, a feat only achieved by roughly 70 girls in the entire country at any given moment. Comparatively, there are over 1000 level 10 gymnasts, proving that the giant step to elite status is a difficult one.



Last year, JPAC was represented at the Nastia Liukin Cup by senior Jacey Vore. Jacey finished the 2020 season as the number one level 10 gymnast in the country. As a junior in high school, she came in second place at this event, missing first by the slimmest of margins. Vore was having another record-setting season and was poised to make her second appearance at the Nastia Liukin Cu, quite possibly be named all-around champion. Unfortunately, a heartbreaking ACL injury ended her season at the qualifying event. Jacey has received a full-ride athletic scholarship to the University of Michigan, where she will begin her NCAA career in the 2021-2022 school year.


The Winter Cup is for elite-level gymnasts. Competing this year will be World Champions Morgan Hurd, Sunisa Lee, Riley McCusker, and many other current National Team Members. Jade Carey, the only American Gymnast to have secured a spot at the 2021 Olympics, will be in attendance, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, Laurie Hernandez, will make her official return to competition.


  Laurie Hernandez


The men's side will also be well represented by National Team Members, NCAA champions, and Olympic hopefuls. This event qualifies gymnasts for the US Championship, taking place in St. Louis this June. The Championship is an invitational in which gymnasts can be named to the National Team. In an Olympic year, there is no more significant achievement.


Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions and the athletes' health, no spectators will be allowed; however, all of the events will be aired live on TV or online.


            • Nastia Liukin Cup - February 26 at 2:30 pm on NBCSN

            • Mens Competition Day 1 - February 26 at 7:30 pm on NBCSN

            • Senior Womens Competition (Main Session) - February 27 at 12:30 pm on NBC

            • Junior Womens Competition - February 28 at Noon on FloGymnastics

            • Mens Day 2 Competition - February 28 at 5:30 pm on FloGymnastics

Collegiate update: Bringle collects three hits for ISU softball in Chattanooga Challenge

TeAnn Bringle went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored in Indiana State’s 15-9 loss to Western Kentucky Saturday at the Chattanooga Challenge in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


The Sycamores finished the tournament 1-4 with their lone win coming over Chattanooga, 7-5, Friday.


Indiana State opened its 2021 softball season with a 9-7 loss to Kennesaw State before defeating the host school. After its loss to Western Kentucky, Indiana State lost in a rematch with Chattanooga, 16-11, and closed out the tournament with a 15-6 loss to Western Kentucky.


Bringle, the Sycamores’ starting third baseman and a Shelbyville graduate, was 3-for-13 with three walks.


Here is a look at other collegiate athletes with Shelby County ties.


Maya Chandler


The Triton Central graduate finished with nine points, two rebounds and two steals in Loyola’s 78-51 loss Friday at the University of Northern Iowa.


On Saturday, the Ramblers avenged the loss with a 66-64 overtime win. Chandler had three points and one rebound for Loyola (10-7, 8-5 Missouri Valley Conference).


Riley Stephens


The Triton Central graduate had four points and seven rebounds for Evansville in a 57-43 win Friday at Valparaiso.


The Crusaders won Saturday’s game against Valparaiso, 71-56.


Stephens finished with 11 points and two rebounds in the loss for the Purple Aces (6-12, 2-11 MVC).


Kyler Schalk


The Triton Central graduate placed eighth in the long jump (5.56 meters), 15th in the 200 meters (24.98 seconds) and ninth in the 60 (7.71) for Wabash College in a dual meet at Denison in Granville, Ohio.


Wabash defeated Denison, 82-68, in the program’s first indoor dual track and field meet since 1995.


Chandler Martin and Steffen Shackelford


Competing for the University of Indianapolis track and field team in the Indianapolis Track and Field Classic, Martin, a Shelbyville graduate, won the high jump with a best clearance of 1.90 meters.


Shackelford, a Southwestern graduate also at the University of Indianapolis, finished runner-up at 1.85 meters.


Dylan Harker, Nolan Davis and Cameron Baker


The trio of Shelbyville graduates helped Franklin College secure wins Saturday over Manchester (200-10), Ancilla (199-13) and Transylvania (173-63).


Dylan Harker


Harker won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.85 and was part of the winning 400 medley relay team (3:37.19). He also placed fifth in the 100 butterfly (56.75).


Davis helped Franklin College win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:17.05 and he placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:49.84) and 100 freestyle (50.19).


Baker finished third in the diving competition with 195.85 points.


Taylor Tatlock and Grace Laker


Franklin College’s volleyball team split a pair of matches with Earlham College Saturday then pinned the first loss of the season on Transylvania Tuesday.


The Grizzlies defeated Earlham, 25-21, 15-25, 21-25, 25-20, 16-14 before losing 25-16, 24-26, 25-13, 25-16.


In the loss, Laker, a Shelbyville graduate, had five kills and 4 digs.


Tatlock, a Southwestern graduate, had four kills and three digs.


Tatlock finished with eight kills and three digs in FC’s 25-14, 25-23, 26-24 win over Transylvania (13-1, 8-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference).


Franklin College (9-5, 6-2 HCAC) earned the No. 3 seed in the upcoming HCAC Tournament.


Bailey Chandler


Bailey Chandler


The Triton Central graduate recorded 33 assists, 10 digs and two kills for Eastern Illinois in a 25-23, 25-21, 25-24 loss Monday to the University of Tennessee Martin.


The loss dropped the Panthers to 0-6 this season.

Taylor Heath taking point guard skills to Hanover College

Bryan Graham has replaced many different kinds of athletes during his highly-successful 13-year run as girls basketball coach at Triton Central High School.


Finding the best way to replace a true point guard like Taylor Heath will prove challenging this offseason.


Heath averaged 14.7 points, 9.5 assists and 3.3 steals this past season while shooting 50% from the field, 81% from the free-throw line and 35% from beyond the 3-point line.


While the colors of Heath’s jersey will change, Graham expects her to continue being a dominant point guard at Hanover College.


“I expect her to go into Hanover and take control and play the point guard position for the next four years,” said Graham. “Hanover got a steal and they know it.”


Photo provided

Triton Central senior Taylor Heath (seated, center) recently signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Hanover College. She was joined by her Triton Central teammates for the signing ceremony.


Heath made her commitment to the southern Indiana college official last week with a signing ceremony at Triton Central.


“It’s a family atmosphere,” said Heath as to why she chose Hanover. “The coach made me feel like a part of the team. Then I met the girls and that solidified it.”


Heath intends to major in Kinesiology and Integrated Physiology to pursue a career as a physical therapist.


The Panthers are currently 6-3 with six games canceled and one postponed this season. The roster features just one senior and four juniors which means Heath will face stiff competition when she arrives on campus.


“I hope to go in and start,” she said. “I hate sitting on the bench.”


Now that she has officially signed with Hanover, her personalized basketball workout will arrive soon. Heath intends to play softball this spring for TC which means she will have to balance commitments to two sports.


 “I am excited for softball,” said Heath, “but I will have to find time for basketball too.”


Heath averaged 8 assists per game as a junior for a team featuring four future college basketball players – Maya Chandler (University of Loyola), Riley Stephens (Evansville), Tenleigh Phelps (Youngstown State) and Bailey Stamper (IU South Bend). She didn’t have to look to score.


Chandler and Stephens graduated and Phelps suffered a knee injury which forced Heath to get comfortable looking to score.


“I knew I was going to have to score more,” said Heath. “With Tenleigh out I started feeling quite a lot of pressure in the beginning but my teammates stepped up.”


Triton Central finished 20-4 with Heath at the controls. Their only losses came to Greenwood Christian (semistate qualifier), Rushville (regional championship game qualifier), New Palestine (sectional championship game qualifier) and University (semistate qualifier).


Heath nearly doubled her scoring average to 14.7 ppg. And her assist average went up to 9.5 per game.


“She could always do it,” said Graham of her scoring prowess. “She just didn’t have to do it (until this season).”


While not the ideal way to progress as a player, graduation and an injury forced Heath to improve her game.


“I’ve never really been a score-first kind of player,” she said. “That made me look to create a little more which made me overall a better player.”


Heath leaves TC with program records for assists in a game (17) and a single season (227). She came up 32 assists short of Samantha Dewey’s career record for assists (629).


“You can’t replace that. Next year will be more point guard by committee. You are not going to replace Taylor. She is a true point guard and there are not a lot out there to begin with. If you have one, you are very lucky,” he said.


In a matter of months Heath will graduate and then focus on being a freshman in college. That does not mean she will lose touch with Lady Tigers Basketball (LTB).


“LTB is family,” she said. “It’s such a great atmosphere to be around whether you are junior varsity, varsity or a manager. The coaches are great. There is the tradition. Just because I’m a senior I still feel like I will be a part of it, still talking to the underclassmen.”

Triton Central's 'Pink Out' game nets another financial windfall

The COVID-19 pandemic dampened Triton Central’s annual “Pink Out” fundraising event. In no way did it diminish the “spirit” of the cause.


Triton Central High School athletic director and girls basketball coach Bryan Graham delivered good news Tuesday that the 2021 event raised nearly $10,000 that will be donated to the IWIN Foundation to help women and their families battle breast cancer.


Over the 13 years Triton Central has hosted the event, the basketball program and its throng of supporters have raised over $180,000 to fight breast cancer.


The annual fundraiser and activities organized in conjunction with a high school girls basketball game have become a “must-see” event.


The school turns its gymnasium and the hallway adjacent to it pink with streamers and balloons. A silent auction runs in conjunction with the junior varsity and varsity games. TC’s basketball teams don pink uniforms. And breast cancer survivors from around Shelby County and beyond are invited to attend and are celebrated with a raucous parade around the hardwood floor before the varsity game tips off.


COVID-19 took the fans away from this year’s game – all 2,000-plus in what becomes a standing-room only event. So the event went virtual and still nearly raised $10,000.


In an email response to Graham, Debbie Laswell, program director for IWIN Foundation raved about “Tiger Nation.”


“You support and care about each other in the best of times and the worst. And stripped down to its bare bones, the purpose of the Pink Out Game was always to celebrate, honor, remember, and help your neighbors with breast cancer, and that is just what you did despite a pandemic,” Laswell wrote. “We are completely blown away by the total funds you raised! Even without fans, the silent auction, the festivities and the Survivor Parade and the traditional ‘sea of pink’ … coach Graham, Connie Larkey, the Lady Tigers, the steadfast supporters, and YOU came together and accomplished something truly incredible.”

Shelbyville's Edwards named All-HHC

Kylee Edwards was one of two sophomores selected to the Hoosier Heritage Conference’s All-Conference Girls Basketball Team.


Edwards also was Shelbyville’s only representative on the 12-player squad.


Edwards averaged 17.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.9 steals for a Golden Bears squad that finished 2-5 in the conference and 8-15 overall.


Also named All-HHC were Delta junior Addie Chesser (17.4 ppg, 4.6 spg), Greenfield-Central senior Addie Hill (12.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Mount Vernon seniors Lexi Shelton (15 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Abby Worley (7.7 ppg, 4.2 apg) and Olivia Yeely (8.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg), New Palestine sophomore Isabella Gizzi (13.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and senior Addi Jones (8 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Pendleton Heights senior Kylie Davis (17.1 ppg, 3 rpg) and junior Abi Rosenkrans (10 ppg,5.9 rpg), and Yorktown seniors Carley Culberson (19 ppg, 4.7 spg) and Elizabeth Reece (14.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg).


Mount Vernon won the HHC title with a perfect 7-0 mark. The Marauders finished the season 19-6 and with a sectional title.


New Palestine (6-1 HHC) was second ahead of Pendleton Heights (5-2), Yorktown (4-3), Greenfield-Central (3-4), Shelbyville (2-5), New Castle (1-6) and Delta (0-7).


Mount Vernon’s Julie Shelton was named HHC Coach of the Year.

Zaleeya Martin wins HCAC sprint title

Hanover College sophomore Zaleeya Martin broke her own school record while winning the 60-meter dash Saturday at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Women’s Track and Field Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana.


The Shelbyville High School graduate became the first female sprinter in Hanover history to break eight seconds in the 60-meter dash. She qualified first in 8.01 then dominated the field in the championship heat, breaking the finish line in 7.92 -- .41 seconds faster than runner-up Madalynn Schifer (8.33) of Bluffton.


Martin also finished third in the 200 meters (28.61) behind Rose-Hulman’s Tina Rogers (27.44) and Transylvania’s Kali Nolan (27.88).


She placed third in the long jump with a best distance of 16 feet, one inch. Rose-Hulman’s Rofiat Adeyemi won the event (16-3.75).


Martin teamed with Alijah Craig, Makenzie Carroll and Alexis Gerke to finish runner-up in the 800-meter relay. Their time of 1:53.27 was just over a second slower than Rose-Hulman’s winning time of 1:52.15.


Hanover College athletics photo

Hanover College sophomore Zaleeya Martin (60) takes the baton to run the anchor leg of the 800-meter relay Saturday at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana. 


Rose-Hulman won the team title with 189 points. Manchester (137), Hanover (100), Bluffton (47.5), Earlham (47), Franklin (46.5), Anderson (34), Transylvania (31), Defiance (12) and Mount St. Joseph (3) rounded out the field.


Two more athletes with Shelby County ties competed in the event.


Jill Anspaugh, a Shelbyville graduate, finished 13th in the 3,000 meters for Franklin College. She crossed the finish line in 12:49.14.


Waldron graduate Dalen Williams threw a personal best 41-10.75 for Franklin College to finish sixth in the men’s shot put.


Rose-Hulman won the men’s team title with 194 points. Franklin College finished sixth.


Boys basketball sectional brackets are set; Shelbyville, Triton Central receive byes

Shelbyville hasn’t won a boys basketball sectional title since going back-to-back with 3A titles in 2000 and 2001.  Even receiving the bye in the upcoming 4A field at Whiteland won’t make it easy on the Golden Bears in their search for an elusive postseason championship.


Shelbyville (6-12) will wait until Friday of next week to open the postseason.  The Golden Bears will play in the late semifinal against the winner of Tuesday’s quarterfinal between Franklin Central (8-12) and Center Grove (11-6).


#13 (4A) Center Grove downed Franklin Central in the season opener, 73-64.  The Trojans have won 8 of their past 11. The losses are a Who’s Who of the MIC:  #3 (4A) Lawrence North, #7 (4A) Warren Central and North Central. 


The other half of the Whiteland Sectional bracket pits defending champ Greenwood (14-5) against Johnson County rival – Franklin (7-13).  Greenwood defeated Franklin, 57-45, on December 11.


The Greenwood-Franklin winner would play Whiteland (12-7) in the other Friday semifinal.


Shelbyville is 0-3 against the rest of the sectional field and 1-8 against 4A competition.  The Golden Bears didn’t play Center Grove this season and a game with Franklin Central was not rescheduled after being lost to a Covid-situation.



At Milan, Triton Central also will wait to begin postseason play.  The Tigers (9-8) received a bye and will play Milan on the Indians’ home court in a Friday 2A semifinal.


Milan defeated Triton Central at Fairland on January 2, 66-49.


The Tigers avoid the juggernaut on the other side of the bracket.  South Ripley (19-1) is ranked 6th in the 2A poll and is coming off a win over #5 (3A) Greensburg last week.  The Raiders will play Tuesday in the lone quarterfinal against North Decatur (4-18).  The winner will play South Decatur (12-7) in Friday’s other semifinal. 


On December 19, South Ripley outscored South Decatur, 85-79



At Southwestern, the favorite is #7 (1A) Morristown.  But even the regular season game that allows the Yellow Jackets that status comes marred by strange circumstances.  On February 4, Morristown was scheduled to travel to Jac-Cen-Del (14-6).  A leak in the gym roof at Jac-Cen-Del forced a move of the game to Morristown.  But it was a decision that wasn’t made until 1:00 pm.  Morristown (17-4) dominated the game in a 65-48 victory.


Morristown will play Oldenburg (6-9) in the only Tuesday night quarterfinal.  The winner will meet Jac-Cen-Del in the Friday semifinal.


On Wednesday, Waldron (3-17) matches up with Rising Sun (5-9).  The Shiners got by Waldron on January 30, 59-51.


In the final quarterfinal matchup, Hauser (8-11) plays Southwestern (7-9).  The conference rivals play this Wednesday at Hauser in a rescheduled game.  It’s one of four games the Spartans will play in consecutive days to finish the regular season.
















Harker nets runner-up finish at New Palestine Sectional

Tyler Harker dropped over five seconds off his preliminary swim in the 200-yard freestyle Saturday at the New Palestine Sectional and finished runner-up.


Harker, a Shelbyville High School junior, clocked one minute, 47.92 seconds in the sectional championship event after qualifying Friday in 1:53.27.


Greenfield-Central senior Samuel Logan won the race in 1:44.78. Richmond’s Ben Quinn (1:48.48) and New Castle’s Benjamin Hall (1:49.1), both seniors, finished third and fourth, respectively.


Eastern Hancock junior Matthew McDaniel finished fifth in 1:51.67, setting up Harker as the 2022 sectional favorite in the event.


Harker also placed fourth in the 100 freestyle in 49.75. Greenfield-Central’s Travis Black won the sectional title in 46.0.


The only other Golden Bear to compete in a sectional final was freshman William Rife, who finished sixth in the 100 butterfly (57.59) – over seven seconds behind sectional champ Aiden Tierney of Mount Vernon.


Rife also placed 12th in the 50 freestyle (24.79).


Shelbyville junior Lance File placed 16th in the 100 backstroke (1:11.05).


The Shelbyville 200 freestyle relay team finished fourth. Harker, Rife, Elijah Von Werder and Tristin Maloney stopped the clock in 1:37.57.


The 200 medley relay team of File, Harker, Rife and Michael Fox placed fifth (1:52.14).


The 400 freestyle relay team of Manuel Sesma Perez, Fox, File and Maloney finished ninth (3:55.18).


New Palestine Sectional


Mt. Vernon 432.5, Greenfield-Central 402, New Castle 246.5, Richmond 209.5, New Palestine 181, Eastern Hancock 175, Connersville 130.5, Shelbyville 125, Centerville 116, Hagerstown 107, Seton Catholic 44


200 medley relay: 1. MV 1:36.94; 2. GC 1:37.68; 3. NC 1:42.86; 4. RI 1:44.98; 5. SH 1:52.14 (File, Harker, Rife, Fox); 6. EH 1:54.08; 7. HT 1:54.73; 8. CV 1:54.95; 9. SC 2:15.85.


200 freestyle: 1. Logan (GC) 1:44.78; 2. Harker (SH) 1:47.92; 3. Quinn (RI) 1:48.48; 4. Hall (NC) 1:49.1; 5. McDaniel (EH) 1:51.67; 6. Flick (MV) 1:51.82; 7. Criswell (NC) 1:54.45; 8. Edwards (EH) 1:55.28.


200 individual medley: 1. Nagel (GC) 1:57.29; 2. Lindahl (RI) 2:02.27; 3. Griffin (GC) 2:02.82; 4. Garey (MV) 2:03.65; 5. Sipes (NC) 2:10.74; 6. Murphy (MV) 2:11.83; 7. Turner (HT) 2:16.93; 8. Cave (MV) 2:17.43.


50 freestyle: 1. Black (GC) 20.92; 2. Gray (MV) 21.56; 3. Hensley 21.81; 4. Schwartz (NP) 22.65; 5. Demircioglu (MV) 23.14; 6. Joven 23.19; 7. Lamar (HT) 23.55; 8. Surburg (EH) 23.83; 12. Rife (SH) 24.79.


Diving: 1. Jones (CO) 429.85; 2. Jahrsdoerfer (GC) 427.55; 3. Mays (GC) 323.75; 4. Bohn (RI) 302.7; 5. Williams (RI) 290.15; 6. Miller (CV) 283.85; 7. Drake (NP) 278.6; 8. Thomas (MV) 212.25; 9. Hoeppner (MV) 195.65.


100 butterfly: 1. Tierney (MV) 50.42; 2. Logan (GC) 52.75; 3. Hall (NC) 54.58; 4. Griffin (GC) 55.17; 5. McDaniel (EH) 55.71; 6. Rife (SH) 57.59; 7. Smith (RI) 57.72; 8. Champion (MV) 57.72.


100 freestyle: 1. Black (GC) 46.0; 2. Gray (MV) 48.4; 3. Hensley (CO) 49.36; 4. Harker (SH) 49.75; 5. Schwartz (NP) 50.15; 6. Murphy (MV) 50.67; 7. Schomaker (MV) 51.13; 8. Joven (GC) 51.61.


500 freestyle: 1. Quinn (RI) 4:53.99; 2. Peters (GC) 5:04.52; 3. Noah (GC) 5:10.94; 4. Flick (MV) 5:11.27; 5. Osborn (GC) 5:20.22; 6. Lacey (NC) 5:24.86; 7. Strege (MV) 5:24.89; 8. Kenny (CV) 5:30.98.


200 freestyle relay: 1. MV 1:31.29; 2. NP 1:33.74; 3. EH 1:34.02; 4. GC 1:34.4; 5. SH (Harker, Von Werder, Maloney, Rife) 1:37.57; 6. HT 1:38.54; 7. NC 1:40.05; 8. CV 1:41.04.


100 backstroke: 1. Murphy (MV) 55.29; 2. Schomaker (MV) 57.57; 3. Murphy (MV) 58.36; 4. Osborn (GC) 58.54; 5. Smith (RI) 58.61; 6. Griffey (NC) 59.15; 7. Surburg (EH) 1:01.3; 8. Shirk (NP) 1:01.67; 16. File (SH) 1:11.05.


100 breaststroke: 1. Tierney (MV) 56.77; 2. Nagel (GC) 59.31; 3. Lindahl (RI) 1:00.75; 4. Sipes (NC) 1:02.54; 5. Garey (MV) 1:03.73; 6. Demircioglu (MV) 1:05.83; 7. Dagley (EH) 1:07.28; 8. Kingery (NP) 1:07.36.


400 freestyle relay: 1. GC 3:14.01; 2. MV 3:22.85; 3. RI 3:26.53; 4. NC 3:29.04; 5. CO 3:32.79; 6. EH 3:36.3; 7. NP 3:36.47; 8. CV 3:44.83; 9. SH (Sesma Perez, Fox, File, Maloney) 3:55.15.

Sectional preview: Golden Bears set for New Palestine Sectional

Shelbyville High School’s boys swimming program opens postseason competition today at the New Palestine Sectional.


Preliminary swims are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. The top eight performers in each individual and relay event qualify for Saturday’s championship races. The next eight performers return Saturday for consolation events.


Shelbyville will not have an entrant in the diving competition.


Sectional event champions and those that meet the state standard time in each event qualify for the state finals.


Tyler Harker, a junior, is the highest seeded Golden Bear for an individual event. His time of 51.16 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle is third best behind Greenfield-Central’s Travis Black (47.96) and Mount Vernon’s Brady Gray (49.74).


Harker also is seeded in the top eight in the 200 freestyle (1:53.8).


Mitchell Compton, a senior, has the Golden Bears’ top time in the 200 individual medley (2:22.7). He will be joined in that event by Tristin Maloney (2:36.98), a sophomore, and Michael Fox (2:39.44), a junior.


In the fastest event, the 50 freestyle, Shelbyville has freshman William Rife (24.09), sophomore Elijah Von Werder (26.77) and junior Lance File (26.78).


In the 100 butterfly, sophomore Manuel Sesma Perez (1:16.41), Rife (1:01.58) and Maloney (1:08.21) are entered.


Perez (1:02.76) will join Harker in the 100 freestyle.


File and Von Werder are the Golden Bears competing in the 100 backstroke. File is seeded at 1:13.34 while Von Werder’s seed time is 1:17.12.


Mitchell Compton, a senior, will swim in heat two of the 100 breaststroke. His seed time is 1:07.46. Fox also will compete in the breaststroke with a seed time of 1:20.4.


Rife, File, Harker and Trey Carrell are the fourth seed (1:47.25) in the 200 medley relay.


Rife, Maloney, Von Werder and Harker are entered in the 200 freestyle relay as the third seed (1:35.58).


Fox, Maloney, File and Perez will likely need to improve on their seed time of 3:56 to advance in the 400 freestyle relay.

Glesing prepared to rebuild Shelbyville football program

Brian Glesing does not fear the challenge that is Shelbyville football.


The Golden Bears have won one game over the last three seasons and currently ride a 25-game losing streak.


Head coach Michael Clevenger stepped aside in the fall and Glesing, who has a track record of rebuilding football programs, was named the new head coach.


For the program to compete once again in the Hoosier Heritage Conference and the Class 4A postseason, more athletes need to be committed to the sport.


“We need to be real simple and get the kids enjoying the game,” said Glesing via phone interview Wednesday afternoon. “Numbers are down. I know it’s not the cool thing in school to be a football player right now.”


Friday nights are supposed to be fun. Instead, the Golden Bears scored just 51 points last season while allowing 527.


In 2019, it was worse. The offense managed just 21 points in 10 games while allowing 589. The program surrendered a record 85 points in a shutout loss to Delta on Sept. 6, 2019.


The last win under the lights came Sept. 14, 2018, when the Golden Bears defeated Greenfield-Central, 28-27.


New Shelbyville High School football coach Brian Glesing.


“I think the community will like what I bring to the program but success will not happen overnight,” said Glesing. “It’s a long process. It will take baby steps. I have seen things to correct and get fixed. And we need to get the kids confident about themselves.”


Glesing’s track record fits Shelbyville’s need very well.


The 1989 Franklin Central High School graduate who played college football and baseball at Hanover College got his first head coaching job at LaVille High School in 2001. The program was 2-9 the year before he arrived and 0-10 in his first season.


The Lancers improved from there with records of 8-5, 9-4 and 5-6 before Glesing moved on to Clarksville, where he was 17-6 in two seasons.


Glesing settled in at Floyd Central in 2007 and won 70 games over 11 seasons. He had one-year stops at Jeffersonville and Paoli before his hiring at Shelbyville.


“I’ve already met with a lot of people,” he said. “I’ve gotten a lot of people’s opinions on what is good and what is bad. I’ve got in my head what needs to be fixed. I am certainly familiar with where we are at.”


Glesing has already assumed his teaching position at the high school but has not yet moved to central Indiana. He is still living in southern Indiana and staying with family in the area during the week.


There was a scheduled Zoom meeting Wednesday night with his coaching staff to start planning winter and spring workouts.


“I know this situation has some positives,” he said. “We’ve got a good group of young kids, especially coming from the middle school.”


Fundamentals will be key. Glesing plans to install a power running game to improve the offense’s lack of productivity the last two seasons.


“I’ve hung my hat in years past on being a good, power running football team,” he said. “I want to control the clock, get first downs and shorten games. For us to be successful, we have to run the football and then be good with play-action passing.”


An anemic offense the last two seasons has kept the defense on the field far too long. Glesing expects changes there too.


“It will be basic – keys and responsibilities,” he said. “We need to teach the kids to play fast but be a good tackling team – emphasize the fundamentals.”


Glesing understands there were young and undersized kids on the field in recent seasons. That experience will pay off if the athletes can improve off the field.


“We will focus on strength and conditioning,” he said. “We have to get stronger, faster, quicker and tougher – that will be the focus.”


The off-the-field workouts may be more important than the on-field workouts.


Glesing will take over the offseason workouts starting Monday. A recent callout produced approximately 60 sophomores, juniors and seniors. Glesing expects to add another 20-25 eighth graders that will be freshmen in the fall.


“The process needs to start for me learning names,” said Glesing with a laugh.


Glesing's success at other stops is a positive sign for Shelbyville. He points to other HHC programs like New Palestine and Mount Vernon, who have surged to the top of the conference after being in the middle of the pack for many years.


“There are no shortcuts,” he said. “I believe you keep the transition simple – get back to fundamentals and basics.”


Glesing’s debut as Golden Bears coach is scheduled for Aug. 20 at Greensburg.

Collegiate update: Chandler's Ramblers sweep Stephens' Purple Aces

A pair of Triton Central graduates squared off at the University of Evansville this past weekend.


The Loyola Ramblers raced out to an 18-2 lead Saturday and never looked back in defeating the Evansville Aces for the second straight day. Loyola improved to 9-6 this season after a 67-49 victory Friday and a 61-31 win Saturday at Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville, Indiana.


Maya Chandler, a 2020 Triton Central graduate, had 10 points and six rebounds for Loyola Saturday. She scored eight points, grabbed two rebounds and added three steals in Friday’s win.


Riley Stephens, also a 2020 Triton Central graduate, had two points, one rebound and one steal Friday against Loyola and one point and two rebounds Saturday for the Purple Aces (5-11).


For the season, Chandler is averaging 9.1 ppg and 3.2 rpg.


Stephens is averaging 6.5 ppg and 3.2 rpg.


The Ramblers return to action with games Friday and Saturday against the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.


The Purple Aces travel north to Valparaiso for games Friday and Saturday. photo

Zaleeya Martin was named the HCAC Athlete of the Week after her record-setting performance Friday night for Hanover College.


Zaleeya Martin


The Shelbyville graduate solidified herself as her conference’s top sprinter with a record-setting performance Friday at the Friday Night Spikes indoor track and field meet hosted by Rose-Hulman University.


The Hanover College sophomore won the 60-meter dash in 8.0 seconds to break the school record. She also teamed with Alijah Craig, Makenzie Carroll and Alexis Gerke to win the 800-meter relay in 1:57.74.


That success helped Martin earn her third Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Athlete of the Week award.


She will compete Saturday in the HCAC Indoor Championships.

Bob Jenkins battling cancer

If you're a race fan, you've probably seen or heard Bob Jenkins. He's been working in motorsports since 1979, calling NASCAR and IndyCar races on radio and TV. For the past few years, he's been the public address announcer at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 


However, you probably won't see or hear Jenkins as much this year. 


On Tuesday, in a video released by IMS, the 73-year-old revealed he has brain cancer. 


"It happened on Christmas night, I awoke with a severe headache," Jenkins said. 


He went to the hospital. 


"The first diagnosis was a stroke," he said. "The second diagnosis was 'we have found two malignant tumors in your right temple. You have brain cancer.'"


Jenkins says he's going through chemo and radiation, and will have to step back from his role at the track a little bit.


"I'm not going to completely retire. I'm going to say I'm cautiously optimistic about working some of the public address this year."


Jenkins went on to everyone who has already reached out to him. 


"I can't pray as much as all my race fans out there can do, and I sincerely believe that is a major, major contribution on how this thing is going to turn out."


For the full video where Jenkins reveals the news of his diagnosis, go to this link:


Krieg's next challenge to replace four graduating seniors at Southwestern

Southwestern’s first regional appearance in eight years came because of great patience working with a new coach and overcoming the complications of a worldwide pandemic.


Garrett Krieg was hired to take over the girls basketball program in 2020 at Southwestern at a time when COVID-19 was in full bloom. Students were working from home and typical offseason workouts in the building or on campus were nearly non-existent.


“Not having a summer really hurt,” said Krieg, who went 18-8 in his first season as the head coach. “And then when we did have a summer, my wife had a baby. I took two weeks off where we didn’t practice in the summer to be home with my child.


“But when we came back, we worked really hard and did a lot of good things.”


Krieg looked at a 2020 roster and saw four rising seniors and three juniors that would be thrust into the rotation. But what they looked like on the court was a mystery for awhile.


“The first time I talked to them was through Zoom,” laughed Krieg. “It was tough to get a read on the girls.”


Seniors Maggie Correll, Abby Muck, Trinity Tatlock and Lexi Wilkins were the stalwarts in the starting lineup. Junior Lily Kerber settled in around the quartet while juniors Alison Muck and Kennedy Pile and sophomore McKinley Correll contributed whenever and wherever needed.


Not surprisingly, the season got off to a slow start as Krieg settled in and the players learned what they were trying to accomplish.


“It was win a game, lose a game, then win a game and lose a game,” said Krieg.



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Southwestern junior Lily Kerber (top photo) will be her team's leading returning scorer next season. The Spartans' postseason run ended Saturday night with a loss to Greenwood Christian in the regional championship game at Southwestern High School.


The Spartans started the season 3-3 before winning back-to-back games against Eastern Hancock and Knightstown.


“I think they got used to my coaching style and got used to what we were trying to accomplish offensively and defensively,” he said. “Then COVID hit and we had to start all over again.”


After the Knightstown win on Dec. 8, the Spartans did not play again until tournament games Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 against Carroll (Flora) and Clinton Central. They added wins over Lutheran and Morristown to bring momentum into the Shelby County Tournament but an old nemesis was waiting.


Waldron pinned a second loss of the season on Southwestern, 36-33, in the semifinal round of the county tourney. Despite the disappointment, the program bounced back to get a 66-64 overtime win at Whiteland.


“By the time January started, I thought we were right where we needed to be, and we got better and better,” said Krieg. “That Whiteland win was huge.”


The players were believing in Krieg and gaining motivation to win their first sectional title since 2013 and play in the regional on their own floor.


“We’ve always known we had potential and I think having a new coach helped us a lot with becoming the team we are,” said Tatlock. “I think it was a good adjustment. We all took him very seriously when he came in and we all respected him. He set boundaries and I think that helped a lot with this season. He set expectations and goals for us which helped push us to where we are at.”


Southwestern closed out the regular season winning five of its last six games and the sectional draw put Waldron right back in the Spartans’ way.


The third time was the charm as the Spartans defeated the Mohawks, 52-50, and added wins over Rising Sun (68-35) and Jac-Cen-Del (52-48) to capture the sectional title and earn a return trip home.


Southwestern kept rolling with a 38-31 victory over Bethesda Christian Saturday morning to reach the championship game against defending regional champion Greenwood Christian.


Win or lose, it would be the last game for the four seniors on their home floor. The Cougars proved too tough to tame, though, with a veteran trio of seniors that led their team to a 49-42 victory.


Krieg knows the offseason will be crucial to developing the next wave of Spartans. Kerber scored a team-high 13 points in the regional title tilt and will be counted on for more production, both in the lane and from behind the 3-point arc, next season.


“She is still a little inconsistent, confidence is an issue,” said Krieg. “but I thought her tournament run was awesome. She had a great season all year. I think she is a player that will really take that next step up.”


Abby Muck and Tatlock led Southwestern in scoring this season at 12 points per game. Wilkins averaged 11 ppg and Maggie Correll contributed 8 ppg. Together, the foursome accounted for 78% of the Spartans’ offense.


Kerber produced 5.5 points and rebounds per game and will be her team’s leading returning scorer for the 2021-2022 season.

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