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Riley, Green and Nance named Barn Crew of the Month at Indiana Grand

The combination of stables Carter and Donna Riley, Darlene Green and Mike Nance have been named “Barn Crew of the Month” for October at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Indiana.

The award is sponsored by the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and Texas Corral of Shelbyville.

The three stables are small and combine to keep their shed row in perfect shape on the backstretch at Indiana Grand.

Riley is a former leading Quarter Horse jockey in Indiana. He and his wife, Donna, have three thoroughbreds and a few quarter horses racing this season at Indiana Grand.

Darlene Green, who is a former Thoroughbred jockey and has a farm in Fairland, Indiana, has approximately seven horses and earned a win later on in the card Monday with Go Get Em following the presentation for Barn Crew of the Month.

Mike Nance, who has campaigned several Horse of the Year winners over the past three decades in Indiana, has approximately six in his stable.

Each of the recipients of Barn Crew of the Month received a $200 gift certificate to Texas Corral. They also have a banner noting their award hanging on the outside of their bard for the remainder of the 2021 racing season at Indiana Grand.

The October Barn Crew of the Month is the final award for 2021. A total of eight stables were recognized for keeping an outstanding barn and providing extra special care to their horses at Indiana Grand.

Collegiate Update: UIndy senior soccer players honored Sunday at Key Stadium

The No. 2 ranked University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team defeated Drury University, 2-0, Sunday on Senior Day.

Shelbyville graduate Tyce Taylor (photo, second from left) was one of 14 Greyhounds honored during their last regular season game at Key Stadium in Indianapolis.

Taylor is a two-time Academic All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection.

The senior class is 53-10-8 after the win Sunday. The Greyhounds are 12-0-1 this season and 10-0-1 against GLVC opponents.

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

 

 

Bailey Stamper

The Triton Central graduate logged two minutes in her first collegiate game Saturday for Indiana University South Bend in an 80-48 win over IU Kokomo.

Stamper, a freshman, was credited with one defensive rebound in the Titans’ ninth-straight season-opening win.

 

 

TeAnn Bringle

The Shelbyville graduate was one of 20 Indiana State softball players named to the 2020-2021 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete list.

Athletes must maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher to earn the honor.

Indiana State softball posted a 3.64 gpa which tied for 26th best in the country.

 

 

Cameron Baker

The Shelbyville graduate placed fifth in the one-meter diving event and seventh in the three-meter event Saturday for Franklin College in the Indiana DIII Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Baker tallied 201.60 points in the season-opening one-meter event and 164.70 points in the 3-meter event.

 

 

Nolan Davis

The Shelbyville graduate had a trio of top-five finishes for Franklin College’s men’s swim team Saturday at the Indiana DIII Championships.

Davis finished third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.72), fifth in the 200 butterfly (2:13.43) and fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:10.22).

Franklin finished runner-up in the six-team event to Rose-Hulman.

 

 

Kenneth Gipson

The Triton Central graduate was the starting center in Rose-Hulman’s 57-14 victory Saturday at Manchester.

Rose-Hulman racked up 486 yards of offense and improved to 5-2 overall and 4-0 against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents.

 

 

Bailey Chandler

The Triton Central graduate recorded 10 assists and one dig Saturday in Eastern Illinois volleyball’s 23-25, 25-13, 25-18, 25-14 loss to Morehead State.

The two teams also met Friday with Morehead State prevailing, 25-11, 25-13, 30-28. Chandler had five assists and two digs.

The Panthers are 7-14 this season and 0-11 in Ohio Valley Conference contests.

 

 

Maggie Schweitzer

The Triton Central graduate had three assists, three aces and eight digs Saturday for Hanover College in a 25-15, 25-16, 18-25, 22-25, 17-15 win over Anderson.

Hanover began the week with a 25-27, 30-28, 26-24, 25-18 loss Wednesday at Transylvania University. Schweitzer had one assist, five aces and seven digs.

On Thursday, Hanover rebounded for a 25-27, 25-11, 27-25, 25-19 win over Center College.

Hanover is 14-9 this season and 5-2 in the HCAC standings.

 

 

Brooklyn Schiffli

Despite a loss Sunday to Florida Gulf Coast, 25-22, 29-27, 25-20, Jacksonville State clinched a spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament that will be played Nov. 18-20 in Ft. Meyers, Florida.

Schiffli, a Triton Central graduate, had one ace and eight digs for Jacksonville State (19-5, 9-2 ASUN).

On Saturday, Jacksonville State defeated Liberty, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22. Schiffli finished with one assist, one ace and 11 digs.

The Gamecocks traveled to Jacksonville (Fla.) Friday and secured a 25-15, 25-15, 25-16 win. Schiffli had six digs.

 

 

Maddy Beaver

The Triton Central graduate had six kills and three digs to help Goshen defeat the University of Northwestern Ohio Friday, 25-14, 25-21, 25-16 in the Rochester University Tri-Match in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Goshen then lost to Rochester, 25-20, 21-25, 26-24, 17-25, 16-14. Beaver finished with eight kills, two solo blocks, five block assists and five digs.

On Saturday, Goshen was defeated on Senior Day by St. Xavier University, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20. Beaver had one kill and four block assists.

Goshen is 4-30 this season.

Stuckey leads Triton Central to 58-0 win at Eastern (Pekin) in sectional opener

Triton Central quarterback Jace Stuckey ran for two touchdowns and threw three more to lead the Tigers to a 58-0 rout of Eastern (Pekin) Friday in the Class 2A, Sectional 39 opener.

Triton Central improved to 6-4 this season and will host Clarksville (3-7) for a sectional semifinal game this Friday at Mendenhall Field. A Tigers’ win would guarantee the sectional championship would be played in Fairland.

The other Sectional 39 semifinal pits Paoli (6-2) at Providence (5-5).

Triton Central scored twice in the first quarter Friday at winless Eastern (0-7) and added four second-quarter scores to break the game wide open.

Levi Dewey connected on a 35-yard field goal to start the scoring and Stuckey plunged into the end zone on a quarterback sneak to make it 10-0 with just under four minutes left in the quarter.

Running back Ray Crawford got in on the scoring early in the second quarter with a 14-yard run.

Stuckey’s second rushing touchdown came less than a minute later to make it 24-0.

The sophomore quarterback closed out the first-half scoring with a 41-yard strike to Crawford and a 35-yard scoring pass to Chase Chandler to give the Tigers a 37-0 halftime advantage.

Crawford pulled in a 64-yard touchdown pass from Stuckey in the third quarter; Brayden Wilkins added an interception return for a score; and freshman Chris Perkon added a 14-yard scoring run to set the final score.

Richmond strikes first, holds on for football sectional win at Shelbyville

With revenge on its mind and a sectional semifinal appearance at stake, Richmond rolled into Shelbyville’s McKeand Stadium Friday night and immediately put the Golden Bears in a 14-0 disadvantage.

Despite not scoring a point in 14 straight quarters, Shelbyville went right to work and put together two scoring drives to tie the score.

The Red Devils, who lost at Shelbyville in week two (22-16), scored to close out the first-half scoring and added another touchdown to start the second-half scoring and Shelbyville was unable to get back even.

Richmond prevailed in a Class 4A sectional quarterfinal game, 32-29, and ended the Golden Bears’ season at 1-6.

With the win, Richmond (2-8) will host Connersville (2-8) in one Sectional 21 semifinal contest. Fifth-ranked Mt. Vernon (9-1) will travel to No. 11 Greenfield-Central (7-3) for the other semifinal game.

Shelbyville racked up a season-high 385 yards of offense Friday but needed one more scoring drive to tie the game or take the lead.

After a goal line stand thwarted Richmond from securing the victory, Shelbyville drove to midfield but ran out of time.

Richmond started quickly with Marquis Johnson taking the game’s opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback John Carter connected with Johnson for the 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.

The Red Devils stopped Shelbyville’s first offensive series, got the ball back and drove down the field where Carter scored on an 8-yard run. The two-point conversion failed and it was 14-0.

Shelbyville finished off its first scoring drive with a 14-yard run from Jordan Marcum. Aiden Helfer-Vazquez added the extra point to cut Richmond’s lead in half.

The Golden Bears followed a defensive stop with another scoring drive that was capped off by Eli Chappelow’s 6-yard run and Helfer-Vazquez’s kick.

Following an 8-yard touchdown strike from Carter to Micah Belcher, Richmond secured a 20-14 halftime advantage.

The lead grew in the third quarter when Johnson pulled in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Carter for a 26-14 lead.

Cael Lux delivered a 97-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to keep the Golden Bears within striking distance, 26-21.

Johnson, who finished the game with 11 rushes for 108 yards, scored on an 18-yard run to extend the lead to 32-21.

Chappelow connected with Jackson Parker for a 44-yard touchdown throw in the fourth quarter that turned out to be the final scoring of the game.

Chappelow completed 10-of-18 pass attempts for 155 yards. Parker finished with five catches for 87 yards.

Lux led the ground game with 154 yards on 14 carries.

Waldron loses five-set thriller to Bloomfield in volleyball regional semifinal round

Waldron handled the pressure of its first volleyball regional appearance adeptly.

Playing on a familiar court against a team making its fourth-straight regional appearance, the Mohawks rolled out to 1-0 and 2-1 leads against Bloomfield Saturday morning at the Class A Morristown Regional.

The Cardinals never buckled under the pressure of being behind and rallied to win sets four and five to end Waldron’s season, 22-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-21, 15-8.

The Mohawks finished 22-11 this season, winning the Shelby County Tournament title and the program’s first sectional championship.

In the second semifinal, Indianapolis Lutheran defeated Indiana School for the Deaf, 25-18, 25-7, 26-24.

In the championship match, Bloomfield rolled past the Saints, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20.

The regional title was the seventh in program history for Bloomfield and fourth in the last nine years.

Bloomfield (20-11) will face Trinity Lutheran (29-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Columbus East Semistate.

At Frankfort Saturday in the other Class A semistate, Kouts (27-7) battles Lafayette Central Catholic (25-9).

The state championship match will be played at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie on Nov. 6.

SHS senior closes out cross country career at Shelbyville Semistate

Stefanie Howard’s cross country career came to an end Saturday morning on her home course at Blue River Memorial Park.

The Shelbyville senior finished 113th overall in the girls semistate field in a time of 20 minutes, 56 seconds.

The top six finishing teams at the Shelbyville Semistate and the top 10 individuals not on an advancing team qualified for the state championship event on Oct. 30 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute.

Indianapolis Bishop Chatard’s Lily Cridge won the girls race in a course record 17:04. That time was more than 40 seconds faster than the race winners at the other three semistate races Saturday, making Cridge the favorite to win the state championship.

Carmel won the girls semistate title with 46 points. Also advancing to the state finals were Noblesville (78), Franklin Central (133), Westfield (144), North Central (148) and Avon (172).

Carmel’s Kole Mathison won the boys race in 15:15 and the Greyhounds finished third in the team standings.

Brebeuf won the semistate title with 60 points. Center Grove (77) was runner-up followed by Carmel (86), Zionsville (129), Noblesville (159) and Franklin Central (184).

Waldron volleyball focusing on little things to achieve big dreams

Steve Mackey has tried to keep this week as simple as possible. No easy task when his Waldron volleyball program is preparing for its first ever regional appearance Saturday at Morristown High School.

“We are trying to put the time in the gym and get mentally prepared,” said Mackey. “It’s just an extension of the season but it is new ground for them.

“I’m just trying to keep them thinking about what’s ahead and what’s possible for them to achieve – they do the rest.”

Waldron (22-10) opens the Class A regional at 10 a.m. Saturday against Bloomfield (18-11), a program making its fourth-straight regional appearance and 18th overall.

In the second semifinal, Indiana School for the Deaf (21-7) returns to the regional for a second straight year to face Indianapolis Lutheran (7-24), making its fifth consecutive regional appearance.

“We are trying to prepare by doing what we do well and shoring up our deficiencies,” said Mackey, Waldron’s first-year head coach. “Calmness comes from confidence and repetition.”

 

 

The Mohawks have an experienced roster that finished 20-11 in 2020 that is directed by sophomore setter Emily Tyree (photo above), who surpassed 1,000 career assists late in the season.

“Mentally, she always has her head where it needs to be,” said Mackey.

Tyree has multiple offensive options on the floor in seniors Nicole Garner, Madalyn Hudnall (the Shelby County Tournament Most Valuable Player) and Mackenzie Shaw and juniors Josee Larrison and Kaylee Young.

 

 

Garner (photo above), who recorded career dig 1,000 earlier this season, is strong defensively with senior Megan Bogemann and sophomore Alyssa Benson, who split time this season as the libero on the junior varsity squad.

“You can count on her to be a leader in the back row. She is just a steady player,” said Mackey of Bogemann.

For Waldron to advance, it will need to keep Bloomfield’s Gracie Lowry in check. The senior has 471 kills, 55 service aces, 53 total blocks and 184 digs this season.

Seniors Kinley Moody (163 kills, 79 total blocks) and Rylee Schantz (167 kills, 247 digs) are strong second and third options offensively for junior setter Brianna Bucher (807 assists).

The Cardinals started the season 1-5 before getting into gear and finishing 17-6. They enter the regional having won five straight matches and eight of their last 10.

“(Bloomfield) will be good in all phases of the game,” said Mackey. “They are tall and have a big front line. Their blocking will be tough. We have to be ready for that.”

On paper, Indiana Deaf appears to be a solid favorite over Lutheran, one of the more successful Class A programs in the state.

 

 

The Orioles have won 15 of their last 16 and five straight on the way to Morristown. They are 0-2 against Shelby County opponents this season, losing to Southwestern on Aug. 28 in an invitational and to Waldron on Sept. 7.

Indiana Deaf is balanced offensively with seniors ZaniBelle Hoglind (108 kills) and Luisa Skjeveland (97 kills) and sophomore Sophia Wascher (91 kills) leading the way.

Senior Nicholle Bradach has a team-high 199 digs and junior setter Seanna Baird has a team-high 262 assists.

 

 

Lutheran enters the regional going 5-5 in its last 10 matches.

Sophomore Hadleigh Filipovich leads the Saints with 96 kills and 164 digs.

Junior setter Regan Wilson has 285 assists, 64 kills and 118 digs. Sophomore Brooklyn Ormsby has 60 kills while junior Annika Morrison has 137 digs.

Three of Lutheran’s losses this season came to Hauser (Aug. 26), Triton Central (Sept. 2) and Morristown (Sept. 5).

Indiana Deaf and Lutheran did not meet in the regular season.

The winner of the Morristown Regional advances to the southern Indiana semistate championship match at either Columbus East or Jasper to face the winner of the Loogootee Regional – which features Lanesville vs. Springs Valley and Trinity Lutheran vs. Loogootee.

Up north at the Culver Community Regional, Southwood faces Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian and Kouts takes on Triton.

At the Wes-Del Regional, Seton Catholic battles Lafayette Central Catholic and Daleville takes on South Newton.

The northern Indiana semistate championship will be at Huntington North or Frankfort.

Triton Central wants championship mindset for road trip to winless Eastern (Pekin)

With a win Friday at Eastern (Pekin) and a Clarksville win over Mitchell, Triton Central football could close out Class 2A, Sectional 39 at Mendenhall Field in Fairland.

That requires the Tigers (5-4) to secure a road win Friday at winless Eastern (0-6), a program that has lost 16 straight games. It will be TC’s third consecutive road game after closing out the season with a 28-13 win at Beech Grove and a 24-21 loss at Speedway.

“Our mindset is we need to play it like a championship game,” said Triton Central coach Tim Able. “From here on out, it is. We can’t just turn it on. We can’t play down to the competition.”

The Musketeers program has never experienced a winning season since its inception in 2007. A pair of 5-5 seasons in 2010 and 2011 serve as the high water mark. The program is 29-121 over 15 seasons – Triton Central is 121-53 over that same span.

Eastern’s last win came in its 2019 sectional opener, 22-0 over Union County.

“I know they run a spread offense … they like to throw a little more than they run but teams have a tendency to run on us,” said Able.

Triton Central’s offense will have three starters out on the offensive line. The program’s top two tight ends will play right tackle and left tackle Friday night.

“We will make due,” said Able. “Luckily we have the human eraser in Ray Crawford (135 carries, 916 yards, 6 rushing TDs; 19 receptions, 288 yards, 2 TDs). If they breach the line (of scrimmage), he can still get outside. He has had an amazing year considering how many cuts he has needed to find open yards.”

Brad Schultz (16 carries, 179 yards, 2 TDs; 17 receptions, 285 yards, 3 TDs) also will not be used following a strong performance at Speedway. Schultz suffered an ankle injury early in the season and Able wants him at near 100% as the postseason progresses.

“He’s been really outstanding the last two weeks,” said Able. “He is a difference maker, a game changer and I feel like this is a good week for him to recover.”

In the other Sectional 39 games Friday, Providence (4-5) is at Switzerland County (2-6); Union County (4-4) travels to Paoli (5-2); and Mitchell (3-5) is at Clarksville (2-7).

Favorable sectional draw puts Shelbyville in rematch with Richmond

The victory celebration on Aug. 27 was raucous following Shelbyville’s 22-16 victory over Richmond. The win ended a 26-game losing streak for the Golden Bears.

The loss was the first of eight straight for the Red Devils, who return to McKeand Stadium Friday night for the opening round of Class 4A, Sectional 21.

“Obviously, (the draw) is about as good as we could do but the interesting thing is Richmond is just as happy as we are,” said Shelbyville head coach Brian Glesing. “It’s good for both teams because both teams are hungry for a win and both teams have struggled all year long. And they will be hungry for revenge.”

Sectional 21 features four one-win teams and they all landed in the same half of the bracket meaning one of them will play for a sectional championship in two weeks.

Shelbyville’s stunning win over Richmond preceded a three-week hiatus for the football program which was stripped of players due to COVID-19 protocols.  The Golden Bears also were stripped of any momentum gained by their best performance in three seasons.

Since the return Sept. 24 against Yorktown, Shelbyville has been shut out four straight contests. The Tigers defeated the Golden Bears, 35-0, and losses to New Palestine (52-0), Mt. Vernon (49-0) and Pendleton Heights (42-0) followed.

Glesing knows the Golden Bears have to get the ground game churning Friday night against the Red Devils (1-8), who have allowed 39 points per game this season.

“Our kids are still positive. They understand the talent level (we played the last four weeks),” said Glesing. “We’ve had a good week so far and a lot of the kids have been through this before. We have to continue to plug away.”

Turnovers plagued Richmond in its first trip to Shelbyville this season. Offensively, the Golden Bears moved the first down chains throughout the game which left the Red Devils frustrated.

“Turnovers were big and we were able to run the ball a little bit,” said Glesing. “We did some good things but that seems like eons ago. I know they will be hungry. It will be a different Richmond team. We have to play our best football game to win.”

Sophomore Jayden Shipp led Richmond in week two but senior John Carter has taken over at quarterback as the season progressed. Carter has completed 49% of his pass attempts for 872 yards and nine touchdowns.

Lucas Hall and Demarco Owens have combined for 103 rushes for 599 yards and eight TDs. Marquis Johnson leads the team with 41 receptions for 637 yards and five TDs.

“They are going to do the same stuff,” said Glesing despite the quarterback change. “They like to spread it out and throw it, they like the zone reads and a little power. They are kind of like us in they have struggled all year.”

Shelbyville will counter with quarterback Eli Chappelow under center. The sophomore led the program’s junior varsity team to an undefeated record this season.

Chappelow has completed 12-of-20 pass attempts in Friday night games this season.

“Eli will start but that does not mean Colton (Adkins) is out,” said Glesing. “I think Eli has earned the spot as the starting quarterback but Colton is right there. We might play both of them. We will see how it goes.”

Cael Lux leads the Golden Bears in rushing with 324 yards on 93 attempts, including three touchdowns. Jordan Marcum (8 carries, 65 yards) will get more carries from the backfield this week.

“We’ve taught him a couple more plays,” said Glesing of Marcum. “When you switch positions in the middle of the year it’s always tough to learn.”

A win Friday would get the program another week of practice and growth. And it would provide a second straight winnable game, which could earn the program an additional week of much-needed practice.

“Turnovers are a big deal and not giving up the big play defensively,” said Glesing of Friday night’s keys. “I think we were able to do that the first time around.”

For two teams clamoring for a second win, a fast start Friday would be a big positive.

“We haven’t scored a point since August,” said Glesing. “And both teams need confidence. I think both teams understand what we are dealing with. Confidence is key.”

In other Sectional 21 games Friday, Muncie Central (1-8) is at Connersville (1-8); Pendleton Heights (5-4) travels to Mt. Vernon (8-1); and Greenfield-Central (6-3) is at New Castle (2-7).

With a win over Richmond, Shelbyville will travel to Muncie Central or Connersville for a Sectional 21 semifinal game.

Collegiate Update: Taylor cards best final round to lead Taylor to golf title

Elizabeth Kemper put together the best final round of the tournament to help Taylor University’s women’s golf team to the Heritage Hill Fall Collegiate title Tuesday in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

Kemper, a Triton Central graduate, hit 12 of 13 fairways and 14 of 18 greens en route to a 1-under-par round of 71 Tuesday. She played the final seven holes in 4-under-par, including scoring birdies on the final three holes.

 

 

Paired with a 78 on Monday at Heritage Hill Golf Club, Kemper finished the two-day event in third place.

Taylor shot 298 on day two of the event to put together a two-day score of 602 to defeat runner-up Cumberlands (Ky.) by 16 shots.

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

 

 

 Jill Anspaugh

The Shelbyville graduate finished 57th in a field of more than 250 runners Friday for Franklin College in the JennaStrong Fall Classic hosted by Wilmington College (Ohio).

Anspaugh completed the course in 21 minutes, four seconds.

Franklin College finished 12th in the field of 24 teams.

 

 

Kenneth Gipson

The Triton Central graduate was part of an offensive line that helped Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rack up 210 passing yards, 212 rushing yards and a school record 48 points in the first quarter Saturday in a 62-7 rout of Anderson University.

Rose-Hulman scored seven touchdowns in the game’s opening 11 minutes to improve to 4-2 this season and 3-0 against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foes.

 

 

Bailey Chandler

The Triton Central graduate had a combined 30 assists, two kills and nine digs for Eastern Illinois volleyball in a pair of losses at Belmont.

The Panthers lost a tightly-contested five-set match Friday, 18-25, 20-25, 26-24, 27-25, 15-13. On Saturday, Belmont was victorious 25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 25-22.

Eastern Illinois is 7-12 this season and 0-9 vs. Ohio Valley Conference opponents.

 

 

Maggie Schweitzer

The Triton Central graduate had one assist, one ace and six digs Saturday in Hanover’s 25-18, 25-12, 25-22 win at Bluffton.

On Oct. 13, Hanover lost to Mount St. Joseph, 19-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-21. Schweitzer finished with eight digs.

Hanover is 12-8 this season and 4-1 against HCAC opponents.

 

 

Brooklyn Schiffli

The Triton Central graduate had one assist and one dig Saturday in Jacksonville State’s 25-20, 25-16, 25-22 win over Central Arkansas.

On Friday, Jacksonville State swept Lipscomb, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21. Schiffli had five digs.

With the pair of wins, Jacksonville State improved to 17-4 overall and 7-1 in the Atlantic Sun West Division.

 

 

Maddy Beaver

The Triton Central graduate had three kills, one block assist and one dig Saturday for Goshen College in a 25-16, 25-13, 25-16 loss to Mt. Vernon Nazarene University.

On Friday, No. 18-ranked Taylor swept Goshen, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14. Beaver had one kill and two block assists.

On Oct. 13, Spring Arbor University defeated Goshen, 25-18, 25-16, 22-25, 25-20. Beaver had one kill and three block assists.

Goshen is 3-27 this season.

Indiana Grand gets 2022 racing dates approved

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) met Tuesday and approved a request for dates for the 2022 racing season at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Indiana.

The 127-day racing season will begin April 19 and end Nov. 23. The schedule marks the most racing dates in one season for Indiana Grand Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing.

“We are constantly looking at the landscape of racing to determine what works best for our horsemen and our racing product,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing. “We feel we have become a national presence during the early part of the week, so we want to keep that intact, but we also want to provide weekend opportunities for our on-track racing guests. We think our 2022 racing dates will accommodate both our simulcasting patrons and horsemen as well as our on-track racing fans with a few more weekend racing opportunities next season.”

The bulk of the racing season will be contested Monday through Thursday. First post Monday through Wednesday will be 2:30 p.m. while racing on Thursdays will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Of the 127 days, seven will be Saturday cards dedicated to Quarter Horse racing with a start time of 10 a.m. Included in the Quarter Horse days will be the AQHA Bank of America Challenge Championships set for Oct. 22 with a first post of 6 p.m.

Indiana Grand will offer five Saturdays of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. Live racing will be conducted May 7 during Kentucky Derby Day with a post time yet to be determined. Three summer dates are included with racing set for June 11, July 9 and August 6. Post times for each of these cards will be 5 p.m.

The final weekend racing program is set for Oct. 29 featuring Indiana Champions Day with nine stakes included on the card for both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. The event will begin at noon.

Finally, special holiday racing programs will be held May 30 and July 4 beginning at noon. Also, Thursday racing in November will move to 2:30 p.m. due to shorter daytime hours in Indiana.

The 19th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing is now in progress and continues through Nov. 11. Live racing is conducted at 2:25 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 11. First post all other Thursdays leading up to the end of the meet is 3:25 p.m.

A special Indiana Champions Day highlighting the state’s top Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses will be held Oct. 30, beginning at noon.

Southwestern hires Jason West as girls varsity basketball coach

The decision to become Southwestern High School’s new girls varsity basketball coach was not an easy one for Jason West.

The former Shelbyville girls basketball coach planned to return to the sidelines this season as Southwestern’s junior varsity coach. It allowed him to contribute to the sport he loves yet still have plenty of quality time with his wife, Maressa – a third grade teacher at Hendricks Elementary in Shelbyville, and two children, Addison, age 6, and Jaxon, 4.

That plan changed last week when Garrett Krieg, who led Southwestern to an 18-8 record and a regional championship game appearance in his first season, resigned to become the boys varsity basketball coach at South Adams High School.

“He had to do what was best for his family,” said West. Krieg is originally from northeastern Indiana. “He had familiarity with South Adams and you just don’t expect things to open up when they do.”

Krieg’s sudden departure left Southwestern in a tough spot. The first official day of practice for the IHSAA girls basketball season was Monday.

Athletic director Brady Days immediately went searching for a new coach. It turns out all he had to do was walk down to the Math classrooms.

Days confirmed Monday that West would become Southwestern’s next coach – as soon as he returns from his family’s Alabama vacation.

 

Jason West, back row holding his son, Jaxon, spent four seasons at Shelbyville as girls varsity basketball coach. His father, Hank West (back row, far right), was part of the coaching staff. Jason West's daughter, Addison, sits high on a player's shoulders (far left) in this 2018 photo.

 

West spent four seasons as Shelbyville’s girls basketball coach from 2016-2019. After a 12-11 first season, the program struggled the next three, winning just 10 games.

West stepped aside after the season and landed at Southwestern as a Math teacher, a position he did not want to jeopardize with a return to coaching.

“I enjoy Southwestern. I enjoy the administration, the community and the people there,” said West via phone interview Tuesday morning. “I know the kids at Southwestern. I have the kids in class. There were no drawbacks to this scenario.”

West said he won’t commit long-term to coaching at Southwestern because his family life is important to him. But the program needed someone to step up, and he was willing to make that commitment for this season. Where it goes from there will be up to his family and Southwestern’s administration.

“I am really happy in the classroom where I’m at,” he said. “I enjoy the small school community. I love the administration and working for (superintendent) Curt (Chase) and (principal) John Tindall.”

Brett Andrews is running practices this week in West’s absence. When Krieg asked West to be the junior varsity coach, West requested being able to keep his family’s traditional fall break vacation on the schedule.

Andrews, a former head coach at Indianapolis Lutheran, was slated to be the girls varsity assistant coach this season. Whether he takes the junior varsity slot that is now open or remains varsity assistant will be up to him, according to West.

“It will be whatever role he wants and what he wants to do,” said West. “He has a really good relationship with the girls.”

Southwestern will look to replace the many contributions that came from seniors Abby Muck (12 ppg, 6 rpg, 4 apg, 3 spg), Lexi Wilkins (11 ppg, 59 made 3-pointers), Maggie Correll (8 ppg, 4 rpg) and Trinity Tatlock (12 ppg, 6 rpg).

Lily Kerber (top photo, 5.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.4 apg) is the leading returning scorer. West will have to get more production from Alison Muck (2.7 ppg, 2 rpg), Kennedy Pile (2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg), McKinnley Correll (2.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg) and Lilly Rooks (2.3 ppg) to repeat as sectional champions.

“This week is about getting conditioning in and getting shots up,” noted West as cross country and volleyball seasons just concluded. “On Monday, we will get after it.”

Southwestern is scheduled to open the season Nov. 2 at Tri. The Spartans are at Shelbyville on Nov. 19.

Waldron volleyball defeats Morristown for first sectional championship

With straight-set wins over Hauser and Morristown, Waldron’s volleyball program celebrated its first-ever sectional championship.

Waldron defeated Hauser, 25-15, 25-20, 27-25, in the semifinal round Saturday at Edinburgh High School.

Morristown matched the Mohawks with a 25-22, 25-13, 25-17 victory over Greenwood Christian Academy in the second semifinal to set up a sectional championship match between sister schools in the Shelby Eastern Schools system.

In the third meeting between the two teams this year, Morristown once again struggled with a veteran Waldron squad that improved to 22-10 this season with a 25-16, 25-15, 25-20 win.

Morristown closed out the year at 15-17.

Waldron’s first regional appearance will come on familiar grounds. The Mohawks travel to Morristown Saturday to face Bloomfield (18-11) in the first semifinal match at 10 a.m.

In the other semifinal, Indiana School for the Deaf (21-7) takes on Indianapolis Lutheran (7-24).

The championship match is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Bloomfield, Lutheran and Indiana Deaf all return to Morristown from the 2020 regional won by Hauser.

Bloomfield has won four straight sectionals and 18 overall.

Lutheran collected its fifth straight sectional championship.

Indiana Deaf has won five sectional titles and collected back-to-back titles for the second time in program history.

Covenant Christian rallies to defeat Triton Central in Scecina Sectional championship match

Triton Central volleyball coach Ray Basile knew his young squad would face many difficulties throughout the season. The goal was to learn to play the game at a high speed.

To capture the program’s third sectional title in the last four seasons, the Tigers would have to put on a stellar performance – and they did and still fell just short Saturday night at Scecina High School.

After securing an easy 25-8, 25-3, 25-12 win over Irvington Prep in the semifinal round, the Tigers stepped up for a rematch against Covenant Christian – a team that swept them 25-21, 25-6 on Aug. 21 at the Covenant Christian Invitational.

Triton Central got out to a fast start Saturday night winning set one and set three but the Warriors responded taking the last two sets for a hard-fought 20-25, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, 15-10 victory.

With the win, Covenant Christian advanced into the Cascade Regional to take on Union County. The other regional semifinal pits South Putnam and Western Boone.

Triton Central will feel the loss of senior defensive specialist Julia Sanders, who finished with a team-high 36 digs in the championship match.

The remainder of the Tigers’ stat sheet was dominated by juniors and sophomores.

Maddy Brown, a junior, had a team-high 19 kills. Sophomore Brooklyn Bailey had 18 while juniors Hallie Schweitzer and Kaitlin Bramlett each had 10.

Schweitzer backed Sanders with 30 digs.

And sophomore setter Kate Isley recorded 56 assists in the five-set match.

Against Irvington Prep, Brown finished with a team-high 10 kills. Bramlett had eight.

Schweitzer collected seven serving aces.

Isley had 15 assists while senior setter Maia Harris collected 11 assists.

Covenant Christian defeated Scecina in the other semifinal match, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20. Abbey McCoy led Scecina (18-13) with 11 kills.

SHS senior qualifies for cross country semistate race at Blue River Memorial Park

Shelbyville senior Stefanie Howard earned at least one more cross country run – and it will come on her home course.

Howard finished 20th Saturday in the Franklin Regional in a time of 21 minutes, 39 seconds to qualify for the Shelbyville Semistate.

The top five finishing teams at Franklin and the top 10 individuals not on an advancing team earned semistate berths.

Batesville won the girls regional team title by one point over Franklin, 58-59. East Central (89), Center Grove (103) and Whiteland (111) also advanced.

Howard will compete Saturday morning at Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville with a berth in the State Finals at stake.

Shelbyville junior Kaila Brattain (22:51) (photo) and sophomore Hannah Wright (23:42) also ran at the Franklin Regional.

Center Grove captured the boys team title at Franklin with 51 points. Whiteland (75), Batesville (79), Mooresville (80) and Indian Creek (100) also advanced to the Shelbyville Semistate.

Shelbyville had two regional qualifiers running at Franklin.

Senior Michael Fox completed the course in 19:18 while junior Elijah Von Werder finished in 19:49.

Columbus North Regional

Five Southwestern runners competed Saturday in Columbus.

Columbus North dominated the boys race and won the regional title with 15 points. Austin (61), Jennings County (90), Brown County (119) and Seymour (127) also advanced.

For Southwestern, junior Dane Kissell ran the course in 19:22. Sophomore Koty Claiborne was close behind in 19:38.

Columbus North also won the girls team title with 15 points. Seymour (89), Columbus East (132), Austin (136) and Jennings County (138) also qualified for semistate competition.

Southwestern junior Lilly Rooks finished the course in 22:11. Seniors Gracie Schlabach (22:51) and Jenna Drake (26:17) completed the careers with solid performances.

Alex Crouse's TC tennis career ends at Fishers Regional

Triton Central senior Alex Crouse’s high school tennis career ended Saturday at the Fishers Regional.

Crouse was defeated by Franklin County’s Jack Stirn, 6-0, 6-0, Saturday in one regional tennis semifinal match at Fishers.

In the other semifinal, Southmont’s Adam Cox defeated Rossville’s Evan Lawson, 6-0, 6-2.

In the regional championship match, Stirn remained unbeaten this season with a three-set win over Cox.

Cascade defeats Southwestern in boys soccer regional championship match

Class A, No. 18 Cascade earned its first boys soccer regional championship Saturday over No. 14 Southwestern – denying the Spartans their first regional title.

Tied 1-1 after regulation and two seven-minute overtime periods, the Cadets (13-5-1) and Spartans (11-5-2) went to a round of five penalty kicks.

The drama built with each attempt as Cascade and Southwestern converted on their first four attempts.

Cascade connected on the fifth penalty kick to put added pressure on Southwestern – a successful conversion meant another round of five penalty kicks would follow while a miss meant an end to the postseason.

Southwestern missed and Cascade prevailed 5-4.

The Cadets scored first Saturday in the regional championship match at Knightstown High School. With 22 minutes left in the first half, the game’s first goal came off a corner kick.

Southwestern trailed 1-0 at halftime and midway through the second half before being awarded a penalty kick. Senior Aiden Hartsell converted to tie the game once again.

The goal was Hartsell’s 46th of the season and 110th of his career – both program records. Hartsell also holds the records for assists in a season and a career as well as goals in a game.

With the victory, Cascade advances to the Evansville North Semistate to face No. 3 Providence – the defending state champions. Providence defeated No. 8 Forest Park, 5-2, in the other southern Indiana regional championship match Saturday.

In the north half of the Class A bracket, No. 1 Park Tudor defeated No. 15 Carroll (Flora), 3-1, while No. 16 Westview eliminated No. 9 Illiana Christian in penalty kicks.

Park Tudor and Westview will face off Saturday in the Kokomo Semistate.

Alex Crouse headed to IHSAA tennis regional tournament in Fishers

Triton Central senior Alex Crouse will compete in the IHSAA State Tennis Singles Regional Tournament Saturday at Fishers High School.

Crouse, 14-8 at No. 1 singles for Triton Central this season, will face Franklin County’s Jack Stirn (18-0) at 10 a.m. in a regional semifinal match.

The other regional semifinal match at Fishers features Rossville’s Evan Lawson against Southmont’s Adam Cox (18-1).

The regional championship match is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Waldron, Morristown advance in volleyball sectional tournaments

Waldron and Morristown advanced through their opening volleyball sectional matches while Shelbyville and Southwestern were eliminated.

On Thursday at the Edinburgh Sectional, Waldron collected win No. 20 of the season with a 25-12, 25-20, 25-16 victory over the host Lancers (9-21).

Waldron improved to 20-10 this season and will face Hauser (17-14) in the first semifinal match Saturday at 11 a.m. The Jets defeated the Mohawks, 20-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-14 on Sept. 17.

In the other quarterfinal match Thursday at Edinburgh, Morristown defeated Southwestern, 25-14, 25-9, 25-20. The Yellow Jackets pushed their record to 14-16 this season.

Southwestern closed out its season with a 9-19 record.

Morristown returns to Edinburgh Saturday to face Greenwood Christian Academy (14-14) in the second semifinal match. The Yellow Jackets defeated Greenwood Christian, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18, 25-10 on Oct. 7.

At Shelbyville Thursday, Greenwood and Franklin advanced through the quarterfinal round with sweeps of Whiteland and Shelbyville, respectively.

Greenwood defeated Whiteland, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18 to improve to 18-12 this season. The Woodmen will face Franklin Central (11-19) Saturday in the semifinals.

Franklin topped Shelbyville for the second time this season, 25-22, 25-22, 25-15. The Golden Bears closed out the season with a 16-14 record.

Franklin (12-17) returns to Garrett Gymnasium Saturday to face Center Grove (20-9) in the other semifinal match.

Triton Central travels to Scecina Saturday for the semifinal round of the four-team sectional.

Covenant Christian (22-6) takes on Scecina (18-12) in one semifinal while Triton Central (14-10) faces Irvington Prep in the other semifinal.

Triton Central is 0-2 against Covenant Christian and Scecina this season.

Southwestern soccer advances to regional championship with win over Providence Cristo Rey

Southwestern’s goal all season has been a return to the Class A boys soccer regional championship game to finish it right.

After losing in the final seconds of the 2020 championship game to Lutheran, the Class A, No. 14-ranked Spartans will get another chance to create program history.

On Thursday, Southwestern def. No. 17 Providence Cristo Rey, 2-1 to secure a berth in Saturday’s regional championship against Cascade. Southwestern has never won a regional title in boys soccer.

Jordan Jones got the Spartans (11-4-2) started quickly Thursday in a game played at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard High School. Off an assist from Conner Jewell, Jones scored less than three minutes into the match.

Just over 10 minutes later, the Wolves (12-2) answered when Luis Rodriguez scored off a Demian Rojas assist to tie the match.

With eight minutes left in the first half, Aiden Hartsell delivered what turned out to be the game winner with a long-distance strike set up by Conner Gooch. The goal was Hartsell’s program-record 45th of the season.

Both teams were held scoreless in the second half. Southwestern goalkeeper Eli Fix finished with seven saves.

Southwestern returns to Knightstown Saturday for a 2 p.m. game with 18th-ranked Cascade (12-5-1). The Cadets defeated Centerville Thursday in penalty kicks after a scoreless two halves and overtime.

Cascade is low-scoring with just 32 goals this season – 13 less than Hartsell. Sophomore Ethan Edwards leads the Cadets with 14 goals this season; two more players have five goals apiece.

The Cadets and Spartans had one common opponent this season – Lutheran. Cascade defeated the Saints, 2-1 on Aug. 28. Southwestern played Lutheran to a scoreless tie on Sept. 16.

The regional champion advances to the Oct. 23 semistate game at either Evansville North or Seymour.

Third-ranked Providence (13-3-3), a 3-0 winner over Southwestern (Hanover) Thursday, and 8th-ranked Forest Park (14-4-2), a 4-2 winner over 5th-ranked South Knox, meet in the other southern Indiana regional championship game at Providence.

Providence and Forest Park played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 21.

New mountain biking trail opens at Brown County SP

The DNR and the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) held a celebratory ribbon cutting on Oct. 8 to mark the opening of Limekiln East, a newly completed 1.6-mile beginner-level mountain bike trail in Brown County State Park.

Funding for the project included a Next Level Trails (NLT) grant to HMBA, which provided the required match.

Limekiln East is the second of three mountain bike trails to be completed in the state park as part of a $200,000 NLT grant to HMBA to develop 7.5 miles of new mountain bike trail. The first, Weed Patch Trail, a 2.4-mile intermediate-level trail, opened in November 2019. The three new NLT-funded trails will connect with existing trails as well as other park amenities, including the campground, park office, nature center, and Hesitation Point. Once completed, the three new trails will bring the total mileage of mountain bike trails within the state park to 43.5.

Limekiln East becomes part of the park’s Limekiln network.

The park’s existing Limekiln West Trail connects the campground to the Hoosier’s Nest, fire tower and park office. Before the Limekiln East Trail opened, beginner mountain bike riders (and hikers and runners) used Limekiln West as an out-and-back. The addition of Limekiln East transforms the former out-and-back into a 3.7-mile beginner directional loop for the park’s daytime visitors. Limekiln East not only adds miles for both new and experienced riders, it also reduces congestion on the popular trail.

“Brown County State Park is premier destination for mountain biking in the Midwest and the new Limekiln East Trail only cements that reputation,” said DNR Director Dan Bortner. “Thanks to Next Level Trails and HMBA, trail users of all abilities will have an additional opportunity to experience the park.”

As part of Gov. Eric J. Holcomb’s Next Level Connections initiative, NLT funds the development of regionally and locally significant trails throughout Indiana. The Brown County State Park NLT project was awarded in May 2019 as part of the first round of NLT funding, which included $24.9 million for 17 trail projects. Gov. Holcomb announced the second round of awards this March, bringing the total of NLT funds awarded thus far to $54.3 million for 35 projects that will develop more than 112 miles of trail.

Gov. Holcomb announced an additional $60 million of funding for NLT in April, bringing the total for the trail grant program to $150 million. Applications for Round 3 of NLT, in which $35 million will be available to local units of government and non-profits, will be accepted through DNR from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1.  

Mountain bike trails in Brown County State Park are multi-use and are open to hiking and trail running as well as bicycling. Riders should obtain a $5 daily or $20 annual off-road cycling pass before using park mountain bike trails. Passes can be purchased at gates, the park office or at ShopINStateParks.com.

More information about NLT is at on.IN.gov/NextLevelTrails.

Class 2A, No. 11 Speedway presents challenge for Triton Central in regular season finale

Triton Central football coach Tim Able believes there is plenty at stake for his Tigers Friday night in the regular season finale at Class 2A, No. 11 Speedway.

With a victory, Triton Central can potentially finish in a three-way tie for third place in the Indiana Crossroads Conference. The higher the finish in a conference with four state-ranked teams, the more postseason honors Triton Central players can receive.

A win over a state-ranked opponent like the Sparkplugs also would give the Tigers two road victories in a row ahead of the Sectional 39 tournament.

That momentum would propel Triton Central into the postseason for a quarterfinal round matchup with Eastern (Pekin) – the only winless team in Sectional 39.

“It would be nice to have a couple of notches on our belts against good teams,” said Able. “We’re not thinking about next week. We need to finish the conference (schedule) strong and more wins gets us more kids on the all-conference team.”

At 5-3 following a 28-13 win at Beech Grove, Triton Central can finish in a three-way tie for third with Speedway (6-2, 4-2 ICC) and 2A No. 11 Scecina (5-3, 4-2 ICC), who faces 2A No. 12 Monrovia (6-2, 5-1 ICC) Friday.

The Tigers are getting healthy at the right time and seeking a strong four-quarter performance to finish out the regular season against a resurgent Sparkplugs program that has never beaten Triton Central in a ICC game.

Speedway is 0-9 over the last nine seasons against Triton Central, who shut out the Sparkplugs in the last two meetings. Able labeled Speedway a “young” team in 2020 which has matured under first-year head coach Shane Clampitt.

Sophomore quarterback Carter Watson has completed 53% of his pass attempts this season for 1,336 yards and 19 touchdowns.

The running game features junior Deejay McFerson (108 carries, 639 yards, 9 TDs).

Watson’s top targets are seniors Reis Walker (27 receptions, 441 yards, 6 TDs) and Jackson Golden (18 receptions, 270 yards, 5 TDs) and McFerson (21 receptions, 231 yards, 3 TDs).

“I really like (Watson). He throws a nice ball,” said Able. “And their running backs are very solid.

“I am more impressed with their line of scrimmage on both sides. They are strong and quick. They present a lot of challenges for us.”

Triton Central counters with sophomore quarterback Jace Stuckey (54% completion rate, 796 yards, 7 TDs).

Four Tigers have combined for 64 receptions this season led by senior Devon Emberton (22 receptions, 273 yards, 3 TDs). Junior Brad Schultz and sophomores Ray Crawford and Anthony Dunville each have 14 receptions and have combined to catch five touchdowns.

Crawford leads the team in rushing at 869 yards on 124 carries.

“We are starting to peak a little bit here at the right time,” said Able. “We should be ready to roll Friday.”

Class A, No. 1 Lutheran (8-0, 7-0) is the ICC champion. The Saints host Traders Point Christian (4-4) Friday.

Beech Grove (3-5, 2-5 ICC) is at Franklin County (5-3). And Ritter (0-8, 0-6 ICC) is at Cascade (2-6, 0-6 ICC).

The Sectional 39 draw potentially sets up two more weeks of road games for Triton Central.

The Tigers open the sectional on Oct. 22 at Eastern (Pekin) (0-5). The Musketeers have won one game in the last three seasons and are on a 15-game losing streak.

The other quarterfinal game in the bottom half of the eight-team bracket has Mitchell (3-4) at Clarksville (1-7).

If Triton Central and Mitchell win, the Tigers would have a fourth-straight road game at Mitchell, located south of Bedford. If Clarksville wins, Triton Central would host the semifinal game.

In the top half of the bracket, Providence (4-4) starts at Switzerland County (2-5) while Union County (4-3) travels to Paoli (5-1).

Shelbyville football seeking offensive rhythm as regular season winds down

The Shelbyville High School football program was due for a break.

That break came Sunday when the Indiana High School Athletic Association announced the sectional pairings for the state tournament.

If the Class 4A, Sectional 21 field was seeded, Shelbyville, Richmond, Connersville and Muncie Central would be the bottom four seeds.

The IHSAA does a random draw for each sectional tournament across the state. That draw put those four programs in the top half of the eight-team bracket creating a modicum of hope, but not just for the Golden Bears.

“I have had people telling me all week what a good draw we got,” said first-year Shelbyville coach Brian Glesing. “My first response is guess who else thinks they got a good draw? Richmond!”

Shelbyville will open the sectional tournament on Oct. 22 at home against Richmond, the one team the Golden Bears have beaten this season (22-16 on Aug. 27).

In fact, Shelbyville (1-4), Richmond (1-7), Connersville (1-7) and Muncie Central (1-7) each have just one win in the first eight weeks of the season. Connersville and Muncie Central will meet in the other quarterfinal game in the top half of the bracket.

Those two winners will meet on Oct. 29 in the sectional semifinal round.

Before all that, Shelbyville must close out the regular season Friday at Pendleton Heights (4-4, 2-4 Hoosier Heritage Conference).

The Arabians are led by senior quarterback Luke Candiano, who has completed 45% of his pass attempts for 831 yards and seven touchdowns.

Senior Ethan Ross (66 carries, 402 yards) and sophomore James Malone (65 carries, 386 yards) are the team’s leading rushers this season. Candiano (83 carries, 277 yards, 4 TDs) is third.

Senior Marvin Jones Jr. (19 receptions, 134 yards) and sophomore Reese Reddington (14 receptions, 150 yards) are Candiano’s top targets.

“We have our work cut out for us,” said Glesing. “It’s a different kind of Pendleton Heights team … relying on the running game.”

Since its three-week hiatus due to COVID-19 and contact tracing protocols, Shelbyville’s offense has been stifled. The Golden Bears have not scored in 10 straight quarters in losses to Yorktown (35-0), New Palestine (52-0) and Mt. Vernon (49-0) – three of the top four teams in the HHC standings.

“We have to get our rhythm going,” said Glesing. “We haven’t been able to get much rhythm going, get first downs and control the ball. If we don’t do that (Friday), we will see a running clock again.”

The Mt. Vernon game last Friday ended at halftime when the McKeand Stadium lights went dark. Glesing confirmed there was an electrical short that took time to find and repair. The lights were on Tuesday night at McKeand Stadium when both Shelbyville Middle School football teams ended their seasons with winning records.

Pendleton Heights started the season 3-0 but have lost four of five against the top half of the HHC standings and have scored 10 points or less in three of the last four games.

Around the HHC Friday, Class 4A, No. 5 Mt. Vernon (7-1, 6-0 HHC) can clinch the outright conference championship with a win over Yorktown (5-3, 3-3 HHC).

New Palestine (5-3, 5-1 HHC) will finish no worse than second in the standings. The Dragons are at Delta (4-4, 1-4 HHC).

With a win at New Castle (2-6, 1-4 HHC), Class 4A, No. 11 Greenfield-Central (5-3, 3-2 HHC) will secure a third-place finish in the conference.

The bottom half of the Sectional 21 bracket has Pendleton Heights at Mt. Vernon and Greenfield-Central at New Castle.

With a win in their sectional opener, the Golden Bears will travel to Muncie Central or Connersville for the semifinals.

Tuckyourtaleandrun rallies in ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies Stakes at Indiana Grand

Tuckyourtaleandrun did just that Wednesday to score the win in the $100,000 ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies Stakes at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Indiana.

Guided by Sammy Bermudez, the filly earned her first stakes win in the event, which was coupled with the ITOBA Stallion Season Stakes for colts and geldings during ITOBA Day at Indiana Grand.

Starting from the outside post eight, Bermudez was able to rally Tuckyourtaleandrun out for good early positioning in the one-mile event. The duo sat third as Amazing Gal and Marcelino Pedroza Jr. set the tempo. Bermudez began to call upon Tuckyourtaleandrun in the turn and was able to move into the lead at the head of the lane.

The sophomore daughter of Run Away and Hide led the way in the lane and was gutsy to the wire for the win by one and one-quarter lengths. Quick and Easy and Rodney Prescott finished second over Starlet Express and Miguel Mena for third.

Tuckyourtaleandrun (photo) is owned by Penny Lauer and was bred by the Lauers at their Finchville, Kentucky farm. It was her second straight win and her first for Bermudez, who was making his debut aboard the filly.

“I have never been on her in a race, but I’ve been on her in the morning,” said Bermudez. “The outside post was perfect for her today. She stood there and waited patiently until the race started.”

Tuckyourtaleandrun now has three wins in eight tries in 2021. She pushed her career bankroll to more than $150,000 with the win. Mike Lauer, Indiana Grand’s all-time leading stakes winning trainer, conditions the filly.

Hard Luck Justice scores win in ITOBA Stallion Season Stakes at Indiana Grand

Luck has turned around for Hard Luck Justice this season.

After winning only one race in limited starts as a two-year-old, Hard Luck Justice scored his fourth win of the season Wednesday in the $100,000 ITOBA Stallion Season Stakes at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Indiana.

Hard Luck Justice (photo) was the heavy favorite for good reason. The three-year-old Harry’s Holiday gelding had two previous stakes wins this season and was ready for action from post five. Ridden by Sammy Bermudez, Hard Luck Justice got away in mid pack and waited patiently as Sudden Shift and Eddie Perez set the pace on the front.

Heading into the final turn of the one-mile event, Bermudez timed his move just right, taking over on the front end for the stretch drive.

Hard Luck Justice was well under wraps for Bermudez down the stretch. Bermudez looked behind him a couple of times to ensure their lead would hold up and it did. Bermudez never asked Hard Luck Justice for more speed in the late stages of the race, winning by three and one-half lengths.

Rockin All Night and Tommy Pompell closed well for second over Sudden Shift.

Owned by Joselyn Salazar, Hard Luck Justice is now four for seven in 2021. He increased his bankroll to nearly $300,000 for trainer Lonnie Hinds, who has had the horse from the beginning. Bermudez has been aboard for all four of his wins in 2021.

“He’s just a push button horse,” said Bermudez, who also won the ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies Stakes Wednesday at Indiana Grand. “He’s an easy horse to ride. When he sees the red and white pole, he knows it’s time to take off.”

Bermudez has now scored eight stakes wins on the season to add to an impressive year so far. The Puerto Rican-born jockey is currently in third place in the standings with 71 wins and more than $2 million in purses. When asked about his exceptional year on the track, the humble Bermudez said, “There are no words how happy I am. I am very blessed.”

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