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Golden Bears take down another state-ranked opponent

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


Savanna Trueblood took the loss for Triton Central.


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


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


Katie Mathies and Kylee Edwards each had two hits.


Trueblood had the only two hits for the Tigers.


Shelbyville is scheduled to host Franklin tonight.

Triton Central's Gearlds wins Hauser Invitational title

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


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


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


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


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


Morristown’s Asher Caldwell placed ninth with an 84.


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


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


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

Triton Central captures Shelby County Boys Track and Field Meet title

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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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

Southwestern wins Shelby County Girls Track and Field Meet title

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


TeAnn Bringle


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


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


Indiana State is 18-25 this season.


Logan Young


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


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


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


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


Natalie Weber


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


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


Kaden Branam


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


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


Joe Lux


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


Madisen Hinderliter


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


Morgan Stieneker


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

Shelbyville softball continues to climb in the state coaches poll

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

TC tennis stays unbeaten with win over Beech Grove

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


The Tigers swept Beech Grove Monday, 5-0.


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


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


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


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


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


The Tigers improved to 7-0 this season.


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

Triton Central tennis blitzes field to win Indiana Crossroads Conference Tournament

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


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


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


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


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


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


Triton Central is coached by Austin Hall.


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


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

Shelbyville baseball draws Columbus East for sectional opener

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


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


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


Bloomington North is the host school for Sectional 14.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The two winners meet in the semifinal round.


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


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


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

Golden Bears get rematch with Bull Dogs in Sectional 14 opener

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Whiteland battles Greenwood in the other sectional quarterfinal game.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gearlds, TC Tigers capture Shelby County Golf Tournament titles

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

New Pal softball stays unbeaten with win over Shelbyville

Class 4A, No. 10 Shelbyville has faced little adversity in getting off to a 15-1 start this season.


On Thursday at 4A No. 4 New Palestine, the Golden Bears struggled to play a clean game and lost an opportunity to clinch at least a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conference championship.


The Dragons got a strong pitching performance from University of Louisville recruit Sam Booe, produced timely hits and did not commit an error in collecting its second win of the week over a state-ranked opponent, 4-3.


The Golden Bears got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Kylee Edwards led off the game with a base hit and Karissa Hamilton delivered her 16th home run of the season.


The top of the third inning proved pivotal, though. After intentionally walking Hamilton to load the bases with no outs, Booe was able to set down Katie Mathies, Addisenn Weaver and Cheyenne Eads without a run scoring.


Then the Dragons (16-0, 3-0 HHC) started chipping away with help from a Shelbyville defense that committed five errors.


New Palestine scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to tie the game and took the lead in the fifth, 3-2.


Shelbyville (15-2, 5-1 HHC) tied the game in the top of the sixth then was left stung by a controversial call in the bottom half of the inning.


With two outs, Hamilton appeared the make a diving catch in centerfield that was ruled a trap. That allowed what proved to be the game-winning run to score.


Booe tossed the complete game, allowing six hits while striking out eight. She was the winning pitcher Wednesday as well after defeating 4A No. 7 Center Grove, 1-0.


Eads scattered eight hits and allowed just two earned runs while taking the loss.


Shelbyville will need help to get at least a share of the HHC title. The Golden Bears’ final conference game is Tuesday against Mt. Vernon (11-2, 3-1 HHC).


New Palestine has four HHC games left on its schedule.


The Dragons have one more ranked opponent this week. Top-ranked Roncalli (14-0) visits New Palestine for a 10 a.m. game Saturday.


Shelbyville is back in action today at Batesville (6-5).


Next week, the Golden Bears host Whiteland Monday, Mt. Vernon Tuesday, travel to Hamilton Heights Thursday and host Triton Central Friday before getting its marquee matchup with Roncalli on May 11.


Shelbyville has added a road contest at Center Grove on May 20.

TC defense struggles in ICC softball loss to Lutheran

#12 (1A) Indianapolis Lutheran broke open a 1-1 game with an 11-run third inning to defeat Triton Central in ICC softball, 13-3.


Savanna Trueblood pitched 5 2/3 in suffering the loss.  Just six of the Lutheran (7-7, 2-1 ICC) runs were earned.  It was a rough day defensively for TC as six errors helped the Saints' cause.


Hailey Harris, Lauren Hatch and Abigail Eberhart accounted for the Tiger hits on the day.  Taylor Heath scored two runs.  Harris had the other for TC (6-5, 0-3 ICC).

Collegiate update: Young honored at IU South Bend Senior Day

Logan Young was 1-for-5 at the plate with a stolen base and a run batted in Sunday in Indiana University South Bend’s 13-8 Senior Day loss to Roosevelt at Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs, in South Bend, Indiana.


The Titans swept a Tuesday doubleheader at Lincoln College, 8-0 and 4-3.


Young, a Shelbyville graduate (photo), was 1-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs in game one and threw one scoreless inning of relief in game two.


The Titans are 19-21 this season.


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



Natalie Weber


The Shelbyville graduate celebrated her Senior Day Tuesday at Franklin College going 1-for-2 with a double and a RBI in an 8-0 win over Anderson.


Weber followed that with a 2-for-4 performance in a 4-3 win in game two of the doubleheader.


On Friday, Weber had a solo home run and two RBIs in an 8-6 win vs. Manchester.


At Washington (Mo.) Sunday, Weber had a two-run home run and a double in a 5-1 victory for Franklin.


The Grizzlies are 17-9 this season.


Madisen Hinderliter


The Shelbyville graduate won the hammer throw (38.4 meters) and finished fourth in the discus (30.81 meters) for St. Francis (Ind.) Saturday in the Huntington University Invite in Huntington, Ind.


Erin Diemer


The Shelbyville graduate placed sixth in the pole vault competition for Southern Illinois University Friday at the Clark Wood Open in Louisville, Kentucky.


Kyler Schalk


The Triton Central graduate took 12th in the 100 meters (11.58 seconds), 19th in the 200 (23.87) and eighth in the long jump (20 feet, 1.5 inches) for Wabash College Friday in the Big Blue Open hosted by Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.


Daniela Joseph


The Shelbyville graduate carded rounds of 102 and 107 for Earlham College’s women’s golf team Friday and Saturday in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship held at Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Club in Harrison, Ohio.


Morgan Stieneker


The Shelbyville graduate was 3-for-6 with three runs scored Tuesday in a doubleheader sweep for Olney Central College at Rend Lake College.


Olney won game one, 8-0, and took game two, 5-3, to improve to 20-22 this season.


On Monday, Stieneker was 5-for-6 with two runs scored in a pair of victories over Southwestern Illinois College.



Indiana Tech Invite


Kaden Branam, a Waldron graduate (photo), finished fourth in the high jump competition Friday at the Indiana Tech Invite in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Branam cleared 6-6.25 in an event that featured two more Shelby County graduates.


Steffen Shackelford, a Southwestern graduate, placed eighth with a best clearance of 6-2.25.


Chandler Martin, a Shelbyville graduate, finished ninth, also clearing 6-2.25.


Joe Lux, a Shelbyville graduate, finished 31st in the 800 (2:11.83) for Indiana Tech.



Friday Night Twilight Meet


Southwestern graduate Taylor Tatlock (photo) threw the javelin a personal best 118-08 for Franklin College Friday to win the event hosted by Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, Ind.


The distance was a new personal best for Tatlock and moved her to third all-time on FC’s outdoor track and field record board.


She also finished 15th in the hammer throw (82-08) and fourth in the discus (106-09).


Dalen Williams, a Waldron graduate, finished second in the discus at 137-07, a new personal best, and third in the javelin (135-07) for Franklin College.


Kenneth Gipson, a Triton Central graduate, finished seventh in the discus (108-11) for Rose-Hulman.


Jill Anspaugh, a Shelbyville graduate, finished 10th in the 3,000 (12:22.96) for Franklin.


Zaleeya Martin posted a pair of personal bests for Hanover College.


The Shelbyville graduate finished sixth in the 200 (26.7) and third in the long jump (16-5.25) – both personal bests – and finished runner-up in the 100 (12.59).


She also was part of Hanover’s third-place finishing 400 relay team (51.81).

Class 4A, No. 10 Shelbyville moves one step closer to HHC title

Class 4A, No. 10-ranked Shelbyville softball moved one step closer Tuesday to clinching at least a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conference title.


The Golden Bears pummeled 4A, No. 25 Greenfield-Central, 17-4.


Shelbyville’s powerhouse offense produced six more home runs, including a pair each from Katie Mathies and Kylie McIver. Maddie Campton and Karissa Hamilton also homered to push the team total to 50 this year in 16 games.


Shelbyville (15-1, 5-0 HHC) led 2-1 going into the top of the third inning when it exploded for 10 runs.


Cheyenne Eads earned the win with four innings of work, allowing seven hits and four earned runs while striking out six. Brooke Lipperd tossed a scoreless fifth inning to complete the HHC win.


Mathies and McIver each went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in. Addisenn Weaver, Hamilton, Eads and Campton each had two hits.


Three of the Cougars’ four runs came on solo home runs by Ella Redmon (2) and Caroline Gibson.


Shelbyville continues its quest for an HHC title Thursday at 4A, No. 4 New Palestine (14-0, 2-0 HHC). The Dragons take on 4A No. 7 Center Grove today and host 4A No. 1 Roncalli Saturday.


Sectional pairings for baseball, softball tournaments to air Sunday

Pairings for the upcoming Indiana High School Athletic Association Softball and Baseball State Tournaments will be announced Sunday via live webstream.


The matchups for the softball state tournament will be released Sunday at 6 p.m.


The baseball state tournament pairings will follow at 7 p.m.


Both pairings shows will be hosted by Greg Rakestraw and streamed live on the IHSAA’s video portal at IHSAAtv.org.


Immediately following both shows, all sectional pairings will be available online at IHSAA.org.


Shelbyville softball and baseball will compete in Class 4A, Sectional 14 which includes Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Columbus East, Columbus North and East Central.


Triton Central softball is assigned to 2A, Sectional 42 with Eastern Hancock, Heritage Christian, Scecina and Knightstown.


Triton Central baseball is in the same sectional assignment with a sixth team, Indianapolis Howe, in the field.


Morristown, Southwestern and Waldron softball and baseball are in Class A, Sectional 59 with Edinburgh, Greenwood Christian Academy and Lutheran.

Shelbyville softball cracks top 10 in latest state coaches poll

Riding an 11-game winning streak and a new berth in the top 10 of the state coaches poll, Shelbyville softball travels north to Greenfield-Central today.


At 14-1, the Golden Bears cracked the top 10 for the first time this season in the latest poll.


Roncalli remains No. 1 in Class 4A, powered by the pitching of Keagan Rothrock, a University of Florida commit who is ranked No. 1 in the graduating class of 2023. The Golden Bears are scheduled to play at Roncalli on May 11.


Lake Central is No. 2 followed by Mooresville, New Palestine – Shelbyville’s opponent Thursday, and Crown Point.


The second five include Bedford North Lawrence, Center Grove, Decatur Central, Jasper and Shelbyville.


Other notables in the 4A poll include Franklin Central (No. 11), Mt. Vernon (No. 17), Franklin (No. 19), Pendleton Heights (No. 22), Columbus North (No. 22) and Greenfield-Central (No. 25).


Loogootee and Lanesville are tied atop the Class A poll. Hauser is ranked 7th.


Tecumseh is No. 1 in 2A. Eastern Hancock is 8th.


Danville leads the 3A poll. Yorktown is ranked 4th.


Shelbyville’s high-powered offense is averaging 12.1 runs per game this season.


Karissa Hamilton, a University of Kentucky commit, leads the way with a .723 batting average. The junior also has team-highs in hits (34), home runs (14), runs batted in (37), walks (8) and runs scored (35).


Senior Katie Mathies, a DePauw commit, is hitting .688 with team-highs in doubles (10) and triples (3), and has eight home runs and 30 RBIs.


Sophomore Kylee Edwards, a highly-ranked college prospect, is batting .519 from the leadoff position with six doubles, four home runs, 14 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.


Senior Addisenn Weaver, a Valparaiso commit, is hitting .500 with seven doubles, five home runs and 23 RBIs.


Freshman Cheyenne Eads makes five Golden Bears hitting over .450 this season. She is at .471 with three doubles and two home runs.


Eads is 6-1 in the pitcher’s circle with a 3.56 earned run average over 39 innings of work.

Hailey Pogue, a sophomore, is 5-0 with a 3.45 ERA.


Brooke Lipperd, a junior committed to Franklin College, is 3-0 with a 4.07 ERA.

TC's Gearlds cards 41 at Maple Creek Golf Course

Triton Central golf found itself finishing third to a pair of Indianapolis-based schools Monday at Maple Creek Golf Course.


Cathedral secured a 29-shot victory over Heritage Christian, 160-189. The Tigers followed at 201.


Oliver Gearlds led Triton Central with a 41. Evan Uhls (52), Maxwell Ray (53) and Griffin Sego (55) completed the Tigers’ scorecard.


On Friday, Triton Central defeated Southwestern, 200-245, at Hawk’s Tail Golf Course.


Gearlds was the match medalist with a 41. Uhls shot 44 followed by Sego’s 53 and Ray’s 63.


Ty Burcham topped Southwestern with a 53. Completing the scorecard were Caleb Pappano (60), Tristan Pappano (63), and Justin Swift (64).


Triton Central takes on Whiteland Wednesday at The Legends Golf Club.


The Shelby County Tournament is Saturday at Timbergate Golf Course.

Golden Bears take two from Columbus East

Shelbyville softball ran its winning streak to 11 straight and improved to 14-1 with a pair of dominant victories Friday over visiting Columbus East.


The Class 4A, 14th-ranked Golden Bears won game one, 11-5, and cruised to a 22-1 win in game two.


Cheyenne Eads surrendered a leadoff home run to Kenzie Foster in game one but settled in and delivered five strong innings in the circle. She allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out four to collect the win.


Hailey Pogue pitched the final two innings to seal the victory.


Kylee Edwards, Katie Mathies and Addisenn Weaver each had three hits for Shelbyville.


Edwards had a triple and a home run, her fourth of the season.


Maddie Campton collected her fifth home run of the season.


Shelbyville broke open a 2-1 game with a five-run bottom of the third inning.


Foster also had a double and three runs batted in during a 3-for-4 performance for the Olympians (2-13).


In game two, the Golden Bears put up six runs in the home half of the first inning and never trailed, scoring 10 times in the second and six more in the third.


Ten different Golden Bears had a hit in the win. Kylie McIver, Eads and Pogue each went 3-for-4.


Weaver was 3-for-3 with six RBIs. She had two doubles and a home run. McIver and Pogue each had three RBIs.


Weaver’s home run was her fifth this season. McIver delivered her fifth.


Kaylie Phelps became the eighth Golden Bear to hit a home run this year.


Brooke Lipperd picked up the win, allowing five hits and one earned run.


Shelbyville has three road games scheduled this week.


On Tuesday, the Golden Bears (4-0 Hoosier Heritage Conference) travel to Greenfield-Central (10-2, 1-0 HHC).


Class 4A, No. 5 New Palestine (12-0, 1-0 HHC) hosts Shelbyville Thursday.


The week ends Friday with a road trip to Batesville (6-4).

Indiana Grand hosted second session of Quarter Horse training races

A second set of Quarter Horse training races was held Thursday featuring 11 events for the sprinters prepping for the 2021 racing season at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Ind.


Of the 11 races, 10 were earmarked for two-year-olds going 250 yards, giving onlookers a first look at some of the local talent headed to the track in 2021.


One set finishing together was in the second race of the day as Honey B and BP Eagle Cartel, both from the Saul Perez barn, finished together with Fast N Fancy Stone from the Randy Smith barn. The trio of horses finished together, giving Honey B the nod in 13.9 seconds. Honey B, an Alabama-bred filly bred by Paris Wixon by Freighttrain B, is owned by Rodolfo Rodriguez.


The quickest time of the day was recorded in the fourth race as This Lovers Leavin stopped the timer in 13.85 seconds. The son of Coronas Leaving You was guided by Sammy Mendez for trainer Randy Smith. Hutchinson Racing and Debbie Smith own the Indiana-bred gelding.


The first Quarter Horse stakes of the season is May 17 featuring the Harley Greene Derby trials. The final will be held on the first All-Quarter Horse Saturday on June 5 with a first post of 10 a.m.


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


For more information about the 2021 racing season, go to www.indianagrand.com.


Coady Photography photo: Fast N Fancy Stone and Sammy Mendez (left) battle for the lead in the second training race of the day Thursday at Indiana Grand with Cristian Reyes and BP Eagle Cartel and (middle) Honey B.