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Prep Report: Waldron baseball closes regular season with win over Edinburgh

Waldron baseball will carry momentum into the postseason after securing a 16-15 victory Monday over Edinburgh.

The Mohawks (7-17, 3-9 Mid-Hoosier Conference) led 9-5 after one inning then allowed six runs in the third and trailed 12-9.

A five-run fourth put Waldron back in control of the MHC contest.

Bryant Becker led Waldron with three hits, three runs scored and five runs batted in.

Bryce Yarling had four hits and two RBIs.

Eli Sheppard had three hits and scored three runs.

Jacob Lindsey secured the win with four innings of relief work. He allowed five hits and three walks while striking out four in relief of Jordan Bennett.

Yarling pitched a scoreless inning of relief and had two strikeouts.

Waldron swept the two-game series with Edinburgh after winning game one, 14-3 on May 16.

The Mohawks and Lancers (5-15, 1-11 MHC) meet again Saturday at Morristown High School in the second semifinal game of Class A, Sectional 59.

In other prep events Monday:

 

 

Baseball

Greenfield-Central 17, Triton Central 5

At Greenfield-Central, the visiting Tigers managed just five hits off a pair of G-C pitchers to close out the regular season with an 11-11 record.

The Cougars (11-14) scored four runs in the bottom of the first and added seven more in the second to open up an 11-0 lead.

Grant Shepherd, Andrew Zellers and Joey Roland each had two hits for the Cougars. Zellers had a grand slam and drove in five runs.

Lane Wadle collected the win on the mound. Michael Sitzman closed out the game with a scoreless inning of relief work.

Hayden May had two hits for Triton Central.

The Tigers begin the postseason Wednesday against Indianapolis Scecina in a quarterfinal game of Class 2A, Sectional 42 hosted by Scecina.

 

 

Boys Golf

Edinburgh 174, Morristown 183, Waldron 214

Asher Caldwell shot 42 and the Yellow Jackets split between a pair of Mid-Hoosier Conference rivals.

Edinburgh won the three-way match at Timbergate Golf Course.

Morristown was runner-up with Nick Stidham posting 46, Carson Essex following at 47 and Carson Conrad shot 48.

Morristown returns to the links Thursday at Blue Bear Golf Club against Shelbyville.

Final baseball coaches state poll released

The final Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association poll of the 2022 season was released Monday.

Borden, Carroll (Flora), Andrean and Center Grove finish as the top-ranked teams in each of the four classes.

Borden leads the Class A poll with Barr-Reeve, Lafayette Central Catholic, South Central (Union Mills), Union City, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Riverton Parke, Loogootee, Caston and Fremont completing the top 10.

Also receiving votes are Hauser, Lutheran, Jac-Cen-Del, Rising Sun and Shakamak.

Unbeaten Carroll (Flora) is on top of the Class 2A poll.

Cascade is No. 2 followed by Wapahani, Eastern (Greentown), University, Monroe Central, Centerville, Forest Park, Delphi and Boone Grove.

A pair of 23-win programs – Andrean and Western – are the top two teams in Class 3A.

Andrean is No. 1 ahead of Western, West Vigo, Brebeuf, Silver Creek, Batesville, John Glenn, Heritage, Crawfordsville and Oak Hill.

Center Grove is top-ranked in Class 4A with Mooresville, Castle, Fishers, Evansville North, Carroll (Fort Wayne), LaPorte, Jasper, Munster and Columbus North rounding out the top 10.

Knightstown athletic director chosen as next leader of Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

Matt Martin has been hired as the new Executive Director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

“Our search committee evaluated numerous quality candidates and faced difficult decisions in our process,” said Hall of Fame President Mark Baltz. “We are excited to land Matt Martin as our next executive director and look forward to the energy and passion he will bring to the position.”

Martin, a Knightstown High School and Purdue University graduate, has spent the past eight years as athletic director at Knightstown High School. He is a current member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association Executive Committee.

Martin served as President of the IHSAA Executive Committee during the 2019-20 school year, helping the organization navigate the retirement of commissioner Bobby Cox, the hiring of commissioner Paul Neidig and the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

“I am extremely humbled and honored to have been selected as the new executive director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Martin. “The tradition, history, and passion that is the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame is something that I am looking forward to being around on a daily basis.”

Martin replaces Chris May, who will complete a 13-year tenure as the Hall of Fame’s executive director on June 15.

“I am excited to be able to work with Kayla, Cheryl, Trip, the countless volunteers, officers and Hall of Fame board members to continue to build on the great things Chris and his staff have done for basketball around our great state,” said Martin. “I am very thankful for my eight years at Knightstown, along with my duties on the IHSAA Board of Directors, and look forward to the future of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.”

Martin resides in Knightstown with his wife, Rachel, and sons, Gary and Oliver.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame operates a 14,000 square foot museum in New Castle with a mission to honor, preserve and promote the heritage of Indiana high school basketball.

For more information, visit www.hoopshall.com.

Shelbyville softball finishes regular season ranked in SCAI top 10

Shelbyville softball enters the postseason ranked in the top 10.

The Softball Coaches Association of Indiana’s final statewide poll was released Monday and the Golden Bears are tied for No. 10 in the Class 4A rankings.

Unbeaten Roncalli (26-0), the defending state champions, are No. 1 in Class 4A followed by Whiteland (22-2), Mooresville (26-3), New Palestine (21-3-1), Bedford North Lawrence (25-2), Columbus North (18-3), Pendleton Heights (21-6), Center Grove (18-8), Harrison (West Lafayette) (23-1), and Lake Central (21-6) and Shelbyville (19-5).

Shelbyville and Columbus North are in the same sectional tournament along with No. 14. Bloomington South (17-4).

Whiteland, Mooresville and Center Grove are in the same sectional.

Shelbyville was 4-2 against the top 10 – defeating Mooresville, New Palestine and Pendleton Heights twice this season while losing to Whiteland and Columbus North.

 

 

Tri-West Hendricks (23-2) leads the Class 3A poll.

Gibson Southern (26-4) is No. 2 ahead of Yorktown (21-3), South Bend St. Joseph’s (21-3), Connersville (20-4), Leo (23-2), Cathedral (17-9), Benton Central (17-2), New Prairie (20-7), Western (20-5) and Franklin County (20-7).

Three of Shelbyville’s five losses have come to 3A top 10 programs – Yorktown, Connersville and Cathedral.

Pioneer (22-4), the defending Class 2A state champions, enter the 2022 postseason as the top-ranked team.

Sullivan (23-5) is No. 2 followed by Illiana Christian (19-2), Hebron (20-3), Boone Grove (14-4), South Vermillion (20-3), Eastside (22-1), North Posey (19-1), Wheeler (12-5) and North Newton (13-3).

Hauser (19-4-1) has risen to the No. 2 ranking in Class A behind Tecumseh (23-5).

Rising Sun (19-2) is No. 3 ahead of Caston (17-3), South Central (Union Mills) 17-6, West Central (18-4), West Washington (18-4), Clay City (21-4), Rossville (19-2) and Fremont (16-11).

Edinburgh (11-11) is No. 14.

Shelbyville powers way to share of HHC title, now preps for postseason

Class 4A, No. 9 Shelbyville overpowered Greenfield-Central Friday night to secure its first Hoosier Heritage Conference championship since 2016.

The Golden Bears pounded out 16 hits and Kylee Edwards smashed her fourth home run of the season to secure a 14-3 victory and a share of the conference championship with Class 3A, No. 3 Yorktown. With the win, Shelbyville also retained possession of the HHC’s traveling trophy until the 2023 season.

Edwards went 4-for-4 at the plate to raise her team-leading batting average to .586. She had two singles, a double and a home run to drive in four runs.

Addie Stieneker and Hailey Pogue each had three hits and combined to drive in three runs.

Cheyenne Eads improved to 11-4 in the circle, pitching three scoreless innings while striking out five. Aliyah Lewis worked the final two innings to close out the win.

“It was a long time coming,” said Shelbyville head coach Mark Hensley. “We’ve had some teams come through that couldn’t quite get it. Last year’s group, we lost the one game to New Pal and that was our shot to win the conference.”

The Golden Bears had to win four straight conference games after suffering a 2-1 loss to Yorktown on April 16. A 7-5 win over 4A No. 4 New Palestine 12 days later put the squad back on track. The Dragons defeated Yorktown, 4-3 on April 19.

“When we lost to Yorktown earlier in the year we were kind of kicking ourselves but we got a little help and Yorktown ended up losing one so we knew we had a shot,” said Hensley.

Greenfield-Central (15-7, 3-4 HHC) started freshman Madysen Herbert in the circle Friday and she went two innings, allowed three hits and two runs before leaving the game.

Brianna Jack took over in the third inning and Shelbyville erupted for nine runs on 11 hits.

Karissa Hamilton started the third inning with a triple and Edwards, Stieneker and Pogue followed with doubles. Kiley McIver, Eads and Brooke Lipperd kept the hit parade going with consecutive singles and Kali Laycock doubled to score two more.

Edwards’ solo shot capped off the 9-run inning.

 

 

Shelbyville (19-5, 6-1 HHC) and Yorktown (21-3, 6-1) share the HHC title with New Palestine (21-3-1, 5-2) finishing third. Class 4A, No. 7 Pendleton Heights (21-6, 4-3) followed in fourth ahead of G-C, Mt. Vernon (11-8, 3-4), New Castle (12-15, 2-6) and Delta (10-14, 0-7).

“It’s no joke in this conference when you’ve got some really, really good teams at the top of it,” said Hensley of the HHC which currently has half of its teams ranked in the top 10.

Shelbyville finishes the regular season with two pieces of hardware – the HHC trophy and the conference’s traveling trophy. Now the Golden Bears turn their attention toward capturing postseason trophies.

Shelbyville won back-to-back sectional titles in 2017 and 2018, with the 2017 title – the first for the program -- coming at Bloomington North High School, site of this year’s sectional.

In the first game Tuesday at 6 p.m., 4A No. 6 Columbus North (18-3), the defending sectional champion, takes on East Central (16-11).

Shelbyville follows at approximately 7:30 p.m. against 4A No. 15 Bloomington South (17-4).

“Their (No. 3 and No. 4) hitters are no joke. We will have to be on our best game against them,” said Hensley. “And we’ve seen pitching very comparable to what they have. Hopefully, we can scratch a few runs on the scoreboard and keep the ball in the park.”

Bloomington South outfielder Jessica Young set a single-season record with 10 home runs. The Western Michigan recruit also has 10 doubles and 43 RBIs.

The Panthers also get production from infielders Kayli Reed (hitting .412 with 30 runs scored) and Lexie McGlothlin (eight home runs, 35 RBIs). McGlothlin will play collegiately at Indiana University Southeast.

Marin Jacobs already has a victory over Columbus North this season and should get the start against Shelbyville. The junior has a 2.03 earned run average this season with 64 strikeouts in 86 innings.

If not Jacobs, Bloomington South will turn to sophomore Morgan Cockerill (1.94 ERA, 49 strikeouts in 47 innings).

Shelbyville will counter with Eads in the circle. The sophomore has 111 strikeouts in 89 innings and a 1.89 ERA.

Bloomington South will try to slow down the top half of Shelbyville’s lineup. Hamilton, Edwards, Stieneker, Pogue and McIver are hitting a combined .446 with 70 extra-base hits, including 20 home runs.

“I think we are as ready as we can be,” said Hensley, who leads a team into the postseason with five losses all to state-ranked opponents.

If Shelbyville wins Tuesday, it would advance to face Columbus East (8-16-1) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Golden Bears defeated the Olympians, 11-2 on April 22.

The Columbus North-East Central winner plays at 6 p.m. Thursday against Bloomington North (9-11).

The sectional championship game follows on Friday at 7 p.m.

The one-game May 31 regional would be hosted by the Bloomington North Sectional champion.

The opponent would be the Mooresville Sectional champion. The six-team field includes No. 2 Whiteland (22-2), No. 3 Mooresville (26-3) and No. 9 Center Grove (18-8).

Freshmen pitchers lead Triton Central to Shelby County Baseball Tournament title

Freshmen Hayden May and Blaine Raider combined to limit Southwestern to six hits Friday night to lead Triton Central to a 5-4 victory in the championship game of the Shelby County Tournament.

Played at Southwestern, May pitched into the seventh inning, allowed five hits and two walks while striking out 13 Spartans. Raider secured the final two outs of the game and left the tying run stranded at second base.

Triton Central (11-10) turned four hits and six walks into five runs. Matt Shircliff had two of those hits and one run batted in. May had a double and drove in a run.

Jordan Jones and Matt Clements each had three hits for Southwestern (6-15). Jones scored three runs. Clements had three RBIs.

Clements got the start on the mound. He pitched five innings and allowed three hits while striking out eight.

Jones pitched the final two innings and did not allow a run.

A Jonah DeArmitt run-scoring single in the bottom of the first inning gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead.

Triton Central tied the game in the third inning when a Hayden May groundout plated Avynn Whitaker.

The Tigers took the lead in the fourth inning on a wild pitch.

A three-run fifth inning turned out to be the difference in the outcome. Avram Rund was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 3-1. Matt Shircliff followed with a run-scoring single and another wild pitch made it 5-1.

Prep Report: Shelbyville baseball closes out regular season with pair of losses

Shelbyville baseball closed out its regular season on a four-game losing streak.

On Friday, the Golden Bears lost to Greenfield-Central 8-6 in nine innings at Barnett Field in Shelbyville.

Andrew Zellers and A.J. Oden each had home runs. Oden drove in four runs.

Zellers and Landon Brooks combined to allow six Shelbyville hits and struck out 12 to improve the Cougars to 10-14 (7-7 Hoosier Heritage Conference).

Caden Tackett took the loss for Shelbyville (12-12, 5-9 HHC). Tackett allowed four hits and four runs in 4.2 innings on the mound.

Luke Brinkman started and worked into the fifth inning, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out eight.

Brayden Basey led Shelbyville with three hits and two RBIs. Brinkman and Logan Prickett each had two hits.

On Saturday, Jennings County scored four runs in the top of the first inning and added seven runs in the fifth to finish off the Golden Bears (12-13).

Luke Jackson took the loss for Shelbyville. The sophomore allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 4.1 innings.

Jacob Vogel had three hits, including two doubles, for Jennings County (18-10). Carson McNulty and Lane Zohrlaut each had two hits.

Austin Byford went the distance for JC. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four.

Shelbyville opens the postseason Wednesday at Bloomington South (10-11).

In other prep events:

Baseball

Morristown 20, Indiana Deaf 4

At Morristown Friday, the host Yellow Jackets built a 9-1 lead after two innings and scored 10 runs in the third to wrap up their regular-season schedule with an 11-11 record.

Morristown had 17 hits, including seven doubles, in the win.

Kade Rogers, Kane Snyder, Dyllan Rutledge, Bryce Bryant, Jake Rains and Grant Kessler each had multiple-hit games.

Rains had a team-high four RBIs.

Rogers earned the win on the mound. The sophomore allowed two hits and three walks while striking out eight.

Morristown is the host site for Class A, Sectional 59. The Yellow Jackets will face Greenwood Christian Wednesday at 5 p.m. in a quarterfinal game.

Lutheran 14, Triton Central 2

At Triton Central Saturday, the visiting Saints quickly built a 7-0 lead and went on to the victory to finish third in the Indiana Crossroads Conference standings.

Sean Moore went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs to lead the Saints (17-8, 8-6 ICC). Cole Perkins had three hits and three RBIs.

Ryan Jeffers pitched a five-inning complete game, allowing three hits while recording five strikeouts.

Quintin Potts had two hits for Triton Central (11-10, 6-7 ICC).

Triton Central closes out its regular-season schedule today at Greenfield-Central (10-14).

The Tigers travel to Scecina (12-10) Wednesday for their Class 2A, Sectional 42 opener.

Track and Field

Columbus North Sectional

Southwestern and Waldron did not advance any athletes to the regional level Friday night.

Southwestern’s Owen Stringer finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 17.93 seconds.

The Southwestern quartet of Ryan Griffin, Dane Kissell, Dakota Claiborne and Carter Snepp finished fifth in the 3,200 relay in 8:46.97.

Waldron’s 400 relay team of Ethan Richardson, Brandon Palmer, Braylon Williams and Caden Balzen placed seventh in 48.22.

Triton Central secures ninth tennis sectional title Saturday at Shelbyville

Triton Central tennis coach Austin Hall knew his team needed a doubles victory to defeat Shelbyville for a third time this season.

Midway through the first set in Saturday’s sectional championship match, TC’s No. 1 doubles team was rolling while the No. 2 doubles team was trailing.

Meanwhile, the Tigers quickly built an advantage in two of the three singles matches.

The momentum then flipped in both doubles matches and it took Olivia Martin and Sara Williams securing a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles to clinch the sectional title for Triton Central – the program’s ninth sectional championship and fifth in the last six years.

“Our No. 2 doubles (team) has been working really hard the past couple of weeks to mesh a little bit better together and keep raising our level,” said Hall. “They won a set off Southwestern (Friday) that they were unable to do when they played them earlier in the season, so that was big.

“I told the girls we really needed them and it definitely turned out that we needed that No. 2 doubles team to perform. That was great to see.”

Julia Sanders and Lelia Chougule did not drop a game in sweeping Jaidyn Tackett and Ella Connolly at No. 1 singles and No. 3 singles, respectively.

Chougule improved to 15-1 in No. 3 singles matches this season.

“She has been very dominant. She has really matured,” said Hall. “Last year it was a completely different Lelia. I think she told herself this is my senior year and I can go out and perform and get the results she really wanted last year.

“She has become a real leader and someone we can guarantee at that spot.”

Sanders, who will play volleyball collegiately at Indiana University Kokomo, improved to 13-3 at No. 1 singles.

“It is nice to have a college athlete at the top of our lineup,” said Hall. “(Julia) has become so much better this year in her matches. Last year, it was just put balls back into play and let other players make errors. This year she has really developed as a tennis player.”

At No. 2 singles, Shelbyville’s Emma Sandman got off to a strong start against Emma Hutchinson and posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory to cut TC’s lead to 2-1 with both doubles matches still going.

Shelbyville’s Karlie Lawson and Renee Aldridge fell behind Triton Central’s Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley 5-1 in the first set at No. 1 doubles but rallied to secure a 7-5, 6-4 victory.

“They got in a rhythm and it just continued,” said Shelbyville head coach Ashley Comstock. “It is probably the best they have played all year.”

Shelbyville (11-12) loses just one senior, Jaidyn Tackett, from its sectional championship lineup.

“Overall, it was a good season. Everyone got better,” said Comstock. “We only lose one girl at No. 1 singles so we have plenty of girls returning.”

With the sectional championship, Triton Central (17-3) will travel to Center Grove Tuesday for a regional semifinal match against Perry Meridian, a 3-2 winner over Southport in the championship match of the Southport Sectional.

In the other regional semifinal Tuesday, No. 11 Franklin will take on Roncalli. The championship match is slated for Wednesday.

With their win Friday at No. 1 doubles, Waldron seniors Mackenzie Shaw and Megan Bogemann advanced to the state doubles tournament. The sectional round of matches begin this week at Center Grove.

Semifinal Round

Triton Central reached the championship match Saturday morning with a 4-1 victory Friday over Southwestern (3-13).

The Spartans’ lone win came at No. 2 doubles where McKinley Correll and Faith Kelley defeated Martin and Williams, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. Correll and Kelley finished the season with a 15-3 record.

Shelbyville similarly defeated Waldron 4-1 Friday.

Shaw and Bogemann, 16-0 this season, defeated Lawson and Aldridge, 6-2, 7-5 to keep their undefeated season going.

Tackett needed three sets to eliminate Nichole Garner at No. 1 singles, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Baker and Lee also needed three sets at No. 2 doubles to dispatch Audrey Hogg and Emily Tyree.

Waldron finished the season at 7-9.

Morristown's Caldwell runner-up at Mid-Hoosier Conference Golf Tournament

With three golfers shooting 81 or better, North Decatur captured the Mid-Hoosier Conference Golf Tournament title Saturday at North Branch Golf Course in Greensburg.

Carson Parmer (photo, far right) shot 2-under par 69 to lead the Chargers to the victory and earn the medalist honor.

Jack Koehne (78) and Collin Bryant (81) also earned All-MHC honors for North Decatur. The Cougars’ scorecard was completed by Brady Espinda (92) and Xavier Adams (95).

North Decatur’s 320 was followed in the team standings by Southwestern (382), Edinburgh (382), Hauser (384), Morristown (397) and Waldron (451).

Morristown’s Asher Caldwell (photo, second from right) was part of the seven-player, all-conference squad. Caldwell shot 76 to finish runner-up in the individual standings.

Also for Morristown, Carson Essex shot 95, Nick Stidham followed at 107, Carson Conrad finished at 119 and Webb Walker posted 123.

Southwestern did not have an all-conference honoree but had all five competitors finish within eight strokes of each other to tie Edinburgh for second in the team standings.

Southwestern’s scorecard included Hunter Pappano (93), Caleb Pappano (94), Tristan Pappano (96), Justin Swift (99) and Ty Burcham (101).

Max Blandford led Edinburgh with an 81 to earn the All-MHC designation. Trevor Moon followed at 92. Devyn Milburn (101), Mason Calhoun (108) and Cash Cunningham (111) also competed for the Lancers.

Hauser’s Caleb Wallace (85) and Chase Martoccia (87) also earned All-MHC honors.

Lucas Shaw led Waldron with a 93. Also competing for the Mohawks were Josh Kellems (111), Cole Jones (123), Matthew Thomas (124) and Jack Fischer (133).

Strong pitching propels Triton Central to Shelby County Tournament title

Triton Central captured the Shelby County Softball Tournament title Saturday with wins over Morristown and Waldron.

In the semifinal round, Triton Central scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to a 12-2 victory over Morristown (9-10) in Fairland.

Brylie Couch had two hits and drove in two runs for Triton Central. Madison Collins had four runs batted in.

Couch earned the win in the pitcher’s circle, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out eight in a five-inning performance.

Rhylee Moran took the loss for the Yellow Jackets. She allowed eight hits and seven walks.

Alexia Rogers went 2-for-3 for Morristown.

In the championship game, the Tigers scored in five of the six innings to defeat Waldron (3-11).

Couch went 3-for-4 in the win. Allison Raquet, Lillian Fillippinie and Jazmin Jett each had two hits for Triton Central (10-9).

Fillippinie did not allow a hit and struck out 13 Mohawks.

Triton Central opens Class 2A, Sectional 42 Tuesday against Scecina (6-9) at Eastern Hancock. The winner advances to the sectional championship game Thursday.

Morristown enters the postseason Tuesday in a semifinal contest against Greenwood Christian (4-6) at Indianapolis Lutheran.

Waldron earned a first-round bye and will face the winner of the Lutheran (8-14) and Edinburgh (11-11) quarterfinal game on Wednesday.

The Lutheran Sectional championship game is Thursday.

Caldwell chooses Trine for love of the game

Asher Caldwell’s earliest experiences at the golf course are not fond memories.

“As a child my parents would drag me to the golf course and I would be like can I just go home?” recalled the Morristown High School senior. “I don’t want to be here.”

Caldwell eventually gained a love for the sport and the business side of golf course management.

In March, Caldwell signed his letter of intent to attend Trine University where he will join the school’s Division III national championship qualifying program.

“It kind of seemed like the best fit because their golf program is really good,” said Caldwell recently about his decision. “And they have a golf management program in the school. That is something I really want to learn – how to become a golf pro, as in someone who manages a course.”

Before Caldwell can fully turn his attention to Trine, located in Angola, Indiana, there is work to be done in his final high school season.

The golf regional qualifier in 2021 is on track for a repeat performance.

Caldwell won the Shelby County Tournament on April 23 at Timbergate Golf Course in Edinburgh and now has his sights set on winning the Mid-Hoosier Conference Tournament Saturday at North Branch in Greensburg.

“My goal (this year) was to win the county championship. Last year, I lost by one stroke,” said Caldwell. “So to win that was really special this year.”

Caldwell shot 5-over-par 77 at the county tournament which left him tied with Triton Central junior Oliver Gearlds. Caldwell promptly birdied the first playoff hole to be declared champion.

The day was made more special when Morristown captured the team title too.

“That was a really big win for the whole team,” he said.

With one goal accomplished, Caldwell looks to take the MHC title – one he lost by three strokes last year.

“My goal is focused on winning conference,” he said.

Two days after graduating from Morristown, Caldwell will look to qualify for regional competition at the Greenfield-Central Sectional at Hawk’s Tail Golf Course. He shot 81 last year to earn the third advancing spot.

“My goal is to win the sectional or make it to the regional again,” said Caldwell. “I made it to regional last year. I was only the fourth player out of Morristown to do so.

“So now my goal is to advance out of the regional and go to the state (tournament).”

Then he can focus on playing at the next level which will include endless hours at the one place he could not stand as a child.

“Between my eighth grade and freshman year I flipped the switch and really loved it,” said Caldwell. “Ever since, I have been hooked (on golf).”

Caldwell will major in Business and his role with the golf program allows him to take golf management classes.

“It is basically business management classes along with the golf stuff,” he said.

 

 

Caldwell is the son of Dana and Audra Caldwell. He has two older brothers, Gabe and Jordan.

Being able to sign his letter of intent at the school in front of friends and family was a big moment.

“I really don’t know how to put it,” he said. “It was really special because my parents and my brother (Jordan) were there.

“It was a really cool to experience that and have everyone there watching me do that.”

Five Shelby County athletes advance out of Greenfield-Central Sectional

Shelbyville’s Beau Kenkel, Triton Central’s Brad Schultz and TC’s 400-meter relay team all advanced out of the Greenfield-Central track and field sectional Thursday night.

Kenkel (photo, far right) ran a personal-best time of four minutes, 41.08 seconds to finish third in the 1,600 and receive the automatic berth to the Greenfield-Central Regional next week.

Franklin Central’s Brayden Henkle won the 1,600 in 4:27.7. Warren Central’s Grant Coburn was the runner-up in 4:38.36.

Schultz finished second in the 100 meters, crossing the finish line in 11.03. Schultz split a pair of Warren Central Warriors – Jaely Reeves-Lile (10.82) and Vermont Johnson (11.04) – to advance to the regional.

Schultz returned to the track for the 400 relay with Brayden Wilkins, Ray Crawford and Anthony Dunville to finish second in 43.86 -- .04 off the winning time of Greenfield-Central’s 43.82.

Franklin Central was third in 43.87.

Also scoring top eight individual finishes at the Greenfield-Central Sectional were Triton Central’s Ethan Cales (5th in 110 hurdles, 15.81), Morristown’s Tyler Schonfeld (7th in 100, 11.37), Shelbyville’s Samuel Price (5th in 400, 53.31; 6th in long jump, 20 feet, 7.75 inches), Morristown’s Jacob Batten (7th in 800, 2:09.34), Triton Central’s Brayden Wilkins (5th in 200, 22.97; 8th in long jump, 20-2.5), Shelbyville’s Alex Macharia (7th in long jump, 20-3.5), Shelbyville’s Jordan Marcum (5th in high jump, 6-0) and Triton Central’s Jared Schweitzer (8th in 125-11).

Schonfeld’s time in the 100 was a new school record for Morristown.

Warren Central won the sectional team title with 145 points. Franklin Central was second at 134. Shelbyville finished seventh (27.5), Triton Central was eighth (26) and Morristown 11th (4).

Columbus North Sectional

Inclement weather forced the postponement of the Columbus North Sectional where Southwestern and Waldron were competing. The meet will resume tonight. - to e finish line in 11.03. Schultz split a pair of Warren Central Warriors --

In other prep events Thursday:

 

 

Baseball

Hauser 8, Morristown 3

At Morristown, the visiting Jets scored three times in the fourth and four more times in the fifth to improve to 15-10 this season and a Mid-Hoosier Conference best 11-1.

Eli Miller had two hits, scored two runs and drove in two runs to lead Hauser. The senior also pitched a complete game, allowing eight Morristown hits and two walks while striking out 11.

Jake Rains took the loss for Morristown (10-11, 5-7 MHC). The senior allowed six hits and six walks.

Dyllan Rutledge and Bryce Bryant each had two hits for the Yellow Jackets.

 

 

Softball

Cathedral 5, Shelbyville 2

A three-run third inning proved to be enough runs for Class 3A, No. 9 Cathedral to defeat 4A No. 9 Shelbyville.

The Golden Bears (18-5) managed just six hits off Cathedral starting pitcher Jade Slone. Caitlyn Richardson and Cheyenne Eads each had two hits.

Eads took the loss for Shelbyville, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out four.

Anna Moore had two hits including a triple. Julia Jennings scored a run and drove in two to lead the Irish (17-9).

Shelbyville hosts Greenfield-Central today. A win would secure a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conference championship with 3A No. 3 Yorktown.

 

 

Triton Central 10, Bethesda Christian 8

At Bethesda Christian, the visiting Tigers scored in five of the seven innings and won their fifth game in their last six contests to improve to 8-9.

Brylie Couch had three hits including a home run, scored three runs and drove in three more to lead TC. Allison Raquet had two doubles. Emma Stohry had three hits and Madison Collins had two hits and two RBIs.

Lillian Fillippinie got the win, allowing seven hits and three walks while striking out 10.

Natalie Servizzi took the loss for Bethesda Christian (8-6).

Annie Heim had two doubles and two RBIs. Leah Heim had three hits and two RBIs.

Triton Central hosts Morristown (9-9) Saturday morning in the semifinal round of the Shelby County Tournament. The winner advances to face Waldron in the championship game.

 

 

Girls Tennis

Shelbyville Sectional

Southwestern 5, Morristown 0

The lone quarterfinal match of the Shelbyville Sectional went the Spartans’ way.

Southwestern (3-12) won all five matches in straight sets to advance to today’s semifinal round against Triton Central (15-3).

Morristown finished the season 0-14.

Lauryn Blondell (6-0, 6-1), Ella Rice (6-1, 6-1) and Makinze Belton (6-1, 6-4) swept the singles matches.

Kyla Robertson and Brooke Schneider were victorious at No. 1 doubles, 6-1, 6-1 over McKinley Kile and Brianna Batton.

McKinley Correll and Faith Kelley did not lose a game in winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles over Katie Hillock and Elizabeth Cheek.

The other semifinal match today at Shelbyville features Waldron (7-8) against the host Golden Bears (10-11).

The sectional championship is set for 10 a.m. Saturday.

Triton Central enters Shelbyville Tennis Sectional unbeaten against the field

Inclement weather Wednesday altered the schedule for the IHSAA girls tennis sectional at Shelbyville High School.

The opening round match between Morristown (0-13) and Southwestern (2-12) will be played at 5 p.m. today. The winner advances to a Friday semifinal round match against Triton Central (15-3).

The other semifinal Friday pits the host Golden Bears (10-11) and Waldron (7-8).

The championship match is now scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.

Triton Central is the favorite, going 7-0 against potential sectional opponents this season. The Tigers, winners of the Indiana Crossroads Conference championship, have won 10 straight matches.

With a pair of strong doubles teams, Triton Central also boasts the two players with the most wins this season at No. 1 singles and No. 3 singles.

Julia Sanders is 11-3 at No. 1 singles and Lelia Chougule is 13-1 at No. 3 singles. Emma Hutchinson is 10-3 at No. 2 singles.

Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley are 12-6 at No. 1 doubles. Olivia Martin and Sarah Williams are 11-2 at No. 2 doubles.

If Southwestern defeats Morristown for a second time this season, Martin and Williams will be challenged by McKinley Correll and Faith Kelley (13-3), who won the Mid-Hoosier Conference Tournament Saturday at Hauser.

Shelbyville scored a 3-2 win over Waldron on April 20.

The Golden Bears were victorious at No. 2 singles, No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.

Ella Connolly needed three sets to defeat Riley Price at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 1-6, 6-4.

In their first meeting, Emma Sandman defeated Josee Larrison at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-2. Larrison is 9-6 this season but has momentum after winning the MHC Tournament Saturday.

Waldron’s No. 1 doubles pairing of Mackenzie Shaw and Megan Bogemann are 15-0 this season. The duo won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, in their first meeting with Shelbyville’s Karlie Lawson and Renee Aldridge.

Shaw and Bogemann (photo) dominated the MHC Tournament bracket, dropping just four games Saturday.

Shelbyville’s No. 2 doubles team of Riley Lee and Sydney Baker defeated Waldron’s Audrey Hogg and Emily Tyree, 6-4, 7-5.

And Nichole Garner defeated Jaidyn Tackett, 6-4, 6-2 in that first meeting at No. 1 singles.

The Shelbyville Sectional championship team advances to Tuesday’s Center Grove Regional semifinal round to face the winner of the Southport Sectional that includes Southport, Indianapolis Shortridge, Perry Meridian, Decatur Central and Scecina.

The other semifinal Tuesday pits the Center Grove Sectional champion against the Franklin Central Sectional champion.

The regional championship match is Wednesday.

In addition, any No. 1 singles or No. 1 doubles team from a non-advancing sectional team that does not lose a match in the sectional advances to the state singles and doubles tournament sectional round, also played at Center Grove next week.

Collegiate Update: Louisville softball season ends at ACC Tournament

The University of Louisville softball season came to an end with a 2-0 loss to Syracuse on May 11 in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Angel Jasso’s two-out, two-run home run in the third inning proved enough for Syracuse to advance in the tournament.

 

 

Louisville did not have a hit off Syracuse starting pitcher Ariana Adams until the sixth inning and had a scoring opportunity in the seventh but could not extend the game.

Shelbyville graduate Hannah File went 0-for-3 for Louisville, who finished the season with a 27-25 record.

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

 

 

TeAnn Bringle

The Shelbyville graduate had a pinch hit single for Indiana State University on May 11 in a 9-5 win over Valparaiso in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in Springfield, Missouri.

The Sycamores’ season ended on May 12 with a 4-2 loss to Illinois State.

Indiana State finished the season with a 25-27 record.

 

 

Addisenn Weaver

The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-4 with a run batted in on May 11 in Valparaiso’s 9-5 loss to Indiana State in the MVC Tournament.

The Beacons ended the season with a 14-33 record.

 

 

Katie Mathies

The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-1 in her only plate appearance for DePauw University Friday in an 11-2 loss to Berry in the NCAA DIII regional tournament in Greencastle, Indiana.

DePauw stayed alive with a 3-2 win over Piedmont Saturday.

On Sunday, the Tigers’ season ended with a 5-4 loss to Hiram. Mathies went 1-for-2 with a stolen base and run batted in.

DePauw finished 35-11 this season.

 

 

Damon Lux

The Shelbyville graduate went 1-for-4 for Duke University Saturday in a 13-5 loss to North Carolina State.

The Blue Devils lost 5-3 Friday but captured Sunday’s win, 7-4.

On Tuesday, Duke defeated Davidson, 11-2. Lux went 0-for-1 at the plate.

Duke is 22-29 this season.

 

 

Madisen Hinderliter

The Shelbyville graduate finished 13th in the women’s hammer throw Saturday for St. Francis (Ind.) at the St. Francis Fighting Chance Meet in Joliet, Illinois.

Hinderliter’s best attempt was 131 feet, 10 inches.

 

 

Jill Anspaugh

The Shelbyville graduate place 13th in the 5,000 meters for Franklin College at the St. Francis Fighting Chance Meet in Illinois. Anspaugh crossed the finish line in 21:00.

 

 

Taylor Tatlock

The Southwestern graduated produced a pair of personal bests for Franklin College Saturday in the Rio Grande Last Chance Meet in Rio Grande, Ohio.

Tatlock won the javelin with a throw of 37.66 meters. She finished second in the discus at 39.04 meters.

 

 

Zaleeya Martin

The Shelbyville graduate finished second in the 200 meters (26.04) and seventh in the 100 (12.59) Wednesday for Hanover College in the Emory Final Qualifier in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stitched wins Indiana's richest turf race of season at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Stitched was on a mission Wednesday in the 17th running of the $150,000 Caesars Stakes at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

The three-year-old colt (photo) led from gate to wire with an impressive win in the event marking Indiana’s richest turf race of the season in Shelbyville.

Stitched obeyed orders from jockey Florent Geroux and was out of the gate quickly in the field reduced to five on the rain-soaked turf. The son of Mizzen Mast was on top of the field before it passed the tote board the first time, leaving Setna the Wise and Umberto Rispoli to the outside.

Stitched continued his dominance down the backstretch as the field of five remained compact. Around the turn, Geroux prepared the sophomore for a big stretch run, and he got it. As soon as he was in the straight away, Stitched took off with a big sprint to the wire, striding out to a two and three-quarter length advantage at the finish line.

Tommy Bee and Irad Ortiz Jr. finished second over Setna the Wise.

Stitched was the second choice of the field, paying $10 for the win. He is trained by Greg Foley and owned by Nathan McCauley, Michael Olszewski and William Minton. McCauley also bred the colt, who is now four for seven in his career and three for three on a wet turf surface.

“This homebred colt is from a mare we raised named Walking Miracle,” said McCauley. “We named her that because she had a paddock injury that prevented her from being a racehorse, but she was able to be a brood mare. This is her second foal. There’s nothing better than having a win with a homebred.”

Stitched was making his first start among stakes company. He came into the race off an impressive win at Churchill Downs in his last outing, placing him on a small two-race win streak for Foley, who is no stranger to the Caesars Stakes.

He won the stakes under the name of Oliver Stakes the first year it was held over the turf in 2004 with a three-year-old filly named Rich Find.

“This colt has come a long way,” said Travis Foley, Greg’s son who serves as the assistant trainer. “I told the owners after his first start wasn’t so great that there’s talent there, I swear. He gets better and better every day. We were watching the weather all day yesterday and hoping it stayed on the turf. We are blessed with this win today.”

Foley, who is based in Kentucky, has been a longtime participant on the Indiana circuit. He has raced every year since the inaugural season at Hoosier Park in 1995. A multiple stakes winning trainer in Indiana, Foley has won 46 races in 20 years of action at Horseshoe Indianapolis with limited starts.

Caesars Stakes Day also was paired with Empire of Hope, a Caesars Entertainment Racing initiative to bring funding and awareness to racehorse aftercare programs. Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing, made a presentation earlier in the day showing a total of $30,240 that has been earmarked to various organizations this season in their work to assist retired racehorses after their careers have completed.

 

 

Swifty Sired Stakes

Acutely and DeShawn Parker (photo above) romped to the victory in the 9th running of the $100,000 Swifty Sired Fillies Stakes Wednesday. The duo pulled away from the field to win by four and one-half lengths at the finish line in the five and one-half furlong sprint.

Lil Evie and Tommy Pompell finished second over No Trust and Jon Court, who closed to finish third.

“She was waiting on horses the whole time,” explained Parker, who is now 13 wins away from 6,000 career trips to the winner’s circle. “Once she got by the leader, she relaxed. She felt that horse (Lil Evie) coming to her in the stretch and took off again.”

Acutely, trained by Ron Raper, paid $15.20 for the win over the muddy surface. The filly is owned by Rick Cleary’s CDC Racing LLC and Tom Mosley Jr. She was making her first start of 2022 and is now three for four lifetime.

“This filly loves to run,” said Raper, who is an eight-time Leading Quarter Horse trainer at Horseshoe Indianapolis. “Elliott Farms broke her for us, and she came to us ready to run. They did a good job with her.”

 

 

Sagamore Sired Stakes

Too Bad Justice and jockey Joe Ramos (photo above) ruled over a field of eight in the 9th running of the $100,000 Sagamore Sired Stakes. The duo ran over a rain-soaked track in a time of 1:05.1 for the five and one-half furling sprint.

“This horse (Too Bad Justice) was still green last year,” said Ramos. “I think it helped getting some time off this winter. He’s changed his mind and figured out what he’s doing now. I shook him out of the gate last time, and he really surprised me. I am not surprised he won today. Marvin (Johnson) has done a great job with him and got him ready for this.”

Owned by Matt Kwiatkowski, Jason Kaylor and Roger Browning, Too Bad Justice paid $8.40 for the win. It was the second straight victory for the three-year-old, who had three seconds in three starts last year at two. Marvin Johnson trains the now stakes winner, who over $125,000 in earnings with the victory.

 

 

Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes

Heavenly Hellos surprised a field of seven with a strong finish in the 14th running of the Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes.

Ridden by Edgar Morales, the longshot filly (photo above) scored the win over a turf listed as good in a time of 1:38.51.

“It was a little wet on the inside, that’s why we drifted out,” said Morales, who has had a super start to the meet at Horseshoe Indianapolis and earned his 12th win in the stakes. “We got bumped at the start, but they were going a little slow on the lead. We were able to move up and took the outside and she finished strong.”

Heavenly Hellos added her name to the history of the Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes, becoming the biggest longshot to win in the 14-year history of the race. The sophomore filly by Overanalyze paid $74.80 for the win. It was her second win in five starts for 2022 after not reaching the winner’s circle last year as a two-year-old.

Rey Hernandez trains the three-year-old for Marcus Barbour’s Victory Racing Stable. She was a $9,000 purchase from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale and now has more than $130,000 on her card.

“This filly’s mother (Rich Find) actually raced here and won a stakes,” said Barbour. “We have been trying and trying to get her on grass. Today was her shot and we were praying it kept on the turf. This filly is made for the turf.”

Rich Find won the first Oliver Stakes, now knows as the Caesars Stakes, held on the turf in 2004. The race begin in 2003 when the track opened under the name of Indiana Downs, but the turf course was not available until 2004. The female version of the race, the Indiana Downs Distaff, began in 2009 and is now known as the Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes.

Shelbyville girls tennis sectional bracket set

The Indiana High School Athletic Association revealed the sectional pairings Monday night for the 47th Annual IHSAA Girls Tennis State Tournament.

All five Shelby County girls tennis programs will compete at Shelbyville High School with one quarterfinal match today, two semifinals Thursday and the championship match slated for Friday.

Southwestern (2-12) will face Morristown (0-13) for a second time this season today at Shelbyville. The Spartans defeated the Yellow Jackets, 5-0, on April 28.

The winner advances to Thursday’s semifinal against Triton Central (15-3). The Tigers swept Morristown twice this season and defeated Southwestern, 4-1, on April 22.

In the other semifinal Thursday, the host Golden Bears (10-11) take on Waldron (7-8). The Mohawks lost 3-2 at Shelbyville on April 20.

Triton Central has defeated Shelbyville and Waldron twice this season.

The Shelbyville Sectional champion advances to the Center Grove Regional on Tuesday to battle the Southport Sectional champ.

The second regional semifinal pits the Center Grove Sectional winner against the Franklin Central Sectional winner.

The Center Grove Sectional features No. 11 Franklin and No. 18 Center Grove.

A total of 306 schools will compete for the state championship.

Krystal Stone tops Harley Greene Derby trials at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Krystal Stone, ridden by Jose Beltran, turned in the quickest time of four trials Tuesday for the Harley Greene Derby.

A total of 37 three-year-olds vied for a spot in the upcoming $75,000 final set for June 4.

Starting from post four in the second trial, Krystal Stone was in contention early on for the lead with Lexus Beach and Juan Marquez matching strides. The two Indiana-sired sophomores battled to the wire with Krystal Stone getting the edge by a nose at the wire in 17.862 seconds. Lexus Beach ended up second on the final list of qualifiers with a time of 17.864.

Owned by Ricardo Rodriguez, Krystal Stone was making his first start of 2022. The Brimmstone sorrel gelding had three starts last year with no trips to the winner’s circle, making this year’s trip in the Greene Derby trials a maiden-breaking effort. Karin Yike trains Brimmstone, who was bred by Indiana’s 2021 Leading Breeder Sheri Miller.

The third fastest qualifier was the winner of the third trial – Sweet Beach in 17.883. Trained by Randy Smith, the Escondido Beach gelding closed in gamely for jockey Juan Marquez at the finish to win by a nose in a close three-horse photo over Clovis Two Sox (Oscar Macias) and Motoring Molly (German Rodriguez).

Sweet Beach, owned by Keith Bode, was one of two trial winners on the night for Smith, who is the track’s all-time leading Quarter Horse trainer in wins and earnings. Smith also saddled FE Stone Crusher (photo) to a win in the final trial with a time of 17.891. The Brimmstone gelding, owned by Debbie Smith, was ridden to victory by German Rodriguez.

The final trial winner was Stormi Spirits for the Tim Eggleston barn. The Jess Zoomin gelding was making his first start of 2022 after winning three of seven starts last year at two. Ridden by Rolando Pina, Stormi Spirits was a head in front of Our Game Changer and Juan Marquez at the wire. Easy Torero and Erik Esqueda finished another neck back in third. The time of 18.049 was not among the top 10 qualifiers for the final.

The top 10 qualifiers heading to the Greene Derby final, in order of trial time and jockey includes Krystal Stone (Jose Beltran, 17.862), Lexus Beach (Juan Marquez, 17.864), Sweet Beach (Juan Marquez, 17.883), Clovis Two Sox (Oscar Macias, 17.887), FE Stone Crusher (German Rodriguez, 17.891), Fast N Fancy Stone (German Rodriguez, 17.894), Nachor Favorite (Sergio Ramirez, 17.896), My Royal Maiden (Juan Marquez, 17.900), Motoring Molly (German Rodriguez, 17.905) and Sarahs Violin (Erik Esqueda, 17.912).

The Harley Greene Derby Final is part of the first All-Quarter Horse racing day of 2022 set for June 4. The card will begin at 10 a.m. and will include the $75,000 Born Runner Classic Final as well as trials for the Horseshoe Indianapolis QHRAI Derby.

A total of 26 Quarter Horse Stakes are slated for the 2022 racing season, highlighted by the 2022 AQHA Bank of America Challenge Championships set for Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. It is the first time the Challenge Championships have been held in Indiana.

Caesars Stakes Day, Empire of Hope set at Horseshoe Indianapolis

The rich $4.8 million stakes season gets underway today with Caesars Stakes Day at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Four stakes are set for the 10-race card at the Shelbyville race track highlighted by the $150,000 Caesars Stakes (Listed) and the $150,000 Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes, Indiana’s richest turf races.

A field of eight is set for the 17th running of the Caesars Stakes in the ninth race. Tommy Bee from the Brad Cox Stable has been tagged as the morning-line favorite at odds of 2-1. Starting from post four, the three-year-old Medaglia d’Oro colt comes into the race with two wins and two seconds in four starts for 2022. His last race was a win at Keeneland in allowance company. Irad Ortiz Jr. is scheduled to ride Tommy Bee.

Joining Tommy Bee as a favorite in the field is Stitched from the Greg Foley barn. The Mizzen Mast colt has won three of five races this season, including his last start at Churchill Downs. Stitched begins from post five at odds of 4-1 with Florent Geroux aboard.

 

 

For the fillies, Alittleloveandluck has been tagged the favorite of the 14th running of the Horseshoe Indianapolis Stakes, a Black Type event. The Arrogate filly, owned and trained by Michael Dini, won the $100,000 Ginger Brew Stakes at Gulfstream Park earlier this year. Paco Lopez will ride the grey filly from post two at odds of 2-1.

“Caesars Stakes Day is a great way for us to showcase our turf course,” said Chris Polzin, Director of Racing. “These two races have historically been held in the fall, but we saw an opportunity to move them to the beginning of the meet. All four stakes attracted full fields. We just kicked off turf racing earlier this month, so we are excited to officially launch our stakes season with such a strong racing card.”

The ninth running of the $100,000 Sagamore Sired Stakes is the first leg of the special All Stakes Pick 4 beginning in Race 6 followed by the $100,000 Swifty Sired Stakes in Race 7.

To help complement the afternoon, Horseshoe Indianapolis will showcase racehorse aftercare programs with the fourth annual Empire of Hope, a Caesars Entertainment Racing initiative. The event places the spotlight on life after racing for many horses that have competed at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

The afternoon will feature a “Parade of Champions” with several outriders and pony horses showcased in their second careers after racing. More than $70,000 is allotted for equine-related programs annually by Horseshoe Indianapolis with more than $30,000 of that total earmarked directly to racehorse aftercare programs.

Additionally, several on-track fundraisers will be held periodically throughout the racing season with all proceeds earmarked to racehorse aftercare.

The 20th season of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Nov. 23. Live racing is conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday with Thursday post times set for 3:30 p.m.

A total of 12 Saturdays will feature live racing in 2022 highlighted by the 28th running of the Grade 3 $300,000 Indiana Derby on July 9.

Southwestern's Rooks wins long jump sectional title; Muck, Brown, Schultz joining her at track regional

Four Shelby County athletes advanced out of track and field sectional events Tuesday in Franklin and New Palestine.

Southwestern’s Lilly Rooks won the long jump competition at the Franklin Sectional with a best attempt of 16 feet, 10.5 inches.

Rooks, a junior, will be joined at Tuesday’s regional event by her teammate, Alison Muck.

Muck, a senior, set a new school record while finishing runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.55 seconds. Center Grove sophomore Madi Kramer won the 100 hurdles in 14.87.

Advancing out of the New Palestine Sectional Tuesday were Shelbyville senior Kilikina Schultz and Triton Central junior Madison Brown.

Schultz (photo) qualified for regional competition in both hurdling events.

Schultz finished third in the 100 hurdles in 16.33. Warren Central senior Mary Porter won the race in 15.32. Greenfield-Central senior Kayana Maroska was second in 15.73.

Schultz later returned to the track and finished runner-up in the 300 hurdles in 47.57. Porter won the 300 hurdles in 46.83.

Brown’s season will continue in the regional after a runner-up performance in the high jump. Brown tied Porter with a best height clearance of 4-10 but Porter was declared sectional champion based on earlier clearances with less misses.

Brown also finished fourth in the long jump (15-9.5).

At Tuesday’s girls track and field sectionals around the state, a top-three performance was needed in each event to advance to the regional. The same format will be used in regional competitions to determine the state finals qualifiers.

Also scoring points individually Tuesday were Morristown’s Nevaeh Sanders (6th in 100 hurdles, 18.42), Raegan Kleine (5th in 1,600, 5:56.8), Maggie Lutes (8th in 400, 1:05.37) and Lilly Stoddard (7th in long jump, 15-3; 4th in high jump, 4-8), Triton Central’s Elaina Maurice (7th in 1:04.36) and Hallie Schweitzer (8th in 800, 2:40.77) and Shelbyville’s Stefanie Howard (4th in 3,200, 12:51.28).

Warren Central won the sectional title at New Palestine with 149.5 points. Shelbyville (25) was sixth. Triton Central (16) and Morristown (16) tied for eighth.

Center Grove won the sectional championship at Franklin. Southwestern (18) finished eighth; Waldron (3) was ninth.

The Franklin Regional will feature the top three finishers in each event from four sectionals – Connersville, East Central, New Palestine and Franklin.

Photo credit: Steve Bush

Prep Report: Triton Central freshman tosses shutout for ICC road victory

Triton Central was first on the scoreboard with a single run in the top of the sixth inning and three more followed in the seventh to secure a 4-0 road victory Tuesday at Indianapolis Lutheran.

Freshman Bryce Haney went the distance for Triton Central (10-9, 6-6 Indiana Crossroads Conference), allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Sean Moore took the loss for Lutheran (16-8, 7-6 ICC). The senior allowed five hits and four walks and all four TC runs.

Quintin Potts had two hits to lead TC’s offense. Avram Rund, Aaron Shircliff and Hayden May each drove in runs.

In other prep events Tuesday:

 

 

Baseball

Greenfield-Central 14, Shelbyville 10

At Greenfield-Central, the host Cougars moved into fifth place in the Hoosier Heritage Conference standings with the win.

A.J. Oden had two hits and drove in four runs for the Cougars (9-13, 6-7 HHC). Joe Roland and Brodie Mayberry each had three hits.

Andrew Zellers earned the win despite allowing all 10 Shelbyville runs.

Dalton Jones took the loss for Shelbyville (12-11, 5-8 HHC). The freshman allowed 12 hits and 12 runs before Brayden Basey took over and finished the game.

Charlie Rife led the Golden Bears, one game back of G-C in the HHC standings, with three hits and three RBIs. Basey and Luke Jackson each drove in two runs.

 

 

Hauser 4, Morristown 2

At Hauser, the host Jets clinched the Mid-Hoosier Conference championship with a win over the Yellow Jackets (10-10, 5-6 MHC).

Koby Johnson pitched a complete game, allowing two hits and two unearned runs while striking out 14. The senior also had a home run and drove in three runs.

Grant Kessler took the loss for Morristown. The junior allowed four hits and struck out 11.

Hauser (14-10, 10-1 MHC) scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and added an insurance run in the sixth.

 

 

Greenwood Christian 20, Waldron 6

At Waldron, the visiting Cougars scored nine runs combined in the third and fourth innings and added nine more runs in the seventh to improve to 11-8 this season.

Trey Harney III and Eli Ellis each drove in three runs on five hits. Charlie Overton went 4-for-6 with four runs scored.

Waldron dropped to 6-16.

 

 

Boys Golf

Whiteland 172, Shelbyville 173

At Blue Bear Golf Club, Will Davis shot 37 to lead the visiting Warriors to a 1-shot victory over the Golden Bears.

Nolen Chaney led Shelbyville with a season-best round of 39. Brock Wischmeyer also posted a season-best round of 40.

DaMiles McDuffey followed at 44 and Jake Garrison shot 50.

 

 

Triton Central 212, Ritter 258

At Eagle Creek, Oliver Gearlds led all golfers with a round of 39 to help the Tigers to the victory.

Max Ray (56), Derreck Uhls (58) and Garrett Eberhardt (59) completed the Triton Central scorecard.

Chris Collier led Ritter with a 53.

 

 

Softball

Shelbyville 10, Southport 1

At Shelbyville, the Class 4A, No. 9 Golden Bears won their seventh straight behind a strong pitching performance from Hailey Pogue.

The junior pitched six innings and allowed six hits and one unearned run. Aliyah Lewis pitched a scoreless seventh inning to close out the game.

Karissa Hamilton, Cheyenne Eads and Cati Richardson each had two hits for Shelbyville (18-4). Kylee Edwards collected four runs batted in.

Haley Matlock, Hailey Kiefner and Naomi Chan each had two hits for Southport (5-16).

 

 

Hauser 12, Morristown 0

At Hauser, the host Jets, ranked No. 2 in Class A, scored five runs in the first inning and cruised to their 19th win of the season.

Kaydence Gates had four RBIs and Kenze Bostic had two hits and two RBIs to lead Hauser (19-3-1, 10-0 Mid-Hoosier Conference) to the conference championship.

Gates collected the win in the circle, allowing four hits and no runs over five innings of work.

Alexia Rogers took the loss for Morristown (9-9, 2-8 MHC).

Delaney Cornn had two of Morristown’s four hits.

 

 

Triton Central 10, Covenant Christian 5

At Triton Central, the host Tigers scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning to improve to 7-9 this season.

Allison Raquet had three hits to lead TC. Madison Collins, Jazmin Jett and Brylie Couch each had two hits.

Couch earned the win, allowing eight hits while striking out 12.

Morgan Yeater had three hits for Covenant Christian (10-13).

 

 

Girls Tennis

Triton Central 4, Hauser 1

At Triton Central, the host Tigers completed their regular season schedule with a 15-3 record.

Triton Central dropped just two games in sweeping all three singles matches.

Julia Sanders defeated Bella Kilps, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

At No. 2 singles, Emma Hutchinson blanked Addyson Barriger, 6-0, 6-0.

Lelia Chougule topped Lydia Jordan at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-1.

Olivia Martin and Sarah Williams defeated Mattie Foster and Piper Rowell at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 6-3.

Hauser’s lone win came at No. 1 doubles where Charlie Clark and Gabby Johns bested Kelsey McGuire and Alyssa Wheatley, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Triton Central got junior varsity match wins from Courtney Washburn and Kaylynn Washburn and the doubles pairings of Olivia Reedy/Lauren Grant, Jana Cambero/Lena Hack and Monica Corella/Maggie Martin.

Prep Report: Shelbyville softball moves one step closer to HHC title

With a 10-3 win over New Castle Monday, Shelbyville softball maintained possession of the Hoosier Heritage Conference’s traveling trophy and stayed in control of capturing a conference title.

The Class 4A, No. 9 Golden Bears (17-4, 5-1 HHC) scored seven runs in the fourth inning to bust open a 2-0 game.

Cheyenne Eads collected the win, working three innings and allowing two hits and no runs. Hailey Pogue and Aliyah Lewis pitched in relief and kept the Trojans in check.

Karissa Hamilton had two hits including her third home run in her last four games.

Kylee Edwards raised her batting average to .600 this season with a 3-for-4 performance that included two doubles.

Hamilton and Edwards each drove in three runs.

Kattie Mathews had two hits and two RBIs for New Castle (10-13, 1-5 HHC).

With the win, Shelbyville and Class 3A, No. 3 Yorktown sit atop the HHC standings with 5-1 records. Class 4A, No. 4 New Palestine (4-2) and 4A No. 7 Pendleton Heights (3-2) are one game back.

Shelbyville can clinch at least a share of the HHC title today with a win over Greenfield-Central (14-6, 3-3 HHC).

Yorktown (18-2) travels to Pendleton Heights (19-5) Thursday.

In other prep events Monday:

Baseball

Warren Central 12, Shelbyville 4

At Warren Central, the host Warriors scored three runs in each of the first two innings to secure the win over the Golden Bears (12-10).

Jackson Hobbs had two hits, scored two runs and drove in two to lead Warren Central (11-11).

J.J. Calmes picked up the victory, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing six hits and securing nine strikeouts.

Kade McNicholas took the loss for Shelbyville. He pitched four innings, allowed seven hits and seven runs.

Logan Prickett and Charlie Rife each had two hits for Shelbyville.

Waldron 14, Edinburgh 3

At Edinburgh, Eli Sheppard had two hits including a grand slam to lead the Mohawks (6-15, 2-9 Mid-Hoosier Conference).

Donovan Russell had three hits and two RBIs and Jared Brooks drove in three runs to help Jacob Lindsey collect the win.

Lindsey allowed four hits while striking out seven Lancers.

Riley Palmeter had a home run and drove in two runs for Edinburgh (5-14, 1-10 MHC).

Triton Central 9, Oldenburg Academy 8

At Triton Central, Quintin Potts had two hits and drove in three runs for Triton Central (9-9).

Cole Thomas and Avynn Whitaker each had three hits and three TC pitchers combined to secure the win.

Ben Toth (5.1 innings, eight hits, seven runs), Aaron Shircliff (one inning, three strikeouts) and Blaine Raider (1.2 innings, one hit, one run) combined for seven strikeouts.

Boys Golf

Indiana Crossroads Conference Meet

At Pleasant Run Golf Course, Triton Central’s Oliver Gearlds finished fourth in the individual standings to earn All-ICC honors.

Lutheran captured the ICC title with a one-stroke victory, 369-370, over Monrovia. Scecina (383), Triton Central (387), Cascade (392), Ritter (451), Beech Grove (452) and Speedway (453) completed the field.

Monrovia’s Titus Boswell was crowned ICC champion after carding a 72. Beech Grove’s Jesper Shultz was runner-up at 78. Lutheran’s Caden Perkins followed at 80 and Gearlds posted 82.

Also playing for Triton Central were Chase Chandler (96), Derreck Uhls (99), Garrett Eberhardt (110) and Max Ray (118).

Indian Creek 180, Southwestern 196, Mooresville Christian 246

At Tameka Woods, Braxton Christi shot 1-over-par 37 to lead the host Braves to the victory.

Tristan Pappano and Ty Burcham led Southwestern with 47s. Hunter Pappano followed at 49. Justin Swift shot 53 and Caleb Pappano finished at 54.

New Castle 175, Rushville 198, Morristown 223

At Antler Pointe, Morristown’s Asher Caldwell was the medalist with a round of 39.

Carson Conrad (58), Carson Essex (62) and Web Walker (64) completed the Morristown scorecard.

Softball

Whiteland 12, Triton Central 8

At Triton Central, the Class 4A, No. 2 Warriors never trailed in securing their 21st victory of the season.

Maddy Myers had two hits including a home run and drove in six to lead Whiteland (21-1).

Freshman Kiley Sullivan earned the win with a complete-game performance. She allowed nine hits and four walks while striking out nine.

Lillian Fillippinie took the loss for Triton Central (6-9). She allowed 12 hits and 12 runs.

Jayda McKee, Brylie Couch and Brooklyn Adkins each had two hits for TC.

Hauser 13, Morristown 1

At Morristown, the Class A, No. 2-ranked Jets used a six-run third inning to break open the MHC contest.

Hannah Taylor had three hits and drove in six runs for Hauser (18-3-1, 9-0 MHC). Reagan Johnson, Maley Jordan and Kylie Mack each had three hits.

Paige McDaniel earned the win after allowing two hits and striking out nine.

Rhylee Moran took the loss for Morristown (9-8, 2-7 MHC).

Edinburgh 7, Waldron 1

At Edinburgh, Mackenzie Bieker had three hits and two RBIs and notched 18 strikeouts to lead the Lancers (10-10, 5-4 MHC).

Kyah Streeval had two doubles and two RBIs for Edinburgh.

Girls Tennis

Shelbyville 4, Rushville 1

At Shelbyville, the Golden Bears finished the regular season with a 10-11 record.

Jaidyn Tackett and Emma Sandman produced singles victories.

Shelbyville swept the doubles matches.

State baseball coaches poll released

Borden, Carroll (Flora), Andrean and Center Grove are the top-ranked baseball teams in this week’s Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association statewide poll.

Borden is the top vote getter in Class A. Barr-Reeve follows at No. 2 ahead of Lafayette Central Catholic, South Central (Union Mills), Union City, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Loogootee, Shakamak, Riverton Parke and Fremont.

Carroll (Flora) remains unbeaten at 17-0 and is No. 1 in Class 2A ahead of Eastern (Greentown), Wapahani, University, Cascade, Monroe Central, Centerville, Forest Park, Delphi and Heritage Christian.

In Class 3A, Andrean is No. 1 with Western, Brebeuf, West Vigo and Silver Creek rounding out the top five. Crawfordsville is No. 6 with Heritage, New Castle, Batesville and John Glenn completing the top 10.

Center Grove is No. 1 in Class 4A ahead of Mooresville, Fishers, Evansville North, Castle, Carroll (Fort Wayne), LaPorte, Lake Central, Jasper and Columbus North.

Shelbyville softball No. 9 in this week's SCAI poll

In the penultimate poll of the regular season, Shelbyville is tied for ninth in the Softball Coaches Association of Indiana statewide poll.

Roncalli, the defending state champion, continues its grip on the top spot in Class 4A.

Whiteland suffered its first loss of the season, 1-0 to Center Grove, this past week and remained No. 2 in the poll ahead of Mooresville, New Palestine, Bedford North Lawrence, Columbus North, Pendleton Heights, Harrison (West Lafayette), Center Grove and Shelbyville.

 

 

Shelbyville and Center Grove are tied for ninth in the poll. The Golden Bears hold wins over Mooresville, New Palestine and Pendleton Heights (twice) but are 0-2 against Whiteland and Columbus North.

Tri-West Hendricks is the No. 1 team in Class 3A.

South Bend St. Joseph’s is No. 2 with Yorktown, Gibson Southern, New Prairie, Chatard, Connersville, Benton Central, Franklin County and Cathedral rounding out the top 10.

Shelbyville closes out its regular-season schedule Thursday at Cathedral.

Pioneer is still No. 1 in Class 2A with Sullivan, Hebron, Union County, South Vermillion, North Posey, Boone Grove, Illiana Christian, Eastside and Madison-Grant in the top 10.

Tecumseh has been the top-ranked team in Class A all season.

Hauser is up to No. 2 ahead of Caston, Clay City, Rising Sun, West Washington, Rossville, West Central, Barr-Reeve and South Central (Union Mills).

Sectional tournaments begin next week.

Prep Report: Hamilton hits for cycle in Golden Bears' invitational tournament win

Hailey Pogue delivered a ninth-inning walk-off home run to propel Class 4A, No. 10 Shelbyville into the championship game of its own invitational, then pitched six solid innings to help the Golden Bears defeat 4A No. 6 Pendleton Heights.

Shelbyville improved to 16-4 this season with a pair of wins Saturday in the Golden Bear Invitational.

The Golden Bears struggled to get the offense in gear Saturday morning in a 5-4 win over Fishers. Addie Stieneker had three of Shelbyville’s six hits and drove in two runs but it was Pogue who produced the biggest hit – a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth with her team trailing 4-2.

Cheyenne Eads improved to 9-3 this season, allowing four hits and five walks over all nine innings. She struck out six.

Fishers (7-13) scored single runs in the third and fourth innings and pushed two more runs across the plate in the top of the ninth inning.

Pendleton Heights (18-5) reached the championship game with a 1-0 victory over Guerin Catholic (6-10). Eliza Findlay twirled a two-hitter and struck out 10 to set the Arabians up for a second meeting with Shelbyville this season.

Shelbyville won 5-3 on April 11 in the two teams’ Hoosier Heritage Conference contest.

After Fishers shut out Guerin Catholic, 21-0, in the consolation game, Shelbyville’s offense came to life. The Golden Bears pounded out 17 hits off Pendleton Heights’ starting pitcher Shelby Messer.

Karissa Hamilton hit for the cycle for Shelbyville, delivering a single, double, triple and home run while driving in four runs.

Kylee Edwards had two doubles and a home run and also had four RBIs.

Shelbyville scored twice in the first inning and added five runs in the second to build a 7-1 lead. Four more runs in the fifth inning put the game out of reach.

Pogue improved to 3-1 in the pitcher’s circle. The junior allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out seven. Aliyah Lewis pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

In other prep events Saturday:

Baseball

Shelbyville 8, Eastern (Greene) 4

At Madison-Grant, Shelbyville used a three-run fourth inning to get the lead for good and Luke Brinkman tossed a complete game to advance the Golden Bears into the championship game of the Argylls Invitational.

Brinkman (2-1) allowed 10 hits and one walk but struck out six and limited the Class 2A, No. 2-ranked Comets to just three runs.

Levi Mavrick had four hits for Eastern (20-2).

Six different Golden Bears drove in runs to back Brinkman. Brock Kuhn had two RBIs.

In the other semifinal, Madison-Grant defeated Sheridan, 4-2.

The championship game was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Shelbyville travels to Warren Central (10-11) today.

Shelby County Tournament

Triton Central 11, Morristown 1

Southwestern 7, Waldron 4

At Southwestern, the championship game was set after semifinal wins by the Tigers (8-9) and Spartans (6-13). Now a date must be found for that meeting.

Triton Central scored three runs in each of the first two innings to take control against the Yellow Jackets (10-9).

Hayden May took care of the rest, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out six to lead Triton Central into the championship game.

Dyllan Rutledge took the loss for Morristown.

May also had two hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs. Nick Riggins produced a pair of RBIs.

In the second semifinal, the Spartans pushed four runs across the plate in the third inning to build a 6-2 lead over Waldron (5-15), who never recovered.

Eli Sheppard had two hits to lead Waldron.

Jordan Jones earned the win for Southwestern. Matthew Clements closed the game out to get the save.

Boys Golf

Hoosier Heritage Conference Tournament

At Players Club in Muncie, the Golden Bears finished sixth in the team standings.

Eli Baker led Shelbyville with an 83. Jake Garrison was two shots back at 85. Nolen Chaney followed at 88.

Brock Wischmeyer (90) and DaMiles McDuffey (93) completed Shelbyville’s scorecard.

Yorktown was crowned HHC champion with a team score of 319. New Castle (321) was runner-up ahead of Mt. Vernon (323), Pendleton Heights (328), New Palestine 339, Shelbyville (346), Greenfield-Central (350) and Delta (361).

New Castle’s Derek Tabor shot a 2-under-par round of 70 to earn the HHC championship award.

Girls Tennis

Delta 5, Shelbyville 0

Shelbyville 4, New Castle 1

Played at Mt. Vernon, the Golden Bears closed out their HHC schedule at 2-5 this season.

The Eagles swept Shelbyville but the squad bounced back to defeat New Castle to sit at 9-11 as the sectional looms this week.

Shelbyville got singles victories from Jaidyn Tackett and Emma Sandman against the Trojans.

The Golden Bears also won both doubles matches.

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