The Sideline – January 30

What’s ahead in boys basketball

A glance at tonight’s area boys basketball games (7:30 p.m. varsity starts).

Pendleton Heights (11-4, 4-0 HHC) at Greenfield-Central (6-10, 4-1 HHC)

Pendleton Heights (85.17 Sagarin Rating) is a big favorite against Hoosier Heritage rival Greenfield-Central (69.44).

A victory would put the Cougars in prime position to capture at least a share of their first league crown since 2004. It also would end an 11-game losing streak against the Arabians.

Cougars Kirill Schoellman and Tate Hall have been sharpshooters from beyond the arc the past three games. In those contests, they are 18-of-38 (47 percent).

Yorktown (11-4, 2-2 HHC) at New Palestine (8-6, 3-1 HHC)

New Palestine (75.02 Sagarin Rating) is a slim favorite over Hoosier Heritage Conference rival Yorktown (73.83).

The Dragons lead the HHC in scoring (71.4 ppg), while the Tigers own the league’s top defense (40.3 ppg allowed).

New Palestine senior Ben Farley has been rolling as of late. After averaging 5.2 points in the Dragons’ first nine games, he has scored double-digit points in three of the past four games, averaging 11.5 points in that span.

Connersville (9-7) at Mt. Vernon (8-5)

Mt. Vernon (78.87 Sagarin Rating) is a slight favorite against Sectional 9 foe Connersville (78.29).

Despite a potent offense, Mt. Vernon (62.7 ppg) might struggle to find points against Connersville, the state’s third-ranked defense (40.00 ppg allowed).

If the Marauders’ Michael Thompson continues at his current pace, he’ll be the first Hancock County player to average at least 10 points, five rebounds and four assists per game since Eastern Hancock’s Victor Vincz in 2011-12.


Varsity program sets softball clinic

The Greenfield-Central varsity softball program will host a clinic Feb. 21 in the G-C Fieldhouse from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $35; includes T-shirt and pizza. For families with two players; $60.

Clinic is for players from age five through eighth grade. Infield and outfield defense and hitting will be covered.

Deadline is Feb. 14. Clinic will be capped at 50 players. Contact head coach Jason Stewart at to register.


Coaches sought for Royals teams

Eastern Hancock is accepting applications varsity volleyball head coach, JV baseball assistant, middle school softball and golf.

If interested, contact Eastern Hancock athletics director Aaron Spaulding at 317-467-0095, ext. 250, or at


Prep schedule


Boys basketball: Connersville at MV, 7:30 p.m.; Yorktown at NP, 7:30 p.m.; Pendleton Heights at GC, 7:30 p.m.


Boys basketball: MV at Delta 7:45 p.m.; NP at Perry Meridian, 7:30 p.m.; GC at EH, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball: Greenwood at NP, 12:30 p.m.; Warren Central at GC, 1:30 p.m.; Hauser at EH, 1:30 p.m.

Swimming: MV, EH at Beech Grove Invite, 9 a.m.; GC at Zionsville JV Invite, 10:30 a.m.