The Sideline – February 4

Royals finish third in conference with win

The Eastern Hancock girls basketball team finished 6-3 in the Mid-Hoosier Conference with a 66-40 win at Edinburgh on Monday.

Emiley Carlton (17 points), Hope Spaulding (15 points), Kaysi Gilbert (14 points) and Peyton West (nine rebounds) paced the Royals, who are 12-9 overall heading into their regular-season finale Thursday at Centerville.

Against the Lancers (2-18, 1-8 MHC), Eastern Hancock trailed 22-21 at halftime, then outscored the hosts 17-7 in the third quarter to take control.

Eastern Hancock finished third in the Mid-Hoosier Conference behind Indian Creek (9-0) and Morristown (7-2). Knightstown and North Decatur are 5-3 in the league with one conference game left each.

Monday’s victory also clinched Eastern Hancock’s fourth straight winning season.


Book fair to benefit Dragons football

The New Palestine Grid Iron Alliance boosters will host a book fair at the Barnes & Noble in Indianapolis (Keystone location, 8675 River Crossing Blvd.) from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 21.

A percentage of every sale that accompanies a special voucher (available at the store and at will benefit the Grid Iron Alliance.

A raffle will be conducted for a football signed by the Class 4A state championship New Palestine football team. Players and head coach Kyle Ralph will be on hand at the book fair with the state title trophy.


Varsity program sets softball clinic

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

Clinic is for players from age 5 through eighth grade. Infield and outfield defense and hitting will be covered.

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


High school swimming sectional set to begin

The IHSAA girls swimming state tournament begins this week.

At New Palestine

5 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. Saturday (diving, consolations and swimming finals).

Teams: Centerville, Connersville, Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Hagerstown, Mt. Vernon, New Castle, New Palestine, Richmond, Rushville Consolidated.

Admission: $6 per session; $9 both sessions.


Swimming: First-place sectional winners in each event qualify for the state finals (Feb. 13 and 14 at IUPUI), plus any contestant who equals or betters the state time standard in their respective event. Also, the next fastest number of contestants in the state that would bring the total number of state finals entrants to 32 in each event.

Diving: First- through fourth- place sectional winners will qualify for the diving regional (at Brownsburg, Tuesday).

First- through eighth-place regional winners will qualify for the state finals.


Prep Calendar


Girls basketball: Greenfield-Central at Greenwood, 7:30; EH at Centerville, 7:30


Boys basketball: NP at Shelbyville, 7:30; Delta at GC, 7:30

Girls basketball: MV at FW Canterbury, 7:30