The Sideline – February 27

Cougars diver advances to weekend’s state finals

Greenfield-Central junior Jacob Keener finished seventh at the Plainfield Diving Regional on Wednesday to advance to the state finals. Keener scored 376.85 points, while Ben Davis’ DaeQuan Quinn won the event with a 491.75. The top eight finishers advanced to the state finals, at 9 a.m. Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium.

Greenfield-Central freshman Ben Rader took 16th Wednesday with a 242.70.

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Semistate contests set in girls basketball

All games Saturday. Admission: $8.

North

At Crown Point

Class A: Lafayette Central Catholic (22-6) vs. Oregon-Davis (19-7), 1 p.m.

Class 4A: Homestead (25-2) vs. Merrillville (21-7), 3 p.m.

Warsaw

Class 2A: Wabash (24-3) vs. Fort Wayne Canterbury (22-2), 4 p.m.

Class 3A: Tippecanoe Valley (24-2) vs. Rochester (23-4), 6 p.m.

South

At Richmond

Class 3A: Princeton (28-1) vs. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (19-7), 1 p.m.

Class 4A: Columbus North (26-1) vs. Lawrence North (27-1), 3 p.m.

At Jeffersonville

Class A: Barr-Reeve (27-0) vs. Jac-Cen-Del (24-3), 4 p.m.

Class 2A: Providence (22-5) vs. Heritage Christian (26-2), 6 p.m.

State finals

When: Saturday, March 7.

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis.

Admission: $15 per session.

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Eastern Hancock events seeking participants

The Eastern Hancock Athletic Boosters will conduct their annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament March 14 at Eastern Hancock Schools. The tourney will consist of five divisions of play for boys and girls, as well as an open division for those older than high school age.

Early registrations are due March 7.Space permitting, registrations will be accepted from 9 to 10 a.m. the day of the tourney. For more information, including an entry form, visit the school websites at ehathletics.org or ehhoops.org, or contact Greg Hall at gghall58@gmail.com.

The Eastern Hancock Youth Baseball Program is accepting registrations for boys and girls in 6U, 9U and 12U leagues. Register with Lorrie Edwards in the high school athletics office. Cost is $50 per player. Volunteers for coaching and umpiring are sought. For more information, contact Stu Fisher at stuball17@yahoo.com.

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Sectional basketball tickets on sale now

All-sectional tickets are on sale now at Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon and New Palestine athletic offices for next week’s boys basketball tournaments.

Tickets, good for all games at each sectional, are $10. Individual session tickets ($6) will be sold only at the door, at each sectional (Eastern Hancock at 2A 41 at Hagerstown; Mt. Vernon, Greenfield-Central at 4A 9 at New Castle; New Palestine at 4A 13 at Whiteland). If purchasing all-sectional tickets by check at Greenfield-Central, make payable to New Castle High School.

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Big Ten men’s hoops

Saturday

Michigan at Maryland, ESPN, noon

Iowa at Penn State, ESPNU, 6 p.m.

Northwestern at Illinois, BTN, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Michigan State at Wisconsin, CBS or BTN, 4 p.m.

Purdue at Ohio State, BTN, 7:30 p.m.

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Prep schedule

Today

Boys basketball: Yorktown at Mt. Vernon, 7:30 p.m.; Greenwood at New Palestine, 7:30 p.m.; Eastern Hancock at Hagerstown, 7:30 p.m.

Boys swimming: Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon at IHSAA State Finals, IUPUI, 6 p.m.