The Sideline – March 4

Blevins earns conference softball honor

Eastern Hancock graduate and Franklin College sophomore Savannah Blevins was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the first week of the 2015 spring season.

Blevins, an infielder, posted a .555 batting average with three runs batted in and three extra-base hits. Blevins went 2-for-2, with a double and a triple, in Franklin’s season-opening win against Clark University (Massachusetts) on Saturday. She also drove in two runs in the contest.

Blevins’ teammate, Olivia Paszek of Franklin High School, earned the HCAC Pitcher of the Week award. Paszek picked up a pair of victories in her two starting assignments.

The players’ efforts helped the Grizzlies win three of their four games during the weekend at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Grizzlies are scheduled to open the home portion of their schedule this weekend — against Calvin College at 2 p.m. Saturday and against Kalamazoo College at 1 p.m Sunday.

Greenfield-Central key athletic dates

  • Tryouts for the Greenfield-Central High School softball team will be conducted at 3:45 p.m. Monday in the Greenfield-Central Fieldhouse. Interested student-athletes must have a complete physical on file, along with all other paperwork turned into the athletics office before tryouts, to participate.
  • Greenfield-Central winter sports award programs will be conducted on the following dates: wrestling, Saturday, 6 p.m., Beeson’s Chatter Shack; cheerleading, March 16, 6:30 p.m., Cougar Meeting Room; swimming and diving, March 19, 6 p.m., cafeteria. 

NASCAR headed to Las Vegas

Current schedule (winners) and points leaders:

Feb. 22: Daytona 500 (Joey Logano)

March 1: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (Jimmie Johnson)

Sunday: Kobalt 400, Las Vegas

March 15: 500, Avondale, Arizona

March 22: Auto Club 400, Fontana, California

March 29: STP 500, Ridgeway, Virginia

Points: 1, Joey Logano, 88. 2, Jimmie Johnson, 87. 3, Kevin Harvick, 86. 4, Dale Earnhardt Jr., 84. 5, Martin Truex Jr., 75. 6, Casey Mears, 68. 7, Kasey Kahne, 65. 8, AJ Allmendinger, 62. 9, Aric Almirola, 62. 10, Clint Bowyer, 58. 11, David Gilliland, 56. 12, Sam Hornish Jr., 55. 13, Greg Biffle, 54. 14, Carl Edwards, 54. 15, David Ragan, 53. 16, Danica Patrick, 51. 17, Paul Menard, 50. 18, Matt Kenseth, 49. 19, Denny Hamlin, 48. 20, Michael Annett, 47.

Royals’ annual 3-on-3 tournament nears

The Eastern Hancock Athletic Boosters will conduct its annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament March 14. 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.

For more information, visit the school websites at or, or contact Greg Hall at

Big Ten men’s hoops


Ohio State at Penn State, BTN, 6 p.m.

Purdue at Michigan State, BTN, 8 p.m.

Purdue: 19-10, 11-5 Big Ten, 71.2 ppg offense, 64.4 ppg defense, AJ Hammons 11.4 ppg, AJ Hammons 6.3 rpg, Rapheal Davis 2.7 apg

Michigan State: 19-10, 10-6 Big Ten, 72.1 ppg offense, 62.5 ppg defense, Denzel Valentine 14.7 ppg, Branden Dawson 9.6 rpg, Travis Trice 5.5 apg

Nebraska at Illinois, BTN, 10 p.m.


Wisconsin at Minnesota, ESPN/ESPN2, 7 p.m.

Prep schedule

Boys basketball: See Sectional Schedule, this section.


Gymnastics: New Palestine at Connersville Sectional, noon