The Sideline – March 10

Surging Pacers welcome Magic as race heats up

The Indiana Pacers (28-34) bring their five-game winning streak back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight, kicking off a four-game homestand against the Orlando Magic (20-43). It is the third and final meeting between the two teams this season. Indiana won at home on Nov. 28 and then eked out a win in Orlando on Jan. 25.

The Pacers, winners of 11 of their past 13 games, look to solidify a playoff spot. The Pacers have been especially strong lately on the defensive end, holding opponents to 86 points or fewer in each game of their current win streak.

Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, Toronto and Milwaukee currently hold down the Easter Conference’s top five playoff spots, through Sunday. A look at the race for the remaining three playoff positions (eight teams qualify in each conference):

Team W-L GB

6. Milwaukee 33-29 16

7. Charlotte 28-33 20.5

8t. Indiana 28-34 21

8t. Miami 28-34 21

10t. Boston 25-36 23.5

10t. Brooklyn 25-36 23.5

12. Detroit 23-39 26


Games left: 20 (12 Home, 8 Away)

Streak: W1

Past 10 games: 4-6


Games left: 21 (10 Home, 11 Away)

Streak: W5

Past 10 games: 6-4


Games left: 20 (11 Home, 9 Away)

Streak: W5

Past 10 games: 8-2


Games left: 20 (11 Home, 9 Away)

Streak: W1

Past 10 games: 6-4


Games left: 21 (9 Home, 12 Away)

Streak: L1

Past 10 games: 5-5


Games left: 21 (12 Home, 9 Away)

Streak: L3

Past 10 games: 4-6


Games left: 20 (8 Home, 12 Away)

Streak: L6

Past 10 games: 3-7

— Wire reports


Mt. Comfort soccer sign-ups underway

Upward Soccer is accepting registrations for boys and girls in kindergarten to sixth grade.

The final signup day is Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church.

For more information, call 317-894-8965 or email


Greenfield-Central sets athletics dates

Greenfield-Central girls tennis conditioning begins at 3:30 p.m. today on the tennis courts. Tryouts begin at 3:30 p.m Monday. Complete athletic physical packet must be on file with athletics office.

The Greenfield-Central High School baseball team will host a bowling fundraiser Saturday at Strike Force Lanes in Greenfield. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with the event from 6 to 10 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Lane sponsorships are available for $50.

Greenfield-Central winter sports award programs will be conducted on the following dates: Cheerleading, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Cougar Meeting Room; swimming and diving, 6 p.m. March 19, cafeteria.


Girls basketball statechampions crowned

Results of IHSAA Girls Basketball State Finals, Saturday.

Class A

Lafayette Central Catholic 52Barr-Reeve 44

Final records: Central Catholic (24-6), Barr-Reeve (28-1)

Central Catholic wins second state championship (2006)

Class 2A

Heritage Christian 73Fort Wayne Canterbury 53

Final records: Heritage Christian (28-2), Fort Wayne Canterbury (23-3)

Heritage Christian captures back-to-back Class 2A state championships

Class 3A

Princeton 72Tippecanoe Valley 44

Final records: Princeton (30-1), Tippecanoe Valley (25-3)

Princeton wins first girls basketball title, Jackie Young’s 36 points gives her 1,003 for season

Class 4A

Columbus North 62Homestead 56

Final records: Columbus North (28-1), Homestead (26-3)

Columbus North rallies for first girls basketball state title