The Sideline – March 19

Cougars top Marauders, Eagles

The Greenfield-Central girls track and field team opened the outdoor season Tuesday with a win against Mt. Vernon and Frankton. Greenfield-Central tallied 83 points, ahead of the Marauders (50) and the Eagles (22).

Winners for the Cougars were the 400-meter relay team of Shelby Bowmer, Amanda Flora, Laurenn Fish and Savannah Girolami; the 1,600 relay team of Flora, Girolami, Regan Lewis and Sydney Cook; Lewis in the high jump; Cook in the 800; Emily Jones in pole vault; Dana Woodworth in discus; and Maddie Wise in the 100 hurdles.

The Cougars “performed very well in some extremely cold weather,” Greenfield-Central head coach Jan Hacker said.

The squad will cap the indoor season Saturday at Purdue University, then return outdoors April 9 at New Palestine.

Slowpitch registration underway for season

Who: Adults ages 16 and older

What: ASA slowpitch softball spring-summer season

When: Registration ongoing until 3 p.m. March 27. Games begin the week of April 6.

Where: Games are played at Brandywine Park at 6:45 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday, one game per week.

How: Visit the Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department’s softball website to download a team registration packet. Instructions are included at

Eastern Hancock sets key dates

  •  Athletic Physicals Night for the 2015-16 school year is at 6:30 p.m. April 1. Cost is $25. Physicals much be purchased by 1 p.m. April 1.
  • Winter Athletic Awards are at 7 p.m. April 2.

March Madness begins

Friday highlights for NCAA men’s tournament games:

No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Indiana; 2:45 p.m., CBS

Seventh-seeded Wichita State will face No. 10 Indiana in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Hoosiers got into the NCAA tournament after sweating out a bid all weekend — but it could feel like a road game for the Hoosiers (20-13). Omaha is roughly 300 miles from Wichita, and the Shockers are known for their passionate fan base.

Wichita State (28-4) won 17 games in the Missouri Valley and beat Northern Iowa in the regular season finale. But the Shockers were stunned by Illinois State in the semifinals of the Valley tournament.

Indiana went 9-9 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers will enter the NCAA tournament on a 1-4 skid.

No. 4 Maryland vs. No. 13 Valparaiso; 4:40 p.m., TNT

After falling in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, Maryland enters the NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed in the Midwest Regional and will open Friday against 13th-seeded Valparaiso in Columbus, Ohio.

The Terrapins (27-6) were second in the Big Ten during the regular season, finishing second to Wisconsin with a 14-4 league record. They had won eight straight, including a 59-53 win against the Badgers, before falling to Michigan State on Saturday.

Melo Trimble, Dez Wells and Jake Layman each average in double figures for Maryland.

Valparaiso (28-5) earned its second Horizon League Tournament title in three years with a 54-44 win against Green Bay last week. Sophomore Alec Peters leads the Crusaders with an average of 16.7 points per game.

Cougars’ swimming, basketball awards near

Greenfield-Central winter sports award programs will be conducted on the following dates in the high school cafeteria: Swimming and diving, 6 p.m. today; boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. April 8. Family members, friends and fans are invited.

Prep calendar


Track and field: Eastern Hancock, Mt. Vernon, Greenfield-Central at Hoosier State Indoor Finals at Purdue University, 8 a.m.

Gymnastics: New Palestine at State Finals, Ball State, 12:30 p.m.