The Sideline – June 17

Coleman takes seventh at Meet of Champions

On Saturday, Mt. Vernon’s Olivia Coleman placed seventh in two events during the 2015 Midwest Meet of Champions in Delaware, Ohio.

Competing for Team Indiana, Coleman finished seventh overall in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 2.25 inches and ran to a seventh-place ribbon in the 400-meter dash (57.99).

The multisport standout also joined with fellow Team Indiana All-Stars (Victoria Long, Ayanna Moody and Janae Moffitt) to secure a third-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay (3:53.82).

Coleman was invited to participate in the prestigious annual event after placing sixth in the long jump June 6 at the 2014-15 IHSAA Girls Track and Field State Finals in Bloomington. She ended her high school career as a two-time all-state competitor. She placed fourth in the 400 as a freshman with a 58-second run before tearing an anterior cruciate ligament tear, which slowed her progress until this spring.

Team Indiana was third in the standings. Ohio won the men and women team titles, and Michigan was second. The victory marks Ohio’s 15th outright title in the event’s history. The first Midwest Meet of Champions was conducted in 1974 and pits the best senior track and field athletes from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio against one another in a scored meet.


Eastern Hancock announces awards

Eastern Hancock High School announced its annual spring sports awards last week, focusing on some of the accomplishments achieved by its student-athletes and teams from the 2014-15 season.

Team accomplishments for the varsity girls track team included: Small School Invite, Mid-Hoosier Conference and Eastern Hancock Invite champions.

The varsity boys track team was recognized for winning both the Small School and Eastern Hancock Invites, while the varsity softball team was noted for winning the conference.

This year’s letter jacket recipients were Liberty Durham, Savannah Patterson, Brooke Walden and Reece Burkhart.

Below are other highlighted accomplishments:

Individual sport recognitions


All-MHC: Jordan Pierson, Brooke Walden and Darby Shaw


All-MHC: Cole Fout, Austin Clutinger and Brandon Reid

Girls track

All-MHC: Karlee Gray, Cassey Hancock, Maddie Lee, Shelby Mourey and Hope Spaulding

All-county: Kaycee Ruble (shot put)

Regional qualifiers: Bailey Allen, Karlee Gray, Shelby Mourey, Kaycee Ruble and Hope Spaulding

State qualifiers: Shelby Mourey (high jump) and Kaycee Ruble (shot put — seventh-place medalist)

Boys track

Regional qualifiers: Reece Burkhart, Aaron Riley and Austin Smith

All-county: Caleb Beyers (high jump)

School records

Girls track

Shelby Mourey (high jump – 5-8), Kaycee Ruble (shot put – 40-1½), 400-meter relay (Maddie Lee, Hope Spaulding, Shelby Mourey and Karlee Gray – 51.51)


Team: wins (15), runs (199), hits (223), batting average (.308), fielding percentage (.931)

Individual No-Hitters: Tom Barton and Clayton White (perfect game)

Cole Fout: career hits (123), triples (10), batting average (.426), walks (67)


No-Hitter: Darby Shaw


Mt. Vernon volleyball camp approaching

The Mt. Vernon Youth Volleyball Camp will be conducted July 6 to 9 at Mt. Vernon High School in the auxiliary gym.

A camp designed for beginner boys and girls (second grade through fifth grade) will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. each day.

An advanced camp for fifth-grade through eighth-grade boys and girls will run from noon to 2 p.m.

Instructional focus will be on setting, hitting, serving, passing, team defense and game play.

Cost for the beginner camp is $45, and the advanced camp is $55.

Players can preregister by check (payable to Eric Bulmahn) or sign up with cash the morning of camp. All preregistered campers will receive a T-shirt.

For more details, visit and download the volleyball camp form or contact Mt. Vernon volleyball coach, Eric Bulmahn at