The Sideline – June 19

Mt. Vernon alumni soccer game set

The Mt. Vernon soccer program is inviting all former men’s and women’s players to participate in its annual alumni game June 27.

The event will take place at the Mt. Vernon High School soccer fields with check-in set for 4 p.m.

Games will start at 5 p.m.

To register for the event, players should contact Steve Givan at

Admission for both spectators and participants is $5 with all proceeds going to support the Mt. Vernon soccer programs.


Eastern Hancock grad earns honor at IU East

Conner Kramer, an Eastern Hancock graduate, was recently honored as a three-timer in IU East athletics.

Named to the All-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Team for a third time, Kramer joined six other student-athletes to earn the distinction.

Kramer, a junior, was chosen to represent the tennis team along with Ethan Taulbee of Ohio.

Overall, IU East had 37 student-athletes qualify for the all-conference team. It was the highest number of honorees in IU East’s history.


All-star hoops classic will tip off this weekend

The 2015 Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic begins today and will conclude Saturday night.

Conducted inside the Kardatzke Wellness Center on the campus of Anderson University, the event will showcase some of the state’s best graduated senior and soon-to-be senior boys and girls players.

This year marks the seventh for the senior games and the sixth year for the juniors games. The ICST Christian High School All-Star Game is in its fifth running along with the annual showcase.

Games begin today at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. as the Junior Girls All-Stars are divided into four groups for the doubleheader.

Mt. Vernon’s Sydney Shelton, a 2015 Indiana Junior All-Star, will compete in the game on Team Warren. The Kentucky recruit is coming off an impressive run during Indiana All-Star week as a core member of the Junior All-Stars team.

The Junior Boys All-Stars wrap up the day at Anderson University today with two games scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Class A and 2A senior girls play at 12:30 p.m. followed by the 4A and 3A girls at 2 p.m.

The 4A and 3A senior boys will take the court next before the ICST North-South All-Star game at 6:30 p.m. The Class A and 2A senior boys cap the weekend at 8 p.m.

All games will be shown live at For more information,


Changes made to WNBA All-Star balloting

NEW YORK — WNBA All-Star balloting launched Wednesday and will run through 9 p.m. July 9 as the most expansive balloting program in the league’s 19-year history. The ballot will feature all current WNBA players for the first time.

Votes can be cast on multiple digital platforms, including, the WNBA App, Twitter and Facebook to decide the starters for the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game.

WNBA All-Star balloting had previously included 30 players (18 frontcourt players and 12 guards) from each conference. Fans will now choose from the entire WNBA player pool when selecting two guards and three frontcourt players as starters.

The 2015 WNBA All-Star Game, featuring the Eastern Conference All-Stars against the Western Conference All-Stars at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, will be nationally televised by ESPN at 3:30 p.m. July 25.

Fans can cast votes on Facebook and Twitter using the designated hashtag #wnbaballot and the player’s first and last name, or Twitter handle (Twitter only). Fans can also add a team-specific hashtag to Twitter votes to show team spirit. Voters can submit one player name per post and create up to 10 valid posts — each for a different WNBA player — per Twitter or Facebook account per day.

On, the program will be highly integrated, with voting options available on the player index and player file pages, with prominent branding of the campaign throughout the site as well as on all 12 individual WNBA team sites.

The WNBA will announce the All-Star starters July 14. Reserves will be announced July 21.