The Sideline – June 27

Royals to introduce coach Doud to players, parents

Eastern Hancock High School is planning to host an introductory meeting with new girls varsity basketball coach Shari Doud for both parents and players Tuesday, July 7.

Pending school board approval, Doud will take over the basketball program beginning next month. She replaces former head coach Jeremy Powers, who guided the Royals to a 59-29 record in four seasons at the helm.

Powers amassed a 93-72 record through eight seasons at Morton Memorial, Tri and Eastern Hancock.

Doud, a Mt. Vernon graduate, is a 12-year coaching veteran with 199 career wins with a short stint at Greenfield-Central and 11 seasons at Pendleton Heights.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.


New Palestine youth named MVP at Alabama softball camp

Michaela Jones impressed onlookers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, last week.

A participant at the University of Alabama softball camp, the 13-year-old New Palestine native was named the camp’s most valuable player.

Jones was one of approximately 100 eighth- and seventh-graders in attendance at the camp.

The daughter of Gary and Angela Phillips is an eighth-grader at Doe Creek Middle School and plays travel softball for the Indy Diamond Chix out of New Palestine.

The award netted Jones, pictured here with Alabama women’s softball coach Patrick Murphy, a new glove and some Alabama gear.


Greenfield’s Chad Wilson wins 4-H Fair demolition derby

Motorsports fans at the Hancock County 4-H Fair were treated to consecutive evenings of racing action during the Night of Thrills on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the two-day finale, Greenfield resident, Chad Wilson successfully defended his “Big Class” crown, winning the demolition derby.

Allison Butler finished first in the Mini Car Enduro. Jacob Hudson took the checkered flag in the Mini Car Figure 8 while Travis Cook was first in the Full Size Figure 8.

Alex McCracken won the Front Wheel Drive Gut-N-Go demolition derby. Michael Brickles was the last driver running in the Mower Class demolition derby.

2015 Hancock County 4-H Fair Night of Thrills

Final Results

Tuesday, June 23

Mini Car Enduro

1. 68 Allison Butler

2. 21 Matt Phiffer

3. 80D Steve Butler

4. 931 Jeff Garci

5. 4T4 Tom Hood

6. 18 Jill Collins

7. 924 Jacob Hudson

8. 10 Bill Woodward

9. 6 Garrett Leonard

10. 5A Mike Alley

Mini Car Figure 8

1. 924 Jacob Hudson

2. 5A Mike Alley

3. 931 Jeff Garci

4. 68 Allison Butler

5. 80D Steve Butler

Full Size Car Figure 8

1. 313 Travis Cook

2. 300 Russell Thomas

3. 902 Dustin Foust

4. 42 Larry Sexton

5. 304 Ben Shell

Wednesday, June 24

Demolition Derby

1. Chad Wilson

2. Cole Clayton

3. Will Rogers

4. Steve Cullingford – Wrecking Ball Winner

5. Raeff Garrett

6. Kevin Beyer

7. Shane Williams

Front Wheel Drive Gut-N-Go

1. Alex McCracken

2. Mitch Geire

3. Kevin Collins

4. Daren Red

5. Toby Hinchman

6. Casey Ruggles

7. Andrew Heller

8. David Dreisbach

9. Brad Douglas

Mower Demolition Derby

1. Michael Brickles

2. Glen Haffert

3. John Brickles

4. Happy Jones

5. Robert Withers

6. Chris Hansen

7. Gary Daughtery


Registration open for Marauders camps

Mt. Vernon High School will host several athletics camps during the summer break.

Registration forms can be found at under Marauder HQ tab. All grades are as of fall 2015.

Volleyball (boys and girls)

All camps July 6 to 9 at high school auxiliary gym

Grades 2 to 5 (beginner): 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Grades 5 to 8 (advanced): noon to 2 p.m.

Cost: $35 to $55

Register by: July 6

Contact: Eric Bulmahn,

Youth soccer (boys and girls)

Camp is July 6 to 10 at high school soccer complex

Grades 1 to 9: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Cost: $50

Contact: Steve Williams,