The Sideline – June 30

Registration deadline for youth football league is today

The registration deadline for the Eastern Hancock Youth Football League and its youth football camp is today.

The camp, designated for players in kindergarten through sixth grade, runs July 20 to 23. The cost is $45 per participant.

Camp check-in is scheduled for 2 p.m., with sessions taking place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. (kindergarten through fourth grade) and 4 to 5:30 p.m. (fifth grade and sixth grade).

Equipment issue dates for third-graders through sixth-graders will be conducted from 6 to 8 p.m. July 13 and July 15.

A flag league (kindergarten through second grade) is available at $30 per player. The EHYFL Tackle League (third grade through sixth grade) costs $70 per person.

The first league practice is set for the week of July 27. League play will begin Aug. 8. Flag league practice times and dates will be shared through email.

Those interested in participating can sign up at by clicking on the following links: Fall Sports/Football/Youth Football.

Payments can be made via credit card online or by checks payable to EHYFL to Eastern Hancock High School, c/o Jim O’Hara, 10320 E. County Road 250N, Charlottesville, IN 46117; or Justin Swan, youth league registrar, 4316 S. County Road 900E, Carthage, IN 46115.

Contact Swan at 317-498-1840 or, Clayton Shultz at 317-413-2884 or or O’Hara at 317-496 9304 to for more information.


Fever’s Pohlen receives community award

Jeanette Pohlen of the Indiana Fever has been awarded the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for her charitable efforts and dedication to community initiatives.

This marks the first time that Pohlen has received the honor.

Since joining the league in 2011, Pohlen has remained committed to empowering youth in their education and development.

In an effort to promote literacy, Pohlen serves as spokesperson for the Call-The-Fever program, a partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library where players read books to local kids.

Pohlen recently spoke to youth at the Choices for Champions event at the Indiana State Fair Youth Arena prior to a preseason game in May. In addition, she participated in Indianapolis’ Lemonpalooza Lemonade Day, inspiring young entrepreneurs to create and operate their own businesses.

Pohlen is also passionate about raising awareness for pulmonary fibrosis after losing her father to the disease in 2012. Continuing in her father’s footsteps to champion the cause, Pohlen encourages the Fever organization and her fellow teammates to support the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

“I am honored to receive this award because giving back to the community is so important to me,” said Pohlen. “As professional athletes, we have an amazing opportunity to use our platform to help people and make a difference.”

The WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm is awarded monthly during the season to the player that best reflects the WNBA’s passion to make a difference in the community.

In recognition of Pohlen’s efforts for the month of May, the WNBA and State Farm will donate $7,500 to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.


BSU assistant women’s basketball coach leaves program

Ball State University women’s basketball coach Brady Sallee has announced that assistant coach Rachel Galligan has left the program to pursue other career opportunities.

He has moved Audrey McDonald-Spencer from director of basketball operations to assistant coach.

In her three seasons at Ball State, Galligan helped Ball State to the program’s sixth Mid-American Conference West Division title in 2015 along with three straight postseason appearances in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

McDonald-Spencer served as the director of women’s basketball operations at Ball State for the last five seasons. She was a standout guard for the Ball State women’s basketball team from 2006-10.

McDonald-Spencer helped the Cardinals to the most successful season in school history in 2008-09 when the Cardinals won the MAC Championship, the MAC Tournament title and earned the school’s first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.

McDonald ended her career eighth on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,353), first in three pointers made (323), first all-time in games started (126), minutes played (4,180), three point field goal attempts (799), games played (127) and most three pointers made in a game with nine.

She also holds the three point MAC record with 323. McDonald earned MAC Honorable Mention this season and she was a recipient of Academic All-MAC.