The Sideline – July 9

Greenfield Area Soccer Club walk-in registration this weekend

The Greenfield Area Soccer Club released several keys dates to put on the calendar, including a walk-in registration event this weekend.

Interested families and players can register for the fall season of GASC Recreational TigersFC at the Hancock County Public Library from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

Registration also is available online at until July 26. Late fee registration starts July 27, with an additional $10 to cover late uniform orders.

There are no games scheduled for Labor Day or Riley Days weekend.

The GASC TigersFC league offers divisions for players from U4 to U18. Costs to play (per person) ranges from $47.50 to $62.50.

Other keys dates:

Aug. 1: Coaches meeting

Aug. 3: First week of practice begins

Aug. 21: First games begin

Oct. 9 and 10: No games during fall break

Oct. 23 and 24: Last games of the season

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Fever’s Achonwa named Rookie of the Month

NEW YORK — Natalie Achonwa of the Indiana Fever was named the WNBA’s Rookie of the Month for games played in June.

For the month of June, Achonwa led all rookies in points (10.2 ppg) and placed second in field-goal percentage (.526), fourth in rebounds (4.6 rpg) and fifth in minutes played (21.5 mpg).

Overall, she ranked sixth among all WNBA players in field-goal percentage. Achonwa had career highs in points (14) and minutes (32) to go with five rebounds in a 78-69 loss to the Minnesota Lynx on June 6. 

The ninth overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, Achonwa was sidelined all of last season because of an ACL injury sustained during the NCAA Tournament in 2014.

The Notre Dame alum has started in all but one game for the Fever and posted double digits in scoring in seven of her first 10 games this season. She ranks second on the team in rebounds and fourth in points.

Highlights of Achonwa’s month included:

June 5 vs. Chicago: Finished with 10 points and six rebounds, including a career-high five defensive rebounds, in a 95-72 loss.

June 6 vs. Minnesota: Scored a career-high 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field in a 78-69 loss.

June 12 vs. Phoenix: Grabbed a career-high seven rebounds, including a career-high four offensive rebounds, in a 77-74 win.

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IHSAA approves sectional reassignments

During its final meeting of the 2014-15 school year, the Indiana High School Athletic Association Executive Committee approved the sectional reassignment of several baseball and softball teams for the next two seasons. 

Due to the Tournament Success Factor, three baseball and three softball teams will advance up a classification while 11 teams overall are dropping down. Five teams are changing sectional sites but maintaining their classification.

The updated sectional assignments take effect in 2015-16 and continue in 2016-17.


Moving up: Andrean (Class 3A to 4A Sectional 2), Rockville (Class A to 2A Sectional 44), Shakamak (Class A to 2A Sectional 47).

Moving over: Lafayette Central Catholic (2A Sectional 34 to 38), Michigan City (4A Sectional 2 to 3), Penn (4a Sectional 3 to 4).

Moving down: Connersville (4A to 3A Sectional 29), Fremont (2A to Class A Sectional 52), Hagerstown (2A to Class A Sectional 56), Northfield (3A to Class A Sectional 50), Southwood (2A to Class A Sectional 50), Western (4A to 3A Sectional 20).


Moving up: Gibson Southern: 3A to 4A Sectional 16), Leo (3A to 4A Sectional 5), North Miami (Class A to 2A Sectional 37).

Moving over: Crown Point (4A Sectional 2 to 1), Rochester (3A Sectional 37 to 38).

Moving down: Adams Central (3A to 2A Sectional 36), Connersville (4A to 3A Sectional 29), Highland (4A to 3A Sectional 17), Lakewood Park Christian (2A to Class A Sectional 52), Sheridan (2A to Class A Sectional 54).