The Sideline – July 10

County Special Olympics fundraisers approaching

The Hancock County Indiana Special Olympics is hosting two fundraising projects this month.

On Saturday, the nonprofit organization is conducting a car wash at the Express Car Wash located at 1102 N. State St. The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will assist in cleaning and drying cars for a free-will offering.

On Wednesday, a Jim Dandy Night will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. A percentage of the food purchased will be donated to the Hancock County Indiana Special Olympics.

For more information on the Hancock County Indiana Special Olympics, visit


New Palestine’s star named IHSBCA All-State

The accolades continue to mount for New Palestine’s Keegan Watson.

The standout sophomore for the sectional champion Dragons, pictured, recently was named All-State in Class 3A by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.

The incoming junior excelled in his first full varsity season this past spring. He hit .449 with two home runs, three triples and 30 RBIs. He led Hancock County in doubles (13) and in runs scored with 38.

Watson, an outfielder, was selected to the All-Hoosier Heritage Conference first team and earned all-county honors for a second straight season. In 2015, he was recognized as the Daily Reporter’s Player of the Year.

2015 IHSBCA All-State Teams

Class A

Catcher: Cale Hall, Orleans

First base: Burton Gerkin, Orleans

Second base: Jake Quasebarth, North White

Third base: Austin Armstrong, Rising Sun

Shortstop: Luke Miller, Cowan

Outfield: Jason Mosson, Orleans

Outfield: Addison Robertson, Lutheran

Outfield: Austin Mays, Lutheran

Pitcher: Dalton Laney, Rockville

Pitcher: Pete Wissel, Blue River Valley

Class 2A

Catcher: Coy Cronk, Lafayette Central Catholic

First base: Owen Miller-Young, Alexandria

Second base: Kyle Matter, Cardinal Ritter

Third base: Craig Dingwerth, Northeastern

Shortstop: Jordan Branz, South Vermillion

Outfield: Bryce Fields, Union County

Outfield: Spencer Ballinger, Oak Hill

Outfield: Josh Howk, Churubusco

Pitcher: Brady Cherry, Lapel

Pitcher: Zack Thompson, Wapahani

Class 3A

Catcher: Austin Alles, Jasper

First base: Joseph Bobe, Vincennes Lincoln

Second base: Chase Dawson, Andrean

Third base: Branson Dossen, Heritage

Shortstop: Leo Lopez, Frankfort

Outfield: Ryan Jones, Charlestown

Outfield: Keegan Watson, New Palestine

Outfield: Ben Moore, Jasper

Pitcher: Cal Krueger, Jasper

Pitcher: Andrew Saalfrank, Heritage

Class 4A

Catcher: Sammy Miller, Valparaiso

First base: Logan Young, Shelbyville

Second base: Matt Miller, Northridge

Third base: Cody Earl, Hammond Morton

Shortstop: Devin Mann, Columbus North

Outfield: Aaron Bond, South Bend Clay

Outfield: Brandon Smith, Floyd Central

Outfield: Joe Bryant, Munster

Pitcher: Skylar Szynski, Penn

Pitcher: Jordan Clark, Connersville

Drafted players are automatic All-State selections: Ashe Russell, Cathedral; Nolan Watson, Lawrence North; Cody Mobley, Mt. Vernon (Posey); Brian Hoeing, Batesville; Jesse Wilkening, Hanover Central.


Teen leads rain-delayed Indiana championship

Due to inclement weather, Tuesday’s round of the 100th Indiana Open Championship at The Brickyard Crossing was postponed until Wednesday.

The delay didn’t effect 18-year-old Timothy Hildebrand. The incoming Purdue golfer finished his final two holes at 2-under-par for a second round total of 4-under-par 68. Combined with his first-round score of 67, he carries a three-shot lead into the 36-hole finale.

Hildebrand will continue his golf career at Purdue this fall and was a member of the 2014-15 Indiana High School Athletic Association golf team state champion Westfield Shamrocks.