The Sideline – July 29

New Palestine senior picks Taylor University

Haley Stratman put her recruiting process to rest this week, verbally committing to Taylor University to continue her basketball career.

The 5-foot-11 wing will be an incoming senior for coach Brian Kehrt’s Dragons in 2015-16.

Named Hoosier Heritage Conference honorable mention in 2014-15, Stratman averaged 6.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

She led the Dragons in 3-point shooting as a junior, burying 40 attempts while hitting four in a single game twice last season.

Stratman scored a season-high 15 points against Franklin Central and reached double figures on five occasions.

New Palestine finished the 2014-15 campaign 12-12.


Dragons sports passes available for purchase

All sports passes for the 2015-16 seasons are now available in the New Palestine athletics office for students and adults.

Student passes are available for $65, and adult passes are $80. A family pass option is available for purchase for a family of four or more.

Each pass is good for all home events excluding tournaments. This year each pass will include a Lucas Oil ticket for New Palestine’s football game against Pendleton Heights at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

Plus, sponsor discounts are available with each pass.


New Albany team wins state Little League title

The New Albany Little League 11-12 team picked up its second consecutive state championship last week and will advance to play for their second straight Great Lakes Regional crown beginning Aug. 9 in Indianapolis.

New Albany earned the regional berth with a 8-1 against Highlands in the July 22 state semifinal and 3-1 state championship victory against Bedford.

Their next challenge will come Aug. 9 against the Ohio champion at Ferguson Field at the Reuben F. Glick Little League Center in Indianapolis.

In order to advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, New Albany will need to emerge from the double-elimination regional tournament that includes the state champions from Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio.

The New Albany team was named champion of the 2014 Great Lakes Regional after Chicago’s Jackie Robinson Little League team was found to have violated tournament rules.


Pacers sign deals with Whittington, 2 others

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have re-signed Shayne Whittington and signed Glenn Robinson III and Rakeem Christmas. Terms of the contracts were not released.

Whittington, a 6-11, 250-pound forward/center out of Western Michigan University, is entering his second season in the NBA after signing with the Pacers last year as an undrafted rookie.

With the Pacers, he appeared in 20 games during the 2014-15 season.

Robinson, a 6-7, 222-pound guard/forward, is in his second season in the NBA after being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft.

He played 25 games with the Timberwolves before being waived. He was claimed off waivers by Philadelphia, with whom he played 10 games. Overall in 35 games as a rookie, he averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.

Collegiately, Robinson played two years at the University of Michigan with career averages of 12.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Christmas was acquired by the Pacers on July 23 from the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was a second-round pick in June’s NBA Draft.


Team USA finishes 10th at world championships

INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. national synchronized swimming team finished 10th in the team technical final Monday at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

The U.S. scored 83.4289 points, just behind Mexico (84.8431) and France (85.1794). Host Russia won the event with 95.7457 points.

The U.S. team members who competed in the team technical final are: Anita Alvarez (Kenmore, New York); Claire Barton (Los Gatos, California); Olivia Ekberg (Gilbert, Arizona); Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas); Mariya Koroleva (Concord, California); Sandra Ortellado (Walnut Creek, California); Karensa Tjoa (San Jose, California); and Alison Williams (Northridge, California).