The Sideline – July 31

7th Annual Cougar Shootout planned

This Saturday, the Greenfield Rotary Club is presenting the 7th annual Cougar Shootout.

The 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be at the Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County, 715 E. Lincoln St.

The cost to enter is $100 per team. Each team must consist of 3 to 4 players ages 16 and older. Checks must be made payable to Rotary Club of Greenfield.

A completed registration sheet, entry fee and signed waivers are required prior to admission into the tournament. Walk-ups the day of the tournament are welcome.

Check in for all teams begins at 8:30 a.m. The games will start at 9 a.m.

The tournament will include pool play followed by a double elimination format.

All proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club.

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New Palestine parent meeting next week

On Aug. 6, the New Palestine High School athletics department is hosting an informational meeting to open the fall sports season.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. inside the auditorium.

The school’s fall coaches and athletics department will conduct the event, sharing key information pertaining to the upcoming season.

All parents and players involved in fall sports, or any sport this school year, are encouraged to attend. Each fall sports coach will speak on pertinent seasonal details during the meeting. 

All sports passes will be available for purchase during the event, along with new Athletic Booster Club memberships, apparel and more.

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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.

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Greenfield-Central welcomes assistant athletics director

This summer, the Greenfield-Central athletics department welcomed the addition of a new staff member.

Elizabeth Mercer was hired to fill the role of assistant athletics director. Mercer, a graduate of Western Boone Jr./Sr. High School in 2008, played Division I basketball at IUPUI from 2008-10.

She graduated with a degree in sports management and coached girls basketball and volleyball at Western Boone for five years while working in the special education department.

She obtained her teaching certification through Indiana Wesleyan and taught summer physical education. She will teach in the physical education/health department while also working in the athletics office.

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Mt. Vernon seeking 7th-grade volleyball coach

Mt. Vernon Middle School has an immediate head coaching opportunity for seventh-grade volleyball.

The season begins Aug. 3 with tryouts. Interested candidates should contact Carey Cole (Mt. Vernon Middle School Athletics Director) by email at

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Baseball HOF to eliminate inactive voters

NEW YORK — Baseball’s Hall of Fame is cutting the number of voters in its annual election by eliminating writers who have not been active for more than 10 years.

The change was announced Tuesday by the Hall’s board of directors.

Until now, the electorate has included people who have been active members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for 10 consecutive years at any point.

The Hall says in a statement that “BBWAA members previously holding Hall of Fame voting privileges who are no longer active in the game and are more than 10 years removed from active status will have the opportunity for annual reinstatement, based on their coverage of the game in the preceding year.”

Before the change, about 650 people were eligible to vote.