The Sideline – August 1

EH parent meeting set for next week

The Eastern Hancock athletics department is hosting an informational parent meeting Wednesday night.

Parents and families with student-athletes participating in sports at the high school and middle school levels are invited to attend.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will take place in the high school auditorium.

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Special Olympics fundraisers planned

The Hancock County Special Olympics is conducting a fundraiser Tuesday night at all Mozzi’s Pizza locations in the county.

From 5 to 8 p.m., 20 percent of the purchases made at Mozzi’s Pizza will be donated to Hancock County Special Olympics. A flyer must be presented with your order and payment to benefit the organization.

A flyer is available for download at

On Aug. 13, the Hancock County Special Olympics is conducting a similar fundraiser at the Dairy Queen in Greenfield.

The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. No flyer is necessary. Supporters can participate by dining in or by using the drive-thru.

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Prospects Baseball tryouts this weekend

The Indiana Prospects Baseball Organization is holding tryouts for the 2016 baseball season today and Sunday.

The tryouts are for all age groups and will be at Pendleton Heights High School.

For more information, visit

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IndyCar president resigns

INDIANAPOLIS — Mark Miles, CEO, Hulman & Company, announced that Derrick Walker, President of Competition & Operations, IndyCar, has decided to leave the company effective Aug. 31, in order to pursue other professional opportunities.

Walker has made several important contributions that advanced IndyCar as a sanctioning body.

During his tenure, he assisted in securing Boston as a new event on the 2016 schedule, successfully introduced the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014, spearheaded additional investment to improve technology in Race Control and led innovation of the new Indy car aero kits.

His focus on continuous safety advancement resulted in changes to the Indy car underwing, making the cars more stable and strengthening sidepods, further protecting drivers.

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Westfield to host 2016 soccer region II championships

FRISCO, Texas — U.S. Youth Soccer announce this week that Westfield and the Indiana Youth Soccer Association will host the 2016 U.S. Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships as part of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series.

The games will take place June 25 to 29 at Grand Park Sports Complex.

The U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Championships consist of U.S. Youth Soccer State Champions from 14 state associations (including host Indiana Youth Soccer Association), U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League Premier Division champions, as well as drawn wildcard entries.

Following individual state championship tournaments, the Regional Championships are the second leg of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series.

The tournament will attract more than 200 boys and girls teams, ages 13 through 19, from the 14 Midwest U.S. Youth Soccer State Associations that make up U.S. Youth Soccer Region II (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio South, Ohio North, South Dakota and Wisconsin).

Regional winners of the U13 through U19 brackets earn a berth to the 2016 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas.

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Moore to step down as IUPUI director of athletics

INDIANAPOLIS — The IUPUI Department of Athletics has announced that athletics director Michael Moore is resigning his position, effective Aug. 14, after 19 years of service.

Moore navigated IUPUI to the NCAA Division I level and doubled the sport offerings from nine programs to the current day 18 teams. He also played an integral role in the branding change from the Metros to the Jaguars, coinciding with the program’s jump to Division I athletics and entrance into The Summit League in 1998.

Under Moore, eight different IUPUI programs have won conference titles and the department captured it’s first-ever NCAA individual title in March 2010 when diver Chen Ni won her first of two national crowns.

More recently, IUPUI is coming off back-to-back fourth-place finishes in The Summit League Commissioner’s Cup race, marking the top efforts in the program’s history.

Moore is credited with making the landmark decision to move IUPUI’s basketball games to Indiana Farmers Coliseum, resulting in the nation’s 30th-largest increase in home attendance during the 2014-15 season.