The Sideline – August 5

Royals swimming team offers private lessons

The Eastern Hancock swim team is offering private swim lessons this month.

Sessions begin Aug. 10 and will run until Aug. 28. Registration will be tonight and tomorrow from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Eastern Hancock pool.

For more information contact Eastern Hancock swim coach Derek McCormick by email at


New Palestine parents meeting this week

On Thursday, the New Palestine High School athletics department is hosting an All Sports Meeting to open the fall sports season.

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

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

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

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


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.


World, Olympic champs lead gymnastics field

INDIANAPOLIS — Led by two-time defending U.S. and World all-around champion Simone Biles, eight women who have won World Championships gold medals have registered to compete at the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships.

Olympic gold-medalists in 2012, Gabrielle Douglas, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, are expected to compete in the national championships scheduled for Aug. 13 to 16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Listed to partake are the eight gymnasts who collectively have won 21 World and Olympic medals since 2010, including athletes who helped Team USA win the World team titles in 2011 and 2014 and the team gold medal at the Olympic Games in 2012. (Alyssa Baumann, Madison Kocian, Ashton Locklear, and MyKayla Skinner)

The five members of the women’s team that won the team gold at the recent Pan American Games in Toronto, are also expected to compete: Madison Desch, Rachel Gowey, Amelia Hundley, Emily Schild, and Megan Skaggs.


South Bend golfer grabs 1st IWGA championship

Anna Wilcoxson of South Bend posted a two-day total of 3-under-par 141 at the IWGA Indiana Golf Championship to claim her first ever IWGA title this past weekend.

Wilcoxson, a golfer at Western Michigan, added a 2-over-par 74 to her first day’s 67 at Otter Creek Golf Club for a two shot victory against Brooke Beegle of Fishers.

Abbie Carlsen of Lafayette won the Overall Net Division with a tournament net of 13-under-par.

Julia Potter of Indianapolis won the Mid-Amateur Division. Potter carded a 36-hole total of 2-over-par 136. Tobi Herron finished runner-up at 5-over-par.

In the Mid-Amateur Net Division, Natalie Achten of Chesterton won with a net total of 4-over-par. Julie Carmichael of Indianapolis won the Senior Division with a 36-hole total of 155.


Brady testimony in NFL ‘Deflategate’ released

NEW YORK — Tom Brady denied under oath to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he tampered with footballs before the AFC title game, and investigator Ted Wells said in a transcript that he never warned the New England Patriots quarterback he would be punished if he didn’t turn over his cellphone.

In a 457-page transcript released Tuesday, Brady maintained his innocence in the NFL scandal known as “Deflategate.” He denied discussing air level with the ballboys. He also said he’s never asked anyone from the Patriots to tamper with footballs.

Brady was suspended four games and the team was docked $1 million and two draft picks after a NFL-sanctioned investigation by Wells found the Patriots supplied improperly inflated footballs for the conference championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, which New England won 45-7.