The Sideline – August 7

Little Cougar basketball registration open

Registration is open for the Greenfield-Central Little Cougars Girls Basketball League.

The feeder league is designed to offer girls from kindergarten through sixth grade the opportunity to play in a structured program with a focus on skills development and fundamentals.

The league runs from late August through the first week of October. The deadline to register is Aug. 25, with practices and games set to begin the week of Aug. 31.

Registration forms must be submitted by the deadline to ensure your child receives a league shirt. Cost to join the league is $40 per player. Checks must be made payable to Greenfield Girls Basketball. Registration forms can be obtained through Greenfield-Central High School girls basketball coach Doug Laker at 317-448-0853.

The completed forms should be mailed, Attn. Doug Laker, 810 N. Broadway, Greenfield, IN 46140.

All league games will be played Wednesday nights (and one Sept. 29, a Tuesday) at the Greenfield-Central High School fieldhouse. Game times will run from 6 to 8 p.m. depending on the number of teams.

Each team will practice once a week at the fieldhouse. Practices will be from 6 to 8 p.m., with each session lasting an hour in length.

For players in kindergarten through third grade, the league will be instructional.

Positions for volunteer coaches are available. For those interested in being a coach, contact Laker to obtain a registration form. A mandatory coaches meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in the fieldhouse for those invited to volunteer.

Player physicals are recommended but not required.


Cougars all-sport passes currently available

All-sport passes for Greenfield-Central High School sports seasons are available. The passes are good for all Greenfield-Central home events except for IHSAA-sponsored tournaments and Hancock County tournaments where gate receipts are shared with the other county schools.

Those interested in purchasing passes should see Connie Jo Harris in the high school athletics office during regular business hours or can be purchased at home varsity football or men’s and women’s varsity/junior varsity basketball games. Passes are nontransferable.

Adults passes cost $80, and senior citizen passes (55 and older) are $60. Student passes are $60 and contain picture ID for security purposes.

Costs for individual sports season passes are football, $20 (includes a home scrimmage); men’s soccer, $25 (includes the Greenfield-Central Cougar Cup Tournament); women’s soccer, $25 (includes the Greenfield-Central Kickin’ Cancer Tournament); volleyball, $30 (includes the Greenfield-Central Cougar Challenge Tournament); men’s basketball, $35 (includes a home scrimmage); women’s basketball, $40 (includes a home scrimmage and the Holiday Tournament); swimming and diving, $15 (includes the Greenfield-Central Turkey Breast Invitational); baseball, $40 (includes a home scrimmage); softball, $40 (includes a home scrimmage and Cougar Clash JV Tourney and Cougar Classic Tournament).

Information: 462-9195


Scholarship fundraiser set for this weekend

The sixth annual Carolyn Johnson “Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Teacher” fundraiser will be conducted 8 a.m. to 5 p.m daily through Saturday at the Hancock County Community Foundation office, 312 E. Main St., Greenfield.

Johnson was a teacher, coach and athletics director at Eastern Hancock Schools. Her 74th birthday would have been Monday, and promoters of the fundraiser are trying to obtain at least 74 donations and birthday cards in her memory.

Information: 317-462-8870,


Girls travel hoops tryouts this month

Tryouts for the New Palestine girls basketball IGHL travel teams are being conducted this month.

Girls in second through eighth grade who are interested in playing are invited to attend the tryout Aug. 18.

Tryouts will run from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at New Palestine High School.

Games will be played every other Sunday afternoon beginning in September.

Information: Coach Kehrt,, 317-861-4417, ext. 228


McIlroy, recovering from injury, listed in PGA field

Rory McIlroy posted two videos on Instagram that suggest he might be able to return for the PGA Championship.

The world’s No. 1 player is in the field for the year’s final major next week at Whistling Straits, and he will be listed in the tee times released Friday. That’s common practice for the majors, and McIlroy does not have to decide whether he plays until his tee time at the start of the championship.