The Sideline – September 19

Cougars earn Team of the Week

The Greenfield-Central boys cross-country team was chosen by as its team of the week.

A weekly honor issued to a boys and a girls cross-country team, the program chose the Cougars for Week 4.

Greenfield-Central earned the distinction after winning the Cougarpalooza and finishing third in the Ben Davis Invitational last weekend ahead of a few top 25 ranked teams in the state.

At Ben Davis, the Cougars finished with a score of 121 behind only West Lafayette (103) and Avon (51).

Teams in the top 10 included: Ben Davis, Southport, Center Grove, Brownsburg, Lawrence North, East Noble and Plainfield.


Athletic Participation is up 20 percent at Mt. Vernon

According to the Mt. Vernon athletics department, fall athletic enrollment at Mt. Vernon High School has increased in every sport with the removal of its former “Pay-to-Participate” fee per sport of $225.

Fall sports’ total participation has increased 20 percent with 43 additional athletes.

The department believes recent success in all Mt. Vernon’s fall sports may be attributed to the larger number of athletes participating; the larger pool of athletes to choose from would support that theory.

Cross country experienced the largest increase from 30 runners in 2014 to the current 47 athletes, a 57 percent increase.

Girls golf added two players, football has eight additional students in uniform, and boys and girls’ soccer has four and one additional player(s), respectively. Boys tennis added five to their roster, cheerleading added one student and volleyball added five players and their first freshman team in years.

“We expect athletic participation to have a similar increase in winter and spring which will generate more two and three-sport athletes this year,” commented Brandon Ecker, Mt. Vernon High School athletics director. “There is no coincidence that participation in every sport increased with the $225 fee being removed; it is safe to say it is a direct relation. We are pleased we can offer athletic opportunities to all students without finances being part of the commitment decision.”


Mad Ants to conduct open tryouts

FORT WAYNE — The Fort Wayne Mad Ants will hold open tryouts on Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18 in Fort Wayne for the 2015-16 NBA Development League season. The open tryout will be conducted at the McMillen Park Community Center, 3901 Abbott Street, Fort Wayne 46806.

The first day of tryouts will begin with check-in at 9 a.m. and the tryout beginning promptly at 10 a.m. lasting until around 3 p.m. Players will receive an official Mad Ants tryout jersey upon registration.

Spectators are invited to attend tryouts for an entry fee of $2 for adults, with kids entering for free.

Players will compete to earn an invitation to the team’s training camp, which will begin in early November. 

Players who are interested in trying out should submit the official registration and release forms, in addition to a $150 non-refundable fee to the Mad Ants office by Wednesday, Oct. 14. The registration fee is $200 for all forms received after Oct. 14 (pre-registration is not required and athletes may register on the morning of the tryout).

Payments must be made by money order or cashier’s check. Application forms are available on the Mad Ants’ website at


Prep Calendar



New Palestine vs. Pendleton Heights at Lucas Oil Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Boys soccer

Mt. Vernon at Marauder Classic, 9 a.m.

Greenfield-Central at Batesville, 7 p.m.

Girls soccer

Delta at New Palestine 11 a.m.

Greenfield-Central at New Castle, 10 a.m.


New Palestine at Brebeuf Reserve Invitational, 9 a.m.

Center Grove at Mt. Vernon, 1 p.m.

Greenfield-Central at Franklin Invitational, 9 a.m.


(B&G) New Palestine, Franklin Central at Westfield, 9 a.m.

(B&G) Eastern Hancock at Mid-Hoosier Conference (Blue River Park), 9 a.m.

Girls golf

Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, New Palestine, Eastern Hancock (Sectional at Old Oakland), noon


Boys soccer

Greenfield-Central at Shelbyville, 7 p.m.

Girls soccer

Franklin at New Palestine, 5:30 p.m.


Mooresville at New Palestine, 5:30 p.m.

Lawrence Central at Greenfield-Central, 6 p.m.

Mt. Vernon at Westfield, 5:30 p.m.

Boys tennis

Eastern Hancock at Indian Creek, 5 p.m.

Franklin Central at Mt. Vernon, 4:30 p.m.

Warren Central at New Palestine, 4:30 p.m.


Boys soccer

New Palestine at Center Grove, 5:30 p.m.

Girls soccer

Greenfield-Central at New Castle, 5:30 p.m.


Morristown at New Palestine, 5:30 p.m.

Indian Creek at Eastern Hancock, 6 p.m.


New Palestine, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, Eastern Hancock at Hancock County Championship at New Palestine, 5 p.m.

Boys tennis

Eastern Hancock at Tri, 5 p.m.

New Palestine at Mt. Vernon, 4:30 p.m.

Batesville at Greenfield-Central, 5:30 p.m.