The Sideline – November 25

State finals tickets available at school

The top-ranked New Palestine Dragons are heading back to state.

After defeating Castle 56-6 in the semistate championship this past weekend, the Dragons are taking their perfect 13-0 record to Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday night to face No. 5 Fort Wayne Snider (12-1).

Get your tickets this week at the New Palestine High School athletics office and support the Dragons as they chase history with a chance to capture their second straight undefeated state championship.

Advance-sale tickets are $15 and give you all-day access at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Class A, 3A and 5A title games will take place beginning at noon.

Tickets can be purchased at New Palestine today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Tickets on sale for Coliseum Challenge

The Mt. Vernon varsity boys basketball team has been invited to shoot hoops Saturday at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis during the Colossal Coliseum Challenge.

The Marauders will face rival Hamilton Heights in the five-game showcase at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, which includes four boys games and a girls contest at noon between Lawrence Central and defending Class 4A state champion No. 5 Columbus North.

The Class 4A Marauders will play the Class 3A No. 15 Huskies at approximately 5:15 p.m. There is no junior varsity game.

Top-ranked Class A Liberty Christian plays Alexandria at 1:45 p.m., followed by Indian Creek vs. Edinburgh at 3:30 p.m. Lapel and Class 2A No. 6 Frankton play in the finale at 7:15 p.m.

Advance tickets are on sale at the Mt. Vernon High School athletics office. Adult tickets are $10, and students are $7. Kids 2 years and younger will be admitted free of charge. All tickets will be $13 at the door.

For more information, contact the Mt. Vernon athletics office.


Boys coaches poll

Indiana Basketball Coaches Association preseason poll

(1st-place votes in parentheses)


1. Southport (18) 0-0

2. New Albany (2) 0-0

3. Lawrence North 0-0

4. Carmel (1) 0-0

5. North Central (Indpls.) 0-0

6. Pike 0-0

7. Evansville Reitz 0-0

8. Carroll (FW) 0-0

9. East Chicago Central 0-0

10. Cathedral 0-0

11. Park Tudor 0-0

11. Bloomington South 0-0

13. Lawrence Central 0-0

14. Griffith 0-0

15. Crown Point 0-0

16. South Bend Riley 0-0

17. Merrillville 0-0

18. Homestead 0-0

19. Logansport 0-0

20. McCutcheon 0-0

Other schools receiving votes

Barr-Reeve, Ben Davis, Brownsburg, Castle, Chesterton, Columbia City, Columbus East, Evansville Harrison, Fishers, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne North Side, Fort Wayne Northrop, Fort Wayne Snider, Franklin Central, Greensburg, Guerin Catholic, Hamilton Southeastern, Hammond, Indianapolis Howe, Indianapolis Tech, Jeffersonville, Lake Central, Liberty Christian, Marion, Martinsville, Michigan City, Michigan City Marquette, Mishawaka Marian, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Muncie Central, Noblesville, Northeastern, NorthWood, Orleans, Pendleton Heights, Richmond, Silver Creek, Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo, Twin Lakes, Valparaiso, Warsaw Community


Greenfield-Central ranked 10th in girls poll

After Greenfield-Central’s big double-overtime win against North Central on Saturday, the Class 4A girls basketball rankings experienced a shakeup.

The Cougars (4-0) are now tied for 10th with unbeaten Plainfield (5-0) in the recent Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Associations basketball poll.

Undefeated Mt. Vernon, which is 14th in the IBCA weekly top 20 rankings, received votes after improving to 7-0.



Class 4A

W-L Pvs.

1. Lawrence North 4-0 1

2. Homestead 2-0 2

3. Penn 5-0 3

4. Roncalli 4-0 4

5. Columbus North 3-0 5

6. Carmel 3-1 6

6. Pike 3-1 8

8. Noblesville 6-1 9

9. North Central 5-1 10

10. Greenfield Central 4-0 NR

10. Plainfield 5-0 NR

Others receiving votes

Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Lake Central, Seymour, Merrillville, Gary West, Ben Davis, Greenwood, Westfield