The Sideline – January 13

Neligh spotlighted in Sports Illustrated

New Palestine quarterback Alex Neligh has made the big time.

The Dragons’ all-time career passer is being recognized in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated as one of the magazine’s spotlighted athletes in the Faces in the Crowd section.

The write-up highlights Neligh’s impressive “667 yards of total offense, including a state-title-game-record 501 yards passing.”

Neligh, who has committed to the University of Indianapolis, was a two-year starter at quarterback for New Palestine, steering the program to a 28-1 record.

The senior won a Class 4A state title in 2014 and was state runner-up in 5A this past November.

New Palestine lost to Fort Wayne Snider 64-61 in a record-setting 5A state championship game in Indianapolis.

In 2015, the Dragons set a state record for total yards in a single season at 7,701 and points scored with 854.


High scorer leads player of week honorees

Gary 21st Century Charter’s Eugene German averaged 39.0 points and 5.5 assists in two victories to pace the recipients in the IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program for the week of Jan. 4 to 9.

German is joined by Tipton senior Mason Degenkolb, Mooresville senior K.C. Earls, Crown Point junior Sydney Taylor, New Castle senior Laura Thomas and Scottsburg senior Taylor Means as honorees in the recognition program.


Cougars net votes in IBCA rankings

Indiana Basketball Coaches Association

Top 20 boys rankings

Sunday’s poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)


1. North Central (Indpls.) (21) 10-0

2. Merrillville (1) 11-0

3. New Albany 9-1

4. Pike 9-2

5. Fort Wayne Carroll 9-2

6. Logansport 10-0

7. Lawrence Central 12-3

8. Evansville Reitz 10-2

9. McCutcheon 11-2

10. Warsaw 10-0

11. Lawrence North 8-2

12. Griffith 10-0

13. Franklin Central 9-1

14. Arsenal Tech 8-2

15. Fort Wayne North Side 12-3

16. Park Tudor 9-2

17. South Bend Riley 12-3

18. Carmel 6-4

19. Tipton 10-0

20. Ben Davis 7-5

Other schools receiving votes: Angola, Barr-Reeve, Bloomington South, Brownstown Central, Castle, Crown Point, East Chicago Central, Fort Wayne Snider, Greenfield-Central, Hamilton Southeastern, Indianapolis Attucks, Indianapolis Cathedral, Lafayette Jefferson, Lake Central, Lapel, Liberty Christian, Martinsville, Mishawaka Marian, Muncie Central, Northeastern, NorthWood, Shenandoah, Silver Creek, Southport, Terre Haute South Vigo, Twin Lakes, Warren Central, Zionsville


Greenfield-Central breaks into IBCA Top 20

Indiana Basketball Coaches Association

Top 20 girls rankings

Sunday’s poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)


1. Homestead (15) 16-0

2. Columbus North (6) 17-0

3. Princeton (1) 20-0

4. Penn 17-1

5. Heritage Christian 13-2

6. Lawrence North 13-3

7. Roncalli 6-3

8. Lake Central 17-1

9. Plainfield 18-1

10. Westfield 17-2

11. South Bend St. Joseph’s 15-1

12. Carmel 15-4

13. Pike 13-4

14. Noblesville 18-4

15. Benton Central 17-1

16. Oregon-Davis 14-2

17. North Central (Indpls.) 14-4

18. New Castle Chrysler 16-1

19. Ben Davis 12-5

20. Greenfield-Central 13-4

Other schools receiving votes: Argos, Bedford North Lawrence, East Central, East Chicago Central, Evansville Central, Evansville Memorial, Gary West Side, Gibson Southern, Jac-Cen-Del, Merrillville, Michigan City Marquette, Mooresville, North Harrison, Norwell, Rochester, Seymour, South Adams, South Bend Adams, Southridge, Springs Valley, Tippecanoe Valley, Vincennes Lincoln, Vincennes Rivet


Prep calendar


Girls basketball

Eastern Hancock at Morristown, 7:30 p.m.

Triton Central at New Palestine, 7:30 p.m.


HHC meet, diving, at New Palestine, 6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Eastern Hancock, 6 p.m.


New Palestine at Shelbyville 6 p.m.