The Sideline – February 17

New Pal senior commits to Anderson for soccer

New Palestine girls soccer player Emma Carmichael signed her letter of intent to continue her career at Anderson University.

Carmichael, a senior forward, played a key role for the Dragons, who shared the Hoosier Heritage Conference championship crown with New Castle this season. 

New Palestine won consecutive sectional titles during her sophomore and junior campaigns and nearly added a third, losing to Mt. Vernon 2-1 in the sectional finals this past fall.

The Dragons finished the 2015 season 14-4 overall and 6-1 in the HHC.

Anderson University is an NCAA Division III school with membership in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The AU Ravens women’s soccer program is coached by Jennifer Myhre.


Marauders baseball conducting Trivia Night

The Mt. Vernon baseball team is conducting a Trivia Night fundraiser Feb. 24 inside the high school cafeteria.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with dinner, provided by Kinsey’s, followed by trivia at 7 p.m.

The cost is $10 per student and $20 per adult and includes game play, dinner, a drink and dessert.

Proceeds from the fundraiser goes to help the baseball team.


GYBA online registration open for 2016 season

The Greenfield Youth Baseball Association is accepting online registrations for the upcoming season now through Saturday, March 5.

Those interested in playing this season should visit to sign up.

Registration also is available at the concession stand at 826 E. Lincoln Street in Greenfield every Saturday this month from 9 a.m. to noon.


New Pal gymnasts place 5th in Bloomington

The New Palestine gymnastics team finished fifth at the 10-team Bloomington North Invitational on Saturday.

The Dragons totaled 98.45 points to placed ahead of New Castle (96.45), North Montgomery (94.6), Martinsville (91.0), Turkey Run (49.8) and Crawfordsville (46.275).

Owen Valley (108.35) won the event with Seymour (107.05) taking second.

New Palestine’s Annabelle Dockins was fourth on the vault with a score of 9.05. Tara Morey was 10th on the vault (8.55), seventh on the beam (8.45) to lead the Dragons.

Dockins added a ninth-place finish on floor exercise (8.925) and Bailey Watkins was 11th (8.8).

Morey (33.45) and Dockins (32.8) were ninth and 11th in the all-around, respectively.


Smiths recipients of USBWA’s Most Courageous Award

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced the selection of the late, former Butler player Andrew Smith and his widow, Samantha, as co-recipients of the USBWA’s Most Courageous Award for men’s basketball.

Smith, 25, died this past January after a two-year struggle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and later leukemia.

He was an Academic All-American at Butler and a key player in the Bulldogs’ back-to-back national championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011.

Smith was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2014 after discovering a mass in his chest the year before while playing professionally in Lithuania.

Smith and Samantha went public with Andrew’s illness, hoping that by doing so would help others in similar situations. They publicized the importance of a bone marrow registry.

At the memorial service, there was a table in the lobby of the church for people in attendance to register.