The Sideline – March 3

Boys sectional tickets on sale at Mt. Vernon

All-session sectional tickets will be on sale in the Mt. Vernon Athletics Department during regular-school hours until noon Friday.

Tickets are $10. Single- session tickets for the New Castle Sectional will only be sold at the door.

An all-tournament ticket will permit fans into both semifinal games Friday, beginning with Connersville vs. Greenfield-Central at 6 p.m.

Mt. Vernon will play New Castle in the second semifinal game Friday, which will start at approximately 7:30. Friday’s winners will meet in the championship game, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.


State champs honored with weekly award

Penn’s Camryn Buhr, Heritage Christian’s Tyasha Harris, Lafayette Central Catholic’s Libby Bonner and Jac- Cen-Del’s Lilly Simon each helped lead her team to a state championship, and the four players headline the honorees in the IBCA Player of the Week program for the week of Feb. 22 to 27.

The quartet is joined by Logansport junior Matt Jennings, Southport senior Joey Brunk and Lanesville senior Joe Ferree as recipients in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.


Heritage Christian wins record 7th state title

The Heritage Christian girls basketball program now stands alone in state history.

Defeating North Harrison 51-45 in the Class 3A state finals this past weekend at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, coach Rick Risinger’s Eagles (26-4) won their third straight championship and seventh overall.

The program’s seven titles are the most ever in Indiana girls basketball history.

Heritage Christian is just the fourth program in state history to win at least three straight state titles and first to do it twice. The Eagles won four in a row from 2006-09.

In Class A, Jac-Cen-Del (27-1) defeated Argos 57-39 to win its first state title and only its second in school history.

In Class 2A, Lafayette Central Catholic (25-5) seized its second straight title by beating Covenant Christian 56-43 in the Class 2A state finals.

The Class 4A state title went to Penn (28-2), which routed Columbus North 68-48, dashing the Bull Dogs’ dreams of a title repeat. The win marked Penn’s first state championship in girls basketball.


Carmel slips past Zionsville for swim title

The 79th Annual IHSAA Boys Swimming & Diving State Finals came down to the last relay race on Saturday at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

In the end, the Carmel Greyhounds took second place in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:05.50 to edge past the Eagles in team points, 216-215, and repeat as state champs.

It was the fifth state championship for Carmel and coach Chris Plumb in the past seven years.

Avon’s state championship 200 freestyle relay team set a new state finals record in 1:23.20. Avon’s Chandler Bray was named the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award winner.

Final team scores (top 10)

1. Carmel 216

2. Zionsville 215

3. Avon 192

4. Northridge 185

5. Carroll (Fort Wayne) 174

6. Chesterton 144

7. Fishers 132

8. Homestead 110

9. Valparaiso 86

10. Castle 81.5