Laker named HHC coach of the year

Greenfield-Central’s Doug Laker was named coach of the year and four Cougars were honored as first-team selections in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

The Greenfield-Central girls basketball team finished 23-5 during its sectional championship run to win the HHC this season with a 7-0 record.

Jessica Farrell, Savannah Girolami, Katie Helgason and Madison Wise all were selected all-HHC for the Cougars.

Mt. Vernon’s Sydney Shelton and New Palestine’s Natalie Kehrt and Raegan McMurray all were voted first-team all-conference.

Honorable mentions went to Greenfield-Central’s Amanda Flora and Kate Real, Mt. Vernon’s Ariana Sandefur, and New Palestine’s Carly Hackler and Haley Stratman.


Greenfield-Central to host Class 2A Regional

There’s still more boys basketball to be played at Greenfield-Central High School. This Saturday, the Greenfield-Central gymnasium will be the site of the Class 2A regional, where three games are scheduled.

At 10 a.m., Cloverdale (19-7) will face fourth-ranked Northeastern (22-4) in the first semifinal game.

Northeastern won its third straight sectional this past weekend, while Cloverdale repeated as sectional champs.

Indianapolis Broad Ripple (18-7) will play seventh-ranked Indianapolis Howe (20-7) at noon.

Howe won its first sectional since 2007 and knocked off fifth-ranked Shenandoah at Eastern Hancock in the title game, 53-41.

Broad Ripple captured its second sectional title in four years and is riding a nine-game winning streak.

The championship game will tip off at 8 p.m. The winner will advance to either the Richmond or Seymour Semistate on March 19.


Fundraiser planned for New Pal baseball

A fundraiser breakfast is set from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the New Palestine Lions Club to support the New Palestine High School baseball team.

The breakfast will provide supporters with a chance to meet the players and coaches.

There are no advanced tickets, but free-will donations will be accepted the day of the event.

In addition, an indoor garage sale hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Post 182 will take place the same day. The garage sale will be conducted during the breakfast hours.

All proceeds from the garage sale will benefit veterans and the auxiliary programs. All season decorations and home décor will be included.


Pacers’ Turner named NBA Rookie of the Month

NEW YORK – The Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.

Turner, who earned Rookie of the Month honors for the first time, ranked third among East first-year players in scoring (13.4 points per game), rebounding (6.6 rebounds per game) and minutes (29.8 minutes per game).

Turner recorded his first two career double-doubles during the month and produced a run of nine straight double-digit scoring games.

On Feb. 19, Turner scored 16 points and blocked a career-high six shots in a 101-98 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder, part of a 4-1 stretch for the Pacers.