The Sideline – March 12

Royals honored by Mid-Hoosier Conference

The postseason accolades continue to roll in for Shari Doud’s Eastern Hancock girls basketball team.

Two players were named to the Mid-Hoosier Conference first team for 2015-16.

Junior Emiley Carlton earned her second All-MHC honor in her high school career after posting a team-leading 9.8 points per game average this season. She also paced the Royals in rebounding (4.8 per game) and compiled 47 steals (1.9 per game) along with 11 blocks.

She was fifth in the county in scoring average and was named to the 2015-16 All-Hancock County Girls Basketball First Team.

Senior Hope Spaulding, an All-County Second Team selection this year, earned her first career All-MHC distinction.

She averaged 6.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game for the Royals.

Doud was named MHC co-Coach of the Year after guiding the program to a 17-8 record in her first year at Eastern Hancock. Doud started her career at Greenfield-Central in 2000-01 before coaching at Pendleton Heights for 11 seasons.

Her teams have endured only one losing record in her 13-year career.

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Valpo, Columbus North highlight state meet

Five teams return from last year’s field of finalists along with three former individual state champions as the 44th Annual IHSAA Gymnastics State Finals will be contested today at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie.

Competition will begin at 1 p.m. following the opening ceremonies.

Top-ranked Valparaiso, No. 2 Columbus North and No. 5 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger each won their respective regionals last weekend for a return trip to state and are joined by seventh-ranked Owen Valley and No. 15 Homestead, the other holdovers from last year.

Valparaiso is the two-time defending state champion.

Admission is $9 and $5 for all-day parking in the Worthen Arena lots.

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Butler’s Dunham named Big East scholar-athlete

Butler senior Kellen Dunham has been named Big East Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was one of four individuals recognized Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in advance of the 2015-16 Big East Tournament.

Earlier this week, Dunham received the Big East Sportsmanship Award in a vote of the conference’s coaches.

The Pendleton native also received Big East All-Academic Team honors and has been named to the Butler Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for multiple semesters.

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Indy 500 discussion, luncheon scheduled

INDIANAPOLIS — The general public is invited to attend a panel discussion that will discuss how the Indy 500 will affect the local community.

The Sports Circle Indy hosted discussion and lunch will take place March 16 at The Columbia Club (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cost to attend the event is $25 for Sports Circle Indy members and $30 for non-members. To reserve a spot, visit sportscircleindy.org