The Sideline – March 23

New Pal graduate brings home the gold

New Palestine graduate Patrick Feeney helped Team USA capture the gold medal in the 4×400-meter relay during the IAAF World Indoor Championships this past weekend.

Team USA completed the finals race in 3 minutes, 2.45 seconds to place first in Portland, Oregon, setting a world-leading time.

Team USA bested the Bahamas (3:04.75), Trinidad and Tabago (3:05.51), Jamaica (3:06.02), Nigeria (3:08.55) and Belgium (3:09.71).

The United States holds the all-time indoor record for the 4×400-meter relay at 3:01.96 set Feb. 11, 2006.

Feeney and his running mates (Elvyonn Bailey, Calvin Smith and Christopher Giesting) qualified Team USA for the finals in a time of 3:05.41 for first overall during Saturday’s heat races.

Smith, Kyle Clemons, Giesting and Vernon Norwood competed in the finals for Team USA on Sunday.

“Thanks for a memorable week @usatf! Extremely blessed to represent the US! Now back to training to prepare for the outdoor season!,” Feeney posted on his Twitter feed after the championships.


All-HHC boys hoops team announced

Six local boys basketball players were named All-Hoosier Heritage Conference for 2015-16.

Mt. Vernon had three student-athletes selected to the list, Greenfield-Central had two, and New Palestine was awarded with one representative.

The trio of Michael Ertel, Erick Shepherd and Michael Thompson earned All-HHC distinction for the co-conference champion Marauders. Mt. Vernon shared the HHC title with New Castle this year, finishing with a 6-1 league record.

Greenfield-Central’s Tate Hall and Blake Robertson received All-HHC honors for the Cougars, which tied Pendleton Heights for second in the HHC at 5-2.

New Palestine’s Cody Long also was named All-HHC.

Mt. Vernon’s Miles Wayer and James McCloud received HHC honorable mentions along with Greenfield-Central’s Kirill Schoellman and Chandler Bean.


Aquatic team offering private swim lessons

The Greenfield Community Aquatic Team is offering swimming lessons next month. The spring session is set for April 4 to April 21.

Lessons are 30 minutes each and will take place Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays for three weeks with six lessons overall.

The cost is $65 for group lessons with four to six swimmers or $100 for private lessons.

Available time slots include: 4 to 4:30 p.m.; 4:30 to 5 p.m.; 5 to 5:30 p.m.; or 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Online registration is open until April 1. Walk-in registration will be 6 to 7 p.m. today and Thursday at the Greenfield-Central Aquatic Center. Registration is available online at


Eastern Hancock seeks new JV softball coach

Eastern Hancock High School is accepting applications for a new junior varsity softball coach for this spring. The position comes with a stipend. Interested candidates should contact Eastern Hancock High School athletics director Aaron Spaulding at or 317-467-0095, ext. 250.