The Sideline – May 13

Marauders jump to 28th in poll

The Mt. Vernon girls tennis team cracked the rankings for the first time since 2004 last week. For an encore, they climbed two spots to 28th in this week’s Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association’s Top 30 Poll.

Ranked as high as third in District 4 this season, the Marauders are 12-1 overall with a recent 5-0 win against Hoosier Heritage Conference foe New Castle this week.

IHSTCA

Top 30 Girls Poll

1. North Central

2. Cathedral

3. Carmel

4. S.B. St. Joseph

5. Jasper

6. Avon

7. Penn

8. Terre Haute South

9. Fairfield

10. Center Grove

11. Delta

12. Munster

13. Guerin Catholic

14. Marion

15. Park Tudor

16. FW Canterbury

17T. FW Carroll

17T. Bloomington North

19. Brownsburg

20. Columbus North

21. Hamilton Southeastern

22. Zionsville

23. Evansville Mater Dei

24. Terre Haute North

25. Providence

26. Evansville Memorial

27. Gibson Southern

28. Mt. Vernon

29. Elkhart Memorial

30. Brebeuf Jesuit

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Dragons surge to first in rankings

The Class 3A New Palestine Dragons softball team has held onto the second sport in the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association’s rankings for several weeks.

In the recent polls, they made their move, overtaking Jasper for first in the state. At 16-2 overall this season, the Dragons are 4-1 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, locked in a three-way tie with Shelbyville and Yorktown for first.

New Palestine has won five straight since losing to Shelbyville 5-2 on April 28.

The Greenfield-Central Cougars dropped to 17th in the 4A rankings. Eastern Hancock was ranked 16th in the 2A rankings.

ICGSA softball rankings

Monday’s poll

Class 3A

1. New Palestine 58

2. Jasper 56

3. Hanover Central 50

4. Kankakee Valley 49

5. Lebanon 43

6. Franklin County 35

7. Fairfield 34

8. Wawasee 30

9. Mishawaka Marian 27

10. West Lafayette 23

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Dixon marks major IMS milestone

INDIANAPOLIS _ Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon helped make more history Tuesday, placing the official “Indianapolis Motor Speedway” lettering above the new Gate 1 sign at IMS.

The moment marked the official opening of the new IMS Gate 1 Plaza, a key piece of Project 100 at IMS.

Phase 3 of the $90 million project, now nearing completion, includes the new Gate 1 Plaza, an improved track fence, additional rows of seating along the front straightaway and the first stadium seats at IMS.

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Positions to be set for Angie’s List Grand Prix

Qualifications for the third annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will take place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today.

Gates open to the public at 8 a.m., with qualifications set to start at 9:30 a.m.

All general admission is $10.

Today’s on-track schedule

8 a.m.: Gates open

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Ticket office opens

9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.: IMS Midway open

9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.: USF2000 qualifying

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.: Pro Mazda qualifying

11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series practice

Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Indy Lights qualifying

1 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.: USF2000 race No. 1

1:55 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Pro Mazda race No. 1

3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Indy Lights race No. 1

6 p.m.: Gates close

Today’s off-track activities

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: USF2000 driver autograph session at INDYCAR Fan Village

11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Pro Mazda driver autograph session at INDYCAR Fan Village

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: IndyCar driver autograph session at INDYCAR Fan Village