The Sideline – July 20

Cougars parent meeting next week

Greenfield-Central High School is conducting its All-Sport Parent Meeting on July 28.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be conducted inside the Greenfield-Central High School auditorium.

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Sports first practice, contest dates set

The 2016-17 high school fall sports season is coming up quickly. While teams still are conducting summer training, the IHSAA has released its official starting dates.

Girls golf kicks off the 2016-17 school year with the first official practice set to be conducted July 29. The first contest for golf can be conducted Aug. 1.

Boys and girls cross-country, boys and girls soccer, boys tennis, volleyball and football commence their first practices Aug. 1. Football will start with non-contact and will shift to contact practice Aug. 4.

All fall sports, expect football and girls golf, can participate in their first contests of the season Aug. 15. The football season begins Aug. 19 across the state.

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New Palestine opens season at Lucas Oil

Opening night for high school football is Aug. 19. The state runner-up New Palestine Dragons will highlight the night by returning to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, nine months after nearly winning the Class 5A championship.

The Dragons, who have amassed a 28-1 record the past two years, will compete in the two-game 2016 Indianapolis Colts Horseshoe Classic against potential sectional opponent Whiteland.

Class 2A state champion Monrovia opens the showcase against Cardinal Ritter at 6 p.m. The Dragons will play the Warriors at 8:30 p.m.

New Palestine played twice at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2015. The Dragons defeated Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Pendleton Heights 84-17 on the home field of the Colts on Sept. 19 and narrowly lost to Fort Wayne Snider in the 5A state title game last November.

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Marauders, Royals invited to showcase

The Mt. Vernon Marauders and Eastern Hancock Royals will both take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2016 football season.

Both programs have been invited to participate in the three-game showcase event Oct. 8.

The Marauders will face Hoosier Heritage Conference rival Shelbyville at 4:45 p.m. in the event’s second game.

The Royals will continue their rivalry with Shenandoah to open the event at 2 p.m. Eastern Hancock won 10 consecutive games last season before losing in the sectional to Indianapolis Howe, 34-13.

The showcase’s final game will pit Jeffersonville against Columbus East at 7:30 p.m.

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Mt. Vernon’s Robbins makes college choice

Bryce Robbins has signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Indiana Wesleyan University. Robbins joined the Marauders for his senior year, having previously attending Greenwood High School.

Robbins helped the Marauders finish the 2016 season with an 18-9 record and second overall in the Hoosier Heritage Conference at 9-5.

The middle infielder’s fondest memory from 2016, “hitting the double off the wall against Cathedral in the sectional semifinal.” Robbins’ hit was key in the Marauders’ 9-7 upset win against No. 3 Cathedral in the postseason.

IWU is an NAIA school located in Marion and is a member of the Crossroads League.