The Sideline – July 28

Celebration of life for county sports legend

Family and friends are invited to A Celebration of Life for Gene “Tink” O’Neal on Saturday. The remembrance event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Farm Shop, 7500 N. State Road 109 in Wilkinson.

O’Neal, 88, of Wilkinson, passed away July 9 at Hancock Regional Hospital. A Hancock County hoops legend, O’Neal loved his family and sports.

O’Neal’s wife, Elaine (married 68 years), survives, as does his three children, seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A successful basketball player at Eden High School (later consolidated into Hancock Central and eventually Greenfield-Central), O’Neal, a 6-foot-2 forward, was Hancock County’s first 1,000-point scorer and led the Flyers to back-to-back sectional titles during the 1945-46 seasons.


Youth football league signups open for season

The Marauder Youth Football League is accepting registrations for the upcoming 2016 season.

The MYFL was started in 2003 with goals of fun, fundamentals and future. Football divisions include: flag football (kindergarten through first grade), pee wee league (tackle for first and second grades), junior varsity league (tackle for third and fourth grades), and varsity tackle for fifth and sixth grades).

Combine Days for the MYFL are scheduled to start 9 a.m. Saturday on the Mt. Vernon High School practice fields behind Fortville Elementary. Tackle players will need to report in full gear. Flag football players should report with mouthpiece and cleats.

To register, go to For more information, email


All-sports program offered at Riley Park

The Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Pee Wee All-Sports developmental program next month. The four-week program will begin Aug. 1 and continue each Monday until Aug. 22.

Sessions run from 6 to 7 p.m. at the open field to the left of the Riley Park entrance on U.S. 40. Classes will last 45 to 60 minutes.

The program is for children ages 3 to 5 and will cost $20 for residents and $25 for people who do not live in Greenfield.

To register, contact the Parks Department at 317- 477-4340, or register online at


Royals cross-country practice approaching

The Eastern Hancock Middle School cross-country team will begin practicing Aug. 4.

Each practice will run from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information contact coach Gary Powers at


Sox sweep at home, keep Crosstown Cup

CHICAGO — Out went Chris Sale and the shredded 1976 throwback jerseys. In came 1983 uniforms and a four-game winning streak.

James Shields allowed four singles in 7 2/3 innings, Adam Eaton homered and the White Sox stayed unbeaten since their ace’s suspension by beating the Cubs 3-0 on Tuesday night in Chicago’s crosstown rivalry.

The White Sox have won four straight in their 183-era white jerseys as Sale serves a five-day suspension, including two against the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field.

The win keeps the traveling Crosstown Cup with the White Sox with at least a four-game series split guaranteed as the scene shifts to Wrigley Field for the final two games.