The Sideline – July 30

Dragons All-Sports passes available

All-Sports passes for the upcoming season are on sale now in the New Palestine High School athletics office. These passes include the Dragons’ football game during the Indianapolis Colts Horseshoe Classic on Aug. 19.

The New Palestine football team opens the season against Class 5A rival Whiteland at 8:30 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tickets at the gate are $13.

The Dragons All-Sports passes are priced at $65 for students, $80 for adults and $250 for a family.

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Cougar Value Cards sales benefit teams

The Greenfield-Central High School athletics is now selling Cougar Value Cards for the 2016-17 school year.

The cards are $10 each and are available for sale through the high school athletics office or from any fall athlete. All proceeds benefit Greenfield-Central athletics programs.

Each card is valid through Sept. 1, 2017, and offers multiple discounts at local restaurants and businesses.

The merchant list includes: Applebee’s, Chicago’s Pizza, Dave’s Express Car Wash, Express Car Wash, Firehouse Subs, Lincoln Square Pancake House, McCleery’s Sporting Goods, McDonald’s, Montana Mike’s, The Mug, Orange Leaf, Papa John’s, Papa Murphy’s, Strike Force, That Fun Place, Valvoline Express Care, Waffle House, White Castle, Worland Cleaners and Ye Olde Head Shoppe Salon & Spa.

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Celebration of life set for area sports legend

Family and friends are invited to A Celebration of Life for Gene “Tink” O’Neal today. The remembrance event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. 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.

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Eckstein to appear at Indians home game

Tonight when the Indianapolis Indians host Norfolk at 7:05 p.m., two-time World Series champion David Eckstein will be on hand.

A longtime St. Louis Cardinal and a 2006 World Series MVP, Eckstein will be signing autographs for fans as part of the Indians’ Signature Series program.

Eckstein, 41, was a two-time National League All-Star in his Major League Baseball career. He spent time with the Anaheim Angels, winning the 2002 World Series before winning his second with St. Louis in 2006.

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Butler picked 7th in preseason football poll

Butler was selected to finish seventh in the upcoming Pioneer Football League season in a poll of the conference’s 11 coaches.

Butler finished the 2015 season with an overall record of 6-5, including a 4-4 mark in PFL play.

The Bulldogs will get back two key offensive pieces for the 2016 campaign as running back Sam Schrader and offensive lineman Michael Demos, a 2014 First-Team All-PFL selection, return after missing parts of 2015.