The Sideline – September 20

Mt. Vernon’s Ertel commits to Warhawks

Mt. Vernon senior point guard Michael Ertel announced his verbal commitment to the University of Louisiana Monroe via Twitter this month.

The 6-foot-1 Indiana Junior All-Star averaged 15.8 points and dished out 3.7 assists per contest. Ertel shot 48 percent for the field.

He sank 51 3-pointers at a 39 percent average. Ertel led the team with 86 assists as the Marauders tied for the Hoosier Heritage Conference title with a 6-1 record. They finished 18-5 overall.

Ertel was named First Team All-Hoosier Heritage Conference. He also received interest from various collegiate programs, including Ball State, Stony Brook, Evansville, Lafayette, Loyola, Army and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


IndyCar announces aero kit development freeze

INDIANAPOLIS _ IndyCar announced this month it has placed a freeze on aero kit development for manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda that will take effect immediately in preparation for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Manufacturers will run their current aero kit specifications next season as IndyCar prepares to introduce a universal aero kit for the start of the 2018 season.

Aero kit regulations were initially announced in 2013 and introduced into on-track competition in 2015. The kits featured aerodynamic bodywork components that were designed, manufactured and supplied by Chevrolet and Honda for road/street/short oval courses and a separate kit for superspeedways.


Carmel boys No. 1 in state tennis rankings

Carmel was ranked first overall in the fourth Top 25 Boys Poll this season.

1. Carmel; 2. North Central; 3. Park Tudor; 4. Leo; 5. Guerin Catholic; 6. Hamilton Southeastern; 7. Evansville Memorial; 8. Homestead; 9. Fort Wayne Carroll; 10. Bloomington North; 11. Floyd Central; 12. Delta; 13. Brebeuf Jesuit; 14. Cathedral; 15. South Bend St. Joseph; 16. Avon; 17. West Lafayette; 18. Kokomo; 19. Jeffersonville; 20. Munster; 21. Castle; 22. Providence; 23. Columbus North; 24. Franklin Community; 25. Richmond.


Prep calendar


Greenfield-Central at Batesville, 5:30 p.m.

Mt. Vernon at New Palestine, 4:30 p.m.

Tri at Eastern Hancock, 5 p.m.


(Coed) Hancock County Meet at New Palestine, 5 p.m.


New Palestine at Morristown, 5:30 p.m.

Boys soccer

Covenant Christian at Mt. Vernon, 6 p.m.

Center Grove at New Palestine, 5:30 p.m.

Girls soccer

New Castle at Greenfield-Central, 7 p.m.