The Sideline – October 26

Wellness center to host fundraiser

The Hancock Wellness Center is hosting an exercise class to benefit the more than 100 Hancock County Special Olympics athletes.

A spinning class will be conducted from 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Hancock Wellness Center, 8505 N. Clearview Drive, McCordsville. The class costs $25 per person with all proceeds doing directly to county Special Olympians. 

The Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


Cross-country state finals Saturday

Greenfield-Central’s Jacob Hansen will compete with Indiana’s best at the IHSAA state finals Saturday in Terre Haute.

Hansen is the first Cougars boys runner since Gary Horn in 1989 to make the state finals. He finished 18th at the New Haven Semistate to qualify for the state meet with a time of 15:46.3, the second-fastest in program history.

The state meet will be conducted at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road.

The girls race opens the event at 1 p.m. The boys race will start at 1:45 p.m.

Admission is $8 per person.


Pacers waive Bentil

The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have waived 6-foot-9 free agent forward Ben Bentil.

Bentil was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 51st overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft on June 23. He signed with the Celtics but was waived on Oct. 21 after appearing in three preseason games.

He was AP Honorable Mention All-American at Providence College and First-Team All-Big East as a sophomore before forgoing in final two years of college eligibility.


Fever announce front office promotions

INDIANAPOLIS – Julie Graue has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and John Weiss has been elevated to Digital Marketing Director with the Indiana Fever.

Graue has been with the Fever through 15 seasons, hired originally as a ticket sales manager in 2001. Weiss has spearheaded the club’s digital marketing efforts since 2013.


Carmel sweeps individual tennis titles

Carmel junior Patrick Fletchall and senior doubles players Ethan McAndrews and Jay Natarajan complete the sweep Saturday, adding individual state titles to their team championship.

Fletchall defeated Evansville Memorial’s Brandon Wu 6-1, 6-0 in the state singles championship match at Park Tudor. The Greyhound finished the regular season 13-0 and was 11-0 in the postseason.

McAndrews and Natarajan beat Jaren Katz and Will Emhardt of Park Tudor 7-6 (3), 6-4 to win the doubles state crown. The Carmel duo went 3-6 this season, but they finished a perfect 10-0 in the postseason.

Carmel won the team title Oct. 15 by dethroning three-time defending state champion North Central 4-1.