The Sideline – November 3

Local tennis players honored by coaches

The Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association announced its postseason awards this week.

New Palestine sophomore Matthew True (pictured) was named an All-District 4 Singles player honoree. Greenfield-Central seniors Saben Fletcher and Dylan Wilburn were awarded All-District 4 Doubles honors.

True helped the Dragons (19-4) win their fifth straight sectional title this fall as the seven-time county champion’s No. 1 singles player.

Fletcher and Wilburn went 16-3 in the regular season and 2-1 in postseason, reaching the individual regional semifinals last month.


Dragons, Cougars earn All-State recognition

New Palestine’s Matthew True also earned Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association All-State honorable mention as a singles player.

Greenfield-Central’s Dylan Wilburn and Saben Fletcher were named All-State honorable mention.

Cougars teammate Nate Real was named Academic All-State First Team. Wilburn and Fletcher were recognized as Academic All-State honorable mentions.


Conference tennis players earn honor

The Hoosier Heritage Conference honored its top tennis players with all-conference recognition.

New Palestine’s Matthew True and Mt. Vernon’s Wilken Baldwin, a senior, were named All-HHC First Team as singles players.

Greenfield-Central’s Saben Fletcher and Dylan Wilburn were selected as All-HHC First Team doubles partners.

Greenfield-Central’s Nate Real earned all-conference honorable mention in singles along with Mt. Vernon’s Ryan Beck and New Palestine’s Carson Gavin.

Nick Rusche and Tyler Swain of New Palestine were named All-HHC honorable mention as a doubles team. The tandem finished the season 16-0 at No. 2 doubles for the Dragons.

New Castle’s John Burdsall was awarded as HHC Coach of the Year after leading the Trojans to a 6-1 league record for second behind Delta (7-0).

New Palestine was third at 5-2. Mt. Vernon was fourth with a 5-2 record and Greenfield-Central placed sixth in the final standings.


Volleyball state finals set for this weekend

The 45th annual IHSAA Volleyball State Finals will be conducted Saturday at Ball State University’s Worthen Arena in Muncie.

The four-game event begins at 11 a.m. with No. 1 Christian Academy of Indiana (31-6) playing No. 7 Fort Wayne Blackhawk (30-5) for the Class A state title.

No. 4 Covenant Christian of Indianapolis (33-5) will face No. 1 Wapahani (31-6) for the Class 2A state title at 1 p.m.

No. 2 Providence (34-5) plays top-ranked Yorktown (36-1) for the Class 3A title at 3 p.m.

No. 4 Cathedral (30-4) takes on top-ranked Crown Point (36-3) at 5 p.m. for the Class 4A state championship.

This marks the second time since the class era began in 1997 that all four defending state champions (Cathedral, Providence, Wapahani and Christian Academy of Indiana) have advanced back to the state finals the following year.

Tickets are $10 per person. All seats are general admission. All-day parking is $5 in the arena lots.