The Sideline – December 16

Dragons, Cougars earn votes in IBCA poll

The New Palestine Dragons and Greenfield-Central Cougars girls basketball teams received votes in the latest Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s Top 20 rankings.

The Dragons, who defeated Mt. Vernon last night, improved to 8-3 overall and 5-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference. Greenfield-Central is 5-6 and 1-2 in the HCC.

IBCA Girls Top 20 Rankings*

(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank,school Points Rec.

1. Homestd (16) 433 8-0

2. N. Central (6) 423 11-0

3. Carmel 386 10-1

4. Pike 327 9-2

5. Heritage Ch. 308 8-1

6. Law. North 288 6-3

7. Zionsville 280 10-1

8. Penn 258 10-1

9. Col. North 245 6-2

10. Ben Davis 235 10-2

11. N. Harrison 226 11-0

12. Plainfield 225 12-1

13. Hamilton SE 213 11-2

14. Northridge 146 12-0

15. SB St. Jos. 137 9-0

16. Evan. Centr. 101 9-0

17. C. Grove 94 8-2

18. Northwest. 79 13-0

19. War. Com. 39 9-1

20. Mich. City 31 8-0

*As of Monday night

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North Central tops IBCA weekly rankings

The unbeaten North Central Panthers are No. 1 in this week’s Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s Top 20 poll. The Panthers handed No. 4 New Albany its first loss of the season at Southport last weekend.

IBCA Boys Top 20 Rankings

(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank,School Points Rec.

1. North Central (22) 440 4-0

2. Carmel 404 5-0

3. FW North Side 393 6-0

4. New Albany 356 3-1

5. Ben Davis 321 5-0

6. Lawrence North 300 3-1

7. Castle 277 3-0

8. Logansport 276 4-0

9. McCutcheon 275 5-1

10. Crown Point 263 4-0

11. S. Bend Riley 233 5-0

12. Hamilton SE 151 4-1

13. Merrillville 145 4-1

14. Evansville Reitz 135 4-0

15. Homestead 131 5-0

16. TH South Vigo 100 3-1

17. Valparaiso 92 5-0

18. Twin Lakes 79 6-0

19. E.C. Central 44 4-2

20. Warsaw 40 4-2

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Calder Named Interim Co-Head Coach at AU

Drew Brantley and Mark Calder will serve as interim co-head coaches for the Anderson University baseball team during the 2017 season.

Brantley is in his third season with the AU program, as a coach. A former Ravens’ player, Brantley spent one season as a student assistant under coach David Pressley and was a graduate assistant last season under Dustin Glant.

Calder, who spent the 2016 season as the Director of Baseball Operations, has 20 years of coaching experience. Along with his one season at AU, he has been an assistant coach at Mt. Vernon and Lapel high schools.

Glant, a former coach at Mt. Vernon, resigned at AU last weekend to take a position as pitching coach at Ball State University.

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Prep calendar

Today

Wrestling

Mt. Vernon at Roncalli, 6 p.m.

Friday

Girls basketball

Eastern Hancock at Knightstown, 6 p.m.

Boys basketball

Eastern Hancock at Knightstown, 7:30 p.m.

New Castle at New Palestine, 7:30 p.m.

Mt. Vernon at Shelbyville, 7:30 p.m.

Greenfield-Central at Yorktown, 7:30 p.m.