The Sideline – February 28

Cougars’ Wise, Helgason among state’s Top 60

Hoosier Basketball Magazine recently announced it’s Top 60 senior girls’ basketball players for 2016-2017, and Greenfield-Central’s Madison Wise and Katie Helgason were both included.

The Top 60 list, as compiled by Hoosier Basketball Magazine, was selected from approximately 1,400 senior players statewide.

The Cougars’ duo is invited to participate in the 36th Annual Top 60 Senior Workout, which will run in two sessions on March 5 at Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis (6401 East 75th Street). The event is hosted by Hoosier Basketball Magazine in conjunction with the IHSAA and the IBCA.

The first session is from 1 to 3 p.m. and the second is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with central Indiana players primarily competing in the second session.

Seven-time state champion coach Rick Risinger (Heritage Christian) will direct both sessions along with five other Indiana girls’ high school coaches from the IBCA.

Both sessions are open to the public at $8 per person or $5 for students.


Royals 3-on-3 hoops tournament slated

The Eastern Hancock Athletic Boosters will conduct their annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament March 18 at Eastern Hancock Schools.

There will be five divisions of play, each for boys and girls. There also will be two open divisions for those 35 and younger and 35 and older.

Early registrations are due by March 12. Space permitting, registrations will also be accepted from 9 to 10 a.m. the day of the tournament.

For more information and to obtain an entry form, visit the school websites at or, or contact Greg Hall at


Girls basketball state champions crowned in Indy

Three schools won their first girls basketball state titles on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Top-ranked Wood Memorial (28-1) defeated No. 8 Union City 68-43 in the Class A state finals to clinch the Trojans’ first state crown in any sport.

Eastern (Pekin) (23-7) won the 2A state title with a 42-31 victory against No. 5 Oak Hill (27-2). The Musketeers also collected their first state championship in any sport.

No. 2 South Bend St. Joseph (26-2) fended off No. 1 North Harrison 57-49 to win the 3A title. The title was St. Joseph’s second since 2005.

In 4A, No. 2 Homestead (28-2) finished strong against No. 4 Pike 61-54 to win the school’s first girls basketball state championship.


Prep Calendar

Girls basketball


Sectional 9 at New Castle

Mt. Vernon vs. Connersville, 6 p.m.

Greenfield-Central vs. Pendleton Heights, 7:30 p.m.

Sectional 27 at Brebeuf Jesuit

Indianapolis Marshall vs. New Palestine, 7 p.m.

Sectional 42 at Triton Central

Irvington Preparatory Academy vs. Eastern Hancock, 6 p.m.

Triton Central vs. Indianapolis Howe, 7:30 p.m.