The Sideline – March 9

Four boys basketball players named All-HHC

The Mt. Vernon boys basketball team had two players recognized as All-Hoosier Heritage Conference this week, while New Palestine and Greenfield-Central each had one make the first-team list.

Greenfield-Central was represented on the All-HHC team with one player, junior Will O’Connor.

The HHC runner-up Mt. Vernon Marauders had two seniors, Michael Ertel and Erick Shepherd, selected to the all-conference first team.

The New Palestine Dragons received one spot on the All-HHC list, freshman point guard Maximus Gizzi.

Greenfield-Central senior Drey Jameson was named HHC honorable mention along with Mt. Vernon senior James McCloud. 

New Palestine’s honorable mention went to senior Jalen Qualkinbush.

Pendleton Heights head coach Kevin Bates was named HHC Coach of the Year after leading the Arabians to an outright league title at 7-0.

The Marauders were second in the HHC at 6-1, while the Cougars were fifth at 3-4 and the Dragons were sixth at 1-6.


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 also will 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


Top performers named IBCA Players of the Week

Game-winning shots. Forty-point games. Multiple double-doubles. In brief, that describes efforts put forth by Warsaw senior Kyle Mangas, Cloverdale junior Jalen Moore and Connersville senior Grant Smith, the honorees for the week of Feb. 27-March 4 in the IBCA Player of the Week program.

Mangas is the winner for District 1 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Moore is the recipient for District 2. Smith received accolades for District 3.

Mangas averaged 22.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in leading Warsaw to a 3-0 week and the championship of the Class 4A sectional at Elkhart Central.

Moore averaged 31.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.3 steals as Cloverdale (21-6) captured the Class 2A sectional at South Putnam.

Smith averaged 28.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in propelling Connersville (26-1) to the crown of the Class 4A sectional at New Castle.


Prep Calendar



IHSAA State Finals at Ball State Worthen Arena, 12:30 p.m.

Boys basketball

Class 2A Greenfield-Central Regional

Cloverdale vs. Northeastern, 10 a.m.

Shenandoah vs. Heritage Christian, noon

Championship, 8 p.m.