The Sideline – March 14

Standouts earn IBCA Academic All-State honors

A total of 79 seniors — 40 boys and 39 girls — were chosen as 2017 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s first-team Academic All-State this month. 

Among those selected first team All-State were Mt. Vernon’s Michael Ertel and Greenfield-Central’s Madison Wise.

Greenfield-Central’s Joshua Mundell was named Academic All-State honorable mention along with Cougars’ teammate Casey Phillips.

Mt. Vernon’s Megan Gawrys was also honorable mention in addition to Eastern Hancock’s Peyton West.

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Youth baseball registration deadline this week

The deadline to register for the Greenfield Youth Baseball Association is Wednesday. Registration is open to all youth ages 5 to 18. It is not necessary to be a Hancock County resident.

To register, visit greenfieldyouthbaseball.com or call Mike Hubert at 317-695-9262 for more information.

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Valpo wins state-best 12th gymnastics title

Valparaiso claimed a state-leading 12th gymnastics state title on Saturday during the 45th Annual IHSAA State Finals in Muncie.

The Vikings edged past Columbus North (112.075) for the title with a score of 112.375. Chesterton was third with 112.050 points. 

The all-around state champion was Sophia Hunzelman of Chesterton. Ashley Holiday of Columbus North won the vault title. Adison Minor of Columbus East won the uneven bars, and Columbus North’s Claire Thompson was first on beam. The floor exercise state title went to Rachel Moneta of Valparaiso.

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Butler Earns Highest Seed in Program History

Butler learned its 2017 NCAA Tournament destination and opponent Sunday night as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee released the official bracket.

Butler will travel to Milwaukee, Wis., as a No. 4 seed, facing off with No. 13 seed Winthrop on Thursday. Based off arguably its strongest regular season resume in program history, the No. 4 seed is the highest ever for Butler.

Butler’s previous high seed was a No. 5 seed in both 2007 and 2010.

Winthrop is 26-6 on the season and won the automatic berth from the Big South Conference by winning their postseason tournament.

The Bulldogs are 23-8 on the season and used a 12-6 BIG EAST record to finish second in the conference standings.

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Bourdais drives from last to first in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Sebastien Bourdais charged from last to first to win Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the opening race on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.

The Frenchman piloted his No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda to a 10.3508-second victory over countryman Simon Pagenaud in the 110-lap race on the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit to secure the 36th victory of his illustrious Indy car career.

It moved the 38-year-old Bourdais past Bobby Unser into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time win list.