Cougars’ Jones soars to 5th at indoor state

Greenfield-Central senior Emily Jones finished on the awards podium after Saturday’s Hoosier State Relays indoor state championships at Indiana University.

Jones placed fifth in the pole vault competition inside Gladstein Fieldhouse with a height of 10 feet, six inches. Madison Consolidated’s Maddie Holland won the event at 12 feet.

In the 4×200 meter boys relay for Large Schools, Mt. Vernon was 19th overall with a time of 1:33.99. The team consisted of seniors Blake Miller and Donovan Bigelow, sophomore Jailin Porter and junior Alex Carver.

Greenfield-Central’s boys distance medley relay team was 24th overall in the Large Schools division. The group of senior Jacob Hansen and juniors Zac Archibald, Cooper Hanson and Braden Brown ran the event in 11:20.86.

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Shondell selected for National High School Hall of Fame

Steve Shondell, who coached Muncie Burris to a record 21 volleyball state championships including 13 consecutive, is one of 11 individuals who will be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame on July 2 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Shondell completed a 34‐year career as Burris coach in 2009 before taking over as Ball State University’s women’s coach in 2010. During his run at Burris, he guided the Owls to a 1,183-95 record and his .926 career winning percentage is the highest of any volleyball coach in the nation with at least 1,000 career victories.

Shondell coached the Owls to eight crowns during Indiana’s single class state tournament format and the team was 21‐1 in state championship matches under his leadership. The Owls won an incredible 89 consecutive tournament matches between 1997 and 2009 and set another record winning 102 consecutive sets in tournament action.

He was inducted into the Indiana Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1996, the Ball State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 and the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007.

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NASCAR implements restrictor plates for Indy

INDIANAPOLIS — NASCAR announced Thursday new car specifications, which implement engine restrictor plates, for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race Saturday, July 22, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

IMS President J. Douglas Boles made this statement about the new equipment package for the 250-mile race, which was adopted after a successful test last year at IMS:

“We’re encouraged and supportive of this change by NASCAR and appreciate the collaborative effort to enhance the overall fan experience during this event.”

The 250-mile NASCAR XFINITY Series race at IMS is on July 22.