The Sideline – April 20

Dragons, Cougars earn HHC honors

A pair of New Palestine Dragons and one Greenfield-Central Cougar earned weekly honors in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

Ashley Prange of New Palestine was named the HHC Softball Player of the Week for the top-ranked Class 3A Dragons.

Prange hit .500 with four home runs, three doubles and six RBIs through five games last week to garner the recognition.

Yorktown’s Bri Bilbrey was named HHC Softball Pitcher of the Week, an honor New Palestine’s Elisha Barker earned April 10.

In baseball, New Palestine’s Jacob Smith was named HHC Player of the Week. The catcher went 8-for-15 with a home run and seven RBIs over four games for the second-ranked 3A Dragons.

New Palestine teammate Keegan Watson won the honor on April 10.

Greenfield-Central’s Drey Jameson continued his dominance being named as the HHC Pitcher of the Week for a third consecutive time.

This past week, the Ball State recruit threw his third straight shutout in a three-hit victory against Delta. Jameson has pitched 21 scoreless innings this season.

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Officials to be honored at Clinic

Game officials Tom Rohr and Larry Sintz will be will be recognized with special awards Friday at the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s annual clinic.

Rohr and Sintz will be honored as respective winners of the Roy Gardner and Mildred Ball awards during a ceremony on April 21 during the 2017 IBCA Clinic at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.

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Cornelison to sing at Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Cornelison, renowned for his stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Chicago Blackhawks’ home games, will sing “Back Home Again In Indiana” before the start of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Cornelison, a 1992 graduate of the Master of Music program at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, has been the popular, exclusive singer of the national anthem before all Blackhawks’ home games at the United Center in Chicago since the 2008-09 season.

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Catchings given role with Pacers, Fever

INDIANAPOLIS — A four-time Olympic gold medalist and 16-year WNBA superstar with the Indiana Fever, Tamika Catchings has been named Director of Player Programs and Franchise Development with Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

Catchings’ position will include participation with all three PS&E basketball franchises — the Indiana Pacers, the Indiana Fever and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Catchings will aid with structure and implementation of player development programs, player relations and community outreach.