The Sideline – June 7

Local softball players earn HHC honors

The 2017 Hoosier Heritage Conference awards for softball were recently announced.

The outright HHC champion New Palestine Dragons earned four spots on the all-conference team, while Greenfield-Central had five players chosen.

Mt. Vernon was represented by third baseman MaKenzie Gee, a unanimous selection.

Greenfield-Central’s Morganne Denny was a unanimous selection at third base along with Cougars teammate Michaela Ballman, a pitcher.

Sarah Morris, an outfielder, Maria Kihega, a first baseman, and Sam Kihega, a catcher rounded out the Cougars’ five.

All four of the Dragons’ honorees were unanimous. Ashley Prange, a shortstop, third baseman Emily O’Connor, pitcher Elisha Barker and second baseman Abby Davis were each named All-HHC.

Ed Marcum was voted as HHC Coach of the Year after leading the New Palestine Dragons to a 7-0 conference record.

Greenfield-Central tied Pendleton Heights for second in the HHC this season with a 5-2 record.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Greenfield-Central’s Makayla Durick and Kensie Bradley. Mt. Vernon’s Sydnee Perry was also recognized. New Palestine’s Mary Crumlin and Michaela Jones were named honorable mention.

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Indiana All-Star games set for this week

The 2017 Indiana All-Stars began their four-game tour on Tuesday with the first of two exhibition games against the Indiana Junior All-Stars.

The first girls-boys doubleheader warmup against the juniors was in New Albany. The second will be at Plainfield on Thursday. The exhibitions begin at 6 p.m.

Greenfield-Central’s Madison Wise and Mt. Vernon’s Michael Ertel were named Indiana All-Stars and will compete in all three upcoming games.

The duo will face the Kentucky All-Stars on Saturday in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and on Sunday at Central Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Ky.

The doubleheader on Saturday begins at 5 p.m. The games start at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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Individual tennis state matchups set for weekend

The IHSAA girls tennis individual state tournament finals will be conducted Friday and Saturday at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis.

The state quarterfinals for singles and doubles play will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday with the semifinals at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The championship is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $5 per day.

Singles quarterfinals matches are: Lauren Lemonds, Carmel (22-0, 8-0) vs. Morgan Fitzpatrick, Mooresville (19-0, 4-0); Teodora Simion, Avon (7-7, 5-0) vs. Kyra Foster, Fort Wayne Canterbury (21-1, 6-0); Eleah Snider, Delta (15-4, 5-0) vs. Madison Devillez, Castle (9-4, 6-0); Makenzie Myers, Evansville Memorial (14-3, 6-0) vs. Krystal Grubb, Elkhart Memorial (19-0, 5-0).