The Sideline – June 15

Local standouts earn All-State honors

New Palestine junior Ashley Prange and Greenfield-Central senior Morganne Denny were both named First Team All-State by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association. The duo earned spots on the Class 3A/4A team.

Emily O’Connor, a sophomore, and Elisha Barker, a senior, both starters for the 2017 3A state champion New Palestine Dragons were named Second Team All-State in 3A/4A.

Greenfield-Central’s Michaela Ballman, a senior, was named Third Team All-State in 3A/4A, while Eastern Hancock’s Brooke Walden, a senior, was Second Team All-State in A/2A.

Kaysi Gilbert, a senior, earned Third Team All-State recognition in A/2A.

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IHSAA baseball state finals this weekend

The 51st annual IHSAA baseball state finals will begin Friday night with the Class 2A title game at Victory Field in Indianapolis and conclude on Saturday with three more champions crowned.

Tickets are $10 each day with all seats general admission.

Cardinal Ritter (27-3) will play Wapahani (19-11) for the 2A title on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Class A game between Lanesville (19-6) and Rossville (24-8) will begin at 11 a.m.

Jasper (30-4) and South Bend St. Joseph (24-4) meet in the 3A title game on Saturday at 2 p.m. The final game will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday for the 4A championship between Cathedral (28-0) and Penn (27-6).

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Puig makes obscene gesture at Cleveland fans

CLEVELAND (AP) — Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig made an obscene gesture at Cleveland fans after hitting a home run Tuesday night.

After crossing home plate following his second-inning drive, Puig raised both middle fingers in the direction of fans seated in the dugout suites located on field level at Progressive Field. He was booed for the remainder of the game.

Puig said he was heckled in the on-deck circle, which is directly in front of those choice seats.

“People were talking to me before the home run, and they talked to me after the home run,” he said through a translator. “I stooped to their level. It happened suddenly. It came out. There’s nothing I can do about it. There were about four of them. They were pretty close there.”

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Ball pokes fun in his new commercial

Former UCLA star Lonzo Ball pokes fun at his dad’s outspoken nature in a commercial released in advance of Father’s Day and next week’s NBA Draft.

The Foot Locker commercial begins with likely lottery picks Jonathan Isaac, De’Aaron Fox and Jayson Tatum discussing examples of how their dads have supported them. Then it shows Ball saying “of course there’s that big day when your dad berates your high school coach in front of an entire crowd for not getting you enough touches.”

Later in the commercial, Ball references LaVar Ball’s debates with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and proclamations that Lonzo already is better than 2014-15 and 2015-16 NBA MVP Stephen Curry.