The Sideline – June 21

Cougars’ Jameson named PBR Player of the Year

On Monday, recent Greenfield-Central graduate Drey Jameson was named the 2017 Indiana Player of the Year by Prep Baseball Report.

A legitimate two-way prospect, PBR commented, Jameson’s overall athleticism stands out in all facets of the game. The 6-foot, 160-pound ace pitcher finished this season with a 6-1 record and 112 strikeouts. He hit over .400 with seven home runs.

Jameson led the Cougars to their first sectional title since 2013 and recorded 22 RBIs, nine doubles, 10 stolen bases and sported a 0.65 ERA.

In his final game, Jameson threw seven no-hit, shutout innings against eventual Class 4A state champion Cathedral during the regional semifinals before being pulled due to pitch count rules. 

Jameson posted two no-hitters this year and struck out 14 batters in the Cougars loss to Cathedral.

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Spears receives Academic All-MAC honors

Former Mt. Vernon standout and current Miami (Ohio) baseball player Zachary Spears has been named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team.

Spears was part of a program-high eight members of Miami’s baseball team to earn a spot on this year’s academic team.

To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.

Spears, from Greenfield, is earning a Bachelor of Science majoring in Sport Leadership & Management. 

The 6-foot-7 left-hander started 13 games this season for the Redhawks, finishing with a 3-8 record in 16 appearances through 60.0 innings pitched. He had 69 strikeouts and 45 walks with a 5.85 ERA.

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New Palestine Dragons tennis camp this week

The New Palestine High School tennis program is conducting its summer tennis camp this week.

The camp runs through Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the high school and 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the middle school each day.

Information: Cleek Clopp, cleek58@hotmail.com.

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PGA Tour to start blood testing next season

The PGA Tour is beefing up its anti-doping policy by adding blood testing and bringing its list of banned substances in line with the World Anti-Doping Association.

The revised policy takes effect in October, at the start of next season.

Blood testing will allow the tour to detect any use of human growth hormone, which is on the list of banned substances but cannot be detected through urine. However, the tour still plans to use urine samples for the majority of its drug testing next season.

“Urine is the far more efficient testing method of 98 percent-plus of what we’re looking for,” said Andy Levinson, the tour’s senior vice president of tournament administration, who oversees the anti-doping policy. “Really, one of the few things only detectable in blood is HGH.”