The Sideline – June 22

Dragons’ slugger named softball All-American

New Palestine shortstop Ashley Prange recently was named 2017 First Team All-American by Fastpitch News.

The Ohio State commit earned the distinction by posting career highs across the board and setting a pair of state records during her junior campaign.

Prange finished the Dragons’ Class 3A state championship run with a .552 batting average, recorded a career-best 74 hits, 14 doubles and 59 runs scored. Her 21 home runs and 67 RBIs established new single-season state records.


Golf fundraiser for schools scheduled

The 2017 Joel Young Memorial Chip in Fore Kids golf outing is scheduled for July 20 at Arrowhead Golf Course.

The event begins at 11 a.m., with registration and lunch, followed by a shotgun start at noon. The cost to play is $85 per person.

The Mt. Vernon Education Foundation sponsors the outing and has awarded nearly $250,000 to Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation faculty and staff since 2008. Proceeds from the event will raise funds to support classroom technology, innovation and creativity.

To register and for more information, visit mtvernon or call 317-482-4110.


Royals Father-Son hoops clinic set

A Father-Son basketball clinic is being conducted at Eastern Hancock Elementary School on July 10.

The clinic is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $20 for the first son and $10 for each additional son.

The event is open to youths in kindergarten through fifth grade. This special clinic offers fathers and sons the opportunity to work on the game of basketball together.

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Mt. Vernon soccer camp starts next week

A summer soccer camp will be conducted at Mt. Vernon High School beginning on June 26. The camp will run through June 30 on the high school soccer fields.

Campers in first grade through incoming freshmen are invited to participate. The camp will be conducted from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $60 per person.

For more information, contact coach Steve Williams at or coach Matt Mayhew at


Former U.S. women’s soccer coach dies at 68

Tony DiCicco, who coached the U.S. to the 1999 World Cup title before an overflow Rose Bowl crowd in a landmark for women’s soccer, has died at 68.

He died Monday at his Wethersfield, Connecticut home with his family present, son Anthony DiCicco said Tuesday on Twitter. No cause was announced.

DiCicco became the U.S. coach in 1994 and led the team to the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the first games to feature women’s soccer.

He then guided a team filled with superstars to the ’99 World Cup crown. In the final, the U.S. beat China 5-4 on penalty kicks in Pasadena, Calif., before 90,185 fans, by far the largest attendance for a women’s soccer game.