The Sideline – July 20

Maniacs softball conducting tryouts next week

The Mt. Vernon 10U Maniacs are moving up to 12U softball. The team recently finished the season with two USSSA state championships, a Future Stars of Sports state championship, and several tournament wins.

The team is looking for girls that want to play very competitive softball to fill a few positions on the core roster for the 2017-18 season (to include fall ball).

Open tryouts will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at McCordsville Elementary Diamond (7177 N. 600W, McCordsville). A rain date is scheduled July 27.

Participants must bring their own equipment to tryouts and arrive 30 minutes early to register and warm-up.

For information on private tryouts or additional questions, phone or text coach Clint Valentine at 317-935-9691 or


Royals golf fundraiser set for August

The Eastern Hancock baseball and softball golf outing will be Aug. 26 at Hawk’s Tail of Greenfield.

The Florida Scramble event will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Registration is at 7 a.m. The cost is $60 per person and $240 per team (four players per team).

Prizes will be awarded to the first- and last-place teams along with other prizes. A portion of the proceeds will support the Eastern Hancock baseball and softball programs.

The deadline to register is Aug. 18.

Information: Royals athletics website; 260-410-2604. 


Royals alumni volleyball games approaching

The Eastern Hancock alumni volleyball games are set Tuesday. The games will begin at 6:30 p.m. inside Eastern Hancock High School gymnasium.

Those interested in playing should contact varsity head coach Cory Rainbolt at or 317-370-7725.


Obwumike, Stewart highlight WNBA All-Star reserves

NEW YORK – Reigning regular-season MVP Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks, reigning Rookie of the Year Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm and WNBA scoring leader Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury were selected by the league’s head coaches as reserves for the WNBA All-Star 2017.

Stewart is one of six reserves named as an All-Star for the first time. With three starters also earning their first selection, a total of nine players — seven from the Eastern Conference and two from the Western Conference — have been picked to make their All-Star debut on Saturday at KeyArena in Seattle (3:30 p.m., ABC).

The East reserves are highlighted by Indiana Fever forward Candice Dupree, who joins Cappie Pondexter and Tina Thompson as the only players in league history to be selected as an All-Star with three different teams.