The Sideline – July 22

Marauders senior named Academic All-State

Mt. Vernon graduated senior Mitch McCarthy, a multi-sport athlete in his career, was honored by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association this week.

McCarthy, an infielder and outfielder for the Marauders, was named 2017 IHSBCA Academic All-State. A standout in both football and baseball, McCarthy worked as a relief pitcher for the Marauders this spring, going 1-0 with 22 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.

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.

Maniacs softball conducting tryouts

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

Memorial 100-lap Figure 8 tonight at Speedrome

The original icon of Figure 8 racing will be celebrated tonight at the Indianapolis Speedrome. Sonny Thompson was the measuring stick for generations of crossover competitors in the Late Model division. That class takes center stage tonight in a 100-lap feature.

The night also includes action from the Stocks, Lawrence Towing Factory Front Wheel Drives, and Circle City Pyrotechnics Junior Faskarts. Plus, we see the 2017 Hall of Fame induction of the legendary Charlie Reed.

The Speedrome Hall of Fame was created in 1982 to honor Sonny Thompson as its original inductee. Since then, 37 men, three women, and one entire class of racecars have been selected for this special recognition.

Tickets for tonight are $10. Military, first responders, and senior tickets are $8. Children ages 9-12 are $5 with those under 9 free. Spectator gates will open at 4:30 p.m. when practice begins. Racing starts at 7 p.m.