The Sideline – July 26

Jenkins, Williams invited to compete in Future Games

New Palestine’s Colby Jenkins and Mt. Vernon’s Cooper Williams have been rostered to Team Indiana for next month’s Future Games sponsored by Prep Baseball Report.

The games will take place Aug. 2 to 5 at the Grand Park Complex in Westfield. The event will showcase several prospects from the 2019 and 2020 graduating classes.

Jenkins and Williams are two of 22 players on the Indiana roster, which also includes Mason Gillis of New Castle, Jackson Adams of Carmel and J.J. Woolwine of Fishers.

Williams, a junior, will serve as a right-handed pitcher. Jenkins, a junior, is a catcher. Williams posted a 2-3 record in 2017 with 22 strikeouts and a 2.97 ERA in 30.2 innings pitched for the Marauders. Jenkins hit .418 for the Dragons in 2017 with 27 RBI, 26 runs, seven doubles and four home runs.

Butler men’s basketball travels to Spain for summer tour

Butler head coach LaVall Jordan will get an early preview of his 2017-18 team when he takes the team to Spain for a 10-day summer basketball tour. The Bulldogs, who will depart Indianapolis on Aug. 2, will visit six cities and play four games on the foreign trip.

The Bulldogs will begin the trip in Madrid, where they will play the Madrid All-Stars on Aug. 4. The team will tip off against the Albacete Basketball Club on Aug. 6. The team will spend August 7-8 in Valencia, playing the Valencia All-Stars on Aug. 8.

The team will make a quick stop in Cambrils on its way to Barcelona, where the Bulldogs will spend three days. Butler will take on the Catalan All-Stars on Aug, 10, just outside Barcelona. After another day in Barcelona, the Bulldogs will return to Indianapolis on Aug. 12.

New IndyCar Aero Kit revealed at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS – Fans were invited to watch the inaugural test of the Dallara universal aero kit to be used by all IndyCar Series teams starting in the 2018 season on Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The test took place on the 2.5-mile oval. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya and series veteran Oriol Servia were behind the wheel during the test.

The universal kit was fitted to the current Dallara IR-12 chassis used by all teams during the test. As with the current kits, the universal kit will come in two specifications: one for superspeedways and the other for road courses, street circuits and short ovals. Testing at Indianapolis, Mid-Ohio, Iowa and Sebring were used to confirm the baseline standards for the package, starting with the superspeedway kit Tuesday at Indianapolis.

Dallara was named last month to manufacture the kit. Chevrolet and Honda have been supplying aero kits to their contracted teams since 2015, but that will cease at the end of this season.