The Sideline – October 25

Soccer state finals set for this weekend

The 2017 IHSAA boys and girls soccer state finals will be conducted this weekend at both Butler University and IUPUI.

On Friday, the boys Class A and girls 3A state championships will be played at the Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl at Butler.

Fort Wayne Canterbury (12-6-3) will face Covenant Christian (16-4-1) for the boys Class A title at 6 p.m. Penn (22-0-1) and Guerin Catholic (16-1-1) will play for the girls 3A title at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the four remaining games will be played at the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of IUPUI.

Wheeler (21-0) and Evansville Mater Dei (12-6-4) will play for the girls Class A title at 10:30 a.m. South Bend St. Joseph (18-4-1) and Evansville Memorial (18-4) face off for the girls 2A title at 1 p.m.

The Class 2A boys championship is at 3:30 p.m. between Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran (17-2-4) and Evansville Memorial (19-2-1). The Class 3A boys title is scheduled for 6 p.m. between Harrison (West Lafayette) (19-1-2) and Castle (17-4-1).

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Cougars Shootout planned for next month

The Ninth Annual Cougar Shootout Basketball Tournament will be Nov. 11 at the Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with games set to tip off at 9 a.m. The cost to compete is $60 per team.

Proceeds go to support the Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County.

For more information and how to register, contact Derek Rogers at drogers@shep herdins.com

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Indy 500 car owner Vollstedt passes at 99

INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime Indianapolis 500 car entrant Rolla Vollstedt, who is perhaps best remembered for bringing Janet Guthrie to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1976 as the first female to be entered for the Indianapolis 500, passed away Sunday in Portland, Oregon. He was 99.

Vollstedt was a high-profile member of the board of directors for the United States Auto Club who served as USAC’s car entrant representative from the late 1960s until 1980s.

After a dozen years of fielding drivers, Vollstedt made headlines in 1976 by providing a car for Guthrie.

Plagued by mechanical issues, the team was forced to withdraw the car without Guthrie having an opportunity to make a qualifying attempt. But the following year, she was back, qualifying on the fourth and final day with the 18th fastest speed overall and the fastest of the entire final weekend.

Guthrie managed only 27 laps of the race before a timing gear broke, but history was made.

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Prep Calendar

Friday

Football

Class 5A Sectional 12

Semifinal

Muncie Central at New Palestine, 7 p.m.

Class 4A Sectional 22

Semifinal

Mt. Vernon at Greenwood, 7 p.m.

Class 2A Sectional 37

Semifinal

Eastern Hancock at Scecina Memorial (at UIndy), 7 p.m.