The Sideline – November 1

Pacers announce Hickory honorees for 2017-18

INDIANAPOLIS – Coaching icons John Wooden and Tony Hinkle, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and its home city of New Castle and the 2018 IHSAA boys and girls state championship teams will be the 2017-18 Indiana Pacers Hickory Night honorees, the Pacers announced Tuesday.

The Pacers also will wear new white Hickory jerseys on the Hickory Nights at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This will be the third season of Hickory Nights recognizing legendary Indiana teams, coaches, players and cities while commemorating “Hoosiers.”

Dates for this year’s Hickory Nights and the honorees are:

Friday, Nov. 17, Pacers vs. Detroit: The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the City of New Castle

Monday, Jan. 8, Pacers vs. New York: John Wooden

Sunday, Feb. 11, Pacers vs. New York: Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle

Tuesday, April 10, Pacers vs. Charlotte: IHSAA state champions. The Pacers’ regular-season-ending game will include the recognition of the four girls and four boys IHSAA state champions, continuing a Hickory Nights tradition.

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Carmel first in IBCA Preseason girls poll

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association released its preseason poll for girls basketball Sunday. Carmel was ranked first in the state, regardless of classification.

IBCA Girls Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank,School;Total points (first-place votes)

1. Carmel;330 (4)

2. North Central (Indianapolis);325 (8)

3. Pike;320 (2)

4. Ben Davis;245

5. Hamilton Southeastern;239 (1)

6. Zionsville;199 0-0

7. Heritage Christian;195 (1)

8. Homestead;193 (2)

9. Martinsville;187

10. North Harrison;173

10. Lawrence North;173

12. Northridge;169

13. Northwestern;165

14. Bedford North Lawrence;123

15. South Bend St. Josephs;114

16. Jeffersonville;103

17. Penn;102 (1)

18. East Chicago Central;88

19. Columbus North;85

20. Center Grove;69

Other schools receiving votes

Argos, Beech Grove, Benton Central, Bloomfield, Brownsburg, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Central Noble, Crothersville, East Central, Eastern (Pekin), Elkhart Central, Evansville Central, Evansville Mater Dei, Evansville North, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Fort Wayne South Side, Greensburg, Indianapolis Lutheran, Jac-Cen-Del, Knox, Lafayette Central Catholic, Lake Central, LaPorte, Lawrence Central, Michigan City, Michigan City Marquette, Mooresville, Morgan Township, Morristown, New Albany, Noblesville, North Judson-San Pierre, North White, Northeast Dubois, Northfield, Pendleton Heights, Plainfield, Providence, Riverton Parke, Roncalli, South Central (Elizabeth), South Ripley, Southern Wells, Tindley, Tri-Central, Triton Central, Union City, Vincennes Rivet, Warren Central, Warsaw Community, West Lafayette, West Washington, Westfield, Whiteland Community, Wood Memorial