The Sideline – January 10

Basketball pairings shows times announced

Details for the upcoming IHSAA girls and boys basketball state tournament pairings shows were announced Monday by the Indiana High School Athletic Association office.

The pairings for the 43rd girls state tournament will be revealed Sunday, Jan. 21 beginning at 1 p.m. The opening round games for the 108th boys state tournament will be announced Sunday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m.

Both two‐hour programs will stream exclusively on the IHSAA’s video portal at IHSAAtv.org (no television) and via affiliates of the IHSAA Champions Radio Network. The radio specifics will be detailed in the days leading up to both airings.

The pairings shows will no longer air on Fox Sports Indiana as they have in recent years but instead will be replaced with tournament preview shows. The girls tip‐off program will air on Fox Sports Indiana on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m., while the boys program will run Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

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Parker, Walker headline IBCA weekly honorees

Northwestern sophomore Tayson Parker and Henryville senior Nick Walker each produced 40 points or more in a game, and the high-scoring duo headline the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

Parker and Walker are joined by Valparaiso junior Brandon Newman as boys’ recipients for the week of Jan. 1-6 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

The girls’ winners are Highland junior Michaela Schmidt, Harrison (West Lafayette) sophomore Sydney Jacobsen and South Central (Elizabeth) senior Ally Davis.

Newman and Schmidt are honorees for District 1. Parker and Jacobsen are winners for District 2. Walker and Davis are recipients in District 3.

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Gardner announces retirement as NFHS executive director

INDIANAPOLIS — Bob Gardner, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) since May 2010, has announced his retirement, effective Aug. 1, 2018. Gardner notified the NFHS Board of Directors of his retirement plans at the NFHS Winter Meeting on Jan. 3 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Gardner is the fifth full-time executive director of the NFHS, following H.V. Porter (1940-58), Cliff Fagan (1958-77), Brice Durbin (1977-93) and Bob Kanaby (1993-2010).

Gardner’s eight-year run as head of the national organization for high school athletics and performing arts activities will conclude a 48-year career in secondary education, including the final 18 years on the NFHS staff in Indianapolis.

During his eight years as executive director, participation in high school sports has increased by almost 400,000, including the expanded opportunity for students with disabilities in high school sports.