The Sideline – January 13

Golf leaders committed to improving pace of play

Golf leaders in Indiana are convinced that pace of play at the junior golf level is declining and it needs to improve.

Representatives from the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Indiana Golf Association, Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association, Indiana PGA and the United States Golf Association have developed a “Pace of Play” action plan that will increase awareness through education with an added element of accountability for junior golfers and their coaches.

In a recent survey completed by 147 Indiana high school coaches, the majority believe a reasonable pace of play for 18 holes is 4½ hours or less. Common causes for slow play were identified as players not being ready to play when it’s their turn; players not moving quick enough between shots and pre‐shot routines taking too long.

Beginning with the 2018 IHSAA girls golf season, all sectional participants and their coaches will be required to view a 20‐minute “Pace of Play” video and complete the testing components contained in the video.

Beginning in 2019, the IHSAA will conduct rules seminars for all of its high school coaches prior to the start of their season. The IHSAA and the Indiana PGA are also developing a pilot program for the boys high school regular season in April.

South Bend Riley No. 1 in IBCA rankings

South Bend Riley, New Albany and Warren Central were the top three teams in the latest Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s boys basketball rankings. First-place votes are in parentheses. Records as of Monday, Jan. 8.

IBCA Boys Top 20

Rank, School;Record

1. South Bend Riley (11);11-0

2. New Albany (4);10-1

3. Warren Central (5);10-0

4. Zionsville;10-1

5. Ben Davis;9-2

6. Floyd Central;10-1

7. Bloomington South;11-2

8. Hamilton Southeastern;11-2

9. Brownsburg;10-2

10. Center Grove;9-2

11. Cathedral;11-2

12. Evansville Bosse;9-2

12. F.W. North Side;12-3

14. New Castle;12-0

15. Lawrence Central;8-3

16. Carmel;7-3

17. Lawrence North;7-3

18. Indianapolis Attucks;9-2

19. Jeffersonville;10-1

20. Valparaiso;8-3

Other Schools Receiving Votes: Evansville Harrison, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Hammond, Lafayette Jefferson, Logansport, McCutcheon, Merrillville, Tindley, Tipton, University, Westview, Westville

IHSAA to honor Knightstown couple

The owners and operators of the Knightstown Banner, Eric and Stacy Cox, will be honored with this year’s Distinguished Media Service Award for District 2.

The couple’s contributions to education‐based athletics will be recognized this Saturday at Knightstown Community High School when the Panthers host Northeastern in a quadruple‐header of basketball action. Commissioner Bobby Cox and Sports Information Director Jason Wille will make the presentation.

Located in Henry County, the Coxes have run the town’s weekly newspaper since April 1999.