The Sideline – January 19

40-point scorers lead IBCA weekly honorees

A trio of 40-point scorers headlines the recipients in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

Evansville Bosse senior Mekhi Lairy, Triton Central junior Wyatt Felling and Cambridge City Lincoln senior Garrett Pumphrey each had huge games en route to collecting honors from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

They are joined by Westview junior Elijah Hales to complete the boys’ winners for the week of Jan. 8-13. The girls’ honorees are DeKalb senior Leigha Brown, Tri senior Payton Moore and Lanesville freshman Gracie Adams.

Hales and Brown are honorees for District 1. Pumphrey and Moore are winners for District 2. Lairy, Felling and Adams are recipients in District 3.

Rosters announced for All-American game

On Tuesday, rosters for the 2018 McDonald’s All American Games were announced for the 41st annual boys and 17th annual girls games.

Both games will be played at Atlanta’s Philips Arena on March 28.

Among those 48 players (12 on each team) selected were New Albany’s Romeo Langford and Heritage Christian’s Katlyn Gilbert.

Langford is a 6-foot-6 guard and remains undecided in his recruiting process. Gilbert, a 5-10 point guard, is committed to Notre Dame.

The boys game begins at 7 p.m. and will air live on ESPN. The girls game will start at 5 p.m. and will air live on ESPN2.

Esposito appointed as Indians manager

INDIANAPOLIS — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Brian Esposito will lead the Indianapolis Indians field staff in 2018 as the club’s 61st manager in team history.

Pitching coach Stan Kyles returns for a fourth season, while newcomers Ryan Long (hitting coach) and Greg Picart (assistant coach) round out the staff. Dru Scott and Alan Burr return as the team’s trainer and strength and conditioning coach, respectively.

Esposito, 38, spent the 2017 campaign as manager for Short-Season A West Virginia, compiling a 40-35 record en route to a second-place finish in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division. Esposito owns a 233-195 (.544) record in four seasons as a manager in Minor League Baseball.

Pacers’ center Turner remains day-to-day

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has been diagnosed with a ligament sprain and muscle strain in his right elbow. Turner sustained the injury in the Jan. 8 game vs. Milwaukee. He will not require surgery.

He is currently outfitted with a brace for the elbow. He will miss the four remaining games of the current west coast trip and depending on how quickly the injury heals, he will be listed as week-to-week.

Prep calendar


Girls basketball

Mt. Vernon at Greenfield-Central, 7:30 p.m.

Boys basketball

Roncalli at New Palestine, 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Hancock at Monroe Central, 7:30 p.m.