The Sideline – January 25

Cougars’ Farrell named Player of the Week

On Tuesday, the Hoosier Heritage Conference announced its basketball players of the week for the week ending Jan. 20.

Girls player of the week

Hannah Farrell, Greenfield-Central

Farrell came up big in two conference victories for the Cougars last week, keeping Greenfield-Central in contention for the league title, which they secured a share of Tuesday night with a win against Yorktown. She had 20 points, six boards and three assists in a 44-38 victory against New Castle, then followed with 11 points, five assists and three blocks in a 46-38 win against Mt. Vernon.

Boys player of the week

Mason Gillis, New Castle

Gillis had another monster week, with 87 points and 46 rebounds in three games. He is averaging 29 ppg and 15.3 rpg. Gillis had 26 points and 15 boards in an HHC win against Greenfield-Central, and followed with 24 points and 11 boards against Yorktown. Saturday, he had 27 points and 20 rebounds against Central Christian in a nonconference game. This marks the third time this season Gillis has been named HHC Player of the Week.


South Bend Riley remains No. 1 team

The unbeaten South Bend Riley Wildcats remain the team to cactch, earning the No. 1 spot in the latest Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s Top 20 boys rankings released on Sunday. First-place votes in parentheses. Records are as of Monday.

IBCA boys top 20 rankings

Rank, school W-L

1. S. Bend Riley (9) 15-0

2. New Albany (5) 13-1

3. Warren Central (6) 15-0

4. Floyd Central 14-1

5. Bloomington South 15-2

6. Ham. Southeastern 14-2

7. Ben Davis 14-3

8. Cathedral 14-2

9. New Castle 16-0

10. Evansville Bosse 13-2

11. Zionsville 11-1

12. Lawrence North 11-4

13. Carmel 9-5

14. Jeffersonville 12-2

15. Brownsburg 13-3

16. Center Grove 11-4

17. FW North Side 14-4

18. Lawrence Central 8-5

19. FW Blackhawk 14-1

20. Carroll (FW) 11-2

Other schools receiving votes

Barr-Reeve, Brebeuf Jesuit, Chesterton, Covington, East Noble, Forest Park, Homestead, Indianapolis Attucks, Indianapolis Howe, Lafayette Jefferson, LaVille, McCutcheon, Munster, Paoli, Pike, Princeton Community, South Bend Washington, Terre Haute South Vigo, Tindley, Tipton, Tri-West Hendricks, University, Valparaiso, Warsaw Community, Westview


Former sports doctor gets 40 to 175 years

DETROIT — Larry Nassar, the once-acclaimed sports medicine doctor who traveled with the U.S. Olympic team and treated athletes from Michigan State University to Indiana-based USA Gymnastics to private gyms, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison as part of a plea deal on seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving more than 160 girls and women over more than two decades.

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