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GREENFIELD — Fifty-six individuals applied for the open Greenfield-Central boys basketball coaching position. Six will soon go in front of an interview committee to vie for the job.

Josh Johnson resigned after five seasons with the Cougars on April 11. Applications were accepted through May 7, and G-C administrators have narrowed the field by 50 candidates, according to athletic director Kevin Horrigan.

The final six candidates will be interviewed in the coming days by a large committee consisting of administrators and others. G-C aims to present a candidate to the school board for approval at the June 9 board meeting, if not sooner.

Horrigan said it’s possible a special board meeting could be scheduled to hire the coach, depending on how quickly a decision on a final candidate is reached.

The Greenfield school system also has several teaching jobs open, but the new G-C coach won’t necessarily be in the classroom, Horrigan added.

“Historically, we have hired certified teachers for the role of varsity boys basketball coach, but we are looking for the candidate who is the best fit for our program,” said Horrigan, who is retiring after this school year. “That may or may not be a licensed teacher.”

Johnson, who had a record of 27-80, will continue to teach at the high school.


Shelton goes blue

Just a sophomore and with a growing reputation as one of the state’s premier basketball talents, Sydney Shelton could have waited to make a college choice.

But the University of Kentucky program felt so ideal to the Mt. Vernon guard she didn’t see much sense in waiting. Shelton made a verbal commitment to Kentucky earlier this week and will be on a full-ride scholarship beginning with her 2016-17 college freshman campaign.

“It was perfect fit for many reasons,” said Shelton, the Daily Reporter’s 2013-14 Hancock County Player of the Year. “It just feels really comfortable. We felt like the Lord was leading us there.”

As a sophomore, Shelton is limited in the type of contact she can have with Wildcats head coach Matthew Mitchell and his staff. Shelton can call Mitchell, for example, but Mitchell and his staff can’t telephone Shelton.

“There’s a lot of rules with the whole process,” said Shelton, who has taken one unofficial visit to the Lexington campus and has another planned for June. “It’s a little hard being a sophomore, but it was worth it.”

The five-foot-9 Shelton will be able to sign a national letter of intent as a high school senior during the early signing period in November, 2015, or in April, 2016, after her final prep season.

The point guard/shooting guard combo is already familiar with Kentucky basketball; she plays AAU for Kentucky Premier. And a pair of Shelton’s Premier teammates – Maci Morris (2015) and Morgan Rich (2015), high schoolers in Kentucky – have committed to the Wildcats.

“With my Premier teammates going to Kentucky, I think that also played into it,” Shelton said of her decision.

Roncalli’s  Lindsey Corsaro, a member of Shelton’s 2016 class, is also Kentucky bound.

Shelton netted 20.4 points for the Marauders last season and was a freshman starter on MV’s 2013 Class 3A state title squad. She is the third member of that team to accept a Division I athletic scholarship offer.

Current senior Erica Moore, who will play for the Indiana All-Stars this summer, is headed to Purdue for basketball. And 2013 graduate Rachel Houck is playing softball at Louisville.


Softball draw

The tournament draw for the 30th Annual IHSAA Softball Tournament was held Thursday. The local sectional schedule:

2A 41 at Union County

Monday, May 26

Northeastern vs. Cambridge City, 10 a.m.

Union County vs. Knightstown, noon

Eastern Hancock vs. Hagerstown, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 27

Centerville vs. NE-CC winner, 5 p.m.

UC-KN winner vs. EH-HA winner, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 28

Championship, 6 p.m.

Advancement: Sectional 41 winner hosts Sectional 42 winner in one-game regional, Tuesday, June 3


4A 9 at Pendleton Heights

Monday, May 26

New Castle vs. Connersville, 10 a.m.

Richmond vs. Anderson, noon

Mt. Vernon vs. Greenfield-Central, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 27

Pendleton Heights vs. NC-CO winner, 5:30 p.m.

RI-AN winner vs. MV-GC winner, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 28

Championship, 7 p.m.

Advancement: Sectional 9 winner hosts Sectional 10 winner in one-game regional, Tuesday, June 3


4A 13 at Franklin

Monday, May 26

Franklin Central vs. Greenwood, 10 a.m.

Franklin vs. Whiteland, noon

Tuesday, May 27

FC-GW winner vs. FR-WH winner, 5:30 p.m.

New Palestine vs. Center Grove, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 28

Championship, 5:30 p.m.

Advancement: Sectional 13 winner hosts Sectional 14 winner in one-game regional, Tuesday, June 3

* The baseball sectional draw is Tuesday.


Softball tournament notes, as provided by the IHSAA:

No. of Schools Entered: 375 teams, 6,354 participants.

Breakdown by Class: 101 in 4A; 98 in 3A; 97 in 2A; 79 in 1A.

Total No. of Games: 371 games in 20 days.

Schools Playing Up One Class due to Tournament Success Factor (2)

Adams Central (Class 3A, Sectional 23 at Norwell).

Lakewood Park Christian (Class 2A, Sectional 36 at Eastside).

Defending Sectional Champions

4A: Bloomington South, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Decatur Central, Evansville Reitz, Franklin Central, Hamilton Southeastern, Harrison (West Lafayette), Huntington North, Jennings County, Munster, Northridge, Pendleton Heights, Plainfield, Portage, Roncalli, South Bend Riley.

3A: Boonville, Charlestown, Eastbrook, Fairfield, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Griffith, Hanover Central, Lebanon, Mt. Vernon, Pike Central, South Bend St. Joseph, South Dearborn, South Vermillion, Tri-West Hendricks, Twin Lakes, Yorktown.

2A: Adams Central, Bremen, Carroll (Flora), Cascade, Cass, Eastern (Greentown), Eastern Hancock, Evansville Mater Dei, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, Indianapolis Scecina, Linton-Stockton, Providence, Switzerland County, Wapahani, Wheeler, Winamac.

A: Barr-Reeve, Clay City, Covington, Cowan, Edinburgh, Frontier, Indianapolis Lutheran, Kouts, Lakewood Park Christian, Lanesville, Pioneer, Randolph Southern, Rising Sun, Springs Valley, Tecumseh, Triton.

Most Consecutive Sectional Championships

11 by Pike Central, 1988-98; 11 by Tecumseh, 2003-2013.

Active Sectional Championship Streaks (Three or more years)

11: Tecumseh.

10: Indianapolis Scecina.

9: Lakewood Park Christian.

7: Indianapolis Lutheran.

6: Roncalli.

4: Lebanon.

3: Franklin Central, Huntington North, Pendleton Heights, Pioneer, Rising Sun, South Dearborn.

Top 10 All-Time Sectional Championships

20: Boonville.

19: Center Grove.

18: Eastern (Greentown).

17: Lake Central, Shenandoah.

16: Huntington North, Indianapolis Lutheran, Jennings County, Pendleton Heights, Pioneer.

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