The Sideline – April 8


Red gets revenge to win mat title

New Palestine junior and three-time state wrestling champ Chad Red won the Flo Nationals this past weekend at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Red, ranked No. 1 in the country at 126 pounds, defeated Luke Pletcher of Pennsylvania in the championship of the nationwide prep tourney. Pletcher, ranked No. 4 at 132, defeated Red 7-3 in the Flo Nationals semifinals a year ago.

“It felt awesome to win the title,” Red said Monday.

Red trailed Pletcher this time 2-1 in the third period, but the Dragons standout caught Pletcher in a cradle, then held on for a pin.

“Going into the match, I knew he was going to be tough,” Red said. “And when I put him on his back, I knew I could not let go. So, I tightened my cradle up even more and then I knew I had it.”

Red won his third straight IHSAA state title in February and will take a 139-0 varsity career record into his senior season this winter.


Swim club hosting sign-ups, tryouts

The Greenfield Community Swim Club is conducting summer swim season walk-in registration and tryouts 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 15 and 16.

Children ages 7 and younger who can swim 25 yards (one length nonstop) are invited to participate. Swimmers should bring suit, towel and goggles to be tested for group placement. More information can be found at or via email to Mark Logan at [email protected].


Cheerleading camp offered by Cougars

The Greenfield-Central High School cheerleading program will host a mini-camp June 1 to 3 at the Greenfield-Central Fieldhouse.

The camp is open to participants in incoming Grades K to 6. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. and the camp will run from 4 to 6 p.m. A performance for family and friends will conclude the camp at 5:30 p.m. June 3.

Cost is $50; register by May 15 to receive a free T-shirt and bow.

For more information, contact Greenfield-Central cheer coach Laken Peal at [email protected].


Hancock County hoops rosters announced

The Hancock County rosters for the Special Children’s Classic on April 17 at Triton Central have been set. The girls-boys basketball doubleheader pitting Hancock vs. Shelby County All-Stars benefits local charities.

Hancock boys: Geordan Stump, Cole Oleksy, Griffin Lowe, Zach Batton (Greenfield-Central); Derrik Noel (Eastern Hancock); Taylor Hiland, Ryan Curry, Ben Farley, Alec Cook, Kevin Riley (New Palestine). Hancock girls: Gia Nitschke, Emma Laughlin (New Palestine); Olivia Coleman, Shaely Duff, Hannah Jones (Mt. Vernon); Shelby Mourey (Eastern Hancock); Regan Lewis, Shelby Oldham, Brooke Bell, Jayde Jackson (Greenfield-Central).

Hancock County will be coached by Mt. Vernon’s Travis Daugherty (boys) and Steve Doud (girls).


Prep Calendar


Baseball: Eastern Hancock at Southwestern, 5:30 p.m.

Softball: New Palestine at Whiteland, 5:30

Tennis: Greenfield-Central at Triton Central, 5:30 p.m.


Softball: New Palestine at Warren Central, 5:30 p.m.; Cathedral at Mt. Vernon 5:30 p.m.; Connersville at Greenfield-Central, 5:30 p.m.; Hauser at Eastern Hancock, 5:30 p.m.

Tennis: Mt. Vernon at Pendleton Heights, 4:30 p.m.; Eastern Hancock at Cambridge City Lincoln p.m., 5; Alexandria-Monroe at Greenfield-Central, 5:30 p.m.

Track: Shelbyville, Greenfield-Central at New Palestine, 5 p.m.; Eastern Hancock at North Decatur, 5 p.m.


Baseball: New Palestine at Greenfield-Central (DH), 5:30 p.m.; Pendleton Heights at Mt. Vernon (DH), 5:30 p.m.

Softball: Shelbyville at Eastern Hancock, 5:30 p.m.; New Palestine at New Castle, 5:30 p.m.

Tennis: New Castle at New Palestine, 4:30 p.m.