The Sideline – April 18


Mt. Vernon school board slated to hire A.D.

Current New Castle High School athletics director Brandon Ecker is slated to take the same position at Mt. Vernon High School, if approved by the school board Monday.

The Mt. Vernon Schools Corporation lists Ecker under the Personnel: Recommendation for Employment section of it’s Monday agenda.

Ecker would take over for Mt. Vernon assistant principals Greg Roach and Derek Shelton, who have shared athletics director duties since the position was eliminated several years ago due to budget concerns.


IndyCar takes track at Long Beach raceway

Verizon IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Site: Long Beach, California.

Schedule: Today, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Channel, 5:30 to 7 p.m.); Sunday, race, 4:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Channel, 4 to 7 p.m.)

Track: Streets of Long Beach (street course, 1.968 miles).

Race distance: 157.4 miles, 80 laps.

Last year: Mike Conway won for Ed Carpenter Racing, taking the lead when Scott Dixon stopped for fuel with two laps left.

Last week: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe won the rainy inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. Twenty-five of the 47 laps were run under caution.

Fast facts: The race is the third of the season. Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya won the opener March 29 in St. Petersburg, Florida. … Penske’s Will Power, the defending series champion, was second at St. Petersburg and seventh in Louisiana. He won at Long Beach in 2008 and 2012. … In 2013 at Long Beach, A.J. Foyt Enterprises’ Takuma Sato became the first Japanese winner in IndyCar history. … The Indy Lights race is Sunday (NBC Sports Network, 3 to 4 p.m.).

Next race: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, April 26, Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama.


Prep calendar


Baseball: New Palestine at New Castle (DH), 10 a.m.; Knightstown at Eastern Hancock, 10 a.m.

Softball: New Palestine at New Palestine Tournament, 10 a.m.; Greenfield-Central at Beech Grove (DH), 10 a.m.; Tri at Eastern Hancock, 1 p.m.

Golf: New Palestine, Mt. Vernon at Center Grove, 1; Greenfield-Central at Danville, 8:30 a.m.

Tennis: New Palestine, Mt. Vernon at Mt. Vernon Invitational, 9 a.m.

Track and field: New Palestine, Midwest Prep at Lawrence Central, 11 a.m.; Eastern Hancock at Small School Invite at Randolph Southern, 10 a.m.; Mt. Vernon at Terre Haute Invite, 10 a.m.


Baseball: Whiteland at New Palestine, 5:30 p.m.; Mt. Vernon at Beech Grove, 5:30 p.m.; Lapel at Eastern Hancock, 5:30 p.m.; Perry Meridian at Greenfield-Central, 5:30 p.m.

Softball: Mt. Vernon at New Castle, 5:30 p.m.; Delta at Greenfield-Central, 5:30 p.m.

Golf: Triton Central at New Palestine, 4:30 p.m.; Mt. Vernon, Lapel at Yorktown, 4:30 p.m.; Anderson at Greenfield-Central, 5 p.m.

Track and field: New Palestine at 4-way at Hauser, 5 p.m.; Richmond at Mt. Vernon 5:30 p.m.

Tennis: Greenfield-Central at Warren Central, 5:30 p.m.; Anderson at Eastern Hancock, 5 p.m.


Baseball: Fishers at Mt. Vernon, 6 p.m.; Eastern Hancock at Tri, 5 p.m.

Softball: Yorktown at New Palestine, 5:30 p.m.; Frankton at Mt. Vernon, 5:30 p.m.; Eastern Hancock at Morristown, 5:30 p.m.

Golf: New Palestine at Franklin Central, 4:30 p.m.; Warren Central at Greenfield-Central, 4:30 p.m.; Triton Central at Eastern Hancock, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis: Mt. Vernon at Rushville, 5 p.m.; Greenfield-Central at Waldron, 5:30 p.m.