The Sideline – July 16


Greenfield girl 3rd in MLB All-Star contest

The competition was delayed a day due to rain, but on Tuesday morning, Greenfield’s Lilly Stewart finally had her moment in the spotlight.

One of 24 national finalists for the MLB Pitch, Run & Hit championships at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Stewart, pictured, placed third in the girls 9-10 age division.

Stewart, 10, was the Hoosier state’s lone representative and advanced to the finals after winning three levels of competition prior to Tuesday, including the sectional at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

Competing at the site of the 2015 MLB All-Star Game for the second time in a month, Stewart and the other finalists were delayed by rain on Monday afternoon.

When the event resumed Tuesday, scores to award final placements were determined from the running and pitching portion. The competitors’ scores in hitting were carried over from the national-qualifying round at Great American Ballpark from June.

Stewart is the daughter of Greenfield-Central softball coach Jason Stewart and Melissa (Rainbolt) Stewart.


Cougars soccer to host foot golf tournament

The Cougars varsity soccer program will host a foot golf tournament Aug. 8 at the Shekinah Footgolf Course in Greenfield.

The cost is $15 per player if registered in advance or $20 at the door.

Sponsorship options are available. Donors can give $500 and will receive recognition prominently displayed at registration, on one tee and in all advertising. The other option is a $50 donation, which includes recognition displayed on one tee.

Tee times range from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For registration information, visit the Cougars’ athletics site at


Pacers sign Ellis, Hill, Young to contracts

On Tuesday, the Indiana Pacers signed free agents Monta Ellis and Jordan Hill to contracts. In addition, the club also signed second-round draft pick Joe Young.

Per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Young, the 43rd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard. He played collegiately at Oregon and was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year.

Recently, Young played for the Pacers’ summer league team in Orlando and led the Pacers with 22.5 points per game through four games.

Ellis is a 10-year league veteran and was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2006-07. The 6-3, 185-pound guard has averaged 19.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in his career.

Hill, a 6-10, 235-pound forward, has played six NBA seasons, averaging 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in his career.


Jeff Gordon Day event, parade rescheduled

Due to weather in Kentucky and the rescheduling of NASCAR testing last week, Jeff Gordon Day and Parade has been rescheduled.

The event is now set for noon July 23 in Pittsboro.

Jeff Gordon, pictured, a four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and five-time winner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will be honored with a parade and other special recognitions.

Gordon is wrapping up his final full season behind the wheel and visiting on his “Victory Tour” in advance of a final appearance July 26 at the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard.

When Gordon was 14, he and his family moved to Pittsboro to further his racing career. The driver went on to stardom in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

In conjunction with the town of Pittsboro, IMS is staging the parade on Main Street. Fans are encouraged to line the parade route. A merchandise trailer stocked with Gordon items will be on site.