The Sideline – September 29


Soccer sectional pairings announced

A field of 295 boys teams and 260 girls teams were paired on Friday morning for the 22nd Annual IHSAA Boys and Girls Soccer State Tournaments.

The boys and girls sectionals will run Oct. 5 through Oct. 10.

Dragons draw Cougars

Class 2A New Palestine’s girls soccer team will host Sectional 23, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6.

The host, Dragons (11-3), drew Hoosier Heritage Conference rival Greenfield-Central (6-5-2) in the semifinals. The two programs will play at 5 p.m., followed by Mt. Vernon (8-5-1) vs. Shelbyville (4-8-1) at 7 p.m.

The championship match is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

Greenfield-Central beat New Palestine during the regular season 2-1 on Sept. 16 at home. Mt. Vernon blanked Shelbyville 3-0 on Sept. 1.

Boys opener features rematch

Class 2A Greenfield-Central hosts the boys Sectional 23 tournament. The Cougars (7-5-2) open against HHC foe New Palestine (10-3-1) at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Shelbyville (6-7) and Mt. Vernon (12-2-1) will play in the second semifinal match at 7 p.m.

The championship is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

Mt. Vernon finished 6-1 in the HHC this season, beating Shelbyville 2-1 and Greenfield-Central 1-0.

New Palestine (5-1 in HHC) defeated Mt. Vernon in a shootout but lost to Greenfield-Central 2-1 on Sept. 17.

Fever players named to All-Defensive Team

NEW YORK — Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, the 2015 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, headlines the 2015 WNBA All-Defensive Team along with Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings.

This marks the second consecutive All-Defensive First Team appearance for Griner, who this season became the first player to be named Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons since Catchings (2009, 2010).

Joining Catchings on the WNBA All-Defensive First Team is Indiana teammate Briann January at guard.

Catchings added the honor to a 14-year playing career that includes a record five WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards. This is the 10th All-Defensive First Team nod for Catchings, who was recognized nine straight times from 2005 to 2013 before being picked for the Second Team last season.

Catchings, the WNBA’s career steals leader, ranked fifth in the league in steals (1.83) and eighth in defensive rebounds (5.4) this season.

January, a four-time All-Defensive Team selection, was named to the First Team in 2012 and 2014 and to the Second Team in 2013. The seven-year pro contributed 1.03 steals per game and recorded six multi-steal games in 2015.

All-Defensive First Team

Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury, center

Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever, forward

Briann January, Indiana Fever, guard

Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream, guard

Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks, forward

All-Defensive Second Team

Kiah Stokes, New York Liberty, center

Tanisha Wright, New York Liberty, guard

DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix Mercury, guard

Sancho Lyttle, Atlanta Dream, forward

Tina Charles, New York Liberty, forward

Prep Calendar


Boys soccer

Mt. Vernon at Hamilton Heights, 7 p.m.

Girls soccer

New Palestine at Warren Central, 5:30 p.m.


New Palestine at Yorktown, 5:30 p.m.

Shenandoah at Greenfield-Central, 6 p.m.

Fishers at Mt. Vernon, 6 p.m.

Boys tennis

Eastern Hancock at Pendleton Heights, 5 p.m.


Girls soccer

Knightstown at New Palestine, 6 p.m.


Boys soccer

Pendleton Heights at New Palestine, 5:30 p.m.

Greenfield-Central at Rushville, 7 p.m.

Girls soccer

New Palestine at Warren Central, 5:30 p.m.

Mt. Vernon at Marion, 7 p.m.


Triton Central at New Palestine, 5:30 p.m.

Greenfield-Central at Pendleton Heights, 6:30 p.m.

Shelbyville at Mt. Vernon, 6 p.m.