MV’s Brandes named to all-state team


Tom Russo | The Daily Reporter

Mt. Vernon freshman No. 1 singles player Kylie Brandes was named second team all-state for singles by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association.

Brandes just completed her first season as the Marauders No. 1 singles player.

Among the accomplishments during her rookie season, she won the Hancock County No. 1 singles tournament, a big part of the program’s 12th straight Hancock County title.

She also helped lead the team to an eighth straight sectional championship.

It is the first time in Mt. Vernon program history a freshman has been named first or second team all-state.

County stars in Anderson

Seven Hancock County high school basketball standouts are scheduled to play this weekend in the 14th Annual Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic at O.C. Lewis Gymnasium on the campus of Anderson University.

Five boys will play in games on Friday. Two girls will play on Saturday.

New Palestine’s Steele Brasfield is slated to play in the 10 a.m. Graduating Seniors Game. Greenfield-Central’s Braylon Mullins is scheduled to be in the Futures Game at 1 p.m. for players that were either freshmen or sophomores this past season.

G-C’s Dylan Moles and Eastern Hancock’s Jacob Spaulding and Silas Spaulding are part of a pair of Junior Games that are set for 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Mt. Vernon’s Ellery Minch and Greenfield-Central’s Chaney Brown are part of the Futures Games that are on tap for 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Marshall headed to AU

New Palestine’s Grace Marshall is part of the 13-member incoming freshman class for the 2022-23 Anderson University women’s basketball season.

Marshall, a 5-8 guard who played her senior year of high school basketball at Heritage Christian School, was named all-state honorable mention by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

This past season, she averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game.

She plans on majoring in Pre-Law.

Local Racing

Leary places third

Greenfield’s C.J. Leary finished third in the Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car series feature event at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri on Saturday.

Leary had one of the biggest moves of any driver in the race, moving up 10 spots from his 13th starting position.

Brady Bacon won the 30-lap feature. Matt Westfall was second. Leary was third by just 1.840 seconds.

Leary’s qualifying time on the 1/3 mile track of 13.758 seconds was fastest of the field earning him Whitz Racing Products QuickTime award.

Albertson on track with NASCAR legend

Greenfield’s Ashlea Albertson will be competing on the dirt track at Shelby County Fairgrounds Thursday in the Tony Stewart All Star Circuit of Champions TQ Midget Series.

The NASCAR legend acquired the Indiana-based series in 2019. Albertson and Joey Paxson are part of the Tony Stewart Racing team.

Stewart will also be racing in the event that begins 7 p.m. Thursday.

Houk competing at Sebring

As part of rounds 4-6 in the Lucas Oil Racing School Championship Series, McCordsville’s Ayrton Houk will be competing at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., on June 20-21.

Houk is currently third in the series point standings.

The series has six events (18 total races) with three races at each venue. In May, he ran at NOLA Motorsports Park in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Following this weekend’s races, Houk will race Aug. 2-3 for rounds 7-9 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.