Blum commits to Kentucky


New Palestine’s Allie Blum throws to first for the out against Eastern Hancock on Monday, March 21, 2022. Blum announced Tuesday, on Twitter, she has committed to play softball at the University of Kentucky.

Tom Russo| Daily Reporter

New Palestine softball’s standout infielder Allie Blum announced Tuesday she plans to continue her academic and athletic career at the University of Kentucky.

Blum made the announcement on Twitter.

A junior shortstop, Blum was named second team all-state for Class 3A/4A by the Softball Coaches Association of Indiana last season. She was also named to the all-league team for the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

Blum is a three-sport athlete at New Palestine. Along with starring on the softball field, she is one of the school’s top players in soccer and basketball.

Boys soccer

Cougars tie No. 3 Fishers

Greenfield-Central battled to a 1-1 draw with Class 3A No. 3 Fishers Tuesday.

Both teams scored second-half goals.

Derek Harmon had the goal for the Cougars. It was assisted by Bryce Kinnaman. The goal was Harmon’s second of the season. Kinnaman has five assists and is the team’s leading scorer with 17 points.

The Cougars are 9-1-3 and will play to clinch the Hoosier Heritage Conference title tonight when they host New Castle at 7:30 p.m. It is the team’s Senior Night.

It is also the team’s final regular-season contest. The Cougars will play the first match of next week’s Shelbyville Sectional, taking on the host school Monday at 6 p.m.

In a regular-season matchup last week, Greenfield-Central defeated Shelbyville (8-7-1) 4-0.

Fishers is 10-2-4.

Dragons draw with Franklin

New Palestine tied against a strong Franklin team Tuesday, at New Palestine, 2-2.

Elliott Canova and Cody Crawmer had goals for the Dragons. Andon Colclazier and Canova had assists.

Canova leads the Dragons with 14 goals. Crawmer is second on the team with four. Canova is the team’s leading scorer with 32 points. He is fourth in the Hoosier Heritage Conference in goals and is tied for fourth in points. He is tops in the conference among Hancock County players.

The Dragons are 8-6-1 with one match remaining.

Franklin’s record is 10-1-3.

New Palestine finishes the regular season today with an HHC match against Pendleton Heights. The Dragons are 2-4 in the league. Pendleton Heights is 5-1 and currently in second place. Overall, the Arabians have a 9-6 record.

The Dragons got the bye in next week’s seven-team Shelbyville Sectional. They are scheduled to play 5:30 p.m. Wednesday against the winner of Monday’s Greenfield-Central/Shelbyville contest.


Mt. Vernon falls to Fishers

Mt. Vernon was defeated 3-0 at Fishers Wednesday.

The Marauders lost by set scores of 25-11, 25-18, 25-8.

Freshman Alivia Morgan led the MV attack with five kills. She has 100 kills on the season.

Junior Sophia Damer had three service aces. Sophomore Olivia Johnson had two blocks. Senior Libby Gee-Weiler had a team-high nine digs. She leads the Hoosier Heritage Conference with 355 digs.

Sophomore setter Ava Whitmore had 13 assists.

Mt. Vernon (9-15) is scheduled to play a Hoosier Heritage Conference match at Shelbyville today.

The Marauders are 1-4 in HHC matches. Shelbyville is 5-18 overall and 0-5 in the conference.

Fishers improved to 15-6.