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Comets softball wins first Caston regional title

Caston won its first ever regional championship in any sport. 

And the Comets it look easy in the process.

Caston overpowered Fremont (12-13) to advance to the 1A Frankfort semistate, 20-1.

Isabel Scales and Kinzie Mollenkopf each homered twice to power the Comets offense that coompiled 22 total hits. Scales was 5-for-5 with 6 RBI. 


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Mollenkopf earned the win as she struck out 10, walked none, and gave up three hits in four innings.

Eighth-ranked Caston (20-4) will play in the opening semifinal of the Frankfort semistate on Saturday at 11 a.m.  The opponent will be unranked Kouts (19-7).  Kouts edged Westville, 7-6.

The second semifinal will include two ranked teams. #4 Cowan (22-5) will play #5 Rossville (22-6) at 1 p.m.

The championship game will be at 7 p.m.

1976 Miss Basketball Warsaw's Judi Warren to appear at Indiana All-Stars event

Three former IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball winners and three former IndyStar Indiana Miss Basketball honorees will take part in an All-Star signing event at 4 p.m. June 10 in the pavilion area of Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Those set to take part in this signing event are Larry Humes, 1962 Mr. Basketball from Madison; Denny Brady, 1964 Mr. Basketball from Lafayette Jeff; Billy Keller, 1965 Mr. Basketball from Indianapolis Washington; Judi Warren, 1976 Miss Basketball from Warsaw; Lisa Winter Finn, 1996 Miss Basketball from Huntington North; and Lisa Shepherd-Stidham, 1997 Miss Basketball from Richmond.

The signing event brings a "past element" to the 2023 Indiana All-Star itinerary, which is spotlighting Indiana's best from the past, present and future.

The present is the 2023 IndyStar Indiana senior All-Stars, who will take part in a trio of doubleheaders. They will play June 7 against the Indiana Junior All-Stars at Indianapolis Cathedral (girls at 6 p.m., boys about 8 p.m.) as well as a pair of encounters against the Kentucky senior All-Stars -- June 9 in the Owensboro Sportscenter (girls at 5:30 p.m. CDT, boys about 7:30 p.m. CDT) and June 10 in Gainbridge Fieldhouse (girls at 5 p.m. EDT, boys about 7:30 p.m. EDT).

The future includes both the Junior All-Stars, who play a pair of doubleheaders, as well as the inaugural All-Stars Futures Games. The Juniors face Kentucky on Sunday, June 4 (girls at 2 p.m., boys about 4 p.m.) at Jeffersonville and the Seniors on June 7 at Indianapolis Cathedral. And the new Futures Games doubleheader is a curtain-raising set of contests on June 10 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, girls at noon and boys at 2 p.m.

Rosters for all those games previously have been announced. 

The IndyStar Indiana All-Stars are presented by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. The Indianapolis Star is the title sponsor of the Indiana All-Stars. Hoosier Shooting Academy is a presenting partner of All-Star Week (June 4-10). Energy Systems Group is a presenting partner of the June 10 senior doubleheader against Kentucky.

The first 500 fans to attend the All-Stars' signing event will receive a complementary poster that features Humes, Brady, Keller, Warren, Winter Finn and Shepherd-Stidham. In conjunction with their appearance at the signing event, the six former Indiana No. 1 players shared memories of their All-Star experiences.

In the 1962 All-Star games, Humes excelled as Indiana split two games with Kentucky. He scored 21 points with 10 rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting and was named the “Star of Stars” as Indiana prevailed 88-82 in Louisville. A week later, he totaled 19 points and 11 rebounds on 7-of-14 shooting but Kentucky claimed a 70-68 decision in Indianapolis.

 “The crowds at Freedom Hall (12,000) and Butler Fieldhouse (14,719) were unbelievable,” Humes said. “The competition and the makeup of the teams, those also are strong memories. The games were competitive, and there were a lot of great players on both teams. To win the Star of Stars, that was important to me.”

As for being voted Mr. Basketball, Humes said the title was special for multiple reasons.

 “It’s the greatest honor a youngster in the state of Indiana ever could dream about,” he said. “I felt like I was branded with it for the rest of my life in the sense that I had to work hard to live up to the recognition that goes with the award. It really served as a great motivation for me when I was younger because it was the first truly big honor I had received. All of a sudden, I realized I had a lot to live up to.

 “Being Mr. Basketball, it’s a special fraternity you’re in for the rest of your life. You have to live up to it.”

In the 1964 All-Star games, Brady scored four points on 2-of-5 shooting in a 68-59 first-game setback against Kentucky and its Mr. Basketball – future college and pro standout Wes Unseld – in front of 15,700 fans in Freedom Hall. A week later, however, Brady tallied a team-high 12 points on 4-of-7 field goals and 4-of-6 free throws as Indiana recovered for a 68-54 triumph before a crowd of 13,093 in Butler Fieldhouse.

 “What I remember most about the games was how big the Kentucky team was and how much better we were even though we lost to them at Kentucky,” Brady said. “I also remember that off the court there many things for us to do, the most exciting of which was getting to drive around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

Brady described his selection as Mr. Basketball as a bonus.

 “Being named Mr. Basketball was like icing on the cake after winning the (1964) state tournament,” he said. “It was quite a surprise as our coach (Marion Crawley) never talked about any of us being an All-Star. But when it happened, he told me it was well deserved.”

Indiana dropped both games to Kentucky in 1965, but Keller gave his all despite the results. He tallied 12 points and two rebounds on 6-of-12 shooting in a 90-80 opening loss in front of 11,109 fans in Butler Fieldhouse. A week later, Keller scored 20 points with four rebounds while hitting 6-of-15 field goals and 8-of-9 free throws in a 74-69 setback before a crowd of 15,800 in Freedom Hall.

 “Kentucky had more size than we did, but the games were close and a no-foul-out rule allowed one of their key players (Tom Hagan) to stay in there,” Keller recalled, noting that Hagan scored 22 in each game but would have fouled out of the second game had conventional rules been used. “What I remember most was the fun we all had. We all had an opportunity to get to know one another at dinners and (off-court) events. Because the games were played to benefit the Blind Fund, that was an important part, too.”

Keller contributed to the All-Stars again in 1979 when he served as head coach of the Indiana girls’ team. His connection to the All-Stars remains current as his grandson, Luke Almodovar of Noblesville, is a member of this year’s boys’ team. Keller remains proud that Indiana Mr. Basketball is among the titles he earned in his career.

 “Most people, when they talk to me about awards or accomplishments, it usually is about the Pacers,” he said “Fewer people talk about NCAA honors and fewer yet talk about high school.

 “But Mr. Basketball, that really means something to people of Indiana because we are a basketball state. Then when you look at a list of the Mr. Basketball winners, all the great players who came before and the great players who came after, to be in with all those tremendous players, it is such an honor. It is an honor that stays with you. You carry the name of Mr. Basketball everywhere you go in life.”

Warren totaled 16 points, three rebounds and three assists on 7-9 shooting in the first girls’ All-Star game, a 59-48 loss to Kentucky in front of 15,780 fans in Freedom Hall. She followed with 11 points, five rebounds and six assists on 3-of-9 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws as Indiana prevailed 68-55 in the rematch before 17,426 in Market Square Arena.

 “I remember just how fun it was to play with the high-quality players,” Warren said. “We had some other good players in high school, but the All-Stars had a whole team full of good players. I also remember the time at the hotel, the practices, the facilities and how close we became in those two weeks. There are several players with whom I am still friends today.”

As for being a Miss Basketball, in her case the first Miss Basketball, Warren said it was an unexpected honor.

 “I just played for the love of the game,” she said. “But being Miss Basketball, it was something that pushed me to give back to the game of basketball, to contribute to the progress of girls’ and women’s basketball over the years. It is amazing how much (the game) changed my life.”

Of note, Warren later served as an All-Star girls' assistant coach in 1991 and as the All-Star girls' head coach in 1993.

In the 1996 All-Star games, Winter Finn helped Indiana sweep Kentucky with an 87-82 decision in Lexington and a 68-57 triumph in Indianapolis. She totaled five points, four rebounds and five assists in the opener in front of 8,000 fans at Memorial Coliseum. She followed with 20 points and six rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting, 3-of-4 3-pointers and 1-of-2 free throws before a crowd of 12,546 in Market Square Arena.

“Several players on the All-Star team that year had played AAU together, so we had pretty good on-court chemistry,” Winter Finn said. “My high school coach (Fred Fields) was the head coach of the All-Star team, so being on the court with him was pretty similar to my high school experience.”

Winter Finn said it is humbling to continue to see her name on the Miss Basketball list each year when a new name is added.

“I hope basketball players and fans in Indiana continue to recognize the title of Miss Basketball as the distinguished honor it is,” she said. “I truly cherish being part of that history.”

As for the ’97 All-Star games, Shepherd-Stidham said she does not remember many details other than that Indiana split with Kentucky and the loss “may have had something to do with an iguana.”

For the record, Shepherd-Stidham scored nine points with five rebounds and two assists in a 71-56 victory in front of a crowd of 11,781 in Indianapolis. A week later, she followed with 19 points on 6-of-19 shooting with three 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws in an 86-83 setback before 2,000 fans in Frankfort’s Farnham Dudgeon Civic Center.

Shepherd-Stidham does recall her time off the floor with the All-Stars.

“Getting to spend two weeks with my teammates and the boys’ All-Stars is something I always will remember and cherish. We had so many laughs and fun moments together. I never will forget one of the guys – I won't mention any names – brought his pet iguana to the hotel. A number of players from both (the boys’ and girls’) teams ended up getting sick with salmonella, and some players had to make a trip to the hospital. The iguana ended up passing away a couple of days later.”

As for being Miss Basketball, Shepherd-Stidham understands the significance.

“I always have taken great pride in the fact that I was able to represent the state of Indiana by wearing No. 1,” she said. “There were so many talented players in my class, and it was a privilege to get to play alongside them.”

The information below is about tickets for the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star basketball games in 2023.

Admission is $10 per person for the Indiana Juniors vs. Kentucky Juniors doubleheader on June 4 at Jeffersonville. Tickets are available at the door. The girls start at 2 p.m., and the boys follow about 4 p.m.

Admission is $10 per person for the Junior-Senior doubleheader on June 7 at Cathedral. Tickets are available at the door. The girls start at 6 p.m., and the boys follow about 8 p.m.

Tickets are $12 and $10 each for the All-Stars against Kentucky on June 9 in Owensboro. The girls start at 5:30 p.m. CDT (6:30 p.m. EDT), and the boys follow about 7:30 p.m. CDT (8:30 p.m. EDT). Tickets are available at

Tickets are priced at $100, $75, $50, $35, $25, $20 and $10 for June 10 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Futures Games doubleheader has the girls at noon and the boys at 2 p.m. The Senior All-Star doubleheader has the girls at 5 p.m. and the boys about 7:30 p.m. One ticket for all four games on June 10. Tickets available at

Indianapolis 500 purse reaches new peak

The Indianapolis 500 purse record was shattered for the second year in a row after a monumentally successful 107th running of the Indianapolis 500, with race winner Josef Newgarden (photo) of Team Penske earning $3.666 million from the total purse of $17,021,500.

After record-breaking payouts in 2022, this is the largest purse and largest winner’s payout in the century-plus history of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The year’s average payout for NTT Indycar Series drivers was $500,600, which also exceeds last year’s average of $485,000.

In 2022, the Indianapolis 500 purse was $16,000,200 and the year’s winner payout was $3.1 million. Prior to 2022, the largest Indianapolis 500 purse was $14.4 million for the 2008 Indianapolis 500.

Second-place finisher Marcus Ericsson of Chip Ganassi Racing took home $1.043 million, exceeding the take-home prize for last year’s second-place finisher.

“This is the greatest race in the world, and it was an especially monumental month of May featuring packed grandstands and intense on-track action,” Penske Entertainment President and CEO Mark Miles said. “Now, we have the best end card possible for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500: a record-breaking purse for the history books.”

The month of May was full of major milestones as Indianapolis Motor Speedway welcomed more than 330,000 fans to the Racing Capital of the World for Sunday’s race, making it the second-largest Indianapolis 500 crowd in more than two decades.

A.J. Foyt Enterprises’ Benjamin Pedersen earned Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors for his performance during the month. Pedersen earned a $50,000 bonus for being named Rookie of the Year, adding to a take-home prize of $215,300.

Renew Tickets for 2024

Fans can renew or upgrade their Indy 500 tickets at, by calling 317-492-6700 or by visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office. The renewal window will continue through June 20.

These are the best prices of the year for renewals and upgrades. Prices will increase when tickets go on sale this fall, and again in 2024 before each event.

“More than 325,000 fans filled IMS on Indianapolis 500 Race Day for the biggest and most memorable celebration of all that is May,” said IMS President J. Douglas Boles. “Whether 2023 was your first trip to IMS or your 50th, we encourage you to renew or request an upgrade for seats by June 20 to reserve their spots for next year for another great celebration of speed and tradition.”


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Rochester cruises past Manchester for sectional baseball championship appearance

With three runs in each of the first two innings to go up 6-0 you'd think Rochester felt plenty comfortable in Saturday's 2A sectional semifinal at Wabash.


The nine runs posted by the Zebras in the third inning left no doubt.


Rochester (20-6) blitzed Manchester to earn a berth in Monday's sectional championship game, 17-2.


Third baseman Tanner Reinartz led the team with three RBI and two doubles with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.  Teammate Carson Paulik drove in two and was 1-for-3.


Hunter Campbell also drove in two runs.  Tarick McGlothin, Brayden Zink, Ethan Medina and Landen Bumford each drove in a run for Rochester in the semifinal.


A nice additional sidenote, Zink this week was announced as the Salutatorian of the Senior class.


Aaron Huffman worked the first three innings to earn the win.  


Rochester will play Bremen in Monday's 7 p.m. sectional championship at Wabash. Bremen (10-14) upended Laville in the other semifinal, 5-1. The Lions scored four times in the sixth to break open a 1-1 game.


Rochester defeated Bremen just a few days ago in a regular season meeting on May 18, 14-4.



Caston claims first softball sectional championship

Caston has consistently been ranked in the top 10 of the 1A softball rankings. But the  program was still seeking postseason success going into sectional play this week.


Last season, Caston was knocked out in the sectional championship by North Miami.  Many expected a highly anticipated rematch this season between #3 North Miami and #8 Caston before the Warriors were beaten by Southwood earlier in the week in the quarterfinal.


That left Southwood as all that stood between Caston and its first ever softball state title.  The Comets scored two in the first and added a run in the second for a 3-0 lead.  They then answered a Southwood fourth inning run with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning and held on for the championship game win, 4-1.


Kinzie Mollenkopf got the win, striking out 13 and allowing two hits. Mollenkopf went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, a single, and had two RBI. 


Alexa Finke and Kylee Logan each had an RBI single. Annie Harsh and Bailey Harness each went 2-for-3 with two singles.


Addison Zimpleman added two singles.


Haley Logan and Isabel Scales each went 1-3 with a single.


Macee Hinderlider, Mollenkopf, Scales, and Zimpleman each scored a run.


The Lady Comets will play the winner of Fremont - Elkhart Christian in the regional on Tuesday. That sectional championship game is at 5 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood Park Christian.





Caston to play Southwood for softball sectional title and Kennedy Jackson headed back to state in shot put

Last year, Kennedy Jackson was a Rochester state shot put competitor. This year, Kennedy Jackson will represent Culver after a third place finish in the shot put at the Goshen Regional with a throw of 40' 2". The throw broke the Culver school record at the Goshen regional and advancesd to the IHSAA state finals.


Jackson also finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 113' 1" at the Goshen regional.


Rochester's Zoe Seward came in eighth in the 3,200 meters. Teammate Macie Nelson tied for tenth in the pole vault.


Tippecanoe Valley's Betty Shepherd was sixth in the 300 hurdles.



Softball sectionals

1A – North Miami

#8 Caston 10, #10 West Central 4

Game was tied at 2-2 in the third

Kinzie Mollenkopf 2-run HR.  Annie Harsh went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a single, and had three RBI. Isabel Scales went 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, and had two RBI.


Southwood 12, Northfield 6


Southwood vs. Caston, 5:30 p.m. Thursday at North Miami in the sectional final



2A - Rochester

Pioneer 12, Winamac 10

Lewis Cass 6, North Judson 5 (9 inn)


Lewis Cass vs. Pioneer, 6 p.m. Thursday in the sectional final



3A – Kankakee Valley

Knox 16, Culver Academy 2 (final/5 innings)

Knox will play Rensselaer Central and Kankakee Valley vs Tippecanoe Valley in the semifinals



1A - Westville

Triton 26, Oregon-Davis 0

Marquette Catholic vs. Triton, Thursday night 




Twin Lakes 145, Rochester 157, Logansport 166, Winamac 206

Noah Riffle led Rochester with a 35


Mike Springer to take over Winamac boys basketball program

It’s not everyday that a high school hires a basketball coach that has a national championship as a part of his resume.


Winamac has done just that.


The Warriors boys basketball program has a new head coach.  Mike Springer was selected to replace Cameron Bennington who departed after one season to become the new head coach at Western.


Springer has several years at Eastern (Greentown) where he has coached both girls and boys basketball.  He also had the opportunity to coach with the Indiana Wesleyan women’s team.



Springer says Winamac checks off items on his list and he feels it’s a great fit.





Springer becomes the third coach in three years for the Winamac boys program.  Before Bennington, Alan Huggler was the head coach for five seasons.



Springer says he'll look to employ a style and type of play that fits the personnel available.


Rochester and North Miami fall in softball sectional quarterfinals


Softball – Sectionals

2A – Rochester

Winamac 9, Rochester 5

Zebras scored two runs on a Warriors error before Winamac (18-9) pulled ahead with a lead they wouldn't relinquish.


Corrin Combs sparked the Warriors offense with a 3-run home run.


Kylie Coleman was 2-for-4 with a double.  She also reached on an error and scored three of the Rochester five runs.  Sydney Haughs drove in three for Rochester with 3-for-4 day at the plate and a run scored. Teammate Kallie Watson was 2-for-4 with the Zebras other RBI.


It was Winamac's second win of the season over Rochester (15-7). Winamac won the previous meeting on April 11, 9-8.


Winamac advances to play Pioneer in a semifinal.  North Judson and Lewis Cass will meet in the other semifinal at Rochester.  North Judson advanced with a quarterfinal win over Wabash, 5-1.



1A – North Miami

Southwood upset #3 North Miami , 7-2. 

The Knights avenged a regular season loss to North Miami (22-5). The Warrios beat Southwood in regular season TRC play on May 3, 2-0.

Southwood will play Northfield in the semifinal.


#10 West Central over N. White, 13-0. 

West Central will play #8 Caston in semifinal



1A – Westville

Westville 7, Culver 0             

Westville will Argos in a semifinal



2A – Manchester

Manchester 5, Whitko 2                                              

Play FW Bishop Luers in semifinal


2A – South Central

Bremen 21, SB Career Academy 1






Area athletes advance from Plymouth track and field sectional to Warsaw regional

Rochester finished fifth with Culver Academies capturing the team title at the Plymouth boys track and field sectional Thursday.


Advancing to the regional for Rochester:

Senior RJ Keranko won the sectional championship in the 800 in 2:02.18

Senior Chris Rohr finished third in the 3200 in a time of 10:29.97

and the Zebras 4x800 Relay consisting of Rohr, Keranko, Grant Bailey and Wesley Steininger finished second to advance


Tippecanoe Valley

Wade Jones won the 200 meters and finished second in the 100

Nathan Parker was third in the 400

Eric Burke took second in the high jump

Dalton Alber finished second in the shot put

and the Vikings 4x100 relay team advanced with a third place finish



Brady Evans placed third in the 300m hurdles and will also advance to the regional


Overall team scores 





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Rochester Community



Tippecanoe Valley






Culver Community



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Argos and Oregon-Davis to join the Hoosier North Athletic Conference

An offseason of conference realignment in Indiana high school athletics continues with two more schools announcing new affiliations.


A press release pictured below announces that the Hoosier North Athletic Conference members - Caston, Pioneer, North Judson, Triton, Winamac and Culver - are soon to be joined by Argos and Oregon-Davis.


The conference recently lost two members with decisions by LaVille and Knox to team up with Tippecanoe Valley, Bremen, John Glenn, Jimtown and a school not-yet-named to create a new conference for the start of the 2024-25 school year.


Argos is a member of the Hoosier Plains Conference that formed in 2017.  Argos is the only public school in the conference that also features Bethany Christian, Elkhart Christian, Lakeland Christian, Career Academy and Trinity.


Oregon-Davis athletics have been an independent since the Northland Conference disbanded in 2008. The Northland formed in 1998. Westville left the Porter County Conference and joined with four independents: Argos, Michigan City Marquette, Oregon-Davis and South Central (Union Mills).  River Forest, previously in the former Northwest Hoosier Conference, was the other member.


When the Northland Conference shrank to four members when Marquette and River Forest left to co-found the Greater South Shore Conference after the 2006–07 school year, the remaining schools decided to disband the Northland after the 2007–08 school year.





























Rochester tennis to play Culver Acad for sectional title and Zebra baseball sweeps the TRC


Sectional 50 at Culver Academies

Rochester and Culver Academies were winners in the four-team field to advance to a championship meeting.


Culver Acad. defeated Knox, 5-0.


Rochester 5, North Judson 0


Ella McCarter (RHS) def. Sophia Frasure (NJ), 6-1, 6-1

Rily Holloway (RHS) def. Olivia Burkett (NJ), 6-0, 6-1

Rylee Clevenger (RHS) def. Sao Susuki (NJ), 6-1, 6-1


Olivia Bailey-Audrey Bolinger (RHS) def. Grace Craig-Emily Grundlach (NJ), 6-4, 6-1

Taylor Howard-Elizabeth Weaver (RHS) def. Rose Hileman-Sandy Roblero (NJ),6-0, 7-5



Rochester 7, North Miami 6

Finishing off an undefeated TRC campaign didn't come easy for the Zebras.  The Warriors maintained a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. 


#6 (2A) Rochester (17-5, 9-0 TRC) captured the lead, 7-4, with a four-run inning.  But North Miami didn't go quietly.  The Warriors scored two in the top of the seventh before Rochester closed the door and secured the win.


Tarick McGlothin pitched two innings of shutout ball with three walks and three strikeouts to get the win.  





Culver Academies wins the Bremen girls track sectionals as area athletes advance to regional

Bremen was a host site for an 11-team field girls track sectional won by Culver Academies on Tuesday.






Culver Academies















Rochester Community






Tippecanoe Valley



North Miami



Culver Community






The top three individual places in each event advance on to the regional.


Culver Community senior Kennedy Jackson finished second in both the shot put and the discus to Whtko's Gwen Howard.


For Rochester, senior Macie Nelson finished second in the pole vault.  Teammate

Zoe Seward finished third in the 3,200 meters.


Betty Shepherd, a Tipecanoe Valley freshman, brought home a second place finish in the 300 hurdles.




Caston 11, Pioneer 5

Kinzie Mollenkopf got the win, with three strikeouts. She allowed 9 hits.

At the plate,  Mollenkopf went 2 -or-3 at the plate with a double, single, and had two RBI.

Kylee Logan had 3 RBI on two singles.

Haley Logan went 2 -or-3 with a double, single, and had an RBI.


Winamac 9, Triton 4

Winamac jumped out to 3-0 lead in the first and broke it open with a five-run fourth.

Corrin Combs 3-for-4 with four RBI


North Miami 10, Northfield 0

N. Miami finished with an 8-0 TRC record



Caston 16, Triton 0 (5 innings)

No-hitter for Talon Zeider.  Nolan Herd five RBI.


LaVille 13, Culver 1  (5 innings)

Pioneer 10, Winamac 0  (5 innings)



Rochester 180, LaVille incomplete

Rochester's Noah Riffle was the medalist with a 37.olf


Northfield 159, Tippecanoe Valley 177, Wabash 214

TVHS’ Greg Miller and Northfield's Tyson Baer were co-medalists with a 38.


Culver Academy 155, DeMotte Christian 171, Pioneer 200, Caston 201, Winamac 205, West Central 240

A.J. Dague led Caston with a 37.


Rochester baseball caps undefeated TRC championship

Rochester capped a TRC championship baseball season with a dramatic walk-off win over Peru, 3-2.
The #6 (2A) Zebras (16-5, 8-0 TRC) walked off the conference win and the regular seasons TRC title with a double off the left-centerfield fence by Jake Seuferer that scored pinch runner Zakk Parks.

Also Monday

Winamac 8, Pioneer 2

Tippecanoe Valley 5, Northfield 2

Wabash 7, North Miami 2

Southwood 9, Maconaquah 6

Manchester 4, Whitko 3 (9 innings)


Rochester 5, Peru 4 (8 innings)                                                       

A Peru error allowed the walk-off winning run. At 7-1 in the TRC, Rochester stands alone in second place behind only North Miami (7-0).


Also Monday

Tippecanoe Valley 12, Northfield 1 (6 innings)

North Miami 10, Wabash 0 (5 innings)

Southwood 9, Maconaquah 2

Manchester 7, Whitko 6 (8 innings)

Culver 13, SB Career Academy 1 (5 innings)



Tippecanoe Valley 3, Northfield 2


Rochester football fundraiser

Nubianos holding a fundraiser Tuesday, May 16. Between 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., fill out the dine and donate paper and Rochester Football gets 15% of your purchase.




Free throw procedures and foul administration amended in 2023-24 high school basketball rules changes

Beginning next year, high school basketball teams will shoot two free throws for common fouls when in the “bonus.” This change to Rule 4-8-1 eliminates the one-and-one scenario and sets new foul limits each quarter for awarding the bonus free throw.

Rules changes were approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its annual meeting April 24-26 in Indianapolis. The recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

In addition to awarding two foul shots for all common fouls, teams will reach the bonus when their opponent commits five fouls in each quarter and team fouls will reset at the end of each quarter. Previously, teams were awarded the one-and-one bonus when their opponents committed seven fouls in a half and two foul shots when 10 fouls were committed each half.

“The rules committee studied data that showed higher injury rates on rebounding situations and saw this as an opportunity to reduce opportunities for rough play during rebounds,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS Director of Sports and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee. “Additionally, resetting the fouls each quarter will improve game flow and allow teams to adjust their play by not carrying foul totals to quarters two and four.”

The throw-in procedure for front-court violations was simplified in Rules 7-5-2 through 7-5-5. When the ball is in team control in the offensive team’s frontcourt and the defensive team commits a violation, a common foul prior to the bonus, or the ball becomes dead, the corresponding throw-in by the offensive team will be at one of four designated spots determined by where the infraction took place. The designated spots are either the nearest 28-foot mark along each sideline or the nearest spot 3 feet outside the lane line on the end line. The one exception is when the defensive team causes a ball to be out of bounds, the throw-in shall be the spot where the ball went out of bounds.

Throw-in administration was also addressed in a change to Rule 7-6-6. When an official administers a throw-in to the wrong team, the error can be fixed before the first dead ball after the ball becomes live unless there has been a change in possession.

Other approved rules changes include:

  • Rule 2-1-3 establishes the official placement of a shot clock operator at the scorer’s table for those states utilizing the shot clock.
  • Rule 3-4-5 clarifies that multiple styles of uniform bottoms may be worn by teammates, but they must all be like-colored and adhere to uniform rules outlined in Rule 3-6-2 regarding logos and trademarks.
  • Rule 3-5-6 addresses undershirts and allows teams to wear a single solid color or solid black for visiting teams with dark jerseys. This provides an opportunity for schools with hard-to-find colors to have all players wear a black undershirt.
  • Rule 9-3-3 was amended to allow a player to step out of bounds and return to the court if the player gains no advantage. A player is penalized only if, after returning inbounds, the player is the first to touch the ball or avoids a violation.

A complete listing of the basketball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Basketball.”

According to the 2021-22 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, basketball is the third-most popular high school sport for boys with 521,616 participants in 18,428 schools nationwide. It is the fourth-most popular girls sport with 370,466 participants in 17,901 schools.

Eddie Fields named new head football coach at Manchester

Manchester has named Eddie Fields as its new Varsity Head Football Coach. 


Fields is coming back home to Indiana from Hannah Pamplico High School in South Carolina where he was the defensive coordinator.  Fields is a graduate of Whitko High School  and IPFW. He has been involved in coaching football for almost 20 years including stops at Manchester University, head coach at FW South Side and various high schools in Indiana and Florida.  


Fields replaces Alyx Brandwie who departed after three seasons to become the head coach at Eastside.



Rochester baseball stays undefeated in TRC

Aaron Huffman and three Zebra relievers combined on a nine-hit shutout of Maconaquah to stay undefeated in Three Rivers Conference play.


The Zebras (14-4) scored three times in the first and then added four ore runs in the fifth and a final insurance run in the sixth to go to 6-0 in the TRC with an 8-0 win.


Tarick McGlothin, Jake Seuferer and Brayden Zink each drove in two runs.  Seuferer hit the game's only home run.


Huffman worked four innings to earn the win.

Tippy Valley downs Rochester on the tennis court while #9 (1A) Caston scores 17 runs in softball win


Tippecanoe Valley 4, Rochester 1




Tippecanoe Valley 5, Maconaquah 4

Caston 20, Argos 5

North Judson 10, Winamac 9





#9 (1A) Caston 17, Winamac 3

Kinzie Mollenkopf starred in the pitching circle and at the plate.

Mollenkopf struck out nine, walked one, and gave up four hits. At the plate, she had 4 RBI on a home run and a single.  

Also for Caston, Addison Zimpleman had 4 RBI on 3-for-4 hitting. She had a home run and 2 singles.

Isabel Scales added 2 RBI on 3-for-4 hitting with a double and 2 singles.

Bailey Harness had 2 RBI on 2-for-4 hitting with a home run and a single.

Kylee Logan had 2 RBI on 2-for-4 hitting. She had a double and a single.

Annie Harsh was 2-for-2 with 2 singles, a sacrifice bunt and an RBI.

Macee Hinderlider was 2 for 3 with 2 singles and an RBI.

Haley Logan was 2 for 4 with 2 singles and an RBI.



Plymouth 12, Argos 1 (5 inn)

For Plymouth, Lilly Runyan went 3-3 with a single, double, and a triple while also scoring 3 runs.  Haylee Busse and Aubrey Ferguson drove in 3 runs each. 


Ferguson was the winning pitcher as she gave up three hits over the five innings. 




Knox 198, Caston 205

A.J. Dague led Caston with a 41.



Noblesville, Pacers Sports & Entertainment announce new G League partnership

The City of Noblesville has announced a transformational partnership with Pacers Sports & Entertainment to bring the Mad Ants, the company’s affiliate in the NBA G League, to Noblesville.


To accommodate the move, Noblesville plans to build a new 3,400 seat, 85,000-square-foot arena on the east side of the city.


“We are excited to welcome Pacers Sports & Entertainment to Noblesville along with the players, coaches and staff of the G League team,” Mayor Chris Jensen said. “The Pacers are an iconic brand with deep roots in central Indiana. Partnering with such an impactful organization opens numerous opportunities for our community and drives forward our efforts for a larger sports and entertainment district with enhanced partnerships.”


The new arena is anticipated to open during the 2024-2025 season, and the team would play at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in the interim. City and team officials are working through due diligence steps with local partners and plan to build the arena at Finch Creek Park near the Mojo Up Sports Complex, which generates nearly 1 million visits per year. The city expects to draw 65,000 fans annually to Noblesville and Finch Creek just for games, which is already the second most visited area in Hamilton County for sports visitors.


“We are working with the Pacers and other partners on programming options for the arena on days it is not used by the Pacers. The facility would be available for events like IHSAA tournaments and competitions, concerts, conferences, corporate events and graduations,” Jensen said. “Further steps are being taken to finalize development and programming partners, which may also incorporate additional project features and recreational amenities.”


The franchise will remain the Mad Ants through the 2023-2024 season. A new mascot will be unveiled prior to the 2024-2025 season and Mad Ants, a name with a special tie to Fort Wayne, will be retired.


“The G League is world-class basketball, and PS&E is proud to bring that to Noblesville as we strengthen our basketball operations and enhance player development in one of the state’s most vibrant and growing communities,” Pacers Sports & Entertainment CEO Rick Fuson said. “We are excited about the way this partnership fits into the bold vision for economic development Mayor Jensen has laid out, and we can’t wait to continue growing our NBA and G League fan base right here in Hamilton County.”


At the Noblesville Common Council meeting on May 9, a 10-year partnership agreement between the City of Noblesville and Pacers Sports & Entertainment will be presented. The agreement includes $5 million in cash investment from PS&E, which will also lead an effort to secure another $5 million in naming rights and signage over those 10 years, as well as $36.5 million from the city in building the arena.


“We welcome the new partnership with the Pacers,” said Noblesville Common Council President Aaron Smith. “The administration and council have made proactive, smart investments to assist with the financing of this partnership. We are excited to continue the strategic growth on the east side of our city and provide a new attraction for our residents and guests.”


Featuring 30 teams — 28 with one-to-one affiliations with NBA franchises — the G League offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.


“Fifty-four percent of NBA players have G League experience. Noblesville will compete in 27 media markets in 21 other states, plus Mexico and Canada,” Jensen said. “Noblesville also has a proud history of being a basketball community, including 1998 Mr. Basketball Tom Coverdale and the 2022 Millers Girls Basketball State Champions. Adding our partnership with the Pacers only cements us as a destination for basketball and youth sports.”

Rochester baseball routs Manchester for ninth win in last 10 games

Rochester Zebra baseball is on a hot streak.


And the streak comes after a modest 3-2 start through the first handful of games this season.


The Zebras scored five each in the first and second innings to race out to a lead and never looked back in Wednesday’s 20-0 TRC victory over Manchester.


Rochester (12-3, 4-0 TRC) has won nine of ten and is the only unbeaten team remaining in Three Rivers Conference play.


The only loss in that stretch was a 3-0 decision to a 14-win Logansport club.  And that game was scoreless through four innings.


Sophomore Tanner Reinartz starred at the plate with a 5-for-5, five RBI, three runs scored performance. Carson Paulik picked up three hits while driving in two and scoring five times. Ethan Medina was 2-for-4 with a 3-run home run and four RBI.


Aaron Huffman recorded the win with five innings of shutout work on the mound.


Rochester travels to Northfield (4-7, 1-3 TRC) today.




#9 Caston rolls behind Mollenkopf to softball win while Rochester and Tippy Valley are separated by one stroke at Warsaw Invit.



#9 (1A) Caston 15, Manchester 0


Kinzie Mollenkopf pitched a one hit shutout with 12 strikeouts. Mollenkopf was also 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, a single and three RBI.


Also for Caston, Isabel Scales went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI.  Alexa Finke had a couple of hits and drove in three. Kylee Logan contributed two hits and a couple of RBI.



Argos 7, Triton 4

Kadyn Baughman drove in four in the Argos win. Aleasia Sarver picked up the win.



Winamac 12, Culver Academies 5



Culver Comm 20, Oregon-Davis

Luci Overmyer had three hits and three RBI for Culver who took over with a 16-run 2nd inning.  Oregon-Davis pitching gave up 16 walks.





Pioneer 2, Caston 1


Triton vs Culver ppd


Tippy Valley at Argos ppd




Rochester / Triton at Tippecanoe Valley, ppd. It's been escheduled for Tuesday, May 9


Maconaquah at Caston ppd




Boys golf

Rochester recorded a 344 team score and and finished fourth out of 10 teams at the Warsaw Invitational. 


Tippecanoe Valley was a stroke back at 345 in 5th place.



Board of Directors tables four-class proposal

During its annual review of the by-laws Monday, the Board of Directors of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. tabled a proposal that changes the way schools are classified in the four-class sports.

The board, led by President Chris Conley of Delta High School and Vice President Kye Denney of Wes-Del High School, approved 12 proposals, three failed to receive enough support, and several others were tabled during the meeting in Indianapolis.

All proposals are considered in the order that the rule appears within the current by-laws. The Board of Directors has four options on each proposal: affirm, deny, table or amend a rule. A simple majority is necessary to act on any measure and all approved measures become effective immediately unless otherwise noted.

After lengthy conversation, the board opted to table the proposal for further study which would begin classifying schools in the four-class sports of baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball using fix enrollment figures. Since 1997-98, the rule has required equally distributing schools among the four classes.

The proposal, which will now be taken up at the June 22 Executive Committee meeting, was submitted by Commissioner Paul Neidig on behalf of the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA). It calls for the following breaks:

  • Class 4A – 1,400 enrollment and up
  • Class 3A – 600-1,399 enrollment
  • Class 2A – 325-599 enrollment
  • Class A – 324 enrollment and down

Due to the tabling of the four-class proposal, the other proposals affecting the Tournament Success Factor were subsequently tabled as well.

In other items:

  • The board unanimously approved (17-0) of reducing the necessary number of schools participating in an Emerging Sport (currently girls wrestling and boys volleyball) from 150 to 100 before that sport would become officially sponsored and a state tournament implemented. The minimum of 40 schools per district was also struck from the rule.
  • The proposal that required schools to notify the Association of their intention to play up one or more classes for the next reclassification cycle with a deadline of September 1 was approved 18-0.
  • An amendment to Rule 9-14 that reduces the number of practices required after missing consecutive days was approved 18-0. Students missing 8-14 consecutive days will now need two practices (previously four) while those missing more than 14 consecutive days will now need three practices (previously six).
  • Clarifying language to Rule 14-8 that high school students with a provisional officiating license may officiate any contests other than those at the high school level (grades 9-12) was approved 18-0.
  • An amendment to Rule 14-9 that extends the deadline to renew an officiating license from May 31 to June 30 was approved 18-0.
  • A proposal from the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association requesting the first authorized practice date for girls tennis in the spring did not pass (1-17).
  • Amendments to Rules 50-1 and 50-1.2 (Pre-Participation Practice) that reduced the number of practices required both passed unanimously (18-0).
  • Two proposals from Austin Principal Dr. Ryan Herald that would reduce the maximum number of games that a baseball and softball team may play both failed to receive any support.
  • The elections of next year’s leadership of the Board and Executive Committee were also held. Stacy Adams of Valparaiso High School was voted president of the 2023-24 Board of Directors and Chad Gilbert of Charlestown High School was elected vice president. Chris Conley of Delta High School was named chairman of the 2023-24 Executive Committee and Tom Black of East Central High School was confirmed as vice chairman.