Sports News

Culver football using technology to prep during COVID-19

With hopes of a July 1 return to high school athletics per the IHSAA, coaching staffs are doing what they can to keep student-athletes motivated, in-shape and prepared for what they hope is the approaching fall season.


Culver Community Head Football Coach Mike Zehner says technology is keeping the coaching staff in contact with the football team during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Coach Zehner explains how having this extra time and technology to be able watch old film might be helpful.



IHSAA has set a preliminary date of July 1 for athletics to resume practices provided everything goes as outlined in the Governors plan. 

TVHS to join Indiana High School E-Sports League

Tippecanoe Valley High School announced at the May 14, 2020 Board Work Session

that an E-sports Club is in the works for the 2020-2021 school year as Tippecanoe Valley High School will join the Indiana High School E-Sports League (IHSEN).


E-sports describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Competitors from different leagues or teams face off in the same games that are popular with at-home gamers: Fortnite, League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, Super Smash Brothers and Madden NFL, to name a few.


IHSEN is a statewide competitive video gaming league with Tippecanoe Valley joining the eighteen schools across the state currently involved:

– Anderson High School

– Carmel High School

– Clinton Central High School

– Clinton Prairie High School

– Elkhart High School

– Munster High School

– Kankakee Valley High School

– Kokomo High School

– Mississinewa High School

– Munster High School

– Noblesville High School

– Portage High School

– Rossville High School

– Salem High School

– Seeger Memorial Junior/Senior High School

– Tipton High School

– Western High School


Brandon Kresca, TVHS Principal shared, “At Tippecanoe Valley, we are always looking for new ways to provide inspiring opportunities for our students, we are pleased to announce that Tippecanoe Valley High School plans to join the Indiana High School E-sports Network and bring an organized E-sports Gaming Club to our school and community. I just feel very strongly that momentum is building in E-sports gaming and this is a way to reach even more of our students. I know there will be a great interest for many students to join this club whether or not they participate in athletics, music, and other various extra-curricular activities at Valley. This may give these students a niche, and the hope is it may even help them with career planning and future goals.”


The TVHS E-sports coaches named is Jonathan Tinkey and Nick Deranek. “I am excited and looking forward to Tippecanoe Valley becoming one of the first schools in our area to bring E-sports to our school. E-sports will open up additional opportunities for our students. The future is bright for this new adventure for Tippecanoe Valley students,” stated Jonathan Tinkey.


Follow the TVHS Facebook Page or contact Jonathan Tinkey at

Shooting ranges reopening

Starting the week of May 18, most DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife-owned shooting ranges will begin to reopen.

All facilities will be following COVID-19 social distancing and cleaning requirements. Restrictions will reduce the number of recreational shooters on the shooting ranges at a given time.

Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area’s shooting range will open by appointment only May 15-17 and resume normal operating hours the week of May 18. Shooters wishing to schedule an appointment should call 812-526-6552.

All other FWA shooting ranges, except the one at Willow Slough FWA, will reopen starting the week of May 18. Shooting range hours differ between ranges. Check open days and hours before visiting. Willow Slough FWA’s range will remain closed until further notice. Shooting range hours and information can be found at   

For the most up-to-date information on DNR’s response to COVID-19, including what is open and closed, visit

No roar of the crowd but INDYCAR to return in June

The 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will begin next month in Texas.


The season will begin Saturday, June 6 with the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, the racing series announced Thursday. The green flag for the race is at 8:45 p.m.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, INDYCAR will run a condensed schedule with practice, qualifying, and the race all in one day.


There will also be no fans in attendance.


“We’re excited and ready to kick off the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season at Texas Motor Speedway,” INDYCAR President Jay Frye said.


“America needs live sports and they are not going to believe what they see when the Genesys 300 storms into their living rooms on TV from Texas,” said Eddie Gossage, president and general manager of Texas Motor Speedway.


Frye said public health officials have put together protocols for the race to protect the well-being of participants. These include:


-Strict access guidelines limiting the number of personnel on-site

-A health screening system administered to all participants

-PPE equipment provided to everyone entering the facility, along with guidelines on usage

-Social distancing protocols in place and carefully maintained

-Revised competition layout to increase distancing


The remainder of the updated, 15-race INDYCAR calendar, announced April 6, remains on schedule for competition.

Indiana's first Free Fishing Day is Sunday, May 3

May 3 is the first of Indiana’s four Free Fishing Days. On Free Fishing Days, Indiana residents can fish the state’s public waters without a fishing license or trout/salmon stamp.

Fishing is an excellent way to get outside and connect as a family. It is also a great opportunity to relax and connect with the outdoors while practicing social distancing. If fishing is a new activity for your family, keep things simple – this often makes fishing more fun and safe. The best thing to do is get out there and wet a line. May is an especially good time to fish because the water is warming and the fish are biting.

Visit a local park, state forest, fish & wildlife area or state recreation area for fishing opportunities. For public places to fish, see the Where to Fish map at You can also find nearby urban water with catchable-size channel catfish or rainbow trout at

This year’s remaining Free Fishing Days are June 6-7 and Sept. 26. To learn more about Free Fishing Days, see

When fishing or doing any other activity, Hoosiers should follow posted restrictions and practice social distancing. Your fishing rod is a measure of appropriate social distance. For the most up-to-date information regarding DNR and COVID-19, visit

Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw announces retirement

After 33 seasons at the helm of the Notre Dame women's basketball team, head coach Muffet McGraw is calling it a career.


The long-time head coach of the Lady Fighting Irish has announced her retirement. Under her tutelage, the Notre Dame women won two national championships, appeared in seven national championship games, went to nine Final Fours, and amassed 31 winning seasons out of the 33 she was there.


"The time has come for me to step down as your head basketball coach. I want to thank Monk Malloy and Father Jenkins for giving me the opportunity to coach the game I love at a University I love."


With 936 career wins, she is also one of 11 men's and women's college coaches to accrue more that 900 wins. That includes former Indiana University men's head coach Bob Knight who has 902.


"I am grateful to have worked with the best assistant coaches in the business, and I have been blessed to coach so many phenomenal women. To the best fans in the country, it was my honor and privilege to play for you."


McGraw was also an outspoken advocate for women's rights off the basketball court.


Soon after McGraw made her announcement, the University of Notre Dame said it would be hiring former player and assistant coach Niele Ivey to the head coaching position. Ivey had previously spent the last season on staff with the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA.

Know state property restrictions during spring turkey hunting season, beginning April 18

Turkey hunters and anyone else visiting or planning to visit an Indiana fish & wildlife area (FWA), state forest property, or lake/reservoir state recreation area will need to be aware that spring turkey season starts April 18, and that rules for visiting those respective state properties during turkey season differ.


Turkey hunting is not permitted at Indiana state parks nor on stand-alone nature preserves managed by the Division of Nature Preserves. Locations open for turkey hunting, including property contact information, are listed at Unless otherwise specified, the general turkey hunting rules allow hunting 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.


Spring turkey hunting season runs from April 18-19 and April 22-May 10. As in previous years, the following rules are in place to help prevent conflicts and possibly unsafe situations between turkey hunters and other property users. Abiding by these rules helps ensure a high-quality and safe outdoor experience for all DNR property users.


FWAs will restrict property hours for visitors during these dates. Only visitors who are turkey hunting or participating in water-based recreation (i.e., fishing, kayaking, boating) away from turkey hunters are allowed to be on FWA property each day of turkey season, from 30 minutes before sunrise until 1 p.m. ET (noon CT). Turkey hunters on FWAs must stop hunting at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT) and be out of the field within the next hour. After 1 p.m. ET (noon CT) each day of turkey season, other property users are allowed to enter the property for other permitted activities, such as nature walks or mushroom hunting.


On state forest properties, hunters and other visitors during turkey season need to be aware that those properties have no restrictions on hunters regarding hunting times. Rather, state forest properties restrict turkey hunters from being in designated safety areas at all times throughout the season. Non-hunters are welcome to use these safety zones while being aware hunters are likely present in other parts of the property.

Lakes/reservoir wildlife management units managed by the DNR Division of State Parks, at Brookville Lake, Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber SRA), Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA), Hardy Lake, Mississinewa Lake, Monroe Lake, Patoka Lake and Salamonie Lake permit turkey hunting.


All of those lakes/reservoirs, except Mississinewa and Salamonie, allow turkey hunting during the hours of 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Mississinewa and Salamonie, which can only be hunted through a draw, have turkey hunting hours from 30 minutes before sunrise to 1 p.m. ET (noon CT). Non-hunting visitors must be aware that hunters will be present during those times.

For more information on overall turkey hunting safety, see

Questions on turkey hunting safety should be directed to Capt. Jet Quillen, DNR Law Enforcement, 317-903-1617, Questions about turkey hunting on FWAs should be directed to Tom Despot, 574-896-3522, Questions about turkey hunting on state forest properties should be directed to Brad Schneck, 317-232-4101, Questions about turkey hunting on lake/reservoir SRAs should be directed to Anthony Sipes, 317-232-4128,

Indiana Pacers, NBA prep to return, playoffs

No Indiana Pacers player has tested positive for the coronavirus. One player, however, had some symptoms for about 24 hours. But the team’s medical staff deemed a test wasn’t necessary after that player stopped having symptoms the next day.


Indiana Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard discussed the pandemic and its effect on his team and the NBA in a Zoom call Tuesday afternoon.


"The players want to play. I think the thing I've gotten back from our players the last two weeks is that they want to prove it. They want to prove that this team is a good team in the playoffs," Pritchard said.


Pritchard says he is confident the NBA will take the right action in deciding on the appropriate time to return.


"Our commissioner (Adam Silver) is incredible. I have so much confidence that he's going to know and he's going to know when to take the appropriate risks. There are still going to be risks on the other side of this," said Pritchard.


The last game the Pacers played was March 10 against the Boston Celtics, which means they've been away from game action for over a month. If the virus eases up and the league does decide to resume play this year, the players will need time to re-train for regular season play.


"I think they're going to give us a good amount of time, but I don't think it's going to be a week. I would say two or three weeks minimum," Pritchard said.


Pritchard says the coaching staff and players are staying in touch through Zoom and Microsoft Team during the pandemic.


More from the Zoom Call:

-On concerns about guys staying in game shape: “Well, the first thing I’d say is the way you guys stay in game shape is you play in games. There’s nothing like being in game shape. But our strength and conditioning staff is in daily contact. They have given them programs. They are checking in on them every day. I think one of the things that has been the most challenging is getting a gym and being the only person in that gym. I know a couple of players that have found gyms that are going in super late at night, go in by themselves and getting their workout and then getting out of there. I applaud that. They are torn because they want to get into the gym. They want to get in a good workout. They want to be playing 1-on-1, 2-on-2, but I think the most important thing that they can possibly do is to adhere to the social distancing rules and get out of this as fast as we can. I know that there’s a poll to get them in to play 1-on-1, 2-on-2 and ultimately get them back into the gym but until we see what the league feels like is there program, and improvement, then we have to be very careful.”


-On the Pacers still in Indy and how long it would take for players to get back into game shape: “We do have a handful of players still in town. Some of them went back to their homes. Some of them wanted to be with their families during this time. What I kind of feel is that they are trickling back because I think once we open up in a small way, I think they can get back into our gym pretty easy. It’s easily accessible and it has everything that they need. There’s only been talk in terms of how long (it would take for players to get back into game shape). I don’t think it would be a week, and then let’s get back and play some games. I think they are going to give us a good amount of time but I don’t think it’s going to be a week. I think 2 or 3 weeks minimum and then play some games. But we have to be cautious because we have to get them back to a point where they are playing at the highest level, too. To throw them out there would be short-term thinking instead of being prepared to get out there and play at the highest level that they possibly can.”

Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series canceled for 2020

The Indiana-Kentucky All-Star basketball games have been cancelled for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from both states announced Thursday (April 9).


With governmental leadership in both states implementing stay-at-home mandates, schools being closed for the remainder of the academic year and group gatherings limited to 10 people are fewer through late May, Indiana game director Mike Broughton and Kentucky game director Scott Chalk jointly agreed that the All-Star series would not be contested in 2020.


All-Star leadership from both states understands the seriousness of this pandemic and supports measures being implemented by governmental leadership in both states. Thus with great disappointment, the All-Star leadership is canceling the All-Star competition for this year.


The cancellation includes the Indiana-Kentucky Senior Games (that were to be on June 5 at Great Crossing High School in Georgetown, Ky., and June 6 at Southport Fieldhouse in Indianapolis) and the Indiana-Kentucky Junior Games (that were to be on June 1 at Floyd Central High School).


On the Indiana side only, the cancellation also includes the Indiana Junior-Senior Games (that were to be on June 3, site not yet announced) and the All-Star Shootout for current high school teams (that was to be on June 6 at Ben Davis High School).


It is planned that all aspects of the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star Series will resume in 2021. Tentative dates for the 2021 All-Star games will be June 4 in Kentucky and June 5 at Southport Fieldhouse.


“I am sad for the players and coaches who comprise this year’s All-Star teams,” Broughton said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the seniors who made the team, but they do have the satisfaction that they are an Indiana All-Star for life. “We wish all members of the 2020 All-Stars a great transition to college after their fantastic high school careers.”


Broughton also expressed gratitude to Perry Township Schools superintendent Patrick Mapes and Southport High School officials for their work on hosting the 2020 games that now will not be played.


“I want to thank Pat Mapes and Southport High School for their help in setting up this year’s games,” Broughton said. “All fans who purchased tickets for this year’s event at Southport will receive refunds.”


The boys’ portion of the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series dates to 1940 with games being played in 78 of the 81 years. Games also were not played in 1943 and 1944 because of World War II. The girls’ portion of the All-Star series was added in 1976, and it had been contested for 44 consecutive years. This will be the first interruption in the girls’ series. The Indiana boys hold a 99-44 advantage in the games with Kentucky. The Indiana girls lead 50-38 in their series with the Bluegrass state.


The Indiana All-Stars were created in 1939 and played a game against the state champion Frankfort Hot Dogs that year. The series against Kentucky was started in 1940.


Indiana-Kentucky Junior All-Star games have been contested five times over the past eight years. That series, with two games each year for boys and girls, has been played in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019. The Indiana Junior Boys lead 6-4 in their series with Kentucky. The Indiana Junior Girls hold a 9-1 advantage in their series with Kentucky.


The Indiana Junior All-Stars were started in 1996. The Indiana Junior All-Stars have played exhibition games against the Indiana senior All-Stars for 25 years – 1996 through 2019. The Indiana senior boys and Indiana senior girls both hold 39-10 advantages in the Senior-Junior games.


The All-Star Shootout has been held on the day of the Indiana seniors’ home game against Kentucky each year starting in 2009. The Shootout is an event where high school teams each receive two “shootout games” for their teams in the morning or early afternoon. The players and coaches on those high school teams also receive a ticket to attend the Indiana-Kentucky senior games that evening as part of their participation in the Shootout.


2020 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars

Name, School, Height, Pos., PPG, College Choice

Tre Coleman, Jeffersonville, 6-6, F, 14.6, Nevada

Dre Davis, Lawrence Central, 6-6, F, 21.6, Louisville

Johnell Davis, Gary 21st Century, 6-4, G, 31.4, Florida Atlantic

Malek Edwards, Brownsburg, 6-6, F, 17.1, Marian

Trey Galloway, Culver Academy, 6-5, G, 21.4, Indiana

Anthony Leal, Bloomington South, 6-5, G, 18.2, Indiana

Mabor Majak, Hamilton Southeastern, 7-0, C, 11.9, Cleveland State

Sincere McMahon, Crispus Attucks, 6-1, G, 26.1, Western Illinois

Nijel Pack, Lawrence Central, 6-1, G, 17.7, Kansas State

Tayson Parker, Northwestern, 6-1, G, 28.8, Indiana Wesleyan

Tony Perkins, Lawrence North, 6-4, G, 17.7, Iowa

Kiyron Powell, Evansville Bosse, 6-11, C, 14.2, Houston

Charlie Yoder, Westview, 6-4, G, 27.3, undecided

            Head coach: Ryan Osborn, Carmel

            Assistant coaches: Mark Detweiler, Delta; Nate Hawkins, Heritage Hills


2020 IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars

No., Name, School, Height, Pos., PPG, College Choice 

Allison Bosse, Brownsburg, 5-8, G, 17.0, Marian

Kendall Bostic, Northwestern, 6-1, F, 20.5, Michigan State

Ella Collier, Danville, 6-0, G, 23.5, Marian

Katie Davidson, Lawrence North, 5-10, G, 10.7, Miami (Ohio)

Nan Garcia, Jeffersonville, 6-0, F, 18.8, Penn State

Khera Goss, Ben Davis, 5-11, F, 14.6, Toledo

Sydney Graber, Homestead, 6-0, F, 15.1, Central Michigan

Madison Layden, Northwestern, 6-1, G, 25.6, Purdue

Rachel Loobie, Franklin Central, 6-1, G/F, 21.0, Central Michigan

Ra’Shaya Kyle, Marion, 6-6, C, 27.3, Purdue

Jasmine McWilliams, North Central, 5-11, F, 12.1, Northwestern

Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern, 6-2, G/F, 24.8, Oregon

Dash Shaw, Crown Point, 5-6, G, 13.5, Purdue-Northwest

Kristian Young, Lawrence North, 5-5, G, 10.7, Illinois-Chicago

        Head coach: Jeff Allen, Bedford North Lawrence

        Assistant coaches: Donna Buckley, Noblesville; Doug Springer, Northridge


2020 IndyStar Indiana Boys Junior All-Stars


    Name, Ht., Pos., PPG, High School, College Choice

    Brooks Barnhizer, 6-6, G, 20.7, Lafayette Jeff, undecided

    Caleb Furst, 6-10, F, 21.7, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Purdue
    Trey Kaufman, 6-9, F, 25.8, Silver Creek, undecided

    J.R. Konieczny, 6-7, G, 23.5, South Bend St. Joseph, Notre Dame

    Khristian Lander, 6-3, G, 21.0, Evansville Reitz, Indiana

    Keon Thompson, 6-3, G, 28.1, Merrillville, undecided



    Name, Ht., Pos., PPG, High School, College Choice

    Jalen Blackmon, 6-2, G, 29.8, Marion, undecided

    Luke Brown, 6-2, G, 32.3, Blackford, undecided

    Michael Eley, 6-4, G, 21.2, Fort Wayne Snider, undecided

    Luke Goode, 6-6, F, 17.6, Homestead, undecided

    Christopher Mantis, 6-6, G, 24.8, Lowell, undecided

    Malik Stanley, 5-11, G, 21.0, Warren Central, undecided

    Blake Wesley, 6-4, G, 26.0, South Bend Riley, undecided



    Name, Ht., Pos., PPG, High School, College Choice

    Shamar Avance, 6-0, G, 14.4, Lawrence North, undecided

    Lincoln Hale, 6-4, G, 23.4, Linton-Stockton, Indiana State

    Jake Heidbreder, 6-4, G, 20.0, Floyd Central, undecided

    Connor Hickman, 6-2, G, 14.5, Bloomington South, undecided

    Kooper Jacobi, 6-6, F, 17.3, Silver Creek, undecided

    Blake Sisley, 6-9, F, 19.4, Heritage Hills, undecided

    Pierce Thomas, 6-5, G, 13.6, Brownsburg, Butler


    Head coach: Marc Davidson, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian

    Assistant coaches: Marc Urban, Chesterton; Kendall Wildey, South Decatur



2020 IndyStar Indiana Girls Junior All-Stars


    Name, Ht., Pos., PPG, High School, College Choice

    Ally Becki, 5-9, G, 12.2, Brownsburg, undecided

    Katie Burton, 5-9, G, 15.4, Fishers, undecided

    Trinity Clinton, 5-7, G, 17.8, Penn, undecided

    Lilliann Frasure, 5-9, G, 23.6, North Judson, undecided

    Jayla Smith, 5-11, G, 13.3, Lawrence North, Purdue

    Ariana Wiggins, 5-8, G, 16.4, Heritage Christian, undecided



    Name, Ht., Pos., PPG, High School, College Choice

    Maddie Bischoff, 5-10, G, 18.3, Roncalli, undecided

    Bridget Dunn, 6-3, F, 12.4, Carmel, undecided

    Hanna Knoll, 5-7, G, 16.9, Angola, undecided

    Mercedes Rhodes, 5-9, G, 26.9, Oregon-Davis, undecided

    Brynn Shoup-Hill, 6-2, F, 15.5, Goshen, undecided

    Trinity Thompson, 5-11, F, 20.0, Michigan City, undecided



    Name, Ht., Pos., PPG, High School, College Choice

    Nakaih Hunter, 6-0, F, 11.0, North Central, undecided

    Maycee Lange, 6-0, F, 15.7, Vincennes Lincoln, undecided

    Chloe McKnight, 5-8, G, 14.1, Bedford North Lawrence, undecided

    Meg Newman, 6-3, F, 10.7, North Central, Arizona State

    Tenleigh Phelps, 5-11, F, 13.2, Triton Central, Youngstown State

    Vanessa Shafford, 5-9, G, 17.9, Linton-Stockton, undecided


    Head coach: Jerry Hickey, Salem

    Assistant coaches: Brandon Appleton, Angola; Lauren Votaw, Fishers

Third race at IMS

The NTT INDYCAR Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a third event in 2020.


The INDYCAR Harvest GP will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 3 on the IMS road course.


It will be the second IMS road course race of the 2020 INDYCAR season; the GMR Grand Prix is scheduled for Saturday, July 4. The 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place Sunday, Aug. 23.


The INDYCAR Harvest GP joins a busy weekend of racing at IMS, with the previously-announced Indianapolis 8 Hour race beginning on the morning of Oct. 4.


“INDYCAR in October at IMS might bring slightly cooler weather but will definitely be warmly embraced by our fans,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Paired with the Indianapolis 8 Hour, we’re set for a can’t-miss fall weekend of motorsports at The Racing Capital of the World. We appreciate everyone’s support and flexibility as we continue to navigate calendar adjustments caused by the COVID-19 situation and extend our thanks to the GT World Challenge for embracing this new weekend schedule.”


The INDYCAR Harvest GP will pay tribute to the “Harvest Classic” held at IMS in September 1916. The Harvest Classic was the only racing event held outside of May at IMS from 1911 through 1993, according to IMS. The event featured three races, all won by driver Johnny Aitken.


Tickets for the INDYCAR Harvest GP will go on sale Friday, April 17.

IHSAA follows Governor's school closure announcement with official end to 2020 spring sports

The Indiana High School Athletic Association staunchly supports our Governor, our State Commissioner of Health and our State Superintendent of Public Instruction in their herculean efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are extremely fortunate in Indiana to have these exemplary leaders providing guidance and care to all Hoosiers.


With the announcement today of the closure of K-12 schools throughout Indiana for the remainder of the school year, the IHSAA announces the cancellation of all spring sports tournament series events for the 2019-20 school year.


It is imperative that our students, coaches, officials, administrators and parents be encouraged in every manner to adhere to the guidance provided by our leadership. The Association understands the extreme seriousness of this pandemic and joins in support of current measures being implemented as well as future considerations. In unwavering support yet with extreme sadness, we must cancel our spring sports programming. We join all Hoosiers in anticipation of a triumphant homecoming back to our schools in the fall of 2020 complete with a full complement of IHSAA sports.

Indy 500 postponed to August

The Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Thursday.


The GMR Grand Prix will transition to Saturday, July 4 for a first-ever doubleheader featuring the NTT IndyCar Series and NASCAR.


The Indianapolis 500 was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 24. The GMR Grand Prix was scheduled to run on Saturday, May 9.


“The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” IMS and NTT IndyCar Series owner Roger Penske said. “However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing. We will continue to focus on ways we can enhance the customer experience in the months ahead, and I’m confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race.”


Tickets purchased for the originally scheduled race date are automatically valid for the newly-scheduled race date.


For more information, visit

2020 Indiana Boys Junior All-Stars named

Twenty players have been selected for the IndyStar Indiana boys Junior All-Stars for 2020.


Those voted to the six-player Core Group are Brooks Barnhizer of Lafayette Jeff, Caleb Furst of Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Trey Kaufman of Silver Creek, J.R. Konieczny of South Bend St. Joseph, Khristian Lander of Evansville Reitz and Keon Thompson of Merrillville.


In addition to the core group, seven players each were voted to teams labeled Red Group and Blue Group. 


The Red Group players are Jalen Blackmon of Marion, Luke Brown of Blackford, Michael Eley of Fort Wayne Snider, Luke Goode of Homestead, Christopher Mantis of Lowell, Malik Stanley of Warren Central and Blake Wesley of South Bend Riley. 


The Blue Group players are Shamar Avance of Lawrence North, Lincoln Hale of Linton-Stockton, Jake Heidbreder of Floyd Central, Connor Hickman of Bloomington South, Kooper Jacobi of Silver Creek, Blake Sisley of Heritage Hills and Pierce Thomas of Brownsburg.


The coaches for the Junior All-Stars have not yet been announced.


The Junior All-Stars will play one game against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars, set for June 1 at Floyd Central High School. The Junior All-Stars also will play one game against the Indiana All-Star senior girls on June 3, at a site to be announced. Both games will be doubleheaders with the 2020 Indiana girls Junior All-Stars, who were chosen in early March.


The players listed as core group players will play in two games each. The players listed in the Red and Blue groups each will play in one game -- the Core and Blue groups on June 1 versus the Kentucky Juniors, and the Core and Red groups on June 3 against the Indiana Seniors.


The Indiana senior All-Stars will play the Kentucky senior All-Stars on June 5 at Great Crossing High School in Georgetown, Ky. The Indiana senior All-Stars will play Kentucky's seniors again on June 6 in Southport Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The senior game in Indianapolis has been moved to Southport for 2020 because Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be undergoing renovations and not be available in June. 

The Junior All-Star team is determined by the 20-member Indiana Basketball Coaches Association all-state panel in conjunction with its selection of the IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State Team. The selection process allows all IBCA-member head coaches to nominate players through the IBCA all-state process. Representatives from 16 regional areas from across the state, three district representatives from the three IHSAA districts (one each from District 1, District 2 and District 3) and the committee chair then meet to review the nominations, vote and finalize the selections.


The IBCA/Subway boys basketball Senior All-State and Underclass All-State teams for 2020 will be released later this week.


A list of those chosen as 2020 boys Junior All-Stars follows.


2020 IndyStar Indiana Boys Junior All-Stars



    Name, Ht., Pos., PPG, High School, College Choice

    Brooks Barnhizer, 6-6, G, 20.7, Lafayette Jeff, undecided

    Caleb Furst, 6-10, F, 21.7, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Purdue
    Trey Kaufman, 6-9, F, 25.8, Silver Creek, undecided

    J.R. Konieczny, 6-7, G, 23.5, South Bend St. Joseph, Notre Dame

    Khristian Lander, 6-3, G, 21.0, Evansville Reitz, Indiana

    Keon Thompson, 6-3, G, 28.1, Merrillville, undecided



    Name, Ht., Pos., PPG, High School, College Choice

    Jalen Blackmon, 6-2, G, 29.8, Marion, undecided

    Luke Brown, 6-2, G, 32.3, Blackford, undecided

    Michael Eley, 6-4, G, 21.2, Fort Wayne Snider, undecided

    Luke Goode, 6-6, F, 17.6, Homestead, undecided

    Christopher Mantis, 6-6, G, 24.8, Lowell, undecided

    Malik Stanley, 5-11, G, 21.0, Warren Central, undecided

    Blake Wesley, 6-4, G, 26.0, South Bend Riley, undecided



    Name, Ht., Pos., PPG, High School, College Choice

    Shamar Avance, 6-0, G, 14.4, Lawrence North, undecided

    Lincoln Hale, 6-4, G, 23.4, Linton-Stockton, undecided

    Jake Heidbreder, 6-4, G, 20.0, Floyd Central, undecided

    Connor Hickman, 6-2, G, 14.5, Bloomington South, undecided

    Kooper Jacobi, 6-6, F, 17.3, Silver Creek, undecided

    Blake Sisley, 6-9, F, 19.4, Heritage Hills, undecided

    Pierce Thomas, 6-5, G, 13.6, Brownsburg, Butler


    Head coach: TBA

    Assistant coaches: TBA


2020 IndyStar Indiana All-Star key dates

                Monday, June 1 — Junior All-Stars vs. Kentucky Junior All-Stars at Floyd Central High School (6575 Old Vincennes Rd., Floyds Knobs, IN 47119 — girls, 6:00 p.m.; boys, to follow (Core Group, plus Blue Group); admission, $8 at the door.

                Wednesday, June 3 — Junior-Senior All-Star game at TBA (address) — girls, 6:00 p.m.; boys, to follow (Core Group, plus Red Group); admission, TBA at the door.

                Friday, June 5 — Indiana at Kentucky at Great Crossing High School (120 Betsy Way, Georgetown, KY 40324) — girls, 6:00 p.m.; boys, to follow. Ticket information TBA.

                Saturday, June 6 — Indiana vs. Kentucky at Southport Fieldhouse (971 E. Banta Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46227) — girls, 5:00 p.m.; boys, to follow. Ticket information, prices are $75, $22 and $10. Link to purchase tickets –

Paul Neidig appointed next IHSAA Commissioner

John (Paul) Neidig, who has enjoyed a 34-year career in secondary education and athletic administration, has been named by the Executive Committee as the next commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc.


Neidig (pronounced Ny-dig), has been an IHSAA assistant commissioner since 2017 and will officially assume the position on August 1, 2020 succeeding Bobby Cox. Cox announced his intention to retire this summer on Jan. 16.


The Poseyville, Ind. native will become the ninth individual to serve as IHSAA commissioner. He follows Bobby Cox (2011-20), Blake Ress (2000-2011), Bob Gardner (1995-2000), C. Eugene Cato (1983-1995), Ward E. Brown (1976-1983), Phil N. Eskew (1962-1976), L.V. Phillips (1945-1962) and Arthur L. Trester (1929- 1945).


Neidig, 56, joined the IHSAA staff July 1, 2017 as an assistant commissioner and has administered the sports of boys and girls cross country, boys basketball, boys and girls track and field, and unified track and field. 


“On behalf of the IHSAA Executive Committee, we are excited to confirm Paul Neidig as the next commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association,” said Matt Martin, chairman of the IHSAA Executive Committee and Director of Athletics at Knightstown High School. “Paul has some great thoughts and ideas about how to continue leading the Association and its member schools. We feel the organization is in great hands and we look forward to working with him.”


“I’m very humbled to be chosen to become the next commissioner of the IHSAA,” said Neidig. “I’m proud to be a part of this organization and lead it into the future. Our primary focus will continue to be promoting and supporting education-based athletics in our state.”


“Also, I ask everyone to please be safe during these unprecedented times. Listen to our state’s health experts and take care of yourselves and your family and we will get through these difficult times.”


Prior to joining the Association office, Neidig spent 31-years with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, most recently as Chief of Staff and Director of Athletics. He also served as its Chief Administrative Officer from 2012 to 2015, Deputy Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2012 and Director of Athletics at Evansville Central High School from 2001 to 2010. Before that, Neidig had worked at Evansville Central as a teacher, department chair, head coach and assistant coach for boys basketball, assistant athletic director and technology director between 1985 and 2001.


He was a continuous member of the IHSAA Board of Directors from 2004 to 2017 and served as Chairman of the Executive Committee three times in 2006-07, 2009-10 and 2015-16.


Neidig has held membership with the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP), Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO), Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA) and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).


He has been honored with numerous awards including a NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2006, IIAAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2007, Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Administrator of the Year in 2012, IIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2013, and most recently with a citation from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in 2015. Neidig earned a B.S. degree in Technology Education in 1985 from Eastern Illinois University where he played basketball for four years. He later earned an M.A. in Education from the University of Southern Indiana in 1994. He is a 1981 graduate of North Posey High School and played basketball all four years for the Vikings. Neidig and his wife, Jean, are the parents of three adult children, Ashley (Charlie Grimes), Chris, and Kyle (Erin Neidig) and three grandchildren.

IHSAA makes it official: boys basketball state tournament cancelled

Following today’s directive by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb that all Indiana schools will be closed until May 1, the Indiana High School Athletic Association announces that this year’s IHSAA boys basketball state tournament is officially cancelled.


“It is with great sadness and disappointment that we inform Hoosiers of the cancellation of the remaining games of the 2020 IHSAA boys basketball tournament series,” said IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox.


“While the Association maintained every hope of continuance, it is now evident those hopes are now unreachable. Albeit there will not be regional, semi-state and state champions crowned across our four classifications, the heath and safety of our public remains paramount and our primary focus.”


Last Friday (March 13), the IHSAA announced the remaining games of the state tournament would be postponed beginning with the regional games due to the growing number of school closures. Any updates on the status of IHSAA-sponsored spring sports will be announced at a later time.


As always, the health and safety of IHSAA student-athletes are of utmost importance and the Association continues to remind its member schools and the general public to follow the guidance of the governor and the Indiana State Department of Health via 

No sports right now but still lots to do

Rochester High School Athletic Director Ryan Johnson says there are still lots of things to do even though there are no high school sports going on right now.



500 Festival announces suspension of additional events due to COVID-19

The 500 Festival is suspending all planned, in-person events scheduled through May 9, 2020. The suspension of these events is in accordance with the CDC’s updated guidance to cancel, postpone or provide virtual options for all large events for the next 8 weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The 500 Festival is doing everything possible to minimize the economic impact and ramifications that will be experienced as a result of canceling these in-person events.


The following 500 Festival in-person events will need to be conducted as virtual events, rescheduled or canceled:

  • OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K (May 2) – All 2020 Indy Mini events will move to virtual races. Individuals registered for this year’s races will receive details on how to participate virtually and still earn their 2020 shirt and medal. Other options, including lending a hand in support of the 500 Festival’s free programs for kids or rolling registration over to next year, will be communicated to participants in the coming days. The in-person events will NOT take place.
  • 500 Festival Kick Off to May, presented by STAR Bank (April 29) – The in-person event will NOT take place. There will be an announcement soon regarding ways the community can participate virtually. 
  • Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run (May 9) – The in-person event will NOT take place. We will reschedule this event to another date as guidance related to public events is provided.
  • 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo (April 30 & May 1) – The in-person event will NOT take place. Virtual goodie bags will be sent to participants.
  • All 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program Study Trips at IMS (April 2020) – All in-person events will NOT take place. Schools will be mailed some additional materials.
  • This list is in addition to the other 500 Festival event cancelations that were announced last week

“The 500 Festival recognizes the unique and challenging times that we are all facing together. May will certainly look different than the last 60+ years but with options to participate virtually or to reschedule some events to a future date we are confident that the future looks bright and the things we hold dearly will continue albeit in a different form,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “As a community nonprofit organization, the 500 Festival looks forward to providing events and programs that enrich lives, foster positive community impact and celebrate the Indy 500. To our participants, volunteers, interns, corporate and civic partners – Thank you for your support!”


To the registered participants of the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K, we know that many of you have logged countless hours of training and have made numerous commitments to experience the thrill of crossing the finish line. We don’t take your commitments lightly and want you to know that we have exhausted all possible solutions to provide the Indy Mini experience that you’ve come to expect over the last 43 years. We have also been cognizant of the resources that help us produce this community event which includes thousands of volunteers, medical personnel, IMPD, the Indiana National Guard, Homeland Security, Indianapolis Motor Speedway staff, corporate partners and many others. Given our current situation and out of respect for the ever-changing needs of those resource partners as well as the health and safety of our participants, it has become clear that moving our 2020 races to virtual runs is the best possible choice. In addition to the participant options, we are also committed to providing you with an on-track running and walking experience at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a to-be-determined date later this year.


Regarding 500 Festival events for the remainder of May, please be patient as we respond to new health-related guidance and develop alternate plans as necessary. Any additional measures or announcements will be communicated to impacted participants, ticketholders, and volunteers via email. It will also be shared on our social media, websites ( and and to the media, as they occur.

Most Fish & Wildlife Area shooting ranges will reopen March 19

All DNR Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) shooting ranges, excluding the one at Tri-County FWA, will resume normal operating hours beginning March 19. 

All FWA ranges closed today, March 18, as staff take extra precautions to sanitize facilities amid coronavirus concerns.

Tri-County FWA will remain closed until at least March 24. 

The DNR wants to provide Hoosiers with outdoor activities they can do amid concerns about the coronavirus, and is doing its best to ensure the safest possible environment for visitors to FWAs.

For more information on DNR shooting ranges, see

NCAA says no fans at men's national tournament; Big Ten Tournament follows suit starting Thursday

Were you planning on attending the NCAA men's basketball Midwest regional at Lucas Oil Stadium in a few weeks? Now you won't be able to.


The NCAA released a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying the upcoming men's and women's basketball tournament games will be closed to the public, due to coronavirus concerns. Only "essential staff and limited family attendance" will be allowed. 


"March Madness" begins next Tuesday. The Midwest regional at Lucas Oil Stadium is scheduled for Thursday, March 26 and Saturday, March 28.


The Big Ten Tournament has fans at BLF Wednesday for two opening round games.  However, like others following suit, the conference announced that fans will not be at the tournament starting on Thursday.

Rochester joins area teams in advancing to boys basketball regionals

Class 1A


At Southern Wells:  Southwood 78, Lakeland Christian 25


At Triton:  Argos defeated Triton 28-26 on a last second shot to win the championship


At Caston:  Caston beat Pioneer 44-40


Class 2A

In the game you heard here on Giant FM Sports Saturday night it took the Rochester Zebras double overtime but they defeated a very good Rensselaer Central team 60-52. 


At Blackford:  Blackford beatTipton 70-53.



Regionals are this Saturday and here are the area match ups. 


Class 1A


At the Triton Regional:  Caston (13-11) will battle Argos (16-9) in game two scheduled for a noon tip.


At Frankfort:  TRC member Southwood (11-13) will take on Covington (20-6) in game one at 10:00 am.


Class 2A


At North Judson:  LaVille (19-6) plays Bowman (15-7) i


Finally, in the Lapel Regional game two will be the Rochester Zebras (12-10) taking on the Bruins of Blackford (21-5).  Tip is scheduled for 12:00. 


Giant FM Sports will be on the air at 11:15 am with our pregame coverage. 


RHS Athletic Director Ryan Johnson say pre-sale tickets will go on sale Tuesday morning at 8:00 am in the high school guidance office.  Cost is $10.  He encourages all Zebra fans planning on going to buy the pre-sale tickets because they are expecting a sellout crowd at Lapel. 

IHSAA statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. is aware of the case of COVID-19 in Marion County, IN that was reported this morning.


We will continue to monitor the developments and listen to medical experts and if it becomes necessary to make adjustments to high school sporting events, we will work with our member schools to take every precaution to ensure a healthy and safe environment for everyone involved.

NorthWood ends 21 year title drought with 3A title

A 21-year State Finals hiatus wasn’t enough to slow NorthWood as it captured the Class 3A state girls basketball championship with a 37-29 victory over Salem at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.


The seventh-ranked Panthers capped their 28-3 season by making nine of 10 free throws in the game’s final 1:47 to pull away. Through the first three quarters, there had been five lead changes, three ties and 14 occasions in which the point spread was three or fewer points.


Forward Maddy Payne, a 6-1 senior, scored 13 of her game-high 19 points in the second half to lead NorthWood to its second state title, following the 1999 squad that cut the nets inside what was the final girls finals played at Market Square Arena.


Salem, which took the hardwood ranked No. 1, finished its season with a 25-4 record after making the state finals for the first time in program history. They were the first Salem team to compete in an IHSAA state finals event since the 1930 boys basketball team.


Leading 21-20 after three quarters, NorthWood provided itself with some much-needed breathing room by scoring the first five points of the final stanza before Salem signaled timeout at the 4:14 mark. The Lions responded with a drive to the hoop and layup by Karly Sweeney, but a Payne basket in close pushed the lead back to six.


Salem managed to stay within four points on two more occasions thanks to baskets by sophomore backup forward Abigail Ratts, but it was here the Panthers began capitalizing at the free throw line. Ratts led the Lions with 10 points.


Class 3A State Championship Records


Fewest Points Allowed

29 by NorthWood


Fewest Combined Points Scored

66 by NorthWood (37) and Salem (29)


Maddy Payne named Mental Attitude Award Winner

Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Maddy Payne of NorthWood High School as the winner of the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award in Class 3A Girls Basketball.


The award is presented annually to a senior participant in each classification who was nominated by her principal and coach and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.


Maddy is a four-year varsity letter winner for the Lady Panthers and a three-time First Team All Northern Lakes Conference selection.  She was awarded the Black Swish Mental Attitude Award in 2018 and 2019 and was also selected as the 2020 Inkfree News Girls Basketball Player of the Year this season.  Payne is also a member of the NorthWood volleyball and track and field teams.


Outside of athletics, Maddy is a member of the National Honor Society.  She also volunteers around her community, assisting with the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival, NorthWood High School Youth Track, and NorthWood Unified Track and Field.


Maddy is the daughter of John and Dawn Payne of Wakarusa, Indiana, and plans to attend Bethel University to continue her athletic career.


The Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers, the presenting sponsor of the IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to NorthWood High School in the name of Maddy Payne. Since 1989, more than $840,000 in college scholarships have been presented to deserving high school athletes in Indiana.


The award is named in honor of the former IHSAA Assistant Commissioner Patricia L. Roy, who oversaw the girls basketball state tournament from its inception in 1976 until her retirement in 1999.



Loogootee's late FT's lift Lions to 1A title over Pioneer

Junior Kalea Fleming hit two free throws with 1:07 left and Brooklynn Jones hit two more in the final 30 seconds to help lift Loogootee to a 45-43 victory over Pioneer to give the school its first-ever girls basketball championship in the Class A title game.


Fleming’s free throws gave the Lions of coach Brian Smith a 43-42 lead and Jones’s charity tosses sandwiched a Pioneer free throw that provided the final margin.


In a matchup of two first-time finalists, No. 1 Loogootee (27-2) captured its fourth-straight victory over a ranked team and snapped No. 4 Pioneer’s 19-game winning streak.


Pioneer led, 26-20, at halftime and 32-24 midway through the third quarter, but made only two field goals the rest of the game and none during the final quarter.


Jones led Loogootee with 17 points, while Makenzie VanHoy added 15.


For coach Jeff Brooke’s Panthers (25-3), Hailey Cripe led with 13 points, while Madison Blickenstaff netted 10.


Class A State Records


Most 3FG Made

8 by Loogootee


Most Assists

(Tied) 8 by Kalea Fleming of Loogootee


Chelsie Sutton named Mental Attitude Award winner

Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Chelsie Sutton of Loogootee High School as the winner of the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award in Class A Girls Basketball.


The award is presented annually to a senior participant in each classification who was nominated by her principal and coach and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.


She has distinguished herself with a 3.75 GPA and ranks 15th in her senior class. She is a four-year member of the girls basketball team and will play her fourth season of softball this spring. She has earned the Student Athlete Academic Excellence Award three times at her school and is an active member of the LHS Beta Club, French Club, Pep Club, Student Council and SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) Club.


Chelsie become the third Loogootee student athlete to win an IHSAA mental attitude award in school history, the last being Taylor Wittmer in the 2006 Class A Volleyball State Finals.


She is the daughter of Mark and Andrea Sutton of Loogootee and will study radiology at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.


The Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers, the presenting sponsor of the IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Loogootee High School in the name of Chelsie Sutton. Since 1989, more than $840,000 in college scholarships have been presented to deserving high school athletes in Indiana.


The award is named in honor of the former IHSAA assistant commissioner Patricia L. Roy, who oversaw the girls basketball state tournament from its inception in 1976 until her retirement in 1999.

La Crosse's Tiger Den will live on

t’s a basketball gym that’s been around since 1949, but lately, the concern has been that the gym may undergo some kind of change.


The Tiger Den gymnasium is not going anywhere. Tri-County Township Superintendent Kelly Shepherd confirmed that to the Northwest Indiana Times.


Shepherd has been considering closing La Crosse High School and moving to a new building in Wanatah with the hope of growing enrollment, saving money, and improving the learning environment.


That proposed change has caused many people who live nearby to wonder what would happen to the Tiger Den.


“There’s no discussion about doing anything with this gym,” Shepherd told the Times. “It’s too iconic. It’s too ingrained into what we do and who we are.”


The population of La Crosse is about 530 people, but the gym regularly reaches its maximum capacity (850 people).


The first game was played there November 15, 1949.


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