HALL OF FAME TEAMS ANNOUNCED
With a new name and sponsor, Raymond James, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame proudly announces the fields for the same great Indiana high school basketball event that has been a holiday tournament tradition for decades. The Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic tournaments are set to feature some of the best teams, players, coaches, and fans in Indiana high school basketball on Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the New Castle Fieldhouse.
Girls Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic (Dec. 29): 11 a.m. Martinsville vs. Carmel followed by East Chicago Central vs. Zionsville; 6 p.m. consolation game followed by championship game.
Boys Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic (Dec. 30): 11 a.m. Oak Hill vs. New Castle followed by Floyd Central vs. Bloomington South; 6 p.m. consolation game followed by championship game.
The prestigious event will be held for the 34th time for girls and it will be the 41st edition for the boys. Selecting from the best teams in the state, the girls’ tournament has included 18 teams that went on to win a state championship that season, including 11 state champions and five state runner-up teams in the past 15 years alone. On the boys side, 13 participating teams have gone on to win their state championship, with six more finishing as state runner-up that season. 
Tickets for the tournaments will be available through participating schools and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in the 2017-18 school year.

NFHS SOFTBALL UMPIRES COURSE
The NFHS Learning Center has added another online officiating course with the release of “Umpiring Softball” at www.NFHSLearn.com. The “Umpiring Softball” course is part of the original series of sport-specific officiating courses planned for the 2016-17 school year, joining previous courses for volleyball and basketball. 
“This is part of our intentional effort to increase professional development opportunities for high school officials,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. 
In partnership with USA Softball, “Umpiring Softball” focuses on how to officiate with professionalism and addresses two common issues – interference and obstruction. Cost of the course is $20, but members of the NFHS Officials Association can take the course for $10. 
 
 UPCOMING RUNNING EVENTS
April 22: Follow Me…Neil’s Next Mission 5K Run and Walk starting at McKinley School in Kokomo (proceeds benefit the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund). Registration from 7-8:30 a.m. with the race at 9 a.m.

RUNNING RESULTS
The Ultimate 5 Mile Run/10 Mile Run/5 Mile Walk took place on April 1 in Logansport.
5 mile run: 1. Kory Kennedy 29:38; 2. Isabelle Crain  37:39 (First female finisher); 3. Scott Colford 39:39; 4. Mark Shorter 44:49; 5. Connie Gamble 44:59; 6. Becky Wade 45:06; 7. Ethan Snyder 45:20; 8. Charlie Hastings 47:26; 9. Jonathan McQuaide 47:58; 10. Cara McKellar 48:58; 11. Rick Weaver 51:08; 12. Rocky Ellis 52:18; 13. Ann Hubbard 53:06; 14. Danielle McQuaide 55:29; 15. Kimberly Criswell 55:36; 16. Kelsey Koon 56:11; 17. Phil Leininger 57:08; 18. Warren Tierney 57:16; 19. Fred Chew 57:29; 20. Robin Tetrault 58:33; 21. Timothy Tempin 1:05:00; 22. Jenny Tudor 1:08:24; 23. Matthew Bartrum 1:11:31; 24. Alex Studebaker 1:12:11; 25. Kelly Studebaker 1:14:11.
26. Julie Canady 1:14:57; 27. Emilee Albright 1:23:31; 28. Candy Jones 1:23:33; 29. Peggy Billiard 1:23:34; 30. Betty Yard 1:31:47.
10 mile run: 1. Taryn Thor 1:06:00; 2. Noel Shafer 1:08:51 (first male finisher); 3. Parker Jones 1:10:23; 4. Steve McDorman 1:10:23; 5. Pablo Morales 1:12:50; 6. Shane Hillman 1:13:36; 7. Tyler Gellinger 1:18:21; 8. Brody Brack 1:19:31; 9. Hidi Shoemaker 1:20:20; 10. John Brack 1:23:56; 11. Mat Snyder 1:23:58; 12. Michelle Ludlow 1:25:02; 13. David Bruce 1:26:54; 14. Tony Campbell 1:27:29; 15. Chuck Ladow 1:28:24; 16. Phil Rozzi 1:30:40; 17. Corinna Linback 1:31:22; 18. Tammy Lewellen 1:33:32; 19. Rosellen Connolly 1:33:40;  20. Mike Schoenradst 1:35:23; 21. Amy Densborn 1:35:44; 22. Anna Rangel 1:36:02; 23. Mike Deardorff 1:36:26; 24. Wendy Edwards 1:37:45.
25. Kristena Brand 1:39:51; 26. Megan Zeider 1:39:51; 27. Jane Horner 1:39:58; 28. Max Elmore 1:40:35; 29. Larry Piekarski 1:47:03; 30. Larry Johnson 1:49:29; 31. Alisa Gross 1:58:13; 32. Elizabeth Gross 1:58:16.
5 mile walk: 1. Vince Lorenz 44:43; 2. Stephen Wison 59:32; 3. Sherry Kestle 1:00:51 (first female finisher); 4. Marianne Wilson 1:03:15; 5. Jim Gross 1:07:54; 6. Debby Berkshire 1:09:10; 7. Kevin Whitted 1:10:59; 8. Bob McBride 1:11:18; 9. Anita Dillman 1:12:59; 10. Rick Spencer 1:22:50; 11. Sue Keller 1:23:22; 12. Robin Michael 1:23:03; 13. Terry Whitted 1:23:03.
 
KOKOMO YMCA REGISTRATIONS
The Kokomo Family YMCA will accept registrations for several spring youth sports sessions. For more information, contact Mark Sutton at (765) 457-4447 or mark.sutton@kokomoymca.org.
Outdoor youth soccer (ages 6-11): This has been re-developed into an instructional program and will provide fundamental and instructional learning experiences for youth wanting to learn more about soccer and to meet the needs for each individual to improve their skill set that they will display in our scrimmages. Registration ends on April 21 and the program runs on Saturday’s at Darrough Chapel Park from April 22 through June 17.
Outdoor Centipede Soccer (ages 3-5): Children will learn the fundamentals of the game in a non-competitive atmosphere, while working on motor skills, coordination and listening skills. The benefits of the Y’s youth sports programs for our littlest ones are big both on and off the field. This is truly a great first soccer experience. Registration ends on April 20 and the program runs on Saturday’s at Darrough Chapel Park from April 22 through June 10.
T-ball (ages 3-6): Fun and learning are the emphasis of this league where children get their first exposure to America’s pastime. Teammate and coach requests are honored if you register early. Kids receive instruction while playing the game. Registration ends on April 24 and the program runs on Saturday’s at Darrough Chapel Park from April 29 through June 17.
Pacers Basketball Camp (ages 7-17): The Indiana Pacers Summer Basketball Camps are back for their best season ever! Join us at one of the available camp sessions where we will offer expert instruction, fantastic giveaways and NBA excitement. Registration is available at pacerscamps.com and the camp runs from June 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the YMCA.
 
BALL STATE BREAKS GROUND
Ball State University officially broke ground on the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center in front of a crowd of more than 200 people outside Worthen Arena. The facility, named for hall of fame men’s volleyball coach Don Shondell, is anticipated to open by summer 2018. It will serve the Cardinals’ men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s volleyball programs – all of which were in attendance Friday – with practice and meeting spaces.
“I can’t thank all the people who have helped out on this,” Shondell said. “This has just been a tremendous endeavor, and it’s something that is going to be so beneficial to our sports programs. I think this is going to be a great addition to our athletic program at Ball State.”
The 19,000-square-foot center, funded entirely with private gifts through the Cardinal Commitment Campaign, will be attached to Worthen Arena. It will feature a practice gymnasium containing two regulation-size courts that can be utilized by either basketball or volleyball. The practice gym will feature eight retractable basketball goals and a 25-foot high ceiling. Several other dedicated spaces will be part of the Shondell Practice Center, including a training room for basic taping and treatment, two team meeting rooms and a study room featuring 27 tiered seats.
The new building will bear the name of a man who has established a legacy almost unmatched by any other individual in college volleyball history. A 1952 alumnus, Shondell formed the first club team at his alma mater in 1960 and spent the next four years working tirelessly and overcoming opposition to make men’s volleyball a varsity sport at Ball State.  As head coach he accumulated a career record of 769-280-6 (.732), posting the second most wins in NCAA men’s volleyball history and the most wins by a Ball State coach in any sport. He coached the Cardinals to 20 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) championships in 34 years.