GYMNASTICS RESULTS 
The Kokomotion Gymnastics team recently competed Hoosier Cup at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
Level 3 (age): Emily Scott (8) vault 9.3, first; bars 9.325, second; beam 8.875, fifth; floor 9.2, fifth; all around 36.7, fourth. Emma Hawkins (13) floor 9.25, fifth. Katelyn Devine (15) vault 9.15, third; bars 9.3, second; beam 8.8, fifth; floor 9.65, first; all around 36.9, third.
Level 6 (age): Tia Williams (9) vault 9.25, second. Molly Ungerer (11) bars 8.25, fifth; beam 9.375, first; all around 35.425, fifth. Lexi Brown (11) vault 9.3, third.
Level 8 (age): Catie Smith (14) vault 9.2, fifth; bars 8.825, fifth; floor 9.175, fifth; all around 35.725, third. Ashtyn Gross (14) vault 9.1, third; all around 34.8, third.
Level 2 (age): Alexcia Cardwell (8) beam 9.05, fourth. Amirah Marciniak (8) floor 9.0, fourth. Gracen Brown (10) bars 9.05, third; beam 9.1, third. Bethany Smith (11) vault 9.3, first; beam 9.4, first; floor 9.4, first; all around 36.85, first.
 
BICENTENNIAL FREE THROW CONTEST
All schools in Indiana will be participating in the Indiana Bicentennial Free Throw Championship for boys and girls in grades 3-12. This will give all student-athletes an opportunity to showcase their shooting ability and provide a way to raise funds for their athletic program. 
Student-athletes will compete against others in their same athletic conference. Winners from each conference will advance to the Bicentennial State Finals to compete against the best shooters in the state and bring the Indiana Bicentennial Championship back to his or her respective school. 
More information can be found at indianafreethrowchampionship.com Forms are available in athletic offices around the state or by contacting INfreethrow@gmail.com.

MACONAQUAH REPRIMANDED BY IHSAA
According to the IHSAA, Maconaquah High School violated Rule 15-1-1b(3) after an assistant swimming and diving coach received payment for an individual lesson. The Maconaquah girls swimming and diving program was issued a warning, which is a notice that an illegal act has occurred, is a matter of record, and shall not be repeated. Also, assistant coach Brent Bowman was reprimanded for allowing the violation to occur. 

 
IHSAA VOTES IN BOARD MEMBERS
Three high school administrators were re-elected and three others were newly appointed to the IHSAA Board of Directors during the annual elections conducted within the member schools Dec. 1-10. Each member school principal had the opportunity to vote electronically for the candidates running for seats in their respective district. The open seats are apportioned geographically and by school size.
Re-elected to serve a new three-year term beginning July 1, 2017 were: Nathan Dean, Athletic Director, Jimtown – District I, Class A; Jim Brown, Athletic Director, Fishers – District II, Class 4A; Mike Whitten, Principal, Boonville – District III, Class 3A.
Elected to serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2017 were: David Amor, Athletic Director, LaCrosse – District I, Class A; Matt Martin, Athletic Director, Knightstown – District II, Class 2A; Jeff Doyle, Principal, Barr-Reeve – District III, Class A.
The IHSAA is governed by its legislative body, the Board of Directors. Composed of 19 individuals elected by member school principals from three legislative districts, they serve staggered three-year terms. Twelve board seats are filled by any qualified individual (open seats), and seven board seats are filled by two qualified female representatives, two qualified minority representatives, two qualified urban school representatives and one qualified private school representative. The Board of Directors meets annually with the responsibility of establishing the Association’s By-Laws and regulations.
 
HUNTING SEASON UPDATES
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources reminds those who are in the outdoors that it is also hunting season for the following: Turkey archery from Dec. 3 to Jan. 1; mourning doves from Dec. 10 to Jan. 8; geese from Dec. 10 to Feb. 12 (North Zone); crow from Dec. 13 to March 1; ducks, coots, mergansers from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 (North Zone); and special antlerless deer from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
Indiana hunters can donate deer meat to those in need or to members of their communities through two DNR programs. The Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund and GiveIN Game program allow hunters to share their bounty with those who would like local, low-fat and high-protein meat.
The Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund benefits Indiana’s food pantries. The fund was created in 2008 to help offset deer processing costs. Harvested deer are dropped off at deer processors throughout the state. Last year, more than 70,000 pounds of ground deer meat went to food pantries. 
The GiveIN Game Program was created in 2010 to help connect hunters to community members who want deer meat. This program works like an online telephone directory that allows hunters and community members to contact each other directly to donate or request deer meat.
The DNR also reminds residents of Turn in a Poacher, Inc. (TIP), a non-profit conservation organization that protects fish and wildlife resources by increasing public support and involvement in bringing violators to justice. Call TIP if you see, hear or learn about a poacher or another fish and wildlife violation. If your “TIP” leads to an arrest, you may receive as much as a $200 reward, and you can remain anonymous. Call (800) 847-4367 for an immediate response. 

VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY CHANGES
The Executive Committee of the IHSAA unanimously approved a format change to future volleyball state tournaments. By a 17-0 vote and beginning next season (2017), the tournament will grow to a four-week format by starting the sectional a week earlier than in previous years and eliminating the mid-week regional which caused school-night travel issues for many teams in parts of the state.
The sectional tournaments will continue as a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday format and will be set for Oct. 10, 12 and 14, 2017. The winner of each sectional will now advance to a four-team regional the following Saturday (Oct. 21, 2017) and three days earlier than the Tuesday night format used in recent years. The semi-state tournaments on Oct. 28, 2017 will become a one-match affair for each team using a double-header setup with the winner of each match advancing to its respective state championship on Nov. 4, 2017.
The changes originated during a meeting two years ago with the IHSAA Advisory Committee of the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. An ensuing survey conducted last spring showed 76.6 percent of athletics directors and 66.5 percent of volleyball coaches supported the change. 
The new format does not reduce the number of contests that may be played during the regular season (25 matches plus two tournaments) and will mirror what is currently used in the girls and boys basketball and baseball tournaments.
An additional benefit of beginning one week earlier would be that the overlap of the volleyball and girls basketball seasons will now be cut in half. With this change, only 64 schools would still be playing volleyball when the first day of girls basketball practice begins on Monday of Week 16. Last year, girls basketball practice began the same week as volleyball sectional tournaments.