The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Sports

February 11, 2013

Frankton alums find success on sidelines

Sumpter, Windlan lead teams to sectional crowns

ANDERSON, Ind. — Frankton High School isn’t exactly thought of as a “cradle of coaches” like Miami of Ohio is in the collegiate ranks. But maybe it should be.

Two of the school’s products won girls basketball sectional titles Saturday night; Tod Windlan at Hamilton Heights and Shane Sumpter at Westfield. One other alum, Dean Riddle at Frankton, came close before falling in the final quarter.

“I was hoping we’d go three-for-three,” said Windlan. “Dean had a great chance, but they just came up short at the end.”

Windlan and Sumpter have more of a connection than just being alumni of the same school. Both also coached at the school at the same time.

“Tod was the seventh-grade coach, and I was the eighth-grade coach,” said Sumpter. “We were both working for Dean (during his first stint as Frankton’s girls coach). I am proud of my Frankton ties and my Madison County ties. We live in Lapel. My wife teaches there.”

That both played basketball at Frankton and went on to be coaches is no accident. For many years, the Eagles were guided by Calvin Bayley and Rex Bauchert.

“If you paid attention (in high school), you could learn a lot,” said Sumpter.

Obviously both did.

This year the two coaches combined to win 41 times and lose just four.

Hamilton Heights won three sectional games by an average of 30 points, rolling over Muncie South, Muncie Central and Yorktown. Westfield had a much tougher time, winning by an average of 14 points counting a two-point victory over Hamilton Southeastern in the title game.

“We had some really good quarters,” said Windlan of his team’s sectional performance. “The good thing is we haven’t put together a full game yet.”

Some amazing balance and the ability to score quickly are huge assets for the Huskies.

“We can score in bunches,” admitted Windlan. “We shoot the ball extremely well. We start four guards so we have great ball handling. All five of our starters have had one or more games where they have scored 20 points. Most teams play us zone to take away the penetration and then just hope we don’t hit.”

In the sectional title game, Hamilton Heights hit 10 3-pointers.

Now the Huskies journey to the Bellmont Regional to face Norwell (21-3).

Westfield goes to Kokomo to take on Fort Wayne South (21-3).

“We had a total team effort (in the sectional),” said Sumpter. “We have two (NCAA) Division I kids. But each game we have other kids step up. In (the title game) Terese Wade, who comes off the bench, hit a big 3. There are not many sectionals as good as the one we came through this year.”

Both coaches spent Sunday preparing to get game films on first-round opponents and potential regional foes. There will be much time spent this week preparing for Saturday. There will be many opportunities for that Frankton background to serve them well.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Lions star plays in national tourneys Liberty Christian senior Chris Nunn, a three-year starting guard for the Lions and Indiana Class Basketball Junior All-Star, took his talents on the road this summer,competing in back-to-back tournaments with his AAU travel team, Team Progeny.

    July 28, 2014

  • Dorer scores JEGS win at Anderson Florida driver Steve Dorer has had career moments at Anderson Speedway, and at other times ones he would just like to forget. Dorer recorded the biggest win of his career when he passed Chase Elliott on the final lap in the 2011 Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300. The next year he flipped in Turn 1 during the CRA Super Series event. He scored another highlight Saturday night by winning for the first time with the CRA/JEGS All-Stars Tour event in the Edgewater Woods 100.|ANDERSON — Florida driver Steve Dorer has had career moments at Anderson Speedway, and at other times ones he would just like to forget. Dorer recorded the biggest win of his career when he passed Chase Elliott on the final lap in the 2011 Stoops Fre

    July 27, 2014

  • Hoosier Park preparing for 2014 Dan Patch Invitational One of the most highly anticipated days on the harness racing card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take place Aug. 8 as the best in the sport of harness racing will descend upon the seven-eighths mile oval for the 21st edition of the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational. As part of a weekend long festival of entertainment and racing, 10 of the top-rated pacers in North America will take center stage as they go to post seeking glory in Hoosier Park’s signature harness racing event.

    July 26, 2014

  • Riverside falls at regional The Riverfield Little League Senior softball all-star team fell 9-3 to Ohio on Saturday morning and was eliminated from regional competition in the 15-16 year-old division.

    July 26, 2014

  • NWS - HB0727 - Leadville story photo - Jeff Mason Leadville: 'Baddest of the bad'

    An Anderson mountain biker will test himself in one of the sport’s biggest events next month. Jeff Mason will be in the Rocky Mountains for the Leadville Trail 100 on Aug. 9.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Riddle again steps down as Frankton coach

    For the second time in a storied coaching career at Frankton High School, Dean Riddle has resigned his post as the girls varsity basketball coach.

    July 26, 2014

  • Marcum claims Late Model win Morristown driver Jeff Marcum has watched victories in the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models slip away this season, but that changed Saturday at Anderson Speedway.

    July 20, 2014

  • SPT - HB0720 - Mireles art Mireles looks toward future after all-star finale Surrounded by his friends and family near midfield under the lights of Friday night, Elwood’s Sammy Mireles did something he’s never done in his career. The state’s all-time leading rusher freely absorbed a hit.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0720 - Tennis Classic - JC 1 Hiatt repeats, Hammel wins first title at tennis classic There was a repeat winner and a first-time winner in the Men's A Singles and Women's A Singles championship matches on Saturday morning at the 34th annual Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic.

    July 19, 2014 4 Photos

  • SPT - HB0718 - Tennis Classic logo Varsity mixed doubles champs crowned at Tennis Classic The scene slightly resembled a war zone and slightly a country club at Anderson University on Thursday afternoon. As Indianapolis Colts personnel started tearing down tennis court bleachers and parked what appeared to be nearly 100 golf carts in preparation for training camp starting on Thursday next week, one of the first titles was handed out in the Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin