There is something for everybody this week on the central Indiana sports scene, and we’re going to try to stuff as much of the action into this sports section as possible over the next few days.
But there are only so many bodies to send out into the field and so much space to publish the stories they produce. Some stories, inevitably, are going to fall between the cracks.
Consider this my attempt at a pre-emptive strike to squeeze in a few possibilities.
The girls track and field regional takes place tonight at North Central, and Pendleton Heights sprinter Kiawna Cottrell is expected to have the best opportunity to give Madison County a presence at next week’s IHSAA state finals in Bloomington.
We’ll have reports from both the girls meet and the boys regional Thursday at Ben Davis. But first I want to step back and catch up with a story from the sectional round.
Anderson boys coach Cary House quietly has put together one of the most impressive strings in recent county history. With the Indians’ victory in last week’s sectional at Mount Vernon, House has led his schools to a team postseason title in six of the past seven years.
The string began with four straight championships to close out his tenure at Highland and continued with a fifth title in 2011 — his first year at the helm for Anderson.
Only a third-place finish last year keeps House from an uninterrupted seven-year run atop the sectional field. There’s no other county coach — in any sport — who currently can match that feat.
Of course, you won’t hear any of this from House.
If you can catch up with the hard-working leader of the Tribe — he also coaches the Anderson wrestling team in the winter — he’ll give the credit to the student-athletes and assistant coaches who have aided him over the years.
But here’s an overdue tip of the cap to one of the area’s finest mentors.
For the second week in a row, a team from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference will compete in the NCAA Div. III World Series.
The Anderson University softball team just completed a run to the national finals in Eau Claire, Wis., and now it’s the Manchester baseball team’s turn in Appleton, Wis.
The Spartans (39-5-1) have more local ties than sharing a league with the Ravens. Sophomore second baseman Trevor Kimm is an Anderson High School graduate and major cog in Manchester’s highly efficient machine.
Kimm is fourth on the team with a .379 batting average, and he’s added seven home runs and 51 RBIs. Kimmm also is tied for second on the team with 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to catch up with him after the Spartans’ World Series run ends.
Finally, it’s an important week for the Indianapolis Colts, who are able to send the offense against the defense in practice for the first time this preseason.
The Colts have four more weeks of organized team activities, ending with a mini-camp June 11-13. The June 12 practice will be open to the public free of charge at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Indianapolis will return to Anderson University this summer for training camp for the fourth consecutive year.