Rookie Aaron Holiday shines as Pacers comeback to defeat Atlanta Hawks, 97-89

When your star player goes down, someone must step up. Victor Oladipo went out after 4 minutes with a left knee injury and it was rookie Aaron Holiday stepping up with the first meaningful minutes of his career as the Pacers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 97-89 Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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Dallas falls to Toronto, 7-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Collar Tandem Lead Martinsville Over Franklin

When Class 5A second-ranked Martinsville traveled to Franklin on Friday night, they weren’t sure what to expect from the Grizzly Cubs’ offense. However, they stuck to their plan and came out victorious with a 30-7 win.

Franklin is led by one of the state leaders in passing yardage, Drew Byerly, but Martinsville knew there was more to their offense. “Franklin’s offense is different from what we’re used to,” said Martinsville coach Carter Whitson. “So, we made some adjustments.”

Those adjustments worked. Franklin quarterback Drew Byerly scored the Grizzly Cubs’ lone touchdown early in the second quarter, then was shut down by the Artesian defense. “The way they came out after Byerly’s touchdown, I loved the hunger they had,” said Whitson. Byerly was held to 5 for 22 and only 44 yards through the air.

After that is was the Travis Griffey and Isaac Osborne show. The Martinsville seniors combined for all of the Arestian touchdowns. The duo also combined for 224 of Martinsville’s 262 rushing yards. “Those are two hard-nosed football players,” Whitson said. “That’s what our offense is built around. Hard working, blue collar people.”

The Artesian defense even found themselves with points on the board after forcing a Franklin safety on a fourth-down punt attempt late in the third quarter.

Osbourne sealed the game with a 28-yard touchdown run in the closing minute of the third quarter.

 

Martinsville quarterback Griffey and tailback Osborne have no issue putting the team on their backs. “We’ve been together for several years,” said Griffey “We don’t plan on ending our careers together until we play at Lucas Oil Stadium in November.” Martinsville (5-0) are already one win away from matching their win total from 2017 (6). Whitson is currently 11-5 in his second year.

With Osborne, it’s a team effort. “Look,” said Osborne. “This entire offense is nothing without our line. They give us the holes and the space to get where we need to. Travis (Griffey) is a thread with his arm and with his feet. Playaction is a whole other thing with us. Give me the ball, or hold it, we’re getting yards.”

As great as the Martinsville offense was, there’s room for improvement. “Don’t get me wrong,” said Whitson. “We need to improve our wideouts. We run a few better routes and we win this game by 20 more points.” You wouldn’t be able to tell as Griffey went 20 for 26 and 208 passing yards.

For Franklin, it’s been a year of struggle. The Grizzly Cub defense has held offenses to less than 21 points one time this season. “It’s definitely been disappointing,” said Franklin coach Chris Coll. “We’ve tried to switch thing up when we have the ball. We’ve only seen limited success with those changes.”

Coll’s time at Franklin has been nothing short of disappointing as he fell to 3-12. “Things haven’t gone our way,” said Coll. “We still have half of a season left to turn things around. Tonight though, we just couldn’t stop then on the run.” Martinsville could seemingly run wherever they wanted at will.

 

Martinsville hosts fifth-ranked Whiteland (4-1) on Friday. “Tonight was a great road win,” said Whitson. “However, the road to state continues tomorrow morning. We watch film and get ready for a tough Whiteland team.”

Five Three Stories To Remember From The 2018 IndyCar Season

As we inch closer to the finish line of another IndyCar season, we see the younger Alexander Rossi chasing the aged veteran Scott Dixon. Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner is chasing the four-time (five, if you include his 2003 IRL championship) IndyCar champion, Dixon. A Top Three finish in a race is considered a podium finish, so here are the stories that finish on the podium for the 2018 IndyCar season.

Hinchcliffe Bumped From The Indianapolis 500

For the first time since 2013, the Indianapolis 500 saw an entry list that exceeded the 33 spots in the starting field. This, for Indianapolis 500 die-hards meant the return of Bump Day.

The 2018 Indianapolis 500 had 35 entries for the 33 car field, and fans saw drama added to the traditional “Bump Day” in qualifying. There was some discussion among fans whether or not an IndyCar regular should be allowed to be bumped from the field. Speculation ran rampant on if there would be a driver that “buys” himself into the field.

Mother Nature added drama to this year’s Bump Day with a rain delay to qualifying for the race. IndyCar regular James Hinchcliffe had problems throughout the day adding to the drama and fears of Bump Day detractors.

With mere minutes left in qualifying, the fan favorite had yet to post a qualifying speed fast enough to enter the field. Hinchcliffe had scrapped his previous speed in favor of one last run. Less than two laps into the run, he re-entered the pits after reporting vibrations in the car.

Hinchcliffe and one-off driver Pippa Mann failed to make the 2018 Indianapolis 500.

#GetWellWickens

IndyCar rookie Robert Wickens was far from your typical rookie. Wickens, a childhood friend of James Hinchcliffe, had seen success in various racing series across the world. He entered the 2018 IndyCar season for Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports as a replacement for Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin.

Wickens second in the 2009 Formula Two Championship and 2010 GP 3 Series. After winning the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, he moved on to DTM. But despite six wins, 2016’s fourth-place finish was Wickens’ best during his six years. His only experience in Formula One was to test drive for Marussia Virgin Racing at Abu Dhabi in 2011.

The Canadian rookie’s friendship with Hinchcliffe was well documented, but for Hinchcliffe, it was more than just having a friend as a teammate. “The last thing I wanted people thinking was I just wanted my friend in the car,” Hinchcliffe told IndyStar’s Jim Ayello. “I wanted the best possible guy available, and that was Robert Wickens, no question.”

Wickens proved early on that he was worth the spot.

Wickens took the pole in the season opener in St. Petersburg and was in a position to be the first driver since Buzz Calkins in 1996 to win his IndyCar debut. Wickens had led a race-high 69 laps when Alexander Rossi made contact with him in Turn 1 on a Lap 108 restart.

In 15 races started, Wickens has four podiums and seven Top-5 finishes to go along with the pole in his debut. On the seventh lap in Pocono, Wickens survived a crash in which his car went airborne. However, he did suffer a broken neck and a spinal cord injury that ended his season prematurely.

Drivers have added stickers to their cars and helmets in support of the IndyCar rookie.

Final Race To Decide Championship

While NASCAR has formulated a playoff system to create parity in its series, IndyCar has proved once again that it doesn’t need to manufacture drama in its series. It’s the auto racing version of a Game Seven. It’s not quite winner-take-all, but it’s very close. Dixon holds the championship lead by 29 points over the younger Rossi.

Both drivers seek to end the Team Penske two-year streak in championship wins. Dixon looks to bring Chip Ganassi his eighth IndyCar title, while Rossi wants to give Andretti Autosport it’s first IndyCar championship.

Will Power has an outside chance to win Team Penske its third title in a row, but it would take a miracle for Power and Penske to achieve this.

Rossi has 10 top-five finishes and three wins this season, while Dixon also has three wins to go with finishing no worse than sixth in all but two of his races this season.

 

 

 

 

Big Second Half Dooms Lawrence Central

It was only the second true home game for the 13-time state champion Bishop Chatard Trojans and they made sure to make the most of it. The Trojans outscored Lawrence Central 24-3 in the second half to improve to 2-0 with a 34-20 victory over the Bears.

 

The Trojans looked to score early and drove the ball deep into LC territory but the drive stalled. Looking for an early touchdown, Chatard went for a fake field goal attempt but failed and was stopped by LC’s Trevon Booker.

(Note: Wrong name credited in tweet.)

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