FAIRMOUNT, Ind. —
It only takes one viewing.
Just one time to see Madison-Grant’s Hunter Wise launch her long and angular frame at and through the ball to understand why she is The Herald Bulletin’s Volleyball Player of the Year for the second consecutive autumn.
Wise, the senior who led the Argylls to a sectional title, had 533 kills this season and most of those sounded a bit distinctive.
“It is certainly an advantage to be tall, 6-foot-2 or whatever,” said Madison-Grant coach Bob Holloway. “But not every tall player is a good hitter. It takes skill at every position in volleyball.”
Wise always had a focus on team goals, but now that she has played her final high school game, she can look back on the season past.
“I think I had a pretty good year,” Wise said. “Overall I beat some of my old numbers. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what I have without my teammates and without the people who have always supported me.”
“She’s done a great job of making herself better,” said Holloway. “She better understands what to do in certain situations. I had her for four years and probably her freshman, sophomore and part of her junior year, I didn’t think she saw the court all that well. But since then and especially at the end of this season, her court awareness has really improved.”
Her level of play attracted colleges and scholarship offers. But after visiting some of those colleges, she decided to go where her head and heart told her to go.
“I’ve always loved Ball State,” Wise said. “When I went to those other colleges, I just didn’t feel right. But when I went to Ball State, I just felt like it was the right place.”
The nearness of the university was a positive.
“It is so close that my parents can come to my games,” she said. “Any weekend that I want to go home I can. I also really like Steve (BSU coach Shondell).”
So without an offer of an athletic scholarship, she will walk on, but she’s not worried about the financial ramifications.
“I’m a smart girl,” she said. “I know there are scholarships that I can get.”
But there will be another level to which she will need to elevate her game to play for the Cardinals.
“She’ll need to adjust to having three or four girls on the court as tall as she is or taller,” Holloway said. “In this area and even in Delaware County, teams weren’t very big up the middle. They had good teams but just not very big.”
“I will definitely need to get quicker feet,” Wise said. “I am going to work hard to get better.”
FAIRMOUNT, Ind. —
It only takes one viewing.
Harter wins Red Haven Award
Matt Harter’s hours aren’t filled with longing and dreaming. They are filled with action and accomplishment.
The Anderson High School senior’s activities in and out of the competitive arenas, earned him the 2013 Red Haven Award during Tuesday’s Anderson Noon Exchange Club meeting at The Edge.
PH’s run ends at regional
Pendleton Heights faced two powerful opponents Tuesday in the girls tennis regional at Marion — 16th-ranked Delta (21-2) and winds gusting to 30 mph.
The combination was too much to overcome in a 5-0 loss that ended the most successful season in school history.
Cowan bounces Broncos in Class A opener
A pitching change helped propel Cowan past Daleville in the softball sectional at Liberty Christian on Tuesday.
Experienced Heat, upstart Pacers ready to go
Dwyane Wade’s rookie season ended with a playoff loss to the Indiana Pacers. The next year, the Miami Heat were headed to the Eastern Conference finals and certain that an NBA championship was in their sights.
That’s when Wade learned a valuable lesson: Never take playoff chances for granted.
Arabians follow Vellinga's lead
If the student-athletes who took the field in Monday night’s sectional softball action needed a bit of motivation, they could have looked to pitcher’s circle at Legends Field where Andrea Vellinga stood and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Pendleton Heights battled Richmond in the opening game, as the Arabians ran past the Red Devils 10-0 in five innings. Game 2 featured Anderson and New Castle, with the Indians getting trounced 10-1.
Bulldogs outslug Raiders in Class 2A thriller
Shenandoah sent 24 batters to the plate and scored nine runs in the final three innings of its Class 2A softball sectional opener Monday at Frankton.
And the Raiders (15-12) were the losing team.
Lapel (10-13) failed to reach base in 13 straight at-bats from the end of the second inning to start of the seventh and rallied from deficits in each of the final two innings to beat Shenandoah 12-11 in an eight-inning postseason classic.
McKnight dominates Supermods at Anderson Speedway
Once Dave McKnight took the lead in the Must See Racing SuperModified feature, the outcome of the race was decided at Anderson Speedway on Monday.
George Bremer: All the news that fits
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.
Bosh aiming to be impactful against Pacers
This is the matchup Chris Bosh wanted in the Eastern Conference finals.
No, he might not necessarily enjoy going head-to-head with 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert when the Miami Heat open this series against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, especially since the Pacers’ biggest man is arguably enjoying the best postseason run of his career to date. And it’s not because he thinks Miami will waltz past the Pacers, either.
Area high school slate about to heat up
If, as many have stated, the spring high school sports season is indeed a sprint, get ready to jump into overdrive.
Over the next four days — weather permitting — sectional champions will be crowned in softball, girls tennis and boys and girls track will enter regional competition, and baseball will begin sectional play.
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