Multiple Teams · HSE Winter Sports Blog — Mark Morrow


By MARK MORROW

It’s October…and Winter Sports are just around the corner.

The smell of popcorn at the many popular indoors venues, hoopla and just plain excitement. Hey, that’s pretty hard to beat!

Soon you will hear the bouncing balls that signify the start of basketball practice for the girls. Mark Oct. 24 on your calendar. And the boys hit the floor for their first official basketball practice on Nov. 7.

Also, on Oct. 24, it’s everyone into the pool for coach Andy Pedersen’s Lady Royals swimmers who gear up for the upcoming season….And Pedersen’s boys swimmers begin practice on Nov. 7.

The HSE Lady Royals edged Chesterton by one-half point (193.5-193) to finish second to Carmel in the State Meet in 2015. They also were sectional champions. The HSE boys, sectional runners-up, placed 14th at State.

The Royals wrestling team takes to the mat for its first official practice on Oct. 31. Coach Kyle Poyer’s Royals placed second in the Frankfort Sectional and North Montgomery Regional and seventh in the New Castle Semistate a year ago

The HSE girls varsity basketball team will be on display for the first time on Nov. 5 in the Southport Shootout, along with the host Cardinals, Fishers and Ben Davis. The home opener for the Lady Royals is Nov. 8 against New Castle.

Coach Chris Huppenthal’s girls are in the annual Southeastern Shootout Classic on Nov. 12 — joined this year by Lake Central and Valparaiso, Fishers HS. The Lady Royals also compete in the North Central Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27 & 28.

Coach Brian Satterfield’s Royals boys basketball team opens the season in the historic Muncie Fieldhouse against the Bearcats on Nov. 22.

The boys basketball home opener is on Dec. 2 in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference opener against Avon.

The Royals are defending HCC champions.

Both HSE basketball teams meet Fishers HS in the “Collision at the Coliseum’’ at the Fairgrounds Coliseum on Dec. 16.

The inaugural Fairgrounds Coliseum event was unveiled a year ago, with HSE winning both games!

So, get ready to pass the popcorn, slap high-fives with every individual achievement and every victory….and prepare for another exciting round of Hamilton Southeastern sports!

*—Mark Morrow, who has resided in Fishers since 1989, has been a journalist for 53 years. He formerly owned the Hamilton County Sports Daily website. He was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters-Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 2015. He now blogs for hseroyalsathletics.com(.)

Some events to jot down on your calendar:

Girls Basketball

First IHSAA Practice: Oct. 24

First iHSAA Contest: Nov. 7

Sectionals: Feb. 7, 10 & 11 at HSE

Key Contests:

Nov.  5 — at Southport Shootout, 10 a.m.

Nov.  8—New Castle (home opener), 7:30 p.m.

Nov.  12—Southeastern Shootout Classic, 10 a.m.

Nov.  22—Brownsburg (HCC opener), 7:30 p.m.

Dec.  16—Collision at the Coliseum (vs. Fishers), 6 p.m.

Dec   27-28—North Central Holiday Tournament, noon

Boys Basketball

First IHSAA Practice: Nov. 7

First IHSAA Contest: Nov. 21

Sectionals: Feb. 28, March 3-4 at Carmel

Key Contests:

Nov.  22—At Muncie Central (season opener)

Dec.  2—Avon (HCC opener)

Dec.  3—Ohio Hoops Classic, 7 p.m.

Dec.  10—Forum Tipoff Classic — Fort Wayne Snider, 5 p.m.

Dec.  16—Collision at the Coliseum (vs. Fishers), 8 p.m.

Dec.  29-30—at Huntington Holiday tourney, TBA

Wrestling

First IHSAA  Practice: Oct. 31

First IHSAA Match: Nov. 14

Sectionals: Jan. 28 at Frankfort, 9 a.m.

Key Matches:

Nov.  11—John Hurrle Memorial Invitational at Tech, 9 a.m.

Nov.  29—Avon (HCC opener)

Dec.  7—Zionsville (Best Buddies Night), 6:30 p.m.

Dec.  10—at Frankfort Super Six, 8:30 a.m.

Dec.  17—Hamilton County Meet at Guerin Catholic, 8:30 a.m.

Dec.  27 & 28 — at North Montgomery Holiday Duals, 9 a.m.

Jan.  4—at Fishers, 6:30 p.m.

Jan.  14—HCC Meet at Zionsville, 9 a.m.

Girls Swimming

First Practice: Oct. 24

First Contest: Nov. 7

Sectionals: Feb. 2 & 4 at Fishers HS

Key Meets:

Nov. 11—at Noblesville (season opener), 6 p.m.

Dec. 10—Tiger Claw Diving Invitational, 10:15 a.m.

Dec. 17—Forum Credit Union Holiday Splash, 9 a.m.

Dec. 21—At Carmel, 11 a.m.

Jan. 1—At Fishers HS, 6 p.m.

Jan. 7—HCC Meet at Brownsburg, 9 a.m.

Jan. 28—Southeastern JV Invitational, 9 a.m.

Boys Swimming

First Practice: Nov. 7

First Contest: Nov. 21

Sectionals: Feb. 16 & 18 at HSE, 5:30 p.m. & 9 a.m.

Key Meets:

Nov. 22—At Noblesville (season opener)

Dec. 10—Tiger Claw Diving Invitational, 10:15 a.m.

Dec. 17—Forum Credit Union Holiday Splash, 9 a.m.

Dec. 21—At Carmel, 11 a.m.

Jan. 5—At Fishers HS, 6 p.m.

Jan. 7—HCC Meet at Brownsburg, 9 a.m.

Jan. 28—Southeastern JV Invitational, 9 a.m.