New Royals step up, beat Kokomo


Hamilton County Reporter

A new set of Hamilton Southeastern Royals took to the football field on Friday and
got a chance to show what they could do.

They did plenty during a 24-2 win over Kokomo at the Wildkats’ field.

The Royals scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, both on the ground. New
quarterback Cody Huppenthal punched the ball in from the one-yard line early in the
period, then Lance Stephens zoomed in from the 18-yard line late in the quarter.

Tyler Melser made both extra point kicks, and added a long field goal midway through
the second quarter. Melser kicked it in from 44 yards.

Malik Sims scored HSE’s final touchdown, a six-yard run late in the third period. The
only thing that stopped Southeastern was a second-quarter safety by the Kokomo defense,
but that turned out to be a speed bump.

Stephens gained 108 yards in 19 carries. Huppenthal had some nice yardage, with 37
yards passing and 35 yards rushing in his debut. Sims had three receptions.

The Royals will go back on the road next Friday, playing at North Central.


Southeastern 24,
Kokomo 2
Score by Quarters:
Southeastern   14  3  7  0 – 24
Kokomo               0   2  0  0 – 2

Team Stats

HSE                    KHS
First Downs                         13                         10
By Rush                                 9                            4
By Pass                                  2                           3
By Penalty                           2                           3
Yards Rushing               152                         51
Yards Passing               33                             50
Comp/Att/Int.             5-12-1                    5-12-1
Fumbles/Lost              1-0                             3-3
Penalties/Yards           8-95                        9-51
Punts/Average             3-37.3                   4-31.8

Southeastern Scoring

First Quarter
Cody Huppenthal 1-yard run (Tyler
Melser kick), 9:39
Lance Stephens 18-yard run (Melser kick),
Second Quarter
Melser 44-yard field goal, 6:57
Third Quarter
Malik Sims 6-yard run (Melser kick),

Southeastern Stats

Rushing: Stephens 19-108, Huppenthal
14-35, Tone Cowherd 1-19, Sims 6-16,
Cole Russell 1-7, Ben Boysen 1-4, Nick
Mutchner 1-minus 1, Kody Sparks 3-
minus 17.
Passing: Huppenthal 4-11-37, Sparks 1-1-
minus 4.

Receiving: Sims 3-27, Jackson Lantz
1-11, Nathan Shuey 1-minus        4

North Central Stuns Fishers, 19-17, With Last Second TD

Will Syrus scored a first-half touchdown for Fishers on a 35-yard pass play


Hamilton County Reporter

Fishers was dealt a tough loss in its opening game Friday, as North Central
scored a touchdown with 54 seconds left in the fourth quarter to beat the Tigers 19-17
at Reynolds Tigers Stadium.

The Panthers led 13-7 at halftime, but Class 6A No. 10 Fishers took the lead in the
third quarter when Jon Vore threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Gee. Ben Norton
made the extra-point kick to give the Tigers the lead.

Norton then extended the lead early in the fourth by kicking a 25-yard field goal
with 10:23 remaining. North Central made a long drive in the middle of the quarter, but
turned the ball over on downs after Daniel Amadi chased down a Panther runner.

Fishers tried to run the clock down, but had to punt, and that set up NC’s winning
score. The Tigers tried to make a comeback, but turned the ball over on downs after four
incomplete passes. This was the first time the Panthers had beaten Fishers; the Tigers
had won their first three games against North Central.

The Tigers’ first-half touchdown came from a 35-yard pass play from Vore to Will
Syrus, with Norton making the extra-point kick.

Vore finished the game with 77 passing yards. Michael Noble was the leading
rusher, with 50 yards on 16 carries.

Fishers will travel to Pike next week.


North Central 19, Fishers 17

Score by Quarters:

North Central 7 6 0 6 – 19
Fishers              0 7 7 3 – 17

Team Stats
NC                     FHS
First Downs                                       21                       7
Yards Rushing                              36-121                 27-68
Yards Passing                               263                        77
Comp/Att/Int.                             20-36-3                4-17-0
Fumbles-Lost                             2-1                           1-1
Penalties/Yards                        6-49                           8-50
Punts/Average                         2-37.5                        5-39.8


Second Quarter
Will Syrus 35-yard pass from Jon Vore
(Ben Norton kick), 2:59

Third Quarter
Bryce Gee 47-yard pass from Vore
(Norton kick), 4:25

Fourth Quarter
Norton 25-yard field goal, 10:23
Fishers Stats

Rushing: Michael Noble 16-50, Matt
Wolff 8-36, Vore 2-minus 18.

Passing: Vore 4-13-77, Wolff 0-4-0.

Receiving: Syrus 2-31, Gee 1-47, Mason
McCartney 1-minus 1.


Chemical Spill at Fishers YMCA, No Major Injuries

Picture furnished by Fishers Fire Dept

A chemical spill incident, believed to be centered on the chemicals used for the swimming pool, was reported mid-day Friday.  Fishers Fire Department spokesman John Mehling says 7 people were treated for minor complaints of burning eyes and coughing at the scene and none required hospitalization.

Officials are still investigating what specific chemical was involved in this spill.

Fire Department personnel expect to be on the scene until about 2:30 today, then the area will be turned over to the cleanup crew for any required repairs.


HSE High School 50th Anniversary Celebration Set Sunday, September 10, 2-4pm

HSE HS Principal Matt Kegley, with a picture of the original building

When Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) High School decided to have a 50th anniversary celebration of the original school’s opening, current HSE Principal Matt Kegley thought it would be easy to find the date of the first school year.  But he found that to be a little more complicated than he thought.

“The senior class graduating in the spring of 1967 were actually given the choice whether they wanted to graduate as Fishers Tigers or as Hamilton Southeastern Royals,” Kegley explained.  “If you look back in the yearbook, you see sports teams with kids wearing both.”

So Kegley and other officials took into account that transition year and decided 2017 would be the 50th anniversary of the opening for Hamilton Southeastern High School. There was a much smaller building at the time of opening, but Kegley says some of that original building is still used to this day.  The school slowly grew over the years with additions and renovations to the structure.

HSE High School has been celebrating the 50th anniversary for the past year, but Kegley and his staff are preparing for an Open House at the school Sunday, September 10th, 2-4pm.

“We’re trying to bring out some memorabilia, some yearboooks, some old uniforms,” said Kegley.  There will be places set-up in the building where visitors may browse themselves, but student guides will also be available.  The student choir, orchestra and band will be playing throughout the building during the anniversary event.


Portillo’s Opening In Fishers September 26

It is always fascinating to me which stories I post get the most attention from my readers. IKEA is high on the list.  The new Harley Davidson dealership under construction here received a lot more readers than I had anticipated.

But the coming of Portillo’s, the hot dog heaven for many in the Chicago area, created quite a stir when that was announced.  Portillo’s now says it is opening in Fishers September 26th.  Anyone driving by their construction site on 116th Street just east of I-69 must be wondering – how in the world will that building be completed by September 26th?

I have no idea, but Portillo’s has built plenty of restaurants in this part of the nation so I presume they know what they are doing.  But I am wondering why this date was announced shortly after IKEA announced their October 11th opening day in Fishers.  Could it be that Portillo’s wants to be open and ready for business when IKEA opens its doors? There is no way of knowing, but one wonders.




Mayor Fadness Talks Sports Complex, Amphitheater Upgrades

A new sports complex may be coming to the Saxony area of Fishers after all.  The project has been on hold since the initial announcement in 2015.  Mayor Scott Fadness told the Fishers City Council Finance Committee Wednesday evening that the revised project will be much the same as the original one, with two major changes.  The new plan will not contain an arena or a parking garage.  The new proposed site will be on the other side of Olio Road, away from the residential area.

The city would lease space for community use.

The mayor emphasized to the Finance Committee that the new financing package for this complex will consist of a special revenue bond.  The bond will go through the Fishers Economic Development Commission only because parts of the project will be eligible for tax exempt financing, but the mayor made clear the city will not back these bonds, and that it will be up to the developer and the bank handling the transaction to sell these debt instruments on the open market.

“In no way, shape or form, do those bonds or the financial obligations that come with them, have anything to do with City of Fishers,” Fadness told members of the Finance Committee.  “So we are not on the hook in any way, shape or form for the debt associated with this project.”

The matter will go before the Fishers City Council Monday night.

Turning to yet another project, the city is proposing a $7 million upgrade to the downtown Amphitheater.

“We are a victim of our own success,” Mayor Fadness said, on the need for these upgrades.

This will include a redesign of the parking configuration for Amphitheater events.  The mayor described plans to move the stage further out to allow for more arts events, such as plays and space for an orchestra, and align the roof of the Amphitheater consistent with those changes.

The city will be under a tight timeline to complete this construction in time for next year’s programs.  Fadness expects to begin the project just after the annual “Boo Bash” Halloween costume party.  begin construction then, and have the facility ready by the middle of May, 2018.  “We should be praying for a mild winter,” said Fadness, so the project will be done on time.

The city has hired an architectural firm for this project and the mayor is hoping to have designs ready soon for council members to review.