Mt. Vernon No. 1 freshman Kylie Brandes has been named second team all-state in singles by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association.

Brandes just completed her first season as the Marauders’ No. 1 singles player.

Among her rookie season accomplishments, she won the Hancock County No. 1 singles tournament, a big part of the Hancock County program’s 12th straight title.

She also helped the team win an eighth straight section championship.

This marks the first time in the history of the Mt. Vernon program that a freshman has been named a state first or second team.

Anderson County Stars

Seven Hancock County high school basketball stars are set to play this weekend in the 14th annual Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic at OC Lewis Gymnasium on the Anderson University campus.

Five boys will participate in matches on Friday. Two girls will play on Saturday.

New Palestine’s Steele Brasfield is expected to play in the 10 a.m. senior match. Greenfield-Central’s Braylon Mullins is scheduled to take part in the Futures Game at 1 p.m. for players who were either freshmen or sophomores last season.

GC’s Dylan Moles and Eastern Hancock’s Jacob Spaulding and Silas Spaulding are part of a pair of Junior Games which will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Ellery Minch of Mt. Vernon and Chaney Brown of Greenfield-Central are part of the Futures Games which will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Marshall heads to AU

New Palestine’s Grace Marshall is part of the 13-member freshman class for the 2022-23 Anderson University women’s basketball season.

Marshall, a 5-8 guard who played his senior year of high school basketball at Heritage Christian School, was named an all-state honorable mention by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Last season, she averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.

She plans to major in pre-law.

Local races

Leary finishes third

Greenfield’s CJ Leary finished third in the Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Series showpiece event at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri on Saturday.

Leary had one of the biggest moves of any driver in the race, moving up 10 places from his 13th starting position.

Brady Bacon won the 30-lap final. Matt Westfall finished second. Leary finished third in just 1.840 seconds.

Leary’s qualifying time on the 1/3 mile track of 13.758 seconds was the fastest of the field, earning him the Whitz Racing Products QuickTime award.

Albertson on track with NASCAR legend

Ashlea Albertson of Greenfield will compete on the dirt track at the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Thursday in the Tony Stewart All Star Circuit of Champions TQ Midget Series.

The NASCAR legend acquired the Indiana-based series in 2019. Albertson and Joey Paxson are part of the Tony Stewart Racing team.

Stewart will also compete in the event which begins Thursday at 7 p.m.

Houk competing at Sebring

As part of Rounds 4-6 of the Lucas Oil Racing School Championship Series, McCordsville’s Ayrton Houk will compete at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. June 20-21.

Houk is currently third in the series points standings.

The series has six events (18 races in total) with three races at each venue. In May, he raced at NOLA Motorsports Park in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Following this weekend’s races, Houk will race Aug. 2-3 for rounds 7-9 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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