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By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

New Castle Little League Sign-ups

New Castle Little League Baseball has announced its procedures in preparation for the upcoming 2018 season. All youths who will be age six before Sept. 1 will be allowed to play this year.

There will be three leagues this season: Minor League with pitching machine for those ages 6-8; Minor League with youth pitching for those ages 7-11; and Major League for those ages 9-12.

Sign-ups will be Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Parker Elementary School, Thursday, Feb. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Blue River Valley Elementary School, and Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Parker Elementary School.

Tryouts are scheduled for Sunday, March 4 at the Old New Castle Armory. Those ages 7-8 will try out from 1:00-2:30 p.m., those ages 9-10 will try out from 2:30-4:00 p.m., and those ages 11-12 will try out from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Those at age 6 don't need to try out.

Babe Ruth League Registration

Registration for the the New Castle Babe Ruth League 2018 season is now open through March 15 and is done online at www.ncbr1957.com.

There will be two divisions this season, one for those ages 13-15 and another for those ages 16-18.

Tryouts for new players will be at the Old National Guard Armory (15th Street and Grand Avenue) from 6-8 p.m. March 16 and 2-4 p.m. March 18. All new players must attend one tryout session.

Jr. High/Middle School Girls Basketball

Hagerstown 41, Cambridge City Lincoln 18 (8th)

The 8th grade Lady Tigers continued to roll with a 23-point victory over the Golden Eagles Thursday night.

Madelynn Ward led the way in scoring for Hagerstown with nine points, Carli Cox and Grace Klein had eight points apiece, Carli Cox and Kayti Kieffer had six each, and Marissa Slagle added four.

Tri 27, New Castle 10 (7th)

The 7th-grade Trojan girls fought hard but fell to the visiting Titans Thursday evening.

Leading the way in scoring for New Castle were Jayci Reeves with six points and Chloe Vaughn with four. Sakagawea Watson contributed by grabbing eight rebounds, while Jayci Reeves corralled six caroms.

The Trojan girls have their final week of the basketball season this week starting Monday at Greenfield-Central.

Tri 26, New Castle 23 (8th)

The Titan 8th grade girls rallied from losses the last couple of weeks to capture a road win against the Trojans Thursday night. Scoring for Tri were Cayla Claar and Maleah Hewitt with eight points apiece. The Titan dynamic guards of Ally Wissler and Ashtyn Harvey added five points apiece.

New Castle got off to a slow start in the first half but finished strongly in the second half in their three-point loss to the Titans.

Leading the way in scoring for the Trojans were Maddy Meek with 12 points, Karsen Morgan with eight points, and Alyssa Cole with three points. Anyssa Hall pulled down 10 rebounds, while Maddy Meek had six. Hall also contributed five steals and Alyssa Stewart had four steals.

New Castle plays at Greenfield-Central Monday.

BSU Men Defeat KSU

MUNCIE - Ball State University big men Trey Moses and Tahjai Teague combined for 42 points Friday night, helping the Cardinals dominate the paint en route to an 87-68 victory over Kent State in front of a national television audience on ESPNU.

Moses matched his career-high with 22 points as Ball State earned its first victory over the Golden Flashes since 2005. Teague recorded his fifth double-double of the year with 20 points and a career-best 14 rebounds.

Ball State won for the fourth time in the past five games to improve to 16-9 (7-5 MAC). Kent State fell to 12-13 (6-6 MAC) with the loss.

Monday's Sports Events

None scheduled

Tuesday's Sports Events

Boys Basketball: Eastern Hancock at Blue River Valley 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball: Knightstown at Southwestern (Shelby) 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball: New Castle at Pendleton Heights 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball: Shenandoah at Union (Modoc) 6:30 p.m. (varsity only)

Boys Basketball: Seton Catholic at Tri 6 p.m.