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Ayers' heave chosen as top play

TOP 10 REACTION: Frankfort's Jade Ayers, right, and teammates celebrated after Ayers hit a three-quarter court shot just before the halftime buzzer on Feb. 20 in a 61-44 win at Clinton Central. The shot was recently named an ISC Sports Network 2018-2019 Top 10 Play of the Year.

Frankfort guard Jade Ayers three-quarter court shot against Clinton Central was recently chosen as the third-best play on the ISC Sports Network 2018-2019 Top 10 Plays of the Year.

Hot Dog Chatter, the online sports news channel recently started at Frankfort and ran by students, highlighted Ayers’ inclusion on the list last week.

“It was not exactly a year to remember for the Hot Dogs,” ISC program host Greg Rakestraw said in introducing the video of Ayers’ shot. “... However, we were there for one of the better nights of the year for the Hot Dogs, a victory against Clinton Central and a sign of things that were going to happen that night going into halftime.”

The ISC announcer that night noted, “There’s time for Ayers. He’ll just chuck this one in the air” as Ayers hauled off with a football pass from deep, with the reaction of “Oh, hohoho” as it banked against the glass and in.

“Sometimes it’s just your night,” he continued, as the Hot Dogs would ride the momentum to a 61-44 win on Feb. 20. “From about 70 feet and that young man will be happy our cameras were here for tonight’s contest. … That’s going to make Sports Center.”

ISC commentator Jan Boser noted Ayers’ shot “is what makes high school basketball. This is Indiana high school basketball at its best” during the Top 10 show, with fellow commentator Lance Scheib adding, “Jade Ayers, this is something you practice all the time with your buddies at practice.

“He got to live this dream now with a three-quarter one-handed shot against Clinton Central … a great memory he’ll never forget.”

The Top 10 show can be found at www.iscsportsnetwork.com/videos/2018-19-isc-sports-network-top-10-plays-of-the-year. The portion on Ayers’ shot starts at 37:41 in the broadcast.

Hot Dog golfers busy with tourneys

Frankfort girls golf competed in three tournaments in three days from Thursday through Saturday, with the Hot Dogs finishing 11th out of 18 teams in the Twin Lakes Invitational at Monticello on Saturday.

Frankfort shot a 425 for 18 holes during the event, which was won by Harrison with a 355. Sidney Cesare led the Hot Dogs with an 89, with Emilee Shipley (102), Raelyn Mitchell (115) and Karleigh Bessler (119) finishing out the team’s scoring. Samantha Sharp shot a 122, which was not included in the team score.

Rossville finished 15th in the event with a 452. Individual scores were not available at press deadline for the Hornets.

“First match of the season in the books,” a post on Rossville golf’s Twitter account noted. “It’s tough to have an 18 hole invite as the first, but the girls did great once they shook some nerves off. Looking forward to a fun season with a great group!”

On Friday, Frankfort finished third out of six teams in the green division at the Benton Central Invite at Oak Grove Golf Course. Two divisions played separately on the front and back nines during the tournament. West Lafayette won the green division with a 177, with Frankfort finishing with a 194.

Shipley placed second in the division with a 40, while Cesare was third with a 41.

On Thursday, the Hot Dogs took 10th out of 11 teams at the West Lafayette Invite. Tipton won the event with a 174, with Frankfort shooting a 214. Cesare carded the low round for the Hot Dogs with a 45.

Frankfort next visits Tri-West at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in a tri-match with the host Bruins and Clinton Prairie. 

Central golf takes 2nd

Clinton Central beat Taylor and lost to Logansport in girls golf on Friday at Coyote Crossing Golf Club in West Lafayette. “We only had four players because of State Fair stuff,” head coach Kim Deck said.

She did not have individual results immediately available to report. The Bulldogs visited Western on Monday evening, with the match ending after the Times’ press deadline. They next visit Eastern in Greentown at 5 p.m. Wednesday.