Thursday, December 31, 2009

SuperHoops New Years Classic on HTSI

HomeTown Sports will produce the following games from the 2010 SuperHoops Tourney at Mackey Arena on January 2nd. Air times are: New Albany v. Zionsville - Sunday 6pm Warsaw v. Noblesville - Sunday 8pm Carmel v. Valpo - Sunday 10pm

Saturday, December 19, 2009

100 Years in 100 Days

100 Years in 100 Days will air on HTSI on Christmas day at 7pm. This special presentation includes the announcement and celebration of the IHSAA's 100 years of boys basketball held at the Indiana Statehouse. The production includes several interviews with the legends of Indiana boys basketball. Watch Part 1 Watch Part 2

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I69 Battle on New Years Eve at 8pm

Comcast presents Part 1 of the Battle of I69 as the Indianapolis IUPUI Jaguars Men's Basketball team visits the IPFW Mastodons in the Fort Wayne Coliseum New Years Eve. Tune into HomeTown Sports Indiana, digital channel 81 at 8PM. Then, just after new year, catch the replay on Comcast VOD.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Big Games this Week at 8pm

Monday: Basketball - Noblesville vs HSE Tuesday: Basketball IUPUI vs IU South Bend Wednesday: Girls Basketball - Western Boone vs Hamilton Heights Thursday: Basketball - Pike vs. Lawrence Central Friday: Basketball - Zionsville vs Hamilton Southeastern (LIVE)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Indianapolis Homeschool Wildcat Basketball

The Indianapolis WildCats home game against the Tippecanoe Tornados (Saturday December 19 at 7:30pm) will be aired tape delay on HomeTown Sports Indiana. Air times are: Sunday 12/20 at 8pm and Monday 12/21 at 10pm.

Monday, December 7, 2009

This Week on HTSI 81

This Weeks, "Big Games, Big Rivalries" continues in high gear. All games are at 8PM: Monday: Butler vs, Central Connecticut State in the Gridiron Classic Tuesday: IHSAA 3A Football State Championship Wednesday: Columbus East vs. Heritage Christian Boys Basketball Thursday: Transylvania vs Franklin College Mens Basketball Friday: Noblesville vs HSE LIVE Boys Basketball

Friday, December 4, 2009

Operation Basketball Begins...

Tonight, HomeTown and WTHR begin this year's "Operation Basketball LIVE" with Danville visiting Avon in another "Big Game, Big Rivalry". Join Jerry, Jan and Greg as they call the action live on 13.3 and HomeTown Sports Indiana, Digital 81.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Big Games - Big Rivalries at 8PM

Set your VCR for 8pm! HomeTown will be airing the biggest, baddest sporting events we can find, weekdays at 8pm. High School, College...even Home School games...right here on 81. 11/30 Monday: HSE vs Fishers 12/1 Tuesday: 5A Football replay, Warren C. vs Carmel 12/2 Wednesday: Bloomington S vs New Albany (6PM) then Westfield vs Pendleton Heights (8PM) 12/3 Thursday: HSE vs Brownsburg (Girls) 12/4 Friday: Danville vs. Avon (Live) 12/5 Saturday: NCAA - NKU vs UIndy Men

The Mark Herrmann Show

The Mark Herrmann show is coming to HTSI. Mark and Rake talk Colts Football from Robby's Pub on Indy's south side. Join the crew at Robby's at 6PM Monday and watch the show Wednesday's at 7pm and Thursday's at 5:30om and 10pm on HomeTown Sports Indiana, channel 81.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sports This Week

HSE vs Fishers Boys Basketball Tuesday: Tape delayed 10:30pm IHSAA Football State Finals Live Friday: 1A - 3:30pm, 2A - 7pm Saturday: 3A - 12pm, 4A - 3:30pm, 5A - 7pm HomeTown 81 HomeTown Sports, digital channel 81 is available on Comcast and Brighthouse Cable.

Monday, November 16, 2009

IHSAA Semi-State Football

HomeTown Sports and Operation Football will bring the Center Grove vs. Warren Central Football game to 13.3 and channel 81 Friday at 7pm. Check our schedule for replays and look for the game on Comcast VOD.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

HomeTown Wins Award

Small Business or Start-up of the Year - HomeTown Television Other finalists include Culver's of Noblesville and Peterson Architecture. HomeTown Television's Roy Johnson said the station began as a necessity to better inform the community of its events and sports. "In 2002 the daily newspaper had gone down to two days a week. There was no local television station, no radio station, no way to distinguish Noblesville and Hamilton County from anywhere else that was just a suburb of Indianapolis," he said. "So we started talking about doing something that was community service oriented. It gave us a chance to kinda look at the heart and soul of the area in which we live and appreciate all the things about this community." The business is involved within the community in a lot of ways - from covering council meetings to parades and the annual Street Dance - but HomeTown Television is most known for its coverage of Hamilton County high school sporting events. "We started off with local high school sports - it expanded into doing all the state championships for the IHSAA," said Johnson. "The NCAA, we're doing a lot of things for them now - a lot of the local colleges." HomeTown Television covers the University of Indianapolis, Wabash College, Marian University and Franklin College with its HomeTown Sports Indiana channel. "HomeTown Sports Indiana has really evolved into a sports mega station for the state of Indiana," said Johnson. "We not only do all the local high school - football, soccer, basketball, softball, baseball - we've also done things like the NCAA Division I championships in golf at Purdue. HomeTown Television does a live high school football game on Friday nights, a tape delayed game on Friday night, and covers two college football games on Saturdays. "To put on these kinds of productions we do, especially the sporting events, it's not just grab a camera and go out there and start filming," said Johnson. "Rick Vanderwielen, the guy who started the company, is the genius behind it all of that because he built it all from scratch, he knows what we need and is constantly improving on what we are putting on there." On Comcast, HomeTown Television can be found on channel 19. HomeTown Sports Indiana can be found on channel 81.

Monday, November 9, 2009

GLVC Volleyball Championship on HTSI

INDIANAPOLIS - The GLVC volleyball regular season came to a close on Saturday and Lewis completed an undefeated conference season. Lewis (28-3/14-0) will host the eight-team GLVC Tournament next weekend. HomeTown Sports will televise the Championship match Sunday, November 15th at 1pm CST (2pm EST) live on B2 Networks. The match replays during the following week on HTSI 81 through-out Indiana.

IU-PU Challenge Coming to HTSI

The IU/PU Challenge will be hosted by IU-East on Nov. 13 and 14. The event brings IU East, Indiana University Southeast, Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central together for a pair of doubleheaders. The IU/PU Challenge games will be rebroadcast on Hometown Sports Network, Comcast Channel 81. The telecast will be available to 500,000 households across Indiana. See our schedule for air times.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Action Indiana To Air Games on HTSI

Action Indiana Sports will be producing Bloomington South basketball games this year. Look for airings during the week following the game with a "Prime Time" presentation on HomeTown Sports Indiana at 6pm on Wednesdays. Welcome AIS to the HomeTown team.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


The IHSAA Class 4A Volleyball State Championship will air live at 8pm this Saturday on HomeTown Sports Indiana. The game will be replayed the following week and made available on your digital cable Video-On-Demand service.

It's Brownsburg vs. Avon Friday

Operation Football Live and HomeTown Sports will be covering the Brownsburg vs. Avon Friday, Live at 7pm this Friday. Be sure to catch the replays on HTSI 81 and on Comcast VOD.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


10/29/2009 10:58:59 AM INDIANAPOLIS - The first of 10 Ron Hunter Shows made its 2009 debut on Hometown Sports on Wednesday night and is scheduled to be aired five more times this week. The first episode was filmed in the IUPUI Athletics offices while the final nine episodes will be taped inside the new Campus Center, located on the southwest corner of Michigan Street and University Blvd.. This week's show will air on Hometown Sports on Thursday night at 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. and Friday at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.. Hometown Sports is channel 81 on both Comcast and Brighthouse and is carried across the state of Indiana. Episodes will also be archived as part of Comcast On Demand programming. Fans are encouraged to attend future tapings and some lucky fans may also appear on the program. The show, hosted by Greg Rakestraw, will be taped on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. inside the campus center on the following dates (subject to change): Nov. 9 Nov. 30 Dec. 7 Dec. 21 Jan. 4 Jan. 18 Feb. 1 Feb. 15 Mar. 1

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Operation Football to cover Carmel vs Fishers

BREAKING: The HomeTown Sports team and WTHR Operation Football Live will be covering the Carmel at Fishers semi-final sectional football game this coming friday.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sectional Football Schedules

HomeTown Sports will be airing: Lawrence Central at Lawrence North. Live at 7pm, replayed Saturday morning at 9am. Columbus East at Columbus North. Live on, replayed at 12 Noon on Saturday. Bloomington South at Center Grove. Airs on Saturday at 3pm. Other replays will be shown. Check our schedule for more times.

Monday, October 12, 2009

IHSAA Football Selection Show 6-8pm Tuesday

We'll be broadcasting the internet stream of the high school football selection show by on HTSI beginning at 6pm Tuesday.

See and Hear the Big Explosion on Friday

High School Footbal This Week

Operation Football Live will air the Carmel vs Ben Davis game live on 13.3 and HomeTown Sports Indiana. Also, will air the Warren Central vs Carmel game replaying on HTSI. Stay tuned...later this week we'll have our selections of Sectional Games posted.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

HomeTown Sports now on Brighthouse Cable

HomeTown Sports Indiana is now available to Brighthouse Cable subscribers in Indianapolis, Carmel and Zionsville. Welcome to Indiana's only all-sports, all-Indiana sports network. Check out HTSI on digital channel 81.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ritter vs Park Tudor Live Friday

Operation Football Live and HomeTown Sports travel to Park Tudor as Ritter visits. Air time is 7pm on HomeTown Sports Indiana 81 and WTHR 13.3 Join Jan and Jerry as they call the action between these two 4-1 teams.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Operation Football Live Friday

WTHR and HomeTown partner again this Friday to televise the Zionsville vs Westfield Football game. The live presentation is at 7pm on WTHR's NBC Universal channel (13.3) and simulcasted on HomeTown Sports Indiana (Comcast 81). Look for the replays on 81 and comcast's VOD channel 1.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Crowne Plaza Pre-Game Tailgate Show

Looking for a place to start your Colts game day? Join ex-Colt Jeff Burris, John Oehser of, and host Greg Rakestraw downtown for the “Crowne Plaza Pre-Game Tailgate Show”, broadcast live on HomeTown Sports Indiana. Things kick-off at 10 am and will go until noon. Come and enjoy in-depth analysis, as Greg, Jeff and John breakdown all the day’s games and what it will take for the Colts to get the win. Enjoy great food and beer at The Pullman’s Tailgate. Don’t have tickets for the game? Stay with us and watch the game in Pullman’s Lounge on one of the 11 high def TVs. The “Crowne Plaza Pre-Game Tailgate Show” is THE way to start your Colts game day. For more information please go to

Sunday, August 30, 2009

College Football Schedule

Events times are listed, but subject to change. All games are live on the internet, replayed on HTSI 81 Sunday and Monday: 9/5 Grand Valley State vs UIndy 6pm
9/12 Denison vs Wabash 1pm
9/12 Wayne State vs UIndy 6pm
9/19 Grandview vs Marian 1pm
9/26 Kenyon vs Wabash 2pm
9/26 Saginaw Valley vs UIndy 6pm
10/3 Defiance vs Franklin 1:30pm
10/10 Washington University vs Wabash 1pm
10/17 Wittenberg vs Wabash 1pm
10/17 Michigan Tech vs UIndy 6pm
10/24 Tiffin vs UIndy 6pm
11/7 Hiram vs Wabash 1pm

Now Playing on HomeTown Sports Indiana

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mustseeracing on HomeTown Sports

Race Fans, HomeTown Sports Indiana and are partnering to bring you 5 consecutive weeks of exciting racing. It all starts on Wednesday, September 9th at 8pm with the Payless Little 500 from the Anderson Speedway, the "Worlds Fastest High Banked Quarter Mile Oval". We'll have races from Salem, Winchester and more Anderson Races. Visit for more information about the schedule of this year's events...Wednesday nights at 8pm on HomeTown Sports Indiana, Comcast 81.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

High School Football Game Coverage

Our Hometown/WTHR game schedule is as follows: 8/28 HSE vs Fishers 9/4 Roncalli vs Chatard 9/11 Perry Meridian vs Southport 9/18 Zionsville vs Westfield 9/25 TBA 10/2 Ben Davis vs Center Grove 10/9 Plainfield vs Mooresville 10/16 Carmel vs Ben Davis Our schedule is as follows: 8/28 Pike vs Center Grove 9/4 Center Grove vs Carmel 9/11 HSE vs Zionsville 9/18 Whiteland vs Danville 9/25 Columbus N vs Pike 10/2 Warren Central vs Carmel 10/9 Bloomington S vs Columbus N 10/16 Center Grove vs Warren Central

UIndy Football This Week

The Greyhounds Host the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers at Key Stadium Thursday at 7pm. Air times on HTSI are Saturday and Sunday at 6pm.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Dan Dakich Live Monday thru Friday at 10am

Live from "1070 the Fan", it's the Dan Dakich Show. Tune in to channel 81 every Monday thru Friday from 10am to 1pm on HomeTown Sports Indiana.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Center Grove Football Show with Coach Eric Moore

Join Coach Eric Moore and Mike Duke as they discuss last week's football game and preview the upcoming contest on Friday. Every Tuesday night at 8pm, repeated at 6:30pm Wednesday on HomeTown Sports Indiana

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Big Games this Weekend on HTSI and HomeTown will be producing the Cathedral vs Carmel football game Friday. Listen live on 1070 The Fan, watch live on and view the game again on HomeTown Sports Indiana at 10:30-11:00pm, Saturday morning at 9am and Monday night at 7pm. PLUS, Perry Meridian vs. Center Grove airs on HomeTown Sports Saturday at 3pm, repeating Sunday night at 7pm.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

HTSI to Air Franklin Football

HomeTown will be producing and airing the 10/3 Franklin College football game versus Defiance College. Franklin is rated #19 nationlly in the D3 preseason poll. We welcome the Grizzlies to the HomeTown Sports Team. Air times will be announced soon.

HomeTown Producing Legion World Series

HomeTown Sports and Webstream Productions are webcasting the 2009 American Legion World Series from Fargo, ND. View the games at Games air August 14-18, 2009.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wabash Football on HomeTown This Fall

All Wabash College Football home games will be aired live on the internet and air tape delayed statewide on network television. Check out and follow the sports link for the live feed. Games air on HomeTown Sports Indiana, Comast and Brighthouse 81 on Monday at 6pm. and HTSI Bringing More Sports, a division of Emmis Communications and HomeTown Sports Indiana will partner to provide several internet live productions of Indiana High School sports, including weekly football games and several IHSAA State Championships. Our fall football game can be viewed on live, or seen replayed on HomeTown Sports Indiana on Saturday mornings at 9am. Don't forget: All of our productions are posted on Comcast VOD channel 1. Just another reason to have Comcast and Brighthouse Cable.

Operation Football LIVE this Fall on WTHR

WTHR's hugely popular "Operation Football" adds a "Live" element as HomeTown Sports Indiana joins the team to present the biggest, baddest live high school football game in Central Indiana airing on WTHR 13.3 and simulcasting on HomeTown Sports Indiana, digital cable 81. Then after game, jump back to WTHR's main channel and catch Dave Calabro with the night's highlights on Operation Football. The game will be replayed on 13.3 on Saturday and Sunday night...and...state wide on HomeTown Sports Indiana 81 Saturday's at 3pm. PLUS, you'll find the game on Comcast VOD, channel 1. Remember, we're only on Cable. No Uverse, No Satellite.

UIndy Football on HomeTown Sports Indiana

HTSI and the University of Indianapolis will partner to bring all home Greyhound football games to television this year. UIndy has been packing the house in recent years with record crowds. The games will replay Sunday night at 6pm.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

What is HomeTown Sports Indiana?

HomeTown Sports Indiana will be Indiana's Television portal for local sports. We'll be seen on channel 81 on Comcast and soon, Brighthouse digital cable. Here's our FAQ about our new network: Are you owned by Comcast? No, we are partners with Comcast and Brighthouse. We are a sports production company formed in 2002 as HomeTown Television Corporation. For the last 7 years, we've produced nearly 1000 sports events seen on the web and on analog channel 19 in Hamilton County. What Sports will be Seen on Channel 81? The best answer to this question is everything that is an Indiana High School, College or Professional sports. For years...actually since the old channel 4 days, local sports have been pretty much absent from television. Our goal, reverse this and bring all who desire a television audience a presence on our network. So, name a few sports we'll see... All future IHSAA championship sports will be on 81. Plus, thru a partnership with, you'll see Soccer and Softball state finals. Also on HomeTown this fall:
Wabash College Football UIndy Football and Basketball Marian Football The Indianapolis Indians The Fort Wayne TinCaps High School Soccer Four (4) High School Football Games Weekly, including a simulcast of WTHR's Operation Football Live game of the Week and all Center Grove Football Games. IUPUI Sports, including all Home Basketball Games
How Can you learn more? Give Greg Rakestraw a call at 317-490-2604.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Are we Having Fun Yet?

Brad Silbert, Jerry Baker, and Big Jan Boser man the booth to call the Grange Insurance North South Football All Star Game on Friday Night. A great game! It was live on WTHR 13.3 Look for more 'live' football in our HomeTown Sports - Channel 13 Operation Football Live this fall.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Standby for Launch !!!

Get Ready, HomeTown Sports is about to fire up Indiana's first dedicated sports network. HomeTown Sports Indiana will be available to all comcast digital subscribers in the Fort Wayne and Central Indiana areas on channel 81. Brighthouse subscribers will quickly follow. You'll see bunches of high school football, some live, this fall. UIndy, Wabash and Marian football games are on board. So is a full season of soccer! HomeTown 81 is also the home of all IHSAA championships. And, our events will be posted on Comcast Channel 1, our video on demand portal. If you'd like more info, drop Rick a note (

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Jr. Sr. All Star Basketball Games

HomeTown Sports and WTHR, Channel 13.3 are partnering to air the Indianapolis Star's Junior-Senior All Star Basketball Series. Game 1 of the series will be at Benton Central High School on June 9th. Game 2 is at New Albany High School on June 11th. Air times on WTHR, Channel 13.3 are: Wed, 6/10 7-9p Girls Game 1 Wed, 6/10 9-11p Boys Game 1 Fri, 6/12 7-9p Girls Game 2 Fri, 6/12 9-11p Boys Game 3 Replayed Sun, 6/14 7-9p Girls Game 1 Sun, 6/14 9-11p Boys Game 1 Mon, 6/15 7-9p Girls Game 2 Mon, 6/15 9-11p Boys Game 2 The senior team's two-game exhibition series against the Kentucky Senior All-Stars will be played on June 13th at 3pm at Conseco and in Kentucky on June 14th.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

HomeTown Producing NCAA National Championship

HomeTown Sports will produce and webcast the Division II, NCAA baseball championships from Cary, North Carolina. Game dates are 5/23 thru 5/30 and are viewable free at HomeTown Sports, a division of HomeTown Television produces 150+ sporting events yearly for TV and the web. For more information contact Greg Rakestraw, VP of content and programming,

Friday, May 8, 2009

Greg Rakestraw Joins HomeTown Sports

(Noblesville, Indiana) - Veteran announcer and sports personality, Greg Rakestraw, has joined HomeTown Sports as Vice President of Programming and Content. He will be responsible for managing and directing the growth of high school, small college and Indiana based professional sports productions for HomeTown Sports Indiana, a 24/7 state wide cable based network to be launched this summer. "HomeTown has enjoyed working with Greg as a sports personality for the last 2 years", said Rick Vanderwielen HomeTown's founder and President, "His passion and knowledge of local sports is unparalleled." Greg is a 1998 graduate of the University of Indianapolis and is the radio voice of IUPUI Jaguar basketball and the lead play-by-play announcer for the UIndy Television Network. HomeTown Sports is a division of HomeTown Television Corporation, which owns and operates 2 - leased channels on the Comcast Cable system. HomeTown and it's sister company, Webstream Productions of Indianapolis, produce 550+ sports productions airing on television, internet and on-demand.