Like many other small towns in the Hoosier State, Plainfield, Indiana relies on its high school for the excitement of organized competition. Unlike other small towns in Indiana, however, Plainfield is also right next to the state capital, Indianapolis; any town that has to compete with Indianapolis sports is probably not going to have too many sports teams of its own. Why watch a high school football or basketball game when you can drive northeast a few miles and see the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium or the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse?
|Video highlights of a Plainfield High School basketball player in 2006|
Despite their proximity to these major Indianapolis attractions, residents of Plainfield are still proud of their resident Plainfield sports teams, the Plainfield High School Quakers. This center of Plainfield education fields four athletic teams in addition to a marching band and a choir ensemble. Students at Plainfield High School can play football, run track, participate in swimming and diving, or take part in that old Hoosier classic, basketball.
Plainfield sports teams are all highly competitive. In 2008, the Quakers football team closed out the season with an impressive 9-3 record; the team earned wins over Danville, Martinsville, Franklin, Mooresville, and Greenwood during the regular season. During the sectionals tournament, the Plainfield Quakers defeated Frankfort and Broad Ripple High School in the first and second rounds before losing to the Zionsville Eagles in the Sectional Championship.
|Video highlights of tailgating at Plainfield High School football game in 2007|
In 2009, the Plainfield High School basketball team was proud to take home the Hendricks County Championship after knocking off Avon and Brownsburg. The Plainfield High School Marching Band, though not technically an athletic team, has excelled in recent years. They earned fifth place at the Indiana State School Music Association state finals in both 2008 and 2007 and have been in some sort of championship for the past six years. In 2009, the band was thick in the running for the ISSMA’s state championship; they competed at the semi-state competition at Pike High School in Indianapolis.
|Video of the Plainfield High School marching band at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis|
If you’d rather play Plainfield sports than watch them but are considerably past high school age, don’t worry. Plainfield parks are chock full of places to flex your sporting muscles. Almost every one of the seven Plainfield parks have some sort of sporting field, including volleyball pits, tennis courts, baseball and softball diamonds, or open fields in which to play sports. Too out of shape for a game of baseball? Spend a few weeks at one of the many Plainfield gyms, and you’ll be in sporting shape in no time.
|Video of kids playing basketball at Jim Hummel Park in Plainfield, Indiana|
With so many stellar athletic teams and places to play in Plainfield, Indiana, Plainfield sports fans have it pretty easy. Between all the big games going on in nearby Indianapolis and the respectable accomplishments of all the Plainfield High School extracurricular teams and clubs, Plainfield residents have a lot to cheer for.