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Sunday, April 24


It has been five years since two players from Northwest Indiana were placed on the Indiana All-Stars. Natalie Yudt of Portage and Kristi Koselke of North Newton played together on the All-Star team in 2000. This year two of the finest from the Duneland Conference will represent NWI on the All-Star squad. Cassie Kerns (left), who has committed to former national champ Connecticut, and Cassie Pruzin (right), who is to continue her basketball career at Division III DePauw, will carry the girls basketball torch for the Region this summer. Pruzin will get a chance to familiarize herself with the DePauw campus early when the All-Stars report there on June 12 to begin practice for the two-game series with Kentucky, the first game of which is on June 18 in Bowling Green. The final game will be on June 25 at Conseco Fieldhouse.


Class of 2005 brings talent, height to All-Star lineup - Indianapolis Star
Two win Region star search - The Times
Litka, Taylor honors make hoops history - South Bend Tribune
Mays claims spot on Indiana All-Star roster - Chronicle-Tribune

Photos courtesy of strempkagallery.com


The complete All-Stars roster is as follows:

2005 Indiana Girls All-Stars

Monday, April 18

Unlike the Civil War, the North did not prevail on Sunday in the North/South Indiana All-Star Classic. This summer, however, the hope is that the considerable talent on display in Sunday's event will group together to put the hurt on our neighbors to the South in the June All-Stars series. The South contingent from Indiana rolled in the 91-72 win from the tip-off, distancing themselves early with good ball pressure and accurate shooting. The North came within three points several times in the game, but could not get any closer. For the game, the North had 24 turnovers, resulting in 29 points off of turnovers from the South. Hamilton SE standout Kahla Roudebush led all scorers with 13 points, followed by some balanced scoring from Dana Beaven (11), Angela Willis (11) and Tara Miller (11), who played for the first time publicly after an ACL tear sidelined her during her senior season. Three other players -- Janette Burgin, Stephanie Ford and Kim Roberson -- scored nine points each. For the North, Miss Basketball Jodi Howell led the North team with 11, while Aimee Litka, Tanika Mays and Kendra Reynolds each had eight. The official stats from the game are linked below.

Official score sheet (PDF)
Valpo's Kerns remains confident - The Times
Roberson, Roudebush help South girls - Indianapolis Star
More photos from the Classic at strempkagallery.com

Sunday, April 17


This year's North-South Indiana All-Star Classic should provide a great game for Indiana girls basketball fans. The game, which will be played at Plymouth High School at  2:00 p.m. on Sunday, will feature 2005 Miss Basketball Jodi Howell of Alexandria on the North Team, together with a great lineup of top seniors for both the North and South Teams. The play should be intense, as this event is considered the final evaluation opportunity for players who are Indiana All-Star candidates. Although most certainly local product Cassie Kerns of Valparaiso is considered a lock for the All-Stars after a second-place finish in the Miss Basketball voting, DePauw-bound senior point guard Cassie Pruzin of Crown Point will be making her case for selection to the team. Rosters are as follows:

Dave Cox, Plymouth

Stefanie Gerardot, Fort Wayne Luers 5-10 Guard Massachusetts
Jodi Howell, Alexandria 6-0 Guard Purdue
Cassie Kerns, Valparaiso 6-3 Center Connecticut
Kara Kramer, Tippecanoe Valley 5-8 Guard Eastern Illinois
Aimee Litka, South Bend St. Joe 5-10 Forward Valparaiso
Tanika Mays, Marion 6-0 Forward IUPUI
BreAnne Miller, Huntington North 5-10 Guard Indiana Wesleyan
Cassie Pruzin, Crown Point 5-8 Guard DePauw
Rebekah Reichard, Warsaw 5-11 Forward Undecided
Kendra Reynolds, South Bend Riley 6-0 Center Indiana State
Jerri Taylor, South Bend Washington 5-6 Guard Xavier
Stacey Wendel, Plymouth 5-9 Forward Undecided

SOUTH COACH – Wayne Allen, Castle

Dana Beaven, Corydon Central 6-0 Forward Bellarmine
Janette Burgin, Clinton Prairie 5-10 Forward Quincy
Kris Coner, Indian Creek 6-1 Center Miami (Ohio)
Stephanie Ford, Franklin Central 6-3 Center Miami (Ohio)
Porchia Green, Indianapolis Arlington 5-7 Guard Ball State
Kiley Jarrett, Bloomington North 5-2 Guard Ball State
Tara Miller, North Harrison 5-10 Guard Indiana
Tiffany Reida, Western 5-5 Guard Indiana State
Kimberly Roberson, Cathedral 5-9 Guard Indiana
Kahla Roudebush, Hamilton SE 5-8 Forward Cincinnati
Angela Willis, Richmond 5-6 Guard Roane State


Local players, coach set for Classic - Courier-Press

NLC one big family on North squad - South Bend Tribune

Mays, Miller to play in North-South game - Marion Chronicle Tribune
PHS players, coaches to participate in All-Star game - Plymouth Pilot

A time to shine - Kokomo Tribune


Yes, we're late with coverage (what else is new!), but after months of speculation and debate, the issue of this year's top Indiana honor has been put to rest. Alexandria senior Jodi Howell was named Miss Basketball for 2005 by the Indianapolis Star on March 20. The Purdue signee received 64 of the 186 votes cast by high school girls basketball coaches and members of the media. Coming in second was Valparaiso standout and UConn signee Cassie Kerns. Howell will head up a yet-to-be-named supporting cast against the Kentucky All-Stars on June 18 at Western Kentucky University and on June 25 at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Before facing their competition to the south, however, the All-Stars will be challenged by a strong group of Junior All-Stars, who were named in the Indianapolis Star on March 27. For the first time this year, three regional teams of six players were selected in addition to the Core 6. This will allow the All-Stars three exhibition games instead of just two as in the past. Those games will take place on June 15 at Washington (South), June 21 at Carmel (North) and June 23 at Richmond (Central). Four outstanding NWI juniors were named to the squad, including Dee Dee Jernigan of East Chicago to the Core Team, and Erica Humes of Valparaiso, Brittney Moore of Merrillville and Kelly Peller of Chesterton to the North Team. All players named to the Junior All-Star Squads are as follows:


Core 6
Ashley Barlow, Pike
Amber Harris, North Central
Dee Dee Jernigan, East Chicago Central
Melissa Lechlitner, South Bend St. Joseph's
Susan Lester, Pendleton Heights
FahKara Malone, Evansville Memorial

North 6
Danielle Ben-Tsvulun, Harding
Erica Humes, Valparaiso
Brittney Moore, Merrillville
Kelly Peller, Chesterton
Courtney Reed, Northfield
Julie Seiss, Warsaw

Central 6
Hannah Baker, Brownsburg
Laura Bugher, Lutheran
Beth Marshall, Hamilton Southeastern
Kyleigh Jones, Elwood
Audrey McDonald, Kokomo
Melanie Thornton, Carmel

South 6
Jessica Breeden, Martinsville
Ashley Chase, Switzerland County
Jessica Huffman, Whiteland
Megan Payton, Bloomington South
Amanda Stull, Rushville
Stannye Wolfe, Corydon Central

Head coach: Steve Goddard, Bloomington North
Assistant coaches:
Marty Niehaus, Forest Park; Todd Salkoski, Shenandoah


More on Jodi Howell's announcement as Miss Basketball:

Alexandria's Jodi Howell named 2005 Miss Basketball - WTHR TV

Howell has message for young hoopsters - Hickory Husker

Howell to wear No. 1 - Louisville Courier-Journal

The ICGSA has announced its All-State selections for 2005. Heading the list on the first team is Miss Basketball Jodi Howell of Alexandria. Local players honored by the ICGSA include senior Cassie Kerns of Valparaiso on the first team and junior Dee Dee Jernigan of East Chicago (below) on the second team. The complete list is as follows:

ICGSA 2005 Girls Basketball
All-State Teams

First Team
• Jodi Howell SR - Alexandria
• Amber Harris JR - North Central
Cassie Kerns SR - Valparaiso
• Kim Roberson SR - Cathedral
• Kahla Roudebush SR - Hamilton Southeastern

Second Team
• Ta'Shia Phillips SO - Brebeuf
• Dana Beaven SR - Corydon Central
• FahKara Malone JR - Evansville Memorial
Dee Dee Jernigan JR - East Chicago Central
• Melissa Lechlitner JR - South Bend St. Joe

Third Team
• Ashley Barlow JR - Pike
• Mara Freshour SR - Brown County
• Aimee Litka SR - South Bend St. Joe
• Jerri Taylor SR - South Bend Washington
• Stephanie Gerardot SR - Fort Wayne Luers

The Louisville Courier-Journal has released its annual all-state selections. As might be expected, Alexandria senior Jodi Howell was the top vote-getter on the First Team. Locally, also as might be expected, senior Cassie Kerns (Valparaiso) and junior Dee Dee Jernigan (East Chicago Central) also garnered First Team honors. Senior Cassie Pruzin (Crown Point) was named to the Second Team. Making the Honorable Mention list were sophomore Becca Bruszewski (Wheeler), Angie Bush (Morgan Township), Whitney Cole (North Judson), Ashley Gates (Gary West Side), Erica Humes (Valparaiso), Kelly Peller (Chesterton), Leslie Rowan (Rensselaer) and Karissa Walter (Boone Grove).

News from around the state:

Southmont’s court soldier - Journal Review

Kerns, Jernigan named All-State - The Times

Harper fills Pioneers' scoring need - Mooresville/Decatur Times

Gorski carried her team to semistate to earn the HA's top honor - LaPorte Herald-Argus

2005 AP Indiana High School Girls Basketball All-State Teams - WANE-TV

Monrovia's Clark resigns from basketball post - Mooresville/Decatur Times

Border Wars rosters picked - FW Journal Gazette


ISU women's basketball team should be even more improved next year - Tribune Star

John Raff out as Rensselaer Lady Pumas coach - Rensselaer Republican

Wissers' basketball duels finished at college level - Marion Chronicle

Endress named MAC Player of Year - Ball State Daily News

Curry expects sweet future for Boilers - Purdue Exponent

We will have updates on college signings next week!



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