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We entered the NCAA late signing period last month, and several signings have been announced:


Hobart senior Kelly Glidewell (left) will play for D-III Concordia University in Park Forest, Illinois next season. The 5'10 forward averaged 12.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and shot 51.1 percent from the field during her senior campaign. She will join 2003 Columbus East grad Stephanie Meyer on the Cougar roster next season. Photo courtesy of

Crown Point standout and Indiana All-Star Cassie Pruzin will play for DePauw head coach Kris Huffman next season. The 5'8 guard will follow in the footsteps of former Crown Point and All-SCAC First Team DePauw guard Sarah Zondor, who was the second leading scorer for the Tigers during her senior college season in 2004-05. Pruzin, who was also named Second Team All-State by the Louisville Courier-Journal, averaged an all around best 14.4 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 steals per game for Bulldogs head coach Tom May. She is expected to make an immediate impact for the Tigers next season.

Another Duneland Conference player is moving on to the college ranks. Chesterton forward Stephanie Boyle will play for new head coach Amy Siegel at D-II St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer next season. The 6'0 post player suffered a knee injury last summer, was cleared to play during the season, but then fell victim to a season-ending injury to her other knee. As a junior, she averaged 12.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. She finished her career with 654 points, which ranks ninth at Chesterton all-time.

Amy Siegel hired as new coach - Rensselaer Republican

Gary West Side teammates Ashley Cheairs and Farren Congress will both play at Lincoln Trail Community College next season. The 5'9 guard/forward duo helped lead their team to the Class 4A State Finals this past season under head coach Rod Fisher.

Senior Candace Jones (right) of Indianapolis Arsenal Tech has signed with Butler University in Indianapolis. Jones, a 5'7 guard, averaged 22.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a senior.

Local Star Candace Jones of Tech Signs with Bulldogs - Butler U

Ft. Wayne Luers leading scorer Stefanie Gerardot has signed with Division I University of Massachusetts in Boston. As a senior, the 5'10 wing averaged 24.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.9 steals per game. A 52 percent shooter from the field, Gerardot set a school record with 600 points last season and finished second all-time at Bishop Luers with 1,448 career points.

Gerardot's sweat nets scholarship - Ft. Wayne News Sentinel

Women's Basketball Signs Stefanie Gerardot To NLI - UMass website

Evansville Memorial standout Andrea Fichter has signed with Indiana Wesleyan University. The 5'9 four-year starting guard averaged 9.5 points and 2.4 steals per game as a senior on a 3A team that went 20-4 last season under head coach Bruce Dockery.

IWU Women's Basketball Signs Andrea Fichter -IWU

Evansville Central guard Jenna Richie will play both basketball and tennis at NAIA Indiana University Southeast next school year. The 5'8 guard was the leading scorer for EC head coach Mike Powless, averaging 15.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Central's Richie will be kept busy at IU Southeast - Evansville Courier-Press

Clinton Prairie wing player Janette Burgin will play at Division II Quincy next season. Burgin finished her prep career with 1,462 points and averaged 22.6 points as a senior. Burgin had the choice to go to Quincy, located in Illinois, or attend some lower Division I schools. She opted for the chance to play for a national contender. The Lady Hawks finished 24-9 last season, winning the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships for the second straight year. Quincy also advanced to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region championship game for the third year in a row.

Lady Hawks adds to recruiting class - Quincy U


Clinton Prairie teammate Brittany Parsons is headed to Parkland College, a junior college in Champaign, Illinois. The athletic penetrating guard teamed with Burgin for two straight regional final appearances under Gophers head coach Connie Garrett.

Clinton Prairie Trio Announce College Choices - Frankfort Times

Corydon Central standout and Indiana All-Star Dana Beaven will play for Bellarmine University next season. The 6'1 power forward average 17.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a senior.  “We’re excited to sign Dana,” said Bellarmine head coach David Smith.  "She’s a strong, accomplished inside player who could contribute to our team as a freshman year.  She will really add to the strength of our inside game.” This past season, Bellarmine posted a 21-9 overall record, including a trip to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament.

Richmond senior Angela Willis will play for Roane State Community College in Tennessee next season. The 5'6 guard averaged 22.7 points per game and could bring some added firepower to the Raiderettes roster next season. RSCC finished 8-18 overall and 1-14 in conference play in 2004-05.

Kokomo senior Ashley Givens has signed with Division II Tusculum College in Tennessee. The 6'0 power forward, chose Tusculum over Kankakee Community College, Kansas City KS Community College, and Barry University.

Kristi McVey from Hanover (Southwestern) has verbally committed to play basketball next year for head coach Clint Weddle and Oakland City University.  She plays for Indiana coaching legend Donna Cheathem. McVey averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 steals per game as a senior. Her team was defeated in the IHSAA tournament in a close game by the Shenandoah team of another OCU commitment, Chelsea Miller.

Danville Area Community College head coach Lyle Hicks has signed a trio of Hoosiers from the Class of 2005. Toni Burney (5'7 G) of Greencastle, Jamie Foy (6'1 C) of South Putnam, and Kristin Edwards (5'3 G) of Scottsburg will all play for the Illinois-based school next season.

Yorktown senior Jerrica Whitelow will play for Glen Oaks Community College head coach Brian Beebe as a college freshman. The 5'9 forward averaged 8.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.0 steals per game as a senior.

More signings:


Name Height High School College
Sarah Bose 5'2 Perry Meridian Manchester
Kendra Fights 5'11 Eastern (Howard) Goshen College
Jena Martin 5’6 Eastbrook Ancilla College
Amanda Downing 5'11 Delta Grace
Cameron Gerber 5'10 Clay City Grace
Jade Januseski 6'1 Garrett Grace
Brittany Moore 5'8 Perry Meridian Franklin
Stacie Myers 5'8 Hamilton Southeastern Taylor
Brittany Newman 6'2 Southridge Southern Indiana
Erin Nigh 5'10 Morristown Christian Brothers (TN)
Katie St. Clair 5'9 South Bend St. Joseph's Denison (OH)
Lauren Zeltwanger 5'7 NorthWood Grace


A couple of non-basketball scholarships of note:


Sunny Johns of Michigan City Marquette has signed with Grace College in Winona Lake. Johns will play volleyball and run track for the Lancers of Grace College beginning fall of 2005.

Brittney Caraboa of Plainfield has signed with Indiana State University to play soccer (goalie) in 2005.

Image of Lauren HansenHigh grades in the classroom and leadership on the basketball court have earned Wheeling Jesuit University player Lauren Hansen (Portage) a spot on the 2005 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II College Division Women’s Basketball Team. A senior biology major with a 3.95 GPA, she is captain of the Lady Cardinal team. Hansen is pursing minors in chemistry and philosophy.

In a surprise move, North Central head coach Alan Vickrey is resigning his post after capturing his second straight 4A IHSAA State Title. The highly-respected coach is resigning to attend to family members facing health issues and to pursue other educational opportunities. North Central returns All-Everything Purdue recruit Amber Harris and breakout freshman point guard Briana Bass, as well as a strong support cast.

Vickrey resigns Panthers post - Indianapolis Star

Vickrey leaves Panthers loaded, determined - Indianapolis Star

Kankakee Valley has hired Lane Lewallen as the new girls coach for the Kougars. He will be a busy boy, as he is also the girls soccer coach and track coach at KV.

Lewallen returns to KV girls' basketball - Kankakee Valley News

Lake Station head coach Kevin Johnson has resigned his post to spend more time with family. The Eagles were 1-19 last season but snapped a 55-game losing streak with a victory over LaCrosse in late January. Johnson believes he has made inroads for the Eagles program during his four years as a head coach, as more girls are taking an interest in basketball at Lake Station.

Former Hebron coach Jerry Bechtold will take the reins of the Knox Redskins girls basketball program. Bechtold, who took the Hebron Hawks to the 1A state finals in 2002, is a 1977 grad of Knox High School. Last season, Bechtold served as an assistant coach at Washington Township.

According to the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel, Snider head coach Doug Kaiser is resigning. The four-year coach with the Panthers decided it was time to "take a break" from coaching.

A proposal before the IHSAA Board of Directors tomorrow could possibly change the start date of the 2005-06 girls basketball practice season. According to the Indianapolis Star, one of 19 proposals to be reviewed by the IHSAA would add an additional day of practice on the Saturday before the traditional Monday start of practice. Since this is a non-school day, it would also allow the opportunity for multiple practices. The proposal, made by Terre Haute South Principal James Freese, has the endorsement of the IBCA. A nice feature of changing the first day of practice to a Saturday instead of a Monday would allow for more "Midnight Madness" events that would not interfere with an early wake-up call the next day for school. The complete list of IHSAA proposals can be found at the IHSAA website.

The 2005 Parade All-America High School Team was announced last month, and two underclass Hoosiers were named to this honor. Junior Amber Harris of North Central was named a First Team selection, while sophomore Ta'Shia Phillips of Brebeuf was named a Third Team selection. Both players are verbally committed to Purdue.

Three Hoosier natives are currently toiling away in the WNBA training camp, trying their best to impress the teams that are giving them a shot at their rosters. Jacqueline Batteast (SB Washington) of Notre Dame, Kate Endress (Evansville Memorial) of Ball State and Shyra Ely (Ben Davis) of Tennessee were either drafted or invited to their respective training camp opportunities. Batteast is in Minnesota, Endress in Connecticut and Ely in San Antonio.  Also, April McDivitt (Connersville) of Tennessee and Santa Barbara is on the Minnesota training camp roster.

Lynx make Batteast 17th pick - SB Tribune

Endress getting shot at the WNBA - Evansville Courier-Press

Ely WNBA draft pick - UT website

Indiana University recently named its replacement for departing coach Kathi Bennett. Former Miss Basketball (1984) and Purdue star Sharon Versyp will take the helm of the Hoosier coaching staff after five years as the head coach at Maine. Versyp began her coaching career at Lawrence North and then moved on to Benton Central. In 1996, Versyp jumped to the college ranks as an assistant at Louisville.
Versyp Named Women's Head Basketball Coach - IU website

Indiana adds 2 assistant coaches to women's staff - WANE TV

Indiana girls basketball news:

Pros and Conns - The Times


2004-2005 Times Girls Basketball All-Area team - The Times

Megyese takes aim at one more title - South Bend Tribune

Clinton Prairie Puts Three Girls On First-Team All-Clinton County - Frankfort Times

ICGSA Academic All-State - ICGSA

Bulldogs' busybody - Ft. Wayne News Sentinel

A team player in life and hoops - Ft. Wayne News Sentinel

Twin Lakes sweeps top honors - Herald Journal

Guards lead boys team, post players top girls All-Valley squad - Tribune Star

Indiana All-Stars news:

ISU's Jim Wiedie wonders why recruits weren't all-stars - Tribune Star

Roudebush named Indiana All-Star - Noblesville Daily Times

Junior representation - Kokomo Tribune

College basketball news:
Engineers switching conference affiliation - Tribune Star

Pero Named All-Conference - U of St. Francis

Gustafson won't play final season for ISU - Tribune Star

Other news of interest:
Recruiting insanity reaches the women - Chicago Daily Herald

House seeks adding single-class hoops tourney - Madison Courier
House request to IHSAA hazy on logistics - Ft. Wayne News Sentinel

Indiana House calls for single class basketball tournament - Linton Daily Citizen

House wants single-class hoops again - South Bend Tribune

Add 1-class basketball tourney, House resolution asks of IHSAA - Indianapolis Star



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