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6/23 - IN All-Stars Exhibition
6/26 - IN All-Stars @ Conseco
7/1 - NCAA initial contact period for rising seniors
7/6-31 - NCAA evaluation period
7/24 - IHSAA Top 100 Workout

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Wednesday, June 23


Indiana State head coach Jim Wiedie has received a verbal commitment from rising senior Tiffany Reida (left) of Western. Reida, a 5'5 point guard, chose the Sycamores over Ball State, Wichita State, Miami (Ohio) and Cornell. As a junior, she averaged 15.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 6.0 assist per game on the way to a 14-8 record under head coach Kyle Barrentine. Reida joins rising Castle senior Leah Phillips in the 2005 recruiting class for the Sycamores. Photo courtesy of IFBC.

ISU women land standout point guard - Tribune Star

Angola senior Whitney Ash has signed with Division I Montana State. The 6'2 Street & Smith Honorable Mention was a force for the Hornets, averaging 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game as a senior. Angola finished 18-4 for the season under head coach Doug Curtis. Ash will be the only player on the Bobcats roster from east of the Mississippi River this fall for new head coach Greg Kudrna. Montana State is a member of the Big Sky Conference.

Montana State Women’s Basketball Program Inks Indiana Prep Recruit - Montana St. website

In a move that was not entirely unexpected after a controversial board meeting earlier this month, Hebron coach Jerry Bechtold (right) did not have his contract renewed by the Hebron School Board for the upcoming basketball season. In a special meeting called for last evening, Bechtold was let go together with the boys varsity baseball coach. Both coaches still retain their teaching positions with the school. However, Bechtold is quoted as saying that he is unsure what he will do at this point. Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com.

Hebron fires 2 high school coaches - The Times
Bechtold, Hall out at Hebron - The Times

Hebron cuts two coaches, keeps one - Post-Tribune

According to a piece at Old Gold Free Press, Alexandria rising senior and Purdue recruit Jodi Howell may be questionable for tonight's exhibition game against the Indiana All-Stars at Hamilton Southeastern. Howell, who just returned from the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, experienced soreness and swelling in her knee at the event and underwent testing on Monday to determine if her knee will be game-ready for tonight.

More All-Star coverage:

Gugliotta has name for game - Indianapolis Star

Area All-Stars reflect on first games - Indianapolis Star

Diving for a ball leaves All-Star with sore thumb - Indianapolis Star

Randolph County player enjoys All-Star experience - Star Press
Indiana All-Stars happy to be home - Shelbyville News

Evansville North head coach Missy McCutchan has decided to step down from her position after four years in order to spend more time with her daughter, who was born on the opening day of practice for the 2003-04 season. The four-year coach will also be re-entering the teaching field after a year's hiatus.

McCutchan steps down to be mom - Courier & Press

It's a Boilermaker reunion of sorts in Alabama. According to her mother in a short blurb in The Times, former Lake Central and Purdue standout Kelly Komara is now a student assistant coach at Auburn. The Tigers recently hired Nell Fortner to head the Auburn program, which made it to the NCAA second round in 2003-04. Fortner was the head coach at Purdue that recruited Komara for the Boilermakers before she left to coach the 2000 women's basketball Olympic team in 1997. Also on staff at Auburn is former Purdue assistant Kerry Cremeans, who spent the last year at Florida as an assistant for former Purdue head coach Carolyn Peck.

Indiana girls basketball news:
Morgan wills way to Athlete of the Year - Daily Clarion
Shocker south of the border - South Bend Tribune
Watch out for Action Jackson - South Bend Tribune

Other news of interest:
Ely takes interest in Lady Vols' coaching search - Knox News

White's presence brings efficiency to Fever offense - Indianapolis Star

Coach extends her welcome to grads - Chronicle-Tribune

Fever burned by Sun's defense - Indianapolis Star


Tuesday, June 22


Portage grad Nikki McDonald (right) has signed with head coach Rick Stein of D-II Southern Indiana. She will join Duneland Conference standout Marshay Jolly of Merrillville on the Screaming Eagles roster next season. The 5'6 point guard, who was the Indians' main offensive threat and top floor general for the past few seasons, averaged 10.3 points, 2.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game as a senior and was All-DAC the past two seasons. Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com.

As we noted on our home page over the weekend, the Indiana All-Stars put the screws to Kentucky and walked away with a decisive win in Round 1 of the annual IN-KY series. There are a few services out there that have photos from the game and from the Junior All-Star game last Wednesday. Tomorrow the Jr. All-Stars, who will be adding the services of Alexandria standout and Purdue recruit Jodi Howell, will try to upset the seniors at Hamilton Southeastern High School. The expected Jr. All-Star roster for the North exhibition game is shown below. The exhibition game will be shown in a delayed broadcast on WHMB-TV in Indianapolis on Thursday beginning at 8 p.m.


Banks' 21 points propel Indiana girls - Indy Star
DeMuth's defense helps Indiana win - The Times
Indiana girls cruise - Courier-Press
Indiana girls win with defense - Courier-Journal

Kentucky's post comes up empty - Kentucky.com
Banks buries Kentucky All-Stars - Shelbyville News
Players show worth in All-Star performances - Shelbyville News


Photo Galleries:
Photo Gallery - Indianapolis Star

Kentucky/Indiana Photo Gallery: Girls - Big Blue Nation

Photo Albums - chuckowens.net


2004 Junior All-Stars for North Game

*Core Team Members
Head Coach: Curt Benge, Plainfield
Assistant Coaches: Dori Downing, Calumet; George Wooten, Turkey Run

Former Hammond Gavit standout Leslie Tyburski (left) was named the winner of the Unsung Heroine Award at Georgetown this spring. Tyburski played in 18 games for the Hoyas this past season.

Former Evansville and Indianapolis Roncalli standout Jenna Hayes (right) has been hired as an assistant at Evansville. Hayes, a four-year starter for the Aces, will help develop UE’s post players and serve as the women's basketball academic liaison.

Wild, Hayes join UE women's staff - U of E website

Former Cathedral standout and 2002 Indiana All-Star Jessica Wright, who transferred from Illinois to Butler after her freshman season in college, does not appear on the 2004-05 roster for the Bulldogs. Reliable sources have confirmed that she will not play at Butler next season.

For those of you who remember the outstanding state championship Martinsville team of the late '90's, one it's members is turning pro... but not in basketball. Leigh Ann Hardin, who was a state champion golfer at Martinsville, recently graduated from Duke after helping the Blue Devils to a third-place finish in the NCAA Golf Tournament as a senior. She is moving to Florida where she will refine her game before attempting to qualify for the pro tour. Hardin, who was a key player for the Artesians in their back-to-back state championship run, did not play basketball her senior year in high school so she could concentrate on golf. As a sophomore, Hardin scored 12 points and dished out 5 assists against Crown Point in the last one-class state championship game in 1998.
Hardin begins preparation for next big step in golf career - Indianapolis Star

Other news of interest:
ISU women's basketball hires assistant coach - Tribune Star
Rose-Hulman announces basketball schedules for 04-05 - Tribune Star
Catchings stars in Fever victory - Indianapolis Star
High schools in the money also are rich in sports titles - USA Today
Big Ten All-Stars Finish Tour 4-0 - bigten.org
Big Ten All-Stars finish foreign tour undefeated - IU website
Valentin Nets 22 Points in CBC Championships - IU website
Teaching offers ND's Ratay a big lesson - South Bend Tribune
- Purdue website

Saturday, June 19


The 2004 Indiana All-Stars will defend the state's honor tonight in the first of two inter-state games with Kentucky. Our neighbors to the south get home court advantage tonight in Owensboro. You can listen to the broadcast on the Regional Radio Sports Network beginning at 4:20 p.m. The seniors will try to improve on Wednesday's performance against a talented Junior All-Star squad, when the seniors barely escaped with a 2-point win over the juniors. Kentucky also played a warm-up game against local talent in the Blue Grass State Wednesday, winning their exhibition outing 93-62. The leading scorer for the Kentucky All-Stars in that game was 6'6 University of Kentucky recruit Sarah Elliott with 16 points. Elliott, together with Kentucky Miss Basketball Crystal Kelly, a 6'2 Western Kentucky recruit, will be a handful for the All-Stars in the post.

Indiana and Kentucky All-Star Rosters - Indianapolis Star
Unselfish Haehl leads All-Stars into battle - Shelbyville News
Making mooves: Life on the farm, basketball court successful for Valley's Parker - Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette

Area prep hoop stars tune up for Kentucky - Mooresville Reporter

Miller is having a blast - Kokomo Tribune

All-Star Gugliotta meets Kentucky on Saturday - Sun-Commercial
Meet the Basketballs -- Mr. and Miss - The Gleaner
All-Star events turn rivals into teammates - Indianapolis Star
Kentucky All-Stars envision a sweep - Courier-Journal
Kelly happy to be teammates with of Elliott, Perry - Courier-Journal
Bingham proving that she belongs among state's elite - Courier-Journal

More coverage is below on Wednesday night's game between the Indiana All-Stars and the Junior All Stars. The seniors came out on top 71-69. Leading scorer for the All-Stars was Rebekah Parker of Tippecanoe Valley with 14 points. Leading scorer for the Juniors was Kim Roberson of Cathedral with 12. Scoring for Region area players was 11 points for Julie DeMuth of Merrillville for the All-Stars, 10 points for Cassie Kerns (right) of Valparaiso and 4 points for Cassie Pruzin of Crown Point, both for the Juniors. (Photo from the Indianapolis Star.)

All-Stars can't slow Juniors - Indianapolis Star

Despite heat, standouts deliver - Shelbyville News

Girls rally for 71-69 victory - Shelbyville News

Juniors face uphill battle - Shelbyville News

JR/SR ALL STARS - indianabball.com

Lake Athletic Conference member Hobart has named Griffith JV coach Mike Hamacher as its head coach. Hamacher takes over for Kristen Peterson, who took the opening at Portage earlier this month. The 1992 Highland grad has coached in various capacities over the past six years at Merrillville and Griffith.

Hamacher takes over at Hobart - The Times

Hobart selects top girls coach - Post-Tribune

Bruce Ruble (no relation to Barney) has been named the new head coach at Blackford. He takes over for Mike Richardson, who resigned just two short weeks ago. Ruble has been the boys freshman coach at Blackford for the past six years.

Blackford names girls' basketball coach - Star Press

Alexandria rising senior Jodi Howell is in the midst of her experience at the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival this weekend. So far her North team is 1-2 in Festival play. In the first game, Howell's North Team fell by one point to the South Team. Howell scored 6 points in 15 minutes of play. In the second game, the North Team defeated the East Team 107-101, with Howell scoring 3 points in 13 minutes of play. The North Team fell to the undefeated West Team beat Howell's team 101-81. No box score is available yet for that game.

The dish on Jodi Howell - USA Basketball

Alex's Howell ready to return to court - Anderson Herald-Bulletin

We have added rising junior Samantha Troutman to our 2006 Prospects list. Troutman, a 5'5 guard at South Central (Elizabeth), was named MVP of the Southern Conference this past season and is being recruited by Bellarmine, Missouri-St. Louis, North Carolina, IUS, Cleveland State and Ball State.

Former Connersville standout and 1999 Miss Basketball April McDivitt has been named an assistant coach at the University of California-Santa Barbara. McDivitt, who helped lead the Gauchos to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to Connecticut this past season, will work on player skill development and recruiting.
April McDivitt Named Assistant Coach at UCSB - UCSB website

Penn State transfer Reicina Russell is apparently headed to Georgia, according to the Connecticut Post. She is expected to make an official announcement sometime next week.

Other news of interest:
Who cares about the net? - Colorado Daily





Wednesday, June 16


The first of the two Indiana All-Stars exhibition games is tonight, and it will be the job of the Jr. All-Stars to mimic, to the best of their abilities, the lineup of the Kentucky All-Stars in order to challenge the seniors. The junior class is an extremely talented one, but with just one day's practice, beating the seniors will be a challenge. The last time the juniors defeated the seniors was in 1999, when Sara Nord (Jeffersonville), et al., handed the 1999 All-Stars, featuring two top talents in April McDivitt (Connersville) and Kennitra Johnson (New Albany) a defeat that eventually paid off. The Indiana All-Stars beat Kentucky by a double-digit margin twice that summer, having had their weaknesses exposed early on by the Juniors.


Unfortunately, this year's Juniors will be without the services of Alexandria standout Jodi Howell, who left for the USA Basketball Festival in Colorado early this morning. Her dad, Alexandria coach Jon Howell, will be on the sidelines for the seniors as an assistant coach. Tonight's matchup in Shelbyville will be carried live on the Internet by Classic Hits 1520. The game gets underway at 5:30 p.m. The anticipated lineup for tonight's game is as follows:


2004 Indiana All-Stars

* Miss Basketball
Head Coach: Jodi Whitaker, Lawrence North
Assistant Coaches: Jon Howell, Alexandria; Walt Raines, Franklin
Assistant to the Coaches: Liz Honegger, Lafayette Jeff



2004 Junior All-Stars for South Game

*Core Team Members
Head Coach: Curt Benge, Plainfield
Assistant Coaches: Dori Downing, Calumet; George Wooten, Turkey Run

Indiana All-Stars Previews & Features
Niece follows path of All-Star - Indianapolis Star
All-Stars prep for live action - Indianapolis Star
Simmons was Bears’ first female All-Star - Shelbyville News
All-Star experience goes beyond simply playing basketball - Indianapolis Star
Gugliotta has the bug and genes to go with it - Courier-Press
Area basketball fans can check out All-Stars - Courier-Press
Caplinger-Cherry finds contentment in life today - Shelbyville News
Scherer tries life without basketball - Shelbyville News
Albrecht: ‘Enjoy the experience’ - Shelbyville News

Former Shelbyville coach John Fair has been hired as the new coach at Speedway, according to the Indianapolis Star.

According to the Evansville Courier-Press, Evansville Reitz coach Jeremy Wolfe is resigning his girls basketball coaching position to concentrate on his head soccer coaching position at Reitz. Citing a conflict in the off-season to devote enough attention to both sports, Wolfe steps down after six years and a record of 55-73 with the Tigers.

Indiana girls basketball news:
Sports Fest 2004 - South Bend Tribune
Janese Banks Marion County Athlete of the Year - Indianapolis Star

Other news of interest:
Problems are similar - Middletown Press
A girls' team, a fired coach, and Title IX - Green Bay News-Chronicle
Fever cools down Liberty - New York Post
Big Ten All-Stars win second straight in Australia - College Sports TV
MVC Conference Tournament to be hosted by Illinois State - Pantagraph




Saturday, June 12


On a very sad note, 10-year Chesterton freshman girls basketball coach Todd Talbert, 40, was killed when his car crossed the center-line and was hit head on by a tractor trailer in Dearborn County. Talbert was on the way to a basketball camp when the accident occurred on a difficult stretch of highway. Talbert's 16-year-old daughter, Katie Talbert and friend Angela Hullinger, were also in the car. Both are hospitalized in a Cincinnati hospital, but are expected to be released within the week. Talbert was a math teacher at the high school and also coached football and track. Our condolences to the Talbert family and the Chesterton community, where he will truly be missed.
Chesterton teacher killed in head-on truck collision - Post Tribune
Duneland grieves for CHS teacher - The Times

Former Highland head coach Chris Huppenthal (right) has been hired to replace Charlie Hall at Kokomo. Huppenthal, who has been an assistant coach with the Kats for the past year, takes over for one of the most storied programs in Indiana girls basketball history. Huppenthal left Highland, where he walked away with a 156-32 (.830) record over eight years, after the Highland School Board went through sweeping changes in its board membership and caused a major shakeup in the HHS athletic department. Indiana All-Star Julie DeMuth also left the program when Huppenthal departed, finishing out her senior season at Merrillville. The Kats, who were 4A state champs in 2003, experienced a great season in 2003-04, despite the loss of four D-I talents in DeUnna Hendrix (Richmond), Anne Thatcher (Indiana State), Ashley Hayes (Murray State) and Ashley Johnson (IPFW). The Kats went 19-5 this past season under Hall and qualified for Regionals, where they fell to eventual state runner-up Warsaw. The Kokomo Kabinet is hardly bare as they head into the 2004-05 season, however, as the Kats return a highly-regarded talent in Audrey McDonald. The 5'7 point guard is being recruited by the likes of Notre Dame, Duke, Penn State and Georgia.
Huppenthal named girls coach at Kokomo - Indy Star

As we reported in April, 6'5 Brebeuf rising sophomore Ta'Shia Phillips, who has already committed to Purdue, was named the top freshman in the nation by Student Sports Magazine. The entire list of SSM High School All-Americans has now been released. The only other Indiana player receiving SSM All-American honors was 6'6 rising junior Amber Harris of North Central, who was listed as Special Mention along with nine other rising juniors in the country.

According to the Hartford Register, 6'6 rising sophomore center Reicina Russell (Terre Haute South/Lawrence North/Penn State) has narrowed her choices down to UConn and Georgia as transfer destinations. In either case, the 2002 4A State Tournament MVP will have to sit one year to comply with NCAA transfer rules.

While D-I players transfer, D-I coaches do, too. The resulting change can be difficult for players with a new coach, especially incoming freshmen who were recruited by the departing coaching staff. Former Indiana high school players who will see a new face on the bench this upcoming college season are as follows:


School New Coach, Former School Indiana Player/Year, High School
Eastern Illinois
Charleston, IL
Brady Sallee
East Carolina (Asst)
Lauren Sims '02, Sullivan
Megan Casad '03, Bloomington South
Kiki Bytnar
'04, Calumet
Indianapolis, IN
Shann Hart
American (Head)
Jessica James '01, Franklin Central
Brooke Boggs '02, Fremont
Brooke McAfee '02, Valparaiso
Erin Guy '02, Twin Lakes
Regina Marshall '02, New Albany
Kia Hayes '02, North Central
Nicole Allison '03, New Palestine
Teri Gepfert '03, Homestead
Belinda Drake '04, Gary West Side
Karima Davies '04, Gary West Side
Rachel Kenney '04, Mooresville
Becka Bralts '04, Lafayette Harrison
Jasmine Baines '04, Jeffersonville
Jacksonville, FL
Jill Dunn
Georgia State (Asst)
Megan Wallen '03, Wawasee
Southern Illinois
Carbondale, IL
Dana Eikenberg
Missouri-Kansas City (Head)
Wendy Goodman '01, Evansville North
Amy Hayden '02, Ft. Wayne Snider
Bernettra Grayer '03, Gary West Side
Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS
Joye Lee McNelis
Memphis (Head)
Kelsey Gurganus '04, Perry Meridian

Indiana girls basketball news:
Hoop dream comes true (Indiana All-Stars) - Indianapolis Star

Other news of interest:
IU's Valentin acquires new skills with Puerto Rican team - Indianapolis Star
Cards look to volunteer assistant to fill recent coaching vacancy - BSU Daily News



Wednesday, June  9


Hebron coach Jerry Bechtold and two other varsity coaches for the Hawks have received a reprieve of sorts after the Hebron School Board tabled a decision on whether or not to renew their coaching contracts for next school year. According to the Post-Tribune and The Times, all three coaches were allowed to make their cases for keeping their coaching positions in executive session. In addition, a packed house at the meeting heard comments from 39 community members in support and opposition to the non-renewal of the contracts. Bechtold's daughter, Lauren Bechtold, who plays at Valparaiso, spoke on behalf of her dad and the program he developed during his five years at Hebron. In response to the comments, the board tabled its decision until a later date. The next board meeting is scheduled for July 13. Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com.

Jeanette GrayFormer Valparaiso standout Jeanette Gray has been hired to replace Stephanie White (Seeger) on the Ball State coaching staff. White recently took an assistant coaching position at Kansas State. Gray, who was a volunteer assistant for head coach Tracy Roller (Crown Point) this past season, will take on a new list of duties, including leading the scout team, overseeing managers, managing tape exchange and coordinating the BSU women's basketball team community activities and programs. She'll also be working with post players in practice and help with recruiting.
Gray takes next step - The Times
Gray named assistant women's hoops coach - BSU website
BSU women name new assistant coach - Star Press

The Indianapolis Star has posted a complete schedule and guide to the Indiana All-Star games and players.

Beech Grove head coach Bonnie Bonelli (right) has left the Hornets program after one year, and reportedly is returning to the Ft. Wayne area. Bonelli guided Beech Grove to a 10-10 record this past season.

We've added a new listing to our 2006 Prospects. Rising junior Lori Whitaker, a 5'9 Bloomington North guard/forward, is the latest addition. She is listing Western Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana State, Michigan, St. Louis, Ball State, Oklahoma State, Richmond, Drake and others as schools of interest.

Other news of interest:
Fever's scoring picks up as they adapt to new offense - Indianapolis Star
In WNBA, X's and O's become a man's game - Baltimore Sun




Tuesday, June 8


Former Ben Davis guard Amber Johnson, who began her college career at Denver and then transferred to Garden City Community College, is now appearing on the 2004-05 roster at Marquette University. Johnson, who helped Ben Davis to two state titles in 2000 and 2001, should have two years of eligibility remaining. At Garden City, the 5'6 point guard only played in seven games, but started five of them. She averaged 9.6 points. 2.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Johnson will join a squad that went to the Big Dance this past season. The Golden Eagles compiled a 22-9 record before falling 76-67 to Duke in the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.

Penn State transfer Reicina Russell is taking full advantage of her official visits, according to the Tribune Star. So far the 6'6 former Terre Haute South and Lawrence North standout has visited Connecticut, Florida and Georgia in her quest for a new playing situation. And although highly unlikely, Indiana State is a possibility for an unofficial visit in the mix of things, as former THS teammates Melanie Boeglin, Kristen Weddle and Jackie Gustafson all play for the Sycamores.

The Indiana High School All-Star games are looming this month and as in the past, Regional Radio Sports Network will broadcast both the girls and boys games on June 19 from Owensboro and June 26 from Indianapolis. You can listen to the broadcasts on WHLP 89.9 FM in the Region or on line at RRSN. Broadcast times begin at 4:20 p.m. on both dates.

The Preseason WNIT field is starting to shape up, and now you can include Notre Dame in the mix. The Irish will be one of 16 teams from 16 different conferences that will compete in the annual pre-season tournament. The Preseason WNIT is expected to begin on November 12 at the campuses of participating programs and end on either November 21 or 22. The winner of last season's Preseason WNIT was Texas Tech. Besides Jacqueline Batteast (SB Washington) at Notre Dame, other former Indiana players expected to participate in the tournament so far are Liz Honegger (West Lafayette) of Bowling Green and Ashley Allen (Ben Davis) and Candace Dark (Fountain Central) of Ohio State. Other schools committed so far to the Preseason WNIT are Duke and St. Mary's (CA).
Irish on tap for preseason WNIT - South Bend Tribune

Purdue guard Sharika Webb (Indianapolis Cathedral) will be playing with the Big Ten Women's Basketball Foreign Tour Team this summer in Australia. Webb, who is expected to play a major role with the Boilermakers this season with the graduation of star point guard Erika Valek, will be one of 12 players from the Big Ten on the tour. IU standout Jenny DeMuth (Highland) will also be playing on Tour Team under coach Kathi Bennett of Indiana. The team left yesterday and will play its first of four games on June 10. Results during the tour can be found at the Big Ten website.
Webb departs with Foreign Tour Team - Fans Only

Coaching changes continue to evolve this summer. Eastbrook has hired Matt Hines to take over the reins for the Panthers. Hines inherits a squad that went 15-6 last season under Craig Plummer.

Other news of interest:
BOUNCING back: Green resolute after Iraq injury - South Bend Tribune
Former Notre Dame player says she had premonition about Iraq - FW News Sentinel
Recruiting wars on tap (interesting read) - CollegeSports.com



Saturday, June 5


In a shocking move, the Hebron School Board is set to remove three varsity coaches from its employment roster on Tuesday, including highly heralded girls basketball coach Jerry Bechtold (left). According to the Post-Tribune, Bechtold was told late last month that "it didn't look favorable for his return." Bechtold, who with his daughter, Valparaiso University player Lauren Bechtold, guided the Hawks to a 1A State Finals runner-up finish in 2002, received recognition for his dramatic turnaround of the Hebron program. He was named 1A Coach of the Year by the ICGSA and Coach of the Year by the Post-Tribune in 2002.

Ft. Wayne Snider senior Candace Jones has signed with Western Michigan head coach Ron Stewart. The 6'2 power forward was an All-Summit Athletic Conference First Team honoree and played in the Reebok Classic North-South All-Star game this past spring. Jones helped her team to a 17-7 record under head Snider coach Doug Kaiser. WMU, which tallied a 19-13 mark last season, is a member of the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos have appeared in the post-season WNIT three times in the past six seasons.
WMU Women’s Basketball Signs Candace Jones - WMU website

Frankfort senior Lindsey Trent will play at D-3 Franklin next season. The 5'7 point guard averaged 12.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.4 steals per game as a senior. She was All-Sagamore Conference and All-Clinton County for the past two seasons.
Frankfort’s Trent Headed to Franklin College to Play Basketball - Frankfort Times

Thursday was the last day for Horace Mann High School in Gary, which closed its doors after the Gary School Board voted to redistribute students from that school into other Gary schools. As a result, long time Mann girls basketball coach Mike Protho is out of a job and his star player, Shanee' Butler (left), is looking for a new school for her final season of high school basketball. According to The Times, Butler is mulling over her options and is considering three transfer schools. Probably in the mix is Gary power West Side, which has a bevy of talent returning for next season.

After sitting out the majority of the regular season with an ACL tear, Alexandria rising senior Jodi Howell (right) will be spending part of her summer in Colorado as a member of the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival North Team. The Purdue recruit, also a member of the Indiana Junior All Star Core Team, may just be able to avoid conflicts with the Indiana All-Star exhibition games, as the Festival games require her attendance from June 17 through June 20. The exhibition games are set for June 16 at Shelbyville and June 23 at Hamilton Southeastern.
Third Annual Women's Youth Development Festival - USA Basketball

Jay County has hired Kirk Comer to take over the reigns of the Patriots program next season. Comer takes over for Lea Selvey, who did not have her contract renewed by the Jay County school board. Comer comes to Jay County from Union City, where he has been the girls head coach for the past five years.
Jay County hires girls' hoops coach - Star Press

As previously rumored, former Pike coach Amy Cherubini (left) has been hired to assist at Indianapolis University. More:
Cherubini new assistant basketball coach - Indianapolis website

Lowell native and North Dakota State head coach Amy Ruley (right) will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame with the 2004 induction class on June 12. Ruley, who has five NCAA Division II national titles to her name while at NDSU, will make the transition to D-I status when the Bison will officially join the top NCAA ranks in the 2004-05 season. Ruley played on Purdue's first women's basketball team in 1975-76 and scored the Boilermakers first points ever in women's basketball. Ruley has coached at NDSU for the past 28 years.
Coming attraction - The Times

Region fans will be shocked to know that a local girls basketball AAU coach has passed away. Tony Parker, 56, of Valparaiso died yesterday morning in a work-related accident at Inland Steel. Parker, who coached AAU girls basketball teams in Schererville, guided a number of Region players during the summer, including both of his daughters Erinn Parker and Megan Parker. Both girls went on to play college basketball after highly successful careers at Valparaiso.
Valpo man dies at steel plant - The Times

Indiana has released its non-conference schedule for the 2004-05 season. The Hoosiers will face only one Indiana non-conference opponent, Indiana State, on December 6 in Terre Haute.

Other news of interest:
NCAA Rules Committee Announces Recommendations - NCAA website
A Star Athlete, a Soldier, and a Challenge - New York Times
Spotlight on Sun's Katie Douglas - WTNH TV




Monday, June 1


Elwood junior Morgan Groover is relieved to have the whole recruiting process over with so she can just enjoy her final high school season next November. The 6'0 forward/center has verbally committed to Bowling Green State head coach Curt Miller. After her very first visit to the BGSU campus, she left with a good feeling and a belief that the Falcons program would be a good fit. An up and coming program in the Mid-American Conference, BGSU took eventual champion Eastern Michigan to the wire in the MAC tournament final game in March.

Groover, who received AP All-State honorable mention honors despite an injury-plagued junior season, has career stats of 19.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while shooting .630 from the field. She has also accumulated 120 career blocks. As a junior, she averaged 14.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game and blocked 35 shots. Groover, who also considered Evansville and Butler before choosing BGSU, holds several Elwood records, including school career scoring with 1,213 points. She was the first girls basketball player for the Panthers and head coach Shelly Taylor to reach 1,000 points. Photo courtesy of Indiana's Finest

Old Gold Free Press has an evaluation of a number of Indiana players who participated in the recent Best of the Midwest Invitational. Those covered include junior Porchia Green of Indianapolis Arlington, sophomore Audrey McDonald of Kokomo, junior Cassie Kerns (right) of Valparaiso, sophomore Lori Whitaker of Bloomington North, sophomore Maria Olsthoorn of Castle, sophomore Laura Bugher of Indianapolis Lutheran, and senior Janese Banks of Ben Davis. All but Banks are members of the Indiana's Finest 16U State Championship team.

Elkhart Central has hired Jamelle Godlewski as the new head coach for the Blazers. She replaces three-year coach Bill Erlacher, who tabulated a 3-59 record during his tenure, including a 1-19 record this past season. Godlewski, who was the JV coach at Prairie Heights from 1996-98, is a math teacher. The 1990 Lakeland grad has spent the past few years teaching in New Mexico. More:
Central hires new head coach - Elkhart Truth

You may have noticed that as of today, our message boards are Proboards ad-free. This is due to the participation of Ball State, Bowling Green State, Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Valparaiso in our Camp Finder program. Next time you see any of the coaches from these programs, please let them know you appreciate their support of the RRR!

Other news of interest:
Rayna's second season - Baltimore Sun
Tennessee recruit arrested for shoplifting - Charleston Gazette




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