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Important AUGUST Deadlines/Events:

8/1-9/8 NCAA Recruiting - Quiet Period
8/4 Fifth Anniversary for the RRR!!!!
8/7 IHSAA Executive Committee meets

Other Upcoming Deadlines/Events:

9/8-9/29 NCAA Recruiting - Contact Period
9/14   Spiece Showcase of Stars @ Spiece FW (non-certified)
9/28   Adidas Midwest Explosion @ Pike HS
10/20 First authorized IHSAA practices allowed
11/10 First authorized IHSAA contests allowed
11/13-11/20 NCAA Early Signing Period




Wednesday, August 27

Ft. Wayne Northside senior Nora Didrick has signed with head coach Jody Martinez of Bethel. The 5'8 guard averaged 13.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.2 steals last season for the 9-11 Redskins. She joins recruit Natalie Young (5'11 C) of Adams Central in the 2004 Bethel recruiting class. Bethel was the NCCAA Division I national champ last season, the second national crown for the 29-9 Lady Pilots in the past four years. Last season, they were lead by seniors and NCCAA All-Tournament honorees Stacy Handschu (MVP, Penn), Shallon Bowden (Winamac), and Kristi Kaniewski (Mishawaka). Also, Chasity Zellers (Glenn) broke Bethel's record for steals in a season in her rookie campaign. She also tied the record for assists in a NCCAA Tournament game with nine, and tied the record for assists in the tournament with 18.

We reported earlier in the month about several incoming freshmen that had attended an elite camp in Illinois. We erroneously reported that two of these players were enrolled at Penn. We have been informed by coaches at South Bend St. Joe's that 6'4 Kristen Dockery and 5'10 Sydney Smallbone will both join an already formidable Indians roster this season. The 3A state championship runner-up will definitely be the targeted team to beat this season in their division.

According to a posting on our message board, McCutcheon head coach John Burton has hired two former head coaches as assistants for the Mavericks. Jeff Waldon, 11-year head coach at Lafayette Jeff, and Alan Schrope, 3-year head coach at Lafayette Central Catholic, will both join the coaching staff at McCutcheon this season.

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is partnering with the IHSAA in featuring nine Indiana high school girls basketball players, along with other Indiana high school athletes, in a public awareness campaign promoting positive high school role models. Throughout the school year, athletes from 71 different Indiana high schools and seven different sports will be featured and highlighted in posters, movie theater advertisements, and radio and television commercials. Girls basketball players to be featured in the campaign include:

Abbey Kirchner Jennings County
Emily Cochard East Noble
Brittany Myers Madison Consolidated
Cherell Dancy Arsenal Tech
Tara Huther Jasper
Amy Austin Jeffersonville
Lindsay Peo Kankakee Valley
Whitney Medworth Northview
Jordan Robertson Greencastle
Kaleigh Gossman Castle
Allyn McKinley Sullivan


On a follow-up from last college season, Region fans will be interested to know that former Merrillville and Hobart player Kelly Pero (left) was named Third Team NJCAA Division III All-American after a stellar freshman season for Joliet Junior College.  The 5'7 guard averaged 17.3 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game last season. According to JJC assistant coach Stephanie Sharp, "Kelly is really starting to get some 4-year schools talking. She has an excellent opportunity to get a basketball scholarship after her sophomore season this next year. She is a great competitor and leader. I truly think that the best is yet to come for Kelly."

 Alright, college coaches, if you don't have this one on your radar, you will after you read this article in the South Bend Tribune (includes photo). Sophomore Allyssa DeHaan of Grandville, Michigan, is a 6'8 center that averaged 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots per game last season as a freshman. She has a vertical leap of 25 inches and her mother, who was a D-I player at Northwestern, says she expects her daughter, who just turned 15, to grow to 6'9 or 6'10. All we have to say is one word... WOW. More coverage:
Her high-ness 6-8 Allyssa DeHaan ready to lead Grandville - Grand Rapids Press

Purdue picked up another out-of-state verbal this weekend. According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois, has committed to the Boilermakers. Wisdom-Hylton, a 6'2 forward, averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots as a junior.

The Fever finished its season after a disappointing loss to Connecticut on Monday. Also, Fever guard Stephanie White (Purdue/Seeger) has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, strained MCL and torn meniscus. She will undergo reconstructive surgery in the near future. More coverage:
Fever's season ends in disappointment - Indianapolis Star
Fever fail to break into WNBA's elite - FW News Sentinel
White expected to be ready for 2004 season - ESPN




Monday, August 25


The Hoosier State Classic will be at Valparaiso University on Saturday, December 6.

Region girls and women's basketball fans should mark their calendars for Saturday, December 6 when Valparaiso University will host the Hoosier State Classic featuring the Crusaders with Butler, Ball State, and Indiana State. A variety of former Indiana high school players will play in that event, including former NWI standouts Jamie Gutowski (Andrean) and Lauren Bechtold (Hebron). Also, Crown Point alum and 1988 Indiana All Star Tracy Roller will make her first appearance in the Region as Ball State's head coach. The action starts at 2:00 p.m. (CST) in the VU Athletic Recreation Center when ISU faces Ball State, followed by Valparaiso against Butler at 3:30 p.m.  The first game should be especially interesting, as ISU (22-9) and Ball State (21-9) hit heads last March in the postseason WNIT. Ball State came out on top 91-87 in a back-and-forth overtime battle. This time around, BSU will be without leading scorer Tamara Bowie, who logged 40 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals in that game. ISU will also be without leading scorer Kourtney Mennen (Clinton Prairie) who dropped in 19 points in her final game for the Sycamores. But an interesting repeat matchup will be between sophomore point guards Melanie Boeglin (Terre Haute South) of ISU and Dana Collins (Decatur Central) of BSU. Boeglin racked up 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in that game, while Collins got her team's motor running with 11 assists, 4 points and 2 rebounds.
STATISTICAL TIDBITS: Indiana State lead the nation in team scoring average last season at an 80-point clip per game, while Ball State was not far behind at third with 79.8 points per game. BSU also ranked second in team 3-point percentage (41.2 %), 12th in team scoring percentage (46.4%), and 13th in assists per game (17.7). ISU ranked fourth in 3-point percentage (39.4%), seventh in team steals per game (12.7), and 16th in 3-point field goals per game (7.0). Individually, ISU's Melanie Boeglin (left) ranked fourth in NCAA D-1 steals per game with 3.8 per outing, the most ever by any freshman in the history of the Missouri Valley Conference. BSU's Kate Endress (Evansville Memorial) was 23rd in free throw shooting percentage at 86.3%. Teammate Johna Goff (Mt. Vernon Fortville) was 29th in three-point field goals with 2.6 per game. Butler 5'2 point guard Nancy Bowden was 25th in the nation in steals per game with 2.5 and 13th in the nation in assists per game with 6.6. Valparaiso was 29th in NCAA D-1 scoring defense, allowing only 58.2 points per game to opponents.
Indiana players expected to play for these four schools in the Hoosier State Classic are:

Hoosier State Classic - Game 1 @ 2:00 p.m.
Indiana State Ball State
Anne Thatcher (5'10 F) - Kokomo
Kristen Weddle (6'0 G) - Terre Haute South
Lindsay Gailbraith (5'11 F) - Anderson
Kilee Taflinger (5'9 G) - Delta
Melanie Boeglin (5'6 G) - Terre Haute South
Erin Rhodes (6'0 F/C) - Oak Hill
Jackie Gustafson (5'5 G) - Terre Haute South
Head Coach - Jim Wiedie
Johna Goff (5'7 G) - Mt. Vernon (Fortville)
Jessica Reiter  (6'2 F/C) - Penn
Kate Endress (6'0 G/F) - Evansville Memorial
Dana Collins (5'5 G) - Decatur Central
Kelsey Corbin (5'8 G) - FW Northrop
Teran Warner (6'1 F) - Shenandoah
Tina Bolte (5'6 G) - Columbus North
Head Coach - Tracy Roller (Crown Point)
Hoosier State Classic - Game 2 @ 3:30 p.m.
Valparaiso Butler
Lauren Bechtold (5'4 G) - Hebron
Jamie Gutowski (5'7 G) - Andrean
Katie Boone (5'7 G) - Center Grove
Megan Bess (5'11 F) - Danville
Suzie Hammel (5'8 G) - Lebanon
Head Coach - Keith Freeman  
Jackie Closser (5'5 PG) - Alexandria
Maria Marchesano (5'10 F) - FW Elmhurst
Ellen Hamilton (5'10 G) - Greenfield Central
Courtney Lickliter (5'7 G) - Park Tudor
Head Coach - Beth Couture


Former Indiana All-Star and Purdue great Katie Douglas (Perry Meridian) has been leading the Connecticut Sun in the last few games of the season to keep them in the WNBA East race. Douglas comes to Conseco Fieldhouse tonight where both Connecticut and the Indiana Fever will be battling it out to stay alive for the last spot in the confusing playoff scenario that has evolved in the East Conference. Douglas's return to Indiana is featured in the Indianapolis Star. This game will not be televised on ESPN, but Indianapolis fans can catch the game on WIBC-1070 AM beginning at 7:00 p.m. More coverage:
Douglas keeps Sun in the hunt - Indianapolis Star

Unfortunately for the Fever, Indiana legend Stephanie White (Seeger) will not be playing in tonight's game. The former Purdue standout injured her knee in the Fever's 64-52 victory over New York on Saturday. According to the Indianapolis Star, the rest of White's season has been declared a wash, although it is not certain yet what the injury is. However, White will be undergoing tests today to determine the extent of the damage. More coverage:
Fever show off newfound toughness - Indianapolis Star




Saturday, August 23


standout Jaclyn Leininger pulls down a rebound in a win at Crown Point last season. (Photo courtesy of

Madalene Ntumbas committment rounds out Miamis 2003-04 freshman classJunior All Star and Warsaw standout Jaclyn Leininger gave her verbal commitment to Miami (Ohio) coach Maria Fantanarosa earlier this week.  The 6'0 forward averaged a team best 21.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season for coach Will Wienhorst. Leininger helped her team to a 21-2 record in 2002-03, but the 5th place state-ranked Tigers were unable to escape a competitive sectional and champion Carroll (Ft. Wayne). The Tigers, who averaged 60.3 ppg last season, were defeated by Carroll in the sectional semi-final 66-57. Leininger will join a RedHawks roster with three other Hoosier players in 2004-05 -- Hillary Beck of Kokomo, Cindi Merrill of Noblesville, and Kim Smith of Gary West Side. Miami finished 17-12 last season and will play in the Preseason WNIT in November.  Warsaw will appear in the Hall of Fame Classic in December and will play Jeffersonville in the first round. A win there could possibly create a marquee player matchup between Leininger and Penn State recruit Adrienne Squire of Indian Creek.

A bit of late news, but news to us nonetheless. After spending the last three years as the assistant to Chris Huppenthal at Highland, Tim Powers was named the new head coach at Wheeler in July. Powers replaces Phil Misecko, who was at Wheeler for three years after a successful campaign at Hobart. Powers comes into the Bearcats position with head coaching experience already under his belt. He was the head coach at Griffith from 1995 to 1999, compiling a 41-45 career record. Wheeler returns a strong contingent that went 16-7 last season, finishing third in their final season with the Porter County Conference. The Bearcats, who will be in the Lake Athletic Conference Blue Division for the first time, are expected to be very tough this season with the return of 5'9 junior guard Allison Roper (11.3 ppg), 5'9 senior guard/forward Alyse Bruszewski (10.1 ppg) and 6'0 senior center Maggie Schultz (8.8 ppg). More:
Wheeler hires Powers - The Times

The change on Purdue's coaching staff is discussed in the Purdue Exponent. New to the staff this season is 1997 Indiana All-Star Katrina Merriweather of Cathedral. Merriweather came to Purdue from Illinois-Chicago, where she served as an assistant coach for one year. She also coached at Cincinnati as a graduate assistant and for AAU Indianapolis-based The Family, Inc.

How tough is it to win for visiting teams in Purdue's Mackey Arena?  According to a recent study by the Information Office of Louisiana Tech, Mackey Arena is the 37th-toughest arena for visitors to win in for women's college basketball.  The Boilers have gone 273-90 on their home court since 1975 for a 75.2% winning advantage there. In what is no surprise, Tennessee has the toughest arena for visitors to walk out of with a win. The Lady Vols have gone 227-11 for a 95.4% winning percentage since 1987.




Wednesday, August 20


head coach John Fair gives a hug to Gretchen Haehl after winning the conference championship last season. (Photo courtesy of Shelbyville Lady Bears website.)

Shelbyville head coach John Fair has taken a new position with Indianapolis Howe. The successful leader of the Lady Golden Bears compiled a career record of 84-31 (.730) while at Shelbyville, including last season's 19-5 tally that ended in a 55-45 loss to Mt. Vernon (Fortville) in the 3A regionals. Indianapolis Howe recently reopened its doors after being closed in 1995 by IPS due to lowered enrollment citywide. Howe High School began last school year with just a freshman class and will add an additional class each year. Fair was hired as a JV coach because, as of right now, there is not a girls basketball varsity team at Howe. However, next year, with that first freshman class becoming juniors, there will be a full-fledged varsity team that will compete in the 3A IHSAA tournament. According to Fair, "We are starting from scratch. It should be exhausting and fun." Fair leaves behind a very capable Shelbyville roster that includes Shelbyville News Player of the Year Gretchen Haehl (left), a 5'6 senior guard who averaged 14.0 points and 5.0 assists per game as a junior. Also returning are seasoned seniors Gwen Haehl (5'8 G/F), Haley Wise (5'11 C), Katie Jackson (5'6 G/F) and Christy Sammons (5'11 C). Shelbyville moves from 3A to 4A this season and will compete in a tough sectional that includes Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Columbus East, Columbus North and East Central. More coverage:
Fair to coach girls at Howe - Indianapolis Star
John Fair resigns as SHS girls basketball head coach - Shelbyville News

According to IHSAA Overtime, Frontier head coach Chad Geheb has stepped down as girls head basketball to accept a teaching position at Rossville. Over five seasons, Geheb logged 64 victories and 43 losses, finishing 13-9 last season.

Although not officially confirmed, we have it on good authority that a very quality player from North Central Indiana will be making public her commitment to a Mid-America Conference program in the next day or two. We will make those details available as soon as they become official.




Monday, August 18


Indiana State, a program definitely on the rise on the national front, received commitments from two quality out-of-state centers recently.  Tamara Shelton, a 6'4 center from Kentucky, and Laura Rudolphi, a 6'2 center from Illinois, both committed to Sycamores head coach Jim Wiede earlier this month and will add height to a roster that has no player over 6'1. As a junior, Shelton averaged 18.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, while Rudolphi logged 23.0 points, 8.6 points and 3.3 blocks per contest. Last season, ISU (22-9) finished out the season with a quality RPI rating of 68 while tying for first place with Creighton in the Missouri Valley Conference season standings. A disappointing 5-point loss in the MVC tournament finals prevented the Sycamores from playing in the NCAA Tournament. But the future is bright, despite the graduation of last season's leading scorer Kourtney Mennen (18.6 ppg) of Clinton Prairie. Back is second-leading scorer and do-everything point guard Melanie Boeglin (Terre Haute South), who averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 assists, 3.7 steals and 3.5 rebounds per game as a freshman.  Add to that 2001 Indiana All-Star Kristen Weddle (Terre Haute South), who transferred from Toledo, returning senior Erin Rhodes of Oak Hill (7.4 ppg) two quality freshmen in Anne Thatcher (Kokomo) and Kilee Taflinger (Delta), and a solid group of returning and transfer players, and Coach Wiede is set to make a challenge in the MVC again this season.  More coverage:
ISU women get commitment from 6-2 center - TH Tribune Star
LaRue County's Shelton commits to Indiana State -
Indiana State Women’s Basketball Ranks 63rd Nationally in Attendance

The Indiana Fever came away with a big win over Charlotte over the weekend, but it might not be enough to get them a coveted playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They are one game behind Cleveland and Connecticut, and tied with New York for fifth place. The fourth place team will get the final playoff spot. Indianapolis has three games left in the regular season, all against playoff hopefuls, including New York, Cleveland and Connecticut. More WNBA Fever coverage:
Fever stay in race with win - Indianapolis Star
Fervent Fever fans - JC Daily Journal
Man stands out at women’s basketball games - JC Daily Journal
Renewed Love of Game Fuels White's Comback

To repeat a message we posted on the discussion board:
In the next few months, recruits will be making their way to campuses all around the country for official visits. For those of us who have had daughters go through the process, we've gained some experience on the do's and don'ts of those trips. In an effort to help the Class of 2004 make the most of their trips, we would like to compile some advice from parents and players who have already been through the process. Please send your emails to with your suggestions or comments. Absolutely NO ONE or NO SCHOOL will be identified in the article we plan to write.




Friday, August 15


Missy TaylorAfter leaving the Boilermakers in June, there was much speculation as to where highly-regarded Missy Taylor (Connersville) would transfer. That speculation ended yesterday when the 6'3 guard/forward made public her transfer to Louisville University. According to new head coach Tom Collen on the Louisville website, Taylor is expected to fill multiple roles for the Cardinals when she becomes eligible to play during the 2004-05 season.


"Her combination of size and skill makes her one of the most versatile players in the country. She has the ability to play anywhere on the floor, from the shooting guard to the post, which gives us the flexibility to sign other top players at their best positions and work Missy around them."


Taylor has been through a saga of sorts since just before her senior high school season when she went down with an ACL tear in a controlled scrimmage.  That injury kept her off the floor and off the 2002 Indiana All-Star squad. Although she had a year to recoup, the injury prevented her college freshman season from being at the level many expected it would be. Taylor averaged 1.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 8.9 minutes per game at Purdue in a backup role behind leading scorer and John Wooden Award nominee Shereka Wright. Having another year off to comply with NCAA transfer rules will be a huge benefit to the talented player. She will have a year to get stronger and learn Collen's system, which many expect will be an excellent fit for her during her final three years of college eligibility. Taylor is Collen's first Top 50 recruit since being appointed as the new coach for the Cardinals.

Historical:  Taylor Leaving Boilermakers - Journal & Courier

According to Hoosierland Report, rising sophomore Julia Whitted is expected to transfer from Northview to the Hamilton Southeastern school district. The 6'6 center, who displayed her considerable talents with 28 points and 15 rebounds against Greencastle last season, will complement the roster at HSE quite nicely. The Royals return nearly their entire lineup from last season's 16-6 team. At the heart of the Royals' campaign this season will be 5'6 senior point guard Ashlee McGee and 5'9 junior forward Kahla Roudebush, both attendees at the IHSAA/ICGSA Top 100 Showcase. McGee was also an Indiana Junior All Star this summer and is mulling over offers from a number of Division I programs. Whitted played for AAU coach Jack Roudebush, Kahla's dad, together with three HSE players on Indiana's Finest 16U this past summer.  Indiana's Finest placed second at the AAU state tournament and 17th at the 16U AAU Nationals.

In case you missed it (like we did), two Indianapolis players were picked up by Oklahoma State after going the junior college route through Wabash Valley Junior College. Nina Stone (5'6 PG) of Pike and Shyra Samuels (5'7 G) of North Central, both 2001 grads, will play for the Cowgirls this season with two years of eligibility remaining. While playing at WVJC last season, Stone averaged 18.2 points per game, tallied 160 assists, and was honored as a Kodak All-American. Samuels averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game, and was named the MVP at the Region XXIV Tournament.

The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports on the recent addition of Liberty Christian to the IHSAA roster of member schools. Liberty Christian will compete in Division 1A, with a current enrollment of 140 students. However, the Lions will not compete in any IHSAA tournaments until the 2005-06 season.

According to the Martinsville Reporter-Times, the 11U Lady Arties AAU team placed second at the AAU National Invitational tournament at Disney World.




Thursday, August 14


Two Indiana players have been named to the Wooden Women's Award Preseason All-American Team Top 30 Candidates. Jacqueline Batteast (South Bend Washington) of Notre Dame and Shyra Ely (Ben Davis) of Tennessee both received the preseason honor, which was announced yesterday. Also, Purdue standout Shereka Wright was named to the list. The complete list of candidates, which includes 16 seniors, 11 juniors and three sophomores, is as follows:

Wooden Women's Award Preseason
All-American Team - Top 30 Candidates
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

Seimone Augustus 6'1" So. G LSU
Jacqueline Batteast 6'2" Jr. F Notre Dame
Alana Beard 5'11" Jr. G/F Duke
Jenni Benningfield 6'3" Jr. F Vanderbilt
Tera Bjorklund 6'5" Jr. C Colorado
Rebekkah Brunson 6'3" Sr. F Georgetown
Shameka Christon 6'1" Sr. F Arkansas
Shyra Ely 6'2" Jr. F Tennessee
Ebony Hoffman 6'2" Sr. F/C USC
Chandi Jones 5'10" Sr. F/G Houston
Kelly Mazzante 6'0" Sr. G Penn State
Giuliana Mediola 5'11" Jr. G Washington
Loree Moore 5'9" Jr. G Tennessee
Nicole Ohlde 6'4" Sr. F/C Kansas State
Jia Perkins 5'8" Sr. G Texas Tech
Shawntinice Polk 6'5" So. C Arizona
Cappie Pondexter 5'9" Jr. G Rutgers
Nicole Powell 6'2" Sr. F Stanford
Heather Schreiber 6'2" Jr. F/G Texas
Stacy Stephens 6'1" Sr. F Texas
Ann Strother 6'2" So. G Connecticut
Diana Taurasi 6'0" Sr. G/F Connecticut
Lindsay Taylor 6'8" Sr. C Santa Barbara
Christi Thomas 6'5" Sr. F/C Georgia
Iciss Tillis 6'4" Sr. F Duke
Kendra Wecker 5'11" Sr. F Kansas State
Lindsay Whalen 5'8" Sr. G Minnesota
Tan White 5'8" Jr. G Mississippi State
Shereka Wright 5'10" Sr. F Purdue
Tanisha Wright 5'11" Jr. G Penn State


Five rising 8th and 9th grade Indiana players attended the Blue Star Elite Eighth Camp in Illinois this past weekend.  The camp, which claims to feature the nation's top underclass '07 and '08 players, scheduled for attendance the following Hoosier players:

Kristen Dockery (6'4) Penn
Ta'Shia Phillips (6'4) Southport or Brebeuf
Shelby Ross (5'7) Columbus East
Sydney Smallbone (5'10) Penn
8th Grade
Callie Curry (5'0) Carmel


Earlier this summer, Mooresville grad Suzy Doughty (right) was named the Mooresville/Decatur Times Female Athlete of the Year. Doughty, who averaged 10.0 points, 3.7 steals and 3.0 assists per game in her senior season, will play college basketball at DePauw. An accomplished soccer player as well, Doughty led the state in goals made with 45 last fall.

The Tennessee women, still on their overseas trip, dropped a game to the Greece national team on Tuesday. In the losing effort, Indiana natives Shyra Ely (Ben Davis) and Shanna Zolman (Wawasee) contributed nicely. Ely scored 17 with 8 rebounds, while Zolman dropped in 14, including four treys. The Lady Vols play the Bulgarian National Team today, and Romania on Friday.
More: Basketball is all Greek to Lady Vols in 85-79 loss

In a blow to the WNBA league, former LA Sparks player Latasha Byears has been accused of sexually assaulting a fellow teammate in June.  According to USA Today, the matter is still under investigation.



Wednesday, August 13


The Southern Indiana All Stars pretty much demolished the Louisville All Stars 103-64 on Saturday. Leading the all senior-junior contingent from the Hoosier State was 5'10 junior Tara Miller of North Harrison, who racked up 15 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in the winning effort. Also scoring in double figures were 5'11 senior Jasmine Baines and 6'5 junior Samantha Johnson, both of Jeffersonville, with 11 points apiece. Johnson also pulled down a team high 9 rebounds. Also with a nice all-around game was Brittany Myers of Madison, who had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Bonnie Bonelli, who was recently hired to take over the Beech Grove program, is interviewed in the Indianapolis Star.

The IHSAA approved the addition of four new schools to its membership, boosting total membership to 396 high schools. Bethesda Christian High School in Brownsburg, Liberty Christian High School in Anderson, Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour and University High School in Carmel will be full members immediately and begin tournament competition in 2005-06.

The IHSAA has also released the important dates for girls basketball for the next five years as follows:

Although the Louisville contingent did not give our Southern Indiana girls much of a contest, there is a good deal of solid talent in Kentucky. In the past, much of that talent headed out of state to play college ball; but that is changing.  According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, some of Kentucky's top talents are naming colleges in the Blue Grass State on their short list. Kentucky, Louisville and Western Kentucky were all reborn in the eyes of home state recruits when quality coaches were hired to run those programs. Mickie DeMoss, a long-time Pat Summit assistant at Tennessee, took over the reins at Kentucky in the spring and has hit the ground running. Her program is showing up on the short list of some of the top recruits in Kentucky and across the country with the likes of Tennessee, Connecticut and Purdue. Kentucky, once considered the doormat of the SEC, is hoping to walk through that door soon under their new coach. Tom Collen, who comes to Louisville from Colorado State (via the Vanderbilt hiring fiasco), has infused new energy into an already well-respected program in Conference USA. With only five returning scholarship players, Collen will put his mark on the Cardinals program early. At Western Kentucky, former Miss Kentucky Basketball Mary Taylor Cowles was hired a year ago and has already nabbed a pre-season NIT appearance for her team in November.
Indiana is represented on two of these newly infused teams. At Louisville, 2000 Miss Basketball Sara Nord of Jeffersonville (right) will begin her final year as a Cardinal. Highly respected as the top point guard in Conference USA, Nord averaged 14.0 points, 6.9 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game last season and was named C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year in June. Cardinal teammate Jessica Huggins (New Albany), walked on at Louisville and played in 20 games as a freshman. She only averaged 1.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 6.7 minutes per game last season, but brandished a promising 2.8/1.0 assist to turnover ratio. She is expected to take on a much larger role in November with only six returning players on the Louisville roster. Sophomore Jenny Pfeiffer of Jennings County will be back on the floor for Kentucky after suffering a broken hand half-way through the season. In her rookie campaign, Pfeiffer had worked her way into the starting lineup and was averaging 10.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 27.7 minutes of play per game before the injury.

From the news of the weird, a New York basketball player has filed assault charges against an opponent player who allegedly threw a punch during a game in February. According to News Day, the injured player suffered a fractured bone near her sinus, whiplash and a bruised retina. Game film was used as evidence to file the charges.




Tuesday, August 12


According to the Indianapolis Star, Sarah Harper of Mooresville has committed to head coach Keith Freeman of Valparaiso. Harper, a 6'3 forward/center, averaged 10.4 points and 5.2 rebounds as a junior for the Pioneers. She helped Mooresville to a 4A No. 4 ranking in the ICGSA Poll last season with a 20-2 team record. Harper was selected Mid-State All-Conference and All-Academic in 2002-03, as well as All-Area by the Mooresville/Decatur Times. Mooresville will play in the Hall of Fame Classic this season on Friday, December 26.

The Indianapolis Star has more information about the decision of Heritage Christian forward Cassie Freeman to attend Butler. According to the article, Freeman chose Butler over Valparaiso and Miami (Ohio).

The Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette reports that Northrop leading scorer Tricia Lee is moving with her dad to Texas because her mother is on out-of-town active duty with the Army Reserves. Lee, a 5'9 guard, averaged 15.9 points, 3.7 steals and 3.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore and received votes in the AP All-State poll. She could move back to Ft. Wayne if her mother returns from active duty. This is a big blow for the Northrop program in light of the departure of head coach Bonnie Bonelli, who recently took the head coaching position at Beech Grove. According to Bonelli, she would have stayed at Northrop but for the fact that she was being reassigned to an elementary teaching position due to budgetary reasons.

In July, Tod Windlan was named the new girls head coach at Frankton. According to the Anderson Herald Bulletin, Windlan takes over for former girls coach Brent Keck, who moved over to the boys head coaching position at Frankton. Windlan, who is the third coach in as many years for the Eagles, comes to Frankton from an assistant coaching post at Anderson Highland.

In June, Kyle Barrentine was named the new head coach at Western. Barrentine, who was the boys basketball coach a year ago, replaces long-time coach Cindy Lester. Lester, who resigned after 12 seasons with the Panthers, compiled a 140-149 record during her tenure at Western. According to the Frankfort Times, Barrentine was chosen over 14 other applicants for the job.

South Bend Clay standout Jessica Aldridge will transfer to Southwest Missouri State after completing a season at Kankakee Community College in Illinois. Out of high school in 2001, Aldridge committed to Ball State but when then coach Brenda Oldfield left for the Big Ten and Minnesota, Aldridge did not honor her letter of intent and had to sit a year before playing. According to the SMS website, Aldridge will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2003-04 season. At Kankakee, Aldridge averaged 9.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in 36 starts for the Lady Cavaliers. She chose SMS over IUPUI and Maryland-Baltimore County.

The Knox News reports that Shanna Zolman (Wawasee) scored 8 points, dished 5 assists and picked off 5 steals in a lopsided 58-13 win over Pesaro Basketball Club on the the Lady Vols' trip to Europe. Shyra Ely (Ben Davis), who celebrated her birthday in Italy Saturday, had four rebounds. The Lady Vols play again today, this time in Greece. More: College Sports News




Sunday, August 10


Heritage Christian forward Cassie Freeman

According to the Indianapolis Star, Butler has landed two quality players from the Class of 2004. Heritage Christian forward Cassie Freeman and Clarksville forward Candace Bain have both given their verbal commitments to the Bulldogs. The 5'10 Freeman, who helped propel her team to a No. 1 ranking in 2A last season, averaged 17.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a junior. Bain, at 6'2, averaged 19.6 points and 9.8 rebounds. Butler coach Beth Couture is forming a much improved future lineup with these latest commitments, together with the recent transfer of Illinois guard/forward Jessica Wright (Cathedral).

 Super Soph Amber Harris of Indianapolis North Central already has Purdue high on her list. According to Gold & Black Illustrated, the 6'5 center, who was the youngest player at this year's Nike Camp in July, says that right now Purdue and Tennessee are the only two schools on top of her list, with the Boilermakers being "an inch higher." Barring injury, this talented post player will most likely have her pick of programs by the time she is ready to commit.

Well we knew she was a fighter, but now it's literal. Tennessee guard Shanna Zolman (Wawasee) has taken to the ring this summer to improve her game. This Knoxville News article from June describes how the 5'10 shooting ace went to a world-class boxing trainer to improve her footwork for the upcoming season. Right now, Zolman and Hoosier teammate Shyra Ely (Ben Davis) are in Rome, Italy, and will play their first overseas game today against Pesaro Basketball Club.

According to The Times, former Chesterton '80s standout Sue Morris (now Mills) was inducted into the Butler Hall of Fame last month. The 1981 Trojan grad, along with sister Jamie Morris, led her team to Chesterton's only appearance in the Final Four as a senior and received the 1981 Mental Attitude Award. Chesterton lost to Rushville in the semi-final morning game 70-64 that year. At Butler, Mills was the Bulldogs MVP as a senior and tallied 1,375 career points. She also played volleyball at Butler. Mills now teaches physical education in Greenfield at St. Michael's School.

We've added a new Coaches Only Forum to our Message Boards. In order to gain access to the forum, you must be a high school or college coach and be registered on our forums. Unless you have access, the forum link is not visible on our Message Boards page. To get access to the new forum, please send us an email with your USER NAME (very important), full name, coaching position, school and school phone number.




Friday, August 8


Perry Meridian guard Kelsey Gurganus has committed to the University of Southern Mississippi. (Photo by

Perry Meridian senior Kelsey Gurganus has committed to the University of Southern Mississippi. The 5'9 guard, who was All-Conference Indiana last season, helped her team to a 24-5 record in 2002-03 on the way to a 4A state finals appearance. The Falcons lost a 2-point last-second decision to Kokomo in that game. Last season, Gurganus averaged 7.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. She also played summer ball for Southwest Indy Hoops Too and Indiana Force.

According to the Dayton Daily News, former Southport standout Jill Ransdell is the second Indiana player to leave the Wright State program in the past two weeks. Incoming freshman Suzanne Pearcy (Plainfield) left the Raiders program late last month after only one week on campus. Ransdell, a starter for the Raiders who averaged 5.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game as a junior, is the fourth player to defect from the WSU program since last season.

More coverage in the Indianapolis Star regarding the commitment by Indian Creek guard Adrienne Squire to Penn State.

According to the Indianapolis Star, former Ft. Wayne Northrop coach Bonnie Bonelli has been hired to take the reins at 2003 3A state champion Beech Grove. Bonelli takes over for departing 3A Coach of the Year Dawn McNew, who is moving to Florida.

According to the Peru Tribune, Peru head coach Tim Hudson has resigned his position with the Tigers to spend more time with his family. Also, former Kokomo assistant Stacy Garlinger has been named the new head coach at Maconaquah, taking over for Steve Black, who resigned earlier this summer.

Per the IHSAA, Heather Hartsock has taken the head coaching position at Indianapolis Northwest, replacing Ken McMichel, who was recently named the permanent head football coach for the Space Pioneers.

According to a press release by the IHSAA, the girls basketball tournament draw will be broadcast live on the IHSAA Radio Network on Sunday, February 1 (a change from the previously scheduled date of February 2). You'll be able to catch the drawings broadcast on your local station as long as that station is willing to pay the $50.00 IHSAA broadcast fee.

If you're not sure that your team will make it to Conseco for the state finals, the management there is offering the next best thing. If your team can sell 200 or more group tickets, the court at Conseco is yours for two hours. For more information, contact Mike White at (317) 917-2819.

Purdue has released its schedule for the upcoming season. After a one-year hiatus, Valparaiso is back on the regular season schedule with the Boilermakers, this time at the ARC on December 3. Also, former Lady Vol April McDivitt (Connersville), who has been sitting out a year since her transfer from Tennessee, will probably draw a Connersville crowd when her UC Santa Barbara team comes to Mackey Arena on December 19.


2003-04 Purdue Women's Basketball Schedule







Nov. 4


West Lafayette, Ind.

7 p.m.


Nov. 9


West Lafayette, Ind.

2 p.m.


Nov. 16


 West Lafayette, Ind.

5 p.m.


Nov. 23

  vs. Duke~ (ESPN)  

  Raleigh, N.C.

   2:30 p.m.


Nov. 26


West Lafayette, Ind.

7 p.m.


Nov. 28

  vs. Wake Forest

Orlando, Fla.

5 p.m.


Nov. 29

  vs. UCF

Orlando, Fla.

 5 p.m. 


Dec. 3

  at Valparaiso

Valparaiso, Ind.

7 p.m.


Dec. 7

  at Houston

Houston, Texas

   1 p.m.


Dec. 13

  vs. UCLA

Indianapolis, Ind.

4:30 p.m.


Dec. 19


West Lafayette, Ind.

7 p.m.


Dec. 30

  at Western Michigan

Kalamazoo, Mich.

7 p.m.


Jan. 2


West Lafayette, Ind.

7 p.m.


Jan. 4


West Lafayette, Ind.

3 p.m.


Jan. 8

  at Michigan State

East Lansing, Mich.

7 p.m.


Jan. 11

  at Illinois

Champaign, Ill.  

   2 p.m.


Jan. 15


West Lafayette, Ind.

7 p.m.


Jan. 18


West Lafayette, Ind.

2 p.m.


Jan. 22

  at Ohio State

Columbus, Ohio

7 p.m.


Jan. 25

  at Indiana

Bloomington, Ind.

2 p.m.


Jan. 29


West Lafayette, Ind.

7 p.m.


Feb. 5

  at Michigan

Ann Arbor, Mich.

7 p.m.


Feb. 8


West Lafayette, Ind.

2 p.m.


Feb. 10

  at Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

7 p.m.  


Feb. 15

  at Northwestern

Evanston, Ill.

7 p.m.


Feb. 19


West Lafayette, Ind.

7 p.m.


Feb. 22


West Lafayette, Ind.

2 p.m.


Feb. 26


West Lafayette, Ind.

 7 p.m.


Feb. 29

  at Penn State

University Park, Pa.

2 p.m.

  March 4-8

 Big Ten Tournament

Indianapolis, Ind.





Wednesday, August 6


Adrienne SquireAccording to the Johnson Daily Journal, Indian Creek guard/forward Adrienne Squire has committed to Penn State after an outstanding summer at college exposure events, including the prestigious Nike Camp in Indianapolis last month.  The 6'0 senior and Indiana Junior All-Star made her commitment to Nittany Lions head coach Rene Portland yesterday morning. Squire, who averaged 25.8 points, 5.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game last season, chose Penn State over Louisville and Miami (Ohio). Squire can now concentrate on taking her team further into the tournament this season after a 20-2 campaign that ended in a 4-point sectional loss to #1 Heritage Christian in February.

Adams Central senior Natalie Young has committed to Bethel College. The 5'11 center helped her team to a 15-6 record last season, averaging 18.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 3.1 steals, and 2.7 blocks per game. Young is third in school history in scoring with 1,010 points (137 from the school record of 1,146 held by Cheri Urick), and was on the Fort Wayne News Sentinel Prep Sports All Area Team last season.

Img21.jpgTwo other Junior All-Stars are drawing Division I interest. Senior 5'10 G/F Rebekah Parker (right) of Tippecanoe Valley is contemplating Valparaiso, Indiana State, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Bowling Green State and Evansville. Courtney Felke of Rochester is looking at Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Butler and Evansville.

North Miami coach and athletic director Mike Hannan has resigned in order to take an athletic director's position at Broad Ripple. According to the Peru Tribune, Hannan was the 2003 Miami County Coach of the Year after guiding North Miami to a pair of winning seasons.

The Southern Indiana All Star Team was recently named by Coach Tony Hall of Charlestown.  The SI All Star Team will compete against the Louisville All Stars on Saturday, August 9.  For more information on game time and location, please contact Tony Hall at Charlestown High School in Charlestown, Indiana. The players named to this team are as follows:

Player  Grade School  Height






Tuesday, August 5


Jessica WrightFormer Indianapolis standout and 2002 Indiana All Star Jessica Wright (Cathedral) has transferred from Illinois to Butler University after one season. According to the Butler women's basketball website, Wright comes to the Bulldogs after playing in 18 of 29 games for the Fighting Illini, where she averaged 4.2 minutes and 1.2 points per game. One of Wright's best games last season came in the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, playing on the familiar floor of Conseco Fieldhouse where Wright's high school team had won the 3A state championship. Against Michigan State, Wright tallied five points, one rebound and two steals in three minutes in an 83-59 Illinois loss.

Wright is the seventh D1 player from the Class of 2002 we are aware of that has transferred out of her first choice school. New situations for transfers Missy Taylor (Connersville) of Purdue, Amber Johnson (Ben Davis) of Denver, Molly Martin (Noblesville) of Bowling Green State, Courtney Veach (Rockville) of Evansville, and Devin Reed (Lawrence North) of Valparaiso are all unknown at this time. Region standout Alex Webster (Crown Point) has transferred from Southern Mississippi to Wisconsin-Green Bay. Also, 2002 All Star Jessica Scherer (Triton Central) and Jessica Stewart (Rockville), who both started their college careers at Evansville, are no longer playing.

For future reference, three schools in the state have changed their names.


Eastern (Bloomfield) is now Eastern Greene
Ft. Wayne Christian is now Ft. Wayne Keystone
Graceland Christian is now Christian Academy of Indiana

In case you missed it a few weeks back on our message board, the RRR Sectional Fan Polls have been cleared from last season and are ready for preseason voting.






Monday, August 4


Well, we've tried to spiff her up, and hopefully the new and improved version of the Region Roundball Review will be agreeable to all. We've streamlined a few things, and have removed some features that were simply too difficult for us to keep up with. All links, internal and external, have been updated, so you can feel fairly confident that you won't reach too many dead pages here anymore. If you have any suggestions for further improvements or additions, be sure to let us know.

You may have noticed that we've featured five Region seniors on our new format. This year's honorees are Julie DeMuth and Marshay Jolly of Merrillville, Belinda Drake of Gary West Side, Jen VanderZanden of Lake Central, and Lauren Hutton of Valparaiso. We'll be expecting big things from these five players in their senior seasons. Other players who were considered for our masthead include Kiki Bytner of Calumet, Karima Davies of Gary West Side, Linsey Smith of Lake Central, Cat Campbell of Chesterton and Becca Papach of Whiting. This is a pretty strong senior class that should make girls basketball in the Region pretty exciting this season. We'll be honoring five Region seniors on an annual basis in the future. Special thanks to Strempka Gallery for use of the photos on our masthead.

Speaking of seniors, we'll be putting out our Super Senior 25 in September. If you feel that a senior you know is worthy of consideration, please let us know. Full name, school, height, position and last season's stats would be greatly appreciated.

The first ever Top 100 Showcase, sponsored by the IHSAA and the ICGSA, seemed to be a success for all in attendance. Although we weren't able to make it, INDIANABBALL.COM has a nice report on the day's events.

The prestigious Nike Camp was held in Indianapolis the same weekend as the Top 100 Showcase (smart planning on the part of the ICGSA), and six players from Indiana received invitations.  Junior Jodi Howell of Alexandria, senior Robyn Stone of Pike, sophomore Amber Harris and senior Ashley Connor of North Central, senior Christina Cunningham of Perry Meridian and senior Adrienne Squire of Indian Creek all got the opportunity to show their stuff in front of some of the top college programs in the country.  More coverage:
Indiana Underclassman Impressive at Nike Camp - Gold & Black Illustrated
Nike Camp Evaluations - Old Gold Free Press

According to the Muncie Star Press, incoming freshman Corie West, the leading scorer for her Indiana's Finest team the past four seasons, will be transferring from Cowan to New Castle. Dad Terry West was the head coach at Cowan last season, but resigned feeling that the emphasis on volleyball there wouldn't "be fair for Corie to be a part of that." Both Wests will join a Trojan team that went 19-5 last season and advanced to the regional finals against Kokomo, only to lose by 3 points. The 5'6 guard looks to have a chance to contribute early with the graduation of six seniors, four of whom were starters on last season's team.

Former Plainfield standout Suzanne Pearcy has left the Wright State women's program after only one week on campus.  According to the Dayton Daily News, Pearcy's family cited "religious convictions and growing player dissatisfaction" as her reasons for leaving. The 5'9 forward was expected to play a major role for the Raiders.

Misses Indiana Basketball Shanna Zolman of Wawasee (2002) and Shyra Ely of Ben Davis (2001) will be heading to Greece and Italy on August 7 with their entire Lady Vols team. According to the Vols team website, the team will begin their overseas visit in Rome, Italy, and then head to Greece on August 11.

Former Hammond Gavit coach Tom Spina has been named the new assistant coach at West Point Academy. The former Coast Guard member joins the Black Knights after a year away from his successful 51-19 run with the Gladiators.

The summer NCAA observation period is over, and from now until the early signing period in November, you can expect to hear about commitments from the top seniors in our state. Our 2004 Signings page is ready for listings, so please send them our way as you hear of them. We've added all of the 2003 signees to their respective schools on the College Player Directory. We'll be fine-tuning those rosters as they become available on each respective college website.

Last week, Gary Roosevelt girls basketball coach, Pearl Mills, resigned after three years of frustration. According to The Times, Mills resigned after it became apparent that "everything at Roosevelt is geared to the boys.'' Mills finished the 2002-03 season with only six players on her roster.

Some of you were disappointed with our coverage of the coaching changes this past summer, but unfortunately we were not able to manage it. If there is anyone who would like to keep track of those changes for us on a regular basis, we'd be happy to reinstate that feature on the RRR.

In case you missed it on our message board a couple of weeks ago, we've added a new interactive feature that will allow visitors to post links to news articles as they find them. That way you don't have to wait for us to post them. You can find the News Links page under the News heading on the menu at the top of the website. Several visitors have contributed some interesting articles to that page already.  Good reading.



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