CLASS OF 2008 FINAL UPDATE
The now-graduated Class of 2008 had some late announcements (plus some others that we are late on reporting), pushing this year's class past the 100 mark of players going on to the next level:
FOX HEADED TO WRIGHT STATE
Brown County forward Molly Fox (right) will play at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, this fall. The 6'1 standout was an all-conference performer and holds Brown County's records for career rebounds and points in a season. She was a Herald Times 1st Teamer four years running, and her team's MVP three years and a two-year captain. As a senior she averaged 17.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, reaching the 1,000 point mark during her junior season. Photo courtesy of the Brown County Democrat.
CHARLET PICKED UP BY D-I WINSTON-SALEM STATE
New Washington 6'0 forward Jillian Charlet (at left blocking shot) will play for Division I Winston-Salem State in North Carolina this fall. As a senior, Charlet averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, scoring a career-high 33 points against conference rival South Central in January. She earned All-Area and All-Sectional honors in addition to being a four-year All-Conference player and a member of the New Washington 1,000 Point Club. “Jillian was an inside presence and threat for us, but she was versatile enough to go to the perimeter if we needed her to do that as well,” said New Washington coach Terry White. “Her ball handling skills and shooting ability allowed us to use her not only as a post player, but a perimeter player as well.” WSS head coach Dee Stokes calls Charlet “one of those typical Indiana kids who can shoot the ball but plays the post position.” Photo from hoosiermania.com.
IUSB PICKS UP FOUR HOOSIER PREPS
Indiana University South Bend will be adding four Hoosier prep standouts to their roster this coming season. RRR Super Senior Seven honorees Becky Hoefler (6'2 Valparaiso) and Lizzie Stapke (5'8 Highland), as well as Maconaquah standout Kayla George and Granger Christian guard Jeanette Durand will suit up for Titans head coach Steve Bruce. Also, transfers Whitney Cole (St. Joseph's/North Judson) and Brooke Daugherty (Danville Area CC/Terre Haute South) will arrive with the freshmen newcomers in August.
BEDELLA, BARRON AND MARTIN HEADING FOR THE WOODS
Highland power forward Jordan Bedella (right), Crawford County guard Chelsey Barron and Eminence forward Jacci Martin will play for long time St. Mary-of-the-Woods head coach Deanna Bradley next school year. The 5'11 Bedella, who was a key player for the 20-6 Trojans under first-year head coach Jeanette Gray, averaged 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks per game and was named First Team All-Northwest Crossroads Conference. The Pomeroys staff likes her ability to work with the ball inside as well as her stroke from beyond 15 feet. Barron, a 5'6 true point, averaged 11.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for 15-6 Crawford County as a senior. She is expected to make an immediate impact as a freshman. Eminence's Martin is a versatile 6'1 wing who could also make an immediate impact. As a senior, she averaged 11.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and an impressive 6.7 assists per game for the 9-13 sectional runner up Eels.
PUC PICKS UP STANDOUTS ACKISON AND BECK
Purdue Calumet head coach Tom Megyesi has signed 5'9 point guard Kelcey Ackison of Kokomo and 5'7 guard Stephanie Beck of Mishawaka. Ackison, a Second Team All-North Central Conference player, averaged 5.0 points and 4.8 assists per game as a senior for the 18-6 Kats under head coach Jason Snyder. “We are elated to have landed such a quality guard for our team,” says Megyesi. “Kelcey is an outstanding passer and truly makes everyone better offensively, and she’s also and outstanding defender.” Beck averaged 17.2 points, 3.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game as a senior for the 9-12 Cavemen. PUC will be looking to improve on its 7-24 record last season as Megyesi continues to build his program in Hammond.
EASTBROOK'S GREEN TO HUNTINGTON
Eastbrook 5'11 center Kelsey Green will travel a few miles north to Huntington this fall. A Chronicle-Tribune Second Teamer and Central Indiana All-Conference honoree, Green averaged 17.0 points and 9.6 rebounds as a senior while leading her team to an 18-6 record and sectional crown in 2007-08.
IUN MINES LOCAL TALENT
Indiana University Northwest head coach Ryan Shelton is taking advantage of some very good talent from the Region. The RedHawks have added 5'7 guard Juliette Keller (Kouts), 5'6 guard Aiesha Walker (Calumet), 6'0 forward Page Walczak (Kankakee Valley), 5'7 guard-forward Brittany Tinnin (Griffith), 5'2 guard Nina Wills (Bishop Noll) and 5'9 forward Emily Blandford (Hobart) to their lineup for next season.
BOWYER TO DOUBLE UP AT HANOVER
Southwestern (Hanover) grad Sonja Bowyer (right) will be a two-sport athlete at nearby Hanover College the next four years. Besides excelling on the basketball court, Bowyer is also a standout softball player who helped her team advance to the 2A State Semi-Finals. As a senior, the 5'9 forward averaged 7.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Photo from the Madison Courier.
TWO HEADED TO MOUNT ST. JOSEPH'S
Switzerland County 5'8 guard Courtney Cole and Providence 5'9 forward Whitney Thomas will both be playing at D-III Mount St. Joseph's in Cincinnati, Ohio, next season. A member of the Heartland Collegiate Conference, Cole and Thomas will be making frequent trips to their home state in games against Hoosier members Franklin, Manchester, Hanover, Anderson and Rose-Hulman.
MARIAN BRINGS IN FIVE NEWCOMERS
Marian head coach Todd Bacon is welcoming five Indiana natives into the Knights fold this fall. Emily Smithson (5'6 G) of Wapahani, Jessica Johnson (5'7 G) of Clarksville, Courtney Wesner (5'10 F) of Frontier, Amber Suiters (6'0 F) of Tri-Central and Hanna Boeh (6'3 C) of Lebanon will don the blue and gold for 2008-09. All players come in with impressive numbers, with Smithson leading the way at 22.1 points, 4.8 assists and 4.0 steals per game. Boeh was a double-double performer her senior season at 11.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, while Johnson (18.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.4 spg), Suiters (15.5 ppg, 9.4 rpg) and Wesner (8.9 ppg, 11.1 rpg) all bring solid numbers to the table.
GLOMB TO BE A GRIZZLY
Lanesville standout Beth Glomb will join the roster at Franklin College this fall. The 5'6 guard was a HBM Top 50 participant and a member of the HBCA All-Star Classic roster. As a senior, she averaged 14. 0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
FEGAN, COLEMAN, PARKER AND SHADDAY HEADED TO TECH
New Indiana Tech head coach Jay Kroft is looking to turn around the Warriors program in Fort Wayne with the signing of four Hoosier prep standouts. Included in that group is Cambridge City Lincoln four-year starter and HBM Top 50 invitee Karlee Fegan, who averaged 7.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals as a senior, helping her team to a 17-4 record under head coach John Lewellen. Also coming to Tech are 5'9 guard Yasmine Coleman of Pike (15.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg), 5'9 guard Rachel Parker of Bloomington South and 6'2 guard Charystin Shadday of East Noble, who was the recipient of the 2008 Nancy Rehm Scholarship. All of these players could make an immediate impact for Tech, as the Warriors were 1-30 last season.
DEUTSCHER HEADED TO MANCHESTER
South Bend St. Joseph's guard Kari Deutscher will become a Spartan at Manchester this fall. The 5'7 perimeter player was the third-leading scorer for the 12-8 Indians under head coach Mike Megyese this past season. In 2007-08, Manchester posted a 19-9 record under third-year head coach Josh Dzurick.
DANVILLE GETS FIVE HOOSIER NEWCOMERS
Danville Area Community College head coach Lyle Hicks continues to mine the Hoosier State for basketball talent. Heading west to Illinois this fall will be 5'6 point guard Ashley Ross of Bloomington North, 6'1 center Aelleon Woodard of Kokomo, 5'5 guard Kassie Yates of Western Boone and 6'0 forward Jessica Richards of Warren Central. Hicks is also bringing 2007 Columbus East standout and Indiana All-Star selection Shelby Ross to the Danville campus. Ross withdrew from the All-Star team prior to the series and has been inactive the past year, giving her four years of college eligibility remaining.
INDIANA WESLEYAN SIGNS STEPHANIE BURTCH
Fisher's grad Stephanie Burtch (left), a 5'10 wing, will suit up for 2007 NAIA National Champion Indiana Wesleyan and head coach Steve Brooks in Marion this fall. The All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference player helped the Tigers to a 16-6 record and a first place HCC finish this past season under head coach Michael Gaines. She holds the Fishers record for most points scored in a game (26) and averaged 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 42.3% from the field and 37.7% from three-point.
“We are extremely excited about Steph’s decision to attend Indiana Wesleyan University ,” says Brooks, “Steph is a player who we believe fits our program perfectly. First and foremost, by who she is as a person but also as a student and as an athlete. We believe that her best basketball is ahead of her. We are looking forward to the many contributions that Steph is going to make to the Lady Wildcat basketball program over the next four years”.
SIX TO PLAY AT GRACE
Grace College head coach Scott Blum continues to attract solid in-state talent for the Lancer program. The following is from the Grace website:
Kayla Skaggs has signed a NAIA letter of intent to play basketball for the Grace College Lady Lancers. The Lapel High School forward has earned many awards during her prep career being named Indianapolis All-City honorable mention 05 and 06, IHSAA Top 100 workout 06 and 07, All-Tourney Team Madison County 06, All-Madison County Team 06-07, All-White River Conference Team 06-07 and helped led her team to 2A IHSAA State Championship in 2006-07, while at Heritage Christian High School before transferring to Lapel. Kayla led a balanced attack for Lapel last season scoring 14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists per game while shooting 52-percent from the field and 39-percent from behind the arc. "I like the small Christian atmosphere," Skaggs said. "The facilities are excellent and I like Coach Blum as well." Kayla will join a young nucleus when she joins the Lady Lancers next season who return eight players.
Kate Ball, a four year member of the girls basketball and track & field programs at Southside High School in Fort Wayne, has signed with the Lancers. During her high school playing career, Ball was a two time Sectional Champion, a Regional Champion and played in a Final Four. Kate intends on majoring in Elementary Education while at Grace and is excited about continuing her career at Grace. "I hope to be a contributor on the team and hope to help them have more success," Ball said. "I liked Grace because it was small and the campus was nice and I felt that I could play basketball there." Women's basketball coach Scott Blum is excited about another addition to his women's program. "Kate has size and athletic ability that can be used at our level," Blum said. "She has the ability to hit the three and will develop into a good low post player as well. Her love for the game and the Lord is one area that she will contribute to our program."
Southwestern (Hanover) High School standout Kendall Withered has signed a letter of intent to continue her playing career for the Grace College Lady Lancers. Kendall is a duel sport athlete in both basketball and softball and has received honors in both for all-conference, all-sectional, all-regional as well as a member of the 1,000 point club. This past season, Kendall averaged 15 points and 5 assists per game for Southwestern and is interested in majoring in Sports Administration at Grace. "I really liked the atmosphere, coaching staff and facilities at Grace," Kendall said about her visit to Winona Lake, IN. "Some of my athletic goals are to continue to improve and help make the team better." Lady Lancer head coach Scott Blum is excited about the addition of Withered to the team. "Kendall has played under a Hall of Fame Coach at Southwestern, in Coach Cheatham and will be very solid in the fundamentals of the game," said Coach Blum. "Kendall will bring an outside shooting threat with the ability to attack the basket with the dribble. She has a very high IQ and passion for the game."
Andrea Whealy has chosen Grace College to continue her basketball career. The Lakeland Christian Academy standout helped lead LCA to the 2007 Final Four and 2008 Elite Eight in the Indiana Christian State Tournament. Over her two years at LCA, Andrea scored 714 points while connecting on 106 three pointers and was a two time Cougar Classic All-Tourney selection. Whealy has shown a great deal of leadership with her involvement in her church, high school athletic teams, school activities and mission trips. She intends to major in Business and Bible Theology at Grace and feels that Grace was where God was leading her. "I chose Grace because I felt that God was leading me in that direction," Andrea said. "I am excited for basketball and my main goal is to learn as much as possible in my first season and improve my God given skills." "Andrea brought a renewed energy to the Lady Cougar basketball program when she came to LCA her junior year," said high school basketball coach Jay Lavender. "She was so talented that she could start the break, spot up for a jumper, or finish in transition and that is a special talent."
The Grace College women's basketball team has continued to add new players to their program and Hannah Lengel is the newest member. Hannah will graduate from Southwood High School this spring and has been a four year member of the girl's basketball team. Through her time at Southwood she has been named Wabash County Player of the Year, 1st team all-conference, Indiana Top 100 seniors and is the schools all time leading scorer with 1249 points. Lengel broke eight school records including most career assists and best free throw percentage. She plans on majoring in business and is the valedictorian in her graduating class. Hannah also was selected as a member of the Indiana-Ohio All-Star Game for Nancy Rehm. "I felt comfortable on the Grace campus and enjoyed the Christian atmosphere," Hannah said about visiting Grace. "I would like to help the Lady Lancers win as many games as possible and also look forward to having fun with the girls on the team and learn a lot from the experience." "Hannah is going to be a great asset to our program and she will be playing the point guard position and will provide a lot of experience from that position," said head coach Scott Blum. "Hannah adds another guard that loves to push the ball up the floor."
Jamie Westness has signed an NAIA letter of intent to play basketball for the Grace College Lady Lancers. Westness played at Whitko High School and was a four year varsity letter winner. The 5'11" forward helped lead her team to the school's first TRC Championship and a school record in wins with 17 her senior year. She holds nineteen individual records and was a Nancy Rehm All-Star Nominee. Jamie will major in Elementary Education and is excited to join the Lady Lancers and make an impact for head coach Scott Blum. "Jamie is going to bring a lot of athletic talent to our program next season," said Coach Blum. "She will be able to play the small forward position with her ability to guard both a post player and a wing player. She has tremendous ability to get her hands on the basketball at the defensive end and has the ability to become a very good scorer at this level. We are excited and feel very blessed to have her in our program."
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