After an exciting junior season during which the Athenians were ranked as high as No. 4 in the 3A ICGSA polls, Crawfordsville senior Mandi Johnson has kicked off the upcoming season with some excitement of her own. The 5'10 guard/forward gave her verbal commitment to IPFW head coach Chris Paul this week, becoming the second '09 Hoosier recruit for the Mastodons. Fort Wayne South forward Sydney Weinert committed to IPFW last month.
Johnson (#22 at right), who is a two-time All-Sagamore Conference player and a member of The Paper's 2008 All-Montgomery County Team, averaged 11.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field as a junior. Johnson was a consistent contributor for head coach Darren Haas on a team with a variety of weapons. She had her best outing last season against highly-regarded Lebanon when she tallied 22 points and eight rebounds in a 65-54 victory that handed the Tigers their first Sagamore Conference loss since 2003.
"I'm very excited for Mandi and proud of her willingness to compete at the next level," says Haas. "I think this will allow Mandi to play care-free this year and I predict a great season for her!"
Although the Athenians lost three senior leaders to graduation, Crawfordsville returns a solid core in Johnson, senior Lexi Stevens and junior Alex Gasaway.
Johnson and Weinert will join former Chatard standout Anne Boese on the Mastodons roster when they arrive on campus next year. IPFW is entering its second year as a member of the Summit Conference. Photo from The Paper.