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January, 2002

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News thru Monday, January 28

          
Note:  We've added some additional items since this news was originally posted Monday evening.
   

Today was D-Day -- Draw Day -- for Indiana high school girls basketball, and while some teams are jumping for joy with a great draw, others are shaking their heads with disbelief at their bad luck.  You can find the complete draw results at the IHSAA website.  Locally, here is the draw for Northwest Indiana, with the Sagarin favorite in red:
   

4A 3A 2A 1A
Sec. 1 @ West Side
  
Tuesday
Gary Wallace v Lowell
E. Chicago v West Side
   
Friday
Lake Central v. Munster
Sec. 17 @ Highland
  
Tuesday

Morton v
Hammond
Clark v Highland
  
Friday 
Noll v
Gavit
Sec. 33 @ N. Newton
 
Tuesday

Han. Cen. v Lake Station
Wheeler v
N. Newton
 
Friday
Boone Grove v  Rensselaer
Sec. 49 @ Wash. Twp.
 
Tuesday
S. Central v River Forest
Wash. Twp. v Whiting
  
Friday
MC Marquette v Westville
Sec. 2 @ Portage
  
Tuesday

Portage  v  Chesterton
Merrillville v
Valparaiso
   
Friday
Hobart v Crown Point
Sec. 18 @ Calumet
  
Tuesday

Griffith v Gary Mann
Roosevelt v
Calumet
   
Friday
Andrean v Gary Wirt
Sec. 34 @ LaVille
  
Tuesday

Glenn v North Judson
Bremen   v  LaVille
   
Friday
Triton v Jimtown
Sec. 50 @ Hebron
  
Tuesday

Oregon-D. v Morgan Twp
West Central v Hebron
   
Friday
Kouts v LaCrosse
Sec. 3 @ SB Riley
  
Tuesday

SB Riley v Michigan City
SB  Adams v SB  Clay
    
Friday
SB  Washington v LaPorte
Sec. 19 @ Plymouth
   
Tuesday
Culver Mil. v Kank. Val.
Whitko v Plymouth
  
Friday
Knox v Tippecanoe Valley
 

  

Complete information about this year's tournament series, including sectional format for 5-, 6- and 7-team sectionals, is available at the IHSAA website as well.


There are some very interesting first-round matches in today's IHSAA sectional pairings.
   
In 4A Sectional 1, East Chicago drew nemesis Gary West Side in Game 2.  The Cardinals pushed the Cougars the last time they met, and will be eager to play them again.  Our guess is that they would rather play the Side sooner than later, hoping that the Cougars will be looking past them to either Lake Central or Munster on Saturday.  
   


Merrillville sophomore Marshay Jolly will be hoping to lead her team to a sectional upset of Valpo next Tuesday.  (Photo by Bob Strempka)

In 4A Sectional 2, Crown Point probably pulled the best draw with the bye and opponent Hobart on Friday.  However, a good team like Hobart is hard to beat two games in a row, and the Bulldogs just played the Brickies over the weekend.  Valparaiso will have to face an improving Merrillville team that gave the Vikes some trouble on Saturday with their aggressive pressing style in a 9-point game.  The Pirates could be the dark horse in this sectional after taking a highly respected 3A Andrean team to two overtimes last week before falling by a few.
   
In 4A Sectional 5, it will be a war when Warsaw and Columbia City mix it up in Game 2.  Carroll (FW) was the winner in this sectional draw, getting the bye and a Friday game against DeKalb, probably the most challenged team in that grouping.
   
In 4A Sectional 6, the Ft. Wayne Snider v. Huntington North matchup in Game 2 will be brutal, while Kokomo and McCutcheon will be duking it out in first-round action in Sectional 7.  In Sectional 9, Pike and Noblesville received the bye, but must face each other on Friday for what should be a very good game.  Center Grove will be looking for a second chance against a tough Perry Meridian team in Sectional 12 on Friday.  The Trojans fell to the Falcons by 8 earlier this month and are definitely contenders.
  
In Sectional 13, Martinsville must be wondering what they did in a previous life to deserve such punishment, as they will have to face Terre Haute South on Friday night.  But if anyone can give the Braves a go in this sectional, it will be the Artesians.  No. 6 Jeffersonville and No. 7 Jennings County must also be cursing the stars for a bye-round matchup on Friday in Sectional 15.  These two teams play this Saturday only to meet again in a week for a bit of a déja vu experience on sectional Friday.
   


Highland sophomore Julie DeMuth and the rest of the Trojans are favored to bring home another sectional championship for Highland.  (Photo by Bob Strempka)

In 3A, local favorites Highland and Andrean are sitting pretty in their respective Sectionals 17 and 18.  Highland faces Clark on Tuesday and probably won't be challenged until Saturday night against Gavit.  Andrean, who received the bye and Gary Wirt on Friday night, should be well rested after Calumet and Griffith most likely battle the same night for a chance at the 59ers.  Guess they've been saying their rosaries pretty faithfully over on Broadway.
  
Sectionals 20, 21 and 22 won't see any real battles probably until Friday, although watch out in Sectional 22 on Friday night when Angola and Leo will probably be fighting for survival and a chance at 3A No. 3 FW Concordia.  In Sectional 27, Beech Grove cannot be happy about drawing No. 2 Brebeuf on Tuesday night.  Whoever wins that game will probably move on to regional play.
   
In 2A, Wheeler will have to face North Newton on Tuesday in Sectional 33, but Boone Grove is in good shape for a possible championship game appearance with 3-15 opponent Rensselaer on Friday night.  Triton gets the good draw in Sectional 34, with a bye and Jimtown on Friday night for a rematch with No. 3 North Judson after a 2-point regular season loss to the Bluejays.  Around the rest of the state, there are no sectional favorites facing first-round challenges, although anything can happen at tournament time.
  
In 1A, a healthy Whiting team will be looking forward to a rematch with Sectional 49 favorite Washington Township in first round action.  West Central will be bringing its A-game to 1A No. 2 host Hebron in the Friday bye game in Sectional 50.  These two teams face each other tomorrow in regular season play, but will probably not give too much of their game plans away in that game.
   
In Sectional 54, No. 12 Tri-Central must face No. 4 Clinton Prairie on Tuesday, while the toughest sectional in 1A at North Vermillion will see the No. 1 hosts in a very favorable position with the bye, while No. 4 Rockville will have to get past No. 14 Turkey Run on Tuesday.  Spectators will definitely get their money's worthy with a week-long ticket.
   
For those of you who are intent on truly evaluating all of the sectional pairings for next week, check out John Harrell's Indiana Basketball, where all sectional opponents are grouped together with interesting statistics.  (Check the "Classes:  4A  3A  2A  1A"  links.)
   
Online articles about the draw from around the state:
   
The rich get richer (NWI) - The Times
Draw produces few favorites (NWI) - The Times
Merrillville first up for DAC champions (NWI) - Post-Tribune
Host Riley heads to M.C. for 1st round in tourney - SB Tribune

Tourney road tougher for Angola
- FW Journal-Gazette
Beech Grove draws Brebeuf Jesuit for its opener - Indy Star
Mavs draw favorite in sectional opener - Lafayette J & C
Girls' sectional draw is conducted  - Peru Tribune
Girls' sectional draw positive for most local teams - Crawfordsville Journal Review
Mississinewa considered Class 2A sectional favorite - Marion Chronicle-Tribune
Girls'tourney pairings are set - Muncie Star Press
3 county teams get first-round sectional bye - Johnson County Daily Journal
Basketball draw favors South girls - Bloomington Hoosier Times
Sectional won't be easy, but 4A squads not scared - Evansville Courier-Press


As far as the regional pairings go, at least two sets of NWI regional qualifiers could see some familiar faces in first-round action.  In 4A, the Gary West Side sectional winner will face the Portage sectional winner, while the winner of the Hebron sectional will face the winner of the Washington Township sectional.  In 3A, it could be an all-NWI final if sectional winners at Calumet and Highland make it past early competition, and in 2A, the winners of the LaVille and North Newton sectionals could possibly meet if they can both get past their early opponents.


On a very sad note, Frontier junior Julie George passed away last Tuesday due to an intestinal disorder, according to the Monticello Herald-Journal.  George, who also participated in track and cross-country, was a well-liked teammate and classmate at Frontier.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the George family, as well as to Julie's teammates and classmates.


The Indianapolis Star is reporting this morning that Beech Grove junior standout Katie Gearlds committed to Purdue University yesterday.  The 6'0 guard is one of the most highly recruited players in the country and chose the Boilers over Tennessee, Duke, Iowa State and Notre Dame.  Gearlds announced her decision to head coach Kristy Curry at yesterday's win over Iowa, which prompted Curry to "drop everything she was holding" at the moment.  Gearlds is averaging 26.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game so far this season for the 3A #8 Hornets.


Jaime Perko of AT&T Cable has informed the RRR that the previously scheduled Hebron v. West Central game will not be televised due to a change in programming.  However, highlights from the game, as well as a number of games from around NWI, will be featured Thursday night on Region Basketball X-Tra.


Gold & Black Illustrated recently profiled all of its 2002 recruits and their progress so far this season.  Those from Indiana include Carol Duncan of NorthWood, Ashley Mays of Warren Central, Sharika Webb of Cathedral and Missy Taylor of Connersville.


The Times Top 10

1. West Side (1)
2. Valparaiso (2)
3. Andrean (3)
4. Crown Point (5)
5. Highland (4)
6. EC Central (8)
7. Hobart (8)
8. Lake Central (7)
9. Hebron (9)
10. Gavit (10)

Post-Tribune Top 10

1. West Side
2. Valparaiso
3. Crown Point
4. North Judson
5. Highland
6. Lake Central
7. Andrean
8. East Chicago
9. North Newton
10. Calumet

In a different look at game day for two area teams, The Times took a behind the scenes look at what happens in the locker room and on the bus before and after games played by Highland and Valparaiso.  This is an interesting look at the team personalities of both the Trojans and Vikes.
   
A look behind closed doors (Highland) - The Times
Behind closed doors (Valparaiso) - The Times


According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Southwestern (Hanover) coach Donna Cheatham is on the brink of Indiana girls basketball history after picking up her 448th career victory, tying former Rushville coach Cinda Brown as the winningest girls coach in Indiana history.  Cheatham could surpass Brown's career mark tonight when her team takes on Switzerland County.
   
Late addition:  Cheatham achieved legendary status with a 44-40 win over Switz County last night to become the career coaching leader with 449 career victories.  More in the Indianapolis Star.


Bloomington South senior Cyndi Valentin was recently profiled in the Hoosier Times.  The 5'8 senior has her undefeated team on cruise control as the No. 1 ranked team in the state.  Valentin, who will play at Indiana University next season, is averaging 22.2 points per game.


According to the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel, Ft. Wayne South Side point guard Alena Noel is taking the Archers to new heights this season, mainly because the junior is leading the Summit Athletic Conference in a number of statistical categories.  With 19.6 points, 5.8 assists and 4.8 steals per game so far this season, Noel has aspirations to play Division I basketball and become a professional player in the WNBA.  Coach Eric Vaughn believes that the talented junior can achieve those goals and will only get better.


The Jeffersonville Evening News recently profiled senior Andrea Holbrook of Jeffersonville.  The forward is the only senior on a team with seven sophomores, two juniors and one freshman, but her presence has brought the 4A #6 Red Devils much further than they would be without her.  Coach Chad Gilbert believes that Holbrook lives for the big games and has had some of her best performances against their toughest opponents this season.  Jeffersonville is poised for one of their biggest games of the season against No. 7 Jennings County on Saturday for a tie in the Hoosier Hills Conference.  Ironically, both teams will also meet on February 8, as they drew each other in today's IHSAA tournament pairings.


Several newspapers have girls basketball notes online:
   
The Porter County edition of The Times relays the latest news on Porter County teams and players.

   

The South Bend Tribune has a good look at a strong Tippecanoe Valley team, as well as some other notes on teams in the area.

    

The Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel has notebook information about FW North Side, Canterbury, Carroll (FW) and Leo.


Alexandria junior Jackie Closser's move from shooting guard to point guard is examined in the Indianapolis Star.  The 5'5 Tiger has upped her scoring and assist averages from last year to 18.9 points and 5.9 assists per game so far this season with the move.  The 18-0 Tigers are ranked No.1 in 3A and are poised to do something that no team in Madison County has done before -- win back-to-back county titles.  They will face Lapel Tuesday night  to begin their quest.  More in the Indianapolis Star.


Former Purdue player Shalicia Hurns (Broad Ripple) has transferred to Rutgers, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.   The standout forward, who was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team as a freshman, tore her ACL in November while playing at Wabash Valley Junior College in Illinois, but was dismissed there in December for disciplinary reasons. 


Unfortunately, we were unable to link up a lot of articles on line last week, due to a lack of time.  It was just one of those weeks.  We had to take care of those things that pay for the bill of the RRR.


News thru Friday, January 18

          


Highland junior Jessica Hamman and the rest of the Trojans will take their best defensive effort to the McDonald's Girls Prep Classic at Willowbrook High School in Illinois. 
(Photo by Bob Strempka)

The 12th Annual McDonald's Girls Prep Classic, featuring a number of Indiana teams, takes place this weekend.  Highland, South Bend Riley, Kokomo, Cathedral, Beech Grove and Noblesville are all in this year's Shootout.  Information about the event, which will be held at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Illinois, can be found in the Indianapolis Star and Chicago Tribune.  Last year, Indiana swept the series except for one game.  This year, game times are as follows:
   
Today
Cathedral v. Chicago Hope - 5:30 p.m.
Kokomo v. USA Today No. 11 Marian Catholic - 7:00 p.m.
Noblesville v. Downers Grove South - 8:30 p.m.
  
Saturday
Kokomo v. Winnetka New Trier - 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral v. Lisle Benet Academy - 11:30 a.m.
Noblesville v. Lincolnshire Stevenson - 1:00 p.m.
Beech Grove v. Oak Park Fenwick - 5:30 p.m.
   
Monday
Beech Grove v. Wilmette Regina Dominican - 12:00 noon
SB Riley v. Hinsdale Central - 4:30 p.m.
Highland v. LaGrange Park - 6:00 p.m.


The Times Top 10

1. West Side (3)
2. Valparaiso (2)
3. Andrean (3)
4. Highland (4)
5. Crown Point (7)
6. EC Central (8)
7. Lake Central (6)
8. Hobart (5)
9. Hebron (9)
10. Gavit (NR)
(The Times Top 10)

The Times has an interesting article (well, actually two similar articles) about margin of victory and the philosophies of coaches who are faced with the decision of what to do in a blowout.  Many NWI coaches are quoted in this article, and the philosophies seem to be a little bit all over the place on this topic.
   
When is enough enough? - The Times (Lake County version)
Runnin' it up - The Times
(Porter County version)


The Post-Tribune (one-day link) has a few news and notes about girls basketball, including the comeback of Andrean senior Jamie Gutowski, and the success of Valparaiso so far this season.


Post-Tribune Top 10

1. West Side
2. Valparaiso
3. Crown Point
4. Lake Central
5. North Judson
6. East Chicago
7. Andrean
8. Highland
9. North Newton
10. Hobart

Valparaiso senior Brooke McAfee, who will be going to IUPUI on a basketball scholarship next fall, is featured in the Post-Tribune (one-day link) today.  The 6'1 center is averaging 12.8 points and has 118 rebounds so far this season.  McAfee did not expect to play basketball in college, as she was planning to attend Purdue to study veterinary medicine, but a strong summer AAU campaign brought along offers that she did not expect to receive. 


River Forest senior Sylvia Montes has been a four-year presence for the Ingots and coach Al Detterline.  According to The Times, coach and player are hoping this will be the year that River Forest will make school history by winning a girls sectional, something never done by the Ingots girls basketball program before.  The 5'8 forward is doing her best to keep her team in the hunt, averaging 14.5 points and 9.3 rebounds so far this season.


There is a wonderful commentary piece in the South Bend Tribune today about the parallels between former North Judson superstar Debbie Bolen and present day star Shanna Zolman.  Both broke the state career scoring record during their high school years, and Bolen takes a look back at how things have changed from January 4, 1988, when Bolen broke the record, to January 12, 2002, when Zolman pushed her total over the record.  A great read that tells a lot about the history of girls basketball in Indiana.


On the inverse, an editorial in the Decatur Daily Democrat has some pretty strong words about the thought of Shanna Zolman breaking the state career scoring record of Damon Bailey.  Some darn interesting reading.  The editorial offers up the opinion that "the girls can be entertaining" and "Shanna Zolman might make the Wawasee boys team ... the freshmen team! It's ridiculous!"  A neat feature at the Daily Democrat lets you voice your opinion right at the bottom of the article itself for everyone to read.  That could get pretty interesting itself!


The Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel has a number of girls basketball articles from its Prep Weekly section today.  One of them is an article written by Carroll (Allen) senior Tiffany Miller, who describes how the girls game has evolved into more physical play.
   
Bigger impact - by Tiffany Miller
When push comes to shove (physical play of the girls' game)
Looking up (FW North Side)
Graceful moves (Elmhurst's Sarah Hodgin)


The Muncie Star Press has a roundup of girls basketball conference races in their area.


Bloomington South is enjoying quite a run this season with a 16-0 record and a No. 1 ranking in the 4A ICGSA Poll.  Even though you hear much about top Panther scorers Cyndi Valentin and Megan Cassad, South would not be where they are with a full team effort.  A big contributor in the effort is senior Rebecca Florence, a scrappy defensive specialist and rebounder for the Panthers.  According to the Hoosier Times, Florence has been a difference maker for the Panthers.  Although her scoring of 6.4 points per game is not earth-shattering, her physical play in the post sometimes is.


Indian Creek coach Dana Scott is happy with her team's record of 13-2 this season after languishing through an 11-31 four-year drought.  According to the Indianapolis Star, the young Braves, who only have three upperclassmen on their roster, are emerging as a 2A power.


The Indianapolis Star features two sets of sisters on the Mooresville team today.  Forward Jaclyn Kenney and guard Rachel Kenney are starters for the 4A No. 14 Pioneers, while forwards Tricia Wright and Carley Wright come off the bench.


The Johnson County Daily Journal has an interesting article about Megan Liffick and the efforts of her parents to raise awareness among media and coaches about Johnson County's all-time leading scorer for the upcoming Indiana All-Star vote.  They have sent out 450 flyers about the Whiteland standout to voting media and coaches, but some quoted in the article have differing opinions on whether or not those flyers make a difference in voting or not.


The hot matchup between southern rivals 4A No. 6 Jeffersonville and New Albany is previewed in two online articles.  These teams will meet tonight in a game that could change the outcome of the Hoosier Hills Conference championship.
   
Jeff-New Albany girls matchup 'huge' for rival teams - Evening News
Favorite's role hot potato for rivals - Courier Journal


For the first time ever in school history, Castle captured the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference title last Saturday with a win over defending SIAC champion Evansville Memorial.  The Knights are enjoying a great season, and much of it has to do with a blend of young talent and seasoned experience in the post.  According to the Evansville Courier Press, senior post players Laura Ellerbush and Hattie Schnacke have combined with sophomore Kaleigh Gossman to create a formidable post triad for Castle.  Gossman was instrumental to the championship victory, stepping in for Ellerbush, who was in foul trouble, scoring 13 points in the crucial second half for a 53-42 win.  


The DAC isn't the only conference that will be encountering some changes soon.  Conference Indiana recently received and inquiry from three Marion County schools regarding a move out of the conference.  According to the Hoosier Times, Decatur Central, Perry Meridian and Southport are all considering a move the the Mid-State Conference.


Franklin College sophomore Jenny Cramer (Franklin) was featured in the Indianapolis Star this week.  The 5'10, hard-working forward has become a staple for new coach Mike Jewett, who calls Cramer a "self-made basketball player."  Jewett likes Cramer's work ethic and her stingy defense.  Cramer is averaging 4.5 points, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game for the 13-2 Grizzlies.
   
Two other Franklin College players, freshmen Jenny Cooper and Erica Pilgram, both from Connersville, were featured in a reprint article from the Connersville News-Examiner.  Both are making an impact for the Grizzlies and are part of a growing foundation for the program over the next four years.  Cooper leaders her team in steals, assists and free-throw percentage (.816), as well as scoring 9.1 points per game.   


News thru Wednesday, January 16

          


Hebron guard Lauren Bechtold is leading the Hebron Hawks in their bid for a 1A state championship this season.
(Photo by Bob Strempka)

Only three more editions of the ICGSA Poll are left before state tournament competition begins, and the voters are honing their opinions of the top runners with some consistent voting, especially in 3A where only 20 votes moved from one team to another.
   
In 4A, Lawrence North rocketed to the No. 2 spot after a huge victory over now No. 5 Terre Haute South, who fell three positions.  LN will face another big test tomorrow when they travel to 3A No. 2 Brebeuf for a what should be a war.  Brebeuf downed the Wildcats by 14 points during the Marion County Tournament in early December, and they will be looking to even up the series.  Wawasee and South Bend Riley both fell after defeats last week.  For the Region, Valparaiso is leading all NWI 4A teams in voting with 5 votes for a tie at No. 14 with Bloomington North and Mooresville, while Gary West Side pulled in 4 votes.
   

The 3A poll was extremely stable this week, with only 20 votes cast differently than the week before.  Alexandria holds steady at No. 1, while Brebeuf also holds steady at No. 2.  However, a win over 4A No. 2 Lawrence North this week could propel the Braves to No. 1, despite the spotless record of Alexandria.  No team in 3A has played a tougher schedule and been more successful at it than Brebeuf.  In the Region, Andrean moved up to the No. 10 spot, despite gaining or losing no votes.  Andrean will face Hammond Gavit on Saturday for what has become one of the biggest games in the LAC the past few years.
  
In 2A, the top six remained the same, but Mitchell was propelled from No. 12 last week to No. 7 this week with 23 more votes after two solid victories and key losses suffered by Eastern (Greene) and CassTriton Central is holding onto the No. 2 spot, but barely got by No. 7 Indian Creek last night with a 2-point win.  For NWI, North Judson continues to dominate their schedule and soundly defeated one of their biggest 2A rivals with an 11-point win over North Newton, who fell off of the 2A radar this week with two losses the previous week.  The Bluejays most likely picked up two first-place votes because of that win and look like the favorite in the north to make it to Conseco, although No. 14 Triton gave them a scare with a 2-point thriller in December.
  
Except for one first-place vote held by Hebron, North Vermillion holds all the 1A cards for the top position with a near-perfect 149 votes.  The biggest vote loser in 1A was Washington Catholic by 21, but the Cardinals only fell one position.  The biggest vote gainer was Union City who jumped directly into the No. 10 position with 19 votes after being absent from the 1A poll all season.  As mentioned earlier, Hebron is solid at No. 2 and continues to roll through their schedule.  Washington Township, after picking up another vote from the week before, could be absent from next week's poll after a hard-fought overtime loss to Wheeler in the Porter County Conference Tournament last night. 


An updated roundup of the first ten teams listed on polls and rankings across the state as of today are as follows:
   

ICGSA 4A
Top 10
Sagarin
Top 10
RRR
Top 12
1. Bloomington South
2. Lawrence North
3. Kokomo
4. Cathedral
5. TH South 
6. Jeffersonville 
7. Wawasee
8. Jennings Co.
9. SB Riley 
10. Noblesville
1. Bloomington South
2. TH South
3. Brebeuf
4. Lawrence North
5. Cathedral
6. Ben Davis
7. Wawasee
8. Kokomo
9. North Central
10. Mooresville
1. Bloomington South
2. Cathedral
3. Kokomo
4. Lawrence North
5. Brebeuf
6. TH South
7. Jennings Co.
8. Wawasee
9. SB Riley
10. Noblesville
Midwest Sports Publishing
Top 40
Hoosierland Report
Top 25
Indiana HS HoopsLine
Top 10
1. Bloomington South
2. Kokomo
3. Cathedral
4. Lawrence North
5. TH South
6. Brebeuf
7. Concordia
8. Warsaw
9. Jeffersonville
10. Wawasee
1. Bloomington South
2. Cathedral
3. Brebeuf
4. TH South
5. Lawrence North
6. Kokomo
7. FW Concordia
8. Jeffersonville
9. Gary West
10. SB Riley
1. Bloomington South
2. Lawrence North
3. Kokomo
4. TH South
5. Cathedral
6. Jennings Co.
7. Wawasee
8. SB Riley
9. Noblesville
10.Castle


Valparaiso forward Kelly Compton puts pressure on frosh Jill Weiand of Crown Point.  Compton, probably one of the most underrated post players in northern Indiana, and post mate Brooke McAfee have had a chance to really step forward on varsity to put Valpo at the top of the DAC race this season.  (Photo by Bob Strempka)  

The Porter County edition of The Times recently gave updates on all Porter County teams, including team highlights for the past week and scoring leaders.  The success of Valparaiso is the lead story, as the Vikings were expected to be in a rebuilding season with the graduation of four solid seniors.  However, with this year's senior post players Brooke McAfee and Kelly Compton getting their first real chance to shine on the varsity level, 13-2 Valparaiso is now the highest ranked team in the Region in the latest 4A ICGSA Poll.  In other PC notes,  Hebron guard Lauren Bechtold continues to lead the Porter County scoring pack with 22.1 points per game, followed by Kim Sliwa of Boone Grove at 18.6 points per game.


Don't forget to check our Week in Quotes and Top Games & Events features.  Also, for all teams that have played Crown Point this season, the Lady Bulldogs website has lots and lots of pictures from those games that also include players from your teams in those photos.  To view the game photos, simply go to the CP schedule, and all the photos are linked up for each game.  CP is fortunate to have an expert photographer/dad, Bob Strempka, at nearly all of our games who has been kind enough to share his work with us for both the CP website and the RRR.  Not all of the photos from those games have been scanned or are online, but if you wish to contact Bob to see if he has photos of your daughter for reprints, you can contact him at strempka@netnitco.net. Bob, who is gradually turning his hobby into a profession, can also be hired to photograph games or specific individuals in games.  (You may see him at the PCC tourney this week.)  As you have seen on our website, his work is very, very good and we can't thank him enough for making the RRR a more professional-looking site with his gratis photography.



Crown Point's Alex Webster
(Photo by Bob Strempka)

The "unusual" friendship between Crown Point senior Alex Webster and Crown Point elite gymnast Lisa Diederich was recently featured in the Post-Tribune.  Both girls were wary competitors in a variety of sports in junior high, but became close friends when they got to know one another as freshmen.  On a sad note, Diederich, who was the state floor exercise champion two years ago, tore her ACL in a meet last week and will have to forego her final gymnastics season.  Basketball is not the only sport that is plagued by this injury.


The South Bend Tribune has some news and notes about teams in the area, and the New Prairie Cougars are the headliner in the article.  Notes about Penn and NorthWood senior Carol Duncan are also included.


If you missed it on our home page, all of the articles regarding the new state career scoring record set by Wawasee star Shanna Zolman are below, together with a couple of new ones.  Zolman added another 40 points to the record in a victory over Whitko last night.
   
FW News Sentinel - Zolman's setting sights higher
Goshen News - Shanna reflects
SB Tribune - Zolman savors record, looks toward tourney
Indianapolis Star
 - Zolman shoots to top of list in state girls career scoring
SB Tribune - Zolman's layup unleashes emotion
SB Tribune - She's someone special
Elkhart Truth - Wawasee
Goshen News  - Zolman sets scoring record
Goshen News - Magic number is zero for Zolman
FW Journal Gazette - Scores 50 to become state's top girls scorer
FW Journal Gazette - "Shannon" Z makes history
Warsaw Times-Union - Zolman etches place in history


The Johnson County Daily Journal recently profiled Indian Creek sophomore Adrienne Squire.  The 6'0 sophomore guard has given new life to a program that has struggled for several years.  The Braves are currently 13-2 and ranked No. 6 in the 2A ICGSA Poll, mainly due to the arrival of Squire, who transferred as a starting freshman from last year's successful Lawrence North team.  Squire is leading Johnson County in scoring with 23.0 points per game, and also brings a complete game with 5.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 36% shooting from behind the arc.


According to the South Bend Tribune, last night five schools gave their pitch for joining the Duneland Athletic Conference.  Lake Central, East Chicago Central, Penn, Mishawaka and Elkhart Central all came before the standing members of the DAC to give reasons why they should be allowed to join.  In an evaluation of the situation in the LaPorte Herald-Argus, the rumor is that if the DAC accepts all five schools, the conference will expand to two divisions, an East Division and a West Division to accommodate the long travel times and difference in time zones between what would be a 12-member conference.  The greatest distance would be 90 miles between western-most DAC member Crown Point and eastern-most Elkhart Central.  For weeknight contests and a winter one-hour difference in time zones, this would be quite a challenge.  However, the comments of Valparaiso principal Ken Brist are interesting with regard to this issue.  He believes that travel times should not be a factor.  (Update:  More coverage on this issue in The Times.)


News thru Friday, January 11

          


Shanna Zolman of Wawasee will be setting her sights on the state career scoring record this weekend.  She "just" needs 50 points to surpass current record holder Stephanie White-McCarty.  (Photo by Bob Strempka)  

As she draws nearer to breaking the state career scoring record, Shanna Zolman of Wawasee has been the object of two profile articles in the Elkhart Truth (great read) and South Bend Tribune.  Needing "just" 50 points to reach the milestone, it is plausible that Zolman could break the record set in 1995 by Stephanie White-McCarty (Seeger) this weekend in a game against Elkhart Central.  In her past two outings, she has scored 53 and 44 points, and probably wanting to get the glare of the spotlight off of her and wanting to focus on improving team play that has faltered in two losses as of late, our bet is that Zolman will get down to business and attempt to break the record on Saturday.  Anticipating a large crowd, the game has been moved to North Side Gym.  According to both articles, the doors for the JV game will open at 11:30 a.m., with ticket prices being $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for students.  Ticket sales are already brisk.  If you plan on being part of the crowd to witness what could be a historic moment in Indiana high school girls basketball, better get there early!


Post-Tribune Top 10

1. West Side
2. Valparaiso
3. Lake Central
4. Crown Point
5. North Judson
6. East Chicago
7. Andrean
8. Hobart
9. North Newton
10. Highland

The Times Top 10

1. West Side (3)
2. Valparaiso (2)
3. Andrean (4)
4. Highland (5)
5. Hobart (8)
6. Lake Central (3)
7. Crown Point (7)
8. EC Central (6)
9. Hebron (9)
10. Chesterton (NR)
(The Times Top 10)

The Post-Tribune (one-day link) profiles the Washington Township husband-wife coaching team that has turned a struggling program around.  Head coach Dustin Nelson and assistant Kari Nelson have brought a new standard to the philosophy of a program that was 1-19 just two years ago, but is currently at 11-3 and receiving votes in the 1A ICGSA Poll.  The Senators' new outlook and improved play have brought fans into the stands, something unheard of two years ago, and the Nelsons hope to continue building a tradition and respect that will last for years to come.


Whiting sophomore Becca Papach was profiled in The Times yesterday.  The 5'10 guard is making her mark on the Oilers program, and could leave Whiting as one of the top players to ever come through the 1A program.  Papach, who missed three games, all losses for Whiting, while overcoming a viral infection recently, is averaging more than 15.0 points per game, tops for the 8-13 Oilers.  Coach Paul Laub, who has been the head coach at Whiting for more than 25 years, believes that Papach has "all the tools" to be the best player ever to come through his system.



Valpo's Megan Diaz, a solid performer for the Vikings this season, will be doing her best to keep the Vikes in first place when they travel to Hobart for a DAC showdown on Saturday.  (Photo by Bob Strempka)  

The Times has a few notes of interest regarding girls basketball, including the upcoming Hobart v. Valparaiso DAC showdown set for this weekend.  After upsetting highly-regarded Lake Central last weekend, the Brickies have a chance to upset the DAC apple cart for the Vikings, who are undefeated in league play.  A win for Hobart would turn the DAC into a three-horse race, with Hobart, Valparaiso and Crown Point sporting one loss on their conference schedules.  However, there could only be a two-way tie at the end in this scenario, as the Brickies will host the Bulldogs later this month.


Terre Haute South point guard Melanie Boeglin is back on the hardcourt after knee surgery several weeks ago.  According to the Terre Haute Tribune Star, the Indiana University signee scored 16 points in a win over Warren Central last weekend and is back just in time to help the 4A No. 2 Braves tomorrow against No. 4 Lawrence North.  This article has other news and notes about girls and women's basketball in the Terre Haute area.


Bloomington North freshman Dominique Dorsey has been lost to the season with an ACL tear.  According to the Hoosier Times, the fantastic frosh, who was averaging 11.0 points and 4.0 steals per game, went down in North's loss to Perry Meridian last Saturday.  First-year coach Steve Goddard will be scrambling to find a replacement for her the remainder of the season.


Salem senior Angela Newkirk is profiled in the Louisville Courier-Journal.  The 5'9 guard/forward has worked hard to improve her game over her high school career, and all that hard work is paying off in a stellar senior season that has her averaging 22.0 points and 9.0 rebounds so far for 7-5 Salem.


The Evansville Mater Dei team was profiled in the Evansville Courier-Press yesterday in anticipation of last night's Southern Indiana Athletic Conference showdown with 4A No. 10 Castle.  Without the services of leading scorer Missy Glaser since the season's opener due to a dislocated elbow, Mater Dei is hoping for an upswing now that she is back.  Although the 2A No. 11 Wildcats missed their star scorer, her absence proved to be beneficial to the team as other players had to step up their scoring.  Unfortunately for Mater Dei, Glaser's 29 points last night were not enough to beat Castle, who advances to the SIAC championship game with a 2-point 63-61 win over Mater Dei.


USA Today has finally updated its Super 25 girls basketball rankings, and 4A No. 1 Bloomington South moves into the No. 8 spot after being unranked in their previous poll.  Kokomo fell out of the rankings after their loss to Penn.  In the USA Today Regional Rankings, Bloomington South is the No. 2 team in the Midwest, while Terre Haute South comes in at No. 7.


FW New-Sentinel
Power Poll

1. Concordia
2. Carroll
3. Huntington North
4. Leo
5. Angola
6. Columbia City
7. Snider
8. Luers
9. Northrop
10. Fremont

Fremont senior Brooke Boggs is featured in the FW News-Sentinel this week.  The four-year varsity starter has shown incredible leadership for her undefeated team, currently ranked No. 4 in the ICGSA 2A Poll.  Boggs is averaging 19.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game so far this season, and will be taking her game to IUPUI next fall.


The Indianapolis Star has a feature article today about the present and future of the Hamilton-Southeastern girls program, now under the leadership of first year coach Haley Beauchamp.  With a roster that includes three-year senior leader Darby Sturtevant and leading scorer frosh Kahla Roudebush, the Royals are enjoying great success and are on track to set a school record for wins with 10 under their belt already.


Martinsville standout Mandy Geryak is profiled in the Indianapolis Star.  The 5'8 guard struggled early in the season, but is cruising on all cylinders now as she is leading the Artesians in a second-half season surge.  Geryak, who has signed with Xavier, is averaging 17.5 points, 5.9 assists and 3.1 steals so far this season, and is hoping that her team's upswing in play can carry them deep into the tournament in February.


The Johnson County Daily Journal delves into the subject of officiating and its effect on the game.  Center Grove head coach Joe Lentz gives his views on the matter in the article.  In an interesting statistic, the article points out that the Franklin girls team is averaging more than one foul per minute, with 34.2 fouls per 32-minute game.


Former Kokomo standout Heather Cusick has scored her 1,000th point at Miami (Ohio).  Cusick is now ranked 13th on the all-time career scoring list at Miami and with a season and a half left in her career, could break the record of 1,608 points.


We reported earlier this week that the Hall of Fame will be inducting its charter group of women honorees in March, including former East Chicago Roosevelt coach Bobbi DeKemperThe Times interviews DeKemper to get her reaction on the induction and also gives those of us who were not too informed about DeKemper's career a look back at just what she accomplished during her 17 years at EC.  DeKemper logged a 263-56 during her stint at EC, including a 93-2 run in a four year period from 1976 to 1979 when she coached NWI's greatest girls basketball legend, LaTaunya Pollard, to two state championships.  DeKemper also coached at the "new" East Chicago Central in the '80s, where she guided WNBA star Bridget Pettis during her high school career.
   
Also with regard to the Hall of Fame inductees, the Seymour Tribune profiles retired coach Donna Sullivan, who is also being honored for her stellar 31-year career at Seymour.


News thru Tuesday, January 8

          
The ICGSA Poll is out with a few changes after a second week of upsets.
  
In 4A, previous No. 2 Bloomington South moves into the top spot after Kokomo fell to Penn on the road on Saturday.  The Kats had been at the top of the 4A poll since preseason favorite Terre Haute South fell to Bloomington South the second week into the season.  Jeffersonville picked up 22 votes in the latest poll, but has not moved from the No. 8 position.  There seems to be a pretty strong consensus in 4A of the top four schools, but after that, the voting drops off significantly with No. 5 Lawrence North and even more so with No. 6 Wawasee.  That could change this week if Lawrence North can pull off the upset when the Wildcats travel to No. 2 Terre Haute South on Saturday for a top-rated showdown.  Locally, Gary West Side is the only NWI team receiving votes, which is actually just one vote, to be accurate.
   


Andrean guard Jamie Gutowski is helping her team move up the 3A polls this season.  (Photo by Bob Strempka)  

In 3A, the top four remain the same from last week's poll, but that too could change when No. 3 Brebeuf travels to 4A No. 7 South Bend Riley to challenge the Wildcats and themselves.  You must give credit to the Braves who have sought out and beaten some of the toughest competition outside of 3A so far this season.  There were no real big vote gainers in 3A this week, but No. 10 NorthWood fell two places after a second beating from Wawasee.  Andrean is the only NWI team receiving votes in the current 3A poll, picking up 5 votes and moving to No. 11.
   
2A No. 1 Southwestern (Hanover) retains the top spot after no games last week, but North Knox lost 41 votes and fell from No. 2 to No. 5 after dropping a 2-point decision to No. 7 Eastern (Greene).  Biggest gainer in 3A was No. 6 Indian Creek, as the Braves picked up 21 votes and continue to impress the voters with an 11-1 record.  North Judson continues to strengthen its position with 12 more votes and a move from No. 4 to No. 3.  The Bluejays have been nearly unstoppable this season.  Also representing the Region is North Newton with 3 votes.
   
No. 1 North Vermillion also strengthened its position with a 4-point victory over 2A No. 9 Fountain Central, while Rockville lost 35 votes and fell from No. 2 to No. 5 after a loss to No. 16 Turkey Run, who the voters did not reward in the upset.  Local 1A power Hebron remains in the No. 3 spot, despite losing 15 votes, and Washington Township appears for the first time in this season's poll with 1 vote.



Lake Central junior Megan Bowman pulls down a rebound in a big win over Crown Point in mid-December.  The Indians will be looking for a rebound of a different kind after three straight losses since that victory.  (Photo by Bob Strempka)  

The Region saw its own upsets at the end of last week, with Hobart getting a HUGE win over Lake Central and young Chesterton getting an impressive win over Portage.   Both Hobart and Chesterton will be formidable opponents come tournament time, as they are coming into their own after having some up-and-down games since the start of the season.  The loss to Hobart was the third in a row for Lake Central, after dropping holiday tournament games to Leo and Columbus East.  The Indians' only loss before the holiday was to state-ranked Kokomo.  LC plays a tough schedule and things won't get any easier from now until the end of the regular season when the Indians will face McCutcheon, Highland, Valparaiso, South Bend Riley and East Chicago Central.  If that schedule doesn't make LC tournament ready for a showdown with Gary West Side, nothing will.


Again, all of the polls for the week are out, including our own RRR Top 12, the Sagarin Ratings, Midwest Sports Publishing Top 40, Hoosierland Report Top 25, and Indiana HS HoopsLine.  Also, we've updated our Top Games & Upcoming Events, as well as the Week in Quotes.


The South Bend Tribune has some news and notes about area girls basketball, including the Wawasee win over NorthWood where Miss Basketball shoe-in Shanna Zolman put up 53 points.  The Tribune also reminds us that the IHSAA tournament draw will take place on January 28.  Can't believe the season is winding down so quickly!


Henryville guard Shallon Hill is profiled in the Louisville Courier-Journal.  The 5'6 junior, despite her small size, is averaging nearly nine rebounds per game for her 3-13 Hornets this season.  Hill also averages 13.8 points per game.


According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the New Albany Bulldogs are surprising a lot of people in Southern Indiana.  After losing two college-level players to graduation and long-time coach Angie Hinton to increasing family demands, the Bulldogs are still getting the job done.   New coach Dave Rarick, who coached Scottsburg to an Elite Eight appearance in the mid-'90s, is carrying on the high level of play and tradition of the long-respected program.  Right now the Bulldogs are 12-2 and have picked up steam with recent wins over ranked Floyd Central and 2A No. 1 Southwestern (Hanover).  Central to the success of the Bulldogs this season is the leadership and skill of seniors Regina Marshall (15.0 ppg) and Jessica Huggins (9.0 ppg, 5.2 apg).  Coach Rarick considers both players Division I prospects.


The South Bend Tribune profiled Mishawaka junior Heather Weaver today.  The 5'7 starting guard is averaging 14.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, despite battling the debilitating disease of lupus.  The rare chronic condition causes muscle inflammation and fatigue, and also affects the nervous system, heart and lungs.  Despite a great deal of physical pain, Weaver has excelled as a multi-sport athlete and has participated in just about every sport available to her.


Triton Central guard Kristy Gates was recently profiled along with her assistant coach sister Kelly Gates in the Indianapolis Star. The  younger Gates is averaging 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game on a team that looks destined to make a tournament run in 2A.  The No. 2 state-ranked team is currently 13-1 on the season.


Although the IHSAA has not updated its State Scoring Leaders list since mid-December, you can get stats for Indianapolis area players in the Indianapolis Star, and Ft. Wayne area players in the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel.


According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana's first Miss Basketball, Judi Warren, now a coach at Warren Central, and former coaches Janice Soyez (Warsaw), Roberta DeKemper (East Chicago Roosevelt), Cinda Brown (Rushville) and Donna Sullivan (Seymour) will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in March as the first induction class for women.  Former 1956 Alexandria player/graduate Jean Ann Bowers, who also played at Butler, will also be inducted.  The ceremony will take place on March 1 and tickets for the banquet can be ordered by calling 1-765-529-1891.  Congratulations, ladies!


Miami (OH) junior Heather Cusick (Kokomo) was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week for the fifth time in her college career.  Cusick averaged 20.0 points and 6.5 assist in two conference games last week.


The RRR really enjoyed watching a number of college games on television over the weekend, including the matchup between No. 1 Connecticut and No. 2 Tennessee.  Ben Davis grad Shyra Ely is a starter for the Volunteers, as is Connersville point guard April McDivitt.  Both were Indiana Miss Basketballs and contributed to their team's efforts.  We also caught the Northwestern at Ohio State Big Ten matchup, featuring Natalie Will of NorthWood for the Wildcats (starter Emily Butler of Center Grove was injured and did not play) and Ashley Allen of Ben Davis for the Buckeyes.  Both were key to their teams' performances, and Allen especially had a great day with 14 points and multiple assists, steals and rebounds.  It was great to see all of the Indiana talent excelling at the collegiate level.


News thru Friday, January 4

          
We're sure you've all noticed that RRR coverage over the past few weeks has been thin at best.  Our holiday hiatus is over, and we hope to make more frequent updates as the back half of the season gets into full swing.


Enthusiastic and dedicated Benton Central coach Sandy Herre officially resigned from her coaching position in December due to health reasons.  According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, the hard-working, young BC alum, who compiled a 77-52 record during the past six seasons as head coach, is being replaced by Benton Central athletic director Dan Dawson, who has agreed to step in for the remainder of the season.  Dawson formerly coached the girls team at Carroll and the boys teams at Sheridan and Seeger.  Herre is undergoing tests after collapsing at the completion of BC's loss to Clinton Prairie on December 15, and she is not expected to return to her coaching position for the Bison.  Our best hopes to Coach Herre for a complete recovery and good health.


Post-Tribune Top 10

1. West Side
2. Lake Central
3. Valparaiso
4. Crown Point
5. North Judson
6. East Chicago
7. Andrean
8. North Newton
9. Munster
10. Highland

Munster senior Jillian Martin is profiled in today's Post-Tribune (one-day link).  The 5'8 guard is enjoying a good start to the season despite her team's misleading 6-7 record.  The Mustangs have played a very difficult schedule so far, but have been in every game, including a 1-point loss to Highland, 2-point losses to Andrean and Portage, a 3-point loss to Kankakee Valley and a 5-point loss to Gary West Side.  A bucket here or there in all of those games could have the Mustangs at 11-2.  Martin, who leads Munster in scoring with 14.0 points per game, is a four-year varsity player and is the team's senior leader, along with teammate Chrissy DiCostanzo.  Martin, who is finally playing her natural position at shooting guard after a year at the point last season, is hoping to study pre-law at the collegiate level.  Right now, the heady senior is receiving attention from several DII and DIII schools who understand just how valuable she is on and off the court.


The Times Top 10

1. West Side (3)
2. Valparaiso (2)
3. Lake Central (1)
4. Andrean (7)
5. Highland (8)
6. EC Central (4)
7. Crown Point (5)
8. Hobart (NR)
9. Hebron (10)
10. Portage (9)
(The Times Top 10)

Everyone who follows girls basketball in NWI has been impressed with the improvement in the Calumet girls basketball program over the past several years, including The Times, who features the best revival performance by a program recently in the Region.  After struggling through some very hard times, Calumet coach Dori Downing has come full circle with a young team that is challenging for the LAC Blue Division title this season.  She has received some much needed help in the form of sophomore guard Kiki Bytnar, who reluctantly entered the program her freshman year last season after being turned away by the Griffith school district for residency violations.  Now happier than ever that she's a Warrior under Coach Downing, Bytnar is flourishing with stats that tally 14.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 points per game.  With the possibility of a second sectional championship on the horizon (the first and only one Calumet won was in 1976), the Warriors are riding high with a youthful group.  This is a good read with lots of human interest revelations that explain why this group is doing so well on the basketball floor.


Marion Lakeview Christian sophomore Kelsey Whitton may be re-writing the school and family record books by the time she is a senior.  According to the Marion Chronicle-Tribune, the 5'7 guard is currently averaging 19 points per game, nearly a half-point better than grad sister Kristen Whitton averaged as a senior.  Being compared to her sister, who now plays at Indiana Weleyan, is not what Kelsey likes, but she knows it's inevitable, as her sister's jersey was retired after a stellar career at MLC.  Kelsey is also averaging 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals.



Martinsville standout Anna Hall (43) attempts to block the shot of a CP player in a recent game.  Hall has decided to attend Rose-Hulman Institute next fall.  (Photo by Bob Strempka)  

According to the family of Martinsville standout Anna Hall, the 6'0 center has decided to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology next fall.  Deciding to pursue an engineering degree in an environment that highly emphasizes academics over athletics, Hall felt that the Engineers was the program for her.  Hall has been a force in the paint for the balanced Artesians this season, averaging 10.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.


According to New Castle Life, the Hall of Fame Classic last week was considered a huge success over past classics.  With attendance way up from last year, together with some exciting games and lively fans, this season's event gets a thumbs up from New Castle media.  This article also points out that the teams applying for the Hall of Fame event must do so early, as scheduling is taking place earlier than ever before. 

    
The North Vernon Plain Dealer has a series of color articles about the Hall of Fame Classic and the performance of the tournament champions Jennings County. 
   
HOF Classic stands up to hoopla
Are 3 heads officiating better than 2?
JCHS wins Hall of Fame Classic

     

If you weren't able to attend the Hall of Fame Classic, Ed Robinson of Southern Indiana Basketball Online has the next best thing with a great Photo Gallery featuring over 50 terrific photos from the title game between Wawasee and Jennings County.  Definitely worth a look for any fan of girls basketball.


With the help of some faithful RRR regulars, we've updated our Media Schedules to include a number of radio stations in the southern part of the state.  If you have access to the broadcast schedules of radio or television programming for girls basketball in your area, please pass it along.


The Terre Haute Tribune Star explains that North Vermillion's 1A No. 1 ranking doesn't hold too much water with the Falcons.  After beating previous No. 1 Rockville over the holidays, the Falcons now sit atop the 1A poll.  NV will face 2A power Fountain Central on the road Saturday for what could be the Wabash River Conference title. 
   
The Terre Haute Tribune Star earlier reported on the success of Rockville and coach Mark Harper, who took over the coaching job in 1998 for the Rox after they went 1-20 the previous season.  He received a little help from two Division I recruits in Jessica Stewart and Courtney Veach, both headed to Evansville University next fall.  Since Harper took the helm and the two standouts stepped onto the Rockville court as freshmen, the Rox have gone 49-29, including a 12-1 record so far this season.


A roundup of the first ten teams listed on polls and rankings across the state are as follows:
   

ICGSA 4A
Top 10
Sagarin
Top 10
RRR
Top 12
1. Kokomo
2. Bloomington South
3. TH South
4. Cathedral
5. Lawrence North
6. Wawasee
7. SB Riley
8. Jeffersonville
9. Jennings Co.
10. Perry Meridian
1. Bloomington South
2. TH South
3. Brebeuf
4. Lawrence North
5. Kokomo
6. Cathedral
7. Wawasee
8. Perry Meridian
9. Ben Davis
10. Mooresville
1. Bloomington South
2. Kokomo
3. TH South
4. Cathedral
5. Brebeuf
6. Jennings Co.
7. Wawasee
8. Lawrence North
9. SB Riley
10 Perry Meridian
Midwest Sports Publishing
Top 40
Hoosierland Report
Top 25
Indiana HS HoopsLine
Top 10
1. Kokomo
2. Bloomington South
3. TH South
4. Cathedral
5. Lawrence North
6. Concordia
7. Brebeuf
8. Wawasee
9. SB Riley
10. Perry Meridian
1. Bloomington South
2. TH South
3. Kokomo
4. Cathedral
5. Brebeuf
6. Lawrence North
7. SB Riley
8. Concordia
9. Gary West
10. Castle
1. Kokomo
2. Bloomington South
3. TH South
4. Jennings Co.
5. Cathedral
6. Wawasee
7. Lawrence North
8. SB Riley
9. Noblesville
10.Castle


 

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