Region Roundball Review
October, 2000
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News thru Friday, October 27

     

If you haven't heard, it's time to jump in your car now to get your copy of the 2000-2001 edition of Hoosier Basketball Magazine, which debuted at newsstands yesterday in Indianapolis.  Of course, being up here in NWI, we haven't gotten our hands on a copy yet, but we have it on good authority that the Hoosier Basketball's Top 50 Teams are as shown below.  We've listed them class by class, which gives a hint at the Top 15 rankings for each class.  The Region only has five teams in the Top 50 this season compared to nine last season, but the overall ranking of those five teams is much higher.  In fact, three Region teams -- Valparaiso, West Side and Highland -- appear in the Top 10 in 4A.  Last season NWI's only representative in the 4A Top 10 was Highland at #10 in 4A and #20 overall.  With Crown Point showing up in the 4A Top 15 as well, Region area basketball looks to be headed toward an exciting 2000-2001 season!
   

Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 50

4A 3A 2A 1A
1. Ben Davis
3. Center Grove
4. Valparaiso
5. Terre Haute South
7. FW Snider

8. Decatur Central
9. Gary West Side
10. Kokomo
12. Highland
13. Martinsville

14. New Albany
18. Huntington North
19. Crown Point
21. SB Washington
22. Brownsburg

23. Penn
24. Franklin Central
25. Muncie Central
26. Connersville
27. Perry Meridian

30. Southport
33. N. Central (Mar.)
40. Pike
42. Jennings County
2. Cathedral
11. Evans. Memorial
20. Alexandria
28. Plymouth
29. Wawasee

31. Frankfort
32. NorthWood
34. Franklin County
35. Mt. Vernon (Ft.)
36. Shelbyville

39. Greensburg
43. Jasper
46. Beech Grove
48. Lebanon
49. Andrean
6. Ft. Wayne Luers
15. Forest Park
37. Shenandoah
38. Eastern Hancock
41. Winchester

44. Leo
45. North Knox
47. Fountain Central
50t. Lewis Cass
16. Triton
17. White River Valley
50t. Turkey Run

  


Now that one of the most anticipated pre-season rankings is out, just what does all this pre-season prognostication mean?  One way to tell is to go back and take an evaluative look at the 1999-2000 pre-season ICGSA poll and determine what it meant, if anything.  Relax.  You don't have to pull out all your old stuff from last season.  We've done it for you in our news feature about The Pre-Season Pill... uh, we mean "Poll".  (Sometimes it IS kind of hard to swallow for a few teams!)


The Blue Star Index Top 80 and Blue Star Top 100 Seniors is now available for the upcoming season.  Five Indiana players make an appearance on one or both lists.  Ben Davis senior Shyra Ely appears in the top spot on both lists and Wawasee junior Shanna Zolman is the only Indiana junior (one of 11 underclasswomen nationwide) listed on the Top 80.  Here's the breakdown:
   
Shyra Ely (Ben Davis) - #1 Top 80, #1 Top 100
Jackie Batteast (SB Washington) - #22 Top 80, #19  Top 100
Ashley Allen (Ben Davis) - #27 Top 80, #24 Top 100
Shanna Zolman (Wawasee) - #51 Top 80 (#5 junior)
Jenny DeMuth (Highland) - #96 Top 100
   
Ely is also mentioned in an article on the GoLadyVols website after a recent visit there.  The article also has a mention about UT guard April McDivitt (Connersville).


Please note corrected date for this item! -- For those of you in NWI who are feeling the need for an early basketball fix, you might want to pencil in Thursday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. when Highland travels to Valparaiso for a pre-season scrimmage.  These top Region teams do not meet during the regular season, so unless they cross paths in the IHSAA tournament, it is the only time you will see these teams on the floor together.


Speaking of scrimmages, the IHSAA has come out with its 2000-01 IHSAA Controlled Basketball Scrimmage Rules and Regulations for interscholastic scrimmage outings this season.  It is a very precise and regimented schedule that leaves little for leeway in this setting.  The scrimmage schedule is formatted to be completed in 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes, including warm-up and breaks between quarters.  There must have been some abuses around the state last season for this format to have been instituted.


The Bethel women's basketball team is previewed in the South Bend Tribune.


The Purdue women's website is in the middle of a 5-part preview series entitled "Eye on the Prize."  This is some in-depth, position-by-position reading for your Purdue Lady Boilermakers fans.


News thru Wednesday, October 25

     


Manchester senior Jessica Hicks fights off a defender while going after a loose ball during summer competition.  Hicks has committed to St. Francis College in Ft. Wayne.  (RRR photo)

Manchester forward Jessica Hicks has signed with the University of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne.  Hicks, who averaged 20.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.3 assists per game last season, received several offers before deciding on the Cougars.  The traditionally strong NAIA program, which has made seven consecutive trips to the NAIA D-II National Tournament and finished in the Final Four the past two seasons, impressed Hicks with a top-notch coaching staff and capable players with whom she has played with or against over the past few years.  Hicks also likes the idea of the individual attention a small college can provide in the classroom.  The 5'11 forward is a great catch for the St. Francis program, and St. Francis assistant coach Kurt Patterson had this to say:  
   
"We are very, very excited and thankful to have signed Jessica this early in the recruiting process.  We believe our relationship with her that has developed over the past few years in our BoilerBacker AAU program is largely responsible attracting such a high quality player.  Jess will join former Manchester teammates Katie Parker and Megan Eckert next season.

"As a junior Jessica was named to the Ft. Wayne Sentinel Fab Five last season and is expected to be named again this season.  She was also named to the Sentinel Prep Sports All-Area team last season.
   
"Jessica is an extremely talented forward who is a perfect fit for our system at USF.  We expect her have an immediate impact as a freshman next season.  Hopefully Jessica will anchor a recruiting class that will join this years outstanding freshman group who will retain our national ranking."


Well the wait is finally over. Our 2004 Players to Watch list has finally been posted, completing our four-class listing for the pre-season.  We hope to be making updates throughout the season as we become aware of players who are making their marks in different areas around the state.


The S & L On-Line Basketball Guide debuted on Sunday, and it's a pretty nifty format for getting all the critical information you need on your favorite teams.  Besides listing starters with a short description of each, letter winners from the previous year are also included, as well as access to directions and even the local weather for each school.  A lot of work has been put into this one, and Steve Stremming and his staff should be commended.  Not all schools have submitted information, so if your team's information is not complete yet, you might want to mention the site to your coach so your team's information can be listed.  This should prove to be a valuable resource to college coaches who are planning to find their way to watch Indiana players this season.


Another Fan News Board has been added to our index.  The Plainfield Quakers news board is now active.  You might note that we have added a link to the Report Scores page on the index there so during the season you can have access to game results all in one handy location on game nights.


You can get an early start with roster forms for the 2001 Indiana AAU season, which are now available on the organization's website.


The D3Hoops website has season previews for two Indiana D3 teams.  Franklin College and Hanover, who have a number of former Indiana high school players on their rosters, are both considered to be contenders in the Great Lakes Conference this season.


The official IU women's website has a preview for the upcoming season, including a look at the change in coaching philosophies with new head coach Kathi Bennett.  The preview includes information on a number of former Indiana prep players, including Rainey Alting (Delphi), Jill Hartman (Evansville Memorial), Jill Chapman (Blackford), Anna Waugh (Franklin) and Rachel Honegger (Lafayette Jeff).


Mr. Hoops Boiler Recruiting has an in-depth look at the Lady Boilers for the upcoming season.


At  the UConn Supershow (first public team outing), former New Albany superstar Kennitra Johnson won the 3-point shooting competition, beating the Huskies starting point guard, Sue Bird, in the final 12-11.


Florida State junior April Traylor (Martinsville) will be making a change from the point to her natural 2-guard position for the Seminoles this season.  According to an article in the university's newspaper, the FSView (one-day link), Traylor and her teammates have been conditioning hard in preparation for the season and are expecting good things to develop.  With an intensive style that will include lots of defense and fast-break opportunities, Traylor should be in her element this season.  


News thru Friday, October 20

            
Michigan City has quickly hired a girls basketball coach for the season after the recent departure of former MC coach Terry Strawbridge.  An elementary teacher within the Michigan City school system, Monica Claridge, will take on head coaching duties for the Wolves this season.  Strawbridge, who left to take the boys job at Hanover Central, has unexpectedly vacated that position as well.


At it's October meeting, the IHSAA Board of Directors approved new sites of the 64 sectionals for all four classes next February.  The list appears in the minutes for the October meeting at the IHSAA website.  We have recreated the list here, with former sites in parentheses.  Of note is that several top teams, such as Highland, Valparaiso, Kokomo, Martinsville and Jennings County, benefit from the change, while others, such as Center Grove, West Side, FW Snider, Huntington North, and Decatur Central, lose home court advantage.  As was announced last season, odd-numbered sectional winners will be the host school for the regionals on either Tuesday (8 regionals) or Wednesday (24 regionals).  Sectional winners from the sectionals in the tan blocks below are those that will play a Tuesday night Regional.

    

Sect.

Host

Sect.

Host

Sect.

Host

#1

Highland
(West Side)

#2

Merrillville
(same)

#3

Valparaiso
(Portage)

#4

Mishawaka**
(SB Riley)

#5

Goshen
(Concord)

#6

DeKalb
(FW Snider)

#7

Kokomo**
(Hunt. North)

#8

Harrison (W. Laf.)
(same)

#9

Hamilton Southeastern
(Pike)

#10

Connersville
(same)

#11

Perry Meridian
(Decatur Central)

#12

Lawrence North
(Lawrence Central)

#13

Martinsville
(TH North)

#14

Columbus East
(Center Grove)

#15

Jennings County
(Jeffersonville)

#16

Evansville Reitz
(Evansville North)

#17

Hammond Clark
(Calumet)

#18

New Prairie
(same)

#19

Tippecanoe Valley
(same)

#20

Frankfort
(same)

#21

Wawasee
(same)

#22

Ft. Wayne Dwenger
(Columbia City)

#23

Norwell**
(Mississinewa)

#24

Alexandria
(Elwood)

#25

Beech Grove
(same)

#26

Greenfield-Central
(same)

#27

Zionsville
(Danville)

#28

South Vermillion
(Edgewood)

#29

Greensburg**
(S. Dearborn)

#30

North Harrison
(Corydon Central)

#31

Vincennes Lincoln
(Gibson Southern)

#32

Evansville Bosse
(Evansville Memorial)

#33

Wheeler
(Hanover Central)

#34

North Judson
(Rens. Central)

#35

Fairfield
(LaVille)

#36

Eastside
(Prairie Heights)

#37

Leo
(Woodlan)

#38

Manchester
(Northfield)

#39

Oak Hill**
(Madison-Grant)

#40

Eastern (Greentown)
(Northwestern)

#41

Fountain Central
(N. Montgomery)

#42

Cascade
(same)

#43

Winchester
(Centerville)

#44

Triton Central
(same)

#45

Batesville
(same)

#46

Brownstown Central
(Silver Creek)

#47

Forest Park
(same)

#48

South Knox
(North Knox)

#49

Morgan Township
(same)

#50

Culver Community
(Triton)

#51

Ft. Wayne Canterbury
(Hamilton)

#52

Tri-Central
(Adams Central)

#53

South Newton
(West Central)

#54

Clinton Central
(same)

#55

Randolph Southern
(same)

#56

Lapel
(same)

#57

North Vermillion
(Turkey Run)

#58

North Daviess
(same)

#59

Southwestern (Shelby)
(same)

#60

South Decatur
(same)

#61

Springs Valley
(W. Washington)

#62

New Washington
(same)

#63

Barr-Reeve
(same)

#64

Oakland City Wood Mem.
(same)

       
** Indicates that the host of the first round games will be at one of the competing schools as determined by the draw with semi-finals and championship games being played at the designated host site.

 


Central Indiana Sports (by S & L Publishing) has come out with its Preseason Girls Top 25, and a few Region teams are ranked, as shown below:
     

S & L Publishing
PRESEASON GIRLS
TOP 25 TEAMS RATINGS

1. BEN DAVIS
2. VALPARAISO
3. CENTER GROVE
4. HUNTINGTON NORTH
5. TERRE HAUTE SOUTH
6. FORT WAYNE SNIDER
7. CATHEDRAL
8. MARTINSVILLE
9. FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS
10. COLUMBUS NORTH
11. HIGHLAND
12. CONNERSVILLE
13. CROWN POINT
14. BROWNSBURG
15. PENN
16. LEBANON
17. SOUTH BEND RILEY
18. NEW ALBANY
19. WAWASEE
20. PIKE TOWNSHIP
21. PLYMOUTH
22. GARY WEST SIDE
23. McCUTCHEON
24. JENNINGS COUNTY
25. ROCHESTER

OTHERS:  Benton Central, Twin Lakes, Jeffersonville, DeKalb, Columbia City, Portage, Bloomington South, White River Valley, Castle, Evansville Memorial, Evansville North, Jasper, Lawrence North, Lawrence Central, Plainfield, Perry Meridian, Decatur Central, Lafayette Jefferson, Mooresville, Noblesville, South Bend Clay, Southport, Alexandria, NorthWood, Forest Park, Columbus East, Madison, LaPorte, Hobart, Vincennes Lincoln, North Knox, Triton Central, Pike Central, Frankfort, Western-Howard, Sullivan, Franklin County, North Central-Marion, North Judson, Whiteland, Franklin Central, Muncie Central, New Castle, Turkey Run, Avon, Glenn, Forest Park, Salem, Beech Grove, Shelbyville, Alexandria, FW Northrop, Richmond, Shenandoah, Greensburg, Triton, Western Boone, South Bend Washington, Columbus East


Central Indiana Sports owner, Steve Stremming, also informs us that the S & L Publishing/Central Indiana Sports Website Basketball On-Line Guide, with profiles and pictures for schools all around the state, will be launched this Sunday afternoon.  Be sure to drop by S & L High School Sports Magazines to view the guide on launch day! 


The Columbus Republic reports that a cooperative, city-wide effort to field competitive AAU teams for girls and boys from Columbus has been put into place by the Foundation of Youth and Columbus Youth Police Activities League (PAL).  The two organizations will screen candidates to coach the best developing talent Columbus has to offer during the off-season to give athletes a positive AAU experience that will hopefully carry over to the high school season.  In fact, the mission of the effort is "To assist youth in the development of fundamentals with the ultimate goal of becoming high school basketball players."


The High School Rivals website has also released a national high school girls rankings for the upcoming season.  Leading the way in the nation is No. 1 Ben Davis.  The Rivals Top 25 Rankings will be updated on a weekly basis throughout the season.  As in a number of other national high school polls, no other Indiana team is listed, although that could change as the season develops.


A ton of Purdue preview news is on-line, including news about Shyra Ely's visit there this past weekend and the Region's Purdue representative, Kelly Komara.  Here's the list:
   
Ely enjoys visit - Gold & Black
'Komara's Korner' packs 'em in - The Times
Curry takes unique approach to build chemistry - Boiler Station
Purdue basketball teams welcome newcomers - Boiler Station
Kristy Curry quotes from Media Day - Purdue website
Boilermaker women welcome high expectations
- Boiler Station


The Indiana women's team recently took part in IU's Midnight Madness for the first time ever in the absence of former head coach Bobby Knight.  The Hoosier Times covered the event, which took place last Saturday evening. 


Good news for the Notre Dame program emerged this week when it was announced that Irish season ticket sales more than doubled from last season in anticipation of stellar 2000-2001 outing.  The ND women's website states that game attendance has nearly doubled in the past four years as well.


Ball State is in the news as well, with all of it good in the Muncie Star Press.  After sneaking up on the competition last season, the Cardinals will not be able to do so this season after they were picked to finish third in Mid-American Conference voting.  First-year Indiana products Jessie Reiter (Penn) and Johna Goff (Mt. Vernon - Fortville) are expected to make an immediate impact for the Cardinals 


Many, many of you have been waiting for our Class of 2004 Players to Watch, and unfortunately, we will have to ask you to wait a few more days.  In my all-knowing wisdom and efforts to make our RRR research lives a little easier, we recently had a very fast (T2) cable connection installed so that we wouldn't have to spend half of our time in front of the computer waiting for sites to load up to bring you all the latest Indiana basketball news  The cable connection is working great, but when the techs were here to install it, they failed to mention they would be upgrading my Outlook Express e-mail software to a new version that is incompatible with the format of my archived e-mail.  As a result, I have been unable to access my old e-mail (92 megabytes worth!) ever since.  After two hours on the phone with tech support, I have come to the conclusion that I might not be able to retrieve it all without some pretty intensive computer finagling.  What does all of this have to do with the Class of 2004?  Let's suffice it to say that a good deal of my research on that class is in that lost e-mail.  We are doing our best to put together a credible list, and we're on our way, but it is not yet complete.  Please be a little more patient and we will do our best to get it out by Wednesday of next week at the latest.  And to all of you who had sent me e-mail before Tuesday of last week and were waiting for a response, I would suggest that you send your e-mail again.  (And a final word for those of you upgrading to a cable internet connection, be sure to check what type of software is involved!)


News thru Monday, October 16

       

It's finally here!
  
The start of the high school season is now underway with the sound of squeaking gym shoes and bouncing balls echoing through the gyms of every high school around the state.  Now all of us can stop whining and complaining about how we can't wait for the season to start.  Before long, the newspapers will be filled with season previews, player profiles, rankings and more.  The preview magazines are at the printers and will be hot off the presses within a couple of weeks.  Will you be one of the crazed who drives from newsstand to newsstand just to be the first to get your copy... ahem, FIVE copies?  (Don't deny it... we know who you are...)  With the start of the preseason, possibilities abound for every team.  Anticipation and optimism are high.  Freshmen get their first taste of high school basketball and after three seasons of waiting, this year's seniors finally get to rule the roost.  Those who haven't prepared, will be hunched over, sucking air, muscles screaming for relief.  Those who have prepared, will be glad that they did.  With 21 days to go until the first day of IHSAA authorized tip-offs, lots of questions present themselves.  We definitely don't have the answers, but we've come up with 21 Questions for the 2000-2001 Season, one for you to consider each day until the competitive season starts on November 6.  At the end of the season, we'll take a look back to review the answers.


As they have done every season for the past 10 years, the Gary West Side Cougars got a jump on the season with a Midnight Madness practice early this morning.  The Times has coverage of the event, with comments from coach Rod Fisher, senior standout Kim Smith and frosh star-to-be Belinda Drake.  In the article, Smith reveals that she has narrowed her college choices to Evansville and Miami (Ohio).


As you may have read on our home page, two more seniors have made verbal commitments to the colleges of their choice.
     


Luers senior Rachel King goes in for the score at the 2A State Finals last March.  King has committed to the College of Charleston in South Carolina. (RRR photo)

Ft. Wayne Luers sparkplug and vocal leader Rachel King (5'8 G) is an outright steal for the College of Charleston in South Carolina.  King has led her team to two straight 2A state championships and averaged 18.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 3.3 steals per game her junior year.  According to the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette, King chose Charleston over Evansville, Indiana State, Texas-San Antonio, Wright State, Loyola of Chicago and IPFW.  The U of C Cougars, who were 4-23 overall and 1-17 in Southern Conference play, will be happy to get a player of King's caliber to jumpstart a struggling program.  King should have a standout senior season as the Knights are poised for another 2A state championship run.
     


Pike senior Nina Stone breaks up the offensive charge of her opponents at the MIT in Lansing, MI, this past summer.  Stone has committed to Western Michigan in Kalamazoo.  (RRR photo)

Pike slasher and defensive menace Nina Stone (5'7 G) has committed to Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, where she hopes to major in criminal justice with an eye toward eventually working with the FBI.  Stone may not see a lot of floor time when she initially joins the Broncos since the roster will include 5 upperclassmen guards her freshman year.  But she could surprise a few of those upperclassmen by jumping ahead of them on the depth chart be mid-season.  Stone will have lots of Hoosier company when she joins the Broncos a year from now. Indiana native and Region standout Shelly Jackovich (Valparaiso) plays at the forward position for Western Michigan.  Also, Broncos' head coach, Ron Stewart, is a Speedway native and coached at Carmel and Cathedral before heading to the college ranks.  Assistant coach Sheila McMillen (Rochester), a Notre Dame standout for four seasons, has been with the Bronco coaching staff for two years.


In its subscriber area, Full Court Press recently came out with its Top 50 high school teams in the nation, and two Indiana teams are on the list.  Ben Davis appears at No. 3 (No. 1 in the Midwest) and Center Grove sneaks in at No. 43 (No. 11 in the Midwest).  The Giants will face FCP's No. 6 team, Chicago Fenwick, at the Ameritech Classic in January at Villa Park, Illinois.


The Fox Sports website recently published an article about Ben Davis and super seniors Shyra Ely, who Fox says is in contention for National Player of the Year honors, and Ashley Allen, who is mentioned as currently considering Ohio State, Georgia and Arkansas.  The Purdue fan site, Gold & Black, quotes Ben Davis coach Stan Benge saying "it's a two-horse race for Ely between Purdue and Tennessee."  Expect an announcement before the early signing period, which begins on November 8.  Even though they do not play the same position, an interesting aspect that might play into Ely's decision is the recent commitment of Wawasee junior Shanna Zolman to Tennessee.


The Purdue Exponent recently featured an interview with head coach Kristy Curry regarding her new baby and the upcoming Lady Boilermakers season.


News thru Wednesday, October 11

       

Wawasee junior Shanna ZolmanIn what was not an unexpected outcome, junior Shanna Zolman announced yesterday afternoon that she is committing early to the University of Tennessee.  Zolman has been the state scoring leader for two years and is expected to continue that pace with the Warriors this season as they attempt to move past the Regionals under the guidance of Kem Zolman, Shanna's father.  Zolman has received recognition and a number of honors during her first two years of high school ball, including an invitation as one of only two juniors invited to the USA Basketball Junior World Qualifying Team Trials in Colorado Springs this past summer.  Zolman's announcement is covered on-line in the South Bend Tribune, Indianapolis Star, GoLadyVols website, and Ft. Wayne Journal GazetteAdditional late link:  Wawasee Times-Union.


Two more commitments have come our way today.  According to a reliable source, Amanda Davidson (5'8 G) of Brownsburg has committed to the University of Indianapolis, and Jill Barnbrook (6'2 C) of South Bend Adams has committed to Cleveland State.


We have completed our 2003 Players to Watch, including profiles on the top sophomores in the Region.  Our 2004 Players to Watch will be available next week.


According to the Indianapolis Star, long-time AAU coach Kevin Merriweather of The Family has been hired as the interim coach at Warren Central.


The Indiana Association AAU website has been updated to include minutes from it's annual meeting held on Sunday and other association news.  Most notable was the announcement of the Outstanding Participants and Senior Participant Awards for the 2000 AAU season.  They are as follows:
    

Outstanding Participants:
10U - Shelby Ross, Indiana's Finest
11U - Erinn McGee, Indiana's Finest
12U - Jessica Hildebrandt, Indiana's Finest
13U - Ashley Cazee, Spiece Diamonds (Center Grove)
14U - Ashley Hayes, Mohr Magic Carver (Kokomo)
15U - Sharika Webb, Indiana's Finest (Cathedral)
16U - Ashley Allen, The Family (Ben Davis)
17U - Johna Goff, Lady Mac Magic (Franklin)
18U - Nikki Perkins, Indiana's Finest (Lafayette Jeff)
    
Outstanding Senior Participant:
Abby Scharlow
, Mohr Magic Pride (New Albany)


Bad news from the Xavier campus.   A-10 Rookie of the Year, Amy Waugh (Homestead), suffered a torn achilles tendon on Monday during conditioning, and underwent surgery yesterday to repair it.  Her prognosis is not completely known at this point in time, but there is a slight possibility that she may be back in action before the end of the season.  Waugh's Xavier Musketeers are ranked as high as 15th in the nation in preseason rankings and are expected to have a stellar season.  The loss of Waugh might put Xavier in a new position, however, as she is key to their offense.  Waugh led her team into the NCAA tournament last season averaging 5.9 assists per game (Cincinnati Enquirer).  
   
Late addition:  A story about injuries on the Xavier team appears in the Cincinnati Enquirer.


We have added the basketball message board of Ed Robinson's Southern Indiana's High School Basketball to our Message Navigator for ease of use.  Also, we have added a link to the High School Team Websites page on the index bar of our Fan News Boards to have all the high school fan news and team website links in the same handy location.  Don't forget to check the News Boards often, as they are being updated on an intermittent basis.


News thru Friday, October 6

       

Kokomo senior Hillary BeckHeading into her senior season, Kokomo 5'6 senior point guard Hillary Beck has picked Miami (Ohio) as her school of choice.  Now free to enjoy her last high school season, Beck will look to lead a young and ambitious Kats team to a highly-anticipated run.  During Beck's three years with the Kokomo program, the Kats have gone an amazing 63-9.  Beck averaged 15.4 points per game last season, and led her team in three point percentage (36.5), free throw percentage (77.4), steals (60) and charges taken (12).  After she graduates, Beck will join former Kokomo teammate Heather Cusick and Beth Roederer of Cathedral at Miami.  After this season, the Redhawks will graduate two guards, including former Center Grove standout Jenny Martin, giving Beck an excellent opportunity for minutes on the floor her freshman year.


We learned from a reliable source Wednesday that Wawasee junior Shanna Zolman is set to announce her college choice next Tuesday at a press conference set for 3:15 p.m. at Wawasee High School.  Although only a junior, it is not unusual for highly-recruited players to come out with a college choice during junior year to avoid a two-year full court recruiting press by hundreds of programs around the country.  With guidance from her father/coach Kem Zolman, Shanna has decided to make her choice public next week.  Many of us around the Region remember that Kelly Komara (Lake Central) followed the same time schedule when she committed to Purdue her junior year.  Expectations are that Zolman will announce the University of Tennessee Lady Vols as her program of choice.  It has long been stated by Zolman that she has always dreamed of playing for Pat Summit at Tennessee.  The GoLadyVols website recently noted that Zolman had made an unofficial visit to Tennessee with her family just last month.  With all of that said, however, Zolman has certainly given serious consideration to other programs which were high on her list, including Notre Dame and North Carolina, among others.  Guess we'll all just have to wait until Tuesday to get the final word from this outstanding junior player.



Lafayette West senior Ebba Gebisa goes in for the score during summer basketball action. Gebisa was named a Street & Smith All American Honorable Mention and is getting close to a college decision. (RRR photo)

West Lafayette 6'4 senior Ebba Gebisa is getting closer to a college choice, and Purdue is pleased to know that they are still on her list of finalists, which includes Purdue, Michigan, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt.  According to the Gold & Black website, Gebisa is uncertain as to whether or not she wants to go to a school close to home or farther away.  Purdue is literally across the street from her high school, which has given her the advantage of looking at the Purdue program up close and personal.  Although, as most high school seniors envision, going away to college usually doesn't mean moving across the street.  However, Gebisa has high regards for the Purdue women's program and its academic offerings.  She will be evaluating her choices over the next few weeks, with an official visit to Wisconsin scheduled for this weekend, and visits to Vanderbilt and Purdue scheduled for later this month.  Gebisa already visited Michigan late last month.


We finally picked up a copy of the college edition of Street & Smith, and were pleased to see a number of Indiana players listed in the Honorable Mention section, including some surprises.  Here are the Midwest S & S All American Honorable Mentions from Indiana:  
   
Jenny DeMuth (Highland)
Kate Endress (Evansville Memorial)
Katie Gearlds (Beech Grove)
Mandy Geryak (Martinsville)
Ebba Gebisa (West Lafayette)
Erin Moran (Roncalli)
Jenny Pfeiffer (Jennings County)
Kristen Seright (Carmel)
Missy Taylor (Connersville)
Sharika Webb (Cathedral)
Shanna Zolman (Wawasee)


Two new high school team websites are now linked to our site.  The Portage Indians and Floyd Central Highlanders are now on the web.  Also, we've added a new link for Munster to our Fan News Boards.  We appreciate all the efforts coaches, parents and fans are making to keep all of us informed about their teams by maintaining their news boards.  We are sure that college programs also appreciate the opportunity to follow their recruits of interest at these schools.


In case you missed the post on our message board, E.T. Pearl's Basketball Corner has put together an outstanding list of in-season special events and 4-team tourneys for the 2000-2001 season.  Start mapping out your calendar now to view some of the top talent at these events all over the state.


An interesting article about some of the downsides of the recruiting process appears in the Albuquerque Journal.  A sports writer gives his take on the recent commitments by three players to the University of New Mexico and how that affected the entire list of recruits he'd been following who were of high interest to the Lobos' program.


News thru Monday, October 2

       

It's OCTOBER, folks!  Basketball will officially begin two weeks from today when the IHSAA allows teams to meet for first practices.  We started the countdown on our home page after last season and it went by quickly with an active summer and fall.  Now it's down to 14 days!  If your team is doing anything special in anticipation of the season, such as a Midnight Madness or other kick-off activity, we'd like to hear about it.  You'll note that we've updated our "Important Dates" section for October above, which includes SAT registration and testing dates, as well as the tournament dates for cross-country, soccer and volleyball.  The tournament series for fall sports could have an impact on the early season for a number of teams capable of a fall state finals appearance, with players who will be unable to practice with their basketball teams until they are eliminated from tournament play.  Soccer ends its season on October 28, and volleyball and cross-country are finished on November 4th, two days before basketball games are first allowed on the 6th. According to IHSAA by-laws, players coming off of one season and going into another must have five full practices (on five separate days) before being eligible for competition. 


As we noted on our home page last week, Notre Dame received some great news when hometown girl Jackie Batteast of South Bend Washington verballed to the Irish after an "official" visit there.  (Living so close, we're sure Batteast was at the ND campus early and often!)  Batteast, ranked No. 9 nationally according to the Women's Basketball Journal, has long been considered an high-probability recruit for ND.  Coach Muffet McGraw couldn't be more pleased than to keep the top senior close to home.  Batteast, who is expected to major in sports marketing, carries an impressive 3.9 GPA besides the 21.3 points and 14.3 rebounds she averaged per game last season.  Batteast offered up some information about her choice in a recent article in the South Bend Tribune.  She was also the object of a recent editorial by the Tribune that reveals a lot about this outstanding role model and her impact in the South Bend community.


Another D1 commitment was made this week when Castle senior Angie Rodgers, a 5'7 point guard, selected Florida Atlantic University as her college of choice.  Rogers was also being recruited by the University of Southern Indiana and a number of D1 and D2 schools were ready to come watch her play this season.  When asked why FL Atlantic was the school for her, Rodgers replied, "I committed to the program at FL Atlantic, because I love the fast-paced game that they play.  Also, I have attended Coach (Chancellor) Dugan's camps since the 6th grade, and I feel she and Coach (Shannon) Litton have had a very positive influence on my basketball career.  I love both of the coaches and their positive approach to the game.  They make me feel that I can have a positive impact on their basketball program."  Dugan was formerly the coach at the University of Southern Indiana.  Rodgers was a big help to the Knights last season, averaging 12.9 points, 3.84 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 steals, while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 86.8 percent from the charity stripe.  Castle lost a core of experience to graduation, but is still expected to make some noise this season with Rodgers and the addition of freshman post player Kaleigh Gossman.


We've updated our 2002 Players to Watch for the upcoming season, with profiles on our picks of the top juniors in the NWI area.  We will be putting out our 2003 Players to Watch in about a week.


According to event organizer Bryan Alexander, over 700 people were in attendance to witness the first annual Hoosier Girl’s Basketball Report Fall Showcase.   Most of Indiana’s underclass talent, as well as over 50 uncommitted seniors, were represented among the 162 players in attendance.  Eighteen teams were coached by many of Indiana’s top high school and AAU coaches, who came from all around the state to participate.  Over 40 colleges were represented.  Those from Indiana were Indiana, Indianapolis, St. Joe’s, Valpo, Butler, Notre Dame, Evansville, Ball State, Taylor, Manchester, Goshen, DePauw, Marian, Franklin, Southern IN, IUPUI, and IPFW.  Also in attendance were St. Louis, St. Bonaventure, American University, Eastern IL, Xavier, Kent State, Miami (OH), Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Loyola, Belmont, Western KY, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Morehead State, Illinois, Eastern KY, Quincy, SIU-Edwardsville, Northern KY, Findlay, UW-Green Bay, Ferris State, Wheeling Jesuit, Central MO State, and Louisville.  Ed Robinson of Southern Indiana High School Basketball has done an outstanding job of covering the event, with audio interviews, photos and player video footage (requires QuickTime movie player), all available in his SIHSB News.


A couple of new teams are appearing on our Fan News Boards.  Boards for Lawrenceburg and Shelbyville are now active, and Plainfield's board is expected to be up and running soon.  Again, if you'd like to maintain a news board for your team, just follow the directions found at the link on our Fan News Boards index.


Pat Summit and the University of Tennessee coaching staff are spending a lot of time and energy in and about Indiana these days.  After recently making a home visit to a certain recruit's home in Indianapolis, Summit will be entertaining that top recruit, Shyra Ely of Ben Davis, on an official visit at the University of Tennessee campus on October 21.  According to some notes on the Lady Vols basketball website, "Ely has several schools on her list, but Purdue and UT are believed to be the front-runners."  Also found there was a mention that Wawasee junior Shanna Zolman recently visited the UT campus on an unofficial visit with her family last month.  Tennessee has always been extremely high on Zolman's list and would not be a surprise choice for the highly-regarded and recruited junior when she makes her college plans known.


We haven't seen it ourselves yet, but word is that Street & Smith has picked Ben Davis as its top high school team in the nation for the upcoming season.  Based upon their rankings of All-American players, we can understand why.  Shyra Ely is ranked as their top senior on the S&S First Team, while Ashley Allen appears on the Fourth Team.  SB Washington's Jackie Batteast appears on the S&S Fifth Team.  According to several sources, Ben Davis was the only Indiana team that appears in the preseason picks.  When we get our hands on a copy, we'll let you know if any other Indiana players appear as honorable mentions.


The high school season preview magazines of Hoosier Basketball Magazine and the Indiana High School Basketball Guide are expected to make their appearances on the news stands early next month.  If you haven't already mailed or called in your order for these highly-anticipated publications, here's the skinny on how to.
    

Hoosier Basketball Magazine Indiana High School Basketball Guide

Cost:  $9.00 (includes S&H)
Mailing date:  November 1
Mail your check payable to
"Hoosier Basketball Magazine" to:

3750 N. Guion Road, Suite 315
Indianapolis, IN  46222

Cost:  $10.00 (+ $5.00 S&H) 
Mailing date:  First week in November
Mail your check payable to 
"High School Sports Publications" to:
P.O. Box 1557
Crown Point, IN  46307
OR call 1-800-969-0097 to order by credit card

      
According to the High School Sports Publications outfit, a number of team questionnaires are still out for girls basketball.  If you know the coach for any of the following teams, please encourage him or her to get team information in to HSSP as soon as possible to meet the October 6 (this Friday) publication deadline:
   
Bloomington North
Brown County
Cowan
Gary Mann
Gary Roosevelt
Gary Wallace
Gary West Side
Gary Wirt
Indianapolis Arlington
LaCrosse
Madison Shawe Memorial
Medora
Monrovia
North Daviess
North Harrison
North White
Northwestern
Randolph Southern
Silver Creek
Union (Dugger)
Warsaw
Westview
White River Valley


Notre Dame received some more good news last week when it was announced on the ND website that both senior Ruth Riley (North Miami) and sophomore Alicia Ratay were named as Naismith Player of the Year candidates.  Also from Indiana, Purdue seniors Katie Douglas (Perry Meridian) and Camille Cooper were named candidates as well.  


Just to mention it, but we apologize for the length of time in between updates at the RRR lately.  We've been trying to keep up with our daughter's exhaustive soccer schedule that included eight games in ten days, including an out-of-towner that took us to the other end of the state for the weekend.  As the season closes in, we'll be making more regular updates!


News thru Sunday, September 24

       


Evansville Memorial senior Kate Endress takes it hard to the hole against the Indiana All Stars this past summer.  Endress has verbally committed to Ball State University in Muncie.  (RRR photo)

Evansville Memorial standout and Indiana Junior All Star Kate Endress (6'0 G/F) has made her college choice official with a verbal commitment to Ball State University.  After what is expected to be an outstanding senior year, Endress, known for her signature hook shot, will join a BSU roster laden with top Indiana recruits.  BSU head coach Brenda Oldfield and her staff have invested a tremendous amount of time over the past two years to recruit the Hoosier State hard for top talent, and it is paying off with big dividends.  When Endress arrives at BSU, she will be joined by South Bend Clay's Jessica Aldridge (6'2 F), who committed to the Cardinals late this past summer.  BSU underclassmen Amy Zercher (Northwood), Laurie Kitts (Eastbrook), Johna Goff (Mt. Vernon) and Jessica Reiter (Penn) will welcome the added talent as BSU pushes its way to the upper echelons of the women's college basketball community.  The season outlook for the Cardinals is now available on line at the BSU women's basketball website.


We've finally (!) posted our updated version of the Class of 2001 Players to Watch, together with profiles of the top seniors in the Region.  We will be updating the remaining classes one at a time during the next three weeks. 


The Tippecanoe Valley Vikings have an outstanding new website, maintained by head coach Gary Teel, and we've added it to our High School Team Websites page.  Also, more fans are stepping forward with Fan News Boards for their teams, bringing the number of active boards to 7 as of today.  Team boards that are up and running include Alexandria, Danville & Hendricks County, Hamilton Southeastern, Leo, Madison-Grant, Seeger & Wabash River Conference, and Wawasee.  Go to the Fan News Boards to find out how to set one up for your team. 


According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Purdue has received its first commitment from the Class of 2001 by a 6'0 Illinois forward, Emily Heikes of Stagg High School in Palos Heights.  No word yet on on the decisions of Purdue's other forwards of choice, Shyra Ely of Ben Davis and Jackie Batteast of South Bend Washington.


Former Indiana University Coach James Izard has filed a federal sex-discrimination complaint against the IU administration in connection with his firing just several months ago.  Izard claims that he was let go because IU wanted to hire a female basketball coach.  According to the Indianapolis Star, Izard stated that the IU athletics director told him repeatedly the IU administration was pressuring him to find a female coach.  If the complaint goes further and on to the federal courts, Izard could ask to be reinstated as the head coach at IU, as well as for back pay and compensatory damages.  That head coaching position is now held by Kathi Bennett, formerly of Evansville University.