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|News thru Wednesday, October 31|
Through the graces of
a good friend who made a special trip to Indy just for the occasion, we were
able to obtain a copy of 2001-2002 Hoosier Basketball Magazine
yesterday evening. As expected, Shanna Zolman
of Wawasee graces the cover and is further honored with a Wawasee Warrior
green and white cover. Other girls players honored on the cover include
seniors Candace Dark of Fountain Central,
Jenny Pfeiffer of Jennings County, Missy
Taylor of Connersville, Sharika Webb
of Indianapolis Cathedral, and Alex Webster
of Crown Point ( ;- ). We won't give everything away about this
year's issue, but we can tell you that the big news for NWI might be the ranking
of Hebron as the No. 1 team in 1A by HBM. After advancing to
last year's 2A semi-state on the coattails of senior standout Lauren
Bechtold, the Hawks seem to be a natural to take the top spot after
dropping to 1A this season. In all, 11 Region teams are ranked in the top
15 of their respective classes, while seven NWI teams are in the HBM Top
Wawasee's Shanna Zolman, who is set to break the Indiana girls career scoring record this season, is featured on the front cover of the 2001-02 issue of Hoosier Basketball Magazine.
|4A Favorites||3A Favorites|
|1. TH South
5. Ben Davis
6. Gary West Side
8. SB Riley
9. Bloomington South
10. Decatur Central
11. Lawrence North
12. Crown Point
13. FW Snider
15. Castle (tie)
15. Valparaiso (tie)
|1. FW Concordia
4. FW Luers
8. Brebeuf Jesuit
10. Benton Central
12. Evans. Memorial
13. Franklin County
15. Beech Grove (tie)
15. Plymouth (tie)
|2A Favorites||1A Favorites|
|1. Fountain Central
2. Evans. Mater Dei
3. North Knox
4. Triton Central
5. S'Western (Hanover)
7. North Judson
9. North Newton
11. Lewis Cass
12. Clinton Central
14. Boone Grove
15. Forest Park (tie)
15. Hanover Cent. (tie)
2. North Vermillion
3. Turkey Run
4. N. Central (Sullivan)
8. Clinton Prairie
9. White River Valley
11. New Washington
12. Oregon Davis
13. Washington Cath.
14. New Harmony
15. Cannelton (tie)
15. FW Canterbury (tie)
The first 16 teams in HBM's Top 50 is a reflection of the 4A Favorites.
|HBM Top 50|
For individual honors, we start with the HBM First Team, which includes two NWI honorees:
|HBM First Team All-State Selections|
It is interesting to note that there is no sophomore listed in this year's First Team Selections, which indicates that there is no consensus for Miss Basketball in the Class of 2004, similar to the Class of 2000 when Sara Nord of Jeffersonville was named Miss Basketball in a wide-open race. Although a sophomore listing is no guarantee to MB honors, players listed as First Team All-State sophomores over the past few years include Shyra Ely of Ben Davis, Shanna Zolman of Wawasee, and Katie Gearlds of Beech Grove.
Other NWI players honored in this year's issue are as follows:
|HBM All-State Teams - NWI Honorees|
|HBM All-State Honorable Mention - NWI Honorees|
We'll let you find out the rest of what's in this year's book. (We don't want to completely spoil your first look through.) As usual, there are lots of interesting ads and fun pictures by teams who took a more creative approach to their presentations.
As noted above, Lowell senior Rachel Wielgos will be foregoing her final season of high school basketball due to a chronic leg condition, which was exacerbated by the volleyball season that just ended. Rachel relays, "It was the hardest decision of my life. I have played for so long and put so much into it, it's so hard to think I have to give it up." Rachel, who had to sit out a good portion of last season as well, will concentrate on getting her legs healthy enough for the softball season in the spring and wishes all NWI players lots of luck this season.
If you live in the
Region and don't get The Times, you might have missed the listings
of scheduled scrimmages for this week and the beginning of next week. They
are as follows:
Gavit at Calumet, 7 pm
Munster at Andrean, 6 pm
Valparaiso at Highland, 6 pm
Gary Jamboree at West Side, 6 pm
Morton at EC Central, 5pm
North Newton at Tri-County, 5:30 pm
Lowell at Chesterton, 6 pm
LaPorte at Lake Central, 7 pm
Region fans will remember Wichita State senior Jennifer Kaczka of Highland, who had an outstanding career with the Trojans before moving on to the college level. Kaczka was recently named to the 2001-02 Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Team. Last season, Kaczka was the runner-up in voting to last season's MVC Player of the Year, Jackie Stiles of Southwest Missouri State. The MVC also includes conference members Evansville and Indiana State.
Purdue senior Kelly Komara (Lake Central) gives her thoughts on the upcoming season for the Boilers in The Minnesota Daily. (Not sure why this article is in a MN paper...)
|News thru Tuesday, October 30|
Martin committed to Bowling
Green State University yesterday. The 5'8 guard/forward
recently transferred from Terre Haute South to Noblesville, where
she will give a good boost to backcourt play for the Millers, which also
includes Miami (Ohio) recruit Cindi Merrill.
Martin averaged 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists per game last season on a
balanced Braves team ranked No. 1 in the ICGSA poll last season for six weeks.
West Noble scoring ace Jessica Ramey has made a verbal commitment to Indiana Purdue Ft. Wayne, according to the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette. So far in her career, the 5'5 guard has amassed 1,386 points (21.0 ppg). Ramey is the second commitment for first year head coach Bruce Patterson. Lindy Carey of Leo committed to the Mastodons earlier this fall.
Central Indiana Sports has released its Preseason Top 40. Terre Haute South tops the list, while Northwest Indiana's Crown Point comes in at No. 6, Gary West Side at No. 14, Highland at No. 28, Valparaiso at No. 32, North Judson at No. 36, Hammond Gavit at No.
39, and Hebron
at No. 40. NWI Honorable Mentions include Lake Central, Portage,
and East Chicago Central. CIS has also released its Top
100 Girls list (regardless of grade), as well as Top Juniors, Sophomores
and Freshmen. A number of NWI players were recognized as follows:
|Central Indiana Sports Top 100 Girls|
|1st Team||2nd Team||3rd Team||4th Team|
Gary West Side
|Others nominated (no particular order)|
Kiki Bytner, Griffith; Katie Beckman, LaPorte;
Mandy Masterson, LaPorte; Nicole Tesseneer, Portage; Amanda
Stoops, Hobart; Stacy Spurgeon, Kankakee Valley; Melinda
Bunkowfst, North Judson; Alicia Booyer, Gary West Side.
|Central Indiana Sports Preseason Top Juniors|
|North||Others nominated (no particular order)|
Amanda DeVries, Kankakee Valley; Alicia Amider, North Judson; Michelle Fortenberry, Calumet; Jessica Hammon, Highland.
|Central Indiana Sports Top Sophomores (no order)|
Cat Campbell, Chesterton; Jherika Harvell,
Michigan City; Marshay Jolly, Merrillville; Nicole McDonald,
Portage; Lindsey Smith, Lake Central; Lisa Schulfer, Lowell; Lauren
Hutton, Valparaiso; Alyse Bruszewski, Wheeler; Belinda Drake,
Gary West Side; Shanta Robinson, Gary West Side; Blayre Reeves,
Crown Point; Sherika Moore, Calumet.
|Central Indiana Sports Top Freshmen (no order)|
Cassie Pruzin, Crown Point; Jill Weiand, Crown
Point; Michelle Hamblin, Gary West Side; Ashley Cheairs, Gary
West Side; Ashley Gates, Gary West Side; Jessica Boyles,
Hobart; Cassie Kerns, Valparaiso; Lindsay Humes, Valparaiso.
The word is out. Hoosier Basketball Magazine, the prep basketball bible of the past several decades, has hit the newsstands in Indianapolis. It will take a week or so for HBM to find its way to the Region, but we'll try to get what info we can about rankings, etc., before then.
The Louisville Courier-Journal relays the peace of mind found by Jennings County standout Jenny Pfeiffer now that she has her college choice (Kentucky) behind her. It is revealed in the article that she was also recruited by Oregon State, Marquette, Xavier, Southern Mississippi, Rutgers and New Mexico State.
Although she made her commitment to Murray State some time ago, we just discovered an article in the Huntington Herald Press regarding Sheree Lauer of Huntington North.
S & L Sports is again compiling its comprehensive online basketball directory for the second year in a row. They are hoping to have their Indiana Basketball Guide activated in early November. Just a reminder to coaches, please get in your information for the guide to S & L. In case you did not receive an information request, forms were mailed to athletic directors at every school in the state.
For those of you trying to get a jump on the season, E. T. Pearl's has compiled a very good 2001-02 Girls In-Season Tourneys schedule. Lots of great tournament matchups are on tap this season.
According to WBBALZ, Purdue added two walk-ons when practice began last Tuesday. Former Harrison (West Lafayette) standout Crystal Vander Plaats and Brea Williams from Jeffersonville started their workouts with the Boilermakers. Williams was a teammate's of Boilermaker center Mary Jo Noon at Jeffersonville.
The South Bend Tribune has more on Notre Dame frosh Jackie Batteast (South Bend Washington) and her telling comments about being named the Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year. This young lady has her feet firmly attached to the ground...until the opening season tipoff that is!
The Big Ten had its media day on Sunday, and Purdue was selected by both the coaches and media to repeat as Big Ten champions this season. An interesting story out of media day appeared in the Madison (WI) Capital Times regarding the number of players transferring out of the Big Ten. Major defections from Illinois, Wisconsin and Penn State highlight the discussion.
Miss Basketball 2000 Sara Nord (Jeffersonville) is profiled in her hometown Evening News. The standout sophomore point guard was a catalyst for Louisville last season, and she is expected to shine again this season for the Cardinals.
|News thru Friday, October 26|
NWI fans will be happy
to hear that Regional Radio Sports
Network has announced a much-improved and expanded girls basketball
broadcast schedule for the upcoming season. Broadcasts will be aired on WEFM-FM (95.9) and WHLP-FM (89.9)
as noted on the game dates below. RRSN will also broadcast a number of
games from the girls tournament in February and March. RRSN is looking for
ad sponsors for these games, so if know of any business that might be interested
in supporting NWI girls basketball, contact Bob Potosky at 219-663-2221, ext.
Sat 11/10 Andrean @ Crown Point (WHLP)
The Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association has announced that the ICGSA preseason poll will be released on Monday, November 5. The RRR is considered one of the resources for gathering game results by poll voters for the ICGSA during the season, and any score contributions you might be able to make on our Report Scores board, especially upsets over ranked teams, will be greatly appreciated by the ICGSA. Timely game results contributed by everyone will make for more accurate voting each week, which takes place by voters very early Monday morning. So we're counting on all of you out there to pitch in and get your area results posted by Sunday evening each week!
If you've ever wondered about the shooting routine of Indiana scoring leader Shanna Zolman of Wawasee, you can get the complete rundown in the Knoxsville News Sentinel. The article appears in anticipation of Zolman's official visit to Tennessee this weekend.
Edinburgh coach Tom Ott , who is both the football and girls basketball coach for the Lancers, is doing double duty according to the Franklin County Daily Journal. Ott, who was the object some criticism early in the school year from a school board member who felt that the overlapping seasons would be a problem, feels that he is juggling his duties quite well.
We've updated our listings for the Class of 2002 and Class of 2003 Players to Watch. Listings for the Classes of 2004 and 2005 will be released in the upcoming weeks.
The college season has dominated the online news over the past few days with the advent of conference "media days", when conference predictions and pre-season honors are bestowed. We've compiled the Preseason College Rankings & Honors for Indiana colleges and universities, as well as player honors for former Hoosier high school players now at Indiana colleges and universities. (We'll continue to update our this list as more conference predictions become available.) Also, lots of news articles about college teams and players are appearing online in anticipations of the season, and we've linked some of them below.
According to Fans Only, Notre Dame frosh Jacqueline Batteast continues to impress after being named the Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year. Also, an article about Notre Dame team building activities in Portage appears in The Times. Portage coach Renee' Turpa, a good friend of ND coach Muffet McGraw, recommended the program to the Irish.
Senior guard Kelly Komara (Lake Central) will be one of two seniors on the Purdue team this season. Komara appears on the front of the Boilermakers media guide this season, and gives some insight as to her perceived role on this season's squad in The Times. Also, Purdue's official women's website has a ongoing series of articles about the outlook of the team this season.
The Hoosier Times has a preview article about the Indiana women's team, where a mention is made about Jenny DeMuth (Highland) and how she is making a strong bid for playing time with consistent rebounding in practice. Also, an article in the Indiana Daily Student about transfer Kristen Bodine (Martinsville/Butler), states that she will be the starting point guard for the Hoosiers this season.
According to The Muncie Star, Ball State was picked to finish second in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. Also, reports from various sources confirm that Dorcus Lawson (Terre Haute North) a Butler transfer, and freshman Jessica Aldridge (South Bend Adams) have both left the Cardinals program. The reasons for their departure is unknown.
Chicago Sports gets the opinion of Chicago coaching legends Doug Bruno of DePaul University and Dorothy Gaters of Marshall High School regarding the Bulls organization expectations in determining support for a WNBA team in Chicago.
|News thru Tuesday, October 23|
As the landmark senior season of state scoring leader Shanna Zolman approaches, the Goshen News joins in on the latest round of anticipatory articles regarding the Wawasee scoring phenom. Unless you've been living under a rock the past year, you should know that Zolman is on track to break the career state scoring record of Seeger and Purdue alum Stephanie (White) McCarty sometime this season. Wawasee opens their season against 2A Westview on Friday, November 9.
Speaking of openers, how about this one on Tuesday, November 6? Carroll (Ft. Wayne), which is considered a possible 4A contender this season, will travel to Ft. Wayne Concordia, the Warrior slayers at last season's 3A regional upset of Wawasee. Carroll features junior guard Abby Noll (coming off of a summer knee injury), 5'10 senior forward Tiffany Miller and other capable and experienced players who are ready to make a name for themselves in 4A Ft. Wayne basketball. Concordia, who only lost by one bucket to state runner-up Plymouth in last season's 3A North Semi-State, returns a senior-laden roster with three players 6'0 or taller. Senior guard Jenny Conkle will continue to be the mainstay for the Cadets offense, but she gets plenty of help from fellow seniors Heidi Busch, Carolyn Farney and Ashley Bennett. Concordia (20-6 last season) fell to Carroll (18-3 last season) by 9 points last December, but will expect a different outcome with no starters lost to graduation. Carroll lost tough frontcourt competitor Kelly Abbott (Tri-State) to graduation. We've highlighted what we think are the best matchups on our Top Games & Upcoming Events page for the first week of competition.
Senior Jamie Menzyk is known as a tough player at 1A Whiting High School -- not so much for her exploits on the basketball court as on the football field. According to The Times, the 5'10, 205-pound forward has gained respect from her teammates as a two-way tackle reserve for the Oilers football team. Menzyk will anchor play in the paint for Whiting this upcoming season, but for now, she is still on the football field. The Oilers have advanced to the second round of IHSAA football sectional play, and if the unranked Oilers continue to have success on the football field, Menzyk's basketball team might play as many as five season games without her before she can officially turn in her spikes for hightops.
Triton coach Mark Heeter was recently honored by his alma mater, Manchester College, with the Claude Wolf Award for coaching excellence. According to the Elkhart News, Heeter was bestowed the honor for his back-to-back 1A state titles with the Trojans, as well as a 162-76 career coaching record.
Someone brought this one to our attention on the RRR Message Board. Student Sports, Inc. has put out its Fab 50 Girls Basketball Teams for the preseason. Indiana schools are represented by No. 44 Lawrence North, No. 46 Terre Haute South and No. 48 Kokomo. It may seem that Indiana teams are far down the list, but as writer Clay Kallam explains, unless you play a national schedule, you won't receive any mercy from him. IHSAA rules prohibit any long-distance interstate games at the present time.
We are expecting to receive news regarding the scheduling of radio and TV broadcasts for Region-area media very soon now. You can expect that the Wawasee v. Crown Point Region Roundball Rumble game will be a lock on both radio and cable TV scheduling for December 1.
We finally picked up
our copy of Street & Smith's for the upcoming season, and for
posterity's sake, we now list those Indiana players who received honors:
All-American Second Team
Shanna Zolman, Wawasee
Julie Briody, Tecumseh
Rachel Brockman, Cathedral
Candace Dark, Fountain Central
Carol Duncan, NorthWood
Katie Gearlds, Beech Grove
Amanda Geryak, Martinsville
Suntana Granderson, South Bend Riley
Amber Harris, (Indianapolis)
Amber Jackson, Brebeuf
Amber Johnson, Ben Davis
Ashley Mays, Warren Central
Crystal Norman, South Bend Riley
Jenny Pfeiffer, Jennings County
Reicina Russell, Terre Haute South
Kristen Seright, Carmel
Melissa Taylor, Connersville
Sharika Webb, Cathedral
Jessica Wright, Cathedral
Louisville sophomore Sara Nord (Jeffersonville) plans to upgrade her defense this season, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Nord, Indiana's Miss Basketball in 2000 and a Women's Basketball News Service first team freshman All-American, will start at point guard again this season for the Cardinals. Nord averaged 14.4 points and 7.7 assists per game during her first year of college ball.
The NCAA Basketball website has a news release about the upcoming season for the Pumas of St. Joseph's in Rensselaer. Each player is profiled, including sophomore Erin Sampsel and frosh Courtney Rosenbaum from Valparaiso. The Pumas are hoping for an improvement on last season's 2-18 record with an extremely youthful lineup.
According to an article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, fewer women are being hired to coach female sports teams around the nation. It is interesting to note that of the 64 Indiana coaching changes listed on the RRR Revolving Door, 13 men were hired to replace women who previously held those 13 positions, while nine female coaches were hired to take over coaching positions previously held by males.
In case you didn't notice, we've revamped the navigation bar at the top of the RRR Message Board. You can now access the Report Scores board, our new Coaches' Clipboard (password required), a variety of college women's basketball boards, our comprehensive College Player Links, as well as the usual boards, all from one easy-to-use source.
Also, in case you didn't catch it on our home page, the RRR Preseason Top 12 (NWI and state) were posted late last week. Don't agree with us? Post your own Top 12 on the RRR Message Board.
|News thru Thursday, October 18|
Crown Point senior guard Alex Webster has selected the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg as her college of choice. The 5'10 point guard chose the Golden Eagles over finalists Denver, Tulsa, and Bowling Green. Webster also took early visits at Illinois and Toledo, and received additional offers from Fordham and Loyola. USM has made six post-season appearances in the past decade, including an NCAA Sweet Sixteen bid in 1994. Head coach Rick Reeves, an Indian Creek native who graduated from Indiana State, plans to utilize Webster at the point guard position for a frontcourt that includes 6'7, 6'5 and 6'3. USM is a member of competitive Conference USA, which fielded six teams in post-season play last March. The conference schedule will bring Webster home to the Midwest when the Golden Eagles play conference opponents DePaul, Marquette, Louisville, Cincinnati and St. Louis, a factor that was important to her decision. USM will also meet Purdue and Texas Tech on their schedule for at least the next two seasons. Webster, a 2001 Indiana Junior All-Star and two-time All-Duneland Conference honoree, will head up coach Tom May's Crown Point squad that went 20-4 last season. A 3.8 AP honor student, she plans to major in mathematics with a minor in education, one of USM's hallmark academic programs.
Indiana HS Hoopsline has named its Top Thirteen Senior Girls for the upcoming season. Locally, Lauren Bechtold of Hebron and Alex Webster of Crown Point were selected for this honor.
The Women's Basketball Journal recently released the ASGR Top 100 Prospects for the Class of 2002. Indiana representatives on the list include No. 8 Shanna Zolman of Wawasee, No. 52 Sharika Webb of Cathedral, No. 53 Missy Taylor of Connersville, and No. 87 Ashley Mays of Warren Central.
More coverage on Missy Taylor's commitment to Purdue appeared in Boiler Station earlier this week.
The Johnson County Daily Journal has some opening practice day notes on Franklin College, Franklin, Whiteland and Edinburgh.
The Times has some coverage about the IHSAA tournament assignments which came out on Tuesday and the lack of a regional site for either girls or boys in Lake County. Included are comments from Hebron coach Jerry Bechtold.
Notre Dame freshman Jackie Batteast (South Bend Washington) is profiled in some Irish notes in the South Bend Tribune.
|News thru Tuesday, October 16|
The IHSAA has released
the sites and format for the 2002
IHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament. As hinted at in earlier IHSAA
board minutes, regional tournaments will move to a four-team format, and the
semi-state tournaments will be a one-game, two-division event. Locally,
the 4A regional consisting of winners from sectionals at Gary West Side, Portage,
South Bend Riley and Goshen, will be at Valparaiso.
No other regional will be hosted at a NWI venue. The draw for the regional
sites will not take place until sometime late in the season. We've updated
our Teams by Class and IHSAA Sectional, which
reflects some changes in the numbering of sectionals in 3A, 2A and 1A., which
could impact some regional pairings Regional and semi-state sites are as
follows for all four classes:
Bedford North Lawrence
|State Finals for all four classes will be at Conseco Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 2|
The big winners in terms of home court are dual (sectional and regional) hosts Huntington North, Jasper, Speedway, Forest Park, and Southwestern (Shelbyville). However, Southport is the biggest advantage winner, as the Cardinals could conceivably play on their home court from sectionals through the semi-state. In NWI, teams with sectional home court advantage include Gary West Side, Portage, Highland, Calumet, North Newton, Washington Township and Hebron.
The Gary West Side Cougars are first again in NWI girls basketball media coverage with their annual midnight practice on the eve of the 2001-02 girls basketball season. According to The Times, coach Rod Fisher let his team loose for a 20-minute scrimmage at the stroke of midnight on Sunday. The Cougars are expecting big things this season after having their 2001 tournament run abruptly cut short by a buzzer-beating, long range 3-pointer by Jenny DeMuth of Highland last season. In that loss, senior guard Michelle Jones lit up the Trojans for 27 points, but it wasn't enough to advance to the Regional. Jones, who is considering a D1 offer from Chicago State, hopes to step up her game as a senior on the way to a state championship this season. At least the first step of the 4A IHSAA Sectional 1 tournament should be less difficult for the Cougars as Highland moves 3A.
Cass senior Lindsay Leffert has committed to the University of Findlay and head coach Carolyn Mair, who sees Leffert as potentially playing up to three positions for the Oilers when she arrives to the program next year. Coach Mair was impressed with Lindsay's defensive play, overall effort on the court and ball handling skills. Leffert will provide leadership for the Lady Kings this season under the direction of Cass coach Steve Ford. The 5'9 forward averaged 10.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game during her team's 17-6 campaign last season. Leffert chose Findlay over Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and Jacksonville State University in Alabama.
Eastside head coach Chris Ramer announced today that senior Amy Freidenberger has verbally committed to Eastern Michigan University. The 6'0 forward averaged 16.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game last season for the 5-15 Blazers.
Just to clarify a point regarding the commitment of Martinsville senior Mandy Geryak to Xavier, family members inform us that Geryak chose Xavier over offers from Loyola, Cleveland State, Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green, as well as St. Johns.
High fives to the webmaster at Indiana High School Basketball! This saint has compiled the day-by-day schedule of all games for the upcoming season. IHSB has become an invaluable resource for all of us who follow games closely all around the state. Our understanding is that this site is the official game results resource used by Sagarin for his ongoing ratings during the season. We've added a direct link to the day-by-day schedule on our QuickLinks page for everyone to access this page easily.
Although few messages have been posted there as of yet, our new password-protected Coaches' Clipboard message center has received over 40 requests from coaches around the state for registered passwords. Information on how to register for the Clipboard can be found in our Coaches' Corner area of the RRR.
We'll be releasing our annual RRR Pre-Season Region and State Top 12 later this week.
Former Miss Basketball (1991) and Purdue standout Jennifer Jacoby (Rossville) is featured in the Frankfort Times. Jacoby talks about her new job as an assistant at Illinois.
Terrorist attacks at an IHSAA state event? Not likely, but not out of the realm of thought by IHSAA Commissioner Blake Ress. According to The Times, Ress and other administrative members at the IHSAA will meet to discuss improved security measures at all upcoming tournament events.
Florida State senior April Traylor (Martinsville) is featured in a preseason article about the Seminole seniors at Fans Only. Traylor was a member of the two-time state championship Artesians in 1997 and 1998, two years which spanned one-class and multi-class basketball.
|News thru Sunday, October 14|
We've compiled the RRR Super Senior 25 list for the 2001-02 season, and just in time for the first day of practice on Monday. We know you might not agree with us on all of our picks, but as in the past, we encourage you to voice your opinions on our message board. Best of luck to the seniors and all players heading into the new season. Stay healthy, stay happy and let the games begin!
The rumors regarding the ultimate college destination of Connersville senior Missy Taylor were confirmed this weekend, when the 6'3 guard/forward committed to the Purdue Boilermakers via videotape. According to BoilerStation, Taylor cancelled her intended visit to Indiana University, which was planned for this weekend, and committed to the Boilers on Friday by sending them a videotaped message of her intentions. Taylor had considered offers from a number of schools, including Stanford and Xavier, before narrowing her list to Purdue and Indiana.
Martinsville senior Mandy Geryak has committed to Xavier University. The 5'8 point guard averaged 13.3 points per game as a junior during a 16-6 campaign for the Artesians last season. She will spearhead the Martinsville attack this season under new head coach Vince Cerbone. Geryak chose Xavier over St. John's.
The RRR recently added a new area to the website, specifically for coaches. It is called the Coaches' Corner, and features helpful links to items of coaching interest, as well as a password protected message board, only for high school and college coaches. We hope that coaches around the state enjoy and utilize this area, and we welcome any suggestions for additions or features there.
|News thru Wednesday, October 10|
Senior Amy Hayden of Ft. Wayne Snider has committed to the Southern Illinois Salukis in Carbondale. The 5'9 combo guard, who returns as the Panthers' leading scorer this season, averaged 10.1 points per game on the way to the state finals in 2000-01. Hayden will be taking on an important leadership role her senior season, as the Panthers graduated five players, three of which were starters on last season's 25-3 team. Add into the mix a new coach in Doug Kaiser, who replaces 21-year coach Lamar Kilmer, and Hayden's role becomes even more critical. News regarding Amy's signing appeared in yesterday's Ft. Wayne Sentinel.
The first preseason rankings are out from Indiana HS Hoopsline for all four classes, as well as an overall Top 50. Locally, Hebron is ranked No. 2 in 1A, North Judson No. 5 in 2A, Andrean No. 5, Hammond Gavit No. 16, Highland No. 17 and Kankakee Valley No. 19 in 3A, and Gary West No. 5, Valparaiso No. 6, Crown Point No. 21 and Lake Central No. 22 in 4A. In the Top 50 Overall, Gary West is No. 5, Valparaiso No. 6, Crown Point No. 24, Lake Central No. 26, and Andrean No. 35.
Indiana HS Hoopsline also has a number of season previews out for teams around the state. Not all are complete with schedules, etc., but provide some interesting reading as we head into the season. If your school has not yet submitted its information for 2001-02, you can obtain the submission form online there.
It's T-minus FIVE days and counting before players all around the state step onto the court for their first day of basketball practice this coming Monday. (Woohoo!) As is the case every year, a number of solid basketball programs could be stymied by the fall sports season. Check the IHSAA website to see which ranked schools from your area rate a chance for an extended season in the upcoming fall tournament series.
An article appeared recently in the North Vernon Plain Dealer regarding the award presented to Jenny Pfeiffer of Jennings County at the Tremendous Twenty-Six luncheon in September.
The Franklin County Journal has yet another article about the IHSAA and some of the public relations difficulties the organization has encountered over the past year or so.
The South Bend Tribune recently had a brief season preview about the Notre Dame Irish. Frosh Jacqueline Batteast (SB Washington) is mentioned as a probable key player for the Irish.
This is old news from last March, but it was news to us. After 25 years as an all-boys event, the McDonald's Corporation has finally decided to recognize girls basketball by adding a girls game to its annual McDonald's All American High School Basketball Event. The game will be held in conjunction with the boys game at Madison Square Garden in the spring. Don't be surprised to see one or two Indiana players selected for this game at the end of this season.
A few notes on the women's basketball team at Purdue recently appeared in Boilerstation.
A number of in-state colleges are gearing up for the 2001-02 season. Practices begin around the country at midnight Friday. Season previews, "Midnight Madness" openers, and/or updated rosters and schedules can be found at the links on our College Players Directory.
|News thru Thursday, October 4|
IPFW sophomore Becky Schuster of North Newton has always been a survivor, and this past weekend those survival skills couldn't be more evident. The 5'11 forward endured two consecutive traffic accidents. After her car crossed the median on an interstate and down an embankment to rest on its side, Schuster extracted herself from her car and walked back up to the highway, only to be struck by a passing semi-truck. According to The Times, Schuster suffered serious injuries to both legs and left shoulder. She is currently at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne (219-373-4000), where her condition has been upgraded from serious to fair. Becky was a standout forward in NWI, garnering all-area honors her senior year. All of us at the RRR wish her a quick and complete recovery.
Becky's accident is just one of a string of tragic incidents lately regarding athletes around the state. The IPFW athletic department is also reeling after receiving news that recruit Jon Hunter of Wes-Del was killed in an auto accident over the weekend (Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette). Also, Fairfield senior volleyball player Jessica Thompson died last Friday as a result of a car accident (Goshen News). Just a stark reminder to everyone that although we may encounter basketball-related disappointments along the way, whether it be a temporary injury or other setback, in the scheme of things, there are many more important things in life to grieve over. Everyone stay safe out there.
Huntington North head coach Jon Lippe announced earlier this week that center Sheree Lauer has verbally committed to Murray State in Kentucky. The 6'3 post averaged 5.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game during a injury-riddled junior season. Besides Murray State, Lauer also considered Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois. Lauer will be joining a freshman class with the Racers that also includes Martinsville guard/forward Danielle Mitchell, who committed to Murray State earlier this fall.
We reported earlier
that Gary Roosevelt head coach Lawrence
Robertson would be stepping down after nine years at the helm of the
Panthers program. The
Times gives the complete story in a recent article.
Homestead has named a new coach after the departure of Teri Rosinski, who took the head coaching position at Ft. Wayne Luers. Rod Parker, a middle school teacher, will take over the reigns of the Spartan girls basketball blue and gold.
Owen Valley has hired Jeff Sherfield to replace departing six-year coach Mike Stanley. Sherfield takes over a program which lost six seniors to graduation after a 14-6 season.
The IHSAA recently
kicked off its Centennial Celebration at Hinkle Fieldhouse, announcing plans
that will be observed during the 2003-04 school year. According to
Star, the IHSAA will recognize 100 years of the IHSAA in various
ways, including student and team academic awards, sportsmanship awards,
commemorative patches, a book and video, celebration banquet and more.
Complete information can be found at the IHSAA
According to the Goshen News, 22 high school athletes from around the state were invited for the kickoff ceremonies, including Shanna Zolman of Wawasee. The senior is set to break the state girls scoring record, and Stephanie McCarty (Seeger), who currently holds the record with 2,869 career points, gives her thoughts about seeing that record broken in the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette.
For those of you who are into the entire scope of women's college basketball, some basketball nut out there (nice to know there are others) has compiled all of the preseason women's college basketball rankings into a single table. Wbballz is where you can find it.
The Chicago Bulls effort to sell a WNBA team to Chicago-area fans seems to be falling way short. Seeking 7,500 deposits on season tickets for a WNBA team, the Bulls ticket office has received less than 1,000 a month away from the deadline. According to Chicago Sports, the Bulls executive vice president of business operations says, "Right now the dream of a WNBA franchise in Chicago is in trouble." To say the least.
Former Iowa State shooting guard Stacy Frese has joined the coaching staff at Evansville University, according to Women's Basketball Magazine. Stacy is the third Frese sister to coach in Indiana. Minnesota head coach Brenda Oldfield coached at Ball State, together with sister Marsha Frese, before leaving to coach the Golden Gophers this summer. Stacy Frese will be third assistant coach for the Aces.
|News thru Monday, October 1|
High School Sports
Publications, which publishes the Indiana High School Basketball Guide,
presented its 2001-2002 Tremendous Twenty-Six on Sunday at the Indiana
Basketball Hall of Fame. These student athletes were honored as the top 13
girls and top 13 boys players in the Hoosier State. From Northwest
Indiana, three girls players were honored. Lauren
Bechtold of Hebron, Jamie Gutowski
of Andrean and Alex Webster of Crown
Point, and on the boys side, Chris Hunter
of Gary West Side. The Tremendous Twenty-Six are as follows:
Lauren Bechtold, Hebron
Brigett Branson, Turkey Run
Candace Dark, Fountain Central
Megan Dossen, Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers
Carol Duncan, NorthWood
Jamie Gutowski, Andrean
Megan Liffick, Whiteland
Jenny Pfeiffer, Jennings County
Melissa Taylor, Connersville
Cyndi Valentin, Bloomington South
Sharika Webb, Indianapolis Cathedral
Alex Webster, Crown Point
Shanna Zolman, Wawasee
Marques Bennett, Brebeuf
Tyler Clevenger, Winchester
Seth Coclasure, Bellmont
Dedric Finn, Castle
Derrick Graham, South Bend Washington
Chris Hunter, Gary West Side
Matt Kiefer, Evansville Mater Dei
Sean May, Bloomington North
Delco Rowley, Indianapolis Arlington
Evan Seacat, Paoli
Avery Sheets, McCutcheon
Angelo Smith, Lawrence North
Russell Trudeau, Lafayette Central Catholic
Anthony Winchester, Austin
A few notes from
Sunday's Tremendous Twenty-Six awards:
Brigett Branson of Turkey Run was unable to attend the photo shoot and awards presentation because she was taken to the hospital Sunday morning with a case of mononucleosis. The early prognosis is that she will be unable to resume physical activity until later this month.
Taylor of Connersville, who has narrowed her choices to Purdue
and Indiana, says that she will be making her decision known shortly after an
official visit to Indiana during the weekend of October 13.
Wawasee sharpshooter Shanna Zolman showed up with a brace on her right hand, which is in place due to a hyper-extended thumb. Zolman's injury is not expected to hamper her season and should be healed by the time the first week of games rolls around. Zolman was recognized on Sunday as a repeat Tremendous Twenty-Six honoree.
This was the first time I'd been to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, and it was a treat, although the Hall represents the boys game more thoroughly from the 1920's on than the girls. (Let's face it; the girls game wasn't as well documented as the boys game since it was sanctioned by the IHSAA just less than three decades ago in l976.) However, there was some pretty neat stuff from the girls side of the game to see. Lots of newspaper articles and pictures from state championships in the '80s, complete with the famous "mullet" hairdos of the time. Kokomo was represented with their famous pink and white, tie-died apparel from their run in the early '90s. Region fans will be interested to know that NWI girls basketball is part of the HOF display as represented by a bit of recent memorabilia (right). Next to a powder blue uniform from the '20s, complete with Peter Pan collar, is an autographed ball and photograph from the 1999 Griffith girls basketball team that made a fantastic run to the 3A semi-state before being eliminated by state runner-up Columbia City in 2000. Next to the photo are the Nikes of 1998 Miss Basketball, Kelly Komara of Lake Central. We might be a bit partial to this one, since we're from Crown Point, but the only evidence we saw of the 1984 & 1985 back-to-back state championship run of the Lady Bulldogs (the first ever back-to-back in girls history, and that was single class ball) was a lone bumper sticker. Maybe one of those elaborate state banners hanging in Carnahan Gymnasium should find its way to the HOF after the new CPHS opens its doors...
According to a reliable source, Cindi Merrill of Noblesville has committed to Miami (Ohio). The 5'7 guard, who was named to the Indianapolis Star North Team, will join a growing Indiana roster for the RedHawks, that already includes Heather Cusick and Hillary Beck of Kokomo, Beth Roederer of Cathedral and Kim Smith of Gary West Side. Merrill starred for the Millers last season on the way to a 9-13 record and a #88 Sagarin ranking.
The Indianapolis Star is reporting that Fremont senior Brooke Boggs has committed to the Jaguars of IUPUI. The 5'9 two-guard averaged 13 points per game as a junior, leading her team to an 18-6 record and a sectional championship.
According to The Times, five schools have submitted letters of inquiry for membership in the Duneland Athletic Conference: Lake Central, East Chicago Central, Penn, Mishawaka and Elkhart Central. The last three schools are all members of the 9-member Northern Indiana Conference, and would most likely present some severe problems for scheduling sports which do not normally compete on the weekend.
According to the Johnson County Daily Journal, Center Grove senior Ashley Buckingham, an Indiana Junior All-Star, suffered a "serious knee injury" in her first sport, volleyball, during a match last week. The loss of Buckingham, who has committed to Michigan's volleyball program, will leave a big hole in the Trojans frontcourt this season. The 6'2 Metropolitan All-Conference forward/center averaged 12.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game her junior season.
The Notre Dame's women's basketball website is reporting that Coca-Cola has produced a commemorative Coke bottle to honor the Irish basketball NCAA championship team. The bottles will be available in six-packs for just $2.99 at Meijer stores in South Bend, Mishawaka and Goshen while quantities last.
For all of you Tennessee fans, the GoLadyVols website has an interesting article about Pat Summit and her plans to get back to the basics in her program. The article also mentions that Wawasee senior Shanna Zolman will be making her official visit to the Vols campus the weekend of October 26. Zolman committed to UT as a junior.
recently featured a great series of stories about women's college sports.
Lots to read, but interesting stuff:
celebrate 20 years with the NCAA
Bush pick to enforce Title IX concerns some
Basketball flourished with NCAA lead
Some blame Title IX for men's program cuts
Athletic departments, separate but equal
Soccer 'like a cell that just keeps mutating'
Timeline: Evolution of college women's sports
AAU has released its letter
announcement (PDF format) with regard to the October 14 Annual Meeting,
which will be held at the AAU office in Indianapolis in approximately two
weeks. Announcements in the letter includes the meeting agenda, as well as
information summaries regarding participation, the national convention, discussions
with the IHSAA, office elections, proposed tournament dates for next year's AAU
season, and more. More information can be found on the Indiana
AAU Girls Basketball website.
Of note is the recommendation which came out of the joint meeting between Indiana AAU, high school coaches and IHSAA Commissioner Blake Ress, which took place on September 14 at Perry Meridian. Approximately 15 high school coaches were in attendance for the meeting. The language regarding the recommendation reads as follows:
After Mr. Ress explained exactly what was now allowed by rules, discussion ensued for about 90 minutes. The concluding recommendation was that the existing AAU Girls Basketball program remain in place and be augmented by the offering of "School Team Developmental Shootouts" on two weekends, the last weekend of June and the second weekend of July. These were suggested to be weekend events offering four 32-minute stop-clock games, with no champions named or prizes awarded. It was asked that two divisions be offered - an "A" Division for large-school teams consisting of players with primarily varsity experience (small school teams could play "up") and a "B" Division for small-school teams and large-school teams consisting of players with freshman/JV experience only.
This format seems to provide a great opportunity for school teams of all levels to compete in an organized tournament setting during the summer.
Also of note, and of interest for those families trying to make early plans for next summer, the following TENTATIVE dates will be proposed at the October 14 meeting for age group and high school tournaments:
|10U-13U||Developmental Tournaments||4/5-7, 4/12-14 &/or 4/19-21|
|10U-13U||State Finals (Levels I, II & III)||5/3-5|
|16U-18U||Regionals (as needed)||5/31-6/2|
|HS Teams||Developmental Shootouts||6/28-30 & 7/12-13|
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