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News thru Wednesday, October 30

          

One of the most sought after recruits in the Class of 2003 has made her college choice just as the balls are hitting the hardcourt for the practice season.  Kokomo's most versatile player, DeUnna Hendrix, has committed to the University of Richmond (Virginia) of the Atlantic 10 Conference.  The 5'8 multi-position player chose the Spiders in a difficult decision over Ball State, the only other school on her short list of many who showed interest.  Hendrix averaged 14.5 points last season on a highly ranked Kokomo team with multiple scoring weapons.  She also averaged approximately 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.  The Junior All Star, and likely Indiana All Star, will be missed after her senior season with the Kats.  According to Kokomo assistant coach Jay Karp, "DeUnna is an absolute joy to coach, and if you ever met her, you'd know that she is a much better person than she is a basketball player, and we all know how good she is there."


The 33rd edition of Hoosier Basketball Magazine is expected to make its way to the HBM office on either Friday, November 8, or Monday, November 11.  Unknown at this point, and always a big topic for discussion at this time of the year, is whose pictures will appear on the cover.  According to HBM, the quickest way to receive your copy of this season's magazine is by mail.  For more info, call 317-925-8200.



Shanna Zolman and Shyra Ely, Indiana's two most recent Miss Basketball award winners, will team up for the University of Tennessee this season.  (Photo by realtallshorty of http://www.geocities.com/ladyvolspics/)

All you Shanna Zolman (Wawasee) fans will be happy to see your favorite player in her new orange Tennessee duds.  Although no longer wearing #24, Zolman still is wearing her signature knee-highs, but the familiar green armband has turned to blue.  The state's all-time girls career scorer has opted for #5 on her uniform with the Volunteers, saying that it stands for the five fundamentals of basketball.  Thanks to the kindness of longtime Lady Vols fan "realtallshorty", we are able to bring you this shot of Zolman with teammate Shyra Ely (Ben Davis) from the warmups before the annual UT Women's Hoopalooza exhibition.  You can view more of realtallshorty's UT pictures at http://www.geocities.com/ladyvolspics/.  


Purdue has been chosen in media voting to win the Big Ten this season.  The Boilermakers will miss the solid play and leadership of grad Kelly Komara (Lake Central), but with a solid recruiting class, not many are expecting Purdue to miss a beat from last season.  In describing her newest Boilermakers, Coach Kristy Curry says, "They’re a sweet group, they’re wide-eyed and bushy tailed and they understand that what you put into it is what you get out."  More at the Big Ten website.


Indiana HS Hoopsline with webmaster Ol' Coach has released its rankings for all four classes for the upcoming season.  Also included are listings of the top senior through sophomore girls from around the state.  Making Ol' Coach's grade from the Region are seniors Amanda DeVries of Kanakakee Valley and Kim Haviar of Lake Central; juniors Julie DeMuth of Highland, Kiki Bytnar of Calumet, Belinda Drake and Karima Davies of Gary West Side, Lauren Hutton of Valparaiso and Marshay Jolly of Merrillville; and sophomores Lindsay Humes of Valparaiso and Cassie Pruzin of Crown Point.  Junior Rebecca Papach of Whiting is also listed, but is mistakenly on the frosh list.


Quick hit - The City of Ft. Wayne has put in a bid to host the 2005 Women's Big Ten Tournament.


 

News thru Friday, October 25

          


Can Cat Campbell and Chesterton compete with the "bigs" in Northwest Indiana this season?  See what we think in our Pre-Season Top 12.  (Photo by Bob Strempka of strempkagallery.com.)

Well, no one else wants to do it, so we will.  We're not even sure who is definitely showing up to play this season, but going on the assumption that those expected to play, will, we'll be the first to stick our necks out there with the annual Region Roundball Review Pre-Season Top 12.  There might be a few surprise picks in there for both the Region and the state, but hey, they're just the opinions of two old people with nothing better to do!  Good luck to all teams in NWI and around the state as the second week of practice goes into full swing.  Looks to be another exciting season of Indiana high school girls basketball!


The South Bend Tribune had short previews for some of the top programs in its area to mark the start of the 2002-03 practice season.  South Bend Riley, South Bend St. Joseph's and Wawasee are all previewed briefly in the article. 
   
The Indianapolis Star also had a brief preview of two teams in its area.  Both Shelbyville and Center Grove get quick hits in coverage.
   
Another preseason article to make note of the first week of practice appeared in the Anderson Herald-Bulletin.  Featured teams include Shenandoah, Alexandria and Anderson.
   
The Bedford Times-Mail covered the opening day of practice for Bedford North Lawrence.
   
Finally, Terre Haute South is profiled in the Terre Haute Tribune Star.  The Braves face the new season as defending state champs without the services of four of its five starters from last season.  Gone are the dominating senior guards and 4A tournament MVP Reicina Russell, who transferred to Lawrence North.  But the cupboard is far from bare in the THS pantry, as several players who have been waiting in the wings will get their chance to show what they can do.  Also mentioned to some degree in the article is defending 1A champ North Vermillion.  More:  South Vermillion draws Braves for tourney, again - Terre Haute Tribune Star


Valparaiso soph Cassie Kerns will miss the first four weeks of the season with a stress fracture.  The 6'3 center/forward injured her lower leg in the ongoing volleyball season...  Merrillville could be the most interesting team in the Region this season.  With a new coach, a solid returning scorer in Marshay Jolly, and an influx of new players and height, the Pirates could surprise a LOT of teams this season.  According to coach Bob Maicher, Merrillville will enjoy the added services of Maria (Chicago) junior transfer Laneshia Thomas (5'6 wing) and possibly one other transfer player, yet unnamed.  Down low, the Pirates will welcome with open arms 13U AAU Outstanding Player of the Year Brittney Moore (6'1 PF), as well as four or five others on the team that will be 5'11 or taller.  Watch out DAC!...   Former Lowell standout Kelly Schoon has transferred from Bethel College to a college in Tennessee affiliated with her church.  Schoon was the Pilots' leading rebounder last season...  Some of the Region's top seniors from last season are now profiled as freshmen at their respective schools.  Lauren Bechtold (Hebron) and Jamie Gutowski (Andrean) have their bios online at Valparaiso, and Alex Webster (Crown Point) has her bio online at Southern Mississippi.  Still waiting on the bio for Gavit's Leslie Tyburski at Georgetown.


Senior Borden post player Jessica Vick was recently profiled in the Louisville Courier-Journal.  The 5'10 forward lists Indiana University Southeast and Anderson as two schools that have shown interest in signing her for next season.


Tecumseh standout Julie Briody isn't a Tecumseh standout anymore.  The 6'1 forward, who recently committed to New Mexico, has decided to forego her senior season of basketball with the Braves, according to the Evansville Courier-Press.   


Hickory Husker will be awarding its first ever Barn Burner Trophy on the girls side of the game this season.  The concept is that the trophy is initially awarded to the winner of the first actual game of the season, and the trophy gets passed along to the winner of each subsequent game.  For example, if Griffith and Hobart make their opening game tipoff before anyone else in the state, then the winner of that game would hold the trophy. If the winner should lose in its next game, the trophy gets passed on to the winning opponent, and so on.  Hopefully, the trophy makes its way around the state for a little fun.  Right now, Hickory is trying to determine which teams will be playing in the absolute earliest first game of the year.  If you can help him out with a Monday game on November 11, he'd be thrilled to know about it!  For more info, visit this post on the Hickory Husker message board.


The 2002 Indiana High School Basketball Guide is scheduled for release next Friday.  You can purchase a copy of the guide for $10.00 (+ S&H) online at www.hssp.cc or by phone at 1-800-969-0097.  Or, you should be able to find the IHSBG at the following retail locations:
   
Walmart
Meijer
Indy News (Indianapolis)
City News (Lafayette)
Whiting News
Scotts Foods (Ft. Wayne)
Barnes & Nobles
Borders


Notre Dame sophomore Jackie Batteast (South Bend Washington) was recently named to the preseason Naismith Player of the Year watch list.  The 6'2 forward made a splash on the college scene last season, garnering the Basketball Writer's Association National Freshman of the Year and Big East Rookie of the Year accolades. 
   
Cleveland State senior Erika Roudebush (Hamilton Southeastern) has been named to the Horizon League Preseason All-League First Team, according to College Sports.  Roudebush led the conference in scoring last season with 18.2 points per game.


Preseason news from the college ranks continues to appear online:
   
Veterans, recruiting class could take Purdue far into March - Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel
Quotes From Women's Basketball Media Day - Purdue
Veterans, recruiting class could take Purdue far into March - Muncie Star Press
Butler Women's Basketball Looks To Renew Winning Tradition - College Sports
Rebounding a tall order for Bethel
- South Bend Tribune


 

News thru Monday, October 21

          

Last night, thousands of players and coaches from around the state went to bed last night dreaming of a new season.  There's something special about this time of the year that is unlike anything else.  It's a time of anticipation with the belief that anything is possible -- a winning season, a conference championship, a state championship.  No one knows what the future will hold -- which players will emerge from the shadows, which teams will reach their potential for "the big run", or which teams or players will possibly write a new chapter in Hoosier basketball lore.  It all starts today, with the first day of practice for the 2002-03 season.
   


The hopeful Merrillville Pirates gathered last night for the first ever Merrillville Midnight Madness, taking the court at 12:00 a.m. for a one-hour practice to open the 2002-03 Indiana girls basketball season.  Players and families took time out for a group photo to mark the event.  (Photo submitted by Coach Bob Maicher)

Some teams around the state got a jump on everyone else, celebrating the start of the season very early this morning with a Midnight Madness tip-off in anticipation of bigger things to come.  One of those teams, Merrillville, is hoping to turn the corner by establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the Duneland Athletic Conference.  They have tremendous potential with lots of young talent and new head coach Bob Maicher, but the Pirates will have their work cut out for them, as several teams in the DAC look to be in the hunt this season.  Best of luck to everyone on this first official day of the 2002-03 season! 


 The Times recognized the start of the season with an article about Kankakee Valley center Amanda DeVries, who at 6'6, is the tallest girls high school basketball player in the state.  The constantly improving senior looks back on how difficult is was to meet expectations early in her career.


 According to the Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Cathedral transfer Rachel Brockman has been denied eligibility at Noblesville by the IHSAA for her final high school season.  The 6'3 forward, who committed to Vanderbilt early last month, was expected to make an immediate impact for the Millers.  No details regarding the eligibility denial were released by the IHSAA.


 Just in time for the practice season, The Times reports that Bishop Noll has named Marc Bruner as the new head coach for the Warriors.  Bruner, who was a varsity assistant a BNI last season, will take the place of former head coach Tom Haluska, who left he program to concentrate on his family that is expected to grow in numbers with the adoption of two children in January.  Bruner will be without promising underclassman and last season's top scorer Ashley Hluska.  The athletic sophomore forward has transferred to Marian Catholic in Illinois.


Student Sports has come out with its annual preseason Fab 50 national rankings, and for the first time in recent memory, three Indiana teams are included in the count.  The Student Sports website provided free access to all of its articles online in the past, but now most articles, including the Fab 50 listing, are premium articles.  We understand, however, that in their most recent rankings, Lawrence North was ranked No. 12, South Bend Riley No. 16, and Kokomo No. 21.


 In a bit of humor heading into the college season, Ball State coach Tracy Roller (Crown Point) "stepped in it", literally, when she recently commented about her team facing No. 3 ranked Kansas State in the WNIT in November.  According to the Muncie Star Press, Roller stated: "'I think my freshman point guard will pee down her leg, and so will the coach.' (Roller later confirmed she meant the coach would pee down her own leg.)"  We guess the Cardinals should not be surprised if the 11,000 Kansas fans expected at the game get wind of her comment and are waving Depends over their heads at tipoff time!


 Indiana University Coach Kathi Bennett resorted to some unusual tactics before the Big Ten tournament last season in order to inspire her team.  According to some extensive comments by former Highland standout Jenny DeMuth in the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel, Bennett rapped to R. Kelly songs to lighten the mood, which apparently paid off to some degree, as the Hoosiers went on to win their first-ever Big Ten championship.  Indiana will see two new faces on the floor this season, but they are senior veterans in their own right.  Kristen Bodine (Martinsville) has been off the floor for the past two years, the first while sitting out after transferring to IU from Butler, and the second due to an ACL injury early in the season.  Also expected to contribute heavily is Evansville transfer Lisa Eckart (Center Grove), who will get to play this season after sitting out a year as well.


Indiana AAU held its Annual Meeting yesterday, and for the first time in many years, a new chair will be heading up one of the best basketball organizations in the country.  Hamilton Southeastern assistant coach Evan Beauchamp was elected as the new chair.  Minutes from the meeting are expected to be available on the Indiana AAU website soon.  Also at the meeting, the Outstanding Participants in each age group were announced as follows:

 

18U - Melanie Boeglin (Indiana State/Terre Haute South)
17U - Katie Gearlds (Beech Grove/Purdue)
16U - Miranda Green (Pike/Xavier)
15U - Jodi Howell (Alexandria)
14U - Audrey McDonald (Kokomo)
13U - Brittney Moore (Merrillville)
12U - Briana Bass (North Central)
11U - Brianna Layton (Columbus)
10U - Kelly Faris (Plainfield)
   
Also, Shanna Zolman of Wawasee was named this year's Outstanding Senior.


     

News thru Monday, October 14

          

Full Court Press has released its top 30 players from the Class of 2003.  Lawrence North senior Reicina Russell is tabbed at the No. 19 spot, while Beech Grove senior Katie Gearlds in ranked No. 28.  These two are considered the top candidates for this year's Miss Basketball race.  Russell has MVP honors from last year's 4A state finals on her resumé, while Gearlds was named the 17U AAU Nationals MVP in her age group this summer.  No other seniors from Indiana appeared on the list.


Evansville Mater Dei senior Missy Glaser has committed to Division I Florida Atlantic of the Atlantic Sun Conference.  The 2002 Indiana Junior All Star will play for her sister, Natalie Glaser (Mater Dei), who is a second-year assistant for the Owls.  According to the Evansville Courier & Press, Glaser also considered Evansville and Butler before making her choice, but she felt most comfortable with the staff at FAU where she had been attending basketball camps there since she was younger.  Glaser, who will join guards Julie Goad (Twin Lakes) and Angie Rodgers (Castle) on the Owls roster next season, averaged 22.2 points and 4.0 rebounds for the 2A Wildcats.  



Crown Point '01 grad Nikki Borys will be playing at Purdue Calumet this season. (Photo by Bob Strempka of strempkagallery.com).

Former Crown Point post player Nikki Borys will be playing for Purdue Calumet this season.  The 6'1 forward/center will be the tallest player on the Lakers roster heading into the season.


Kokomo alum duo Heather Cusick of Miami (Ohio) and Tia Davis of Toledo have both been named to the Mid-American preseason all-conference teams.  Senior Cusick, who was the MAC Player of the Year last season, was named to the East Division All-MAC Team, while junior Davis was named to the West Division All-MAC Team.  Coverage:
   
Cusick Named to Preseason East-Division All-MAC Team - Miami website
Tia Davis Named to Preseason All-MAC West Division Team - Toledo website


  The college practice season got underway Saturday, with some teams opening the long-anticipated day with some festivities.  Valparaiso University had its Midnight Mayhem Friday night, and NWI standouts Lauren Bechtold (Hebron) and Jamie Gutowski (Andrean) made their debut on the Crusaders floor.  The Times has coverage of the event and quotes from the two frosh.  More coverage about other Indiana players at the start of the season:
   
Boilermaker women 'in good shape' for debut of large freshman class - Lafayette Journal & Courier
Big turnout for Valentin's night (IU) - Bloomington Herald-Times
English's return boosts CSU's chance at NCAAs (Colorado State) - Denver Post
Badger Women's Basketball Begins Practice With Q & A - Wisconsin
Franklin College Season Outlook - Franklin website
Roles are changing at USI, but seniors ready to deliver - Southern Indiana (Courier & Press)


   

News thru Wednesday, October 9

          

This is commitment week '03 in Indiana.  Four top seniors have announced their college intentions, all to Division I schools.
   
Miranda Green of Pike has given the nod to Xavier new head coach Kevin McGuff.  The 5'6 guard pretty much limited her interest to the Musketeers, even though she received early interest from Kansas State.  Last season Green averaged 21.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.0 assists, with a 47% field goal percentage.  Says Pike coach Amy Cherubini, "I am very happy for Miranda and her family.  Miranda is one of the best guards in the state.  Offensively, she is explosive, she can take you off the dribble or pull up and stick the jump shot.  She plays both ends of the floor with tremendous intensity.  I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to coach the talent that is available at Pike High School."  Green will join fellow Indiana native point guard Mandy Geryak (Martinsville) at Xavier, who is a freshman at the Cincinnati school this season.
   


Wawasee forward Megan Wallen (in front) battles for a rebound in the Region Roundball Rumble last season.  Wallen will take her athletic basketball skills to Jacksonville University in Florida next fall. (Photo by Bob Strempka of strempkagallery.com).

Megan Wallen of Wawasee, the secondary scoring threat for the Warriors last season behind state scoring leader Shanna Zolman, will be headed to Jacksonville University of the Atlantic Sun Conference next season.  The 5'11 forward, who was also recruited by Louisville, Eastern Illinois, Northern Illinois and Huntington College, says "I have the the opportunity to step in and help make an impact on the program right away.  With the past two recruiting classes and the injured people coming back, we have a chance to win the conference and be invited to the NCAA tournament. I also get along with the coaching staff and the other players."  Wallen averaged 11.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season, while shooting 82% from the free throw line.  Coach Kem Zolman comments, "I am very happy for Meagan that she has chosen an institution that she and her family are very comfortable with.  The coaching staff and Meagan seem to mesh well together and Meagan talks highly of her new teammates for next season."  Wallen will major in psychology at JU.  As an interesting side note, the Dolphins recently hired assistant coach Lisa Diefenthaler, who played point guard at Valparaiso University from 1992 to 1996.
   

Noblesville forward Sarah VanMetre has committed to Eastern Michigan of the Mid-American Conference.  VanMetre, who averaged 14.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game as a junior, chose the Eagles over Evansville, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Cleveland State.  The 6'0 forward will join '02 Eastside grad Amy Freidenberger, who will play for head coach Suzy Merchant this season as a freshman.
      
Carmel senior Kristen Seright has committed to Central Michigan University, also of the Mid-American Conference.  Seright, a 6'3 forward, will join '02 grad Chasidy Meyers of Columbia City on the Chippewas roster.  We expect to receive more details regarding Seright's commitment later this week.
    

   The South Bend Tribune officially announced the commitment of Ashli Senff (5'9 G)  to Evansville.


  After a summer of speculation and just several weeks before the practice season begins, Michigan City has hired Gary Collins to lead the girls basketball program there.  Collins replaces popular coach Monica Claridge, who left the Wolves program for an assistant coach position at Butler University in Indianapolis.

Edinburgh
has hired experienced Bob White as its new girls basketball coach.  White, who coached at Southwestern (Shelbyville) for six years, will try to bring some stability to a program that has seen four coaching changes in the past four years, according to the Johnson County Journal.  White replaces embattled former coach Tom Ott, who was let go from his position earlier this fall after a great deal of controversy.
   
Lafayette Catholic Central, which has also seen numerous coaching changes over the past five years, has hired Kim White as an interim coach for the current season.  White replaces former LCC head coach Mike Halliwell, who recently took the opening at North White.
   
More on the hiring of  Stephanie McCarty (Seeger/Purdue) as an assistant coach at Logansport was recently revealed in the Pharos Tribune.  McCarty will help run a basketball youth program for girls in grades three through six beginning in mid-October.  Focus will be on fundamentals.  Also revealed in the article is that McCarty will travel to compete in Europe at the end of December in preparation for a possible return with the Indiana Fever next summer.  McCarty sat out the last WNBA season after having surgery on her left ankle and right knee.


The first casualty of the new Duneland Conference home-and-home format seems to be the long time Michigan City-MC Marquette rivalry in girls basketball, volleyball, and boys basketball.  The prohibitive schedule requirements demanded by the new format will mean that many rivalries of the present will become rivalries of the past.  More in the Michigan City News Dispatch


The college practice season begins this Saturday, and in anticipation of what is expected to be another improving season for Indiana, freshman Cyndi Valentin (Bloomington South) is being featured on the Indiana women's website in a year-long diary account of her days on and off the court for the Hoosiers.  The Hoosier women's website also features full-page PDF biographies on each of its players, six of whom are Indiana natives.
   
Jeffersonville grad Sara Nord is quoted in a recent artlicle in the Louisville Courier-Journal, which details the workout routine of the Louisville women's team under the direction of new strength coach Michelle Marciniak, formerly of Tennessee.
   
In case you missed the article on the message board during the past week, the Knoxville News evaluates the history of guards in the Tennessee program and how UT frosh Shanna Zolman (Wawasee) will have to break the mold in order to be the high scorer that everyone anticipates her to be for the Volunteers.
   
Purdue will be hosting its annual Mackey Madness on October 19, one week after practice begins this Saturday.  Both the women's and men's team will take the floor for one-half hour following the conclusion of the Purdue-Michigan game on the 19th at Mackey Arena.


The WBCA recently released its academic rankings from last season, and the Hoosier State can proudly boast four of the top 25 academic women's basketball programs in the country.  Indiana State University (#3), Valparaiso University (#5), IUPUI (#17) and Ball State (#22) all made the grade in the national evaluation.



     

News thru Thursday, October 3

          

The field of top seniors is narrowing as more and more players make their choices known.
   
Senior standout Laura Gaybrick of Perry Meridian has committed to the University of Evansville.  Gaybrick joins Amanda DeVries of Kankakee Valley and Ashli Senff of Triton in what is shaping up to be a very nice recruiting class for the Aces and head coach Tricia Cullop.  Gaybrick, a 6'1 forward, chose Evansville over Bowling Green, Butler and Valparaiso.  She averaged 18.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season, helping lead the Falcons to a 18-6 record and a sectional championship.  She will be the offensive anchor of a very good Perry Meridian team that could see a top 10 state ranking headed into this season.  More in the Indianapolis Star and Evansville Courier-Press.
   
Another scoring standout from the Class of 2003, Ellen Hamilton of Greenfield-Central, has committed to Butler University.  Hamilton, who averaged over 24 points and four assists per game last season, chose the Bulldogs over Bowling Green and Valparaiso.  Hamilton, who has over 1,300 career points heading into her senior season, chose Butler because it is close to home and feels that new coach Beth Couture has a great vision for turning around the current status of the program, making the Bulldogs a perfect fit for the 5'10 shooting guard.  Hamilton joins point guard Jackie Closser of Alexandria for the 2003 Butler recruiting class.
   
According to the Indianapolis Star, Southport senior Michelle Bova intends to announce her commitment to St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer in the upcoming weeks.  The 5'9 guard/forward is one of several players who should keep Southport competitive in Conference Indiana this season.


Former Hanover Central coach Larry Govert has been hired to take over the reigns at Hammond Gavit this season.  According to The Times, Govert turned down the job when it was offered to him earlier this summer, but the persistence of the Gavit athletic office made him change his mind.  Although the school's career leading scorer, Leslie Tyburski, is now at Georgetown University, Govert should have a good group to work with this season.  Besides returning all-conference forward Jenae Glasper (6'2), Govert picks up Hammond sophomore transfer La'Tisha Saunders, a 6'2 presence in the paint that will give the Gladiators a formidable frontcourt.  Add to that two other returning guard starters in Christine White (5'8) and Megan Guerts (5'7), and Gavit could pick up right where they left off last season in the LAC.
   
Other head coach hirings that have come to our attention in the past couple of weeks include Greg Werner at Greenburg, Cheryl Pulver at Ft. Wayne Blackhawk, Scott Evans at Muncie Burris, and Gary Hanan at Perry Central.
   
Hoosier daughter and Indiana Fever player Stephanie McCarty (Seeger/Purdue) has been hired by new Logansport head coach Jerry Hoover as an assistant coach.  White should give a shot in the arm to the Berries program.  According to the Logansport Pharos-Tribune, McCarty will be given a wide-reaching role that will hopefully reinvigorate the girls basketball program there.   More in the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette.


Former Park Tudor standout Courtney Lickliter has transferred from Lewis University and will attempt to walk on at Butler, where she is now attending school.


Region Ramblings... Former Gavit coach Tom Spina says his new job, which requires a lot of traveling, is going well.  Spina talks to former Gavit standout Leslie Tyburski on a regular basis, and reports that she is "having a blast" at Georgetown in Washington, D.C.  Tyburski, who will be wearing No. 12, looks to have a very legitimate opportunity for a lot of minutes early with the Hoyas, as the shooting guard position appears to be wide open...  Hobart may benefit from the transfer of Latasha Harris, who comes to the Brickies from Chicago Vocational Tech.  Harris was her team's leading scorer last season in Chicago... Crown Point will also benefit from a transfer this season.  Senior Jessica Herdt will give additional depth to the Bulldogs roster after transferring from Wyoming, where she was a starting guard last season...  Crown Point grad and RRR daughter Alex Webster is keeping her parents on pins and needles, as they closely monitor the path of Hurricane Lili, the second hurricane to hit the Gulf in the past week.  Although Southern MIss, located in Hattiesburg, is nearly 60 miles inland from the Gulf, the eye of Tropical storm Isidore passed directly over the university last week (see graphic).  Lili, a Category 4 hurricane packing 140 mph winds, is expected to make landfall west of Mississippi, and we hope it continues that westward path.  Tornadoes we are used to; but this hurricane stuff is all new!  For those of you who have been asking, Alex is making a very good adjustment to college life and the intense schedule of a Division I athlete, but is still trying to get acclimated to the heat of the Gulf and the extreme politeness of the young gentlemen there.  (Mom and dad have no problem with this.)  She is highly anticipating the start of practice on October 12 and feels she is fitting in very well with the talents and personalities of her new teammates.


Former Horace Mann track standout Tracy Quinn was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, which attacks the soft tissues and bones.  Tracy has been receiving treatment in Indianapolis and is currently attending Indiana State University.  The financial burden of travel and treatment has hit the Quinn family very hard, and Mann girls basketball coach Michael Protho is chairing a committee to raise funds to defray medical expenses for Tracy not covered by insurance.  A fundraiser will take place this Saturday, October 5, at the First AME Church at 2001 Massachusetts Street in Gary.  For more information, contact Coach Protho at 219-882-5669 or 219-886-1445.  If you would like to mail a donation, please make your check payable to both Tracy Quinn and Mercantile Bank, and send it to Coach Michael Protho, Horace Mann High School, 528 Garfield Street, Gary, IN  46404.  We wish Tracy nothing but a positive prognosis in her battle with this rare affliction.


For those of you who follow the college game, WBBALLZ has put together a good matrix of the latest college preseason rankings out so far.  Indiana schools in the mix include Purdue and Notre Dame.  Also Tennessee's Shanna Zolman (Wawasee) has been named a preseason Top Freshman by WBBALLZ.


Evansville University will be hosting a coaches clinic on October 26th, 2002.  The clinic starts at 8:00 am and will include presentations from former Colorado State head coach Tom Collen, Southwestern (Hanover) head girls' basketball coach Donna Cheatham, North Knox head coach Rick Marshall and current Hoosier All-Stars and Indiana Storm AAU coach Deak Weaver. The clinic will include lunch as well as a presentation from Evansville head coach Tricia Cullop. The clinic will conclude with the Aces practice from 1:00-4:00pm.   Interested coaches can contact assistant women's basketball coach Stacy Frese-Huber in the UE women's basketball office at (812) 488-1142. They can also contact her via email at sf48@evansville.edu. The clinic registration fee is $25 for those who register prior to October 23, and $30 for registration the day of the clinic. For more information, visit the Evansville women's basketball website.


So you're a high school basketball player and are interested in playing NCAA basketball.  What are your chances?  According to the NCAA website, there are approximately 4,100 freshman roster positions available each year, and there are over 130,000 senior basketball players around the country vying for those positions.  Your chances?  One in about 31.  What are your chances of getting drafted to the WNBA?  One in about 5,000. 


 

 


 

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