Region Roundball Review

November, 1999
News & Updates
      

 


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News thru Tuesday, November 30

 

The November 29 ICGSA poll had some expected changes in 4A after a weekend of upsets.  Last week's No. 6 Martinsville and No. 8 Connersville dropped to the waiting list after key losses to Center Grove and Noblesville, respectively.  The upset by Center Grove propelled the Trojans to the No.  6 spot to replace Martinsville on the list.  From NWI, Highland held solid at No. 5, while Valpo moved up one spot to No. 8.  Munster made a first-time appearance with 4 votes in the poll.

     

In 3A, pretty much everything is the same as last week, although Columbia City edged out Roncalli by one vote to squeak in at the No. 10 spot.  The only NWI 3A team receiving votes is Griffith with 1.  Griffith could significantly raise their stock with a good showing against Highland on Friday.

    

In 2A, North Judson and North Newton traded the No. 2 and 3 positions, with NJ moving up one.  Interestingly, North Newton continues to receive one first place vote in the poll.  Rensselaer Central is new to the Top 10 at No. 9, and River Forest and Hanover Central received 3 and 2 votes, respectively.

   

In 1A, Rising Sun continues to receive the vote of confidence as the No. 1 team, while Northeast Dubois and Rossville enter the Top 10 as newcomers.  Kouts received 8 votes in the poll.


The South Bend Tribune is carrying another review of the South Bend Riley-LaPorte scoring marathon last week that put 195 points on the board between both teams.  In that game Riley freshman Crystal Norman set new school records, scoring 39 points (5 treys) and pulling down an amazing 25 rebounds to lead Riley to the OT win.  She is averaging 23.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game so far for Riley.  For LaPorte, senior Laura Mumma scored a career high 32 points and guard Brooke Reed added a career-high 26 points (6 treys).  No. 2 in 2A North Judson is also mentioned in the article, with standouts Kori Glass (18.2 ppg) and Kristie King (17 ppg) leading them to their current 4-1 record.


According to the Warsaw Times-Union, Tippecanoe Valley sophomore Tabitha Pratt, who had been averaging 27 ppg for her team up until the weekend, broke her leg during the championship game of TV's Thanksgiving Tournament and will be out for the next six weeks.  TV definitely felt the loss of Pratt in the final game, falling to Ft. Wayne Elmhurst 82-39.


Rochester senior Andrea Milliser will most likely join the 1000 point scoring club on today when she scores her 5th point of the ball game at Culver.  She has scored 995 points in 64 varsity contests, including a 5-11effort from three-point range at Lewis Cass last Tuesday.


The Crawfordsville Journal-Review is carrying a season updates after the first few weeks of games into the season.  Teams covered include Fountain Central (No. 7 in 2A), Southmont, North Montgomery, Crawfordsville, Turkey Run, and Covington.


A number of former Indiana high school players played key roles for Indiana State University over the weekend, including sharp-shooting freshman Kourtney Mennen (Clinton Prairie) who had 6 treys in their only win on the weekend.  You can read the recap of their 1-1 record in the San Diego State Tournament in the Terre Haute Tribune Star.


Franklin College freshman Jamie Sturgell (North Judson) only had two points in her teams last outing against Alma College over the weekend, but they were two of the most important points of the game.  Teetering on a 92-89 advantage in overtime with 10 seconds to go, Sturgell hit two free-throws to put any chance for a second overtime out of reach for Alma.  Leading scorer for the Grizzlies was sophomore Suzie Thompson (Speedway) who chipped in 15 points in the win, including 3 treys.  You can read more about the exciting win at the Franklin women's website.


Xavier freshman Amy Waugh (Homestead) recently made a strong contribution to her Musketeers team in a victory which gave them the championship trophy at the Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic.  In the 80-65 win over University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Waugh logged 19 points, 6 assists and  6 rebounds.  That performance, together with the following credentials, netted Waugh recognition as the A-10 Rookie of the Week:  Averaged 10.3 ppg and 5.0 apg on the week as XU remains undefeated with a 4-0 record...only freshman starter on team, she averaged 11.0 ppg and 6.0 apg at the Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic...played 37 minutes in Saturday's championship game versus UT-Chattanooga netting a career-high 19 points...shot .500 (8-16) from field and .833 (10-12) from foul line on the week.


News thru Monday, November 29

 

Some interesting developments during the week should significantly impact at least the 4A rankings in the ICGSA poll due out today.  Two 4A ranked teams, No. 6 Martinsville and No. 8 Connersville, both fell over the weekend to two unranked teams.   No. 1 Ben Davis played its first games of the season, and beat two ranked opponents handily, securing their top spot.  In NWI, both Valparaiso and Highland solidified their Top 10 positions with spotless records so far.  We will be posting the ICGSA poll as soon as we receive it today, probably early afternoon.



Crown Point junior Sarah Zondor defends the perimeter against  Warsaw's outside threat #14 Christy Colt on Saturday.  Zondor was high scorer for the winners with 20, while Colt paced Warsaw with 13.


A number of "barometer" games were played this weekend around the Region.  NWI teams playing teams from other areas around the state gave a measure of team strength from area to area.  The visiting Kokomo Kats, who had early success in their area with wins over Lafayette Jeff and McCutcheon, gave Lake Central their first loss of the season on Saturday.  (Lake Central had opened their season with convincing wins over Washington and Carmel.)  Crown Point traveled out to Plymouth last weekend, where they lost a very close one to the Pilgrims in OT, and then this past Saturday traveled east on U.S. 30 again, this time to Warsaw.  There they took a win from the previously unbeaten Tigers, who had chalked up two high-scoring victories over teams in their area.  This week, the out-of-area comparisons continue when Lake Central travels eastward to South Bend Riley on Saturday.  Also, one of our sources tells us that Lebanon, featuring Lafayette Jeff transfer Suzie Hammel, was at the Kokomo-LC game on Saturday to observe the Indians.  Lake Central will play at Lebanon on December 18. 


Some notable team and individual performances over the past week:  


The RRR is teaming with Regional Radio Sports Network (WEFM 95.9 FM) to get the word out about girls basketball and one another in the process.  RRSN will be broadcasting their first girls game of the season when Valparaiso visits Chesterton on Friday.  You can find the entire RRSN broadcast schedule for both girls and boys basketball this season on our site.  RRSN also puts out the free newsprint magazine Northern Indiana High School Sports Report all of you see from time to time at games in the northern part of the state.  The recent girls basketball issue sported the photos of a number of northern Indiana standouts including Stacy Byers (West Noble), Kasey Chamberlain (NorthWood), Jenny DeMuth (Highland), Kori Glass (North Judson), Jamie Gutowski (Andrean), Cathy Herring (Morton), Kelly Lane (Rensselaer), Kim McGinley (Morgan Township), Tracie Mezera (River Forest), Jennie Moppert (FW Luers), Mindy Pontius (Jimtown) and Shanna Zolman (Wawasee).


This can only qualify as the stuff that basketball dreams are made of.  Just about two short basketball seasons ago, former NWI standout Kelly Komara was lighting up the scoreboard at Lake Central High School.  On Sunday, she received the chance of a lifetime when she took the floor for Purdue to play against the likes of Lisa Leslie, Dawn Staley, Nikki McCray, Teresa Edwards and Ruthie Bolton-Holifield, just to name a few of the members of U. S. National Team.  Even though the Lady Boilermakers were taken to school in the 74-50 rout, Komara held her own with the greats, scoring 11 points in that outing.



Coach Muffett McGraw contemplates the action on the floor while Ruth Riley watches beside her.  Unfortunately for ND, Riley only was able to play in 18 minutes of a 40-minute game, but came out as the high scorer for ND with 16.  (RRR photo)


The RRR "staff" attended the Notre Dame-Illinois game on Saturday in Champaign-Urbana, and it was quite a show.  ND's Ruth Riley (North Miami) could not be stopped by the Illinois defense, but she was stopped by the officials.  After easily scoring 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the game, Riley was whistled for her second foul and sat the bench the remainder of the half.  Illinois took advantage and immediately came from behind to take the lead and never look back.  When Riley came back into the game at the half, she scored another 6 points, but ended up fouling out of the game and ND's chance at a rally was snuffed out.  If Riley could stay in a majority of their games, ND can go a long way.  But if she can't, her teammates are going to have to do a much better job of stepping up their own games in order for ND to get any respect without Riley on the floor.  


Notre Dame's Ruth Riley battles for position against the Illinois defense.  (RRR photo)


For Illinois, all of you would have greatly enjoyed the 28-point performance of sophomore Allison Curtin.  She is the ultimate blue-collar player, getting most of her points off of garbage rebounds against much bigger post players and on physical steals off of unwitting guards.  Interestingly, Coach Theresa Grentz states that Curtin was not a highly-recruited player in high school, but what impressed her was Curtin's basketball heart and smarts, together with incredible quickness.  When she signed Curtin, Grentz was razzed by a number of her coaching counterparts for her choice, but she is the one doing the razzing now.  You can hear an outstanding post-game audio by Grentz and a few of the Illinois players regarding their game attitude and team philosophy.  Some very insightful stuff for high school players who are looking for ways to improve their game with attitude.  Coach McGraw's post-game comments, together with comments from Ruth Riley, are also insightful for what ND must do to realize their potential.


Congrats are in order again to the Ball State Cardinals, who surprised again with their second tournament championship of the young college season.  Freshman Amy Zercher (NorthWood) was named to the College of Charleston Thanksgiving All-Tournament Team after a 14 point, 12 rebound performance in the first tournament round, and a 7 point, 3 rebound performance in the championship game.  You can read about the team's first ever 4-0 season start at the Ball State website.


Indiana fans will get to see two hometown girls go head to head on national television when No. 1 Connecticut takes on No. 8 Penn State Sunday at noon ET on ESPN.  Kennitra Johnson (New Albany), who just scored 17 points in the Huskies win over Old Dominion on Friday, and 1997 Miss Basketball Lisa Shepherd (Richmond), who scored 31 points, including 6 treys, in a recent win over St. Joseph's, will try to help their respective teams gain the winning edge.


News thru Friday, November 26

 

Highland junior center Lindsay Chappell is featured in The Times Prep Zone today.  Chappell was instrumental to the Trojans' win over Gary West Side in the Merrillville Regional last season, although it wasn't her free-throw shooting that helped them win.  In that game, Chappell went 2-12 from the charity stripe, although she had come into the game as a 69% free-throw shooter.  She worked hard on her game from the stripe this past summer, and as a result is logging in at about 85% (17-20) from the free-throw line through Highland's first four games this season.  


We hope you caught the 11:00 p.m. delayed broadcast of 2A No. 11 Hanover Central's win over 4A Lowell Wednesday night on Channel 56, because it's the only regular season girls game on that channel you will see this season.  To add to this unacceptable programming schedule for the girls is that the only reason the game was put on the air in the first place was because Hanover Central fans came up with a $400 pledge last March during one of the public station's pledge promotions.  According to the post-game wrap-up Wednesday, Channel 56 will carry a number of boys games during the season, but as far as we know, no pledges are required for the boys teams to be featured in a broadcast.  When are the programming gurus over there going to wake up and realize they are totally missing a hot market in NWI?  By the way, Hanover Central sophomore forward Julie Moniak scored a game-high 17 points in that game.  (Sorry about the digression... I'll get off my soapbox now.)


Statistical leaders for the Region are appearing in The Times today.  The top leaders* are as follows:

    

Scoring Average
(at least 2 games)
2-pt Percentage
(at least 10 attempts)
J. DeMuth (High) - 27.5 (55)
E. Martin (Kout) - 24.0 (48)
T.  Humphrey (Ham) - 19.3 (58) 
L. Hanson (Port) - 0.833
J. Smith (Gav) - 0.666
M. Pickering (Port) - 0.666
N. Yudt (Port) - 0.666
3-pt Percentage
(at least 4 attempts)
Free Throw Percentage
(at least 8 attempts)
N. Yudt (Port) - 1.000
A. Bernard (CP) - 0.750
M. Pickering (Port) - 0.600
J. Lackey (Morg) - 1.000
S. Hay (Mun) - 1.000
L. Chappell (High) - 0.909
Assists
(at least 2 games)
Steals
(at least 3 games)
A. Webster (CP) - 7.3 (29)
M. Pickering (Port) - 6.5 (13)
E. Sampsel (Val) - 6.5 (13)
T. Humphrey (Ham) - 8.7 (26)
L. Mitchell (Cal) - 4.3 (13)
A. Webster (CP ) - 3.8 (15)
Rebounds
(at least 3 games)
Blocks
(at least 3 games)
L. Mitchell (Cal) - 14.3 (43)
T. Humphrey (Ham) - 13.7 (41)
J. Lackey (Morg) - 11.3 (43)
J. Moniak (HC) - 2.3 (7)
L. Mitchell (Cal) - 1.7 (5)
M. Brumbaugh (HC) - 1.3 (4)
J. Kikkert (KV) - 1.3 (4)

*We have taken the leaders with the greatest number of games played so far in categories with a large amount of multiple leaders.  It appears that not all stats are up-to-date by the number of games shown as played for some players.


According to the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel, defending 2A state champ Bishop Luers has been awaiting the return of their 6'1 star center, Emily Loomis.  Loomis has been overseas visiting her sister in Tonga for the past couple of weeks.  The Knights have been hanging on so far without Loomis, winning their first 3 games, including a huge win over rival Homestead by 10 points.  The Knights will be happy to see her back this week, however, for their Tuesday game against South Adams.


A number of interesting matchups will be taking place around the state today, including North Judson at Chesterton, Andrean at Munster, Crown Point at Warsaw, Homestead at Huntington North, and No. 1 Ben Davis at steadily impressive Brownsburg.  In holiday tournament play, Columbus East, featuring All-Star candidate Karen Force, will be hosting Indianapolis Tech, New Palestine and Princeton.  Tomorrow, Kokomo is at Lake Central, and the East Chicago at Valparaiso game will be broadcast on WXRD (103.9) FM.  Over the weekend, we will be bringing you scores and recaps as they become available on-line.  Be sure to let us know the results of your team's game on our Report Scores posting board.


In the most recent edition of The Women's Basketball Journal, Purdue's 2000 recruiting class of six nationally-recognized seniors is ranked No. 1 in the nation.  (This does not reflect the on-line version of the rankings, which shows Purdue as No. 2.  Don't know why...)  Anyway, the rankings, which were created by All Star Girls Report (ASGR) analyst Mike White, gives point guard recruits Erika Valek and Cherrise Graham the highest marks in the Purdue haul.  White predicts that, "Valek and Grahm should start as freshmen, no doubt in my mind."  We would say that Purdue's current starting point guard, Kelly Komara (Lake Central), might have a word or two to say about that.  White also mentions Purdue signee Shalicia Hurns (Broad Ripple), stating that she "is another great athlete who is a great fit for Purdue.  She may be one of the big sleepers in this class."  No other Indiana schools were listed in the ASGR 2000 recruit rankings.


Two Midwest college powers, No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 12 Illinois, will be facing off tomorrow afternoon in Champaign, just a hop, skip and a jump for a lot of Indiana basketball fans on the west side of the state.  According to the South Bend Tribune, he head coaches of these two teams, tangling up for what is sure to be a battle, have a history together that makes the matchup even more interesting.  Notre Dame head coach Muffett McGraw played for Illinois head coach Theresa Grentz at St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia during the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons.  McGraw is hoping that 6'5 center Ruth Riley (North Miami) will be in playing shape for tomorrow after suffering an ankle sprain that has been hampering her game.  You can read about how Notre Dame is preparing for this battle at the Lady Irish website.


Purdue's Kelly Komara (Lake Central) is featured on the front page of the Post-Tribune sports section today.  Unfortunately, the article is not appearing on-line.  Basically put, Komara is taking on a familiar leadership role with the Lady Boilermakers this season, after playing a supporting role last season off the bench.  With regard to her role as a leader, Komara says, "Basically, I've been that type of player my whole career.  I've always been the point guard, been the one in charge."


For all of you Kennitra Johnson (New Albany) fans, you can catch your hometown star on ESPN2 today at 4:00 p.m. ET, when Connecticut takes on Old Dominion in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic final.


The Valpo University ladies, featuring a number of area players including key contributing frosh Jeanette Gray (Valparaiso), are getting some nice local coverage in The Times this season, and their games are previewed for the upcoming week.


News thru Thursday, November 25

 

Happy Thanksgiving!
No News updates today...
(Don't eat too much turkey!)


News thru Wednesday, November 24

 

According to the South Bend Tribune, sisters Jackie and Margaret Batteast helped the South Bend Washington Panthers put in some strong numbers in their first two games this season.  Jackie is averaging 22.5 points and an amazing 20.5 rebounds per game, while sister Margaret is averaging 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game from the point guard position.  The Batteast sisters aren't the only weapons in the SBW arsenel, with seniors Kenisha Gunn and Simone Benion averaging 18 points per game apiece as well.  The Panthers recently defeated Duneland Athletic member LaPorte in a close contest by a score of 75-72.  Although LaPorte is not traditionally considered a power in the DAC, they might be out to prove everyone wrong with a near win over a respected program like SBW on the Panthers' home court.  Leading the way for the Slicers against SBW was senior forward Laura Mumma, who scored 33 points in that outing.  South Bend Washington, who moved up to 4A this season, may see LaPorte again in Sectional 3 at Portage in February.


Another sister act that is beginning to take shape in the same part of the state is the duo of junior Kasey and sophomore Katie Chamberlin of defending 3A state champ NorthWood.  Kasey, a starter for the Black Swish last season, teamed with younger sister Katie last night to win their season opener against Memorial 66-33.  Katie scored 24 points as high scorer for the game, many off of sister Kasey's assists at point guard.  


No. 1 Ben Davis will have their season opener tonight against Roncalli at home.  The much anticipated debut of the highly touted trio of Shyra Ely, Ashley Allen and Sara Strahm will be closely watched by teams who are on the Giants' schedule this season, as well as by basketball fans around the state.  Watch for the Giants to make a strong statement in their first outing against the Roncalli Rebels, No. 9 in 3A.


Pat McKee of the Indianapolis Star reports on Ball State's great start to the season, as well as some college updates on former Indiana players:

 

Indiana State's Shana Sparks (Connersville) is out for the season with an ACL injury, and Vicennes sophomore Denise McDonald (Pike) will attend Murray State next season.  Six games into the season, McDonald is averaging 16.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. 


Also, with regard to Ball State, the Cardinals garnered some votes in the AP women's college poll this week, the first time that has happened in the 25-year history of the BSU women's basketball program.


It was a rematch of two of the best players from NWI from two of the best programs in the Region when Purdue soph Kelly Komara (Lake Central) and Valparaiso frosh Jeanette Gray (Valparaiso) met last night at Mackey Arena.  Just as in high school, Komara's team came out on top with a commanding 63-42 win.  Gray was helpful to the Crusaders, however, with 10 points and 5 rebounds in 31 minutes of play.  Valparaiso's Jill Campbell (Chesterton) was the leading scorer in the game with 14 points, while 11 players scored for Purdue, however, none in double figures.  The Times has a recap of the game, as well as some game notes about Valparaiso, including a few comments about the Komara-Gray meeting.  The Times also has an interesting commentary and retrospective by Sean P. Hayden about the Region players that were a part of the game.  You can view the official game recap and box scores at the Purdue women's basketball website.


Xavier frosh Amy Waugh (Homestead) recently helped her team to its first win of the season against Wisconsin-Green Bay by a score of 62-54.  Waugh started for the Musketeers and had 15 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds, with only 1 turnover, in 38 minutes of play.


The Shelbyville News is reporting on a number of former area grads playing college basketball, including Amber Meal (Triton Central) and Delena White (Southwestern).


Indiana University Northwest is looking for a few good players for next season.  Coaches and/or parents of players who might be a good fit for this team, currently in its first year of competition, should contact either Head Coach Randy Nisen or Assistant Coach Ray Kang by e-mail at rkang79548@aol.com.


News thru Tuesday, November 23

 

The ICGSA Poll was released yesterday afternoon, and there was some significant movement in 4A and 2A.  Region teams Highland and Valparaiso made the biggest leaps, moving into the No. 5 and 9 spots, respectively, in 4A.  Ben Davis still leads the pack at No. 1 even though they have not yet played a single game.  Indianapolis Cathedral still stands tall at No. 1 in 3A, and as a side note, Griffith appears for the first time in 3A with some votes after a strong beginning to the season.

 

In 2A, North Newton picked up two first-place votes, but is still sandwiched between No. 1 Luers and No. 3 North Judson.  Hanover Central fell off the Top 10 and into the "Other" column, after two losses to start the season.  Popping up into the Top 10 for the first time are Triton Central at No. 7, Lewis Cass at No. 9 and Frankton at No. 10.  Also, River Forest continues to receive a few votes, but with a smaller tally than last week.

 

In 1A, not much has changed except that White River Valley moved up two spots to No. 4, and Lakeview Christian moved up two as well to No. 6 after a strong showing over the weekend.  Tri enters the Top 10 for the first time, and Kouts picked up two more votes in the "Other" column. 


We have updated our RRR Top 12 and Best Upcoming Games & Events for the current week.  Also, we are continuing to take votes in our Preseason Sectional Fan Polls, and will do so through the first half of the season.  All results will be cleared and a second voting period will begin with the start of the new millenium -- provided all of our computers are still working around that time!


Due to the recent NCAA recruiting calendar changes, which reduce the number of summer evaluation days for college coaches from 45 to 24 days (July 8-31), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association has announced that it will be suspending its prestigious non-partisan summer camp program next summer.  Citing an awareness that prospective student-athletes may become over-extended in competition and camps during the summer, the WBCA will re-evaluate its camp program.  According to WBCA President and Illinois head coach, Theresa Grentz, "The WBCA will assess the needs of its constituency while seeking ways to promote other opportunities for girls in the future."  The invitation-only camps, considered one of the top honors for college prospects during the summer, were an outstanding opportunity to be observed by WBCA college members, as well as for athletes to pick up a number of important factors related to recruiting at the intensive mandatory lectures held during those camps.  


Lots of news from the college front:

    

Indications are that Ball State's plans to turn around its women's program are taking shape earlier than expected.  BSU assistant coach Tracy Roller tells us that the Cardinals made recent history with a victory over Minnesota at the Minnesota Regal Classic on Saturday.  The win against the tournament host was the first Big Ten win for the Cardinals in 18 years.  BSU is off to a better than expected start, winning the tournament on a last second shot, and is optimistic for the upcoming season.  Junior Christy Jones (Muncie Central), who was featured recently in the Muncie Star Press with a return to basketball after a 2-year hiatus, was named the tournament MVP with  33 points and 11 rebounds in two games.  Jones was also named the MAC Player of the Week.  (Not a bad way to return to the game!)  Sophomore Shannon Copeland (Evansville North) was named to the All-Tournament Team, and freshman  Amy Zercher (NorthWood) scored 16 points and had 9 rebounds in her first collegiate outing.  You can read more about BSU's outstanding performance in the tournament at the BSU website.


By the way, BSU head coach Brenda Oldfield will be fielding questions in an on-line chat session this evening at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Ball State University  website.  Just follow the links to the chat room when you get there.


According to Associate Head Coach Curt Miller of Colorado State, freshman Elizabeth English (Rushville) is close to making a decision on whether or not to red-shirt for the season due to an aggravated knee injury.  Colorado State lost their season  opener to Michigan 69-65.  Freshman Jackie Campbell (Chesterton) logged four minutes of play in the loss.


Former Lafayette Jeff standout and Indiana All-Star Janette Jacques is now a starter for the Dayton Flyers and recently logged 4 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal in 20 minutes in the Flyers' near upset of Purdue last week.  A self-professed lifetime Purdue fan, the 6'1 Dayton senior had to put her Boilermaker loyalty away for a night while her Flyers put the screws to the defending National Champ guests, who barely escaped on a last-second shot by Katie Douglas (Perry Meridian).  Jacques has explored another talent during her college career -- website design -- and is currently authoring a Dayton Flyers web page called "Flyer Beat" to keep her family, friends and fans up-to-date on the more personal aspects of the team.   You can read more about Jacques at Boiler Hoops.


According to the News-Sun, former DeKalb standout Maria Recker was instrumental to a Michigan State last second win over Alabama in the championship game of the Michigan State University Classic on Saturday.  She "came out of nowhere," according to MSU head coach Karen Langeland, picked up the offensive rebound and put up a short jumper with .8 of a second left on the clock to give the Spartans the championship 73-72 over Alabama.  Recker scored 10 points and had 3 rebounds in 24 minutes of play.


News thru Monday, November 22

        
The ICGSA Poll will be out today.  Be sure to check back later in the day.  We will be posting it as soon as we receive it.  


According to an RRR regular, Kokomo's Latisha Poulard has signed with Division  II University of Missouri at Rolla on a full-ride scholarship.  Our regular states that Poulard chose a D2 program over Colgate and Cleveland State because she liked their athletic and academic programs and will probably be right in the mix of things when her collegiate career begins next season.


According to the Muncie Star Press, Yorktown's Jama Gilmore signed last week to play with IUPUI next season.  The 6'5 center, who is also a volleyball standout, averaged 17.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game last season, while shooting a strong 63% from the field.  Citing a strong academic program and the chance to be close enough to home so her parents could watch her play, Gilmore is glad to get the decision behind her.


Terre Haute North's junior guard tandem Megan Boland and Leslie Brentlinger are highlighted in an article in the Terre Haute Tribune Star


Muncie area schools are briefly previewed in the Muncie Star Press, including Central, Burris and South.


New Ball State head coach Brenda Oldfield signed her first recruiting class last week, which includes seniors Johna Goff of Mt. Vernon and Jessica Reiter of Penn.  She discusses the new class of recruits on the Ball State women's website.


After she was considered unlikely to play in the Valparaiso University opener due to an eye injury, freshman Jeanette Gray (Valparaiso) made an appearance after all in the Lady Crusader's season opener against UIC on Friday.  In her regular season debut, the freshman led the team in scoring with 11 points and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes of play.  Gray will get her first taste of Big Ten college basketball when Valparaiso travels to Lafayette to play the Purdue Boilermakers on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.  The Crusaders are 1-1 after a loss to Detroit yesterday, and the Boilermakers are 2-0 after two come-from-behind wins against Dayton and Vanderbilt to start the regular season.  Katie Douglas (Perry Meridian) has been on a scoring tear with 56 points total in the first two games of the season.  Region standout Kelly Komara (Lake Central) is averaging 39 minutes per game so far, is scoring in double figures and leads the Lady Boilermakers in steals.


News thru Friday, November 19

        

We have (finally) posted our 2003 Players to Watch.  Since it is early in the season, we may be missing a number of the freshmen who should be on the 2003 list, but we will be updating it throughout the season. 


The Michigan City Wolves were previewed in the Michigan City News Dispatch yesterday.  The young Wolves pulled out the Region-area underdog upset of the year by defeating highly-ranked Portage in Sectional 3 last season, but eventually fell to Hobart in the sectional championship game.  Coach Terry Strawbridge will be trying to pick up where they left off last season with a very young squad that is eager to improve.  They could be the surprise in the Duneland Conference this season.  Helping the cause will be sophomore twin towers Kelley Smith and Johanna Holley.  Both over 6'0 and with good physical size, these two are still learning the ropes in the post, but will be the Wolves bread and butter over the next three years.


Shelbyville's Bethany Smith is having a red-letter week, having been featured in not one, but two articles on-line, and garnering the Shelbyville News Female Athlete of the Week honor for her 28-point performance against Greensburg last weekend.  The Indianapolis Star and the Shelbyville News both give a fine review of the junior, who worked very hard over the summer to improve her offensive game.


Cascade sophomore guard Danielle Vieira is making a name for herself in the Indianapolis area.  The 5'11 guard scored 20 points in a win over Northwest on Saturday.  The Indianapolis Star is featuring her in an article from Thursday's sports news.


We mentioned yesterday that Julie Johnson of Homestead had signed with St. Francis (Ft. Wayne).  You can read the official press release by St. Francis here.


A number of southern Indiana teams are being previewed in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, including Cannelton, Tell City, Heritage Hills, South Spencer, and Tell City (again).


According to the Gary Post-Tribune, Valpo University freshman Jeanette Gray will most likely not be playing the the Lady Crusader's regular season opener today at University of Illinois-Chicago.  The freshman guard received a nasty poke to the eye last weekend in the first half of an exhibition game against the Reebok Lady Stars and never returned to the floor in that game in the second half.  Gray has not been back to practice since, and has experienced some bleeding around the eye.  Best wishes from the RRR staff for a quick and full recovery.  Also mentioned in the P-T is that UIC freshman guard Kristin Cheairs (Gary West Side) is working hard to get academically eligible so that she may join her teammates for the second half of the season.


St. Joe's Karen Morrisroe (Morgan Township) is featured in an article in The Times.  The sophomore guard will be playing her first college game this weekend after sitting out a year due to an ACL injury.  Morrisroe made it through only the first five minutes of her first official college practice last season before the injury put her college basketball career on hold.


Former Muncie Central standout Christy Jones left her basketball career behind after high school graduation, having been burned out her senior year as a dual-sport athlete in basketball and swimming in 1996-97.  Wanting to be " just a student" in college, Jones transferred to hometown college Ball State after one year at IU, with no intentions whatsoever of playing basketball.  But head coach Brenda Oldfield had different ideas, and after repeated attempts, was finally able to convince Jones to become a Cardinal.  The 5'11 Jones is familiarizing herself with the game again, but is doing so well that she will most likely have a starting spot at power forward when Ball State opens against Minnesota on Saturday.  You can read more in the Muncie Star Press.


Purdue opens their regular season against Dayton on the road tonight.  You can read about it in the Indianapolis Star.


And by the way, in a 10-year game, the Crown Point School Board and administration had a slam dunk in Indy yesterday, defeating the anti-build protesters by a score of 4-0.  (The State Tax Board hearing officers voted unanimously for approval of plans for a new CPHS... yeehah!)


News thru Thursday, November 18

        
News coverage and scores coverage will be much abbreviated today, as I am heading to Indianapolis to convince the State Tax Control Board that Crown Point needs a new high school.  Everyone wish me luck!


Homestead senior Julie Johnson (5'6 G) signed Tuesday with the University St. Francis (Ft. Wayne).  Johnson averaged 12 points and 4 assists per game as a junior and is a Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State Third Teamer.  Yesterday was the last day of the early signing period.  The late signing period will be from April 12 to May 15, 2000.


The Terre Haute Tribune-Star is featuring a special Basketball Tipoff page on its regular news site.  There you will find team previews for Terre Haute South, Terre Haute North, West Vigo, Clay County, Vermillion County and Sullivan County.  Also, the MIC is covered, together with a special feature article about Lindsay Secrest of Bloomfield.


News thru Wednesday, November 17

        
Highland junior Jenny DeMuth and North Newton senior Kristi Koselke have been named Top Players to Watch in Indiana by USA Today.  A total of 18 players from Indiana were named in USA Today's preseason coverage, although not a single Indiana player was ranked in their Preseason Super 25 Players.  Also, Ben Davis is ranked at No. 6 in USA Today's Super 25.  The only Region team on the Giants' schedule this season is Crown Point, who will face Ben Davis in the Ben Davis Holiday Tournament on December 30.

 

Jacqueline Batteast, 6-0, Washington (South Bend)
Mary Blessing, 5-8, Decatur Central, (Indianapolis)
Jessica Brock, 5-11, Rising Sun
Jenny DeMuth, 5-10, Highland, Jr.
Shyra Ely, 6-2, Ben Davis (Indianapolis), Jr.
Johna Goff, 5-5, Mount Vernon (Fortville)
Lynne Johnson, 5-10, Corydon
Kristi Koselke, 6-0, North Newton (Morocco)
Andrea Milliser, 5-9, Rochester
Connie Myers, 5-10, Columbia City
Sara Nord, 5-4, Jeffersonville
Jessica Reiter, 6-1, Penn (Mishawaka)
Abby Scharlow, 5-8, New Albany
Cara Smith, 6-1, Harrison (West Lafayette)
Sara Strahm, 5-10, Ben Davis (Indianapolis)
Anna Waugh, 5-8, Franklin
Stacey White, 5-11, Seeger (West Lebanon)
Shanna Zolman, 5-9, Wawasee (Syracuse), So.


In the hectic pace of getting used to the rhythm of game coverage again this past week, we just simply forgot to post our RRR Top 12 for the Region and State for Monday.  That is now available and (if we don't slip again), it will be posted each Monday throughout the season.


Notre Dame's Ruth Riley (North Miami) was recently named to Sports Line/Lindy's All-American Second Team.  Riley was taking questions on a live chat session yesterday.  You can view the transcript from that session at ESPN.


The Evansville Courier Press is featuring an article about Evansville University sophomore Tami Masterson (Plainfield) and how she has taken her game to a new level for the Lady Aces.   You can follow the Lady Aces on their website throughout the season.


News thru Tuesday, November 16

        

Times photo illustration by Matt EricksonThe Times out of Munster has its high school girls basketball special edition in today's newspaper, with its selections of Top 10 NWI teams and its Preseason All-Area Team.  Bucking popular choice Highland as the Region favorite, The Times selects veteran squad Munster as the team to beat in NWI.  Some would say that the argument will be settled very soon when these two teams meet on Friday.  But it IS early in the season and these two teams could look very different when they face a possible matchup in Sectional 1 in February, so don't close the door on either team after this week's outcome.  Nonetheless, the Munster Dome will be rocking on Friday when Highland brings in all-area favorite Jenny DeMuth with a great supporting cast of starters, but which also includes four untested freshmen on the roster.  Munster's super senior seven will be playing their swan song season in 1999-2000, the memories of which they hope will be ones they will savor for a long, long time to come.  

 

Times Preseason
Top 10
Times 1999-2000 Preseason
All-Area Team

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

Melanie Brumbaugh, Sr. 5'11 G, Hanover Central
Jenny DeMuth
, Jr. 5'10 G/F, Highland
Stephanie Gill
, Sr. 5'10 F, Munster
Jamie Gutowski
, So. 5'6 G, Andrean
Susan Hay
, Sr. 5'7 G, Munster
Cathy Herring
, Sr. 5'8 G, Hammond Morton
Kristi Koselke
, Sr. 6'0 G, North Newton
Erica Martin
, Jr. 5'8 F, Kouts
Tracie Mezera
, Sr. 5'6 G, River Forest
Rina Molina
, Sr. 5'11 G, Highland
Erin Sampsel
, Sr. 6'0 G, Valparaiso
Kimberly Smith
, Jr. 5'10 F, Gary West Side
Alex Webster
, So. 5'9 G, Crown Point
Mariel Yekich
, Sr. 5'7 G, Lake Central
Natalie Yudt
, Sr. 6'1 G, Portage
Sarah Zondor
, Jr. 5'7 G, Crown Point

     

The Times also gives the Region Roundball Review some generous and much appreciated publicity in an accompanying article in its sports section today.  If you'd like to know how this whole website was started, this article gives you the gist of it!



Valpo's Courtney Rosenbaum, Allison Mosak and  Dana Lippelt (L-R) put the defensive pressure on Washington's Emily Stamps and Jennifer Arnold in the Valpo Tip-Off Classic on Saturday.


The RRR caught some of the action at the Valpo Tip-Off Tourney over the weekend, where Region teams Valpo and Lake Central made a NWI sweep on the day over visiting Carmel and Washington. 

   

Valpo took on Washington first and, after a slow start which saw them behind by 4 at the half, Valpo broke it open in the third quarter, outscoring the Hatchets 19-5.  The post play of juniors Lee Traynham and Courtney Rosenbaum, together with the passing of senior point guard Erin Sampsel, fueled the Valpo comeback and secured the win.  For Washington, junior guard Lori Arnold paced the Hatchets in the first half when she scored the bulk of her 15 points for the game, but the hot hand went cold in the second half allowing Valpo to regain the lead.  Senior Adair Hudson led Washington in scoring with 16.

    


GIMME THE BALL!  Lake Central's Mariel Yekich (5'8 G) was unstoppable at the Valpo Tip-Off Classic on Saturday, scoring 53 points on the day.


In the second game, Lake Central took on the Greyhounds of Carmel, which looked to be trouble for the Indians after they fell behind 24-16 after a furious first quarter of scoring by both teams.  Coming to the rescue was LC senior Mariel Yekich, who turned on the afterburners to take over the game for the Indians offense.  The 5'8 senior guard went wild, scoring 26 points in the game to pull out a tight finish for the Indians by a score of 58-56.  Yekich went on to score another 27 in the second game of the day for LC against Washington, giving her a cool 53 points for the day.  Senior Leah Boehme was the leading scorer for Carmel with 16, followed by Brandi Hollingsworth with 11 before she fouled out of the game.  Making her varsity debut was promising freshman Kristen Seright, who nearly turned the tables for the Greyhounds with a critical steal and bucket in the closing minutes of the game.  She looks to be a future star for Carmel.


Other performances of note over the weekend from around the state:  Wawasee's Shanna Zolman scored 50 points to break her own school record from last season for scoring in a single game.  (You can read her interesting comments regarding the game in the Warsaw Times-Union.)  Also, the Class of 2003 is being heard from with high-scoring performances by three freshmen.  In nearby Culver Community, 5'2 Stacy Stevens lit it up for 39 points in her varsity debut against South Central to secure a victory for the Cavaliers.  At Beech Grove, highly-touted 6'0 freshman guard Katie Gearlds put away 32 points in a win over Indian Creek, and not to be outdone, 5'11 freshman Liz Honegger of Lafayette Jeff matched Gearlds point-for-point in a close win over Anderson.


A team preview for the Pike Red Devils is appearing in the Plainfield Flyer.  Pike had a good showing over the weekend, going 2-0 against Greenwood and  Bloomington South.  Key players for the Red Devils this season are high-scoring junior slasher Nina Stone and flashy freshman point guard Miranda Green.


If you didn't already catch it, we posted the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA) state poll yesterday afternoon.   We are now on the media distribution list and should be able to bring it to you in a timely manner throughout the season.  Thanks to Portage coach Reneé Turpa of the ICGSA for helping us attain approval for "real media" status with the Association so that we may bring it to you.  You can access the poll anytime from our home page, or from the blue navigation bar to the left.


We are continuing to link game stories to scores on our Game Scores & Recaps page as they become available.  And don't forget to check out our Best Upcoming Games & Events, with a list of the best games to buy a ticket for in the Region this coming week.


For those of you out there who are encroaching age 30 and have maybe wondered what it would be like to play women's college basketball, you need to talk to Kim Ellis of Joliet, Illinois.  The 27-year-old part-time college student is on the roster for Purdue Calumet this season as a guard for the Lakers.  As The Times reports, Purdue Cal will be rebuilding this season after the departure of Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Rita Harper.


News thru Sunday, November 14

        

The first ICGSA Coaches Poll with votes from coaches around the state will be out tomorrow around noon, and because the RRR is now on the ICGSA media distribution list, we will be bringing it to you as soon as we get it.  With a few upsets in the first round of action, including No. 5 Mt. Vernon's (3A) 1-point win over No. 2 Connersville (4A) on Thurdsay and No. 9 White River Valley's trouncing of No. 4 Eminence in 1A last night, there could be some adjustments showing up in all the ratings.  If you would like to know how the polling process takes place, you can read our original RRR Hardcourt Report about the ICGSA poll.


The South Bend Tribune is carrying a number of previews.  4A  move-up South Bend Washington, with 2001 Miss Basketball candidate Jackie Batteast, will be looking to improve on last season's finish, when they were soundly ousted by eventual state champ Northwood in the 3A Penn Regional.  Batteast was the S. Bend Player of the Year last season and if her supporting cast can get her the ball, they should improve.  Jackie's sister, Margaret Batteast, will be taking on the point guard duties this season for the Panthers in her high school debut.  Also previewed are Penn, featuring Indiana All-Star candidate Jessica Reiter, and Mishawaka.


The McCutcheon Mavericks are previewed in the Lafayette Journal & Courier.  With three sophomores and six freshmen making up the bulk of the roster, and only one returning starter, Kory Tull (5'9 F), the Mavs will be hoping to improve as  the season progresses.  


The Columbus Republic has season previews for a number of teams in that area, including Jennings County, Columbus North, and Hauser


A bit of news from the college front.  According to Associate Head Coach Curt Miller at Colorado State, Elizabeth English (Rushville) is currently contemplating red-shirt status for the current season.  Knee problems seem to be the cause, and she is expected to make a decision soon.  As Coach Miller relays, "If she red shirts she has a chance to be freshman of the year next season and probably a four time conference award winner.  Right now she is working hard to find playing time with two outstanding senior guards."


Don't forget to catch the State Farm Tip-Off Classic women's college opener on ESPN today.  North Carolina State take on Rutgers at 12 noon (1:00 p.m. EST) and April McDivitt (Connersville) and her Tennessee Lady Vols take on tough Louisiana Tech at 2:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. EST).


A special thanks to all who posted on the RRR Report Scores board this past week.  It was a tremendous success for the first week of games and a great way to get game results without having to wait for the next day's paper.  Keep up the posts and we will be the best informed high school basketball fans in the nation!  (Don't ya love Indiana high school girls basketball?!?)


News thru Friday, November 12

        

Jessica Reiter of Penn has put her name on the dotted line to be a Ball State Cardinal next season.  As reported in the South Bend Tribune, Reiter says, "Ball State has a great facility and a coach trying to turn them around. It's exciting to be a part of that.''  Reiter's long-time teammate, Angela Knight, is also mentioned in the Tribune article after signing a commitment to Purdue's softball program.  Hobart fans might grudgingly remember Knight as the player who put in the buzzer-beater for Penn to give the Kings(wo)men the win at last season's Penn Regional.


Another senior who has made it official is Mary Blessing of Central Decatur.  As reported in the Evansville Courier Press, the 5'8 guard is expected to bring some depth and excitement to the point guard position for the Evansville Aces next season.


The LaPorte Herald-Argus previews the efforts of first-year coach Greg Samuelson to rebuild the LaPorte Lady Slicer program after the exit of an outstanding graduating class there.  New Prairie and a few other LaPorte area teams are previewed as well.



Wawasee's Shanna Zolman (31.9 ppg) will have to carry the scoring burden for her team again this season.  The next highest scoring average on the Warriors' team is 2.0 ppg.


The Northern Indiana Conference and Elkhart Memorial are previewed in the South Bend Tribune.  NorthWood, last season's 3A State Champ, and Wawasee, featuring sophomore sensation Shanna Zolman, will be two of the most-watched teams in that conference -- NorthWood, to see if they can come close to the caliber of last season's team, and Wawasee, to see if Zolman can take her team further than the first round of sectionals this go-round.  NorthWood returns a strong nucleus in returning starters Carol Duncan (6'1 C) and Kasey Chamberlin (5'7 G).  Zolman will again have to carry the load for the Warriors with the next highest varsity player average logging in at only 2.0 ppg.  Elkhart Memorial will be trying to improve on a 13-10 record from last season and challenge some of the bigger names in the NIC.  Memorial opens their season at home against Munster on Saturday.


The Lafayette Jeff Bronchos are previewed in the Journal and Courier.  A nice addition to that team is 5'11 freshman forward Liz Honegger, who has an excellent shot at a starting position for the Bronchos this season.  Central Catholic is previewed in the Journal and Courier as well.


Huntington North is previewed in the Herald Press.  The Vikings are looking to improve upon last season's 14-11 record and definitely has the horses and experienced players to do that.  HN lost up-and-comer Alexa Shields to a move, but gained Adams Central transfer Jamie Grogg, who averaged 11 ppg last season.  Good things are expected by Coach Jon Lippe from Grogg, who states in the Press, “She’s as good as any pure shooter I’ve had, and that includes Sarah MacKay and Amy Waugh.  If she goes three in a row, I anticipate three more right after that. She understands the game and has fit in here perfectly. She’s been a great addition.”  The Vikings open their season against Ft. Wayne Leo tomorrow.


Martinsville Coach Jan Conner gives insight to rebuilding another powerhouse group in the Bloomington Hoosier Times.


The Southwestern Spartans and senior center Brisha Stevens are previewed in the Shelbyville News.  Also, the Princeton Clarion is previewing the Wood Memorial Lady Trojans and the Gibson Southern Lady Titans.


A few Peru-area teams are briefly previewed in the Peru Tribune with outlooks for games this week. 


The Muncie Press is featuring an editorial about the lack of women basketball coaches in the greater Muncie area.  Only three of the 22 Muncie area teams are sporting female coaches.


Whether you're a female or male coach, the following is definitely a quote to pass on to your players when you have to play in that David and Goliath game -- and you're David.  When the U. S. Olympic team (Goliath) was to play Pat Summit's Lady Vols (David -- well, in context, anyway), no one really expected an upset.  But that's just what the Lady Vols did.  They beat the best team in the world.  The winning shot was made by freshman Kara Lawson, who had this to say after the game:  

 

"I've been taught by my dad from day one that whether it's the Olympic team or a 7-year-old kid, you've got to believe that you're the best player on the court. We wanted to believe we were capable of beating this team. If you go out there with a loser's mentality against the U.S. Olympic team, you've already lost."

 

Wow.  Good job, Daddy Lawson.

 

(You can read the entire article about the Lady Vols victory over the U. S. Olympic team at GoVols.)


News thru Thursday, November 11

        

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has released its announcement regarding the official signing of Portage senior Natalie Yudt.  According to head coach Ken Borseth, "We are extremely happy that Natalie Yudt has chosen to attend UW-Green Bay. She is a very multi-talented player both on offense and defense, and we will user her in that capacity. She handles the ball well, she distributes the ball well and she defends well. In my mind, she will be an impact player both for our team and in the conference."  (The RRR was honored to be included in the announcement for ranking Yudt as one of our Top 20 seniors in the state.)


Kristi Koselke of North Newton will make it official today when she signs with Valparaiso University.  According to The Times, the 6'0 guard/forward has been waiting for this day and is anxious to get the signing behind her.  Valparaiso will sign three other recruits besides Koselke in order to fill in their roster that will see a mass exit of seniors after this season.


The South Bend Tribune is featuring an article about Bridget Pluta of South Bend St. Joseph's.  The senior averaged double-double figures of 19 points and 13 rebounds, and is expected to carry a big load for the Indians this season.  Pluta and her St. Joseph's team could see Region-area teams Andrean, Gary Mann, Gary Wirt, Kankakee Valley and New Prairie in Sectional 18 come February.


Purdue recruit Shalicia Hurns of Broad Ripple was ranked in the Top 50 Class of 2000 by ESPN.  Hurns, a 6'2 guard/forward, came in at No. 41 as the top recruit in Indiana.  


According to Coach Greg Whitton of Lakeview Christian, senior point guard Kristen Whitton has signed a letter of intent to play for Indiana Wesleyan University and new Head Coach Steve Brooks next season.  Whitton averaged 19. 4 ppg last season, and is expected to join the 1,000 Point Club this season.


The Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel has an outstanding and very comprehensive girls preview put together, covering a wide range of teams in that area.  Other team previews continue to appear on-line featuring West Lafayette in the Journal & Courier, Bloomington North and Bloomfield in the Hoosier Times, Sheridan and Martinsville (with a host of other Metro West teams) in the Indianapolis Star, Howard County teams in the Kokomo Tribune, Logansport area teams in the Pharos-Tribune, and Rochester and other area teams in the Rochester Sentinel.  Also, some Elkhart area teams are previewed in the Elkhart Truth, including NorthWood, which lost 20 players from last season's girls program.


The Connersville News-Examiner is carrying a preview to the Connersville-Mt. Vernon game, which will be played tonight in C-ville.  This game, originally scheduled for Friday, was moved due to the appearance of Mt. Vernon's football team in the regional that same day.  Mt. Vernon shocked the highly-ranked Spartans early on last season, handing them a defeat that put Connersville on notice.  This matchup will see a number of highly-regarded players, including Mt. Vernon's All-Star candidate Johna Goff, and backcourt general, Alyssa Kirby, as well as Connersville's returning standout trio of Jenny Cooper, Maria Renner, and Missy Taylor.  Connersville also has a new coach on the sideline this season, former Spartan standout Mandy Calihan.  You can also read about Calihan's return to her alma mater in the News-Examiner.


Several on-line articles are also appearing about college signings, including Valparaiso in The Times, and Purdue in the Indianapolis Star.  Purdue ended up with some surprise signings on the first signing day which will make the Lady Boilermakers recruiting class of 2000 one of the best in the nation. 


ESPN is carrying an outstanding college preview for those of you who are following the college game.


The NCAA has announced that it will be launching a new website covering women's and men's college basketball on November 19.  The website will cover Divisions I, II and III, and can be reached at www.ncaabasketball.net a week from Friday.


The Indianapolis Star reports that the WNBA has announced its format for the draft to include the four new expansion teams next summer.  The format could allow Stephanie McCarty to return to her Hoosier State, if the Charlotte Hornets do not protect her in the draft.  The draft order will be determined next Monday morning by a random drawing. 


News thru Wednesday, November 10

        

The Indianapolis Star debuted its girls basketball preview edition yesterday, and there are a number of articles about teams, players and coaches.  Here's the list for some interesting reading:

 

Ben Davis, Cathedral are dominant teams again

Opener pits coach against former team

Veteran coach develops winners on and off the court

New Albany, Connersville should be good again

Aggressive play helps Mooresville senior

Gearlds ready to play


The Indianapolis Star has also posted the first ICGSA girls basketball poll, which mirrors the 4A through 1A polls in Hoosier Basketball Magazine.  The first poll in which voters will rate teams will be released next Monday, November 15.


Team previews are appearing on-line for Kokomo in the Kokomo Tribune, White River Valley and Bloomington South in the Hoosier Times, Evansville Reitz in the Courier Press, Lewis Cass, Maconaquah, and Tipton in the Kokomo Tribune, and Lafayette Harrison in the Lafayette Journal & Courier.


The National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing period begins today, and you should expect to see news of a number of seniors signing with their colleges of choice over the next week.  We will try to keep you updated the best we can with news of players putting their John Hancocks on the dotted line.  For information about what the particulars of the NLI involve, you can visit the Collegiate Commissioners Association web page pertaining to it.  The NLI signing period ends next Wednesday, November 17.


Pat McKee of the Indianapolis Star reports that Andrea Jennings of Lapel is expected to sign with the Air Force during the upcoming signing period.


The Purdue Exponent is carrying an article about the performance of Kelly Komara (Lake Central) in the Lady Boilermakers' exhibition game played on Sunday.  Komara played all 40 minutes in the game and, according to coach Christy Curry, "did a great job of just taking care of the basketball and a very, very, very great job in floor leadership."


News thru Tuesday, November 9

        

Region Roundball Review
Hardcourt Reports

Traditionally, coverage here at the RRR has been based upon bringing you on-line articles that already exist somewhere on the web, or tidbits of news we receive from our faithful readers around the state.  However, in our attempt at something new this season, we have put together our first original, in-depth story covering a topic relevant to the girls game.  Our first RRR original Hardcourt Report is a timely one, covering the workings behind the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA) state poll.  Even though it has long been suspected that the poll is put together by little elves in trees somewhere south of Brown County, this report gives the real story behind how the poll is formulated, as well as where and when the poll had its beginnings.  It contains a few surprises, and we think you'll enjoy it.  Our Hardcourt Reports will be available from the navy menu bar (to the left, as always) and as time permits, we will bring you in-depth reports on topics of interest regarding the girls game throughout the season.


Games begin tonight all around the state, and we are asking that anyone who has a score available the night of games please post it to our Game Scores & Recaps reporting board.  Suggested guidelines for posting game results can be found there.  Don't forget to check there often for the latest game updates.  (And don't forget to refresh that frame often to get the latest posted results!)


Fifth Quarter has posted its MIC and Olympic Conference team updates and previews, with updates to continue on a regular basis.  They will also be posting FQ Players to Watch very soon.  Keep checking the FQ for continuing updates.


If you haven't discovered it yet, the Indianapolis Star has created a new Indianapolis team coverage area under the Indiana's Game High School page, which has the schedules and rosters (still being updated) for all high school girls teams in the Indianapolis Area.  It is quite an ambitious undertaking, with coverage on 45 teams in 4A, and information on teams in 3A through 1A yet to be entered.  There is also a nifty schedule search function that lets you enter any date and receive the games being played in the Indianapolis area that evening.  Check it out.


Team previews continue to appear on-line.  The Crawfordsville Journal Review has team previews for Turkey Run, Covington and North Putnam, and the Bloomington Hoosier Times previews Linton and Edgewood.  The Evansville Courier Press features Evansville Memorial.


Franklin freshman Jamie Sturgell (North Judson) had a  first great outing for the Lady Grizzlies during an intra-squad scrimmage over the weekend.  The frosh impressed with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a game-high 4 steals, not to mention no turnovers.  You can read a recap of the scrimmage at the Franklin women's website.  The Grizzlies will travel to Chicago to participate in the Benedictine Tipoff Tournament a week from Friday for their season opener.


Another freshman making her inaugural college mark over the weekend was Indiana State's Kourtney Mennen (Clinton Prairie).  The 5'8 guard connected on six treys on the way to a 24-point performance for the Sycamores in a win over semi-pro team Chicago Express.  According to Coach Cheryl Reeve in the Terre Haute Tribune Star, Mennen is expected to have an outstanding career at ISU.


For those of you who have been following the basketball class issue, IHSAA Commissioner Bob Gardner is profiled in a feature at the Indianapolis Star.  Gardner's legacy as the one who led the move from one-class basketball is discussed. 


News thru Monday, November 8

        


Karen Force of Columbus East will use her stellar ball-handling skills at Cornell next season. 


According to a reliable RRR source, Karen Force of Columbus East has made a verbal commitment to Cornell.  The 5'8 senior point guard is a Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State Second Teamer and averaged 11 ppg and 5 apg for the 1998-99 season, during which she guided her team to a 4A Southport Semi-State appearance.


The Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association preseason poll is due out today.  This first poll is basically based upon last season's finishes, together with an evaluation of teams as to players lost to graduation, incoming freshmen, etc.  The first poll in which ICGSA voters will actually participate is expected out next Monday, November 15, after the first week of games.


The Post-Tribune continues its preseason coverage with the Lake Athletic Conference in Sunday's issue.  The LAC has 13 members, which makes for some watered down schedules for the bigger schools in the LAC.  Conference discussion of creating Black and Blue Divisions within the LAC may become a reality for the 2000-2001 season, allowing a little more flexibility in scheduling.  (It does absolutely no good for either team when Highland beats up on Calumet by 40 points.)  As expected, the featured player in the LAC P-T coverage is Highland junior Jenny DeMuth,  who put the Trojans at the top of the conference last season in a 3-way tie with Munster and Andrean.  DeMuth will again shoulder the load on offense for Highland, but experienced post players Rina Molina and Lindsey Chappell will team as the second offensive threat.  The loss of junior Courtney Condes to soccer aspirations will hurt the Trojans depth-wise, making for lots of playing time for sophomore Corie Kaczmarek as Highland's starting point guard.  Highland will be challenged in the LAC and Sectional 1 this season by a veteran Munster squad, who is looking to complete the trifecta of revenge on the Trojans after upsetting favored Highland in softball and volleyball sectional competition recently.  They might have the horses (or Mustangs) to do it in a balanced offensive attack.  Seniors Susan Hay, Stephanie Gill, Margaret Schaum, Rachel Merkell, Amanda Salinas, Kylee Wallace and Michelle Di Costanzo are a formidable group that will bring a great deal of confidence to the game plan this season.  Add in up-and-coming sophomores Stephanie Schrage and Jill Martin, and the Mustangs just might get their revenge.  Circle November 19 on your calendar.  It will be a battle.

 

Post-Tribune team and player preseason honors in the LAC go to the following:

   

Post-Tribune 1999-2000
Predicted LAC Finish
LAC Preseason
All-Conference

1.  Highland
2.  Munster
3.  Griffith
4.  Lowell
5.  Andrean
6.  Morton
7.  Gavit
8.  Clark
9.  Bishop Noll
10.  Lake Station
11.  Hammond
12.  Whiting
13.  Calumet

Conference Favorites:  
Highland & Munster
Conference Sleeper:  
Griffith

    
FIRST TEAM

Jenny DeMuth
- Highland F
Cathy Herring
- Morton G
JoAnne Smith
- Gavit G
Susan Hay
- Munster G
Jamie Gutowski
- Andrean G

SECOND TEAM
Tiffany Humphrey - Hammond G
Tracy Simon
- Andrean G
Corie Kaczmarek
- Highland G
Kelly Schoon
- Lowell F
LaWanda Mitchell
- Calumet G

 

An RRR side note:  Interestingly, the Post-Tribune has been listing their Top 5 teams in NWI with every preseason conference feature.  They include:  1. Portage, 2. Highland, 3. Chesterton, 4. Munster and 5. Andrean.  However, the P-T predicted Griffith and Lowell to finish in the LAC ahead of Andrean.  Go figure. 


According to the Post-Tribune, former Iowa star Angela Hamblin (Lew Wallace) may be tagged for the coaching job at her alma mater next season.  She is currently a volunteer coach for the Hornets, assisting interim head coach Krystie Wheaton.  A role model such as Hamblin may be enough to get the Wallace program kick-started again after years of mediocrity, which followed the glory days of Hamblin there. 


According to The Times, North Newton senior point guard Crystal Meeks (5'5) will be running for Ball State next season.  Meeks finished 11th in the cross-country IHSAA state finals this past weekend.


Purdue won its first game of the preseason against Athletes in Action by a score of  81-59 on Sunday.  Mary Jo Noon played her first game since her senior year at Jeffersonville and scored 8 points and pulled down 4 rebounds in 15 minutes of play for the Lady Boilermakers in their exhibition opener.  Boiler Station is carrying an article about Noon and her outlook for the upcoming season.  You can also get comments from Kelly Komara (Lake Central), who was good for 16 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 6 steals in the game, at the Gold & BlackKatie Douglas (Perry Meridian) had an amazing 34 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.


The Husky Hardcore website is featuring an article about Kennitra Johnson (New Albany) and how she might handle the excitement and tension of her first (exhibition) game for UConn.  According to Coach Geno Auriemma, he expects the freshman to play a lot of minutes this season.  


Don't forget to keep checking Randy Beckett's Fifth Quarter, with updates being made on his News Board.


News thru Sunday, November 7

        

The fourth in a series, the Post-Tribune covered the Northland Conference in Saturday's issue.  The Northland's leading scorer who also led the NWI area last season, is sharpshooter Tracie Mezera.  Mezera's seen it all on defense -- box-and-one, triple teams, triangle-and-two -- but no one can seem to dent the effectiveness of the senior's offensive skills.  Mezera sat out her usual appearance in volleyball in the fall to concentrate and prepare on her final season of high school basketball.  Feeling that she is more prepared and fit for this basketball season than any other before, she is eager to demonstrate just what she can do.  She will most likely break her school scoring record early on this season, even though she did not play varsity as a freshman.

 

Post-Tribune team and player preseason honors in the NC go to the following:

   

Post-Tribune 1999-2000
Predicted NC Finish
NC Preseason
All-Conference

1.  River Forest
2.  Oregon Davis
3.  South Central
4.  Argos
5.  Marquette
6.  Westville

Conference Favorites:  
River Forest & Oregon Davis
Conference Sleepers:  
Argos & South Central

FIRST TEAM
Tracie Mezera
- River Forest G
Tara Kensinger
- Oregon Davis F
Jacque Drubert
- Westville C
Tara Kitchell
- South Central C
Kate Stockham
- Marquette C

SECOND TEAM
Tabitha Kitchell - S. Central G
Courtney Krasoczka
- River Forest G
Andrea Minix
- Oregon Davis G
Hannah Herrold
- S. Central F
Silvia Montes
- River Forest F

 



Perpetual motion machine Rachel King (#24) of Bishop Luers looks to pass under defensive pressure during a scrimmage against the Indiana All-Stars over the summer.  Luers was named a member of the Sentinel Fab Five for the 1999-2000 season.


The Ft. Wayne News Sentinel has released its Fab Five, the top five players in the greater Ft. Wayne area, for the upcoming girls basketball season.  The Fab Five players are Bishop Luers junior guard Rachel King (pictured at right), Columbia City senior guard/forward Connie Myers, Elmhurst junior forward Maria Marchesano, Manchester junior forward Jessica Hicks and West Noble senior forward Stacey Byers.


The Crawfordsville Journal-Review continues with its series of girls basketball previews with the Southmont Mounties.  Also, the Bloomington Hoosier Times previews Shakamak, Eastern, Owen Valley and Bedford North Lawrence.


College team previews are appearing in the Indianapolis Star for the Valparaiso Lady Crusaders and the Vincennes Lady Blazers, and for the Grace College Lancer women in the Warsaw Times-Union.


News thru Friday, November 5

        


Highland's Jenny Demuth (left) anticipates the pass by Erin Sampsel of Valparaiso in Thursday night's preseason scrimmage.


Well, it wasn't real pretty, but then preseason scrimmages aren't supposed to be.  The dry run between Valpo and Highland last evening was a chance for both Coach Greg Kirby and Coach Chris Huppenthal to try out a few new lineups, change up players in different positions, and give varsity first-timers a chance to get the jitters out of their system.  In two of the "quarters" of play that we saw, it


Highland's Rina Molina is fouled as she takes it up against the Valpo defense.


 was nearly a draw with each team winning a quarter a piece.  Both teams bring back a number of veteran players from last season, but Highland's lineup was put to the test since nearly all of the Trojan starters had just six days of practice under their belts after a good run in the volleyball post-season.  Solid performances were displayed by last year's starters Erin Sampsel, Dana Lippelt, Lee Traynham and Courtney Rosenbaum for the Vikings, as well as by Jenny DeMuth, Rina Molina, and Lyndsey Chappell for Highland.  At the point, Corrie Kaczmarek looked comfortable on the floor after a season away from the hardcourt due to an ACL injury.  Valpo seems to be looking for a fifth player to round out the starting five at the point position to give Sampsel the opportunity to play shooting forward, but no clear candidate seemed to emerge.  The veterans looked in control and played as expected, but there were some surprises for both teams.  Promising  young talent appeared in the form of tall and smooth sophomore Brooke McAffee for Valpo, and 5'10 Highland freshman Mary Sutliff, who Coach Hupp believes may have a starting position when the Trojans play Merrillville at home in their season opener next Friday.  Valpo jumps into their season next Saturday with the Valparaiso Tip-Off Classic, which features Valpo, Lake Central, Carmel and Washington.  Highland and Valpo will not meet each other again during the regular season, although they could meet again in the Warsaw Semi-State if both should advance that far.


Continuing with their previews, the Post-Tribune highlights the Porter County Conference, featuring two teams that advanced to the 2A and 1A semi-states last season.  Hanover Central returns an outstanding lineup, although they lost standout guard Christy Koby to graduation.  Returning for the Wildcats, though, are senior starters Melanie Brumbaugh, Tammie Boersma, Christy Haduch and sophomore Julie Moniak, which should put Coach Denny Foster in a position for a possible semi-state repeat appearance.  The other top team in the PCC is Kouts, featuring state-ranked scorer Erica Martin.  Martin is the main story line in the P-T's coverage today and with good reason.  As a sophomore, Martin led the PCC in scoring last season and averaged 21.2 ppg to be ranked with some of the state's best players in scoring statewide.  Kouts also made a semi-state appearance behind Martin's skills, and with an experienced supporting cast on the roster, the Fillies could make a semi-state repeat as well.

 

Post-Tribune team and player preseason honors in the PCC go to the following:

   

Post-Tribune 1999-2000
Predicted PCC Finish
PCC Preseason
All-Conference

1.  Hanover Central
2.  Kouts
3.  Morgan Township
4.  Boone Grove
5.  Wheeler
6.  Hebron
7.  Washington Township
8.  LaCrosse

Conference Favorites:  
Hanover Central & Kouts
Conference Sleepers:  
Morgan Twp. & Wheeler

FIRST TEAM
Erica Martin
- Kouts F
Melanie Brumbaugh
- Hanover Central F
Jody Lackey
- Morgan Twp. F
Kim McGinley
- Morgan Twp. G
Andrea Walker
- Wheeler G

SECOND TEAM
Kim Sliwa - Boone Grove F
Tammie Boersma
- Hanover Central F
Julie Moniak
- Hanover Central C
Lauren Bechtold
- Hebron G
Crystal Estanovich
- Washington Twp. G

        


 


Terre Haute North's Megan Boland brings the ball up the court during AAU.  Boland will be a key player for the THN Patriots this season.


Coach Alan Veach of Terre Haute North is optimistic on this season's outlook with the strong backcourt trio of juniors Megan Boland and Leslie Brentlinger, and soph Danielle Anderson.  Coach Veach believes that the key to improving on last season's 14-8 record will be his guards, which he considers as probably "one of the strongest but unknown guard combinations in the state."  Brentlinger and Boland both started every game last season for the Patriots as sophomores and averaged close to 10 ppg.  Boland averaged 15 ppg in the sectional.  As to soph guard Anderson, Coach Veach says that she is his team's wild card, possessing "street" skills that are hard to teach in the gym. The Patriots open the preseason tomorrow in a jamboree with Northview, West Vigo and Terre Haute South, and regular season play on Tuesday when they host 1A Turkey Run.  You can follow the Patriots throughout the season at their team website, which is administered by Hoosierland Report's Nick Ray, now an assistant coach for TH North this season.


Additional team previews appearing in on-line publications around the state include North Montgomery in the Crawfordsville Journal Review, Evansville North in the Evansville Courier-Press, Brown County in the Bloomington Hoosier Times, and Mitchell in the Bloomington Hoosier Times as well.


With the first week of games barreling down on the two-person RRR staff, we have finally activated our Best Upcoming Games & Events page, with listings of some of the best games coming up next week, and a season-long calendar of special events to watch for.  (We are still adding season events as we become aware of them.)  Drop by and take a look for this week's best bets for great games to watch in the Region.  We will try to keep the "Best" updated on a regular basis during the season, although probably not as extensively as this first edition appears.


Randy Beckett of the Fifth Quarter Corner here at the RRR has posted an announcement regarding his coverage on the FQ home page.  Be sure to drop in to see what's up.


The Post-Tribune (weekend-only link) is also carrying a season preview about the women's team from Valparaiso University.


A Connersville/Tennessee fan sent us the latest link to the Tennessee Lady Vols website, together with a link to the player profile page of April McDivitt (Connersville).  An interesting bit of McDivitt trivia appears on that profile page.  It seems that McDivitt was a gymnast for eight years and chose the number "10" for her basketball uniform because it represented a perfect score in gymnastics.


Just a note from the RRR:   We would like to thank all of you who have written to us within the past few weeks, either with information about your teams and/or certain players, or with just a note to let us know that you enjoy our site.  The response to the RRR this season has been overwhelming to say the least, and believe us, if gauged by the numbers of e-mails we are receiving, girls basketball is alive and good in Indiana!  Please accept our apologies if we haven't replied to your e-mails yet.  We will as soon as we possibly can.  Hopefully when the season, and the RRR, settles into a routine, we will have a better handle on this site that seems to have taken on a life of its own!   Keep the mail and good information coming... we appreciate it!


News thru Thursday, November 4

        

A few media season previews today:

 

For the third day in a row, the Post-Tribune continues with its girls basketball previews, this time featuring the Northwestern Conference.  Gary Roosevelt guard Kourtnee Morris is highlighted in the coverage as one of the NC's best shooters, leading the conference in 3-pointers last season.   Roosevelt will have its hands full this season, however, if they expect to challenge conference ultra-favorite, Gary West Side.  The Cougars are returning a number of very strong post players, including Megan Yancey, Kimberly Smith and Kafayet Davies.  However, West Side is a little thin at the guard position after the graduation of NWI standout Kristen Cheairs.  Two solid guards, junior Arianne Robinson and sophomore Michelle Jones, are still on the roster, but they will have to stay out of foul trouble for West Side to be a top team in NWI this season.

 

Post-Tribune team and player preseason honors go to the following:

   

Post-Tribune 1999-2000
Predicted NC Finish
NC Preseason
All-Conference

1.  West Side
2.  Horace Mann
3.  Roosevelt
4.  Lew Wallace
5.  Wirt

Conference Favorites:  
West Side & Mann
Conference Sleeper:  
Roosevelt

FIRST TEAM
Kimberly Smith
- West Side F
Karen Gibson
- Horace Mann G
Meagan Yancey
- West Side C
Kourtnee Morris
- Roosevelt G
Tiffany King
- Wirt G

SECOND TEAM
Jasmine Tobias - Roosevelt F
Kafayet Davies
- West Side F
Natalie  Hoover
- Lew Wallace C
Citira Abbott
- Horace Mann G
Keiona McBride
- Lew Wallace G

        

 


Twelve of Valparaiso's girls basketball games will be broadcast on WXRD-FM (103.9) this season, as well as IHSAA tournament games.


The Crawfordsville Athenians are featured in the Crawfordsville Journal-Review in preseason coverage.   They are hoping to improve on their 3-18 record from last season under second-year head coach Maggie Wolcott.  After losing four seniors to graduation, Britney Froedge, a sophomore guard, is expected to take on a leadership role.


Evansville Castle, who is returning its entire team from a 10-12 season in 1998-99, was featured in the Evansville Courier-Press yesterday.  Leading scorer Melissa Tolley (15 ppg) will be expected to do it again for the Knights, and added height with move-ups from JV will give the team a new dimension.


News thru Wednesday, November 3

        

For the second day, the Post-Tribune has a girls basketball preview, this time for the independents in Northwest Indiana.  Headlining the coverage is Kristi Koselke of North Newton, who is considered a legitimate Senior All-Star candidate representing the Northwest Indiana area.  North Newton and North Judson will be battling it out again, although new kid on the 2A block, Hanover Central, knocked both of these teams out of contention during the IHSAA post-season tournament in 1999.  This will be the last chance for the core of these two independents to get any further, as just about the entire roster of both teams will be lost to graduation.  North Newton carries an outstanding senior group that has played together since grade school, including Koselke, Becky Schuster, Sara Christenson, Julie Newhouser and Crystal Meeks, all excellent ballplayers in their own right.  North Judson also has a good senior group in Kori Glass, Kristie King, Mandy Cooper, Susan Cripe and Megan Bridegroom.  North Newton and North Judson are both ranked high in the Hoosier Basketball Magazine class 2A rankings, at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.  To show you how tight the competition will be in 2A in NWI, Hanover Central is just behind at No. 4.

 

Although all of these teams do not play one another, the Post-Tribune has predicted a top finish by North Judson out of the group, and has put together a Preseason All-Independent First Team.  (No second team was named.)

      

Post-Tribune 1999-2000
Predicted Independent Finish
Post-Tribune Preseason
All-Independent Team

1.  North Judson
2.  North Newton
3.  Lake Central
4.  East Chicago
5.  Kankakee Valley
6.  Rensselaer Central

FIRST TEAM
Kristi Koselke
- North Newton, Sr. G
Kori Glass
- North Judson, Sr. F
Kristen Kruchowski 
- Kankakee Valley, Sr. G
Becky Schuster
- North Newton, Sr. F
Mariel Yekich
- Lake Central, Sr. G

    


The Fountain Central Mustangs and sophomore Candace Dark are featured in the Crawfordsville Journal-Review in preseason coverage.  Dark, the leading scorer in the Crawfordsville area as a freshman (19 ppg) will be looking for a complete team effort if the Mustangs are to make their mark this season.  Hoosier Basketball Magazine ranks Fountain Central at No. 8 in 2A, and Dark is mainly the reason why.  The 5'10 sophomore, although not a vocal leader, is a hard worker that displays floor leadership through example.  She will be expected to carry the bulk of the Mustang scoring as she did last season.




Connersville junior Maria Renner takes it up against Jessie Dablow of New Albany in the 1998-99 Southport Semi-State.


The Connersville News-Examiner is carrying an article about the No. 3 ranking for the Lady Spartans in the recently released Hoosier Basketball Magazine, with accompanying comments from coach Larry Miller.  Connersville lost Miss Basketball April McDivitt to graduation and Tennessee, but has two returning players who received HBM 2nd Team All-State honors -- junior Maria Renner and sophomore Missy Taylor -- who will keep them high in the rankings.


The Boiler Hoops Journal is carrying an interview with Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, Katie Douglas (Perry Meridian), with comments from her teammates and opposing Big Ten coaches as well.  The Lady Boilermakers open Big Ten play against Wisconsin on December 30.


We have added a new women's college website to our college links.  You can view the IPFW women's basketball website to follow the nearly all-Indiana Mastadons, including freshmen Shanie Smith (Tri-Central) and Amy Gearlds (Beech Grove).  Thanks to Mike Jewell, the Sports Information Director at Indiana University-Purdue University Ft. Wayne, for passing it along to us.


News thru Tuesday, November 2

        

The Post-Tribune has begun its girls basketball preseason coverage, starting with a preview on the Duneland Athletic Conference.  As no surprise, the P-T picks Portage as the preseason favorite with 4 of 5 starters returning from last season's lineup.  Portage's Natalie Yudt, who just recently committed to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, is the featured player in the full page of coverage.  Portage has an excellent chance to repeat as DAC champs,  but will be dealing with bench depth issues most of the season.  We say watch for Portage junior center Lauren Hansen to have a breakout season as she steps into a starting role to replace graduated senior Erin Jedlikowski.  Besides Hansen, new scorers will have to step up in the DAC this season to replace nearly 140 ppg lost to graduation, including scoring by Valpo's Jeanette Gray (18.4 ppg), Chesterton's Jackie Campbell (18.1 ppg), Hobart's Abbey Coons (15.7 ppg), Katie Julian (10 ppg) and Lauren Julian (12.9 ppg), LaPorte's Bridget DeCordial (16.5 ppg) and Lara Clarkston (18.8 ppg), Merrillville's Shannon Wells (16.8 ppg), and Portage's Jedlikowski (12.4 ppg).  

   

Team and player Post-Tribune preseason honors go to the following:

   

Post-Tribune 1999-2000
Predicted DAC Finish
DAC Preseason
All-Conference

1.  Portage
2.  Chesterton
3.  Valparaiso
4.  Crown Point
5.  Merrillville
6.  Hobart
7.  LaPorte
8.  Michigan City

Conference Favorites:  
Portage & Chesterton
Conference Sleepers:  
Valparaiso & Crown Point

FIRST TEAM
Natalie Yudt
- Portage, Sr. G/F
Michele Pickering
- Portage, Sr. G
Christy Poparad
- Chesterton, Jr. G
Sarah Zondor
- Crown Point, Jr. G
Julie Mandon
- Hobart, Sr. C

SECOND TEAM
Erin Sampsel - Valparaiso, Sr. G
Bridget Schwoegler
- Chesterton, Sr. F
Cheryl Buergler
- Portage, Sr. G
Courtney Rosenbaum
- Valparaiso, Jr. F
Alex Webster
- Crown Point, So. G

   

Also mentioned in the Post-Tribune coverage is the issue of a new DAC rule requiring equal Saturdays and Fridays for both girls and boys basketball conference games this season.  The DAC is taking the lead on this issue in NWI, and other conferences are expected to follow suit sometime in the near future.  A majority of players and coaches interviewed are happy for the change, citing the benefits of not having to stay up late on weekday game nights to complete homework, and the ability to have more time to scout and prepare for opponents during the week.  According to long-time equity warrior Tom May, head coach at Crown Point, "It's called gender equity and it's the right thing to do.  Girls teams deserve to share the same spotlight boys teams do.  It is something that should have been done long ago."


New Albany's coach delivers a winner again!  According to one of our New Albany correspondents, congratulations are in order for Coach Angie Hinton of New Albany, who gave birth to a Miss Basketball 2018 candidate on Sunday, October 24.  Last season's state champion coach delivered an 8 pound, 1 ounce winning play named Hallie Brianne Kennitra Hinton.  (Wonder where "Kennitra" came from???)  Watch for Hallie in our 2018 Players to Watch in the future...  if I'm still doing this that long!  Best wishes to the Hintons.  By the way, the Lady Bulldogs have a new website for fans to follow during the season.


Purdue's Katie Douglas (Perry Meridian) was named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year by the media at the Big Ten Media Day on Sunday.  Purdue was also picked by the media to finish third in the conference behind Penn State and Illinois.  You can catch some very interesting coaches' quotes from the Media Day at the Big Ten women's basketball website.


 

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