Region Roundball Review
June, 2001

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Important Upcoming Dates:

6/1-3 - 16U AAU Regionals
6/1-3 - 14U/15U AAU State Tournament
6/8-10 - 16U-18U AAU State Tournament
6/13 - SR/JR All-Stars @ Indiana University
6/16 - Indiana All-Stars v. KY @ Owensboro
6/20 - SR/JR All-Stars @ Lawrence North (Indianapolis)
6/23 - Indiana All-Stars v. KY @ Conseco

News thru Wednesday, June 27


The All-Stars redeemed themselves last weekend by pulling out a decisive win over the Kentucky All-Stars at Conseco in an 80-65 win.  This victory puts Indiana ahead by two games in the series, which now stands at 27-25.  Despite foul trouble in the first half, Miss Basketball Shyra Ely led all scorers with 23 points and nabbed 10 rebounds for good measure.  NWI product Jenny DeMuth of Highland put an exclamation on the first half with a half-court launch that found the hole, giving Indiana a 15-point lead heading into the locker room.  (There is a great picture of DeMuth taken right after the half-court zinger in the Bloomington newspaper.)  Within the course of the All-Stars events Saturday evening, West Lafayette's Ebba Gebisa was awarded the John Wooden/MCL Cafeterial All-Star Citizenship Award for her outstanding contributions off the court.  Here is the on-line coverage we were able to track down:
Revenge belongs to Indiana - The Times
DeMuth pleased at rest prospect - The Times
Indiana turns the tables - Indianapolis Star
Indiana hits boards, turns up heat on defense - Indianapolis Star
All-Stars notes - Indianapolis Star
South Bend stars simply super - South Bend Tribune
Ely excellent as Indiana earns split - South Bend Tribune
Indiana makes most of opportunity, wins - Bloomington Hoosier Times
Hoosier girls drub Kentucky for split - Evansville Courier & Press
Ely nets 23 points as Indiana's girls avenge loss 80-65 - Louisville Courier-Journal
  Mother's emotions flow as daughter's prep career ends - Indianapolis Star
Opponents as All-Stars, teammates as RedHawks - Kokomo Tribune

 After some speculation over the past year, the Indianapolis Star announced that it will continue to sponsor the All-Stars series.  Much discussion was taking place off the court by coaches and the media that the new owner of the Star was going to pull its sponsorship of this long-standing icon event of Indiana basketball.  Hats off to the new management for recognizing the importance of the All-Stars series and deciding to remain an active participant in Indiana basketball tradition.

With the departure of Ball State former head coach Brenda Oldfield to Minnesota, Evansville Memorial grad and BSU signee Kate Endress is evaluating her options at this point, including the possibility of seeking a release from her Letter of Intent to transfer somewhere else.  According to the Muncie Star Press, Endress found out about Oldfield's decision to leave BSU from someone who saw it on the Internet.  We talked with the 6'1 forward recently, and although she was happy to see Tracy Roller named as the new BSU head coach, she will take her time to make a decision within the next few weeks. 

Muncie Central senior  Stephanie Campbell has committed to the University of Findlay. The four-year Bearcat starting guard and three-time All NCC player  will join fellow Indiana players  Molly Holt (Madison), Lydia Carpenter (Wawasee), and 2001 Winchester grad Mindy Schoenlein at Findlay this fall.  Findlay is a D2 school located in Findlay, Ohio.  The Oilers compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which includes the University of Indianapolis as an associate member.  Campbell overcame a season ending ACL injury in order to continue on with her basketball career at Findlay.

Lebanon head coach Tracy Hammel was recently profiled in the Lafayette Journal & Courier.  Hammel was an assistant coach for the Indiana All-Stars and is still trying to cope with the loss of her husband, best friend and coaching partner Jim Hammel to a heart attack in January.

Twin Lakes assistant Kathy Goad has been named the new head coach at 1A West Central.  Goad takes over a program that was 10-12 last season but which returns capable senior guard Courtney Cervenka.  Goad will also welcome a strong incoming freshman class.  "We will be very competitive in the (Midwest) conference." Goad says.  "Look for us to be a sectional contender along with Hebron.  I'm looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity the awaits me."  Goad will take on family & consumer science teaching responsibilities at West Central.

Ft. Wayne Snider has selected Snider boys assistant Doug Kaiser as the new head coach, according to the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette.  Kaiser replaces long-time coach Lamar Kilmer, who retired after taking the Panthers to the state finals this past season.  Kaiser is a physical education teacher at Snider and will spend the summer getting to know his personnel for the upcoming season.

We failed to mention this one in our news earlier (probably out of town at the time).  Hanover Central announced earlier this month that assistant coach Chris York was promoted to the head coaching position for the Wildcats.  The Times reported that York is hoping to provide some stability to the HC program as the third coach in three years.  York inherits a capable returning squad, which includes leading scorer Julie Moniak, who averaged 14.8 points per game last season.

Ft. Wayne Luers standout Emily Loomis was recently named the Ft. Wayne Sentinel Girls Athlete of the Year.  Besides taking home three state championships in basketball during her high school career, Loomis was named one of the top 50 seniors in the country by Volleyball magazine and won the state championship in high jump this spring.  Loomis will attend Notre Dame on a volleyball scholarship, however her high school coaches are telling her to keep her options open for possible appearances in both ND track and basketball.
Luers departing head coach Gary Andrews was named the Ft. Wayne Sentinel PrepSports Coach of the Year.  Andrews, who is leaving Luers to take the head coaching position at the University of St. Francis, compiled three consecutive 2A state championships, a .791 winning percentage (167-44 in nine years at Luers) and five Summit Conference titles.

Gold & Black Illustrated talked with rising senior Missy Taylor of Connersville after the Junior/Senior All-Star game and reports that besides Purdue she is considering Stanford, Xavier, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Penn State, Iowa and Iowa State.

As the RRR crystal ball hinted at some time ago, Duke transfer Lello Gebisa (West Lafayette) will join sister Ebba Gebisa at Wisonsin this fall.  According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, the 6'7 center will sit out one year, as required by NCAA transfer rules, but will use the time to hit the weight room and improve her game.

Purdue senior Katie Douglas (Perry Meridian) was recently named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year.  According to Boiler Station, Douglas was "gratified and humbled" after discovering that she had won the award, which encompasses athletes, including some Olympic participants, from every sport in the Big Ten.

Purdue center Mary Jo Noon (Jeffersonville) is on the road to recovery after a season-ending ACL injury earlier this year, according to Boiler Station.  Noon went down with the injury in early January and made a token appearance in the Final Four games at the end of the college season.  Noon expects to be in top form when practice begins in October.

Former All-Star Lisha (Robertson) Wilson of Center Grove was recently profiled by the Johnson County Daily Journal in conjunction with last weekend's All-Stars game.  Wilson was a member of the 1979 Indiana All-Stars, the first ever from Johnson County, and scored 1,032 career points at Center Grove.

If you haven't passed through our home page lately (I know a lot of you have your favorite areas of the RRR bookmarked), be sure to vote in our WAY Too Early 4A North and South polls.  We know a lot can change between now and October, but there's not much else to do this summer, so why not have some fun with it?  You might also want to wander over to our Sectional Fan Polls, where we've cleared out last season's voting results and have the new sectional groupings put together for all four classes.  Again, it's much TOO early to vote, but this is just for fun and we'll clear out the summer results before the season begins in October.

With the official end of the 2000-01 season brought about by the All-Stars series completion, it's time for us at the RRR to take a look at our site and anticipate changes and improvements for the upcoming season.  We would ask that all of you take the time to let us know on our Message Board what we could do better and what needs improvement.  Thanks.

News thru Thursday, June 21


The Junior Girls All-Stars North Squad did the job they were supposed to do last night, which was give the Indiana All-Stars a competitive game to prepare them for Kentucky.  Flirting with taking the lead late in the first half, the closest the JGAS would come was within one point before the seniors picked up the tempo to maintain a 7-10 point spread through most of the second and a 15-point margin to win the game 89-74.  This was a much better 2002 showing than last week's drubbing in a 111-66 loss to the seniors.  Miss Basketball Shyra Ely of Ben Davis did most of the damage, draining 21 points from just about everywhere on the floor and grabbing 16 rebounds, most of them uncontested, since she skied about three feet higher in the air than most of her challengers off the boards.  What an amazing talent Tennessee is receiving this fall.
Some of our observations:  

Crown Point junior Alex Webster (in blue) blocks out All-Star Jackie Batteast in the paint on a senior free-throw attempt.  The 5'10 point guard pitched in at every position on the floor but center in the 89-74 exhibition loss to the Indiana All-Stars.  (RRR photo)

NWI made a good showing in the exhibition game, with Highland guard Jenny DeMuth coming off the bench for 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals.  She will be a key to the Hoosier attack on Saturday if the All-Stars are to maintain a foothold in the All-Stars series, which now stands at 26-25.  Hebron point guard Lauren Bechtold impressed, going 2-4 from the field and 7-7 from the line on one-and-one's to contribute with 11 points, 2 assists and 2 steals.  On a team with four point guards, 5'10 point guard Alex Webster of Crown Point was called upon to do a variety of things due to her size.  Playing off the ball at every position on the floor except center, Webster found herself in the paint for one 4-minute stretch going head-to-head against the likes of Jacqueline Batteast (South Bend Washington) and Ely.  She held her own going 2-5 from the field, picking up 2 steals and taking a charge in the paint.
Also making a good showing for the juniors was Candace Dark of Fountain Central, who came up with 13 points, going 5 for 7 from the field, including 2 for 4 from the arc.  Leading scorer for the JGAS was Shanna Zolman of Wawasee with 15 points.  After a grueling week that included last week's exhibition game on Wednesday and the USA Basketball Junior National Team trials in Colorado Springs on Friday through Monday, Zolman was 5-16 from the field, coming up with 6 steals, 4 rebounds and 3 assists while committing 12 turnovers in 30 minutes on the floor.  This is one young lady who will be happy to be sleeping in her own bed tonight.  How this 17-year-old deals with all the pressure and expectations placed upon her shoulders every time she sets foot on the basketball floor is a mystery to this adult.
SB Washington guard/forward Jackie Batteast is such a smooth all-around player, sometimes her style of play doesn't emphasize how much she is doing on the floor -- no flashy moves to draw attention; no spectacular plays; just extremely solid and reliable fundamentals all around.  She had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals in 18 minutes, mostly playing at center, a position that is a bit unnatural to her perimeter game.  She will be an outstanding addition to the Notre Dame lineup next season and should see significant minutes as a college freshman.

Connersville junior Missy Taylor defends the baseline against senior All-Stars Miranda Eckerle of Franklin County and Ashley Allen of Ben Davis.  Taylor, more of a perimeter player, spent most of her time in the paint for the juniors.  (RRR photo)

Another perimeter-oriented guard/forward playing out of her comfort zone last night was Connersville junior Missy Taylor.  Although Taylor is over 6'2, she is not considered a power post player.  Her game is mostly about 8+ feet away from the basket.  However, the post is where she found herself most of her 15 minutes on the floor.  It is not atypical for star players thrown together to be taken out of their normal position to fill in the personnel gaps.  This can be an invaluable experience for the player who takes advantage of it.  College coach after college coach will tell you that how well you are able to adapt and accept a role within a team will indicate success at the college level.  All of the All-Stars who show a willingness to take on the role needed of them are already taking a step in the right direction.  Both the seniors and this junior group accepted their roles extremely well last night.  The result was a good game between the two and an experience that will serve them well at the college level.
All-Stars coach Bruce Dockery fielded a new look in the opening lineup last night.  Starting for the seniors were Ely and Kristen Weddle (Terre Haute South) at forwards, Batteast at center, and Rachel King (FW Luers) and Jill Corbett (Cathedral) at the guard positions.  The starting lineup of the All-Stars is inconsequential, as they are so deep.  Although King scored only one point in the game, she contributed with a team high 5 assists of the seniors' 18 total assists.  Corbett showed absolutely no evidence of the leg injury (broken in several places) that kept her out of the state finals.  There was not a scrappier player on the floor last night.  Corbett finished with 7 points, 4 steals and 2 assists.  Ben Davis guard Ashley Allen did not appear on the floor until late in the first half, but was good for a couple of 3-point daggers anyway.  The 5'9 guard knows no three-point boundary and her nonchalant style catches most defenders off guard anywhere -- and I mean ANYWHERE -- behind the arc.  Even with a hand in her face, though, Allen's high-arching technique makes her treys nearly impossible to defend unless you are 6'4, and if she is on, the results can be devastating.

Junior All-Stars coaches Debbie Marr and Mark Heeter look over the roster while trying to decide the next round of substitutions.  No player on the junior team played less than 11 minutes in the game.  (RRR photo)

JGAS coaches Mark Heeter of Triton, Steve Ford of Lewis Cass, and especially Debbie Marr of Columbus North, who was in charge of monitoring playing time, did an extremely good job with substitutions for their squad.  This was no easy job and not one player saw less than 11 minutes on the floor.  Managing that feat while maintaining a close margin in the game was quite an accomplishment.  For a complete look at the stats from the game, you can download the official stat sheet here (PDF format, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Speaking of close margins, the Class of 2002 was taking quite a few hits on our message board since last week's 45-point loss.  They took it personally and put together an impressive challenge against the seniors, which was the best they had to offer to prepare the All-Stars for Kentucky.  After the first few minutes, it looked like the seniors might run away with the game, but after the juniors settled down and moved the ball around more, some nice things started to happen setting the tone for the rest of the game.  At the half, the seniors led by only four points and gradually stretched it out in the second half to 15 for the final score, but the juniors continued to make runs throughout to make things interesting.  Both teams shot well in the first half with the seniors going 17-37 (.459) and the juniors 14-28 (.500).  Shooting percentages for both teams fell a bit in the second half, as a few shooters went cold, but overall both teams shot well.  Where the seniors could see some definite improvement is at the free throw line, where they only went 17-30 (.567).  They will have to take advantage of the charity stripe if they want to keep Kentucky out of the winner's column this Saturday at Conseco.

Miss Basketball Shyra Ely hooks in another bucket while surrounded by a contingent of junior players.  Ely was unstoppable from just about anywhere on the floor.  (RRR photo)

And also talking about taking a few hits on our message board, I find more and more that everyone is so quick to judge the talents and efforts of the players and coaches who love and live this game day in, day out.  Many times it takes all my restraint not to remove some of the posts that appear, but it is my feeling that they need to stay up there so when these girls and coaches DO get the job done, everyone can go back and re-read the comments of those who didn't know what the heck they were talking about - which must be why so many of the critics make their comments anonymously.
We do have some pictures of the game to pass along.  However, they won't be up until sometime next week.  The Websters have been home only 8 of the past 20 days, and needless to say this Webster is up to her neck in neglected tasks, so I hope to get those pix along to you after I get a grip on some urgent matters needing my attention around here.  As always, it was great to see lots of basketball friends at the All-Stars game, and we wish the seniors much luck in taking on Kentucky this Saturday.  Go Indiana!
Coverage from last night's game and other All-Stars coverage:
Inspired Ely will let her play do talking against Kentucky - Indianapolis Star
State girls All-Stars top juniors - Post-Tribune
Watch her like a Hawk - The Times
Zolman scores 15 in All-Star game loss - Warsaw Times-Union
Ely lifts All-Stars to victory - Bedford Times-Mail
Juniors close gap versus All-Stars - Martinsville Hoosier Times
Hammel keeping busy as All-Star assistant coach - Lebanon Reporter

Crown Point grad Tracy Roller was announced as the new head coach for Ball State on Tuesday.  Roller, who was an assistant for departing BSU head coach Brenda Oldfield for two years, couldn't be happier to snag this job just five years after entering the college coaching ranks.  Roller has been on a fast track, spending three years at Valparaiso University as an assistant before taking the supporting job at BSU.  Prior to coaching at the college level, Roller spent two years as the head coach at Gavit and one year as the head at Jennings County.  Known for her recruiting expertise, Roller has had a hand in the recruitment of at least nine players on the BSU roster.  Her new assignment will lend some continuity to the up and coming Cardinals program after the departure of Oldfield.
Tracy Roller named head women's basketball coach - Ball State website
Her time has come - The Times
New BSU women's coach living a dream - Muncie Star Press
BSU women's assistant takes over women's program - Muncie Star Press

Center Grove center/forward Ashley Buckingham gave her verbal over the weekend to play volleyball at Michigan after graduation.  Although she could have gone to college on a basketball scholarship, Buckingham stated in the Johnson County Daily Journal, "I've always loved basketball.  It was my first love.  But (volleyball) just grows on you.  It's a fun sport to play."  The way she verballed to Michigan was fun, too.  (Read the story.)  Buckingham will join Center Grove teammate Jennifer Gandolph, who will play volleyball at Michigan this fall.

The Flyer Group has an article about the hiring of LaPorte's Steve Drabyn to the Avon head coaching position.

News thru Tuesday, June 19



Shanna Zolman of WawaseeRising senior Shanna Zolman of Wawasee was named as an alternate to the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team on Monday.  As an alternate, Zolman might be called upon upon to join the team in case of an injury during the USA's June 25-July 9 training camp.  Zolman was one of four rising seniors invited to the team trials.  According to the USA Basketball website, Ann Strother of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was the only rising senior named to the 12-member team.  Shyra Ely of Ben Davis was also invited to the trials, but it is unclear whether or not she attended as All-Star practices and Saturday's game may have prevented her from attending the complete trials in Colorado Springs.  Ely was not named to the USA team or as an alternate.

The second exhibition game featuring the Indiana All-Stars against the Junior All-Stars North squad, featuring NWI senior All-Star Jenny DeMuth of Highland and NWI Junior All-Stars Lauren Bechtold of Hebron, and Alex Webster of Crown Point, will take place at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m.  DeMuth and the rest of the seniors will be looking to right the ship after an unexpected loss to Kentucky on Saturday in the first game of the Indiana-Kentucky All-Stars series.  Unfortunately for the juniors, they will be enduring the wrath of an unhappy senior squad that will be looking to make a statement.  Admission is $5.00.

Indiana All-Star Rachel King (Charleston/Luers) gives her thoughts about the All-Stars and their loss to Kentucky in the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel.
The Jeffersonville Evening News gives its commentary on the first game of the All-Stars series.

The Big Ten recently announced that four former Indiana players were named to the roster of the 2001 Big Ten Women's Basketball Foreign Tour.  Jennifer Callier (Cathedral) and Maria Recker (DeKalb) of Michigan State, Shalicia Hurns (Broad Ripple) of Purdue and Kyle Black (North Central) of Wisconsin will be traveling to France and Switzerland from August 7-18.  Wisconsin head coach Jane Albright will guide the team during the European tour.

Pat McKee of the Indianapolis Star reports that former Indiana University coach Jim Izard has accepted a new head coaching post at Berry College, an NAIA Division I program located in Georgia.  McKee also notes that former Manchester College coach Kim Rockey (Warsaw), has been hired as a new assistant coach at Butler.  She comes to the Bulldogs program after two years as an assistant at Columbia.

News thru Sunday, June 17


The Indiana All-Stars were humbled last night when they took it on the chin from an unheralded Kentucky team that was determined to dish out some payback.  Last year Kentucky fielded what was supposed to be the most talented team ever to come out of the blue hills, but that fine group fell twice to an underdog Indiana team.  Last night the tables were turned and Indiana's super team fell 86-83 to a Kentucky team that did not even have the services of its own Miss Kentucky due to a knee injury.  The Indiana All-Stars will get a chance at redemption next weekend when they host Kentucky at Conseco Fieldhouse.  Before that, however, they'll be beating up on the Junior All-Stars at Lawrence North on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.  There is a lot of interesting on-line coverage on the game, highlighting the fact that Kentucky went to the line 53 times compared to 23 by the Hoosier All-Stars; but Kentucky's quickness and lane penetration accounted for a lot of those fouls.  Read away...
Hoosiers go cold at wrong moment, lose to Kentucky - Indianapolis Star
Kentucky girls disregard hype, beat Indiana 86-83 - Louisville Courier-Journal
Short of expectations - The Times
Kentucky girls turn back Indiana - Lafayette Journal & Courier
Kentucky stars win despite missing top player - South Bend Tribune
Loss a 'big disappointment' for Indiana girls - South Bend Tribune
Kentucky girls pull out narrow decision - Kokomo Tribune
Kentucky's quickness, height keys to upset - Bloomington Hoosier Times
Indiana, Endress fall short - Evansville Courier & Press

Sometimes words can come back to haunt you, and Indiana All-Stars coach Bruce Dockery of Evansville Memorial might be thinking the same thing this morning.  In a preview article to the game in the Kokomo Tribune, Dockery laughed that "to try and slow this team up would be a big mistake."  But that is just what Kentucky did by using a strategy that saw a Kentucky substitution at nearly every dead ball.  

Senior guard Chasity Zellers of Glenn was named the South Bend Tribune Female Athlete of the Year today.  Zellers, a standout in basketball, volleyball and softball, earned 12 varsity letters during her high school career, and will take her basketball game to Bethel College in the fall.

Ft. Wayne Snider finally has named a new coach to take the place of 21-year coaching veteran Lamar Kilmer.  Snider's assistant boys coach, Doug Kaiser will be presented to the school board on June 25 for approval.  Kaiser will take over a program that has been the state championship game twice in the past four years, and inherits a squad that went 25-3 last season.  However, he loses five players and over 33.0 ppg to graduation, including three key starters.  Key players for the Panthers next season will be 5'9 senior guard Amy Hayden (10.1 ppg), 6'0 senior center Jasmine Fullove (7.1 ppg), 5'8 junior guard Molly Hayden (4.7 ppg) and 5'10 senior forward Megan Mattson (4.6 ppg).  Showing promise for the Panthers is 6'1 sophomore Candace Jones (3.5 ppg).

News thru Thursday, June 14


The Indiana All-Stars took it to the Junior All-Stars South team last night in a 111-66 drubbing that will bode well for the seniors when they face the Kentucky All-Stars on Saturday in Owensboro.  Employing a smothering defense and a transition game that exploits the athleticism of the 2001 team, the seniors took control early and never looked back.  Leading scorers for the seniors were Shyra Ely (Tennessee/Ben Davis) with 24, Kate Endress (Ball State/Evansville Memorial) with 19, and NWI's Jenny DeMuth (Indiana/Highland) with 13.  Leading scorers for the juniors were Shanna Zolman (Wawasee/Tennessee) with 19 and Ashley Mays (Lawrence Central/Purdue) with 11.  There were several on-line recaps of the game as follows:
Region's all-stars tune up for Kentucky - Post-Tribune

Basketball Diaries - The Times
Gebisa helps All-Stars kick around junior team - Indianapolis Star
Defense de key as Indiana Girls' All-Stars roll - Bloomington Hoosier Times
All-Star notes - South Bend Tribune
Strong showing - Terre Haute Tribune Star
Indiana All-Stars crush Junior counterparts - Kokomo Tribune

Also, a few message threads have been started at various boards on-line with more discussion on the game:
Region Roundball
Hickory Husker's Home Court
Indianapolis Star Forum

The Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette is reporting that three-time 2A state champion coach Gary Andrews of Luers will be announced as the new head coach at the University of St. Francis.  Andrews, if named, will have won out over 53 other candidates who applied for the job.  A formal announcement was expected at noon today.

Franklin College hired its new coach on Wednesday.  Mike Jewett, a native of South Dakota, will take over the reins of the successful NCAA Division III Cubs program this summer.  According to the Johnson County Daily Journal, Jewett comes to Franklin after a four-year stint as an assistant coach at Augustana College in South Dakota.  Jewett was chosen over 60 candidates who applied for the job.

Basketball USA has announced the Junior National Team Trials schedule for this weekend in Colorado Springs.  The two invitees from Indiana, Shyra Ely of Ben Davis and Shanna Zolman of Wawasee, will be competing against 29 other top notch players from around the country for one of 12 spots on the roster.  Ely, who will also be busy with Indiana All-Star activities over the weekend, is scheduled to compete in Colorado at 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 3:00-5:30 p.m. (all MDT) on Saturday, June 16, as well as play in the first of the Indiana-Kentucky All-Stars series at 5:00 p.m. (CT) the same night in Owensboro.

News thru Wednesday, June 13


The first Indiana Senior/Junior All-Stars exhibition game of the summer will take place tonight at IU's Assembly Hall in Bloomington at 6:00 p.m.  This game features the All-Stars and the South Junior All-Stars.  Junior core member Sharika Webb of Cathedral is listed as questionable for tonight after an ankle injury at the state AAU tournament this past weekend, and she will be sorely missed if unable to play.  The Junior All-Stars will have their hands full with the Naismith Player of the Year, five All-Americans, and 11 players that averaged over 220 points combined per game this past season.  Team play will be the key.  With a tremendous amount of individual talents, meshing those talents together unselfishly will determine how successful this senior All-Stars squad can be against their Kentucky counterparts this coming Saturday.
In anticipation of tonight's game and the first game of the Senior All-Stars series this weekend, a number of articles appear on-line.
Indiana-bound - Indianapolis Star (Jenny DeMuth of Highland)
The Basketball Diaires - The Times (Jenny DeMuth of Highland)
Move by Ball State coach puts twist in All-Star's future - Indianapolis Star (Kate Endress of Evans. Memorial)
Twin Lakes standout to test Indiana All-Stars - Monticello Herald-Journal (Erin Guy of Twin Lakes)
All-Star team's dressed rehearsal tonight in Hall - Bloomington Hoosier Times
Also, lucky NWI fans, don't forget that AM 1230 WJOB in Hammond and 103.9 FM WXRD in Crown Point will be carrying all four games (girls and boys) of the All-Stars series on June 16 and June 23 beginning at 4:45 p.m. both days.  Thanks to both radio stations for covering this event that features some of NWI's best!

Jamie Gutowski of AndreanThe big news the past week in NWI was the second ACL injury to standout rising senior Jamie Gutowski of Andrean.  After sustaining a similar injury early in her sophomore season to the right knee, the 5'7 guard made a tremendous comeback her junior season, averaging 17.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4.4 steals per game for her 17-6 'Niners.  According to The Times, Gutowski will have surgery on her left knee in early July and hopefully return for the latter part of the volleyball season and all of her final high school basketball season.  This injury, coming at the height of the recruiting season, is difficult.  Gutowski is being recruited by the DI programs at Valparaiso, Toledo, Indiana and Eastern Michigan.

A few more college signings have trickled in.
Erin Biggs of HebronCalumet College coach Andy Juscik has announced that Erin Biggs (5'7 G) of Hebron, Nicole Hluska (6'1 C) of Hammond Noll, and Amber Alexander (5'8 F) of River Forest will all play basketball for the Crimson Wave next season.
The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reports that Vincennes University has signed six Indiana players for next season.  Jessi Malone (5'9 G) of North Knox, Melissa Pennington (5'7G) of Southport, Kristan Moore (6'0 F) of Rushville, Sara Coomler (5'10 G) of Crothersville, Candice Williams (5'10 F) of Lebanon and Timika Simmons (6'2 C) of South Bend Adams will all be playing for head coach Harry Meeks next fall.
Region fans will be interested to know that Angela Grabczak of Hobart will be attending Indiana-Purdue Ft. Wayne next fall on a softball scholarship.  Grabczak (5'8 G) was a four-year starter on the Brickies basketball team and will be sorely missed by the purple and gold next season.  She was also a four-year letter winner in softball and received all-DAC honors as a shortstop the past two seasons.

The Indianapolis Star recently named its Athletes of the Year, and three Indianapolis area girls basketball players were recognized.  Shyra Ely of Ben Davis (Tennessee, basketball) was the County Female Athlete of the Year, Jennifer Gandolph of Center Grove (Michigan, volleyball) was named the Suburban Female Athlete of the Year, and Ellen Rehme of Cathedral (Florida, volleyball) was named the City Female Athlete of the Year.  Gandolph was also named Female Athlete of the Year by the Johnson County Daily Journal.
Ben Davis' Ely deflects spotlight for team success - Indianapolis Star
Center Grove's Gandolph displays amazing versatility - Indianapolis Star
Cathedral's Rehme defines competitiveness and desire - Indianapolis Star

The Goshen News reports that after intense preparation, Shanna Zolman of Wawasee is expecting to make the USA Women's Junior National Team next week.  The 5'10 state scoring leader was cut from the roster last summer, when she was one of only four rising juniors in the country invited to attend.  Zolman leaves for the Olympic Training Center in Colorado on Friday for a weekend of tryouts.  The team will be announced on Monday.   

Coaching positions continued to be filled around the state:
The LaPorte Herald-Argus has an in-depth report on the move of Steve Drabyn to the head coaching position at Avon.  Drabyn has been the boys assistant and junior varsity coach at LaPorte for 17 years.  Daughter Kristin Drabyn, a frosh standout for the Slicers last season, will play for her dad at Avon next season and will give a huge boost to a team that finished 1-20 in 2001.
Scott Micklo, the former boys coach at Whiting, will be taking over a young Rensselaer squad next season.  According to The Times, Micklo began his coaching career as a girls basketball coach in Florida.  He replaces Marian Horazy, who resigned her position at the end of last season.
New Albany has a new coach in David Rarick, who was hired to replace state championship coach Angie Hinton.  Rarick was officially named the new coach of the Bulldogs this week.  Rarick, who has successfully coached at Homestead, Scottsburg and Elkhart Memorial, is excited about his new position, according to the Jeffersonville Evening News.
As we reported earlier and as announced in the South Bend Tribune, James Aldridge will be the new basketball coach at Mishawaka Marian.  Aldridge is a former assistant from Bethel College and will serve as Marian's assistant athletic director as well.
Bremen has named Martin Huber as the new girls basketball coach for the Lions next season.  Huber was the girls coach at Bremen from 1978 to 1987 and won four sectionals and two regionals during that time.  Huber is also the athletic director at Bremen.
South Bend LaSalle has named Joe Ginzer as the new coach there.  Ginzer replaces two-year coach Scott Sill, who compiled a 7-33 record during his tenure.

The AAU State finals were held over the weekend, and complete results can be found on the Indiana AAU website.  High school-aged teams that qualified for nationals are as follows (first-place finishers in red):

18U - The Family, Boilerbackers Paul, Lady Mac Magic
17U - Mohr Magic, Magic City Express
16U - Indiana's Finest, Mohr Magic, River City Rockers
(The Family 16U first place finishers chose not to attend nationals)
15U - Central Indiana Heat, Mohr Magic/Carver, Indiana's Finest, Indiana's Elite
14U - Indiana's Finest Black, Southern Indiana Shooters Red, The Family, Mohr Magic

In the continuing story about the movements in the LAC and DAC, Hobart was officially voted in by the athletic directors of the LAC's 13 members.  The only step now remaining will be the approval of the Board of Control, which is made up of the LAC principals.  According to The Times, Hobart will not begin full participation as a LAC member until 2003.  Hobart, which is leaving the Duneland to go to the Lake, must abide by the DAC's two-year transition rule in making the change.  With regard to the DAC, it is still not known if a new member (or members) will be accepted after Hobart leaves.  Lake Central, East Chicago and Penn have all expressed an interest in joining the Duneland, but according to member Crown Point AD Jerry Caravana, the consensus of the DAC at this point is simply that there IS no consensus on whether or not the DAC will grow.

The Johnson County Daily Journal reported that the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference released a letter of support for the IHSAA in light of the recent attempt by the newly-formed Indiana High School Athletic Congress (IHSAC) to usurp the governing duties of the IHSAA.  The Daily Journal editorializes that it concurs with the opinion of the MIC.  

Ball State lost it's youthful and energetic coach to the Big Ten last week.  Brenda Oldfield, who turned around the Cardinals program in two short years, will take the head coaching position at Minnesota.  BSU, which will have eight Indiana natives on its roster next season, could see another native Hoosier at the helm of the program next fall.  According to the Muncie Star Press, BSU assistant coach Tracy Roller, a 1988 Crown Point grad and Indiana All-Star, will be applying for the position.  BSU signee Kate Endress of Evansville Memorial has stated that she is unsure whether or not she will attend Ball State in the fall now that Oldfield has gone elsewhere, but will make up her mind over the next few weeks.  (See Indianapolis Star article above.)

Also in the college arena, Steve Carlson has been named the new coach at Grace College.  Carlson, who was the assistant at Grace, replaces Lori Wynn who left after two years with the Grace program.  Wynn returns all five starters from last season, including leading scorer Tracie Mezera (14.2 ppg) of River Forest

East Chicago's LaTaunya Pollard was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame over the weekend.  According to the Indianapolis Star, the 1979 Miss Basketball stated that the honor "definitely topped" her career.  Pollard led her high school team to state championships in 1977 and 1979 and was the Wade Trophy winner in 1983, her senior year at Long Beach State.  Pollard would have played in the 1980 Olympics, but they were boycotted by the U.S. that year.

For those of you who keep track of this kind of stuff, the NCAA recently released the attendance records for a number of DI, II and III women's programs around the nation.  The good news is that overall, attendance is up by about 127,000 spectators nationwide.  Individually, Tennessee leads the way in attendance with 15,510 per game.  Purdue logged in at No. 7 and Notre Dame was No. 9.  ND also showed the greatest rise in attendance in a single year by nearly 3,000 fans per game, averaging almost 6,400 fans per home game.  PU and ND were the only two Indiana colleges listed in the findings.

News thru Saturday, June 2


More college signings and transfers:
Local Porter County Conference star Erica Martin of Kouts made her college choice known this past week.  The all-time Porter County scoring career leader will take her dead-eye shooting to Olivet Nazarene University.  Martin visited a variety of schools from DI (Drexel and Liberty) to NAIA, but knew where she wanted to go the minute she stepped on the ONU campus.  Martin will have a great opportunity to make an impact as a freshman.  ONU loses five seniors to graduation, four of which are guards or forwards.
Perry Meridian senior Molly Kemmerer, known for her hard play and perimeter shooting, will be playing basketball at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio.  Although she will be out of state, Kemmerer will get plenty of chances to play close to home.  Defiance plays a number of Indiana schools, including Franklin, Manchester, St. Francis, Hanover, Anderson and Bethel.
New Albany guard Amanda Sizemore has chosen to play at Bellarmine University in Kentucky.  Sizemore will join a number of Indiana players on the Bellarmine roster, including Jessah Martin of Luers, Jennifer DesJean of Perry Meridian, and Lynne Johnson of Corydon Central.
Plymouth senior Carin Benge will be attending the U. S. Naval Academy next year.  Benge, a member of the 3A State Runner-up Pilgrims and the 3A Roy Mental Attitude Award winner, was a defensive specialist on a team known for its defensive prowess, which is saying alot.  Benge averaged 5.6 points in a low-scoring offense that saw six Pilgrims scoring 5.0 or better per game.  Benge, also an outstanding track athlete, will participate in either basketball or track at the Naval Academy.
Connersville seniors Jenny Cooper (5'6) and Erica Pilgrim (5'8) will continue their college basketball careers together at Franklin.  The pair helped the Spartans to an overall 84-17 record during their high school careers, including three regional titles and trips to the 4A semi-state finals in 1999 and 2001.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Jessica Brock (Rising Sun) and Shanie Smith (Tri-Central) have decided to transfer from Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne to Marian.

Earl Smith of E.T. Pearl's Basketball Corner has been busy gathering sectional information from athletic directors all around the state.  He has compiled a list of the 2002 Sectional Assignment sites that will be recommended to the IHSAA for approval this fall.

The Indianapolis Star has upgraded its coverage of the upcoming Indiana All Star series with roster bios and schedules.  You can find the complete Indiana All-Star coverage on the lower sidebar of the High School Sports page.

Lots of coaching changes continue to surface around the state.
We reported last week that Hanover Central coach Larry Govert would not be returning to the sidelines for the Wildcats next season, and now we know why.  Citing a lack of respect from administration, as well as a school board member who was displeased with his coaching performance after just one year, Govert submitted his resignation the day after he was approved for the job at a May 9 school board meeting.  According to The Times, Govert was torn by the decision but followed through with the resignation despite the support of his players.  No replacement for Govert has yet been named.
Griffith players received good news this week when Panthers assistant Tom Golumbeck was named the new head coach.  Golumbeck will replace 2-year Griffith coach Dianna Melby, who resigned earlier this spring to concentrate on family.  According to The Times, this is Golumbeck's first head coaching position and he is excited to take on the job.
According to the Hickory Husker Coaching Rumor Mill, LaPorte boys assistant Steve Drabyn is set to be approved as the new girls coach at Avon.  If approved, Drabyn will most likely bring along his daughter, Kristin Drabyn, a LaPorte standout as a freshman this past season.  A whirlwind of controversy has surrounded the LaPorte program since earlier this spring when the LaPorte school board effectively renewed coach Greg Samuelson's contract after voting 3-4 against an administrative recommendation to non-renew.  Drabyn will have his work cut out for him if approved for the Avon job.  The 4A Avon program suffered through a 1-20 season in 2000-01, but did so against some pretty stiff competition.  That competition included Brownsburg, Southport, Lafayette Jeff, McCutcheon, Martinsville, Bloomington South, Plainfield, Pike, Ben Davis, Mooresville and Hamilton Southeastern.
There are many more coaching changes that have taken place since our last news update.  You can view them on the RRR Coaching Changes.  If you have any information to contribute about any coaching changes around the state, please pass them along.

Former East Chicago Roosevelt standout LaTaunya Pollard will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 9.  Pollard, Indiana's 1979 Miss Basketball, was the all-time leading scorer at Long Beach State and was an Olympian.  She was also tabbed the best collegiate player in the nation as the 1983 Wade Trophy winner.  You can see the complete list of HOF inductees at the WBHOF website.

According to the ESPN website, Ball State coach Brenda Oldfield may be talking with Big Ten member Minnesota about the head coaching position there.  Minnesota recently fired head coach Cheryl Littlejohn in light of team problems and alleged NCAA violations in the women's program.  Seniors who were recruited by Oldfield and will be heading to Ball State in the fall include Kate Endress of Evansville Memorial and Jessica Aldridge of South Bend Clay.

Forgot to include this one in our last update.  The Chicago Bulls organization is considering a bid for a WNBA team in the Windy City sometime in the future.  That is, if they can get Chicago women's basketball fans to commit to season tickets.  Before the Bulls will apply for a franchise, they want 7,500 season ticket holders in their pocket to assure success.  According to The Times, the WNBA doesn't have any plans in the near future for expansion teams, so the Bulls are looking at relocating either the Utah or Charlotte franchise to Chicago.  If they are successful, let's hope they come up with something better than a Bulls counterpart for a team name.  Somehow the Chicago Cows just don't make the grade...


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