Region Roundball Review
July, 2001
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Welcome to the news area of the Region Roundball Review. This page will be updated as information becomes available. If you have any news about girls basketball in the Region or around the State, please e-mail us with your information and we will include it here. Please note that not all links shown here will stay active indefinitely. Many links are to daily on-line publications that change or remove links from their sites on a daily basis. For your convenience, you can use the calendar at the right to access news for a particular day.

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     Important Upcoming Dates:

7/7-14 -  16U AAU Nationals, Winston-Salem, NC - DRAW - RESULTS
7/8 -  NCAA Evaluation period begins
7/11-14 -  US Junior National Invitational, Las Vegas, NV
7/12-20 -  17U AAU Nationals, Orlando, FL - DRAW - RESULTS
18U AAU Nationals, Orlando, FL -
DRAW - RESULTS
7/15-18 -  NIKE Elite Camp, Indianapolis, IN
7/15-20 -  Adidas All-American Camp, Pittsburgh, PA
7/20-28 -  14U AAU Nationals, Lafayette, LA - DRAW - RESULTS
15U AAU Nationals, Oklahoma City, OK -
DRAW - RESULTS
7/21-25 -  US Junior National Championship, Washington, DC
7/25-8/2 -  AAU Junior Olympics, Newport News, VA
7/27-29 -  NIKE Invitational Tournament, Chicago, IL - SCHEDULE
7/31 -  NCAA Evaluation period ends

News thru Tuesday, July 17

                                     

       


Rising junior Katie Gearlds (Beech Grove) impressed at the 16U AAU Nationals with a string of outstanding performances, which landed her on the 16U AAU All-Americans list.  (RRR photo)

The 16U AAU Nationals concluded play over the weekend, and the highest finish by an Indiana team was by Indiana's Finest, which finished in a tie for 15th place with a 5-2 record.  Katie Gearlds of Beech Grove was named to the list of 16U AAU All-AmericansMissy Taylor of Connersville, playing with the Dayton Hoopstars, was also named an All-American.  The River City Rockers, who did not qualify for Championship bracket play, advanced to the Shootout Final Four before being eliminated.  The Rockers went 5-3 in tournament play.  Mohr Magic was eliminated in Shootout play, finishing with a 4-2 record at nationals.
   
Nick Ray of Hoosierland Report is doing a nice job of covering the AAU nationals for all age groups.  Check his site daily for updates on the 17U and 18U competition, which got underway over the weekend.


The Nike Elite Camp gets underway this week at IUPUI in Indianapolis, and several Indiana elite participants will be there.  Senior Shanna Zolman of Wawasee, senior Sharika Webb of Cathedral and junior Katie Gearlds of Beech Grove will all be displaying their tremendous basketball skills.  No great discoveries of unknown talent will be made at this camp.  It is considered the premier event for the elite of the elite in high school girls basketball nationally.  All the big names in college coaching will be there as well -- not necessarily to see the players, but to be seen by the players they are hoping will come to their programs.  Webb, who is featured this week in Gold & Black Illustrated, reveals that she will be making an unofficial visit to Purdue later this week.  Webb is leaning heavily toward the Boilermakers, but is holding off on a commitment for the time being. 


A few coaching assignments have come our way. 
   
 Charlestown has named athletic director Tony Hall as the new girls coach there.  Hall replaces Michelle Ricks, who recently took the job at New Washington.  According to the Jeffersonville Evening News, Hall was the girls coach at Charlestown for four years before leaving the job just one year ago to take on AD duties.  Hall's appointment did not come without some controversy.  Several Clark County board members suggested that there might be a conflict of interest since Hall is also the athletic director at Charlestown, according to the Evening News.  However, the concerns were not enough to sway the entire board, and Hall was appointed.
   
Greenfield Central has named Donna McCarty as the new head coach of the Cougars.  Medora has hired Jonathan Crossley, a Ball State graduate, as the varsity girl’s basketball coach.   Also, Tri has named Charlie Byrket as its new coach.


New Ft. Wayne Luers coach Teri Rosinski is ready to "grab hold to" the shooting star of the Knights.  Rather than shying away from the pressures of maintaining the high level of the Luers program, Rosinski is relishing the opportunity.  You can read her thoughts on taking over the Luers program in the Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette.


Ancilla College announced last week  that they have acquired eight players from the Class of 2001, including a Northwest Indiana small school standout.  Jenny Howard (5'9 F) of  Kouts is joined by Megan  Baumgardt (5'4 G) and Brittany Hickson (5'2 PG) of Lebanon, Jessica Vandry (5'10 F/C) of New Prairie, Toccara Wilson (5'7 F) of South Bend Washington, Sara Siemen (6'1 F/C) of Concord, Tonya Roddy (5'8 F) of Fremont, and Kara Taylor (5'10 F) of East Noble, who will all be wearing Charger uniforms in 2001-02.  
     
 Head coach Dave Liverance, who was hired late in the recruiting season a year ago,  feels that this just might be the class to get Ancilla over the .500 mark after a challenging first season.  “When I started out recruiting, I really felt we might be at least one more year away from a .500 team,” said Liverance. “But I really feel that with the number of quality players from well-coached and highly successful high school teams, that we can compete in the upper levels of the conference."  Ancilla, a two-year junior college located in Donaldson, Indiana, finished 5-21 in women's basketball last season.  This recruiting class should help tremendously.  Liverance added that the cooperation of area coaches  has made recruiting much easier.  “I have traveled much of the northern part of the state in watching and recruiting  potential student-athletes. Talking basketball with the coaches is one of the extra pleasures you experience in visiting high schools,” Liverance said.  “We want to build a genuine relationship with the high schools, and we would like student-athletes to think of Ancilla first when they consider continuing their education."


Well, it took some doing, but we've finally finished our long-awaited update of the College Player Directory.  Believe it or not, former Indiana players are playing at over 115 secondary education institutions around the country, and the RRR is now linked to over 100 of them on the directory page.  We're pretty sure that we've probably missed a few players here and there, so please pass along any additions or corrections that you might be able to help us with.


Not long ago we reported that Indianapolis will be getting the Women's Final Four in 2005, but we just discovered that Terre Haute will be hosting the Final Four in 2002 and 2003 -- the NCAA Division III Final Four, that is.  According to D3Hoops, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will be acting as Final Four host for two consecutive seasons.   Region fans might be interested to know that it is possible that two former NWI players might make an appearance in the D3 Final Four next season.  Meg Sullivan (Andrean) and Susan Hay (Munster) both play for four-time Division III National Champions Washington University.  Sullivan had 7 points and 2 blocks in the national championship game in March. 


The Johnson County Journal recently ran a series of articles about injuries that many of you might find interesting.
   
Knee is tough but not invincible
Female athletes familiar with knee injuries
Athletes must deal with injuries


News thru Monday, July 9

                                     

       
In an attempt to make right the viewing opportunities for college coaches and exposure opportunities for players, AAU has made some adjustments to the playing schedule for the 16U AAU National Tournament in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  The schedule adjustments are as follows: 

The remainder of the schedule will go on as originally planned.  These changes, which no doubt required a Herculean effort on the part of tournament organizers to pull off, allows all players to theoretically be viewed by Division I coaches during the first day of the four-day observation window (July 11-14) for this tournament.  You can bet with a great deal of certainty, that this error will never occur again for AAU at the national level.


Of the three 16U teams at AAU Nationals, only one has made it out of pool play to enter Championship bracket play.  No. 5 seed Indiana's Finest went 3-0 through pool play in commanding style, defeating all three pool opponents by 17 points or more.  Finest played Florida Gold Hollywood Eagles, a team that went 2-1 in pool play, at 8:30 a.m. this morning in bracket play.  The results of that game are not yet known.
   
According to the results on the National AAU website, the River City Rockers fell twice in pool play to finish third in their pool.  Mohr Magic also fell twice in pool play, just 4 points off of qualifying for the championship bracket.  Both of these teams will continue on in the Shootout bracket, which begins on Tuesday.  You can view all of the results so far on the National AAU website.  


In case you didn't notice, there are less than 100 days until practice begins in October...  


Although it's been listed on our Coaching Changes for some time, the Shelbyville News reports that Waldron coach Jennifer Robinson has resigned to pursue her master's degree.  Robinson compiled a 27-18 record during her two years as the guiding hand of the Waldron varsity.  The Mohawks will be looking for a new coach, although Waldron's principal says that they already have someone from outside the Waldron athletic program in mind for the job.


If you haven't been there lately, Southern Indiana High School Basketball, maintained by tireless webmaster Ed Robinson, has a wealth of material from the All-Stars series, including video clips from the Junior-Senior All-Stars game in Bloomington (go to news of 7/6/01) and audio clip interviews with rising seniors Missy Taylor of Connersville and Shanna Zolman of Wawasee.  


If you were a bit sad Sunday morning and didn't quite know why, it could be that you were feeling a disturbance in the Force -- the Indiana High School Girls Basketball Force, that is.   Yesterday morning at 7:00 a.m., the demolition of Market Square Arena in Indianapolis was basically finalized with the implosion of the home to the IHSAA girls state finals for 20 years from 1980 to 1999.  You can read about the demolition, see photos and even watch the implosion on video at the Indianapolis Star.


Great news for the women's basketball fans in the Hoosier State emerged in today's Indianapolis Star.  The NCAA has declared Indianapolis the site of the NCAA Women's Final Four in 2005.  This will be the first-ever women's Final Four for Indiana, which somewhat boggles the mind considering the great support for women's and girls' basketball in this state.  The event will be held in either Conseco Fieldhouse, which seats 18,000+, or the RCA Dome,  which can seat about 40,000.  The Final Four has been a sellout since 1993 and continues to gain popularity each year.  Indianapolis is also the site for the 2002 Big Ten Tournament, which returns after one season away in Minnesota.  The Big 10 will be held the same weekend as the girls high school state finals.  Although it has been discussed extensively in the past, it is still uncertain whether or not the girls state finals will be accommodated within the Big Ten schedule at Conseco.  It would be a natural fit, as fans from both events could get the opportunity to see both tournaments during the same weekend while in town.


New Ball State head coach Tracy Roller has made her choices for supporting staff by hiring two new assistants to the Cardinals program.  According to the Ball State women's website, Tisha Hill, a 1992 IU basketball grad, and Kristin Cole, a 1994 Notre Dame basketball grad, both come to BSU with a wealth of experience at the college level.  Hill, who will work with the BSU guards, has been an assistant at Virginia Tech the past four years, and was part of a coaching staff that took their team to either NCAA or NIT post-season play the past four years, including an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 1999.  Hill has also coached at Wisconsin-Green Bay and Indiana.  Cole, whose strengths are post coaching, scouting and recruiting, comes to Muncie from a two-season stint at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  Prior to that she coached at Auburn for three years.


The Jeffersonville Evening News continues with its series of articles with regard to high school sports.  The latest stories deal with athlete burnout, online gambling and coaching commitments with the new summer practice rules.
   
Burnout persistent problem in prep sports
Coaches giving their all to prep sports
Online gambling becoming troublesome for youth


And finally, from the category of "What Are Prep Sports Coming To", a Florida high school basketball player felt that it was necessary to bring along a public relations representative to deal with the media while he is participating in the Nike All-America Camp, which got underway Friday in Indianapolis.  Unbelievable, but the proof is in the Evansville Courier & Press.  Heaven help us if the girls game ever degenerates to this level.


News thru Friday, July 6

                                     

       
Due to a major AAU snafu, the NCAA has restricted the observation dates for the 16U AAU Nationals in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from July 11 to July 14, four days after 16U nationals competition begins on July 7.  In order for NCAA membership college coaches to attend exposure events, the NCAA must officially certify the event.  According to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), as of yesterday afternoon there will be no change to the dates allowed by the NCAA for the 16U tournament or the 14U-18U AAU National Invitational Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  However, the restriction, "due to a delay in paperwork being submitted by AAU officials under the certification process," is still being appealed through the NCAA Administrative Review Committee.  NCAA event certification rules require that the 17-page application be submitted at least one month prior to the scheduled event.  At the 16U AAU Nationals, the most highly attended AAU event of the summer by college coaches, pool play begins on Saturday morning and concludes on Sunday.  Bracket play begins Monday, with the certainty that teams in both the Championship and Shootout brackets will not be in it by the time college coaches are able to attend on Wednesday.  This will definitely be a missed opportunity for both players and college programs.
   
Also of significant note in the WBCA update, it was reported that observation dates for the July 11-14 US Junior National Invitational in Las Vegas has been restricted to just one day on July 13 for college coaches.  View the latest list of NCAA Summer 2001 Women's Basketball Certified Events (updated through July 3).


Boiler Station is reporting that former Ben Davis student Sultra Harding, currently in the JUCO trenches at Wabash Valley Junior College, has committed to Purdue for the 2002-03 season.  The 6'2 post will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Boilermakers.  Harding, who is the cousin of Ben Davis standout Shyra Ely, never played for Ben Davis due to fifth-year eligibility issues with the IHSAA.  She becomes the third committed Purdue recruit for the scholarship year, leaving just one scholarship open for the Class of 2002.  Look for that scholarship to most likely go to a point guard to replace the combo guard services of Purdue rising senior Kelly Komara (Lake Central), who will graduate in 2002.


The NCAA has entered into an 11-year, $200 million deal with ESPN to cover the women's NCAA basketball tournament through 2013.  The coverage will include options to viewers through commercial and pay-per-view avenues to watch all 63 games of the tournament, as well as a live broadcast of the Division II Women's National Championship game.  According to the Associated Press, changes to the tournament are on the horizon because of the new deal.  Most likely the Division I Women's Final Four would move to a Sunday-Tuesday format, away from the current Friday-Saturday format (a big break for competing teams to get some extra rest before the championship game).  Also the regional finals would take place over two days instead of playing all four in one day.


News thru Wednesday, July 4

                                     

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
(Make it a SAFE one!) 
   


South Bend Riley senior Christa Ragukonis shows the outside shooting form that she will take to Manchester College next season.  (RRR photo)

Ft. Wayne Heritage rising junior Leah Enterline has made an extremely early commitment to attend Indiana University beginning in the fall of 2003.  According to the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette, the 5'10 guard/forward chose IU over recruiting overtures from Notre Dame, Purdue and Illinois.  Enterline averaged 17.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists last season and will again be the focus of the Patriot offense this coming season.
   

No real confirmation to the RRR on this one yet, but some recruiting websites are reporting that Cathedral rising senior Sharika Webb has committed to Purdue.  If true, Webb will be the third member of the 2002 Indiana prep class to commit to the Boilermakers.  Purdue has already received commitments from Carol Duncan of NorthWood and Ashley Mays of Warren Central.  Webb led two-time 3A State Champion Cathedral in scoring last season with 16.2 points per contest, and also averaged 5.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.7 steals.
   
South Bend Riley senior Christa Ragukonis will be playing next season at Manchester College.  The 5'9 perimeter threat averaged 12.9 points per game for the Wildcats last season.

    

Indianapolis Star writer Pat McKee reports that Marni Green of Lawrence North will play at Aurora University in Illinois next season.  Also, McKee has an interview with Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw in which she states that two or three incoming freshmen may start for the Irish next season.  South Bend Washington standout Jackie Batteast could be one of those vying for a starting position with the departure of a number of ND seniors to graduation.


Homestead head coach Teri Rosinski is expected to be named the new coach at Ft. Wayne Luers.  According to the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel, Rosinski, who leaves Homestead looking for their fifth coach in seven years, has also coached at Ft. Wayne North Side and Indiana-Purdue Ft. Wayne.  Rosinksi will have the daunting task of living up to the expectations of a winning program that has won three consecutive 2A State Championships.  Luers moves into the 3A ranks next season, where the IHSAA tournament competition will not be as willing to fall to Luers' traditionally high-level game.  (Watch for FW Concordia to give Luers a good challenge next season.)  Rosinksi compiled a record of 17-26 during her two years at Homestead and will replace Luers legend Gary Andrews, who has moved on to the college coaching ranks at the University of St. Francis.
   
Former Paoli coach Amy Amstutz has been named the new head coach at Bloomfield for the 2001-2002 season.  Amstutz, who was 6-15 during her one year at Paoli, replaces 7-year Bloomfield coach Paula Fettig.


Our Senior All-Stars v. Junior All-Stars Photo Gallery is now ready for viewing.  I apologize to the seniors (for realizing after the fact) that my camera was aimed at the juniors most of the evening.  You'll have to forgive this proud mom for being a bit biased with the camera that night.  Heaven help me if Crown Point ever makes it past the regionals.  It's hard to cover both immediate family and the Indiana girls basketball family at the same time!


We reported back in May about the spinal cord injury suffered by Mishawaka guard Sarah Schools, which has put the courageous young women in a wheelchair, most likely for the remainder of her life.  The South Bend Tribune has an inspiring article about the amazing spirit of Sarah and her thoughts on this difficult situation.  Parents, if you have a daughter who feels that she is in an unbearable situation and that things are just too difficult to deal with, you need to print this one out and give it to your child to read.  Sarah is an inspiration for everyone, and we look forward to following her story.


The Plainfield Flyer has a nice article about Ben Davis standouts Shyra Ely and Ashley Allen.  The two give their thoughts on the All-Star series, and All-Star coach Bruce Dockery of Evansville Memorial gives his impressions of the two girls and the roles they played on the All-Stars team.


Martinsville rising senior Mandy Geryak is the focus of an article at Gold & Black Illustrated.  The 5'7 point guard is hoping for an offer from Purdue, where she has wanted to go "forever."  According to the article, Geryak has also received interest from Indiana, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Southwest Missouri State and many others.  


The Hoosier Girls Basketball Report Summer Showcase will be taking place on Sunday, July 29, at the Sports Center in Plainfield.  This will be one of the last recruiting events for college coaches to observe players during the summer evaluation period.  Players will be placed on teams, with games scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Cost for the event is $70.00.  If interested, you can contact HGBR Director Bryan Alexander at hoosiergbr@yahoo.com.  


Speaking of the NCAA evaluation period, the recruiting circus begins this Sunday, July 8, which incidentally coincides with the 16U AAU Nationals in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Three teams from Indiana will compete for the 16U national title, including Indiana's Finest (seeded No. 5), Mohr Magic and River City Rockers.  All three teams start out competition on Saturday morning, according to the 16U Draw.  Results will be posted several times daily on the National AAU website.  You can also visit the Winston-Salem tourism website for further information about the 16U AAU Nationals.
   
College coaches will be busy traipsing around the country during the 24-day NCAA evaluation period in July.  This is the only time they will be able to observe players during the summer months, the height of the recruiting season for rising seniors.  While their focus will be on filling positions for 2002 with incoming seniors, coaches will also be evaluating underclass talent for the future, right on down to the 10-year-olds.  During this time, coaches can converse with rising seniors, but are prohibited from discussions with rising high school underclassmen.  The 16U Nationals is the most recruited AAU event of the summer season, attracting all the big names in college coaching.  Several other prime events which attract hundreds of college coaches include the US Junior National Invitational in Las Vegas, the US Junior National Championships in Washington, D.C., the End of the Trail Tournament in Oregon, the Nike Invitational Tournament in Chicago, and the AAU Junior Olympics, an event which the NCAA allows coaches to observe beyond the July 31 observation period.  Also of high interest to college coaches, but mostly just for buttressing up their offers and support to the invitation-only elite participants, are the Nike Elite Camp in Indianapolis, and the Adidas Top Ten Camp in Pittsburgh.
   
Link to NCAA Clearinghouse materials (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)AN IMPORTANT NOTE TO DIVISION I & II RISING SENIOR HOPEFULS AND THEIR PARENTS:  Now that the academic year has concluded, it is time to begin the process of submitting information for certification by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse in order to accept a scholarship during the early signing period in November.  Standardized test scores, such as the SAT or ACT, are required in order to receive certification.  (A standardized test score is also required before you can go on any official visits in the fall.)  You can get the Clearinghouse registration documents on-line (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader), see your high school counselor, or call the NCAA Clearinghouse at 1-800-638-3731.


The Jeffersonville Evening News is running a series of articles with regard to high school sports and how jobs, the new IHSAA rules and other factors are affecting participation.  These articles bring out some interesting thoughts on the current state of affairs in high school athletics.
    
Lay-coaches play a big role in team success
Rules change to have big impact on summer athletics
Competition down among prep teams
Rule change allows summer sports participation
Job hunt leaving prep teams in the lurch


According to the Illinois women's website, former Purdue standout and 1991 Miss Basketball Jennifer Jacoby (Rossville) has been appointed as a new assistant for the Illini.  Jacoby leaves her assistant post at Miami (Ohio) to join former Indiana University coaching associate and now Illinois assistant Renee Reed, who assisted the Hoosiers with Jacoby several years ago.  A two-time Purdue MVP at point guard, Jacoby will work with the Illini guards.  She replaces Krista Reinking, a Bellmont standout and 1994 Indiana All-Star, who resigned the Illini earlier this summer to pursue a career outside of college basketball. 


A one-day Tom Nordland Shooting Camp will be held at Evansville Memorial according to the Evansville Courier & Press.  The camp will take place on Friday, July 6.


According to Gold & Black Ilustrated, an unfortunate incident has resulted in the indefinite suspension of Purdue rising sophomore Shalicia Hurns (Broad Ripple).


After a very rough start to the season, the Indianapolis Fever has been quietly moving up in the Eastern Conference standings.  With a 5-8 record, the Fever is now tied for third place. With 19 regular season games left on the schedule, Coach Nell Fortner knows not to get too excited yet at this stage.  She is looking at the short-term improvements to keep plugging away at the long-term goal, which is to have a league contender.  Fortner gives a few of her opinions on the team's progress in the Indianapolis Star.  Next up for the Fever is two-time defending WNBA champion Houston on Friday at Houston.
   
Former East Chicago standout Monica Maxwell has been on the injured reserve roster since June 21 due to a sprained shoulder.  She was activated on July 1, and scored 8 points with 3 rebounds in 14 minutes.  Conversely, Danielle McCulley (Gary West Side) was placed on the injured reserve roster on July 1 with Achilles tendonitis.


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.



 

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