Region Roundball Review
August, 2000
News & Updates
    
          

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.

Important Upcoming Dates:

8/01 thru 9/07 - NCAA Quiet Period (see NCAA calendar)
9/01 - Juniors may begin receiving expanded mail from colleges
9/08 thru 9/29 - NCAA Contact Period (see NCAA calendar)
9/12 - Registration deadline for 10/14 S.A.T.

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News thru Thursday, August 31

       


E.T. Pearl's Basketball Corner is the latest website to hit the Indiana high school basketball network.


All right all you suffering Indiana high school girls basketball addicts, we've got a great fix for you!   Someone in the north part of the state has been working very hard on a new high school basketball website and he's already posted some really nice previews for a number of teams.  Earl Mishler, the webmaster of E. T. Pearl's Basketball Corner, will be covering both girls AND boys basketball in North Central Indiana this season.   He has quite a site, which will include schedules, rosters, team previews, conference standings and game results for teams in 11 counties and more.  His site is not yet complete, but there's plenty there to keep you busy for now.  Earl just asks that you read the introductory comments at his website before you go looking around.  Pearl's Basketball Corner is also linked on our QuickLinks and Best Basketball Links for your future reference.  Enjoy!


Duneland Conference rivals Katie Beckman (6'1 C) of LaPorte and junior Alex Webster (5'10 G) of Crown Point recently faced off on the soccer field in a preview of things to come during the basketball season.  LaPorte made a strong finish in sectional play last basketball season, defeating a strong Chesterton team and taking state runner-up Valpo to the wire with a temporary 5-point lead in the 4th quarter.  Beckman's play as a sophomore was one of the reasons why LaPorte came on so strong.  She had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the Chesterton sectional win, and 5 points and 3 steals in a low-scoring game against Valpo before fouling out of the game.  The center has also been known to knock down the trey over unsuspecting defenders.  Beckman was impressive this week on the soccer field, showing some exceptional speed, athleticism and endurance for a post player.  She will be key to LaPorte's game plan this season, together with returning seniors Alexis Bernacchi (5'8 F) and Brooke Reed (5'9 G).  The Slicers may be the biggest sleeper in the Duneland, and could challenge DAC leaders Valpo, Portage and a strong returning Crown Point contingent that includes Webster and seniors Sarah Zondor (5'7 G), Nikki Borys (6'0 C) and Amanda Bernard (5'8 F).  



Buff senior Sarah Zondor of Crown Point, shown here bringing the ball up the court at the 17U AAU State Tournament, will be one of the NWI representatives at the Hoosierland Report Workout in Ft. Wayne on September 9.


Hoosierland Report has released its participant list for the upcoming I.B.N./Hoosierland Report Workout/Girls Showcase of Stars event on Saturday, September 9, in Ft. Wayne.  Northwest Indiana players expected to be in attendance include seniors Amanda Autrey (6'0 C/F) of Portage and Sarah Zondor (5'7 G) of Crown Point, juniors Lauren Bechtold (5'5 G) of Hebron, Jamie Gutowski (5'7 G) of Andrean, Lisa Matie (5'9 G/F) of Hobart and Alex Webster (5'10 G) of Crown Point, and freshmen Kiki Bytnar (5'6 G) of Griffith and Kristen Drabyn (5'5 G) of LaPorte.  The lineup for the day looks good, especially for the Class of 2002, which includes just about every top player in that class.  The Class of 2001 is minus some of the big names, which is not unusual since some of them have already committed to colleges.  Also, a number of top players are unable to attend due to commitments in other school sports.  The team format for this event has not yet been confirmed, although the original mailings stated that participants would be playing against players in their own class.  As reported earlier, this event is open to the public with a $10.00 admission charge.  For more information, contact Hoosierland Report webmaster Nick Ray.


Hoosierland Report is also reporting that South Bend Washington standout Jackie Batteast has narrowed her college choices down to five top-level D1 programs.  You can see her list on the HR Message Board.


The Ft. Wayne Sentinel had a very interesting article about the beginnings of girls sports in Indiana, this during the 25th anniversary of girls basketball sanctioned by the IHSAA.  Some interesting memories are relayed in the article, including how one girls basketball team was given team socks that had been previously used by the boys baseball team!  We've come a LONG way, girls, and this article is a great one to help you appreciate what your moms went through before the much-improved parity in boys and girls sports today.  Parents, print this one out for your girls and slip it on their nightstand for bedtime reading.  Well, maybe not.  It might give them nightmares!


If you haven't caught this one in the papers yet, we have it here for you.  Indiana gubernatorial candidate David McIntosh has vowed to bring back single class basketball if he is elected governor.  According to the Indianapolis Star, many opinions are surfacing on whether or not class basketball should even be an issue in a statewide election.  This article has some interesting viewpoints.


The www.womenscollegehoops.com website has taken the plunge with its Early Bird Top 50 rankings, and two Indiana colleges appear in the Top 5.  Purdue and Notre Dame log in at No. 3 and 4, respectively, with Indiana making the cut at No. 47.  (Guess who are the No. 1 & 2 teams?)  This early rankings list notes that Purdue has star Katie Douglas (Perry Meridian) and an awesome recruiting class, while Notre Dame has 5 returning seniors, including All American Ruth Riley (North Miami) and a terrific supporting cast.  This list is also highly complimentary to IU's new head coach Kathi Bennett, predicting that IU will be a national power within three years.  If true, the Hoosier state will have a national triple-threat with IU, PU and ND.  (And could Ball State and Evansville be close behind?)  This site also has a load of post-season evaluations of college teams, conference by conference.  A fun site for those of you who follow college hoops.


Indiana head coach Kathi Bennett gives an early outlook on the Hoosiers for the upcoming season in the Bloomington Hoosier Times.  It will be interesting to see the program's progress during Bennett's first year. After languishing in the Big Ten and in the shadows of the men's IU program for years, IU will be a study in building a program from the bottom up.  To help the cause, Bennett will have some new material to work with in the IU lineup in the form of Franklin grad and Indiana All Star Anna Waugh, who will be a freshman at IU this season.  IU's success can only make Indiana a stronger women's basketball state.


Purdue's Kristy Curry had a busy start to the week.  The second-year head coach gave birth to an 8 lb., 12 oz. baby girl named Kelsey.  The daughter of Curry and her husband, assistant coach Kelly Curry, has potential for a spot on the 2018 Indiana All Star Team.  The young Curry measured in at 21 1/4 inches, a good indication of some height, and according to assistant coach Kerry Cremeans, the young lady has quite a grip.  You can read about the new Lady Boilermakers mascot and the players' reactions to the new addition to the team at the Purdue Exponent.  Congratulations Coaches Curry!


Notre Dame assistant coach Coquese Washington was featured recently in the South Bend Tribune.  The 1992 Notre Dame point guard also played for the WNBA National Champions Houston Comets this past summer and serves as the president of the WNBA Players Association.


News thru Thursday, August 24

       


Rising senior Kate Doll, shown here playing for the Indiana Storm, has verbally committed to Cleveland State University.  The 5'10 forward will be the focal point of a a strong Penn team that will be vying for top billing in the tough Northern Indiana Conference.


Penn's Kate Doll has verbally committed to Cleveland State.  According to the South Bend Tribune, Doll is expected to contribute immediately next season at both shooting guard and small forward positions for Cleveland State.  She will be joining Class of 2000 grads Abby Scharlow (New Albany) and Christina Shrake (Mooresville) at CSU.  Doll averaged 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season with the Kingsmen, and is expected to be the centerpiece of a strong returning squad.  Doll was a second team selection last season in the competitive Northern Indiana Conference and helped her team to a three-way conference title tie with South Bend Washington and South Bend Clay.


According to a very reliable source, Carrie Stine (Ft. Wayne Luers), will be playing at the University of Indianapolis instead of Murray State this season.  The 5'10 forward was released from her signing with Murray State due to a "signing location" infraction by the college.  Before deciding on the U of I, Stine also talked with Tri-State, IN Tech,
 and St. Francis.  Stine averaged 9.7 points and 7.6 rebounds as a senior for the Knights last season, and helped her 2A team capture consecutive state titles in 1999 and 2000.


Some late news from the Logansport/Kokomo area, but better late than never!
   
Lewis Cass grad Julie Spencer will play for Spring Arbor College in Spring Arbor, Michigan.  The 5'10 forward averaged 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Kings and helped her team to a sectional championship.  Spencer was also Academic All-State Honorable Mention and the Defensive Player of the Year for Lewis Cass.  You can read about Spencer's college choice in the Logansport Pharos Tribune.
   
Logansport recently named its new head basketball coach after the departure of former coach Mike Springer, who will be the new women's basketball coach at Marian College.  Varsity assistant Tom Berry will move into the lead role after supporting Springer on the bench for the past four years.  According to the Logansport Pharos Tribune, Matt Tuggle will be the new varsity assistant.  Logansport will be trying to rebuild after a disappointing 2-19 season.
   
Rochester also hired a new coach back in May to take over the head coaching position vacated by Scott Mills, who left to spend more time with his family.  Varsity assistant Tony Stesiak will take over the reins after three years in a support role.  Stesiak, who was groomed by Mills to take over as head coach, is a LaPorte High School and Ball State grad.  According to the Logansport Pharos Tribune, Rochester is in good shape to have an outstanding season with the return of sister duo Jill and Tessa Bair and a strong incoming junior class.
   
Eastern lost its long-time coach Don Walker to a new job in the Colorado Rockies, but a new face has arrived on the scene to take over the Comets program.  Alexandria grad and 1989 Indiana All Star Sabrina Slone will take over the program that went 8-14 last season after a trip to the 2A semi-state in 1999.  According to the Kokomo Tribune, Slone, who has been at Norwell the past three seasons as a varsity assistant, is expected to be an energetic and inspirational leader for the Comets.


New Bedford North Lawrence coach Frank Decker is expecting good things during his first year as head coach.  The Bloomington Hoosier Times describes how the BNL players kicked it into high gear throughout the summer to prepare for what is expected to be a great season for the Stars.  This article is a bit dated (July), but has some very good information about the BNL program and its new coach.


According to a post on the Hoosierland Report message board by webmaster Nick Ray, the I.B.N./Hoosierland Report Workout, scheduled for September 9, has reached its maximum participant entries with 120.


Indiana University 6'0 forward Jamie Gathing will most likely miss the entire season after undergoing ACL reconstructive surgery.  Considered one of the most athletic players on the team, Gathing was injured last week while practicing with the Big Ten All-Star Team.  The opportunity for minutes at the forward position now exists for former Perry Meridian move-out Charliss Ridley, who will be a Hoosier rookie this season.  Ridley moved to Illinois after one year as a freshman at Perry Meridian. This might also open the door for the rumored, but unconfirmed, walk-on attempt of Columbia City's Connie Myers (5'10 G/F), who also tore an ACL during her team's semi-state championship win over Griffith.  With the bench trimmed by one, the Indiana coaching staff may be looking to boost the bench for the season with the capable skills of Myers.


Looking through our recent cable guide, we noticed an interesting program that will be airing in October.  For those of you who played against the 13-and-Under Lady Hoopstars this past summer, you might want to catch the program "Totally Hoops" on the Disney Channel.  The Hoopstars team was featured in this reality-based series, which follows the girls on and off the court. You can read about the experience of one of the players on the team who endured the cameras and the attention in The Columbus Dispatch.


The Women's Basketball Journal is treading a new frontier this season with its inaugural edition of the WBJ College Preview magazine.  Every fall, the bookstores are packed to the gills with men's college basketball preview magazines, where you might find a few pages dedicated to the women's game buried somewhere between the men's JC outlook and the advertisements for body-building protein powders.  Now this new magazine will give the women's game a publication to call its own.  The magazine will be published in October and be available for $7.95 each.  You can pre-order the magazine at the WBJ link above to secure a copy in case your local bookstore won't be carrying the magazine.


News thru Thursday, August 17

       


Junior All Star Jill Corbett, shown here putting the defensive clamps on Senior All Star Suzie Hammel, has verbally committed to the Top 20 Vanderbilt University women's basketball program.


Cathedral's Jill Corbett announced a change of college plans last week after receiving an offer simply "too good to refuse." With the understanding, support and blessings of the Cornell coaching staff, with whom Corbett originally committed, the 5'10 senior accepted a basketball scholarship to the Top 20 women's basketball program at Vanderbilt University. The Commodores made the offer to Corbett last week after seeing her play during the observation period in July. Cornell, an Ivy League school, does not offer athletic scholarships.  Corbett will have a full ride to Vandy, which was 21-13 overall last season.  The Commodores took a very good Louisiana Tech team to the wire in a 65-66 loss in first round NCAA tournament play last spring.  They will graduate two players, a point guard and center, after the 2000-2001 season.  


Reporter and columnist Mark Smith of the Crown Point Star has a really nice feature article on high school sports in its current weekly issue, and how athletics participation relates to a school's general education program.  This article is not available on line, but Smith interviewed Lowell's girls varsity basketball coach Patti McCormack for her viewpoint on the topic.  Her comments are worth repeating here.  She states, "There are things taught out here that aren't taught in the classroom.  Leadership, for one.  Responsibility for yourself and for others.  Where is a kid going to learn to be a leader nowadays, if it's not on a team?  Those are things we say we want to teach young people, but where else is it taught?"  She adds, "They need to know how to take direction.  How to be a good citizen.  How to represent themselves properly.  How to handle themselves in a crisis.  How to deal with teammates, even ones they don't like.  I don't care if you're a scholar, if you don't pick up some of those people skills, you're not going to be a very effective adult."  Some discussion takes place in the article regarding the public view of finances for athletics, but doesn't explode the myth that is the general belief of the public sector at large.  The myth is that public funds are used to support athletic programs.  By state law, only coaches' and trainers' salaries can be paid with public school tax revenue.  All athletic equipment, uniforms and warmups, officials' fees, bus rides, and any other traveling expenses, such as hotels and meals, must be funded through other sources, such as gate receipts, concessions and donations.  (Which explains why your school's Booster Club needs all the help it can get!)


Bryan Alexander, former women's assistant coach at IUPUI and now director of a new girls recruiting service called Hoosier Girls Basketball Report, has announced that his organization will be sponsoring a one-day exposure event at the University of Indianapolis on Sunday, September 24.  Invitations to the event will be mailed sometime this week, and may already be in the mail.  The cost is $60.00, which includes a reversible mesh jersey.  Only the first 96 applications received will be accepted.  Since this is a Sunday event, a chapel will be held at 10:30 a.m. for those interested.  A number of top high school coaches will be involved, and representatives from all of the top college programs in the state, as well as a number of D1 programs from outside the state are expected to be in attendance.  In tandem with this event, a coaches clinic will be held the day before, September 23, also at the University of Indianapolis. Tentative keynote speakers include Kathi Bennett of Indiana University, Brenda Oldfield of Ball State and Stan Benge of Ben Davis.  Other speakers are being lined up at this time.  Cost to coaches for the Saturday clinic is $50.00 and includes a meal, clinic shirt and a coach's portfolio.  Anyone interested in finding out additional details regarding these two events can contact Bryan Alexander at HoosierGBR@yahoo.com.


Attention high school coaches:  High School Sports Publications is currently gathering information for the upcoming season for all girls basketball teams in the state.  HSSP will be printing it's inaugural high school basketball directory for the 2000-2001 season.  This new publication will have a page dedicated to each school in the state, complete with photos, stats and schedules for both girls and boys basketball, and is FREE of charge to your school.  The magazine is sponsored by the Indiana Attorney General's office and businesses from all around the state.  Requests for information were mailed out to every girls high school coach over the summer, but a number have not been returned.  The publication deadline for this exposure opportunity is quickly approaching.  (No individual player ads will appear in the magazine; only team information.)  The HSSP high school basketball directory, which is endorsed by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA), will be mailed to college coaches around the country and be made available to the public later this fall.  Proceeds from this publication will go directly to the IBCA scholarship fund.  If you did not receive your request for information and do not want your team to miss out on this opportunity, you can contact Hank Kilander of HSSP at 1-800-969-0097.  You can also visit the HSSP website at http://www.rrsn.com for more information about HSSP.


Center Grove senior Jennifer Gandolph may not have college basketball in her future.  The outstanding 6'2 center for the Trojans sat out nearly half the summer with a fractured ankle, missing the 16U Nationals with her Ft. Wayne Orthopaedics AAU team.  But the senior is more than ready to take the floor this fall in volleyball.  Gandolph was the 1999 Johnson County Player of the Year last volleyball season, and according to the Johnson County Daily Journal, is being recruited by some of the best college volleyball programs in the nation, including Penn State, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State and Alabama.  Gandolph and the Trojans are ranked No. 3 in Class 4A volleyball.


Former Martinsville standout April Traylor is trotting the globe this month with her fellow Florida State Seminoles teammates on a European team tour.  In her diary account of a day in Paris at the Atlantic Coast Conference website, the rising college junior gives her take on French cuisine and French basketball courts.  While in France, the Seminoles defeated A.L.G.M. (don't ask me what that stands for) by an overwhelming 86-40.  An account of the game is also available at the ACC website.  Next up on the agenda for Traylor and the FSU women is a jaunt over to Switzerland.


The competitive season for fall sports got underway all around the state this week.  Although we cover girls basketball only on this website, we wanted to take the opportunity to wish all basketball players participating in fall sports good health throughout the fast and furious fall high school season.  We'll be watching you, but don't forget... girls basketball is just 60 days away!  So keep that shooting form in shape.  You should have plenty of time in between practices, games, homework, studying, football games, dances, parties, work....  ;-)


News thru Friday, August 11

       

Portage senior Lauren Hansen made the most of her busy basketball schedule with the Top Recruits team based out of Kokomo this summer.  During a basketball trip out east, Hansen caught the eye of college head coach Joe Key when her team spent a weekend at his Wheeling Jesuit University gym in May to play local AAU teams and catch a few games with players of WJU women's team.  As a result of that weekend of play, the 5'11" rising senior forward was offered a full ride to the Wheeling, West Virginia, school.  According to her farmily, Hansen, a pre-med major, "chose Wheeling, a private, liberal arts university, over several larger D1 and D2 schools for WJU's nationally acclaimed academics, high medical school acceptance rate (+95%), state-of-the-art facilities, beautiful setting in the hills of West Virginia and a top-rate athletic program that boasts many All-Americans and Olympic participants.   Wheeling's women's team is regionally known for their strong program, tradition of winning and conference championships and is perched to go to the next level."   After spending some time at the campus last weekend, Hansen decided Wheeling was the place for her.  According to the All-Duneland Conference player, "I loved the atmosphere, the coaches, and the strong academic/athletic support system and sense of family.  I can't wait to get to WJU."  Hansen will join a WJU roster that includes 1999 North Harrison graduate Jo Carr.


After months of uncertainty, Munster has finally filled its girls basketball coaching vacancy.  Beth Vesa, a three-year junior varsity coach with the Mustangs, has gotten the nod from the Munster administration to take over the girls' program after the departure of two-year coach Greg Luksich.  According to The Times (one-day link), Vesa also coached at Chicago Washington in Illinois for 5 years at the junior varsity level.  Vesa will have her work cut out for her with the departure of seven seniors who amassed 30 wins over the past two years.  However, the cupboard is not totally bare.  A number of young players who have been patiently waiting in the wings are ready to take on a bigger role, including rising juniors Jill Martin, Christina DiCostanzo, and Stephanie Schrage.


The Crawfordsville Journal Review reports that Covington head coach Pat O'Neil has left his two-year position there to take a baseball coaching job at Brownsburg.



Junior All Star Kate Endress goes in for a bucket against the Indiana All Stars in June.  Endress will be at the Hoosierland Report Workout in Ft. Wayne on September 9.


According to Nick Ray of the Hoosierland Report Workout (which has dropped the "Top 40" designation from it's name), the following top players have accepted invitations to the workout: Junior All-Stars Kate Endress (Evansville Memorial), Jill Corbett (Cathedral), Nina Stone (Pike), Candice Williams (Lebanon) and Sara Riedeman (Greensburg), as well as juniors Shanna Zolman (Wawasee) and Missy Taylor (Connersville), and sophomore Katie Gearlds (Beech Grove).  A complete list of attendees will be released by Hoosierland Report at the end of the month.


All college coaches and players mark your calendar now.  Another Indiana exposure event is set to take place on Sunday, September 24, in Indianapolis.  When we get complete details, we will pass them on to you.


According to an interview in the Evansville Courier Press, new IHSAA Commissioner Blake Ress foresees changes in the current basketball tournament format.  The key driving force behind the expected change is the big hit that basketball has taken at the IHSAA tournament gate with the latest format, which includes a mid-week regional.  Although not stated in this article, the IHSAA has previously indicated that no major changes in the tournament format are expected until the 2001-2002 season.


We missed this one that came to us from one of our regulars.  Decatur Central grad Mary Blessing has been declared eligible for the 2000-01 college season at the University of Toledo. There was some question as to whether or not she would have to sit out her freshman year of college after she reneged on her Letter of Intent to Evansville University, but Blessing was granted a complete release by the Collegiate Commissioner's Association.  You can get all the details at the Toledo women's website.


The Evansville University women's team left for Japan on Tuesday to play the Junior All-Stars of the Japan Basketball League.  According to the Evansville Courier Press, the trip will be a homecoming for the Ace's Shinko Ono, a senior on this season's team.  The game will be played in Ono's former high school in Nagasaki City.  The Aces will also play other teams while in Japan, including Japan's top women's team on Saturday.  You can follow the happenings of their trip, including photos, game results, and player diary entries, at the Evansville women's basketball website.


Purdue's Katie Douglas (Perry Meridian) is expecting to be in playing form when the college season starts.  According to Boiler Station, the standout senior had surgery on her right ankle to reconstruct ligaments torn during last season.  


The Fever played its last game of the season this week, finishing out with a 67-51 win over Charlotte and escaping a last-place finish in the league.  With a 9-23 record, the first-year expansion team may have taken its knocks, but it should pay off next season.  The Indianapolis Star reminds us that this season's head coach Anne Donovan will move to second chair when Nell Fortner finishes up her stint with the Olympics team.  The feeling by the Indy franchise owners is that Donovan did a tremendous job for the team's first year, making starters out of a number of last season's WNBA bench warmers now with the Fever.  Monica Maxwell (East Chicago/Louisiana Tech) was one of them, who became a starter and one of the Fever's best long-range threats on a team that led the league in 3-point shooting percentage.  Also in the Indianapolis Star, sports columnist Bill Benner makes an interesting "observation" regarding the Fever.  In his summary of the just-completed WNBA season and of things to come next season, Benner had this to say:  
   
"The WNBA game, honestly, is an acquired taste, and many of my male friends -- particularly sportswriting types -- will never deem it worthy. I liked what I saw Wednesday night: good up-and-down action, terrific effort and nice court awareness and ball movement. But then, I'm a Hoosier, and I'm easily entertained by any kind of basketball." 
   
Gee.  Thanks for the compliment to the women's game, Bill.


News thru Monday, August 7

       

Two top rising seniors have announced their intentions for college with verbal commitments made last week.  Roncalli sharpshooter Erin Moran (5'9 G/F) has committed to the University of Indianapolis, while South Bend Clay's Jessica Aldridge (6'2 F) has committed to Ball State.  
   
Moran chose the U of I over Cleveland State, Evansville, Ohio and St. Joe's.  "U of I was always my number one choice for college," Moran said.  "After visiting with the coaches, I knew I wanted to be a part of their program.  Coach (Teri) Moren impressed upon me that she really wanted me to be a part of their program.  So it was an easy choice."  Although undecided on a major, Moran is leading toward studies in the marketing and business fields.
   
Aldridge, who played with Top Recruits this past summer, is Ball State's first verbal for the Class of 2001.  Aldridge first caught the eye of the BSU coaching staff when they were out to watch incoming Cardinal frosh Jessica Reiter from Penn play South Bend Clay back in January.  Aldridge lit it up for 19 points, including 3 treys in the third quarter, to defeat Reiter's Kingsmen in overtime.  The result?  An eventual offer to play at Ball State.


Ball State may have another one in the hopper, according to Central Indiana Sports.  It is reported there that Evansville Memorial incoming senior Kate Endress has narrowed her college choices down to Ball State, Miami (Ohio) and Northwestern.


The inaugural I.B.N./Hoosierland Report Top 40 Workout is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, at the Spiece Fieldhouse in Ft. Wayne.  The event, which is taking place during the NCAA contact period, will draw a number of college recruiters, national scouts and Indiana All Star officials and be televised live on HoopsTV.com.  The Top 40 Workout is a no-cost, invitation-only event, with Hoosierland Report's Top 40 college prospects in each graduating class receiving an invitation.  Participants will compete in 4 to 5 games against players in their own grade.  Teams will be directed by high school varsity coaches. The workout is open to the public, with games beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Admission for fans and college coaches is $10.00 for the day.  Children will be admitted free.  Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  According to HR webmaster Nick Ray, rising junior Shanna Zolman of Wawasee has confirmed that she will be in attendance at this event. 


The Family 16U finished in 5th place at the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Orlando last week.  After dropping to the loser's bracket in a 78-59 loss to eventual champion Texas Best, The Family won one but was then eliminated from the tournament by Wisconsin Select White 81-74.


The Connersville News-Examiner has a nice piece on Connersville rising junior Missy Taylor.  The 6'1 guard/forward helped lead her Dayton Hoopstars team to the 15U AAU National Championship last month in Amarillo, Texas.  During the tournament, Taylor averaged 10.2 rebounds per game and was the second leading scorer on the team.


Those of you who have been following the Indianapolis Fever this WNBA season know that Stephanie McCarty lost her starting position with the Fever some time ago.  Although expected to be an anchor for the expansion team during its inaugural season, McCarty has been struggling with the transition from college basketball to the pros.  The Indianapolis Star has an interesting article which points out that McCarty faced the same issues as a college freshman at Purdue after being the top-ranked high school recruit in the nation.  And we all know what happened after she made the adjustment...


News thru Thursday, August 3

       

It's getting close to the school year and it's time to think about coursework and the dreaded "T" word -- tests.  One test that all players, especially juniors and seniors, need to be thinking about is the S.A.T..  For Division I and II colleges, you must achieve a minimum S.A.T. or A.C.T. score before you can be eligible to play college basketball.  You might want to mark a few dates on your calendar for the upcoming school year to make sure the registration deadline for this test isn't missed!  You can get the complete 2000-2001 S.A.T. schedule at the College Board Online, an outstanding site including the opportunity to register for the S.A.T. online.  The first deadline is on September 12 for the October 14 test.  You can also view issues regarding S.A.T. and A.C.T. tests and academic eligibility at the NCAA website.
   
Additionally, all rising seniors who are interested in playing Division I or II during their freshman year of college MUST register with the Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.  For complete information on getting registered, visit the Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete at the NCAA website.
   
Finally, the NCAA has updated its Division I Calendar for Women's Basketball.  The RRR also provides an easy-to-follow version of the NCAA D1 women's calendar, which is always accessible from the RRR navigation bar.


The IHSAA imposed a 3-game suspension upon four Highland players for the upcoming season at its last Executive Committee meeting.  The Times reported earlier this week that a Highland-based AAU team with three Highland players, inadvertently picked up a fourth as a late replacement for a tournament sometime before school was out, violating the IHSAA "three players only" rule for off-season basketball. The violation was self-reported by Highland immediately after it was discovered.  According to the article, Highland varsity head coach Chris Huppenthal stated, "We reported it promptly, probably within five minutes of the time we realized what had occurred."  Although the article does not identify the players in question (and neither will we), the suspension involves at least three underclass players who are expected to play varsity this season.  If the Highland schedule for 2000-2001 is a repeat of last season's schedule, the Trojans may be a bit short-handed their first three games.  Highland's first three opponents last season were South Bend Riley, LAC rival Munster and DAC power Portage.


According to the Indianapolis Star, three other Indiana 2000 grads have signed to play with Danville (IL) Area Community College besides Mindy Tilford of Zionsville as we reported in our last news update.  The other three are Angela Chambers (5'7 G) of Broad Ripple, Kelli Price (5'8 G/F) of North Central and Sharan Shepherd (5'6 G) of Arlington.


We are way late on this one.  Sometime back in June, Ft. Wayne Luers rising senior Emily Loomis was named the Ft. Wayne Sentinel Athlete of the Year.  (This link has been available since June, but you can bet that now we've passed it on to you, the article content will change by tomorrow!)  Loomis was a big part of the Luers game plan throughout last season's 2A state championship season.  She is also an All-American ranked volleyball player and state track qualifier in the high jump.  Watch for Loomis on this season's Luers team as they make an attempt at a 2A three-peat state championship run. 


We came across a couple of interesting articles through a link at Bob Richards' Purdue recruiting site.  A New York daily called Newsday recently printed an article about two New York players at the girls NIKE camp in Indianapolis.  It's interesting reading in itself, with a couple of quotes from Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame and Kristi Curry of Purdue.  But what was a more interesting aspect to their coverage was an article about the boys NIKE camp held a couple of weeks before the girls camp.  What a contrast in camp situations!  All I can say is thank goodness the girls game hasn't dropped to that level... yet.  Here are the links.
 "Catching up with the boys" and "Stargazing"


Yes, August is an agonizingly slow month for high school basketball, and Hickory Husker has found a way for us to have some daily fun during the Dog Days with an Indiana High School Survivors game.  Capitalizing on the popularity of the "Survivors" television series, Hickory has listed some of the more well-known high school coaches in Indiana and one of them will be removed from the "island" every day during the month of August until there is only one survivor/coach left.  Two of the girls coaches on Hickory's list are Tom May of Crown Point and Jan Conner of Martinsville.  How long will they survive?  Hard to say.  To cast your vote to toss any coach off the island, go to Hickory's Hoosier Hysteria Board and make your choice!


Finally, with regard to the Conseco Fieldhouse issue for the state finals, someone recently pointed out to us that the Big Ten Tournament will not be held in Indianapolis this season.  Why Conseco is not a firm date yet is a mystery.



 

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