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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.
|News thru Sunday, September 24|
Evansville Memorial standout and Indiana Junior All Star Kate Endress (6'0 G/F) has made her college choice official with a verbal commitment to Ball State University. After what is expected to be an outstanding senior year, Endress, known for her signature hook shot, will join a BSU roster laden with top Indiana recruits. BSU head coach Brenda Oldfield and her staff have invested a tremendous amount of time over the past two years to recruit the Hoosier State hard for top talent, and it is paying off with big dividends. When Endress arrives at BSU, she will be joined by South Bend Clay's Jessica Aldridge (6'2 F), who committed to the Cardinals late this past summer. BSU underclassmen Amy Zercher (Northwood), Laurie Kitts (Eastbrook), Johna Goff (Mt. Vernon) and Jessica Reiter (Penn) will welcome the added talent as BSU pushes its way to the upper echelons of the women's college basketball community. The season outlook for the Cardinals is now available on line at the BSU women's basketball website.
We've finally (!) posted our updated version of the Class of 2001 Players to Watch, together with profiles of the top seniors in the Region. We will be updating the remaining classes one at a time during the next three weeks.
The Tippecanoe Valley Vikings have an outstanding new website, maintained by head coach Gary Teel, and we've added it to our High School Team Websites page. Also, more fans are stepping forward with Fan News Boards for their teams, bringing the number of active boards to 7 as of today. Team boards that are up and running include Alexandria, Danville & Hendricks County, Hamilton Southeastern, Leo, Madison-Grant, Seeger & Wabash River Conference, and Wawasee. Go to the Fan News Boards to find out how to set one up for your team.
According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Purdue has received its first commitment from the Class of 2001 by a 6'0 Illinois forward, Emily Heikes of Stagg High School in Palos Heights. No word yet on on the decisions of Purdue's other forwards of choice, Shyra Ely of Ben Davis and Jackie Batteast of South Bend Washington.
Former Indiana University Coach James Izard has filed a federal sex-discrimination complaint against the IU administration in connection with his firing just several months ago. Izard claims that he was let go because IU wanted to hire a female basketball coach. According to the Indianapolis Star, Izard stated that the IU athletics director told him repeatedly the IU administration was pressuring him to find a female coach. If the complaint goes further and on to the federal courts, Izard could ask to be reinstated as the head coach at IU, as well as for back pay and compensatory damages. That head coaching position is now held by Kathi Bennett, formerly of Evansville University.
|News thru Wednesday, September 20|
We have confirmed with University of Indianapolis head coach Teri Moren that 5'9 senior guard Amy Wisser of Marion has verbally committed to the Greyhound program. Wisser will most likely be the focal point of the Lady Giants offense this season. During the off-season, Wisser played with the Indiana Storm AAU team, which captured the Spring Fling title in Orlando, Florida, in April.
We are introducing a new feature at the RRR today. The RRR Fan News Boards area of our website is now available for those of you who are interested in following participating teams around the state. The concept behind the Fan News Boards is that the RRR can't cover a team as well as those who know their team the best -- their fans. So we have made news boards available to any willing fan who wishes to maintain a news board for their team. We are suggesting that schedules, rosters, directions to the school, season previews, season updates, etc. be posted for those who are interested in getting that information throughout the season (including college coaches). So far, fans from Danville, Eastern Hancock, Hamilton Southeastern, Leo, Madison-Grant and Wawasee have volunteered to cover their teams. If you think you would like to maintain a news board for your team, follow the instructions at the Fan News Boards page on how to get started.
According to head coach Gary Andrews, Ft. Wayne Luers senior Emily Loomis, a major cog in the Knights' 2A state championship free-wheeling machine, has made a verbal commitment to Notre Dame in volleyball. The 6'1 forward was the second leading scorer and rebounder for the Knights last season with 12.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg. Also an outstanding student in the classroom, Loomis was named the Ft. Wayne Sentinel Athlete of the Year this past summer, after stellar seasons in both basketball and volleyball. She has been highly recruited by a number of D1 volleyball programs around the nation, as well as a number of women's basketball programs. According to stats at the Sentinel, Loomis currently leads her volleyball team in kills with and impressive 17 per game.
The Hoosier Girls Basketball Report Fall Showcase is set for this Sunday at the University of Indianapolis. HGBR coordinator Bryan Alexander tells us that the event, which is considered the largest event of its kind in the country, is completely filled with 162 players scheduled to attend. Each player is guaranteed three games with two 20-minute running halves and 15 seconds for shooting fouls. College officials will be used for all games. According to Alexander, over 50 colleges and universities have committed to attend, including all the major Indiana colleges, Arkansas, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Northwestern, Cleveland State, Toledo, Kent, Xavier, Cincinnati, Wright State, Ohio State, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Wisconsin, Northern Kentucky, Kentucky, and many, many more. Since this event takes place during the contact period, seniors may talk to college representatives at the end of the day. The day's events begin at 11:00 a.m. with registration and end at 6:00 p.m. with the last set of games.
According to The Times, Michigan City coach Terry Strawbridge will not be back with the Wolves this season. Strawbridge has taken a position with Hanover Central as the new boys basketball coach there. The same article also notes the official hiring of Larry Govert as the girls basketball coach at Hanover. You may recall that Mark Smith of the Crown Point Star had stated that Amy Govert, former Highland standout, was expected to be an assistant for the Wildcats this season. That information was incorrect, however, as Smith now reports that Amy was hired at Merrillville to assist head girls coach Joe Poteet.
An excellent article about 6'0 post player Kim Koers of Indianapolis Chatard was in the Indianapolis Star yesterday. Koers, who also runs cross country and track, underwent open heart surgery in August due to results from a sports physical exam that detected a congenital heart defect. Koers believes that she may owe her life to the late John Stewart of Lawrence North, who lost his life a season ago during a basketball game due to a heart condition that had not been diagnosed prior to his death. As a result of Stewart's tragic and highly publicized fate, doctors have become much more thorough in examining young athletes to prevent similar tragedies from occurring. It was that increased thoroughness that Koers believes saved her life. The surgery was a success and after a period of rehabilitation, Koers has been released for light running, with a return to the Trojans' basketball court expected as early as November 1.
We recently added the Boonville High School girls basketball website to our High School Team Websites page. If your team has a website that is not linked to the RRR, let us know and we'll add it to the list. College coaches appreciate the opportunity to find out more about your team and players through links at the RRR.
The Sports Huddle has an excellent article about how college coaches recruit, with some excellent advice for players and parents. This one is a "must read" for all players who are interested in obtaining a scholarship to play college basketball.
At the Tremendous Twenty-Six luncheon two weekends ago, the NCAA offered up some recruiting rules to the athletes and parents in attendance. One of the most surprising bits of information passed along had to do with NCAA athletes and gambling. Players were advised that it is against NCAA rules for college athletes to play fantasy sports games on line, which are considered a form of gambling by the NCAA and could make a player ineligible. If you know of any potential or current college athletes who play these games, you might want to pass along that important, but not well known, bit of information to them.
For those of you keeping track of the college coaching merry-go-round, another correction to pass your way is that Bill Thomas, who was incorrectly reported in a number of newspapers to be hired as an assistant at Purdue, was actually hired by IUPUI to replace assistant coach Megan Williams, who is now at the University of Indianapolis.
For all of you parents out there looking for basketball-related items for your daughters, a new book about a girls basketball player and her team has gotten a fantastic review on the About.com website. From the review there, it appears that the book "Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn" would make a great gift. We haven't read it ourselves, but it is an interesting setting for this true-to-life story about Sharon LaForge, a Native Indian player in Montana. From the description of the content, this is not an all-is-happy kind of story, so you may want to check it out yourself before handing it over to your daughter for reading, especially if she is very young. However, it could be an inspirational story, revealing a version of basketball that is most likely very different from what our daughters experience in Indiana.
|News thru Wednesday, September 13|
The big I.B.N./Hoosierland Report Workout/Girls Showcase of Stars exposure event at Spiece this past weekend was a tremendous success for all involved and was a great opportunity for players, especially uncommitted seniors, to be viewed by college coaches during the all-important contact period. Just about every top junior in the state was at this event, and nearly every uncommitted top senior as well. Many players were unable to attend due to fall sports commitments, but that should not be an issue next year when this event will be held on a Sunday. For a lot of us, it was the first time we were able to observe some of the sophomores and freshmen who will be making their mark on the new season. Although a few of the teams were a bit lopsided in talent, most of them played one another, and the same was true across the board with a majority of evenly-matched games from Team 1 thru Team 16. The pace of the day was pretty hectic with 30 minutes allotted for each game and 30 minutes rest for each team in between. All teams played 5 games with 4 "pool" games and at least 1 tournament game. The tournament itself was not of great importance (exposure was the main event), but was fun nonetheless for Team 5, who breezed through their bracket with lopsided wins over Teams 8, 7 and 9, and then pulled out a win over Team 1 to take the Tournament of Champions title. We've put together a photo album from the event, which includes game and player photos, as well as some pix of the outstanding Spiece facility that wowed everyone in attendance.
The Tremendous Twenty-Six selected by High School Sports Publications were honored at a banquet at the NCAA Hall of Champions this past Sunday. After a photo session at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler University campus, the players were transported to the NCAA building for an afternoon of accolades, eating, and a special speech by Attorney General Karen Freeman-Wilson. Freeman-Wilson, an avid high school sports fan and former Gary Roosevelt and Harvard basketball player, told the players that along with all the wonderful awards they receive for their accomplishments, comes the responsibility of giving back to others. The Attorney General's Office is partly funding the publication of the HSSP High School Basketball Guide, which will be out in November with the Tremendous Twenty-Six on its cover.
Coach Mike Megyesi of South Bend Riley is looking for teams to fill out an eight-team field at the Wildcats holiday tournament in December, 2001. So far the field includes Riley, Mishawaka, Merrillville, Rochester, Hammond Morton, and North Putnam. South Bend Riley will be fielding a team at that time with two capable then-juniors, Crystal Norman and Suntana Granderson, both who had spectacular freshmen outings in 1999-2000. If your school is interested, you can contact Megyesi at email@example.com.
The Central Indiana Sports Basketball Website Guide, by S & L Publishing, is set to appear in an on-line format on October 15 for the 2000-2001 season. This will not be a subscribed service, so all features will be available free of charge. Coaches, faxes were sent out to your school during August, so if you haven't returned yours yet, be sure to do so soon. Watch for more details about the new website basketball guide at the Central Indiana Sports website.
According to an informed source, the recent Ben Davis callout for girls basketball produced 32 students interested in joining the 4A state championship team. Among those interested were two senior point guard transfer students, one from California and one from Tennessee. Although their eligibility status is unknown at this point, Ben Davis could get a boost at the point guard position as one of the two transfers was reported to have played for a state champion contender.
The IHSAA Executive Board recently voted unanimously to spend funds on a public relations campaign designed to enhance the image of the IHSAA. As one component of the campaign, public service announcements have been distributed to radio stations across the state, as well as to all IHSAA member schools.
The Martinsville Reporter-Times reports that former Artesian standout April Traylor just completed an overseas basketball trip with her Florida State Seminoles team. Traylor averaged 7.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game during the trip. The starting point guard for the Seminoles was the team's second leading scorer last season at 12.7 ppg and led the team in assists at over five per game.
According to the newspapers today, Purdue has hired new assistant coach Bill Thomas to help head coach Kristy Curry. No information regarding Thomas and whether or not he is taking the place of another assistant coach is available at this time. Purdue's other assistants include Curry's husband, Kelly Curry, Kerry Cremeans and Pam Stackhouse.
Notre Dame picked up two verbal commitments over the weekend. The two players, both Top 30 prospects from Florida and Colorado, are the 3rd and 4th commitments coach Muffet McGraw has received from the Class of 2001. Two more scholarships are available for offer by the Irish, and South Bend Washington senior Jacqueline Batteast may decide to accept one of them. Complete details are in the South Bend Tribune.
Indiana head coach Kathi Bennett will be featured in an ongoing series of interviews in the Bloomington Hoosier Times. In the first interview, Bennett discusses what her team has been up to since school began this fall. The Hoosier Times also gets comments from Bennett regarding the firing of men's head coach Bob Knight.
Sports Illustrated for Women has ranked the Top 10 Division I through Division III schools for women jocks in its latest issue. The criteria for the selections isn't real clear, although the number of dollars available for women's athletics (both inter- and intra-scholastic) seems to be the overriding theme from one selection to the next. The Division I picks can be found on-line, while the rest appear in SIW's current issue.
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has recognized the top academic teams in the nation in its annual Top 25 Academic Honor Roll for all competitive college divisions. Indiana has just one school on the D-1 Honor Roll. Valparaiso, coached by Keith Freeman, is ranked 11th in the nation with a collective team GPA of 3.316. Huntington College, coached by Lori Culler, was ranked 16th in Division III with a collective team GPA of 3.282. And for some reason, Indiana State University is listed as the 24th-ranked team in the Junior College/Community College category with a 3.183 GPA. The Sycamores are coached by Cheryl Reeve.
The Women's Basketball Journal recently surveyed college coaches as to who is the most prolific shooter in the college game today. The hands-down winner was Jackie Stiles of Southwest Missouri State, who led the NCAA in scoring last season with 27.8 ppg. But also on the list was Penn State's Lisa Shepherd (Richmond), who tied for 6th place in the voting.
|News thru Friday, September 8|
Well, we may be the early birds this season with our Super Senior 25, but here goes! We had an especially difficult task this year, with a number of players who were hard to leave off our list. Agree with us, or disagree with us, only the season will tell you if we were on the money or not. We are missing some stats on a few of our 25 top picks, so if anyone can help us out in that regard, we'd love to include them. So that everyone gets to put their 2 cents in on this topic, we've created a new Super Senior 25 thread on our message board so everyone can offer up their own opinions. (All we ask is that you keep it positive and not tear down one player to promote another. As is our policy at the RRR, those types of posts will be removed.) Best of luck to ALL seniors this season for an exciting, memorable and, above all, healthy season!
buzz about the new Indiana High School Basketball Guide has been making
its way around the state. This new publication, which foregoes all custom team
and personal ads in favor of the same full-page format for each school, is set
to debut in November. It's a no-cost opportunity for each school to be in
the guide since it is totally sponsored by the Indiana Attorney General's Office
and approximately 900 large and small corporations around the state. In
conjunction with the inaugural edition, High School Sports Publications, the
outfit publishing the guide, has named its Tremendous Twenty-Six players for
both girls and boys basketball. They will be honored this Sunday at the
new NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis, and will appear on the cover of the
inaugural edition. For a complete rundown on the day's events, you can
view the HSSP
press release. The 13 girls selected by HSSP to be honored include
|Northern Girls||Southern Girls|
Batteast (Sr.) SB Washington
Jenny DeMuth (Sr.) Highland
Ebba Gebisa (Sr.) West Lafayette
Rachel King (Sr.) Ft. Wayne Luers
Courtney Rosenbaum (Sr.) Valparaiso
Kelly Springer (Sr.) Leo
Shanna Zolman (Jr.) Wawasee
Corbett (Sr.) Cathedral
Miranda Eckerle (Sr.) Franklin County
Shyra Ely (Sr.) Ben Davis
Kate Endress (Sr.) Evansville Memorial
Sara Riedeman (Sr.) Greensburg
Kristen Weddle (Sr.) Terre Haute South
As a reminder from the folks at High School Sports Publications, not all teams have submitted their information, and the inaugural edition of the Indiana High School Basketball Guide will be going to press soon. Players and parents, please check with your coaches to see if your team's info and photos have been turned in. If not, HSSP can be contacted for further information at 1-800-969-0097. Don't miss out on an opportunity to have your team included. (Hey folks, it doesn't get much better than FREE!)
writer Mark Smith of the Crown Point Star, revealed in this week's issue that
the expected appointment of Larry Govert to
the girls head coaching job at Hanover will most likely bring his daughter Amy
Govert, a former 1995 NWI all-area Highland player, to the
sidelines as an assistant for the Lady Wildcats. The younger Govert was
an assistant at Wheeler last season.
Smith also mentioned that Lowell 5'10 freshman Lisa Schulfer may be a factor for the Red Devils this season. The 14-year-old is currently starting for the varsity volleyball team. Coach Patti McCormack will need the additional help after the graduation of a senior-heavy roster from last season, which included all-area grads Kelly Schoon (12.0 ppg, now at Bethel) and Katie Porento (11.6 ppg, now at Purdue Cal). With only 4 underclassmen on last season's sectional roster, expect to see a nearly all-new lineup for the RD's.
BoilerStation at the Lafayette Journal & Courier, is reporting that both Jackie Batteast (SB Washington) and Shyra Ely (Ben Davis) are expected to be signing National Letters of Intent with their respective college choices during the early signing period in November. Both Batteast and Ely have trimmed their almost identical lists to Purdue, Georgia, Ohio State, Penn State (Batteast), Notre Dame (Batteast) and Tennessee (Ely).
The Hoosierland Report Workout/Showcase of Stars is this weekend at the Spiece Fieldhouse in Ft. Wayne. We will be there to cover the event and hope to bring you photos and a review of the event. If you haven't checked the team rosters at Hoosierland Report lately, some changes have been made, including the addition of previously unlisted Ben Davis senior Ashley Allen. Also of note is that the name of Connersville junior Missy Taylor has been removed from Team 1 and does not appear on any other team at this time. No rosters will be final until the day of the event, so be sure to check the lineups when you get there on Saturday morning if you're attending.
The Southern Indiana's High School Basketball website has added a set of new message boards that cover everything from basketball to football to softball. The basketball forum is a nice format that is easy to follow. Drop by and check it out!
Indiana's 1999 Miss Basketball, April McDivitt, earned a scholarship to her dream school of Tennessee, but didn't have the dream season she hoped for when she left Connersville to start her freshman year. After averaging just 4.6 points in 16.2 minutes per game with an out-of-character.397 field percentage during her rookie season, McDivitt decided to use the summer months to put some kick in her game -- literally. Besides revamping her shooting technique and continuing with strength training, the determined point guard took up the art of karate to help bring better agility and defensive balance to her game. According to the Go Lady Vols website, McDivitt's efforts have not gone unnoticed by head coach Pat Summit, who when asked about her sophomore's summer, said, "There's no one more serious about their basketball game on this team than April McDivitt."
The Gball Magazine recently reported the results of a college women's basketball survey that says sportsmanship at the collegiate level is getting better. Part of the survey dealt with the use of profanity during practices and games by coaches. The numbers are down to 13.5% from 22.5% in 1999. Wonder what the numbers would be if we made the same kind of survey for Indiana girls high school basketball?
The Big Ten has announced that 25 Big Ten games will be televised this upcoming season, including the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of the Big Ten Tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Although not all games are listed, you can view the Big Ten press release for more details.
An in-depth season preview for the Notre Dame Lady Irish is now available at the official Notre Dame women's basketball website. The Irish will tackle an extremely tough schedule this season, which includes an early season outing at the Coaches v. Cancer Tournament with NIT Champion Wisconsin, Georgia and Oklahoma.
|News thru Tuesday, September 6|
We've put together a new feature article at the RRR -- Indiana becomes a D1 recruiting hotbed. With the wealth of Indiana basketball talent in the senior class, it is no surprise that the Hoosier State has been receiving the attention of a number of top programs around the country. The RRR went to three in-state D1 coaches -- Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame, Kathi Bennett of Indiana and Tracy Roller of Ball State -- to ask for their thoughts on the state of recruiting in Indiana and how players can help their chances in the recruiting process. There is some very good advice there for players and parents. Special thanks to Coaches McGraw, Bennett and Roller for their input!
The Times reported recently that former boys head coach at Hanover Central, Larry Govert, is expected to be appointed as the new girls coach for the upcoming season. Govert will replace Denny Foster (38-11), who left to take a boys coaching position at a high school in North Carolina. Govert will inherit a team that lost two anchor players to graduation in Melanie Brumbaugh (19.3 ppg) and Tammi Boersma (12.2 ppg), but returns capable 5'5 senior guard Kelly Garrett (7.0 ppg), outstanding 6'0 junior forward Julie Moniak (9.6 ppg) and a supporting cast that has been waiting in the wings to show their talents. Hanover Central, the reigning Porter County Conference Tournament Champ, will have its hands full in the equally matched PCC with expected strong outings by Hebron, Wheeler and Kouts.
Whiteland junior Megan Liffick had 26 in a loss to Franklin Central last week. You might be wondering "26 what?" since the basketball season hasn't started yet. That's 26 kills on 38 attempts in a 3-game volleyball match. In a game where anything past 10 kills in a match is considered outstanding, Liffick may have set a new standard. The leading basketball scorer in the Indianapolis area last season at 24.6 ppg, as well as Whiteland's all-time career scorer (928 and counting), Liffick obviously tears it up on the volleyball court, too.
team line-ups for the upcoming I.B.N./Hoosierland Report
Workout/Girls Showcase of Stars have been released by Hoosierland
Report. The original format of same age teams seems to have
changed in that teams are a mix of all age groups. According to webmaster
and girls event organizer Nick Ray, the tentative game schedule for
September 9th at Spiece Fieldhouse is as follows:
You may have noticed a few changes on the RRR navigation bar (to the left) over the past couple of days. We are getting ready for the upcoming season and did a little house cleaning, updating and rearranging. Probably the most noticeable change is our archives section, which is in a new, easy-to-use format. All old news, scores, Players to Watch and other RRR features have been gathered together in one handy place for the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons. We will be adding 2000-2001 news and scores archives as they are replaced by more current versions throughout the season. For the upcoming season, our Super Senior 25 will be released within a week, and our Pre-Season Top 12 will follow soon after. Players to Watch will be updated class by class, beginning with the Class of 2001 in a couple of weeks.
During our housecleaning, we came across a couple of video clips from the 2000 IHSAA state tournament that may be of interest. One is the thrilling 3-point attempt by Park Forest grad Amber Kunkler in the closing seconds of the 2A championship game. The shot rimmed out, but had it gone in, the Luers state championship streak would have ended at one. The second is the final shot by Ben Davis senior Ashley Allen that sealed the win for the Giants in the 4A championship game. Both files are pretty big (over 1K) and require the Microsoft Media Player plug-in to be viewed. All directions for downloading the files to your desktop and obtaining the free plug-in software can be found on our Video Library page. The files could take a few minutes to download, depending on the speed of your internet connection, but are fun to view!
According to the Indianapolis Star, long-time newsman Pat Aikman has retired from the Star, but will continue on as director of the Indiana All Star series. The dates for the 2001 All Star series are June 16 in Kentucky and June 23 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Coaches may want to note Aikman's new contact information. (He is always looking for input on candidates for the Indiana All Stars.) He can now be reached at (317) 633-9057 or (765) 653-4798 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
An interesting article appeared in the Indianapolis Star which discusses the issue of possibly a separate tournament for private schools. Although this article begins the discussion with football, it moves on to all sports, pointing out that private schools have won a disproportionate share of state titles since the class tournament format was first instituted. Some interesting reading that indicates the IHSAA is looking at all the issues leading into an expected change in the basketball tournament format for the 2001-2002 season.
The tragic death of Purdue player Tiffany Young may have reached a certain amount of closure last week for many who knew and cared for the young woman. On Thursday, the man who was accused of putting an end to the life of Purdue's exuberant Young, 21, was tried and convicted for drunken driving by a jury in Crown Point. The convicted Navy petty officer could be sentenced to up to 11 years in prison. Complete details on the trial and conviction appear in The Times.
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