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|News thru Sunday, February 28|
Just a few notes from yesterday's Regional action in Northern Indiana:
In 4A Highland's win over West Side yesterday, the Trojans were trailing by 10 with less than 4 minutes to go in regulation when they went on a 10-point run to tie it near the end with a putback by junior Lindsey Chappell. During that run, sophomore Jenny DeMuth gave Region-area fans a look at what it means to have a never-say-die attitude. DeMuth was good for 5 points in those last 4 minutes, including an amazing sequence where she tapped out a West Side pass, chased it down with a tip-toe grab before it went out-of-bounds, and then drove baseline to close the gap to 2. That play sparked the crowd, and more importantly, the last seconds of Highland's play to get to overtime and the eventual win.
Gary West Side Coach Rod Fisher must be playing last night's game over and over in his head this morning after coming so close to a Regional win in what was supposed to be West Side's season to advance after consecutive regional losses to Crown Point (1996) and Lake Central (1997 & 1998). Muddled in those thoughts must be the free throw shooting of Highland in comparison to West Side. To say that free throws were a critical facet to this game is an understatement, where the Trojans were 47% from the line, while the Cougars were just 20%. Not that percentages had anything to do with the free throw factor, but rather opportunities. Highland made the trip 38 times to West Side's 5.
In 4A Hobart's loss to Penn, the Brickies were tentative coming out in the first quarter, but found an offensive rhythm to command the lead for all but the last minutes of the game. Twins Katie Julian (11 pts) and Lauren Julian (12 pts), and guard Abbey Coons (7 pts) were extremely tough on the boards and made some great plays while surrounded by Penn jerseys. As we watched the game heading into the fourth quarter, it seemed like Hobart would realize the next step of their post-season dream, but it was not to be. Penn's defensive pressure in the last minutes of the game was the difference in the game, as the Brickie guards turned it over 8 times in the fourth. Ironically, Penn guard Angela Knight, who was scoreless after missing a number of long shots throughout the game, hit the game winner on a baseline drive with 3 seconds to go to seal Hobart's fate... It was a nice run, Lady Bricks.
As a number of seniors leave the Region girls basketball scene, an underclass(wo)man is making her mark coming in. In 3A Andrean's win over Twin Lakes, the crowd was wowed by the play of 5'6 freshman point guard Jamie Gutowski, who had her high school career breakout game with 24 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. With senior scoring leader Meghann Sullivan sitting the bench in the second quarter with 3 fouls and 1 point, Gutowski (8 ppg avg) and senior guard Kara Austgen turned up the scoring heat in the third to build on a 5-point lead at the half. Sullivan sat out the entire third quarter, which turned out to be no problem, as the guard duo took care of business in an uptempo effort. A running game has not been Andrean's style all season long, so it was a much different look than what Twin Lakes expected. Andrean will probably be running again next weekend, but this time against a better match in seasoned and athletic No. 6 NorthWood, who knocked off No. 5 S. Bend Washington in a 79-41 rout.
Another freshman who is making her mark, in what seems to be near obsurity so far, is NorthWood's Carol Duncan, a 6'1 starting center for the Panthers. This girl is definitely one to keep an eye on over the next few weeks and years. She does not look like a freshman, play like a freshman, or react like a freshman, and we are betting that you will be hearing a lot about her before she is done with her high school career. Duncan had 10 points in her team's win over NorthWood in a pretty physical post game. Although she benefits greatly from the playmaking ability and defensive attention on senior All-Star candidate teammates Amy Zercher (29 pts) and Natalie Will (21 pts), she is not beyond creating the necessary offense herself when presented the opportunity. Look for her to be the centerpiece of the rebuilding NorthWood offense next season.
Watch out 2A teams around the state. The Hanover Central Wildcats are still in it and intend to continue. With their able 63-54 win over No. 4 North Judson yesterday, the Wildcats are definitely on a roll and should not be overlooked. They will be running up against No. 7 Eastern next weekend in the first game of the Maconaquah Semi-State, with an eye on a chance against No. 1 Ft. Wayne Luers in the championship evening game. Don't count these Wildcats out... they are a bunch who have not even realized their full potential yet!
We attended the NorthWood Regional in Nappanee yesterday, and tried out our new digital camera on the days events. I'm sorry to report to Hobart fans that our first round of photo attempts in the 4A Hobart v. Penn game were not very good, and unfortunately we don't have any photos from that game. However, we were able (for some reason we have yet to figure out) to get a few decent shots from the 3A NorthWood v. SB Washington game. We bring our feeble first-time digital efforts to you with the following pics.
|News thru Saturday, February 27|
Before you read anything else today on this
web site, I suggest you move on to the following Steve
Hanlon Prep Beat column from today's issue of The Times out
of Munster. Although this is about a young man from Munster involved in
the high school game (and in a way you might not expect as the central
focus of an article about prep basketball), you MUST read this oustanding
piece. It's truly an inspirational one for players, coaches and parents.
It definitely made my day.
The Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) has named its All-Conference teams for the current basketball season. NorthWood, ranked No. 7 in 3A, had the most with three players named to the First Team, including Amy Zercher, Natalie Will and Angie Callander. Also selected was state scoring leader Shanna Zolman, a freshman from Wawasee. From Warsaw, Katie Elliott and Jenna Rooney were First Team picks as well, while Warsaw head coach Will Wienhorst was named NLC Coach of the Year. To see the remainder of the First and Second Team NLC selections, go to the Warsaw Times-Union.
Either No. 2 Ben Davis and No. 8 Terre Haute South will walk out a winner after today's 4A contest in the Northview High Regional, but you can be sure that whichever team leaves with the trophy will have survived one of the toughest battles of the year. So far this season, Ben Davis has beaten TH South twice, but as most coaches, players and fans know, it is hard to beat a good team three times in one season. The Braves are hoping to give the Giants everything they've got with three outstanding last-chance seniors in Dorcus Lawson, Joileen Brewer and Cara Stuckey. You can read about today's expected battle royale in the Indianapolis Star.
Many of us remember seeing Stephanie White (now White-McCarty) lighting it up on the basketball courts of a number of high school gyms around the state and, at the time, knew she was something very special. But I wonder if we all knew just how special she was. If we didn't know then, we certainly know now. White-McCarty, as expected, has been unanimously named by the media and Big Ten coaches as Big Ten Player of the Year. She was also the only unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten First-Team, where she is joined by back court running mate Ukari Figgs. A number of former Indiana high school players were given Big Ten honors, including Lake Central's Kelly Komara (Purdue, Coaches All-Freshman Team), Blackford's Jill Chapman (Indiana, Coaches All-Freshman Team and Media Honorable Mention), Perry Meridian's Katie Douglas (Purdue, Coaches and Media Second-Team), Richmond's Lisa Shepherd (Penn State, Coaches and Media Honorable Mention). Also, several Indiana college players were honored, including Cindy Kerns (Indiana, Coaches and Media Honorable Mention), and Camille Cooper and Michelle Duhart (Purdue, Media Honorable Mention). Also, Purdue head coach Carolyn Peck was named Coaches and Media's Big Ten Coach of the Year. You can check out all the Big Ten Honors awards at the Big Ten web site.
|News thru Friday, February 26|
The "staff" of the Region Roundball
Review has gone out on a limb (yikes) and put together what we consider
the players deserving recognition after an exciting regular season of girls
basketball in the Region. You can check out our picks, including our choice
for Region-Area Player of the Year, at our 1998-99
Region Roundball Review All-Area Honors page. This page is also available
from our home page navigation bar.
In what could be considered a moment of insanity, Hobart Coach Phil Misecko failed to use his better judgment in a challenge he made to his senior players that if Hobart won the Portage Sectional, he would let them shave his head. Well, guess what? Hobart did win the Portage Sectional. (Which was not exactly a low percentage possibility, Phil.) So in a Wednesday night community pep rally, Coach Misecko took it like a man and let his senior contingent take the blade to his pate for a new look, which he will be sporting at tomorrow's Regional and, we're guessing, for at least the next few weeks. (At least he should be pretty easy to spot in a crowd.)
The Elkhart Truth is carrying a nice preview to the NorthWood 4A and 3A Regional games on its on-line sports pages. (This is a one-day link, so check it soon.) Also, the following publications are carrying stories about some of tomorrow's Regional games:
News, NorthWood vs. S. Bend Washington 3A Regional
South Bend Tribune, Penn vs. Hobart 4A Regional
South Bend Tribune, 4A Elkhart Memorial, 2A Jimtown, and 1A Triton
Kokomo Tribune, 4A Huntington North vs. Kokomo
Region junior guard Tracie Mezera of 2A River Forest tops the current list of 1999 Tournament Bests for this year's post-season run with a single game, 41-point performance in her team's 60-46 opening round win over Boone Grove on February 16. That scoring effort, which included three treys and 12 of 15 free throws, was good enough for a new school record. Mezera is also the Region's top scoring leader at 23.2 ppg.
Sectional week highlights being reported in a press release by the IHSAA are as follows:
Rushville's 46-38 championship game victory over New Palestine at the Class 3A Greenfield-Central Sectional was the 21st for the Lions, tops in the state. They had been tied with Bedford North Lawrence with 20 each. Sullivan is third with 17 titles, including a 1999 crown at the Class 3A West Vigo Sectional.
Martinsville's run of 17 consecutive state tournament victories ended in the Class 4A Martinsville Sectional championship game as the Artesians lost to Columbus East 62-58. Martinsville's streak is the third longest in tournament history behind Kokomo's 24 (1992-1994) and Crown Point's 21 (1984-86). Both were repeat state champions, and Kokomo's bid for a three-peat championship fell short in the 1994 state championship game.
Orleans recorded its first girls basketball sectional victory in history when it defeated Medora 44-35 in the first round of the West Washington Sectional. Senior Laurie Kitts helped Eastbrook win its first sectional title since 1994 and fourth overall with a state-best 91 points in three games at the Class 2A Oak Hill Sectional. Kitts had games of 31, 31 and 29, respectively. After leading the state in scoring last season with a 28.5 average, she currently ranks fourth this season at 27.5 a game.
a senior guard for Kokomo, exploded for a career high 35 points as the
Wildkats outlasted Logansport 76-66 in two overtimes at the Class 4A Logansport
Sectional semifinals. Cusick hit 19 of 19 second-half free throws to ice
the victory. Cusick, who entered tournament play with a team-high 17.5
scoring average, scored 29 points in the sectional opener against Lafayette
Jefferson in an 81-75 triumph. She finished the sectional with 80 points
in the three Kokomo victories.
The IHSAA is also making note of the following milestones in its most recent press release:
Fort Wayne Snider won 20 regular-season girls basketball games for the first time in school history. Coached by LaMar Kilmer, the Panthers entered tournament play 20-1.
Frankton broke the school record for girls basketball victories in a season Feb. 18 when it defeated Shenandoah 58-38 in the semifinals of the Shenandoah Sectional. The Eagles went on to win their first sectional title and stand 19-3 going into regional competition.
Cathy Herring, a junior at Hammond Morton, reached the 1,000-point level for her career Feb. 17 with 21 points in a 73-23 Hammond Morton Sectional victory over Gary Wirt.
Chakiea Jackson, a senior at Elkhart Memorial, scored the 1,000th point of her career Feb. 16 in a 73-62 Goshen Sectional victory over Warsaw. Jackson scored 22 points in the game.
Kassy Miller, a senior at Eastside, scored her 1,000th career point Feb. 11 on senior night at the school. Miller scored 22 points in the game.
Kate Rolf, a senior at Carroll (Fort Wayne) broke the school's single-game and career scoring records Feb. 18 when she scored 39 points in a 67-50 victory over Tippecanoe Valley in the semifinals of the Tippecanoe Valley Sectional. Rolf left the game with 852 points. The previous records were 33 by Tina Carpenter in 1979 and 842 by 1998 graduate Sally Hilger.
Erin Stackhouse, a junior at Springs Valley, became the second girl in school history to score 1,000 career points. She reached the plateau Feb. 18 in a 50-36 victory over Crothersville in the West Washington Sectional semifinals. Stackhouse contributed 26 points, 12 rebounds and 13 steals in the game.
Jamie Sturgell, a senior at North Judson, scored the 1,000th point of her career Feb. 16 in a 75-39 North Judson Sectional victory over Bremen. Sturgell scored 21 points in the game, all on three-pointers.
Tessa Wynn, a senior at Southwestern (Hanover), broke the school's career scoring record Feb. 20 when she scored 12 points in a sectional championship game loss to Eastern (Pekin). Wynn completed her career with 1,172 points.
|News thru Thursday, February 25|
S. Bend Washington sophomore Jackie
Batteast was named the Northern Indiana Conference Player of the
Year in NIC honors announced yesterday. Batteast's coach, Marilyn
Coddens was named Coach of the Year for the conference. First team
selections include Stacy Handschu of Penn,
Erin Miller of S. Bend Riley, Kristi
Kaniewski of Mishawaka, Chakiea Jackson of
Elkhart Memorial, and Briana Hensley of S.
Bend LaSalle. To see the remainder of second team and honorable mention
picks, go to the South
Bend Tribune (alternate
The Times locally is carrying feature articles about two players from the Region who will be playing key roles for their teams in Regional games this weekend. Kim Smith of 4A West Side figures to be the offensive force for her team down low in their game against Highland in the Merrillville Regional. Mary Gonzales of 1A Kouts will be key to her team's chances to win a Regional title on Saturday in their game against Triton in the Knox Regional.
A variety of Regional previews from around the state can be found at the Elkhart Truth covering 2A Jimton v. Westview (a one-day link), the Indianapolis Star covering 3A Cathedral, and the Indianapolis Star covering 1A Eminence. Articles about players around the state appearing in Regional play this weekend include Jenny Zachrich at 1A Fremont (Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette), Heather Wiles of 2A Tri-West (Indianapolis Star), Ande Ray of 3A Westfield (Indianapolis Star), and "Unsung Heroes" Billi Lord of 2A Triton, Suzanne Duckworth and Laura Billington of 3A Franklin, and Jennifer Hammond of 1A Southwestern (all in the Indianapolis Star).
Jennifer Hammond of 1A Southwestern, featured in one of the articles listed above, reportedly will not be competing in this weekend's regional game against No. 2 Rising Sun. Apparently, Hammond suffered an appendix attack on Tuesday afternoon and had her appendix removed Tuesday night. This does not bode well for Southwestern, as center Brisha Stevens will not play either due to a knee injury. Another Southwestern doubtful is freshman Beth Hammond, who is having back problems. You can read about the injury-plagued Spartans in the Shelbyville News.
Former Lake Central star Kelly Komara is featured in an article in the Post-Tribune today, which brings the Region up-to-date on her thoughts regarding the excitement of her first year of college basketball. Komara has been a steady contributer to the Boilermakers' success so far this season, and is expected to continue to contribute as No. 1 Purdue heads into the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament in the upcoming weeks.
|News thru Wednesday, February 24|
According to USA
Today, Miss Basketball candidates Kennitra
Johnson of New Albany (headed to the University of Connecticut)
and April McDivitt of Connersville (headed
to University of Tennessee) were both selected by the Women's Basketball
Coaches Association this week to play in the WBCA's High School All Star
game on April 3 in Hartford, Connecticut. Honoring two Indiana players
with spots on the team is quite an accomplishment considering only 20 players
from across the USA were named. Other states with more than one player
on the team include Alabama with two (Gwen Jackson and Tasheika Morris)
and Illinois with three (Olga Gvozdenovic, Alicia Ratay and Kourtney Walton).
Last year's sole Indiana representative on the WBCA High School All Star
team was Kelly Komara of Lake Central.
With the middle-of-the-week lull between sectionals and regionals, on-line newspapers around the state are carrying a number of feature articles about teams and players, as well as regional previews. Of course, we'd like to pass them on to you, so here they are:
The Times out of Munster is carrying a feature article about 3A Andrean senior Meghann Sullivan (6'0 C), "center"piece of the '59ers offense. Sullivan and her teammates are looking for some state tournament satisfaction this year after being ousted early in the sectionals last year as a 3A state finals favorite from the Region.
The Elkhart Truth is carrying a preview to the East Noble Regional, featuring Elkhart Memorial and Ft. Wayne Snider. Memorial's appearance in the Regional is nothing short of remarkable after going winless for two seasons in a row just three years ago. Credit Coach Scott Geist and senior LaTasha Wolfe (15 ppg, 7 rpg) as the reason why Memorial has left those winless memories behind. (Please note - this link will only be active for today, as this Elkhart daily does not archive its on-line stories.)
The South Bend Tribune is featuring a variety of players in a round-up story of teams and players in the area. Included in that story are Shanna Zolman of Wawasee, Jackie Batteast of S. Bend Washington and former S. Bend Washington coach Jack Disler.
News-Examiner features Miss Basketball candidate April
McDivitt in a sentimental and retrospective piece about her last
game in the Spartan Bowl. From her first appearance there as a freshman
when she scored 22 points in her high school debut, to her final appearance
there last Saturday when she finished with 26 points, McDivitt does not
recall a single bad memory of her time there.
The most recent IHSAA Leading State Scorers list is out and it is interesting to note that the possibility of reaching the 700-point season mark exists for several players whose teams are still in the state title hunt. Candidates for that milestone are Amie Owsley of 1A Marion Lakeview Christian (640 pts total, 27.8 ppg avg), Laurie Kitts of 2A Eastbrook (634 pts total, 27.5 ppg avg), Kourtney Mennen of 1A Clinton Prairie (628 pts total, 27.3 ppg avg) and Erika Roudebush of 4A Hamilton Southeastern (640 pts total, 26.6 ppg). If No. 5 Lakeview Christian and No. 2 Clinton Prairie continue their winning ways, Owsley and Mennen could possibly be going head-to-head in the Triton 1A Semi-State championship game.
The IHSAA has started a new listing of 1999 Tournament Bests. Leading the way is Courtney Mennen of Clinton Prairie who laid down 39 points in her team's win over Rossville in round one of the Clinton Central Sectional.
Two former Indiana high school players are featured in on-line news articles out of Martinsville and South Bend. Last season's 4A state champion Martinsville standout April Traylor, now a Florida State freshman, has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. Traylor had 29 points in her team's game against Florida to lead all scorers. You can read about Traylor's season so far with Florida State in the Martinsville Reporter-Times. Also, Sheila McMillen (Rochester), a four-year member of the Notre Dame women's basketball team, reflects on her early start with basketball that led to her stretch with the Irish, now ranked No. 10 nationally in women's college basketball. You can read about McMillen's story in the South Bend Tribune (alternate link).
|News thru Tuesday, February 23|
The Times locally is featuring an article
about 2A Sectional Champ Hanover Central's Christy
Bilinski, a 5'3 tough-as-nails, defensive dynamo for the Wildcats.
Unfortunately, this article is not on-line, but suffice it to say that
Bilinski is looking forward to the regional matchup with North Judson on
Saturday. According to a Bilinski quote in The Times, "Nobody
likes us in our conference (PCC). And that made winning it better. We all
wanted to rub it in their faces. Right now we're really pumped. At this
moment we're not nervous or scared. We want to prove to people we're not
this little school in the cornfields." First-year Hanover Central
Coach Denny Foster always gives Bilinski his
team's toughest defensive assignment, and she gets a thrill out of guarding
opposing high-profile players. She'll get her fill of that on Saturday
against No. 4 North Judson, which features a number of offensive weapons
in the form of Jaime Sturgell (15.2 ppg),
Kristie King (13.0 ppg) and Kori
Glass (15.0 ppg).
The South Bend Tribune is carrying a post-sectional wrapup about South Bend/Elkhart area games and teams from last week. They also are naming an All-Sectional Team for the 4A Sectional at Adams and the 3A Sectional at Plymouth. Listed as All-Sectional are:
4A Adams Sectional - Penn senior Stacy Handschu, Penn juniors Angela Knight and Jessica Reiter, Mishawaka senior Kristi Kaniewski, and LaSalle senior Briana Hensley.
3A Plymouth Sectional - SB Washington
sophomore Jackie Batteast, SB Washington junior
Simone Benion, Plymouth senior Erin
Cox, St. Joseph's senior Mary Kate Cressy,
and St. Joseph's junior Bridget Pluta.
The Ft. Wayne Sentinel is featuring an article about Snider sophomore Erin Heffner, who was instrumental to Snider's sectional championship win over DeKalb with a critical "coming out" performance. The center reserve, who is typically a low-key member of the Panthers, was pumping it up emotionally for her team on the floor with 14 second-half points to lead her team in scoring and enthusiasm. A fun read.
|News thru Monday, February 22|
Just a few notes from Region-area sectionals:
The Region saw several upsets during sectional play over the last week that left a lot of us scratching our heads. Perhaps the most notable was the incredible win of Michigan City over sectional-final favorite Portage. Portage had not been playing well since it's loss to New Albany in mid-January, but was considered a favorite to make it to the final game with it's outstanding sectional draw -- a bye with a Thursday game against Michigan City (6-15), who the Indians had beaten by 31 points in the regular season. But the Wolves had different plans and gave Portage, and themselves, the surprise of their lives by eliminating Portage with an astounding 62-55 win. Michigan City was eventually beaten by Hobart in Saturday night's championship game. Other Region upsets include Chesterton over No. 5 Valparaiso by one point in overtime, and Hanover Central over No. 10 North Newton.
At the 4A Portage Sectional, the Hobart senior contingent finally, finally, finally (yes, finally) won a sectional title, Hobart's first-ever in girls basketball. They've had some near misses over the past few years, including a last-second loss as sophomores to Crown Point in 1997, when the Lady Bulldogs went on to eventually play against Martinsville in the State Championship game. After playing together since the fifth grade, seniors Abbey Coons, Katie Julian, Lauren Julian, Chrissie Synko, Colleen Casko and Natalie Cartwright will get their chance on Saturday to advance to the "Big Show" when they play Penn in Game 1 of the the NorthWood Regional. We wish them continued success.
4A Highland's Jenny DeMuth (5'10 G/F) made the case for consideration as the top underclass player in the Region with an impressive performance in her team's 51-37 Sectional Championship win over Munster. The sophomore sensation plays with tremendous poise and offers up a pretty big game. She was all over the place for her team on Saturday night, diving for balls, getting key steals, pulling down critical rebounds and wisely dictating the pace of the game. She finished with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals and several assists. Last year as a freshman, DeMuth sat out of the sectionals after an ACL injury during Highland's last regular season game sidelined her for the tournament season. Highland moves on to the 4A Regional at Merrillville on Saturday, where the marquee matchup of DeMuth and Gary West Side senior standout Kristin Cheairs should be quite interesting.
Senior players who finished out in a big way at the Merrillville 4A Sectional included Crown Point's Danielle Tovsen and Merrillville's Shannon Wells. Tovsen, a 5'9 center, posted her best stats in second-round play against Munster with a career-first double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds). Tovsen also had 3 steals. Wells, a 5'10 Jack-of-All-Positions, finished her career in the first-round game against Crown Point with a 9-point run in the third quarter after being held scoreless in the first half. That run kept her team in it after trailing by 7 at the half to lose by only one point in the end. Wells finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks in her last high school game.
In 3A, it was almost deja vu all over again for the Andrean Lady 59ers when it came down to the wire in their championship game against Griffith Saturday night. Last season, Andrean, who was favored locally for a trip to the state finals, was unexpectedly eliminated by Gavit in early sectional play. Down by 1 point to Griffith with just over five minutes to play in this season's sectional final, clutch free-throw shooting by senior Meghann Sullivan secured a win for her team and a chance to play next Saturday in the Merrillville Regional against Twin Lakes, winner of the Benton Central Sectional (where last year's 3A champ, West Lafayette, was eliminated in first-round play).
2A Sectional Champ Hanover Central freshman Julie Moniak (5'11 F/C) has been a steady contributer to her team's success on the season so far. Backing up big name Hanover players Christy Koby and Melanie Brumbaugh, Moniak was key with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and 1 steal in the Wildcats' 70-63 upset win over No. 10 North Newton in the sectional final Saturday night.
In 1A, sophomore Erica
Martin (5'10G) secured a win that put to end a 7-year sectional
championship drought for Kouts. Martin, a member of the IHSAA State
Scoring Leaders list at 22.2 ppg, stayed true to form with a 22-point performance
in her team's 58-39 win over Whiting. Kouts moves on to the Knox Regional
where they will take on Triton for a chance to appear in the 1A Semi-State.
There were a lot of exciting moments over the week in sectional play around the state, but maybe none more remarkable than the finish of the 3A Yorktown sectional. Down by 1 point to Elwood with less than a second to go, Yorktown senior Amanda Hill (5'7 G) launched one from Three-Quarter-Court-Land that banked in to give her team a 2-point overtime victory and a chance to advance to the Hamilton Heights Regional. This game was pretty exciting throughout, with a reported 13 ties and 12 lead changes. You can read about the game in the Muncie Star Press.
USA Today has posted its report card for players included in their pre-season Super 25 rankings, which include New Albany senior Kennitra Johnson and Connersville senior April McDivitt. See how the Indiana representatives in the Super 25 compare with some of the best players around the country in this late-season review.
Pat Roy, long-time member of the IHSAA Executive staff, has announced her retirement to be effective June 30. Roy started her teaching career in 1960 in the Region area at Chesterton High School, and later became the head of the Girls Physical Education Department at East Gary (now, Lake Station) Edison High School in 1964. She joined the IHSAA in 1972 and began the implementation of an interscholastic sports program for girls at that time. Gymnastics and volleyball were the first girls sports to come under IHSAA rule, and basketball did not became a sanctioned IHSAA sport until the 1975-76 school year. (Hard to believe, huh?) Basketball is now Indiana's leading girls sport in high school student participation.
|News thru Saturday, February 20|
It's been an interesting week of Sectional
action around the state, and we would like to bring you up-to-date on the
status of ranked teams in all four classes prior to tonight's sectional
championship finals. We have created a new page, State
Tourney Status of Ranked Teams, that will follow the progress of all
the ranked teams throughout the tournament. You can access this page from
here or from our home page throughout the course of the IHSAA State
It might be a little bit late for this one (well, a LOT late), but the Ft. Wayne Sentinel is carrying a complete preview on the sectionals in the Ft. Wayne area. Even though most of the games have been played, here you will find anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Ft. Wayne girls basketball, including predictions for the outcome of all sectionals. Also, lots of pictures. Additionally, the Sentinel has posted their latest Power 10 rankings for the Ft. Wayne area.
Statistical leaders for NWI appeared in the The Times on Friday as follows:
|T. Mezera (River Forest)
E. Martin (Kouts)
J. DeMuth (Highland)
|J. Tobias (Roosevelt)
K. Julian (Hobart)
F. Malone (Roosevelt)
|K. Puplava (Valparaiso)
K. Morris (Roosevelt)
A. Rebich (Wash. Twp.)
|C. Rogers (Andrean)
B. Alger (Boone Gr.)
K. Morris (Roosevelt)
|E. Sampsel (Valpo)
T. Sweezer (West Side)
K. McGinley (Morgan Twp.)
|L. Mitchell (Calumet)
J. Bayer (Lowell)
L. Schultz (Wheeler)
|T. Humphrey (Hammond)
C. Koby (Hanover Central)
J. Smith (Gavit)
|L. Schultz (Wheeler)
M. Yancey (West Side)
L. Adams (Griffith)
Jill Hartman, a senior at Evansville Memorial, broke the Evansville city career scoring record Feb. 11 when she tallied 34 points in a 75-70 loss to Washington. Hartman left the game with 1,861 points, surpassing the former city record of 1,843 by 1987 Evansville Bosse graduate Vicki Lander.
Erin Jedilkowski, a senior at Portage, became the second girl in school history to score 1,000 career points. She reached the level Feb. 6 in the Penn Shootout, running her total to 1,014.
Kourtney Mennen, a senior at Clinton Prairie, finished the regular season with 1,950 career points and ranked 15th on the state's career list. She needs 50 points to become the 13th girls player to score 2,000 career points.
Amy Meyer, a senior at South Adams, scored the 1,000th point of her career Feb. 11 in a 68-34 victory over Union (Modoc). Meyer scored 26 points in the game to raise her career total to 1,001. She is second girl in school history to score 1,000 points.
Erika Roudebush, a senior at Hamilton Southeastern, broke the school's single-game scoring record Feb. 9 with 41 points in a 70-67 victory over Anderson Highland.
Lindsay Secrest, a junior at Bloomfield, broke the school's single-season scoring record with 576 points in 21 regular-season games. The former record was 575 by Misty Norris in 1991-92.
Jennifer Turner, a senior at Terre Haute North, became the school's career scoring leader in girls basketball Feb. 9 in a 71-58 victory at Northview. Turner scored 26 points in the game to move her career total to 1,556. The previous record was 1,555 by Shannon Huddleson. Turner also holds school records for single-game scoring and three-pointers in a game.
LaTasha Wolfe, a senior at Elkhart Memorial, scored 26 points Feb. 9 in a 76-70 loss to Bethany Christian to run her career total to 1,023 points.
|News thru Tuesday, February 16|
State Coaches poll has been released for the final week of regular
season play and, as we anticipated, Cathedral has moved into the No. 1
position in 3A. That was the most significant change at the top of any
poll, although there were minor changes in most of the polls in the bottom
five. As a side note, 3A No. 1 Cathedral and 4A No. 1 New Albany remain
as the only undefeated teams heading into this week's sectionals.
Two more sectional preview articles are appearing on-line from the Connersville News-Examiner covering the 4A Connersville Lady Spartans and the 2A Cambridge City Lincoln Lady Golden Eagles.
We are asking all of you to help with sectional scores for posting on this and other web sites. We have added an easy-to-use Sectional Score Reporter form that makes this task as easy as possible for all of you. You may also use our Games Results Posting Board to post scores and/or game details that you would like announce immediately. We will be updating scores regularly on our four sectional bracket pages (the links to which are found on our home page), usually after 10:00 p.m. (CST) on game nights and early morning the day after games. Thanks in advance for all your help.
We have added two new web sites to our School Teams Links page. The first is the web site of the Martinsville Artesians, which includes a number of features, including complete stats for all varsity players. The second web site is St. Charles Middle School team from the Ft. Wayne area. Drop by and visit those sites soon.
|News thru Monday, February 15|
The Indiana Coaches Association final season
poll will be out this evening, and there will most likely be some adjustments,
especially in the 3A poll. With the defeat of previously unbeaten No. 1
Evansville Memorial, the news of the season-ending ACL injury to No.
4 Rushville's Elizabeth English, and the 3-loss
season finish of No. 5 South Bend Washington, there are bound to be some
major realignments. In 4A, NWI Indiana teams No. 5 Valpo and No. 9 Hobart
stumbled in the final week, which might create some minor adjustments.
Check back later this evening (usually after 9:00 p.m. CST) to see if final
poll results have been released. In the meantime, you can check out our
Roundball Review Top 12 Region & State Picks for the week.
The South Bend Tribune was carrying some interesting sectional preview pieces over the weekend for the 4A Sectionals and the 3A & 2A Sectionals in their area with regard to defending sectional champs. Some good reading. Also, the Elkhart Truth is carry previews of the 4A Goshen sectional and the 3A Wawasee sectional. (This link will only work for today.) The Kokomo Tribune is carrying previews of the Kokomo v. Lafayette Jeff opener at the Logansport Sectional, and the Lebanon Sectional, where Western is considered a favorite with a bye to play on Thursday night. The Terre Haute Tribune Star has the preview to area sectionals, including the Brownsburg Sectional where Terre Haute South will try to defend its sectional title against contenders Mooresville and Brownsburg.
The Ft. Wayne Sentinel is carrying a feature on No. 6 (4A) Ft. Wayne Snider junior Sparkle Williams, a center/forward for the Panthers. After a summer AAU season of playing against some of the best post talent in the country, Williams is becoming a greater force for her team underneath. Snider is expected to make a good showing in the Northrop Sectional, where their stiffest competition will come from No. 10 DeKalb, featuring senior standout shooter Maria Recker.
|News thru Friday, February 12|
Locally, The Times and Post-Tribune are carrying complete girls sectional coverage, with predictions of sectional winners and picks for All-Sectional teams and favorites. Steven Hanlon, Times editorial writer, has selected his sectional winners in his weekly Prep Zone column. And although it won't be known until the final buzzer is sounded which teams and players will step forward and answer the call, here is what The Times and Post-Tribune are previewing for Region-area sectionals:
Sectional 1 - 4A at Hammond Morton
Post-Tribune Pick: Gary West Side
Times All-Sectional Team: Kristin Cheairs (West Side), Cathy Herring (Morton), Tiffany Humphrey (Hammond), Inesha Hazley (EC Central) and Francis Malone (Roosevelt).
Sectional 2 - 4A at Merrillville
Post-Tribune Pick: Highland
Times All-Sectional Team: Jenny DeMuth (Highland), Shannon Wells (Merrillville), Susan Hay (Munster), Lori Moore (Lake Central) and Sarah Zondor (Crown Point).
Sectional 3 - 4A at Portage
Post-Tribune Pick: Valpo or Portage
Times All-Sectional Team: Jackie Campbell (Chesterton), Jeanette Gray (Valparaiso), Abbey Coons (Hobart), Natalie Yudt (Portage), Erin Sampsel (Valparaiso).
Sectional 17 - 3A at Calumet
Post-Tribune Pick: Andrean
Times All-Sectional Team: Kara Austgen (Andrean), Meghann Sullivan (Andrean), Joann Smith (Gavit ), Stacy Jones (Bishop Noll), Lawanda Mitchell (Calumet), and Jamie Gutowski (Andrean).
Sectional 18 - 3A at Benton Central
Post-Tribune Pick: (None selected)
Times All-Sectional Team: Kristen Kruchowski (Kankakee Valley), Kelly Lane (Rensselaer), Lello Gebisa (W. Lafayette), Keaton Brumm (W. Lafayette) and Julie Goad (Twin Lakes).
Sectional 33 - 2A at Boone Grove
Post-Tribune Pick: North Newton
Times All-Sectional Team: Tracie Mezera (River Forest), Kristi Koselke (N. Newton), Lindsey Schultz (Wheeler), Melanie Brumbaugh (Hanover Central) and Becky Schuster (N. Newton).
Sectional 49 - 1A at Hebron
Post-Tribune Pick: Morgan Township
Times All-Sectional Team: Kim McGinley (Morgan Twp.), Erica Martin (Kouts), Michelle Armstrong (Hebron), Megan Hefner (Morgan Twp.), Thespena Kollintzas (Whiting).
Sectional 50 - 1A at Culver Community
Post-Tribune Pick: (None selected)
Times All-Sectional Team: Hannah Herrold (S. Central), Amber Oneal (S. Central), Crista Bulger (Westville), Jacque Drubert (Westville) and Ryan Dunleavy (MC Marquette).
The IHSAA has released a number of milestones reached by players this season as follows:
Susan Hay, a junior at Munster, had a perfect shooting game Feb. 4 when she made all seven field goal attempts and all eight free throw attempts on the way to a 22-point game.
Lisa Bergey, a senior at Bethany Christian, became the school's career rebounding leader Feb. 4 when she grabbed 10 in a 59-41 victory over Argos. Bergey left the game with 511 career rebounds, breaking the mark of 507 set by Audrey Schultz in 1992.
Emily Butler, a senior at Center Grove, reached the 1,000-point level for her career Jan. 27 when she scored 23 points in a game against Warren Central. Butler left the game with 1,017 career points. She earlier became the school's career record holder for assists and three-pointers. Butler has signed a letter of intent to attend Northwestern University.
Lynne Johnson, a junior at Corydon Central, became the school's career scoring leader in girls basketball Jan. 27 when she scored a season-high 34 points against Salem. Johnson left the game with 1,097 career points.
Melissa Merkel, a junior at Northeast Dubois, scored the 1,000th point of her career Feb. 4 in a 73-32 victory over Heritage Hills. Merkel scored 23 points to run her career total to 1,013. She joined teammate Kami Vaal, who reached the milestone earlier this season, as the only players in school history to score 1,000 points.
Lindsay Nelson, a senior at Western, became the fifth girl in school history to score 1,000 points. She reached the level Feb. 3 with 12 points against Tipton.
Erika Roudebush, a senior at Hamilton Southeastern, became the school's girls basketball career scoring leader Feb. 2 when she scored 26 points in a 72-44 victory over Indianapolis Broad Ripple. Roudebush ran her career total to 1,089 points. Her father, Jack Roudebush, has been the school's boys basketball career scoring leader since 1970 with 1,465 points.
Cara Stuckey, a senior at Terre Haute South, broke the school's 10-year-old record for points in a game Feb. 3 when she tallied 38 in an 87-69 triumph over Sullivan. The former record was 35 by Val Evans.
Kristy Thomann, a senior at North Vermillion, surpassed the 1,500-point mark for her career Feb. 2 when she scored 33 points in a 68-49 victory at Rockville. Thomann has signed a letter of intent to attend Indiana State University.
Amy Waugh, a senior at Homestead, broke the school's career scoring record in girls basketball Jan. 28 with 15 points in a 76-42 triumph over New Haven. Waugh left the game with 1,233 points, surpassing the total of 1,226 set by 1997 graduate Candi Crawford. Waugh also broke the school's single-game assists record with 15 in the contest. Waugh has signed a letter of intent to attend Xavier University.
Natalie Will, a senior at NorthWood, reached the 1,000-point mark for her career Jan. 23 against Whitko in the NorthWood Invitational. She subsequently moved to No. 1 on the school's career scoring chart Feb. 4 with a career record of 35 points in a 97-41 victory over South Bend Adams. Will completed a triple-double performance with 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Also scoring a triple-double in the game was teammate Amy Zercher. The school's former career mark was 1,056 by Jami Heckaman. Will has signed a basketball letter of intent to attend Northwestern University.
|T. Mezera (River Forest)
E. Martin (Kouts)
J. Gray (Valparaiso)
|K. Glass (N. Judson)
C. Rosenbaum (Valpo)
N. Yudt (Portage)
|T. Mezera (River Forest)
A. Walker, (Wheeler)
A. Carnahan (Crown Point)
|J. Campbell (Chesterton)
L. Mitchell (Calumet)
S. Zondor (Crown Point)
|E. Sampsel (Valpo)
T. Sweezer (West Side)
A. Karamanis (Wheeler)
|L. Schultz (Wheeler)
K. Law (Morton)
L. Mitchell (Calumet)
|T. Humphrey (Hammond)
C. Koby (Hanover Central)
J. Smith (Gavit)
|L. Schultz (Wheeler)
M. Yancey (West Side)
M. Brumbaugh (Hanover Central)
|News thru Wednesday, February 10|
We have put together sectional brackets for
all four divisions of the state tournament, which are all in an easy-to-follow
format which can be accessed from our home page. Teams from the north are
shown on the left side of the brackets and teams from the south are on
the right. Also, to easily identify the ranked and
runner-up teams from the State Coaches Poll,
we have highlighted those teams in color for you to track their progress
during the tournament. When games begin on Tuesday, we will do our best
to post as many scores as possible. We would appreciate any scores that
you might be able to send our way throughout the course of the tournament.
Several on-line newspapers around the state are carrying analytical pieces on yesterday's draw and what it means to teams in their area. You can view local evaluations of the draw in the Indy Star, Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette, The Times out of NWI, Kokomo Tribune, Peru Tribune, Wabash County Life, South Bend Tribune, Huntington Herald Press, Bloomington Hoosier Times, Connersville News-Examiner, Evansville Courier (4A)(3A)(2A)(1A), Shelbyville News, and Muncie Star Press. As more stories on the draw become available, we will link them for you on our scores page under "Game Previews".
The Indiana Coaches Poll for the final week of regular season games is out, and there are very few changes throughout, although there was some posturing in places and votes within the Top 10 in some of the divisions. Interestingly, 4A Terre Haute South retained its No. 8 ranking after being crushed by No. 2 Ben Davis 64-38 on Saturday. Also, Valpo holds strong despite being challenged by unranked Lafayette Jeff that same day. In 3A, S. Bend Washington holds on to the No. 5 spot after their first loss of the season to unranked 4A Penn by 9 points, and Corydon is climbing the ladder with a move from No. 8 to No. 6. In 2A, Forest Park and North Judson switched places at No. 3 and No. 4, and in 1A Clinton Prairie displaced Rising Sun for the No. 2 spot.
Michigan City senior guard Jessica Yagelski is being featured in an article in the Michigan City News Dispatch. Yagelski is currently averaging 11.1 ppg for the Wolves and is the emotional leader of her team.
Former Andrean/Crown Point point guard Keaton Brumm, who transferred from Andrean after her sophomore year to last year's 3A state champion West Lafayette, is being featured in an article in the Lafayette Journal-Courier. Brumm is currently averaging 15.3 points, 4.7 assists, 3.1 steals and 3.8 rebounds per game. The Journal-Courier is also reporting the Brumm's teammate, Lafayette West senior center Lello Gebisa (6'5), was seen by college scouts from Northwestern and Duke during Saturday's win over Harrison.
NorthWood's Natalie Will and Amy Zercher, court partners since the 6th grade, are being featured in a very interesting article in the Goshen News. Both players have reached the 1,000 point scoring mark this year, and hope to continue their run in the upcoming state tournament. NorthWood will be playing Wawasee in first-round action next Tuesday.
|News thru Wednesday, February 3|
3A South Bend Washington, led by sophomore
Jackie Batteast, will put its unbeaten record
on the line against NIC foe 4A Penn tomorrow night in what is sure to be
a thriller. You can read about this impending battle in the South
Bend Tribune. Penn will be hosting Portage, Crown Point and NorthWood
on Saturday in the Penn Classic. Both varsity and JV teams will be competing.
The action starts with Penn taking on Portage at 9:30 a.m. (EST), followed
by Crown Point v. NorthWood at 11:00 a.m. (EST). Evening competition will
pit NorthWood against Portage at 5:00 p.m. (EST) and Penn against
Crown Point at 8:15 p.m. (EST). All varsity games will be played in the
Penn High School Arena.
Rochester junior guard Andrea Milliser (5'9) is featured in an article in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune, where it is revealed that Milliser has a special good luck item that reflects her "go to war" agressiveness on the basketball court. Jersey No. 20 for the Lady Zebras recently logged 39 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists against West Central under the discriminating eye of Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Gary Donna, who was there to see Milliser play. Last night, Milliser helped her team clinch the Three Rivers Conference championship outright with a 63-41 victory over Oak Hill. The Z's are now 14-3 and 6-0 in the TRC, and Milliser is now averaging 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists per game.
Senior Rhonda Doud of Tippecanoe Valley had a busy week last week, breaking two school records while her team went 2 for 3 on the week. On Monday, she paced her team with 17 points in a 57-42 victory over Oak Hill, breaking the school record for most 3-point shots made in a season. Her 2 treys gave her 33 for the season. The old record was held by Jody Yochum Shewman (1987-88) at 32. On Saturday, Doud also broke the record for free throws in a game, going 13 for 13 from the charity stripe in a 75-67 loss to South Bend Clay.
In its press release yesterday, the IHSAA made note of the following milestones in girls basketball:
Cortney Cooper, a senior at Martinsville, reached the 1,000-point level for her career Jan. 23 in a career-best 41-point effort against Lawrence Central. Martinsville recorded a 99-68 victory and Cooper ran her career total to 1,038 points.
Patti Groover, a senior at Clay City, scored the 1,000th point of her career Jan. 26 against Northview in a 64-45 loss. She scored 23 points and left the game with 1,020 career points.
a junior at Bloomfield, scored the 1,000th point of her career Jan. 27
in a 68-32 victory over North Daviess. She scored 37 points in the game,
running her career total to 1,029.
The lastest update on the IHSAA State Scoring Leaders is out, and Miss Basketball candidate Kennitra Johnson of New Albany makes the list for the first time this season averaging 20.0 ppg. River Forest's Tracie Mezera and Kout's Erica Martin continue to represent the Region in scoring with 24.0 ppg and 22.6 ppg, respectively. In the IHSAA Season Bests, several new names are appearing in the 3-point shooting category, as sharpshooters around the state continue to thrill their fans. Newcomers to the list include Bethany Miller of Princeton (6), Meredith Turner of Greencastle (8), and ISU-bound Kourtney Mennen of Clinton Prairie (8).
News of Region college players appears in today's Post-Tribune as follows:
"Butler's Kelly Kuhn (Lake Central) has racked up four double-doubles, the latest being 14 points and 11 rebounds in a 116-101 victory over Detroit and 14 rebounds and 11 points in a 78-65 decision over Cleveland State. The Bulldogs are 13-6 and 6-1 in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference."
"Tennessee-Martin's Zabrina Harris (Calumet) became the seventh player in school history to top 1,000 points with her effort against Austin Peay. The junior center racked up a season-high 29 points, hitting 12 of 14 shots. She also grabbed 10 rebounds."
"Forward Jenn Sliwa
(Boone Grove) is second on Villanova's team in 3-pointers with 28. Her
specialty is post defense, but the 6-1 senior is also averaging 8.1 points
and 3.3 rebounds. Sliwa has started all but two games for the Wildcats
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|News thru Tuesday, February 2|
Coaches poll is out for the week, and there were very few changes in
the top 5 for each division. In 4A, all of the top 10 teams retained their
position, except for Portage, which dropped from No. 10 to be replaced
by DeKalb. In 3A, West Lafayette dropped one spot to No. 4 after it's weekend
loss to 4A Lafayette Jeff. 2A North Judson moved up one position to the
No. 3 spot after a win over No. 7 North Newton. In 1A, the top five remain
the same, however Lapel has moved up 3 positions to No 6. There are only
two weeks left in the regular season. All of those teams feeling they've
been overlooked during the course of the season by the pollsters will finally
get their chance to prove their point. The "real season" begins
on February 16 when everyone starts with an 0-0 record and when polls won't
make a bit of difference to what happens on the floor. The exciting part
about it all is that there is a tremendous amount of parity around the
state this year, and there is no one team clear ahead of the pack up and
down the class tournament ranks.
Speaking of the state tournament, the drawing for sectional pairings will take place exactly one week from today. Those results will be available on-line from the IHSAA, and we plan to post them on our site on that day as well. We will be carrying complete tournament brackets and coverage for all four classes throughout tournament play in an easy-to-follow format. We also will be carrying tournament game scores as they become available, and link you to as many game recaps as possible.
The spotlight continues to shine on 3A Wawasee frosh Shanna Zolman, who was the focus of two feature articles appearing in the Indianapolis Star and South Bend Tribune over the weekend. This outstanding player has burst onto the high school scene with some incredible stats, and continues to be the state scoring leader with an astounding 31.9 ppg. Zolman found out just how intense the glare of the spotlight can be, however, when she also became the defensive focus of 3A Angola (10-8) on Saturday, when she was held to 9 points from the field and eventually fouled out of the double-overtime game. Zolman was perfect from the free throw line, however, going 11 for 11 to tally 20 points (her season low) for the game. Her Warriors team (10-5) fell in that contest 65-64.
The Times out of Valparaiso is carrying a late-season summary of Porter County teams and players in the Duneland Athletic Conference and the Porter County Conference. Also included are Porter County scoring leaders in these two conferences.
High school players take notice! Through some hard work and determination, an unsatisfied Angie Hupfner of St. Joseph's College decided after last season that she would begin a physical regimen to get into better basketball playing shape for this year's season. Spending the summer getting into top condition, her efforts have paid off like she never expected -- in improved scoring. Hupfner continues to be the NCAA Division II national scoring leader at 30.7 points per game for the Pumas, who are currently 10-7. Hupfner credits her increased mobility, endurance and strength to her current success and still has difficulty believing that she is leading the nation in scoring for her division. You can read about Hupfner's story in the Lafayette Journal and Courier.
(As Homer Simpson would say.) We've turned over the 20,000 hit marker on our web site today, just nearly 6 months to the day since we went public with our site. Thanks to all of our faithful visitors and contributers. Thanks especially to the fine young ladies of the sport, who continue to provide enjoyment to a great number of fans through their hard work and love of the game. And good luck to all NWI teams in the upcoming state tournament. May you stay healthy and make the Region proud!
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