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The Ubben Lecture Series: Brad Stevens '99, March 20

Brad Stevens, president of basketball operations for the NBA’s Boston Celtics and 1999 graduate of DePauw University, will return to DePauw to present a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Monday, March 20.

 

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, located within the Green Center for the Performing Arts at DePauw University.

 

Stevens has guided teams that have “overachieved at overachieving,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

 

Born and raised in Zionsville, Ind., Stevens was a basketball standout at Zionsville High School, setting five team records. At DePauw, where he was an economics major and Management Fellow, Stevens was a dean’s list honoree and volunteered as a civic intern at the Hartman Center. On the basketball court, he played in all possible 101 games for the Tigers and earned four varsity letters, and was named all-conference, academic all-conference, and was a three-time Academic All-America nominee.

 

After graduation, he worked as a marketing associate at Eli Lilly and Company and served as a volunteer basketball coach at Carmel High School. In 2000, Stevens realized his real love was the hardwoods and not the office tower, and left his job for a volunteer position at Butler University. Soon after, he was named the Bulldogs’ coordinator of basketball operations, and a year later was tapped as an assistant basketball coach. In April 2007, he was named – at age 30 – to lead the Division I men’s basketball program.

 

In his first year, Stevens led Butler to 30 wins, becoming the third-youngest head coach in NCAA Division I history to have a 30-win season. In 2010, his third year as head coach, Stevens broke the NCAA record for most wins in a coach’s first three years, exceeding the previous record by eight wins. In the NCAA Tournament, Stevens coached Butler to its first Final Four in school history, while also becoming the second-youngest head coach to make an NCAA National Championship game. With the following season’s team also making the Final Four, Stevens became the youngest coach to go to two Final Fours. Twice named the Horizon League Coach of the Year, Stevens compiled a 166-49 record with the Bulldogs.

 

Stevens was named the head coach of the Boston Celtics in July 2013, becoming the youngest head coach in the NBA. Over eight seasons he led the storied franchise to a 354-282 record and seven playoff appearances, including a conference championship and five trips to the conference finals. On June 2, 2021, the Celtics named Stevens president of basketball operations. “Before he was maybe the best coach in the NBA, Stevens was maybe the best coach in college basketball,” wrote Ben Cohen in The Wall Street Journal.

 

“He’s unbelievable in how he carries himself,” Gregg Popovich, head coach of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, said of Stevens. “He’s truthful and straight up with his players, and in this league, that’s the biggest thing they respect – that you are comfortable in your own skin.”

 

As David Woods wrote in 2015 for the Indianapolis Star, “[Stevens] was a star in high school but not at DePauw University, where the coach was Bill Fenlon. Stevens said Fenlon taught him how to be a teammate, calling it the greatest lesson he learned as he went into coaching.”

 

“My experience at DePauw was about as beneficial as any experience I’ve had,” Stevens told ESPN.com in November 2013. The coach told the Indianapolis Star that a DePauw course he took as a sophomore instilled in him the notion of servant leadership. “It’s not for everybody,” he said. “I’m sure there are plenty of people who have led without that. But it’s a great way to lead. It keeps you grounded in what’s important.”

 

Stevens returned to DePauw in April 2010 to deliver a Robert C. McDermond Lecture. He recounted some things he learned from DePauw people, calling it “among the best advice I’ve ever received.” His grandfather, also a DePauw graduate, offered, “Never marry for money. You can borrow it cheaper.” Mary Dixon, one of Stevens’ economics professors, advised, “If you want to be any good at anything, you’d better start to do the things that you don’t like to do.”

 

Stevens added, “There’s always something that you need to do because it’s the right thing to do and a difficult thing to do and you may not enjoy it as much. I appreciate her standing up and saying that, because sometimes we need to hear what we don’t want to hear.”

 

In 2015 Stevens received DePauw University’s Young Alumni Award. He is also a member of DePauw’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

The NBA executive and his wife and DePauw classmate, Tracy (Wilhelmy) Stevens ’99, are the parents of two children, daughter Kinsley and son Brady.

 

Established in 1986 through the generous support of 1958 DePauw graduates Timothy H. and Sharon Williams Ubben, the Ubben Lecture Series was designed to “bring the world to Greencastle.” The series has presented 119 events over the past 37 years.

 

Following a conversation with his college head coach, Bill Fenlon, Stevens will answer questions submitted by the audience which you may send via email to ubbenlectureseries@depauw.edu.

 

As with all Ubben Lectures, the event will be presented free of admission charge and is open to all. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and no tickets will be distributed.

 

The visit by Stevens is the second Ubben Lecture given during the 2022-23 academic year. Maria Ressa, acclaimed journalist and recipient of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, came to DePauw Nov. 2.

Greencastle impressive in Sectional 44 quarterfinal win

Greencastle only lost four games all season.  But one of those was to Southmont in the season opener.

 

Not this time.

 

Greencastle opened postseason play with a convincing 55-39 decision over the Mounties in Sectional 44 quarterfinal pay at McAnally Center Tuesday.

 

The Tiger Cubs seized control early and built an insurmountable 22-point halftime lead, 30-8.

 

Gloria Brewer led the Tiger Cubs in scoring with 21 although she struggled with 5-for-24 shooting from the field.  Brewer made up for it at the free throw line with an 11-for-13 performance while pulling down eight rebounds to go with four assists.

 

Emma Hunter scored 20 points and teammate Evelyn Briones finished with 12.

 

Greencastle (20-4) will face county and conference rival Cloverdale in a Friday semifinal.  The Clovers (2-21) received a first round bye. 

 

Greencastle won the lone regular season matchup, 62-32.

 

Sectional 44’s other semifinal will be determined tonight.  South Putnam (7-15) will tip-off against River Parke (10-10) at 6 p.m.  Riverton Parke won the regular season meeting on January 10, 40-25.

 

In tonight’s second quarterfinal, North Putnam (10-12) will play Parke Heritage (18-5).  North Putnam lost a road game to the Wolves on December 10, 62-36.

 

GIANT fm Sports will have coverage of both Sectional 44 quarterfinals tonight with coverage at 5:40 p.m. on 92.1, giant.fm and the GIANT fm app.


Putnam County teams chasing Sectional 44 title

All four Putnam County girl's basketball teams will look to cut down the nets at the Greencastle Sectional 44 Tournament, which kicks off Tuesday evening. 

 

Host Greencastle, who brought an 18-4 record into last night's regular season finale, opens the sectional on its home floor at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Southmont, who is 11-9 heading into tonight's season finale. 

 

The two teams met in the season opener, with Southmont posting a 40-37 victory. 

 

"Southmont is a good team. They have a veteran coach and a solid six players," Greencastle head coach Doug Greenlee told The Putnam County Post. 

 

For the Tiger Cubs, Greenlee said he has three players who are averaging double figures in seniors Gloria Brewer and Emma Hunter and junior Evie Briones. 

 

"Gloria Brewer, Emma Hunter and Evie Briones have provided us a solid scoring trio," Greenlee said. 

 

The winner of the sectional opener between Greencastle and Southmont will advance to semi-final on Feb. 3 against Cloverdale, who is 2-21. 

 

"Up to this point, we have had a great season. We need to finish strong, and the team is focused on that," Greenlee said. 

 

What will it take for Greencastle to cut down the nets on its home floor? 

 

"We have to be strong on defense, creating scoring opportunities off of steals and defensive rebounds.  We will need three solid games. Everyone starts 0-0 in the second season.  We are looking forward to the challenge," he said. 

 

As for Cloverdale, it has been a rough season for the Clovers, who are averaging just under 27 points per game. 

 

Despite the record, head coach J.J. Wade welcomes the challenge.

 

"Always unique in Indiana that when the draw happens. Everyone is 0-0.  Getting the bye game is rarely ever a bad thing.  It gives us more time to prepare and heal up and gives our young squad a chance to see some of the tournament play out before we have to play," Wade told The Putnam County Post.

 

Wade said Cloverdale has had several players play well at times this season. 

 

"It has been an up and down season but that was to be expected with so many freshmen playing so many minutes.  We have improved and grown and are still learning each time out.  Although our record is not what we wanted, we knew this season would be a journey for us and had a goal of getting better each day and for the most part we have done that.  We have played some competitive basketball of late and are hoping to put it all together as we play in the tourney," Wade said.

 

He admits Sectional 44 is filled with some "really great teams."

 

"It is difficult to win a sectional in any year.  There are always the mainstays of playing solid defense, rebounding, and taking care of the basketball.  Those things combined with relentless effort are what we will focus on next week if we want to be competitive," Wade said.

 

Wednesday night belongs to South Putnam and North Putnam. 

 

The Eagles of South Putnam will open sectional play at 6 p.m. against Riverton Parke. 

 

The two teams met in January with Riverton Parke earning a 40-25 win. 

 

As for North Putnam, they will entertain Parke Heritage at the conclusion of South Putnam vs. Riverton Parke. 

 

North Putnam closed out the regular season with a 10-12 mark in Craig Franklin's first season, but the Cougars dropped five of their last six games to end the season. 

 

Parke Heritage, who was 17-5 heading into last night's regular season finale, earned a 62-36 win over the Cougars earlier this season. 

 

The winners of Wednesday's games will play at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 with the final slated for 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. 

 

GIANT fm Sports on WREB will broadcast each game involving a Putnam County school during the sectional tournament. 

 

Girls basketball state tournament pairings show to air Sunday

The Indiana High School Athletic Association will broadcast the 48th Annual IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament Pairings Show Sunday at 5 p.m.

 

The two-hour show will be hosted by Bob Lovell and Greg Rakestraw and streamed exclusively on IHSAAtv.org.

 

Complete pairings will be available at IHSAA.org following the broadcast.

 

Class 2A, Sectional 44 at Greencastle

The McAnally Center at Greencastle High School will serve as the host site for 2A Sectional 44.

 

Greencastle (16-4) will compete against North Putnam (9-9), South Putnam (6-13), Cloverdale (1-19), Riverton Parke (8-9), Southmont (9-9) and Parke Heritage (15-5).

 

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Cross country state tournaments reduced by one week

In its first meeting of the new calendar year, the IHSAA Executive Committee voted to change the Boys and Girls Cross Country State Tournaments from a four week format to a three week format.

 

The decision was one of three rules.

 

proposals acted upon after being formally presented last month by the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (IATCCC).

 

By an 11-6 vote, next fall’s state tournaments will be contested on three consecutive Saturdays and begin one week later than previously scheduled. Next season’s sectionals will now be on Saturday, Oct. 14, regionals on Saturday, Oct. 21, and the state finals on the same previously scheduled date of Saturday, Oct. 28.

 

Since 2014, the cross country tournaments had been run on four consecutive Saturdays with sectionals, regionals, semi-states and state finals. The new format calls for 25 sectionals and five regionals feeding into the state finals while eliminating the semi-state round. The top five teams and top 15 individuals not on a qualifying team will advance from each round to the next. Host sites and sectional assignments will be announced this summer.

 

“Today was a culmination of several years of discussion around issues within the cross country tournaments,” said Commissioner Paul Neidig. “The three-week tournament will provide more balance at the sectional level, resulting in a more competitive state tournament. The new format will advance 42 additional runners in each race at the state finals. We greatly appreciate the partnership with the state coaches association in developing this new format.”

 

 

Two other proposals from the coaches association were unanimously approved including awarding medals to the top 25 finishers in both state meets and creating a common track entry platform that all meets must use throughout the season.

 

 

Linton-Stockton boys basketball coach JoeyHart arrested on public intoxication in Clay County

The head coach of the state's second-ranked 2A boys basketball team has been arrested.

 

Linton-Stockton head coach Joey Hart was charged with public intoxication after being arrested by the Clay County Sheriff's Department early Saturday morning. Hart was found unconcious in his car near Coalmont in the 4 a.m. hour Saturday. He was initially held on $3,000 bond.

 

After serving as head coach at Shakamak and Turkey Run, Hart has been head coach at Linton-Stockton since 2011.  He's posted a 258-72 mark at the school and recently won his 400th game as a head coach in a double-overtime vistory over Evansville Harrison. 

 

The Miners (10-1) were coming off four wins and the First Financial Bank Wabash Valley Classic championship in Terre Haute.

 

 


The 2022-23 issue of Hoosier Basketball Magazine now available

Hoosier Basketball Magazine, in its 53rd year, presents an annual comprehensive survey of all high school (boys and girls), college (men and women) and professional (Pacers and Fever) basketball in Indiana.

 

The 2022-23 issue of Hoosier Basketball Magazine can be ordered now by mail. The website is at www.hoosierbasketball- magazine.com or call/text 317-925-8200.

Twelve high school seniors are featured on Hoosier Basketball's front cover, six boys and six girls. The boys pictured in the middle are Xavier Booker (Indianapolis Cathedral), Markus Burton (Penn), Myles Colvin (Heritage Christian), Joey Hart (Linton-Stockton), Logan Imes (Zionsville), JQ Roberts (Bloomington North). The featured girls front and center are Ashlynn Brooke (Pioneer), Laila Hull (Zionsville), McKenna Layden (Northwestern), Riley Makalusky (Hamilton Southeastern), Karsyn Norman (Bedford North Lawrence), Amiyah Reynolds (South Bend Washington).

Eighteen more boys and girls are pictured on the magazine’s front cover. Photos of boys include Joey Brown (North Central-Marion), Ahmere Carson (Anderson), Jermaine Coleman (Park Tudor), AJ Dancler (Southport), Zane Doughty (Ben Davis), Mason Jones (Valparaiso), Sam Orme (Carmel), Ashton Williamson (Gary 21st Century). Senior girls gracing the cover are Asia Donald (Hobart), Nevaeh Foster (Mishawaka Marian), Rashunda Jones (South Bend Washington), Renna Schwieterman (Jay County), Hailey and Olivia Smith (Fishers), Saige Stahl (Columbus East), Bailey Tabeling (Trinity Lutheran), Josie Trabel (East Central), Amber Tretter (Forest Park).

Five college players are pictured on the front cover including Zach Edey (Purdue), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana), Cooper Neese (Indiana State), Payton Sparks (Ball State) and Grace Berger (Indiana women).

 

The Indiana Pacer pictured this season is Tyrese Haliburton.

There are three high school players that appear with action pictures on the table of contents page. The featured players are Jaxson Gould from Warsaw, Flory Bidunga from Kokomo and Jaylen Mullen from North Daviess.

The 2022-23 edition can be ordered by mail now by e-mailing hoosierbbllmag@att.net or you can call/text (317) 925-8200. Newsstand locations such as Barnes & Noble, CVS, Kroger, Martin’s Supermarket, Meijer, Wal-mart and Walgreens will have copies later in the month of January.

 

Call 317-925-8200 to find a Hoosier Basketball Magazine in your part of the state.    

IBCA / Franciscan Health Players of the Week

The holiday season is upon us, and as schools head into their winter breaks, the basketball season continues on.

 

Six Hoosier hoopers were selected as Week 7 recipients for the IBCA/Franciscan Health Player of the Week award. The gentlemen posted four double-doubles and a triple-double, with one of them eclipsing the 1000-point mark. Each of the ladies topped 40 points in a game last week, while also breaking school records in those contests.

 

Valparaiso Senior Mason Jones, Kokomo Junior Flory Bidunga, Linton-Stockton Senior Joey Hart, Kouts Senior Ally Capouch, Carroll (Flora) Junior Alli Harness, and East Central Senior Josie Trabel have been selected as winner for Dec. 12-Dec. 17 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Jones is the boys’ winner, while Capouch is the girls’ winner, in
District-1. Bidunga and Harness receive boys’ and girls’ honors, respectively, in District-2. Hart is the boys’ honoree and Trabel is the girls’ honoree in District-3.

           

The Vikings of Valparaiso put together a 2-1 record last week, while Senior Mason Jones was strong each time out. Tuesday, they hosted one of the top Class 2A teams in the state in Gary 21st Century, but the Cougars came out on top, 71-59. In defeat, Jones was productive, knocking down 11 shots, including a 3-pointer, on his way to 23 points in the outing. The 6-7 forward also grabbed 10 rebounds in the game to post his first double-double of the week, plus he handed out six assists.

           

Over the weekend, Valparaiso bounced back with a pair of nice road wins. Friday night they were at East Chicago Central, winning by a 66-51 margin. Jones was 12-20 from the field, 2-4 from deep, and scored 29 points in the win. The Ball State University commit added 11 rebounds and a pair of steals in victory. The next day, at Elkhart, the Vikings won a convincing 64-32 effort. The senior forward posted his third double-double of the week and fifth in six games, as he scored 25 points on 12-19 shooting, grabbed 10 rebounds, plus he added a pair of assists and five steals.

           

The Kouts Fillies began their season 0-3, but they’ve responded by winning 10 of their last 11 matchups, showing their mettle as one of the top Class 1A teams again this season. Senior wing Ally Capouch continues to pour in the points, and last Tuesday against Lowell, she was torching the nets. The 5-11 senior buried 16-21 shots from the floor, including a school record 10-14 from 3-point range, for a career high of 42 points in the 65-35 win. She added six rebounds and a pair of assists in the outing.

           

On Saturday, Kouts returned to the floor at Hebron in a Porter County Conference matchup, and the Fillies again won comfortably, 65-28. In this game, Capouch was again solid in limited minutes, scoring 17 points, grabbing three rebounds, while also handing out seven assists and collecting seven steals in the success.

 

Capouch is committed to play at Trine University next season. 

           

Kokomo Junior Flory Bidunga has created quite the buzz this season, and he put together a pair of nice games last week, as #6 Kokomo moved to 5-2 on the year. Friday night, the Wildkats handed Marion its first loss of the season in a North Central Conference matchup, winning 90-72. Bidunga posted the impressive triple-double, scoring 25 points, pulling down 15 caroms, and protecting the rim with his 11 blocked shots. He also made 10-12 shots from the field in the big win.

           

Saturday, the Wildkats faced #8 Carmel. In a defensive-minded battle with the Greyhounds, Kokomo pulled out the narrow 41-39 win. With Carmel’s defense suffocating the 6-10 Bidunga, he still managed 10 points on 5-6 shooting, but he contributed greatly in other ways, snagging 14 rebounds, collecting four steals, and blocking another six shots. In the two impressive wins, the junior front-liner averaged 17.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 8.5 blocked shots per outing.

           

The Carroll (Flora) Lady Cougars are one of the top Class 2A teams in the state this year, and they boast a 12-1 record to this point. Last week, junior Alli Harness helped them to a pair of wins in a big way. Monday night, they hosted Maconaquah, winning easy over the Lady Braves. In this game, Harness was 12-19 from the floor, 4-9 from outside, and she made a free throw, scoring 29 points in limited minutes. She added six rebounds, three assists, six steals, and three blocked shots in victory.

           

Friday evening, the Lady Cougars hosted Rossville in a Hoosier Heartland Conference game, defeating the Hornets, 63-33. Harness was again on fire, knocking down 14-20 shots, including 9-13 from 3-point range and five from the charity stripe, scoring a program record 42 points. The 5-8 Junior guard also chipped in seven rebounds, handed out three assists, and stole the ball three times in the win, helping Carroll (Flora) to a 5-0 conference record to date.

           

The Linton-Stockton Miners took care of business over the weekend, winning a pair of games. Senior Joey Hart came up big in both outings. Friday night, they took on Southwestern Indiana Conference rival Shakamak, comfortably taking care of the Lakers in Jasonville, Indiana. Hart made 11 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, as he scored 24 points in limited minutes. He added four rebounds, three assists, four steals, and a pair of blocked shots to his stat line.

           

On Saturday, the Miners went toe to toe with the Warriors of Evansville Harrison. In a nail-biter, Linton-Stockton pulled out the 67-64, double overtime win. Hart, a 6-6 guard committed to the University of Central Florida, was outstanding in this matchup, scoring 36 points on 13-23 shooting, plus he was 7-13 from outside, and he made three free throws. The Senior guard added five rebounds, three assists, and four more steals in his team’s success, and he now ranks fourth on the Miners career scoring list.

           

With two huge performances last week, East Central Senior Josie Trabel eclipsed the 1600-point plateau. The Lady Trojans hosted the Indianapolis Homeschool Wildcats Tuesday night, and in an easy 68-35 win, Trabel scored a school record 40 points on 15-21 shooting. She also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and was a near-perfect 8-9 from the charity stripe. The 6-0 forward added eight rebounds, four assists, and six steals in her time on the floor.

           

Saturday, the Trojans travelled to Eastern Indiana Conference foe Batesville, moving to 10-4 on the year after accumulating another win, 60-38. Trabel was nearly as good in her second game of the week, this time scoring 37 points in victory. She was again solid from the field (14-22), buried a pair of treys, and repeated her stellar performance from the free throw line (7-8). Committed to Wofford College, the Senior forward chipped in another seven rebounds and a pair of assists.

           

This is the 15th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program, butjust the third season it is being presented by Franciscan Health, a corporate sponsor of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

           

Player of the Week winners are chosen each week from each of the IHSAA’s three districts. Girls winners will be chosen through the Monday following the IHSAA Girls State Finals. Boys winners will be chosen through the Monday following the IHSAA Boys State Finals.

 

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South Putnam off to 'decent' start with new coach

Consistent. 

 

That is what first-year South Putnam boy's basketball coach Kyle Swafford is looking for when it comes to the play from his Eagles squad. 

 

After five seasons at Monrovia and last season at Southridge, Swafford was introduced as the new coach at South Putnam and has the Eagles off to a 1-2 start heading into tonight's contest against Greencastle. 

 

"I was in southern Indiana last year and wanted to get back to central Indiana. I have known South Putnam Athletic Director Troy Burgess for a long time and he reached out and sold me on the job," Swafford told The Putnam County Post as to how he wound up with the Eagles.

 

And, how has his first season at South Putnam gone? 

 

"It has been a decent start, just battling some growing pains -- new coach, new style, different expectations. This season, as a program, we are trying to play more consistently than they have in years past. I feel that consistent play on both ends of the floor will lead to success as it relates to winning," Swafford told The Putnam County Post. 

 

 

The Eagles have gotten strong play thus far from junior Drew Hill, who is averaging 20 points per game, four rebounds per game and two assists per game, and senior Jeremiah Hibbeln, who is averaging 10 points and six rebounds per game. 

 

Swafford believes his team can make a run as the season progresses, but notes it is up to him to make the pieces fit. 

 

"I think we have some really good pieces to work with and be successful, but it's my job to make those pieces fit. We have to do that through understanding roles and having an identity within the team. Every player has to understand their role and then execute that role from game to game. It's a long season and we need to keep building on successes and learning from any setbacks, and, hopefully, we will be playing our best basketball come March," Swafford said. 

Greencastle looks to turn around fortunes

A 1-3 start to the season was not what Greencastle boy's basketball coach Bryce Rector had in mind when the season began, but he acknowledges several things and holds out hope for the remainder of the season.

 

"Obviously, we are a little disappointed with that record, however, we are a very young team and we have seen a lot of growth in the first month or so of the season. Our guys are continuing to get better and we look forward to watching the progress continue. So far this year, we have had some really good play from several players," Rector told The Putnam County Post. 

 

Leading the way for the Tigers is senior Cole Hutcheson, who is averaging 16.3 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game, while freshmen Sam Gooch and Cody Evans have also provided quality production. Gooch averages 14.3 points per game and 4 rebounds per game, while Evans chips in with 12.8 points per game and 5.8 rebounds a contest. 

 

Greencastle will look to improve on last season's 8-16 season, which featured ups and downs, according to Rector. 

 

"Last year was definitely an up and down year. We had sometimes where we were playing really good basketball, and then other times we found ourselves struggling to string wins together. We got beat pretty handily in the sectional last year, so that left a sour taste in many of our kids' mouths and hopefully served as motivation for this season," Rector said. 

 

Despite the slow start, Rector believes his squad has a chance to be "solid" when it is all said and done this year, as the Tigers start three freshmen and a sophomore. 

 

"We are so young that it's going to take a little while to get our legs underneath us. I think once our guys get used to the speed and physicality of the varsity game, they have a chance to be a really good high school basketball team. With such a young team, we are just looking to take it day-by-day and work to get better every time we are in the gym. We hope to be in a position to win the conference, county and the sectional," Rector said. 


2023 Men's Silver Anniversary Team announced by Indiana Basketball Hall Of Fame

Seventeen men have been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2023 Silver Anniversary Team, based on outstanding accomplishments as a senior basketball player 25 years ago.

 

The team includes 10 members named to the 1998 Indiana All-Star squad.  Seven other all-state players are included to recognize the top of Indiana’s high school class of 1998.


1998 Indiana All-Stars include Mr. Basketball Tom Coverdale, Adam Ballinger, Kueth Duany, Patrick Jackson, Djibril Kante, Rob Kent, Isaac Kincaid, Maynard Lewis, Rodney Smith, and Greg Tonagel.

 

The remaining seven, named to various all-state teams are Herman Fowler, Lincoln Glass, Joe Nixon, Jarrad Odle, Steve Reynolds, Adam Seitz, and Brian Wray.

 

2023 Men’s Silver Anniversary Team members will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 61st Men’s Awards Banquet on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.

 

A midday reception, free and open to the public, will be held at the Hall of Fame museum in New Castle.  The evening banquet will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall, which is located on the south side of Indianapolis. 

 

Banquet reservations will soon be available on the Hall of Fame’s website or by calling (765) 529-1891.  For more information, you may also email kayla@hoopshall.com.

Bennedict Mathurin named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

The NBA announced Thursday that Indiana Pacers guard Bennedict Mathurin was named Kia Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October and November.  

Mathurin, the sixth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona, leads all NBA rookies this season in points scored, 3-pointers made, free throws made and free throw attempts. In addition, he ranks seventh in rebounding average, fifth in assists, second in field goal percentage, second in 3-point percentage and fifth in steals. 

Mathurin leads all NBA players in bench scoring with an average of 19.2 points per game. He has scored 20 or more points off the bench 11 times this season and the Pacers have posted a 7-4 record in those games. 

Mathurin becomes the first Pacers player to earn the Rookie of the Month award since Myles Turner in Feb. 2016. He shares honors with Oklahoma City guard Jalen Williams, who was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month. 

North and South Putnam post girls basketball wins ahead of Friday WIC meeting

North Putnam posted its second win in two weeks over county rival Cloverdale.

 

The Cougars, who defeated Cloverdale 49-39 to win the consolation game of the county tournament, downed the Clovers again on Tuesday, 40-36.

 

Emily Mann topped all scorers with 21 points for Cloverdale.

 

North Putnam (7-2, 1-0 WIC) hosts South Putnam Friday in a girls / boys doubleheader.

 

Cloverdale (0-7, 0-2 WIC) will host Edgewood on Friday.

 

 

South Putnam stopped a modest two-game losing streal and got back to .500 with a win over visiting Crawfordsville, 45-28.

 

South Putnam (4-4) plays at North Putnam on Friday.

 

DePauw's Jack Hogan joins 61st class for Indiana Basketball HOF

A former DePauw basketball standout is going into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame board of directors has announced their 61st induction class, to be honored in ceremonies on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.

 

Jack Hogan, “Broad Ripple’s Pocket Rocket”, graduated from Broad Ripple in 1963 where he averaged 12 points per game, going 21-6. His team defeated the likes of Warren Central, North Central, Cathedral, Tech, Danville, Southport and Connersville during the tournament run; eventually losing to state champion Muncie Central.  Hogan was named Outstanding Senior Athlete along with All-Sectional and All-Regional. 

 

Hogan was also a member of Broad Ripple’s baseball and cross country teams. 

 

Hogan went on to have a great career at DePauw University, where as a senior, he was named to Time Magazine’s best college players in the U.S. under 6 foot.  Named “Jack the Giant Killer”, Hogan led DePauw to victories against many Division I teams including Evansville, Indiana State and Butler. 

 

Hogan went on to be a standout tennis player, and was in real estate until his retirement in 2019.

 

Also in the 61st induction class:

 

James Blackmon Sr. was a 1983 McDonald’s All-American, averaging 32.6 points per game as a senior on the Marion squad who went 22-6, losing to Anderson in the afternoon game of the State Finals, where he scored 52 points.  Other accolades for Blackman Sr. included being a Parade All-American, Scholastic Coach All-American, USA Today All-American and named Runner-up to Steve Alford for Mr. Basketball.  He went to the University of Kentucky (1983-87) where he was named a Captain and Outstanding Senior his senior season.  He began his coaching career in 1995 as a JV Coach at Marion but later coached Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers to the 2A 2007 and 2008 State Champions and is currently the head coach at Marion High School where they were crowned 3A State Champions in 2016.  His career coaching record is 284-150, and since 2013, in addition to coaching, has been the High School Dean/Conflict Mediator at Marion High School. 

 

Richard Butt graduated from Huntington High School in 1954, then later graduated from Manchester in 1958 with a B.S. in Business, Ball State in 1963 with a Masters in Health and Physical Education, and St. Francis in 1966 with a Guidance License.  Beginning his coaching career in 1958, he spent one year as the Liberty Center JH coach before being promoted to head coach at Liberty Center from 1959-1964.  He amassed a 70-40 record at Liberty Center, leading them to a county title and the 1964 Sectional title with only 67 students. He later went on to lead Lakeland from 1964-1973 where he won 3 sectional titles.  In 1983, he was one of 5 Indiana coaches chosen by the International Sports Exchange to conduct basketball clinics in Africa – Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Niger. 

 

The late Henry Chapman, along with Charlie Lyons, were the first two African Americans to play varsity basketball at Ft. Wayne Northside.  Throughout his career at Ft. Wayne Northside, Chapman earned All City honors (3x), along with scoring 1,124 points in his career.  Chapman’s team played in the State Finals against Gary Roosevelt in the afternoon game, but lost 68-66.  It should be noted that he acquired frostbite on his shooting hand, as a result of changing a flat tire in sub-zero temperature the night before the game.  Chapman was the first Allen County player to exceed 1,000 points.  He also excelled in cross country and track.  During his time after high school Chapman barnstormed with and against the Harlem Globetrotters.  Chapman worked for International Harvester for 31 years, and in 2015 was inducted into the Inaugural Class of the Ft. Wayne North Side Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

The late John DeVoe banded together with several other prominent business men of the area to help purchase an ABA team, who would soon be named the Indiana Pacers.  DeVoe was the first President of the Indiana Pacers, as well.  He graduated from Park School in 1952 where, as a senior, his team went 18-4, he was team captain, and scored 73 points in a game that season.  DeVoe graduated from Princeton in 1956 with a B.A. in English literature and was a 3 year letter winner.  He was named Captain and MVP as a senior, before joining the Army Artillery in 1957 and the reserves until 1965.

 

The late Henry Ebershoff was a 1963 Lafayette Central Catholic graduate, who was a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary team in 1988 recording seven games of scoring 30 or more points and holding the school record with 25 consecutive free throws made.  Ebershoff’s free throw percentage as a junior was 86.3%, which is also a school record.  He was a school MVP in both football and basketball, before graduating from Purdue in 1967 with a B.A. in physical education.  Playing for George King at Purdue, Ebershoff averaged 15 points per game as a senior, earning 2nd team All-Big Ten honors and averaging 4.6 assists per game. Until his passing, he owned and operated Lafayette Tent and Awning Company, beginning in 1969.

 

Brian Evans averaged 22.5 points his senior year in 1991 at Terre Haute South along with being named first team All-State, an Indiana All-Star and National Runner-up in AAU on Team Indiana.   In 1991, Evans and Terre Haute South went 23-4.   Evans was a member of the 1996 Silver Anniversary Team.  After graduating from Terre Haute South, Evans went to Indiana University where he scored 1,701 career points for Coach Bob Knight’s Hoosiers.  He was Big Ten Player of the Year in 1996 and third team All American by AP, NABC and UPI.   Evans was a first round pick of the Orlando Magic, #27 overall.  Evans played professionally in the NBA and overseas from 1996-2005.  Evans is currently the owner of Precision Medical Group along with co-founder of CareCycle. 

 

Oscar Evans, from Shortridge High School,was the first underclassman to play varsity basketball.  As a junior, he averaged 16 points per game, and his senior year averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds per game.  Before graduating from Shortridge in 1968, Evans was named 1st Team All Sectional, Regional, and All-State, along with being named 3rd Team All-State in baseball as well.  He led the Final 4 in scoring his senior season, along with being the high scorer in school history.  Evans went on to play at Vincennes from 1968-1970 where he averaged 27 points per game as a freshman, and 13 points and 12 assists per game as a sophomore.  During Evans’ sophomore season, Vincennes was the National Junior College Champions and Evans was rated by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 6 guards coming out of Junior College.  Evans graduated from Butler in 1972 with a degree in management.

 

Darrin Fitzgerald was the second leading scorer in the City of Indianapolis his senior year at Indianapolis Washington in 1983 averaging 22 points per game.  He was All-Metro, All-State Honorable Mention and team MVP.  Fitzgerald also was an All-State defensive back in football in 1982.  After his time at Indianapolis Washington, Fitzgerald went on to Butler where he graduated in 1987.  Fitzgerald holds Butler’s all time single game scoring record with 54 points and 12 three point field goals made, and is 3rd all time in career scoring.  Seventh all time in career assists, Fitzgerald is inducted into the Butler Athletic Hall of Fame, and later worked at Chrysler Corporation from 1989-2009.

 

Dennis Goins played for Coach Larry Angle and was a member of the 2004 Silver Anniversary Team.  Goins graduated from Rushville in 1979 where as a freshman, he started for the Lions’ state runner up team.  During his senior year, the Lions went 17-9 and Goins averaged 13 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds a game, earning All Sectional, Regional, All-Conference honors and was named an Indiana All-Star.  Goins’ 1,080 points is fourth all time in Rushville History and his 539 assists is first on the list.  He was also a four year starter on Rushville’s football team; where he was All-State his senior season.  He played at Vincennes from 1979-1981 and Southern Illinois from 1981-1983.  Goins was an award winning TV sports photographer covering numerous high profile events.  He is a current teacher at Ben Davis High School/Area 31 Career Center and Director of BDTV.

 

The late Ken Gunning graduated from Shelbyville in 1933 and was a 3 year letter winner in basketball, baseball, and track where he earned the Paul Cross Award (MVP) for basketball his senior season.  Gunning went on to Indiana University where he led the team in scoring his sophomore year with 8.4 points per game, 9.2 points per game his junior year, and 8.6 points his senior season.  Gunning was a senior captain along with being named 2nd Team All-American.  At Indiana, Gunning also lettered in baseball and track.  Gunning played for the Whiting Ciesar All-Americans, Moline Plow Boys, and the Indianapolis Kautskys.  He went on to coach at Western New Mexico, and Wichita State, before coaching at Connersville High School.  Gunning was inducted into the Western New Mexico Hall of Fame.

 

Kirk Manns, a 1986 graduate of North Judson High School, earned 4 letters in basketball, baseball, and football.  As a senior, Manns averaged 34.2 points per game, 9.4 rebounds per game, and 4.1 assists per game on the Blue Jays team that went 18-6.  He was All-State in both basketball and football, scoring 1,962 career points.  He was an Indiana All-Star and runner-up for Mr. Basketball, along with being named to the 2011 Silver Anniversary Team.  Manns played basketball at Michigan State University where he scored 1,212 career points, making 8 three point field goals twice in a game, and scored a career high of 40 points in a win over Purdue.  As a senior, he was named the Most Improved player.  After graduating from Michigan State in 1991, Manns was Assistant Coach at Western Michigan, before becoming a high school Principal and Athletic Director.  Manns is presently the Athletic Director at Seymour High School.

 

Eric Montross¸ a former Lawrence North Wildcat, North Carolina Tar Heel, and NBA player, is currently a commentator on the Tar Heel Sports Network.  Montross graduated from Lawrence North in 1990 where his junior year, he averaged 21.3 points per game on the State Championship team, where he was named MVP.  His senior year, Montross was an All-American on the Parade and McDonald’s All-American teams.  In addition, he was an Indiana All-Star, National Player of the Year, National Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and USA Today’s 1st Team All American.  Montross went on to North Carolina where his junior year, the Tar Heels were NCAA National Champions, a year where he averaged 15.8 points per game.  His senior year accolades included Naismith All-American, John R. Wooden All-American, and Academic All-American, just to name a few.  Montross played in the NBA from 1994-2003. He has been on the Tar Heel Sports Network since 2005.

 

Drake Morris was the 1977 Mr. Basketball Runner-Up, Hammond Times Player of the Year, 1st Team All-State, a McDonald’s All American and a member of the 2002 Silver Anniversary Team.  During his senior season, in which his team went 24-4, Morris averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals per game.  He scored 51 points during that year against Hammond High School, and also had a game with 25 rebounds.  Morris went on to play at Purdue where in 1981, he was named All-Big Ten.  At Purdue, he scored 1,250 points and led his squad to the NIT Final game his senior season.  He played in Italy for 3 years averaging 35 points per game.  Morris is in the East Chicago Hall of Fame.  Morris has been a salesman, Director of Parks Services and owner of a cleaning company, and currently, he is a caseworker for the Lake County prosecutor.   

 

The late Jim Oler graduated from Economy High School in 1952 where he scored 1,260 career points, even with a shortened junior season due to an ankle injury.  He was an All-Sectional honoree, while winning the sportsmanship award and Wayne County Championship.  After leaving Economy, he went to Florida State where he received his bachelors and masters degrees, and played basketball. Oler held the Florida State record for 39 years for most career points (1,817), but is still second on that list.  He scored a career high 42 points and still holds the single season scoring record with 29.7 points per game. In addition, Oler has numerous free throw records that still stand at Florida State.  Oler went on to Coach McArthur High School and Brevard Community College, being inducted into the Florida Community College Hall of Fame.

 

The late Phil Snodgress of Kennard High School, was a three-sport athlete (basketball, baseball, and track), while graduating in 1954.  After graduation from Kennard, Snodgress, played baseball for four years at Ball State earning a bachelors and masters in education.  After Ball State, Snodgress went on to coach at Blue River Valley, Liberty, and Union County, before a 22-year stint in Greensburg.  Snodgress has a career record of 350-221 while earning accolades such as: 1974 IBCA Coach Of The Year, 1999 Virgil Sweet Service Award, and inducted in 2008 into the Union County Athletic Hall of Fame.  Overall, Snodgress has 11 Sectional and 1 Regional title.  After he retired, he was asked to coach an 8th grade team, and did so until 2005.

 

Brad Stevens is a 1995 graduate of Zionsville High School where he holds the school record in points (1,508), steals (157), and 3 point field goals made (138).  He averaged 26.8 points per game as a senior, while earning Star & News All-Metro, 3 time All-Conference, 1st Team Academic All-State, and 1995 Sectional MVP.  Stevens went on to DePauw University where he was a 3 time Academic All-American.  Stevens worked at Eli Lilly for one year before joining Thad Matta’s staff at Butler.  He was a Butler assistant coach until 2007, becoming Butler’s Head Coach.  Stevens coached the Bulldogs until the 2013-14 season (his record at Butler was 166-49), before becoming the Boston Celtics Head Coach.  Stevens remained the Head Coach of the Celtics before moving into the front office in 2021 – a position he still holds today.

 

Mike Lightfoot is the recipient of the 2023 Silver Medal Award for contributions to Indiana basketball other than as an Indiana high school player or Indiana high school coach. 30 years as head men’s basketball coach at Bethel College (1987-2017), he led the Pilots to 794 wins, his teams won three NAIA national championships, four NCCAA national championships, two national runner-up finishes, 10 Crossroads League regular season championships and eight Crossroads League tournament championships.  He won nine National Coach of the Year and six League Coach of the Year awards. Lightfoot coached the Pilots to 36 all-time No. 1 rankings, the most in NAIA Division II history, and holds the second-longest streak of being ranked in Division II poll history, a streak of 76 consecutive polls from 1992-2000.  Lightfoot was the quickest NAIA men’s coach to reach 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 career wins. He was an all-state player at LaVille H.S., played at Bethel for Homer Drew and was nominated for the Pete Maravich Award his senior year. He coached at Mishawaka Marian H.S. from 1978-1987.  He is an inductee of the Bethel College, NCCAA, Marian H.S. and NAIA Halls of Fames. Mike graduated from LaVille High School in 1974.

 

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 61st  Men’s Awards Banquet is planned for Wednesday, March 22, 2023.  The day’s events will include a reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum in New Castle that afternoon with a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.

 

Reservations will soon be available online or through mail order in early 2023.  Call the Hall at 765-529-1891, visit www.hoopshall.com or email info@hoopshall.com for more information.

 

 

 

Greencastle's Gloria Brewer named an IBCA/Franciscan Health Player of the Week

Now that the season has a little traction, a number of ladies are starting to find their footing and consistently piling up numbers as they help their teams to victories early in 2022-2023. There were several explosive performances this week, especially in District-2, but we have settled on the following three players as the Week-2 winners for the IBCA/Franciscan Health Player of the Week award, one from each of the IBCA’s three districts.

 

Hobart Senior Asia Donald, Greencastle Senior Gloria Brewer, and Jennings County Junior Juliann Woodard have been selected as honorees for Nov. 7-Nov. 12 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Donald takes home honors in District-1, Brewer is the recipient in District-2, while Woodard is the winner in District-3.

 

It has been eight years since the Hobart Brickies posted a winning record, but they are off to a 4-0 start this season, in large part to Senior Asia Donald. Last Wednesday, Hobart travelled to Kouts, where they knocked off the Fillies by a 52-42 margin. In that game, the 5-9 guard did it all, scoring 34 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, while also handing out four assists and collecting two steals. Additionally, she was 8-10 from the charity stripe and recorded just one turnover in the effort.

           

Saturday, the Brickies were again on the road at Griffith, where they won by a comfortable margin to claim their fourth victory in as many tries. Donald, an Indiana State University commit, was a stellar 12-17 from the field, scoring 31 points in limited action, while also posting her second double-double of the week with 12 rebounds. A 2022 Indiana Junior All-Star, the Senior guard also picked off eight steals to add to her impressive stat line.

           

The Greencastle Tiger Cubs picked up a pair of Western Indiana Conference wins last week, with huge contributions from Senior Gloria Brewer. Tuesday night, the Tiger Cubs hosted a good Owen Valley program, knocking them off 56-42. Brewer used a 13-16 performance from the free throw line, along with three made 3-pointers, en route to a 32-point performance. The senior guard posted a double-double with her 14 rebounds, plus she added a pair of assists, three steals, and a blocked shot.

           

Friday night, Greencastle travelled to Brown County, where they escaped with a 64-53 success. Brewer filled the book with 46 points in the win. She made 14-30 shots from the field, she knocked down three more triples, and she was 15-19 from the line. In addition to that, the 5-7 guard managed to collect 22 caroms, plus she added an assist and a pair of steals for the Tiger Cubs, helping them to a 3-1 start on the year.

           

In Southern Indiana, Jennings County Junior Juliann Woodard had a strong outing in her only game of the week. In a 72-66 win against a talented Indianapolis Cathedral team, the 6-0 forward used an 11-12 shooting effort from the free throw line to help cap her 30-point performance for the Lady Panthers. Woodard also posted a double-double with 13 rebounds (5 offensive), she dished out two assists, stole two balls, and blocked a shot in the big non-conference win for Jennings County.

           

This is the 15th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program, butjust the third season it is being presented by Franciscan Health, a corporate sponsor of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

           

Player of the Week winners are chosen each week from each of the IHSAA’s three districts. Girls winners will be chosen from now through the Monday following the IHSAA Girls State Finals.

 

Boys winners will be chosen starting in two weeks and through the Monday following the IHSAA Boys State Finals.

 

2022 - 23 Weekly Winners

 

Oct. 31-Nov. 5District-1 girls: Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian. District-2 girls: Olivia Nickerson, Twin Lakes. District-3 girls: Kylee Edwards, Shelbyville.

 

Nov. 7-Nov. 12District-1 girls: Asia Donald, Hobart. District-2 girls: Gloria Brewer, Greencastle. District-3 girls: Juliann Woodard, Jennings County.

 

 

Greencastle enters season with lofty goals

As he enters his second season at the helm, Greencastle girl's basketball coach Doug Greenlee saw potential towards the end of last season with his team.

 

After opening 0-11, Greencastle won six games on the second half of the season, knocked off Frankfort in the sectional and ended the year on a high note. 

 

"I was happy that we made significant progress during the year. Seniors Raigan Chavez, Anna Zellers and Audrie Brennan will be missed," Greenlee told The Putnam County Post.

 

The Tiger Cubs, who are 0-1 on the season after losing to Southmont 40-37 in the season opener, spent the summer participating in the South Putnam summer league and holding open gyms, according to Greenlee. 

 

"Athletes are very busy in the summer playing other sports as well as basketball, therefore we did not have our full team together at any point in the summer. I had hoped we would be able to work as a team but that did not happen," Greenlee said. 

 

Leading the way for Greencastle this season will be senior Emma Hunter, who averaged 10.5 points per game. Also back is junior point guard Evie Briones, who averaged 7 points per game. Greenlee said junior Madi Plew and senior Stephanie Morales are also back, and he looks for big things out of junior Aleeyah Johnson and sophomore Ali Dobbs.  

 

"Gloria Brewer, a senior guard, is a new player to the team, who will have a significant impact on our success. Bailey Brown, a freshman, and Zoey Doan, a sophomore, round out the varsity line up and will provide depth in the frontcourt and backcourt," Greenlee said. 

 

With the season underway, Greencastle has lofty goals this season and Greenlee is thinking deep into the season.

 

"Our number one goal is to play in the semi-state, which will be held at McAnally Center Feb. 18, 2023. We also have a goal of winning the county on November 18 and 19, have a winning season and improve each game," Greenlee said. 

Girls basketball preview: South Putnam hits floor with young squad

A season ago, South Putnam went 10-13 and the Eagles saw their season end in the sectional tournament at the hands of Parke Heritage. 

 

Gone are senior leaders Brie Miller and Lilly Vittetow, but head coach Brian Gardner is optimistic South Putnam will be able to take some strides this season, despite its youth. 

 

"Last season was a successful season where we had some success. We were led by two seniors in Brie Miller and Lilly Vittetow. Brie was able to accomplish over 1,000 points in her career, which was a huge accomplishment. As a team, we grew a lot and were able to be very competitive in the sectional," Gardner told The Putnam County Post. 

 

Gardner said his squad embraced a summer schedule that allowed them to get a jumpstart on the season.

 

"Having girls be able to see their roles start to be defined and be able to gain experience at the varsity level against varsity competition in the summer was great for our team," Gardner admitted. 

 

South Putnman will be leaning heavily on senior guard Kelsey Custis, junior guard Joselyn Pilcher, and sophomore guards Danae Cline and Chlara Pistelli. 

 

"Those four have had varsity experience and played last year for us. I expect them to have major roles. Also, sophomore Madison Gardner, Lillian Emmerich and Ariel Dooley will have to play roles. Senior Emmalyn Jeter will also be helping us out this year," Gardner said. 

 

South Putnam opens the season Friday against Cloverdale, and Gardner said it is imperative his team finds its way and grows as a group. 

 

"Players will be learning each other and we will play hard, and when the season gets to sectional time, we should be very competitive. Our goal, as is the case every year, is to play hard and compete every night," Gardner said. 

Girls basketball preview: Cloverdale features young squad this season

Coming into the 2022-23 girls basketball season, Cloverdale coach J.J. Wade knows his team may struggle early on, as was the case in the season opener on Nov. 1. as half of the players on the roster are freshmen. 

 

In the season opener, the Clovers fell 45-19 to Riverton Park, but Wade is confident his team will be able to improve on last year's 8-16 record, which featured Cloverdale losing eight games by single digits. 

 

"The seniors set the tone for the work ethic needed for us to continue to build a program and grow. Veronica Carter averaged a double-double at 13 points per game and 10 rebounds. She, along with teammate Audrie Fulkerson, were also named Academic All-State Honorable Mention, which showed their dedication to being a student first and athlete second," Wade told The Putnam County Post. 

 

To prepare for the rigors of the season, Cloverdale took part in 24 games during the offseason at various camps and shootouts, and Wade said attendance was good. 

 

"We knew we needed to do this as we have a 12 woman roster with six of them being freshmen. It was important to get them used to the speed and the physicality of a varsity game as opposed to middle school. They worked hard, we got better, but we have a long way to go to compete at the level we want to," said Wade, who is in his third season at the helm. 

 

Cloverdale will lean heavily on senior guards Andrea Nees and Kiersten Wade, who can also play forward, and junior guard/forward Emily Mann, who all have two years of varsity basketball under their belts and understand the game, as well as practice and coaching expectations, according to Wade. 

 

"We will lean on them to lead, teach, and mentor our younger student-athletes. Those three will also have to produce some scoring for us and set the tone for our effort in games and in practice. We believe in those three and their servant leadership. They understand what it means to be a part of a program and something bigger than themselves and have really done a great job of showing and teaching our younger group those principles," Wade said. 

 

With the season already underway, Wade said Cloverdale is focusing on fundamentals, shooting and learning to play defense the way they want to. 

 

"There probably will not be a day we won't do those things. Because we are so young and lack experience, we have to spend a lot more time teaching than the last few years. We are okay with that too, we are not playing the sectional today. We are taking things one step at a time and trying to concentrate on the things we can control. The biggest factor we can control is effort and they have really bought into that. We are trying to instill in them to play without fear, don't be afraid of mistakes. We purposely put them in situations in practice to make them get out of their comfort zones so they grow," Wade said. 

 

For Wade, mistakes will be part of the game, as long as the team grows and plays fearlessly. 

 

"We tell them effort to do it the right way, even if it is uncomfortable, is all we want to see. We will grow with mistakes made with full speed effort, but we will not grow if we do things the same way we always have because it is comfortable. We want that same mentality in games, home or away, regardless of score. Play fearlessly, move on after mistakes, there will be mistakes, just play the next play and don't let a mistake, score or anything else dictate our effort. Most of our drills are new to them, it may not look exactly like the coaching staff wants to see it right now, but it is not from lack of effort. We will get there. I know our coaching staff and the team believes that. We will install X and O type stuff all year and only try to give them so much at a time," Wade said. 

 

As a result of the youth and inexperience, Wade admits there may be less game planning for teams this season than in the past, and more of a dedicated effort on the Clovers to be successful, but he admits that could change depending on how the season progresses. 

 

"It is a journey and one they have committed to and are ready for. We are more concerned with learning and growing right now than anything. Regardless of what that opponent/challenge will be when we get there we expect to see a team on the floor that understands the game better, can play faster with less mistakes and continue to play with the effort we expect throughout the season. I would guess all season spectators may see moments of "young basketball," but I don't expect anyone to see moments with a lack of effort," Wade admitted. 

Three of Putnam County's football teams open the postseason tonight

Putnam County's football teams are split across two classes and sectionals as the postseason kicks off tonight. 

 

And the top-ranked team in each class is in each sectional.

 

Johnny McCrory previews sectional quarterfinal night including tonight's GIANT fm Sports broadcast between #9 South Putnam at defending 1A state champ and #1 Indianapolis Lutheran.

 

 

S. Putnam Eagles finish football season in Top 10; defending 1A champ Lutheran awaits in Friday sectional qtrfinal

South Putnam finished the regular season in the top 10 of the Indiana Football Coaches Association State Coaches Poll. 

 

Following a 35-10 loss to Class 2A, No. 1 Linton-Stockton, South Putnam (7-2) dropped in the final state coaches poll from No. 6 to No. 9.

 

The Eagles will open the postseason Friday at Class A, No. 1 Indianapolis Lutheran (9-0), who has won 24 straight games and are the defending Class A state champions.

 

Adams Central (9-0) and North Decatur (9-0) are unbeaten as well and sit at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the Class A poll.

 

North Judson (8-1) is No. 4 followed by Sheridan (8-1), Carroll (Flora) (8-1), Tri (8-1), Tecumseh (8-0), South Putnam, South Adams (7-2) and Triton (6-3). Also receiving votes are Southwood (7-2), Covenant Christian (6-3) and Park Tudor (6-3).

 

Linton-Stockton (9-0) remains No. 1 in the final Class 2A poll ahead of LaVille (9-0), Andrean (6-3), Indianapolis Scecina (8-1), Evansville Mater Dei (6-3), Triton Central (7-2), Eastside (7-2), Fort Wayne Luers (5-4), Lafayette Central Catholic (6-3) and Rochester (8-1).

 

Four more teams received votes: Eastbrook (6-3), Heritage Christian (5-3), Perry Central (8-1) and Lewis Cass (6-3).

 

Unbeatens West Lafayette (9-0) and Gibson Southern (9-0) are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the Class 3A poll. Chatard (5-4) is No. 3 ahead of Hanover Central (9-0), Lawrenceburg (8-1), Owen Valley (9-0), Norwell (8-1), Tri-West (7-2), Guerin Catholic (5-4) and Southridge (8-1). Also receiving votes are Oak Hill (9-0), South Dearborn (7-2) and Batesville (4-5).

 

East Central’s 21-19 loss to Roncalli Friday cost the Trojans one spot in the final Class 4A poll.

 

New Palestine (9-0) finished the regular season undefeated to hold on to the No. 1 spot in Class 4A. Roncalli (8-1) is No. 2 followed by East Central (7-2), Evansville Reitz (9-0), Kokomo (8-1), New Prairie (8-1), Mooresville (7-2), Columbia City (8-1) and Brebeuf Jesuit (5-3). Also receiving votes are Greenfield-Central (6-3), Mt. Vernon (6-3), Martinsville (6-3), Evansville Memorial (6-3), Hobart (6-3) and Leo (6-3).

 

Whiteland (8-1) moved back up to No. 2 in the Class 5A poll behind Fort Wayne Snider (8-1). Mishawaka (8-1) is No. 3 ahead of Bloomington South (7-1), Merrillville (7-2), Harrison (West Lafayette) (8-1), Fort Wayne North (7-2), Franklin (7-2), Valparaiso (6-3) and Fort Wayne Dwenger (6-3). The only other team to receive votes in the poll was Terre Haute South (6-3).

 

The 6A poll received a major shakeup when previous No. 1 Brownsburg and No. 2 Center Grove lost Friday to top-five ranked opponents.

 

Hamilton Southeastern (9-0) defeated Brownsburg, 31-28, to rise from No. 4 to No. 1 in the final 6A poll of the year.

 

Cathedral (7-1) toppled Center Grove, 40-29, to move from No. 3 to No. 2.

 

Center Grove (7-2) is No. 3 with Brownsburg (8-1), Carroll (Allen) (9-0), Carmel (6-3), Ben Davis (6-3), Crown Point (9-0), Penn (7-2) and Westfield (6-3) rounding out the top 10.

 

Also receiving votes are Fishers (6-3), Warren Central (4-5) and Elkhart (7-2).

 

The 50th Annual IHSAA State Football Tournament starts on Friday with opening-round sectional games.

Greencastle and South Putnam win volleyball quarterfinals, meet in Saturday semifinal

Greencastle and South Putnam advanced to Saturday's 2A sectional semifinal at Greencastle with Thursday quarterfinal wins.

 

Greencastle eliminated North Putnam in three games, 25-20, 25-19, 25-15. 

North Putnam ended its season with a record of 15-12.

 

The Tiger Cubs (14-15) will play in the 1 pm 2A Sectional 44 semifinal against conference and county rival South Putnam.  The Eagles (12-15) advanced with a three game win over Parke Heritage, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18.

 

In two meetings separated by ten days Greencastle defeated South Putnam twice.

On September 10, Greencastle defeated the Eagles 2-1.  Then, on September 20, Greencastle won again, 3-1.

 

The 11 am semifinal at Greencastle on Saturday has Southmont (13-14) playing Riverton Parke (20-8).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greencastle boys soccer eliminated from postseason in regional semifinal

Freshman Micah Foss scored his 33rd goal of the season but it was the only one that Greencastle could muster in a 2A regional semifinal loss to Providence, 4-1.

 

The Tiger Cubs trailed 3-1 at halftime and couldn't rally against 13th-ranked Providence (13-4-3).

 

Providence will travel to Washington Saturday to play 2nd-ranked Evansville Memorial (14-3-2) in the 2A regional championship.

 

Greencastle ended the boys soccer season with a record of 16-3-1 and was ranked #15 in the final regular season 2A poll.

 

 

 

Cloverdale eliminated with rest of Putnam Co. volleyball teams to open postseason Thursday

Southmont swept Cloverdale to open postseason play at 2A Sectional 44 at Greencastle Tuesday.

 

Southmont won the opening quarterfinal, 25-9, 25-13, 25-10.  It was the Mounties second win over Cloverdale this season.  They won in a three-game sweep on September 12.

 

Cloverdale's season comes to a close with a 3-20 record.

 

Southmont (13-14) will play Riverton Parke (20-8) in the 11am semifinal on Saturday.

 

The other semifinal matchup will be determined Thursday.  In the 6pm quarterfinal, North Putnam (15-11) will play Greencastle (13-15). The Tiger Cubs downed North Putnam September 10 in the county tournament, 26-24, 25-16.  North Putnam avenged that loss with a come-from-behind victory over Greencastle on September 29, 20-25, 18-25, 25-16, 26-24, 15-11.

 

The late quarterfinal Thursday has South Putnam (11-15) in a rematch with Parke Heritage (3-27).  Just last week, South Putnam needed all five games to beat the Wolves, 17-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-18, 15-10.

 

 

 

 

South Putnam draws top-ranked, defending state champ Lutheran in football sectional

If South Putnam is to win Sectional 47 it seemed inevitable that the Eagles would have to defeat the defending 1A state champs.  But the sectional draw held Sunday determined that it would be sooner rather than later.

 

The Indiana High School Athletic Association slotted 313 teams Sunday for the 50th Annual IHSAA Football State Tournament.

 

Sectional games begin on Oct. 21 in Classes 4A, 3A, 2A, and A. Classes 6A and 5A have that week off. Sectional semifinal games will be Oct. 28 with sectional championship matches to follow on Nov. 4.

 

Regional championships are on Nov. 11. Semistate championships are one week later on Nov. 18 with state championship games on Nov. 25-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

 

1A Sectional 47 will feature a game between ranked teams in the opening round.  #6 South Putnam (7-1) will travel to Indianapolis to meet the top-ranked team in the state, defending state champion Lutheran (8-0).

 

The winner of the Eagles - Saints matchup will move to the semifinal round and meet Cloverdale (1-7).  The Clovers get a first round bye in the seven team field.

 

In the bottom half of the bracket, 14th-ranked Covenant Christian (5-3) plays at Parke Heritage (1-7) to advance and play the winner of the Riverton Parke (6-2) at North Central (Farmersburg) (1-6) matchup.

 

In 2A, Greencastle and North Putnam could meet again if they can post first round victories in Sectional 37.  Greencastle (4-4) will make the short road trip to Cascade (4-4). 

 

Meanwhile, North Putnam (3-5) will host fellow WIC member Sullivan (4-4).  The teams did not meet during the regular season.

 

In the other half of the Sectional 37 bracket, top-ranked Linton-Stockton (8-0) will travel to South Vermilion (6-2).  The winner would meet the winner of the North Knox (3-5) at Southmont (6-2) quarterfinal.

 

 

 

 

 

Greencastle boys crowned champs while girls fall in soccer sectional title

The Greencastle boys soccer team is prepping for this week’s regional appearance while the Greencastle girls came up short in their bid for a sectional title.

 

The Tiger Cubs captured the 2A Sectional 29 title Saturday with a win over Northview, 7-2.  It was Greencastle’s second win of the season over the Knights.

 

The 15th-ranked Tiger Cubs (16-2-1) will play #13 Providence (12-4-3) in a regional semifinal on Wednesday. The winner will meet the winner of the #14 Washington (15-4) – #2 Evansville Memorial (13-3-2) semifinal in Saturday’s regional championship at Washington.

 

The Greencastle ladies were not as fortunate.  Greencastle ended its season with an 11-3-3 record in a 1A sectional championship loss to Cascade, 1-0.

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