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IHSAA Executive Committee approves change to basketball tournament format

The Executive Committee of the Indiana High School Athletic Association voted to make a significant change to the format of the annual boys and girls basketball state tournaments.

 

In its final meeting of the 2021-22 school year, the group of school principals and athletic directors voted 15-2 to make the regional round a single game and the semi-state round a two-game format beginning with next winter’s tournaments. The previous format of a two-round regional and a single semi-state game had been in place since 2002.

 

This spring, Commissioner Paul Neidig conducted a survey of principals, athletic directors, boys and girls coaches and 73.4% of those 781 respondents voted in favor of the change with at least 70% in all four groups approving.

 

Regional pairings will be drawn and announced at the same time as the traditional sectional pairings with two regional championship games being played at the same site and potentially from different classes.

 

Another new wrinkle includes conducting an additional blind draw and announcing the semi-state pairings the day after the regional championship games on IHSAAtv.org.

 

“We really like the potential of a high-energy atmosphere at the semi-state level with a chance to advance to the state championship games the following week at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the home of the Pacers and Fever,” Neidig said. “This new format will double the number of teams who play a week longer in the tournament and should create a lot of excitement in those communities and will be financially beneficial for those communities that serve as host sites.”

 

Tournament host sites will be approved by the Executive Committee later this fall.

Also from today’s meeting:

 

• The Executive Committee formally approved full membership for Dugger Union, Evansville Christian and Purdue Polytechnic. Those schools become officially eligible to compete in IHSAA state tournaments beginning this fall.

• The Committee approved modified restrictions on Indiana schools competing against schools from beyond the 300-mile travel limit. IHSAA schools will now be able to participate against out-of-state schools from beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are in good standing with their state association, the venue is within the 300 mile limit, is and is sanctioned by the NFHS and IHSAA. Also, Indiana schools may now host out-of-state schools in Indiana from beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are a member in good standing with their own state association and the event is sanctioned by the NFHS and IHSAA.

• A proposal to raise ticket prices in several sports including football and basketball sectional games from $6 to $7 was also approved as well as raising an officials stipend by $10 at all levels as well as bumping their mileage from 25 cents to 50 cents per mile.

Patrick Rady steps down as Cloverdale boys basketball coach

Cloverdale will be in search of a new boys basketball coach.

 

According to a Facebook post Patrick Rady says he will continue as a teacher at Cloverdale.

 

After months of prayer, discussions with my family, and coaching colleagues, I have decided to step down as the varsity boys basketball coach at Cloverdale High School. I will continue to teach at Cloverdale HS. This was not an easy decision, as coaching has been a part of my life since I was a senior in 1988. However, right now I need a respite from the day-to-day grind of coaching.

 

As a young boy I dreamed of coaching HS basketball in the state of Indiana. My boyhood idol was my father, and with his guidance I was able to have doors open up for me to reach my dream.

 

I want to thank all of the administrators, secretaries, bus drivers, and custodians who helped make my time as a coach a lot easier! A thank you to the officials and opposing coaches whom I have learned from as well.

 

Most importantly I want to thank those who I went to work with on a daily basis, my assistant coaches and players. It truly has been a family. Through the good times and bad times, I wouldn’t want to go through it with anyone else!

 

So, to all my former players from the Terre Haute Boys Club, Honey Creek Middle School, Sarah Scott Middle School, Terre Haute South HS, Southwestern HS(Hanover), and Cloverdale HS, thank you for your time and your effort!

 

God-willing I look forward to coming and watching your sons/daughters and grandsons/granddaughters play!

 

To my assistants, thank you for your hard work and loyalty!

 

Rady was 100-77 at Cloverdale including sectional titles in his first three seasons, 2016-2018.  He’s 141-147 overall including five seasons at Southwestern (Hanover).

Brian Avery to direct IHSAA's Champions Together Program

With a long career of distinguished service to education-based athletics in Indiana, Brian Avery has been named the next Director of the Champions Together program for the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA).

 

Avery’s appointment date is effective July 1, 2022, and he fills the vacancy left by Lee Lonzo who retired after nearly 10 years in the position.

 

Avery will be at Saturday’s Unified Track & Field State Finals in Bloomington – one of two Champions Together co-ed sports the IHSAA currently sponsors.

 

The Champions Together program began in 2012 as a collaborative effort between the IHSAA and Special Olympics Indiana (SOIN) as a means of providing a quality experience of sports training and competition. It brings together high school students with and without disabilities to compete together representing their high school. As a result of those efforts, the IHSAA began sponsoring a Unified Track & Field State Tournament in 2014 and a Unified Flag Football State Tournament in 2018.

 

Avery, who will assist in the administration and promotion of both Unified sports, joins the IHSAA after serving the last 11 years as athletic director at Speedway High School. Prior to that he was athletic director at Franklin Central High School (2000-11), and a teacher/coach at Lawrence Central High School (1988-2000) and Scecina Memorial High School (1983-88).

 

“We’re thrilled to have Brian join the Association with his extensive administrative experience to lead our Champions Together efforts,” said IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig. “He’ll be a great addition as we begin to expand our unified sports opportunities, particularly into the winter season.”

 

Avery has been a member of the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA) Executive Board since 2005 and served as president of that organization in 2016-17. He has been honored by both the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and the IIAAA numerous times in his career including the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2009 and IIAAA State Athletic Director of the Year in 2014.

 

He is the current secretary/treasurer of the Indiana Crossroads Conference and is former president of Conference Indiana and former Marion County Athletic Association Coordinator.

 

Avery is a 1983 graduate of Marian College where he earned a bachelor's degree in Social Studies Teacher Education. He went on to earn a master's degree in Secondary School Administration from Butler University in 1990.

 

A LaPorte native, he is a 1979 graduate of LaPorte High School where he played basketball and ran track for the Slicers.

 

Avery and his wife of 30 years, Jennifer, have three adult children – Tanner, Cassie, and Hallie.

 

He is also a licensed IHSAA official in football and basketball following in the footsteps of his father, George R. Avery, who also was licensed in those sports for 25 years.

Greencastle, S. Putnam, N. Putnam in softball sectional action Tuesday

South Putnam will take another shot at Greencastle while North Putnam gets the 6th-ranked team in 2A softball as Sectional 44 continues at South Vermilion Tuesday.

 

At 5:30 pm, Greencastle (11-14) will play South Putnam (9-14) for a third time.  Greencastle won both previous meetings, 15-9 and 6-2.

 

South Putnam received the bye.  Greencastle reached Tuesday's semifinal with a Monday win over Cloverdale, 10-2.  Cloverdale's season ended with a 1-13 record.

 

In the other half of the bracket, North Putnam defeated Parke Heritage in Monday's other quarterfinal, 11-1.  The Cougars (18-7) will play #6 (2A) South Vermilion (21-3) in the late semifinal Tuesday at 7pm.

 

The winners play for the 2A Sectional 44 championship Thursday at 6:30 pm.

New IHSAA sectional assigments announced

Greencastle and North Putnam will be football postseason rivals in the new sectional assignments announced by the IHSAA.

 

The Tiger Cubs and Cougars have been placed into 2A Sectional 37 with Cascade, Linton-Stockton, North Knox, Southmont and Sullivan.

 

Cloverdale and South Putnam will compete in an eight-team football field of 1A Sectional 47 with Covenant Christian, Dugger Union (eligible 2023), Indianapolis Lutheran, North Central (Farmersburg), Parke Heritage and Riverton Parke.

 

In boys basketball, Greencastle joins the 2A Sectional 44 with county rivals South Putnam, North Putnam and Cloverdale.  Parke Heritage, Riverton Parke and Southmont round out the seven-team field.

 

The girls basketball sectional field will feature the same schools.

 

Further sectional assigments for IHSAA sports can be found by pasting the following link from the IHSAA into your browser.

 

https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/ihsaa/documents/news%20media/2021-22/050322.SectionalAssignments.pdf

 

 

Boys volleyball, girls wrestling approved as IHSAA Emerging Sports

During its annual review of the by-laws on Monday afternoon, the Board of Directors of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. voted unanimously to add girls wrestling and boys volleyball to its new Emerging Sport Process.

 

The Board of Directors, led by this year’s President Jeff Doyle of Barr-Reeve High School and Vice President Jim Brown of Fishers High School, approved 38 items during the meeting in Indianapolis.

 

All proposals are considered in the order that the rule appears within the current by-laws. The Board of Directors has four options on each proposal: affirm, deny, table or amend a rule. A simple majority is necessary to act on any measure and all approved measures become effective immediately unless otherwise noted.

 

The Emerging Sport Process, known as Rule 1-4 and approved a year ago by the IHSAA Board of Directors, helps pave a way for those sports and participation to continue to grow with an eye toward eventually becoming a recognized sport and sponsorship of an official state tournament. The two sports become the first to earn the designation.

 

By earning the designation as an emerging sport, the IHSAA will now provide rule books, conduct coaches rules meetings, and provide coverage in the IHSAA’s Catastrophic Medical program. Both sports will now be subject to all IHSAA rules and policies, including the General Eligibility Rules.

 

For a sport to become officially recognized and an IHSAA state tournament be sponsored, 50 percent of the membership must be participating in the sport. The IHSAA currently has 407 member schools around the state.

 

The Indiana Boys Volleyball Coaches Association has been administering its state tournament since 1994 while the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association has been conducting a girls wrestling state tournament since 2017.

 

Representatives of both coaches associations submitted requested information in recent weeks including data on participants in Indiana as well as other states, suggested playing rules and potential practice seasons as well as letters of commitment from member schools that either currently sponsor or intend to sponsor a program.

 

According to the data submitted from those coaches associations, there are 42 schools fielding boys volleyball teams around the state while 350 girls representing 113 schools in this year’s girls wrestling state tournament.

 

Other items:

• The Board approved 17-2 of reducing the waiting period to become a full member school and participate in IHSAA state tournaments from four years to three years.

• Clarified that any student-athlete ejected from a contest due to NFHS playing rules but not deemed unsporting

such as a handball in the box during a soccer match or use of an illegal bat in softball, will not be suspended for the next contest. Also, any student-athlete ejected for a second time during a season will be suspended for the next two contests.

• A coach, contest administrator, school administrator or fan ejected from a contest will be suspended for the next two contests. A second ejection will be a four-game suspension (approved 19-0).

• An amendment to Rule 9-13 proposed by Carmel High School Principal Tom Harmas that would allow the commissioner to reschedule a state tournament contest to Sunday if weather or other emergency situations arise failed 0-19.

• An amendment to Rule 10-1 by Evansville North Principal John Skinner and the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference failed (2-17) to gain enough support in his current form. The proposal would have eliminated the restrictions on Indiana schools from hosting schools from farther than 300 miles away or being able to compete against a school from beyond the travel limit at an out-of-state event. The Board, however, requested that the Executive Staff review and draft another proposal for team and individual sports for its consideration at the next meeting.

• An amendment to Rule 19-5.1 failed 8-11. Peru Principal Paul Frye proposed that when a student’s parents/guardians make a change of residence to a new school district, the student may transfer and attempt to obtain full eligibility in any school located within a 20 mile radius of the new residence when a move of more than 75 miles is made. This same proposal ended in a tie among Board members a year ago and was brought back to the agenda this year.

• With regard to Rule 19-6.2, when a student transfers to a new school without a change of residence, they would have limited eligibility in all sports. An exception to that rule was approved unanimously allowing full eligibility in sports the student hasn’t previously participated in in the last 365 days.

• Munster Principal Mike Wells proposed an addition to Rule 20-2 (Past Link) that says, “if no direct contact can be proven between the two parties, the discipline/ineligibility of the student-athlete is not applicable (there is no cause/effect). The onus of the contact needs to be proven by the sending School that is blocking the transfer with regards to full eligibility.” The proposed addition failed to receive any support.

• The elections for next year’s leadership of the Board and Executive Committee also were held. Chris Conley of Delta High School was voted president of the 2022-23 Board of Directors and Kye Denney of Wes-Del High School was elected vice president. Jeff Doyle of Barr-Reeve High School was named chairman of the 2022-23 Executive Committee and Jim Brown of Fishers High School was confirmed as vice chairman.

 

Cloverdale boys' asst coach Karl Turk, Eminence boys' varsity coach Kevin Bradshaw to be recognized with Transformational Coach Award

Two area Indiana high school assistant coaches will receive special awards from the Indiana Basketball Association in 2022.

               

Eminence boys' varsity coach Kevin Bradshaw and Cloverdale boys' assistant Karl Turk each will be recognized with a Point Guard College/Indiana Transformational Coach Award as presented by the IBCA.

 

This is the sixth year for the PGC/Indiana Transformational Coach Awards, which are presented to coaches who have impacted the lives of their players and fellow coaches at their school and within their community. The recipients are coaches who are respected by their players and fellow coaches for their dedication, positive approach and integrity on and o? the court. Point Guard College is a corporate partner of the IBCA.

               

This is the fifth year that the IBCA is recognizing assistant coaches with an award. The awards are going to two coaches who have contributed in a significant way to their respective schools' athletic programs for more than 40 years apiece.

               

These awards will be presented on April 22 during the 2022 IBCA Clinic at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. 

               

Previous PGC/Indiana Transformational Coach Awards have gone to Gary Cook of North Decatur in 2017; Gary West's Chris Buggs and Switzerland County's Adam Dennis in 2018; John Glenn's Travis Hannah in 2019; Columbus North's RaNae Isaak and Speedway's Jim Merlie in 2020; and Lawrenceburg's Steve Bradley and Brownsburg's Debbie Smiley in 2021. 

 

Transformational Coach: Karl Turk, Cloverdale boys' assistant

 There was a time in 1994 when there was concern that Karl Turk might not survive. Or might not ever walk again. Or might not ever be able to do many things that most people consider normal.

            

Fortunately, Karl Turk was not one of those people.

            

Rather, Turk, a life-long basketball fanatic, overcame a tremendous medical challenge, readjusted some of his goals and has become an outstanding coach, teacher and citizen. Thus, the Cloverdale High School boys’ basketball varsity assistant and JV coach is a 2022 winner of a Point Guard College/Indiana Transformational Coach Award as determined by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

            

“Karl is the epitome of a servant leader,” said Patrick Rady, the Cloverdale boys’ basketball varsity coach who has worked with Turk at three schools and nominated him for this award. “Karl is a lifelong learner in all of life’s matters and persistently leads by example. He never is satisfied with the status quo. He doesn’t push anyone any harder to be their best than he does himself.

            

“In my experience with Karl, I have witnessed his unique ability help players to reach their full potential by getting to know each and every player’s personality, then motivating each one according to his individual makeup. One of his beliefs is you can’t have discipline without a relationship. Karl is able to provide positive and negative feedback to players, and it is received with an open mind from the players because he has already built relationships.”

            

Before someone can understand Turk now, one must understand the path he has traveled.

            

Flashback to Jan. 21, 1994. Turk, then an eighth grader at Forest Manor Junior High in Indianapolis, is a basketball fan and young basketball player. That night, the 14-year-old watched on television the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers in an intense game. He walked to bed. He woke up paralyzed. He was rushed to the hospital. For two weeks, he was paralyzed from the waist down and temporarily lost some of his eye sight.

            

After numerous tests, Turk was diagnosed with “transverse myelitis,” a rare disease that causes inflammation of the spinal cord and prevents his spinal cord from sending signals to his brain and lower extremities. Most patients do not recover well, and young Karl spent the next 66 days in the hospital.

            

A turning point came when Reggie Miller, the then-Pacers’ star and Turk’s favorite player, visited Turk in the hospital. Miller and Turk spent the next couple of hours discussing each of their stories. Miller told Turk about how Miller had grown up with pronated hips and had to wear leg braces similar to the braces Turk was wearing at the time. He talked about what it took to be in the NBA: that many good ball players failed to embrace and work on what they were not good at, and personality and character weeded many good players out.

            

“Reggie inspired me and helped me to embrace who I was,” Turk said in a past interview. “For that moment, I felt he believed in me and saw my potential for greatness.”

            

It is a message that stuck with Turk as he entered Arlington High School in a wheelchair and began to adjust his dreams. There was hope he could walk again, but he would have to have assistance. Turk participated in a rigorous physical therapy regimen throughout high school. By his senior year, he shed his last leg brace and began to walk with a cane, which he continues to walk with today.

            

He no longer played basketball, but he still loved the game and became a Golden Knights’ student manager for coach Larry Nicks from 1995-98 with duties including compiling statistics and calling in results to the newspaper. Turk matriculated to Indiana State University, where he continued to be a student of the game as a manager for coach Royce Waltman’s Sycamores for one year, an assistant coach for Pat Rady Sr. at Terre Haute South High School for two years and the video coordinator for Waltman and ISU for one year before earning a bachelor’s degree in Spanish in 2005.

            

In 2005-06, Turk assisted Pat Rady Jr. with the boys’ basketball program at Southwestern High School in Hanover. From 2006-08, Turk worked as the director of basketball operations for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s basketball, being a part of an NCAA Tournament program in 2007. From 2010-14, he was an assistant coach at West Oso High School, which won the Texas Class 3A state title in 2011. From 2014-16, Turk was the West Oso varsity coach, guiding the Bears to a 50-20 record in two seasons. He was named the South Texas Coach of the Year in 2015 and directed his team to a Texas Region IV-4A berth in 2016.

            

After 10 years in Texas, Turk returned to Indiana where he again joined Pat Rady Jr., this time the varsity assistant and JV coach at Cloverdale. Turk has thrived in six years at Cloverdale, where he teaches Spanish, teaches and oversees the school’s JAG curriculum (Jobs for America’s Graduates) and serves as an after-school tutor, an assistant athletic director and public address announcer for many school events.

            

Turk has made such an impact at Cloverdale that he was named 2021 Putnam County Citizen of the Year by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce on March 12, 2022. Cloverdale superintendent Greg Linton described Turk as a “phenomenal teacher” and noted how he spends countless hours helping students prepare for college.

            

“He’s the first guy (the students will) show their acceptance letter because he did so much to help them prepare,” Linton told the Greencastle Banner-Graphic.

            

Cloverdale principal Sonny Stoltz also was effusive in praising Turk.

            

“Karl is a unique, special and dedicated educator,” Stoltz told the Banner-Graphic. “He works hard to give each student who comes in contact with him his undivided attention. He at times serves as the face of Cloverdale High School with his presence at sporting events and his guidance in post-secondary education. The students love him. The staff respects him.”

           

 Rady provided additional perspective in his nomination of Turk for the PGC Transformational Coach Award.

            

“Since the fall of 2002, I have considered Karl a colleague and a friend,” Rady said. “Since that time, I have had the pleasure of watching Karl blossom into an outstanding coach, leader and teacher.

            

“He is an advocate for the entire school and community. He makes it a point to encourage all athletes and students to truly take interest in their school through extra-curricular participation. Karl understands the importance of education in a person’s life, and he is driven to see his players and students be lifelong learners.”

 

Transformational Coach: Kevin Bradshaw, Eminence boys' head coach

 

 

You might say that Kevin Bradshaw does not follow the philosophy of Vince Lombardi, the former Hall of Fame pro football coach who professed, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

 

Instead, Bradshaw, who just completed his first season as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Eminence High School, focuses on the benefits of athletics beyond the won-loss results to help his student-athletes grow into becoming the best people they can be.

           

Because of his approach, Bradshaw has been selected as a 2022 winner of a Point Guard College/Indiana Transformational Coach Award as determined by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

           

“Kevin almost always is upbeat and does his absolute best to see the bright side in every situation,” said Jim Whitaker, the Mooresville varsity boys’ basketball coach from 1995-2003 who nominated Bradshaw for this award. “An example of this is this year. He has had what most coaches would proclaim to be an awful season (with a 0-20 record).

           

“Nevertheless, Kevin continues to encourage the kids and lets them know that success is really not measured by wins and losses. He continues to look at their improvements and where they are as young men. Even other coaches commend Kevin’s efforts and can't believe his ability to find compassion and still get his kids to compete to the best of their abilities.”

           

Bradshaw, a 1984 graduate of Mooresville High School, played basketball, football and baseball for the Pioneers. He followed with two years of basketball at Cedarville University in Ohio before leaving college and taking a job in construction. In 1989, he started his own firm – Dirt Works Plus, Inc. – and has been highly successful with that enterprise for more than 30 years.

           

His business success allowed Bradshaw to get into coaching to share the lessons he learned from his coaches, including Whitaker, 79, who coached the Pioneers’ JV boys’ basketball team from 1977-95 and previously coached at Fulton Junior High, South Wayne Junior High and Mooresville’s Paul Hadley Junior High.

           

Bradshaw and Whitaker maintained a relationship over the years, and things came full circle in the past few years with Whitaker assisting Bradshaw for three seasons as the Monrovia boys’ basketball JV coach, one season as the Covenant Christian boys’ basketball freshman coach and this past season at Eminence.

           

“Kevin is the most fair and honest person that I know,” Whitaker said. “He treats each student-athlete with a level of fairness and honesty that is truly honorable in today’s society. The kids really respect him and look up to him as a role model and a coach.”

           

Bradshaw began coaching basketball from 2008-12 at the junior high level for Mooresville Christian Academy. He then was the Monrovia boys’ freshman coach in 2012-13 and followed with six seasons as the Monrovia boys’ JV coach. He coached at Covenant Christian for one year before becoming the head coach at Eminence. Bradshaw also coached eighth-grade football in Mooresville from 2019-12 and was a football assistant at Monrovia High School from 2013-18.

           

In 2017, Bradshaw earned a teaching license for building trades and technical education through coursework at Ball State University. For the past five years, in addition to his coaching and his business, Bradshaw also has been the lead instructor for building trades courses at Mooresville High School.

           

“Kevin is one of the most kind-hearted people that I have ever had the pleasure of being associated with,” Whitaker said. “He gives his heart to the kids in all the coaching opportunities that he has been given. He leads by example, and he gives each athlete he coaches his full heart. He not only cares about them on the basketball court or football field, but he cares about their well being.

           

“I have been able to witness this for myself when he has former players return to talk to his current players. The former players always refer to Kevin’s genuine love and compassion for each of them. In their words, ‘You not only will be a better basketball player because of coach Bradshaw, but you will become a better man. He not only will teach basketball, but life as well. He truly cares, plus he is a good coach, too.’ This is what the players who have had him will all say. I, too, can agree that their statements are absolutely true.”

           

Bradshaw and his wife, Dawn, are parents to Casey, Ben, Alex and Courtney. They also have four grandchildren.

 

 

 

North Putnam's Willis, Miller of South Putnam recognized in IBCA All-State and Honorable mentions

Fifteen seniors and 15 underclass girls basketball players have earned IBCA/Franciscan Health "Supreme 15" All-State honors for 2021-22, it was announced Tuesday (March 1).

The IBCA also named Large School All-State teams (15 seniors, 15 underclass) and Small School All-State teams (15 seniors, 15 underclass).

The "Supreme 15" is the top honor awarded, and players were voted to that group without regard to school size. The Large School and Small School all-state teams are secondary accolades -- the Large School group including players from Class 3A and Class 4A schools and the Small School group including players from Class A and Class 2A schools. Players who make the Supreme 15 are not considered for Large School or Small School honors.

In addition, 90 more seniors and 90 more underclass players were selected honorable mention all-state. The honorable mention laurels are awarded without regard to school size.

Those voted to the 2022 IBCA/Franciscan Health Supreme 15 Senior girls' team are, listed alphabetically: Kuryn Brunson, Franklin; Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point; Kate Clarke, Carmel; Alyssa Crockett, Westfield; Koryn Greiwe, Columbus East; Ally Madden, Blue River Valley; Teresa Maggio, McCutcheon; Kynidi Mason-Striverson, Silver Creek; Ayanna Patterson, Homestead; Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington; Zoe Stewart, Terre Haute North; Lilly Stoddard, Crown Point; Alaina Thorne, Washington; Ashlyn Traylor, Franklin; and Tanyuel Welch, North Central.

Those voted to the 2022 IBCA/Franciscan Health Supreme 15 Underclass girls' team are, listed alphabetically: Ashlynn Brooke, Pioneer; Cristen Carter, Ben Davis; Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian; Laila Hull, Zionsville; RaShunda Jones, South Bend Washington; McKenna Layden, Northwestern; Karsyn Norman, Bedford North Lawrence; Jordyn Poole, Fort Wayne Snider; MaKaya Porter, Mishawaka Marian; Amiyah Reynolds, South Bend Washington; Kira Reynolds, South Bend Washington; Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville; Chloe Spreen, Bedford North Lawrence; Josie Trabel, East Central; and Juliann Woodard, Jennings County. 

       The IBCA/Franciscan Health All-State teams are selected through a process organized by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and presented by Franciscan Health Sports Medicine.

All IBCA-member head coaches have the opportunity to nominate players. A panel of 20 IBCA coaches -- 16 from the current regional areas, three district representatives (one each from IHSAA Districts 1, 2 and 3) and the committee chairman -- then meets to review the nominations, vote and finalize the selections.

Those on the IBCA all-state committee for 2022 included chairman Doug Springer of Northridge plus Brandon Bradley of Kankakee Valley from District 1, DeeAnn Ramey of North Central from District 2 and Missy Voyles of Jeffersonville from District 3. 

Completing the voting panel were Kristi Ulrich of Penn, Andy Maguire of Zionsville, Curt Benge of Plainfield and Tyler Choate of Evansville North in Class 4A; Steve Scott of Mishawaka Marian, Eric Thornton of Norwell, Kaley May of Danville and Jason Simpson of Greensburg in Class 3A; Justin Jordan of Whitko, Matt Crawford of Delphi, Cassie Wiseman of Heritage Christian; and Hollie Anson-Eaves of South Knox in Class 2A; and Rick Budka of Morgan Township, Don Helmick of Clinton Central, Scott Smith of Jac-Cen-Del and Amy Schilling of Edinburgh in Class A.

    

Franciscan Health Sports Medicine is making a financial contribution to the IBCA Scholarship Fund as the presenting partner of the IBCA all-state teams. As part of the partnership, Franciscan Health Sports Medicine will provide plaques to Supreme 15 honorees and certificates to players receiving Large School All-State, Small School All-State or Honorable Mention All-State recognition. Those items will be made available to each recipient's coach during April, allowing her coach to present the award to each player prior to the end of the 2021-22 academic year. 

       

The IBCA thanks Franciscan Health Sports Medicine for being a partner in this annual project.

       

The complete 2022 IBCA/Franciscan Health Senior All-State and 2022 IBCA/Franciscan Health Underclass All-State teams for girls basketball are listed below.

 

2022 IBCA/Franciscan Health Senior All-State

Supreme 15

               Kuryn Brunson, Franklin

               Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point

               Kate Clarke, Carmel

               Alyssa Crockett, Westfield

               Koryn Greiwe, Columbus East

               Ally Madden, Blue River Valley

               Teresa Maggio, McCutcheon

               Kynidi Mason-Striverson, Silver Creek

               Ayanna Patterson, Homestead

               Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington

               Zoe Stewart, Terre Haute North

               Lilly Stoddard, Crown Point

               Alaina Thorne, Washington

               Ashlyn Traylor, Franklin

               Tanyuel Welch, North Central

 

Large School All-State

               Taylor Bowen, Culver Academy

               Hope Fox, East Central

               Destinee Hooks, North Central

               Kenna Kirby, Tri-West

               Kencia Levasseur, Washington

               Jyah LoVett, Fort Wayne Snider

               Julia Mantyla, Northridge

               Lilly Maple, Maconaquah

               Morgan Ostrowski, Garrett

               Jada Patton, Penn

               Kelly Ratigan, South Bend St. Joseph

               Abby Sanner, Warsaw

               Olivia Smith, Fort Wayne South

               Kennedy Tolen, Benton Central

               Ellie Wilkerson, Plainfield

 

Small School All-State

               Lauryn Bates, Frankton

               Karsyn Cherry, Lafayette Central Catholic

               Mariah Claywell, Union City

               Macie Couchenour, South Knox

               Hailey Cripe, Pioneer

               Olivia Faust, Triton Central

               Ellia Foster, Bremen

               Madilynn Hudspeth, Oregon-Davis

               Hailee Kline, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian

               Kaybree Oxley, Tecumseh

               Graycie Poe, North Knox

               Jessie Ringen, Rensselaer Central

               Abigail Tomblin, South Central (Union Mills)

               Kyla Willis, North Putnam

               Ella Wolfe, Tipton

 

Honorable Mention (90)

               Ashlynn Allman, Lapel

               Nataley Armstrong, Garrett

               Trinity Barnes, Gary West

               Ella Bickel, Heritage

               Megan Bolen, Knox

               Genesis Borom, Portage

               Katie Bremer, Cathedral

               Diana Burgher, North Harrison

               Chloe Cardinal, Vincennes Lincoln

               Mia Catey, Mississinewa

               Jordan Coon, Castle

               Kirsten Cross, Lawrenceburg

               Patty Chikamba, University

               Chloe Churilla, Highland

               Caitlin Conn, North White

               Kendall Davison, Clinton Central

               Miranda Deane, Southport

               Madelynn Denny, Mooresville

               Cortney Dove, Princeton

               Jessie Duvall, Switzerland County

               Elizabeth Edmonds, Argos

               Marisa Esquivel, Griffith

               Delanie Gale, South Central (Union Mills)

               Nichole Garner, Waldron

               Jaidn Green, Evansville North

               Ariel Helm, Lawrence North

               Darryn Hood, Tindley

               DeMaria King, Charlestown

               Lyndsey Kobza, Kouts

               Dakotah Krohn, Woodlan

               Dani Kroeger, Vincennes Lincoln

               Kennedy Kugler, Prairie Heights

               Christina Lamb, Cascade

               Kelsi Langley, Taylor

               Haley Lanter, Winchester

               Bella Larrison, Waldron

               Kylah Lawson, Columbus North

               Lauren Leach, Angola

               Jesse Ledgerwood, Washington

               Lexi Linder, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger

               Kathryn Loso, Guerin Catholic

               Hadley Lytton, Heritage Hills

               Annika Marlow, Rushville

               Grace Marshall, Heritage Christian

               Rebekah Marshall, Columbia City

               Chloe McClain, Kokomo

               Maddie McSurley, New Prairie

               Maddy Meek, New Castle

               Brie Miller, South Putnam

               Gena Moore, Winchester

               Jaelynne Murray, Pike

               Tynlie Neal, Clinton Prairie

               Kaliah Neighbors, Evansville North

               Natalie Niehaus, Castle

               Natalie Noel, Salem

               Anna Parent, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers

               Camiell Perry, Speedway

               Abigail Ratts, Salem

               Jozee Rhodes, Plainfield

               Jada Rhonehouse, Fremont

               Katie Rice, North Montgomery

               Jordan Richmond, Avon

               Michelle Rodkey, Rossville

               Emme Rooney, Silver Creek

               Emily Roper, Carmel

               Jordyn Sarver, Mitchell

               Isabelle Saylor, Tri-West

               Jasi Scaife, Muncie Central

               Taylor Schoonveld, Kankakee Valley

               Tressa Senesac, Benton Central

               Halle Shelt, Park Tudor

               Marissa Shelton, South Bend Adams

               Carly Sherfield, Edgewood

               Gracie Shorter, Sullivan

               Sydney Sierota, Silver Creek

               Davina Smith, Merrillville

               Jazmyn Smith, West Noble

               Jada Stansberry, Alexandria

               Maddie Swingle, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

               Audrey Tallent, Plainfield

               Macey Timberman, Northview

               Haley Thomas, Harrison (West Lafayette)

               Lexi Thomas, Rochester

               Adrie Thompson, Tri-West

               Kelsey Waggoner, Cardinal Ritter

               Annabelle Williams, Jac-Cen-Del

               Alexis Wines, Lebanon

               Delaney Wolfe, Martinsville

               Taren Yates, Triton

               Jessie Yelaska, John Glenn

 

 

2022 IBCA/Franciscan Health Underclass All-State

Supreme 15

               Ashlynn Brooke, Pioneer

               Cristen Carter, Ben Davis

               Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian

               Laila Hull, Zionsville

               RaShunda Jones, South Bend Washington

               McKenna Layden, Northwestern

               Karsyn Norman, Bedford North Lawrence

               Jordyn Poole, Fort Wayne Snider

               MaKaya Porter, Mishawaka Marian

               Amiyah Reynolds, South Bend Washington

               Kira Reynolds, South Bend Washington

               Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville

               Chloe Spreen, Bedford North Lawrence

               Josie Trabel, East Central

               Juliann Woodard, Jennings County

 

Large School All-State

               Aniyah Bishop, Lake Central

               Olivia Brown, Hamilton Southeastern

               Destini Craig, Fort Wayne Snider

               Asia Donald, Hobart

               Isabella Gizzi, New Palestine

               Bailey Kelham, Garrett

               Jaylah Lampley, Lawrence Central

               Riley Makalusky, Hamilton Southeastern

               Ellery Minch, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

               Hailey Smith, Fishers

               Renna Schwieterman, Jay County

               Saige Stahl, Columbus East

               Alison Stephens, Homestead

               Meredith Tippner, Noblesville

               Reagan Wilson, Noblesville

 

Small School All-State

               Caitlyn Campbell, Winchester

               Ally Capouch, Kouts

               Maci Chamberlin, Blue River Valley

               Kelsey DuBois, University

               Kenzie Fulks, Bethesda Christian

               Brea Garber, Fairfield

               Alli Harness, Carroll (Flora)

               Bailey Parham, Tri

               Ashlee Schram, Tipton

               Payton Seay, University

               Emma Sperry, Frankton

               Bailey Tabeling, Trinity Lutheran

               Amber Tretter, Forest Park

               Madison Wagner, Carroll (Flora)

               Linzie Wernert, Lanesville

 

Honorable Mention (90)

               Tori Allen, Andrean

               Leah Bachmann, Columbus East

               Molly Baker, Columbia City

               Carley Barrett, Lafayette Central Catholic

               Addison Baxter, Columbia City

               Asiah Baxter, Warren Central

               Carley Begle, Forest Park

               Giovonnie Belton, Pike

               Skylar Bos, Covenant Christian (DeMotte)

               Addison Bowsman, Twin Lakes

               Chaney Brown, Greenfield-Central

               Amiyah Buchanan, Evansville North

               Cameran Cahall, Madison

               Bradie Chambers, Linton-Stockton

               Aubrey Cole, Seeger

               Kennedy Coleman, Charlestown

               Ava Couch, North Central

               Taylor Delp, Plymouth

               Jenna Donohoo, Tecumseh

               Taylor Double, Huntington North

               Kylee Edwards, Shelbyville

               Aijia Elliott, Kokomo

               Alivia Elmore, Jennings County

               Eva Fisher, Northridge

               Riley Flinn, Harrison (West Lafayette)

               Taylor Fordyce, Carroll (Fort Wayne)

               Lauren Foster, Indian Creek

               Kennedy Fuelling, Norwell

               Kenzie Garner, Sheridan

               Nasiya Gause, Lake Station Edison

               Arianna Gerkin, Vincennes Lincoln

               Layla Gold, Cathedral

               Chloey Graham, Gibson Southern

               Taylor Guess, Ben Davis

               Kendall Hale, Cannelton

               Rachel Harshman, Mooresville

               Ella Haupert, Southwood

               Kyra Hill, Goshen

               Jacklynn Hosier, Alexandria

               Journey Howard, New Albany

               Keylee Hudson, Eastern Greene

         Nevaeh Jackson, Fort Wayne Northrop

               Saniya Jackson, Fort Wayne Northrop

        Sophie Johnson, Evansville Memorial

               Rhylan Kalb, Northeast Dubois

               Clair Klinger, Washington Township

               Morgan Lawrence, Winchester

               Olivia Leas, Blackford

               Gracie Little, Washington Township

               Caroline Long, Western

               Olivia Marks, South Central (Union Mills)

               Reagan Martin, Owen Valley

               Emily Mattingly, Evansville Memorial

               Kyia McKinley, Eastern (Pekin)

               Kadence Mellott, Tippecanoe Valley

               Sophia Morrison, Eastbrook

               Katie Moyer, Bremen

               Olivia Nickerson, Twin Lakes

               Bailey Orme, Corydon Central

               Abby Parsons, Cascade

               Faith Riehl, Lakeland

               Tessa Robertson, North White

               Camryn Runner, Hamilton Heights

               Isabel Scales, Caston

               Kyndra Sheets, Columbia City

               Avah Smith, Woodlan

               Olivia Smith, Fishers

               Gabby Spink, Gibson Southern

               Grace Stapleton, Eastern Hancock

               Kendall Sterling, Seymour

               Molly Stock, Homestead

               Samiyah Stout, Elkhart

               Mackenzie Thomas, Carmel

               Tori Thompson, Lafayette Central Catholic

               Adrianne Tolen, West Lafayette

               Josie Vaughn, Corydon Central

               Madison Vice, Central Noble

               Addyson Viers, Triton

               Kaycie Warfel, Pendleton Heights

               Whitney Warfel, Pendleton Heights

               Sydney Warran, Cascade

               Liv Waters, Blackford

               Ava Weber, Corydon Central

               Riley Whitlock, Harrison (West Lafayette)

               Mylie Wilkison, Greensburg

               Zoe Willems, Bethany Christian

               Vanessa Wimberly, Lake Central

               Camryn Wise, Wapahani

               Faith Wiseman, Indian Creek

               Isabelle Wooten, Danville

Crawfordsville swimmer awarded Mental Attitude Award

Marshall Horton of Crawfordsville High School was named the recipient of the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award following the meet by the IHSAA Executive Committee.

Horton competed in two events on Saturday, finishing 16th in both the 100 Freestyle and 200 Medley Relay. He is the member of three straight sectional swim championship teams and two straight Sagamore Conference championship teams at Crawfordsville. Marshall holds Crawfordsville's school record in the 100 Breaststroke. He also plays soccer and golf for Crawfordsville.

In the classroom, Marshall ranks first in his class and has been named Academic All-State for swimming in his junior and senior years. He is president of the Spanish Club, a three-year member of Key Club, and helped revive Crawfordsville's Recycling Club with the help of a few friends. Marshall was awarded the 2022 Lilly Endowment Scholarship for Montgomery County.

Marshall is the son of Bobby and Naomi Horton of Crawfordsville. He will be attending Notre Dame in the fall. He is undecdied on his major at the time but plans to study an area of Science.

Each year the IHSAA Executive Committee selects a senior who was nominated by his principal and coach and was determined to have best demonstrated mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s proud corporate partner, presented $1,000 to Crawfordsville High School's general scholarship fund in the name of Marshall Horton.

The award, renamed in 1974, honors Herman F. Keller, former IHSAA assistant commissioner who served the Association from 1961-73.

Cloverdale's Kyle Thomas among District 3 top performers in Week 11

District-3 had several big-time performances last week in both boys’ and girls’ hoops.

 

Cloverdale Senior Kyle Thomas put together a strong weekend, helping the Clovers to a pair of victories. It began Friday night, when the 6-4 guard erupted for 42 points in a 65-55 win against Cascade. Thomas was 15-28 from the floor, 3-7 from 3-point range, and 9-10 from the free throw line. He posted a double-double with his 11 rebounds, plus he managed to add five assists and four steals in victory.

 

The next day, in a low-scoring, 34-31 win against Parke Heritage, Thomas still managed to score 19 points. He was 7-13 from the field, 4-9 from deep, and he made a free throw in the triumph. With four assists, the senior guard had his hand in roughly 80% of their points over the weekend. Thomas also collected six rebounds against the Wolves.

 

South Decatur Senior Hunter Johnson and Terre Haute North Vigo Senior Zoe Stewart stood out among the group, pouring in the points in multiple games last week. In a Senior-laden group, six total young men and women were chosen as Week-11 IBCA/Franciscan Health Players of the Week.

 

In addition to Johnson and Stewart, Central Noble Senior Connor Essegian, Cloverdale Senior Kyle Thomas, South Bend St. Joseph Senior Kelly Ratigan, and McCutcheon Senior Teresa Maggio were selected as recipients for Jan. 10-Jan. 15 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Essegian is the boys’ selection, and Ratigan is the girls’ selection in District-1. Thomas is the boys’ recipient, while Maggio is the girls’ recipient in District-2. Johnson and Stewart take home boys’ and girls’ honors, respectively, in District-3.

 

With four consecutive wins last week, the Central Noble Cougars won the Northeast Corner Conference Tournament for the third straight year. Senior Connor Essegian is a big reason for that success, and last week he added to his long list of career accomplishments. Tuesday night, in an opening round, 67-41 win against Angola, Essegian eclipsed the 2000-point mark and became Noble County’s all-time leading scorer as well. The 6-4 guard was 13-20 from the field, scoring 28 points in the outing. He added eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals in the effort.

 

The next night, Essegian and the Cougars took on rival West Noble in what would prove to be their toughest matchup of the week, advancing with a 59-52 victory. Once again, the Senior guard was stellar, scoring 34 points on 10-19 shooting, including a 12-14 effort from the free throw line. He also managed to post a double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds, and he added a pair of assists.

Friday, in the NECC Semi-Finals, Central Noble took care of Fremont, 61-42. Essegian was more impactful from behind the arc, burying six of his 11 3-point attempts on his way to 24 points. Toss in six rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals, and the University of Wisconsin commit again contributed to his team’s success in multiple ways.

 

Finally, the Cougars won the title Friday, knocking off Eastside, 62-44. In the championship game, Essegian provided a championship effort. The Senior was a dependable 14-22 from the field, 5-11 from deep, and a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe, scoring 39 points in total on the evening. The 6-4 guard added nine more boards, and he is now at 2104 career points.

 

In South Bend, St. Joseph Senior Kelly Ratigan helped the Lady Indians to a 2-1 record last week. Tuesday, in a home contest against Goshen, Ratigan was 11-16 from the field and 4-6 from long range for 26 points, as the Lady Indians beat Goshen, 52-37. Additionally, the 5-8 guard pulled down six rebounds, handed out four assists, and collected three steals in the win.

 

Thursday, in a Northern Indiana Conference matchup with John Glenn, St. Joseph unfortunately fell, 64-60. Ratigan was still effective, scoring 25 points and knocking down five triples in defeat. The Loyola University (Maryland) commit contributed six more rebounds and three more assists, but it just wasn’t enough to pull out the victory.

 

St. Joseph and Ratigan returned to the floor Saturday, as the Lady Indians bounced back with a decisive, 68-47 win against Marquette Catholic. The 5-8 Senior got hot again, making 11-19 shots, including a scorching 7-12 from deep, scoring 29 points in the outing. She grabbed six more caroms, dished out another seven assists, and snagged four steals in the triumph.

 

After missing November with an injury, McCutcheon Senior Teresa Maggio’s return was gladly welcomed by the Mavericks, and she has continued to find her stride over the last couple of weeks. Tuesday, in a close, 72-66 loss to a very good Zionsville team, the 5-5 point guard did all that she could, scoring 37 points in defeat. The IUPUI commit was 10-19 from the floor, 5-12 from 3-point range, plus she was a perfect 12-12 from the charity stripe. Maggio added six rebounds, six assists, and a pair of steals, in what proved to be their only game of the week.

 

South Decatur Senior Hunter Johnson has scored the ball at a high level all season, but what he did over the weekend was record-setting. First, Friday night, in a big rivalry game against North Decatur, Johnson had a tough outing shooting the ball in a hard-fought, 72-58 loss at the hands of the Chargers. Still, though, Johnson scored above his average with 34 points, he made 11-13 shots from the free throw line, and he picked up eight rebounds.

 

The next day, Johnson and the Cougars were looking for redemption, and they got it by way of a 79-67 win against Southwestern (Shelbyville). The 6-2 Senior set school records for points in a game and 3-pointers made, as he blistered the nets for 53 points on 17-30 from the field, 7-13 from outside, and 12-13 from the line. The Senior guard also posted a double-double with his 12 rebounds, plus he found teammates on four other occasions for scores and picked up two steals in the bounce-back win.

 

Speaking of high-level scoring, Terre Haute North Vigo Senior Zoe Stewart has managed 118 points in just her last three games, or a 39.3 scoring average over that stretch. As for last week, specifically, Stewart helped her team to a pair of wins. Tuesday, the Lady Patriots hosted Marshall (IL), pulling out a tightly-contested, 72-64 victory. The 5-8 guard exploded for 45 points, as she buried four shots from deep and was an efficient 11-13 from the free throw line. Stewart added four rebounds, five assists, and six steals in the all-around effort.

 

Friday night, Stewart and North Vigo went on the road for their crosstown rivalry game with Terre Haute South Vigo. The Lady Patriots won easily, and Stewart was again electric in limited minutes. The Murray State University commit still managed 31 points on 13-20 shooting, she buried a pair of long bombs, and she knocked down three of her four free tosses in the win. The Senior guard also handed out four more assists, and she collected a pair of steals, helping the Lady Patriots to a 15-6 record overall.

 

This is the 14th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program, but just the second 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.

 

 

Other Top Nominees for Week-11 (2021-22)

 

District-1 Boys: Markus Burton, Penn; Tyson Good, Lewis Cass; Tyvon Henry, South Bend Career Academy; Karson Jenkins, Fort Wayne Snider; Mason Jones, Valparaiso; Fletcher Loyer, Homestead; Hayden Maiben, Maconaquah; Reece Marrs, Hebron; Grant Ott-Large, LaPorte; Thomas Snyder, South Bend Adams.

 

District-1 Girls: Ashlynn Brooke, Pioneer; Jessi Calizo, Lakeland Christian; Asia Donald, Hobart; Ellia Foster, Bremen; Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian; Ella Haupert, Southwood; Bailey Kelham, Garrett; Lilly Maple, Maconaquah; Addyson Viers, Triton; Zoe Willems, Bethany Christian.

 

District-2 Boys: Flory Bidunga, Kokomo; Steele Brasfield, New Palestine; Luke Carroll, Hamilton Heights; Ryan Conwell, Pike; A.J. Dancler, Southport; C.J. Geheb, Rossville; Jonah Lucas, West Lafayette Harrison; Neil Marshall, Delta; Christian Nunn, Crispus Attucks; Ty Wills, Anderson.

 

District-2 Girls: Kenzie Fulks, Bethesda Christian; Laila Hull, Zionsville; Kenna Kirby, Tri-West; Sophia Morrison, Eastbrook; Olivia Nickerson, Twin Lakes; Camiell Perry, Speedway; Camryn Runner, Hamilton Heights; Renna Schwieterman, Jay County; Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville; Halle Shelt, Park Tudor.

 

District-3 Boys: Jack Benter, Brownstown Central; Matthew Bunnell, Evansville North; Josten Carter, New Albany; Blake Herdes, Evansville Central; Drew Howard, Forest Park; Randy Kelley, Sullivan; Branden Northern, Silver Creek; Ollie Sandman, Shelbyville; Trent Sisley, Heritage Hills; Jahni Summers, Evansville Harrison.

 

District-3 Girls: Jaidn Green, Evansville North; Koryn Greiwe, Columbus East; Kendall Hale, Cannelton; Kencia Levasseur, Washington; Reagan Martin, Owen Valley; Kaybree Oxley, Tecumseh; Bailey Tabeling, Trinity Lutheran; Macey Timberman, Northview; Ava Weber, Corydon Central; Linzie Wernert, Lanesville.

Lance Stephenson another contract from Pacers

The Indiana Pacers today announced the team has signed guard Lance Stephenson to a second 10-day contract under the NBA’s COVID-related hardship exception. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Pacers signed Stephenson to an initial 10-day contract under the NBA’s COVID-related hardship exception on January 1, 2022.

Hunting, fishing, trapping license fees increase starting in 2022

For the first time since 2006, Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) has increased fees for hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. Commercial license fees also increase, some for the first time since the 1980s.

The increases will be applied to personal licenses starting with the 2022-2023 license year (April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023) that will go on sale in January. The fee increase does not affect licenses for the remainder of the 2021-2022 license year (April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022), even if those licenses are purchased after Jan. 1.

The new fees allow DFW to maintain core programs including habitat restoration, maintenance of public lands, scientific research and education, and expansion of other services to manage Indiana’s fish and wildlife for everyone to enjoy.

Funds will also go to the DNR Division of Law Enforcement to ensure it is equipped to provide public safety and enforce the laws governing natural resources.

The new license prices were determined by comparing license fees among other Midwestern states and balancing the rising costs of resource management.

More information on these changes, including a full list of the new fees, can be found here: dnr.IN.gov/fish-and-wildlife/licenses-and-permits/fee-changes

Goodpaster, Beadles named to All-State teams

Linebacker teammates for the South Putnam Eagles were named All-State by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.

 

Matthew Goodpaster was named to the IFCA 1A Senior All-State Team.  The 6'0", 230 pound linebacker led the Eagles in total tackles with 130 (94 solo, 36 assists) and tackles for loss with 17.  Goodpaster also recorded four sacks on the season.

 

Aiden Beadles was named to the 1A Junior All-State Team.  The 6'2", 195 pound linebacker was second on the team in total tackles with 121 (74 solo, 47 assists) to go with 11 tackles for loss.  Beadles recorded four sacks and caused one fumble for the Eagles defense.

 

 

S. Putnam - Greencastle doubleheader tonight on GIANT fm Sports

Matt Pickerill leads his South Putnam boys basketball team into Greencastle High School's McAnally Center for the first time as the Eagles head coach.  The boys matchup is game two of a broadcast doubleheader tonight on GIANT fm Sports.

 

South Putnam is trying to break a four-game losing streak in the series with the Tiger Cubs dating back to a December 17 home win, 56-46.

 

South Putnam is 2-1 (1-1 WIC) on the young season while Greencastle (0-3, 0-2 WIC) is still in search of its first win.

 

The Tiger Cubs have been struggling offensively.  Averaging just under 40 ppg, Greencastle is coming off its highest scoring output of the season in a Saturday loss to Indian Creek, 59-47.

 

The opening girls game pits South Putnam (5-5, 2-2 WIC) and Greencastle (0-9, 0-5 WIC).

 

Coverage of the girls / boys doublheader begins at 5:45 pm on the Buzzi Unicem GIANT fm Sports Radio Network.

 

 

Danville's Ruggles, Northview's Timberman among IBCA / Franciscan Health Players of the Week

Six players have been selected as this week’s IBCA/Franciscan Health Players of the Week.

Homestead senior Fletcher Loyer, Danville senior Brady Ruggles, Jac-Cen-Del senior Wyatt Day, Mishawaka Marian junior Nevaeh Foster, Noblesville junior Ashlynn Shade, and Northview senior Macey Timberman have been selected as recipients for Nov. 29-Dec. 4 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

 

Loyer and Foster are the boys’ and girls’ winners, respectively, in District-1. Ruggles takes home boys’ honors, while Shade takes home girls’ honors in District-2. Day is the boys’ recipient, and Timberman is the girls’ recipient in District-3.

 

The Danville Warriors got their season started last week with a pair of nice victories. Senior Brady Ruggles was a huge part of their success, as he began his week with a 42-point performance Friday night, in a 68-58 win against Cardinal Ritter. Ruggles was a strong 14-23 from the field, 3-9 from deep, and he made a near-perfect 11-12 from the free throw line. He also managed to find time to grab nine rebounds, hand out a pair of assists, and pick up a steal in the effort.

 

The next day, Danville moved to 2-0 with their 74-31 win against Eminence. The 6-6 wing was again a top performer, scoring 27 points on 10-19 shooting. More impressively, he was 6-9 from long range in the win and knocked down his only free throw attempt. Ruggles contributed another five rebounds and four steals in this victory.

 

After dropping their first game of the year, Macey Timberman and the Northview girls have bounced back with seven consecutive wins. Last Monday, the Lady Knights won at Terre Haute South Vigo, 59-35. Timberman scored 28 points on 10-16 shooting. She also contributed four rebounds, five assists, and three steals in the easy win.

 

On Friday, against a good backcourt at Sullivan, Timberman helped the Lady Knights to a tight, 50-48 Western Indiana Conference home win. In this triumph, the 5-6 point guard scored 23 points, pulled down five rebounds, handed out a pair of assists, and picked up five steals in the big victory.

 

To end the week, Northview hosted Lebanon on Saturday, and the Lady Knights took care of business, with a 49-35 outcome. Timberman once again shone through, scoring 17 points, knocking down 6-7 free throws, and collecting another four caroms. The Parkland College commit also found teammates for four more scores, while picking up three additional steals in the win.

 

This is the 14th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program, but just the second season it is being presented by Franciscan Health, a corporate sponsor of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

 

South Putnam advances to regional as Southmont sectional champs

South Putnam volleyball has earned a berth in the Cascade Regional.

 

South Putnam defeated Riverton Parke in the Sectional 44 semifinal at Southmont Saturday, 25-11, 25-14, 25-18.  The win set up a championship match with county rival North Putnam who downed Cascade, 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-16.

 

The championship turned into a five-gamer won by South 25-18, 25-14, 17-25, 23-25, 15-13.

 

The Eagles (20-7) will play Western Boone (24-9) in the 10 am semifinal at the Cascade Regional Saturday.  The winner will play in the 7:00 pm championship against the winner of Union County (18-8) vs Covenant Christian (24-6).

 

Sophomore Ashleigh Riley led the North Putnam effort with 13 kills.  Snior teammate Haley Dickson added 7 and junior Kiley Rust had 6.  The Dickson's, Zoe and Haley, had 18 and 17 assists, respectively.

 

NP's senior Kyla Willis had 30 digs.  Haley Dickson recorded 20 in the loss.

 

South Putnam advances to regional as Southmont sectional champs

South Putnam advances to regional as Southmont sectional champs

South Putnam volleyball has earned a berth in the Cascade Regional.

 

South Putnam defeated Riverton Parke in the Sectional 44 semifinal at Southmont Saturday, 25-11, 25-14, 25-18.  The win set up a championship match with county rival North Putnam who downed Cascade, 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-16.

 

The championship turned into a five-gamer won by South 25-18, 25-14, 17-25, 23-25, 15-13.

 

The Eagles (20-7) will play Western Boone (24-9) in the 10 am semifinal at the Cascade Regional Saturday.  The winner will play in the 7:00 pm championship against the winner of Union County (18-8) vs Covenant Christian (24-6).

 

Sophomore Ashleigh Riley led the North Putnam effort with 13 kills.  Snior teammate Haley Dickson added 7 and junior Kiley Rust had 6.  The Dickson's, Zoe and Haley, had 18 and 17 assists, respectively.

 

NP's senior Kyla Willis had 30 digs.  Haley Dickson recorded 20 in the loss.

 

South Putnam advances to regional as Southmont sectional champs

Greencastle at #4 Danville, South Putnam on collision course for rematch with Parke Heritage in football sectionals

The Indiana High School Athletic Association unveiled the brackets for the upcoming sectional round of the football state tournament.

 

Greencastle (5-3) will open 3A Sectional 29 on the road against a ranked opponent.  The Tigers Cubs will open the tournament at #4 (3A) Danville (7-1).

 

Danville eliminated Greencastle from the sectional in three consecutive meetings from 2016-2018.

 

The winner would meet the winner of the Indian Creek (2-6) - Indianapolis Washington (3-4) quarterfinal.

 

The top half of the Sectional 29 bracket features Indianapolis Ritter [0-8] at Christel House Manual [2-5] and West Vigo [3-3] at #9 (3A) Tri-West [6-2].
 

 

1A Sectional 45 will include #8 South Putnam in a home game with North Vermilion (4-4).  With a win, South Putnam would likely play #9 Parke Heritage (6-2).

Parke Heritage plays at Attica (0-5) in the opening round.

 

South Putnam outscored Parke Heritage to win last season's sectional title, 43-40.

 

In the bottom half of the Sectional 45 bracket, Cloverdale (0-7) will host Riverton Parke (2-5) and Fountain Central (3-5) will travel to Covington (6-2).


North Putnam (2-5) drew a home game in the 2A Sectional 37 quarterfinals.  #12 Monrovia will be the opponent.

The winner of that game will play the winner of #10 Speedway (6-2) - Seeger (5-3).

 

In the top half of Sectional 37, South Vermilion (3-5) travels to #9 Lafayette Central Catholic (5-3) and Southmont (5-3) will be at Cascade (2-6)

 

 

South Putnam football schedule change; headed east again

Back in Week 3 South Putnam football traveled to Henry County for a 29-6 win at Tri.  That came as North Putnam was closing schools for a stretch of days and calling off extracurricular events due to  Covid-19.

 

South Putnam will head east again, this time to Hancock County.  This Friday's road trip will be to Eastern Hancock (3-1) after the regularly scheduled game with Edgewood was cancelled.

 

Eastern Hancock was available because the Royals game with neighboring Knightstown was cancelled.

 

Kickoff for South Putnam at Eastern Hancock will be at 7:00 pm.

GIANT fm Sports will broadcast West Vigo at Greencastle Friday

With North Putnam schools closed amid rising COVID-19 cases the South Putnam at North Putnam matchup for Week 3 football will not be played.

 

GIANT fm Sports will now have play-by-play of the West Vigo - Greencastle football game on Friday.

 

Coverage is set for 6:45 pm.

South Putnam announces new opponent to replace North Putnam for Week 3 football

The annual rivalry football game featuring South Putnam and North Putnam was scheduled to be our GIANT fm Sports on WREB broadcast game coming up Friday.  It looks now as if that game will not take place.

 

South Putnam has announced via its football Facebook page and athletic Twitter that the Eagles will now travel to Straughn on Friday to play Tri.  Game time is 7:30 pm.

 

No details about what prompted the change were included in the announcement.  More details to come including the schedule for GIANT fm Sports broadcast schedule for Week 3.

Tiger Cubs open '21 football campaign with first year starters, vets at new positions

Greencastle football has posted winning seasons in four of the past five.  But this season opens with a number of first year starters and veterans who are filling new roles due to graduation and injury.  That includes the loss of the projected starting quarterback.

 

Head coach Mike Meyer talks with GIANT fm Sports about the season that opens tonight at Crawfordsville.

 

 

 

South Putnam must replace 9 seniors in hopes of deeper postseason run

The South Putnam football team suffered just one loss in 2020.  The eventual 1A state champs from Covenant Christian eliminated the Eagles in the regional, 48-7.  

 

Now, what to do for an encore.  2020 marked the most wins since an 11-2 record in 2013.  And it was the first above -.500 season since 2015.

 

South Putnam is ranked ninth in the preseason 1A poll.

 

Third year coach Chuck Sorrell has a number of key positions to fill after graduation took nine seniors from last season's 12-1 club.  He talked with GIANT fm Sports about the upcoming season.

 

 

South Putnam opens the 2021 season on GIANT fm Sports WREB.  The Eagles host Cloverdale.  The Clovers are looking for a first win over South Putnam since 2006.

 

Pregame is 6:45 pm with kickoff at 7:00 pm.

 

 

 

Greencastle hopes to have football turf ready for Week 3 home opener

High school football season is quickly approaching.  So is the deadline for the school to have the field ready for the home opener.

The good news for Greencastle is that the Tiger Cubs don’t host a game until Week 3 with West Vigo. 

Athletic Director Doug Greenlee says the project is taking steps in the right direction.

  Greenlee says West Vigo is on notice just in case something should need changed.

It’s not just what’s on top with the turf.  It’s what’s below that will bring major improvement to Harbison Stadium.

Greenlee says this is just one of several projects that are planned to bring major improvements to Greencastle athletics.

IHSAA and Hudl announce partnership to revolutionize video and data exchange

The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Hudl are partnering to transform athletic departments, coaches, and athletes throughout the state of Indiana.

Over 130 high school athletic departments and 3,000 teams in the state are already using Hudl’s video, data and recruiting tools. Between Hudl Focus cameras and the implementation of statewide member school exchanges, Hudl and the IHSAA are working together to stay on the cutting edge with a first-of-its-kind partnership that will fulfill that promise of universal access to video and data – and ultimately give new insights and time back to teams to focus on their development.

“We are excited to bring this first-of-its-kind partnership with the Indiana High School Athletic Association,” said Greg Nelson, Vice President of Competitive at Hudl. “Our goal is to provide the technology for coaches, athletes and their athletic departments to perform at their best.”

 

 

Hudl is a leading performance analysis company revolutionizing the way coaches and athletes prepare for and stay ahead of the competition. Founded in 2006, Hudl offers a complete suite of products that empower more than 180,000 global sports teams at every level – from grassroots to professional organizations – to gather insights with video and data. Hudl’s products and services include online tools, mobile and desktop apps, smart cameras, analytics, professional consultation and more.

“The IHSAA is excited to have Hudl as a corporate partner in advancing education-based athletics through their cutting edge technology,” said IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig. “With the continued growth of livestreaming and broadcasting, member schools will be able to make access to video effortless for both teams and fans. The Hudl Focus camera system integrates seamlessly with the IHSAA Champions Network and IHSAAtv.org to provide a high definition livestream option for both member schools and fans.”

Hudl’s suite of video capture and analysis technologies will provide Indiana schools with everything they need to power their high school athletic programs. Hudl Focus, Hudl’s newest camera technology, is an auto-tracking camera that provides teams with HD video without requiring a cameraperson. Smart camera technology and livestreaming is in demand now more than ever; providing the ability for athletic directors to monetize their games while providing broader access to community fans.

Additionally, all game in Hudl Focus-equipped stadiums – whether you’re home, away or at a neutral site – will be automatically uploaded to your Hudl library with the Focus Exchange Network. This innovative use of technology will allow IHSAA schools to stay on the cutting edge by making access to video effortless for teams and fans.

Member schools in the IHSAA are encouraged to participate in a member school video exchange through Hudl for football, basketball and volleyball.

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