2023 Indiana Boys' Junior All-Stars named

Eighteen players have been selected for the IndyStar Indiana boys Junior All-Stars for 2023, All-Stars games director Mike Broughton announced Friday (March 31).


Those selected to the six-player Core Group are Jack Benter of Brownstown Central, Flory Bidunga of Kokomo, Kanon Catchings of Brownsburg, Micah Davis of Franklin Community, Tyler Parrish of Chesterton and K.J. Windham of Ben Davis.


In addition to the core group, six players each were voted to squads labeled Red Group and Blue Group. 



The Red Group players are Sabien Cain of University, Camron Casky of Pike, Josiah Dunham of Evansville Christian, Taray Howell of Evansville Bosse, Ron Rutland III of Indianapolis Attucks and Justin Sims of Chesterton.


The Blue Group players are Isaac Andrews of Wapahani, Trey Buchanan of Westfield, Aaron Fine of Noblesville, Brauntae Johnson of Fort Wayne North, Jaelyn Johnson of Portage and Jevon Lewis Jr. of Fort Wayne Wayne.


Aaron Wolfe of Class 3A state champion NorthWood will be head coach for the 2023 boys' Junior All-Stars. He will be assisted by J.B. Neill of Bloomfield. Both coaches were voted IBCA district Coaches of the Year.


Wolfe is 281-110 in 16 seasons at NorthWood, including a 28-2 record this past season. He previously was an assistant coach for the 2016 Indiana All-Stars. Neill has a 208-115 ledger in 13 seasons as a boys’ varsity head coach. That total includes a 24-4 finish this past season and a 74-30 aggregate in four seasons at Bloomfield. He also went 75-54 in six seasons as the girls' head coach at Eastern Greene. 


The Junior All-Stars will play one game against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars on Sunday, June 4 at Jeffersonville High School. The Junior All-Stars also will play one game against the Indiana All-Star senior girls on Wednesday, June 7 at a site to be announced. Both games will be doubleheaders with the 2023 Indiana girls' Junior All-Stars, whose rosters were announced on March 8. 


The boys Junior All-Star head coach will be Zach Newby of Class 2A state runner-up Lapel. He will be assisted by Brodie Garber of Class 3A state champion Fairfield. Newby has led Lapel to an 82-42 record in five seasons, including a 22-8 finish in 2022-23. Garber is 180-89 in 11 seasons at Fairfield, including a 28-2 record this past season. Both coaches also were 2023 IBCA district Coaches of the Year.


The boys' players listed as Core Group players each will play in two games. The players listed in the Red and Blue groups each will play in one game, the Red Group on June 4 against the Kentucky Juniors and the Blue Group on June 7 against the Indiana Seniors. 


The Indiana senior All-Stars will play the Kentucky senior All-Stars on June 9 at the Owensboro Sportscenter in Owensboro, Ky. The Indiana senior All-Stars will play Kentucky's seniors again on June 10 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.


The June 10 date also will include the inaugural IndyStar Indiana All-Star "Futures Games." The Futures Games will be a girls-boys doubleheader at Gainbridge Fieldhouse with Indiana-only squads of juniors, sophomores and freshmen in a North vs. South format. The girls' Futures Games rosters were announced on Feb. 16. The boys' Futures Games rosters were announced on March 21.


The 2023 Indiana boys' Junior All-Star team was selected through a process that allows all IBCA-member head coaches to nominate players through the IBCA all-state process. The IBCA 20-member Indiana Basketball Coaches Association all-state committee reviewed and voted on players for the 2023 IBCA/Franciscan Health boys' All-State teams that were released March 22.


The 20 all-state committee members also provided input to a six-person IBCA subcommittee appointed by IBCA executive director Marty Johnson and chaired by Brandon Bradley of Kankakee Valley. Bradley, Broughton plus coaches Don Carlisle of Ben Davis, Mark Rohrer of Gibson Southern, Marc Urban of Chesterton and all-state committee chairman David Wood, former coach at West Lafayette, finalized the selections for the 2023 boys' Junior All-Stars.


The Indiana Junior All-Star program was founded in 1996 by former Indiana All-Star games director Patrick Aikman. In most years, 18 players have been chosen to the Junior All-Stars. In five years (2005, 2006, 2007, 2018 and 2019), 24 players were chosen to the Junior All-Stars. In 2021, just 12 players were chosen to the Junior All-Stars.


In games from 1996 through 2022 (with no games in 2020 because of COVID-19), the Indiana Senior girls lead the Indiana Junior girls 41-10 and the Indiana Senior boys lead the Indiana Junior boys 41-10. In five years of games against the Kentucky Juniors, the Indiana Junior girls lead 10-1 and the Indiana Junior boys lead 7-4. Games against the Kentucky Juniors previously have been played in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019 and 2022.


A list of those chosen as 2023 boys' Junior All-Stars follows.


2023 IndyStar Indiana Boys Junior All-Stars

BOYS CORE GROUP (playing on June 4 and June 7)

   Name, Ht., Pos., PPG, High School, College Choice

   Jack Benter, 6-5, G, 28.7, Brownstown Central, Purdue

   Flory Bidunga, 6-10, F, 20.2, Kokomo, undecided

   Kanon Catchings, 6-8, F, 17.5, Brownsburg, Purdue

   Micah Davis, 6-2, G, 17.3, Franklin Community, undecided

   Tyler Parrish, 6-3, G, 20.7, Chesterton, undecided

   K.J. Windham, 6-3, G, 8.6, Ben Davis, undecided


BOYS RED GROUP (playing on June 4 vs. Kentucky Juniors)

   Name, Ht., Pos., PPG, High School, College Choice

   Sabien Cain, 6-3, G, 20.4, University, undecided

   Camron Casky, 6-4, G, 13.8, Pike, undecided

   Josiah Dunham, 6-1, G, 24.6, Evansville Christian, undecided

   Taray Howell, 5-8, G, 23.2, Evansville Bosse, undecided

   Ron Rutland III, 6-2, G, 18.0, Indianapolis Attucks, undecided

   Justin Sims, 6-6, F, 16.5, Chesterton, undecided


BOYS BLUE GROUP (playing on June 7 vs. Indiana Seniors)

   Name, Ht., Pos., PPG, High School, College Choice

   Isaac Andrews, 6-1, G, 18.1, Wapahani, undecided

   Trey Buchanan, 6-0, G, 14.3, Westfield, undecided

   Aaron Fine, 6-3, G, 13.8, Noblesville, undecided

   Brauntae Johnson, 6-4, G, 20.8, Fort Wayne North, undecided

   Jaelyn Johnson, 6-7, F, 10.7, Portage, undecided

   Jevon Lewis Jr., 5-10, G, 16.6, Fort Wayne Wayne, undecided


2023 IndyStar Indiana All-Star key dates


Sunday, June 4 — Indiana Juniors vs. Kentucky Juniors at Jeffersonville (2315 Allison Ln. Jeffersonville, IN 47130) — girls, 2:00 p.m.; boys, to follow; admission, $10 per person at the door (adults, school-aged students; pre-school children are free).


Wednesday, June 7 — Junior-Senior All-Star game at TBA (address TBA) — girls, 6:00 p.m.; boys, to follow; admission, $10 per person at the door (adults, school-aged students; pre-school children are free).


Friday, June 9 — Indiana at Owensboro Sportscenter (1215 Hickman Ave., Owensboro, KY 42301) — girls, 5:30 p.m. CDT (6:30 p.m. EDT); boys, to follow, about 7:30 p.m. CDT (8:30 p.m. EDT). Ticket information, TBA.


Saturday, June 10 — Futures Games and Indiana vs. Kentucky at Gainbridge Fieldhouse (125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204) — Futures Games, girls, noon; boys, 2:00 p.m.; Senior girls, 5:00 p.m.; Senior boys, to follow (about 7:30 p.m.).


Tickets go on sale on April 15.

Participants announced for 2023 Hall of Fame Classic

The 2023 Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic will feature a star-studded field in New Castle.

The prestigious event will celebrate its 40th year of girls basketball games on Dec. 29 and the 49th annual boys tournament will follow on Dec. 30 at the New Castle Fieldhouse.

Selecting from the best teams in the state, the girls tournament has included 20 teams that went on to win a state championship that season.

The 2023 girls field features Columbia City taking on Indian Creek and Lake Central battling Jennings County in semifinal contests.

Columbia City finished 20-3 and has its entire team returning in 2023-2024. The Lady Eagles were led by Addison Baxter (19.8 ppg) and Kyndra Sheets (15.2 ppg).

Coming off a 27-2 season, Indian Creek return a talented roster for the 2023-2024 season.

A pair of juniors led the way for Indian Creek. Lauren Foster averaged 18.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Faith Wiseman, a six-foot, four-inch center committed to Indiana University, averaged 16.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game last season.

Lake Central has no seniors graduating from a 23-6 regional championship team. No player averaged over 10 ppg last season but five players averaged at least 7 ppg. Expected to return are Aniyah Bishop (9.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg), Riley Malausnic (9.4 ppg) and Ayla Krygier (8.4 ppg).

Jennings County will look to improve on a 16-6 season with a roster that includes its top junior scorer and a major contributing freshman.

Leading the Panthers this past season were junior Julian Woodard (22.8 ppg, 12.5 rpg) and freshman Mollie Ernstes (12 ppg).

The boys tournament has featured 19 teams that have gone on to win a state championship, including the 2023 Class 3A and Class 4A state champs.

In the 2023 semifinal games, Kokomo, this year’s 4A state runner-up, will meet Crispus Attucks in the first semifinal. The second pairing has Brownstown Central facing Brownsburg.

Kokomo will graduate four seniors from a team that finished 24-5 but will return 6-10 junior Flory Bidunga, ranked as the No. 3 player in the country. Bidunga averaged 20.2 ppg and 13.8 rpg for the Wildkats.

Crispus Attucks returns a majority of its roster from an 18-8 campaign.

Ron Rutland III led Attucks averaging 18 ppg. Also returning will be Dezmon Briscoe (15.6 ppg) and Deandre Lott-Hancock (8.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg).

This will be Crispus Attucks first appearance in the Hall of Fame Classic.

Brownstown Central returns all but three players from a 24-5 squad that won a regional title. The Braves feature 6-5 Purdue commit Jack Benter (30 ppg, 7 rpg).

Brownsburg finished 22-5 and lost in the semistate to eventual state champion Ben Davis this past season. The Bulldogs return eight juniors, three sophomores and a freshman including Purdue commit Kanon Catchings (17.5 ppg, 5 rpg).

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North Putnam baseball ready for season

A season ago, the North Putnam baseball team enjoyed success with a team that featured seven seniors.


As he enters the 2023 season, coach Christopher Geeser is optimistic his team will pick up right where it left off last year. 


"Looking back on last season, several things stand out to me. The first being the great senior class we had. We had 7 seniors last year, which is a large class for a 2A school like us. The class had a lot of talent and really helped continue to build the program. The other thing that stands out is the growth and competitiveness of the program. We had some of the younger guys last year really progress throughout the year last year, which helped us be very competitive in almost every game we played. We play a very tough and busy schedule (conference and non conference), so being in almost every game really speaks to the program," Geeser told The Putnam County Post.


A season ago, North Putnam picked up wins against teams it had not defeated in quite some time, if ever, according to Geeser. 


"Based on the previous mentions of last year's senior class, it will be very tough to replace those players. Most of last year's senior class were every game starters for us and logged a lot of innings on the mound for us. So I believe those players will be very tough to replace, but we have some underclassmen that are capable of stepping into those roles," Geeser admitted. 


Despite the losses, North Putnam does bring back a talented roster this spring. 


Leading the unit is senior Brayden Monnett, who will play in the infield, catch and pitch this season. He hit .292 with 14 RBI's and 18 runs last year. 


Senior outfielder Ian Patrick is back and will be the anchor of the outfield when not on the mound. Junior pitcher and infielder Jaylen Windmiller is back after hitting .307 with 18 RBI's and 22 runs, while throwing 38.2 innings and recording 46 strikeouts. 


Junior catcher, outfielder and pitcher Brogan Woodall is back after hitting .255 with 13 RBI's and 24 runs and sophomore pitcher/outfielder Kaden Helderman returns after belting .250 with six RBI's and seven runs last year. 


"My initial thoughts on this year's team are strong. Yes we lost a large senior class, but we have a solid return group and a large freshmen class. I think there is a lot of talent and potential with this group. I think they can be really good, but time will tell truly how strong they can be. I think some of our goals this year will be to increase our win total from last year, win the county tourney, and win a sectional title. It will take a lot of disciplined hard work, fundamental play, and playing as a team," Geeser said. 

IHSAA studying proposal for new 4-classification system

The Indiana High School Athletic Association is considering a new classification proposal that would look to close the gap between the smallest 4A schools and the largest in the state.


The Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association has delivered a four-class proposal with fixed classifications. The new proposal reduces the gap in the largest class, keeps schools in the same class for all four-class sports, and ensure schools will not move to a higher class without an increase in enrollment.


The proposal would not eliminate the IHSAA’s “success factor” program that bumps schools to a higher class based on postseason success at its current class.


The fixed four-class alignment would fill Class 4A with schools with 1,400 students or more; 3A with enrollment figures between 600 and 1,399; 2A between 325-599; and Class A schools with 324 students or less.


The new proposal would assign 68 schools to 4A and between 99 and 117 schools in the other three classes based on participation levels in each sport.


Greencastle baseball looking for another season of success

Fresh off a solid season that featured a 15-10 record, fourth consecutive Putnam County baseball title and strong finish in conference play, the Greencastle baseball team is looking to bring that same success this spring to the diamond. 


"What stands out to me was the fact that our guys came and worked hard each day to improve and used some of the low expectations that some had for our team to fuel them. There were some who assumed that it would be a down year for us since we graduated so much production from the previous season. So, it was nice to see our guys respond with the type of success that they had," Greencastle coach Benjamin Wells told The Putnam County Post. 


The Tiger Cubs enter having to replace several quality players who graduated, including DJ Wells, who threw a lot of innings and Ben Huff, who solidified the outfield and middle of the batting order. 


"The biggest hole to fill this season will be that left by Keifer Wilson. Having a senior catcher that you can trust, a guy that you can count on to get you 6-7 innings on the mound and who you know is going to produce big at the plate is tough to replace right away," Wells admitted. 


Greencastle does bring back some returning starters this spring with Ethan Hamm, Chase Carrington, Owen Huff, Treyten Clark and Jaylen Bushong all back and Wells notes he has high expectations for those players. 


Carrington, a senior infielder and pitcher, hit .260 last year with nine stolen bases, while Huff, a junior outfielder and pitcher, hit .362 with 25 hits, 16 stolen bases and threw 13 innings, recording 22 strikeouts. Clark, a sophomore pitcher and outfielder, hit .405 with 26 RBI's and 13 stolen bases and he recorded 53 strikeouts in 41 innings. Bushong, a sophomore outfielder and pitcher, hit .355 last year with 22 hits and 15 stolen bases. 


 "We also have some pretty talented freshmen that we expect to contribute from day one and think could help us win a lot of games," Wells said. 


So how good will Greencastle be this year?

Wells says he believes his team has a lot of "upside."


"It is hard to put a number or limit on this team because we will have a lot of new guys coming in and people playing new positions. That said, we have a lot of really good young talent, guys that are versatile and guys who are true baseball players that really know the game. I expect this to be a really exciting and fun team to watch throughout the season," Wells said. 


Wells said the main goal this season is the same as every year -- bring the bucket back to Greencastle. 


"We have certain goals that we set as a team but we really try to focus on getting better everyday, working hard, being a good teammate and having players buy into what is being asked of them. If we can do those things, then more team success will follow. I am really looking forward to this season and getting the opportunity to coach this group," Wells said. 

Hoosier Basketball Magazine tabs Top 60 Senior Boys

Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 senior boys’ basketball players for 2022-23 were selected from approximately 1,500 senior players statewide.


This event will be at Marian University in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 26, 2023.


Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 Senior Workout is highlighted by 10 players who will participate in the 2023 IHSAA State Finals including— Clay Butler, Zane Doughty and Sheridan Sharp of Ben Davis and Zavion Bellamy, Kokomo from AAAA; Cade Brenner and Ian Raasch from AAA NorthWood; Josh Furst and Gage Sefton of Fort Wayne Blackhawk along with Joey Hart and Logan Webb from Linton-Stockton representing AA. Unfortunately, due to spring break conflict, Kamea Chandler from AAA Guerin Catholic is not able to attend.


There are 20 players who averaged more than 20 ppg this season who are part of the Top 60 Senior Workout this year topped by the state’s leading scorers— Tyler Myers, Evansville Day (31 ppg) and Markus Burton, Penn (29.7).


Featured Top 60 players who will stay in the Hoosier State as Division I recruits include Burton (NOTRE DAME), Jermaine Coleman, Park Tudor (FORT WAYNE), Myles Colvin, Heritage Christian (PURDUE), Doughty, (VALPARAISO) and Mason Jones, Valparaiso (BALL STATE).


More Division I talent will be on display at the Top 60 Workout with Hart, (Central Florida), Logan Imes, Zionsville (Penn State), Sam Orme, Carmel (Belmont), Nick Richart, Zionsville (UNC - Charlotte), JQ Roberts, Bloomington North (Vanderbilt) and Sharp (Nicholls State). Of Note: Xavier Booker, Indianapolis Cathedral (Michigan State) was selected, but can not attend due to travel for the McDonald’s All-American game.


Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted throughout the season to determine Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60. Two sessions of the Top 60 Senior Workout will be hosted on Sunday, March 26, 2023 by Hoosier Basketball Magazine, in conjunction with the IHSAA and the IBCA, at Marian University in Indianapolis (3200 N. Cold Spring Road).


Boys primarily from northern and southern Indiana will participate in the first session (1:00-3:00 pm EST). The remaining players, mostly from central Indiana, will compete during the second session (3:30-5:30 pm EST).


Coach Christopher Hawkins (Indianapolis Attucks) will direct both sessions. Four other outstanding IBCA coaches— Donnie Bowling (Anderson), Brent Dalrymple (North Daviess), Greg Dean (Fountain Central) and Ryan Miller (Providence)— have been invited to assist with on-court coaching.

KnowYourBaller will be filming the Boys Top 60 Senior Workout again this year. They will provide summary videos with all pertinent clips for participating players.


Both sessions are open to the public for admission fee of $8.00 ($5 for elementary age students).


The Top 60 boys include:


Weston Aigner, Castle

Jeremiah Alexander, Beech Grove

Luke Almodovar, Noblesville

Marcus Ankney, Center Grove

Matthew Arthur, New Washington

Anthony Ball, Decatur Central

Zavion Bellamy, Kokomo

Landon Biegel, Oak Hill

Peyton Bledsoe, Loogootee

Cade Brenner, NorthWood

Darrion Brooks, New Haven

Joey Brown, North Central (Marion)

Markus Burton, Penn

Clay Butler, Ben Davis

Ahmere Carson, Anderson

Jermaine Coleman, Park Tudor

Myles Colvin, Heritage Christian

DaJohn Craig, Lawrence Central

Nolan Cumberland, Tippecanoe Valley

AJ Dancler, Southport

Caleb Dewey, Edinburgh

Zane Doughty, Ben Davis

Cooper Farrall, Culver Academies

Aidan Franks, Wapahani

Josh Furst, Fort Wayne Blackhawk

Josh Gatete, Penn

Arlondo Hall, Tindley

Joey Hart, Linton-Stockton

Andrew Hedrick, Columbia City

Ben Henderson, Harrison (West Lafayette)

Jamie Hodges Jr., Michigan City

Jalen Hooks, Warren Central

Dayton Hoover, Frontier

Cooper Horn, Columbus North

Logan Imes, Zionsville

Mason Jones, Valparaiso

Casey Kaelin, Providence

Kyron Kaopuiki, Homestead

Mason Larkin, Fountain Central

Nickens Lemba, Southport

AJ Lux, Crown Point

Keegan Manowitz, Jennings County

Luke McBride, Norwell

Willie Miller, Lake Station

Dylan Moles, Greenfield-Central

J.J. Morris, Argos

DJ Moss, Gary 21st Century

Jaylen Mullen, North Daviess

Tyler Myers, Evansville Day

Sam Orme, Carmel

Cole Pride, Batesville

Ian Raasch, NorthWood

Nick Richart, Zionsville

JQ Roberts, Bloomington North

Alex Romack, Westfield

Luke Saylor, Heritage

Gage Sefton, Fort Wayne Blackhawk

Sheridan Sharp, Ben Davis

Jacob Spaulding, Eastern Hancock

Silas Spaulding, Eastern Hancock

Ian Stephens, New Palestine

Deaglan Sullivan, Mishawaka Marian

Jaron Tibbs, Indianapolis Cathedral

Logan Webb, Linton-Stockton

Gavin Welch, New Castle

Spencer White, Carmel

Ashton Williamson, Gary 21st Century

Gavin Wisley, Bloomington South

Devon Woods, Pike



Jaxson Gould, Warsaw

Jordan Woods, Hammond Central



Chase Bachelor, Prairie Heights

Xavier Booker, Indianapolis Cathedral

Kamea Chandler, Guerin Catholic

Jacob Cherry, Eastern (Pekin)

Drew Cook, Northview

Austin Cripe, West Noble

Jake Davis, Indianapolis Cathedral

Elhadj Diallo, Brownsburg

Owen Duff, Carroll (Flora)

Tyson Good, Lewis Cass

Brycen Hannah, Glenn

Isaac Higgs, Evansville Reitz

Isaiah Malone, Prairie Heights

Bauer Maple, Maconaquah

Kaden Oliver, Silver Creek

Brandon Trilli, Munster

Caleb Washington, Floyd Central 

Greencastle softball brings back wealth of experience 

A season after winning the Putnam County Softball title for the first time in 14 years, the Greencastle Tiger Cubs enter the 2023 softball season with a wealth of experience and are looking to make a deep run this season under head coach Amy Coons. 


"We are fortunate to only have to replace one player as Raigan Chavez was our only senior last year. Raigan was an asset to our team, but luckily, we have people that are more than ready to step in to fill that role. We had a much more successful season last year than we have had in many years. The girls were playing so well together, and everything was really clicking," Coons told The Putnam County Post. 


The highlight was winning the county tournament, according to Coons. 


"Overall, for us coaches, just watching the girls play to the level we knew they were capable of and making it to the sectional championship game stands out the most. These girls have so much talent, and they finally started putting it together last season," Coons admitted. 



Coons said Greencastle will lean heavily on its seniors this season for production. 

Leading that unit is third baseman/catcher Sidney Lantzy, who committed to Mount St. Joseph. A season ago, she broke the school record for hits in a season with 56 and led the Tiger Cubs in batting average at .528. 

Emma Hunter, a shortstop, has committed to St. Mary of the Woods. A season ago, she belted five homers, including a walk-off grand slam over South Putnam to lift Greencastle to the sectional title game and hit .444 last spring. 


"Emma has the capability to put together a record breaking season this year," Coons said. 


Third baseman/catcher Elise Lausee has committed to IU-South Bend and hit .383 last season. According to Coons, she has shown the most improvement over the last three seasons and she is excited to see what her senior can do this year. 


"She has the power to be a homerun hitter, hitting four last season, but can also play small ball and produce a lot of runs. I also expect seniors Makenzie Epley, Olivia Richardville and Gloria Brewer to make a big impact," Coons said. 


Coons admits that when she looks at this year's squad she is "extremely excited." 


"We have the potential to be a sectional winning team. We really have three goals for the season -- win county, win sectional and finish the season with a winning record. The girls are clearly capable of reaching these goals," Coons said. 


And, if it happens, the pitching rotation will have a lot to do with it. 


"Our pitching staff is going to be one of the biggest factors this season. We had one of our pitchers not return this year, but we have gained a freshman pitcher, Ali Hassler, that will have to step up this season and work hard to pitch at a varsity level. We must remain a cohesive group like we were last year, as long as the girls are having fun playing softball together, the results will follow," Coons acknowledged. 

Brad Stevens to appear Monday night in the Ubben Lecture Series

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 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


As with all Ubben Lectures, the event will be presented free of admission charge and is o

Hunter education classes ahead of spring turkey season

Hunter Education classes are being scheduled all over the state in preparation for the spring turkey season.


To register simply visit: to sign up.


4/8 9:00 a.m. Marshall Fire Department, Marshall

4/11 6:00 p.m. Greencastle Christian Church, Greencastle

4/15 8:00 a.m. Greene County Shrine Club, Linton

4/29 8:00 a.m. Deer Creek Coonhunters Club, Cloverdale

5/2 6:00 p.m. Roachdale Community Center, Roachdale

North Putnam softball entering 2023 season 'motivated'

A season ago, the North Putnam softball team gained confidence within its program.


This season, they look to take that confidence and contend, as they enter the season with a motto of "Champions don't wake up every day motivated to conquer the world. They conquer the world because they wake up motivated to go 1-0 every day."


"We lost an abundance of leadership last year with Grace Kinkead, who went to Franklin College, Ashley Weir, Kyla Willis and Mia Crafton. I am not sure if any program can replace after graduation but they learn to adapt to new leaders and their skill set. We lost four very good athletes last year and this year's rendition of the Cougars will have softball athletes to fill those gaps with abundance of experience and a few new faces," Roussey told The Puntam County Post. 


Leading the way will be seniors Kyndal Brewer and Karrissa Miller, both of whom have over 100 innings pitched from last season. Up the middle will be a strength, according to Roussey, as WIC All-Conference players are back in seniors Brylie Schmitz and Emma Williams. 


Schmitz, a shortstop, hit .420 with 35 RBI's, five homers and 11 stolen bases, while Williams, a catcher, hit .463 with 23 RBI's and 10 extra base hits. 


Senior Ashlyn Stacks is back at second base and junior Lexi Daigle is back in centerfield after hitting .333 a season ago.


When not pitching, Brewer and Miller will play first base. Last season, Brewer hit .467 with 29 RBI's and four homers, while Miller hit .414 with 24 RBI's and 12 extra base hits. Third base will belong to senior Kylie Rust, who is back from a season ending injury last year. Roussey said freshmen Hailee Daigle and Baylee Pride are two players he expects big things out of this season because of their "unlimited talent" and sophomore Mackenzie Mason will be the utility player, who will see a lot of action, according to Roussey. 


"The 2023 Cougars have goals this season with the bar set from last year. We have set our sights on Putnam County, WIC championship, but something that is now in our everyday vocabulary is winning a Class 2A Indiana State Championship. We have built the confidence in our program that there is only one team that can beat us and that is ourselves. We feel we can not only play with the best but beat them on any given day, but by saying that, we know we have to be at our "A" game every day with the target on our back. With talent and a strong senior class, they are aware that we cannot afford to look ahead without getting better each day and pushing each other to maximize our talents and knowledge of the game with competitive drills. Our goal is to go 1-0 each day. Win the day and each day we are successful will get us closer to our goal at the end, but we have to take care of the day in front of us first and foremost," Roussey said. 

Girls 2023 Indiana All-Stars announced

The 2023 Indiana All-Stars squad has been announced one day after Zionsville’s Laila Hull was named Indiana Miss Basketball.

Penn’s Kristi Ulrich was previously named head coach of the 2023 All-Stars with Triton Central’s Bryan Graham and Garrett’s Bob Lapadot to serve as assistant coaches.

Hull was chosen Miss Basketball after averaging 22 points and eight rebounds at Zionsville her senior season. She is the girls basketball program’s career rebounding leader and will play college basketball at the University of North Carolina.

Also named Indiana All-Stars were:

  • Pioneer’s Ashlynn Brooke – the Ball State commit averaged 24 points, six assists and five steals this season. She holds Pioneer’s career records for assists and steals and is No. 2 in career points.
  • Hamilton Southeastern’s Olivia Brown – The Akron-bound point guard averaged 6.9 points and 7.5 assists her senior year. She leaves HSE as the program’s career leader in assists and steals.
  • Ben Davis’ Cristen Carter – The six-foot, three-inch Miami of Ohio commit set a school record with 355 rebounds this season. She also averaged 18.6 ppg.
  • Hobart’s Asia Donald – The Indiana State commit averaged a double-double this past season at 26.7 ppg and 10.9 rpg.
  • Cathedral’s Layla Gold – The Valparaiso commit averaged 22 points and nine rebounds her senior season.
  • South Bend Washington’s Rashunda Jones – Committed to Purdue, Jones averaged 19.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists for a team that was ranked No. 1 all season.
  • Northwestern’s McKenna Layden – Also committed to Purdue, Layden averaged 21.6 ppg and topped 1,600 career points at Northwestern.
  • Hamilton Southeastern’s Riley Makalusky – The Butler commit finished her career as HSE’s sixth-leading scorer after averaging 20 ppg in her final season.
  • Bedford North Lawrence’s Karsyn Norman – The Butler commit led the Stars to the Class 4A state championship while averaging 15 ppg.
  • South Bend Washington’s Amiyah Reynolds – The Maryland commit suffered an injury late in the regular season that will not allow her to play in this year’s all-star series. She averaged 15.2 points and 8.1 rebounds before the injury.
  • Columbus East’s Saige Stahl – The Indiana State commit averaged career bests in points (26 ppg) and rebounds (9.9 rpg) this season.
  • Forest Park’s Amber Tretter – The Miami of Ohio commit led the Rangers to their second straight Class 2A state championship this season. She averaged 15.8 points and nine rebounds per game.

The Indiana All-Stars will play a girls-boys doubleheader against the Kentucky All-Stars in Owensboro, Ky., on June 9 followed by a doubleheader on June 10 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.


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Zionsville's Hull voted Indiana Miss Basketball for 2023

Laila Hull has earned the top individual award in Indiana high school girls basketball.


Hull, a 6-1 guard-forward from Zionsville High School, has been named IndyStar Indiana Miss Basketball for 2023 in online voting of media and girls’ varsity coaches conducted by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and All-Star game director Mike Broughton, it was announced Monday (March 13).


The Miss Basketball result means Hull will wear the No. 1 jersey for the Indiana All-Stars in their annual series with Kentucky. The Miss Basketball award goes to the top girls’ basketball senior in the state. The Miss Basketball and Mr. Basketball awards are part of the IndyStar Indiana All-Star program that dates to 1939. The Miss Basketball award, along with the girls All-Stars, was added to the All-Star program in 1976.


The remainder of the 2023 Girls' All-Star team will be announced later. The 2023 Mr. Basketball and the 2023 Boys' All-Star team also will be announced later. The 2023 girls' Junior All-Stars were announced on March 8. The boys' Junior All-Stars will be announced later.


Hull earned the girls' top honor after being named on 70 ballots submitted to Broughton in balloting that ran from Feb. 18 through March 1. RaShunda Jones of South Bend Washington was runner-up with 46 votes. Amiyah Reynolds of South Bend Washington placed third with 30 votes followed by Karsyn Norman of Bedford North Lawrence with 12 votes and Amber Tretter of Forest Park with 10 votes. In total, 19 players received at least one Miss Basketball vote.


A University of North Carolina recruit, Hull averaged 22.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.3 blocks while leading Zionsville to a 20-3 season that included the championship of the Franklin Community/Walt Raines Classic. She converted 52.3 percent on field goals (182 of 348), including 42.2 percent on 3-point attempts (27 of 64) for the Eagles. She also sank 82.2 percent on free throws (125 of 152).


For her career, Hull totaled a school-record 1,668 points as well as 754 rebounds, 196 assists, 227 steals and a school-record 125 blocks while Zionsville amassed an aggregate record of 57-33 over her four seasons (6-17, 15-6, 16-7 and 20-3). She is second in Zionsville career rebounds and also holds school records for rebounds in a game (18 vs. Carmel as a junior), blocks in a season (37 as a sophomore) and career free throws made and attempted (344 of 465).


Hull is the first Zionsville player to wear the All-Stars' coveted No. 1 jersey. She becomes her school's sixth All-Star selection. She joins three previous girls (Debbie Funkhouser, 1977; Rachel McLimore, 2017; Maddie Nolan, 2019) and two previous boys (Derrik Smits, 2015; Isaiah Thompson, 2019).


In becoming a Tar Heel, Hull is the second Miss Basketball winner and fifth owner of an Indiana No. 1 jersey to be headed to North Carolina for college. She joins a list that includes Brownsburg's Stephanie Mavunga, the 2013 Miss Basketball winner, as well as Mr. Basketball winners Dave Colescott of Marion (1976), Sean May of Bloomington North (2002) and Tyler Zeller of Washington (2008).


While in high school, Hull has been recognized as a four-time first-team all-Hoosier Crossroads Conference honoree, a two-time IBCA Underclass Supreme 15 selection, a 2023 IBCA Senior Supreme 15 choice, a 2022 Associated Press second-team All-State selection and a 2023 IBCA first-team Academic All-State choice. She also was a 2023 McDonald's All-American Game nominee and was named the 2023 Gatorade/Indiana Player of the Year.


Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball traditionally wear No. 1 jerseys for the respective Indiana Boys All-Stars and Indiana Girls All-Stars in the annual series with Kentucky. The All-Stars will face the Indiana Junior All-Stars in an exhibition doubleheader on June 7 at a site to be announced. The All-Stars follow with their home-and-home doubleheaders with Kentucky -- June 9 at the Owensboro SportsCenter in Owensboro, Ky., and June 10 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. 


A list of Miss Basketball honorees follows.


Indiana Miss Basketball honorees

1976: Judi Warren, Warsaw

1977: Teri Rosinski, Norwell

1978: Chanda Kline, Warsaw

1979: LaTaunya Pollard, East Chicago Roosevelt

1980: Maria Stack, Columbus East

1981: Cheryl Cook, Indianapolis Washington

1982: Trena Keys, Marion

1983: Jody Beerman, Heritage

1984: Sharon Versyp, Mishawaka

1985: Jodie Whitaker, Austin

1986: Kim Barrier, Jimtown

1987: Lori Meinerding, Fort Wayne Northrop

1988: Vicki Hall, Brebeuf Jesuit

1989: Renee Westmoreland, Scottsburg

1990: Patricia Babcock, Culver Academy

1991: Jennifer Jacoby, Rossville

1992: Marla Inman, Bedford North Lawrence

1993: Abby Conklin, Charlestown

1994: Tiffany Gooden, Fort Wayne Snider

1995: Stephanie White, Seeger

1996: Lisa Winter, Huntington North

1997: Lisa Shepherd, Richmond

1998: Kelly Komara, Lake Central

1999: April McDivitt, Connersville

2000: Sara Nord, Jeffersonville

2001: Shyra Ely, Ben Davis

2002: Shanna Zolman, Wawasee

2003: Katie Gearlds, Beech Grove

2004: Jaclyn Leininger, Warsaw

2005: Jodi Howell, Alexandria

2006: Amber Harris, North Central

2007: Ta’Shia Phillips, Brebeuf Jesuit

2008: Brittany Rayburn, Attica

2009: Skylar Diggins, South Bend Washington

2010: Courtney Moses, Oak Hill

2011: Bria Goss, Ben Davis

2012: Jessica Rupright, Norwell

2013: Stephanie Mavunga, Brownsburg

2014: Whitney Jennings, Logansport

2015: Ali Patberg, Columbus North

2016: Jackie Young, Princeton

2017: Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead

2018: Amy Dilk, Carmel

2019: Jorie Allen, Bedford North Lawrence

2020: Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern

2021: Jayla Smith, Lawrence North

2022: Ayanna Patterson, Homestead

2023: Laila Hull, Zionsville

Hoosier Historia gives fans of high school hoops their own shot

If 112 years of state high school basketball tournaments have proven anything, it’s that unbelievable moments and legacies can’t possibly be in short supply.

This being Indiana, they aren’t.

Now, thanks to Hoosier Historia, residents can vote for the top moments, players and deafening postseason environments that through the generations have gradually constructed our collective passion for high school hoops that is recognized globally.

Hoosier Historia is one of the many elements associated with Indianapolis hosting the 2024 NBA All-Star game next February.

Votes can be cast on

The website offers a total of 50 selections; the final 24 will be made into the type of eye-catching artwork to be on display once the All-Star game gets closer. This is being done through a partnership with the Indy Arts Council and the Capital Improvement Board.

“Fans are going to pick out what 24 stories turn to art. It’s significant because these are things that are going to be on display All-Star weekend,” said Danny Lopez, Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Communications at Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “After All-Star Weekend, they’ll live in the convention center, or some of them will go back to their own hometowns.

“This is something that in a state like ours, it seemed like a logical way to get people excited about what’s to come, and what that weekend will look like visually.”

The 50 options were selected by the 15-person Hoosier Historia Subcommittee comprised of former coaches, referees, players and longtime journalists, the latter having spent decades covering the boys and girls tournaments.

The final 24 selections will be announced on March 24, prior to the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Finals at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

At that point, the Indy Arts Council will solicit concepts from artists across Indiana who will paint their interpretations of these players, places and moments on six-foot tall basketball sculptures to be displayed in downtown Indianapolis.

Maybe it’s the Milan Miracle that gets your vote, or the legendary game that wouldn’t end (Swayzee’s nine-overtime victory over Liberty Center). Then again, the filming of “Hoosiers” or the Damon-led Bedford North Lawrence Stars winning state in front of 41,046 spectators inside the now-extinct Hoosier Dome are more your preference.

The state’s legendary high school gymnasiums are also included, deservedly so. Also among the options is the state’s controversial transition from a one-class system to four classes, a process that, in many ways, divided supporters of the sport in the middle- and late 1990s.

Add it all together, and it’s uniquely Indiana.

“I thought it was great that the (Indiana) Pacers started this,” said Matt Martin, Executive Director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. “I thought it was real neat to focus on high school basketball. It’s what makes Indiana … Indiana. Nobody has the basketball we do, and it starts at the high school level.

“And the stories seem to continue. They live on because that connection is always there.”

Boys basketball semistate pairings revealed

The final road to Gainbridge Fieldhouse is now set as the 32 remaining teams in the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament learned their opponents and the location of their semistate games Sunday afternoon.

For the first time in the boys tournament history, the Indiana High School Athletic Association drew the semistate pairings live mid-tournament in a special show streamed on

Semistate games are scheduled for Saturday at eight different sites with two semifinal games during the day and the championship game in the evening. The winners will advance to their respective state championship games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis on March 25.

The North host sites are Michigan City, Elkhart, Logansport and Lafayette Jefferson. The South host sites are New Castle, Seymour, Southport and Washington.

In Class 4A at the Wolves Den in Michigan City, Fort Wayne Wayne (21-4) opens against No. 5 Kokomo (22-4). The second semifinal pits No. 2 Penn (27-1) against No. 3 Hammond Central (26-1).

In the South semistate at New Castle, No. 8 Brownsburg (21-4) drew No. 9 Jennings County (24-2) while No. 1 Ben Davis (30-0) follows against Bloomington North (19-5).

At Elkhart in the 3A semistate, Delta (18-9) takes on Glenn (17-10) in the first game with No. 1 NorthWood (25-2) following against Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (13-13).

At Lloyd Scott Gymnasium in Seymour, No. 11 Scottsburg (21-5) begins the 3A semistate against No. 6 North Daviess (24-5), the reigning Class 2A state champion. In the second semifinal, No. 12 Guerin Catholic (18-8) faces No. 14 Beech Grove (17-6), the defending 3A state champ.

At the Berry Bowl in Logansport, the 2A semistate begins with No. 7 Gary 21st Century (21-5) against No. 3 Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (24-3). The second semifinal pits No. 2 Wapahani (25-1) against Lewis Cass (19-7).

At Southport, No. 5 Brownstown Central (23-4) opens against Indianapolis Scecina (18-6). The second 2A semifinal features Parke Heritage (19-9) and No. 1 Linton-Stockton (27-1).

The Marion Crawley Center at Lafayette Jefferson is the host site for a Class A semistate. The opener has Southwood (13-12) against No. 2 Fountain Central (23-4) while No. 10 Marquette Catholic (20-7) follows against Kouts (17-9).

And in the Class A semistate at the Hatchet House in Washington, No. 8 Indianapolis Lutheran (17-7) battles No. 4 Loogootee (20-7) in the first semifinal. Jac-Cen-Del (18-9) follows against Rock Creek (11-14).

Cascade to return to WIC after next season as Covenant Christian to replace Cadets in the Indiana Crossroads Conference

The Indiana Crossroads Conference (ICC) has announced the addition of Covenant Christian High School beginning with the 2024-2025 school year.


The Warriors addition will follow the departure of Cascade High School for the Western Indiana Conference after the 2023-2024 school year.


“The ICC is pleased to welcome Covenant Christian as a new member, feeling confident they will accept the task of meeting the goals of the conference,” according to a media release from the ICC. “The ICC strives for excellence in well-rounded academic and athletic programs. Its membership promotes a friendly understanding in all interschool relations while affirming the belief in growth through academic and athletic challenges. The ICC looks forward to continuing to be focused on making decisions that ensure its members an education-based, student-focused and competitive environment.”


The ICC currently consists of Beech Grove, Cascade, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, Indianapolis Lutheran, Monrovia, Indianapolis Scecina, Speedway and Triton Central.


Covenant Christian finished 8-4 after the 2022 football season. The Warriors, competing in Class A, lost to eventual state champion Lutheran, 56-0, in the sectional championship game.


Covenant Christian’s girls basketball team went 7-16 this season. The Warriors’ last sectional championship came in 2020.


The boys basketball program finished 14-10 and lost to Park Tudor in its sectional opener. The Warriors’ last sectional title came in 2021.


Covenant Christian has athletic teams competing in cross country, football, tennis, soccer, volleyball, golf, swimming, baseball, softball, and track and field.

Greencastle ousted from sectional play Tuesday by Parke Heritage

Coaches will say that "you have to play 32 minutes of basketball" to winin the postseason.  If there's a few minutes that a team doesn't play well, doesn't execute, it can spell doom for the season.


That stretch of time was in the second quarter for Greencastle in Tuesday's quarterfinal loss at the Southmont Sectional to Parke Heritage, 60-41.


The Wolves outscored the Tiger Cubs 19-4 in the period to capture a nine-point halftime lead, 28-19.  


Greencastle (7-17) rallied to get as close as three in the third quarter but another Parke Heritage run closed the quarter with the Wolves up ten going to the fourth.


Parke Heritage (16-9) was led by sophomore BT Luce.  Luce scored 18 points and connected on 4-for-9 3-pt field goals. Freshman Treigh Schelsky added 15.


Greencastle freshman guard Sam Gooch topped the Tiger Cubs with 16.  Senior Cole Hutcheson finished with eight.


Parke Heritage will play South Putnam in a Friday semifinal. 


The other semifinal is to be determined tonight with Wednesday quarterfinals.  The 6 p.m. tip features North Putnam vs defending sectional champion Southmont.  The second quarterfinal has Cloverdale playing Riverton Parke. 


GIANT fm Sports coverage begins at 5:40 p.m.




Greencastle's Gloria Brewer invited to Top 60 Senior Workout

The list of Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 senior girls’ basketball players for the 2022-23 season as compiled by Hoosier Basketball Magazine has been released.


These girls were selected from approximately 1,400 senior players statewide. Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted during the season and throughout the state tournament to determine Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60.

Two sessions of the 42nd annual Top 60 Senior Workout will be hosted by Hoosier Basketball Magazine in conjunction with the IHSAA and the IBCA on Sunday, March 5, at Beech Grove High School in Indianapolis (5330 Hornet Avenue, Beech Grove, Indiana 46107).

Half of the Top 60 girls, primarily from northern and southern Indiana, will participate in the first session (1:00-3:00 p.m.). The remaining players, primarily from central Indiana, will compete during the second session (3:30-5:30 p.m.).

The Top 60 Senior Workout includes the state’s top three scorers. The top two scorers are both headed to Indiana State University— Asia Donald, Hobart (26.7 ppg) and Saige Stahl, Columbus East (26)— followed by Gloria Brewer, Greencastle (25.5).


Western Kentucky recruit Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian (25.1) was selected, but is unable to attend.


Four other high scorers averaged over 22 ppg including Ashlynn Brooke, Pioneer (23.8), a Ball State recruit; Isabella Gizzi, New Palestine (23.7), committed to St. Francis; Caitlyn Campbell, Winchester (23.1); Laila Hull, Zionsville (23.2), signed with North Carolina and Bailey Tabeling, Trinity Lutheran (22.2), headed to Ohio University.

There are seven players that participated in the 2023 IHSAA State Finals including four state champion players— Karsyn Norman of AAAA Bedford North Lawrence (Butler), Brea Garber of AAA Fairfield (Indiana Wesleyan), Amber Tretter of AA Forest Park (Miami-Ohio) and Linzie Wernert of class A Lanesville. Fishers, AAAA runner-up, has Hailey and Olivia Smith, both will attend Ball State next fall.


Ava Weber of AAA runner-up Corydon Central, was selected, but is unable to attend.

Others heading to Hoosierland Division I Universities include Riley Makalusky, Hamilton Southeastern (Butler), Renna Schwieterman, Jay County (Fort Wayne), Rashunda Jones, South Bend Washington (Purdue), McKenna Layden, Northwestern (Purdue), Layla Gold, Indianapolis Cathedral (Valparaiso).


Valparaiso signees Nevaeh and Saniya Jackson, Fort Wayne Northrop, were selected but are unable to attend.


Of note: Two players that are injured and unable to participate include Amiyah Reynolds, South Bend Washington (Maryland) and Josie Trabel, East Central (Wofford).

Former state champion coach DeeAnn Ramey (North Central-Marion) will direct both sessions. Other outstanding Indiana girls' high school coaches from the IBCA have been invited to join the 2023 Top 60 staff— Jeff Brooke (Pioneer), Ethan Cook (Tri), Kathie Layden (Northwestern), Stacy Mitchell (Warren Central) and Amy Selk (Beech Grove).

KnowYourBaller will be filming the Girls Top 60 Senior Workout again this year. They will provide summary videos with all pertinent clips for participating players.

Both sessions are open to the public for admission fee of $8.00 ($5 for students). 


The Top 60 girls include:

Tori Allen, Andrean
Trinity Archey, North Central (Marion)
Lauren Barker, Columbus North
Asiah Baxter, Warren Central
Giavonnie Belton, Pike
Savanna Bischoff, Center Grove
Gloria Brewer, Greencastle
Ashlynn Brooke, Pioneer
Olivia Brown, Hamilton Southeastern
Amiyah Buchanan, Evansville North
Caitlyn Campbell, Winchester
Ally Capouch, Kouts
Cristen Carter, Ben Davis
Maci Chamberlin, Blue River Valley
Asia Donald, Hobart
Taylor Double, Huntington North
Kelsey DuBois, University
Julia Economou, Penn
Eva Fisher, Northridge
Abby Fleetwood, Indian Creek
Taylor Fordyce, Carroll (Allen)
Brea Garber, Fairfield
Isabella Gizzi, New Palestine
Layla Gold, Indianapolis Cathedral
Lizzie Graham, Triton Central
Taylor Guess, Ben Davis
Nakiya Harris, North Central (Marion)
Sydney Horton, Roncalli
Laila Hull, Zionsville
Kyndell Jochim, Franklin
Rashunda Jones, South Bend Washington
Sydney Keane, Bellmont
Bailey Kelham, Garrett
Hannah Lach, Carmel
McKenna Layden, Northwestern
Caroline Long, Western
Riley Makalusky, Hamilton Southeastern
Reagan Martin, Owen Valley
Emily Mattingly, Evansville Memorial
Kaydence Mellott, Tippecanoe Valley
Annaka Nelson, Fort Wayne Concordia
Karsyn Norman, Bedford North Lawrence
Bailey Parham, Tri
Abby Parsons, Cascade
Makaya Porter, Mishawaka Marian
Ashlee Schram, Tipton
Renna Schwieterman, Jay County
Hailey Smith, Fishers
Olivia Smith, Fishers
Saige Stahl, Columbus East
Grace Stapleton, Eastern Hancock
Ali Stephens, Homestead
Hannah Stutsman, Scottsburg
Bailey Tabeling, Trinity Lutheran
Kailyn Terrell, Brownsburg
Sanaa Thomas, Warren Central
Tori Thompson, Lafayette Central Catholic
Amber Tretter, Forest Park
Madi Vice, Central Noble
Liv Waters, Blackford
Linzie Wernert, Lanesville
Monica Williams, Lawrence North

Riley Flinn, Harrison (West Lafayette)
Amiyah Reynolds, South Bend Washington
Lilly Toppen, Kankakee Valley
Josie Trabel, East Central

Ava Couch, North Central (Marion)
Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian
Nevaeh Jackson, Fort Wayne Northrop
Saniya Jackson, Fort Wayne Northrop
Ava Weber, Corydon Central            





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