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Greenfield-Central has win streak snapped by Plainfield, 58-42

Greenfield-Central fell into a hole too deep to dig out of against an 18-win Plainfield team and fell 58-42 Wednesday.

 

The loss snapped a four-game win streak.

 

Head coach Luke Meredith on the GIANT fm Sports Postgame.

 

 

Brady Mundell led the Cougars (12-10) with 15 and Dylan Moles added 9.

 

Greenfield-Central will finish the regular season with a Hoosier Heritage Conference game tonight at Delta.  The game can be heard on GIANT fm Sports on 106.3 and giant.fm.

Steele, Triton Central dominate the 4th in win at Hauser

David Steele scored 13 of his game-high 22 points in the final period as the Triton Central Tigers rallied from a 36-29 deficit to start the 4th quarter for a win at Hauser.

 

Triton Central (4-17) outscored Hauser 19-7 in the final period to snap a six game losing streak.

 

Hauser (7-16) finished the regular season on an eight-game losing streak.  Jackson Paradise scored 19, Trey Johnson 12 in the loss.

 

TC head coach Kyle Ballard on the Cagney's Pizza King Postgame on GIANT fm Sports.

 

 

Hauser basketball coach Sibbitt arrested on OWI charges

The head coach of the Hauser boys basketball program has been charged with multiple offenses from an incident earlier in February after being found slumped over the wheel at a gas station.

 

Joseph Sibbitt, 44, was found by a Sellersburg police officer called to the scene about 3:00 am on February 9.  The police report indicates Sibbitt was found passed out in the driver's seat and that there was damage to the front end of the vehicle.

 

The officer woke Sibbitt and reported smelling alcohol coming from the vehicle.  When asked if he had been drinkiing police report Sibbitt said he had a few beers.

 

Court documents state Sibbitt failed a series of field sobrierty tests, refused a chemical test and was arrested.

 

Sibbitt faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, criminal mischief and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person.


Sibbitt teaches at Hauser.  He is in his first year with the Jets. He has continued teaching and coaching since the incident on February 9.

 

 

Indiana sportsbooks launch new year with record January

 Indiana retail and online sportsbooks capitalized on basketball to post a record January and continue to firm up the state’s position as the nation’s fourth-largest legal sports betting market. And with the state enjoying its role as the sports betting capital of the Midwest and new online sportsbooks opening in time for the close to the college basketball season, Indiana could begin to put heat on Pennsylvania to become the nation’s third largest, according to analysts from PlayIndiana.com. 

 

“Indiana has built an impressive infrastructure that continues to maximize the market’s potential,” said Dustin Gouker, lead analyst for PlayIndiana.com. “That should help keep the state a step ahead of its competition as neighboring states, such Michigan, prepare for their own launches.”

 

Indiana’s $170.8 million handle in January was up 9.5% from the then-record $161.8 million in December, according to official reporting released Monday. Adjusted gross revenue from those bets was $12.9 million, up 9.3% from $12 million. That yielded $1.2 million in tax revenue for the state.

Interest in basketball was a catalyst in January, which also featured the NFL Playoffs and college football’s national championship game. Basketball boomed with $59.8 million in bets, or 35% of the state’s handle. Football drew $36.7 million.

 

Online sportsbooks generated $123.4 million in bets in January. Online betting represented 72.2% of January’s handle, up from 69.5% in December. And more growth should come. PointsBet, BetIndiana, and BetMGM are all set for a February launch, bringing Indiana’s number of approved online sportsbook licensees to seven.

 

Indiana’s embrace of online betting, its near-monopoly of the Midwest, and close proximity to major out-of-state markets such as Chicago, have helped Indiana quickly position itself as the fourth-largest legal sports betting market in the U.S. While still well behind No. 3 Pennsylvania — a much larger state by population that launched sports betting nearly one year ahead of Indiana — the Hoosier State is well positioned for more short-term growth.

 

“Indiana has been remarkably progressive in the way it has managed its sports betting industry, rivaling New Jersey as the most forward-thinking legal jurisdiction,” Gouker said. “Early adoption of online betting, which has been atypical among states with legal sports betting, has been an enormous boost. And innovations such as allowing prop bets for the Super Bowl and opening the door to Oscars betting show Indiana is willing to take risks in opening new markets, which will serve the state well.”

 

The newcomers have a long way to catch market leader DraftKings, which operates under Ameristar Casino’s license. DraftKings posted a $66 million handle in January, down slightly from $66.7 million in December. That generated $4.6 million in gross receipts, down from $5 million. But FanDuel/Blue Chip Casino inched closer with a $49.5 million handle in January, up from $36 million. That resulted in a $1.9 million win, down from $2.2 million.

 

The market leaders were followed by:

  • BetRivers/French Lick Resort ($7.8 million handle, down from $7.9 million; $590,178 win, down from $528,200)
  • BetAmerica/Rising Star Casino ($89,622 handle, up from $2,129; $1,854 win, up from -$1,173)

Horseshoe Hammond’s proximity to Chicago continued to be a winner, leading the retail market with a $13.7 million January handle, up from $13.4 million in December. Those bets generated $1.8 million in gross receipts, up from $1.1 million. Horseshoe Hammond was followed by:

 

  • Hollywood Lawrenceburg ($7.8 million handle in January, down from $8.9 million; $578,993 win, down from $824,235)
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  • Ameristar Casino ($7 million handle, down from $8.3 million; $1.4 million win, up from $928,211)
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  • Harrah's Hoosier Park ($5.4 million handle, down from $5.7 million; $321,785 win, down from $441,112)
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  • Indiana Grand ($5 million handle, up from $4.6 million; $365,318 win, up from $208,275)
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  • Blue Chip Casino ($2.7 million handle, down from $4.2 million; $$279,868 win, up from $186,802)
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  • Tropicana Evansville ($2 million handle, even with December; $210,974 win, up from $185,176)
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  • Caesars Southern Indiana ($2.4 million handle, up from $1.6 million; $143,966 win, down from $170,884)
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  • French Lick Resort ($533,634 handle, down from $1.5 million; $14,132 win, up from $13,587)
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  • Belterra Casino ($934,724 handle, down from $948,810; $8,077 win, down from $151,640)

“Proximity to Chicago is still a critical advantage in the retail market, but that could change when Illinois launches retail betting, which could happen as early as March,” Gouker said. “FanDuel has made progress in the online market, but it can’t quite overcome DraftKings’ head start. But with new operators coming, the online market could be shaken up, too.”

 

For more revenue information on Indiana sportsbooks, visit PlayIndiana.com/revenue.

 

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Indiana Derby heads 2020 Stakes Schedule at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

 A total of 37 Thoroughbred Stakes with purses in excess of a record $4.65 million will be offered during the upcoming 2020 racing season at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The schedule is headed by the Grade III $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby set for Saturday, July 11.

 

Indiana Derby Night will once again feature six total stakes leading up to the evening’s premier event, the 26th running of the Grade III Indiana Derby. Purses for the evening will topple over the $1.1 million mark. In addition to the Derby, the Grade III $200,000-guaranteed Indiana Oaks will be featured, and the Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial will be held, named in honor of the former vice president and general manager at Indiana Grand who passed away in late 2019. The $100,000 Listed stakes race was formerly known as the Warrior Veterans and will be contested over the turf course at one and one-sixteenth miles.

 

Indiana’s richest turf races, the $200,000 Caesars Stakes (Listed) will be featured Wednesday, Sept. 9 and will be joined by the $200,000 Indiana Grand (Listed), a one-mile race over the turf for fillies and mares.

 

New to 2020 are two Indiana sired stakes races set for Saturday, Oct. 17. The $150,000 Indiana Stallions Championship and the $150,000 Indiana Ladies Championship will be joined by two other stakes during the program, the $100,000 Crown Ambassador and the $100,000 Indiana Stallion Fillies to create a four-stakes evening, boosting purses over the $500,000 mark.

 

“We are anticipating another great season of racing at Indiana Grand,” said Kevin Greely, director of racing. “Our Indiana Derby has become one of the area’s top races during the summer months and will be supported by some really nice stakes on the undercard, including the newly named Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial. Being able to add two stakes for our Indiana sired program has also placed us in a position to offer the most purse money ever for our stakes races in the 18-year history of Indiana Grand.”

 

Indiana Grand will close out the 18th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse action Wednesday, Nov. 18 with the $150,000 To Much Coffee Stakes and the $150,000 Frances Slocum Stakes.

 

A complete list of stakes for the 2020 racing season at Indiana Grand will be available soon at www.indianagrand.com.

 

Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing will resume Tuesday, April 14 for the 120-day racing season. Action will begin at 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Saturdays’ first post set for 6:15 p.m. No live racing will be held on six weekend dates, including Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 as well as Saturday, May 23, Saturday, September 5, Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14. Closing day is set for Wednesday, Nov. 18.

 

See DNR at Indy Boat, Sport and Travel show, Feb. 14-23

The Department of Natural Resources will have a strong presence at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 14-23, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The DNR's main location is in Tackle Town, in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion. The booth is a convenient one-stop shopping opportunity for licenses, state park passes, lake-use permits, Outdoor Indiana magazine, and a State Parks GO! (Get Outside) promotion.

For $79, the State Parks GO! Pack includes an Annual Entrance Pass to Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs, state forest recreation areas, and Interlake and Redbird state riding areas; the choice of a $40 DNR camping gift card or $40 State Park Inns gift card; and a backpack. Sold separately, the items have a $98 value. Hoosiers age 65 and older can purchase the same package for $59.

Free copies of the DNR’s 2020 Fishing Regulation Guide (also available at fishing.IN.gov), 2020 Recreation Guide (also available at stateparks.IN.gov), and other publications will be available. The fishing guide includes the dates of 2020 free fishing days, 2019 Fish of the Year winners, State Record Fish, crappie fishing locations and tips, and information about Indiana’s striped bass management program.

Division of Fish & Wildlife biologists will be on hand throughout the show to share program information and resources, as well as answer your fish and wildlife questions. State Parks and Inns will have a separate informational booth in the Travel and Tourism area of the show.


The Live Birds of Prey from Hardy Lake’s Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center will be presented Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A “Snakes Alive, Snake Buffet” from O’Bannon Woods State Park will be offered Feb. 22.

Members of the Indiana Conservation Officers K-9 team will be available Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public will have an opportunity to interact with the officers and their K-9 partners. All times of the events listed are subject to change. 

Dragons football coach Kyle Ralph receives national honnor

Two months after guiding the New Palestine High School football team to its second Class 5A state football title in as many years, the accolades continue to pour in for football coach Kyle Ralph.
 

Ralph was recently named one of the top ten coaches in the nation after being nominated by the Indianapolis Colts for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.


Ralph, along with the 31 other coaches, were recognized by their local NFL club for the prestigious award named after the winningest coach in NFL history for their character, integrity, leadership, dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.


“I was really proud, obviously, just to be named in the top 10 is just a really cool honor to nominate me first, and then for such an esteemed panel like they had for the Don Shula Coach of the Year award to select me as top was amazing,” said Ralph, who is 88-4 with three state championships in seven years at the helm.


The distinction further put New Palestine on a national map, something Ralph said he has quickly learned has already happened.


“I do think even more amazing is that a lot of people knew New Pal when I got there because of the things we’ve been able to accomplish. Obviously, social media helps out with those things, but a lot of people knowing who I was or what our program was about on a national scale was really cool,” Ralph told Giant FM.


As a nominee, Ralph was invited to attend the 2020 Pro Bowl in Orlando and received VIP access at various events like practice.


“The week down there was amazing,” said Ralph, who added while he enjoyed meeting coaches from around the country, there was something that more special to him.


“Being able to share that experience with my son was really a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and I think it is something that he will never forget, all the players that he met and the football he got to experience, but as a dad, it was something that I’ll never forget, being able to share a lot of that with him and give him a really unique experience into the NFL and the Pro Bowl week,” Ralph said.


Ralph, who spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers following a successful career at the University of North Carolina, admitted he didn’t reflect much on what could have been.


“It was a little bit of a talking point between my son and I that we’ve probably never addressed before that I had the opportunity to play in the NFL and I chose to obviously not continue to pursue, but as far as any emotions of my short time playing, not really. I enjoy the sport of football as a fan and as a coach, and I enjoyed all the sport gave me so having any feelings of emotion or regret for what didn’t materialize really never crossed my mind,” Ralph told Giant FM.


At the end of the day, while he didn’t earn the distinction as national coach of the year, Ralph said the experience was more than enough for him.


“It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have full access to some of the greatest football players in the entire world. It was a wonderful memory that I am going to be able to share with my family and my son, and, hopefully, that memory will stay with me for a long time,” Ralph told Giant FM. 

NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

NBA and Los Angeles Laker star Kobe Bryant has died with four others in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles.

 

The private helicopter crashed and caught fire near Calabasas, CA.  

 

The death comes one day after current Laker LeBron James passed Kobe for third on the all-time scoring list.

New class announced for Morristown Athletic HOF

 The Morristown Athletic Department is excited to announce the 2019-2020 Athletic Hall of Fame class.  This year’s class becomes the 3rd class to be inducted with the inaugural class being inducted in 2018.

 

The official 2019-20 induction ceremony will take place in between the JV and Varsity boys basketball games vs. Centervilleon Saturday, February 8, 2020.  There will be a reception for family, friends and fans following the game in the cafeteria.  The junior varsity game begins at noon. 

The Morristown Athletic Hall of Fame committee thanks all individuals who nominated an athlete, coach, team or contributor.  We look forward to having more nominations during the 2020-2021 school year. 

 

The Morristown Athletic Hall of Fame committee wishes to recognize the following for being inducted into the Morristown Hall of Fame Class of 2019-2020. 

 

2019-2020 Morristown Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees listed in alphabetical order:

 

1.         Lowell Albertson

Lowell was the first boys basketball coach to win the Shelby County Tournament in his 1st year of coaching.  His tenure as Athletic Director is the longest in Morristown history.  Lowell has continued to be a fixture at all Morristown sporting events, but got his start with coaching basketball, track and golf.  He went on to serve as athletic director from 1984 to 1999, but has served as assistant AD and in other capacities since his retirement.  Lowell’s service to Morristown is immeasurable, and he continues to be an excellent representative of MHS to the public and other schools.  He remains very popular with other schools in the area including the Mid-Hoosier Conference and Shelby County schools.

 

 

2.         Krista (Berry) Awe

Krista is a 2009 Morristown graduate and was an outstanding gymnast during her high school career at Morristown.  She holds all of the MHS gymnastics records – bars, vault, beam, floor and all-around and was a state qualifier her junior and senior years (2008 and 2009).  Krista was the Sectional champion in bars her junior and senior years and floor and vault her senior year.  Krista was also the Regional champion in vault her senior year.

 

3.         Bill Goble

Bill is a 1987 Morristown graduate.  During his time at MHS, Bill was a 4 year letter winner in cross country and track and holds 3 school records – cross country, 1600m and 3200m.  He was the Shelby Country Cross Country Meet Champion and 3200m County Track Champion all 4 years of his high school career.  Bill also won the 3200m Mid-Hoosier Conference race all 4 years as well.  Bill won the Sectional his junior year in the 3200m and went on to place 9th in the State meet that same year.

 

4.         Erin (Nigh) Flynn

Erin graduated from Morristown in 2005.  Erin was a part of some of Morristown’s most successful volleyball and basketball teams.  She was a member of the 2003 volleyball team that won the State championship and the 2004 team that was State runner-up and the 2001 State finalist team.  In addition, Erin was an excellent basketball player, 1,209 points which ranks 2nd all-time in school history. She was a part of 2 Sectional titles and 2 Shelby County Tournament title teams.  During Erin’s 4 years of volleyball, the teams had a record of 125 wins and 30 losses with 3 State finals appearances.  The team won the Mid-Hoosier Conference and Shelby County Tournament all 4 years as well.  Erin holds the record in career kills with 968.

 

5.         *Marvin Wood

Marvin”s playing career at Morristown spanned from 1943 to 1946.  Marvin wasa 4 year starter and was an integral part of Morristown’s first Sectional championship team as a freshman.  He was the leading scorer in the Sectional championship game.  The team went on to win the Shelby County Tournament his junior and senior years.  Marvin was the first Rouse-Wortman Award winner.  Marvin went on to play basketball at Butler for 3 years.  Marvin is best known for being the coach of the “Milan Miracle”, 1954 Milan State Championship team that also reached the State Finals in 1953.  Marvin was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.

 

*deceased

IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox announces he will retire this summer

Bobby Cox, Commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. since 2011, announced to the IHSAA Executive Committee his intention to retire effective August 1, 2020.

 

Cox’s announcement came this morning as part of the group’s January meeting.

 

Cox, 63, and who will be completing a 41-year career in education, joined the IHSAA as an assistant commissioner in 2000 and began his tenure as the IHSAA’s eighth commissioner on February 1, 2011 succeeding Blake Ress (2000-11).

 

Other former IHSAA commissioners include: Bob Gardner (1995-2000), C. Eugene Cato (1983-1995), Ward E. Brown (1976- 1983), Phil N. Eskew (1962-1976), L.V. Phillips (1945-1962) and Arthur L. Trester (1929-1945).

 

“It has been an honor to serve as Commissioner of this great organization,” says Cox. “I will take away fond memories and a sense of accomplishment on behalf of our member schools and thousands of Hoosier students knowing that education-based athletics remains vitally important and relevant in our state.”

 

The Personnel Committee announced that a plan to begin the search for a new commissioner will be developed and presented to the IHSAA Executive Committee at its February meeting. During Cox’s tenure as Commissioner, the IHSAA has made unprecedented advances in numerous areas all with the intention of further strengthening the IHSAA’s brand and trumpeting the many values and benefits of participation in education-based athletics. He oversaw an expansion of corporate partnerships and sponsorships for the Association and pushed for strides in sportsmanship, technology, coaches education, student-athlete health and safety, officiating recruitment and retention, and servant leadership just to name a few.

 

Perhaps most special to Cox was the Association’s embrace of the Champions Together initiative, a partnership with Special Olympics Indiana which established the newest state tournaments in Unified Track and Field (2014) and Unified Flag Football (2018). The two sports allow students with and without intellectual disabilities to compete together in a team setting for their school.

 

In 2014, he helped finalize a deal with the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever to become the presenting sponsors of the boys and girls basketball state tournaments, the first professional basketball franchises in the country to partner with a state high school association.

 

Cox oversaw the creation and formation of the IHSAA Foundation in 2015 which continues to operate for the charitable benefits of IHSAA member schools and their student-athletes. That same year, the IHSAA took the unprecedented step of self-producing state championship events along with games of the week in football and basketball using its online streaming platform at IHSAAtv.org.

Together with the IHSAA Champions Network, it has grown into one of the most successful high school sports broadcasting aggregates in the United States.

 

Additionally, he’s worked to promote the #FaceOfSportsmanship initiative to address student and adult behaviors, authored the Tournament Success Factor in team sports, and oversaw the move to multiple classes in boys and girls soccer (2011), and the addition of a sixth class in football (2013).

 

He also orchestrated a total redesign and launch of the IHSAA members and officials website at myIHSAA.org (2018) and a renovation of the IHSAA building in 2011.

 

“Commissioner Cox has been a tremendous asset to the IHSAA during his service to the association and the State of Indiana,” says Matt Martin, chairman of the IHSAA Executive Committee and athletic director at Knightstown High School. “Under his leadership and guidance, the IHSAA is currently at the forefront of numerous policies due to his knowledge and leadership. When the commissioner retires in August, the IHSAA will be in great standing due to his hard work and dedication. It has been a pleasure to serve as chairman and on the IHSAA Board of Directors under Commissioner Cox.”

 

Prior to being appointed commissioner, Cox had served as assistant commissioner from 2000-11 administering the sports of football, boys’ golf, boys’ and girls’ track and field, and wrestling. In addition to leading the IHSAA, Cox has served on several different boards of directors including the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the IHSAA Foundation, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, the Indiana Sports Corporation, the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), and the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation.

 

He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the 2022 College Football Playoff Host Committee. Previously, Cox was a member of the NFHS Football Rules Committee serving as the Chairman of the Research subcommittee from 2008-2011. Additionally, he served as a member of the NFHS Coaches’ Education committee from 2002-06 and as an advisor to the Commission on Sports Medicine of the Indiana State Medical Association.

 

Before joining the IHSAA, Cox had spent the previous 21 years as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator in the Carmel Clay Schools. He served as athletics and activities director at Clay Junior High School from 1990-97, and as the athletic director at Carmel High School from 1997-2000. At Carmel High School, his responsibilities included management of 54 athletic teams and 97 coaches who annually served more than 1,100 student athletes. During his tenure as athletic director, he served as the host administrator for numerous IHSAA tournament events, including the cross country and softball state finals.

 

Professionally, Cox earned the designation of Certified Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

 

He is a 2019 inductee into the Carmel High School Alumni Hall of Fame, where he graduated in 1975 and participated in cross country and track and field. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Butler University in 1979 and a master’s degree in secondary education from Butler in 1987.

 

Cox’s wife, Kathy, is a retired Athletic and Activity Director at Clay Middle School.

Shelbyville boys basketball coach Ryan Mack has resigned

Shelbyville head boys basketball coach and assistant athletic director Ryan Mack resigned from his posts on Monday.

 

Mark Drake and Johnny McCrory talk about the basketball program transition.

 

 

Fourth annual Basketball Day is set for Feb. 8

The fourth annual Basketball Day Indiana will be hosted by Kokomo, Ind., at historic Memorial Gymnasium.

 

 Basketball Day Indiana 2020 is set for Saturday, Feb. 8. Basketball Day Indiana is a full day of games and television coverage celebrating Indiana’s game. It is produced by FOX Sports Indiana, the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and IHSAA. It is presented by Ascension St. Vincent.

 

“We’re thrilled to bring Basketball Day Indiana to Kokomo alongside our partners the Pacers, Fever, IHSAA and Ascension St. Vincent,” said FOX Sports Indiana senior vice president and general manager Jack Donovan. “We want to showcase the state’s iconic gyms and communities each year as part of Basketball Day. The tremendous history of Memorial Gymnasium and enthusiasm of the Kokomo community make it an ideal setting.”

 

Plans for Basketball Day Indiana 2020 include:  

 

Kokomo’s Memorial Gym to host Basketball Day Invitational

Four marquee high school boys games will be played at historic Memorial Gymnasium in Kokomo. All four games – one featuring the Kokomo Wildkats -- will be televised live on FOX Sports Indiana. The full slate of games will be announced later this month.

Memorial Gymnasium was built in 1949 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.  

 

Pacers home games bookend 24+ hours of Basketball Day programming

The celebration begins Friday, Feb. 7, with the Pacers’ home game vs. Toronto.

Basketball Day TV programming will continue throughout the night. Live coverage from Kokomo will start Saturday morning. Basketball Day concludes with the Pacers’ Saturday home game vs. New Orleans.  

 

Special recognition at the Pacers Hickory Night

This also will be a Pacers Hickory Night during which Indiana University and Purdue University coaching legends Bob Knight and Gene Keady will be recognized in a special halftime ceremony.

 

Every IHSAA varsity game statewide to be part of Basketball Day

Every high school hosting a home game that weekend will receive a Basketball Day flag. The schools will join the celebration by posting photos to social media with the hashtag #BasketballDayIndiana.  

 

Coverage of IHSAA Girls Tournament

FOX Sports Indiana will provide reports throughout the day on IHSAA girls sectional tournament games.

 

“As we continue our theme of ‘We Grow Basketball Here’, few things exemplify that effort more than the role of the Pacers and Fever in Basketball Day Indiana,” said Rick Fuson, president and COO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “We are delighted to once more join our partners at FOX Sports Indiana and the IHSAA in showcasing our Indiana game in this special Indiana way.”

 

“Once again we are excited to partner with our friends at FOX Sports Indiana, the Indiana Pacers, and Indiana Fever to celebrate basketball in the Hoosier State,” said IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox. “Basketball Day Indiana has become a highly anticipated event within the IHSAA membership and we are excited to have the City of Kokomo as this year’s host. Historic Memorial Gymnasium is a great venue to showcase the rich tradition of basketball in our state. Our sincere thanks are extended to FOX Sports Indiana and the City of Kokomo along with the Pacers and Fever for their tremendous support of high school basketball in our state.”

 

“It is an honor and a thrill for the City of Kokomo to play host to Basketball Day Indiana 2020,” said Kokomo Mayor Tyler Moore. “Our community is rich with basketball tradition, and I can’t think of a better place in the state of Indiana to watch a game than Kokomo High School’s storied Memorial Gymnasium. We look forward to the chance to share our love of the game with basketball fans from across the state on February 8!”

 

“Kokomo School Corporation is proud to be chosen as the first Indiana high school to host Basketball Day Indiana, at historic Memorial Gymnasium,” said Dr. Jeff Hauswald, Superintendent, Kokomo School Corporation. “Memorial Gym is an integral part of the thread of our Kokomo community and a very special place for the thousands of athletes who have played in this storied hall. In addition to the basketball traditions we celebrate in this historic gymnasium, I would be remiss to not celebrate the role basketball, athletics, and all extra- and co-curricular activities play in public education. Research continues to prove that students who are involved in such activities; on the average, have higher attendance at school and achieve higher academic grades. I wish to say thank you to the IHSAA, and the many organizations, which have sponsored programs and events such as this one over the years; as well as the communities who have supported their athletic teams and their athletes during the last century!”

 

For more information on Basketball Day Indiana, visit FOXSportsIndiana.com, Pacers.com and IHSAA.org, and check #BasketballDayIndiana.

 

About Basketball Day Indiana

Basketball Day Indiana is an annual celebration of the state’s unmatched connection to the sport. It showcases basketball at all levels with events and a full day of television programming that includes live games, interviews and features chronicling the impact of the sport in the state. Basketball Day Indiana is produced by FOX Sports Indiana, the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and IHSAA.

Special message from Roger Penske

Dear Indianapolis Motor Speedway Fan,

We are excited to begin a new era at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in 2020. On behalf of everyone at Penske Corporation, we look forward to carrying on the tradition of the legendary facility as the new stewards of IMS.

 

I want to thank you for your support of racing and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and I want you to know that we appreciate having you as our loyal fan.

 

You can expect to see a few changes in place at the Speedway this year as we are very focused on enhancing your experience at the track and making sure that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway continues to be one of the best entertainment venues in the world.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon at IMS during this exciting and historic year at the Racing Capital of the World.

 

Sincerely,

Roger Penske 

Triton Central, Mt. Vernon girls basketball among state's best in IBCA poll

IBCA girls basketball poll -- Week 9 (Jan. 5)

Rank School Total Points Record 1st Place Votes
1 Northwestern 383 14-0 11
2 Crown Point 376 17-0 4
3 Lawrence North 360 18-0 5
4 Fishers 321 15-0  
5 Homestead 307 13-1  
6 Hamilton Southeastern 284 14-2  
7 Penn 264 14-2  
8 Triton Central 224 15-0  
9 Center Grove 218 14-2  
10 Benton Central 178 17-1  
11 Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 159 14-1  
12 Harrison (West Lafayette) 137 12-1  
13 Salem 124 11-2  
14 Brownsburg 118 10-7  
15 Bedford North Lawrence 101 10-4  
16 North Central (Indianapolis) 91 11-7  
17 Martinsville 74 15-3  
18 Jeffersonville 51 11-5  
19 Carmel 48 8-6  
20 Gibson Southern 37 12-2  
 
Other Schools Receiving Votes

Andrean, Ben Davis, Columbus North, Danville, East Central, Elkhart Central, Evansville North, Evansville Memorial, Greensburg, Indianapolis Cathedral, Kankakee Valley, Knox, Lake Central, LaPorte, Lawrenceburg, Loogootee, Mooresville, Morgan Township, Mt. Vernon (Posey), North Harrison, North Judson, NorthWood, Portage, Roncalli, Shenandoah, Silver Creek, South Bend Washington, Tri-Central, University, Vincennes Rivet, Warren Central, Warsaw, West Lafayette, Winchester.

 

Five Top Ten teams highlight 2019 Raymond James HOF Classic

The #2 and #4-ranked Crown Point and Penn girls and #3, #4 and #5-ranked Lawrence Central, Silver Creek and Lafayette Jeff boys are amongst the fields for the 2019 Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic, to be played this Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28 at the New Castle Fieldhouse.

 

The four-team girls field on December 27 includes #11 Brownsburg taking on #4 Penn at 11:07 a.m. (ET), followed by #2 Crown Point vs. #16 Salem.  The girls field carries a combined 47-5 record into Christmas.

 

The four-team boys field on December 28 opens with #4 Silver Creek facing Heritage Hills at 11:07 a.m. (ET), followed by #2Lawrence Central against #5Lafayette Jeff.  The boys field combines for a 23-2 record.

 

Consolation games will be played each night at 6:07 p.m., with championship games to follow.

 

Tickets will be available at the door for $10 each session.

 

Live broadcasts of the games will be available at IHSAAtv.org, on the ISC Sports Network and on channels around the state, including Comcast 81, over the air in Central Indiana on MyIndy-TV23, as well as multiple social media outlets and the IHSAAtv app. 

 

Highlighting the best teams, players and coaches in Indiana high school basketball, this will be the 36th Girls Classic and 43nd Boys Classic.  26Indiana Miss Basketball award winners, 12 McDonald’s All-Americans and 10 WNBA players have participated in Girls Classic history, while 28 Mr. Basketball award winners, 26 McDonald’s All-Americans and 19 NBA Draft picks have participated in Boys Classic history.

GIANT fm Sports basketball broadcast schedules

GIANT fm Sports high school basketball broadcast schedules involving games on 96.5 FM, 106.3 FM and online at giant.fm and realradioonline.com.

 

The following schedules are subject to change.

 

 

Games involving Shelbyville / Shelby County basketball teams can be heard on 96.5 FM and online at giant.fm.

 

Broadcast times are approximately 7pm unless otherwise noted.

 

December

20  Shelbyville at Mt. Vernon (B)                     

21  Yorktown at Shelbyville (B)                        

27  Franklin at Shelbyville (B)                          

 

January

3    Union County at Morristown (B)                

4    Shelbyville at South Ripley (B)  (11:30 am)

      Shelbyville in S. Ripley champ / cons (B) (TBD)

9    Shelby County Tnmt girls semifinals (G DH)  (5:30 pm)

10  Shelby County Tnmt boys semifinals (B DH)  (5:30 pm)

11  Shelby County Championships (G / B DH)      (5:30 pm)

14  Shelbyville at Columbus East (B)                             

17  Morristown at Rushville (B)                        

18  Pendleton Heights at Shelbyville (B)                       

24  Cathedral at Triton Central (G)                  

25  Greenfield-Central at Shelbyville (B)                       

29  Shelbyville at Triton Central (B)                

30  Milan at Waldron (G)                   

31  Southwestern at Waldron (B)                    

 

February
3 – 8  Girls sectionals (G) (TBD)

8    Shelbyville at Brownsburg  (B) (2:00 pm)

11  Jac-Cen-Del at Southwestern (B)                              

14  Shelbyville at New Palestine (B)                               

15  Girls regionals  (G)  (TBD)

      Shelbyville at Whiteland  (B)                       

21  Shelbyville at Delta  (B)                              

22  Girls semistate  (G)  (TBD)

      Shelbyville at East Central  (B)                   

25  Triton Central at Hauser  (B)                      

27  Batesville at Shelbyville  (B)                     

 

March

2 – 7  Boys sectionals  (TBD)

14      Boys regionals    (TBD)

 

 

 

Greenfield-Central Boys basketball can be heard on 106.3 FM and online at realradioonline.com

 

Broadcast times are approximately 7pm

 

December                          

20  Yorktown                                 

 

January

3   at Mooresville                          

10  Mt. Vernon                              

17  New Castle                                

18  Lapel                                       

21  at Connersville                         

25  at Shelbyville                          

31  at Pendleton Heights             

 

February

1    Westfield                                  

6    at Delta                                    

11  Knightstown                            

14  Franklin County                         

18  Roncalli                                                

22  at Martinsville                            

26  at Plainfield                               

 

March

2 – 7                       Boys sectionals                                    TBD

 

 

 

 

Times are approximate for broadcast.  Schedule is subject to change

Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame announces 19th Women's induction class

- Loaded with basketball talent and tradition, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame proudly announces their 2020 women’s induction class, to be honored at the 19th annual Women’s Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

 

Tina (Reece) Bennett was a 1985 Indiana All-Star, setting Austin H.S. records with 478 career assists and 376 career steals, and totaling 1,596 career points while teaming with fellow Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jodie Whitaker on teams that went 88-9 with three sectional titles, three regional championships and reaching the 1985 state finals. She finished in Austin’s top three in at least 14 statistical categories also including rebounds, free throws, and field goals and averaged 22.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game as a senior.At Eastern Kentucky University, she earned all-conference and two-time academic all-conference honors, leading her teams two seasons in assists and among conference leaders in three-point field goal percentage.  She is the superintendent of Clarksville Community Schools.

Amy Brauman was a 1991 Indiana All-Star, averaging 25.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, leading Brownsburg to the 1991 state finals with a 25-0 record.  A member of teams that also won three sectionals, two regionals and one semi-state, the four-sport letter winner scored 1,496 career pointsand held 14 school records at Brownsburg.  At Illinois State University, she earned Missouri Valley all-academic honors, Most Improved Player, and the Scholar Athlete Award, before completing her eligibility at Marian College, averaging 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds for their 20-6 squad.  From 2007-2015, she was head coach of the Brownsburg girls basketball team, leading teams to a 120-64 record, including a 2010 Hall of Fame Classic championship and being named a 2014 Indiana All-Stars assistant coach.  She is an attorney at Brauman Moore Law Offices, which she co-owns in Brownsburg.

Kristin (Mattox) Coxwas a1992 Indiana All-Star and runner-up for Miss Basketball after a decorated career at Charlestown High School.  She totaled 1,414 career points and 631 rebounds on Charlestown teams that went 76-17, including three sectional titles and two regional championships and a 23-3 campaign as a senior, in which she averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game.  Setting school records for season steals (117), single-game steals (12), season 3FG% (.531) and career 3FG% (.501), she was named to various all-state teams and MVP of 1991 HOF Classic.  At the University of Louisville, she graduated as the 2nd all-time leading scorer with 1,737 points, as well as 670 rebounds.  Leading the nation in season FT% (.921), she also set school records in career FT% (.852), season scoring average (20.6 ppg) and career three-point field goals (271).  A two-time Metro all-conference selection, 1996 City of Louisville Athlete of the Year and 2009 U of L Athletics HOF inductee, her jersey was honored in 2014 with a banner hanging at the KFC YUM Center.  She is now Youth & Family Sports Director for the City of Charlestown.

 

 

Debbie (Benziger) Dudukovich enjoyed tremendous individual and team success, setting school records and winning two state championships in three state finals appearances.  A 1994 Indiana All-Star and honorable mention All-American, she totaled 1,439 career points and 20 Kokomo H.S. records, including 102 career games, 888 career rebounds, 39 career double-doubles and 41 career double-digit rebound games, in addition to 10 season records (points, rebounds, FG made, FT made, scoring average and rebounds average) and six single-game records, including 40 points, 16 FG made and 23 rebounds.  She averaged 24.6 points and 13.2 rebounds per game as a senior for the 1994 state runners-up and averaged double-figures for the 1993 and 1992 state champion teams.   A three-time all-state finals, all-semi-state, all-regional, all-sectional and all-conference selection for teams that were 97-7,she was a part of teams winning four sectionals, four regionals, three semi-states and two state titles… At Butler University, she graduated 8th in career scoring with 1,214 points and set five school records, including 167 career 3FG made, 439 career 3FG attempts, 82.6 % career FT, 100% single-game game three point field goals and still holds the 92.3% season FT record.  A 1996 1st team all-MCC selection, she was named MCC Tournament MVP and was a member of three 20+ win Butler teams.  Employed in education for over 20 years, she is an intervention specialist with Lakota Local Schools in Liberty Township, Ohio.

 

Tiffany Gooden gains Hall of Fame induction after garnering the highest of prep accolades.    The 1994 Naismith National Player of the Year, Parade Magazine National Player of the Year, 1stteam Kodak All-American, USA Today All-American, Indiana Miss Basketball and Indiana All-Star, she graduated as the 5thall-time leading scorer in IHSAA girls basketball history with 2,198 points at Fort Wayne Snider.  A three-time high school All-Americanand three-time 1stteam AP all-state, she averaged 28.7 points and 9.0 rebounds as a senior and totaled 859 career rebounds, 329 assists and 253 steals.  Gooden still holds the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game records of 31 points in one game and 55 points over two games.  At the University of Iowa, she was the 1995 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, leading scorer of the 1995 Big Ten All-Star team,and named 1996 All-Big Ten after leading Iowa to a conference title as their leading scorer.  In all, she was a part of Iowa teams to win two Big Ten titles and one Big Ten Tournament, earned two-time Academic All-Big Ten honors, participated in the Olympic Festival Team andtotaled 1,024 career points.  Drafted by the Colorado Explosion in the 1998 ABL Draft, she earned a bachelor’s degree with honors and graduated from University of Iowa College of Law. Since 2002 she has been an attorney, focusing on sports and entertainment and labor and employment law.

 

Angela Hamblin-Blakely earned All-American honors before a pro career.  Earning 1994 All-American honors by Kodak, USA Today and Parade Magazine, she earned 1st team AP all-state and Indiana All-Star selection.  A four-year varsity starter at Gary Lew Wallace High School, she graduated with 2,053 career points, graduating 6thin IHSAA girls basketball career points after averaging 26.2 points, 18 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 2 blocks her senior year, finishing 3rdin Miss Basketball voting.  A three-year starter at the University of Iowa, she earned two-time All-Big Ten Conference honors and was namedthe  1997 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, leading the Hawkeyes with averages of 13.3 points and 6.8 rebounds that season.  The 23rdpick of the 1998 WNBA Draft, she played with the Detroit Shock.  A teacher and coachin Northwest Indiana, she has taught at Gary Schools and been a part of sectional championship coaching staffs at Lake Central and Bishop Noll high schools.  She is in her 2nd season as head women’s coach of Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting.

 

Sandy Herre of Benton Central was the1988 winner of IHSAA Mental Attitude Award for girls basketball. Scoring 1,000 career points, she set school recordswith 350 career assists, 177 steals and set a single-season record with 133 assists. A co-captain for three seasons, her teams were 86-11and won three sectionals, two regionals and one semi-state, averaging 18.6 points, 5.5 assists and 4 rebounds as the only senior on Benton Central’s 1988 state finalist team.  She was named the 1988 Mini Miss Basketball by Hoosier Basketball Magazine, USA Today honorable mention All-American, a member of the 1988 AAU National Champion Lady Hoosierettes and was valedictorian of her graduating class.A three-year starter and tri-captain at University of Indianapolis, she fought through both knees being reconstructed and six total surgeries. Named the 1992 school Female Student-Athlete of the Year, she was a part of their 1993 conference champions that finished 24-3 and nationally ranked, named Mental Attitude Award winner and Academic All-American. She is in her 27th year teaching at Benton Central, and served as the school’s head girls basketball coach from 1997-2001, with a record of 71-48.

Danielle McCulley was a 1993 Indiana All-Star and AP and ICGSA 2ndteam all-state selection after averaging 14.8 points and 10.1 rebounds as a senior and totaling 1,206 career points in four-year career at Gary West, as well as 604 rebounds and 319 steals. 
At Purdue University, she was a freshman on their 1994 Big Ten champion and NCAA Final Four team and averaged 9.6 points and 6.3 rebounds as a sophomore, before a transfer.  At Western Kentucky University, she averaged 12.8 points and 8.7 rebounds as a junior for and 15.2 points and 8.1 rebounds as a senior to finish with four-year college career totals of 1,437 points, 894 rebounds and 186 steals in 131 games.  A 1stround pick in the 1998 ABL Draft, she played with the Portland Power, eight years with FIBA International European League and stints with the WNBA Indiana Fever and Seattle Storm. Since 2013, she has been an insurance broker in Lake Stevens, Washington.

 

Erika (McCoy) Robinson set the Seymour career scoring record, earning 1986 Indiana All-Star honors and Converse honorable mention All-American accolades after averaging 15.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game over her high school career.  Totaling 1,072 points, she helped Seymour teams to a 67-23 record with four sectionals titles and a regional championship, she was three-time all-conference, three-time all-sectional and three-time all-regional.  A four-year player at Butler University, she totaled 636 career points and 538 rebounds, with career-high averages of 9.0 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior.  She has worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer and run three marathons.

Stacie Shepherd was the runner-up for Miss Basketball after leading Richmond to hoops success.  Totaling 1,926 career points and averaging 24.8 points per game her senior season, she led Richmond to a 21-1 record, #8 state ranking and sectional and conference championships that year.  She earned Indiana All-Star honors, was named a Street & Smith’s All-American, and earned four-year all-North Central Conference recognition.  Shepherd set the Richmond single-game record (girls or boys) of 47 points and prior to her high school career, won the 1985 12-13 year old Elks National Hoop Shoot championship.  Playing in 26 games as a freshman at Indiana University, she transferred to St. Joseph’s College in Renssalaer to complete her career.  She has been a business owner of Good Life Wellness and resides in Richmond.

 

Amy (Walker) Sundt was a member of two state finalist teams at Bedford North Lawrence before stardom at Indiana State University.  A 1991 Indiana All-Star, she was a member of BNL’s 1991 state championship and 1990 state runner-up teams, as part of three consecutive undefeated regular seasons.  She was part of teams winning three sectional and conference championships, three regional and two semi-state titles and an overall record of 78-2.  She averaged 15.2 points and 5.1 steals per game as a senior and was named Associated Press state finals MVP. At Indiana State University, she totaled 1,333 career points and was the first player in ISU women’s history to tally a triple-double.  She averaged 19.8 points per game as a senior and held eight records in scoring and assists and led the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring in 1995.  She has been employed in the medical field for the past 23 years, the last 15 with IU Health.

The Indiana Fever Silver Medal Award, including induction for contributions other than as an Indiana high school basketball player or Indiana high school basketball coach, is presented to Harold Metheny.  Metheny was heavily involved in Indiana high school girls basketball through his organization and involvement in summer leagues and teams.  He created the summer Baxter YMCA league for high schools that drew the top girls basketball teams from throughout Central Indiana.  As part of coaching teams in the Baxter League, AAU, White River Games, Peace Games, Lutheran League, Catholic League, Municipal Gardens, Garfield Park, Fletcher Place and Riverside leagues, he provided opportunities to and coached more than three dozen players to earn college scholarships, 11 of them Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductees.  Employed in education, he retired from Perry Township Schools, where he was a guidance counselor for nearly 30 years.

 

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 19thAnnual Women’s Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The day’s events will include a free reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum that afternoon and a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis. 

 

Reservations are available online now or through mail order in early 2020.  Call the Hall at 765-529-1891, visit www.hoopshall.com/events or email info@hoopshall.com for more information.

2020 Men's Silver Anniversary Team announced by Indiana Basketball Hall Of Fame

Eighteen men have been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2020 Silver Anniversary Team, based on outstanding accomplishments as a senior basketball player 25 years ago.

 

The team includes 12 members named to the 1995 Indiana All-Star squad.  Six other all-state players are included to recognize the top of Indiana’s high school class of 1995.

 

1995 Indiana All-Stars include Mr. Basketball Damon Frierson, Kent Ayer, DuanyDuany, Michael Edison, Alan Eldridge, Chuck Gilbert, Courtney James, T.J. Lux, Jack Owens, James Patterson, Chad Peckinpaugh and Eric Riggs.

 

The remaining six, named to various all-state teams are: Brad Bixler, Keion Brooks, Kyle Huckeby, Mike Renfro, Brad Stevens and Marcus Wilson.

 

All Men’s Silver Anniversary Team members will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 59thAnnual Men’s Awards Banquet on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

 

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

 

Banquet reservations are now available through the Hall’s website at www.hoopshall.com/events or by calling (765) 529-1891.  For more information, you may also email info@hoopshall.com.

 

KENT AYER                                                                                                           SOUTH SPENCER
1995 Indiana All-Star, AP 2nd team all-state, Indianapolis News 3rd team all-state, IBCA all-state and Bloomington H-T 1st team small school all-state after averaging 25.1 ppg for 22-3 sectional champions his senior year… named AP 3rd team all-state, IBCA 1st team underclass all-state and 1st team small school all-state as a junior averaging 19.3 ppg for 23-3 regional champions… set school record with 1,929 career points (then 38th best in Indiana boys basketball history)… 4-time 1st team all-conference, 3-time all-Southwestern Indiana and 2-time Southwestern Indiana Player of the Year… teams won three sectionals and two regionals… totaled 364 points in 102 career games at Middle Tennessee State University and was team captain his senior year… earned Law and MBA degrees and since 2005 has been with TDK Companies, where he is President… he resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

 

 

BRAD BIXLER                                                                                                                 JEFFERSONVILLE

AP high honorable mention all-state and IBCA all-state after averaging 10.4 ppg and 6.5 assists as a senior for Red Devils’ 23-5 state finalist squad… averaged 7 ppg and 7 assists as junior for 22-3 sectional championship team and played 31 games as sophomore for 1993 state championship team… set school records in single-game 3s made, single-game FT%, season 3s made (56) , 2nd in season 3 attempts, 3rd in career assists (456), 3rd in career FT% (81%), 4th in season assists (182), 7th in games played (86), 7th in career 3s made (82), 11th in assists per game and played in 22 IHSAA state tournament games… teams were 74-10 over three years, winning two conference championships, three sectional titles, two regional & semi-state titles, 1995 state finalists and 1993 state champs… totaled 1,246 points and 401 assists in 107 games in four seasons at Bellarmine College, currently ranking 24th in career points, 4th in career FT% (83%), 6th in season 3FG made (70), 2nd in career 3FG made (246), 7th in career steals (118), 5th in career assists (401) and 1st in single-game 3FG made and single-game 3FG%... two-time GLVC all-conference honors and two-time GLVC academic all-conference… was head coach of Atherton (KY) H.S. from 2003-2006, his teams twice finishing as district runner-up… he is an energy broker with TP-ICAP Energy in Louisville and lives in Louisville.

 

 

KEION BROOKS                                                                                             FORT WAYNE NORTH

AP high honorable mention all-state and IBCA all-state after averaging 19.0 points and 5.2 rebounds as a senior on Redskins’ 21-5 regional champions… averaged 13.0 points and 4 assists per game as a junior, totaling 552 career points in two seasons… received 1995 Tiffany Gooden Award, 1995 Nancy Rehm All-Star MVP and member of 1995 Top 40 workout… in 109 career games at Wright State University, scored 1,766 points, earning Midwestern Collegiate Conference all-freshman team honors, followed by three years of MCC all-conference honors (once 2nd team, twice 1st team)… averaged 14.6 points as a sophomore, 17.1 points as junior and 20.7 points as a senior, earning 1999 Wright State Male Athlete of the Year… since 2002 has worked for GM and from 2013-2018 was assistant coach at Fort Wayne North… he resides in Fort Wayne.

 

DUANY DUANY                                                                                            BLOOMINGTON NORTH

1995 Indiana All-Star, AP 3rd team all-state, Bloomington H-T 1st team all-state and IBCA all-state after averaging 20.4 ppg as a senior and over 20 ppg for three seasons… career totals of 1,571 points, 648 rebounds and 233 blocks in four-year career as 3-time team MVP and earning all-state accolades as a sophomore (21.5 ppg), junior (23.6 ppg) and senior and McDonald’s All-American nomination… played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin and was team captain as senior for Badgers’ 2000 NCAA Final Four team… professional contracts and tryouts in Germany, Norway, Phillipines, USBL and ABA as well as Harlem Globetrotters… is Managing Director of South Sudan Men’s National Basketball Team and senior partner with Rubicon International… he resides in Bloomington.

 

 

MICHAEL EDISON                                                                                                                            PLYMOUTH
1995 Indiana All-Star, AP 2nd team all-state, and IBCA all-state, averaging 21.7 points for 23-3 regional champions as a senior…  AP high honorable mention, IBCA 1st team underclass all-state and Bloomington H-T 2nd team underclass all-state as a junior, averaging 22.0 points for 20-4 sectional champs… totaled 1,655 career points, 396 rebounds, 351 assists and 248 steals, averaging 20+ ppg for three seasons… single-game high of 53 points in 1995 semi-state vs. FW North… 3-time all-area team, 1995 Area Player of the Year, 3-year all-conference, 3-time all-sectional, two-time all-regional and 1995 all-semi-state honors… Totaled 1,257 career points at Bethel College, with his 303 career steals 2nd best in program history, a school-record 10 steals in one game, and a 2.2/1 assist-to-turnover ratio that is 4th best in Bethel history… he was a part of teams that were 141-16 in four years, winning 1997 and 1998 NAIA National Championships and 1999 national finalists… since 2009, he has been the head coach at LaVille High School, with nine consecutive winning seasons, two sectional championships (their first in 26 years), a 34-game regular season winning streak and the 1st undefeated regular season in school history (23-0 in 2017-18)… he resides in Plymouth.

 

 

ALAN ELDRIDGE                                                                                             FORT WAYNE WAYNE

1995 Indiana All-Star, AP high honorable mention all-state, Bloomington H-T 1st team all-state and 1995 Fort Wayne News Sentinel Player of the Year after averaging 20.7 ppg as a senior… IBCA 1st team underclass all-state as a junior after averaging 15.6 points for 20-6 sectional championship squad… 955 points and 348 assists in 60 career games in three seasons… played in 131 games in four seasons at Purdue University, with career totals of 664 points, 280 rebounds and 311 assists… averaged 7 ppg over junior and senior seasons for Purdue teams that made 1998 and 1999 NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and was freshman on Purdue’s 1995-96 Big Ten champions… earned MBA and has been employed in business and retail, currently Director of Distribution for TBC and owner of 19twenty, leadership and development coach… he resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.

 

DAMON FRIERSON                                                                                                                        BEN DAVIS

1995 Mr. Basketball, Indiana All-Star, Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year, McDonald’s All-American, AP 1st team all-state, Indianapolis News 1st team all-state, Bloomington H-T 1st team all-state, IBCA all-state, Marion County Player of the Year and Metro Player of the Year after averaging 20.4 ppg for 32-1 state champions as a senior… set Ben Davis season (661) and career (1,452) scoring records in three-year varsity career, also earning 1994 AP 1st team all-state, 1993 AP high honorable mention all-state and 1994 & 1993 1st team underclass all-state honors as a member of teams that were 86-7 making three consecutive state finals appearances and winning three straight Marion County titles… scored 1,644 career points in 119 games at Miami (OH) University, earning two-time MAC all-conference honors… Miami teams won two MAC titles, one MAC Tournament title and reached 1999 NCAA Sweet 16… he played professionally in Belgium, Slovenia and Bosnia… he is now special assistant in the Miami men’s basketball program… he resides in Oxford, Ohio.

 

 

CHUCK GILBERT                                                                                                                         CATHEDRAL

1995 Indiana All-Star, AP honorable mention all-state and IBCA honorable mention all-state after averaging 15.5 points for 23-3 sectional champions as a senior… was a member of Cathedral’s 19-4 sectional champions as a junior in the 1993-94 season, averaging 5.3 points… attended James Madison University for one season before completing career at the University of Indianapolis, averaging 14.4 points as a junior and 14.0 points as a senior… a relationship manager with Star Financial… he resides in Indianapolis.

 

 

KYLE HUCKEBY                                                                                                          NEW CASTLE

AP high honorable mention, IBCA all-state and Muncie Star Player of the Year, averaging 20.4 points and 8.3 rebounds as senior for 24-3 regional champions… earned IBCA 1st team underclass all-state and Bloomington H-T 3rd team underclass all-state as junior, averaging 20.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists for 18-7 sectional champion team… totaled 1,633 career points, graduating 3rd in New Castle history and 10th in North Central Conference history… voted to New Castle all-century team and 1990’s all-decade team… averaged over 20 ppg in junior and senior seasons on 12 FG attempts per game… walked on at Ball State, but underwent preseason back surgery that never allowed him to play again… employed in farming, since 2011 he has been the owner-operator of Huckeby Trucking… he resides in New Castle.

 

 

COURTNEY JAMES                                                                                                                              BEN DAVIS

1995 Indiana All-Star, AP 1st team all-state, Indianapolis News 1st team all-state, Bloomington H-T 1st team all-state and IBCA all-state after averaging 16.7 ppg for 32-1 state champions as a senior… averaged 16.2 points as a junior for Pike H.S. and 16.6 as a sophomore at Pike… averaged 7.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game as freshman at University of Minnesota and 8.4 points and 7.2 rebounds as a sophomore for Gophers’ 31-4 Big Ten champions and NCAA Final Four squad, totaling 512 points (7.8 ppg) and 458 rebounds (7.0 rpg) in his two-year career…played professionally in CBA from 1998-2002 with Gary Steelheads and Dakota Wizards, being named 1st team all-rookie team, earning two-time CBA all-star honors, winning CBA championship with Dakota and recording four triple-doubles in his CBA career… he is currently a behavior specialist and case manager at Indianapolis Washington High School… he resides in Indianapolis.

 

 

T.J. LUX                                                                                                                             MERRILLVILLE

1995 Indiana All-Star, 1995 Trester Award winner, AP 3rd team all-state, Bloomington H-T 1st team all-state, IBCA all-state and academic all-state after averaging 18.8 points and 8 rebounds for 27-2 state runners-up… averaged 13 ppg and 8 rebounds as a junior for Pirates’ 1994 17-7 sectional championship team… earned all-conference, all-area and Northwest Indiana Student-Athlete of the Year awards and was named all-state in tennis… re-wrote record book at Northern Illinois University including career scoring (1,996) and career rebounding (1,110) records, as well as top ten rankings in program history with 116 games played, 156 blocks and 130 steals… he was four-time 1st team all-conference, three-time Academic All-American and the 2000 Academic All-American Player of the Year… he played professionally for seven seasons in Germany and France, twice being named League MVP, once runner-up for League MVP and earning two all-star honors… he coached at Merrillville High School from 2009-2019, including leading them to three conference titles, three sectional titles and two regional titles  in seven seasons as head coach… he resides in Crown Point.

 

 

JACK OWENS                                                                                   INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON

1995 Indiana All-Star, AP high-honorable mention all-state, Indianapolis News 2nd team all-state, Bloomington H-T 1st team all-state and IBCA all-state after averaging 16.7 points and 7 assists per game as a senior for the Continentals’ 24-2 sectional championship team… averaged 14.7 points as junior, 14.4 points as sophomore and 11.1 points as freshman at Washington for teams that won two Indianapolis City championships and two IPS conference titles… played freshman college season at Murray State, sophomore at Howard Junior College, then excelled at Eastern Illinois, totaling 653 points in two seasons, averaging 5.0 assists, earning 1999 Team MVP,  Defensive Player of the Year awards and leading the Ohio Valley Conference in assists (5.4 per game)… he has made a career in coaching, as an assistant at Howard CC, Barton CC, Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Purdue, and since 2017 has been the head coach at Miami (OH) University… he resides in Oxford, Ohio.

 

 

 

 

JAMES PATTERSON                                                                                                         BEN DAVIS

1995 Indiana All-Star, AP 3rd team all-state, Indianapolis News 2nd team all-state, Bloomington H-T 1st team all-state and IBCA all-state averaging 14.5 points per game for 32-1 state champions as a senior… set Ben Davis records in career games (93), career rebounds (686) and season FG% (70%) and totaled 1,025 career points in three seasons… was AP high honorable mention all-state as a junior, averaging 13.4 ppg for 27-3 state finalists… earned all-county, all-metro, all-sectional, all-regional, all-semi-state and McDonald’s All-American honors as part of teams that were 86-7 while winning three Marion County titles, three sectionals, three regionals, three semi-states and the 1995 state title… played one season at Northern Illinois University, averaging 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game… employed in social services, he works at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center and with Open Doors Youth Services… he lives in New Albany.

 

 

CHAD PECKINPAUGH                                                                                                         McCUTCHEON

                1995 Indiana All-Star, AP high honorable mention all-state, IBCA all-state and Lafayette Area Player of the Year after averaging 22.9 points per game for 20-5 regional champions as a senior… earned AP honorable mention all-state honors as a junior, scoring 17.4 points per game for 23-3 regional champions… totaled 1,203 career points in three seasons, setting 21 school records… single-game high of 58 points was the highest in Indiana high school boys basketball in the 1990s… played in 65 games in three seasons at Eastern Illinois University, averaging 7.6 points and 4.6 assist per game, including sophomore averages of 10.4 points and 7.3 assists (5th in nation for assists per game; set EIU record of 18 assists in one game)… completed career at University of Indianapolis averaging 7.4 points and 3.5 assists as a senior… college career totals of 92 games played, 693 points and 396 assists… employed in banking and mortgage funding, he spent 13 seasons as JV and assistant coach at McCutcheon before being named the head coach at Clinton Prairie this season… he resides in Lafayette.

 

 

MIKE RENFRO                                                                                                          BEECH GROVE

AP high honorable mention all-state, Indianapolis News 3rd team all-state, Bloomington H-T 1st team small school all-state, IBCA honorable mention all-state, Indianapolis 1st team all-city, two-time all-metro, three-time all-Marion County and four-year all-Mid-State Conference after averaging 28.7 points (2nd in state), 7.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists as senior for the Hornets’ 18-5 team… set school scoring record of 1,855 points and set gym single-game record of 50 points his senior year vs. Whiteland and was named by Indiana High School Record Book 1995 “Most Complete Player”… was Bloomington H-T 3rd team underclass all-state after averaging 22.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists as a junior for 16-6 squad… averaged 20.1 points and 6.6 assists as sophomore and 14.7 points and 6.5 assists as freshman for sectional championship team… set records in two years at Allegany Junior College, totaling over 1,500 points and setting season 3FG made (135) and career 3FG made (305) marks… was 2nd team JUCO All-American and NJCAA all-tournament team… played two seasons at Hofstra University, two seasons in USBL and coached two seasons at NCAA D2 Adelphi University… head coach of Beech Grove H.S. boys varsity, leading them to 18-8 regional finalist season last year… he resides in Indianapolis.

 

 

 

 

ERIC RIGGS                                                                                                                         BROWNSBURG

1995 Indiana All-Star, AP 2nd team all-state, Indianapolis News 1st team all-state, Bloomington H-T 1st team all-state, IBCA all-state, USA Today Indiana 1st team and Suburban Male Athlete of the Year after averaging 25.4 ppg as a senior for Bulldogs’ 24-3 regional champions… earned Bloomington H-T and IBCA underclass all-state honors as a junior after averaging 21.8 ppg for 20-5 regional champs in 1993-94… averaged 17.1 ppg as a sophomore… played one season at University of Central Florida, earning all-newcomer team and TAAC conference all-tournament team honors as well as honorable mention Freshman All-American honors from Basketball Weekly… college basketball career ended when he was selected in the 4th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers… he played professional baseball for 10 years with the Dodgers, Astros and Marlins… currently a sales pro with BSN Sports… he resides in Noblesville.

 

 

BRAD STEVENS                                                                                                                          ZIONSVILLE

AP honorable mention all-state, Bloomington H-T 3rd team small school all-state, IBCA honorable mention all-state, Indianapolis all-metro team, IBCA 1st team academic all-state, sectional MVP and all-conference honors after averaging 26.8 points for 13-11 sectional champions his senior season… led state in 1995 sectional scoring, averaging 32.3 ppg leading Eagles to their first sectional title in nine years… set Zionsville career records in points (1,508), assists (491), steals (157) and 3FG made (138)… was three-time all-conference pick… played in all 103 games of four-year career at DePauw University, totaling 791 points, earning Coaches Award as a senior and three-time Academic All-American nominee… as head coach of Butler University from 2007-2013, he led them to a 166-49 record, five NCAA Tournament appearances, four Horizon League championships, and back-to-back national runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011 and earned two-time Horizon League Coach of the Year and 2011 National Coach of the Year awards… in his 7th season as head coach of the Boston Celtics, had a 270-222 NBA record in his first six seasons, making two Eastern Conference Finals appearances and earning 2017 NBA All-Star Game head coaching duties… he resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

 

 

MARCUS WILSON                                                                                        SOUTH BEND RILEY

AP 3rd team all-state, Bloomington H-T 1st team all-state and IBCA all-state after averaging 21.3 points for 19-5 sectional champions his senior season… was 1994 AP honorable mention all-state as a junior, averaging 21.5 ppg and averaged 15.5 points as a sophomore, to total 1,385 career points… two-time team MVP set school records in career FT% (.856), season FT% (.871), season FT made (122), single-game FT (16-16) and single-game FT% (1.000)… became Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year (1999) at the University of Evansville, scoring 2,053 points in 119 games in four years… set UE record for consecutive FTs made (48) and tied NCAA record with 9-9 3FGs, while earning three-time MVC all-conference honors and later being named to the UE all-time team, UE Athletics Hall of Fame and one of the 50 Greatest Players in Missouri Valley Conference history… played professionally for 11 seasons, including the Utah Jazz summer league team, Venezuala, France and Ukraine… spent three seasons as Video Coordinator for St. Louis University men’s basketball program… since 2016 has been Executive Director of YMCA of Greater St. Louis… he resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

New Pal's Spegal going to IU

The state’s all time rushing and recently named Gatorade Player-of-the-Year for Indiana has decided on his future.


New Palestine High School senior Charlie Spegal made it official Sunday night, turning to Twitter to announce his decision.
 

“After a great home visit with Coach Hart I am very excited to say I’m committed to Indiana University. Thank you to coach @MHart2032 @CoachAllenIU @KalenDeBoer for the opportunity! #LEO #GOHoosiers #IUFB #Hoosiers,” tweeted Spegal, who is taking a preferred walk-on to join Indiana.
 

On Monday morning, he told Giant FM, he was looking forward to joining the Hoosiers and trying to earn a spot.
 

“It feels good to have the recruiting done and know where I am going now,” Spegal told Giant FM.
 

Spegal, who rushed for 10,867 yards and amassed 173 rushing touchdowns in his career, helped guide the Dragons to back-to-back perfect seasons and Class 5A state championships the last two years. He is the only player in IHSAA football history to rush for 3,000 yards in two seasons and will graduate as the state’s career holder in rushing yards (10,867), rushing touchdowns (173), total touchdowns (175) and points (1,054). Spegal, who drew attention also from Army, Tennessee and Indiana State, is ranked sixth nationally in all-time rushing yards and fourth in scoring.
 

As a Dragon, Spegal set eight school records in only two seasons in the backfield.
 

As for deciding on Indiana and Coach Tom Allen, Spegal told Giant FM, he has always been a fan of the Hoosiers.
 

“I think Coach Allen is building something special there. I’ve met a lot of the coaches, and they all seem honest with me,” Spegal said.
 

And, now he is ready to turn his attention to the next level and try to earn playing time on Saturdays in the fall.

Shelby Co. Tnmt brackets set

The Shelby County Tournament draw was held Wednesday in a meeting of the county schools’ coaches and athletic directors.

 

For the girls, set to begin with semifinal play on January 7:

Waldron vs #1 (2A) Triton Central

Morristown vs Southwestern

 

 

For the boys, with semifinals on Friday, January 8:

Morristown vs Southwestern

Waldron vs Triton Central

 

Championship night will be Saturday, January 9.

 

Southwestern will host the 2020 county tournament.

 

Coverage of every game of the Shelby County Tournament is set for 5:30 pm, January 7 - 9 on GIANT fm Sports.