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IHSAA follows Governor's school closure announcement with official end to 2020 spring sports

The Indiana High School Athletic Association staunchly supports our Governor, our State Commissioner of Health and our State Superintendent of Public Instruction in their herculean efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are extremely fortunate in Indiana to have these exemplary leaders providing guidance and care to all Hoosiers.

 

With the announcement today of the closure of K-12 schools throughout Indiana for the remainder of the school year, the IHSAA announces the cancellation of all spring sports tournament series events for the 2019-20 school year.

 

It is imperative that our students, coaches, officials, administrators and parents be encouraged in every manner to adhere to the guidance provided by our leadership. The Association understands the extreme seriousness of this pandemic and joins in support of current measures being implemented as well as future considerations. In unwavering support yet with extreme sadness, we must cancel our spring sports programming. We join all Hoosiers in anticipation of a triumphant homecoming back to our schools in the fall of 2020 complete with a full complement of IHSAA sports.

 

Eastern Hancock's Clayton Schultz synonomous with Royals athletics

For over two decades, one constant at Eastern Hancock was Clayton Schultz.
 

However, that constant, sadly, has come to an end as Schultz passed away Tuesday following a bout with cancer. Schultz battled Burkitt Lymphoma, an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In addition, he was diagnosed with Central Nervous System Lymphoma in his brain.
 

Aaron Spaulding was one man who knew Schultz extremely well. Not only did Schultz serve as an assistant to Spaulding during boy’s basketball season, he also worked for him as a football and track and field coach as Spaulding also serves as the athletic director at Eastern Hancock High School.
 

Spaulding told Giant FM that Schultz was a “wonderful man.”
 

“Clayton was a wonderful man. Passionate, caring, intense, opinionated. Most of all, he was like a big teddy bear,” Spaulding said.
 

Spaulding said Schultz was “synonymous with Eastern Hancock athletics, having been a three-sport athlete during his student days at Eastern Hancock High School and playing football, basketball and track.
 

“Then he went on to be a coach of those same three sports for over 20 years. It will be hard to imagine Eastern Hancock sports without him. He was very passionate about all the sports. He would often wear his emotions on his sleeve because he cared so much about it. He was involved in several of our school’s greatest accomplishments in sports. He was there for the boy’s basketball final four run in 2003 on the bench. He was an assistant coach for our state runner-up football team in 2013. He was the head coach for four conference champion boy’s teams, and I could go on and on,” Spaulding said.
 

To pay tribute to Schultz, Eastern Hancock turned the lights on at its football stadium and will retire his #79 football jersey.
 

“We will look forward to the day when we can come together to celebrate his life after we are no longer quarantined,” Spaulding said.
 

Eastern Hancock officials have confirmed that high school and middle school staffers will be available online on Wednesday, April 1, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. for any student who needs support. Students were sent instructions via email on how to access the online counseling rooms.
 

Senator Mike Crider, an Eastern Hancock graduate, knew Schultz as well.  He told Giant FM Schultz was about five years older than his oldest son and was around the home several times.
 

“My favorite memory is the way he was always smiling and upbeat. He loves sports and never stopped investing in the growth of young athletes. I don’t think I ever remember someone so dedicated to Eastern Hancock athletics,” Crider told Giant FM.
 

Spaulding told Giant FM he hopes people remember Schultz not just for what he meant to the athletic department, but much more.
 

“I want people to remember Clayton’s great, big heart. He cared deeply about our kids. He was a great husband, father, coach, person and friend,” Spaulding said.

Golden Bear baseball coach Royce Carlton is missing his favorite sport

Even if it's just in the short-term COVID-19 has taken much away from us over these days and weeks. 

 

At the top of the list for Shelbyville Golden Bear head baseball coach Royce Carlton it's the game that he loves.  With some fading hopes that some part of the high school baseball season could still be played Carlton talked about the season, his players and seniors and what's filling the void during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

"Nothing in our daily life offers more of the comfort of continuity, the generational connection of belonging to a vast and complicated American family, the powerful sense of home, the freedom from time's constraints, and the great gift of accumulated memory than does our National Pastime."

-- Ken Burns

Indy 500 postponed to August

The Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Thursday.

 

The GMR Grand Prix will transition to Saturday, July 4 for a first-ever doubleheader featuring the NTT IndyCar Series and NASCAR.

 

The Indianapolis 500 was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 24. The GMR Grand Prix was scheduled to run on Saturday, May 9.

 

“The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” IMS and NTT IndyCar Series owner Roger Penske said. “However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing. We will continue to focus on ways we can enhance the customer experience in the months ahead, and I’m confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race.”

 

Tickets purchased for the originally scheduled race date are automatically valid for the newly-scheduled race date.

 

For more information, visit IMS.com/COVID19.

2020 Indiana Boys Junior All-Stars named

Twenty players have been selected for the IndyStar Indiana boys Junior All-Stars for 2020.

   

Those voted to the six-player Core Group are Brooks Barnhizer of Lafayette Jeff, Caleb Furst of Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Trey Kaufman of Silver Creek, J.R. Konieczny of South Bend St. Joseph, Khristian Lander of Evansville Reitz and Keon Thompson of Merrillville.

   

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

    

The Red Group players are Jalen Blackmon of Marion, Luke Brown of Blackford, Michael Eley of Fort Wayne Snider, Luke Goode of Homestead, Christopher Mantis of Lowell, Malik Stanley of Warren Central and Blake Wesley of South Bend Riley. 

    

The Blue Group players are Shamar Avance of Lawrence North, Lincoln Hale of Linton-Stockton, Jake Heidbreder of Floyd Central, Connor Hickman of Bloomington South, Kooper Jacobi of Silver Creek, Blake Sisley of Heritage Hills and Pierce Thomas of Brownsburg.

    

The coaches for the Junior All-Stars have not yet been announced.

    

The Junior All-Stars will play one game against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars, set for June 1 at Floyd Central High School. The Junior All-Stars also will play one game against the Indiana All-Star senior girls on June 3, at a site to be announced. Both games will be doubleheaders with the 2020 Indiana girls Junior All-Stars, who were chosen in early March.

    

The players listed as core group players will play in two games each. The players listed in the Red and Blue groups each will play in one game -- the Core and Blue groups on June 1 versus the Kentucky Juniors, and the Core and Red groups on June 3 against the Indiana Seniors.

    

The Indiana senior All-Stars will play the Kentucky senior All-Stars on June 5 at Great Crossing High School in Georgetown, Ky. The Indiana senior All-Stars will play Kentucky's seniors again on June 6 in Southport Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The senior game in Indianapolis has been moved to Southport for 2020 because Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be undergoing renovations and not be available in June. 
   

The Junior All-Star team is determined by the 20-member Indiana Basketball Coaches Association all-state panel in conjunction with its selection of the IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State Team. The selection process allows all IBCA-member head coaches to nominate players through the IBCA all-state process. Representatives from 16 regional areas from across the state, three district representatives from the three IHSAA districts (one each from District 1, District 2 and District 3) and the committee chair then meet to review the nominations, vote and finalize the selections.

   

The IBCA/Subway boys basketball Senior All-State and Underclass All-State teams for 2020 will be released later this week.

    

A list of those chosen as 2020 boys Junior All-Stars follows.

 

2020 IndyStar Indiana Boys Junior All-Stars

 

CORE GROUP

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

    Brooks Barnhizer, 6-6, G, 20.7, Lafayette Jeff, undecided

    Caleb Furst, 6-10, F, 21.7, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Purdue
    Trey Kaufman, 6-9, F, 25.8, Silver Creek, undecided

    J.R. Konieczny, 6-7, G, 23.5, South Bend St. Joseph, Notre Dame

    Khristian Lander, 6-3, G, 21.0, Evansville Reitz, Indiana

    Keon Thompson, 6-3, G, 28.1, Merrillville, undecided

 

RED GROUP

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

    Jalen Blackmon, 6-2, G, 29.8, Marion, undecided

    Luke Brown, 6-2, G, 32.3, Blackford, undecided

    Michael Eley, 6-4, G, 21.2, Fort Wayne Snider, undecided

    Luke Goode, 6-6, F, 17.6, Homestead, undecided

    Christopher Mantis, 6-6, G, 24.8, Lowell, undecided

    Malik Stanley, 5-11, G, 21.0, Warren Central, undecided

    Blake Wesley, 6-4, G, 26.0, South Bend Riley, undecided

 

BLUE GROUP

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

    Shamar Avance, 6-0, G, 14.4, Lawrence North, undecided

    Lincoln Hale, 6-4, G, 23.4, Linton-Stockton, undecided

    Jake Heidbreder, 6-4, G, 20.0, Floyd Central, undecided

    Connor Hickman, 6-2, G, 14.5, Bloomington South, undecided

    Kooper Jacobi, 6-6, F, 17.3, Silver Creek, undecided

    Blake Sisley, 6-9, F, 19.4, Heritage Hills, undecided

    Pierce Thomas, 6-5, G, 13.6, Brownsburg, Butler

 

    Head coach: TBA

    Assistant coaches: TBA

 

2020 IndyStar Indiana All-Star key dates

                Monday, June 1 — Junior All-Stars vs. Kentucky Junior All-Stars at Floyd Central High School (6575 Old Vincennes Rd., Floyds Knobs, IN 47119 — girls, 6:00 p.m.; boys, to follow (Core Group, plus Blue Group); admission, $8 at the door.

                Wednesday, June 3 — Junior-Senior All-Star game at TBA (address) — girls, 6:00 p.m.; boys, to follow (Core Group, plus Red Group); admission, TBA at the door.

                Friday, June 5 — Indiana at Kentucky at Great Crossing High School (120 Betsy Way, Georgetown, KY 40324) — girls, 6:00 p.m.; boys, to follow. Ticket information TBA.

                Saturday, June 6 — Indiana vs. Kentucky at Southport Fieldhouse (971 E. Banta Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46227) — girls, 5:00 p.m.; boys, to follow. Ticket information, prices are $75, $22 and $10. Link to purchase tickets – https://ticketracker.com/SelectSection.aspx?eventId=148285

South Decatur's Wildey among coaches honored by IBCA for 2019-2020 season

Six Indiana high school boys basketball coaches have been chosen as 2020 Bob King Coaches of the Year by their peers in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced Tuesday (March 24).

    

Marc Davidson of Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Marc Urban of Chesterton, Al Gooden of Lawrence Central, David McCollough of Shenandoah, Nate Hawkins of Heritage Hills and Kendall Wildey of South Decatur have been selected as honorees for the 2019-2020 season through voting that occurred from late January through early March, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said.

        

Honors are awarded according to IHSAA district boundaries, and two coaches from each district are recipients – Davidson and Urban in District 1; Gooden and McCollough in District 2; and Hawkins and Wildey in District 3.

 

Here is information about the six boys' Coach of the Year honorees.

 

      >> Davidson is cited after leading Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian to a 23-3 season that included championships of the Noblesville Holiday Tournament and the Manchester Sectional. In seven seasons with the Braves, Davidson's teams have compiled a 146-47 record with six sectional titles, two regional crowns, one semi-state title and one state championship. In 14 seasons as a boys' varsity coach, he has a 231-117 ledger. Davidson previously coached three seasons at Macomb Christian (Mich.), two seasons at Trinity International University in Illinois, one season at Aurora Christian (Ill.), two seasons at Dominican Christian (Va.) and two seasons at Lakewood Park Christian. Davidson is a 1991 graduate of Aurora Christian, a 1995 graduate of Trinity International University and played professional basketball in Europe from 1995 through 2006.

 

       >> Urban is honored after directing Chesterton to a 23-3 season and the Duneland Conference championship at 7-0. In four seasons at Chesterton, Urban's teams have compiled a 79-23 record and won a sectional championship in 2019. Urban is a 2001 graduate of Lake Central High School, where he played basketball and football. He matriculated to Indiana State, where he served as a men's basketball manager for Royce Waltman and graduated in 2006. Urban began coaching as a boys' assistant at Lake Central. He then became the Lake Central girls' coach, guiding the team to an 80-17 record over four seasons with two DAC titles (2015, 2016) and two sectional titles (2013, 2015). He was voted an IBCA girls District 1 Coach of the Year in 2015. 

 

      >> Gooden is recognized after guiding Lawrence Central to a 22-3 campaign that included the championship of the Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic and a co-championship of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference. In 32 seasons as a boys' varsity coach, Gooden has a 492-273 record, including a 100-45 ledger in six seasons with the Bears. His resume includes a 17-24 mark in two years at Heritage (1987-89), a 321-206 mark in 21 seasons at Fort Wayne Harding (1989-2011) and a 54-14 mark in three seasons at New Haven (2011-14). Overall, his teams have won 12 sectionals, six regionals, five semi-states and the Class 2A state crown in 2001. Gooden is a 1977 graduate of Fort Wayne Wayne, where he played basketball and football. He went on to Ball State, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1981, played basketball for four seasons and was part of the Cardinals' 1981 NCAA Tournament squad. Gooden was an Indiana All-Star assistant coach in 2005, an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year in 2012 and Marion County Coach of the Year in 2019.

 

      >> McCollough is cited after directing Shenandoah to a 23-2 season that included championships of the Henry County Tournament, the Mid-Eastern Conference and the Hagerstown Sectional. McCollough is 111-17 in five seasons at Shenandoah, including four sectional titles and one regional crown. He is 576-250 in 36 seasons as a varsity coach with 12 sectional, two regional and 13 conference championships at three schools. McCollough's teams won 157 games and five sectionals in 11 seasons at North Judson (1983-94). His teams added 308 victories with three sectional titles and a regional crown in 20 seasons at Noblesville. McCollough, a Manchester and Indiana University graduate, has been an IBCA district Coach of the Year on three previous occasions (1997, 2007 and 2016). He also was head coach for the 2000 Indiana All-Star Team.

 

      >> Hawkins is recognized after leading Heritage Hills to a 22-3 season that included championships of the Pocket Athletic Conference and the Boonville Sectional. In eight seasons as a varsity coach, Hawkins' teams have posted a 143-44 record with five PAC championships, four sectional titles and two regional crowns in four seasons. That includes a 79-18 mark with three league titles and one sectional trophy at Heritage Hills. He also previously directed Forest Park to a 66-22 record with two conference titles, three sectional crowns and two regional titles from 2009-13. Hawkins is a 1998 graduate of Forest Park, where he played basketball and was the team's mental attitude award winner. He went on to the University of Southern Indiana, earning his bachelor's degree in 2004. Hawkins began his coaching career as an assistant at Forest Park. He previously was an IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year in 2011.

 

      >> Wildey is honored after guiding South Decatur to a 24-2 season that included championships in the Edinburgh Holiday Tournament, the Mid-Hoosier Conference and the North Decatur Sectional. Wildey is 35-39 in three seasons at South Decatur, and he has a 203-165 record in 16 seasons as a varsity basketball coach. That includes a 40-24 slate in three seasons at Waldron (1987-90), a 3-18 mark in one season at Rushville (1990-91) and a 125-84 ledger with five sectionals and one regional in nine seasons at Jennings County (1991-2000). WIldey is a 1980 graduate of Jennings County, where he played basketball, baseball and football. He went on to play basketball and baseball at Glen Oaks (Mich.) Community College as well as baseball at West Virginia University and Georgetown (Ky.) College. He earned his bachelor's degree from Georgetown College in 1985 and a master's degree from IU-Southeast in 1994. Wildey, previously executive director of the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association and currently the superintendent of Columbus Christian School, was inducted into the Jennings County Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012 and into the HBCA Hall of Excellence in 2015.

       

These six coaches will receive plaques as an IBCA District Coach of the Year during the 2020 IBCA Clinic, which now is to be held on dates to be determined. The clinic was to be April 24-25, but is has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about the IBCA Clinic, go to www.ibcacoaches.com.

 

      The Coach of the Year award is named for the late Bob King, the IBCA executive director from 1984-94. King was a Lebanon native who coached at Sacred Heart and Shortridge high schools in Indianapolis before serving as an assistant basketball coach at Purdue and later an assistant and associate athletic director at Purdue.

 

Paul Neidig appointed next IHSAA Commissioner

John (Paul) Neidig, who has enjoyed a 34-year career in secondary education and athletic administration, has been named by the Executive Committee as the next commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc.

 

Neidig (pronounced Ny-dig), has been an IHSAA assistant commissioner since 2017 and will officially assume the position on August 1, 2020 succeeding Bobby Cox. Cox announced his intention to retire this summer on Jan. 16.

 

The Poseyville, Ind. native will become the ninth individual to serve as IHSAA commissioner. He follows Bobby Cox (2011-20), Blake Ress (2000-2011), 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).

 

Neidig, 56, joined the IHSAA staff July 1, 2017 as an assistant commissioner and has administered the sports of boys and girls cross country, boys basketball, boys and girls track and field, and unified track and field. 

 

“On behalf of the IHSAA Executive Committee, we are excited to confirm Paul Neidig as the next commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association,” said Matt Martin, chairman of the IHSAA Executive Committee and Director of Athletics at Knightstown High School. “Paul has some great thoughts and ideas about how to continue leading the Association and its member schools. We feel the organization is in great hands and we look forward to working with him.”

 

“I’m very humbled to be chosen to become the next commissioner of the IHSAA,” said Neidig. “I’m proud to be a part of this organization and lead it into the future. Our primary focus will continue to be promoting and supporting education-based athletics in our state.”

 

“Also, I ask everyone to please be safe during these unprecedented times. Listen to our state’s health experts and take care of yourselves and your family and we will get through these difficult times.”

 

Prior to joining the Association office, Neidig spent 31-years with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, most recently as Chief of Staff and Director of Athletics. He also served as its Chief Administrative Officer from 2012 to 2015, Deputy Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2012 and Director of Athletics at Evansville Central High School from 2001 to 2010. Before that, Neidig had worked at Evansville Central as a teacher, department chair, head coach and assistant coach for boys basketball, assistant athletic director and technology director between 1985 and 2001.

 

He was a continuous member of the IHSAA Board of Directors from 2004 to 2017 and served as Chairman of the Executive Committee three times in 2006-07, 2009-10 and 2015-16.

 

Neidig has held membership with the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP), Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO), Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA) and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

 

He has been honored with numerous awards including a NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2006, IIAAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2007, Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Administrator of the Year in 2012, IIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2013, and most recently with a citation from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in 2015. Neidig earned a B.S. degree in Technology Education in 1985 from Eastern Illinois University where he played basketball for four years. He later earned an M.A. in Education from the University of Southern Indiana in 1994. He is a 1981 graduate of North Posey High School and played basketball all four years for the Vikings. Neidig and his wife, Jean, are the parents of three adult children, Ashley (Charlie Grimes), Chris, and Kyle (Erin Neidig) and three grandchildren.

Mt. Vernon named to girls tournament field of 2020 Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic

–With fields including five first-time participants and teams with collective 181-24 records this past season, another illustrious lineup is set for the 2020 Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic on Tuesday, December 29 and Wednesday, December 30 at the New Castle Fieldhouse.

 

The prestigious event, spotlighting the best in Indiana high school basketball, will be held for the 37th time for girls and it will be the 44thedition for the boys. 

 

 2020 Girls’ Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic
New Castle Fieldhouse - Tuesday, December 29, 2020

11:00 a.m. (ET)           Mt. Vernon (Fortville) vs. Norwell
to follow                     Fishers vs. Evansville Memorial
6:00 p.m.                     Consolation Game
to follow                     Championship Game

2020 Boys’ Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic
New Castle Fieldhouse – Wednesday, December 30, 2020

11:00 a.m. (ET)           Blackford vs. Shenandoah
to follow                     Fort Wayne Blackhawk vs. Barr-Reeve
6:00 p.m.                     Consolation Game
to follow                     Championship Game

Selecting from the best teams in the state, the girls’ tournament has included 18 teams that went on to win a state championship that season, including 11 class champions and seven class runner-up teams in the past 18 years alone. 

 

On the boys side, 14 participating teams have gone on to win their state championshipwith six more finishing as state runner-up that season. 

 

Tickets for the tournaments will be available through participating schools and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in the 2020-21 school year.

 

ABOUT THE TEAMS

 

Girls:

Mt Vernon (Fortville) – The Marauders come off a 22-2 finish this season and have a 42-8record over the last two seasons.

 

Losing just two seniors from their Hoosier Heritage Conference championship squad, junior guard Lexi Shelton averaged 16.3 points and 6.0 rebounds, junior frontliner Olivia Yeley averaged 8.9 points and 5.5 rebounds and junior guard Abby Worley averaged 7.9 points, 4.5 assists and 3.2 steals per game.

 

Julie Sheltonhas a 313-128record in 19 seasons at Mt. Vernon including a 2013 3A championship and 2012 3A runner-up finish.  A 1989 Indiana All-Star after setting nine school records as a player at Seymour H.S., she was a 2017 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.

 

Mt. Vernon makes their 4thappearance in the Girls Classic.  They won the 1999 event and participated in the 1986 and 2011 events.   They become just the 3rd school to make four or more appearances in the Girls Classic, joining Bedford North Lawrence (four) and Rushville (five).


Norwell–The Lady Knightsexpect to return all but one player from a 22-5 team that reached the 3A regional finals in 2019-20.

 

Juniors Maiah Shelton (14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds), Kaylee Fuelling (13.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 steals) and Lauren Bales (6.5 points and 2.6 assists) are leading returning players for the Lady Knights.

 

Head coach Eric Thorntonis 366-172 in 23 seasons at Norwell.  His program’s 200-52 record (.794) over the past 10 seasons is the 9th best winning percentage in the state in that time. He has lead the Norwell girls to 14 straight seasons with 15 or more wins, including eight 20-plus win seasons in that span.

 

Norwell makes their 2nd appearance in the Girls Classic.  They were runners-up in the 2011 eventwith eventual Miss Basketball Jessica Rupright on their roster.  Norwell and Mt. Vernon return to the Girls Classic following 2011 appearances, although they did not face each other in that event.


Fishers – The Tigers return significant firepower from their underclass-laden 23-2 sectional championship team.

 

Indiana Junior All-Star Katie Burton averaged 15.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, junior Audra Emmerson averaged 7.2 points and 2.4 assists and freshman Hailey Smith averaged 7.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

 

Head coach Lauren Votawhas a 51-24 record in 3 seasons at Fishers.

 

Fishers makes their first appearance Classic history.


Evansville Memorial – Losing just two seniors from their 22-4 sectional championship squad, the Tigers are poised to continue their success.

 

Junior Ryleigh Anslinger averaged 15.8 points and 3.1 steals, junior Peyton Murphy averaged 10.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 steals, freshman Emily Mattingly averaged 6.2 points and junior Savanah Warren averaged 6.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

 

Head coach Lee Aucker completed his first season as head coach of the Memorial girls program.  Aucker was an assistant for seven seasons under 31-year Memorial head coach Bruce Dockery.

 

Memorial makes their 3rd appearance in the Girls Classic.  Appearing in the 2004 event, they won the Consolation game of the 2010 event, en route to a 2011 IHSAA 3A championship later that season. 
 

Boys:

Blackford – Led by the state’s leading scorer and three-point shooter, stat-stuffer Luke Brown prepares for a senior season with the Bruins after a 21-5 campaign in 2019-20 and the school’s first sectional title in 29 years.

 

Brown, a 6’2” junior guard, averaged a state-best 32.3 points per game and tied for the state lead with 101 made three-pointers. His 7.7 assists per game was 3rdbest in IHSAA boys basketball this season, while also averaging 3.9 rebounds and 3.2 steals per contest.  His 2,061 career points through three seasons already places him 42nd in Indiana boys high school basketball history. He has scored 30 or more points in 45 of his 64 career games.

6’3” junior Max Wors averaged 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds and 5’11” junior Cam Elam averaged 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

 

Head coach Jerry Hoover is 52-20 in three seasons at Blackford.  In all, he has over 450 wins as a head coach in Indiana high school basketball and was a 2019 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.

 

Blackford makes their first appearance in Classic history.
 

Shenandoah – The Raiders return their top three scorers from a 23-2 squad that won the program’s 4th consecutive sectional title and were ranked #1 in the final 2A poll of the season.

 

6’1” junior guard Andrew Bennett averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals, 6’1” junior guard Jake Kinsey averaged 15.5 points and 3.8 assists and 6’1” junior guard Kaden McCollough averaged 12.7 points and 3.5 assists per game.

 

Head coach Dave McCollough is 111-17five seasons at Shenandoah with five straight 20-win seasons.  The Raiders’ 90-14 record (.865) over the past four seasons is 4th best in the state in that timeframe.  McCollough has a 576-250 record in 36 seasons overall at North Judson, Noblesville and Shenandoah.

 

Shenandoah makes their first appearance in Boys Classic history.  The Shenandoah girls were runners-up in the 2002 Girls Classic en route to a 2003 IHSAA 2A championship that season.


Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian – The Braves return their starting five and all but one senior from their 23-3 sectional champion squad that was ranked 2A #2 and 10th overall in the Sagarin ratings.

 

6’10” forward Caleb Furst (Purdue University) expects to be in contention for the 2021 Indiana Mr. Basketball title after averaging 22.1 points, a state-best 13.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 blocks per game in his junior season.  6’3” junior wing Zane Burke averaged 17.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, 6’0” junior wing Marcus Davidson averaged 15.9 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds and 6’1” junior Callan Wood averaged 7.1 points per game. 

 

Head coach Marc Davidsonis 146-47in seven years at Blackhawk, leading them to six sectional championships, two regional titles and the 2019 1A championship victory against their Classic opponent Barr-Reeve.  Blackhawk’s 94-18 record (.839) over the past four seasons is 6th best in the state in that timeframe.

 

Blackhawk Christian makes their 1stappearance in the Classic. 


Barr-Reeve – The winningest boys basketball team in Indiana over the last 15 seasons, the Vikings continued their success with a 25-1 sectional title team and 1A #1 ranking in an abbreviated 2019-20 campaign.

 

6’3” sophomore Hagen Knepp averaged 15.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists, 6’3” junior Brycen Graber led all IHSAA boys basketball players with 8.1 assists per game, averaged 8.9 points on 63% shooting from the field, and grabbed 2.6 rebounds. 6’1” junior Devin Graber averaged 7.3 points per game and 6’9” Curt Hopf will join the Vikings for his senior season.

 

With a notable tradition of success at Barr-Reeve, the Vikings have recorded 45 consecutive non-losing seasons. Their 98-12 record (.891) over the past four seasons ties them for the best record in the state in that timeframe and a 329-58 mark (.850) over the past 15 seasons is unsurpassed in Indiana.

 

Head coach Josh Thompson is 51-4 leading the Vikings for two seasons.  He has a career mark of 161-160 in 13 seasons as head coach at Springs Valley, Wood Memorial, Vincennes Lincoln and Barr-Reeve.

 

Barr-Reeve makes their first appearance in Classic history.


History:
26 young women who went on to win award have participated in the Girls Classic, including each of the last 11Miss Basketball winners (Skylar Diggins, Courtney Moses, Bria Goss, Jessica Rupright, Stephanie Mavunga, Whitney Jennings, Ali Patberg, Jackie Young, Karissa McLaughlin, Amy Dilk and Jorie Allen). 12 women to have played in the Classic were named McDonald’s All-Americans and 10 Girls Classic alums have played in the WNBA.

 

Girls legends who have played in the Classic include Stephanie White, Katie Gearlds, Shanna Zolman, Kristen Spolyar, Lisa Shepherd, Abby Conklin, April McDivitt, Kelly Faris, Jennifer Jacoby, Jodie Whitaker, Shrya Ely and Tiffany Gooden, among others.

28 men who went on to win the award have participated in the Boys Classic, including 11 of the last 15 award winners. 26 men to have played in the Classic have been named McDonald’s All-Americans, while 19 have been NBA Draft picks.

Legends to have competed in the Boys Classic include Damon Bailey, Steve Alford, Glenn Robinson, Shawn Kemp, Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Eric Montross, Sean May, Delray Brooks, Tom Coverdale, Michael Menser, Pat Graham, Troy Lewis, Woody Austin, Josh McRoberts, Gary Harris, Luke, Tyler and Cody Zeller, Trey Lyles, Kyle Guy and Romeo Langford among others.

 

Including entrants in the 2020 Classic, the event has included 94 different IHSAA-member girls programs and 106 different IHSAA-member boys programs in tournament history.

Sponsors:
2020 is the 4thyear under the event title “Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic”

Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE: RJF) is a leading diversified financial services company providing private client group, capital markets, asset management, banking and other services to individuals, corporations and municipalities. The company has approximately 8,100 financial advisors throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are approximately $896billion. Public since 1983, the firm has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 1986 under the symbol RJF. Additional information is available at www.raymondjames.com.

Additional event sponsors and partners include adidas, the IHSAA Champions Network, Henry Community Health and Jostens.

IHSAA makes it official: boys basketball state tournament cancelled

Following today’s directive by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb that all Indiana schools will be closed until May 1, the Indiana High School Athletic Association announces that this year’s IHSAA boys basketball state tournament is officially cancelled.

 

“It is with great sadness and disappointment that we inform Hoosiers of the cancellation of the remaining games of the 2020 IHSAA boys basketball tournament series,” said IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox.

 

“While the Association maintained every hope of continuance, it is now evident those hopes are now unreachable. Albeit there will not be regional, semi-state and state champions crowned across our four classifications, the heath and safety of our public remains paramount and our primary focus.”

 

Last Friday (March 13), the IHSAA announced the remaining games of the state tournament would be postponed beginning with the regional games due to the growing number of school closures. Any updates on the status of IHSAA-sponsored spring sports will be announced at a later time.

 

As always, the health and safety of IHSAA student-athletes are of utmost importance and the Association continues to remind its member schools and the general public to follow the guidance of the governor and the Indiana State Department of Health via IN.gov/coronavirus. 

Most Fish & Wildlife Area shooting ranges will reopen March 19

All DNR Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) shooting ranges, excluding the one at Tri-County FWA, will resume normal operating hours beginning March 19. 

All FWA ranges closed today, March 18, as staff take extra precautions to sanitize facilities amid coronavirus concerns.

Tri-County FWA will remain closed until at least March 24. 

The DNR wants to provide Hoosiers with outdoor activities they can do amid concerns about the coronavirus, and is doing its best to ensure the safest possible environment for visitors to FWAs.

For more information on DNR shooting ranges, see on.IN.gov/DNRShootingRanges.

500 Festival announces suspension of additional events due to COVID-19

The 500 Festival is suspending all planned, in-person events scheduled through May 9, 2020. The suspension of these events is in accordance with the CDC’s updated guidance to cancel, postpone or provide virtual options for all large events for the next 8 weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The 500 Festival is doing everything possible to minimize the economic impact and ramifications that will be experienced as a result of canceling these in-person events.

 

The following 500 Festival in-person events will need to be conducted as virtual events, rescheduled or canceled:

  • OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K (May 2) – All 2020 Indy Mini events will move to virtual races. Individuals registered for this year’s races will receive details on how to participate virtually and still earn their 2020 shirt and medal. Other options, including lending a hand in support of the 500 Festival’s free programs for kids or rolling registration over to next year, will be communicated to participants in the coming days. The in-person events will NOT take place.
  • 500 Festival Kick Off to May, presented by STAR Bank (April 29) – The in-person event will NOT take place. There will be an announcement soon regarding ways the community can participate virtually. 
  • Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run (May 9) – The in-person event will NOT take place. We will reschedule this event to another date as guidance related to public events is provided.
  • 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo (April 30 & May 1) – The in-person event will NOT take place. Virtual goodie bags will be sent to participants.
  • All 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program Study Trips at IMS (April 2020) – All in-person events will NOT take place. Schools will be mailed some additional materials.
  • This list is in addition to the other 500 Festival event cancelations that were announced last week

“The 500 Festival recognizes the unique and challenging times that we are all facing together. May will certainly look different than the last 60+ years but with options to participate virtually or to reschedule some events to a future date we are confident that the future looks bright and the things we hold dearly will continue albeit in a different form,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “As a community nonprofit organization, the 500 Festival looks forward to providing events and programs that enrich lives, foster positive community impact and celebrate the Indy 500. To our participants, volunteers, interns, corporate and civic partners – Thank you for your support!”

 

To the registered participants of the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K, we know that many of you have logged countless hours of training and have made numerous commitments to experience the thrill of crossing the finish line. We don’t take your commitments lightly and want you to know that we have exhausted all possible solutions to provide the Indy Mini experience that you’ve come to expect over the last 43 years. We have also been cognizant of the resources that help us produce this community event which includes thousands of volunteers, medical personnel, IMPD, the Indiana National Guard, Homeland Security, Indianapolis Motor Speedway staff, corporate partners and many others. Given our current situation and out of respect for the ever-changing needs of those resource partners as well as the health and safety of our participants, it has become clear that moving our 2020 races to virtual runs is the best possible choice. In addition to the participant options, we are also committed to providing you with an on-track running and walking experience at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a to-be-determined date later this year.

 

Regarding 500 Festival events for the remainder of May, please be patient as we respond to new health-related guidance and develop alternate plans as necessary. Any additional measures or announcements will be communicated to impacted participants, ticketholders, and volunteers via email. It will also be shared on our social media, websites (www.500festival.com and www.indymini.com) and to the media, as they occur.

Shelby County, Franklin College selected to host major NCAA Championship event.

Blue River Sports Authority / Shelby County and Franklin College have been selected by the NCAA Division III Championship Committee as hosts for the 2021 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Great Lakes Regional.

 

The competition will take place Nov. 13, 2021 at the Blue River Cross Country Course in Shelbyville. The event is expected to be mutually beneficial for the Franklin and Shelbyville communities.

 

“Blue River is an outstanding venue for cross-country. Competitors and their fans, along with the NCAA were so impressed with the facility when we hosted this event in 2018, they decided to come back. As with the 2018 event, the NCAA Great Lakes Regional be a boon not only for Blue River, but also for the Shelbyville and Franklin communities. We are thrilled they will be back, and will show them hospitality unlike anything they receive anywhere else,” remarks Rachael Ackley, Blue River Sports Authority and SCTVB Executive Director.

 

The proposal was coordinated by Gary Nolley, Vice President of the Blue River Sports Authority, which promotes recreational and competitive sports in Shelby County. The bid was submitted to the NCAA in late 2019 and was accepted on February 27, 2020.

 

“The NCAA officials recognized that our course had everything needed for the collegiate teams, such as course width and straight-away lengths, and visibility for competitors and spectators throughout the entire course, which is not typical of most facilities,” stated Gary Nolley.

 

In addition to being a first-class facility, the course has 450 available rooms within 2 miles, and an additional 1200 within a 30-minute drive of Shelbyville, which was also a determining factor in the NCAA accepting the bid.

 

“We appreciate the investment of time Gary has given to maintain this state of the art facility. His passion has allowed both the Blue River Sports Authority and Shelby County Tourism and Visitors’ Bureau to expand our brand and mission reach, while giving competitors, spectators and official a taste of Shelby County hospitality.”­

Connersville's McDivitt Schilling joins Indiana Fever coaching staff

The 1999 Indiana Miss Basketball recipient from Connersville, Indiana, April (McDivitt) Schilling, has been named an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever today.

 

“Given my extreme passion for basketball in the state of Indiana, I am extremely blessed to coach at the highest level of the sport with the Indiana Fever,” Schilling said. “The opportunity to work with two Hall of Famers such as head coach Marianne Stanley, as well as vice president of basketball operations and general manager, Tamika Catchings, makes this opportunity even more significant.”

The WNBA veteran played for the New York Liberty, Minnesota Lynx and Washington Mystics during her career.

 

Schilling played collegiately at the University of Tennessee for three seasons and appeared in two Final Fours with the Lady Vols. During her first two years in Knoxville, she played alongside Catchings. She transferred to UC Santa Barbara for her final year of eligibility during the 2003-04 season and led UCSB to the sweet sixteen for the first time in school history.

 

The Indiana native coached the Roncalli girls varsity team to a 24-4 record and a final four appearance during her only season as head coach during the 2012-13 season. She also served as an assistant coach for the Park Tudor boys varsity team, which won back-to-back state titles in 2011 and 2012.

 

Her husband, Ed, has served as a coach at the NBA, NCAA and high school levels.

 

A new decade of Indiana Fever basketball is scheduled to tip off on Friday, May 15 under new head coach, Marianne Stanley. The 21st regular season of Indiana Fever basketball begins at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse against the Atlanta Dream. Fans may purchase tickets by visiting feverbasketball.com.

 

The preseason schedule will be announced at a later date.

IMS hopes 500 and other events will still happen in May

COVID-19 response from Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

 

Dear Race Fan,

 

As you may know, the CDC’s interim guidance suggests the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks. Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on Sunday, May 24.

 

This continues to be a dynamic situation that we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials. We are planning for all contingencies and will be prepared to run the GMR Grand Prix and Indy 500 as the COVID-19 situation permits.

 

We appreciate your understanding and patience as everyone navigates these challenging times. We will continue to keep you updated on all developments regarding the Month of May schedule.

 

As always, thank you for your support of IMS and we will stay in touch.

 

Sincerely,

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Team 

Terre Haute receives funding for LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course project

The Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) receives $58,223 in matching grant funds from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD). The project components include constructing a climate-controlled athletic medical building south of the finish line and amending the existing finish line structure. Both project components are essential to staying competitive in the sport of cross-country, promoting athlete safety and the spectator experience and maintaining above average efficiency for race day operations. The Terre Haute CVB was one of three grants awarded. 

 

“Indiana’s tourism industry continually grows year after year, and these projects are an example of that,” Lt. Governor Crouch said in a press release from IOTD. “By funding these projects, we are investing in tourism amenities, attractions and facilities that enhance the visitor experience.”

 

The cross-country course, which attracts 30,000 to 40,000 visitors annually, has reinforced the state of Indiana’s reputation as the home for racing. As a leader in the industry, the course has secured racing bids for events such as NCAA Division Championships, IHSAA State Championships and Nike Midwest Regionals. The bidding process is a competitive process in which the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course presents on the course’s assets. These bidding periods are how races, invitationals and championships are secured, therefore allowing Terre Haute, West Central Indiana and the state of Indiana to welcome thousands of people from across the nation to the facility. 

 

"I'm happy to see our community tackle these state-side grants and see success. This is just another example of our community competing and winning. I'm proud to be part of a legislature that is funding important programs like tourism. Attracting people to Indiana is part of our overall economic strategy. Certainly, seeing our own CVB win this grant should ignite our excitement for many more opportunities in the future," stated Senator Jon Ford. 

 

The climate-controlled athletic medical building will be unique to the sport of cross-country. As an outdoor sport, athletes are exposed to all elements. The sport’s season begins in the heightened heat of late summer and ends in November. Athletes experience overheating and dehydration, hypothermia from running in the rain or snow and everything in between. The climate-controlled athletic medical building will provide an indoor place away from the public eye to assess all injuries to better ensure the safety of everyone.

 

The updates to the existing finish-line structure will enhance the operational aspects that go into hosting a race. Operations such as officiating, reporting and announcing are all expected to be done with precision and accuracy. During the 2019 NCAA Division I Championships hosted at the course, over 100,000 people from 20 countries web-streamed the race live online. Amending the finish line tower will elevate the reach that the course and its races have and add to the overarching package the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course offers to athletes, officials, coaches and spectators. 

 

“Over half a million people have been to the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in its 22 seasons. That’s over half a million people we have brought to our community. Receiving these funds align with what our community is working to enhance,” stated Mayor Duke Bennett. “Not only does the course support our tourism industry, it is a major contributor to the economic vitality of the region.” 

 

Competing for grants such as these keeps Indiana competitive and our region and community relevant. 

 

“Indiana has always been next level,” stated David Patterson, Executive Director of the Terre Haute CVB. “This funding proves that Indiana is next level in safety, next level in competing and sports tourism and next level in keeping our state an industry leader.” 

2020 All-HHC boys basketball team

The Hoosier Heritage Conference announced the 2020 All-HHC boys basketball team Monday, featuring 12 players representing all eight HHC schools.

 

The league’s top six scorers are represented on the team, including leading scorer Maximus Gizzi of New Palestine (23.4 ppg). The team also features HHC rebounding leader Tristan Ross of Pendleton Heights (10.3 rpg), and the league leader in assists, Caleb Mundell of Greenfield-Central (4.0 apg).

 

Trent Whitaker of New Palestine, who led the Dragons to the HHC title and a sectional championship, was named Coach of the Year. He led New Palestine to its first conference title since 2013.

 

The HHC produced two sectional titlists this season – New Palestine and Delta.

 

2020 All-HHC boys basketball

  • Brady Hunt, Jr., Delta
  • Conner Bedwell, Sr., Delta
  • Caleb Mundell, Sr., Greenfield-Central
  • Ryan Morris, Sr., Mt. Vernon
  • Armon Jarrard, So., Mt. Vernon
  • Cole McDaniel, Jr., New Castle
  • Dawson Eastes, Sr., New Palestine
  • Maximus Gizzi, Sr., New Palestine
  • Tristan Ross, Sr., Pendleton Heights
  • Jamison Dunham, So., Pendleton Heights
  • Luke Asher, Sr., Shelbyville
  • Luke Dunn, Sr., Yorktown

IHSAA Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. is aware of the case of COVID-19 in Marion County, IN that was reported this morning.

 

We will continue to monitor the developments and listen to medical experts and if it becomes necessary to make adjustments to high school sporting events, we will work with our member schools to take every precaution to ensure a healthy and safe environment for everyone involved.

Southwestern eliminated by Jac-Cen-Del at Sectional 60

A game of runs was capped by Jac-Cen-Del who pulled away from Southwestern for a 63-55 win at Class A Sectional 60 Wednesday.

 

The Eagles slowed down a fast Southwestern start by going to a 2 - 3 zone.  The Spartans who led by as many as nine, 20-11, trailed 26-24 by halftime.

 

A flurry of 3's put Southwestern (15-9) back on top in the third quarter.  The period capped off by an Anick Hartsell steal with about five seconds remaining and turn back to the front court where he nailed a three-pointer as the third quarter buzzer sounded.  Southwestern took a 43-40 lead into the fourth.

 

But down the stretch it was rebounds and strenfgth that provided the difference.  The Eagles outscored Southwestern 23-12 over the final eight minutes.

 

Spartans head coach Brady Days:

 

 

Anick Hartsell led Southwestern with 17 points.  Kirk VanGorden scored 11 and Ethan Wendling added eight points and eight rebounds.

 

Jac-Cen-Del (13-11) got 19 points from Will Neal.  Wyatt Day scored 12 points to with six rebounds.  Brandon Baber added 11 points and 8 rebounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenfield-Central with a terrific second half rally but Richmond advances at Sectional 9

Greenfield-Central did what the Cougars have done all season.  They scrapped, battled, fought, and, in the Sectional 9 quarterfinal against Richmond, rallied from a deficit.  But in the end, the Red Devils advances with a 54-48 win Wednesday.

 

Jake Cohran scored 16 of his team-high 19 points in the second half.  Caleb Mundell scored 13.

 

G-C trailed 25-15 at halftime and 31-24 going to the 4th quarter.  The Cougars erased all of the Red Devils lead but couldn't escape with a win as the teams combined for 47 points in the final period.

 

Head coach Luke Meredith on the GIANT fm Sports postgame:

 

 

 

Record purses offered for Indiana Quarter Horse racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana has reached new levels in 2020. The 18th season of action at Indiana Grand, which gets underway Tuesday, April 14, will feature the most money ever offered for the sprinters in the 24-year history of pari-mutuel Quarter Horse racing in the state of Indiana.

 

A total of 19 stakes will be offered for Quarter Horses in 2020 with purses hitting an all-time high of $1.75 million. Leading the list will be the $150,000 Gordon Mobley Futurity Final for Indiana sired freshman set for Saturday, June 20 and the $150,000 Miss Roxie Little Futurity Final for Indiana bred two-year-olds slated for Saturday, Oct. 24. The Mobley Futurity will offer it’s 11th running this season while the Little Futurity advances into it’s 12th running in 2020.

 

“We were able to add an additional $350,000 into the Quarter Horse stakes for 2020,” said Kevin Greely, director of racing. “We closed out last year with a positive balance that carried over to this year. That aspect, in addition to the funneling of live table games monies into the purse account, has provided us with a great platform to kick off our Quarter Horse program this season.”

 

In addition to stakes purses, overnights for Quarter Horse racing will receive a boost of $270,000 over the course of the 120-day racing meet.

 

“Our Quarter Horse program at Indiana Grand is up substantially this season,” added Greely. “It’s been exciting to see the industry grow over the past few years and now with the current purse structure, this makes us very competitive in the Quarter Horse racing market.”

 

Six nights will be dedicated to all-Quarter Horse racing in 2020. The first evening is slated for Saturday, May 30 and will feature the $75,000 Born Runner Classic and the $75,000 Harley Greene Derby Final. Both stakes are examples of the purse boosts for 2020 Quarter Horse racing in Indiana.

 

Other all-Quarter Horse racing dates for 2020 include Saturday, July 4, Saturday, Aug. 8, Saturday, Sept. 12, Saturday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 24. The final all-Quarter Horse racing night always features a compilation of stakes, including the Little Futurity, with stakes purses for the evening in excess of $450,000.

 

For a complete list of Quarter Horse dates and stakes action in 2020, visit the Website 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. 

IBCA / Subway girls all-state honors set

Fifteen seniors and 15 underclass girls basketball players have earned IBCA/Subway "Supreme 15" All-State honors for 2019-2020, it was announced Wednesday (March 4).

    

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

       

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

       

In addition, 87 more seniors and 92 more underclass players were selected honorable mention all-state. The honorable mention laurels are awarded without regard to school size.

      

Those voted to the 2020 IBCA/Subway Supreme 15 Senior girls' team are, listed alphabetically: Allison Bosse, Brownsburg; Kendall Bostic, Northwestern; Maya Chandler, Triton Central; Ella Collier, Danville; Katie Davidson, Lawrence North; Nan Garcia, Jeffersonville; Sydney Graber, Homestead; Ra'Shaya Kyle, Marion; Madison Layden, Northwestern; Rachel Loobie, Franklin Central; Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern; Keegan Sullivan, South Bend St. Joseph; Alana Vinson, Roncalli; Taylor Westgate, Oak Hill; and Kristian Young, Lawrence North. 

      

Those voted to the 2020 IBCA/Subway Supreme 15 Underclass girls' team are, listed alphabetically: Ally Becki, Brownsburg; Katie Burton, Fishers; Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point; Kate Clarke, Carmel; Trinity Clinton, Penn; Lilliann Frasure, North Judson; Chloe McKnight, Bedford North Lawrence; Meg Newman, North Central; Ayanna Patterson, Homestead; Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington; Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville; Vanessa Shafford, Linton-Stockton; Jayla Smith, Lawrence North; Trinity Thompson, Michigan City; and Ariana Wiggins, Heritage Christian.

       The IBCA/Subway All-State teams are selected through a process organized by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and presented by Subway Restaurants of Indiana.

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

        

Subway Restaurants of Indiana once again is making a financial contribution to the IBCA Scholarship Fund as the presenting partner of the IBCA all-state teams. As part of the partnership, Subway will provide plaques to Supreme 15 honorees and certificates to players receiving Large School All-State, Small School All-State or Honorable Mention all-state recognition. Those items will be available to each recipient's coach at the annual IBCA Clinic in April, allowing her coach to present the award to each player.

       

The IBCA thanks Subway Restaurants for being a partner in this annual project.

       

The complete 2020 IBCA/Subway Senior All-State and 2020 IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State teams for girls basketball are listed below.

 

2020 IBCA/Subway Senior All-State Supreme 15

              Allison Bosse, Brownsburg

              Kendall Bostic, Northwestern

              Maya Chandler, Triton Central

              Ella Collier, Danville

              Katie Davidson, Lawrence North

              Nan Garcia, Jeffersonville

              Sydney Graber, Homestead

              Ra’Shaya Kyle, Marion

              Madison Layden, Northwestern

              Rachel Loobie, Franklin Central

              Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern

              Keegan Sullivan, South Bend St. Joseph

              Alana Vinson, Roncalli

              Taylor Westgate, Oak Hill

              Kristian Young, Lawrence North

 

Large School All-State

              Darrian Carmean, Vincennes Lincoln

              Aliyah Evans, Greensburg

              Khera Goss, Ben Davis

              Lexie Green, Southport   

              Sydney Jacobsen, Harrison (West Lafayette)

              Madeline Lawrence, Winchester

              Jasmine McWilliams, North Central

              Alaina Omonode, West Lafayette

              Reganne Pate, Penn

              Dash Shaw, Crown Point

              Abby Stoddard, Crown Point

              K’Ja Talley, Warren Central

              Sydney Watkins, Heritage Christian

              Madison Webb, Bedford North Lawrence

              Yiesha Williams, Elkhart Central

 

Small School All-State                                               

              Natalie Boesing, Providence

              Hannah Bolton, Monroe Central

              Isabell Claywell, Eastern (Pekin)

              Erin Coffel, Bremen

              Maddi Fulks, Bethesda Christian

              Bailey Keim, North Miami

              Jewel McCormick, Springs Valley

              Alexis Mead, Greenwood Christian

              Hannah Puent, Indiana Deaf

              Destiney Ramey, Edinburgh

              Rylie Stephens, Triton Central

              Lindsey Syrek, University

              Tia Tolbert, Vincennes Rivet

              Ilani Williams-Harris, Covenant Christian (Indianapolis)

              Amber Wolf, South Central (Union Mills)

 

Honorable Mention

              Nyla Asad, LaPorte

              Addison Bayman, Woodlan

              Rebecca Berry, South Vermillion

              Caily Bolser, Mississinewa

              Kyrstin Bond, South Dearborn

              Sania Borom, Covenant Christian (Indianapolis)

              Meghan Busick, Bellmont

              Becca Chamberlin, Winchester

              Alaya Chapman, Fort Wayne South

              McKenzie Cooper, Eastern (Greentown)

              Mykayla Couchenour, South Knox

              Peyton Crace, Charlestown

              Ashley Craycraft, Chesterton

              Grace Crist, Triton Central

              Courtlynn Crowe, Peru

              Alaysia Davis, Warren Central

              Kassidy Dishman, Delta

              Bree Dossen, Heritage

              Rylee Dowers, North Vermillion

              Jocelyn Duncan, Eastern Hancock

              Aubree Dwiggins, Pendleton Heights

              Hannah Farrell, Greenfield-Central

              Justis Gordon, Cathedral

              Paige Gregory, Mooresville

              Brielle Harrison, Warsaw

              Mallory Hawkins, South Vermillion

              Ava Henson, Westfield

              Christina Himelick, Mishawaka Marian

              Kenna Hisle, Evansville North

              Hannah Ivers, South Knox

              Jaci Jones, Fort Wayne South

              Gabby Joyner, Evansville North

              Toni Joyner, Whiteland

              Juliana Kemper, Lawrenceburg

              Olivia Klinger, Washington Township

              Claire Knies, Jasper

              Haven Link, Edinburgh

              Jackie Maulucci, Hamilton Southeastern

              Jaylah Mays, Scottsburg

              Ally McConnell, Marquette Catholic

              Brilan McCory, East Central

              Abbey McKibbin, Elkhart Christian

              Kenzie McMahon, Bellmont

              Klair Merrell, Northwestern

              Braxtin Mickens, Indianapolis Tech

              Megan Mills, Pendleton Heights

              Micha Morrison, Greensburg

              Jaliah Nailor, Lawrence Central

              Lettie Nice, Salem

              Haley Nichols, Avon

              Kassidy Oliger, Hagerstown

              Rylie Parker, Homestead

              Kaylee Patton, Warsaw

              Madison Payne, Monrovia

              Maddy Payne, NorthWood

              Lauren Pendleton, Indian Creek

              Sydnee Perry, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

              Claire Rake, Center Grove

              Meredith Raley, Gibson Southern

              Jordan Reid, New Palestine

              Lydia Reimbold, Fort Wayne Luers

              Lucy Robertson, North Harrison

              Kate Rulli, NorthWood

              Rian Russell, West Washington

              Katie Sauer, Oregon-Davis

              Amanda Schreiber, Hanover Central

              Ashley Schroer, Brownstown Central

              Maddi Sears, University

              Kenzee Smith, Decatur Central

              Madison Stamm, Anderson Prep

              Allison Stevens, Greencastle

              Allison Stogsdill, Brown County

              Audrey Strawsma, Benton Central

              Makynlee Taylor, Lapel

              Aleiah Thomas, Switzerland County

              Hope Tomlinson, Salem

              Ainsley Urbanski, Bloomington North

              Sydney Van Meter, Rensselaer Central

              Jazmen Watts, South Bend Riley

              Juliana Weaver, Northridge

              Kiley White, Seeger

              Vanessa Wilson, Decatur Central

              Jayden Worthington, Oregon-Davis

              Sara Zabrecky, Munster

              Faith Zazzetti, Forest Park

              Macie Zink, Forest Park

              Hope Zylstra, Covenant Christian (DeMotte)

 

2020 IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State Supreme 15

              Ally Becki, Brownsburg

              Katie Burton, Fishers

              Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point

              Kate Clarke, Carmel

              Trinity Clinton, Penn

              Lilliann Frasure, North Judson

              Chloe McKnight, Bedford North Lawrence

              Meg Newman, North Central

              Ayanna Patterson, Homestead

              Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington

              Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville

              Vanessa Shafford, Linton-Stockton

              Jayla Smith, Lawrence North

              Trinity Thompson, Michigan City

              Ariana Wiggins, Heritage Christian

 

Large School All-State

              Maddie Bischoff, Roncalli

              Alyssa Crockett, Westfield

              Bridget Dunn, Carmel

              Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian

              Nakaih Hunter, North Central

              Hanna Knoll, Angola

              Maycee Lange, Vincennes Lincoln

              Natalie Niehaus, Castle

              Makaya Porter, Elkhart Central

              Zakia Rasheed, Bishop Chatard

              Alex Richard, Avon

              Brynn Shoup-Hill, Goshen

              Lilly Stoddard, Crown Point

              Josie Trabel, East Central

              Mary Wilson, Center Grove

              

Small School All-State

              Gracie Adams, Lanesville

              Courtney Blakely, Hammond Noll

              Ashlynn Brooke, Pioneer

              Aubrey Burgess, Linton-Stockton

              Kalea Fleming, Loogootee

              Erikka Hill, Shenandoah

              Sydney Jaynes, Trinity Lutheran

              Brooklynn Jones, Loogootee

              Paige Ledford, Jac-Cen-Del

              Ally Madden, Blue River Valley   

              Kaybree Oxley, Tecumseh

              Tenleigh Phelps, Triton Central

              Isabella Reed, Greenwood Christian

              Mercedes Rhodes, Oregon-Davis

              Bailey Tabeling, Trinity Lutheran

 

Honorable Mention

              Addison Ainscough, Barr-Reeve

              Ryleigh Anslinger, Evansville Memorial

              Katherine Benter, Brownstown Central

              Olivia Brooke, Pioneer

              Caitlyn Campbell, Winchester

              Karsyn Cherry, Lafayette Central Catholic

              Jocelyn Cox, North Central (Farmersburg)

              Jaleigh Crawford, Elwood

              Hailey Cripe, Pioneer

              Averi Davidson, North Central (Farmersburg)

              Kelsey DuBois, University

              Jaclyn Emly, Silver Creek

              Taylor Farris, Northeastern

              Abby Fleetwood, Brown County

              Riley Flinn, Harrison (West Lafayette)

              Tyra Ford, Anderson

              Hope Fox, East Central

              Savvanah Frye, Greenwood Christian

              Kaylee Fuelling, Norwell

              Layla Gold, Park Tudor

              Irye Gomez, Bedford North Lawrence

              Rebekah Gordon, Heritage Hills

              Madison Gray, Union County

              Koryn Greiwe, Columbus East

              Bailey Hartsough, Lakeland

              Zayda Hatfield, Terre Haute South

              Taylor Heath, Triton Central

              McKenzie Hudgen, Mishawaka Marian

              Laila Hull, Zionsville

              Brooke Jackson, Mt. Vernon (Posey)

              Saniya Jackson, Carroll (Fort Wayne)

              Chloe Jolloff, Lakewood Park Christian

              Rashunda Jones, South Bend Washington

              Remi Jordan, Knox

              Bailey Kelham, Garrett

              Kenna Kirby, Tri-West

              McKenna Layden, Northwestern

              Kencia Levasseur, Washington

              Skylie Lutz, Union City

              Jenna McFarland, Northeastern

              Moira McGinley, Bishop Chatard

              Alexa McKinley, Columbus North

              Grace Meyer, Seymour

              Torri Miller, Merrillville

              Alea Minnich, NorthWood

              Myah Montgomery, Southridge

              Peyton Murphy, Evansville Memorial

              Treasure Nickelson, Crawford County

              Kaliah Neighbors, Evansville North

              Natalie Noel, Salem

              Jade Nutley, Madison

              Felicity Olejniczak, Knox

              Jillian Osswald, Hamilton Heights

              Morgan Ostrowski, Garrett

              Ryin Ott, LaPorte

              Imani Owens, South Bend Riley

              Bailey Parham, Tri

              Emily Parrett, Carroll (Fort Wayne)

              Maddie Patterson, Danville

              Heather Pautler, Daleville

              Kathryn Perry, Shenandoah

              Abigail Ratts, Salem

              Amiyah Reynolds, South Bend Washington

              Katey Richason, Zionsville

              Sheridan Robbins, Orleans

              Haley Rose, Linton-Stockton

              Ali Saunders, North Harrison

              Ashlee Schram, Tipton

              Renna Schwieterman, Jay County

              Tressa Senesac, Benton Central

              Kylee Shelton, Bloomfield

              Lexi Shelton, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

              Maiah Shelton, Norwell

              Delainey Shorter, Sullivan

              Gracie Shorter, Sullivan

              Alana Striverson, Silver Creek

              Kynidi Striverson, Silver Creek   

              Karly Sweeney, Salem

              Amaya Thomas, Evansville Central

              Haley Thomas, Harrison (West Lafayette)

              Madison Thompson, Wapahani

              Alaina Thorne, Washington

              Ashlyn Traylor, Martinsville

              Sidney Wagner, Tippecanoe Valley

              Pa’Shence Walker, Martinsville

              Ava Weber, Corydon Central

              Tanyuel Welch, North Central

              TiAuna White, Fort Wayne Northrop

              Ellie Wilkerson, Plainfield

              Annabelle Williams, Jac-Cen-Del

              Abby Worley, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

              Zoe Zellers, Scottsburg

 

Indiana Fever sign Belgian guard Julie Allemand

The Indiana Fever signed free agent guard, Julie Allemand, to a multi-year contract today.

"We're excited to welcome Julie to our team,” Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Tamika Catchings said. “Julie has continued to develop her point guard skills with the Belgium National team. Her overseas endeavors will make her an instrumental player for our team."

 

The 5-foot-8 guard is averaging 8.1 points, 5.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 13 games with Lyon (France) in EuroLeague play this season. Allemand was selected with the 33rd pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft by the Fever. She continued to play overseas and did not play in games with Indiana.

 

Allemand averaged 10.0 points, 5.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds in three games with Belgium in February to help qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

 

With Monday’s signing, Allemand became the fourth international player on the Fever roster joining Natalie Achonwa (Canada), Bernadett Határ (Hungary) and Stephanie Mavunga (Zimbabwe).

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

 

A new decade of Indiana Fever basketball will tip off on Friday, May 15 under new head coach, Marianne Stanley. The 21st regular season of Indiana Fever basketball begins at Butler University’s historic Hinkle Fieldhouse against the Atlanta Dream. Fans may purchase tickets by visiting feverbasketball.com.

 

The preseason schedule will be announced at a later date.

Purse increase reflected in first condition book at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will kick off its 18th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing Tuesday, April 14 and the action just got a little sweeter for the participants. The first condition book is now available and reflects a significant purse increase.

 

Thoroughbred purses have received an eight percent increase for all open races and Indiana state bred races. An additional 12 percent has been added to Indiana sired races for the 120-day racing season.

 

“We are very pleased to kick off our racing season with a significant increase in purses,” said Eric Halstrom, vice president and general manager of racing. “This increase is a direct reflection of table games revenues that feed into our purse accounts and really sets the tone for our season. We continue to see growth in our breeding programs for Indiana and look forward to seeing our racing product continue to flourish.”

 

The 2020 racing program includes the addition of two $150,000 stakes races for Indiana sired contenders. The Lady Fog Horn Stakes and the Unreachable Star Stakes will join the $100,000 Crown Ambassador and the $100,000 Indiana Stallion Fillies Saturday, Oct. 17. As a result, a new Indiana Championship Night has been created and will include purses in excess of $500,000 for the evening. The addition of the two stakes also brings the stakes money for Indiana Grand to an all-time high with 37 stakes offering purses in excess of $4.65 million, a new track record.

 

The Grade III $500,000-guaranteed Indiana Derby heads the stakes schedule for 2020. The 26th running of the event is slated for Saturday, July 11 and will be joined by six other stakes on the program, including the Grade III $200,000-guaranteed Indiana Oaks.

 

The 18th season of Quarter Horse racing will also see a boost in 2020. The complete Quarter Horse stakes schedule and purses will be released in the near future.

 

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.