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Leal named Indiana Mr. Basketball, Parrish named Indiana Miss Basketball

Anthony Leal and Sydney Parrish each has earned the top award in Indiana high school basketball.


Leal, a 6-5 senior guard from Bloomington South, has been named IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball for 2020 in online voting of media and boys’ varsity coaches conducted overseen by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and All-Star game director Mike Broughton. Parrish, a 6-2 senior guard from Hamilton Southeastern, has been selected IndyStar Indiana Miss Basketball for 2020 through voting of media and girls’ varsity coaches.


The Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball awards go to the respective top boys’ basketball senior and top girls’ basketball senior in the state. The Mr. Basketball award is part of the IndyStar Indiana All-Star program that dates to 1939. The Miss Basketball award, along with the girls All-Stars, was added to the All-Star program in 1976.


Leal earned the boys’ honor after being named on 103 ballots submitted to Broughton during late March and early April. Tony Perkins of Lawrence North was runner-up in the voting with 37 votes. He was followed by Trey Galloway of Culver Academy with 33 votes, Johnell Davis of Gary 21st Century with 22 votes and Dre Davis of Lawrence Central with 15 votes.


Parrish received the girls’ accolade after receiving 102 votes in balloting that occurred in February. Madison Layden of Northwestern was second with 83 votes. Kendall Bostic, also of Northwestern, finished third with 22 votes.


Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball traditionally wear No. 1 jerseys for the respective Indiana Boys All-Stars and Indiana Girls All-Stars in the annual series with Kentucky. However, the 2020 All-Star games have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has prompted government officials to implement stay-at-home mandates in Indiana, Kentucky and much of the nation. The All-Star games were to have been played June 5 in Georgetown, Ky., and June 6 at Southport Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.


Leal, an Indiana University recruit, averaged 18.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals in leading Bloomington South to a 26-0 record and a Class 4A No. 1 ranking. His Panthers won the Columbus North Sectional and were set to face Floyd Central in a Seymour Regional semifinal when the IHSAA state tournament series initially was suspended and ultimately canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Leal probably could have scored more points if that were his objective, but he was part of a team that had four players score in double figures and showed a team balance that made them difficult to beat. For the season, Leal hit 59 percent from the field (173-of-293), 37 percent from 3-point range (38-of-103) and 76 percent from the free-throw line (90-of-119). Still, he completed his career as Bloomington South’s all-time leading scorer with 1,620 points while helping the Panthers to a 98-12 record during his four seasons.


Leal is the second player from Bloomington South to win Mr. Basketball, joining Jordan Hulls in 2009. Leal also is the third consecutive Mr. Basketball to be headed to IU. He follows 2018 Mr. Basketball Romeo Langford of New Albany and 2019 Mr. Basketball Trayce Jackson-Davis of Center Grove to decide to join the Hoosiers.


Parrish, who has signed to attend the University of Oregon, accomplished all she could while leading the Hamilton Southeastern girls to a four-year 84-18 ledger. Her career with the Royals’ was highlighted by a 27-1 record and a Class 4A state championship as a junior in 2018-19. She followed by leading HSE to a 22-3 mark as a senior.


Parrish completed her career with a school-record and Hamilton County-record 1,925 points, a 19.6 average in 98 career games. She also had career totals of 653 rebounds (6.7 average), 208 assists (2.1), 85 blocks (0.9) and 203 steals (2.1).


As a senior, Parrish posted averages of 24.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.4 steals while shooting 50 percent on field goals (201-of-401), 28 percent on 3-pointers (41-of-148) and 77 percent on free throws (176-of-229). That came after a junior season where she was named Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year with averages of 21.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals.


Parrish is her school’s first Miss Basketball award winner. However, Hamilton Southeastern boasts previous Mr. Basketball winners in Gary Harris in 2012 and Zak Irvin in 2013.


A list of Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball honorees follows.


Indiana Mr. Basketball honorees

1939: George Crowe, Franklin

1940: Ed Schienbein, Southport

1941: John Bass, Greenwood

1942: Bud Brown, Muncie Burris

1943: not awarded (World War II)

1944: not awarded (World War II)

1945: Tom Schwartz, Kokomo

1946: Johnny Wilson, Anderson

1947: Bill Garrett, Shelbyville

1948: Bob Masters, Lafayette Jeff

1949: Dee Monroe, Madison

1950: Pat Klein, Marion

1951: Tom Harrold, Muncie Central

1952: Joe Sexson, Indianapolis Tech

1953: Hallie Bryant, Indianapolis Attucks

1954: Bobby Plump, Milan

1955: Wilson Eison, Gary Roosevelt

1956: Oscar Robertson, Indianapolis Attucks

1957: Joan Coalmon, South Bend Central

1958: Mike McCoy, Fort Wayne South

1959: Jimmy Rayl, Kokomo

1960: Ron Bonham, Muncie Central

1961: Tom VanArsdale, Indianapolis Manual, and Dick VanArsdale, Indianpolis Manual

1962: Larry Humes, Madison

1963: Rick Jones, Muncie Central

1964: Dennis Brady, Lafayette Jeff

1965: Bill Keller, Indianapolis Washington

1966: Rick Mount, Lebanon

1967: Willie Long, Fort Wayne South

1968: Billy Shepherd, Carmel

1969: George McGinnis, Indianapolis Washington

1970: Dave Shepherd, Carmel

1971: Mike Flynn, Jeffersonville

1972: Phil Cox, Connersville

1973: Kent Benson, New Castle

1974: Steve Collier, Southwestern (Hanover), and Roy Taylor, Anderson

1975: Kyle Macy, Peru

1976: Dave Colescott, Marion

1977: Ray Tolbert, Anderson Madison Heights

1978: David Magley, South Bend LaSalle

1979: Steve Bouchie, Washington

1980: Jim Master, Fort Wayne Harding

1981: Dan Palombizio, Michigan City Rogers

1982: Roger Harden, Valparaiso

1983: Steve Alford, New Castle

1984: Delray Brooks, Michigan City Rogers, and Troy Lewis, Anderson,

1985: Jeff Grose, Warsaw

1986: Mark Jewell, Lafayette Jeff

1987: Jay Edwards, Marion, and Lyndon Jones, Marion

1988: Woody Austin, Richmond

1989: Pat Graham, Floyd Central

1990: Damon Bailey, Bedford North Lawrence

1991: Glenn Robinson, Gary Roosevelt

1992: Charles Macon, Michigan City Elston

1993: Maurice “Kojak” Fuller, Anderson

1994: Bryce Drew, Valparaiso

1995: Damon Frierson, Ben Davis

1996: Kevin Ault, Warsaw

1997: Luke Recker, DeKalb

1998: Tom Coverdale, Noblesville

1999: Jason Gardner, North Central

2000: Jared Jeffries, Bloomington North

2001: Chris Thomas, Pike

2002: Sean May, Bloomington North

2003: Justin Cage, Pike

2004: A.J. Ratliff, North Central

2005: Luke Zeller, Washington

2006: Greg Oden, Lawrence North

2007: Eric Gordon, North Central

2008: Tyler Zeller, Washington

2009: Jordan Hulls, Bloomington South

2010: DeShaun Thomas, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers

2011: Cody Zeller, Washington

2012: Gary Harris, Hamilton Southeastern

2013: Zak Irvin, Hamilton Southeastern

2014: Trey Lyles, Indianapolis Tech

2015: Caleb Swanigan, Homestead

2016: Kyle Guy, Lawrence Central

2017: Kris Wilkes, North Central

2018: Romeo Langford, New Albany

2019: Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove

2020: Anthony Leal, Bloomington South


Indiana Miss Basketball honorees

1976: Judi Warren, Warsaw

1977: Teri Rosinski, Norwell

1978: Chanda Kline, Warsaw

1979: LaTaunya Pollard, East Chicago Roosevelt

1980: Maria Stack, Columbus East

1981: Cheryl Cook, Indianapolis Washington

1982: Trena Keys, Marion

1983: Jody Beerman, Heritage

1984: Sharon Versyp, Mishawaka

1985: Jodie Whitaker, Austin

1986: Kim Barrier, Jimtown

1987: Lori Meinerding, Fort Wayne Northrop

1988: Vicki Hall, Brebeuf Jesuit

1989: Renee Westmoreland, Scottsburg

1990: Patricia Babcock, Culver Academy

1991: Jennifer Jacoby, Rossville

1992: Marla Inman, Bedford North Lawrence

1993: Abby Conklin, Charlestown

1994: Tiffany Gooden, Fort Wayne Snider

1995: Stephanie White, Seeger

1996: Lisa Winter, Huntington North

1997: Lisa Shepherd, Richmond

1998: Kelly Komara, Lake Central

1999: April McDivitt, Connersville

2000: Sara Nord, Jeffersonville

2001: Shyra Ely, Ben Davis

2002: Shanna Zolman, Wawasee

2003: Katie Gearlds, Beech Grove

2004: Jaclyn Leininger, Warsaw

2005: Jodi Howell, Alexandria

2006: Amber Harris, North Central

2007: Ta’Shia Phillips, Brebeuf Jesuit

2008: Brittany Rayburn, Attica

2009: Skylar Diggins, South Bend Washington

2010: Courtney Moses, Oak Hill

2011: Bria Goss, Ben Davis

2012: Jessica Rupright, Norwell

2013: Stephanie Mavunga, Brownsburg

2014: Whitney Jennings, Logansport

2015: Ali Patberg, Columbus North

2016: Jackie Young, Princeton

2017: Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead

2018: Amy Dilk, Carmel

2019: Jorie Allen, Bedford North Lawrence

2020: Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern