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Andrew Luck has announced his retirement from the Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is retiring from the National Football League.

 

ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news first in a Tweet on Saturday night.

 

Following the Colts' preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium, Luck confirmed the news in a press conference.  He says ongoing injuries have done him in mentally and physically.  The 29-year-old noted a career full of injuries, including the ankle issue he's been dealing with this summer, played a large part in his decision.

 

 

Luck was emotional offering thank you’s to those around him.

 

 

"It's been a tough week," Colts General Manager Chris Ballard said in a separate press conference Saturday night. "With that being said, we're moving forward. That's what we do."

 

Jacoby Brissett is now expected to be the starting quarterback for the Colts, who start the regular season in just two weeks against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Pick 5 and Pick 6 Carryovers set for Friday program at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Three of the four longest shots on the board finished among the top three in the fifth race at Indiana Grand Wednesday, Aug. 21. As a result, carryovers were established for both the Pick 5 and the Pick 6 heading into the next racing program, which is Friday, Aug. 23.

 

The Pick 5 will kick off in the first race of the Friday program with a carryover of $11,889.60 and is on the first five races on the card. First post Friday is set for 2:15 p.m.

 

The Pick 6 carryover for the Friday racing program will begin with $16,563.58. The Pick 6 begins with the third race, which has an estimated post time of 3:11 p.m. and runs through the eighth race.

 

Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. 

High school volleyball preseason rankings

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Class 4A (First place votes in parentheses)

1. New Castle - 213 (14)
2. Providence - 157
3. Center Grove - 153
4. Yorktown - 143 (5)
5. Fishers - 99 (3)
6. Hamilton Southeastern - 82
7. Avon - 77 (1)
8. Crown Point - 73
9. McCutcheon - 60
10. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) - 53 (1)

 

Others Receiving Votes: Penn 39, Castle 31, Roncalli 31, Carmel 30, Cathedral 22, LaPorte 14, Lawrence North 13, New Palestine 12, Bloomington North 8, Munster 8, Bloomington South 7, Floyd Central 7, Westfield 7, FW Carroll 4, Noblesville 4, Brownsburg 3, Columbus East 3, Seymour 3, New Albany 1, Plainfield 1, Richmond 1.

 

 

 

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Class 3A (First place votes in parentheses)

1. Muncie Burris - 81 (5)
T-2. Brebeuf - 78 (2)
T-2. Brownstown Central - 78 (2)
4. Northview - 60
5. Silver Creek - 53
6. Delta - 44
7. FW Dwenger - 21
8. Bellmont - 16
T-9. Mishawaka Marian - 14
T-9. SB St. Joseph's - 14

 

Others Receiving Votes: New Prairie 12, Ev. Memorial 9, FW Concordia 7, Guerin Catholic 6, Lawrenceburg 5, Cardinal Ritter 2, Angola 1, Greensburg 1.

 

 

 

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Class 2A (First place votes in parentheses)

1. Heritage Christian - 110 (7)
2. North Judson - 74 (5)
3. Hagerstown - 63
4. Wabash - 62
5. Ev. Mater Dei - 60
6. Tipton - 48
7. Wapahani - 30
8. Barr-Reeve - 29
9. Andrean - 28
10. Western Boone - 23

 

Others Receiving Votes: Covenant Christian (Ind.) 18, South Adams 16, Hammond Bishop Noll 14, Park Tudor 12, Alexandria 9, Clinton Prairie 8, Southwestern (Hanover) 6, Henryville 5, Lapel 4, Adams Central 2, Carroll (Flora) 2, Triton Central 1.

 

 

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Class 1A (First place votes in parentheses)

1. Laf. Central Catholic - 133 (12)
2. Morgan Township - 92 (2)
3. Trinity Lutheran - 83
4. Pioneer - 71 (2)
5. Ind. Lutheran - 51
6. Hauser - 48
7. Cowan - 46
8. Springs Valley - 44
9. FW Blackhawk Christian - 41
10. Covington - 40

 

Others Receiving Votes: Loogootee 25, Southwood 21, Blue River Valley 19, South Newton 18, Northfield 16, Wes-Del 15, Northeast Dubois 14, Seton Catholic 12, Bethany Christian 11, Bloomfield 9, Oldenburg 9, Elkhart Christian 7, Greenwood Christian 3, Frontier 2, Greenwood Christian 2, New Washington 2, Rock Creek 2, South Central (Elizabeth) 1.

Triton Central Tigers open football, ICC season on the road at Cascade

TC football has played in six consecutive sectional championship games.  The Tigers have dropped five of those to the likes of ranked clubs from Indy Howe, Milan, and Scecina twice including last season’s 34-30 nail biter at Bud Mendenhall Field.

 

The Tigers have the talent to get there again with 15 returning starters and a shift to the south for postseason play.

 

Head coach Tim Able has a returning starter at QB.  Erick Hebauf replaced the injured Aaron Steele for the final four games last season.

 

 

The receiving corps may be the most inexperienced position for the Tigers.  But that doesn’t include Hebauf’s biggest target.  Luke Hornung will play both sides of the ball and will catch it all over the field.

 

 

The Tigers travel to Cascade to open the season and the ICC schedule.  Cascade joins the conference replacing Park Tudor.

 

Lady Ally wins first career start for ownership group at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Lady Ally had the biggest cheering section during the Friday, Aug. 16 racing program at Indiana Grand and she gave her fans something to cheer about. Owned by the latest partnership under the Ironhorse Racing Stable moniker, Lady Ally rallied home a winner by three and three-quarter lengths in the $33,000 Two-Year-Old Maiden Special Weight.

 

More than 30 people were in the winner’s circle to greet Lady Ally following the race. Many individuals in her ownership group, which is in excess of 30, came to watch with family and friends to watch their new acquisition compete for the first time. It was a welcomed surprise to add a win onto the afternoon journey.

 

Starting from post seven, Lady Ally got away in the first flight during the five and one-half furlong race, but jockey Fernando De La Cruz was able to ease her back and sit patiently through the first half of the race. Once the field hit the homestretch, he had Lady Ally in full gear. She caught up with race leader Lucky Fever and Rodney Prescott and the horses matched each other stride for stride halfway down the stretch before Lady Ally pulled away for the win. Lucky Fever was second while Arch Socialite finished third with Ezequiel Lara aboard.

 

“This is the first time I’ve owned a horse,” said Alexa Zepp, who drove in from Lawrence, Kansas to watch Lady Ally. “I’m a handicapper and always wanted to own a horse. I was really impressed with the way Ironhorse Racing handles their business and they really care about the well being of the horses. And, while I was here, I noticed Indiana Grand had an NHC Qualifier on Saturday, so I’m staying over to play in that too.”

 

Lady Ally, a freshman daughter of Alternation, was bred by Pat and Dennis Doran. She became available in the Fasig Tipton “Two-Year-Olds in Training” sale at Santa Anita and caught the eye of Harlan Malter, the owner and manager of Ironhorse Racing. He purchased her for $26,000 and sent her to Trainer Tim Glyshaw at Churchill Downs.

 

“We had her for three weeks at Churchill and then sent her up to Indiana Grand,” said Glyshaw, who trained Bucchero, Indiana’s all-time richest Thoroughbred for Ironhorse Racing. “She is a great horse to be around and really good for the owners. Harlan (Malter) had been looking to put more partnerships together and get more people involved at a smaller percentage just so they could be part of an ownership group at a minimal amount of money.”

 

Glyshaw noted the new ownership group behind Lady Ally have been really engaged and involved in her progress, especially on Twitter. He said her ownership group stretches across the nation and even includes a few existing owners that he has with other horses in his stable that are located locally in Indiana.

 

“I’m originally from Bloomington but now I live in Detroit,” said Clayton Davis, who works IT Security for General Motors. “This is the first horse I have ever owned. As an IU grad, I reached out to Tim (Glyshaw) as a fellow IU grad. He pointed me to Lady Ally as a good entry point.”

 

Davis noted that he came to Indiana Grand on Indiana Derby Day to meet Lady Ally for the first time and is totally hooked into racing.

 

“She loves peppermints and loves to be petted,” said Davis. “We were excited to see her run. I’ve never screamed and hopped up and down so much during a race. I’m hooked into the sport for life.”

 

Glyshaw made arrangements for all owners attending the race to meet him at the stable gate so he could take them back to see Lady Ally following her win, adding to the excitement of the day for the new ownership group.

 

“She (Lady Ally) has shown promise from the start,” added Glyshaw. “She is very smart and always tries very hard. You never know with a first-time starter what will happen, but for a first-time starter, everything went right. She settled in behind horses well before Fernando swung her to the outside. That was really nice to see from a first-time starter.”

 

Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. More information about the season is available at www.indianagrand.com.

SHS football prepping for scrimmage at Rushville; opener at Greensburg

Nothing came easy for Shelbyville Golden Bear football in 2018.  A new coach, new system, new players all over after a strong graduating class and it was known that the program was entering a rebuilding mode.  A 1-9 season was the result.

 

Its now second time around for Mike Clevenger as head coach as the Bears prepare for Rushville in the scrimmage this Friday and then travel to Greensburg next week for the season opener.  He admits last year was difficult enough.  Then, the injuries began.

 

 

Even the Bears lone win proved costly.  A game-winning TD run by quarterback Landon Watson ended his season with a serious concussion.  

 

The Bears head coach says competition continues for a number of positions.

 

 

Shelbyville will scrimmage Rushville Friday at 7:00 pm.

 

APPLE reserved hunts now accepting applications

Access Program Providing Land Enhancements (APPLE) offers quail, pheasant, and woodcock hunting opportunities on private property.

These hunts are allocated through the online reserved hunt system. The online application is the only way to apply. Hunters may apply for one hunting period. Although the hunting period is two days, selected hunters may only hunt one day of the two-day period.

Applications are accepted from Aug. 13 to Sept. 23. Draw result notifications will be emailed within two weeks of the application deadline. Successfully drawn applicants will be allowed two hunting partners. All regulations and bag limits apply.

You can register for this hunt and check the status of the draw, once it is available, at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt

APPLE offers financial incentives to landowners who allow controlled public access hunting on their private lands. Wildlife biologists also work with landowners to establish and improve habitat.

For more information about APPLE, please visit on.IN.gov/dnrapple  

Former NCAA National Champion Kent Benson to speak at Indiana HBPA Fellowship Event

Kent Benson, member of the 1976 undefeated NCAA National Championship team, will provide a program during the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) Fellowship Night set for Thursday, Aug. 29. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner followed by the program from Benson beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Backstretch Café at the entrance to the barn area at Indiana Grand.

 

A native of New Castle, Ind., Benson was named 1973 Indiana Mr. Basketball. He went on to an outstanding career at Indiana University (IU). In addition to serving as a member of the 32-0 undefeated team of 1976, Benson is the eighth all-time leading scorer in IU history and one of only three players to grab more than 1,000 rebounds during his tenure in Bloomington, Ind.

 

A No. 1 draft pick in 1977, Benson went on to play in the NBA for 11 seasons with Milwaukee, Detroit, Utah and Cleveland. He retired from basketball in 1989.

 

Benson now serves as a motivational speaker. His program will focus on striving for Excellence with a focus on “six D’s” he has identified as key to achieving one’s goals: desire, determination, dedication, discipline, direction and decision. Although his program is geared for all ages, his insight into growing up in Indiana, sports, and life is especially effective for junior high and high school students. The 1973 Fellowship of Christian Athletes High School Athlete of the Year will also talk about his testimony and walk with God to cap off the program.

 

The 30-minute program will conclude with a question and answer session with Benson. In addition to dinner, the Indiana HBPA will provide random drawings to four lucky attendees for (4) “IU-Hoosiers” red and white basketballs autographed by Benson. The public is encouraged to bring in items for autographs. Courtesy photo slicks of Benson in action at IU will be provided for the meet and greet with guests.

 

Guests interested in attending should call ahead and reserve a spot to assist Indiana HBPA in maintaining food and beverage levels. The event will be held in the climate-controlled Backstretch Café. Seating may be limited. To RSVP, contact the Indiana HBPA at (765) 602-0915.

Pacers open 2019-20 NBA schedule at home vs Pistons

The Indiana Pacers will open the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Wednesday, Oct. 23, against their Central Division rival, the Detroit Pistons, the NBA announced Monday.

           

The Pacers, coming off two straight 48-win seasons, will take a new-look lineup into the season with summer acquisitions Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren, T.J. McConnell, Justin Holiday and draft pick Goga Bitadze. They join returnees two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo (expected back at some point this season from a knee injury) Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, Doug McDermott, T.J. Leaf, Edmond Sumner, Aaron Holiday and Alize Johnson.

 

After the home opener, the Pacers take a three-game road trip to Cleveland, Detroit and Brooklyn before returning to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host Cleveland, Nov. 1.

 

Key home dates in the schedule include: two visits from NBA Champion Toronto (Dec. 23, Feb. 7); Eastern Conference rivals Boston (Dec. 11, Mar. 10); Milwaukee (Nov. 16, Feb. 12); and Philadelphia (New Year’s Eve, Jan. 13). Western Conference visits include the Los Angeles Clippers (Dec. 9) and Los Angeles Lakers (Dec. 17) in town just eight days apart; Denver (Jan. 2); New Orleans (Feb. 8); Golden State (Mar. 18) and Houston (Mar. 27).

 

The Pacers are scheduled for six national television appearances, five on ESPN (Feb. 7 vs. Toronto, Feb. 12 vs. Milwaukee, at Milwaukee Mar. 4, vs. Golden State, Mar. 18, at Boston, Apr. 8) and one game on TNT, Feb. 27 vs. Portland. They will also be on NBATV for six games: Nov. 30 at Philadelphia; Dec. 17 vs. L.A. Lakers; Dec. 23 vs. Toronto; Jan. 24 at Golden State; Jan. 26 at Portland; and Mar. 30 at L.A. Clippers.

 

The Pacers’ longest road trip will be nine days with five games (Cleveland, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Chicago, Dallas), Feb. 29-Mar. 8. The Pacers will have three four-game homestands in November, February and March. They will have 11 back-to-backs.

 

For information on ticket availability, including season tickets, group outings or suite rentals, please visit www.pacers.com or call (317) 917-2827. Single game tickets will go on-sale on Thursday, Sept. 26. To be a part of an exclusive presale, sign up to receive Pacers Insider, the official e-newsletter of the Pacers, by going to pacers.com/insider.

Team Harrah's Hoosier Park wins Saturday Shootout at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Team Harrah’s Hoosier Park came to Indiana Grand Racing & Casino ready for action Saturday, Aug. 3 in the fifth annual Saturday Shootout contest between the tracks. The visiting team took home the title for the third straight year in the contest that includes four races from Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Team Indiana Grand.

 

Saturday Shootout began with four preliminary rounds starting June 8 to determine the top five players from each location. Following the final preliminary round Saturday, July 6, teams were set for both properties.

 

Team Indiana Grand consisted of Eva Sheedy, James Smothers, Edwin Black, Vickie Duke and James Evans. Team Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s top five finalists were David Groce, William Ditto, Hank Rossman, Jay Mosier and James Wilkinson Jr. The final rotates between both tracks each year and the 2019 contest was set for Indiana Grand.

 

Team Harrah’s Hoosier Park got out to a strong lead after the first two races in the contest. Scoring was based on individual picks for races three through six at each property. Hoosier Park led the way by nearly $20 after the first two races in the lineup and continued to strengthen their lead. Going into the final race, Team Harrah’s Hoosier Park already had the title wrapped up.

 

“We have to give a lot of credit to Randy Harlow,” said Ditto. “He really gave us some great handicapping tips and got us rolling early.”

 

Rossman added, “But we have to give Bill (Ditto) most of the credit. He was the one that led our scoring and if it wasn’t for Bill where would we be.”

 

Rossman, Ditto, Groce, Mosier, and Wilkinson each took home $1,000 for their victory. They also received individual trophies to represent their win in the Saturday Shootout final. Members of Team Indiana Grand split $1,000 and each took home $200.

 

The contest has grown in popularity over the past five years with local players. It also creates a challenging scenario as players must handicap Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Standardbred races to reach the final. The final is based on four Thoroughbred and four Standardbred races. The final for the 2020 edition of Saturday Shootout will be held at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.

 

Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. More information about the season is available at www.indianagrand.com.

Participants announced for 2019 Raymond James HOF Classic

With fields including defending IHSAA 3A boys’ champion Silver Creek and a girls’ field with a combined record of 97-10 this past season, the 2019 Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic lineups have been set for Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28.

 

The prestigious event, spotlighting the best in Indiana high school basketball, will be held for the 36th time for girls and it will be the 43rd edition for the boys. 

 

2019 Girls’ Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic
New Castle Fieldhouse - Friday, December 27, 2019

 

11:00 a.m. (ET)           Brownsburg vs. Penn; Salem vs. Crown Point
6:00 p.m.                     Consolation Game; Championship Game

 

2019 Boys’ Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic
New Castle Fieldhouse – Saturday, December 28, 2019

 

11:00 a.m. (ET)           Silver Creek vs. Heritage Hills; Lawrence Central vs. Lafayette Jeff
6:00 p.m.                     Consolation Game; 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 six class runner-up teams in the past 17 years alone. 

 

On the boys side, 14 participating teams have gone on to win their state championship with 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 2019-20 school year.


ABOUT THE TEAMS

 

Girls:

Brownsburg – The Bulldogs come off a 20-4 finish this season and have a 39-10 record over the last two seasons.

 

Junior Allison Bosse (Marian University) averaged 15.7 points per game, sophomore Ally Becki averaged 13.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.5 steals, and junior Mackenzie Stein scored 8.5 points per contest.

 

Debbie Guckenberger has a 70-29 record in five years at Brownsburg and a career record of 197-162 in 16 seasons. She has been named the head coach of the 2019 Indiana All-Star team.

 

Brownsburg makes their 2nd appearance in the Girls Classic.  They won the 2010 event, defeating eventual 4A champion Jeffersonville and eventual 3A champion Evansville Memorial, led by sophomore Stephanie Mavunga, who was named 2010 Classic MVP and 2013 Indiana Miss Basketball.


Penn – The Kingsmen return their top three scorers from a 25-1 team that reached the 4A regional finals in 2018-19.

 

Sophomore Trinity Clinton averaged 14.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.8 steals, junior Reganne Pate averaged 12.4 points and sophomore Jordyn Smith scored 10.3 per game.

 

Head coach Kristi Kaniewski Ulrich is 229-29 in 10 seasons at Penn.  That is best record in the state over the past 10 years.

 

Penn makes their 2nd appearance in the Girls Classic.  They won 2011 event, defeating Mt. Vernon (Fortville) and Norwell, with Caroline Buhr earning that year’s Classic MVP honors.


Salem – The Lady Lions return four starters from their 24-4 3A semi-state finalist squad.

Junior point guard Leah Miller averaged 14.4 points per game, junior guard Hope Tomlinson scored 10.1, sophomore Karly Sweeney averaged 9.1 points and 5.2 rebounds and 6’2” junior Letti Nice averaged 7.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest.

 

Head coach Jerry Hickey has a 92-58 record in 6 seasons at Salem.

 

Salem makes their first appearance Classic history.


Crown Point – A youthful Bulldogs squad returns significant firepower from their 28-1 4A semi-state finalist squad.

 

Freshman point guard Jessica Carrothers averaged 21.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.7 steals, 6’1” junior Abby Stoddard scored 9.3 points per contest, sophomore Alyna Santiago averaged 6.7 points and 4.2 steals and 6’3” freshman Lilly Stoddard held averages of 5.4 points and 6.1 rebounds.

 

Head coach Chris Seibert is 77-27 in four seasons at Crown Point and holds a 136-104 career record in ten seasons overall.  He has been named an assistant coach of the 2019 Indiana All-Stars.

 

Crown Point makes their 2nd appearance in the Girls Classic.  The Bulldogs lost to Rushville and Austin in the 1984 event, but concluded the season as 1985 IHSAA girls basketball state champions.

 

Boys

 

Silver Creek – The Dragons will return two sizeable starters from their 25-3 IHSAA 3A championship squad. 

 

6’8” sophomore Trey Kaufman averaged 15.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while 6’6” classmate Kooper Jacobi averaged 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds.

 

Head coach Brandon Hoffman 151-67 in nine seasons at his alma mater.  He has led the Dragons to a 45-9 record the past two seasons and their 105-26 (.802) record over the past five seasons is 9th best in the state.

 

Silver Creek makes their first appearance in Classic history.

 

Heritage Hills – The Patriots return their top four scorers from a 22-2 squad that won 19 games in a row in 2018-19.

 

6’4” junior wing Murray Becher averaged 20.4 points per game and has been tabbed a 2019 Junior All-Star, 6’2” junior point guard Simon Scherry averaged 15.6 points and 5.1 assists, 6’8”sophomore Blake Sisley averaged 12.8 points and 7.6 rebounds and 6’1” junior Cole Sigler scored 7.6 points per contest.

 

Head coach Nate Hawkins is 57-15 in three seasons at Heritage Hills and has a 121-41 record in seven seasons overall.

 

Heritage Hills makes their first appearance in Classic history.


Lawrence Central – The Bears return two Indiana Junior All-Stars from their 22-4, Sectional 10 championship squad.

 

6’6” junior Dre Davis (University of Nebraska) averaged 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds, while 6’1” junior point guard Nijel Pack (Kansas State) averaged 16.5 points and 4.1 assists per game. Each were named to the core six of the 2019 Indiana Junior All-Star team.

Head coach Al Gooden is 78-42 in five years at LC with a career mark of 470-270 in 31 seasons overall.

 

Lawrence Central makes their 2nd appearance in the Boys Classic.  The Bears won the 2015 event by beating McCutcheon and Carroll (FW), led by Classic MVP Kyle Guy, who would later be named that season’s Indiana Mr. Basketball.

 

Lafayette Jeff – The Bronchos return over 99% of their scoring from an underclass-laden 17-8 squad that had the 7th highest scoring offense in the state in 2018-19.

 

6’2” Braxton Barnhizer averaged 19.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists as a junior, 6’2” Avery Beaver averaged 16.8 points as a junior, 6’8” Brooks Barnhizer averaged 16.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a sophomore and 6’1” sophomore Ashton Beaver averaged 7.0 points for a Bronchos team that averaged 72.9 points per game and topped 90 points in four contests last season.

 

Head coach Mark Barnhizer enters his 2nd season at Lafayette Jeff.  In 35 years as a head coach, his teams have a 453-338 career record.

 

Lafayette Jeff makes their third appearance in Classic history.  They are 0-4 all-time in the event after appearances in 1986 and 2008.  Barnhizer will lead his 2nd team in event history – his  Perry Meridian team went 1-1, winning the consolation game of the 2002 Classic.


History:
26 young women who went on to win award have participated in the Girls Classic, including each of the last 11 Miss 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 and Romeo Langford among others.

 

Entering the 2019 Classic, the event has included 92 different IHSAA-member girls programs and 102 different IHSAA-member boys programs in tournament history.

Sponsors:
2019 is the 3rd year 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 7,800 financial advisors in more than 3,000 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are approximately $725 billion. 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 include adidas, Henry Community Health and Jostens.