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To honor the late Garry Donna Hoosier Basketball
Magazine is printing a nostalgia “throw-back” cover to the 1970-71
season, Garry Donna’s first year as publisher. Romeo Langford of New
Albany has a replica photo on the front cover, which replaces the
picture of Peru’s John Garrett from the 1970-71 issue. This nostalgia
edition can be order by mail only.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kip Wesner February 28, 2018 (317) 925-8200
HOOSIER BASKETBALL MAGAZINE TABS TOP 60 SENIOR GIRLS
Attached is the list of Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 senior girls’ basketball players for 2017-2018 as compiled by Hoosier Basketball Magazine. These girls were selected from approximately 1,400 senior players statewide. Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted during the season and throughout the state tournament to determine Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60. Two sessions of the 37th annual Top 60 Senior Workout will be hosted by Hoosier Basketball Magazine in conjunction with the IHSAA and the IBCA on Sunday, March 4th at Heritage Christian High School in Indianapolis (6401 East 75th Street). Half of the Top 60 girls, primarily from northern and southern Indiana, will participate in the first session (1:00-3:00 pm EST). The remaining players, primarily from central Indiana, will compete during the second session (3:30-5:30 pm EST). The Top 60 Senior Workout includes the state’s top two leading scorers— Daijah Smith, Gary Lighthouse CPA (28.7 ppg) and Leigha Brown, DeKalb (28). Four other attendees are among the state’s top scoring leaders— Lucy Carrigan, Rising Sun (24.3 ppg), Audrey Reed, Sheridian (23.9), Cameron Cardenas, Beech Grove (22.5) and Kendall Fisher, Tindley (22.5). There is one player that will participate in the Top 60 Workout who also competed in the 2018 IHSAA state finals on February 24th— Kyra Whitaker (AAA - runner-up Greensburg). Also among the 2018 Top 60 selectees are 12 girls who will play at “in-state” Division I basketball programs during the 2018-2019 season— Blake Smith (Carmel) at Ball State, Ellen Ross (Fort Wayne Dwenger) at Butler, Anna Newman (Evansville North) and Sydney Tucker (Frankton) at Evansville, Bree Boles (Lapel), Daijah Smith (Gary Lighthouse CPA) and Michaela White (Pike) at Indiana State, Taylor Ramey (North Central-Marion) at IUPUI, Katlyn Gilbert (Heritage Christian) at Notre Dame, Cassidy Hardin (Center Grove), Kayana Traylor (Martinsville) and walk-on Ajah Stallings (North Central-Marion) at Purdue. Seven-time state champion coach Rick Risinger (Heritage Christian) will direct both sessions. Four other outstanding Indiana girls' high school coaches from the IBCA have been invited to join the 2018 Top 60 staff— Stephan Hamaker (Frankton), Kevin Merriweather (Tindley), Kristin Raker (Beech Grove) and Jason Simpson (Greensburg). Both sessions are open to the public for admission fee of $8.00 ($5 for students). Media can call (317) 925-8200 if interested in credentials for one or both sessions. The Top 60 girls follow.
Diamond Adams, South Bend Washington Angel Baker, Pike Britney Ballard, Columbus East Jenasae Bishop, East Chicago Central Mackenzie Blazek, Whiteland Breanna Boles, Lapel Leigha Brown, DeKalb Olivia Bryant, Cascade Cameron Cardenas, Beech Grove Lucy Carrigan, Rising Sun Tia Chambers, Penn Taniece Chapman, Fort Wayne South Nia Clark, Ben Davis Kelli Damman, Carroll (Allen) Maggie Deboy, Rossville Merideth Deckard, Martinsville Lexi Dellinger, South Adams Amy Dilk, Carmel Sara Doi, Penn Breanna Douglas, Fort Wayne Northrop Britney Epperson, Jeffersonville Kendall Fisher, Tindley Addy Galarno, Columbus East Ari Gerdt, Valparaiso Katlyn Gilbert, Heritage Christian Katie Giller, Beech Grove Toni Grace, Fishers Cassidy Hardin, Center Grove Hadassah Harris, Heritage Christian Abi Haynes, Vincennes Lincoln Maci Heimlich, North White Sadie Hill, Perry Meridian Mikia Keith, Pike Emily Kiser, Noblesville Destyne Knight, Frankton Courtney Krol, Chesterton Brooke McKinley, Northridge McKenzie Messmore, Bedford North Lawrence Anna Newman, Evansville North Samantha Olinger, Plainfield Keya Patton, Indianapolis Cathedral Audrey Reed, Sheridan Logan Rowles, Norwell Mya Scheidt, Crown Point Lilly Simon, Jac-Cen-Del Blake Smith, Carmel Daijah Smith, Gary Lighthouse CPA Ajah Stallings, North Central (Marion) Rachel Stewart, Eastern (Pekin) Lindsey Stokes, Kankakee Valley Asia Strong, South Bend Riley Tomi Taiwo, Carmel Kelsy Taylor, New Albany Arielle Thatcher, Fort Wayne Northrop Kayana Traylor, Martinsville Sydney Tucker, Frankton Shamari Tyson, Fort Wayne South Meghan Urbanski, Mishawaka Marian Abby Wahl, Heritage Hills Kyra Whitaker, Greensburg Michaela White, Pike Skye Williams, Tindley Hannah Wolford, Providence Kiare Young, Princeton
SELECTED BUT MEDICALLY UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE Taylor Ramey, North Central (Marion) Ellen Ross, Fort Wayne Dwenger
SELECTED BUT UNABLE TO ATTEND Jalaya Dowell, Castle Kayla Kirtley, Hamilton Heights Cali Nolot, North Harrison
2018 Girls Top 60 Senior Workout Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Heritage Christian High School.
2018 Boys Top 60 Senior Workout Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Beech Grove High School on the south side of Indianapolis (5330 Hornet Avenue).
The 29th annual 2018 North/South Indiana All-Star Classic Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Martinsville High School.
2018 Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Indiana. Please call (317) 925-8200 for ticket information. All seats are reserved for this event— Only 665 tickets available.
Call 317-925-8200 for more details about any of the above.
IMPORTANT NEWS ... Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Publisher Kip Wesner's BLOG
HELLO EVERYONE (Monday, February 26, 2018)
The 2018 Girls Top 60 Workout press release is posted on the link to the top left. This event will be held at Heritage Christian High School on Sunday, March 4th, 2018. There is an $8.00 admission fee at the door. The event starts at 1:00 p.m.
Congratulations to the four girls IHSAA State Champions that were crowned on Saturday, February 24th — Warren Central-AAAA, Northwestern-AAA, Central Noble-AA and Marquette Catholic-A. In my nearly 25 years with Hoosier Basketball Magazine, I can never remember so many teams with underclass players as team leaders among the state finalists. Kyra Whitker of runner-up Greensburg was the only SENIOR double-figure point producer at the 2018 Girls State Finals.
This past year (2017) has been difficult with the passing of Garry Donna. We are approaching the one year anniversary of his death on March 5th. With this season Hoosier Basketball Magazine offered two covers— a traditional cover that recognized 12 senior boys and 12 senior girls as well as a NOSTALGIA cover that has a throw-back style picture of Romeo Langford as a replica photo of the 1970-71 edition that featured Peru’s John Garrett. This cover also has Garry Donna’s photo as a feature image on the cover to honor Garry.
The 48th annual Hoosier Basketball Magazine was available at many games this past season including five locations on Friday, February 23rd. Chuck DeMoss was at undefeated South Bend Riley as they surged past Glenn after trailing at halftime. Larry Jerrell was at Bloomington North to see Romeo Langford’s final regular season game as he pursues 3000 career points. Jim Anderson was at AA defending state champion Frankton as they edged Sheridan 56-54. Dale Lawrence was at the Manual doubleheader that saw Gary Roosevelt nip Manual 64-62 after Howe defeated Gary 21st Century in the first game. I was at Westview and saw the Warriors get out to an early lead over Concord behind the outstanding play of junior Elijah Hales (13 points in the first quarter). Westview won going away.
I was at the Purdue senior night game vs. Minnesota on Sunday, February 25th. Senior Dakota Mathias was impressive with a career high 25 points including seven three pointers. Fellow seniors PJ Thompson (pictured on the yellow traditional cover of HBM) and Vincent Edwards (pictured on the red nostalgia cover of HBM) each knocked down three point shots in their final games at Mackey Arena. Issac Haas finished his regular season career at Purdue with 13 points.
Hoosier Basketball Magazine is looking forward to sectional week leading into the first weekend of March. Myself and the Hoosier Basketball Magazine staff will be at many locations around the state including: Beech Grove, Chesterton, Greenwood, Guerin Catholic, Lafayette Jeff, NorthWood, Paoli, Seymour, Southwestern (Shelby), Terre Haute South, Tri-County, Warren Central, among others …
A special thanks to all the coaches that submitted questionnaires and team information. I have a plan to publish in November 2018 for next season. Also, thank you to everyone who purchased a copy of the 2017-2018 Hoosier Basketball Magazine … only two years away from the 50th anniversary issue. If you have not gotten a copy, you can order through mail with link on the top left or call 317-925-8200 to order a copy of Hoosier Basketball Magazine.