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                       Attention Basketball Fans
   Order your 2017-2018 copy of Hoosier Basketball Magazine now! The magazine is currently available for purchase.

   *Click subscription (left margin) and then click and print order form and send payment to get your copy!

   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
                                        May 24, 2018

CONTACT: Kip Wesner, Team Coordinator, CALL (317) 925-8200
EVENTS COORDINATOR: Bob Garner-Phone 765-465-2569

                         HOSTS ALL-STAR DOUBLEHEADER

    Knightstown’s Historic Hoosier Gym, movie home of the "Hoosiers" Hickory Huskers, is again the site of the Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic. The 13th annual girls' / boys' doubleheader classic will take place on Friday, June 1, 2018. The girls' game starts at 6:00 p.m. The boys' game follows at 8:00 p.m. The boys' coaches are Daniel Cox (New Castle), Jerry Hoover (Blackford), Aaron Spaulding (Eastern Hancock) and Chandler Thompson (Muncie Central). Coaching the girls' teams are Bruce Dockery (Evansville Memorial), Joe Lentz (Ben Davis), Julie Shelton (Mt. Vernon-Fortville) and Candy Wilson (Valparaiso).
    The evening is highlighted by 2018 Indiana Miss Basketball Amy Dilk (17.8 ppg) of Carmel who will attend the University of Michigan. There are nine other girls who will participate on June 1st that were also selected as 2018 Indiana All-Stars— Angel Baker (21.7), Pike (Wright State) • Mackenzie Blazek (18.4), Whiteland (Illinois) • Nia Clark (16.2), Ben Davis (Miami, OH) • Katlyn Gilbert (18.5), Heritage Christian (Notre Dame) • Cassidy Hardin (17.3), Center Grove (Purdue) • Emily Kiser (21.1), Noblesville (Michigan) • Tomi Taiwo (16.4), Carmel (Iowa) • Kayana Traylor (21.4), Martinsville (Purdue) • Michaela White (15), Pike (Indiana State).
    There are four other players who are committed to NCAA Division I Universities. They are Breanna Boles, Lapel (Indiana State) • Courtney Krol, Chesterton (DePaul) • Blake Smith, Carmel (Ball State) and Asia Strong, South Bend Riley (Bradley). The Girls’ game also features an IHSAA State Champion— Rachel Stewart of 2017 AA Champion Eastern (Pekin)— along with two others that were state finalist— Kyra Whitaker of 2018 AAA Runner-up Greensburg and Cali Nolot of 2017 AAA Runner-up North Harrison.
    The Boys’ game, the second of this Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic doubleheader, features a future Indiana Hoosier— Robert Phinisee (29.4 ppg), McCutcheon. He is joined by a half dozen more 2018 Indiana All-Stars— Gavin Bizeau (22), Plainfield (Duquesne) • Jarron Coleman (17.2), Indianapolis Cathedral (Ball State) • Kevin Easley (19), Lawrence North (Tennessee Chattanooga) • Mekhi Lairy (26.2), Evansville Bosse (Miami, OH) • De'Avion Washington (20.7), Terre Haute South (Indiana State) and Dean Tate of 2018 AAAA State Champion Warren Central. Romeo Langford, New Albany’s 2018 Indiana Mr. Basketball, will attend the Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic as an Honorary Player, but he will NOT participate as a player in this event.
    Five more boys are headed to NCAA Division I Colleges. Two were members of 2017 IHSAA State Champion teams— Jamal Harris of AAA Indianapolis Crispus Attucks (New Orleans) and Landon Weins of AA Frankton (Morehead State). The other three are Deandre Gholston, Gary 21st Century (Kent State), Jack Hansen Guerin Catholic (IUPUI) and Myja White, Brebeuf Jesuit (Miami, OH). Along with Tate, two others were 2018 IHSAA State Champions— Caleb Middlesworth of AA Oak Hill and Eli Streeval of Class A Morristown. Cole Jenkins was a 2018 AAAA Runner-up with Carmel. Morristown’s Hayden Langkabel is an Honorary Player due to injury that will prevent him from playing.
    Coordinating this event are Kip Wesner, Publisher of Hoosier Basketball Magazine and Bob Garner, Events Coordinator of the Historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown. To purchase tickets (there are only 600 seats - all reserved) call (765) 465-2569 to charge by phone or e-mail hoosierbbllmag@att.net for more details.
    All four team rosters— girls’ and boys’ Hickory Huskers and Terhune Tigers girls and boys— are listed.
      2018 Hoosiers’ Reunion Classic    Boys’ Teams

    Coach Jerry Hoover, Blackford and Coach Aaron Spaulding, Eastern Hancock

    NAME, SCHOOL                                    HT    POSITION    COLLEGE
    Gavin Bizeau, Plainfield                        6-10   Forward     Duquesne
    Deandre Gholston, Gary 21st Century    6-4      Wing        Kent State
    Luke Gohmann, Floyd Central               6-5     Forward       Marian
    Jack Hansen, Guerin Catholic                6-7     Forward       IUPUI
    JD Hoover, Blackford                            6-5     Forward     Undecided
    Israel Nash, Monroe Central                 5-11     Guard       Undecided
    Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon                6-1      Guard         Indiana
    Garrett Silcott, Connersville                 5-10     Guard         IU-East
    Eli Streeval, Morristown                       6-0       Guard        Ivy Tech
    Dean Tate, Warren Central                   5-8      Guard       Undecided
    Addison True, Eastern Hancock            5-10     Guard         Hanover
    De’Avion Washington, Terre Haute South 6-4    Wing      Indiana State

* Honorary Player - Romeo Langford, New Albany (Indiana University).
Romeo will attend the event as part of the Hickory team, but will NOT play in the game.

    Coach Daniel Cox, New Castle and Coach Chandler Thompson, Muncie Central

    NAME, SCHOOL                                     HT    POSITION    COLLEGE
    Jarron Coleman, Indianapolis Cathedral  6-5      Wing         Ball State
    Kevin Easley, Lawrence North                6-7     Forward TN Chattanooga
    Jamal Harris, Indianapolis Crispus Attucks 6-2   Guard     New Orleans
    Cole Jenkins, Carmel                             6-0     Guard         DePauw
    Mekhi Lairy, Evansville Bosse                5-10    Guard      Miami (Ohio)
    Caleb Middlesworth, Oak Hill                  6-8    Forward     Huntington
    William O’Connor, Greenfield-Central      6-6      Wing     IU-South Bend
    Garrett Pumphrey, Cambridge City Lincoln 6-10 Forward   Wittenburg
    Landon Weins, Frankton                        6-2     Guard    Morehead State
    Christian Wells. Muncie Central              6-4    Forward      Undecided
    Myja White, Brebeuf Jesuit                    6-1     Guard      Miami (Ohio)
    Niah Williamson, New Castle                 6-2     Guard          Wabash

* Honorary Player - Hayden Langkabel, Morristown (Marian University).
Hayden will attend the event as part of the Terhne team, but is injured and will not participate.

      2018 Hoosiers’ Reunion Classic    Girls’ Teams

    Coach Joe Lentz, Ben Davis and Coach Julie Shelton, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

    NAME, SCHOOL                                    HT    POSITION    COLLEGE
    Nia Clark, Ben Davis                             5-9     Guard      Miami (Ohio)
    Amy Dilk, Carmel                                 5-11   Guard         Michigan
    Sara Doi, Penn                                     5-5     Guard       Huntington
    Emily Kiser, Noblesville                         5-2    Forward      Michigan
    Courtney Krol, Chesterton                    5-11    Guard         DePaul
    Cali Nolot, North Harrison                     5-8      Wing  Kentucky Wesleyan
    Blake Smith, Carmel                            6-3     Forward     Ball State
    Asia Strong, South Bend Riley              6-2      Center        Bradley
    Tomi Taiwo, Carmel                            5-10     Guard          Iowa
    Kyra Whitaker, Greensburg                  5-6      Guard     Indiana Tech
    Skye Williams, Tindley                         5-8      Guard Eastern Florida State
    Sophie Williams, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)  6-0     Forward Dayton (student)

    Coach Bruce Dockery, Evansville Memorial and Coach Candy Wilson, Valparaiso

    NAME, SCHOOL                                    HT    POSITION    COLLEGE
    Angel Baker, Pike                                 5-8     Guard      Wright State
    Britney Ballard, Columbus East             5-11    Guard         Franklin
    Mackenzie Blazek, Whiteland                 6-2     Center         Illinois
    Breanna Boles, Lapel                            6-3    Forward    Indiana State
    Kelli Damman, Carroll (Allen)                5-9     Guard   Purdue-Northwest
    Ari Gerdt, Valparaiso                            6-1      Wing    Indiana Wesleyan
    Katlyn Gilbert, Heritage Christian          6-0      Guard      Notre Dame
    Cassidy Hardin, Center Grove              5-10     Guard         Purdue
    Erika Hendrixson, Pike Central             5-11    Forward     Marysville
    Rachel Stewart, Eastern (Pekin)            5-9      Guard         Trine
    Kayana Traylor, Martinsville                 5-9       Guard        Purdue
    Michaela White, Pike                            6-0     Forward   Indiana State



   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. We are taking orders now for the June 1st Hoosier Reunion Classic.
   All seats are reserved for this event— Only 640 tickets available.

                Call 317-925-8200 for more details about any of the above.


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.

        Kip Wesner, Publisher