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Area hoops teams set for 2024 IBCA/IHSAA Team Showcase events

Ninety-five girls' teams and 154 boys' teams are set to participate in the 2024 IBCA/IHSAA Team Showcase events in June.

The second IBCA/IHSAA girls' Team Showcase is set for June 14-15 at Hamilton Southeastern and Mt Vernon (Fortville), while the fifth IBCA/IHSAA boys' Team Showcase in memory of Charlie Hughes is planned for June 21-23 at Carmel and Westfield.

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and the IHSAA partner to make each Showcase a "scholastic event" under NCAA and National Federation of State High School Associations rules, thereby making the events open for NCAA Division I coaches to attend in person for purposes of evaluating prospective players. Only events sanctioned by the IHSAA and IBCA may have NCAA Division I coaches attend during this "scholastic recruiting period."

The IBCA also works with Charlie Hughes Basketball in managing both events. Craig Lyon of Charlie Hughes Basketball coordinates with IBCA chief operating officer Tom Beach in making game schedules, hiring officials, securing game facilities (events may be played in only IHSAA-member facilities) and assists, if needed, in housing arrangements.

Participating teams generally play four games in the events, although some teams choose for a one-day option where they play just two games. Each contest in these events is a regulation 32-minute stop-clock game, not a running-clock game like in many other summer events. No team plays more than two games in one day.

Teams are assigned a pool based on competitive play (organizers attempt to have teams play four competitive games against a "similar" team), regardless of whether a team's coach selects the one-day or two-day option. Organizers also try to avoid teams playing opponents they typically play during the regular season.

These Team Showcase events are not tournaments, and no champions are determined. However, these Team Showcase events offer four competitive games to help each team develop while also allowing college coaches to watch the games in person.

The two-day girls' event begins at 9:00 a.m. June 14 with final games starting at 8:00 p.m. June 15. Games are at Hamilton Southeastern High School, 12499 Olio Rd., Fishers, IN 46037, and Mt. Vernon High School, 8112 N. 200 W., Fortville, IN 46040. 

The three-day boys' event begins at noon June 21 with final games starting at 4:00 p.m. June 23. Games are at Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, and Westfield High School, 18250 N. Union St., Westfield, IN 46074. A list of registered teams is below.

Both IBCA/IHSAA Team Showcase events are open to the public. Admission is $10 per day for adults, $5 per day for students (ages 6 to 17) and free for children (5 and younger). IBCA members are admitted free by showing their membership card at the door.

The IBCA and IHSAA began working with Charlie Hughes Basketball in the fall of 2018 when the NCAA created a "scholastic" period in its men's basketball recruiting calendar for June 2019. Charlie Hughes Basketball had started a summer boys' basketball school-team developmental event in 2005 and ran it successfully for 14 years. The event was renamed in Hughes' memory after he passed away in December 2014.

In 2023, 55 coaches from 49 colleges attended the first IBCA/IHSAA Girls' Team Showcase, while 100 coaches from 82 colleges attended the fourth IBCA/IHSAA Boys' Team Showcase in memory of Charlie Hughes.             

Net proceeds from both Team Showcase events support the IBCA Scholarship Fund and Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.

 

GIRLS TEAMS (95) – Alexandria, Austin, Avon, Ben Davis, Bloomington South, Borden, Brebeuf Jesuit, Brownsburg, Brownstown Central, Carmel, Castle, Center Grove, Charlestown, Chesterton, Columbia City, Columbus North, Concord, Connersville, Corydon Central, Crown Point, Culver Academy, Danville, Decatur Central, Delta, East Central, Eastern Hancock, Evansville Central, Evansville North, Evansville Reitz, Fishers, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne Northrop, Fort Wayne Snider, Franklin Central, Gibson Southern, Greensburg, Guerin Catholic, Hamilton Southeastern, Heritage Christian, Homestead, Huntington North, Indian Creek, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis Cathedral, Jennings County, Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, Lake Central, Lapel, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, Lebanon, Linton-Stockton, Lowell, Madison, Marquette Catholic, Merrillville, Monrovia, Mooresville, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Noblesville, North Central (Indianapolis), North Decatur, Northeastern, Northridge, Northview, Norwell, Parke Heritage, Pendleton Heights, Penn, Pike, Plainfield, Princeton, Providence, Purdue Poly-Englewood, Rensselaer Central, Rock Creek Academy, Scottsburg, Shelbyville, Sheridan, Silver Creek, South Bend Washington, South Central (Elizabeth), South Knox, Tri-West, Valparaiso, Waldron, Warren Central, Warsaw, Washington, West Washington, Westfield, Whiteland, Whitko, Zionsville.

 

BOYS TEAMS (154) – Anderson, Andrean, Avon, Bedford North Lawrence, Beech Grove, Ben Davis, Bethesda Christian, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Brebeuf Jesuit, Brownsburg, Brownstown Central, Carmel, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Center Grove, Centerville, Charlestown, Chesterton, Christel House Academy, Christian Academy of Indiana, Columbia City, Columbus East, Concord, Crown Point, Culver Military Academy, Daleville, Danville, Decatur Central, East Chicago Central, East Noble, Evansville Bosse, Evansville Central, Evansville Christian, Evansville Harrison, Evansville Memorial, Evansville North, Evansville Reitz, Fishers, Floyd Central, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Fort Wayne Snider, Fort Wayne Wayne, Franklin Central, Franklin Community, Frankton, Gary 21st Century, Gary Lighthouse CPC, Gary West Side, Gibson Southern, Greencastle, Greenfield-Central, Greensburg, Guerin Catholic, Hammond Bishop Noll, Hammond Morton, Hanover Central, Harrison (West Lafayette), Hauser, Heritage Hills, Homestead, Indianapolis Attucks, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, Indianapolis Cathedral, Indianapolis Lutheran, Indianapolis Metropolitan, Indianapolis Shortridge, Indianapolis Tindley, Indianapolis Washington, Irvington Prep, Jeffersonville, Jimtown, KIPP Indy Legacy, Kokomo, Lafayette Central Catholic, Lake Central, Lapel, LaPorte, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, Lawrenceburg, Liberty Christian, Linton-Stockton, Loogootee, Lowell, Manchester, Martinsville, Merrillville, Mishawaka Marian, Mooresville, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Muncie Central, New Albany, New Castle, New Palestine, Noblesville, North Central (Indianapolis), North Putnam, North Vermillion, Northeast Dubois, Northridge, Northview, NorthWood, Norwell, Owen Valley, Park Tudor, Parke Heritage, Penn, Perry Meridian, Pike, Plainfield, Portage, Princeton, Providence, Purdue Poly-Englewood, Richmond, Rock Creek Academy, Shelbyville, Sheridan, Silver Creek, South Bend Adams, South Bend Saint Joseph, South Bend Washington, South Central (Elizabeth), South Central (Union Mills), South Ripley, Southmont, Southport, Southridge, Southwood, Springs Valley, Sullivan, Switzerland County, Taylor, Terre Haute North, Tippecanoe Valley, Tipton, Tri-West, Triton Central, University, Valparaiso, Vincennes Lincoln, Wapahani, Warren Central, Warsaw, Washington, West Lafayette, Westfield, Westview, Whiteland, Woodlan, Yorktown, Zionsville.

Rochester softball ends with loss to Delphi in regional

At one point the Rochester softball team was four games under.500 and had only once managed back-to-back victories.

Eleven consecutive wins later, Rochester had advanced from a record of 5-9 to 16-9 and a sectional championship.

But the streak came to a  close Tuesday in a 3-0 regional loss to Delphi (18-8).

Delphi scored all of the game's runs in the third inning and made it stand up to advance to the Warsaw semistate on Saturday.

Rochester (16-10) collected only two hits on the day. Both were contributed by freshmen, Brailyn Hunter and Aubrey Wilson. Wilson also stole a base.

Delphi senior Lexi Miller (17-7)  went the distance and struck out 14 Zebras.

Rochester freshman Bria Rensberger (13-5) struck out 11 while walking three and surrendering five hits. Two of Delphi's three runs were earned.

 


Indianapolis 500 purse soars to new heights

The Indianapolis 500 purse record was shattered for the third year in a row after a weather-delayed 108th running of the Indianapolis 500, with two-time race winner Josef Newgarden (photo, with Roger Penske) of Team Penske earning $4.288 million from a total purse of $18,456,000.

After record-breaking payouts in 2022 and 2023, this is the largest purse and largest winner’s payout in the century-plus history of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The year’s average payout for NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers was $543,000, which also exceeds last year’s average of $500,600.

In 2023, the Indianapolis 500 purse was $17,021,500, and the year’s winner payout was $3.666 million. In 2022, the Indianapolis 500 purse was $16,000,200, and the winner earned $3.1 million. Prior to 2022, the largest Indianapolis 500 purse was $14.4 million for the 2008 Indianapolis 500.

Second-place finisher Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren took home $1,050,500, exceeding the take-home prize for last year’s second-place finisher.

“The Indianapolis 500 is the greatest race in the world, and this record-breaking purse is reflective of just how monumental competing in and winning at Indy is for these drivers,” Penske Entertainment President and CEO Mark Miles said. “Despite weather challenges, the month of May featured packed grandstands and intense on-track action. Presenting this purse is the ideal end cap to an epic month.”

NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson earned Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors for his performance during the month of May. Larson, driving for Arrow McLaren/Rick Hendrick, made his first attempt to complete “The Double,” by racing both the 108th Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600. Larson earned a $50,000 bonus for being named Rookie of the Year, adding to a total take-home prize of $178,000.

The Indianapolis 500 purse consists of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NTT INDYCAR SERIES awards, plus other designated and special awards. Purse awards are presented annually at the Victory Celebration, held this year at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis Monday night.

Newgarden’s purse included a $440,000 rollover bonus from BorgWarner for earning back-to-back wins in the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The jackpot increases by $20,000 each year but has only been awarded one other time since its inception when Helio Castroneves won the Indy 500 in both 2001 and 2002.

The next NTT INDYCAR SERIES race is the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Sunday on the streets of downtown Detroit. The race will be broadcast live on USA Network, Peacock and the INDYCAR Radio Network starting at noon.

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2024 Indiana All-Stars prepping for summer games

IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball Flory Bidunga will play his final games as a high school player on June 5, June 7 and June 8 as a member of the 2024 Indiana All-Star team.

The IndyStar Indiana All-Stars are presented by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. The Indianapolis Star is the title sponsor of the Indiana All-Stars. Hoosier Shooting Academy is a presenting partner of All-Star Week (June 4-8). Energy Systems Group is a presenting partner of the June 8 senior doubleheader against Kentucky.

Bidunga, his boys' All-Star teammates and the 2024 Indiana Girls All-Stars will play three games each -- an exhibition against the Indiana Junior All-Stars on Wednesday, June 5 at Kokomo High School followed by home-and-home doubleheaders against the Kentucky All-Stars on Friday, June 7 at Lexington Catholic High School and Saturday, June 8 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Bidunga, who totaled 1,609 points, 1,132 rebounds, 402 blocks and 72 double-doubles  in leading Kokomo to a 69-17 record the past three seasons, is headed to Kansas University. He averaged 19.0 points, 12.9 rebounds and 4.4 blocks as a senior en route to being named a McDonald's All-American.

The native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be joined on the boys' All-Stars by Isaac Andrews of Wapahani, Jack Benter of Brownstown Central, Trey Buchanan of Wesfield, Micah Davis of Franklin Community, Aaron Fine of Noblesville, Keenan Garner of Fishers, Evan Haywood of Brebeuf Jesuit, Jack Miller of Scottsburg, Tyler Parrish of Chesterton, Karson Rogers of Kokomo, Tucker Tornatta of Evansville Memorial and K.J. Windham of Ben Davis, 

The 2024 boys' All-Stars will be coached by John Peckinpaugh of Kokomo. He will be assisted by Brandon Hoffman of Silver Creek and Josh Thompson of Barr-Reeve. 

Indiana Miss Basketball Chloe Spreen headlines the 2024 Indiana girls' All-Stars. Spreen, an Alabama signee, averaged 20.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in leading Bedford North Lawrence to a 20-5 record as a senior. She posted career totals of 1,869 points, 633 rebounds, 259 assists and 200 steals. 

Spreen will be joined on the '24 All-Stars by Audrey Annee of Center Grove, Emma Haan of Zionsville, Alli Harness of Carroll (Flora), Talia Harris of Fishers, Ellery Minch of Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Jordyn Poole of Fort Wayne Snider, Camryn Runner of Hamilton Heights, Lauren Walsh of Penn, Reagan Wilson of Noblesville, Rachel Wirts of Center Grove, Faith Wiseman of Indian Creek and Juliann Woodard of Jennings County.

The 2024 girls' All-Stars will be coached by Andy Maguire of Zionsville. He will be assisted by Jason Simpson of Greensburg and Lauren Votaw of Fishers.

The Indiana boys hold a 104-45 advantage in their series with Kentucky that began in 1940, one year after the first All-Star team played Indiana state champ Frankfort High School. The Indiana girls have a 53-41 lead in their series with Kentucky that started in 1976. No games were played in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the boys' All-Stars did not play in 1943 or 1944 because of World War II.

As part of the All-Star doubleheader on June 8, the All-Stars will announce the 2024 recipients of the annual Wooden/MCL Citizenship Awards. The girls' winner will be announced at halftime of the girls' game. The boys' winner will be announced at halftime of the boys' game. This is the 33rd year that the Wooden Citizenship awards have been presented, all 33 years sponsored by MCL Restaurant & Bakery.

The 2024 Indiana Junior All-Stars will play two doubleheaders this year. Those games will be June 2 in Scottsburg against the Kentucky Juniors and June 3 at Kokomo against the Indiana Seniors.

Those competing in both games for the Junior boys are Dezmon Briscoe of Indianapolis Attucks, Brady Koehler of Indianapolis Cathedral, Braylon Mullins of Greenfield-Central, Azavier Robinson of Lawrence North, Trent Sisley of Heritage Hills and Mark Zackery IV of Ben Davis. Completing the team on June 2 are Julius Gizzi of New Palestine, JonAnthony Hall of Fishers, Cedric Horton of Richmond, Shane Sims of Evansville Harrison and Michael Cooper and Tre Singleton of Jeffersonville. Completing the team on June 5 are Chase Barnes of Fort Wayne Wayne, Damien King of Anderson, Chase Konieczny of South Bend Saint Joseph, Dominique Murphy of East Chicago Central, Kellen Pickett of Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian and Jack Smiley of Valparaiso.

Playing in both games for the Junior girls are Addison Baxter of Columbia City, Jaylah Lampley of Lawrence Central, Maya Makalusky of Hamilton Southeastern, Monique Mitchell of South Bend Washington, Meredith Tippner of Noblesville and Brooke Winchester of Warsaw. Completing the team on June 2 are Lilly Bischoff of Center Grove, Lily Graves of Franklin Central, Ellie Richardson of Scottsburg, Aniah Smith of Avon, Gabby Spink of Gibson Southern and Leah West of Greensburg. Completing the team on June 5 are Laila Abdurraqib of Lawrence Central, Addie Bowsman of Twin Lakes, Kenzie Garner of Sheridan, Avery Gordon of Brownsburg, Kira Reynolds of South Bend Washington and Vanessa Wimberly of Lake Central. Also, Hadley Crosier of Lanesville was named to the girls' Junior All-Stars, but she is injured and will not play.

Matt Luce of Wapahani is head coach of the Junior Boys. He is assisted by Tom Wells of Michigan City. Kaley May of Danville is head coach of the Junior Girls. She is assisted by Angie Hinton of Lanesville.

The Senior boys and the Senior girls coincidentally both lead their respective Junior rivals 41-11 in games that began in 1996. The Indiana Juniors lead in games the Kentucky Juniors, the boys ahead 7-5 and the girls ahead 11-1.

The All-Star "Futures Games" are in their second year in 2024 and will be played June 3 at Hamilton Southeastern. This is a doubleheader that features Indiana-only teams of sophomores and freshmen in a North-South format.

The North boys include Camden Bell of Wapahani, Justin Curry II of Noblesville, Terrence Hayes Jr. of Gary 21st Century, Reginald Hinton of Gary West, Elijah King of South Bend Saint Joseph, Ethan Roseman of Bishop Chatard, Dikembe Shaw of Crown Point, Jarvis Tolbert of South Bend Adams, Jason Gardner Jr. and Cooper Zachary of Fishers and Brennan Miller and Kai McGrew of Lawrence North. Coaches are Trent Whitaker of New Palestine and Travis Hannah of John Glenn.

The South boys include J.J. Craig of Warren Central, Kasen Daeger of Silver Creek, Caleb Ferguson of Columbus North, DeZhon Hall of Pike, Evan Harrell of Carmel, Edward Hazelett III of Franklin Central, James Kalala of Southport, Jaylan Mitchell of Evansville Reitz, Treigh Schelsky of Parke Heritage, Eli Sego of Triton Central and Luke Ertel and Julien Smith of Mt. Vernon (Fortville). Coaches are Brent Dalrymple of North Daviess and Paul Ferguson of Columbus North.

The North girls include Lillian Barnes of Valparaiso, Kenedi Bradley of Chesterton, Joslyn Bricker of Warsaw, Laniah Davis of Marquette Catholic, Gracyn Gilliard of Munster, Lillie Graves of McCutcheon, Vanessa Rosswurm of Norwell, Miley Wareing of Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Khala Williams-Thomas of Fort Wayne Northrop, Laniah Wills of Lapel and Myah Epps and Gabby Helsom of Homestead. Coaches are Lisa Finn of Cathedral and Amy Shearer of Columbia City.

The South girls include Mollie Ernstes of Jennings County, Denell Jacobs of Warren Central, Kenzie Koch of Eastern Hancock, Hannah Menser of Plainfield, C.C. Quigley of Noblesville, Brooklynn Renn of Silver Creek, Paige Schnaus of Gibson Southern, Maddy Shirley of Evansville Central, Kennedy Holman and Kayla Stidham of Hamilton Southeastern and Lola Lampley and Aniyah McKenzie of Lawrence Central. Coaches are Kyle Brasher of Gibson Southern and Tyler Choate of Evansville North.

Admission is $10 per person for the Indiana Juniors vs. Kentucky Juniors doubleheader on June 2 at Scottsburg. Tickets are available at the door. The girls start at 2 p.m., and the boys follow about 4 p.m.

Admission is $10 per person for the Indiana All-Star "Futures Games" on June 3 at Hamilton Southeastern. Tickets are available at the door. The girls start at 6 p.m. and the boys follow about 8 p.m.

Admission is $10 per person for the Junior-Senior doubleheader on June 5 at Kokomo. Tickets are available at the door. The girls start at 6 p.m., and the boys follow about 8 p.m. 

Tickets are $15 each for the All-Stars against Kentucky on June 7 at Lexington Catholic High School. The girls start at 5:30 p.m., and the boys follow about 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at kentuckybasketballcoaches.org.

Tickets are priced from $100 to $10 for June 8 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The All-Star doubleheader has the girls at 5 p.m. and the boys about 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Gainbridge Fiedlhouse box office and through ticketmaster.com.

Fans should note that the Indiana All-Stars will have a week-long event program available in 2024. The program -- priced at $10 each -- will have information about the Indiana-hosted doubleheaders on June 2, June 3, June 5 and June 8. If someone is attending multiple dates, purchase a program the first day you attend, then bring it back with you on other days.


McLaughlin wins pole as Penske earns historic front row sweep

Get out the brooms – for Team Penske and Chevrolet.

Scott McLaughlin won the NTT P1 Award in Firestone Fast Six qualifying for the 108th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, leading only the second front row sweep by one team in the history of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Team Penske first achieved the feat in 1988, with Rick Mears on the pole, Danny Sullivan starting second and Al Unser third.

SEE: Starting Lineup | Qualifying Results

It was the first career Indianapolis 500 pole for McLaughlin, who also set the fastest four-lap average pole speed in the history of the race of 234.220 mph in the No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet. McLaughlin’s best qualifying position in three previous Indianapolis 500 starts was 14th in 2023.

“Welcome to the party,” McLaughlin said. “The Pennzoil Chevy was unreal. There’s so much pride in being able to do it. I’m working hard. Indy hasn’t been kind to me, and a lot of it was my doing. I need to work on things. This is the first step. The Thirsty 3’s, baby, we’re coming.”

Two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion and 2018 “500” winner Will Power will start second after his run of 233.917 in the No. 12 Verizon Business Team Penske Chevrolet. Reigning “500” winner and two-time series champion Josef Newgarden will round out the front row after his run of 233.808 in the No. 2 Shell Powering Progress Team Penske Chevrolet.

It was the record-extending 19th Indianapolis 500 pole for Team Penske in the hottest day of this year’s event, with air temperatures reaching 91 degrees and track temperatures topping out at 129 degrees.

Chevrolet-powered drivers swept the top eight spots in the 33-car field for the race Sunday, May 26.

Among other qualifiers in the Firestone Fast Six were Alexander Rossi, who will start fourth at 233.090 in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, rookie and 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson fifth at 232.846 in the No. 17 Hendrickcars.com Arrow McLaren Chevrolet and Santino Ferrucci sixth at 232.692 in the No. 14 Homes For Our Troops Chevrolet fielded by A.J. Foyt Enterprises.

Felix Rosenqvist was the fastest Honda-powered qualifier, starting ninth after a run of 232.305 in the No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda of Meyer Shank Racing.

Katherine Legge, Marcus Ericsson and Graham Rahal earned the final three starting spots in Last Chance Qualifying.

Legge qualified 31st at 230.092 in the No. 51 e.l.f. Cosmetics Honda. 2022 “500” winner Ericsson qualified 32nd at 230.027 in the No. 28 Delaware Life Honda of Andretti Global, and Rahal avoided being bumped from the field for the second consecutive year by earning the final starting spot at 229.974 in the No. 15 United Rentals Honda of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

“I've been there – last year, it still stings,” Rahal said. “It's not much better being 33rd, I can tell you that. At least we're in the field, and we're going to go racing.”

Rookie Nolan Siegel failed to qualify. INDY NXT by Firestone standout Siegel, who was bumped earlier during Last Chance Qualifying, crashed in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda on the final attempt of the session. He was unhurt.

“I wish we could have shown that we deserve to be in the ‘500,’” Siegel said. “But we've had a difficult couple of days, and we pulled through it as a team. We did everything we possibly could. I feel like we maximized the runs today. That's all you can do.”

The 33-car field average speed is 231.943, the second fastest in history. Last year’s record field average was 232.184.

Up next is a practice session for the 33 starters from 1-3 p.m. ET Monday, with live coverage on Peacock.

The 108th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 (11 a.m. ET, NBC, Peacock, Universo, INDYCAR Radio Network).

Ken Griffey Jr. to drive Indianapolis 500 pace car

Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ken Griffey Jr. has been named honorary Pace Car driver for Sunday’s 108th Indianapolis.

Griffey will drive the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray and lead the field of 33 drivers to the start of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“Driving the Pace Car and leading the field to start the Indy 500 is one of the coolest experiences,” Griffey said. “I came to the track a few years ago as a photographer and look forward to seeing the race from a different perspective.”

Known as “Junior” and “The Kid,” Griffey played 22 years as an outfielder in the Major League Baseball (MLB). He spent the majority of his career with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds, with a short stint with the Chicago White Sox.

The first overall pick in the 1987 draft and a 13-time All-Star, Griffey is one of the most prolific home run hitters in baseball history. His 630 home runs rank as the seventh-most in MLB history. Griffey was also an exceptional defender and won 10 Gold Glove Awards in centerfield. He is tied for the record of most consecutive games with a home run (eight, with Don Mattingly and Dale Long).

One of only 31 players in baseball history to have appeared in major league games in four different calendar decades, Griffey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016. He received 99.32 % of the vote, breaking pitcher Tom Seaver’s record of 98.84%, which had stood for 24 years. He also was inducted into both the Mariners Hall of Fame and the Reds Hall of Fame.

“Every baseball fan knows Ken Griffey Jr.,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Two legends will come together as Griffey hops into the Corvette E-Ray to lead the field at the Racing Capital of the World.”

Corvette has paced “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” more times than any car. The 2024 race marks the 35th time for Chevrolet to pace dating back to 1948 and the 21st time overall and since 1978 for America’s favorite sports car.


Girls wrestling, boys volleyball approved for IHSAA recognition, state tournaments

During its annual review of the Member School By-Laws on Monday afternoon, the Board of Directors of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. approved for full recognition the sports of boys volleyball and girls wrestling beginning next school year (2024-25).

With full recognition, an IHSAA state tournament will now be established for both sports with those details being announced in the coming months. Girls wrestling will be a winter sport while boys volleyball will be played in the spring just as they have in previous years and during the IHSAA’s Emerging Sport Process. The Indiana Boys Volleyball Coaches Association has been administering its state tournament since 1994 while the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches

Association has been conducting a girls wrestling state tournament since 2017.

After being added to the Emerging Sport Process in 2022, both have seen significant growth over the last 24 months. Girls wrestling now touts more than 1,400 individuals representing 177 different schools while boys volleyball teams have now climbed to more than 100.

They become the latest sports to be fully recognized following Unified flag football in 2018 and Unified track & field in 2013. Both are co-ed sports as part of the IHSAA’s partnership with Special Olympics Indiana. Prior to those, boys and girls soccer became official IHSAA sports in 1994.

A measure that would have added the sport of girls lacrosse to the Emerging Sport Process, was tabled to the June Executive Committee meeting.

Free Fishing Day on May 12

Indiana’s first Free Fishing Day of the year is May 12.

On Free Fishing Days, Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish on the state's public waters, so it’s the perfect time to bring your family and friends along and have some fun outdoors.

All other rules such as seasons, bag, and size limits apply. Find a fishing location near you using the Where To Fish map.


Participants now inbounds with one point of contact in high school wrestling

Beginning with the 2024-25 season, high school wrestlers will be inbounds with only one point of contact of either wrestler inside or on the boundary line.

This fundamental change to high school wrestling was one of six major changes impacting almost 30 rules recommended by the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 1-3 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommended changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Previously, high school wrestlers were considered to be inbounds if a total of two supporting points of either wrestler were inside or on the boundary line. The two supporting points could be two supporting points of one wrestler or one supporting point of each wrestler inside or on the boundary line.

“Without increasing risk, this change eliminates the subjectivity of the out-of-bounds call,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the Wrestling Rules Committee. “The change also helps officials to call ‘out of bounds’ more consistently, and it provides wrestlers, coaches and spectators a better understanding of out of bounds.”

While the One Point of Contact change will be noted under the definition of Inbounds in Rule 5-15, it also impacts a number of other sections in Rule 5 on Definitions, as well as Rule 6-4-1 on Stopping and Starting the Match.

In addition to the One Point of Contact change, points awarded for a Near-Fall have been revised in high school wrestling. Overall, the changes simplify the points awarded based on how long the wrestler is held in near-fall criteria. The change in Rule 5-11-3 is as follows:

Two points will be awarded when near-fall criteria are held for two seconds, three points for three seconds, four points for four seconds and five points if the defensive wrestler is injured, indicates an injury or bleeding occurs after the four-point near-fall has been earned. These changes will affect other rules including individual match scoring in Rule 9.  

“The goal in wrestling is to pin the opponent,” Hopkins said. “Changing the near-fall points should motivate wrestlers to work for a fall.”

In another change in scoring rules, opportunities to earn more points will also be available when executing a Takedown. Beginning next season, wrestlers will be awarded three match points instead of two when securing a takedown.  

The committee also approved a change regarding the Technical Fall. Rule 5-11-4a now states that “if a takedown or reversal, straight to a near-fall criteria creates a 15-point advantage, the match shall continue until the near-fall criteria is no longer met. Conclusion of the near-fall criteria is immediate.” The change clarifies when the technical fall has concluded in relation to the near-fall criteria being met. Hopkins said the offensive wrestler cannot be penalized appropriately after the technical fall has been earned.

In another change, the 10-Foot Circle at the center of wrestling mats is now optional. Wrestlers now will be encouraged to “stay in the center of the mat” instead of “within the 10-foot circle.”

“The committee determined that the starting lines of a mat indicate the center of the mat and the 10-foot circle is no longer needed,” Hopkins said. “With the new mat designs that have a large mascot or logos, it gives a refreshing look to the mats. Wrestlers and officials know where the center of the mat is located without the 10-foot circle.”

Finally, the committee approved a new Referee’s Time-Out Signal. The signal, which is used in many other sports, is both hands/fingers pointing inward to the referee’s chest.

According to the 2022-23 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, wrestling is the sixth-most popular sport for boys with 259,431 participants in 10,962 schools. It also continues to gain popularity among girls with 50,016 participants in 6,545 schools nationwide.

IDDC launches new microsite, "The Motorsports Circuit In Indiana" presented by Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Experience the thrill of racing with "The Motorsports Circuit IN Indiana." In partnership with the Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayLt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) launched "The Motorsports Circuit IN Indiana" microsite to tell Indiana's rich racing history and help visitors understand why racing culture is so deeply ingrained IN Indiana.

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"Indiana has had a major impact on the sport of racing throughout its history, and The Motorsports Circuit IN Indiana microsite tells this story," said Lt. Gov. Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. "Not only does it include educational material about our racing history, it brings every aspect of racing to the forefront including races, events, storied racetracks, memorials, traditions and more."

This web-based experience will put all things racing IN Indiana at your fingertips. Discover why Indiana's motorsports culture is a prominent aspect of the state's identity and experience Indiana's passion for racing yourself at one of the many events throughout the year. From some of the most prestigious racing events in the world hosted in Indianapolis, dubbed the Racing Capital of the World, to grassroots dirt tracks and even boat races, Indiana offers a diverse range of racing experiences that cater to enthusiasts of all kinds.

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"Racing is a part of the Hoosier state that dates back over 100 years and has played a pivotal role in shaping our communities," said Elaine Bedel, IDDC Secretary and Chief Executive Officer. "We want to put this history on display, while also giving users access to present day attractions and events that they can visit themselves."

The launch of the microsite is just in time for the 108th running of the Indianapolis 500, Sunday, May 26. The webpage will serve as a tribute to the pioneers, drivers and fans who have made Indiana a cornerstone of motorsports excellence. From the roar of engines to the triumph of victory, "The Motorsports Circuit IN Indiana" captures the essence of speed, passion and the racing Hoosier spirit.

"The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is proud to be a hub for Indiana's racing traditions and to partner with IDDC in celebration of our state's racing heritage," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President. "The Motorsports Circuit IN Indiana compiles this legacy for both residents and visitors to experience."

VisitIndiana.com/motorsports is where visitors can uncover Indiana's motorsports history and experience it firsthand. Join us as we revitalize the past and ignite the future of motorsports IN Indiana.


Bidunga voted IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball for 2024

Flory Bidunga has earned the top individual award in Indiana high school boys basketball.

Bidunga, a 6-9 forward from Kokomo, has been named IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball for 2024 in online voting of media and boys’ varsity coaches conducted by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and All-Star game director Mike Broughton, it was announced Tuesday (April 23) as part of the IndyStar Indiana Sports Awards program at Butler University's Clowes Memorial Hall.

The Mr. Basketball result means Bidunga will wear the No. 1 jersey for the Indiana All-Stars in their annual series with Kentucky. The Mr. Basketball award goes to the top boys’ basketball senior in the state. The Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball awards are 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.

The complete of the 2024 boys' All-Star team was announced on April 11. The girls' All-Star team was announced March 11, and Chloe Spreen of Bedford North Lawrence was announced as the 2024 Miss Basketball on March 15.

Bidunga earned the boys top honor after being named on 198 ballots submitted to Broughton in voting that ran from March 13 to April 1. Jack Benter of Brownstown Central was runner-up with 122 votes. Keenan Garner of Fishers placed third with 15 votes followed by K.J. Windham of Ben Davis with 12 votes, Evan Haywood of Brebeuf Jesuit with five votes and Micah Davis of Franklin Community with three votes. There were 362 votes cast overall.

A Kansas University recruit, Bidunga averaged 19.0 points, 12.9 rebounds and 4.4 blocked shots while converting 81.4 percent of his field goals (236 of 290) and leading Kokomo to a 25-4 record that included North Central Conference and Lafayette Jefferson Sectional championships as a senior.

In a three-year high school career, the Democratic Republic of the Congo native totaled 1,609 points, 1,132 rebounds and 402 blocks as the Wildkats went 69-17 and captured three sectionals, two regionals, one semi-state and finished as the 2023 Class 4A state runner-up. He also shot a state-record 80.3 percent from the field (689 of 858) and 55.0 percent on free throws (230 of 418) while adding 158 assists, 85 steals and 322 dunks in his career.

A 2024 McDonald's All-American and 2024 Nike Hoop Summit participant, Bidunga averaged 17.5 points, 13.3 rebounds and 5.3 blocks as a sophomore as well as 20.2 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.5 blocks as a junior. As a junior, from Dec. 29, 2022, to Jan. 7, 2023, he tied a state record with 32 consecutive field goals. He also is No. 2 in state annals with his 402 career blocks.

In 85 career games, Bidunga posted 72 double-doubles and six triple-doubles -- 32 points, 20 rebounds and 11 blocks against Richmond and 30 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks against Lafayette Jefferson as a sophomore; 22 points, 10 rebounds, 12 blocks against Lebanon and 25 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocks against Marion as a junior; and 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks against New Haven and 17 points, 24 rebounds and 10 blocks against Anderson as a senior.

His career single-game bests are 34 points against McCutcheon as a junior, 24 rebounds against Fort Wayne Northrop as a sophomore and Anderson as a senior, six assists against Westfield and Fishers as a senior, four steals against Carmel as a junior and 12 blocks against Lebanon as a junior.

Bidunga is the third Mr. Basketball from Kokomo, joining Tom Schwartz in 1945 and Jim Rayl in 1959. Bidunga and teammate Karson Rogers are the program's 18th and 19th boys' Indiana All-Stars as well as the school's 29th and 30th overall All-Stars.

Past Kokomo High boys selected to the All-Stars were Chet Gabriel (1940), Carl Campbell (1941), Jack Turner (1942), Gene Turner (1944), Schwartz, Maurice Conwell (1946), James "Junior" Phipps (1952), Jim Butcher (1955), Paul Conwell (1956), Rayl, Ron Hughes (1961), Rich Scott (1961), Jim "Goose" Ligon (1962), Brian Hogan (1988), Lee Coomler (1996), D.J. Balentine (2012) and Tayler Persons (2014).

Kokomo girls previously named All-Stars were Tiffany Longworth (1993), Cari Stover (1993), Mistina Oliver (1993), Debbie Benziger (1994), Tamie Stiner (1997), Heather Cusick (1999), Hillary Beck (2001), Anne Thatcher (2003), DeUnna Hendrix (2003), Audrey McDonald (2006) and Kayla Drake (2008).

John Peckinpaugh, the 2024 boys' All-Star head coach, is the third Kokomo coach to lead the All-Stars. He joins a list that includes Mike McCroskey, the girls' head coach in 1994, and Charlie Hall, the girls' head coach in 2003.

In going to Kansas, Bidunga is the second Mr. Basketball and sixth boys' All-Star to join the Jayhawks. The previous KU-bound Mr. Basketball was David Magley of South Bend LaSalle in 1978. The other previous All-Stars who played at Kansas were Bud Dunn of Gosport in 1940, Clyde Lovellette of Terre Haute Garfield in 1948, Ron Loneski of Hammond Bishop Noll in 1955 and Bob Hickman of Terre Haute Gerstmeyer in 1956.

While in high school, Bidunga has been a two-time Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year and a two-time MaxPreps Indiana Player of the Year. He also has been a 2023 Naismith third-team All-American, a three-time IBCA Supreme 15 honoree, a 2023 AP first-team All-State selection, a 2022 AP second-team All-State pick, a three-time team MVP, a three-time all-NCC pick and a three-time area MVP and All-Area honoree by the Kokomo Tribune.

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. The All-Stars will face the Indiana Junior All-Stars in an exhibition doubleheader on June 5 at Kokomo. The All-Stars follow with their home-and-home doubleheaders with Kentucky -- June 7 at Lexington Catholic High School and June 8 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Colts, IHSAA extend partnership

The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced a three-year presenting partnership renewal with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts to continue in support of Indiana high school football.

This marks the 15th year of the agreement first struck in 2009 when the Colts organization began its support of the entire football state tournament, ensuring that the state championship games would continue to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium. At that time, the Colts became the first professional sports franchise in the country to partner with a high school association for this type of sponsorship.

“The IHSAA is so excited and grateful to continue this partnership with the Indianapolis Colts,” said IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig. “Without the Colts and their support, Indiana high school football wouldn’t be as spectacular as it is on Friday nights in the fall.”

“We love and appreciate the values, like preparation, discipline, teamwork and inclusion, that football teaches, so we are honored to support youth and high school football at every level in our state,” said Mike Prior, Colts Football Development Commissioner and former Colts great. “This partnership with the IHSAA continues our commitment to growing the game of football in Indiana and opening opportunities in the sport to all.”

The Colts and IHSAA also have partnered on other initiatives, most notably girls high school flag football. In 2023, the Colts started the Girls Flag Football Pilot League, fueled by Gatorade, with eight high school girls teams representing Indianapolis and South Bend. They also have hosted clinics, jamborees, and other events, with the long-term goal of developing girls flag football as a sanctioned varsity sport in Indiana.

For more info, visit Colts.com/Flag.

Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton selected to 2024 USA Basketball Men's National Team

USA Basketball announced that Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton was named a member of the 2024 USA Basketball Men’s National Team, which will compete at the Olympic Games Paris 2024, set for July 26-Aug. 11.

The team was selected by USA Basketball Men’s National Team managing director Grant Hill and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
“We want to congratulate Tyrese and we’re thrilled that he has been selected to represent our country and the Pacers organization as a member of the 2024 USA Basketball Men’s National Team,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard. “We are incredibly proud of Tyrese for all he’s accomplished in his career thus far, which includes being an integral part of our success this season, and we can’t wait to see him shine on the international stage among the best players in the world at the upcoming Summer Olympics.”
In addition to Haliburton, the 2024 USA Men’s National Team features Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), Kevin Durant (Phoenix Suns),  Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Jrue Holiday (Boston Celtics), LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), Kawhi Leonard (L.A. Clippers) and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics).
“It’s an honor to introduce the 2024 USA Basketball Men’s National Team,” Hill said. “I’m grateful to these 12 men for their commitment to represent USA Basketball. The United States is home to some of the best basketball players in the world and I appreciate the vast interest in being part of this roster. These decisions weren’t easy, but it was a pleasure to go through the process and reach this outcome.
“We have the utmost respect for the level of competition we will face this summer. The Olympics represent the pinnacle of sport and the world will be watching the USA as we play in the toughest basketball tournament in history.”
Haliburton is one of six players who has competed at the World Cup, including Curry (2010, 2014), Davis (2014), Durant (2010), Edwards (2023), James (2006), and Tatum (2019). Haliburton and Edwards competed at the 2023 FIBA Men’s World Cup in Manila, helping to secure the United States’ Olympic bid.
USA Basketball will commence training camp on July 6 in Las Vegas. Following the game vs. Canada, the Americans will embark on an international training window that begins when the USA hosts Australia and Serbia on July 15 and 17, respectively, at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Australia and Serbia will also face off on July 18 in Abu Dhabi.
The USA Basketball Showcase continues at London’s O2 Arena when the USA men take on the national teams of South Sudan on July 20 and Germany on July 22, followed by a tilt between the USA women and Germany on July 23.
The USA Basketball Showcase features a series of games that help the USA Basketball National Teams prepare for major competitions, including the Olympic Summer Games and FIBA World Cup. For more information on the USA Basketball Showcase and to purchase tickets, click here.
The USA officially qualified for the Paris Games as one of the top two nations from the FIBA Americas zone at the 2023 FIBA World Cup in September. The American men will compete for their fifth straight – and 17th overall – Olympic gold medal.
As part of Group C, the American men will face Serbia on July 28, South Sudan on July 31 and the winner of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Puerto Rico on Aug. 3 in the first round of the Olympic tournament. The 5-on-5 Olympic basketball group phase will take place in Lille, France, before the tournament moves to Paris for knockout and medal rounds.  
In total, USA Basketball will be represented by four teams at the 2024 Olympic Summer Games, including 5-on-5 men and women and 3x3 men and women. The USA are reigning Olympic champions in 5-on-5 men and women and 3x3 women, with 3x3 men set to make their Olympic debut this summer. More information about all four USA Basketball teams will be announced at a later date.

Coach Bob Knight career accomplishments bobblehead unveiled

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a limited-edition Bob Knight Career Accomplishments Bobblehead honoring the legendary college basketball coach.

The special edition bobblehead is being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in conjunction with Knight Legacy. Founded by Coach Knight’s son, Pat Knight, Knight Legacy’s mission is to honor, promote, and preserve the Coach Knight Legacy and the footprint that Hall of Fame Coach Bob Knight made in the history of basketball.

Coach Knight passed away at his home in Bloomington surrounded by his family on November 1, 2023, at the age of 83.

Standing on a rectangular basketball court base with BOB KNIGHT and THE GENERAL on each side of an outline of the state of Indiana across the front, the Knight bobblehead is wearing a red sweater and navy pants and pointing to give instructions to his team. The framed backing of the base, which features one of his memorable quotes, “Mental is to physical as four is to one,” also includes a sketch of Knight, replica banners of the three national championships won under Coach Knight, a numerical rundown of Knight’s career accomplishments, and a replica of Knight’s autograph.

The bobbleheads, which will be individually numbered, are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store and at BobKnight.com. The bobbleheads are available for $40 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order. They are expected to ship in August.

In his coaching career, Knight finished with an overall record of 902-371. The 902 NCAA Division I victories was a record at the time of his retirement, and currently ranks fifth all-time. He is best known for winning three national championships as the head coach of Indiana in 1976, 1981 and 1987. In addition to coaching the Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000, he was also the head coach at Army from 1965 to 1971 and Texas Tech from 2001 to 2008. Other career highlights include 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, five trips to the Final Four, 11 Big Ten regular-season championships, and three Big Ten Coach of the Year awards.

Known as one of college basketball’s most successful and innovative coaches, having popularized the motion offense, Knight also won a National Invitation Tournament championship and 11 Big Ten Conference championships along with his three national titles. Knight received National Coach of the Year honors four times. In 1984, he coached the USA men’s Olympic team to a gold medal, becoming one of only three basketball coaches to win an NCAA title, NIT title and an Olympic gold medal. Knight was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991 and was a member of the founding class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He was also inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Indiana Hoosiers Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

When asked about the bobblehead, Pat Knight said, “Knight Legacy is excited to be partnering with the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame again to launch this one of a kind bobblehead highlighting my father’s career achievements and preserving his legacy. Being the last team to go undefeated in 1976 is something talked about at this time every year and something Coach was very proud of for this team reaching their full potential and accomplishing their goal.”

"We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Knight Legacy to add this very special bobblehead of Coach Knight to the collection,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “One of the most successful coaches in history, ‘The General’ has a list of career accomplishments worthy of a special bobblehead, and this bobblehead will be a must-have for fans!”

The Bob Knight Career Accomplishments Bobblehead is the latest featuring the Hall of Famer. Other previously released bobbleheads include one of a standing Knight wearing his signature red sweater, and another commemorating his infamous chair-throwing incident that occurred during a game in the 1984-85 season. The red sweater bobblehead is sold out, while the chair-throwing bobblehead is still available.

Heading for Grace: Rochester golfer Ava Thomas signs

RHS golfer Ava Thomas said golf has been something that she's been interested in since she could walk.

The daughter of RHS golf coach Chad Thomas says golf has always been a key part of her life. 

 

 

Despite being just a junior at Rochester High School, the 2025 graduate is already setting plans for her next step in education. On Friday, Grace College women's golf coach Denny Duncan met with Thomas in the Rochester High School gym to sign her national letter of intent for the school. 

Thomas said she knew as a sophomore that Grace was the college she wanted to attend. The decision to sign on Friday was not a hard one.

 

 

As for her plans after college, Thomas said she hopes to eventually start a career in teaching. 

 

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Caston #2 in SCAI preseason softball poll

Tecumseh stood in Caston’s way for a 1A state softball championship last spring at Bittinger Stadium.

The 1A defending state champion Braves are in Caston’s way again.

Three of the four 2023 IHSAA softball state champions debut at No. 1. Penn (Class 4A), New Prairie (3A), Eastside (2A) and Tecumseh (A) are the No. 1 teams in their respective classes. Only Eastside, who lost to Andrean in the 2023 semistate championship game, is not a defending state champion.

Caston is second in the 1A poll to begin the season.

Caston, making its first-ever state finals appearance in any sport, lost 6-0 to Tecumseh to conclude a 22-5 season last spring.

Tecumseh finished last season with a 25-9 record after starting the season splitting the team’s first 16 games.

Rossville is third in the 1A preseason poll followed by Barr-Reeve and Cowan in the top five.

North Miami, 22-5 last season, is ranked ninth in the 1A poll.

Rochester honors Pete Smith as he's inducted into the Indiana Basketball HOF

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 62nd Men’s Awards Banquet is Wednesday.

The City of Rochester has a special event planned for Wednesday in conjunction with that event as one of the city’s own will be honored at that banquet, 1979 graduate Pete Smith.

Rochester Mayor Trent Odell.

Smith’s coaching history includes time as an assistant at Rochester, South Bend Adams, and Warsaw before becoming head coach at Manchester, Noblesville, Penn, Carmel, and Guerin Catholic. Smith started the basketball program at Guerin Catholic in 2004, where he won state titles in 2012 and 2015.

Smith amassed 389 wins in his career, and a winning percentage of 61%.

Smith has earned numerous honors from the IBCA including District Coach of the Year.  Smith had the honor of being an assistant coach twice for the McDonald’s All-American game, Director of the IN/KY All-Star Series, and a director of 5-Star Summer Basketball Camps for 24 summers. 

The ceremonies on Wednesday include a reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Museum in New Castle that afternoon with a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.

 

Rochester's Reinartz named All-TRC, Bowers honorable mention

With Wabash and Peru boys basketball seasons coming to a close in Saturday's semistates the TRC has released its All-TRC boys basketball team for the 2023-24 season.

Wabash (21-6) lost in the semifinal round of the 2A Lafayette Jeff semistate to sixth-ranked Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, 55-51. Blackhawk lost in overtime in the championship game to #2 Wapahani, 60-49.

Wapahani reached the championship with a semifinal win over North Judson, 48-28.

In 3A, Peru (16-11) lost a semifinal shootout to #13 South Bend St. Joseph, 88-80. St. Joseph was then able to survive a triple-OT thriller to get by Delta in the championship game, 44-41.

 

All-TRC boys basketball team

Kyler Krull---Whitko

Sam Essegian---Whitko

Bryce Wilcox---Southwood

LJ Hillis---Lewis Cass

Josiah Ball---Maconaquah

AJ Kelly---Maconaquah

Matthew Roettger---Peru

Gavin Eldridge---Peru

Alex Ross---Peru

Ethan Hendrix---Manchester

Gavin Betten----Manchester

Izaak Wright---Wabash

Trevor Daughtry---Wabash

Grant Ford---Wabash

Tanner Reinartz---Rochester

 

Honorable Mention

Jaylen Gibson---Whitko

Will Winer---Southwood

Carter Rodgers---Northfield

Bryce Rudd---Lewis Cass

Ethan Zeiser---Maconaquah

Ian Potts---Peru

Gavin Martin---Manchester

Kaden Vogel---Wabash

Drew Bowers---Rochester

Jake Riley---North Miami

Parke County official to be honored by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association

Game officials Scott Arthur and P.J. Pitts will be recognized with special awards in 2024 by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Arthur and Pitts will be honored as respective winners of the Roy Gardner and Mildred Ball awards as outstanding officials throughout long careers on the hardwood. The two officials are being cited for their work impacting the game floor, Arthur from 1992 to the present and Pitts from 1995 to the present.

Arthur is in his 32nd season as an official, including four times in the boys' basketball State Finals and four times in the girls' basketball State Finals while a member of the Southwestern Indiana Officials Association. The Loogootee resident served as the SWIOA basketball chairman for four years and was an IHSAA certification clinician for eight years. He also has been a baseball umpire for 23 years and worked four State Finals in that sport.

Pitts, a Bridgeton resident, is in his 29th season as an official. He has worked the boys' basketball State Finals four times and the girls' basketball State Finals five times. He has been a member of the Wabash Valley Officials Association for 29 years and the Western Indiana Officials Association for two years. He served four years at WVOA president and eight years as a board member. Pitts also has been a football official, twice working the State Finals, and a volleyball official.

The Gardner Award is named after the late Roy Gardner, a Lawrenceburg native, Ball State graduate and former Batesville High School math teacher who worked three boys' basketball State Finals and officiated in the Big Ten from 1959-69. He passed away in 1977, and the IBCA has presented an award in his name since 1978. Gardner was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

The Ball Award is named after Mildred Morgan Ball, a graduate of Gary Roosevelt High School and Indiana University who served as an IHSAA assistant commissioner from 1977-97. During her time at the IHSAA, Ball was responsible for licensing and training of contest officials and also worked with the National Federation of High School Associations rules committee. The IBCA has presented an award in her name since 1997. Ball was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, and she was the 2022 recipient of the Richard G. Lugar Award for Distinguished Service.

Arthur and Pitts each will receive his award during the IBCA's annual clinic on April 25-26 at Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville. For more information about the IBCA, go to in.nhsbca.org.

 

2024 IBCA Mildred Ball Award 

P.J. Pitts of Bridgeton is the winner of the 2023 IBCA Mildred Ball Award.

Now in his 29th season as an official, Pitts began officiating in 1995 and has extensive state tournament experience for boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball. For boys, he has worked 20 sectionals, 14 regionals, seven semi-states and four State Finals (2009, 2013, 2016 and 2020). For girls, he has called 23 sectionals, 16 regionals, nine semi-states and five State Finals (2009, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2022).

Pitts, a 29-year member of the Wabash Valley Officials Association and a two-year member of the Western Indiana Officials Association, also has worked as a football official and volleyball official, and he has been a part of crews that twice called the football State Finals (2015 and 2018). He has served as president of the WVOA for four years and eight years as a board member.

In 2019, Pitts was selected as the IHSAA’s Official of the Year in boys’ basketball. Officials receiving this honor are selected by a committee representing the 24 officials associations in Indiana and have gone above and beyond to serve their community and the IHSAA.

In receiving the Mildred Ball Award, Pitts expressed thanks to the late Don Corey, his officiating mentor and 2005 IHSAA Official of the Year in girls’ basketball, as well as 29-year partner Mark Hopper, the 2018 IHSAA Official of the Year in girls’ basketball, the 2022 IHSAA Official of the Year in boys’ basketball and the 2022 NFHS Section 4 Official of the Year.

A 1994 graduate of West Vigo High School, Pitts played basketball for the Vikings and coach Steve DeGroote. He went on to earn an associate’s degree in business management from Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute in 1996.

Professionally, Pitts has been the supervisor of transportation for the Vigo County School Corporation for the past five years. He previously worked as operations manager at Heavy Duty Truck in Terre Haute. He also has been an active volunteer in the community over the years for programs including West Terre Haute Brush Up and Clean Up the Community Environmental Day.

Pitts and his wife, Ashley, are parents to five children – Lexi, 19; Kayleigh, 17; Kenzie, 15; Jackson, 11; and Ryleigh, 10. In his free time, Pitts enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time with family.

 

2024 IBCA Roy Gardner Award

Scott Arthur of Loogootee is the winner of the 2024 IBCA Roy Gardner Award.

A 1989 graduate of Loogootee High School, Arthur competed in cross country, basketball and baseball – teams that won one basketball regional and two baseball sectionals. He initially went to Hanover College, then transferred to the University of Evansville, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1994.

Arthur began officiating in 1992 while a college student. Over the years, he has worked 27 sectionals, 18 regionals, seven semi-states and four State Finals (2011, 2014, 2017 and 2022) in boys’ basketball as well as 22 sectionals, 13 regionals, seven semi-states and four State Finals (2011, 2014, 2017 and 2022) in girls’ basketball. He also has worked four Hall of Fame Classic tournaments, two for boys and two for girls.

A member of the Southwestern Indiana Officials Association for 31 years, Arthur also has been a baseball umpire for 23 years and worked four State Finals in that sport (2004, 2007, 2012 and 2013). He served as the SWIOA basketball chairman for four years and its baseball chairman for five years. He also has operated as an IHSAA certification clinician for eight years.

Arthur was recognized with the IHSAA’s Official of the Year in 2019 for baseball and in 2023 for girls’ basketball. Officials receiving these honors are selected by a committee representing the 24 officials associations in Indiana and have gone above and beyond to serve their community and the IHSAA.

Professionally, Arthur has worked as a project lead for night-vision equipment at Naval Warfare Center Crane for 25 years. In addition, he is in his sixth season as the varsity baseball coach at Loogootee. He also enjoys to play golf, travel and to attend sporting events in his free time.

Arthur and his wife, Marci, are parents to two adult children – Dylan and Shealyn.


 

 

2024 IndyStar girls' Indiana All-Stars named

 Thirteen players have been selected for the 2024 IndyStar Indiana Girls' All-Stars.

Those chosen to the team will play three games in June -- one exhibition game against the Indiana Junior All-Stars as well as home-and-home contests against the Kentucky All-Stars.

The players comprising 2024 Indiana Girls' All-Stars are Audrey Annee of Center Grove, Emma Haan of Zionsville, Alli Harness of Carroll (Flora), Talia Harris of Fishers, Ellery Minch of Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Jordyn Poole of Fort Wayne Snider, Camryn Runner of Hamilton Heights, Chloe Spreen of Bedford North Lawrence, Lauren Walsh of Penn, Reagan Wilson of Noblesville, Faith Wiseman of Indian Creek, Rachel Wirts of Center Grove and Juliann Woodard of Jennings County.

The 2024 IndyStar Indiana Miss Basketball will come from among the above players and be announced later.

The '24 girls' All-Stars have two players who have been a part of state championship teams (Spreen, 2023 4A, and Wilson, 2022 4A), two players who were named IBCA first-team Academic All-State (Minch and Runner) and three players who were named IBCA honorable mention Academic All-State (Annee, Haan and Wilson).

Andy Maguire of Zionsville has been named head coach of the 2024 All-Stars. He will be assisted by Jason Simpson of Greensburg and Lauren Votaw of Fishers. Maguire is 330-240 in 26 seasons as a varsity coach, including 256-209 in 21 years at Zionsville. Simpson is 180-65 in 10 seasons at Greensburg. Votaw is 131-44 in seven seasons at Fishers.

The Junior-Senior exhibition game is set for June 5 at Kokomo. The first game against Kentucky will be June 7 at a site to be announced. The final game against Kentucky will be June 8 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

All three dates will be doubleheaders with the IndyStar Indiana Boys' All-Stars, whose roster will be announced later. 

The Indiana Junior All-Stars will play two girl-boy doubleheaders this year -- June 2 against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars at Scottsburg and June 7 against the Indiana seniors at Kokomo.

The Indiana All-Stars program was founded in 1939 when the Indiana Boys All-Stars played the state champion Frankfort Hot Dogs. The series with Kentucky began in 1940, and the girls' portion of the All-Stars was added in 1976. The Junior All-Stars, boys and girls, were added in 1996. The All-Star senior girls have played Kentucky every year since 1976, except 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The All-Star senior boys have played Kentucky in all but three years since 1940 -- 1943 (World War II), 1944 (World War II) and 2020 (COVID-19 pandemic).

The Indiana Senior girls lead 53-41 in their series with Kentucky. The Indiana Senior girls lead 41-11 in games against the Indiana Junior girls. The Indiana Junior girls lead 11-1 in their series with Kentucky. The Indiana Senior boys lead 104-45 in their series with Kentucky. The Indiana Senior boys lead 41-11 in games against the Indiana Junior boys. The Indiana Junior boys lead 7-5 in their series with Kentucky.

The second IndyStar Indiana All-Star "Futures Games" doubleheader will be June 3 at Hamilton Southeastern. The Futures Games will be a girls-boys doubleheader with Indiana-only squads of sophomores and freshmen in a North vs. South format. The Futures Games' lineups will be announced later. In the inaugural Futures Games, the North girls prevailed 73-63 and the South boys won 100-96.

The Indiana portion of the All-Star Games is organized and produced by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. The Indianapolis Star, with its IndyStar brand, is a title sponsor. Hoosier Shooting Academy is a presenting partner of All-Star Week, and Energy Systems Group is a presented partner of the June 8 All-Star doubleheader at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The IndyStar Indiana All-Star Team is selected through a balloting process of coaches and media overseen by game organizers from the IBCA. The top vote getter will be named Miss Basketball, and the remainder of the team is finalized by Broughton after observing numerous games and events throughout the season, conferring with coaches, school officials and media across the state. Broughton also reviews votes submitted by coaches and media who each could recommend up to 10 players.

 

2024 IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars

Name, School, Height, PPG, College Choice

Audrey Annee, Center Grove, 5-9,13.2, Army

Emma Haan, Zionsville, 5-7, 15.6, Vermont

Alli Harness, Carroll (Flora), 5-8, 20.8, Western Michigan

Talia Harris, Fishers, 5-8, 14.8, Mercer

Ellery Minch, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), 6-2, 14.2, DePaul

Jordyn Poole, Fort Wayne Snider, 5-7, 16.9, Purdue

Camryn Runner, Hamilton Heights, 5-9, 26.9, Evansville

Chloe Spreen, Bedford North Lawrence, 5-10, 20.4, Alabama

Lauren Walsh, Penn, 5-7, 12.5, undecided

Reagan Wilson, Noblesville, 5-8, 16.1, Iowa State

Faith Wiseman, Indian Creek, 6-4, 18.2, Indiana

Rachel Wirts, Center Grove, 6-3, 12.1, Villanova

Juliann Woodard, Jennings County, 6-0, 17.3, Michigan State

 

2024 IndyStar Indiana All-Star key dates

Sunday, June 2 — Indiana Juniors vs. Kentucky Juniors at site TBA — girls, 2:00 p.m.; boys, to follow; admission, $10 per person at the door (adults, school-aged students; pre-school children are free).

Monday, June 3 – Indiana All-Stars “Futures Games” doubleheader at Hamilton Southeastern – girls, 6:00 p.m., boys, to follow; admission, $10 per person at the door (adults, school-aged students; pre-school children are free).

Wednesday, June 5 — Junior-Senior All-Star game at Kokomo — girls, 6:00 p.m.; boys, to follow; admission, $10 per person at the door (adults, school-aged students; pre-school children are free).

Friday, June 7 — Indiana at Kentucky at TBA — girls, time, TBA; boys, to follow, time TBA. Ticket information, TBA.

Saturday, June 8 — Indiana vs. Kentucky at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis — Senior girls, 5:00 p.m.; Senior boys, to follow (about 7:30 p.m.). Ticket information, TBA.

Special youth wild turkey hunting season sign-ups available

Youth hunters (under age 18 on the day of the hunt) may apply for reserved turkey hunts during the special youth wild turkey hunting season on DNR properties from Monday, March 18 through Thursday, March 28.
The 2024 youth turkey season is April 20-21. In order to provide quality hunts for participants, a limit will be placed on the number of youth hunters allowed to hunt a respective property on each hunting day. Interested hunters or an adult representing them must register in person or by phone during the normal office hours for the property they wish to hunt. Hunters are allowed to register for only one property.
Participating Fish & Wildlife areas include Atterbury, Chinook, Crosley, Deer Creek, Fairbanks Landing, Glendale, Goose Pond, Hillenbrand, Hovey Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, J. E. Roush Lake, Sugar Ridge, Tri-County, Wabashiki, Willow Slough and Winamac. Two reservoir properties, Mississinewa and Salamonie lakes, will also take part in the hunts.
Those wanting to sign up for the Chinook or Wabashiki hunts may register at Deer Creek FWA. Those wanting to sign up for Fairbanks Landing or Hillenbrand hunts may do so at Goose Pond FWA.
A drawing will be held on Monday, April 1 at properties where the number of registered hunters exceeds the spots available. A youth hunter may be drawn for either or both hunt days, depending on the number of applicants. All applicants will be notified of drawing results by mail.
Applicants must possess a 2024 Youth Consolidated Hunting & Trapping License, a 2024 Nonresident Youth Spring Turkey License with a game bird habitat stamp privilege, or Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting License. Apprentice hunting licenses of the types named above also may be used.
Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon at properties in the Central Time Zone, and one-half hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. on properties in the Eastern Time Zone.
Youth hunters who are selected for the hunt may check in at any time each day until the end of legal hunting hours for that property. Properties will not have a daily "no-show" drawing. Hunters interested in possible unfilled quotas at a property should call that property for more information before showing up.
Youth hunters can harvest one bearded or male wild turkey. The youth must be accompanied by someone 18 or older.
The youth hunter may use any legal shotgun, bow and arrow or crossbow. The adult accompanying the youth hunter must not possess a firearm, bow and arrow or crossbow while in the field. The accompanying adult must be licensed if they are assisting by calling or if the youth is using an apprentice license.
To register a youth for one of the hunts, the following information is needed:

Hunter's name
Type of license and license number
Date(s) in which applying
Mailing address
Phone number
Parent or guardian’s name, address, & phone number

For property contact information, visit on.IN.gov/dfwproperties. To purchase a license, visit on.IN.gov/inhuntfish

 

 

Bob Knight special edition bobbleheads unveiled

Today, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled two limited-edition bobbleheads of legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight.

The first bobblehead features Knight wearing his signature red sweater, while the second bobblehead commemorates Knight’s iconic chair-throwing incident. The special edition bobbleheads are being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in conjunction with Knight Legacy. Founded by Coach Knight’s son, Pat Knight, Knight Legacy’s mission is to honor, promote, and preserve the Coach Knight Legacy and the footprint that Hall of Fame Coach Bob Knight has made in the history of basketball.

Standing on a circular base bearing his name, the first Knight bobblehead is wearing a red sweater and dark pants. The top of the base features a facsimile of Coach Knight’s autograph. Standing on a replica hardwood floor base bearing his name, the second Coach Knight bobblehead is wearing a red and white striped short-sleeved shirt like the one worn during Indiana’s game vs. rival Purdue on February 23, 1985, when Knight threw a chair across the Assembly Hall court objecting to a call. The chair throwing incident which has come to be known as “The Chair Game” is still remembered and even celebrated today on its anniversary and when the Hoosiers face Purdue. Knight, who apologized for his actions the next day, joked about throwing the chair since the incident, saying that he saw an old lady standing on the opposite sideline and threw her the chair so she could sit down.

The standing bobblehead is individually numbered to 2,023 while the chair-throwing bobblehead is numbered to 19,850. The bobbleheads are currently available for pre-order exclusively through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The standing Knight bobbleheads are $30 each, while the chair-throwing bobbleheads are $40 each, plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order. A set of two is available for $65 and both bobbleheads are expected to ship in December.

In his coaching career, Knight finished with an overall record of 902-371. The 902 NCAA Division I victories was a record at the time of his retirement, and currently ranks fifth all-time. He is best known for winning three national championships as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers in 1976, 1981 and 1987. In addition to coaching the Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000, he was also the head coach at Army from 1965 to 1971 and Texas Tech from 2001 to 2008.

Known as one of college basketball’s most successful and innovative coaches, having popularized the motion offense, Knight also won a National Invitation Tournament championship and 11 Big Ten Conference championships along with his three national titles. Knight received National Coach of the Year honors four times and Big Ten Coach of the Year honors eight times. In 1984, he coached the USA men’s Olympic team to a gold medal, becoming one of only three basketball coaches to win an NCAA title, NIT title and an Olympic gold medal. Knight was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991 and was a member of the founding class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He was also inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Indiana Hoosiers Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

Born in Massillon, Ohio, on October 25th, 1940, the only child of Pat and Hazel Knight grew up in nearby Orrville. His life in athletics began as a tall first baseman for the Mizer Tykes. He switched to basketball in the sixth grade and became a local star. An excellent student, Knight once won the Orrville Library’s competition for what child could read the most books between June and September. Knight went on to Ohio State where he played for Hall of Fame coach Fred Taylor. He was a reserve forward on the 1960 NCAA championship team that featured future Hall of Famers John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas. The Buckeyes lost in each of the next two NCAA championship games, of which the sharpshooting Knight also played a part of off the bench. One year after graduating from Ohio State with a degree in history and government in 1962, Knight enlisted in the United States Army and served two years of active duty. Knight, who was a private first class, also served nearly four years in the Army reserves. While in the service, Knight was an assistant coach for the Army Black Knights basketball team. As a 24-year-old in 1965, he was named Army’s head coach and compiled a record of 102-50 in six seasons there before going to Indiana.

When asked about the bobbleheads, Coach Knight’s son and Founder of Knight Legacy, Pat Knight said, “We’re thrilled to be honoring my father’s legacy with these limited edition bobbleheads in collaboration with the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. I think these bobbleheads are a great tribute to my dad’s legacy and the passion that he had for basketball and life.”

"We’re excited to team up with Knight Legacy to create these bobbleheads celebrating the legendary coach,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “One of the most successful coaches in the history of college basketball, and we think fans will love these new bobbleheads!”

About the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum:
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened to the public on February 1st, 2019. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for retail sale as well as organizations, individuals, and teams across the country. Visit us 
online and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Line judge procedure modified in high school volleyball

Line judges will be required to change sides of the court between sets when teams remain on the same bench. The change in officiating procedure highlights the 2024-25 high school volleyball rules changes.

In all, four rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee at its annual meeting January 7-9. All rules changes were reviewed and approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rule 5-9-2b, which outlines line judge responsibilities, includes the new note requiring that they switch sides of the court when, by state association adoption, teams remain on the same bench throughout the match. The corresponding item on the state association adoption chart was also amended to add the requirement, which was added to promote fair officiating.

“Since the pandemic many state associations have adopted the rule to require teams to remain on the same bench throughout the match,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS Director of Sports and liaison to the Volleyball Rules Committee. “The unintended consequence of this adoption is that the same line judge officiates the same lines for the same teams throughout the match. This change allows teams to see both line judges and promote equity in officiating.

In other rules changes, Rule 11-4-1b now allows teams to substitute for a replacement player during a referee’s time-out when the libero is injured or ill, allowing the team to avoid playing the replacement out of position.

Two rules dealing with uniforms and rosters were amended to address when a uniform is damaged or has blood on it. Rule 4-2-3 Note was added to allow a player to change uniforms and for the roster to be adjusted accordingly with no penalty when a uniform is bloodied or damaged. Rule 7-1-1 Note was also changed to specify that blood on or damage to the uniform are acceptable reasons to change uniforms.

The first referee’s responsibilities were modified in Rule 5-4-3c(1) to direct players to the end lines prior to the first set and then direct starting players onto the court for play. Previously, only starting players were directed to the end lines for prematch announcements. The rule now allows but does not require teams to include more team members in the prematch ceremony.

Home team uniform requirements clarified in high school football rules

Language in the 2024 NFHS Football Rules Book will be changed in an effort to ensure consistent interpretation of the rule regarding requirements for home team uniforms in high school football. Next season, all home team jerseys must be the same dark color(s) that clearly contrasts with white. 

This uniform change in Rule 1-5-1b(3) was recommended by the NFHS Football Rules Committee at its January 14-16 meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. The Football Rules Committee is composed of one member from each NFHS member state association that uses NFHS playing rules, along with representatives from the NFHS Coaches Association and NFHS Officials Association.

Previously, the rule regarding home team jerseys stated that the jerseys of the home team “shall be a dark color that clearly contrasts to white.” The revised rule will state that the jerseys of the home team “shall all be the same dark color(s) that clearly contrasts to white.” 

“We kind of had a loophole in the rule that we didn’t specify that everyone on the home team had to wear the same color dark jersey,” said Richard McWhirter, chair of the NFHS Football Rules Committee and assistant executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. “Even though you didn’t see a major issue with it, it was a loophole in the rule that could possibly be a major issue in the future if it wasn’t corrected.”

McWhirter noted that while this was the only rules proposal that was approved by the committee, there was considerable discussion related to the other eight proposals that advanced to the full committee. He said there was considerable discussion dealing with sportsmanship, particularly unsporting acts in dead-ball situations.

“There was solid agreement by the committee that the rules of the game are in good shape,” McWhirter said. “There was great discussion regarding the need for consistent enforcement of the existing rules specifically in regard to equipment and sportsmanship. Several proposals garnered substantial interest and discussion and may merit further consideration in future committee meetings.”

Three Points of Emphasis were identified by the committee for the 2024 season, including Player Equipment and Enforcement, Sportsmanship and Protocols, and Formation Requirements.

 A complete listing of the football rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Football.”

Caston eliminated from girls basketball state tournament by Marquette Catholic

22 wins.

The program’s second ever sectional title.

And first regional title.

But the hope of extending the Caston Lady Comets historic run came to a close in the semi-state semifinal at Frankfort’s Case Arena. Seventh-ranked Marquette Catholic took a three point lead into the fourth quarter and then held Caston to just four points over the final eight minutes to end the Comets season, 41-34.

Head coach Josh Douglass said his team fought until the end but couldn’t overcome Laniah Davis. The sophomore guard scored 26 to pace Marquette Catholic.

 

 

Isabel Scales was Caston’s only double digit scorer with 13.  Annie Harsh scored nine points on three shots from beyond the arc.

 

 

Caston struggled from the field shooting 14-of-46 (30%). Free throw shooting also hampered the Comets scoring efforts finishing 4-of-12.

Douglass says there’s pain with the end.  But it’s a special memory that will bring more smiles than tears.

 

 

Marquette Catholic (24-4) went on to defeat second-ranked Clinton Central in dramatic fashion in the semi-state championship, 72-70. Freshman Marissa Pleasant sank a three-pointer with 1.1 second remaining to seal the win.

The Blazers will play top-ranked and defending state champion Lanesville in the 1A state championship at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

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