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Bjorkgren out as Pacers begin search for new head coach

The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday that Nate Bjorkgren will not be retained as the team’s head coach.

“The 2020-21 season was not what any of us hoped or anticipated it would be, and our results on the court certainly did not meet the standards for what our organization and our fans have come to expect,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard. “We have determined this is the right time to move in a different direction, and on behalf of the Simon Family and the entire Pacers organization, I want to express my gratitude to Nate for his efforts leading our team. While we do not have a definite timetable for our search, we will move quickly to identify candidates who will make our team and our organization stronger.”
            
Bjorkgren was hired prior to the 2020-21 season and led the Pacers to a 34-38 record. He previously served as an assistant coach in Toronto and Phoenix.

 

 


Rochester golf second at Logansport, advances to regional

Rochester golf will be in the field at Lake Central Regional Thursday.

 

The Zebras’ second place finish at the Logansport Sectional at Dykeman Golf Course kept the team’s season alive.  Twin Lakes won the sectional with a team score of 310, nine strokes better than Rochester’s 319.

 

Logansport was the third team to advance with a 332, one stroke better than fourth-place Rensselaer Central.

 

Rochester’s Reece Renie was the top individual with a 73.  Teammate Wade Shafer finished tied for third with a 75.

 

Thursday’s regional will be held at Sandy Pines Golf Club featuring advancing teams and players from the Logansport, Valparaiso, Westfield, Lake Central and Harrison (W. Lafayette) sectionals.

 

 


The Rochester Zebras took advantage of a porous Whitko defense and won the 2A Wabash Sectional Championship Monday, 13-3.

 

The Zebras scored six times in the 6th inning to finish off the title by 10-run rule and advance to the Lafayette Central Catholic Regional on Saturday.

 

The win avenged a regular season loss to Whitko.  In that game, Whitko committed eight errors and still managed to get the win, 10-7.  Not the case this time.  Seven Whitko errors led to seven unearned Rochester runs.

 

Tarick McGlothin was 4-for-5, with two RBI and two runs scored.  Freshman Gavin Young drove in a pair of runs and scored twice with two hits on the day. 

 

Brock Beehler also drove in two with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.  He recorded the complete game win on the mound.

 

Rochester has won seven straight and nine of the last ten.

 

Saturday's Class 2A Lafayette Central Catholic baseball regional matchups:

 

#2 Wapahani (28-1) vs. Madison-Grant (21-7)

#6 Delphi (23-6) vs. Rochester (19-11)

 


Rochester's Madilyn Calloway has advanced to state in cross country twice.  She has now added track and field to her resume.

 

Calloway finished third Tuesday night at the Goshen Regional to advance from that competition.  The Rochester junior finished in a time of 11:33.47 behind second place Julynne Spidell from Kokomo (11:24.96) and 3200 meter champ Lexi Allen of Culver Academies (10:55.99).

 

Calloway's teammate, sophomore Zoe Seward, finished 6th.

 

Rochester's 4 x 800 meter relay team, Elena Bode, Araceli Ochoa, Seward and Calloway, finished 12th.

 

Kenzie Bradley ran the 100 meter dash in 13.13.  She finished 6th.  Teammate Kami Burkett finished 15th.

 

Macie Nelson of Rochester was 16th in the 100 meter hurdles in 18.46. 

 

Rochester sophomore Kennedy Jackson was 10th in the shot put.

 

Tennis regionals

At Plymouth

Peru 3, Culver Academies 2                                                      

Bremen 5, Warsaw 0

 

 

Softball sectionals

2A        At Wabash

Tippecanoe Valley 4, Rochester 1

 

TVHS beat Rochester for the second time this season.

Corinna Stiles pitched a three-hitter.

Vikings play Whitko in 7:00 pm championship Thursday.  Whitko shut out Lewis Cass, 6-0.

 

2A        at Winamac

#7 Winamac 18, North Judson 1 (5 inn)

 

Ella Gearhart 12th HR

Winamac will play winner of tonight’s semifinal between #1 Pioneer and Boone Grove

 

 

1A        at South Central (Union Mills)

Culver 21, Triton 11

 

Culver to play top-ranked South Central in Wednesday night semifinal

 

 

3A        at Bremen

Bremen 8, Knox 7

 

 


RHS senior Kyle Reinartz signs to play baseball at Grace College

RHS Senior Kyle Reinartz signed with Grace College Monday at Rochester High School.

 

Reinartz plans on majoring in business and continuing his baseball team by pitching for the Grace College Lancers. 

 

 

He says there is a lot about RHS he is going to miss. 

 

 

Reinartz credits his family and friends for their support in encouraging him to be where he's at today. 

 


Beginning with the 2022-23 season, a 35-second shot clock will be permitted in high school basketball games by state association adoption. The sentiment among many coaches and athletic directors is now not a matter of if, but when, a shot clock will become a reality.

 

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee voted against a proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock at its annual meeting.

 

Head coach of the Rochester girls basketball program Brian Jennings leans toward favoring the implementation of the shot clock but he understands the debate.

 

 

Coach Jennings says the pressure now falls on schools and officials to prepare for the anticipated shot clock.

 

 

Rule 2-14 states that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season -- according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book -- to encourage standardization among states. Guidelines include displaying two timepieces that are connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

 

The Zebras head coach says he doesn’t think you’ll see the shot clock as early as 2022-2023. 

 

 

He noted changes at the AAU level may come before Indiana high schools.

 

 


Rochester scores three in the 7th to beat Manchester

Rochester rallied with three runs in the top of the 7th to get by Manchester in TRC baseball Wednesday.

 

Brock Beehler's 2-run double capped an inning where the Zebras (9-10, 3-3 TRC) did all their damage after two were out.

 

Beehler also earned the win with four innings of relief work after replacing starter Kyle Reinartz.  

 

Tarick McGlothin picked up the save by striking out the side in a perfect bottom of the 7th.

 

 


Ranked teams battling for the conference lead provided some hype for area softball fans of Winamac and Caston.  The game didn't disappoint.

 

#13 (2A) Winamac's Ella Gearhart smacked a walk-off 8th inning home run in a 3-2 win over the top-ranked (1A) Caston Comets Tuesday.

 

Isabel Scales drove in both Comet runs with a single and a home run.  

 

Caston (20-2) and Winamac (17-6) are now both 4-1 in the Hoosier North, trailing #2 (2A) Pioneer (4-0 HNAC).  Pioneer has a win, 7-2, over Winamac on April 19.  Caston will host Pioneer next Tuesday, May 18.

 

The loss snapped Caston's 14-game win streak.

 

 


NFHS to permit states to adopt 35-second shot clock

Beginning with the 2022-23 season, a 35-second shot clock will be permitted in high school basketball games by state association adoption. A proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved.

 

A shot clock was among the topics discussed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its annual meeting April 20-22 held virtually this year. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

 

Rule 2-14 states that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season -- according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book -- to encourage standardization among states. Guidelines include displaying two timepieces that are connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.

 

“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

 

Rule 3-5-4e was added to allow players to wear head coverings for religious reasons without obtaining state association approval. The head covering shall not be made of abrasive or hard materials and must be attached so that it is highly unlikely to come off during play. Basketball is the sixth sport in which a rule related to the wearing of head coverings or other equipment for religious reasons has been adopted, following volleyball, field hockey, soccer, spirit and swimming.

 

The official signals were also modified to use the same hand signal for a player control foul and a team control foul. Officials should use Signal 36, which is a hand placed at the back of the head, for both types of fouls. Previously, a team control foul was communicated with a punch of the hand.

 

“It is redundant to have different signals to communicate that a foul will be charged to a member of the team in control of the ball,” Wynns said. “Officials don’t understand the need to differentiate between a player control foul and a team control foul, and many game participants, table personnel and fans don’t know the difference.”

 

A complete listing of the basketball 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 “Basketball.”


The Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. is pleased to announce this year’s group of 13 senior student athletes who will be honored with the 2021 C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarships.

 

To reward the efforts of Indiana’s complete student-athletes, Methodist Sports Medicine, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers, Sport Graphics, Inc., and Franciscan Health Systems have all partnered with the IHSAA and the IHSAA Foundation to sponsor the program. These well-rounded, positive role models have demonstrated excellence in academics, school and community involvement, character, sportsmanship, and citizenship.

 

Each individual will receive a $2,500 scholarship for their prep accomplishments and be recognized at this year’s Thomas A. Brady Sports Achievement Awards Dinner established by Methodist Sports Medicine on June 3, 2021.

 

2021 IHSAA / C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Award recipients

Tate Cowan, Wawasee

Abigail Fulton, Southwestern (Hanover)

Aubrey Gearhart, Winamac Community

Kennedy Hallam, North Posey

Drew Labhart, Perry Central

Jake Martin, Northwestern

Kennedy Peggs, Tri

Bennett Schmitt, Jasper

William Staggs, South Knox

Summer Stogsdill, Lebanon

Deven Suhka, Culver Academies

Megan Wagner, Carroll (Flora)

Noah Zahn, Huntington North 

 

 

Nine-time varsity letterman Aubrey Gearhart of Winamac Community High School ranks second in her class of 67 students with a 4.18 GPA. She lettered four times in basketball and softball and served as senior captain for both teams. Aubrey also earned a varsity letter in volleyball her senior season. She earned All-Conference recognition in softball.

 

Outside of her athletic achievements, she was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Athletic Leadership Council, the Conference Math Team, and the Sunshine Society.

 

Aubrey also made time to make a difference in her community serving through her local church by volunteering at vacation bible school and providing meals for families in need, offering lawn care service to elderly members in the area, collecting toys and gifts for youth in need around Christmas time, raising money for Riley Children’s Hospital, and giving back to youth sports in her community through mentoring and coaching.

 

Aubrey will be attending Indiana Wesleyan University. 

 

 

Deven Suhka is a two-sport varsity athlete, competing in and serving as senior captain in football and baseball. Deven has earned a 3.95 at Culver Military Academies.

 

Unlike the average high school student, Deven spends extra time completing the various duties that come along with attending a military school. Those range from cleaning and inspecting rooms to participating in parade and drill formation numerous times a month. There may also be other various meetings, training events, and tasks given to each Culver Cadet throughout their time at the academy.

 

Deven is currently serving as Infantry Battalion Operations Officer at Culver. Aside from what is expected at a military academy, Deven has taken time to participate in sports, Model UN, and Culver’s conservation and environmental program, Green Life. He also has a part time job at a local hotel.

 

Deven plans to attend Princeton University. 

 


If Monday’s drama is any indication then the sectional rematch between Tippecanoe Valley and Rochester should be a good one. 

 

Tippecanoe Valley rallied with three runs in the 7th to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 7-5 TRC softball win over Rochester (4-9, 0-4 TRC) Monday.

 

Valley’s Mercedes Snapp drove in two runs with a single and Macy Kirchenstien drove in Snapp in the top of the 7th for the win.

 

Rochester’s Sydney Haughs was 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI.  Kallie Watson drove in Rochester’s other run.

 

Tippecanoe Valley (9-7, 2-2 TRC) picked up a pair of RBI from Snapp and Abby Bowers.  Corinna Stiles and Madi Smith also drove in runs.  Kayleena Agnew had three hits on the day.

 

Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley will meet in the bye-game semifinal of the 2A Wabash Sectional.

 


Rochester edges Tippecanoe Valley in TRC tennis

Rochester got by rival Tippecanoe Valley 3-2 in varsity tennis Monday.

 

1 singles:  Hannah Houston (Roch) defeated Hannah Parson won 6-0, 6-4. 

 

2 singles:  Gigi Engstrand (TV) defeated Kim Banic 6-3, 6-4 

 

3 singles:  Ryli Rouch (Roch) defeated Peyton Oldham won 6-4, 6-3. 

 

1 doubles:  Kaitlin Neese / Mackenzie Costello (TV) defeated Molly Conley / Kylie Houston lost 2-6, 1-6. 

 

2 doubles:  Lilli Eaton / Carli Richard (Roch) defeated Bri Feldman / Kaydence Shepherd 7-6 (9-7 tiebreaker), 6-2. 


If you're a pitcher named Spin you're already in the conversation for an All-Name team.  It's even better if you're playing like Caston's Joey Spin.

 

Spin pitched five innings,struck out eight and gave up just one hit in a 16-0 win over Culver.

 

Spin added two hits for a Comet offense that scored six in the first and put up a seven spot in the fifth that put the game away. 

 

Caston stole 13 bases.


The Rochester Zebras scored three runs in the first and made it hold up in a 3-2 TRC baseball win over rival Tippecanoe Valley.

 

Tarick McGlothin went 2-for-3 with a run scored for Rochester (9-7, 2-2 TRC).  Kyle Reinartz was 1-for-3 with the Zebras only RBI and a run scored.

 

Reinartz went six innings with 12 strikeouts to record the win.  McGlothin worked the final inningfor the save.

 

Tippecanoe Valley's Braxton Davis had the Vikings (5-7, 1-2 TRC) only hit. 

 

Owen Kirchenstein took the loss.  He started and pitched five innings surrendering three runs, two of them earned.

 

Both teams left six men on base.


The second-ranked team in 1A softball will open postseason play in Sectional 52 at North Miami.

#2 Caston will play North White in an opening round game in the six-team field.  The winner will play either #15 Northfield or North Miami in the semifinals.

 

#7 West Central – Southwood is the other semifinal matchup.

 

Rivals Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley received first round byes in Sectional 37 at Wabash.  The Zebras and Vikiigs will play in one semifinal.

 

Wabash vs Lewis Cass and Whitko vs Manchester will determine the other semifinal.


IHSAA baseball sectional brackets set

379 high school baseball teams have been bracketed in sectionals for the 54th IHSAA baseball tournament.

 

Rochester will play in 2A Sectional 37 at Wabash.  The Zebras opening round game will be against Lewis Cass.  The winner advances to the semifinals to play the winner of Wabash – #8 Carroll (Flora).

 

Whitko and Manchester will square off in the other semifinal.

 

Tippecanoe Valley is in the six-team field at Wawasee in 3A Sectional 21.  The Vikings first round game will against Jimtown.  The winner advances to the semifinals to play the winner of Lakeland – Wawasee.

 

West Noble – NorthWood is the other semifinal.

 

Caston will host a seven-team field in 1A Sectional 52.  The host Comets received a first round bye and will play the winner of #8 Southwood – Northfield.

 

West Central will play Pioneer and North White – North Miami will send winners to the other semifinal.

 

Sectionals begin May 26.


Indy racing legend Bobby Unser passed away, 87

3-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser passed away Sunday.

 

Unser and his younger brother, Al, are the only pair of brothers to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”  Unser won the race in 1968, 1975 and 1981.  Al is one of only three 4-time winners with victories in 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987.

 

Al’s son, Al Unser, Jr., won in 1992 and 1994.

 

Unser died at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He was 87.

 

Governor Eric Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the passing of Bobby Unser.

 

“The Unser name is synonymous with racing, and Bobby Unser carried that legacy proudly. Indiana loved watching him race and be a part of the largest single-day sporting event. He gave us some special moments at the Indianapolis 500. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Unser family today as they grieve the loss of an incredible man.”

 


North Miami scored five times in the eighth to escape Rochester with a 13-8 TRC softball win.

 

A six-run third inning put North Miami in the drivers seat early, 7-1.  It was 8-2 going into the bottom of the 6th when Rochester (4-7, 0-2 TRC) erupted with six runs to tie the game, 8-8.  From there, it went extras until North Miami pulled away and won it in the 8th and final inning.

 

Rochester's Kylie Coleman was 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.  Madison Heinzmann also drove in a pair of runs.

 

North Miami outhit the Zebras, 19-15.

 

 


Rochester tennis swept by Manchester

Manchester downed Rochester in tennis play Monday, 5-0.

 

For Rochester:

 

#1 singles:  Hannah Houston lost 0-6, 0-6. 

#2 singles:  Kim Banic lost 0-6, 0-6. 

#3 singles:  Ryli Rouch lost 2-6, 1-6. 

#1 doubles:  Molly Conley / Kylie Houston lost 5-7, 0-6. 

#2 doubles:  Lilli Eaton / Carli Richard lost 6-7 (5-7), 2-6. 


Reinartz strikes out 10 as Rochester beats North Miami

Brock Beehler, Kyle Reinartz and Evan Elliott each drove in two runs as Rochester defeated North Miami 1-0 in TRC baseball action.

 

Beehler, Reinartz and Elliott also each had two hits on the day as Rochester scored twice in the first and then added four runs in the third and fourth innings to put the game away.

 

Elliott led Rochester (8-4, 1-1 TRC) with three runs scored.

 

Reinartz picked up the win pitching a complete game, two-hitter.  He struck out 10.

 

 

 


5-run 7th inning powers Peru to softball win over Rochester

A Rochester 7th inning rally fell short as the Zebras dropped the Three Rivers Conference softball opener to Peru, 9-7.

 

Rochester (2-5, 0-1 TRC) plated three runs in the bottom of the 7th after Peru scored five times in the top half to break open a 4-4 tie.

 

Peru jumped out with a run in the first only to have Rochester tie it in the bottom of the inning.  The Tigers reclaimed the lead at 2-1 in the top of the second.  The Zebras grabbed their only lead with a 3-run fourth inning to lead, 4-2.  Peru (4-4-1, 1-0 TRC) tied it in the sixth and took the lead for good with the big inning in the top of the 7th.

 

Kylie Coleman was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI.  Rochester's Sydney Haughs started and worked the first six innings.  Emma Howdeshell took the loss in relief.

 

 


2021 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars named

Fourteen players have been selected for the 2021 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars, All-Stars game director Mike Broughton announced Monday (April 19).
           

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.

           

Caleb Furst of Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian was named winner of the Indiana Mr. Basketball award on Friday (April 16). Furst will be joined by 13 other players on the 2021 Indiana Boys All-Star team. The remaining players, listed alphabetically, are Shamar Avance of Lawrence North, Brooks Barnhizer of Lafayette Jeff, Jalen Blackmon of Marion, Luke Brown of Blackford, Luke Goode of Homestead, Kooper Jacobi of Silver Creek, Trey Kaufman-Renn of Silver Creek, J.R. Konieczny of South Bend St. Joseph, Blake Sisley of Heritage Hills, Jayden Taylor of Perry Meridian, Pierce Thomas of Brownsburg, Brian Waddell of Carmel and Blake Wesley of South Bend Riley.

           

The coaches for the 2021 All-Stars will be the same staff that was to guide the All-Stars a year ago, as the 2020 All-Star events were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The head coach will be Ryan Osborn of Carmel. He will be assisted by Mark Detweiler of Delta and Nate Hawkins of Heritage Hills.

           

The Junior-Senior exhibition game is set for June 9 at Brownsburg High School. The first game against Kentucky will be June 11 at the Owensboro SportsCenter in Owensboro, Ky. The final game against Kentucky will be June 12 at Southport Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The games in Indianapolis are at Southport because Bankers Life Fieldhouse is unavailable this summer because of another phase of renovations that will be occurring there.

           

All three dates will be doubleheaders with the IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars.

           

The Indiana Junior All-Stars will play just one game this year -- June 9 against the seniors. There are no Junior All-Star games against Kentucky this year.

           

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 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 All-Star senior girls have played Kentucky every year since 1976, except 2020 (COVID-19 pandemic). 

            

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.

            

Mr. Basketball is selected through a balloting process of coaches and media overseen by game organizers from the IBCA. 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.

            

A complete list of those chosen as 2021 IndyStar Indiana All-Stars follows.

 

2021 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars

Name, School, Height, Pos., PPG, College Choice

Shamar Avance, Lawrence North, 6-1, G, 17.3, undecided

Brooks Barnhizer, Lafayette Jeff, 6-7, G, 32.7, Northwestern

Jalen Blackmon, Marion, 6-2, G, 33.5, Grand Canyon

Luke Brown, Blackford, 6-2, G, 31.7, Stetson

Caleb Furst, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, 6-10, F, 21.4, Purdue

Luke Goode, Homestead, 6-6, F, 19.4, Illinois

Kooper Jacobi, Silver Creek, 6-7, F, 21.2, Toledo

Trey Kaufman-Renn, Silver Creek, 6-9, F, 24.5, Purdue

J.R. Konieczny, South Bend St. Joseph, 6-7, G, 28.3, Notre Dame

Blake Sisley, Heritage Hills, 6-9, F, 22.6, Evansville

Jayden Taylor, Perry Meridian, 6-4, G, 25.5, Butler

Pierce Thomas, Brownsburg, 6-6, G, 18.8, Butler

Brian Waddell, Carmel, 6-7, G, 15.8, undecided

Blake Wesley, South Bend Riley, 6-5, G, 27.1, Notre Dame

           

Head coach: Ryan Osborn, Carmel

           

Assistant coaches: Mark Detweiler, Delta; Nate Hawkins, Heritage Hills


Baseball

Rochester 19, Pioneer 17

 

Pioneer hit three of the four total grand slams in the game but still fell to Rochester in a high-scoring game at Bob Copeland Field.

 

Kyle Reinartz had three of the eight total home runs in the game by going 3-for-3 with a 3-run HR, Solo HR, and a Grand Slam at Bob Copeland Field

 

 

Caston 8, North White 6

 

Culver Academy 25, Culver 0

 

 

Softball

Winamac 9, Tippecanoe Valley 0

 

 

Track

Boys:  Manchester 73, Tippecanoe Valley 55

 

Girls:  Manchester 82, Tippecanoe Valley 44

 

 

Golf

Rochester 181, Culver Academy 187, Tippecanoe Valley 207

Rochester's Reece Renie was medalist with a 41.

 

 

 

Tennis

North Judson 4, Rochester 1

 

1 singles:  Hannah Houston lost 2-6, 4-6. 

2 singles:  Kim Banic lost 2-6, 2-6. 

3 singles:  Kylie Houston lost 4-6, 4-6.

1 doubles:  Molly Conley / Lilli Eaton lost 4-6, 1-6. 

2 doubles:  Carli Richard / Ryli Rouch won 6-1, 6-3. 

 

Tippecanoe Valley 5, Knox 0


Caleb Furst named Mr. Basketball

Caleb Furst has earned the top individual award in Indiana high school boys basketball.

      

Furst, a 6-10 senior forward from Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, has been named IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball for 2021 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 Friday.

      

The Mr. Basketball result allows Furst to join Lawrence North senior Jayla Smith to wear No. 1 jerseys for the Indiana All-Stars in their annual series with Kentucky. Smith's selection as 2021 Indiana Miss Basketball, after a vote of media and girls' varsity coaches, was announced last month.

          

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

      

The remainder of the 2021 Boys All-Star team is expected to be announced next week. The full 2021 Girls All-Star team also was announced last month.

      

Furst earned the boys' top honor after being named on 73 ballots submitted to Broughton during late March and early April. Trey Kaufman-Renn of Silver Creek was runner-up in the voting with 47 votes. Luke Brown of Blackford placed third with 40 votes. Other finalists were Brooks Barnhizer of Lafayette Jeff, Shamar Avance of Lawrence North and J.R. Konieczny of South Bend St. Joseph. 

      

A Purdue University recruit, Furst averaged 21.4 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks as a senior while leading Blackhawk Christian to a 28-3 season that included the Class 2A state championship. He converted 64.0 percent on field goals (260-of-406) and 84.2 percent on free throws (133-of-158) as the Braves captured their second state crown in three seasons. They also captured the Class A trophy in 2019 and no title was determined in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic that stopped the tournament after sectional play.

      

For his career, Furst totaled a school records of 2,067 points, 1,254 rebounds and 213 blocked shots while Blackhawk Christian amassed an aggregate 105-11 record over his four seasons (26-3, 28-2, 23-3 and 28-3). He averaged 18.7 points and 8.9 rebounds as a sophomore and followed with norms of 22.1 points and 13.4 rebounds as a junior. Furst is the first Mr. Basketball winner and the just second player to become an Indiana All-Star from his school, joining Russell Byrd in 2010.

      

Furst also is the 12th Mr. Basketball recipient -- but just the second in the past 30 years -- bound for Purdue. He joins Joe Sexson (1952), Willie Eison (1955), Dennis Brady (1964), Billy Keller (1965), Rick Mount (1966), Kyle Macy (1975), Dan Palombizio (1981), Troy Lewis (1984), Woody Austin (1988), Glenn Robinson (1991) and Caleb Swanigan (2015) as Mr. Basketball winners who joined the Boilermakers.

      

In voting announced on March 19, Smith captured the Indiana Miss Basketball award for 2021 after receiving 28 votes in balloting that occurred in late February and early March. Ariana Wiggins of Heritage Christian was second with 22 votes. Ally Becki of Brownsburg was third with 21 votes.

      

Smith, also a Purdue signee, averaged 19.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 4.8 steals in leading Lawrence North to a 19-7 record as a senior. That came after the 5-11 guard averaged 14.7 points and propelled the Wildcats to the 2020 Class 4A state championship with a 26-4 record as a junior. The previous season, Smith averaged 16.1 points and helped Lawrence North finish as Class 4A state runner-up with a 22-7 slate.

      

Smith is her school's first Indiana Miss Basketball honoree and the 14th girl from Lawrence North to be chosen to the All-Star team. LN girls chosen All-Star to previous All-Star teams were Kelly Miller (1983), Reicina Russell (2005), Azjah Bass (2007), Felisha Johnson (2008), CoCo Moore (2012), Destiny Washington (2014), Ana Owens (2014), Lamina Cooper (2015), Lauren Dickerson (2016), Ae'Rianna Harris (2016), Destiny Perkins (2017), Kristian Young (2020) and Katie Davidson (2020).

       

Lawrence North also has had 15 boys named as All-Stars over the years dating to Reed Crafton in 1985. The Wildcats have had one Mr. Basketball winner in Greg Oden in 2006.

      

Smith is the 10th Miss Basketball honoree to be headed to Purdue. Previous winners to join the Boilermakers are Sharon Versyp (1984), Jennifer Jacoby (1991), Stephanie White (1995), Kelly Komara (1998), Katie Gearlds (2003), Jodi Howell (2005), Brittany Rayburn (2008), Courtney Moses (2010) and Karissa McLaughlin (2017). 

       

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 9 at Brownsburg High School. The All-Stars follow with their home-and-home doubleheaders with Kentucky -- June 11 at the Owensboro SportsCenter in Owensboro, Ky., and June 12 at Southport Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. 

           

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

 

Indiana Mr. Basketball honorees

1939: George Crowe, Franklin

1940: Ed Schienbein, Southport

1941: John Bass, Greenwood

1942: Bud Brown, Muncie Burris

1943: not awarded (World War II)

1944: not awarded (World War II)

1945: Tom Schwartz, Kokomo

1946: Johnny Wilson, Anderson

1947: Bill Garrett, Shelbyville

1948: Bob Masters, Lafayette Jeff

1949: Dee Monroe, Madison

1950: Pat Klein, Marion

1951: Tom Harrold, Muncie Central

1952: Joe Sexson, Indianapolis Tech

1953: Hallie Bryant, Indianapolis Attucks

1954: Bobby Plump, Milan

1955: Wilson Eison, Gary Roosevelt

1956: Oscar Robertson, Indianapolis Attucks

1957: Joan Coalmon, South Bend Central

1958: Mike McCoy, Fort Wayne South

1959: Jimmy Rayl, Kokomo

1960: Ron Bonham, Muncie Central

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

1962: Larry Humes, Madison

1963: Rick Jones, Muncie Central

1964: Dennis Brady, Lafayette Jeff

1965: Bill Keller, Indianapolis Washington

1966: Rick Mount, Lebanon

1967: Willie Long, Fort Wayne South

1968: Billy Shepherd, Carmel

1969: George McGinnis, Indianapolis Washington

1970: Dave Shepherd, Carmel

1971: Mike Flynn, Jeffersonville

1972: Phil Cox, Connersville

1973: Kent Benson, New Castle

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

1975: Kyle Macy, Peru

1976: Dave Colescott, Marion

1977: Ray Tolbert, Anderson Madison Heights

1978: David Magley, South Bend LaSalle

1979: Steve Bouchie, Washington

1980: Jim Master, Fort Wayne Harding

1981: Dan Palombizio, Michigan City Rogers

1982: Roger Harden, Valparaiso

1983: Steve Alford, New Castle

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

1985: Jeff Grose, Warsaw

1986: Mark Jewell, Lafayette Jeff

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

1988: Woody Austin, Richmond

1989: Pat Graham, Floyd Central

1990: Damon Bailey, Bedford North Lawrence

1991: Glenn Robinson, Gary Roosevelt

1992: Charles Macon, Michigan City Elston

1993: Maurice “Kojak” Fuller, Anderson

1994: Bryce Drew, Valparaiso

1995: Damon Frierson, Ben Davis

1996: Kevin Ault, Warsaw

1997: Luke Recker, DeKalb

1998: Tom Coverdale, Noblesville

1999: Jason Gardner, North Central

2000: Jared Jeffries, Bloomington North

2001: Chris Thomas, Pike

2002: Sean May, Bloomington North

2003: Justin Cage, Pike

2004: A.J. Ratliff, North Central

2005: Luke Zeller, Washington

2006: Greg Oden, Lawrence North

2007: Eric Gordon, North Central

2008: Tyler Zeller, Washington

2009: Jordan Hulls, Bloomington South

2010: DeShaun Thomas, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers

2011: Cody Zeller, Washington

2012: Gary Harris, Hamilton Southeastern

2013: Zak Irvin, Hamilton Southeastern

2014: Trey Lyles, Indianapolis Tech

2015: Caleb Swanigan, Homestead

2016: Kyle Guy, Lawrence Central

2017: Kris Wilkes, North Central

2018: Romeo Langford, New Albany

2019: Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove

2020: Anthony Leal, Bloomington South

2021: Caleb Furst, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian

 

Indiana Miss Basketball honorees

1976: Judi Warren, Warsaw

1977: Teri Rosinski, Norwell

1978: Chanda Kline, Warsaw

1979: LaTaunya Pollard, East Chicago Roosevelt

1980: Maria Stack, Columbus East

1981: Cheryl Cook, Indianapolis Washington

1982: Trena Keys, Marion

1983: Jody Beerman, Heritage

1984: Sharon Versyp, Mishawaka

1985: Jodie Whitaker, Austin

1986: Kim Barrier, Jimtown

1987: Lori Meinerding, Fort Wayne Northrop

1988: Vicki Hall, Brebeuf Jesuit

1989: Renee Westmoreland, Scottsburg

1990: Patricia Babcock, Culver Academy

1991: Jennifer Jacoby, Rossville

1992: Marla Inman, Bedford North Lawrence

1993: Abby Conklin, Charlestown

1994: Tiffany Gooden, Fort Wayne Snider

1995: Stephanie White, Seeger

1996: Lisa Winter, Huntington North

1997: Lisa Shepherd, Richmond

1998: Kelly Komara, Lake Central

1999: April McDivitt, Connersville

2000: Sara Nord, Jeffersonville

2001: Shyra Ely, Ben Davis

2002: Shanna Zolman, Wawasee

2003: Katie Gearlds, Beech Grove

2004: Jaclyn Leininger, Warsaw

2005: Jodi Howell, Alexandria

2006: Amber Harris, North Central

2007: Ta’Shia Phillips, Brebeuf Jesuit

2008: Brittany Rayburn, Attica

2009: Skylar Diggins, South Bend Washington

2010: Courtney Moses, Oak Hill

2011: Bria Goss, Ben Davis

2012: Jessica Rupright, Norwell

2013: Stephanie Mavunga, Brownsburg

2014: Whitney Jennings, Logansport

2015: Ali Patberg, Columbus North

2016: Jackie Young, Princeton

2017: Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead

2018: Amy Dilk, Carmel

2019: Jorie Allen, Bedford North Lawrence

2020: Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern

2021: Jayla Smith, Lawrence North


RHS Senior Brock Beehler signs with Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

Rochester High School Senior Brock Beekler had a public signing at Rochester High School with Rose Hulman Institute of Technology April 14, continuing his education and his baseball career. 

 

 

In the midst of a pandemic, life for a student athlete has been anything but ordinary. Brock says he's made the best of it. 

 

 

Brock says his father Todd Beehler has been his biggest inspiration. 

 

 

Brock has some big plans for his future. 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday HS scoreboard

Baseball

Plymouth 5, Rochester 2

Zebras left the bases loaded to end the game

 

Wabash 5, Caston 0

 

Softball

Winamac 8, Rochester 3

 

Caston 27, Culver 2  (5 inn)

 

 

Tennis

LaVille 3, Rochester 2

Hannah Houston with a win at #1 singles for Rochester

 

 

 

Track and Field

Girls :   Manchester 64, Wabash 51,  Rochester 41

 

Boys:   Manchester 65,  Wabash 46,  Rochester 42

 

 

 

Boys:  Tippecanoe Valley 91, Whitko 34, North Miami 28

 

Girls:    Tippecanoe Valley 78, Whitko 39, North Miami 33

 

 


“Pacers fans will remember Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard as the spirit of our franchise. With a charisma, intensity, and wit to match his nickname, Slick made us champions. He was our biggest fan and our most loving critic, and he personified Pacers basketball for generations of Hoosier families. Most importantly, though, Slick and Nancy are our family, and his passing leaves an unfillable void in the hearts of everyone associated with this organization. We keep the entire Leonard family in our prayers, and we recognize and honor Slick for what he meant to our state both on and off the court.”

 

 

Bobby “Slick” Leonard:

A Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee in 2014, Bobby “Slick” Leonard spent more than 50 years as a part of the Pacers organization, both as a championship-winning coach and a broadcaster. As Pacers’ head coach from 1968-1980, he won 529 games and three ABA championships and was later voted by a national sportswriters and broadcasters association as the ABA’s All-Time Coach.

 

Named one of Indiana’s “50 Greatest Players” and a two-time All-American at Indiana University, Slick was captain of the Hoosiers’ 1953 NCAA championship team and Big Ten Championship teams in 1953 and ‘54. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56 before playing seven years in the NBA with the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers and was named an All Star in 1963.

 

In addition to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, Slick is enshrined in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Indiana Sports Writers and Broadcasters Hall of Fame and was the first person inducted into the Indiana University Sports Hall of Fame. He was also honored as a member of Indiana University’s All-Century Basketball Team

 

Finally, Slick is one of just six individuals in Pacers history to have a banner raised in his honor. Hanging from the rafters of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the banner honors his 529 victories as coach of the Pacers and his contributions to the game.

 

Slick and his wife, Nancy, have five children, 12 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.


Thursday HS scoreboard

Boys track

John Glenn 72, Rochester 56

 

Girls track

John Glenn 78, Rochester 50

 

Baseball

Caston 14, Tri-County 1  (6 inn)

 

Softball

Caston 12, Knox 3

Isabel Scales two HR

 

 

 


RHS Senior Noah Swango signs with Trine University

Rochester Senior Noah Swango signed with Trine University to continue his education and football career. 

 

Noah plans to major in Biology, with hopes of going into Sports Medicine. He says Trine University was everything he had been looking for in a college. 

 

He said he wouldn't have made it this far without his parents, Jeremy and Kellie Swango, and the others who have supported him along the way in his football career. 

 

 

 


The Rochester Athletic Department has released the following information regarding the hiring of a new head football coach for the Zebras' program:

 

Ron Shaffer will be recommended for approval to the RCSC School Board at the April 19 meeting as the Head Football Coach of Rochester High School for the 2021-22 school year.


Coach Shaffer was an assistant coach on the Rochester Football Staff for the 2020 season. Prior to this season, he was an assistant coach at Cass High School and Maconaquah High School with over 20 years of experience coaching football.

 

Coach Shaffer was selected as the next leader of the Zebra football program by an interview committee made up of fellow coaches, teachers, and administrators. Coach Shaffer’s experience, knowledge of the game, and dedication to student-athletes makes him a great choice for our school and corporation.

 

We are excited to have Ron lead the staff and student-athletes of Rochester High School.