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Rochester in Friday's Wawasee Tnmt semifinal after loss to Woodlan

Woodlan made nearly twice as many shots from the field as Rochester in posting a Wawasee Tournament semifinal win Friday afternoon, 58-33.


Woodlan (9-2) connected on 18 two-point field goals and six more from behind the 3-point arc in advancing to tonight’s championship game against Wawasee. The home team handled Trinity Greenlawn in the other semifinal, 50-16.


Woodlan had four players score in double figures led by DeJay Gerigs’s 18 points.


Woodlanalso  defeated Rochester in the semifinal of the Wawasee Tournament last season.


Paul Leasure made eight of the Zebras 13 made field goals to tie for game-high honors with 18 points.


Rochester (3-3) will play Trinity Greenlawn in the third- place game tonight. 


GIANT fm Sports pregame coverage begins at 5:40 pm on 92.1, and the GIANT fm app.


Caston girls win Miami County title while Caston boys fall to #7 (3A) Peru

Addison Zimpleman and Isabel Scales both produced a double-double as the Caston Lady Comets held off Peru to win the Miami County Tournament, 51-47.


Third-ranked (1A) Caston had three players score in double figures. Zimpleman led the Comets with 16.  Scales added 14 and Harness scored 11.


Zimpleman pulled down 12 rebounds with Scales grabbing 11.  Harness added six boards for the Comets (15-0).


Caston will travel to 11th-ranked (1A) Clinton Central (12-2) on Tuesday.


Peru claimed the boys Miami County championship with a win over Caston, 61-34.


The 7th-ranked (3A) Tigers upped Peru’s record to 8-1.


Caston (2-6) was led in scoring by Cain Schanlaub  and Caleb Stinson 10 points each.




Caston girls and boys to play Peru for Miami County basketball titles

The Caston girls and boys basketball teams will play for the Miami County championships tonight.


The undefeated third-ranked (1A) Caston girls posted a 49-29 win over North Miami.  Isabel Scales scored 16 points with four rebounds, five assists and three steals for Caston (14-0).


The Comets will play Peru tonight.  Peru (4-8) got by Maconaquah, 34-31.


In the boys tournament, Cain Schanlaub's 21 points led Caston to a 69-36 win over North Miami.  The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Comets (2-5).  


Talon Zeider had 14 for Caston.


Peru (7-1) downed Maconaquah in the other semifinal, 67-59.


7th-ranked (3A) Peru's only loss was to 6th-ranked (4A) Kokomo, 61-50.








IBCA / Franciscan Health Players of the Week

The holiday season is upon us, and as schools head into their winter breaks, the basketball season continues on.


Six Hoosier hoopers were selected as Week 7 recipients for the IBCA/Franciscan Health Player of the Week award. The gentlemen posted four double-doubles and a triple-double, with one of them eclipsing the 1000-point mark. Each of the ladies topped 40 points in a game last week, while also breaking school records in those contests.


Valparaiso Senior Mason Jones, Kokomo Junior Flory Bidunga, Linton-Stockton Senior Joey Hart, Kouts Senior Ally Capouch, Carroll (Flora) Junior Alli Harness, and East Central Senior Josie Trabel have been selected as winner for Dec. 12-Dec. 17 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Jones is the boys’ winner, while Capouch is the girls’ winner, in
District-1. Bidunga and Harness receive boys’ and girls’ honors, respectively, in District-2. Hart is the boys’ honoree and Trabel is the girls’ honoree in District-3.


The Vikings of Valparaiso put together a 2-1 record last week, while Senior Mason Jones was strong each time out. Tuesday, they hosted one of the top Class 2A teams in the state in Gary 21st Century, but the Cougars came out on top, 71-59. In defeat, Jones was productive, knocking down 11 shots, including a 3-pointer, on his way to 23 points in the outing. The 6-7 forward also grabbed 10 rebounds in the game to post his first double-double of the week, plus he handed out six assists.


Over the weekend, Valparaiso bounced back with a pair of nice road wins. Friday night they were at East Chicago Central, winning by a 66-51 margin. Jones was 12-20 from the field, 2-4 from deep, and scored 29 points in the win. The Ball State University commit added 11 rebounds and a pair of steals in victory. The next day, at Elkhart, the Vikings won a convincing 64-32 effort. The senior forward posted his third double-double of the week and fifth in six games, as he scored 25 points on 12-19 shooting, grabbed 10 rebounds, plus he added a pair of assists and five steals.


The Kouts Fillies began their season 0-3, but they’ve responded by winning 10 of their last 11 matchups, showing their mettle as one of the top Class 1A teams again this season. Senior wing Ally Capouch continues to pour in the points, and last Tuesday against Lowell, she was torching the nets. The 5-11 senior buried 16-21 shots from the floor, including a school record 10-14 from 3-point range, for a career high of 42 points in the 65-35 win. She added six rebounds and a pair of assists in the outing.


On Saturday, Kouts returned to the floor at Hebron in a Porter County Conference matchup, and the Fillies again won comfortably, 65-28. In this game, Capouch was again solid in limited minutes, scoring 17 points, grabbing three rebounds, while also handing out seven assists and collecting seven steals in the success.


Capouch is committed to play at Trine University next season. 


Kokomo Junior Flory Bidunga has created quite the buzz this season, and he put together a pair of nice games last week, as #6 Kokomo moved to 5-2 on the year. Friday night, the Wildkats handed Marion its first loss of the season in a North Central Conference matchup, winning 90-72. Bidunga posted the impressive triple-double, scoring 25 points, pulling down 15 caroms, and protecting the rim with his 11 blocked shots. He also made 10-12 shots from the field in the big win.


Saturday, the Wildkats faced #8 Carmel. In a defensive-minded battle with the Greyhounds, Kokomo pulled out the narrow 41-39 win. With Carmel’s defense suffocating the 6-10 Bidunga, he still managed 10 points on 5-6 shooting, but he contributed greatly in other ways, snagging 14 rebounds, collecting four steals, and blocking another six shots. In the two impressive wins, the junior front-liner averaged 17.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 8.5 blocked shots per outing.


The Carroll (Flora) Lady Cougars are one of the top Class 2A teams in the state this year, and they boast a 12-1 record to this point. Last week, junior Alli Harness helped them to a pair of wins in a big way. Monday night, they hosted Maconaquah, winning easy over the Lady Braves. In this game, Harness was 12-19 from the floor, 4-9 from outside, and she made a free throw, scoring 29 points in limited minutes. She added six rebounds, three assists, six steals, and three blocked shots in victory.


Friday evening, the Lady Cougars hosted Rossville in a Hoosier Heartland Conference game, defeating the Hornets, 63-33. Harness was again on fire, knocking down 14-20 shots, including 9-13 from 3-point range and five from the charity stripe, scoring a program record 42 points. The 5-8 Junior guard also chipped in seven rebounds, handed out three assists, and stole the ball three times in the win, helping Carroll (Flora) to a 5-0 conference record to date.


The Linton-Stockton Miners took care of business over the weekend, winning a pair of games. Senior Joey Hart came up big in both outings. Friday night, they took on Southwestern Indiana Conference rival Shakamak, comfortably taking care of the Lakers in Jasonville, Indiana. Hart made 11 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, as he scored 24 points in limited minutes. He added four rebounds, three assists, four steals, and a pair of blocked shots to his stat line.


On Saturday, the Miners went toe to toe with the Warriors of Evansville Harrison. In a nail-biter, Linton-Stockton pulled out the 67-64, double overtime win. Hart, a 6-6 guard committed to the University of Central Florida, was outstanding in this matchup, scoring 36 points on 13-23 shooting, plus he was 7-13 from outside, and he made three free throws. The Senior guard added five rebounds, three assists, and four more steals in his team’s success, and he now ranks fourth on the Miners career scoring list.


With two huge performances last week, East Central Senior Josie Trabel eclipsed the 1600-point plateau. The Lady Trojans hosted the Indianapolis Homeschool Wildcats Tuesday night, and in an easy 68-35 win, Trabel scored a school record 40 points on 15-21 shooting. She also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and was a near-perfect 8-9 from the charity stripe. The 6-0 forward added eight rebounds, four assists, and six steals in her time on the floor.


Saturday, the Trojans travelled to Eastern Indiana Conference foe Batesville, moving to 10-4 on the year after accumulating another win, 60-38. Trabel was nearly as good in her second game of the week, this time scoring 37 points in victory. She was again solid from the field (14-22), buried a pair of treys, and repeated her stellar performance from the free throw line (7-8). Committed to Wofford College, the Senior forward chipped in another seven rebounds and a pair of assists.


This is the 15th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program, butjust the third season it is being presented by Franciscan Health, a corporate sponsor of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.


Player of the Week winners are chosen each week from each of the IHSAA’s three districts. Girls winners will be chosen through the Monday following the IHSAA Girls State Finals. Boys winners will be chosen through the Monday following the IHSAA Boys State Finals.


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Rochester - North Miami girls basketball postponed to next week

A girls basketball matchup featuring Rochester at North Miami has been rescheduled.


The TRC contest, originally scheduled for Thursday, December 15, has been moved to Thursday, December 22.


GIANT fm Sports has been told the decision is based on illness within the Rochester girls program.


The start time remains 6 p.m.  The JV game will be two quarters only.


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Caston girls basketball runs undefeated start to 12 games

Third-ranked (1A) Caston stayed unbeaten with a second win over Pioneer in ten days, 41-31.


The Comets (12-0) used a 15-4 fourth quarter to turn a one-point deficit into a ten-point victory.  


Caston won the Cass County Tournament by defeating Pioneer in the championship on December 3, 45-32.


Isabel Scales recorded a double-double with 19points and 10 rebounds. Bailey Harness added 14 while temmate Kinzie Mollenkopf pulled down 8 rebounds and distributed 7 assists 


Also Tuesday in girls basketball

Western 48, Winamac 17

Maggie Smith 6 points for the Warriors


Peru 76, Taylor 16

Taylor is 0-10 on the season and averaging only 12 ppg


Wabash 45, Oak Hill 31

Whitko 49, West Noble 42

John Glenn 43, Plymouth 38

Lewis Cass 41, Delphi 33


Tuesday boys basketball

Culver 48, Winamac 40

Lakeland Christian 44, North Miami 40

Maconaquah 76, Tipton 55

North Judson 54, Morgan Twp 46

Fort Wayne Luers 57, Culver Academy 53



Caston stays unbeaten while Argos gets by Rochester in Thursday girls bball

Caston ran its undefeated start to the season to ten games with a grind-it-out Thursday road win at North Judson, 26-23.


North Judson (6-4) held a 10-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. #3 (1A) Caston still trailed by four at halftime but outscored the Bluejays 14-7 in a low-scoring second half to stay unbeaten.


Isabel Scales led all scorers with 18 points.  She also pulled down seven rebounds.


Bailey Harness grabbed eight boards.


Caston (10-0) will host #17 (1A) Triton (8-4) on Saturday afternoon.


Argos snapped a three game losing streak in its series with Rochester, 42-37.


Randy Wynn had the call on GIANT fm Sports on Thursday.



Also Thursday night

Lewis Cass 36, Peru 33

Tri-Central 47, Maconaquah 35





Lily Ault's school record eight 3's leads Tippecanoe Valley to win

Tippecanoe Valley senior Lily Ault was averaging 9 points per game and had made 23 3-point field goals through the season's first ten games.


Those statistics received a boost in Wednesday's Vikings win over Triton, 66-41.


Ault, a 43 percent 3-point shooter, connected on a school single-game record eight 3's and scored 26 points to lead all scorers.  


Ault had 23 3-point makes in 53 attempts going into Wednesday's game.  She was 8-for-16 in the win over Triton.


Teammate Kaydence Mellott scored 14 points to go with nine rebounds.


The Vikings have a six-game win streak and a 9-2 record.

2023 Men's Silver Anniversary Team announced by Indiana Basketball Hall Of Fame

Seventeen men have been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2023 Silver Anniversary Team, based on outstanding accomplishments as a senior basketball player 25 years ago.


Name, High School 

Adam Ballinger, Bluffton

Tom Coverdale, Noblesville

Kueth Duany, Bloomington North

Herman Fowler, Kokomo

Lincoln Glass, South Bend Clay

Patrick Jackson, Delta

Djibril Kante, Bloomington North

Rob Kent, Jennings County

Isaac Kincaid, Pike

Maynard Lewis, Terre Haute South

Joe Nixon, Valparaiso

Jarrad Odle, Oak Hill

Steve Reynolds, South Bend Riley

Adam Seitz, Pike Central

Rodney Smith, Pike

Greg Tonagel, LaPorte

Brian Wray, Plymouth


The team includes 10 members named to the 1998 Indiana All-Star squad.  Sevenother all-state players are included to recognize the top of Indiana’s high school class of 1998.

1998 Indiana All-Stars include Mr. Basketball Tom Coverdale, Adam Ballinger, Kueth Duany, Patrick Jackson, Djibril Kante, Rob Kent, Isaac Kincaid, Maynard Lewis, Rodney Smith, and Greg Tonagel.


The remaining seven, named to various all-state teams are Herman Fowler, Lincoln Glass, Joe Nixon, Jarrad Odle, Steve Reynolds, Adam Seitz, and Brian Wray.


2023 Men’s Silver Anniversary Team members will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 61st Men’s Awards Banquet on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.


A midday reception, free and open to the public, will be held at the Hall of Fame museum in New Castle.  The evening banquet will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall, which is located on the south side of Indianapolis. 


Banquet reservations will soon be available on the Hall of Fame’s website or by calling (765) 529-1891.  For more information, you may also email



Culver, North Miami, Southwood and Northfield with players on 1A Senior All-State

Six area players were named to the 1A Senior All-State football team by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.


On the offensive side of the ball, Culver lineman Ben Lee was joined by Southwood lineman Jason Oprisek.


For the defensive team, the area list includes Culver linebacker Shane Shuman, North Miami linebacker Austin Smith.  Northfield defensive back Mason Fisher was also named to the team with teammate and Northfield punter Eli Kroh.

Saturday girls hoops: Caston wins Cass Co. Tnmt, Rochester falls and Tippy wins in TRC

Caston pulled away in the fourth quarter to win the Cass County Tournament championship game in a battle of unbeatens with Pioneer, 45-32.


Isabel Scales was named Tournament MVP.  She came up two assists shy of a triple-double in the championship, 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.


Bailey Harness and Addison Zimpleman also were named to the All Tournament team.  Harness scored ten points to go with eight rebounds in the championship game.  Zimpleman chipped in nine points.


#3 (1A) Caston will take a 9-0 record into a Thursday game at North Judson (6-3) and then host #17 (1A) Triton (7-3) on Saturday afternoon.


Pioneer suffered its first loss to fall to 6-1.


Also Saturday

Rochester's Emma Howdeshell scored 15 points but it wasn't enough in a TRC loss to Southwood (5-2, 1-1 TRC).

Rochester (5-5, 2-1 TRC) will play Argos on Thursday.


Tippecanoe Valley (8-2, 2-0 TRC) opened the game with a 27-8 first quarter and never looked back in a TRC win over Wabash, 67-29.

Kaydence Mellott led all scorers with 20.  Teammates Lily Ault had 18 and Corinna Stiles with 10.


Kokomo 44, Peru 33

Maconaquah 51, Eastern 35

North Miami 52, Whitko 37

Manchester 51, Northfield 48

Culver Academy 68, Fort Wayne Canterbury 22

North Judson 40, Argos 35















West Central claims Winamac Super 8 wrestling title

West Central won the Winamac Super 8 wrestling meet on Saturday by defeating Winamac in the championship, 53-24.


Both teams were undefeated in pool play.


Round One
Mat 1 Winamac vs. Caston (72-9)
Mat 2 Delphi vs. Triton (37-33)
Mat 3 West Central vs. Frontier (75-3)
Mat 4 Wheeler vs Clinton Prairie (34-48)

Round Two
Mat 1 Winamac vs. Delphi (53-27)
Mat 2 Triton vs. Caston (60-18)
Mat 3 West Central vs. Clinton Prairie (68-12)
Mat 4 Wheeler vs Frontier (48-24)

Round Three
Mat 1 Winamac vs. Triton (60-12)
Mat 2 Delphi vs. Caston (48-24)
Mat 3 West Central vs. Wheeler (58-21)
Mat 4 Clinton Prairie vs. Frontier (48-30)

Round Four
Mat 1 Winamac vs. Clinton Prairie (66-15)
Mat 2 West Central vs. Delphi (63-18)
Mat 3 Triton vs. Frontier (51-24)
Mat 4 Wheeler vs. Caston (36-21)

Round Five
Mat 1 Winamac vs. West Central- Championship Match (24-53)
Mat 2 Delphi vs. Clinton Prairie (36-37)
Mat 3 Triton vs. Wheeler (48-36)
Mat 4 Caston vs. Frontier (18-27)

Pool A                             Pool B
Caston 0-3                    Clinton Prairie 2-1
Delphi 2-1                     Frontier 0-3
Triton 1-2                      West Central 3-0
Winamac 3-0                Wheeler 1-2


Overall Record:
Caston: 0-5
Clinton Prairie: 3-2
Frontier: 1-4
Triton: 3-2
West Central: 5-0
Wheeler: 2-3
Winamac: 4-1

Three Zebra football players, one Viking named to IFCA All-State teams

The Rochester Zebras strong football season garnered more postseason honors as three players were named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State teams.


Named as an offensive lineman on the 2A Senior team was Hunter Shriver.


The Zebras had two players named to the offensive squad on the 2A Junior team.  Fellow lineman Brady Beck and junior running back Alex Deming were honored.


Rochester’s 10-2 record was the program’s best since going 11-2 in 2000.


The Tippecanoe Valley Vikings had one player named to the 3A Junior All-State team in defensive back Wade Jones.


The Vikings were 9-2 and shared the TRC title with Rochester and Southwood.







Bennedict Mathurin named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

The NBA announced Thursday that Indiana Pacers guard Bennedict Mathurin was named Kia Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October and November.  

Mathurin, the sixth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona, leads all NBA rookies this season in points scored, 3-pointers made, free throws made and free throw attempts. In addition, he ranks seventh in rebounding average, fifth in assists, second in field goal percentage, second in 3-point percentage and fifth in steals. 

Mathurin leads all NBA players in bench scoring with an average of 19.2 points per game. He has scored 20 or more points off the bench 11 times this season and the Pacers have posted a 7-4 record in those games. 

Mathurin becomes the first Pacers player to earn the Rookie of the Month award since Myles Turner in Feb. 2016. He shares honors with Oklahoma City guard Jalen Williams, who was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month. 

Girls basketball Thursday scoreboard

Tippecanoe Valley used a 24-11 second quarter Thursday to pull away from Plymouth, 62-36.
Kaydence Mellott scored 30 points for the Vikings.

Rensselaer Central won the road at Winamac, 58-40.

Kandace Kroft 20 points, 7 rebounds for the Warriors in the loss.


Also Thursday night:

Lewis Cass 49, Manchester 38

Bremen 76, Jimtown 60


Rochester girls basketball climbs over .500; Cass County Tnmt trophy games set

Rochester made it five straight wins with a Wednesday night girls basketball triumph over Culver Community on GIANT fm Sports.



At the Cass County Tournament, Pioneer advanced to the championship game of the girls bracket with a win over Logansport, 54-43.

Pioneer (6-0) will play #4 (1A) Caston (8-0) in the championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday.


On the boys side, Logansport defeated Pioneer, 59-25.  Logansport will play Lewis Cass for the championship on Friday after Caston and Pioneer meet in the 3rd place game.


Other girls action Wednesday

Eastbrook 60, Southwood 33    

Hamilton Heights 45, North Miami 43  (OT)

Northwestern 64, Maconaquah 18          

LaVille 48, Triton 24      

Marquette Catholic 63, Oregon-Davis 29