Girls Prep Basketball
The current state of high school basketball is not your daddy's version of Hoosier Hysteria. No, not at all.
Dave Templin grew up on the east side of Gary, near the steel mills. Before graduating from Emerson in 1966, a blue-collar lunch-pail district, he would drive south with his pals.
INDIANAPOLIS | It was a crowning achievement for one of Indiana's best girls basketball players in state history.
COLUMBUS | Kristi Kaniewski knows Victoria Gaines very well. But in the past Kaniewski, the girls basketball coach at Penn, was trying to come up with a way to stop Merrillville's terror in the paint.
Marquette's Ryan Fazekas did not play in Monday night's Indiana All-Star-Junior All-Star game at Logansport after sustaining a groin strain in practice on Sunday.
LOGANSPORT | A big smile lit up the face of Merrillville's Victoria Gaines on Monday night inside The Berry Bowl. A good, loud summer crowd had filled the high school's gymnasium.
Just when you thought it was fixed, a tire goes flat and the muffler falls off. Again. And then someone steals the fuzzy dice hanging from the rear-view mirror.
The basketball news the IHSAA released this week was good. It was positive for the players, awesome for the schools and getting much closer to giving Hoosier Hysteria the lift it needs.
HIGHLAND | It was deja vu all over again at Highland High School on Friday night. The gym was packed and Chris Huppenthal was back home coaching a girls basketball game.
HIGHLAND | Jenny DeMuth is a bit familiar with the free throw lines at Highland High School.
The 2000-2001 girls basketball season was the greatest in Highland's history. The Trojans went undefeated, won the Hall of Fame Classic, were ranked No. 2 in the state and advanced to the Class 4A semistate.
FULTON | Morgan Township gave top-ranked Oregon-Davis all it could handle in the first half of Saturday’s Class A Caston Regional semifinal, but it wasn’t enough to pull off the upset.
Amy Govert has been through it. The girls basketball coach at Merrillville represents most of the basketball fans in Indiana. She, like many, believe something has to change in regards to the IHSAA state basketball tournaments.
HOBART | If you think a jam-packed, Motley Crue-loud Hobart gymnasium on a sectional Saturday night had LaPorte's Nicole Konieczny nervous, think again.
LOWELL | There was one singular reason to drive to Lowell on Friday night. It was to take in the West Side-Lake Central Class 4A sectional semifinal showdown.
CALUMET TWP. | Imagine Barack Obama in a black-and-white striped shirt, a whistle around his neck, running up and down the basketball court. Imagine the crowd reaction when our hoops-crazed President made a call.
So it's Tournament Week in “Da Region.” There is an extra thrill in the air as two small-school conferences host a basketball party.
In March 1997 there was a loud refrain across the state, from Angola to Zionsville. You can still hear it at the truck stop in Lebanon.
It is what Indiana high school basketball is all about and has been all about for the past century. Two great teams competing hard inside a packed gymnasium.
WHITING | Bishop Noll coach Vanita Gary told her team to stick to its game plan Saturday night.
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