STEVE HANLON: It is time for some summer fun

2014-05-30T19:30:00Z 2014-05-30T22:51:40Z STEVE HANLON: It is time for some summer funSteve Hanlon Prep Beat nwitimes.com
May 30, 2014 7:30 pm  • 

This is a breathless time of year for high school sports. Championships of all kinds are being decided around Indiana in several spring sports.

This will continue for the next couple of weeks, and then some rest for us all. Right?

Think again, good Hoosiers. There is much more on our plate.

Like a 30-ounce filet, without the corresponding check, the Indiana All-Star basketball Lollapalooza is about to plug in its amp.

Today at Franklin Central High School, the boys seniors will have their first practice. Crown Point coach Clint Swan will be on the bench and Lake Central's Tyler Wideman will be on the floor.

It will be busy. There will be six boy-girl doubleheaders in a nine-day span.

"I sent a thank-you note to Charlie Hall," Swan said of the Indiana All-Star game director. "When I grew up as a player, I was one of those basketball nerds who paid attention to the Indiana All-Stars, I went to the games and looked up to the players and coaches.

"To have a chance to work with these guys and be a part of this, it's a real privilege."

There are still a lot of hoops nerds in this state. I have a pair of penny loafers and a corresponding pocket protector. And an Air Supply 8-track, too. I will be listening to it much in the coming weeks.

The Indiana Junior All-Stars will face Kentucky's 11th-graders on June 6 (Greenfield-Central) and June 7 (Dunbar High School, Lexington). Region fans should be well-pleased.

Bowman Academy's Davon Dillard and E.C. Central's Hyron Edwards are both Core 6 picks, meaning they will play in every Junior All-Star game. The North Junior All-Stars include Marquette's Ryan Fazekas, Munster's Drew Hackett, Chesterton's Chris Palombizio and former Chesterton player Matt Holba, now at Guerin Catholic.

On the girls side, Merrillville's Victoria Gaines is a Core 6 pick, while Michigan City's Michal Miller is a North selection.

The Indiana Senior All-Stars will play the Juniors in both genders on June 9 at Logansport and June 11 at Columbus North.

Then, drum roll please, Indiana will play Kentucky in America's oldest prep all-star game on June 13 at Transylvania University in Lexington. The two games will go again on June 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Indiana-Kentucky series began in 1940 for boys and 1976 for girls. Indiana leads Kentucky 89-42 in boys and 41-35 in girls.

This isn't just history. It is a celebration, for all of those with Nikes and thick black glasses, it's time to get your nerd herd on.

"Not only is this a great senior boys team, but everything we're hearing is they're good people as well," Swan said. "This is a very talented group. We're not hearing any 'Yeah, but' on any of them. Bad attitudes. Selfish players. Those kind of things you sometimes hear.

"We haven't heard anything like that about these guys."

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at steve.hanlon@nwi.com.

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