The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association released its All-State teams Thursday, and Bowman Academy's Justin King and Lake Central's Tyler Wideman were named to the Senior First Team.
Several area players were named to the honorable mention team, including Washington Township's Brandon Adkins, Bishop Noll's Larry Crisler, Whiting's Matt Dvorscak, LaPorte's Josh Fleming, Bowman Academy's Arthur Haggard, LaPorte's Gage Ott, Michigan City's Keenan Simmons, Chesterton's Cole Teal, Lowell's Zach VanHook and Lake Central's Tye Wilburn.
The IBCA also released its Underclassmen All-State team. Bowman Academy's Davon Dillard, E.C. Central's Hyron Edwards, Munster's Drew Hackett and Chesterton's Chris Palombizio were selected to the First Team. The area's honorable mention selections were Morgan Township's Chase Braden, Rensselaer's Joey Claussen, Portage's Jordan Collazo, Marquette Catholic's Ryan Fazekas, Hebron's Bryce Hanaway, Calumet's Anthony Harris, E.C. Central's Damien Jefferson, Crown Point's Nick Jeffirs, Lake Station's Brian Patterson and Hammond's Antonio Poole.
Seven named to HBM Top 60 workout: Seven local boys basketball players were selected to participate in the Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 workout. There will be two sessions April 6 at Marian University in Indianapolis.
The players from the area who made the cut from 1,600 seniors in Indiana were Crown Point's Bret Barclay, LaPorte's Josh Fleming, Bowman Academy's Justin King, Michigan City's Keenan Simmons, Lowell's Zack VanHook, Lake Central's Tyler Wideman and Lake Central's Tye Wilburn.
The band is back together: Marquette Catholic's Ryan Fazekas went to bed early enough Tuesday night that he didn't get the news about making the North Six of the Indiana Junior All-Stars until he checked his text messages Wednesday morning. Not only did he find out he made the team, he learned he would be reunited with former Chesterton Middle School teammates Chris Palombizio (Chesterton) and Matt Holba (Guerin Catholic).
"It'll probably bring back memories and be a ton of fun to do," Fazekas said. "I'm looking forward to it. I've played against Matt in AAU, but we haven't played together since (middle school). It feels good."
The trio went undefeated at Chesterton in seventh and eighth grade. Fazekas went to Marquette as a freshman, Holba played for the Trojans for two years before moving to the Indianapolis area and Palombizio remains at Chesterton. -- Jim Peters
Munster's Azar picks DePauw: Munster senior pitcher Jonathan Azar will take his talents to DePauw next season.
Theright-handed pitcher committed to the Tigers before his final season with the Mustangs. He was 6-2 for Munster last year, with a 2.50 ERA, 52 strikeouts and 19 walks.
Hobart baseball calendar adds class: After creating a picture two years ago with pitcher Brandon Murray holding a flaming baseball, the Hobart Brickies have tried to improve their schedule calendar year after year.
This season, the Brickies started throwing out ideas until someone said, "tuxes and a limo." The idea stuck.
Dunhill Tuxedo loaned seven white tuxedos with purple vests and yellow bow ties for the seniors and T-shirts that looked like tuxedos for the underclassmen for the photo. A driver from Second Nature Limousines donated his time and sleek extended Hummer that was camera-ready.
Despite some falling snow, the photos were taken Tuesday with the hope that the schedule posters would be ready by the weekend so that once school began after Spring Break, the pictures could be plastered over Hobart to advertise the team.
"They're going to have to come up with something crazy next year to top this," Murray said. "Everybody loves it, this is great."