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Hannah Noveroske

Michigan City's Hannah Noveroske scores against Kankakee Valley on Feb. 2.

It's been a pretty good last couple of weeks for Hannah Noveroske.

Having recently announced her commitment to Xavier, the Michigan City center added to her resume as one of six players named to the core group of the Indiana Junior All-Star team.

The 6-foot-4 Wolves standout averaged 20.6 points 15.7 rebounds and 6.9 blocks per game, posting a double-double in 22 of 23 games. She triple-doubled with blocks in three games.

Noveroske joins Shaila Beeler (Warren Central), Rikki Harris (North Central), Maddie Nolan (Zionsville), Jorie Allen (Bedford North Lawrence) and Lilly Hatton (North Harrison) on the core group. The team is selected through votes by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

The Junior All-Stars will play in Kentucky against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars on June 1 and then in Indiana on the following day with the sites still to be determined. They will also play an exhibition game against the Indiana All-Stars on June 6 at a later announced site. 

In addition to the six core junior all-stars, there were six players selected for the north, central and south groups. The Region put four players on the North squad with Marquette Catholic's Emma and Sophia Nolan, LaPorte's Riley Ott and E.C. Central's Taiyanna Jackson.

The 6-1 Nolan twins recently led the Blazers to their first state title with a 38-31 win over Vincennes Rivet. Both committed to play at St. Louis, Emma averaged 20.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.0 spg and 1.7 bpg, while Sophia checked in at 18.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 1.6 spg.

“I'm so honored to be named to the team,” Sophia said. “I'm so blessed to have such great teammates who make me better every day and I wouldn't be the player I am today without them. My parents are my number one supporters and have done so much for me and they're constantly pushing me to me a better person, as well as a better basketball player.”

In her third year as LaPorte's floor general, Ott scored 16.5 ppg and added 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg and 2.2 spg for the Slicers as they finished tied with Lake Central for the Duneland Athletic Conference title.

Manning the middle for the Cardinals, the 6-6 Jackson boasted an impressive all-around stat line of 12.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 3.8 spg, and 3.3 bpg.


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CJ grew up shadowing his father, Jim, at various prep events and now follows in his footsteps as a sports reporter at The Times. A Purdue University graduate, his allegiances lie with the Boilermakers, Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds.