Fort Wayne South Side Senior Ashton Johnson, Mount Vernon (Fortville) Senior Armon Jarrard, Barr-Reeve Senior Hagen Knepp, Warsaw Senior Kacilyn Krebs, Zionsville Junior Laila Hull and Bedford North Lawrence Sophomore Chloe Spreen were selected as recipients for December 20. -Dec. 25 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Johnson is the winner for boys, while Krebs is the winner for girls in Disrict-1. Jarrard and Hull are the boys and girls recipients, respectively, in District-2. Knepp takes top honors in boys, while Spreen takes top honors in girls in District-3.
The Fort Wayne South Side Archers competed in the Summit Conference Classic on Tuesday, taking on South Bend’s John Adams and ending the day with a fine 62-47 win. Senior Ashton Johnson was key to their success, as he scored 22 points on 9-14 shots, plus he was 2-4 from deep and made both free throw attempts. The 6-2 goalie also had three rebounds, found teammates for seven more scores and had six successful interceptions.
The Warsaw Lady Tigers faced IBCA # 7 Lake Central on Wednesday night, upsetting the Lady Indians impressively, 66-39. Senior Kacilyn Krebs was a big catalyst in the victory, knocking 9-16 off the ground, including a stunning 6-10 from behind the arc, as she scored 24 points to help her Lady Tigers. The 5-9 wing, engaged at Indianapolis University, also managed to grab seven rebounds, distribute five assists and steal in the effort.
Senior Armon Jarrard and the Mount Vernon Marauders picked up a huge Hoosier Heritage Conference victory on Thursday night as they traveled to New Castle Fieldhouse and won 63-52. The 6-2 point guard was everywhere, scoring 16 points, collecting eight carambolas, distributing four assists, collecting two interceptions and blocking three shots in the triumph. The IUPUI’s engagement was also effective 6-11 in the field and 4-5 on the charity band.
The Zionsville Eagles managed to find a way to play three games last week, and junior forward Laila Hull put in three fine efforts, with double doubles every time she spoke. On Monday night, the Eagles traveled to Tri-West, where they dealt with the Lady Bruins, 65-45. Hull started her week with a strong performance of 21 points and 11 rebounds, and she added four assists and a pair of blocked shots.
On Wednesday, Zionsville and Hull headed south for the Walt Raines Classic in Franklin, Indiana. In their first game of the day, they eliminated Terre Haute Nord Vigo, 49-34. The 6-1 forward scored 20 points, picked up 14 rebounds, distributed three assists and had two steals as the Eagles advanced to the championship game.
In that last game of the day, Zionsville collided with the host school 16-0 and IBCA # 2 Franklin Community, falling 65-48 in the evening tilt. Junior Hull did his best to give the Eagles a chance, scoring 26 points and registering 11 rebounds, while also recording two more interceptions and two more blocked shots in the loss.
Barr-Reeve traveled to Northeast Dubois on Tuesday night for a Blue Chip Conference game just before Christmas, and the Vikings took care of the host Jeeps, 66-43. Senior Hagen Knepp was exceptional in his effort, making 14-21 shots, knocking down a pair of trebles, while also burying four of his five free throw attempts, scoring 34 points overall. The 6-3 winger nearly managed a double-double with his nine rebounds, but he also contributed two assists, four steals and one blocked shot, helping the Vikings get off to a 2-0 conference start.
The Bedford North Lawrence Lady Stars hosted their own tournament on Wednesday, with an impressive field of four highly ranked teams speaking throughout the day. The No.4 IBCA Lady Stars started their day with a relentless 47-40 win over the 17th-ranked East Central Lady Trojans. Talented sophomore Chloe Spreen had 15 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Lady Stars in the tough and tough win.
Later, in the Championship game, Bedford North Lawrence faced IBCA # 5 Noblesville in an elite backcourt battle. The 5-9 Spreen was dialed, knocking down 12-17 shots from the field, 3-6 from long range, while adding a point to the line, scoring 28 points in total. The sophomore goaltender added six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocked shots as the Lady Stars won convincingly, 59-40.
Player of the Week winners are chosen each week from each of the three IHSAA districts. The winners of the girls will be chosen until the Monday following the IHSAA Girls State Finals. The boys’ winners will be chosen until the Monday following the IHSAA Boys State Finals.
Other top nominees for week 8 (2021-22)
Boys from District 1: Luke Andree, Kankakee Valley; Brayden Betzner, Maconaquah; Ben Garwood, LaCrosse; Tyvon Henry, South Bend Career Academy; Chris Hood, nobleman of the East; Ben Keil, Lakeland; Fletcher Rent, homestead; Isaiah Malone, Prairie Heights; Reece Marrs, Hebron; Trey Schoch, South Adams.
District 1 Girls: Allison Capouch, Kouts; Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point; Sidney Elijah, Hebron; Eva Fisher, Northridge; Ellia Foster, Bremen; Ella Haupert, Southwood; Bailey Kelham, Garrett; Kennedy Kugler, Prairie Heights; Kate Thomas, Kankakee Valley; Zoe Willems, Bethany Christian.
Boys from District 2: Landon Biegel, Oak Hill; Javan Buchanan, Lafayette Jefferson; Will Grissom, Catholic Guérin; Logan Imes, Zionsville; Jonah Lucas, West Lafayette Harrison; Chrishon McCray, Avon; AJ Roseman, Bishop Chatard; Braden Smith, Westfield; Javon Tracy, Decatur Central; Jackson Ullom, Monroe Central.
Daughters of District 2: Sydney Argo, Faith Christian; Asiah Baxter, Warren Central; Riley Flinn, West Lafayette Harrison; McKenna Layden, Northwest; Ally Madden, Blue River Valley; Jaelynne Murray, Pike; Mady Rees, Freedom Christian; Ashlee Schram, Tipton; Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville; Adrianne Tolen, West Lafayette.
Boys from District 3: Connor Agler, Evansville Memorial; Zach Cole, South West (Hanover); Chad Cox, Franklin County; Raedhyn Foust, North East; Cameron Gelhausen, Evansville North; Ian Hall, Orleans; Mason Harvey, Catholic from Seton; Sam King, North Columbus; Branden Northern, Silver Creek; Trent Sisley, Heritage Hills.
District 3 Girls: Madi Allen, North Decatur; Jenna Donohoo, Tecumseh; Kylee Edwards, Shelbyville; Lauren Foster, Indian Creek; Jaidn Green, Evansville North; Keylee Hudson, Eastern Greene; Kencia Levasseur, Washington; Madelyn Poe, Hauser; Josie Trabel, Center-East; Ava Weber, Corydon Central.