Archive for January 26, 2016



Courtesy of the IHSAA

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – From the playing floor at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the opening week’s pairings were made this evening for the 41st Annual IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament presented by the Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers.

A total of 395 schools and 5,318 student-athletes are set to participate in the tourney which begins next week. This is the third year that both of the state’s professional basketball franchises have been presenting sponsors of the girls and boys high school state tournaments.

Sectional games are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 2, and run through Saturday, Feb. 6, with the regional round slated for Feb. 13 and semi-states on Feb. 20. The four state championship games that make up the state finals will be played at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, Feb. 27.

About the Draw: To conduct the random drawing for the girls basketball state tournament, the IHSAA places ping-pong balls representing each school in a given sectional into a lottery-style air mix machine. A motorized fan in the bottom of the machine blows the balls around the inside of the transparent container and air then forces each ball up through a tube in random order. For example, the first ball retrieved from the machine will be the visiting team in game one with the second ball representing the home team in game one. The third ball to come out is the visitor in game two and the fourth ball the home team in game two. That same method is followed through all 64 sectionals and 16 regionals.

No. of Schools Entered: 395 teams, 5,318 participants.

By Class: 98 4A teams; 101 3A teams; 101 2A teams; 95 1A teams.

Total No. of Games: 393 games in 26 days.

Defending State Champions: (4A) Columbus North, (3A) Princeton Community, (2A) Heritage Christian, (1A) Lafayette Central Catholic.

Most State Championships: (6) Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Heritage Christian; (5) Fort Wayne Canterbury; (4) Bedford North Lawrence, Ben Davis; (3) Kokomo, North Central, Tri-Central.

Schools Playing Up One Class due to Tournament Success Factor: Heritage Christian (Class 3A, Sectional 24 at Hamilton Heights), Fort Wayne Canterbury (Class 3A, Sectional 22 at Garrett), Lafayette Central Catholic (Class 2A, Sectional 38 at Seeger), Oregon-Davis (Class 2A, Sectional 34 at Hebron).


Class 4A Sectional 7 at McCutcheon

G1 Tues: Logansport (2-18) vs. Lafayette Jeff (5-17)

G2 Tues: Zionsville (15-3) vs. Kokomo (14-7)

G3 Fri: McCutcheon (10-12) vs. Winner of G1

G4 Fri: Harrison (3-17) vs. Winner of G2

Championship Sat: Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4

Class 3A Sectional 20 at West Lafayette

G1 Tues: Western (6-15) vs. Maconaquah (5-16)

G2 Tues: #6 Benton Central (21-2) vs. Peru (3-16)

G3 Fri: #9 West Lafayette (18-3) vs. Winner of G1

G4 Fri: Northwestern (14-7) vs. Winner of G2

Championship Sat: Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4

Class 2A Sectional 37 at Rochester Community

G1 Tues: #13 Oak Hill (16-5) vs. Manchester (9-12)

G2 Wed: Lewis Cass (10-11) vs. Southwood (5-15)

G3 Wed: #2 Rochester (18-1) vs. Northfield (10-11)

G4 Fri: Wabash (13-7) vs. Winner of G1

G5 Fri: Winner of G2 vs. Winner of G3

Championship Sat: Winner of G4 vs. Winner of G5

Class 2A Sectional 39 at Eastbrook

G1 Tues: Eastern (7-15)) vs. Taylor (9-14)

G2 Tues: Alexandria (8-14) vs. #18 Eastbrook (15-5)

G3 Fri: Elwood (6-15) vs. Winner of G1

G4 Fri: Madison-Grant (14-7) vs. Winner of G2

Championship Sat: Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4

Class 1A Sectional 54 at Clinton Central

G1 Tues: Tri-Central (11-11) vs. Clinton Prairie (14-6)

G2 Fri: Frontier (10-13) vs. Faith Christian (2-17)

G3 Fri: Clinton Central (0-20) vs. Winner of G1

Championship Sat: Winner of G2 vs. Winner of G3


Photo by Michael Hickey/Kokomo Herald

Photo by Michael Hickey/Kokomo Herald


KOKOMO, Ind. – When the new polls come out, there will be a new number one team in Class 3A after the No. 2-ranked Tipton Blue Devils knocked off Kokomo 59-47 in Memorial Gymnasium. Coupled with a loss by top-ranked Griffith, the Blue Devils stand as the lone undefeated team in 3A and join Warsaw as the only two teams in Indiana without a loss.

“This was a big game for us against an athletic and physical team,” said Tipton head coach Lou Lefevre, who is now 31-5 in two season with the Blue Devils. “In our sectional, we are going to have to beat the same type of team if we are going to win. If we can’t do that now, what makes us think we can do it then – so this is a great win in that respect.”

The first half proved to be a slugfest as Kokomo led 12-11 after one quarter with Tipton coming back to tie the game at 24 by intermission. The Wildkats quick defense held Blue Devil leading scorer Mason Degenkolb (23.5 points per game) to just two first half shots. But the second half was a different story as the senior broke free for a couple of quick baskets and became more of a part of the offense.

The game was still close after three, 39-36 Tipton, but a 13-1 run to end the third and start the fourth seemingly put the game away for the visitors. In a contest that featured 10 lead changes and eight ties in the first 23 minutes, it was all Tipton in the final nine as the Devils opened a 59-47 lead and closed the game out at the free throw line.

“What I told the team at halftime was we were tied and now we know what they (Kokomo) wanted to do,” said Lefevre. “They came out with a couple of unusual defensive maneuvers to take Mason out of the game. But we saw it, and we handled it better. When they trapped a little too much, we were able to beat them and get easy baskets. And that is what a good team does; if they want to take one player out of the game it opens up things for four other players and hopefully that will be more damaging than just that one player playing straight up. Our whole team did a good job of contributing.”

The rare win for Tipton over Kokomo was just the 20th in 110 all-time meetings. Degenkolb scored nine in the second half to finish with 13 points to lead Tipton. Tyler Slack added 12 points on a perfect 5 for 5 shooting performance and Sam Gutierrez dropped in 10. For the Wildkats, Jordan Matthews led the squad with 21 points.

Tipton (13-0, 3-0) travels to Hamilton Heights (11-6, 3-0) on Friday night in a key Hoosier Conference East Division contest. Kokomo (7-7, 1-2) hosts Lafayette Jefferson (8-6, 1-1) on Friday in a North Central Conference West Division clash before traveling to Lewis Cass (9-4) on Saturday.


Matt Reida Warmup

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University head baseball coach Chris Lemonis has announced the addition of Western High School graduate Matt Reida as an assistant coach. A Russiaville, Ind., native, Reida brings four years of Division I playing experience as a middle infielder at the University of Kentucky. Reida will work with IU’s infielders, hitters and baserunners.

“We are excited to add Matt to our staff,” said Lemonis. “I have known Matt from his high school career and watched him throughout college. He is a self-made player who competed at a high level for a good college program. He was a tough competitor who you respected from the other dugout. Also, I was impressed about how eager Matt was to get back into the college game.”

Reida comes to Indiana following a stint as the director of player development and recruiting for CageRat Baseball in Colorado Springs, Colo. The organization worked with youth baseball players in the Midwest region, helping them obtain college scholarships and ultimately reaching their goals of playing professionally. Reida’s responsibilities included athlete and camp recruitment, managing player development, organizing team travel and hiring coaches and camp staff.

“I am very excited about joining the staff here at Indiana University,” said Reida. “Indiana baseball is a great program that has created a winning tradition. I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from Coach Lemonis, who has put together one of the best staffs in the country in Coach Cheesebrough and Coach Bunn.”

During his career at Kentucky (2011-14), Reida made 199 career starts at the shortstop position, tying him for fifth in Wildcat history. He ended his career playing in 214 games overall, placing him fourth all-time at UK. Reida was on the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List and a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree.

Following his career at UK, Reida began his professional career with the River City Rascals in the Frontier League before joining the Tampa Bay Rays organization in 2014.

Reida completed his education with a B.A. in communications at UK in May 2014, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a 3.69 GPA. He has two siblings, brother Tad and sister Tiffany. Tad played baseball at Wichita State (2004-05) before joining the Hoosiers baseball program in 2006. He went on to earn his degree in Sport Management from IU in 2008. Tiffany was a basketball player at Indiana State and is fifth on the Howard County all-time scorer’s list with 1,465 points.

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