Kyle Neddenriep Indianapolis Star Published 5:00 PM EST Jan 7, 2019 INDIANAPOLIS – Two or three years ago, I can’t remember exactly when, I was in the office of Pike basketball coach Bill Zych. Sitting next to his desk was the Marion County “dope box”, a wonderful relic that dates back to the 1940s. I asked Zych if I could look through the metal box and spent the next hour or so thumbing through the contents. The dope box takes on special meaning again this week as the Marion County tournament begins. Since 1940, the box has been passed around from school to school and contains eight decades worth of game recaps, meticulous artwork, newspaper clippings and box scores. Zych and then-assistant/current Pike girls coach Scott White spent the same hour I did admiring the handiwork of several generations of players, coaches, fans and students. Fab 15: Kyle Neddenriep ranks the Indy-area's top teams this week More: Indy-area high school basketball statistical … [Read more...] about Indiana high school basketball: Who will win Marion County tournament?
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Kyle Neddenriep Indianapolis Star Published 3:47 PM EST Jan 3, 2019 Holiday break is over and the high school basketball schedule is heating up with several conference tournaments underway. Here is a look at the best boys games and events going on this weekend in our Weekend Watch (games at 7:30 p.m. unless noted): More: Indy-area high school boys basketball Fab 15 post-Christmas rankings More: Indy-area high school basketball statistical leaders >> Friday in the area: The Hendricks County tournament semifinals at Cascade will feature one of the best games in the area when Class 4A fourth-ranked Plainfield (10-0) plays Brownsburg (7-4) at 7:30 p.m. The first game at Cascade, a 6 p.m., pits Avon (4-5) against Tri-West (4-3). Plainfield has been one of the surprise teams in the area this season under seventh-year coach Andy Weaver, though a win over Brownsburg might still be considered an upset. … Class 4A second-ranked Carmel (7-0, 2-0) is at No. 8 Center Grove (9-3, … [Read more...] about Indiana high school basketball: What to watch this weekend
Rich Torres Special for IndyStar Published 12:00 AM EST Dec 1, 2018 CARMEL – As a four-star recruit, Carmel senior forward John-Michael Mulloy is guaranteed to get each opponent's utmost attention. After averaging 15.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a junior, Mulloy is a tough defensive assignment at 6-10 and is the undisputed catalyst for last year's Class 4A state runner-up. But the Butler commit is far from a one-man show. Part of a collective whole, Mulloy won't be quieted often on the court, but those brief moments when it doesn't happen to be his night, the Greyhounds have plenty of backup. A prime example surfaced Friday night as Mulloy went scoreless for the No. 2 Greyhounds through the first half against No. 12 Lawrence Central inside the Eric Clark Activity Center. Mulloy was whistled for two quick fouls with 2:44 remaining in the first quarter, which minimized his minutes and production. More: Indy-area high school basketball roundup, … [Read more...] about Indiana high school basketball: Carmel beats Lawrence Central
Kyle Neddenriep Indianapolis Star Published 10:48 AM EST Nov 19, 2018 The high school boys basketball season arrives this week. A breakdown from A to Z: A is Adedotun Adegbemigun. The senior guard might be Tindley’s best player. Also, good luck to Tindley’s public address announcer. B is for Blocked shot. Shooter beware when Evansville Bosse’s 6-10 Kiyron Powell is in the neighborhood. The junior, who has offers from Georgetown and Xavier, among others, blocked 203 shots last season (7.3 per game). C is for City basketball. How weird/sad is it that Broad Ripple, Arlington and Northwest are not part of the City basketball scene anymore? It won’t seem the same without those three programs and their traditions. The City tournament semifinals and finals will still be a can’t-miss show, however, on Jan. 19 and 21 at Tech. I would expect to see Cathedral, Crispus Attucks, Manual and Howe in the semifinals. D is for Dumb predictions sure to go wrong. … [Read more...] about Indiana high school basketball 2018 preview: Kyle Neddenrep breakdown
Gordon Engelhardt and Kyle Sokeland and Pat Hickey and Chad Lindskog Evansville Courier & Press Published 12:30 PM EST Nov 13, 2018 We gathered the Courier & Press sports writers around the table to talk about the 2018-19 high school basketball season in Southwestern Indiana. There are a few new faces and a few familiar superstars, but one thing is for sure: High school hoops will be high quality in this area again this season. Here are the writers' thoughts and picks. Which team will go deepest into the postseason? Kyle Sokeland: Vincennes Rivet's girls. The Patriots made it to Indy last year and lose one player from that team. Grace Waggoner is in the discussion for best player in Southern Indiana. Pair her up with a solid supporting cast led by Tia Tolbert and Rivet will be tough. Gordon Engelhardt: I'll agree with Kyle and say the Rivet girls. They're at the fringe of our current-day coverage area, but the Patriots' tradition is hard to match in any era. Pat … [Read more...] about Staff predictions for Evansville-area high school basketball heading into 2018-19 season