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March 25, 2013

2013 Hall of Fame Classic Teams Set!

NEW CASTLE, Ind. -- The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame proudly announces the fields for the 2013 City Securities Hall of Fame Classic tournaments to display the best teams, players, coaches, and fans in Indiana high school basketball on Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28 at the New Castle Fieldhouse.



2013 Girls' City Securities Hall of Fame Classic
New Castle Fieldhouse - Friday, December 27, 2013

11:00 a.m. (ET) Rushville vs. Homestead
to follow Bedford North Lawrence vs. Pike
6:07 p.m. Consolation Game
to follow Championship Game

2013 Boys' City Securities Hall of Fame Classic
New Castle Fieldhouse - Saturday, December 28, 2013

11:00 a.m. (ET) Greensburg vs. Mt. Vernon (Fortville)
to follow Columbus North vs. Evansville Harrison
6:00 p.m. Consolation Game
to follow Championship Game

The prestigious event will be held for the 30th time for girls and the 37th edition for the boys.

Selecting from the best teams in the state, the girls' tournament has included 16 teams that went on to win a state championship that season, including nine state champions and five state runner-up teams in the past eleven years alone.

On the boys side, 12 participating teams have gone on to win their state championship, with five more finishing as state runner-up that season.

Tickets for the tournaments will be available through participating schools and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in the 2013-14 school year.

ABOUT THE TEAMS

Girls:

Rushville -
The Lady Lions expect to return four starters from their 22-4 regional championship team that won 22 of their final 24 contests.

5'9 junior Mackenzie Campbell averaged 15.1 points per game, leading to selection as a member of this summer's Indiana Junior All-Star squad. 5'9 sophomore Sarah Cook averaged 12.5 points, 5'11 junior Keragan Niehoff averaged 11.2 points and 11.2 rebounds and 5'11 junior forward Kelsi Ash averaged 6.7 points and 5.6 rebounds this season.

The Lady Lions program is one of the state's most storied - their 28 all-time sectional championships is a state record and their 11 regional titles ties for 4th best in state history.

Head coach Melissa Marlow has concluded her 13th year leading the program, with a 184-119 record. She has led her teams to sectional championships in seven of the past 10 seasons.

Rushville makes a record 5th appearance in the girls Classic. Marlow's team won the 2009 championship, while Lady Lion teams coached by Hall of Fame inductee Cinda Rice Brown were runners-up in 1984 and participants in 1989 and 1993.

Homestead - A youthful Spartans team amassed a 21-4 record with eyes toward even more success in the future. A team that played no seniors, one junior, six sophomores and three freshmen this past season, each of their four losses came to teams who won a sectional championship.

5'8 junior guard Sydney Buck (committed to Butler University) averaged 21.9 points, shooting 46% from the field, 44.6% on three-point attempts and making 119 three-pointers and has been tabbed as a member of the core team of the 2013 Indiana Junior All-Stars. 5'6 sophomore guard Josie Fisher (IPFW) averaged 13.0 points and 7.4 assists, 6'0 sophomore Grace German averaged 10.6 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds and 6'0" freshman Lindley Kistler averaged 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. German is the great-granddaughter of Hall of Fame inductee and former Indiana University head coach Branch McCracken.

Head coach Rod Parker has a 167-102 record in 12 years at Homestead. He has led them to an 80-16 record in last four years and seven consecutive non-losing seasons.

Homestead makes their first ever appearance in the girls or boys Classic. They will be the 2nd member of the Northeast Hoosier Conference to participate in the girls Classic in three years - Norwell was runner-up in the 2011 event.

Bedford North Lawrence - Returning five starters from their 28-0 4A state championship squad, the Stars look loaded again.

6'2 sophomore forward Dominique McBride averaged 14.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals, 6'3 sophomore center Jenna Allen averaged 14.1 points and a team-best 8.1 rebounds, 5'7 junior guard Brittani Rizzi (University of Evansville) averaged 11.4 points, sophomore guard Alexa Bailey averaged 7.3 points and a team-best 3.5 assists, and junior point guard Sammy Dillman averaged 5.8 points and 3.1 assists.

BNL has a 51-3 record over the past two seasons and will begin the 2013-14 season with a 37 game regular season win streak. Bedford has won 22 all-time girls sectionals (4th best in state history), 10 regionals, and state championships in 1983, 1991 and the 2013 4A title. They are one of only eight programs to have won three or more girls state championships and one of only two from that group to have won titles previous to the class basketball era.

Head coach Kurt Godlevske has a 120-41 record in seven seasons, never with a losing record.

BNL makes their third appearance in the girls Classic. They were participants in 1986 and were champions of the 1990 event

Pike - The Red Devils return a majority of their roster coming off an 18-5 campaign, marking their winningest season in the last 7 years.

6'1 sophomore Brittany Ward averaged team-bests of 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds, 5'9 freshman Tyana Robinson averaged 12.3 points and 6'0 junior Lyndsey Edwards averaged 5.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. The Red Devils will need to replace senior point guard Asia Coats, one of two seniors on their roster. Coats averaged 7.3 points and a team-high 3.5 assists.

Head coach Bob Anglea has completed his 3rd season at Pike, where he is 42-27. He has a career record of 88-43 in six years as a head coach.

Pike makes their first appearance in the girls Classic. The Pike boys have participated twice (1989, 2000).


Boys

Greensburg -
The Pirates will bring back their starting five from their record-setting 26-1 3A championship team. The Pirates have won 49 of their last 51 games and spent significant time the last two years ranked as the #1 team in the AP 3A poll.

6'6 junior forward Sean Sellers surpassed the 1,000 career point mark and became the school's all-time leading scorer this season; he averaged 17.7 points and 7.0 rebounds for the season and delivered 19 points and 12 rebounds in their 3A championship victory over Fort Wayne Concordia. 6'3 junior guard Bryant McIntosh (Indiana State) averaged 16.7 points, 7.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds for the season and notched 25 points in the 3A championship game. McIntosh and Sellers were both named as 2013 Indiana Junior All-Stars.

6'8 sophomore Ryan Welage averaged 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 66% from the field this season. 5'11 junior Macy Holdsworth and 6'0 junior Colin Rigney each averaged 7.2 points as starters.

Greensburg won their final 15 games of the season, ending the year ranked AP 3A #2 and IBCA #15. The Pirates averaged 71.3 points per game and their 24.5 average margin of victory was the best in the state.

Stacy Meyer is 118-47 in seven years as head coach at his alma mater and is 176-103 in a 12-year career. He has led Greensburg to a 100-22 record with four sectional championships and two regional titles over the past five seasons.

Greensburg makes their first appearance in either the boys or girls Classic.

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) - The 24-2 Marauders finished the season as the #1 ranked team in the AP 3A poll while winning a regional championship for the first time in 22 years.

6'3 junior guard C.J. Coleman averaged team-highs of 19.6 points and 3.1 steals along with 4.1 rebounds on his way to being named to the 2013 Indiana Junior All-Star team. 6'3 sophomore forward Dan Werner averaged 7.6 points and 2.7 rebounds and 6'6 sophomore forward Zach Spears averaged 5.0 points and 4.6 rebounds.

The Marauders, who began the season 17-0, gave up just 42.4 points per game, the 5th best defensive average in the state this season. They finished the season ranked AP 3A #1 and IBCA #14.

Head coach Steve Lynch has a 103-52 record in seven seasons as a high school coach, all at Mt. Vernon. This season's regional championship was just the third in program history and first since 1991.

The Mt. Vernon boys program makes its' third appearance in the boys Classic. They won the 2009 championship under Lynch and also participated in the 1990 event.

Columbus North - The 23-2 Bull Dogs snapped a sectional drought in 2013 and bring back considerable talent for the 2013-14 season.

6'2 junior guard Evan Henry averaged a team-high 14.0 points and 3.8 rebounds, 6'7 sophomore frontliner Josh Speidel averaged 12.4 points and 5.5 rebounds and 6'8 junior forward Elliott Welmer averaged 7.7 points and 3.4 rebounds while hitting 48% of three-point attempts. North must replace leading rebounder, 6'8" Tori Jackson, and 2nd leading scorer, 6'4" Sawyer Glick, among their graduations.

The Bull Dogs won 19 straight games leading into their regional loss to Franklin Central and ended the season ranked AP 4A #3 and IBCA #3. Averaging 72.0 points per game, their offense ranked 13th in the state this season.

Head coach Jason Speer has a 79-34 record in five seasons and led North this year to their first sectional championship in 16 seasons. They have averaged 17.5 wins per year over the past four seasons.

The Columbus North boys make their 2nd ever appearance in the boys Classic. They hosted the 1984 event, losing both games. The Columbus North girls won the 2012 girls Classic on December 28.

Evansville Harrison - Led by a trio of brothers, the 22-2 Warriors marked the program's winningest season in the past 11 years with a sectional championship.

6'3 junior guard Ernie Duncan averaged 15.5 points, 6.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds on his way to being tabbed a 2013 Indiana Junior All-Star. He surpassed the 1,000 point mark this season, set the school's single-season assist record and enters the 2013-14 season just 200 points shy of the school career scoring record. 6'5" sophomore forward Stanley Duncan averaged 13.8 points while hitting 56% of field goal attempts and his 6'6" twin brother Everett Duncan averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds and shooting 52.8% from the field.

Harrison began the season 12-0 and finished ranked AP 4A #4 and IBCA #4. Averaging 71.9 points per game, the Harrison offense ranked 14th in the state this season.

Head coach Bryan Speer is 96-40 in six seasons at Harrison and has led the Warriors to three sectional championships in the last five years.

Evansville Harrison makes their first appearance in the boys or girls Classic. They are the 2nd Evansville team to play in the boys event, following Evansville Bosse's 1983 appearance.

History:

20 young women who went on to win Indiana's Miss Basketball title have participated in the girls Classic, including each of the last five Miss Basketball winners (Skylar Diggins, Courtney Moses, Bria Goss, Jessica Rupright and Stephanie Mavunga). Girls legends who have played in the Classic include Stephanie White, Katie Gearlds, Shanna Zolman, Lisa Shepherd, Abby Conklin, April McDivitt, Kelly Faris, Jennifer Jacoby, Jodie Whitaker, Shrya Ely and Tiffany Gooden, among others.

11 of Indiana's top 16 girls high school basketball career scoring leaders have participated in the girls Classic.

22 men who went on to win Indiana's Mr. Basketball title have participated in the boys Classic, including six of the last eight award winners. 22 men to have played in the Classic have been named McDonald's All-Americans, while 14 have been NBA Draft picks.

Legends to have competed in the boys Classic include Damon Bailey, Steve Alford, Glenn Robinson, Shawn Kemp, Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Eric Montross, Sean May, Delray Brooks, Tom Coverdale, Michael Menser, Pat Graham, Troy Lewis, Woody Austin, Josh McRoberts, Gary Harris and Luke, Tyler and Cody Zeller, among others.

33 Hall of Fame inductees have led a team as head coach in the boys Classic.

Sponsor:

For the 17th consecutive season, City Securities Corporation is the title sponsor of the event. Founded in 1924, City Securities Corporation is the oldest and largest independent, full-service investment firm in Indiana. Having financed more projects for Indiana schools and municipalities than any other firm in history, City Securities has, quite literally, helped build the State of Indiana. Since 1980, the firm has helped underwrite over $45 billion for state and local projects. Today, City Securities is still a leader in municipal bonds (underwriting 50% of all competitive and negotiated bids), but is also so much more - offering full-service personal investment advisors, as well as expertise in corporate and public finance. A wholly-owned subsidiary of City Financial Corporation, City Securities is headquartered in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.



Television:

The Classic will once again be televised in Central Indiana by the Hall of Fame's partner, WHMB TV-40. Details of the broadcast schedule will be made at a later date.


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