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Updated: December 20, 2012 6:07AM



Clark

Coach: Joe Delgado

Coach’s record at school: 87-71

Coach’s career record: 87-71

2011-12 finish: 10-11, 4-2 GLAC

Key losses: Nate Wilkerson

Key returnees: LaRoi Harmon (12.5 ppg, 10 rpg); Bernateau Jean-Michel (12 ppg)

Outlook: With a mixture of newcomers and seasoned veterans that possess a combination of quickness and size, Delgado is very confident that his Pioneers can not only finish with a better-than-.500 record, but also challenge for a conference title and contend in what is always a very challenging sectional. Harmon and Jean-Michel are do-all players who will guide the offense and provide the leadership that hopefully influences their teammates to step up their own individual games.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Bernateau Jean-Michel 12 G 6-1 LaRoi Harmon 12 G/F 6-4

Jacob Trevino 12 G 5-9

Josh Martinez 12 G 5-8

Victor Haro 12 F 6-3

J.J. Garcia 12 F 6-2

Javonte Boston 11 G 5-9

Kalil Frith 11 F 6-4

Jose Ceja 11 F 6-0

Travonte Wallace 10 F 6-0

Maurice Dawkins 10 G 5-8

Marquis Hearon 10 F 6-3

Steve Martinez 12 G 5-8

Gavit

Coach: Brandon Ridenour

Coach’s record at school: 31-57

Coach’s career record: 53-101

2011-12 finish: 4-18, 1-5 GLAC

Key losses: Josh Hawkins (10 ppg)

Key returnees: Shalon Bell (9 ppg)

Outlook: Ridenour is quick to define last year’s 4-18 effort as ugly. But in the same breath he’ll tell you consistency — which was the team’s downfall — is something that will turn it around this season for the Gladiators. He said that visible signs of consistency and maturity in practice, especially by his seniors, are evident already. Rivoli-Johnson’s hard work is turning heads, while Bell will lead the offense. The team will definitely be tested against Munster, against whom Gavit held a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter of last year’s season opener — a game that Ridenour says was the team’s best effort.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Eric Sims 11 G 6-2

Aryk Rivoli-Johnson 12 G 5-8

Tashon Rogers 11 F 5-10

Silas Brown 12 G 5-7

Kyle Johnson 12 G 5-7

John Freeman 11 G 5-11

Shalon Bell 12 G 5-11

Daniel Gibson 12 C 6-6

Kyle Landers 11 G 6-1

D.J. Jones 12 G 6-1

Josh Toodle 10 C 6-3

DeShaun Reese 12 F 6-0

Xavier Copeland 12 F 6-2

James Thompson 12 F 6-3

Hammond

Coach: Larry Moore Jr.

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 0-0

2011-12 finish: 8-13, 3-3 GLAC

Key returnees: Levi Hamilton (19.5 ppg)

Outlook: The Wildcats will sport a familiar face on the sideline in Moore Jr., who assisted his head-coaching father at Hammond for several years. The grateful second-generation Moore takes over a program deep with talent and varsity experience. Hamilton will continue to lead the offense, Michael Kirkendall is capable of a double-double every night, and Jawan Holmes is projected as a double-digit scorer. Moore is challenging that threesome, who he’s proud to call great kids, to lead by example and set the tone on and off the court. Returning the program to a sectional title and restoring the tradition of the 1970s and 80s are immediate goals.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Kyle Collins 9 G 5-9

Keirahn Richard 12 G 6-1

Nate Harris 12 G 6-1

Cameron Vortice 12 G 6-0

Kortrell Caston 11 G 5-10

Jawan Holmes 12 G-F 6-3

Michael Kirkendall 12 F 6-4

Robert Evans 12 F 6-5

Levon Hamilton III 12 G 5-11

Tim Jones 12 F 6-4

Joe Jackson 12 G 6-0

Anthony McClendon 12 C 6-6

Garry Harris 10 C 6-4

Garry Eubanks 12 C 6-5

Morton

Coach: Kevin Dermody

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 0-0

2011-12 finish: 11-10, 5-1 GLAC

Key returnees: Rayan Elabed (17 ppg)

Outlook: Though this is Dermody’s first year coaching, he has an indirect history with the program though athletic director-football coach Roydon Richards. Dermody was coached by Richards’ father during his football playing days at T.F. North (Ill.) High School. And his roster boasts no less than five players from Richards’ team — as well as two seniors (Travon Atkins and Xavier Johnson) who are playing varsity basketball for the first time. Dermody said Atkins, despite his six-foot height, is an amazing rebounder and will start, and Johnson is a flat-out hustler who is making a huge impact. Elabed will be counted to lead the way offensively.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Rayan Elabed 11 G-F 6-3

Travon Atkins 12 F 6-0

Devon Mingo 11 G 5-9

Darius Cody 11 G 5-11

Carl Murray 12 C 6-2

Elezar Henderson 12 G 5-8

Josh Bailey 12 C 6-1

Xavier Johnson 12 G 5-6

Bishop Moore 11 F 6-1

Debrion Maclin 11 G 6-0

Leveras Jefferson 12 G 5-7

Mark Snurten 9 G-F 5-10

Devin Doby 9 G 5-10

Tayon Carter 9 C 6-4

Knox

Coach: Chris McGowen

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 0-0

2011-12 finish: 5-18, 2-5 NSC

Key losses: Elliott Coad (17.4 ppg)

Key returnees: Dylan Short (6.1 ppg); Austin Hansen (3.9 ppg); Curt Sherer

Outlook: McGowen, the Redskins’ football coach, is also the interim basketball coach. Although they lost their leading scorer in Coad, and point guard Graman, this could be a promising season. They have good height in Short, Hansen, Jeremy Crittendon and Brian Fulghum. Crittendon’s father was one of Knox’s all-time greats. Look for Sherer, who was outstanding in late last season, to play point guard, and score more. The big change could be Colton Hill, who is already getting some attention from small colleges. He will fill the shooting guard role and also should help on the boards. Look for Knox, which was a ball-control team under former coach Todd Boldry, to increase the tempo some.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Colton Hill 12 G/F 6-2

Davey Johnston 11 G 5-8

Josh Dinovo 12 G 6-2

Brian Fulghum 12 F 6-3

Dylan Short 12 F/C 6-3

Cody Fletcher 12 G/F 6-2

Curt Sherer 11 G 6-2

Caleb Heinemen 12 G/F 6-1

Jeremy Crittendon 10 F/C 6-3

Dakota Manns 12 F 6-0

Austin Hansen 11 C 6-2

North Judson

Coach: Phil Shabi

Coach’s record at school: 17-4

Coach’s career record: 17-4

2011-12 finish: 17-4

Key losses: John Eckert (19 ppg); Winston Yergler (18 ppg); Kendall Hochstedler (14.9 ppg)

Key returnees: Dalton Bailey, Jacob Shabi, Jerrod Surma

Outlook: The Bluejays graduated five senior starters. Bailey is the lone returning letter-winner and will be the point guard. Surma and Shabi will be looked upon to help shoulder the scoring load. Shabi has a nice touch from 15 to 20 feet, and Surma will provide an outside threat. Shawn Green will be looked on to provide some rebounding. Lack of experience, depth, and size, as well as a tough early-season schedule will be challenges. Coach Shabi said he strives for daily improvement and to instill a competitive desire in his players. Shabi also is looking to a strong future with 15 freshmen in the program.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Jerred Surma 12 G 6-0

Shawn Green 12 C 6-5

Michael Clemons 12 F 6-0

Jacob Shabi 11 F 6-1

Dalton Bailey 11 G 6-1

Tim Stasiek 11 F 6-0

Will Stasiek 11 F 6-0

Josh Mullens 10 G 5-9

Brian Eckert 10 C 6-5

Mark Letson 10 G 5-8

Jordan Darnell 9 G 5-8

Rensselaer

Coach: Kevin Sims

Coach’s record at school: 30-35

Coach’s career record: 30-35

2011-12 finish: 6-16, 0-6 (Hoosier)

Key losses: Tanner Odle (13.1 ppg); Clayton Weishaar (10.5); Jacob West (9.9)

Key returnees: Dane Brooks (6 ppg); Ryan Lattimore, Brooks Rodibaugh

Outlook: Brooks will be counted on for leadership, as well as be the primary offensive weapon. There’s good size in Brooks, Claussen and DeWeese, so rebounding should be a positive. The Bombers’ halfcourt defense will be a key in creating offense, also. Sims knows his team will usually be playing against more veteran squads, but he has known these kids since junior high. All the players have bulked up and gained strength and he expects them to improve even more substantially than they have to date.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Dane Brooks 12 F 6-4

Ryan Lattimore 12 G 6-1

Braden Mattocks 12 G/F 6-3

Brooks Rodibaugh 12 G 5-8

Justin Hanna 11 F 6-1

Bryce Deno 10 G 5-10

Joey Claussen 10 F 6-4

Devin DeWees 10 F 6-3

Nate Myers 10 G 5-9

Dalton Souders 10 G 5-9

Austin Fleming 10 G/F 6-0

Westville

Coach: Rob Walker

Coach’s record at school: 11-11

Coach’s career record: 31-51

2011-12 finish: 11-11

Key losses: Dan Warnke, Glen Cole, Kevin Stone

Key returnees: Mike Grylewicz, Eric Quinn, Dylan Perney

Outlook: Second-year coach Walker turned things around last year at Westville as the school finished the season .500 or better for the first time since 2006-07. The roster is pretty much upperclassmen heavy and expectations are even higher this year. Seniors Perney, Grylewicz, Quinn, Austin Hisick, Kyle Kniola and Milton Roby gained valuable experience last season and are poised to make it a season to remember. Juniors Perney, Alex Henn and Collin Walker should also see time on the court this year. The Blackhawks have seven players 6-feet or taller so they should be able to dominate in the paint.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Shawn Gerron 11 G 5-9

Dylan Perney 12 F 6-1

Alex Henn 11 G 6-0

Collin Walker 11 F 6-0

Mike Grylewicz 12 C 6-2

Eric Quinn 12 C 6-3

Austin Hisick 12 G 5-8

Kyle Kniola 12 G 5-8

Milton Roby 12 G 5-8

Austin Swistek 10 F 6-0

Jake Parsons 10 G 5-11

Jake Lindy 10 F 6-3



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