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Updated: December 20, 2012 6:07AM



West Side

Coach: Murray Richards

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 0-0

2011-12 finish: 10-10, 2-0 NWC

Key losses: Rashad Armstrong (14.0 ppg)

Key returnees: Arnold Wilson (13 ppg)

Outlook: After 27 years as an assistant on just about every West Side team, Richards gets a shot to run things at his alma mater. And it didn’t take him long to put his signature on the team as he already dismissed three players. “They didn’t want to follow my rules,” Richards said. The Cougars have average height this season and Richards hopes they will jell before the postseason. They will miss the inside presence of Armstrong and the smooth scoring touch of Atkins, but with capable scorers Wilson and Casson back, West Side could own the city again.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

DaRe Glover 11 G 6-4

Tremaine Grubbs 11 G 5-8

Christian Jacobs 10 F 6-6

Arnold Wilson 11 G 6-1

Denzy Casson 12 G 6-0

Darius Bates 11 G n/a

William Rayburn 12 F 6-0

Curtis Lee 12 G 5-10

Lonnie Johnson 11 F 6-4

Kijuan Tipton 12 F n/a

Tyrell Bullock 12 F 6-4

Tuquary Scott 10 G 5-10

Antonio Poole 10 G n/a

Ramone Atkins 10 F 6-2

Marcus Carter 11 G 5-10

Marlon Nothern 10 F 6-4

Roosevelt

Coach: Renaldo Thomas

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 65-68

2011-12 finish: 9-11, 0-2

Key losses: Michael Jenkins, Drevin King

Key returnees: Laparis Hodges, LaDontaz Tolbert

Outlook: New coach Renaldo Thomas steps into his dream job at his alma mater and he can’t wait to get started. The man who led the Panthers to the 1982 state final said he’s got a lot of talent and is looking forward to getting the Panthers back on the track. “I was born into the (Roosevelt) legacy,” Thomas said. “We’re going to be disciplined and go back to traditional basketball here. We’re always going to be prepared to play, have good sportsmanship and display our talent in the team concept.” Denzel Walls, Hodges and Tolbert are expected to be cornerstones.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

DeVeonne Hathaway 11 G 5-7

Marlon Phillips 12 G 5-9

Aaron Haggard 10 G 5-10

Jaron Lipscomb 11 G/F 5-10

Antoine Taylor 12 G 5-10

Troy Lane 11 G 5-11

Denzel Walls 12 G/F 6-0

Joseph Lipscomb 9 G/F 6-0

Sherman Brown 12 F 6-1

Tre’ Buggs 12 F 6-1

Laparis Hodges 11 F 6-3

LaDontaz Tolbert 11 G/F 6-3

Michael Mister 11 F/C 6-3

Matthew Daniels 12 C 6-5

Rodney Hawkins 12 G 5-9

Lew Wallace

Coach: Melvin Yancey

Coach’s record at school: 8-10

Coach’s career record: 8-10

2011-12 finish: 8-10, 1-1 NWC

Key losses: Leon May (10 ppg, 7 rpg); Michael Williams (12 ppg, 5 apg)

Key returnees: Charles Cooper (20 ppg, 10 rpg); Keontae Bridges

Outlook: Yancey says he’s very optomistic about the season and that optimism is legimate. His Hornets, who lost three of their first four but recovered enough to win a sectional title, bring back one of the best players in the region in Cooper. Yancey says his team will have more talent than last season with “more players who can do more things.” Losing May and Williams will hurt, but if the talent coming back lives up to Yancey’s expectations, look for the Hornets to contend for another sectional title.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Devin Harris 12 G 5-8

Keontae Bridges 11 G 6-1

Charles Cooper 12 F 6-3

Cortez Arrington 12 C 6-5

Dontae Mister 12 F 6-4

Russell Phelps 12 C 6-7

Ulzana Sullivan 12 G 6-1

Richard Wash 11 G 5-9

Ramone Compton 11 F 6-4

William Woods 12 F 6-4

Sherrod Gibbs 12 G 5-11

Marcus Ratcliff 11 F 6-2

Taaj McClain 12 G 6-0

Eric Hunt 12 F 6-2

Bowman Academy

Coach: Marvin Rea

Coach’s record at school: 79-32

Coach’s career record: 79-32

2011-12 finish: 17-9

Key losses: Dejuan Marrero (20 ppg, 16 reb.); Elijah Ray (15 ppg); Carlos McCormack(12 ppg)

Key returnees: Justin King (9 ppg)

Outlook: Very few coaches have had the run Marvin Rea has at Bowman. And no coach, possibly in the state, has more holes to fill this season. The Eagles entire starting lineup graduated, meaning 63 of the 75 points per game Bowman scored last season have to be replaced. The squad that made it to the Class 2A state final lost a ton of talent, but returning is the normal tough schedule the Eagles play. Expect growing pains during the regular season, which Rea hopes will lead to success when the postseason rolls around.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Anthony Cole 11 G/F 6-1

Arthur Haggard 11 G/F 6-3

Davon Dillard 10 G/F 6-4

Darrion Riddle 11 G 6-1

Stacey Whitt 11 F/C 6-8

Austin Daniels 11 G 5-9

Antonio Pipkin 12 F 6-3

Justin King 11 F/C 6-7

Raynard Perry 11 G 6-1

D’Mario Smith 11 G 5-9

TaShaun Lenear 11 G/F 6-1

Jalen Blackmon 11 F/C 6-3

Joachim Smith 11 F/C 6-3

Lindon Jackson 12 G/F 6-0

DeShaun Franklin 11 F 6-1

Gary Lighthouse

Coach: Thomas Smith

Coach’s record at school: 0-1

Coach’s career record: 0-1

2011-12 finish: 3-15

Key losses: None

Key returnees: Thomas Smith Jr. (18 ppg); Treshan Sams (10 pppg, 5 apg)

Outlook: Give coach Thomas Smith credit. He gets early dibs as the most optimistic coach of the preseason. With his Lighthouse team eligible for their first postseason, and coming off of a three-win season last year, he is “expecting to have a good season. We expect to win 10 games this year and I want to get to the regional.” For that to happen, Smith will count on his son, Smith Jr., who tranferred from West Side and was a big contributor in only nine games played. Smith has seven new players, including sophomore forward Kumae Mootye, who Smith says has potential. But the potential for his team to win 10 games? Let’s wait and see.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Thomas Smith 11 G 5-8

Treshan Sams 10 G 5-7

Kwame Mootye 10 F 6-0

Kristopher Strickland 11 F/C 6-4

Alex Johnson 10 G/F 6-0

Daron Horton 12 G 5-10

James Bramlett 12 G 5-7

Ashanti Berry 12 G 5-7

Julian Matasar 10 F/C 6-4

Quian Stansil 12 F 6-3

Rodrick Hathaway 11 G/F 6-0

Tajai Edwards 9 G/F 6-0

East Chicago

Coach: Abe Brown

Coach’s record at school: 75-35

Coach’s career record: 75-35

2011-12 finish: 10-11

Key losses: Everette Coleman, Lee Epps

Key returnees: Anfernee Brown (15 ppg); Jeremiah Ochoa, Hyron Brown

Outlook: East Chicago had an uncharacteristic season in finishing under. 500 for the first time since 2001-02. But if that season was any indication of the way the team rebounded (an 18-6 year with a sectional crown in 2002-03) then Brown should be on his way to a pretty good campaign. He had a lot of kids miss time due to injuries. Expectations are high with the return of Jalen Alston, Kenneth Lloyd (toe surgery last year) and Anfernee Brown, who has been on varsity since his sophomore season. Ochoa and Hyron Edwards will also big vocal leaders as they return with a year of experience under their belts.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Jalen Alston 12 G/F 6-4

Kenneth Lloyd 12 G 6-2

Michael Williams 12 G 5-11

Robert Hobson 12 G 5-11

Tre’Quan Burnett 11 G/F 6-4

Matthew Clark 12 G 5-9

Hyron Edwards 10 G 6-0

Jeremiah Ochoa 11 G 6-2

Anfernee Brown 12 G 6-2

Damien Jefferson 9 G 6-4

Anthony Sells 12 G/F 6-4

Martayveus Carter 11 G 5-11

Jerron Jolly 9 G/F 6-4

21st Century

Coach: Rodney Williams

Coach’s record at school: 21-35

Coach’s career record: 21-35

2011-12 finish: 10-11

Key losses: Jerimiah King (9.8 ppg, 8 rpg); Donald Morton (6 rpg)

Key returnees: Akkee Porter (8 ppg, 7 rpg); Louis Brown (10 ppg, 9 rpg); Mykel Mayes (14 ppg, 8 apg)

Outlook: This could be the most intriguing team in Gary this season. Last year the Cougars overcame an early season seven-game losing streak to win nine of their last 12 and making it to the sectional final before losing to Kouts. And now they bring back just about everyone from last season including six seniors. “We will be a better ballclub this year because we’re in the process of learning how to win,” Williams said. And with Mykel Mayes leading the way, they have a legitimate chance to jump over the .500 mark and become a legitimate force in the postseason.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Louis Brown 12 F 6-6

Myrin Kirksey 12 G 6-0

Jamel Dickerson 12 G 5-9

Mykel Mayes 12 G 5-10

Ahkee Porter 12 F 6-6

David German 12 G 6-2

Dantrell Hurt 11 G 5-10

Alec Boose 11 F 6-4

Arnez Cathey 11 G 5-9

David Jernagan 11 F 6-6

Shanton Booker 10 F 6-1

Josigha Coleman 10 G 5-10

Covenant Christian

Coach: Randy Wiesner

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 0-0

2011-12 finish: 7-15

Key losses: Josh Lins (16 ppg); Zach Bowers, Ross Hoek

Key returnees: Sean Williams, Jason Kikkert, Francisco Pineiro, Caleb Herrema

Outlook: The Warriors graduated 80 percent of their scoring from last year, but first-year coach Wiesner believes prospects are good for this season. He likes his team’s size and quickness and desire to improve. The Warriors’ nucleus consists of five seniors and 6-4 sophomore Kikkert. Wiesner thinks his team will be able to pressure the ball defensively and run the floor, but with no juniors on the team, he’ll need some of the younger players to get up to speed quickly.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Jake Bowers 9 G 5-11

Justin Dahm 10 G 6-0

Jacob Deboer 10 F 6-2

Caleb Herrema 12 G 6-0

Jason Kikkert 10 F 6-4

Francisco Pineiro 12 G 6-0

Brandon Sheets 10 C 6-2

Sean Williams 12 F 6-1

Mitchell Zeilenga 12 F 6-3



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