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East Chicago's HyrEdwards scored 20 66-56 wover Crown Point Saturday January 19 2013. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media

East Chicago's Hyron Edwards scored 20 in a 66-56 win over Crown Point on Saturday, January 19, 2013. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 25, 2013 6:43AM



Lew Wallace

Coach: Melvin Yancey

Coach’s record at school: 22-18 (3rd year)

2012-2013 finish: 14-8

Key losses: Charles Cooper (23 ppg, 10 rpg); Dontae Mister; Devin Harris

Key returnees: Keontae Bridges(15 ppg, 7 rpg); Richard Wash

Outlook: The graduation of Cooper is one of the biggest graduation losses this season in NWI. Replacing 23 points per game will be tough for the Hornets, who will be smaller and quicker than last season. They will be led by the 6-1 Bridges. Will the Hornets be a contender for the Northwest Conference title? That could be a tough job with what West Side has coming back and what Wallace doesn’t.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Keonte Bridges 12 G/F 6-2

Richard Wash 12 G 5-8

Aarion Green 12 G/F 6-1 Jeremy Dikerson 11 G 5-10 Chris Porter 10 F/C 6-4 Roland Long 12 F 6-2 Jeovonny Murphy 12 G 5-9 George Miller 12 F/C 6-3 Jordan Johnson 12 G 5-10 Richard Battle 12 F 6-2 Thomas Sallie 12 G/F 6-1 Keon Viverette 12 F/C 6-3 Devonte Hayes 12 G/F 6-1 Jerod Heath 11 G/F 6-0 Leondre May 11 G 6-0 Donell Manson 12 C 6-6

Roosevelt

Coach: Marcus Jefferson

Coach’s record at school: First year

2012-2013 finish: 2-16

Key returnees: LaParis Hodge, Ladontaz Tolbert

Outlook: The drive to improve on last season’s 2-16 record has not had a happy beginning for Jefferson, who says his first week at the helm has been “challenging” because the kids have yet buy into his system. Jefferson is the Panthers’ third coach in three years. He says his team will begin with a clean slate. Bottom line is, the longer it takes his players to buy into his system, the tougher it will be to top the two-win season of last year.

Name Yr. Ht.

Alexander Buggs 12 5-10

Daris Bates 11 5-9

Ladontaz Tolbert 12 6-3

LaParis Hodges 12 6-3

Larry Hopkins 12 6-5

Kentrell Lee 12 5-9

Noah Whiteside 11 5-8

Trajuan Harris 11 6-3

Jacob Lipscomb 12 6-1

Josh Falls 11 6-7

Tevin Farris 10 6-8

Stacey Whitt 12 6-7

West Side

Coach: Murray Richards

Coach’s record at school: 12-8 (2nd year)

2012-2013 finish: 12-8

Key losses: G Denzel Casson (12 ppg)

Key Returnees: Arnold Wilson(17 ppg, 10 rpg, 4 apg); Christorpher Jacobs (9 ppg, 8 rpg); Jere Glover (8 ppg, 4 rpg)

Outlook: Richards feels this is the season West Side breaks through the Munster/Lake Central barrier in the Gary Sectionals this season and for good reason. Arnold Wilson is a strong all-area candidate while Jacobs gives the Cougars talent in the paint. And when you need outside shooting, there is Glover(like father, like son with Glover’s dad having the same MO with Wallace back in the ‘80’s. Eight lettermen return for the Side who could be just as lethal as the school’s football team this season.

Name Yr. Ht.

Jare Glover 12 6-5

Kevin Suttles 12 6-1

Justin Mitchell 12 6-1

Taquary Scott 11 6-0

Marlon Northern 11 6-2

Tremaine Grubbs 12 5-10

Arnold Wilson 12 6-0

Lonnie Johnson 12 6-3

Christain Jacobs 11 6-6

JonVea Johnson 12 6-0

Ramone Adkins 11 6-3

Bobby Edwards 12 6-1

East Chicago

Coach: Abe Brown

Coach’s record at school: 85-46 (7th year)

2012-2013 record: 10-11

Key losses: Anfernee Brown(18 ppg); Jalen Austin (5 ppg)

Key returnees: Hyron Edwards (20 ppg, 8 rpg, 6 apg); Jeremiah Achoa (10 ppg, 4 rpg, 5 apg)

Outlook: Brown has a dilemma no other East Chicago Central basketball coach has ever had: having to wait a couple of weeks later than normal for some of his players to finish football. Brown says all three players — Martavious Carter, TreQuan Burnett, and Ricky Readus — could be starters once they get in basketball shape. Brown says the Cardinals can Be Better than they have been in a couple years because “they are buying into playing defense and we have more offensive firepower than we did the past couple of seasons.” Losing Anfernee Brown will hurt, but this squad a good enough to jump over the .500 mark, at least.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Jeremiah Ochoa 12 G 6-1

Hyron Edwards 11 G 6-0

Fredrick Scott 11 G 6-7

Joakim Smith 12 F 6-3

Damien Jefferson 10 G 6-5

Jermaine Couisnard 9 G 6-0

Keishawn Lewis 9 G 6-1

Jalen Blackmon 12 F 6-4

Barron White 12 G 5-11

Jamarr Adams 9 G 6-0

Keithan Cleveland 11 F 6-2

Charlie Cleveland 10 F 6-2

Nehemiah Daniels 12 G 5-8

Marty Carter 12 G 5-11

Ricky Readus 12 F 6-5

Tre’Quan Burnett 12 F 6-5

BOWMAN ACADEMY

Coach: Marvin Rea

Coach’s record at school: 97-41 (7th year)

2012-2013 finish: 18-9 (Class 2A state title)

Key losses: Antonio Pipkin

Key returnees: Arthur Haggard III, Justin King, Devon Dillard

Outlook: Bowman won its second state title last season after starting the year 0-4. Haggard, King and Dillard, all of whom made major contributions in last year’s title run, will be counted on heavily in Bowman’s first season in Class 3A. In all, 10 players return from last years’ team. “The goals are the same, just in a different class,” Rea said.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Arthur Haggard III 12 G 6-3

Raynard Perry 12 G 6-1

Darrion Riddle 12 G 6-0 DeShawn Franklin 12 F 6-2

Martin Schiele 10 G 5-9

Austin Daniels 12 G 5-9 Akil McClain 10 G 6-1

Avery Edwards 10 F/C 6-7 Tashaun Lenear 12 F 6-1

Justin King 12 F/C 6-7 Davon Dillard 11 G/F 6-5 Xavier Staples 12 F 6-2

Montrell Barfield 10 G 6-3 Anthony Cole 12 G 6-1

GARY LIGHTHOUSE

Coach: Thomas Smith

Coach’s record at school: 11-12 (3rd year)

2012-2013 finish: 11-12

Key returnees: Thomas Smith (17 ppg, 6 rpg, 5 spg); Alexander Johnson (17 ppg, 6 rpg, 4.5 spg), Don’Tayon Young (15 ppg, 10 rpg)

Outlook: Not a bad first year of varsity basketball for Lighthouse last season. Two seasons ago, when the Lions weren’t eligible for tournament play, they won only three games. In Year 3, a couple of guys with double-double potential in Young and Johnson. The thinking at Lighthouse is that this team will take about half a season to jell. This team could be a tough one to deal with defensively, with steal leaders Smith and Johnson returning.

Name Yr. Ht.

Justin Baker 12 6-2

Jason Riley 12 6-0

Don’Tayon Young 12 6-4

Thomas Smith 12 5-10

JaQuan Robinson 11 5-8

Raymon Ramsey 12 6-1

Deveonne Hathaway 12 5-7

Steven Kimble 12 5-11

Jerontae Bess 12 5-10

Treashan Sams 11 5-6

Kris Strickland 11 6-4

Jonathan hardaway 12 6-0

Alex Johnson 11 6-1

Lamone Dixon 12 6-1

Rick Hathaway 12 6-1

GARY 21ST CENTURY

Coach: Rodney Williams

Coach’s record at school: 36-43 (6th year)

2012-2013 finish: 15-8

Key Losses: Louis Brown (14 ppg, 10 rpg); Mykel Mayes (11 ppg)

Ken returnee: Dantrell Mayes (14 ppg)

Outlook: The 21st Century growth isn’t Bowman-like, but still impressive. Since becoming eligible for the tournament two years ago, the Cougars made two sectional finals, winning a title last year. Keeping that up will be difficult this season with the graduation of Brown. The biggest problem for 21st Century will be size and rebounding. Mayes, who averaged 20 ppg in the tournament last year, will lead a smaller, quicker Cougars team this season.

Name Yr. Ht.

Eugene German 10 5-9

Arnez Cathey 12 5-11 Dantrell Hurt 12 5-10

Dejuan Pinkin 12 6-3

David Jernigan 12 6-7

Josigha Coleman 11 5-7

Michael Cunningham 12 6-3

Joseph Harris 11 5-6

Alec Bosse 12 6-5

Chanton Booker 11 6-2

Sharod Williams 12 5-5



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