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Feb. 8, 2016                                                                   IBCA Director of Special Projects


50-point scorers headline IBCA/Subway Players of the Week

Walker, Hunter each tally 50 or better; Jefferson, Langford, Evans, Harris and Danz also honored


            Indianapolis Tech senior C.J. Walker and Tindley sophomore Eric Hunter each poured in 50 points or better in a game last week, and the high-scoring duo leads the honorees in the IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program for the week of Feb. 1-6.

            Walker and Hunter are joined by East Chicago Central senior Damien Jefferson, New Albany sophomore Romeo Langford, Gary West junior Dana Evans, Heritage Christian senior Tyasha Harris and Indian Creek senior Candace Danz as recipients in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Jefferson and Evans are respective boys’ and girls’ honorees for District 1, while Walker and Hunter are boys’ co-winners for District 2. Harris is the girls’ District 2 recipient, while Langford and Danz are respective boys’ and girls’ winners for District 3.

The 6-0 Walker averaged 41.0 points, including a school-record 53-point outburst, in two games for Tech (14-4). The Florida State recruit opened with 29 points, three rebounds, five assists and four steals while playing just 2½ quarters because of injury in an 83-79 loss to Kokomo. He then broke loose for 53 points with six rebounds, three assists and one steal as the Titans dropped an 82-76 decision to Pike. In the record-setting game, Walker converted 18-of-30 shots, 6-of-10 3-pointers and 11-of-12 free throws.

Hunter set a school record of 50 points in the only game of the week for Tindley (14-4). The 6-3 guard added seven points, five rebounds and six steals as the Tigers posted a 104-69 victory over Indianapolis Washington. He sank 18-of-26 field goals, 4-of-8 3-pointers and 10-of-10 free throws during his big game.

The 6-4 Jefferson averaged 29.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in two triumphs for East Chicago Central (13-4). The New Mexico recruit tossed in 20 points with six rebounds in a 71-56 victory over Andrean. Jefferson followed by scoring 38 points with 10 rebounds as the Cardinals defeated Crown Point 80-73.

Langford averaged 38.5 points and 12.5 rebounds as New Albany improved to 16-1 for the season. The 6-4 standout delivered 44 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots in just three quarters in a 102-34 victory over Jennings County. He then tallied 33 points with 15 rebounds, six assists and four blocks in as the Bulldogs beat Columbus East 78-58. Over the two games, Langford was 28-of-42 from the field, 12-of-20 on 3-pointers and 9-of-12 on free throws.

The 5-6 Evans averaged 40.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in leading Gary West (19-4) to the championship of girls’ Sectional 1. Evans scored 37 points with four rebounds, one assist and four steals to spark the Cougars to a 64-49 victory over Hammond Morton. She followed by pouring in 43 points with four rebounds, two assists and four steals in an 84-73 triumph over East Chicago Central. Evans made 24-of-54 field goals, five 3-pointers and 27-of-30 free throws in the two games.

Harris produced 29.3 points and 5.3 rebounds as Heritage Christian (22-4) won three games to capture the Sectional 24 title. The 5-10 guard scored 20 points with seven points, four assists and two steals in an 86-36 victory over Guerin Catholic. She followed with a 40 points with five rebounds, three assists and five steals in a 74-37 triumph over Marion. Harris then tallied 28 points with four rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Eagles defeated Tipton 86-57. Over three games, Harris sank 32-of-53 shots, 3-of-8 3-pointers and 21-of-21 free throws.

The 5-6 Danz averaged 27.0 points and 7.3 rebounds as Indian Creek (20-4) claimed the crown in Sectional 28. Danz opened with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal as the Braves topped Indianapolis Washington 81-25. She netted 31 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 62-51 victory over Cardinal Ritter. Danz completed her week with 36 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal as the Braves edged Danville 71-70. In three games, she converted 25-of-45 field goals, 5-of-8 3-pointers and 26-of-31 free throws.

            This is the eighth season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program and the fourth season it is presented by Subway Restaurants of Indiana, a banner partner of the IBCA. Subway, in its sixth season as an IBCA partner, encourages athletes to "train hard and eat fresh."

            Player of the Week winners are chosen each week from each of the IHSAA's three districts. Girls winners will be chosen from now through the week following Feb. 27. Boys winners will be chosen from now through the week following March 28.


Other nominees for Week 14 (2015-16)

            District 1 boys – Brady Bechtel, Goshen; Anthony Blum, Mishawaka Marian; Anthony Brazier, South Bend Washington; Jeremy Davison, Leo; Trejean Didier, Fort Wayne South; Nick Felke, Plymouth; Alex Garavalia, Kouts; Luke Hackett, Munster; Kurtis Hochstetler, Northridge; Tyreion Jackson, Hammond Morton; Kray Klopfenstein, Leo; Jake Koselke, Morgan Township; Shandon Miller, Fairfield; Vinny Miranda, NorthWood; Jalen Paul, Fort Wayne Canterbury; Tysean Sheppard, South Bend Clay; Matt Topper, Bremen; Matt Trewhella, Penn; Malik Williams, Fort Wayne Snider.

            District 1 girls – Taya Andrews, Fort Wayne Dwenger; Mykala Baylor, South Bend Clay; Jenasae Bishop, East Chicago Central; Camryn Buhr, Penn; Courtney Dunlap, Argos; Grace Hales, Westview; Shania Kelly, Fort Wayne Concordia; Kyleigh Kubik, Oregon-Davis; Becky Malchow, Rochester; Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead; Erin Mullaney, Hammond Noll; Emma Nolan, Marquette Catholic; Riley Ott, LaPorte; Shae Rhonehouse, Fremont; Daijah Smith, Gary Lighthouse; Mason VanHouten, Fort Wayne Canterbury; Kali Winkler, River Forest; Jasmine Wright, Merrillville.

            District 2 boys – Dylan Allen, Beech Grove; Desmond Bane, Seton Catholic; Vijay Blackmon, Marion; Marcus Burk, Franklin Central; Ryan Coble, Greencastle; Jackson Edwards, Knightstown; Andrew Garrett, New Castle; Gavin Griggs, Shenandoah; Kyle Guy, Lawrence Central; Tate Hall, Greenfield-Central; Derek Hawthorne, Pike; Trevor Lakes, Lebanon; Jordan Matthews, Kokomo; Christian Munson, Guerin Catholic; Franklin Nunn, Liberty Christian; Isaiah Thompson, Zionsville; Brian Warren, Indianapolis Howe; Devon Zachary, North Montgomery.

            District 2 girls – Lauren Dickerson, Lawrence North; Amy Dilk, Carmel; Kendall Fisher, Tindley; Bayley Goodman, Benton Central; Rikki Harris, North Central; Kambrey Jolley, Wapahani; Julia Keesling, Cardinal Ritter; Macie Lively, Tipton; Mikaela McGrath, Monroe Central; Rachel McLimore, Covenant Christian; Becca Neville, Winchester; Sam Olinger, Plainfield; Erin Patterson, Zionsville; Keya Patton, Cathedral; Kristen Spolyar, Lebanon; Sydney Tucker, Frankton; Jazmyn Turner, Marion; Macy Willoughby, Carroll (Flora); Madison Wise, Greenfield-Central.

            District 3 boys – Alex Allen, Jasper; Daulton Blackwell, Mitchell; Erik Bell, Evansville Bosse; Braxton Day, Bedford North Lawrence; Joe Ferree, Lanesville; C.J. Hedgepeth, Evansville Harrison; Collin Hoskins, Brown County; Logan James, Barr-Reeve; Hayden Langkabel, Morristown; Jake McClellan, Rising Sun; Jaylen Minnett, Terre Haute South; Jack Nunge, Castle; Damon Powers, Cannelton; Tom Purdie, Whiteland; Jesse Stallings, South Spencer; Harrison Steckler, Southridge; Devan Straub, Evansville Mater Dei; Emily Sullivan, Evansville Memorial; Hunter Wolfe, Clay City.

            District 3 girls – Jorie Allen, Bedford North Lawrence; Mackenzie Blazek, Whiteland; Amani Brown, Terre Haute South; Katie Donovan, Vincennes Rivet; Maci Eads, Franklin; Abi Haynes, Vincennes Lincoln; Holly Hoopingarner, Greenwood; Allie McCool, East Central; Kamryn McCool, Franklin County; Rosie Newhart, Jac-Cen-Del; Stacy Payton, Northview; Natalie Ruedinger, Borden; Zion Sanders, Evansville Central; Leslie Sims, Hauser; Kayana Traylor, Martinsville; Kayla Voegerl, Southridge; Kyra Whitaker, Greensburg; Hannah Wolford, Providence; Karlee Ziliak, Castle.


2015-16 winners

            Nov. 2-7  District 1 girls: Shamari Tyson, Fort Wayne Wayne. District 2 girls: Jayla Scaife, Muncie Central. District  3: Alexis Thomas, Evansville Central.

            Nov. 9-14District 1 girls: Dana Evans, Gary West. District 2 girls: Lindsey Corsaro, Roncalli. District 3 girls: Jackie Young, Princeton.

            Nov. 16-21District 1 girls: Dana Evans, Gary West. District 2 girls: Madison Wise, Greenfield-Central. District 3 girls: Jackie Young, Princeton.

            Nov. 23-28District 1 boys: Jaylen Butz, Fort Wayne North. District 1 girls: Dana Evans, Gary West. District 2 boys: Desmond Bane, Seton Catholic. District 2 girls: Kristen Spolyar, Lebanon. District 3 boys: Braxton Day, Bedford North Lawrence. District 3 girls: Jackie Young, Princeton.

            Nov. 30-Dec. 5District 1 boys: Jagger Surface, Fort Wayne Northrop. District 1 girls: Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead. District 2 boys: Cooper Neese, Cloverdale. District 2 girls: Kristen Spolyar, Lebanon. District 3 boys: Bryce Rowe, Southwestern (Shelby). District 3 girls: Holly Hoopingarner, Greenwood.

            Dec. 7-12District 1 boys: Ignas Masiulionis, Culver Military. District 1 girls: Marie Steiner, Culver Academy. District 2 boys: Kale Morris, Clinton Prairie. District 2 girls: Myka Roth, Delphi. District 3 boys: Jack Nunge, Castle. District 3 girls: Zion Sanders, Evansville Central.

            Dec. 14-19District 1 boys: Canaan Cooper, Portage. District 1 girls: Mykayla Baylor, South Bend Clay. District 2 boys: Vijay Blackmon, Marion. District 2 girls: DeAnn Kauffman, Union (Modoc), and Lyla Muhlenkamp, Jay County. District 3 boys: Dru Smith, Evansville Reitz. District 3 girls: Holly Hoopingarner, Greenwood.

            Dec. 21-26District 1 boys: Austin Penick, Prairie Heights. District 1 girls: Grace Hales, Westview. District 2 boys: C.J. Walker, Indianapolis Tech. District 2 girls: Lindsey Corsaro, Roncalli. District 3 boys: Tyler Toopes, Pike Central. District 3 girls: Tiffany Vinup, Rising Sun.

            Dec. 28-Jan. 2District 1 boys: Malik Williams, Fort Wayne Snider. District 1 girls: Jenasae Bishop, East Chicago Central. District 2 boys: Desmond Bane, Seton Catholic. District 2 girls: Cameron Onken, Lafayette Central Catholic. District 3 boys: Jaylen Minnett, Terre Haute South. District 3 girls: Jackie Young, Princeton.

            Jan. 4-9District 1 boys: Eugene German, Gary 21st Century. District 1 girls: Sydney Taylor, Crown Point. District 2 boys: Mason Degenkolb, Tipton. District 2 girls: Laura Thomas, New Castle. District 3 boys: K.C. Earls, Mooresville. District 3 girls: Taylor Means, Scottsburg.

            Jan. 11-16District 1 boys: Jair Rodgers, Mishawaka Marian. District 1 girls: Taya Andrews, Fort Wayne Dwenger. District 2 boys: Franklin Nunn, Liberty Christian. District 2 girls: Kristen Spolyar, Lebanon. District 3 boys: Romeo Langford, New Albany. District 3 girls: Maddie Roark, Trinity  Lutheran.

            Jan. 18-23District 1 boys: Nate Walpole, Whitko. District 1 girls: Nicole Konieczny, South Bend St. Joseph. District 2 boys: Kris Wilkes, North Central. District 2 girls: Jayla Scaife, Muncie Central. District 3 boys: Tucker Blackwell, Bloomington South. District 3 girls: Allie McCool, East Central.

            Jan. 25-30District 1 boys: Tahj Curry, Homestead. District 1 girls: Camryn Buhr, Penn. District 2 boys: Christian Stewart, Roncalli. District 2 girls: Macee Williams, Fountain Central. District 3 boys: Gavin Stanifer, North Central (Farmersburg). District 3 girls: Alexis Nall, Mt. Vernon (Posey).

            Feb. 1-6District 1 boys: Damien Jefferson, East Chicago Central. District 1 girls: Dana Evans, Gary West. District 2 boys: Eric Hunter, Tindley, and C.J. Walker, Indianapolis Tech. District 2 girls: Tyasha Harris, Heritage Christian. District 3 boys: Romeo Langford, New Albany. District 3 girls: Candace Danz, Indian Creek.

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