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March 23, 2015                                                         IBCA Director of Special Projects


Swanigan, 3 others selected as Players of the Week

Okafor, James, Stein join Homestead forward as recipients for week of March 16-21


        Caleb Swanigan poured in 40 points in a semistate win over South Bend Riley, and the Homestead senior headlines a group of four honorees in the IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

        Swanigan is joined by Richmond senior Joel Okafor, Barr-Reeve junior Logan James and Evansville Reitz senior Alex Stein as recipients in the awards program overseen by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

        Swanigan was cited for boys' District 1, while Okafor is the boys' District 2 winner and James and Stein shared accolades for boys' District 3 for the week of March 16-21. Okafor, James and Stein are first-time winners. Swanigan is an honoree for the second time this season.

        The 6-9 Swanigan scored 40 points with 17 rebounds and three blocked shots in leading Homestead to a 90-69 victory over South Bend Riley in the Class 4A semistate at Huntington North. The Spartans will carry a 28-2 record into the 4A State Finals against Evansville Reitz. Swanigan previously was an IBCA Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 12-17.

        Okafor, a 5-10 guard, produced 26 points and seven rebounds as Richmond dropped a 92-75 decision to Evansville Reitz in the Class 4A semistate at Seymour. The Wisconsin-Green Bay recruit finished his career with 1,092 points as the Red Devils completed their season with a 26-4 record.

        The 6-0 James played a huge role in helping Barr-Reeve to 56-54 victory over Clay City in a Class A semistate at Seymour. He tallied 17 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter while adding five rebounds, four assists and one steal for the Vikings (26-2). For the game, James made 6-of-9 shots, 3-of-3 3-pointers and 11-of-12 free throws, including two freebies that gave his team the lead for good. Barr-Reeve is in the State Finals for the fifth time.

        Stein provided Reitz an all-around game in the Panthers' 92-75 win over Richmond at Seymour. The 6-3 wing netted 27 points with eight rebounds and six assists as Reitz improved to 29-1 and earned the program's second berth in the State Finals and first trip since 1951. He made 8-of-13 shots, including 1-of-1 from long range, plus 10-of-15 free throws.

        This is the seventh season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program and the third season it is presented by Subway Restaurants of Indiana, a banner sponsor of the IBCA. Subway, in its fifth season as an IBCA sponsor, 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. Boys winners will be chosen through the week following March 28. Girls' honors concluded following games of March 7.


Other nominees for Week 19 (2014-15)

        District 1 boys -- Ryan Fazekas, Marquette Catholic; Jadon Grundy, South Bend Riley; Anthony Harris, Griffith; Roman Penn, Hammond Noll; Joe Veracco, Fort Wayne Dwenger.

        District 2 boys -- Austin Compton, Frankton; Matt Holba, Guerin Catholic; Chris Nunn, Liberty Christian; Kobe Webster, Park Tudor.

        District 3 boys -- Brandt Nowaskie, Vincennes Lincoln; Austin Robertson, Linton; Trevor Singer, Clay City.


2014-15 winners

        Nov. 10-15 -- District 1 girls: Claire Cromer, Wabash. District 2 girls: Lindsey Corsaro, Roncalli. District 3: Ali Patberg, Columbus North, and Jackie Young, Princeton.

        Nov. 17-22 -- District 1 girls: Darby Maggard, Fort Wayne Canterbury. District 2 girls: Alexis Shannon, Noblesville. District 3 girls: Kaitlynn Henning, Charlestown.

        Nov. 24-29 -- District 1 boys: Hyron Edwards, East Chicago Central. District 1 girls: Skylar Ostrowski, DeKalb. District 2 boys: Luke Callahan, Danville. District 2 girls: Jayla Scaife, Muncie Central. District 3 boys: Ryan Welage, Greensburg. District 3 girls: Dominique McBryde, Bedford North Lawrence.

        Dec. 1-6 -- District 1 boys: Devin Cannady, Mishawaka Marian. District 1 girls: Jordyn Frantz, NorthWood. District 2 boys: K.J. Walton, Brownsburg. District 2 girls: Kristen Spolyar, Lebanon. District 3 boys: Everett Duncan, Evansville Harrison, and Andrew Scott, South Knox. District 3 girls: Jackie Young, Princeton.

        Dec. 8-13 -- District 1 boys -- Wes Davidson, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian. District 1 girls -- Riley Popplewell, South Central (Union Mills). District 2 boys -- C.J. Walker, Indianapolis Tech. District 2 girls -- Destiny Perkins, Richmond. District 3 boys -- Jaylen Minnett, Terre Haute South. District 3 girls -- Emily Sullivan, Evansville Memorial, and Jackie Young, Princeton.

        Dec. 15-20 -- District 1 boys -- Reontre Lawrence, South Bend Riley. District 1 girls -- Darby Maggard, Fort Wayne Canterbury. District 2 boys -- Jimmy King, Roncalli. District 2 girls -- Sydney Shelton, Mt. Vernon (Fortville). District 3 boys -- Josh Speidel, Columbus North. District 3 girls -- Michaela Kikendall, Morristown.

        Dec. 22-27 -- District 1 boys -- Sean McGee, Fort Wayne North. District 1 girls -- Deja Wimby, Fort Wayne Snider. District 2 boys -- Joey Brunk, Southport. District 2 girls -- Brooke Sugg, Fishers. District 3 boys -- Ryan Welage, Greensburg. District 3 girls -- Olivia Crozier, Madison.

        Dec. 29-Jan. 3 -- District 1 boys -- Ryan Topper, Bremen. District 1 girls -- Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead. District 2 boys -- Dylan Windler, Perry Meridian. District 2 girls -- Kristen Spolyar, Lebanon. District 3 boys -- Nick Macon, Madison. District 3 girls -- Jackie Young, Princeton.

        Jan. 5-10 -- District 1 boys -- Chandler Aspy, Westview, and Johnny Rosenbaum, LaCrosse. District 1 girls -- Dana Evans, Gary West. District 2 boys -- Pat Bacon, Lawrence North. District 2 girls -- Lindsey Corsaro, Roncalli. District 3 boys -- Josh Speidel, Columbus North. District 3 girls -- Baylee Krueger, Jennings County.

        Jan. 12-17 -- District 1 boys -- Caleb Swanigan, Homestead. District 1 girls -- Kyleigh Kubik, LaPorte. District 2 boys -- Chandler Spring, Covington. District 2 girls -- Lamina Cooper, Lawrence North. District 3 boys -- Lane Weaver, Mooresville. District 3 girls -- Maddie Roark, Trinity Lutheran, and Kayana Traylor, Martinsville.

        Jan. 19-24 -- District 1 boys -- Damien Jefferson, East Chicago Central, and Justin McCoy, Garrett. District 1 girls -- Darby Maggard, Fort Wayne Canterbury. District 2 boys -- Harris Brown, Indianapolis Howe. District 2 girls -- Laurhen Pickett, Twin Lakes. District 3 boys -- Ryan Welage, Greensburg. District 3 girls -- Claire Rauck, Providence.

        Jan. 26-31 -- District 1 boys -- Hyron Edwards, East Chicago Central. District 1 girls -- Kaitlin Doud, Portage, and Michal Miller, Michigan City. District 2 boys -- Skyler Kolli, International. District 2 girls -- Kristen Spolyar, Lebanon. District 3 boys -- Jaelan Sanford, Evansville Reitz. District 3 girls -- Sierra Hudson, Shakamak.

        Feb. 2-7 -- District 1 boys -- Ben Jackson, Gary Lighthouse CPA. District 1 girls -- Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead. District 2 boys -- Ryan Curry, New Palestine. District 2 girls -- Jessica Organ, Riverton Parke. District 3 boys -- Robert West, Evansville North. District 3 girls -- Zuriel Sanders, Evansville Central.

        Feb. 9-14 -- District 1 boys -- Joe Line, Fairfield. District 1 girls -- Emma Wolfe, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers. District 2 boys -- Matt Holba, Guerin Catholic. District 2 girls -- Sydney Shelton, Mt. Vernon (Fortville). District 3 boys -- Myles Ervin, Floyd Central. District 3 girls -- Jackie Young, Princeton.

        Feb. 16-21 -- District 1 boys -- Ryan Fazekas, Marquette Catholic, and Paul Forman, Churubusco. District 1 girls -- Anne Secrest, Tippecanoe Valley. District 2 boys -- Luke Callahan, Danville, and Ryan Cline, Carmel. District 2 girls -- Brittany Ward, Pike. District 3 boys -- Gannon Myers, Martinsville, and Ben Sellers, Evansville Mater Dei. District 3 girls -- Samantha Dewey, Triton Central.

        Feb. 23-28 -- District 1 boys -- Eugene German, Gary 21st Century Charter. District 1 girls -- Taylor Kranenburg, Oregon-Davis. District 2 boys -- Malik Bennett, Southport. District 2 girls -- Tyasha Harris, Heritage Christian. District 3 boys -- Matthew Husband, Lanesville. District 3 girls -- Ali Patberg, Columbus North.

        March 2-7 -- District 1 boys: Drew Hackett, Munster. District 1 girls: None. District 2 boys: Tahjai Teague, Pike. District 2 girls: Tyasha Harris, Heritage Christian, and Cameron Onken, Lafayette Central Catholic. District 3 boys: Austin Sappenfield, West Vigo. District 3 girls: Ali Patberg, Columbus North, and Jackie Young, Princeton.

        March 9-14 -- District 1 boys: Blake Berger, LaVille. District 2 boys: Cooper Neese, Cloverdale. District 3 boys: Ryan Welage, Greensburg.

        March 16-21 -- District 1 boys: Caleb Swanigan, Homestead. District 2 boys: Joel Okafor, Richmond. District 3 boys: Logan James, Barr-Reeve, and Alex Stein, Evansville Reitz.


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