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Terre Haute schools to join Conference Indiana in 2014-15

November 12, 2013

The membership of Conference Indiana will expand to include Terre Haute North and South high schools schools next year, it was announced Wednesday evening.

The principals of the current member schools, which includes Southern Indiana representatives Bloomington North, Bloomington South and Columbus North, voted unanimously to admit both schools into full membership effective for the 2014-15 school year.

“This action further enhances the academic, extracurricular and athletic excellence for which Conference Indiana is known,” a release from the conference stated. “All schools in the new Conference Indiana are excited about the future of the conference and what this action means for the students of Conference Indiana.”

Other current Conference Indiana members include Franklin Central, Perry Meridian and Southport.

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Michael Prichard named girls’ hoops coach at Charlestown

September 17, 2013

Charlestown native Michael Prichard was approved Tuesday night as Charlestown High School’s girls’ varsity basketball coach during a Greater Clark County Schools board meeting.

Prichard, a 1997 graduate of Charlestown, replaces Scott Matthews, who resigned last week before ever coaching a game.

“I understand where Coach Matthews is coming from,” Charlestown athletic director Chad Gilbert said of the former coaches’ surprising decision. “Spending time with his family is part of the reason I got out of coaching (at Jeffersonville). The timing wasn’t good for us, but we moved fast and got a great candidate.”

Prichard was captain of the school’s last single-class sectional champion team in 1997. He coached freshmen boys’ basketball at Charlestown from 2005-2008.

“It means a lot (to return to Charlestown) because I put in lots of hard work when I was there,” said Prichard, who was junior varsity girls’ coach at Eastern Pekin from 2009-2011. “To be able to get back to a community and school that I’m so passionate about is really exciting. (Charlestown) is something that’s never left me. No matter where I’ve been as a teacher and coach, something about Charlestown always stuck with me.”

The new Lady Pirates’ boss also had a brief stint in small-college basketball, serving as an assistant men’s coach at Spalding University in Louisville from 2008-2009.

Prichard has heard expectations about this year’s girls’ basketball team, and is ready to get the season underway. He will hold a team meeting Thursday.

“A lot of these girls have put in lots of time over the years to get where they’re at and I hope they continue to grow as players and student-athletes here at Charlestown,” he said. “I’m thankful for Chad (Gilbert) and the committee for this opportunity to give back.”

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The Michael Prichard file

September 17, 2013

Here’s a look at Michael Prichard, who was named Charlestown girls’ basketball coach on Tuesday night.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Junior varsity girls’ basketball coach at Eastern Pekin from 2009-2011.
  • Assistant men’s basketball coach at Spalding University, a NCAA Division III school in Louisville from 2008-09.
  • Freshmen boys’ basketball coach at Charlestown from 2005-2008.

PLAYER EXPERIENCE

  • Was captain of last single-class sectional championship team at Charlestown in 1997.
  • All-conference, sectional and regional player for Charlestown during th 1997 season.
  • Played NCAA Division II basketball at Ohio Valley in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

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Mousty transferring from IU women to Florida junior college

August 11, 2013

Jocelyn MoustyFormer Eastern Pekin standout Jocelyn Mousty has left the Indiana University women’s basketball program and will transfer to a junior college in Florida.

Mousty, a redshirt freshman for the Hoosiers, did not leave IU for disciplinary reasons, a school spokesperson said Thursday.

The 6-foot-3 forward announced Friday on Facebook that she will continue her collegiate hoops career at Santa Fe College in Gainesville.

“I have chosen to transfer to a school called Santa Fe in Florida to get a few things under wraps before I go back to Division I,” she wrote.

Mousty, an Indiana All-Star, averaged 19.2 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior for the Musketeers.

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Clarksville standout Andrew Jones selects college

August 8, 2013

Clarksville's Andrew JonesClarksville senior Andrew Jones knew after one campus visit that Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Ind., was the right fit.

“I’ve been thinking about (the school) ever since I took my first visit up there,” said Jones, who gave a verbal pledge Thursday afternoon to Holy Cross, a NAIA Division II program that competes in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. “It’s a smaller college and you get a lot more attention in the classroom. That stuff was attractive to me.

Jones received interest from an array of area small-colleges, and had recently been contacted by NCAA Division II powerhouse Bellarmine.

“I wanted to get far enough away but not too far so parents and family could be there to support me,” Jones said.

Jones, a 6-foot-2 guard for the Generals, expects to “mainly be a playmaker” at Holy Cross, he said.

“It’s a big relief to have (the recruiting process) over. We want to win another sectional and (advance) as far as we can in the tournament this year.”

HOLY CROSS COLLEGE AT A GLANCE

About: Holy Cross College is a Catholic, co-ed, residential college offering Bachelor or Arts degrees.

Location: A 150-acre wooded campus in Notre Dame, Ind., which is situated just north South Bend. Notre Dame is the home to three colleges: Notre Dame, St. Mary’s and Holy Cross.

Mascot: Saints.

Undergraduate enrollment: 450-500.

Athletics affiliation: NAIA Division II.

Conference: Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

2012-13 record: 14-18 overall; 9-15 in conference play.

Head coach: Mike McBride, who is entering his first season at the school. McBride, a former associate head coach at IU Southeast from 2004-2007,  comes to Holy Cross after five seasons as associate head coach as Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn.

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AUDIO: New Jeffersonville girls’ coach Michael Warren

August 7, 2013

Matt Denison recorded an interview Tuesday evening with Michael Warren, the new girls’ basketball coach at Jeffersonville, for 1450 The Sports Buzz WXVW. Warren talks about the opportunity to lead a high school program for the first time, switching from boys’ basketball to girls and more.

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