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TSI 2014 scores second-place finish

June 21, 2009

Team Southern IndianaTeam Southern Indiana 2014 fell in overtime 61-57 to the Focus, a Louisville-based 14 and under team, in this weekend’s Xtra Mile Fitness Classic at the Basketball Academy in Louisville, Ky.

In the loss, Madison’s Landon Perry scored a game-high 27 points. Brooks Howell, of Silver Creek, chipped in nine.

TSI 2014, coached by Justin Vollstedt, totaled a 3-1 record for the weekend.

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Austin, Jeffersonville turn in solid performances at Derek Smith Shootout

June 20, 2009

Austin and Jeffersonville were the lone Southern Indiana squads competing this week in Louisville at the Derek Smith Shootout, a popular summer event featuring many of Kentucky’s top high school teams.

And their representation of the area was strong.

Austin finished pool play with a 2-1 record, scoring a 63-61 win over Louisville (Ky.) Iroquois and a 60-33 victory over Grant County (Ky.). The Eagles fell 65-44 to Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier in their opening pool game.

In tournament play, Austin stunned Lexington Catholic (Ky.) 63-61 before being eliminated 71-69 in the second round by Pleasure Ridge Park (Ky.).

Jeffersonville was paired in pool play with some of Kentucky’s top teams. The Red Devils lost 66-62 to Warren Central (Ky.) and 67-50 to Louisville (Ky.) Ballard, but rebounded in their final pool contest to route Louisville (Ky.) Butler 78-63.

Jeffersonville ramped up in the tournament round, advancing to the quarterfinals before losing 66-55 to Louisville (Ky.) Eastern. The Red Devils shellacked Elliott County (Ky.) 81-56 in first-round play and knocked off a strong Henry County (Tenn.) group 79-74 in the second round.

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New Albany’s Donnie Hale has list of three

June 16, 2009

Donnie HalePurdue and Xavier have topped Donnie Hale‘s list of potential college choices for a long while.

But now the New Albany senior has a new school showing interest — Oklahoma State.

Hale traveled last weekend to the Cowboys’ Stillwater, Okla., campus for an unofficial visit.

“They showed me the facility and it’s amazing,” Hale said. “I just felt really comfortable with the way coach (Travis) Ford was talking. He seemed really interested, and I felt comfortable around their coaches and players. The Big 12 Conference is definitely big-time basketball.”

The 6-foot-8 forward also will visit Xavier’s “elite camp” on Sunday, where he expects to speak with new Musketeer coach Chris Mack. And Purdue, which has tendered Hale a scholarship offer, will host the entire New Albany squad in Mackey Arena at a team camp later this month.

“I really don’t have a favorite,” he added. “It’s pretty much those three right now.”

When AAU resumes in July, Hale will travel with his Spiece Indy Heat team to events in Louisville, Fort Wayne and Kansas City, among others, he said.

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Seymour’s Trimnell to visit South Alabama

June 16, 2009

Seymour senior Matt Trimnell will travel this weekend to Mobile, Ala., for an unofficial visit to South Alabama’s campus, his family said.

The 6-foot-3 forward also will participate in the school’s “elite camp.”

Trimnell, who averaged 18 points per game last season for the Owls, also has been invited to Western Kentucky’s camp in August.

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Bloomington South adds Illinois transfer

June 15, 2009

Bloomington South, the reigning Class 4-A state champion, has added a transfer from Charleston, Ill., Hoosier Hills Hoops confirmed today.

T.J. Bell, a 6-foot-8 wing forward, will join Indiana University recruit Matt Carlino, of Arizona, next season as new faces on the Panther roster.

The Illinois Prep Bulls-eye, a Illinois-based scouting service, offered lots of praise for Bell in this report:

Charleston’s T.J. Bell is hands down the #1 player in Illinois from the Class of 2012. Playing for the Mean Streets 15-under squad, Bell was spectacular when we watched his team’s tournament contest vs. the Wisconsin Swing. Bell has outstanding wing skills, as he has the ability to put the ball on the floor and consistently knock down shots all the way to 3-point land.  He is also highly athletic, has great hands and is an outstanding finisher. We also like the fact that he plays with intensity and also gets after it at the defensive end. It is no wonder that Bell has already drawn recruiting attention from the likes of both Indiana and Illinois with others certain to follow.

Bell’s mother, Quacy Timmons, is a former player and assistant coach for IU’s girls program.

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Kegan Clark lands first scholarship offer

June 15, 2009

It’s been quite a week for Jeffersonville star Kegan Clark.

The 6-foot-3 senior-to-be turned in a solid performance last Thursday for the Junior All-Stars in their scrimmage versus the Indiana All-Stars at New Albany.

And Saturday, Clark received his first scholarship offer — Wright State.

“(Wright State’s) campus is really nice and the coaches are cool,” said Clark, whose Jeffersonville team recently competed in a one-day shootout for high school teams at the school’s campus in Dayton, Oh. “I could definitely see myself playing there.”

Clark intends to complete the AAU circuit in July before making any decision.

“My plan is to finish out July and see what happens then,” he said.

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