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Chris Beam to sign with Olney Central College

June 13, 2009

Recent Borden graduate Chris Beam will sign a partial scholarship today with Olney Central College, a junior college located in Olney, Ill.

The 6-foot-1 point guard expects to red shirt his first season.

“I really like their coach (Mike Burris) and the campus is nice,” he said. “I like the fact that it’s a two-year college. I hope to get stronger and then go to a bigger school.”

Borden coach Doc Nash, who attended Olney Central for two years before finishing out at Manchester College, agrees that Beam is headed to a good program.

“It’s a great opportunity (for Chris),” Nash added. “(Chris) has a golden opportunity to play at a higher level after a few seasons. He’s going to get a lot of exposure that he didn’t get at the high school level.”

Olney Central, which competes in the noted Great Rivers Athletic Conference, finished last season with a 20-10 record.

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Freshmen-to-be Baker invited to IU’s ‘elite camp’

June 13, 2009

Darryl BakerJeffersonville freshman-to-be Darryl Baker quickly is becoming one of the area’s most noted prospects to follow.

Baker is playing “up” two grade classifications this spring and summer with Team Southern Indiana’s 2011 squad, and was invited this weekend to attend Indiana University’s “elite camp.”

The two-day camp, which wraps up tomorrow, is a gathering of players recognized to be on IU’s recruiting radar.

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Henryville finishes 4-1 at Indiana State team camp

June 13, 2009

Henryville was in Terre Haute Friday and Saturday competing at Indiana State’s team camp, and coach Perry Hunter reports the trip was a good showing for his team.

Henryville finished the round-robin event with a 4-1 record, beating South Spencer 64-24, Wood Memorial 48-45, Indianapolis Attucks 50-49 and Nebraska City (Neb.) 37-20.

The Hornets’ only loss came versus Calumet.

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Jeffersonville’s Kegan Clark sets two college trips

June 11, 2009

Jeffersonville senior-to-be Kegan Clark has scheduled unofficial college visits to Eastern Illinois and Western Kentucky.

Clark, a 6-foot-3 forward, will visit Eastern Illinois on June 16 and Western Kentucky on Aug. 7-8. He also will participate in each school’s “elite camp” with other potential recruits while on campus.

The entire Jeffersonville team participated last weekend in a one-day high school team event at Wright State, another Division I program showing solid interest in Clark.

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New Albany wins summer shootout at Marion

June 8, 2009

New Albany reeled off six straight victories last weekend en route to winning the Marion Shootout, a two-day, 32-team summer tournament for high school teams.

The Bulldogs cruised past Adams Central, Beech Grove and Marion in pool play on Saturday. In the tournament round, New Albany got past Delta and New Castle before knocking off Kokomo in the title game.

Both Donnie Hale and Chris Whitehead missed the semifinal and championship contests due to “minor injuries,” according to Bulldog coach Jim Shannon.

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IU recruit Carlino headed to Bloomington South

May 27, 2009

Matt CarlinoIndiana University recruit Matt Carlino, a Class of 2011 point guard from Arizona, will transfer to Bloomington South next school year, according to this blog at AZCentral.com:

Mark Carlino submitted his resignation as head boys basketball coach at Gilbert Highland today and will move to Bloomington, Ind., with his all-state son, Matt.

Matt Carlino, a 6-foot-3 point guard who was the Fiesta Region Player of the Year, will leave this week for Bloomington, where he will enroll at South High for his final two prep seasons. South is one of Indiana’s premier programs. He committed to Indiana before his sophomore season, one in which he led Highland to the Class 5A Division I final.

“A lot of people will say a lot of things but Matt and myself have a lot of great feelings not only about Arizona and Arizona basketball but a lot of the people involved in it, as well,” said Mark Carlino, who will make the move himself in early June.

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