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Hulls selected for Kentucky Derby Festival game

March 17, 2009

Bloomington South guard Jordan Hulls will play in the 2009 Kentucky Derby Festival Classic in Louisville, Ky., on April 11, event organizers announced last week:

The Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic will have a strong local flavor when it is played at Freedom Hall next month.

Partial rosters for the 37th annual event were released today showing 10 of the 20 players headed to local universities. The game also has three McDonald’s All-Americans committed.

Among those on the list are four University of Louisville signees – Peyton Siva, Stephan Van Treese, Mike Marra and Rakeem Buckles. Also selected were Kentucky signees Jon Hood, Daniel Orton and G.J. Vilarino and future Indiana players Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek and Christian Watford.

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Q&A: Providence’s Nick Koetter

March 1, 2009

Nick KoetterProvidence senior Nick Koetter, who is preparing for his final sectional in a Pioneer uniform, is this week’s Q&A guest.

Hoosier Hills Hoops: It’s your senior year and the postseason has arrived. In your final go-around, what do you hope to bring to your team during the sectional tournament?

Koetter: I’ve been anxiously waiting for sectionals to arrive. Hopefully I can go out there and play my game and provide my team with a boost. This is my last year, so in my mind it’s all or nothing. We have a very competitive sectional this year, so it will be interesting to see what happens.

HHH: The Pioneers forced two overtime periods before falling short versus Jeffersonville. Tell us about that experience.

Koetter: It was pretty disappointing, really. I felt like we had the game in the bag, and then they hit a last-second shot to force another overtime before edging us out in the end. It definitely was not the best feeling. I wouldn’t change what happened, though, because I think we learned a lot from losing that game.

HHH: Providence coach Lou Lefevre has developed a reputation as one of Southern Indiana’s most intriguing coaches. Describe Lefevre and his style.

Koetter: Coach Lefevre is the best coach I have played for. He knows the game of basketball better than anyone I know. He expects each and every one of us to bring our all every day. I think the main reason he has been so successful is because he wants us to play smarter than the other team. He is always preaching to us how being smarter than the other team will win games. Over his five years at Providence, he has made each player a smarter basketball player. I have a lot of respect for him as a coach.

HHH: Looking back on your basketball career at Providence, what will you remember as your best memory?

Koetter: I will always remember beating New Albany and also going to the semistate my sophomore year. More importantly, I’ll always remember my teammates and the friends I have made throughout my career. They have made me the player I am.

HHH: What are your college plans? Do you anticipate playing basketball?

Koetter: I plan on attending Purdue and majoring in construction management. I don’t have any basketball (scholarship) offers yet, but I’ve definitely thought about walking on somewhere. I don’t know if I’m ready to end my career yet.

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Ryan erupts for 52 points, sets new school records

February 27, 2009

Colt Ryan poured in 52 points — and broke two school scoring records — as Batesville thumped Shelbyville 74-56 last night.

More from the Batesville Herald Tribune:

Batesville High School senior Colt Ryan turned in quite a memorable evening in his final home basketball game.

Ryan surpassed Michael Menser as the school all-time leading scorer. Ryan needed just four points entering the game against Shelbyville to pass the existing mark of 1,700 points. The game was stopped briefly to recognize his accomplishment. Menser was in attendance to present Ryan with the game ball.

In addition to breaking the career mark, the Indiana All-Star candidate went on to break the single game scoring record. Ryan poured in 52 points in just over three quarters of play to top Curt Clawson‘s previous mark of 51 points set in 1977.

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Bloomington South, New Albany hang on

February 26, 2009

Bloomington South 84, Decatur Central 72

IU recruit Jordan Hulls poured in 15 first-half points before breaking his nose, then returned in the fourth quarter to drop in six more points and help the visiting Panthers — ranked No. 1 in Class 4-A — complete a perfect 20-0 regular season campaign.

Spencer Turner added 18 points for South, netting five three-point baskets.

UPDATE: Hulls’ nose isn’t broken and he won’t be required to wear a protective mask in sectional play as originally thought, according to a Bloomington South assistant coach.

New Albany 58, Jasper 54

The No. 2 Bulldogs trailed by five at halftime but rallied to edge the host Wildcats.

TeNale Roland paced the Bulldogs with 15 points. Donnie Hale and Brett Martin added 10 a piece for New Albany, which sports a 42-game regular season winning streak.

Jasper was led by Ian Boone‘s 17.

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New Albany to play in Super Hoops Classic

February 26, 2009

New Albany will face Zionsville, a Class 4-A school located on the north side of Indianapolis, at Purdue’s Mackey Arena in the annual Super Hoops New Year Classic on Jan. 2, 2010, event officials announced today.

In all, the one-day shootout will feature eight games — one girls and seven boys:

  • 8:45 a.m. – Indianapolis Ben Davis vs. Fishers (girls)
  • 10:30 a.m. – Kankakee Valley vs. Fishers
  • 12:15 p.m. – Triton vs. Huntington North
  • 2:00 p.m. – Marion vs. Peru
  • 3:45 p.m. – Indianapolis North Central vs. LaPorte
  • 5:30 p.m. – New Albany vs. Zionsville
  • 7:15 p.m. – Warsaw vs. Noblesville
  • 9:00 p.m. – Carmel vs. Valparaiso

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