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LIVE: Derek Smith Shootout championship

June 16, 2013

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Derek Smith Shootout: Friday’s scores

June 14, 2013

Friday’s scores from the 17th-annual Derek Smith Shootout at Valley and Doss High Schools in Louisville:

At Valley (Court 1)—Pleasure Ridge Park 64, Floyd Central 24; Iroquois 64, Clarksville 44; Floyd Central 56, North Oldham 55; Lanesville 79, Limestone, Ill., 75; Iroquois 68, Valley 35; Madison Central 56, Anderson County 43; Jeffersontown 67, Seymour 26; Lanesville 60, Southern 41; St. Xavier 56, Jeffersontown 53.

At Valley (Court 2)—Ballard 74, North Oldham 45; Montgomery County 67, Valley 37; Pleasure Ridge Park 72, Ballard 71, OT; Louisville Male 52, Southern 38; Montgomery County 56, Clarksville 53; Louisville Holy Cross 68, Trinity II 58; St. Xavier 66, Christian Academy, Ind., 35; Limestone, Ill., 66, Louisville Male 62; Christian Academy, Ind., 50, Seymour 48.

At Doss (Main Gym)—Manual 82, Doss 66; Bullitt East 64, Thornton Fractional North, Ill., 41; Doss 77, Owensboro 46; Manual 58, Providence 42; Central 70, Lexington Catholic 60; New Albany 57, Thornton Fractional North, Ill., 35; Butler 64, Charlestown 32; Central 71, Fairdale 56; Silver Creek 67, Lexington Catholic 60; Louisville Holy Cross vs. Collins, night.

At Doss (Auxiliary Gym)—Providence 41, Owensboro 37; New Albany 65, Seneca 26; Jeffersonville 63, Madison Central 58; Jeffersonville 79, Anderson County 53;Silver Creek 68, Fairdale 66; Bullitt East 54, Seneca 52; Trinity I 63, Fern Creek 26; Collins 54, Trinity II 52; Trinity I 60, Butler 52; Charlestown vs. Fern Creek, night.

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AUDIO: New Floyd Central boys’ basketball coach Mark Lieberman

June 1, 2013

Mark Lieberman, who was recently hired as Floyd Central’s boys’ basketball coach, sat down with Matt Denison last Thursday on the High School Sports Report radio program on 1450 The Sports Buzz WXVW.

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Mark Lieberman new boys’ coach at Floyd Central

May 13, 2013

Mark LiebermanMark Lieberman was approved by a 5-2 vote Monday night as Floyd Central’s new boys’ varsity basketball coach.

“I’m always excited for a new challenge,” Lieberman told Hoosier Hills Hoops immediately following the school board meeting. “We can’t look back, we’re going to look forward … I want to help create a culture on this team of excitement. I know it’s going to be a process, and I’m looking forward to that.”

Lieberman spent two years working under University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino — one as an assistant coach and one as director of basketball operations. Lieberman most recently served on the coaching staff at Florida International, his alma mater, this past season under Pitino’s son, Richard.

Prior to coaching at the collegiate ranks, Lieberman was at Monsignor Pace High School for 13 seasons, leading the Miami prep power to four state championships as head coach and one as assistant. He compiled a 335-95 record while head coach.

“(Indiana high school basketball) is a hot bed, a mecca. It’s legendary,” he said. “I’m excited for this challenge.”

Lieberman replaced Randy Gianfagna, who compiled a 63-93 in his seven seasons.

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AUDIO: New Seymour boys’ coach Kyle Clough

May 10, 2013

Kyle Clough, who was named Seymour boys’ basketball coach on Wednesday, joined Matt Denison via telephone on Thursday’s High School Sports Report radio program on 1450 The Sports Buzz.

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Chris Whitehead accepts Division I opportunity at Fordham

April 26, 2013

Chris WhiteheadAfter two years of junior college to improve academics, New Albany native Chris Whitehead will finish his college basketball career at the Division I level.

Whitehead, a Class of 2011 high school graduate, gave a verbal commitment Friday to Fordham University in New York City.

“I think I have a good shot to get some playing time right away,” said Whitehead, who is finishing spring classes at Danville Area Community College in Danville, Illinois. “That was the main thing. All I want to do is play, especially coming out of junior college.”

The former Bulldog star was named a National Junior College Athletic Association Division II first-team All-American, helping Danville Area to a 28-4 record with averages of 12.3 points and 4.8 assists per game. He was also honored as Region 24 and Mid-West Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

“I expect to get an opportunity to handle the ball and get in the lane and make plays,” added Whitehead, who intends to sign a National Letter of Intent with his new school Monday.

Fordham, a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, finished 7-24 last season.

“I played with the (Fordham) team twice during my visit and felt like I could help them,” he said. “You can always turn (a bad record) around.”

Whitehead had collected scholarship offers from Southern Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Northern Colorado and Tulane, among others, Danville head coach Mike Carpenter told Hoosier Hills Hoops.

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