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Former Greencastle standout Allison Leer was honored for her efforts on the hardwood 25 years ago Monday

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Former Greencastle standout Allison Leer was honored for her efforts on the hardwood 25 years ago Monday.

Leer, along with 15 other women, was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's Silver Anniversary team, which recognizes Indiana's top high school seniors from 25 years earlier.

Leer, who graduated in 1981, led the Tiger Cubs 1980 team to the state semifinals. Greencastle lost to eventual State Champions Southport in a close game.

Mike Tzouanakis, who was an assistant coach on the team, still remembers the game well.

"We led the game in the first half, in fact I think we were even leading the third quarter," Tzouanakis said. "We just made a few mistakes that allowed them to come back."

Leer finished with 1,037 career points, which ranks second in school history to all-time Putnam County scoring leader Laura Ledbetter, who graduated in 1992.

Tzounakis remembers Leer as an excellent athlete and a leader on the court.

"She played guard and was an outstanding shooter," he said. "She was a great leader. The girls looked to her as the one to go to."

Former Greencastle Assistant Coach Doug Rose, currently Superintendent of Vincenness Community School Corporation, said Leer had an amazing work ethic, which showed not only on the basketball court, but also in the classroom.

"She was absolutely a class act young lady," Rose said. "I think she was in the top class, or at least top five, may."

Twenty-five years later, Rose also recalls Leer's soft, shooters touch.

"She was absolutely the best free throw shooter for a young leader that I ever coached," he said.

Other members of the anniversary team include Cheryl Cook of Indianapolis Washington, Shelley Brand Adlard of Evansville Reitz, Tonya Burns-Cohrs of Leo, Sue Morris Mills of Chesterton, Miranda Bryant Harding of Indianapolis Tech, Judy Burns Powell of Marion, Brenda Kelsay Simmons of Shelbyville, Lisa Krieg of Evansville North, Donna Lamping Hoeing of Batesville, Linda Mallender of Southport, Mary Beth Schueth-Cain of Indianapolis Perry Meridian, Leslie Seehafer Clodfelter of Benton Central, Vicki Vaughan of Lawrenceburg and Diane Windler of Benton Central.

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