BENNETT'S MINUTES: County hoopsters earn state honors

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
South Putnam's Allen Plunkett was one of four Putnam County players honored by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association for the 2017-18 season.
Banner Graphic/JOEY BENNETT

With the conclusion of the high school basketball season with Saturday’s state finals, the post-season honor squads and all-star game rosters have been announced — with several Putnam County players receiving mention.

Numerous other opponents of Putnam County teams are also mentioned on the various squads and are marked in bold face in the accompanying lists.

Here is a summary of each list or event for Putnam County players:

IBCA/Subway All-State

Cloverdale’s Jalen Moore was chosen to the first team of the Small School All-State team, while Greencastle’s Colin York was given honorable mention.

South Putnam’s Allen Plunkett and Greencastle’s Gavin Bollman received honorable mention on the Underclass Small School All-State team.

IBCA Top 60 Workout

Moore and York were both invited to participate in the event, which will be Saturday in Beech Grove.

Both players are out of state on spring break and will not be able to participate.

It is yet unknown what effect Moore’s absence will have on his candidacy for the Indiana All-Star team. He was not included on the IBCA Supreme 15 team with Romeo Langford and the top-ranked players considered locks for the Indiana All-Stars.

Attendance is not required for the event to make the All-Star team.

IndyStar Junior All-Stars

Plunkett and Bollman both surely merited consideration for this group, which will play similar teams from Kentucky and the senior Indiana All-Star team.

The Central Group did not include other nearby standouts such as Monrovia’s Max Newman, but did include Connor Jones of Danville and Manual Brown of Indianapolis Scecina.

Moore and Cooper Neese have been Junior All-Stars the past two summers.

North-South Indiana All-Star Classic

Moore will be a member of the North Team in the boys’ game at Martinsville on April 7.

He will be coached by Clover head coach Patrick Rady and Criss Beyers, head coach of the undefeated Class 4A state champion Warren Central team.

Moore’s teammates will include Tyler Watson of Tri-West and Jared DeHart of Indian Creek, as well as Indiana recruit Damezi Anderson of South Bend Riley and Purdue recruit Eric Hunter Jr. of Indianapolis Tindley.

Lincoln Trail College All-Star Spring Classic

York will play in this game on April 6 at Robinson, Ill.

Rosters have not yet been released, but will be published when available.

Game time is approximately 8:30 p.m. (Indiana time) for the boys’ game.

College choices

No further word on the college homes for Moore or York.

Moore has received recent interest from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. The Cardinals are a Division I program that competes in the Southland Conference.

The school recently hired Indiana native and former Purdue player Carson Cunningham as its head coach, and as often happens such coaches immediately turn to their home state to find talent for their first teams at their new schools.

York is still deciding between a list of small schools including Franklin, Anderson and Wabash.

Other odds and ends

• Last week, we were able to make a big dent in overdue college signing stories during a rare break from daily activities. There are still several yet to be written, and several signings yet to take place.

From opposing schools, basketball players recently making commitments included Justin Clary of North Montgomery (Franklin), Dalton DuBois of Cascade (Anderson) and Jared DeHart of Indian Creek (Bethel).

• South Putnam junior Drew Bratcher has made a verbal commitment to play softball at DePauw.

She was a third-team all-state performer as a freshman.

Best wishes to her little sister, Alex, in her recovery from labrum surgery.

Bratcher is hopeful of recovering in time for next basketball season, in which she seeks to help the Eagles to a third straight sectional title.

• New Albany’s Romeo Langford has yet to make a decision, but appears to be staying on track with his stance all along that he would decide in late April.

He will be playing in the McDonald’s All-Star Game on Wednesday night in Philadelphia (7 p.m., ESPN).

Langford is the highest-ranked uncommitted player, and does not appear to have made changes in his list of final three schools that includes Indiana, Vanderbilt and Kansas.

Langford was as genuinely sincere as possible this year, staying after games for as long as two hours to sign autographs for any fan who wanted one.

It hardly seems like he is going to pull one of those idiotic shows with a row of hats that players pick up and put back down, until they reach the right one.

He has granted IU his last visit later this month before making a decision.

• The weather so far this spring has hardly been beneficial for the start of practice for Putnam County diamond sports.

I imagine that the bad weather, an increase in the number of people who travel out of town on spring break and the lack of time to pursue baseball or softball at a travel level by multisport athletes have all led to the reduced numbers that many programs are experiencing.

I know South Putnam softball had a healthy turnout this year, but many other teams have had to cancel junior varsity schedules due to low numbers.

I doubt the junior varsity county tourneys for either baseball or softball will ever happen again, which is a loss for the younger player who needs at-bats and innings but isn’t quite ready yet for the varsity level.

• The boys’ state finals on Saturday did not have a lot of close games, but still offered a great day of basketball.

Morristown routed Southwood in the 1A game, while Oak Hill topped Forest Park in 2A and Culver Academies beat Evansville bosse in the 3A game.

Warren Central completed an undefeated season by winning the 4A game over Carmel, becoming the only school other than Oregon-Davis in 2007 to win boys’ and girls’ state titles in the same year.

Congrats to all the winners.

Basketball post-season honor teams

(Names of Putnam County players, opponents in bold face)


Supreme 15

Damezi Anderson, SB Riley

Johnny Bernard, Merrillville

Gavin Bizeau, Plainfield

Derrick Briscoe, Indpls Attucks

Alec Burton, Danville

Jarron Coleman, Cathedral

Chance Coyle, Bloomington South

Kevin Easley, Lawrence North

Sean East, New Albany

Aaron Henry, Ben Davis

Eric Hunter, Tindley

Mekhi Lairy, Evansville Bosse

Romeo Langford, New Albany

Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon

Craig Porter, Terre Haute South

Large School All-State

Chaz Birchfield, Hamilton SE

Asher Blum, FW South

Austin Boucher, FW North

Shamar Dillard, SB Riley

Robin Duncan, Evansville Harrison

Bailey Falkenstein, Jeffersonville

Luke Gohmann, Floyd Central

Christian Harvey, Richmond

Arius Jones, Carroll (FW)

Garrett Silcott, Connersville

Dean Tate, Warren Central

D’Angelo Ware, Evansville Bosse

De’Avion Washington, TH South

Tyler Watson, Tri-West

Myja White, Brebeuf Jesuit

Small School All-State

Spencer Ballinger, Oak Hill

Carson Blair, Southwood

Sam Englert, Forest Park

DeAndre Gholston, Gary 21st Century

Tony Hopkins, Indpls Howe

Hayden Langkabel, Morristown

Caleb Middlesworth, Oak Hill

Jalen Moore, Cloverdale

Jalan Mull, FW Blackhawk Christian

Spencer Pettit, Covington

Peyton Trexler, Southwood

Addison True, Eastern Hancock

Nick Walker, Henryville

Landon Weins, Frankton

Peyton West, Wapahani

Honorable Mention

Cody Albin, Bishop Chatard

Anthony Anderson, Indpls Tech

Anthony Barnard, Kokomo

Chris Beezhold, Covenant Christian (DeMotte)

Brandon Bellamy, Indpls Howe

Brigham Booe, Northview

Kooper Broeker, Knox

Terrance Browning-Sloan, Rock Creek Academy

Sam Buck, Homestead

Jaylin Chinn, Evansville Bosse

Justin Clary, North Montgomery

Bryce Cook, Tri-County

Riley Cook, Lanesville

Stephen Cook, Christian Academy of Indiana

Antwaan Cushingberry, Warren Central

Jeremy Davison, Leo

Ty Drake, Sullivan

Dalton DuBois, Cascade

Justin DuPree, Centerville

Onye Ezeakudo, Homestead

Brandon Fickling, South Knox

Nathan Fleenor, Evansville Harrison

Jaylen Flemmons, Columbus North

James Gardener, New Haven

Thabit Gault, Mississinewa

Mitchell Geller, Huntington North

Jaylen Gilbert, Rensselaer Central

Aaron Hahn, Woodlan

Ryan Hale, Daleville

Jay Hammel, South Newton

Jaylon Holmes, Merrillville

J.D. Hoover, Blackford

Jack Hansen, Guerin Catholic

Jamal Harris, Indpls Attucks

Chayton Howard, Edgewood

David Howard, University

Mike Jones, Indpls Metropolitan

Marell Jordan, Lafayette Jeff

Chase Kinsey, Shenandoah

Tyler Koelling, East Central

Matt Krause, West Lafayette

Logan Kruse, DeKalb

Zach Latham, New Haven

Donta’ Long, Lake Station Edison

Caleb Lung, NorthWood

Daniel Lusk, Forest Park

Austin Lyons, Lapel

Ryan Mansbarger, Eastbrook

Murphy McEwen, Clarksville

Cory McKinney, SB Washington

Donyell Meredith, Lawrence Central

Benito Munoz, Lafayette Harrison

Zach Munson, Guerin Catholic

Bryant Nalley, Pike Central

Israel Nash, Monroe Central

Wes Obermeier, Gibson Southern

William O’Connor, Greenfield-Central

Jalen Oliver, Hagerstown

Bennie Patterson, Tri-County

Dylan Penn, Evansville Memorial

Austin Peterson, Chesterton

Chandler Pitts, Maconaquah

Micah Poole, Indpls Attucks

Garrett Pumphrey, Camb. City Lincoln

Jeff Reynolds, Greenwood

Michael Roberson, Central Christian

Carson Roeske, Hebron

Glen Rouch, Boonville

Weston Sage, Elkhart Christian

Kellen Schreiber, Roncalli

Langston Stalling, Bowman Academy

Christian Stewart, Clarksville

Isaiah Stockman, Bedford North Lawrence

Eli Streeval, Morristown

Brayton Strohmeyer, Mooresville

Collin Stroup, Clinton Prairie

Jonah Switzer, Laf Central Catholic

Miles Tracy, Cardinal Ritter

Jamil Turner-Hall, Indpls Howe

Trey Waddups, Pioneer

Kenny Washington, Beech Grove

Hunter Weedin, Salem

Christian Wells, Muncie Central

River West, Whitko

Noah Williams, Christian Academy

Niah Williamson, New Castle

Colin York, Greencastle


Supreme 15

Cameron Alford, Brownsburg

Cobie Barnes, Floyd Central

David Bell, Warren Central

Keion Brooks Jr., FW North

Luke Bumbalough, New Castle

Armaan Franklin, Cathedral

Trey Galloway, Culver Academy

Mason Gillis, New Castle

Alex Hemenway, Castle

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove

Dawand Jones, Ben Davis

Anthony Leal, Bloomington South

John Michael Mulloy, Carmel

Brandon Newman, Valparaiso

Isaiah Thompson, Zionsville

Large School All-State

Ali Ali, East Noble

Noah Applegate, Penn

Brayton Bailey, Bedford-NL

Ethan Brittain-Watts, Culver Academy

Deontae Craig, Culver Academy

David Ejah, Carroll (FW)

Jared Hankins, Lawrence North

Connor Jones, Danville

Zach Kuhn, Shelbyville

Jakobie Robinson, Warren Central

Tayson Parker, Northwestern

Kolten Sanford, Evanville North

Sam Skaggs, Logansport

Andrew Welage, Greensburg

Craig Young Jr., FW Wayne

Small School All-State

Carson Barrett, Lafayette Central Catholic

Paxon Bartley, Wood Memorial

Braeden Beard, Tell City

Manuel Brown, Indpls Scecina

Frankie Davidson, FW Blackhawk Christian

Rylan Detling, Frankton

Carson Dolezal, Tipton

Caleb Furst, FW Blackhawk Christian

Elijah Hales, Westview

Dallas Holmes, Southwood

Colin Kenney, Marquette Catholic

Kayden Key, Frankton

Tyler Kramer, Southwestern (Hanover)

Keegan O’Neill, Barr-Reeve

Luke Richardson, Lapel

Honorable Mention

Nathan Aerts, Valparaiso

Simon Banks, Brebeuf Jesuit

Murray Becher, Heritage Hills

Harold Bennett, Indpls Attucks

Jesse Bingham, Warren Central

Michael Boshears, Brownstown Central

Gavin Bollman, Greencastle

Brett Bosley, Paoli

Luke Brown, Blackford

Josh Bryan, Delta

Drew Buhr, Austin

Colin Burton, Washington Township

Logan Carter, Evansville Mater Dei

Nathan Childress, Zionsville

Luke Collinsworth, East Central

Drew Comer, Greensburg

Trenton Daughtry, Wabash

Davion Davis, Calumet

Dre Davis, Lawrence Central

Johnell Davis, Gary 21st Century

Sam DeVault, Evansville Memorial

Zach Dove, Princeton

Jon Eineman, Mooresville

Jared Englert, Jasper

Trevor Eppert, North Vermillion

Aaron Etherington, Hamilton Southeastern

Rowan Farrell, McCutcheon

Trey Gallope, Elkhart Memorial

Will Geiger, Norwell

Maximus Gizzi, New Palestine

Gabe Gladish, Barr-Reeve

Kaden Gongwer, NorthWood

Nolan Groninger, Warsaw

Zane Gross, Silver Creek

Xavier Haendiges, Salem

Payton Hall, Benton Central

Gavin Hess, Beech Grove

Jordan Higgins, River Forest

Curt Hopf, Forest Park

Julien Hunter, New Albany

Capone Johnson, Eastbrook

Jalen Johnson, Indpls Manual

Hayden Jones, East Noble

Noah Jordan, Indpls Metropolitan

Gabe Klinker, West Lafayette

Calvin Larkin, Winamac

Tim Lawson, Griffith

Ty Lawson, Paoli

Logan Laster, Morristown

Dominic Lucido, Hanover Central

Drew Lutz, Penn

Zac Mago, John Glenn

Mabor Majak, Hamilton Southeastern

Maurion Martin, Portage

Daniel McKeeman, Carroll (FW)

Sincere McMahon, Tindley

Colson Montgomery, Southridge

Jevon Morris, Munster

Max Newman, Monrovia

Landon Newnum, Rockville

Lane Meyer, Greensburg

Brennan Neal, Whiteland

Andrew Owens, Carmel

Nijel Pack, Lawrence Central

Avery Paddock, Alexandria

Eli Pancol, Pendleton Heights

Will Penny, Logansport

Spencer Piercefield, Center Grove

Allen Plunkett, South Putnam

Spencer Reist, Brebeuf Jesuit

Cory Richards, Franklin

Josiah Ricketts, North Posey

Bryant Robinson, Goshen

Kyle Ross, Andrean

Simon Scherry, Heritage Hills

Brandon Scott, Hammond Noll

Amari Sherrod, Bowman Academy

Blake Sisley, Heritage Hills

Noah Smith, Hamilton Southeastern

Hayden Smithey, FW Dwenger

Nate Soltis, Cardinal Ritter

Reid Staggs, Martinsville

Trevor Taylor, Edgewood

Kenny Tracy, Decatur Central

Stephan Wilkerson, Princeton

Jalen Windham, Ben Davis

Charlie Yoder, Westview


Saturday at Beech Grove

Demezi Anderson, SB Riley

Spencer Ballinger, Oak Hill

Anthony Barnard, Kokomo

Chris Beezhold, Covenant Christian (DeMotte)

Johnny Bernard, Merrillville

Chaz Birchfield, Hamilton SE

Asher Blum, Fort Wayne South

Austin Boucher, Fort Wayne North

Derrick Briscoe, Indpls Crispus Attucks

Caleb Brown, Indpls Broad Ripple

James Burns, Lafayette Jeff

Jaylin Chinn, Evansville Bosse

Kobe Clancy, Indpls Scecina

Jarron Coleman, Indpls Cathedral

Chance Coyle, Bloomington South

Antwaan Cushingberry, Warren Central

Jeremy Davison, Leo

Trejean Didier, Fort Wayne South

Shamar Dillard, SB Riley

Kevin Easley, Lawrence North

Sean East, New Albany

Bailey Falkenstein, Jeffersonville

DeAndre Gholston, Gary 21st Century

Jaylen Gilbert, Rensselaer Central

Luke Gohmann, Floyd Central

Jack Hansen, Guerin Catholic

Jamal Harris, Indpls Crispus Attucks

Michael Hemingway, Mishawaka Marian

Aaron Henry, Ben Davis

DeKei Hines, Gary Roosevelt

J.D. Hoover, Blackford

Tony Hopkins, Indpls Howe

Eric Hunter, Tindley

Tyler Koelling, East Central

Matt Krause, West Lafayette

Mekhi Lairy, Evansville Bosse

Romeo Langford, New Albany

Hayden Langkabel, Morristown

Donald Lee, North Central (Marion)

Cory McKinney, SB Washington

Donyell Meredith II, Lawrence Central

Caleb Middlesworth, Oak Hill

Steve Miller, Pike

Israel Nash, Monroe Central

Dylan Penn, Evansville Memorial

Garrett Pumphrey, Cambridge City Lincoln

Michael Roberson, Central Christian Academy

Kellen Schreiber, Roncalli

Garrett Silcott, Connersville

Langston Stalling, Bowman Academy

Eli Streeval, Morristown

Collin Stroup, Clinton Prairie

Richard Suggs, Terre Haute North

Dean Tate, Warren Central

Adison True, Eastern Hancock

Nick Walker, Henryville

De’angelo Ware, Evansville Bosse

De’Avion Washington, TH South

Kenny Washington, Beech Grove

Christian Wells, Muncie Central

Peyton West, Wapahani

Hunter White, Pike

Myja White, Brebeuf Jesuit


SELECTED BUT UNABLE TO ATTEND: Robin Duncan, Evansville Harrison; Gavin Bizeau, Plainfield; Christian Harvey, Richmond; Jalen Moore, Cloverdale; Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon; Colin York, Greencastle.



Keion Brooks Jr., 6-8, F, Fort Wayne North, undecided

Armaan Franklin, 6-5, G, Cathedral, undecided

Mason Gillis, 6-7, F, New Castle, undecided

Trayce Jackson-Davis, 6-9, F, Center Grove, undecided

Brandon Newman, 6-4, G, Valparaiso, undecided

Isaiah Thompson, 6-0, G, Zionsville, Purdue


Noah Applegate, 6-6, G, Penn, undecided

Ali Ali, 6-7, F, East Noble, undecided

Ethan Brittain-Watts, 6-0, G, Culver Military Academy, undecided

Elijah Hales, 6-4, G, Westview, undecided

Colin Kenney, 6-1, G, Marquette Catholic, undecided

Craig Young, Jr., 6-5, F, Fort Wayne Wayne, undecided


Manuel Brown, 6-1, G, Scecina, undecided

Luke Bumbalough, 6-0, G, New Castle, undecided

Connor Jones, 6-3, G, Danville, undecided

Dawand Jones, 6-7, C, Ben Davis, undecided

John Michael Mulloy, 6-10, F, Carmel

Sam Skaggs, 6-0, G, Logansport, undecided


Cameron Alford, 6-1, G, Brownsburg, undecided

David Bell, 6-3, G, Warren Central, undecided

Cobie Barnes, 6-6, F, Floyd Central, undecided

Jared Hankins, 6-4, G, Lawrence North, undecided

Alex Hemenway, 6-4, G, Castle, undecided

Zach Kuhn, 6-4, G, Shelbyville, undecided


Head coach: Matt English, Beech Grove

Assistant coaches: Scott McClelland, Morristown; Rob Yoder, Westview

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  • The kid from Covington , porter from THS, and Howard from Edgewood are all opponents of county schools that were missed being highlighted ...

    -- Posted by Putnam County Fan on Tue, Mar 27, 2018, at 12:42 PM
  • Also the Cloverdale faced the scecina and Shenandoah players were also not in bold ...

    -- Posted by Putnam County Fan on Tue, Mar 27, 2018, at 12:45 PM
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