IHSA executive director wants public and private schools to remain in all-inclusive postseason format

Illinois High School Executive Director Marty Hickman issued a statement that he wants public and private schools to continue to play together in postseason.

“The size and diversity of our membership create unique challenges and I respect a school’s desire to use our legislative process to create change when they believe it is needed,” Hickman said. “However, the IHSA has managed to thrive for decades with public and private schools competing together in the State Series, and I personally do not believe that has to change now.”

West Suburban Conference administrators confirmed they will likely submit a proposal to separate public and private schools for the IHSA state series, according to The (Moline) Dispatch and Rock Island Argus.

There was a similar proposal in Kentucky years ago, but nothing changed. As far as I know, nothing formally has been proposed in Indiana concerning the public-private controversy, but the IHSAA did implement the “success factor” this past school year. Mater Dei’s girls’ basketball team was affected. After winning back-to-back Class 2A state championships in 2012 and ’13, the Wildcats were bumped up to 3A and finished second at state.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Former Castle star Becky Lis, current Boonville coach Mike Wilson honored

Former Castle High School softball standout and current Boonville coach Mike Wilson were inducted into the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Hall of Fame on Friday night at Indianapolis.

Lis was a first team all-stater in 1993 and South All-Star. She later starred in college at Southern Illinois, earning first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 1996 and ‘97. Lis was inducted into the SIU Hall in 2013.

One of the winningest coaches in Indiana state softball history, Wilson guided Boonville to four semistate titles and a Class 3A state championship in 2006.

Central’s Will Ray receives Hot Stove Coleman/Unfried Scholarship

Central High School third baseman-pitcher Will Ray was awarded the 2014 Bob Coleman/Joe Unfried Scholarship, given by the Tri-State Hot Stove League to the area’s top senior baseball player.

He hit .500 with 23 runs batted in for the Bears and was 3-3 on the mound with one save. The award also recognizes an athlete as a student and citizen. Ray was a member of several organizations, including the National Honor Society.

He was a first-team all-Southern Indiana Athletic Conference selection as a senior and sophomore and a second-teamer as a junior. Ray will play next season for Olney Central College.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Princeton’s Young offered by Tennessee, Kentucky

Princeton Community High School girls’ basketball standout Jackie Young has received scholarship offers from the University of Tennessee and Kentucky, swelling the list to eight.

Earlier, she received offers from Notre Dame, Louisville, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois and Vanderbilt.
Princeton coach Charlie Mair said Young may wait until she takes all six of her official visits as a senior before making a decision.
Young, a 6-foot guard, averaged 28.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists as a sophomore in leading the Tigers to a 21-1 record last winter. She was invited to try out for the USA U-17 team in May, but did not survive the final cut.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Harrison’s Everett Duncan receives scholarship offer from Vermont

Everett Duncan, a rising senior at Harrison High School, has received a scholarship offer from the University of Vermont’s basketball program, according to this tweet from Duncan’s AAU program.

Duncan, a 6-foot-6 wing, averaged 16.3 points for the Warriors last season. Everett’s brother, Ernie, will begin his freshman season with the Catamounts this fall. Based on Ernie’s congratulatory tweet, Vermont was the first program to offer Everett a scholarship.



IHSAA state softball pairings

(all times CDT)
At Indianapolis Ben Davis
Class A: North Daviess (18-11) vs. North Miami (30-4), 9:30 a.m.
Class 2A: South Spencer (26-5) vs. Southmont (23-6), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A: Gibson Southern (29-3) vs. Leo (26-6), 3:30 p.m.
Class 4A: Hamilton Southeastern (23-10) vs. Bloomington South (20-8), 6:30 p.m.