Lyle commits to Ohio State

Former Bosse High School standout JaQuan Lyle made an oral commitment Thursday night to play basketball for Ohio State University, according to various reports.
Lyle planned to attend Oregon last fall, but did not fulfill all of his academic requirements. As a result, he is attending IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida this school year.
A 6-foot-5, 220-pound 4-star point guard, Lyle ranked No. 9 on the City’s all-time scoring list with 1,440 points in three seasons.
He spent his senior year at Huntington (West Virginia) Prep. Lyle was regarded as one of the Top 40 players in the 2015 recruiting class.

Princeton’s Young breaks career 2,000-point barrier

Princeton junior guard Jackie Young scored 17 of her game-high 26 points in the first half to eclipse the 2,000-point barrier in the host Tigers’ 53-36 victory over Jasper on Thursday night.

Young, who long ago became Gibson County’s career scoring leader regardless of gender, now has 2,001 points.

“It was great,” said Young, a Notre Dame commit who was averaging 32.8 points entering the game. “Honestly, coming into the game I wasn’t thinking about breaking the record. My teammates were feeding me and my shot was falling in the first half. I was just playing my normal game. I was not getting all hyped up about breaking a record. I let it come to me.”

Princeton, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, improved to 21-1 overall and wrapped up the Big Eight title with a perfect 6-0 mark. Jasper is 10-12, 4-2.

Engelhardt’s AP boys’ basketball ballot

Following is my ballot for The Associated Press boys’ basketball poll. The overall poll, from writers and broadcasters throughout the state, is expected to appear on the scoreboard page of Wednesday’s Courier & Press.

Class 4A
1. Reitz
2. Homestead
3. Indy N. Central
4. Southport
5. Carmel
6. New Albany
7. Indy Pike
8. Bloomington South
9. Lawrence North
10. Central
Class 3A
1. Mishawaka Marian
2. Leo
3. Brownstown
4. Silver Creek
5. Greensburg
6. Corydon
7. Griffith
8. Tri-West
9. Vincennes Lincoln
10. Jasper
Class 2A
1. Indy Park Tudor
2. Indy Attucks
3. Frankton
4. Northeastern
5. Indy Scecina
6. Indy Howe
7. Churubusco
8. Mater Dei
9. Lapel
10. South Knox
Class A
1. Covington
2. Barr-Reeve
3. Orleans
4. Liberty Christian
5. Mich. City Marquette
6. Fort Wayne Blackhawk
7. Laf. Cen. Catholic
8. Christian Academy
9. Clay City
10. Wood Memorial

Reitz’s Sanford joins City’s all-time 1,400-point club

Following are the updated members of the City’s 1,400-point club:

1. Jeremy Willis, 1,899 points (Day School, 1999)
2. Bob Ford, 1,815 (North, 1968)
3. Clint Keown 1,766 (Memorial, 1998)
4. Larry Weatherford 1,559 (Bosse, 1967)
5. *Everett Duncan 1,532 (Harrison, 2015)
6. Ernie Duncan 1,498 (Harrison, 2014)
7. Brian Miles 1,488 (North, 1983)
8. Levron Williams 1,469 (Bosse, 1997)
9. Daimian Garrett 1,442 (Reitz, 2008)
10. JaQuan Lyle 1,440 (Bosse, left after 2013; Huntington Prep, 2014)
11. *Jaelan Sanford 1,420 (Reitz, 2015)
12. Perry Fairrow 1,417 (Bosse, 2014)
13. Justin Hawkins 1,411 (Day School, 2005)
14. Cory Brunson 1,408 (Reitz, 1997)

*denotes active player

Castle grad Welch stuns nation’s No. 2-ranked wrestler at 157

Doug Welch, a redshirt junior from Castle High School, upset the nation’s second-ranked 157-pounder, James Green of host Nebraska, in the tiebreaker, 5-4, on Friday night. Welch was one of two Purdue wrestlers victorious in its 25-6 loss to the No. 12-ranked Cornhuskers.
“I believed in myself,” said Welch in a statement. “I was relaxed and ready to go. The coaches believe in us and I felt confident going into the match. (Head) Coach (Tony) Ersland stresses going out there and wrestling to the best of our ability. Wrestle hard and wrestle tough and the wins and losses will take care of themselves.”
The upset of Green (18-2) marks the highest-ranked foe Welch (19-6) has beaten in his college career.
Welch, twin brother Chad and younger brother Luke all wrestle for the Boilers.

Former Castle star Anderson helps lead Illinois State into FCS title game

Jon-Marc Anderson, a redshirt freshman from Castle High School, will help lead Illinois State (13-1) into the FCS national championship game aginst Missouri Valley Football Conference rival and three-time defending national champion North Dakota State (14-1) at 12:05 p.m. Saturday at Frisco, Texas.

After quarterback Tre Roberson ran for a 47-yard score to give the Redbirds a 19-18 lead over New Hampshire in the semifinals on Dec. 20, Anderson dove into the end zone for the two-point conversion. Anderson has made 11 receptions for 178 yards.

Illinois State and North Dakota State did not meet during the regular season.

Everett Duncan moves into second on Harrison’s career scoring list

Harrison High School senior forward Everett Duncan recently passed John Risinger to move into second place on the Warriors’ career scoring list. Duncan, who is among the state’s scoring leaders with a 29.0 average, has 1,264 career points. Risinger, who graduated in 1996, ended with 1,219. At his current pace, Everett should pass older brother Ernie as Harrison’s all-time leading scorer. Ernie, who is redshirting his freshman season at Vermont because of a bad back, finished with 1,498 points at Harrison, which is fifth on the City’s career list. Again, at his current pace, Everett could wind up fourth, surpassing Bosse’s Larry Weatherford, who had 1,559 before graduating in 1967. Everett will join Ernie at Vermont next season. Harrison (4-3) will return to action Friday at North. The Huskies were 4-4 entering Tuesday night’s game at North Posey.

Engelhardt’s AP boys’ basketball ballot

Following is my AP boys’ basketball ballot for this week. The overall AP poll, from writers and broadcasters around the state, will be printed in Wednesday’s Courier & Press on Page B3.

Class 4A
1. Southport
2. Indy N. Central
3. Reitz
4. Homestead
5. Carmel
6. Columbus North
7. Lawrence North
8. New Albany
9. Central
10. McCutcheon
Class 3A
1. Mishawaka Marian
2. Greensburg
3. Brownstown
4. Guerin Catholic
5. Corydon
6. Silver Creek
7. Bosse
8. Jasper
9. Leo
10. Memorial
Class 2A
1. Indy Park Tudor
2. Northeastern
3. Frankton
4. Indy Attucks
5. Indy Scecina
6. Indy Howe
7. Mater Dei
8. Crawford County
9. Lapel
10. S. Knox
Class A
1. Covington
2. Liberty Christian
3. Barr-Reeve
4. FW Blackhawk
5. Orleans
6. Laf. Cen. Catholic
7. Mich. City Marquette
8. Wood Memorial
9. Christian Academy
10. Clay City

Howe unable to make trip to Bosse Saturday

Indianapolis Howe contacted Bosse athletic director Larry Cochren on Friday afternoon, informing him that its boys’ basketball team will not be able to make the trip to Evansville to play the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. No makeup date has been set.
Bosse has a 6-1 record and is ranked No. 11 in The Associated Press Class 3A poll.
Harris Brown, a 5-foot-11 point guard who signed with the University of Evansville, leads Howe, which is 8-2 and ranked No. 6 in 2A. He averaged 27 points per game last season.