The Sideline – June 24

High school baseball state champs crowned

This past weekend in downtown Indianapolis, four baseball state champions were crowned at Victory Field.

On Friday night, the third-ranked Andrean Fighting 59ers beat top-ranked Jasper 2-1 to win the Class 3A state title.

Despite more than two hours of rain delays, Andrean (30-6) rallied back late from a 1-0 deficit to win its fifth baseball state championship in school history. Jasper (30-2) entered the game with only one loss on the season.

On Saturday, Class A second-ranked Rockville (28-6) won its first state championship in any sport by defeating No. 8 Shakamak 4-2.

The Class 2A title went to No. 1 South Spencer (25-2) with an easy 8-2 win against No. 3 Lafayette Central Catholic (29-6). It marked the third time in five years South Spencer has seized the crown.

Penn won its fourth baseball state title all time with a 3-2 victory against Terre Haute North (21-12) in the Class 4A title game. Penn finished the year 29-6-1.


High-scoring affairs highlight hoops classic

A total of nine basketball games took place at Anderson University this past weekend during the 2015 Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic.

On Friday afternoon, Mt. Vernon’s Sydney Shelton took part in the second of two Junior girls games.

In the first game, Team 2 beat Team 1, 89-86, at the buzzer behind Heritage Christian’s Tyasha Harris’ half-court 3-pointer.

In Shelton’s game, her team fell to Team 4, 104-92 after trailing by 30 points at one time. Shelton had 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.

On Friday night, Team 2 pulled out a narrow 109-105 victory against Team 1 in the first of two Junior Boys games.

Gary 21st Century’s Eugene German scored a game-high 34 points and hauled in eight rebounds for the victors. Five players had 10 points or more, with Mooresville’s KC Earls netting a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds.

Fort Wayne Bishop Luers’ Jordan Banks also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Team 1 carried six players with 11 points or more and were highlighted by Homestead’s Tahj Curry’s 21 points. Michigan City’s ShanQuan Hemphill pulled down 13 rebounds to go with 16 points.

In the second game, both teams combined for 250 points as Team 4 prevailed 127-123.

Of the 14 players that participated only three didn’t surpass 10 points.

Guerin Catholic’s Christian Munson scored a team-high 25 points for Team 4, shooting 10 of 16 from the floor, including 4 for 8 from long range.

Pike’s Justin Thomas led all scorers with 34 points and nine rebounds for Team 3. Warren Central’s Dijimon Henson added 33 points.

On Saturday, the showcase featured five games.

The Class 2A/A senior boys game was decided in the final 10 minutes as Team 1 ran away with a 112-104 victory.

Scecina Memorial’s TJ Henderson hit 11 of 24 shot attempts for 25 points, while Cloverdale’s KJ Coleman had 22 points.

Covington’s Chandler Spring (Purdue Calumet) kept Team 2 in the lead through the third quarter with a game-high 37 points and 11 rebounds.

Points piled up fast during the Class 3A/4A senior boys game. Team 2 posted a 41-point fourth quarter to defeat Team 1 down the stretch, 135-128.

Chesterton’s Chris Palombizio put on a show with a game-best 37 points and 17 rebounds on a 13-of-23 shooting performance. Anderson University recruit Joseph Line of Fairfield added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Team 2.

Lawrence North’s Pat Bacon (Tampa) led Team 1 with 27 points. Bateville’s Blake Walsman chipped in 17 points and 14 rebounds.

In the Class 2A/A senior girls game, Team 2 defeated Team 1, 87-45, led by Michaela Kikendall’s game-high 18 points.

Morristown’s Kikendall (Purdue Calumet) went 8 for 12 from the field and a perfect 2 of 2 from 3-point range.

Team 2 had five players reach double figures and led 54-17 at halftime.

White River Valley’s Allison Wininger had 16 points, and McKenzy Telfair of Cardinal Ritter finished with 14 points.

Team 1 was paced by Switzerland County’s Eve Galbreath with 13 points.

The tandem of Kerstyn Lowery (McCutcheon/Parkland) and Deja Wimby (FW Snider/Western Michigan) powered Team 1 to a 55-47 win in the Class 3A/4A senior girls game.

Both posted 14 points, while South Bend Washington’s Camille Coleman (Evansville) followed with 13 points.

Lawrence North’s Jordan Hankins (Northwestern) and Columbus North’s Sheyanne Street (Vincennes) each had 14 points for Team 2.

The ICST North All-Star team defeated the South All-Stars 106-92 in the highly anticipated meeting Saturday night.

Clinton Christian’s Nathan Stuntman and Fort Wayne Horizon’s Keonte Jenkins both posted a team-best 23 points for the North, which took control in the third quarter and never looked back.

Southside Christian’s Matt Hawk had a game-best 27 points.