Girls' Gymnastics - Lawrence Central
Not many teams can lose a state champion from
the roster and come back even stronger the next year,
but that's what coach Barbi Kern is expecting at
Lawrence Central. Jessie Leko was a key member of
the squad last year, winning the floor exercise at the
state meet, but she decided not to compete for the
high school team this season. That's where junior Alix
Richey comes in. Richey is a level-10 gymnast with her
club team, and Kern expects her to provide a boost
immediately. "She's really talented and we're expecting
her to be at that level right away,"Kern says. "She's
going to help a lot." And it's not like the cupboard was
bare before Richey's arrival, as Lawrence Central is
also home to one of the top returning gymnasts in the
state, junior Camille Hayes. Hayes won the bars at the
state meet last year and finished second in the allaround
standings, coming in just one-tenth of a point
behind the winner (38.600 to 38.500). "She's awesome
to watch," says Kern, "and she's really hungry for that
all-around title. She lost by one-tenth, so we're looking
to add that one-tenth of a point throughout the
season." Hayes was also a member of the 2006-07
state championship team, so she'll also play a leadership
role for the Bears. Sophomore Kylie Culley
improved over the summer and Kern says she can
become a third state-caliber gymnast this season.
Boys' Basketball - Pike
The Red Devils are sure to draw a crowd this season, as Pike can flat-out put an exciting team on the
floor. The big ticket is sophomore guard Marquis Teague, a 6-foot-2 bundle of quick-twitch nerves who
can get to the hoop at will. Teague is rated the No. 1 point guard in the ESPNU Terrific 25, and the No. 14
player overall. He'll be flanked by senior forward Justin Reid, who can use his 6-foot-7 frame to produce
around the basket.
Girls' Basketball - Heritage Christian
Can the senior class at Heritage Christian complete the clean sweep? With three consecutive Class 2A
state championships, the seniors on the squad are looking to leave without having tasted postseason
defeat. ESPN RISE All-Area senior guard Kelly Faris is a Ms. Basketball contender, and the UConn commit
provides a little bit of everything on the court. Senior guards Claire Freeman and Emily Anderson provide
scoring punch and tough defense.
Wrestling - Evansville Mater Dei
Though they've won 11 of the last 14 state wrestling championships and 12 overall (second-most in
state history behind Bloomington's 24), the Wildcats can't shake the memory of last season. Evansville
Mater Dei fell to Mishawaka in the tightly contested state finals, 28-22, and this season could see a repeat
title match. Senior Adam Weinzapfel won a sectional title last year at 135 pounds and should be one of
the team's top grapplers.
BREAK OUT TEAMS
GIRLS' SWIMMING – NORTH CENTRAL
Seniors Lauren Massey, Brittany Kent and Jennifer Miles lead the way.
BOYS' BASKETBALL – PENN
Senior guard Tommy Kurth has committed to Valparaiso.
GIRLS' BASKETBALL – HAMILTON SE
Junior guard Courtney Osborn and senior forward Paige Smith are a tough duo.
WRESTLING – CATHEDRAL
Senior Gavin McGinley went 41-4 last year at 145 pounds.