By Joey Bennett
A few holiday leftovers that don’t even need a microwave oven:
• Ohio junior Armon Bassett of Terre Haute South was named Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week for the period of Dec. 7-12.
Bassett had his best week to date for the Bobcats, averaging 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in 30.5 minutes in Ohio's two contests. He shot 50 percent (10-20) from the field and 3-point range (2-4), while netting an 85 percent clip (17-20) from the charity stripe.
The 6-2 junior punctuated his week with a career-high 27 points on 8-12 shooting in the 16-point win at Delaware on Saturday.
Bassett has played in seven games for Ohio since transferring from Alabama-Birmingham a year ago, starting six and ranking fourth on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game.
• It’s been a good year for Division I head coaches with Indiana University ties.
New Mexico’s Steve Alford (12-1), Texas Tech’s Pat Knight (10-1) and Alabama-Birmingham’s Mike Davis (11-1) have combined to go 33-3 so far.
Alford’s Lobos lost their only game 76-66 at Oral Roberts, a team which lost to Indiana State earlier this month. Knight and the Red Raiders lost their only game at Missouri Valley Conference power Wichita State.
• A pair of future Division I athletes were left out of a list in a preview story of the Wabash Valley Pizza Hut Classic this week describing how many talented basketball players were in the 2008 tournament.
Terre Haute South’s Adam Austin will compete in track and field next spring for Lipscomb University, while West Vigo’s Joel Modesitt was the No. 4 singles players in men’s tennis at IUPUI this fall.
• Shakamak grad Jared Rehmel has started 11 of 12 games for the 5-7 Central Arkansas Bears, and is fifth on the team in scoring at 10.8 points per game.
Two of UCA’s losses were difficult road encounters at Kansas and Memphis. Rehmel’s best game was a 21-point effort against Tennessee-Martin, in which he was 4 of 12 from the field (3 of 8 from 3-point range) and 10 of 10 at the free throw line.
• Northview grad Julia Whitted has left the IUPUI women’s basketball team. She had missed most of the first month of the season due to an injury, and had only been able to play 61 minutes in seven games for the 1-10 Jaguars.
The pre-season first-team all-Summit League selection is a psychology major.
• Two other high profile athletes ended their careers after the 2008-2009 school year.
Sullivan’s Justin Ridge, who was the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s golf champion as a freshman, ended his career for Franklin College. He is focusing on the end of his teaching curriculum, which will include his student teaching experience.
Terre Haute North grad Amy Hamilton did not return to the University of Indianapolis this fall, after finishing fifth overall in the 2008 Great Lake Valley Conference women’s cross country race and earning “Freshman of the Year” honors.
• Several high school baseball players have recently made their college choices, according to prepbaseballreport.com.
Among those are North Central’s A.J. Boyll (South Carolina-Beaufort), South Putnam’s Cam Chestnut (Lincoln Trail), Shakamak’s T.J. Hill (Olney Central) and Northview’s Caleb Mason (Olney Central).
• Terre Haute North grad Samantha Meissel was named the Great Lake Valley Conference player of the week for the last week of November.
Meissel opened the week by posting a game-high 26 points and seven rebounds in Indy’s 91-60 victory over Central State. Meissel connected on 12 of her 14 shot attempts on the evening, an 85.7 percent clip.
In the Greyhounds' 93-39 win over Oakland City in the opening round of the UIndy Thanksgiving Classic, Meissel tallied 19 points, converting 8 of her 14 shot attempts and adding a pair of rebounds.
The junior closed the week and the Thanksgiving Classic by scoring 21 points and grabbing four boards in the Hounds' 68-55 victory over Lake Superior State. Meissel shot 8 of 12 from the field and was successful on two of her three three-point attempts.
On the week, Meissel averaged 22 points and 4.3 rebounds while averaging only 20.3 minutes per contest. Meissel finished the week by shooting 70 percent from the field, draining three of her five three-point tries, and hitting seven of eight attempts at the charity stripe.
The Greyhounds are 9-0 on the season, and ranked fourth nationally. They are in the midst of an 11-day break, and return to action on Wednesday by hosting Christian Brothers.
• Fellow North grad Molly Martin continues to dominate play in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Martin has been named the conference’s player of the week twice already this season, and leads the conference in scoring (19.9 per game) and rebounding (12.0 per game).
The Panther are 6-3 overall, but only 1-2 and tied for sixth place in the HCAC.
• Austin Akers of Northview continues to shine on the court for Olney Central, ranking in the top 10 in scoring among all Illinois junior college players at 13.9 points per game.
He is shooting 39.6 percent from 3-point range (23-58) and averages 3.3 assists per game. Akers had his collegiate career high recently with 23 points against IU-East, hitting 8 of 10 from the field (5-5 from 3-point range) and also dishing out six assists.
• Ball State’s women’s basketball team, which defeated national power Tennessee in the NCAA tournament last spring, is off to just a 5-6 start this season.
Emily Maggert of Paris is definitely doing her share, having led the Cardinals in scoring in seven of the 11 games and in rebounding in 10 different games. Maggert, a junior, leads the team in scoring at 17.5 and in rebounding at 11.6.
• Three former Indiana State players are competing for new schools this year.
Tyler Cutter transferred to Lee University (an NAIA school in Tennessee) after one season at ISU and is averaging 4.2 points per game.
Marico Stinson, a junior, is averaging 12.3 points per game for Kentucky Wesleyan – which is ranked 19th nationally in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II rankings.
On Tuesday, KWU will host Tiffin University in a game that will match Stinson against former ISU teammate Keenan Barlow. A walk-on who played very little for the Sycamores, Barlow leads Tiffin (1-7) in scoring at 13.0 points per game and in rebounds at 5.1.
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches and coaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at email@example.com.