TERRE HAUTE —
The second annual Canterbury-Mater Dei Invitational in Hulman Center is still a few days away, but unfortunately none of our Wabash Valley teams are available to make the high school girls state basketball championships a little more exciting.
That doesn’t mean that our girls didn’t make it exciting for us the last few months, however, led by a bevy of senior players from around the Valley who will be very hard to replace. Here are your Amey teams for the 2012-13 season.
Did a mention we had a lot of good seniors? The Clutch Team is so stacked with them that there’s not a captain; there’s not even a starting five. What we have is a seven-player rotation of clutch performers who, sadly, have all completed their prep careers: Nicole Anderson of Terre Haute North, Tasia Brewer of Terre Haute South, Sara Dickey of Riverton Parke, Ariana Kuhn of Marshall, Jenifer Lee of Rockville, Rhagen Smith of Sullivan and Taylor Turchi of North Vermillion.
Also in the same category are Alex Basile of Greencastle, Katelyn Freed of South Vermillion, Joie Gadberry of Linton, Brittany Gordon of Rockville, Labrea Joyner of South, Charity Lane of West Vigo, Kenzie Pollard of Riverton Parke, Hallie Smith of Union, Abbey Timberman of Northview and Allison Wininger of White River Valley.
Competitors? We’ve got a team full of those too, and six worthy captains: Kaydie Grooms of Marshall, Caelan Jones of Sullivan, Gabby Kreischer of North Central, Darby Martin of North Vermillion, Kelsey Pilant of Shakamak and Paige Yando of Riverton Parke.
Joining them are Raleigh Amis, Jessica Lenihan and Callan Taylor of Greencastle; Taylor Birchfield of Casey; Paige Boardman of Rockville; Carlie Booe and Courtney Johnson of Linton; Layne Curley and Sierra Sykes of North; Maddy Dyer of White River Valley; Kylie Fendrick of South; Kayla Gallagher of Shakamak; Sierra Girton, Ashley Hughes and Cassie Weddle of Northview; Jordan Goddard and Chelsie Wood of Turkey Run; Cali Hale and Kolby Reynolds of Union; Kylee Hannahs and Kyndal Mendenhall of Robinson; Kylee Karr of North Vermillion; Bailey Mack, Ariel Spivey and Tori Vitaniemi of South Vermillion; Madison Toon and Elena Weddle of Bloomfield; and Brittany Voils of West Vigo.
Captains of the Unsung Team are a stellar player whose talents were obscured by part of a year off with injury, Emily Bell of South, and — as always on this team — a defender who, in her team’s last big win of the year, came up big in the scoring column too, Sydney Chapman of Sullivan.
Others who may have been underappreciated included Lizzie Barton, Shelby Byrley, Shyanne Elkins, Marissa Fox and McKenzie Little of West VIgo; Jerri Beck and Kelsey Fulford of Shakamak; Jennifer Bendickson, Lindsey Clark and Abby Middleton of North; Shelby Benell, Kelly Combs and Kori Wood of Riverton Parke; Tonia Bishop and Abbie Switzer of Marshall; Shawnacee Bowman and Mikayla Kinneer of North Vermillion; Kelli Buchanan and Bailee Williams of South; Meghan Bullington and Megan Gordon of Rockville; Gracey Caddell, Aubrey Evans and Tory Swalls of North Central; Mahayle Durga and Alex Wolfe of Clay City; Shelby Earl of Greencastle; Elana Edwards and Jetta Green of Casey; Alex Emery of Turkey Run; Jaleigh Gilham of Sullivan; Whitney Halfhill and McKenzi Kumpf of Northview; Lauren Hixon, Melanie Russell and Jamaica Wright of South Vermillion; Korissa Jobe of Union; Megan Lemmons, Lexi Pearson, Shannon Pittman and Taylor Resler of White River Valley; Brilee Parker of Linton; and Ashlyn Sullivan of Robinson.
Finding captains for the Unselfish Team is sometimes difficult, by definition. This year’s team leader is a veteran player who was always valuable, yet never needed the spotlight — Callie Dayhuff of Clay City.
Others who put the team first included Taylor Andrew of South Vermillion; Abby Awbrey and Rachel Grayless of Turkey Run; Hannah Bender of Marshall; Selena Bowman of Linton; Galina Carrio and Kaitlyn Crumrin of North Central; Jessi Covert and Delanie Stoltey of Greencastle; Mary Curley and Chiarra Pietracci of West Vigo; Kaleigh Decker and Claire Miller of Clay City; Cobie Harrison and Jenni Wilkes of Sullivan; Jasmine Padgett and Amy Ragle of White River Valley; Brittany Quick and Mickey Shook of Robinson; Kari Schulte of Bloomfield; Abby Shanks of South; Tiffany Spivey of Casey; and Gabby Staub of North.
Captains of the Most Promising Team are a couple of freshmen who are already fixtures on their respective teams and will be stars in the years to come: Lauren Hambrock of South and Alisha Steward of Clay City.
Bright futures are also in the offing for Morgan Black and Meagan White of Rockville; Meghan Bond and Emily Bucher of Bloomfield; Sydni Bowling, Kelcie Basan and Madison Thompson of Turkey Run; Lauren Bridgewater and Sydney Smiley of Greencastle; Kylie Cardinal, Brooke Houser, Leah Morrison and Abby Pointer of West Vigo; Conner Cutright and Kyleigh Decker of Casey; Avaree Dunn of Linton; Logan Ellinger of Clay City; Abby Howes of North; Sierra Hudson and Kierra Samm of Shakamak; Katelynn Kennedy of North Central; Carlie Johnson and Sam Rigsby of South Vermillion; Hannah Sullivan of Union; Shelby Virostko of Riverton Parke; and Kinsey West of North Vermillion.
Most Improved Players I saw this year included a quartet of post players within a few miles of our office: Lexus Elkins of West Vigo, Adrienne Pritchard of North and Mikayla Rowan and Mallory Smith of Northview.
Others who came a long way were Rachel Austin and Emily Virostko of Riverton Parke; Tiarra Black and Darian Morgan of Casey; Emily Calip and Tessa Laino of Robinson; Emily Cottom of Sullivan; Riley Davis, Lindley Higham and Kayla Speth of South; Shelby Edington of West Vigo; Lexi Graves and Madison Hockman of White River Valley; Alicia Hasler of Bloomfield; Breah Keim and Cheyenne Thompson of Marshall; Connor Kendall and Autumn Secrest of Union; Alexia Lear of Rockville; Taylor Netherlain of North Central; Megan Phipps of Shakamak; Mercedes Shafford of Linton; Taylor Stoltey of Greencastle; and Kylee Truax of Clay City.
And I didn’t see nearly enough left-handers this season, but I know I could take Brewer, Jones, Rowan, Shanks and Wright and have a pretty good start to a team.
n Say hello — Those of you who attend the games Saturday in Hulman Center will see a couple of familiar faces in striped shirts, by the way. Michael Stoffers of the Wabash Valley Officials Association will be working the Class 2A final and Jay Slater of the WVOA is on the crew for the Class 4A game.
Andy Amey can be reached after 4 p.m. at 812-231-4277 or at 1-800-783-8742; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; by mail at P.O. Box 149, Terre Haute, IN, 47808; or by fax at 812-231-4321. Follow TribStarAndy on Twitter.