February 23, 2012
WESTFIELD’S HOPKINS RETURNS TO BOYS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Seven participants, including one individual state champion from a year ago, return for the 75th Annual IHSAA Boys Swimming & Diving State Finals this weekend at the Natatorium in Indianapolis.
Eighty-one schools will wear their colors in this year’s meet including two-time defending state champion Carmel.
Nathan Hopkins of Westfield is the lone returning individual champ from 2011 having won the 500 freestyle. He enters the weekend with the state’s top time in sectionals at 4:37.83.
Junior Jon Astashinsky of Carmel has been a part of the Greyhounds last two winning 400 freestyle relays and has more blue ribbon medals than anyone else in this year’s field.
South Bend St. Joseph’s junior Trevor Carroll had the fastest sectional times in both the 100 and 200 freestyles at 45.82 and 1:38.76 while Bloomington South paced the field in the 200 medley relay (1:32.92) and 400 freestyle relay (3:06.49). The former is less than a second off the state meet record of 1:32.01 set by Chesterton in 2009.
Preliminary swimming heats get underway Friday night at 6 pm ET / 5 pm CT. The top 16 in each event will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing ninth through 16th on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats. All diving will take place on Saturday beginning at 9 am ET / 8 am CT with the top 20 of 32 competitors advancing from the prelims to the semis after five dives each. After three dives each in the semis, the top 16 will advance to the final round for another three dives each. All championship and consolation finals, including diving, will commence at 1:05 pm ET / 12:05 pm CT on Saturday.
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, 6 pm ET (Swimming prelims).
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, 9 am ET (Diving prelims and semis), 1 pm ET (Consolations and finals for all events).
Site: Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis | Website
Admission: Unreserved tickets are $8 per session or $12 both days. For the first time, a limited number of $15 reserved season tickets may be purchased online exclusively via the IHSAA e-commerce site at ihsaa.org beginning Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at 8 am ET / 7 am CT. Reserved seating for a single session will not be available. Tickets will not be sold over the phone or in person at the IHSAA Office. More
The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday’s prelims will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats. All diving will take place on Saturday with the top 20 of 32 competitors advancing from the prelims to the semis after five dives each. After three dives each in the semis, the top 16 will advance to the final round for another three dives each.
Webcast: Saturday’s championship and consolation events will be streamed live at www.ihsaatv.org beginning at 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT. Note: Central Indiana television viewers may watch a re-broadcast of the state finals on Sunday (March 4) at 11 am on WTTV, Digital Channel 4.2.
State Finals Heat Sheets | Psych Sheets | Diving Order
Defending State Champions in Field (Individual Events)
500 Freestyle: Nathan Hopkins, 12, Westfield.
Career State Championships by an Individual (Individual and Relay Events)
12: Jason Lancaster, Carmel, 1991-94.
12: Kyle Whitaker, Chesterton, 2007-10.
State Championships Won by This Year’s Participants (Individual and Relay Events)
2: Jon Astashinsky, 11, Carmel.
1: Scott Haeberle, 12, Bloomington South.
1: Nathan Hopkins, 12, Westfield.
1: Logan Jastremski, 12, Bloomington South.
1: Jake Kelzer, 12, Bloomington South.
1: Max McKay, 11, Carmel.
1: Brendan Michaelsen, 12, Bloomington South.
200 Medley Relay: Bloomington South, 1:32.92.
200 Freestyle: Trevor Carroll, 11, South Bend St. Joseph’s, 1:38.76.
200 Individual Medley: Jacob Cook, 12, Hamilton Southeastern, 1:53.06.
50 Freestyle: Adam Johnston, 12, Highland, 20.51.
One Meter Diving: Patrick King, 11, Northridge, 473.00.
100 Butterfly: Max Irwin, 11, Bloomington North, 49.50.
100 Freestyle: Trevor Carroll, 11, South Bend St. Joseph’s, 45.82.
500 Freestyle: Nathan Hopkins, 12, Westfield, 4:37.83.
200 Freestyle Relay: Highland, 1:25.04.
100 Backstroke: Austin Flager, 11, Northridge, 50.55.
100 Breaststroke: Zechariah Banks, 12, Carmel 57.03.
400 Freestyle Relay: Bloomington South, 3:06.49.
Media Hosts: IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille will be on hand to assist in your coverage of the state meet.
Media Credentials: Deadline is Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, 4 pm ET. The 2011-12 IHSAA State Finals Media Credential issued previously this year is good for admission. For those outlets without credentials and planning to cover the boys swimming and diving state finals, please apply by e-mailing your request (with name of individual applying) to IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille at email@example.com. E-mail requests MUST originate from a recognized business account; e-mails from personal accounts (ie: yahoo.com, aol.com, etc.) will not be accepted. Approved requests may be claimed at the media will call table at the concourse level of the IU Natatorium. Please have proper identification available.
Media Work Area: Working space will be available to writers and photographers in the west bleachers of the Natatorium. Results from each event will be distributed and also posted to the IHSAA website as the meet progresses both days. Writers and photographers also will have access to the pool deck.
Wireless Internet: IUPUI will provide complimentary guest accounts to those needing wireless access. Please see IHSAA’s Jason Wille for details.
Off Limits: For safety and liability reasons, members of the media are not permitted on the moveable bulkheads that separate the pools or on any of the diving platforms. Also, due to congestion in the immediate area of the starting blocks with timers and judges, we ask that writers and photographers steer clear of that area as well. Editors and sports directors -- please share this information with those who are covering the event and might not necessarily have access to this release. Thank you for your cooperation.
Results: Results will be posted to the IHSAA website at ihsaa.org shortly after each event both days. Heat sheets for Saturday will be posted following completion of Friday’s events and complete results for both days will be available at the conclusion of Saturday’s festivities.
PERRY MERIDIAN SETS SIGHT ON REPEAT WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP
One week after the best individuals were decided, the best team of the season will be determined this Saturday in the 17th Annual IHSAA Team Wrestling State Finals at Center Grove High School.
Four of the top five teams and five of the top 10 in the final state coaches poll are among those dueling in the final year of this format. Next year’s team champion will be decided during the Individual State Finals based on accumulated points.
Top-ranked and defending champion Perry Meridian leads the way and will face No. 15 Warren Central. The two teams squared off on Dec. 30 with the Falcons winning decidedly. No. 3 Evansville Mater Dei or No. 14 Bellmont will await in the semifinal round. The other half of the bracket includes No. 2 Crown Point taking on unranked Kokomo for the second time this season (Crown Point won handily on Nov. 19) and No. 4 Indianapolis Cathedral facing No. 8 Penn.
Four wrestlers who won a state championship and three more who finished as a runner-up will be among those on the mats in Greenwood. Chief among those is Crown Point’s four-time state champion Jason Tsirtsis competing at 145 pounds. He became just the eighth four-time winner in Indiana history last Saturday evening and, along with classmate Tyler Kral who won it all at 220, has helped Crown Point to a fourth straight appearance in the team finals.
Perry Meridian senior Jared McKinley is a two-time state champion winning at 132 last weekend and 125 pounds a year ago and he’ll be joined by a pair of teammates who took runner-up honors, sophomore Cody LeCount at 126 and junior Jake Masengale at 170. The Falcons, who finally broke through with last year’s title, are making their seventh straight trip to the team finals and tied with Evansville Mater Dei last weekend with the most state qualifiers with nine each.
Indianapolis Cathedral followed with eight qualifiers including senior Brian Harvey and sophomore Vinny Corsaro. Harvey won the 160 pound class while Corsaro was the 145 runner-up to Tsirtsis.
Site: Center Grove High School, 2717 S. Morgantown Road, Greenwood.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.
Time: Quarterfinals begin at 10 am ET with semifinal round and championship round to follow.
Advancement: This is a single elimination tournament in which the winning team shall advance to the next round.
Webcast: The state championship match on Saturday afternoon will be streamed at HometownSportsIndiana.com
Meet the Teams
Quarterfinals, 10 am ET
Match 1: Indianapolis Cathedral (24-3) vs. Penn (24-3).
Match 2: Kokomo (35-5) vs. Crown Point (21-0).
Match 3: Perry Meridian (24-0) vs. Warren Central (21-7).
Match 4: Bellmont (21-5) vs. Evansville Mater Dei (22-0).
Semifinals, approximately 12 pm ET
Match 5: Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2.
Match 6: Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4.
Championship, approximately 2:30 pm ET
Match 7: Winner of Match 5 vs. Winner of Match 6.
State Champions in the Field (4)
132: Jared McKinley, 12, Perry Meridian. 2-time state champion; 125, 2011; 132, 2012.
145: Jason Tsirtsis, 12, Crown Point. 4-time state champion; 125, 2009; 130, 2010; 140, 2011; 145, 2012.
160: Brian Harvey, 12, Indianapolis Cathedral. 160, 2012.
220: Tyler Kral, 12, Crown Point. 220, 2012.
State Runners-Up in the Field (3)
126: Cody LeCount, 10, Perry Meridian. 126, 2012.
145: Vincent Corsaro, 10, Indianapolis Cathedral. 145, 2012.
170: Jake Masengale, 11, Perry Meridian, 170, 2012.
Media Credentials: Deadline is Thursday, Feb. 23, 4 pm ET. The 2011-12 IHSAA State Finals Media Credential issued previously this school year is accepted for admission. For those outlets without credentials and planning to cover the boys swimming and diving state finals, please apply for credentials by e-mailing (with name of individual applying) to IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille (firstname.lastname@example.org). E-mail requests MUST originate from a recognized business account; e-mails from personal accounts (ie: yahoo.com, aol.com, etc.) will not be accepted. Approved requests may be claimed at the media will-call table at Door 6 on the south side of the school. Please have proper identification available.
Media Work Area: Work space in each corner of the balcony level of the gymnasium will be available for use by credentialed media. There will be a single room off the northwest corner of the gym floor where media may send their stories and/or photographs using the available telephone lines.
Results: Results from each level of the meet -- quarterfinals, semifinals and finals -- will be posted to the IHSAA website at www.ihsaa.org.
Media Host: IHSAA Communications Director Chris Kaufman will be on hand to assist in your coverage of the state meet.
Due to space limitations: Due to space limitations on the gymnasium floor, the tournament administration has asked that the media please work from the bleacher or balcony area and to avoid the floor until after the completion of the first round of matches. During the semifinals and championship round, writers and photographers are welcome to work closer to the action on the floor. Thank you for your cooperation.
GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMI-STATE ACTION ON SATURDAY
Sixteen teams will battle for the right to play for a state championship this Saturday as the 37th Annual IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament rolls on to the semi-state round. Each of the four sites will host a doubleheader.
Scores from each game will be posted to the IHSAA website as they become available on Saturday.
Girls Basketball Semi-States
Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.
Home Team: The winners of the even-numbered regionals will be the designated home teams.
Note: Teams will be assigned to semi-state sites on Sunday, Feb. 19.
Class A | Fort Wayne Canterbury (23-2) vs. Riverton Parke (23-4) | 1 pm ET
Class 2A | Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (20-5) vs. Seeger (20-5) | To follow
2. Warsaw Community
Class 3A | Western (19-6) vs. Fort Wayne Concordia (19-5) | 4 pm ET
Class 4A | Penn (25-1) vs. North Central (Indianapolis) (21-5) | To follow
Class 3A | Mount Vernon (Fortville) (22-5) vs. Madison (18-7) | 1 pm ET
Class 4A | Ben Davis (21-6) vs. Columbus North (22-3) | To follow
4. Bedford North Lawrence
Class A | Southwestern (Shelbyville) (16-8) vs. Northeast Dubois (21-4) | 4 pm ET
Class 2A | Triton Central (24-1) vs. Evansville Mater Dei (25-1) | To follow
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012.
Site: Hulman Center, 200 N. 8th Street, Terre Haute. Website
Times: Class A begins at 10:30 am ET and is followed by the Class 2A game. Class 3A begins at 6 pm ET followed by the Class 4A game.
Admission: Session $15.00; Season $25.00.
Reserved single session tickets may be purchased at the participating schools the week of the state finals. Contact participating schools for ticket distribution hours. Any remaining tickets may be purchased on game day at the Hulman Center.
Home Team: The winners of the north semi-states will be the designated home teams.
Gates Open: The Hulman Center will open gates to fans beginning one hour prior to the start of the Class A game (9:30 am ET) and the 3A game (5 pm ET). The building will be cleared between the 2A and 3A games.
Television: All four state championship games will be broadcast live throughout the state on the IHSAA Champions Television Network.
Webcast: All four state championship games will be webcast in live audio and video and available around the globe at www.espn3.com.
Radio: The IHSAA Champions Radio Network will broadcast all four games to affiliates statewide. A detailed list of which games each affiliate will carry will be posted the week of the games.
Looking for First Semi-State Title (8 of 16)
4A: Columbus North.
3A: Madison, Western.
2A: Evansville Mater Dei, Seeger, Triton Central.
A: Riverton Parke, Southwestern (Shelbyville).
Looking to Break Semi-State Championship Drought (Five or More Years)
35: Mount Vernon (Fortville) (1977).
7: North Central (Indianapolis), Northeast Dubois (2005).
Most Consecutive Semi-State Championships
4 by Noblesville (1987-90); 4 by Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (1999-2002); 4 by Heritage Christian (2006-09); 4 by South Bend Washington (2006-09).
Top 10 All-Time Semi-State Championship Leaders
8: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.
5: Ben Davis, Heritage Christian, Kokomo, Valparaiso.
4: Bedford North Lawrence, Columbus East, Crown Point, Noblesville, Rushville, Shenandoah, South Bend Washington, Warsaw.
2011 State Champions Still Alive
2A: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.
2011 State Finals Teams Still Alive
2A: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.
Former State Champions Still Alive
4A: Ben Davis (2000 (4A), 2001 (4A), 2009 (4A), 2010 (4A)); North Central (Indianapolis) 2004 (4A), 2005 (4A)).
3A: Fort Wayne Concordia (2010 (3A)).
2A: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (1999 (2A), 2000 (2A), 2001 (2A), 2002 (3A), 2006 (3A), 2011 (2A)).
A: Fort Wayne Canterbury (2008, 2009, 2010).
First-Time Regional Champions
4A: Columbus North.
2A: Evansville Mater Dei.
A: Riverton Parke.
Regional Championship Drought Breakers (Five or more years)
13: Madison, Triton Central (1999).
12: Seeger (2000).
8: Southwestern (Shelbyville) (2004).
7: Mount Vernon (Fortville), North Central (Indianapolis) (2005).
Repeat Regional Champions
3A: Fort Wayne Concordia.
2A: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.
A: Fort Wayne Canterbury.
GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE FINALS MEDIA CREDENTIALS
The deadline for requests is Thursday, March 1, 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT. Credentials will not be granted after that time. For media outlets intending to cover the girls basketball state finals, please apply for credentials by e-mailing your request to IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille at email@example.com. E-mail requests MUST originate from a recognized business account; e-mails from personal accounts (ie: yahoo.com, aol.com, etc.) will not be accepted. Please include the name of individual(s) to be credentialed. Approved requests will be available for pickup at media will-call on game day. Credentials will not be mailed.
GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE FINALS INTERVIEWS MONDAY IN TERRE HAUTE
Coaches from the eight schools in the 2012 IHSAA Girls Basketball State Finals will gather Monday, February 27, at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute for the pre-tournament administrative meeting with media interviews to follow. The administrative meeting, which begins at 12 pm ET will be closed to the news media with interviews to follow in a round-table setting at approximately 1 pm ET. Parking will be available in “Lot D” just across Ninth Street to the east of the Hulman Center. Ninth Street runs one-way north. Use the east doors to enter the facility and ushers will provide direction to the meeting room.
Updated statistics, rosters and other team information as submitted by the schools will be distributed at the interview session. For outlets that cannot attend, a special state finals information package will be available at ihsaa.org that evening.
STATE STATISTICAL LEADERS
The following lists of statistical leaders are compiled by VarVee.com, the IHSAA’s official statistics gathering partner. The IHSAA encourages each of its member schools to participate by registering at www.varvee.com and updating statistics by each Monday through the end of the season.
Girls Swimming & Diving: State Leaders
Boys Swimming & Diving: State Leaders
Wrestling: State Leaders
Girls Basketball: State Leaders
Boys Basketball: State Leaders
NEWS & NOTES FROM AROUND THE STATE
The following items were submitted to the IHSAA. Have an interesting note? A conference or school record, coaching milestone or something else of interest? Please e-mail IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pike basketball player RJ Hunter went over the 1,000 point mark for his career with 31 points against Hamilton Southeastern on Feb. 14. He will be playing for his father, Ron, at Georgia State University in Atlanta next year.
Caston’s Jake Howdeshell scored 29 points, including a school record nine three point field goals, in the Comets’ 66-39 win over Manchester on Feb. 9.
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Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc.
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