Derek Jay Closing In On Roughrider Career Scoring Record

Derek Jay – courtesy St. Marys Memorial HS

(1-19-17) Derek Jay is making his Senior year a very special one.  The 6’4 Senior is just 28 points away before passing Mark Ashman (1,194 – 1993-96) as the All-Time Roughrider career scoring leader. The four-year starter will have his first shot at the record on Friday night at home in a WBL contest against Elida  or on Saturday night on the road against Upper Scioto Valley.

Jay can continue to add onto that total with 10 total regular season games remaining and at least one tournament game.

Derek Jay Stats as of 1-19-17

Complete St. Marys Boys Basketball Records

Jay already is the career leader in 3-point field goals made, with 184.  His totals in all four years of his career are all listed in the single-season part of the record book, as a Freshman he hit 43, as a Sophomore he had 56, his Junior year he had 43 again and this season he already has 42. Austin James (2012-13) leads this category with 67 made in a single-season.

Jay is presently third on the all-time for career free throws made list with 279, Damon Goodwin (1979-82) leads the way with 314 made.

One of the main reasons Jay has put the big numbers up during his career is due to his durability, he has currently played in 83 games the past three-and-a-half years, Garet Fledderjohann (2009-13) presently leads the way with 85 games played.

Game Winner over Piqua


OHSAA Rules That Lima Sr’s Quinones Is Now Eligible

OHSAA and Lima Senior Logos

(1-18-17) The OHSAA has overturned their ineligibility ruling and will now allow Javier Quinones (Senior-Point Guard) to start playing basketball immediately for Lima Senior. The Association overturned the ruling on Tuesday (17th), it was announced on the 5th that he would be denied eligibility and  that the matter would be  appealed on the 12th by his parents. One item that is a part of the ruling change is that Quinones will not be allowed to play in any OHSAA tournament game. The first game he can  participate in for the Spartans is this Friday night against Oregon Clay.

The other Lima Senior player ruled ineligible,  Jatsiel Colon (Junior) did not appeal the ruling and will not play this season.


Statement Regarding Lima Senior Boys Basketball

Tim Stried – Director of Communications

“Two students who recently transferred to Lima Senior High School were ruled ineligible by the OHSAA for the 2016-17 basketball season due to violations of Bylaw 4-9-1, Recruiting. On January 12, the family of one of the students appealed that decision to the OHSAA Appeals Panel, and the panel upheld the ruling. Following the appeal, however, legal representatives and the OHSAA staff have agreed to allow the student to participate in basketball for a portion of the 2016-17 regular-season pending the student, family and school all agree to certain conditions. The student is not eligible to play in the 2017 OHSAA postseason basketball tournament, and the student’s high school eligibility will end following the regular-season. Despite the penalty being modified so that the student can participate for several weeks during the regular-season, the OHSAA will continue to work with all member school administrators and coaches, including Lima Senior, regarding impermissible recruiting activities. In addition, the student-athlete who did not appeal on January 12 will be eligible to participate next season pending the standard conditions of eligibility and residence have been met.”

Brad Kelley of Huffman, Kelley, Brock & Gottschalk – photo courtesy of Huffman, Kelley, Brock & Gottschalk

Brad Kelley of the Law Firm Huffman, Kelley, Brock & Gottschalk gives us a detailed response to what took place during this process.

The case is concluded and there is no chance Quinones will play in tournament. The other significant issue is,this is not an “out of country transfer“. These young man are naturalized U.S. Citizens and this is no different than a family from Ft. Wayne moving to Lima.

Also,these folks didn’t stick their children with some strange Guardian to try and circumvent the rules. They picked up their families and moved entirely (from Puerto Rico) getting housing and jobs in the school district. These were classic legitimate bona fide change of resident cases.

The problem ensued with the OHSAA putting their approval on the transfer until they investigated -how they got here. In addition to the transfer rule is a recruitment rule. The transfer rule has a 50% penalty while the recruitment rule has an entire calendar year penalty.

Lost in the shuffle is a legitimate interest in Puerto Rican families to leave the conditions in Puerto Rico. They are just like all of us wanting the best for their children and the government,the schools and the cost of living in Puerto Rico over the past few years has deteriorated. These people have struggled for a couple of years now finding a suitable alternative for their children. They were turned on to the Lima community by a former Lima Senior player who graduated and played at Toledo and played professional ball for many years and who has become a rock star in PR.

A chance meeting with that player at a clinic in Puerto Rico caused the families to inquire how he “did it” got out and went on to graduate from high school, college and play ball on the mainland in the US.  Again this is a constant dream for young kids in Puerto Rico.

That young man gave both families glowing reports about his life experiences and they asked him for a contact to discuss the future. Both families visited Lima in July, toured the school spoke to counselors and teachers and other personnel and were very impressed. It was compatible educationally work wise and the cost-of-living was much better than they were leaving.

After a few days in Lima they returned to Puerto Rico and made the decision to make the move. They did everything the right way, however the recruiting rule forbids “any” influencing to secure enrollment of a student athlete. It is a very broad rule and the entire case turned on the word ‘influence’.

The reality is everyone is influenced in some fashion. I influenced my own children as to where to go to school. The influence by the way cannot come from anyone regardless of whether they are connected or unconnected to the school.

There should really be an adjective prior to the word influence such as inappropriate,undue or in permissible., I think quite honestly that the OHSAA had a hard time thinking that anyone could come to Lima, Ohio without having been improperly influence.

Both these families had visited and interviewed at other facilities in Houston, Texas, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida and other places where Puerto Rican kids had moved, but for these folks the job opportunities, cost of living and even the actual cost of the education was prohibitive and just not doable for these two families. Keep in mind, they were moving the whole family so it was more than just a basketball decision. Cost of living was very important and one mom is even working on a doctorate and Wright St. and BGSU were nearby and welcoming. They are delighted with the opportunities Lima has offered them. Both boys have flourished and are on the honor roll. Both have taken advantage of several opportunities which Lima Senior offers including English as a second language,OGT test tutoring and ACT preparation. These are two very nice families and two very nice young men. They are very comfortable and socially fit in very well.

The Quinones boy is a senior and really had no choice as there is no tomorrow for him. The Colon boy is a junior and can play next year. His family had some work and religious priorities which prevented them from appealing their son’s case. They simply chose to sit out the year. Life can be complicated.

I think that OHSAA gave us a fair opportunity to present our case and were aware of the young man’s best interest yet wanted to balance it all against there other member schools which whine regardless. This solution which we came to gives the young Quinones boy an opportunity he and his family came here for while at the same time perhaps telling its member schools to be careful and cognizant of ALL the rules.

I am from Boston and a huge New England fan. I think that the OHSAA has done a nice job of delegating the appeal process to a three member panel of OHSAA members to avoid the same person hearing the appeal who made the appeal. Kind of like Goodell being judge, jury and executioner in Deflategate. Here at least you feel like you have a chance to have fresh eyes and ears to review the original decision. I think that is a good and I applaud the OHSAA and it’s members for taking this step.They did back in 2012 and renewed the process this year as I think the members felt it works well, or at least better than the prior mechanism.It is a constant struggle to serve the membership but at the same time-the kids should always be the focus.

Ideally,one would need an authentic video of a family in their living room throwing darts at a map of the US and simply landing their singular dart on Lima, Ohio and only then could you conclude that all is well under the rules. I am not sure though that someone would still not question that the dart manufacturer once lived in Lima!

That being said, I am very satisfied that Javier will play in several games and get to do what he loves to do and that his parents will get to watch him play. We could have and were prepared to seek a court solution but that was expensive, time consuming and with some risk. My clients seem delighted with the result we were able to work out with the OHSAA and I am appreciative to the commissioner and counsel for the OHSAA for their cooperation and understanding in this difficult situation.


Boys Basketball-Who is #1 in the US?

(1-17-17) Lots of quality boys HS boys basketball teams playing their best after the MLK tournament weekend.

The #1 Private school is Sierra Canyon, Nathan Hale remains the top rated Public school, MaxPreps Top 25 and USA Top 25 team, while the new #1  Independent school  is IMG Academy,  the move came after last week’s #1 La Lumiere lost to Sierra Canyon 76-74.

Heading into the second half of the season, Nathan Hale will finish their season playing only schools from Washington, which should be an advantage for them in winning a possible National title.

(first # is Private or Public ranking, second # is the ranking each school has in this week’s MaxPreps Top 25, the third # is last week’s ranking)MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).

MaxPreps High School Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings


  1. -2. (3) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 16-1
  2. -6. (6) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 19-1
  3. -8. (8) Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.), 9-2
  4. -10. (13) DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 13-1
  5. -13. (NR) Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), 14-2
  6. -14. (15) Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia), 12-1
  7. -15. (16) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.), 16-2
  8. -16. (NR) Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 13-3
  9. -25. (25) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 20-2


  1. -1. (No. 1 last week) Nathan Hale (Seattle), 14-0
  2. -3. (2) Chino Hills (Calif.), 18-0
  3. -4. (5) Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.), 14-3
  4. -5. (4) Simeon (Chicago), 16-0
  5. -7. (7) McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.), 15-0
  6. -9. (12) Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.), 19-1
  7. -11. (14) Jonesboro (Ark.), 16-0
  8. -12. (NR) Newton (Covington, Ga.), 18-0
  9. -17. (17) Shadow Mountain (Phoenix), 18-0
  10. -18. (19) Evanston (Ill.), 15-2
  11. -19. (20) Basha (Chandler, Ariz.), 20-0
  12. -20. (21) Klein Forest (Houston), 21-0
  13. -21. (10) North Central (Indianapolis), 13-1
  14. -22. (NR) Federal Way (Wash.), 15-0
  15. -23. (NR) Wagner (San Antonio, Texas), 22-1
  16. -24. (NR) Champlin Park (Minn.), 10-0

Chino Hills close THRILLER without Liangelo Ball

MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).

MaxPreps Independent Top 10 Boys Basketball Rankings

1. (No. 3 last week) IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 18-1
2. (1) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), 16-1
3. (4) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 15-2
4. (9) Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W. Va.), 14-3
5. (2) Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, Calif.), 15-1
6. (7) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 18-3
7. (NR) Rock Creek Christian Academy (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 12-0
8. (NR) Westtown (Pa.), 18-2
9. (NR) The Rock (Gainesville, Fla.), 19-1
10. (NR) Southwest Christian Academy (Little Rock, Ark.), 20-0

USA TODAY Top 25 (Experts) Updated 01/17/2017

01-Nathan Hale – Seattle, WA 14-0-Previous: 8
02-Sierra Canyon – Chatsworth, CA 16-1-Previous: 10
03-La Lumiere – LaPorte, IN 16-1-Previous: 1
04-Memphis East – Memphis, TN 14-3-Previous: 3
05-Chino Hills – Chino Hills, CA 18-0-Previous: 5
06-Montverde Academy – Montverde, FL 16-2-Previous: 2
07-IMG Academy – Bradenton, Fl 18-1-Previous: 6
08-Findlay College Prep – Henderson, NV 19-3-Previous: 4
09-Oak Hill Academy – Mouth Of Wilson, VA 18-3-Previous: 7
10-Simeon – Chicago, IL 16-0-Previous: 9
11-Mater Dei – Santa Ana, CA 19-1-Previous: 12
12-DeMatha Catholic – Hyattsville, MD 13-1-Previous: 13
13-The Patrick School – Elizabeth, NJ 9-2-Previous: 14
14-Shadow Mountain – Phoenix, AZ18-0-Previous: 15
15-Hamilton Heights Christian Academy – Chattanooga, TN 18-5-Previous: 11
16-Newton High School – Covington, GA 18-0-Previous: 21
17-Wasatch Academy – Mount Pleasant, UT 16-3-Previous: 16
18-Bishop Montgomery – Torrance, CA 16-2-Previous: 17
19-Sunrise Christian Academy – Bel Aire, KS 14-3-Previous: 19.
20-Klein Forest – Houston, TX 21-0-Previous: 20
21-Archbishop Moeller – Cincinnati, OH 13-0-Previous: 22
22-Jonesboro Senior – Jonesboro, AR 16-0 -Previous: 23
23-Tulsa Union – Tulsa, OK Previous: 24
24-Mt St. Joseph – Baltimore, MD Previous: Not ranked
25-Paul VI – (Fairfax)Fairfax, VA 14-2 Previous: 18

SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings, Riverdale Remains #1

(1-17-17) Riverdale continues to hang on to the #1 ranking in the SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School poll.  Riverdale picked up three wins during the week, including  15th ranked Norcross (Ga). To add to the week,  Anastasia Hayes (signed with Tennessee) was named a McDonald’s All American.

Moving up to #2 is Centennial who knocked off last week’s #2 Clovis West with an easy 70-46 win.

Only one new school enters the rankings and comes in at #18, defending  Illinois Class 2A State Champion Byron.  The Tigers bring back the majority of that State title team.  Byron is 19-2, the losses were both to state-ranked Class 4A teams, Montini (56-52) and 16-1 Rockford Boylan Catholic (44-35). Montini is ranked #1 in Illinois and is nationally ranked in several other sources.

The Tigers, hosting their own MLK tournament, went 4-0 beating three more 4A schools in the process, Rockford East, Rockford Jefferson and Rockford Guilford.

SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings


  1. Riverdale (15-0) Murfreesboro, TN
  2. Centennial (19-2) Las Vegas, NV
  3. Monacan (12-0) Richmond, VA
  4. Grandview (11-1) Aurora, CO
  5. Duncanville (25-2) Duncanville, TX
  6. Mesquite (19-1) Gilbert, AZ
  7. Central Valley (13-0) Veradale, WA
  8. North Central (20-0) Indianapolis, IN
  9. Manasquan (11-0) Manasquan, NJ
  10. Clovis West (15-2) Fresno, CA
  11. Timberview (20-2) Mansfield, TX
  12. Hopkins (17-0) Minnetonka, MN
  13. Edwardsville (19-0) (Illinois)
  14. North Little Rock (15-1) (Ark.)
  15. Norcross (18-2) Norcross, GA
  16. Long Beach Polytechnic (10-3) Long Beach, CA
  17. Homestead (19-2) (Fort Wayne, IN)
  18. Byron (19-2) (Illinois)


2016 IHSA Girls Basketball Class 2A Championship Game: Byron vs. Teutopolis

Iowa City High’s Ashley Joens – SSN National Girls Basketball Player of the Week

Iowa City High’s Ashley Joens – thanks to @LittleHawkSport

(1-16-17) (#2 – 5A) Iowa City High (13-0)  (Junior 5’11 Guard) Ashley Joens is this week’s SSN National Girls Basketball Player of the Week.

This week Joens in a win 73-35 win over Cedar Rapids Washington,scored a game-high 29 points (FG 10-14 FT – 7-8) . On Friday the Junior scored 23 points and added 7 rebounds in a 59-40 win over #7 (4A) Cedar Rapids Xavier 59-40.


Joens, who has already committed to Iowa State,  is averaging 21.6 points a game and 11.3 rebounds per game, she also joined the 1,000 point club in early December.


McDonald’s All-American Teams Named

(1-15-17) McDonald’s All-American rosters were ann ounced on ESPNU.  The two games will be played at the United Center on March 29th.

Lots of big-time names were selected for both the boys and girls games.

BOYS – McDonald’s All-American Roster



GIRLS – McDonald’s All-American Roster




Why Two Quarters For JV Girls Basketball?

Celina JV Basketball Huddle – Thanks to Snap In Time Photography


This past season numerous girls JV basketball games have been cut down to two quarters in length and some have even been cancelled.  Several Mercer County girls basketball coaches gave us answers to our questions on why this is taking place.

Ft. Recovery one of the top girls basketball programs in the county, now they will only play 2 quarter JV games for rest of the season.  The Indians only have 13 healthy roster players and when one player broke her hand the choice was made to play only 2 quarters of JV.  There has been times when no JV game was played before the varsity game.

Numbers for the future could be a problem as well, the Indians do not have freshmen team this season, in the lower grades the 7th grade has thirteen players and the 8th grade has just nine players.

Ft. Recovery Head Coach Brian Patch sees numerous issues causing the current situation:

Numerous reasons. Season too long compared to volleyball, sport requires too much running versus volleyball, club volleyball, kids are getting lazy and entitled compared to the past, parents aren’t as supportive as they used to be to push their kids, everyone wants to be the star and if they can’t start or play a lot then they won’t play, in basketball you have to be good at multiple things to be a good player versus volleyball you can play half the game being just good at one thing such as digging a ball, in basketball you have to work hard during the game because of the sport. CYO still plays basketball mess around and drinking is involved- a major problem in Mercer County.
Patch sees this being an issue for the future:

 I see this as being a major problem and its occurring everywhere. Numbers are dropping. Example last year we won the 6th most games in our program history which has included 3 state appearances. We had 5 kids quit off our jv and varsity team. Those kids played for a winning program, played a lot of minutes as we only had 13 kids last year and played a full JV schedule and games. Our administration asked them if coaches were the problem and they said no we love them. This is a huge problem and any thing you can do to write about it to address it with OHSAA, parents, school personnel would be appreciated by all coaches. I lost a paid varsity assistant because our numerous dropped below 24 kids. In 9 games we have not played a team with 24 kids. Yet my coach puts in the same amount hours and shows up to help run our youth programs to build numbers for our future. I have very strong feelings on this topic and love to see it get address.

Marion Local, another very successful program,  has played a few JV games for 2 quarters  due to  opponents having low roster numbers.

Looking at the Flyers overall program they will play 6 to 7  freshman games and numbers on the 7th and 8th grade teams are both at eleven.

Head Coach Barb Streib talks about the situation:

Numbers seem to be low in a lot of schools.  Kids are just different these days and either focus on one sport or don’t want to put the time in.

Success usually seems to help, trying to find a balance between working hard and pushing them while also making it fun can be a challenge.

At Parkway  they have only played one JV game where the Panthers requested to play only 2 quarters, this was due to four girls being out (3 due to injury) which left only 12 healthy players. Three JV games opponents have requested to play 2 quarters of JV, one school did not have a JV team.

First year Panther Head Coach Linda Hawk:

 I’m hoping I don’t have to do this again due to girls being out due to injury.

Hawk went on to talk about the program down the road:

Depending if all 8th graders play next year, we may have a freshman team.  Early estimates are 23 girls.  This could change by the time next season starts.

Only losing one senior this year and we have a descent size 8th grade class coming up.  At this point, I don’t have concerns that we may not be able to field a JV team.

Celina Head Coach Steve Bader:

We have a JV team but our numbers are down. With only 15 girls in the varsity and JV program and no freshman team because they are playing JV. We have to play 2 quarter  JV games because of injury and sickness. Club volleyball and club soccer have killed basketball for girls. AAU is about making money no matter what sport you play. No one wants to work on fundamentals and parents are getting caught up with AAU and spending money. Parents want to coach their kids and ruin it for other kids as well. Parents try to highlight their kid and focus on Major DI scholarships. No one wants to coach anymore because parents make it miserable for coaches to coach. I do not have an answer to get this matter fixed. I see why Celina basketball is a girl’s third sport of choice. Volleyball and soccer have been good here for past 5 to 8 years, so as a player they are going to go to the winning programs.


In November of 2014 in an OHSAA newsletter ‘Rebounders Report’ on 2 Quarter games in basketball:

There is a general perceived trend of lower numbers in high school basketball, especially on the girls’ side. Many inquire about playing “2 Quarter JV Games”. But…rules require a game to be how long?  4 quarters of course. That means, a game MUST be 4 quarters in length. So, no 2 quarter games could be permitted by NFHS Playing Rules. But before I close this section….there is also an NFHS Rule that says “by mutual agreement of coaches and officials, a game may end at any time”.

The situation is something that school administration, coaches, parents and student-athletes need to keep an eye on for the future.  The atmosphere is no longer that of the 1950’s where you played for the pride of the school and the community. The focus in 2017, especially at the  National level, has changed to what is best for the individual and not the team concept.

Rockford’s Royal Family Wins At Windy City Challenge

Royal Family Wins Windy City Challenge

(1-15-17) Last year at this time Shelli McGinley and the Guilford Vikings Cheer team was getting ready for the NIC 10 Championships, a lot has happened in just a year.

McGinley was dismissed unceremoniously in September by RPS 205 (Rockford Public Schools) after the school administration gave into a disgruntled parents of a JV team member.  That started a rough time for McGinley and her Guilford Cheer Team.

But it didn’t McGinley, parents of her Guilford cheer parents and their kids to change gears. What looked like the end of the world has now turned into “Somewhere Over The Rainbow“.  McGinley went right to work, she found a new gym location, started a new competitive All-Star Squad (Rockford’s Royal Family) and in less than six months competed in their first competition.  Most of team is made up up of former Guilford cheerleaders and a sprinkling of members from around the Stateline area.  The formula is working too.

The result for the Royal Family was a win at the Windy City Challenge on Saturday, the 93.67 score was the highest ever for a McGinley coached team.  The win now gives them an opportunity to be eligible for a bid to the Summit in May at Disney World, the pinnacle of All-Star competitive cheering,  Bids will be awarded on Monday night which will be shown  on Varsity TV.

Coach McGinley and the Windy City Challenge Trophy

Rockford’s Royal Family Coach Shelli McGinley:

Words cannot describe how truly excited and humbled I am at our first place win today at out very first competition! We are a brand new all star cheer gym, just opened in October 2016. We overcame big obstacles as one of our elite athletes sprained her ankle on Thursday and could not compete. On Friday, we pulled in an alternate and also had another girl learn the routine just this week. All odds were stacked against us. However, these amazing kids I’m blessed to coach, gave it their all today and scored the highest score any team I’ve coached has ever scored! I’m so very proud of this team, these athletes and their wonderful supportive parents! We made this happen together. It was definitely a collaborative effort! We definitely turned Lemons into Lemonade.

It’s an amazing amazing comeback story for everyone involved with Rockford’s Royal Family. Great kids, great coaches, great facilities and a great program.


Shelli McGinley ‘ Turning Lemons Into Lemonade’

Littleton Breaks California Scoring Record, ‘Not Done Yet’

(La Jolla Calif) Bishop’s 5’9 Senior Guard Destiny Littleton made California history last night scoring 30 points  in a 72-47 win over Ramona, which moved her the top spot, ahead of Charde Houston of San Diego High, scoring 30 points at the MLK Hoopfest at Mount Miguel. Littleton now has 3,838 points in her career and she is ‘not done yet’ with a lot more opportunities ahead of her to add to that record.

Littleton’s record breaking 3-pointer came with 6:18 still to play in the third quarter. Littleton would not return to the game after her record breaking basket, sitting her out to enjoy the historic moment.  The 30 points she scored was her lowest total this season, what gets overlooked, she also had 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals on the night.

Littleton told the San Diego Union-Tribune:

“It’s humbling to do this. I’ve passed so many great players along the way, seeing them drop below me was amazing.”

Littleton now needs just 162 points to reach the 4,000 career point mark, that will put her in a very elite group of players, one of just fourteen (NFHS record book) to do that in Girls high school basketball history in the US. She presently sits at #17 all-time (NFHS), one point ahead of Charde Houston (San Diego High), who is now the #2 career scoring leader in California.


NFHS All-Time Career Scorers

       Points     Name                     State

  1. 5,424- Adrian McGowen TX (Goodrich), 2003-06
  2. 5,172- Victoria Vivians MS (Forest Scott Central), 2011-14
  3. 4,897- Tyra Buss IL (Mt. Carmel), 2011-14
  4. 4,506- Missy Thomas LA Gibsland-Coleman 1992-95
  5. 4,462- Whitney Creech KY (Jenkins), 2013-16
  6. 4,422- Judy Clark LA (Singer) 1993-96
  7. 4,385- Geri Grigsby KY (McDowell), 1975-77
  8. 4,327- Patricia Walker-Manuel LA (Athens), 1989-92
  9. 4,319- Katie Antony LA (Anacoco), 2000-03
  10. 4,131- Rebekah Dahlman MN (Braham), 2010-13
  11. 4,075- Kim Mulkey LA (Hammond), 1977-80
  12. 4,044- Kendra Neal LA (Pelican), 1989-92
  13. 4,031- Brittany Johnson IL (Olney East Richland) 2004-07
  14. 3,899- Kristen Somogyi NJ (New Brunswick St. Peter’s), 1989-92
  15. 3,872- Jaime Walz KY (Ft. Thomas Highlands), 1993-96
  16. 3,852- Haley Fowler TX (Smyer), 2009-12
  17. 3,838- Destiny Littleton (Ca), 2014-
  18. 3,837- Charde Houston CA (San Diego), 2001-04


Bowman Academy Gets IHSAA ‘Tournament Suspension’


The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announces that it is suspending immediately the eligibility of Bowman Leadership Academy from all IHSAA state tournament series events in all sports and is placing its membership on probationary status.


The Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. announces that it is suspending immediately the eligibility of Bowman Leadership Academy from all IHSAA state tournament series events in all sports and is placing its membership on probationary status.

Bowman Leadership Academy, located in Gary and first admitted to the Association as a member school in2006, is one of 410 voluntary members who subscribe to uphold the by‐laws and policies of the Association.

This decision comes as a result of meetings conducted by the IHSAA Executive Staff with the Bowman Leadership Academy administration on Monday, January 9 and correspondence received since that meeting as well as discussion with members of the IHSAA Executive Committee. Numerous violations recently discovered, the repeated history of non‐compliance by the boys basketball program and the previous lack of institutional control exhibited by the school over its entire athletic program have led to the following determinations:
1. The Bowman Leadership Academy’s eligibility for all Indiana High School Athletic Associationtournament series participation is suspended immediately.

2. The Bowman Leadership Academy membership with the IHSAA is now placed on probationary status for the remainder of the current calendar year and the entire 2017‐18 school year. During this period, the school will not participate in any IHSAA tournament series events. Additionally, an IHSAA staff member shall be assigned to the school as a mentor. The school and the mentor shall meet seasonally to ensure compliance of all IHSAA by‐laws, policies and procedures. Violations of any IHSAA by‐laws, policies or procedures during the probationary period may result in expulsion from membership with the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc.

3. A student participated in a contest representing Bowman Leadership Academy while not enrolled in the school. This is a violation of Rule 12‐1. The boys basketball contest between Bowman and Tindley of Indianapolis shall stand as a forfeit to Tindley. Bowman shall notify Tindley of this violation.

4. A student has expired his high school eligibility under the provisions of Rule 12‐2. That student is ineligible at any IHSAA member school. The boys varsity basketball contests against Gary Roosevelt, Crown Point and Tindley shall be forfeited by Bowman Academy. Bowman Academy shall notify each school of this forfeiture.

5. A student is declared ineligible under Rule 17‐7.4 due to the provision of false information regarding the transfer report. All eight boys varsity basketball contests where this student was a participant are hereby forfeited. Bowman Academy shall notify each school of these forfeitures.

6. A student is declared ineligible under Rule 18‐1 (Minimum Course Enrollment and Grades for Participation). The student may attain eligibility on the certification date established by the school provided he meets the minimum provisions of Rule 18‐1.

7. A student is declared ineligible until a transfer report has been filed and ruled upon by the IHSAA. All contests where the student was a participant shall be forfeited. Bowman Academy shall notify each school of these forfeitures.

8. A second student is declared ineligible until a transfer report has been filed and ruled upon by the IHSAA. All contests where the student was a participant shall be forfeited. Bowman Academy shall notify each school of these forfeitures.

9. A student is declared ineligible under the provisions of Rule 20‐2 (Past Link). All contests where the student was a participant shall be forfeited. Bowman Academy shall notify each school of these forfeitures.

10. A student participated in more than five quarters during a single session vs. 21st Century Charter School – Gary. The varsity contest against 21st Century Charter School – Gary shall be forfeited. Bowman Leadership Academy shall notify the school of this forfeiture. All quarters participated in by the student shall count toward the maximum number of quarters allowable during the season.

11. Bowman Leadership Academy participated in a contest against Pickerington High School Central from Ohio. This contest was contested without a signed contract executed by the member school. This contest shall be forfeited and Bowman Academy shall notify Pickerington High School Central of this forfeiture.

12. Bowman Leadership Academy has violated the provisions of Rule 50‐5 of the IHSAA by‐laws by overscheduling contests for the boys basketball team. It is noted that the school has amended their current schedule to achieve compliance with the provisions of Rule 50. The 2017‐18 boys basketball schedule at Bowman Academy shall be reduced by one contest to not exceed 21 games and no tournament or 19 games and one tournament.

13. Any interscholastic coach in any sport at Bowman Leadership Academy that has not met the requirements of Rule 7‐1.4 is hereby suspended immediately. This is a health and safety issue for the student athletes as well as a liability consideration for the member school. Records reflecting successful completion of mandatory course work must be forwarded to the IHSAA prior to any coaching activity from this point forward.

The school may continue to field athletic teams and compete in regular season contests during this probationary period but will not be entered in any state tournament competition. Principal Sarita Stevens, Athletic Director Arthur Haggard and Assistant Athletic Director Jerae Protho‐Guider are commended for their cooperation in this investigation and their sincerity in correcting these egregious and unfortunate circumstances in the future.

Principal Stevens commented in a letter to Commissioner Bobby Cox:

“The current Thea Bowman Leadership Academy staff will remain transparent as evident in our self‐imposed sanction letter and corrective actions plan that was submitted to your office on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017. We openly admitted to the violations and started at the moment of discovery, working aggressively to correct the problems and implement systems to avoid reoccurrences. We are determined to take Thea Bowman to a level of high integrity in all extra‐curricular programs offered to our students. This starts with building an athletic program that is student‐centered and held to all of the standards of IHSAA.”

Commissioner Cox commented:

“Sarita Stevens is an educator of high character and standards. Ms. Stevens
along with her administrative team are committed to correct these very unfortunate outcomes and take Bowman Academy to new levels. I am confident with her dedication and the assistance of the IHSAA staff, the athletic department will rise above these disappointments and thrive as a beacon of learning for their community.”