Times Sports Editor
The Wabash Valley was well represented in this year's Associated Press All-State basketball teams.
In fact, a pair of Northview athletes were honored as Spring Raines received High Honorable Mention status and Austin Akers was on the Honorable Mention list for the AP Team.
Raines completed one of the top prep careers in the Valley after finishing with more than 1,500 career points for the Knights. She finished her senior year by averaging 24 ppg. while also leading the Knights in rebounding at 8.6 per game and assists with more than three per contest. She hit 56 3-pointers this season and knocked down 36 percent from long-range. Raines also hit 77 percent of her shots from the free throw line and 43 percent from the field.
Head coach LuAnne Anderson held that position during Raines final season, but discussed the nomination during a recent interview.
"I think this is a great honor for her and our program," Anderson said. "Spring has proven that she is one of the best players in the state. I am not sure that I will have another opportunity to coach a player like Spring -- players like her don't come around very often. I always knew that if our team needed to score, she would step up and get the job done. She totally dominated games for us this year."
Raines also was elected to compete in the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top-60 workout on March 15.
Terre Haute South's Dragana Grbic was a Second Team All-State pick and will attend Butler. Owen Valley's Nickole and Heather Gonser were also High Honorable Mention choices and will continue to play at the University of Indianapolis. Megan Gambill of Union (Dugger) was also on the High Honorable Mention list.
Akers took his game to another level this season and was the player that every team had to plan for when facing the Knights.
His scoring was the main focus during the early portions of the season, but the latter half of the year saw his ability to distribute the ball catch up and open plenty of coaches eyes. Akers was also one of the Knights better rebounders.
"It's a great honor for Austin and the program," coach Ernie Maesch said. "He played at an incredibly high level this season. Hopefully some other players see that All-State honor and see what kind of work it takes to reach that level."
Akers is also expected to be named as one of the state's top-60 seniors and will very likely compete in the workouts, which are typically attended by a number of college coaches. Akers already has some offers, but has not made a final decision at this point.
While Maesch noted that the final list has not been announced for the Top-60 workout, he felt that Akers was a very deserving candidate.
"I think he'll get a chance to show coaches that he's just as good as any other Division I athlete that is there," Maesch said.
A pair of IU recruits were named to the First Team list as Bloomington South's Jordan Hulls and Derek Elston of Tipton lead the way. D.J. Byrd of North Montgomery will attend Purdue and Scott Wood of Marion is heading to North Carolina State. DeShaun Thomas of state champion Fort Wayne Luers, is the lone junior on the team and is an Ohio State commit.
Terre Haute South's Jake Odum and John Michael Jarvis each are on the High Honorable Mention list along with Rockville's R.J. Mahurin. Both Mahurin and Odum are Indiana State recruits. Terre Haute North's Justin Gant joined Akers on the Honorable Mention list.
Jordan Hulls, Bloomington South 6- 0 Sr.
Deshaun Thomas, Fort Wayne Luers 6- 7 Jr.
Derek Elston, Tipton 6- 8 Sr.
D.J. Byrd, North Montgomery 6- 5 Sr.
Scott Wood, Marion 6- 5 Sr.
Patrick Bade, Franklin Central 6- 9 Sr.
Stephan Van Treese, Lawrence North 6- 9 Sr.
Terone Johnson, North Central (Indianapolis) 6- 2 Jr.
Matt Kenney, Mooresville 6- 3 Sr.
Kendal Brown, Evansville Harrison 5- 9 Sr.
Bruce Grimm Jr., Rochester 6- 0 Sr.
Colt Ryan, Batesville 6- 4 Sr.
Donnie Hale, New Albany 6- 7 Jr.
Dominique Ferguson, Lawrence North 6- 9 Jr.
Travis Carroll, Danville 6- 8 Jr.
HIGH HONORABLE MENTION: Dru Anthrop, Lafayette Central Catholic; Justin Jordan, Fort Wayne North; Jake Odum, Terre Haute South; Tyler Koch, Winchester; Jalen Packer, Princeton; Greg Miller, North Miami; Trevor George, Princeton; Tommy Kurth, Penn; Stevie Loveless, Frankfort; Morgan Newton, Carmel; Trev Wilgus, Evansville Memorial; Trey Hughes, Barr-Reeve; Jordan Myers, Forest Park; Marquis Teague, Pike; Jesse Berry, Lafayette Jeff; R.J. Mahurin, Rockville; Darwin Davis, Bloomington South; Tyler Vieke, Vincennes Rivet; Jonathan Sims, Fort Wayne Snider; John Michael Jarvis, Terre Haute South; Nic Moore, Warsaw; Jake Kitchell, South Central (Union Mills); Andrew Smith, Covenant Christian; Erik Fromm, Bloomington South; Philip Freeman, Indianapolis Arlington; Matt Gehl, Jac-Cen-Del; Colton Keel, Triton.
HONORABLE MENTION: Austin Akers, Northview; Karvel Anderson, Elkhart Memorial; Lawrence Barnett, Fort Wayne Luers; Blake Beasley, Decatur Central; Kyle Bradley, Indian Creek; Russell Byrd, Fort Wayne Blackhawk; Brandon Cameron, South Bend Clay; Rontray Chavis, Princeton; DeShawn Clay, Gary West; Brandon Dawson, Gary Wallace; Tommy Eggleston, Heritage Christian; Damon Ellison, North Central (Indianapolis) (Marion); Aaron Evans, Indianapolis Roncalli; Justin Gant, Terre Haute North; Reggie Hearn, Fort Wayne Snider; Xavier Jones, Gary West; Michael Kirkham, Whiteland; Aaron Martin, Rossville; Justin Martin, Lawrence North; JaRob McCallum, Marion; Blake Metcalf, Plainfield; Errick Peck, Indianapolis Cathedral; Tommy Peller, Chesterton; Justin Reid, North Central (Indianapolis); Greg Rice, Ben Davis; Jauwan Scaife, Muncie Central; Brad Sneary, Fort Wayne Snider; Brian Stolarz, Munster; Ryan Taylor, Lawrence North; Troy Taylor, Anderson; Taylor Wischmeier, Brownstown Central; Brock Woodward, Bluffton; Cody Zeller, Washington.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Blaze Ayers, Brownstown Central; Kelsey Barlow, Indianapolis Cathedral; Evan Blackmon, Fort Wayne Luers; Landon Booker, South Bend Adams; Griffyn Carpenter, Triton; Dontray Chavis, Princeton; Adam Christner, Westview; Jarrett Fleming, South Bend Washington; Zach Harrison, Terre Haute North; Patrick Hopkins, Kokomo; Bobby James, Hobart; George Jones, South Bend Clay; Ethan Knepp, Barr-Reeve; Logan Laswell, Paoli; Jeramy Lucas, South Knox; Joel Meister, Triton; Jeff Robinson, Lawrence North; Ryne Robinson, Warsaw; Bryce Small, Vincennes Lincoln; Elliot Smith, Northridge; DeVauntes Smith-Rivera, North Central (Indianapolis); Blake Sutton, Jac-Cen-Del; Jourdan Vann, South Bend Washington; Kennis White, South Bend Washington.
Skylar Diggins, South Bend Washington 5-10 Sr.
Kelly Faris, Heritage Christian 5-11 Sr.
Alex Bentley, Ben Davis 5- 7 Sr.
Courtney Osborn, Hamilton Southeastern 5- 9 Sr.
Chrissy Steffen, Carmel 5-11 Sr.
Aulani Sinclair, Eminence 6- 0 Sr.
Courtney Moses, Oak Hill 5- 7 Jr.
Skyler Gick, Benton Central 5- 6 Sr.
Tabitha Gerardot, Fort Wayne Canterbury 5-11 Jr.
Dragana Grbic, Terre Haute South 6- 3 Sr.
Bria Goss, Ben Davis 5-10 So.
Lecretia Smith, Fort Wayne Elmhurst 5-10 Sr.
Claire Freeman, Heritage Christian 5- 9 Sr.
Adrienne Sahm, Indianapolis Cathedral 5- 7 Sr.
TaKenya Nixon, Michigan City 5- 8 Sr.
HIGH HONORABLE MENTION: Brooke Owens, Vincennes Lincoln; Heather Gonser, Owen Valley; Nickole Gonser, Owen Valley; Lauren Zeabart, Gibson Southern; Andrea Rademacher, Borden; Liza Clemons, Fort Wayne Elmhurst; Jasmine Watson, South Bend Washington Kelsey Reynolds, Penn; Lily Svete, Penn; Jama Sharp, Mooresville; Hilliary Fox, Barr-Reeve; Taylor Goshert, Wawasee; Meghan Doss, Turkey Run; DeAirra Goss, Ben Davis; Ashley Pickering, Oak Hill; Mandi Johnson, Crawfordsville; Megan Gambill, Dugger; Teri Oliver, Taylor; Spring Raines, Northview; Daress McClung, Lawrence North; Katy McIntosh, Austin; Aubrey Minix, Oregon Davis; Gabrielle Minix, Oregon-Davis; Margee Reeder, Muncie South; Dee Dee Williams, Ben Davis; Brandi Richardson, Lafayette Jeff; Charae Richardson, Lafayette Jeff; Torrie Thornton, Carmel; Kelsey Wyss, Fort Wayne Luers.
HONORABLE MENTION: Maegan Callaway, Mooresville; Meagan Collins, Boonville; Cierra Dotson, Indianapolis Northwest; Talaya Earls, Indianapolis Northwest; Alex Gasaway, Crawfordsville; Lacia Gorman, Fort Wayne Elmhurst; Sara Hamm, Winchester; Karli Harris, Fishers; Liz Horton, Barr-Reeve; Elizabeth Jennings, Lapel; Takoia Larry, South Bend Washington; Mandy McDivitt, Connersville; Jasmine McGhee, Anderson; Sydney Mitchell, Columbus North; Anna Munn, Decatur Central; Andrea Newbauer, Fort Wayne Concordia; Jordan Ogle, Columbus East; Jasmine Penny, Logansport; Laura Richards, Connersville; Paige Smith, Hamilton Southeastern; Liz Stratman, Heritage Christian; Kristen Turner, Seymour; Sydney Weinert, Fort Wayne South; Sancheon White, Hammond; Brandy Woody, Western Boone.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Chelsea Benham, Crawford County; Callie Burgin, New Washington; Stephanie Fougerosse, White River Valley; Lauren Goffinet, Tell City; Kylee Hamilton, Indian Creek; Khristian Hart, Evansville Harrison; Jessica Hull, South Bend Adams; Whitney Malin, Wood Memorial; Bianca McGee, Michigan City; Lauren McRoberts, Carmel; Chelsea Meeks, Vincennes Rivet; Lauren Meese, Oak Hill; Kelly Meggs, Terre Haute North; Lauren Miller, Speedway; MaKaylee Pirtle, Dugger; Meghan Prible, Southern Wells; Erika Redweik, Winamac; Natalie Robinson, Fountain Central; Lyzz Smith, Plymouth; Danielle Turpin, Shoals; Brandi Waller, New Albany; Erin Wehrheim, Vincennes Rivet; Sarah Young, Vincennes Rivet.