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Austin Akers back on the hardwood for All-Star game

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Austin Akers will be in action during the Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic in Knightstown this evening. Akers will play for the Hickory Huskers team beginning at approximately 8 p.m.
Times Staff Report

Knightstown's historic Hoosier Gym, movie home of the "Hoosiers" Hickory Huskers, is once again the site of the Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic. This fourth annual girls'/boys' doubleheader will take place tonight. The girls' game starts at 6 p.m. The boys' game follows at 8 p.m. (local Knightstown time).

New Castle High School coaches Steve Bennett (boys) and Curt Bell (girls), along with Knightstown girls' coach Dawn Basicker and Mooresville boys' coach Bob Carter, will guide the four teams.

Highlighting the girls' contest are 2009 Indiana Miss Basketball Skylar Diggins from South Bend Washington, a Notre Dame recruit, and Miss Basketball runner-up Kelly Faris (Heritage Christian) who will attend Connecticut.

Eight more 2009 Indiana All-Stars were selected for the first half of this doubleheader. They are Alex Bentley, Ben Davis (Penn State), Skyler Gick, Benton Central

(Valparaiso), Dragana Grbic, Terre Haute South (Butler), TašKenya Nixon, Michigan City (Eastern Illinois), Courtney Osborn, Hamilton Southeastern (Miami of Ohio), Aulani Sinclair, Eminence (Indiana), Chrissy Steffen, Carmel (Bowling Green) and Lily Svete, Penn (Florida).

The 2009 Indiana Mr. Basketball Jordan Hulls of Bloomington South will participate in the second contest before heading to Indiana University this fall. Fellow IU recruit Derek Elston (Tipton) joins Hulls as do Purdue recruits Patrick Bade (Franklin Central) and D.J. Byrd (North Montgomery).

Northview High School's Austin Akers will be on the Hickory Huskers squad along with Rockville's R.J. Mahurin. Akers, a 6'2 guard, will play basketball for Olney Central next season. Mahurin, a 6'8 forward, is an Indiana State recruit.

Six other 2009 Indiana All-Stars invited to participate include Bruce Grimm Jr., Rochester (East Tennessee State), Matt Kenney, Mooresville (Valparaiso), Jake Odum, Terre Haute South (Indiana State), Colt Ryan, Batesville (Evansville), Stephan Van Treese, Lawrence North (Louisville), and Scott Wood, Marion (North Carolina State).

Coordinating this event are Garry Donna, Publisher of Hoosier Basketball Magazine and the Historic Hoosier Gym Committee of Knightstown. To purchase tickets (there are only 665 seats - all reserved) call (317) 925-8200 or e-mail hoosierbbllmag@earthlink.net.