Times Sports Editor
Northview senior Austin Akers will have the opportunity to show off his skills on the hardwood at least one more time before he suits up for Olney Central Junior College next season.
Akers will participate in the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic to be played at New Castle High School this evening.
The unique format includes two boys' games and a pair of girls' games broken up according to what class the players' high school competed in during the season.
The boys and girls will each have a 1A-2A State Team vs. the 1A-2A Metro-Central Team and a 3A-4A State Team vs. the 3A-4A Metro-Central Team.
Akers will play for the 3A-4A State Team that will have Terre Haute South coach Mike Saylor and Northview head coach Ernie Maesch at the helm.
Joining Akers on the State Team will be Purdue recruit, Stevie Loveless of Frankfort and Fort Wayne Snider's Reggie Hearn, who is going to Northwestern. Plainfield graduate Blake Metcalf, who will attend Albany University in the fall, is also on the squad.
Suiting up on the opposing bench will be a talent-laden lineup that includes Indiana Mr. Basketball, Jordan Hulls, who is going to Indiana University. Kelsey Barlow of Cathedral, a Purdue recruit, is also on the Metro-Central team along with IU football recruit, Charlie Duffy of Hamilton Southeastern.
The 3A-4A game will be the final one of the evening beginning at approximately 6 p.m.
Other notable players include Rockville's R.J. Mahurin, an Indiana State recruit, who will play for the 1A-2A Metro-Central squad. In the girls' games, Owen Valley's Heather and Nickole Gonser will participate along with Union's Megan Gambill and North Putnam graduate, Leah Crosby.
The 1954 Milan Indians and the 1955-1956 Crispus Attucks teams have been invited and are bringing their respective museums and memorabilia to the event. Members committed to be there include Ray Craft, Rollin Cutter from Milan and Attucks team members Willie Merriweather, Bill Hampton, John Gitson, Sam Milton, John Clemons and Oscar Robertson is making every effort to be here.
Ticket prices are $5 for a single game and $15 for all four games.
Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic
1A-2A State vs. 1A-2A Metro-Central girls game, noon
3A-4A State vs. 3A-4A Metro-Central girls game, 2 p.m.
1A-2A State vs. 1A-2A Metro-Central boys game, 4 p.m.
3A-4A State vs. 3A-4A Metro-Central boys game, 6 p.m.
Boys and girls rosters
3A-4A State Boys' Team
|JaRob McCallum||Marion||Univ. of Wisc.-Milwaukee|
|Reggie Hearn||FW Snider||Northwestern|
|Austin Akers||Northview||Olney Central|
|Kendal Brown||Ev. Harrison||S. Illinois|
|Jawaun Scaife||Muncie Central||Ball State|
|Blake Metcalf||Plainfield||Albany, NY|
|Dee Jones||Columbus North||Hanover|
|Karvel Anderson||Elkhart Memorial||Undecided|
Coaches: Mike Saylor (THS) and Ernie Maesch (Northview)
3A-4A Metro-Central Boys team
|Greg Rice||Ben Davis||IUPUI|
|Jordan Hulls||Bloom. South||Indiana|
|Daniel Froedge||Anderson||Sante Fe (Florida) C.C.|
|Corey Clemens||New Castle||Morehead State|
|Damon Ellison||North Central||Florida Southern|
|Jay Mohr||Anderson Highland||Undecided|
|Charlie Duffy||Hamilton SE||Indiana (Football)|
|Justin Reid||North Central||Kankakee JC|
Coaches: Cliff Hawkins (Center Grove) and Michael Wantz (Roncalli)
1A-2A State Boys' Team
|Josh Gordon||Northeast Dubois||Undecided|
|Thomas Nugent||North Daviess||Vincennes University|
|Tyler Vieke||Vincennes Rivet||DePauw|
|Tommy Strine||Lakewood Park Christian||Anderson College|
|Andy Chinn||Tell City||Evansville|
|Dru Anthrop||Laf. Central Catholic||Purdue|
|Kyle Green||Switzerland County||Franklin|
|Aaron Martin||Rossville||Indiana Wesleyan|
|Myles Thies||North Judson||Ball State|
|Jordan Meyers||Forest Park||Southern||Illinois|
Coaches: Corey Scott (Daleville) and Travis Daugherty (Bishop Chatard)
1A-2A Metro-Central Boys' Team
|R J Mahurin||Rockville||Indiana State|
|Matthew Gehl||Jac Cen Del||Undecided|
|Ryan Nowicki||Guerin Catholic||Hanover|
|Drew Schauss||Centerville||Brevard North Carolina|
|Kyle Bradley||Indian Creek||Danville Area (Illinois)|
|Michael Horner||Liberty Christian||Anderson|
|Mark Dirksen||Seton Catholic||Undecided|
Tim Arnett, Jac-Cen-Del........Ripley Co............Undecided
|Braden Miller||Cambridge City Lincoln||U. of Indianapolis (Football)|
|Tommy Eggleston||Heritage Christian||Pennsylvania|
|Derrick Pond||Oak Hill||Joliet Community College|
|Tyler Koch||Winchester||Wright State|
Coaches: Pete Smith (Guerin Catholic) and Dave Mahurin (Rockville)