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Pat McKee

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March 28, 2017                                            IBCA Director of Special Projects

 

Bennington, Sibande pace IBCA Player of the Week honorees

Senior standouts joined by FW North’s Butz and Crawford County’s Nickelson as recipients

Twin Lakes’ Bryce Bennington and Indianapolis Attucks’ Nike Sibande each shined throughout the Class 3A state championship game, and the senior standouts are two of four players earning honors as an IBCA/Subway Player of the Week.

Bennington and Sibande are joined by Fort Wayne North senior Jaylen Butz and Crawford County senior Tyrell Nickelson as recipients for March 20-25 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Butz is the winner for District 1. Bennington and Sibande are co-recipients for District 2. Nickelson collected accolades for District 3.

The 6-2 Bennington poured in a game-high 32 points with three rebounds and one blocked shot, but it was not enough as Twin Lakes dropped a 73-71 decision to Attucks on a last-second rebound basket by Tigers junior Jamal Harris. Bennington converted 12-of-18 field goals, 4-of-8 3-pointers and 4-of-8 free throws en route to his big game for the Indians (25-4).

Sibande was outstanding for Attucks (25-4), scoring 23 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. The 6-4 guard sank 7-of-12 shots, 4-of-5 3-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws as the Tigers claimed the school’s fourth state championship and first since 1959.

The 6-10 Butz produced 11 points, a game-high 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals as Fort Wayne North (27-3) fell just short in the Class 4A championship game, falling 55-52 to Ben Davis. A DePaul University recruit, Butz was 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line to share team-high scoring honors.

Nickelson scored a team-best 14 points with four rebounds, one assist and three steals as Crawford County (22-7) lost 60-32 to Frankton in the Class 2A title game. The 6-2 guard made 4-of-7 field goals, 2-of-4 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws for the Wolfpack.

This is the ninth season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program and the fifth season it is presented by Subway Restaurants of Indiana, a banner sponsor of the IBCA. Subway, in its sixth season as an IBCA sponsor, encourages athletes to “train hard and eat fresh.”

Player of the Week winners are chosen each week from each of the IHSAA’s three districts. This is the final week for boys’ winners. The girls’ season is complete.

 

Other nominees for Week 21 (2016-17)

            District 1 boys – None.

            District 2 boys – Avery Denhart, Lafayette Central Catholic; Maurice Knight, Frankton; Chris Murff, Tindley; Jalen Windham, Ben Davis.

            District 3 boys – None.

 

2016-17 winners

            Oct. 31-Nov. 5 – District 1 girls: Mason VanHouten, Fort Wayne Canterbury. District 2 girls: Madison Wise, Greenfield-Central. District 3 girls: Kayana Traylor, Martinsville.

Nov. 7-12District 1 girls: Jenasae Bishop, East Chicago Central. District 2 girls:Audrey Minix, North White. District 3 girls: Abby Wahl, Heritage Hills.

Nov. 14-19District 1 girls: Mary Parkman, Westville, and Aly Reiff, Whitko. District 2 girls: Amy Dilk, Carmel. District 3 girls: Katrina Christian, Crothersville, and Grace Holdeman, Bloomington Lighthouse Christian.

Nov. 21-26District 1 boys: Nick Mantis, Lowell. District 1 girls: Dana Evans, Gary West. District 2 boys: Tanner Lambert, Delta, and Garrett Pumphrey, Cambridge City Lincoln.District 2 girls: Nia Clark, Ben Davis. District 3 boys: Tye Collins, Loogootee. District 3 girls:Olivia Seifert, North Decatur.

Nov. 28-Dec. 3District 1 boys: Colin Kenney, Marquette Catholic. District 1 girls:Kyannah Stull, John Glenn. District 2 boys: Cooper Neese, Cloverdale. District 2 girls: Faith Morris, Blackford; Tayler Vauters, Riverton Parke, and Macee Williams, Fountain Central.District 3 boys: Hayden Langkabel, Morristown. District 3 girls: Paige Barrett, Scottsburg.

Dec. 5-10District 1 boys: Tyrese Walker, Westville. District 1 girls: Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead. District 2 boys: Kris Wilkes, North Central. District 2 girls: Rikki Harris, North Central. District 3 boys: Isaiah Dunham, Evansville Reitz. District 3 girls: Paige Schindler, Borden.

Dec. 12-17District 1 boys: Nathan Walpole, Whitko. District 1 girls: Dana Evans, Gary West. District 2 boys: Zach Gunn, Hamilton Southeastern. District 2 girls: Macee Williams, Fountain Central. District 3 boys: Jack Nunge, Castle. District 3 girls: Lucy Carrigan, Rising Sun, and Stacy Payton, Northview.

Dec. 19-24District 1 boys: Tysean Sheppard, South Bend Clay. District 1 girls:Courtney Dunlap, Argos. District 2 boys: Courvoisier McCauley, Indianapolis Manual. District 2 girls: Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern. District 3 boys: Romeo Langford, New Albany.District 3 girls: Megg Hensler, Shawe Memorial.

Dec. 26-31District 1 boys: Jermaine Couisnard, East Chicago Central. District 1 girls: Hannah Noveroske, Michigan City. District 2 boys: Jack Hansen, Guerin Catholic. District 2 girls: Sydney Tucker, Frankton. District 3 boys: Nick Walker, Henryville. District 3 girls: Erinn Hodges, Evansville Central.

Jan. 2-7District 1 boys: Michael Hemingway, Mishawaka Marian. District 1 girls:TaiYanna Jackson, East Chicago Central. District 2 boys: Sutter Foster, Wes-Del. District 2 girls: Amy Dilk, Carmel. District 3 boys: Trevor Lengacher, Barr-Reeve. District 3 girls: Amani Brown, Terre Haute South.

Jan. 9-14District 1 boys: Craig Young, Fort Wayne Wayne. District 1 girls: Dana Evans, Gary West. District 2 boys: Isiah James, Pike, and Billie Webster, Seton Catholic.District 2 girls: Tayler Vauters, Riverton Parke. District 3 boys: Romeo Langford, New Albany.District 3 girls: Lilly Hatton, North Harrison.

Jan. 16-21District 1 boys: Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley. District 1 girls:Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead. District 2 boys: Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon. District 2 girls: Rachel McLimore, Zionsville. District 3 boys: Brady Ewing, East Central, and Jaylen Minnett, Terre Haute South. District 3 girls: Jaelah Crosby, Evansville Bosse.

Jan. 23-28District 1 boys: Matt Jennings, Logansport. District 1 girls: Sophia Nolan, Marquette Catholic, and Mason VanHouten, Fort Wayne Canterbury. District 2 boys: Mack Smith, Warren Central. District 2 girls: Emily Kiser, Noblesville. District 3 boys: Michael Sizemore, West Washington. District 3 girls: Kyra Whitaker, Greensburg.

Jan. 30-Feb. 4District 1 boys: Nathan Walpole, Whitko. District 1 girls: Sydney Freeman, Central Noble. District 2 boys: Christian Harvey, Richmond. District 2 girls: Madison Wise, Greenfield-Central. District 3 boys: Hayden Langkabel, Morristown. District 3 girls: Jorie Allen, Bedford North Lawrence.

Feb. 6-11District 1 boys: Jalen Paul, Churubusco. District 1 girls: Nicole Konieczny, South Bend St. Joseph. District 2 boys: Tim Leavell, Marion. District 2 girls: DeShawna Harper, Heritage Christian. District 3 boys: Cooper Bybee, Edgewood, and Matt Cornett, South Decatur.District 3 girls: Rachel Stewart, Eastern (Pekin).

Feb. 13-18District 1 boys: John Cory, Lowell. District 1 girls: Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead. District 2 boys: Jalen Moore, Cloverdale. District 2 girls: Justiss Cantu, Union City.District 3 boys: Tim Abel, Indian Creek. District 3 girls: Rachel Stewart, Eastern (Pekin).

Feb. 20-25District 1 boys: Cornell Conner, Elkhart Central. District 1 girls: Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead, and Daly Sullivan, South Bend St. Joseph. District 2 boys: Tyler Watson, Tri-West. District 2 girls: None. District 3 boys: Mekhi Lairy, Evansville Bosse. District 3 girls: Brenna Maikranz, Wood Memorial, and Rachel Stewart, Eastern (Pekin).

Feb. 27-March 4District 1 boys: Kyle Mangas, Warsaw. District 2 boys: Jalen Moore, Cloverdale. District 3 boys: Grant Smith, Connersville.

March 6-11District 1 boys: Kyle Mangas, Warsaw. District 2 boys: Brandon Perry, Indianapolis Lutheran. District 3 boys: Mekhi Lairy, Evansville Bosse.

March 13-18District 1 boys: Johnny Bernard, Merrillville. District 2 boys: Jamal Harris, Indianapolis Attucks, and Maurice Knight, Frankton. District 3 boys: Jack Nunge, Castle.

March 20-25District 1 boys: Jaylen Butz, Fort Wayne North. District 2 boys: Bryce Bennington, Twin Lakes, and Nike Sibande, Indianapolis Attucks. District 3 boys: Tyrell Nickelson, Crawford County.

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