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Memorial's Khadijah Moore collects a rebound as Paige Newvine helps 1/20/2012 against Northridge. ¬ (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) ¬ ¬ ¬ (AP)

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2013-14 Girls Basketball Preview

Posted on Nov. 9, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 9, 2013 at 5:55 p.m.

Steve Krah

NAPPANEE — What began as a favor has turned into nearly four decades full of victories and hardwood memories.

Steve Neff, who coached gymnastics for one season at NorthWood High School, had only planned to coach girls basketball at NorthWood for a year or two when he took over the program from Jan Schrock in 1977-78. The team went 11-6 that first year. Neff’s team won the first of many sectional and regional titles in his second season and he just kept coming back for more.

But after this season, there will be no more.

When the ball goes up Tuesday, Nov. 12, for the 2012-13 season opener against Mishawaka in The Pit, it will mark the beginning of the 37th and final season for the Hall of Famer on the “Black Swish” bench.

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Coach: Krysten Parson (65-91 in seven seasons).

Assistants: Margene Zink, Brent Reinhardt, Ali Hochstetler.

2012-13 record: 13-10.

Returning letterwinners (5): Seniors — g Marie Bontrager, g Tori Craw, post Hanna Hochstetler, g Catie Kauffman. Junior — g Jordan Helmuth.

Others: Senior — g Lynea Kaethler. Juniors — post Marisa Marquez, g Danielle Welty. Sophomore — post Darienne Maust. Freshman — g Tessa Clark.

Opener: Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Jimtown.


Coach: Dan Ross (6-17 in one season).

Assistants: Casey Clopton, Beth Barwick, Jess Dooley.

2012-13 record: 6-17 (0-7 in Northern Lakes Conference).

Returning letterwinners (8): Seniors — c Michelle Detwiler, g/f Jenna Makin, g/f Alexis Williams. Juniors — g Keonna Clopton, g Chloe Emerick, g Jade Iavagnilio, f MacKenzie Rutter. Sophomore — f/g Bre Bloch.

Others: Juniors — f/c Tani Bradley, f Angalic Greer. Sophomore — f Nicole Wilhelm. Freshmen — f/g Tylar Roberson, g Justyce Warren.

Opener: Tuesday, Nov. 12 vs. Elkhart Central.


Coach: Nicole Cartwright (53-54 in five seasons).

Assistant: Ryan Markel.

2012-13 record: 6-14 (6-11 in Wolverine Conference).

Returning letterwinners (6): Seniors — f Alexis Blake, g Olivia Hack. Juniors — g Rachel Boyles. g/f Gabby Golba, g Katelynn Rogers. Sophomore — g Anna Roberts.

Others: Juniors — g Nikki Dolich, g Alise Markel, f Haley Stanton. Sophomore — f Breanna Baushke. Freshman — g Savannah Dixon.

Opener: Tuesday, Dec. 3 vs. St. Joseph.


Coach: Will Coatie (2-20 in one season).

Assistants: Troy Gray, Leslie Miller, Janice Edwards, Takita Earl.

2012-13 record: 2-20 (0-8 in Northern Indiana Conference).

Returning letterwinners (4): Juniors — g Daitriona Bonds, g Amanda Dibley, f LaToria House, f Kelly Ronan.

Others: Sophomores — f Jasmine Cotton, f Lauren Gingrich, g Basia Martinez, g Aleiyah Williams, g Gabi Yoder, g/f Makaya Young.

Opener: Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Concord.


Coach: Rick Billman (28-26 in three seasons, 1996-99).

Assistants: Nic Minder, Jessica Maxwell, Kayley Baughman, Lexi Rambadt.

2012-13 record: 4-17.

Returning letterwinners (3): Seniors — f Briana Lowe. Junior — g Kayla Casaletto. Sophomore — c Alyssa Buckles.

Others: Senior — f Savannah Minnes. Juniors — g Emily Kern, f Nioby Woody, g/f Brooke Yoder. Sophomores — g Bonnie Jean Hasse, g/f Hope Stretch. Freshmen — f Linnaya Doctor, f Bethany McKibbin, g Mary Reddy.

Opener: Saturday, Nov. 16 vs. Prairie Heights.


Coach: Steve Scott (33-14 in two seasons at Memorial; 134-97 in 10 seasons overall).

Assistants: Bruce Baer, Chakea Jackson, Chip Morgan, Kim McGuire, Andra Odipo.

2012-13 record: 13-8 (4-3 in Northern Lakes Conference).

Returning letterwinners (2): Seniors — g Kacey Jackson, f Khadijah Moore.

Others: Senior — g/f Hannah Dillman. Juniors — g Desiray Brown, f Deanna Cornelius, g Alexis Miller, g/f Lanecia Sharp-Taylor, f Gabby Warner. Sophomores — g/f Adrianna Jones, g/f Paige Robinson, f Clea Young.

Opener: Saturday, Nov. 16 at Marian.


Coach: Brodie Garber (13-9 in one season).

Assistants: Sandy Miller, Lindsay Kauffman.

2012-13 record: 13-9 (8-2 in Northeast Corner Conference).

Returning letterwinners (8): Seniors — c Haley Brown, g Jenna Kieper, g Brooke Mast. Juniors — c Madison Riley, f Katie Yates. Sophomores — f Katie Kieper, g Jalisa Schwartz, g Alexis Zook.

Others: Junior — c Janelle Miller. Sophomores — Shelby Graber, Andrea Hagar, Alyssa Zook. Freshman — Alexis Thaxton.

Opener: Thursday, Nov. 21 vs. Churubusco.


Coach: Lenny Krebs (82-130 in 10 seasons).

Assistants: Matt Carpenter, Jack Beer, Tracy Swain.

2012-13 record: 14-8 (3-4 in Northern Lakes Conference).

Returning letterwinners (7): Seniors — f Jessica DeStefano, g Deja Felder, g/f Christina Gipson. Juniors — g Yadira Cabrales, f Kayci Troyer, f Leslie Vanlandingham. Sophomore — f Olivia Love.

Others: Juniors — f Macie Miller, f Alexis Stevens, g Brianna Yoder

Sophomores — g/f Alyssa Hershberger, g/f Kyrie Potter, g Sheyenne Rangel

Freshmen — g Ashton Ellis, g Aylissa Trosper.

Opener: Tuesday, Nov. 12 vs. Lakeland.


Coach: Gene Johnson (325-313 in 31 seasons).

Assistants: Mark Ward, Mike Hosinski, Kristine Hosinski.

2012-13 record: 4-17 (0-7 in Northern State Conference).

Returning letterwinners (7): Seniors — g/f Maddi Beadles, c Ali Brothers, g Logan Trosper, g Ally Vicsik. Junior — f Heather Bozman. Sophomores — f Shawntel James, f Lindsey Stose.

Others: Sophomores — g/f Kelly Brooks, g Rachel Miller. Freshman — g Julia Henkler.

Opener: Tuesday, Nov. 12 vs. Bethany Christian.


Coach: Doug Springer (87-47 in six seasons at Northridge; 139-65 overall).

Assistants: Brent Miller, John Stearns, Gareth Troyer, Aimee Gingerich.

2012-13 record: 19-5 (5-2 in Northern Lakes Conference).

Returning letterwinners (6): Seniors — f Molly Bontrager, f Ellie Lengacher, f Morgan Miller, g Taylor Miller, g Brianne O’Dell, g Mikaela Zook.

Others: Juniors — g Brennah Tadeo, f Jordan Yoder, g Keianna Yoder. Sophomores — g Baleigh Carithers, f Kelly Miller.

Opener: Thursday, Nov. 14 vs. West Noble.


Coach: Steve Neff (634-175 in 36 seasons).

Assistants: Gene Zercher, Brad Newcomer, Adam Yoder, Todd Feenstra, Audrey Duncan, Jill Demitruk.

2012-13 record: 22-4 (5-2 in Northern Lakes Conference; Class 3A sectional champions).

Returning letterwinners (7): Seniors — g/f Taylor Fielstra, f Morgan Olson, f Inger Yoder. Juniors — g Jordyn Frantz, g/f Haley Roe, g Tori Schwartz, f/c Ashley Yoder.

Others: Senior — f/c Tiffanie Alexander. Juniors — f Mackenzie Swihart, f/c Shyla Southern. Sophomores — g Kaylee Haines, g/f Andrea Tuttle.

Opener: Tuesday, Nov. 12 vs. Mishawaka.


Coach: Kristi Ulrich (83-12 in four seasons).

Assistants: Hassan Abdullah, Dawn Superczynski, Kerri Lines, Lindsay Harroff.

2012-13 record: 19-5 (8-0 in Northern Indiana Conference; NIC and Class 4A sectional champions).

Returning letterwinners (8): g/f Jessi Alexander, f Caroline Buhr, f Maya Solomon. Junior — g Lauren Ellenberger. Sophomores — g Micaela Box, f Camryn Buhr, g/f Claire Carlton, g Kaitlyn Marenyi.

Others: Junior — g Casey Morton. Sophomores — f Lindsay Chrise, g Kamra Solomon.

Opener: Friday, Nov. 15 vs. FW South.


Coach: Kem Zolman (226-117 in 15 seasons).

Assistants: Rocky Goshert, J.D. Ayres, Kylee Ort.

2012-13 record: 10-11 (1-6 in Northern Lakes Conference).

Returning letterwinners (5): Junior — g Elizabeth Jackson. Sophomores — g/f Allissa Flores, post Katlyn Kennedy, g Kylee Rostochak, g Erin Wiktorowski.

Others: Senior — f/post Courtney Linnemeier. Freshmen — post Seaquinn Bright, g Hannah Haines, post/f Aubrey Schmeltz.

Opener: Friday, Nov. 15 vs. Westview.


Coach: Randy Yoder (245-174 in 19 seasons).

Assistants: Bev Miller, Kurt Stump, Rob Yoder.

2012-13 record: 15-9 (8-2 in Northeast Corner Conference; Class 2A sectional champions).

Returning letterwinners (9): Seniors — f Brooke Wigner, g Brooke Yoder. Juniors — g Sidney Byrkett, f Kristen Duff, f Kaitlyn Warren. Sophomores — f Erika Gamble, g Grace Hales, g Riley Hochstetler, c Maria McCoy.

Others: Freshmen — g Karis Brewer, c Taylor Eash.

Opener: Friday, Nov. 15 at Wawasee.

Compiled By Steve Krah