Among area players in the boys Top 100 Showcase were (from left) Nate Ritchie, Jonathan Wilkinson and Kenny Bearss. (Photo Supplied)
The sport was basketball, but there were almost enough Elkhart Truth-area players on hand to form a baseball team last week.
Eight area individuals were among the 117 confirming players statewide invited to participate in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/IHSAA Top 100 Showcase for boys on Thursday, July 18 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.
And, two more area players — NorthWood teammates Morgan Olson and Jordyn Frantz — were among the 102 confirming individuals invited to the girls Top 100 that was slated to take place today (Tuesday, July 23) at Ben Davis.
Olson is entering her final season at NorthWood, Frantz her junior season.
The eight area boys in the Top 100 mix, with their classes for 2013-14, were NorthWood seniors Jonathan Wilkinson and Zach Zurcher, Concord junior Filip Serwatka, Elkhart Christian senior Kenny Bearss, Goshen sophomore Brady Bechtel, Northridge senior Nate Ritchie, Penn junior Jordan Geist and Westview senior Jordyn Bontrager.
"All of our area kids performed at a high level and more than held their own," said Elkhart Christian assistant coach Dan Bearss, who was at the boys event with his son.
The showcases are designed to give players exposure to college coaches from across the state and nation.
Pete Smith, the former Penn coach now at Guerin Catholic in Noblesville, directed the six-hour boys showcase.
CBS basketball analyst Clark Kellogg — who also happened to be the speaker the next day at the annual Elkhart Community Leaders Prayer Breakfast — was guest speaker for the boys Top 100.
Purdue women’s assistant Christy Smith, the former Arkansas star and WNBA player, was the scheduled guest speaker for the girls event.
By the way, opening night for area boys basketball is down to 126 days. Girls teams can tip their seasons in 111 days.