Langford paces IBCA/Subway Players of the Week
New Albany star sets school mark en route to award; five others also honored
Romeo Langford averaged 31.0 points in two victories and became New Albany High School’s all-time leading scorer to headline the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
The Bulldogs’ junior standout is joined by South Bend Clay senior Tysean Sheppard, Indianapolis Manual senior Courvoisier McCauley, Argos senior Courtney Dunlap, Hamilton Southeastern freshman Sydney Parrish and Shawe Memorial senior Megg Hensler as recipients for the week of Dec. 19-24 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Sheppard and Dunlap are respective boys’ and girls’ winners for District 1. McCauley and Parrish collected boys’ and girls’ accolades in District 2. Langford and Hensler picked up boys’ and girls’ awards for District 3.
The 6-5 Langford opened his week with 28 points, six rebounds and two steals as Class 4A No. 4 New Albany (5-2) knocked off Class 4A No. 2 Carmel 55-52 in overtime. He followed with 34 points, four rebounds, five assists and five steals as the Bulldogs topped Class 3A No. 3 Evansville Bosse 72-63. Langford passed 1997 graduate Chad Hunter for New Albany’s career scoring mark in the Carmel game, topping Hunter’s total of 1,463 points and finishing the week with 1,508 points. For the two games, Langford was 20-of-40 from the field, 7-of-17 on 3-pointers and 15-of-17 on free throws.
Sheppard averaged 33.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for South Bend Clay (3-3). The 6-1 guard scored 38 points with 16 rebounds in a 73-61 setback at South Bend Adams. He followed with 29 points and eight rebounds in a 72-55 victory over John Glenn. Sheppard sank 24 field goals, including 10 3-pointers, plus 9-of-13 free throws for the week.
The 6-5 McCauley averaged 32.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in propelling Manual (7-1) to a trio of triumphs. McCauley opened with 32 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in an 84-32 runaway against Providence Cristo Rey. He poured in 41 points with six rebounds and nine assists in a 104-93 victory over Marion. McCauley then tallied 25 points with seven rebounds and three steals as the Redskins defeated Fort Wayne Luers 79-66. Against Marion, he was 14-of-23 from the field, 7-of-11 on 3-pointers and 6-of-9 on free throws.
Dunlap led Class A No. 3 Argos (12-0) to a 45-31 victory over Class A No. 1 Marquette Catholic in its only game of the week. The 5-9 guard netted 25 points with six rebounds, five assists and four steals as the Dragons defeated the Blazers. Dunlap was 6-of-14 from the field and 13-of-14 from the line.
The 6-1 Parrish sparked Class 4A No. 5 Hamilton Southeastern to a 58-49 decision over Plainfield in the Royals’ only game of the week. Parrish poured in 33 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and five blocked shots as HSE improved to 13-2 for the season. She converted 13-of-21 shots from the floor, 3-of-8 3-pointers and 4-of-5 free throws.
Hensler lifted Shawe Memorial (6-7) past Crothersville 60-57 in its only game of the week. The 5-8 guard netted a career-high 32 points with 10 rebounds and two steals as the Hilltoppers prevailed in the close contest. Hensler made 13-of-20 shots, 4-of-9 3-pointers and 2-of-6 free throws for her big game.
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. Girls winners will be chosen from now through the week following Feb. 25. Boys winners will be chosen from now through the week following March 25.
Other nominees for Week 8 (2016-17)
District 1 boys – Anton Berry, Fort Wayne Luers; Jermaine Couisnard, East Chicago Central; Walter Ellis, South Bend Adams; Keegan Fetters, Lakewood Park Christian; Nick Felke, Plymouth; Alex Garavalia, Kouts; Kyle Grennes, Morgan Township; Hunter Hollowell, Huntington North; Keishawn Lewis, Michigan City; Will Line, Goshen; Core’von Lott, Gary 21st Century; Zac Mago, John Glenn; Luke Stephens, Fairfield; Nathan Walpole, Whitko; Malik Williams, Fort Wayne Snider; Tyler Zabrecky, Munster.
District 1 girls – Jenasae Bishop, East Chicago Central; Justene Charlesworth, LaCrosse; Brianna Cumberland, Whitko; Dana Evans, Gary West; Syd Freeman, Central Noble; Carissa Garcia, Fort Wayne Concordia; Dayton Groninger, Warsaw; Trinitee Harris, Elkhart Central; Samantha Jankowski, South Bend Adams; Hannah Noveroske, Michigan City; Emily Rowe, Caston; Daijah Smith, Gary Lighthouse; Jayda Smith, Fort Wayne Dwenger; Lindsey Stokes, Kankakee Valley; Kaylie Warble, West Noble; Jasmine Wright, Merrillville.
District 2 boys – Mark Albers, Pendleton Heights; Spencer Ballinger, Oak Hill; Eddy Collins, McCutcheon; Kevin Easley, Lawrence North; Christian Harvey, Richmond; Peyton Hendershot, Tri-West; Eric Hunter, Tindley; Mawich Kachjaani, International; Tim Leavell, Marion; Ernest Miles, Indianapolis Tech; Benito Munoz, Harrison (West Lafayette); Cooper Neese, Cloverdale; Jalen Newsom, Ben Davis; Keenan Orr, Clinton Central; Tyler Smith, Northeastern; Peyton West, Wapahani; Kris Wilkes, North Central.
District 2 girls – Bre Boles, Lapel; Cameron Cardenas, Beech Grove; Emiley Carlton, Eastern Hancock; Nia Clark, Ben Davis; Kayla Fogarasi, Delphi; Kia Kieth, Indianapolis Attucks; Sophia Kreag, Westfield; Rachel Loobie, Franklin Central; Rachel McLimore, Zionsville; Teagan Parker, West Lafayette; Keya Patton, Cathedral; Destiny Perkins, Lawrence North; Alexa Stine, Muncie Burris; Madison Wise, Greenfield Central.
District 3 boys – Brady Ewing, East Central; Tyler Fisher, Wood Memorial; Malcomb Graves, Rock Creek Academy; Avery Halcomb, South Ripley; Alex King, Columbus North; Ben Kinker, Oldenburg Academy; Jack Nunge, Castle; Wes Obermeier, Gibson Southern; Dylan Penn, Evansville Memorial; Spencer Piercefield, Center Grove; Josiah Rickets, North Posey; Logan Sanford, Union County; Luke Smith, Monrovia; Nick Walker, Henryville; De’Avion Washington, Terre Haute South; Liam Wilkerson, Bloomington North; Stephan Wilkerson, Princeton.
District 3 girls – Chloe Bartley, Wood Memorial; Jalaya Dowell, Castle; Imani Guy, Columbus North; Cassidy Hardin, Center Grove; Allison Hein, Vincennes Lincoln; Jhala Henry, Jeffersonville; Delanie Hill, Franklin; Brooke James, Princeton; Claire Jones, Gibson Southern; Caroline Newland, Evansville Memorial; Abby Orschell, Franklin County; Alyssa Robben, East Central; Addy Rund, Indian Creek; Cami Schmitt, Corydon Central; Lilly Simon, Jac-Cen-Del; Adalina Simpson, Crawford County; Allison Simpson, Mt. Vernon (Posey); Kyra Whitaker, Greensburg; Morgan Wood, Waldron; Amanda Worland, Mooresville.
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. 7-12 – District 1 girls: Jenasae Bishop, East Chicago Central. District 2 girls: Audrey Minix, North White. District 3 girls: Abby Wahl, Heritage Hills.
Nov. 14-19 – District 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. 21-26 – District 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. 3 – District 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. 5-10 – District 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. 12-17 – District 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. 19-24 – District 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.