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    This Indiana All-Star Classic began 23 years ago via efforts of Richmond athletic director Frank Kovaleski, Richmond businessman Bob VanPelt and Hoosier Basketball Magazine publisher Garry Donna.
    The purpose was to initiate a statewide series showcasing Indiana's best senior girls' and boys'. The first 23 years have achieved that. Over 400 players and 50 coaches from this Classic have subsequently performed in the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series.
    In the 1989 inaugural Classic at Richmond, Miss Basketball Renee Westmoreland (Scottsburg) and Parade All-American Courtney Cox (Noblesville) sparked the East to a stirring 100-94 come-from-behind victory over the West.
    In 1990, again at Richmond, the girls were deadlocked at 53-53 with 11 minutes to go. The East, led by Stacie Shepherd of Richmond, rolled to an 83-67 victory.
    The West girls broke into the win column in 1991 with a 104-102 overtime win at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute. The clincher was a jumper in the final five seconds by Miss Basketball Jennifer Jacoby (Rossville) who led all scorers with 29 points.
    The West tied the series in 1992 at Warsaw with a 97-85 win. Marla Inman (Miss Basketball from Bedford North Lawrence) topped West scoring with 16.
    In 1993, as the Classic changed to a North/South format at Jeffersonville, the North girls notched a 98-95 overtime win. Fort Wayne Northrop's Leslie Johnson paced the North with 24 points. Bloomington South's Beth Morgan led the South, and all scorers, with 35 (still a series record, boys or girls).
    In 1994, at Paoli, the North girls raced to a 49-30 halftime lead. The South girls fought back but lost 86-80. Angela Hamblin (22) of Gary Wallace and Miss Basketball Tiffany Gooden (18) of Fort Wayne Snider paced the North.
    At Madison, in 1995, the North girls edged the South 83-81. Sheila McMillen (Rochester) led North scoring with 17 points including the winning basket. The South’s Julie Helm (Washington) and Haley Harris (Wood Memorial) evenly divided 30 points.
    In 1996, at Warsaw, the South girls, led by the 22 points of Danielle Traylor (Eminence), beat the North 87-79. The North's Lauren Rice (Peru) tallied 21.
    At Batesville, in 1997, the South girls eeked out a 73-72 win, paced by Liz Stansberry (Center Grove) with 14 points. Candi Crawford (Homestead) and Connie Murdock (South Bend Clay) split 32 points for the North.
    In the 10th year the North and South girls split two games. The South prevailed 65-64 at Bluffton. The North’s Kyle Black (North Central) paced all scorers with 23. The North won at Martinsville 86-81, led by Kelly Kuhn (Lake Central) with 16.
    Year 11 of the series (1999) resulted in a 115-94 verdict for the North girls at Connersville. Jeanette Gray (Valparaiso) led the North with 18 points. Top scorer for the game was April McDivitt (Connersville) with 21 for the South.
    Year 2000 resulted in a 102-94 South girls win over the North at Marion. Lynne Johnson (Corydon) and Abby Scharlow (New Albany) combined for 34 South points.
    The South won the 2001 Classic at New Castle, 94-80. The South’s Ashley Allen (Ben Davis) led all scorers with 21.
    The girls’ winner in 2002 at New Albany was the North, 86-72. Candace Dark (Fountain Central), with 15 points, led the North.
    In 2003, at Forest Park, the North girls routed the South 111-62. High scorer was the North’s Sarah Van Metre (Noblesville) with 23 points. Laura Gaybrick (Perry Meridian) and Carrie Smith (Brebeuf) each scored 15 for the South.
    At Greenfield-Central, in 2004, the North girls defeated the South for a third straight year. The score was 96-85. Julie DeMuth (Merrillville) led the way with 24 points. Janese Banks (Ben Davis) topped the South with 17.
    The South girls dominated the North 91-72 at Plymouth in 2005. Kahla Roudebush (Hamilton Southeastern) led the South with 13 points. Jodi Howell (Alexandria) topped the North with 11.
    In 2006 the North girls won 84-66 at Lawrence North. Pendleton Heights’ Susan Lester led the winners with 19. The South’s FahKara Malone (Evansville Memorial) was the game’s high scorer with 23.
    At Logansport, in 2007, the South girls edged the North, 87-82. Sabrina Johnson (Jeffersonville) topped all scorers with 19 for the winners. The North’s Sydney Smallbone (South Bend St. Joe) scored 18.
    The 2008 girls’ game at Vincennes University, went to the North, 87-76, behind the 17 points of Maconaquah wing Deja Mattox.
    In 2009, at Batesville, the North girls prevailed 97-86 led by the 20 points of Lafayette Jeff’s  Charae Richardson and eight assists of Connecticut-bound guard Kelly Faris (Heritage Christian).
    The 2010 contest went to the North girls 103-86. Courtney Moses of host Oak Hill led all scorers with 26 points.
    In 2011 the South girls outlasted the North, 81-76. Jessica Valley (McCutcheon) led the losers with 18. Kaila Hulls (Bllomington South) tallied the same for the winners.
    The West boys trailed 60-53 at intermission of the 1989 initial Classic at Richmond. Rallied by Casey Schmidt (Valparaiso), the West pulled out a 113-109 win. Schmidt and Matt Painter (Delta) shared scoring honors with 22 each.
    Despite 22 points and 11 rebounds from the West’s Jason McCain (Marion), the East squeezed out an 84-82 decision in the 1990 Classic at Richmond. Sixteen points by Todd Cochenour (Mooresville) led the East.
    The 1991 boys’ contest at Terre Haute went to the West, 91-80. An Indiana All-Star trio combined for 47 points— Ryan Wolf (Martinsville) 17, Brandon Brantley (Andrean) and Brian Evans (Terre Haute South), each 15— to lead the West. Marlon Fleming (Southport) and LaSalle Thompson (Pike)— two East stars— split 34 points.
    Billy Wright of state champion Richmond led the East boys to a convincing 124-103 conquest of the West in 1992 at Warsaw with 16 points.
    A putback at the buzzer by Matt Graves (White River Valley) climaxed a 16-point South comeback during the game's final four minutes at Jeffersonville in 1993. The result was a rousing 128-127 South victory over the North. B.J. Flynn (Jeffersonville) led seven South double-figure scorers with 23 points. The North’s Kojak Fuller (Anderson) matched Flynn's total.
    The South boys, sparked by four  in double figures, won 93-82, at Paoli in 1994. The North had three in double figures.
    In 1995, at Madison, the North boys dominated the South 130-103. The North's James Patterson (Ben Davis), 26, topped all scorers.
    At Warsaw, in 1996, Andrean's Carson Cunningham led seven double-figure scorers with 23 points as the North beat the South, 121-102. Jason Campbell (Columbus East) and Andrew Graves (White River Valley) each scored 15 points for the South.
    Led by Brown County's Drake Roberts (25 points), the South edged the North, 110-108 at Batesville in 1997. Cameron Stephens (Fort Wayne South) scored 18 for the North.
    The boys split 1998's 10th anniversary games. At Bluffton, the South cruised to a 104-85 win behind six double-figure scorers. The North got revenge at Martinsville, 120-116. Andy Abernethy (Carmel) scored 26 points. The South's T.J. Ott (New Palestine) set a boys' series scoring record with 29.
    The 1999 boys' game at Connersville resulted in a 118-107 North win. John Roos (Pike) and Matt Poynter (Lafayette Jeff) divided 34 points. High man for the South was Jasper's Faruk Mujezinovic (16).
    The North boys set a series scoring record with a 132-107 win at Marion in 2000. Brett Buscher (Chesterton) scored 25 points for the winners. The South was led by the 28 of Andre Owens (Perry Meridian).
    In 2001, at New Castle, Kyle Hankins (Bloomington South) topped all scorers with 19 points as the South boys dominated the North 109-85.
    The South boys’ defeated the North, 108-103, in 2002 at New Albany. Angelo Smith (Lawrence North) of the North led all scorers with 24 points.
    At Forest Park, in 2003, the North boys’ crushed the South, 139-109 for a new scoring record. Three players evenly divided 48 points for the North.
    In April 2004, at Greenfield-Central, the North boys beat the South, 105-91. The winners’ James Hardy (Fort Wayne Elmhurst) paced both squads with 24 while the South’s Courtney Lee (Pike) scored 16.
    The North boys won a high-scoring 123-114 contest at Plymouth in 2005. Josh Mayo (Merrillville) led the winners with 24 points. Deonta Vaughn (Indianapolis Arlington) topped the South with 26.
    The 2006 boys’ winner at Lawrence North was the North, 109-90. Andrean center Luke Harangody led with 26. The South’s top point producer was Cole Holmstrom (Bloomington South) with 18.
    At Logansport, in 2007, the South boys earned a narrow four point win, 105-101, over the North. The game’s leading scorer was the South’s JaJuan Johnson (Franklin Central) with 21.
    The North prevailed in 2008 at Vincennes University, 126-112. Beech Grove’s John Hart topped all scorers with 25 points.
    In 2009 the South boys romped to a 124-97 win over the North at Batesville. Leading the way for the winners was Batesville’s Colt Ryan. His 28 points led all scorers. The North’s North Carolina State recruit Scott Wood (Marion) scored 15 for the losers.
    Purdue recruit Terone Johnson set a boys individual series scoring record with 30 points to lead the South past the North 113-103 at Oak Hill in 2010.
    The North boys won 119-101 at Vincennes University in 2011 behind Austin Richie (Lowell), 22 points, plus Jonny Marlin (Center Grove) and Max Landis (Perry Meridian) 18 each.  Alex Pritchett (Bedford North Lawrence) and Eric Stutz (Castle), 16 each, topped the South.