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A Tribute to the Seniors On May 29, we will say good bye to a great group of seniors who were fun, hard working, and very successful. The basketball class of 2010 includes Steven “Hub” Huber, Cameron “Cam” Neisler, Hunter Overleese, and Devin “Big D” Tharpe. Each one of these seniors started in our elementary league in either first or second grade with the exception of Devin who didn’t start until middle school. It has been a real enjoyable process over the last eleven years to watch these guys grow, improve, and mature as basketball players and as men. This class did not have the best records coming up through middle school basketball, but they were a part of tremendous success in high school. Coach Spaulding said, “Steven, Cameron, Hunter, and Devin have been a big part of our program over the years. They, as a group, probably

improved over time as much as any class we have had in my eleven years at Eastern Hancock. They will truly be missed and we wish them nothing but the best.” During their junior varsity and varsity careers these four seniors never won less than thirteen games in a season. Devin Tharpe was a part of a JV conference championship and a sectional championship. Cam was a part of a JV county championship. Hub was on JV county and conference championship teams as well as the record eighteen win JV team and the sectional championship team. Hunter was a key member of the JV conference and county championships and eighteen win season. All four seniors were important members of this year’s successful thirteen win varsity season.

State with his major undecided at this time. Hunter will be attending IU East to study criminal justice and play golf for the Red Wolves. Big D will be attending Ivy Tech in the summer and then transfer to University of Indianapolis to major in sports management and play football.

EH Summer Camps


DePauw Team Camp


Coach Benton Farewell


Spring Workouts


Students of the Month


Workout Pictures


Alumni Spotlight


Men, thank you for all your hard work. Good luck, we wish you all the best!


Next year Hub will be attending Ball State to study computer engineering, Cam will also be attending Ball

• Alumni Spotlight • Academic Achievements • Summer Basketball Information

Alumni Games June 10th

• And many other stories within the program Our annual Alumni Games will take place Thursday, June 10th. Game one will feature our Junior Varsity versus EH basketball alumni from 1993 and prior. This game will start at 5:30 PM. Game two will start at ap-

proximately 6:45 and will feature the 1994-2000 EH basketball alumni squaring off against the 2001-2007 EH basketball alumni. The final game, which will start around 8 PM, will matchup next season’s Varsity against EH basketball

alumni from 2008-2010. We hope all former EH basketball players can attend and participate in these memorable games. We invite all fans from the community to come and watch our proud past and future players.



EH Summer Basketball Camp Information Team Camp

have fun and learn how to become a better basketball player.

When: June 1st-3rd and June 7th-9th

Father Son Clinic

Time: 4:00-7:00 PM HS Gym

When: June 22nd

This is for any boy entering K-5th grade who wants to have fun and develop his football, basketball, and athletic skills.

This is for any boy who is going to play in the 2010-2011 season. We will be implementing our new offensive and defensive schemes as well as lifting weights.

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM HS Gym

Father Son Clinic

Skill development to help encourage and work with your son.

When: July 6th


Skill development to help encourage and work with your son.

High School

Middle School Basketball Camp When: June 7th-10th Time: 2:00-4:00 PM MS Gym This is for any boy entering 6th-8th grade in the Fall of 2010 who wants to

Athletic Development Camp When: June 14th-17th Time: 2:00-4:00 PM Elementary Gym Schedule: 2:00-2:45 K-2nd grade Basketball and 3rd-5th grade Football. 2:45-3:15 All grades athletic development stations. 3:15-4:00 K-2nd grade

Football and 3rd-5th grade Basketball.

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM Elementary Gym

**All camp registration forms are available at school and on our website We look forward to having fun and working with you to become a better basketball player and athlete!**

DePauw University Team Camps Each year our JV/Varsity, Freshmen, and Middle School teams travel to DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana to compete against some of the best teams in the state at the Day One Team Camps (formally known as Super Hoops). JV Varsity Team Camp June 25th-27th Deposit and application form is due by May 21st.

Freshmen Team Camp July 9th-11th Deposit and application form is due by May 21st. 7th and 8th Team Camp July 16th-18th Deposit and application form is due by May 21st.

Noblesville, Washington, Orleans, Carmel, Valparaiso, Barr-Reeve, Triton, North Montgomery, Silver Creek, Northeast Dubois, Hamilton Southeastern, Wheeler, North Judson, Plainfield, Lanesville, Vincennes Rivet, Crawford County, Paoli and many more. **Application forms are available at school and on our website

This team camp will feature schools like

Coach Benton Moving on to New Opportunity As the school year winds down so does the career of Coach Colin Benton at Eastern Hancock. In June, he and his wife Sarah, will be moving to Denver, Colorado to begin a new career and life. Coach Benton served for three years as the freshmen coach and this year he served as a special advisor to the basketball program. “We are really going to miss Colin,” said Coach Spaulding. “He has been a great asset to the program. He was always great giving suggestions and offering insights into how to get the

players to improve. We wish he and Sarah the best and know they will make where they are going a better place.” Coach Benton says, “Sarah and I are excited about this next step in our lives, but am at the same time, I’m sad about leaving Eastern. I’ve been a part of the basketball program for all four years, and I have really enjoyed the camaraderie with the players and coaches. I am really excited about the upcoming season, and hope to keep up to date via the website and newsletter. I wish all of the boys best of luck and I will be back for the Regional.”

Coach Benton and Sarah will always be a part of the EH Basketball Program no matter where life takes them. I guarantee the coaches and players will be in touch with Coach Benton on regular basis through email and text messages. Thank you for your hard work and immeasurable impact you have had on our student athletes. Good luck in your next stage of life. Royal Pride forever!


Spring Workouts “Teams are made from November to March and players are made from April to September.” During the season, the main focus everyday at practice is to get the team better with some individual skill development as well. During the off-season, the main focus is for each individual to work at their basketball skill to become a better player. Once we have completed the player exit interviews and spring break is over, we hit the hardwood; the IHSAA allotted three days a week. Every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 we put our high school players and middle school players through individual skill workouts. Coach Spaulding devises the high school workouts focusing on skills with parts of the new “Dribble Drive” offense. Coach Bechtel and Coach

Paxton design the workouts for the middle school players which really focus on shooting form, footwork, and weak hand development. Specifically these workouts will have drills that work on using correct pivot feet when shooting, shooting shots off the dribble, shooting shots off screens, dribble moves to the basket, ball handling, and free throws. Various obstacles like cones and chairs will be set up on the floor to use as spot markers, screeners or defenders.

players like Brett and Coty Bragdon, Justin Maxwell, Jeff Cushing, Robbie Roland, and Jordan Wilson have stopped in to play some pick-up basketball. Check out pages four and five for some pictures of our guys working out and playing open gym games.

On Mondays and Thursdays we have open gym for both the middle school and high school. Teams are chosen for both groups, games are played to twelve or fifteen points and winners stay. The average open gym size has been about twenty players, which are good numbers for our program. Even some former

Summer Building Schedule and Moratorium Weeks You may have noticed all EH athletic camp or summer programs only takes place Monday through Thursdays this summer. For cost saving purposes, the Eastern Hancock campus will be closed every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this summer. Athletic teams can still participate in off-campus events during those days just as long as the Eastern Hancock buildings are not being used.

that each school impose a “Moratorium Week.” This means no activities are to be held. Its kind of a way for everybody to take a break from summer sports. Eastern Hancock also imposes a “Moratorium Week” for its campus. This is when things like gym floor refurbishing take place. This year the moratorium weeks are from July 12-16 and July 19-23. Image provided by

Every summer, the IHSAA mandates

Students of the Month Since the end of the season and our last publication date, we have had a few basketball players who were selected as Students of the Month. For the month of March: freshman Cody Wallace, month of April: freshman Garrett Lee and sophomore BJ Kincaid. In the 7th grade, Bryce Spegal was selected as Student of the Month for April and Cole Allen for May. These selections are based on teacher nominations, grades, work ethic and behavior. At the end of the day, a coach always wants his players to be model

students and model citizens. It always brings a sense of pride to see our players accomplish these types of awards.

Spring Workout Pictures Photos by Coach Paxton and Coach Bechtel

Spring Workout Pictures Photos by Coach Paxton and Coach Bechtel

Alumni Spotlight “Catching up with the former legends of Eastern Hancock Basketball” Chris Muegge Class of ‘07 Where do you live now? Stillwater, Oklahoma What university do you attend? Oklahoma State University What are your plans after college? I am planning on applying and attending Veterinary School at Oklahoma State University What is your favorite high school basketball memory? Probably Leonard breaking his arm on the botched alley oop attempt in pregame. It sucked at the time but when anybody winds up looking that stupid it’s pretty funny. What advice would you give today’s player? Just remember to work hard, it doesn’t matter how much ability you have if you don’t work to improve it. *Chris was a varsity starter as a senior who was known for his outstanding shooting and basketball intelligence. Chris is probably best known for his toughness and competitive fire. He never backed down to any challenge and played through several painful injuries.

Justin Maxwell Class of ‘08 Where do you live now? Charlottesville, IN What university do you attend? IU East What are your plans after college? Become a sports medicine doctor What is your favorite high school basketball memory? Winning a sectional championship What advice would you give today’s player? Always stay focused *Justin moved to Indiana at the start of his junior year. Justin was a key member and captain for the 2008 sectional championship team. He was a very hard worker who brought a new level of athleticism to the team which was key to a sectional championship. Among the players and coaches, Justin is considered the funniest player we have ever had in the program.

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The Royal Hoops Gazette is a monthly magazine, produced by the coaching staff, showcasing the Eastern Hancock Boys Basketball Program. This is a way for our parents, fans, former players, and community to connect with our players and coaches of all levels and to get an inside look at what goes on within the program.

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Royal Hoops Gazette V1I5 May 2010