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SPECIAL CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION volume 91 >> special edition >> march 2, 2012

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Are you going to the State Championship Saturday? Will you game be riding the fan bus? Sign up by noon in the Athletic Office. The of truth has come: moment all the and sweat have made hard work, dedication it all worth it. The game will be in Terre Haute at 8:30 p.m. “Yo, yo! Bull Dogs!”

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FLIP OVER COLUMBUSFOR THE NORTH TRIANGLE!

DOMINANT GIRLS TEAM

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SEVEN YEARS.

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FLIP OVER FOR NORTH CENT NORTHERN RAL’S LIGHTS!

FLIP OVER F OR THE COLUMBUS NORTH TRIANGLE!

DOMINANT GIRLS TEAM RETURNS TO STATE AFTER SEVEN YEARS.

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2 • number of state championships in the history of the team.

57.0 • average points per game scored by the girls basketball team.

1 • this is the first year DeeAnn Ramey has coached the girls basketball team. • winner of the Indiana Miss Basketball award from North Central.

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• the Panthers girls basketball team has won 6 regional championships.

BASKETBALL BY THE NUMBERS

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Editors-in-chief Matt Hansen Jonathon McBride Editors Jackson Crantford Chris Hansen Andrew Jones Joe Knight Emma Timpson

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1264 • points scored against the Panthers on the season.

1540 • points scored by the Panthers this season.

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• the Panthers girls basketball team has won 12 sectionals championships.

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• more games the girls have won than last season.

• North Central has produced 7 members of the Indiana girls All-Stars team. • the amount of points the team lost by in their greatest defeat against an IHSAA opponent this year.

22

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• wins this season.

• losses this season.

14

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• the number of State Championship games girls basketball has appeared in. This year’s will be the fourth.

• the girls have won 14 games by double digits this season.

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• number of consecutive victories leading into Saturday’s state championship game.

.657 • the overall winning percentage of the IHSAA opponents the team faced throughout the season. The opponents they faced had a combined 398-208 record.

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• the Panthers defeated Penn by 15 points to reach the state championship.

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• the team has never matched up against Columbus North before.

63 • the Panthers defeated Chatard by 63 points on November 15, the second game of the season.

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Managing Editor Owen Friesen Photo Editor Grayson Pitts Copy Editor Anna Bennington Assistnat Photo Editor

Special Edition Contributors Ben Breymier Claire Griffith Lily Michael Zakk Mabrey Adviser Tom Gayda

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Ramey leads team to championship Lily Michal The girls basketball team plays the Columbus North Bull Dogs in a game for the 4A state title Saturday. Coach DeeAnn Ramey is excited about the game as well as excited for the girls who made it happen. “[Walking into state] is going to be an unbelievably, emotional moment,” Ramey said. “To be able to go through this experience with such a fine group of North Central girls is just going to be amazing.” This was Ramey’s first year coaching the girls basketball team. “This is an unbelievably talented group of girls,” Ramey said. “I knew that if we could come together and play as a team be united, we could have a good group that would be hard to beat. I was just excited to work with these young ladies.” The season was not always easy for Ramey but she wouldn’t have chosen to travel a different path during the season. “I wouldn’t change anything,” Ramey said. “I think through every season you have ups and downs. We’ve had to work through a lot this season so far. We’ve been down and had to come back in some games. We’ve been ahead and lost leads. We’ve been in overtime games. We lost the Marion County Championship and we lost our holiday tournament. So there was a lot of things that we experienced throughout our season but I think that it has helped us grow and become the team that we are and be able to perform throughout the state tournament as we have.” While the girls are strong on the court, they’ve had some flaws to overcome. “[The girls] mentally get down on themselves for

making a mistake and not being able to shake it off immediately,” Ramey said. “They can’t bury the burden that they’ve done something wrong and be able to shake it off as a team.” Girls basketball has consistently had a strong fan base. Ramey has been grateful for support from the school and for the people who have traveled to multiple games near or far just to cheer on the team. With the excitement of the fans, the team is not struggling to find the necessary motivation to take on Columbus North. “Going through the state tournament has to be motivational enough,” Ramey said. “The hype and everything right now is just unbelievable. We’re getting a lot of support from teachers, administration and students. I thought we had great crowds for the games in Kokomo and in Warsaw. I think what was special to me was just to make [it to the finals]. Yes it is just a basketball game, yes we do want to win, but it’s the journey that it took to get there and remember those special times and what we all went through to get to this point.” But it’s not just motivation that the girls need for Saturday’s game against Columbus North. Ramey knows that the Columbus North is a talented team. “They’re very young but a very talented ball club,” Ramey said. “We’ve got to be careful not to overlook them, they’re quick. They’ve got a freshmen and a sophomore guard that are dangerous. I haven’t watched a whole lot of film yet but they’re going to be very well coached and hungry. They’re going to want it as bad as we are so we can’t over look them.” But no matter what, Ramey is happy with the season and content with what the girls have accomplished together.

Celebrating: DeeAnn Ramey holds up the net after the girls team defeated Penn in Semistate. Chris Hansen photo.

“Our biggest strength is that we’re so deep,” Ramey said. “All the girls are talented and are counting on each other. I think we’re hard, [opponents] have to guard everybody. Just think if you’re going to guard one of our players then another one steps up. We’re really diverse, we’ve got an inside and outside game. I think we’re just a well rounded team. We’ve got all of the parts that makes us dangerous.” While tearing up, Ramey states what she wants the last words her team hears after the game. “I just want them to know how so very proud I am of them,” Ramey said. “I got to go to the state tournament as a sophomore in high school, and it was the best experience of my life. To be able to take this group of girls there is amazing.”

Sizing up the seniors Chelsea Coleman

Kiara Scott

Because of injury, Chelsea Coleman did not play basketball her freshmen year. However, her junior year she made the varsity squad and has been contributing since. She is undecided about her college choice. She averaged 55 percent of her field goals this season. Her advice for underclassmen is “Just stick together as a team and always have each others back,” Coleman said.

5’ 5’’ senior guard Kiara Scott has played a varsity role for two years. Scott plans on attending Earlham College in Richmond. “I’d like to thank my teammates because they’ve been such a big part of this. Also the coaches for giving me this oppurtunity, Coach (Marc) A(nderson) for keeping me motivated to be great and for the fans. They’ve been really awesome this year.”

Rachael Gregory

Nariah Taylor

Gregory is a four-year varsity forward that will continue her basketball career at the University of Buffalo. She’d like to thank god and her parents because they have always been encouraging and positive. “It means a lot to get to the highest stage in high school basketball,” Gregory said. Gregory has averaged 13 points a game and shot 57 percent from the field.

Nariah Taylor will be departing to play for Auburn University after playing varsity all four years. She averaged 11.4 points throughout her senior season and lead the team with 8.6 rebounds. Taylor has advice to younger players on the team. “If you work hard and go hard with everything you do, then it’ll pay off in the end,” Taylor said. Taylor hopes to be awarded Indiana Miss Basketball. Chris Hansen photos.


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The North Central Panthers

RECORDS COACH INA MULLER (6-2) 1972-73 6-2 COACH PENNY JUSTIN (8-0) 1973-74 8-0 COACH JANE MAINES (164-91) 1974-75 10-4 1975-76 10-4 1976-77 10-10 1977-78 14-4 1978-79 20-4 1979-80 19-3 1980-81 7-13 1981-82 8-11 1982-83 7-12 1983-84 17-6 1984-85 18-3 1985-86 18-4 1986-87 6-13

Row 1: Chelsea Coleman, Rachael Gregory, Nariah Taylor, Jasmine Falcon, Celeste Edwards Row 2: Dajon Wilson, Mgr., Alexis Lee, Mgr., Emily Vriesman, Mgr., Alexus Johnson, Mgr., Head Coach DeeAnn Ramey, Asst. Coach Lisa Shepherd-Stidham, Asst. Coach Harvey Harrington Row 3: Tia Ewing, Shelbi Owens, Asia Green, Penny Ingram, Erin Taylor, Kiara Scott

Season in review: game by game 11/11 11/15 11/19 11/23 11/26 12/3 12/6 12/8 12/10 12/16

Mooresville 57 - 43 Bishop Chatard 90 - 27 Perry Meridian 81 - 80 Pike 53 - 47 Anderson 80 - 71 W Terre Haute South 45 - 31 Marion County Lawrence Central 72 - 51 Marion County Roncalli 61 - 35 Marion County Championship Ben Davis 35 - 40 Carmel 69 - 60

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Terre Haute North 56 - 41 NC Holiday Tourney New Albany 57 - 43 NC Holiday Tourney Springboro 51 - 59 Fishers 65 - 57 Ben Davis 62 - 54 Center Grove 55 - 42 Decatur Central 58 - 61 Lawrence North 42 - 46 Warren Central 43 - 50 Kokomo Kokomo 38 - 25 Mt. Vernon 42 - 38

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2/11 2/18 2/18 2/25

Sectional HSE 42 - 39 Sectional Carmel 59 - 48 Sectional Championship Westfield 60 - 50 Regional Snider 47 - 33 Regional McCutcheon 55 - 45 Semistate Penn 65 - 50

W W W W W W

Pat’s predictions: the championship edition Pat Kuhn With the big game about to be underway and anticipation at its highest, everyone is looking for a big game and win for North Central. My prediction for this game is not only a victory for the panthers, but a big win for the team behind the strong senior leadership of Nariah Taylor and Rachael

Gregory. This is their last time ever putting on a North Central basketball jersey, so they have to make it a good one. North Central will win 54-41 capturing their third state championship. This game is sure to be packed with excitement no matter the outcome. It’s time for some Indiana basketball.

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COACH CHUCK BOEHLKE (106-102) 1987-88 1988-89 1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97

10-11 9-11 12-8 8-10 12-7 18-8 5-15 12-11 7-13 13-8

COACH ALAN VICKREY (206-117) 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11

17-8 9-12 11-11 11-12 16-5 18-7 23-3 20-7 18-5 13-8 18-6 7-13 10-12 15-8

COACH DEEANN RAMEY (22-5)* 2011-2012 22-5* SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS: 1977-80, 84-85, 93, 95, 97, 98, 2001, 03, 04, 05, 08, 12 REGIONAL CHAMPIONS: 1979-80, 93, 2004, 05, 12

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SEMI-STATE CHAMPIONS: 1979, 2004, 05, 12 STATE CHAMPIONS: 2004, 2005 1978-2012: 512-317* *as of 3/2/12


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Are you going to the game Saturday? Will you be riding the fan bus? Sign up by noon in the Athletic Office. The moment of truth has come: all the hard work, dedication and sweat have carried the women’s basketball team to the IHSAA State Championship. The game will be in Terre Haute at 8:30 p.m. “Yo, yo! Bull Dogs!”

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Are you going to the State Saturday? Championship Will you be game up by noon riding the fan bus? Sign in of truth has the Athletic Office. The moment come: all the and sweat have made hard work, dedication will be in Terre it all worth it. The game Haute “Yo, yo! Bull at 8:30 p.m. Dogs!”

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FLIP OVER COLUMBUS FOR

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DOMINANT GIRLS TEAM

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FLIP OVE R COLUMB FOR THE US NOR TH TRIANGL E!

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Super Fans chant this at every game. Coach Pat McKee instills this belief in his team. It all come together tomorrow night

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LEFT: Freshman Ali Patberg dribbles into the Ben Davis defense last Saturday. Coach McKee urges her on from the bench. TOP: Seniors Will Bowman and Eli Teague cheer on the team. BOTTOM: Junior Quin Shoultz cuts down the net after the Semi-state win, 50-46 in overtime.

THE NUMBERS 23-3 SEASON RECORD

THREE CONFERENCE TITLES TWO SECTIONAL TITLES FIRST REGIONAL TITLE FIRST SEMI-STATE TITLE

FIRST STATE APPEARANCE

SIX INDIANA ALL-STARS 19-GAME WINNING STREAK 16 YEARS SINCE LAST SECTIONAL TITLE

THE COACH

Learn a little more about Coach McKee’s background and how he feels about coaching the girls

This is Coach Pat McKee's second season coaching the team. His record thus far is 42-10. His coaching experience extends to coaching for the Butler University women's team from 1984-1988 and coaching travel teams

1989-2004. Coach McKee attended the University of Missouri and began his career as a sports journalist after graduation. His basketball career started in high school in St. Louis and graduated 1977. Coaching this team has

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already been terrific, according to Coach McKee. "I am blessed to have the opportunity I have," Coach McKee said. "I hope that I am doing my part to make the experience for all the players the positive one that I want it to be for them." special edition


WE ARE YOUNG One freshman. Four sophomores. Two juniors. One senior. They may be young, but these girls have done what no other women’s basketball team has done before

THE SENIOR

Preparing for her last Bull Dog basketball game, lone senior Becca Brougher has led the team this year What is being the only senior on the team like? “It doesn’t phase me that I’m the only senior. We have three captains on the team this year. It hasn’t been different this year except for senior night when I was the only one. We’re all really close,I’m not by myself just because I’m the only senior. We all lead, no one is subordinate to each other. I look up to Ali (Patberg) and she is 15. She can beat girls that are three years older than her and is amazing. And she looks up to me for my grades and experience. Age isn’t a difference, we’re all there for each other.” “Why not us? Why not now? Play every play.” - Pat McKee “This is what Coach tells us before every game. We didn’t go into Semi-State thinking it was that, we went into it thinking as if it was any other game.”

What has the extra media attention been like? “It’s been cool. We got an article in the Indy Star. That never happens to Columbus North, especially girls’ basketball.” Has it been difficult to focus in school? It’s been really hard to focus. I’ve just had to find the focus abilities. It’s kind of hard. What are you looking forward to the most? “Getting a blue medal. This is it for me. This is my last game and my last shot. These girls might, but this is it for me. It just gives me butterflies, it’s a step in the dark. I don;t even know. I’m just used to it. After getting this far, it’s kind of making the decision really hard (I had like 10 colleges looking at me).”

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THE STARTERS

There are six starters including Brougher. According to McKee, not a lot of teams do this. He chooses starters based on match ups. He said when one can’t play, it’s no big deal. Here are the other starters

SOPHOMORE KELSEY CUNNINGHAM height: 5 ft. 9 in. position: point guard/guard “I’m looking forward to playing a competitive game against a good team and overall getting better for the future. Knowing the whole community is there supporting us is going to be amazing, too.” march 2, 2012

SOPHOMORE TAYLER GOODALL height: 5 ft. 9 in. position: point guard/guard “I will shower, eat a good meal, listen to music, shoot around, shower again, and start to mentally prepare myself. I’ll be with the team because we’re staying the night Friday in a hotel.”

FRESHMAN ALI PATBERG height: 5 ft. 10 in. position: point guard “I thought we could but a lot of people never would’ve guessed we would get this far. We had our own team goals, but we kept it to ourselves because we didn’t want to put it out there to everyone. We believed in ourselves, but we took it one game at a time. ”

JUNIOR QUIN SHOULTZ height: 5 ft. 10 in. position: forward “I was in so much amazement, all I could do was smile and cheer for the victory we deserved ”

JUNIOR HANNA BALLARD height: 5 ft. 9 in. position: guard/forward “Having the team practice hard and together and having lots of focus. Also getting all homework done now so I won’t have to do any this weekend.”

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THE COLUMBUS NORTH BULL DOGS

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FRONT ROW: sophomore Gabby Sims, sophomore Tayler Goodall, junior Hanna Ballard, junior Quin Shoultz SECOND ROW: Manager Riley McGrew, sophomore Kenadie Carlson, sophomore Kelsey Cunningham, senior Becca Brougher, freshman Ali Patberg, Manager Ramsey McGrew THIRD ROW: Assistant Coach Ron Patberg, Assistant Coach Stephanie Ford, Varsity Coach Pat McKee, Assistant Coach RaNae Isaak CAN’T BE AT THE GAME? LISTEN: Mojo 102.9 FM or The River 104.9 FM WATCH: Indiana’s 4 WTTV

the staff editor-in-chief Katie Kutsko

photo editor Keely Collier

staff Andy Carr Annie Day Nick Edwards Jadea Graves Dean Anthony Gray Alexus Jenkins Ian Kincer Taylor Kirchner Carrie Latimer Adam LeClerc Sierra Lollar Chelsea Mathis Caiti Morris Neal Shaw Dylan Thixton Amanda Wheeler Emily Wilkerson

business manager Rob Young

adviser Kim Green

content editors Hillary McCloskey Vanessa Staublin managing editor Whitney Olibo copy editor Ramya Vijayagopal design editor Grace Snider

maestro leaders Kyla Ball Erika Espinoza Roth Lovins

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SUPER FANS “I go to every girl’s basketball game. I want to bring back the Hoosier Hysteria that we used to have here. Basketball was the sport to watch. I say a lot of things as a Super Fan to the other team and our own. I support the team as much as I can. The most fun game this year was the Sectional Championship vs. East when the girls beat them (East) by 41.” senior Alec Friend (TOP LEFT: with juniors Allyson Turner, Hannah Thompson and Claire Owens) TOP RIGHT: junior Solomon Knight BOTTOM: Devon Orben

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