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Ballenger Will Coach 3A Boys in All-Star Game
July 16, 2008 - Several players from the Henry County area will be participating in the East/West High School All Star Basketball Games celebrating all four classes on Saturday July 19 at New Castle Fieldhouse.
Fans get to watch all eight games for only a $10 admission pass ($5 for children) at the gate, and they can come and go as they please all day long. All four classes will be represented, and there will be East and West squads for both girls and boys in each class.
The first game will pit the 2A East girls against the 2A West girls at 9:30 a.m., followed by the 2A boys’ game. The format for the rest of the day will be two games in Class 4A, two in Class 3A, and the day will wind up with the two games featuring the Class A girls and the Class A boys, the latter starting at approximately 8 p.m.
Although there are no Knightstown players in the games this year, playing in the Class 4A girls game on the East team will be Madison Qualkenbush of New Castle. Qualkenbush averaged 9.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg for the Trojans. She shot .708 from the free throw line and .286 from three-point range during the 2007-08 season. Qualkenbush was a key member of New Castle’s Class 4A state champion volleyball team, and will attend IU East in Richmond on a volleyball scholarship.
New Castle’s Chris Robinson will participate in the Class 4A boys game on the East squad. During this past season, Robinson averaged 6.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg while leading the Trojans in field goal shooting at a .496 clip. He also shot 34.5 percent from three-point range. Robinson will play basketball at Taylor University in the upcoming season.
Two girls from Shenandoah, Morgan Bousman and Tyla Warner, will represent the area as players on the Class 2A East girls team. Both were freshmen on the Raiders’ 2005 Class 2A state championship team and were members of sectional championship squads at Shenandoah their final three seasons.
Bousman averaged 12.8 ppg and 7.0 rpg, and led the area in per-game assists (4.7) and steals (3.7) as a senior in 2007-08. She shot .422 from the floor and .673 from the free-throw line this past season.
Warner averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.9 steals per game in 2007-08.
Cambridge City Lincoln’s Kara Fortman also will play for the Class 2A East girls. Fortman led the Golden Eagles in scoring this past season at 14.7 ppg, and also averaged 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. She shot 76.1 percent at the free throw line and 30.2 percent from three-point range.
Head coach of the Eastern Hancock boys’ basketball team, Aaron Spaulding, will guide the East team in the Class 2A boys game, while former Knightstown boys’ coach Chad Ballenger is an assistant coach for the East squad in the Class 3A boys game.
Coaching the Class 4A West boys team will be Brownsburg’s Josh Kendrick, who guided the Bulldog boys to the Class 4A state championship this past March. Kendrick is a graduate of Blue River Valley High School.
Radio station WMDH-AM 1550 is planning to broadcast the Class 4A boys game, and probably the Class 4A girls game as well.
More information about the games, including the complete team rosters, can be found on the website www.postyourt.org.
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