2014 Southern State Champions Crowned at West Washington High School
(Posted 3.12.14) The Southern Indiana Stars would like to thank West Washington schools and particularly the boys basketball program for their hospitality in hosting the second annual Southern State Tournament. Six new champions and runner-up teams were crowned on Saturday. Congratulations to all of the teams that made it to the finals and especially the teams listed below that took hardware back home with them to their respective schools.
3RD GRADE CHAMPIONS: North Harrison RUNNER UP: Terre Haute
4TH GRADE CHAMPIONS: Brownstown RUNNER UP: Terre Haute Hawks
5TH GRADE CHAMPIONS: Jasper Precious Blood RUNNER UP: Eastern Greene
6TH GRADE CHAMPIONS: Pope John MS (Madison) RUNNER UP: Franklin County
7TH GRADE CHAMPIONS: Columbus East RUNNER UP: Franklin County
8TH GRADE CHAMPIONS: Seymour RUNNER UP: Orleans
Fall League Champions Crowned
(Posted 11.7.13) Congratulations to the newly crowned Southern Indiana Stars Fall League champions and runner-up teams: 8th Grade Champions - Wood Memorial; 8th Grade Runner-up - Orleans; 7th Grade Champions - Heritage Hills; 7th Grade Runner-up Tecumseh; 6th Grade Champions - Jasper Wildcats; 6th Grade Runner-up - East Gibson; 5th Grade Champions - Washington; 5th Grade Runner-up - Jasper Precious Blood; 4th Grade Champions - Washington; 4th Grade Runner-up - Bloomfield; 3rd Grade Champions - Loogootee; 3rd Grade Runner-up - Jasper Precious Blood Red; 2nd Grade Champions - North Posey; 2nd Grade Runner-up - Paoli.
This season we had 44 teams compete in the fall league. That number is continuing to grow each year as we make every effort to make this the best fall league in Southern Indiana. We appreciate the help and support of all of the participating teams, schools, basketball programs, host sites, and parents for making this year's fall league a tremendous success. We look forward to your continued support and hope to see you on the court in February for the 2nd Annual Southern Indiana State Tournament.
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North Daviess to Host 3rd-4th Grade New Year's Ball on January 4th
(Posted 10.30.13) The North Daviess basketball program is hosting the New Year's Ball tournament on Saturday, January 4th. For more information CLICK HERE to go to our Tournaments link for more information and a printable flyer.
2014 Southern State Tournament Regional/State Finals Dates Set
(Posted 10.22.13) The 2nd Annual Southern State Tournament, sponsored by the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association - Southern Indiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes - and Southern Indiana Stars AAU program will be held in four different Regional sites on the weekend of February 22-23, 2014. The Southern State Finals will be held on Saturday, March 1st at West Washington High School in Campbellsburg, IN. The tournament will be for boys in grades 3-8, and last year's inaugural event brought 97 teams in the six divisions together to compete for the title of being the Southern Indiana State Champion in their respective divisions. We anticipate even greater response for this year's event with Regional sites at Eastern Greene, Eastern Pekin, Milan, North Daviess, Seymour, and Wood Memorial. Check back in the coming weeks for further details about the tournament; registration forms; etc.
Sophomores/Juniors Compete in MYT Nationals
(Posted 7.16.13) The Sophomore and Junior Stars traveled to Indianapolis for the MYT High School Nationals this past weekend. Both teams had strong showings with the Sophomores reaching the Final Four before falling to Indiana Hawks Premier by six, 60-54.
On Saturday, in pool play, the Sophs went 2-1 and were the #2 seed from their pool, while the Juniors went 1-2 to garner the #3 seed going into bracket play.
The Sophomores won their first two bracket round games against Hoop Makers and ISSA Premier on Sunday morning before reaching the Final Four.
The Juniors lost to LBA in the first round of the Nationals 66-62.
Sophomores Win War on the Floor in Bloomington
(Posted 4.22.13) The Southern Indiana Stars AAU teams took to the court this past weekend in B-Town and the sophomores became the first Stars team to win a Midwest Youth Tournament this season. Coach Burkett's sophomores were led by assistant coach, Holden Hamm and won both pool games on Saturday to advance to Sunday's bracket play as the #1 overall seed. The sophomores topped Hoosier Hoops 2015 Red and Hoosier Hoops 2015 Stone before coming from behind to defeat the Indy Storm 72-70 in the championship game. Sophomore Jordan Muerer (North Knox) drove the length of the floor to lay the ball in at the buzzer for the win.
Coach Stanifer's Frosh Red team finished pool play as a #2 seed, but defeated the Frosh White team and Cage Elite before falling 57-55 to Indy Thunder in the championship. The 8th Grade White team drove all the way to the championship game before falling to the Hoosier Shooters in the championship game. The 8th Grade White team went 3-1 and were also crowned Pool Champions during Saturday's pool play.
The Junior White; Junior Red; 8th Grade Red; and 7th Graders were also in action. The 7th Graders won their pool on Saturday, but bowed out in the first tourney game when they lost to Hoosier Hoops 2018 Wagner 32-23. Stars Coach Brad O'neall noted, "All of the teams played well. Obviously, the sophomores winning was the highlight of the weekend, but even our teams that weren't in the finals were competitive all weekend long and all of the teams are getting better.
All of the Stars teams will be back in action May 18-19 when they travel to Indianapolis for the Indiana Super Regional at the Indy Indoor Sports Park.
6th Finishes 2nd; Frosh in Final Four; Stars Finish 3rd in Club Challenge
(Posted 4.15.13) The 6th graders won both games on Saturday to win their pool and then went on to finish second after a championship game lost to Indiana Elite Swish on Sunday. The 6th grade team qualified for the Nationals in the process. The Freshman Red team got to the semifinals in their tourney, and overall the Southern Indiana Stars team finished 3rd in the National Club Challenge points last weekend at the Indy National Club Challenge sponsored by Midwest Youth Tournaments. For complete scores and results go to www.midwestyouthtournaments.com.
Stars organizer, Brad O'neall, had this to say after the weekend's games. "I think that we proved that we have some pretty good teams. The more that these kids play together the better they are going to get. For us to put several teams in position where a play here or there going our way could have won us the tourney in a couple of divisions is pretty good," commented O'neall.
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Junior White/Frosh Red/7th Grade/6th Grade Win Shootin' Out Stars Tourney
(Posted 4.7.13) The Junior White team defeated the Junior Red and Whitwater AAU on Saturday afternoon to claim the inaugural Shootin' Out the Stars AAU tournament held at West Washington High School. The Freshman Red team topped the SI Stars White team and the Indiana Heat in route to winning their division. Coach Sy Morin's 7th Grade Stars beat the Orange County Ballers twice and the 6th grade Stars to win the title in their division. The 6th graders topped the Orange County ballers in the 7th grade division to capture the 6th grade title.
The Stars AAU organization would like to thank head coach Greg Dean and his assistants Matt Myers, Mark Morin, Devon and Derek Harrell for hosting this tournament. West Washington High School has tremendous facilities and their organization of the event was first rate from officials to concessions. Thank you West Washington Basketball.
Six Teams Crowned Southern Indiana State Champions
(Posted 2.17.13) Six team claimed titles in the inaugural Southern Indiana State Tournament at the Southern State Finals held at Loogootee and North Daviess. Congratulations to Loogootee (3rd); South Ripley (4th); West Washington (5th); Silver Creek (6th); Wood Memorial (7th); and Jasper (8th) on their titles. Plans are already in the works on next year's event. Do not hesitate to contact a member of the advisory council if you have ideas or suggestions on how to make the tournament better for next year. Remember this is your tournament for your players, coaches, and school feeder teams. Proceeds from this tournament benefit Southern Indiana FCA, Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association Scholarship Fund; and Southern Indiana Stars AAU. We thank you for supporting those organizations and for being a part of this inaugural event. Click on the following links to take a look at the scores and champions from Saturday's action.
3RD GRADE 4TH GRADE 5TH GRADE 6TH GRADE 7TH GRADE 8TH GRADE
Junior Team Finishes Third at Nationals
(Posted 7.16.12) Coach David Burkett's junior team lost a heart breaker to the eventual national champion team from Johnson County, IN at the MYT Nationals yesterday when they fell 53-51 in the semifinal round. The team finished the summer with a third place showing after topping the Indy Jags and Team Indiana to claim the top spot in Pool B of the national tournament.
"It was a disappointing way to end things, especially after the summer that we had," commented Coach Burkett. "These kids played their hearts out today and it came down to a couple of plays that could have went either way. After the way that we played yesterday (in Pool B play) I really thought that we were going to seal the deal today and win it all. There is no doubt that if we had gotten the opportunity that we would have won the championship game," he continued.
"Overall it was a great summer and these kids were great. Several of them will get some looks from some schools that have contacted me already," Burkett stated. "That is what this is all about. These kids playing their butts off each time we hit the court in practice and games. Getting better every day. And, then the hope that they improve individually and as a team so we can compete for a national championship and some of these kids get seen along the way," he finished.