High School Boys Basketball Media Day


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – On Wednesday boys basketball teams from all across Northeast Indiana spoke to WANE-TV at media day as they prepare for the upcoming season.


4A Homestead

Head Coach: Chris Johnson (17th season)

2014-2015 Record: 29-2

The Spartans capped off a historic 2014-2015 season by winning the 4A State Championship over Evansville-Reitz in overtime. This year’s squad loses McDonald’s All-American and Purdue recruit Caleb Swangan, along with Jordan Geist and Dana Batt. The State Championship MVP, Tahj Curry, returns to the team along with Ben Skowronek. Another change for Homestead will be a change in conference with the Spartans moving from the NHC to the SAC.

4A North Side

Head Coach: Shabaz Khaliq (6th season)

2014-2015 Record: 19-7

The North Side Redskins won the SAC last season with a 7-0 conference record. A promising postseason was cut short when the Redskins fell to Carroll in the second round of sectionals. North Side loses Jujaun Starks and Sean McGee from last season’s team but they do bring in Keion Brooks Jr, a 6-foot-6 freshman who’s drawing interest from Purdue, Michigan State, and several other Big Ten schools.

4A Carroll

Head Coach: Marty Beasley (11th season)

2014-2015 Record: 23-4

Carroll joins the SAC after finishing in second place to Homestead in the NHC last season. The Chargers lost in the regional semifinals 59-57. The Chargers return Ball State commit Kyle Mallers and 6-8 center Jared Hofer.

4A Snider

Head Coach: John Todor (7th season)

2014-2015 Record: 18-5

Snider finished the 2014-2015 season with a 6-1 conference record. However, their postseason was cut short falling to Northrop in the first round of sectionals. During the regular season Snider became one of the only two teams to beat the Homestead Spartand during their state championship season. The Panthers have Malik Williams leading this year’s team. The 6-11 forward has drawn interest from Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, and Toldeo.

4A Northrop

Head Coach: Rod Chamble (1st season)

2014-2015 Record: 14-11

Northrop will have a new head coach leading the team this season as Barak Coolman leaves Northrop after seven seasons to coach at Valporaiso High School. The Bruins fell short of a sectional title, falling to Carroll in the championship game. Northrop loses Nigel Kilby, but returns Garrett Shoenle, and Anton Berry.

3A Bishop Luers

Head Coach: JJ Foster (3rd season)

2014-2015 Record: 12-12

The Knights had a heartbreaking end to last season, falling to Bishop Dwenger in double overtime in the sectional championship. The Knights will look for redemption this season returning seven players from last year’s tem.

4A South Side:

Head Coach: Michael Novell (6th season)

2014-2015 Record: 10-12

The Archers finished the 2015 season with three conference wins. Their postseason ended early, falling to Homestead in the first round of sectionals. South Side will have to replace six seniors including Trae Masten, Nick Thomas, and Allen Ferguson Jr.

3A Bishop Dwenger:

Head Coach: Matt Kostoff (17th season)

2014-2015 Record: 14-14

Despite a lackluster regular season, the Saints went on to have an incredible postseason run, winning their second straight regional title. Dwenger does lose a number of key pieces from last year’s team including Marcus Stepp, Kyle Hartman, and Ryan Christman.

3A Concordia Lutheran

Head Coach: Tim Reinking (12th season)

2014-2015 Record: 10-14

The Cadets won two SAC games last season and went on to lose to Bishop Luers in the second round of sectionals. Concordia has Reggie Tharp coming back. The 5-11 guard recently committed to Chicago State after decommitting from IUPUI.

4A Wayne

Head Coach: Aaron Rehrer (6th season)

2014-2015 Record: 3-19

Wayne went winless in the SAC last year. They lost to Jay County in the first round of sectionals last season. The Generals have 13 players returning from last year’s team.

Fort Wayne Non-Conference

2A Canterbury

Head Coach: Scott Kreiger (4th season)

2014-2015 Record: 14-11

The Canterbury Cavaliers won their first 2A sectional title last season after going 11-10 during the regular season. The Cavaliers will look to a younger corps this season after losing Andrew Kuss and Christian Kreiger to graduation.

1A Blackhawk Christian

Head Coach

2014-2015 Record: 20-7

Blackhawk Christian became back to back sectional champs in 2015. The Braves graduated four seniors last year. Mark Davidson will look to his younger son Will Davidson and Rick Hall to lead this year’s team.

Northeast 8


3A Head Coach: Cary Cogdell (12th season)

2014-2015 Record: 21-3

The Leo Lions make the move to the new Northeast 8 after winning the ACAC title their last season in the conference. Leo’s postseason was a short one, with the Lions falling to Bishop Dwenger in the sectional semifinals.Leo loses last year’s leading scorer David Hardin.

3A Columbia City

Head Coach: Chirs Benedict (18th season)

2014-2015 Record: 19-8

The Columbia City Eagles were in the middle of the pack in the NHC, but now they’re looking to take flight in the new Northeast 8. The Eagles found their stride in the postseason winning their first sectional title since 2011 before falling in the first round of regionals. Columbia City returns recent UCF commit, Brachen Hazen, and his younger brother, Parker.

3A Norwell

Head Coach: Randy Hawkings (7th season)

2014-2015 Record: 16-11

Norwell finished last season with four wins in the NHC. The Knights finished just short of a sectional title, falling to Columbia City in the championship game. Norwell will be without five of their seniors from last year, including current USF football star, Piercen Harnish. The team does return center Curtis Blackwell.

4A DeKalb

Head Coach: Jeremy Rauch (2nd season)

2014-2015 Record: 15-8

The DeKalb Barons bounced back from their disappointing 2013-2014 season finishing last year with a winning record. DeKalb did fall to North Side in the first round of sectional action. 6-7 forward Will Chrisman is back for his senior season.

3A New Haven

Head Coach: Bruce Stephens (2nd season)

2014-2015 Record: 8-16

New Haven finished last season with their first losing season since 2009. The team was unable to make it out of the first round of sectionals, falling to Dwenger in their first postseason game. The Bulldogs lost six seniors to graduation.

4A East Noble

Head Coach: Chad Cripe (3rd season)

2014-2015 Record: 5-20

East Noble finished last season with one conference win. The Knights later went on to fall to Northrop in the first round of sectionals. East Noble will have experience on their side this season, returning all of their players from last year’s team.

3A Bellmont

Head Coach: John Baker (5th season)

2014-2015 Record: 6-17

The Braves went winless in NHC play last season. Bellmont was blown out of the first round of sectionals by conference foe Norwell. The Braves will be led by eight seniors this season.

4A Huntington North

Head Coach: Craig Teagle (1st season)

2014-2015 Record: 10-13

Huntington North makes the move to the Northeast 8 from the North Central conference. They lost to Homestead in the first round of sectionals. The Vikings lose 6-6 forward Cody Adams, but standing in the wings will be 6-6 junior, Chazz Bruce.


4A Jay County

Head Coach: Chris Krieg (1st season)

2014-2015 Record: 21-3

The Jay County Patriots finished last season in second place in the ACAC behind Leo who moved to the Northeast 8. JayCo fell to Homestead in the sectional championship to end their postseason run. Chris Krieg steps in as the new head coach for Jay County.

3A Heritage

Head Coach: Barry Singrey (1st season)

2014-2015 Record: 9-14

The Heritage Patriots will have a new head coach leading them this season as Barry Singrey takes over for Brad Kiess. Heritage will be without PG Adam Beard, G Branson Doessen, and C Bradley Scott.

2A Bluffton

Head Coach: Kevin Leising (7th season)

2014-2015 Record: 13-10

The Tigers finished last season with a 4-3 conference record. They were knocked out by Canterbury in the first round of sectionals. Coach Leising will return eight of his players from last season.

2A South Adams

Head Coach: Andy Brown (5th season)

2014-2015 Record: 11-12

The Starfires have been on a steady incline over the fast three years, finishing with their best record since 2008. They fell early in the postseason with a loss to Eastside in the sectional semifinals. South Adams loses four seniors form last year’s team.

2A Woodlan

Head Coach: Dave Randall (5th season)

2014-2015 Record: 6-18

Woodlan finished with only two conference wins last season. They were able to make it to the second round of the playoffs before falling to Churubusco in the semifinals.

2A Adams Central

Head Coach: Aaron McClure (10th season)

2014-2015 Record: 6-16

After losing six seniors to graduation last year, the Flying Jets finished with a losing record for the first time in five years. This year they will return nine players form last year’s team including 6-5 center Luke Voiril.

1A Southern Wells

Head Coach: Ben Burman (2nd season)

2014-2015 Record: 4-20

Southern Wells finished as the only winless team in the ACAC last season. One of their four wins of the season came in the first round of sectionals where they beat Cowan. The Raiders will return their entire team this season.


2A Churubusco

Head Coach: Michael McBride (8th season)

2014-2015 Record: 22-4

Busco had a strong year last season, winning a share of the NECC title with Fairfield. The Eagles promising season was cut short, falling to Canterbury in the sectional championship. Busco graduates Paul Forman, Blake Gross, and Beau Barkley, all key pieces to last year’s success. Drew Buffenbarger is expected to be back after breaking his collarbone earlier this fall.

3A Fairfield

Head Coach: Troy Beachy (5th season)

2014-2015 Record: 16-10

Fairfield shared the NECC title with Busco at the end of last season. Their season ended in the sectional semifinals to NorthWood.

2A Prairie Heights

Head Coach: Greg Holmes (2nd season)

2014-2015 Record: 16-9

For the first time in over a decade Prairie Heights finished with a winning record. They lost to LaVille in the sectional championship.

2A Eastside

Head Coach: Ryan Abbott (4th season)

2014-2015 Record: 13-11

The Blazers finished with eight wins in the NECC last season, but their postseason was cut short as Eastside lost to Canterbury in the sectional semifinals.

3A Angola

Head Coach: Ed Bentley (4th season)

2014-2015 Record: 12-11

Angola had a strong regular season going 9-4 in conference play. They were unable to advance far in the postseason losing to Bishop Luers in the first round of sectionals.

3A Garrett

Head Coach: Seth Coffing (1st season)

2014-2015 Record: 10-13

Garrett will have a new head coach leading the charge this season as Peru native Seth Coffing takes over for John Bodey. The former college assistant will look to turn around a program that finished with five conference wins and lost in the first round of sectionals.

2A Westview

Head Coach: Rob Yoder (13th season)

2014-2015 Record: 10-13

Westview went 6-7 in NECC play last season. They were bounced from the postseason by Prairie Heights in the first round of sectionals.

2A Central Noble

Head Coach: Ethan Marsh (2nd season)

2014-2015 Record: 10-13

Central Noble finished last season with four conference wins. They fell to Prairie Heights in the sectional semifinals.

2A Fremont

Head Coach: John Wysong (1st season)

2014-2015 Record: 10-13

Fremont went 5-8 in conference play last season. They lost to LaVille in the sectional semifinals.

3A West Noble

Head Coach: Jim Best (5th season)

2014-2015 Record: 6-16

The Chargers struggled in conference play last season with only three wins. West Noble loses five seniors from last year’s team.

1A Hamilton

Head Coach: Orry Moughler (2nd season)

2014-2015 Record: 5-19

Hamilton’s only conference win last year came over a winless Lakeland team. They were able to advance to the sectional semifinals before falling to

3A Lakeland

Head Coach: Scott LaPlace (3rd season)

2014-2015 Record: 2-21

Lakeland finished last season without a win in the NECC. The Lakers were bounced after one game in sectionals by Fairfield.


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