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Blake Ress, Commissioner
March 3, 2007
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON RUNS AWAY WITH 4A CROWN
all five starters from last year’s state runner-up team,
In a fast
paced, up-tempo game,
Sophomore Skyler Diggins and senior Ashley Varner led the Panthers in scoring with 27 and 24 points, respectively. Diggins also collected 17 rebounds and Katelyn Boocher tallied 10.
Columbus East was led by senior Shelby Ross’ 25 points and 11 rebounds. She scored 14-of-15 from the free throw line.
the first girls state championship for the Panthers and
the school’s first title since 1973 when the football team won in the
very first year of the state tournament. Marilyn Coddens was the
This was Columbus East’s fourth trip to the finals and second time as runner-up (1980). Under coach Danny Brown, the Olympians finished their year 24-3.
State finals records that were broken in the contest include:
KATELYN BOOCHER NAMED MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD WINNER
the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Katelyn Boocher of
The award is presented annually to a senior participant in each classification who was nominated by her principal and coach and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.
Boocher ranks 15th her senior class of 291 students and is a member of the National Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
She has given her time tutoring fellow students, coaching softball at the elementary and junior high level and is a volunteer office worker at her school.
basketball, Boocher is a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and expects to do
the same in softball this spring. She intends to play softball in college and
will study either secondary education at
She is the
daughter of Gerard and Susan Boocher of
Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, will present a
$1,000 scholarship to
The award is named in honor of former IHSAA assistant commissioner Patricia L. Roy, who oversaw the girls basketball state tournament from its inception in 1976 until her retirement in 1999.
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STATE FINALS PROGRAMS AVAILABLE
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souvenir program while supplies last! Programs are $3.00 if you purchase in
person at the IHSAA Office (
did believe that if we worked to our potential that we would have the
capability to come back to the state finals. We knew we had the scoring power,
it was just a matter of how much
“The first half was kind of scary because we weren’t hitting any of our outside shots. Normally we do that. At half, we said if they give us those shots, we have to keep on trying. They fell, plus we were able to penetrate their defense a little more and generate more offense.”
“Our team matured so much in the last year. It was unbelievable. Our focus was able to make us one of the most tenacious teams in the state. Our aggressiveness on defense and doing the little things we did helped us build a good lead in the middle of the game.”
Danny Brown, Columbus East Head Coach
“We really ran into a buzz saw
“They really dictated the tempo tonight. It seemed like they were shooting lay ups all evening long. A lot of people say Skylar Diggins is one of the best sophomores in the nation and I can certainly see why. She had a tremendous game and that performance was hard to overcome.”
(on Shelby Ross)
is a tough way to end the season, but I’m still proud to be part of this
team. We could’ve played better
defense tonight. But you have to give