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Elliott Welmer is still looking for a prep school in which to play basketball next year before he heads to St. Louis University in the fall of 2015.

But after his performance on Friday night, those prep schools might be looking for him. The recent Columbus North graduate scored 11 points to help lead the Terhune Tigers to a 118-117 win over the Hickory Huskers in the annual Hoosiers Reunion All-Star Classic at the historic Hoosiers Gym in Knightstown.

“It was fun to play against some of the best competition in the state,” Welmer said. “It was a great atmosphere to play in.”

Welmer went 4-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Columbus East’s Bryce Lienhoop scored eight points, including two on a dunk, and had 10 rebounds for Hickory. Lienhoop, who is headed to St. Francis, also had four assists and two blocked shots.

In the girls game, North’s Tayler Goodall scored 13 points to help lead Terhune to a 116-101 win over Hickory. Goodall, who is headed to Florida Gulf Coast, is playing for the Indiana All-Stars in this week’s series of games against the Indiana Junior All-Stars and the Kentucky (senior) All-Stars.

North’s Kelsey Cunningham (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) scored nine points, and East’s Allyson Bunch (IPFW) added six for Hickory. Bunch rolled her ankle in the first half but returned to the court in the second half.

Bull Dogs in All-Star meet

Recent North graduates Andy Carr, Kaden Eaton and Mackenzie Caldwell will compete in the Midwest Meet of Champions Saturday at Granville (Ohio) High School.

The meet, starting at noon, features the top seniors from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

Carr finished third in the 3,200 meters, Eaton took ninth in the 1,600 in Saturday’s boys state meet at Indiana University, and Caldwell took fifth in both the 1,600 and 3,200 in Friday’s girls state meet. Carr and Caldwell will run the 3,200, and Eaton will run the 1,600 on Saturday.

All-HHC teams selected

Three members of the Hoosier Hills Conference champion East baseball team have been named to the All-HHC first team, and Jon Gratz is the conference’s Coach of the Year.

East’s Christian Wichman, Will Anderson and Cam Curry made the first team. Takahiro Yamada is an honorable mention selection.

Seymour’s Tyler Reedy also made the first team. Jennings’ Tyler Vogel and Seymour’s Chase Dover are honorable mention selections.

In softball, Jennings’ Lisa McIntosh, Dani Kirchner and Kyndyl Olds, East’s Elyse Babb and Seymour’s Emily Bobb made the first team. Jennings’ Hannah Castor, East’s Hayley Smalley and Seymour’s Gemma Challies are honorable mention selections.

Eagles coach retiring

Brown County girls tennis co-coach and boys tennis assistant coach Steve Makurat is retiring as a teacher and coach.

Makurat has coached for

25 years and taught for 33. Kevin Roush will remain as the boys head coach, and girls co-coach Thom Miller will be the sole head coach for the girls.

“Kevin and Thom are two of my former players, so it’s all in good hands,” Makurat said.

Softball finals on TV

Fox Sports Indiana will televise the IHSAA Softball State Finals on Saturday.

North Daviess will play North Miami in the Class A game at 10:30 a.m., South Spencer will meet Southmont in the 2A game at 1:30 p.m., Gibson Southern will face Leo in the 3A game at 4:30 p.m., and Bloomington South will play Hamilton Southeastern in the 4A game at 7:30 p.m.

Replays of the Class A game will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the 2A game at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, the 3A game at 11 p.m. Wednesday and the 4A game at 10 a.m. June 20.

Sophomore wins award

Crown Point sophomore Miranda Elish has been selected as the Gatorade Indiana Softball Player of the Year.

Elish posted a 23-0 record with a 0.22 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 126 innings entering last week’s regional play. She also had a .480 batting average with four home runs and 26 RBIs.

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