The Speedway High School basketball team's success can be traced to its stingy nature. The Sparkplugs (5-0) are limiting opponents to 54 points a game on 38 percent shooting.
"We're causing 16 turnovers a game as well," Speedway coach Chuck Bennett said. "We're out-rebounding our opponents by a total of 40. The things you look for on the defensive end, our kids are doing."
Bennett said the offense has been bolstered by the defense, shooting 51 percent and averaging 72 points per game. The Sparkplugs, who play at Scecina (6-0) tonight, lost just one player from last season's team. Junior 6-3 forward Justin Brent, who has made a verbal commitment to play football for Notre Dame, leads the team with 24.4 points and nine rebounds per game. Junior 6-1 point guard Jordan Furlow and sophomore 6-4 forward Anthony Jones are both averaging 15 points. Bennett is pleased with Furlow's assist to turnover ratio of 22 to 10.
"Last season it wasn't even close to a 2 to 1 ratio," Bennett said. "He's done a great job directing our offense and getting the ball where it needs to go."
The Perry Meridian boys basketball team (4-0) has already won more games than it did last season (3-18).
"I'm really happy for this group," Falcons coach Brent Keck said. "We played a lot of young kids last season. They put a lot of work into the off-season and they've been a real coachable team to date. They've worked hard on their skill level and it has gotten them to the point where they are skilled enough that they are not beating themselves. It might be hokey but we've really talked about our kids being 'all-in.' I think they have been and because of that we've had success early."
Sophomore 6-5 Dylan Windler leads the team with a 15-point average. John Beineke, a 6-6 senior, averages 12 points.
"We've been by committee," said Keck, whose Falcons play at Franklin Central (2-3) tonight and host Decatur Central (3-1) on Saturday night. "We're the true essence of team because we don't have one kid that can carry the load on their shoulder."
Mt. Vernon senior OF Troy Montgomery recently signed to play baseball at Ohio State. Montgomery hit .460 with 19 stolen bases last season. Greenwood CF Alex Krupa has signed to play baseball at Indiana University. Krupa batted .527 with 33 runs batted in while earning a spot on The Indianapolis Star's Super Team as a junior. . . . New Castle junior outside hitter Lauryn Gillis has been named the Gatorade Indiana Volleyball Player of the Year. Gillis, who has committed to the University of Southern California, had 583 kills, 259 digs, 64 blocks, 64 assists and 25 service aces in leading the Trojans to a 33-3 record.
Lawrence Central senior diver Reed Dillon, who placed 11th in the state meet last season, has signed a letter of intent to compete at Northwestern University. . . . Mishawaka sophomore Anna Rohrer, the 2012 Indiana girls state cross country race winner, captured the girls title at Foot Locker Cross Country National Finals in San Diego race in 17:25 on Saturday. West Lafayette senior Bobbie Burgess placed ninth.