Danville High School boys basketball coach Brian Barber can't believe how quickly this season has flown by.
"When things are going well, practices are fun and kids are buying in; those seasons do go fast," Barber said.
The Warriors take an 11-2 record into Friday's game against visiting Western Boone (5-8). Danville plays at Beech Grove (5-7) on Saturday. Senior shooting guard Avery Motes leads the Warriors with a 19-point average, followed by senior point guard Ian Asher at 18.
"Those two have really carried the load for us and when they're on, they're hard to handle," Barber said. "They both can score in many different ways. Avery is really good at coming off screens and moving without the basketball. He's shooting about 47 percent on 3-pointers.
"Ian is good at seeing the floor, finding the open guys and pushing the ball up the floor. He can stop and shoot the 12-foot shot. That mid-range shot kind of seems like lost art now, kids are shooting the 3-point shot or taking it all the way to the rim."
Jackson Stone, a 6-7 senior, comes off the bench but plays starter's minutes.
"He keeps getting better and better," Barber said. "He's kind of a late bloomer for us. He didn't play his sophomore year because he went out on the diving team. But he came back his junior year."
Barber said all seven seniors, including Tyler Ross, B'ster Detty, C.J Just and Scott Amore, are playing key roles in the rotation.
Danville's two losses have been to Lebanon (65-56) and Avon (46-44) in the Hendricks County tournament semifinals. The Warriors had beaten Avon 51-48 on Nov. 30.
Football recruiting news
Center Grove tight end Nate Wozniak will visit Purdue this weekend and Minnesota the following weekend. Trojans coach Eric Moore said Wozniak will then make his decision between Purdue, Minnesota and Miami. The 6-9 Wozniak had 20 receptions for 331 yards last season.
Also making an official visit to Purdue this weekend is Anthony Warrum, Heritage Christian coach Ron Qualls said. Qualls said it's Warrum's first official visit but he has one set up for Illinois State the following weekend. Warrum has not received an offer yet from Purdue. Warrum, who holds several state receiving records, has offers from Indiana State, Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois and Illinois State. The 6-2 Warrum had 90 catches for 1,813 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. For his career, he has 269 receptions for 4,492 yards and 62 TDs.
Hamilton Southeastern senior running back Ryan Ripp recently committed to play at Pennsylvania, coach Scott May said. Ripp, who was named to The Indianapolis Star's Super Team, ran for 1,205 yards and 22 touchdowns in eight games.Speedway quarterback Austin Anglea has committed to Southern Nazarene in Bethany, Okla. Anglea completed 134-of-235 passes for 2,330 and 25 touchdowns last season.
Carmel offensive lineman Matt Sinclair is no longer committed to Western Michigan. Coach Bill Cubit was fired and the new staff didn't honor the previous staff's offers, Greyhounds coach Kevin Wright said. Lawrence Central defensive end Derrick Dunlap has verbally committed to Eastern Michigan, joining fellow Bears defensive end Deshai Powell. Both had previously committed to Western Michigan.
Heritage Christian's Sydney Hall, Tyasha Harris and Allison Schofield were named to the All-City tournament team. Also named were Jalise Beck and Rashay Turentine from Tech, Bishop Chatard's Hannah Gardner and Anna Logan, Liza Christie of Cathedral, Scecina's Shannon Gavagan and Anne'Ka Jones from Cardinal Ritter. . . . Barr-Reeve senior Connor Sorrells was named Gatorade Indiana Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
The Avon volleyball team, which won the Class 4A state title in November, will be presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during the MaxPreps Tour of Champions at halftime of Friday's home boys basketball game. Avon finished No. 19 in the final MaxPreps Freeman rankings. . . . Center Grove's Moore was named the 2012 Indiana Track and Field Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
The Morristown boys basketball team will take part in the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer program on Friday. Cancer survivors will be honored at halftime and there is a pizza and spaghetti dinner held before the junior varsity game for $8. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. For more information call (317) 398-1284.