For years, area girls basketball coaches have tried to configure a way to stop both Caitlyn Tolen and Cassidy Deno.
The Benton Central seniors will no longer be teammates, as Deno will be playing at Purdue Calumet next season. Tolen will sign her national letter of intent with IUPUI Wednesday, alongside Deno.
Together, along with fellow senior Courtney Lester, Tolen and Deno led Benton Central to sectional and regional titles this season before losing to Hamilton Heights at semistate. Tolen and Deno also started for BC’s 2011 Class 3A state runner-up team.
At Calumet, Deno will join Carroll graduate Quinci Eller, who started eight games last season.
The Peregrines went 21-10 last season, scoring 82.4 points per game and finishing the season ranked 20th in NAIA Division II after advancing to the national tournament.
Deno averaged 16.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game as a senior and led the area by shooting 43.7 percent from 3-point range.
Another Benton Central senior recently made her college choice.
Kelsey Bessler will continue her softball career at junior college Division II power Heartland Community College.
The Hawks won the 2009 national championship and are currently ranked fourth in the NJCAA poll. Heartland is located in Normal, Ill.
Bessler is enjoying a strong start to her senior year, hitting .480 with two home runs and 10 RBIs.
Baird chooses Grace
McCutcheon senior Taylor Baird will play volleyball next year at Grace College.
Baird led the Mavericks in blocks last season and was a part of the Mavericks’ 2011 sectional championship team.
Baird contributed 89 kills, 71 digs, 61 blocks and 12 aces for McCutcheon in the fall.
Central Catholic’s baseball and softball teams will host a “strike out cancer” effort in their May 1 games. The games will be dedicated to CC senior Patrick Mackey, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. T-shirts, bracelets and other items will be for sale and monetary donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go to help the Mackey family.
Additionally, the Knights of Columbus #456 will host a barbecue chicken dinner on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus hall, 218 S. 4th St. in Lafayette, from 1 to 8 p.m. Prices are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Dine-in and carry-out is available. Donations of gift cards or money can be dropped off at the Knights of Columbus donation box.
Two Clinton County high schools are in need of girls basketball coaches.
Rossville coach Jeff Henley recently resigned after three seasons, going 20-41. The Hornets were 3-18 last season. Henley coached the Rossville boys to the 2001 Class A state championship.
Clinton Central also seeks a coach. Brad Montgomery exits after going 12-32 in two seasons with the Bulldogs.
Clinton Central athletic director Eric Flickinger said the school has various teaching openings, including English and Spanish. Interested applicants can contact Flickinger or principal Michael Poiry.
Lafayette Jeff hosted a 3-point, free throw and hot shot contest on Sunday to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
The event raised approximately $500.
The five winners all came from the Hoosier Conference.
West Lafayette seniors Grace Palmieri (3-point) and Kayla Jones (free throw) each defeated McCutcheon sophomore Kerstyn Lowery in the finals.
Central Catholic junior Mitch Witteveen needed sudden death to win the boys free throw contest against Harrison sophomore Cade Renicker. After the two finalists tied in their best-of-15 round, a best-of-five was to break the tie. When both made all five attempts, it went to sudden death.
Twin Lakes junior Cameron Bennington won the boys 3-point contest, defeating West Lafayette senior Tory Eger in the finals.
Central Catholic senior Timmy Mills won the hot shot contest.
Tuesday night’s Lafayette Jeff at Harrison baseball game is rescheduled for tonight at 6 p.m. Tuesday’s Lafayette Jeff at Hamilton Southeastern softball game will be played Wednesday night and the Bronchos’ tennis match at Westfield will be April 24.
Harrison’s home softball game against Fishers will now be played on April 29 at 5:30 p.m.