NH’s Martin, Dean inducted to HBCA HOE
The Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association recently established a Hall of Excellence and introduced former North Harrison coaches Larry Martin and Max Dean.
The HBCA’s Hall of Excellence was established to honor those individuals who have contributed a lifetime focused on ensuring opportunities for the men and women of Southern Indiana who pursue the sport of basketball.
The 2013 class is the initial inductees to the HOE.
‘I was appreciative, humbled and honored to receive it,’ Martin said. ‘It was unexpected having not been active for several years.’
The HBCA was founded in the fall of 1985 and, since that time, the organization has worked to provide exposure for the young men and women of Southern Indiana throughout the state and country, Kevin Smith, HBCA secretary and treasurer, said.
‘In conjunction, we have awarded approximately $75,000 in scholarships to young men and women who have excelled on and off the court,’ he said.
Among the first inductees were Martin and Dean.
Martin is a former girls’ basketball coach for North Harrison. He was the girls’ East Coordinator for a number of years on behalf of the HBCA.
‘I told the members when I was able to make remarks that I was appreciative (HBCA) have kept going and work so diligently without a corporate sponsor,’ Martin said. ‘I commend the efforts of what we got started to keep the ball rolling.’
Martin said he was proud of his years of coaching to see players from North Harrison participate in the annual All-Star game.
‘In the late 1980s and ’90s, we had several North Harrison athletes participate and receive scholarships from the HBCA,’ Martin said.
The HBCA was organized for that reason, to give players from the southern half of the state an opportunity to be recognized. Coaches from small colleges often attended the practice and the annual all-star game to scout participants.
Martin said, in the past, they had high-level players participate, from players off of state champion teams to former NFL player Trent Dilger (Heritage Hills).
Dean is a former boys’ basketball coach for North Harrison. Now retired, Dean was the first president of the HBCA. He was also a basketball coach and administrator for a number of years.
Other members of the HOE class included Jack Butcher (winningest coach in the history of Indiana basketball, original executive director of the HBCA), Hugh Schaefer (coach at South Knox, athletic director, HBCA’s first treasurer), Faryl Armstrong (HBCA’s first secretary), Carolyn Peiper (girls’ West Coordinator for the HBCA since 1990), Robert Kluesner (athletic director of South Knox, former HBCA publicity director) and Kevin Smith (secretary and treasurer of the HBCA for 18 years).
In the annual HBCA All-Star game, Corydon Central’s Kayla Uhl was a participant on the East team. The West prevailed in the contest, 77-57.
Contributing to the East team, Uhl scored four points on two shot attempts and had two assists. She also pulled down two rebounds and swiped two steals.
Lambert, Frederick play in junior AS games
Juniors Kendra Lambert (North Harrison) and Taylor Frederick (Corydon Central) participated in the Indiana Elite North/South All-Star game recently.
Both paired on the South squad, which set a girls’ tournament record, scoring 100 points. The South went on to double up the North, winning handily, 100-50.
Lambert was up for dishing the rock. She closed the game with seven assists while running the point-guard position, also scoring one point.
Two of Lambert’s assists went to Frederick, who scored four points and grabbed eight boards. She also dished three assists and had one blocked shot.
‘It was a good experience playing with players from the southern half of our state,’ Lambert said. ‘We all played together well. It was a fast-paced game, looking for each other to score. I made some good passes to some girls for easy baskets and some wide open 3s.’
Lambert played in another all-star event a few weeks prior, taking part in the Ohio vs. Indiana Underclassmen event.
This spring and summer, Lambert is playing AAU basketball with Indiana Flight, which also features South Central’s Kelsey Miller.