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Boys hoop season had standout performances, near missesPosted Friday, March 26, 2010, at 1:19 PM
After going a couple of years in a row in the last decade without having anyone score at least 30 points or more in a high school boys basketball game, there were nine such occurrences during the 2009-10 season.
Bloomfield senior Andy Cochrane etched his name among Cardinal leaders when he scored a career-high 31 points against Loogootee on Jan. 22 at Glover Gymnasium. He is one of 14 players to score 30 or more for the Cardinals in a game.
Cochrane tallied 422 points this season, averaging over 18 points per game.
He scored 232 points as a sophomore and 293 as a junior.
Cochrane only had two free throws during his freshman season or he would have easily eclipsed 1,000, joining Shane Miller, Mike Sherrard, John Bucher, Terry Glover and Kenny Vandeventer as the only Cardinals to reach that four-digit milestone.
According to BHS coach Bucher, Cochrane finished with 949 points, which moves him ahead of Nathan Helms for eighth-place on the career scoring list.
Cochrane, a key contributor on the 2009 Class 2A Sectional championship team, was the model of consistency this season, reaching double figures in all but one game. He scored 21 or more in 10 games.
White River Valley guard Jared Shelton was another senior who had a chance to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
After the season ended, WRV coach J.B. Neill was trying to confirm the totals for Shelton, who had the advantage of getting to play varsity as a freshman.
When Neill sent his season-ending stats, it turned out that the southpaw guard was 20 points short of becoming the seventh Wolverine to reach 1,000 points.
A.J. Graves, Matthew Graves, Andrew Graves, Marc Hostetter, Matt Burgess and Troy Halt scored between 2,041 and 1,109 points during their days at WRV.
Since the Wolverine records don't include a top 10 or top 20, like some schools have, I am not sure it would be accurate to say whether Shelton's 980 points were the seventh-most points in the history of the school. But it would stand to reason that he would certainly be near the top 10.
One senior who made his mark this season was Shakamak forward Billy Newton.
After averaging 23.8 points per game in 2009-10, Newton became one of the all-time leading scorers in Greene County and the career leader at Shakamak.
Newton finished his career with 1,904 points -- passing Michael Allen who had 1,822 points -- for first on the all-time Laker list. Allen, a 1990 graduate, helped the Lakers win sectional titles in 1988 and 1990.
Allen still owns the Laker single-game record with 58 points scored against Cloverdale his senior season. He also had games of 49, 43 and 40.
Newton is now fourth on the county list behind A.J. Graves, Switz City's Rusty Miller and L & M standout Tony Patterson.
He would be fifth among area players as Brody Boyd of Union (Dugger) racked up 2,632 points to top the list.
Newton reached double figures in all 25 games that the Lakers played this season.
He scored 20 or more 18 times, including eight games of 30-plus points.
He scored a career-high 36 points in a 72-64 double-overtime win over North Central in the opening game of the Greene County Invitational. He made 19 of 21 free throws.
In December, Newton went for 34 twice. He did it on Dec. 12 against Union (Dugger), making 13 of 17 shots from the field.
At the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic on Dec. 26, Newton connected on 15 of 24 shots, including three treys, against the Miners.
Newton opened the season with then a career-best 32 points against Bloomfield in December. Newton, who scored 31 as a junior against North Vermillion, was perfect at the foul line -- 9 of 9 -- and shot 9 of 15 from the field, including 5 of 6 on 3-pointers against the Cardinals.
Newton, who played a key role on the Laker sectional title team in 2008, went for 31 points at Clay City on Feb. 6 and 31 to end the regular season at Owen Valley on Feb. 26. He passed Allen for the top spot on the Laker ledger against Owen Valley.
Newton hit for 30 as the Lakers beat Vincennes Rivet 58-51 in the title game of the Greene County Invitational on Jan. 11.
Newton then scored 30 at home against Eastern Greene on Feb. 19. The Lakers won 59-53, a victory that was key in SHS earning a share of the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference title.
I am including unofficial career scoring list for Shakamak, Bloomfield and White River Valley to show how Shelton, Cochrane and Newton compare to those who played before them.
B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12 or at email@example.com.
Shakamak Boys Basketball
Career scoring leaders
1. Billy Newton, 2010 -- 1,904 points.
2. Michael Allen, 1990 -- 1,822 points
3. Gary Wier, 1978 -- 1,206 points
4. Marc Allen, 1999 -- 1,150 points
5. Jared Rehmel, 2006 -- 1,126 points
6. Jeff Barton, 1994 -- 1,060 points
7. Keith Sims, 1971 --1,000 points
8. Jim Yeryar, 1966 -- 1,000 points
Bloomfield Boys Basketball
Career scoring leaders
1. Shane Miller, 1994 -- 1,476
2. Mike Sherrard, 1988 -- 1,212
3. John Bucher, 1995 -- 1094
4. Terry Glover, 1965 -- 1,051
5. Kenny VanDeventer, 1956 -- 1,048
6. Keith VanDeventer, 1984 -- 963
7. Rick Long, 1971 -- 955
8. Andy Cochrane, 2010 -- 949
9. Nathan Helms, 1999 -- 940
10. Matt Britton, 1996 -- 934
11. Jack Sparks, 1964 -- 855
12. Sean Vandeventer, 1986 -- 853
13. Josh Thompson, 1999 -- 842
14. Jim Johnson, 1956 -- 826
15. R.J. Hughes, 2005 -- 805
16. Bart Beard, 1986 -- 793
17. Dennis Crites, 1980 -- 768
18. Danny McGhee, 1961 -- 762
19. Danny Roach, 1960 -- 758
20. Bill Asdell, 1959 -- 756
21. Jeff Pittman, 1975 -- 735
WRV Boys Basketball
Career scoring leaders
1. A.J. Graves, 2004 -- 2,041 points
2. Matthew Graves, 1993 -- 1,800 points
3. Andrew Graves, 1996 -- 1,695 points
4. Marc Hostetter, 1993 -- 1,253 points
5. Matt Burgess, WRV, 1991, 1,199 points
6. Troy Halt, WRV, 1993 -- 1,109 points
Jared Shelton, 2010, 980 points
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