Dec. 15, 2017

As Broad Ripple High School prepares to begin its final semester, the basketball program will be honoring its legacy with an electrifying showcase in the Hoosier-Buckeye Basketball Shootout on December 23. This holiday invitational will mark the final basketball homecoming event for the Broad Ripple Rockets, and will feature four thrilling cross-state matchups between teams from Indiana and Ohio.

Broad Ripple’s teams will participate in two of the day’s contests. The lady Rockets will kick things off, taking on Cincinnati Public Schools’ Taft High School at 2:10 p.m. Broad Ripple boys will compete against a strong Rodgers High School team from Toledo Public Schools district at 6:30 p.m.

The other two games on the schedule have Gary Bowman Academy (IN) taking on Trotwood-Madison (OH) at 4:30 p.m., and Lawrence Central (IN) boys going up against Cincinnati Walnut Hills (OH) at 8:30 p.m.

Broad Ripple Athletic Director and organizer of the showcase, Don Newberry, hopes to see the entire Broad Ripple High School community come together to celebrate their school and its history inside of the school’s storied William Smith Gymnasium. The gym has been the home to future professional players, celebrated rivalries, city champions, and the 1980 state championship team.

Newberry, an Ohio native, took the reigns as the school’s athletic directorship in the fall of 2016, and had visions of the pitting Indiana teams against teams from his home state after constantly hearing about the lore of Indiana basketball.

“It just seemed like a no-brainer,” he said. “After moving here to take the position, I kept having conversations about how big basketball is in Indiana. I talked to a few coaches from Ohio and Indiana and everybody was excited about coming together to play. It built a lot of traction quickly and I realized it would be a great environment to have our homecoming games in.”

Broad Ripple grads in attendance will be able to receive the V.I.P. treatment. In addition to the on-court competition, there will be a T-Mobile-sponsored Alumni Lounge available between the Broad Ripple games where food will be served and live action will be shown on the big screen. There will also be participation activities during halftimes and plenty of entertainment between games, including a live DJ from Hot 96.3 FM. This will also be one of the last great opportunities to purchase Broad Ripple merchandise: T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and unique Broad Ripple sports memorabilia will be available.

These games will also be a great opportunity for the student-athletes to impress college scouts in attendance and possibly make their marks in hopes of playing at the next level. For those who cannot attend, WHMB TV40 will be streaming all of the games live on their website whmb.lesea.com, and the Broad Ripple vs. Rogers game will re-air on WHMB TV40 at 9 p.m. later that day.

For more information on the Hoosier-Buckeye Basketball Shootout, contact Don Newberry at newberryd@myips.org.

This showcase marks one of a few basketball events taking place within the district over the holiday break.

  • Northwest High School will host The Factory Pioneer Showcase on December 30. The showcase will also feature four games, with Indiana teams taking on cross-state competition from the Midwest. Games start at noon. For more information, call Karl Hardister at 317.657.3341.
  • Arsenal Technical High School’s boys’ basketball team will host a Middle School Basketball Clinic on Dec. 23. The clinic, which helps Arsenal Tech prepare for the next wave of high school talent, is also a team fundraiser. For more information, contact Coach Aundrey Wright, camp director, at 317.693.5364 or via email at wrightat@myips.org.