High-SchoolIndiana: Five Days of List-Mas

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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The best mascots in Indiana high school sports.

Any school can be a mascot like the Hawks or the Bulldogs. It takes a creative school to come up with something that is a little more exciting. And some of the Indiana schools have some awfully creative mascots. But which schools made our top five? Read below, and let us know if you think your school should have made the cut.

5. LaPorte Slicers

4. Rochester Zebras

3. Clinton Prairie Gophers

2. Jimtown Jimmies

1. Speedway Sparkplugs

Honorable mention: Attica Red Ramblers, Crawfordsville Athenians, Franklin Grizzly Cubs, Greenwood Woodmen, Hobart Brickies, Lincoln Alices, Logansport Berries

Think your school belongs on the list? Leave a comment below and let us know about it!

And from all of us here at ESPNHS, Merry List-Mas!
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Indiana.

Yogi Ferrell, Ronnie Johnson and Gary Harris are all standout basketball recruits who are likely headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Indiana has sent its share of school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from Indiana to play in the NBA.

5. Zach Randolph
Once regarded as a stick of dynamite just waiting to explode, Randolph has matured into one of the NBA's better big men. The 6-foot-9 power forward started his career at Marion, then played a year at Michigan State before becoming a first-round draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers. Z-Bo has posted five straight seasons of 20 points per game, and he's also recorded double-digit rebounds seven times. He was an NBA All-Star in 2009-10.
4. Eric Gordon
Gordon was a great high school player at North Central, even being featured on the cover of ESPNHS Magazine as a senior in 2006-07. He stayed home for college, playing one year at Indiana (20.9 points per game) before being drafted seventh overall by the Clippers in 2008. He's averaged at least 16 points per game in each of his three NBA seasons, including a career-high 22.3 last season. Gordon was recently traded to the New Orleans Hornets as the centerpiece in the Chris Paul deal.

3. Glenn Robinson
"The Big Dog" has to go down as one of the most efficient scorers in NBA history. He was unstoppable at Roosevelt High School in Gary, he was unstoppable at Purdue. and he was unstoppable during his peak in the NBA. Robinson was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1994 draft, and he went on to average 20.7 points per game for his career.

2. Clyde Lovellette
A Hall of Famer, Lovellette started out at Garfield High School in Terre Haute. The 6-foot-9 forward played his college ball at Kansas before being drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1952. In 11 NBA seasons, Lovellette averaged 17.0 points and 9.5 rebounds, including five seasons of 20-10 production. A four-time All-Star and three-time NBA champions, Lovellette was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.

1. Larry Bird
Bird is always in the discussion for "Greatest Player of All-Time," as he excelled in every aspect of the game. Famously from French Lick, he played his high school ball at Springs Valley and took Indiana State to the NCAA title game in 1979. When he finally left the state, he led the Boston Celtics to three NBA championships, won three MVP awards and made 12 All-Star games. For his career, Bird averaged 24.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. And he's rightfully regarded as one of the best passing big men of all time, as the 6-foot-9 forward averaged 6.3 assists for his career. He also did this. And this. And this.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

POWERADE Indiana hoops rankings

December, 14, 2011
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There have been some major changes since the preseason POWERADE state rankings were released, including a new team atop the Indiana board. North Central opened at No. 1, but a loss to Carmel dropped the Panthers to No. 2. That gave Hamilton SE a chance to move up, and the Royals claimed the No. 1 spot by going 4-0 through the early part of the season. The stay at the top could be short-lived, however, as Hamilton SE and North Central are scheduled to meet on Dec. 17.

Carmel, the team that beat North Central on Dec. 9, jumps from being unranked to No. 3. The Greyhounds have a legitimate claim to the No. 2 spot, having beat North Central head-to-head, but Carmel also has a loss to Noblesville on its resume.

POWERADE Basketball State Rankings

After games ending 12/13
  1. Hamilton SE (4-0) — Last week: No. 2
  2. North Central (4-1) — Last week: No. 1
  3. Carmel (4-1) — Last week: NR
Click here for complete POWERADE state rankings.
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Indiana next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Elijah Daniel (JR), Avon, LB
Credentials: 6-foot-4, 250-pounder can bang; compiled five tackles for loss and two sacks in 2011

4. Zach Oakley (JR), Penn, QB
Credentials: Splitting snaps for most of the year, ran for 997 yards and 20 touchdowns while leading Penn to the Class 5A title game

3. Anthony Warrum (JR), Heritage Christian, WR
Credentials: Downfield playmaker caught 71 passes for 1,268 yards and 18 TDs this season

2. Tim Kimbrough (LB), Warren Central, LB
Credentials: Led one of state's top defenses this year; made 155 tackles and 14 tackles for loss and racked up 5.5 sacks

1. Jaylon Smith (JR), Bishop Luers, LB
Credentials: After recording 11 sacks as a sophomore, Smith saw more attention from offensive lines but still posted nine sacks and 20 tackles for loss; should be rated as one of the nation's top linebackers in the Class of 2013

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Indiana Weekly Basketball Rankings.

Did I miss someone who should be on the list? Hit me on Twitter (@ESPNHSGrimala) and let me know about it.

Five Days of List-Mas: IN's A-List

December, 12, 2011
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Whether you're putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you're making that special list for Santa, there's nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we're bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: Indiana's A-Listers

What is an A-Lister? In Hollywood, it's the George Clooney and Julia Roberts crowd. In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The A-List is the best of the best. So which athletes can be considered A-Listers in Indiana this year? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state.

Yogi Ferrell, Senior
Park Tudor, Basketball
Credentials: Rated the No. 3 point guard in the country by ESPNU. Averaged 18.5 points and 6.6 assists while leading Park Tudor to a state championship last year.

Gary Harris, Senior
Hamilton SE, Basketball/Football
Credentials: ESPNHS All-State selection for football and basketball; rated the No. 10 basketball player in the country by ESPNU. Committed to Michigan State for hoops.

Gunner Kiel, Senior
Columbus East, Football
Credentials: Won Gatorade State Player of the Year after passing for 2,517 yards and 28 touchdowns. Rated the No. 2 quarterback in the country by ESPNU.

Jason Tsirtsis, Senior
Crown Point, Wrestling
Credentials: Ranked No. 1 nationally in his weight class, with three individual state championships so far; 42-0 last year.

Futsum Zeinasellassie, Senior
North Central, Cross Country/Track
Credentials: Three-time state cross country champion; won Nike Cross Nationals this season.

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Indiana.

Think I missed someone who should be on the A-List? Hit me on Twitter (@ESPNHSGrimala) and make your case.

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