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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Updated: November 1, 4:32 PM ET
Indiana Got Game

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Who's got game? Each month, ESPN RISE finds out. Here are the athletes we recognized in November:

TRISHA WITHERBY
RICHMOND -- GIRLS' GOLF

Witherby put on a show at the state tournament on Oct. 4-5, breaking a course record and bringing home the individual title. The sophomore shot a 66 on the first day, setting a girls' competitive course record, and her 77 on the next day was enough to clinch the championship. Emily Podzielinski of Noblesville made a late charge, but Witherby held her off, winning by a single stroke.

DEREK ELSTON
TIPTON -- BOYS' BASKETBALL

Elston was forced to sit out much of the summer while recovering from minor knee surgery, but the time spent off the court might end up helping him in the long run. The Indiana recruit passed the time by working on his upperbody strength, and that should help the 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward be even better around the basket. Last season, he averaged better than 15 points and 13 rebounds per game. Elston is rated the No. 2 senior prospect in the state by ESPNU, and he's an ESPN RISE All-Area first team selection.

ALEX TOLIVER
CATHEDRAL -- BOYS' TENNIS

Talk about an immediate impact  Toliver transferred from Warren Central over the summer and helped solidify Cathedral as the team to beat again this season. The Irish claimed their first state championship last year, and Toliver was able to step in and make Cathedral even better with his play at No. 1 singles. His victory at the City Tournament went a long way toward Cathedral winning its fourth straight City title.

CARLY MERCER
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN -- GIRLS' SWIMMING

Mercer was terrific last year as a sophomore, coming home from the state meet with three gold medals and helping Hamilton Southeastern finish second in the team standings. She won the 100 free with a time of 50.95 and finished third in the 50 free. Mercer also played a big role in the Royals' two relay wins, as she swam the anchor leg of the 200 medley and the 400 free relay.