Multi-sport athlete Tamin Lipsey is one of the top basketball players in Iowa and the country. After suffering an ACL tear a year ago, he is ready to remind everyone just how good he is.
Hamilton Heights Christian Academy may not seem intimidating on the outside with only about 50 students attending the school, but within the school’s walls are some of the nation’s best boys and girls basketball teams. With numerous championships and top-flight recruits, Hamilton Heights has shown that when it comes to winning, what matters is the team, not the size of the school.
A former University of Tennessee Lady Vols legend will make her way back to the hardwood of eastern Tennessee this season. Nicky Anosike, a center for the Lady Vols championship teams of the mid-2000s, will be the head coach of the Anderson County High School girls basketball team in Clifton. It will be Anosike’s first head coaching job and she hopes to implement a winning formula from the lessons she learned during her playing career.
As one of Tennessee’s top teams for the 2019-20 season, Sullivan South was supposed to play in the state tournament for the first time in school history. With the most wins ever for the program, the Sullivan South team was on the verge of a memorable season during the school’s final year of operation, before health restrictions due to COVID-19 forced the team’s final season to abruptly end.
Ryle’s Maddie Scherr, one of the most decorated girls basketball players in Kentucky high school sports history, did not get to end her prep career the way she wanted. With the announced cancellation of the state basketball tournament, Scherr and her team lost an opportunity to repeat as champions and for Scherr to defend her state tournament MVP from the year prior. Although it was a bitter pill to swallow, Scherr is looking ahead to her collegiate career beginning this fall with the Oregon Ducks.
Ashland boys basketball is Kentucky’s first and only program in the state to reach 2,000 wins and this season were the only undefeated team left going into the state tournament with a 33-0 record. As the Tomcats were preparing to achieve their first state title since 1961 and become the state’s first undefeated champion since 1948, regulations due to the COVID-19 ended their chance at history.
Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball J.R. VanHoose has returned to the hardwood, this time as teacher rather than player. The KHSAA Hall of Famer launched the J.R. VanHoose Post Player School which teaches young players skills to play nearthe rim. While COVID-19 has put a stop to his in-person sessions, VanHoose has moved his school online through video lessons.
With two seasons in the books at East Rockingham High School, forward Tyler Nickel has already rewrote the record books in Virginia for scoring as a freshman and sophomore. Now he’s looking to own the career scoring mark and add a state championship to his resume before his prep career is over.
Liam Price is a high school senior with autism who was a basketball team manager at Center Grove. He finally got his opportunity to play on senior night, and his time on the court is just another in a list of many impressive accomplishments.
The Northfork High School Blue Demons boys basketball team was the toast of the state through the ’70s and ’80s having won a then national record of eight consecutive state championships, but when the high school closed in 1985, it marked an end of the program and its legendary success. Now over 30 years since the high school’s closure, the building that once housed the Blue Demons will be torn down and the town will be left with just the memories of the once great team.