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Preps Plus


Gooden, Johnson honored by IBCA

New Haven's Al Gooden and Homestead's Chris Johnson were named as Indiana Basketball Coaches Association District I Coaches of the Year.

Gooden led the Bulldogs to a 17-4 record in his first season with the program. Gooden spent 21 years at the now-closed Harding before moving over to New Haven.

It's the most wins for the program since the 1995-96 team won 19.

Johnson helped the Spartans to a 23-3 season with a NHC and sectional championship and a regional runner-up finish to eventual Class 4A state champion Carmel.

The 23 wins set a school record for wins in a season.

Johnson was an IBCA District I Coach of the Year in 2010 and will be an assistant coach for the Indiana All-Stars this summer.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.