Editor's note: Periodically, Canterbury girls basketball coach and Indiana All-Star coach Scott Kreiger will blog about his experiences leading up to and including the Indiana All-Star series this summer against Kentucky.
Coach the All-Stars? Me?
For a high school basketball coach in the state of Indiana, short of induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, there is no bigger individual honor than to be selected as the coach of the team for the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star Series.
When the All-Star Games director Charlie Hall called me on Feb. 16th to gauge my interest in assuming this position, the range of emotions rolled through stunned to excited to anxious to pensive before finally landing back on excited.
I already had plenty on my plate as we were finalizing our game plans for the upcoming regional. After I accepted the offer, Charlie encouraged me to temporarily forget about the All-Star stuff and concentrate on winning the tournament with my Canterbury team.
When the announcement came from the Indianapolis Star the following Tuesday, my team had successfully navigated the regional and was beginning preparations for the semistate game against a very good Riverton Parke team. The All-Star news was a minor distraction, but we were able to stay focused on the task at hand. One week later, we captured the Class A state championship, Canterbury's fourth in five years. Those were exciting times, and we are still enjoying the glow of the most recent success.
But onto the All-Star portion of this blog.
One week following the state championship in Terre Haute, I attended the Top 60 Workout at Marian University in Indianapolis.
This event is sponsored by Garry Donna of Hoosier Basketball Magazine and brings together most of the top seniors in the state for an afternoon of drill work and games.
I sat with Charlie Hall and one of the All-Star assistant coaches, Karla Rieckers from Brownstown Central. She had worked with the Junior All-Stars the year before and had some valuable insight regarding the girls who were now being considered for a position on the All-Star team.
The three of us spent the next few hours watching, comparing, and discussing the play on the court. There was a lot to consider – what was our playing style going to be, what positions needed the most attention, how much weight to put on a single workout vs. the senior season vs. the lifetime achievements, and finally what was our plan to beat Kentucky?
It was pretty obvious that selecting the players for this team would be a very challenging exercise.
I'll save some of those thoughts for my next entry.