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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Homestead’s Luke Goode picks basketball at Illinois; Warsaw, Jay County fill coaching vacancies

By: , April 20, 2020, 3:50 pm

There really wasn’t much of a question regarding what sport Homestead junior Luke Goode was going to play at the next level. Despite being blue-chip worthy behind center as a quarterback on the football field, Goode was recruited hardest on the basketball court because he made it known loud and clear that basketball was his true love. He made himself long-term hoops official late last week, committing to Illinois and announcing he was hanging up his cleats for good.

The 6-foot-6 wing guard dotted the stat sheet for 18 points, eight rebounds and nearly four assists per game back in the winter for the Homestead Spartans. Recruiting websites list him a four-star recruit. Homestead finished 16-9 in the COVID-19 shortened 2020 campaign. 

On the gridiron last fall, Goode threw for 2,780 yards and 27 touchdowns. His dad played football at Indiana in the 1990s. As part of his commitment to Illinois, he told the Homestead football program he’s relinquishing the reins of the Spartans offense in favor of focusing just on basketball for his senior year. 

Goode becomes the first member of Brad Underwood’s 2021 recruiting class. In addition to the Fighting Illini, Michigan State, Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern, Stanford, Butler, Xavier and Louisville were all coming after him. His sophomore offseason shot him up the recruiting rankings. 

McMahon, Yoder find college homes

Two of the IHSAA highest scoring guards found their homes at the next level Monday, as Indianapolis Crispus Attucks senior Sincere McMahon committed to Western Carolina and Westview senior Charlie Yoder committed to Incarnate Word. 

McMahon is a 6-2 speed demon who averaged 26 points and five dimes per game and led his Crispus Attucks squad to the program first Indianapolis City Championship since 1962 and won Player of the Year honors for the Indy area. He had signed with Western Illinois, but was let out of his NLI when Billy Wright was relieved of his head coaching duties. Western Carolina competes out of the Southern Conference.

Yoder scorched the stat sheet for 28 points, 11 rebounds and six assists per night in the 2020 campaign. He’s 6-5 and versatile, able to decimate defenders from both guard positions and on the wing. Westview finished 21-4 this winter. Yoder ended his prep career with 2,163 points, placing him No. 25 in IHSAA history, and won’t enroll at Incarnate Word until the fall of 2021. Incarnate Word is a small Division I program located in San Antonio, Texas. 

Welcome to Tiger Country

Matt Moore was hired as the new head coach at Warsaw last week after leading the program at Fishers to successful 2019 and 2020 campaigns. Moore won a combined 35 games in those two seasons and replaces Doug Ogle on the Tigers’ bench. Before getting to Fishers, Moore was on the sidelines at Kokomo for three years and headed small-college programs at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and Grace College.

Ogle spent 18 seasons as head coach at Warsaw and collected 275 wins. He raised six sectional title banners and captured two regional crowns. His 2010 Tigers squad went to semi-state. Warsaw closed out the Ogle era with a 13-10 record this year.

Return of the Bomb

Jay County is bringing back Jerry Bomholt to run its basketball program, hoping to rediscover some of that old Bomholt magic that propelled the Patriots to three straight sectional championships in the early 1980s. Jay County went 7-16 in 2020.

Bomholt resigned his post at Class 2A Southwestern (Hanover) mid-season this year following an 11-season tenure. It was his second stint at Southwestern (Hanover). He guided the program to the state finals in 1998 and is the IHSAA’s ninth-winningest active coach. He was last at Jay County from 1981-1984.

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