Rushville Republican


December 21, 2012

12th Womens Induction Class announced by Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

RUSHVILLE — NEW CASTLE - A class of 11 women and men who have made significant contributions to Indiana high school basketball will be welcomed as inductees when the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame celebrates their 12th Women’s Induction Class on April 27, 2013.

Including players and head coaches who won IHSAA state championships, the class is comprised of successful Indiana high school coaches and players who attained individual and team success throughout the state tournament and participating in the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series, all hallmarks of the rich Indiana high school basketball tradition. Each has also left their mark with successful careers in college and in their respective lives off the court.

Name High School Graduation

Laura (Lori)Augustyniak Leo 1978

Nancy (Cowan) Eksten Crown Point 1984

Annie (Kvachkoff) Equihua Crown Point 1985

Kris Huffman * Fort Dodge (Iowa) 1985

Joe Johnson Ben Davis 1969

Melissa (Kilgore) LaGrange Rushville 1983

Kim Land North Central (Indianapolis) 1979

Lisa Sanchez East Chicago Roosevelt 1980

Karen (Bauer) Stenftenagel Jasper 1979

Vicki Vaughan Lawrenceburg 1981

Alan Vickrey Decatur Central 1968

*St.Vincent Health Silver Medal Award recipient

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Annual Women’s Awards Banquet will be held

on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The day’s events will include a free reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum that afternoon and a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis. Tickets for the banquet will be made available in early 2013. Call the Hall at 765-529-1891 or visit for more information or email

About the inductees

Laura (Lori) Augustyniak scored 906 points in her career as a four -year starter at Leo High School. A three-year MVP of the ACAC, as a junior she led the Lions to their first sectional and regional championships and semi-state appearance. Her team had an undefeated regular season her senior year, while she was named all-state and to the Indiana All-Star team. She played at Northwestern University, where she still holds the record for career games played (122). She has over 28 years of experience in insurance, now as owner of an agency. She resides in Seminole, Florida.

Nancy (Cowan) Eksten was a standout point guard during a time of great success at Crown Point High School. She scored a school record 1,778 points, leading the Lady Bulldogs to three sectional titles, three regional titles, two semi-state championships, the 1983 state runner-up spot and a 26-0 1984 state championship. She received the 1984 IHSAA girls basketball mental attitude award, was an Indiana All-Star, finishing 2nd in Miss Basketball voting and was named Converse and Carnation All-American. She played at the University of Kentucky for one season, before a three-year career at Indiana University. Now a district manager for Cook Medical, she resides in Crown Point.

Annie (Kvachkoff) Equihua teamed with fellow 2013 inductee Nancy (Cowan) Eksten to lead Crown Point girls basketball to great heights. Her 1,910 points broke Cowan’s school record and stood as 2nd best in IHSAA history at that time (currently 35th). She averaged 23.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 7.4 steals and 6.8 assists her senior season and was an Indiana All-Star. She was a member of four sectional champs, four regional champs, three semi-state champs, the 1983 state runners-up and the 1984 and 1985 state champion teams. Played in 101 games and scored 630 career points at Purdue University, and was named team MVP of Purdue’s 1st ever NCAA Tournament team (1989) and named to Purdue’s All-Decade team for the 1980s. A teacher, she is in her second season as head coach of the Crown Point girls basketball team and lives in Crown Point.

Kris Huffman receives the 2013 St.Vincent Health Silver Medal for contributions to Indiana high school basketball. The head coach of the DePauw University womens basketball program since 1993, her teams have succeeded with numerous players from Indiana high schools. As of December 20, her career record is 441-102 (.812) and her teams have recorded 22 or more wins in 12 consecutive seasons. Huffman guided DePauw to the 2007 NCAA Division III National Championship and 2003 NCAA Division III National Semifinals. She has received four National Coach of the Year Honors, her teams have won a conference championship in 13 of the last 16 seasons, appeared in nine consecutive NCAA tournaments (and 13 of the last 17), and she is 18th in all-time winning percentage amongst coaches in all levels of NCAA competition with 10 or more seasons experience. Currently her team is off to the best start in program history at 9-0, ranked #1 nationally, and holds a 34-game regular season winning streak. The 1985 Iowa Miss Basketball, she led her team to a 1985 state championship and 1984 state runner-up finish. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, she graduated as the school’s 2nd all-time leading scorer. She resides in Greencastle.

Joe Johnson established the Mooresville girls basketball program in 1975 and led them to prominence. His teams won four sectionals and four regionals in the first four years of IHSAA girls basketball, including a trip to the 1978 state finals. All told, in 21 years, teams won 288 games, five Mid-State conference championships, 10 sectionals, seven regionals and made two Elite 8 and one Final Four appearances under Johnson in the state’s one-class format. After retirement as head coach, he has served as an assistant coach at Mooresville, now in his 10th season in that capacity. A graduate of Ben Davis High School and Olivet Nazarene University, he has spent 39 years as a teacher in Mooresville, where he resides.

Melissa (Kilgore) LaGrange was a standout at Rushville as part of four South Central Conference champions, four sectional champs, two regional champs, one semi-state champ and the 1981 state runner-up squad. She recorded 986 career points and her 40 points as a sophomore in the 1981 state finals was 8th best in history at the time. A 1983 Indiana All-Star, she became a four-year starter at Butler, where she set game (14), season (195) and career (584) assist records. A two-time team captain, she also set the single game record for steals (11), was 1988 team MVP and a 2004 inductee in the Butler Athletics Hall of Fame. Employed as a teacher and tutor, she currently works at North Euless Elementary School in Euless, Texas and lives in Grapevine, Texas.

Kim Land scored 1,235 points and recorded 693 rebounds as a four-year starter at Danville and North Central (Indianapolis) high schools. Her senior year, she led North Central to the 1979 state finals, averaging 16.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.8 steals. Her 30 points in their semifinal loss to Anderson Madison Heights stands as the 6th highest single-game state finals total in history. An Indiana All-Star and Converse and Carnation All-American, she played one season at Ohio State University and three at Indiana University, collectively totaling 1,094 career points. She remains among Indiana’s leaders in game, season and career assists. A former coach at Miami Dade Community College, Saint Thomas (FL) University and the University of Miami, she is now employed at Life Fitness and resides in British Columbia, Canada.

Lisa Sanchez was a starting guard for the undefeated 1979 East Chicago Roosevelt state champions. Scoring 10 points in their semifinal win over Jasper, she teamed with Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductees LaTaunya Pollard and Normela Upshaw to take the title with a championship win over Anderson Madison Heights. Following the graduation of Pollard and Upshaw, the 5’1” Sanchez averaged nearly 20 points per game, being named team captain and MVP in 1980. She was a three-year team MVP at California Lutheran University where she set numerous records, including single game (42) and single season (456) points. Employed in athletics and health, she currently operates a sports medicine and neuromuscular healing center and resides in Los Angeles, California.

Karen (Bauer) Stenftenagel helped Jasper to three sectional championships, two regional championships, one semi-state championship and an appearance in the 1979 state finals, where she received the IHSAA’s mental attitude award. As a three-year starter, Jasper was 49-5 during her career. She became a pioneer at Ball State University, where she received the school’s first female full-ride athletic scholarship, and became the first woman to score over 1,000 career points. She graduated with 10 school records including points (1,095) and rebounds (760) and continues to hold Ball State’s single-season rebounding average record (11.3 per game in 1981-82) and ranks in the top 5 in career free throws attempted and made. She was twice named 2nd team Academic All-American and in 2000 was inducted in the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame. Has taught high school mathematics for 30 years and has served as head girls basketball coach at Princeton and Jasper high schools, accumulating 200 career wins in 15 seasons, along with eight sectional and two regional championships. She teaches at Jasper, where she resides.

Vicki Vaughan set records at Lawrenceburg High School, including the career mark of 1,062 points and single-game effort of 41 points. A two-time all-state selection, she was a member of Lawrenceburg’s only two girls basketball sectional championships and led her team to a school record 20 wins her senior season, prompting a selection as a 1981 Indiana All-Star. In 2000, her #30 jersey was retired at Lawrenceburg. A four-year player at Illinois State, where she was a member of two conference champions, she set a single-season FG% record (57%) and received the Redbird Coaches Award. She has coached girls basketball at all levels, including the distinction of being the first American female to coach professionally in Ireland. She is in her 11th year teaching physical education at The Colorado Springs School and resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Alan Vickrey won 469 games, 7th most in Indiana girls basketball history, over a 32 year career, including two state championships. As head coach at Brebeuf from 1979 through 1997, then North Central (Indianapolis) from 1997 through 2011, his teams won 469 games, 15 sectional championships, five regional titles and three semi-state championships. His teams won six Marion County Tournament championships, including leading Brebeuf to four consecutive from 1986-1989 (the first coach in boys or girls basketball to do so). He led Brebeuf to the 1982 state finals and guided North Central to 2004 and 2005 4A championship victories. The head coach of the 1983 Indiana All-Stars, he was a recipient of numerous Coach of the Year awards. A graduate of Decatur Central High School and Indiana University, he has been a teacher since graduating from college and currently teaches at North Central. He resides in Noblesville.

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