Team Indiana Prepares for Midwest's Best

It was cold Thursday night when I walked out on the turf yet it was good to see footballs flying through the crisp air in March. Team Indiana was practicing routes, and on the defensive side they were going through drills before they would be called over to defend.

Some players were willing to forgo sunshine and sand to back pedal, make a cut, and catch footballs for two days. Last year at the New Level 7 on 7 tournament football fortunes rose and those with talent were discovered in the midst of tough competition. Several said it was where Morgan Newton impressed all who watched with his ability to throw, he was rewarded with an opportunity to go to school and play for the University of Kentucky.

Several Indiana players were invited some could not get away to practice (basketball championships) others didn't respond at all, but in the words of coach Greg Brooksey, "We have compiled a talented group." They have been practicing two times a week. The competition will bring together teams from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ohio. A champion from the Midwest will be crowned on Sunday, March 29th.

The following players are listed as "Team Indiana" and will compete in Columbus Ohio on March 28th and 29th at the New Level 7 on 7 "Best in the Midwest" Tournament.

Team Indiana

  • Alex Hines – Fishers
  • Justin Clemens – Warsaw
  • Derek Hart – Warren Central
  • Martell Baker – Broadripple
  • Shakir Bell – Warren Central
  • Sean Hildebrand – Fishers
  • Dyjuan Lewis – Pike
  • Anthony McLung – Pike
  • Auri Durrett – Warren Central
  • Steven Kaba – Arlington
  • Jack Denton – Zionsville
  • Ben Ahler - Rensselaer
  • Jimmy Graves – North Central
  • Jeffrey Garrett – Ben Davis
  • James Manuel – Warren Central
  • Nate White – Warren Central
  • Brian Sutton – Fishers
  • Mike Fitzpatrick – North Central
  • Erik Willis – Richmond
  • Coaches

  • Greg Brookey
  • Jeff Burris
  • Jim Graves

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