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VOTE: ‘The Zone’ Semi-State Player of the Week

The logo for WISH-TV's "The Zone," a Friday night special highlighting all the action from high school basketball games across central Indiana. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Last Saturday, WISH-TV’s News 8 at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. featured highlights from some of the best high school basketball games around central Indiana. Many teams in the area played for semi-state championships.

Congratulations to Ben Davis, Fishers, and Bethesda as Indy-area teams who will compete for a state title in two weeks.

Get your votes in by 3 p.m. Friday for the top student-athlete performance from semi-state weekend. You can vote here, or by using the poll at the bottom of this article. 

This week, four student-athletes from central Indiana are up for the award, nominated by members of the News 8 Sports team. 

The majority of the nominated athletes played in games that were covered on WISH-TV, but central Indiana athletes with outstanding performances outside of those games can also be considered.

The winner of this week’s honor will be revealed during News 8 at 11 p.m. on Friday.

Plenty of central Indiana athletes had a pair of great games on semi-state Saturday, but these four stood out above the rest.


Ben Davis’ Mark Zackery

  • 10 points, 11 assists in the first game, a 48-37 win over Crown Point.
  • A team-leading 15 points in the 52-51 nail-biter over Jeffersonville to advance to the state finals.
  • 6’0 junior guard.

Bethesda Christian’s Sam Mlagan

  • 11 points and 6 rebounds in the first win, 53-35 over Greenwood Christian Academy.
  • Team-high 17 points in the 63-38 win vs. Barr-Reeve.
  • 6’2 senior guard.

Brownstown Central’s Jack Benter

  • 12 points in the opening 50-49 win over Park Tudor, the Purdue recruit battled flu-like symptoms all day. Benter received an IV between games.
  • 38 points, hitting 6 three-pointers while going 11-13 from the free throw line.
  • 6’5 senior guard.

Fishers’ Keenan Garner

  • 8 points and a team-high 9 rebounds in the first game, a 48-37 win over Crown Point, despite suffering through some torn ligaments in his foot during the regional victory.
  • Led the Tigers with 16 points, 7 rebounds in a 69-61 win over Ft. Wayne Wayne to move on to the state finals.
  • 6’6 senior forward.

Vote below! The winner will be revealed during News 8 at 11 p.m. on Friday.


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