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High school roundup: Gym Rats celebrating 20th year

Two decades ago this weekend, Bill Hensley helped start a travel team basketball tournament in Lafayette that led to the formation of the Gym Rats organization.

Gym Rats moved to Spiece Fieldhouse and the facility has been playing host to top-quality youth tournaments since.

Several future NBA players have competed in Gym Rats events over the last 20 years.

The 2014 Bill Hensley Run-N-Slam at Spiece Fieldhouse and other locations around Fort Wayne honors Hensley, who died in 2007.

The tournament runs today through Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the original tournament.

Games on Courts 1 and 2 at Spiece will have live streaming all weekend at

The original event in 1994 drew 32 teams. The 2014 Run-N-Slam will have 224 teams with some of the top high school boys basketball players from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, New York, Washington and Michigan, among other states.


WAYNE 7, SOUTH SIDE 6: The Generals improved to 6-1 in the SAC with the road win. Kaine Jackson was 4 for 4 with two RBI and allowed three hits and struck out 16.

WOODLAN 13, BLUFFTON 2: The Warriors won their 15th straight game by beating the host Tigers. Woodlan hit three home runs to improve to 15-1.


HOMESTEAD 168, LEO 171: Nick Myers’ 40 helped the host Spartans to the win at Orchard Ridge. Leo’s Nate Morris had a 38.


ANGOLA 9, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 0: Chelsea Lively threw a no-hitter at home in the NECC tournament. Claire Grubb had a triple and Riley Peppler a double for the Hornets.


CANTERBURY 5, BISHOP LUERS 0: The host Cavaliers swept through the Knights. Georgia Lee Williams and Jaclyn Sider had the toughest time in a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) win at No. 1 doubles.


DEKALB 77, ANGOLA 54: Kendall Kelley won the 100-, 200-, 400-meters and long jump for the host Barons.