Hawks complete 2014-15 season

April 20, 2015

The Indy Hawks completed their season with a 4th place finish at the 2015 USADB Nationals and a 18-22 season. Included in the accomplishments this past winter was capturing the 2015 Central Basketball Association championship, in which Robert Haney, Jr was chosen tournament Most Valuable Player for the 2nd consecutive year; defeating Indiana Tech and Ivy Tech – Fort Wayne before a large number of fans and defeating MAAD champions Faribault, Minnesota in the opening round of the USADB Tournament.  Haney was selected to the All-USADB 1st Team for the third consecutive season.  Athan Decker and Tyler Crace were also named to the CBAD All-Star team.


Robert Haney, Jr

Robert Haney, Jr

Indy Hawks Wheelchair Game

June 2, 2014

The Indy Hawks were invited to participate in an Student Life Activity pitting the team against the high school students in a wheelchair basketball game last week.

The game was very exciting for the students as many of the Hawks were teachers, staff and known in the community – as well as former student athletes at ISD.

The game itself was very exciting. The students built a large lead before the Hawks were able to storm back and tie the game at 30 apiece as the buzzer sounded.

In overtime, the Hawks scored first to grab a 32-30 lead but the students were able to make two baskets in the last minute to defeat the Hawks 34-32.

This game was very much fun and exciting. This cements the ties between the Indiana School for the Deaf and the Indy Hawks. Plans are underway to make this an annual event.

2014 Game participants

2014 Game participants

2014 Indy Hawks Basketball Clinic

June 2, 2014

The Indy Hawks held their recent basketball clinic at the Indiana School for the Deaf’s Katzenberg Recreational Center. Students participating were from the ISD’s elementary department in grades 2-4. The event was sponsored by the Indiana School for the Deaf’s Parent , Teacher and Counselor Organization (PTCO).

2014 Indy Hawks Clinic

2014 Indy Hawks Clinic

Indy Hawks to participate in wheelchair game

May 13, 2014

Hawks Wheelchair Game


The Indy Hawks will participate in a wheelchair game against the Indiana School for the Deaf after their basketball clinic on May 21st at ISD’s KRC Gym. The wheelchair game allows Cody Nesbitt, a senior at the ISD to participate in his favorite sport – basketball against a quality Deaf team.

The Hawks are proud to be part of their community – a strong Deaf community that is very supportive of them and their endeavors.




Indy Hawks Basketball Clinic

May 12, 2014

The Indy Hawks announce their annual basketball clinic will take place on May 21st at the Kratzenberg Recreation Center on the campus of the Indiana School for the Deaf.

The Clinic will be for boys and girls in the 2nd grade through 4th grade group.

Keith Westhoelter, the Indiana School for the Deaf Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach and a long-time Indy Hawk will coordinate the clinic. AHawksclinic14

Champions Once Again

April 21, 2014

Indy Hawks 80 – Frederick Showstoppers 69

Concord, North Carolina

The Indy Hawks captured their third USADB Championship in seven years by defeating the previously unbeaten Frederick (MD) Showstoppers in a game the Hawks were in control of past the midway-mark of the first half, 80-69.

The win, their first since 2009 when they defeated the Arizona Desert Fire in Anaheim, California, was an inspiration for many in attendance. The Hawks, featuring an 8 – man roster, relied heaving on a 6-man rotation.

Behind Sekoe White’s stellar performance (25 points, 12 rebounds) and savvy point guard Robert Haney’s 18 points and 10 rebounds, the Hawks were able to keep their composure behind the magnificient play of Brian Bippus and Keith Westhoelter – both of whom have been with the Hawks for 15 years.

Bippus and Westhoelter were able to work in tandem in containing the Showstoppers’ Mike Kent, a 6’7 force of nature who had dominated the tournament with his rebounding and scoring. Bippus and Westhoelter scored, 6 and 11 points respectively, and most importantly – were able to keep Kent to a quiet 8 point output and block him away from snatching any rebounds.

Kyle Bingham, playing in his first USADB championship game in his second season, gave the Hawks a big fire-up with 8 consecutive points in the opening ten minutes of the first half, with the Hawks down twelve while adjusting to a new defensive tweak set up only for the Frederick team, by making a strong drive and scoring two long distance 3-pointers to pull the Hawks to within four. The Hawks were able to come even on two White jumpers before taking the lead on a pair of Haney free-throws.

The second half showed how composed and experienced the Hawks were in their ball movement, tight defense and consistent offensive output from the role players.  Westhoelter and Matt Johnson sniped away from beyond the arc to keep the Showstoppers from doubling up on White and Haney plus Haney’s ballhandling kept the Showstoppers at bay.  Sometimes, Bippus, a former point guard at times for the Hawks during his long career, would carry the ball upcourt, bringing out Kent to mid-court, allowing the Hawks free rein inside.

Frederick was unable to come any closer with their star swingman, McMillan only managing 12 points. With Kent silenced, their forward Fava scored 14 and guard Berrigan had twenty in their first loss of the season.

The Hawks were led by White’s 25, Haney’s 18 with Johnson’s 11 bolstering Westhoelter and Bingham’s 10 apiece. Bippus had 6 with 8 rebounds and an impressive block on a McMillan drive.

Game Notes:

White was selected tournament Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row, the first being last year when he was on the 2013 New Mexico Zia championship team. Robert Haney was selected first team All-Star.  The Hawks championship was Haney and Johnson’s fifth overall title in seven years of USADB participation 2007-2014 excluding 2012). The Hawks championship appearance was their sixth in nine years.  Caraharee Vasquez, a longtime Indy resident and player for various local clubs, earned his first championship in twenty years of playing club ball. The Hawks finished their season on a winning note, 18-14 with the 2014 Central and National championships.


Robert Haney soars against Frederick

Robert Haney soars against Frederick

Hawks' White for two of his 25

Hawks’ White for two of his 25

Hawks' inside defense

Hawks’ inside defense

2014 USADB Champions - The Indy Hawks

2014 USADB Champions – The Indy Hawks


Overtime Win

April 18, 2014

Indy Hawks  72 – Arizona Desert Fire 66 (OT)

The Indy Hawks defeated the Arizona Desert Fire in a hot game in overtime, 72-66. The Hawks were flat all through the game, coming alive only when faced with being bounced from the tournament. The last 1:32 of the game saw the Hawks play ferocious defense, enabling the Hawks to come from 7 down to tie the game with 18 seconds left in regulation.

In Overtime, The Hawks dominated the Desert Fire in all aspects of the game. The Hawks were led by Robert Haney, Jr.’s 26 points and Sekoe White’s 20 points.  Brian Bippus led the Hawks with 17 rebounds.

Sekow White of the Hawks

Sekow White of the Hawks

Indy Hawks Defeat Spokane, 104-78

April 18, 2014

Indy Hawks 104 – Spokane (WA) Bigfoot 78

Utilizing the skills of combo guards Robert Haney, Jr. and Sekoe White – The Hawks came out very aggressive in driving inside upon Spokane’s 6’10 center Rhett Richardson and 6’7 F Andy Helm, forcing them into immediate foul trouble. The Hawks took advantage of their absence to score at will with White scorching the nets for 35 points, Haney, Jr. for 21 and Kyle Bingham with 16.

The victory propelled the Hawks into the USADB semi-finals for the second straight year to play against the Arizona Desert Fire, a long-time Deaf Club power.haneyflybig

2014 Central Region Champions and USADB Bracket

March 31, 2014


The Indy Hawks (15-14) traveled to Chicago to participate in the Central Region Basketball Tournament. Their 80-75 victory over an excellent Chicago Club for the Deaf team was hard-fought and hard-earned. The championship was also Indianapolis’ 11th straight crown in the Central Region.

The first game against the Detroit Panthers was a 86-48 win behind Keith Westhoelter’s 19 points, Robert Haney’s 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Caraharee Vasquez had 12.  Brian Bippus had 10 rebounds. The win vaulted the Hawks into the championship game against the Chicago Club, a resurgent team that has come back after a long hiatus. The Chicago team, coached by longtime Chicago superstar, Kevin Smith – was led by 6’5 point guard Layton Seeber and 6’6 Danny Kelly.

The championship game was before a partisan pro-Chicago following that packed the gym. Nonetheless, the Hawks steadily jumped to a quick 9-4 lead and enlarged it to sums of 20, 18, 15 throughout most of the game. The game remained at that margin until the last three minutes when the Chicagoans went into a 3-point spree, catching up to the Hawks at 78-75 before a technical on the Chicagoans part enabled the Hawks to hit the last two points on free-throws and reign supreme.

The Hawks were led by Robert Haney’s 36 points and 16 rebounds. John Little chipped in 15 points while Brian Bippus had 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Hawks improved to 15-13 with the two victories and are headed towards the USADB tournament in Concord, North Carolina at the #2 seed. They will face either Spokane, Washington or Texas Alamo at 730pm Thursday April 10th.

Robert was voted the Central Region’s Most Valuable Player with Little and Bippus being All-Stars.

Three days after the CBAD, The Hawks hosted Indianapolis Ivy Tech Community College on the ISD Campus and lost, 93-66. Robert Haney led the Hawks with 28 points. The Hawks were able to dress only 6 players due to injuries. Ivy Tech is an annual National Contender in the NIRSA ranks.

further information on the USADB can be found here: http://www.usadb.us



Central Basketball Regional Bracket Set

February 26, 2014


The Indy Hawks are seeded #1 at the upcoming Central Basketball Assocation of the Deaf tournament to take place in Chicago, Illinois on March 14th and 15th.

Coming off ten straight years of capturing championships in the Central Region, the Hawks, currently 11-11,  are seeking to earn another. Their likely challengers will be the Chicago Central Zone, who are loaded this year with several new players – notably: 6’6 F-C Danny Kelly, who returns after four years playing at Gallaudet University and 6’5 PG Layton Seeber. Both men served on the bronze winning Deaflympics basketball team last summer in Bulgaria.