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GARY The basketballs were bouncing behind the Gary home. The older brother and sister dribbled between the orange cones, then shot one jumper after another.

On and on and on the scene played out.

Off to the side, a bench sat on the grass. The little brother, Eugene German, looked on. The 4-year-old's feet didn't reach to the ground, dangling back and forth awaiting his turn in the game. And it didn't take long.

Johntrell Bowles is a senior student at 21st Century Charter School at Gary who is now a Questbridge Scholar and will be attending University at Virginia in Fall of 2016!

CENTIER BANK PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

The Centier Bank Performers of the Week are Gary 21st Century senior basketball player Eugene German and Mishawaka senior basketball player Jordan Arch. In Tuesday’s 88-73 win over Hammond, the 6-foot German tallied 40 points on 15-of-20 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. The Northern Illinois recruit was also 5-of-9 from the free throw line with three rebounds, six assists, and two steals. In Friday’s 99-62 decision over Lighthouse CPA, German scored 34 points on 13-of-31 shooting with two rebounds and five assists. He is averaging 30.5 points per game for the Cougars (8-4).

The 6-foot-1 Arch played a big role for the Cavemen (7-4) in Friday’s 67-59 upset of No. 6 (Class 3A) Mishawaka Marian by knocking down eight 3-pointers and finishing with 26 points. Arch also tallied 12 points Tuesday, including three 3-pointers, with five rebounds in Mishawaka’s 64-43 loss to Elkhart Central. He then added five points in Saturday’s 59-44 win over Niles (Michigan).

The Centier Bank Performer of the Week is open to any male/female student athlete who participates in any IHSAA sanctioned sport and whose school is in the Centier Bank geographic area.

The Centier Bank Performer of the Week is Gary 21st Century senior guard Eugene German.

GARY Honor roll students at 21st Century Charter School recently were recognized at an Academic Pep Rally, highlighting their efforts in school and determination to excel in prepare for higher education.

It's no accident that Eugene German led the state in scoring last year.
21st Century coach Rodney Williams says it can be hard to pry German away from the gym.
"The guy is an unbelievably hard worker," Williams said. "He eats, sleeps and breathes basketball. Sometimes, we have to kick him out of the gym."
The road to the top hasn't been easy for German, a 6-foot senior guard.

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