Polly Jane (Hall) Bowles, age 92 of W. Harrison, IN, born March 19, 1923 went to be with her Lord February 23, 2016. She was born in Booneville, KY, the daughter of Rhodes Depsi Greene Hall. She was united in marriage with Clarence Elliot Bowles on April 20, 1940 in Newport, KY. Mrs. Bowles was a founding member of the West Harrison Pentecostal Tabernacle in W. Harrison, IN.She is survived by her children Audie Bowles (Martha) of W. Harrison, IN, Donna J. Bowling (Hobert) of W. Harrison, IN, Rhonda F. Hicks (Wade) of W. Harrison, IN and Allen Keith Hall (Julie) of St. Leon, IN. She will be missed by 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her beloved sister Beulah Caudill (Henry) of Bright, IN and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, beloved stepmother Easter Turner Hall, brothers Hobert, Clint, Harvey, Rhodes Jr., Clovis & Carl and sisters, Chlora, Eva, Katherine & Nan.Visitation will be Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 4-8pm at Jackman Kercheval Meyers Funeral Home, Harrison,OH. Funeral Services will be Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM at West Harrison Pentecostal Tabernacle with Rev. Wade Hicks & Rev. Hobert Bowling officiating. Burial will immediately follow services at Glen Haven Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to West Harrison Pentecostal Tabernacle c/o the funeral home. Online condolences at www. jkmfuneralhome.com
The Trojans added to their list of recruits for next season after three-star power forward Nick Rakocevic committed to USC on Monday, marking the Trojans’ fourth freshman recruit to sign a letter of intent.The news follows the transfers of forwards junior Darion Clark, sophomore Malik Martin redshirt junior Katin Reinhardt. Junior guard Julian Jacobs is also reportedly entering the NBA draft.Rakocevic, a 6-foot-10 forward from St. Joseph High School, received offers from multiple top-25 teams and has a composite three-star rating from ESPN, Scout and Rivals to go along with First Team All-State honors and a Division 3A Illinois State Championship in 2016.At just 210 pounds, Rakocevic’s frame is undersized in comparison with other top forwards in the nation. Luckily though, his Tim Duncan-esque play in the paint makes him a scoring presence in and outside of the paint.Prior to signing with the Trojans, Rakocevic received 16 offers from many top schools, including the NCAA Tournament runner-up North Carolina Tar Heels.“Honestly, [USC] was just the best situation for me,” Rakocevic said to Scout.com. “I think that the people there and the coaching staff really love me, and I really love them. When I was on the official visit, I knew it was the place for me.”In terms of Rakocevic’s potential playing time in 2017, he is on board with a backseat, complementary role as head coach Andy Enfield described to him during his visit last Thursday.“His plan is to develop me my freshman year,” Rakocevic said. “It’s going to be a lot in the developmental process, but I’m going to be playing. My sophomore year, I’m going to be one of the guys to step up and be one of their main big guys … I’m just excited.”On the roster the Trojans will have three core forwards in rising senior Nikola Jovanovic, and rising sophomores Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu who will share time with Rakocevic and fellow freshman recruit Harrison Henderson.Rakocevic should earn some playing time considering that the departed Martin, Clark and Strahinja Gavrilovic’s combined 13.7 minutes per game earned in 2016 will be distributed among him and Harrison.Forwards Boatwright and Metu came in and succeeded as freshmen last season, and Enfield will look to groom Henderson and Rakocevic the same way to be the prominent interior players that Boatwright and Metu were in USC’s 2016 campaign.Rakocevic is unique in his supreme length that allowed him to dominate the glass in high school and play much like Metu above the rim.Also, Rakocevic is slightly taller than Henderson and will most likely be utilized in bigger packages along with Jovanovic to pick up rebounds and prevent any further scoring. Rakocevic and Jovanovic have similar games on offense and could potentially be a pain to defend.With an underrated shooting and defensive capabilities, Rakocevic is an intriguing prospect with a virtually unlimited potential if he can increase his size and strength. The summer and fall camps will prove if he is up for the challenge of big freshman minutes.