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Old Bruin

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  1. CIC 2018

    Blackford is not going anywhere!
  2. CIC Football

    Looks like it may happen that way. Good to see the Bruins getting some respect.
  3. I'm hoping the CIC folks have another good year of discussions and Weekly Picks ... Lots of fun and participation in both football and basketball. just getting practice started, but in 3 weeks we will be saying let the games begin.
  4. It's almost here .... What do you think?
  5. CIC weekly-ish thread

    I really enjoyed the conversation on here, but have been away due to a stroke I suffered 4 weeks ago today. I'm still pretty limited due to left side in attention and vision problems that make working my I Pad very difficult. I have not been able to attend any Bruin games since Jan. 16th. We have slid a lot, but you can't lose a player as talented as Luke Brown and maintained the level we played at early in the season. Bruins travel to Daleville tonight. I hope they can find some scoring punch and step up the perimeter defense. I have a lot of faith in the players and coaches that they will successfully adapt to recent challenges.
  6. CIC weekly-ish thread

    Half the conference in action tonight. Alex will be too much for Elwood as they try for the 3rd time to get this one in. I'd think Madison-Grant vs. Daleville might be a real go game to watch. It could be a real shootout. I read where Jared May will most likely return in a very limited fashion tonight as Mississnewa hosts Wabash. Just his presence should be a boost to the Indians whom seem to be getting things together. Good Luck to all the conference teams tonight.
  7. CIC weekly-ish thread

    After sleeping on it I still have not processed last night very well. I too expected a 15+ win vs. Winchester. I must remind myself that we are dealing with 15-18 year old kids that are operating in a fish bowl. We had 10 year old kids playing at halftime last night with over 3,000 people watching them. I'm sure I wouldn't have handled this with 100% composure when I was a kid. I knew the CIC games would be a challenge to us so that is why this non-conference loss hurt. We face Frankton and Eastbrook the next 2 Friday nights at home and visit Oak Hill February 9th. We have not set the date yet for the make-up at Mississnewa. Still a lot of fun and challenges ahead.
  8. CIC weekly-ish thread

    Bruins took a step back tonight losing to Winchester 67-60. It was a close game most of the way, but Winchester got a lead and was able to hold on to it. They played smart basketball while several Bruins had a sub par performance. Luke Brown got his 31 again tonight while JD Hoover and Brandon Stroble just barely it double figures. Our prerimiter defense failed us throughout most of the game. We also didn't rebound nearly as well as we have most of the season. Hopefully we learn from the loss and have a good week of practice. Keep the Frankton game close next Friday and have a chance to win at the end. I will be interested in seeing the details on the Eastbrook/Oak Hill game. Was it a close 66-58 loss for Eastbrook? I'm happy to see Elwood get the 71-61 win over Sheridan. I think Elwood is better than their record indicates. I hope to see a little more participation on here next week. Only about 3 of us with much to say.
  9. CIC weekly-ish thread

    If I'd been ranking things in order, my list would probably be the same. The Frankton/Oak Hill comparison is interesting. The success that Frankton has experienced in the past seems to put them a notch above the Eagles. Frankton probably one up with desire and energy. I'd love to see somebody step up and upset one of these. It has been too much like Eastbrook/Mississnewa in football. As I've said before the best thing Oak Hill has done is put together a challenging schedule to prepare for tourney time. The Alexandria/Blackford comparison does belong on the same line. If the game was played 7 times it would most be a 4 to 3 split. I wish we were in 2A with some of these teams so we would have a chance at tourney time. It would take a couple of upsets and near perfect games to knock out the Trojans in their own tourney at New Castle. We still have to face both Mississnewa and Eastbrook. I think we are a notch above both, but are capable of anything against these opponents. We are now getting the snow on top of the rain. Our athletic site said a decision on tonight's game will be made later today depending on road conditions.
  10. CIC weekly-ish thread

    The winner Friday may be the weather. I hope that it doesn't ice up. It will be very tricky for school administrators when they make the decision to open, close or delay on Friday morning. My thoughts if the games are played ... Alex (7-5) at Elwood (2-9) ... Elwood is much better than there record, but Alex is likely to get the job done again. Frankton (11-2) at Madison-Grant (3-8) ... MG can shoot the ball, but Frankton's pure speed and skills will make it a long night for MG.. Oak Hill (10-4) at Eastbrook (5-5) ... I believe this is a rematch and it wasn't real close the 1st time. As a Bruin fan Eastbrook scares me as they seem to be improving, but Oak Hill has played some really good teams since the Grant 4 and they may be ready to prove that some lessons they should have learned in those games are ready to pay dividends. If you took a poll of Blackford fans asking them to rank their conference rivals from 1 to 7, the Mississnewa Indians would be at or near the top. I've heard several fans say I really hope we beat Mississnewa. The Saragin computer gives the nod to the Indians. That is based on the 391 schedule ranking that is a major part of their rankings. I really believe in these guys and I think they will get the job done. Lets hope we get to see some basketball Friday evening.
  11. CIC weekly-ish thread

    The Southwood-Oak Hill game must have been very exciting. Sounded like the Eagles just escape with their feathers intack. Frankton at APA. ... It's a shame they had to meet each other twice in a row. I'm sure anybody viewing this is probably a fan that reads a lot on other social media sites. Good articles now online, but soon to be published on Indy Star and Muncie start sites. Also a very good article in Tuesday's Marion Chronicle Tribune. Everything about community in these articles it not exaggerated. It is amazing how this story has brought the energy to Blackford County.
  12. CIC week 5-ish

    Madison-Grant fans are to be commended. Dispite the couple of wins they brought a good contingent of fans and were rewarded by a good effort from their young team. They hit 14 3's 9 of them from junior Tucker Robertson to hang on against a Bruin team that put on another fine offensive effort. Freshmen Luke Brown again burned the nets with 35 points and several assists. JD Hoover added 18 points dispite sitting out a lot of the 1st half in foul trouble.Brandon Stroble added 11 in a real team effort. A large Bruin crowd made a lot of noise appreciating the team play as the Bruins raised their record to 8-1. The final was Blackford 85 Madison-Grant 65.
  13. CIC week 5-ish

    Only 1 CIC game on tap this weekend. Blackford just got by last Saturday in and emotional game @ Monroe Central. Freshman Luke Brown set the all-time state individual game scoring record by a Freshman with a 48 point effort. The Bruins kinda trade places with Madison-Grant in the league basement. I've seen their kids play in Jr Hi and if they keep their heads together and learn from there Freshmen experience they have a good future. As for Friday another good home crowd expect the Bruins to continue their winning ways. The other game on Friday is Oak Hill at Peru. I assume this is a big rivalry. It will be enteresting to see how the Eagles fair in this game and their long road trip to Frankford KY on Saturday where they face Covington Catholic. I personally think last week's experience at the Hall of Fame games will pay them benefits before season's end. Other Saturday games include Eastbrook at Cowan which I feel the Panthers will win by around 10 points. Northfield at Madison-Grant which I give the nod to MG. Taylor will travel to Mississnewa where I'm picking the Indians. I feel the Alex-Lapel game is a toss-up. Good Luck to all the conference teams this weekend.
  14. CIC week 5-ish

    The Madison County Tourney takes over for most of the CIC teams this week. The Pendledon Heights game at Frankton could well be for the championship. There is no clear cut favorite in this one. I look for the Eagles to win in a close one. Alex got a nice draw and will likely blow Anderson Prep out of the gym. Anderson is the obvious favorite as they host Elwood. I'd like to see the Panthers upset the Indians, but Elwood is probably only good enough to keep it close in what has become a hard luck season for them. The Eastbrook Panthers travel to Muncie Burris tonight and continue to improve as they adjust to some changes from last year.
  15. CIC week 5-ish

    I thought the Delta-Alex game would be a good one, but gave the edge to Alex because of the home court advantage. Oak Hill had a big challenge today, but dispite the 2 loses they may be the winner in the long run. New Castle is just flat out good. Oak Hill couldn't overcome a poor start, but showed flashes of good play. I haven't watched the consolation game yet, but Floyd Central has an impressive resume and to take them to overtime was an accomplishment. Blackford had another good weekend to raise their record to 7-1. Wins came against Randolph Southern at home and at Monroe Central 69-68 tonight. Luke Brown and JD Hoover lead the offense. Friday it was Hoover with 25 and Brown with 24. Saturday Hoover hit for 18 points. Brown hit the game winning free throw with 10 seconds left to play for his 48th point of the game. That point broke an individual game record of 47 points held since the 90-91 season by Ryan Taylor vs. Wabash. The Bruins have played a much tougher schedule before Christmas over the years, but are still pleased with the best start in school history at 7-1. The previous best start was tied last night and went all the way back to the 70-71 season. Blackford hosts Madison-Grant next Friday.
  16. CIC week 5-ish

    The Bruins get back into action vs. Randolph Southern on Friday and at Monroe Central on Saturday. I really fear Monroe Central. After a couple early wins they have struggled the last couple of weeks. The Nash kid puts up big numbers. If his teammates make contributions on the offensive end the Bruins may face their biggest test since the loss to Alex. Oak Hill easily won the Grant 4 last week, but will be put in a situation on Saturday that will have all the challenges of a deep run in the state tourney. They face host New Castle in the morning round of the Hall of Fame Tourney and either Bloomington South or Floyd Central in the evening. A lot of people feel like they will be hit by 2 loses, but competition like this should make them better later in the season. Good Luck to the Golden Eagles. Delta at Alex should be a very good game. Delta has not lost since the opening game.
  17. CIC week 5-ish

    So sorry to hear about this. I attended the Shenadoah game Friday night. Frankton is obviously a close knit community that has lost a part of their community.
  18. CIC week 5-ish

    I saw that Oak Hill put it on MG this morning in the Grant 4 Tourney. I believe it was 78-39. Im disappointed that I missed the 2nd game. Eastbrook 83-81 over Mississnewa. A real shootout with Ryan Mansberger hitting for 45 points. Oak Hill faces Eastbrook tonight for the Grant 4 Championship. Will be interesting to hear if they can hang with the highly rated Eagles.
  19. CIC week 5-ish

    I made the trip from Hartford City to check out the Eagles. They looked very good against a decent opponent. As you say both defenses were pretty good. Frankton put a run together at the end of the 1st and start of the 2nd quarter got them on top and set the pace for the rest of the game. Frankton definitely controlled the boards and this had a big impact on the game. As the Radiers fought to come back Frankton got the shots to fall and Shenadoah just managed to bounce several off the rim. it will take a very good team having a very good night to put one in the Frankton loss column.
  20. CIC Hoops Week 4

    I plan to try to watch Frankton soon. I would have went last night, but I heard Wapahani was hurting. Really enjoyed a couple of match ups in the past. I saw where Mississnewa got a win @ Yorktown. Eastbrook @ Elwood tonight. I still have a lot of question marks about both those teams. Elwood seems to be playing just well enough to keep it close at times. Eastbrook seems to be looking for the right combinations and team chemistry.
  21. CIC Hoops Week 4

    Things around the conference went mostly as many of us expected tonight. The Harrell site has a good post that updated the Frankton win. Sounds like a great game as we expected. The Blackford/Elwood game continued the renewed interest in Bruin basketball. A nice crowd was on hand and appreciated the action on the court. Luke Brown had a slow start from the field, but JD Hoover took up the slack to lead the Bruins to an early lead. JD went on to score 20 points. Brandon Stroble came in during the 2nd quarter and converted some nice passes from Brown into 3 pointers and he hit for 17 points on the evening. Several other Bruins played key roles in the great team effort. As for Luke Brown's slow start, he went on to score a game high 22 points. The Bruins play Randolph Southern and Monroe Central on the 29th/30th.
  22. CIC #1 vs #2

    Sounded like a great game. I'm planning to see both teams in the next couple of weeks.
  23. CIC Hoops Week 4

    All 3 weekday games had Blackford, Eastbrook and Alex beat non-conference opponents. Some thoughts on Friday: Alex @ Eastbrook --- I going with Alexandria even though I beginning to think Eastbrook may be better than I expected. Elwood @ Blackford --- Bennett and Wilson along with others have given the Bruins fits the last 3 years. I have a lot of confidence that the Bruins are going to finish the pre-Christmas schedule 5-1 and enjoy their blessings. Won't play again till December 29th. Mississnewa @ Madison-Grant --- The Indians are missing the May kid and it has effected their offensive production. They must be playing very good defense and I expect them to give the young MG crew a tough time on both ends of the court. Oak Hill @ Frankton --- I would love too see this game. I just think that Frankton will play all 94 feet of the court and will win with their pressure defense. I'm giving them a lot on the home court advantage. If the game was at Oak Hill, I would probably have picked the Golden Eagles. Non-Conference Saturday --- I think Madison-Grant will pick up a home win against Tri-Central. Elwood will have a tough time with Northwest and I'm giving the nod to the visitors from the Kokomo area. I'm pretty much sold on the abilities of the Wapahani basketball teams. I think they will travel to the Tiger gym and come up with a victory.
  24. CIC hoops week 3

    Monday's Results: Blackford 70 Muncie Burris 47. ... JD Hoover 33 points ... Luke Brown 23 Poor Shooting 1st half ... Only lead by 2 points at the half ... 28 point 3rd quarter put the game away Host Elwood in Boy/Girl doubleheader Friday night
  25. The families have moved and become part of our community. Besides basketball the kids are a fine additions to our school and the coach and parents are great additions to our community.