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  1. On 11/23/2021 at 12:43 PM, Marshall Mathers said:

    Let's have some discussions this year on some WRC basketball. I'll start us off with some rankings.

     

    1. Parke Heritage - Obviously the favorites. They are returning 3 starters from their state-runner up team from last year. They have the best basketball player in the conference in Christian Johnson, and one of the most athletic defenders in the conference in Noble Johnson. They also got a move in from the Terre Haute area that looks to be a good addition. I think they may lack a true big man this year like they had in Davis last year. They will definitely miss his rebounding, points, hustle. With that being said I don't see any team in the WRC stopping them when they space the floor. They will have too many guards/weapons. They also added a couple freshmen that I bet get some minutes for shooting ability. Look for lots of open 3s off of drive & kicks, and another dominant year.

    2. Covington - They return at least 6 varsity players, 4 of which I believe started last year. Waddell should be cleared to play, and I look for him to be the dominant big man in the conference. Karrfalt/Waddell will probably take the majority of the shots, but they will have some guys on the floor around them that can also contribute if they aren't hitting shots. They have a new coach this year, so I am curious to see how he fits these pieces together, but I don't see them falling off at all as long as they don't play that 3-2 zone again.

    Now is where the guessing happens. So many teams lost the majority of their starters from the previous year, so Ill do my best.

    3. South Vermillion - They return 3 starters from last year I believe. Garzolini, Uselman, Hawkins. Garzolini will probably be their best player, being 6-5 in the WRC doesn't hurt. Uselman can shoot and may end up being their #1 scorer, but takes a lot of questionable shots. Hawkins is a true guard, but can also score it if needed. I believe they have a couple younger guys that may see some minutes as well. I expect them to be in a ton of close games, and with their senior leadership/experience they should be able to pull through most.

    I think 4-6 could be a toss up. 

    4. Fountain Central - They return 2 starters I believe/best scorers, and a couple varsity players. They graduated a ton of seniors last year that took a majority of the minutes. They should have some seniors this year that have played some, but are more of role players. The big kid is probably 6-6/6-7, but from what I saw last year he looked to want to shoot 3s more than go inside. If he develops his inside game he will be very hard to stop, as he's only a Junior. The sophomore guard definitely has some skill as well.

    5. Seeger - They return a top 5 player in the conference in Snedeker. I'm not sure who else they have, but I do know their freshmen class last year was very good. I think they are probably around the same as they were last year as far as record is concerned. They will have to develop some of the younger guys, but there is definitely a bright future. I saw they got a win against Faith Christian last night, although I think they are rebuilding.

    6. North Vermillion - I think they are a little better this year. They have been the lowest scoring team in the conference the last couple of years. From my understanding they didn't graduate anyone, so they are returning with a lot of varsity experience. Naylor is a senior this year, and I look for him to have a big year. I got to watch the sophomore White play some last year in sectionals, and he seems like he can contribute some to the Falcons success as well. I just see them losing most of their games due to the lack of scoring capabilities. I do think they will be very competitive with most teams, but will slip away around the 3rd or 4th quarters due to low scoring output. It's hard to win a varsity game scoring 35PPG.

    7. Riverton Parke - They graduated 2 of their 3 all conference players which accounted for 30PPG, so they are going to have to look elsewhere to score. They return Hazzard who I think is another top 5 player in the WRC. They have a couple other juniors outside of Hazzard that will probably be their second and third looks. They are going to lack a valuable big man, and I think they are going to struggle to score the ball as well. 

    8. Attica - I'm not sure who Attica returns this year. I've heard rumors their guard #2 isn't playing this year. They are coming off of a 2-17 record last year, and I look for them to struggle again this year. 

    Mid-season review. Was I accurate?

    1. I had PH. (6-7) (0-2) Well their season has been so riddles with misfortunes. At one point I think they were missing 3 starters. They are starting a freshmen, although a good freshmen, he is still a freshmen. Johnson hasn't played more than 5 games, and he hasn't seemed to have gotten his rhythm back. They have struggled to score, but I believe the rest of the season they should be at or close to full strength. I think they will beat NV tonight, but move to third in the conference. 

    2. I had Covington. (9-4) (3-0) Obviously with the double digit win over PH it propels them to 1st. I watched the Covington/PH game in person and it was cool to watch. I was very impressed with the way they ran their defense. Having Karrfalt, whom may be the best on ball defender in the conference, and a 6-6 Waddell at the rim, they are tough to score on. They have a few guys that can put the ball in the bucket too. They are clearly the favorites now. 

    3. I had SV. (7-8) (2-0) SV did beat PH, so they have to move up one spot. They are pretty deep as I previously said, and are led by a good senior class. They have a great spread of being able to shoot the 3, but also spread the floor out and drive. I think Covington beats them by 10+ though. 

    4. I had FC. (8-6)(1-2) I was wrong here. Im putting them to 6th in the conference. They have struggled to score the ball consistently, and just lost to Seeger last week. Despite their 8-6 record, I just think they play too inconsistently. They do have some size, which propels them above a couple other teams in the conference. 

    5. I had Seeger here.(5-7) (1-0) I am going to keep Seeger here. They have a great Sophomore class led by a 2 time all conference junior. I have not seen them play much, but these guys are going to continue to get better. 

    6. I had NV here, and I am moving them to 4th. (5-8) (1-0). They look to have improved tremendously from the previous 2 years. They are averaging 48PPG, and have lost 4 games either in OT or by 3. They seem to be very close in turning the corner. I noticed a lack of games from Tryon and Naylor. 

    7. I had RP here, and I am keeping them here. (5-8) (1-2) They are 1 player away from being very good. Hazzard has carried them to some pretty close games, but they just lack that extra scorer. Hines isn't bad up top in their option plays, but when they get rid of it no one else can score it well. 

    8. I had Attica here, and I am keeping them here. (0-9) (0-4) These guys play hard early, but seem to lose it when pressure picks up later on. They just don't have any real scoring, but their defense seems to be pretty good when they are set. 

     

    New rankings:

    1. Covington (7-0)

    2. SV (6-1)

    3. PH (5-2)

    4. NV (4-3)

    5. Seeger (3-4) 

    6. FC (2-5)

    7. RP (1-6)

    8. Attica (0-7)

  2. I watched/listened to the BOW tourney last weekend.

    Here are my thoughts.. and does it change my pre-season rankings?

    Parke Heritage - Won banks without Christian, who is the best player in the conference. I stand with my prediction that they are the team to beat in the WRC. The freshmen Harper is going to be a force to be reckoned with. I was super impressed by how he played against South Vermillion. He single handedly kept them in that game, and stopped all of SV's momentum. Noble was a very good leader, and took over a lot when it counted. 

     

    South Vermillion - They gave PH a pretty good run for their money early. They seem to be very deep with subs, I feel like 10+ kids touched the floor for them in some capacity in both games. They look to have a pretty solid underclass, and Uselman/Garzolini are as advertised, and do the majority of their scoring. I'm interested to see how the Bush kid develops, and how the team progresses this year. 

     

    Riverton Parke - I didn't have them beating NV, but it was a thrill to watch. Hazzard finally started to score the basketball some, and ended up with 20+ against NV. They struggle to score the ball outside of Hines/Hazzard, and most of their offense just runs through those 2. Mullins looks to get most of his scoring off his defense.  I don't see them winning more than 5-6 games this year, but 3-1 is a great start.

     

    North Vermillion - I feel like NV is still better than RP. They have been without a healthy Naylor, whom I expect will help offensively/defensively for the Falcons. I'm still not sold on them being able to consitsently score the ball, but they have put up 40+ in each game, which is an obvious improvement. They had a costly TF and missed free throws with 2s left to send it into OT. They did not look very competitive against South Vermillion. I think when Naylor gets back they are still in the middle of the pack in conference. 

  3. On 11/29/2021 at 10:41 AM, Greene County Coach said:

    Park Heritage will be tough to beat.  The Linton score doesn't take into account that Coach Hart has a lot of familiarity with Christian Johnson... and specifically how best to slow him down.... I'm not sure you can stop him.  Wrigley Franklin drew the short straw to guard him.  Franklin was a step slower, but at 6'2" 220 with a 6'6" wingspan... he forced Johnson to take contested shots and didn't get pushed around.  Coach Hart clearly wanted his team to contest his shots... provide help at the rim... DO NOT let him kill us on second chance opportunities with offensive rebounds.  He wasn't shooting well... there was help to make his drives contested (he still scored)... and most importantly... we didn't let him get going with offensive rebounds.  He is an impressive athlete... I'm not sure most schools will have the horses to run with him.  I was impressed with Dowd and Luce as shooters... they kept it close.  McNeal did a great job on Joey Hart.  He was giving up some height but his wingspan and athleticism gave Hart some trouble at points during the game.  Noble Johnson also made some big athletic moves to score... he also shot better from 3 point range than I expected.  Who knows... these two teams could meet again in late March.   

    Parke Heritage won't run into someone close to Linton in the WRC. Especially not someone with D1 talent. Their length alone will make it difficult for any team to score. Johnson isn't very big, so I imagine he was uncomfortable most of the night getting shots off. He won't have that issue again unless teams specifically try to take him away. It looked like PH just settled for way too many 3s. As athletic as they are I feel they should settle for an inside out game, and then look to spot up. I felt when the Freshmen came in they were getting singled out defensively, which is to be expected. Noble has definitely improved his outside game from a couple years ago, but I expect most teams to make him prove it. 

  4. Let's have some discussions this year on some WRC basketball. I'll start us off with some rankings.

     

    1. Parke Heritage - Obviously the favorites. They are returning 3 starters from their state-runner up team from last year. They have the best basketball player in the conference in Christian Johnson, and one of the most athletic defenders in the conference in Noble Johnson. They also got a move in from the Terre Haute area that looks to be a good addition. I think they may lack a true big man this year like they had in Davis last year. They will definitely miss his rebounding, points, hustle. With that being said I don't see any team in the WRC stopping them when they space the floor. They will have too many guards/weapons. They also added a couple freshmen that I bet get some minutes for shooting ability. Look for lots of open 3s off of drive & kicks, and another dominant year.

    2. Covington - They return at least 6 varsity players, 4 of which I believe started last year. Waddell should be cleared to play, and I look for him to be the dominant big man in the conference. Karrfalt/Waddell will probably take the majority of the shots, but they will have some guys on the floor around them that can also contribute if they aren't hitting shots. They have a new coach this year, so I am curious to see how he fits these pieces together, but I don't see them falling off at all as long as they don't play that 3-2 zone again.

    Now is where the guessing happens. So many teams lost the majority of their starters from the previous year, so Ill do my best.

    3. South Vermillion - They return 3 starters from last year I believe. Garzolini, Uselman, Hawkins. Garzolini will probably be their best player, being 6-5 in the WRC doesn't hurt. Uselman can shoot and may end up being their #1 scorer, but takes a lot of questionable shots. Hawkins is a true guard, but can also score it if needed. I believe they have a couple younger guys that may see some minutes as well. I expect them to be in a ton of close games, and with their senior leadership/experience they should be able to pull through most.

    I think 4-6 could be a toss up. 

    4. Fountain Central - They return 2 starters I believe/best scorers, and a couple varsity players. They graduated a ton of seniors last year that took a majority of the minutes. They should have some seniors this year that have played some, but are more of role players. The big kid is probably 6-6/6-7, but from what I saw last year he looked to want to shoot 3s more than go inside. If he develops his inside game he will be very hard to stop, as he's only a Junior. The sophomore guard definitely has some skill as well.

    5. Seeger - They return a top 5 player in the conference in Snedeker. I'm not sure who else they have, but I do know their freshmen class last year was very good. I think they are probably around the same as they were last year as far as record is concerned. They will have to develop some of the younger guys, but there is definitely a bright future. I saw they got a win against Faith Christian last night, although I think they are rebuilding.

    6. North Vermillion - I think they are a little better this year. They have been the lowest scoring team in the conference the last couple of years. From my understanding they didn't graduate anyone, so they are returning with a lot of varsity experience. Naylor is a senior this year, and I look for him to have a big year. I got to watch the sophomore White play some last year in sectionals, and he seems like he can contribute some to the Falcons success as well. I just see them losing most of their games due to the lack of scoring capabilities. I do think they will be very competitive with most teams, but will slip away around the 3rd or 4th quarters due to low scoring output. It's hard to win a varsity game scoring 35PPG.

    7. Riverton Parke - They graduated 2 of their 3 all conference players which accounted for 30PPG, so they are going to have to look elsewhere to score. They return Hazzard who I think is another top 5 player in the WRC. They have a couple other juniors outside of Hazzard that will probably be their second and third looks. They are going to lack a valuable big man, and I think they are going to struggle to score the ball as well. 

    8. Attica - I'm not sure who Attica returns this year. I've heard rumors their guard #2 isn't playing this year. They are coming off of a 2-17 record last year, and I look for them to struggle again this year. 

  5. South Newton vs Attica - South Newton 38-6

    NV vs FC - Ill take NV in this one. Defense has shown it was a little better than early in the season. We know they can score, but FC's highest scoring game outside of Attica is 26 against RP and Frontier. NV hung 46 on RP. Ill go 41-12 NV

    RP vs PH - There will be an early running clock. Ill go 49-16 PH

    SV vs Seeger - Seeger is all over the place, beating the Trojan by 20, scoring 50, but only beating FC by 7 scoring 22. IllI guess it depends what Seeger shows up. Ill take the SV QB here. 36-21

    Covington vs Tri County - Trojans by whatever they want. Look for 89 passes attempted and 742 yards from the Trojans. 89-6

     

  6. 26 minutes ago, Woody_Hayes said:

    Week 7 WRC Pizza King ranking:

    1. West Lebanon 

    2. Rockville

    3. Attica

    4. Veedersburg

    (Oxford Pizza King currently wears the Western Indiana crown)

    I want to eat pizza with Donnie Baker!

    Woody, you're simply sleeping on Overpass Pizza in Covington.

     

    Please dont tell me you are saying Rockville Pizza Hut is #2? 

    1 minute ago, Marshall Mathers said:

    Woody, you're simply sleeping on Overpass Pizza in Covington.

     

    Please dont tell me you are saying Rockville Pizza Hut is #2? 

    I misread the post. It says Pizza King. I was getting fired up for now reason

  7. 14 hours ago, CheapSeats said:

    Anyone heard anything about Seeger?? Sounds like some big news possibly??

    I heard it was something on the team that went unreported? I don't know much more than that. Is the Herb coaching this Friday night?

    1 hour ago, Warfalcon2012 said:

    Game of week will be at Gibson field .

    I think PH has two very capable qbs to run their offense. NV’s secondary has been shredded this season. The defensive line for NV needs to be dominant up front or this game will get ugly real quick. Offensively I like NV against that PH defense. Lots of big plays will happen Friday. 
    Prediction.

    42-21 PH. Loser of this game will win in sectional.

    Agreed on the D-Line. I just think PH has so many athletes in the open field it will be tough for NV secondary to cover. PH line isn't great so it could very well be a good game.

    2 hours ago, Tanka Jahari said:

    I dont know about Seeger, but I heard over in parke county some of Bishop Sycamores biggest supporters are trying to jump ship halfway through the first semester. It seems like to me that if my local team was in first place in the WRC I would be loving life, but apparently that is not the case. I guess its not a fun time to be a Bishop Sycamore Wolfs employee/fan.

    MUST WIN STATE TO FEEL HAPPY

  8. 6 hours ago, KAllen said:

    Best Player: Karrfait.   Stats and wins don’t lie.   SV QB1 is a good player, but you can’t be the best player in a conference playing for the largest school and a hall of fame coach and have a losing record.  

    Stats can lie to some extent. Weather conditions, time of possessions, schedule, etc all come in to factor for stats. Karrfalt has thrown it 280 times this year. He’s bound to have some yards. They haven’t played a stellar defense yet. Crazy he has 30 more rushes than their running back too. He has doubled Garzolini’s passing attempts, so he will have better stats in general. Karrfalt did win the head to head match up, and is much more of a duel threat. 
     

    Johnson is definitely more athletic out of the bunch. One of, if not the most athletic kids the WRC has seen in since the early 2000s

  9. 1 hour ago, Donnie Baker said:

    Is he being recruited by any D1 programs? The qb of South Vermilions has been since his sophomore year. If you’re a D1 recruit you’re probably the best player in your conference. State law.

    I just haven’t been that impressed by him. Yeah he has a D1 QB build, but he isn’t even proving he’s the best in a weak WRC this year. He’s almost zero running threat. Karrfalt presents a little of both. The D1 had 90 yards and 2 picks last week right? Against a speculated week PH defense.

    2 minutes ago, WRC123 said:

    Who is he being recruited by? I had no clue he was being recruited by D1 schools

    I thought ISU may have offered him. I see that he goes on visits to some D1 schools and takes pictures with the coaches. It’s shared and posted all over social media. Not sure how official the visits really are. 

  10. 5 minutes ago, WRC123 said:

    I was not at this game but heard that the Falcons were throwing the ball all over the place late in the game up 30 plus points and then were kicking onsiders after that.. Not sure how true that is but that doesn't sit well with people when you're up 30 plus...

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I dont remember Crabtree ever intentionally running the score up on people. He's had his fair share of opportunities to put 100 on teams over the years. The coaching staff hasn't changed much in a few years right? If what Tanka said is true, and they had their JV in the whole 4th, why not practice throwing the ball some? If they were still throwing in the 3rd up 30, then so be it, they can't just sit and roll over so everyone feels better. 


  11.  

    2 hours ago, Bear54 said:

    Ah, Tanka, nothing gets past you... However, the questions you ask shouldn't be directed towards me. I just heard there may have been some special kick practice and route running by the Falcons after they were up handily over the Panthers. Maybe they wanted to get to the running clock and were in a hurry to get to the after-game Homecoming activities? Maybe not. Perhaps some of the Panther or Falcon faithful can answer that for you. 

    Aren’t the Falcons known for never kicking it deep? Makes sense to not kick it deep, don’t give the other team a chance to run it back, and get a chance of getting the ball every time. Win win. I saw the panthers kicked it deep the first possession and it got returned. I can’t speak about the passing game as I wasn’t there, and the Falcons haven’t put stats on max preps as of yet. I’m sure there’s a reason for everything 

  12. WEEEK 6 is here.. lets talk about it.

    Seeger @ FC --> After Seeger's 50-30 win last week over the Trojan, it seems they are becoming a force to be reckoned with. I apologize for counting the herbivores out so early. FC is coming off a stomping of possibly the worst team in the state. I take Seeger here and it's not close. 48-12.

    Cloverdale @ RP --> I thought RP would be more competitive than they were last week. What happened? I heard many turnovers, and big plays were the separator. I'm going to take them this week over a not so great Cloverdale team. 32-16.

    NV @ Attica --> It looks like NV was able to actually get some stops last week. Defense will continue to be the separator because they can put points on the board. I saw the Tryon kid had a kickoff return, reception td, fumble recovery td, and rushing td. If this game gets played it will be NV by however many they want. 

    Covington @ South Newton --> After going winless for a few years, South Newton is 3-2. I don't see a 4-2 in their future this week though. The herbivores took the Trojan out pretty handily last week, so expect them to come out firing this week. I say Covington 52-13.

    PH @ SV --> PH last a close one last week. I stopped seeing updates on Johnson at QB near half. What was his injury? Looks like the Wolves still scored some without him at QB, and made it a game. The Cats are sitting at 2-3 right now. They played very competitively again a good Sullivan football team. What's the state record for scoring in a single football game with both teams? I venture to say this game could rival that score. If Johnson is out I may take the Cats, if Johnson is in I take the Wolves. This is definitely game of the week. Final prediction.. 62-60 WOLVES

     

  13. 3 hours ago, Tanka Jahari said:

    As Friday night draws closer, I had some thoughts to share with the WRC brethren.

    Better entertainment for your Friday night: 

    A WRC football game or gambling at the local cock fight?

    Also I think they should strap spider monkeys to the greyhounds that race at the dog tracks. A dog can only be the winner if the spider monkey jockey stays upright till the end.

    Is it safe to try to domesticate coyotes?

    Who wins in a fight between 10 fighting cocks and 1 coyote?

    A coyote no questions asked. Although I’d pay to see it. 

    7 hours ago, CoachDurham said:

    3 of the Top 5 in the state are from the WRC

    Who is top 5 in the state in the WRC? Are you talking stats or teams? 

  14. 7 hours ago, CheapSeats said:

    Parke Heritage - The most talented team in the WRC, but why does it feel like they are so close to seeing it all implode?

    Could be the last minute new faces taking time from some guys that have been a Rockvillian/Turkey their whole lives. It’s easier to deal with when you’re winning though, so as long as that keeps happening they’ll be fine 

    7 hours ago, CheapSeats said:

    Like most WRC teams, defense is lacking. 

    Why is defense lacking in the WRC? Lack of coaching, lack of knowledge, lack of kids that just want to go hit kids, or are the athletes only playing offense? 

  15. Week 5 Already??

    Covington @ Seeger - I'm going the Trojan 42-20. I think it's close early on, but the Trojan firepower reigns supreme. 

    RP @ NV - After the beatdown the Falcons took last week, I expect them to come out full throttle against the Panthers. I still haven't seen NV stop anyone from scoring yet, so I expect it to be a higher scoring game. 40-28. 

    Attica @ FC - Is Attica playing this week? Do they think they can win it? I don't. I take the Mustangs in a not so close game. 48-6.

    PH @ Greencastle - As long as it's dry outside every game I see PH being 9-1 for the regular season. Haven't seen much of Greencastle, but they did just beat South Put by 6. Could give us an early indicator of Sectional favorites, if PH throttles GC. It's still too early for those predictions though.

    SV @ Sullivan - The cats travel to a 2-2 Sullivan team, who I might add lost by 3 to an unbeaten #13 ranked 4A Northview, and by 13 to an unbeaten #7 Ranked 2A Linton, whom we just saw decimate the Falcons that put up 40 on the Cats defense. Im thinking the Cats are going to have a long saddened drive home. 60-34.

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