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  1. Joey Hart played up until 8th grade... he was a burner. Great straight line speed... not a big fan of running between the tackles... he would be a good wide receiver... believe it or not... he liked to hit on defense (sort of funny since most basketball coaches think the only way to slow him down on a court is to be physical with him). While we are throwing out D1 athletes at Linton that never played HS football. Josh Pyne (IU Baseball) would have been a great football player. We never could talk his mom into it (in her defense... Josh was on a D1 baseball path in JH) Even Lincoln Hale played until JH. Evan Slover (Trester Award winner in HS basketball) is probably the best recent kid to not play football. He was a beast with an insanely high football IQ. I could probably write a book on great Miner athletes who chose not to play football 😉 Braden Walters is one that I'd love to see back on the Gridiron... hopefully he will come back out as a JR. and SR.
  2. Elmer Oliphant would be distantly related to Kip Fougerousse who is currently playing at IU on a baseball scholarship. Kip didn't play HS football... at 6'3" and 200+ lbs... he might have been good. The Oliphant clan and their descendants are sort of scattered across Green County.
  3. A couple thoughts from the GCI... WRV- They have the pieces to be better than what they are. Max Hostetter is a good PG, but I would require him to create more scoring opportunities for himself. Sometimes it is like watching Walters and Franklin from Linton... very unselfish and seems to always be looking to involve his teammates. The problem is he doesn't have kids who can create their own scoring opportunities. Jared Franklin and Wade Hall can hit spot up shots, but neither have the athletic ability to create against good defenders. Imagine if Max required a player to cheat over to guard him... then those guys become effective shooters. Eli Crites seems to be in a time loop from his freshman year. He still is too weak with the ball. That was OK then... we saw the potential... I'm not sure a Senior gets that pass. Luke Hall looked solid in some spots. The basketball IQ is there... he still tends to be streaky as a shooter... and he needs to get bigger/stronger, but as a freshman... he has time to grow into that. I like the effort Fulford brings, but he is an energy/defense guy. English has moments, but he is just a Sophomore... if he could squeeze out a few more inches... his game becomes much tougher to defend. 5'10" physical scorers aren't nearly as effective as 6'3" players. If the new coach can work some magic... next year might be a .500 season with an opportunity to be in the mix come sectionals. North Central- I really like the Clark kid. He has thinned out a little and is crafty with the ball. He can also fill it up when he starts feeling it. Hadley looks slower than last year. He seemed to be standing around a lot and was not as effective as a scorer/passer. Ison has really improved... I could see him filling Clark's role next year. He could be a 15-20 ppg scorer next year. Jennings is getting minutes, but he needs to become more physical. His effort is also all over the place. A focus on getting stronger could turn him into a tough player. Vaughn still provides athletic play that borders chaos. When he is hitting shots and making plays, he is an X factor. The problem is when he isn't... expect fouls and turnovers. Shakamak- First... congrats to Coy Gilbert on reaching 1,000 points. I have been thoroughly impressed with how hard he plays. Next to Joey Hart and Logan Webb... he was probably the most effective scorer in the GCI. Oscar Pegg provides physical play at another guard spot. He bullied some kids in the GCI... he didn't have that luxury against Linton. Jernigan had some solid play from another guard spot. JT May was lights out in the 2nd half to get the Lakers past North Central, but he struggles to score on athletes with any length. He struggled against the Miners. Guyler Gorby came off the bench in all the games I watched. He looks uninterested in being out there. He has maybe the highest athletic ceiling on the team, yet doesn't get much out of it. Linton- 8 in a row... Most of the guys who played weren't even playing school basketball the last time the Miners lost a game in the GCI. Hart was on fire the first game... and didn't really slow down. After a week of physical games where every team tried to push him around to get him off his game... The teams at the GCI allowed him to get comfortable shooting 3 pointers. Then they would run out on him while he drove past them. Webb was a little off compared to the previous tournament, but he still scored around 20 ppg for the GCI. Smith and Walters made plays going to the rim. Frady scored around the basket, while Franklin made some nice defensive/hustle plays. It was good to see Jaxon Walker come of the bench as a reliable outside shooter. If he was a little more physical... and versatile on the offensive end... he could carve out some time. Ayden Riggleman came off the bench and scored some points, but his skill set doesn't seem to be translating to playing time. Hunter Gennicks has the athletic and defensive skill set to fight for some time, but he is behind as an offensive player.
  4. What a week for basketball. North Daviess and Southridge had competitive holiday tourneys, while the Wabash Valley Tournament had some really good games. Bloomfield, Linton and North Daviess were knocked from the list of unbeatens. Linton- The Miners notched good wins against Marshall, Bloomfield, and Edgewood... Unfortunately, they fell short against a very good Terre Haute North team in the Championship game. The Bloomfield was a good win, but sort of glimpse into the Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Miners. As a whole they played a sloppy/lazy game for about 3 quarters. They looked good for the first 5 minutes and the last 3 minutes. Fortunately, the Miners did a good job on stopping Graf. The problem was Combs killed them around the basket... the Cardinals also hit 6 first half 3 pointers. Even with that... when the all of the Miners played with some effort... they rattled off 16 points in the last few minutes to squeeze out a win. They handled Owen Valley easily on day 1 of the Greene County Tournament. North Daviess- I didn't get a chance to watch their loss to FW Blackhawk, but an OT loss to an undefeated team that is off of state championship runs is a good loss... if one believes in such things. Bloomfield had a solid week at the Wabash Valley Tournament. They were 3 minutes away from giving Linton their 1st loss. A close game against South Vermillion was a little unexpected, but SV played well. The biggest problem was the nasty turned ankle that Peter Combs came away with against Cloverdale. The game was well in hand when he went down, which will likely cause some to question the call to have him in. North Central- Had the week off... Some one mentioned they needed time to get healthy. Looks like they will get Shakamak on Friday. That will be a good game to see where each team is at this point. Shakamak- They showed some life in the Wabash Valley Tournament. A close loss to West Vigo should have been a win, but a win against TH South was big. The loss against Northview was by about the same as North Central... which could be a sign of a good game at the Greene County Tourney. That would be nice after watching the 1st couple games. White River Valley- This team is young at a lot of key spots... they also seem to have trouble handling the ball. 20+ turnovers cost them a chance of winning their game against Shakamak. Hostetter is a solid ballhandler, but after that... the barrel is thin. Wade Hall, Eli Crites, and Jared Franklin handle the ball ok in a 1/2 court situation when looking for their own shots. I didn't see much ball movement and unselfish team play. The other Wolverines need work. Dalton Fulford provides hustle... Luke Hall can shoot... neither provide varsity level ball handling. Most of their Sophomores are getting good experience, but outside of Hostetter... none of them seem ready for full time varsity. Clay City- They had a solid holiday tournament. 2-1 with a close loss to Martinsville. Looking at their schedule... they could be on a 6 game winning streak going into their game with TH North in a few weeks. A lot of winnable games over the next few weeks. I'll be interested to see how they fare against WRV at the end of the month. Eastern- I don't know if the Rippy kid is back, but Coach Hudson is giving his young guys a lot of experience. Unfortunately, I don't see many winnable games on the schedule. Washington Catholic... maybe WRV... It is going to be a tough year.
  5. Another good weekend for the top of the conference... and some interesting games down the line. Linton- A huge over a slightly depleted Shakamak team was to be expected. Linton could have hung 100 on them, but what use would that be. It really seemed Coach Hart and even the players were looking ahead to Saturday's matchup against Castle. The big win against Castle was a solid win. Castle plays really hard. Niehaus is like a bigger Josh Pyne. He hurt us when we went to a zone with offensive rebounds (he came in averaging 10+ rebounds... about 1/2 were offensive). We kept him in check. Franklin guarded him the most, but Webb... Walters... and even Hart were on him at various times. While in man... he did very little. The 6'9" kid was solid, but he met Drew Smith and his great positioning and outstanding strength. Walters shut down their other top scorer. On the the Drew Smith note... this team is good without him... but with him... they will be really tough to handle. Smith, Walters, and Franklin make so many plays without scoring. Don't get me wrong Hart and Webb are studs, but watching the other three is fun. Loose balls, steals, rebounds, great passes, etc... just happen when these guys are in. Gennicks provides some of the same types of things, but he hasn't quite caught up after missing the last 2 years of basketball. I did enjoy the SIAC folks on social media and even in the stands Saturday. The social media folks bad mouthed Linton's schedule (note... Evansville schools/SIAC don't really believe sports are played outside of their little part of the world). My favorite was the SIAC fan sitting near me. He started the game as an ardent supporter of his conference... by Walters-Hart alley oop at the half... his transformation to Linton fan was complete. He rooted for the Miners the rest of the way 🙂 North Daviess- I would have liked to watch the matchup against Hammond Central. Sounds like a really good game.. free throws seemed to be the deciding factor. I wonder how tightly the game was called. HC gets after it defensively... almost to their own detriment. The Cougars notched another solid win against Evansville Mater Dei on Saturday night. Bloomfield- The Cardinals keep rolling, but their strength of schedule makes me wonder how they would fair against a good team. They might be as good as the top 2, but it is hard to tell beating teams that are average or below. The Wabash Valley Tournament should give them a few opportunities to notch a bigger win. North Central- They won on Friday against Eastern and rolled against Bloomington Lighthouse the following night. They beat who they should have. They are quietly cruising into 2022 with a 5-2 record. Not bad. Clay City- They lost a close game against Monrovia, but bounced back against South Vermillion on Saturday. 2 wins would have been nice, but they are showing a little bit of life. Shakamak- They were destroyed by Linton on Friday. I'm sure the loss of Gilbert and Jernigan will provide an excuse, but let's be honest... the Miners still would have rolled. JT May scored their 1st 11 points... the only problem was a whole quarter between his 9 point 1st quarter and his 1st basket of the 3rd quarter. Eastern- They were handled by North Central, but a close loss at Martinsville shows they may have a little life in them. WRV- They have 2 wins, but Wood Memorial and Bloomington Lighthouse isn't exactly good wins. They are probably better than Eastern... for now... assuming Rippy doesn't play in their matchup later this season. Who knows.. they might even be able to squeeze out a win against Clay City... I doubt they beat NC or Shakamak at full strength.
  6. That article doesn't make me upset that those kids, coaches, and administrators gutted out a rough year. Football can take a lot... but it also gives a lot. Those players are among a select group of people with the guts and will power to overcome rough circumstances. I did enjoy how they used Mater Dei as the bar for participation. They dressed about 100 players against us with only 1 freshman (kicker). Linton has great numbers for a public school... we usually have between 45-55 players. CC is just a few students above the 1A/2A line. Their unique situation with distance and poverty probably makes it even tougher to keep kids involved. Lets break down some things on this "list". This is from someone with almost no direct knowledge of Crawford County... so take it for what it is worth. It is probably fair to make comparisons to similar programs. Eastern Greene and Forest Park both started their programs around the same time. Enrollments are close, but Eastern probably compares better in regards to lacking a good size town... I'm also guessing their poverty rate is higher than FP. In the first 10 seasons... CC had 11 wins; Eastern had 21 wins; FP had 35 wins... Coaching seemed to be the biggest factor. CC had a revolving door... Eastern finally got their feet on solid ground by year 7 or 8... FP came out with a good coach (they have only had two in 14 seasons). 1. Chronic lack of competitiveness- I'm not sure this should be addressed specifically... all the other things directly impact this. 2. Chronic staff turnover- Forest Park had 2 experienced coaches for the first 14 years of their program... there is consistency. They also were able to grab an experienced coach in the beginning to help establish the program. Eastern has had 8 coaches in 19 years (Coach Lorig got the program on its feet, but didn't coach in its 1st varsity season). It wasn't until Luke Dean took over that progress was made. He was a young energetic... almost an arrogant coach, but exactly what the program needed. He seemed to focus on a feeder program and his teams competed. Paridean comes in and reaps the benefits of a strong Junior/Senior class to guide them to a couple really good years. Good coach + a few good classes = success. It didn't hurt that they were one of the biggest 1A teams during their deep tournament runs. Since then, they have struggled. Crawford County has had 6 coaches in 15 years... I didn't recognize all the names, but I wonder if they were young, energetic, experienced, etc... Or were they stop gap coaches. Hard to gain credibility with your players and the community/school that way. 3. Low numbers- This could be a couple problems. How does distance effect participation numbers for their teams at all levels? What does feeder program look like? Are they losing good athletes to other schools? Is the coach good at recruiting athletes? I'm guessing their feeder program is attached to another league, which means they may only be fielding 1 team. Are players being developed? In an area that may not have many former football players, what kind of coaches do they have in place at the youth level? Is there conformity in what they do on offense and defense? So many questions 4. Poor administrative support- It sounds like there is at least a base level of support, but most of us know fielding a team is not the same supporting the team. What does the field and practice facilities look like. What about the weight room? Do they have a weight lifting class? If not... they should. Is there work to tie the program together from top to bottom (elementary)? 5. Poor community support- This is a tiered issue. Showing up is a part of that.. but not always the most important. Does the community support kids playing all sports? Are there qualified coaches to fill out the varsity staff, JH staff, and youth league? Is there an effort by the school to make football a community unifying event? Is the community open to the vision of the coach in terms of plays/strategy? 6. Lack of coordinated feeder system- A coach having to go over plays over and over until their whole team is there is hard to read. Maybe they need to start their offense at the youth league level and build on it every year. Of course, that would require a coach to stick around for awhile. Being small... I'm guessing they feed into a bigger league or travel around and play other small schools. Do they participate in a few school affiliated tournaments at the end of the youth season? 7. Strong apathetic attitude towards football- It isn't just losing that creates this... it is all of this stuff wrapped up into one. We now have COVID to deal with on top of the general apathy some kids have. 8. Competitive consolidation- Who could they possibly merge with. It is a rural school. Any kid that would have the means to travel to a better program... probably already has... or they just didn't buy a house in CC school district. I would look to play as many 1A or struggling programs as possible. A few wins could help if other things are in place. 9. Merger consolidation
  7. I believe the top 50 is only for Seniors. I'm also pretty sure you can't be on the top 50 list and also be on the all state list. Where that puts the Senior brother... no idea. I listened to their dad speak at a coaching clinic once his 1st time at Indiana. It was really interesting how he found "diamonds" in the rough for the RB position. I think he said Howard and Coleman were 3 star or below when they went after them.
  8. The weekend continued to set the top 3 teams in the conference apart from the rest of the pack... while the rest all seem to be within 8-10 points of each other. Linton beat a solid Mitchell team on Friday. Mitchell looked to be well coached and had a handful of solid guards and shooters. I think Linton's length and athleticism was the difference. Wigley getting in foul trouble hurt Mitchell... he had a couple dumb fouls, but requiring him to guard Webb on the block was a poor coaching move. He was giving up 3 inches and quite a few lbs and muscle. I thought Hart played below his usual level... oddly he struggles shooting at home. Mitchell put a smaller physical defender on him and he didn't rise up. Frady and Franklin hit enough shots to prevent Mitchell from focusing on Hart and Webb. Walters looked disinterested in filling the 3rd scorer role. He is more than capable and the addition of Franklin takes some of the playmaker responsibilities away from him. It may not matter since Drew Smith is likely back this weekend. If he takes up where he left off... he could fill the 3rd scorer role. They have a conference game against Shakamak on Friday followed by a matchup with Castle at Bosse Saturday afternoon. Bloomfield cruised to 2 big wins this weekend. Clay City and Edgewood aren't world beaters, but they beat both by a wide margin. I'm not sure anybody will know how good they are until later in the month. The back half of their schedule will sort out how good they are. Linton, North Daviess, Loogootee, and Bloomington South should sort it out before sectionals. North Daviess also cruised to 2 big wins by lesser competition. North Central is likely in the 4th-6th place range in the conference... looks like that gap is 20+ points between the top 3 and the rest. I don't know anything about the Jeeps... I'm guessing they aren't great. They will have a big game against Hammond Central this weekend followed by a game against Evansville Mater Dei. Hammond Central would be a nice measuring stick. They will have better athletes... ND will need to control the pace of the game. I don't know anything about MD basketball, but they are likely still getting their basketball legs in shape after football season. North Central lost big to North Daviess... a matchup next weekend against Eastern will give everyone a glimpse into the difference between the middle and bottom of the conference. Shakamak lost a winnable game against North Knox, while beating Washington Catholic easily. A matchup against Linton will be a tough task this weekend. Surely this team will start to play better. There is some talent there. Clay City is going through the top teams early... it might give everyone a inaccurate view of their place in the conference. They are clearly 20+ points worse than the top 3, but they might be on equal footing with the rest of the conference. Eastern looks like a team that is playing very disciplined with a really young team... that won't help them this year... who knows down the line. Valentine is a good senior... if Rippy returns... they might move up from the bottom of the conference. WRV looks to be falling to the bottom. I've heard that Crites is playing well as a Senior, but others are struggling to score. I've heard rumors that shooting mechanics were altered and some have not been able to hit open shots ever since. If this was a summer switch that just hasn't taken, I get it. If these changes were done more recently, seems like an unwise move. Changing the mechanics of a shot is something that requires a lot of work/shots in the summer. It also seems some players that were more focused on offense than defense... have fell out of favor. This weekend might get them their 2nd win against Bloomington Lighthouse. WRV always seems to play Bloomfield better than their record or talent suggest. I still see them losing by 20+.
  9. Word was buzzing around school yesterday for the Miners who made the teams. Hats off to Gabe Eslinger for making 2A all state as a LB. He was a Jr. all state selection last year as well. We also had 2 Juniors make the all state cut. Hunter Gennicks made it as a DB, while Wrigley Franklin made it at DL. Both were very good on offense as well... it will be good to have them back.
  10. Last week was a pretty good week for the top teams of the SWIAC conference. Bloomfield made sure to emphasize to Shakamak that they were a distant 4th in the conference on Friday night. A 20+ point makes the Cardinals look like a clear favorite in their sectional. North Daviess moved to 4-0 with a big win over Washington. Linton went 2-0 on the weekend. The 30 point win over Clay City was expected, but the double digit win over Crispus Attucks was a big win. Looks like the Miners have moved into the top 20 coaches poll for the first time in school history. They didn't play a perfect 1st half, but well enough to keep it close. The 2nd half was dominated for the most part by the Miners. Depth might be their only chink as of right now, but some of the guys that didn't play much Saturday would be fine against most teams on our schedule. Drew Smith will also be back sometime after Christmas, which provide another player to handle the ball... play defense.. and score at the rim. Shakamak had a weird weekend. They get destroyed by Bloomfield... then it takes a last second shot for Sullivan to put them away. This kind of inconsistency makes sense for the Sophomore contributors... but one would think there is enough Senior leadership to balance that out. They also have a new coach. If you are half empty people... this is just Shakamak... you never know what you are going to get. If you are a half full person... these are some new coach/emerging team issues that will work themselves out as the year progresses. Too early to tell. North Central is 2-1, but their wins are against teams that are 0-7 combined. Coach Edmondson usually gets his teams ready by Sectional. They still have some pieces to give Bloomfield some trouble. White River Valley is not only without a win, but they are barely scoring 30 ppg. I think they are giving up 40+ppg. They are 0-3 against middle of the road teams. Clay City had to play Linton, which was not a close game. Reilly Myers was solid for them. Early on he had 10-12 of their first 15 points. This was a solid Jr. group in JH... Outside of Myers... I'm not sure the rest of them have improved at the same rate as the other Juniors in the area. In fairness, there are a lot of really good kids from that class scattered across the conference. Eastern is just not very good. They look to be disciplined with the ball, but they aren't very talented. Rippy didn't play in the game I watched. I had heard he was injured during football season, but I hadn't heard the severity of the injury. Valentine did a nice job leading in the game I watched, but with this group... he needs to look to score more often.
  11. The GCI will have Linton, Shakamak, North Central, WRV, Pike Central, Shoals, Eminence... I assume there is an 8th team, but I don't know who it is. Not a very good tournament for the Miners, but not an awful thing after grinding it out at the Wabash Valley Tournament.
  12. The weekend played out about as expected... I'll start with the teams that struggled... Eastern, WRV, Clay City, and North Central each lost their opening game. Eastern will likely struggle all year. WRV lost a close one vs. North Knox. Clay City was a toss up for me... Looks like South Putnam had enough to squeeze out a win. North Central was a bigger loss than I expected, but the White/Cook backcourt is pretty good. If Northview has any type of size... this doesn't seem like a big loss. Shakamak beat a very weak Rivet team. I'm not sure it says much one way or the other about the Lakers. Bloomfield beat Owen Valley and Cloverdale. I thought the Clovers would put up a bigger fight... maybe they were missing someone. Bloomfield looks to be minus Dean and Sherrard for what could be the whole season... that would not be good for the Cardinals post season chances. North Daviess won 3 games over the weekend. The win against Loogootee was a nice victory against a sectional opponent. Evansville Day looked to be an easy win , but North Posey looked to be a close game. Linton got 2 quality wins over quality teams this weekend. Indy Metro didn't play the 6'10" Merriweather kid, but they played faster without him. Stamps was a load at 6'1" 250lbs. He scored 20 or so in the 1st half... Their PG, Omari Ferguson was a speedster. He was really tough to stay in front of in transition. They will be a tough 1A team. Park Heritage went to state last year, but the Miners handled them fairly well. Some big shots out of a few PH kids helped keep the game close, but it never seemed to feel like it would be close. One of those weird games were the score looked and felt like an 8-10 point game for the majority of the time.
  13. 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.
  14. The season is here... Here is the schedule for this week... Tuesday, November 23rd Clay City @ South Putnam- CC should be improved with a solid Junior class gaining a lot of varsity experience last year. I don't know much about SP, but they had some athletes on the football. If those guys are basketball players, Clay City might be in trouble. North Daviess @ Loogootee- This always seems to be a great game. Both teams lost some key guys from last year, but return their best player(s). It is hard to go against Mullens... he does a great job control the game from his PG spot. Bledsoe will be the go to man for the Lions. I think the studs on both teams are fairly evenly matched... it may be the unknown role players that will be the deciding factor. For ND... I'd watch out for Britton... he can shoot when left open. Loogootee will spend a lot of defensive effort containing Mullens, Wilson, and Wilson. As for the Lions... Isaac Eagle is a capable player who could step into a bigger role this year. Whiteland @ Eastern Greene- A 4A school is usually a tough matchup, but having only 2 returning varsity guys along with some uncertainty about the health of at least one of those guys... Looks like Eastern's baptism by fire for their young players will start right out of the gate. Wednesday, November 24th Bloomfield @ Owen Valley- This should be a big win for the Cardinals. Atkinson was a do it all player for the Patriots, but he is gone. Bloomfield won last year... they are better. Indy Metro @ Linton- Linton was without 2 starters for their scrimmage against Evansville Central... Smith is likely out until around Christmas. Webb should be back much sooner. I think he practiced a little on Saturday, but they will need him to be 100%. Even without those two guys... Linton looked good against Central on Friday. Their biggest concern for Metro will be their 6'10" center. He looks to be good near the basket and on the boards. I still like the Miners in this one. Joey Hart is still going to be the best player on the floor... and his supporting cast is capable. On a bit of side note... Ayden Riggleman stepped in to a starting roll in the absence of Webb and Smith... and he played well. It would be good to have another shooter with all the defenders/playmakers on the floor. North Knox @ WRV- This game always seems to be close. I think North Knox should be better, but not be enough to keep this from being a good game. Saturday, November 2th Shakamak @ Rivet- This will be a good chance for Coach Crowe to get his 1st win. JT May lit them up from outside last year. I don't know if Rivet has the athletes to stop May from scoring. If they do... this could be interesting. I'm guessing Shakamak will win by double digits. North Daviess Tournament- Their 1st game will be against Evansville Day... I don't know anything about them. I'm guessing the Cougars will win. The 2nd game says they will play North Posey. I don't know anything about them either. The Ricketts brother were there a few years ago, but I'm not sure if the younger one is still there. Hulman Center Classic- Bloomfield will play Cloverdale. Bloomfield should be a good 1A team... Cloverdale should still have the Thomas boys. The older boy should be hard to handle. I don't know as much about the other one. North Central vs. Northview- Both teams will rely heavily on their guards. Clark will lead they way for the T-Birds. Northview will be led by Noah White (former TH North player) and Drew Cook. I watched a little bit of Northview this summer. Cook looked to score, while White ran the offense. North Central might have a size advantage. Linton vs. Park Heritage- Linton won this match up at Linton last year, but PH had the last laugh playing in the 2A state finals. Johnson & Johnson will lead the way for PH. Christian Johnson is an explosive scorer, while his brother is a solid wing. I'm not sure what they have around them. Linton could be 2 starters. Walters did a great job of neutralizing Christian last year... I think Linton has a solid supporting cast. With or without Webb, I think Linton will win.
  15. It has been a topic of conversation over the last few years. There is a lot of good basketball history there... it used to be a great tournament. Unfortunately, once WRV began to decline as a program... they seemed to seek out other struggling programs to be part of the tournament. Since they have been seeding it... that means we don't usually see good games until the Linton/Bloomfield match up. Sure... there are plenty of close games among the bad teams... but not good games. Of course, Linton has used the tournament as a spring board for the 2nd half of the season... Coach Hart has bulked up the rest of the schedule enough that a little lull before the back stretch isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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