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  1. A lot of games in just a week or so with the season winding down. This past weekend cemented some of the standings within the conference. Friday night... Linton @ North Daviess- The Miner faithful started the evening watching their JV hand North Daviess JV their first loss of the season on a last second shot. The Miners were up, but turnovers, a couple dumb fouls, and a few made shots by the Cougars made the game closer than it should have been. It was an entertaining start to the evening. As for the varsity contest, this was for a share of the conference title. The Cougars see
  2. Last Friday ... Linton at Shakamak- This wasn't close at any point. JT May struggled to get his shot off... he may have had 8 points... Most were late when the Miners played a 2-3 zone. The rest of his team didn't help him much. Tough spot for a young player. One Shakamak player even seemed to take himself out. The JV game was at least close for a half until the Miners pulled away... I think they won by 25+. North Central at Clay City - This was closer than I expected. North Central looks to have a winning season with just 2 games left. CC doesn't win games, but they play teams
  3. Thursday's games.. Eastern won easily over WRV... Not that a win should be a shock. After last night, It looks like Eastern could be the biggest threat to the Miners their sectional. North Central easily won over Washington Catholic. It looks like Shakamak played with West Vigo. Maybe the Lakers are starting to live up to some of my preseason expectations. North Daviess over Bloomfield by 18 was a little unexpected. I figured it would be a closer game. This means the Cougars control their own SWIAC chances. I'm curious to know what happened to lead to such a big marg
  4. This week's games will be played on unusual days and times due to the Girls Sectionals. Thursday night... Linton travels to South Knox- The first question is about the Miners health. Hale missed last week's loss against Eastern. Walters and Webb also seemed to be a little banged up. South Knox seems to be a solid team. They played Bloomfield and Eastern close... if Hale is out and the other guys aren't 100%... The Miners will need to shoot better than they did at Eastern to win. I also expect a lower scoring affair unless SK is hitting everything they shoot. Eastern at WRV
  5. I would agree... Eastern played well... hit a lot of open shots. Executed the game plan well. I think they put themselves in a position to win regardless of officiating. I'm just not sure they were 10-14 points better (which is the margin for most of the 4th quarter). Linton did themselves no favors with poor shooting and missed opportunities. I doubt they hit any 3 pointers... and we seemed to settle for jumpshots rather than attacking the rim. It will be a good learning tool for the Miners. Friday nights team will be a chunk of next year's varsity squad. No Lincoln and a less t
  6. What a weekend... Bloomfield won against North Central and WRV, which should have been expected. They are 5-1 in the conference with only North Daviess left on the schedule. They have a legitimate chance at winning the conference. I'm not sure what the by laws are on the amount of games required to be eligible. Years ago Linton lost a football conference championship due to losing a game to a cancellation. Looks like the Cardinals won't have that to worry about. WRV lost both games, which shouldn't be a shock. I heard rumblings about their game against Bloomfield, but I can't i
  7. Last week... WRV- They notched their 1st victory against Washington Catholic, but they were beat easily by North Daviess and Sullivan. I'm not sure North Daviess was even full strength. There are a couple games down the line that are winnable. Clay City- They lost to TH North by 20, which was less than I expected. They only lost to Cloverdale by 13. I think they play hard... just not much talent there. CC is a great example of how a bad feeder program can make life tough on a varsity coach. I don't see their problems changing anytime soon. a solid Sophomore class might allow
  8. This weekend will provide some great games to see where some teams fit in their post season runs. Friday Night... Bloomfield @ Eastern- The 1st meeting was closer than some people might have anticipated. Eastern has a solid big man who gave them trouble in the GCI. I think Rippy has to have 25+ points for the T-Birds to have a chance. That will require Eastern to handle the Bloomfield pressure (something they didn't do late against the Cardinals in round 1) and make an effort to feed their big man the ball. At times he seems to float and not be in positions where he can do damag
  9. Quite a few games for the weekend... Friday night... Linton faced off against the Bloomfield Cardinals for the 2nd time in less than a week. Usually that can be a recipe for an upset. Instead... it was sort of the same type of game. Bloomfield plays hard, but doesn't have the size/muscle to match up with the Miners. It was also a physical game, which didn't bode well for the Cardinals. A couple questionable calls had some Cardinal faithful questioning every call as the game went on. The 2 worst were right in front of the Cardinal bench, so it sort of set the tone. Overall,
  10. Congratulation to the Linton Miners on their 7th consecutive GCI Championship. They defeated Bloomfield 67-58. It was a hard fought game. I'm not sure Bloomfield ever held more than a 2-3 point lead, while the Miners kept the lead for big portions of the game. In typical fashion... They will both go head to head next weekend. It was a good week for some teams, while other teams seemed to spin their wheels. White River Valley- Tough week for the Wolverines. First there was quarantine. Coach Floyd was out as was Wade Hall. WRV doesn't have much depth, so Hall's absence forced s
  11. Looking to 2021 GCI Tournament... This tournament has lost some of its luster over the years. There have been mainstays over the years, but the add on teams have not been much to write home about. It is as if they search for teams poor enough to give the bottom tier teams a decent game. Although not always well played games... some of the consolation games will be closer than the top teams. Either way... Bloomfield and Linton look like they are on a one way ticket to another title game. North Central and Eastern will look to try to spoil that trip... The rest... hard to tell. Here is the
  12. The week ended in fury of games... This past Monday... Linton beat Terre Haute North in OT 64-63. For those who keep up with this match up will know how well TH North plays against the Miners... and how poorly the Miners have performed(not coaching... but the Miners have shot poorly, while TH North seems to shoot lights out). First there is the coaching match up. Woefle probably knows every set the Miners run. He also has teams that are well disciplined enough to slow it down when they have a lead. For a large part of the game, it was a typical TH North/Linton matchup. Hale was
  13. A correction... WRV has two games at Tecumseh on Tuesday and South Knox will match up against North Daviess on Wednesday.
  14. Christmas week had just a few games on the schedule... Tuesday 12/22 Linton defeats South Vermillion 72-51... The Miners weathered a 3 point show in the 1st quarter. Fortunately, the Miners were moving the ball around and looked solid. The scoring was more balanced. Walters scored the first 5 points of the game... Smith had a few buckets... Webb also chipped in with another 8-12 point outing. Hart also hit a few shots as well. He probably had 15-20 points. Hale let the game come to him... and even made some nice passes to open teammates. North Daviess defeated Eastern 46-
  15. Last weekend was an eventful one... It started with weekend cancellations. A few local teams were hit by Covid/Covid quarantine protocol. Bloomfield, Clay City, and Shakamak were hit. WRV had a school tragedy that cancelled their game Friday night. This left other teams scrambling to schedule games. It seemed everyone was hit directly or indirectly. Shakamak being one of those schools left the Linton Miners without a game. The Miners went into Friday with no game for the weekend. Barr-Reeve was in the mix for Friday night, but with only a few hours notice... the Miners declined. This c
  16. Last night... there were two games played. Eastern over Wood Memorial 69-45- I heard WM wasn't very good, but the T-Birds took care of business. Their one loss gives me pause to put them toward the top few teams (Linton, Bloomfield, and North Daviess). At the same times, they look to be separating themselves from the bottom teams of the conference. Linton 71 over Clay City 29- The Miners got off to a slow start... they missed lots of easy shots. If they just shoot 50% on layups in the 1st half... you could add 20+ points to their score. CC is what I figured they would be. T
  17. Friday night... Linton @ Mitchell- postponed North Daviess @ North Central- North Daviess scored 60 points again with a 60-43 win. I wonder how this played out... I sort of expected a bigger win by the Cougars. North Knox @ Shakamak- North Knox narrowly defeated Shakamak 50-46. After last weekend, I was expecting the Lakers to lose by 10-15. Saturday Night... Bloomfield defeats Edgewood by 22 points. I don't know much about Edgewood, but I figured it would be a little closer. Bloomfield looks to be a team that will challenge the Miners. North Daviess def
  18. Friday night... Linton over Jasper in OT 58-56. This was a good pick up for the Miners. Jasper was physical team that went after Lincoln Hale and Joey Hart. The exact kind of physical match ups that could be concerning moving forward. Neither guy seemed to get in a groove. Hart just didn't take a lot of shots, while Hale nearly shot them out of the game at different points in the game. The difference makers were Drew Smith and Braden Walters. Walters isn't just a good freshman defender... he is a top tier defender for any HS player. Not quite Evan Slover impact but there is potent
  19. With limited access to games... somewhere to share information about how the conference is going... might be nice. We are one week/weekend into games with a host of other schools ready to get going. Linton- They seem to just reload each year with a little different approach according to the talent. They lose starters Kip Fougerousse and Devyn Robertson along with 3 other strong contributors in Brady Smith, Caleb Frady, and Dylan Smith. Who knows how far that team could have went if not for COVID, but that was last year. This year's team will be led by Indiana State recruit, Lincoln H
  20. Linton should have plenty of talent... I will be interested to see how they mesh. Right now... my best guess for the varsity would be... Seniors- Lincoln Hale, Trey Goodman, Connor Cox, and Josh Pyne. Pyne is a high energy player who brings athleticism. They tried him at PG last year... I'm not sure it ever took. I really like the way Cox plays. He could carve out some time by just being an unselfish guy in the rotation. Goodman had a really good performance in a Terre Haute summer league a few months ago. He was slashing to the rim and hitting open 3 pointers. He is a little unor
  21. North Knox is better than it used to be. I believe they did some work on the field in the last few years. 10 years ago... it may have been a mess. Seemed like everything pooled up in certain spots. I've not seen it after a big rain recently. I'm guessing a crown and some type of drainage would make it better. Of course, we are likely to have a couple inches by tomorrow... most fields will be a mess.
  22. I sort of like the underdog view on the Miners. After North Knox, I think it hit the coaches and players like a ton of bricks. To their credit, they are using it as fuel... Discounting their win at Tell City... just feeds that. I remember how the North Vermillion loss in 2014 seemed to motivate the 2015 and 2016 post season runs. As for Tell City... Here are my takeaways. Practice and preparation matters... TC is well coached and had that compromised with their circumstances. Depth was another issue. I felt like the Miners had better depth prior to the Covid issues. Those at the g
  23. I can't speak for Tell City's situation. From my understanding Covid hit pretty hard. Depth and lack of practice probably hurt them the most. As for their "Guys", from tape... they were suited up. Maybe not at 100% physically or mentally, but they battled. They deserve a lot of credit. We all knew a good team was going to be done. I felt like depth hurt them as the game progressed. Linton has created nice depth as the season has progressed. Full strength... I felt like the Miners were a favorite with how we have been playing as of late. It is also worthy of noting...
  24. Athletes bouncing from one sport to the other only need 5 practices... I think Track, Baseball, and Softball already started practices... They probably only need 5 or less. I could see the IHSAA waiving some of those conditions. We are still in limbo on the basketball tournament. I doubt Bobby Cox wants to go out as the guy who didn't have the tournament played... then again... it might be out of the IHSAA's hands if we don't get back to some level of normal by April 6th.
  25. Only staff and players on the roster... 75 person limit per team... immediate family... No Cheerleaders or Pep Band... No shaking hands before or after the game... Teams will enter and exit from different spots. I'm guessing the IHSAA will live stream the games.
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