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  1. Per Indy Star. A task force will be convened to pick a new nickname and mascot.
  2. Boone Grove just announced they are suspending all athletic workouts until further notice due to the rise in Porter County Covid cases.
  3. Unreal. Really looking forward to watching them play this year. Fingers crossed we can actually watch them play this year. I have no logical reasoning for making this statement as it's truly a gut feeling, but I have a feeling they're going to come out firing and open a can of whoop*** on Warren in Week 1.
  4. Agreed. They may show some weaknesses and even lose one or both to Decatur Central and Brebeuf. But, they'll get an idea in weeks 1 and 2 which players and schemes work, iron out kinks in HHC play, and Ralph will have them ready for a playoff run by week 10.
  5. Speaking of Stanford, I noticed while looking at IU's roster that they picked up Jovan Swann as a grad transfer. That's a huge (no pun intended) get for IU. Agreed. There's a lot of size.
  6. I agree with your take on Brownsburg and Avon in the 5A Thread. These two walk with a big stick, but still can't get over the MIC hump in the playoffs. Well, more so Avon. Brownsburg can't get around themselves when they do finally beat Avon in the playoffs. Brownsburg once again opens with Ben Davis and St. X. Avon has LN and Ben Davis. Solid opening tests for both programs.
  7. Wenkers Wright from Floyd Central has a phenomenal name. One thing that sticks out to me, per this list, the 27th ranked player in the state is going to a Big 12 program with a respectable coach. We could argue the validity of these rankings all day; however, 10-15 years ago, could we see any listing of Indiana recruits where a player ranked that low was going to a Power Conference? IMO, this list speaks volumes to the improvement this state has made in developing HS football talent.
  8. Yeah, I think DT is reaching there. Seems more like an opportunity to go full circle and finish where he started in Starke County.
  9. The hits just keep coming to Portage Athletics. Would have never guessed a coaching carousel in the Hoosier North would cause a 6A Duneland school to lose their coach. I would like to see the Portage AD make a call to Roydon Richards.
  10. I was going to put The Ville at #1 until I read Maximus Aurelius Grimes is heading to Valpo. I'll go with: 1. Valpo - Are they on a mission or will they have a letdown year? Week 1 against Penn is a great litmus test for both teams 2. Merrillville - 2 D1 transfers from Hammond Morton, one of which is Cincinnati bound playmaker JoJo Johnson who can break a run or catch at any moment. With Carmel out of the picture, the Pirates should be able to go toe to to with anyone in the North. 3. Hobart - The Bricks are in good hands with Ex Brickie/IU Hoosier Craig Osika. Would like to see them at least split their first two games. Chesterton and The Ville will be tough for the 4A squad. 4. Andrean - Two tough openers as well for the 59'ers. At Merrillville and then home against Illinois lower class powerhouse Immaculate Prep out of Elmhurst in the Western Chicago 'burbs. 5. Portage - Going with the homer pick here, but I think Radtke quickly turns the Red Tribe around. 6. Michigan City - Predicting a bounce back year for Mason. If not, does he see a drop in talent and start looking to jump ship? Tommy had been warning us the talent pool at City was about to go dry. We'll see. 7. Chesterton - Cheese Town returns a solid QB and is coming off a 6-4 season that ended with 7 point losses to Merrillville and Warsaw. The Trojans will be tested early with an opener against Hobart and a trip to Chicago's South Side in week 2 to take on Catholic League power Chicago St. Rita and then Michigan City in Week 3. 8. Lowell - RDP has too much pride for another 5 season 9. Crown Point - The 'Dogs will take a lot of L's this year, but they should be fairly competitive 10. Highland - Breakout year for Pete Koulianos gets DT excited.
  11. My better half is a Hamilton Heights Huskie alum. I'm pulling for Kirschner to turn it around this year. He's a good guy. I don't know what's happened up in Cicero/Arcadia/Atlanta. They were turning into a juggernaut under Street and the bottom just completely fell out. Not sure if they're going through a down-cycle with talent or injuries are piling up. Just doesn't seem right to see Heights on the losing end of seasons. Their teams of the recent past would have a decent number of guys good enough to start for neighboring Hoosier Crossroads teams. Of course, what's most important in the Hoosier Conference this year is for Yanni to be injury free on his way to Purdue. 😉
  12. I think there was 3 this year as follows: 2nd Round: Jeremy Chinn, Safety, Fishers, Southern Illinois to Carolina 5th Round: Danny Pinter, OL, South Bend Adams, Ball State to Indianapolis 7th Round: Tommy Stevens, QB, Decatur Central, Penn State/Mississippi State to New Orleans Did I miss any? Any known undrafted FA pickups?
  13. Very valid points. I think a necessary data point that's missing though is how much of BD's and WC's recent D1 talent (say past 10 years) actually lived in their school districts. I wouldn't be surprised if some of them were bused out from IPS or other Township districts. Maybe the talent well in those districts has dried up recently or kids are no longer seeing the need to get to WC or BD to get a D1 scholarship.
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