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  1. The question is whether those meetings with West Lafayette, Western, Guerin, and Tri-West, among others, were just time-killers on Friday nights or produce results for the tourney. Unfortunately, we get Pioneer in sectionals, so there are only a couple of data points at best to get some idea about the schedule impact. One thing that's certainly different this year is the feeling/attitude this season. I think last season, it may have been more like, "When is this season going to end?" This season, I think the guys are much more excited about post-season play ... even with that big potential game looming with Pioneer should LCC prevail in the first couple sectional rounds.
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    Hoosier Conference Pick 'Em Sectional Round 1

    Don't want to be on the road ... or off the road as the case may be ... with them Texas drivers. Those guys make Ricky Bobby look like a driver's ed teacher.
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    Hoosier Conference Pick 'Em Sectional Round 1

    Closing the gap ... bit by bit ... and this week looks like my chance to be that crazy guy that comes flying up from way back on the highway and then pulls in front of you and brakes.
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    Hoosier Conference Pick 'Em Sectional Round 1

    1 Point Games Andrean @ Benton Central West Lafayette @ Calumet Northwestern @ Blackford Speedway @ Tipton North White @ Lafayette Central Catholic Twin Lakes @ Clark 2 Point Games Hamilton Heights @ North Montgomery Eastern @ Cass 3 Point Games Western @ Mississinewa Wheeler @ Hanover Central South Central @ West Central Tri-County @ North Miami 4 Point Games Angola @ Culver Military Delphi @ Rensselaer
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    Success points

    Move up ... No. Maintain ... Yes. You need 6 to move up and you get only 1 for a sectional and 4 for state, so no way to move up if you only attained a sectional last season. To stay in a class, if you moved up, you need three, I believe. As such, a sectional last year means you only need a regional to maintain. In 42, I think LCC is the only potential chance to derail Pioneer ... and that a really long shot at this point. Not sure if there's anything waiting at regional that could worry Pioneer either.
  6. The coached that grabbed me was a guy who coached for a single year and wasn't very good at football, mentoring, leading, or much of anything ... made a lasting impression on me though and is a prime model for what I don't want to be as a coach. Had plenty of tough coaches in my day ... plenty of tough teachers as well. Been yelled at and had my manhood questioned on a sideline too. I think the players and parents that I coach can attest that I'm not soft on the players by any stretch. I like to believe that I'm somewhere between participation trophies and that coach that I had. I'm right there with you. The punishment at school was the least of my concerns.
  7. I grew up under that regime as well and, for the most part, folks were reasonable with the discipline aspects. At the same time though, there were those who took license with that environment and did things that probably should have been ruled assault. Even on the coaching side, I recall one year as a player a coach picking me up by the face mask and shaking me because a player on the field had missed a block ... yep, he wasn't even made at me per se, I just happened to be close by. I recall, even in 4th grade wondering, "Why is it a fifteen yard penalty if I grab the runner and bring him down in a tackle by the facemask and my coach can just grab me, lift me up, and shake me on the sideline by the facemask?"
  8. So no one's going to offer their predictions/thoughts on the crossover games? Here are mine again: WL @ Tipton for 1st LCC @ Western for 3rd RC @ Cass for 5th TL @ HH for 7th BC @ NW for 9th West takes it this year 3-2.
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    Hoosier Conference Cross Over Pick 'Em

    1 Point Games Twin Lakes @ Hamilton Heights Lafayette Central Catholic @ Western Benton Central @ Northwestern Rensselaer @ Cass North Newton @ Tri-County Logansport @ Muncie Central Calumet @ Wheeler Crawfordsville @ Frankfort DeKalb @ Leo Fishers @ Zionsville Goshen @ Wawasee Greensburg @ Rushville Kankakee Valley @ Munster Mishawaka @ Penn Park Tudor @ Frontier Whitko @ Wabash Rochester @ Maconaquah West Lafayette @ Tipton Bremen @ Culver Academy Hobart @ Lowell
  10. There's a reason that the term "cluster" was involved. 😀 Lord, I apologize for that.
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    Sampson James

    I don't think education's always secondary either. There are kids who probably could have played ball that didn't even attempt to play and instead focus on their academics. I have to also believe that there are some who do make it that still have their academics as first.
  12. LCC's most likely hope to see that Wing-T variant then looks to probably be Tri-County if both teams make it to the second round of Sectional 42. There'll be no complaints about seeding then in Sectional 42. 😀
  13. Good draw for LCC getting a chance at Tri-County if they get past North White for a chance to meet Pioneer. If all works right, LCC will get to play at home this year. My predictions: Round 1: LCC over North White Tri-County over North Miami Pioneer over South Newton Carroll over Frontier Round 2 [semifinal] LCC over Tri-County Pioneer over Carroll Round 3 [final] LCC vs Pioneer ... saving it for the CFWM as I'm sure it'll be a 2- or 3-pointer
  14. Projections? Here are mine: WL @ Tipton for 1st LCC @ Western for 3rd RC @ Cass for 5th TL @ HH for 7th BC @ NW for 9th West takes it this year 3-2.