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January 11, 2014

Vikings sit at top of Class A

Ten months and two days have passed since the Barr-Reeve boys basketball team has lost a game. March 9 of last year, the Vikings lost a heartbreaker in the Class A Regional Championship to eventual state champion Borden, 43-42. The loss, which took place at Jack Butcher Arena in Loogootee was a hard pill to swallow for a team that looked to have all the makings of the first state championship team in school history at Barr-Reeve.

Two months ago, the volleyball team won the school’s first state championship by defeating Lafayette Central Catholic in Muncie, and the boys basketball team has the same opportunity in front of them. The Vikings let a spot in the semistate slip through their fingers. Maybe they weren’t ready yet. Maybe it wasn’t their time. What can be certain is right now there is not a finer team in Indiana’s Class A.

The No. 1 Vikings (9-0) have taken on all comers up to this point and even took down Class 3A No. 8 Brownstown Central (6-1) in a two-point victory at North Daviess in the Graber Post Buildings Classic. Today’s game in Freedom Hall in Louisville against Elizabethtown (Ky) as part of the Indiana-Kentucky Challenge Cup will prove to be the Vikings’ toughest game of the regular season. Elizabethtown is ranked No. 17 in Kentucky’s one class system.

Barr-Reeve’s talent will be on display for fans from both Indiana and Kentucky to see. That talent begins with senior forward Micah Bullock and junior forward Addison Wagler. Wagler has been front and center since he joined coach Bryan Hughes’ starting lineup two years ago as a freshman and last year Wagler continued his evolution as the Vikings’ best player. Bullock has taken the mantle from Wagler this year in his senior season. Bullock leads Barr-Reeve in points with a 16.4 points per game average and the lefty is converting on nearly 50 percent of his 3-pointers.

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