We are really winding down now.
Just like everyone else, in a lot of ways, it was just good to get the year in. There were plenty of starts and stops, cancellations and rescheduled games, but overall, I think people learned how to be flexible and schools learned that nothing is in stone.
I did want to talk a little bit about a few things over the last few days. Baseball sectional was one for the history books both at Southridge and North Daviess.
Washington’s Trey Reed ended his impressive career with a 1-0 loss. I don’t think you could ask much more from a kid, but his career is not over and he will have plenty of other big games in his future at ISU. He ended up Washington’s all-time wins leader and did it in just three seasons. WHS had eight seniors overall, and I’m sure this group will have lots of memories from Little League all the way to Monday night. Nick Sandullo is just a junior and I think he will turn a lot of heads next year as a senior.
However, the North Daviess sectional will be one people will talk about for a very long time.
After a quick Cougar win Monday morning, it certainly started out like a normal day, however, from the beginning of the Barr-Reeve/Loogootee game and almost the entire next 10 hours, there were errors, hit batsmen, stellar defense, big hits and missed opportunities by all three schools. By Loogootee winning both 10-inning games, they had to have defied astronomical odds, as both North Daviess and Barr-Reeve had some golden opportunities to eliminate them. However, when it was all said and done, Loogootee was able to beat back all challenges and will be heading to Lanesville for regional. Special acknowledgement should go out to the Wildman brothers who both had impressive outings in relief for the Lions.
The Lady Lions are also still alive after a heart-stopping seventh inning on Tuesday at regional. Coach Greg Clark is hoping that a couple of wins on Saturday at North Daviess will return the Lions to state for the first time since the early 2000s. If they do go, it will be the third time to the state finals for Makenzie VanHoy, and second for most of the rest of the team who also went in either volleyball or basketball. This has to be the most successful class of girls in our area’s history if that happens.
I won’t try to recap the whole spring here, but the Washington Lady Hatchet tennis team had another remarkable season and although they are losing some strong seniors, I have heard next year could be just as strong, with a strong eighth grade group and the return of Kencia Levasseur.
Barr-Reeve’s Anna Ballengee also deserves a shout out, not only for advancing to the individual sectional finals in tennis but also qualifying for regional in track. She wasn’t the only successful Ballengee either, as her younger sister Abby will be heading to state in pole vault on Saturday, as will Loogootee’s multi-sport star Kalea Fleming, who will going to state for the third time in high jump.
Just in case you weren’t completely sure things were fully back to normal, that sound you have been hearing in gyms are basketballs being dribbled, as teams are starting their summer season.
So just like that, we are back.
Until next week, keep kickin’ it around.