We have spent most of the week getting ready for the upcoming regionals on the girls’ side, and we have almost not had a chance to talk about the boys. However, there are a lot of games that still will have sectional implications.
WHS lost to Vincennes last Thursday, but have a chance to post a win over Bloomfield. The night should also see Hatchet Grant Niehaus cross over the 1,000 point-mark. Niehaus has been a standout on the soccer pitch as well and as of right now, has not decided which direction he will be going after high school. If you haven’t seen Niehaus play, the best word to describe him is “smooth.” He is dangerous from all over the court and has enough size to make him a great prospect at the next level.
WHS will have Bloomfield, Mt. Carmel (Ill.), South Knox and Memorial over the next few games and have a good chance to run the table before sectional. Bloomfield has lost its last two games since Turner Royal went down with a serious injury.
The Vikings have also continued to roll, moving to 18-1 after a win over Washington Catholic on Tuesday, as Josh Thompson was able to reward a lot of players with extended minutes during the game. The Vikings will also face South Knox on Friday on the road and still has Princeton, Rivet and Bloomfield left before starting a sectional that could propel someone from Sectional 63 all the way to Indianapolis.
North Daviess picked up a big win over Bloomfield on Tuesday. What was interesting was it was freshmen Jaylen Mullen, Lance and Logan Wilson that inspired the second-half run to the win. ND has several other freshmen who also look to push ND in the right direction over the next few years. The Cougars have had incredible free throw shooting in the last few games and that goes a long way to winning tournament games. Since the fifth game of the season, ND has gone 12-3 with losses to just Barr-Reeve and Linton. ND travels to North Knox on Friday and Eastern Greene on Saturday.
Loogootee is at 15-4 and had a seven-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday with a loss to 4A Bedford, now coached by former Lincoln coach Jeff Hein. The Lions are another team that has a chance to have a very successful end-of-season run. They start off with 9-7 Mitchell on Friday and end the year with three straight Blue Chip games. If they win those, they will win the Blue Chip title outright.
Washington Catholic had a tough test with Barr-Reeve on Tuesday and things don’t get any easier with Loogootee next Tuesday. WC does have Medora still on the schedule and they are a team that comes in at 1-18 and a very similar Sagrin rating. Dugger is also before sectional and they have the lowest Sagrin rating among unclassified (non-tournament) teams.
I know we say it every year, but the upcoming sectional draw will be the biggest factor for Sectionals 31 and 63. There is a chance Loogootee and North Daviess will meet for a third time, as could North Daviess and Barr-Reeve. I think Washington and Sullivan still looks like the favorites in Sectional 31, but Lincoln did pick up a win over the Hatchets and Sullivan needed overtime to beat the Alices. The Arrows also have a lot of basketball left to play, with six games before sectional.
If you haven’t listened to my podcast, it can be found at washtimesherald.com and can be found in the sports section or on Soundcloud. Last week Mike DeCoursey and I spent a lot of time talking about the perils of youth sports and got a lot of feedback about it. This week we hope to talk a little about what has happened to the IU-Purdue rivalry and the return of Bob Knight to Assembly Hall.
Have a great week and best of luck to the Lady Hatchets and Lady Lions at regional.