WTH Mug Todd Lancaster

Just a short column as we go into a big fall weekend. First of all, the emphasis is on the word fall which should be getting here on Friday, if weather reports are correct. It has been a brutally hot fall and for all the cross country runners, tennis and football players still competing, but should be welcome relief moving forward.

Congratulations to Barr-Reeve’s Kayden Graber who is advancing to the individual tennis regional on Saturday in Bedford, while the Pride’s Creek XC Regional will also be going on, and featuring numerous local runners. That will lead into the Brown County XC Semi-State and people should remember that Brown County will be packed with tourists and plenty of time should be factored in if you are going. I saw something interesting of the IHSAA website and that is the IHSAA Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) Policy: Prohibition at IHSAA Tournament Series events: The use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”), also known as a drone, at or about an IHSAA Tournament Series site during (or within 30 minutes of) an IHSAA Tournament Series event is prohibited. I have to admit I never saw that one coming, but I guess it makes sense (special parking for flying cars is on next year’s agenda).

The IHSAA also released the girls’ sectional pairing for basketball and the Lady Hatchets will host the 3A sectional. This is truly something that has needed to happen for a very long time. The Hatchet House is one of the great facilities in the state and it will make the tournament more special to have it there. It looks like that regional will go to Charleston. I will say this though, one of the most fun girls’ sectionals was the year Jasper hosted in the Cabby O’Neill gym (when the new gym was under construction about a decade ago). What a great environment and it was packed and it’s great to pay homage to those historic facilities. North Daviess will host the Class A girls sectional, and Loogootee will be moved up and into the 2A North Knox Sectional.

On the boys’ side, WHS will travel to Princeton for 3A sectional, but will host the regional and semi-state. Loogootee will host both the sectional and regional for Class A with winners either going to Washington or Seymour.

The IHSAA also voted on a basketball mercy rule to begin this winter for both girls and boys game. The rule essentially says: At all levels of play and in the IHSAA state tournament (except for the state finals), a running clock will be initiated after the first half when one team has a lead of thirty-five (35) points or more. Once the running clock begins, regular timing procedures will not be used for the remainder of the game.

Purist might not like it, but I have seen losses by 60, 70 and 80 points in the last few years and it is necessary. It has worked well in football and was started in soccer this year as well. Maybe now we can talk about seeding sectionals as well.

Thursday is the start of volleyball sectional as well and once again it brings up the question of the success factor or as I like to call it, “punishment for underclassmen for having previous successful upperclassmen.” I also saw that they also discussed that the volleyball state finals at Worthen Arena and what restrictions, the university will have in place for the event. It was very strange last spring to hopscotch from facility to facility and have such different rules from facility to facility.

On a fall classic note, I have to feel a little pain for Cardinals fans. Is a one game playoff really the best way for a team like the Dodgers, which won 107 games or STL who had the best September in history to finish out the year? I’m life-long Rex Sox fan and I’m still pretty amazed that a team that was swept by the Orioles to basically start and finish year are four wins away from the World Series is pretty surprising, especially after being predicted to finish fourth in the division.

Oh well that’s baseball.

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