I’m subbing in first grade today (an entertaining event in itself) so while they are writing away on their dotted lines I figured I’d take some time to write myself. Last time I had the chance to blog was in January. The season was at the midway point, we hadn’t had any of the numerous snowmageddons yet, and I was still in search of popcorn that didn’t taste like cardboard (I found some a week later in Greensburg….thanks Theresa!). A lot of has passed since that point and with Semi-State weekend looming it’s time for some postseason thoughts.
- Oldenburg Academy…..Best Story of the Season– Yes I know Greensburg is one win away from another state finals appearance. But that was expected. Nobody ever thinks of Oldenburg Academy doing something, but they did. Playing in the IHSAA State Tournament for just 10 years, the Twisters won the school’s first ever boys basketball sectional, defeating Hauser, Jac-Cen-Del, and Rising Sun to capture the crown. The feat couldn’t have happened to a better group. Gary Moorman is one of the best and most underrated coaches in the area and the kids he had were a tremendous “team.” Clay City easily disposed of OA in the regional semifinals this past Saturday but that shouldn’t matter to a program who just turned in the best season in school history. With sharpshooter Matt Moorman returning alongside some solid pieces, expect Oldenburg to stay in contention in 1A next season.
- Hey Greensburg is in the Final Four…..– After another Greensburg/Batesville sectional thriller (I did not attend….the YouTube videos of me on my Facebook explain what I was up to), the Pirates took care of business in a Washington Regional that lacked the same spark and hype from a year ago. I give Silver Creek a lot of credit, they put the Pirates on the ropes in the first half but lacking the tournament experience Greensburg has they got frantic. The Pirates on the other hand, who remained poised despite trailing at halftime, turned up the heat and used their talent and maturity to hold off the Dragons. I certainly did not think Greensburg played their best basketball in either game (they didn’t have to against Evansville Memorial…) but you can expect them to be at the level we expect from them when they get to face off against #2 Guerin Catholic on Saturday in Richmond. 3A’s state champions the previous two years, loads of talent on both squads, a #1 vs #2…..it doesn’t get much better than that (unless Bowman Academy was involved). I’ll be at the game on Saturday…with Brennan and Rapp hobbled up a little for GC I’m going to pick Greensburg, but I expect it to be one whale of a contest.
- 2A Sectional 45 Did Not Go as Planned….– First off let me say the Austin Eagles were my pick all along to win the 2A Sectional at Southwestern two weeks ago. They nearly knocked off #2 Clarksville down at Southridge this past Saturday in the regional semifinals but the Generals clipped them in overtime. Switzerland County was the popular pick to win that sectional championship but the 18-3 Pacers fell victim to a red hot Milan club in the Friday night semifinals. There is no doubt that Switz was one of the area’s best teams but sometimes 18-3 overshadows personnel problems which in the Pacers case was a streaky backcourt that got exposed against the Indians. Nonetheless it was a great season for Switzerland County (school record for wins in a season). Milan, Southeast Indiana’s last hope in 2A could not sustain their Friday night success and fell to Austin in the title game but it was the first title game appearance for the Indians since 2004 and the school’s best season in the last 10 years.
- Good Crowds Everywhere I’ve Been…– I spent Tuesday night of sectional week at South Decatur and was at the Washington Regional last weekend. Both were very crowded. I’ve had the chance to see many crowd pictures from other sectionals and regionals around the state and it appears that many were well attended (of course popular opinion is that class basketball doesn’t bring crowds). It doesn’t matter if there is one class or four, school supporters and basketball fans are willing to go anywhere to support their local teams. Indiana high school basketball is not dead. Still don’t believe me? Try finding a ticket to the semi-state games at Richmond next Saturday (I bet you a hot dog and a drink that you won’t be able to get one ticket at the door by tip off of the Greensburg/Guerin game).
Pretty basic basketball observations this week. Hopefully there’s still some basketball to talk about next week in preparation for the state finals (And no I will not be there…..the girlfriend has the rights to me for the weekend) and Southeast Indiana will once again be represented in what could be one of the most hyped games in recent memory if it indeed is Greensburg/Bowman Academy.
I guess it’s time to take the little ones to music class. Enjoy your week and enjoy the great game of basketball. But in case the game of round ball is far from your mind, let me leave you with some words of wisdom……
- If your kids can’t tie their shoes yet, teach them….if they don’t want to learn, buy velcro. I don’t have time to tie your kids shoes when they come to school.
- If a random child tells you that you look like, sound like, or smell like one of their parents…..do not take it as a compliment. Odds are you’re probably going to stand there and be a little creeped out.
- Never trust Spinach Salad served in a school cafeteria.
- Never read the book If You Give a Pig a Pancake more than once in a day….you’ll suddenly crave bacon.