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February 24, 2014

George Bremer: Hoops season heats up in early spring

The temperature might not be the best indicator, but I know spring is near because championship basketball is being played across Indiana.

It's easy to become a bit jaded in this job. You see so many games over the course of a year, many of them begin to run together. It's not that you can't appreciate each contest on its own merits, it's just that it very quickly becomes difficult for any single game to truly stand out.

February tends to change that.

Two weeks ago, I covered five games over the course of four days. Each one was special for some reason.

In the first, the Madison-Grant girls erased a 22-point halftime deficit to stun Alexandria in the first round of the Class 2A sectional at Elwood. The Argylls made just three field goals in the first half and had won just two games all season, but they found the strength to make one of the most memorable comebacks I've ever witnessed from a high school team.

A day later, I had the privilege of covering Anderson's boys game against Muncie Central. Mr. Basketball award winners Roy Taylor, Ray Tolbert and Kojak Fuller were honored at halftime, and it was amazing to speak with each man before the game and hear the emotion in his voice. Fuller wound up shedding tears on the court and being embraced by Tolbert during one the ceremony's most emotional moments.

The weekend saw a 23-point, 20-rebound performance by Shenandoah's Rachel Krathwohl during a sectional semifinal upset of Lapel, Anderson's Thomas Wells get two steals moments apart to spark a late comeback victory against Lafayette Jeff and Shenandoah beat Frankton in a 2A sectional final for its first postseason championship since 2008.

But none of those games, as outstanding as they were, can top Saturday afternoon's regional tilt at Decatur Central.

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  • SPT - HB0419 - Muller final - 077 Arabians make history in Muller thriller Pendleton Heights beat Anderson 3-2 to become the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament's first repeat champion.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Arabians win third straight County softball title It was a scenario Pendleton Heights had seen before. The game was scoreless late into the championship game of the Madison County softball tournament.

    April 19, 2014

  • Bulldogs rally past Eagles at Muller Kallen Brooks went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, including a walk-off double in the eighth inning, and Lapel rallied to defeat rival Frankton 3-2 on Saturday at Memorial Field.

    April 19, 2014

  • Eagles stop Lions to claim third place Frankton's Tia Sharp drove in three runs including the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth as the Eagles defeated Liberty Christian 11-1 here Saturday.

    April 19, 2014

  • PH pushes across only run in 7th

    After Frankton's Kyleigh Garner and Pendleton Heights' Bailey Benefiel battled one another to a standstill from the pitcher's circle for six innings, it took one mistake in the seventh to decide the outcome.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT - HB0419 - County track - 116 Arabians sweep track titles again Beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures greeted the competitors at the Madison County track meet Friday at Madison-Grant. The Pendleton Heights boys and girls teams were looking to take the county for the third year in a row, but Anderson and Lapel had other ideas. It started off as a record-setting meet and finished with a bang as Pendleton was able to wrap up both titles. The girls held off a stiff challenge from Lapel to win 167.5-147, and the boys took the final event of the night to squeak out a 156.5-148.5 win over Lapel.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Arabians clip Eagles, go for Muller repeat The competitive feeling at Pendleton Height’s Bill Stoudt Field quickly faded Friday during the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Arabians once again took advantage of the opposing team’s generosity as Frankton pitchers gave up six walks and hit five batters, and Pendleton Heights took the 14-3 victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Arabians win County net title with 5-0 shutout

    An intriguing battle awaited and there was no indication what the team scores would be. Considering the Frankton Eagles had home court advantage, the Pendleton Heights Lady Arabians came hungry for the Madison County tennis title. Pendleton aced a 5-0 win and came away with the crown.

    April 18, 2014

  • Indians scratch back into Muller final A young and inexperienced Anderson team again proved its mettle Friday in the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Indians (2-3), playing without several expected starters to open the season, clawed out a 10-6 victory against Lapel (2-2) at Memorial Field to advance to the championship game for the 10th time.

    April 18, 2014

  • Elwood rolls past Liberty Christian While most people were aware that Elwood had 22 hits, 19 runs, 11 extra base hits and four home runs, most failed to notice that pitcher Tenasha Stephens tossed a no-hitter in the process.

    April 18, 2014

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