The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Sports

February 24, 2013

Local trio chasing Tipton in 2A field

ANDERSON, Ind. — It will have been nearly three weeks since Madison-Grant’s boys basketball team last played a game by the time the Argylls hit the court Friday at the Class 2A sectional in Tipton.

It put coach John Irwin in the odd position of rooting against a bye, even though he now has a shorter path to Saturday’s championship game.

“We dropped Northfield, and we couldn’t get anybody to put us in that place (on their schedule) this year,” Irwin said. “It’s not the best of situations, but we’ll make it work.”

Even with the long layoff — the team hasn’t played since Feb. 12 — Madison-Grant (8-12) got the best draw of the three local teams in this six-team field.

Elwood (11-10) has the best record but got the toughest first-round assignment. The Panthers will face host Tipton (20-2), ranked No. 2 in the state, in the 8 p.m. game Tuesday.

The bracket opens with Alexandria (4-17) squaring off against Eastern (3-17) at 6 p.m. The winner will be the Argylls’ long-awaited next opponent.

If the long break has any benefit for Madison-Grant, it might help to eliminate any chance of the team looking ahead to a possible sectional title game on Saturday.

“We’ve got to win on Friday night first,” Irwin said. “And that could mean beating Alexandria twice, or beating a team in Eastern that we haven’t played at all.”

One thing that seems undeniable is the Blue Devils’ status as the tournament favorite. Star Mike Crawford is committed to St. Louis University and averages 27.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

“I’ve watched them play several times,” Irwin said. “The Crawford kid is one of the best I’ve seen.”

The Elwood-Tipton winner will face Taylor (5-16) in Saturday’s second semifinal. The Panthers have a balanced offensive attack led by juniors Jared Bourff and Anthony Bennett and likely will attempt to slow down the tempo and make the Blue Devils grind things out.

Alexandria has a potent scorer of its own in senior Landon Breese, and Madison-Grant relies on star seniors Jeremy Johnson and Tyler McClellan.

For the Argylls, the old adage of the postseason as the “second” season takes on new relevance this year.

“We’re approaching it like we did the first part of the season,” Irwin said. “We’re waiting for any kid to step up. We’ve had a pretty good week of practice so far. We’ll see how it goes.”

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Marcum claims Late Model win Morristown driver Jeff Marcum has watched victories in the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models slip away this season, but that changed Saturday at Anderson Speedway.

    July 20, 2014

  • SPT - HB0720 - Mireles art Mireles looks toward future after all-star finale Surrounded by his friends and family near midfield under the lights of Friday night, Elwood’s Sammy Mireles did something he’s never done in his career. The state’s all-time leading rusher freely absorbed a hit.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0720 - Tennis Classic - JC 1 Hiatt repeats, Hammel wins first title at tennis classic There was a repeat winner and a first-time winner in the Men's A Singles and Women's A Singles championship matches on Saturday morning at the 34th annual Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic.

    July 19, 2014 4 Photos

  • SPT - HB0718 - Tennis Classic logo Varsity mixed doubles champs crowned at Tennis Classic The scene slightly resembled a war zone and slightly a country club at Anderson University on Thursday afternoon. As Indianapolis Colts personnel started tearing down tennis court bleachers and parked what appeared to be nearly 100 golf carts in preparation for training camp starting on Thursday next week, one of the first titles was handed out in the Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Champion drivers ready for series opener Saturday at Hoosier Park Harness drivers were turned into handicappers on Thursday and their effectiveness in that role will be determined Saturday night.

    July 17, 2014

  • SPT - HB0717 - Colts Camp Colts set to host ESPN during training camp ESPN is coming to Anderson University. "The Worldwide Leader in Sports" will set up shop on campus during Indianapolis Colts training camp on July 28. Reporter Bob Holtzman and analyst Jeff Saturday, who started 188 games at center for the Colts from 1999 through 2011, are scheduled to be on hand.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Ken de la Bastide: Disappointing short track news abounds During the past two weeks, there has been disappointing news coming out of the local short track racing community.

    July 15, 2014

  • NWS - HB0715 - Chuck Pagano Breakfast planned with Pagano

    Local residents will have the opportunity to hear from Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and to bid on a signed Andrew Luck jersey.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0715 - Mireles art Mireles leaning toward joining Ravens The next big play record-setting running back Sammy Mireles makes could be at Anderson University.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0714 - Riverfield art Riverfield gets revenge in state final For some people the third time is a charm, but for Gene Richardson the seventh time was a charm. The Riverfield Senior Girls Softball coach had made six previous appearances in the state tournament before he broke through with a 9-5 victory over Osolo on Sunday night at Lions Park in Zionsville.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin