The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Sports

February 22, 2013

1A Preview: Liberty Christian looks for repeat title

ANDERSON, Ind. — A year ago, Liberty Christian was just beginning its drive to a first boys basketball sectional title.

This year, the Lions (16-5) will be making the trip to Monroe Central with a group of seniors who were part of that. So the experience should account for something, right?

Liberty Christian coach Jason Chappell isn’t so sure.

“This is the first time we’ve ever had a chance to repeat a sectional title,” he said. “We are going in there blind. I know there are no guarantees. I’ve seen some unique things happen in the game of basketball.”

The Lions will play in the opening game at 6 p.m. on Tuesday against Daleville, a team Liberty defeated 88-30 on Feb. 16.

Liberty is on a bit of an upswing, winning the last three games. “Frankton humbled us,” said Chappell of his team’s 79-57 loss at the hands of the Eagles. “Losses sometimes will help. I do get the feeling that we’ve made a nice turn the past few weeks.

Sophomore Chris Nunn leads Liberty in scoring with a 15.1 average. Junior Preston Quinn is right behind at 13.6. Quinn also leads the team on the boards, getting nearly seven rebounds per outing.

The only downside for the Lions is the loss of senior Austin Castor. “He broke his leg in a game three or four weeks ago,” said Chappell. “I’ve missed seeing him on the court.”

The Lions have only played two of their sectional foes (also Cowan) and beaten them both. That isn’t an area that Daleville can look toward for encouragement. The Broncos have played all of their sectional opponents and lost to all of them.

Daleville is 3-17 on the season.

The Broncos have five seniors. One of them, James Tungate, is one of the team’s top scorers. That’s also true of sophomore Bryce Stephens.

The winner of the game between Liberty Christian and Daleville will play Friday at 6 p.m. against Monroe Central. The championship will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Wild week will get later start The busiest week on Madison County's high school sports calendar is going to start a day later than expected.

    April 14, 2014

  • Familiar trio leads boys track teams Much like in years past, Anderson, Lapel and Pendleton Heights have assembled the largest number of track athletes of the area’s 11 high schools. And, while the remaining teams may struggle to compete from a team standpoint, they will send capable athletes to the line to challenge in individual events.

    April 14, 2014

  • New roles, same goals for Arabians

    Perhaps the most remarkable fact about the first 13 years of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament is that no team has repeated as champion.

    April 14, 2014

  • Track stars prepare for numbers game

    Track is a numbers game, not just with times and distances, but with roster sizes as well. Smaller schools often abandon the philosophy of competing for team titles when running against larger schools with nearly double the number of athletes. Instea

    April 14, 2014

  • SPT - HB0413 - Horseshoe Classic - 163 Arabians finish third in Horseshoe Classic It wasn't the place they wanted to be playing for, but the Pendleton Heights Arabians won their final game of the day to finish third in the Horseshoe Classic here Saturday.

    April 12, 2014 3 Photos

  • PH wins Yorktown invite Pendleton Heights and Alexandria opened the 2014 golf season as part of the 15-team field at the Yorktown Invitational. Despite the abundance of blue skies and sunshine, the weather may have been more of a challenge than the 18 holes at The Players Club.

    April 12, 2014

  • New faces dominate Tribe's roster At some point in the very near future — likely Monday — Anderson baseball coach Terry Turner will sit down with his players and explain the significance of the week ahead. He'll tell them who Nick Muller was and why he worked so very hard 14 years ago to help create a tournament that carries the former Indian's name.

    April 12, 2014

  • Area roundup: Daleville baseball takes two from Union City Daleville's bats were heated during its doubleheader against Union City on Saturday as the Broncos won the first game 24-0 and the second 13-0 in five innings each.

    April 12, 2014

  • Poore gets Street Stock victory Anderson’s Josh Poore took advantage of a restart to pass early leader Dustin Burge and capture the Street Stock feature at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.

    April 12, 2014

  • SPT - HB0413 - Alex baseball - DH - 2 Tigers turn it up to shut out Bulldogs Alexandria junior ace Blaize Kelly threw his second consecutive complete-game shutout Saturday, and the third-ranked Tigers turned a pitchers' duel into a laugher late in a 9-0 victory against visiting Clinton Central.

    April 12, 2014 4 Photos

Latest Sports Photos

Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin