The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

March 5, 2013

Lions no longer taken lightly

Liberty Christian seniors proud of program’s turnaround

ANDERSON, Ind. — It doesn’t take a deep background check to discover a time when the Liberty Christian boys basketball team wasn’t as successful as it has been these past two seasons.

In fact, three of the team’s seniors, have experienced the transition firsthand.

Austin Castor, Thatcher Rouse and Remington Emery have played varsity basketball for the Lions for four seasons. Their first two years the team had a combined record of 9-35.

“When I first started the team was regarded as something of a joke,” said Rouse. “Now we’ve developed where we’re kind of a power in 1A.”

“Things have changed big time,” said Castor, who is out for the season with a broken femur. “We have changed our offense. We are more aggressive now. There can’t be a deeper team in 1A. We can go 10 deep on this team.”

Emery backed up the depth comment by saying, “We’re not anxious when we come off the floor because we know that whoever is coming in will have our backs. There is a whole different atmosphere around this program now.”

The Lions started the comeback a year ago, posting a 13-12 record and winning their first sectional title.

“Last year we had the advantage of surprise,” said Emery. “We got a taste of what it was like last year.”

Last year Liberty Christian went to the Frankfort Regional and defeated Lafayette Central Catholic before falling in the title game to Rockville.

The path to a sectional crown was even tougher this season. The Lions, now 19-5, had to win three games instead of two and once again had to survive an overtime in the title clash to get the return trip Saturday to the regional.

“I got nervous when we were down eight in the last five minutes of (regulation),” said Emery. “But when Ben Bowen stepped up and hit a couple of free throws to get us back in it, then it turned the momentum back to us. We knew that this year we’d have targets on our backs.”

Thatcher and Rouse have had their own individual adjustments to make.

“It was interesting as a freshman,” recalled Rouse. “I just walked in and started as a freshman. Last year (junior season) I had a huge adjustment. I went from 15 shots a game to five and was coming off the bench.”

He hopes the experience from both the first two years and the past two seasons will be of benefit.

“I’ve kind of seen it from both sides now,” said Rouse. “Maybe I can help the guys with the experience I’ve had.”

Castor’s adjustment has been one of sitting out the stretch run and the tournament play because of his injury.

“When I first went to the doctor, they didn’t find anything wrong,” said Castor. “But when I got a second opinion, they said the femur was broken. It was the day of the Attucks game (Jan. 25). I remember I was pretty emotional.”

So now he must sit and watch and do other things to help his team.

“The big thing is to be there to cheer them on,” said Castor. “I just want to let them know that I’m there to support them in everything they do. But it’s killing me, as a senior, to not be able to play.”

In the changing face of Liberty Christian basketball, this season has been the payoff for hard work and patience for all three of these seniors.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT-HB0725-ColtsCamp-080.jpg Comfortable Richardson looking for production

    On Sept. 18, the Indianapolis Colts secured the services of running back Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns. He spent the remainder of the season trying to catch up.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-HB0725-ColtsCamp-128.jpg Luck plans to use preseason time wisely

    Managing the situations that crop up during a football game is at the top of Andrew Luck's to-do list. But his more immediate concern is maximizing every snap of training camp at Anderson University.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts Camp Football_Brem.jpg Colts Camp Blog: Reggie returns and other musings

    News and notes of interest from Colts Training Camp in Anderson.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Chris Hacker image Hacker helping kids go to camp Born with an injury that affects the nerves controlling the muscles in his left arm hasn’t slowed Chris Hacker when he climbs behind a race car.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • MDU1.jpg Colts Camp Update: Pagano praises city, AU

    Blue skies and comfortable temperatures greeted the Indianapolis Colts on the first practice day of training camp Thursday at Anderson University.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0725 - Newsome - JC - 1 Former BSU star Newsome ready to prove his worth

    Jonathan Newsome knows what it feels like to be a spectator at the Indianapolis Colts' training camp. He spent one day in each of the past two summers watching practice alongside his Ball State teammates. When the first public practice of 2014 begins today at 1:50 p.m., Newsome — a fifth-round pick in May's draft — will be on the other side of the fence as a rookie outside linebacker earning his stripes.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0725 - Getting healthy - JC - 3 Colts getting healthy as training camp opens Reggie Wayne's arrival Wednesday in an IndyCar driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Ed Carpenter drew national attention. But the most important news coming out of reporting day for the Indianapolis Colts concerned the wide receiver's health.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • HB0724 _ Teverbaugh mug Rick Teverbaugh: Finding Anderson no mystery for Luck

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck might find sleep hard to come by the night before training camp opens, but finding his way to Anderson is no source of anxiety.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • bramwell mug Rick Bramwell: Poison ivy not a problem any more

    "Never have a serious poison ivy rash again" came across my email. This is such a problem for so many people. Could this be true?

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0723 - Pagano art Colts' 'monster' now preparing to 'hunt'

    There's a different kind of buzz surrounding the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare to report for training camp today at Anderson University. Expectations have been high inside the locker room since Chuck Pagano arrived in January 2012 and promised shortly thereafter to "Build the Monster." Two 11-win seasons and one playoff victory later, the mantra has changed.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin

Latest Racing News