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September 1, 2006

Fields of Sports: Who would win a mythical Wabash Valley championship?

TERRE HAUTE — Northview at Terre Haute North.

This must be the second week of the unofficial Wabash Valley high school football championship series.

Of course, it’s not really a championship series because Northview doesn’t play Terre Haute South – a scheduling error that should be rectified. But let’s have some fun with the Valley football schedules.

If the coaches can mesh the different classes for an all-star game, I can put together a six-degrees-of-separation football tournament. The Northview and West Vigo schedules are the linchpins.

Now, North beat South in the opening week of the tourney and Linton took down Sullivan. So the Northview-North game could decide the tournament, as the Patriots don’t play another Valley team. But we can play this tournament without North and South, too.

However, if Northview does beat North, that keeps West Vigo, Sullivan, South Vermillion and Linton alive for the Wabash Valley title. The week after playing North, Northview plays Sullivan, while West Vigo goes to Linton.

Northview will be sky high and ripe for an upset by Sullivan. If Sullivan surprises Northview, the winner of the Linton-West Vigo game moves into a first-place tie with the Knights.

Of course, West Vigo also plays Northview, Sullivan and South Vermillion head-to-head. Wins over Linton, Northview, South Vermillion and Sullivan would make West Vigo the tournament champ. Even without a tournament, West Vigo coach Jeff Cobb would take that kind of season.

If Linton beats West Vigo, the six-degrees of separation spins a whole new direction.

For at least the second year in a row, some Northview fans are claiming the Knights to be the best football program in the Wabash Valley.

Now, all of this will sort itself out on the football field, but, the Knights, a Class 4A school program, have beaten a weak Class 2A Salem team and a struggling Class 3A Edgewood by a combined 88-7 margin. Meanwhile, North has beaten two Class 5A teams, rival South (27-23) and Evansville Harrison (48-13).

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