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February 24, 2014

Draw gives Vigo boys teams tough sectional routes

North plays Brownsburg, South faces Martinsville, West gets 1st-round bye

TERRE HAUTE — No particular favors were granted by the Indiana High School Athletic Association to Vigo County boys high school basketball teams when sectional pairings were drawn by the IHSAA on Sunday.

West Vigo at least has a bye to the semifinals at the five-team Class 3A Northview Sectional, although the Vikings will probably have to play Western Indiana Conference champion Owen Valley — the Patriots have beaten the Vikings twice — to reach the title game. The host Knights are in better position, playing Edgewood with the winner moving into the championship contest.

Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South will be traveling to Avon for Class 4A sectional play for the first time, and both will be underdogs when they arrive.

North faces a tall, talented Brownsburg team that’s been in the state’s top 10 most of the season in its first game, with the winner of that game moving into the semifinals against a Mooresville team that’s also been highly ranked.

South is in a comparatively easier bracket, but the Braves open against Martinsville and the Artesians have some impressive wins of their own, most notably one over private-school powerhouse Park Tudor.

Other sectionals around the Wabash Valley are notable for first-round matchups of co-favorites.

At the Class 2A North Knox Sectional, for example, Linton and Sullivan meet in the very first game — the defending state runner-up against a team that was in the top 10 most of the season.

If there’s a third co-favorite in this field, it might be a South Knox team with an excellent record lurking in the opposite bracket with a bye.

Pat Rady’s Cloverdale Clovers are currently 18-1 and the on-paper favorite at the Class 2A South Putnam Sectional, but the Clovers open against a Speedway team with significant pieces back from a team that took LInton into overtime in semistate play last year.

And at the Class A North Vermillion Sectional, Covington is currently ranked second in the state but will have to open against Lafayette Central Catholic, the newcomer to that sectional and a regional champion in 2013.

Teams with a chance to reach a championship game include Rockville, Turkey Run or the host Falcons, because of that draw at North Vermillion, and South Vermillion, which finds itself in what looks to be the easier bracket of a Class 2A Fountain Central Sectional that might not have a clear-cut favorite.

There may not be a clear-cut favorite at the Class A White River Valley Sectional either, although two-time defending champion Clay City might disagree. The Eels will have to dispose of pesky Shakamak and the host Wolverines to reach the Saturday night game, however, while Bloomfield — and Greene County old-timers will say this is traditional — seems to have an easier route there.

n Illinois boys start today — The Illinois boys tournament for Class A and Class 2A teams begins today, with three teams that picked up some Indiana fans at December’s Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic all in one bracket.

Marshall and the host Maroons play tonight at the Class 2A Robinson Regional, the winner to meet top-seeded Casey in a semifinal game Wednesday.

Paris is the second seed at its own Class 2A regional, and will also play on Wednesday. Illinois regional championship games are Friday night.

Indiana sectional pairings

Class 4A

At Avon

March 4 — Terre Haute North vs. Brownsburg, 7 p.m.

March 5 — Martinsville vs. Terre Haute South, 6 p.m., followed by Plainfield vs. Avon

March 7 — Mooresville vs. North/Brownsburg winner, 6 p.m., followed by March 5 winners

March 8 — Championship, 7 p.m.

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