Postseason continues today at SPHS, GHS

Friday, March 2, 2007
Cloverdale's Christian Cheatham goes up for a shot against Edgewood earlier this season. Cheatham and the Clovers will face Monrovia in the Class 2A South Putnam Sectional semifinals today at 8 p.m.

Sectional action continues today at both Greencastle and South Putnam.

Two county teams remain alive in the 2006-07 Indiana High School Athletic Association boys' state tournament and both play today.

The Eagles of South Putnam will face Tri-West in the first game at the Class 2A South Putnam Sectional, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

South Putnam enters the postseason with a 3-17 record while Tri-West is 16-5. In the regular season, the Eagles lost to the Bruins on Jan. 20, 57-34.

South Putnam enters the sectional on the heels of a three-game skid, losing to Northview, Owen Valley and Edgewood to close out the regular season. But SPHS coach Brian Gardner recently said playing those three teams, all larger class schools than the Eagles, should help his team heading into the sectional.

Tri-West advanced to the sectional semifinals after defeating North Putnam in the first round Monday, 52-35. The Bruins were led by DeMarco Moses, who finished with 11 points.

The Bruins have won nine of their last 10 games, starting with a 66-64 overtime win over Beech Grove on Jan. 12.

Gardner is in his first season coaching the Eagles. Tri-West is coached by Eric Rauch, who is 87--96 in nine seasons at the school.

Following the first game at South Putnam, Cloverdale will play Monrovia for the second time this season.

The Clovers are 16-6 this season after scoring a 65-58 win over two-time defending sectional champion Cascade Tuesday. Michael Neese led the Clovers in the win, scoring 30 points.

The Bulldogs are 7-15 after knocking South Vermillion out of the postseason Tuesday, 65-54.Damon Speck paced Monrovia to the victory with 22 points

Cloverdale defeated Monrovia earlier this year, 76-52, on Dec. 15.

Heading into today's game, the Clovers have won five of their last six games while the Bulldogs are 2-4 in the same span.

Monrovia is coached by Chris Sampson, who is 162-116 in 12 years at the school, while the Clovers are coached by Pat Rady, who has compiled a 52-15 record in three years with Cloverdale. Rady is 670-329 in 43 years overall.

The championship game of the South Putnam Sectional is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

High School hoops action continues at Greencastle today as well, with Owen Valley, Edgewood, Brown County and West Vigo all still alive.

West Vigo defeated Sullivan in the first round of the postseason, 74-69, to advance to today's semifinal game. Owen Valley knocked Greencastle out of postseason contention Tuesday as well, defeating the Tiger Cubs, 73-70, behind 25 points from Jared Maners and 19 from Antonio Marshall.

During the regular season, West Vigo and Owen valley faced each other once, with Owen Valley coming away with a 65-63 win on Dec. 2.

The Vikings (8-15) are coached by Tommy Thornton, who is 14-31 at the school in two years. Owen Valley (16-7) is coached by Trent Heckman, who is 73-40 in five seasons.

Both Edgewood and Brown County drew the bye in the sectional and will face each other today at 8 p.m.

Edgewood is the top-ranked team in Class 3A this season with a 20-0 record. The Mustangs are coached by Jay Brown, who is 58-28 in four years.

Brown County is 10-10 this year. The Eagles are coached by Mark White, who is 84-129 with Brown County and 101-144 in 12 seasons overall.

During the regular season, Edgewood knocked off Brown County, 72-57, on Jan. 31.

The Class 3A Greencastle Sectional Final is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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