With the 2019-20 Purdue season in its death throes going to the NIT we turn to the future. Tonight all 64 sectional champions were crowned in Indiana, with some interesting notes across the games:
East Chicago Central
Merrillville 45, Lake Central 42
Valparaiso 53, Chesterton 52
A bit of an upset and some revenge here. Last season Chesterton upset Brandon Newman and Valparaiso. This year Valpo takes down 23-2 Chesterton who was in the top 10.
Culver Academy 44, South Bend Adams 43
Indiana signee Trey Galloway moves on to the regional with Culver.
Northridge 60, Warsaw 38
Carroll (Fort Wayne)
Fort Wayne Snider 59, Fort Wayne Northrop 56
New Haven 46, Homestead 44
Mild upset here as Luke Goode, a 2021 guard Purdue is looking at goes down.
Marion 63, Harrison (West Lafayette) 62
JK Thomas exploded for Marion in a furious comeback. 35 points, 32 in the second half, 21 in the fourth quarter.
Carmel 54, Westfield 41
The defending champs stay alive and deny Westfield their first ever title. They have played in every sectional since 1918 and have never won, by far the largest school in the state without a sectional crown. Brian Waddell, son of former Boiler Matt Waddell, had 26 for Carmel.
New Palestine 54, Muncie Central 53
Lawrence North 61, Warren Central 59
No. 2 Lawrence North wins the state’s toughest sectional.
Pike 62, Decatur Central 60 OT
Brownsburg 52, Plainfield 47
Pierce Thomas (a Butler recruit) helps a really good Brownsburg team move on.
Greenwood 43, Center Grove 30 First sectional title since 2002 for Greenwood.
Bloomington South 74, East Central 48
The state’s No. 1 ranked and undefeated team moves on with a sixth straight sectional behind Indiana signee Anthony Leal.
Floyd Central 70, Jennings County 33
Floyd Central breaks a 31-year sectional drought since the days of Pat Graham, when they lost in the 1989 state finals to my beloved Kokomo Wildkats.
Evansville Reitz 69, Castle 61
5-star Indiana commit Khristian Lander wins a sectional.
Hammond 70, Calumet 46
Hanover Central 61, New Prairie 47
Mishawaka Marian 46, Jimtown 23
No Jaden Ivey, no problem for Mishawaka Marian.
Western 51, West Lafayette 42
Not sure if Yanni Karlaftis was playing basketball this year, but he is a high priority target for Jeff Brohm at West Lafayette.
NorthWood 49, Wawasee 32
Leo 51, Fort Wayne Concordia 47
Norwell 46, Mississinewa 43
Mississinewa just misses out on winning its first sectional since 1953.
Delta 42, Hamilton Heights 41
Danville 59, North Montgomery 47
Brownstown Central 46, Edgewood 45
Brebeuf Jesuit 49, Lebanon 41
Beech Grove 72, Indian Creek 59
Greensburg 67, South Dearborn 49
Silver Creek 70, Madison 53
No problems at all for defending 3A champion Silver Creek and Trey Kaufman.
Washington 69, Sullivan 60
Heritage Hills 79, Evansville Memorial 53
Bowman Academy 65, Gary Roosevelt 53
LaVille 52, South Central (Union Mills) 41
Churubusco 54, Central Noble 49
Fort Wayne Blackhawk 76, Fort Wayne Canterbury 54
I couldn’t find any states on Caleb Furst, but his team rolls to a sectional championship in 2A. Remember, they are playing up in class this year.
Rochester 60, Rensselaer Central 52 2OT
Rossville 47, Western Boone 45
Blackford 70, Tipton 53
Luke Brown gets another game to add to his scoring assault on Damon Bailey’s record. He entered the night with 2,035 points and had 14 at halftime from what I can find. The state record is Damon Bailey at 3,134 and the single season record is 1,079 by Dave Shepherd in 29 games, so we’re approaching the orbit of Brown having a shot going into his senior year next year. This was Blackford’s first sectional title in 29 years and they will be favored in their regional opener next week against Rochester, so he should be able to add at least two more games to his total this year. Depending on where he finished tonight and what he gets next week he may need less than 1,000 points to do it, and there have been five 1,000-point single seasons in Indiana.
Wapahani 46, Frankton 43
Shenandoah 54, Northeastern 42
Shenandoah is the No. 1 team in 2A, just ahead of Caleb Furst’s FW Blackhawk.
Covenant Christian 54, Park Tudor 45
Parke Heritage 61, North Putnam 49
Officially, Parke Heritage wins its first ever sectional, but it is a new consolidation of former schools Rockville and Turkey Run.
South Decatur 82, North Decatur 65
Providence 87, Southwestern (Hanover) 66
Crawford County 36 Paoli 34
Linton-Stockton 48 South Knox 45
South Spencer 56, North Posey 55 OT
Bad beat for North Posey, who just misses its first sectional title since 1966.
Gary 21st Century 84, Kouts 68
Argos 28, Triton 26
Elkhart Christian 61, Lakewood Park 52
Caston 44, Pioneer 40
Southwood 78 Lakeland Christian 25
Covington 68, Clinton Central 39
Cowan 57, Daleville 22
Cowan wins its second sectional ever and first since 1976.
Blue River 55, Randolph Southern 43
White River Valley
Bloomfield 41, White River Valley 22
Indianapolis International 69, Indianapolis Metropolitan 65
The tiny Indianapolis International School on Michigan road wins its first ever sectional.
Greenwood Christian 57, Providence Cristo Rey 42
Oldenburg Academy 54, Morristown 46
Christian Academy 44, Lanesville 42
Crothersville 57, West Washington 51
While Westfield did not get it done, Crothersville finally did. They have played in the tournament since 1916 and FINALLY got their first ever sectional championship.
Crothersville Tigers with the first ever boys sectional win coming 3 years after the girls program did the same. 57-51 over West Washington in Sectional 62 @ Edinburgh High School Spread this far and wide! #IHSAA @JohnRHarrell @KyleNeddenriep @GreggDoyelStar @IndyStarSports pic.twitter.com/isxujK9g2n— Mason Boicourt (@TheNamesMaySON) March 8, 2020
Barr-Reeve 41, Shoals 27
Northeast Dubois 55, Evansville Day 51