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Boys’ basketball set to play Jeff Friday night

Photo by Grace Allen

Story by J.D. McKay

It is a great time to be a Highlander. Our boys’ basketball team is ranked third in the state. Last Saturday, junior Lindsey Dorsch hit a three at the buzzer as our girls’ beat New Albany. That three kept FC undefeated against New Albany this year. This Friday, our boys’ basketball team is playing Jeffersonville on the road and trying to stay unbeaten in conference.

We need to do three things to beat the Devils. We need to get senior Cobie Barnes rolling in the beginning, have fewer turnovers than Jeff, and limit Tre Coleman from scoring 12 points.

Our last couple of games, our offense has struggled a bit. However, just when it looks like our opponents may pull away, Barnes steps up and hits several big shots to retake momentum. I could see that happening again Friday. Barnes has also been our leading scorer this year, so if Jeff shuts him down our offense may struggle.

This one is obvious, but if we have fewer turnovers, we will win. Last Friday, New Albany lost to Jeff and had one more turnover than Jeff. Almost every basketball game winner has fewer turnovers than the losers, and this will be no different.

Lastly, we need to limit Coleman from scoring. He is Jeff’s best scorer and if we slow him down the game would probably be low scoring again. When we played New Albany, we only let Julian Hunter score five points, Coleman is similar to Hunter and if he has a low scoring game like Hunter did it should not be very close.

Bottom Line: FC has had a terrific season and is one of the best teams in Indiana. Jeff is coming off a big win against New Albany and seems to have some momentum, but Barnes is too good to let their momentum carry over into a W versus the third best team in the state. I expect FC to win in a game similar to the New Albany game-low scoring, but about mid-way through the fourth quarter we will pull away to a 10-point win. Final Score: 56-46

 

Expected starting 5

Floyd Central Jeffersonville
Nick Wenchell Darin Starks
Levi Siewert Jaylen Fairman
Jake Heidbreder Markez Jordan
Cobie Barnes Jacob Jones
Cam Sturgeon Tre Coleman

New Albany win shows Sturgeon’s coaching talent

Photo by Grace Allen

Story by J.D. McKay

Last Friday, our boys’ basketball team beat New Albany 44-37. It was the first time FC beat the Bulldogs at New Albany since 1998 and ended their 41-game home streak. It was also the third most exciting basketball game I have ever been to. The only two games more exciting were against New Albany but had a future NBA player playing. After going to five New Albany games, I realized several things.

Hiring Todd Sturgeon to be FC’s basketball coach in 2014 was a great decision. He took a team that had only had six winning seasons since the mid-90s and made them a serious sectional contender almost immediately. If New Albany had not had Romeo Langford last season, he would probably already have his first sectional championship at FC as well as FC’s first basketball sectional championship since 1989. FC is going to be the favorite this year in sectionals and if he wins the Hoosier Hills Conference for the second straight year he may become the best coach in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

When Sturgeon became head coach and started winning, our students took notice. Now, the Kilt Krew is almost always full during basketball games. But not only has the student section been full, the rest of the gym has been filling up since the 2015 season. Any FC basketball game now has some excitement surrounding it.

The last thing I noticed was the general interest in the New Albany game. Before FC beat New Albany at home last year, it had been 20 years since FC beat New Albany. The gym typically was not full and if it was it was not because of the FC students and fans. On Friday, there were 400 students in FC’s student sectional for a road game. Plus, the rest of the gym was packed. There was a buzz in the air at the game, as if expecting something crazy to happen. The buzz made the game exciting and one of the best basketball games I have ever been to.

After FC beat New Albany, New Albany head coach Jim Shannon told the Courier Journal, “It’s their Super Bowl because they never beat us. They are celebrating like they won it all and I don’t blame them. They don’t win very often. Check the history, and when they do they’re pretty excited.”

FC 2-1 in the last three games against New Albany.

See you in March, Mr. Shannon.

Boys’ basketball beats New Albany 44-37 Friday night

By Grace Allen

Floyd Central plays New Albany on the road tonight

Photo by Grace Allen

Story by J.D. McKay

This Friday, fifth-ranked FC is playing twelfth-ranked New Albany in what may be the biggest game of the season. However, for the first time in a long time, FC is not the underdog, and NA does not have Romeo Langford.

The Highlanders will need to do three things Friday to beat the Bulldogs for the second straight time in the regular season.

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Senior Logan Libs grabs a rebound over several Clarksville player in the game on Nov. 27. FC defeated Clarksville 69-28. Photo by Grace Allen.

 

The first key is making sure FC’s leading scorers, senior Cobie Barnes and sophomore Jake Heidbreder, score points. The last few years when New Albany has beat FC in the close games and the not-so-close game, they have shut down our leading scorers. Last season, Luke Gohmann, who is now at Marian University, scored 17 points in the regular season victory but only two points in the sectional championship loss, and Barnes scored 14 points in the win but only one in the loss.

The next key is having fewer than 10 turnovers. Almost any time you have fewer turnovers than the other team you will win, so winning the turnover battle should result in a win.

The third key is how well the Highlander’s third leading scorer plays.

“Our third scorer has changed from game to game,” said head coach Todd Sturgeon. “Harrison Eades (senior)  came off the bench and scored 14 points in the first game. Levi Siewert (senior) had 12 points at Lawrence North. Logan Libs (senior) had 14 points off the bench against Clarksville. Cam (Sturgeon, senior) had 12 at Castle.”

Sturgeon said he could see senior Nick Winchell having his breakout game this week and being the third leading scorer.

Bottom Line- This FC team might be better than last year’s team and New Albany is weaker after losing Mr. Basketball Langford. I expect FC will win, but the game could be very close because of New Albany’s home court advantage. However, if Barnes, who has been averaging a double double, 25 points and 10 rebounds, continues his dominant play, I do not think any amount of home court advantage will change the outcome. Final Score: 58-49 Highlanders

Expected Starting Five

Floyd Central New Albany
Nick Winchell- Guard Landon Sprigler- Guard
Levi Siewert- Guard Chris Johnson- Guard
Jake Heidbreder- Forward Derrick Stephenson- Guard
Cam Sturgeon- Forward Julian Hunter- Forward
Cobie Barnes- Forward Trey Hourigan- Forward

Support winter sports in their upcoming seasons

By J.D. McKay

The fall sports wrapped up at the end of October with the football team losing to Bedford North-Lawrence and the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams running in the state meet. Now, I will be off the sideline and in the student section supporting our winter sports just like you should be.

This year, our boys’ basketball team comes into the year with high expectations. Even after seven seniors graduated last season I expect they will be successful. Senior Cobie Barnes has played very well over the last three years with Luke Gohmann, who graduated and is playing basketball at Marian University now. I expect Barnes takes the role as the number one player and explodes, making himself a real problem for other teams. The game to go to this season is at New Albany at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7.

I am not completely sure what to expect from our girls’ basketball team this year. Last year was a tough year for them, but they hired Randy Gianfagna as the new head coach after Kirk Hamsley stepped down. Last season the injury bug also struck ferociously, taking out two players who would have made large contributions. They also did not have a spectacular senior class, so almost all significant players returned. Since most of the team had varsity experience last season, they should have a good season. Their biggest game that is not against New Albany is probably against Providence on Jan. 24 at home, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Wrestling is set to once again send at least one wrestler to state. Last season, sophomore Gavinn Alstott went to the state meet in weight class 106 and should be able to return to state again. If you want to go watch a wrestling match this year go to the match against St. X on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.

Boys’ and girls’ swimming should once again be the best in the conference. Last season they were also both undefeated, and I do not see why they cannot do that again this year. Senior Lauren Thomson finished twelfth in the 100-yard backstroke. If she could move up to the top eight she would be all-state. To watch both boys and girls swim in the same meet you should go the the FC Invitational on Nov. 24 at 10 a.m.