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Boys’ basketball wins sectionals for the first time in 31 years

Photo by Brock Kennedy

Story by J.D. McKay

The streak is finally over. After a blowout 70-33 win over Jennings County tonight in Seymour, the boys are sectional champions.

Senior Grant Gohmann and junior Jake Heidbreder led the team in scoring with 16 each.

Gohmann said, “This is something special. We have seen the failure. and to come out here and play like we did, I mean we didn’t even play them within single digits. That’s something really special. You don’t see that very often, and this is 31 years in the making.

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Senior Seth Burks celebrates after winning the sectional championship 70-33. Photo by Brock Kennedy.

After the first quarter, it seemed like it was destiny for the Highlanders to snap the streak, but it did not start out that way.

“We got great contributions from our sophomores off the bench,” said head coach Todd Sturgeon. “They got off to that lead (11-4 Jennings County), Cole (sophomore Cole Harritt) coming off the bench, now it gets forgotten after we win by 30, but those were two big buckets.”

Harritt said, “I knew we needed to score

when I came in, so as soon as I got the ball I had an open look and just shot it. That kind of got the crowd going and it just took off from there.”

This win was particularly special for the seniors after not playing much in the past two years in these sectional games before finally getting their shot.

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The team celebrates with the trophy after winning sectionals for the first time in 31 years. Photo by Brock Kennedy.

Senior Ben Purvis said, “We only had one shot at this and we knew we had to make it count. So we got in the gym, put in the work and we got it done.”

“This feels really good, we are excited,” said Sturgeon. “Most happy for this group of seniors. It hasn’t been easy for those guys. They have had their own struggles, whether it was injuries or playing behind the 17 guys in the two classes ahead of them. So they have had to wait their turn and to see those guys rewarded is really satisfying.”

Floyd will be playing Bloomington South Saturday at 12 in Seymour. For more sectional coverage and a preview of regionals, check out next Friday’s print edition of The Bagpiper.

Basketball looks to win first sectional title since 1989 tomorrow in Seymour against Jennings County

Photo by Brock Kennedy

Story by J.D. McKay

You are reading something that most people in my generation have probably never said before, Floyd Central is favored to win the sectional championship in basketball. If the job actually gets done, it will be the first time in 31 years. 

To win, junior Jake Heidbreder will need to play his game. I have been saying this whole year he is the best player in the conference, and probably even the best player in Southern Indiana, and the 61-47 dominant victory earlier tonight against Jeff proved that. If he does his thing and drops 20 points, Jennings County will be in a tough spot. 

Next, we need to stop the Panthers’ momentum. When an underdog gets rolling, they are almost impossible to stop. So if we can stop their momentum early in the game and really put them in a hole, it could be a blow out. 

Finally, we need to limit our turnovers, especially early. I said that we needed to stop their momentum to beat them, and making turnovers means giving them more momentum early. Limiting turnovers is always key to win, but early in the game, they will be particularly key to win. If senior Ben Purvis continues his 3-to-1 assist to turnover ratio, it should take a little pressure off Heidbreder’s ball handling and let him play more freely and get to the bucket more. 

Bottom Line: Floyd is flat out better, but Jennings has something extremely tough to stop: confidence and momentum. If Floyd does not feel the pressure of being the favorites and plays loose it should go our way. Heidbreder is too good for Jennings to stop constantly, and even if they do we have too many other weapons to guard. Final Score: FC 60- JC 51

Two years ago, we lost to New Albany, who was led by at-the-time senior Romeo Langford. He tended to draw a crowd and Seymour was more than sold out for the sectional finals against us. This matchup is not as exciting. Jennings County has no NBA players, and this is not a rivalry. However, do not let that stop you from coming. I would be shocked if we could fill all 8,228 seats at Seymour, but it would be spectacular if we could surround Jennings County in a wave of green and neon yellow, essentially making it a home game for the sectional favorites at the biggest high school gym in the world. The game starts at 7:30 and is is Seymour. Tickets are six dollars.

 

FC Football faces Jennings County tomorrow night

Tomorrow night, the varsity football team will be playing its final regular season home game against Jennings County. The game will be especially important for the seniors because it is Senior Night.

“It’s a big night because us seniors will be playing our last regular season home game,” said senior James Barlow. “Hopefully we’ll be back at home for sectionals.”

FC will be going into the game with a 5-1 record, with their only loss coming to the hands of Columbus East two weeks ago. Despite the loss, the Highlanders still feel confident they can make a run.

“Our coaching staff pushes us to the best we can be everyday,” senior Jason VanBuren.

Jennings County comes into the game with a record of 5-2. With the records similar, VanBuren thinks the game will be a challenge.

“They have a power running game, so they’ll match up well against us,” VanBuren said.

Both Barlow and VanBuren have remembered many memories while playing football for FC. Barlow said his favorite memory was playing New Albany twice during 2010 in which the Highlanders came from behind and won by one point in both games. VanBuren remembers when the team won the sectional title against Castle in 2009.

Tomorrow night’s game will begin 7 p.m. at FC.