Pacers draw bye for sectional tournament


Coach David Todd’s Switzerland County Pacers will wrap up the regular season tomorrow (Friday) night at Madison; but with improved play in recent games, the young Pacers are peaking at the right time as they prepare for tournament play.

This year’s tournament will be held at Lawrenceburg High School. The tournament will open with two first round games on Tuesday, March 1st.

The first game of the tourney will begin at 6 p.m., and will feature North Decatur and Lawrenceburg. Tuesday’s second game is scheduled to begin at approximately 7:30 p.m., and will feature Milan and South Ripley.

Tuesday’s two winners will then play in the 6 p.m. game on Friday, March 4th. That night’s second semifinal will feature Switzerland County and Southwestern.

The two winners on Friday night will then play for the sectional championship on Saturday, March 5th, with the game getting underway at 7:30 p.m.

Switzerland County athletic director Kent Dunning said that tickets are being presold for $9 that are good for all three sectional sessions. Tickets for individual night’s are $5 each. Tickets for all three sessions are available in the high school office, and went on sale on Wednesday; while individual session tickets will only be available at the door.

The winner of Lawrenceburg Sectional #44 will play in the Alexandria Regional, and will play the winner of the Hagerstown Sectional in the regional’s first game. The regional will be played on Saturday, March 12th.

Teams in the Hagerstown Sectional include: Cambridge City Lincoln, Northeastern, Winchester, Centerville, Hagerstown, and Union County.

The second round of the Alexandria Regional will feature the champions of the Alexandria and Speedway Sectionals.

Teams in the Alexandria Sectional include: Knightstown, Muncie Burris, Shenandoah, Frankton, Alexandria, Wapahani, and Eastern Hancock.

Teams participating at Speedway include: Speedway, Indianapolis Scecina, Park Tudor, Heritage Christian, Triton Central, and Indian Creek.

The Alexandria Regional will also feature some highly-ranked teams. In current state rankings in Class 2A, Centerville is ranked second; Knightstown is ranked fourth; Winchester is ranked fifth; and Heritage Christian is ranked sixth.

Those rankings should make Tuesday night at the Hagerstown Sectional an interesting place, with Centerville and Winchester drawing each other in first round sectional play.

The winner of the Alexandria Regional will then advance to semistate play on Saturday, March 19th, at a site yet to be determined. The state finals will be played in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 26th.

Other area teams are also preparing for sectional play in different classes.

— Madison is participating in Class 3A Sectional 30 at Salem High School. The Cubs will play Scottsburg in Tuesday night’s second game. Tuesday’s first game will featured Salem versus Silver Creek. Corydon Central and North Harrison play in the bye game on Friday.

— South Dearborn is participating in Class 3A Sectional 28 at Connersville. The Knights will play in Tuesday’s opening game against Rushville. Tuesday’s second game features Franklin County and Greensburg; with Connersville and Batesville playing in the bye game on Friday.

— In Class 1A Sectional 58 being held at South Decatur High School, there are only five teams participating.

Tuesday will feature only one game — Oldenburg Academy and Jac-Cen-Del.
There will then be two semifinal games on Friday, with the first game pitting South Decatur against Madison Shawe. Rising Sun will play the winner of Tuesday’s game in the second game on Friday.