News and Tribune


March 15, 2013

Semistate staff perspectives

New and Tribune writers weigh on Borden, Jeff's chances


Kevin Harris, Sports Reporter: “Doc Nash continues to build a Class A juggernaut at Borden and I don’t see that stopping on Saturday. The Braves have been on a roll since they suffered that embarrassing loss to Springs Valley on Feb. 9 at home. As for University, its schedule and the teams it has beaten in the postseason do not impress me. Yes, I saw where the Trailblazers have played solid Class 2A teams in Park Tudor and Speedway and last year’s Class 3A state champion Guerin Catholic (by the way, they lost to those three teams by a combined 69 points). Plus I know they have a big kid inside in 6-foot-8 Dominic Dixon. But the majority of University’s schedule is made up of parochial and charter schools, and it concocted only a 15-11 record from that slate. I fully expect Borden to advance to its first state championship game on Saturday.”

Chris Morris, Assistant Editor: “No way to pick against Borden.”

Matt Koesters, News Reporter: “This Borden team and last year’s squad are night and day. The 2011-12 Braves relied on a star player and a supporting cast of role players. This squad is much more complete, with several players upping their game to contribute to the squad’s success. Although University’s hot at the right time, I see the Braves as the team to cool them off and advance to the championship game.”

Mitzi Thompson, Sports Correspondent: “This is a no-brainer barring a complete Braves meltdown. University’s road to the Final Four was unimpressive to say the least with wins over mediocre teams. Battle-tested Borden continues to find new ways to win, and Saturday will be no different.”

Mike Riley, Sports Correspondent: “The Braves are in an entirely different situation from Jeff. Of the Class A teams left in the tournament, Borden has the best record and will be considered the ‘Big Dog.’ Two one-point wins at the regional should make them mentally tough, which should make the difference against a team that has advanced this far against questionable competition. Hopefully, the fans will embrace this. It’s not often that teams from this area make it this far in the tournament.”

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