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March 8, 2013

LOOGOOTEE REGIONAL PREVIEW: Braves have regional championship — not revenge — on their minds

Borden will face Orleans in Saturday's first Loogootee Regional Semifinal

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BORDEN — LOOGOOTEE REGIONAL STAFF PERSPECTIVES



Kevin Harris, Sports Reporter:
“I’m confident the Braves will find a way to knock off Orleans in the semifinals. Unlike the regular-season matchup that took place at Orleans, playing on a neutral court should benefit Borden. But if the Braves play Barr-Reeve in the final, they will face a stiff challenge against a Vikings team that ranks third in the state in scoring defense. I’m a firm believer that defense wins championships, so I think Barr-Reeve comes out on top on Saturday night.”

Matt Koesters, News Reporter: “Last year, Borden beat Orleans in the regular season and took a drubbing at the hands of the Bulldogs at the Loogootee Regional. But that’s in the past, and this year’s Orleans team has taken a step back. If the Braves don’t let the big-game atmosphere get to them, they can play on Saturday night.”

Mike Riley, Sports Correspondent: “Look for Borden to handle Orleans fairly easily in the opener then defeat the Barr-Reeve Vikings in the final. Barr-Reeve’s only loss this season was to Loogootee, who they then defeated to win the sectional, thus knocking out the regional host. Which ends up playing in Borden’s favor.”

Ryan Ingram, Sports Correspondent: “Borden has looked like a determined team since losing to Springs Valley a month ago. Coach Doc Nash has his Braves peaking at the right time. I look for them to treat this regional as ‘business as usual’ and take care of Orleans and Barr-Reeve.”

Joseph Adams, Sports Correspondent: “The championship will be a great game between Barr-Reeve and Borden, but at the end of the day, Barr-Reeve is just too tough. Barr-Reeve only lost one game all season so far, and the team they lost to they ended up beating in the sectional championship. This team is focused to make a state-title run, and although Borden has an experienced team, in this contest, they are just overmatched.”

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