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October 30, 2013

GREG'S PICKS: The IHSAA strikes again

Governing body rules Silver Creek must go to Evansville for sectional semi

INDIANAPOLIS — So here we are, two weeks into the IHSAA football tournaments and teams are playing for “sectional” championships.

(Going forward, the word “sectional” should also be used in quotations because no one can argue that Center Grove and Jeffersonville or Triton Central and Providence are in the same section of the state.)

And that’s not the worst decision unveiled by the Indiana High School sports governing body that affects this week.

After successfully hosting a “sectional” game a week ago — and picking up the first “sectional” win in program history — the IHSAA announced that Silver Creek doesn’t have the facilities to host this week’s Class 4A “Sectional” 24 semifinal against Evansville Reitz.

Instead, the Dragons will travel more than two hours for a “sectional” game to the Reitz Bowl.

On Monday, Silver Creek coach Mike Donahue said he understands the IHSAA’s decision. I don’t.

If Creek can host Boonville, it should be able to host Reitz. Apparently, if a team will theoretically travel with a lot of fans, it can be rewarded extra home games.

On top of that, this is officially a road game for Reitz, the Panthers will also host next week’s “sectional” championship against either Jasper or Evansville Central.

Whether I’m right or Donahue is, this is something Silver Creek must resolve. Inevitably at some point in the future, the Dragons will be a “sectional” contenders. Losing home game because of lack of facilities could be the difference between winning and losing a “sectional championship.”

On to the picks:

CLASS 6A SECTIONAL 8

CHAMPIONSHIP

• Center Grove 55, Jeffersonville 21:
In all seriousness, congratulations to Jeffersonville for reaching its second straight “sectional” championship game. As silly as it is to reach a sectional championship, it is quite an accomplishment for a program that won one game just a few of years ago. Their reward is Center Grove, a team that beat New Albany, which earlier beat the Red Devils, by 56 points. Expect Jeff’s offense to put up some numbers, but not nearly enough to stick with the team I’m officially predicting to win the first-ever Class 6A title.

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