> SOUTHERN INDIANA — 4. RED DEVILS WIN REGIONAL CROWN
The Jeffersonville boys’ basketball team won its second regional championship in four years and its 18th in program history. A year earlier, the Red Devils won their second straight sectional title but were ousted by Bloomington South by a point in the regional semifinal. In 2013, the Red Devils won their third straight Hoosier Hills Conference title for the first time ever and went 21-3 in the regular season. The Devils entered the postseason on a five-game winning streak and easily dispatched Floyd Central, Bedford North Lawrence and New Albany — by a combined 65 points — before entering the regional. In the first round at Seymour, Jeff knocked off Evansville Harrison 73-62 before taking the crown with an 85-69 triumph over Franklin Central.
5. SUCCESSFUL DAY FOR LOCAL VOLLEYBALL TEAMS
Southern Indiana volleyball continued to prove its strength in 2013 and Oct. 29 went a long way toward doing so. On the same night, three local programs — Christian Academy, Providence and Floyd Central — took home regional championships. Christian Academy won its first-ever regional title with an easy 25-11, 25-10, 25-5 victory at Orleans. At Greensburg, Providence had a similarly easy regional victory with a 25-8, 25-11, 25-11 beating of North Decatur. It was the Pioneers’ ninth regional crown and their third straight. At Floyd Central, the host Highlanders dropped the first set to Castle before taking the final three sets, 25-15, 25-16 and 25-21 for their first regional trophy since 2009 and their sixth overall.
6. CLARKSVILLE WINS FIRST SECTIONAL SINCE 1986
Entering the 2012-13 season, Clarksville’s boys’ basketball team hadn’t won a sectional since 1986. Despite a stellar 15-5 regular season, breaking the streak seemed like a longshot after a pair of losses to Providence during the regular season. However, in the third matchup of the season with the rival Pioneers, Clarksville jumped out to a 23-13 lead and held on for a 39-35 victory. Three days later, Clarksville knocked off host Crawford County 60-43. The following night, it ran by Paoli 46-38 for the first sectional title in 27 years.