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Sectional wrap, regional information


March 12, 2014 | 09:49 AM

All-Sectional Team

Lanesville placed two players on the All-Sectional first team and one on the second team, voted on by the coaches.

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At a celebration back at Lanesville High School, Jack Ferree, left, and Ryan Fulkerson, center, laugh at a story told by coach Mikel Miller about teammate Tate Stilger, right. Miller said during gym class last week, Stilger accidently knocked down a championship banner during a game of kickball. Stilger told his coach he was "making room" for the basketball sectional banner they would win. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)
Among the first-team players were Lanesville seniors Jack Ferree and Jason Harmon. Named to the second team was Eagles sophomore Joe Ferree.

Other first-team honorees were Devin Burt (Rock Creek Academy), Will Brown (RCA) and Garrett Vick (Borden). Filling out the second team were Ronald Karenzi (RCA), Nic Reed (Christian Academy of Indiana), Shelby Rose (CAI) and Aaron Eldridge (CAI).

4th Sectional for Eagles

The town of Lanesville celebrated its basketball program's fourth sectional championship Saturday night.

All four Lanesville sectionals have been won since the 2006 title.

The other two sectionals came in 2007 and 2010.

In 2010, the Eagles had to face this year's regional opponent, Northeast Dubois, in the first game of regional play. Lanesville won that year, 55-46, before falling to Barr-Reeve, also in the regional field this year, 69-50, in the championship game.

The deepest tournament run for Lanesville came in 2007 when the Eagles defeated Orleans (43-41) and Jac-Cen-Del (56-54) to win the program's lone regional. In a thrilling overtime game, Barr-Reeve ended Lanesville's season, 46-43, in the semi-state.

Coach Mikel Miller, who picked up his 188th career win against Rock Creek Academy, has coached each sectional champion team at Lanesville.

Ticket and T-shirt info

Regional tickets will be on sale starting this afternoon (Wednesday) in the high school office next to the high school gymnasium. Tickets are $10 for two sessions and $7 for a single session.

The first game, Barr-Reeve vs. Trinity Lutheran, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Lanesville's game versus Northeast Dubois will follow at approximately noon. The championship game is slated for 8 p.m.

Sectional championship T-shirts are also available at the school for $10.

A pep session is planned for Friday at 2 p.m., to send the team off to Loogootee for a practice on the regional floor.

Second meeting with NED

Facing Northeast Dubois (11-12) for the second time this season will be Lanesville (15-8).

At the Springs Valley Invitational, on a neutral court, Lanesville handily defeated the Jeeps, 69-51, on Dec. 27. In the game, Ryan Fulkerson scored 15 points and had five rebounds.

Lanesville went on to win the holiday tournament, also defeating West Washington and Milan.

Although the Jeeps come into regional under the .500 mark, they have been playing well of late. They've won five games in a row, taking the sectional title with a 55-45 win over Tecumseh. Among the five wins is a 79-74 overtime game against Perry Central, winners of a Class 2A sectional.

For Lanesville, four players average double-figure scoring: Joe Ferree (14.2), Jack Ferree (13.9), Matthew Husband (10.0) and Ryan Fulkerson (10.0). Close to the mark is Jason Harmon at 9.3 points per game. Harmon paces the team on the glass at 5.2 rebounds per outing.

The Jeeps feature the regional's top scorer: Tyler Haas, a 1,000-career-point scorer, at 20.5 ppg. Ranking second all-time in program history in scoring, Haas had 21 points and 21 rebounds against Cannelton during sectional play. Cameron Riecker, who missed the regular season meeting against Lanesville with an illness, puts up 13.2 ppg.

Regional field set

The regional field consists of one team, Barr-Reeve, ranked in the top 10 of Class A. The Vikings (23-1) happen to be No. 1, coming off a 54-31 win against Vincennes Rivet in the sectional final.

Barr-Reeve is led by 6-foot-4 senior Micah Bullock. He averages 15.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Junior Addison Wagler puts up 14.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

The Vikings are statistically the best defensive team in the state, yielding a pedestrian 38.8 points per game.

Barr-Reeve will take on Trinity Lutheran (16-6) in the regional semi-final at 10:30 a.m.

Trinity Lutheran's top scorer is senior Craig Stuckwisch. The guard averages 15.3 points per game, while junior forward Toby VanLiew puts up 14.3 points. Junior Luke Stuckwisch and sophomore Daniel Horton put up nine points each.

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