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Shawe? Edgewood?

Basketball fans should get their fill of regional action this weekend as a trio of local teams load up their wagons and head west.
Crawford County battles conference arch-rival Paoli in the second game at Southridge at the southern end of S.R. 231 while at the northern end, South Central squares off against surprising Madison Shawe in the first game at Loogootee.
And just west of Loogootee, at the famous “Hatchet House” in Washington, Corydon Central goes up against Edgewood following the Gibson Southern-Jasper tilt.
Paoli and Crawford are overly familiar with each other (they met on Feb. 22 with the Rams winning, 63-54), but what about Edgewood and Shawe? What do they have?
Here’s a quick look at each team:
— Edgewood sports a season record of 12-11, and won its only other sectional crown in 1993. The Mustangs’ current five-game winning streak is the team’s longest of the season.
While Corydon Central exceeded all the experts’ expectations with a 17-6 record, Edgewood raised some eye-brows as well by rebounding from a 3-18 mark last year to capture the Owen Valley Sectional, 51-47, over Brown County.
Returning starters for Edgewood include Matt Arnold (5-9 senior guard), 5-8 senior guard J.B. Shively, Chris Moynihan (5-8 junior guard) Jon Justin (5-7 junior guard) and 6-1 senior forward Zack Stevens. Arnold, who averages 20.8 ppg., had 21 in the team’s sectional win while Moynihan had 16.
Special note: Action at Washington gets underway at 10:30 a.m. (not 10 as previously noted) because Gibson Southern is on slow time. Corydon’s contest should tip off at about 12:30 while the championship game remains at 8 p.m.
— Madison Shawe won its first sectional title by tripping up Borden in the New Washington Sectional, 58-40. The Hilltoppers, which were rim-racked by graduation last year, average 59 points a game while giving up 63.
The 9-14 club has just one returning starter from the previous season’s 14-7 edition: 6-1 senior gunner Andrew Gavin, who averages 14.7 points and six rebounds a contest and shoots 40 percent from beyond the arc (35-107).
Travis James (6-2 senior forward) is a pivotal part of the offense for Shawe, averaging 16.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and he hits 56 percent of his shots.
Kevin Schafer, a 5-9 sophomore, is dangerous beyond the arc, hitting 32 of 84 attempts.
Only one of Shawe’s nine wins came against a team with a winning record (Henryville in the sectional semifinal), and two came against an 0-21 Jac-Cen-Del club. Two others had .500 records.
Special note: With highly-ranked participant Barr-Reeve just up the road from Loogootee, that regional site is anticipating a sellout for its 4,571-seat facility. South Central fans who plan to go to the game are put on notice to purchase a ticket from the school, otherwise they may be left out in the cold.
— To get to Loogootee: Take S.R. 135 north to Palmyra and go west on 150 for 45 miles. Bear left (west) on U.S. 50/150 for 7.6 miles and turn north onto U.S. 231 (S. John F. Kennedy Ave.). Once on 231, turn left onto Jack Butcher Blvd.
— Tickets for regionals are on sale this week at respective schools. The cost is $9 for a season ticket or $6 at the door for each session.
Corydon will sell tickets until 11:30 a.m. on Thursday in the athletic director’s office.
Today (Wednesday) from 8 a.m. to noon, students at South can purchase tickets. From noon to 3:30 p.m. complimentary pass holders and senior citizen pass holders can purchase tickets and from 3:30 to 7 p.m. all remaining tickets go on sale. Tickets will be on sale during normal school hours for the rest of the week.
Fans from all three schools should know seats are reserved and everyone who comes through the door will need a ticket.