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What a season it’s been!

What a year it’s been for Southern Indiana high school basketball!
When the final horn sounded at Loogootee, it closed what can only be described as an extraordinary season for Harrison and Crawford county hoops teams.
South Central’s boys (22-5) won a Class 1A Sectional title and came within a whisker of snaring a regional crown. Crawford County (19-5) brought home a second-straight 2A sectional championship, and Corydon Central (17-7) scored back-to-back titles at the 3A level.
Toss in a super effort by North Harrison’s girls (20-4) in the regional against eventual 3A state runner-up Gibson Southern, a couple of newcomers to the 1,000-point club in Lady Cats’ gunner Kim McMillin and South Central’s clever guard Rachel Dixon, and one possible Indiana All-Star in South Central’s Craig Schoen and it’s easy to see why few basketball seasons can match the 2001-2002 campaign.
One of the best parts about it is that the four sectional winners accomplished their feat with class. There was little, if any, internal quarreling, all four showed excellent sportsmanship, and all four were a thrill to watch.
Topping this group will be tough to do.
–After the team accolades are over, it’s time for individual ones.
Could Craig Schoen become Harrison County’s first male Indiana All-Star? The area has been represented in the past by North Harrison’s Julie Swarens and, most recently, by Corydon Central’s Lynne Johnson, but never by a young man.
Should he be on the team? Color me slightly biased, but I think the answer is a definite Yes!
Will he be on the team? That’s a tougher question to answer.
Schoen undoubtedly has the game: he was a Junior All-Star last season (which likely puts him on the short list for All-Star candidates this year); he received some attention at the state-wide level by leading his team to a regional final, and South competed in the always-tough Super Hoops Tournament in Indianapolis, which should have given him a few more looks by voters.
The only thing that could hurt the David Lipscomb University-signee is the abundance of equally talented guards around the state.
Austin’s Anthony Winchester, Schoen’s AAU teammate during the summer months, is a lock for the All-Star team. So is Sean May of Bloomington North, Seth Colclasure of Bellmont, and Marques Bennett of Brebeuf. That leaves the remainder of the state’s seniors to battle it out for the remaining nine spots. Of those four players, three are guards by trade. At some point, there needs to be some “interior” players picked. Look for Matt Kiefer of Evansville Mater Dei or Angelo Smith of Lawrence North to possibly be two of those. Now we’re down to seven spots.
Can you see the pattern here?
One thing in Schoen’s favor is that his Junior All-Star coach, Basil Mawbey of Lewis Cass, was so impressed with the South Central star at last year’s Junior All-Star game in Assembly Hall that he apologized to Schoen for not giving him more playing time because he’d never seen Schoen’s moves.
With the Top 40 workout just a few weeks away, Schoen will get his chance to do more of the same (impress the coaches). As long as he keeps his shooting touch and conditioning during the down time between now and then, I think he’ll be able to do that.
–Finally, I need to correct something from a couple of weeks ago. The last time South Central defeated Corydon Central (before this season) was on Feb. 3, 1984. That would be 18 years instead of 19 as was stated in the headline for the story.
South won on a last second shot by Donald Jobe, 71-70.
Thanks go to Chris Frederick, who played for Corydon in that game, for pointing out the error.
For the sake of interest, the box score from the 1984 game as well as the 2002 tilt appear in this week’s Scoring Column back on page six.