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Eagles’ heart, hustle, heroics make this a fun ride

When most hoops fans size up an opposing team, the first things they look for are height, weight and grade.
When judging Lanesville’s club, however, a better gauge may be from left ventricle to right ventricle.
This group of eight seniors, two juniors and a handful of sophomores and freshmen doesn’t know how to panic.
They laugh in the face of fear and spit in the eye of distress.
Down nine with four minutes to go, the Eagles somehow found a way to knock off Jac-Cen-Del for the regional championship.
Anyone else on hand for the final varsity game to ever be played in Franklin’s Vandivier Gymnasium gnaw their fingernails to the quick? Was your throat sore Sunday? And did anyone else think 1.7 seconds ‘ which was the amount of time showing when Chris VanHoose passed to David Lieber for the game-winner over Orleans ‘ lasted more like 10 seconds? Yeah, me too.
So now Lanesville sits 32 minutes away from a trip to Conseco Fieldhouse, and standing in the way is a formidable Barr-Reeve squad.
The Eagles lost to the Vikings on Dec. 30, 57-48, at Hinkle Fieldhouse, but I think Lanesville will be on the right side of the scoreboard this time.
I don’t ask for much from the community, but I have to make an exception for these Eagles.
Whether your allegiance lies with the Panthers, Cougars or even the rival Rebels, I’m begging (okay, pleading) all of Harrison County to get out and support this team at Seymour on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Lanesville may have been the last boys basketball team from the county to win a sectional, but I believe they have a great shot at being the first boys team to reach a state final.
Let’s all enjoy the ride.