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Spring sports sectionals start next weekPosted Friday, May 15, 2009, at 4:34 PM
Despite the wet weather we have had the past six weeks, spring sports is about to hit the home stretch. I say that because the sectionals for girls tennis and boys and girls track are scheduled to start next week, rain or shine.
Pairings for the softball sectional, which will start Memorial Day Monday, May 25, were announced today.
The pairings for the baseball state tournament will be announced Tuesday morning with the games to begin nine days after that.
The boys golf teams will not play sectional matches until early June.
The girls tennis sectional pairings will be set Monday evening for the tournaments at Northview and Loogootee.
As far as I know, the Northview Sectional is still scheduled to begin Thursday, May 21 and will conclude Saturday, May 23. The host Lady Knights are the defending champion. Linton-Stockton will be the only local team to compete there.
The Loogootee Sectional includes Barr-Reeve, Bloomfield, North Daviess, Paoli, White River Valley and the host Lady Lions, who have won the sectional five years in a row.
The tournament at Loogootee will begin Tuesday, May 19 with first-round matches at 4:30 and 6 p.m. The semifinals will be Wednesday, May 20 at the same times. The championship contest is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 21.
Rain dates would be Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 as long as the schools do not have graduation scheduled, according to Loogootee athletic director Scott Reid.
Athletes from White River Valley, Bloomfield and Eastern Greene will run at the Bloomington North boys and girls sectionals next week. The girls meet will start at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with the field events. The boys meet will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Although I never heard back from officials at Terre Haute North, they will be hosting the girls and boys track and field sectionals. Athletes from Linton-Stockton and Shakamak will be competing up there.
If I was to wager a guess, I would say that field events will begin at 5:30 p.m. both nights at Terre Haute North, who should be commended for the way they run those events.
The top four finishers in each event at the sectional will advance to the regional. The girls regionals will be Tuesday, May 26 at Evansville Central and Bedford North Lawrence. Central will take the qualifiers from Terre Haute while BNL will feature qualifiers from Bloomington. The field events will begin at 5:45 p.m. at Bedford.
The boys format is much the same. The regional will be a week after the sectional on Thursday, May 28. Bloomington North and Evansville Central will be the host sites.
Other regional times have not yet been announced.
The Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington will host the boys state finals on Friday, June 5 and the girls state finals on Saturday, June 6. Those finishing in the top three at the regional or who achieve state standards in their events qualify for the state.
The softball sectional pairings were announced today. The Class A affair at Clay City and the 2A tournament at South Knox will both be played May 25-27. Each site will have a single game on Memorial Day, the semifinals on Tuesday, May 26 and the title game on Wednesday, May 27.
Bloomfield is the defending champ at South Knox while North Central is looking to repeat at Clay City.
The regionals in softball will be June 6 at Forest Park (Class 2A) and Indianapolis Lutheran (Class A) with the state Final Four set for Friday, June 12. The title games in four classes will be Saturday, June 13.
The baseball state tournament path will be mapped out Tuesday, May 19, when the pairings are announced.
The local sectionals will be at Shakamak for Class A and Linton-Stockton will again show off its first-class facility -- Roy Herndon Field -- when they host the Class 2A event.
Both five-team sectionals will begin Thursday, May 28 but that is where the similarity ends. The semifinals at Linton-Stockton will be on Saturday, May 30 with the title game at 7 p.m. Monday, June 1.
At Shakamak, the baseball sectional semifinals will be Monday, June 1 and the championship game will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2.
The baseball regionals will be Saturday, June 6 at Shakamak (Class A) and Austin (Class 2A).
This year baseball follows the same format as the basketball state tournament as there will be four-team regionals and a one-game semistate, at either Avon or Jasper, on Saturday, June 13.
The four state championship games will be played Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20.
Shakamak is the defending Class A state champion and Eastern Greene won the Class 2A sectional and regional a year ago.
Eastern Greene's boys golf team will compete at the Bedford North Lawrence Sectional Friday, June 5.
The other area golf teams will compete Monday, June 8 at the Owen Valley Sectional at Rolling Meadows.
The regional at Country Oaks Golf Course in Montgomery will be Thursday, June 11. Linton-Stockton made the regional a year ago.
The state finals in golf will be June 16-17 at The Legends of Indiana Golf Course, north of Franklin.
Hopefully the weather will turn and the farmers can get out their crops (much more important than games) in order to have a harvest come fall and we can get all of the tournament events in on time.
As always, the times and date listed above come with the disclaimer. "weather permitting."
Good luck to all area athletes, coaches and fans as they back their favorite teams and individuals.
B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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