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October means playoffs for local teams

Posted Friday, October 8, 2010, at 5:50 PM

Since the calendar has changed from September to October, it can only mean one thing -- no not crisper temperatures or the turning of the leaves, but playoffs for fall sports.

I know the post season for girls golf and boys tennis has already concluded for the area teams, but boys and girls cross country, volleyball and football will be starting soon.

Cross country teams will begin their tournament Tuesday.

Runners from Linton-Stockton, Shakamak and Union (Dugger) will be competing at the Terre Haute North Sectional, starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Also scheduled to compete are Clay City, North Central, Northview, Riverton Parke, South Vermillion, Sullivan, Terre Haute North, Terre Haute South and West Vigo.

The LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, located at the Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, will be the course used for the 3.1-mile event for both boys and girls.

Brown County again will be host for several rounds of the cross country tournament, including the sectional, regional and semistate.

That sectional is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday as well.

Bloomfield, White River Valley and Eastern Greene as well as teams from Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Brown County, Edgewood, Eminence, Martinsville, Monrovia, Mooresville and Owen Valley are scheduled to participate.

The top five teams and top 15 individuals at both sites will advance to the regional at Brown County, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.

Bloomfield Julie Riggins and Jake Phegley should be among the individual leaders with a chance to go deep into the tournament.

The same advancing format will be used at the semistate, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. also at Brown County.

LaVern Gibson will be the site for the state finals. The girls and boys races have been slated for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. The girls race will be first with the boys to follow, which is the format usually used throughout the cross country state tournament series.

Pairings for the state football playoffs will be announced at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. Fans can watch on "Indiana's 4" WTTV-4 or on the web at IHSAATV.org or they can listen on a number of different radio stations, including 95.3 FM WNDI in Sullivan.

The three rounds of the sectionals are set Oct. 22, Oct. 29 and the sectional title games scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5.

Eastern Greene will compete in Class A Sectional 38 along with Edinburgh, Indianapolis Lutheran, Indianapolis Scecina Memorial, Milan, North Decatur, South Decatur and West Washington.

In Class A Sectional 40, Linton-Stockton is the three-time defending champion. They will be joined by North Daviess, North Knox, Perry Central, Springs Valley, Tecumseh, Union (Dugger) and Wood Memorial in the eight-team field.

The regional will be Friday, Nov. 12. The Winner from Sectional 37 (Clinton Central, Clinton Prairie, Eastern Hancock, Guerin Catholic, Indiana School for the Deaf, Lapel, Sheridan and Tri-Central) will face the winner from Sectional 38.

The winner in Sectional 40 will face the champion of Sectional 39 (Attica, Covington, Fountain Central, North Central, North Vermillion, Riverton Parke, Rockville and Turkey Run).

If both sectional championship winners hosted or played on the road, the winner of Sectionals 37 and 39 would host the regional game. If one team was on the road and the other home for the sectional finale, the road team would host the regional game.

The semistate will be Friday, Nov. 19 and the Class A State Finals are set for 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. (You can't say we are going to the (RCA) Dome, anymore. I guess they have to say we are going to the Luke or the Oil Drum).

Pairings for the volleyball state tournament will be announced at 8 a.m. Monday.

Locally, White River Valley will host the Class A Sectional 61 and Eastern Greene will play host to the Class 2A Sectional 45.

Eastern Greene is the local defending 2A champ while Shakamak won last year in Class A on its own home floor.

South Knox and North Knox will be in the 2A tournament with Eastern Greene, Bloomfield and Linton-Stockton.

Shakamak, Union (Dugger), North Central and Clay City will join the host Wolverines for the WRV Sectional.

Play will begin with a play-in match at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. The semifinals and final match are set for Saturday, Oct. 23.

In a different twist this year, there will be a one-game regional for volleyball, similar to the format used for softball.

As fate would have it, the two local winners would have to go on the road to win a regional title.

The winner at the Covenant Christian Sectional, which also includes Cascade, Cloverdale, Monrovia, North Putnam, South Putnam, Speedway and defending champ Tri-West Hendricks, would host the Eastern Greene Sectional winner.

In Class A, the WRV Sectional winner would play the winner at the winner of the North Daviess Sectional. Teams participating at NDHS include the host Lady Cougars. Barr-Reeve, Loogootee, Shoals, Vincennes Rivet and Washington Catholic.

Regional survivors will advance to the Columbus North Semistate (2A) and North Daviess Semistate (A). There will be four teams at each site with the winner advancing to the state finals, Saturday, Nov. 6 at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie.

The Class A title game is set for 2:30 p.m. with the Class 2A to follow at 4:15 p.m.

Good luck to all the area coaches and players participating and their fans. Hopefully it will be a fall to remember.

B.J. Hargis is sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext 12 or at hargisbj@yahoo.com.

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