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It's state finals time again and the field is interestingPosted Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 11:40 AM
The field in the 101st edition of the IHSAA Boys State Finals is certainly a diverse one this year. You have two teams making their first appearance in the state finals, three looking for a title in their second straight appearance and three looking to add another notch to their gun handle.
The two teams making their first appearances are the Indianapolis Metropolitan Pumas and the Culver Academies Eagles.
Metro (21-6) earned their berth in the Class A final after running past North Daviess 61-50.
It's only the fourth year for the Indianapolis charter school that sports only eight players on their gameday roster.
The Eagles (19-6), sitting at No. 18 in the poll, make their first appearance in a title game in Class 3A and they have perhaps the toughest of the two tasks based on just opponents alone.
While the Pumas will battle the defending state runners-up Triton Trojans (23-3), currently ranked second in Class A, making their third appearance at the big show in the last four years and the 2008 champs, the Eagles will have to deal with the Washington Hatchets.
Class 3A No. 1 Washington (23-4) comes into the contest seeking their third title in four years. They posted championship game wins in 2008 and 2010 plus their return year to the state finals in 2005.
Overall it's the 16th time the Hatchets have sought a title and if they're successful it will be their seventh.
The Class 2A game features a pair of teams relatively new to the championship game.
Park Tudor (25-2), ranked No. 4 team, are making their second straight appearance and looking for their first crown.
Hammond Bishop Noll (26-0) returns to the state finals for only the second time in school history and the first since the 1988 season.
They're currently ranked the No. 2 team in Class 2A.
Maybe the most fascinating match-up of the day will come in the Class 4A contest when Bloomington South (25-2) squares off against Kokomo (23-2) in the nightcap.
The Wildkats, who are ranked No. 10 in Class 4A, are making their 19th appearance, their first since 1997, and are looking for their second title.
They were runners-up four times (1925, 1944, 1959 and 1989) and won the title in 1961.
The fourth-ranked Panthers enter Saturday's game looking to claim their third state title in their 13th appearance.
They last won the whole thing in 2009. Prior to that it was 1919.
Bloomington South's other state finals appearances were in 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1922 and 1960.
If your looking to follow the action at Conseco Fieldhouse you have several options this time around.
The first is, of course, to attend the games in person.
They begin with the Class A tilt at 10:30 a.m. to kick off the morning session while the night section gets underway at 6 p.m. with the 3A game.
Tickets are priced at $15 per session or $25 for both.
The second way fans can experience the state finals is by television.
All four games will be televised live over the IHSAA Champions Television Network. Stations along that network include WTTV-TV in Indianapolis as well as cable outlets in Evansville, Clarksville, Ft. Wayne, Kokomo, Merrillville and South Bend.
The third way fans can access the finals is through the IHSAA Methodist Spots Medicine Championship Radio Network.
Stations locally who will air at least one of Saturday's games include WNDI in Sullivan, WAOV and WFML in Vincennes and WAMW in Washington.
Finally there's one more outlet that fans can use, the internet.
All games will be webcast over ESPN's web outlet espn3.com. That mean's all four games can be seen anywhere in the world.
If you do make the trek to Indianapolis, enjoy the games.
Rick is a sports writer with the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IHSAA State Finals
Class A -- Triton (23-3) vs. Indianapolis Metropolitan (21-6), 10:30 a.m.
Class 2A -- Hammond Bishop Noll (26-0) vs. Park Tudor (25-2), approx. 12:45 p.m.
Class 3A -- Culver Academies (19-6) vs. Washington (23-4), 6 p.m.
Class 4A -- Kokomo (23-2) vs. Bloomington South (25-2), approx. 8:45 p.m.
Admission: Session $15, Season $25.
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