For the first time in over 20 years, Alice Arena will be home to a boys basketball sectional.
On Thursday the IHSAA revealed the host sites for the the 2019-2020 boys and girls basketball state tournaments, and Lincoln and North Knox were among the boys locations chosen.
The Alices welcome a five-team sectional field in the 3A tournament, with Pike Central, Princeton, Sullivan and Washington in the mix. It’s the first time Lincoln’s hosted a boys sectional in the class basketball era. Alice Arena, like Adams Coliseum before it, was a mainstay as sectional host during the one-class era. The last boys sectional played at Lincoln was in 1997. Since then, Lincoln’s played its 3A sectional at either Washington or Southridge.
North Knox has become a regular host for its 2A boys sectional, and that won’t change this season. The only change is that North Daviess dropped back down to Class A due to enrollment, so it’s now a five-team field with South Knox, Eastern Greene, Linton and Mitchell.
Rivet found out in the spring that its boys would face new Class A sectional foes, and the new site is Springs Valley. Other than the hosts, the Patriots are joined by Cannelton, Evansville Day, Northeast Dubois and Wood Memorial.
On the girls side, Lincoln has been in the rotation for hosting its 3A sectional for several years, but this season the site shifts to Princeton. Like the boys, the host Tigers, Pike Central, Sullivan and Washington join the Alices.
Rivet’s girls success the last two years has propelled them to 2A for the first time, and the Patriots sectional, which includes North Knox and South Knox, is hosted by Eastern Greene. Linton, Mitchell, and Paoli complete the seven-team field.
Regional and semistate sites are mostly the same. Boys regional sites are Washington, 3A; Southridge, 2A; and Loogootee, A. Girls regional sites are Charlestown, 3A; and Paoli, 2A. Boys semistate options are Washington and Seymour, and the girls sites are Jasper and Jeffersonville.
Blazers debut in jamboree Sunday
The Vincennes University men’s basketball team, coming off an NJCAA championship season, previews its 2019-20 season with its jamboree Sunday.
The Trailblazers play three times, facing Rend Lake at 1 p.m. and Mineral Area at 3 p.m. at the P.E. Complex, and Aspire Prep PG at 5 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.
The jamboree has 28 teams — 16 junior colleges and 12 prep schools — with seven games being played on an hourly basis starting at noon and ending at 5 p.m. Other Region 24 teams playing are Lincoln Trail, John A. Logan, Olney Central, Lake Land, Shawnee, Southeastern Illinois and Kaskaskia.
Among the players competing is junior college’s No. 1 rated Jaylin Scrubb of John A. Logan, a recent Louisville commit; junior college top-25 players Kevin Osawe and Craig Porter of VU; and 6-10 Gethro Muscadin of Aspire Academy, who is drawing interest from Kansas and Louisville.
Admission is $5.
Linton volleyball drops Alices in four
LINTON — Lincoln’s tight first-set win wasn’t nearly good enough, as Linton bounced the Alices in volleyball, 24-26, 25-10, 25-18, 25-20, Tuesday.
Darrian Carmean collected 11 kills and 13 digs for the Alices (26-4), who have lost three in a row. Maycee Lange had 12 kills, Kali Haynes 18 digs and Callie Foster 31 digs.
Lincoln’s junior varsity fell, 20-25, 25-17, 15-4. Mackenzie Newland had seven kills and eight digs; Zoey Weiss seven kills; Jaclyn Sutton 17 assists; Jenna Gardner 10 digs; and Cameron Cary two aces.
The Alices host North Knox at 6 p.m. today for senior night.
Youth Wrestling sign-ups underway
Under the direction of Lincoln coach Matt Collins, the Vincennes Youth Wrestling League is accepting sign-ups for its 2019 season.
The league runs from Oct. 28 through Dec. 1. The cost is $25 and is open for all youths in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration forms are available at all Vincennes Community elementary schools and at the high school. Registration is limited to the first 100 participants, and the deadline is Oct. 25.
For more information, contact Collins at 812-882-8480, ext. 6015; or at 812-881-8834.
Clark 7th collects volley league title
JASPER — Clark’s seventh-grade volleyball team captured the Southern Indiana Junior High Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday, defeating Castle North, 25-19, 25-19, in the final.
Kahre McCrary hit four points, six aces and four digs for the Alices (13-5) in their season finale. Addy Alton had five points, three aces, four digs; Matti Collins two aces, six assists, two digs; Addi Conner two points, three assists; Brooklyn Tredway and Kate Jones four kills; Macey Jenkins four digs; and Amya Woodall and Olivia Wehrman two digs.
Rivet, North Knox win in volleyball
Rivet’s eighth grade and North Knox’s seventh grade posted wins in volleyball matches Wednesday at Holscher Gym.
The Patriots (8-3) took the eighth-grade match, 22-25, 25-20, 15-6.
Elexus Frey posted 15 points and two digs for Rivet; Allison Hensley 10 points, 22 assists, three dinks; Reese McBee five points, nine kills, two digs, two assists; Abby West four points, two kills, 11 assists; Mary Herman three points, seven kills; Arianna Gerkin 13 kills, two digs, two dinks; and Ella Benson four kills.
Madison McCory had 12 points, six aces, seven assists and six kills for the Warriors; Graci LeRoy eight points, four aces; Reegan Jones five points; Harlee Keller two points, five assists, seven kills; and Gabby Lemons two points.
North Knox’s seventh grade won, 25-11, 25-22. Lorelai Davis had five points, two kills, three assists for the Patriots; Laney Oakes four points, three kills, four assists; Lissa Willis two points, four kills, five assists; Natalie Earley and Helena Miller two points, three kills; and Ava Benson two kills.
Both eighth grade teams play in the county tournament Saturday at Clark.
Pike Central upends Clark 6th volleyball
Visiting Pike Central topped Clark’s sixth-grade volleyball team, 25-16, 25-16, Wednesday.
Ava Steffey notched three aces for the Alices, Grace Archer three points and Aubrey Russell two points.
Clark’s B-team prevailed, 25-23, 25-18. Miley Carie-Fredrick had seven aces, six points; Daylin Thompson six points; Colette Salters three aces, three points; Kyndall Quarterman three aces; and Alyssa Thomas and Hayden Cox three points.