Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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March 1, 2014

Pirates gearing up for repeat tourney run

Greensburg — The Greensburg boys basketball team’s quest to immortalize itself in school history begins on a familiar path. The Pirates play host South Dearborn Tuesday in a clash of regular-season conference opponents.

Greensburg, a team that refuses to look past the next game and instead focus on the current task, will not be satisfied until the seniors lead the Pirates to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for another shot to raise the championship trophy.

Still, the accomplishments under head coach Stacy Meyer this past season cannot be overlooked. Before last season even began, the two-time conference champions knew they were invited to the prestigious Hall of Fame Classic in December. The workman-like, unselfish attitude of the Pirates carried the squad to the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference title for a second straight year. Following a 19-1 regular season, the Pirates were ready to defend their sectional championship. After a first-round win over South Dearborn, the Pirates beat Batesville going away in the semifinal, and then overcame a one-point deficit against Madison to win the title game by double digits.

The Pirates excelled against ranked teams throughout the state tournament. Greensburg outran a heavily-talented Evansville Bosse squad, then captured its first regional title in five years. Following a 25-point win over top-ranked Mt. Vernon-Fortville in Semi-State, the dream came true when Greensburg prevailed over Fort Wayne Concordia in overtime for the state championship.

Ranked at the top of Class 3A all season, the Pirates were eager to showcase themselves on an elite stage this season. Three early-season wins over highly regarded Class 4A teams, including the Hall of Fame tournament crown, elevated Greensburg into the top five of the IBCA Coaches Poll.

The only business that remained before sectionals was the program’s fourth EIAC title in five years. The Pirates went into Friday night’s season finale against East Central with a 7-0 EIAC record, which guaranteed at least a co-championship.

What lies ahead for the Pirates remains to be determined, but one thing is for sure. The greatest team in the history of Greensburg athletics has already anchored itself into one of the best success stories the community has ever experienced.

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.

 

 

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