Greensburg — At long last, the much-anticipated moment of the season has arrived.
All boys basketball teams begin the second season without a loss, and those most fit to survive will have a chance to hoist the most coveted reward of all – the IHSAA State championship trophy.
Along the way, though, many schools will seize the opportunity to make school history.
Greensburg is pursuing a second straight state championship, let alone its second title in school history.
For North Decatur, the Chargers have a chance to advance to the Regional for the first time in two seasons. North competed in the Southridge Regional against Providence after winning the South Ripley Sectional.
South Decatur is seeking its first sectional title since the 2007-2008 season. The Cougars made a sectional run last season, but fell to Jac-Cen-Del in the championship.
Gone is the taste of losing from the locker rooms of all three teams, as each has captured victory to wrap up the month of February. A frigid and unforgiving stretch of winter weather forced the second half of the season out of whack. However, as opposed to the girls season, no games were missed. South, though, played a string of four games in one week, while North played the same amount in eight – including a win over South last Saturday.
Greensburg, on the other hand, goes into the sectional more rested. The Pirates played just four games in a span of three weeks, including just one in the past nine days.
Greensburg, the host of Sectional 29, will play South Dearborn in Game One Tuesday, March 4 at 6 p.m. The winner will play Franklin County. Rushville and Lawrenceburg play Game Two Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30. Batesville awaits the Game Two winner for Friday at 7:30.
The South Decatur boys drew a first-round bye for the South Decatur Sectional 60. The host Cougars will play the winner between Rising Sun and Shawe Memorial.
The North Decatur boys will play Austin in first round of Southwestern (Hanover) Sectional 45. North will play Game One, which is Tuesday, March 4 at 6 p.m. The winner will play South Ripley, which drew a bye.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.