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Draw exactly the same as 2012 for Class 3A Blackford Regional

NorthWood plays Fort Wayne Dwenger, Muncie Central takes on Norwell in the semifinals in Hartford City.

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 2:27 p.m.

Blackford Regional

Saturday, March 15

Game 1 — Fort Wayne Dwenger (15-8) vs. NorthWood (21-2), 10 a.m.

Game 2 —Muncie Central (10-11) vs. Norwell (19-6), following.

Championship — 8 p.m.

A Coach's Perspective

Aaron Wolfe, NorthWood — "The same four teams, the same four coaches and the exact same draw (as in 2012 — NorthWood beat Dwenger 51-48, Norwell beat Muncie Central 63-58, Norwell beat NorthWood 62-51) … Our seniors have some familiarity of this situation. I hope we can draw from the experience. On the other hand, the other three teams are in the exact same situation … Dwenger has played a tremendous schedule this year. I do not feel their record indicates the quality of their season. They have very good bigs, good guards. Their size matches up with ours. They have some playmakers, some athletes that pose matchup problems … (The 6-foot-5 Grady Eifert) is very versatile. He's almost a combination of Zurcher and Wilkinson. He is heavier, probably, and stronger than Jon, but uses those type of skill sets to get to the basket, get fouled, also shoot from the perimeter. He really makes their offense go. He makes great decisions … Norwell and Muncie Central play in good conferences and they are going to be extremely competitive. Right now, we are spending all our time and energy preparing for Fort Wayne Dwenger … We have some time to heal and get well this week … Some of our players that were on the mend get an extra three or four days to get well."

Stat Leaders

NorthWood: Zach Zurcher (6-5 Sr. F; 19.5 ppg., 5.3 rpg.), Jonathan Wilkinson (6-5 Sr. G; 17.9 ppg., 5.3 rpg, 2.4 apg.), Will Stueve (6-5 Sr. F; 11.4 ppg., 5.2 rpg.), Braxton Linville (6-1 So. G; 4.3 ppg., 3.4 rpg., 5.5 apg.), Tanner Farmwald (5-9 Sr. G; 4.2 ppg., 2.3 rpg., 2.3 apg.), Kyle McCoy (5-7 Sr. G; 2.5 ppg.).

Dwenger: Grady Eifert (6-5 Sr. F; 14.9 ppg., 7.7 rpg., 2.3 apg., 2.3 spg.), Kyle Hartman (5-11 Jr. G; 9.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.9 apg), Michael Fiacable (6-1 Sr. G; 7.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg.), Jeff Mugg (6-4 Sr. F; 6.5 ppg., 3.7 ppg.), Ryan Christman (6-1 Jr. G; 5.9 ppg.), Marcus Stepp (6-1 Jr. G; 5.2 ppg., 2.6 rpg.).

Muncie Central: Tyler Arens (6-8 Sr. C; 13.2 ppg., 8.3 rpg.), Phillip Corthen (5-11 So. G; 11.7 ppg) Marcus Dukes (5-11 So. G; 10.8 ppg., 3.4 apg.) Joe Williams (5-11 Sr. G; 9.2 ppg.) Jay'lin Barnes (6-0 Fr. G; 5.7 ppg., 4.6 rpg.) Darryl McKinney (5-9 So. G; 4.7 ppg.).

Norwell: Drew Shively (6-4 Sr. F; 16.8 ppg.; 6.3 rpg., 3.5 apg.), David Vogel (6-4 Sr. G; 16.5 ppg.; 4.4 rpg., 2.5 apg.), Austin Hayden (6-2 Jr. G; 11.4 ppg.; 4.3 rpg., 2.2 apg.), Brent Bales (5-7 Sr. G; 8.7 ppg., 2.8 apg.), Piercen Harnish (6-2 Jr. F; 6.9 ppg.; 8.0 rpg.).

Things To Know

NorthWood: The Wawasee Sectional champion has won 12 of its last 13 games, losing only to Penn in overtime … The Aaron Wolfe-coached Panthers average 65.4 points on offense and 49.0 on defense. ... The Panthers’ lone regional championship came in 2007.

Dwenger: Grady Eifert’s brother, Tyler, was an All-American football player at Notre Dame and is a rookie tight end with the Cincinnati Bengals and his father, Greg, was an All-American basketball player at Purdue … The New Haven Sectional champion is riding a eight-game winning steak following a four-game losing skid … The Matt Kostoff-coached Saints shared the Summit Athletic Conference title with Fort Wayne North … Dwenger averages 57.2 points on offense and 51.3 on defense. … Dwenger has won three regionals, the last in 1996.

Muncie Central: The Muncie South Sectional champ has won three straight after dropping eight in a row … The Matt Fine-coached Bearcats finished in a three-way tie atop the North Central Conference with Richmond and Kokomo … Muncie Central averages 53.1 points on offense and 57.5 on defense … Muncie Central has won 34 regionals, the last in 2006.

Norwell: The Norwell Sectional champ has won seven of its last eight … The Randy Hawkins-coached Knights tied Homestead for the Northeast Hoosier Conference title ... Norwell averages 64.1 points per game while yielding 50.9. The Knights' biggest output was 81 against Greenfield-Central. Norwell averages 64.1 points on offense and 50.9 on defense. … The Knights have won three regionals, the last in 2012.


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