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H.S. Roundup: Two takedowns invlolving CP require double takes at semistate

Crown POint coaches argue with referee because call during Crown Point junior Josh Fuquversus TwLakes junior Blake Dent126-pound match for

Crown POint coaches argue with the referee because of a call during the Crown Point junior Josh Fuqua versus Twin Lakes junior Blake Denton 126-pound match for the semi-state wrestling championship Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Merrillville High School in Merrillville, Ind. Denton defeated Fuqua in a controversial match for the semi-state championship in the 126-pound weight class. | Scott M. Bort~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 12, 2013 6:33AM



When is a takedown not a takedown? Crown Point found out that sometimes it depends on timing and location in the Merrillville wrestling semistate on Saturday.

In the 126-pound final, CP’s Josh Fuqua was credited with a take-down on Twin Lakes’ Blake Denton with 17.1 seconds left, giving him a 3-2 lead. Or so he thought.

Officials conversed with one another for about a minute before saying the takedown took place out of bounds and Fuqua lost 2-1.

In the 152-pound final, CP’s Dustin Schurg was holding a 3-1 lead before South Bend Adams’ Samuel Ferdig got an apparent takedown that would have sent the bout to a fourth overtime round. But did it come before or after the buzzer?

Again, a nerve-wracking conversation among the officials continued. It was ruled that the takedown came after time ran out.

“Those were two controversial endings for sure,” Crown Point coach Scott Vlink said. “I’m not happier that we got the second call than the first. I would have liked them both.”

Memorable start: Talk about instant success.

First-year Lake Central girls basketball coach Marc Urban led the Indians (16-7) to the Munster Class 4A, Sectional 1 championship with a 53-49 victory over Lowell Saturday night.

When asked what it meant to him, Urban quickly directed the spotlight away from himself.

“I’ve got a great staff of assistant coaches, great kids, and I’m lucky to have a great wife (Traci) who really understands the whole process,” he said. “Your staff is so important. Each person brings such an important piece through each thing they do. There are a lot of people involved and it’s just nice when all of it comes together and works.”

Having an understanding wife can’t be underestimated, either.

“You don’t leave your job, then just forget about it and it’s over,” Urban said. “You take it home with you. After a bad practice, or before a big game, there are a lot of emotions that come along with it. Sometimes, I’m more worried about our team instead of what’s going on at home. You have to try and find the balance between the both of them. Coach (Dave) Milausnic and I talk about it a lot of times. They (wives) see things that we don’t see. They’re going to tell you straight up what they think, and that’s good.”

The Oilers were ready this time: Whiting’s victory over Bishop Noll on Saturday night in the Class 2A River Forest Sectional championship game was a testament to the team’s ability to forget the past and focus on the future.

It might have also been something it didn’t deserve a couple months back, but was definitely deserved now, according to coach Kevin Moynihan.

“I’m not sure why we couldn’t beat them the first two times. Maybe it was chemistry,” he said. “But we’re doing things really well as a team and they believe in what they’re doing. We were tested by Noll the first couple times and maybe we weren’t ready to win a championship. And maybe this is something that had to happen.”

The Oilers lost to Noll on Jan. 12 (61-53) in what turned out to decide the regular season conference title. Then Whiting dropped the Greater South Shore Conference tourney championship game (56-52) on Jan. 19.

But winning a sectional was the team’s biggest goal and the Oilers made it happen.

“This is big,” Moynihan said just before he cut down the net for the first time in his coaching career. “It doesn’t happen very often and it’s a big deal. The whole community is here and I’m sure they’ll all be out afterwards as well.”

It was the program’s first sectional title since 2004 and second in school history.

Us against the world mentality: Sometimes it’s overrated to use what other people say to your advantage as a team, but in Merrillville’s case it helped carry the squad to a sectional championship win over a heated Duneland Conference rival in Michigan City.

“We love to prove people wrong,” Pirates coach Amy Govert said. “This sectional is so hard. You’re facing teams for a third time, and not just any teams — top teams in the area. I told the seniors to enjoy it — we’ve earned it.”

Kudos to the opponent, sort of: It was hard to tell at first, but Michigan City coach Mike Megyese sort of gave Merrillville credit for beating his squad in the biggest game of the season for both teams so far.

“Congratulations to Merrillville — that’s a heck of a basketball team,” he said. “They still aren’t better than us — probably equal, but not better. I’ll be there in Valpo (at Saturday’s regional) cheering them on.”

Then he chimed in about the officiating, again speaking for both sides of the court.

“Officials shouldn’t take the game out of the kids’ hands — Merrillville’s kids too,” he said. “That’s just not fair. There were 21 fouls in the first half of a sectional championship game. Let the kids play.”

In their happy place: For two weeks, Lake Central boys bowling coaches Gregg Schmied and Rick Young were dumbfounded about what it would take to get their bowlers to stop putting pressure on themselves and bowl the way they know how.

The last two weeks the Indians admittedly got lucky in earning the wildcards to stay alive in the postseason. On Saturday at the South Bend Semistate, they earned one more week of bowling by finishing fourth with 38 pins to spare.

So what did the coaches who were on the verge of “cardiac arrest” do last week during practice?

“We showed them videos from the movie ‘Happy Gilmore’ — the one where Happy misses a 4-foot putt and lays down and yells at the ball to go back to its home,” Schmied said. “We wanted them to find their happy place. We just tried to lighten it up and take the pressure off.”

Needed victory: In more ways than one, Portage bowling coach Debbie Gossett really needed her girls to pull off a victory over Boone Grove in Saturday’s South Bend Semistate. On the exterior, the Indians had faced the Wolves three previous times this season — last week’s regional, the NWI Baker Tournament and the NWI Post-Tribune Bowl O-Rama to open the season — and lost all three times.

So the 389-356 Portage victory was special.

“It was a good match,” Boone Grove coach Mike Kraushaar said. “They deserved to win.”

But there was more to the win than meets the eye. Gossett’s brother, Bill Morton Jr., died late Thursday night, all the while her dad, Bill Morton Sr., is fighting terminal cancer.

“They’ve beat us every time this year, so the odds were in our favor,” Gossett said, with tears rolling down her cheeks following several hugs from friends and bowlers. “With the week I’ve had, I needed this.”

— Deputy sports editor Steve T. Gorches and correspondents Tommy Williams, Ryan Haskell and John O’Malley contributed



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