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Munster's Drew Hackett drives basket past West Side's Denzell Cassduring West Side boys basketball sectional semifinals held West Side High

Munster's Drew Hackett drives to the basket past West Side's Denzell Casson during the West Side boys basketball sectional semifinals held at West Side High School on Friday March 1, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 25, 2013 6:42AM



Lake Central

The return of big man Tyler Wideman and point guard Tye Wilburn, along with a slew of other really good players, puts the bullseye squarely on the Indians’ backs as the season begins.

Bowman

The Eagles lost the glue of their team when Antonio Pipkins, the MVP of a star-studded squad according to Marvin Rea, graduated. They still have a well of good players back from a state championship team.

Munster

The Mustangs are automatically good year in and year out, with their system and one of the best coaches around. They lost Mike Schlotman and Nate Bubash but they have Drew Hackett (right) and some scoring in Luke Wuchenich and Adam Ostich.

Bishop Noll

The Warriors are loaded with a shot to make a 2A run, particularly after Bowman was moved to 3A. They have Larry Crisler and Tyreon Gate to help them climb up the ladder. This is a team that could be special if things break right.

West Side

Just a hunch, but the Cougars were improving rapidly last year under first-year coach Murray Richards. Arnold Wilson is supposed to move from being a 6-1 center to point guard. Should be interesting. They have some players.

Lowell

This could be the year for the Red Devils. They return Zach Van Hook, a 6-5 scoring machine, and three other starters from last season. They have some size and some players that can handle the ball. Definitely a team to watch.

East Chicago

The Cardinals have point guard Hyron Edwards, a target of Indiana and Purdue. They could have some help inside this year. This is a team that could be better than No. 7, though they looked better than they ended up last year in preseason.

Marquette

The Blazers have Providence recruit Ryan Fazekas returning, along with a really good point guard in Nate Flores. This is an excellent Class 1A team.

Chesterton

The Trojans could surprise some teams, mostly because Chris Palombizio will be much improved. He has an inside game to go with his outside game. Cole Teal is an excellent guard and, despite the loss of Matt Holba, they still have some size.

Crown Point

The Dogs have more size than any team around. Their best player is Bret Barclay, a 6-6 senior. Nick Jeffirs, a 6-7 junior and Noah Burkeholder, another 6-7 junior, make up a formidable front line. The key will be guard play.



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