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Boys basketball: Injury to Chesterton’s Chris Palombizio shakes up draw

Chesterton's Chris Palombizio dribbles past Morton's Jarrett Dickey during their game  held MortHigh School Hammond Wednesday December 4 2013.

Chesterton's Chris Palombizio dribbles past Morton's Jarrett Dickey during their game held at Morton High School in Hammond on Wednesday December 4, 2013. | Charles Mitchell/for Sun-Times Media

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Local pairings

(Sectionals played on March 4, 5, 7 and 8)

Class 4A

East Chicago Sectional

Tuesday — Morton vs.. Munster

Wednesday — Highland vs. Lake Central; East Chicago vs. West Side, to follow

Friday — Lowell vs. Tuesday’s winner; Wednesday’s winners, to follow

Valparaiso Sectional

Tuesday — Portage vs. Hobart; Crown Point vs. Michigan City, to follow

Wednesday — Valparaiso vs. Chesterton; Merrillvile vs. LaPorte, to follow

Friday — Tuesday’s winners; Wednesday’s winners, to follow

Class 3A

Clark Sectional(at Hammond Civic Center)

Tuesday — Clark vs. Gavit; Roosevelt vs. Wallace, to follow

Wednesday — Griffith vs. Hammond; Bowman vs. Lighthouse, to follow

Friday — Tuesday’s winners; Wednesday’s winners, to follow

Kankakee Valley Sectional

Tuesday — Wheeler vs. New Prairie

Wednesday — Kankakee Valley vs. Andrean; Knox vs. Hanover Central, to follow

Friday — Calumet vs. Tuesday’s winner; Wednesday’s winner, to follow

Class 2A

Hebron Sectional

Tuesday — Hebron vs. Boone Grove; Lake Station vs. Bishop Noll, to follow

Friday — Whiting vs. Winner of Game 1; River Forest vs. Winner of Game 2, to follow

Rensselaer Sectional

Tuesday — Delphi vs. Rensselaer

Friday — North Judson vs. North Newton; Winamac vs. Tuesday’s winner, to follow

Class 1A

Morgan Twp. Sectional

Tuesday — Covenant Christian vs. Washington Twp.

Wednesday — Morgan Twp. vs. 21st Century; Wesville vs. Kouts, to follow

Friday — Marquette vs. Tuesday’s winner; Wednesday’s winners, to follow

Culver Sectional

Tuesday — LaCrosse vs. Culver Community; South Central vs. Oregon-Davis, to follow

Friday — Triton vs. Winner of Game 1; Argos vs. Winner of Game 2, to follow

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Updated: February 23, 2014 9:46PM



It was bound to happen this way for Chesterton. It had to, based on the crazy bad luck they’ve had all season.

The Trojans played one of their finest games of the season on Friday and they beat Valparaiso. They held the Vikings to 21 percent shooting. Cole Teal, who missed 14 games with an injury, returned and helped them to an impressive 48-30 victory over Valparaiso.

Things were looking up for the Trojans — until about 11:30 p.m. that night.

That’s when Chesterton coach Tom Peller received the bad news. Chris Palombizio, a 6-5 guard who was averaging 20 points per game, was out for the season. Palombizio went down in the third quarter after landing awkwardly on his left foot after coming down for a rebound.

He’s done for six to eight weeks, putting his return at next year. That means he won’t be available for Chesterton’s first round game against Valparaiso on Wednesday in the first round of the Valparaiso Sectional.

Chesterton also lost center Brandon Roeske for the first half of the season with a similar injury.

Does Palombizio’s injury change the complexion of the Valparaiso Sectional? Yep. It goes from wide open to utterly unpredictable.

Peller was unmoved by facing the Vikings again. He has had so many pairing days, he’s just happy to know who to prepare for at this point.

“It’s fine,” he said. “It’s just so random. All the teams are really, really even. In the past years, there has been a favorite. This year, it’s really close.”

Valparaiso coach Matt Thomas said his team will spend a little bit of time preparing for South Bend Clay, its final opponent and a lot of time getting ready for Chesterton this week.

“It’s up for grabs,” he said. “There is so much parity. Lake Central was the best team in the Duneland Conference. It was basically Lake Central and (seven) other teams scrapping it out. This (sectional) is those DAC teams plus Hobart.”

Over in Sectional 1 at East Chicago, the draw set up favorably for Munster — a team that lost convincingly to Lake Central but rallied to beat East Chicago. This is a three-way race between those three squads with LC listed as a slight favorite.

The Indians were impressive in every local game played this year, except against East Chicago. The Cardinals beat them 58-50 on Feb. 11. LC faces Highland in the first round while EC matches up against West Side. Lowell gets the bye and they play the winner of Munster-Morton.

The most intriguing sectional, aside from East Chicago, is Sectional 17 at Clark being played at the Hammond Civic Center.

The big first round wow matchup pits Hammond against Griffith. The winner likely gets Bowman in the second round. The Eagles play Lighthouse on Wednesday in the opening round.

Griffith lost to Hammond by five points this season. The Panthers are a team that upset East Chicago and they had a chance to beat Munster on its home floor in the closing minutes, losing by four points.

Hammond boasts one of the leading rebounders in the state in Jeremiah Wilson. He is averaging 10 points and 12.9 rebounds per game.

The Wildcats also feature Aaron Haggard, a crafty guard who is the cousin of Bowman’s Arthur Haggard, another very good guard. Aaron is averaging 17 points per game.

The Wildcats will have one noticeable omission from their game against Griffith.

Antonio Poole, a Division I point guard according Hammond coach Larry Moore Jr., won’t play. Poole hurt his ankle and he is out for the rest of the season.

Moore said the Wildcats will pound it down low against Griffith.

“We are going to try to get the twins (Anthony and Tremell Murphy) in foul trouble and get it inside,” he said.

Griffith coach Gary Hayes said his team was gassed from playing Munster the night before when they lost to Hammond.

“We had no legs,” he said. “We had no energy. They really beat us on the offensive boards.”



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