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HUTTON: Deciphering the boys hoops sectional maze

Lake Central's Tyler Wideman puts up shot under basket can't get it drop Munster High School December 17 2013. |

Lake Central's Tyler Wideman puts up a shot under the basket and can't get it to drop at Munster High School on December 17, 2013. | Jim Karczewski\Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 5, 2014 6:31AM



It’s sectional time. That means readers get the opportunity to crucify me after I incorrectly pick the winners and losers of every sectional game in every bracket.

I’ve been picking winners — some would mostly say losers — for years now. I no longer feel pain when I get pelted with e-mails or when, like a few years ago, Bowman fans brought newspaper copies of my picks to the Wheeler final and held them in my face after the game. I had picked Noll. Bowman won. I was wrong, wrong, wrong and they were happy, happy, happy.

Fire away with your scorn and indignation. I can take it. No matter how this ends up, no matter who wins or loses, March is the greatest high school sports month in Indiana and I’m just happy to be a part of it in whatever small way I can be.

Class 4A

at East Chicago

Munster takes down Morton in a romp in the first round. On Wednesday, it’s Lake Central over Highland and East Chicago beating West Side.

The semifinal is an awful matchup for the Indians but they win a squeaker over EC. LC has played the best basketball, from start to finish, of any team in the region. That game will be extremely difficult for the Indians because EC is at home and the Cardinals have two great players in Hyron Edwards and Damien Jefferson, but LC will be ready for them.

Lowell is as talented as ever but doesn’t have enough to beat a surging Munster team.

No surprises here: A Munster-LC final. I like the Indians to get to the Michigan City Regional.

At Valparaiso

This is the most convoluted, up-in-the air sectional.

Portage, Valparaiso, Crown Point, Michigan City, LaPorte and Chesterton are all legitimately in the mix.

In the opening games, I like Portage and Crown Point over Hobart and Michigan City. The Indians have their best team in years and the Bulldogs, after getting beat up twice by MC, will find a way to beat them. It will be Valparaiso over Chesterton in Round 1, mostly because the Trojans are without Chris Palombizio.

LaPorte beats Merrillville. Crown Point gets past Portage and the Vikings take down LaPorte. Valparaiso coach Matt Thomas gets his first sectional title in his first year.

Class 3A

at Hammond Civic Center

Gavit beats winless Clark, Roosevelt nips Lew Wallace and Griffith pays back Hammond for a regular-season loss. Bowman defeats Lighthouse.

The Panthers beat Gavit easily and Griffith loses a close one to Bowman.

The Eagles romp in the final.

At Kankakee Valley

New Prairie, a team that defeated Valparaiso on its own home floor, drops Wheeler. Andrean picks off Kankakee Valley and Hanover Central gets its second win of the year over Knox.

A rested Calumet team pulls off minor upset over New Prairie while the 59ers beat Hanover.

Calumet gets its first sectional title since 2000.

Class 2A

At Hebron

Hebron takes advantage of its home court and bounces Boone Grove. Bishop Noll beats Lake Station for the third time this season.

The Hawks are able to hang on against Whiting, while the Warriors don’t have any problems against River Forest.

Noll wins Sectional 33.

At Rensselaer

The Bombers take down Delphi, while North Judson easily beats North Newton. Rensselaer avenges a regular-season loss to Winamac but loses in the title game to North Judson.

Class 1A

At Morgan Township

Washington Township starts it with a victory over Covenant Christian. Gary 21st Century pulls off a small upset over Morgan Township, while Kouts beats Westville again.

Kouts gets past 21st Century and Marquette defeats Washington Township.

The Blazers use the bye to their advantage and they wear down Kouts in the final.

At Culver Community

LaCrosse goes down to Culver in the opening game, while South Central beats Oregon-Davis for the second time this year.

Triton gets to the final after beating Culver and Argos gets a win over South Central in the semifinals.

Triton wins its seven straight sectional, beating Argos.

There you have it. Winners and losers for all 43 sectional games. Let the name-calling commence.



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