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Readers’ favorite high school games & individual performances – Part 3

With the spring sports season on hold due to the coronavirus, we asked our audience to provide us with some of their favorite memorable high school games or individual performances there were part of as a player, coach or fan.   Here are some of those shared memories.  More installments will be coming.

Scott Smith- I have been lucky to be a part of several as a coach at Jac-Cen-Del. Obviously, our 2016 run to the Girls Basketball Class A State Championship, specifically the 46-43 win in the semi-state over Vincennes Rivet and the state championship game.

Editor’s addition: Here is a link from the SEI Local Sports archives for Jac-Cen-Del’s win over Vincennes Rivet in the semi-state played February 20, 2016

Second was our 2019, five overtime sectional final win over Waldron, the longest game in IHSAA girls tournament history. The grit and desire of the players and coaches on both teams will always remain in my mind. Clearly a game with no losers!

Editor’s addition: Here is a link from the SEI Local Sports archives for Jac-Cen-Del’s 67-61, 5-OT sectional win over Waldron played February 4, 2019 This event was also sited as a favorite by our own Mike Myers who was part of our webcast team that night.

Mike Myers- I was blessed in high school to be a part of a cross country team that participated in three IHSAA state finals finishing 5th, 4th (both podium performances), and 11th at Greensburg. In 1991, our team was ranked as high as #1 in the state and won the first semi-state championship in school history. As a freshman, I got to watch teammate John Panhorst finish 11th as an individual and win the Charles F. Maas Mental Attitude Award, a first for GCHS.

As a coach, I was blessed to coach Greg Neiman to a 9th place finish in the 1600m run and a podium finish at the IHSAA state track and field meet in 2000 for Greensburg.

As a JV boys basketball coach at Milan, I coached a three-overtime game where we only had four players on the floor at the end of the game due to fouls. The team unfortunately lost but played their hearts out.

As a fan, in fourth grade I witnessed John Ripperger’s fade away baseline shot to win the regional for Greensburg over Connersville (defending state champs) in the Spartan Bowl.

As an eighth grader, I saw Jon Taylor’s three-quarter court bank shot to win sectional for North Decatur over Greensburg.

I got to watch many of the games for the back-to-back state championships for Greensburg boys basketball. The two state championships games are the most memorable.

Lastly, being a part of SEI Local Sports has brought me to many exciting games over the past few years. I think the ones that stand out the most are Lawrenceburg defeating Brownstown Central in football semi-state, JCD and Greensburg girls winning semi-state, calling the championship games of Milan vs. Southwestern in softball (2018) and Austin defeating South Ripley in an amazing pitchers’ duel last season. Lastly, getting to watch my friend and boss, Bryce Kendrick, coach Rising Sun to the sectional crown. Those webcasts have been the most memorable.

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