The announcement is coming. Soon and very soon. The IHSAA will likely have a press release on Sunday.
Al Gore, our beloved and esteemed former Vice President, will be the official spokesperson for the 2019 IHSAA girls basketball state tournament, which tips off on Tuesday.
What a perfect choice, I say.
After “inventing the internet” and spending eight years in Washington D.C,, Gore made millions preaching about “global warming.” While writing books and cashing checks, he had time flying private jets all around the world to climate conferences, living large in a mansion with a carbon footprint bigger than Bob Lanier and telling the rest of us to warm ourselves huddled around a candle,
For those of you left of winter, I mean center, I hate pollution. I recycle like a mad man. I’m in favor of clean, renewable energy. I hate when I see fat guys in SUVs by themselves. But I also dislike arrogant know-it-alls who melt the ice caps with every word they say.
Global warming. Get it while it’s hot.
I plan on picking the winners for the local girls basketball sectionals that are scheduled for next week. But with a foot of snow forecast along with about 12 minutes of temperatures above zero next week, I hope we can find out who the best of the best is.
So here are your local winners. I will pick the state champs at the end of these words.
Marquette Catholic Sectional: The defending state champion and host Blazers have more Division I players than their first-round opponent, 21st Century, has wins, 2-1. While Morgan Township and Westville have had solid seasons, this one will be over quick. Don’t turn the heat on in the gym too high. Blazers will burn the place down.
Oregon-Davis Sectional: I don’t know. I’ve never been there.
Bowman Academy Sectional: Here’s a clear example as to why the blind draw needs to go. Four teams with winning records -- Andrean (13-10) plays Whiting (14-8) and Bishop Noll (18-5) plays Lake Station (13-6) -- play on Wednesday night, when it’s supposed to be 11-below zero, and then the winners will play each other on Friday.
The other three teams on the other side of the bracket have a combined 10 wins. Talk about a hanging chad.
Noll wins here and Indiana will lose as long as the blind draw continues.
North Judson Sectional: Every team in the field has a winning record. Boone Grove and Hebron have had very good seasons. But they will open against each other. Ice, Ice Baby. North Newton has had a turnaround winter, too. All these teams should be proud.
But this will come down to either the hosts or Winamac. I’ll take the Blue Jays.
Griffith Sectional: Defending champion West Side has the most talent and the best draw. Boy, Rod Fisher must be living right. Well, mmm. Never mind. The Cougars also got a great draw. But be careful with Gavit on Saturday night.
The Gladiators’ Darlisha Reed is as cool as the other side of the ice tray. The kid can flat out play. But I’ll take West Side. In a game closer than many may think.
Hanover Central Sectional: The host Wildcats have had a tough winter with a rash of injuries. And this is not a crutch to lean on. You can’t find one for sale in Cedar Lake right now. But Hanover got the bye and has a shot against the Calumet-Twin Lakes winner. But whoever gets to Saturday night will be the Titanic and Knox will be the iceberg.
Lowell Sectional: There are several good teams with good players in this tourney. Very good coaches, too. But there is only one great team here and that is the Crown Point Bulldogs. So good that legend Tom May might put on the parka to view the Bulldogs cutting down the nets.
C.P. should have little issues dispatching of Lowell, Lake Central and Munster,
Merrillville Sectional: While defending champion Kankakee Valley got the best draw, the Duneland Athletic Conference foes have a score to settle with the Kougars. I think Michigan City will get through the other side of the meat grinder and coach Mike Megyese will chop down the nets.
Hannah Noveroske is the best player here and she will shine while the crowd asks if they can buy a vowel.
The 44th IHSAA state finals will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 23rd. Your champions will be Marquette in Class A, Triton Central in 2A, Mishawaka Marian in 3A and Crown Point in 4A.
Have fun. Give it all you have ladies. Make memories that will last a lifetime.
And for God’s sake, stay warm.