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A holiday wish list for local and state teams

Posted Thursday, December 13, 2007, at 3:45 PM

Since it is the holiday season, I figured that it might be good to put together a wish list for some of our local and state teams to see if perhaps Santa Claus might be check his list twice for something good for us.

Some of our local basketball team have had some pretty nice starts to the season and maybe if Santa determines we've been good enough he'll add some bonus goodies.

The Clay City girls' hoopsters have already rang up six victories this year including a long overdue win over the stubborn North Central T-Birds.

The Eels hadn't beaten their Sullivan County rivals in more than six years and the Dec. 10 win, a 49-47 thriller, put Clay City in position for its first ever Tri-River Conference championship.

They'll head to Union (Dugger) on Thursday night (Dec. 13) in hopes of returning with a win and a share of a conference crown. What better way to celebrate the holidays, and to settle into their 15-day break, but with a victory and a championship?

The Eels have used some remarkable balance to achieve their success, regularly getting significant scoring from five different players and great rebounding from three players.

All of that equals victories that have the Eels in position to achieve school history and make an addition to the banners that hang in the gymnasium.

The Northview boys' would like to add another win to their currently unbeaten record, but Friday's challenge will be the toughest to date when top-ranked Class 3A Edgewood comes calling.

The Mustangs boast Butler University-bound Garrett Butcher who is coming off a 28-point, nine rebound game against North Carolina recruit, Tyler Zeller. Most importantly for the top-ranked Mustangs was that the result was a win over Washington that kept alive a 21-game home court winning streak in the corral.

The Knights played Edgewood tough in Brazil last year before falling 63-56 as Butcher was 'held' to just 19 points and eight rebounds.

No doubt that Northview senior forward, Tyler Coltharp, is looking forward to the challenge of a battle in the paint with a Div. I prospect on Friday night. He had a 16-point, eight rebound effort in last year's battle.

A win over a top-ranked team, and a conference opponent, all rolled into one, would be a pretty sweet present this weekend though it would undoubtedly come without a bow.

Clay City's boys will also be looking to improve on a 4-1 mark on Friday night when they make the long road trip to face off with Vincennes Rivet which comes in at 3-2 overall.

The Eels are looking for their best start since they began the 2002-03 season with a 9-2 mark.

For the Lady Sycamores at Indiana State, Christmas has come a bit early as Melanie Boeglin has returned to the fold.

Returning as a grad assistant with the Sycamores, Boeglin could be just the spark that ISU needs to get back on the winning track after some recent ups and downs.

Boeglin returns after completing the first half of her second professional season overseas, this year with a team based in Zamarat, Spain. She started all but two games this year.

Last year she averaged 18.8 ppg., 6.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game for a team in Sweden.

That hustling stat stuffing is what ISU needs this season.

The Indiana Hoosier football team also got a special gift that was certainly helped by getting to its first bowl game since 1993.

Head coach Bill Lynch, got his wish when Franklin Central running back Darius Willis gave his verbal commitment recently.

Willis is rated as the No. 2 player in the state's 2008 senior class according to Scout.com behind only Bishop Dwenger wide receiver John Goodman who committed to Notre Dame.

Willis, a 5'11 , 212 pound back, has rushed for 3,005 yards and 43 touchdowns this season.

Lynch's reaction was much like any kid's who got exactly what he wanted from Santa. According to Willis, Lynch 'screamed like a little girl' when told the news on the phone. According to the Herald-Times, Willis will be the highest rated recruit to commit to the Hoosiers since Evansville's Levron Williams in 1997.

So the holidays are off to a good start for some Indiana teams, but lets hope that Santa continues to make some trips to spread good cheer for area coaches and athletes with some big wins this week.

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