There are few things that spark Indiana high school sports fans more than the IHSAA Boys' Basketball Tournament.
The 100th season got underway on Tuesday night and if you look around the state there are some pretty impressive sectional competition being contested this year.
One of the most intriguing is Class 4A Sectional 10, which appears to be a haven of stellar coaching pedigrees.
According to an article recently in the Indianapolis Star, three of the coaches in the sectional, Broad Ripple's Basil Mawbey, Lawrence North's Jack Keefer and Arlington's Larry Nicks and Cathedral's Scott Hicks, have a combined 134 years of coaching under their belts along with an incredible 2,213 victories.
Mawbey has been in the coaching business for 39 seasons and has 675 career victories, which impressively tops Keefer's total of 656. Keefer has won four state championships, Mawbey has two and North Central's Doug Mitchell has one as well.
Both Mawbey and Keefer are already in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and have led a bevy of talent to the collegiate and professional levels.
Class 4A No. 5 Center Grove was perhaps the most high profile upset victim of the early sectional season, falling to a 5-15 Southport team on Tuesday night as sophomore guards Kellen Thomas and Michael Ramey combined for 54 points in a 72-69 victory. The efforts will undoubtedly put both players higher on the collegiate scouts' radar lists after the win over a previously 17-3 Trojans squad.
Closer to home, Shakamak senior Bill Newton continued his outstanding career as the 16-7 Lakers defeated Union 66-35 on Tuesday night. Newton went for 25 points, four rebounds and four steals for the Lakers, who will face the host White River Valley Wolverines on Friday night. Newton has averaged an area-best 24.6 ppg. this season and has 565 points for the year thus far.