Sep. 23—The start of tournament season is here with golf regional on Saturday at Country Oaks featuring Barr-Reeve as a team and Channey Clark of Washington playing as an individual. Both have a chance to advance, but it will take a very good number. Most likely Castle should own one spots and may well put up a sub-300 score. Viking coach Joe Robinson said he was really proud of his No. 3 and 4 scores as they really came through to push them to their first ever sectional title. If Washington's Clark shoots another 81, that would also push her close to the number that would be close to advancing. One way or another, the weather should be beautiful on Saturday Clark tees off at 9:10 a.m. and B-R times off between 9:20 and 10 a.m.
We can't go into tennis sectional without talking about North Daviess and Jaylen Mullen. As Jaylen heads into the end of his tennis career he should end up the area's all time wins leader. He is currently 88-8 and even more impressive is he has never lost at the Tony Steele Tennis Courts at North Daviess (and is 49-0 there). After the SWIAC meet ends on Friday (without me jinxing him), Mullen should top Loogootee grad Jalen Wildman as the all-time area leader at 90-8 and former Hatchet Chris Beesley who ended his career at 89-10 back in the early 2000s.
Others who have been playing extremely well include the Lady Vikings volleyball team. B-R is ranked at No. 5 in 3A and 22nd overall in the state. Not bad for a Class A school. They have a great group of seniors who has seen a lot of success, but they also have a group of underclassman who could make a lot of noise over the next few years as well. However, on Thursday they had the game that everyone was looking forward to at Loogootee. The Lions took the first two games, but B-R came back to win 3-2. Loogootee should be a tough out in the tourney as well.
Both Washington soccer teams are having very solid seasons, while the WC boys team has made a real turnaround this year under coach Stacy Bryant. South Knox is ranked 4th in Class A and WC took them to a 2-2 tie earlier in the year.
Purdue's homecoming will hopefully take the sting out of the two final minute losses to Penn State and Syracuse. If you are looking for a teachable moment, here is one — don't give up 50 yards in penalties in the final minute of a game you are ahead in.
IU is first in the Big Ten East. Let that that roll around for a minute. Although they are 3-0, two of the wins were by 3 points. Even though Cincinnati would normally be a huge favorite, right now IU is just a two touchdown underdog, so who knows. I was surprised to see last year's IU and Purdue Qbs Michael Pennix and Jack Plummer starting and playing well last week for Washington and Cal. I guess the transfer portal worked out for them, but the down side is there are only 22 starting spots and 125 on the roster, meaning a lot of people thinking about leaving.
Until next week, keep kicking it around.