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Wes-Del at Delta-High School Basketball

When opposing coaches have described Delta, they have pointed to the size of Delta being an issue. It didn’t become an issue each of the first 10 games for the opponent until last night. Matt Norris led the Delta Eagles to a 61-52 win over Wes-Del in the first round of the Delaware County Tournament. Norris scored the first 9 points for the Delta Eagles and finished with 25 on the night. The raw 6-7 center found comfort in the defensive scheme of Wes Del and was aggressive through the entirety of the game. Kameron Slaven added 16 to the 3rd win of the season for Delta.

This one was far from easy. Wes Del was only down by 1 at the end of the 3rd quarter while Delta had leads as large as 12 throughout the first half. The gritty, no quit attitude of the Warriors kept them within striking distant until the final frame. There were plenty of “firsts” in this win for Delta. The first time Norris was the focal point of the offense. The first time Lambert controlled the pace of the game. The first time Slaven showed his total offensive game rather than just being a spot up shooter. All of these “firsts” are all things Coach Ryan VanSkyock has highlighted as goals to make this team a tough matchup. Granted it came against a 4-5 Wes Del team. However, this recipe of a game plan worked. The Eagles have certain mismatches that they need to exploit. In that regard, Delta took a step in the right direction.

Delta moves on to the semi-finals of the Delaware County Tournament to face Cowan on Friday at 6PM. The winner moves on to the finals on Saturday at 8PM.

 

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New Palestine at Delta-High School Basketball

For a team still trying to find their way, this could have been a big boost. Still Delta could not make the necessary plays down the stretch to get the victory. They fell 61 to 48 against the New Palestine Dragons. While the regular season barely matters in high school basketball, wins against a quality opponent, such as New Pal, can do wonders for a young team. It’s easy to say they let this one slip away but you don’t want to take away from some of the positives that were seen.

In the first half, both teams went back and forth taking the lead from one another. The scoring is one thing, but I want to reference the first quarter. Delta led 15 to 13 after the first. Now, your eyes quickly go to score and say “Wow! Delta outscored the lethal offense of New Palestine.” However look at it from a different angle. The defense controlled one of the best offenses they had seen all year long. Coach VanSkyock preaches about how high their ceiling is on defense. They showed that for the majority of this game.

If Delta were to make a late season push, they need the production from their two scoring guards (Kameron Slaven and Tanner Lambert). They combined to score 37 of the 48 points for the Eagles. It has been rare this season to see both be on their offensive game at the same time. That’s the key for Delta because both are very capable scorers. So, in conclusion, while Delta lost again, there was a lot to take away from this game in a positive manner.

 

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Anderson at Yorktown-Basketball

Friday night, it was an experienced Yorktown squad against the athletic, but young, Anderson team. Experience played a factor at Yorktown High School where the Tigers were victorious 58-49 over the Anderson Indians. The trio of Caleb Morey, Riley Miller, and Riley Neal powered the Tigers by scoring a combined 48 out of the 58 points on the final scoreboard. Anderson was led by Dionte Raines who had a game high of 25 points.

Yorktown led the whole way keeping Anderson at an “arm’s length”. This Yorktown team is built around their consistency, experience, and veteran mentality. Yorktown plays within themselves and are very fundamentally sound.  Sometimes in basketball that’s what wins out, and that’s exactly how it played out on Friday night.

The win brings Yorktown to 4-3 on the season. (Now 4-4 after their loss to Shelbyville on Saturday). They play next at Blackford on Saturday.  We will see them again in the Delaware County Tournament starting on the 13th of January. We will have full coverage of the Yorktown and Delta games throughout the tournament next week on Fox Sports Radio.

 

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Muncie Central at Fishers-High School Basketball

Coaches every season, no matter what sport, talk about being “battle tested”. In those situations, it allows you to show how you perform under adversity. A coach wants their team by tournament time to have that experience and thrive. Last night Muncie Central showed just that. They upset 4A Fishers on the road 70-66 thanks in large part to a lights out shooting night. While Fishers never let Muncie Central get too far ahead, the Bearcats’ efficiency offensively was the difference.

Even without arguably their 2nd or 3rd best player Marcus Dukes last night, more players stepped up in his absence. Coach Jeff Holloway went with a new starting lineup by starting Jemel Barnes, Duane Clemens, Phillip Corthen, Casey Thompson, and Donald Allen. This was the first time this season this 5 started. Well…it worked!! Barnes, Clemens, Corthen, and Allen all scored in double figures in the game. Muncie Central was lethal from beyond the arc with Barnes leading the way with 6 3s by himself. The Bearcats knew their shooting had to be a premium because of the length of Fishers inside. The Tigers had 5 players 6’5 or taller to just 1 for Muncie Central.

It was an early Christmas present for the Bearcats. One they certainly earned. They have a week off until their next game, which is against Wapahani at home on December 30th.

 

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Delta at Muncie Central

After a trying evening on the floor and emotionally the night before, Muncie Central ran through Delta 72-61. While the Bearcats struggled offensively just 24 hours previous, they had no troubles on Saturday night by putting up the most points in any game this season. This came against a Delta team who prides themselves on being sound defensively. However on this night, it was Muncie Central who shined defensively sporting their full court pressure.

For the Bearcats, they had three players in double figures led by sophomore Jamel Barnes with 15 points. Next was Marcus Dukes who had 14 (his 4th straight double figure scoring game). The Bearcats were up as much as 23 points in the game but were outscored 27-16 in the 4th quarter. Coach Jeff Holloway focused on that in his postgame interview (LISTEN BELOW). Muncie Central is now 3-4 and face Fishers tomorrow on the road to end their 2014 campaign.

Delta received solid production from the Slaven brothers who combined for 44 of the 61 Delta points. It was Kaleb who had a game high 24 points. The Eagles struggled with the full court pressure on offense from the Bearcats. Delta, now 2-5, is off until after the New Year when they face Shenandoah at home.

 

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Muncie Central at Anderson

An emotional, altercation scarred game ended with the same feeling that was felt at the 3:41 point of the 3rd quarter…disappointment. The Bearcats fell 58-51 to the once winless Anderson Indians. A game that will be remembered for it’s off the court situation, will sting as a loss for Coach Holloway and his squad. It dropped Muncie Central to 2-4 on the season.

I don’t want to focus too much on the altercation in the third quarter, except to say two things. 1) It’s unfortunate that the game wasn’t the star on Friday night. The actions of a few individuals took away from a rejuvenated Muncie Central vs. Anderson rivalry. The rivalry should have been played on the floor not in the stands. It should have been excitement in that respect. 2) In disappointment, there were some positives. The sportsmanship that both teams showed post-altercation was phenomenal. After both teams took the floor again and before action was resumed, both teams embraced each other at mid-court with hugs and handshakes. This drew a standing ovation from the entire gym. While you never want something to happen like that EVER, the way it was handled and the players responded was admirable.

It was a laundry list of issues that led to defeat at Anderson yet each game this team begins to come together more and more. The Bearcats had 3 more turnovers than their opponent, allowed 37 free throw attempts to just their 11, and shot a mere 35% in the game. The positives? Marcus Dukes had his third straight double digit scoring output (had none through the first 3 games). Sometimes during the season you need games like this. In Muncie Central’s case, this will make them stronger.

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#1 Guerin Catholic at Muncie Central-Boys Basketball

The experience and discipline on the basketball floor of #1 Guerin Catholic overwhelmed Muncie Central in the second half as the Golden Eagles defeated the Bearcats 64-54. On an off night for star Matt Holba, Christian Munson led the way for Guerin with 21 points while Holba still added 14 to the end score and 11 rebounds as well to make it his sixth straight double-double to start the season. The Lehigh commit had 5 all of last year.

Muncie Central was led by Phillip Corthen who had 17 points while Marcus Dukes was in double figures for the second straight contest with 15 points. Jamel Barnes had 12 all coming on perimeter baskets. The Bearcats struggled on the glass by being outrebounded 33 to 22 and the efficient Guerin offense shot 54% from the floor to just 40% for Muncie Central.

This one was close early as Barnes was the spark off the bench for the Bearcats and the lead changed hands 10 times in the first half. Guerin Catholic only led by one at the half. While the Bearcats would get close at times, Guerin Catholic always had an answer. Down the stretch Christian Munson and Matthew Godfrey led the way for Guerin and slowly put this one away. Guerin is now 6-0 and the Bearcats now are 2-3.

In high school basketball, the regular season is much like a pre-season. The record means nothing in tournament time. A 6-20 team could potentially win a state championship. Muncie Central will look positively on this experience. All season long this game will be a reminder that the Bearcats played step for step with the #1 team in their class. The talent is there. The desire is there. With a little more experience and seasoning, this team could be a very tough out in February.

 

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Delta at Yorktown-Boys Basketball

On a special night for Yorktown Basketball, they won in convincing fashion. The Tigers sported special National Guard Uniforms while defeating the Eagles 51 to 40 in that game that was much more lopsided than the final score suggested. Caleb Morey led the way with a game high 18 point night while Riley Neal added 12 points to help the Tigers.

Yorktown started off hot with an 8-0 in the first quarter. Delta did claw their way back with 5 straight points from Tanner Lambert. Lambert finished with 14 points. The first quarter was capped off by a desperation three by Caleb Morey that found the net to make it 18-11 Yorktown after one.

The second quarter was sloppy, lacked enthusiasm, and a struggle for both teams. They combined for just 7 points in the quarter. At the half it was 21-15 Yorktown. The third quarter is where the Tigers pulled away with impressive offensive versatility led by Morey. The Tigers held a 15 point lead at the end of three and never looked back.

The Tigers won their third straight game along with their 5th straight win in the rivalry with Delta. They are now 3-1 on the season. Tomorrow they face Liberty Christian in a neutral site game at Anderson University.

 

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A Letter from Sports Director Mark Foerster

It has now been nearly 5 months into my role here at Fox Sports Radio as the Sports Director and, in that time, I have been the host of the Colts Camp Report this past August, play-by-play voice of High School Sports on Friday nights, and the host of Cardinal Talk every Thursday from 5pm to 6pm. It sounds like a lot, yes, but I don’t think of that way. The only thing it has been a lot of is fun. Almost too much fun! However, there has been one thing I have neglected to do: introduce myself.

I am from Carmel, Indiana where I graduated from Carmel High School. I was fortunate to be part of such a supportive and growing community. Upon graduation of high school, I went to the University of Indianapolis. During my 4 years at UIndy, I was a member of the Sports Department of 88.7 FM WICR. The experiences and lessons I learned from that station are the reason I’ve made it here to Muncie. My mentors at UIndy believed in me and gave me many great opportunities.

The real reason for this letter is to explain why I’m here. When describing Muncie to people outside of this city, the two words I use most are ‘unique’ and ‘active’. Those two words are what Muncie is all about and local sports are a great way to see it firsthand. It didn’t take me long to realize this. The first football game I called was at Muncie Central High School, and quite frankly, I didn’t know what to expect. Well, I was blown away to say the least. The support each of you provides, whether it’s high schools in the area or Ball State, makes Muncie what it is. That’s what Fox Sports Radio is about…keeping it local. We want to give you the best high school games, Ball State coverage, and make sure you’re in the know of everything sports wise in this community. We don’t just want to give the coverage to the local schools. We want to do it well. And we will!

Thank you for listening to our station. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with feedback. We are ALWAYS open to your comments.

All the best,

Mark Foerster
Sports Director
(765) 288-4403

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