Student-athletes prepare for playoff season

Boys Basketball: The Lebanon High School Boys Basketball team still has four regular season games to get through before they start playing for a Sectional Title chance. Sectional play will begin February 28th at Greencastle High School, but the Tigers will have to wait a little bit more to find out who they will match up against until the Sectional draw in a few days.

“Lately, we have just been taking things one game at a time, we do not really want to look too far into the future as of right now. I would have to say our toughest competition so far as a team would be Tri-West, who I think would be an interesting rematch if we were to run into them down the road in Sectionals,” said Freshman guard Carson Burton.img_1256

The Tigers currently have a record of 11-9 and will continue regular season play this Friday as they travel to Zionsville to take on the Eagles and look to come away county champs, having already defeated Western Boone earlier this season.

Boys Swimming: At the beginning of the season, the boys swimming team set out to avenge their third-place conference finish from last year. The boys fell just short of the task as they placed fourth at conference this year. However, the season is not over and it is time to look ahead to Sectionals.

Freshman Swimmer Phillip Betts said, “It is going to be a tough go around in Sectionals. We have one of the best Sectionals in the state, and on top of that one of our best swimmers is out, which will most likely bring us down in placing. However, we are still going to do our best to compete and finish the best we can at the end of the day.”img_1254

Betts swims the breaststroke, along with the 200 IM, and will look to carry his weight for the Tiger Sharks as they travel to Zionsville for Sectionals beginning on February 16th.

Girls Basketball: The Lady Tigers spent Saturday night in familiar fashion as many of the girls have before; celebrating a championship win. The girls battled through a tough Western Boone team Friday night, which brought them head-to-head with a good Tri-West team in the Sectional Championship on Saturday. Although it was a nail biter through the whole game, the Tigers came out on top 32-30, adding their third Sectional Title in a row. The girls will now travel to Danville this Saturday to face Danville High School in the Regional semi-final at noon.

“Everyone should expect the remaining games to be just as good as the ones that we have played all season. I think our toughest competition so far has either been Brownsburg or Western Boone, but we still have some quality teams left to play. We have been practicing hard and should be fresh for regionals,” said Sophomore Center Paige Jones.img_1253

The Lady Tigers are currently 18-7 and will look to add two more wins, as well as some more hardware, as they travel to Regionals Saturday afternoon.

Wrestling: The Tiger Wrestling team is sending five wrestlers to Semi-State this weekend after all five either won or placed fourth or higher in Regionals last weekend. Wrestlers Ethan Greene, Evan Stambaugh, Jacob Mcclaine, Zak Bowling, and Easton Williamson will all travel to New Castle Saturday in hopes of continuing their runs to a State Title.

“It feels pretty good to make it this far as a Freshmen, but I am just trying to treat it like another tournament. I have just been doing what I have done all year, wrestling hard and doing what I am good at. I have been staying after practice and doing some extra work on the side as well to prepare for Semi-State,” said Freshman Easton Williamson.img_1250

Williamson placed third at Sectionals and fourth at Regionals. No matter what the outcome of Semi-State, he looks to have a promising three years ahead of him. As for the four Regional Champions and upperclassmen, they are no strangers to upper level wrestling, and will without a doubt have a great chance of making runs at State.

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