Bishop Luers coach James Blackmon is thankful the Bluffton Sectional championship game is delayed until Monday.
And not just because it gives the two-time Class 2A state champion Knights a couple of extra days' rest, but also because it means something extraordinary for the school.
Luers beat Bluffton 66-33 in the sectional semifinals Friday, but because of the girls basketball team's involvement in Saturday's 2A state finals, the sectional title game against Adams Central has been moved to Monday, per IHSAA mandate. An appeal was made to the IHSAA to go ahead and play the boys game Saturday night because the girls were facing Austin at 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.
The appeal was denied, but that's fine with Blackmon.
"We are going to try and take advantage of the opportunity," Blackmon said. "It is a special day for those girls involved. I am glad to be in this situation to be able to talk about it. We are going to go support the girls and hopefully they can pull it off.
"It gives us another day of rest. It gives us a chance to think about the things we need to work on for Monday."
Two years ago, the school won a three-peat of state titles with championships in football, boys basketball and baseball.
With already a football title this past fall, the Knights are trying to add the second leg of another unique three-peat Saturday with a girls basketball title.
That would leave only a third straight title from the boys to complete another three-peat.
Because of Concordia and Canterbury also being in both a boys sectional title game and girls state finals game, sectional championships at Harding and Hamilton have also been moved to Monday.