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Sectional draw sets up rematch

Snider, Wayne to meet in season finale, 5A opener

Wayne and Snider meet Saturday in the regular-season finale, and then will wait almost two weeks to do it all again in a first-round postseason matchup.

“It’s not something we have ever done before,” Snider coach Kurt Tippmann said Sunday after the IHSAA released its blind draw for the 2013 playoffs. “Essentially we are going to be practicing for the same team for three weeks.”

The Generals and Panthers, both 6-2, face off at 7 p.m. Saturday at Spuller Stadium because of a scheduling conflict and an inability to get a game at Bowser Field on Snider’s campus.

Then because of a newly created bye week in the first round of the sectionals, the two teams won’t square off until Nov. 1 in a Class 5A sectional matchup.

“It was similar last year, but we just had Kokomo in between,” said Wayne coach Robert Brown, whose team lost 45-9 to Snider in the second round of the sectionals in 2012. “I guess that will be our story that we play Snider again.”

The bye week was created because of the new format for the state tournament.

The two top classes, 6A and 5A, have about half as many teams as the rest of the classes and will have a bye week along the tournament trail.

Except for two sectionals around the state, the games in 5A will not begin until Nov. 1.

The rest of the classes, 6A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A, all open up sectional play Oct. 25. And 6A will have its bye week before the state finals.

The addition of 6A put 32 teams in 6A and 34 teams in 5A, creating four-team sectionals except two five-team fields in 5A.

The top 6A area matchup will be a rematch between Carroll (6-2) and Homestead (5-3). The Chargers beat the Spartans 51-34 at Homestead on Oct. 4.

“No bye from the beginning is a very positive thing because you continue with your usual practice routine and the kids are on the same schedule,” Carroll coach Doug Dinan said. “You are going to play one of three teams, and you can’t control who it is and where it is at. The tournament is a great opportunity, everybody is in and everybody gets new life. If you want to win a sectional championship, you have to show up every week.”

Bishop Luers, the winners of the last four 2A state titles, was bumped up to 3A this season because of the IHSAA’s success factor.

The Knights (0-8) play host to West Noble (2-6) in a first-round sectional game Oct. 25.

Luers and Lafayette Central Catholic each have 24-game postseason winning streaks, just two off Warren Central’s state-record of 26 in a row.

“We do have enough kids who were on the roster last year who do know what it takes to compete for some kind of championship,” Luers coach Kyle Lindsay said of his young team. “We are in 3A now, and it is a new challenge against new teams.”

No Luers team has finished the regular season winless, which is something that could happen Friday with a loss to Bishop Dwenger.

“It has been the little things adding up,” Lindsay said of the team’s struggles. “It has been across the board. But the kids have had a great attitude; we have worked hard to get better individually and as a team. It doesn’t always show on Friday night. We just have to find some consistency on both sides of the ball.”

gjones@jg.net

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