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A-8 Wednesday, April 29, 2020 The Press-Dispatch SPORTS Submit sports items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg LOOKING BACK Chargers win first regional; sweet sixteen FOUND - MATURE MALE CAT •Declawed and neutered •Oddly-shaped ear •Four white feet •Sweet kitty CALL 812-789-6829 Karan Thacker, AFSP Owner 704 E. Haub Street Haubstadt, IN 47639 THACKER TAX SERVICE 512 S. 8th Avenue Haubstadt, IN 47639 812-615-0071 (office) 812-789-3852 (cell) On May 5 people all around the world are coming together for Giving Tuesday to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities at the grassroots level. Will you be one of them? Join the movement and donate! You can securely donate online at or mail your donation to TRI-CAP at 607 Third Avenue, P.O. Box 729, Jasper, IN 47547-0729. )812) 482-2233 Thursday, March 13, 1997 The Pike Central Chargers secured an- other place in one-class basketball history Saturday night by defeating the Barr-Reeve Vikings to win the school's first ever South- ridge Boys Basketball Regional title. Adam Seitz capped a stellar comeback by the Chargers in the fourth quarter by icing two free throws with five seconds re- maining to earn Pike Central a spot in the Sweet Sixteen with a 39 -37 victory over the Vikings. Barr-Reeve had won its sectional title against the Loogootee Lions by holding the ball for virtually an entire overtime period before taking a shot. Saturday night the Vikings held a one- point lead at the end of the third quarter and decided to employ the same strategy against the Chargers. It backfired. In the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, Barr Reeve controlled the ball for all but eight seconds. The Chargers got their first possession of the period after Jared Thomas fouled Landon Knepp with 5:53 remaining. Knepp hit two free throws to give the Vi- kings a 31-28 lead over Pike Central. The Chargers took over but came up empty when Chris McCandless let fly from long range and missed. The Vikings continued to play their keep- away style of basketball for two more min- utes until McCandless fouled Tyson Wagler. Wagler went to the charity stripe and hit two free throws to give the Vikings a five point lead with 3:47 remaining. The tide of events changed suddenly on the Chargers' next possession. The Vikings strategy was paying off. Everything seemed to be going their way. What the Vikings didn't count on was Pike Central finding a way to take the game away from them and turning their strategy into a plus for the Chargers. The Vikings concentrated their efforts on stopping Seitz. Mark Wells made them pay for the mistake. Wells got the ball on the fast break stopped, just short of the three point arc and let loose with a long range bomb that cut the lead to two points with 3:28 remaining. The Vikings responded with a two-point- er from Alex Knepp 14 seconds later but Wells wasn't finished. Wells found himself wide open again at virtually the same spot and repeated his ear- lier heroics by calmly nailing a three-point- er with a 2:52 to go cut the lead to one point. Fifteen seconds later McCandless provid- ed some heroics of his own stealing the ball from the Vikings. McCandless got the ball to Seitz who had moved into position along the right baseline. In almost the same motion, Seitz hauled in the pass and tossed the ball to Jared Thomas who had moved in under the bas- ket from the other direction. Thomas quickly put the ball up and in and Pike Central took a 36 -35 lead with 2:33 re- maining. Barr Reeve immediately took a time out to talk over strategy but came up empty on the next possession. The Vikings missed from long range and Seitz grabbed the rebound with 2:05 remaining. Seitz moved the ball up the court and took it straight at the defense up the middle draw- ing a foul on the Vikings. The Chargers took the ball out of bounds and on the inbounds play got the ball to Seitz again. Seitz made a strong inside move to the basket, put up a shot, and drew another foul. The referees waved off the basket ruling the foul was committed before the shot. With 1:23 remaining in the game, Seitz inbounded the ball to Jared Thomas. The Viking immediately fouled Thomas and he went to the line for a one-and-one oppor- tunity. Thomas hit the front end of the one-and- one but missed the second shot to give the Chargers a two-point lead with 1:21 remain- ing. Barr Reeve responded by getting the ball to Landon Knepp who quickly moved the ball down the court. Knepp slashed from the right toward the baseline and ran over Eric Gladish. Gladish was called for a blocking foul and Knepp went to the line with 52 seconds re- maining for two shots. Knepp made both free throws to tie the game at 37 all. The Chargers took over and got the ball to Seitz who moved the ball up the court to just beyond the three-point arc. Seitz stood and waited until only 20 sec- onds remained on the clock and called a tim- eout. A fter the time-out, the Chargers got the ball to Seitz again. He moved the ball up the lane toward the basket and between two Barr-Reeve defenders drawing a foul on Lo- gan Graber with five seconds remaining. With the game on the line, Seitz went to the charity stripe and calmly knocked down two free throws to give the Chargers a 39 - 37 lead. Barr-Reeve had one last chance to pull out the win. The Vikings got the ball to Logan Graber on the inbounds pass. Graber passed cross- court to Jeremy Knepp who went for the des- peration three-point shot as time ticked off the clock. Knepp's shot just missed bouncing off the rim of the basket and the Chargers celebrat- ed another victory. Hundred of Charger fans raced out upon the floor and the Barr Reeve Vikings stood in stunned disbelief. In the end, the Chargers had achieved an- other first for Pike Central: the Southridge Boy Basketball Regional Championship and a berth in the semi-finals. The win was hard fought from the begin- ning of the first period. Seitz scored the first four points of the game for the Pike Central but Tyson Wagler tied the game at five and one-half minutes remaining in the period. The Vikings took the lead on a Wagler layup with 5:08 to go. Jeremy Knepp extended the lead to five points at the 3:10 mark on a three-pointer. Seitz countered with a two pointer to cut the lead to three points but the Vikings scored two more buckets in the period to pull out a 13-6 lead. Mark Wells closed the gap to five points for the Chargers with a jumper over the mid- dle early in the second quarter. The Vikings answered with a two pointer from Logan Graber. Graber drew a foul on Wells on the shot and then knocked down the free throw to give Barr Reeve an eight point advantage. Seitz countered with a jumper from eight feet out to cut the lead to six points but Jer- emy Knepp connected on a short floater to make the score 18 -10. A minute later Graber added two free throws for Barr Reeve as the Vikings took their biggest lead of the game at 10 points. The Chargers came alive on defense de- nying the Vikings another point in the half. On the other end of the court, Seitz be- came almost a one-man wrecking machine as he poured in eight points in the remain- der of the half. On Pike Central's first possession after Graber's free throws, Seitz slashed his way through Barr Reeve's defense for a layup. Barr Reeve missed its next shot and Eric Gladish pulled down the rebound. Gladish took the ball the length of the court cutting through the defense along the baseline for a layup. The Chargers defense continued to give the Vikings fits and Seitz continued to make them pay hitting bucket after bucket. With 2:30 to go, Gladish went for a three pointer, missed and Seitz tapped in the re- bound to tie the game at 20 points. Craig Weisman provided the Chargers their first lead of the second half early in the third quarter by hitting two free throws. A minute later Weisman struck again with a putback of a Gladish shot to put Pike Cen- tral up 24-21. The Vikings countered with two free throws from Graber who was fouled by Seitz. Coach Brian Wahl substituted Kenny Pauw in the game for Seitz who had three fouls. On the offense, McCandless an- swered for Pike Central with a 10 -foot jump- er to give the Chargers a 26 -23 lead with 4:50 remaining. Barr Reeve's Landon Knepp then hit a two pointer with 3:55 remaining in the third quarter. The Viking retook a one-point lead at the 2:35 mark on two free throws from Wagler. On them other end of the court, Jared Thomas launched a three-point attempt but fouled by Alex Knepp. On the following inbounds pass, the Char- ger got the ball to Thomas who attempted to get the ball into the middle. A Barr Reeve player got his finger tips on the ball and it sailed out of bounds. Wahl sent Seitz back into the game. The Chargers inbounded the ball and got it to Seitz who connected on another jump shot with 1:31 to go in the period to give Pike Central a one-point lead. The Vikings turned over the ball on an of- fensive charge by Landon Knepp but stole it back from Pike Central with less than 10 seconds to go in the quarter. Weisman was called for his third foul of the game with four seconds left on the clock and Jeremy Knepp took advantage by hit- ting two free throws to give the Vikings a 29 -28 lead going into the fourth quarter. Pike Central–39 Kenny Pauw 0fg, 0 -0ft-a, 1pf0tp Adam Seitz 8fg, 4-4ft-a, 3pf, 20tp Jared Thomas 1fg, 1-2ft-a, 3pf, 3tp Mark Wells 3fg, 0 -0ft-a 3pf 8tp Eric Gladish 1fg, 0 -0ft-a, 1pf, 2tp Chris McCandless 1fg, 0 -0ft-a, 1pf, 2tp Craig Weisman 1fg, 2-2 ft-a, 3pf, 4tp Totals 15fg, 7-8ft-a, 15pf, 39tp Barr Reeve-44 Logan Graber 2fg, 7-7ft-a, 4pf, 11tp Jeremy Knepp 2fg, 4-5ft-a, 2pf, 9tp Alex Knepp 1fg, 1-2ft-a, 3pf, 3tp Landon Knepp 1fg, 4-4ft-a, 2pf, 6tp Tyson Wagler 2fg, 4-4ft-a, 0pf, 8tp Keith Knepp 0fg, 0 -0ft-a, 1pf, 0tp Totals 8fg 20-22ft-a, 12pf, 37tp Score by quarters Pike Central 6 14 8 11 Barr Reeve 13 7 9 8 DNR fisheries restocked for trout season DNR fisheries staff have been busy in recent days stocking thousands of trout in preparation for the opening of inland stream trout season this Saturday at 6 a.m. local time. By opening day, DNR will have stocked over 23,000 rainbow trout in 17 streams in 12 different counties. To find a stocked stream near you, see the 2020 Trout Stocking Plan at wildlife.IN- .gov/5457.htm. The stocked trout come from Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station near Howe in LaGrange County and average rough- ly 11 inches in length. Trout will bite on a variety of different artificial baits such as spinners and flies, but natural baits such as worms and bee moths tend to be the most popular. The bag limit for trout in inland wa- ters, other than Lake Michigan and its tributaries, is five fish per day with a minimum size of seven inches. No more than one of these can be a brown trout. Any brown trout kept from the White- water River must be at least 18 inches in length. Anglers 18 years and older need an In- diana fishing license and a Trout/Salm- on Stamp Privilege to fish for trout. Per Indiana Executive Order, 2019 -20 annu- al licenses and stamps, including fish- ing licenses and Trout/Salmon Stamp Privileges, are valid until May 22, 2020. Hoosiers should follow posted re- strictions and practice social distanc- ing while outdoors. For the most up-to- date information regarding DNR and COVID-19, visit The Charger bench rushed out to celebrate with their teammates as the buzzer sounded, signalling a regional cham- pionship for the Chargers. A massive crowd of fans rushes out to be with the team as the players react with emotion and fire. Adam Seitz leaps for a rebound during the first quarter of action against the Bar Reeve Vikings. Seitz scored 50 points and hauled in 20 rebounds in the two regional games.

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