Osgood Journal Sports
March 10, 2009
are in the air - Let the chips fall where they may
Franklin, Sports Writer
Coach David Bradshaw and his #1 state ranked Class 1A Jac-Cen-Del
Eagles earned the right to the second round in the South Decatur
HS hosted Sectional #60 with an opening night win on Tuesday,
March 3, over the Oldenburg Academy Twisters, 70-38. They allowed
no Twister to reach double digit scoring during the game.
They progressed to the championship round in stage two of Sectional
#60 action by defeating the Rising Sun Shiners on Friday night,
March 6, by a final score of 76-55.
Sectional #60's second night action, Friday, March 6, slated
a game between the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles and the Rising Sun Shiners
followed by the Shawe Hilltoppers vs the hosting South Decatur
Jac-Cen-Del vs Rising Sun
The opening tip was controlled by the Eagles, but was rejumped
when the game clock didn't start, allowing the Shiners to gain
Early in the game a double foul was assessed to senior Gerald
Hardesty of the Eagles and senior Shiner Zeph Vaughn? The Eagles
gained control and carried a 20-13 lead into the second quarter.
In second quarter action, the Eagles stretched their lead to
15 points at the half time break, 37-22 and 17 points at 59-42
by the end of quarter three. JCD mastered a 21 point win by
game's end with a final score of 76-55.
One of the four largest threats to the Eagles was Shiner senior
Logan Jackson. Jackson put together a productive game for 29
points, earning high scorer honors of the evening's battle.
Eagle senior Matt Gehl scored 26 while sophomore teammate Trevor
Arnet added 17.
A solid defensive effort by JCD kept all but one Shiner in single
digit scoring for the entire game. The team's strong efforts
also allowed the entire Eagle bench force to participate in
the game during quarter four action, if not before.
Score by Quarter
JCD 20-13 RS
JCD 37-22 RS
JCD 59-42 RS
JCD 76-55 RS
Jac-Cen-Del Eagles 76
Matt Gehl 26
Trevor Arnett 17
Blake Sutton 11
Tim Arnett 10
Shane Adams 6
Gerald Hardesty 4
Ethan Harmeyer 2
Non-scoring Eagles: Spencer Purdy, Derek Lunsford, Brandon Wilhoit,
Daniel Harlemert and Dalton Garnett.
Rising Sun Shiners 55
Logan Jackson 29
Michael Lovern 9
Tyler Banschbach 6
Nathan Adams 5
Alex Dennis 5
Matthew Keith 1
Non-scoring Shiners: Zeph Vaughn, Isaac Crouch, Zach Smith,
Jordan Walton, Chris Kaesar, Ryan Lozier, Tyler Jones and Josh
Shawe vs South Decatur
The opening game of the evening in a battle between the Shawe
Hilltoppers and the hosting Cougars of South Decatur, senior
Cougar Chris Scheidler scored 32 points in their 59-51 win,
to advance SD to the championship game on Saturday.
Score by Quarter
Shawe 17-9 SD
Shawe 27-27 SD
Shawe 39-38 SD
SD 59-51 Shawe
South Decatur Cougars 59
Chris Scheidler 32
Andrew Pittman 10
Tyler Mote 9
Ryan Mote 5
Kyle Powers 3
Non-scoring Cougars: Lincoln Hacker, Dylan Graham, Jordan Clark,
Chris Dickson, Taylor Wilkerson, Alex Helms and Jordan AmRhein.
Shawe Hilltoppers 51
Jacob Sanders 13
Nick Hall 13
Brandon Scroggins 9
Michael Kring 9
Nico Mingione 7
Non-scoring Toppers: Peter Bump, Dakota Jones, Matt Armstrong,
Campbell Higbie, Eric Grote and Doug Totten.
On Saturday night, March 7, the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles would finally
truly get the opportunity to earn what they had truly deserved
in last year's Sectional #60 battle, hosted at South Decatur
High School. For a whole year they had to deal with the bitter
taste of a defeat in that gym, by the SD Cougars, even though
they outplayed the Cougars in every aspect of the contest.
Tonight, would history repeat itself? Or would the Eagles truly
get the job done. By game's end, the latter would be the case
as the Eagles won decisively over the Cougars, 74-62.
Two teams played earnestly with every intention of moving on.
The Cougars with desire to protect the home turf and play the
role of repeat offenders to a great JCD season, and the Eagles
with desire to settle the question as to wehether they could
actually move on to higher ground from SDHS.
Eagles vs Cougars
JCD controlled the opening tip, leading to the first score of
the game by Eagle senior Matt Gehl. The Cougar answer came quickly
in the form of a three pointer shot by Cougar senior Tyler Mote,
followed by SD senior Andrew Pittman's FG to take a 5-2 lead.
Not to fear Eagle fans, Gehl converted the old fashioned three
point play with a FG and the FT combo, tying the score for the
first time at five to five.
Eagle senior Tim Arnett broke the tie with his first FG followed
by senior teammate Gerald Hardesty's first FG to lead nine to
five. Cougar Ryan Mote scored a FG, followed by a six point
run by the Eagles, with Gehl scoring two FG's and Tim Arnett
one. Cougar senior Lincoln Hacker scored a FG, Eagle sophomore
Trevor Arnett scored his first FG and Cougar senior Chris Scheidler
scored his first FG of the contest, ending the first quarter
with JCD up 17-11 over SD.
Second quarter scoring found the JCD lead cut to just four points
at 25-21 near the mid point of the period, after Cougar Pittman
drilled a long range three pointer. Eagle Gehl answered in kind
with a trey restoring JCD's lead to a seven point margin that
they maintained yet at the halftime break, JCD 37-30 SD.
Cougar scoring in the second included:12 points by Pittman,
three by Scheidler and two each by Tyler Mote and senior Kyle
Powers. The Eagle scoring for the quarter came from Tim Arnett
and Matt Gehl with eight points each and four by Eagle junior
In the early going of the third quarter, JCD stretched their
edge to 12 points off senior Eagle Blake Sutton's first three
pointer and teammate Gerald Hardesty's FG. During the quarter
the Eagles led by as many as 15 and by as few as eight, ending
the period up 12, 55-43.
Scoring for the Cougars in the third were: Scheidler with five,
Powers four, Tyler Mote three and Pittman with one. Scoring
for the Eagles were Blake Sutton with eight, Gehl at four, and
the trio of Gerald Hardesty, Tim Arnett and Trevor Arnett each
adding two apiece.
Champion naming time -
Holding a 14 point lead early in the fourth quarter, near the
six minute mark, Eagle junior Trevor Arnett was fouled out of
the game. With three and a half minutes remaining, Eagle senior
Blake Sutton was fouled out. The team responded to take their
largest lead of the contest at 16 points, 67-53. Trailing by
12 points with a minute left in the game, Cougar junior Ryan
Mote acquired his fifth called foul and left the contest. The
final score was Jac-Cen-Del 74-62 South Decatur.
The presentation of a game ball was made to the SD seniors as
the runner-up and the game ball and Sectional #60 trophy was
presented at center court to the Eagle seniors. Players, parents,
coaches, cheerleaders, student body and fans scurried onto the
floor to congratulate their champions prior to the traditional
cutting down of the nets.
Celebration @ JCDHS
With hundreds of supporters, the Eagle celebration continued
at the JCDHS gym upon the teams fire department escorted return
from SD. Eagle AD Mark Meyer opened the festivities, joined
by Principal Johnny Budd who then turned the floor over to Coach
Bradshaw acknowledged his team members individually as he spoke
of the pride and respect he has for them and their hard work
over the season, noting special leadership the seniors have
given. Each player, cheerleader, and coach spoke of gratitude
toward each other and the fans as did senior "video technician"
Ethan Hess. All emphasizing that this was just one small step
toward the ultimate goal of the Class 1A State Championship
Score by Quarter
Jac-Cen-Del 17-11 S. Decatur
Jac-Cen-Del 37-30 S. Decatur
Jac-Cen-Del 55-43 S. Decatur
Jac-Cen-Del 74-62 S. Decatur
JCD Eagles 74
Matt Gehl 31
Tim Arnett 18
Blake Sutton 13
Gerald Hardsety 4
Trevor Arnett 4
Shane Adams 4
Non-scoring Eagles: Spencer Purdy, Derek Lunsford, Ethan Harmeyer,
Brandon Wilhoit, Daniel Harlemert and Dalton Garnett.
SD Cougars 62
Chris Scheidler 22
Andrew Pittman 15
Tyler Mote 13
Kyle Powers 6
Dylan Graham 2
Lincoln Hacker 2
Ryan Mote 2
Non-scoring Cougars: Jordan Clark, Chris Dickson, Taylor Wilkerson,
Alex Helms and Jordan AmRhein.