Andrean – The 59ers have lost one sectional game since the start of the 2007 tournament. That number shouldn’t increase this year. The big question is if this will be their last appearance in a 3A sectional for a while.
Mishawaka Marian – This is Andrean’s biggest competition in the sectional, by a pretty decent margin. The Knights come in with a solid 7-2 mark and their only losses are to New Prairie (8-1) and Mishawka (7-2). If any team can spoil the 59er coronation, it’s this one.
Calumet – See above regarding teams that are likely to appear in the championship always have, at least, a chance. The Warriors have two one win teams (Roosevelt & Knox) in their way of a title game appearance. For Calumet, who hasn’t been that far in over two decades, that’s something to be happy about.
John Glenn – Probably the third best team in this sectional…unfortunately they are matched against the second best (Mishawaka Marian) in the opening round. If Glenn can eliminate Marian for the second straight year, they’ll get the Niners in the semi-finals, so that’s probably as far as they can go.
TOUGH TIMES AHEAD
Hammond High – With Knox, Roosevelt and a beatable Calumet squad in this sectional, the Wildcats probably weren’t too happy about drawing Andrean in the opener. It’s been a great year for first year head coach Roosevelt Moore and the ‘Cats, but unfortunately for them, it’ll come to an early end.
Roosevelt – The Panthers went from 0-10 in 2013 to 1-7 so far this year, so at least there’s some improvement.
Knox – For a team that’s been eliminated in the opening round in each of the last four years, they can at least say they’re in the semi-finals this year. No need to mention it was thanks to an opening round bye.