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Bulldogs, Broncos, wrestlers look to move on

Feb. 9—LAPEL — Much is on the line Saturday as the high school postseason moves forward. Girls basketball teams are one win away from a regional championship and a semistate berth while two wins are all that separate semistate wrestlers and a trip to Evansville for the state finals.

Lapel will need to repeat its 2023 regional championship — also at home — win over Eastbrook in order to return to semistate while Daleville seeks its first regional title against fellow upstart Union City at Wes-Del.

Pendleton Heights senior Jack Todd looks to bounce back from a regional runner-up finish a week ago in his bid to return to the state finals. Regional champions Jay Covington of PH, Jonah Ellis of Frankton and Ezra Fye from Alexandria hope to cash in on being top seeds, win twice and advance to state for the first time.

Here is a glance at the weekend postseason slate:

LAPEL GIRLS BASKETBALL REGIONAL

Lapel (22-4) vs. Eastbrook (23-2), 4 p.m.

2A Ranking (Sagarin/Coaches): Lapel (8/6), Eastbrook (4/5); Trending: Lapel is 11-1 since Jan. 1, Eastbrook is 11-1 vs. Class 2A opponents; History: One meeting, 2023 Regional championship won 39-37 by Lapel; Players to Watch: Lapel — Laniah Wills (19 points, 12.8 rebounds per game), Maddy Poynter (15.8 points, 3.2 assists per game), Eastbrook — Sophia Morrison (19.5 points, 3.4 assists per game), Olivia Howell (13.4 points, 5.1 rebounds per game); Key Stat: Opponents winning percentage, Lapel .544 (337-283), Eastbrook .459 (268-315).

Outlook: "If we make shots and get stops, those are the two big things," Lapel coach Zach Newby said. "We've been saying it all sectional, that is the tournament. Everybody plays the game their way. Nobody is going to change what they do. You're kind of idiotic if you do. You're here for a reason. I feel super confident that we can get good shots, so we'll have to make those and we have to make sure (Eastbrook) has to take the most difficult shots possible."

WES-DEL GIRLS BASKETBALL REGIONAL

Daleville (9-13) vs. Union City (13-12), 1 p.m.

1A Ranking (Sagarin/Coaches): Daleville (62/NR), Union City (47/NR); Trending: Daleville won six of last 10, Union City has won three in a row — has not won four straight since 2021; History: Union City has won five of six meetings, teams have not played since 2019; Players to Watch: Daleville — Addisyn Gothrup (13 points per game), Isabelle Williams (12.8 points, 6.5 rebounds per game), Union City — Luane Schoonbroodt (17.5 points, 10 rebounds per game), Camryn Fischer (9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds per game); Key Stat: Both teams average 20 turnovers per game.

Outlook: "We did play (Union City) over the summer, so we do have experience with them," Daleville coach Brandon Hanshew said. "Hopefully, we can have the same success as we did over the summer. We did beat them, but summer ball is summer ball. We know their team a little bit, and they know us. Isabelle is going to be important, but if we play defense the way we did against Cowan and APA, we can win. We have a shot."

NEW CASTLE WRESTLING SEMISTATE

New Castle Fieldhouse, 9 a.m.

No. 1 seeds: Covington (35-3), 138 pounds, Pendleton Heights; Fye (37-3), 120 pounds, Alexandria; Ellis (21-10), 190 pounds, Frankton.

No. 2 seeds: Todd (28-1), 144 pounds, Pendleton Heights; Chris Crank (26-8), 190 pounds, Pendleton Heights; Kayden Simpson (26-5), 120 pounds, Elwood.

No. 3 seeds: Max Bowers (31-5), 126 pounds, Pendleton Heights; Tyler Huffman (25-14), 113 pounds, Alexandria; Garek Ellis (27-10), 215 pounds, Frankton; Ty Everson (26-9), 285 pounds, Frankton; Lorenzo Moreno (29-8), 132 pounds, Anderson; Jensen Shryock (27-10) 165 pounds, Anderson.

No. 4 seeds: Turner Seale (17-17), 157 pounds, Pendleton Heights; Eli Libler (28-8), 215 pounds, Pendleton Heights; Camden Shelton (23-16), 175 pounds, Alexandria; Harrison Fife (18-13), 285 pounds, Alexandria; Jackson Richardson (16-10), 120 pounds, Anderson.

"The New Castle semistate is hard," Alexandria coach Scott Rowland said. "We're just going to keep the same approach, wrestle one match at a time, one position at a time and see what we can do."

"It's great to have six kids move on to semistate, and anything can happen," PH coach Dave Cloud said.

FORT WAYNE WRESTLING SEMISTATE

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 9 a.m.

No. 2 seeds: Tripp Haisley (23-4), 126 pounds, Madison-Grant; Grant Howard (26-10), 138 pounds, Madison-Grant.

No. 3 seed: Reazon Davenport (33-2), 157 pounds, Daleville.

No. 4 seed: Boston Caudell (40-4), 190 pounds, Madison-Grant.

Contact Rob Hunt at rob.hunt@heraldbulletin.com or 765-640-4886.