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MIC Action Set to Tip-Off

Mid-Indiana Conference play begins this Friday night at Richard R. Rea Stadium.  The Northwestern Tigers visit their county rival, Western, as both teams search for their first victory of the 2013-14 season. Northwestern and Western are very familiar with each other.  They usually have the chance to face off twice each season because of the Howard County Tournament, and in recent history, the Old School Sectional.  Western has won eight of the last nine games against Northwestern.  Last season, the Panthers defeated the Tigers twice by the slim margin of only three points total between both games.  Fans can expect to see the same nail-biting action this Friday night. The Tigers and the Panthers match up very well.  Both squads lost a good portion of their interior bulk last year to graduation.  The size matchup will be virtually identical this year, as the two teams will sport guard-heavy lineups. “This years Tigers team is made up of around ten players who all have similar basketball skills,” Northwestern’s head coach Jim Gish said.  Early foul trouble from key starters forced coach Gish to go with some unusual lineups in their season opener loss to Madison Grant last week.  Keeping starters out.......

Kats Look to Bounce Back

Kokomo’s boys basketball team was defeated for the second straight time after a tough 54-53 overtime loss to Muncie Central last night at the historic Muncie Fieldhouse.  The game was decided by a putback from Muncie Central’s Tyler Arens as time expired.  Controversy surrounding the referee’s decision to count the basket looms large, as some believe the shot was not off before the clock hit zeros.  Whether you believe in home cookin’ or not, the Wildkats begin their NCC campaign with a loss.   Last night’s loss follows a four-point loss to Fishers last weekend.  Losing to a pair of very talented teams, by only a handful of points, is not that bad when you consider the Wildkats’ situation.  They are still dealing with the absence of senior guard, Tayler Persons.  I think it is a safe bet to say that Persons could easily be the difference maker in these close games, but what we should all be impressed with is how the Wildkats have proven that they can still compete at the highest of levels without him.   The Kats will look to rebound from back-to-back losses tonight as they host the Westfield Shamrocks.  Westfield is coming off their.......

Boredom should be the last thing on the mind of any Wildkat fan this weekend.  Memorial Gymnasium will be the site of three varsity games. The action starts this Friday as the Lady Kats take on the New Castle Trojans.  The boys varsity teams will play following the girls. Both matchups will mark the first time that Kokomo and New Castle face off in a non-conference game since both teams joined the NCC in 1926.  New Castle left the NCC before this school year began.  The Trojans are currently recognized as an independent team and will join the Hoosier Heritage Conference in the 2014-15 school year. The Lady Kats are hotter than ever.  They have won their last four games after dropping three in a row earlier this season. The Lady Kats are getting better at closing games and putting four quarters of good basketball together.  They play a very good New Castle team that comes into tomorrow’s game with an 11-2 overall record.  The game will be a great measuring stick for the Lady Kats to see where they stand heading into the last third of the season. This weekend will be very important for the Kokomo boys team. .......

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By Allan James (Fast play Sports) You can’t ignore a pure fact, that in game one of the Kokomo Sectional (Tuesday Night, March 4th), both Marion Coach James Blackmon Sr. and Logansport Coach Pat Skaggs, are relying on their own children to lead their teams to victory. In turn, these children won’t be able to escape from their Coach as they balance their teen-age lives in preparation for IHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament. For Blackmon, a 1983 graduate from Marion, his son, James Blackmon Jr. leads the Giants in scoring with an average of 34 points per game. “Junior” is savoring a regular season team scoring record of 1685 points. The total eclipses the previous record of 1578 held by the 1987 Giants team. Plus, Blackmon is a candidate for the McDonald’s All-American Team and perhaps an Indiana Mr. Basketball and has signed with the Indiana Hoosiers. The move from Fort Wayne has turned out pretty good as the Blackmon family comes home to where “Senior” scored 1897 career points as a Marion Giant, I should point out that Junior has eclipsed that career total as well, however, not all with the Giants. In articles written about this family, it’s clear.......