GOSHEN — Florida and Wisconsin were among the fan favorites to make the Final Four in the 15th annual Goshen News NCAA Reader Contest.
The Florida Gators, the overall No. 1 seed, were selected by 373 contest entrants and Wisconsin by 128 to reach the Final Four.
The other two members of the Final Four, Connecticut and Kentucky were far less popular choices.
Only six entrants had the Connecticut Huskies making it this far. They were Rick Stevens, Mason Mathis and Lisa Welling of Goshen; Jennifer Good of New Paris, Norman Hanford of Middlebury and Thelma Swartzentruber of Warsaw.
Eight contestants went with the Kentucky Wildcats. They were Michael Beiler, Larry Juday, Micah Randolph, Robert Richardson, Dean Slabach, Steele and Welling of Goshen and Josh Borkholder of Kimmell.
Steel, who now leads the contest, and Juday correctly picked Florida, Wisconsin and Kentucky to make the Final Four. They were the only contestants to have three of the four right. A total of 82 people had two of the four correct.
The NCAA national tournament resumes on Saturday at AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys) in Arlington, Texas, with Connecticut meeting Florida in the first semifinal at 6:09 p.m. followed by Kentucky and Wisconsin around 8:49 p.m. The semifinals will be televised on TBS.
The national championship game is Monday at approximately 8 p.m. CBS is broadcasting the game.
Twelve people correctly picked six members of the Elite Eight. They were Steele, Larry Doss, Jessica Elliott, Lowell Hile, James Lee II, Bob Mathis, Rick Stevens, Ray Streit and James Yoder of Goshen; Bob Carpenter, Kenny Graber and Tim Taylor of Millersburg.
1, Steve Steele, Goshen (95); 2, tie, Bob Mathis, Goshen (86), Connie Roose, Goshen (86) and Larry Juday, Goshen (86); 5, Bob Carpenter, Millersburg (83); 6, tie, Devon Knepp, Middlebury (82), Jane Musser, Syracuse (82); Janet Lindemann, Shipshewana (82) and Scott Williams, Goshen (82); 10, Doug Lung, New Paris (80); Jason Skibbe, New Paris (80), Karri Miller, Goshen (80); Landon Miller, Middlebury (80) and Larry Haynes, Goshen (80); 15, AnnaSue Yoder, Topeka (79), Brady Shively, Nappanee (79) and George Pavel, Goshen (79); 18, Ivan Maximenko, Elkhart (79), Jason Miller, Milford (79), Keith Plank, Nappanee (79), Kenneth Petersen, Goshen (79), Larry Doss, Goshen (79), Sena Brown, New Paris (79) and Shawn Baker, Elkhart (79); 25, Cheryl Yoder, Goshen (78), David Yoder, New Paris (78), Dean Gladfelter, Goshen (78), Keaton McDonald, Middlebury (78) and Nolan Yoder, Goshen (78); 30, Jim Hamilton, Goshen (77), Julia Brookins, Goshen (77), Matt Davis, Topeka (77), Mike Truex, Goshen (77), Paul Miller, Goshen (77), Scott Sanders, Goshen (77) and Will Yoder, Goshen (77); 37, Brian Miller, Goshen (76), Elmer Maust, Goshen (76), Kayla Hinds, Barrow (76), Marla Lehman, Middlebury (76) and Travis Yoder, Middlebury (76); 42, Atlee Lambright, Shipshewana (75), Brad Schrock, Goshen (75), Brent Miller, Middlebury (75), Don Hoffman, Goshen (75), James Snowden, Elkhart (75), Kent Yoder, Goshen (75), Lowell Hile, Goshen (75), Matt Harshberger, Goshen (75), Nate Mullet, Goshen (75), Rob Shinabarger, Goshen (75) and Tim Taylor, Millersburg (75).
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