Goshen News, Goshen, IN

February 21, 2013

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL PREDICTIONS: Redskins vex roundball swami

By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS

GOSHEN —  The hometown Goshen Redskins tripped me up twice last week during a 16-5 week (76.2 percent) in high school boys basketball predictions.

Missed calls were Goshen over Westview, South Bend St. Joseph over Goshen, Angola over West Noble, Jimtown over Fairfield and Elkhart Central over Elkhart Christian.

The year-to-date mark is now 142-65 (68.6).



Friday

West Noble at Goshen ­— The Redskins were 66-50 winners over West Noble last season and have taken eight of the last nine meetings between the two schools. Goshen has a 7-0 record versus common opponents this season while the Chargers are 5-3. It’s the final home game for Redskin seniors Jesse Good, Austin Henke and Sam Stegelmann and the team will want to send them out on a winning note. Goshen.

Fairfield at Central Noble — This is a rematch of an NECC tournament game that was won by the Fairfield Falcons 49-38 back on Jan. 9. The Falcons have a 14-4 record in recent meetings with the Cougars. In contests with common foes this season, Fairfield is 9-6 and Central Noble 3-9. Fairfield.

Fremont at Bethany — So far this season, Bethany is 0-7 against common opponents while Fremont is 3-5. The BC Bruins were 53-44 winners a year ago to even the series at 8-8 in recent years. Fremont has one of the premier players in the area in senior Tyler Jenkins. Fremont.

Westview at Concord — This is one of the best local examples of the classic big school-small school rivalry. This year Concord is truly the ‘bigger’ squad with a lineup that includes 6-6 Franko House and 6-5 Filip Serwatka. The Minutemen posted a 67-48 victory a year ago to take a 12-3 advantage in recent meetings with the Warriors. Concord may have played a tougher schedule as opponents have a combined mark of 191-177 compared to 162-229 for Westview’s foes. Among the teams both schools have played Concord is 6-0 and Westview 4-2. Concord.

DeKalb at Northridge — The DeKalb Barons, coached by Goshen graduate Jon Everingham, were 37-33 winners over Northridge a year ago and have a 7-3 record in recent meetings with the Raiders. DeKalb has a 3-1 record against common foes while Northridge is 2-2 but the Raiders may have an edge in strength of schedule as their opponents have a combined record of 224-145 compared to 207-209 for the Barons. This could be a close one and playing before the hometown faithful in Middlebury might give the Raiders the advantage. Northridge.

Whitko at NorthWood — The NW Panthers recorded a 45-39 win last season over the Wildcats to take a 14-2 lead in the series as of late. The two have played five common foes with NorthWood having a 3-2 record and Whitko 0-5. NorthWood.

Lakeland at Angola — This looks like another one that could be a thriller. The Lakeland Lakers are 5-13 against common foes this season compared to 6-9 for the Angola Hornets. Lakeland holds a 15-11 advantage in the series in recent years after a 48-25 win a year ago. This one could come down to home court advantage. Angola.

Wawasee at Tippecanoe Valley — Wawasee notched a 56-54 win a year ago. Tippecanoe Valley has not defeated the Warriors since a 62-53 overtime decision in the 2007-08 season. Against common foes during the current campaign Wawasee is 3-3 and Valley 4-2. Tippecanoe Valley.

Jimtown at LaVille — Jimtown holds a 17-4 advantage in the recent series despite LaVille’s 50-32 victory a year ago. Jimtown has a 4-0 record versus common opponents this season and LaVille an 8-5 mark. LaVille.

Elkhart Christian at FW Canterbury — These two could potentially meet again next week in the 1A sectional at Hamilton. Canterbury captured a 57-55 thriller last season but the ECA Eagles have a 6-5 lead in the series over recent seasons. So far this season against common foes ECA is 3-2 and Canterbury 4-0. FW Canterbury.

Memorial at Marquette Catholic — Memorial is the bigger school (4A compared to 1A) and has played a tougher schedule with opponents having a combined mark of 206-159 compared to 134-189 for Marquette. Memorial has one of the better players in the area in senior Markese McGuire. Memorial.