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Selection Sunday-- football style

     What is the most important time of a season-ending tournament?  Many will say getting the first game under your belt is the best thing; others will say it's a game that may provide a chance for an underdog to make a legitimate run at a favorite.  Maybe it is a team not known for its traditional prowess in a certain sport upsetting the balance of power (see Linton basketball, spring of 2013.)  
     But it all starts on Draw Day.  In my mind, the sectional draw is the most-important day of the tournament-- especially in football, where the Sectional champ will be halfway to a state title.  It also means a favorable draw for a team is enhanced through the Sectional round.  
      Football Draw Day is Sunday-- more specifically, Sunday night.  In Knox County, two of the four teams-- Vincennes Lincoln and North Knox-- will hope for good draws, to improve their chances.  Traditionally, Lincoln's draws have been good, while North Knox's haven't.  In Lincoln's 3A Sectional, all roads lead through a rejeuvenated Gibson Southern-- but that doesn't mean L-H-S wouldn't benefit from a good draw.  The Alices' win over Washington may help to spark confidence-- and a win over Princeton in two weeks would enhance that.  
       As for North Knox's field... Linton has shown themselves the class of the sectional-- again.  However, one cut below that, three teams could cause problems-- the Warriors, North Daviess, and Perry Central.  How can the Warriors do in this field of eight?  Don't look at last Friday's game against Linton; instead, look at this Friday's matchup with North Daviess for clues.  The two teams face each other at Cougar Valley; I think that game will answer many questions about the two teams' focus moving into their Class A Sectional.
        Draw Day- or in this case, Draw Night.  Will good things ensue for either or both County teams?  The draw will answer many questions...

                                                       That's my take... I'm Tom Lee. 


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10/08/2013 7:51AM
Selection Sunday-- football style
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