COACH: JOHN BURRUS, 198-129 at SOUTHWOOD, 276-221 OVERALL

RECORD: 15-10

HOME: 9-4

ROAD: 5-6

NEUTRAL: 1-0

CONFERENCE: 5-4

CURRENT STREAK: W7

SAGARIN RATING 1A: #14

TOURNAMENT HISTORY: Won 45, Lost 57

PREVIOUS MEETING VS. SETON: 2018 REGIONAL. SOUTHWOOD W 92-57 (LOST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME VS. MORRISTOWN 89-60)

TEAM STATS

PPG: 65.3

DPPG: 53.2

FG%: 43

ADJUSTED FG%: 49

3-FG%: 32

FT%: 65

REB P/G: 25.8

OFF REB P/G: 9.0

ASST P/G: 11.9

STEALS P/G: 16.0

BLOCKS P/G: 3.4

TURNOVERS P/G: 13.9

ASST/TO RATIO: 0.86

STEAL/TO RATIO: 1.15

DEFLECTIONS: 282

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

CARSON RICH, 5’10” SENIOR

23.0PPG, 5.7RPG, 4,2SPG, 2.4APG (SEASON HIGH 40 VS. SOUTHERN WELLS AND LAKELAND CHRISTIAN)

*AVERAGING 34.4PPG OVER THE LAST 5 GAMES…..

*70-105 SHOOTING IN LAST 5 GAMES (67% FG)…

*9-15 FROM 3 IN LAST 3 GAMES (60%)

*VS. SOUTHERN WELLS: 16-19FG (84%)

*VS. ADAMS CENTRAL: 12-15FG (80%)

*VS. NORTH MIAMI: 12-16FG (75%)

DAWSON FILIP, 5’11” SENIOR

10.2PPG, 3.6RPG, 2.6SPG, 2.3APG (SEASON HIGH 23 VS. MISSISSNEWA)

COLE WINER, 6’2” SOPHOMORE

9.6PPG, 3.4RPG, 1.7SPG, 39%FG-3 (SEASON HIGH 27 VS. ADAMS CENTRAL)

ALEX FARR, 6’0” SENIOR

9.0PPG, 3.4RPG, 2.3SPG, 1.9APG, 37%FG-3 (SEASON HIGH 20 VS. TIPPACANOE VALLEY)

CONNOR RICH, 5’10” SENIOR

7.9PPG, 3.2RPG, 2.7SPG, 2.4APG (SEASON HIGH 14VS. WAPAHANI AND NORTH MIAMI)

JASON OPRISEK, 6’1” SOPHOMORE

4.3PPG, 5.1RPG, 1.4SPG, 0.9APG, 50%FG

SEASON RESULTS:

Nov. 24atWapahani 2AL5876
Nov. 28Lewis Cass 2AL5175
Dec. 19Peru 3A ©L5768
Dec. 22Alexandria 2AW8132
Dec. 29Wabash 2AL5764tournament
Dec. 30Northfield 1AW5634tournament
Jan. 6atMississinewa 3AL6576
Jan. 8Wabash 2A ©W6730
Jan. 12Oak Hill 3AW6445
Jan. 15atWhitko 2A ©L4858
Jan. 19atManchester 2A ©L7172
Jan. 22atTippecanoe Valley 3A ©W6764
Jan. 27atEastern (Greentown) 3AL5668
Jan. 29North Miami 1A ©W6432
Feb. 6Northwestern 3AW5745
Feb. 9atRochester 2A ©L5457
Feb. 12atMaconaquah 3A ©W5240
Feb. 13Madison-Grant 2AL6472
Feb. 18Adams Central 2AW8058
Feb. 19Northfield 1A ©W6858
Feb. 23atEastbrook 2AW6458
Feb. 26Bluffton 2AW7745
Mar. 2NSouthern Wells 1AW8839sectional
Mar. 5atNorth Miami 1AW9319sectional
Mar. 6NLakeland Christian 1AW6944sectional

RECENT TOURNAMENT HISTORY:

2010SectionalNNorth MiamiW5746 
SectionalatLewis CassW5951 
RegionalNFort Wayne LuersW7068 
RegionalNGuerin CatholicW8672 
SemistateNWheelerL6168 
2011SectionalNNorth MiamiL6771 OT
2012SectionalNLewis CassL5556 
2013SectionalNNorthfieldL4854 OT
2014SectionalatManchesterL4453 
2015SectionalNManchesterL5072 
2016SectionalNWabashW7756 
SectionalatManchesterW6250 
SectionalNOak HillL5369 
2017SectionalNNorthfieldW7252 
SectionalatOak HillW6052 
SectionalNManchesterW5449 
RegionalNFranktonL6165 
2018SectionalNClinton CentralW9731 
SectionalatLafayette Central CatholicW7066 
SectionalNFrontierW9642 
RegionalNNorth VermillionW8042 
RegionalNSeton CatholicW9257 
SemistateNFort Wayne BlackhawkW5553 
StateNMorristownL6089 
2019SectionalNLafayette Central CatholicL4277 
2020SectionalatSouthern WellsW6944 
SectionalNLakeland ChristianW7825 
2021SectionalNSouthern WellsW8839 
SectionalatNorth MiamiW9319 
SectionalNLakeland ChristianW6944 


SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
YEARCLASSHOST OR SITE
20002ALewis Cass
20102ALewis Cass
20172AOak Hill
20181ALafayette Central Catholic
20201ASouthern Wells
20211ANorth Miami
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
20102ATipton
20181AFrankfort
SEMISTATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
20181AHuntington North

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(THE PAPER OF WABASH)

By Eric Christiansen

After cruising to wins of 49 and 79 points in their first two tournament contests, the Southwood Knights went into the Class 1A Sectional 53 championship game looking for a little bit of the same against Lakeland Christian Academy Saturday night, March 6.

After a tight back-and-forth with LCA, the Knights turned a 20-20 second-quarter tie into a 69-44 sectional championship victory to advance to the Frankfort Regional this Saturday.

LCA proved early that they weren’t going to let the Knights get off to the quick and dominating starts they enjoyed in their first two wins over Southern Wells and North Miami.

Southwood’s Carson Rich hit two baskets and Dawson Filip connected on another to give the Knights a 6-2 lead, followed by back-to-back buckets from Connor Rich and Carson Rich for a 10-5 advantage.

LCA regrouped and took a 13-12 lead early in the second quarter and played neck-and-neck with the Knights, tying the game at 20-20 with 3:33 left in the first half.

The Knights ended the half with a 13-3 run with Carson Rich scoring nine points, and Connor Rich and Cole Winer each adding two points in the run.

LCA opened the third quarter with a 5-2 run to cut the lead to 35-28, then Filip got hot, scoring seven of the next nine points, giving the Knights a 44-28 lead with 2:42 left in the quarter.

LCA cut the lead to 47-35 before Connor Rich hit a three-pointer, followed by a three-point play from Carson Rich with 11 seconds left in the third, to give the Knights a 53-35 lead. Carson Rich added fuel to the fire when, after an LCA miss, was fouled on a long three-pointer and hit three free throws with no time left on the clock, giving Southwood a 56-35 lead, a lead LCA never threatened.

Carson Rich had a monster game with 40 points, six steals, four rebounds, and two assists to lead the Knights.

Filip had 13 points, three rebound, and three steals, followed by Connor Rich with seven points and two steals, Winer with four points, five steals, three assists, and two rebounds, Jason Oprisek with three points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals, and Logan Barley with two points and two rebounds. Alex Farr added four steals and two rebounds.

The win gives Southwood its fourth sectional title in the past five seasons.

Southwood (15-10) moves on to face Seton Catholic (9-9) in the second game of the Frankford Regional Saturday, March 13. The game will start no earlier than 12:30 p.m. Cowan (15-8) plays Lafayette Central Catholic (8-10) in the first game Saturday morning.

IHSAA regional ticket information will be released Tuesday, March 9. Information regarding seating capacities, COVID-related rules and regulation, and sales dates and times will be released at the time.

Frankfort High School will use “GoFan” for ticket distribution. There will not be a season ticket for the regional as there has been in the past.

Follow Southwood Knights Athletics on Facebook or at southwoodknightsathletics.com for regional updates.

Southwood senior named Rising Star: Farr among 21 honored by NBA

By Joseph Slacian

A Southwood High School senior was named an Indianapolis NBA All-Star Rising Star.

Alex Farr was one of 21 high school seniors around Indiana to receive the honor from the Indianapolis NBA All-Star Host Committee in association with the NBA All-Star Legacy Grants awarded last February. The honor includes a $2,100 scholarship for each Rising Star payable to the college, university or post-secondary institution they attend after high school graduation.

“I was very pleased with the honor,” Farr told The Paper of Wabash County.

White’s Residential and Family Services, through being named a Legacy Grantee, nominated Farr and several other high school-aged Rising Stars for the honor.

From the nominees, the Indianapolis NBA All-Star Legacy Committee, a sub-committee of the host committee, selected one Rising Star from each of the 21 grant recipients. “I really appreciate what White’s does and how they reach out to kids, not only to the White’s kids, but the kids at Southwood as well,” he added.

The Indianapolis NBA All-Star game festivities were to take place Feb. 12-14. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, festivities were canceled and rescheduled for Feb. 16-18, 2024. Despite the delay, the Indianapolis NBA All-Star Host Committee committed to completed the 21 Legacy Grant projects and recognizing the 21 Rising Stars. They also plan to include the Rising Stars in activities related to the 2024 NBA All-Star game.

“These 21 high school seniors selected as Rising Stars each demonstrate leadership in their schools and communities,” said Rick Fuson, Founding Chairman, Indianapolis NBA All-Star Board of Directors and President and Chief Operating Officer, Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “They exemplify strong ideals, a drive to excel and commitment to serving others and we are honored to recognize them as they continue their postsecondary education.”

The $1 million Indianapolis NBA All-Star Legacy Grants focus on youth-serving nonprofit organizations across Indiana. The initiative provided 21 grants up to $50,000 for brick-and-mortar projects focused on health and wellness or education with an estimated impact on 90,000 youth statewide.

Farr is a standout three sport student athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball for the Knights.

He has been a part of the Heartland Career Center’s home-building initiative. He also has given of himself through mission trips to Alabama, as well as to Santiago, Dominican Republic.

After high school, Farr plans to attend a lineman’s school in Indiana with hopes of working for an electrical company around Wabash.

In his letter of recommendation for Farr, MSD of Wabash County Superintendent Mike Keaffaber wrote, “I am nominating Alexander because of his leadership at school and on the field of play, and his maturity and others-centered outlook.”

Farr said he was honored to have the superintendent speak highly of him.

“I was very pleased,” Farr said. “I was glad that he recognized me as one of three from the school (to be nominated) for the award. I’m glad that he saw me as a future leader and Rising Star.”

Also nominated from Southwood were Connor Rich and Logan Barley