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January 9, 2013
By E. Shawn Aylsworth of Northeast Corner Conference



By E. Shawn Aylsworth
Managing Editor

With the new year now entering its second week, it’s time for the annual Northeast Corner Conference Tournament for girls basketball!

Action gets under way Tuesday, Jan. 8, at three sites, with four quarterfinals set for Wednesday, two semifinals Friday, and the girls and boys championship tilts Saturday at Westview. And if you cannot make it in person, you can check out some of the games via the Internet by clicking here!

Here’s a Sagarin power ratings look at the field followed by the tournament schedule, courtesy of johnharrell.net …

Tuesday, Jan. 8
Central Noble (0-14) at Churubusco (3-11)
GAME TIME: 6:00 PM EST, Churubusco.
COACHES: Lynford Yoder, 0-35 in 2nd year at Central Noble. Jamie Perlich, 22-56 in 4th year at Churubusco.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Churubusco, 36.47, 340th overall, 84th in Class 2A. Central Noble, 30.56, 366th overall, 94th in Class 2A.
LAST OUTING: Central Noble lost to LaVille, 48-23, Jan. 2. Churubusco defeated Hamilton, 45-29, Jan. 5.
VS. COMMON FOES: Central Noble 0-8. Churubusco 1-7.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Central Noble 92-89, Churubusco 86-95.
SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Central Noble, 8-3.
LAST MEETING: Churubusco, 49-45, overtime, Jan. 28, 2012.


Fairfield (7-4) at Eastside (1-12)
GAME TIME: 6:00 PM EST, Eastside.
COACHES: Brodie Garber, 7-4 in 1st year at Fairfield. Shane Conwell, 1-12 in 1st year at Eastside.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Fairfield, 52.03, 243rd overall, 77th in Class 3A. Eastside, 34.35, 348th overall, 88th in Class 2A.
LAST OUTING: Fairfield defeated Eastside, 38-25, Jan. 4. Eastside lost to Fairfield, 38-25, Jan. 4.
VS. COMMON FOES: Fairfield 3-1. Eastside 0-4.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fairfield 51-91, Eastside 85-81.
SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Fairfield, 11-2.
LAST MEETING: Fairfield 38, Eastside 25, Jan. 4, 2013.


Prairie Heights (6-6) at Lakeland (2-11)
GAME TIME: 6:00 PM EST, Lakeland.
COACHES: Kevin Frey, 29-26 in 3rd year at Prairie Heights. Sheila Moore, 2-11 in 1st year at Lakeland.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Prairie Heights, 51.06, 253rd overall, 52nd in Class 2A. Lakeland, 38.37, 335th overall, 89th in Class 3A.
LAST OUTING: Prairie Heights lost to Angola, 72-46, Jan. 4. Lakeland lost to West Noble, 64-36, Jan. 4.
VS. COMMON FOES: Prairie Heights 1-5. Lakeland 1-5.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Prairie Heights 67-87, Lakeland 89-79.
SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Lakeland, 10-4.
LAST MEETING: Prairie Heights 59, Lakeland 37, Nov. 16, 2012.

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Fremont (8-5) at 3A #8 Angola (11-2)
GAME TIME: 6:00 PM EST, Angola.
COACHES: Neal Frantz, 83-67 in 7th year at Fremont. John Berger, 51-9 in 3rd year at Angola.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Angola, 76.1, 77th overall, 20th in Class 3A. Fremont, 51.71, 245th overall, 49th in Class 2A.
LAST OUTING: Fremont defeated Churubusco, 54-40, Jan. 4. Angola defeated Prairie Heights, 72-46, Jan. 4.
VS. COMMON FOES: Fremont 2-3. Angola 5-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fremont 57-75, Angola 88-82.
SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Angola, 12-1.
LAST MEETING: Angola, 48-40, Feb. 3, 2012.


West Noble (10-4) at Winner Game 3
GAME TIME: 6:00 PM EST, Winner Game 3.
COACHES: Dale Marano, 78-64 in 7th year at West Noble.
SAGARIN RATINGS: West Noble, 61.44, 180th overall, 55th in Class 3A.
LAST OUTING: West Noble defeated Lakeland, 64-36, Jan. 4.
VS. COMMON FOES: None.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: West Noble 77-108, Winner Game 3 0-0.
SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: No meetings.

Westview (8-5) at Hamilton (2-9)
GAME TIME: 6:00 PM EST, Hamilton.
COACHES: Randy Yoder, 238-170 in 19th year at Westview. Mark Stiver, 12-21 in 2nd year at Hamilton.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Westview, 52.95, 235th overall, 44th in Class 2A. Hamilton, 37.2, 338th overall, 63rd in Class 1A.
LAST OUTING: Westview defeated Hamilton, 67-39, Jan. 3. Hamilton lost to Churubusco, 45-29, Jan. 5.
VS. COMMON FOES: Westview 4-0. Hamilton 1-3.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Westview 72-95, Hamilton 62-69.
SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Westview, 11-0.
LAST MEETING: Westview 67, Hamilton 39, Jan. 3, 2013.

NORTHEAST CORNER CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
First round (Tuesday, Jan. 8)
Game 1 Central Noble at Churubusco, 6 pm
Game 2 Fairfield at Eastside, 6 pm
Game 3 Prairie Heights at Lakeland, 6 pm

Quarterfinals (Wednesday, Jan. 9)
Game 4 Winner Game 2 at Winner Game 1, 6 pm Winner Game 1
Game 5 Fremont at 3A #8 Angola, 6 pm
Game 6 West Noble at Winner Game 3, 6 pm Winner Game 3
Game 7 Westview at Hamilton, 6 pm

Semifinals (Friday, Jan. 11 @ TBD)
Game 8 Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 pm
Game 9 Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 6, 6 pm

Championship (Saturday, Jan. 12 @ Westview)
Game 10 Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 8, 6 pm


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