News and notes from around the county:
Isgrigg closing in on 1,000 points: It’s possible that Frankfort senior Dakota Isgrigg will reach 1,000 career points this week. After scoring 15 points against Zionsville on Saturday night, Isgrigg has 944 career points, which means he’ll need 56 points over the three games this week to reach the magic number.
Isgrigg would have to average 18.7 points per game over that stretch to reach it. Isgrigg scored 108 points as a freshman, 255 points as a sophomore and 449 as a junior. He’s got 132 in nine games played this season for a 14.7 ppg average.
His season-high is 27 points against Western.
Home games limited for Frankfort: Frankfort’s five-games-in-eight-days stretch continues this week with three road games. The Hot Dogs (6-3) travel to Howard County to take on Northwestern (4-4) at 7:30 p.m. tonight and then they’ll get two days off before traveling to Western Boone (5-6) on Friday and Rossville (6-4) on Saturday.
Amazingly, Frankfort has only played two home games this year, and only has seven on the season. The Hot Dogs will play four straight home games starting on Jan. 19 against Lafayette Central Catholic (4-5). They’ll play host to Crawfordsville (3-7) on Jan. 25, West Lafayette (7-3) on Jan. 26 and Danville (10-2) on Feb. 1.
Scouting Northwestern: The Tigers are 5-3 on the season, with wins over Madison-Grant, Tri-Central, Taylor, Mississinewa and Maconaquah. Two of Northwestern’s three losses have to Western by a combined three points – a team which also beat Frankfort.
SAC wrestling, swimming champions crowned this week: The Sagamore Athletic Conference wrestling and swimming meets will take place this weekend in Montgomery County. The swimming preliminaries will be Thursday night and the finals Saturday, both at Crawfordsville. Crawfordsville and Lebanon are the defending boys’ and girls’ champions, respectively. The Frankfort boys’ will be one of three or four teams battling for the title this time around.
The wrestling meet is Saturday at North Montgomery. The host Chargers won the team title last year.
HHC wide-open: With Tri-Central upsetting Sheridan 72-63 on Friday night, the Hoosier Heartland Conference is Rossville’s to lose. The Hornets, already 2-0 in league play, travel to Tri-Central (1-0 HHC, 4-6 overall) on Friday. They are the only undefeated teams in conference play.
If Rossville wins beats the Trojans and Clinton Central on Jan. 18 that would be enough to clinch at least a share of the crown. If Rossville loses to Sheridan on Feb. 9, that would, hypothetically, set up a three-way share of the crown if all three teams win out.
Kirby finds scoring touch: With back-to-back 18-point performances against Lebanon and Zionsville, Frankfort junior point guard Brody Kirby has scored in double figures in five consecutive games.
Kirby is averaging 11.3 ppg on the season.
Sagarin Says: It’s not likely that either the Frankfort or Rossville boys’ basketball teams will receive votes in this week’s Associated Press poll, but the Sagarin Ratings say both teams deserve a closer look.
Frankfort is ranked 11th in Class 3A and 59th overall – two spots ahead of Lebanon, oddly enough, considering the Hot Dogs lost to them, 62-50, on Friday night. That rating is largely a product of Frankfort’s schedule, ranked 78th-toughest out of 411 teams.
Rossville is 10th in Class A, and its strength of schedule will improve after facing Frankfort on Saturday night. The Hornets have yet to lose to a Class A team this season, with two losses to Delphi (ninth in 2A), and Class 3A Western and Western Boone.
Prairie girls look to stop Catholic: Lafayette Central Catholic has won nine consecutive games by an average of nearly 20 points per game. That’s what Clinton Prairie (9-4) has in front of itself as it prepares for tonight’s showdown with the Knights.
The Gophers also have an eye on Thursday’s showdown with Sheridan (7-7), which has won five out of its last six games. If the Gophers win, they clinch a share of the HHC title and can win it outright Jan. 22 against Clinton Central.