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Posted On: 11/18/18 11:21 AM
The high school season begins next week and we are looking at a little bit of everything as we begin. There are teams, players, and so much more to consider and in 2A this year, there are a ton of challenges that await. We breakdown, top to bottom, everything you need to know in 2A this season. Let’s begin.
Frankton Looks To Get Back To State Title, Again
Last year was a tough one for Frankton who had a stellar team but wasn’t able to get out of Sectionals, losing to rival Lapel in overtime in the Sectional Championship. However, just one year previous, they won the 2A State Title. Two years before that and they lost in the State Finals.
This season, Frankton returns most of their team with Rylan Detling and Kayden Key making a senior duo that is going to be hard to stop and a team that knows what it takes to get there. Lapel is down from last year after graduating a few key seniors and Wapahani nearly the same. That makes their normally very difficult Sectional quite a bit easier. Their potential Regional, not nearly as difficult either. Semistate will likely be the most difficult test with Westview and Marquette Catholic waiting in the wings. But, not sure there is another team more prepared to make that run in 2A than Frankton.
Top End Power Lies North, South Could Surprise
So, looking at those teams in our Top 20 this year, a majority of the top teams in the state reside in the north with Frankton, Westview, Andrean, and Marquette Catholic topping the list. A State Champ coming out of those seems very likely with really only Indianapolis Howe being locked in as a Top 5 team.
However, the southern part of the state has some sleepers to watch out for. Linton-Stockton and Forest Park are going to be two of the best teams in the south regardless of class for the next few years, Tell City is loaded up for this year, Park Tudor and Monrovia could really make a run with the talent each has this season. Even down the list Shenandoah is a perennial favorite while Paoli and South Knox could be in play.
Realistically, they Top 5-10 teams in 2A have the best shot but as teams develop over the season, there are enough close in talent that could make a run. If you are putting money down, best to bet on the horses like Frankton or Westview but if you are looking for an underdog and a big payoff, there are plenty of choices this season.
Potential All-Stars Playing For A Spot
This year, there are a number of guys in 2A that are going to be playing for not only a State Title but also a spot on the Indiana All-Star teams. Colin Kenney of Marquette Catholic will be a lock for consideration on the Senior team along with Rylan Detling (Frankton), Max Newman (Monrovia), and Elijah Hales (Westview).
Elijah Hales and Colin Kenney both made the team last year but with rosters going from 24 as juniors to just 13 as seniors, it will still depend on a big senior season to propel them into those spots.
But don’t count out the Junior group who is also interesting with their expanded rosters they are sporting. Have to think Charlie Yoder (Westview) has a very good shot. Josiah Ricketts of North Posey put up impressive numbers last season, enough that if he could replicate this year will surely get him noticed.
Prep Hoops Indiana’s Top 20 In 2A
2A All-Class Teams
First Team All-Class 2A
Curt Hopf (So., Forest Park)
Maxwell Newman (Sr., Monrovia)
Rylan Detling (Sr., Frankton)
Charlie Yoder (Jr., Westview)
Colin Kenney (Sr., Marquette Catholic)
Second Team All-Class 2A
Brett Bosley (So., Paoli)
Josiah Ricketts (Jr., North Posey)
Kyle Ross (So., Andrean)
Elijah Hales (Sr., Westview)
Allen Plunkett (Sr., South Putnam)
Third Team All-Class 2A
Tyler Kramer (Sr., Southwestern)
Lincoln Hale (So., Linton-Stockton)
Logan Carter (Sr., Evansville Mater Dei)
Braeden Beard (Sr., Tell City)
Jackson Paul (So., Churubusco)
Gage Bobe (Sr., South Knox)
Kip Fougouresse (Jr., Linton-Stockton)
Sammy Robbins (Sr., Linton-Stockton)
Kycia Washington Jr., (Sr., Indianapolis Howe)
Wyatt Felling (Sr., Triton Central)
Tristan Bufkin (Sr., Park Tudor)
Evan Turner (Jr., Shortridge)
Tony Truth (Sr., Indianapolis Howe)
Andrew Williams (Sr., Heritage Christian)
Ronald Johnson (So., Park Tudor)
Andrew Bennett (So., Shenandoah)
Avery Paddock (Sr., Alexandria)
Kayden Key (Sr., Frankton)
Carson Dolezal (Sr., Tipton)
Tre Spence (Jr., Wapahani)
Andrew Luce (Jr., Wapahani)
Colton Brown (Jr., Covington)
Chase Frey (Sr., Rossville)
Kaden Howell (So., Madison-Grant)
Joseph Waling (Sr., Seeger)
Joe Andershock (Sr., Marquette Catholic)
Calvin Larkin (Sr., Winamac)
Brett Sickafoose (So., Whitko)
Dorian Harris (So., Andrean)
I spent some time researching and looking into the teams in 4A this season. This is my personal, unbiased predictions for those winners of each Sectional, Regional, Semistate, and State game.
Sectional 33: Andrean
Sectional 34: Marquette Catholic
Sectional 35: Westview
Sectional 36: Churubusco
Sectional 37: Manchester
Sectional 38: Covington
Sectional 39: Alexandria
Sectional 40: Frankton
Sectional 41: Hagerstown
Sectional 42: Indianapolis Howe
Sectional 43: Park Tudor
Sectional 44: Monrovia
Sectional 45: Southwestern (Hanover)
Sectional 46: Paoli
Sectional 47: Linton-Stockton
Sectional 48: Forest Park
Regional 9: Westview
Regional 10: Frankton
Regional 11: Indianapolis Howe
Regional 12: Linton-Stockton
Semistate North: Frankton
Semistate South: Linton-Stockton
State Champion: Frankton