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Supersectionals haven’t been kind to Sauk Valley

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 11:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 11:32 p.m. CDT
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(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukva)
Eastland's Dalton Shaner is lifted by fans after winning the 1A Eastland Sectional last Friday. The Cougars play Newark at the NIU Supersectional tonight in DeKalb.

Before last Friday's Class 2A Byron Sectional game, coach Ray Sharp was excited. 

"Hey, we're playing March," Sharp said to anyone that would listen.

Unfortunately for Sharp and his Comets, the Winnebago Indians were the lions roaring Newman into the offseason. 

That being said, March is about hoops, just don't tell that to Mother Nature. 

She sort of has us here at SVM all dressed up with nowhere to go after dumping snow all over Northern Illinois Tuesday morning and afternoon. 

So, for a day, we have no hoops in the Sauk Valley, and only one team and one game to think about. 

That would be Eastland's postponed game against Newark at the 1A NIU Supersectional in DeKalb. If the snow lets up, that game will be played today at 6 p.m.

Since we have time and space, I thought I'd look at how the Sauk Valley has done with March Supersectional hoops over the last few years. 

Since the 2007-'08 school year, the IHSA has had four classes in boys basketball. 

As you'll see, March basketball hasn't always been real kind to the area when it comes to supersectionals at DeKalb. 

2012 – Class 1A

North Shore Country Day 41, Newman 35

• A 6-0 run by the Raiders to open the final quarter forced Newman to play catchup. A trio of free throws by A.J. Sharp and a basket by Nic Miller brought the Comets as close as two points at 37-35 before North Shore sealed the win at the free-throw line.

It was the first time that Newman had played in a supersectional game since 1980. Poor shooting (15-for-50 from field) cost the Comets a state tournament berth. 

2010 – Class 1A

Eastland 70, Newark 57

• Tony Dunlap Jr. continued a magical postseason run by hitting nine 3-pointers and scoring 36 points. The Cougars were never challenged, leading by as many as 19 before halftime. 

Eastland would go on to push Salt Fork in the semifinal, but an injury to Dunlap dashed its hopes of playing for a state championship. 

2008 – Class 1A

St. Anne 64, Eastland 44

• It took only 8 minutes for St. Anne to turn a blur of Eastland missed shots and turnovers into a 20-point lead. The Cougars clawed back within 10 points early in the third quarter before St. Anne turned on its offense again. 

Varron Burdunice scored 18 points and had eight rebounds for St. Anne. Justin Witt had 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for Eastland. 

2008 – Class 2A

Peoria Manual 76, West Carroll 48

• NUIC West-mate Eastland had barely left the floor at the Convocation Center, and the West Carroll Thunder were already staring up at a double-digit deficit to the heavily-favored Rams. 

The highlight for West Carroll was the play of senior Chris Anderson. He finished with 27 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Drew Gallentine added 13 points and five rebounds.

2008 - Class 3A

Washington 56, Sterling 40

• For the third time in a week, a Sauk Valley team started slow at a supersectional. Washington jumped out to a 15-0 lead as the Warriors missed their first 10 shots. Sterling pulled as close as five points after a Dustin Fritsch basket with 28 seconds left in the third quarter. 

University of Illinois-bound junior Joseph Bertrand was held to five points on 2-for-10 shooting. Niko Rivera and Clay Hadley both had eight points. 

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