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Boys basketball: SVM Scouts 1A/2A Regionals

Published: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 11:54 p.m. CDT

2A Morrison

When: Today, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Where: Morrison High School

Teams: No. 1 Newman (25-2), No. 2 Fulton (20-8), No. 3 Morrison (13-15), No. 4 Riverdale (8-20), No. 5 West Carroll (4-18)

Players to watch: Zach Barber, Fulton jr. G; Jake Bussert, Riverdale so. F; Matt Dail, Fulton sr. F; Hunter Hamstra, Morrison jr. F; Travis Hartman, West Carroll sr. G; Noah McCarty, Newman so. F; A.J. Sharp, Newman sr. G; Mason Sitzmore, Morrison jr. G

Outlook: The Newman Comets have high hopes going into the postseason, but can't afford to look too far ahead. While the Comets have topped Fulton twice, the Steamers have a dangerous combination of shooters and good defenders to be able to knock off any team on a given night. Morrison has also continued to improve under second-year coach Dave Peugh.

Favorite: Newman

Darkhorse: Fulton

Winner to: Bureau Valley Sectional vs. Princeton Regional winner, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5

SVM prediction: Newman

2A North Boone

When: Today, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Where: North Boone High School, Poplar Grove

Teams: No. 1 Winnebago (22-5), No. 2 Byron (20-10), No. 3 Pecatonica (14-10), No. 4 Stillman Valley (7-19), No. 5 North Boone, No. 6 Oregon (6-20)

Players to watch: DeLundre Dixon, Winnebago jr. G; Trevor Gerig, Stillman sr. C; Michael Gilmore, North Boone sr. F; Clayton Hoover, Byron jr. G; Eli Karvelis, Pec sr. G; Daniel Lowe, Byron sr. F; Jessie McKinley, Oregon sr. G; Dalton Menke, Winnebago jr. F; Trevor Otten, Oregon so. G

Outlook: Winnebago will be flying high after giving Rockford Lutheran its first conference loss of the season on Friday. The one-point win indicates the Indians are once again poised to make a long postseason run. The stiffest challenge at this regional will come from the second-seeded Byron Tigers.

Favorite: Winnebago

Darkhorse: Byron

Winner to: Bureau Valley Sectional vs. Aurora Christian Regional winner, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4

SVM prediction: Winnebago

2A Princeton

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Where: Princeton High School

Teams: No. 1 Seneca (22-5), No. 2 Hall (17-11), No. 3 Bureau Valley (18-11), No. 4 Prophetstown (13-13), No. 5 Princeton (5-21)

Players to watch: Grant Ames, Prophetstown jr. G/F; Alex Bott, Seneca sr. G; Conlan Callahan, Seneca sr. G; Garrett Duffin, Princeton jr. G; Carter Gallick, Seneca sr. G; Ethan Howard, Prophetstown sr. F; Parker Neuhalfen, BV jr. G; JJ Vaccaro, Princeton sr. G; Zach Urbanski, Hall sr. F; Miguel Villarreal, Hall sr. G

Outlook: A few weeks ago, the Bureau Valley Storm were flying high after handing the Newman Comets their first conference loss and second overall loss of the season. Since then, they've dropped games to Fulton, Newman and Prophetstown. The Prophets have been on the upswing in that span, making them a dangerous opponent for any of the favorites. Seneca won the regional title a year ago.

Favorite: Seneca

Darkhorse: Prophetstown

Winner to: Bureau Valley Sectional vs. Morrison Regional winner, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5

SVM prediction: Seneca

1A Amboy

When: Today, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Where: Amboy High School

Teams: No. 1 Indian Creek (19-8), No. 2 Paw Paw (20-5), No. 3 AFC (13-14), No. 4 Annawan (14-13), No. 5 LaMoille-Ohio (5-18), No. 6 Erie (2-25), No. 7 Amboy (2-23)

Players to watch: Jordan Chandler, Erie so. G; Bret Gittleson, AFC jr. G; Garrison Govig, Indian Creek sr. F; Troy Mairs, AFC sr. C; Garrett Post, Indian Creek sr. F; Damon Quest, Amboy sr. G; Nicholas Siemers, Paw Paw sr. G; Justin Wiley, Paw Paw sr. G

Outlook: Indian Creek is coming off an impressive win over Dixon, a 3A team that will be a favorite to win a regional title. The Wolves will be challenged by Paw Paw, which is led by a trio of talented seniors in Siemers, Wiley and Zach Lilja. AFC could be a thorn in the side of either of the favorites, as they like to make teams play at a very fast pace.

Favorite: Indian Creek

Darkhorse: AFC

Winner to: River Ridge Sectional vs. Galena Regional winner, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4

SVM prediction: Indian Creek

1A Forreston

When: Today, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Where: Forreston High School

Teams: No. 1 Milledgeville (21-4), No. 2 Aquin (21-5), No. 3 Polo (22-6), No. 4 Eastland (21-4), No. 5 Forreston (9-14), No. 6 Pearl City (7-22), No. 7 Hiawatha

Players to watch: Evan Bull, Pearl City jr. G/F; Brian Cavanaugh, Polo sr. G; Aiden Chang, Aquin jr. G; Robert DeVries, Forreston jr. F; AJ Dollmeyer, Polo sr. C; Jordan Harris, Milledgeville jr. G; Cody Kluck, Pearl City jr. G; Skylar Paulson, Eastland sr. C; Kaleb Reining, Forreston jr. G; Dalton Shaner, Eastland sr. G; Caleb Skoog, Milledgeville sr. F; Anthony Townsend, Aquin sr. G

Outlook: In the marquee 1A regional in the northern half of the state, the top four seeds all are legitimate state-qualifier contenders. Only one will advance from the regional. Eastland is the most experienced team, but have struggled down the stretch. Aquin is also a program used to winning. Milledgeville and Polo both want to make some school history with deep runs.

Favorite: Milledgeville

Darkhorse: Eastland

Winner to: River Ridge Sectional vs. South Beloit Regional winner, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5

SVM prediction: Milledgeville

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