Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bob Wettig Memorial Tournament Preview

The 4th Annual Wettig Tourney is bigger and better than ever. There are 16 teams who will play four games over a period of three days. This year's tournament features three undefeated teams in Tipton (5-0), Jennings County (7-0) and host Richmond (5-0). Also, there are teams from Illinois and Michigan. The tournament will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the 28th and there will be games one right after another all day at the Tiernan Center. Should be a great three days of basketball!

Top Players: 2013 Mike Crawford, Tipton.
2011 Greg Dickey, Tipton. (University of St. Francis)
2011 Zach Miller, Connersville. (Bethel College)
2013 Torrio Jackson, Connersville.
2011 Austin Etherington, Hamilton Heights. (Indiana University)
2013 Alex Etherington, Hamilton Heights.
2011 Jon Trawick, Richmond.
2011 Dustin Lawson, Jennings County
Round 1
East Central (5-2) vs. Hagerstown (3-2) 9:00 a.m.
Winner: East Central. The inside attack of 2012 6'6'' Logan Jaehmen and 2011 6'6'' Brady Collins will prove too much for the undersized Tigers to handle.
Tipton (5-0) vs. Tabernacle Christian Academy (9-2) 10:30 a.m.
Winner: Tipton. The balanced offensive attack of 2013 prospect Mike Crawford, along with 2011 Conner Rich and NAIA powerhouse University of St. Francis signee Greg Dickey should take care of Tabernacle easily.
Huntington North (2-4) vs. Shenandoah (4-3) 12:00
Winner: Huntington North. HN is coming off of a lost to host Richmond, but they should bounce back and defeat Shenandoah. I watch the Raiders play Winchester last week and was not too impressed, they have a tough time putting points on the board.
Connersville (1-6) vs. Westminster Academy (IL) (8-1) 1:30 p.m.
Winner: Connersville. This is my upset pick for the tourney. This may be one of the worst starts in recent memory for the Spartans, but Bethel commit Zach Miller is playing some great basketball and I expect him to lead his team to victory over a tough Westmister squad. I also like 2013 6'6'' forward Torrio Jackson.
Floyd Central (3-2) vs. Indianapolis Tindley (6-1) 4:30 p.m.
Winner: Floyd Central. FC finished 3rd in last years eight team Wettig Tournament. Tindley is coming in hot, winners of four straight games including a win over Gary Roosevelt. However, I think that run will come to an end.
Hamilton Heights (5-2) vs. Northeastern (6-2) 6:00 p.m.
Winner: Hamilton Heights. This could be an ugly game. Northeastern does not have any impressive wins despite their six wins, and HH has an IU signee in Austin Etherington, and another D1 prospect in his little brother Sophomore Alex Etherington.
Richmond (5-0) vs. Benton Harbor Academy (MI) (2-3) 7:30 p.m.
Winner: Richmond. Host Richmond has won the first three Bob Wettig tournaments, and coming in with an undefeated record certainly gives them the confidence that they can win it again. 2011 unsigned prospect Jon Trawick is having another good season for the Red Devils.
Jennings County (7-0) vs. Guerin Catholic (4-2) 9:00 p.m.
Winner: Jennings County. This is definitely the most intriguing first round match up. JC is riding an undefeated season, and Guerin is always a tough team, plus they hold a victory over 2A powerhouse Park Tudor.
Round 2
East Central vs. Tipton. Winner: Tipton
Huntington North vs. Connersville. Winner: Huntington North
Floyd Central vs. Hamilton Heights. Winner: Hamilton Heights
Richmond vs. Jennings County. Winner: Jennings County
Tipton vs. Huntington North. Winner: Tipton
Hamilton Heights vs. Jennings County. Winner: Hamilton Heights
3rd Place Game
Huntington North vs. Jennings County. Winner: Jennings County
Tipton vs. Hamilton Heights. Winner: Hamilton Heights

The duo of Austin and Alex Etherington is just too much talent for any of the teams in this year's field to handle. This championship match-up should be a great game, and I expect Tipton to hang right with Hamilton Heights. Its too bad that 4 of the 5 best teams are all on the same side of the bracket (my top 5 are Tipton, Hamilton Heights, Richmond, Jennings, and Guerin.) Realistically, any of those 5 teams could win this in my opinion, but Hamilton Heights is my pick. Enjoy a great three days of basketball in memory of Bob Wettig!

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