Kats prepare for sectional semi-final

Regan McClain, Sports Editor

The Wildkats are heading into sectionals with a strong season behind them. A lot of success came early in the season, but the team has continued to grow and overcome challenges. 

On Friday, Feb. 17, the Kats went head to head in front of a sold out crowd with Anderson for the North Central Conference Championship. The team landed on top with a victory of 69-52 over the Indians. The Kats finished 1st in the NCC with a record of 9-0. They completed the regular season 19-4. 

“The season was awesome. Our guys have had a very successful year and I am very proud of their progression throughout the season,” said head coach John Peckinpaugh.

The time and dedication the team has put into the season really has shown in all games. Seeing the flow of play at each game displays what the team has been doing behind the scenes in order to get where they are. 

With the upcoming state tournament, the team is preparing for challenges they may face. The team must focus on themselves and get better in each aspect everyday. The expectations from the tournament run last season only causes the team to work harder. 

“In any win or go home situation it is very challenging to not get too nervous or anxious about the game. You just have to go out there and trust all the work you have put in the entire season is going to pay off,” said varsity assistant Jason Smith. 

Taking one game at a time is the team’s main focus for the remainder of the season. Achieving the goals the team wants to meet requires the same amount of focus as the regular season. Every player must buy in and be ready to do what it takes in order to succeed and land exactly where they want to be. 

“We have always had a connection since last year. Having players who know what we expect. Especially holding each other accountable,” said Peckinpaugh. 

The anticipation for the Kats is high and they take this with pride. They know and understand what they are capable of and are willing to push, not only themselves but also their teammates to reach their goals.

The Wildkats will be in action tonight at Memorial Gymnasium to take on the Harrison Raiders in round two of sectionals, starting at 6pm. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $7 a person and all sports passes will not be valid. If the Kats win in this game, they will advance to the sectional championship tomorrow night  at 7:30pm. 


2/28 3/3 3/4 (Championship)
6pm Game 1

Harrison vs. Lafayette Jefferson

Harrison advances

Game 3

Kokomo vs. Harrison

Winner advances to           finals

7:30pm Game 2

Logansport vs. Marion

     Marion advances 

Game 4

McCutcheon vs. Marion

Winner advances to          finals

Game 5

Winner G3 vs. Winner G4

Winner advances to                      regional