Lancers News · Lancers, Trojans To Meet For 67th Time On Hardwood Saturday Feb. 10


Lancers, Trojans Set To Meet For 67th Time On Hardwood Feb. 10

PLYMOUTH, IN. – Its been a rivalry that has gone back before LaPaz and Lakeville joined into LaVille Jr-Sr High School – 1965-66.  Back to the days of the Northern State Conference. LaVille joined the old in NSC 1966, while Triton became a full NSC member in 1981.  Both school’s joined the Hoosier North Athletic Conference in 2015-16.

On Saturday February 10, 2018, the current HNAC members will face off on the hardwood once again.  This will be the 67th all-time meeting.  The Trojans own the overall series lead, 42-24, including a 4-0 Triton lead in games played on a neutral court.

In fact, Saturday’s LaVille-Triton game will be played on a neutral court since 2008-09 at the Caston Holiday Tournament.

When asked about returning to his alma mater for a neutral court game, LaVille coach Michael Edison shared a long time family memory.

“I was talking to my college coach, Mike Lightfoot and my dad a few years ago and found out that my dad’s first win as a head coach was when he was coaching for Plymouth, playing LaVille, with the game being held at Triton,” recalled the younger Edison of the game that was played at Triton High School in the season of 1973-74.  “Coach Lightfoot was a senior that year and it was a very competitive game.

“Oddly enough, this year’s game involves those same three schools, but in a little different way,” continued Edison.  “Coach Groves always does an outstanding job at getting his players ready to play their best.  Back when I was a high school player for Plymouth Coach Groves was an unbelievable player for John Glenn.  We had some pretty good battles back in the day and nothing has been different now that we are both coaches.”

The current edition of LaVille Basketball is 19-0 overall, 5-0 in the HNAC, and ranked No.3 in the latest Associated Press Class 2A poll.  The Trojans, meanwhile, are 6-9 overall and 2-3 in loop play.

“Triton has a very scrappy team this year,” explained Edison.  “They play very hard and are very quick to the ball for rebounds, loose balls, and when getting into position when on defense.  They are a patient team and will look to slow down the tempo and get high percentage shots.  They have historically played well against us and will be ready to give us a dogfight.  With Triton being an HNAC rival look for this to be a very competitive game.”

Triton is led by Jared Bules, Beau Hepler, Dylan Hensley, Lucas Richman, and Ross Johnson.  Delano Shumpert, Drew Stichter, Max Slusser, and Quentin Thornburg also add into the Trojan mix.

 

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HOOSIER NORTH ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Boys Standings

> > > > > > > > > >  HNAC . . . . . O-ALL

LaVille . . . . . . . . . . . . 5- 0 . . . . . .  19- 0

Knox . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4- 1 . . . . . . . 12- 5

Winamac . . . . . . . . . . 3- 2 . . . . . . . 10- 6

North Judson . . . . . . 3- 2 . . . . . . . . 7- 9

Triton . . . . . . . . . . . .  2- 3 . . . . . . . . 6- 9

Culver . . . . . . . . . . . . 2- 4 . . . . . . . . 3-14

Pioneer . . . . . . . . . . . 1- 3 . . . . . . . . . 8- 7

Caston . . . . . . . . . . .  0- 5 . . . . . . . .  2-15