Positively Promoting the Student Athlete Since 1992


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Improvement was made as I went 26-3 (89 percent) last week. Heading into the final week of January, my overall record is 149-35, which is good for 81 percent for the season.


Adams (13-0, 5-0 NIC) at Bremen (7-5, 2-2 NIC): The No. 5 (Class 4A) Eagles soared to a 74-29 win over Bremen last season. Quentez Columbus came up with 10 points in Adams’ 61-49 win against Chesterton. Zach Czarnecki added three points in the Lions’ 46-33 loss to New Prairie. Matt’s pick: Adams 74, Bremen 52.

Glenn (12-1, 3-1 NIC) at Marian (9-2, 3-2 NIC): The Falcons suffered a 54-38 loss to No. 7 (Class 3A) Marian a season ago. Jack Porter’s five points helped the Falcons to the TCU Bi-County Tournament title with a 47-37 win over New Prairie. Richard Brooks came up with 17 points in the Knights’ 59-56 overtime win at Penn. Matt’s pick: Marian 61, Glenn 59.

Goshen (5-8, 1-2 NLC) at Northridge (8-4, 1-2 NLC): The Raiders cruised to a 74-38 win over Goshen a year ago. Jordan Williams’ two points were not enough in the RedHawks’ 62-56 overtime loss to NorthWood. Sam Smith was limited to nine points in Northridge’s 57-45 loss at Mishawaka. Matt’s pick: Northridge 62, Goshen 50.

Wawasee (5-6) at Bethany Christian (6-7): The Warriors marched past Bethany Christian, 41-23, last year. Grant Brooks finished with eight points in Wawasee’s 43-40 win against West Noble. Beck Williams tallied 16 points in the Bruins’ 69-28 win over Hamilton. Matt’s pick: Wawasee 44, Bethany Christian 43.


Marquette Catholic (12-3) at Mishawaka (8-1): Kaden Manna chipped in 17 points in the Blazers’ 66-53 win over Calumet. Trent Johnson netted 18 points for the Cavemen against Northridge.  Matt’s pick: Mishawaka 76, Marquette Catholic 73.


Adams (14-0, 6-0 NIC) at Glenn (12-2, 3-2 NIC): The Eagles soared to a 68-52 win over Glenn a year ago. Tommy Snyder tallied four points in Adams’ 56-33 win over Bremen. Silas Kaser added four points in the Falcons’ 43-34 loss at Marian. Matt’s pick: Adams 65, Glenn 56.

Bremen (7-6, 2-3 NIC) at Clay (2-13, 0-6 NIC): The Colonials cruised to a 71-32 wm against Bremen a season ago. Tony Hardin mustered seven points for the Lions against Adams. Robert Allen had 12 points in Clay’s 78-44 loss at Riley. Matt’s pick: Bremen 50, Clay 48.

Elkhart (8-8, 2-5 NIC) at Jimtown (3-10, 1-5 NIC): The Jimmies suffered an 88-75 loss to Elkhart in the 1971 Elkhart Sectional opener. Luke Teich managed seven points in the Lions’ 75-62 win over Fort Wayne Wayne. Luke Bottom finished with four points in Jimtown’s 53-46 overtime loss to Concord. Matt’s pick: Elkhart 61, Jimtown 49.

Mishawaka (9-1, 3-0 NIC) at Goshen (5-9, 1-3 NLC): The RedHawks posted a 56-43 win over Mishawaka last year. DaVonn Parker scored seven points for the Cavemen in a 62-56 win over Marquette Catholic. Gage Worthman drained nine points in Goshen’s 63-41 loss to Northridge. Matt’s pick: Mishawaka 56, Goshen 46.

NorthWood (9-3. 3-1 NLC) at Warsaw (8-7. 3-1 NLC): The Tigers dropped a 56-44 decision to NorthWood last season. Jamarr Jackson recorded 16 points for the Panthers against Goshen. Bishop Walters racked up two points in Warsaw’s 50-39 win at LaPorte. Matt’s pick: NorthWood 47, Warsaw 45.

Penn (4-7, 2-4 NIC) at Riley (11-4. 5-1 NIC): The Wildcats edged Penn, 55-52, in their previous meeting. Markus Burton chipped in 16 points for the Kingsmen against Marian. Phillip Robles poured in 27 points in Riley’s 83-56 win over Lighthouse CPA. Matt’s pick: Riley 63, Penn 58.

Plymouth (2-13, 0-4 NLC) at Northridge (9-4, 2-2 NLC): The Raiders rolled to a 73-33 win over Plymouth last year. Nolan Bales 15 points were not enough for the Pilgrims in a 46-39 loss at Wawasee. Jesse Ryman contributed four points for Northridge against Goshen. Matt’s pick: Northridge 52. Plymouth 39.

Saint Joseph (9-2, 5-1 NIC) at New Prairie (10-5, 3-3 NIC): The No. 6 (Class 3A) Indians were a 59-42 winner over New Prairie last season. Cole Hatkevich registered 12 points in Saint Joseph’s 80-66 win over Elkhart. Kole Staley ended with just one point for the Cougars against Glenn. Matt’s pick: Saint Joseph 67, New Prairie 61.

Washington (3-8, 2-4 NIC) at Marian (10-2, 4-2 NIC): The Knights posted a pair of wins over Washington a year ago by scores of 60-47 and 55-47. Javontae Wallace mustered seven points in the Panthers’ 68-58 loss to Fort Wayne North. Dar’e’on Thornton came up with eight points for Marian against Glenn. Matt’s pick: Marian 55, Washington 44.

Wawasee (6-6, 1-3 NLC) at Concord (4-6, 2-1 NLC): The Warriors cruised to a 61-40 win over Concord last year. Ethan Carey scored 14 points in Wawasee’s 48-39 win against Bethany Christian, Jack D’Arcy accounted for eight points in the Minutemen’s 37-33 win over Warsaw. Matt’s pick: Wawasee 45, Concord 41.


Adams (15-0) at Warren Central (11-5): Chuck Worsham had two points for the Eagles against Bremen. Malik Stanley tallied 20 points in the Warriors’ 55-54 win against Indianapolis Ben Davis. Matt’s pick: Warren Central 81, Adams 79.

Crown Point (8-1) at Washington (3-9): The Panthers edged Crown Point, 61-59, last season. Darren Roach’s 14 points helped the Bulldogs to a 66-48 win over Michigan City. Cortez Redmond chipped in four points in Washington’s 73-37 win over Jimtown. Matt’s pick: Crown Point 67, Washington 54.

Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (4-8) at Marian (11-2): The Knights slipped past Marian, 52-48, a season ago. Nick Thompson added 13 points in Bishop Luers’ 62-46 win over Norwell. Kyrell Franklin accounted for eight points for the Knights against Glenn. Matt’s pick: Marian 76, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 65.

New Prairie (11-5) at South Central (6-5): The Satellites suffered a 64-47 loss to New Prairie in their previous meeting. Jacob Meyers accounted for four points in the Cougars’ 46-33 win over Bremen. Brady Glisic contributed 15 points in South Central’s 57-43 win over LaCrosse. Matt’s pick: New Prairie 55, South Central 41.

Penn (4-8) at Goshen (5-10): The RedHawks cruised to a 51-31 win over Penn last year. Cole Wojciechowski mustered four points for the Kingsmen against Marian. Drew Hogan was limited to three points for Goshen against Northridge. Matt’s pick: Penn 56, Goshen 55.

Victory Christian (15-3) at Saint Joseph (9-3): Xavier Aponte poured in 25 points in the Lions’ 71-35 win over Heritage Christian. Declan Walsh chipped in two points in the Indians’ 66-51 win at Glenn. Matt’s pick: Saint Joseph 87, Victory Christian 67.

Warsaw (9-7) at Elkhart (9-8): The Tigers came up on the short end of a 68-64 decision against Elkhart in the 1971-72 season. Ben Bergen had five points for Warsaw against Concord. Malachi Emmons scored six points in the Lions’ 80-66 loss to Saint Joseph. Matt’s pick: Elkhart 60, Warsaw 57.

Wawasee (6-7) at Lakeland (7-6) The Warriors claimed a 56-45 win over Lakeland in last year’s Class 3A NorthWood sectional semifinals. Adam Beer tallied two points for Wawasee against Plymouth. Mason Douglas added 19 points in the Lakers’ 58-49 loss to Columbia City. Matt’s pick: Lakeland 41, Wawasee 40.