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Loogootee runs laps
around Shoals

   The Lions roared into the new year with a convincing 73-42 Blue Chip Conference victory over Shoals on Saturday night inside JBA.  Playing without starters John Baugh and Roland Slaubaugh, Coach Mike Wagoner’s troops ran circles around the visiting Jug Rox as a total of 11 players found a way to put the ball in the hoop.
The biggest ovation came midway through the first frame when senior Jared Mann made his season debut.  A summer ACL tear, requiring several months of rigorous therapy following surgery, held Mann back, but Shoals could only watch as he manned-up for nine points in his initial outing.  Ben Hogan, making his first career varsity start, led with 11 tallies with the game’s sixth man, Josh Divine, coming off the bench to net a career-high 10.  Patrick Bowling also reached double figures with 10.  Tyler Trambaugh drained eight along with reserve junior Jordan Arvin.  Tyler Bratton hit for six, Brett Mattingly four, Travis Sergent three, Greg Woody a bucket, and Daniel Wildman a deuce to round out the scoring.
  Shoals’ heady sophomore guard, Garrett Bateman, stuck 11, as did Zach Cook.  The varsity hopes to continue to rock out their record, currently at 7-2, as they head to North Daviess’ Cougar Den for a Friday night affair.
  The junior varsity also won going away 46-23, a game the Lions led comfortably 40-10 after three stanzas.  Freshman point guard Bryant Ackerman stroked a career-high 17, Stephen Bradley nabbed eight, Tanner Trambaugh ripped off six, Wildman and Sergent garnered four each, Woody three, and Matt Tucker and Clinton Burch each contributed two points for the 5-2 reserve squad.  Following the ND encounter on this year’s sectional floor, the Lions will be pitted against the host Barr-Reeve Vikings with both teams bringing undefeated Blue Chip Conference slates to the table.  
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Ben Hogan stepped up in his first start as a Loogootee Lion, scoring 11 points. Hogan, a sophomore, led his team in scoring helping the Lions defeat thier county rival Jug Rox, 73-42.