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The second meeting
of the season between Lawrence North and
Lawrence North (29-2) raced to a 19-2 lead after one quarter and were never threatened in a 50-29 victory over sixth-ranked
Lawrence North also won the December 27 contest in the Hall of Fame Classic championship game, a 56-55 double overtime decision.
It was the
second state championship for the
Wildcats owned a decided height advantage and had an intimidating presence with
7-0 sophomore center Greg Oden roaming the paint. Oden scored 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the
game to lead Lawrence North. Anthony Sargent added 11
points for the victors. For the game, LN converted nearly 56 percent of the
time from the field, while
The Eagles (25-4) were making their third appearance in the state finals and the first since 1932 under 8th year coach Chris Benedict.
Stefan Routt Named Winner of the Arthur L. Trester Award For Mental Attitude
Members of the IHSAA Executive Committee present the award to the outstanding senior participant in each classification of the boys basketball state finals. The recipients of this award, who were nominated by their principals and coaches, must excel in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in basketball.
Academically, Stefan ranks 25th in his Senior class of 485 and is a member of the National Honor Society. His collegiate plans are uncertain, but he plans to major in BioChemistry. He is a Hall of Fame and Kiwanis Scholarship winner, as well as Lawrence Township Character Award winner and has captured honors as an Academic Top Thirty Student. He has been on the High Honor Roll for seven semesters and the Distinguished Honor Roll for four semesters.
He is editor of the school yearbook and active as a member of the Spell Bowl Team. His volunteer work includes being a Breast Cancer Walk Volunteer, Adopt-A-Family for Christmas, Children’s Breakfast with Santa at RCI and the March of Dimes.
Stefan is the son of Deborah and Terry Routt of
Farm Bureau Insurance, IHSAA corporate partner,
presented a scholarship check for $1,000.00 to
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Own This Game On VHS Or DVD
If you’d like a copy of this state championship game, the IHSAA will have it as well as each of the other three contests (one game per video) available in VHS or DVD formats as part of the IHSAA Video Library collection. Phone in your order beginning Monday, March 29 to 317-846-6601 (M-F, 8-4 EST) and pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard accepted). VHS copies are $35 each by mail, while DVD copies are $55 each by mail. Please allow up to four weeks delivery.
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State Finals Programs Available
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program while supplies last! Programs are $3.00 if you purchase in person at
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Class 4A Championship Game Quotes
“Our kids have been so sharp all week. We got the video out when we played before and we are just so much better than we were at Christmas…I’m so tickled…and it showed on the floor. We found Greg (Oden) so much easier and were so unselfish with the basketball. The last time we played, they shot and held and did what they wanted to with the ball. Tonight, our defense dictated the game.”
into the game I was scared of them (
“You just can’t believe how mentally tough these guys are. I thought (Mike) Conley and (Brandon) McPherson played very well tonight. I like to do certain things at the beginning of the year and change it once we get into tourney mode.”
“The team chemistry we have is special. Very unselfish. When you have a big man who passes the ball like Greg (Oden), that’s so special.”
“We knew they would play hard. After having played them before in overtime, we wanted to run more this time and that is what we came out and did.”
“They (Lawrence North) are obviously a very good basketball team. Lawrence North played to their strengths early. They got us out of our game early in the game and we had to play catch-up the rest of the night. They are too talented a team to come back from behind on.”
“Defensively, they were very aggressive and took our passing lanes away from us. We turned it over too much and then they finished on the other end.”
“We have a great group of kids that had an outstanding season. But Lawrence North was the better team tonight – no question about it. We finished 25-4 and had a tremendous season. We’ve battled all year. Nobody ever gave us a shot to get here. We were kind of a Cinderella story.”