Trojan Update with Ben Greller

Each week sports writer Ben Greller will have updates on last week’s sporting events, as well as previewing this week’s matchups. Look for Greller’s update every week to get you ready for each week’s big games. This week includes perspective from sports writer Sebastian Martin.

Girls Basketball The girls basketball team concluded a great season this past Saturday, falling  to Bedford North Lawrence 51-33 in the regionals. The Trojans finished 22-4 overall, which was good for second place in the MIC. They were also county and sectional champions, as well as the Columbus North Holiday Tournament champions.

Wrestling At semi-state this past weekend, Center Grove had two wrestlers come out victorious and punch their ticket to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the state wrestling finals. Brayden Littell and Peyton Pruett will wrestle in the first round of the state finals on Friday at 6 p.m. at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.

Girls Swimming and Diving The girls swimming team also concluded their season as well this past weekend. The relay team of Gracie Marsh, Emma Pawlik, Jaden King and Devin Trammell swam a 3:39.59 to finish 22nd at the state meet, one spot better than their seed time. Diver Kenzie Mills, in her first state finals appearance, advanced to the state semi-finals, finishing 18th overall.

Boys Swimming The boys swimming and diving team will swim in sectional semi-finals this coming Thursday with finals on Saturday. Center Grove has had a great year and will go into Saturday with a chance to win the meet and can undoubtedly send multiple swimmers to the state finals.

Boys Basketball (Perspective from Sebastian Martin) The Trojans (13-7) are coming off a week that included a 85-41 win over Roncalli and an eleven point defeat to No. 4 Lawrence Central. This week the Trojans will look for victory at home against Mooresville (13-6) on Tuesday and on the road against North Central (5-14) on Friday. The Trojans will likely be the toughest competitor Mooresville faces until the tournament, and the Pioneers will be coming into the Vandermeer Gymnasium looking to pull off an upset. Assuming Center Grove can take care of business on Friday night, they should walk away with a road win in the conference.

Boys and Girls Track Both track teams will start their first official practice this week. It should be an amazing season as they are bringing in lots of young talent as well as returning a sprinkle of veterans such as Kiyah Yeast, Julia Riley, Makensie Kramer, Sebastian Martin, Gavin Matheson and Sam Hohlt to help compete in their first meet, Indoor MIC, on March 15.

Trojan Update with Ben Greller

Each week sports writer Ben Greller will have updates on last week’s sporting events, as well as previewing this week’s matchups. Look for Greller’s update every week to get you ready for each week’s big games. This week includes perspective from sports writer Sebastian Martin.

IMG_2259Girls Basketball The Lady Trojans claimed the sectional championship this past Saturday. It was a hard fought 45-36 win over a tough Franklin Community squad. The Trojans will now move onto the regional against Bedford North Lawrence (22-5). As a fan, I would expect to be attending the games Saturday and seeing the Lady Trojans come out on top of both. The second game will be at 7:30 Saturday night against the winner of the Castle (21-4) and Bloomington South (21-3) game. Throughout the entire season, the Lady Trojans have prided themselves on playing team basketball, bringing defensive intensity each game, and having great backcourt play from seniors Emma Utterback and Ella Thompson. Expect that to continue and for the Trojans to be crowned regional champions this Saturday.

Girls Swimming and Diving This past weekend at sectionals, the relay team of Jaden King, Emma Pawlik, Gracie Marsh and Devin Trammell moved themselves on to the state meet. They will be swimming at the IUPUI natatorium at 1:00 on Saturday. Kenzie Mills also advanced in the diving portion of the sectional meet this past weekend. She will be diving tonight at Bloomington North in the regional meet at 6:00 with a berth in the state finals on the line.

Wrestling Six CG wrestlers will be moving onto the semi-state round after this past weekend’s regional. Senior Peyton Pruett and junior Brayden Littell were regional champions and will look to continue their dominate seasons. Michael Tharpe, Hayden Watson, Drake Buchanan and Jordan Latham will also be moving on to Evansville this weekend where the top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the state finals.

IMG_3422Boys Basketball (Perspective from Sebastian Martin)- The boys basketball team will take on the Roncalli Rebels Tuesday night in a makeup game, as well as the Lawrence Central Bearcats on Friday. The Trojans are coming off of a 14-point loss to defending state champion Warren Central last Thursday and looking for a better outcome against a Roncalli team that has a losing record. Friday’s competition will be a bit tougher, as the Trojans take on a Lawrence Central team that lost to Warren Central by only four points.

Trojan Update with Ben Greller

Each week sports writer Ben Greller will have updates on last week’s sporting events, as well as previewing this week’s matchups. Look for Greller’s update every week to get you ready for each week’s big games. This week includes perspective from sports writer Sebastian Martin.

img_1938Girls Basketball- This week is sectionals for the girls basketball team. The Lady Trojans recently had their 19-game winning streak snapped at Lawrence North this past Friday. It was an amazing regular season for the Lady Trojans and I would expect nothing less in their postseason run. They face a hard-nosed Martinsville team tonight for the third time this year, looking to make it three wins vs. the Artesians. It’s hard to beat a team three times in a year, but I see the Trojans overcoming the challenge and ending the week posing for pictures with the sectional championship trophy.

img_9856Girls Swimming and Diving- It is sectional week for the ladies swimming and diving team as well. Their hardest competition this week will be Franklin Community, which has won the last three sectional crowns. Look for the Trojans to send multiple athletes to the state meet including the 400 freestyle relay team of Emma Pawlik, Gracie Marsh, Jaden King and Devin Tramell.

Boys Swimming and Diving- With two weeks left in the season, the boys swimming and diving team will look to end their regular season with a home win over Bloomington South tonight. Looking forward, the team will have a chance to win the sectional championship this year. They will also face the powerhouse that is Franklin Community swimming, but they have a chance to take them down this year as a team.

Wrestling-  The wrestling team lost by a half point to Franklin Community at sectionals last week. However, they will move nine wrestlers onto the regional championship including sectional champions Michael Tharpe, Hayden Watson, Brayden Littell and Peyton Pruett.  Individual qualifiers for the Regional Meet also include Drake Buchanan, Sam Howe, Jordan Latham, Owen Green and Musa Ogega. The Trojans will look to avenge last week’s showing with a team regional title this weekend.

Boys Basketball (Perspective from Sebastian Martin)- After last week’s nine point loss to Lawrence North, the boys basketball team is 13-5 overall with a 1-3 conference record. This Thursday, they will look to improve their record in a contest against defending state champion Warren Central. The Warriors are 18-1 on the season, with their only loss a ten point defeat at the hands of Lawrence Central. When the Trojans met Warren previously in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Classic, Center Grove lost 52-50 in overtime. Thursday night, they will look to McDonald’s All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis to lead them to victory in what has the potential to be an excellent contest of two top notch basketball teams.

Trojan Update with Ben Greller

Each week sports writer Ben Greller will have updates on last week’s sporting events, as well as previewing this week’s matchups. Look for Greller’s update every week to get you ready for each week’s big games. This week includes perspective from sports writer Sebastian Martin.

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It is a big week for the wrestling squad. With a new coach and a very young team, they have seen success early on. This past week the wrestling team finished runner-up in the Zionsville invitational. CG had three wrestlers going undefeated in addition to Brayden Littell taking home most valuable wrestler. This week will be a good test for the young Trojans. On Wednesday they will welcome Carmel and Saturday they will travel to Indian Creek for the Johnson County tournament. I see the them winning both matchups. Carmel is not nearly as deep and winning county has proved to be a normal thing over the past six years for Trojans. Expect a great week for the young Trojans.

Girls Basketbal

On Tuesday the girls basketball team will take on a solid Martinsville team that is 9-1. Martinsville does not have a standout victory, but 9-1 is no joke. I think the lady Trojans will take care of them, but you can expect the Artesians to put up a solid fight. After Tuesday’s matchup, they will welcome the Red Devils of Pike High School on Saturday. Pike has a solid squad that has had a back-and-forth year including a victory over the #1 ranked Warren Central Warriors. Pike has been much better on the road than they have been at home, but I expect the Trojans to take care of business at home and cap of a great week.

Swimming

It will be a hard week for both swim teams this week. Tuesday they will go up against a strong Avon team who will provide some hard competition. It will be a home meet and would provide as a great win for both teams. After Avon will be the county meet also at Indian Creek. This will be another tough matchup for both teams as the county meet has been dominated by Franklin community over the past couple of years. I see this week as being a great test for both teams and both meets being fun to watch.

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After a couple of losses last weekend, the Trojans are back in action against Whiteland (2-2) on Friday and Avon (3-3) on Saturday. Friday’s game will be on the road, in a Whiteland arena that will be packed with home fans hoping for an upset against likely the highest ranked opponent the Warriors will face all year. If the Trojans limit unforced errors, however, they should walk away with a win. Playing Avon is slightly more challenging, but again the Trojans are strong favorites after having shown competitiveness against one of the top teams in the nation, La Lumiere, last weekend. The Orioles will be coming to Center Grove Saturday after what will likely be a challenging game for the Orioles against Brownsburg on Friday night. If the Trojans come to play, there is no reason they shouldn’t leave this weekend with two more tallies in the “W” column.

Trojan Update with Ben Greller

Each week sports writer Ben Greller will have updates on last week’s sporting events, as well as previewing this week’s matchups. Look for Greller’s update every Monday to get you ready for each week’s big games.

Football

Last Friday, the Trojans dominated Franklin Central. They were expected to do so and ended the night raising the sectional title for the 8th straight year. It has become the norm for the Trojans to win sectionals, but they will be playing a much harder opponent this Friday when they face off against Avon, the team that knocked them out of last year’s regional championship. Many reporters see the road ending right here for this year’s Trojans.

IMG_1613The Orioles are talented. They have a great running back in Sampson James, a state-leading wide receiver in Jalen Peterson and a dominant defensive line. I believe the Trojans will be able to offset these strengths that Avon brings. James, a top 10 RB, has been hurt recently and has seen limited action, and CG’s offensive line has been improving each game over the regular season and playoffs. Avon QB Henry Hesson will not have the time he has had to throw to Peterson, who typically runs deep routes and burns defensive backs. This is exactly the type of game that Coach Eric Moore wins.

Many think this is a game that will end CG’s season, but I think that is incorrect. I predict a large crowd at Ray Skillman stadium going crazy as the Trojans beat the Orioles by limiting big plays and controlling the line of scrimmage.

Girls Basketball

The Lady Trojans have a hard week ahead of them. They start out with No. 14 Brownsburg Monday night, then face defending state champion Warren Central on Thursday. The Bulldogs will have a hard time slowing down the senior backcourt duo of Ella Thompson and Emma Utterback, as will any team. In my opinion, Thompson and Utterback combine to make one of the strongest duos in the state, if not the best. When you add in the outside shooters that the Trojans have, they will be victorious on Tuesday night.

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The game will be a close one, but if Center Grove continues to dominate defensively and rebound, they will win in a close one. As for Thursday, the Lady Trojans will have an uphill battle as they will have to go up against the No. 1 team in the state. The Warriors have a monstrous center in Michigan State-commit Cydni Dodd who stands at 6’5” tall. She will provide a problem down low for the Trojans, but if they are able to rebound at a high level and knock down shots, they have a chance for huge upset.

Boys Basketball

The boys’ basketball team opened up practice on Monday. The Trojans have high expectations this year after being knocked out in regionals the past two years. They will be lead by top-15 recruit Trayce Jackson-Davis. The Trojans will be solid all around this year and it will be hard for teams to stop all of the weapons that are thrown at them. The team opens up their season on Nov. 20 against Franklin.

Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving

Both swim teams also started practice on Monday. Both teams will be looking to avenge a sectional loss in the past year. The boys’ team has a great shot at winning the sectional this year as they return top scorers in Tony Gibson, Brady Ferguson, Ben Clarkston and add in freshman Justin Xia.

The girls are also solid as they bring back Devin Trammel, Emma Pawlik, Gracie Marsh, Jess Holland and Molly Styles.

I think it will be a great year for both teams and both will have a shot at advancing multiple swimmers to the state meet. This season will also add on to longtime swim coach Jim Todd’s illustrious career.

Wrestling

Last Monday, the wrestling team officially started their season with their first practice. The Trojans will be solid this year even though they are losing all-time great Gleason Mappes and other contributors such as Jonah Hayes and Cory Heinrichs. First year coach Maurice Swain will look to continue the success seen last season. Alex Petro and Peyton Pruett will both be looking to make a run at the state tournament as they will be two of the Trojan’s top wrestlers.

Wrestling Sectionals

The wrestling team has gone on to place fifth in the MIC Tournament with senior wrestlers placing seventh, fourth, and second respectively.

The sectional tournament took place at Mooresville High School on January 31. The team won the championship, taking its first sectional title since 2007. Sophomore Logan Coyle, junior Zak Siddiqui and freshman Jonah Hays all placed second in the finals round.

Ten wrestlers will move on to Regionals, and every wrestler took spot in the placement round. Regionals will take place February 7 at Mooresville High School.

The wrestling team held senior night festivities on January 21, in the West Gym. The team recognized four senior members prior to the last home match of the season against the Plainfield Quakers.

“Our Seniors (at CG) are important to every sport and organization in the high school. For us they provide a sense of leadership and a lot of experience,” Cale Hoover, varsity coach said. “They’ve been through the grind of the season and competed in the sectional before so they understand the pressure. They really play a huge role and their experience is invaluable, as we get ready for sectionals.“

Experience is valuable to the success of the team. Senior Trevor Johnson has learned to put the team first during his senior season.

“In the beginning of the year I had a shoulder injury, so I was out for a few months and in my weight class, 170 pounds, another wrestler took it,” said Johnson. “We had a spot open at 195 pounds when I was cleared.  Instead of wrestling at 170 pounds, I decided to step up and help the team.”

Being a senior is a challenge but also brings  another chance to win a state title. Senior Zach Blevins looks forward to the end of the season tournaments.

“Being a senior this year is completely different from the rest of my high school career,” Blevins said. “There’s more pressure on you to do better lead the team and really push yourself because it is the last year to make a name for yourself.”