March Madness heats up

SPORTS BEAT
Greg Ceilley  Review Sports Editor

There’s a reason why they call college and high school postseason March Madness. Tuesday night’s girls regional battle between the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters and the Sheboygan Lutheran Crusaders is a great example.

These two Central Lakeshore Conference rivals scrapped and fought for 40 minutes, including two overtime periods, with the Resorters earning a 65-62 upset win. There were players fighting for rebounds and diving for loose balls – leaving everything out on the court.

This game reminded me of the Plymouth-Seymour boys regional final Saturday night in which both teams played extremely hard the whole way and it came down to one team making a few more key plays in crunch time. In the PHS-Seymour and Elkhart-Lutheran games, like many tight, competitive matchups, it was too bad there had to be a loser.

Even if a team loses on the scoreboard, it’s a winner in my book if that particular squad gave tremendous effort and played up to its potential.

“Both teams played very hard,” said Resorter head coach Donny Kulow after Tuesday’s game.

“It was a game of momentum, back and forth. Our kids came out with a lot of confidence.

“I love March Madness. This was a hard-fought game. This a quality win. We came in and had nothing to lose. We just came out and played,” Kulow said.

That’s the neat thing about the playoffs – it’s a whole new season. You start with a clean slate. The Resorters had a rough regular season with only a 4-17 record but this very young team gained a huge confidencebuilder with an upset win over the No. 6-seeded Crusaders.

Lutheran defeated Elkhart twice during the regular season but Kulow and Crusader head coach Mike Scheele expected a close game like the first two meetings.

“It was a great game,” said Scheele. “Elkhart Lake is a good team. Their record is deceiving. Donny does a nice job with his team.”

“I have a lot of respect for Mike and his program,” Kulow said.

There is a lot of mutual respect between Kulow and Scheele. I would think their respective teams’ respect for each other grew after their outstanding efforts Tuesday night. Both teams should be proud of their performances.


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