Minutemen look to turn NLC fortunes around

Posted on February 11, 2010 by

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Minutemen prepare during a timeout

Photo by Jose Alvarez

Jose Alvarez – Sports editor
The Minutemen by far are enjoying one of their finer seasons in recent history. They have jumped off to an impressive 9-2 record, possessing a high-octane offense that ranks second in the NLC, as well as the second best winning margin, by more than 10 points.
Yet, something is wrong.
Despite being tied for the best record in the NLC, the Minutemen find themselves in the middle of the pack. Currently, the distinction of being top two belongs to the 9-2 Warsaw Tigers and the 8-5 Elkhart Memorial Chargers. The reason being that both of the losses the Minutemen have suffered, thus far, have come against direct NLC opponents: they lost to Elkhart Memorial and Plymouth. All this equals to a 1-2 NLC record, which is tied for second to last. However, the Minutemen are presented tonight with a golden opportunity. An opportunity that could help them accomplish two things: get back on track, and exact revenge on an opponent that torched the Minutemen at last season’s sectional, and ultimately defeated them in a heart-breaker.
This opportunity is against the Warsaw Tigers.
The first place Tigers will enter a packed McCuen gym boasting a perfect 3-0 conference record, as well as the best winning margin, by 11.1 points. The Minutemen, fresh off a 67-55 win against Elkhart Central this past Tuesday, will look to turn their NLC fortunes around. Luckily, motivation will not be an issue in today’s game.
At the beginning of the season Coach Steve Austin stated that players are most “looking forward to playing Warsaw again as they are the favorite in our conference and sectional.”
If Concord fails to capitalize on the opportunity to defeat Warsaw at home, the future looks uncertain for the Minutemen. Next week, Concord will travel to Wawasee to take on the Warriors, a team that is averaging an astonishing 82 points per game, and a team that scored 101, 95, and 122 points in their first three games. Furthermore, a Minutemen loss tonight, coupled with a Northridge win, would drop Concord to last place in the NLC.
Tonight’s game is in McCuen Gym, starting at 7.

The Minutemen by far are enjoying one of their finer seasons in recent history. They have jumped off to an impressive 9-2 record, possessing a high-octane offense that ranks second in the NLC, as well as the second best winning margin, by more than 10 points. Yet, something is wrong. Despite being tied for the best record in the NLC, the Minutemen find themselves in the middle of the pack. Currently, the distinction of being top two belongs to the 9-2 Warsaw Tigers and the 8-5 Elkhart Memorial Chargers. The reason being that both of the losses the Minutemen have suffered, thus far, have come against direct NLC opponents: they lost to Elkhart Memorial and Plymouth. All this equals to a 1-2 NLC record, which is tied for second to last. However, the Minutemen are presented tonight with a golden opportunity. An opportunity that could help them accomplish two things: get back on track, and exact revenge on an opponent that torched the Minutemen at last season’s sectional, and ultimately defeated them in a heart-breaker. This opportunity is against the Warsaw Tigers.The first place Tigers will enter a packed McCuen gym boasting a perfect 3-0 conference record, as well as the best winning margin, by 11.1 points. The Minutemen, fresh off a 67-55 win against Elkhart Central this past Tuesday, will look to turn their NLC fortunes around. Luckily, motivation will not be an issue in today’s game. At the beginning of the season Coach Steve Austin stated that players are most “looking forward to playing Warsaw again as they are the favorite in our conference and sectional.” If Concord fails to capitalize on the opportunity to defeat Warsaw at home, the future looks uncertain for the Minutemen. Next week, Concord will travel to Wawasee to take on the Warriors, a team that is averaging an astonishing 82 points per game, and a team that scored 101, 95, and 122 points in their first three games. Furthermore, a Minutemen loss tonight, coupled with a Northridge win, would drop Concord to last place in the NLC. Tonight’s game is in McCuen Gym, starting at 7.

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