POPLAR GROVE – The first Class 2A run for the Indian Creek boys basketball team ended up being a short one – and may be the only one.
The No. 3 Timberwolves, playing in Class 2A for the first time after an athletic merger with Paw Paw, lost to No. 7 Winnebago, 71-58, on Wednesday in a North Boone Regional semifinal game.
Even with the earlier-than-expected loss for the Timberwolves (20-9), Indian Creek coach Joe Piekarz said he still was impressed with what they were able to accomplish with a young roster and the new situation with Paw Paw.
“This was a transition year for us,” Piekarz said. “To incorporate a new school like we did, and also be as young as we are, it really took a whole team and honestly a two-community effort with Paw Paw and Indian Creek to come together and say, ‘This is our new basketball [program], let’s see how it works.’ We still won 20 games, and that’s with four sophomores in the rotation, and another junior in Cooper Larsen. I couldn’t ask for anything more, even though this is a disappointing way for it to finish. We did a lot of really good things with a lot of changes.”