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  1. Coaching openings 2016-17

    Bloomfield alum Nate O'Neall moves from girls to boys coach at North Vermillion.
  2. Josh Thompson

    Class act all the way. I'm excited to see how Josh performs at this level. Lincoln is one of the great programs in Indiana and to see one of my favorite players and people I've had the pleasure of knowing is a real treat. Best of luck to him and the Alices.
  3. SWIAC 2015-16

    Well we're at the end of the 2015-16 season and what a season it was. Three conference teams won sectional championships and one team advanced to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This isn't an official look at 2016-17 (that'll come in November) but it's a look at what the future holds for the eight SWIAC schools. Bloomfield- The Cardinals lost five seniors and their top three scorers from their incredible run to the Class A State Final. The good thing is Bloomfield does return semistate hero Chris Gilmore as well as classmate Luke Vandeventer and Isaac Combs. Those three will help the newcomers learn the ropes and will help Matt Britton's bunch be a pleasant surprise in 2017. Clay City- The Eels run of dominance ended after falling to Bloomfield in the sectional. CC graduated Hunter Wolfe and Noah Denker among others, but do return Brenan Walker. It'll be interesting to see how Vance rebuilds this team. Eastern Greene- Jon Neill led the T-Birds to a 16-win season in 2016. They return exciting players Caleb Hamilton, Jeff Graham, and Ethan Helton. If Graham stays healthy, EG could challenge for a sectional title. Linton- The Miners good fortune led them to a 4th straight sectional title, but were hit hard by graduation. The good news is Josh Dieball is back for his senior year and will receive help from a 20-0 JV. There may be an early bump or two, but Linton should be a solid team once again. North Central- The T-Birds look to be behind the 8-ball after losing Gavin Stanifer to graduation. JC Childs does return, but NC may struggle often. North Daviess- Brent Dalrymple has a strong cast returning from last year's sectional champion. The Cougars did lose big man Shannon Chesterfield, but guys like Jaylen Lengacher and Cody Phillips should put ND in position to repeat as sectional champion and a high spot in SWIAC. Shakamak- JB Neill slowly is turning the Lakers around. They won 12 games last year and return the bulk of their scoring, especially sharpshooter Tanner Yeryar. Shakamak should challenge Bloomfield for the sectional title next March if improvements continue. WRV- The Wolverines are short and like NC are behind the 8-ball. They are replacing not only Hunter Cornelius and Tyler York, but coach Joe Pigg as well. Whoever takes over will have to depend on Brayton Cornelius and a cast of unknowns to get the job done. Have a great spring/summer everyone!
  4. Class 1A State Tournament

    Well, LC defeated Bloomfield 64-45. We were right there at the start of the fourth, but we just ran out of gas and the Lions pulled away. It was tough to fall further behind and lose in the end, but it was a special season and I'm proud of how our kids represented our community, their families, and themselves on Indiana high school basketball's biggest stage. Also, it was special to see Eli Combs win the Ray Craft mental attitude award. The young man was a true leader and a great kid, and he'll most definitely be missed. Cards end up 26-4.
  5. Class 1A State Tournament

    I admit I grew a bit impatient and said things out of anger and frustration, but I'm a year older and a year wiser. It has been a special season, and these kids have grown as well. I never stopped believing Bloomfield could get the job done, I just got tired of the waiting. But as they say, good things take time and I'm at peace with whatever Saturday's outcome brings. I hope we have the support times two we've had to this point on Saturday morning. A template has been established and I think future BHS teams have learned something and I think we as fans have too. I know I have.
  6. Class 1A State Tournament

    Bloomfield is capable of playing a smart game. LC sounds like a very good basketball team, and the Cardinals will have to play their most focused and intense game of the year. I know we'll be ready and we may be the underdog, but all it takes is 32 minutes of hard, clean basketball and ANYTHING can happen.
  7. Griffith Bus Crash

    I think as we head into the final week of the season we do keep the Griffith community and school in our prayers. That was such a horrible thing that happened and to still suit up on Wednesday and play that semistate championship game against Marion says something about the resilience and character of that school. I wish the Griffith team, its fans, and its entire community the best moving forward and that God bless them in their healing.
  8. Class 1A State Tournament

    What a ride it has been for Bloomfield. Yesterday's game did get a little tight but the Cardinals did a nice job of holding their opponent off by making foul shots and getting defensive stops when needed. It was also nice to see another player step up when the primary options were not available. Chris Gilmore may only average 6 and change a night, but he's a better player than what his stats say he is. His floor game will be a big factor next Saturday. As for West Washington, that is a nice team the Senators have. Decent shot makers, relentless defenders, hard nosed, and all around talented players. My hat goes off to them and I think we'll hear a lot from them in 2016-17. Now Bloomfield goes up against #1 Liberty Christian. From what I've heard, they are a different kind of animal that the Cardinals will have faced. But no matter, Bloomfield has made the community proud and win or lose, they have done so much to build up our name and I'm proud to call myself a Cardinal.
  9. Class 1A State Tournament

    Yes I am. It should be a good game between two very solid 1A teams. Win or lose, this year's team has helped put Bloomfield basketball back in the public eye and hopefully in the discussion for years to come. I'll be at Seymour with my Cardinal Red on cheering them on and good Lord willing, we prevail.
  10. Class 1A State Tournament

    Bloomfield's game with Indy Arlington was just as dramatic. The Cardinals jumped out to a 13-4 lead, then the Golden Knights evened things up at 18 at the quarter's end. It was 22-22 at the half and 24-24 all after three. Arlington took a page from Bloomfield past by going into a stall and at times it worked but not completely. Bloomfield was down three late in regulation when Eli Combs tied it with a clutch three. Then in overtime with Arlington up five, Combs scored underneath to bring it down to three. After an Arlington miss, Brandon Van Sant stuck a three plus the foul that turned a three-point deficit into a one-point lead. Then he stole the inbound pass with 1.9 seconds left after a questionable out of bounds call and gave Bloomfield a 41-40 win. Tindley made a nice comeback in their semifinal win Southwestern Shelby, 53-49. The Cardinals and Tigers final was more anticlimactic than the semifinals but still a special win. The Cards won 51-37 to setup this weekend's showdown with West Washington. Good luck all around!
  11. SWIAC 2015-16

    I'd like to believe we do, but that's why they play the games. You don't make it to this level without having done something right.
  12. SWIAC 2015-16

    I am to its fullest. It takes me back to when I was a teenager in 1998 and 1999. I'm hoping we continue to give our best effort and advance past a solid West Washington team.
  13. SWIAC 2015-16

    First off, hats off to Linton and North Daviess on their regional runs. Both programs have had fantastic runs and winning sectionals are a great accomplishment. Good luck to both teams in the future! Now to the Bloomfield Cardinals. What a day! I thought we were done for down five with a minute to go in overtime but Brandon Van Sant's 4-point play was as clutch as they come. Of course, we don't get to that point without Eli Combs hitting the three that forces the overtime. In the final, again Van Sant and Combs were dominant and Tindley had no answer. A big credit goes to the Cardinal defense for holding Tindley sophomore stud Eric Hunter to just 14 points. We're 32 minutes from Indy boys, now do work and let's see what happens next!
  14. SWIAC 2015-16

    Pretty impressive that three SWIAC schools (Bloomfield, Linton, North Daviess) won sectional titles over the weekend. Class acts all the way around and good luck to all three next weekend in the regional.
  15. SWIAC 2015-16

    I agree, but since Bloomfield and Linton split this season, it made sense to even them up.