Class 3A Centennial sectional preview
We asked prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner for his take on Centennial's opponent tonight in the sectional final at Mount Zion (7:30 start):
Chatham Glenwood (22-10)
This Titans have been the underdogs since the postseason began. A No. 4 seed in the Jacksonville Regional, they won a play-in game to reach the semifinals, then knocked off the first (Southeast) and second (Sacred Heart-Griffin) seeds in consecutive games before taking care of another No. 1 seed (Lincoln) in Thursday’s sectional semifinals. The reward? A championship-game berth tonight against an opponent which was a No. 1 seed (Centennial). Chatham Glenwood is a school with a rich tradition in boys’ athletics. In the past eight years, the Titans have produced state championship teams in two sports (soccer, 2005, and baseball, 2010) and runner-up finishes in three sports (baseball, 2009, football, 2010, and soccer, 2011). But basketball? The school’s last — and also first — sectional crown came in 1975. Don’t underestimate the current Todd Blakeman-coached team. The Titans were in a conference with four other 20-win teams and are now at full strength, something which wasn’t a frequent occurrence during the regular season. In the win against top-seeded Southeast, the Titans’ Craig Fuchs had a double-double and teammates Peyton Allen and Miles McAdams were double-digit scorers.