June 24, 2008

Bishop Luers makes Hoosier History

I've been remiss in my duties and haven't reported on the Amazing year Bishop Luers put together.  The Luers boys won the 2A crown in Football, Basketball and Baseball, all in the same school year.  No Indiana team has ever done that.  Right way, of course, the harping began, saying, "Oh, they recruit the best from all over the city."  But Luers is not the only Catholic High School in Ft. Wayne and they are certainly not the only Catholic High School in Indiana -- and yet no other school has ever pulled off such a trifecta of excellence.

Luers started the title trifecta with a 21-6 win over Heritage Christian in the 2A state football title game in November at the RCA Dome. The Knights moved to Conseco Fieldhouse for a 69-67 win over Winchester in the boys basketball title game and capped it with a baseball title at Victory Field.

The closest any other school had come to the "triple crown" was Penn, who won football and baseball titles in 2001. But the Kingsmen lost in the state finals of boys basketball.

Two other schools, Lafayette Central Catholic in 2000 and Indianapolis Chatard in 2003 won football and boys basketball titles, but lost in the baseball postseason before the state finals.

Although no Luers' player was a member of all three teams, 11 baseball players also played football.

Three of the basketball players also played football, but no basketball players were on the baseball team.

Luers' sports seasons were not without their share of luck, to be sure.  In particular, the Basketball game against Bluffton in the Sectional was very, very close and Woodward was injured in the run-up to the finals.  But luck or no luck, it was a great season.

Congratulations, Luers!

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