Two schools nestled in rural northern Indiana playing basketball on a cold February Friday night is not that unusual, especially when they are about 45 miles apart. But Culver Military Academy’s game with LaLumiere was no ordinary contest.
LaLumiere is ranked the No. 1 team in the nation and CMA is No. 1 in Indiana Class 3A. LaLumiere won the game, 46-45, in an overtime thriller before a standing-room-only crowd in Fleet Gym. People had to be turned away at the door. To read about the game, click here. To watch the game, click here.
The Livestream broadcast drew an audience of 2,420 viewers from around the world, watching for a total of 34,844 minutes. Those numbers included 2,084 people watching the game live with the rest watching the game on-demand over the weekend.
The vast majority of the views – 97.2 percent – came from within the United States, but people in nine other countries also tuned in to watch. Livestream records show people tuning into the game from Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, Malaysia, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, and Spain.
CMA begins sectional play on Wednesday. The Eagles will face the hosting Jimtown Jimmies in the second game at 7:30 p.m.
Wrestling sets new standard
The CMA wrestling team finished the state finals run with Brennen Cernus winning the 106-pound championship; Andrew Donahue finishing at the runner-up at 182; and William Finnearty taking eighth place at 120. Braden Welch lost his first round match at 160 pounds.
Cernus ’22 (Pickerington, Ohio) did not give up a point in his four matches, winning the championship, 6-0, against Perry Meridian’s Alex Cottey. Donahue ’22 (Powell, Ohio) suffered a bloody nose after his opponent, Avon’s Carson Brewer head-butted him early in the match. Donahue eventually lost, 6-2, wearing a bandage around his face to stop the bleeding. Finnearty ’20 (Circleville, Ohio) won his first match before losing a 6-3 decision to Center Grove’s Brayden Little.
Cernus is Culver’s second state champion, joining Daniel Young ’09, who won at 145 pounds. Cernus, Donahue, and Finnearty all secured spots on the podium, setting a record for the Eagles. The team also finished eighth in the state overall, the first top-10 finish in the program’s history.
CMA swimming records fall
Mitchell Schott ’22 (Newport Beach, Calif.) won both the 200- and 500 freestyle events at the Warsaw sectional, breaking both the CMA and sectional records in the process.
Schott’s record time of 1:43.56 in the 200 broke the mark he had just set in the preliminaries two days earlier. His time in the finals of the 500 was 4:42.74, breaking the old mark of 4:45.54 set by David DeVries ’11. DeVries also held the 200 record at 1:45.56. Schott will be swimming in the state finals at the Indiana University Natatorium, with the preliminaries starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.
Reid Omilian ’22 (Eagle, Colo.) finished second in the sectional diving competition, qualifying for the regional. But he did not finish high enough at the regional to qualify for the state.