Update, Monday, March 24
In the Daily Reporter’s NCAA Final 4 prediction contest featuring area “celebrities,” Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell heads a group of five local notables whose Final 4 teams all remain active as the tourney heads to the Sweet 16.
His Honor forecast Florida, Baylor, Michigan State and Louisville to make it to North Dallas for the Final 4.
Also with all of their Final 4 teams still alive: Harris Elementary Principal Jan Kehrt, Hancock County Public Library Director Dave Gray, IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille and Daily Reporter editor David Hill.
Of the 22 guest predictors, all have at least one Final 4 team remaining.
Wednesday, March 19
GREENFIELD — Maybe it’s the weather, but a lot of folks have Florida on their mind. And Arizona isn’t far from our thoughts, either. In the Daily Reporter’s annual polling of mostly Hancock County notables for their NCAA Basketball Tourney Final 4 predictions, the collegiate teams from the Sunshine and Cactus states were selected together on nearly half the ballots.
Five local “celebrities” have the Gators winning it all, with Arizona the championship choice of four voters. The only team more popular — Michigan State. Led by the ever likable Tom Izzo, the Spartans were chosen as a Final 4 team by all but seven of our participants. Six area bracketologists believe the Spartans will earn a crown. Greenfield’s Kyle Gibson has been toasty in Florida lately during MLB Spring Training, and his warm weather pick is Kentucky.
The full slate of Final 4 picks, with champion in bold:
Chuck Fewell, Greenfield mayor — Florida, Michigan State, Baylor, Louisville
Bobby Cox, IHSAA commissioner — Florida, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Wichita State
Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins pitcher — Florida, Iowa State, Creighton, Kentucky
Candace Sexton, Hancock County Boys and Girls Club Director — Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Duke
Aaron Spaulding, Eastern Hancock athletic director — Florida, Michigan State, Creighton, Wichita State
Kelli Whitaker, New Palestine volleyball coach — Florida, North Carolina, Creighton, Wichita State
Spencer Gilbert, Eastern Hancock senior running back — Kansas, Virginia, Arizona, Louisville
Randall Shields, HNE Printing Vice President — Syracuse, Virginia, San Diego, Wichita State
Bill Ruggs, Mt. Vernon Schools Superintendent — Florida, Virginia, Arizona, Wichita State
Linda Gellert, Greenfield-Central Schools Superintendent — Florida, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Duke
Brian Harmon, Daily Reporter sports editor — UCLA, Villanova, Arizona, Duke
Grant Freking, Daily Reporter sportswriter — Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Wichita State
Jake Fox, Vaqueros Laguna, Mexican League — Syracuse, Michigan State, Arizona, Michigan
John Belden, Daily Reporter Just 4 Fun editor — Kansas, Michigan State, Arizona, Wichita State
Andrew Clark, Lancaster, Atlantic League — Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Louisville
Jan Kehrt, Harris Elementary Principal — Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Michigan
Brian Kehrt, New Palestine HS boys basketball coach — Kansas, Michigan State, Arizona, Wichita State
David Hill, Daily Reporter editor — Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Louisville
Dave Gray, Hancock County Public Library Director — Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Louisville
Jason Wille, IHSAA Sports Information Director — Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Louisville
Tom Russo, Daily Reporter staff photographer — Syracuse, Michigan State, Creighton, Saint Louis
Shelton Oakes, Mt. Vernon school board member — Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Wichita State