1. Is anyone standing in the way of the New Palestine girls’ seventh-straight sectional title?
Upsets can happen, of course, but it appears that despite major turnover following its second straight 17-1-3 season in 2011, the Dragons will be heavy favorites to capture yet another sectional crown early next month. The 2012 team doesn’t have quite the eye-popping record (9-5) as its predecessors did, but first-year coach Bobby Holden wanted his green squad to bond through adversity, even though his team may have realized its potential in the season opener.
“It’s been a challenge. It goes back to our first win (1-0) at Perry Meridian (who is now 12-2),” he said. “They bought into the thought that we could have a very successful season despite losing all those seniors.”
NP has won five in a row entering the home stretch of the regular season. Perhaps the real question is this: Can red-and-white secure the program’s first regional title after years of falling short?
2. Can the MV squads recover?