FORTVILLE — The current Greenfield-Central tennis team has been aiming for this moment for four years. The program as a whole has been waiting six years.
When the Cougars take the court today against longtime local power New Palestine in the sectional championship, G-C emotions have the potential to run high.
“We’ve got to keep them under control and just play our style,” said Cougars’ senior and No. 1 doubles player Max Holtzclaw on Wednesday after the sectional semifinals. “Do what we have to do to win, because we can win.
“We know we can win just as long as we focus.”
Greenfield-Central beat Eastern Hancock 5-0 and New Palestine defeated Mt. Vernon 3-2 on Wednesday to advance to today’s final.
The Dragons have won three of the last four sectional championships and nine IHSAA trophies since 1998. In that same span, G-C claimed only the 2007 sectional title.
The Cougars, whose seven-man lineup includes six seniors, have advanced to the sectional title match plenty of times over the years. But rarely have they faced the Dragons or Marauders (five sectional titles since 1999) with a legitimate shot at victory.
Part of that confidence comes from G-C’s 3-2 regular season win over the Dragons on Aug. 28.