On Thanksgiving Eve, the Connersville Spartans boys varsity and JV basketball teams will embark on a 2016-17 season full of expectations when Union County visits Spartan Bowl in the traditional season opener.
Head coach Kerry Brown’s veteran team finished 21-6 last season, won the school’s first sectional championship since 1997, and made it back-to-back Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference championships, cruising to a perfect 7-0 record.
The Spartans, who beat the Patriots, 49-33, last year, will have nine days off before playing game 2, a road contest at Rushville and the team’s first EIAC test of the season. Connersville defeated the Lions last season, 56-48, in a game that went into overtime.
CHS will again participate in the annual Bob Wettig Tournament in Richmond (Dec. 27-29), and new this season will be the Spartans appearing in the one-day, single-game Indiana-Kentucky Challenge Cup on January 7 at New Castle Fieldhouse.
Connersville will play always-strong Louisville Ballard in one of five games between schools from the two states.
CHS hosts Knightstown at 1 p.m. Saturday in a scrimmage game.
Stay tuned to court traveler sports for a preview about the upcoming season and game coverage.
If you can’t make it to the Spartans’ games this season, you can listen to the action on Kmix 106.9 featuring announcers Sam Harvey and Dave Pollard. Kmix 106.9 can be accessed via the iTunes media player.
2016-17 CHS basketball schedule
(all games begin at 7:30 p.m. unless noted)
Nov. 23 — Union County (2A)
Dec. 2 — at Rushville (3A) •
Dec. 3 — at Shelbyville (4A) •
Dec. 10 — Pendleton Heights (4A)
Dec. 14 — South Dearborn (3A) •
Dec. 17 — at Richmond (4A)
Dec. 20 — at Greenfield-Central (4A)
Dec. 27 — Bob Wettig Tournament (Dec. 27-29, at Richmond)
Jan. 6 — at Greensburg (3A) •
Jan. 7 — Louisville Ballard (Ky.) (Indiana-Kentucky Challenge Cup, New Castle Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.)
Jan. 14 — at Muncie Central (4A)
Jan. 17 — New Castle (4A)
Jan. 21 — Batesville (3A) •
Jan. 27 — at Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (4A)
Jan. 28 — at Indianapolis Manual (3A)
Feb. 4 — Centerville (2A) 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 9 — East Central (4A) •
Feb. 11 — New Palestine (3A)
Feb. 17 — at Franklin County (3A) •
Feb. 18 — Lawrenceburg (3A) •
Feb. 21 — at Northeastern (2A)
(• = Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game)
Indiana-Kentucky Challenge Cup participants
(Jan. 7 at New Castle Fieldhouse)
Bardstown (Ky.) vs West Washington (1 p.m.)
Franklin County (Ky.) vs Cloverdale (3 p.m.)
Louisville Waggener (Ky.) vs Oak Hill (5 p.m.)
Louisville Ballard (Ky.) vs Connersville (7 p.m.)
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