FORT WAYNE, IN. (WANE) – For the first time in school history, Homestead can call itself regional champions. The Spartans defeated #3 Hamilton Southeastern 59-57 on Saturday night at Marion High School thanks to another monster effort from sophomore star Caleb Swanigan. After the sophomore netted 18 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in a semi-final win over Kokomo earlier in the day, Swanigan scored a game-high 26 points to send the Royals packing. Joe Ault added 16 points to help pace the Spartans who will meet Lake Central in semi-state next Saturday.
Not far off in in 3A at Blackford, Bishop Dwenger captured its first regional championship since 1996, outlasting Muncie Central 50-47 in overtime. Grady Eifert once again lead the way for the Saints, scoring a team-best 16 points, with Kyle Hartman adding 11. The Saints survived a last second shot from Muncie at the end of regulation, before going on a 9-6 run in the final period to secure the win. Bishop Dwenger faces Bowman Academy next Saturday in 3A semi-state.
Earlier in the day, four other area teams saw their seasons end in regional semi-final play. In 4A at Marion, despite a fast start, #4 North Side couldn’t keep the pace, falling 59-55 to Hamilton Southeastern.
In 3A, the same Muncie Central team that lost to Dwenger, knocked off Norwell in the semis 74-70.
Woodlan’s run in 2A ended with a 70-60 loss to Winamac at North Judson. Blackhawk Christian – ranked 11th in 1A – fell in the semi-finals to Marquette Catholic 70-49.