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February 22, 2013

Eastern girls hoops team faces Bishop Luers for trip to state

Greentown — Much like other coaches, Jeremy Dexter has developed a close bond with the members of his program.

The Eastern girls basketball coach has seen his current senior class re-write the school’s  athletic record books while holding themselves and others to a high standard off the playing surface.

For all the things they’ve done for the Greentown community, Dexter feels compelled to give a maximum effort as he leads the program’s preparation for Saturday’s Class 2A Warsaw Semistate against Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.

“As a coach, I talk about this year. I don’t want to see it end,” Dexter said. “I don’t want to see these seniors’ careers end. They are such winners. I’ve told them I believe they could sustain this as long as they want. The sky is the limit, and they just have to keep pushing to get better and stay together. I can’t even measure what they mean to me as individuals.”

While it’s not their No. 1 sport, the members of the current senior class, led by Brittany and Bethany Neeley, are excited as always to be adding another chapter to the ever-growing storybook of their four years at Eastern.

The twin sisters this week inked their letters of intent to run track and cross country at Indiana University.

“It was our goal coming into the season that we could make a deep run in the tournament,” Bethany Neeley said. “But you never put it into reality. These last two weeks have been awesome, to be one of four teams left playing. We feel really blessed to have this experience. We’re just trying to enjoy it every day.”

Awaiting the No. 6-ranked Comets are the six-time state-champion Knights, who are seeking their fourth straight appearance in the Class 2A state finals.

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