Edgewood coach upset with private schools’ success

GREENCASTLE — Edgewood basketball coach Jeff Farmer took some shots at Guerin Catholic and private schools in general  during and after the regional championship Saturday night.

In the final quarter, with Guerin in control of the contest, Farmer started yelling his displeasure that Guerin coach Pete Smith hadn’t substituted for his senior starters. The exchange was brief with Smith cupping his hand to his ear on the other side of the floor and asking Farmer, “What’s that?” It did appear that Smith didn’t hear Farmer’s complaint. Just a few minutes later, Smith did take out his starters.

After the game, Farmer had more to say.

“If the IHSAA doesn’t do something about the private schools, it’s going to ruin high school basketball,” Farmer told the Bloomington Herald-Times.

How much success have private schools had during the tournament this season? Let’s take a look at the teams still playing in each class.

Bloomington North (Public)
Indianapolis Arsenal Tech (Public – Magnet)
Lake Central High (Public)
Homestead (Public)

Guerin Catholic (Private)
Greensburg (Public)
Bowman Academy (Charter)
Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (Private)

Park Tudor (Private)
Clarksville (Public)
Westview (Public)
Cass (Public)

Clay City (Public)
Barr Reeve (Public)
Michigan City – Marquette (Private)
Liberty Christian (Private)

10 Public Schools (1 Magnet)
5 Private Schools
1 Charter School