On Monday March 9, Indian Creek was undefeated and ready for a Class 1A Super-Sectional against Aurora Christian.
By the end of the week, not only had IC lost but the state tournament had been called off and schools were preparing to close down.
Coach Joe Piekarz and players Drew Gaston, Cam Russell and Cooper Larsen talked about the wild week and what the last couple months have been like. The full video is on the Daily Chronicle website. Excerpts are below.
* Piekarz on the fast-paced week:
"We had thousands and thousands of people at NIU, and I don't think very many people were thinking about 'Oh, we probably shouldn't be doing this. After the game there were hugs all around. Then 48 hours later you were at where we are today."
* Russell on finding out the state championships were canceled:
"We were excited. Playing at NIU was a great experience even though we lost. But after that, hearing about the coronavirus and all the teams not being able to play. What would have happened if we had won? That would have been heartbreaking."
* Piekarz on how the team was able to celebrate its undefeated regular season, high rankings, tournament wins and other successes, and what it would have been like if they had won the super-sectional:
"The things we accomplished this season ... are things a normal high school student and team don't get to experience. And I think if we won that game the focus would have been more on the what-if and what we could have done."