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Hillclimbers deal heartbreaking tourney loss to Indian Lake

Indian Lake was unable to duplicate in the postseason the success it had during the regular season.


Indian Lake’s Zach Allison heads the ball toward a teammate during Wednesday’s Division II sectional tournament game against Urbana. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

The Lakers, who set a program record for wins in a season and won their first ever league title this fall, suffered a 4-3 double-overtime loss to visiting Urbana on Wednesday in a Division II sectional tournament opener.

Urbana’s Devin Burnside scored with 90 seconds remaining in the second overtime to end the Lakers’ season.

“It’s tough to swallow,” said an emotional Indian Lake head coach Jon Shoffstall. “I just told our seniors thank you for everything they have done for the program and I told the underclassmen that they don’t want to have to feel this feeling again. It is just fuel for the fire.”

The Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division champions this fall, the Lakers wrap up their campaign with a 10-7 record.

“We set goals at the beginning of the season and we accomplished almost all of them,” said Shoffstall. “It is a credit to our seniors and their leadership. Those seniors have won more games than any class we’ve ever had here. They helped take us somewhere we have never been. Now, it’s up to the younger guys to take us further.”

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