We take a one-game departure from the NIC-10 to get a look at one of the best teams in the state. 

Lutheran is 10-0 (7-0 in Big Northern) and ranked #7 in 2A in the latest MaxPreps poll They beat Indian Creek, a top 5 1A team, last week.

The Crusaders are led by Zach Derus, their leading scorer and member of the 1,000 point club. Small frame but high energy. Scored 32 points against Indian Creek.

They are taking their ranking and undefeated season on the road to Winnebago where they will match up against the Winnebago Indians. The Indians are in second place in the Big Northern conference with a 6-1 conference record. The Crusaders are the better team on paper, but anything can happen when a high school basketball team goes on the road.

Joe Dredge and Dave Perrone will be on the call for the game. Special guest Todd Heidemann will be on the call. Todd is the public address announcer for the Lutheran Crusaders He's a longtime Rockford basketball guy and knows his stuff, especially all things Lutheran. It's going to be a great game.

We'll get back to NIC-10 basketball for the last few weeks of the season. Two teams on the boys side of the NIC-10 have separated themselves from the rest of their division. Harlem sits atop the "A" division with a record of 6-1. Jefferson leads the "B" division with a perfect 7-0 conference record. Hononegah is also undefeated in the B difision but have only played 2 conference games. East is right behind them with a 5-1 record. Jefferson and East match up later next week.

On the girls side it's Harlem once again leading the way in the "A" division with a 6-1 record. Auburn and Boylan are behind them with a 4-3 record. The Lady Indians of Hononegah are undefeated after 7 conference games. Guilford is in second place behind them with a record of 6-2. You can always check out the latest NIC-10 scores here. 

The top teams in each division will meet up on March 12 to play for the NIC-10 title.


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