1A Sectional Final: NE Dubois vs. Springs Valley

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    Cort Everman of Haysville, 7, observed the national anthem before the Jeeps faced Springs Valley at Springs Valley High school in French Lick on Saturday. Everman is the nephew of Jeeps player Reece Bauer. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois' Alan Kerstiens high-fived his teammates after making a free-throw during the Jeeps' sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. The Jeeps lost 68-54. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    A sign that has been up since Monday reading "Jeeps all the way" hung on Michael Cave's barn outside of Dubois before the sectional final game on Saturday. "We're just big supporters of the Jeeps," said Cave, who used to coach the JV boys basketball team. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois head coach Terry Friedman sat for a moment before his team warmed up for the sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. The Jeeps lost 68-54. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois' Reece Helming, right, and Griffen Bauer jumped together as Bauer was announced as a starter before the Jeeps' sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. The Jeeps lost 68-54. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois' Logan Dodd took a shot during the Jeeps' sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. The Jeeps lost 68-54. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Jeep fans reacted after Northeast Dubois' Alex Harder made a three-point shot in the fourth quarter during the Jeeps' sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. The Jeeps lost 68-54. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois senior Jeb Knies ate popcorn while the other students pretended to sleep as the Springs Valley starters were announced at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois' Logan Dodd dribbled towards the basket during the Jeeps' sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. The Jeeps lost 68-54. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois' cheerleader Makena Evernan reacted as the Jeeps trailed behind Springs Valley in French Lick on Saturday. The Jeeps lost 68-54. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois' Alex Harder looked to pass the ball during the Jeeps' sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Kaddy Merkel of Celestine, left, Kenna Brosmer of Celestine, 12, Kim Butler of Dubois, Brynn Butler of Dubois, 12 and Tammy Ziegler of Dubois cheered during the Jeeps' sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. "We just decided that the parents needed to get into it," Butler said. "We like to let the kids know that we're backing them." Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois head coach Terry Friedman watched a player make a shot during the sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. The Jeeps lost 68-54. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Emerson Kellams of French Lick, 8, right, Zoey Carr of Dubois, 8, center, and Claire Faulkner of Dubois, 8, left, cheered during the Jeeps' sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. The Jeeps lost 68-54. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois' Reece Bauer went for a layup during the Jeeps' sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. The Jeeps lost 68-54. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois senior Kyndal Green, left, wore light up shoes during the Jeeps' sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois' Chase Riecker bowed his head in the final minutes of the Jeeps' sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. The Jeeps lost 68-54. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Eli Dalton of Dubois, 6, reacted as the clock ran out in the fourth quarter of the sectional final at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. The Jeeps lost 68-54. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois seniors Alan Kerstiens, left, Brandon Merkel, Reece Helming, and Chase Riecker walked off the court after accepting the senior ball at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois' Griffen Bauer sat with his teammates after the Jeeps' 68-54 sectional final loss at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Northeast Dubois' Brandon Merkel walked towards the bus after their 68-54 sectional final loss at Springs Valley High School in French Lick on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald