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Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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It’s been a while since Indian Creek hoisted a postseason plaque. The Timberwolves haven’t won a regional title since 1998, coach Paul Muchmore’s second season.

This isn’t necessarily due to the fact Indian Creek hasn’t had good teams under Muchmore’s guidance, as the Timberwolves have won 14 or more games 11 times.

However, the ball just hasn’t bounced Indian Creek’s way in recent years. There was the heartbreaking loss to Hinckley-Big Rock in last season’s regional final. In 2009, the Timberwolves won 21 games, but once again they had to deal with Hinckley-Big Rock in a regional championship game, and the Royals went on to win the Class 1A state championship.

Due to geography, one team that usually stands in Indian Creek’s way is H-BR, winner of seven consecutive regional championships.

This season, the Timberwolves should go into Earlville as the favorite being the top seed in a five-team regional which includes Earlville, LaMoille, Somonauk and Paw Paw. The Timberwolves have already beaten the second-seeded Bobcats twice this year.

“When we played Somonauk twice within a week span, we talked about, this is a team you could possibly face in a regional,” Muchmore said. “Go out and play well and show them you’re the better team.”

At this point, seeds only mean so much. Indian Creek has also been on the other side, so they also know what it’s like to be an underdog. The Timberwolves were seeded third at last year’s Hinckley-Big Rock Regional.

“I don’t think anybody expected us to play Hinckley for the title and we went out and really took it to Amboy (in the semifinals),” Muchmore said. “I think that’s one of the things we hopefully learned, most of the girls played on that team. Hopefully they’re not overconfident because we’ve beaten all the teams in that regional.”

• Steve Nitz is a sports reporter for the Daily Chronicle. He can be reached via e-mail at snitz@shawmedia.com and follow him on Twitter @SNitz_DDC.

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