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Block heading to Northwood

JONESVILLE — With a district title in hand, Block High School now turns its attention to the postseason.

But before they find out where they fit in the LHSAA Class 1A postseason bracket, the Bears (7-2, 3-0) will have to contend with one more opponent when they travel to Northwood-Lena.

Block head coach Benny Vault Jr. said he would use this week as a tuneup week in practice.

“We’re not practicing for Northwood, we’re practicing for the playoffs,” Vault said. “The kids are excited about it.”

But that doesn’t mean the team is taking Northwood-Lena (3-6, 0-3) lightly, and Vault said the Gators have good size up front.

“They started out the season pretty good, then they had to forfeit a couple of games because of an ineligible player,” Vault said. “With it being their senior night, I’m sure they’ll come out for the last game and fight. I know they have some speed, so we’ll have to jump on them early.”

With a win against St. Mary’s last week, Block secured a district title that will allow the Bears good seeding in the playoffs. In Vault’s six seasons as head coach at Block, the Bears have made the postseason every year.

“They have somewhat of a reputation to uphold,” Vault said of his players. “I always throw it in their faces — you don’t want to be the ones to stop the tradition (of making the playoffs).”

Vault said he’s especially proud of his team’s accomplishments when he factors in the youth of the squad.

“Not many people expected us to be 7-2 going into the playoffs,” he said. “It’s a good accomplishment with all these young guys and first-time players.”

At the same time, Vault said he’s not going to be content just because his Bears keep making the postseason.

“I told them I’m never satisfied,” Vault said. “I want to win a state championship.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday at Northwood-Lena.