Barnhizer, Barrett, Beaver brothers headline Lafayette Jeff, Central Catholic matchup

Saturday night, class 4A number 6 Lafayette Jeff will host Class A number 5 Central Catholic. The two teams boast a combined record of 23-4 this season.

Posted: Jan 24, 2020 2:49 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2020 3:01 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Saturday night, class 4A number 6 Lafayette Jeff will host class A number 5 Central Catholic. The two teams boast a combined record of 23-4 this season.

Beyond the great match-up on paper, this game is all about family. If you're at the Crawley Center for the game, you'll probably hear a lot of these three names.

Barnhizer, Barrett, and Beaver.

There are generally two schools of thought about coaching your kids.

"I revel in the opportunity, yeah I enjoy it alot," said Central Catholic head coach Dave Barrett.

What about at Lafayette Jeff?

"With my own I never, they'd probably be better off playing for somebody else to be honest because I excpect so much out of them," said Lafayette Jeff head coach Mark Barnhizer.

Hey, nobody said playing for dad was easy!

Brooks and Braxton each star at Lafayette Jeff for their dad Mark.

Carson and Clark, the same for their dad Dave at Central Catholic.

So it begs the question: When you're on the court, is it dad or coach?

"I think all the guys think of coach as Dave, that's what I'll call him," said Central Catholic senior Carson Barrett.

"Oh, dad. If I called him coach it would be weird," said Lafayette Jeff senior guard Braxton Barnhizer.

Now that we have that settled, let's talk about the crazy part about Saturday's big game between the Knights and the Bronchos.

Three sets of brothers will be on the court at the same time!

Brooks, Braxton, Carson, Clark, and don't forget about Avery and Ashton!

The Beaver brothers complete this basketball game that will also moonlight as a family affair.

"We grew up playing against each other on the low rim," said Carson Barrett. "Seven and a half, we tried dunking on each other."

"We've been growing up playing since we were, like, when we could walk we played on a little plastic hoop," said Avery Beaver.

This is a contest that has, in one way or another, been 18 years in the making.

"It's a big rivalry, we've got talented guys, they've got talented guys," said Dave Barrett. "They know it's going to be a heated match-up. Everybody is going to bring their 'A' game, and it's going to be a lot of fun."

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