STEVE HANLON: Ding Dong the witch is dead

2013-11-22T00:00:00Z 2014-06-24T20:59:24Z STEVE HANLON: Ding Dong the witch is deadSteve Hanlon Prep Beat nwitimes.com
November 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

In another time some genius came up with the idea of New Coke, red dye No. 2 and the Edsel. Thankfully, they disappeared like a Cubs fan at a Happy Convention.

Add the Duneland Athletic Conference's double round robin boys basketball schedule to the list of horrible ideas that are no more. Whoever's brain child this can of worms was should be forced to be a midnight custodian at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Let's take a quick look at how this dumb idea almost killed basketball in Northwest Indiana.

*While many in East Chicago might disagree, Valparaiso wins the 2007 Class 4A state title if the Vikings weren't playing the same teams three times.

Valpo fans screamed about Angel Garcia loudly. Playing bad league teams all winter hurt their team worse.

*Crown Point standout Spike Albrecht would've made the 2011 Indiana All-Star team if not for his schedule, which was forced on the coaches by some lazy administrators.

From 2003-04 until last year, all DAC schools played each other twice. So 14 of their 20 games were against the same teams. Talk about double vision. Now, each program will play seven league games.

As you look through this hoops preview, take a peak at the DAC schedules. For the first time in a long time you can pick out a must-see game. There won't be another one in the regular season.

Thank God. Hallelujah.

Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic picked up a game at Indianapolis Tech. He also picked up games against Bowman Academy, Hammond and South Bend Adams.

This is how high school basketball used to be.

With senior and Butler-bound Tyler Wideman working to be selected to the Indiana All-Star team, playing in Indianapolis is key.

"It won't be just Tech that gets to see him," Milausnic said. "He'll be on game tape and a lot of coaches in Indianapolis will get to see him there, too. It's fun. Different areas of the state play with different styles. It's good to get your guys out there and see how they do."

Crown Point coach Clint Swan agrees. Spike Albrecht amazed America last March Madness blowing up in Michigan's run to the NCAA national championship game. Few, though, in Indiana ever saw him play.

Being handcuffed by a stupid schedule idea cost Albrecht a great honor. One that was deserved.

"I'm happy for our players being able to get out and play other teams," said Swan, who picked up Andrean and Munster to start the Bulldogs' season. "I'm happy that our players are not going to be playing teams for the third time in sectionals."

Chesterton's Zack Novac. Lake Central's Eric Summers. These are players Swan believed would've gotten great exposure from a normal schedule. The DAC players of the future will have a similar opportunity.

And let me make one prediction here. The DAC mini tournaments will become like the Edsel. There's no point to them at all. Do it this year and let it die like the double round robin.

And let's enjoy DAC basketball again.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at steve.hanlon@nwi.com.

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