Boys Prep Basketball
The current state of high school basketball is not your daddy's version of Hoosier Hysteria. No, not at all.
This is not the time for the boys basketball coach at Lowell High School to step down. But that's exactly what Nate Richie did recently, going 46-39 over the last four seasons.
Mark Barnhizer has been hired as Gavit's new athletic director. And the 2003 Indiana All-Star coach will also take over the Gladiators boys basketball program.
The dream seemed to be over. Crown Point senior forward Bret Barclay ended his final prep basketball season with the Bulldogs in March. The future seemed unclear.
Jason Quigg probably got a high-five from Mickey Mouse on Tuesday night, after the world-famous rodent heard the good news for Quigg.
Dave Templin grew up on the east side of Gary, near the steel mills. Before graduating from Emerson in 1966, a blue-collar lunch-pail district, he would drive south with his pals.
In March of 1984, Brian Vukadinovich was just seconds from realizing a life-long dream. Then, like that, a last-second shot by a Warsaw player end it with some drama.
It was December 1999. These shoes were standing inside the Hammond Civic Center taking in The Times Region Roundball Rumble. It was a thrilling game in front of a packed house.
INDIANAPOLIS | Stepping back into Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Lake Central's Tyler Wideman would be like Ali stepping into the ring against Joe Frazier, the first time.
INDIANAPOLIS | It was a crowning achievement for one of Indiana's best girls basketball players in state history.
COLUMBUS | The gym was thinning out Wednesday night at Columbus North. A talented Indiana All-Star team just finished a sweep of the Junior All-Stars.
COLUMBUS | The legends lined up on the bleachers for a photograph, the younger ones wearing the historic white jersey with the coveted blue letters that read what they have since 1940.
Gavit is looking to fill its boys basketball coaching position and its athletic director's post.
Just when you thought it was fixed, a tire goes flat and the muffler falls off. Again. And then someone steals the fuzzy dice hanging from the rear-view mirror.
The basketball news the IHSAA released this week was good. It was positive for the players, awesome for the schools and getting much closer to giving Hoosier Hysteria the lift it needs.
HIGHLAND | Bret Barclay drove to the basket Saturday afternoon at Highland High School. The Crown Point senior made contact with T.J. Lux and dropped in the bucket.
For a long while, Northwest Indiana had a local all-star game for boys and girls basketball. Then, like that, it vanished.
It was summer of 1977, I believe. This young baller who is now an old baller put on his canvas Chuck Taylor's and dribbled a ball toward Crown Point High School.
Keith Christmas went along for the ride in April of 2002. The senior basketball player at West Side never received an invitation to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 workout.
Tyler Wideman got a phone call, but didn't answer it. Typically, he was in the gym working on his game.
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