When the news broke Saturday, Munster boys basketball coach Mike Hackett said two words that said it all.
"That's huge," Hackett said.
The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced that the Pacers and Fever will be the presenting sponsors of Indiana's boys and girls state basketball tournaments, starting this year. The agreement will run through the 2016 state tournaments.
The announcement was made Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse before the Pacers game against Brooklyn. The Pacers and Fever are believed to be the first professional basketball franchises in the country to partner with a state high school association and its tournaments.
The Colts have been the presenting sponsor of the IHSAA state football tournament since 2009.
"There's no doubt this is a positive situation," said Hackett, the president elect of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. "They have been a sponsor of the IBCA for years. We play our state championships on the Pacers home court.
"This is going to be great to grow the high school game."
The girls tournament pairings will be announced at 3 p.m. today with sectionals beginning Feb. 11. The boys pairings will be released Feb. 23, with their sectionals opening March 4.
Munster 56, Calumet 24: Jordan Cole notched a double-double with 22 points and 10 assists for the Mustangs (6-11). Natalie Vellutini added 10 for Munster.
Jaireh Ratliff scored 12 points to lead Calumet (3-14).
Morton's Wall going to Austin Peay: Morton's David Wall was a Governor in Hammond and now the defensive back will be one in Tennessee after he verbally committed to Austin Peay on Saturday.
"We're real excited," Morton coach Roy Richards said. "David was the ultimate team player, and all of his teammates will be excited as soon as they hear the news."
News and notes
Saturday’s snowstorms led to the postponements of area sporting events.
The Duneland Athletic Conference boys swimming and diving meet has been moved to Monday. The swimming portion will start at 5:30 p.m. and will remain at Chesterton. The diving portion of the meet has been moved to Lake Central and will start at 6.
The Northwest Crossroads Conference boys swimming and diving meet was also postponed. No makeup date has been announced.
In girls basketball, the South Central at Morgan Township game has been tentatively moved to 7 p.m. Thursday.
In boys basketball, Munster’s game at Valparaiso has been moved to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15.