December 13-Jan. 3
Wow. These last few weeks have flown by. Will be able to update this more from now often. You should read my column today about the various things I witnessed over the holiday tourney season, ranging from watching the Indiana Deaf School team and how it communicates with each other, to my horrendous trip to Eastern Greene and finally with a trip to the First Financial Wabash Valley Classic at Terre Haute with Cloverdale's boys.
Saw a great game last night with Greencastle girls winning 64-63 at Terre Haute South. That game story will be online soon. Also in Friday's Banner Graphic are a preview of the Colts-Texans playoff game on Saturday, capsule previews of the EIGHT varsity basketball games on Friday night and a recap of the many Putnam County players honored by the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association.
Need to get all this stuff done this afternoon, so my wife and I can go with the in-laws to the Illinois-Indiana game at Bloomington. I will be seeing four college basketball games in the next week, going to the Bradley at Indiana State game on Saturday and seeing the Olney Central at Vincennes University games next Wednesday to catch up with Jalen Moore and Nailah Ray.
It's a busy time of year, but a great time of year. See you in a gymnasium somewhere soon. (Best chances are Friday night at Owen Valley and Saturday night at North Putnam.)
Look in Tuesday's Banner Graphic for as much of an explanation of the Craig Jordan/Greencastle Community Schools saga as can be made.
I went to Indiana State's basketball practice on Wednesday to watch Cooper Neese practice and interview him and coach Greg Lansing for a story. Practice was held in the ISU Arena, the home of the Sycamore basketball games until the Hulman Center opened in 1974. One of the first people I saw upon entering the gymnasium was Brad Miley, a starting forward on the 1979 ISU final four team. I have known Brad for many years, and we had a good time catching up. He asked about DePauw coach Bill Fenlon, and recalled coaching with Fenlon for a season at Rose-Hulman several years ago.
If you've never been to the Arena, which still hosts the Sycamore volleyball matches, it's an interesting building. The ceiling is cut in an angular pattern looking a lot like Charlie Brown's shirt, and has triangular sections extending down from the room. I don't go in there much any more, but it brought back memories of going there as a kid. ISU used to print its game programs on a placemat-sized piece of cardboard, which made for the sturdiest airplanes ever. As little elementary school kids, we watched the games but also stuck a lot of those in the ceiling.
One game that always comes to mind when I go there was in 1973. It was the last college game for Doug Collins of Illinois State, who later that year would be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Collins later coached the Chicago Bulls and has worked for many years as a TV commentator. I don't recall Indiana State having a particularly good team that year, and Illinois State was obviously very good with Collins, but the Sycamores ruined his final college game. I remember that.