Joe McKinley & his buddies - they were ballers. Just ask Joe's mom, Jill. She'll tell you how the boys would play for hours on the court next to the their old barn, well into the night - and then they would hit Satterfield's Dairy Bar for cheeseburgers before crashing on the McKinley's floor. The boys would go on to play for the West Washington Senators and graduate in 2009. And even though the barn side court is quiet now and the Dairy Bar is closed, Jill still holds on to her memories of those late night games. One more thing - she just can't bring herself to repaint that old barn. You see there's a request, barely readable, from a 5 year old Joe - "no girls, mom." CGS.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Ten days ago we followed the Regional trail to Washington, Loogootee and Seymour. And on the way, French Lick - where we were lucky enough to catch the championship game of the Springs Valley High School intramural league and see the place where Larry Bird got his start. Saturday's menu included 1A games at Loogootee (where coach Jack Butcher won his record setting 806 games), 3A games at Washington's Hatchet House (home to the three Mr. Basketball Zeller brothers) and the nightcap - an overtime thriller between Bloomington North & New Albany in Seymour's "big house" (capacity 8110 - 3rd largest in the US). A triple feature, indeed. Popcorn anyone? CGS.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
When you spot the 2012 State Champions a 15 point lead in the finals of the Semi-State, things can begin to look bleak. Well, maybe not, if you're from Greensburg. By the end, it was the Pirates 74 and Guerin Catholic 67. For the folks in blue, just another step on the way to Indianapolis. CGS.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
For us, and many Indiana basketball historians, the road always runs through Milan. Living 10 miles from the Indian's home town, I mean that literally. Heading to any gym west or north requires driving on Indiana 350 to the crossroads at SR 101, where 60 years ago Milan (and much of the state) celebrated its famous state championship. This year's team was good, finishing the year at 16-7 and a run to the Sectional final (before losing to Austin). But more importantly, when they take the floor in jerseys adorned with golden letters, they carry a dream that is much bigger than the town they call home. To see more of Milan's story through Michael's lens, visit the Hoosier Hardwood Facebook page. CGS.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Some of the gyms we visit are truly remarkable spaces, built in a time when size & design did matter. Shelbyville is one of those places. We were lucky to go at Sectional time, when the cheers & groans of 2014 merged with echoes from the past. CGS/MEK.