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16 great Indiana high school basketball team names

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Basketball. It’s a pretty big deal in our fair state. Around here, we like to say that in 49 states, it’s just basketball. But this is Indiana! Our passion for the hardwood goes back for generations. It’s a tradition that runs deep. So much so, James Naismith, the inventor of this beloved game, once said this about our infatuation with basketball:

“Basketball really had its origin in Indiana, which remains the center of the sport.”

Not only do we take our basketball seriously, but we also take our high school basketball team names pretty seriously, too. Sure, there are teams like the Trojans, Wildcats, Tigers, and Irish. Those are to be expected. There’s also the historic team names like the Bedford North Lawrence Stars and the Milan Indians. But if we’re honest, these names are rather unremarkable. And you probably find these names in every other state.

I know other high schools in other states have some pretty unique names (like the Science Hill Hilltoppers in Johnson City, TN, and the Daniel Boone Trailblazers in Gray, TN), but these high school team names in Indiana just might take the cake. If you could choose a winner based on team name alone, these teams would probably dominate the hardcourt. You might even call them the Sweet Sixteen.

Here they are in no particular order (except maybe number one):  Continue reading 16 great Indiana high school basketball team names

Flashback Friday

My Senior portrait. And do note that the t-shirt says Milligan, not Michigan.
My Senior portrait. Notice the Milligan t-shirt.

Today was the last day of school for Christy and the kids.

Cowan’s graduation is tonight.

And fifteen years ago, I donned the cap and gown and did all I could not to actually march to the tune of Pomp & Circumstance.

I like to say that during the early 80s, I kind of lived under a rock when it came to popular music. After you watch one of the more popular videos from my Senior year, you’ll see why I decided to climb back under that rock and spend my time listening to the likes of Rich Mullins, Tchaikovsky, Aaron Copland, and Simon & Garfunkel.

We’re Like Elephants

I’ve been thinking a lot about the relatively long memories sports fans have. If your team has been somehow slighted by another team or a member of the media, there’s a pretty good bet that “Fill-in-the-blank” Nation will never forgive said slight. Here are a few examples that I’ve seen over the past few years…

“Drive home safely!” – Harrison v. Central; Sectionals, 1991
While I don’t remember the round of the Sectionals, I think it might have been the Sectional Finals. In spite of a winning tradition our high school had never won a basketball sectional title in its history. The Warriors had a good shot at winning it this year. I’m pretty sure it was the finals when they faced the reigning SIAC champs, the Central Bears because 1.) I was there (and I probably wouldn’t have been there unless it was the finals), and 2.) Roberts Stadium was packed. Some of my aunts and uncles, proud Harrison alums, were also there in attendance (would they really attend if it wasn’t the Finals? Doubtful).

I remember a few sketchy details. One was a spectacular fast-break. It was a 2-on-0 breakaway where one of the Warriors was dribbling towards the basket and he tossed the ball behind him over his head. Walter McCarty (more on him later) caught the no-look pass in the air and slammed the ball home in an earth-shattering dunk. The Warriors’ section went absolutely nuts.

Unfortunately, Central eventually pulled away from the Warriors. As the final seconds clicked away, the students in the Bears’ section began to chant, “Drive home safely!” Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap “Drive home safely!” And no, they weren’t really concerned about our physical well-being. They were taunting us for bowing out of the Sectionals…again. It left a bad taste in my mouth for the Bears. And for my generation, I think a rivalry was born – at least in the basketball world. Even though I’ve had several cousins attend Central, I still have a difficult time rooting for the Bears.

The next year, when Central played at Harrison, the much-improved Warriors beat the Bears. Many who were at the previous Sectionals fiasco began to chant the same thing to the Bears fans in the crows. “Drive home safely!” Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap “Drive home safely!” Payback (I guess).

Walter McCarty
The aforementioned Walter McCarty was huge! I remember walking close to him in the hallway and only coming up to his chest. In middle school, I thought he was going to scrape his head on the hallway ceilings – especially with his early-90’s flat-top/fade hairstyle. He was the center of the Warriors’ offense and no one could stop him (a la Shaquille O’Neil in his heyday). He led the Warriors to their first Sectional championship with his crowd-pleasing dunks and fear-imposing shot blocking. The boy couldn’t hit a shot outside of the paint to save his life, though.

Upon graduation, McCarty played for Kentucky. For those of us who are Hoosiers fans, this presented a huge dilemma. I somehow managed to justify my allegiance to the guy by saying things like, “I hope he has some great stats and Kentucky still loses every game.” All of that changed when Kentucky played Indiana in a close game. What did Walter do? He hit the game-winning three-pointer! I don’t think I ever forgave him for that. Although, joining the Louisville coaching staff has helped put him more in my good graces.

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It’s Madness!

Have I mentioned I love this time of year in basketball?

Congrats to the valiant Warriors of Evansville Harrison, who captured their 6th-ever Sectional Title yesterday (even though it’s watered-down, due to the class system). They defeated those evil Knights of Castle. Harrison should have a wealth of Sectional crowns under their belt with the talent they’ve had over the years (*cough* Calbert Cheaney *cough*). Glad to hear they captured another one.

CBS has to be quite happy tonight. Over the past two Sundays, they have broadcast 6 games nationally. The total point spread of the combined scores is 12 points. Every game was high quality! Today was upset central for the top teams. Now things get a little hairy.

Now that Southern Illinois lost their tournament game, I’m pulling for Creighton to win the Missouri Valley tournament. Major upsets like Southwest Missouri ST winning the tourney definitely hurts the chances of IU getting a bid. IU plays Minnesota on Thursday. Keep it up, Hoosiers!

I love this time of year! Unfortunately, I still have to study. Yes, yes…Greek…still the bane of my existence!

It’s Madness!