INDIANAPOLIS — The Westview Warriors travel well.
Saturday, when the Warriors faced Indianapolis Park Tudor in the IHSAA Class 2A state finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, there was a lot of red and gold in the stands.
Out of eight teams represented in the state finals — two in each of four classifications — Westview ranked No. 3, with 1,629 tickets sold. Topping the list was Class 4A Indianapolis Tech with 2,886.
Westview’s opponent, Park Tudor? Dead last with 650.
Some of that low turnout, Park Tudor coach Ryan Cox said earlier in the week, may have been because the Indianapolis private school was on spring break this week.
But the Warrior fan contingent that showed up on a still-winter-like spring day in Indianapolis was loud, proud and supportive. And even though the Warriors fell short of their goal of a third state title, their fans, as usual, supported them through thick and thin, up until and after the final horn sounded.
Among the Warrior faithful was Westview fifth grade teacher Kevin Miller, who is a familiar face at Westview home games, seated at the scorers’ table and clad in a black-and-white referees’ shirt. Miller is the official timer.
Miller has taught at Westview for 32 years, and has had members of the 1999 and 2000 state championship teams in his classes, as well as members of this year’s team.
It’s that longtime, multi-generational aspect of the Westview basketball program that makes up a big part of its homespun appeal, Miller said.
The entire experience of the past week, as the Warriors first prepared for Saturday’s game and then journeyed to Indianapolis to compete in the biggest basketball game of their lives, was a special one, Miller said.
“I love living and working at a place where both academics and athletics are supported,” Miller said as he watched the Warriors go through their pregame warmups.