Now she is watching as another generation buys into the roundball legacy. She laughed when asked if her life is like living on the movie set of “Hoosiers.”
“It is,” Massey said. “My son (Jackson, 7) alone has five basketball hoops in and outside our house.”
Her story of continuity in the Westview basketball world is typical. One generation hands off their love of the game to the next, and so on.
A positive thing
Obsessing with basketball, or any sport, can bring long stares from co-workers and family members. But nobody in the Westview community seems to think it’s an odd thing.
“It’s good for the whole community,” said Tom Miller, as he took quick steps away from his pharmacy position to retrieve something for a customer. “It makes people talk about everything. It’s a good thing. Win, lose or draw, it’s a good thing.”
Miller said that today in Topeka will be a lonely one, as many town residents will be in Indianapolis watching the game against No. 1 Park Tudor, or settled at home in front of a TV.
“When it happened before, you could really tell the difference,” he said of the store’s customer traffic. “Especially during the game. It will be on every radio and television in the area.”
Miller and others who work downtown won’t have far to go to watch the game. They can stop in at Ace Hardware, where Lyn Stutzman plans on having it on a TV. He’s the owner, and he volunteered to let his workers, some of whom are Westview students, off today to attend the game.
“They have been following them all year and I haven’t been able to get out to the games, so I let them go,” Stutzman said. “I had my years when my son played, so I decided I would let them go. I will set up a TV inside here so we can hoot and holler inside the store.”