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March 28, 2014

Tiny Westview has built big basketball tradition

Barely a dot on the Indiana map, Westview has managed to become a basketball mecca

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As for himself, he still loves the game that has been a big part of his life. At 83, he may no longer be able to bring the ball upcourt or drive the lane, but he still plays.

“I still enjoy it, I do,” Bud said. “I still shoot foul shots with by grandkids.”

Good clean fun

Mathew, who has been at Westview since 1975, indicates Westview’s continued success — 36 out of 48 winning seasons and 14 20-win seasons — is bred from older generations to the younger ones.

“It’s the tradition and the fact the community is still willing to support the young people,” Mathew said. “This is something other communities have lost. The tradition (here) goes back to before Shipshewana Scott and Topeka were consolidated into Westview.”

Current Westview assistant coach Randy Miller, himself a member of the 1999 Warriors’ state championship team, said the Westview community simply does things the right way, which leads to success.

“A certain aspect of it is the conservative nature of the community,” Miller said. “We are turning out good, hard-working people and basketball is a good, clean fun thing for them to do.”

Greg Keim contributed to this report.

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