Goshen News, Goshen, IN


October 21, 2012

KEIM'S KORNER: Never too soon to talk about basketball

In the Hoosier state, hoop season is always just around the corner.

GOSHEN — This is a great time of the year to be covering high school sports.

The football playoffs are underway and of course since this is Indiana that also means the beginning of basketball is not far away.

Girls basketball practice begins on Monday while the boys start on Monday, Nov. 5.

It’s never too early to talk about the sport.

As it says on the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Web site “In Indiana, basketball isn’t simply a game – it’s a tradition, passion, and part of our culture.”

The passion is what continues to fuel the fire in some people who would like to see the return to a single-class tournament rather than the four-class one currently in use.

I loved the tradition of the tournament when I was growing up.

Although Bobby Plump’s miracle shot that won the state championship for Milan a couple of years before I was born the memory of it was enough to motivate smaller schools when facing the bigger ones.

There was always the chance of another Milan-type team making a run in the tourney.

Now that we have been under a multiple-class tournament since the 1997-98 season it seems more natural.

As a sports writer and a high school basketball fan it has been my privilege to see the joys experienced by youngsters in both tournaments.

Seeing the emotional high experienced by the NorthWood girls in the 1997 tournament when the “Black Swish” finally broke through and won the Fort Wayne semistate championship to qualify for the Final Four for the first time ever was equally matched two seasons later when the team, led by Amy Zercher and Natalie Will, captured the 3A title by edging Indianapolis Cathedral 72-71.

You can’t convince me the excitement of winning a state championship was in any way diminished by the fact it had a 3A in front of it.

Few communities in the area support their teams with more enthusiasm than the fans of the Westview Warriors.

That support has remained constant over the years.

The Westview faithful were there supporting the Warriors in the old days when the team played in the sectional over at East Noble and they were in Indianapolis when the small-town school made state history by becoming the first school to capture back-to-back class state championships.

Fans turned out in droves to show their support whether the Warriors were playing a school like East Noble that is considerably bigger than Westview or a similar-sized school like Winchester of Paoli in the 2A state finals. The 2A didn’t seem to bother them.

Let the seasons begin!

Text Only
  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Sideshows involving Rice and Dungy stain NFL's image

    Pro football training camps should be all about, well, football. But the talk around the NFL is about Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game suspension, Tony Dungy's indelicate remarks about Michael Sam and Jim Irsay's largesse. What kind of league is Roger Goodell running?

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • NCAA Concussion Lawsuit-9 [THE GOSHEN NEWS] NCAA settles head-injury lawsuit via fund CHICAGO — The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Offense adapting to new arsenal ANDERSON — Dwayne Allen didn’t often recognize the Indianapolis Colts offense he was watching from the sideline last season.The third-year tight end suffered a season-opening hip injury in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, then watched as left guar

    July 30, 2014

  • Running back Rainey is released ANDERSON — Just days after earning praise for his playmaking ability from head coach Chuck Pagano, running back Chris Rainey was waived by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday morning.The news was broken in a press release around 8:30 a.m. and later conf

    July 30, 2014

  • SPT GN140730 Kulp Former Jimtown coach Brent Kulp named GHS softball coach GOSHEN — When you find your calling in life you follow it, even if it means going back to a previous career. Brent Kulp understands this lesson.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Big Ten Media Days Football [Duplicate] Playoffs could create chances for Big Ten teams CHICAGO — As he watched the BCS championship game last season, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook could not help but wonder: What if a playoff system were in place? Would the Spartans be playing for the biggest prize? No need to wonder anymore. T

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • USA Basketball-3 [Duplicate] Rose returns as U.S. basketball team opens camp LAS VEGAS — Derrick Rose says he feels old. The 25-year-old point guard's rigorous play on Monday during the U.S. basketball team's first practice dictated otherwise. "I was joking with Kyle Korver, I told him 'I'm getting old, man. I've got to stret

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Cardinals Cubs Baseball [THE GOSHEN NEWS] Stacked farm system offers Cubs hope DES MOINES, Iowa — It's tempting for Chicago Cubs fans to pay as much attention to Triple-A Iowa as the struggling big league club. Iowa's lineup is a daily reminder that Chicago's future might be as bright as any team in baseball. The recent promoti

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kulp is new Goshen softball coach Brent Kulp was hired as the new Goshen High School softball coach at Monday night’s school board meeting. He was a physical education and health teacher in the Baugo Community Schools for 18 years and head softball coach at Jimtown High School for 15 seasons. Under his direction, Jimtown earned five Northern State Conference championships, five sectional titles and two regional titles and his teams compiled an overall record of 285-133-1.

    July 28, 2014

  • SPT GN140728 City Championship6 GOLF: Strong front nine leads Toner to Goshen City Championship Sugg hed: Toner cruises to City Championship victory GOSHEN — Through the first eight holes, Scott Toner dominated the competition at the Goshen Men’s City Golf Championship at Black Squirrel Golf Club. He was already two-under, and had already gaine

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue

With military action and tensions escalating between Russia and Ukraine, as well as Israel and Palestine, are you worried that the U.S. and other nations may get drawn into these conflicts?

Yes, it is a great concern of mine
I’m a little worried, but not too much
No, I’m not worried at all
     View Results