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March 9, 2014

THE SKINNY: Hoop dreams live on for some

“If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don’t care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we’re gonna be winners.”

— Coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman), “Hoosiers”

GOSHEN — Yes, once again we Hoosiers’ favorite time of year has arrived.

No, not spring — although that’s a pretty good guess. Spring has to be near the top of the list, especially after the brutal winter we’ve had in the upper Midwest.

Of course, I’m talking about “Hoosier Hysteria” — otherwise known as the IHSAA state basketball tournament.

Every year, more than 400 schools in Indiana chase the dream of a state championship.

Four of them will achieve that dream, thanks to the advent of class basketball in 1997-98.

Eight of them will be semistate champions; 16 will be regional champions; and 64 will cut down the nets as sectional champions.

I’ve been doing this job a long time, and for pure prep sports excitement, there’s just nothing like “Hoosier Hysteria.”

The atmosphere and culture is difficult to describe to a non-Hoosier.

Better to just tell them to buy a ticket and experience it for themselves.

This week, as usual, we’ve had some pretty darned good basketball to cover in the Goshen News coverage area.

Saturday night, our small but dedicated staff was spread all over the map covering sectional finals: Retired sports editor Stu Swartz was over at historic North Side Gym in Elkhart, covering a Class 4A Elkhart Sectional title tilt between Goshen and Concord.

Sports reporter Greg Keim was over at the Hardwood Teepee in Syracuse, covering a Class 3A Wawasee Sectional championship game between West Noble and NorthWood.

And I was at one of the best facilities in our area, the Warriordome at Westview, covering the Class 2A Westivew Sectional championship between Westview and Bremen.

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