Tales from the Indiana High School Basketball Locker Room

Tales from the Indiana High School Basketball Locker Room

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It is often said that while Dr. James Naismith invented basketball in Massachusetts, the sport was raised and ultimately came of age in the high schools of Indiana, the state where politics, religion, and sweet corn fall in line behind the game played with the round orange ball. Tales from Indiana High School Basketball, now newly revised, centers on those special people who have played the gamea€”their stories, their passion, their drive for excellence, their laughs, and their tears. This is a book about Lebanon schoolboy hero Rick Mount, the first prep basketball player ever featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated; ita€™s about Gene Cato, the Indiana High School Athletic Associationa€™s former commissioner whose fathera€”his high school coacha€”would not put the young scoring phenomenon into a game until his teama€™s fans demanded it; ita€™s also about Mariona€™s a€œPurple Reigna€a€”consecutive state championships in 1985, 1986, and 1987 when the Giants were the most important game on every opponenta€™s schedule. John Wooden, Bobby Plump, Steve Alford, Damon Baileya€”ita€™s as easy for an Indiana high school basketball fan to roll the names off the tongue as it is to find the broadcast of a high school game on AM radio on any Friday night during an Indiana winter. Tales from Indiana High School Basketball is not so much about statistics and winning streaks as it is about the personalities and emotions of those who created a phenomenon that became a way of life in the Hoosier State.A Collection of the Statea#39;s Greatest Basketball Stories Ever Told Jeff Washburn ... But it paled in comparison to the distinctive jump shot that made Lebanon High Schools prolific scorer the talk of the state during the mid-1960s. ... But long before he became a Boilermaker, Mount, the son of former Lebanon standout Pete Mount, developed his long-range ... a€œWhen I was a kid, my dad cut a hole in the bottom of an old Plantera#39;s Peanuts can and instructed me to use a tennis ball to shoot atanbsp;...

Title:Tales from the Indiana High School Basketball Locker Room
Author:Jeff Washburn
Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. - 2013-12-13


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