By Bill Barrows
If you look up Hoosier Hysteria in an encyclopedia or online, Hoosier Hysteria is described as follows: Hoosier Hysteria is the state of excitement surrounding basketball in Indiana, or more specifically the Indiana high school basketball tournament.
In part, the excitement stemmed from the inclusion of all tournament entrants into the same tournament, where a small town's David might knock off a large city's Goliath. The most famous example occurred in 1954, when Milan (enrollment 161) defeated Muncie Central (enrollment over 1,600) to win the State title. The plot of the now famous movie, Hoosiers, was based on the story of the 1954 Milan team and seems to typify the hysteria related to basketball in the state of Indiana.
Indiana schools are now divided into four classifications that in theory is intended to make the Indiana basketball tourney even more exciting. There are several opinions on that subject that we don’t have time nor space for here.
All four Wabash County teams play in Sectional No.37 at Oak Hill this week. It starts on Tuesday with Lewis Cass (14-8) playing Manchester (6-16) in a 7p.m. start. Then on Wednesday at 6p.m., Wabash (9-13) plays Oak Hill (19-3) followed by Northfield (8-14) against Southwood (18-4). Friday’s action pairs Rochester (5-16) against the Cass/Manchester winner at 6 p.m. followed by the winners of both Wednesday games.
The championship game is Saturday at 7:30 pm. Wabash WebTV will be there for all of the action that involves county teams.
The Wabash WebTV broadcast team will provide you with a type of media that has become the wave of the future and we love doing it for you and will try to refine the broadcasts to continually upgrade and make it top notch. Speaking for our commentators, Rick Harness, Jim Landrum, Tim Harness, Chandler Jones and yours truly as well as our tech and support staff, Steven Weir, David Fenker and Julie Schnepp, thanks for tuning in!
Join Wabash WebTV for exciting action of Indiana High School athletics. The Wabash WebTV schedule will be published in The Paper of Wabash County. You can expect to find out where we will be by checking this article every week for sports action. If you are at a game or cannot watch it live, an archive of the featured game is available on the website shortly after the completion of each game.