Putting the wraps on another stellar Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic

Posted Wednesday, December 31, 2008, at 1:54 PM
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  • I too, enjoyed the Classic very much this year.

    Marshall is very deserving Champion and this was a much needed championship by a small school. Because as much as we talk about the small schools being able to compete, until they get the hardware, its just talk.

    Rockville and Shakamak are perfect examples. While both had stellar records and high expectations, neither made it to "trophy day". They will both continue to have good seasons and maybe make deep runs into the state (class) tournament, but this was their only chance to make a statement on a multi-class level. They failed this year. Shakamak will have to carry the load for the small schools next year as their roster is loaded with juniors. Rockville was kind of a victim of the draw, they had to play Marshall in the second round as was toe-to-toe with them until the last shot at the end of the game.

    I've heard people talk about moving this tournament to Hulman Center. I'm completely against that. Playing it in a jammed-packed high school gymnasium is what makes this the special event that it is. So people were turned away. It was unfortunate that some of these people were dedicated fans or even family members of teams involved, but the situation is what it is, and the level of interest was no secret. I had no trouble getting in, just get there earlier!

    But in the end, this was as good as the tournament has been to date. Now only if we can get Northview competitive again. That would be good for the tournament as well, because when Northview is a threat to win, we can pack 'em in too. And until Marshall's victory this year, this tournament was coming dangerously close to becoming the Terre Haute mega-schools holiday tournament. And if it does become that, that is what will kill it.

    -- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 10:30 AM
  • There are five players on the floor at a time, the problem is there is only one basketball. Unoit, I think you nailed it.

    Before anyone thinks I am being overly critical, their last four losses over the course of the last three tournaments have been by 23 points, 20 points, 29 points, and 15 points. So obviously we haven't been competitive with the better teams for awhile now.

    -- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 6:32 AM
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