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The 'best game' ever for Staunton student

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Kalen Schane with his autographed basketball. [Order this photo]
Even though his favorite team is the Boston Celtics, Kalen Schane was arguably the biggest Indiana Pacers' fan for one evening recently.

"The Celtics are my first pick, but the Pacers are my second," Kalen said.

His grandmother, Anita Ave, took the 11-year-old Staunton Elementary School fifth-grader, along with her daughter and granddaughter, to a Pacers game late in the season.

Indiana was playing the Washington Wizards.

"We always try to take (the grandchildren and family) somewhere on Spring Break," Anita said. "They wanted to go to a Pacers' game."

During the game, ushers were scouring Conseco Fieldhouse looking for what they believed was the "biggest fan."

One of those ushers spotted Kalen, sitting with his family wearing his Pacers' gear.

The usher asked Kalen if he wanted to take part in a contest.

His response was simple: Yes.

"I started jumping up and down in my seat," Kalen said.

The contest was explained to him. The team planned to show a video of star forward Danny Granger singing a song. Teammate Solomon Jones had to guess what song was going to be sung.

In turn, Kalen had to decide if Solomon guessed correctly.

Prior to showing the video, Jones guessed Granger would sing the song "Poker Face," by Lady Ga Ga.

Kalen said he didn't think Jones' answer was correct.

But he was wrong. The video, in fact, depicted Granger singing the tune."

Eleven-year-old Kalen Schane ready to receive an autographed Danny Granger basketball.
The usher, however, reminded Kalen his answer really didn't matter.

He was going to win something anyway.

And what he won is currently sitting on the shelf in his bedroom.

He received a basketball autographed by Granger, his favorite Pacer.

"They said I'd win anyway," Kalen said. "I saw the autographed ball and I got pretty excited."

Kalen has attended many games at Conseco Fieldhouse before.

But that particular game was the best he has ever attended.

"It's the best game I've ever been too," Kalen said. "I even got to move up closer and watch the game."

Kalen is the son of Steve and Leslie Schane.