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22
William Gildea
Booknotes, Sunday, February 22, 1998
William Gildea discusses Where the Game Matters Most: A Last Championship Season in Indiana High School Basketball.

In Indiana, high school basketball is more than a game, it's a religion. Fifteen of the sixteen largest high school gymnasiums in the United States are located in Indiana, and each winter basketball fever grips the state as impassioned fans from hamlets to cities celebrate the sport. High school basketball known in Indiana simply as "The Game" is part of life's fabric. Its rich lore encompasses the epic triumph of tiny Milan High in 1954 (on which the film Hoosiers was based), the story of the legendary Larry Bird (now back home as coach of the NBA Pacers), and the dominating presence of Indiana University coach Bob Knight. In 1997 Indiana crowned its last all-state champion, marking the end of an eighty-seven-year-old Hoosier tradition. Despite public outcry, the statewide tournament has been replaced by four divisional tournaments based on school size. Small-school teams no longer will have the chance to compete against big-school Goliaths for the state title. Where the Game Matters Most captures the passion and the personalities, the triumphs and the heartbreak of this final all-comers season. Through the most intense basketball season in Indiana history, William Gildea follows four teams: the Anderson Indians, whose coach had just returned to the job after a liver transplant; a much-praised team from Batesville, a school of only 589 students; DeKalb, featuring the brilliant senior Luke Recker, recruited for Indiana U. while still a sophomore; and Merrillville, a perennial contender that was runner-up in the 1995 tournament. Bringing alive the extraordinary bonds forged among players, coaches, schools, families, and entire towns, Where the Game Matters Most is a compelling evocation of a truly historic championship season. —from the publisher's website (timspalding)… (more)
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