Friday, January 20, 2012

Will Indiana Return to Single-Class Basketball Tournament?

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour

There no timetable yet, but the commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association will hold several town hall-style meetings to gauge the public's support for returning the state to a single-class basketball tournament format.

The IHSAA's decision to get public input on the issue came after State Senator Mike Delph of Carmel dropped a portion of a bill Wednesday that would have forced Indiana back to a single-class high school basketball tournament.

Until 1998, the Hoosier state crowned only one champion with every school, no matter the size, playing against each other…which of course led to the movie Hoosiers after tiny Milan high school won the single-class tournament in 1954.

Milan’s enrollment was 164 students…and the school remains the smallest to win an Indiana single-class championship.

A four-class system has been in place since 1998.

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