The Versailles Republican
July 16, 2009
IHSAA chooses Fort Wayne
to host 2010 Girls Basketball State Finals
Gary Franklin, Sports
Indiana High School basketball enthusiasts, more specifically
girls basketball enthusiasts of southern Indiana, will
find their trek to the state championship next spring
to be a somewhat longer drive.
Commissioner Blake Ress announced that the IHSAA has an
agreement in principle approving Fort Wayne as the host
site of the 2010 IHSAA Girls Basketbll State Finals.
The agreement is for one year and calls for the Allen
County War Memorial Coliseum to host the 35th Annual Girls
Basketball State Finals and its four state championship
games on Saturday, March 6, 2010.
"The proposal submitted by the Fort Wayne business
community to host our girls basketball state finals in
2010 was simply too attractive to pass over," said
Ress. "Even though this decision may create some
additional travel for some schools, I think the reception
they receive in Fort Wayne will outweigh those issues.
We are excited about hosting this event in Fort Wayne."
"As a community, we are delighted at the prospect
of hosting the IHSAA girls basketball state finals next
March," said Randy Brown, Executive Vice President
and General Manager of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
"Memorial Coliseum is an outstanding venue to host
this great event and I'm confident our community will
fully embrace this opportunity to make it a great experience
for the teams and fans of high school basketball."
In addition to Fort Wayne, the IHSAA received bids from
Ball State University and Indiana University.
Neither Indianapolis venue used in recent years - Conseco
Fieldhouse, which hosted the girls state finals from 2001-2008,
nor Lucas Oil Stadium, which hosted in 2009 - was available
for use on next year's date.
baseball fields at Versailles Sports Complex become recognizable
Gary Franklin, Sports
The progress continues on the new Versailles Sports Complex
facility, just south of Pangburn Park in Versailles, on
Wet weather has hindered expected progress, but as weather
cooperates, more work is done. Currently three baseball
fields are being outlined with posts for fence lines on
them with a fourth anticipated possibly yet this fall.
Once completed, area youth will benefit greatly by having
a place to carry on many games at one time, whereas in
the past, it has been hard to even find opportunity to
schedule the many ages and teams desiring a place and
time to play.
Watching the project in progress brings to mind the line,
"If you build it they will come", from the movie
Field of Dreams.
Pictured at right, fence installation workers are in the
process of setting individual baseball field fence line
posts and laying out adjoining field lines.
The '09 South Ripley Boys Golf
Team pictured front from left include: Jake Waldron,
Josh Huntington and Cody King. Standing are: Luke
Ryle, Marty Porter, Justin Gullion, Nick Riehle,
Dylan Underwood and Coach Greg Huntington. Unavailable
for photo were: '09 graduate CJ Ridenour, Stephen
Sieverding, Brandon Sizemore and Ethan Cumberworth.