TERRE HAUTE —
Now the answers:
1. C. Garfield’s Purple Eagles dominated the tournament in the mid-40’s, and many people credit Coach Willard Kehrt’s patience with developing Lovellette, and a number of other very talented players, as the keys.
2. Gordon Neff.
3. B. The Red Ramblers lost to Garfield 55-49 and Monroe City 52-43.
4. C. The big man averaged 28.4 points per game that year.
5. C. Twenty-four of Lauren Russell’s 35 points came mostly from behind the three-point line in 2003.
6. A. Keyes’ total is tops for the PHWVC. Ellettsville’s Vernon Pfaff scored 108 in four games in 1962 in the old Valley Tournament.
7. C. Cloudburst Clyde; I made up the other names.
8. D. Gore could score.
9. A. The Lions may take home some hardware again this year.
10. A. As a skinny freshman, Lovellette only managed three field goals in four games. That statistic alone shows us that Lovellette’s magnificent career was as much a product of his hard work and determination as it was his size.
Someone in this year’s Pizza Hut Classic may be a budding Clyde Lovellette; only time will tell. One thing is certain: For as long as there are folks around who can remember the old Wabash Valley Tournament, there will be stories told about “Man Mountain.”
I’ll be happy to hear a few of them. Have a nice Christmas; see you at the Classic.
You can contact Mike Lunsford via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through regular mail c/o the Tribune-Star, PO Box 149, Terre Haute, IN 47808.