TERRE HAUTE —
It’s a big week for Indiana basketball.
The high school boys state finals will be played Saturday, and former players and coaches will be honored at the annual dinner of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Paul Weekley is one of the former coaches who will be inducted into the Hall. It’s an honor long overdue for the former Shelburn and North Central coach who had a record of 421-231 and the coach of six sectional champs and one regional winner.
A 6 p.m. reception also is planned for Friday at North Central in observance of the occasion. Former players and coaches, as well as former Cloverdale coach Al Tucker, will speak.
The Paul Weekley Memorial Fund has been established to help fund the program and excess funds will be used to establish a scholarship in his honor. Contributions may be sent to BMO Harris Bank, P. O. Box 360, Farmersburg, IN, 47850.
Two players from the area will be honored as members of the Silver Anniversary Team. They are Tony McGee of Terre Haute South and Kenny Rowan of Northview. Another member of that team is Calbert Cheaney of Evansville Harrison.
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• Pickin’ em’ — The Sweet Sixteen is set for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships.
My annual picks:
South — Florida over UCLA, Dayton over Stanford, Florida winner
East — Michigan State over Virginia, Connecticut over Iowa State, MSU winner
West — Arizona over San Diego State, Wisconsin over Baylor, Wisconsin winner
Midwest (at Indy) — Louisville over Kentucky, Michigan over Tennessee, Michigan winner
Finals — MSU over Florida, Michigan over Wisconsin, MSU winner
And now you know which teams may not win.
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• Tom-Cattin’ It — Troy Burgess has resigned as boys basketball coach at South Putnam. He had a three-year mark of 26-39.
He earlier resigned as football coach and is serving as assistant principal.
• Another stellar season ended for the DePauw women’s basketball team when the Tigers lost to Wisconsin-Whitewater 88-71. DePauw finished 30-2.
• In case you missed it, Indiana edged Marquette 72-69 in the Women’s NIT. The Hoosiers will be host to Northwestern on Thursday for a third-round game. Northwestern ousted IUPUI 88-52.
In the Men’s NIT, Clemson bested Illinois 50-49. Arkansas played at California on Monday.
• Cliff Hawkins has resigned as boys basketball coach at Center Grove High School. He had a 126-94 record in 10 years and his teams won one sectional title and two Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference championships. He has 453 career wins, 17th best among active coaches in the state.
Noah Haynes has resigned as boys basketball coach at Brebeuf after two seasons. The Braves were 15-6 last season and lost to No. 2-ranked Guerin Catholic in Class 3A sectional action.
• Drew Crawford scored 1,920 points at Northwestern, ranking second in career scoring at the school behind John Shurna with 2,038.
• Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is 100 years old in April.
Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at email@example.com or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN, 47802