Don’t Get Caught Watching the Paint Dry – from Hoosiers – Hickory was playing Dugger –

(12-5-17) Dugger Union this past Saturday played (boys and girls teams) at the ‘Hoosier Gym‘ in Knightstown, Indiana, the same floor featured in the movie ‘Hoosiers’ and was the home floor of the Huskers.

In one of the scenes featuring Dennis Hooper as ‘Shooter’ Flatch, who is coaching the Huskers after Coach Norman Dale was ejected, calls for the ‘Picket Fence’ play.

Don’t get caught watching the paint dry.

Who is Hickory playing in that game? It was the Dugger Union Bulldogs. Dugger  according to my research did not play the Milan Indians (who the show is based on from the 1950’s) during that run.

So for the current Dugger Union boys and girls basketball teams to play on that floor was something very special for the community and the school.

Kyndall Foli
#23 Kyndall Foli – Lana Stringer Photo


For Kyndall Foli, who is a Senior this year at Dugger and is the school’s leading 3-point scorer,  it was a very special day:

Playing on that floor was such a great experience. I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to do so. It made it even more special being my Senior year. 4 years ago I never thought I would play basketball for the Dugger Bulldogs again, by through the grace of God I am able to play and graduate from Dugger.

For the Dugger community is was just another sign that their school is continuing in a small-town tradition that was almost shut down just four years ago by the local school district.  Much like the story in ‘Hoosiers’ they have overcome some big obstacles and are still going strong, the game at the Hoosier Gym brought the past and the present together on Saturday.