(4-4-18) – On February 9th, 2019 two Ohio schools from opposite ends of the state, Ft. Loramie and Strasburg (located near Canton), will travel across the Indiana stateline to play a boys basketball game at the beloved ‘Hoosier Gym‘ in Knightstown.
The gym is well known as the home of the Hickory Huskers in the movie Hoosiers and has become a stopping place for basketball fans from all around the world. It’s not just a museum where you get a tour…but it’s an active gym that hosts numerous of high school basketball (boys and girls) games during the season.
Strasburg Coach Adam Hall was behind the scheduling of the game and says it has been a big hit already, even though it is still ten months away, parents and fans are already asking about hotels in the area and purchasing tickets. (hear more of the interview on the You Tube video at the top of the page)
For Strasburg it is a very long trip (they are located closer to the Pennsylvania border than they are to Ft. Loramie) as they are located 266 miles away from Knightstown (Ind) and will have at least a four hour drive, but one that Coach Hall and his Tigers are looking forward to making. Hall told us it is an honor to play Ft. Loramie anytime at any location, but this will be special.
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Ft. Loramie (just 90 miles from Knightstown), who fell just one game shy of going to the D IV Final Four, has one of the most respected programs in Northwest Ohio.
Ft. Loramie Head Coach Corey Britton:
“I met Coach Hall from at the State Basketball Coaches Clinic this fall for the first time, I have admired his off-season program that he does with his kids and the commitment they do it with and I wanted to pick his brain. About a month later I got a call from him asking about the chance to play them in Knightstown at the Hoosiers gym. I knew of people doing it, but I never thought our program would have an opportunity like that. I was really taken back by the idea, but I knew we had an opening in our schedule because of our ‘Flyin to the Hoop’ game from this past season. I immediately hung up with him and called our AD and administration and asked what they thought and they were all on board with it! The ball just started rolling from there.
As for the game, we are very excited to compete against one of the best programs in eastern Ohio, if not the state. It will be a big challenge for us, but one we are really looking forward to. I don’t know much about their returning personnel or what they like to do at either ends, but I know they are consistently fighting for district and regional berths and pushing the 20 win plateau year in and year out. The game itself will be a very cool experience, we might have to sit down and show our kids the movie before we play in early February though just to give them a feel for the atmosphere and the history of the gym. I know our community is excited and with the limited number of tickets (about 300) hopefully we can get a big crowd to make the drive over and support our boys. The thing I love about our community is it’s a basketball town and our community loves their REDSKIN basketball so I am sure this will be a memory that a lot of people, especially our kids will never forget!”
Coach Norman Dale:
If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don’t care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we’re gonna be winners.