Alford headlines Silver Anniversary Team

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Former Indianapolis Star Indiana Mr. Basketball Steve Alford and five others from Indianapolis-area high schools are among 16 individuals named to the 2008 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame men's Silver ...
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daisy

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#23
Dec 3, 2007
 
I'm sad to hear that Jerome Brewer died... it must have been recently, as he was involved in lots of youth development activities. He was a real good guy.
Crotter

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#24
Dec 3, 2007
 
Tellis Frank and Winston Garland both had long pro careers... Craig Neal is a D-1 coach somewhere... James Blackmon is coaching high school ball in Indiana (Marion?), as is Scott Hicks (Cathedral).

And Darrin Fitzgerald, of course, is the greatest athelete in the history of the universe.
St Louis Hoosier

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#25
Dec 3, 2007
 
Is it just me, or were the mid '80's a great time for Indiana High School Hoops? I guess it could have to do with my age at the time - I just turned 13 in '83 - however I was in complete awe of many of the names mentioned in the posts above. Great talent - awesome rivalries - Sections, Regionals and Semistates were something else.
I guess single class ball was the death knell - too bad.
David

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#26
Dec 3, 2007
 
I'm with you, St. Louie... I was a kid, and remember that Hinkle was magic for the regionals and semistates in the 80s... entire towns - Connersville, Richmond, New Castle, Shelbyville - would show up. Great games, too.

The talent level has NOT decreased... it's actually probably increased. But it's certain that class basketball has eroded the tradition and the interest.
Monrovia

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#27
Dec 3, 2007
 
My dad took me to see great games with Indpls Washington, Howe, Cathedral, Marshall at the Hinkle Regional. That was the greatest buzz I could ever imagine

John Sherman Williams was my favorite back then. And he had a teammate named Joe Reed (I think?) who was a good tandem forward. And there was a big center named Al with a Jheri Curl!
Prof Johnson

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#28
Dec 3, 2007
 
Gee why wasnt Damon Bailey in that group?
Old Roy

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#29
Dec 3, 2007
 
Steve Alford has more class in his little finger than the entire Bob Knight family combined.

And if every single person in China was a clone of Kelvin Sampson, Steve Alford would have more class than every single Kelvin China man born since the Ming Dynasty.

My dog is a better coach though...
Harold Minor

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#30
Dec 3, 2007
 
Prof Johnson wrote:
Gee why wasnt Damon Bailey in that group?
Maybe has something to do with Damon Bailey having more bastard children in this state then Shawn Kemp
Harold Minor

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#31
Dec 3, 2007
 
Old Roy wrote:
Steve Alford has more class in his little finger than the entire Bob Knight family combined.
And if every single person in China was a clone of Kelvin Sampson, Steve Alford would have more class than every single Kelvin China man born since the Ming Dynasty.
My dog is a better coach though...
Man you are really smart! You have it all figured out don't you! Stick to clan rallys moron
luvhoosiers2

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#32
Dec 3, 2007
 
Steve A lford Fan wrote:
GO STEVE!!! IU should have him instead
of Sampson!!
I agree
Locutus

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#33
Dec 3, 2007
 
Harold Minor wrote:
The Heinman Twins owned Steve Alford in the 1983 Regionals. Connersville RULES! Alford stinks
They most certainly did "own" him, but it was the semistate at Hinkle, not the regional. Alford scored something like 57 points against Broad Ripple in the morning contest and was "held" to the low 30s I think against Connersville in the finals of the semistate. There were a whole bunch of one-man shows of scoring prowess that year in the tournament. But it was the team play of Connersville that won it. Was Basil Mawby their coach when they won?
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#34
Dec 3, 2007
 
Batter Up wrote:
Didn't Brewer die of a heart attack or something like that in the last year or so? I think his nephew was a very good football player for Carmel this season. I might be confusing the situation and if so I apologize.
You are correct. Jerome was a great father, husband, brother and friend. He is missed.
Another Hoosier

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#35
Dec 3, 2007
 
Lawrence Countian wrote:
When did Birch Bayh die?
Didn't the article say it was Grandfather, not father,to Evan Bayh. Had same names evidently.
GG Fontaine

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#36
Dec 4, 2007
 
Note: Basilball was the order of the day in 1983 for Connersville. He later moved on to Kokomo and Connersville was no longer feared. The IHSAA had something to do with this as well when they moved Connersville to the Richmond Regional for the 85 tournament. Home court lost. Annihilation.

This Silver edition is the 1983 class.
Uh-huh

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#37
Dec 27, 2007
 
Old Roy wrote:
Steve Alford has more class in his little finger than the entire Bob Knight family combined.
And if every single person in China was a clone of Kelvin Sampson, Steve Alford would have more class than every single Kelvin China man born since the Ming Dynasty.
My dog is a better coach though...
I like you, man!:)
Uh-huh

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Dec 27, 2007
 
Locutus wrote:
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They most certainly did "own" him, but it was the semistate at Hinkle, not the regional. Alford scored something like 57 points against Broad Ripple in the morning contest and was "held" to the low 30s I think against Connersville in the finals of the semistate. There were a whole bunch of one-man shows of scoring prowess that year in the tournament. But it was the team play of Connersville that won it. Was Basil Mawby their coach when they won?
yeah, Steve played like a madman THEN had to come back and keep playing on the same day. I was there. We would'a won it all had it not been for scheduling
Bearcat Mike

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#39
Jan 29, 2008
 
Blackman is coaching at Fort Wayne Luers, how many kids does Bailey have anyway?
Fell Down Funked Up

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#40
Jan 30, 2008
 
Alford was an overrated high school player. His obsession with being the only scorer on the floor kept his teams from accomplishing anything. It's no accident New Castle went to a Final Four AFTER Stevie Boy had left.
Bubso

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#41
Nov 27, 2008
 
Stevie was a bit of a flick in HS, but such a good shooter, it didn't matter. However, he only scored that 57 against Ripple in the 1983 semistate because the refs kept calling phantom fouls on Chuckie Cobb (and others) from Broad Ripple any time they got near Alford.

Coach Smith from Ripple really ripped into li'l Stevie and his dad after that game-- there had been a lot of racist trash-talk coming from the New Castle side during the contest and Smitty never liked white folk that much anyway, so he let the crackers have it.

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