Monday, December 29, 2008
The Small Town Team That Could
One of my favorite movies is "Hoosiers." When I learned that my home town high school team, Marshall (Illinois) upset Terre Haute South in the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic basketball tournament 46-42, I had that same feeling the movie portrayed when Hickory (Milan) upset South Bend Central (Muncie Central) to win the state championship. The Terre Haute South Braves had been undefeated going into tonight's game, ranking third in the state of Indiana and having beaten Indianapolis' Lawrence North earlier this season. The Marshall Lions' team counts two of my nephews, Logan and Lucas Eitel, among its starting players. The identical twin seniors contributed 12 and 13 points, respectively, in tonight's win. They've both been averaging more than 15 points a game this season. Terre Haute sports commentators have been enamored by my nephews' basketball talent. They were featured in a Terre Haute Tribune story on Christmas Day. The Lions, whose undefeated record is now 11-0 for the season, will face off against Terre Haute North tomorrow night for the tournament championship.