Sound Off: Bob Chase On Class Basketball

By Eric Dutkiewicz

December 16, 2011 Updated Dec 16, 2011 at 12:11 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - When the Indiana General Assembly reconvenes Jan. 4 for a short session, one of the bills proposed to the state senate would alter the current format of Hoosier Hysteria.

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) introduced a bill that would return both boys and girls basketball to a single class system. The Indiana High School Athletic Association divided basketball into four classes in 1997.

Proponents of one-class basketball harken back to the underdog stories of the 1950s, jamborees at Memorial Coliseum and immortality that came with championships.

Opponents of a single class say smaller schools have less chances to make long runs, lose money in the process and are left out of championship aspirations.

Legendary WOWO radio broadcaster Bob Chase, who called the 1954 state championship between Milan vs. Muncie Central, supports four classes in Indiana high school basketball. Chase appreciates the old one-class system, but likes the opportunity multi-class basketball has to multiple teams.

"Kids play high school sports for the love of what the do," Chase says. "And for the rewards of what they win."

Click on the video icon to see Chase's interview with Tommy Schoegler and Kent Hormann on Sound Off.




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