Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame representatives recently announced the field of teams for the annual City Securities Hall of Fame Classic basketball tournament.
The Batesville Bulldogs were one of four teams to play in this prestigious event on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the New Castle Fieldhouse. This will be the 38th playing of the Classic for boys.
“The selection continues to mark our program as one of the best in the state,” BHS head coach Aaron Garrett commented. “It is an honor to the former coaches and players who always did their best to represent our school and community to the highest degree.”
Garrett believes the program is very deserving of this opportunity and returning two of the top players in this region makes the Bulldogs contenders again next season.
“The successful basketball seasons we have recently completed along with the return of Bryan Hoeing and Blake Walsman” led to the selection, believes Garrett. “Bryan (Hoeing) is one of the best players n the state and Blake (Walsman) closed out the season very strong and a high level of play will be expected from both next season,” he commented. “As always, out fan base is also part of the decision as the Hall of Fame know our fans will travel to support the boys.”
The Bulldogs will play the Southport Cardinals in the first game at 11 a.m. Brownsburg and Penn will play in the game following. A consolation game will be held the same evening at 6 p.m. with the championship to follow.
Batesville last won the Hall of Fame Classic in 1996 and were runner-ups in 2006. The Lady Bulldogs last appeared in the tournament in 1989 and were crowned champions.
The Cardinals are led by head coach Kyle Simpson and finished last season with a record of 15-8, which was a big improvement from 1-19 in the 2012-13 campaign. They expect to return their entire starting five from last season, according to a release from the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.