Earlier this season, we asked readers to jog their memories and come up with some memorable Batesville boys basketball games in honor of the Bulldogs’ 100th season.
Here is the runner-up choice.
2. Batesville 72, Greensburg 65 (Jan. 11, 2013)
In each of Greensburg’s state championship seasons of 2012-13 and 2013-14, the Pirates lost just one time. The first year it was rival Batesville that did the honors, rolling out a starting five of brothers Bryan and Mike Hoeing, Wes McKinney, Nathan Longstreth and Quinn Grimsley.
Greensburg, meanwhile, countered with five future Division I-level athletes: Bryant McIntosh, Sean Sellers, Ryan Welage, Macy Holdsworth and Collin Rigney.
“I doubt there has EVER been an opponent that equaled this starting lineup from Greensburg,” writes Donna Hoeing, mother of two-fifths of Batesville’s starters and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member.
Although McKinney had a terrific career later at Hanover College and sits in the top 10 of Panthers’ all-time scoring, Batesville started just one D1 athlete in sophomore Bryan Hoeing. Debuting as a freshman in 2011, Hoeing scored 12 points in the first quarter of the season opener to announce himself and a prolific outside shot to the Bulldog fan base.
Those fans – and a great chunk from neighboring Greensburg – showed up in droves in the middle of winter to see the Bulldogs trying to knock off the top-ranked Bucs. The Pirates had won earlier that season, 58-56.
“Fans waited outside hours before doors opened and by halftime of the reserve game, it was sold out and people were turned down at the door,” Donna recalls. “This will likely never happen again in the next 100 years.”
Batesville scored 13 points – all from B. Hoeing – and led by a point after one quarter. Going into the locker room, things were tied at 22.
Baskets by McIntosh and Sellers produced 4-point leads for the visitors in the third stanza, but a deep three from Bryan made it 42-41 with one quarter to play.
The Bulldogs went on a 9-3 run, capped by Longstreth’s 3-pointer. The 50-45 advantage soon grew to 59-51 on six straight points from B. Hoeing. Mike Hoeing’s two free throws stretched the lead to 63-52.
Greensburg got back within two possessions, but the Dogs were able to sink 9 of their last 10 freebies.
Bryan Hoeing dropped in 42 and added 14 rebounds. Classmate Matt Dennis scored 9 and Mike Hoeing secured 8 boards.
In the two-year span that Greensburg was hoisting the state trophy – finals wins over FW Concordia and Bowman Academy – Batesville had a claim to being the state’s next-best team. The Bulldogs were 37-7, with five of the losses to the Pirates and the other two at the hands of Class 4A’s East Central and Columbus East.
“Our Batesville TEAM – that actually succeeded beyond their individual talents – worked their tails off in the three contests vs. the Pirates and were able to take down Goliath once,” Donna Hoeing remembers.
“It was unfortunate that we met the state’s best on their home floor in the sectional,” she adds. “Those two years brought crowds that were unprecedented for the faithful of the two schools.”
After pitching in two College World Series with the Louisville Cardinals, Hoeing will soon embark on his first full season in the Miami Marlins organization.
Sellers, McIntosh and Welage were eventually named Indiana All-Stars. Sellers played for Ball State University and professionally for one season in Ireland. McIntosh helped Northwestern University to its first NCAA tournament appearance ever; he is now assistant director of basketball operations at NU. Welage lit up the scoreboard at San Jose State before moving to Xavier University for one year as a grad transfer.
Holdsworth played four years of baseball at the University of Indianapolis after originally signing with Indiana University. Rigney was a three-year letter winner for Ball State tennis.
(Thanks to Donna Hoeing for many of this entry’s details.)