GARY Rodney Williams and Ricky Haskins were talking about the starting lineup for their 21st Century boys basketball team right before sectionals began a couple weeks ago.
The subject of freshman guard Johnell Davis a fresh-faced 15-year-old came up. Haskins, an assistant coach, brought up the idea of not starting the lad and bringing him off the bench with all the looming postseason pressure.
American high schools don't seem to be working in the real world. As a dad, I'm part of the problem. I remember what it was like when I went to high school, and now that I have kids in high school, I'm looking for something that resembles what I experienced. Im guessing Im not alone. But this approach is actually misguided.
BOURBON No matter how hard second-ranked Tri-County fought to make a comeback stick after trailing by double-digits early Saturday morning, Gary 21st Century Charter always had an answer in a 69-57 loss in the Class A Triton Regional semifinals. Tri-County (23-3) erased a 14-point first half deficit to take the lead on four different occasions in the second half, only see 21st Century quickly snatch the lead right back in a physical game.
GARY Raven Osborne has an amazing story to tell. The 18-year-old high school senior at 21st Century Charter School in Gary will earn a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in early childhood education from Purdue University Northwest on May 5, the same month she will earn a high school diploma from the charter school. Osborne said it was tough going to high school and taking college classes. There were times when she wanted to quit, but her mother, Hazel Osborne, constantly encouraged her and told her she could do it.
Rodney Williams, the only boys basketball coach 21st Century has known, took the job in 2008 because it was time to get warm.
Williams was a football coach by trade. "It was cold outside," he said. "I wanted to move inside." Williams, the Post-Tribune 2016-17 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, isn't going back to his roots.
He has, in his words, "never had more fun coaching" than he has in basketball.
Joy is something all Indiana boys basketball teams still playing today on Semistate Saturday have.
It's in the bus ride, the locker room and out on the court.
There are 16 teams in the four classes who are 32 minutes away from advancing to next Saturday's state championships at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
How could this experience not be a ton of fun?