- Fatboy Slim, 1999
After a full year of reporting on IHSAA athletics from 2009-2010, a 23-year old Ken Sothman had believed he had seen the best the IHSAA could offer. What could possibly top the story-lines of Warren Central vs. Carmel in double-overtime, the dominance of Ben Davis girls' basketball, or even Hobart's Jarvis McMillan's trio of sprint titles at State track? How about the extra-innings thriller between Cathedral and Carroll at State baseball? Or even Roncalli's last stretch of hope at State gymnastics, falling just short on the final beam to Valparaiso?
So in my mind, year-two of my role as high school sports reporter at IndySportsNation.com (now back to it's original name of Fox 59 Sports) was going to be a cinch. Seen it all, done it all, and this upcoming year was basically going to just be a de ja vu on cruise-control from July through June.
Boy, was that 23-year old Ken Sothman wrong.
Personally, I blame the athletes. They had the audacity to smash more records, lengthen streaks, and in the most preposterous of acts, eight of them banded together to win a basketball State championship. Instead of an eleven-month long staycation of watching sporting events, the Fox 59 Sports were then forced to bust are rear-ends even more covering all 20 sports for our sportscasts, web site, and with the collaboration of those at the IHSAA, bring you the IHSAA Champions Sports Network on WTTV-4 for certain events.
Truthfully, it couldn't have been any more fun, exciting, exhilirating, and faaaaaaaantastic.
For us at Fox 59 Sports, the IHSAA year once again started on the Friday morning of July 30th, 2010, a simple golf practice where my eyes were widened by how little I knew.
I had made it out to the world-famous Martinsville Country Club, a nice course that's home to a dog that lazily lifts his head when you walk by the clubhouse, the creek that touches six various holes, and the signature dogleg right on the 18th hole. There I covered the defending State champion Martinsville Artesians, where Head Coach and eleven-time State champion Sharon Most pointed out the little things that eventually make champions.
"Do you see that freshman right there," asked Most as I road along her cart. "She walks straight up to her ball with the seniors. She isn't scared to be by them, or intimidated to interact with them. By this I can tell she believes that she deserves to be out there on the course."
And with those words, there is theme to this column/story/blog. Whether their participation was on a floor, field, diamond, mat, court, bench, beam, and even pool, these IHSAA athletes DESERVED to be recognized at least one more time.
So with that said, ladies and gentlemen, drum-roll please: Introducing the second-annual Fox 59 Sports "Best of IHSAA" Awards.
(The winner gets a nice pat on the back and the realization that on Twitter you are #winning. In return, we hope to one da pick up a college program from an event, and in the winner's biography section it states "In 2011, Cody Zeller won a Best of Fox 59 Sports IHSAA award." Yes Cody, we're openly asking you this. It's the small things in life that matter.) __________________________________________
The Lebron James' Decision That Rocked The World But This Guy Actually Won A Championship Award - Washington's Cody Zeller
In front of over 15 cameras and 50 sports reporters at the Hatchet House, Washington Senior Cody Zeller had answered the question that college basketball fans across the state of Indiana had been pondering as soon as the third Zeller had put on a basketball jersey. Already a two-time State champion and the younger brother of Luke Zeller (Notre Dame) and Tyler Zeller (North Carolina), the recruiting world awaited for the 6"11 star to make a decision between Indiana University, North Carolina, and Butler.
"I think you guys are making a much bigger deal about this then it actually is," said Zeller with a smile.
Then, the recruiting landscape of the NCAA, was changed dramatically.