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Old school works at Mount St. Joe

The new stadiums, ball parks and arenas that have popped up everywhere are all fine with their huge scoreboards, roomier seats and all the other updated conveniences.

As for me, I'll take Wrigley Field any day of the week. Friday night, I was treated to a fine boys high school basketball game when visiting Calvert Hall answered the bell and knocked off Mount St.Joseph, 65-57.

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The play was excellent and the atmosphere matched it. The gym at Mount St. Joseph is 'old school' at its best -- a sturdy hardwood floor, worn wooden bleachers, two basic scoreboards on opposite walls made of concrete block and championship banners hanging from the rafters. There's even some gymnastic equipment stored in the far corner.

It made for a great setting to watch a basketball game with the place nearly filled to capacity. A Calvert Hall assistant coach even did his part, sporting a bow tie. Hoosiers coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) would have felt right at home.

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