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April 14, 1997
The decision to crown champions in several divisions is another sign that we are lowering the standards held as measures of success.JIM BATMAN, EL CAJON, CALIF.
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The decision to crown champions in several divisions is another sign that we are lowering the standards held as measures of success.

Hoosier Hysteria
Indiana basketball isn't about more state titles for more schools (The End of the Road, March 17). It's about dreams of boys endlessly shooting jump shots, imagining that they are winning a state title for their school. The rivalries of sectional week cannot be replaced by more trophies at different levels. My alma mater, Mooresville, won its sectional for the fourth time in six years this season. This year we lost the morning game (in the semifinals of the regionals) to Union, a school that has only a hundred-odd students. I am sorry to see Hoosier Hysteria go.
DAVID WHALEY, Mooresville, Ind.

Having been a student at small Knightstown High (enrollment under 600) in 1980, I remember how exciting it was when our girls' team made it to the Sweet 16 of the Indiana basketball tournament that year. That was true even though we ultimately lost to the second-largest school in the state, North Central. It was the biggest thing ever in Knightstown, except when the film company came to shoot most of the movie Hoosiers there.

We Hoosiers don't have much to brag about on a national scale, so congratulations to the IHSAA board that voted to destroy our basketball tournament, the best in the country. I'm sure the morons who brought us this disaster would also vote for a multiclass Olympic Games based on populations of the competing nations.
TOM SURBER, Indianapolis

Alexander Wolff told only one side of the story. The truth is, the majority of Indianans want class basketball. This was proved more than once before the final vote was taken by the IHS Board of Commissioners. The principals of all the high schools voted twice, fans were polled at varsity basketball games all around the state, and students from every school had forums to express their opinions. Each time the outcome was the sameā€”for class basketball.

Nobody likes to go against tradition, but it is time for a change. I am a varsity basketball coach and have experienced Hoosier Hysteria while playing on a sectional championship team. But it is time to let all schools have a fair chance to win a state championship.

Don't tell the students at Whiting High (enrollment under 300) that class tournaments represent lowering standards. To them the move means a chance to compete on a level playing field. People should keep in mind that it was in 1954, before many of today's players' parents were born, that a small school last won the single-class basketball tournament. The community as a whole prefers the excitement of continuing to play after the first round.

For the last two years our football team has played for the IA (smallest class) state championship. My junior year we won the title. We were not disappointed that we played in a class; we were too busy celebrating.

Has it not occurred to anyone to have the champions of the four classes play each other for an overall championship?
STEVEN CHAPPELL, North Syracuse, N.Y.

Rather than eliminate the single-class basketball tournament, which most fans prefer, the IHSAA should eliminate home court advantage. It should have been done years ago. If it had, Batesville and other smaller schools might have gone farther.
RYAN BOND, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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