IHSAA tournament attendance figures
Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:56 AM
Year Total Series
1998 434,752(first year multi-class -352,728 fans in one year)
1997 786,024 (last season of single class)
Now there may have been a very small percentage of fans dropping off during single class but this is literally a difference of hundreds of thousands of fans. The worst season in single class was 1994 775,670 and even if you take the BEST multi-class season that is a difference of 278,404 fans....oh my lanta.
Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:59 AM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 12:40 PM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:07 PM
Interesting statistics vikingnation. Class basketball has certainly had an effect on attendance.
The IHSAA have made so many dumb changes since the start of class sports
it's not even funny. For those of us who played before class, I wish these kids
could have had the opportunity to win in the Hatchet House like we did, but Class
sports is all they know and they wouldn't understand. Not knocking the accomplishments
of today's teams, but class has ruined Indiana basketball!
Edited by LHS-1, 10 February 2009 - 01:11 PM.
Posted 10 February 2009 - 02:46 PM
I'm guessing your outrage is directly linked to the fact that Valpo hasn't won as much in the tournament lately.
No "outrage" here just posting some FACTS. As far as Valpo is concerned, we're doing ok in class hoops we've won 5 sectional titles (4 in a row) and went to the Final Four in 2004. Besides, I had the opportunity of not only playing at Valparaiso but also one of the smallest schools in the state Washington Twp. my senior year so I have been a part of both worlds. I think you are just attempting to steer the attention off of the statistics because this has nothing to do at all with Valparaiso.
Posted 10 February 2009 - 02:52 PM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 03:37 PM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 04:09 PM
Acctually WC had one semi-state team in '91, they lost in regional in '93, but NEDubois made the semi-state in '77 and '84 and in '77 made final 8. Odon which is 1/3rd of North Daviess made it to Final 8 in 1959, losing by 2 in ot to New Albany to barely miss state finals. L&M made it to Final 8 in '85 and WRV made Final 8 in '93. Springs Valley made the Final 4 in 1958, also Loogootee had a Final 8 team in '71 one year after making Final 4 in 1970. Shanendoah was in Final 4 in '84 I believe. Argos in '79. Of all those including Milan who were Final 4 in '53, before becoming State Champs in '54, only Loogootee is only other small school to make it to State Championship game under single class in '75.
I disagree with the notion that you don't stand a chance. Small schools proved over and over again that it is possible to make a deep run in a single class tournament. Loogootee went to the state finals in 1970, state runner-up in 1975 and made deep tournament runs to the semi-state in 1988 & 1990. Other small schools in our area can stake the same claims such as the Washington Catholic Cardinals who made deep tournament runs to the semi-state two years in a row in the early 1990's. I'm sure there are lots of schools in northern Indiana that have examples as well. The abovementioned teams would all still argue that if some breaks went their way they could have gotten even further if not won it all. Obviously, the 70 & 75 teams of LHS could say that, but ask W.C. if they didn't think they had the talent to get to state. If you can make it to the Sweet 16 in a single class system, then there is a good chance you could win it all. I'm not going to say that the accomplishments under the multi-class system should be diminished. They have to play under the set rules that is laid out before them, but to say you don't stand a chance against larger schools just isn't true. And this is coming from someone who went to a school who had amazing success in the single class system and has benefited from the class system as well.
Edited by Lagote74, 10 February 2009 - 04:10 PM.
Posted 10 February 2009 - 05:14 PM
Edited by vikingnation, 10 February 2009 - 05:15 PM.
Posted 10 February 2009 - 05:19 PM
Shanendoah was in Final 4 in '84 I believe.
Shenandoah defeated Howe in a double overtime thriller to reach the final four in 1981.
Edited by Howe Academy, 10 February 2009 - 05:22 PM.
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