What Goes Around Comes Around: An Indiana High School Basketball Story

By Randy Mills | June 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

While waiting for my book on Larry Bird’s high school basketball days to be released, I occasionally think about lesser…

Lost River: The Story of a Forgotten 1900 Broadway Play featuring the West Baden, Indiana Resort

By Randy Mills | April 25, 2024 | Comments Off on Lost River: The Story of a Forgotten 1900 Broadway Play featuring the West Baden, Indiana Resort

Lost. A concept with many different connotations, many different vibes. Forlorn. Forsaken. Damned. Haunting notions, easily employed in an entertaining…

“Birdseye Hits the Bullseye”: The Story of Jeff Cook and Birdseye High School’s Best Basketball Season.

By Randy Mills | April 1, 2024 | Comments Off on “Birdseye Hits the Bullseye”: The Story of Jeff Cook and Birdseye High School’s Best Basketball Season.

For every Oscar Robertson, Rick Mount, Larry Bird, or Damon Bailey, there also existed a multitude of forgotten small-town athletes…

The Story of how Indiana and not Illinois, or Kentucky, or Whoever Became Recognized as the Best High School Basketball State in the Nation.

By Randy Mills | March 8, 2024 | Comments Off on The Story of how Indiana and not Illinois, or Kentucky, or Whoever Became Recognized as the Best High School Basketball State in the Nation.

  This story centers on the time before large-scale school consolidations, class basketball, and a three point line, these changes…

The Last Kiss Shot: The Story of a Forgotten Basketball Era

By Randy Mills | February 21, 2024 | Comments Off on The Last Kiss Shot: The Story of a Forgotten Basketball Era

The evolution of the “proper” way to shoot a basketball, a journey leading to the modern jump shot of today,…

Scandinavian No Doubt: A Story of Friendship and Southern Illinois High School Basketball

By Randy Mills | January 24, 2024 | Comments Off on Scandinavian No Doubt: A Story of Friendship and Southern Illinois High School Basketball

I don’t know what went through Ed Petersen’s mind, watching me climb his way up the Bluford High School gymnasium…

“A Man Might Coach a Lifetime”: The Story of Wayne City High School’s Basketball Giant and the Man who Coached Him.

By Randy Mills | November 17, 2023 | Comments Off on “A Man Might Coach a Lifetime”: The Story of Wayne City High School’s Basketball Giant and the Man who Coached Him.

So many fascinating southern Illinois high school basketball stories have been lost in the dark shadows of time. Exploring old…

A Road not Taken: The Story of Larry Bird’s Basketball Days at Northwood Institute

By Roxanne Mills | October 22, 2023 | Comments Off on A Road not Taken: The Story of Larry Bird’s Basketball Days at Northwood Institute

While working on a book about Larry Bird’s high school basketball experiences, I became fascinated with what happened to Larry…

The Forgotten Bookend: The Story of the 1969-1970 Bluford Trojans

By Randy Mills | October 6, 2023 | Comments Off on The Forgotten Bookend: The Story of the 1969-1970 Bluford Trojans

The 1950s and on through the early 1970s was a golden age of high school basketball in the Midwest and…

The Indiana High School Basketball Team that Sometimes Played with Magic

By Randy Mills | December 28, 2022 | Comments Off on The Indiana High School Basketball Team that Sometimes Played with Magic

Throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, playing small school Loogootee was a measuring stick for other teams in the region…

One of High School Basketball’s Oldest Rules

By Randy Mills | December 24, 2022 | Comments Off on One of High School Basketball’s Oldest Rules

There was something ancient and communal about small-town high school basket in the 1960s—a rite of passage for young male…

Keeping Score: Jerry Birge and a Golden Age of Indiana High School Basketball Sports Writing

By Randy Mills | December 4, 2022 | Comments Off on Keeping Score: Jerry Birge and a Golden Age of Indiana High School Basketball Sports Writing

Indiana high school sports lost a valuable man recently. From the late 1960s and fifteen years beyond, Indiana sports writer…