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

By Randy Mills | February 21, 2024 | 0 Comments

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…

The Third Musketeer: Springs Valley’s James “Beezer” Carnes

By Randy Mills | October 18, 2022 | Comments Off on The Third Musketeer: Springs Valley’s James “Beezer” Carnes

While it’s true, and amazingly so, that Larry Bird could seemingly overwhelm an opposing team all by himself during his…

Going by Land: An Ode to the Forgotten Blackhawk

By Randy Mills | August 6, 2022 | Comments Off on Going by Land: An Ode to the Forgotten Blackhawk

Some would argue that the 1970s were a part of the golden age of Indiana high school basketball. The single…

“A Heart-Beat Away”: Larry Bird and the St. Ferdinand/Springs Valley 1964 Huntingburg Sectional Final Game

By Randy Mills | June 12, 2022 | Comments Off on “A Heart-Beat Away”: Larry Bird and the St. Ferdinand/Springs Valley 1964 Huntingburg Sectional Final Game

As I continue to work on a book about Larry Bird’s high school basketball senior year, I keep running across…

Tornado Season

By Randy Mills | April 23, 2022 | Comments Off on Tornado Season

Like other young boys growing up in the 1950s in the Horse Creek region of rural southern Illinois, I was…