Bill232H wrote:I am a high school basketball fan and a "basketball tourist", that is, though I hail from NY, I travel around (especially Indiana and Ohio) in search of that perfect basketball experiance that in Indiana is called "Hoosier Hysteria". I am very interested in North Dakota (I was there in 2003, but it was summer), especially the remote Class B schools, which seem to have a lot of HH potential. People on this site would know where the best places to go would be if I couod get there, so I wondered if anyone could suggest, let's say, the best A place and the best 2 or 3 B's. Looking for old, unusual, and/or interesting gyms and, of course, atmosphere. All these coops would make getting to any particular place more difficult, but I appreciate any insight you all could give.
Too bad you are 15 -25 years too late, with new gyms and co-ops and girls basketball in the winter has diminished what was once the coolest unique baskeball states in the nation. Bitter rivalries within 10 miles, hot cheerleaders, administraters giving the refs heck, dunking was allowed in warm ups. Hot dogs and fountian pop not allowed in the gym. you had to come early for the jr high games to get a seat for the varsity game.
Kensel had a tile floor and some kind of insulation haning from every rafter in the place I hated that gym.
Grace City had a concrete floor and the basket on the stage end was about 9'-7" high
Crary's floor had a wave to it, if you jumped at one end the whole floor moved like open water
Crazy insane atmosphere was Tolna vs Lakota at Tolna, the pink dungeon at Lakota just was'nt the same atmosphere.
Those days are gone all newer gyms without much personallity fans split between girls and boys basketball, towns that were once rivals are now one school district. The magic is gone it's just not the same. Good, but not the same.
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