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The stART of Basketball

Regular season football has come a close. As with all things in life, the end of one thing always brings the beginning of something else. In this case, that other thing is high school basketball. Here in Indiana, basketball is more than a tradition. It is much more. Those who play or have played understand this. Basketball is as much art as it is athleticism. The mechanics behind the dribble to pass to jump to dunk are astounding. The ability to throw a leather ball 23.75′ (NBA) or 19.75′ (high school) at a specific degree of arc into a 10′ high basket measuring 18″ in diameter repeatedly is art. Sports are often viewed entirely different than art. They are more often than not executed by two entirely different types of people yet they share the same passion behind what is they are doing in an area that only a small percentage of people are capable of doing. Sure, anyone can splash some paint on a canvas the same as dribble a basketball, but to do it with such style and perfection to be called professional or world class is rare. It takes discipline to refine any craft to the point.......

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Western @ Kokomo Preview

As Thanksgiving approaches each year, Howard County residents treat themselves to a huge helping of high school hoops.  The annual Kokomo-Western matchup is guaranteed to draw one of the biggest crowds either team will see all season. The Wildkats and Panthers begin their seasons this Wednesday at Memorial Gymnasium.  The history between these two schools dates back to the late 1940s.  Kokomo owns a dominating 57-6 all time record over Western.  Kokomo is on an eight game winning streak against the Panthers. Kokomo may have their work cut out for them this year with the absence of senior Tayler Persons.  Persons tore his ACL earlier this year while playing football for Kokomo. The Wildkats will look to seniors Erik Bowen, Mykal Cox, and Brad Dockemeyer to provide the leadership and varsity experience it takes to win games in the always-competitive North Central Conference.  Wednesday will prove to be one of the biggest tests of these three seniors’ careers. Western returns some solid talent in their backcourt.  Senior, Evan Warden will lead the Panthers’ attempt to take down the Wildkats for the first time in his four years as a varsity player.  Junior Des Balentine, brother of former Kokomo standout DJ.......

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By Allan James (Fast play Sports) You can’t ignore a pure fact, that in game one of the Kokomo Sectional (Tuesday Night, March 4th), both Marion Coach James Blackmon Sr. and Logansport Coach Pat Skaggs, are relying on their own children to lead their teams to victory. In turn, these children won’t be able to escape from their Coach as they balance their teen-age lives in preparation for IHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament. For Blackmon, a 1983 graduate from Marion, his son, James Blackmon Jr. leads the Giants in scoring with an average of 34 points per game. “Junior” is savoring a regular season team scoring record of 1685 points. The total eclipses the previous record of 1578 held by the 1987 Giants team. Plus, Blackmon is a candidate for the McDonald’s All-American Team and perhaps an Indiana Mr. Basketball and has signed with the Indiana Hoosiers. The move from Fort Wayne has turned out pretty good as the Blackmon family comes home to where “Senior” scored 1897 career points as a Marion Giant, I should point out that Junior has eclipsed that career total as well, however, not all with the Giants. In articles written about this family, it’s clear.......

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Basketball is BACK!

Basketball season is upon us here in Indiana and we couldn’t be happier about that! Be sure to tune into our games all season long as we follow Kokomo High School boys and girls basketball as well as other teams throughout the state. Thanks for making us one of the most watched views covering high school athletics in the midwest! We are FASTPLAY!...

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Held at Memorial Gym at 5:30 pm in Kokomo, Indiana, this community event is free. The Disability Awareness Basketball Game will be between the local Celebrities Team and the Bona Vista All-Stars! This game is held in celebration of March as Disability Awareness Month in Indiana. Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight’s proclamation declaring Disability Awareness Month will be read. This event promotes awareness and inclusion for people of all abilities! Thank you to the Kokomo Mayor’s Advisory Council for disability Issues Co-Chairs Kimberlee Gabriel and Ashley Macky and the council’s members....