Varsity Boys Will Participate In ‘The Classic At Assembly Hall’
Owen Valley’s varsity boys’ basketball squad will be one of 12 teams from area schools participating in the inaugural, ‘The Classic At Assembly Hall’ high school basketball event hosted by Compton Strategies on Saturday, January 14 at Indiana University’s Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
The Patriots will tip-off with the Bloomington High School North Cougars in the event’s nightcap at approximately 7:45.
The day will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Edgewood against Greencastle, followed by Indianapolis Tech against Indianapolis Northwest at 12:45 p.m. A girls’ contest between New Albany and Columbus East will begin around 2:30 p.m., followed by the Pike Central boys’ against North Daviess at approximately 4:15 p.m. Martinsville and Eastern Greene will battle at 6:00 p.m. prior to the OVHS and BHSN game.
“We’re really excited about it and the kids are looking forward to it,” OV head coach Chad Smith recently told the Spencer Evening World. “It’s a big deal to play in such a big-time arena, and playing the opponent we are playing is a big game too, because it’s a good measuring stick for our program against a bigger area school.”
Former Indiana Hoosiers’ star John Laskowski presented the idea for the event to marketer Ray Compton of Compton Strategies.
“I had a chance to play at Notre Dame in high school (at South Bend St. Joseph’s),” Laskowski said Monday morning in a press conference at Assembly Hall. “It was a great experience. I saw some of my old teammates recently and they still remember it.”
Each high school’s band is also being invited to participate. Seating will be on the Assembly Hall main levels, with tickets priced at $10 in advance for students and adults. Youth tickets are available for $8. Tickets are currently on sale in the main office at OVHS.
Laskowski and Compton are hoping local basketball fans will make the event an all-day experience. Each school has even been assigned its own Bloomington restaurant for the teams and fans to gather before or after their games. OV has been assigned Truffles Restaurant, located at 1131 South College Mall Road. The restaurant features dishes from gourmet pizzas to handmade pastas, as well as soups and seasonal selections.
“We love doing these events,” Compton said. “They are a once-ina lifetime opportunity. We’re doing everything we can to make it a special day.”
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