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INDOORS... WE’RE INDOORS!
You know it’s been a long season when you make the long drive to Maxwell, reach in the backseat for your winter coat and realize it’s still hanging in your closet at home. Luckily Laurie had a perfect view of the game from the car, so the trusty sports guy donned her coat... yep, I’ll wear anything to stay warm. As it turned out, the night was actually quite pleasant - considering the time of year.
My congratulations to the Fall River Bulldogs on a great year. True, you didn’t get the brass ring, but at least you had a great ride... and your fans enjoyed going along on that ride.
I was thinking of collecting money to hire someone to feed the microphone to the Maxwell PA announcer.... Geesh, talk about someone who liked the sound of his own voice. Personally, Ithink the northern section CIF should hire Fall River’s golden voice, Tom Jones, to teach a mandatory class in public address announcing at high school games. The first rule to remember is you are NOT announcing play-by-play on the radio. There, got that off my chest!!!!
So on to the warmth of basketball and the smelly gym’s of wrestling.
This year’s edition of the Block ‘F’ is number 68, and if it keeps going it’s going to catch me in age.
Last year’s championship game was a thriller between Modoc and host Fall River on the varsity level, with Modoc sneaking into the top trophy with a narrow 54-53 win. On the JV level, Trinity downed host Fall River to take the junior varsity honors.
Let’s go back in time to how the Block ‘F’ has emerged into what it is today.
• At one point in time, some 64 teams competed.
• A ‘graveyard’ was displayed on the walls. When a team lost - they were ‘dead’ and a headstone with their name was taped to the wall signifying they were finished.
• The official clock wasn’t digital - but with sweeping minute hands. The background changed to the color red to signify the final minute in each quarter.
• There were times the gym was so loud that you couldn’t hear the game ending buzzer - and no, I wasn’t suffering from a hearing impediment in those days... it was a small gym, packed to the rafters and verrrrry noisy at times.
• Originally the Block ‘F’ was held at the end of the basketball season as a wrap up to the year’s action. It was moved to a pre-season event when the small school’s Tournament of Champions (TOC) was started at Burney in the late 1960’s or early ‘70’s (who can remember that far back... not this old guy). Later the TOC was reinvented into the current NSCIF playoff format.
• There’s always something exciting happening it seems. One year the Block ‘F’ was cancelled due to snow (ala last year’s Burney Jamboree). Another time the schedule had to be shuffled after a power failure ended the night’s games early - but the light show of cell phones made the gym come to life, just not enough light to play basketball.. And of course, you can always count on exciting basketball to delight your hoop senses.
• The 3-point contest and Dunk competition is always a hit - this year happening at 5:30pm Friday. Last year’s dunk champion, Wyatt Stier of Burney, will return to defend his crown. And, of course, the coronation of the annual royalty will take place prior to the JV championship game.
Sooooo, see ya at the Block ‘F’, where it’ll be warm and toasty and hot with hoop action.
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