High School Holiday Tournaments
Back in the day we all would get our glad rags ready for the Holiday Tournament at East Chicago Washington . Do you remember ?
High School Teams Gear: for Holiday Basketball
The last action of 1965 by area high school basketball teams will come via a raft of holiday tournaments next week with all of the preps participating in a meet some- where in the state.
East Chicago Washington will have its traditional money maker, as the Gary tourney, which puts on display all eight of the Gary high schools over a two-day period.
Griffith, Whiting, Dyer, Chesterton, East Gary, and Hammond also will conduct holiday meets. Valparaiso will motor to Lebanon after ex- some financial difficulty in holding its own meet last year.
But it is the resumption of regular - season feuding on Jan. 4 which commands the full attention of most of the prep fans. Going into the holiday pause, a strange name rests at the top of the North western Indiana High School conference.
Hammond Tech, with a 4-0 record on the basis of victories over Whiting, Valparaiso, Emerson, and Horace Mann can enjoy the yuletide s e a s o n
with the assurance It will at least have a share of the league lead until Jan. 4.
What are the chances for Coach George Bereolos and his team giving Hammond Tech a league basketball champion- ship to accompany the foot- ball title shared with Horace Mann?
The rangy Tigers - George Fultman, 6 feet 5 inches; Jim Parrish, 64; and Dan Wright, 6-3% - got by their first major hurdle in league play by defeating Valparaiso. But during January and February they must face East Chicago Roosevelt and Washington, the latter on the Senators' court; Gary Frobel, and Hammond High, the latter in the neutral Civic center.
Bereolos, the veteran coach who well knows the things that can go wrong, would be the last one to predict a title this early. With Froebel and Valparaiso, two of the pre-season favorites, each owning a defeat, and with Hammond High facing a grueling second-half schedule, it is safe to say the league champion will have one and probably two or three losses.
Coach G u n n e r Wyman's Hammond team, for example, must play E. C. Roosevelt, Valparaiso, Washington, Tech, and Froebel in league play, plus La Porte and Chicago Carver in non league games.