We are a group of people who are passionate about basketball, want to preserve our local hoops history, and believe we should give back to the community with basketball scholarships. We feel like our Boone County high school basketball heritage is very special. With high schools throughout Indiana starting basketball teams in the late 1890's and early 1900's, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) sanctioned a state tournament in March of 1911. For the first eight state tournaments, teams from Boone County and neighboring Montgomery County won seven of those eight championships. From Montgomery County Crawfordsville won the first in 1911, with Wingate (North Montgomery) winning in 1913 and 1914. From Boone County Lebanon won in 1912, 1917, and 1918. Thorntown (Western Boone) won in 1915.
Crawfordsville has been given the credit of hosting the first official basketball game in Indiana in 1894. Along with all the tournament success of the Boone-Montgomery County high schools from 1911-1918, this area was dubbed the “Cradle of Basketball” for the state of Indiana. The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has already enshrined several Boone County players and coaches. Those people are automatic inductees for the Boone County Hall of Fame.
For those who want to be members of this organization we hope they will continue to induct players and coaches each year, not only from the current four Boone County schools, Lebanon, Western Boone, Zionsville, and Traders Point Academy, but from the older schools which are now closed. That would include Perry Central, Pinnell, Dover, Whitestown, Thorntown, Advance, Jamestown, and Jackson Twp/Granville Wells. It is also the intention of this group to give away each year to two graduating seniors, one male and one female, a scholarship for use at a post secondary school.
Boone County Basketball Hall of Fame Officers:
President: David L White
Vice President: Larry Randel
Secretary: Martha Randel
Treasurer: Dick Threlkeld