History of hosting

SHS prepares to hold the Marion County Boys Basketball Championship game as it has for many years


Josiah Veen

Senior Keyon Miller goes up for the layup on Dec. 10 during the Forum Tip-Off Classic at SHS. The Cards lost this game against Crown Point 59-65.

As the Marion County Boys Basketball Championship approaches, SHS is busier than ever. This year, SHS once again is the host of the final game of the tournament that is expected to draw between two and four thousand fans.

In an attempt to promote Marion County sports, each school in the county agrees to host a different event. SHS is always chosen for the basketball championship because of the historic Southport Fieldhouse, which has the capacity to hold the number of fans that come to watch.

Hosting the tournament is an honor, according to Athletic Director Brian Murphy, but that doesn’t take away from the huge amount of work that it takes to put this event on. Communication between the schools, finding people to work the concessions, setting up security and cleaning the building all must happen before the tip-off. 

“For a long time, and still today, we have a lot of our community that really take pride in putting on a good event,” Athletic Director Brian Murphy said.

This year, the championship game will feature the Lawrence North Wildcats and the Ben Davis Giants. Although the Cards made it through to the semi-finals, they fell 52-63 to the Giants, who are currently ranked first in the state by MaxPreps. The game will begin at 7 p.m., and tickets can be purchased from a link on the Southport Cardinals website.