Indiana High School Sports Roundup | Chuck Franz's basketball dream continues

Indiana High School Sports Roundup | Chuck Franz's basketball dream continues

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Indiana High School Sports Roundup | Chuck Franz's basketball dream continues

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The Chuck Franz basketball journey started on Randolph Avenue in Clarksville and will end in New Castle — in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Franz, who led the state in scoring as a senior in 1979 and later played at Indiana University, will be the first Clarksville player to be inducted when he joins the 2013 class in March.

“It’s such a tremendous honor,” Franz said. “When they told me, I just said ‘Wow.’ For a kid from Clarksville to end up in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, it’s just incredible.”

Franz was a member of Clarksville’s back-to-back sectional championships (the first in school history) in 1978-79. He exploded on the scene as a senior, averaging 32.7 points and earning a spot on the Indiana All-Star team.

He cemented his legacy during the ’79 sectional final against New Albany, scoring 51 points and hitting the game-winning shot in overtime. That single-game performance still ranks ninth in state tournament history.

“During the game, I just got in one of those zones in the second half and felt like I couldn’t miss anything,” Franz said.

Franz finished his high school career with 1,109 points. At IU, he was a sophomore member of the 1981 national championship team, appearing in 21 games as a backup to Isiah Thomas. He started 10 games as a senior in 1984.

“I grew up wanting to go there but never thought I’d have a chance,” Franz said. “So it was a dream come true to be able to play for Coach (Bob) Knight and be on a national championship team, play with some absolutely great players. My role changed into a ball handler and defensive player, which was not a problem for me. We reached the pinnacle of college basketball.”

Franz now resides in Bloomington and has a son playing for Bloomington South.

The induction ceremony for the 14-man class is set for March 20 in Indianapolis.

“There are so many people to thank,” Franz said. “It’s a pretty cool deal.”

Games to watch

Key games on the basketball calendar this weekend include:

* Boys: Tonight, 4-A No. 15 New Albany (1-0) at Columbus East (0-0) in the Hoosier Hills Conference opener; 2-A No. 7 Clarksville (2-0) will start the defense of its Mid-Southern Conference title at Silver Creek (1-0); and North Harrison (0-1) will visit country rival 3-A No. 19 Corydon (1-0).

On Saturday, 4-A No. 16 Jeffersonville will make its belated debut at 3-A No. 2 Evansville Bosse (0-0); 2-A No. 12 Providence (1-0) will host Madison (1-0); New Albany will visit 4-A No. 9 Evansville Harrison (1-0); and Silver Creek will visit Floyd Central (0-1).

* Girls: Tonight, Jeffersonville (2-2) will host 3-A No. 9 Madison (5-0), and Providence (4-3) will travel to Salem (4-2).

On Saturday, New Albany (2-1) will visit Class 4-A No. 4 Bedford North Lawrence (4-0), Silver Creek (3-1) will journey to 3-A No. 19 Corydon (3-1), and 2-A No. 18 Eastern Pekin (4-1) will host Brownstown (1-1).

Wrestling

Corydon’s Bailey Lahue is ranked second in the state at 113 pounds. Other area athletes in the top 10 of their respective weight classes include Floyd Central’s Terrance Kennedy (No. 7 at 113) and Nick Ottersback (No. 9 at 220).

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