TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – As Christmas inches closer, so does the Wabash Valley Classic.
The classic was originally set to take place at Terre Haute South Vigo High School this year but will now be played at both South and Terre Haute North Vigo High School.
Dec. 26 will mark the start of the tournament but this year COVID has created new challenges.
Spectators will be allowed at games with each participant being allowed two parents.
Though there won’t be as many people in attendance, Terre Haute South athletic director Ed Jarvis says he doesn’t think that will affect the level of play or the importance of the tournament.
“When it comes down to that championship game, that final night, there’s going to be two teams there going for it. It’s going to be like everything we’ve seen since COVID’s happened,” said Ed Jarvis. “There’s going to be a lot of heart and a lot of people out there that want that title.”
The tournament is down to 14 teams this year as Shakamak High School and Riverton Parke High school are unable to participate.
“Right now we’re all systems go but obviously if we’ve learned nothing in 2020, it’s that you have to be ready to change things on the fly,” said Terre Haute South athletic director Kris Painter.
With no concessions this year and fewer people being allowed in the games, revenue will take a hit for teams involved. Jarvis says at the end of the day, it’s about the kids and these kids want to participate.
“What’s always been nice about this tournament is each team has been able to take some money home and that’s one thing we always hang our hat on,” said Jarvis. “This year, that probably is not going to happen with limited attendance.”
All games of the tournament will be streamed to give fans the opportunity to not miss out on the action. Day 1-3 will be streamed on WMMC radio’s website, with the finals being live-streamed on the Indiana Sports Network.