It;s the most wonderful time of the year – the week of the First Financial Wabash Valley Classic in Terre Haute.
“Hoosier Hysteria, everybody loves Indiana basketball,” said Terre Haute South Principal Tammy Rowshandel.
For host school Terre Haute South, there’s a sense of joy to bring the community into the home of the Braves.
“It’s a lot of fun, we have the opportunity to host it every other year, it’s a great time bringing all of these community schools together, small schools, large schools, it just adds that whole big basketball spirit, and it’s a good time, it’s a lot of fun to host it,” said Rowshandel.
With such big crowds, it’s all hands on deck for the host school.
“So many of our staff and kids want to be here, so they volunteer, you get a lot of the other sports teams to come help out with concessions and behind the scenes and we have a lot of the same faces that have done this for years,” said Rowshandel.
One of the new faces volunteering is South freshman Nate Lommack, who is no stranger to the Classic itself.
“I came from South Vermillion and we would even come from over there to come watch, and I’ve seen kids from my old school here, and it really just brings the community together,” said Lommack.
Lommack, who wrestles for South, says its important to support fellow athletes.
“You get closer from one sport to the next, it starts out in football, and you start to meet new people, and then it transfers over into basketball, swimming, and wrestling,” said Lommack.
That camaraderie extends past the athletes to the stands and the entire community that shares in these four days of hardwood action.
“It’s nice to give people, what people are off for the holidays, give them some place to come and have a good time and spend time with their friends and watch some Indiana basketball,” said Rowshandel.
The Championship game will be on Saturday, December 29 at 7:30 pm.