Pendleton - Being a graduate of Indiana University and having a cousin who was friends with Bob Knight, IU basketball is kind of a given for me. I have the T-shirts, sweats and photo of Keith Smart hitting “the shot,” but didn’t really have a true personal connection to college hoops until this year.
Kellen Dunham is at Butler and Matt Wehner is at Hanover. When the two teams played Nov. 27 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, it was a big deal for the Arabian community. Westfield High School graciously agreed to re-schedule the Pendleton/Westfield game to Dec. 4, allowing not only coaches and players, but families and fans to either attend or watch the game on television.
Before I ever wrote about Dunham and Wehner, I had watched them play high school ball, and having the opportunity to get to know them through basketball was great fun. Talking to them again a few days before the Butler-Hanover game was a little bittersweet. I’m excited they’ve moved on and are doing well, but miss watching them on a regular basis. Not to take anything from the current Arabian players, because they work just as hard, but the 2011-12 season was special.