Highschool basketball groups participate in out of doors occasion in New Albany

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Indiana and Kentucky high school boys’ and girls’ basketball teams competed in a unique event in New Albany on Friday. The weather definitely played along. “Low humidity, so couldn’t ask for better.” The Kentuckiana Summer Basketball League and Floyd County Parks and Recreation have partnered to host the inaugural KSBL Outdoor Night, a night of basketball on two outdoor courts (Romeo Langford Court and Phillips Pavilion Court) in Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park. “It’s pretty cool to see a lot of players that you’ve played against or with over the years,” said Providence center Charlie Scott. “And it’s pretty cool to be in a place where a lot of people are just playing pick-up basketball and it’s so more casual.” Several games were played in the late afternoon and evening: 4 p.m. EST – Girls: Clarksville vs. Portland Christian 4:00 p.m. EST – Girls: Silver Creek vs. Sacred Heart 5:00 p.m. EST – Boys: Team Southern Indiana Grassroots 2028 Showcase 5:00 p.m. EST – Boys: Clarksville vs. Beth Haven 6:00 p.m. EST – Boys: Charlestown vs DeSales6:00 p.m. EST – Boys: Providence vs. Butler7:00 p.m. EST – Boys: New Albany vs. Manual7:00 p.m. EST – Boys: Corydon vs. Bullitt East20:00 p.m. EST – Boys: Jeffersonville vs. Male20:00 Watch EST – Boys: Floyd Central vs the Dirt Bowl Tournament, and some of our kids like to play in it,” said Butler High School boys’ basketball head coach Kevin Geary. “That they can get that kind of vibe, but also playing for her school is super awesome for her.” It’s “super awesome” for her because you don’t j Representing his school every day playing basketball in a park. “It’s very different,” said Beth Haven guard Jordan Harris. “It affects your shot a lot. So that’s a big difference.” Not only did players have to adapt to potential wind affecting their shots, they also had to adjust to playing on a harder surface. “We can’t dive on the floor for loose balls or anything,” joked Charlestown guard Tre Martin. “You can’t just take charges or anything.” Of course, the players still gave their all to help their teams win. “It is a very different ball game out here on the concrete but we really enjoyed it.” The coaches enjoyed it and so did the players as attending events like this will help teams in the coming season. “It helps us learning how to play together and really getting to know each other before the season,” said Charlestown guard Austin Pickerell. After the event, multiple coaches and programs tweeted their praise for the event, which was organized by KSBL Director Matt Denison.

Indiana and Kentucky high school boys’ and girls’ basketball teams competed in a unique event in New Albany on Friday.

The weather definitely played along.

“(It) worked out here with 80 degrees and sunshine and a little breeze on a perfect day,” said Floyd County Parks and Recreation Superintendent Roger Jeffers. “Low humidity, so I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

The Kentuckiana Summer Basketball League and Floyd County Parks and Recreation have partnered to host the inaugural KSBL Outdoor Night, a basketball night on two outdoor courts (Romeo Langford Court and Phillips Pavilion Court) at Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park.

“It’s pretty cool to see a lot of players that you’ve played against or with over the years,” said Providence center Charlie Scott. “And it’s pretty cool to be in a place where a lot of people just play pick-up basketball, and it’s so looser.”

Several games were played in the late afternoon and evening:

  • 4 p.m. EST – Girls: Clarksville vs. Portland Christian
  • 4 p.m. EST – Girls: Silver Creek vs. Sacred Heart
  • 5 p.m. EST – Boys: Team Southern Indiana Grassroots 2028 Showcase
  • 5 p.m. EST – Boys: Clarksville vs. Beth Haven
  • 6 p.m. EST – Boys: Charlestown vs. DeSales
  • 6 p.m. EST – Boys: Providence vs. Butler
  • 7 p.m. EST – Boys: New Albany vs. Manual
  • 7 p.m. EST – Boys: Corydon vs. Bullitt East
  • 8 p.m. EST – Boys: Jeffersonville vs. Male
  • 8 p.m. EST – Boys: Floyd Central vs. Evangel

“Since we’re in Louisville, we always have the dirt bowl tournament, and some of our kids enjoy playing in it,” said Kevin Geary, Butler High School boys’ basketball head coach. “So it’s great for them to get that kind of atmosphere but also to play for their school.”

It’s “super cool” to her because it’s not every day that you represent your school while playing basketball in a park.

“It’s very different,” said Beth Haven guard Jordan Harris. “It affects your shot a lot. So that’s a big difference.”

Not only did players have to adjust to potential wind affecting their shots, but they also had to adjust to playing on a harder surface.

“We can’t dive the floor for loose balls or anything,” joked Charlestown guard Tre Martin. “You can’t just file charges or anything like that.”

Of course, the players still gave their all to help their teams win.

“It toughens them up,” said Michael Stinnett, the Beth Haven boys’ head basketball coach. “It’s a very different ballgame out here on the concrete. But we really enjoyed it.”

The coaches enjoyed it and so did the players as attending events like this will help teams in the coming season.

“It helps us learn how to play together and really get to know each other before the season,” Charlestown guard Austin Pickerell said.

After the event, several coaches and programs tweeted their praise for the event, which was organized by KSBL Director Matt Denison.

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Thank you @HoosierHills for the amazing #OutdoorNight of the Kentuckiana Summer League.

The weather was beautiful and it was a FANTASTIC atmosphere for a high level competition.

Grateful to be part of something that just keeps getting bigger AND better!

— Butler Basketball (@ButlerBearBBall) June 4, 2022

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Thank you @HoosierHills for organizing such a wonderful event. The Outdoor Night was an incredible time for our boys!

— Jeffersonville Red Devils (@RedDevilsHoops) June 4, 2022