RECORDS & AWARDS
Bob Wettig Tournament to Showcase Best Field Yet
October 25, 2013Richmond High School
by FRANKLIN CRIST (RadioTroy.com)
RICHMOND, Ind – The expansion of the Bob Wettig Memorial Tournament from its original four-team format to its now sixteen team makeup definitely will have the feel of Indiana high school basketball in January as the field will host some of the strongest teams the tournament has seen. Come January, teams from all around the state and Kentucky will come to Richmond to compete in one of Indiana’s largest mid season men’s high school basketball tournaments.
“I really wanted to sort of do my own thing, I just didn’t like how other tournaments were ran, and I wanted to start something unique.” Stated Richmond High School Athletic Director Chad Bolser. “ I wanted to start something that had a Regional tournament feel to it. Where teams would play in the morning, go through walkthrough in the afternoon, and then play in the evening.”
The original four-team makeup worked, and Richmond had success running the tournament with as many teams, but it didn’t last long as ideas started to come together and teams started to show interest in coming to compete.
“We eventually grew from the four-team pool to eight and then to what we have now in sixteen teams. It really benefits our team to play this tournament. Our teams for the last three years have been pretty good. In these games it really reveals your squad in the hard time. Three years ago we had a team that was really good, and we only lost five games all year, and three of them were in the Bob Wettig. It really allowed them to regroup and refocus and come back stronger after that.
Top teams will make their presence felt in their respective classes as eight class 4A teams will compete along with three other class 2A teams and Rock Creek Academy out of Kentucky. Columbus North (3) and Jeffersonville (13) will visit Richmond as top-15 teams from last years IHSAA class 4A poll. Regardless of class or ranking, Bolser is aware there will be plenty of talent from all squads.
“As far as the small schools go, they can all compete. Rock Creek really has reached out to us in order to come up and play. We always seem to have a small school from Kentucky that wants to come up and play. They know what they are getting into though. Last year they only won one game, but there’s a lot of potential there and they all can’t be taken lightly.”
If the tournament lives up to the hype and expectations that have been laid out for it, the tournament should be as advertised. Richmond will host the tournament in honor of the late Richmond High School equipment manager Bob Wettig January 2-4. Times are TBA.