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Welcome to this                 Special Thanks to Our Host

              championship event

           For more than 100 years, the IHSAA has enjoyed
           being a part of the journey to adulthood for thousands
           of young Hoosiers.  Knowing that the student-athletes
           we meet today will be the leaders of tomorrow, we are
           grateful for the opportunity to help them as they learn
           valuable life lessons through athletics.  Indianapolis Indians - Victory Field
           Currently in Indiana, over 160,000 students from 410
           different IHSAA member schools participate in high   State Finals Umpires
           school athletics.  From our perspective, participation in   Class A
           athletics is an integral part of the educational process.    Ronald Stevens, Michael Albert, Kevin Sims,
                           At the IHSAA we believe   Kristopher Luce
                           that the athletic arena is an   Class 2A
                                                 Wayne Patterson, Thomas Neuenschwander,
                           extension of the classroom.    Mark Mettler, Anthony Turk
                           The national organization   Class 3A
                           for high school athletics, the   Mark Stultz, Grady Smith, Kevin Conder, Tim Born
                           National Federation of State   Class 4A
                                                 David Disboro, Scott LaPlace, Kevin Brown, Zach Sliwa
                           High School Associations
                           (NFHS) has used the slogan,   State Finals Personnel
                           “Athletics, the other half of   Tournament Administrator
                           education.”  We believe that   Phil Gardner, IHSAA Assistant Commissioner
                           is a very accurate adage.    Tournament Director
                           There are many things to be   Dennis Dodd, Southport H.S. Asst. Athletic Director
           learned through athletics that may not be a part of the   Assistant Tournament Director
           regular classroom setting including lessons such as,   Steve Montgomery
           self-discipline, the value of teamwork, the importance   Indianapolis Indians / Victory Field
           of dedication and commitment.  Each of these can   Randy Lewandowski, Assistant G.M.
                                                 Mark Anderson, Stadium Operations Manager
           have a dramatic impact on today’s youth as they   Brad Morris, Director of Business Operations
           prepare to become the leaders of tomorrow.  Whether   National Anthem
           it’s their ability to deal with success or overcome great   Rebekah Stenger - Beech Grove H.S. (Friday)
           adversity, the important lessons learned will last a   Jenna Engelberth - Hamilton Southeastern H.S. (Sat.)
           lifetime.  Each experience helps shape who one is and   Tournament Personnel
           who they will become.                 Brad Brooks - Umpire Attendant
                                                 Joe Stafford - Umpire Room
           For an organization such as ours, integrity is of primary   Roger Schroeder - Scorebook
                                                 Randy Ferrand, John Wirtz, and Mike Rudisill - Dugouts
           importance.  An uncompromising adherence to the   Bill Locker and Devere Fair - Program Distribution
           principles of fair play and impartiality form the core of   Athletic Training Staff
           our value system.                     Methodist Sports Medicine - The Orthopedic Specialists
                                                 Program Credits
           We hope you are looking forward to the 2008-09
           school year with the same anticipation and enthusiasm   Publisher
                                                 Blake Ress, Commissioner
           as the IHSAA staff and Board of Directors.  Editor
                                                 Chris Kaufman, Communications Director
           Pure, wholesome, amateur, educational, inexpensive,   Editorial Assistance
           local high school athletics has always been the objec-  Kristy Murphy, Sports Administration Intern
           tive.  It is what we mean when we say…Pure Spirit.    Sport Graphics, Indianapolis
           Pure Sport!                           Photography
                                                 Visual Sports Network
           Cordially,                            Cover Design
                                                 three-sixty group, Indianapolis
           Blake Ress
           IHSAA Commissioner
           2                          IHSAA - Pure Spirit.  Pure Sport!

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