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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.
                                                        Ben Davis High School
           Currently in Indiana, over 160,000 students from 411
           different IHSAA member schools participate in high
           school athletics.  From our perspective, participation in   State Finals Personnel
           athletics is an integral part of the educational process.
                           At the IHSAA we believe   Assigned Umpire Crews
                           that the athletic arena is an   Class A
                           extension of the classroom.    David Bogard, Bob Storms, Larry Higgins
                           The national organization   Class 2A
                           for high school athletics, the   Michiael Shannon, Phil Vidito, Tom Mecklenburg
                           National Federation of State
                           High School Associations   Class 3A
                                                 Ronald Lowe, Dean Mlynarczyk, Harold Howell
                           (NFHS) has used the slogan,
                           “Athletics, the other half of   Class 4A
                           education.”  We believe that   Thomas Thomason, Gary Weideman, Roger Holder
                           is a very accurate adage.
                           There are many things to be   Tournament Directors
           learned through athletics that may not be a part of the   Tournament Administrator
           regular classroom setting including lessons such as,   Sandy Searcy, IHSAA Assistant Commissioner
           self-discipline, the value of teamwork, the importance   Ben Davis
           of dedication and commitment.  Each of these can   Joel McKinney, Principal
           have a dramatic impact on today’s youth as they   Kevin Britt, Co-Athletic Director
                                                 John Clark, Co-Athletic Director
           prepare to become the leaders of tomorrow.  Whether   Scott Williams, Asst. Athletic Director
           it’s their ability to deal with success or overcome great
           adversity, the important lessons learned will last a   Athletic Training Staff
                                                 Methodist Sports Medicine - The Orthopedic Specialists
           lifetime.  Each experience helps shape who one is and
           who they will become.                 Program Credits
           For an organization such as ours, integrity is of primary   Blake Ress, Commissioner
           importance.  An uncompromising adherence to the   Editor
           principles of fair play and impartiality form the core of   Chris Kaufman, Communications Director
           our value system.                     Assistant Editor
                                                 Toni Polizzi, Communications Assistant
           We hope you are looking forward to the 2009-10   Editorial Assistance
           school year with the same anticipation and enthusiasm   David Rusk, Sports Administration Intern
                                                 Drew DeHaven, Sports and Technology Intern
           as the IHSAA staff and Board of Directors.
           Pure, wholesome, amateur, educational, inexpensive,   Sport Graphics, Indianapolis
           local high school athletics has always been the objec-  Photography
                                                 Visual Sports Network
           tive.  It is what we mean when we say…Pure Spirit.
           Pure Sport!                           Cover Design
                                                 three-sixty group, Indianapolis
           Cordially,                                          IHSAA
                                                  P.O. Box 40650 - Indpls., IN 46240-0650
                                                            (317) 846-6601
           Blake Ress                      
           IHSAA Commissioner
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