Possible new sectional alignment given as resaon

Mt. Vernon is the defending Hancock County Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament champion, and might never be knocked off the county perch.

That’s not a prediction of future talent; it’s just that a county tourney will not be held next year, or anytime in the near future.

After much discussion, coaches and administrators from Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central and Mt. Vernon and New Palestine have decided that a county tourney, which has been played annually since the 2003-04 season over the two-week holiday break, will not be organized for 2013-14.

Not all coaches are in agreement that the tourney should have been squashed — Mt. Vernon and Eastern Hancock leaders were in favor of it continuing — but two reasons have been given for ultimately dooming the local basketball fest:

* Some county teams do not want to play other county teams up to three times in one season, which would be a possibility next season if Mt. Vernon is bumped from Class 3A to Class 4A, as is widely expected to happen, and MV is put into a sectional with current 4A programs New Palestine and Greenfield-Central. The three “big” Hancock schools already meet in the regular season as part of the Hoosier Heritage Conference slate; county and sectional meetings would make for three intra-county games per year.

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