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.