Greensburg — For one final time, the Greensburg boys basketball program gave a large crowd assembled in the gym a special show Thursday night.
Members of the Greensburg community, along with local dignitaries and former coaches of past teams, gathered in the high school gymnasium Thursday to celebrate Community Appreciation Night. Highlighting the evening was the presentation of the 2014 state championship trophy to the school by the team; the declaration of Thursday, April 4, as Pirate Day by Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert, and the revelation of a new addition to the basketball court – the notation of this year’s championship ‘2014’.
Keith Hipskind, head coach Stacy Meyer’s predecessor and the current dean of students, was the master of ceremonies.
Greensburg’s varsity team made its entrance into the gym with fanfare as each individual player walked out to music of his choice.
A compilation of video highlights featuring the Pirates’ championship games, from the Hall of Fame Classic championship all the way to the title at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, was played. Christopher Magnuson, the videographer and producer of the videos (CCM Productions), released the video of the state championship for the first time Thursday.
Athletic director Bill Edwards, principal Phil Chapple, Coach Meyer, Mayor Herbert, and members of the team, spoke in front of the crowd.
“They have brought this community together in a way that is phenomenal,” said Hipskind of the Pirates.
Said Chapple: “Our basketball team played basketball the way it should be played.”
Meyer shared a Top 10 List of how to understand the team’s motto, “Do what we do,” and a list of themes that applied to his experience coaching the Pirates.
“I love their attitude and I love their approach,” said Meyer. “I love the family togetherness, and how we fought through adversity. I knew this day would come, but I’m excited about their futures. I am excited about the memories they have created. The past two years, you are the greatest basketball team in the state of Indiana.”
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