Some folks in Northwest Indiana were unhappy over actions Indiana High School Athletic Association Commissioner Bobby Cox recently took after a fight that broke out between the Hammond and Griffith boys' basketball teams.

Cox, of course, canceled the seasons of the two programs.

Not just in boys' basketball....but in ALL sports at ALL levels of high school competition, including any and all tournament basketball this season.

And those basketball programs will be on probation, which is a severe warning, for the entire 2015-16 school year.

Cox didn't waste any time in making such a decision, either.

Was the punishment too harsh?

Some in Northwest Indiana say, yes.

Was the punishment justified?

I think most would agree with the actions taken.

High school sports is - and should be - about sportsmanship. Good sportsmanship!

The stance Cox took was as timely and right on the money as a last-second winning field goal in basketball.

The commissioner and the IHSAA as a whole sent a message. Yep, such things will not be tolerated.

And it's not the first time something like this has happened in Indiana high school sports.

It happened in basketball in the mid-1960s, when Muncie Central had its IHSAA membership revoked parts of the 1964 and 1965 seasons.

It happened on the football field in 2013, when punches reportedly were thrown, even involving assistant coaches, in the Arsenal Tech-Fort Wayne South game.

That, as many know, was not treated with the severity (that it should have been) of the other two incidents we just mentioned...but it did lead the IHSAA to create a sportsmanship task force.

Hey, I once saw something firsthand that had the potential of a bad ending like some of these other incidents.

The Gary West boys' basketball team served a one-year suspension in 1973 due to an incident by fans following the 1972 state championship at IU's Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

I was there. It was scary. It had all the makings of getting downright ugly.

Many spectators were afraid to leave the arena because of possible problems. If my memory serves, there were even police stationed outside around the venue in case of a riot.

In the Griffith-Hammond decision, it could not be any clearer.

What happened is on record, and future, similar incidents simply will not be tolerated, the IHSAA stated.

So, yeah, I think our commissioner made the correct call. He should be commended for taking such swift action.

I think the actions taken were a slam dunk by the IHSAA under the leadership of Bobby Cox.

>>>Annual Hoosier event: Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 100 senior girls high school players for 2014-2015 (compiled by Garry Donna) have been announced.

Eight are from Hamilton County.

They are: Becca Bergman and Erin Wood (Noblesville); Abby Abel and Amanda Shaw (Carmel); Adrianna Murphy and Brooke Sugg (Fishers); Caitlyn Hayes (Hamilton Heights); and Madi Taylor Hamilton Southeastern).

Those advancing among final list of 60 seniors will be invited to Hoosier Basketball Magazine¹s 34th annual Top 60 Senior Girls¹ Workout on Sunday, March 15 at Marian University.

>>>The University of Michigan basketball program has made inroads recruiting in Central Indiana. The Wolverines list five student-athletes from Indiana in their program. Three are from closer-to-home - in Hamilton and Boone counties. Explosive Zak Irvin, the 2013 Indiana Mr. Basketball from Hamilton Southeastern, of course, is a starter in his sophomore season . . . preferred walk-ons are Sean Lonergan (Fishers) and Andrew Dakich (Zionsville). While the 6-foot-6 Irvin is known for his outside shooting and quickness with the basketball, the 6-5 Lonergan is a good, solid rebounder who jumps well and high, and Dakich is a finesse player who handles the ball well and makes excellent passes.

>>>Several Hamilton County student-athletes were named to the Region 8 all-star football team. Westfield's Elvin Caldwell was selected as a running back, while teammate Matt Crupi was a defender-at-large selection, and the Shamrocks' Madi Turley received team manager honors. Also honored was Noblesville's Nick Santos (defensive end); Guerin Catholic wide receiver Brian Matthews; Carmel's Kendall Hune (DE) and Hounds' running back Shakir Paschall; Fishers' cornerback Josh Lloyd; and Hamilton Southeastern's Tyler Janney (outside LB-SS).

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