Southport Fieldhouse: steep in tradition

Southport Fieldhouse: steep in tradition

southport fieldhouse 1When Connersville and Southport tangle Saturday in the semifinals of the Class 4A regional, the teams will be playing in one of the nicer high school gymnasiums in the state.

Southport Fieldhouse, which opened in 1958, has a seating capacity of 7,124, making it the 10th largest gym in Indiana, according to John R. Harrell’s website.

Like Spartan Bowl, the Fieldhouse is a fan favorite and considered a special place to play by most high school hoopsters.

The facility has played host to numerous IHSAA boys’ and girls’ regionals over the years as well as other events.

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Spartans fans will recall a memorable and heart-breaking game that took place in the Fieldhouse in March 1999.

The Connersville Lady Spartans, led by Miss Basketball April McDivitt, saw an incredible season come to an end in the semistate when they fell to eventual state champion New Albany, 66-61, in double overtime.

McDivitt — now April Schilling, whose husband Ed is a former Spartan and currently an assistant coach to Steve Alford at UCLA — scored 25 points and made three long game-extending 3-pointers.

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But CHS, which finished 25-2, could not stop forward Kennitra Johnson, who scored a career-high 47 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who outscored Connersville, 9-4, in the 2nd overtime.

Below are Indiana’s 10 largest high school gymnasiums. Spartan Bowl checks in at No. 16, with a seating capacity of 5,847.

1) New Castle 9,314

2) East Chicago Central 8,296

3) Seymour 8,110

4) Richmond 8,100

5) Marion 7,560

6) Elkhart 7,373

7) Michigan City 7,304

8) Gary West 7,217

9) Lafayette Jeff 7,200

10) Southport 7,124

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Southport Fieldhouse is located at 971 E. Banta Road in Indianapolis. Check the Stadium Journey website to learn more about the facility.

Semistate tickets: Tickets will be available at the CHS Athletic office, beginning Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

The cost is $7 for an individual session and $10 for an all-day pass. Tickets also should be available at the Fieldhouse door, according to Southport officials.

The Spartans (21-5) and Cardinals (20-6) game begins at noon. Indianapolis North Central (22-3) and Terre Haute South (21-6) get the regional started at 10 a.m. The championship game tips off at 7 p.m.

(A heads up thank you to Adam P., who provided correct information about the Lady Spartans 1998-99 season record)


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3 thoughts on “Southport Fieldhouse: steep in tradition

    1. Thanks a lot Adam P. I think you’re right. I relied on info from the IHSAA website, which said what I printed, but I’m sure you’re correct, and CHS ran the table after that until losing to New Albany. As soon as I verify it, I’ll correct the error and give you a heads-up credit for pointing it out. Thanks a lot, please keep reading my work — and please tell people about court traveler sports. Take care. — kimball

  1. I’m pretty sure that Larry Miller was named coach of the year that was BS”’ as far as I’m concerned and if he would have let the rest of the team play they would have beatin New Albany instaed of making IT the April and Miss Johnson show. Nothing against April but there was some other mighty good players on that team !!!!!!!!!! and I’m the father of one of them !!!!

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