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South Dearborn's Knights Stadium synthetic turf project took another step forward this week, despite several days of heavy rain, when installers from the Motz Group began to cover the drainage system with the first of two layers of crushed stone, in preparation for topping off with the shock pad and turf itself. Originally ahead of schedule, the project is aiming for a Sept. 18 completion date, in time for SD's homecoming game against Greensburg.

SD TURF PROJECT MOVES FORWARD - Photo

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When Aurora’s Chris Smith found a news clipping photo of the 1937 Versailles Frenchies basketball team, for which his dad Glen (second row, far left) was student manager, it led to his collaboration with award-winning Cincinnati Enquirer photographer Michael Keating on the ‘ Hoosier Hardwood” blog, a photographic labor of love chronicling Indiana high school basketball’s gyms, history, rivalries and tradition. (The Versailles Republican)

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Dale Moeller’s Aurora Red Devils letter jacket from the 1954 season hangs casually from a folding chair at the Aurora Community Recreation Center. Aurora was one of only two teams to beat state champion Milan that season. (Chris Smith/hoosierhardwood.blogspot.com/)

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The Pierceville Alleycats - from left, Glenn Butte, Bobby Plump, Gene White and Roger Schroder - all starters on Milan’ High School’s legendary 1954 basketball state champions, gathered in 2016 for a portrait on the dirt court behind Schroder’s family store in the Ripley County village, where they all honed their basketball skills as youngsters. (Michael Keating/hoosierhardwood.blogspot.com/)

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One of the most striking photos from the “Hoosier Hardwood” blog, which appears on the cover of its new “Chasing Indiana’s Game” book, depicts this sunlit Amish barn basketball floor, located near Bear Branch in Ohio County. (Chris Smith/hoosierhardwood.blogspot.com/)

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Mark Comer’s barn near Osgood is now home to most of the old Lawrenceburg High School gym floor, salvaged from the Bud Bateman Gym demolition in 2015. It took Comer and helpers nearly a year to install. (Chris Smith/hoosierhardwood.blogspot.com/)

'CHASING INDIANA'S GAME'

AURORA - An old news clipping of the 1937 Versailles High School Frenchies basketball team started it all.

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