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The Tigers’ hopes of a state title run came up brief in Saturday’s Class 3A semistate at Seymour.
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The 73rd annual Kiwanis Membership luncheon on Friday was an amazing reminder of how the state’s proud basketball tradition weaves into the current recreation. I mean, where else can you see Bobby Plump, hero of the 1954 Milan miracle share a desk and a dialog with Hallie Bryant, the 1953 IndyStar Mr. Basketball from Crispus Attucks? Or take heed to Don Carlisle, the first-yr Ben Davis coach, speak from the podium about how he remembered attending the pre-state finals luncheon as a player in 1995 and ’ninety six when the Giants gained again-to-again state championships.

Then there are guys like George Gerth. Aside from the Silver Creek coaches, players and families in attendance, no one knew the 84-yr-previous and the blue jacket. But individuals like Gerth, who has sat on the Silver Creek bench for greater than 60 years, is what makes days like Saturday’s state finals so particular.

“As long as the great lord let’s me do it, I’ll hold the stats,” Gerth stated Friday. “Until Brandon (Hoffman, the Silver Creek coach) fires me.”

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George Gerth, eighty four, has stored statistics for Silver Creek basketball for 61 years. (Photograph: Kyle Neddenriep/IndyStar)

Hoffman, the ninth-yr Silver Creek coach who additionally played for the Dragons, laughed at that response. He couldn’t imagine anybody aside from Gerth retaining the statistics for Silver Creek (24-three), which can play within the Class 3A state finals at 6 p.m. on Saturday towards defending champion Culver Academy (24-three).

Gerth, who graduated from Silver Creek in 1952, was not a basketball player. “I attempted,” he stated. “I played on the junior varsity one yr.” But then-Silver Creek coach Ed Denton, a star player at Indiana, asked Gerth before the 1954-55 season if he would report statistics for the staff, which Silver Creek had not carried out beforehand. That group gained the primary sectional in class historical past.

“The coach after (Denton) asked me to do it,” Gerth stated. “And earlier than long, the years just piled up. And right here I am immediately.”

Gerth also retains the official scorebook for the middle faculty group, a process he has carried out for 30 years. For the high school workforce, he keeps all the statistics by hand with a pencil and paper — about 15 categories. After games, he enters the numbers into MaxPreps.

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Gerth took a two-year break from his stat-keeping duties in the early 1990s so he could watch his son’s games. But he has been there nearly every big game in Silver Creek basketball history, including all 16 sectional championships. And there is some symmetry with this year’s team making it to the state finals, 50 years after Steve Green-led Silver Creek reached the Hinkle Semistate and lost to the Washington…