Boys Basketball Team Makes History

Posted on March 18, 2018 in Boy's Basketball, Winter Sports

Former Golden Eagle star Pete Frank (’83) embraces his son, Tyce Frank, moments after winning the semi-state championship

BY Scott Hunt – shunt@chronicle-tribune.com
HUNTINGTON — Oak Hill basketball has always had a proud tradition and its past is full of very good teams with different levels of achievement.

But the 2017-18 Golden Eagles have authored a piece of history for the school from Western Grant County.

With its 70-64 win over Westview on Saturday in Huntington North Arena, the Golden Eagles can add semistate champion to its proud tradition.

Coach Kevin Renbarger’s team celebrated with adoring fans and students in the moments following the final buzzer to many smiles, hugs and hand slaps. There were also tears of joy streaming down several faces as the weight of the achievement set in on the team and its supporters.

“Our teams way back decades ago were never able to accomplish anything like this,” said 1983 Oak Hill graduate Pete Frank after sharing a long embrace with his son, senior point guard Tyce Frank. “The guys just kept fighting and fighting and just wouldn’t let them get over the hump.

“You think about the tradition that Oak Hill’s had, way back in the 60s and 70s and now to see this team make it to the state finals,” he added. “They’ve got a lot of great players, great coaches and great fans behind them. It’s such a thrill to see the Oak Hill program get to this plateau finally.”

Tim Mann, father of reserve guard Cal Mann as well as Ben Mann, who was a point guard on Oak Hill’s last semistate team from 2001, had to choke back tears as he watched the Golden Eagles cut down the nets.

“I will tell you, Cal’s got all the bragging rights now, Ben doesn’t anymore,” Mann said. “Kevin (Renbarger) has done a tremendous job. It’s a fun time.”

Former Oak Hill Athletic director Steve Fagan, who’s been a part of the Oak Hill community since the 60s, said it’s been a long time coming.

“It’s been something you wait for forever,” Fagan said. “I’ve been a part of this school corporation since it started. We’ve come close a few times and had a lot of good teams. People say it’s class basketball but I don’t care what it is. When you make it to Indianapolis, that’s a special thing in this state.”

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