This is the time of year when I turn into a high school basketball junkie. Pennsylvania is in the midst of its district playoffs and the state playoffs will start soon. For the last several years I have spent February and March keeping my eye on high school basketball scores and dragging my daughter to neutral gyms to watch playoff games. All of this culminates with a weekend with old friends in State College to see the PIAA state finals at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center.
Watch Hoosiers. Then get down to the high-school gym to watch the local team. Listen to the screams, the handclaps, the laughs, the shouts of encouragement. That noise you hear is the sound of community.