Nick Kartos, creator of WisSports.net and the Communications Director of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association talks about the history of prep basketball and other prep sports, while also promoting the Hall of Fame Weekend in the Wisconsin Dells.
Kartos on the History of the Hall of Fame and the Reason for the Hall of Fame Weekend:
We’ve been inducting people in the Hall of Fame since 1981 and we had plaques up at the Field House, but when the Kohl Center came along, they didn’t really want our plaques, so we’ve been without a home. We continued to induct people, but we’ve been without a home. When Dave Roston put on his extension into his building at the Just a Game Fieldhouse, he donated almost all of his wall space to us. So we are not only able to honor all of those people inducted into our Hall of Fame, but we’ve really turned the Just a Game Fieldhouse into a high school basketball museum. We also had a big milestone this year. We went over the 2 million dollar mark, raising money for the Midwest Athletes against childhood cancer. Since those two things are happening at the same time we decided to have a big party.
Kartos on the events during the Hall of Fame Weekend:
On Friday night we have some pro players that are going to play in a little friendly exhibition game. Saturday, we’re going to have a boys all-star alumni game and a girls all-star alumni game. We’re also going to have the Milwaukee Bucks Rim Rockers, Hy-vee is going to be catering a cook out lunch. We’ll have games for the kids with prizes and mascots. Bango the Buck is going to be there. It’s going to be a huge celebration of high school basketball in the state. Then we’ll have a little dedication ceremony for the official opening of the Hall of Fame Museum. We’re really excited and really excited we have a place. There are thousands and thousands of kids and parents that go through there and they’ll be able to see all of those old stories that might have gotten lost in the shuffle otherwise.