The longer you wait
for the prize, the sweeter the reward.
Asst. Boys Basketball Coach Tim Ray, breaking the 32-year drought Saturday
night was nothing. He’s been hearing about winning a Sectional title his
“It’s all I heard
about growing up. Cut down the net. Cut down the net. Cut down the net,” Tim
said after Saturday night’s victory. “My dad showed me the piece of net when
I was 5 years old. My sister Amanda got one. Now, it’s kind of neat that
it’s come full circle.”
John Ray was a
member of the 1968 team that rolled through the first two games of the
Sectional with victories over Wheeler (82-48) and Morgan Twp. (85-50).
The Trojans found
arch-rival Valparaiso waiting in the finals, just like they did Saturday
night. Chesterton won, 64-60, 51 years ago.
“This feeling is
better than when we won Sectionals in ’68,” John said. “(Tim) understands
what they just did. His sister won a Sectional (1994) and he knows what I’ve
told him about when I won it. It took 32 years and they finally did it.
That ’68 team beat
LaVille in the opening game of the Logansport Regional (88-68), before
falling to North Miami (72-65).
“Look at the number
of little kids that are here tonight on this court getting autographs and
celebrating with the team,” Chesterton Athletic Director Garry Nallenweg
said after Saturday night’s victory. “That’s how I felt in ’68 when that
Now the Trojans
will head back to Michigan City to face Penn at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.
“I feel like at
Chesterton we’ve been too ‘happy’ to be here sometimes,” Tim said. “This
team was like ‘no more!’ They put in the work all year.”
The Trojans avenged
an earlier season loss to Valparaiso in the Finals and are just 5-30
all-time against the Vikings in Sectional play dating back to 1924.
Chesterton has won the last two meetings, including a 45-37 win in 2014.
about (Tim) guaranteeing them they’d win Sectionals,” John said. “They did
“I didn’t guarantee
it,” Tim said emphatically. “After we lost to Valpo, I just told them we
were going to win the Sectional.”
Either way, it was
a bold statement and now Tim has his own piece of the net, just like John.
“To have him here
to see this is pretty neat,” Tim said. “I’m sure he was nuts. I don’t know
how he controlled himself.”
“The only thing
(John) loves more than his wife is that little piece of net he has,” Sue
Ray, the family matriarch, said.