December 7, 2018

Last year, the Broad Ripple Rockets kicked off the 2017-18 edition of the annual Hoosier-Buckeye Shootout — a showcase between Indiana and Ohio basketball teams. This year, the Arsenal Tech Titans will do so during the second edition of this highly-anticipated event, which features some of the top high school basketball teams from both states.

The shootout begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Arsenal Technical High School with a matchup between the Arsenal Tech Lady Titans vs. Toledo’s Scott Lady Bulldogs. Tickets are available for sale in the Arsenal Tech Athletic Department office for $10 each, which gives access to all six games for the day.

The Hoosier-Buckeye Shootout started years ago, when current Arsenal Tech Athletic Director Donald Newberry was an AD in Ohio and formed a connection with some very impressive basketball programs at Cincinnati’s Taft High School. During those years, they had overwhelming success and as a result became one of Ohio’s top basketball programs, while also developing strong relationships with competing programs throughout the state.  

In 2014, there were talks of having Arsenal Tech compete against Cincinnati Taft, but those plans never came to fruition. As fate would have it, Newberry and his family relocated to Indiana a few years later with the opportunity to cut his teeth in Indiana as the AD (athletic director) at the historic Broad Ripple High School.

The alumni immediately informed him of the robust basketball pedigree at Broad Ripple High School and Indiana as a whole.

“I was awestruck with the ubiquitous presence of basketball in the state and the unrivaled pride that Indiana takes in the game,” said Newberry. “However, I reminded everyone that there was a great brand of basketball in the Buckeye State as well.”

With that in mind, Newberry and others reached out to some counterparts from across the border to visit the state where “We Grow Basketball,” and so began the Hoosier-Buckeye Homecoming Shootout.

Today, Newberry is the AD at Arsenal Tech and brought the shootout with him. 

Countless hours go into researching hundreds of teams in search of competitive matchups for the day. In total, there will be six competitive games during this year’s matchups that feature three IPS squads.

Now, the question is: “Who will win the battle of state supremacy”? Last year, the wins were split down the middle, with two wins a piece for both Ohio and Indiana. This year’s matchups are too close to call.

Games to watch are the defending Class 4A Girls State Champions as the Warren Central Lady Warriors take on the projected state champs on the Buckeye side of the border, Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills Lady Eagles. And the Crispus Attucks Flying Tigers will be looking in the mirror facing an equally athletic Trotwood Madison Rams.  

Other games include Cardinal Ritter Raiders facing off against Dayton’s Thurgood Marshall Cougars; Hammond’s Bishop Noll Lady Warriors vs. Cleveland’s John Hay Lady Hornets; and Arsenal Tech girls and boys Titan programs will play for their hometown crowd against Toledo’s Scott Lady Bulldogs and Dayton’s Ponitz Golden Panthers.

“We are exceedingly proud to host the basketball event that will spotlight some of the upcoming IPS basketball programs and a few other jewels of games along the way,” said Newberry.