Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Final Games Hit Sour Note in New Harmony

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Final Games Hit Sour Note in New Harmony

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In the final season of New Harmony High School basketball, boys' players have resorted to macho posturing. They act like nothing is bothering them. For the girls, there is no such pretense. Their emotions have been flowing freely. "The boys try to act tough," said New Harmony boys' coach Jim Little. "With the girls, you see red noses and teary eyes. The boys try to act macho, but it's affecting all of us."

So much so that two members of the girls' team were crying at halftime last Friday, even though the Rappites held a three-point lead over Cannelton in the Class A Wood Memorial Sectional semifinals.

"When we were ahead by three, the pressure was so bad," said girls' coach Jennie Toopes. "They knew the school was closing. That is a hard spot to be in as a coach."

New Harmony lost that game to Cannelton, 50-46, in what became the final girls' game in school history as the Rappites finished 13-8. The boys (3-16) will host Day School at 7 tonight, then host Red Hill, Ill., at 6:15 p.m. Saturday in the final boys' home game in school history.

"It's sad," Little said. "We're basically in a new building. It's a neat community. People ask why they're shutting it down. It's pretty emotional." Before Saturday's game, New Harmony's seniors will be recognized. At halftime, all former basketball players and coaches will be honored and the oldest boys' and girls' players and coaches will be acknowledged.

After the conclusion of this school year, all of Harmony Township will become part of the North Posey school district, so all students will be assigned to North Posey. But with open enrollment, some students might choose to go elsewhere.

New Harmony has just 137 students from kindergarten through 12th grade, including 47 at the high school (24 boys and 23 girls). Nine boys and nine girls were members of their respective basketball teams.

Little blamed the school's closing on the change in the school- funding formula. …

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