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IHSAA goes with safe pick

The IHSAA went with the middle of the road pick -- almost literally.

In choosing Indiana State and Terre Haute as the site of the 2012 girls basketball state finals, the IHSAA compromised geographically with the other two bidders - Fort Wayne to the north and Evansville to the south.

It's not Indianapolis (right in the middle of the state), but Terre Haute is close enough.

Teams from the south and the north will still complain, but it won't be as loud and probably as much.

"The location doesn't matter nearly as much to the players as it does to the fans of the teams," said Canterbury girls basketball coach Scott Kreiger, who has won three Class A state titles in three venues - Lucas Oil Stadium and Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne's Memorial Coliseum. "It is impossible to perfectly satisfy everyone, but I think we all need to remember that this game is for the players. Every team competing for a championship is pleased to be there, no matter where the game is played."

For the IHSAA, it was the safe selection.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.