January/February 2018 – BizVoice/Indiana Chamber 33 according to Osting. And whether it’s high school players from Indiana or beyond, Hall of Fame visitors or others, the reaction is the same. “They walk in and just go, ‘Wow! Wow, this is a high school gym?’ It just has that awe effect for people who have never been in the place,” he shares. “Visitors say, ‘Can we go down and shoot a shot?’ They get their phones out, their cameras out.” Hometown heroes The passion was obviously in place for New Castle to construct its cathedral in 1959 (reportedly due to being tired of traveling to Muncie for tournament games) and attract the Hall of Fame in 1990. In between were two Mr. Basketballs who went on to illustrious careers beyond high school: Kent Benson in 1973 and Steve Alford a decade later. “Kent Benson is still in the community and shows off the facility as much as he can,” notes Osting, a former player at Winchester and coach at several east central Indiana schools who never played a game at the Fieldhouse. “It’s the same with Sam Alford (Steve’s father and longtime New Castle coach). It’s phenomenal how the community comes together for a basketball event.” The track high above the playing floor is open to those community members in the morning and during lunch hours. Cheerleading and dance contests are among the events that take place in addition to basketball. History is preserved with the school honoring individuals and teams that have achieved conference or state success with photos that adorn the concourse. The 25th anniversary basketball team is invited back each year for a banquet and game recognition. It’s all part of New Castle, Henry County and Indiana’s love affair with basketball. All things considered, trust is the highest form of currency. It’s the foundation upon which lasting relationships are built. And strong relationships, in turn, help businesses like yours thrive. At MainSource, we work hard to earn not just your business —but also your trust. We employ experienced, trusted advisors who provide customized and responsive solutions including access to a full suite of business banking products. Talk to us today. We think you’ll be glad you did. MainSourceBank.com Trust is the most valuable thing you can put in a bank. Member F D I C RESOURCES: Bob Garner, Hoosier Gym, at www.thehoosiergym.com | Chris May, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, at www.hoopshall.com | Shane Osting, New Castle High School The New Castle girls’ team goes through a workout on the parquet floor at the Fieldhouse.