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Chris Pruett

Miners have now become the hunted, not hunters

Posted Friday, March 2, 2018, at 8:55 AM
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  • I don't think you're quite correct in your assumptions that Linton is the hunted rather than the hunter. First of all, Bloomfield has won 32 sectionals now which is the MOST of any Class A basketball school. I also don't consider Linton having an 8-6 advantage in the Hart era winning on a "regular basis." Maybe for a team that hadn't won anything in 31 years and had to rely on outside help to end that streak. So it is what it is but as far as I'm concerned Bloomfield is still the KING of GC hoops and will be representing this county in regional play. Bloomfield does things the blue collar way and that's how it is and forever will be. Perhaps the sectional champion T-shirts the Cardinals wore tonight said it best: cutting nets since 1928! A tradition that will outlast time.

    -- Posted by 32XChampion on Sat, Mar 3, 2018, at 11:27 PM
  • 1. The fact that you created an account just to respond to this blog=point proven.

    2. While the 8-6 stat is true, the article was clearly referring to what they’ve done the past six years, so the record is, in fact, 8-3.

    3. Your ‘blue collar’ way consists of outside help from a W Vigo transfer and the Czech Republic.

    4. Linton has won 25 sectionals, so not exactly chopped liver.

    Best of luck to BHS this weekend. Fun times for players and coaches, for sure. Hope the fans can refrain from bashing other communities in their euphoria.

    -- Posted by Hector#2 on Mon, Mar 5, 2018, at 9:34 AM
  • Getting beat by Linton on a regular basis is a tough pill to swallow for some Bloomfield fans. Great job you won the weakest sectional in the state.

    -- Posted by unionalum on Mon, Mar 5, 2018, at 11:02 PM
  • I agree with some of what 32XChampion said but not all of it. It's true Bloomfield has won 32 sectionals and some of those were at Linton's expense. The truth of the matter is the Miners do have to be taken a lot more serious these days due to the work that Coach Hart puts in and the players he coaches. It's never a dull moment with Joey, and I admire how kids want to play for him.

    I do agree with the part about Linton not being the hunted however. Sure, Linton has had greater success this decade, but Bloomfield for the most part has sustained their success for years. Linton had been a sleeping giant for some time before Coach Hart came on the scene and turned things around. I think it's safe to say at different times both Bloomfield and Linton have been the hunted and when one succeeds another one has to come up short. The mountain is big enough for two so let's celebrate as a county that we have two basketball heavyweights, both steeped in tradition and full of great memories for both communities.

    -- Posted by HeathBar1983 on Tue, Mar 6, 2018, at 6:11 AM
  • Thanks everyone for reading. The purpose of the column wasn't to tear anyone down. I don't believe I said anything about Bloomfield being down and not having a good program. When I came to Greene County in 1983, Mr. Glover was still working at Bloomfield, though I believe he was the AD. He was a joy to speak with. Steve Brett, Ron McBride and others, and now Coach Hudson, have all done a great job of keeping the tradition going. My column wasn't intended to say that wasn't true with Bloomfield or any other school. Basketball goes through cycles. There's no denying Linton has made HUGE strides since Hart took over. And, Bloomfield continues to be Bloomfield ... winning lots of games and sectionals. I love high school basketball, and Greene County is a great place to enjoy it. Good luck to the Cardinals on Saturday!

    -- Posted by chrispruett on Tue, Mar 6, 2018, at 12:12 PM
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