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October 9, 2013

Viking nation to invade Freedom Hall in Louisville

Freedom Hall in Louisville has been host to six Final Fours and home to two national championship teams.

And on Jan. 11, it will be the home of the Barr-Reeve Vikings - at least for a little while.

The Viking basketball team has been invited to play in the Indiana-Kentucky Challenge Cup. This inaugural event will pit similar-sized schools from each state against each other for a Saturday filled with top-notch hoop action. The day will feature four boys games and one girls, as Barr-Reeve, Corydon Central, Park Tutor and Guerin Catholic, along with the girls team from Indianapolis Roncalli all have been selected to represent Indiana in this new mid-season event.

The event is slated to help raise money for both states basketball Hall of Fames and the Wounded Heroes Fund, and will rotate annually between New Castle and Louisville.

B-R coach Bryan Hughes said that he is very honored to have his team play in the event.

“It is being put on by the coaching associations of both states,” he said. “The annual All Stars game has really been tilted in Indiana’s direction for the last several years, so they thought this might be a little more competitive format.”

“It will be especially nice because Indiana and Kentucky no longer play each other on the collegiate side either” added Hughes.

The Vikings are not new to playing in major college facilities, as a Hughes-coached team played in Butler’s historic Hinkle Fieldhouse during the 2007 season and three times at Conseco Fieldhouse for the Class A state title.

“This is a great event for the community,” said Hughes. “I think it will be a lot of fun for people to come down support the team and see some great basketball in a historic facility.”

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