A " Fan of the Game" will be chosen and recognized before the opening tip of each game. The fan will not only represent those fans in attendance at that game, but will also represent the nearly five million fans who have supported Iowa state tournament basketball in the past 100 years. The honored fan will receive a legacy basketball identical to those being used throughout this year's tournament series. The regulation ball is identical to previous years, but features the 100-Year logo, and is sure to be a keepsake.
Prior to each game, fans will also be treated to a 35-second video production that covers footage from previous tournaments and celebrates the tournament experience.
In addition, the members of the 2012 Hall of Fame class, which will be presented Saturday night, covers a span of over 60 years, the largest of any previous class.
Hall of Fame inductees include Coach Adolph Hlubek, who led tiny Melrose to the single class championship and the first undefeated season in state history in 1937; Coach Don Burton, who took Northeast Hamilton and South Hamilton teams to the State Tournament in two different decades; and Coach Keith Stribe who brought Carroll to the tournament three times. Also to be honored are six former players who were each named all-state in their time and went on to great post-high school careers. The honored players are Larry Lust, Newton (1964); Mark Mohl, Lost Nation (1983); Chris Kuhlmann, Denison (1987); Brian Heying, New Hampton (1994); Ryan Bowen, Fort Madison (1994) and Raef LaFrentz, MFL, MarMac (1994).
"Great Moments from the first 100 Years of State Tournaments," featured on the basketball web page of the Association's website (www.iahsaa,org) has been changed four times since it was posted in mid-January, as fans have included special state tournament memories. Another update will come later this week.