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In Medora, it’s March Madness All Year Round

In Medora, Indiana, just getting the team on to the court is a victory
In Medora, Indiana, just getting the team on to the court is a victory

For those who have not had their fill of basketball this spring, PBS is offering a look into a small town where every day is March Madness. In Medora, Indiana, high school basketball rules - not because their players are champions, but because they never give up. Filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart tell the story of the underdog team of boys from a poor town who are more plucky than lucky, and for whom playing the game is far more important than collecting trophies.

Their film, Medora, is part of the Independent Lens series and will premiere on most PBS stations at 10 pm Eastern Time, Monday, March 31.

Like so many small towns, things are tough in Medora these days. The farmers are having another hard year and the factories have closed. The school budget has been slashed and slashed again. High school basketball is so important in Medora, however, that to keep the team going all of the coaches agreed to stay on without pay – as volunteers. The boys, too, have it rough. Some of their families have been forced out of their homes, and either have gone into public housing or have been taken in by friends and relatives. As if things weren’t tough enough, they didn’t win a game all season – not a single game. It would be enough to make anyone give up the game, and more – but that is not how they roll in this small town in Indiana.

Cohn and Rothbart followed the boys, the coaches and the people of Medora through their time of trial on and off the basketball court. What they have put together is an uplifting, underdog sports story that belongs right up there with the best of them – and even better, it’s all true. Medora may be a film about basketball – but it is also much, much more than that. It is a story of courage, and of hope – something that springs eternal every time a member of the Medora Hornets steps out on a basketball court.

Although CPTV Connecticut Public Television has not yet scheduled an air time for Medora, audiences in Connecticut who have access to other Public Television stations can view the show, which is part of the Independent Lens series, when it premieres on at 10 pm Eastern Time, Monday, March 31.

Mark G. McLaughlin is a Connecticut-based free lance journalist and game designer with over 30 years of experience as a ghost-writer, columnist, historian and game designer. An author whose first published book was Battles of the American Civil War, and whose games include the Mr. Lincoln’s War set, Mark continues to be enthralled by stories from the age of Lincoln. To view Mark's 16th published design, the American Civil War Naval strategy game Rebel Raiders on the High Seas, visit his publisher at
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