The Summit League Basketball Championships have been an annual tradition for many here in KELOLAND both on and off the court.
At Monday night’s men’s semifinal matchup between Omaha and Purdue Fort Wayne, JT Hittle, Scott Wagner and Travis Fenske each worked their 150th consecutive Summit League basketball tournament game. Hittle does public address announcing, and Wagner and Fenske do stats. Hittle’s voice rings out at the Summit League Basketball Championships. But this milestone snuck up on him.
“I was like, ‘I had no idea about it,’ so, it’s different ’cause you know you think over all the years you’ve been doing it, and then all of a sudden it’s like, oh that’s, kind of is a milestone,” Hittle said.
“I had no idea, I really had no idea,” Wagner said. “I mean I knew it, we’d been here as many years as the tournament’s been here, but didn’t realize.”
“It’s fun to be down here, and it’s nice to help out,” Fenske said.
Hittle has a strategy for staying smooth.
“Truth is I eat a lot of these- Life Savers. I always have Halls with me, always have Halls with me, and then water- just drink a lot of water,” Hittle said. “Yeah, I quit drinking soda about a year ago.”
Fenske and Wagner are about the details, too.
“I kind of do the shot chart, I keep track of who shoots it, where from, if they make it or miss it,” Fenske said. “I keep track of turnovers and stuff like that. And then I’m just another set of eyes.”
“I basically communicate to the guy who’s entering it on the computer, jump shot by 4, assist 21, or jump, miss, rebound offense/defense, fouls, all that stuff gets entered in the computer,” Wagner said.
Even at 150 games, it’s tough to beat this view.
“You get a front-row seat for some of the best basketball there is,” Hittle said.